Tortimer

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"Remember to consider your retirement plan!"
— Tortimer, Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer and Welcome amiibo
SpecialSpeciesIconSilhouette.png Tortimer ttlA
Tortimer NLa.png
Species Gender
Tortoise Male
Birthday December 31st Capricorn
Role Mayor[nb 1]
Island Tours[nb 2]
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages

Japanese コトブキ
Korean 고북
Italian Tortimer
German Törtel

Simplified Chinese 寿伯
French Tortimer
Spanish Tórtimer
Dutch Tortimer

Traditional Chinese 壽伯
Quebec French Tortimer
Latin American Spanish Tórtimer
Russian Тортимер

Tortimer is an elderly tortoise who is the mayor of the town the player moves into in the Animal Crossing series prior to Animal Crossing: New Leaf, where that role is given to the player. He has appeared in every installment in the Animal Crossing series, with the exceptions of Doubutsu no Mori and Animal Crossing: New Horizons. His name is a portmanteau of tortoise and the given name Mortimer.

In games before Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Tortimer appears outside celebrating during town events and will the player holiday-specific items. In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Tortimer has retired from the role of mayor and now lives on Tortimer Island where he works as a tour guide.

Characteristics[edit]

Appearance[edit]

Artwork of Tortimer from the Japanese version of Animal Crossing.

Tortimer is a tan, elderly tortoise that wears a black top hat with black, rounded glasses. While not wearing his hat, Tortimer is notably bald. His shell is a multicolored pattern shared with that of Kapp'n, and also wears a bow tie on the front of his shell. His mouth and eyes have notable wrinkles in them. In the Japanese version of Animal Crossing, Tortimer wears a red hat with blue lenses in his glasses.

Personality[edit]

A statue of Tortimer in Town Hall in 🎬 Gekijōban Doubutsu no Mori.

In numerous games and other media, Tortimer seems to have a large ego, to the extent of having his own cult of personality. This is most notably shown in 🎬 Gekijōban Doubutsu no Mori, as Tortimer continuously tells Ai of his authority as mayor by mentioning "me the mayor" multiple times, at the same time many of his egotistical possessions are shown. Tortimer's e-Reader card also claims that he enjoys his job as mayor, further supporting this. However, the extent of his ego is slightly toned down in the games, being reduced to him constantly reminding the player of his authority, such as during Nature Day in City Folk, with the slogan 'Mother Nature and Father MAYOR.' Despite this, Tortimer is also shown in the games to be somewhat greedy, as cranky villagers will sometimes say that he takes money the player donates to buy expensive things in Animal Crossing: Wild World, such as a plasma TV, while using the town of Boondox to justify the donations. However, these could simply be rumors. Tortimer, as part of his pride, also greatly respects the elderly as well as his species, asking the player at the beginning of each game who they look up to or their favorite animal, respectively. If the player does not choose "grandpa" or "turtle" for each respective question, Tortimer will be seen with a contemptful expression.

Background[edit]

Occasionally, Tortimer talks about his life previous to becoming mayor. He talks about being an expert gardener and once had a wife, Mrs. Tortimer, though she is believed to have died tragically. Some villagers speculate that he became incredibly rich on the turnip market, while others believe he gained money illegally and used it to build the town hall. This is backed up by the fact that there are no taxes in the player's town, and that Tortimer himself never has to face election. Also, according to the gossip of villagers in City Folk, his shell might be fake.

Appearances[edit]

In Animal Crossing[edit]

Artwork of Tortimer from Animal Crossing.

Tortimer, after being absent in Doubutsu no Mori, is introduced in Animal Crossing, Doubutsu no Mori's enhanced GameCube port. He is first introduced on the first day the player moves to town, walking around the Wishing Well, and he must be spoken to alongside the rest of the townsfolk. At any events, such as Graduation Day, he will stand near the Wishing Well to explain the event, as well as a gift to commemorate the occasion.

