Created By: Jubileus57 on August 15, 2017 Last Edited By: Jubileus57 on August 19, 2017

Painful Pointy Pufferfish

Pufferfishes harm other beings with their spikes

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Being on the business side of these quills must be quite hurtful.
Pufferfishes are fishes from the Tetraodontiformes order that are well-known for their ability to inflate their bodies by inhaling water, so they can scare off predators and defend themselves. One of their subfamilies, the Diodontidae, have a groovy bonus feature: their are covered with Spikes of Doom that can deal a world of hurt to the poor souls that try to swallow them.

They are as such often seen in fiction stabbing other people with their spikes. Sometimes they spear others by their own accord, other times they are weaponized by another character. Painful Pointy Pufferfishes are notably common in Video Games in the Under the Sea levels,

Sub-Trope of Spikes of Doom. Related to The Spiny. If wielded as a weapon by another character, it is a Sub-Trope of Shamu Fu.


  • In Stormbreaker, Jack wins a fight against Nadia Vole by impaling her hand with the pufferfish she had been painting before the quarrel.

Video Games
  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
    • Fugu is a giant yellow pufferfish that can inflate to ridiculous sizes (its biggest form takes more than two thirds of the screen and literally dwarfs the big ape that is Donkey Kong). It is covered in damaging quills except for its rear, which act as its weak point.
    • The Fish Poker Pops attack a stick with a porcupine fish at both ends.
    • The Pufftup enemies are porcupine fishes that randomly inflate and deflate. When inflated, they can only be defeated by Cranky Kong's cane, as their spikes prevent the Kongs from touching them without being hurt.
  • Ecco the Dolphin and Ecco: The Tides of Time had pufferfishes in many levels. In their un-puffed state, Ecco could eat them to regain health, like many other fish. But eating one would prompt the rest to puff up, and they'd injure Ecco if he tried to eat them in that state.
  • Pufferfishes in Feeding Frenzy and its sequel regularly inflate their bodies to sting the fishes trying to eat them. Touching one in their inflated state will send the fishes backward, and it is the only way the player can lose points in both games.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword has Froaks, airborne pufferfish-like creatures. They appear spikeless at first, but will puff up, revealing their harmful quills. They are also prone to exploding.
  • The Streetpass Mii Plaza game Mii Force features the Battling Blowfish, a giant robotic pufferfish submarine with retractable spikes, as a boss. One of its numerous way to damage the heroes is ramming into them with with all its prongs out.
  • In Pokémon Gold and Silver, Qwilfish is based on a pufferfish. Not only can it sting with its spikes (it learns many spike-related moves like Toxic Spikes, Fell Stinger, Spikes or Poison Sting), it can fire them at its foes as well.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog has various robotic examples:
  • In Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage!, there is a level called Mystic Marsh, which contains all sorts of strange fusions of animals. One of them is a cross between a platypus and a pufferfish. When they're in their platypus form, they can be defeated without an issue, but trying to attack them while they're puffed up will hurt Spyro.
  • Super Mario Bros. :
    • Super Mario World introduced the Porcupuffer, a gigantic pufferfish-like Cheep Cheep that chases Mario around some levels. The spikes on its back prevent Mario from jumping on it, as they will damage the plumber. After a long hiatus, they now appear commonly in recent Mario games.
    • Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga has the Puffer Cheeps. They first look like blue Cheep Cheeps, but when damaged by the plumbers, they puff up, revealing their spikes which damage the Mario Brothers when jumped on. Harming them once more will deflate them.

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