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The Player CharacterThe player character is the avatar of the player. He or she starts the game by moving into a village populated by anthropomorphic animals. What happens afterward? That's up to you.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": In practically everything but the official games themselves, the player is always given the name of "The Villager," "The Mayor," or even just "The Player." Justified in that they're always given a custom name and to give them an official name would be Cutting Off the Branches.
- Fingerless Hands: Despite the ability to pick up and store whatever you can in the game, the player characters have no visible fingers. Super Smash Bros. does give them thumbs, making them into mitten-like hands.
- The Ghost: Their role as the mayor is treated as this in Happy Home Designer and amiibo Festival, since the player works for Nook's Homes in the former, and the main animal characters are the starring characters of the latter (the E3 trailer for the latter shows a scene where Isabelle is at the mayor's office greeting Tortimer, who's still in retirement, while the mayor themselves is not shown). Interestingly, with the Mayor it makes sense that in Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart 8 they're too busy to do their duty.
- Hammerspace: The villager's main "power" so to speak. The player has the ability to pick up and store safely away whatever the game allows, as long as he or she has enough pocket space. From things as small as fleas to enormous as whale sharks.
- Hello, [Insert Name Here]: The player normally names him/her, so they invoke this by nature.
- Heroic Mime: Apart from dialogue options, the player character is fairly quiet. Some characters imply the player is chatty and loud while others find you quiet.
- An Interior Designer Is You: The bulk of the game allows you to collect and place furniture in your house. You can decorate the inside and outside of your house with whatever you have. Taken to it's logical extreme in Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, where your job is to decorate the inside of other villager homes.
- Mistaken for Special Guest: In New Leaf the player doesn't do anything beforehand to become mayor aside from just moving into town and being mistaken for the actual inheritor. You get a letter later on saying that he's okay with it.
- The Nameless: While not The Nameless in the official games, in their playable cameos they usually only get the title of "The Villager" or "The Mayor". In spin-offs, however, they're completely absent.
- Permanent Elected Official: In New Leaf, the player character inherits this title from the mayor from the previous games, Tortimer.
- Purely Aesthetic Gender: Whether a boy or a girl, the gender of the player character makes little difference gameplay-wise (in most games at least: the boy and girl have different stats in Mario Kart 8).
- Rose-Haired Sweetie: While most of the time, the player character starts off with brown hair, there's also an option to have a pink-haired female character from the start.
- Series Mascot: Shares this role with Isabelle, especially in games like Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart 8.
- Token Human: The player characters are the only humans in the game.
- Vague Age: The player characters resemble children, but given the art-style of the game, and the fact that they've moved away from home and live on their own, it's hard to tell how old they actually are.
- Virtual Paper Doll: The player can choose what gender the player character is and has a limited control over what facial features the player has (Which depends on what your answers you give when asked some questions at the beginning of the game). The clothing is also up to the player. In Happy Home Designer, the player has complete control over what the player character looks like (you can pick and chose hair and eye color and even options for darker skin tones).
- The Voiceless: Unlike the NPC characters, the player character doesn't talk, even in other games (although they do "speak" with Animal Crossing sound effects in Mario Kart 8).
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Getting a haircut at Shampoodle lets you dye your hair to some non-natural hair color such as blue, green, or purple.
- You Have Researched Breathing: The player needs to learn basic emotions from Dr. Shrunk.
Main Town NPCs
Tom Nook (Tanukichi)
The owner of the town's main shop, and a tanuki/raccoon. He sells you your house and collects your mortgage, as well as being your main source of income — you get Bells by selling things to him. In New Leaf he focuses exclusively on real estate, selling players upgrades and remodeling services.
- Voiced by: Naoki Tatsuta (movie)
- But Thou Must!: ...upgrade your house. Until New Leaf, at which point he sells upgrades in his shop much like any of the other remodeling jobs he has on hand. You still need to finish paying off your current upgrade before you can buy another, but you can decide to keep your current size after paying it off.
- Chaste Toons: It's unclear what relation his assistants Tommy and Timmy are to him. He says they're not related, but Fanon tends to hold them as his nephews. Lazy and Jock villagers theorize that he took them in off the streets out of the goodness of his heart.
- Cynicism Catalyst: Going to the city and having his dreams crushed turned him from a young Wide-Eyed Idealist into the untrusting businessman he is now. His episode gives several of the details: First, he was denied a loan at the bank, was betrayed by people who allegedly tried to help him but instead stole his assets, then let a friend borrow money but he ran off and never paid back. Despite all that, he admits that his dream still exists, but he suppresses it nowadays.
- Drink Order: Kilimanjaro beans, lots of milk, and one spoonful of sugar.
- Et Tu, Brute?: Was on the receiving end of this at least twice when he tried to strike big in the city. It's the reason why he's so untrusting nowadays.
- Hidden Depths: Lyle reveals that Nook is actually a huge Fanboy of KK Slider.
- Indecipherable Lyrics: Once you finally finish off that last loan New Leaf, he'll celebrate by singing a song to you...which sounds like absolute nonsense and reminds you that the song is really old and in Raccoonish.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Say what you will about him forcing you into mortgages, but Nook's a genuinely nice person through and through. In New Leaf, you can catch him at The Roost buying free coffee for random townspeople and the twins simply because he appreciates their honest work. Aww...
- Lonely at the Top: He is revealed to have been best friends with Sable in the past, but he lost their friendship in favor of running his Cranny (later "Nookington's").
- Ship Tease: With Sable.
- Tanuki: The English localization calls him a raccoon, but his Punny Name makes it clear that this is what he really is.
- Took a Level in Kindness: In New Leaf, He doesn't force you to upgrade your house anymore, and sometimes buys coffee for other people to show his appreciation for their hard work.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: According to Sable, he was an idealistic young dreamer before he went to the city and came back.
- Verbal Tic: "Yes, yes" and "hm?".
- We Used to Be Friends: With Sable, until he went to the city and they grew apart.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: In Wild World, he'll sometimes tell the player about how he used to be this before he tried to make it big in the city and ended up facing many hardships that really wore him down and caused him to distance himself from friends, including Sable.
Timmy and Tommy (Mamekichi & Tsumukichi)
Twin young tanuki that work in the upper levels of Nookington's. In New Leaf they run the general stores while Tom runs a home store.
- Ascended Extra: Formerly assistants to Nookington's, they now run the main shop in New Leaf.
- Creepy Twins: To some, at least.
- Fanboys: Tom says that both boys often profess to looking up to him and wanting to be just like him, however he notes that they most often do it when they've gotten into his things.
- Heartwarming Orphans: Lazy and Jock villagers believe Tom Nook took them off the streets and gave them a nice place to work out of the goodness of his heart.
- Single-Minded Twins: Their dialogue makes it seem that they Speak in Unison. One of Katrina's negative fortunes indicates they don't always get along.
- Tricksters: Tom Nook occasionally laments their craftiness.
- Verbal Tic: They usually add a short, quiet phrase at the end of their sentences. So true.
Tortimer (Village Headman)
The town's mayor is a goofy old tortoise with eccentric mannerisms and a taste for a good party. He's a bit lazy unless there's a special event going on, though. In New Leaf, he's retired from his post and now organizes and runs tours on the island.
- Voiced by: Kenichi Ogata (movie)
- Cool Old Guy: He's surprisingly a bit of a party animal.
- Drink Order: Kilimanjaro beans, the regular amount of milk, and two spoonfuls of sugar.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: His laziness as the mayor resulted in Phyllis becoming overworked and jaded.
- Permanent Elected Official: It's even played with in The Movie where he wins by one vote... the only vote, which is his. Except in New Leaf, where he's retired from his position and the player is the new mayor (and inherits the trope).
- The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: While he was mayor, he apparently didn't do anything that the job of mayor entails apart from being the MC for events.
- Signature Laugh: "Heh heh HORF!"
- Turtle Power: He's a tortoise and he was the original mayor of the village, so he did have some poltical power.
One of the two pelican receptionists at the town hall, she works in the daytime. Her sister Phyllis works at night. She has an unrequited crush on the mailbird, Pete.
- Voiced by: Otoha (movie)
- All Love Is Unrequited: Pete prefers her sister, Phyllis, even though Pelly has a massive crush on him.
- Drink Order: Blend beans, a little bit of milk, and one spoonful of sugar.
- Nice Girl: She's very upbeat and friendly, in contrast to her sister.
- The Pollyanna: Pelly is optimistic and joyful.
- Rhymes on a Dime: In the first game: "Rain or sleet, snow or hail, we'll deliver what you mail!"
- Theme Naming: All three pelicans have names starting with "P."
Pelly's older sister. In contrast to her outgoing sister, she's grumpy and cynical. Maybe it's because she always works the graveyard shift. She and Pete are a bit of an item.
- Voiced by: Yuko Mizutani (movie)
- All of the Other Reindeer: Gossip floating around your villagers reveals that Phyllis is widely disliked around town, mostly due to her attitude. Snooty and Cranky villagers tend to hate her the most.
- Big Sister Instinct: She's very protective of Pelly.
- Deadpan Snarker: She tends to mutter things under her breath a lot.
- Grumpy Bear: Well you'd be one as well if you have to work the night shift every day and barely anyone is nice to you.
- Drink Order: Kilimanjaro beans, no milk, and no sugar.
- Jerkass: Not intentionally, but her attitude makes her come off as one.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Phyllis isn't immune to happiness or a moment without snarking. It is likely she gets her attitude from having to stay up so late and work the night shift. This is confirmed in New Leaf, where she outright admits in The Roost that she's grumpy from always being swamped with work, and adding that Tortimer was the main reason for this. She states if you became mayor much earlier, things would have been different.
- Official Couple: Her and Pete. Although later games imply that their relationship is largely one-sided on Pete's part.
- Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: In the first game, at least, this is why Pete prefers her to Pelly.
The mailbird. While difficult to meet directly, if you get on at just the right time, he'll speak with you. In the first game, he's somewhat bitter and aloof. In the later games, though, he's just stressed.
- Voiced by: Akio Suyama (movie)
- All Love Is Unrequited: Pete is head over heels for Phyllis, although Phyllis makes it very clear that she absolutely hates his guts. And his hat.
- Characterization Marches On: In the first game, he was rather cynical. In the later games, he mellows out and is just overworked.
- Drink Order: Blend beans, the regular amount of milk, and two spoonfuls of sugar.
