Black Shy Guy

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This article is about Black Shy Guys in general. For the enemy from Paper Mario, see Anti Guy. For the enemy from Mario vs. Donkey Kong, see Katakata Spanner Heihō. For the enemy from Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis, see Spy Guy (Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis).
Black Shy Guy
MKT Artwork BlackShyGuy.png
Black Shy Guy from Mario Kart Tour
First appearance Yoshi's Story (1997)
Latest appearance Paper Mario: The Origami King (2020)
Variant of Shy Guy
Propeller Shy Guy (Yoshi's Story)
Anti Guy
Katakata Spanner Heihō
Spy Guy
Notable members
Shy Bandit
“Slicing through the mist. Paint will be spilled here today. The shy ninja strikes.”
Black Shy Guy, Paper Mario: Color Splash

Black Shy Guys[1] are Shy Guys which wear black or dark gray robes and white shoes.


Yoshi's Story

A Black Shy Guy carrying a Togetoge Iwa in Yoshi's Story
YS Colored Shy Guys.jpg

Black Shy Guys are first found in Yoshi's Story as a type of Propeller Shy Guy. They seem to have a horrible taste to Yoshis because after eating one, they look disgusted and lose three petals from their Smile Meter. This also nullifies the Super Happy form when a Yoshi eats a Black Shy Guy. Black and White Yoshis seem to be able to tolerate these and gain two petals. These Shy Guys first appear on Stage 3-3, Poochy & Nippy. On this level, the Black Shy Guys hovered around in the air and dropped bombs on top of any Yoshi passing by. Surprisingly, this could be used to the Yoshis' advantage, tricking the Black Shy Guys into breaking blocks instead of harming Yoshis. Black Shy Guys also appear in Page 6, hovering about in the air holding a Togetoge Iwa, which they would drop on any unsuspecting Yoshi that passed underneath them. Despite having artwork, regular Black Shy Guys do not appear in the game.

Paper Mario series

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Paper Mario

Black Shy Guys appear in Paper Mario as Anti Guys[2], despite their masks being a dark shade of gray. This variety would have reappeared in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door if Shy Guys had not been cut from the game's roster.

Paper Mario: Color Splash

In Paper Mario: Color Splash, they appear as a mini-boss in Violet Passage and as a regular enemy in Fort Cobalt, and will dodge any of Mario's attacks if they are not stunned, except thing cards. A Black Shy Guy also appears in the Emerald Circus, where it carries away the Unicycle Shy Guys' unicycle after their defeat. Their "Paper" design now matches their regular counterparts, compared to Paper Mario. One serves as the third-round opponent in Roshambo Temple #8, although after Roy Koopa is defeated, it will be replaced by the Rock Paper Wizard until beaten.

The most notable Black Shy Guy in this game is the Shy Bandit.

Paper Mario: The Origami King

Black Shy Guy in the Musée Champignon.

Black Shy Guys reappear in Paper Mario: The Origami King as enemies in the Temple of Shrooms. A Black Shy Guy sometimes comes out from behind certain pillars in the walls and attacks Mario with a paper fan, dealing a single point of damage to him. Mario can First Strike the enemy to defeat it, but by not doing so, it cannot be refought from there. Several Black Shy Guys are later faced in combat.

As of version 1.0.1, Black Shy Guys can also be fought in Scorching Sandpaper West.

Mario Baseball series

A Black Shy Guy also appears in Mario Superstar Baseball as a playable character and reappears in Mario Super Sluggers as a coloration of Shy Guy. In Mario Super Sluggers, however, it is renamed Gray Shy Guy. The former game marks the playable debut of a Black Shy Guy.

Mario Kart series

Mario Kart DS

A Black Shy Guy finishes a race in Luigi's Mansion.

A Black Shy Guy appears as a playable character in Mario Kart DS, although it only appears in the DS Download Play mode.

Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

In Mario Kart 8, Black Shy Guys appear mining in both Shy Guy Falls and Wii Wario's Gold Mine. A Black Shy Guy can also be unlocked as a playable character if the The Legend of Zelda × Mario Kart 8 and Animal Crossing × Mario Kart 8 downloadable content packs are purchased.

In Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Black Shy Guy is included as an alternate color for Shy Guy within the base game.

Mario Kart Tour

Black Shy Guy tricking in Mario Kart Tour

Black Shy Guy appears as a Super driver in Mario Kart Tour, introduced in the Winter Tour on November 19, 2019. Like King Boo (Luigi's Mansion), his special item is the Bob-omb Cannon.[3]

Mario Tennis Aces

While Black Shy Guys appear as NPCs in Mario Tennis Aces, a "Mega" version appears as a boss at the end of Rounds 4 and 8 of Shy Guy's Train Tussle. When low on health, the large Black Shy Guy will throw Bob-ombs at the players (which are replaced by Mega Bob-ombs during the Round 8 battle), which players must hit back at it to finish the round. In addition, normal-sized Black Shy Guys float around with balloons carrying crates with coins and power-ups that players can use against the Shy Guys.

