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“Hello! I'm Fly Guy. What do you want me to do?”
Fly Guys are a species of Shy Guy. Their appearance is identical to a regular Shy Guy, but with the addition of the propeller on their head which is used to fly. Fly Guys have been used for various jobs, most commonly to carry items, sometimes harmful things such as bombs, or something to benefit the player, such as coins. The color of Fly Guy's propeller was originally yellow, but have also been white and are blue in recent appearances.
Yoshi's Island series
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island / Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3
Fly Guys debut in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. In the game, they are used to carry items like Red Coins, Extra lives, Coins, Winged Clouds, or even bombs. In some levels, they swoop down carrying a ? Cloud or a Red Coin, and if the item is not obtained in time, the Fly Guy floats back up and laughs mockingly.
Fly Guys also make an appearance in Yoshi's Story, in groups of four. If all four are defeated with one egg, Yoshi is awarded with a melon. They appear in Stage 3-3: Poochy and Nippy, Stage 3-4: Frustration, and Stage 5-3: Shy Guy Limbo.
Yoshi's Island DS
Fly Guys behave similarly in Yoshi's Island DS as they did in the original, except they do not carry bombs and their laugh is much, much higher pitched. 5 of them, one carrying a Red Coin, 2 with 1-ups, and 2 with Coins, appeared in the Island Museum. They are found in the Shy Guy exhibit.
Yoshi's New Island
Fly Guys return as enemies in Yoshi's New Island, behaving as they did in previous games in the series.
In Tetris Attack, a Fly Guy appears in a stage background.
Yoshi's Woolly World / Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World
Fly Guys reappear in Yoshi's Woolly World and the game's port. They reprise their original role as enemies, being first found in Burt the Bashful's Castle. Their bodies are colored differently from each other and appear to be made of wool strings, in step with the handcrafted aesthetic of the game. Once Yoshi sticks his tongue onto one, he unweaves and contain the Fly Guy into his mouth, turning it into a yarn ball, which he can then either directly spit out to attack, or eat.
Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS
In Super Mario 64 and Super Mario 64 DS, Fly Guys appear in Shifting Sand Land, Snowman's Land, Tall, Tall Mountain, Tiny-Huge Island, and Rainbow Ride. They cannot carry items, but they have the ability to spit fireballs at Mario (possibly being the only game where Fly Guys produce fire), as well as dive at Mario to attack him. They drop two Coins when defeated. If Mario stomps a Fly Guy, he Spin Jumps high up into the air, which allows him to reach high places. The Fly Guys share this effect with the Spindrifts. When swallowed by Yoshi, they provide him with a burst of fire to spit. This is the only incidence where a variant of Shy Guy appears in a main series Super Mario game after Super Mario Bros. 2.
Mario Party series
Fly Guys have been noted for some important roles in the Mario Party series.
In Mario Party, Fly Guy makes an appearance on the board Wario's Battle Canyon. When a player passes by, it asks the player if they want it to take them to Bowser, bring another player to the space before him or do nothing. Both choices cost 10 coins. Also, a Fly Guy appears briefly in Knock Block Tower where he grabs the chest and flees if the player doesn't get it in time.
Mario Party 5
Mario Party 6
A secret technique with the mic causes Fly Guys to fly across the menu screen in Mario Party 6.
Mario Party Advance
In Mario Party Advance, a Fly Guy appears in Shroom City, living in the Mushroom Condo. When the player heads to the rooftop of the condo, Mr. E shows up and asks Fly Guy about the UFO, and Fly Guy replies by saying that he can summon it. When he and the player summon the UFO, Fly Guy rewards them with the Gaddget Morse Maker. According to the ending, Fly Guy has packed his bags and is waiting for the UFO to take him away.
Mario Party 7
Mario Party 8
In Mario Party 8, Fly Guys appear in the minigames King of the Thrill, where they carry the losing team as seen in the background. Additionally, in the same minigame, if two characters fall off at the same time during a fight, a Fly Guy carries the character who falls off just after the other falls off up to the top platform for the next part of the fight (or for the victory if the character falls off during the last part of the minigame). In another minigame, Mosh-Pit Playroom, they carry the basket of balls for the characters to pop, as well as the basket of confetti to rain down onto the champion of the minigame. Two Fly Guys are also seen holding the 8000 points sign in Test for the Best.
Mario Party: Island Tour
In Mario Party: Island Tour, Fly Guys appear on the Shy Guy's Shuffle City board. If one of the players lands on an Event Space and causes somebody to move a certain amount of spaces, a Fly Guy appears and moves that character.
Mario Golf series
Mario Golf (Nintendo 64)
Mario Golf: World Tour
In Mario Golf: World Tour, their name can appear on the tournament scoreboard, and when there are strong winds on the hole, a notification appears that depicts some Fly Guys getting blown away by a Fwoosh.
