Ms. Pac-Man (ミズ・パックマン Mizu Pakkuman), also known as Pepper in the animated series or Pac-Girl (パックガール Pakkugāru) prior to her relationship with Pac-Man, is the deuteragonist of the Pac-Man series. She is Pac-Man's wife and sidekick, and is the mother of Jr. Pac-Man and Baby Pac-Man.
Main article: Ms. Pac-Man (game)
Ms. Pac-Man's first appearance was in Ms. Pac-Man, where she had to navigate a Maze to collect Pac-Dots, while avoiding Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Sue. During her adventure, she met Pac-Man, who became her husband. Ms. Pac-Man also gave birth to her first son, Jr. Pac-Man, in this game.
Main article: Jr. Pac-Man (game)
Main article: Baby Pac-Man (game)
This game stars Ms. Pac-Man's second child, Baby Pac-Man. Ms. Pac-Man only appears on the pinball playfield in-game, however.
Main article: Pac-Land
Ms. Pac-Man appears as a supporting character in the game, awaiting Pac-Man's arrival outside their house.
Pac 'n Roll
Main article: Pac 'n Roll
In Pac 'n Roll, Ms. Pac-Man's origins and her first meeting with Pac-Man is shown. In the story, Ms. Pac-Man had met Pac-Man as a child when he was training under her father on how to be a Pac-Knight, and both fell in love at first sight.
However, on the night of the Power Pellet Festival, Ms. Pac-Man, along with her father, her sister, her mother, and Pac-Man's dog were captured by Golvis, a powerful green ghost and the main antagonist of the story. In the end they were rescued by Pac-Man after he defeats Golvis.
Pac-Man World series
Main article: Pac-Man World
In this game, Ms. Pac-Man, along with the rest of the Pac-Man family, is captured by Toc-Man's ghost henchmen. She is kidnapped in her house, and is put into a sack and taken to Toc-Man's headquarters. The henchmen were sent to, and meant to capture Pac-Man, but realized their mistake when they got back to the HQ. Ms. Pac-Man was then put in a large cage in a graveyard. Pac-Man rescues her at last, and she, along with the other former captives, help out in the fight against Toc-Man.
Pac-Man World 2
Main article: Pac-Man World 2
Although Ms. Pac-Man does not appear in the game, she makes a cameo in the beginning cutscene (her picture is framed in Pac-Man's house).
Pac-Man World 3
Main article: Pac-Man World 3
At the end of the game, she is annoyed to find Blinky and the other ghosts arriving at their front yard, and Blinky says they had only been living with them for a few months. When he asks what's for dinner, she responds "You are"; Pac-Man eats a power pellet and chases them off.
Ms. Pac-Man Maze Madness
Main article: Ms. Pac-Man Maze Madness
After a long absence from the spotlight, Ms. Pac-Man returns as the protagonist of her own game once more. In the game, she aids Professor Pac-Man in saving Pac-Land and its princess from an evil force.
Pac-Man: Adventures In Time
Main article: Pac-Man: Adventures in Time
In Pac-Man: Adventures in Time, Ms. Pac-Man appears is a playable character in the multiplayer modes. She also makes a cameo appearance in the first cutscene of the game in Pac-Man's family picture and is a recurring character in the game's unlockable "Videos".
Main article: Pac-Man (TV Series)
The 1982 animated series featured Ms. Pac-Man as a supporting character. She is mostly seen taking care of Baby Pac-Man, Chomp-Chomp and Sour Puss. She was often addressed as "Pepper" by her husband, who she referred to as "Packy".
Quest for the Golden Maze
Main article: Ms. Pac-Man: Quest for the Golden Maze
In what is currently her final starring role, Ms. Pac-Man goes on an adventure much like her first, in hopes of finding the Golden Maze.
Pac-Man World Rally
Main article: Pac-Man World Rally
Ms. Pac-Man is a playable character in Pac-Man World Rally. She is a middleweight character and has perfectly balanced statistics, in addition to being the fastest middleweight in the game.
Mario Kart series
Ms. Pac-Man has appeared as a playable racer in several Mario Kart games, specifically the arcade ones. Alongside Mario and all his friends, she is joined by Pac-Man and Blinky. She does not appear in Mario Kart Arcade GP DX.
Super Smash Bros. series
Main articles: Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U features a stage based off of Pac-Land, in which Ms. Pac-Man makes a cameo whenever the stage returns to Pac-Man's house, in the same fashion as the original game. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate sees the return of the Pac-Land stage, and Ms. Pac-Man reprises her role.
Main article: Sonic Dash
Ms. Pac-Man appeared as an unlockable character in Sonic Dash during the PAC-MAN Event. You could unlock her by Collecting 600 PAC-MAN items between 26 February 2018 and 4 March 2018; it is currently impossible to unlock her legitimately.
There are several characters in recent Pac-Man-related media that serve the same role as Ms. Pac-Man, but feature different names and altered designs. These "replacements" of Ms. Pac-Man were created due to legal issues regarding the Ms. Pac-Man property, which arose around 2008. For further information on this subject, see History of Ms. Pac-Man legal issues.
"Pac-Man Girl" (パックマンガール Pakkuman Gāru) is an unlockable character in Mega Run meets Pac-Man, a mobile game released in 2015. Pac-Man Girl has a small yellow bow, and lacks eyebrows and eyelashes.
