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Special characters are animals in the game with unique features. They range from being shopkeepers, civic servants, visitors to the player's town, event hosts, and other unique functions. Most of the special characters appear in every Animal Crossing series game, but some, such as Lottie, are unique to certain games in the franchise. Special characters cannot be befriended like ordinary villagers, though Sable and Brewster demonstrate personality changes once talked to frequently, and Blathers, Label, and Tom Nook reveal information about their backstory when certain in-game parameters are met. Whereas some special characters reside in the player's town, such as Wilbur or Isabelle, the special characters which come to visit, such as Pascal or Franklin, cannot ever move into the character's town, unless they are visitors who later decide to open their own shop in the town after visiting, like Gracie in New Leaf.

Off-screen characters are categorized differently than special characters.

Main Series[]

List of Special Characters in the Main Series[]

The following is a list of all special characters in the main series (AF, AC, WW, CF, NL, NH). Their "service" listed in table begins with the service for which they are most well known. This table only displays the special characters physically seen in-game, i.e. it does not include special characters such as Clerk or Emcee, or mentioned characters such as the villager's Parents (Mom and Dad) or Moppina. See the table below for special characters who only appear in the spin-off games.

Main Series Special Characters
Name Image Species Birthday Service
Blanca Blanca NLa Cat February 8th April Fools Day Host
(NL)

Town Visitor
(AF, AC, WW, CF)
Blathers Blathers NH Owl September 24th Museum Curator
(AF, AC, WW, CF, NL, NH)
Booker Booker NLa Dog (Bulldog) April 23rd Police Station Officer
(AC, NL)

Gate Guard
(WW, CF)
Brewster Brewster NH Pigeon October 15th The Roost Shopkeeper
(WW, CF, NL, NH)

Gyroid Storage
(CF)
C.J. C.J. NH Beaver March 7th Fishing Tourney Host
(NH, PC)
Celeste Celeste NH Owl September 7th Museum Observatory Operator
(WW, CF)

Museum Gift Shop Shopkeeper / Exhibition Rooms Manager
(NL)

Town Visitor
(NH)
Chip Chip NLa Beaver December 9th Fishing Tourney Host
(AF, AC, CF, NL, PC)
Copper Copper NLa Dog (Akita) June 28th Police Station Officer
(AC, NL)

Gate Guard
(WW, CF)
Cornimer Cornimer WW Tortoise December 31st Acorn Festival Host
(WW)

Puzzle League Boss
(NL)

Home Storage Guardian
(NH)
Cyrus Cyrus NH Alpaca January 26th Re-Tail Furniture Customizer
(NL, NH, PC)

Wedding Season Co-Host
(NH)
Daisy Mae Daisy Mae NH Boar March 30th Turnip Salesperson
(NH)
Digby Digby AmF Dog (Shih Tzu) December 20th Happy Home Academy Showcase Host
(NL)
Don Resetti Don NLa Mole May 1st Reset Surveillance Center Lecturer
(AF+, AC, AFe+, CF, NL)

Rescue Services Operator
(NH)
Dr. Shrunk Dr. Shrunk NLa Axolotl January 2nd Emotions Psychologist
(WW, CF, NL)

Club LOL Owner
(NL)
Farley Farley GC Unknown N/A Fountain Gnome
(AC, AFe+)
Flick Flick NH Chameleon May 10th Bug-Off Host
(NH)
Franklin Franklin NLa Turkey October 10th Harvest Festival Host
(AC, AFe+, CF, NL, NH)
Frillard Frillard CF Frill-Necked Lizard N/A Emotions Lecturer
(CF)
Gracie Gracie NLa Giraffe November 14th GracieGrace Owner
(CF)

T&T Emporium Shopkeeper
(NL)

Town Visitor
(AF, AF+, AC, AFe+)
Grams Grams NLa Turtle April 15th Animal Island Shopkeeper
(NL)
Gullivarrr Gullivarrr NH Seagull N/A Town Visitor
(NH)
Gulliver Gulliver NH Seagull May 25th Town Visitor (Sailor)
(AF, AC, NL, NH)