In Wild World[edit]

Artwork of Tortimer from Animal Crossing: Wild World.

Tortimer returns in Animal Crossing: Wild World, serving the same role as the previous installment, except he is now stationed at the newly added Town Hall. As in Animal Crossing, the player is required to speak with him at the start of the game and afterward gives out special items to commemorate holidays. If no event is occurring, Tortimer can be seen napping at his desk in the Town Hall behind Pelly or Phyllis. Tortimer also appears as the host of Fishing Tourneys and Bug-Offs. During the Acorn Festival, Cornimer, a character who is heavily implied to be Tortimer in disguise is introduced as the mascot of the event.

In City Folk[edit]

Artwork of Tortimer from Animal Crossing: City Folk.

Tortimer's role in Animal Crossing: City Folk is virtually identical to his role in Animal Crossing: Wild World, with the exception of various new holidays being added.

In New Leaf[edit]

Tortimer's role is vastly changed in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, as he is no longer the mayor of the player's town. Instead, he has retired to Tortimer Island, a private resort home to various activities, known as "tours," while Isabelle fulfills his previous role of distributing festive items. On the island, Tortimer appears as the host of each tour, explaining the rules and regulations for each one, as well as keeping score of the player's progress. Cornimer's head also appears in the Hammer tours, attached to the lawnmower that is hit in the tour. His ego in previous games has also been greatly toned down.

In New Horizons[edit]

Tortimer's Poster in New Horizons.

Although Tortimer does not appear in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Tortimer's Poster can be obtained from Nook Shopping after attempting to invite him to Photopia via his amiibo card.

In Pocket Camp[edit]

Tortimer's role is once again changed in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, in which Tortimer now hosts a garden event for the winter season.

In Gekijōban Doubutsu no Mori[edit]

Tortimer meeting Ai in Gekijōban Doubutsu no Mori.

In 🎬 Gekijōban Doubutsu no Mori, Tortimer is the mayor of Animal Village. He appears in Town Hall when Ai moves in, then outside Town Hall in the winter to announce the Winter Festival and later to announce the winner of the festival. Throughout the film, Tortimer is running for reelection. Despite running unopposed, he is worried about losing, and he urges all of the residents to vote. At the end of the film, it is shown that Tortimer was the only one in Animal Village who voted.

Other appearances[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Tortimer appears as a trophy and in the background of the Smashville stage.

Tortimer Trophy Brawl.png #271 Tortimer
The mayor of the player's town. Usually in his office in the town hall, he emerges on holidays to usher in special festivities. He's a busy fellow who also serves as the record keeper for fishing and bug-catching tournaments. He cuts a very dashing figure in his hat and bow tie. There may be some link between him and Cornimer, who appears at the fall Acorn Festival.
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Tortimer Trophy Brawl.png #271 Tortimer
The mayor of the player's town. Usually in his office in the town hall, he emerges on holidays to usher in special festivities. He's a busy fellow who also serves as the record keeper for fishing and bug-catching tournaments. He cuts a very dashing figure in his hat and bow tie. There may be some link between him and Cornimer, who appears at the fall Acorn Festival.
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In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U[edit]

Tortimer appears as a trophy and has a chance of appearing in the background of the Tortimer Island stage exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS version. In the Wii U version, Tortimer also appears as a spectator in the Smashville and Town and City stages, but doesn't have a trophy.

Tortimer SSB4 Trophy (3DS).png #431 Tortimer
NTSC-U: A former mayor who is living out his retirement on a tropical island. He's not a hermit, though, and absolutely loves spending time with anyone who goes to visit his tropical paradise. Everyone could learn from his generous spirit. And that aloha shirt looks great!

