Shy Guy (toy)

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This article is about the Shy Guy toys from the Mario vs. Donkey Kong series. For information about Shy Guys in general, see Shy Guy.
Shy Guy
Shy Guy artwork.
First Appearance Mario vs. Donkey Kong (2004)
Latest Appearance Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge (2016)
Parent Species Shy Guy
Derived Species
Fly Guy (toy)
Hovering Heihō
Katakata Kaen Heihō
Katakata Spanner Heihō
Katakata Yarihō
Miira Heihō
Snifit (toy)
Related Species
Katakata Hakkun

Shy Guys[1][2][3], also known as Red Mini Shy Guys[4], are Shy Guy toys appearing in the Mario vs. Donkey Kong series.

Shy Guys from three games.
A Shy Guy in Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again!

Shy Guys will patrol left to right, but a collision will defeat a Mini Mario or Mario himself. In Mario vs. Donkey Kong, Mario can ride them or pick and throw them (as in Super Mario Bros. 2). Exclusively in the Spooky House boss stage of the original Mario vs. Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong will hit one of three Color Switches to transform the other two unselected and unheld Shy Guys into floating forms resembling Phantom Guys with auras. In Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis, Mini Marios can also ride Shy Guys to safely cross certain hazards, although touching the top of a Shy Guy (or any other enemy) will instead instantly break a Mini Mario in later titles. In Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again!, Shy Guys[5] additionally wield spears, but only hold them upright. However, their spears can pass through red girders, harming any above Mini Marios. Unique to Minis March Again!, upon activation of a red Color Switch, Shy Guys transform into stationary solid blocks. When in this state, Shy Guys can be used as a step or bridge to cross harmful areas. Shy Guys can be defeated with hammers.

It is unknown if the Mario Toy Company created these toys, but most likely they did not (as they appear to be foes of Mario). They have windup keys behind them, though.

In Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem!, Shy Guys can also fill Shy Guy Blocks[2].

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese カタカタヘイホー[6]
Katakata Heihō
Faiyā Yūrei Heihō
Mechanical Shy Guy; katakata being the sound of a working mechanism.

Fire Yūrei Shy Guy (4-DK transformation); see Boo Guy or Phantom Guy.

Shy Guy
Spanish Shy Guy Shy Guy


  1. ^ Mario vs. Donkey Kong instruction booklet, pg. 28
  2. ^ a b Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem! Help Mode & Construction Zone
  3. ^ Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars Construction Zone
  4. ^ Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move Toy Collection
  5. ^ "Shy Guy – Shy Guys prevent Mini Mario from reaching certain areas by patrolling back and forth. Take them out with a hammer, or step on a red color switch to turn them into blocks, allowing Mini Mario to step over them." - Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again! help.
  6. ^ a b Scan of 「マリオvs.ドンキ—コングかんぺきガイドブック」 (Mario vs. Donkey Kong Kanpeki Guidebook)
  7. ^