Big Top, in his usual place on MC Ballyhoo's head
|First appearance||Mario Party 8 (2007)|
|Latest appearance||Mario Party Superstars (cameo) (2021)|
|Latest portrayal||Charles Martinet (2007)|
Big Top is MC Ballyhoo's hat and serves as his cohost in Mario Party 8. He also holds all of the coins for Chump Charity, stating that he was glad to get the load off his head. Big Top not only has the ability of speech but is also his own separate entity. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, he shares a trophy with Ballyhoo. Big Top's name comes from a phrase referring to large circus tents. The "Top" part of his name is also a reference to the fact that he is a top hat. His appearance bears a resemblance to the Bonneter, but he is not confirmed to be a member of the species.
Big Top is a dark-blue top hat with a strip of light blue close to the rim. He has a small mouth and two differently colored eyes: one teal, one pink. His eyes have rather big eyelashes.
Artwork by Masanori Sato
Profiles and statistics
Super Smash Bros. series
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
|Ballyhoo & Big Top||WII Mario Party 8||The two emcees of the Star Carnival, an event held once a year to determine the biggest superstar. Big Top (on top) and Ballyhoo (on bottom) provide all Star Carnival commentary, and while Ballyhoo is energetic and over the top, Big Top provides a reserved counterpoint to his partner's antics. Despite their conflicting personalities, they're inseparable.|
|Mario Party 8||[Head] - Attack +10|
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirit
|Name||Image||Series / game||Type||Class||Strength / effects||How to obtain||Spirit battle|
|MC Ballyhoo & Big Top||Mario Party Series||Support (1)||Novice||Star Rod Equipped||Spirit Board||Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Peach||Rule: Item Tidal Wave
Mario Party: The Top 100
- MC Ballyhoo and Big Top: "MC Ballyhoo is on the mic, while Big Top is on his head. Together, they act as guides at the Star Carnival."
Names in other languages
|Both this and MC Ballyhoo's Japanese name「コンドゥ」(Kondu) are from "conduttore" (Italian word for "host")|
|French||Gai Lurin||Pun on "galurin" (hat) and "gai" (happy)|
|German||Kopftopf||Play on "Kochtopf" (cooking pot) and "Kopf" (head)|
|Italian||Joe Cilindro||Joe Top Hat|
|From "шляпа" (shlyapa, brimmed hat) and Russian augmentative "-ище" (-ische)|
|Spanish||Capirón||From "capirote" (hood) with augmentative suffix "-ón"|