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Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Carnivora
Family Canidae
Genus Nyctereutes
Species N. procyonoides
No. of islanders 0
No. of special characters 3

Tanuki are a species of character in Animal Crossing. Tanuki are frequently confused with raccoons in Western culture (and referred to as raccoons in-game). All Tanukis so far have been special characters, and worked in the same place, similar to Pelican characters.

[edit] Special Characters

Main article: Timmy and Tommy

Timmy and Tommy are twins, and are Tom Nook's Nephews. They only work in Nookington's on the second floor. In Animal Crossing: New Leaf they work at Nookling Junction and its upgrades, T&T Mart, Super T&T, T.I.Y., and T&T Emporium.

Main article: Tom Nook

Tom Nook is the main Tanuki in the game, being one of the first special characters to appear. He is the one who built the players house, and expands it, as he is the one you pay mortgage to. In Animal Crossing: New Leaf he works at Nook's Homes.

[edit] Connection with Furniture/Leaves

Real life Tanukis
In traditional stories, the Tanuki was said to have had the ability to transform leaves into gold. Tom Nook seems like a greedy character at first, he may possess the ability to transform leaves into bells as he seems to have an unlimited supply of it. However his ability would make him an honest merchant as he does not use it to pay for store upgrades. This would also explain why furniture is depicted as a leaf while on the ground outside, or handing it to a villager or special character. It would also explain why Nook's shop uses a leaf as a logo.

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