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Petey Piranha (Boss Pakkun in the Japanese games) is a recurring villain (usually a boss) in the Mario series. Petey made his debut in Super Mario Sunshine and appeared for the first time in the Super Smash Bros. series in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and as part of the Piranha Plant's Final Smash of the same name.

Petey Piranha in the Super Smash Bros. series

Petey Piranha appears as the first boss in Super Smash Bros. Brawl's Subspace Emissary mode, holding the cages of both Princess Peach and Princess Zelda. The player must destroy one of the cages (attacking Petey's head splits the attack's damage to both his cages). When Petey is defeated, whichever cage is more damaged will break, freeing the princess inside. The princess who was not saved will be turned into a trophy by Wario. At the last level, Tabuu resurrects Petey (along with the other bosses) and sends him after the heroes in "The Great Maze."

Unlike in most Mario games, where Petey has a cartoonish voice, Super Smash Bros. Brawl has him using fearsome roars. This could be the result of Tabuu's power, or just to make him more threatening (the same has been done to Bowser and the Kongs).

Petey Piranha's attacks

Petey has only two main attacks. The first involves swinging one of the two cages along the ground. The second is a jumping attack, where Petey tries to stomp and bite the player. Only contact with Petey's head will damage the player when he jumps and stomps.

When either cage is reduced to half health, Petey will roar and his head will glow red momentarily. Petey will then speed up his attacks.

Trophy Description

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A gigantic Piranha Plant. Unlike his pipe-inhabiting cousins, he uses his legs to walk around. He can fly, too. As you might expect, he often appears as a boss character in Mario's adventures. This may come as a surprise, but he also displays surprising dexterity in kart races and ball games.

  • Super Mario Sunshine (2002)
  • New Super Mario Bros. (2006)

Stickers

Name Image Artwok from Effect in The Subspace Emissary Characters
Petey Piranha
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Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour Darkness Attack +47 Ganondorf
Petey Piranha
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Mario Strikers Charged Bite Attack +32 Yoshi, Wario, Wolf and Pokémon Trainer

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Petey Piranha makes a cameo as Piranha Plant’s Final Smash. Petey will arise from the background and start jumping up and down with cages on both "hands". Fighters who touch the cages will get caught, and afterwards, Petey will shoot flames at the fighters in the cages before finally slamming them to the ground and send those fighters flying.

Piranha Plant's Special Moves
Ultimate
Standard Special Ptooie
Side Special Poison Breath
Up Special Piranhacopter
Down Special Long-Stem Strike
Final Smash Petey Piranha

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Trivia

  • If one breaks both cages simultaneously by only attacking Petey's body, the game will randomly decide which princess is freed.
  • In the Great Maze level of the Subspace Emissary, and Boss Battles Mode, Petey's cages are empty and the background is changed to daylight.
  • During the cutscene before the first fight with Petey, a cannonball KO's Mario and knocks him out of the arena. It is never made clear where this cannonball comes from; Wario's Dark Cannon can't produce cannonballs, Petey Piranha himself is incapable of producing cannonballs in any game, and the Halberd's cannonballs move in a swirly motion, are blue, and explode on contact. A theory might be someone put the cannonball in Petey's mouth and Petey spat it out and due to his immense mouth it could've had enough force to knock Mario away. This theory is supported by the fact that when the part that shows the cannonball come out, if one looks closely in the smoke, a silhouette of Petey can be seen.
  • Petey's defeated animation causes him to catch on fire, no matter what move was used to defeat him.
  • Almost comically, if one redoes the fight from the first level against Petey using Peach or Zelda, they will still be seen in the cage with exactly the same costume.
  • If one looks closely at the cages in the cutscene "Princesses, Both Captured and False", the cages that the trophies of Peach and Zelda are in are the exact ones Petey used.
  • Petey Piranha is the only boss to have two health bars. He is also the only boss that does not have his name displayed next to them. In the Subspace Emissary, the names displayed next to the health bars are Peach's Cage and Zelda's Cage and in Boss Battles and The Great Maze, the word "Cage" is displayed next to both health bars.

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