Propeller Piranha

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Propeller Piranha
Hootie the blue fish.PNG
First appearance Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (1995)
Latest appearance Yoshi's New Island (2014)
Variant of Piranha Plant
Jumping Piranha Plant
Piranha Pest

Propeller Piranha, originally known as Hootie the Blue Fish[1], is a purple species of Piranha Plant that appears in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and Yoshi's New Island. They bear a strong resemblance to Jumping Piranha Plants, River Piranha Plants, and Piranha Pests; they attack in a manner similar to the latter, but unlike other Piranha Plants in the games, the Propeller Piranhas are a near-invincible enemy for Yoshi. They were originally named after the band "Hootie & the Blowfish".


Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island[edit]

Two Hooties, floating in the air in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
A Hootie the Blue Fish chewing Yoshi

In Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, the Hooties' only appearance is in Naval Piranha's Castle, though they are numerous in this level. They hover through the air and patrol a set path, often in pairs, and typically follow along the edges of platforms, akin to a Spark or Spike Top. Avoiding a Hootie can be difficult as their paths will often take them through small tunnels forcing Yoshi to wait for the creature to pass by. They cannot be destroyed by any normal means or defeated by swallowing them with Yoshi's tongue, but throwing an egg will stun them by rotating for 2 seconds.

A blue watermelon or red watermelon or possibly Superstar Mario can defeat these Hooties, but they just keep respawning. A POW Block can defeat them permanently. If a Yoshi makes contact with a Hootie, it will inhale Yoshi and chew on him for a short time similar to that of Wild Piranhas before spitting him out. While they chew, they repeatedly flash to a light blue color with red lips.

Early concepts show that it was seemingly initially intended to have the same color as a normal Wild Piranha, hinting a connection to the Jumping Piranha Plant.[2]

Yoshi's New Island[edit]

A Propeller Piranha from Yoshi's New Island A Hootie the Blue Fish chomping on a Yoshi from Yoshi's New Island
Hootie the Blue Fish in Yoshi's New Island

Two Hooties appear in Spray Day Mayday in Yoshi's New Island, looking and acting much like the ones in the previous game. They have tongues and larger mouths in this game.

Other appearances[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, during Palutena's Guidance dialogue for Piranha Plant, Viridi briefly mentions Propeller Piranhas.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese プロペラパックン[3][4]
Puropera Pakkun
Propeller Piranha
Chinese 螺尾吞食花
Luówěi Tūnshí Huā
Propeller Tail Piranha Plant
Dutch Propeller Piranha Propeller Piranha
French (NOA) Piranha hélico Helicopter Piranha
French (NOE) Piranha hélice Helicopter Piranha
German Propeller-Piranha Propeller Piranha
Italian Elipianta Piranha From elicottero (helicopter) and Pianta Piranha (Piranha Plant)
Russian винтопиранья
From винт (propeller) and пиранья (piranha)
Spanish (NOA) heliplanta piraña From helicóptero (helicopter) and planta piraña (Piranha Plant)
Spanish (NOE) Heliplanta Piraña From helicóptero (helicopter) and Planta Piraña (Piranha Plant)


  1. ^ Miller, Kent, and Terry Munson. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Player's Guide. Page 127.
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  3. ^ 「スーパーマリオヨッシーアイランド任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Super Mario: Yossy Island Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), page 5.
  4. ^ 「スーパーマリオアドバンス3任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Super Mario Advance 3 Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), page 22.