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"S-so huuuuuuuungry. M-must eat something! Stomach so very empty...Keeps making a noise like gluuuurrrgle bluuuurrrgle..."
— Wendell, Animal Crossing: City Folk
SpecialSpeciesIconSilhouette.png Wendell wls/wrl
Artwork of Wendell
Species Gender
Walrus Male
Birthday February 25th Pisces
Favorite saying "Anything is delicious to a hungry belly."
Role Traveling artist
Main appearances

Other appearances
Name in other languages
 Van Trik
 Da Morsi
 Da Morsi

Wendell is a walrus in the Animal Crossing series. He has slightly different roles in each game appearance, ranging from wallpaper salesman to traveling artist, but they all revolve around his artistic ability and design skills. His extreme hunger may be a reference to the phrase "starving artist."



Artwork from Doubutsu no Mori.

Wendell is a fat, periwinkle blue walrus with two large white tusks, large closed eyes with dark-blue lining his upper lids, dark-blue freckles with grayish-white linings (for visibility), and a white belly with a periwinkle blue x-shaped belly button. His flippers have dark-blue lines resembling webbing, with grayish-white lining to separate his digits from one another.


In Doubutsu no Mori, Animal Crossing, Wild World, City Folk, and 🎬 Gekijōban Doubutsu no Mori, Wendell wears a beige sleeveless shirt that does not cover his entire stomach, leaving his small x belly button visible. He carries a canvas, traveler's backpack, and umbrella with him. Starting in New Leaf, he wears beige striped pajamas and a matching nightcap, and only carries a canvas. In his RV in Welcome amiibo, he wears a beige sleeveless shirt.


Wendell likes sleeping (explaining why he always closes his eyes, and wears pajamas and a nightcap starting in New Leaf) and eating (explaining why he is always fat). Due to being a traveling artist, he also likes rewarding the player with different kinds/types of wallpaper and designs/patterns upon getting fed by the player, traveling, and painting. He even likes copying other patterns from the town residents all while dreaming in New Leaf.


In Animal Crossing

Artwork from Animal Crossing.

In every first-generation Animal Crossing game, Wendell can appear as a visitor every two to seven days. In the days leading up to his arrival, Copper tells the player that Wendell was spotted in the next town over, and he tells them what day he will be in town. When Wendell is in town, Copper tells the player which acre he is currently in.

Wendell walks around in a random acre and asks the player for food if spoken to. If the player gives him any fish, he remarks that it is his favorite and gives the player one of 18 (19 in Doubutsu no Mori e+) exclusive wallpaper items. Afterward, he continues to thank the player and does not ask for any more food. Wendell will eat any fruit, candy, or a mushroom, but he will say it did not taste very good and will continue to ask for food. If the player gives Wendell a non-food item, he does not eat it but still takes it from them. Despite turnips being edible, Wendell treats them as a non-food item.

In Wild World

See also: List of Wendell's designs in Wild World

Wendell's role in Wild World is different than it is in the previous installments. This time, he gives out unique designs. Upon giving him something to eat when he visits the town, he gives a pattern that is unobtainable anywhere else. He will eat anything, but a pattern can only be acquired by feeding him fruit, turnips, acorns, and fish. Giving him any type of fruit will yield a pattern already obtained, except coconuts, which yield a different pattern. He does not appear on Sunday or Saturday anymore. Instead, he appears from 6 AM to midnight on a random weekday (excluding the day Redd comes). In Wild World, Wendell comes from Tuskany. When one of his designs is displayed at Able Sisters, it will say Wendell from Tuskany. Tuskany is a pun involving the region of Tuscany, Italy and tusks, which are a predominant feature on walruses. Wendell is the first step in the Golden Axe Trading Event.

In City Folk

See also: List of Wendell's designs in City Folk

Wendell has the same role in City Folk as he did in Wild World, excluding the Golden Axe Trade Event and Redd (who now has a store in the city). If the player puts Wendell's designs on display at Able Sisters and asks to receive one of them, Mabel says: "That design is made by Wendell from Sumware," which is a pun on "somewhere."

With WiiConnect24 enabled, he may give out designs on behalf of Nintendo as distributed designs, saying something along the lines of "I made this new design, and wondered what you would think..."

In New Leaf

In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Wendell appears in Dream Towns distributing the custom designs from the town residents. His appearance is changed; he now wears a nightcap and pajamas. Owners of the town can choose not to let him appear if they wish.

In New Horizons

Wendell's poster in New Horizons.

Although initially absent, Wendell was added in the 2.0 update of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, as one of the many visitors to the Roost should the player invite him by using his amiibo card. He still wears his pajamas from the Dream Towns in New Leaf; he attributes this to rushing out of bed and forgetting to change his clothes. In addition, Wendell's poster can be obtained from Nook Shopping after inviting him to Photopia via his amiibo.

In Gekijōban Doubutsu no Mori

Wendell in Gekijōban Doubutsu no Mori.

