“Eeek! A bug...! Ah, I beg your pardon! I just don't like handling these things much!”
― Blathers, New Leaf
Blathers (フータ, Fūta?, Hooter) is an owl special character who serves the director of the Museum. Blathers first appeared in Animal Forest+ and has appeared in every Animal Crossing series game since. Players can patronize the Museum by bringing Blathers donations of fish, insects, fossils and paintings. Given his nocturnal nature as an owl, Blathers sleeps during the daytime at his post in the Museum, though players can still wake him up to donate to the Museum.
He can also give the player information on the museum, such as exhibitions, what has been donated and by whom in every game from Wild World onward. Blathers was seen on the cover of Animal Crossing, standing on the roof.
Celeste, Blathers' sister, was introduced in Wild World, and manages the observatory in Wild World and City Folk. She manages the second floor of the museum in New Leaf, and regularly visits the player's island in New Horizons.
Players can unlock The Roost in New Leaf by recommendation of Blathers once the second floor of the museum is open for seven to ten days, and once 50+ donations to the museum are completed.
Blathers is an owl with brown feathers. His face is light beige and he has a yellow beak. His arms are wing shaped and he has yellow talons. His eyes are very big with small black irises. He also has big, reddish-pink cheeks. His belly is checkered in light brown and beige diamonds, resembling an argyle vest. He also wears a green bow tie.
In Happy Home Designer, if the player has designed his house, they can visit him and find him in casual wear. He wears a lab coat with a pocket protector and pins, in addition to his usual bow tie.
As seen due to the leak of Animal Forest source code, there is an early version of Blathers' texture: He has a blue bowtie instead of green, he has no rosy cheeks, and he has dot-eyes similar to Celeste's.
Blathers has a surprisingly detailed history in comparison to many other Animal Crossing series' special characters. As a child, he was brought up in the city, living in his parent's house with his sister, Celeste. After finishing school, he attended university, earning multiple degrees, but not a doctorate. His professor approached him prior to finishing his archaeological doctorate and recommended Blathers accept a post as the director of a country museum given all other curators in the Faraway Museum refused to take the post. Blathers enthusiastically accepted the positions, and, despite occasional homesickness and being unable to complete his doctorate, he express no remorse in taking the job.
By the time of Wild World, Blathers has apparently completed his doctoral studies as he is now able to officially identify fossils. He in his mid-twenties at this point. Despite his academic nature, Blathers has entomophobia (the fear of insects) and brings this somewhat ironic trait up frequently when the player donates a bug. This fear arose when, as a child, a mantis egg case ruptured on his desk, causing thousands of mantises to fly out and terrify him.
Much of his backstory is presented in the form of conversations with Blathers on certain days in Wild World. These days are easily identified by Blathers releasing occasional sighs when not in the conversation with the player and by him being awake during the day rather than sleeping as usual. To see the conversations, click here.
In Animal Crossing
Blathers is introduced in the original Animal Crossing, serving as the Museum's director. Whereas Blathers is trained in fish, bugs, and paintings, he mentions that he is unable to officially identify fossils, though he is confident in his ability nonetheless. He instead requires the player to send unidentified fossils to the Faraway Museum for identification. He expresses sincere appreciation for all donations and dutifully displays them in the museum's exhibits. Blathers demonstrates considerable knowledge on all items which can be donated and often rambles about them in great detail to the player after a donation is made.
In Wild World
Blathers has apparently earned the official license needed to identify fossils by Wild World. He expresses sadness when the player chooses not to donate a fossil to the Museum after he identifies it if the fossil has not already been donated. He continues accepting all other donations to the museum and providing detailed information on each donation, though he continues to be afraid of bugs and tells a story about a library book he once opened that had maggots fall out of it.
Blathers reveals significant details about his backstory in Wild World. To see the conversations, click here.
In City Folk
Blathers continues serving as the director of the Museum in City Folk. He continues to maintain his fossil identification certification and gladly identifies fossils for the player as well as accept donations of fish, bugs, fossils and paintings. He often makes jokes about fish and bugs (while still maintaining his fear of bugs), but does not provide nearly as much information upon the donation of fossils and paintings.
In New Leaf
|“||I am Blathers, the director of this museum. It is my honor, entirely, to make your acquaintance.
Our museum exhibits the very best in archaeology, the natural sciences and art—fine and otherwise.
|― Blathers when he first introduces himself in New Leaf
Blathers yet again continues his role as the director of the Museum on Main Street in New Leaf. He graciously accepts donations of fish, bugs, fossils, and paintings, though his fear of bugs is still present as he often disparagingly remarks about them upon receiving donations. His language choice has been simplified, minimizing on his overly complicated academic language, but it still remains formal and respectful. His personality remains fairly similar otherwise, although he does also express interest to owning a personal collection of fossils but not having enough bells to add to his personal collection.
His sister, Celeste, will move town to open a second floor of the museum rather than starting with the museum given this museum does not have an observatory. Once enough fish, bugs, fossils, and painting have been donated to the museum, he will propose the mayor to expand the museum by adding a second floor. He will express interest in expanding the museum once he begins to display the "thinking" emotion.
By this time, his friend, Brewster, has earned enough money to open a standalone café rather than running it inside the museum. Blathers recommends Brewster move to the player's town once a certain number of donations has been made. Blathers will express interest in inviting Brewster to town once he begins to display the "thinking" emotion.
