Scaredy Rat

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Scaredy Rat
In-game artwork of a Scaredy Rat from Dr. Mario World
First appearance New Super Mario Bros. Wii (2009)
Latest appearance Paper Mario: The Origami King (2020)
Paper Scaredy Rat
Scaredy Rat 10-Stack
Scaredy Rat, Paper Mario: Color Splash

A Scaredy Rat is a white rat creature that first appeared in New Super Mario Bros. Wii. Scaredy Rats appear to have black sclera, red pupils, orange feet, and huge buck teeth. Their name is a pun on the term "scaredy-cat," which is a childish term for a coward.


Super Mario series[edit]

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

Scaredy Rats in New Super Mario Bros. Wii
NSMBW Scaredy Rat Render.png

Scaredy Rats first appear in New Super Mario Bros. Wii where they are only found in World 4-Ghost Icon.png. They are defeated the same way that Goombas are. However, the difference between the two is that Scaredy Rats are troublesome and run quite fast. When Mario or a teammate approaches, they stop scuttling and start jumping in place. When the player leaves, the Scaredy Rats continue scuttling. If one is stomped, all nearby Scaredy Rats will run in panic. However, if running Scaredy Rats encounter a calm rat, the frightened rats will become calm as well.

New Super Mario Bros. U / New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe[edit]

Scaredy Rats reappear in New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, with the same features of New Super Mario Bros. Wii. They appear in the level Which-Way Labyrinth, where in dark sections their eyes shine like a Swoop. They can also be scared away by Glowing Baby Yoshi's light. They are one of the few enemies that do not reappear in New Super Luigi U.

Super Mario Run[edit]

Scaredy Rat
In-game image of Scaredy Rat from Super Mario Run

Scaredy Rats reappear in Super Mario Run, only in the level Scaredy Rat Race. They behave identical to their appearance in previous platformers.

Mario Party series[edit]

Mario Party 9[edit]

A Scaredy Rat appears in a Captain Event known as Scaredy Rat Race in the portal-like tower near the final area of the board Boo's Horror Castle. The Scaredy Rat steals some Mini Stars from each player and scuttles each turn some spaces ahead using a dice block. The current captain has to choose a player who must roll a Dice Block. The player who actually reaches the Scaredy Rat defeats it and receives all the Mini Stars the Scaredy Rat has stolen.

Mario Party: Island Tour[edit]

A Scaredy Rat can be seen on the Banzai Bill's Mad Mountain board in Mario Party: Island Tour and in the minigames Match Faker and Rat-a-tat Flat, the latter of which involves players having to Ground Pound the Scaredy Rats that appear to earn points. Gold Scaredy Rats also appear in Rat-a-tat Flat and are worth three points each.

Paper Mario series[edit]

Paper Mario: Sticker Star[edit]

Scaredy Rats make their Paper Mario debut in the Nintendo 3DS game Paper Mario: Sticker Star as enemies in The Enigmansion of World 4. They maintain their appearance from New Super Mario Bros. Wii. In battle, Scaredy Rats can perform one of two attacks. Their main attack involves ramming into Mario. The Scaredy Rat will sometimes delay its attack in order to trick the player into blocking early. Their other attack has them trot towards Mario and steal one of his stickers. Mario can get his sticker back by damaging or defeating the Scaredy Rat before it flees with the sticker. Blocking this attack will prevent damage, but doesn't prevent the Scaredy Rat from stealing the sticker; instead, doing so ensures that a weaker sticker is stolen. If Mario has no stickers, or if the Scaredy Rat is currently carrying one, it will only use its ramming attack. In rare cases, a Scaredy Rat may begin to flee with a sticker, but suddenly turn around, giving Mario a chance to get it back.

Paper Mario: Color Splash[edit]

Scaredy Rats return in Paper Mario: Color Splash with the same appearance and behavior they had in Paper Mario: Sticker Star and can be fought in Marmalade Valley, Dark Bloo Inn and Toad Trainworks. There is a Scaredy Rat 10-Stack in Toad Trainworks. They steal Battle Cards in this entry rather than stickers.

Paper Mario: The Origami King[edit]

An origami Scaredy Rat from Paper Mario: The Origami King.
An origami Scaredy Rat

Scaredy Rats make a return in Paper Mario: The Origami King, with origami variants of them acting as enemies in Graffiti Underground, Picnic Road, Ninja Attraction and Shroom City. Similar to the Bandits from the first two Paper Mario games, they now steal coins since neither stickers nor Battle Cards are present.

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam[edit]

Sprite of a Scaredy Rat from Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam.

A Scaredy Rat sets off the plot of Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam by scaring Luigi into knocking over a book containing the Paper Mario universe. Later in the game, only Paper Scaredy Rats appear as enemies. They appear only in the Twinsy Tropics Dungeon.

