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     Tom Nook 
Tom Nook (Tanukichi)
Animal Crossing: New Horizons outfit 
Voiced by: Naoki Tatsuta (movie)

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. In New Horizons, he leads a travel agency that runs a getaway to a deserted island, then starts a new civilization on the island with the people he brings with him, running the island's resident services.

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: In-Universe example. Happy Home Designer reveals Tom knows about how some people think of him as greedy, or a villain that must be stopped, he doesn't mind as long as his teachings pull through.
    Tom Nook: I've heard some folks believe I'm a ruthless and heartless businessman. This is not true, and not just because I am a raccoon and not a man, yes, yes. Hm, perhaps I can see the value of having a boogeyman everyone can unite against. Or rather, in my case, a boogeycritter. But paying one's debts is important! If I must be villainized in my pursuit of teaching, then so be it!
  • Benevolent Boss: While he's commonly seen as a ruthless loan shark, it's worth noting that he charges no interest in his home loans, gives you as much time as you need to repay him, and instantly gives you a job without an interview, or without reviewing qualifications or references, in order to pay it off.
  • Big Fun: He's rather portly, and is a benevolent character who helps you set up your house in each game. As a hard-working businessman, he doesn't always show his "fun" side, but it's clear that he does have one. Justified because tanukis and raccoons are usually on the chunky side in real life too.
  • Big Good: He expressly takes this role in New Horizons, leading the charge of the development of the island into a true community, with you as his top enforcer, teaching you everything you need to know, giving proper objectives to make it as great a place as possible, and generally being much more of an Honest Corporate Executive and Benevolent Boss than fans portray him as.
  • But Thou Must!: ...upgrade your house. When you've finished paying a loan off in the early games, he'll ask whether you want to make another upgrade. If you say yes, he goes ahead and builds it... and if you say no, he says he's certain you won't be satisfied with a tiny house and goes ahead and upgrades it anyways. This lasts 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. The same applies to New Horizons, though at least the first upgrade (from tent to house) is required to progress the island.
  • Chaste Toons: According to himself, he's never married. 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 distrusting businessman he is now. His episode gives several of the details — he was denied a loan at the bank, was betrayed by people who allegedly tried to help him but instead stole his assets, and 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.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": In Japanese, he's a tanuki named Tanukichi.
  • Dreary Half-Lidded Eyes: His partly-closed peepers tip the player off about his jaded, sleazy businessman personality.
  • Early Installment Character Design Difference: In the N64 game and its Gamecube counterparts in Japan, Tom's apron has a kanji symbol instead of a leaf.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: He was on the receiving end of this at least twice when he tried to strike big in the city, as people who claimed to be his friends instead defrauded him and ran off with his money. It's the reason why he's so untrusting nowadays.
  • Fantastic Racism: Happy Home Designer suggests that he has this towards foxes due to a bad experience with a certain one. note 
    Have you ever worked with a fox? Yes, foxes are never to be trusted, hm? I worked with a fox once in my life. Never again. Not after...the incident. Stop! I cannot say a word more! Let us assume it was tragic and not speak of it again."
  • Hidden Depths: Lyle reveals that Nook is actually a huge Fanboy of K.K. Slider. This becomes evident in New Horizons, where Nook is very enthusiastic about getting Slider to visit the island and even arranges a performance from him.
  • Iconic Outfit: When people think Tom Nook, they typically think of his blue Nook's Cranny apron.
  • Indecipherable Lyrics: Once you finally finish off that last loan New Leaf, he'll celebrate by singing a song to you, which sounds like incoherent growls and hisses. According to him, the song is really old and in Raccoonish.
  • Jade-Colored Glasses: What he eventually turned into according to Sable. She was very hurt when she found out that this is what Nook had become after trying to make it big in the city.
  • 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 was best friends with Sable in the past, but he lost their friendship in favor of running his Cranny. This is averted in New Horizons, however, with Blathers explicitly being a friend of his and more positive relationships with the player and other residents.
  • Meaningful Name: Both his Japanese and English name sound like "tanuki", which is his species.
  • Noodle Incident: The incident that turned him from the Wide-Eyed Idealist to a cynical businessman is hinted several times throughout the series but never fully elaborated. Based on the evidences, it apparently involved Tom Nook being swindled by someone he once trusted, and it's heavily implied to be Crazy Redd based on Nook's hatred of foxes.
  • Series Mascot: Zig-zagged. Tom Nook was the de-facto mascot until the New Leaf era, which is when Isabelle began to represent the franchise in crossovers like Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. As of New Horizons, the pair have become co-mascots.
  • Ship Tease: With Sable.
  • So Proud of You: Expresses pride in the player's accomplishments fairly often in New Horizons, especially when they pay off loans or complete a major development project.
  • 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.
    • In New Horizons, he lampshades that he doesn't have deadlines or interest on his loans, admits he'll let Timmy and Tommy buy trash and weeds off the player even though it's not very profitable to the company, and expresses pride in the player when they reach milestones in helping build up the island. He also makes up a digital currency (Nook Miles) that the player can earn from helping out others and tidying up the island, and which can be redeemed for goods or Bells.
  • 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. He finally seems to have gained some of it back by New Horizons admitting to being generous with the player (even against his accountant's advice at times) and seeming overall happier.

