Fryguy (also spelled Fry Guy or FryGuy) is the boss of World 4 in Super Mario Bros. 2. He is a ball of fire given life by Wart in Subcon. Fryguy first appeared in Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic.
Super Mario series
Super Mario Bros. 2
During the events of Super Mario Bros. 2, Fryguy, a living flame, is the boss of World 4, an icy arctic ocean; he is stationed in a tall fortress at the end of World 4-3. When confronted by Mario and his friends, Fryguy spits fireballs down to attack the heroes. Since Fryguy is made of fire, the heroes take damage if they touch him. To defeat Fryguy, Mushroom Blocks (masks in Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic) must be thrown at him. After three hits, the battle enters the second phase, as Fryguy splits into four Small Fry Guys, which must also be extinguished. Between the NES version and later versions, his sprite is heavily redrawn, with his eyes being more open, his mask being light blue instead of black, and his fire having twice as many animation frames. Additionally, his face is a separate graphic from his body in the later versions.
In Super Mario Advance, he is shown being seemingly created on-screen by four of Wart's giant bubbles; however, instead of fire (as mentioned in the manual), the bubbles form him from an empty version of his mask. He is also voiced by Charles Martinet in this version of the game.
BS Super Mario USA
Fryguy appears once again as a boss in the pseudo-sequel, BS Super Mario USA. He makes his first appearance in the third broadcast, helping Wart and the other 8 bits attack Subcon once more, but is eventually defeated by Mario and the other heroes once again. Like the predecessor, he is found in the snowy lands of Subcon and he is fought in the same way to that of Super Mario Bros. 2. He also shows up to attack 19 minutes into the broadcast, regardless of the player's location. In this game, he has the personality of a cultured samurai and speaks with an archaic, formal speech. He will give a discourse about bushido or recite haiku.
The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!
Fryguy is a character in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! Like many antagonists on the show, he works for King Koopa, as opposed to Wart (as in the video games). Fryguy does not appear as much as other Super Mario Bros. 2 antagonists on the show. Fryguy is implied to be a species on the show, as in "Raiders of the Lost Mushroom," the terminology "a Fryguy" is used. Additionally, in "Hooded Robin and His Mario Men," the heroes try to distract Fryguy by disguising Toad and Hooded Robin as a "Frygal."
List of episodes featuring Fryguy
Nintendo Comics System
Fryguy also appears in the Nintendo Comics System's Mario comics. In the comics, there is not just one Fryguy, but an entire species. They have minor roles in many stories, starting with "The Fish That Should've Gotten Away" in the first issue. They are also the focus of a one-page comic called "Fryguy High Yearbook -- Activity Page!" which depicts students of Fryguy High taking part in events such as a "hot baseball team that threw sixteen consectutive no-hitters," though it is also shown the school eventually burned down. The first time Fryguys are a major focus of a full story is "Beauty and the Beach," where King Koopa (under the alias "Ka-Hoopa") attempts to create some by forcing a volcano to erupt onto an island village of Mushroom people. In another story, "Duh Stoopid Bomb!," Bowser is expelled to "Fryguy Kindergarten" after an intelligence-boosted Snifit takes over his kingdom.
Nintendo Adventure Books
Mario, Luigi, and Yoshi encounter Fryguy in volume 8 of Super Mario-Kun. He and his minions attempt to cook them in a soup, but Toad and Birdo arrive by breaking through the sky, riding on a whale, which then flattens Fryguy and his minions.
In the Super Mario Bros. film, the flamethrowers used by Koopa and his minions are referred to as "Fryguy Flamethrowers."
In Super Mario Bros. & Friends: When I Grow Up, the description of the Firefighter career page reveals that Fryguy has started a fire. This Fryguy lacks a mask, instead having bushy eyebrows.
Names in other languages