Mystery Otter

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Mystery Otter at Megaplex 2012. Photo © Furshoot.com.

Mystery Otter is a fursuit character worn and roleplayed by an anonymous fursuiter.

Fursuit[edit]

Mystery Otter is a brown river otter with a rainbow stripe on his head and tail, worn as a partial fursuit with a grey hooded sweatshirt and grey sweat pants. His suit was designed by Lenny Mutt[1], and built by Arend Studios[2]. He often carries a plush rainbow trout named Feesh.

Identity timeline[edit]

When Mystery first appeared in the furry fandom scene in early 2012, he created a game of "guess the wearer's alter ego".[citation needed] He claimed to be male caucasian,[3] living in the United States[4]. He has stated that he has only one alter-ego[5], and that "time's up" will be called after a "whole year,"[clarify] after which point he will "carry [his] secret to the grave."[6]

  • April 1, 2012 (April Fools Day) - Yippee claims to be Mystery Otter on his Livejournal.[7]
  • July 9, 2012 - Mystery Otter held a raffle, with one of the prizes being the opportunity to ask him several yes/no questions about his secret identity, of which he would choose one or two to answer truthfully.[8] The winner passed along the questions to a friend, who has chosen not to share the answer(s) publicly.[9]
  • July 27-29, 2012 - While at Megaplex, Mystery appeared on the Funday Pawpet Show live, danced with OrlandoFox, and answered his choice of yes/no questions, "Are you a fursuit builder?" which he denied. Another question was "Are you Yippee?" and in response Yippee walked up to the stage from the audience, out of suit.[10]
  • September 28-30, 2012 - Mystery also appeared on the Funday Pawpet Show at Furlaxation, and danced with Twitch Da Woof and Kalypso. He affirmed that he has at least one other fursuit.
  • October 20, 2012 - Firr posted a Tweet claiming to be Mystery Otter.[11]
  • January 28, 2013 - One year since his first appearance, Mystery declared "game over."[citation needed] He declared it both a win and loss: while his identity was never publicly known, some[who?] had solved his identity, and are "sworn to secrecy."[clarify][citation needed] From here on, however, Mystery declared "no alter egos, just a happy, bouncy mustelid here!" In the journal post, this text was in bold: "FOR THE LAST TIME, there's just one of me."[12]
  • April 1, 2013 (April Fools Day) - Twitch Da Woof and Mystery Otter traded Twitter accounts, exchanging profiles and icons.[13]

Mystery's Meetup account previously showed a location in Schenectady, New York[14]. It now says "Ottersberg, Germany."

Appearances[edit]

Mystery keeps his location and upcoming appearances secret. So far he has been spotted at 40 furry events (29 conventions, 10 local meetups and the Funday PawPet Show) in 23 U.S. states:

There are seven metro areas where Mystery has appeared more than once (Orlando FL, Columbus OH, Pittsburgh PA, Dallas/Ft.Worth TX, Atlanta GA, Chicago IL, Seattle WA), five conventions he has attended twice (Furry Fiesta, Furry Weekend Atlanta, AnthroCon, Megaplex, FurFright, Midwest Furfest and Further Confusion), three events in California (Irvine, San Jose, and Vacaville), and two events in Nevada (Reno and Las Vegas). Otherwise he has not appeared in any state more than once.

Appearances so far are always on weekends, 1-4 weekends apart, with at least one appearance in every month in 2012 and so far in 2013. Mystery made two appearances in a single weekend on September 28-30, 2012 (Western PA Furry Weekend and Furlaxation, approximately 3 hours drive apart), and on May 10-12, 2013 (Furlandia and Elliott's Spring Gathering, about 800 miles apart). Mystery appeared for four consecutive weekends (February 22 through March 17, 2013) in all four time zones across the continental US.[55]

Paraphernalia[edit]

Buttons reading "Otterly Mystified" from Furry Weekend Atlanta and Califur 2012, and "I'm Mystery Otter" from AnthroCon.

At most of these events in his first year, Mystery handed out free buttons to attendees:

  • First set (yellow) at Furry Weekend Atlanta 2012, Morphicon 2012, the MN Furs Spring Picnic and Califur 2012.[56] Art by Kipper.
  • Second set (blue) at AnthroCon 2012.[57] Art by Flacko.
  • Third set (green) at Megaplex 2012, Rocky Mountain Furcon 2012, FA: United 5 and Mephit Furmeet 2012.[58] [59] Art by Howee Husky.
  • Fourth set (purple) at Western Pennsylvania Furry Weekend 2012, Furlaxation 2012, the Triangle Furs Picnic, FurFright, Midwest Furfest and December FurFest. [60] Art by Yippee.
  • Fifth set (red) at Furry End of the World Convention and Further Confusion 2013[61] Art by OrlandoFox[62].

