|Affiliation||Mushroom Kingdom, Bowser's Castle, Bowser, Bowser Jr.|
|Species origin||Venus Flytrap|
|First appearance||Super Mario Bros. (1985)|
|Notable member(s)|| Petey Piranha,|
Piranha Plant (Japanese: パックンフラワー Pakkun Furawā), also referred to simply as Piranhas, are large, carnivorous plants encountered throughout the Mario series. Piranha Plants are seemingly based-off Venus Flytraps, eating anything that approaches them.
The head of a Piranha Plant is most commonly either red or green with multiple other colors. Originally, Piranha Plants were found exclusively in pipes, either darting-out and biting anything near or remaining still and spitting fireballs. Currently, Piranha Plants can be found both in and out of pipes and their fire-breathing ability is now rarely used.
Despite being plants, Piranha Plants have been depicted as being sentient and capable of speech in a few appearances, though unlike several other enemies in the Mario series, they have never been shown forming societies. Piranha Plant characters such as Petey Piranha reveal that some Piranha Plants can have animal-like bodies, making them capable of walking. Various Piranha Plant characters are all depicted hatching from eggs, suggesting that Piranha Plants may be oviparious.
Both the upwards-facing and pipe-inhabiting variations of the Piranha Plants make appearances as hazards in Mario Kart NX. Both variants act identically to previous games, with the upwards-facing Piranha Plants spinning out racers that touch them, while the pipe-inhabiting ones lunging towards racers as they pass. Fire Piranha Plants also make appearances on the returning Mario Circuit from Mario Kart DS.
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|Mario Kart NX Characters|
|Playable Characters||Ashley • Baby Daisy • Baby Luigi • Baby Mario • Baby Peach • Birdo • Boo • Bowser • Bowser Jr. • Callie • Cat Peach • Daisy • Diddy Kong • Donkey Kong (Super Kong) • Dry Bones • Dry Bowser • Fighter Fly • Funky Kong • Goomba • Honey Queen • Iggy Koopa • Isabelle • King Boo • Kitsune Luigi • Koopa Troopa • Lakitu • Larry Koopa • Lemmy Koopa • Link • Ludwig von Koopa • Luigi (Ice Luigi) • Luma (Black Luma · Blue Luma · Cyan Luma · Green Luma · Orange Luma · Purple Luma · Red Luma · Yellow Luma) • Magikoopa • Marie • Mario (Fire Mario) • Metal Mario (Gold Mario) • Mii • Morton Koopa Jr. • Nabbit • Olimar • Peach (Fire Peach) • Pianta • Pink Gold Peach • Roy Koopa • Shy Guy (Black Shy Guy · Blue Shy Guy · Cyan Shy Guy · Green Shy Guy · Orange Shy Guy · Pink Shy Guy · White Shy Guy · Yellow Shy Guy) • Spike • Sprixie Princess • Tanooki Mario • Toad (Blue Toad · Cyan Toad · Green Toad · Orange Toad · Pink Toad · Purple Toad · Red Toad · Yellow Toad) • Toadette • Tom Nook • Waluigi • Wario • Wendy O. Koopa • Wiggler • Yoshi (Black Yoshi · Blue Yoshi · Cyan Yoshi · Orange Yoshi · Pink Yoshi · Red Yoshi · White Yoshi · Yellow Yoshi)|
|Hazardous Characters||Cows • Fire Piranha Plants • Goats • Lava Bubbles • Penguins • Piranha Plants • Sidesteppers • Thwomps|
|Background Characters||Fish Bones • Miis • Lumas • Nokis • Penguins • Piantas • Professor Chops • Shy Guys • Toads|