“Hey! Don't be so nervous when you're trying to make a good first impression! Does cuteness intimidate you?”
― Rio, Animal Crossing
Rio (デジャネイロ,Dejaneiro?, De Janeiro) is a peppyostrichvillager in the Animal Crossing series. Her name is shared with the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, known for its flamboyant carnivals. Her actual species resembles a rhea, an ostrich-like bird native to the country of Brazil, which her name references. Her initial catchphrase is a reference towards her aviary species, since newly hatched birds are called "chicks". She only appeared in the Animal Forest series (including e+) and Animal Crossing, before returning to the series in New Horizons with the November 5th Free Content Update as part of amiibo Series 5.
Rio is a bright red ostrich with a yellow beak, bright orange stars on her cheeks, some dark reddish-brown hair on her head, and a multicolored tail. She has bluish-purple eye shadow. Rio also slightly resembles Phoebe, a sisterly ostrich introduced in New Leaf.
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Peppy villagers appear to be in a good mood often and are easy to become friends with. As a peppy villager, Rio will have the tendency to over-react in conversations about trivial subjects, and will usually be over-excited to see the player or other villagers. This villager, like other peppy villagers, will rarely be discouraged from doing anything, including the usual hobbies. Peppy villagers dream of becoming famous in the future and read Ms. Nintendique, an unseen magazine read by snooty, normal, and other peppy villagers in the Animal Crossing Series. Peppy villagers will also have a very short attention span, which means they soon forget some arguments or tasks given to the player which weren't completed. Rio may easily get upset in conversation when the wrong things are said. She will get along well with other villagers, particularly lazy, normal, jock, sisterly and other peppy villagers, but she may annoy and upset cranky and snooty villagers, whose personalities differ to hers. Due to the nature of peppy villagers, she may mention how "old" or "boring" cranky villagers are compared to her opposing, upbeat personality.
In New Horizons, her house is filled with red furniture (from the cool series), like her modern contemporary Phoebe. Keeping up with the Brazilian theme, K.K. Chorinho plays on her portable record player.