Town Visitor (Astronaut)
(WW, CF)
Harriet Harriet NLa Dog (Poodle) January 31st Shampoodle Shopkeeper
(WW, CF, NL)
Outdoor Hairstylist
(NH)
Harvey Harv NH Dog (Spaniel) August 2nd Campground Operator
(NL)
Photopia Islander
(NH)
Isabelle Isabelle NH Dog (Shih Tzu) December 20th Town Hall Secretary
(NL)
Resident Services Clerk
(NH)
Jack Jack NH Unknown October 31st Halloween Host (Czar)
(AF, AF+, AC, AFe+, CF, NL, NH, PC)
Jingle Jingle NH Reindeer December 24th Toy Day Host
(AF, AF+, AC, AFe+, CF, NL, NH, PC)
Joan Joan NLa Boar January 8th Turnip Salesperson
(AF, AF+, AC, AFe+, WW, CF, NL)
Resort hospital visitor
(HHP)
K.K. Slider K.K. Slider NH Dog (Jack Russell) August 23rd Musician
(AF, AF+, AC, AFe+, WW, CF, NL, NH)
Kaitlin Kaitlin CF Cat N/A Town Visitor
(WW, CF)
Kapp'n Kapp'n AmF Turtle July 12th Sailor
(AF+, AC, AFe+, WW, CF, NL, NH)
Katie Katie NLa Cat (Kitten) October 22nd Town Visitor
(WW, CF, NL)
Katrina Katrina NLa Panther October 28th Fortune Teller
(AF, AF+, AC, AFe+, WW, CF, NL, NH, PC)
Kicks Kicks NH Skunk November 30th Kicks (store) Shopkeeper
(CF, NL, PC)

Town Visitor
(NH)
Label Label NH Hedgehog October 31st Able Sisters Shopkeeper
(NL)

GracieGrace Clerk
(CF)

Town Visitor
(NH)
Leif Leif NH Sloth August 8th Gardening Store Shopkeeper
(NL)
Nature Day Host
(NH)
Town Visitor
(NH)
"Lesson on Hybrid Flowers" Teacher
(HHP)
Leila Leila NLa Turtle August 16th Animal Island Shopkeeper
(NL)
Leilani 2F2C640A-5A2D-4741-9D99-0D34CD1E9B6F Turtle September 26th Animal Island Shopkeeper
(NL)
Lloid Lloid NH Gyroid August 28th Construction Foreman
(NL, NH)

Auction House Auctioneer
(CF)
Lottie Lottie NH Otter September 12th Paradise Planning Agent (NH)
Luna Luna NLa Tapir February 29th Dream Suite Operator
(NL)

Dreaming service
(NH)
Lyle Lyle NLa Otter June 6th Happy Home Academy Agent
(CF, NL)

Insurance Salesperson
(WW)
Mabel Mabel NH Hedgehog May 22nd Able Sisters Shopkeeper
(AF, AF+, AC, AFe+, WW, CF, NL, NH, PC)
Nat Nat NL Chameleon July 25th Bug-Off Host
(CF, NL)
"Lesson on Bugs" Teacher
(HHP)
Orville Orville NH Dodo October 2nd Dodo Airlines Clerk
(NH)
Pascal Pascal NLa Otter July 19th Town Visitor
(WW, CF, NL, NH)
Pavé Pave NLa Peacock March 3rd Festivale Host
(CF, NL, NH)
Pelly Pelly NLa Pelican March 19th Post Office Day shift Clerk
(AF, AF+, AC, AFe+, NL)

Town Hall Day shift Clerk
(WW, CF)
Pete Pete NLa Pelican March 8th Post Office Carrier
(AF, AF+, AC, AFe+, WW, CF, NL, NH)
Phineas Phineas NLa Sea Lion June 20th Town Visitor
(NL)

City Visitor
(CF)
Phyllis Phyllis NLa Pelican November 21st Post Office Night shift Clerk
(AF, AF+, AC, AFe+, NL)

Town Hall Night shift Clerk
(WW, CF)
Porter Porter NLa Monkey April 17th Train Station Clerk
(AF, AF+, AC, AFe+, NL)
Redd Redd NH Fox October 18th Crazy Redd's Shopkeeper
(AF, AF+, AC, AFe+, WW, CF, NL)

Jolly Redd's Treasure Trawler Shopkeeper
(NH)
Reese Reese NH Alpaca July 5th Re-Tail Shopkeeper
(NL)