PAL: Many cultures around the world see the tortoise as a symbol of great age and wisdom, and Tortimer embodies both in spades. A former town mayor, he now lives a slightly quieter life organising island tours and giving out medals. The Hawaiian shirt definitely wasn't part of his mayoral attire.
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Tortimer SSB4 Trophy (3DS).png #431 Tortimer
NTSC-U: A former mayor who is living out his retirement on a tropical island. He's not a hermit, though, and absolutely loves spending time with anyone who goes to visit his tropical paradise. Everyone could learn from his generous spirit. And that aloha shirt looks great!

PAL: Many cultures around the world see the tortoise as a symbol of great age and wisdom, and Tortimer embodies both in spades. A former town mayor, he now lives a slightly quieter life organising island tours and giving out medals. The Hawaiian shirt definitely wasn't part of his mayoral attire.
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In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Spirits[edit]

Tortimer NL.png Tortimer
Support Spirit
Class: ★★★ (Ace)
Cost: ⬢⬢
Ability: Critical-Health Stats ↑↑
  • Summon with cores from Old Man Lobber, Koopa Troopa, and any Support core
  • Villager information[edit]

    In Happy Home Designer[edit]

    Happy Home Designer client information
    Tortimer
    Thought Bubble:
    Client's Vision: I'll leave it up to you!
    Required Items: None
    Favorite Song: Aloha K.K.
    Favorite Saying: Remember to consider your retirement plan!
    Tortimer's Happy Home Designer icon
    Happy Home Designer client information
    Tortimer
    Thought Bubble:
    Client's Vision: I'll leave it up to you!
    Required Items: None
    Favorite Song: Aloha K.K.
    Favorite Saying: Remember to consider your retirement plan!
    Tortimer's Happy Home Designer icon

    Card profiles[edit]

    Animal Crossing e-Reader card[edit]

    Animal Crossing e-Reader card
    #005 Tortimer - Series 1
    Gender: Male
    Sign: Capricorn
    Password: 9AL@2ZZ9Q5Qk3i
    X5ExwralPQagsj
    Profile:
    Animal Crossing-e 1-005 (Tortimer).jpg
    SpecialSpeciesIconSilhouette.png
    004 Tom Nook Animal Crossing e-Reader cards
    #005 Tortimer
    006 Mr. Resetti
    SpecialSpeciesIconSilhouette.png

    amiibo card[edit]

    amiibo card
    #015 Tortimer - Series 1
    Star sign: Capricorn
    Birthday: December 31
    Dice value: 6
    Hand sign: Rock
    015 Tortimer amiibo card NA.png
    SpecialSpeciesIconSilhouette.png
    014 Luna List of amiibo cards
    #015 Tortimer
    016 Lyle
    SpecialSpeciesIconSilhouette.png

    Gallery[edit]

    Trivia[edit]

    • In Animal Crossing, Tortimer may tell the player that they would be his first choice for a successor if he were to retire.
    • A NookPhone with Tortimer's placeholder fabric pattern.
      Although Tortimer is physically absent from Animal Crossing: New Horizons, placeholder data for his NookPhone exists and uses the "FtrCmnFabricTropical00" fabric pattern, a mint-colored design with yellow pineapples, resembling the Tropical Muumuu.[1] The tropical theme may be a reference to Tortimer's New Leaf portrayal, where he retires to Tortimer Island.

    Names in other languages[edit]

    Japanese コトブキ / そんちょう
    Kotobuki / Sonchō
    From 寿 kotobuki (longevity) / village mayor

    Korean 고북
    Gobuk
    Modification of 거북 (Geobuk/Turtle)

    Simplified Chinese
    Traditional Chinese
    寿伯 / 壽伯
    Shòu Bó
    Uncle Longevity

    Russian Тортимер
    Tortimer
    Tortimer

    Dutch Tortimer -

    German Törtel Sounds the same as the English word turtle

    European Spanish Tórtimer -

    European French Tortimer -

    Italian Tortimer -

    Notes[edit]

    1. In Animal Crossing, Wild World, and City Folk
    2. In New Leaf only

    References[edit]