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"C'est la vie!"
— Ken, Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Japanese クロベエ Korean 오골 Chinese N/A
French Ken Italian Aligalli Spanish Pichón
German Hannes Dutch Ken Russian Кен
Ken NLa.png
Species Personality Gender
Chicken Smug Male
Birthday December 23rd Capricorn
Phrase no doubt
Clothes Ninja Shirt
Saying C'est la vie!
Main Games
Other Games

Ken is a smug chicken villager in the Animal Crossing series. He first appeared in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. His picture quote, "C'est la vie!", is French for "that is life". His English name is likely derived from "shuriken" since he initially wears a ninja shirt. His name may also be a reference to the last part of his species name.



Ken is a black chicken with blue highlights, and teal lines separating the blue parts of his body from the black parts. He has pink circles on his cheeks, making him appear to be blushing. His eyes are simple white eyes with black pupils, and the line across his face makes him appear perpetually angry, potentially leading one to mistake him for a cranky villager. His beak is a light yellow, and his feet are light yellow with darker stripes.


Below is a brief description of the smug personality. For more information, click here.

Ken is a Smug villager, meaning he will come off as gentleman-like and polite. Smug villagers seem to be a mix between some personalities, and are kind, lively but can come off as conceited. Regardless of gender, they will occasionally flirt with the player. Smug villagers cannot be a starter villager, and can only move in after the player becomes mayor. They wake up at 8:30 am.


In New Leaf[edit]

KenPicACNL.png C'est la vie!
Skill Clearing my plate
Goal Architect
Fear Monster
Clothing Smallcheckmark.png Iconic
Smallxmark.png Cute
Color Purple
Type Blue Mountain
Milk The regular amount
Sugar Two spoonfuls
Ideal Gifts for Ken – Purple Iconic Items
Name Price Available From
Eggplant Cow - Obon (Japan)
Zodiac Dragon - New Year's Day
Zodiac Monkey - New Year's Day
Zodiac Rat - New Year's Day
Bad Plaid Shirt 420 Ables (All)
Bad Plaid Tee 420 Ables (All)
Genie Shirt 640 Ables (All)
Genie Vest 280 Ables (Summer)
New Spring Tee 520 Ables (Spring)
Periwinkle Shirt 380 Ables (All)
More Purple Items More Iconic Items


Ken's house is Japanese themed, shown by his black katana and hearth. He also owns other Japanese-styled items, such as a tatami bed and a Pine Bonsai. Comrade K.K. will play if he owns a stereo.

Card profiles[edit]

Happy Home Designer amiibo Card[edit]

Animal Crossing amiibo card
#225 Ken - Series 3
Type: Chicken
Star sign: Capricorn
Birthday: December 23rd
Dice value: 1
Hand sign: Rock
225 Ken amiibo card NA.png
224 Paula List of amiibo cards
#225 Ken
226 Mitzi


Menu Camera NH Icon.png

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese クロベエ
Spanish Pichón -
French Ken -
Dutch Ken Same as English name
German Hannes -
Italian Alligalli -
Korean 오골
Russian Кен
From English name