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“You should take life easy, my friend! Just go where the wind blows and the current takes you, like a seagull floating in the briny blue!”Gulliver (ジョニー, Jonī?, Johnny) is a seagull in the Animal Crossing series. His only function is to reward the player with special items of furniture, usually artifacts from around the world if you answer his question of where he is going, which suggests he is an explorer. New Horizons introduces a new character who is strikingly similar to Gulliver: Captain Gullivarrr.
― Animal Crossing
In Animal Forest
In Animal Forest, Gulliver has the same role from Animal Crossing, but instead of giving a rare furniture item, he only gives a random one. When the player talks to him, he may speak English, despite the game being all in Japanese. He can be found along the seashore from August to December.
In Animal Crossing
“Aaaah...Uuuuh...”Unlike in some later games, Gulliver appears as a sailor in Animal Crossing. Gulliver can sometimes be found lying on the beach. He must be first woken up. This is succeeded by talking to him multiple times, though he may wake on the first attempt. He then tells the Player an "unbelievable" story about his adventures at sea, usually involving a giant squid which is assumed to be a jellyfish, a shark or torrential storms. He also notes how his crew recommends tying himself to the mast in the future. Gulliver then gives a rare piece of furniture to the player.
― Gulliver, Animal Crossing
In Wild World
“Mommy...Is that you? Gimme 5 more minutes, Mom...”
― Gulliver, Wild World
In Wild World, Gulliver is no longer a sailor, but an astronaut that infrequently flies over the player's town in a typical UFO styled spacecraft, called Porpoise, a possible reference to the ship that Captain Olimar uses in the Pikmin series, called the Dolphin. The player can shoot him down with a slingshot, causing him to crash somewhere in the town. The screen cuts to the scene of the crash, which is always situated on top of one of the signposts that are scattered about the town. After being woken up, Gulliver does a quick survey of his craft, revealing that five parts are missing. These parts, which are dotted around town in the form of cogs called a UFO part, must be recovered by the player in exchange for a rare item. Gulliver and his spaceship then disappear the next time the game is played.
It should be noted that he does say to the player that he hopes they will see him off the next morning, even though he leaves the next time the game is played.
In City Folk
“Ugh...Gimme a break...There's no...No school today...”In City Folk, he retains the same appearance as before in Wild World. This time, without the dual screen as with the Nintendo DS, his spacecraft can be seen flying about the same height as a floating balloon. The player can shoot at him with a slingshot, causing his ship to malfunction and appear the next day on the beach. During this time, a piece of his spacecraft will land somewhere in the town. He takes a while to regain consciousness, usually about five attempts of talking to him. When he wakes up, he will survey his surroundings and make unusual remarks about the player's appearance. He will ask the player for help, to find his spaceship part, which appears as a small, cog-like item on the ground called a 'UFO part' (City Folk) or 'spaceship part' (Let's Go To The City). When given the part for his ship, he will give the player one of his rare items.
― Gulliver, City Folk
In New Leaf
“Zzz... I can't believe how seriously unconscious I am right now...”
― Gulliver, New Leaf
“...but Lizzy! You were my lobster!”
― Gulliver, New Leaf
In New Leaf, Gulliver appears in the same way as the GCN games where he occasionally washes up on the beach. To wake him up from his trance, the player can equip the megaphone and say his name into the 3DS microphone. Additionally, he can be awoken by talking to him repeatedly. If the station gate is open, he will not wake at all. If done correctly, instead of simply giving the player an item, he will tell them he has forgotten where he was going and ask for help. He will tell the player what he remembers about the country, then presents a selection of countries.
If the player guesses correctly, Gulliver will mail a letter to the player containing a present he picked up from the place he was heading to. If the player guesses incorrectly, Gulliver will mail a letter containing a chocolate coin. Either of the two letters will arrive the next day.
In New Horizons
“I'm begging you here! Will you look for my communicator parts? Please?”
― Gulliver, New Horizons
In New Horizons, Gulliver may be found unconscious on the beach, as in previous games. Upon being awoken, he will attempt to contact his crew on a communication device, finding himself unable to do so, however, as the device is broken and missing parts. Gulliver will then ask the player to find 5 missing parts to return to him. For Gulliver to appear, the museum must be built.
The missing communicator parts are buried anywhere on the beach, in small holes with occasional jets of water shooting out of them. They can be dug up with a shovel. Once all the parts are found and returned to Gulliver, he will call up his shipmates so they can help him. For the remainder of the day, he will pace on the beach. The following day, the player will receive a letter with a present attached.
If the player logs on as another resident after they completed Gulliver's quest, Gulliver's communicator parts of his communicator will somehow be lost again, giving the opportunity for the other resident to complete Gulliver's quest.
In the Summer update a similar character named Gullivarrr can also be found washed up on the shore. Instead of digging up 5 communicator parts, he will ask the player to dive for his phone. In terms of rewards he will grant the player items specialized to the Pirate theme.
Should the player attempt to invite Gulliver to the campsite by scanning his , he will have the following to say:
"Ahoy there! Gulliver here. Who's this? Wait. Are you that loan shark?
Oh! It's you, Player! Phew. Thought I'd have to go off the grid again.
Well, good to hear from you! So, what's the scuttlebutt? Did you need something?
Aye aye! Camping! Sounds like tons o' fun.
What's that you said? You hear that crackling noise? It's my phone. You're cutting out...
HELLO? HELLLOOOO? I CAN'T HEAR YOU!
