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Not to be confused with Stone-Eye.
A Moe-Eye from Super Mario Odyssey.
First appearance Super Mario Odyssey (2017)

Moe-Eyes are a species from Super Mario Odyssey that can be controlled with Cappy. They are based on their namesake, the Moai statue heads, and have a pair of feet, earrings and sunglasses, and a tuft of green hair. Moe-Eyes are found in the Moe-Eye Habitat and Transparent Maze of the Sand Kingdom and the Underground Moon Caverns in the Moon Kingdom.

Concept and creation[edit]

Concept art of a Moe-Eye.

The design of the Moe-Eye used peculiar textures that would make them easily distinguishable from the ruins of Tostarena.[1] Great care was poured into getting an appropriate appearance of the forehead, although this is typically not visible during the game.[1]


They are shy creatures that try to run away from Mario. When captured and controlled by Mario, they gain his cap and his mustache, and the player can put on or take off the sunglasses by pressing Y Button. While the sunglasses are on, the player is able to see invisible platforms, invisible Coins and Hidden Blocks, though the Moe-Eye walks much slower than usual in this state. As Moe-Eyes are unable to jump, Mario has to use elevators to access higher platforms. The captured Moe-Eye can also be heard faintly humming the first few notes of the Super Mario Bros. theme[2], the Super Mario Bros. ending theme, the Super Mario World ending theme[3], or the theme for Gusty Garden Galaxy in Super Mario Galaxy while the sunglasses are on.

Even though Moe-Eyes are harmless and not considered as enemies, they will return with the same purple effect that signifies a respawning enemy after they fall into poison or lava. Additionally, NPCs appear to still be frightened by Moe-Eyes if Mario goes near the characters in question while capturing a Moe-Eye. This can be shown if Mario flies near their habitat as Glydon, who will tell the Moe-Eyes to stay away if Mario captures one.[4]


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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ミルゾウ
From 「見る」 (miru, to see) and 「像」 (, statue).
Chinese (Simplified) 观像
Guān xiàng
Literally "looking statue".
Chinese (Traditional) 看看像
Kàn kàn xiàng
Literally "looking statue".
Dutch Moe-Eye -
French Ma'tuvu[5] From the phrase m'as-tu vu (did you see me)
German Röntgolith From Röntgen (x-ray), and -lith (common suffix for rocks).
Italian Spionelito From spione, colloquial way to say spy, and -lito, common suffix for rocks. -ito is also a common diminutive suffix used in Spanish, giving the name a Mexican sound.
Korean 볼테다
Literally "dare to see".
Russian Глазолит
From глаз glaz (eye), -лит -lit (common suffix for rocks).
Spanish (NOA) Mo-guay Moe-cool
Spanish (NOE) Mo-Guay Moe-Cool