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Hippity-hoppity wish-wash-whoa!

― Picture quote, Wild World

Zipper T. Bunny (ぴょんたろう, Pyontarou?), commonly shortened to Zipper, is a special character in City Folk,  New Leaf, Pocket Camp, and New Horizons. Zipper is a yellow rabbit with a white muzzle, visible bucked teeth, overalls and a sun visor.

There is a zipper on the back of Zipper's overalls which may be the source of Zipper's name. It is easily visible when seen from behind, which causes Zipper to turn around and comment saying to not to look at the zipper, as it "spoils the magic". It's a running joke that villagers think he is someone in a costume though he has defended his appearance saying it is, in fact, not a costume. In Pocket Camp, he seems sensitive about it, claiming it's rude to call it (his appearance) a costume and that this is just how he looks.

Zipper appears as the holiday character for Bunny Day and was first introduced in City Folk alongside Pavé and Phineas.

Upon being approached, his theme will begin to play and Zipper will begin to dance. As the player leaves the Town Plaza the music and dancing fades and Zipper will sigh heavily. Zipper will ask the player to search for bunny eggs which are buried around town. Opening these will reveal a "surprise", Zipper says, but after constantly talking to Zipper without finding one, Zipper eventually will tell the player to look for bunny foils, which are also called prize tickets. Zipper will give the player Furniture from the Egg Series or Zipper's picture each time the player finds one bunny foil or grand prize ticket (respectively) inside an egg and gives it to Zipper.

During the event, villagers will usually speak of Zipper in a derogatory manner. Normal villagers appear to be scared of Zipper. It would appear Zipper is unhappy with the choice of uniform and job, by mentioning that Zipper wants a new job under their breath and will occasionally mention how uncomfortable it is under the suit - also, under their breath.

After the Welcome Amiibo update, when visiting Zipper's RV, the description will say, "Camping gives Zipper a chance to finally get out of that stuffy old costume and- er, we're being told in no uncertain terms that it is NOT a costume."

Theories

Warning: Theory starts here.

Zipper's True Identity

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Zipper makes several references to not being in a costume thereby implying he is, indeed, in a costume. This would imply Zipper may not be a unique special character; rather, he could be another character assuming the identity for holiday festivities.

Dispelled Theories

Prior to New Leaf, several special characters were hypothesized to put on a bunny suit and become Zipper; however, through both this game and previous games, several candidates can reasonably be removed from candidates.

Tortimer is one such candidate given the "T" may have stood for "Tortimer"; however, Tortimer can be seen in his normal spot in Town Hall during Wild World on Bunny Day thereby making it impossible for him to also be Zipper. Phyllis, Lyle, and Dr. Shrunk were all also hypothesized to be Zipper, but they, like Tortimer, are in their normal locations during Bunny Day - the Post Office / The Roost (depending on the time), Nook's Homes, and Club LOL, respectively. Phyllis was a candidate given Zipper complains under his breath in a similar fashion to Phyllis and also seems to wear the same eye shadow as her. Lyle was also a likely candidate prior to New Leaf as, in Wild World, he often complained about his job just as Zipper does.

The only normal villager who has been widely speculated to be Zipper is Hopkins given both of the lazy villager voice and share the same birthday, though Hopkins, like the other candidates, can be seen on his normal routine during Bunny Day thereby dispelling the possibility he is Zipper.

Other theories

It's also possible Zipper is one of the other Special Characters (such as Jingle or Redd) doing a side bit.

  • Even though Zipper's birthday is different from all the other Special Villagers, Cornimer and Tortimer are implied to be the same character, but are given different birthdays (October 18 and December 31, respectively).
    • In the Welcome amiibo update, this could be disproven if a special character is visiting the camp at the same time as Zipper during Easter, though some do not have campers in the daily rotation.

Others believe that Zipper really isn't wearing a costume and that the zipper on his back is for his clothes instead of a costume.

Theory ends here.

amiibo Card

amiibo Card
Back
Amiibo card back
#316 Zipper
Type Special
Star sign Pisces
Birthday 3/11
Roll value 3
Hand sign Paper
Request I'll leave it up to you!
Amiibo 316 Zipper
SpecialSpeciesIconSilhouette
315 Redd #316 Zipper 317 Goldie
DogSpeciesIconSilhouette

Gallery

City Folk

New Leaf

Pocket Camp

Trivia

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The zipper in Zipper's back

  • Zipper's mouth, costume or not, moves while talking.
  • Zipper will offer to sell a shovel to the player if they do not have one.
  • In New Leaf, Zipper has the voice of a lazy villager.
  • Ironically, Zipper shares a a birthday (3/11) with another lazy rabbit villager - Hopkins.


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