Isabelle (Shizue)
Animal Crossing: New Horizons outfit 
Introduced in New Leaf, she's a Shih Tzu who introduces you to the town and becomes your secretary. In New Horizons, she moves to your island after the Resident Services building is constructed, assisting Tom Nook by running the service's Civic Consultation Counter and taking over daily announcements from him.
  • All There in the Manual: She, alongside most other NPC's shared between New Leaf and Happy Home Designer get more characterisation.
  • Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: 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, and her hair is tied up with actual bells. When she walks/runs, they can be heard tinkling. She's also the primary gold sink in New Leaf, requiring you to earn a lot of bells in order to upgrade your town.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Discussed by Jock villagers, who fear her going "Isabellistic" should you break a window.
  • Black Bead Eyes: Especially in her shocked expression, where they turn into very small black dots.
  • Breakout Character: She's made a lot of appearances since her debut, appearing in Super Smash Bros. (first as an Assist Trophy and later as a full-fledged fighter), Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, and Mario Kart 8. She essentially dethroned Tom Nook and K.K. Slider as the "representatives" of the series.
  • But Thou Must!: the mayor. Players aren't given the option to not run the town in New Leaf.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Isabelle is scatterbrained and clumsy at times.
  • Demoted to Extra: Downplayed in New Horizons. She doesn't arrive on your island until Resident Services is upgraded to a permanent building, and her role isn't as prominent as in past entries. She's even a little bit more into the background on the game's cover/icon art. But she is the one you go to if you want to make changes to the island's flag, tune or residents and to check on your island's rating, and will always be the first resident you see (outside of the title screen) and hear when you start a new day after she takes over announcements from Tom Nook, so she won't be out of the spotlight anytime soon.
  • Fangirl: She thinks K.K. Slider is dreamy.
  • 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.
  • Girls with Moustaches: Sports a Shih Tzu beard in all of her appearances, though it's stylized more as a muzzle.
  • Iconic Outfit: Though she's worn plenty of other outfits over the years, her green gingham vest is her most well-known look.
  • Informed Attribute:
    • Supposedly Isabelle is such a hard worker that she doesn't even have the time to sleep. But once she's done introducing the player to the town, she doesn't actually do anything except stand in place all day and tell the player basic information. It's also implied she helps organize a few events around the year, but outside of that, it's highly questionable what keeps her so incredibly busy all day.
    • It's a bit more apparent with her new Resident Services job in New Horizons, as she can be seen cleaning up or filing paperwork depending on the time of day... though she can also be seen staring out the window or spritzing the flowers at her desk and smelling them. She's also seen hard at work in her reveal trailer for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Her Japanese name is derived from Shih Tzu, the dog breed she's based on.
    • Her English name is pronounced "is a bell", referring to the bell she wears and the fact that her head looks like a sack of Bells.
    • Her French name is Marie, which is one letter away from "mairie" the French word for "Town Hall", it's also an anagram of "maire", which is French for "mayor".
    • Her Spanish name is "Canela" (Cinammon) which is both normally a very stereotypical dog name in Spanish-speaking regions and also a Punny Name, since her name has the suffix for "dog" (Canela)
  • Meganekko: She wears glasses as part of her home attire in Happy Home Designer, and keeps the same look when you visit her in her RV. Her dialogue in the Welcome amiibo update for New Leaf reveals she's actually near-sighted and usually wears contacts at work.
  • 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.
  • Precious Puppy: While her mature behavior and office job cement her as an adult, she still looks like a small and young Shih Tzu, and she is very endearing.
  • Series Mascot: She shares this role with the Villager and Tom Nook, if her presence on New Leaf's Home Screen graphic, her appearance in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U as an Assist Trophy, and her playable appearances in Mario Kart 8, Super Mario Maker (in a manner of speaking) and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate are any indication.
  • Ship Tease: A few lines (and the gift you get from the Valentine's Day event) imply Isabelle has a crush on the mayor, regardless of their gender.
  • Take That, Audience!: In Happy Home Designer, She may mention being a mayoral assistant for two years for a town called AAAAAA, and left after the Mayor didn't return. Could also be a Meaningful Release Date as New Leaf was out for two years by that point, and is clearly taking potshots at people who forget about their towns.
  • Voice Changeling: When asked about the island evaluations in New Horizons, Isabelle will read aloud a review of the island in the voice of whoever it was written by.

