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- "Relax, OK? Take it easy. We can work this out, right? Everything's cool OK?"
- — Franklin, Animal Crossing: City Folk
Franklin the turkey appears during the Harvest Festival between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m., on the fourth Thursday in November, as a special character in all games except Doubutsu no Mori, Doubutsu no Mori+, and Animal Crossing: Wild World. He also makes an appearance in Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival.
Interestingly enough, Franklin was not available in Doubutsu no Mori nor Doubutsu no Mori+, instead debuting in Animal Crossing, making him and Farley the only characters in the series to be given this treatment.
Franklin realizes he is in trouble when Tortimer, the mayor, invites him for dinner, or rather, to be dinner. 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 will receive one piece of the Harvest Series, including the wallpaper/carpet.
If the player talks to the villagers during the Harvest Festival, they talk about where they've sighted Franklin. The player can also get a letter and a number clue each time the player talks to them. In Animal Crossing: City Folk, the player must deliver a knife and fork to them (given by Tortimer) to them, with a limit of one clue per villager.
Franklin is unusual among the Animal Crossing series residents and visitors in that he is static; unlike the other visitors, such as Saharah or Joan, he does not walk around the town. Instead, Franklin appears in his hiding place and disappears soon after the player moves the camera out of view.
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.
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, 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 right. The cornucopia is obtained after the player makes all the dishes.
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Franklin appears as a collectible trophy.
- If the player cuts down the tree 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.
- He has a voice similar to cranky villagers in Animal Crossing: City Folk and Animal Crossing: New Leaf than Animal Crossing.
Franklin in Animal Crossing
Names in other languages
|French||Dindou||Twist on the French word "Dindon" meaning Turkey|
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