Shiver

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Shiver
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Shiver in Splatoon 3
Species Octoling
Height
Hair color   Light Blue/Navy Blue
Eye color Red
Age
Gender Female
Relations
Location Splatsville, Alterna
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You think you're cool? Sharks call ME cold-blooded. But you can call me Shiver!
— Return of the Mammalians

Shiver is a character in Splatoon 3 and one of the three members of the band Deep Cut, alongside Frye and Big Man, with whom she co-hosts both Anarchy Splatcast, the news show of Splatsville, and Splatfests. She is also the third boss of Return of the Mammalians. Her signature color is a saturated purple-blue.

Appearance

Shiver is an Octoling with pale skin and a wide, oval-shaped face, with slender eyes under sharp blue triangle eyebrows. Her irises are red, with light red pupils in the shape of an infinity symbol (matching octopuses in real life). Her Octoling eye mask is thin and sharp, almost appearing to be cat-eyeliner makeup, with red eye shadow blended underneath.

Shiver's tentacles are shoulder length, with the left side styled over her face, hiding her left eye from view. Her tentacles have a slight gradient from a light blue to navy blue, and are curled upwards slightly at the ends. In addition to the eye makeup, Shiver also appears to be wearing a light red lip gloss.

Shiver has a cool, yet rebellious sense of fashion, with a clear root in traditional Japanese culture. She wears a white sarashi chest wrap, under a long purple shawl made from a shiny translucent material. Attached to the left side of the shawl is a large silver octopus charm with two red tassels tied through holes in the ornament. On her legs are black leggings decorated with two slashes in her right thigh, and she wears black thong shoes with red wedge soles on her feet. Additionally, Shiver's fingertips are painted in a fiery red color. Her right ear is pierced with three shark tooth-shaped earrings. On the back of her head, circling a large suction cup on one of her tentacles, is a length of white twisted cloth tied in a knot; not unlike the traditional Japanese hachimaki headband. Hachimaki have a variety of styles, and the one worn by Shiver in particular is a common sight during certain Japanese festivals.

During the Anarchy Splatcast and Splatfest performances, Shiver can be seen holding a white sensu fan, painted with a blue symbol in the center. In certain circumstances she also wears a shark mask, which takes inspiration from Japanese kitsune masks with it's characteristic red and white design.

During Splatfests, any part of Shiver's appearance that is normally blue changes to match the color of her Splatfest team, with the exception of her fingertips, which in general are painted to match Frye's team color.

Return of the Mammalians

Shiver and the rest of Deep Cut are initially hostile to Agent 3 and the New Squidbeak Splatoon, declaring that all the treasure in Alterna is theirs to plunder and that they won't let anyone else have it. Later, when the team agrees to give the treasure (now a broken down tool) to Deep Cut, Shiver, along with Frye and Big Man becomes the player's ally and helps them in defeating Mr. Grizz.

Boss

Main article: The Pursuit of the Precious.

Shiver is the third boss of the single-player campaign, Return of the Mammalians, and the second Deep Cut boss.

Gender

When Shiver was first revealed in the Splatoon 3 Direct, neither the presentation nor other promotional material (such as the announcement dialogue for the Splatoon 3 Splatfest World Premiere and references to Deep Cut on the official website) specifically referred to Shiver's gender. This was consistent across all languages, and text in languages that require it (French, Italian, and Spanish) did not refer to Shiver in ways that would require inflecting adjectives or verbs for gender. This did not apply to Shiver's bandmates Frye and Big Man, who were referred to explicitly as female and male, respectively. When referring to herself, Shiver's dialogue used plural forms, as part of the group, or used the passive voice. The Japanese text did not have Shiver use any common first-person pronouns that traditionally connote gender (such as atashi or boku). In the Direct, Shiver used the pronouns "uchi"[1] (an informal pronoun usually used by younger women, especially in Kansai dialects) and "onore"[2] (an archaic pronoun used poetically meaning "oneself" or "yourself"). In game, "onore" was used only in one occasion, in which Shiver talks about a general "oneself", rather than using the pronoun for herself. These pronouns may be portraying Shiver's Kansai dialect through the use of yakuwarigo ("role language"). Most official social media posts referring to Shiver also made no mention of her gender, except for one Nintendo Portugal message that used "pela", implying Shiver to be female.[3]

