Rio Gallery

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 peppy ostrich villager in the Animal Crossing series. Her name is shared with the Brazilian city of Rio De Janeiro, known for its flamboyant carnivals, which she seems to reflect with her bright colored appearance. Her actual species resembles a rheidae, 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 appears in the Animal Forest series (including e+) and Animal Crossing.


Rio in Animal Forest

Rio is a bright red ostrich-like bird with a yellow beak, bright orange stars on her cheeks, some dark reddish-brown hair on her head, and a multicolored tail. She also has bluish-purple eye shadow and blue eyelashes. Her initial item of clothing is the red scale shirt. At first glance, the player may think that she is a snooty villager, due to the make-up she wears.


Below is a brief description of the peppy personality. For more information, click here.

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.


Her house has a unique look to it. She has many items from the Cabana Series, such as the cabana lamp, as well as some gyroids and conga drums. She has the Gold Stereo, which plays K.K. Samba.

Animal Forest e+ (interior)


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#167 Rio
Gender Female
Type Ostrich
Star sign Virgo
Clothes Red scale shirt
Petphrase Li'l chick
Password VblXgcMc9VCynN
Profile Rio has such a fixation on healthy food that's almost UN-healthy. Eating fruit is all well and good, but Rio's always falling for the latest health food craze... even if it involves eating tree bark.
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166 Cesar #167 Rio 168 Carrie


  • Both her English and Japanese names reference the city and state of Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil.
    • Her French name is Estrella, the Spanish word for "star".
    • Her German name, Verona, is a city in Northeastern Italy. It is also the setting of Shakespeare's tragedy, Romeo and Juliet.
  • Rio and Nindori are the only ostrich villagers to have not appeared since the GameCube Animal Crossing series games.

Name in other languages

Language Name
Japan Japanese デジャネイロ dejaneiro (de Janeiro)
France French Estrella
Spain Spanish Rio
Germany German Verona
Italy Italian Rita

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