The Piranha Plant was the first DLC character announced for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The fans originally wondered how a potted plant could move around the battlefield, but a closer inspection of the reveal trailer showed that the Piranha Plant does have little feet that pop out of the bottom of its pot.
It turns out that the Piranha Plant had longer legs than anyone realized, as its entire character model has been revealed online. The Piranha Plant has actually been sporting a full set of legs the whole time.
A Twitter user named @MarioBrothBlog has uploaded an image of Piranha Plant's character model with the legs extended. The player usually only catches a brief glimpse of the tip of its feet when it's running around, but there is a lot more leg there than anyone realized.
The Piranha Plant fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has legs that appear briefly during certain animations (left). The legs are never completely extended out of the pot. On the right is the model extracted from the game's files, showing the full length of the legs. pic.twitter.com/6SypcYM8TB— Supper Mario Broth (@MarioBrothBlog) May 5, 2019
The Piranha Plant has a creepy set of green legs that are always hiding in the pot that is obscured from the player most of the time. It just so happens that the Piranha Plant has a set of roots that look and act just like feet, which are necessary in order for it to be a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, as a stationary creature that is planted in the ground wouldn't last very long.
The character models in the Super Smash Bros. series have held a lot of secrets that the player wouldn't see under normal circumstances, so it's not surprising that the Piranha Plant would have a full set of legs hidden in its pot.
It was always a strange design choice to turn a plant into a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, especially as a lot of nature-related moves were already covered by Ivysaur. Masahiro Sakurai and his team did an incredible job of turning the Piranha Plant into a clever and inventive character in regards to its move set, even though a lot of fans are still disappointed that a regular enemy made its way into the Super Smash Bros. series.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is available now for Nintendo Switch.