Hand-It-Overes from Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door.
Series Mario series
First appearance Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
Created by Nintendo EAD

Bandits are enemies appearing in the Mario series known for robbing coins and items. His first appearance was in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, where he would usually take coins or Baby Mario. If the second player plays the mini game in Super Mario World 2, then he will play as Bandit. His next appearance or game was Paper Mario, followed by Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, which introduced Big Bandit, Badge Bandit, and Bandy Andy.

It is believed that Bandits are a subspecies of Shy Guy. Their masks and robes have led people to this conclusion.


Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island

Bandit's first appearance was in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, where he would steal Baby Mario and run off with him whenever he and Yoshi drew near. They run fast and jump up small ledges, making them difficult to chase down. They take six egg throws to defeat, or three jumps or a Ground Pound. The sometimes wit in hiding behind rocks or mushrooms, and replace Baby Mario with a Shy Guy.

Then there are the Mini Battles, where Yoshi competes with a Bandit to win coins and 1-ups. If the player uses a secret code, then a second player can control the Bandit, making this the only instance so far where Bandit was a playable character.

Paper Mario

In the game Paper Mario for the Nintendo 64, Bandits were common enemies in Dry Dry Desert. They would come in two colors, blue and red. In battle, the Bandits would rush at Mario and steal his coins. They would then run away. If you defeated them, you would get your coins back.

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

In the third chapter of Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, a you would fight a team of Bandits in the Glitz Pit. The team, called the "Hand-It-Overs", was lead by a Big Bandit referred to as Bandy Andy. Bandy Andy oftentimes got himself into trouble, sticking his nose where it doesn't belong and whatnot.

Mario Party 8

In Mario Party 8, Bandits appear twice. Both times involve stealing coins.

A Bandit appears in Shy Guy's Perplex Express. He is seen wandering around aboard the train. When a player lands on a ? space on top of the train, a Shy Guy, the conductor as a matter of fact, will appear and reveal that the Bandit stole Holly Koopa's candy. The character then must remember which wagon the Bandit was in. If they are correct, Bandit returns the candy and the character receives a coin award.

A Bandit also appears in Koopa's Tycoon Town. If a certain ? Space is landed on, a Bandit from the alley way will talk to you and steal coins from another player's investment in a nearby hotel.