Blathers (Fuuta)
Voiced by: Kappei Yamaguchi (movie)

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.

  • Antiquated Linguistics: He speaks with some elements of this, wot wot!
  • Artistic License – Biology: He's able to move his pupils, something owls are well-known for being unable to do. He also can't rotate his neck like real owls. Though this is the type of inaccuracy to expect from Animal Crossing anyway.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He mentions being afraid that his fear of insects makes him a "substandard brother" towards Celeste, who loves butterflies and going camping and on hiking trips, and that his phobia makes him an embarrassment to her. For her sake, he does attempt to conquer his fear. It doesn't work out as planned, but at least the poor owl tries.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: He has large feathers above his eyes in the manner of eyebrows, giving him the look of a great horned owl.
  • Characterization Marches On: In the original games, Blathers found fish repulsive. Come Wild World and he suddenly adores cooking fish.
  • Cute Owl: Maybe not in the conventional sense, but he's one lovably dorky guy.
  • Family Theme Naming: In Japanese, his name is Fuuta (フータ) and his sister's name is Fuuko (フーコ).
  • Fur Is Clothing: Well, feathers, but the pattern on his chest resembles an argyle sweater.
  • Insufferable Genius: He's very knowledgeable of the various wildlife you give him, and very confident in his intelligence.
  • Large Ham: He tends to emote a lot when describing the donations the player gives him.
  • Lost in Translation: In the original Japanese, his name and his sister's start with the same two katakana characters. They don't share a similar naming equivalent in English.
  • Meaningful Name: He blathers a lot. Defied in New Leaf, as whenever he starts to go off on a tangent, he stops himself. In New Horizons, when giving Blathers the stand to commemorate the opening of the museum, Tom Nook makes sure to stress that he is to give a few brief words before letting him speak.
  • Noodle Incident: That time a snapping turtle chased Blathers across a parking lot and he had to climb on top of a car.
  • The Night Owl: Being a literal owl, he is only awake during the nighttime.
  • Not a Morning Person: Since Blathers is an owl, which are nocturnal animals, he'll be asleep if you visit him in the middle of the day. He even mentions that he's not much of a morning person if you wake him up.
  • The One Thing I Don't Hate About You: He absolutely abhors insects, but if you show him a Bell Cricket in New Horizons he will begrudgingly admit that he likes the sound they make. He then immediately turns around and mentions that while he does find the sound pleasant, he thinks the way they make it by rubbing their wings together is gross. He also agrees with the sentiment that the Madagascan Sunset Moth is the most beautiful moth in the world.
  • Owls Ask "Who?": Says "Hooooo... WHO?!" if you wake him up.
  • The Owl-Knowing One: Blathers is highly intelligent, as one would expect from a museum curator.
  • 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.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Downplayed, Despite the fact that he hates insects, if you show him an atlas moth in New Horizons he will offhandedly mention that he feels bad for them because they are doomed to starve to death upon becoming adults due to no longer having mouths.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Starting with Wild World, he really loves seafood.
  • Vegetarian Carnivore: Even though invertebrates are a staple part of the owl's diet, he is terrified of bugs and gets nauseated by the sight of them. He's also repulsed by the idea of eating mice and frogs judging by his description of the tarantula, but guess what bird preys on those animals as well? He also initially didn't like fish until Wild World. In New Horizons, he makes special mention of certain insects whose larva (or even adult forms, in the case of the paper kite butterfly) are poisonous to predators. These cases likely don't help his phobia.
  • Verbal Tic: He tends to end sentences with "eh wot?" and to replace "anyhow" with "anyhoot".
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?:
    • Blathers really hates bugs, although he still recognizes their importance to the natural world and accepts them as a part of his museum. In the original game, he was similarly perturbed by fish, but this seems to have gone away since Wild World.
    • In New Horizons, he also appears to be terrified of tigers. When given a tiger butterfly, he makes an offhand comment about how tigers are terrifying at any size, while his description for the sabretooth tiger fossils have him comment on nightmares he has involving tigers hunting him.
  • Younger Than They Look: In Wild World, he states he's still in his twenties, despite his somewhat antiquated way of speaking implying he's older. He traveled to town to curate the museum in lieu of pursuing his doctorate.

