Cranky

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"He might seem scary at first, but he's actually a big softy, even if he tries to act all serious!"
Isabelle, talking about a cranky villager, Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Emotion Aggravation NH Icon cropped.png
Cranky
Apollo NH.png
Apollo, a cranky villager who appears in all Animal Crossing series games, as well as in the film.
Villagers count by game
DnM AC e+ WW CF NL HHD PC NH
37 40 53 25 35 55 45 31 55
Villagers count by type
Villagers Islanders Total
61 6 67

Cranky[1][2] is a male villager personality type in the Animal Crossing series. Cranky villagers are portrayed as bitter, rude, and stubborn.

As of the release of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, there are a total of 67 cranky villagers across the series;[nb 1] 55 appear in New Horizons.

Characteristics[edit]

Chief, a cranky villager, snaps at a player meeting him for the first time in Animal Crossing: Wild World.

Behaviors[edit]

Cranky villagers typically act quite bitter, rude, and stubborn, being angered easily if things are not going their way (hence the name "cranky"). They are also, generally, out-of-touch with social trends, making them generally unpopular with the peppy villagers. They are all deep-voiced (unlike every other villager) and many have frowns. They usually go to sleep at 5:00 AM in New Leaf, or 3:30 AM in New Horizons, and wake up at 10:00 AM in New Leaf, or 9:00 AM in New Horizons each day. When trying to enter the house of a cranky villager before they wake, in older games, the player is greeted with an angry letter explaining that they are sleeping, "I'm catching some Z's right now, wake me and REGRET IT". They usually spend half of the day in their houses and half of the day out. In Animal Crossing and Doubutsu no Mori e+, the cranky islanders Flash, O'Hare, and Rowan, alongside Curlos, Frank, and Weldon in e+, act charming, polite, and gentlemanlike, if a bit arrogant, in a similar manner to the smug personality introduced in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. However, only Curlos and O'Hare return with this personality.

The Cranky personality has softened significantly in New Leaf and New Horizons. Though their bitter, rude and stubborn aspects remain, and they have the tendency to complain about aches and pains in their aging bodies, they gain an understanding and caring side. Instead of frequently raging at the player and other characters, and speaking in all-caps often, they give fatherly advice and are welcoming when the player enters their house. Though still being rather impolite, they have also traded in straightforward insults for lighthearted sarcasm, such as joking about their "sunny disposition" when the weather is nice outside.

Relationships[edit]

Cranky villagers find it best to get along with other cranky villagers, usually discussing trivial things such as food and the problems with unhealthy food. They also get on with normal and lazy villagers most of the time, but can still offend them if the wrong things have been said. They find it particularly difficult to get on with peppy and big sister villagers, and express disgust for snooty and smug villagers for their arrogance. In the case with a big sister villager, due to both personalities being stubborn and opinionated, the two will clash with differing opinions. They can occasionally be good friends with a snooty or smug villager, but will still express their disgust. Thus, conversations between a cranky villager and a villager of one of these types will result in one of them depressed and occasionally cranky villagers will tell the player that things are getting boring so they are considering spreading rumors about another animal and 'watching the fun'. The usual response from peppy villagers is to call them an 'old man' or 'grandpa'.

Although they may appear unfriendly, if the player talks to them, does errands for them and sends them letters for long enough, they will eventually begin to open up and will be more friendly with the player. In Animal Crossing, a cranky character will often speak to the player about their niece after becoming friends. Also, in City Folk, they may say this to another cranky villager. When a cranky villager gets sad, they will say that they live in a cold world. They can usually grow to be close friends if the player meets them often and sends them letters with presents attached.

In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, the cranky characters' unfriendly demeanor has been toned down, thus making them easier to befriend.

Quotes[edit]

Below are some (not all) quotes made by cranky villagers.

