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Shy Away
First appearance Super Mario Bros. 2 (1988)
(Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic)
Latest appearance Ultimate NES Remix (2014)
Variant of Shy Guy
Ghost Guy
“Those aren't bees! They're Beezo Bandits!”
Toad, King Mario of Cramalot

Beezos, also known as Shy Aways in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, are a species of Shy Guys that first appeared in Super Mario Bros. 2. Beezos use bidents as weapons and have insect-like wings on their back, which allow them to fly.


Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

Artwork of a yellow Beezo

Beezos first appeared in Super Mario Bros. 2, allied with Wart and the mysterious 8 bits. They are present in two different varieties, those being a red type, and a type that appears green or gray depending on location. They attack by flying towards the player. The red type will dive at Mario while the gray/green type charges straight forward at set heights. Beezos first appear in World 1-2.

Beezos normally appear in large groups and seemingly have an infinite number due to not disappearing until the player leaves the portion of the level they appear in.

A gray Beezo (mislabeled "Beezo - Pink" in the Super Mario Bros. 2 manual).A green Beezo.Beezo - Red

There are two ways to defeat a Beezo. The player could throw Vegetables or other objects at one, or jump on one, pick it up, and throw it. Unlike other enemies, however, players do not stay on Beezos they land on, and must move along with them so they don't fall off.

Red BeezoA yellow Beezo in the SNES remake of Super Mario Bros. 2

Beezos reappeared in Super Mario Bros. 2's enhanced re-releases, Super Mario All-Stars and Super Mario Advance, in which they act the same, with the only difference being that they were recolored: the red ones became yellow, while the gray/green ones became red, with their original red and gray robe colors being used on their shoes. In the latter version, which only has yellow Beezos, defeating a single Beezo gives 4000 points.

The Super Mario Bros. Super Show![edit]

A Beezo, dressed as a knight, from the The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! episode, "Love 'Em and Leave 'Em".

Beezos make several appearances in The Super Mario Bros Super Show!, usually serving as guards, and attacking in large swarms. In the episode "Love 'Em and Leave 'Em", instead of working for King Koopa as usual, they work for Queen Rotunda. Near the beginning of the episode, they attack Mario and his friends, only to be defeated by vegetables. In the episode "The Fire of Hercufleas", the Beezos steal the "Great Balls of Fire" from Hercufleas. When the Mario Brothers, Toad, Princess Toadstool, and Hercufleas go to get the "Great Balls of Fire" back, the Beezos get stuck in a bowl of melted marshmallows.

Episode appearances

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars[edit]

Super Mario RPG Enemy
Shy Away
Battle idle animation of a Shy Away from Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
Location(s) Land's End, Belome Temple, Bean Valley, Nimbus Land, Bowser's Keep
HP 140
Attack 90
Magic Attack 39
Defense 50
Magic Defense 73
Speed 25
Spells Escape (Alone), Willy Wisp
Sp. Attacks Elegy
Items Honey Syrup (25%)
Exp. points 1
Coins 30
              Misc. stats
FP 100
Evade 40%
Magic Evade 0%
Strong None
Weak Ice
Bonus Flower Lucky! (30%)
Yoshi Cookie Maple Syrup
Morph Rate 100%
"La Dee Dah~ Ha Ha."

Beezos appeared in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars under the name "Shy Away". They could be found at Land's End and Bean Valley. Although Shy Aways command impressive magical abilities, most choose to run away from intruders instead of fighting them in this game. Additionally, Shy Aways now show a love of watering plants, especially the kind that will attack others for them.

One specific Shy Away works for Valentina during her reign in Nimbus Land. This Shy Away is tasked with blocking the entrance to Nimbus Land, preventing any interference to Valentina's plan. This Shy Away grew a Smilax to block the pipe leading to Nimbus Land. After Mario defeats this first Smilax, Shy Away reappears and grows two more. Eventually, Shy Away creates the Megasmilax, a gigantic Piranha Plant with magical abilities. Ultimately, Mario prevailes over the plant monster, thus causing Shy Away to run away (and accidentally drop the important Seed item).

Shy Away retreats to Nimbus Land. Once there, he is ordered by Valentina to provide nutrients to Birdo. Mario meets up with Shy Away again, and the flying gardener tries to flee a second time. However, the door leading out of the room is locked, preventing Shy Away's escape. In fact, Birdo holds the key to the door. Thus Mario has to "play" with her (i.e. battle her) to receive the key and open the door.

Once Mario opens the door, Shy Away flies to the throne room, warning Valentina and Dodo of Mario's arrival. After warning her, Shy Away flees for a third time (and is followed by Valentina and Dodo, who also do not wish to fight).

After Valentina and Dodo are defeated, Shy Away attempts to escape Nimbus Land for good (through an invisible path off of the clouds), but Mario catches him, and he gives Mario the Fertilizer item. The Fertilizer and Seed can be used together in the greenhouse in Rose Town for a beanstalk leading to the Lazy Shell weapon and the Lazy Shell armor.

The Flying Snifit of Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story is similar to Shy Away, both in appearance and affinity to gardening.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese トンダリヤ
Tondariya Reddo
Tondariya Gurē
From「飛んだ」(tonda), the past-tense form of「飛ぶ」(tobu, to fly) and reversal of「槍」(yari, spear)

Beezo Red (Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic / Super Mario USA, red type)

Beezo Gray (Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic / Super Mario USA, gray/green type)
Chinese 飞虫[2]
Flying Insects
German Beezo -
Hebrew ביזו
Italian Beezo
Ape-jet (SMA)
Pungiglione Nero (TSMBSS!)
Black Sting
Korean 난다리야
From "날다"(Fly).
Russian Пчелиный бандит (The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!)
Pcheliny bandit
Bee bandit


  • The name Beezo is probably a cross between the name of the real life species of insects, bees, and the word "bozo."
  • The Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic manual contains entries for both a red (トンダリヤ) and grey (トンダリアグレー) Beezo.[3] However, the accompanying sprite for the grey version appears to depict a pink Beezo, which doesn't exist in the final game. The Super Mario Bros. 2 manual labels it as pink but retains the error,[4] although some copies change the color of the artwork to somewhat match.[5] The background of the sprites is also unusual.
  • Despite the artwork showing a mouth on the Beezo's mask, this feature does not appear in the enemy's sprites in any version of Super Mario Bros. 2; it does, however, appear in Super Mario RPG.


  1. ^ a b Super Mario USA page on Nintendo's Mario Portal
  2. ^ From the ending scenes of Super Mario Advance as localized by iQue. Reference: 无敌阿尔宙斯 (August 28, 2013). 神游 超级马力欧2敌人官译 (Official names for iQue Super Mario 2 enemies). Baidu Tieba. Retrieved February 2, 2017.
  3. ^ Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic instruction booklet, page 32.Media:Beezos DDP manual entries.jpg
  4. ^ Super Mario Bros. 2 instruction booklet, page 24 (early copies).Media:Gray Beezo SMB2 manual.jpg
  5. ^ Super Mario Bros. 2 instruction booklet, page 24 (later copies).Media:Beezopink.png