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Artwork of a Thorny from Mario Clash.
Artwork of a Thorny from Mario Clash
First appearance Mario Clash (1995)
Variant of Spiny
Spike Top

Thorny[1] is a spiked turtle enemy in Mario Clash. They walk left and right on the stage, much like Shellcreepers. Mario can defeat them by throwing a Turtle Shell at them from their sides to stun them first. He can either hit them with a shell again or kick them to finish them off. If he hits them in the face, they change directions.

In their artwork, they resemble a dark green-skinned Spiny with a single row of three retractable spikes on their black shells. In the game, however, they look the same as Spikes, just with darker colors and two extra spikes.


  • Instruction Booklet bio: Thorny is protected by his three horns. He cannot be knocked down with one hit.[1]


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ツノゾー[2]
Portmanteau of「角」(tsuno, horned) and「トゲゾー」(Togezō, Spiny)
Spanish Spiny[3] -


  1. ^ a b Mario Clash English instruction booklet, page 20.
  2. ^ Mario Clash Japanese instruction booklet, page 18.
  3. ^ Club Nintendo (Mexico) AÑO 4 No. 9, page 20.