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"Hope you had a "cool" time! Heh heh HORF!"
— Tortimer, Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Artwork of Tortimer
Species Gender
Tortoise Male
Birthday December 31st Capricorn
Favorite saying "Remember to consider your retirement plan!"
Role Mayor[nb 1]
Tours[nb 2]
Storage[nb 3]
Main appearances

Other appearances
Name in other languages

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.



Artwork of Tortimer from the Doubutsu no Mori+.

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 Doubutsu no Mori+ 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.


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.


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.


In the first-generation games[edit]

Artwork of Tortimer from Animal Crossing.

Tortimer appears in Doubutsu no Mori+, Animal Crossing, and Doubutsu no Mori e+. During the player's part-time job for Tom Nook, he appears at the wishing well to greet the player. He also appears there during most events to give the player an exclusive item. During the Fishing Tourneys, Tortimer appears in a random acre rather than at the wishing well.

After the player catches every fish or bug, Tortimer appears outside their house the next time the game is loaded to give them the golden rod or golden net, respectively.

After the 15th villager moves into town, Tortimer appears in a random river acre and asks the player if they would like a bridge built there. If the player says no, he will reappear each day in a different acre.

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. He no longer hosts the Fishing Tourney or Bug-Off, which are now hosted by Chip and Nat, respectively.

He will also appear when a new structure (bridge, fountain, windmill, or lighthouse) is built as a result of donations to the town fund.

In New Leaf[edit]

Artwork of Tortimer from Animal Crossing: New Leaf.

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]

Artwork of Tortimer from Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp.

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.




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


Effect Fighters
[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.




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]




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

Villager information[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]

Remember to consider your retirement plan!


Birthday Gender Species
December 31 Capricorn Male Tortoise
Pic version added Welcome amiibo update
Coffee preferences
Type of beans Kilimanjaro
Amount of milk The regular amount
Amount of sugar Two spoonfuls

In Happy Home Designer[edit]

Remember to consider your retirement plan!

Tortimer's Happy Home Designer icon

Example of Tortimer's Happy Home Designer house
Official example
Birthday Gender Species
December 31 Capricorn Male Tortoise
Umbrella Gelato Umbrella HHD Icon.png Gelato umbrella
House request
Client's vision I'll leave it up to you!
Favorite song  Aloha K.K.
Unlocked items
  •  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 New Horizons[edit]

    Remember to consider your retirement plan!


    Birthday Gender Species
    December 31 Capricorn Male Tortoise
    Initial NookPhone  Default Phone Case (Green) NH Model.png  Green
    Final NookPhone  Phone Case (Traditional 2 - Fabric 19) NH Model.png  Traditional 2 - Fabric 19
    Happy Home Paradise traits
    Umbrella Paper Parasol NH Icon.png Paper parasol
    Hobby Nature
    Book Nature Book NH Icon.png Gardening/Bug/Fish/Fossil

    In Happy Home Paradise[edit]

    Client's vision Vacation-Home Concept
    Unlocked items

    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

    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



    • In a character popularity poll held on the Doubutsu no Mori+ 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.
    • In Animal Crossing, Tortimer tells a story that he defeated the "great sea snakes" at Pinnacle Rock, a reference to The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask.
    • Tortimer is one of two characters in the series to have a walking stick. The other is Frillard.
    • In Animal Crossing: City Folk, jock villagers will say that special characters who show up for events are all friends of Tortimer's. In fact, they even visit town for free.
    • In Animal Crossing: City Folk, it is possible to push Tortimer away from the town hall. The player can move him to anywhere they desire, and he'll remain there even if the player enters and exits a building or goes to the city.
    • Other than Cornimer, his alter ego, Tortimer also shares his birthday with Marcel.

    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 寿伯
    Shòu Bó
    Uncle Longevity

    Traditional Chinese 壽伯

    Russian Тортимер
    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


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


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