- Videogame Cruelty Potential: In contrast to how in the first game he could be seen walking around near the player's house around the time he delivers mail, the only way to speak to him in the second game is to wait for the right time and shoot him out of the air. However, in the next games he's back to walking around during his delivery run for that very reason. In New Leaf he Lampshades this by saying this is the reason he now only walks while delivering.
- Vocal Evolution: He had a deep voice in the first game. Later games give him a normal male voice.
- What the Hell, Player?: His reaction if you shoot him down to talk to him in Wild World.
Copper (Policeman A)
In the first game, he and his partner, Booker, are policedogs who notify you of happenings and run the lost and found. In the second and third games, they're city guards instead, helping you with Wi-Fi things as well as the above. In New Leaf they're back to their original role, except that only one of them can work in a town at a time.
- By-the-Book Cop: He always does things by normal law enforcement rules.
- Hot-Blooded: He's very dedicated to his work.
- Punny Name: Copper is a slang term for a police officer.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red Oni, passionate about his job and always ready for duty.
Booker (Policeman B)
Copper's partner is significantly less outgoing than his superior. He still runs the Lost and Found for you, though.
- Apologizes a Lot: Comes with being so shy.
- Dandere: Although Copper is rather shy, he seems at least hospitable to people like the Mayor.
- Extreme Doormat: He will often question himself whether you actually lost the item you are picking up in the Lost and Found, but won't press on.
- Punny Name: "Booking" is slang for arresting.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue Oni, always quiet and introverted.
- Shrinking Violet: Especially when compared to Copper.
The oldest Able Sister, she's a quiet hedgehog who doesn't talk much. She runs the Able Sister shops, which sell patterns, and, in later games, clothing and accessories. She spends most of her time at the sewing machine. But with a little talk, she opens up... First introduced in Animal Forest+, the Japanese port of the N64 original.
- Voiced by: Saori Hattori (movie)
- Character Development: She becomes less shy the more days you talk to her.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Not so much icy as shy, though.
- Naked Apron: Not for fanservice however. She gets an alternate costume in Happy Home Designer though. A simple dress.
- Promotion to Parent: In the past, she had to take care of Mabel and Labelle.
- Ship Tease: With Tom Nook.
- Shrinking Violet: The reason she doesn't talk to you very much at first.
- Theme Naming: She and her sisters Mabel and Label have names that rhyme with able.
- We Used to Be Friends: With Tom Nook.
The youngest Able Sister, she greets customers at the Able Sister's shop and handles the transactions. She's a perky, open sort — oh, and despite the fact that she's blue and a hedgehog, no, she is not related to Sonic the Hedgehog. First introduced in Animal Forest+, the Japanese port of the N64 original.
- Voiced by: Mari Adachi (movie)
- Genki Girl: She's always eager to greet you when you enter the shop.
- Naked Apron: Not for fanservice however. She gets an alternate costume in Happy Home Designer though. A simple white T-shirt and jeans.
- Theme Naming: Like Sable, her name rhymes with able.
- Tomboy: Better seen in Happy Home Designer however.
This owl runs the museum in town, and is its primary curator. Though friendly and intelligent, he has a noted tendency for sleeping on the job... and being really, really freaked out by bugs. He was first introduced in Animal Forest+, the Japanese port of the N64 original.
- Voiced by: Kappei Yamaguchi (movie)
- Adorkable: Once ran into the Able Sister's shop and bought things frantically to cover up the fact he ran in to hide from a bug.
- Antiquated Linguistics: He speaks with some elements of this, wot wot!
- Bowties Are Cool: He has a bowtie and is cool enough for it, if you're interested in the things at the museum like him obviously.
- Characterization Marches On: In the original games, Blathers found fish repulsive. Come Wild World and he suddenly adores cooking fish.
- Insufferable Genius: He's very knowledgeable of the various wildlife you give him, and very confident in his intelligence.
- Meaningful Name: He blathers a lot. Defied in New Leaf, as whenever he starts to go off on a tangent, he stops himself.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Seems they call him "Blathers" for a reason.
- Sleepyhead: If you visit the museum during the day, you'll have to wake him up in order to speak to him.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Blathers really wishes the museum would ditch its bug wing.
Blathers's younger sister was first introduced in Wild World. She is a bit absent-minded, but very cute. She runs the museum's Observatory in the second and third games, and handles the museum's gift shop and personal exhibits in New Leaf.
- Voiced by: Mika Kanai (movie)
- The Cutie: Oh, so very cute. Perky, too. She's one of the few characters who the option "You're adorable!" shows up for. If you're female, she will blush and tell you that you are even more adorable. If you're male, she'll become very flustered.
- Meaningful Name: Celeste as in Celestial, seeing as she originally dealt with constellations.
- Sleepyhead: Like her brother, she'll sleep during the day. Unlike her brother, she'll deny the fact that she sleeps on the job.
First introduced in Wild World, he runs the coffee shop beneath the museum. He's a quiet one, but he makes a mean cup of coffee. He came from the city — if you couldn't tell, him being a pigeon and all.
- Voiced by: Takaya Hashi (movie)
- Berserk Button: Downplayed; he doesn't get extremely angry, but you shouldn't let the coffee he serves you get cold.
- Defrosting Ice King: Become a regular at The Roost and he'll slowly become more open to talk to you.
- Give Me Your Inventory Item: Averted. Starting with City Folk, if visit him enough times, he'll store your Gyroids for you if he notices one in your inventory.
- Not So Stoic: If you do well during your part-time job at The Roost in New Leaf, people may compliment you that you are even better than Brewster. You can see Brewster crack a bit offscreen.
- One Note Chef: He only knows how to make coffee. Really good coffee.
- Shrinking Violet: Some villagers insist that Brewster's quiet personality is just because he's a shy person. Judging by how he reacts to certain conversations, that may very well be true.
- The Stoic: Even after you befriend him, he still acts pretty low key.
- Verbal Tic: Being a pigeon, he says "coo" a lot, such as when he greets the player with "coo to see you". It even rubs off on the player when talking to him; for example, the dialogue options when Brewster offers to give you a job are "Coo! I'd love that!" and "No, thanks. I'm coo."
Introduced in City Folk, she's a chihuahua and goddess who lives in your town's fountain after it's built. You can speak to her only after throwing an axe at her—but keep chucking sharp objects at her, and she'll be your friend eventually.
Introduced in New Leaf, she's a dog who introduces you to the town and becomes your secretary.
- Adorkable: Most definitely.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Discussed by Jock villagers, who fear her going "Isabellistic" should you break a window.
- Breakout Character: She's made a lot of appearances since her debut, appearing in Super Smash Bros., Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, and Mario Kart 8.
- But Thou Must!... be the mayor.
- Cute Clumsy Girl: Isabelle is scatterbrained and clumsy at times.
- Drink Order: Mocha beans, lots of milk, and three spoonfuls of sugar.
- Genius Ditz: A conversation with Digby in Happy Home Designer mentions that while his sister may be a bit of a silly puppy at times, she apparently has engineering degrees from 19 different universities.
- Fangirl: Thinks K.K. Slider is dreamy.
- Meaningful Name: Her Japanese name is derived from Shih Tzu, the dog breed she's based on. Her English name contains "bell", referring to the bell she wears. Her French name is Marie, which is one letter away from "mairie" the French word for "Town Hall", or an anagram of "maire", which is French for "mayor".
- Meganekko: She wears glasses as part of her home attire in Happy Home Designer.
- Nice Girl: She's very patient despite the mayor's inexperience and likes nothing better than helping him/her out. She even works on holidays!
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy: When at home in Happy Home Designer, she wears a pink shirt, while her twin brother Digby wears a blue one.
- Series Mascot: She shares this role with the Villager, if her presence on New Leaf's Home Screen graphic, her appearance in Super Smash Bros. as an Assist Trophy, and her playable appearances in Mario Kart 8 and Super Mario Maker (in a manner of speaking) are any indication.
- Stealth Pun: Her English name contains "bell" - bells are the name of the source of currency in the game. Her head is shaped like a bag of bells. When she walks/runs, a tinkling sound (much like a bell) can be heard. She's also the primary gold sink in the game, requiring you to earn a lot of bells in order to upgrade your town.
Reese and Cyrus (Lisa and Kaizou)
Introduced in New Leaf, they are the alpacas that manage Re-Tail. Reese buys items from you while Cyrus is an upholsterer who can customize your furniture.
- Affectionate Nickname: Reese nicknames Cyrus "Cy-Guy".
- Clingy Jealous Girl: If the player is female, Reese warns the player not to fall for Cyrus.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: If the player is male, Cyrus threatens to beat up the player if he gets too close to Reese.
- Even the Guys Want Him: Cyrus seems to... ahem, inspire Jock villagers regarding his physique.
- Happily Married: They're very affectionate with each other and never seem to have any marital problems.
- Meaningful Name: Cyrus's Japanese name can mean "remodel", hence his job.
- Mr. Fixit: Cyrus is able to refurbish a very large number of things. From changing wood color and fabric of furniture to turning fossils into models.
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Obviously.
- Punny Name: Reese's name is similar to resell.
- Sickeningly Sweethearts: Some of the villagers think they're this.
Introduced in New Leaf, he's a dog that's in charge of the Happy Home Showcase in your town. He is Isabelle's twin brother.
- Adorkable: Like his sister. It must run in the family.
- Drink Order: Blue Mountain beans, no milk, and no sugar.
- Innocently Insensitive: In one of his exclusive logbook entries in amiibo Festival, he notices his coworker Lottie (who has a crush on him) looking different than usual (i.e. she forgot to put on her makeup). He asks if she was feeling OK, which hurts her feelings.
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy: When at home in Happy Home Designer, he wears a blue shirt, while Isabelle wears a pink one.
Introduced in New Leaf, she's a tapir who runs the Dream Suite once you've built it in your town. She can let you visit the towns of other players through Spotpass.
- Counting Sheep: Does this before the player enters a dream world.
- Meaningful Name: Her Japanese name, fittingly, means "dreaming". While her localized name is the Spanish word for the Moon.
- Seldom-Seen Species: Not many tapirs in video games.
- Youkai: Less obvious than Kapp'n. Her species is likely a reference to Baku, a dream-eating youkai that resembles a tapir in appearance.
Introduced in New Leaf, he's a sloth who runs the Gardening Center. His shop is integrated into the Nooklings' store starting at the T.I.Y. expansion, and he will start offering weed-pulling services at this point. He is also host of the special holiday Weeding Day, which is on the last Friday in April for North America and Europe and September 3rd for Japan, dedicated to removing weeds from town.
