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“That Gracie. She was such a free spirit. She's got a real wild streak, that one, hm?”
― Tom Nook, New Leaf
Gracie (グレース, Gurēsu?, Grace) is a celebrity fashion designer in the Animal Crossing series who occasionally passes through the undeveloped towns of the country, impacting the lives of fashion-conscious villagers. As a giraffe, Gracie is very tall compared to the player. Gracie is the "number one name" in fashion in the Animal Crossing universe, and has no known rivals. Gracie is a male in the original Japanese version of the game, Animal Forest.
Gracie is a pale yellow giraffe with dark brown hooves and brown spots on her fur. She has short brown hair, and indigo eyeshadow. She wears a purple scarf around her neck and brown fishnet pantyhose on her legs.
One of Gracie's most notable pieces of clothing is her tank shirt. The shirt has her personal design consisting of a blue fill and two circles colored green and orange. This is also used in all of Gracie's furniture involving cloth.
In New Leaf, Gracie wears round rimmed shades on her forehead that are colored the same as her signature tank top, although her appearance stays the same other than her new glasses.
Gracie is highly pampered and it can be assumed that Gracie lives a glamorous lifestyle. She drives an expensive looking car, which is the only personal vehicle to appear in the games so far (besides the RVs in Welcome amiibo). She also speaks in an abrupt manner, and is often blunt and brutally honest when sharing her opinions. Gracie is often thought of as bossy and arrogant amongst the villagers but will reward those who help or happen to strike the right fashion style, and is less cruel to the player as the games of the series progress.
Gracie works in the fashion industry. Gracie's designs are so well known that the name "Gracie" is synonymous with fashion (and, naturally, the magazine she stars in). However, rather than be intimidated by the city, Gracie has used the hustle and bustle to become famous. She owns a store in the city in City Folk and in T&T Emporium in New Leaf.
In Animal Crossing
In the GCN games, Gracie will appear on a random week day. The player must wash Gracie's Car by quickly tapping "A". If the car isn't washed enough the player will not receive a reward. If the car is somewhat clean (indicated by small sparkles), the player will receive a normal shirt. If the car is extremely sparkly, the player will obtain a special Gracie brand shirt.
In Wild World
“Hm... I don't remember how long ago it was, but a fancy car rolled up here...”
― Booker, Wild World
In Wild World, Gracie will come on a random weekday by car on the same spot Redd sets up his tent. Gracie will make a quiz for the player, and will then give them a letter with clothing attached. If talked to enough, Gracie will ask the player to make an offer (in Bells) on how badly they want to achieve style. The player will not be able to obtain anything else from Gracie after they have both completed the quiz and received the style until the next time Gracie visits.
In City Folk
Gracie will appear in this store during the first day of every month, and sometimes at other dates. Gracie offers judgements of the player's fashion sense. The items considered are the player's clothes, accessories, haircut, hair color, and shoes. However, if wearing a helmet the hair style is not considered. If the player wears a wig, the color of the wig is considered rather than the hairstyle. Below is a guide to pass her 'fashion checks'.
- Wear at least one accessory (hat, wig, helmet, glasses, mask, etc.)
- Choose a haircut that matches the style of the shirt currently worn.
- Wear shoes that match by color.
- Have scattered colors or styles.
- Have all items of the same color (e.g., don't wear all white)
- Wear bedhead hair (if you do, try covering it with a wig or helmet)
- Wear a Mii mask.
- Wear an ensemble that succeeded the last time.
If the player's ensemble is sufficiently coordinated, Gracie will give a 10% discount on GracieGrace purchases while within the store, though it expires when exiting the store.
If the player is currently in the middle of learning about Labelle's past with the other Able sisters, then when Gracie appears in her store she usually talks about her problems rather than giving the player a fashion check. She will most likely mention Labelle when she does this, saying something like "For one, my young assistant, Labelle, is a mess. The poor thing lost yet another contest, and she’s been down on herself ever since."
