Grim Leecher

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Grim Leecher
Grim Leecher spirit from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
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 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 "Grim Reaper" and "Leech".


In Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, Grim Leechers are found in extra and secret levels, appearing only in The Impossible? Maze in the original game as well as Mystery of the Castle? in the remake. They wait until Yoshi comes near and then hover towards them; if a Grim Leecher makes contact, they knock Baby Mario off Yoshi's back and hop on. This causes the game controls to reverse, signified by Yoshi turning a flashing pink color. Yoshi must Ground Pound to knock a Grim Leecher loose, and can eat them to produce an egg.

In Yoshi's New Island, Grim Leechers appear in the fourth level of World 2, Beware the Boo Brigade. They can no longer be eaten, and the Grim Leecher-controlled Yoshi is now colored purple.

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

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirit[edit]

Name Image Game Type Class Effect How to obtain Spirit battle
Opponents Battle conditions Stage Song
Grim Leecher Grim Leecher spirit from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Yoshi Series Support (1) Novice Ramblin' Evil Mushroom Equipped World of Light (Light Realm); Spirit Board Meta Knight Hazard: Left is Right, Right is Left
  • Left and right controls will suddenly reverse
Yoshi's Island Obstacle Course - Yoshi's Island


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 死神さん[1]
Mr. Death; based on「死神」(shinigami, the Japanese equivalent of the Grim Reaper)
Chinese 死灵灵
Sǐ Líng Líng
From "死" (, death) and "灵" (líng, spirit/soul)
French (NOA) Funesto[2] Pun on "funeste" (disastrous).
German Klammerdieb From "klammern" (clinch) and "Dieb" (thief)
Italian Malannetto From malanno (ailment) and "nanetto" (dwarf)
Korean 찰거머리사신
From 찰거머리 (chalgeomeori, a Korean term describing someone who sticks around and causes annoyance) and 사신 (sasin, Grim Reaper)
Portuguese (NOE) Carranca Scowl
Russian Темноездник
From темно (temno, dark) and наездник (nayezdnik, rider)
Spanish Polizontasma From Polizon (Stowaway) and Fantasma (Ghost).


  1. ^ 「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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