- Adorkable: When he gives you the Golden Axe, he gets very flustered after saying you can cut as many trees as you want with it and realizing what he just said.
- Berserk Button: The entire presence of weeds is this to Leif.
- Enmity with an Object: Leif hates weeds.
- Meaningful Name: His Japanese name means "lazy", though it loses its meaningfulness once he gets started weeding.
- Nature Lover: He detests weeds and offers weed-pulling services once he is partnered with the Nooklings (TIY). On Grass Day he hands out flower-themed furniture for pulling weeds.
- Punny Name: Just one letter away from "leaf".
Lottie (Takumi)The only new character introduced in Happy Home Designer, she's a pink river otter who happens to be Lyle's niece. She's very passionate about her job as a Happy Home Consultant and has a crush on Digby.
- All Love Is Unrequited: She has a crush on Digby, but considering that the game she's in is about designing homes for villagers... It's probably not going to go anywhere.
- Black Bead Eyes: Without her make-up, Lottie's eyes are actually really small. It's almost as if she's being impersonated by a Ditto.
- Breakout Character: She's being pushed as the mascot character for Happy Home Designer in much the same way as Isabelle was for New Leaf. To the point where's she took over Isabelle's Twitter account for a time.
- Genki Girl: She's got some fairly high energy.
- Pink Means Feminine: Has pink fur, and fairly feminine.
- Verbal Tic: She seems to refer to the player as "Tiger" a lot.
Harvey (Panieru)A character introduced in New Leaf's Welcome amiibo update. He's a dog that runs an R.V campground that's in a new area of your town. He also sells items that aren't found in the other stores, but he only accepts MEOW (Mutual Exchange Of Wealth) coupons that are dispensed by the CAT Machine (Coupon Allocation Terminal). The campers who come to Harvey's campground range from minor characters like Wendell and Gulliver, Holiday characters in the off season, villagers who haven't been seen in New Leaf and even villagers who are inspired by other Nintendo franchises like Splatoon or The Legend of Zelda.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: He introduces himself as "Harv" for short or "Haaaaarv" for long. But if you call him that, he immediately forgets that he told you to call him "Harv".
- Erudite Stoner: He rivals Pascal and K.K Slider in this department.
- Friend to All Living Things: The yellow birds that appear from time to time seem to love him. They're even seen occasionally perching on Harvey's head!
- Global Currency Exception: Being the hippie that he is, he doesn't accept bells for his wares but a new kind of currency that's earned by doing assigned things around your town.
- New-Age Retro Hippie: He certainly dresses and acts the part.
- Punny Name: Harvey... R.V... hmmm...
Visitors and City Folk
Crazy Redd (Tsunekichi)
A fox who competes with Tom Nook for furniture sales. However, Redd's deals are a bit... shadier. In the first two games, he's a traveling visitor who comes every once in a while; in City Folk, he has a permanent shop in the city, though he only gets new items on Wednesdays. In New Leaf, however, he is now back to showing up once a week, but apparently on random days. During the fireworks festival, he sets up a stand where he sells fortune cookies that may contain prize tickets for special items, or dud tickets for firework supplies. On New Year's Day, he sells party poppers and New Year's hats.
- Voiced by: Tetsuo Sakaguchi (movie)
- Cunning Like a Fox: He's always looking to make a quick bell and is fairly good at swindling customers.
- Eyes Always Shut: No matter what emotion he has, his eyes are always shut.
- Faux Affably Evil: He's not so much evil as "not exactly legit," but he is really overly friendly in a creepy way.
- Fell Off the Back of a Truck: Where he claims to get his merch. And oddly enough, when he gets a permanent shop in the city he happens to get each "shipment" on the same day of the week every week.
- Flanderization: In the first game, he's just Tom Nook's dubiously legal foil. In the later games, however, he gets downright weird, with a strange, overly-familiar way of speaking. In other words, actually crazy!
- Honest John's Dealership: Some of his paintings are actually forgeries.
- Insane Proprietor: Especially in the second two games.
- Kitsune: He greatly resembles the typical depiction, and he's got the trickster part down.
- Large Ham: He has a tendency to overreact.
- Leitmotif: While other characters also have Leitmotifs, Redd's is special because it's actually the "Opposite" of Tom Nook's (low notes play where high notes would play in Tom Nook's theme and vice versa).
- Luck-Based Mission: His fake paintings in the second two games — Fake Difficulty extraordinaire, since you can only get one a week, they're fairly expensive, and there's no guarantee it'll be a new painting. Averted somewhat in New Leaf — if you have a sharp eye and are in the know about art, you can tell the forgeries from the real deal.
- The Rival: He's basically Tom Nook's rival. Where Tom Nook runs a ordinary store, Redd runs a black market. Their themes use the same instruments but are "opposite" (as explained above). Where Tom Nook's symbol is a regular leaf, Redd's symbol is a ginkgo leaf.
- Stepford Smiler: While he seems to be happy for you if you get a prize during the fireworks festival, one of Katrina's fortunes reveals that he's actually frustrated every time you win.
A sea lion dressed up as a scout leader in New Leaf, although he used to be a purveyor of balloons, wands and pinwheels in City Folk. He's a kindly gent who gives badges for various achievements, and will tell you that "if you keep being good, the badge man will give you another badge".
- Achievement System: In New Leaf, Badges are handed out by Phineas the sea lion, who will visit your town whenever you qualify for a badge. They're awarded for things like completing a certain percentage of your bug/fish/diving encyclopedia, saving a lot of bells in your bank account, doing a lot of villager side-quests, or just playing the game for long enough, and each category has Badges available in bronze, silver, and gold versions.
- Basso Profundo: Has quite a deep voice.
- Drink Order: Kilimanjaro beans, lots of milk, and three spoonfuls of sugar.
- Friend to All Children: His job selling balloons and other toys.
- Kindness Button: All of your hard work as mayor in New Leaf. It makes him so happy to see you enjoying life that he'll give you a badge.
- Merit Badges for Everything: Pretty much Phineas's shtick in New Leaf.
- Nice Guy: Friendly and affable enough.
- Scout Out: Phineas's uniform. It is thought to be a reference to Theodore Roosevelt, himself a scouting enthusiast.
A camel who comes to town selling carpets (in the first game) and wallpaper (in every game after that). In each game, the way you get carpets/wallpaper off her changes. She acts a bit funny, but is a shrewd businesswoman.
- All Love Is Unrequited: In New Leaf, she's revealed to have a crush on Tom Nook.
- Divergent Character Evolution: Originally, she and Wendell had almost exactly the same jobs, her handling carpet while Wendell had wallpaper. She got both carpet and wallpaper in later games, so Wendell could do something much different.
- Funny Foreigner: City suggests, however, that this is just an act.
- She's a Man in Japan: Nothing she says or does is particularly masculine, so it's not much of a change. We're guessing she was made female in the West due to her burly eyelashes, and so the traveling visitors wouldn't be a total sausage-fest.
A hungry artist walrus who wanders into town offering wallpaper (in the first game) or patterns (in every game after that).
- Voiced by: Junpei Takiguchi (movie)
- Big Eater: Will eat anything if he's starving.
- Extreme Omnivore: In Wild World and City Folk, he's apparently desperate enough to try eating anything.
- Pun: Wendell is always hungry. He’s a literal starving artist.
- Talking in Your Dreams: In New Leaf, he appears in certain dream towns (specifically ones that allow for patterns to be shared with visitors), offering patterns made in that town.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Fish. It's all he'll eat in the first game, and in the second game onward giving him a fish will net you rare patterns.
- Warm-Hearted Walrus: A passive walrus who gives you wallpaper and patterns.
Lyle (Mr. Honma)
A blue, spectacled weasel who appears in both Wild World (where he works as an "insurance" man) and City Folk / New Leaf (where he works for the HRA). He is said to be working with Crazy Redd.
- 0% Approval Rating: In a sense. In Wild World, the Jock and Cranky animals are instantly annoyed whenever they have a discussion about Lyle.
- But Thou Must!: In Wild World, even if you say "no" to his insurance pitch he'll keep trying to sell it to you. The only way to avoid it is either not talk to him, or talk to him when you don't have enough bells.
- Heel–Face Turn: As of City Folk, he's stopped trying to scam people. You could even strike a casual conversation with him now and then when you drop by in New Leaf.
- Honest John's Dealership: His insurance.
- Schrödinger's Question: In Wild World, Lyle asks you, "If you could pick a day for [Redd] to visit, which one ya want?" You then have to choose a day from Monday through Friday. Redd will "coincidentally" visit your town on the day you've chosen.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: In Wild World:Lyle: What, me? Nah, Redd and me, we just know each other from around. No big! C'mon!
- Stepford Smiler: In City Folk.
- Terse Talker: Lyle. This trope. He talks like this often.
K.K. Slider (Totakeke)
A guitar-playing beagle who plays in Brewster's Roost every Saturday at 8pm. Also known by his Japanese name Totakeke, he is not only the first character you meet in the original N64 Animal Crossing but also one of the most iconic characters of the series. In New Leaf, he serves as Club LOL's DJ on every night but Saturday, when he does his usual routine.
- Voiced by: Shun Ogui (movie, speaking) Kazumi Totaka (singing)
- Author Avatar: K.K. is one for the series' main composer, Kazumi Totaka, as well being voiced by him.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Big black eyebrows.
- Breakout Character: Considered one of the more iconic characters in the series, K.K Slider is popular enough to receive a Mii Costume in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS
- Doing It for the Art: An In-Universe example: K.K doesn't seem to care much about making money off his hits, in fact, he sometimes gives his songs out for free. He really just wants to fill the world with his music.
- Drink Order: Blend beans, no milk, and no sugar.
- Erudite Stoner: Possibly the most passive laid-back character in the series next to Pascal, who also fits this.
- Leitmotif: K.K.'s Song. Appropriately given his status as an Author Avatar for Totaka, K.K.'s Song is a remix of Totaka's signature song which he sneaks into various titles he works on. The song was also used to introduce K.K. in the November 2016 Nintendo Direct.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: It's stated his name is "Totakeke" (his Japanese name) in the original game but everyone just calls him K.K. Slider.
- Rhymes on a Dime: In New Leaf.
- Series Mascot: The earliest example for the series. K.K. was featured prominently in promotional materials for the games, was one of the first to appear in a different series as a representative of Animal Crossing (he, Resetti and Tom Nook had trophies in Super Smash Bros Melee). Even with Isabelle taking over the role, K.K. is still utilized heavily in promotions and side games.
