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The Piranha[1] (ピラニー[2] Piranī?) is an enemy that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a mass-produced, piranha-based Badnik model created by Dr. Robotnik.



Referred to as "flying fishes",[3] Piranhas are yellow torpedo-shaped fish-like robots with large jet motors on their back, gray dorsal and pectoral fins, black eyes on the front, and a gray lower jaw below their eyes.


A Piranha in Knuckles' Chaotix.

In Knuckles' Chaotix, Piranhas are only found in Marina Madness. They have a rather simple attack pattern of hovering back and forth in midair. Occasionally, when the playable character is standing below this Badnik, the Piranha stops and belches up a small mine that explodes after landing on the ground. It is possible to get hit by Piranhas in certain areas with hovering high-tech marinas. After that, the Piranha hovers in one place for a couple of seconds before continuing its regular attack pattern, providing an opportunity for the player to Spin Jump into it. Like many of the enemies in the game, Piranhas are powered by synthesized Rings which they drop upon defeat.

In other media

Books and comics

Sonic the Comic

The Piranha in Sonic the Comic.

In the Sonic the Comic series published by Fleetway Editions, the Piranhas are a part of Dr. Robotnik's Badnik army. They appeared only once during the comic's run, namely in Sonic the Comic #131 where it joined an ambush on the Freedom Fighters.

Archie Comics

Main article: Piranha (Archie)

Piranhas in Archie Comics.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, the Piranhas are old robots from Dr. Eggman's Badnik Horde. Several of them were left behind on Isolated Island and got turned into helper robots by Dr. Ellidy.


  1. Knuckles' Chaotix (Sega 32X) United States instruction manual pg. 27.
  2. Knuckles' Chaotix (Sega 32X) Japanese instruction manual pgs. 42-43.
  3. Knuckles' Chaotix (Sega 32X) United States instruction manual pg. 21.

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