Celeste (Fuuko)
Voiced by: Mika Kanai (movie)

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. In New Horizons, she appears on nights with meteor showers to stargaze and give you recipes for constellation-themed items.

  • Acrophobic Bird: According to Celeste herself in Happy Home Designer, she cannot fly. Though she does fly in the Island Escape minigame in amiibo Festival and New Leaf.
  • Cute Owl: She's even the page image!
  • 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.
  • Family Theme Naming: In Japanese, her name is Fuuko (フーコ) and her brother's name is Fuuta (フータ).
  • Gadgeteer Genius: She doesn't build them herself, but in New Horizons, she can give you DIY recipes that tell you how to build various space equipment, including an astronaut suit, a satellite, a lunar rover, a space shuttle and a small spaceship—one that really floats!
  • Make a Wish: In New Horizons, she teaches you how to wish on shooting stars. Just tilt the right analog stick upwards to look at the sky, without holding any tools, and press A when a shooting star falls.
  • Meaningful Name: Celeste as in "celestial," seeing as she originally dealt with constellations. Something of an artifact in New Leaf, where her job doesn't have much to do with the stars, but rectified in New Horizons.
  • The Night Owl: Celeste is literally an owl and, as a Furry Reminder, she sleeps during the daytime.
  • The Owl-Knowing One: She's picked this up from her brother, most noticeably in New Horizons, where she'll tell you stories relating to the zodiac should you present her with a corresponding star fragment.
  • Owls Ask "Who?": In New Horizons, her catchphrase is "Hootie-toot!"
  • Pink Means Feminine: She's a red-and-pink female owl with a pink bow.
  • Sleepyhead: Like her brother, she'll sleep during the day. Unlike her brother, she'll deny the fact that she sleeps on the job.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Like Blathers, she has eyebrow-feathers, Blush Stickers (though hers are more like a Luminescent Blush), black-and-white wingtips, and an argyle sweater-like pattern on her tummy.
  • Vague Age: Unlike her brother, her age hasn't been disclosed. Given that Blathers is in his twenties and she's his younger sister, her age could range from being a young child to being in her twenties. However, the games never make it clear, given her ability to work a job and knowledge of astronomy gives the impression of a young adult, yet her small size and cutesy personality implies a kid. Blathers also referred to her as a "youth" once, so it's possible she could be a teenager.
  • Wingding Eyes: She gets stars in her pupils when she's happy. It's adorable.

Tortimer (Kotobuki)
Voiced by: Kenichi Ogata (movie)

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. First introduced in Animal Forest +, the Japanese port of the N64 original.

Pelly (Peliko)
Voiced by: Otoha (movie)

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.

  • A Lizard Named "Liz": A pelican named Pelly.
  • Alliterative Family: Pelly and her sister Phyllis.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Pete prefers her sister, Phyllis, even though Pelly has a massive crush on him.
  • Nice Girl: She's very upbeat and friendly, in contrast to her sister.
  • The Pollyanna: Pelly is optimistic and joyful.
  • Punny Name: A pelican named "Pelly". Also applies in the French version of the game, where she's known as "Opélie", a twist on "Ophélie", an actual French given name.
  • 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."
    • Family Theme Naming: In the Spanish versions, Pelly and her sister Phyllis' names are "Sol" and "Estrella" (Sun and Star) respectively, referencing how former works the day shift and latter works the night shift.