  • Conversation between a normal villager and a cranky villager:
    "So, <cranky villager>... Just the other day, I cooked up a batch of <dish> that was so sour, it hurt!"
    "That sounds awesome! I didn't even know it was possible to make something that sour! What'd you do?"
    "It was just something I added to give it a little kick, but I guess something went really wrong... Wait, did you just... You think that sounds good? Really?"
    "You know it! I mean come on! Sour <dish>? Think of the possibilities! Nobody would suspect a thing until they took a bite, and then POW! Puckerface city! HAHAHA!"
    "You're absolutely awful!"
    The normal villager will walk off angry.

Cranky villagers[edit]

Current[edit]

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Admiral
Species: Bird
Birthday: January 27
Debut: Doubutsu no Mori

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Angus
Species: Bull
Birthday: April 30
Debut: Doubutsu no Mori e+

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Apollo
Species: Eagle
Birthday: July 4
Debut: Doubutsu no Mori

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Avery
Species: Eagle
Birthday: February 22
Debut: Doubutsu no Mori e+

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Boris
Species: Pig
Birthday: November 6
Debut: Doubutsu no Mori

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Boyd
Species: Gorilla
Birthday: October 1
Debut: Doubutsu no Mori e+

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Bruce
Species: Deer
Birthday: May 26
Debut: New Leaf

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Butch
Species: Dog
Birthday: November 1
Debut: Doubutsu no Mori

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Buzz
Species: Eagle
Birthday: December 7
Debut: Doubutsu no Mori

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Camofrog
Species: Frog
Birthday: June 5
Debut: Doubutsu no Mori

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Cesar
Species: Gorilla
Birthday: September 6
Debut: Doubutsu no Mori

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Chief
Species: Wolf
Birthday: December 19
Debut: Doubutsu no Mori

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Chow
Species: Bear
Birthday: July 22
Debut: Doubutsu no Mori

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Chuck
Species: Bull
Debut: Doubutsu no Mori

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Croque
Species: Frog
Birthday: July 18
Debut: New Leaf

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Curt
Species: Bear
Birthday: July 1
Debut: Doubutsu no Mori e+

Cyd NH.png

Cyd
Species: Elephant
Birthday: June 9
Debut: New Horizons

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Cyrano
Species: Anteater
Birthday: March 9
Debut: Doubutsu no Mori

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Del
Species: Alligator
Birthday: May 27
Debut: Doubutsu no Mori e+

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Dobie  Animal Island PG Icon.png
Species: Wolf
Birthday: February 17
Debut: Animal Crossing

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Elvis
Species: Lion
Birthday: July 23
Debut: Wild World

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Fang
Species: Wolf
Birthday: December 18
Debut: Doubutsu no Mori

Flash PG.png

Flash  Animal Island PG Icon.png
Species: Bird
Debut: Animal Crossing

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Frank  Animal Island PG Icon.png
Species: Eagle
Birthday: July 30
Debut: Doubutsu no Mori e+

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Ganon
Species: Pig
Birthday: February 21
Debut: Welcome amiibo

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Gaston
Species: Rabbit
Birthday: October 28
Debut: Doubutsu no Mori

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Gonzo
Species: Koala
Birthday: October 13
Debut: Doubutsu no Mori

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Grizzly
Species: Bear
Birthday: July 31
Debut: Doubutsu no Mori

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Groucho
Species: Bear
Birthday: October 23
Debut: Doubutsu no Mori

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Gruff
Species: Goat
Birthday: August 29
Debut: Doubutsu no Mori

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Hamphrey
Species: Hamster
Birthday: February 25
Debut: New Leaf

Harry NH.png

Harry  Animal Island PG Icon.png
Species: Hippo
Birthday: January 7
Debut: Doubutsu no Mori e+

Hopper NH.png

Hopper
Species: Penguin
Birthday: April 6
Debut: Doubutsu no Mori

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Ike
Species: Bear
Birthday: May 16
Debut: Doubutsu no Mori e+

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Joe
Species: Bird
Debut: Doubutsu no Mori e+

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Jūbei
Species: Lion
Debut: Doubutsu no Mori e+

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Kabuki
Species: Cat
Birthday: November 29
Debut: Doubutsu no Mori

