Burt the Bashful

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Burt the Bashful
Species Burt
First appearance Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (1995)
Latest appearance Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Spirit cameo) (2018)
“Fine! Burt, hitch up your pants and GO BUST UP THAT YOSHI!”
Kamek, Yoshi's Woolly World
Burt the Bashful's appearance in Yoshi's Woolly World.

Burt the Bashful, also spelled Bert the Bashful,[1] is the first mid-boss seen in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island; he is found in World 1-4, Burt The Bashful's Fort. At the end of the fort, Yellow Yoshi encounters a normal Burt, which Kamek grows to a massive size, turning it into Burt the Bashful. To defeat him, Yellow Yoshi must hit him with eggs six times; with each hit, Burt's pants continue to fall off. When he is defeated, his pants entirely fall off and, ashamed, he turns red, blasts off and eventually implodes.

While Burt does not appear in Yoshi's Island DS, the mid-bosses of World 1, the Big Burt Bros., are based on him. He also cameos in the beginning, alongside Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island's castle bosses and Tap-Tap the Red Nose.

Burt the Bashful later appears in Yoshi's Woolly World and Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World as the boss of World 1 in World 1-8, Burt the Bashful's Castle. Here, Burt has three phases. First, he jumps as in Yoshi's Island. He occasionally summons two Shy Guys as ammo. To hurt Burt, Yoshi must first hit him with a yarn ball to stun him, then unravel his pants at the string. For the second phase, he gets two ball look-alikes, which jump around. During his final phase, he gets a third and fourth ball and summons three Shy Guys. Once Burt is entirely naked, the battle is completed.

Burt the Bashful also appears as a sticker in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and as a spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Burt the Bashful's appearance in the Super Mario-Kun.

In volume 14 of the Super Mario-Kun, the volume based on Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, Burt the Bashful is the first boss Mario, Luigi, and Yoshi encounter. He bounces around, smashing Mario in the process. Yoshi also attacks and ends up failing. An Egg-Plant assists them, but the Yoshi Eggs simply bounce off Burt. Finally, Mario, Luigi, and Yoshi grab and pull down Burt's pants, revealing his genitals. Ashamed, he shrinks and starts flying off as a deflated balloon, causing havoc to Mario and Luigi.

While Burt does not appear in Yoshi's Crafted World, the player fights a similar boss called Burt the Ball, which is a rubber version of him.

Sticker information[edit]

Image Game Effect
Sticker BurttheBashful.png Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island [Bite] - Attack +6
Usable by: Yoshi, Wario, Pokémon Trainer, Wolf

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ビッグドンブリ
Biggu Donburi
Big Donburi
Spanish Inflón
Don Inflón (Yoshi's Woolly World)
Inflón comes from inflar (inflate). It means "big inflate".
French Gros Bélixo Anagram of Obelix; "gros" means "big", "fat"
German Xilebo "Obelix" spelled backwards
Italian Goffry Pallone Gonfiato Braggart Burt
Russian Барт Брюква
Bart Bryukva
"Burt the Swede", "Swede" being referred to the turnip, which shares its color.
Korean 거대덮밥
Big Burt
Chinese 大海碗
"Big Ocean Bowl"; loosely translated from the Japanese name


  • Burt's sprites depict him differently from his artwork; notably, he has one curled hair in his sprites, but two drooping hairs in his artwork. Said artwork is reused for the Big Burt Bros., and the same inconsistency applies with them.
  • Burt the Bashful makes a cameo appearance in the Nintendo Monopoly.
  • Not including Baby Bowser, Burt the Bashful is one of the only two bosses from Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island that make an appearance in Yoshi's Woolly World, the other being Naval Piranha.
  • In Yoshi's Woolly World, not including Baby Bowser's second form, Burt the Bashful is the only boss that doesn't need to be Ground Pounded to be defeated.