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* [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in the pilot of ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretSaturdays'' when the family is traversing through the amazon river, a piranha [[MuggingTheMonster bites]] [[ADogNamedDog Komodo's]] tail who then proceeds to [[EatingTheEnemy eat it]].
25th Sep '17 3:47:49 PM Theriocephalus
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* ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'': Blofeld kept a piranha pond in his underground lair - handy for getting rid of failed employees.

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* ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'': Blofeld kept a piranha pond in his underground lair - -- handy for getting rid of failed employees.



** Except that's not really demonstrating the principle of the trope - piranha are by nature opportunistic feeders, so of course they'll go after a carcass. Later in the episode he jumped into a pool that had been filled with piranha and spent several minutes up to his chest in the water, when he exited it unharmed. In the River Monsters: Unhooked commentary, he said that shooting that scene was one of the least pleasant things he'd ever done on the show and had wanted to get out of the water much sooner, but the director wouldn't let him.

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** Except that's not really demonstrating the principle of the trope - -- piranha are by nature opportunistic feeders, so of course they'll go after a carcass. Later in the episode he jumped into a pool that had been filled with piranha and spent several minutes up to his chest in the water, when he exited it unharmed. In the River Monsters: Unhooked commentary, he said that shooting that scene was one of the least pleasant things he'd ever done on the show and had wanted to get out of the water much sooner, but the director wouldn't let him.



* Referenced in ''Series/PennAndTellerTellALie'' [[spoiler:and debunked with Teller going for a swim in a tank containing thirty of the little fish - who are less hungry, and more terrified of "big fish" Teller.]]
* One of the Ways on ''Series/OneThousandWaysToDie'' combines piranha with candiru (the fish that The Monarch was referencing in ''The Venture Brothers'' entry below) for a rather gruesome death - especially if you're male.

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* Referenced in ''Series/PennAndTellerTellALie'' [[spoiler:and debunked with Teller going for a swim in a tank containing thirty of the little fish - -- who are less hungry, and more terrified of "big fish" Teller.]]
* One of the Ways on ''Series/OneThousandWaysToDie'' combines piranha with candiru (the fish that The Monarch was referencing in ''The Venture Brothers'' entry below) for a rather gruesome death - -- especially if you're male.



* ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie'' has BubblegloopSwamp, the water of which is infested with piranhas that take your health away anytime you entered the water. The only way to safely traverse the water was to wear wading boots, or have Mumbo Jumbo turn you into an alligator (because piranhas are afraid of alligators).
** There's even a piranha-like enemy found in various areas of the game called Chump.

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* ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie'' has BubblegloopSwamp, the water of which is infested with piranhas that take your health away anytime you entered the water. The only way to safely traverse the water was to wear wading boots, or have Mumbo Jumbo turn you into an alligator (because piranhas are afraid of alligators).
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alligators). There's even a piranha-like enemy found in various areas of the game called Chump.



* The 2005 ''[[VideoGame/ThePunisher Punisher]]'' video game features piranha tanks that you can use to threaten enemies into giving you info by holding them just a few inches from the water's surface. Of course, there's nothing stopping you from dunking your victims - Frank sticks the enemy's head in for a few seconds and pulls it out, revealing that most of the guy's face has been eaten off.

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* The 2005 ''[[VideoGame/ThePunisher Punisher]]'' video game features piranha tanks that you can use to threaten enemies into giving you info by holding them just a few inches from the water's surface. Of course, there's nothing stopping you from dunking your victims - -- Frank sticks the enemy's head in for a few seconds and pulls it out, revealing that most of the guy's face has been eaten off.



-->'''The Monarch''': I don't think I'm the one in danger here... considering the sad fact that right below you flows the MIGHTY AMAZON - teeming with the most GRUESOME fish to ever...

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-->'''The Monarch''': I don't think I'm the one in danger here... considering the sad fact that right below you flows the MIGHTY AMAZON - -- teeming with the most GRUESOME fish to ever...



* Many villages along rivers with piranha have a designated 'garbage dump' spot in the river, and the piranha will greedily devour ''anything'' dumped into the water there, as they've been taught it will be food. It's often fairly safe to swim in the river - unless you try to jump in at the garbage dump.

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* Many villages along rivers with piranha have a designated 'garbage dump' spot in the river, and the piranha will greedily devour ''anything'' dumped into the water there, as they've been taught it will be food. It's often fairly safe to swim in the river - -- unless you try to jump in at the garbage dump.
13th Aug '17 6:22:10 PM WillyFourEyes
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* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', Piranhas (or Opinicus Fish in later revisions) are the main foes that Sabin and Cyan fight when they take a dive down Baren Falls to escape TheEmpire. A purplish piranha called R(h)izopas serves as the boss battle after a few waves of Piranhas are defeated, and it uses powerful elemental attacks.
31st May '17 4:43:17 PM YourMomma
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* ''VisualNovel/NewDanganRonpaV3'':
** At one point in the story, Angie and Himiko put on a magic show in which the latter has to escape from an aquarium filled with piranhas. [[spoiler: Himiko manages to escape unharmed, but Ryoma's corpse, which was hidden inside the piranha tank above the aquarium, gets reduced to a '''''freaking skeleton'''''.]]

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* ''VisualNovel/NewDanganRonpaV3'':
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At one point in the story, ''VisualNovel/NewDanganRonpav3'', Angie and Himiko put on a magic show in which the latter has to escape from an aquarium filled with piranhas. [[spoiler: Himiko manages to escape unharmed, but Ryoma's corpse, which was hidden inside the piranha tank above the aquarium, gets reduced to a '''''freaking skeleton'''''.]]
31st May '17 4:41:58 PM YourMomma
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* ''VisualNovel/NewDanganRonpaV3'':
** At one point in the story, Angie and Himiko put on a magic show in which the latter has to escape from an aquarium filled with piranhas. [[spoiler: Himiko manages to escape unharmed, but Ryoma's corpse, which was hidden inside the piranha tank above the aquarium, gets reduced to a '''''freaking skeleton'''''.]]
30th Apr '17 1:07:50 AM Theriocephalus
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* As noted in ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'', the standard unit of hungriness in piranhas is one cow: "They can devour an entire cow in ten minutes". Of course, the strip has a [[EverythingsBetterWithCows cow]] note this fact.

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* ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'':
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As noted in ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'', always, the standard unit of hungriness in piranhas is stated to be one cow: "They can devour an entire cow in ten minutes". Of course, the strip has a [[EverythingsBetterWithCows cow]] note this fact.
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.
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