Grim Leecher

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Grim Leecher
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A Grim Leecher's Spirit from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
First appearance Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (1995)
Latest appearance Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Spirit cameo) (2018)

Grim Leechers[1] (Purple Zombies in the pocket guide for Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island[citation needed]) are enemies from Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, its remake, Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3, and Yoshi's New Island. 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, although in Yoshi's New Island the Yoshi will be colored purple. Yoshi can eat them to lay an egg, although, in Yoshi's New Island, they cannot be eaten.

A Grim Leecher makes an appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a Spirit.


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)
Spanish Polizontasma From Polizon (Stowaway) and Fantasma (Ghost).
French (NOA) Funesto[3] Pun on "funeste" (disastrous).
Italian Malannetto[citation needed] Diminutive term of malanno (ailment).
Portuguese (NOE) Carranca[citation needed] Scowl
Russian Темноездник[citation needed]
From темно (temno, dark) and наездник (nayezdnik, rider)