Spy Guy

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Not to be confused with Spyguy.
Spy Guy
Battle idle animation of a Spy Guy with its slingshot from Paper Mario
Sprite of a Spy Guy with a slingshot from Paper Mario
First appearance Paper Mario (2000)
Variant of Shy Guy

Spy Guys are a type of Shy Guy encountered in Paper Mario. They appear exclusively in Shy Guy's Toy Box. Spy Guys are dressed in camouflage gear, wearing a leafy bush with flowers on their heads as a disguise. They resemble Petal Guys from Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. They hold either a slingshot or hammer in their hand.

Spy Guys were originally going to reappear in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, but were cut from the game. Their "command_heiho" name remains in the game's coding.[1]


They can attack Mario with a slingshot outside and inside of battle; the long range of this attack gives Spy Guys an advantage in scoring a First Strike, and conversely good at avoiding Mario's own attempts. Whenever a Spy Guy is damaged, it changes weapons, altering between slingshot and hammer. If Mario fails to guard against a hammer attack, he suffers the Prohibited Command status effect and loses one of his action commands for several turns. Unlike other Shy Guys, when a Spy Guy is defeated, they will sit on the floor rather than continue their "damaged" animation.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Paper Mario[edit]

Paper Mario enemy
Spy Guy
Battle idle animation of a Spy Guy with its slingshot from Paper Mario Battle idle animation of a Spy Guy with its hammer from Paper Mario Max HP 7 Attack 2 Defense 0
Role Common Type Ground Level 15
Strong None Weak None Moves Hammer Smack (2, Command Loss), Quick Slingshot (2)
Sleep? 70%, 0 Dizzy? 80%, 0 Shock? 90%, 1
Shrink? 75%, 0 Stop? 90%, 0 Fright? 60%
Air Lift? 85% Hurricane? 80% Coins 1 + 0-3
Items Dusty Hammer, Fire Flower, Pebble, Thunder Bolt, Thunder Rage Run 30 Location(s) Shy Guy's Toy Box
Tattle This is a Spy Guy. Spy Guys look like they're ready for war in their spiffy camouflage gear! Max HP: 7, Attack Power: 2, Defense Power: 0 They change their weapons each time they're attacked. You'd best try to avoid their hammer attack! Every time you're hit by it, you'll lose one of your commands!

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese コマンドヘイホー
Komando Heihō
Command Shy Guy

Chinese 间谍嘿虎
Jiàndié Hēihǔ
Spy Shy Guy

French Mass'Pion
Pun on "Maskass" (Shy Guy) and "espion" (spy)
German Spy Guy


  1. ^ TCRF. Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door/Unused Enemies § Enemies Without Graphics. The Cutting Room Floor. Retrieved September 15, 2019.