Fly Guy

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Not to be confused with Sky Guy, Fly Heyho, or Flying Shy Guy.
Fly Guy
A Fly Guy.
Artwork of a Fly Guy from the Mario Portal
First appearance Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (1995)
Latest appearance Mario Strikers: Battle League (version 1.1.0) (2022)
Variant of Shy Guy
Black Shy Guy (Yoshi's Story)
Fly Guy (toy)
Fly Guy R
Leaf Guy
Mecha Fly Guy
Mock Up
Propeller Mūcho
Whirly Fly Guy
Glide Guy
Sky Guy
“Hello! I'm Fly Guy. What do you want me to do?”
Fly Guy, Mario Party

Fly Guys, also just known as Shy Guys,[1][2] are a variant of Shy Guy that have propellers on their heads. Fly Guys have been used for various roles, 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[edit]

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island / Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3[edit]

Fly Guys make their debut in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, and they also appear in the Game Boy Advance version. In the game, they carry items including red coins, extra lives, coins, Winged Clouds, or even bombs. Most, also known as Patrolling Fly Guys[3], slowly fly through the level. In some levels, they more actively swoop down carrying a Winged Cloud or a red coin. If that item is not obtained in time, the Fly Guy flies back up and makes a laughing noise indicating that it is gone. A variant known as Whirly Fly Guy also appears. Fly Guys can also disguise themselves as exploding balloons called Mock Ups.

Yoshi's Island DS[edit]

Fly Guys behave similarly in Yoshi's Island DS as they did in the original game, except they do not carry bombs and the noise they make is much higher-pitched. Five of them, one carrying a red coin, two with 1-ups, and two with Coins, appeared in the Island Museum. They are found in the Shy Guy exhibit.

Yoshi's New Island[edit]

Fly Guys return as enemies in Yoshi's New Island, behaving as they did in previous games in the series. The yellow and green variants have the same modern appearance as the Yellow and Green Shy Guys once again, while a pink variant is introduced. These colored variants act the same as a regular Fly Guy, however.

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario 64 / Super Mario 64 DS[edit]

Fly Guy 64.pngA Fly Guy spitting a fireball in Super Mario 64 DS
A Fly Guy's appearance in Super Mario 64 (left) and Super Mario 64 DS (right).

In Super Mario 64 and Super Mario 64 DS, Fly Guys appear in Shifting Sand Land; in Snowman's Land; on Tall, Tall Mountain; on Tiny-Huge Island; and in Rainbow Ride. In the former, their propellers have three wings instead of two. They cannot carry items, but they have the ability to spit fireballs at Mario, Yoshi, Luigi, or Wario (being the only game where Fly Guys produce fire), as well as dive at him to attack him. They drop two coins when defeated. If the player character stomps a Fly Guy, he spin-jumps high 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.

In Super Mario 64 DS, Fly Guys also appear in the minigames Bounce and Pounce and Bounce and Trounce, both of which are Mario's minigames.

New Super Mario Bros.[edit]

Fly Guys in Balloon Racing.

In New Super Mario Bros., they are only found in the minigame Balloon Racing. Four colors of Fly Guys appear as obstacles. If Yoshi collides with one, he loses a balloon. The Fly Guys from Bounce and Trounce also make a return.

Tetris Attack[edit]

Lakitu stage

In Tetris Attack, a Fly Guy appears in Lakitu's stage on the top right at the top of the high-score in the large box.

Yoshi's Story[edit]

Sprite of a Flying Shy Guy from Yoshi's Story
Sprite of a Fly Guy from Yoshi's Story.

In Yoshi's Story, Fly Guys are called Flying Shy Guys and come in two varieties.[4][5]

The more common ones fly via a helicopter-like pack that they carry on their back consisting of a two-blade propeller (on top of the pack), which spins on a horizontal axis, and an eight-blade propeller (at the back of the pack), which spins on a vertical axis. Functionally, they are similar to the Fly Guys of Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. They fly above Baby Yoshi carrying fruit. They will continue to fly back and forth across the area where they appear in, but will immediately fly off-screen if Yoshi eats the fruit they are carrying. Like normal Shy Guys, they change color when a Baby Yoshi performs a Ground Pound near one. They can be defeated by Baby Yoshi like any other Shy Guy (with the exception of the black Shy Guy, which has its own characteristics). Tiny red ones appear in massive swarms in Cloud Cruising and Lots O'Jelly Fish, going in and out of the background with only some carrying fruit.