Wedding Season Co-Host
(NH)
Resetti Resetti AmF Mole April 6th Reset Surveillance Center Lecturer
(AF, AF+, AC, AFe+, WW, CF, NL)

Rescue Services Operator
(NH)
Rover Rover AmF Cat February 1st Character Creation Guide
(AF, AF+, AC, AFe+, CF, NL)

Tag Mode Guide
(WW)
May Day Host
(NH)
Saharah Saharah NH Camel November 10th Town Visitor
(AF, AF+, AC, AFe+, WW, CF, NL, NH)
Sable Sable NH Hedgehog November 22nd Able Sisters Seamer
(AF, AF+, AC, AFe+, WW, CF, NL, NH, PC)
Serena Serena CF Dog (Chihuahua) N/A Fountain Goddess
(CF)
Snowmen (Snowtyke, Snowboy, Snowmam, and Snowman) Tumblr mxa5pndquf1s1lku3o1 500 Snowman N/A Town Visitor
(AF, AF+, AC, AFe+, WW, CF, NL, NH)
Timmy and Tommy Timmy and Tommy NH Raccoon June 7th Nookling Stores Shopkeeper
(NL)

Nookington's Shopkeeper
(AF, AF+, AC, AFe+, WW, CF)

Fortune cookie shop and furniture shop
(PC)
Nook's Cranny owners
(NH)
Tom Nook Tom Nook NH Raccoon May 30th Tom Nook's Store Shopkeeper
(AF, AF+, AC, AFe+, WW, CF)

Nook's Homes Agent
(NL)

Resident Services Clerk
(NH)
Tortimer Tortimer NLa Tortoise December 31st Mayor
(AF+, AC, AFe+, WW, CF)

Animal Island Games Director
(NL)

Home Storage Guardian
(NH)
Wendell Wendell NLa Walrus February 25th Town Visitor
(AF, AF+, AC, AFe+, WW, CF)

Dream Visitor
(NL)
Wilbur Wilbur NH Dodo July 4th Dodo Airlines Pilot
(NH)
Wisp Wisp NH Spirit February 26th Town Visitor
(AF+, AC, AFe+, NH)

Lamp Genie
(CF, NL)
Zipper T. Bunny Zipper NH Rabbit March 11th Bunny Day Host
(CF, NL, NH)

Spin-Off Series[]

List of Special Characters in Spin-Off Series[]

The following is a list of all special characters in the spin-off series (amiibo Festival, HHD, PC). Their "service" listed in table begins with the service for which they are most well known. This table does not include special characters referenced in the main series table who may have appeared in spin-off games.

Spin-Off Special Characters
Name Image Species Birthday Service
Beppe Beppe Bird July 17th OK Motors Painter
(PC)
Carlo Carlo Bird May 3rd OK Motors Head Mechanic
(PC)
Giovanni Giovanni Bird September 5th OK Motors Boss
(PC)
Lottie LottieRender2 Otter September 12th Nook's Homes Agent
(HHD)

Happy Home Designer[]

All special characters released prior to Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer (2015) with an amiibo card can be served as clients in the game. This includes all special characters, except Beppe, Carlo, C.J., Flick, Giovanni, Daisy Mae, Orville, Wilbur, Gullivarrr, Niko, and Wardell, given they were released after HHD in either Pocket Camp (2017) or New Horizons (2020).

Tom Nook owns Nook Homes in this game and employs Digby, Lyle, Lottie, and the player to work for him to meet the client's needs. Isabelle appears to request the player rebuild facilities.

Pocket Camp[]

Several special characters visit the player in Pocket Camp. Some characters, such as Chip and Katie, host events with rewards for the player while others, such as Kicks and Mabel, run shops out of campers in the Market Place.

Shopkeepers[]

Shopkeepers found in the Market Place rotate on a daily basis.

Shopkeepers in Pocket Camp
Name Image Shop Location
Beppe 72px-Beppe Icon OK Motors OK Motors
Carlo 72px-Carlo Icon OK Motors OK Motors
Giovanni 72px-Giovanni Icon OK Motors OK Motors
Kicks PC-Kicks-Icon Kicks Market Place
Labelle PC-Labelle-Icon Able Sisters To Go Market Place
Lloid Lloid Icon Shovelstrike Quarry Shovelstrike Quarry
Mabel 72px-Mabel Icon Able Sisters To Go Market Place
Sable 72px-Sable Icon Able Sisters To Go Market Place
Timmy 72px-Timmy Icon Nookling Global Market Place
Tommy 72px-Timmy Icon Nookling Global Market Place

Event Hosts[]

Special characters which host events only appear for the duration of those events, with the exception of characters who have other purposes in the game, such as Isabelle.

