Shy Guy (toy)

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Shy Guy
A Shy Guy (toy) from Mario vs. Donkey Kong on Nintendo Switch.
Artwork of a toy Shy Guy in Mario vs. Donkey Kong (Nintendo Switch)
First appearance Mario vs. Donkey Kong (2004)
Latest appearance Mario vs. Donkey Kong (Nintendo Switch) (2024)
Portrayed by Nate Bihldorff (2024)
Variant of Shy Guy
Variants
Comparable
“You'll find these guys are wandering around many of the levels. Be careful: some of them carry weapons to help them stop Mario.”
Shy Guy description, Mario vs. Donkey Kong instruction booklet

The toy variety of Shy Guys,[1][2][3] also known as Red Mini Shy Guys,[4] are enemies appearing in the Mario vs. Donkey Kong series. They act similarly to Shy Guys from Super Mario Bros. 2, simply patrolling left to right on a platform. Touching them from the sides is harmful for both the Mini toys and Mario. They are among the weakest enemies in the series and can be defeated with any form of attack available in a game, of which the most commonly seen are Hammers. As they are basic enemies, Shy Guys often appear in early levels and only occasionally return in later levels.

History[edit]

Mario vs. Donkey Kong[edit]

In Mario vs. Donkey Kong, Mario can ride them or pick and throw them at other enemies to defeat them (as in Super Mario Bros. 2). They can also be defeated by throwing another enemy or an object, such as a garbage can or key, at them. Shy Guys debut in the first level of the game, where they patrol areas in front of garbage cans which can be used to attack them, and continue to appear occasionally in subsequent levels. Exclusively in the Spooky House boss stage, Level 4-DK, Shy Guys are transformed into Polterguys and vice versa by Donkey Kong's switches. Remarkably, throughout the entirety of Level x-7, a Shy Guy needs to be used to cross beds of spikes.

Certain types of Shy Guys wield weapons and have different colors and behavior from the standard red Shy Guys; these include Katakata Kaen Heihō, Katakata Yarihō, and Katakata Spanner Heihō.

Shy Guys reprise their roles in the game's Nintendo Switch remake of the same name.

Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis[edit]

Artwork of a Shy Guy from Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis (later reused in Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem!)
A Shy Guy, as seen in Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis

Shy Guys return in Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis, where they now pause for an extended period of time after reaching a wall and turning around. Minis can ride Shy Guys to safely cross certain hazards, although touching the sides of a Shy Guy (or any other enemy) will instead instantly break a Mini.

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again![edit]

A Shy Guy from Room 2-7 of Sandstone Stroll in Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again!.
A Shy Guy in Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again!

In Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again!, Shy Guys,[5] also dubbed Spear Guys,[6] additionally wield spears, but only hold them upright, making them harmful to touch from above. This makes them similar to the Katakata Yarihō. 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. They first appear in Room 2-7 of Sandstone Stroll, but are more prevalent on the Jungle Rumble floor.

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem![edit]

Shy Guys revert to their original appearance in Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem!, no longer holding spears. Despite the change, they remain harmful to touch from above, unlike in Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis. Shy Guys appear early in the game, starting with Area 1-5 where the player learns that it is possible to destroy enemies using Hammers. In this game, they can also be defeated by shooting into one from a Cannon or sliding into one from a slope. Later in the game, in Super Skywheel, Shy Guys can fill Shy Guy Blocks, becoming solid platforms.[2]

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars[edit]

Shy Guys in Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars act and look the same as in Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem!. They are also introduced in a similar stance in Level 1-3, where the player can pick up a pair of Hammers and destroy the Shy Guy present in the level.

Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge[edit]

In Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge, Shy Guys once again appear as enemies. In addition to being vulnerable to Hammers or a slope slide, Shy Guys can be defeated by eating them with Mini Yoshi, or less commonly by being hit with Mini Bowser's Bowser Bomb.

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese カタカタヘイホー[7]
Katakata Heihō
ヘイホー[8]
Heihō
From「カタカタ」(katakata, Japanese onomatopoeia for mechanisms rattling) and「ヘイホー」(Heihō, Shy Guy)

Shy Guy

Dutch Shy Guy
-
French (NOA) Maskache
Shy Guy
French (NOE) Maskass
Mass'lanss[9]
Shy Guy
Spear Guy
German Shy Guy
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Italian Tipo Timido
Shy Guy
Korean 헤이호
Heiho
Derived from the Japanese name

Spanish Shy Guy
Shy Guy
Shy Guy Block
Language Name Meaning
Italian Blocco Tipo Timido[10]
Shy Guy Block

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mario vs. Donkey Kong North American 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 (American English version)
  6. ^ "Spear Guy – Spear Guys prevent Mini Marios from reaching certain areas by patrolling back and forth. Take them out with a hammer, or step on a red switch to turn them into blocks, allowing Mini Marios to step over them." - Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again! help (British English version)
  7. ^ Mario vs. Donkey Kong Japanese instruction booklet, page 15.
  8. ^ https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ds/amqj/porin/index.html
  9. ^ Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again! help (European French version)
  10. ^ Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem!, in-game help guide