Flying Shy Guys with a more typical design appear in groups of four. They fly in a diagonal formation in from the side of the screen, stopping in front of Yoshi. If all four are defeated with one egg, Yoshi is awarded a melon. They appear in Stage 3-3: Poochy & Nippy, Stage 3-4: Frustration, and Stage 5-3: Shy Guy Limbo.

Mario Party series[edit]

Fly Guys have been noted for some important roles in the Mario Party series.

Mario Party[edit]

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. In the Mini-Game House, there is a Mecha Fly Guy that is sold in the Mushroom Shop for 100 coins.

Mario Party 2[edit]

Fly Guys make brief appearances in the opening of Mario Party 2, where they are seen carrying in the signs for "Mario Land" and "Wario Land". In the ice course for Bumper Balls, a Fly Guy is frozen in the ice.

Mario Party 4[edit]

In Mario Party 4, Fly Guys appear as obstacles in the minigame Paratrooper Plunge.

Mario Party 6[edit]

A secret technique with the mic causes Fly Guys to fly across the menu screen in Mario Party 6.

Mario Party Advance[edit]

Fly Guy from Mario Party Advance
Fly Guy in Mario Party Advance
“...Oh, yeah. The UFO... Sure, sure.”
Fly Guy, Mario Party Advance

In Mario Party Advance, a Fly Guy appears in Shroom City, living on the roof of the Mushroom Condo. According to his description, he's a recluse and not much is known about him. When approached, Mr. E shows up, wanting to question Fly Guy about whether or not a UFO can be seen from the rooftop. Fly Guy responds that he can summon it right now, using a pair of colored paddles. He then offers the player to help with calling the UFO, asking them to simply follow his lead. Once the signaling is done properly, the UFO flies in and hovers right above their heads, causing Mr. E to panic. As a reward for helping him out, Fly Guy gives the player the Morse Maker Gaddget. According to the ending, Fly Guy has packed his bags and is waiting for the UFO to take him away.

Mario Party 7[edit]

In Mario Party 7, Fly Guys appear in The Final Countdown where they carry the players who lost the minigame back to the main platform during the ending sequence and Tile and Error where they carry players who fell off the edge.

Mario Party 8[edit]

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. A Fly Guy can be found in the minigame Specter Inspector, usually hiding in one of the paintings.

Mario Party: Island Tour[edit]

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.

Super Mario Party[edit]

Blue Fly Guy in Super Mario Party
A Fly Guy in Super Mario Party

In Super Mario Party, blue Fly Guys are seen when the player uses the Fly Guy Ticket; then, they steal an item from a rival.

Mario Party Superstars[edit]

Encyclopedia image of Fly Guy from Mario Party Superstars
A Fly Guy in its encyclopedia entry from Mario Party Superstars

Fly Guys reappear once again in Mario Party Superstars in The Final Countdown from Mario Party 7, and have the same role as before. They are one of the collectible encyclopedia pages, although the encyclopedia incorrectly states that they are absent from Mario Party 2 and Mario Party 7.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

SmashWiki article: Fly Guy
Yoshi's Story in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
A Fly Guy in the Yoshi's Story stage of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

In the Super Smash Bros. series, Fly Guys, named Flying Shy Guys in the first two installments, most commonly appear as a stage element. In Super Smash Bros., Flying Shy Guys not only return in Past Stages: Yoshi's Island, but they also appear rarely in the background of Yoshi's Island stage, where one sometimes flies across the screen, going either fast or slow, but a slow one will occasionally be struggling to carry a melon. In Super Smash Bros. Melee, Flying Shy Guys not only return in the renamed "Past Stages: Yoshi's Island," but also in the similar Yoshi's Island: Yoshi's Story stage, carrying food (unless it is disabled in the item switch). When attacked softly, or if an object is thrown at them, the Flying Shy Guy drops his food and flies off-screen. If a Flying Shy Guy is knocked out with an attack, they drop the food they are carrying and spin downwards off the screen. Defeating a Flying Shy Guy also earns the player the "Shy Guy KO" bonus. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Fly Guys are featured in the Yoshi's Island stage, usually holding some kind of food, similarly to Super Smash Bros. Melee, but if they are attacked, the Fly Guy drops the food and flies away. In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, Fly Guys return in Super Smash Bros. Brawl's Yoshi's Island stage, and in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Fly Guys reappear in two returning stages: Yoshi's Story from Super Smash Bros. Melee and Yoshi's Island from Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Fly Guys have appeared in the form of collectible items. In Super Smash Bros. Melee, images of Flying Shy Guys are used on the "Shy Guys" trophy. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Fly Guys appear on two stickers, with one showing the appearance of its larger version in Yoshi's Story (labeled Propeller Shy Guy) and the other depicting its artwork from Mario Power Tennis.

