Roscoe (シュバルツ,Shubarutsu?, Schwartz) is a crankyhorsevillager in the Animal Crossing series. He is also the only horse with a cranky personality. His initial phrase, "nay", is a reference to his species, as the sound a horse makes is ”neigh”. Since “nay” is also another way to say “no”, it may refer to his cranky personality. He first appears in Animal Forest e+, as an exclusive, and subsequently in Wild World and City Folk. Roscoe also shares his name with the award winning jockey, Roscoe Goose. His Japanese name, Schwartz, means 'black' in German, reflecting the color of Roscoe's body.
Roscoe is a black horse with a dark blue-gray mane. His tail is tipped with the same color as his mane is. His very wide eyes are red with small black pupils, and are half-lidded in such a way that they could appear tired or angry in his default expression. The inside of his ears are dark purple. When narrowing his eyes, his scleras turn yellow. His muzzle is a very dark, slightly brownish gray, but is lighter than the rest of his body. His hooves are the same color as his muzzle. He initially wears the Checkered Tee in Animal Forest e+ and City Folk. In New Horizons his initial outfit is a black biker jacket with a silver zipper and multiple snaps.
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Cranky villagers will usually appear in a grouchy or agitated mood and are more difficult to befriend than most other villager types. 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, Roscoe 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. Roscoe will also enjoy spreading rumors about other villagers.
In Wild World and City Folk, Roscoe's house has a modern theme, featuring many items from the Modern Series. Roscoe also has two chess pieces in his room - the white knight and black knight. Knights in chess are represented by horses, a reflection of his species. He also has a baby bear which, to some, seems out of character for a cranky villager. In Wild World, he has a plant, a petrol thing, a modern lamp and modern sofa, a white chess piece and a candle. If he has a stereo, it will play K.K. Dirge. In City Folk, he has a modern sofa.
In New Leaf, Roscoe's house is furnished mostly with items from the Sleek series, along with a weeping fig plant, and a metal guitar with an amp.
In New Horizons, Roscoe has black furniture from various furniture series and sets. From the Rattan set, he owns the rattan bed, rattan low table, rattan table lamp, and a rattan end table that has a throwback skull radio. He also has a double sofa, iron hanger stand, skull doorplate, DIY workbench, and an electric guitar propped up against an amp. He plays K.K. D&B on his portable record player. For wallpaper, he uses the black-crown wall, and for flooring, he uses the monochromatic tile flooring.
Roscoe has a heavily influenced Chess theme. Aside from being a black horse himself (In which the black knight pieces are depicted as), his shirt has a black and white checkered design pattern, which is the same pattern that a chess board has. His house interiors also have many pieces of furniture that reflect this same pattern, such as the Modern furniture, his flooring, and chess piece furniture items themselves.
When Roscoe makes an angry reaction the whites of his eyes turn yellow.