Due to Mega Run meets Pac-Man being a Catalog IP game, it is unclear how much input Namco actually had into the character; outside of approving the appearance itself.
"Pac-Marie" (パックマリー Pakku Marī) is a character created for Pac-Store; a series of pop-up retail stores, originating around 2016 in Japan. She was created alongside "Pac-Little", a counterpart to Jr. Pac-Man.
Pac-Marie has a large, pink-colored bow and a long ponytail. Notably, she is not stated to be a love interest to Pac-Man at all, only being referred to as one of his "longtime friends". Pac-Marie was not utilized outside of the Pac-Store locations and merchandise, though Pac-Store itself continued until 2019 (in certain regions).
Notably, Pac-Marie's main promotional artwork is directly modeled after an older piece of Ms. Pac-Man artwork. Additionally, most Japanese Pac-Store locations featured original Ms. Pac-Man and Jr. Pac-Man machines in the store (imported from the United States) to play, likely to connect the characters further.
"Pac-Mom" (パック・マム Pakku Mamu) is the most recent replacement for Ms. Pac-Man, appearing in several pieces of media. She was conceptualized around late 2021, following the Bandai Namco v. AtGames lawsuit and an undisclosed settlement regarding the Ms. Pac-Man royalty rights. Her creation was alongside "Pac-Boy" and "Pac-Sis", counterparts to Jr. Pac-Man and Baby Pac-Man, respectively.
Compared to Pac-Man Girl and Pac-Marie, Pac-Mom's design is a much greater departure from Ms. Pac-Man. Instead of a standard bow, Pac-Mom wears a large sun-hat with a ribbon wrapped around it. Her design somewhat resembles that of Ms. Pac-Man's mother, seemingly by intention. In 3D appearances, Pac-Mom has eye whites (as opposed to the long-standardized "Pac-Man eyes"), and lacks a nose. In 2D appearances, she has standard "Pac-Man eyes" like the rest of the cast.
In a rather drastic procedure, Pac-Mom's role is generally to replace Ms. Pac-Man entirely in re-releases of older Pac-Man titles. Her first appearance was in the Arcade Archives version of Pac-Land, released in April 2022; this port replaces Ms. Pac-Man's end-of-level graphic with Pac-Mom. Pac-Mom would also appear in Pac-Man Museum + with largely the same purpose; as well as in Pac-Man World Re-Pac, once again as Ms. Pac-Man's stand-in.
- It has been theorized that Ms. Pac-Man's appearance as "Pac-Girl" in Pac 'n Roll may have been an early case of a replacement character. Due to Pac-Girl being a "past version" of Ms. Pac-Man, however (with "Pac-Girl" effectively being her maiden name), this is difficult to determine.
- The Japanese website for the game outright states that Pac-Girl becomes "the future Ms. Pac-Man". While making the intent clear, however, the specific wording used could make it legally vague.
- Several Pac-Man mobile games, such as Pac-Man Reborn and Pac-Man Bounce, feature a Ms. Pac-Man lookalike with pink skin instead of yellow.
- A character known as "Sanrio Pac-Man" was created in 2021, as part of the Hello Kitty ♥ Pac-Man cross-promotion. Being that Sanrio Pac-Man is literally a Pac-Man with a bow on its head, the character may be a bizarre loophole attempt at featuring Ms. Pac-Man.
Ms. Pac-Man is very kind and motherly, devoting most of her time to caring for her children. She is not as adventurous as her husband, but will still help out whenever she is called upon to. Just like Pac-Man, she enjoys eating and is good at navigating mazes. As seen in Maze Madness, she also has a knack for solving puzzles.
As Pac-Marie, she's described as a modern girl who likes fashion and is a bit too attached to social media. She also aspires to be a singer.
Ms. Pac-Man looks similar to Pac-Man, but has a large hairbow and eyelashes. Her nose and eyebrows are also smaller than Pac-Man's.
Her appearance was frequently altered between games. Originally she wore makeup and had a beauty mark, but some later incarnations of her do not. Sometimes she is wearing boots, while other games have her wearing heels. The colors of her bow, lipstick, gloves, and shoes are often different as well.
|Main Characters||Pac-Man • Ms. Pac-Man • Jr. Pac-Man • Baby Pac-Man • Professor Pac-Man • Chomp-Chomp|
|Other Characters||Miru • Sour Puss • Pac-Devil • Sir Pac-A-Lot • Pac-Master • Ms. Pac-Master • Krystal • Buttercup • Fairy|
|Pac-Ghosts||Blinky • Pinky • Inky • Clyde • Sue • Funky • Spunky • Kinky • Tim • Orson • Yum-Yum|
|Main Antagonists||Ghost Witch • Toc-Man • Mesmerelda • Mollusc • Spooky • Wandy • Erwin • Golvis • Ink Master • Mezmeron|
|Minor Antagonists||Gobblin • Jack • Wormwood • The Fiend|
|Pac-Man Party||Mr. Cookie • Patra • Roger • Woofa • Bearserk|
|Ghostly Adventures||Pacster • Cylindria • Spiral • Betrayus • Fuzbitz • Sir Cumference • Spheros • Dr. Buttocks • Butt-ler|
|Crossovers||Pooka • Fygar • Dig Dug • Mappy • Mr. Driller • The Prince • Mario|