“Even though there's no 'I' in team, there's no 'everybody' either!”
― Picture quote, Wild World
Bill (ピータン,Pītan?, Petan) is a jockduckvillager in the Animal Crossing series. He appeared on the cover of Animal Crossing, in the background, appearing to be walking up to the house. He has appeared in every game to date so far. His name comes from the name of the duck's beak, a bill. His Japanese name is the word for Century egg, which is a duck egg that has been preserved in ash for several months. He shares the same catchphrase with Drake, another duck villager.
Bill is a maroon colored duck with wide white-ringed eyes, a yellow beak, and a lock of brown hair on his head. He wears a No. 2 Shirt, which was changed to the Basketball Tank in New Horizons.
Below is a brief description of the jock personality. For more information, click here.
Bill has a jock personality and has a great interest in sports and bodybuilding. Jock villagers are hyperactive and motivated, but often come across as self-centered and dense. As a jock villager, Bill is very interested in his hobby, and may compete against the player at catching bugs and fish. Jock villagers get along with peppy, cranky and sisterly villagers, but conflict with the laid-back lifestyle of lazy villagers. Snooty villagers may also be difficult to get along with for Bill.
Bill's house has a kitchen theme, with a a huge amount of furniture from the Exotic Series such as the Exotic Bed, Exotic Bureau, Exotic Screen, Exotic Wardrobe, and the Exotic Bench. Bill's wallpaper is the Lattice Wall and his flooring is the Kitchen Flooring. Bill does not have a stereo at first, but if he gets one, K.K. Reggae is played. His house has two bird cages, which is perhaps ironic considering he himself is a bird. In Animal Crossing, Bill has many insects in his house along with a phonograph that plays K.K. Reggae. Bill's phonograph plays King K.K. in New Leaf and Imperial K.K. in New Horizons.
Different meanings can be found in Bill's international names:
His English, German, Dutch, and Russian name, Bill (RUS: Билла), is a hypocorism of the Germanic name William. William is closely related to Wilhelm, both meaning "vehement protector" due to their Proto-Germanic roots *wiljô "will" and *helmaz "helmet; protection". Bill may also be an alternative or regionalization of Βασίλ (Basíl), a similar hypocorism of the Greek name Βασίλειος (Basíleios "Vasileios", meaning "royal", or "kingly").
In English, Bill also doubles as a pun, as bill is the common term for the beaks of ducks and other aquatic birds. This joke is lost in translation (DEU: Schnabel, DUT: snavel, RUS: клюв (kljuv)).
His Chinese and Japanese names (CHN: 皮蛋 Pídàn, JPN: ピータン Pītan) are the native name and a transliteration respectively for Century eggs. Literally meaning "preserved egg", pídàn is a Chinese egg-based culinary dish made by preserving duck, chicken, or quail eggs in a mixture of clay, ash, salt, quicklime, and rice hulls for several weeks to several months, depending on the method of processing. This oriental namesake is reflected in his home furniture.
His Italian name, Gino, is a hypocorism of several names, such as Ambrogino, Eugenio, and Luigino. The diminutive is ultimately rooted in the Ancient Greek γένος (génos, "born"). Tying into his Jock personality, Gino is also common name of renowned athletes, namely football players.
His Spanish name, Paquito, is an affectionate diminutive of Paco, a derivative of Francisco (cognate to Francis "Frenchman", possibly rooted in PGe. *frankô "javelin").
His name may also be a pun on the Spanish word for ducks, pato, which it is alliterative and shares spelling with.
His French name, Choco, is a clipping of the Spanish chocolate (borrowed from Nahuatl chocolātl, presumably from chocol "hot" and ātl "water"). This in relation to his reddish-brown plumage and its resemblance to the color of chocolate.
His Korean name, 코코아 Kokoa, is a transliteration of the English cocoa (a doublet of the Spanish cacao, itself from Nahuatl cacahuātl) synecdoche for Theobroma cacao, its bean harvest, and related products. Similar to his French name, Kokoa is self-indicative of his feather color.
Most of his regional names are diminutives or hypocorisms, which are often used to invoke a sense of small size or youth. This may be to reflect his short stature as a duck villager.
He shares his birthday with Rover. They both have their birthdays on February 1st.
He also shares his birthday with Bradbury Robinson Jr. (1884-1949), who was (among his many accolades) a pioneer in American football player. Robinson was the first person in the sport to perform a legal forward pass as well as become recognized as a "triple threat man", excelling at running, passing, and kicking.
Bill is featured on the cover of K.K. Dixie, which implies that he knows how to play a trumpet.