“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
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
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.
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.
Should the player attempt to invite Mabel to the campsite by scanning her, 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!"
- 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".
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