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- In Stormbreaker, Jack wins a fight against Nadia Vole by impaling her hand with the pufferfish she had been painting before the quarrel.
- The mascot for the security-focused OpenBSD operating system is a pufferfish, evoking self-defence.
- Implied through the Animal Crossing series, as every quote the villager speaks when catching a pufferfish is an cry of pain instead of the Incredibly Lame Puns the other fishes elicit.
- Cuphead: The giant mermaid Cala Maria can summon some puffed-up pufferfishes that can damage the player.
- 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 with 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.
- Minecraft: The Guardians and Elder Guardians, monsters found in the Ocean Monuments, resemble cyclopean fish with long tails and cubical bodies covered with large spikes that they can extend and retract. When their spikes are extended, striking them with a melee weapon will deal players a heart of damage.
- 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 also fire them at its foes with the move Pin Missile. Further, it often has the ability Poison Point, which makes it so that when an opponent hits it with a physical attack, it has a 30% chance of being poisoned.
- Sonic the Hedgehog has various robotic examples:
- Sonic the Hedgehog 3 has both the Bubbles and the Pointdexters, which defend themselves with their quills and can only be hit when these are gone.
- Sonic 3D Blast has spiky airborne pufferfish badniks in Spring Stadium Zone and Gene Gadget Zone.
- Sonic Advance has the Senbon enemies found in Secret Plant Zone, airborne robotic pufferfish that defend themselves with their spikes.
- 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.
- 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.
- Super Mario Bros.:
- Super Mario World introduced the Porcupuffer, a gigantic pufferfish-like Cheep Cheep that chases Mario around some levels and provides this page's image. 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.