In New Horizons
Blathers once again reprises his role as the Museum director, also being an old friend of Tom Nook. After the player donates five creatures to Tom Nook, Tom gives the player a tent to place, which will serve as Blathers' collection tent to start out with. Once on the island, Blathers will give the player a recipe for a flimsy shovel, and provide fossil assessment services. Once the player donates 15 more museum items, Blathers will stop accepting items until the museum is built (though he still offers fossil assessment until construction on the museum begins). Once the museum is finished, the player is able to continue donations. However, until a certain amount of items are donated, the player may only donate one item at a time. Blathers still has his fear of bugs, and is reluctant to give facts about any bug the player donates. He will sweat if you show off a bug. He is much more optimistic about giving facts on fossils and fish. Blathers displays favoritism with donations, becoming most excited when a fossil is being assessed or donated. Blathers does show minor amounts of excitement when he receives a fish, and is horrified when a bug is presented. Shortly after the museum is opened and the player comes to talk to him, he announces to the player that the donation services have been streamlined, meaning the player can now donate several fossils at a time.
Once the player has made 60 donations in total, Blathers will express interest in displaying art inside the museum. Should the player donate any genuine painting or sculpture to Blathers, he will begin construction on an art exhibit, leaving the museum temporarily closed for renovations the following day. Once the art exhibit has opened, he will accept art the same way as any other donation.
Should the player attempt to invite Blathers to the campsite by scanning his , he will have the following to say:
"Hellooo, this is Blathers. Ah yes, Player! How might I be of assistance?
Hoo-HOO! A campsite, you say?!
While that does sound like fun, I understand campsites are outdoors, and the outdoors...are full of BUGS!
I detest them, you know. The bugs, that is. What's more, I'm up to my wingtips in research.
So while I thank you for the invitation, I'm sorry to say I cannot make it."
In Happy Home Designer
In amiibo Festival
Blathers is a playable character in amiibo Festival, available when the Blathers amiibo is scanned on the Wii U. Sometimes when the player playing as Blathers lands on an event square in the Amiibo Festival Board Game mode, a random event specifically related to Blathers may appear.
Blathers has 6 unlockable costumes for the game, unlocked through leveling up the Blathers amiibo:
- Green bow tie (Level 1)
- White formal jacket (Level 2)
- Professor/scholar (Level 3)
- Blue top hat with a monocle (Level 4)
- Blue pajamas (Level 5)
- Greek outfit (Level 6)
In Pocket Camp
Blathers makes an appearance to host Blathers's Treasure Trek in Pocket Camp. The player can collect maps through gameplay and unlock resources, leaf tickets, bells, or new animal contacts by exploring them with Blathers. Each time a player rolls the die (assuming they possess the required roll items), Blathers moves the corresponding amount of spaces on the map until he reaches the end, where the grand prize is received. Maps also have bonus prizes along the way that can be collected if Blathers lands on the spot. Blathers will ask the player if they'd like to replay a map if they lead him to the grand prize without claiming all bonus prizes.
In Dōbutsu no Mori
Blathers appears in the film Geijōban Dōbutsu no Mori alongside his sister, Celeste, in the Museum. The first meet Ai here after she exclaims a loud scream at the fossils in the museum. Blathers responds by lecturing her about the skeletal T-rex, but Celeste saves Ai from the lecture by dragging her away. Blathers continues rambling, oblivious to Ai's absence.
He was voiced by Kappei Yamaguchi.
In Super Smash Bros.
Blathers makes a cameo appearance in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as a background character in the map Smashville. This occurs again in Super Smash Bros. Wii U / 3DS and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. He also appears as a Spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
“No no! <missing>”
― Blathers in Animal Crossing, when given a new insect.
“This... Upon close perusal, I see this is most certainly NOT the original! It is a vile, shameless forgery!”
― Blathers, City Folk
― Blathers in New Leaf, when talking to him before 6 PM.
“Eeek! A bug...!”
― Blathers in New Leaf, after given a single insect.
“This <insect name> here reminds me vaguely of when I was but a chick in my mother's nest...”
― Blathers in New Leaf, after given a single insect.
“Hoo hoo... A <fish_name>, is it?”
― Blathers in New Leaf, after given a single fish
“The <fish name> reminds me of a time when I was still in my baby feathers...”
― Blathers in New Leaf, after given a single fish.
“Oh hoo hoo... A <deep-sea_creature_name>, is it?”
― Blathers in New Leaf, after given a single deep-sea creature
“I must say! This art here... IS A FAKE!”
― Blathers, New Leaf, after being given fake art
- His English 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. He also tends to have to stop himself going off into anecdotes or stories when given items.
- His name in the Spanish version of the game, Sócrates, is a reference to the Greek philosopher Socrates.
- His Korean name, Bueong, translates to "hoot".
- His French name, Thibou, appears to be a play on the French word for (a male) owl, "hibou".
- His angry eyes and surprised eyes may look the same, but there is a difference in the shape of the pupils. In his angry eyes, he has more circular pupils, but in his surprised eyes, he has more oval-shaped pupils.
- It's possible that Blathers may have entomophobia, which is the fear of insects.
- In New Leaf, Blathers has the voice of a lazy villager, but in New Horizons, Blathers has the voice of a smug villager.
- In New Leaf, if the player presses "Save and continue" during day hours while Blathers is awake, he will go back to sleep after saving has completed. This is because there the saving process takes at least 15 seconds to complete, far longer than the 10 second wait that Blathers takes in order to fall back to sleep.
- In New Leaf, if the player stays in the main room of the museum while Blathers is asleep, he is able to suddenly wake up once the time reaches exactly 6:00 pm.
- In Happy Home Designer, if his house is designed, Celeste will appear there and can be talked to even if the player does not have her amiibo or amiibo Card. With Celeste's house, the same thing will occur.
- Blathers shares his birthday with Apple, a peppy hamster villager.
- Blathers is the only special character with a confirmed age range. During one of his episodes in Wild World, he states that he is "still in his twenties".
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