Katie and Kaitlin (Maiko and her mother)
After connecting with someone else via wireless you might find either Katie or Kaitlin in your town. Bring Katie to the town with Kaitlin and you'll get a reward, while the person who had Kaitlin gets... well, nothing. In New Leaf, Katie is grown up and is traveling on her own and if she's in your town, will reward you if you take her to someone else's town.
- Cute Kitten: Katie is absolutely adorable.
- Permanently Missable Content: Since GameSpy's demise led to the shut down of Wii's online multiplayer, Katie and Kaitlin can no longer appear in City Folk, at least for those unwilling to mod their Wii to work off of custom servers and networks. While Katie still appears in New Leaf and Happy Home Designer, the former being a game that does have online multiplayer working, the latter where she exists as a Amiibo card that can be used on the game. So while yes Katie is gone on Wild World and City Folk, Kaitlin is permanently gone unless Nintendo decides to make a Amiibo card of her for HHD.
- Punny Name: Katie's Japanese name, Maiko, is a pun on the Japanses word "maigo", which means "lost".
- Ridiculously Cute Critter
- She Is All Grown Up: Katie in New Leaf.
A red sea otter and extremely loopy philosopher of sorts. In Wild World, he'll be found hanging out near the ocean; in City Folk, he'll be found hanging out on bridges; and in New Leaf, he appears when you catch a scallop; in all cases, will sometimes give you ship-themed furniture if you talk to him.
- Voiced by: Takashi Miike (movie)
- Cloudcuckoolander: Gives bizarre, often nonsensical advice or proverbs. In City Folk, he'll jump into the river after talking to you and gently float downstream and out to sea, even going over waterfalls.
- Erudite Stoner: Not confirmed to be a stoner, but he likes to give advice.
- Ice-Cream Koan: A lot of what he says.
- Punny Name: "Pascal" shares many of the same sounds as "scallop".
- Stealth Hi/Bye: In New Leaf, whenever you bring up a scallop, he'll pop up out of nowhere asking for it and then promptly swim away. Though he can still be seen afterwards outside the roped off area, you can't converse with him.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Scallops!
A seagull sailor in the first and fourth games and astronaut in the second and third games. In all games, he'll give you world travel-themed items for completing his sidequest, although what this task is differs from game to game.
- Voiced by: Wataru Takagi (movie)
- Blatant Lies: Gulliver is found washed up on the beach in the first game, and always has a fantastical tale of how he got there, although usually lets slip that he just fell overboard.
- The Casanova/Casanova Wannabe: Baited, then averted. He'll often wax poetic about girls he has at different ports before revealing that he's talking about a pet of some sort.
- Epic Fail: Falling overboard once a week.
- Hypocritical Humor: "Zzz... I can't believe how seriously unconscious I am right now..."
- Non Sequitur: A lot of the stuff he mutters in his sleep is pretty nonsensical, to say the least.
- Punny Name: Gulliver, as in the seabird.
- Running Gag: Being found washed up on shore.
- Possibly named after the main character of Gulliver's Travels.
- In New Leaf, he occasionally mentions Isle Delfino, Ricco Harbor or Bobbery of Rogueport upon being woken up.
- He'll also mention he's in a fuzzy pickle.
- In the original, he'll sometimes claim he fought the Deep Python sea snakes at Pinnacle Rock (before realizing that wasn't him), or mention he left his goldfish in Toad Town or Hyrule.
- Video Game Cruelty Potential: In the second and third games, the only way to talk to him is to shoot his UFO down with your slingshot, which damages his ship and knocks him out. In the fourth, the easiest way to wake him up is yelling his name into the megaphone right next to him.
Dr. Shrunk (Shishoo)
An axolotl psychiatrist who is found wandering around in the second game, has a stand-up stage show in the third, and the owner of Club LOL in the fourth. He'll add to your list of emotion animations if you ask him to.
- Awful Wedded Life: A lot of his jokes are typical "complaining about the missus" style comedy.
- Drink Order: Mocha beans, a little bit of milk, and two spoonfuls of sugar.
- Furry Reminder: He likes eating double-fly bug swirl ice cream.
- Iconic Outfit: His bright yellow jacket with red hoops and a blue bowtie. He stops wearing it in New Leaf and actually passes it to you if you manage to complete your joke book. He does wear it while he tells his jokes in New Leaf, though it's not his regular outfit anymore.
- Seldom-Seen Species: Try and name the last game you played that had an Axolotl in it. That's not Pokémon.
- Self-Deprecation: Some of his jokes reference how unfunny he is. This is even more pronounced in New Leaf.
- The Shrink: Although he mostly seems to be trying to help people get in touch with their emotions.
- Stepford Smiler: Type A. He seems like a cheerful guy, but listening to his stand up tells you otherwise. Especially in New Leaf and Happy Home Designer, where his self deprecation is more frequent.
- Stock Schtick: During his stand-up acts.
- Stylistic Suck/So Unfunny, It's Funny: Occasionally, a resident of your village will be found at his show. They will often complain about how bad it was.
A glamorous giraffe known for her clothing designs and style. In the first two games she is a visitor who can give the player signature Gracie designs. In the third game she owns a shop in the City which sells expensive apparel and furnishings, though she's only there once a month. In New Leaf, she starts as a visitor but will later open shop on the top floor of Tommy and Timmy's establishment.
- Alpha Bitch: Gracie is very snooty and condescending.
- Drink Order: Blend beans, no milk, and no sugar.
- Drives Like Crazy: Copper doesn't seem to be very fond of her due to her reckless driving and parking.
- Hidden Depths: Apparently, she and Tom Nook go way back. Nook claims that she was once a free-spirit before she became a designer.
- Jerkass: Compared to the likes of Resetti or Nook, she's just a snippy, smug, stuck-up jerk.
- She's a Man in Japan: Though there are a few examples from this game, Gracie is probably the most striking as she wear heels, heavy make up, and feminine clothing.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Gracie has a big opinion of her fashion sense. Or just herself in general.
A skunk who first appears in City Folk as a shoe shiner, but can open a shop in New Leaf which sells socks as well as shoes.
- Ascended Extra: He just shined shoes in City Folk. In New Leaf, he has his own shop that sells socks and shoes.
- Catch Phrase / Verbal Tic: He says "Cha-ching!" when you buy shoes from him in New Leaf.
- Drink Order: Mocha beans, no milk, and one spoonful of sugar.
- Meaningful Name: Almost all of his names are either references to shoes or slang terms for shoes.
- Nice Guy: He always calls the mayor "Chum" in New Leaf, offers only 500 Bells to change the way the villager's shoes look in City Folk, and (again in New Leaf) he reacts mostly to the mayor giving negative emotions.
- Smelly Skunk: He's a Skunk, but no comments are made about his smell, however...
- Smug Snake: He shares the same voice as the Smug villagers in New Leaf.
- Street Urchin: He speaks like an 1800s British one, and actually is one in City Folk.
- Stealth Pun: He's a skunk that sells shoes. Think about it.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: In City Folk.
In the past three games, Harriet the poodle runs a salon called Shampoodle's. At the salon, players can change their hair style and color. In City Folk, she begins to allow the player to use their Mii as their character's face, and in New Leaf, Harriet can also sell the player colored contacts.
- Punny Name: She's a hairstylist named whose name sounds like "Hair"-iet.
- Pink Means Feminine: Has pink fur and is girly.
- Verbal Tic: She often ends her sentences while calling people "sugar."
A hedgehog who first appeared as the sole worker at Gracie Grace in City Folk. As of New Leaf, she works with her sisters Mabel and Sable in the accessories department of their store.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: She initially has a cold, strictly business relationship with the player. Go to her shop often enough and she gradually warms up to the player, to the point where she becomes upbeat and friendly.
- Meaningful Name: "La belle" roughly translates to "the beauty" or "the beautiful one". Though you probably knew that already. Also an Invoked Trope, as she changed her name as a part of her job. It was suggested by Gracie to give her more pizzazz, if she was to follow in Gracie's footsteps as a famous designer.
- Theme Naming: Her real name is Label, which rhymes with able like the rest of her sisters.
Blanca (Suspicious Cat)
A white cat who has a habit of accidentally washing her face off. She can either be encountered on the train or walking around town, depending on the game. In New Leaf, she is the event character for April Fools' Day and will pretend to be other villagers.
- Ascended Extra: She's promoted to the host of April Fool's Day in New Leaf. Or seeing as she only appears once a year as opposed to any possible random day, one could see it as the opposite (though the Welcome Amiibo update causes her to show up at the camp ground on random days where the player can buy furniture from her.)
- Attractive Bent-Gender: According to the Japanese website, she's supposed to be androgynous in Japan rather than coincidentally looking feminine. She's referred to with female pronouns, but she has a masculine sounding voice. She's more androgynous in New Leaf, since her outfit is a striped clown costume rather than a flowery dress.
- The Blank: Though only until you draw her a face.
- Master of Disguise: Her role in New Leaf involves her appearing in your neighbors' homes and masquerading as them. It's up to you to expose her.
- After the Welcome Amiibo update for New Leaf, the player can visit her camper van where a majority of the things she keeps around and potentially sells to the player are art supplies, her costumes, and make-up kits.
- The Rival: To Jack, accoridng to Happy Home Designer.
- Video Game Cruelty Potential / Video Game Perversity Potential: You're given a blank slate to draw on; the possibilities are endless.
- Youkai: Seems to be based on the noppera-bō, a faceless ghost who imitates others for fun.
A panther Fortune Teller that appears once a week inside an exotic-looking tent. At 50 (100 in Wild World, 500 in New Leaf) Bells, she can tell the player their fortune.
- Ascended Extra: If the Mayor wishes to, Katrina can become a permanent resident of the town on Main Street in New Leaf.
- Captain Obvious: "And remember that bad times... are just times that are bad."
- Drop the Washtub: In City Folk, she does this to read the stars that appear above your head.
- Luck Stat: Sort of? In New Leaf she can tell you what the lucky item of the day is to alter your character's luck (either raising good or removing bad), ranging from simply a type of fashion to a specific pair of pants.
- Shout-Out: There's some The Legend of Zelda references inside the tent interior, one of which being the Triforce on the back curtain.
Joan (Kaburiba)A boar who has been selling turnips for more than 60 years. Every Sunday morning, she visits the player's town to sell turnips.
- Luck-Based Mission: The Stalk Market is essentially one of these. Joan will sell you turnips at a random price on Sunday morning and the selling prices for them fluctuate for the rest of the week. The turnips spoil when the week is up or when time travel is attempted. The luck factor can be mitigated if you have friends whose towns have better prices then yours.
