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The Shy Guys (ヘイホー Heihō?) (sometimes spelled Shy-Guys or Shyguys) are recurring and iconic enemies seen in many Mario games. They made their overall debut in Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic, and were inducted into the Mario franchise with the release of Super Mario Bros. 2. Shy Guys went on to receive several variants, many of which debuted in the Yoshi franchise.


Physical description[]

A regular Shy Guy has a short, stocky build with stubby, fingerless arms. In some modern games, they have tiny black legs that can only be seen in certain perspectives. It usually wears a robe, red being its standard color, with a loose flap on the back of its head, a brown belt with a golden buckle, blue shoes with brown soles, and a white mask with 3 black oval-shaped holes, representing large eyes and a small mouth. The mask is secured over the never-seen face of the Shy Guy with a brown strap. In Mario Strikers Charged, the Shy Guy's mask holes move as if it is a real face. Shy Guys can wear different robes and shoes. In Shy Guys' various game appearances, the color of their robe can determine a difference in behavior.


Their robe color indicates their behavior in video games. The colors are seen in Super Mario Advance, which red Shy Guys walk off the ledge but turn around when they touch an obstacle and blue Shy Guys turn around when they are close to the ledge or obstacle.


Shy Guy is voiced by Daisuke Namikawa in Japanese version and Nate Bihldorff in English version since 2004.


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  • Shy Guys originally looked very different, considering they were slightly taller and had a strange logo on the side of them.
  • In Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, there are Shy Guys that are called Fawful Guys. They wear Fawful-like masks, which means that they might have been brainwashed by Fawful.
  • It is currently unknown what a Shy Guy's face looks like under his mask, but Luigi is the only known character who has seen a Shy Guy's face (from Mario Power Tennis).
  • Shy Guys come in many colors similar to Yoshis, but their common coloration is red.
  • In The Super Mario Bros. Movie, a Shy Guy takes his mask off, leaving the Koopas in shock.


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