Big Top

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Big Top
MC Ballyhoo and Big Top MP8 artwork.jpg
Artwork of Big Top at his usual place, atop MC Ballyhoo's head, for Mario Party 8
First appearance Mario Party 8 (2007)
Latest appearance Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (as a spirit) (2018)
Latest portrayal Charles Martinet (2007)
Species Living hat
“My ears! Hurty-hurt! Too much talk! Not enough results!”
Big Top, Mario Party 8

Big Top is MC Ballyhoo's hat who serves as his co-host 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.

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 trophy[edit]

Name Image Game Description
Ballyhoo & Big Top SSBB Trophy Ballyhoo & Big Top.png 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.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl sticker[edit]

Name Image Game Effect
Ballyhoo & Big Top SSBB Sticker Ballyhoo & Big Top.png Mario Party 8 [Head] - Attack +10

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirit[edit]

No. Name Image Series / game Type Class Strength / effect(s) How to obtain Spirit battle
Opponent(s) Battle conditions Stage Song
128 MC Ballyhoo & Big Top SSBU Spirit MC Ballyhoo & Big Top.png 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 Head Pot, pun on "kochtopf" (cooking pot)
Italian Joe Cilindro Joe Top Hat
Korean 지기
Russian Шляпище
From "шляпа" (shlyapa, hat) and "-ище" (-ishye, a Russian word ending for something big or scary)
Spanish Capirón From "capirote" (hood) with augmentative suffix "-ón"