Talk:Ghost (Piranha Plant)

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For future reference, neither the Player's Guide nor the Prima Games guide ever mention this enemy, either by name or by an offhand remark. Hello, I'm Time Turner.

The North American version of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U refers to the "Ghost" variety of Piranha Plant. Sure enough, in the Japanese version of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, Yūrei Pakkun is listed instead. While a few types actually differ, this seems to be the same thing. The only thing is that the full names aren't mentioned here like the PAL version (which doesn't include it), so it would be considered "Ghost (Piranha Plant)" rather than Ghost Piranha Plant or Ghost Piranha. Alternatively, I think the article could be titled "Ghost Piranha" with a "part conjecture" tag. LinkTheLefty (talk) 17:07, 29 August 2017 (EDT)
"Ghost Piranha" or "Ghost Piranha Plant" with the part conjecture tag sounds good to me. Alex95sig1.pngAlex95sig2.png 17:11, 29 August 2017 (EDT)
The part conjecture is for articles covering some content that has definitely received an official name and some content that has not received a name but is close enough to the other content that it gets grouped in anyways (see: Frog). It isn't for names that are themselves conjectural, whether in whole or in part. Hello, I'm Time Turner. 17:17, 29 August 2017 (EDT)
What about Pump Mario? LinkTheLefty (talk) 17:20, 29 August 2017 (EDT)
Do we know that the trophy is referring to this enemy specifically? Alex95sig1.pngAlex95sig2.png 17:22, 29 August 2017 (EDT)
The description for the template itself (since 2012) makes its purpose clear. An article using it incorrectly only means that it's using it incorrectly. Hello, I'm Time Turner. 17:23, 29 August 2017 (EDT)
@Time Turner: So that means "Ghost (Piranha Plant)" should be the article title since that's unfortunately the only thing left go off on. Maybe something should be done about that other article.
@Alex95: The Piranha Plants mentioned in the trophy differ across three regions, with the North American, PAL and Japanese versions only having Naval, Fire and Bone in common. While there is a bit more to it than that, Ghost is more or less a direct translation of Yūrei, and no other type of Piranha Plant fits the bill. LinkTheLefty (talk) 17:45, 29 August 2017 (EDT)
Sometimes I wonder if the wiki has ever inadvertently created facts. After all, the wiki used the name "Ghost Piranha" for this article without any tags that indicated it was conjectural (beyond a brief period between late 2015 and early 2016) for quite a while. Sm4sh came out in 2014, whereas this page was only moved to its current name in late 2016. It's a moot point now, and any discussions about this would probably be too speculative for the articles, but these kinds of situations crop up from time to time. On topic, I personally think Ghost (Piranha Plant) sounds a bit weird, but without a better name, I won't object to it. Hello, I'm Time Turner. 18:26, 29 August 2017 (EDT)
Well, I agree that the wiki may have inadvertently "created" certain things such as Rudy the Clown out of Rudy and I believe may have also contributed to Caped Mario being condensed to Cape Mario among others, but I digress... If there are no objections, I'll move it to Ghost (Piranha Plant). LinkTheLefty (talk) 18:33, 29 August 2017 (EDT)
Rudy the Clown was a fan-name since Dr Mario 64 was released, don't get to big for your britches. However, the problem is apparent, as seen when Zelda: Arts and Artifacts used the Japanese names for Helmethead and Horsehead (Jermafenser and Mazuri), which Zeldawiki had started to do recently because the most recent guide called them that (while conveniently ignoring the game's own manual). This was one of the reasons I was as adamant as I was about Rocky Wrench being identified solely as a Koopa (because that's what it officially is, and I don't want FAN THEORIES getting mixed into official lore). Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) 18:15, 29 August 2017 (CT)

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So, in light of this proposal, should this be moved back to Yūrei Pakkun? Niiue (talk) 21:09, 29 January 2019 (EST)

In the Palutena's Guidance I just transcribed, they are still called "Ghosts". 21:17, 29 January 2019 (EST)
Please take this all here, for now. Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) 21:25, 29 January 2019 (EST)

Having recently acquired both the Nintendo Power and Prima Games guides, I found the name for it tucked away in the latter, on page 279 regarding World 5-5: The Cave That Never Ends: "Jump over the Polterpiranhas and flutter to the right to reach solid ground." It is not mentioned in the former, and as mentioned above, "Ghost" is seemingly shortened in the Wii U trophy (and, for all we know, could still be referenced from us then). I think we should go with the Prima name over the questionable in-game one. LinkTheLefty (talk) 10:01, March 25, 2019 (EDT)