Event Hosts in Pocket Camp
Name Image Event(s) Hosted
Brewster PC-Brewster-Icon Brewster's Sweet Harvest
(August 2018 - September 2018)
Blathers PC-Blathers-Icon Blathers's Treasure Trek Goals
(January 2019 - February 2019)
Celeste PC-Celeste-Icon Celeste's Ginkgo Café
(August 2020 - September 2020)
Chip PC-Chip-Icon Fishing Tourney 1
(March 2018)

Fishing Tourney 2
(May 2018)

Fishing Tourney 3
(June 2018)

Fishing Tourney 3
(July 2018)

Fishing Tourney 5
(August 2018)

Fishing Tourney 6
(September 2018)

Fishing Tourney 7 (Candied Catches)
(October 2018)

Fishing Tourney 8
(November 2018)

Fishing Tourney 9
(December 2018)

Fishing Tourney 10
(January 2019)

Fishing Tourney 11
(February 2019)

Fishing Tourney 12
(March 2019)

Fishing Tourney 13 (Schoolroom)
(April 2019)

Fishing Tourney 14 (Monochromatic Cat)
(May 2019)

Fishing Tourney 15 (Aquarium)
(June 2019)

Fishing Tourney 16 (Poolside)
(July 2019)

Fishing Tourney 17 (Fireworks)
(August 2019)

Fishing Tourney 18 (Dance)
(September 2019)

Fishing Tourney 19 (Pumpkins)
(October 2019)

Fishing Tourney 20 (Blue Jazz)
(November 2019)

Fishing Tourney 21 (Starry)
(December 2019)

Fishing Tourney 22 (Knitted)
(January 2020)

Fishing Tourney 23 (Honey)
(February 2020)

Fishing Tourney 27 (Wedding)
(June 2020)

Fishing Tourney 28 (Pirates)
(July 2020)

Fishing Tourney 29 (Goldfish)
(August 2020)

Fishing Tourney 30 (Gallery)
(September 2020)

Cyrus PC-Cyrus-Icon Cabin Decoration Goals
(February 2019 - March 2019)
Digby PC-Digby-Icon Digby's Artful Retreat
(May 2018 - June 2018)
Gracie PC-Gracie-Icon Gracie's Haute Hello
(May 2019 - June 2019)
Gulliver PC-Icon-Gulliver Gulliver's Port Resort
(June 2020 - July 2020)
Isabelle PC-Isabelle-Icon Isabelle's Party Prep
(November 2018)

Isabelle's Garden Gathering
(July 2019 - August 2019)

Isabelle's Double Dazzle
(November 2019)

Isabelle's Creek Cooldown
(July 2020 - August 2020)
Jack PC-Jack-Icon Jack's Halloween Hunt
(September 2018 - October 2018)

Jack's Ghoulish Gala
(September 2019 - October 2019)

Jack's Creepy Conjuring
(September 2020 - October 2020)

Fishing Tourney 31 (Potions)
(October 2020)
Jingle PC-Jingle-Icon Jingle's Holly Jolly Roundup
(November 2018 - December 2018)

Jingle's Frosted Forest
(November 2019 - December 2019)
K.K. Slider PC-DJ K.K.-Icon Idle Beats with DJ KK
(April 2019 - May 2019)
Kapp'n PC-Kapp'n-Icon Bloomin' Booty with Kapp'n
(July 2018)
Katie PC-Katie-Icon Fruit Party with Katie
(May 2018)

Katie's Time Out
(March 2019 - April 2019)
Kicks PC-Kicks-Icon City Slickin' with Kicks
(August 2019 - September 2019)
Leif PC-Leif-Icon Leif's Spring Flower Event
(February 2018 - March 2018)

Leif's Happy Tulips
(February 2020 - March 2020)
Lottie PC-Lottie-Icon Lottie's Gothic Rose Festival
(February 2018 - March 2018)

