Fighter Fly

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Fighter Fly
Fighter Fly
Artwork of a Fighter Fly
First appearance Mario Bros. (1983)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury (2021)
Super Fly
Fly (Mario Paint)

A Fighter Fly (also spelled Fighterfly[1]), also referred to as a bee[2], is a hopping insect that first appeared in the sewers of the original Mario Bros. arcade game.


Mario Bros.[edit]

Sprite of a Fighter Fly from Mario Bros.
Sprite of a Fighter Fly from the Nintendo Entertainment System port of Mario Bros.
A Fighter Fly from Super Mario Bros. 3.
A Fighter Fly in the Super Mario Bros. 3 version of Mario Bros.
GBA Fighter Fly
Fighter Flies as they appear in various different versions of Mario Bros.
Sprite of a Fighter Fly from the Atari 2600 port of Mario Bros.
Sprite of a Fighter Fly from the Atari 5200 port of Mario Bros.

In Mario Bros., Fighter Flies are one of the myriad of pests that emerge from pipes to attack Mario and Luigi. They first appear in Phase 6 (Phase 7 in Japan). After a Fighter Fly emerges, it hops across the stage's platforms. As such, Mario has to precisely time his Jump when the Fighter Fly is on the ground to flip the creature over. If airborne, a Fighter Fly cannot be flipped over - not even if Mario uses the POW Block. Once flipped over, Mario has to run into the insect to clear it off the stage.

In early iterations of the game, their design features large toothy scowls and shiny eyes, but their design was redone for the multiplayer mode of the Super Mario All-Stars version of Super Mario Bros. 3. Their design in this title has large white eyes with black pupils, while their scowls are replaced with small closed mouths, their heads are a light orange color, and they have noses. This design is further developed in the iteration of the game included on many Game Boy Advance games, which also gives them three colors and speeds depending on how many times they have been flipped over, like the other target enemies have.

In other iterations of Mario Bros.[edit]

Fighter Flies appear in Luigi Bros., an additional game featured in Super Mario 3D World. Like the other enemies in Luigi Bros., Fighter Flies behave in the same way as in Mario Bros., which this game is based on.

Fighter Flies are present in NES Remix as enemies and level objectives in some of the challenges and remixes based on Mario Bros..

Playbox BASIC / Family BASIC[edit]

Fighter Flies are programmable sprites in the Playbox BASIC and Family BASIC accessories for the Family Computer. They make a cameo in the Playbox BASIC's Biorhythm Board. They appear as enemies in a space shooter mini-game in Family BASIC V3.

Mario Bros. Special[edit]

In Mario Bros. Special, 1984 semi-sequel by Hudson Soft, Fighter Flies can only be stunned if it is only a trampoline or conveyor belt that is being bounced on by Mario or Luigi. They first appear in Phase 9.

Punch Ball Mario Bros.[edit]

In Punch Ball Mario Bros., the other sequel by Hudson Soft, Fighter Flies can be flipped over by hitting the POW Block while it is on the ground or having a Punch Ball thrown at them. If they recover or become the last target enemy on stage, they will turn green and move faster. They first appear in Phase 6.

Super Mario Bros. Special[edit]

In Super Mario Bros. Special, Fighter Flies, named Nakaji, appear in five levels. While it is not possible to stomp them, they can be defeated by any other method, including with a hammer.

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Land[edit]

A Fly artwork, from Super Mario Land.

In Super Mario Land, Fighter Flies are simply named Flies[3][4] and are seen in the Birabuto Kingdom of Sarasaland. In this game, they hop towards Mario, just like in Mario Bros. Kumos from the Easton Kingdom attack in the same manner as Fighter Flies. They can simply be jumped on or be shot with a Superball to be defeated. Flies award Mario with 400 points when he defeats them. They are only found in World 1-1 and World 1-3 where, in the latter, one poses as Princess Daisy.

Super Mario Maker[edit]

A Mystery Mushroom costume, designed after Fighter Fly, can be unlocked in Super Mario Maker (after the version 1.20 update) by completing the hard version of Gnat Attack. When performing a jump as Fighter Fly, the player can hear the high-pitched noise this enemy made in the original Mario Bros.. If the player presses +Control Pad up while playing as Fighter Fly, it will turn into a Freezie, which is a foe that also debuted in Mario Bros.

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga / Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions[edit]

A Fighter Fly and Bill Blaster fight in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga

In Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, they make a reappearance in Stardust Fields, the border between the Mushroom Kingdom and the Beanbean Kingdom. To attack, a Fighter Fly hops towards Mario or Luigi and tries to bump into the plumber. The heroes can jump to avoid the attack.

The Fighter Flies are orange with blue hands and feet, pink antennae, small wings, and have large green squinting eyelids. In Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions, their feet are pink instead of light blue.

Mario and Luigi also encounter a stronger version of the Fighter Fly, the Super Fly, in the basement of Beanbean Castle.

