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Artwork of Shy Away from the Nintendo Switch version of Super Mario RPG
First appearance Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic (1987, overall)
Super Mario Bros. 2 (1988, Super Mario franchise)
Latest appearance Ultimate NES Remix (2014)
Variant of Shy Guy
Flying Snifit
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. The name is likely a portmanteau of "bee" and "bozo".


Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

Artwork of a yellow Beezo.
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 can throw vegetables or other objects at one, or jump on one, pick it up, and throw it. Unlike other enemies, players do not stay on Beezos they land on, and must move along with them so they do not fall off.

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

Beezos reappear 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 are 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]

“Look what you did! Smilax's been whacked. Oooh, I'm going to get it! Queen Valentina told me to keep everyone out of Nimbus Land. What should I do? ................................I know! I'll run away!”
Shy Away, Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

Beezos appear in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars under the name "Shy Away". They are 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 attacks others for them.

A Shy Away watering Smilax
The Shy Away watering Smilax

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 grows 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 prevails over the plant monster, thus causing Shy Away to run away and accidentally drop the important Seed.

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, who tries to flee a second time. However, the door leading out of the room is locked, preventing Shy Away's escape. Once Mario opens the door by defeating Birdo, 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.

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

In the Nintendo Switch remake of the game, they now look the same as normal Shy Guys.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

  • Beezo - Red: He attacks by diving at you. Looks like a Shyguy with wings.[1]
  • Beezo - Pink: He attacks by flying straight at you. Stay calm and study his movements carefully.

Super Mario Advance[edit]

  • Bio: Beezos are pesky airborne foes. Study their flight patterns to avoid being hit.[2]

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

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

Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten[edit]

種族しゅぞく フライぞく
性格せいかく 元気者げんきもの
登場とうじょうゲーム USAユーエスエー

Tribe: Fly clan
Disposition: Live wire
Game appearances: USA
Are you related to Shyguy?
An aerial version of Mario USA's typical character Shyguy (see p. 199). It grows wings on its back and attacks from the sky with a spear-like object in its hand. Its American name is Beezo.

Encyclopedia Super Mario Bros.[edit]

Super Mario Bros. 2 bios
  • Gray Beezo: 画面を横切るように、直線上に飛んでくる。[4] (They fly in a straight line across the screen.)
  • Red Beezo: 画面上部から、急降下しながら攻撃してくる。[5] (They attack from the top of the screen, swooping down.)


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese トンダリヤ
Tondariya Aka
Tondaria Gurē
Tondariya Reddo
Tondariya Pinku
Tondariya Gurē
From「んだ」(tonda), the past-tense form of「ぶ」(tobu, to fly), and the anagram of「ヤリ」(yari, spear)

Beezo-Red (Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic, red type)

Beezo-Gray (Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic, gray/green type; alternate spelling)

Beezoビーゾー-Redレッド[7] (Super Mario USA, red type)

Beezoビーゾー-Pinkピンク[7] (Super Mario USA, gray/green type)

Beezo-Gray (Super Mario USA, gray/green type)

Transliteration of the Super Mario Bros. 2 name
Chinese 飞虫[9]
Flying Insects
French Beezo[10] -
German Beezo[10] -
Hebrew ביזו
Italian Beezo
Ape-jet (SMA)
Pungiglione Nero (TSMBSS!)
Black Sting
Korean 난다리야
From "날다" (nalda, to fly) and the Japanese name
Russian Пчелиный бандит (The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!)
Pcheliny bandit
Bee bandit


  • The Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic manual contains entries for both a red and gray Beezo.[6] However, the accompanying screenshot appears somewhat pink-tinted due to the low quality. The Super Mario Bros. 2 manual labels it as pink and retains the screenshot,[1] although some copies of the former also change the color of the artwork to somewhat match,[11] which was kept in the Super Mario USA manual.[7]
  • 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.
  • Concept artwork for the 1993 Super Mario Bros. film shows a neon sign in Dinohattan saying "Beezo Blast". It is not present in the final film.


  1. ^ a b Super Mario Bros. 2 instruction booklet, page 24 (early copies).Media:Gray Beezo SMB2 manual.jpg
  2. ^ Super Mario Advance European instruction booklet, page 11.
  3. ^ Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten. Page 138.
  4. ^ a b Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario USA section, page 67.
  5. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario USA section, page 68.
  6. ^ a b c Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic instruction booklet, page 32.Media:Beezos DDP manual entries.jpg
  7. ^ a b c d e Super Mario USA instruction booklet, page 26.
  8. ^ Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten, page 225.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ a b Super Mario Bros 2 Instruction booklet page 27
  11. ^ Super Mario Bros. 2 instruction booklet, page 24 (later copies).Media:Beezopink.png