“I'm such a genius, it scares me sometimes. No wonder I'm so important!”
Yaridovich is one of Smithy's lieutenants in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, and a master of disguise. He is a shape-shifter and can assume many sizes and shapes. Just like Smithy, Yaridovich can even impersonate whole populations by splitting himself into multiple bodies. However, Yaridovich cannot change his color, and as such, any form he takes exists in shades of gray and red. In his true form, Yaridovich resembles a spear. His name itself comes from a Japanese spear known as a "yari". It is also a Russian patronym that means "Son of Yarid."
Yaridovich is charged with acquiring the fifth Star Piece on Smithy's behalf during the events of Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. However, the Star Piece is in the hands of Jonathan Jones, the deadly pirate. Yaridovich does not feel like retrieving the artifact himself, or perhaps knows he could not beat Jones in a fight, so he decides to have Mario do it for him. To trick Mario, Yaridovich kidnaps the population of Seaside Town and imprisons them in a large building. Then, Yaridovich split his essence into a multitude of Toad-shaped bodies, including a Toad elder. When Mario arrives in the town, Yaridovich, in his disguise as the Town Elder, asks the hero to retrieve the Star Piece for him. Mario agrees and heads for the sea.
When Mario returns with the Star Piece, Yaridovich reveals that he is a member of the Smithy Gang and will torture the real Town Elder with a tickling feather until Mario surrenders the Star Piece. Mario reluctantly agrees, and Yaridovich runs to the coast. Mario follows behind.
Yaridovich was to be picked up by the Axem Rangers and their battleship Blade. However, the Axem Rangers were running late, so Yaridovich decides to swim away (even though he realizes he will rust in water). Before he can reach the water, Jonathan Jones appears and blocks the fake Toads' path. With nowhere to run, Yaridovich assumes his true form and battles Mario and his allies.
Yaridovich attacks the party with a variety of powerful magic that can easily wipe out the group if they do not heal constantly. After he takes a few blows, Yaridovich creates a double of himself using Mirage attack!. The Yaridovich that takes more damage than the other is the fake (and also has a different Psychopath thought). At this point, Yaridovich and his clone attack primarily with melee attacks and Skewer). After repeating this cycle a few times, Yaridovich relents, leaving behind the Star Piece, as well as the Shed Key required to rescue Seaside Town's true inhabitants.
Yaridovich can be seen in the parade during the end credits, along with Mack and Bowyer, in which all three are pounded by Smithy's hammer. This does not automatically indicate his survival, however, as the parade is merely an interesting way of showing the characters who were in the game.
Yaridovich resembles a spear-like mechanical monstrosity, and is shown to have the ability to assume many sizes and shapes. He can even impersonate whole populations by splitting himself into multiple bodies. However, Yaridovich cannot change his color, and as such, any form he takes exists in shades of gray and red.
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