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, somewhat akin to their appearances in Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Once attacked, they drop the item.

Mario Golf series[edit]

The "Strong wind!" notification in Mario Golf: World Tour.
The "Strong wind!" notification in Mario Golf: World Tour.

Fly Guys have made a few minor appearances in the Mario Golf series. In the Nintendo 64 version of Mario Golf, a Fly Guy sometimes flies across the screen when the player begins their stroke if there is a high wind on that hole. In Mario Golf: World Tour, their name can appear on the tournament scoreboard, and when there are strong winds on the hole, the game shows a notification depicting some Fly Guys being blown away by a Fwoosh. In Mario Golf: Super Rush, a Fly Guy appears as part of Shy Guy's Special Dash, Fly Guy Dash, carrying the Shy Guy across long distances. Unlike Shy Guy, the Fly Guy will always be red regardless of what color Shy Guy the player uses.

Mario Tennis series[edit]

Fly Guy
Fly Guy in Mario Power Tennis
Three Fly Guys preparing to lift Birdo during her Special Shot animation
Fly Guys around Birdo in Mario Tennis Aces

Fly Guy makes a few appearances in the Mario Tennis series, most of which are minor. In the Nintendo 64 version of Mario Tennis, the playable Shy Guy metamorphoses into a Fly Guy in his Tournament win animation. In Mario Tennis Aces, a trio of Fly Guys appear when Birdo uses her Special Shot, lifting and throwing her into the air.

Fly Guy's only major appearance in the Mario Tennis series, as well as his first playable appearance in general, is Mario Power Tennis. Fly Guy is an unlockable playable character of the Tricky type, and the player can unlock it by winning the Mushroom Cup, the Flower Cup, and the Star Cup in singles. Fly Guy's Offensive Power Shot is the Tornado Twist, which envelopes the returning player in a whirlwind while messing up controls, and its Defensive Power Shot is the Tornado Return, which it uses a whirlwind to return the ball from anywhere. Fly Guy's trophy animation begins with it beginning to receive its trophy from Wario and Waluigi, while Peach watches, unaware of their new prank. Then Waluigi surprises it by holding up a pair of pliers and trapping them with it. But Fly Guy shakes them off by spinning and knocking over Wario and Waluigi. It then catches its trophy as Peach cheers.

Yoshi Topsy-Turvy[edit]

Artwork of a Fly Guy in Yoshi Topsy-Turvy (later reused for Yoshi Touch & Go and Yoshi's Island DS)
Artwork of a Fly Guy from Yoshi Topsy-Turvy (reused for Yoshi Touch & Go).

Fly Guys reappear in Yoshi Topsy-Turvy. They attack Yoshi by flying right at him, sometimes taking advantage of the Game Boy Advance's gyro controls, should the player become reckless. Despite red-robed Fly Guys aiding Bowser in attacking Yoshi's Island in the intro, only the green-robed ones are seen.

Yoshi Touch & Go[edit]

Fly Guys reappear in Yoshi Touch & Go. They attack Yoshi by flying near him and dropping bombs. They also hold coins, similar to the Yoshi's Island games. The player can defeat them by throwing an egg, circling the stylus around them, or eating them. In addition to their usual red robes, yellow and green ones reappear, while blue-robed Fly Guys make their debut.

Mario & Luigi series[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time[edit]

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[edit]

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. Either the Fly Guy or Goomba may charge ahead first with no discernable pattern as to which one it will be.

If there is a Goomba present, the Fly Guy may pick it up, fly above Mario or Luigi, and drop the Goomba on them. This must be countered by hammering the Goomba into the sand before it lands on the targeted bro which may cause the dizzy status if it lands. After that, the Goomba then runs at the targeted bro again if it survived; if the Fly Guy spiraled flying on the way up with the Goomba and the Goomba is not knocked out, it will appear dizzy with stars flying around its head before it charges into the bro who wasn't targeted. This attack only takes up the Fly Guy's turn.

