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Kapp'n from Animal Crossing: City Folk. Taken from Nookipedia.
Symbol of the Animal Crossing series.

Official artwork of Kapp'n from Animal Crossing: City Folk.

Universe Animal Crossing
Debut Dōbutsu no Mori+ (2001) Japan
Smash Bros. appearances Brawl
Most recent non-Smash appearance Animal Crossing: New Horizons (update, 2021)
Console/platform of origin Nintendo GameCube
Species Kappa / Turtle
Gender Male
Article on Nookipedia Kapp'n

Kapp'n (かっぺい, Kappei) is a character from the Animal Crossing series. In his appearance from Animal Crossing: Wild World and City Folk, he is referred to in Japanese as うんてんしゅ (Driver).


via Nookipedia
A player boarding the bus at the Bus Stop

Kapp'n is a sea-faring kappa, though he is occasionally referred to as a turtle. His first appearance was in Dōbutsu no Mori+ for the Nintendo GameCube, which was later localized as Animal Crossing. He would ferry players to their town's local island as long as a Game Boy Advance was connected via Link Cable. Along the way, he would sing shanties, make wry comments, and flirt with female players. This started a trend of Kapp'n transporting players to new places: in Animal Crossing: Wild World, he shuttles the player into town through taxi, while in Animal Crossing: City Folk, he drives a bus to and from the player's local city.

In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, he returns to his original role of ferrying players to the local island. New Leaf also introduced his extended family: his wife, Leilani; his daughter, Leila; and his mother, Grams. He was later added in version 2.0 of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, where he now ferries a player to several exotic islands with unique seasonal changes and a buried gyroid fragment for the player to dig up and take home to grow into a gyroid.

His appearance as an Assist Trophy in Ultimate is based on his appearance in Animal Crossing: City Folk where he would take the player to the City by bus.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Kapp'n appears as a trophy and a sticker in Brawl, using his appearance from Animal Crossing: Wild World. Additionally, his taxi appears in the background of Smashville, as well.


Kapp'n trophy from Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
Kapp'n's trophy in Brawl
A taxi driver in Animal Crossing: Wild World who drives the player into town for the first time. His questions determine the appearance of the player and sometimes come off as a bit rude. In the original Animal Crossing, you could travel to an island by boat. Kapp'n was the guide who ferried the player to that island and is remembered for his unique speech and salty songs.
GameCube: Animal Crossing
Nintendo DS: Animal Crossing: Wild World


Name Game Effect Fighter(s)
Kapp'n Animal Crossing: Wild World TypeIcon(Foot).png Attack +8 RandomHeadSSBB.png
Brawl Sticker Kapp'n (Animal Crossing WW).png
(Animal Crossing: WW)

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS[edit]

Kapp'n appears as a background character in the Tortimer Island stage, now using his appearance from Animal Crossing: New Leaf. He drives his motorboat, creating a temporary platform on either side of the stage.


NTSC This turtle ferries you out to the tropical island. In the past he's been seen driving a taxi and a bus, and now he's the captain of a little boat. Or maybe he just wanted to sing his songs—it's only right to be sailing while singing sea shanties, after all!
PAL Kapp'n is a man of many talents: taxi driver, bus driver, and now sailor of the boat that takes tourists to Tortimer Island. He loves taking people places, no matter what the method, but now he's back to his roots. You might assume that his favourite letter is the letter arrr, but you'd be wrong: his one true love is the C.

In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[edit]

Kapp'n makes a cameo in the Town and City stage, driving the bus from his Animal Crossing: City Folk appearance. Once again, his taxi from Wild World can be seen in the background of Smashville.

In Smash Tour[edit]

In Smash Tour, Kapp'n can be seen inside the Bus to the City as a blue item. Players can use Bus to the City at the beginning of a turn to warp all other players to their location on the map.


The Bus to the City trophy is exclusive to the Wii U version.

Bus to the City's trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Bus to the City
NTSC The bus that takes you into the city in Animal Crossing: City Folk. It's free 24/7 and driven by a certain someone you might recognize (you might have also seen him driving a boat or a taxi). Take the bus anytime to see places like the theater and the art gallery, and try visiting at night to see some places that are usually closed.
Wii: Animal Crossing: City Folk (11/2008)
PAL The bus that takes you into the city in Animal Crossing: Let's Go to the City. It's free 24/7 and driven by a certain someone you might recognise (you might have also seen him driving a boat or a taxi). Take the bus any time to see places like the theatre and the art gallery, and try visiting at night to see some places that are usually closed.
Wii: Animal Crossing: Let's Go to the City (12/2008)

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

As an Assist Trophy[edit]

When Kapp'n takes the stage he hops on a bus and drives around the stage. Careful! When he hits a fighter, he'll carry them off of the stage in his bus!!
Super Smash Blog, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Official Site
Kapp'n as an Assist Trophy in Ultimate.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Kapp'n debuts as an Assist Trophy. When summoned, he will get in his bus and drive it across the stage, turning around at edges and occasionally jumping the bus up into the air. Any fighter hit by his bus will get trapped inside, after which Kapp'n will drive it towards a blast line, potentially causing an OHKO. Any player caught inside can mash buttons to escape, after which Kapp'n will resume driving erratically across the stage, potentially capturing another player. As with other items that grab the player and carry them away like the Beetle and Boss Galaga, the higher the damage the captive has, the more difficult it will be to escape. If Kapp'n succeeds in driving a player past a blast line, he is then removed from play. Like the Thwomp, his bus is indestructible and therefore he cannot be defeated. Training Mode describes his Assist Trophy: Takes opponents who are hit by the bus off of the screen. Can't be KO'd.

He cannot appear on 75m, Balloon Fight, Big Blue, Boxing Ring, Brinstar, Brinstar Depths, Delfino Plaza, Distant Planet, Fourside, Garden of Hope, Garreg Mach Monastery, Golden Plains, Great Bay, Green Greens, Hanenbow, Kalos Pokémon League, King of Fighters Stadium, Living Room, Luigi's Mansion, Mario Bros., Minecraft World, Mishima Dojo, Mushroomy Kingdom, Mute City SNES, New Pork City, Norfair, Onett, Pac-Land, Palutena's Temple, Paper Mario, Pirate Ship, Pokémon Stadium, Pokémon Stadium 2, Princess Peach's Castle, Rainbow Cruise, Reset Bomb Forest, Saffron City, Shadow Moses Island, Smashville, Spirit Train, Summit, Suzaku Castle, The Great Cave Offensive, Tomodachi Life, Tortimer Island, Town and City, and Venom.


No. Image Name Type Class Cost Ability Series
★★★ 1 Easier Dodging Animal Crossing Series
Kapp'n (Wild World)
★★ 1 Dash Attack ↑ Animal Crossing Series


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese かっぺい, Kappei
UK English Kapp'n
France French Amiral Admiral
Germany German Käpten Captain
Spain Spanish Capitán Captain
Italy Italian Remo
China Chinese Kapp'n
South Korea Korean 운전수 Driver
Netherlands Dutch Kapp'n
Russia Russian Кэпн


  • Kapp'n is the only Assist Trophy from a major universe who can’t appear on any stage from his own series, as he appears as a background character in all 3 Animal Crossing stages: Smashville, Tortimer Island, and Town and City.