- This article is about the playable character in the Animal Crossing series. For the playable character in the Super Smash Bros. series, see Villager (Super Smash Bros. series).
- "Phew! I paid the down payment!"
- — Player, Animal Crossing: New Leaf
The player, also known as the villager or boy/girl, is a term used for the playable human character in the Animal Crossing series. The player may be either a boy or a girl; the differences in all games are largely cosmetic and with slight variations to some dialog whenever the conversation becomes gender specific. However, in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, gender is instead referred to as 'style', and all villagers will refer to the player with they and them pronouns.
Players, like the main villagers, are short and stubby (in Animal Crossing: New Leaf and beyond they are taller and less stubby). The largely-physical differences may become blurred even further because Harriet allows the player to get haircuts of the other gender if one has had all hairstyles of one's gender from her. Kicks will also allow the player to get shoe shine colors of the opposite gender after enough shoe shines have been bought, however there are several unalterable differences. In Animal Crossing: New Leaf the player can buy and wear any shoes regardless of gender from Kick's shop.
Prior to New Horizons, the female character will always wear a dress, while the male character will always wear a t-shirt and shorts, and the female character's default hat is a cone-shaped "princess cap", while the male character's resembles a spiked Viking helmet. These hats are used in Animal Crossing as the only hairstyle or head wear. From Animal Crossing: Wild World onwards, this changed to allow the player to change their hairstyle and color along with the ability to wear head wear or a Mii Mask. In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, female players had the option to wear leg wear and male players had the option to wear skirts if they preferred. In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, players are referred to by gender as little as possible, depending on the language, and are referred to with they/them pronouns in the English version. Although it has no impact on their appearance, one of two "styles" is selected for the cases where a language must use gendered terms.
Even though players are not the only humans, they are the only human children as it is assumed Mom and Dad, who send letters occasionally, are also human. Players will always have an in-game "mom" and in spite of Mom referring to childhood events and the home that the player once lived in and occasionally sending presents in the mail, there is no indication of any real back story to the human character(s).
Before Animal Crossing: New Horizons, only one player from each town could be active at any given time, although in Animal Crossing: Wild World, Animal Crossing: City Folk, and Animal Crossing: New Leaf, visiting players (Over Wi-Fi) from other games are allowed in town at the same time.
Also, players rarely talk aside from answering questions, remarking about an accomplishment, and talking in Happy Home Showcase.
In all games except Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the player's face is determined by a series of questions that the introductory character asks.
In Animal Crossing
- See also: Face Styles/Animal Crossing
In Wild World
- See also: Face Styles/Animal Crossing: Wild World
In City Folk
- See also: Face Styles/Animal Crossing: City Folk
In Animal Crossing: City Folk, Rover asks the player a series of three questions while riding with them to town at the beginning of the game in Kapp'n's bus in order to determine the player's face style.
In New Leaf
- See also: Face Styles/Animal Crossing: New Leaf
The player models in Animal Crossing: New Leaf are taller and presumably older. The player can now change their pants, skirts, shoes and socks in addition to their top. Their face will be determined, like other games, while on the train by Rover.
In New Horizons
The player's face and starting hairstyle are no longer determined by a series of questions; instead, the player can fully customize their appearance using a character-creation interface at any time by interacting with a mirror or vanity. Additional hair styles and colors can be bought using Nook Miles. Bags can now be worn by the player. In addition, more than one accessory can be worn at once, depending on where on the face it is worn; for example, the player can wear glasses and a doctor's mask at the same time, which was not possible in previous titles.
WarioWare: Smooth Moves
In WarioWare: Smooth Moves, one of the microgames involves the player taking control of a character, the gender corresponding to that of the controller's. The player must pull the Wii Remote up at the correct time to catch a fish.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, a number of human characters appear in the background of Smashville. Both the male and the female players are available as stickers, while the male character is available as a trophy which is simply named "Boy."
Super Smash Bros. for 3DS/Wii U
On June 11, 2013, Nintendo revealed their new Super Smash Bros. video game for the 3DS and Wii U at Electronic Entertainment Expo 2013, featuring the "Villager" (むらびと, Murabito) as a new playable character. The Villager is a boy with brown hair, wearing a red shirt with a light-blue number "1" printed on the front. The Villager's in-game moves include the ability to attack other players using a net, trapping them in pitfalls, and chopping down trees to cause damage. He is based on the default appearance for male characters from the first five installments of the Animal Crossing series. Other seven skins are available, each with a different appearance, and alternating genders between male and female for a total of four skins representing each gender.
Two genders of villagers, based on their default appearances from New Leaf, have made a guest appearance in the Wii U game Mario Kart 8 as part of the Animal Crossing x Mario Kart 8 downloadable content pack (along with Isabelle and Dry Bowser from the Mario series), where they again are known as Villager. They do not make voice effects, but they will make a variety of emotions and the sound effects associated with them depending on the situation. Both villagers are classified as a middleweight, indicating average stats. Both villager types weigh slightly less than Mario and Luigi, but the male villager weighs more and has higher speed than the female villager, while the female villager has better acceleration, handling, traction, and off-road stats. Villager also returns as a playable character in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
The Villager returned as a playable fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, largely unchanged from their appearance in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS/Wii U. Notably, the Villager's 7th and 8th skins were given darker skin tones compared to the previous game. The Villager's unique Classic Mode path, titled "Mistake to Underestimate", has them fighting against other characters that may seem similarly unsuited for battle. The Villager also appears briefly in a cutscene in the game's Adventure Mode, and is one of the earliest characters available to unlock in that mode.
Names in other languages
Villager (Mario Kart 8)