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
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Cranky
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Apollo, a cranky villager who appears in all Animal Crossing series games, plus the film.
Villagers count by game
DnM AC e+ WW CF NL HHD PC NH
37 40 53 25 35 55 45 26 55
Villagers count by type
Villagers Islanders Total
61 6 67

Cranky[nb 1] villagers (also called Grumpy villagers) are male villagers in the Animal Crossing series. The name is a direct reference to the meaning of cranky; someone who is irritated or annoyed easily. Prior to Animal Crossing: New Leaf, they were considered the male equivalent to the snooty villagers, but now are considered the equivalent to the more similar sisterly villagers. There are currently 67 cranky villagers so far, three of which (Dobie, Harry and T-Bone) originally had different personalities, while three others (Curlos, O'Hare and Rowan) have a different personality since Animal Crossing: Wild World (for Rowan) or Animal Crossing: New Leaf.

Characteristics[edit]

Chief, a notable 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 Verdun 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 sisterly villagers, and express disgust for snooty and smug villagers for their arrogance. In the case with a sisterly 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]

Admiral
Admiral

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

Angus
Angus

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

Apollo
Apollo

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

Avery
Avery

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

Boris
Boris

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

Boyd
Boyd

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

Bruce
Bruce

Species: Deer
Birthday: May 26
Debut: New Leaf

Butch
Butch

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

Buzz
Buzz

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

Camofrog
Camofrog

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

Cesar
Cesar

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

Chief
Chief

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

Chow
Chow

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

Chuck
Chuck

Species: Bull
Debut: Doubutsu no Mori

Croque
Croque

Species: Frog
Birthday: July 18
Debut: New Leaf

Curt
Curt

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

Cyd
Cyd

Species: Elephant
Birthday: June 9
Debut: New Horizons

Cyrano
Cyrano

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

Del
Del

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

Dobie
Dobie  Animal Island PG Icon.png

Species: Wolf
Birthday: February 17
Debut: Animal Crossing

Elvis
Elvis

Species: Lion
Birthday: July 23
Debut: Wild World

Fang
Fang

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

Flash
Flash  Animal Island PG Icon.png

Species: Bird
Debut: Animal Crossing

Frank
Frank  Animal Island PG Icon.png

Species: Eagle
Birthday: July 30
Debut: Doubutsu no Mori e+

Ganon
Ganon

Species: Pig
Birthday: February 21
Debut: Welcome amiibo

Gaston
Gaston

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

Gonzo
Gonzo

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

Grizzly
Grizzly

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

Groucho
Groucho

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

Gruff
Gruff

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

Hamphrey
Hamphrey

Species: Hamster
Birthday: February 25
Debut: New Leaf

Harry
Harry  Animal Island PG Icon.png

Species: Hippo
Birthday: January 7
Debut: Doubutsu no Mori e+

Hopper
Hopper

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

Ike
Ike

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

Joe
Joe

Species: Bird
Debut: Doubutsu no Mori e+

Jūbei
Jūbei

Species: Lion
Debut: Doubutsu no Mori e+

Kabuki
Kabuki

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

Knox
Knox

Species: Chicken
Birthday: November 23
Debut: City Folk

Limberg
Limberg

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

Lobo
Lobo

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

Monty
Monty

Species: Monkey
Birthday: December 7
Debut: Wild World

Murphy
Murphy

Species: Cub
Birthday: December 29
Debut: Doubutsu no Mori

Octavian
Octavian

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

Oxford
Oxford

Species: Bull
Debut: Doubutsu no Mori

Peewee
Peewee

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

Rasher
Rasher

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

Ricky
Ricky

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

Rizzo
Rizzo

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

Rocco
Rocco

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

Rolf
Rolf

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

Rooney
Rooney

Species: Kangaroo
Birthday: December 1
Debut: New Leaf

Roscoe
Roscoe

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

Spike
Spike

Species: Rhino
Birthday: June 17
Debut: Doubutsu no Mori

Static
Static

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

T-Bone
T-Bone

Species: Bull
Birthday: May 20
Debut: Doubutsu no Mori

Tom
Tom

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

Twirp
Twirp

Species: Bird
Debut: Doubutsu no Mori

Verdun
Verdun  Animal Island PG Icon.png

Species: Bull
Debut: Doubutsu no Mori e+

Vic
Vic

Species: Bull
Birthday: December 29
Debut: New Leaf

Vladimir
Vladimir

Species: Cub
Birthday: August 2
Debut: Doubutsu no Mori

Walt
Walt

Species: Kangaroo
Birthday: April 24
Debut: New Leaf

Wart Jr.
Wart Jr.

Species: Frog
Birthday: August 21
Debut: Doubutsu no Mori

Wolfgang
Wolfgang

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

Former[edit]

Curlos
Curlos  Animal Island PG Icon.png

Species: Sheep
New personality: Smug
Birthday: May 8
Debut: Doubutsu no Mori e+

O'Hare
O'Hare  Animal Island PG Icon.png

Species: Rabbit
New personality: Smug
Birthday: July 24
Debut: Animal Crossing

Rowan
Rowan  Animal Island PG Icon.png

Species: Tiger
New personality: Jock
Birthday: August 26
Debut: Animal Crossing

Dialogs[edit]

Trivia[edit]

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

Notes[edit]

  1. Japanese: コワイ Hepburn: KowaiScary