Mario Power Tennis
Fly Guy debuted in the Mario Tennis series with Mario Power Tennis, where he is an unlockable Tricky type playable character. This is Fly Guy's first playable appearance. He can be unlocked by winning the Mushroom Cup, the Flower Cup, and Star Cup in singles. His Offensive Power Shot is the Tornado Twist, which envelopes the returning player in a whirlwind while messing up controls, and his Defensive Power Shot is the Tornado Return, which he uses a whirlwind to return the ball from anywhere.
Mario & Luigi series
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time
Fly Guys appear as enemies in Star Hill in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time. They carry time bombs with a number from 0 to 3. One attack involves a Fly Guy flying upwards and dropping the bomb on its target. Halfway in the top screen means Luigi, all the way top means Mario. It can be countered with the hammer. Every counter or hit makes the bomb lose one number. If it hits zero, it explodes. If the Fly Guy survives, it gets a new bomb. The other attack is rocking back and forth to throw it. The number of times it rocks depends on who gets hit. If it rocks twice or six times, it rolls towards Luigi, and if it rocks four or eight times, it rolls towards Mario. This can be dodged by jumping.
They also appear if the player causes a Boom Guy to lose its launcher. A pair of red Fly Guys drop a new one on its head. The same event applies for Elite Boom Guys except the Fly Guys are blue. Fly Guys also appear when a Handfake uses a Bowser cut-out attack, where it carries a flame cut-out and flies towards Luigi to attempt to damage him (Boo is used to attack Mario).
Mario & Luigi: Dream Team
Fly Guys reappear as enemies in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team. In the field, Fly Guys roam at a high altitude, but dive down at Mario and Luigi upon sight, and chase them relentlessly for a short period of time. In battle, Fly Guys' attacks revolve around using Goombas, and due to this, they spawn Goombas during battle. Fly Guys cease to spawn Goombas after four have been spawned, even if there aren't any more Goombas on the field. Fly Guys also do not spawn any more Goombas if there are three already in battle.
If no Goombas are present on the battlefield during its turn, the Fly Guy flies high into the sky to reappear flying back into the battlefield from the background, now air-lifting a Goomba in its grip; the Fly Guy then drops it in line with Mario and Luigi (from Mario's left) for them both to charge one after another at Mario and Luigi. Dodging the Goomba requires Mario and Luigi to jump before it hits them. Dodging the Fly Guy requires Mario and Luigi to not jump into it while trying to dodge the Goomba, and to just idle as it goes by.
If there is a Goomba present, the Fly Guy may pick it up, fly above Mario or Luigi, and drop the Goomba on them, which must be countered by hammering the Goomba into the sand before it lands on the targeted bro, which may cause the dizzy status. After that, the Goomba then either run at the targeted bro again; if the Goomba has stars around its head, it charges into the bro who wasn't targeted. This attack only takes up the Fly Guy's turn.
Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam
Fly Guys appear as enemies in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam. They only appear in specific missions, such as in Doop Doop Dunes's twenty minute quest, in Bowser's Castle when the player has to rescue Toadette from one, and in a couple of other required quests. If two or more Fly Guys appear in a battle, one is holding a bomb. If the Fly Guy with the bomb is defeated, it drops the bomb and damage other enemies. Sometimes the Fly Guy gives the bomb to another Fly Guy until Mario, Luigi or Paper Mario chooses a Command Block.
Paper Mario series
Although Fly Guys don't appear in Paper Mario a similar Shy Guy named Sky Guy is in the game. Fly Guys have unused graphics in Super Paper Mario. They had propellers on their backs, instead of their heads.
Mario Hoops 3-on-3
Fly Guy appears in Mario Hoops 3-on-3 as an unlockable character. He is unlocked if the player gets at least a bronze trophy in the Star Tourney on hard difficulty. Fly Guy is also classified as a tricky character, the others being Boo, Paratroopa, Black Mage, and Moogle. His special shot is the Thunder Shot, which can be used if the player taps an "S" shape on the touch screen.
Super Smash Bros. series
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Fly Guys are featured in the Yoshi's Island stage. They are usually holding some kind of food. If they are attacked, they drop the food they are holding and fly away. A Fly Guy also appears as a Sticker, depicting its artwork from Mario Power Tennis.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
Fly Guys appear as enemies in Smash Run in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. Unlike most other enemies, they do not damage the player. Instead, they fly around, carrying an item that randomly changes every few seconds (gold, custom part, food, etc.), similar to their role in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Once attacked, they drop the item.
Fly Guys also once again appear on the stage Yoshi's Island, which returns from Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games
Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
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Mario & Luigi series
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