A stronger variation of Fly Guy called Fly Guy R appears later on in the game. The Piranha Plants found in Dreamy Driftwood Shore may spit out Fly Guys as part of their attack.

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam[edit]

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, the Toadette rescue mission where one holds her captive under orders from Kamek in Bowser's Castle, and a couple of other required quests. If two or more Fly Guys appear in a battle, one will be holding a bomb, and defeating it causes the bomb to drop and damage other enemies. While Mario, Luigi and Paper Mario choose a Command Block, the Fly Guys may pass the bomb between each other.

Fly Guys also appear during the final battle against Shiny RoboBowser, showing up in two of his attacks. If he chases the trio to the left, Fly Guys may appear along the path, damaging the Bros. if they jump into them. They also appear during the Airplane Guard chase attack, where Paper Mario in his plane form must evade the incoming Fly Guys.

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

Sprite of a Fly Guy from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions

Fly Guys appear in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions, where they are enemies and recruitable allies found in Minion Quest: The Search for Bowser. They are flying troopers, and attack by ramming enemies from the air. Fly Guys are strong against Ice Bros.

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey[edit]

Fly Guys appear in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey, in the Bowser Jr.'s Journey mode as allies and enemies. They return as flying troopers and retain their strength against Ice Bros. and are now strong against all four color variants of Para-Biddybuds. Two of them are accompanied by two Bob-ombs to stop Bowser Jr. and Kamek from reasoning with Larry Koopa and Lemmy Koopa.

Mario Pinball Land[edit]

Fly Guys (referred to as Flying Shy Guys)[6] reappear in Mario Pinball Land, where they are seen only in Bowser's Castle. Only the green-robed ones appear in this game, as the usual red-robed ones are absent.

Mario Hoops 3-on-3[edit]

Fly Guy Fly Guy animated in the select character screen.
Fly Guy in 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. In addition, Yellow and Green Fly Guys are also playable, with their designs now matching the modern designs of Green and Yellow Shy Guys, while Cyan Fly Guys make their debut.

Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games[edit]

In the Wii version of Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Fly Guys appear in Dream Long Jump. If player is hit by one, they are deflected. Fly Guys can be defeated when jumped on.

Mario Kart series[edit]

Fly Guys appear as spectators in Mario Kart Arcade GP DX on the Aerial Road course.[7]

Fly Guys do not physically appear in Mario Kart 8 or Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, but two of them can be seen on the Mario-themed airplane in Sunshine Airport.

Yoshi's Woolly World / Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World[edit]

The Fly Guy in the Scrapbook Theater
A Fly Guy from 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 contains the Fly Guy into his mouth, turning it into a yarn ball, which he can then either directly spit out to attack, or eat. Some Fly Guys have propellers on their back rather than their head. When listening to music in the Scrapbook Theater, Fly Guys as musical notes fly to the left across the screen.

Yoshi's Crafted World[edit]

A Fly Guy in Yoshi's Crafted World.
A Fly Guy from Yoshi's Crafted World

Fly Guys reappear in Yoshi's Crafted World. They tend to be stationary or patrol small areas, and are often used as stepping targets. As with other Shy Guys, they wear pilot attire in Altitude Adjustment, circus attire in Hoop-Jump Hop, and space attire in Outer Orbit.

Dr. Mario World[edit]

Fly Guys appear in Dr. Mario World as assistants. In stage mode, their effect is to increase the obtained score for each red virus eliminated, where the base score increase is greater at higher levels. In versus mode, their effect is to instead increase the speed of the attack meter for both the user and their opponent, where the amount of points required to fill the attack meter is reduced by the percentage listed, rounded down to the nearest round number. The attack meters are reduced further when other assistants with the same effect are present, such as with Mechakoopa or another Fly Guy.

Paper Mario: The Origami King[edit]

An origami Fly Guy from Paper Mario: The Origami King.
An origami Fly Guy

Fly Guys make their Paper Mario series debut in Paper Mario: The Origami King. They, like many of the Koopa Troop, are transformed into Folded Soldiers by King Olly. Their design in the series now matches their appearance in various modern Super Mario games, while their propeller is white like in their earlier appearances. They surround the Sea Tower, and can be defeated without going into battle by ramming into them with the boat after it gets an engine upgrade, although defeating them this way will not register them for the Musée Champignon gallery.

