Black Shy Guy

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This article is about Black Shy Guys in general. For the enemy from Paper Mario, see Anti Guy. For the enemy from Yoshi's Story, see Black Shy Guy (Yoshi's Story).
Black Shy Guy
Black Shy Guy from Mario Kart Tour
Black Shy Guy from Mario Kart Tour
First appearance Mario Superstar Baseball (2005)
Latest appearance Paper Mario: The Origami King (2020)
Variant of Shy Guy
Variants
Anti Guy
Comparable
Katakata Spanner Heihō
Spy Guy (Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis)
Relatives
Black Shy Guy (Yoshi's Story)
Notable members
Shy Bandit
“Slicing through the mist. Paint will be spilled here today. The shy ninja strikes.”
Black Shy Guy, Paper Mario: Color Splash

Black Shy Guys are Shy Guys which wear black or dark gray robes and white shoes. Usually, they are depicted as more elite than normal Shy Guys, having more powerful abilities and aggressive behaviors.

History

Yoshi's Story

Main article: Black Shy Guy (Yoshi's Story)
Black Shy Guy artwork for Yoshi's Story

Black Shy Guys in general first appear in Yoshi's Story, but only as a type of Flying Shy Guy. However, the only artwork for them in the game shows a black-colored normal Shy Guy, which along with the nonspecific wording of the Hint Block that talks about them suggests normal black Shy Guys may have been planned but unimplemented in the final game.

Paper Mario series

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Paper Mario

Anti Guy's Sprite from Paper Mario

Black Shy Guys appear in Paper Mario as Anti Guys[1], whose masks are a dark shade of gray. This variety would have reappeared in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door if Shy Guys had not been cut from the game's roster.

Paper Mario: Color Splash

In Paper Mario: Color Splash, they appear as a mini-boss in Violet Passage and as a regular enemy in Fort Cobalt, and will dodge any of Mario's attacks if they are not stunned. However, they are vulnerable to Thing cards. A Black Shy Guy also appears in the Emerald Circus, where it carries away the Unicycle Shy Guys' unicycle after their defeat. Their "paper" design now matches their regular counterparts, compared to Paper Mario. One serves as the third-round opponent in Roshambo Temple #8, although after Roy Koopa is defeated, it will be replaced by the Rock Paper Wizard until beaten.

The most notable Black Shy Guy in this game is the Shy Bandit.

Paper Mario: The Origami King

Black Shy Guy in the Musée Champignon.

Black Shy Guys reappear in Paper Mario: The Origami King as enemies in the Temple of Shrooms. A Black Shy Guy sometimes comes out from behind certain pillars in the walls and attacks Mario with a paper fan, dealing a single point of damage to him. Mario can First Strike the enemy to defeat it, but by not doing so, it cannot be refought from there. Several Black Shy Guys are later faced in combat. After being defeated, they compliment the last weapon Mario used during the battle.

As of version 1.0.1, Black Shy Guys can also be fought in Scorching Sandpaper West.

Unused sprites for a paper Black Shy Guy can be found in the game's data.

Mario Baseball series

A Black Shy Guy also appears in Mario Superstar Baseball as a playable character and reappears in Mario Super Sluggers as a coloration of Shy Guy. In Mario Super Sluggers, however, it is renamed Gray Shy Guy. The former game marks the playable debut of a Black Shy Guy.

Mario Kart series

Mario Kart DS

A Black Shy Guy finishes a race in Luigi's Mansion.

A Black Shy Guy appears as a playable character in Mario Kart DS, although it only appears in the DS Download Play mode.

Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

In Mario Kart 8, Black Shy Guys appear mining in both Shy Guy Falls and Wii Wario's Gold Mine. A Black Shy Guy can also be unlocked as a playable character if the The Legend of Zelda × Mario Kart 8 and Animal Crossing × Mario Kart 8 downloadable content packs are purchased.

In Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Black Shy Guy is included as an alternate color for Shy Guy within the base game.

Mario Kart Tour

Black Shy Guy tricking in Mario Kart Tour

Black Shy Guy appears as a Super driver in Mario Kart Tour, introduced in the 2019 Winter Tour. His special skill is the Bob-omb Cannon.[2] He is featured as the chosen driver in several bonus challenges, namely SNES Vanilla Lake 1R's Time Trial, 3DS Rock Rock Mountain's Goomba Takedown, and N64 Frappe Snowland's Take them out quick!

Mario Tennis Aces

While Black Shy Guys appear as NPCs in Mario Tennis Aces, a "Mega" version appears as a boss at the end of Rounds 4 and 8 of Shy Guy's Train Tussle. When low on health, the large Black Shy Guy will throw Bob-ombs at the players (which are replaced by Mega Bob-ombs during the Round 8 battle), which players must hit back at it to finish the round. In addition, normal-sized Black Shy Guys float around with balloons carrying crates with coins and power-ups that players can use against the Shy Guys.

