“All right! Let's cause some mischief! ”
― Blanca, New Leaf
Blanca (あやしいねこ,ayashī neko?, Suspicious Cat) is a special character in the Animal Crossing series. Blanca's English name likely comes from the word "blank", referring to her blank face. It may also come from the feminine version of blanco the Spanish word for "white".
Blanca's gender is variable. Like Gracie and Saharah, Blanca is listed as being male in Japan but is 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. In all games prior to New Leaf, She wears a pink blossom shirt. Her face can be drawn on by the player.
From New Leaf onwards, she wears a yellow and red harlequin outfit, with a blue ruffled collar. Instead of the player drawing her face, she uses makeup to transform herself into one of the player's villagers. In Happy Home Designer, she wears the blossom shirt as her casual clothing, and can be given hats or accessories by the player.
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 her, Blanca will have no face, and she will ask the player to draw her a new one. If the player meets Blanca again, she may have a different face from the one the player had drawn. After the player has met Blanca and drawn her a face, she 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. she 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, she will lack a face and ask the player to draw her 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 her 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 she 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 her 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.'
In Sunny Air
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 mention Blanca.
Blanca's artwork for the original Animal Crossing depicts her drawing a henohenomoheji on her face, a common "funny face" from Japan created using hiragana characters:
Two he's [へ] for eyebrows
Two no's [の] for eyes
One mo [も] for a nose
A third he [へ] for a mouth
Ji [じ] as the outline of the face (not present on Blanca)
Blanca's role in New Leaf, in which she copies other villagers on April Fool's Day, may be inspired by the phrase "copycat".
It's possible that Blanca is meant to represent a noppera-bō, a faceless yōkai (ghost/demon).
Noppera-bō are said to copy the appearance of someone's family member, and appear with their back turned. When someone approaches them thinking they are family, they turn around, revealing that they have no face. They disappear shortly after frightening their victim, and pose no real threat.
On April Fool's Day in New Leaf, if a villager in the town is moving in and has boxes out, Blanca will not visit that villager's house.
In New Leaf, if the player happens to start a new save file as the mayor on April Fools' Day, Blanca will appear on the train instead of Rover.