Tom Nook

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This article is about the shop owner from the Animal Crossing series. For the villager, please see Tom.

"I'll be there with bells on! Ho ho!"
— Tom Nook, Animal Crossing: Wild World
Tom Nook
Tom Nook 3DS.png
Artwork of Tom Nook from Animal Crossing: New Leaf'
Species Gender
Tanuki (Japan)
Raccoon (International)
Service The Town shop
Birthday May 30th
Appearances Dōbutsu no Mori,
Dōbutsu no Mori +,
Animal Crossing,
Dōbutsu no Mori e+,
Animal Crossing: Wild World,
Animal Crossing: City Folk,
Animal Crossing: New Leaf,
Dōbutsu no Mori (film)

Tom Nook (たぬきち, Tanukichi), except in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, owns the town shop. After the player buys or sells certain amounts of money in his shop he will expand his shop, after which a larger range of items will be available to the player each day. After the final expansion, Nookington's department store, if playing Animal Crossing: Wild World, he will employ Harriet, who runs the hair salon, Shampoodle, and Timmy and Tommy, his nephews, in every Animal Crossing series game, excluding New Leaf, who work on the second floor. Although he appears to be a raccoon, he is actually a tanuki, a Japanese raccoon dog that is commonly mistaken or translated to raccoon. In New Leaf, Tom Nook instead runs Nook's Homes.

After the player moves in, Tom Nook takes the player under his wing and has the player work at his shop to pay off their debt.


Main article: Tom Nook's Store

At the beginning of all Animal Crossing series games, save New Leaf, Tom Nook owns a small wooden shack. As the player buys items from him, the store will expand, eventually into a two-story supermarket. There are a total of four expansions, beginning with Nook's Cranny, which upgrades to Nook 'n' Go, then to Nookway, and lastly Nookington's.

After a period of time with Nookington's in City Folk, Tom Nook will ask the player a question to "better serve his customers". Based on the answer given, Nookington's can close and reopen as a previous store to better suit the player's needs. Periodically, after the first questioning, Tom Nook will ask again, and the player can once more change the store.

The suggestions and answers are:

In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Nook runs a real estate store instead, and player no longer must work for him. The player, the new mayor, moves in without a home, but Tom Nook assists the player by letting the player determine the location of home. Construction of the home, however, takes a day, so the player must sleep in a tent. Once the home is built, players must pay off the debt before they can make any expansions. After this, Tom Nook offers exterior home decorations and encourages the player to sign up for the Happy Home Academy, an association that scores players' homes.

Other appearances

Warning: Non-canon information starts here.

Super Smash Bros. Melee

Tom Nook appears as a trophy in Super Smash Bros. Melee. Tom Nook also makes a cameo appearance in the first E3 trailer of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.

Tom Nook Trophy Melee.png #267 Tom Nook
This guy's the friendly neighborhood shopkeeper who kindly helps the player set up his or her 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.

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The owner of the town's only store. He not only helps you find a home when you move in but also gives you a job at his shop. His dream is to expand his business, and as the game progresses, Nook's Cranny becomes Nook 'n' Go, then Nookway, and finally Nookington's. He tends to say "hm" and "yes" quite a bit.
Collect 1,000 Coins in Coin Matches
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When Nookway gets remodeled into Nookington's, these twins make their appearance as second-floor salesmen. Tommy's in charge of greeting customers, while Timmy trails along offering support and echoing his older brother's words. Their earnest dedication coupled with their inherent cuteness makes this diminutive duo quite popular.

Dōbutsu no Mori (film)

Tom Nook appeared in Dōbutsu no Mori (film) as the town shop owner, just as he does in the games.

Warning: Non-canon information ends here.


Sometimes, upon entering his store, he will appear in thought, and may tell the player 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, 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."

General information

Tom is very money-driven, and many years ago left behind his friends, most importantly Sable, to travel to the big city. While there, he has dreams of success which 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 friends with Sable, though the two often mention each other to the player. In New Leaf, he even appears to have a slight crush on her, as shown when he blushes when Lyle mentions her and her sisters.

Nook seems to have a varied reputation amongst the villagers, with some speculating that he is, in fact, a man in a suit. His large, bushy tail seems popular amongst lazy people. Many will say that he has a checkered past, hinting at illicit activities. He is openly derided by Redd as a "raccoon in an apron." His picture quote is "I'll be there with bells on! Ho ho!"

Timmy and Tommy are Nook's assistants. All three make a cameo in the Smashville stage in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Tom Nook's description in the City Folk's game guide:

A kind raccoon with a heart of gold, 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!


Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Tom Nook -
French Tom Nook -

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