Shy Guy (toy)

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Shy Guy
Shy Guy artwork.
First Appearance Mario vs. Donkey Kong (2004)
Latest Appearance Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge (2016)
Parent Species Shy Guy
Derived Species
Fly Guy (toy)
Hovering Heihō
Katakata Kaen Heihō
Katakata Spanner Heihō
Katakata Yarihō
Miira Heihō
Shy Guy (Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again!)
Snifit (toy)
Related Species
Katakata Hakkun

Shy Guys[1][2][3], also known as Red Mini Shy Guys[4], are Shy Guy toys appearing in Mario vs. Donkey Kong, Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis, Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem, Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move, Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, and Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge.

Shy Guys from three games.

Shy Guys will move from left to right as their main form of attack; however, if a Mini Mario or Mario himself touches them, the character will be defeated. Mario can pick them up and throw them as weapons (as in Super Mario Bros. 2), and he can also ride them. Exclusively in the Spooky House boss stage of the original Mario vs. Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong will hit one of three Color Switches to transform the other two unselected and unheld Shy Guys into floating forms resembling Phantom Guys with auras. In Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis, Mini Marios can ride Shy Guys to safely cross certain hazards, although touching the top of a Shy Guy (or any other enemy) will instead break a Mini Mario in later titles. In Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem!, Shy Guys can also fill Shy Guy Blocks[2].

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese カタカタヘイホー[5]
Katakata Heihō
Faiyā Yūrei Heihō
Mechanical Shy Guy; katakata being the sound of a working mechanism.

Fire Yūrei Shy Guy (4-DK transformation); see Boo Guy or Phantom Guy.

Shy Guy
Spanish Shy Guy Shy Guy


  1. ^ Mario vs. Donkey Kong instruction booklet, pg. 28
  2. ^ a b Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem! Help Mode & Construction Zone
  3. ^ Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars Construction Zone
  4. ^ Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move Toy Collection
  5. ^ a b Scan of 「マリオvs.ドンキ—コングかんぺきガイドブック」 (Mario vs. Donkey Kong Kanpeki Guidebook)
  6. ^