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"A good attitude will always take you further than a bad habit."
— Isabelle, Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer and Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome amiibo
SpecialSpeciesIconSilhouette.png Isabelle sza
Isabelle NH.png
Species Gender
Dog Female
Birthday December 20th Sagittarius
Role Town Hall Secretary[nb 1]
Resident Services[nb 2]
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages

Japanese しずえ
Korean 여울
Italian Fuffi
German Melinda

Simplified Chinese 西施惠
French Marie
Spanish Canela
Dutch Isabelle

Traditional Chinese 西施惠
Quebec French Marie
Latin American Spanish Canela
Russian Изабель

Isabelle[nb 3] is a dog in the Animal Crossing series who first appeared in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, where she helps the player with their duties as mayor. Her name was first revealed as Hisho (ひしょ), which is Japanese for secretary, during the New Leaf developer commentary,[1] then was changed in the June 2012 Nintendo Direct to Shizue, a reference to her breed, Shih Tzu.[2] When localized to English, her name became Isabelle. It may be based on the fact that the top of her head resembles a Bell sack. She has a twin brother named Digby who runs the Happy Home Showcase.

Isabelle reappears in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, playing a similar, but smaller role as the head of the Civic Consultation Counter at the Resident Services building.

Since her introduction in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Isabelle has become a mascot for the Animal Crossing series along with Tom Nook, appearing in all subsequent games and becoming the fictional head of the official Animal Crossing Twitter account until the release of New Horizons, when she was temporarily replaced by Tom Nook. Additionally, she is featured in many pieces of non-Animal Crossing media, including cameos in various games and playable roles in Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.


In New Leaf[edit]

Isabelle's main role in Animal Crossing: New Leaf is to act as the player's secretary and to help them with their mayoral duties. At the start of the game, she helps the player settle in by offering them advice, as well as providing them with optional tasks akin to those given by Tom Nook in previous games. In addition, she also helps the player earn their development permit, which allows for the enactment of ordinances and the construction of public works projects, by helping them attain a 100% approval rating and, when the player's house is built, making them a resident of the town. When the player gains the abilities to build public works projects and enact ordinances, she assists the human character with those as well, including the ceremonies when projects are complete.

She spends most of the time in the town hall, but is also the main character to stand in the plaza during events. During such events, the town hall is closed, preventing the player from performing their mayoral duties.

Isabelle takes over Mr. Resetti's role of reminding the player about saving until the Reset Center is built. She may be caught sleeping in the town hall a week after the first public works project is built, and this will allow the Dream Suite to be built on Main Street.

In Happy Home Designer[edit]

Isabelle is now an employee at the Town Hall and gives the player Public Facility projects, because she has heard of the player's renowned house-building skills. She will follow the player to the facility to provide a list of required items. She can also have a home built for her by scanning her amiibo card via the amiibo phone located in Nook's Homes, which she will share with Digby.

In Pocket Camp[edit]

In Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, Isabelle acts as an assistant manager for the player at their campsite, providing tips to bring the most out of their camp, as well as providing various goals for the player to accomplish, from within Market Place. Additionally, by crafting the special item Isabelle's Slideshow, the player can invite Isabelle personally to their campsite.

In New Horizons[edit]

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Isabelle in New Horizons

Isabelle acts as Tom Nook's assistant for Nook Inc. Her appearance in New Horizons requires the player to move three villagers into houses and wait the full three days for each of them to move in. The day after all three villagers have moved in and unpacked, Tom Nook announces that the Resident Services tent will be upgraded into a full-fledged building and advises everyone to use any functions they need to before construction makes the tent inaccessible. The building closes the following day for construction, and Isabelle will appear inside the building once it is finished.

In the Resident Services building, Isabelle can be seen working at her desk, looking out of the window, or watering the office flowers. If the player sits at the Civic Consultation Center stool, she will help in changing the island tune and flag, resetting other villagers' clothes or speech, and will tell you the current island evaluation.

