“All right! Let's cause some mischief! ”
― Blanca, New Leaf
Blanca (あやしいねこ,Ayashii Neko?, Suspicious Cat) is a special character in the Animal Crossing series. Blanca is a white cat that asks the player to draw them a face, and 'hosts' April Fool's Day in New Leaf. Blanca's English name may come from the feminine version of "blanco", the Spanish word for "white". It may also be a play on the word "blank," which refers to how their face is blank until the player draws one for them.
Blanca's gender is variable. Blanca is listed as being male in Japan but female internationally. In Wild World, City Folk, and New Leaf, Blanca has a distinct lazy/jock voice, both of which are male personality types.
Blanca is a white cat with no face. Blanca's face is completely blank as a part of their signature feature. Blanca's only apparel is a pink sleeveless dress with white flower patterns on it.
In New Leaf, Blanca wears a light blue ruff on their neck. Blanca's dress has been changed to make them look like a circus actor, which consists of a red and yellow vertical-striped sleeveless shirt and red and yellow pants with colors swapped on each half.
In Animal Forest and Animal Crossing
Pictures of Blanca's face drawings were removed due to players drawing inappropriate things that a player could be offended by.
Blanca will randomly appear when visiting other towns. The first time the player has met them, Blanca will have no face, and they will ask the player to draw them a new one. If the player meets Blanca again, they may have a different face from the one the player had drawn. After the player has met Blanca and drawn them a face, they may appear in the player's town as a visitor.
In Wild World
In Wild World, Blanca will appear if the "Mysterious Cat" mode is turned on (which can be done by using the Telephone in the attic), and if the player has used WI-Fi. Blanca may appear randomly if the previous two conditions are met.
Sometimes, when Rover is at The Roost, he will ask the player if the player have seen "The Mysterious Cat". He will tell the player he goes from town to town in search of it, suggesting that Rover may know, or knew, Blanca.
In City Folk
Blanca makes another appearance in City Folk. They may appear anywhere in the town as long as WiiConnect24 is enabled on both the Wii and the telephone in the attic. Like in the previous games, they will lack a face and ask the player to draw them one. Blanca's face can be drawn a maximum of two times before Blanca refuses any more in one day. This has opened up some abuse with some City Folk users, due to anyone being able to edit Blanca and the fact that their face can allow explicit drawings or words - depending on who is on the Friend List. If the player doesn't draw Blanca a face, Blanca will get angry and tell the player that they won't be able to see anything. However, Blanca will only appear with a blank face if they originate in the player's town. If the player has received Blanca from a registered friend, then the player will see the face that the other player has drawn, but the player may change or clear Blanca's face. Also, Blanca doesn't seem to know if the player has only added a small or large amount of detail on their face. If the player has drawn on Blanca's face any of the player's registered friends may receive them the next day.
In New Leaf
Blanca appears again in New Leaf in the plaza as the event character for April Fools Day. Unlike past games, Blanca will go to a villager's home and pretend to be that villager. The player is then left to decide which one is the original and which is the copy. If guessing correctly, the player will receive a picture of the villager as a gift. If the player guesses all the villagers correctly, the player will receive Blanca's picture in their mail the next day.
After the Welcome Amiibo update, when visiting Blanca's Camper Van the description will say:
'Sure, she likes to stir up trouble around the town. But when you see her out relaxing at the campground, she looks so... Well, she still looks pretty creepy.'
There are many theories about Blanca, none of which can be confirmed. One is that the cat is running from a shady past... while another is that Blanca got a little too enthusiastic while removing makeup one day.
In Animal Crossing, Rover will constantly speak of a "strange cat." He'll ask the player if they have seen Blanca. Similarly, in Wild World, when spoken to in The Roost, after a while he will mention "a suspicious-looking cat" and asks whether or not the player has seen them.
When the player gets a fortune told in Katrina's fortune shop, she may talk about Blanca.
Blanca's artwork for the original Animal Crossing depicts her drawing a henohenomoheji (a common cartoon face comprised of the hiragana characters he [へ], no [の], he [へ], no [の], mo [も], he [へ], and ji [じ]) on her face.
It's possible Blanca could be a literal "copycat", since she copies the forms of other villagers. Another theory is that Blanca is possibly a Noppera-bō, a Japanese yōkai with no face.