"A stitch in time saves nine… more stitches."
|Service||Able Sisters clerk|
|Appearances||AF+, AC, AFe+, WW, CF, NL, HHD, PC, Dōbutsu no Mori|
|Regional names|| Layette|
“You come back now, OK?”Mabel Able (きぬよ, Kinuyo?) is a character in the Animal Crossing series, co-owning the Able Sisters tailor shop, one of the two stores that can be found in the player's town, with her older sister, Sable. She is the charismatic sister who assists customers with their purchases. Mabel, the cheerier sister of Sable, will make a slight complaint when Sable offends the player or refuses to talk to them.
― Mabel, City Folk
Mabel is a blue hedgehog with brown-orange cheeks and black eyes, eyebrows, and nose. Like her sister, 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
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...”
“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!”
“ 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... ”
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 Dōbutsu no Mori
Like many other special visitors and characters, Mabel appears in 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.
- 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.
- Mabel bares some resemblance to the character Sonic the Hedgehog, as both are blue hedgehogs.
- 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.