Phyllis (Pelimi)
Voiced by: Yuko Mizutani (movie)

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.

  • 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.
  • Alliterative Family: Phyllis and her sister Pelly.
  • Apathetic Clerk: Is a complete jerk, crass, rude, and will loudly complain if you ask her to do her job.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Punny Name: In the French version, her name is "Elisabec", "bec" being French for "beak". Because pelicans have large beaks, y'see ?
  • Theme Naming: All three pelicans have names starting with "P."
    • Family Theme Naming: In the Spanish versions, Phyllis and her sister Pelly's names are "Estrella" and "Sol" (Star and Sun) respectively, referencing how the latter works the day shift and the former works the night shift.
  • Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: In the first game, at least, this is why Pete prefers her to Pelly.

Pete (Pelio)
Voiced by: Akio Suyama (movie)

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.

  • 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.
  • Theme Naming: All three pelicans have names starting with "P."
  • 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; Original games and New Leaf) (Gatekeeper B; Wild World and City Folk
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.

Booker (Policeman B; Original games and New Leaf) (Gatekeeper A; Wild World and City Folk
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 Booker 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.
  • Visual Pun: He's a literal police dog.

Shopkeepers and Other Businesses

     Timmy and Tommy 
Timmy and Tommy (Mamekichi & Tsubukichi)
Twin young tanuki that work in the upper levels of Nookington's. Starting in New Leaf, they run the general stores, while Tom pivots to real estate.
  • Ascended Extra: Formerly assistants to Nookington's, they run the main shops in New Leaf and New Horizons.
  • Creepy Twins: To some, at least.
  • Family Theme Naming: In Japanese, Tom's name is Tanukichi, while the twins' names are Mamekichi and Tsubukichi.
  • 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.
  • Mini-Me: Tommy and Timmy usually wear matching outfits when they are working with Tom Nook, making the raccoon twins look like younger splitting images of their employer.
  • Outgrowing the Childish Name: If you upgrade their shop to T&T Emporium in New Leaf, they will start going by "Timothy" and "Thomas" on the town billboard. Their in-game names don't change.
  • Shout-Out: Their English-language names could be a reference to characters from The Sandlot, a pair of brothers named Timmy and Tommy who share a similar Verbal Tic.note 
  • Single-Minded Twins: Their dialogue makes it seem that they Speak in Unison, though one always lags behind the other. One of Katrina's negative fortunes indicates they don't always get along. In Pocket Camp, Timmy admits the reason they always dress alike is not because of this trope, but Timmy intentionally copying Tommy, whose fashion sense he envies.
  • The Trickster: Tom Nook occasionally laments their craftiness.
  • Verbal Tic: They speak in unison, but whichever Nookling isn't speaking tends to trail behind. ...trail behind.
  • Vague Age: Are far smaller than most villagers, especially Nook, whose species they share. This and their "assistant" role led fans to assume they were young children, but then by New Leaf they were running stores on their own, something not often done by kids, though it should be noted that in the same game Katie has clearly aged enough to indicate a lengthy Time Skip, so they have aged too, but to what extent is still unclear. Tom Nook also comments that they're old enough to drink coffee, though it's become more acceptable for younger children regardless. They're young enough for in-game villagers to assume Nook adopted them, which at least indicates they're meant to be seen as minors, though teenagers can still be adopted.

Sable (Asami)
Voiced by: Saori Hattori (movie)

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.

  • Character Development: She becomes less shy the more days you talk to her.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Not so much icy as shy, though. If you talk to her often enough, she'll start being happy to see you when you walk in the door.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: In New Horizons, she can ask you if you've met their other sister Label. This will happen multiple times, even if you have met Label before, or if Sable has already asked you previously if you've met her. Downplayed in that if you've done enough sessions with Label, Sable will stop asking this question and instead start telling you how much she appreciates you helping Label out.
  • Odd Name Out: In English, her sisters' names end with "-el", while her name ends with "-le".
  • Promotion to Parent: In the past, she had to take care of Mabel and Labelle after their parents were killed in a car accident.
  • 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, growing apart after Tom failed his city plans. While Tom eventually grew out of his cynical slump, the two have yet to fully reconcile.