Profiles and statistics

Paper Mario series

Paper Mario: Color Splash

Paper Mario: Color Splash Enemy
Black Shy Guy
A black Shy Guy in Paper Mario: Color Splash. HP 16 Type Normal 0 None
Strong None Weak None
Card
Moves Attack (9), Blowback Attack (20)
Location(s) Violet Passage, Fort Cobalt
Quotes Usual: "My belt is black too!" ~ "I know all your moves." ~ "*fwish*" ~ "......"
Enemy Class
ENEMY_PENKI
Dropped Items
Hammer Scraps 50 Red Paint 20 Yellow Paint 20 Blue Paint 20 Orange Paint 10 Green Paint 10 Purple Paint 10

Paper Mario: The Origami King

Paper Mario: The Origami King Enemy
Black Shy Guy
An origami Black Shy Guy from Paper Mario: The Origami King. HP 12 Moves Location(s)
Type Normal Paper Fan (?) Temple of Shrooms, Scorching Sandpaper West
Item Drops ???
Mysterious Shy Guys shrouded in darkness. They like to throw turnip-shaped things, so watch out for that.

Mario Kart Tour

Special item Bob-omb Cannon from Mario Kart Tour Bob-omb Cannon
Favorite courses
(Three items per Item Box)
SNES Mario Circuit 1R from Mario Kart Tour
SNES Mario Circuit 1R
3DS Cheep Cheep Lagoon from Mario Kart Tour
3DS Cheep Cheep Lagoon
DS DK Pass R from Mario Kart Tour
DS DK Pass R
SNES Ghost Valley 1T from Mario Kart Tour
SNES Ghost Valley 1T
SNES Ghost Valley 1R/T from Mario Kart Tour
SNES Ghost Valley 1R/T
GBA Sunset Wilds R from Mario Kart Tour
GBA Sunset Wilds R
Ninja Hideaway R from Mario Kart Tour
Ninja Hideaway R
Favored courses
(Two items per Item Box)
SNES Mario Circuit 1T from Mario Kart Tour
SNES Mario Circuit 1T
3DS Shy Guy Bazaar from Mario Kart Tour
3DS Shy Guy Bazaar
3DS Shy Guy Bazaar R from Mario Kart Tour
3DS Shy Guy Bazaar R
SNES Choco Island 2 from Mario Kart Tour
SNES Choco Island 2**
DS Luigi's Mansion R/T from Mario Kart Tour
DS Luigi's Mansion R/T*
DS DK Pass T from Mario Kart Tour
DS DK Pass T
DS DK Pass R/T from Mario Kart Tour
DS DK Pass R/T
Paris Promenade 2R from Mario Kart Tour
Paris Promenade 2R
Paris Promenade 2R/T from Mario Kart Tour
Paris Promenade 2R/T
3DS Daisy Hills T from Mario Kart Tour
3DS Daisy Hills T
DS Airship Fortress from Mario Kart Tour
DS Airship Fortress
DS Airship Fortress T from Mario Kart Tour
DS Airship Fortress T
DS Airship Fortress R from Mario Kart Tour
DS Airship Fortress R
Tokyo Blur from Mario Kart Tour
Tokyo Blur
Tokyo Blur R from Mario Kart Tour
Tokyo Blur R
GBA Sunset Wilds from Mario Kart Tour
GBA Sunset Wilds
3DS Rosalina's Ice World T from Mario Kart Tour
3DS Rosalina's Ice World T
3DS Rosalina's Ice World R from Mario Kart Tour
3DS Rosalina's Ice World R
Ninja Hideaway from Mario Kart Tour
Ninja Hideaway
Ninja Hideaway T from Mario Kart Tour
Ninja Hideaway T

* indicates a favored course upgraded to a favorite course after reaching level 3. ** indicates a favored course upgraded to a favorite course after reaching level 6.

  • Mario Kart Tour Twitter: "The masked man of mystery, Black Shy Guy, has made his way to #MarioKartTour! With his powerful Bob-omb Cannon special item, he's here to have a blast!"[3]

Gallery

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese くろヘイホー
Kuro Heihō
ブラックヘイホー
Burakku Heihō
ヘイホー(くろ)
Heihō (Kuro)
Black Shy Guy (Mario Kart 8)

Black Shy Guy; shared with Anti Guy (Paper Mario: Color Splash)

Shy Guy (Black) (Paper Mario: The Origami King)
Dutch Zwarte Shy Guy Black Shy Guy
French (NOA) Maskache noir Black Shy Guy
French (NOE) Maskass noir Black Shy Guy
German Schwarzer Shy Guy Black Shy Guy
Italian Tipo Timido nero Black Shy Guy
Portuguese (NOA) Shy Guy preto Black Shy Guy
Portuguese (NOE) Masquito Preto Black Shy Guy
Spanish (NOA) Shy guy negro Black Shy Guy
Spanish (NOE) Shy Guy negro Black Shy Guy


Trivia

  • The Black Shy Guy's introductory quote in Paper Mario: Color Splash (shown at the top of the page) is a haiku, a type of poem in which the first and last lines consist of five syllables, while the middle line consists of seven.
  • In the data for Paper Mario: Color Splash, Black Shy Guys are sometimes identified as heiho_matrix, likely as a reference to the film series The Matrix, either through their clothes and mask holes resembling the dark suit and sunglasses common in the series, their ability to dodge attacks being reminiscent of the series' iconic "bullet time" moment, or a combination thereof.

References

  1. ^ The Mushroom Kingdom (Accessed on 6-9-08)
  2. ^ Nintendo Mobile (November 18, 2019). Mario Kart Tour News, Vol. 3 “Where did Lakitu go?” November 19th. YouTube. Retrieved November 18, 2019.
  3. ^ https://twitter.com/mariokarttourEN/status/1198013287407013890 Mario Kart Tour Twitter