Dr. Shrunk

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"Thank you! Thank you! Dr. Shrunk is in the house!"
— Shrunk, Animal Crossing: New Leaf
SpecialSpeciesIconSilhouette.png Dr. Shrunk upa
Artwork of Dr. Shrunk
Species Gender
Axolotl Male
Birthday January 2nd Capricorn
Favorite saying "Why did the chicken cross the road? To avoid Dr. Shrunk!"
Role Emotions
Main appearances

Other appearances
Name in other languages
 Dr. Sito
 Dr. Sito

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 he also makes a cameo in 🎬 Gekijōban Doubutsu no Mori. He is a comedian who, prior to New Horizons, 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 New Leaf, he also has a mustache.


In Wild World and City Folk, Dr. 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. While at home in Happy Home Designer, he wears an orange and blue gingham blazer with white sleeves over a black undershirt.


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 a book titled Dr. Shrunk Explains it All.



In City Folk, Dr. Shrunk reveals that he has a wife and a 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." It is implied that she may not have always acted this way towards him, as he mentions her calling him her "funny bunny" and repeats a joke that she told him at one point, also in Happy Home Designer. In one of his jokes in New Leaf, Shrunk reveals that he also 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[edit]

Artwork of Dr. Shrunk from Animal Crossing: 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 player is unable to choose his emotion, and it is always shyness, 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[edit]

Dr. Shrunk on-stage at The Marquee in Animal Crossing: 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[edit]

Artwork of Dr. Shrunk from Animal Crossing: New Leaf.
Dr. Shrunk on-stage at Club LOL in Animal Crossing: New Leaf.
See also: List of Dr. Shrunk jokes 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 KK 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 Mocha beans, a little milk, and two teaspoons of sugar.

In New Horizons[edit]

Dr. Shrunk's signature, as seen on the autograph cards in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Dr. Shrunk was added to Animal Crossing: New Horizons in the 2.0 Free Update. He can appear at The Roost, and Shrunk's poster can be obtained from Nook Shopping after inviting him to Photopia via his amiibo.

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 dialogue 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.

There is a Reaction for the "Shrunk Funk Shuffle," but it goes unused.

In amiibo Festival[edit]

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[edit]

Dr. Shrunk and Lyle in Gekijōban Doubutsu no Mori.

Dr. Shrunk makes a cameo in 🎬 Gekijōban Doubutsu no Mori, sitting next to Lyle in the audience at the Fireworks Festival.

Other appearances[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]


Dr. Shrunk

Dr. Shrunk

Description A traveling therapist and part-time comedian who helps people learn to show their emotions. He'll share jokes from his comedy routine--he's got a million of 'em, folks--as a way to teach people how to display reactions like anger, laughter, and the like.
Acquisition Random

Dr. Shrunk
Dr. Shrunk

Effect Fighters
Carry Fan All fighters

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U[edit]

#624 (3DS)
#556 (Wii U)

Dr. Shrunk

Dr. Shrunk

Description NTSC-U: Dr. Shrunk definitely has a...unique look about him. As the owner of Club LOL, a new entertainment venue, he isn't shy about taking the stage. It's too bad his jokes don't always fly. If you want a taste of his humor, take him some treats before the show starts!

PAL: Dr. Shrunk used to be a comedian, and he looks the part. He doesn't do just any old jokes, though – he does Reaction Jokes, which are, erm...even funnier! Visit Club LOL before it opens and give him a yummy present to get a dose of comedy, Shrunk style.
Acquisition Random

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]



Dr. Shrunk
Dr. Shrunk

Category Class Slot cost
Support Spirit Advanced (★★) 1 (⬢)
Ability Falling Immunity
  • Battle via Spirit Board
  • Purchase from the Vault Shop for 1000G
  • Battle information
    Enemy fighter Pink Luigi
    Type Shield
    Power 4,100
    Stage Town and City
    Rules Item: Bananas
  • Timed battle (1:00)
  • The enemy loves to taunt
  • Music Tour - Animal Crossing: New Leaf

    Villager information[edit]

    In New Leaf[edit]

    Dr. Shrunk
    Why did the chicken cross the road? To avoid Dr. Shrunk!

    Dr. Shrunk

    Birthday Gender Species
    January 2 Capricorn Male Axolotl
    Pic version added Welcome amiibo update
    Coffee preferences
    Type of beans Mocha
    Amount of milk A little bit
    Amount of sugar Two spoonfuls

    In Happy Home Designer[edit]

    Why did the chicken cross the road? To avoid Dr. Shrunk!

    Shrunk's Happy Home Designer icon

    Example of Shrunk's Happy Home Designer house
    Official example
    Birthday Gender Species
    January 2 Capricorn Male Axolotl
    Umbrella Modern Umbrella HHD Icon.png Modern umbrella
    House request
    Client's vision I'll leave it up to you!
    Favorite song  K.K. Reggae
    Unlocked items
  •  Silver mic
  •  K.K. Reggae
  •  Shrunk's pic
  • Clothing:
  •  Dr. Shrunk's jacket
  •  Modern umbrella
  • Starting house: Default exterior of Shrunk's house in Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer

    In New Horizons[edit]

    Dr. Shrunk
    Why did the chicken cross the road? To avoid Dr. Shrunk!

    Dr. Shrunk

    Birthday Gender Species
    January 2 Capricorn Male Axolotl
    Initial NookPhone  Default Phone Case (Blue) NH Model.png  Blue
    Final NookPhone  Phone Case (Traditional 2 - Fabric 10) NH Model.png  Traditional 2 - Fabric 10
    Happy Home Paradise traits
    Umbrella Kabuki Umbrella NH Icon.png Kabuki umbrella
    Hobby Music
    Book Music Book NH Icon.png Music

    In Happy Home Paradise[edit]

    Client's vision Vacation-Home Concept
    Unlocked items

    Card profiles[edit]

    amiibo cards[edit]

    111 Shrunk amiibo card NA.png

    Card back

    Amiibo Card Back.png

    #111 Shrunk - Series 2
    Star sign: Capricorn
    Birthday: January 2
    Dice value: 4
    Hand sign: Scissors

    312 Shrunk amiibo card NA.png

    Card back

    Amiibo Card Back.png

    #312 Shrunk - Series 4
    Star sign: Capricorn
    Birthday: January 2
    Dice value: 2
    Hand sign: Rock



    Names in other languages[edit]

    Japanese ししょー

    Korean 스승
    스승, "teacher"

    Simplified Chinese 笑匠
    Xiào Jiàng

    Russian Шранк
    Same as English name

    German Dr. Samselt Possibly from seltsam, "strange"

    European Spanish Dr. Sito From doctorcito, "little doctor"

    European French Ciboulot ciboulot, "noggin"

    Italian Dr. Strizzo strizzacervelli, "shrink" or "head-shrinker"