Yeah, I agree with LinkTheLefty this time around. Don't ask why the Smash Bros. localization team chose to name them "Ghosts", because darn, it's a very generic name. Toadette icon CTTT.pngFont of Archivist Toadette's signature(T|C) 11:31, March 25, 2019 (EDT)
Yeah, Ghost definitely came from us. It's really Time Turner that should have checked multiple times. I'd agree to rename to Polterpiranha over Ghost, as basically citing the encyclopedia in a nutshell we should not let citogenesis creep unto our wiki. I't be a more logical choise than using Ghost by citing the SSB Ultimate quote. --Ski Yoshi FanOfYoshi A Dr. Freezegood 12:06, March 25, 2019 (EDT)
And, unlike the Nipper Dandelion, it wasn't actually a fanname, but came from an official source, which wasn't the full name. What an unique name! --Ski Yoshi FanOfYoshi A Dr. Freezegood 12:07, March 25, 2019 (EDT)
It's from the wiki formerly calling them "Ghost Piranhas," though in Wii U it mighta just been a direct translation. Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) 12:22, March 25, 2019 (EDT)
I believe Wii U was genuinely a partial retranslation since the localizer likely referenced Nintendo Power but not Prima Games, but Ultimate using "Ghosts" is very telling and I feel like it's all my fault because if I had only left it as Ghost Piranha or Yūrei Pakkun then we'd probably be having a different conversation. LinkTheLefty (talk) 13:22, March 25, 2019 (EDT)
At the very least, "Ghost" isn't quite a ZD-ism, as they probably saw the name had a source, and didn't check what the source was. After all, they had to check for names for dozens of varieties, and they even corrected the Prickly/Spiny Piranha Plant situation. "Nipper Dandelion" is additionally a logical way to translate the Watage thing, given it works with the previous Woolseyisms regarding Nipper Plants (though not the actual Woolsey-translated one, but that's getting off-topic there). Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) 13:31, March 25, 2019 (EDT)
@FanOfYoshi Ghosts are not mentioned in the book, and we do not know if the SSBU names came from us, they could be the intentional names. Even then, there are times in other franchises were fan-names became official such as with Shiny Pokemon. I strongly disagree with moving this page, as we do not even know if this was plagiarism, and even then, what is officially used is official, regardless of its origin. Doomhiker (talk)Artwork of a Topmini from Super Mario Galaxy 14:21, March 25, 2019 (EDT)
I was specifically referring to the Prima. And no, the other Piranha Plants mentioned in the trophy didn't have "Piranha" either. --Ski Yoshi FanOfYoshi A Dr. Freezegood 14:24, March 25, 2019 (EDT)
It's a brief mention in the 3rd-party game that it doesn't even directly appear in. I believe it probably did come from us, unintentionally on their part (through not realizing they themselves were the source). Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) 15:06, March 25, 2019 (EDT)
Like i said, Time Turner should have double checked both guides in the first place. --Ski Yoshi FanOfYoshi A Dr. Freezegood 09:12, March 26, 2019 (EDT)
@LinkTheLefty, i don't think it's entirely your fault. We should have renamed it to Polterpiranha if only Time Turner looked more on his guides. Also, it's our fault if we conflated the "Beamer" enemies with Sentry Beam in the first place making the spring-like enemy called Sentry Beam in the encyclopedia. Also, a question... Why did you remove the another language template to them, and outright use the internal filename as a "proof" of their romanized Japanese names being their english? Also, shouldn't we move "Jump Guarder back to "Jump Garage" due to internal filenames being low priority. I might be off-topic, but i was trying to bring up another example of something which has the name of something else, within the information coming from us. --Ski Yoshi FanOfYoshi A Dr. Freezegood 07:57, March 27, 2019 (EDT)
I've tried to explain the "romanization" thing before, and it is very off-topic so please don't do that and discuss on the appropriate talk page if you feel there is an error. LinkTheLefty (talk) 08:18, March 27, 2019 (EDT)
If there looks like there is a disagreemnt about renaming this to Polterpiranha, i'd say we should make a proposal. --Ski Yoshi FanOfYoshi A Dr. Freezegood 08:45, March 27, 2019 (EDT)
I mean, going off this proposal, it should just be moved regardless. Niiue (talk) 09:14, March 27, 2019 (EDT)
Regardless, i still feel that it should be moved to Polterpiranha. Oh, that's the proposal i want to override in the sense of internal filenames having priority over guide names. Also, @Doomhiker, there's a difference between speculation and intent. --Ski Yoshi FanOfYoshi A Dr. Freezegood 03:38, March 28, 2019 (EDT)
What i am trying to say above, is that there is a difference between speculation and what localizers intended. Regardless, it's pretty clear to me that "Ghost" is citogenesis, and just because of the Nipper Dandelion situation doesn't mean we shouldn't move this to Polterpiranha. --Ski Yoshi FanOfYoshi A Dr. Freezegood 09:14, April 13, 2019 (EDT) --Ski Yoshi FanOfYoshi A Dr. Freezegood 09:14, April 13, 2019 (EDT)
As I mentioned above, this proposal supports an immediate move to Polterpiranha. Niiue (talk) 09:16, April 13, 2019 (EDT)
Despite it being in-game? --Ski Yoshi FanOfYoshi A Dr. Freezegood 09:19, April 13, 2019 (EDT)
Arguably yes, and it helps that there doesn't really seem to be any opposition to the move. Niiue (talk) 09:32, April 13, 2019 (EDT)
It would seem that there is one disagreement. --Ski Yoshi FanOfYoshi A Dr. Freezegood 09:26, April 13, 2019 (EDT)
After the Nipper Dandelion proposal, I feel that renaming Ghost, as off as it sounds, would now be an inconsistency. LinkTheLefty (talk) 10:51, April 22, 2019 (EDT)
Why though? I supported the rename, and there was a major agreement on that. Here's the redirect : (cur | prev) 14:55, April 22, 2019‎ LinkTheLefty (talk | contribs)‎ . . (34 bytes) (+34)‎ . . (Redirected page to Ghost (Piranha Plant)) (Tag: New redirect) --Ski Yoshi FanOfYoshi A Dr. Freezegood 07:47, April 26, 2019 (EDT)
Because at this point, by allowing one from the same source but not the other, it really would be picking and choosing which in-game names we do and don't prefer. At least it has some basis to exist; Nipper Dandelion was a complete fabrication, and if we allow that, then there's no reason why we shouldn't allow Ghost as well. LinkTheLefty (talk) 07:57, April 26, 2019 (EDT)

