Big Top

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Big Top
MC Ballyhoo and Big Top
Big Top, in his usual place on MC Ballyhoo's head
Species Living hat
First appearance Mario Party 8 (2007)
Latest appearance Mario Party Superstars (cameo) (2021)
Latest portrayal Charles Martinet (2007)
“My ears! Hurty-hurt! Too much talk! Not enough results!”
Big Top, Mario Party 8

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.

Big Top and MC Ballyhoo appear as a Novice class spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.


Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Name Image Appearance(s) Description
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.
Image Game Effect
Ballyhoo Mario Party 8 [Head] - Attack +10

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirit[edit]

Name Image Series / game Type Class Strength / effects How to obtain Spirit battle
Opponent(s) Battle conditions Stage Song
MC Ballyhoo & Big Top MC Ballyhoo and Big Top Mario Party Series Support (1) Novice Star Rod Equipped Spirit Board Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Peach Rule: Item Tidal Wave
  • Certain items will appear in large numbers after a little while
Mario Circuit Pandemonium

Mario Party: The Top 100[edit]

  • 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[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese トーレ
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
Korean 지기
Russian Шляпище
From "шляпа" (shlyapa, brimmed hat) and Russian augmentative "-ище" (-ische)
Spanish Capirón From "capirote" (hood) with augmentative suffix "-ón"