- Not to be confused with Frank.
- "Eat or be eaten."
- — Franklin, Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer and Welcome amiibo
Artwork of Franklin from Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome amiibo.
Name in other languages
Franklin is a turkey in the Animal Crossing series who appears during Turkey Day. After his debut in Animal Crossing, Franklin appears in all subsequent games except Wild World. Franklin does not appear in Doubutsu no Mori or Doubutsu no Mori+, instead debuting in Animal Crossing, making him and Farley the only special characters in the series to be given this treatment.
In Animal Crossing
Franklin makes his debut in international versions of Animal Crossing. Tortimer, the mayor, invites him for dinner and intends for him to be the main course. During this time, Franklin hides behind obstacles such as trees, buildings and signs, and waits for the player to bring him pieces of silverware from the banquet. Franklin believes that if the player pilfers the utensils, the villagers will be unable to serve him. For each piece brought to him, the player receives one piece of the Harvest Series.
If the player talks to the villagers during the Harvest Festival, they talk about where they've seen Franklin. The player can also get a map coordinate clue each time they speak to a villager. While in one hiding place, Franklin will accept only one 'knife and fork' set, so if players wish to give him another, they must move from the hiding place until Franklin disappears and search for him again. However, there is a glitch that allows the player to visit Franklin in the same hiding place multiple times. After talking to Franklin, the player must enter any building within the acre Franklin is found in, including houses, the museum, or Tom Nook's store. When the player returns, Franklin will remain in the same spot. In Doubutsu no Mori e+, however, this glitch is removed.
In City Folk
Franklin returns in Animal Crossing: City Folk after being absent in Animal Crossing: Wild World, and his function from Animal Crossing is left largely unchanged in this game. The only differences are the dialogue, and that Franklin's voice is now much deeper in a similar manner to cranky villagers.
In New Leaf
In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Franklin acts as a chef, rather than the 'main course' of the Harvest Festival. He asks the player to find ingredients that allow him to cook dishes, and hands out unique rewards upon doing so. Some of these ingredients must be obtained from villagers by completing tasks, while others, such as fish, have to be caught. There is also one secret ingredient for each dish that is required in order to receive all the unique items, and the villagers may tell the player what this is. Unlike previous games, Franklin does not hand out furniture from the Harvest Series, although he hands out the Fruit Basket and the Cornucopia; the Fruit Basket can be obtained when getting the first secret ingredient correct, while the Cornucopia is obtained after the player makes all of the dishes.
In New Horizons
While initially absent from Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Franklin was added alongside Turkey Day in the Free Winter Update. He returns as the host of the event. Franklin's voice pitch is changed once again in New Horizons, being similar to that of smug villagers.
In Animal Crossing Plaza
Franklin appears as a Miiverse stamp in Animal Crossing Plaza.
In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
Franklin appears as a trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS.
In Happy Home Designer
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RV in Welcome amiibo
Animal Crossing e-Reader card
- If the player cuts down any trees Franklin is hiding behind, Franklin will be frightened.
- Franklin may be named after Benjamin Franklin, who supposedly preferred the Wild Turkey to the Bald Eagle as the national bird of the United States.
Names in other languages
- YouTube (November 17, 2020). "Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Free Winter Update – Nintendo Switch". YouTube. Retrieved November 17, 2020.