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“They stung by porcupinefish! That mean they won't be able to move until it wears off!”
Yoshi, "Fire Sale"
A porcupinefish covered in icy water
Mario and Luigi paralyzed by porcupinefish

Porcupinefish are dark blue, spiked fish seen in the first episode of Super Mario World, Fire Sale. They are named after the real-life porcupinefish, a heavily-spiked group of fish closely related to the pufferfish. Due to their appearance, they may be based off the Spiny Cheep-Cheep or the Porcu-Puffer, though they more closely resemble Urchins. They pop out of the water, sometimes from beneath sheets of ice, to stab people with their paralyzing spines. Throughout the episode, Mario, Luigi, Princess Toadstool, and Kootie Pie are paralyzed by porcupinefish.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
French Poisson-globe Puffer Fish
Romanian Pește spinos Spiny fish
Spanish Pez Puercoespín Porcupine fish