Other appearances[edit]

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

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

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, Isabelle has a plethora of roles, each of varying degrees of importance. The secretary makes an appearance as an Assist Trophy, replacing Mr. Resetti as the sole Animal Crossing series Assist Trophy. Once summoned, she tosses fruit at the player who summoned her, which heal them upon contact. However, only the summoner has the advantage of being able to recover by simply touching the fruit; the other players can heal via the fruits, but they first must pick them up and use them as if they were an item.

In addition, Isabelle is a Smash Tour item that, when used, causes all the nearby stat boost items to grow to their maximum size.

A Mii Fighter costume based on Isabelle - consisting of a hat and an outfit - was released as downloadable content on June 14th, 2015. The headgear can be adorned by all three variants of Mii Fighter, while the outfit is only available for the Mii Gunner (with the standard gun being replaced with a party popper).

Trophy Description[edit]
Both Versions
Isabelle SSB4 Trophy (Wii U).png #252 Isabelle
NTSC-U: Isabelle is the mayor's highly capable secretary. She can be forgetful sometimes, but you can always count on her for information about the town. She wears her hair up in a bun that makes her look like a shih tzu. Mostly because she is one! She also has a twin brother named Digby.

PAL: Isabelle's the mayor's secretary, and you couldn't ask for someone more on the ball! Well...maybe you could, but she's still full of useful info about life in the town. With her fringe and tied-up hair, she looks just like a shih-tzu! That's because she is one. And so is her twin brother, Digby.

3DS Version
Isabelle (Winter Outfit) SSB4 Trophy (3DS).png #629 Isabelle (Winter Outfit)

Isabelle (Sweater)
NTSC-U: The green check she wears in warmer months suits her perfectly, but when the cold hits, her mustard-yellow cardigan is just too stylish for words. It may make you long for the spring months, though. Hot or cold—nothing makes Isabelle feel under the weather!

PAL: The green chequered vest she wears in warmer months suits her to a T, but when the cold hits, her mustard-yellow cardie is just too stylish for words. That said, it might make you long for spring and all its vibrant beauty! Of course, Isabelle doesn't mind. Hot or cold, she's always a ray of sunshine!

Name in Italics denote PAL Name.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Isabelle is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. She was revealed during the September 13, 2018 Nintendo Direct. Her reveal trailer initially appeared to be a trailer for Animal Crossing: New Horizons, but after her trailer was shown, a teaser trailer for such a game was shown immediately after Isabelle's trailer.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Isabelle shares some moves with the Villager like Pocket, the Net, the Umbrella, the Slingshot, the Turnips, and a pot, but some of her attacks are unique as well. Her side special move is a Fishing rod, which can be used to grab and throw opponents from far away. Her neutral attack is a Toy hammer. Her up smash is the do-not-enter sign which is identical to the Public works project with the same name. Her down special involves Lloid acting as a land mine and launching when a player steps on it. It can also be activated by pressing the button again. She utilizes a Party Popper for her side smash, which is similar to the one used by the Mii costume based on her from the previous game. Her up special is functionally identical to the Villager's but aesthetically involves her sitting on a swing set while being carried by two Bunny Balloon items. She also uses other attacks that aren't in the Animal Crossing games like a broom for her up tilt and get-up attacks, a bucket full of water as her down smash, and twirling pom-poms as her neutral air. Her Final Smash is similar to Villager's, in which it involves her trapping her foes inside the Town Hall while Tom Nook and Timmy and Tommy are building the Town Hall, once the Nooks are done, the ending sound effect for paying off your loan is heard, then the Town Hall explodes, dealing massive damage in the process.


Isabelle NL.png Isabelle SSBU.png Isabelle
Fighter Spirit

* Complete Classic Mode with Isabelle
  • Purchase from the Vault Shop for 300G (after unlocking Isabelle)

Mario Kart 8[edit]

Isabelle is a playable character who - alongside the Villager - is part of the downloadable content pack Animal Crossing x Mario Kart 8, which was released on April 23, 2015. Her signature vehicle is the City Tripper, and she is a lightweight racer.

