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Kapp'n (カッペイ Kappei?, うんてんしゅ Untenshu) is a green turtle (Kappa in the Japanese versions) that features in the Animal Crossing series as a driver of various forms of transport. He has been known to row boats, drive taxis, and drive buses.

Kapp'n himself is a sailor by nature, referring frequently to his life on the sea and speaking in stereotypical pirate tones. He has also expressed a fondness for women and singing old sea shanties.

According to Katrina, his singing irritates his wife to the extent that he is not allowed to be on the island.

He is featured on the cover of K.K. Parade and Marine Song 2001.


Kapp'n is a sea turtle (Kappa in Japan, hence the name "Kapp'n"). His skin is green and his belly is white. He has a bald spot on the top of his head with triangle hair strands around the edges. He has a green shell on his back that distinguishes him as a turtle. The tips of his arms and legs are a lighter green than the rest of his body, and his snout is yellow. He has closed eyes with a white rim around them.

Kapp'n's clothes vary throughout the games. In Animal Crossing, he wears a simple blue vest. In Wild World and City Folk, he is more clothed as usual. He wears a blue open coat with white hand collars and a gray shirt underneath, and he wears gray pants with black shoes. He wears a cap on his head, covering his bald spot while still showing his hair. From New Leaf onwards, he is less detailed, wearing a blue white flower patterned t-shirt and grayish-green shorts. He also has red sunglasses hanging on his left pocket protector. The inside of his mouth is red.


The word "Kappa", from which Kapp'n's name is derived, is the name for a river imp in Japanese folklore. They are mischievous in nature and reptilian in appearance. In one of his shanties, he acknowledges having a boat made of cucumber. This refers to the Kappa's love of cucumbers. His name could also be the sailor pronunciation of 'captain', where letters are missed out in certain words which is how sailors in the past were believed to have talked, saying things like "yar"', "sprat", and "garr", and will sometimes refer to the player as a fish or a sea creature, such as 'scallop', 'Sea Bass', 'Sea Cucumber', and/or 'urchin'.


In Animal Crossing[]


Kapp'n from Animal Crossing

In Animal Crossing, he is the ferry operator who sails visitors and the player to the island (Animal Island) through the Game Boy Advance cable. During the voyage to the island, he sings a sea shanty, usually about his life on the sea and women.

In Wild World[]

In Wild World, he drives the black taxi to the town as the rain pours down, and acts as the introducing character responsible for the gender and appearance of the playable character, as well as the name of the town. This is a role he takes on from Rover. He can sometimes be seen in the The Roost drinking coffee. He will talk about his life at sea upon talking to him and will sometimes seem a bit angry.

In City Folk[]


Kapp'n at the Roost in City Folk

In City Folk, he first appears driving the bus to the town, while Rover talks to the playable character determining the gender, the appearance of the character, and the name of the town. He will then appear again driving the bus to the city when going to the Bus Stop. During the journey to the city, he will talk about women, the city and modern day youngsters to male players. If the player is female, he will subtly flirt with them, calling them 'cute' or 'pretty', and say that a 'manly bus-driver is available'. If the player does not respond, he will begin to whistle his sea shanty. He also mentions having a nephew.

He also appears in The Roost, as he did in Wild World, where he will talk about his life in more detail. He will appear there at 15:00 to around 18:00.


Kapp'n sailing the player to the island.

In New Leaf[]


Animal Crossing New Leaf - Kapp'n's Song

In New Leaf Kapp'n drives a motorized boat and will give the player a ride to the Tortimer Island while singing a little tune along the way. He will sing two times, and will make a personal comment about the player, himself, his family, or about any random thought in between singing. If the player is male, he will occasionally compliment on how sporty or physically strong the player is. If the player is female, he will occasionally compliment about how beautiful or attractive the player is. Hearing the song can be skipped by repeatably hitting the 'A' or 'B' buttons.

He now has a wife, named Leilani, a daughter named Leila, and his mother Grams living over at the Island's shack. While waiting for the boat to leave on multiplayer, other players cannot join the town. Like most special characters he also sometimes appears in The Roost.

In amiibo Festival[]

Kapp'n is a playable character in amiibo Festival, available when the Kapp'n amiibo is scanned on the Wii U. Sometimes when the player playing as Kapp'n lands on an event square in the Amiibo Festival Board Game mode, a random event specifically related to Kapp'n may appear.

