Grim Leecher

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Grim Leecher
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A Grim Leecher riding Purple Yoshi.
First Appearance Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (1995)
Latest Appearance Yoshi's New Island (2014)
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Grim Leechers[1] are enemies from Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and its remake, Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3, where they only appear in the levels The Impossible? Maze and Mystery of the Castle? These enemies resemble purple ghosts with skulls on their faces, and their name is a pun on the "Grim Reaper" and "Leech". If Yoshi is a good distance from a Grim Leecher, they will wait until Yoshi comes near, and then hover towards Yoshi once he comes too close. If they come in contact with Yoshi, the Grim Leecher will kick Baby Mario off Yoshi's back and hop on. This will cause the game controls to reverse, and Yoshi will be colored pink. They are referred to as "Purple Zombies" in the game's pocket guide.

Artwork of a Grim Leecher riding Yoshi from Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island.

Grim Leechers reappear in Yoshi's New Island behaving the same as they did before. They can be found in the level World 2-4: Beware the Boo Brigade and later in World 6-8: Baby Bowser's Castle Break-In. In this game, Yoshi will be colored purple instead of pink when a Grim Leecher is on his back.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 死神さん[2]
Mr. Death (based on 「死神」 Shinigami, the Japanese equivilant of the Grim Reaper)
French Funesto[3] Pun on "funeste" (disastrous).
Italian Malannetto[citation needed] Diminutive term of malanno (ailment).
Portuguese (NOE) Carranca[citation needed] Scowl


  1. ^ Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Nintendo Player's Guide. Page 127.
  2. ^ Scan of 「スーパーマリオ ヨッシーアイランド攻略ガイドブック」 (Super Mario: Yossy Island Kōryaku Guide Book).
  3. ^