Piranha (comics)

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Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Sub-Mariner #70 (May 1974)
Created by Marv Wolfman and George Tuska
In-story information
Team affiliations Deep Six
Abilities Superhuman strength
Human intellect
Sharp teeth
Fish telepathy

Piranha is a fictional character in the Marvel Universe.

Fictional character biography[edit]

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.[1]

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.[volume & issue needed]

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.[2]

Marvel Zombies[edit]

After Marvel Zombies 3, the zombie Deadpool's head was teleported to the bottom of the ocean along with the Zombie (Simon Garth). The Deadpool head infected Piranha and all of the Men-Fish with the zombie plague. When the Men-Fish attacked a cruise ship, the new Midnight Sons arrived and destroyed them. As the Midnight Sons explored the ship, the now zombified Piranha attacked them.[3] Daimon Hellstrom causes the ship to explode, destroying all the Men-Fish; Piranha's fate is not shown.[4]

Powers and abilities[edit]

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 telepathically.


  1. ^ Sub-Mariner #71 (May, 1974)
  2. ^ Defenders vol. 2 #7 (September, 2001)
  3. ^ Marvel Zombies 4 #1
  4. ^ Marvel Zombies 4 #2

External links[edit]

  • Piranha at the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe