Shy Guy

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Shy Guy
Official artwork of Shy Guy from Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker.
Universe Mario
Debut Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic (1987) Japan
Smash Bros. appearances Melee
Most recent non-Smash appearance Dr. Mario World (2019)
Console/platform of origin Famicom
Species Shy Guy
Gender Male
Place of origin Yoshi's Island, Subcon
Article on Super Mario Wiki Shy Guy

Shy Guys (ヘイホー, Heiho) are enemies originating in the Mario series and commonly appearing in the Yoshi games.


A pair of Shy Guys as they originally appeared in Super Mario Bros. 2.

Shy Guys first appeared as common enemies in the Japan-only game Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic, repurposed as Super Mario Bros. 2 for international markets. They simply walk around, and like most other enemies can be picked up and thrown. They often appear in spin-off Mario games with several roles. Starting with Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island they became the basic common enemy in the Yoshi games.

In Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Propeller Shy Guy, a subspecies of Shy Guys, appear as a trophy. For whatever reason, they are called Shy Guys.

Trophy description[edit]

The Shy Guys trophy in Melee
Shy Guys

There are many types of Shy Guys: they've been known to walk on the ground, fly through the air, traipse about on stilts, wear flowers or camouflage, throw balls, swing balls, swing bats, sail on pirate ships, carry fruit, do the Bamboo Dance, ride submarines, play guitar, play tennis, wear red, come in large or small sizes, steal people's toys, cause mischief...

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Shy Guys drive karts as Mute City-style hazards on the Mario Circuit stage, that inflict 15%/10% damage to a character when contact is made. They can be hit with attacks or items; once defeated, they start spinning out of control, becoming harmless.

Trophy description[edit]

The Shy Guy trophy in Brawl
Shy Guy

A character in a white mask with black eyes and mouth that appears in a number of Mario and Yoshi games. Although Shy Guys' actions are varied--from flying to carrying objects--their true faces are still a mystery. If only for an instant, who wouldn't want to see an unmasked Shy Guy?

  • Super Mario Bros 2 (1988)
  • Yoshi's Island DS (2006)


Name Game Effect Characters
Shy Guy Yoshi's Story AttackLeg+004TypeIcon(Foot).png Attack +4 All charactersRandomHeadSSBB.png
Brawl Sticker Shy Guy (Yoshi's Story).png
Shy Guy
(Yoshi's Story)

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS[edit]

Shy Guys in SSB3DS on Rainbow Road.
Two Shy Guys attacking in a Challenge room.

Shy Guys appear as stage hazards on Rainbow Road, where, similar to their role in Mario Circuit, they drive karts which can hurt characters. Unlike in Mario Circuit, though, they can't be attacked.

Light blue, yellow, red, and green Shy Guys appear in Smash Run as enemies. Light blue Shy Guys have more health, red ones deal more damage, green ones are faster, and yellow ones jump higher. Each type of Shy Guy drops stat boosts related to its specialty: Defense, Attack, Speed, and Jump respectively.

Trophy description[edit]

Red Shy Guy
Ntsc What hides behind that smooth, white mask? Shy Guys aren't about to show you, that's for sure. In Smash Run, each color of Shy Guy has different characteristics, and the red ones are the best at attacking. They've learned how to deliver a combo of angry punches if they can get close enough!
Pal These bashful baddies are so shy that no one's ever seen their real faces. Since their debut, all kinds of different Shy Guys have come out of the woodwork, and in Smash Run, each colour has its strengths. The red ones are better at attacking and hit you with punch combos. Beat them to get your hands on some Attack stat boosts.
Blue Shy Guy
Ntsc These guys are too shy to show you their real faces, so they hide them behind white masks. Some people claim they've seen Shy Guys walking on stilts or even running around on fire! In Smash Run, the blue Shy Guys have better defense than other Shy Guys, but that really isn't saying much...
Pal Just what IS beneath this Shy Guy's mask? Could it be...another mask?! Anyway, Shy Guys come in lots of varieties: some walk on stilts, others are always on fire! In Smash Run, these blue ones have better defence than the others. It's only slightly better, though, so don't worry. Defeat them to get yourself some Defence stat boosts.
Yellow Shy Guy
Ntsc Those white masks are just eerie, but it's possible they are better than what actually hides behind them... Anyway, some people claim to have seen tall Shy Guys with longer masks than normal. In Smash Run, yellow Shy Guys are great jumpers, so they'll drop Jump stat boosts when defeated.
Pal Did you know there are lots of different kinds of Shy Guy, including massive ones with giant masks? In Smash Run, yellow Shy Guys are slightly better at jumping than the others. Sometimes, though, they're just too busy bouncing to attack. Take them down to get Jump stat boosts.
Green Shy Guy
Ntsc Perhaps the white mask just conceals another, whiter mask beneath? There is no way to know, as these shy fellows will never take them off. In Smash Run, the green Shy Guys can run faster than other Shy Guys. You'll have to be quick to catch them, but you'll be rewarded with Speed stat boosts!
Pal Their white masks certainly make them look the same, but on the inside, Shy Guys are very different - some dream of being soldiers or dancers! In Smash Run, the green ones are fast on their feet, so they're quick to close in and hit you with a punch combo. Deal with them to get Speed stat boosts.
Shy Guy + Standard Kart
Ntsc Shy Guy makes his debut as a racer in Mario Kart 7 once you win the 150cc Shell Cup. He's a lightweight racer with superb handling. Watch out for the eight Shy Guys racing around the Rainbow Road stage—they'll happily run you over if you get in their way!
Pal Shy Guy makes his debut as a selectable character in Mario Kart 7, and all you have to do to unlock him is win the 150cc Shell Cup. He's lightweight, like Toad and Koopa, and has excellent handling. The Rainbow Road stage has eight Shy Guys whizzing around the track, so be careful not to get hit, or you'll go speeding off the stage!

In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[edit]

Shy Guys appear as stage hazards in both the old and the new Mario Circuit stages. In the new Mario Circuit, they can't be attacked.

Trophy description[edit]

The Shy Guy trophy in for Wii U
Shy Guy

These bashful baddies are so shy that no one's ever seen their real faces. They debuted in Doki Doki Panic before becoming a Mario series mainstay when that game was reworked into Super Mario Bros. 2. They come in different colors, each with unique characteristics. Some can walk on stilts; others are always on fire!

NES: Super Mario Bros. 2 (10/1988)
SNES: Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (10/1995)

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Shy Guys on the Figure-8 Circuit stage in Ultimate.

Shy Guys reappear as stage hazards on the returning Figure-8 Circuit (formerly Mario Circuit (SSBB)) and Mario Circuit stages. Their behavior appears to be unchanged from the previous two games. Shy Guys also appear as spirits. In their spirit battle, you face a Mii Brawler, Mii Gunner, and Mii Swordfighter wearing the Shy Guy Mask and outfit. The battle takes place on the Battlefield version of Mushroom Kingdom 2. The enemy favors neutral specials and is distracted by items. The spirit has a power of 2,600. The actual spirit is a Novice Neutral Spirit. He gives you better damage with fist attacks and has a cost of 2 slots. He is spirit No. 43.


No. Image Name Type Class Slot / Cost Ability Series
Shy Guy
2 Fist Attack ↑ Super Mario Series
Roger Ghost Spirit.png
Roger the Potted Ghost
★★ 1 Strong-Wind Resist Yoshi Series