Happy Homeroom Goals
(February 2019 - March 2019)

Lottie's Secret Exhibit
(November 2019)

Lottie's Cozy Class
(November 2019)

Lottie's Lovely Autumn
(November 2019)

Lottie's Fitness Field
(November 2019)

Lottie's Secret Exhibit
(November 2019)

Lottie's Creepy Study
(December 2019 - January 2020)

Lottie's 3...2...1...
(December 2019 - January 2020)

Lottie's Japanese Restaurant
(December 2019 - January 2020)

Lottie's Snowball Fight
(December 2019 - January 2020)

Lottie's Flavorful Festivities
(December 2019 - January 2020)

Lottie's Twin Playroom
(February 2020 - March 2020)

Lottie's Midnight View
(February 2020 - March 2020)

Lottie's Spring Class
(February 2020 - March 2020)

Lottie's Bike Park
(February 2020 - March 2020)

Lottie's Garden Path
(February 2020 - March 2020)

Pascal 80px-Pascal Icon Pascal's Crunchy Munchies
(June 2019 - July 2019)
Pavé 80px-Pave Icon Viva Festivale with Pavé
(February 2019 - March 2019)
Pelly 80px-Pelly Icon Pelly's Flight of Passion
(January 2019 - February 2019)
Reese 80px-Reese Icon Reese's Sweet Nothings
(January 2020 - February 2020)
Redd 80px-Redd Icon Redd's Summer Festival
(August 2018)
Rover 80px-Rover Icon Rover's Garden Safari
(January 2018)
Tortimer Tortimer Icon Tortimer's Floral Fancy
(December 2018 - January 2019)
Zipper T. Bunny 80px-Zipper T Bunny Icon Zipper's Wonderland Event
(March 2018 - April 2018)

Amiibo Festival[]

Cyrus, Digby, Isabelle, K.K. Slider, Lottie, Mabel, Reese, and Tom Nook appear in Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival as special characters to host games, compete, and provide other services to the player.

Trivia[]

  • Chestnut (called Blazel by fans) was a beta special character in Animal Crossing who never actually made it into the game. It is thought that she might have been a traveling character similar to Joan, Redd, or Katrina.

Regional Trivia[]

  • Blanca, Gracie and Saharah are the only special characters to change gender based on region. Gracie and Sahara are both male in the Japanese and Korean versions, but are female in all other versions. Blanca is female in all versions outside of Japan.
  • Redd, Kapp'n and his family, Tom Nook, Timmy, and Tommy are the only special characters to change species based on region. Kapp'n and his family are kappas in the Japanese version, but are turtles in all other versions; Redd is a kitsune in the Japanese version, but a fox in all other versions; Tom Nook, Timmy, and Tommy are tanukis in the Japanese version, but raccoons in all other versions.

Special Character Age Trivia[]

Special Character Relation Trivia[]

  • Cyrus and Reese, Kapp'n and Leilani, and the player's parents are the only married couples in the game.
  • Kaitlin, Kapp'n, and Leilani are the only special characters who appear in the series with their respective children.
    • Kaitlin is the only single mother in the series.
    • Many villagers and special characters will, however, mention their parents, though they never appear.
      • This includes the player's parents.
  • Grams and Joan are the only special characters to have grandchildren, Leila and Daisy Mae, respectively.
  • Lyle is the only special character to have a niece, Lottie.

Special Character Species Trivia[]

  • Many special characters of the same species are related, including the owl siblings Blathers and Celeste, the mole brothers Don and Mr. Resetti, and the raccoon brothers Timmy and Tommy.
  • Characters of the same species are often attracted to one other such as the love triangle that exists between the pelicans Pelly, Phyllis, and Pete and the respective marriages of the alpacas Reese and Cyrus and the turtles Kapp'n and Leilani. In New Horizons, upon meeting Harvey and Harriet behind the photo studio, Harvey will mention how he calls Harriet "Hattie". He then blushes upon saying this, even though both dogs tell the player that they (Harvey and Harriet) have been friends for some time.
    • However, this is not always the case as the hedgehog Sable once had feelings for the raccoon Tom Nook. In Happy Home Designer, it is implied Lottie the otter and Digby the dog are dating.
  • Dogs are the most common species of special characters as there are eight of them.

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