- "The doctor is OUT!"
- — Dr. Shrunk, Animal Crossing: City Folk
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Dr. Shrunk, also known as simply Shrunk, is an axolotl who first appears in Animal Crossing: Wild World. He appears in all subsequent games except Pocket Camp and New Horizons, and he also makes a cameo in 🎬 Gekijōban Doubutsu no Mori. Shrunk is a comedian who allows the player to learn emotions based on his jokes. His name likely refers to shrink, a slang word for a psychologist, relating to his Dr. title.
Dr. Shrunk is a pink axolotl with six red gills, a red tuft of hair, two front teeth, and what appears to be a unibrow. Beginning in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, he also has a mustache. In Wild World and City Folk Shrunk wears a yellow suit jacket with red circles and a blue dress shirt and bowtie, while beginning in New Leaf he wears a dark purple suit jacket with a white undershirt and red bowtie.
Dr. Shrunk is a stand-up comedian whose jokes are poorly received by the villagers who view his performances. He is aware of his reception, mentioning it in some of his jokes in New Leaf, such as "Why did the chicken cross the road? To avoid Dr. Shrunk!". The track "Shrunk's Dream" from the soundtrack CD Animal Crossing: Your Favourite Songs - Original Soundtrack implies that Shrunk wishes to have audiences appreciate his jokes; the song is a dream by Shrunk where he tells jokes to an applauding audience before abruptly waking up. Shrunk is usually cheery, though his emotions fluctuate when he is telling jokes.
In New Leaf and New Horizons, Shrunk is revealed to be the author of book titled Dr. Shrunk Explains it All.
Wife and children
In Animal Crossing: City Folk, Shrunk reveals he has a wife and son in one of his performances. He says that his wife is apathetic toward him and does not enjoy his jokes; this is further evidenced in Happy Home Designer, where he tells the player "There's a reason she's never around [the house] to meet you." In one of his jokes in New Leaf, Shrunk reveals that he has a young daughter.
Shrunk learned his comedy from Frillard, and it is implied that Shrunk admires Frillard and views him as a master of the craft. In New Leaf, before Shrunk performs a joke that is by Frillard in City Folk, he becomes nervous that he will not perform it as well as his teacher.
In Wild World
In Animal Crossing: Wild World, Dr. Shrunk visits town once a week on a random weekday between 6 AM and 12 AM. When spoken to, Shrunk tells the player a joke and teaches them an emotion based on it. On his first visit, the emotion is random, but on all subsequent visits, he asks "How has emotional exploration been going?", and if the player chooses "I'm in a slump," four of 29 total responses appear for the player to choose, each corresponding to an emotion.
In City Folk
In Animal Crossing: City Folk, Dr. Shrunk performs at The Marquee in the city. His shows can be viewed for 800 Bells, and before paying, the player can choose which performance to see. During the performance, Dr. Shrunk tells a joke and the player learns a corresponding emotion afterward. Villagers usually view the performances and will complain about the show when spoken to.
In New Leaf
In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Dr. Shrunk appears outside the player's house after T&T Mart is built, and he asks for six signatures to approve the construction of Club LOL on Main Street. Once the club is built, Dr. Shrunk appears in it from 12 PM to 8 PM. He states that he is a retired comedian, but if the player brings him a food item such as fruit, he gets on stage and performs a joke, teaching the player the corresponding emotion. Once the player learns all but one emotion, Shrunk teaches them the "Shrunk Funk Shuffle," which is the dance he does after each performance; he also gives the player a replica of his jacket. Shrunk also appears in Club LOL as a host when K.K. Slider or DJ K.K. are performing.
Dr. Shrunk can appear at the bar at The Roost from 8 AM to 9:30 AM all week, and when he visits during the player's part-time job, his coffee preferences are Kilimanjaro beans, a little milk, and two cups of sugar.
In New Horizons
Along with his poster, there are some references to Shrunk in the game, such as the "Comedian's Signature" customization of the Autograph Cards item containing a drawing of him, as well as dialog from normal villagers mentioning his book, Dr. Shrunk Explains it All, as a subject for a book club they intend to go to. Additionally, a sticker of Shrunk can be seen on the back of K.K. Slider's guitar, along with a sticker of Brewster.
In amiibo Festival
Dr. Shrunk appears as a visitor in the Board Game mode of Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival. If a player lands on a special-event space while he is visiting, he chooses a joke at random out of four—three dice and one "special schtick"—and tells it to the player. If he chooses a joke about the die number, he gives the player a move card with a matching die value. If he chooses to do his "special schtick", he gives the player a random non-move card.
In Gekijōban Doubutsu no Mori
In Super Smash Bros. Brawl
In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U
In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
In Happy Home Designer
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- Although Dr. Shrunk is physically absent from Animal Crossing: New Horizons, placeholder data for his NookPhone exists and uses the "FtrCmnFabricSwirl01" fabric pattern, a pink-and-black checkered design with yellow spirals on the black squares.
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