Profiles and statistics

Paper Mario series

Paper Mario: Color Splash

Paper Mario: Color Splash Enemy
Black Shy Guy
PMCS Black Shy Guy.png HP 16 Type Normal 0 None
Strong None Weak None
Moves Attack (9), Blowback Attack (20)
Location(s) Violet Passage, Fort Cobalt
Quotes Usual: "My belt is black too!" ~ "I know all your moves." ~ "*fwish*" ~ "......"
Enemy Class
Dropped Items
Hammer Scraps 50 Red Paint 20 Yellow Paint 20 Blue Paint 20 Orange Paint 10 Green Paint 10 Purple Paint 10

Paper Mario: The Origami King

Paper Mario: The Origami King Enemy
Black Shy Guy
PMTOK Black Shy Guy.png HP 12 Moves Location(s)
Type Normal Paper Fan (?) Temple of Shrooms, Scorching Sandpaper West
Item Drops ???
Mysterious Shy Guys shrouded in darkness. They like to throw turnip-shaped things, so watch out for that.

Mario Kart Tour

Special item MKT Icon Bob-omb Cannon.png Bob-omb Cannon
Favorite courses
(Three items per Item Box)
MKT Icon Mario Circuit 1R.png
SNES Mario Circuit 1R
MKT Icon 3DS Cheep Cheep Lagoon.png
3DS Cheep Cheep Lagoon
MKT Icon DK Pass R.png
DS DK Pass R
MKT Icon Ghost Valley 1T.png
SNES Ghost Valley 1T
MKT Icon Ghost Valley 1RT.png
SNES Ghost Valley 1R/T
MKT Icon Sunset Wilds R.png
GBA Sunset Wilds R
Favored courses
(Two items per Item Box)
MKT Icon Mario Circuit 1T.png
SNES Mario Circuit 1T
MKT Icon Shy Guy Bazaar.png
3DS Shy Guy Bazaar
MKT Icon Shy Guy Bazaar R.png
3DS Shy Guy Bazaar R
MKT Icon Choco Island 2.png
SNES Choco Island 2
MKT Icon DS Luigi's Mansion RT.png
DS Luigi's Mansion R/T
MKT Icon DK Pass T.png
DS DK Pass T
MKT Icon DK Pass RT.png
DS DK Pass R/T
MKT Icon Paris Promenade 2R.png
Paris Promenade 2R
MKT Icon Paris Promenade 2RT.png
Paris Promenade 2R/T
MKT Icon Daisy Hills T.png
3DS Daisy Hills T
MKT Icon Airship Fortress.png
DS Airship Fortress
MKT Icon Airship Fortress T.png
DS Airship Fortress T
MKT Icon Airship Fortress R.png
DS Airship Fortress R
MKT Icon Tokyo Blur.png
Tokyo Blur
MKT Icon Tokyo Blur R.png
Tokyo Blur R
MKT Icon Sunset Wilds.png
GBA Sunset Wilds

* indicates a favored course upgraded to a favorite course after reaching level 3. ** indicates a favored course upgraded to a favorite course after reaching level 6.

  • Mario Kart Tour Twitter: "The masked man of mystery, Black Shy Guy, has made his way to #MarioKartTour! With his powerful Bob-omb Cannon special item, he's here to have a blast!"[4]

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese くろヘイホー[5] (Yoshi's Story, Mario Kart 8)
Kuro Heihō
ブラックヘイホー (Paper Mario: Color Splash)
Burakku Heihō
ヘイホー(くろ) (Paper Mario: The Origami King)
Heihō (Kuro)
Black Shy Guy

Black Shy Guy; shared with Anti Guy

Shy Guy (Black)
Spanish (NOA) Shy guy negro Black Shy Guy
Spanish (NOE) Shy Guy negro Black Shy Guy
French (NOA) Maskache noir Black Shy Guy
French (NOE) Maskass noir Black Shy Guy
Dutch Zwarte Shy Guy Black Shy Guy
German Schwarzer Shy Guy Black Shy Guy
Italian Tipo Timido nero Black Shy Guy
Portuguese (NOA) Shy Guy preto Black Shy Guy
Portuguese (NOE) Masquito Preto Black Shy Guy


  • The Black Shy Guy's introductory quote in Paper Mario: Color Splash (shown at the top of the page) is a haiku, a type of poem in which the first and last lines consist of five syllables, while the middle line consists of seven.


  1. ^ Yoshi's Story official website (Wayback Archive). Retrieved April 22, 2015.
  2. ^ The Mushroom Kingdom (Accessed on 6-9-08)
  3. ^ Nintendo Mobile (November 18, 2019). Mario Kart Tour News, Vol. 3 “Where did Lakitu go?” November 19th. YouTube. Retrieved November 18, 2019.
  4. ^ Mario Kart Tour Twitter
  5. ^ Yoshi's Story Message Block (set to Japanese)