Propeller Shy Guy

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Propeller Shy Guy
A Propeller Shy Guy
First appearance Yoshi's Story (1997)
Latest appearance Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018)
Variant of Fly Guy
Black Shy Guy
This article is about the flying Shy Guys from Yoshi's Story. For the similar enemy with propellers on their heads, see Fly Guy.

Propeller Shy Guys,[1] also known as Flying Shy Guys,[2] are a variant of Shy Guys that first appeared in Yoshi's Story. They fly via a helicopter-like pack that they carry on their back consisting of a two-blade propeller (on top of the pack), which spins on a horizontal axis, and an eight-blade propeller (at the back of the pack), which spins on a vertical axis. Aside from this, they are very similar to Fly Guys, which the Yoshi's Story Prima Games coverage and the respective Japanese names consider to be the same thing.[2]


Yoshi's Story[edit]

Flying Shy Guys debut in Yoshi's Story, where they fly above Baby Yoshi carrying fruit. They will continue to fly back and forth across the area where they appear in, but will immediately fly off-screen if Yoshi eats the fruit they are carrying. Like normal Shy Guys, they change color when a Baby Yoshi performs a Ground Pound near one.

Flying Shy Guys may appear alone or in a swarm. When swarming, they will alternate between moving across the background and the foreground in a loop. They can be defeated by Baby Yoshi like any other Shy Guy (with the exception of the black Shy Guy, which has its own characteristics).

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Super Smash Bros.[edit]

In Super Smash Bros., Flying Shy Guys appear rarely in the background of Yoshi's Island stage, where one sometimes flies across the screen, going either fast or slow. Occasionally, a slow one will be struggling to carry a melon.

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Flying Shy Guys appear as a stage element, and as a trophy in Super Smash Bros. Melee. They appear as enemies on the Yoshi's Island: Yoshi's Story stage, carrying food. When attacked softly, or if an object is thrown at them, the Flying Shy Guy drops his food and flies off the screen; if they are knocked out with an attack, they drop the food they are carrying, and spin downwards off the screen. If food is disabled in the item switch, they do not bring food. They also sometimes appear in the background of the Yoshi's Island stage from Super Smash Bros., renamed Past Stages: Yoshi's Island.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Propeller Shy Guy is one of the many characters to appear as a Sticker in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

A Propeller Shy Guy in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Propeller Shy Guys reappear in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, where they return as stage elements in the Yoshi's Story stage from Super Smash Bros. Melee.

Sticker information[edit]

Image Game Effect
A Sticker of a Propeller Shy Guy in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Yoshi's Story [Explosive] - Attack +14


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese プロペラヘイホー[1]
Puropera Heihō
Propeller Shy Guy; shared with Fly Guy
Italian Tipo Elica Propeller Guy


  1. ^ a b Super Smash Bros. Brawl sticker.
  2. ^ a b "Flying Shy Guys: These Shy Guys fly through the sky with the aid of little propellers attached to their heads. The fruit-bearing ones disappear once you steal their fruit. Should you run into a formation of four, defeating all of them with one egg toss wins you a melon!"- Nintendo 64 Game Secrets, 1999 Edition Prima Official Strategy Guide. Page 109.