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