Mario Strikers: Battle League[edit]

A Fly Guy appears in version 1.1.0 of Mario Strikers: Battle League, as part of Shy Guy's Hyper Strike, Propeller Dive. The Fly Guy will pick up Shy Guy, twirl around, and throw him at the ball. Like in Mario Golf: Super Rush, the Fly Guy will always be red regardless of what color team Shy Guy is on, though the soccer uniform it wears will match the team's color.

Other appearances[edit]

Fly Guy
A Fly Guy's unused sprite in Super Paper Mario.

Fly Guys have unused graphics in Super Paper Mario. They had propellers on their backs, instead of their heads, which along with their pose causes them to resemble the ones from Yoshi's Story. Additionally, similar enemies called Sky Guys appear in Paper Mario.


It has been requested that this section be rewritten and expanded to include more information. Reason: First appearances of Fly Guys with new shoe colors. For example, blue Fly Guy with magenta shoes

Much like Shy Guys, Fly Guys come in many different colors. The following is a list of all known Fly Guys and the first appearance of said Fly Guy.

Image Color Shoe color First appearance
Fly Guy Sprite from SMW2YI Red Blue Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
Sprite of a blue Flying Shy Guy from Yoshi's Story
Fly Guy R from Mario & Luigi: Dream Team.
Blue Black (early appearances)
Magenta (current)
Yoshi's Story
Sprite of a yellow Flying Shy Guy from Yoshi's Story
A yellow Fly Guy in Yoshi's Crafted World.
Yellow Light blue (early appearances)
Green (current)
Yoshi's Story
Sprite of a green Flying Shy Guy from Yoshi's Story
Fly Guy sprite
A green Fly Guy in Yoshi's Crafted World.
Green Red (early appearances)
Blue (Yoshi's Topsy Turvy)
Brown (current)
Yoshi's Story
A pink Fly Guy in Yoshi's Crafted World. Pink Purple Yoshi's New Island
Light Blue Fly Guy Light blue Red-brown Mario Hoops 3-on-3
Sprite of a Black Shy Guy in Yoshi's Story Black White Yoshi's Story
An orange Fly Guy in Yoshi's Crafted World. Orange Blue Yoshi's Crafted World

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Yoshi franchise[edit]

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island[edit]

  • Shogakukan guide: 赤コインや1up、ハテナ雲などをぶら下げて飛んでくる。すぐに逃げてしまうやつもいるが、じっとしてるやつも、逃げとしまうやつもいる。[8] (They fly by with red coins, 1UPs, Winged Clouds, etc. hanging from them. Some of them get away immediately, some stay put, some fly away.)
  • Player's Guide: If you get him to drop his red coin, you have only a few seconds to retrieve the coin before it vanishes.[9]

Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3[edit]

  • Shogakukan guide: 赤コインや1UP、ハテナ雲などをぶら下げて飛んでくる。すぐに逃げてしまうやつもいるが、攻撃を当てれば持っている物を落とす。[10] (They fly by with red coins, 1UPs, Winged Clouds, etc. hanging from them. Some of them get away immediately, but if you attack them, they will drop what they are holding.)

Yoshi Topsy-Turvy[edit]

  • Shogakukan guide: 頭にプロペラがついたへイホーで、空を飛んでくる。ジャンプして踏みつければ、倒すことができる。コインをぶら下げながら飛んでくることちある。[11](It is a Shy Guy with a propeller on its head and flies through the air. You can defeat it by jumping and stomping on it. Sometimes it flies with a coin hanging from its body.)

Yoshi Touch & Go[edit]

Shogakukan guide
  • Fly Guy (Blue): 上空をふわふわ飛んでいて、ヨッシーめがけて急降下してくる。上空にいるうちにタマゴで倒すか、下降してきたところを囲もう。大勢いるときは、降りてくる前に雲の天井を作ってしまえば安全。[12](They are flying above you and descend rapidly toward Yoshi. You can defeat them with eggs while they are above you, or surround them as they descend. If there are many of them, it is safe to create a cloud ceiling before they descend.)
  • Fly Guy (Red): コインやフルーツの周囲を、円を描くように飛んでいることが多い。スピードが速いときは、雲で行く手をさえぎり、動きを止めてから囲むといい。[12](They often fly in a circle around coins and fruit. If they are fast, block their path with a cloud to stop them from moving and then surround them.)
  • Fly Guy (Yellow): コインやフルーツをぶら下げていて、タマゴやシャボンを当てるとアイテムを落とす。小さな円を描いて飛ぶタイプは、2回転してからしばらく待機すると飛び去ってしまう。早めに倒そう。[13](Coins and fruits are dangling from them, and if you hit an egg or a bubble, it will drop an item. The type that flies in a small circle will fly away after waiting for a while after two rotations. Try to defeat them as soon as possible.)
  • Fly Guy (Green): 上下や左右に往復したり、ゆらゆら蛇行しながら進んだり、ヨッシーの後方から現れたりと、動きのパターンはさまざま。スピードは遅いので、落ち簷いてねらえば問題ない。[13](The movement patterns are varied, such as up and down, left and right, back and forth, meandering, or appearing from behind Yoshi. The speed is slow, so there is no problem if you aim for a falling target.)

