Tom Nook is a tanuki, or Japanese raccoon dog, that owns and operates the town shop (except in New Leaf, where he runs Nook's Homes). As soon as the player moves in to town, Tom Nook will offer part-time employment at his shop, in order to pay off their newly acquired house mortgage.
Many years ago, Tom Nook 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.
Nook seems to have a varied reputation amongst the villagers, with some speculating that he is, in fact, a human in a suit. His large, bushy tail seems popular amongst lazy people. He is openly derided by Redd as a "raccoon in an apron."
Nook has been thought to have worked with Redd in the past. This is further evidenced in Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, where, if the player have built his house, he may sometimes say, "Have you ever worked with a fox? Yes, foxes are never to be trusted, hm? I worked with a fox once in my life. Never again. Not after...the incident. Stop! I cannot say a word more! Let us assume it was tragic and not speak of it again."
At the beginning of the game, 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.
Tom Nook returns in Animal Crossing: Wild World as the shop owner once again. In this game, his store is now always adjacent to the Able Sisters, and the lottery, password and Sale Day features are removed. He also no longer sells clothes or umbrellas. However, the Tom Nook Point System is introduced to allow for eventual discounts on all purchases, with occasional Point Special days awarding five times the points, and Spotlight Items will infrequently appear in store. Nookington's contains Shampoodle on the lower floor, and upgrading to this store triggers Tom Nook's episodes.
Each player now shares Tom Nook's mortgage, and Tom will still force new players to work for him even when it is fully paid off. He states that he will 'not charge' the player for the lessons they are learning in Animal Crossing life.
His picture can be obtained by giving him a Safe, and the quote is "I'll be there with bells on! Ho ho!"
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.
In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Nook runs a real estate store in place of a shop, and players are no longer required to 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 their new home. Construction of the home, however, takes a day and a 10,000 Bells down payment from the player, so they 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.
In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Nook and the Nooklings are heading a new venture, offering getaway packages to the player that set them up as new residents on a deserted island. In the game, Nook provides the player with a loan to establish themselves on the island and also runs a Resident Services center that provides a crafting bench and other amenities to the island's residents. The extent of the services provided is not currently known, but developer interviews have suggested that offerings will expand depending on how far the player has progressed in the development of their home and the island at large.
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.
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.
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.
NTSC-U: Currently the owner of Nook's Homes, yes, yes. "Yes, yes" is his favorite catchphrase. Despite all the money he's earned, he'll never lose that down-to-earth charm. With such a friendly demeanor, there's just no way he could be trying to rip you off. So trustworthy, yes, yes!
PAL: The owner of Nook's Homes, yes, yes. ..."Yes, yes" is sort of a reassuring catchphrase of his that totally removes any lingering feeling that he might be trying to swindle you out of your hard-earned cash. What an upstanding businessman, yes, yes!
NTSC-U: The owner of Nookington's, yes, yes. "Yes, yes" is his favorite catchphrase. Despite all the money he's earned, he'll never lose that down-to-earth charm. With such a friendly demeanor, there's just no way he could be trying to rip you off. So trustworthy, yes, yes!
PAL: The owner of Nookington's, yes, yes. ..."Yes, yes" is sort of a reassuring catchphrase of his that totally removes any lingering feeling that he might be trying to swindle you out of your hard-earned cash. What an upstanding businessman, yes, yes!
Tom Nook reprises his role as the Villager's Final Smash. He also appears in Isabelle's Final Smash, which functions similarly to Villager's, trapping opponents as he constructs Town Hall before it explodes, sending opponents flying.
Tom Nook is a short, plump tanuki (racoon in western regions) with brown fur and a long nose. He appears to have lazy, frowning eyes and no visiable mouth, with his nose moving in place of one when he speaks.
Nook's clothing changes depending on the state of his store. In Nook's Cranny, his most iconic appearance, he wears a short, blue apron with a leaf embedded on the front, or a kanji ten (店), meaning "shop", in Doubutsu no Mori. In Nook 'n' Go, Tom Nook wears a striped market uniform with a small market hat. In Nookway, Nook wears a large supermarket apron that covers his entire body, with a leaf still embedded on the front. Lastly, in Nookingtons', Tom Nook wears a simple, purple business suit.
In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Tom Nook's clothing is changed to reflect his new employment, wearing a teal colored vest with a white undershirt and red tie. He also wears gray-colored pants.
In the past, Tom Nook was an ambitious, money-driven individual who dreamed of fame and glory, even abandoning his friends to pursue such dreams in the City, although he still thought of his friends, particularly Sable, and would frequently exchange letters with them. After barely making a living and no profits, Tom returned to his home a more contemporary, down-to-earth individual, being described by Sable as a "completely different soul". Tom also says things such as "yes yes" or "Hm" in his speech. Many villagers will say that he has a checkered past, hinting at illicit activities.
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!
Tom Nook and Sable were close friends prior to Nook's attempt at striking it rich, frequently hanging out and talking about various things together. Even after Tom moved, the two continued to exchange letters with one another. Though Tom has rarely spoken with Sable since his return from the city, he mentions her often to the player. In New Leaf, he even appears to have a slight crush on Sable, which seems mutual from Sable's point of view, as shown when he blushes when Lyle mentions her and her sisters.
Timmy and Tommy are Nook's twin employees, and serve as his assistants in Nookington's. In previous installments, The two were implied to have been Nook's sons or nephews, however recent games have since denied any relation between the two. All three make a cameo in the Smashville stage in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Timmy and Tommy reside on the deserted island and assist Tom Nook in the operation of Nook Inc. and the island Resident Services center.
Tom Nook fancies himself to be quite the financial genius. He owns the town store and dabbles in real estate. He'll cut you a deal on your first home, but you'll owe him, and he won't let you forget it.
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!
Tom Nook is a huge fan of the monthly raffle. Not only does he get a day of relative leasure - All he has to do is turn a wheel - but the desire for prizes really drives furniture sales. People buy stuff just for tickets!