Female (left) and male (right) Bonneters
|First appearance||Super Mario Run (Cappy only; statue cameo) (2017)|
Super Mario Odyssey (first physical appearance) (2017)
|Latest appearance||Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Cappy only) (2018)|
- “Bad days do happen, but you've got to keep a stiff upper brim!”
- —Bonneter, Super Mario Odyssey
Bonneters, or Courteous Bonneters, are a race of ghostly hat-like beings found in the region of Bonneton within the Cap Kingdom of Super Mario Odyssey. They all have Eerie-like bodies, heads shaped like hats, and big eyes with irises of various colors. As demonstrated by Cappy, they can also take on the appearances of other hats, such as the Mario Cap, and capture other beings, both animate or inanimate. Male Bonneters have top hat-shaped heads with a more pronounced eyebrow ridge, while female Bonneters have cloche hat-shaped heads with ribbons and wingtip eyelashes. Cappy and his sister, Tiara, are shaped like a white top hat and a tiara, respectively.
- The first quest appears in the Sand Kingdom, Metro Kingdom, Snow Kingdom, Luncheon Kingdom, and Mushroom Kingdom, and it is called "Hat-and-Seek." This quest has the player looking for Bonneters who take the form of other people's hats, similar to Cappy. Talking to that person with the Bonneter in it awards the player a Power Moon.
- The second quest involves a Bonneter biologist who appears in the Wooded Kingdom, the Lost Kingdom, the Snow Kingdom, and Bowser's Kingdom, and it requires the player to approach him while capturing an Uproot, Tropical Wiggler, Snow Cheep Cheep, and Pokio, respectively, to gain a Power Moon.
Like many of the supporting characters, Bonneters will cower and refuse to talk to Mario if an enemy gets too close to them, regardless of whether Mario has captured the enemy in question or not.
Names in other languages
Dài bù lún rén
Dài bù lún rén
|German||Chapeau||French word for "hat"|
|Italian||Tubalese||From "tuba" (top hat) with Italian demonym suffix "-ese"|
|From "Bonneton" with Russian inhabitant suffix "-ец" (-ets)|
|Spanish||Villachisterense||From "Villa Chistera" (Bonneton) with demonym suffix "-ense"|
- The Bonneters resemble and share similarities to tsukumogami, a type of youkai from Japanese folklore.
- According to The Art of Super Mario Odyssey, developers advanced an idea that Bowser was going to be assisted by an evil Bonneter serving as a villainous version of Cappy, allowing him to capture other characters and objects like Mario, but on later iterations of this idea, this character was replaced with a robotic top hat equipped with mechanical boxing gloves in the final game. The original concept for the game's final boss battle involved him capturing Princess Peach and the two transforming into a Bowser-Peach hybrid.
- In-game brochure for Bonneton
- Kazuya Sakai (ed.). The Art of Super Mario Odyssey. First English Edition. Translated by TransPerfect. Milwaukie: Dark Horse, 2019. page 067. ISBN: 978-1-50671-375-5.
- The Game Theorists (November 2, 2017). Super Mario Odyssey: The DARK Truth Behind Cappy! | Culture Shock. YouTube. Retrieved January 8, 2018.