Petey Piranha (ボスパックン, Boss Packun), is an antagonistic character in the Mario series.
Petey Piranha made his debut as a boss in Super Mario Sunshine, and has become a recurring boss in the Mario series. He is a larger version of a Piranha Plant with a red-and-white spots head with iridescent petals and big green lips, leaf-like arms, stubby legs, and a pair of pants with the same color scheme as its head.
Petey Piranha first appeared as a boss in episodes 2 and 5 in the Bianco Hills area. In the second episode, he is seen spitting large amounts of brown goop from atop a windmill, and in the fifth episode, he is seen sleeping on a cliff, where he can be awakened with a Poink. In both boss battles, he attacks by spitting his brown goop on Mario, and if the player gets close enough, hitting Mario with his head by spinning it around himself. In the fifth episode, he gains the ability to fly and swing his arm to cause a tornado that sends Mario flying upward. He can be defeated by using F.L.U.D.D. to spray large amounts of water in his mouth before he spits out his goop to expose his belly button on his engorged belly, which can be ground-pounded on three times.
Petey Piranha appears as the first boss of the Midair Stadium level in The Subspace Emissary. Prior to the battle, during the Subspace Army's invasion on the stadium, Petey Piranha blasts Mario away with a cannonball and captures both Peach and Zelda in cages, leaving Kirby to battle him. He can be defeated by destroying one of the cages. The player can also attack his head, which splits the damage received to both cages.
Once one of the cages' health is depleted, the cage will break and free one of the princesses inside while Petey Piranha catches on fire, collapses, and explodes. If both cages' health is depleted simultaneously via an attack on his head, the game will randomly decide which princess is freed. The unsaved princess 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.
Petey Piranha can be battled in Boss Battles Mode. During this mode or in The Great Maze, his cages will be empty, and the sky in the arena will be blue, in comparison to the Midair Stadium level, where his cages will contain the two princesses and the sky will be an ominous red.
Rather than being voiced by Toru Minegishi who voiced the character in Super Mario Sunshine, Petey Piranha has a set of realistic monstrous beast roars, similar to how Donkey Kong, Bowser, and Diddy Kong were given realistic animal sounds.
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 the player while holding both cages vertically. Any contact with Petey or his cages during this attack will meteor smash the player as he comes down from a jump.
When either cage is reduced to 1/3 health, Petey will roar and its body will glow momentarily, surrounded by a red aura. Petey will then speed up its attacks and often jump in a different pattern, usually two times in a row; his attacks will also deal slightly more damage and their knockback will be boosted.
Like all bosses, Petey Piranha can be controlled with hacks in Boss Battles Mode. The start button will, like all bosses, self-destruct him. Unlike any other boss (besides of Meta Ridley), when controlled by a human, Petey Piranha will wait in a T-pose after either roaring or performing a cage attack.
HP and damage taken
The resistance values above apply only when hitting Petey's body, which will deal the resulting damage to each cage. When hitting an individual cage, no resistance modifier is applied. When either cage's HP is depleted, Petey is defeated.
Like all bosses in Brawl, Petey gains an additional ×0.6 damage resistance modifier when fought in co-op mode, effectively gaining 67% more health. This modifier is applied whenever the second player is in-game and is no longer applied if the second player loses all their stocks.
The Petey Piranha trophy can be obtained by using the Trophy Stand on Petey Piranha on Hard or Intense difficulty in The Subspace Emissary.
A colossal Piranha Plant. Unlike its pipe-inhabiting cousins, it uses its legs to walk around. It can fly, too. As you might expect, it often appears as a boss character in Mario's adventures. This may come as a surprise, but it also displays surprising dexterity in kart races and ball games.
Even more curiously, there are no leftover models, textures, sounds or parameters with which these animations would correspond, as only the animations appear to remain in the game. The lack of leftover assets would appear to imply that Petey Piranha was scrapped at a very early stage in development.
As a Final Smash
Main article: Petey Piranha (Final Smash)
Cosmetically, Petey Piranha has a more saturated color scheme than he did in Brawl, and is more smoothly textured (i.e. no cracks in his skin as in the aforementioned title).
Additionally, he is mentioned in the Palutena's Guidance for Piranha Plant, as well as Paper Petey Piranha and Petea Piranha.
Petey Piranha also appears as two different primary spirits.
Petey Piranha (Super Mario Strikers) uses a Giant Ivysaur puppet fighter and is fought on the Wuhu Island stage's Swordplay Colosseum layout. During the battle, the Soccer Ball item will appear, referencing the game of soccer in Super Mario Strikers, which features Petey Piranha as a playable character.
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