Knox NH.png

Knox
Species: Chicken
Birthday: November 23
Debut: City Folk

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Limberg
Species: Mouse
Birthday: October 17
Debut: Doubutsu no Mori

Lobo NH.png

Lobo
Species: Wolf
Birthday: November 5
Debut: Doubutsu no Mori

Monty NH.png

Monty
Species: Monkey
Birthday: December 7
Debut: Wild World

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Murphy
Species: Bear cub
Birthday: December 29
Debut: Doubutsu no Mori

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Octavian
Species: Octopus
Birthday: September 20
Debut: Doubutsu no Mori

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Oxford
Species: Bull
Debut: Doubutsu no Mori

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Peewee
Species: Gorilla
Birthday: September 11
Debut: Doubutsu no Mori

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Rasher
Species: Pig
Birthday: April 7
Debut: Doubutsu no Mori

Ricky NH.png

Ricky
Species: Squirrel
Birthday: September 14
Debut: Doubutsu no Mori

Rizzo NH.png

Rizzo
Species: Mouse
Birthday: January 17
Debut: Doubutsu no Mori

Rocco NH.png

Rocco
Species: Hippo
Birthday: August 18
Debut: Doubutsu no Mori

Rolf NH.png

Rolf
Species: Tiger
Birthday: August 22
Debut: Doubutsu no Mori

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Rooney
Species: Kangaroo
Birthday: December 1
Debut: New Leaf

Roscoe NH.png

Roscoe
Species: Horse
Birthday: June 16
Debut: Doubutsu no Mori e+

Spike NH.png

Spike
Species: Rhinoceros
Birthday: June 17
Debut: Doubutsu no Mori

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Static
Species: Squirrel
Birthday: July 9
Debut: Doubutsu no Mori

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T-Bone
Species: Bull
Birthday: May 20
Debut: Doubutsu no Mori

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Tom
Species: Cat
Birthday: December 10
Debut: Doubutsu no Mori

Twirp PG.png

Twirp
Species: Bird
Debut: Doubutsu no Mori

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Vic
Species: Bull
Birthday: December 29
Debut: New Leaf

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Vladimir
Species: Bear cub
Birthday: August 2
Debut: Doubutsu no Mori

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Walt
Species: Kangaroo
Birthday: April 24
Debut: New Leaf

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Wart Jr.
Species: Frog
Birthday: August 21
Debut: Doubutsu no Mori

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Weldon  Animal Island PG Icon.png
Species: Bull
Debut: Doubutsu no Mori e+

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Wolfgang
Species: Wolf
Birthday: November 25
Debut: Doubutsu no Mori

Former[edit]

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Curlos  Animal Island PG Icon.png
Species: Sheep
New personality: Smug
Birthday: May 8
Debut: Doubutsu no Mori e+

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O'Hare  Animal Island PG Icon.png
Species: Rabbit
New personality: Smug
Birthday: July 24
Debut: Animal Crossing

Rowan NH Transparent.png

Rowan  Animal Island PG Icon.png
Species: Tiger
New personality: Jock
Birthday: August 26
Debut: Animal Crossing

Dialog[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • Discounting species that exclusively contain female villagers, no duck or ostrich villagers have ever had the Cranky personality.

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese コワイ
Kowai
Frightening

German Miesepeter[3] Grouch

European Spanish Gruñón[nb 2][4] Grouchy

European French Versatile[5] Versatile

Italian Burbero[6] Gruff

Notes[edit]

  1. Beginning in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, three villagers who have the cranky personality in previous games had their personalities changed. If these villagers are counted, there are a total of 70 cranky villagers across the series.
  2. Picajoso (Picky) in the first edition of the book.

References[edit]

  1. Nintendo Power. Animal Crossing: Wild World - The Official Nintendo Player's Guide.
  2. FuturePress. Animal Crossing: New Horizons Official Companion Guide.
  3. FuturePress. Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Das offizielle Begleitbuch
  4. FuturePress. Animal Crossing: New Horizons - La guía oficial
  5. FuturePress. Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Guide compagnon officiel
  6. FuturePress. Animal Crossing: New Horizons - La guida ufficiale