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Species Gender
Dog Female
Service Secretary
Birthday December 20th
Star sign Sagittarius Sagittarius
Appearances Animal Crossing: New Leaf,
Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer,
Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival

Isabelle (しずえ, Shizue) is a dog that appears in Animal Crossing: New Leaf to help the player with their duties as mayor. Her name was first revealed as Hisho during the New Leaf developer commentary,[1] then changed in the June 2012 Nintendo Direct to Shizue.[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. Her Japanese name comes from shih tzu, the breed of dog she is based on.

Because she was the first new character to be revealed to players, many people speculated that she is the 'eager secretary' that will assist the player in his/her new role as the town mayor.[3] This was later confirmed when she was shown talking to the player, with the name Hisho (ひしょ), which is Japanese for secretary, during Tokyo Game Show 2011. She is said to be very clumsy and very absent-minded. She has a twin brother called Digby who runs the Happy Home Showcase.

Isabelle makes a cameo appearance in the first E3 trailer of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. She appears in the game as an Assist Trophy.

Isabelle, along with the villager, appears as a playable racer in the second Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack, which was released in April 2015.


Animal Crossing: 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.

Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer[edit]

Isabelle is now an employee at the Town Hall and gives the player Public Facillity projects, because she has heard of the player's renowned house-building skills. She is also available as an Amiibo Card.

Other appearances[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 varients of Mii Fighter, while the outfit is only available for the Mii Gunner (with the standard gun being replaced with a party popper).

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.



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

Trophy Description[edit]

Both Versions[edit]
IsabelleTrophyWiiU.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[edit]
IsabelleSweaterTrophy3DS.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.

Tips Info[edit]

"Isabelle is here to support whichever fighter summoned her into the battle. She'll throw healing fruit that's used just by touching it."

"Isabelle will do her best to throw the fruit she brought to the fighter who summoned her. This doesn't mean other fighters can't steal it."

"Isabelle cares how the fight is going! If the fighter who summoned her gets a KO, she'll be happy! She'll flinch if the fighters get close."

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: K.K. Stroll
Pic Quote:

amiibo cards[edit]

Animal Crossing amiibo card
#001 Isabelle
Type: Special
Star sign: Sagittarius
Birthday: December 20th
Dice value: 1
Hand sign: Scissors
001 Isabelle amiibo card NA.png
300 Unknown List of amiibo cards
#001 Isabelle
002 Tom Nook
Animal Crossing amiibo card
#113 Isabelle (Winter Outfit)
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)
Type: Special
Star sign: Sagittarius
Birthday: December 20th
Dice value: 6
Hand sign: Rock
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214 Don Resetti List of amiibo cards
#215 Isabelle (Kimono)
216 Franklin
Animal Crossing amiibo card
#401 Isabelle (Character Parfait)
Type: Special
Star sign: Sagittarius
Birthday: December 20th
Dice value: 1
Hand sign: Scissors
401 Isabelle amiibo card JP.jpg
400 Unknown List of amiibo cards
#401 Isabelle (Character Parfait)
402 Goldie

External Links[edit]



Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Canela Cinnamon
French Marie French for "Mary"
German Melinda -
Italian Fuffi Typical name used for dogs
Korean 여울
Literally means "Rapids (of the river)".
Russian Изабелла
Transcription of English name


  • She appears in StreetPass Mii Plaza as a hat that the player can buy for 1 Plaza Ticket.
  • Isabelle is immune to pitfall seeds, like all other special characters.
  • Isabelle wears a yellow coat 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 a 40-foot Isabelle was destroying everything.
  • Isabelle's name may refer to her head's resembling a bag of Bells.
  • 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.

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