In the remake's Minion Quest mode, a Fighter Fly makes a cameo as the first audition for Popple's new "Rookie," a position which Birdo ends up receiving.

Mario Power Tennis[edit]

Fighter Flies appear on the Mario Classic Court in Mario Power Tennis, in a flat 8-bit model form. Like other enemies, they can trip up an opponent. An unused 3D model for a Fighter Fly can be found, heavily based off their design from the Mario Bros. remake found in Super Mario All-Stars.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[edit]

Fighter Flies make a cameo appearance as a trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Unlike the other Mario Bros. trophies, this trophy uses sprites from the NES version instead of the arcade version.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Mario Land[edit]

  • 3DS Virtual Console manual: "This creature is always buzzing around. Defeat it by stomping on it from above."

Mario & Luigi series[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Enemy
Fighter Fly
A Fighter Fly from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. HP 5 POW 14 (12) Defense 14 Speed 12 Experience 2
Fire Critical Thunder Normal Jump Normal Hammer Normal Coins 2
Stat Down? 100% Stun? 30% Burn? 60% Hand Normal Item Drop Mushroom – 9.68%
Mushroom – 0% (Super Mushroom - 9.68%)
Level           3 Location(s) Stardust Fields Notice
  • Stats in parentheses are from the Japanese version (if they differ from the original American and European stats).
  • Stats in gray are only found in the game's coding and are not available during "normal" gameplay.

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions Enemy
Fighter Fly
A Fighter Fly from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions. HP: 10 POW: 24 DEF: 9 SPEED: 5 Experience: 2
Fire: Critical Thunder: Normal Jump: Normal Hammer: Normal Coins: 3
Stat Down: 60% Dizzy: 30% Burn: 30% Speed down: 30% Item Drop: Mushroom (18%)
None (0%)
Super Mushroom (50%)
Level:           2 Location(s): Stardust Fields

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U trophy[edit]

Name Image Appears in NTSC-U Description PAL Description
Fighter Fly Fighter Fly trophy from Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Arcade Mario Bros. (1983)
GBA Super Mario Advance (06/2001)
An enemy from the original Mario Bros. Just as the name implies, they are flies that gracefully move across the stage. They jump to move around, so hit them from below when they land. Unlike other enemies, these pests get faster after recovering from being flipped, rather than when only one is left. Be careful! These pests come from the original Mario Bros. The name might make them sound tough, but these guys are actually kind of elegant and graceful. It's best to wait until they're on solid ground, then bop 'em from underneath to flip them over. If they get back up, though, watch out - they'll start gracefully leaping around a bit faster.


Names in other languages[edit]

Mario Bros.

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ハエさん
Faitā Furai

Fighter Fly


French (NOE) Méchante mouche (GBA)
Fighter Fly (GBA)
Nasty fly
Fighter Fly
German Fliege
Fieser Flieger (GBA)
Nasty Flyer
Italian Falena
Mosca armata (GBA)
Armed fly
Russian Бойцовая муха
Boytsovaya mukha
Fighter Fly
Spanish Mosca Fly
Spanish (NOE) Mosca luchador (GBA) Fighter fly

Super Mario Land

Language Name Meaning
Japanese フーライ[7]
Corruption of「フライ」(furai, fly), or possibly from「風来坊」(fūraibō, wanderer)
German Fly -
Italian Falena[8] Moth
Spanish Mosca Fly

Super Mario All-Stars

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ハエ丸
From「ハエ」(hae, fly) and「丸」(-maru, a word meaning "round" and a suffix for young boys' names that was popular during the days of the samurai), shared with an alternate name for

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ハエまる
From「ハエ」(hae, fly) and「丸」(-maru, a word meaning "round" and a suffix for young boys' names that was popular during the days of the samurai), shared with an alternate name for
Chinese 苍蝇小丸子
Cángyíng Xiǎowánzi
From the Japanese name.
French Mouchak Corruption of "mouche" (fly).
German Fliegmut Portmanteau of Fliege (fly) and the name suffix -mut, used in male names such as Helmut.
Italian Calabrotto Portmanteau of "calabrone" (European Hornet), and the suffix "-otto", meaning little.
Korean 파리동글
Round Fly
Spanish (NOA) Recluta Bzz Bzz (from his sound) recruit.
Spanish (NOE) Recluta Zzz Zzz (from his sound) recruit.


  1. ^ Nintendo Mario Mania Player's Guide. Page 16.
  2. ^ Nintendo Power Advance V.1, page 40.
  3. ^ Super Mario Land English instruction booklet, page 16.
  4. ^ The Nintendo Game Boy Player's Guide, page 5.
  5. ^ Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten. Page 178.
  6. ^ Mario & Luigi RPG instruction booklet, page 37.
  7. ^ Super Mario Land Japanese instruction booklet, page 19.
  8. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia; pag. 47

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