Yoshi's New Island[edit]

  • Shogakukan guide: プロペラで空を飛び回る。中には、アイテムを持っているものもいるので、見つけたら急いで倒そう。赤いもののほか、緑・黄色・ピンクなどの色違いもいる。[14](They fly around in the sky with propellers. Some of them have items, so hurry to defeat them when you find them. In addition to red ones, there are also green, yellow, pink, and other different colors.)

Mario Power Tennis / New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis[edit]

Mario & Luigi series[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time enemy
Fly Guy
Animated idle of a Fly Guy from Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time HP 100 (90) POW 120 (140) Defense 95 (90)
Experience 150 Coins 10 Speed 83 (79)
Location(s) Star Hill, Star Shrine Battled by Anyone Item drop Red Shell – 12%
Red Pepper – 3%
Level           23 Notice: Stats in parentheses are from the Japanese and European versions (if they differ from the original American release).

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team enemy
Fly Guy
Fly Guy from Mario & Luigi: Dream Team HP 138 Power 125 Defense 107 Speed 83
Level 20 No Hitter 27 Weakness None Location(s) Driftwood Shore
World Real Experience 100 (120) Coins 35 (100%) Item drop Super Mushroom (5%)
Mushroom Amulet (1%)

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam enemy
Fly Guy (1)
A Fly Guy in battle, in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam. HP 23 POW 48 (36) Defense 54 (44) Type Flying Item drop Mushroom - 5%
1-Up Mushroom - 3%
Experience 8 (3) Coins 5 Speed 43 Weakness None Location(s) Desert Rescue Party
Level           7 Notice: Stats in parentheses are from the game's Easy Mode.
Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam enemy
Fly Guy (2)
A Fly Guy in battle, in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam. HP 158 POW 228 (190) Defense 256 (201) Type Flying Item drop Ultra Mushroom - 5%
1-Up Mushroom - 3%
Experience 175 (170) Coins 40 Speed 173 Weakness None Location(s) Toadette in Trouble, Fly Guy Flyby, Paper Toad Shuffle
Level           31 Notice: Stats in parentheses are from the game's Easy Mode.
Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam enemy
Fly Guy (3)
A Fly Guy in battle, in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam. HP 187 POW 258 (234) Defense 275 (200) Type Flying Item drop Max Candy - 4%
1-Up DX - 2%
Experience 200 (195) Coins 50 Speed 189 Weakness None Location(s) Final Smash
Level           34 Notice: Stats in parentheses are from the game's Easy Mode.

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

  • Minion Quest: The Search for Bowser profile: Shy Guys who fly through the sky. No lie! Some say they know the weakness of the Ice Bros...

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey[edit]

  • Bowser Jr.'s Journey profile: Shy Guys who fly gracefully through the sky. Some say they've learned the weakness of Parabiddybuds.

Mario Hoops 3-on-3[edit]

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Shy Guy
  • Trophy
    • Shy Guys[sic]
    • Super Mario Bros. 2
    • There are many types of Shy Guys: they've been known to walk on the ground, fly through the air, traipse about on stilts, wear flowers or camouflage, throw balls, swing bats, sail on pirate ships, carry fruit, do the Bamboo Dance, ride submarines, play guitar, play tennis, wear red, come in large or small sizes, steal people's toys, cause mischief...