Villager info[edit]

In Happy Home Designer[edit]

Happy Home Designer House Info
Type: Special Dog
Client's Vision: I'll leave it up to you!
Required Items: None
Favorite Song: Bubblegum K.K.
Favorite Saying: A good attitude will always take you further than a bad habit.
Isabelle HHD Character Icon.png

Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome amiibo RV[edit]

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RV of Isabelle.jpg
Style: Alpine
Alpine Bed HHD Icon.png Alpine Bed Alpine Low Table HHD Icon.png Alpine Low Table
Alpine Panel HHD Icon.png Alpine Panel Basket Chair HHD Icon.png Basket Chair
FallLeaf.png Isabelle Scooter Natural Lamp HHD Icon.png Natural Lamp
FallLeaf.png New 3DS - Isabelle FallLeaf.png PA System
FallLeaf.png Town-Hall Winter Top Wii U Console HHD Icon.png Wii U Console
Wallpaper: Green Wall HHD Icon.png Green Wall
Floor: Modern Wood Flooring HHD Icon.png Modern Wood Flooring
Music: Forest Life

Card profiles[edit]

Animal Crossing amiibo card
#001 Isabelle - Series 1
Type: Special
Star sign: Sagittarius
Birthday: December 20th
Dice value: 1
Hand sign: Scissors
001 Isabelle amiibo card NA.png
405 K.K. List of amiibo cards
#001 Isabelle
002 Tom Nook
Animal Crossing amiibo card
#113 Isabelle (Winter Outfit) - Series 2
Type: Special
Star sign: Sagittarius
Birthday: December 20th
Dice value: 3
Hand sign: Paper
113 Isabelle amiibo card NA.png
112 Don Resetti List of amiibo cards
#113 Isabelle (Winter Outfit)
114 Blanca
Animal Crossing amiibo card
#215 Isabelle (Kimono) - Series 3
Type: Special
Star sign: Sagittarius
Birthday: December 20th
Dice value: 6
Hand sign: Rock
215 Isabelle amiibo card NA.png
214 Don Resetti List of amiibo cards
#215 Isabelle (Kimono)
216 Franklin
Animal Crossing amiibo card
#301 Isabelle (Spring Dress) - Series 4
Type: Special
Star sign: Sagittarius
Birthday: December 20th
Dice value: 5
Hand sign: Paper
301 Isabelle amiibo card NA.png
300 Chrissy List of amiibo cards
#301 Isabelle (Spring Dress)
302 Brewster
Animal Crossing amiibo card
#401 Isabelle (Character Parfait) - Series ???
Type: Special
Star sign: Sagittarius
Birthday: December 20th
Dice value: 1
Hand sign: Scissors
401 Isabelle amiibo card JP.jpg
400 Robin List of amiibo cards
#401 Isabelle (Character Parfait)
402 Goldie



Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese しずえ
From Shih Tzu, the dog breed.

Korean 여울
Literally means "Rapids (of the river)".

Simplified Chinese 西施惠
From 西施犬 (Shih Tzu) and a kanji of え, last syllable of her Japanese name.

Russian Изабель

Dutch Isabelle -

German Melinda Diminutive form of Melissa which means "Honey" in Greek, most likely referring to the color of her fur

European Spanish Canela Meaning “Cinnamon” and a play on the word “Can”, which means “Dog” in Spanish

European French Marie Play on the word Mairie meaning Town Hall and the French way to write Mary

Italian Fuffi Typical name used for dogs

Portuguese Isabelle


  • Isabelle appears in StreetPass Mii Plaza as a hat that the player can buy for 1 Plaza Ticket.
  • Like all other special characters, Isabelle is immune to Pitfall Seeds in New Leaf
  • Isabelle wears a yellow and black coat instead of her normal green and white shirt during the Autumn and Winter months, respectively.
  • A lazy villager might write a letter to the player saying they had a dream where Isabelle was 40 feet tall and was destroying everything.
  • In Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, Digby and Isabelle claim to have spent at least a portion of their puphood in a cardboard box. Isabelle will also mention having chewed on Digby's shoes when they were younger.
    • Digby will also reveal that Isabelle is surprisingly smart, being graduated in engineering in nineteen different universities.


  1. In New Leaf only
  2. In New Horizons only
  3. Japanese: しずえ Hepburn: Shizue

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