Bandits are a type of Shy Guy that are very common on Yoshi's Island. They appear in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and Yoshi's Island DS. They will chase Baby Mario and Yoshi, and they can take Baby Mario away. They are very fast, and if Yoshi tries to attack them, they may drop coins or 1-Ups. They also have a sub-species called Coin Bandits.
In Mini Battles, such as Gather Coins and Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest, Yoshi has to face off against a Bandit to win items. If the player uses a secret minigame code, the second player can use the second controller to play as the Bandit (thus making Bandit to become a playable character for the first time ever).