The Piranha Plant is a recurring enemy type in the Super Mario Bros. series since SMB in 1985 on the NES and returned in almost all the following Super Mario games and Spinoff series including Yoshi’s Island, Mario Kart, Paper Mario and more.

Beside the normal Piranha Plant, there are variations with different abilities or attacks as well as Piranha Plant bosses and even a playable Pirana Plant named Petey Piranha. A Piranha Plant became also playable in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a DLC character. 


The Piranha Plants from the Super Mario Bros. Games: an Overview

Charactername: Piranha Plant   Developed /Created by  Nintendo
Gameseries: Super Mario Bros.   First seen on:  NES
First Game: Super Mario Bros.   Year first seen:  1985
Last Game: Super Mario 3D Land & Bowsers Fury (2021)   Birthplace:  
Role(s) and Characteristics: Enemy      
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Official Game Art like promotional Illustrations of Piranha Plants from Super Mario Bros.


New Super Mario Bros. U. (2012)

New Super Mario Bros. (2006)


Super Mario Bros. (1985)



The Piranha Plants in Game-Art-HQ Art Projects

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While the standard Piranha Plants were not yet a part of a Game-Art-HQ Collaboration, we got three of the pretty special ones covered in our Mario’s Blacklist 


Selected Fan Art of Piranha Plants




Updates in the Video Game Character Database entry and game art gallery of the Piranha Plant

18.04.2018 – Creation of Piranha Plant’s Gallery and DB Entry