- Punny Name: She's a sow named Joan who deals with the "Stalk" market. Referencing the DOW-Jones stock exchange.
- Stock Yuck: When you first meet her, she explains that actually eating turnips have been unfashionable for about 30 years. Nowadays they're purely for making bells.
A mole who appears in every game in the series. His job is to chew out anyone who resets their game without saving. He has a huge mean streak and a short fuse, but deep down is a truly nice guy who's just stressed out. He's made optional in the fourth game due to the Reset Surveillance Center being shut down, putting him out of a job.
- Voiced by: Yuuichi Kimura (movie)
- And Another Thing...: Tends to end his speeches on one, usually to bluntly tell you to take better care of your personal hygiene.
- A Taste of Their Own Medicine: In one scenario, Resetti decides to reset the game for you... as in resetting your whole progress. It's a fakeout, though it resulted in an Urban Legend of Zelda where he does it for real."All right, Villager! That's it! Today's the day. I'm done! No more takin' it easy on the poor human. See, I understand you now. It took a while, but I finally see what makes you tick. Allow me to...elaborate, huh? The whole RESET thing? It's your decision, right? Yeah, freedom of choice, and all that. You're the master of your own destiny, and blah blah blah blah. That's all fine with me. I'm just tired of the drama. You wanna hit RESET, right? You love doing that, huh? That's what you really wanna do? Well, if that's what you're really lookin' for, lemme help you out. Yeah, no problem! I'll hit RESET for you. Everythin' you've done so far? All that you've worked for? Forget about it. That's right. It's all going bye-bye. You, my button-happy friend, get to start over. Well, see ya!"
- Berserk Button: Resetting. And he just gets angrier at the repeat offenders. He also flares up if you tell him off when trying to repeat after him.
- Chew Toy: Look at what this guy has to go through. It's his job to discourage players from unfairly Save Scumming, and he has to show up every time, anywhere, no matter what he's doing. It's obvious that the job's taking a severe toll on him. Given how distraught he is after he gets unemployed in New Leaf, it's safe to assume that that's the only job he can get.
- Demoted to Extra: He makes only one appearance in New Leaf when you commit your first reset and is never seen again. This can be averted if the mayor rebuilds the Reset Center, giving his job back.
- Drink Order: Blue Mountain beans, no milk, and no sugar.
- Embarrassing First Name: "Sonny", according to his brother.
- Everyone Has Standards: He claims that he draws the line at lecturing somebody for hours on end.
- Fat Bastard: Resetti is rather stout and short-tempered.
- Gonk: Resetti is not very cute compared to everyone else in the game.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: He'll start off calm, but one too many resets, and he'll blow his stack.
- Hate Sink: His purpose is that you want to avoid him at all costs so he makes a very effective deterrent to resetting your game. So effective that he isn't well liked by plenty of fans.
- Jerk Ass: He comes off as an unpleasant character.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's actually a well meaning guy. He can't help it if his temper gets in the way. He also thanks the Mayor after the Reset Center has been re-established in the town.
- Last Name Basis: He's known more as Mr. Resetti then Sonny Resetti.
- Mole Miner: He's got the overalls, pickaxe and everything. He tunnels to approach the player when they've reset the game on his watch.
- Motor Mouth: Every single time he shows up, his punishment to you is to give a long, long, LONG pep talk about the importance of saving.
- Punch Clock Villain: While not a villain by any means, his nastiness is just part of his job, and he's surprisingly pleasant off the clock (provided he's not already in a bad mood or wants to be left alone).
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Don's blue.
- Repeat After Me: Reset one too many times, he'll force you to repeat after him by typing down exactly what he says. Yes, the capitals have to be correct, otherwise he'll make you do it again."You get it wrong, I know you ain't serious, and you get to say it again! Uh, lemme see... Yeah, that's a good one! You ready? Here goes! 'No cheating!' SAY IT!"
- Sour Outside, Sad Inside: Simply put, Resetti's life sucks.
- Troll: When he fakes resetting your entire game."Gotcha! How you like them apples? Did we break our controller? Did we, maybe, kick our TV? Gah ha ha ha ha!"
- Written Roar: Graahh!!
- Yank the Dog's Chain: In one sequence, he doesn't pop up immediately upon the player reloading their game without saving. Before the player gets far from their home, however, Resetti pops up to yell at them yet again.
A Kappa/Sea Turtle who ferries the player off to a nearby island in the first and fourth games, and drives the player into town in the second and third games.
- Voiced by: Mistuo Iwata (movie)
- Ascended Extra: Was just a means to get to the special island in the first game, but replaced Rover for some reason in Wild World.
- Continuity Nod: If you talk to him in the cafe in New Leaf he might say he drove a bus (City Folk), taxi (Wild World), and rowed a boat for a while.
- Dirty Old Man: Occasionally flirts with female players, but this dies down by the fourth installment where he's given a wife and family (though he still does it occasionally).
- Doting Parent: If the song he sings about her is any indicator, he's a total sweetheart to his daughter.
- Drink Order: Blue Mountain beans, the regular amount of milk, and no sugar.
- Gasshole: In New Leaf, while traveling to the island, he sometimes accidentally farts after the first verse of whatever song he's singing.
- It comes up again in both Animal Crossing Plaza and amiibo Festival. In both instances, he refers to his gas problem as "wind in his southern hemisphere".
- Happily Married: With Leilani.
- Hello, [Insert Name Here]: Takes over for Rover in the second installment.
- Shipper on Deck: In New Leaf, if a boy and a girl go to the island together, he's sure to comment on it, though he keeps his comments just vague enough, in case they're actually related.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Cucumbers (as is traditional for kappa) and mayo. He references both multiple times in songs in New Leaf.
- Toilet Humor: In New Leaf, he'll make multiple references to farting in addition to the note in Gasshole above. This is a reference to an old slang Japanese saying, "it's just a kappa's fart," for something meaningless that may have been imagined.
- Turtle Power: He's a sea turtle.
- Youkai: He (along with his family in New Leaf) clearly resembles a Kappa.
A helpful cat who travels all over. In the first, third, and fourth game, he sets up the player's name, their gender, the name of the town they'll live in, and in the fourth game, the layout of the town.
- Demoted to Extra: When Kapp'n took his only role in Wild World, he could still be found at The Roost cafe occasionally.
- Hello, [Insert Name Here]: His main purpose is to ask this.
- Lampshade Hanging: In New Leaf, he thinks out loud how he hasn't traveled much by train since 2002, the year the original Gamecube version came out.
- Meaningful Name: You wouldn't think it at first, considering its more commonly given to dogs, but he does rove around as a traveler.
- Nice Guy: The very first animal you meet in every game but Wild World and he's quite friendly.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Averted. Even though he has huge red eyes, he's probably one of the friendliest animals you'll meet.
- Running Gag: Rover is pretty bad at keeping time. Taken Up to Eleven in Animal Crossing Plaza, where sometimes he asks if it's still 2002.
Mr. Resetti's older brother who will sometimes appear when the character resets without saving. He is much calmer and will sometimes apologize for his brother's behavior.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Resetti claims that while Don is generally a nice guy, if he ever go sufficiently angry enough, he'll go on rants far longer then his.
- Drink Order: Blend beans, no milk, and three spoonfuls of sugar.
- Fat and Skinny: The skinny to his squat brother.
- Faux Affably Evil: According to his brother, at least.
- Medium Awareness: When he pops up, he starts getting the same thunder roar sound effect that Resetti causes whenever he rages. The difference is that Don hears it and is spooked/annoyed by it.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Resetti's red.
- Technologically Blind Elders: According to Resetti, Don tends to mistake cell phones as something you wrap sandwiches in.
Chip is a beaver who hosts the Fishing Tourney. Starting in City Folk, he appears once a month throughout the year except June, July and August, during which the Bug-Off is hosted instead. In New Leaf, he rewards the player a golden fishing rod if they caught all the fish in the game, though not including deep-sea creatures.
- Ascended to Carnivorism: Beavers are much more well known to eat wood than fish.
- Big Eater: Eats almost every fish that was submitted to him during the tournament. The only thing he doesn't eat on the spot are fish that are way too big, although one can wonder how he can eat a whale shark!
- Lampshaded by Smug villagers who release the fish as soon as they were caught to prevent Chip from eating them.
- Black Hole Belly: How else can you explain him eating large fish in quick succession?
- Exact Words: He runs the fishing tourney, therefore you will only receive prizes for sea creatures you caught with your fishing rod, not from diving. However, if you want, he can take the diving creatures off your hands and might still eat some of them.
- Luck-Based Mission: Zigzagged. Occasionally, Chip asks only for a specific fish, which means you have to pray and hope your fish is bigger than the ones caught so far. On free-for-all tournaments, you can simply get the biggest fish available or go to the island and get a shark, mostly averting the trope.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Fish.
Nat is a chameleon who hosts the Bug-Off Tournament. He appears once a month during the months of June, July and August. In New Leaf, he rewards the player a golden net if they caught all the bugs in the game.
- Big Eater: Much like Chip, he eats every bug submitted to him during the tournament. Fortunately, bugs are way smaller in size, although one can wonder how he can eat possibly poisonous bugs such as scorpions. He also doesn't eat them on the spot.
- Luck-Based Mission: Unlike the Fishing Tourney, the Bug-Off can be one as how Nat judges the bugs you catch are pretty much random. They can be randomly bigger or smaller than average and they can be shinier or duller then average. The combination can make or break your chances of winning.
- Meaningful Name: Nat is derived from "Naturalist", and he's dressed as a stereotypical British naturalist. It's also a pun on the word "gnat", a type of insect.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Bugs.
A friendly spirit who shows up in every game but Wild World. In Animal Crossing, he can rarely be found in your town after midnight and will ask if you can collect 5 of his spirits by 4 AM. He’ll reward those who will help him by giving them a gift, repainting their roof, or weeding their towns. His role in City Folk is similar, but now he’s a lamp spirit who requests you help find his lost lamp. He was initially absent in New Leaf, but returns with a big role in the Welcome amiibo update, where he acts as the main way to connect with amiibo cards and figures.
- Ascended Extra: Originally a bonus character who was mainly desired for his ability to weed the town, he gets a much more integral role in Welcome amiibo.
- Benevolent Genie: His shtick beginning with City Folk.
- Catch Phrase: "Tah-Dahh!"
- Four is Death: Presumably the reason he needs his spirits by 4 AM.
