|Appearance(s)||Animal Forest +|
Animal Forest e+
Animal Crossing: Wild World
Animal Crossing: City Folk
Animal Crossing: The Movie
Blathers (フータ, Futa) is an owl scholar, who first appeared in Animal Forest + and has appeared in every Animal Crossing series game since. He is the curator for the Museum, who accepts donations such as fish, insects, fossils and paintings. His name comes from the word blather, which means to babble or speak rapidly without making much sense. He is very knowledgeable and informative, usually giving information on any object donated to the museum, and he will often apologize for his lengthy explanation. As an owl, he sleeps during the daylight hours, but can still accept donations by talking to him.
He has a distinct dislike for bugs, and won't hesitate to mention this when one is donated to him. In Wild World, if the player donates a bug that has been donated previously, he will reject it, and beg the player to keep the cage closed until the player has left the building. In Animal Crossing: Wild World and Animal Crossing: City Folk, he has a sister named Celeste who manages the observatory. He will give the player information on the museum, such as exhibitions, what has been donated and by who. Blathers was seen on the cover of Animal Crossing, standing on the roof.
Blathers has a surprisingly detailed history in comparison to many other Animal Crossing' characters. As a child, he was brought up in the city, living in his parent's house. After finishing school, he went on to university, completing a number of degrees until reaching the doctorate level. Before he could complete his studies, he was approached by his professor, who recommended that he take up a post in a country museum, as all the curators of the main Faraway Museum refused to move from their posts. Blathers accepted the offer enthusiastically, and despite occasional homesickness, still remains at his post. As a result of this move, Blathers still has not finished his doctorate. Blathers is, as confirmed in Wild World, in his mid-twenties.
Role in Animal Crossing
In the original Animal Crossing, Blathers tells the Player about a correspondence course in fossil identification that he is participating in (he has expressed wishes of being an archaeologist) which he has not completed, meaning that all fossils have to be sent to the Faraway Museum to be identified.
He will also accept fish and bugs, which go on show in insect exhibitions and aquariums.
Role in Animal Crossing: Wild World
In Wild World, he has completed his course in fossil identification and can now identify fossils without having to send them to be identified, giving an immediate result.
He still continues to accept fish and bugs, but now accepts paintings which are put up in a painting exhibit. If they are forgeries, he will simply turn them down.
Blathers sometimes talks of his encounters with bugs during his studies. He recalls one time in a library, when he opened a book and maggots fell out. He will also mention his fear of cockroaches when one is donated to the museum.
As an owl, it is very odd that he is so afraid of and disgusted by insects, considering that owls usually eat insects.
Role in City Folk
By now, Blathers will simply tell the Player of his qualification in identifying fossils.
He has the same roles as he did in Wild World, accepting donations such as fish, insects, fossils and paintings - as well as identifying forgeries.
It is revealed that the cause of Blathers' fear is that, when he was younger, a mantis egg case ruptured on his writing desk. This caused thousands of mantis to fly out. To hear this anecdote, the player must donate a mantis.
In Animal Crossing: The Movie
Blathers appears in the film alongside Celeste in the museum, where they meet Ai for the first time after Ai makes a loud scream after she has unexpectedly seen the fossils in the museum. When Ai speaks to Blathers, he typically begins a lecture on a dinosaur skeleton of a T-Rex, while Celeste is seen taking Ai away to The Roost to complete a delivery task set by Tom Nook.