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Mabel Gallery

You come back now, OK?
― Mabel, City Folk

Mabel Able (きぬよ, Kinuyo?) is a special character in the Animal Crossing series, co-owning the Able Sisters tailor shop with her older sister, Sable. She is the more charismatic of the two sisters and assists customers with their purchases. Mabel chastises Sable when she offends the player or refuses to talk to them.


Mabel is a blue hedgehog with brown-orange cheeks and black eyes, eyebrows, and a black nose. Like her sisters, she has no visible mouth, and instead visibly talks by moving her nose. She wears a white and green gingham apron (her favorite pattern) and has a head full of large, spiky bristles.

She does not directly speak about her past; it is only told by Sable once the player befriends her. She may bicker from time to time with Sable (mostly about who does most of the work within the business). She rarely mentions her parents, but from what is learned through Sable, she was too young to know who they were at the time of the car crash which killed them. She was raised by her sister, from the time she was an infant.


In Animal Crossing and Wild World

Mabel works at the shop Able Sisters, along with her older sister Sable, as a store clerk. She helps the player design clothing patterns and sells the player clothes, umbrellas, and accessories.

January Blues

In January, Sable will get depressed, much to Mabel's bewilderment. Eventually, after talking to Sable enough during the month, she reveals a huge secret: she and Tom Nook were best friends before he moved to the city. Naturally, due to Mabel's age, she knows little of the subject but does have experiences that include the subjects. The following can be matched with Sable's statements (to get an accurate picture):

What Sable Will Say During January Blues
Well, so there's this cedar box that my sis keeps all her treasures in, right? And she's never showed me what was inside that thing. Not even once! But then, this one time, long ago, I saw the front of what looked like... an important letter. At least, that's what I THOUGHT it was...

― Mable on the cedar box Sable was sent, Wild World

Yeah, so there's this pair of scissors that my Sis has been using forever, right? When they got too dull to use, I said she should buy a new pair, but... It was the weirdest thing! When I did, she completely flipped out on me! I know it's important to take care of your things, but... That's ridiculous!
― Mable on Sable's old scissors, Wild World

Well, lately, at night, my sis has been sitting at the window, staring at the night sky. She says that in the winter, a certain constellation becomes visible... It's kinda weird.. the stuff my sis knows about... You know, constellations and meanings of flowers, that kinda stuff...
― Mable on Sable's knowledge of her constellation, Wild World

In Dōbutsu no Mori

Like many other special visitors and characters, Mabel appears in Geijōban Dōbutsu no Mori alongside Sable in the Able Sisters store. She has a minor role in the film, only appearing when Ai, the main character, enters the store to deliver a few boxes from Tom Nook.

In City Folk

Her role in City Folk is virtually unchanged; she now assists the player with making PRO designs. When talking to her, she soon learns that she may, in fact, have an older sister called Labelle, a worker in GracieGrace - a store in the city. Mabel has no contact with Labelle, due to her having an argument with Sable, who felt she abandoned the family when the parents died. Mabel wishes to get them talking again.

In New Leaf

Mabel's role remains unchanged, as she works in the Able Sisters along with her sisters Sable and Labelle. The player can obtain a Mannequin from her if the player purchases 51 clothing items in the Able Sisters.

In amiibo Festival

Mabel is a playable character in amiibo Festival, available when the Mabel amiibo is scanned on the Wii U. Sometimes when the player playing as Mabel lands on an event square in the Amiibo Festival Board Game mode, a random event specifically related to Mabel may appear.

Mabel has 6 unlockable costumes for the game, unlocked through leveling up the Mabel amiibo:

  • Mabel's work apron (Level 1)
  • Sable's work apron (Level 2)
  • Labelle's outfit (Level 3)
  • Black and white shirt with blue jeans (Level 4)
  • Orange sweatshirt with blue overalls (Level 5)
  • Police/security outfit (Level 6)

In New Horizons

Mabel is initially met when Nook's Cranny is completed, talking to Timmy and Tommy. From then on, she can be met once a week in the plaza, running a small clothing shop. Upon her third visit, she will ask the player about opening the Able Sisters shop on the island. When complete, she runs the shop with her sister Sable. Her visit is required to upgrade Nook's Cranny.


New Horizons

Should the player attempt to invite Mabel to the campsite by scanning heramiibo, she will have the following to say:

"Hello, you've got Mabel! Ohh, Player. What's up?
Whoa! A campsite?! How fun! Thanks for inviting me!
Unfortunately, though...I've got my claws full, so I probably cant't take advantage of your offer. Sorry!"


e-Card [1]
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#009 Mabel Able
Gender Female
Type Special
Star sign Gemini
Clothes N/A
Petphrase N/A
Password X7@yiYJGnyO%59
Profile While she hasn't inherited her sister Sable's sewing skills, Mabel does have a keen fashion sense and she helps keep the Able Sisters clothing line at the forefront of fashion.
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008 Sable #009 Mabel Able 010 Kapp'n

amiibo Card

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#207 Mabel
Type Special
Star sign Gemini
Birthday 5/22
Roll value 4
Hand sign Paper
Request I'll leave it up to you!
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206 Pete #207 Mabel 208 Leif


  • If the player purchases 51 items from Able Sisters, then Mabel will give the player a Mannequin upon the 51st purchase.
  • There's a relatively rare instance where the player cannot receive Mabel's Mannequin unless the player has received Sable's Mannequin.
  • In New Leaf, Mabel has the voice of a peppy villager.
  • According to jock villagers in City Folk, Sable and Mabel frequently get into very heated arguments, but they always make it up and cool down almost immediately afterward.
  • Her picture quote is the same as Stitches other than "...more stitches!"
  • Mabel shares the same birthday as Colton. They share a birthday on May 22nd.
  • Mabel's Chinese name, 絹兒/绢儿 (juàn ér?) (same pronunciation, two different spellings), translates to "Silk".

In other languages

Language Name
Japan Japanese きぬよ Kinuyo
France French Layette
Spain Spanish Pili
Germany German Tina
Italy Italian Agostina
Russia Russian Мэйбл Meibl
China Chinese 絹兒/绢儿 Juān er
South Korea Korean 고순이 Go'Sun-Yi


  1. Species navigation icons from Nookipedia by Sunmarsh, CC BY-SA 3.0
  2. Species navigation icons from Nookipedia by Sunmarsh, CC BY-SA 3.0