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This is listed as a Spiny, but looking at its graphics, it's a recolored Spike Top with two extra spikes. I think it might need to be reclassified as a Buzzy. Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) 06:24, 18 March 2018 (EDT)

The problem, though, is that its official artwork has it resemble a Spiny, so maybe it should be classified as both? Toadette icon CTTT.pngArchivistToadettefont.png(T|C) 09:57, 18 March 2018 (EDT)
But if it's basically a recolored Spike Top just with two more spikes on its shell, why not classify it as a Spike Top derivative? Seems the safest option to me. LinkTheLefty (talk) 11:24, 20 March 2018 (EDT)
It's worth noting that Thorny's sprites lack the rim around the spikes, like Spike Top has, while the standalone shell sprites are also both edited from the Troopas (itself made to resemble a Shellcreeper),'s a bit complicated through resource reusage. Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) 01:28, 15 April 2018 (EDT)
There's also the final cutscene that occurs if you reach 999999 points, and in it, all of the basic enemies appear individually with white flags - except for Spike and Thorny, who appear together. It looks like Spike appears by itself, but then Thorny charges into it as if thinking "hey, I was the stronger version of this thing" (or at least, that's the impression I get). Either way, as far as the game is concerned, Thorny acts just like Spike except it gets stunned instead of getting defeated in one hit, so it does make more sense gameplay-wise as a derivative of Spike Top. As for its head resembling Spiny's in artwork, note that earlier appearances had less consistent designs than now. EDIT: Well, the names seem based on it (Spiny, Thorny; Toge, Tsuno), so Thorny probably is derived from Spiny. Most likely they had the Spiny from Super Mario Bros. 3 in mind when they wanted a tougher Spike Top, but realized that Spiny is usually weaker so it became something else. Still, I wouldn't mind if we considered it a hybrid. LinkTheLefty (talk) 18:20, March 10, 2020 (EDT)