Mabel (Kinuyo)
Voiced by: Mari Adachi (movie)

The youngest Able Sister, she greets customers at the Able Sister's shop and handles the transactions, and is a perky, open sort. First introduced in Animal Forest+, the Japanese port of the N64 original.

Brewster (Master)
Voiced by: Takaya Hashi (movie)

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.

  • 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: Inverted. 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.
  • Odd Friendship: He's good friends with Blathers; they met each other in the city, which is why he runs a coffee shop in the museum in the first place. It's never directly commented upon, but Brewster being so quiet and Blathers being... well, Blathers, one can only wonder how they got along so well.
  • 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."

     Reese and Cyrus 
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".
    • Cyrus calls the player "Little Squirt" when you talk to him in New Horizons
  • Berserk Button: Reese cannot stand bad drivers, as revealed in the Welcome amiibo update when you talk to her in her camper. She gets so mad Cyrus is terrified of riding in the same car as her.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: If the player is female, Reese warns the player not to fall for Cyrus.
  • Coordinated Clothes: They wear the same style of overalls with the colors reversed; Reese wears red with blue stitches, while Cyrus wears blue with red stitches.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: If the player is male, Cyrus threatens to make the player see in 4D should they "make goo-goo eyes" at his wife.
  • Demoted to Extra: While not being in the initial release of New Horizons, in June 2020’s Wedding Season event Reese and Cyrus return as the main attractions on Harv's Island, which allow the player to create sets for their anniversary photo-shoot for the entire month. As it currently stands, they don’t have a shop set up on the players mainland and Harvey mentions the couple returning home should you talk to him on July 1st, the day after the event ends. There is currently no indication that they’ll return in the form of their own shop, as their roles from New Leaf have been passed on to several characters note . The couple aren’t gone from the game completely, as even after leaving, their models can still be summoned to Harv’s Island via Amiibo similarly to other NPC’s with in-game models.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Cyrus seems to "inspire" Jock villagers regarding his physique, who more or less are swooning at the thought of him if you talk to them outside near Re-Tail.
  • Happily Married: They're very affectionate with each other and never seem to have any marital problems. In New Horizons, they show up on Harvey's island wanting to take wedding photos for their anniversary and are still very much in love.
  • Meaningful Name: "Reese" and "Cyrus" are both derived from "recycle". Fitting, since they run a pawn shop. "Reese" by itself is phonetically similar to "resell," while Cyrus's Japanese name can mean "remodel", matching their jobs.
  • Meet Cute: Reese first saw Cyrus drive a motorcycle down the street, but he crashed it into an ice cream truck, and they've been inseparable ever since.
  • 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.
  • Pale Females, Dark Males: Downplayed; Reese's fur and ears are white while Cyrus has a more human-like skin tone.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Obviously.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: Some of the villagers think they're this.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Inverted with Reese, who says in Happy Home Designer that she was a mean and rude girl when she was younger, but now is a perfectly pleasant adult.

Digby (Kent)
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.
  • 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.
  • Precious Puppy: Like his sister, Digby has a mature demeanor, but physically, he's so small and cute and fluffy!

Luna (Yumemi)
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"; her localized name is the Spanish word for the moon.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: Not many tapirs in video games, though as mentioned below, baku are fairly more common.
  • Youkai: Less obvious than Kapp'n. Her species is likely a reference to the baku, a dream-eating youkai that resembles a tapir in appearance. (It's also the basis of Drowzee from Pokémon.)