Mystery has also distributed rainbow ribbons reading "Plays Well With Otters" starting at Biggest Little Fur Con[63]

References[edit]

  1. Mystery Otter Reference by LennyMutt on Fur Affinity
  2. Poof, head! Mystery Otter by WhiteyFawks on Fur Affinity
  3. The Secret Unveiled on Fur Affinity
  4. The Mystery Revealed on Fur Affinity
  5. By the way... on Fur Affinity
  6. And now, the truth!
  7. Fursuit Secrets Revealed! by Yippee on LiveJournal.
  8. Mystery L-OTTER-Y Time! on Fur Affinity
  9. Answers to the L-otter-y raffle questions on Fur Affinity
  10. Megaplex XI Funday Pawpet Show video
  11. I'm Mystery Otter
  12. Happy Otter-versary! on Fur Affinity
  13. My alter ego (Part II) on Fur Affinity.
  14. Mystery Otter on Meetup, retrieved July 9, 2012
  15. Otter Shrugs! by snoopy_pup on Fur Affinity
  16. Mystery Otter Attack! by Zeoc713 on Fur Affinity
  17. Back from Littlest Big Fur Con by Mystery Otter on Fur Affinity
  18. Mystery at Califur! by TylerFox on Fur Affinity
  19. When it rains on a furry event by Mystery Otter on Fur Affinity
  20. It is a Mystery! on Fur Affnity
  21. ESG2013 Photo Set by PerroMutt on flickr
  22. Mystery Otter By Morton Fox on Twitter via Instagram
  23. Mystery Otter spotted at #FM_2013 @FurtheMore Dead dog party by @JBadger169 on Twitter
  24. FPS! on Fur Affinity
  25. Ferret Fursuit Furfright Collage by james.ferret on Fur Affinity
  26. FurFright 2013 photo set by FinnishFox on Flickr
  27. FurIdaho 2013 Pictures! Mystery Otter by Ruastin on Fur Affinity
  28. Urban Wildlife in Portland by Dan Rigney on Open Salon
  29. Look who showed up by Twitch Da Woof on Twitter
  30. Furlife Anniversary FurBQ Photo by Vessi
  31. Well look who showed up at #Furloween2013!! by TheRealCosmik on Twitter
  32. Mystery Panel by Iamweasel_2112 on Fur Affinity
  33. Further Confusion 2014 367 by finbarzapek on flickr
  34. Mystery otter spotter at #FCN2013 by @JBadger169 on Twitter
  35. Mystery Otter at @furryendofworld by @JBadger169 on Twitter
  36. Here I am at FWA! on Fur Affinity
  37. FWA - Otters haz feesh by Crosscheck on Fur Affinity
  38. Find me at Furry Fiesta this weekend! on Fur Affinity
  39. Mystery Otter sharing Feesh with Bucktown Tiger Furry Fiesta by CoyoteOfTheWilds on Fur Affinity
  40. DSC_8024 in Texas Furry Fiesta 2014 set by tastyeagle on flickr
  41. Mmmm feesh by farell on Fur Affinity
  42. Suddenly Mystery Otter by LoneWolfRaven on Fur Affinity
  43. You Obviously Love Otters by mystery otter on Fur Affinity
  44. Mystery Otter Identified! by CosmoFoxen on Fur Affinity
  45. I found Mystery Otter! #MWFF by Casidhe on Twitter
  46. Midwest Furfest 2013 601 by finbarzapek on flickr
  47. Two Together by kurst on Fur Affinity
  48. Feeeeeeesh! by flying_bailey1 on Fur Affinity
  49. Another mystery to solve... by SparktheDalmation on Fur Affinity
  50. NC Pullen Park Furmeet 10/6/12! by Kewlie on Fur Affinity
  51. Pictures from Rainfurrest 13 (Part 89) by Thunder_Orca on Fur Affinity
  52. Mystery Otter by Euro on Fur Affinity
  53. A wild @MysteryOtter appeared on our trip back from Reno! by @MokaHusky on Twitter
  54. Mystery otter WPAFW by Spatsbear on Fur Affinity
  55. Scuse me, while I kiss the sky! on Fur Affinity
  56. The Mystery Revealed on Fur Affinity.
  57. Anthrocon! on Fur Affinity -- 300 buttons.
  58. Green is here! on Fur Affinity
  59. I have returned to this beautiful place on Fur Affinity.
  60. Mystery buttons! by OldSpice on Fur Affinity.
  61. FUCK YEA #MYSTERYOTTER by @SkruggWeasel on Twitter
  62. Button collection by mysteryotter on Fur Affinity.
  63. my very own BLFC 2013 badge by mysteryotter on Fur Affinity.

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