- Ironic Fear: Mentions he’s afraid of ghosts in City Folk.
- Nice Guy: He loves granting wishes and making people happy. In fact, he’ll pay you in MEOW coupons as thanks for letting him grant your wish in the first place!
- Shout-Out: His shape and shy personality bring to mind boos.
- Walking Techbane: When taking over for Tom Nook, Wisp says he can't sell you anything because he crashed all of Nook's software.
Holiday Party People
All of them
- One-Shot Character: Formerly, they only appeared once a year, not even appearing in The Roost. As of the Welcome amiibo update, however, they can visit the campground at any time in their "off seasons".
- Put on a Bus: For Wild World.
- "Happy holidays! I'm Jingle, the black-nosed reindeer! Isn't this the best time of the year, kid?"
- Exotic Eye Designs: Has white, star-shaped pupils.
- Expy: Of Santa Claus, of course.
- Keet: Now there's a guy who loves his job.
- Saving Toy Day: Not exactly, but in New Leaf, you have to deliver the presents in your town instead of Jingle.
- "HAPPY HALLOWEEN!"
- But Thou Must!: be his minion on Halloween night. He pretends to give you a choice but then forces you into it anyway if you say no.
- Cartoon Creature: One of the very very few characters in the series whose exact species is impossible to identify (due to his pumpkin head). The only other character with this distinction is Farley.
- Expy: He's not the only Pumpkin King named Jack... Also doubles as a Shout-Out. He also may be a reference to Jack Pumpkinhead from the Land of Oz books.
- Meaningful Name: Jack o' Lantern.
- The Rival: To Blanca, accoridng to Happy Home Designer.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Candy, especially lollipops. Also Pumpkin Soup as of Welcome Amiibo.
- The Trickster: No candy for him? Brace yourself for a Trick!
- "I'M FREAKIN' OUT HERE!"
- Ascended Extra: Managed to ditch his Butt Monkey status and replace Tortimer as the one actually hosting the Harvest Festival in New Leaf.
- Butt Monkey: He's the "special guest" of the Harvest Festival. Not anymore in New Leaf! He's the one serving dinner!
- Carnivore Confusion: OH SO MUCH.
- Continuity Nod: As the Harvest Festival chef in New Leaf, he'll mention that just a few years ago he was about to get eaten alive.
- Fetch Quest: To get the Harvest Series furniture, you would have to swipe the table cutlery and give it to him.
- In New Leaf he requests a set of ingredients (and an extra, secret one) for each of the four entrees, which may direct you to your neighbors to catch them a fish to trade ingredients with.
- Meaningful Name: Named after Benjamin Franklin, who supposedly wanted the mascot of the United States to be a turkey instead of a bald eagle.
- Bishōnen: Despite being a peaCOCK, with his eyeshadow, Bare Your Midriff outfit and Cross-Dressing Voice, erm...well...
- Fetch Quest: You would need to bring him a certain candy (City Folk) or feathers (New Leaf) to obtain his furniture.
- It's All About Me: Sort of. He gives the vibe that Festivale is all about celebrating him and he's quite demanding when it comes to feathers.
- Third-Person Person: Pave always speaks in this fashion. You hardly ever see him not talking this way.
BlancaSee "Vistors and City Folk".
Normal villagers are just that... normal. Unlike the people around them, who tend to be a little... extreme in one way or another, Normal villagers are soft-spoken, pleasant ladies whom it's nice to have on your side. They get along with just about everyone. In Wild World, though, they were known for being a little bit... out there.
- Adorkable: They seem to be the token female geek of Animal Crossing. Also their introverted and shy nature makes them this.
- Anime Chinese Girl: Pekoe, a bear cub villager of this type.
- Beware the Nice Ones:
- Cloudcuckoolander: In Wild World, they picked up a bit of a loopy streak, especially with regards to "Moppina." They seem to be back to their old selves in City. They still have a bit of a loopy streak because they stick their heads in dry laundry often. In New Leaf, they might mention that they were writing a poem about a salt shaker or want to bake a cake in the shape of a pocket knife.
- Companion Cube: In Wild World, they claim to be "best friends" with, err, a mop named Moppina. According to Word of God, this is meant to reflect on their slightly obsessive natures and their secret fears about germs and being judged for the state of their household. Makes you wonder what their childhoods must have been like...
- Cute Bookworm: One of their favorite hobbies is reading. They might get too excited sometimes when they talk about books to other people, which they then get embarrassed over. In Happy Home Designer, your first real client is Goldie, and she naturally wants an interior remodel for a room filled with books.
- Cute Clumsy Girl: Often prone to losing things and a tad scatterbrained.
- Distaff Counterpart: To Lazy villagers.
- The Generic Girl: Their defining personality trait is their lack of crazy. Well, except in Wild World.
- Guest Fighter: Two, actually. There's Medi, a rito girl from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, and Viché, a squirrel who cosplays Marie from Splatoon.
- Hypocritical Humor: In New Leaf, they sometimes talk about how silly it is to think wrinkles in clothing are "the end of the world", before saying stains are.
- Japanese Pronouns: "Watashi". (わたし)
- Neat Freak: In Wild World, they're so obsessed with cleanliness that their best friend is a mop. They still show signs of this in later games.
- Nice Girl: They're one of the easiest villagers to befriend, and are also one of the least likely to move out.
- Only Sane Man: Marina's picture quote note even references this!
- Panda-ing to the Audience: Pekoe is a cub clearly meant to look like a panda.
- Shrinking Violet: Most of the time they're quiet and soft spoken.
- Spot of Tea: Tia, a white elephant introduced in New Leaf, whose head resembles a teapot. Her catchprase is "teacup", and her picture quote is "tea is a cup of life".
- Stern Teacher: They're this in Happy Home Designer if you visit the school and they're the teacher.
- Super OCD: They have a mop they "talk" to named Moppina and are embarrassed whenever you come over. Perhaps they're worried the player will judge them.
- Tsundere: Type B. See Beware the Nice Ones. They're really easy to befriend, but they can get quite annoyed at Lazy and Jock villagers. See the below conversation between a Normal and Lazy villager under Innocently Insensitive below.
Lazy villagers are just in it to have a good time. They love long naps, good food, and a party every once in a while. They may subtly flirt with the female players. They're easygoing and tend to be agreeable. Some of the more Hot-Blooded types may be annoyed by their slow pace, but relax... they're just doing what they do best. Chill.
- Adorably Precocious Child: Although "child" maybe an overstatement here due to their vague age, but they're implied to be the youngest out of all the villager personalities and they tend to act like prepubescent children trying to act all grown up.
- Adorkable: Especially in the first game. One of them, Derwin, takes this Up to Eleven. Bob is another example of an Adorkable Lazy Villager, sleeping with a night light, having near child-like innocence, and even crying a river when he's feeling sad. Aww...
- Bambification: Beau and Erik, the lazy deer villagers.
- Big Eater: Half the time they talk about eating. If they are present at someone's birthday, they'll remark about wanting to eat the cake.
- Berserk Button: Wild World only. It is very rare for a lazy villager to get angry. But they will when they talk about how another villager called them a bug.Lazy: That big meanie (villager name) called me a pesky little bug! What's the big deal!? So I ate a (food item)! Or SIX! Whatever! So I guess if a guy enjoys life, he is a bug. Lame, (catchphrase)!
- Butt Monkey: Not as much as the Cranky villagers, but they are often gossiped about by the Snooty villagers... and not in a good way.
- Camp: Papi's catchphrase is "haaay". Granted, he's a horse, but there's no way the English localization team didn't have the Camp Gay stereotype in mind when they decided on that one.
- Characterization Marches On: In earlier versions of the series (at least in the English localizations) the character archetype was loosely implied to be a collection of cool and wacky old guys, with their silliness being explained by their age and their laziness implying the Senior Sleep Cycle. Later editions re-imagined their childish personalities as being literal childishness, now re-framed to be the youngest villager type. Minor details were changed on certain villagers along with this (such as removing Doc's mustache) to make their age vague on the other end of the spectrum.
- Cloudcuckoolander: If it doesn't involve eating or sleeping, it probably doesn't reach Planet Lazy. Sometimes they can say outright weird things like how they had a dream about rock climbing in a sauna and the player character saved them. They aren't dumb, just childishly naive.
- Cry Cute: Sometimes they'll do this when someone accidentally hurts their feelings.
- The Cutie: And how! These guys will cry at the drop of a hat, are nothing but nice to everyone (with occasional moments of being insensitive), and are downright adorable. Plus they act like little kids which only adds to the cuteness.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Bob, a male Lazy pink cat, whose default shirt looks more like a dress and has a strange knowledge of fashion.
- There's also Filbert, a male Lazy blue squirrel, who not only looks rather effeminate, but also wears a white and pink floral dress as his default shirt in every game he appears in, up until New Leaf (where it was changed to a black and white checkerboard patterned shirt).
- Erudite Stoner: Bob may rival K.K. Slider in this regard having his eyes constantly narrowed in a "chill" way.
- Face of a Thug: Rodeo is a black bull with red eyes, giving him an extremely intimidating appearance. But being a Lazy villager, he's a big softie.
- Guest Fighter: And the only 3rd party one, a Felyne from Monster Hunter.
- Heavy Sleeper: The other half they talk about napping. They also wake up at 9:00am and go to sleep at 11:00pm, which is longer then other villager types.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Big Top, an elephant of this type, seems to be one of these.
- Innocently Insensitive: They're so carefree that they sometimes don't realize the implications of what they're saying. Take this conversation in Wild World for example:Lazy: Yesterday, I had the most amazing dream. I was this HUGE movie star! And I got invited to all these parties! There were all these famous actresses, and we all ate sponge cake together! By the way, you were in my dream, too.
Normal: Goodness! Really? Was I a famous actress, too?
Lazy: Actually, you were in the kitchen cooking the sponge cake. Yeah, you were really sweating up a storm! Yep. As usual, you were the star of the party!
Normal: I guess I could take that as a compliment... Yeah, if I were a total idiot! You're a stupid, sexist jerk! And I thought we were friends!
- Japanese Pronouns: "Boku". (ぼく)
- Keet: Excitable, cute, and always looking for fun as long as it doesn't interrupt with their sleep schedule. They'll also talk about how much they love eating with a smile on their face.
- Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics: Played for Laughs in New Leaf in one of the possible ways a Lazy villager may propose a Public Works Project. Their opening statement in this case is that studies show that the desired project could up their town's "coolness factor" by an absurdly large percentage. And then they admit they just made the number up.
