History Main / PiranhaProblem

7th Mar '17 5:13:02 PM Yuihime
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* Averted in ''VideoGame/TheAmazonTrail''; piranha are only encountered in the fishing minigame, and will never harm your character or your guide even if you capsize the boat.


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* Subverted in ''Webcomic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella''. Hitlerella has a piranha tank, and throws Wonderella into it, but Wonderella's inedible, so [[http://nonadventures.com/2010/10/09/two-gentlemen-of-piranha/ instead they make small talk]].
4th Mar '17 10:26:48 AM ironcommando
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* ''VideoGame/MetalSlug 3'' has the Flying Killer enemies, piranha-like fish infesting the jungle water that would [[StrippedToTheBone strip your character to the bone]] if they fell in. Like their name suggests, they also can jump out of the water and [[FlyingSeaoodSpecial fly straight at the player]]!

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* ''VideoGame/MetalSlug 3'' has the Flying Killer enemies, piranha-like fish infesting the jungle water that would [[StrippedToTheBone strip your character to the bone]] if they fell in. Like their name suggests, they also can jump out of the water and [[FlyingSeaoodSpecial [[FlyingSeafoodSpecial fly straight at the player]]!
4th Mar '17 10:26:41 AM ironcommando
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* ''VideoGame/MetalSlug 3'' has the Flying Killer enemies, piranha-like fish infesting the jungle water that would [[StrippedToTheBone strip your character to the bone]] if they fell in. Like their name suggests, they also can jump out of the water and [[FlyingSeaoodSpecial fly straight at the player]]!
21st Feb '17 9:30:27 AM Theriocephalus
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->''"I'm more worried about piranhas. Did you see that movie where they send a nuclear submarine to fight the piranhas, and one of them swims right down the periscope and bites the guy [[EyeScream in the eye]], and he goes, 'Aah! Aah! Aah!', and that old lady told him it would happen!?"''

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->''"I'm more worried about piranhas. Did you see that movie where they send a nuclear submarine to fight the piranhas, and one of them swims right down the periscope and bites the guy [[EyeScream in the eye]], eye, and he goes, 'Aah! Aah! Aah!', and that old lady told him it would happen!?"''



In RealLife, the piranha's viciousness is exaggerated. When they're not hungry or are asleep, they flee from anything that disturbs them. Their famous schooling behavior is not done to attack prey, but to protect themselves from predators like caimen, giant river otters, and freshwater dolphins. Of course, when they do become hungry they actually can leave nothing but bones when they are inclined to attack and eat. While President UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt did once observe Amazon piranhas reduce a cow to a skeleton in a few minutes, this occurred under artificial conditions. The locals had blocked off this portion of the tributary with nets, dumped hordes of extra piranhas in there, and starved them for days before throwing the cow in, all in the name of making a spectacle for the visiting president. Dropping the cow into a pit full of starving humans would have had a similar result, as anybody who's seen a zombie movie could tell you.

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In RealLife, the piranha's viciousness is exaggerated. When they're not hungry or are asleep, they flee from anything that disturbs them. Their famous schooling behavior is not done to attack prey, but to protect themselves from predators like caimen, caimans, giant river otters, and freshwater dolphins. Of course, when they do become hungry and are inclined to attack they actually can leave nothing but bones when they are inclined to attack and eat.bones. While President UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt did once observe Amazon piranhas reduce a cow to a skeleton in a few minutes, this occurred under artificial conditions. The locals had blocked off this portion of the tributary with nets, dumped hordes of extra piranhas in there, and starved them for days before throwing the cow in, all in the name of making a spectacle for the visiting president. Dropping the cow into a pit full of starving humans would have had a similar result, as anybody who's seen a zombie movie could tell you.



* Carvanha from ''{{Pokemon}}''. Notably, [[ShownTheirWork the Pokedex does say that Carvanha are timid as individuals.]] Unsurprisingly, it evolves into [[EverythingsEvenWorseWithSharks Sharpedo]].
** ''Black and White'' has Basculin.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Pokemon}}'':
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Carvanha from ''{{Pokemon}}''.the Hoenn games. Notably, [[ShownTheirWork the Pokedex does say that Carvanha are timid as individuals.]] Unsurprisingly, it evolves into [[EverythingsEvenWorseWithSharks Sharpedo]].
** ''Black ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' has Basculin, based in equal parts on piranha and White'' has Basculin.sea bass. They come in two forms -- red-striped and blue-striped -- and are noted for their hostility, especially towards Basculin of a different color than themselves.



* In ''[[VideoGame/SpyroYearOfTheDragon Spyro 3]]'', the Midday Gardens world has a level called Spooky Swamp. The water there is ''full'' of piranhas! And they ''will kill you'' if you so much as ''land'' in it, let alone try to ''swim'', unless you ''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis get. the hell. out of there.]]''
** At least there are warning signs.

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* In ''[[VideoGame/SpyroYearOfTheDragon Spyro 3]]'', ''VideoGame/SpyroYearOfTheDragon'', the Midday Gardens world has a level called Spooky Swamp. The water there is ''full'' of piranhas! And they ''will kill you'' if you so much as ''land'' in it, let alone try to ''swim'', unless you ''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis get. the The hell. out Out of there.]]''
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there]]''. At least there are warning signs.



