Piranha Plant
Piranha Plant - New Super Mario Bros

A Piranha Plant from New Super Mario Bros.
Series Mario series
First appearance Super Mario Bros. (1985)
Created by Shigeru Miyamoto

A Piranha Plant is an enemy in the Mario series. The enemy is a large plant with a round head and a mouthful of teeth that will pop out of a pipe usually. His first appearance was in Super Mario Bros. where he would pop out of a pipe. These were green colored plants that wouldn't come out if the player stood directly next to the pipe. In Super Mario Bros. 2, a red variant was introduced. These were faster and would always pop out whether or not Mario stood next to or over a pipe. Though they are usually in pipes, they sometimes aren't, such as in Super Mario 64 where all the Piranha Plants are on ground.

In Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, the player would have to throw eggs at his head a certain amount of times until he would die depending on what color he is. Some Piranha Plants can also shoot fire balls out of their mouths, and this type of plant is called a Venus Fire Trap.

In addition to the Mario platformer games, the species have also appeared as obstacles in Mario Sports, such as in the Mario Kart series and Mario Superstar Baseball where they would try to bite anything that came near them.

Piranha Plant variants

  • Wild Piranha Plant: These overgrown Piranha Plants will grow anywhere to snap at nearby plumbers and Yoshis.
  • Venus Fire Trap: These are fire spewing piranha plants.
  • Piranha Giganticus: Just a bigger version of the piranha plant.
  • Ptooie: These run along the ground throwing spiked balls in the air.
  • Jumping Piranha Plant: These piranha plants jump out of their pipe.
  • Wild Ptooie Piranha: These spew out balls and take three hits to kill.
  • Blow Hard: This cactus like plant spews balls like the Ptooie Piranha but is only paralyzed when hit.
  • Hootie the Blue Fish: These fish-like piranha plants reside in sewers and travel forward like spike tops.
  • Bungee Piranha Plant: This purple Piranha Plant will drag down and eat Yoshi when he passes below it.
  • Putrid Piranha: found in the Paper Mario series, this Piranha Plant will poison Mario
  • Prickly Piranha Plant: Found in the Super Mario Galaxy games, a larger purple variety with a spiked stem
  • Spiky Piranha Plant: similar to Prickly except black with spiky head too. Only defeated through the stretch plants
  • Inky Piranha Plants: a black variety that spits ink at the screen, introduced in Super Mario 3D Land
  • Bone Piranha Plant: an undead variant of the species introduced in New Super Mario Bros. 2.

Notable Piranha Plants