Tortimer

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"Remember to consider your retirement plan!"
— Tortimer, Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, Welcome amiibo, and New Horizons
SpecialSpeciesIconSilhouette.png Tortimer ttlA
Tortimer NLWa.png
Species Gender
Tortoise Male
Birthday December 31st Capricorn
Role Mayor[nb 1]
Tours[nb 2]
Storage[nb 3]
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages
 コトブキ
 고북
 Tortimer
 Törtel
 寿伯
 Tortimer
 Tórtimer
 Tortimer
 壽伯
 Tortimer
 Tórtimer
 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 exception of Doubutsu no Mori. 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 give 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 light olive, elderly tortoise who wears black, rounded glasses. His shell has a multicolored pattern shared with that of Kapp'n. His mouth and eyes have notable wrinkles. When not wearing a hat, a single, large strand of black hair can be seen on his head.

In the Japanese version of Animal Crossing and Doubutsu no Mori e+, Tortimer wears a red zucchetto with blue lenses in his glasses. For his mayoral attire in the English version of Animal Crossing, Wild World, and City Folk, he wears a black top hat and a bowtie on the front of his shell, and his glasses have clear lenses. Starting in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, he wears a straw hat and a red aloha shirt, indicating his retirement.

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 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.

Tortimer was added to Animal Crossing: New Horizons in the 2.0 Free Update. He appears at the open market on Harv's Island, where he allows the player to access their home's storage. In addition, Tortimer's Poster can be obtained from Nook Shopping after inviting 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 hosted a garden event, Tortimer's Floral Fancy, from December 27, 2018 to January 7, 2019.

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 both a trophy and a sticker, and in the background of the Smashville stage.

#271

Tortimer

Tortimer

Description 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.
Acquisition Random


Tortimer SSBB Sticker.png #505 Tortimer
[Throwing] Attack +12
All fighters
Tortimer SSBB Sticker.png #505 Tortimer
[Throwing] Attack +12
All fighters


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.

#431

Tortimer

Tortimer

Description 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.
Acquisition Random


In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Spirits[edit]

#845

Tortimer

Tortimer

Category Support Spirit
Class Ace (★★★)
Slot cost 2 (⬢⬢)
Ability Critical-Health Stats ↑↑
Acquisition Summon with cores from Old Man Lobber, Koopa Troopa, and any Support core

Villager information[edit]

In Happy Home Designer[edit]

Example of Tortimer's Happy Home Designer house
Official example
Tortimer's Happy Home Designer icon
Remember to consider your retirement plan!
Tortimer
Client's vision I'll leave it up to you!
Favorite song  Aloha K.K.
Unlocked items
Furniture:
  •  Aloha K.K.
  •  Tortimer's Pic
  • Clothing:
  •  Red Aloha Tee
  •  Round Glasses
  •  Gelato Umbrella
  • Starting house: Default exterior of Tortimer's house in Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer

    In Happy Home Paradise[edit]

    Tortimer
    Client's vision Vacation-Home Concept
    Unlocked items
    Furniture:

    Card profiles[edit]

    Animal Crossing e-Reader card[edit]

    Animal Crossing-e 1-005 (Tortimer).jpg

    Card back

    Animal Crossing-e 1-005 (Tortimer - Back).jpg

    #005 Tortimer - Series 1
    Gender: Male
    Sign: Capricorn
    Profile: Even in turtle years, Tortimer is pretty old. However old he may be, he's still a great mayor. He makes it to all the town events, and he loves his main duty as mayor, handing out gifts to the villagers.
    Password: 9AL@2ZZ9Q5Qk3i
    X5ExwralPQagsj

    amiibo card[edit]

    015 Tortimer amiibo card NA.png

    Card back

    Amiibo card back.png

    #015 Tortimer - Series 1
    Star sign: Capricorn
    Birthday: December 31
    Dice value: 6
    Hand sign: Rock

    Gallery[edit]

    Trivia[edit]

    • In a character popularity poll held on the Japanese Animal Crossing website, Tortimer ranked as the 13th most popular character with 990 votes, ranking above Copper but below Rover.[1]
    • In Animal Crossing, Tortimer may tell the player that they would be his first choice for a successor if he were to retire.

    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 / 촌장 (City Folk)
    Gobuk / Chonjang
    Modification of 거북 (Geobuk/Turtle) / mayor

    Simplified Chinese
    Traditional Chinese
    寿伯 / 壽伯
    Shòu Bó
    Uncle Longevity

    Russian Тортимер
    Tortimer
    Same as English name

    Dutch Tortimer Same as English name

    German Törtel Sounds the same as the English word turtle

    European Spanish Tórtimer Same as English name

    European French Tortimer Same as English name

    Italian Tortimer Same as English name

    Notes[edit]

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

    References[edit]

    1. Nintendo. "キャラクター人気投票結果発表!". nintendo.co.jp. Archived from the original on November 8, 2020. Retrieved November 8, 2020.