Grim Leecher

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Grim Leecher
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A Grim Leecher riding a 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, 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. They are referred to as "Purple Zombies" in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island's pocket guide.

Artwork from Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 死神さん[2][3]
Mr. Death (based on 「死神」 Shinigami, the Japanese equivilant of the Grim Reaper)
French Funesto[4] 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. ^ 「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 16.
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