Where should I start...? First, your beard! Second, your nerdy hat! Third, your thick eyeglasses! All signs of a nerdy philosopher!
Doctor Tot's most prominent feature is his large beak-like nose upon which sit the large round spectacles that obscure his eyes. He has bushy brown mustache and hair and always wears a tophat styled with a belt and a buckle. He wears a burgundy and white scholar's robe with matching white trousers and a burgundy waistcoat, the ensemble finished with a blue necktie.
Tot is the archetypal scatter-brained academic with thick glasses and a constantly-wandering train of thought, but he remains one of the princess's most loyal friends and aids the party multiple times.
Doctor Tot was given a position in Alexandria Castle when he was 30 years old, and thirteen years later discovered a 6-year-old girl washed ashore in Alexandria. The girl became a replacement princess for the recently-deceased Princess Garnet (the girl who had washed ashore having lost all memory of her previous life). A year after the "switch", Tot became the new Princess Garnet's tutor. He remained her tutor for eight years, until she was 15.Final Fantasy IX Ultimania, p.012-013 He was dismissed by Queen Brahne in February 1799 and a month later moved to Treno.
Doctor Tot now resides close to the Card Stadium in Treno. After Garnet absconds the Alexandrian Castle to travel the world and solve the mystery of her mother's changed behavior, she comes to Treno to help Marcus procure Supersoft to heal his friend. They sneak into a noble's basement and Garnet discovers the house belongs to Doctor Tot, her former tutor. Tot gives them the Supersoft willingly and shows Garnet a secret passage back to the castle.
When Garnet returns from her excursion to the Outer Continent, she has discovered her true heritage as a summoner and brings a young summoner girl called Eiko Carol with her back to Alexandria. Tot becomes intrigued and helps Eiko write a love letter to Zidane Tribal, leading to an amusing chain of misunderstandings when the letter falls into wrong hands. Tot says Garnet was once similar to Eiko after the latter voices her wish to be more like Garnet. Tot is stunned by Eiko's casual revelation that she is from Madain Sari, and his musings on summoners, the four jewels, and the summoners' village reveal much of Garnet's history, explaining how she came to live in Alexandria, as well as the connection between jewels and eidolons.
Doctor Tot helps diagnose Garnet once she has lost her voice and says she needs calm before she can return to normal. He also attempts to cure Regent Cid who was trapped in the form of an oglop, but is unsuccessful.
Doctor Tot is mentioned together with Garnet's in a letter sent by "Kathy".
- Your Luck Today: Gotcha
Searching for the real you? Princess Garnet's tutor "Doctor Tot" would be perfect for you, kupo! He may be small in stature, but he knows everything, and gives the best advice! Today's lucky place? The "M.S Prima Vista," kupo!
Tot's name may derive from Thoth, the Egyptian god of magic and knowledge.
- In the GBA/PSP/mobile remakes of the original Final Fantasy, Tot is one of the automatic names the player can choose for the Red Mage job.
- Baku is never able to remember Tot's name, instead calling him Tootsie, Toot, and Ted.