Sheesh. This thing is always on the fritz. Click! Beep, beep, beep…"
In Dōbutsu no Mori
In Dōbutsu no Mori, Gulliver pretends to be an alien. He appears when the UFO crashes down to Animal Village, making his appearance by walking out of the spaceship with smoke flowing behind him. He explained to the villagers and the rest of the Animal Village that he had lost several spaceship parts, which were now scattered around the island. Champ runs off to a spaceship part which was what he supposed was a shooting star. Cesar and Cyrano also run off towards a 'shooting star'. Yu, followed by Ai, Margie, Rosie and Alfonso sprint towards the cave where the Seismosaurus' fossilized bones were. They spot the spaceship part at the very top of it. Yu, making a dangerous decision, climbs up the enormous fossil, making the others worry for his safety. He then successfully grabs the spaceship component. Unfortunately, after grabbing it, he fell, and Alfonso and Rosie run towards him, attempting to catch him. Rosie moves out of the way, and Yu falls on top of Alfonso, making the surrounding frozen water shatter. On the other hand, Ai runs towards the falling spaceship part, then exclaiming that she won't be able to catch it. Margie follows and uses her trunk to push Ai towards the spaceship part. She catches it and walks over to where Yu and Alfonso fell into the shattered ice. Yu appeared to have his bunny mask off while drying his costume, and Ai says that she had never seen Yu's face properly before since he always had a mask on in all of his appearances until then.
The group runs to the crash site, where four of the parts had already been collected. Gulliver counts them in English to emphasize the false fact that he is an alien. The five shows Gulliver the cog that they had found, while at the same time, Champ shows his findings, a similar cog. Gulliver becomes puzzled, and shortly, the cog that Ai was holding began to flash. A flock of UFOs appeared in the sky, and took the 'cog', revealing itself as an artificial life form - an alien. Gulliver realizes that he must have hit the alien while flying, which made him crash in the first place. The alien expresses his happiness to Ai and then returns to its kind. The aliens draw Ai in the sky, using stars as her eyes. After all of the commotion, Blathers decides and suggests to the villagers that they should make Ai the winner of the decoration competition because of the pattern of stars made by the alien. The villagers see Gulliver return to space, and shouts "See you!" in English, again to emphasize. Gulliver then looks out of the spaceship's window, revealing the pattern he convinced Ai to create (using the pine trees).
Prior to New Leaf
In New Leaf
- Ayers Rock (Uluru) (Australia - furniture) NL
- Bagpipes (Scotland - furniture) NL
- Big Ben Tower (England - furniture) NL
- Chocolate Coin (Consumable - Consolation Prize) NL
- Conical Straw hat (Vietnam - hat) NL
- Cursed Mask (Africa - furniture) NL
- Dream Catcher (Native American - furniture) NL
- Eiffel Tower (France - furniture) NL
- Gaudi's Lizard Statue (Spain - furniture) NL
- Gladiator Sandals (Greece - Shoes) NL
- Hula Doll (Hawai'i - furniture) NL
- Kinderdijk Windmill (Netherlands - furniture) NL
- Mariachi Skeleton (Mexico - furniture) NL
- Manneken Pis Statue (Belgium - furniture) NL
- Merlion Statue (Singapore - furniture) NL
- Mermaid Statue (Denmark - furniture) NL
- Nutcracker (Germany - furniture) NL
- Red-Tasseled Lantern (China - furniture) NL
- Rooster of Barcelos (Portugal - furniture) NL
- Samgyetang (Korea - furniture) NL
- Sarcophagus (Egypt - furniture) NL
- Sitar (India - furniture) NL
- Shamrock Clock (Ireland - furniture) NL
- Statue of Liberty (America - furniture) NL
- Tapestry (Peru - furniture) NL
- Tuk-Tuk (Thailand - furniture) NL
In New Horizons
Gulliver could be from Gull (he is a seagull), Gullible (this is possible because of his role in the movie Dōbutsu no Mori), or from Lemuel Gulliver from the 1726 story Gulliver's Travels about a man who travels to the far corners of the earth, before being shipwrecked and washing up on the shore of a previously undiscovered land.
His Japanese name Johnny is a short form for Jonathan, referring to Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver's Travels.
- In Animal Crossing, Gulliver tells one story where he states "When I fought the Deep Python sea snakes at Pinnacle Rock! Wait a minute... That wasn't me!," in a reference to game, The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask.
- Also in Animal Crossing, Gulliver comments on how he left his goldfish in Toad Town and Hyrule.
- In Wild World, he may ask the player if they've ever seen "a space fox" (referencing Fox McCloud from the Star Fox series) or "a bounty hunter who can roll into a ball" (referencing Samus Aran and the Morph Ball upgrade from the Metroid series).
- In City Folk, it is possible to obtain a helmet that looks identical to Gulliver's own space helmet.
- In New Leaf, he mentions Isle Delfino and specifically mentions Ricco Harbor. These are locations from Super Mario Sunshine.
- Also in New Leaf, he mentions not meeting such a "noble skipper" since Bobbery of Rogueport, making reference to Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door and Bobbery, specifically.
- Once again in New Leaf, Gulliver mentions The Overthere, a reference to Chapter 7 in Super Paper Mario.
- Again, in New Leaf, he will say he is in a "fuzzy pickle" which is a reference to the Photo Man's famous line ("Say fuzzy pickles!") in EarthBound.
- Another reference to a game Gulliver says in New Leaf is, when the right country is chosen, he will ask if the player has "a link to the past" to that certain country referencing The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.
- In New Leaf, Gulliver will always get washed ashore on the south side of the beach in the event the player may encounter him, as long as nothing is obstructing the side of the island.
- In New Horizons he mentions not having a "bubbly reception" since arriving on Coralcola, a location in StarTropics.