|Appearance(s)||Tortimer is an elderly turtle with a white beard. He wears a brown boater with green trim, and a red tropical shirt.|
Mayor Tortimer (そんちょう, Sonchou), is an old male tortoise and is the mayor of the village you create. He will usually be sitting behind the front counter at the Town Hall. He appears during a great number of holidays, sometimes just to celebrate, or even more often, to give out items that you can only receive during that certain holiday. Some say his name is based off of the world "old timer", which is an elderly citizen. As seen in the Animal Crossing Movie, Tortimer has a very big ego and is very confident of himself as a mayor. In his office he stores posters of himself and trophies that he has won in the past.
Tortimer will be one of the first people that you meet when you start your game. After getting a house, Tom Nook will insist that you go and visit everyone in village, including the mayor! Tortimer will be either standing outside of the Town Hall of inside, depending on which game that you are playing.
Tortimer will be standing outside of the Town Hall on certain holidays. Tortimer is the main coordinator of the events and often invites special characters that he knows, such as Franklin, to come and celebrate with the village. Tortimer loves a lot of fun and mischief. If you talk to him, he will joke around with you and if it is the correct holiday, he may give you an item to remember that special day!
Starting in Animal Crossing: City Folk, Tortimer began handing out unique New Year's shirt every year, making use of real time game play.
Tortimer sometimes talks about previous events in his life, giving an insight into his past. From this we can decide that he was (apparently) an expert gardener, and once had a wife, Mrs. Tortimer. It is believed that she 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 village, and that Tortimer himself never has to face election.
Also, according to villagers in City Folk, his shell might be fake, but that is only gossip.
Tortimer is kind of lazy, but always upbeat and excited when he is outside of the Town Hall, celebrating an event or something new in your village. If you look behind Pelly and Phyllis in Animal Crossing: Wild World and Animal Crossing: City Folk at the Town Hall, you can usually find him sleeping with bubbles coming out of his mouth. Tortimer will always be happy to hand you special gifts on special days.