In contrast, Shiver's bandmates Big Man and Frye were referred to at reveal with terms connoting male and female grammatical gender, respectively. For example, Frye introduces herself in French as "the queen of eels",[4] Spanish as the "[female] marine choreographer",[5] and she uses a feminine definite article in her Portuguese introduction.[6]

This resulted in speculation about Shiver's gender and the possibility of her being non-binary or ambiguously gendered. However, official sources such as interviews with Nintendo of America executives[7] and the media's preview game access[8] soon clarified that Shiver is female and is referred to using the pronouns "she" and "her" in-game.

Trivia

  • In Japanese, Shiver behaves and speaks like a Kamigata (Kyoto) rakugoka, a traditional Japanese comic storyteller who specializes in expressing stories with a fan and tilting the head. In line with Splatsville's chaotic nature and Deep Cut's music style, Kamigata rakugo is known for its usage of musical performance and less "refined" style compared to Edo (Tokyo) rakugo. As such, Shiver speaks with a very pronounced Kyoto variant of Kansai dialect, including referring to her Splatfest team with the second-person pronoun あんさんら ansanra, using the idiom おきばりやす okibariyasu ("Hang in there!"), using the copula どす dosu instead of です desu, using 何いうてはん nani iute-han ("What are you saying?"), and many other examples.
  • Shiver is the first Octoling to ever explicitly be shown to have a tongue in-game. The title art of Naughty vs. Nice has an Inkling sticking her tongue out, but until the battle with Shiver, no Octoling has ever been shown to have a tongue. Frye also is shown to have a tongue when she is battling and speaking to the player in the single player mode.
  • The hachimaki headband Shiver wears also makes an appearance as Headgear in Splatoon and Splatoon 2, each known as Traditional Headband and Twisty Headband respectively.

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Etymology

"Shivering" refers to the reaction of shaking in response to cold or fear, in contrast to Frye's name, which suggests heat and warmth. A "shiver" is also one of the collective terms for a group of sharks.

"Fūka" is a common Japanese female given name, usually written with kanji 風花 (wind-flower) or 風香 (wind-scent). It is also a pun on 鱶 fuka (with a short u), the Japanese word for "shark". This refers to Shiver descending from a lineage of shark trainers.[9]

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese フウカ
Fūka
From 鱶; romanji: fuka, Japanese for shark; and the female given name Fūka.
Netherlands Dutch Haya Derived from haai, or shark.
France French Pasquale From the female given name Pascale + squale (shark of the Squalidae family).
Germany German Mako Derived from makohai, or mako shark.
Italy Italian Pinnuccia From Pinuccia, diminutive of the female given name Giuseppina + Pinna, or fin. May also be a reference to the Pinna genus of molluscs.
Russia Russian Кулла
Kulla
Derived from акула (akula), or shark.
Spain Spanish Megan Female given name, likely derived from megalodon, a prehistoric shark species known for its large size.
Hong Kong Chinese (Traditional) 莎莎
Shāshā
From 鯊魚; pinyin: shā yú, Chinese for "shark". While Shiver's name uses a different character, it has the same tone as the first character from "shark". The name can also be translated to "Sasha" or "Sasa".
South Korea Korean 후우카
Huuka
Transcription of the Japanese name.
Portugal Portuguese Shiver Same as English.

Introduction in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese 一切合切食いあらす! サメ使いのフウカ
Issai gassai kuiarasu! Sametsukai no Fūka![10]
I'll wolf you down without reserve! It's shark trainer Shiver!
Netherlands Dutch Aan de top van de voedselketen...
Haya, heldhaftig en gehaaid![11]
At the top of the food chain...
Shiver, heroic and cunning!
France French Fais pas le marsouin avec moi...
Ou t'auras affaire à Pasquale![12]
Don't go porpoise with me...
Or you'll have to deal with Shiver!
Germany German Und ich setze der Spitze der Nahrungskette noch einen drauf...
Nennt mich Mako![13]
And I add to the top of the food chain...
Call me Shiver!
Italy Italian Gli squali diventano gamberetti quando vedono me.
Puoi chiamarmi Pinnuccia![14]
Sharks become shrimps when they see me.
You can call me Shiver!
Russia Russian Сами акулы называют меня сверххищником...
Но вы можете звать меня Куллой.

