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I'll be there with Bells on! Ho ho!
― Picture quote, Wild World

Tom Nook
たぬきち Tanukichi
Gender Male
Species Tanuki (Japan)
Raccoon (International)
Service The Town Shop (AC - CF)
Real-Estate (NL)
Resident Services, Nook Inc.(NH)
Birthday May 30th
Coffee Kilimanjaro,
Lots of milk,
One spoonful of sugar
Appearances AF, AF+, AC, AFe+, WW, CF, NL, HHD
Regional names Flag of South Korea 너굴 (Neogul)
Flag of Germany small Tom Nook
Flag of Italy small Tom Nook
Flag of France small Tom Nook
Flagofchinasmall 黎茂 (Li Mao)
Flagofrussiasmall Том Нук (Tom Nuk)

Tom Nook (たぬきち, Tanukichi?) is a character who plays the most important role in all of the games. He is termed a raccoon in the western versions of the game but a tanuki in the Japanese version. In all games leading to New Leaf, he is the manager of the town shop. After the final expansion, Nookington's, he will employ his "nephews" Timmy and Tommy, who work on the second floor in every Animal Crossing series game except Animal Crossing: New Leaf. However, in New Leaf, Nook has taken his interest in real estate to a whole new level, opening Nook's Homes, whilst Timmy and Tommy run the town shop.

In Wild World, he will give out his picture if the player gives him the safe from the Golden Axe Trading Event.


GL-L-L-KSK! KEH-KEEH!♫ FST! FST! RrrrrrrrrrrrKLAGH!♪ CH-CH-ch-ch-mmmMMMmmm!♫ Oh, well, it is very old and in the language of my ancestors, which happens to be Raccoonish, yes, yes.
― Tom Nook, New Leaf
Tom Nook is a tanuki (a raccoon in Western versions) with brown fur. His eye area has a dark brown mask-like shape for his raccoon eye characteristics. His nose tip, his hands, feet, and his tail are dark brown. The apron he wears over his lower half is inferred to be for modesty, a reference to the legends of the tanuki.

In New Leaf, Nook wears a white shirt with a red necktie and a green sweater vest over it. His sweater has a left sided pocket protector with a pen sticking out. He also wears black pants. Whenever outside of Nook's Homes, such as the player selecting their new home spot or at The Roost, Nook is seen with a yellow jacket over his sweater.

Services and General Information

Tom NookThing

In Animal Crossing, Wild World and City Folk

When the player first arrives in town, Tom Nook will greet them and introduce them to their new house. He will give a quote to them on the initial mortgage of the home. Tom will hire the player to work part-time at his shop to help pay off the loan. Eventually, he will run out of tasks for the player and will lay them off, letting them free to find other methods to make Bells, in order to pay off the rest of the debt. Following the job, the player can shop at Tom Nook's store, and can sell items to him, for which he will pay for in full value.

In New Leaf

In New Leaf, however, Tom Nook has become a real estate agent, leaving the management of his store, now known as Nookling stores, to his "nephews", Timmy and Tommy. The responsibility of welcoming new players has been given to Isabelle. Like in previous games, Tom will be responsible for orchestrating the construction of the player's house and providing the mortgage the player pays off via the ABD machine in the Post Office. Tom Nook runs a real estate agency called Nook's Homes, which also provides house customization and renovation services. The office also functions as the headquarters of the home inspection organization, the Happy Home Academy, ran by Lyle. Tom Nook also assists the player in searching for a plot to build their house when the first move in. Once a plot has been chosen, he will pitch his tent for the player to use as temporary housing while they are gathering funds to pay off their first home loan. Tom Nook's agency is also responsible for building the houses neighbors live in, as well as assisting them with moving in and out.

Tom is noted to be very work-driven, and many years ago he left behind his friends, most importantly Sable, to travel to the big city. His dreams of success are quickly broken by the harsh life there. After making nothing of himself, he returns to the player's town to set up his store. Nook no longer appears to be as good of friends with Sable as he used to be, though the two often mention each other to the player.

Nook seems to have a varied reputation among the villagers, with some speculating that he is, in fact, a man in a suit. In fact, when asking Dr. Shrunk about one emotion, he talks about how we all wear masks, and then says that Tom Nook "wears a raccoon suit, but it serves the same general purpose". Many will say that he has a checkered past, hinting at illicit activities - the fact that he seems to have a history with Redd (who describes Tom as a "raccoon in an apron" and treats him as something of a business rival) supports this, this is further hinted in Happy Home Designer as talking to Tom in his house he says he worked with a fox in the past and it was a horrible experience.

In Animal Forest e+, the player can wake up Tom Nook after hours by banging on the doors three times with the shovel. He will be in his pajamas and allow you to shop, but he will move much slower. Not only this, anything the player sell to him will be lowered from its base price by 30%. Similarly, prices of items in the shop will be inflated by 17%, and the player is only allowed to either sell or buy what is on display. The catalog and other options will not be available either.