Dr. Mario World[edit]

Scaredy Rats appear as assistants in Dr. Mario World. Their stage mode effect increases the player's base score for every light-blue virus that are eliminated, with the base score increase being greater at higher levels, starting from 50 points at the first level to 200 points at the maximum level. In versus mode, their effect has a chance to change the color of the viruses to be of the same color after the opponent attack each time, which excludes attacks caused by clearing all viruses on their side.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Mario Run[edit]

  • Notebook bio: "This foe lives in groups in towers. If you defeat one the rest will panic and scatter!"

Item description[edit]

  • Scaredy Rat Statue: "A statue of a Scaredy Rat. Those ears are a bit spooky, aren't they?"

Paper Mario series[edit]

Paper Mario: Sticker Star[edit]

Paper Mario: Sticker Star enemy
Scaredy Rat
Scaredy Rat PMSS.png Max HP 10 Location(s) The Enigmansion
Attack 5 Moves Ram (5), Steal (steals a Sticker), Run (flees battle)
Defense 0 Stickers Hammer, Jump

Paper Mario: Color Splash[edit]

Paper Mario: Color Splash enemy
Scaredy Rat
Scaredy Rat sprite from Paper Mario: Color Splash HP 8 Type Normal 3
A Scardey Rat card from Paper Mario: Color Splash
Strong None Weak None
Moves Body Attack (3), Steal Attack (1, steals a Battle Card), Group Attack (3), Blowback Attack (8)
Location(s) Marmalade Valley, Dark Bloo Inn, Toad Trainworks
Quotes Usual: "Squeek!" ~ "I SAID SQUEEEEK!" ~ "Squeek, squeek!" ~ "Squeeeek!"
Enemy class
ENEMY_MANY_COIN - TRE_NOTHING (when joining a battle started against a Dry Bones)
Dropped items
Hammer Scraps 1 Red paint 4 Yellow paint 4 Blue paint 6 Orange paint 0 Green paint 0 Purple paint 0

Paper Mario: The Origami King[edit]

Paper Mario: The Origami King enemy
Scaredy Rat
An origami Scaredy Rat from Paper Mario: The Origami King. HP 9 Moves Location(s)
Type Normal Rattack (?), Stacked Rattack (9), Steal (?), Stacked Steal (3), Loose Change (?) Graffiti Underground, Picnic Road, Ninja Attraction, Shroom City
Item drops Mushroom
They adore dark corners. If they nab your coins in battle, defeat them before your gold is as good as gone.
  • Shogakukan guide:「マリオの持っているコインを盗んでしまう。逃げられる前に倒せば取り返すことができる。」
    (He steals the coins that Mario has. If you defeat him before he escapes, you can get them back.)[1]

Dr. Mario World[edit]

  • Stage mode: "Increases base score by 50/70/100/150/200 points for every light-blue virus eliminated."
  • Versus mode: "If opponent attacks, grants 30%/35%/40%/45%/50% chance received virus will be matching-color."


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese チュウチュウ
Japanese onomatopoeia for a mouse's squeak
Chinese (Simplified) 吱吱
吱吱鼠 (since Dr. Mario World)
Zhīzhī Shǔ
Onomatopoeia for the squeak of a mouse

From "吱吱" (zhīzhī, an onomatopoeia for the squeak of a mouse) and "鼠" (shǔ, mouse)

Chinese (Traditional) 吱吱鼠
Zhīzhī Shǔ
From "吱吱" (zhīzhī, an onomatopoeia for the squeak of a mouse) and "鼠" (shǔ, mouse)
Dutch Scaredy Rat
French (NOA) Souriboo Pormanteau of "souris" (mouse) and "boo"
French (NOE) Raplapla Pun on "rat" and "raplapla" (a colloquialism meaning "worn out")
German Gratterich Pun on "grattler" (a derogatory term from Bavaria, equivalent to English word "bum") and "ratte" (rat), with "-rich" (a German noun-forming suffix for male animals)
Italian Ratton From "ratto" (rat)
Korean 츄츄
Derived from the Japanese name
Portuguese (NOA) Ratacante Pormanteau of "ratazana" (rat) and "atacante" (attacker)
Portuguese (NOE) Aterrato Play on "aterrado" (frightened) and "rato" (mouse)
Russian Крыса-страшилка
Scary rat
Spanish (NOA) Ratacante Pormanteau of "rata" (rat) and "atacante" (attacker)
Spanish (NOE) Aterrata Pormanteau of "aterrado" (frightened) and "rata" (rat)


  1. ^ Paper Mario: The Origami King Shogakukan guide. Page 258.