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Piranha has exceedingly sharp teeth and claws, and has a sleeping venom which can be exuded from those claws. Piranha is exceedingly fast, able to keep up with the Sub-Mariner when swimming. Piranha regenerates from damage, though exceedingly slowly; it is unknown if second generation Piranha possess this ability. Piranha is also stronger than normal humans. The original Piranha was able to go toe-to-toe with Namor, but the "second-generation" Piranhas were only able to over-power Namor with a 40:1 advantage, so the second generation seems much weaker, though still very powerful.
Piranha can telepathically control fish and sharks, but it is unknown if he can control any other forms of life. His control is not unlimited, as he was unable to stop a school of blood-maddened piranha from devouring him. Where multiple Piranhas exist, they can communicate telepathically with each other.
During his creation/evolution, Piranha absorbed intelligence by devouring Dr. Dorcas' assistants' remains.
Piranha in an underwater creature--though he has appeared above water, he has done so only briefly, and it is not known if he can breathe out of water.
When the original Piranha was eaten by a school of piranha, they eventually all evolved into duplicates of him. It is not yet known if these duplicate Piranha have this capability.
The Piranha was a normal piranha fish mutated by radiation into a semi-humanoid being with human intelligence. The Piranha had superhuman strength, teeth that were strong and sharp enough to penetrate the Sub-Mariner's skin, and the power to command other fish telekinetically.
The Piranha was created as a result of the experiments of Dr. Lemuel Dorcas, having been exposed to remaining radiation from Dorcas's previous work. After devouring Dorcas's deceased assistants and evolving from a normal fish into a humanoid fish, he ordered other fish into the radiation, creating more Men-Fish. Piranha and his Men-Fish traveled to Hydro-Base in the hopes of researching more of Dorcas' work there. They followed Namor and attacked him. During the fight, Piranha was wounded, and his blood attracted his piranhas, which turned on him and devoured him.
These piranhas who ate the original Piranha evolved into identical versions of the original, eventually numbering in the hundreds. They later captured Namor and the Thing, forcing them to fight to the death. The two combatants instead managed to crush the underwater stadium they fought in and crushed all the Piranhas.
The original Piranha eventually regenerated, and joined the team Deep Six while Attuma had seized the throne of Atlantis. Deep Six defended Attuma's throne from the invading Prince Namor and the Defenders twice, but lost to the Defenders the second time.
First Appearance: The Sub-Mariner (1968) #70
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All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2006)
#7 Marvel Encyclopedia (2002)
- 'Fire Above, Thunder Below'#11
Marvel Two-In-One (1974)
#28 Marvel Zombies 4 (2009)
- 'In The Power of the Piranha!'
#1 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
- 'Midnight Sons: Part 1'
The Sub-Mariner (1968)
- 'Namor Unchained!'#71
- 'Comes the Piranha!'
Deep Six (Marvel)(02 - Attuma's team)
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