Tehee Butterfly

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Tehee Butterfly
A Tehee Butterfly
First appearance Yoshi's Story (1997)
Latest appearance Super Mario-kun Volume 19 (1998)
Subject origin Butterfly
Power Bee
“When it's pink, it tastes sweet. When it's blue, it tastes bitter.”
Message Block in The Tall Tower, Yoshi's Story

Tehee Butterflies (or Teehee Butterflies),[1] also called Tehee Trampolines[2] in the context of jumping on them as springboards, are flying spherical insects that appear in Yoshi's Story and the Super Mario-kun manga. They fly around and change color from pink to blue. Eating a pink one restores a Yoshi's health, but eating a blue one depletes it due to bitterness, as indicated by a Message Block. If a Yoshi eats a blue Tehee Butterfly while Super Happy, the Super Happy effect ends early.

In Super Mario-kun, the Baby Yoshis set out to find the legendary Tehee Butterfly so they can use its fabled restorative properties after Mario becomes exhausted. It seems harmless at first, but as the Yoshis attempt to catch it, it turns vicious and retaliates. It repeatedly plays cruel pranks on the Yoshis and giggles afterwards. After Green Yoshi gets the upper hand and defeats the Tehee Butterfly, the Yoshis feed it to Mario. However, just before he eats it, the butterfly turns blue and has adverse effects.

The name of this enemy comes from the noise it makes when it changes colors.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

  • Shogakukan guide:「ウフフ、ウフフ」と鳴く伝説のちょうちょ。食べるなら、顔色がいいときに。[3](The legendary butterfly that chirps, "Tehee, Tehee." If you want to eat it, eat it when it looks healthy.)


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ウフフちょう / うふふチョウ[4] / ウフフ[5]
Ufufu Chō
From「ウフフ」(ufufu, a type of laughter) and「」(chō, butterfly)
Chinese 哈哈蝶
Hah-hah butterfly
French Papillon rieur Laughing butterfly
German Rosa Brumsel[6]
Blaue Brumsel[7]
Pink Brussel
Blue Brussel
Spanish Monitos voladores[8] Flying monkeys


  1. ^ Prima Bath. Nintendo 64 Game Secrets, 1999 Edition Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Page 102. "Choosing not to take the shortcut means that you’ll have to scale the mountain and defeat many Teehee Butterflies on your way."
  2. ^ Prima Bath. Nintendo 64 Game Secrets, 1999 Edition Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Page 112. "For a good start, jump from the top of the Message Box and then use both of the Tehee butterflies as springboards to vault Yoshi back into the upper reaches of the sky.[...]At the end of the Tehee Trampolines is a Warp Vase."
  3. ^ 「任天堂公式ガイドブック ヨッシーストーリー」 (Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook – Yoshi's Story), page 5.
  4. ^ 「任天堂公式ガイドブック ヨッシーストーリー」 (Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook – Yoshi's Story), page 13.
  5. ^ Kazuki, Motoyama. Kodansha vol. 41 - Super Mario 64: Yoshi's Story part 1. Page 6Media:YS Manga Enemies.jpg.
  6. ^ Nintendo 64 Yoshi's Story Spieleberater, page 18Media:Yoshi's Story German Guide Enemies.png.
  7. ^ Nintendo 64 Yoshi's Story Spieleberater, page 20Media:Yoshi's Story German Guide Pg. 20-21.png.
  8. ^ Club Nintendo TIPS section