Shy Guy

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Shy Guy
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Yoshi's Crafted World artwork
First appearance Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic (1987, overall)
Super Mario Bros. 2 (1988, Mario franchise)
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (1995, Yoshi franchise)
Latest appearance Mario Strikers: Battle League (2022, overall)
Yoshi's Crafted World (2019, Yoshi franchise)

Shy Guys, alternatively formatted as Shy-Guys, are a recurring enemy in the Yoshi franchise and its parent Mario franchise. They are recognizable by their masks, which they wear due to their shyness. Shy Guys appear in many colors, but are usually colored red. In the Yoshi franchise, Shy Guys make their debut in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. However, they made their first overall appearance in Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic, but were eventually implemented into the Mario franchise when the game was released overseas as Super Mario Bros. 2.

Shy Guys have rarely appeared in the mainline Super Mario series titles, like several other enemies introduced in Super Mario Bros. 2. A majority of their appearances within platforming titles are within the two platforming series of the Yoshi franchise: the Yoshi's Island series and the Yoshi platform series.


Yoshi's Island series[edit]

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island / Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3[edit]

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Shy-Guys[1] appear in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and its Game Boy Advance remake Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3. Here, they are extremely common and weak enemies, simply walking or flipping forward to occasionally stop and look left and right. They sometimes appear out of Pipes unless Yoshi has a full six eggs. The colors they come in are red, yellow, green, and magenta (featured in pink due to SNES graphic palette limits) and have different colored mask straps. Some of their variants, such as Boo Guys, make their debut in the game. Like other enemies, they can be defeated by jumping on them, although they will respawn when Yoshi leaves the area and returns. In addition, they can be eaten and turned into eggs, which prevents them from respawning. In dark levels of the game, it is revealed that their shoes glow in the dark.

Yoshi Touch & Go[edit]

Two Shy Guys in Yoshi Touch & Go

Shy Guys reappear in Yoshi Touch & Go. They are vulnerable to all attacks and are worth a Yellow Coin. In this game, like all the other enemies, bumping into a Shy Guy causes an instant Game Over. Shy Guy serves the same purpose in this game as in the previous, as working as a common soldier for Baby Bowser. Many varieties of Shy Guy appear on the island, red being the most common.

Yoshi's Island DS[edit]

Artwork of three Shy Guys in Yoshi's Island DS

Shy Guys also appear in Yoshi's Island DS as very common and weak enemies. Yoshi can use any tactic to defeat them: jumping, egg-throwing, or swallowing. While Shy Guys in this game have the same role as they did in Yoshi's Island, there is a boss known as Big Guy the Stilted, a massive robot seemingly built by Shy Guys.

Other than being common enemies, Shy Guys also have their own section in the Island Museum. Yoshi can view the different types of Shy Guys in that section, though Shy Guys that do not wander on land, such as Toober Guys, are only in the marine section.

Most of the color variants in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island return in Yoshi's Island DS, except for blue and magenta.

Yoshi's New Island[edit]

Shy Guys appear as enemies in Yoshi's New Island, where they simply walk around, like in the past games. Mega Guys appear, turning into Mega Eggdozers if swallowed by a Yoshi. New variants include Metal Guy, which turns into a Metal Eggdozer if a Yoshi swallows it, as well as Door Heihō and Tree Heihō. In addition, a Fake Yoshi is a Shy Guy in disguise.

Yoshi platform series[edit]

Yoshi's Story[edit]

Yoshi's Story artwork of a White Shy Guy

In Yoshi's Story, Shy Guys are once again common enemies, walking forward and backward. Woozy Guys from Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island are not present, but they have their places taken by more varieties. Some Shy Guys carry fruit or hide in trees. To defeat Shy Guys that are in trees, Yoshi must ground-pound near the tree they are hiding in, causing them to fall out. Additionally, if Yoshi ground-pounds near a Shy Guy, its color changes, although the reason for this change is unknown.[2] If Yoshi ground-pounds near a Shy Guy while affected by a Heart Fruit, the Shy Guy turns into a Lucky Fruit.

