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This article is about the cranky kangaroo. For the lazy duck villager, see Derwin.
Rooney Gallery

All this "style" and "fashion" is wasted on me. I'm just gonna ask for the bowl cut, punches.
― Rooney, Happy Home Designer


Rooney (マイク, Maiku?, Mike) is a cranky kangaroo villager in New Leaf. Along with Walt, he is one of the first and only male kangaroos in the series.

The name Rooney is play on "kangaroo," and also may be a reference to the boxer Kevin Rooney. Similarly, his Japanese name, "Mike", may be a reference to the boxer Mike Tyson (as featured in Nintendo's Punch-Out!!).

His catchphrase, "punches," is in reference to the "boxing" nature in which kangaroo jacks fight, and possibly the resulting Australian icon, "the boxing kangaroo".

He has the fitness hobby.

Appearance[]

Rooney HD

Rooney in New Leaf.

Rooney is a light blue kangaroo. He has a black nose, downturned green eyes, and reddish brown hair. His paws are red (possibly to represent boxing gloves), and his feet are black. His belly and the insides of his ears are yellow. He has eyebrows that are at an angle, making him look angry or annoyed. Due to his "sporty" appearance, one may mistake him for a jock villager. He initially wears a Black Track Jacket.

Personality

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

Cranky villagers will usually appear in a grouchy or agitated mood. When talking to the player, cranky villagers tend to become angry if the player disagrees with them or refuses to do a favor. Like all cranky villagers, Rooney will be invested in his hobby and will often challenge the player to various competitions. He will easily get along with jock, snooty, and other cranky villagers, and occasionally lazy and normal villagers as well. However, he will find it hard to socialize with peppy villagers, as they will seem overstimulated or immature.

House[]

Rooney's house is heavily based on a boxing gym. He has a sandbag, a speed bag and a neutral corner, adding to the boxing theme. He also owns standard gym equipment, such as a treadmill, a weight bench, an exercise bike, and a butterfly machine. Rooney also has a Cassette Player that plays K.K. Adventure. His wallpaper is the Shanty Wall and his flooring is the Modern Tile.

NL Rooney House NL Rooney House Ext
New Leaf (interior) New Leaf (exterior)
NH Rooney House NH Rooney House Ext
New Horizons (interior) New Horizons (exterior)

Pocket Camp[]

Rooney was added to Pocket Camp in the November 24, 2020 update.

Rooney's preferred theme is sporty, and he primarily gives steel as a reward. His profile reads:

❝ Legendary for his ability to punch out his opponents in the ring before they can touch him at all. And by "legendary" we mean "no one's ever seen it happen.❞

Campsite Invitation Requirements[]

Friendship Level: 0

Friendship Rewards[]

  • At level 7 friendship, he will reward the player with a black track jacket and sparkle stones (x1).
  • At level 9, he will reward the player with sparkle stones (x1).
  • At level 15, he will request the player to craft a judge's bell.
  • At level 20, he will reward the player with a picture of Rooney and sparkle stones (x1).
  • At level 25, he will reward the player with sparkle stones (x1).
  • At level 30, he will reward the player with sparkle stones (x1).
  • At level 35, he will reward the player with sparkle stones (x1).
  • At level 40, he will reward the player with sparkle stones (x1).
  • At level 45, he will reward the player with sparkle stones (x1).
  • At level 50, he will reward the player with sparkle stones (x1).
  • At level 55, he will reward the player with sparkle stones (x1).
  • At level 60, he will reward the player with sparkle stones (x1).
  • At level 65, he will reward the player with sparkle stones (x1).
  • At level 70, he will reward the player with sparkle stones (x1).

amiibo Card[]

amiibo Card[1]
Back
Amiibo card back
#270 Rooney
Type Kangaroo
Star sign Sagittarius
Birthday 12/1
Roll value 1
Hand sign Rock
Request A boxing gym
Amiibo 270 Rooney
MouseSpeciesIconSilhouette
269 Bree #270 Rooney 271 Curlos
SheepSpeciesIconSilhouette

Trivia[]

  • Both he and Walt, the only male kangaroo villagers, are cranky villagers.
  • His name comes from the last three letters of Kangaroo adding the "ney" at the end.
  • He shares a birthday with Sprocket, the jock ostrich. Because their birthdays are at the beginning of December, they have a whole month of festivities to look forward to.
  • His Japanese catchphrase, "yaru ze", translates into "let's do it", a motivational message often said in the context of boxing and/or other contact sports.
  • He can commonly be mistaken as a jock villager due to his sporty appearance and request.
  • In New Horizons, Rooney's preferred style is active, and his preferred colors are Black/Gray.

In other languages[]

Rooney
Language Name Translation
Japan Japanese マイク Maiku -
France French Mike -
Spain Spanish Cerillo -
Germany German Robert -
Italy Italian Balzak -
The Netherlands Dutch Rooney -
China Chinese 麥克/麦克 Màikè -
South Korea Korean 마이크 Maikeu -


References[]

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