- "She's like a strong older sister you can always rely on! No matter what, she'll have your back!"
- — Isabelle, talking about a big sister villager, Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Cherry, a big sister villager who has appeared since Animal Crossing: New Leaf.
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Big sister, also known colloquially as uchi[nb 1] or sisterly,[nb 2] is a female villager personality type in the Animal Crossing series introduced in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Big sister villagers are initially portrayed as stubborn and rude, though they open up and act like an older sister to the player as they befriend them.
As of the release of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, there are a total of 26 big sister villagers across the series, making it the least common personality; all 26 appear in New Horizons. In New Leaf, big sister villagers cannot be one of the starting villagers in the player's town. In New Horizons, a big sister villager is always one of the two starting villagers on the player's island.
Big sister villagers are often depicted as stubborn, rude, and easily offended at first glance, in a similar manner to cranky villagers, who also have a hostile behavior. Big sister villagers also speak with gruff, accented voices, similar to the deep voices cranky villagers use, in reference to their "tough" attitudes. As a result of this, they are seen as a sort of tomboy, as they occasionally talk about enjoying fighting, and express an interest in participating in "turf wars." In addition to this, they might give the player a petition called "Tomboys Are People Too" which further supports this. Despite this tough exterior, however, big sister villagers are kind and empathetic deep down. They may act like an older sister when befriended, and may even give the player medicine (or in New Horizons, the DIY recipe for it) if talked to after being stung by bees or wasps.
The personality is likely derived from the behavior of peppy islanders in Animal Crossing and Doubutsu no Mori e+, specifically Elina, Flossie, and Plucky, alongside Charlise, Koharu, and Violet in e+, who behave similarly to the big sister villagers. However, only Charlise and Plucky return with the big sister personality, with the rest of the peppy islanders not appearing in any other Animal Crossing game other than the First generation games.
In Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, big sister villagers lose most of the empathetic and big sister charm of their personality to embrace instead a more tomboyish, tough, mischievous, and sarcastic inclination. As such, more than the "big sister" stereotype, they seem more akin to a somewhat watered-down image of the Japanese sukeban, or "boss girl." Natural partygoers and thrill-seekers, big sister villagers despise boredom and show little concerns for social conventions - eager to shout while waiting for food in the restaurant and presenting themselves as the classic loafer and cocky student at school, or joshingly asking the player to switch roles while working at the shops. However, they still show traces of their caring nature, worrying for the player's health and questioning their busy schedule if talked in their homes.
In the Japanese versions of the games, big sister villagers speak with the Kansai region's dialect, which is distinguished from the standard Japanese dialect by elongated vowels and differing pitch intonations (emulated in their Animalese vocals). The Kansai dialect also has somewhat different grammar from standard Japanese, such as the usage of "uchi" as a personal pronoun; the English localization replicates this by having big sister villagers use slang such as abbreviating "-ing" to "-in'" and "them" to "'em." Additionally, similar to cranky villagers' signature "Gahaha!" and lazy villagers' "Ah huh huh huh!", big sister villagers gain a signature laugh in Animal Crossing: New Horizons: "Bwahaha!"
Big sister villagers find it easy to get along with most villagers: peppy and normal villagers will admire big sister villagers and see them as an older sister, and often they have common interests. Jock villagers will also admire how rigid and tough they are, allowing them to get along easily as well. Big sister villagers will also express admiration for smug and snooty villagers for their elegant lifestyles, but may come into conflict with them if the wrong things are said. Cranky villagers will directly clash with big sister villagers, due to both personalities being strongly opinionated. If their opinions match, however, big sister villagers can become close friends with a cranky villager due to both having hostile personalities. Big sister villagers can also get into fights with lazy villagers.
Below are some (not all) quotes made by big sister villagers.
- Oh! Hey! ...There's a rumor going about you. Ya heard? Everyone's saying <player's name> is quite the <random gossip topic>! I kind of see what they're talking about, <catchphrase>!"
- "You ever have those nights when you just can't sleep? At times like that...you know what to do! Try a carrot as a midnight snack! Peel it real nice, and crunch it up nice and slow. Let that day's stress roll off as you crunch! It'll fill you up, and you'll sleep clean on till morning, <catchphrase>!"
- "I wanna talk to you, <player's name>... Do you think you can make it so you never lose in a fight? 'Cause you can. Let me break it down for you... As much as possible, don't fight fights you can't win! Pretty simple, don't you think? Of course if you're protecting someone, that's one thing... But otherwise, sometimes running is OK!"
- GAAAAAAHHH! My brain's running so hot that I'm gonna catch a fever, <catchphrase>! I gotta write all this down before it boils away! Whatever you wanted is gonna have to wait for now!
- How did I get roped into this? I dunno...would a pansy do the trick? Nah. Sorry, <player's name> I'm too wrapped up in a big decision to talk now. Hit me up later, OK?
- Aaah! I JUST remembered there's something I gotta do! I really should get to it! Let's talk later, <catchphrase>!
Big sister villagers
- Discounting species that exclusively contain male villagers, big sister is the personality with the most amount of species that have never received a villager with said personality, with 13. These include the alligator, anteater, bird, cow, duck, elephant, hamster, hippo, mouse, octopus, tiger, and wolf.
- The bear is the species with the most amount of big sister villagers, being the only one with three. However, prior to New Leaf, they all had different personalities, with Ursala being snooty, and Paula and Charlise being peppy; this is because the big sister personality did not exist until New Leaf.
- No big sister villagers have the fashion or nature hobby in New Horizons.
Names in other languages
- Uchi is an unofficial term used by the community prior to the release of the Animal Crossing: New Horizons Official Companion Guide. Uchi is taken from the personal pronoun these characters use in the Japanese version.
- Sisterly is an unofficial term used by the community prior to the release of the Animal Crossing: New Horizons Official Companion Guide.
- FuturePress. Animal Crossing: New Horizons Official Companion Guide.