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

A Sticker of a Propeller Shy Guy in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. A sticker of Fly Guy
A sticker of a Propeller Shy Guy (left) and a Fly Guy (right) in Super Smash Bros. Brawl
  • Stickers
    • Name: Propeller Shy Guy
    • Artwork from: Yoshi's Story
    • Effect: [Explosive] - Attack +14
    • Name: Fly Guy
    • Artwork from: Mario Power Tennis
    • Effect: [Head] - Attack +5

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS[edit]

  • Trophy
    • Fly Guy
    • This enemy from the Yoshi's Island series is basically a Shy Guy with a propeller on its head. It hauls items with it as it flies, so chase it down to claim a reward. Usually it's just food, but sometimes one will have some better prizes. You could say these ones are...pretty fly for a Shy Guy. No? Never mind. (American English)
    • This enemy usually appears in Yoshi's Island. It's basically a Shy Guy, but with a propeller on its head, could say it's pretty fly for a Shy Guy. No? OK, then. They fly around overhead with items that you'll want to get hold of! Usually it's only food, but just sometimes they might be carrying something even better... (British English)

Dr. Mario World[edit]

  • Stage mode: "Increases base score by 50/70/100/150/200 points for every red virus eliminated."
  • Versus mode: "Increases speed both your and your opponent's attack meters fill by 10%/20%/30%/40%/50%."

Paper Mario: The Origami King[edit]

Paper Mario: The Origami King enemy
Fly Guy
An origami Fly Guy from Paper Mario: The Origami King. HP 12 Moves Location(s)
Type Flying Blush from Above (?), Flyin' Blush Rush (?), Stomp (?), Drop Attack (?) The Great Sea
Item drops Mushroom
They use tiny propellers to fly around the Sea Tower in the Great Sea. Don't let them fly circles around you too!

Mario Party Superstars[edit]

  • Encyclopedia bio: "Can float thanks to the propellers attached to their heads."


For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Fly Guy.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese プロペラヘイホー[8][10]
Puropera Heihō
4-Ren Puropera Heihō
Propeller Shy Guy

Group of 4 Fly Guys (Yoshi's Story, alternate name for formation)
Chinese (Simplified) 螺旋桨嘿虎 (Super Mario Party)
Luóxuánjiǎng Hēihǔ
螺旋桨嘿呵 (since Paper Mario: The Origami King)
Luóxuánjiǎng Hēihe
Propeller Shy Guy
Chinese (Traditional) 螺旋槳嘿呵
Luóxuánjiǎng Hēihe
Propeller Shy Guy
French (NOA) Maskache Hélico Mix of "Maskache" (Shy Guy) and "hélicoptère" (helicopter)
French (NOE) Hélico Maskass
Héli. Maskass
Aéro-Maskass (Yoshi Story)
Mix of "hélicoptère" (helicopter) and "Maskass" (Shy Guy)
From the abreviation of "Aéronautique" (areonautical) and "Maskass" (Shy Guy)
German Fly Guy -
Italian Tipo Elica
Tipo Timidottero
Propeller Guy (Yoshi's Story's variant)
"Tipo" (guy) and a mix of "timido" (shy) and "elicottero" (helicopter)
Korean 프로펠러헤이호
Peuropelleo Heiho
Propeller Shy Guy
Portuguese (NOA) Fly Guy -
Portuguese (NOE) Paramasquito Para Shy Guy
Russian Летун
Spanish Helicoguy
Fly Guy
From "helicóptero" (helicopter) and "Shy Guy".


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  2. ^ Red ahead question 2
  3. ^ Playing With Super Power: Nintendo Super NES Classics eGuide, Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island Confidential Information Tab.
  4. ^ "Flying Shy Guys: These Shy Guys fly through the sky with the aid of little propellers attached to their heads. The fruit-bearing ones disappear once you steal their fruit. Should you run into a formation of four, defeating all of them with one egg toss wins you a melon!"- Nintendo 64 Game Secrets, 1999 Edition Prima Official Strategy Guide. Page 109.
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  9. ^ Miller, Kent, and Terry Munson. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Player's Guide. Page 126Media:SMW2 Guide 126.jpg.
  10. ^ a b 「スーパーマリオアドバンス3任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Super Mario Advance 3 Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), page 22.
  11. ^ 「ヨッシーの万有引力任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Yoshi Banyū Inryoku Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), page 22Media:YUG Shogakukan P22.jpg.
  12. ^ a b 「キャッチ!タッチ!ヨッシー!任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Catch! Touch! Yoshi! Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), page 15.
  13. ^ a b 「キャッチ!タッチ!ヨッシー!任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Catch! Touch! Yoshi! Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), page 16.
  14. ^ 「ヨッシー New アイランド 任天堂公式ガイドブック」 (Yoshi's New Island Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook), page 25Media:Yoshi New Island Shogakukan P25.jpg.