- Living Toys: Stitches, who looks like an old, worn-out teddy bear that came to life.
- Man Child: They may be adults, but they are mentally prepubescent kids. Actually grumpy villagers outright state that they're still kids. But then again that may have been figurative note
- Momma's Boy: If you write them letters frequently, they'll say they got one letter from you and 9 from their mother. One must wonder how overprotective their mother is to send them a total of 9 letters each day.
- Nerd: Sometimes they'll approach you and ask you to define how old a "grown up" is. If you answer 40, they'll say they want to spend their older days buying comic books and video games.
- Nerd Glasses: Derwin the bespectacled duck.
- Nice Guy: They're the nicest and easiest villagers to befriend. They're also the least likely villagers to move out of your town.
- Noodle Incident: Nobody knows why Lucky is completely covered in bandages, but one possible explanation states that it had to do with "a bizarre fishing accident involving a hook and two bass."
- Signature Laugh: "A huh huh huh!"
- Spear Counterpart: To Normal villagers.
- Stalker with a Crush: If sneaking into your house to SLEEP ON YOUR FLOOR in Wild World, and wanting to sleep in, uh, the SAME BED in New Leaf isn't an indication of this, I don't know what is.
- Vague Age: Probably the hardest villagers to tell what age they are. They act like prepubescent children, but live on their own, presumably make money, etc. Possible dialogue you may hear from one while shopping in Happy Home Designer has him identifying himself as "an adult" (and hating it).
- Earliest editions of the series hinted that they may have actually been conceived as a friendly elderly and retired group of villagers (See Characterization Marches On above).
Like, ohmigosh! Peppy villagers are, like, those one girls, you know, like, the ones who live in California? I forget what they call them, but, like, they're always energetic and interested in fashion and stuff! And they, like, use "Like" a lot? Whatever—they're always, like, full of energy, so, like, they really love doing stuff!
- Buffy Speak: If you get their coffee order perfect in New Leaf, they may respond with "OMG! This smells, like, supremely nommy!"
- Cloudcuckoolander: They've been known to burn juice. How do you burn juice?
- Distaff Counterpart: To Jock villagers.
- The Ditz: When you talk to them in their house, they may tell you about how they lost all of their socks, only to find them in the freezer. And now their feet are cold.
- Epic Fail: Within their house, they may remark that they've been known to burn water. How do you burn water?!
- Genki Girl: Oh, so much.
- Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Many of their pictures have Unusual Euphemisms of this sort written on them, like "SHRIEKING SUGARCUBES!"
- Guest Fighter: Epona, Link's horse that debuted in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, and Cece, a squirrel who cosplays Callie from Splatoon.
- It's All About Me: A friendly version of this. New Leaf makes their behavior more narcissistic, with them loving attention and thinking of themselves as having lots of fans.
- Japanese Pronouns: "Atai". (アタイ)
- Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The Light Feminine to the Snooty characters' Dark Feminine. While the peppy villagers are bubbly, nice and energetic, the Snooty characters are vainer and do not get along as easily with other characters.
- Like Is, Like, a Comma: Being, essentially, animal Valley Girls.
- Perky Goth: Bella has a hint of this; she's a normal Peppy villager, but her default shirt has a flaming skull on it and she plays K.K. Metal in her home if she has a stereo.
- Tsundere: Type B, especially to Lazy villagers who often argue with them. Can also be this to Jock villagers, who are often hanging around with them.
- Valley Girl: Their interests plus the way they speak show them this way.
Do you feel the burn, baby? The Sporty type is always looking for ways to buff their manly bod. They're always looking for the next big event, and if there isn't one coming up, they'll create one! They love to get people pumped up. Note that, unlike the jocks at your school, these guys are nice and liked by most.
- Adorkable: They'll go on tangents sometimes about how they're actually a sensitive, misunderstood guy and cry in front of the player.
- Ambiguously Gay: They really like buff construction workers to the point of almost fainting when they mention their physique. They also start swooning at the thought of Cyrus.
- Awesome Mc Coolname: Kid Cat.
- Big Brother Mentor: They tend to act like this towards the player when befriended.
- Casanova Wannabe: They had shades of this in the Gamecube version, but this is no longer the case in the sequels.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Scoot has no muscle and mostly doesn't even carry anything, he just stands there sometimes. Doing nothing for minutes
- Dumb Muscle: Although they aren't that dumb. Just a little slow-witted. Jay, a Jock bluebird, is surprisingly clever, uses words like "tenacity" and "sublime" while apparently knowing what those words mean, and judging from his house, is a musician, so he's an aversion; Teddy, a Jock bear, also has a bookshelf in his house.
- Flanderization: After the GameCube game, they become a lot more sport obsessed.
- Friendless Background: Implied in a conversation with them, once you really get to know them, they'll say they're lucky to have friends at all.
- Guest Fighter: Inkwell, an octopus who loves anything Splatoon-related.
- Hidden Depths: Some of their conversations imply that they aren't that obsessed with working out as they like to make themselves out to be. Also, some of them have an interest in dinosaurs.
- Hot-Blooded: Be careful how you answer some of their questions (especially in the GCN version). They can be rather... TESTY, from time to time.
- Innocently Insensitive: A conversation in New Leaf involves a Jock villager accidentally making a Normal villager cry when he runs out of things to talk to her about and asks the Player Character for help, and she thinks that means that he thinks she's boring. The Jock villager tries to comfort her by saying that he was just nervous and the Normal villager instantly cheers up. They may also upset Lazy villagers when they try to get them to be more active.
- Japanese Pronouns: "Oira". (オイラ)
- Keet: They're very excitable and fun, which just makes them even more adorable. Especially in New Leaf.
- Lovable Jock: Unlike the jocks at your school, these guys are very friendly and have a good heart.
- Masked Luchador: Stinky.
- Momma's Boy: Not nearly to the extent of the Lazy Villagers, but if you wake them up early they might say, "Five more minutes... Pleaaaaase Mommy!".
- Nightmare Fetishist: Genji who wants to live in a house perfect to tell ghost stories in if you take his request in Happy Home Designer. It includes skeletons and many of the things you'd need to make a horror place.
- No Indoor Voice: Chances are a conversation with them will lead to them yelling loudly. Lazy villagers call them out on it and complain they're too loud even while they try to talk normally.
- Occidental Otaku: Genji. His catchphrase is even "otaku".
- Ridiculously Human Robot: Ribbot the robot frog. Despite his appearance, he gets hungry, drinks coffee, and can even get fleas like the rest of the animals.
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: In New Leaf, they sometimes report asking a male and female villager who are close "How are the lovebirds doing?", resulting in this.
- Shipper on Deck: Think Peppy and Cranky villagers would make a good couple.
- They may also mention instances where they've seen two villagers getting along closely and asked, "How are the two lovebirds doing?" Apparently, they just laugh, leading to the Jock villager's embarrassment.
- Shout-Out to Shakespeare: Hamlet the hamster. For bonus points, his picture quote is "The ear's the thing."
- Spear Counterpart: To Peppy villagers.
- Surfer Dude: They tend to talk like this sometimes, dude.
- Toilet Humor: They sneeze often and remark about how something may have gone flying towards you.
- Unusual Euphemism:
- When they lose a game of hide-and-seek: "Aw, barbells!"
- When giving them perfect fruit to eat: "YUMMAHUMMA!"
- Verbal Tic: Dude, whenever they use it.
Snooty characters aren't nasty, exactly, but they definitely have a highfalutin' attitude. They have a tendency to rub others the wrong way. That said, they're not totally heartless — in fact, if befriended, they can be quite nice. They have a taste for the finer things in life and high standards, though.
- Adorkable: They've been given this trait in New Leaf along with Cloud Cuckoolander. The fact that they squee when you give them a good present is also enough to be in this trope.
- Ancient Egypt: Ankha the cat, who looks like a typical pharaoh and has an Egyptian-themed house.
- Big Beautiful Woman: Naomi tries to invoke this on her amiibo card.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: In New Leaf they may sometimes talk about UFOs. And no, it's not what you think it is... They're "Unidentified Floor Oranges".
- Cool Big Sis: Believe it or not, Lazy villagers may comment on how a Snooty villager would be nice to have as a sister. They also act like a surrogate big sister to the player character if you befriend them.
- Francine the rabbit seems to be this to Chrissy the peppy rabbit, particularly in Happy Home Designer where her room request is "something Chrissy would like."
- Deadpan Snarker: They have their moments.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: They can be standoffish at first, but will quickly warm up to the player if you make the effort to befriend them.
- Distaff Counterpart: To Cranky villagers.
- Gossipy Hens: The primary source of gossip in town are usually these villagers. Of course, they try to deny it. A few Snooty villagers are literally hens.
- Gyaru Girl: Soleil looks a lot like one.
- It's All About Me: Very much so in the GCN game; toned down in later games, to the point that they're actually less self centered than the Peppy villagers in New Leaf.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: They can be this on their good days, talking about how the player is one of their best friends and often compliment the player's house in New Leaf.
- Japanese Pronouns: "Atashi". (あたし)
- Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The Dark Feminine to the Peppy villagers' Light Feminine. See entry on Peppy Villagers.
- Lovable Alpha Bitch: Especially in New Leaf, in which they're much nicer (and loopier) than before. Noticeably, when returning left-behind items to other villagers (which the player delivers), the recipient may comment about how nicely it's wrapped. When you return the news to the Snooty villager, they'll reply, "Well, of course I wrapped it up! What kind of savage doesn't return an item wrapped up nicely?"
- Mother Goose: Willow the sheep has two nursery rhyme references related to sheep. Her catchprase is "bo peep" and her Japanese name is Mari (Mary).
- Self-Deprecation: In New Leaf, they occasionally acknowledge that they can be hard to deal with.
- She's Got Legs: A humorous subversion. They will comment that they're proud of their legs...then specify that they're proud of them because they're one of the fastest runners. It's even lampshaded, at the end of the conversation.
- Shipper on Deck: Played for Laughs; in New Leaf they may sometimes ask the player if two other villagers in town make a cute couple, only to admit they're not actually a couple, "...yet."
- Shout-Out: Velma looks an awful lot like another character named Velma... In New Leaf she was even given a new outfit that looks more like her.
- Squee!: In New Leaf, if you give them the right present on their birthday, they'll squeal in delight.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Much like Cranky villagers, they've gotten considerably less acerbic with each installment. By the time of New Leaf, they're hardly mean. Just very high-maintenance.
- Tsundere: Type A. They tend to go from aloof to nice in a short time span.
