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- "A li'l wind goes a long ways."
- — Kapp'n, Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer
Artwork of Kapp'n from Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival'
|Service||Sailor, Ferry Operator, Taxi Driver, Bus Driver|
Kapp'n is a green turtle (kappa in the Japanese versions) that features in the Animal Crossing series as a driver of various forms of transport. He has been known to row boats, drive taxis and also drive buses. Kapp'n himself is a sailor by nature, referring frequently to his life on the sea and speaking in stereotypical pirate tones. He has also expresses a fondness for women and singing old sea shanties.
The word 'Kappa', from which Kapp'n derives, is the name for a river imp in Japanese folklore. They are mischievous in nature, and reptilian in appearance. His name could also be the sailor pronunciation of 'captain', where letters are missed out in certain words which is how sailors in the past were believed to have talked, saying things like 'yar!', 'sprat', 'garr' and will sometimes refer to the player as fish or sea creatures, such as 'scallop', 'sea bass' and 'urchin'.
- 1 Appearances
- 2 Other Appearances
- 3 Villager Info
- 4 Card Profiles
- 5 Welcome amiibo Items
- 6 Gallery
- 7 Names in other languages
- 8 Trivia
In Animal Crossing, he is the ferry operator who rows visitors and the player to the island (commonly known as Animal Island) through the GameBoy Advance cable. During the voyage to the island he sings a sea shanty, usually about his life on the sea and women.
In Wild World, he drives the black taxi to the town and acts as the introducing character responsible for the gender and appearance of the playable character, as well as the name of the town. This is a role he takes on from Rover. He can sometimes be seen in the The Roost drinking coffee. He will talk about his life at sea upon talking to him.
In City Folk, he first appears driving the bus to the town, while Rover talks to the playable character determining the gender, birthday and appearance of the character, as well as the name of the town. He will then appear again driving the bus to the city when going to the Bus Stop. During the journey to the city, he will talk about women, the city and modern day youngsters to male players. If the player is female, he will subtly flirt with them, calling them 'cute', 'pretty' and that a 'manly bus-driver is available'. If the player does not respond, he will begin to whistle his sea shanty.
Kapp'n returns to his roots in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, this time with a motorboat. he will flirt with all players, regardless of gender. Approaching Kapp'n with friends will allow up to four players to travel to an island for local multiplayer gameplay. Once on the island, Kapp'n's wife Leilani, mother Grams and daughter Leila also make an appearance, running a souvenir shop and providing tours of the island which take the form of minigames.
Kapp'n is seen at the beginning of Doubutsu no Mori (film) driving Ai to Animal Village in his black taxi, like the one in Animal Crossing: Wild World. He appears later on in the film during the festival, as a member of the audience listening to K.K. Slider singing.
Kapp'n makes a minor appearance as an assist trophy in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, revealed in the August 8th Nintendo Direct, where he will appear at random in his bus from Animal Crossing: City Folk and grab a fighter, put them in his bus, and drive toward the edge of the screen, K'Oing the fighter in the bus.
In Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, Kapp'n appears as one of the player's clients, although he allows the player to customize freely without any specific vision.
Kapp'n appears as a playable character in Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival, entering the game if his amiibo character is scanned into the game.
In Happy Home Designer
|Happy Home Designer House Info|
Animal Crossing e-Reader Card
|Animal Crossing-e card|
Happy Home Designer amiibo Card
|Animal Crossing amiibo card|
Welcome amiibo Items
When a compatible amiibo figure or card is scanned, there are three things that can happen: the player can chat with them, ask them to visit their town’s Campground, or invite them to live in town permanently. Kapp'n is one of the amiibos that the player can ask to visit their town's Campground, and the player can buy items from him using MEOW Coupons. Also, he will not have the Wii U and 3DS displayed in his van, but they will be in his catalog for purchase, so the player should not panic if they enter the van and do not see these items.
Sprites and Models
Names in other languages
|German||Käpten||Low German form of Kapitän (Captain)|
|Italian||Remo||Given italian name. It also means "oar".|
|Korean||갑돌 / 운전수
Gapdol / Unjeonsu
|From 갑파(Kappa), a monster from Japanese folk tale. 갑돌 is a common fictional name for male characters in Korea. Originally known as 운전수, meaning a driver, in Wild World.|
|Russian||Кэпн Kepn||Transcription of English name|
- While rowing to the Island in Doubutsu no Mori+ and Animal Crossing, Kapp'n sings one of a few random songs. A line to one of his songs is that he sings better than Mario.
- One of his sea shanties is about cucumbers. In Japanese folklore, cucumbers were thrown into rivers for Kappa to eat with the names of children and/or families on. This would spare a family when bathing in a river. Children, and sometimes adults, are believed to be one of their favorite foods - cucumbers being their favorite. They would also help humans and not break an oath. This may relate to how friendly he is towards humans in the Animal Crossing series.
- If in City Folk the player leaves the game idle long enough on the bus, Kapp'n will begin to whistle Totaka's Song, which also appears as K.K. Song.
- While riding on the bus, in City Folk, Kapp'n is interested in celebrity gossip, and will question the player for juicy secrets, shortly before arriving at the City.
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