Piranha Plant

A Piranha Plant coming out of a pipe.

A Piranha Plant is an enemy that makes continual appearance in the Super Mario series and its spin-offs. These plants pop out of pipes, launch fireballs, and constantly try to chomp Mario with their huge jaws. They serve as dangerous obstacles in the Mario Kart series.

Super Mario Kart

These Piranha Plants first appeared in Super Mario Kart in the course Choco Island 1 and 2. There are scattered around the track and even some in the mud. They snap their petals and don't move around.

Mario Kart 64

These Piranha Plants in Mario Kart 64 appear biting up and pull over if the player hits one. They are on the edges of the track in Mario Raceway and Royal Raceway.

Mario Kart: Super Circuit

Piranha Plants inhabit the quicksand funnels in Yoshi Desert on this game, and when a player is sucked into one, they are chomped by a Piranha Plant and spit out, losing time and precious Coins. Even though the two Choco Island courses appear as Retro Tracks, they are not armed with Piranha Plants.

Mario Kart: Double Dash!!

Piranha Plants then appear in Mario Kart: Double Dash!! Mario Circuit, where there are a few of them on each side when turning a U turn, and they will bite you if you are too close to them. They also appear at the very end of the course. They acutally snap out at you, blocking your path. They also appear in Yoshi Circuit at more points, and are harder to avoid. Fake metal piranha plants appear in Waluigi Stadium. A big Piranha Plant is in the Dry Dry Desert.

Mario Kart DS

They appear in Mario Circuit in this game as well! They appear in pipes (as in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!) and on the ground (as in Mario Kart 64). There are two that actually breathe fireballs at you.

Mario Kart Wii

Piranha Plants appear in several courses here. The large Kart Piranha Prowler is based off of them.

Mario Kart 7

They appear in the New Course Piranha Plant Slide and for the first time they have their own course.

Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

They reappear in 3DS Piranha Plant Slide, as well as a few other courses and also are now an obtainable item. The Piranha Plant living in the quicksand has been removed in Dry Dry Desert in this game.

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