Implied to be the oldest of the townsfolk, the Cranky villagers are hard to warm up to, sarcastic, and snarky. However, it might be that they just don't connect with the other townspeople due to being somewhat older. Befriend them, and they reveal their Hidden Heart of Gold. Surprisingly, they get along well with some of the other villagers—but not all.
- Adaptational Heroism: Ganon appears thanks to amiibo support. He may be Cranky, but he's still certainly nicer than his version from the original games.
- Bishōnen: Chief has the effeminate face and poses down pat, and Rooney looks like a character from a sports anime.
- Boxing Kangaroo: Rooney.
- Chess Motifs: Roscoe is a black horse who has a checkerboard shirt. His house contains the Modern series of furniture, which also has a checked pattern.
- Cool Helmet: Knox, a chicken who wears a golden helmet for some reason.
- Cool Old Guy: Not as old as most examples, but implied to be older than the other villages and the player character.
- Deadpan Snarker: Especially in City.
- Face of a Thug: They give out an intimidating mien that causes other people to get frightened of them, which they lament over. Although it becomes something of an Informed Attribute when someone like Tom◊ says this.
- Grumpy Old Man: The personality, although they don't seem to be drastically older than the other characters. New Leaf gives us this gem of dialogue: "The night is still young, though I am definitely not, (catchphrase)!"
- Guest Fighter: Ganon, the king of evil and recurring Big Bad from The Legend of Zelda series.
- Japanese Pronouns: "Ore". (オレ)
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite their grump and snark, they do warm up to you. Croque takes this further for having his default Catch Phrase say "as if". Also they do remember pranking a girl and feeling bad for her back when they were a young lad.
- May–December Romance: Sometimes they'll hang out with a Peppy villager to the point of Jock villagers shipping them. If it's truly love and they actually are as old as they seem to imply, then this is probably the trope to use.
- Morality Pet: The aforementioned Peppy villagers, Lazy villagers, and even Normal villagers all get along with them.
- Not a Morning Person: Cranky villagers wake up at 10 AM by default, later than all the other types of villagers except Uchi in New Leaf.
- Pet the Dog: They surprisingly get along well with Lazy villagers, who look up to them.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Vladimir, who's a pink cub.
- Signature Laugh: "GAHAHA!" In one of their conversations with Lazy villagers, they even try to convince the Lazy villager to change their Signature Laugh into their own. Ganon's catchphrase is "heh heh".
- Spear Counterpart: To Snooty villagers.
- Stealth Pun: Apollo the bald eagle's birthday is on the Fourth of July.
- Tsundere: Type A
- Took a Level in Kindness: Zigzagged in between installments. They became less grouchy in Wild World, but then they were made more snarky in City Folk. Come New Leaf, they're significantly less grumpy and more approachable, albeit a little rough at first.
- Vague Age: Act like old men, but could be anywhere from their early thirties to late sixties. This is especially weird with Vladimir, who's apparently a middle-aged cub (i.e., baby bear).
One of the new personalities in New Leaf, villagers with this personality act gentlemanly and are easy to get along with, but as their name suggests, can get quite insufferable at times.
- Adorkable: Yep, even these guys. They say stay out of their closets because they have their baby toys and clothes in it, giving them some similarities to Lazy villagers. They also cry often when you write them a good letter.
- Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti: Hans is a gorilla with white fur and a winter-themed house which suggest that he's a well-dressed yeti.
- Bishōnen: Some of them were designed with this in mind, such as Marshal, Julian, and Colton.
- Bi the Way: They will quite shamelessly flirt and show strong affection for the player character and other villagers regardless of gender.
- Camp Bi: Suffice to say they like to flaunt their flamboyancy including flirting with the player, talking about how certain pleasurable activities such as watching fish is "romantic" and so on.
- Cartoon Cheese: Chadder, a mouse who looks like he's made of it.
- Casanova Wannabe: Flirts with the Player Character (and sometimes other villagers), but it never goes anywhere, for obvious reasons.
- Con Man: On days when Redd is in town, they will try to sell you a painting that is almost always fake for a ridiculous amount of bells. However, sometimes if you agree to the trade, they might end up feeling so bad that they charged such a high price that they just give the painting to you for free.
- The Dandy: Care much more about their appearance than the other male villager types.
- Gonk: As one can tell from looking at the image, if a smug villager is not a bishonen, he is this. There is little in between.
- Greaser Delinquent: Eugene the koala is designed to look like one of these, with black fur that looks like sideburns, Cool Shades that he wears at all times, his default shirt being a leather jacket, and his default catchphrase being "yeah buddy". All he lacks is the actual attitude.
- Guest Fighter: Wolf Link, Link's wolf form from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.
- Hipster: They're always trying out obscure trends and trying to stay out of the norm, which some of the other villagers find irritating. In fact, some of their dialogue can be considered a Take That! at hipsters.
- In Love with Love: Their dialogue at The Roost implies this.
- Insistent Terminology: They insist that they're enthusiasts, not geeks. Because geeks aren't cool.
- It's All About Me: Though Smug villagers aren't mean, really, just madly in love with themselves.
- Japanese Pronouns: "Boku", in katakana rather than hiragana. (ボク)
- Know-Nothing Know-It-All: One potential conversation a Smug villager may have with a Lazy villager has the former offering the latter a lesson in cooking pasta. As the conversation goes on, however, it becomes clear that the Lazy villager is far more knowledgeable on the matter while the Smug villager remains confident in what he's saying.
- Large Ham: Some of their dialogue has shades of this, most notably when they describe a peanut butter and jelly sandwich to a Lazy villager in the most unnecessarily drawn out and descriptive way possible.
- Mistaken Nationality: Well, they don't really have nationalities, but the bear Klaus was mistaken to be German, Swiss, Prussian, or Austrian inspired by the translators, while having a face similar to Julius Caesar, this is shown even futher in that he wants an ancient Roman bath house as his house in Happy Home Designer. Whoops?
- Nice Guy: Despite being called "smug", they're actually one of the friendliest villager-types and rarely have anything mean to say. They can be quite full of themselves, however.
- Princely Young Man: Colton seems to invoke this with a snobby manedo and royal attire. He even bows on his amiibo card!
- Rail Enthusiast: They may sometimes go on a tangent about the previous models of trains used in the town train station... much to their own embarrassment once they realize it.
- Retcon: Some villagers such as Ed, Kidd and O'Hare (originally a Jock, Lazy and Cranky respectively) were changed into this personality on the transition to New Leaf.
- Occidental Otaku: They also show interest to anime, such as when they start complaining about the fact that anime songs aren't played in your town's club. In Happy Home Designer they talk about marathoning anime and say that manga is superior to western comics.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Some take to calling themselves "geniuses" and call themselves names like "Beardo of the Red Rose" to show how suave they think they are.
- Smug Snake: Well, duh. They aren't mean, though.
- Spear Counterpart: To Uchi villagers.
- Unicorn: Julian, supposedly a horse, has a horn.
One of the new personalities in New Leaf, villagers with this personality are big sister types. They are a bunch of tough cookies, but they are very outgoing and friendly. They're very protective of their friends.
- Bifauxnen: Canberra.
- Big Ol' Unibrow: Hazel from New Leaf has one. Her catchphrase is even "Uni-WOW"!
- Beary Friendly: Some of them are bear villagers, such as Charlise.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Perhaps the most out there villagers ever. They seem to think that a "turf war" is literally just people throwing turf at each other. Also they have a stash of... well, everything. Especially humourous if one says they gave you a traffic cone from their stash of construction equipment. Also they think doppelgänger is spelt "waffle hanger". Also they have bizarre dreams and salute potatoes.
- Cool Big Sis: As rough as they can be, they're extremely protective of the Player Character, and will even give you medicine for free if you talk to them after being stung by a bee. Even if they're sick themselves.
- Cute Bruiser: They're all cute but one of the things they like to talk about openly is beating other people up.
- Distaff Counterpart: To Smug villagers.
- Elegant Gothic Lolita: Muffy the sheep's design resembles this, with black wool, purple horns, makeup, and a pink scarf. Her home also has a bunch of rococo furniture and other fancy items.
- Fanservice: The cover of K.K. Disco features Fuschia in a crop top and short skirt. No, really.◊
- Gyaru Girl: Deidre looks like one.
- Innocently Insensitive: Similar to the Lazy villagers above, they can sometimes make other villagers cry by saying certain rude things that rub them the wrong way. Like saying a Lazy villager's catchphrase is "lame" for instance. They don't really mean what they say, however.
- Japanese Pronouns: "Uchi". (ウチ) Yes, the Japanese names for the villager types are their personal pronouns. Uchi is a case of Too Long; Didn't Dub on the part of the fanbase.
- The Lad-ette: Their favorite topics of conversation include getting into fights, playing sports, and getting into more fights.
- Magical Girl: Mira, with her color motif and English and Japanese names (Mirako) being a Shout-Out to Sailor Venus.
- Mama Bear: They're very protective of their friends. Befriend them and they'll tell you that they'll gladly beat up anyone for you that's giving you trouble.
- Neat Freak: When visiting their houses or visiting yours, they often talk about cleaning methods.
- Nightmare Fetishist: Sorta justified for her being a phoenix, but Phoebe wishes to live in a house surrounded by fire in Happy Home Designer, giving you campfires, torches, and gas pumps and gas cans... Making her seeming to be an arsonist...
- Not a Morning Person: They wake up later than any other villager (11 AM by default), and are still a little sleepy when they get up.
- Passionate Sports Girl: May randomly ask the Player Character how they would rate themselves at some sort of sport, saying that she's going to try to organize a town tournament.
- Perky Goth: Muffy the sheep evokes this with her appearance contrasting with her personality. Her birthday is also Valentine's Day and her default catchphrase is "nightshade".
- The Phoenix: While Phoebe is technically an ostrich, her name, catchphrase and appearance make it quite clear that she's actually a phoenix.
- Retcon: Like Smug above, some villagers such as Charlise and Sylvia (originally Peppy and Snooty) were changed into this personality in New Leaf.
- Sugar and Ice Personality
- Tomboy: They tend to have more "out there" designs than other female villagers, are interested in sports, and are generally fairly rough-and-tumble. One of the petitions an Uchi villager may ask you to gather signatures for is called "Tomboys Are People Too."
- Trademark Favorite Food: They sometimes mention that they absolutely love potatoes and can eat them in any format.
- Walking Tech Bane: They may claim to be this if they visit the player's house and see a computer in it.