In New Leaf
- See also: Clothing Styles
The player can guarantee seeing Gracie if they know the exact date she first arrived. Time travel to that day, save and quit, and time travel a day forward. Then save and quit again and time travel a day backwards. Gracie should appear at the event plaza. While in the plaza, she expresses an interest in opening a shop, but in order to do so Gracie must check if the fashion sense of the town's people meets her fashion standards.
Another thing to note is that she appears every five days. For instance, if she appeared on the 6th, the player can guarantee she'd appear on the 11th, 16th, 21st, until she confesses about her idea to move into your town. If she ends up not appearing, it is most likely because she has appeared the day before or will appear the next day.
Gracie will then give the player the chance to complete a fashion check. Gracie selects a style theme and will ask the player to dress appropriately for that theme. The Player can only pass the fashion check by wearing an outfit with most components matching the theme (at least 3, or at least 4 for a good grade) and no components clashing with the theme. If the fashion check is failed three times or it is not passed before midnight, the player will have to wait until Gracie's next visit to the town before they can ask for another check. However, if the player passes, they will receive a piece of furniture or clothing from Gracie's shop; depending on how well they scored in said fashion check (clothing is given for 'so-so' grades). After four successful fashion checks (whether the result is "so-so" or "exceptional" does not matter), Gracie will decide to open a shop in the town. Once T&T Emporium is built, Gracie's shop can be found on the third floor and fashion checks will no longer be available.
Below is a list of what themes are allowed to mix with other themes or not. Regardless of whether she requests a specific theme and the player wears a clothing of a different theme, or the other way round, a certain theme cannot mix in with another theme, or otherwise the fashion check will automatically fail. The player may mix multiple appropriate styles together, but the predominant style must match the requested theme. To be safe, only up to one style should be mixed with the requested theme.
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Effect on the Town
Whenever Gracie visits the town, the snooty female villagers take note. Occasionally, Gracie will create an outfit for villagers who do favors or pay money. As a result, Gracie’s designs have become coveted among female villagers. Peppy villagers sincerely hope that the reason they have not experienced much success in their performing careers is because they do not have fancy clothes, and see Gracie’s fashions as a way to correct the issue. The lazy villagers have been known to admit crushes on Gracie, as animals of beauty do not often visit the town. If the jocks wear one of the player's patterns in Wild World, they'll say something like, "Man, that's UNCANNY. Are you Gracie's apprentice, [catchphrase]?"
- Gracie, Saharah, and Blanca are the only three characters to have different genders in different international versions of the Animal Crossing series games.
- In Animal Crossing, Copper will express his dislike of Gracie's defiance of the law, though he does not leave his post to take any action.
- Gracie, along with Brewster, are two of the tallest characters in the Animal Crossing series.
- In Animal Forest e+ (Japan only sequel to Animal Forest+), cranky villagers can quiz the player on what Gracie's real name is. The correct answer is なべのすけ (Nabenosuke?). "Suke" is a common name ending for mens' names in Japan. This likely takes a stab at Gracie's gender, as in the Japanese games, she is male.
- In New Leaf, she has the voice of a snooty villager.
- If the player catches a tire in Wild World, the text will read, "Is this from Gracie's car?!".
- Once Gracie has opened up shop with the expansion of T.I.Y. to T&T Emporium, Gracie will give the player a Mannequin upon their first purchase.
- In City Folk, if the player wears a Mii mask for their fashion check, takes it off, and talks to Gracie again, Gracie may allow them to redo the fashion check.
- She shares her birthday with Pancetti. Both of them have a birthday on November 14th.
- In Animal Crossing, when meeting Gracie to clean her car after a certain number of times, she will reveal what is possibly her true name. When the player interacts with her, she will ask, shocked, "What?! How do you know my real name is Gretchen Grunch?!". This is not brought up in any subsequent Animal Crossing series games.
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