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Species Gender
Dog Female
Service Secretary
Birthday December 20th
Appearances Animal Crossing: New Leaf

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.

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 will be available as an amiibo card in the upcoming Happy Home Designer.



  • 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 appears on the cover of K.K. Waltz.
  • 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.

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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)".

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