Timmy and Tommy are Nook's nephews that appear in the final expansion of the shop, Nookington's, as assistants on the second floor. They assist him in his business. All three make a cameo in the Smashville stage in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

In New Horizons

According to the E3 Nintendo Direct, Tom Nook owns Nook Inc. Alongside this, he runs the Resident Services building which provides the ability to craft items and allows for the player to buy and sell items and is upgradable.

Game Guide

Tom Nook
In the City Folk's game guide this description is given:

"A kind raccoon with a heart of gold (well, pockets of gold even though he only owns a shop, if ya know what I mean), Tom Nook helps you get started when you first move to town by loaning you a home to live in. Tom also runs a little supply shop in town that sells all the basics, including furniture, tools, and gardening supplies. Tom will help you in a variety of ways as your life unfolds, and you'll help him as well: keep shopping at the store and it'll get bigger and bigger. Eventually, old Tom will even need to hire his two nephews, Timmy and Tommy, just to keep his business running!"


Main article: Tom Nook's Store
In all games prior to New Leaf, Nook starts out with Nook's Cranny, expanding after the player buys enough from him. There are a total of four expansions for his shop:

After a period of time with Nookington's, Tom Nook will ask you a question to better serve his customers. Based on the answer you give, Nookington's can close and reopen as a previous store to better suit your needs. Periodically, after the first questioning, Tom Nook will ask again, and the player can change their store again. This event only happens in City Folk.

Other Appearances

Warning: Non-canon information starts here.

Super Smash Bros. Melee

Tom Nook appears as a Trophy in Super Smash Bros. Melee, using his in-game model from Animal Forest (evidenced by the Japanese character on his apron).


"This guy's the friendly neighborhood shopkeeper who kindly helps the player set up their first house. He has a nose for business, and his customer service is second to none. During the course of the game, his store starts as a corner shop, expands to become a convenience store, and finally becomes a thriving supermarket and stalk market."

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Tom Nook also appears in the sequel to Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, in the background of the Animal Crossing themed stage Smashville.

Dōbutsu no Mori

Tom Nook appeared in Dōbutsu no Mori as the town shop owner, just as he does in the games. Like also in the games he helped Ai settle into town by making her work.


Tom Nook also appears in the 2010 Nintendo Collector's Edition of Monopoly with K.K. Slider and Rosie in the light blue grids. He is worth 120 US dollars on the game board, the highest of the Animal Crossing characters that appear in the game.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS

Housewarming Party

Villager's final smash in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS

Tom Nook appears in the fourth installment of the Super Smash Bros. series. He appears alongside his nephews Timmy and Tommy as part of the Villager's final smash, which sees Nook construct a house on top of other fighters causing massive damage.

Taiko Drum Master: Atsumete Tomodachi Daisakusen

Isabelle and Tom Nook and AC Wada-don TnT ATD

Isabelle, Tom Nook, and Resetti appear in the background for choosing the Animal Crossing soundtracks.

AC amiibo icon TnTATD

In Taiko Drum Master: Atsumete Tomodachi Daisakusen, Isabelle, Resetti, and Tom Nook are unlockable by using their respective amiibos to listen to the Animal Crossing: New Leaf Melody (とびだせ どうぶつの森 メドレー).

Warning: Non-canon information ends here.


Sometimes, upon entering his store, he will appear in thought, and may tell you a story when approached:

"...Well, actually, I was just thinking about the good old days, hm?
I know it seems that the world is my oyster, what with my fine shop...
But in my childhood, I lived the kind of life you couldn't even imagine!
Yes, yes, but this was all some time ago, but this was all some time ago, before I moved to this town, hm?
Of course, I was born in our lovely <Town Name>, but I moved away for a time...
Yes, yes, the city years, I like to call them. I was a raccoon of action, hm?
The big city certainly had its charms...but it had its pitfalls, as well.
Indeed, I had to endure certain hardships that I've never spoken of, hm?
...Hard to believe, yes?
You're probably asking yourself, what the heck is Nook talking about, hm?
For now, <player name>, maybe it's best that we forget we ever talked about this."


Redd refers to him as a "raccoon in an apron".

In Animal Crossing, Pelly refers to him as "Mr. Nook" when you chose to pay your loan.

In New Leaf, Isabelle refers to Nook as the Real Estate Agent.

Also in New Leaf, Saharah calls Tom Nook "King Nook" when you interact with her.

His English name is derived from "tanuki" (often written as "Tanooki" in English) and his last name is likely a pun based on a myth about the Tanuki. His Japanese name, Tanukichi, is a mix between Tanuki and the Japanese word, kechi , meaning "stingy."