If a Yoshi eats a Shy Guy of matching color, it is awarded with three petals on the Smile Meter instead of one. Additionally, when a Baby Yoshi eats a Shy Guy, the Yoshi Egg that is produced is the same color as the Shy Guy. This game also introduces the first "good" Shy Guy, the White Shy Guy, as well as the more deadly black Shy Guys. Shy Guys have voices in this game and can be distinctly heard saying, "Heiho" (their Japanese name), along with other sounds.

In the level Shy Guy's Ship, Shy Guys attack from a pirate ship in the background, launching Bob-ombs at the Yoshis.

Yoshi's Woolly World / Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World[edit]

A Shy Guy from Yoshi's Woolly World

Shy Guys appear in Yoshi's Woolly World and Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World, acting as they do in previous Yoshi games. If they are eaten, they are unraveled and turned into yarn balls; their masks also come off. Three new variants of Shy Guy are introduced in this game: Bomb Guys, Hook Guys, and Pharaoh Guys, as well as brown colored Shy Guys. There is one Shy Guy sitting peacefully in the foreground of the inside of Miss Cluck the Insincere's Castle in front of the entrance Yoshi enters. In Lair of the Smooch Spiders, Shy Guys can be found tied to webs; Yoshi can use his tongue to untie and release them. In King Bowser's Castle, Yoshi must obtain yarn balls from Shy Guys of four different colors and use each to wrap one of the four statues at a large entrance to open it. However, only a few of the necessary Shy Guys appear among a multitude of black ones. When the player picks a music track to play in the Scrapbook Theater, Shy Guys drift from right to left in the form of musical notes.

Yoshi's Crafted World[edit]

Shy Guys reappear in Yoshi's Crafted World, serving the same purpose as in previous Yoshi games. They can be seen doing various activities such as flying a kite, hiding behind cardboard cutouts, etc. They act and appear as they did in previous games, but in Dino Desert, they can wear a dinosaur skull. When this happens, they proceed to chase after Yoshi, destroying any stone block in front of them, and cannot be defeated. Yoshi's Crafted World brings many more new types of Shy Guy including: Attack Ghosts, Bazooka Heyho, Donguri Heyho, Fly Heyho, Juggling Heyho, Ninja Guys, Rush Heyho, Skall Heyho, Vampire Heyho, Zombie Guys, and Zombie Debuho. Additionally, several variants wear pilot-themed orange clothing in Altitude Adjustment, pirate-themed clothing in Pirate Pier and Bombs Away on Pirate Island, space-themed silver clothing in Outer Orbit, and circus-themed red and black clothing in Hoop-Jump Hop.

Tetris Attack[edit]

Shy-Guys accompany Raphael The Raven in his stage

Shy-Guys appear to be allied with Raphael The Raven in Tetris Attack. A spell was cast on all of them to work for Bowser. They appear in the 8th level and are saved by Yoshi.

Related appearances[edit]

Mario Baseball series[edit]

Shy Guy, Mario Super Sluggers
A Red Shy Guy in Mario Superstar Baseball

Shy Guys of all different colors are playable in Mario Superstar Baseball. They are balanced characters. Ironically, their starting captain is Yoshi, one of their earliest enemies. They appear in Mario Super Sluggers, still on Yoshi's team.

In Mario Super Sluggers, all the Shy Guys have their fielding skills boosted a few levels, with the Black Shy Guy showing the best fielding abilities. Their batting ranges from average to low, their pitching is weak and their running is generally slow.

Regarding chemistry, in Mario Superstar Baseball, Shy Guys show good chemistry with Birdo and Monty Mole, while showing bad chemistry with Baby Mario and Baby Luigi. In Mario Super Sluggers, the Shy Guys maintain their good chemistry with Birdo and Monty Mole, but they also display good chemistry with Boo. Their bad chemistry is also expanded to include their relationships with Yoshi and the Yoshi species, as well as Baby Mario, Baby Luigi, Baby Peach, Baby Daisy, and Baby DK.



Yoshi-related appearances[edit]






  1. ^ Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Nintendo Player's Guide. Page 128.
  2. ^ Yoshi's Story instruction booklet, page 21.