Shyster

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This article is about the Shy Guy with the knife-shaped pogo stick from Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. For the pogo stick-using Shy Guy from Yoshi's Story, see Shy Guys on Pogo Sticks.
Shyster
Shyster.jpg
First appearance Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (1996)
Variant of Shy Guy
Variants
Bodyguard
Shyper
Springer
Comparable
Shy Guys on Pogo Sticks
“We just built this yesterday, and the foundation's very weak. So...STOP SHAKING THE FLOOR!”
Shyster, Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

A Shyster is a small artificially created Shy Guy that hops on a sword-tipped pogo-stick. They appear in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. Shysters seem to love nothing more than hopping around all day long.

Shysters are soldiers that work for the Smithy Gang. Shysters formed the bulk of Mack's forces during his invasion of Mushroom Kingdom. After Mack conquers the peaceful kingdom, the Shysters are allowed to terrorize the townsfolk as they please.

A Shyster attacks by jumping on top of his opponent with his sword-tipped pogo-stick. Additionally, Shysters have limited proficiency in magic. As such, Shysters can use the weak fire-based attack Drain to shoot a small fireball at opponents. Shysters can be easily defeated with lightning magic. During Mario and Mallow's battle with Mack, the knife monster summoned four Shyster Bodyguards to aid him in the fight.

After Mario's penultimate fight with Smithy, a Shyster, an Aero, and a Drill Bit ask their master to calm down and to stop slamming the floor with his mallet in order to prevent the Factory from falling apart. Their efforts fail as Smithy continues to slam the foundation with his hammer, collapsing the floor and sending his minions flying away.

Several stronger varieties of Shysters exist, including the Springer and the Shyper, as well as the Machine Made version of Bodyguard.

Statistics[edit]

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars enemy
Shyster
Battle idle animation of a Shyster from Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars HP 30 FP 2 Speed 18 Yoshi Cookie Honey Syrup
Attack 20 Magic attack 18 Location(s) Mushroom Kingdom, Mushroom Castle Bonus Flower HP Max! (20%)
Defense 26 Magic defense 10 Weak None Items Honey Syrup (5%)
Evade 10% Magic evade 0% Strong None Morph rate 100%
Coins 2 Exp. points 3 Spells Drain Sp. attacks None
Psychopath "Boing, boing, boing."

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ヘイパー
Heipā
Pun on「ヘイホー」(Heihō, Shy Guy) and English words "hyper," "hopper," or "helper"

Trivia[edit]

  • Shyster's name, in addition to being a pun on "Shy Guy," is likely derived from the actual term "shyster," which really means "conman."
  • The Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars Player's Guide placed an image of a Shyper where a Shyster should have been and gives it the name Shyper.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pelland, Scott, and Kent Miller. Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars Player's Guide. Page 110.