Nook's Cranny

Ac A004 Screen Shot
Ac A004 bk
#004 Tom Nook
Gender Male
Type Special
Star sign Gemini
Clothes N/A
Petphrase N/A
Password nHUJVz8K&eU2Ts
Profile Tom Nook fancies himself to be quite the financial genius. He owns the town store and dabbles in real estate. He'll out you a deal on your first home, but you'll owe him, and he won't let you forget it.
Ac A004
003 Porter #004 Tom Nook 005 Tortimer

Nook 'n' Go

Ac A061 Screen Shot
Ac A061 bk
#061 Tom Nook
Gender Male
Type Special
Star sign Gemini
Clothes N/A
Petphrase N/A
Password 5W5smI5CRfTfXg
Profile Tom Nook has been feeling mighty pleased with himself ever since he remodeled Nook's Cranny into the Nook 'n' Go. He has to work longer hours- seven A.M. until eleven P.M.- but hey! That's big business!
Ac A061
060 Jane #061 Tom Nook 062 Pelly


Ac A119 Screen Shot
Ac A119 bk
#119 Tom Nook
Gender Male
Type Special
Star sign Gemini
Clothes N/A
Petphrase N/A
Password VgmSbR9kNfWYvO
Profile No matter how big his store gets, Tom Nook still makes a point of maintaining his "paws-on" sales approach. It doesn't matter where you go in the store -he'll always be one step behind you!
Ac A119
118 Franklin #119 Tom Nook 120 Phyllis

Monthly Raffle

Ac A175 Screen Shot
Ac A175 bk
#175 Tom Nook
Gender Male
Type Special
Star sign Gemini
Clothes N/A
Petphrase N/A
Password ijtCzLozxr#Q6s
Profile Tom Nook is a huge fan of the monthly raffle. Not only does he get a day of relative leisure -all he has to do is turn a wheel- but the desire for prizes really drives furniture sales. People buy stuff just for tickets!
Ac A175
174 Pango #175 Tom Nook 176 Timmy


Ac A198 Screen Shot
Ac A198 bk
#198 Tom Nook
Gender Male
Type Special
Star sign Gemini
Clothes N/A
Petphrase N/A
Password Osj6bM@fzy7QRb
Profile Tom Nook is "The Man." Everybody relies on him for basic supplies and a steady income. And after you become a Nook regular, your shopping trips will become shopping extravaganzas!
Ac A198
197 Farley #198 Tom Nook 199 Pete

amiibo Card


amiibo Card
Amiibo card back
#002 Tom Nook
Type Special
Star sign Gemini
Birthday 5/30
Roll value 6
Hand sign Rock
Request I'll leave it up to you!
Amiibo 002 Tom Nook
001 Isabelle #002 Tom Nook 003 DJ K.K.


amiibo Card
Amiibo card back
#203 Tom Nook
Type Special
Star sign Gemini
Birthday 5/30
Roll value 4
Hand sign Paper
Request I'll leave it up to you!
Amiibo 203 Tom Nook
202 Blathers #203 Tom Nook 204 Pelly



Wild World

City Folk

New Leaf

Pocket Camp



  • In New Leaf, Tom Nook has the voice of a lazy villager.
  • In Happy Home Designer, talking to Tom Nook in his home, he debunks the claims of him being a corrupt businessman (which was a popular theory amongst fans) though he adds that he'll willingly embrace the idea of people thinking him as "scary" if it encourages them to pay off their debt.
  • He also mentions that he donates 90 percent of his proceeds to an orphanage three towns over and has a wing named after him there.
  • In the 2003 Annual Nintendo Power Awards, Tom Nook was nominated as one of the top villains in a Nintendo game, despite his not actually being a villain.
  • He also shares the same birthday with Hamlet (May 30th)


Regional Names

Language Name
Flag of France small French Tom Nook
Flag of Spain Spanish Tom Nook
Flag of Germany small German Tom Nook
Flag of Portugal small Portuguese Tom Nook
Flag of Italy small Italian Tom Nook
Flag of Japan Japanese たぬきち (Tanukichi)
Flag of the Netherlands Dutch Tom Nook
Flag of South Korea Korean 너굴 (Neogul)
Flagofchinasmall Chinese 黎茂 (Li Mao)

Special Characters
BlancaBlathersBookerBrewsterCelesteChipClerkCopperCornimerCyrusDr. ShrunkDigbyDon ResettiEmceeFarleyFranklinFrillardGracieGramsGulliverGyroidHarrietHarveyIsabelleJackJingleJoanKapp'nKaitlinKatieKatrinaKicksK.K. SliderLabelleLeifLeilaLeilaniLloidLottieLunaLyleMabelNatPascalPavéPellyPetePhineasPhone ClerkPhyllisPlayerPorterReddReeseResettiRoverSableSaharahSerenaSnowmanTimmyTom NookTommyTortimerWendellWhite OwlWishyWispYellow BirdZipper T. Bunny
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