Leif (Reiji)
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. In New Horizons, where he was added in the game's 1.2.0 update for Nature Day (Earth Day), he visits the island to sell shrubs and non-native flowers and he will also buy weeds off the player for twice their value (which is normally just ten Bells each, but still).
  • 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. Fittingly, in New Horizons, he becomes a visitor around Earth Day.
  • Non-Ironic Clown: Invoked. He appears to be wearing clown facepaint, and he's a very friendly and upbeat guy.
  • 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.
  • Canon Immigrant: Originally created for the spinoff game Happy Home Designer, she was introduced into the main series with New Leaf's Welcome amiibo update.
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita: She appears in Pocket Camp dressed up like one.
  • 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 (Paniel)
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. In New Horizons, he runs Photopia, a photo studio on a private island where visitors can set up scenes and take pictures in his cabin, using any furniture or outfits from their catalog and using amiibo cards to hire "actors" to pose in them.
  • By "No", I Mean "Yes": His response to the player asking if there's Wi-Fi available in his campground; he wants people to experience nature instead of staring at their phones while they're there... but yes, there's Wi-Fi.
  • 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".
  • Dog Stereotype: Inverted. Cocker spaniels are normally stereotyped as pampered and rich, but Harvey is a New-Age Retro Hippie who owns (and probably lives in) an R.V. campground.
  • 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... It falls under Non-Indicative Name in New Horizons, where he's a photographer living on his own private island, nowhere near an R.V.
    • In Japanese, he's named after his species, the Cocker Spaniel.
    • The French version makes a similar pun, as he's known as "Joe".
  • Round Hippie Shades: He is an Erudite Stoner sporting a distinct hippie vibe. This includes typical hippie clothes and, of course, large round glasses.

     Orville and Wilbur 
Orville and Wilbur (Mōrī and Rodorī)
To the left Orville, to the right Wilbur
Introduced in New Horizons, Orville and Wilbur are a pair of dodo brothers who run Dodo Airlines and manage the player's airport.
  • Badass Baritone: Wilbur has a deep voice, similar to Cranky villagers.
  • Cool Shades: Wilbur, the older brother, sports a pair with dark brown lenses.
  • Doofy Dodo: The whole joke about them is that their careers revolve around flying when they are flightless birds. Additionally, while they're not dumb, they do have a set of quirks that makes them comical, especially with Wilbur's lines being nearly composed of phonetic alphabet phrases.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Orville's not very foolish, but he does stress a little when inputting your ticket information. Wilbur, meanwhile, is always cool as a cucumber and entirely focused on his job.
  • Innocent Innuendo: When you approach Orville multiple times in the same visit to the airport, all subsequent times he will begin by asking:
    Orville: What can I do ya for?
  • Irony: They are airport attendants who are also dodos, a flightless species of bird.
  • Malaproper: If you faint while visiting an island (by getting stung once by a scorpion or a tarantula or twice by wasps without taking medicine after the first time) Wilbur will say he "thought you fought the barn," a jumbled version of the idiom "bought the farm," i.e. died. When you buy a tool from him, he encourages you to "utilize it or futilize it," a wacky take on "use it or lose it."
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Orville and Wilbur Wright were the real-life inventors of the first reliably functional motor-operated airplane.
    • They are known as "Mōrī" and "Rodrī" in the original Japanese version, and "Morris" and "Rodrigue" in the French version. Real Life dodo birds were native to the Mauritius and Rodriguez islands.
    • Their German names are Bodo and Udo, which both sound similar to the word "dodo".
  • Military Alphabet: Wilbur speaks like a soldier on a field mission, giving himself and the player codenames, discussing their outings to other islands like a battle plan, and using the NATO Phonetic Alphabet unnecessarily. However, due to the game being rated E, instead of "Whiskey" for W, he says "Whisker".
  • Named After Somebody Famous: They are named after Orville and Wilbur Wright, inventors of the first successful motor-operated airplane.
  • No Kill Like Overkill: When explaining that they never return to the randomly generated islands, Wilbur claims he outright burns his old flightpath plans after leaving, to keep the information "secure."
  • Species Loyalty: Wilbur shows off his bird pride when giving his speech at the May Day maze:
    Wilbur: "We big-shot bird types rely on our inner radar to get us around. [...] But you ground-bound goslings will have to zero in on whatever you can find in the maze to reach your target."
  • Theme Naming:
    • They constantly use dessert and candy related codenames for their flights.
    • On island tours, Wilbur refers to you as "bellbottom [type of music]", himself as "stovetop [item that definitely doesn't belong on a stovetop]", and his plane as "Soaring [type of flower]".


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Blathers detests bugs.

The science enthusiast and soon-to-be museum curator owl Blathers shows his bug phobia for the first time in the game.

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