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A Ptooie in Super Mario Bros. 3.
First appearance Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)
Latest appearance Paper Mario: The Origami King (2020)
Species origin Piranha Plant
“You make me so mad I could spit!”
Ptooie, The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3

Ptooies are a type of Piranha Plant that have the ability to walk, although some of them are stationed in pipes. These plants have appeared in Super Mario Bros. 3, and Super Princess Peach. They can also shoot spiky balls out of their mouth.


Super Mario series

Super Mario Bros. 3

Ptooies make their debut in Super Mario Bros. 3 as regular enemies. A Ptooie can be identified by the spiked ball it suspends in the air over its mouth. Occasionally, Ptooies will spit the spiked ball high into the air in order to inflict damage on passing travelers. As with standard Piranha Plants, Ptooies can be destroyed with fireballs, hammers, Koopa Shells, or Raccoon Mario or Tanooki Mario's tail.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii

In New Super Mario Bros. Wii, similar enemies called Stalking Piranha Plants and Water Lily Piranhas appear in World 5 as common enemies and in World 6 as rare enemies.

The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3

Two Ptooies from The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3.

Ptooies made a few appearances in The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, where they would always attack Mario and/or his friends on sight. They were sometimes used as guns. Unlike in the game, where they were limited to shooting a single spiked ball into the air, Ptooies could shoot a whole barrage of spiked balls in any direction.

Ptooies in the show were capable of speaking in the episode "Never Koop a Koopa", despite the fact that most members of the Piranha Plant family never speak at all.

Nintendo Adventure Books

Two Ptooies appear in Koopa Capers, presumably brought to Dark Land by Wendy O. Koopa, who needs one to season a potion she intends to create. Encountered by Luigi in a Fortress, the plumber escapes the plants by jumping over them while absentmindedly wondering what they are doing wandering around in a dark and dank fortress, instead of being outside.

Super Princess Peach

In Super Princess Peach, if Princess Peach uses Rage to pound the ground or simply uses Poundbrella nearby, the ball will be lost, but Ptooie will survive. They will then simply move back and forth slowly until defeated. Even without the ball, Ptooies cannot be stomped most likely due to their teeth.

Names in Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese フーフーパックン
Fūfū Pakkun
Fūfū is the onomatopoeia for heavy breathing and Pakkun is from the Japanese name of Piranha Plant.
German Flora Morgenstern
Flora Morning Star
Spit Plant
Italian Pianta Canterina Singer Plant
Spanish Plantarina
Flor Petraña (in The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3)
From planta (plant) and bailarina (dancer)


  • The name "Ptooie" is derived from eponymous onomatopoeia for spitting, likely in reference to their ability to balance maces with their mouths.
  • In Super Princess Peach, Ptooies had a green skin coloration similar to the Wild Ptooie Piranha, a sub-species of that enemy.
  • In Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, Piranha Plants walk on their roots, somewhat resembling Ptooies.
  • In Japanese, the spiked balls thrown by Spikes and Ptooies are named "shūringan" (シューリンガン). Shūringan is another of Jugemu's names.
  • Despite appearing before both enemies, Ptooies appear to be a combination of both Stalking Piranha Plants and Water Lily Piranhas as they can both walk and blow a spiked ball in the air.