Except that Nipper Dandelion was a more concise name, and Ghost is too generic. --Ski Yoshi FanOfYoshi A Dr. Freezegood 08:21, April 26, 2019 (EDT)

Doesn't matter - everyone should be well aware of the origins of Nipper Dandelion by now. This is twice now that Polterpiranha has been called Ghost, and the source priority exception proposal does not factor in-game names. LinkTheLefty (talk) 08:42, April 26, 2019 (EDT)
However, Niiue still agrees with that even though that the source priority I'd like to make another counterproposal for certain cases doesn't applies to certain in-game names. --Ski Yoshi FanOfYoshi A Dr. Freezegood 08:47, April 26, 2019 (EDT)
Believe me, I realize that the origin of "Ghost" is also sketchy, but having it both ways would be contradictory. LinkTheLefty (talk) 08:50, April 26, 2019 (EDT)
Even Niiue agreed on it. Why did you change your mind? --Ski Yoshi FanOfYoshi A Dr. Freezegood 05:13, May 1, 2019 (EDT)
The reason I changed my mind was out of internal consistency on the wiki, not my personal feelings on the matter. LinkTheLefty (talk) 05:55, May 1, 2019 (EDT)
Regardless, it should be moved to Polterpiranha due to it being more consise. --Ski Yoshi FanOfYoshi A Dr. Freezegood 08:19, May 3, 2019 (EDT)
If we do, that calls into greater question the precise implementation of the source priority exception proposal. LinkTheLefty (talk) 10:55, May 3, 2019 (EDT)

Oh, so it had an actual English name all along? I’d move it in a heartbeat. It causes much less unnecessary confusion and in case the localization team has to reference the name again, hopefully they’ll realize their mistake. Technickal (talk) 10:18, July 18, 2019 (EDT)

I think this is a good idea, as there are too many enemies on this Wiki called "Ghost". It would be much easier to move at least one of them. Matthew aka Mario