* You can catch piranha in the ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'' games; the PlayerCharacter lampshades this trope when they do ([[MisplacedWildlife "Which river is this, anyway?"]]). And after you've donated one to the museum, you can see it bashing itself against the wall of the tank...but the description for it claims, [[ShownTheirWork correctly]], that piranha are actually quite timid.

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* You can catch piranha in the ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'' games; the PlayerCharacter lampshades this trope when they do ([[MisplacedWildlife "Which river is this, anyway?"]]). And after you've donated one to the museum, you can see it bashing itself against the wall of the tank... but the description for it claims, [[ShownTheirWork correctly]], that piranha are actually quite timid.
25th Jan '17 11:34:21 PM Luppercus
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* One of the pets of ''Series/TheAddamsFamily'' is a piranha, the Addams' equivalent of a gold fish.
29th Oct '16 6:51:24 PM foxley
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* In ''Killer Fish'', loot from a diamond heist is placed in a dam lake with introduced piranha as its protector.

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* In ''Killer Fish'', ''Film/KillerFish'', loot from a diamond heist is placed in a dam lake with introduced piranha as its protector.



* Averted in the Literature/AbleTeam novel "Amazon Slaughter". The team is attacked by piranhas while swimming a river, but they only give some nasty bites (at the time, the protagonist is more worried because he thinks the pain means he's just been shot).
* In the ''Literature/JamesBond'' novel 'Literature/YouOnlyLiveTwice'', Doctor Shatterhand has piranha pools on his grounds, all the better to dispose of people who have not yet succumbed to the other lethal attractions of his gardens.

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* Averted in the Literature/AbleTeam novel "Amazon Slaughter".''Amazon Slaughter''. The team is attacked by piranhas while swimming a river, but they only give some nasty bites (at the time, the protagonist is more worried because he thinks the pain means he's just been shot).
* In the ''Literature/JamesBond'' novel 'Literature/YouOnlyLiveTwice'', ''Literature/YouOnlyLiveTwice'', Doctor Shatterhand has piranha pools on his grounds, all the better to dispose of people who have not yet succumbed to the other lethal attractions of his gardens.



* One of the episodes of the TV show ''Cliffhanger'' had the PluckyGirl reporter dangling six inches over the Amazon river, which was teeming with piranha.

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* One of the episodes of the TV show ''Cliffhanger'' ''Series/{{Cliffhanger}}'' had the PluckyGirl reporter dangling six inches over the Amazon river, which was teeming with piranha.


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* ''Series/{{CSI}}'': In "Table Stakes", the killer disposes of a body by feeding it to piranhas.
* ''Series/{{QI}}'': In the "Killers" episode of the 'K' season, Stephen discusses the Pacu fish. From Papua New Guinea and a relative to the piranha, it eats seeds and nuts. It also goes for a different kind of nut, hence its nick name of the "Ball-cutter fish", which goes for the gonads if you are swimming naked near it. There are two recorded deaths by castration from this fish.
31st Aug '16 5:47:55 PM MrNickelodeon
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* On Disneyland's Jungle Cruise ride, one stretch of the river is infested with animatronic piranha that leap out of the water toward the boat.

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* On Disneyland's Jungle Cruise [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Disneyland]]'s ''Ride/JungleCruise'' ride, one stretch of the river is infested with animatronic piranha that leap out of the water toward the boat.
26th Aug '16 6:07:12 AM MarqFJA
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* ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'': Young Tantor mistakes a swimming Tarzan for a piranha, only to be told that [[MisplacedWildlife piranhas don't live in Africa]]. This then [[FunnyMoments completely derails the elephants' conversational topics]]: "There are no piranhas in Africa." "Don't tell the kid that! Of course there are piranhas in Africa!" "No, she's right, they're native to South America..."

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* ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'': Young Tantor mistakes a swimming Tarzan for a piranha, only to be told that [[MisplacedWildlife piranhas don't live in Africa]]. This then [[FunnyMoments completely derails the elephants' conversational topics]]: "There are no piranhas in Africa." "Don't tell the kid that! Of course there are piranhas in Africa!" "No, she's right, they're native to South America..."" That said, it's probably for the best to avoid thinking too hard about [[FridgeLogic how these African elephants even knew that piranhas or the Americas existed in the first place]].
21st Aug '16 12:15:26 PM nombretomado
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* In the ''[[ECComics Tales From the Crypt]]'' story "The Bath", a servant fills a corrupt mine owner's bath with piranhas, with predictable results, as retribution for the owner killing the servant's family.

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* In the ''[[ECComics ''[[Creator/ECComics Tales From the Crypt]]'' story "The Bath", a servant fills a corrupt mine owner's bath with piranhas, with predictable results, as retribution for the owner killing the servant's family.
10th Jul '16 6:37:01 PM eroock
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror'' segment "Terror In Tiny Toon", Itchy shoots a swarm of piranha from a hose reducing everything below Bart's head to the bones, they later fix this by playing it backwards.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror'' segment [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS10E4TreehouseOfHorrorIX "Terror In Tiny Toon", Toon"]], Itchy shoots a swarm of piranha from a hose reducing everything below Bart's head to the bones, they later fix this by playing it backwards.
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