Sami akuly nazyvayut menya sverkhkhishchnikom...
No vy mojete zvat' menya Kulloy.
The sharks themselves call me the apex predator...
But you can call me Shiver.
Mexico Spanish (NOA) A mí los depredadores acuáticos me respetan.
¡Soy Megan!
Aquatic predators respect me.
I'm Shiver!
Spain Spanish (NOE) Los depredadores acuáticos tiemblan cuando oyen mi nombre.
¡Puedes Ilamarme Megan![15]
Aquatic predators tremble when they hear my name.
You can call me Shiver!
Hong Kong Chinese (Traditional) 鯊氣騰騰的鯊魚操作者!
將一切啃咬殆盡的莎莎是也!

Shā qì téngténg de shāyú cāozuò zhě!
Jiāng yīqiè kěn yǎo dài jìn de shāshā shì yě!
The lethal Shark trainer!
I am Shiver who wolves down everything!
South Korea Korean 인정사정없는 최상위 포식자!
상어 조련사 후우카!

Injeongsajeong-eobnneun choesangwi poshikja!
Sangeo joryeonsa Huuka!
I'm an apex predator that will give you no mercy!
It's shark trainer Shiver!
Portugal Portuguese Acham-se o máximo? Os predadores aquáticos tremem só de ouvir o meu nome!
Mas podem chamar-me Shiver![16]
You think you guys are the best? Aquatic predators tremble just from hearing my name!
But you can call me Shiver!

The Cold-Blooded Bandit

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese サメ使い
Same tsukai
Shark Trainer
Netherlands Dutch Roofdier onder de roofdieren Predator among the predators
France French (NOE) Le génie du squale The shark genius
Germany German Sahnehäubchen auf der Spitze der Nahrungskette Icing on the top of the food chain
Italy Italian Preda il predatore Preys on the predator
Russia Russian Сверххищница хитовых топов
Sverkhkhishchnitsa hitovykh topov
Apex predator of hit tops
Hong Kong Chinese (Traditional) 鯊魚操作者
Shāyú cāozuò zhě
Shark Trainer
South Korea Korean 상어 조련사
Sangeo Joryeonsa
Shark Trainer

References

  1. YouTube Splatoon 3 Direct (JP) "ウチが背中押したるさかい、おきばりやす~!"
  2. YouTube Splatoon 3 Direct (JP) "おのれの魂をコブシに宿し、天につき出すその姿…"
  3. Twitter Nintendo Portugal on Twitter "Os Deep Cut, compostos pela Shiver, a Frye e o Big Man". Italics added for emphasis.
  4. YouTube Splatoon 3 Direct (FR) "C'est moi, la reine des murènes... Angie !"
  5. YouTube Splatoon 3 Direct (ES) "Empezaré presentandome yo. Soy Angie... ¡coreógrafa marina!"
  6. YouTube Splatoon 3 Direct (PT) "Começarei por apresentar-me. Sou a Frye!"
  7. The Verge query to NoA SVP Nate Bihldorff
  8. YouTube GameXplain hands-on preview video
    YouTube GameXplain video on new details revealed in-game
  9. Twitter @SplatoonJP on Twitter
  10. YouTube Splatoon 3 Direct (JP)
  11. YouTube Splatoon 3 Direct (NL)
  12. YouTube Splatoon 3 Direct (FR)
  13. YouTube Splatoon 3 Direct (DE)
  14. YouTube Splatoon 3 Direct (IT)
  15. YouTube Splatoon 3 Direct (ES)
  16. YouTube Splatoon 3 Direct (PT)