A Fighter Fly (also spelled Fighterfly, and referred to as a bee) is a hopping insect that first appeared in the sewers of the original Mario Bros. arcade game.


They wear blue masks around their eyes and do not have much of a good speed. Instead of walking, they bounce around for moving one place to another. In Mario Bros., they make what is thought to be a "ringing" sound before one of them enters the stage.


Mario Bros.

Fighter Flies are one of the myriad of pests that appear from the pipes to attack Mario and Luigi. They debut in the sixth phase. After emerging, a Fighter Fly will hop across the platform, which means the player has to time their jumps perfectly to strike one.

In early versions of Mario Bros., the designs for these enemies feature large toothy scowls and shiny eyes. However, their design was reworked for the multiplayer mode in the Super Mario All-Stars remake of Super Mario Bros. 3. In this game, they have large, white eyes with black pupils, while their scowls have been replaced with small closed mouths. Their heads are a light orange color, and they have noses. Their design was further developed in many iterations of the game for Game Boy Advance games. This includes additional colors and speeds depending on how many times they have been flipped over.


Fighter Flies also make an appearance in Luigi Bros.. Like other enemies, they retain their behavior from Mario Bros., which Luigi Bros. is based off of.

They also appear in NES Remix, serving as enemies and level objectives for some of the challenges and remixes that are based on Mario Bros..

Super Mario Land

In Super Mario Land, Mario can find the Fly[1] (フーライ Fly?) in Birabuto Kingdom. Flies move the same way in Mario Bros.. After defeating a Fly, Mario earns 400 points.

In Mario & Luigi series

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga/Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions

Fighter Fly - Superstar Saga+BM.gif

Fighter Flies are also common enemies in the Stardust Fields Beanbean Side location in the game Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. They have 6 HP[note 1] in Bowser's Minions, but 5 HP in Superstar Saga. They attack Mario and Luigi very slowly. Also in that game, not only are there Fighter Flies but there are similar enemies called Super Flies. These Flies have a better speed than the Fighter Fly and attack at a higher movement.

In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

SSB4U Fighter Fly trophy.png

Fighter Flies appear as a trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.

Game data

Super Mario Land
  • Virtual Console Manual: "This creature is always buzzing around. Defeat it by stomping on it from above."
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
Fighter Fly
Fighter Fly.png
LVL 3 HP 5 POW 14 (12) DEF 14 SPEED 12
EXP 2 COINS 2 Fire Critical Thunder Normal Jump Normal
Hammer? Normal Hand? Normal Stun? 30% Burn? 60% Stat Down? 100%
Item drop Location(s)
Mushroom – 9.68%
Mushroom – 0% (Super Mushroom - 9.68%)
Stardust Fields
  • Parentheses indicates statistics in Japanese version.
  • Numbers and words in gray indicate coding unavailable in normal gameplay.
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions
Fighter Fly
Fighter Fly - Superstar Saga+BM.gif LVL 2 HP 10 POW 24 DEF 9 SPEED 5
EXP 2 COINS 3 Fire Critical Thunder Normal Jump Normal
Hammer? Normal Dizzy? 60% Burn? 30% Speed Down? 30% Stat Down? 60%
Item drop Location(s)
•None - 0%
•None - 0%
•None - 0%
Stardust Fields
Super Smash Bros. for 3DS/Wii U
SSB4U Fighter Fly trophy.png
Fighter Fly
NA.png An enemy from the original Mario Bros. Just as the name implies, they are flies that gracefully move across the stage. They jump to move around, so hit them from below when they land. Unlike other enemies, these pests get faster after recovering from being flipped, rather than when only one is left. Be careful!
EU.png These pests come from the original Mario Bros. The name might make them sound tough, but these guys are actually kind of elegant and graceful. It's best to wait until they're on solid ground, then bop 'em from underneath to flip them over. If they get back up, though, watch out - they'll start gracefully leaping around a bit faster.
Game Boy Advance: Super Mario Advance 06/2001


In English languages, Fighter Flies were referred with the same name in Mario Bros. and Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga/Bowser's Minions. Fighter Flies were called different Japanese names in video games:

  • In Mario Bros., it is called ハエさん (Hae-san).
  • In Super Mario All-Stars and Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga/Bowser's Minions, it is called ハエまる (Haemaru).


  1. HP abbreviates from Heart Point.


  1. Super Mario Land instruction booklet, page 10

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