Kapp'n has 6 unlockable costumes for the game, unlocked through leveling up the Kapp'n amiibo:

  • Blue tropical shirt (Level 1)
  • Blue vest with brown shorts (Level 2)
  • Taxi/bus driver (Level 3)
  • Blue-and-white-striped (Level 4)
  • Scuba diver (Level 5)
  • Tropical dancer (Level 6)

In New Horizons[]

Kapp'n was added in the version 2.0 update on November 5, 2021. For a round-trip fee of 1,000 Nook Miles, he will transport the player to mysterious islands. During both trips to and from the island, the player can skip his sea shanties by simply repeatedly pressing the B button. This results in a brief scolding from him, then the player will arrive on the island shortly after.

In Gekijōban Dōbutsu no Mori[]


Kapp'n is seen at the beginning of Gekijōban Dōbutsu no Mori driving Ai to Animal Village in his black taxi, like the one in Wild World. He appears later on in the film during the festival, as a member of the audience listening to K.K. Slider singing.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[]

Kapp'n appears as an Assist Trophy, based on his appearance in Animal Crossing: City Folk. He will drive his bus towards the blastzone and will take any fighter that he hits.


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LEGO Animal Crossing[]


Animal Crossing minifigures

Kapp'n appears in the first teaser for the LEGO Animal Crossing theme, which was announced on 5th October 2023. Nintendo of America has made a post on their Twitter account,[3] as did other global divisions of Nintendo.


  • While rowing to the Island in Animal Forest+Animal Crossing,  and New Leaf, Kapp'n sings one of a few random songs. A line to one of his songs is that he sings better than Mario.
  • One of his sea shanties is about cucumbers. In Japanese folklore, cucumbers were thrown into rivers with the names of children and/or families on them. This would spare a family when bathing in a river with a Kappa in it. Children, and sometimes adults, are believed to be one of their favorite foods - cucumbers being their favorite. They would also help humans and not break an oath.
  • In the middle of his songs, Kapp'n says something to the player. On one of these occasions he makes a claim that he hates squirrels.
  • Though Kapp'n says, or rather sings, that he loves cucumbers, at the end of his songs, sometimes, he sings that zucchinis give him the spooks, "Zucchini spooks."
  • If the game is left idle long enough in City Folk while on the bus, Kapp'n will begin to whistle Totakeke's Song, which also appears as K.K. Song. He will also whistle it in New Leaf while on the way to a Club Tortimer island.
  • In Wild World there is a small figurine in his taxi of him and his boat from Animal Crossing.
  • In Wild World, if the player takes too long in the taxi at the beginning of the game, the figurine on the dashboard will fall off when getting out.
  • He is seen on the New Leaf Japanese Box-art in his boat near the Islands.
  • In City Folk, Kapp'n will sometimes ask the player (if female) if they will sail away to an island with him. In New Leaf, he and his family live on the paradise island. This might be implying that he followed his dream along with his family.
  • He has noted that the shell on top of his head is cracked.
  • Kapp'n has a melody he sings when heading to and away from the island, but in New Leaf, the melody that he sings when going back to the main town is the same melody that he sings to in the original Animal Crossing for the Nintendo GameCube.
  • In New Leaf, he sometimes sings about writing his love's name in the sand. He ends this by singing "Her name is Leila" before adding a "-ni" at the end. This can be surprising at first, because Leila is the name of his daughter, and Leilani is his wife.
  • In New Leaf, Kapp'n has the voice of a smug villager.
  • While singing on the boat, Kapp'n says he won't ever eat cucumbers without mayonnaise.
  • While singing, Kapp'n says if he weren't a sailor, he'd probably be a cowboy.
  • Occasionally in New Leaf, if the player presses some of the buttons while he's singing, Kapp'n will get mad at them and mention that everyone is in a hurry nowadays and he'll just get them to the island.
  • In New Leaf, if the player recently had hairstyling from Shampoodle's services, Kapp'n will sometimes comment on the player's hair: "Are you...using hair conditioner?".
  • He shares a birthday with Olive. Both of their birthdays are on July 12th.
  • For the LEGO Animal Crossing teaser on 5th October 2023, Kapp'n is fourth on the left in the row of LEGO mini-figures.

See Also[]

In other languages[]

Language Name Translation
Japan Japanese カッペイ Kappei
うんてんしゅ Untenshu, Chauffer WW-CF
France French Amiral -
Spain Spanish Capitán -
Germany German Käpten -
Italy Italian Remo -
China Chinese 航平 Háng Píng -
South Korea Korean 갑돌 Kap'Dol
운전수 Unjeonsu, The driver WW