Wendell briefly appears in 🎬 Gekijōban Doubutsu no Mori. Ai finds him on the beach, exhausted from hunger. She takes him to his house to eat. After he is finished, he disappears without warning.

Other appearances

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Wendell appears as a trophy and a sticker, and can be seen in the Smashville stage.




Description A famous painter who wanders about with a large rucksack on his back. When he arrives in town, he's so hungry he can barely stand. While you think it's probably a good idea to give him something to eat, it's hard to figure out what that should be. That being said, he looks really hungry and would likely devour anything given to him.
Acquisition Random


Effect Fighters
[Explosive] Attack +14 All fighters

In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Wendell appears as a trophy and can be seen in the Smashville stage again. He now also appears in the Town and City stage.




Description NTSC-U: Wendell is a wandering artist with a healthy appetite. He may be a walrus, but his tastes extend well beyond fish! In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, he only appears in dreams when the player uses the Dream Suite. He doesn't seem to be too hungry, but it is a dream—he's probably happily eating in the waking world!

PAL: A travelling artist with a big appetite. Since he's a walrus, you might think he'd only eat fish, but he'll also gobble up fruit, nuts and...pretty much anything. You could say he's a fan of the "sea food diet". In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, he only appears in dreams, when you visit the Dream Suite. At least then he's not too hungry!
Acquisition Random

Villager information

In New Leaf

Anything is delicious to a hungry belly.


Birthday Gender Species
February 25 Pisces Male Walrus
Pic version added Welcome amiibo update
Coffee preferences
Wendell does not order coffee at The Roost.

In Happy Home Designer

Anything is delicious to a hungry belly.

Wendell's Happy Home Designer icon

Example of Wendell's Happy Home Designer house
Official example
Birthday Gender Species
February 25 Pisces Male Walrus
Umbrella Paper Parasol HHD Icon.png Paper parasol
House request
Client's vision I'll leave it up to you!
Favorite song  Hypno K.K.
Unlocked items
  •  Rice balls
  •  Hypno K.K.
  •  Wendell's pic
  • Clothing:
  •  Paper parasol
  • Starting house: Default exterior of Wendell's house in Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer

    RV in Welcome amiibo

    Exterior of Wendell's RV in Animal Crossing: New Leaf
    Interior of Wendell's RV in Animal Crossing: New Leaf
    Description: With advances in camper-van technology, Wendell can finally feel at home while "roughing it" with a fully stocked fridge and chef's kitchen.
    Wall:  Concrete Wall
    Floor:  Paintball Floor
    Music: Wandering NL Texture.png Wandering

    Wendell's "Order furniture" list in Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome amiibo

    In New Horizons

    Anything is delicious to a hungry belly.


    Birthday Gender Species
    February 25 Pisces Male Walrus
    Initial NookPhone  Default Phone Case (White) NH Model.png  White
    Final NookPhone  Phone Case (Traditional 1 - Fabric 14) NH Model.png  Traditional 1 - Fabric 14
    Happy Home Paradise traits
    Umbrella Pear Umbrella NH Icon.png Pear umbrella
    Hobby Play
    Book Play Book NH Icon.png Comic

    In Happy Home Paradise

    Client's vision Vacation-Home Concept
    Unlocked items

    Card profiles

    Animal Crossing e-Reader card

    Animal Crossing-e 3-122 (Wendell).jpg

    Card back

    Animal Crossing-e 3-122 (Wendell - Back).jpg

    #122 Wendell - Series 3
    Gender: Male
    Sign: Pisces
    Profile: This portly walrus constantly claims to be starving, but his layer of blubber indicates that he probably gets plenty of food. Still, hook him up with a fish and he'll make it worth your while!
    Password: 9sw%i9t9Q@vlEi

    amiibo card

    209 Wendell amiibo card NA.png

    Card back

    Amiibo Card Back.png

    #209 Wendell - Series 3
    Star sign: Pisces
    Birthday: February 25
    Dice value: 2
    Hand sign: Scissors



    Names in other languages

    Japanese セイイチ
    A given name, similar to セイウチ seiuchi (walrus).

    Korean 고파유

    Simplified Chinese 項艺 (iQue)
    Xiàng yì
    From 海象 hǎixiàng (walrus) and 艺 (art, talent)

    Simplified Chinese 海项
    Hǎi Xiàng
    Homophony with 海象 hǎixiàng (walrus).

    Traditional Chinese 海項

    Russian Уэнделл
    From English name.

    Dutch Wendell Same as English name.

    German Winci From da Vinci.

    European Spanish Da Morsi From morsa (walrus) and "da Vinci."

    European French Morsicus From morse (walrus).

    Italian Van Trik From tricheco (walrus) and van Gogh.


    1. Re-Tail sell price; if item can be sold at Timmy and Tommy's store, it is 80% of the sell price; if item can be sold to Leila at Tortimer Island, it is 5% of the sell price.

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