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Shy Guy

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Shy Guy
Official artwork of a red Shy Guy from Super Mario Party
A blue Shy Guy from Paper Mario: Color Splash
A yellow Shy Guy from Paper Mario: Color Splash
A green Shy Guy from Paper Mario: Color Splash
Official artwork of a black Shy Guy from Mario Kart Tour

Shy Guys as they appear in the Mario series.
Universe Mario
Debut Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic (1987) Japan
Smash Bros. appearances Melee
Most recent non-Smash appearance Mario Strikers: Battle League (2022)
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 from the Mario and Yoshi series.


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

Shy Guys made their debut in the Japan-only game Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic (repurposed as Super Mario Bros. 2 for international markets) as a common enemy, and have become a common enemy in later Mario games. They are humanoid enemies who wear robes and a white mask that features two large eyeholes and a round mouth hole. Their robes also appear in a variety of colors, with red being the most common.

Shy Guys are also known for being highly secretive about their true appearance, desperately trying to hide themselves in the few times their mask falls off. In Shy Guy's celebration cutscene in Mario Power Tennis, Luigi is the only one to have canonically seen a Shy Guy's real face. The Mario Strikers series also shows that Shy Guys have several masks that display different emotions, which they swap between when they need to.

In Super Mario Bros. 2, Shy Guys are mostly known for walking around and damaging the player on contact. Shy Guys can be defeated by grabbing them and throwing them against another enemy or into a nearby pitfall. Starting with Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island they became the basic common enemy in the Yoshi games.

Shy Guys often appear in spin-off Mario games with several roles. They first made their playable debut in Mario Tennis 64. They also appear in Mario Kart DS and Mario Kart 7 in download play multiplayer, where players without the respective games can only play as Shy Guy in their Standard Kart, marked with the emblem of their mask. In Mario Kart DS they're only playable in download play, while starting with Mario Kart 7 they're playable normally.

In Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

As a stage element[edit]

Propeller Shy Guys, a subspecies of Shy Guys, appear in the Yoshi's Story stage, flying across the screen in groups at random intervals. They cannot harm the players, but can be damaged. Some of them carry food (unless food items are disabled), which they will drop when they get KO'd, which will result in the player receiving a Shy-Guy KO bonus where the player receives 20 points for each Shy Guy KO'd.


Shy Guys's 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...
Super Mario Bros. 2 (10/88)

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

As a stage hazard[edit]

Shy Guys on their Standard Karts appear as stage hazards on the Mario Circuit stage. They drive their Standard Kart around the track and inflict 15%/10% damage to the player's fighter on contact. They can be hit with attacks or items; once defeated, they start spinning out of control, becoming harmless.


The Shy Guy trophy can be obtained as a challenge reward by hitting 10,000 m/30,000 ft combined with all fighters' Home-Run Contest records.

Shy Guy's 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?
NES: Super Mario Bros. 2
Nintendo DS: Yoshi's Island DS


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. 4[edit]

As a stage hazard[edit]

Shy Guys in for 3DS on Rainbow Road.

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, Shy Guys on Standard Karts appear as stage hazards on the Rainbow Road stage, reprising their role from the Mario Circuit stage in Brawl; however, Shy Guys cannot be attacked, and they appear in a variety of colors.

Shy Guys in the Mario Circuit stage in for Wii U

In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Shy Guys on Standard Karts appear as stage hazards for the returning Figure-8 Circuit stage and the Mario Circuit stages. They cannot be attacked in the latter stage.

As an enemy[edit]

Two Shy Guys attacking in a Challenge room.

Shy Guys appear as enemies in Smash Run, appearing in different colored robes, including red, yellow, green, and light blue. Each different color of Shy Guy features a different function, with red Shy Guys dealing more damage, yellow Shy Guys jumping higher, green Shy Guys being faster, and light blue Shy Guys having more health.

When the player's fighter approaches them, Shy Guys will jump in place a few times before charging at the player while flailing their arms. Each type of Shy Guy drops stat boosts related to their colors and specialty, including Attack, Jump, Speed, and Defense respectively.


The Shy Guy trophy appears in both versions and is part of the Yoshi's Island Trophy Box in the Wii U version. All other trophies are exclusive to the 3DS version.

Shy Guy's trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Shy Guy
Ntsc Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DSWhat 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 Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DSThese 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.
Super Smash Bros. for Wii UThese 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)
Blue Shy Guy's trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
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's trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
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's trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
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's trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
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. Ultimate[edit]

As a stage hazard and stage element[edit]

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

Shy Guys return as stage hazards for the returning Figure-8 Circuit and Mario Circuit stages, and as a stage element on the returning Yoshi's Story stage, reprising their behaviors from the previous games.

As a Mii Costume[edit]

SSBU Shy Guy Mask.jpg

The Shy Guy serves as the basis for the Shy Guy Mask headgear for the Mii Fighters.


Shy Guy also appears as a Novice-class primary spirit and is featured in the Roger the Potted Ghost spirit.

In Adventure Mode: World of Light, Shy Guy is presumably one of the countless spirits captured by Galeem during his takeover of the universe. Geno's spirit is located in the hill section of The Light Realm.

Shy Guy's Spirit Battle uses the Mii Brawler, Mii Gunner, and Mii Swordfighter puppet fighters wearing the Shy Guy outfit and is fought on the Mushroom Kingdom II stage's Battlefield form. During the battle, Throwing Type items will appear while the puppet fighters use neutral specials, referencing the projectiles launched by the similar-looking Snifit enemies.

In the Roger the Potted Ghost Spirit Battle, two Shy Guys each use a Meta Knight puppet fighter and is fought on the Dracula's Castle stage's Ω form. They are fought along with the Giant Wii Fit Trainer puppet fighter representing Roger the Potted Ghost. During the battle, the player must defeat the Wii Fit Trainer in one minute and the fighters' jumping power are decreased, referencing the ground-based boss battle against Roger in Yoshi's Island.

Primary spirit[edit]

No. Image Name Type Class Slots Base Power Max Power Base Attack Max Attack Base Defense Max Defense Ability Series
SSBU spirit Shy Guy.png
Shy Guy
2 795 3979 417 2085 348 1741 Fist Attack ↑ Super Mario Series

Support spirit[edit]

No. Image Name Class Cost Ability Series
from the game's files
Roger the Potted Ghost ★★ 1 Strong-Wind Resist Yoshi Series

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name
Japan Japanese ヘイホー, Heihō
UK English Shy Guy
France French (PAL) Maskass
Quebec French (NTSC) Maskache
Germany German Shy Guy
Spain Spanish Shy Guy
Italy Italian Tipo Timido
China Chinese 嘿呵, Hēihe
South Korea Korean 헤이호, Heiho
Netherlands Dutch Shy Guy
Russia Russian Скромняга