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You again? You just can't seem to stay away from ME!
― Ankha, City Folk

Ankha (ナイル, Nairu?, Nile) is a snooty cat villager in the Animal Crossing series, appearing in every game except Animal Forest, Wild World, and Pocket Camp. She reappears in City Folk as well as New Leaf. In Animal Forest+, Animal Crossing, and in Animal Forest e+, she is an Islander. Her name is based on the ankh, which is the Egyptian hieroglyphic character that reads "life." Alternatively, her name could come from the famous Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun, whose tomb inspired Ankha's hair colors and snake hairpiece. In New Leaf, her picture quote is a reference to the play "The Merchant of Venice" as Bassanio says the same about the lead casket.

Her Japanese name is "Nile," which refers to the African river that many Egyptians settled on. Her German name, "Kleo" is short for "Kleopatra," the German version of Cleopatra, the famous Egyptian queen. Her French name “Cleo” also references Cleopatra. As an islander in Animal Crossing, Ankha loves cherries and is allergic to apples. Ankha also appears on the cover of K.K. Break.

She has the nature hobby.


Ankha in Animal Crossing

Ankha has bright yellow fur with navy blue stripes and wears Egyptian-like navy eyeliner. Ankha initially wears a Red Aloha Shirt while she is an islander, in City Folk and New Leaf, she wears the Mummy Shirt, and in New Horizons, she wears the Palatial Tank Dress. She wears an Egyptian headdress that resembles the Nemes crown with a cobra called the "Uraeus", which symbolized kingship in ancient Egypt. In City Folk, Ankha's headdress contains a scarab charm in place of a cobra figurine.

While there is a lack of confirmation, Ankha's design, appearance and other characteristics seem to be seemingly or even directly based off of the Abyssinian breed of cat, also simply known as Abys. It is found to be one of the oldest types of domesticated animals in existence, with mummified cats in Egyptian tombs studied by archaeologists appearing similar to the modern breed's standards.

Ankha is also constantly frowning, as she never smiles at all in her appearances. There's also no difference between her smile and her frown.


Below is a brief description of the snooty personality. For more information, click here.

Ankha has a snooty personality, which means she loves make-up and gossiping. As a snooty villager, Ankha will first appear rude and arrogant towards the player, often talking about herself and her own experiences. She also speaks about the style and appearance of other villagers, usually other female villagers such as normal, peppy, and other snooty villagers. She will soon warm up to the player, confiding in them about their own feelings but still keeping subtly rude. Ankha will not get along with lazy villagers due to them not caring about their appearance or the lazy villagers hating what she eats, and she won't get along with jock villagers because they will question her on her physical appearance and they won't worry about fashion. However, she will get along with cranky villagers due to their similar rude personalities, and usually normal villagers as well.


In the first Animal Crossing, Ankha's house starts with only one item, which is the master sword.

In City Folk, Ankha's house has the ancient wall and matching flooring. She has a pyramids, a sphinx, two tiki torches, a mummy's casket, a broken post, a corn plant, and a Retro Stereo. On her stereo she plays Marine Song 2001.

In New Leaf, Ankha's house remains mostly unchanged but this time she has a throne and 2 of some things in her previous house.

In New Horizons, her house has a yellow exterior with a purple metal-accent door and tan stone roof. For the interior, Ankha has a pyramid, three golden caskets, a golden toilet, golden dishes, gold bars, and a Libra scale. When she gets a music player it will play K.K. Bazaar.

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City Folk (interior) New Leaf (interior)
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New Horizons (interior) New Horizons (exterior)


e-Card [1]
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#014 Ankha
Gender Female
Type Cat
Star sign Virgo
Clothes Red Aloha shirt
Petphrase Me meow
Password rQ9dnN7Clqv2T%
Profile Ankha's face shines with beauty and the sparkle of youth, but she claims was a cat in Cleopatra's court. That would make her 3,000 years old! How many years do nine lives make?
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013 Punchy #014 Ankha 015 Paolo

amiibo Card

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#188 Ankha
Type Cat
Star sign Virgo
Birthday 9/22
Roll value 3
Hand sign Rock
Request An ancient tomb
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187 Vic #188 Ankha 189 Drift



All that glitters is not gold.
― All games

Good hair...bad hair...I'm the one with the activator and straight iron!
― New Leaf


  • Her design is partially inspired by Cleopatra, a ruler of a part of ancient Egypt.
  • Ankha's English and Russian names might refer to the Ankh, an ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic symbol, meaning "life".
    • Ankha's Japanese name refers to the Nile river, a historic river in Egypt.
    • Technically, the proper Coptic pronunciation of her English name is /'ɐn-,χɐ/.
    • Her Italian, Korean, and Spanish names refer to Cleopatra.
    • Her French name refers to Queen Nefertiti.
    • Ankha's Chinese name contains characters meaning "Gorgeous", and "Empress".
  • Ankha has had a different outfit as her starting clothes in every single game that has been released in English.
  • Ankha's pose on her amiibo card resembles the look of a mummy sarcophagus.
  • In New Leaf it is sometimes revealed on April Fool's Day that Ankha is the eldest of ten siblings.
  • In November of 2020, data for Ankha was added in Pocket Camp, but as of August 2021, the data is not used.

In other languages

Language Name
Japan Japanese ナイル Nairu
France French Neferti
Spain Spanish Patri
Germany German Kleo
Italy Italian Cleo
The Netherlands Dutch Ankha
Russia Russian Анка Anka
China Chinese 艷后/艳后 Yànhòu
South Korea Korean 클레오 Cleo

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Special Characters

Snooty Villagers (NH)
  1. Species navigation icons from Nookipedia by Sunmarsh, CC BY-SA 3.0
  2. Species navigation icons from Nookipedia by Sunmarsh, CC BY-SA 3.0