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"The good, the bad, the so-so... Make all of it work for you."
— Lyle, Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, Welcome amiibo, and New Horizons
SpecialSpeciesIconSilhouette.png Lyle ott
Lyle NLWa.png
Species Gender
Otter Male
Birthday June 6th Gemini
Role Insurance[nb 1]
Happy Home Academy[nb 2]
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages

Lyle is an otter[1] that appears in Animal Crossing: Wild World, Animal Crossing: City Folk, and Animal Crossing: New Leaf. He works as an insurance salesman in Animal Crossing: Wild World, selling insurance and giving refunds on forged paintings. In Animal Crossing: City Folk, he has a new job, working for the Happy Room Academy in their headquarters in the city. In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Lyle continues working for the expanded Happy Room Academy, where he is stationed in Nook's Homes. He is Lottie's uncle. His English name may be a pun on lie, referring to his shady nature in Wild World.



Lyle is a blue otter with large whiskers and a hunched appearance, though he is sometimes mistaken for a weasel. He wears black thick-rimmed glasses.


In Wild World[edit]

Lyle, as he appears in Wild World.

Lyle makes his first appearance in Animal Crossing: Wild World working as an insurance salesman. He appears every Saturday between 6 AM and 6 PM outside the player's house to take a survey. He will follow the player for a time if they do not talk to him immediately, a sign of his persistent nature. Upon talking to him, he will ask a number of unanswerable questions, heckling the player into signing a health insurance policy. The only way to avoid this is either by declining to take the quiz or by not having sufficient funds (which will "bust his chops").

By paying 3,000 Bells, the player will receive 100 Bells every time they are injured - this includes tripping or getting stung by bees. However, players can receive the 100 Bells bonus only once per day. A further payment of 6,000 Bells on the following Saturday will result in the players' receiving compensation of 100 Bells if they buy a counterfeit painting, but only if the painting is presented to Lyle himself.

Normal villagers sometimes warn of a health insurance scam operating in the area, which is a reference to Lyle and his scamming techniques. Some jock villagers also say the same thing - how this "guy" came and asked them if they wanted their muscles insured. At first they said no, because "whoever's heard of insuring your muscles?" and that another villager told them it was a scam.

Lyle is also believed to be working with Redd, scamming people out of money. In his questionnaire, Lyle asks for what weekday Redd should appear in the town, after which Redd will appear on that day, but will also deny any connection with him.

If the player speaks to Blathers on the fourth Sunday of May, he tells them how Lyle tried to sell his insurance to him in the museum. The villagers will also constantly mention how Blathers seems flustered and not his usual self.

"Well... Sadly, we've noticed an increasing number of... undesirables as well. Yes. In fact, just the other day we had a rather odd guest darken our door. 'Twas a Saturday, and yet this fellow wore a very hot-looking business suit. Yes, Yes, he was rather relentless with his queries, as well... He even went so far as to ask me some personal questions, eh wot? If I'm to be honest, I must admit I tired of these questions quickly. Yes... In the end, the cheeky chap asked if I had insurance and if I wanted to sign up! Why, that tore it! I lost my temper and threw the lout out! The nerve... This is a museum, I said! Why couldn't he glean that fact and be gone?!" - Blathers Animal Crossing: Wild World

In City Folk[edit]

Lyle, as he appears in City Folk.

Lyle appears to have a more respectable job in Animal Crossing: City Folk working in the Happy Room Academy Headquarters in the city. He will mention how much he hates his new job, and frequently talks of his old, "high-flying" lifestyle. He seems to be calmer, possibly to fit in with his new "happy" job and only makes a reference to "bustin' [his] chops" once, if the player refuses to join the HRA. When talked to, his persistent nature leads him to continue talking with the player until they agree to join the Happy Room Academy. If the player's house becomes the model room, he states (if they decide to discuss the model room with him, not the evaluation) that he is trying to love his new job. An ad for the HRA, with his picture on it, can be seen in the bus on the back of Kapp'n's seat.

He makes no reference to his past lifestyle in Animal Crossing: Wild World other than his frequent complaints and mentions of his old office when the player first talks to him. He does not talk about Redd or Crazy Redd's, which is located nearby, implying that he was caught for fraud, and has to work for the HRA, which explains why he does not enjoy his work.

At the Happy Room Academy Headquarters, the player can also speak with Lyle in order to find out their current "HRA evaluation" or stop the weekly flow of evaluation letters.

It is suggested that Lyle used to be a grave-digger or fossil hunter, because if the player's house becomes the model room and has a particularly valuable fossil in it, Lyle will say that he used to dig up bones in "the yard... not the backyard, the other yard...", implying that it was a graveyard he used to dig in.

In New Leaf[edit]

Lyle, as he appears in New Leaf.

Lyle returns in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. He appears in Nook's Homes after certain conditions have been met and runs the Happy Home Academy, the successor of the Happy Room Academy seen in previous titles. His office is in the bottom left of the store, where a seating area was previously. Similar to Animal Crossing: City Folk, Lyle gives the player their HHA evaluation. However, he no longer presents model rooms, a job now done by Digby. Because his office is so easy to access, evaluation letters are no longer an option.

In New Horizons[edit]

Lyle's Poster in New Horizons.

While initially absent from Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Lyle makes his return in the 2.0 update, where he can be invited to The Roost or Harv's Island via his amiibo, the latter of which will also allow the player to obtain Lyle's Poster from Nook Shopping. When summoned at The Roost, he will also bring Lottie, Tom Nook, and Digby.

In Happy Home Designer[edit]

In Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, Lyle appears on the second floor of Nook's Homes, as a senior designer. Lyle will give the player tips for designing when spoken to, but he seems forgetful, as Lyle constantly asks the player if he has already told them about the tip provided, and appears quite pleased if it's not the case.

In Gekijōban Doubutsu no Mori[edit]

Lyle and Dr. Shrunk in Gekijōban Doubutsu no Mori.

Lyle makes a cameo in 🎬 Gekijōban Doubutsu no Mori, sitting next to Dr. Shrunk in the audience at the Fireworks Festival.

Other appearances[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Lyle has a chance of appearing as a spectator in the Smashville stage. He also appears as a collectible sticker.

Lyle SSBB Sticker.png #500 Lyle
[Weapon] Attack +11
All fighters
Lyle SSBB Sticker.png #500 Lyle
[Weapon] Attack +11
All fighters

In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Lyle once again has a chance of appearing as a spectator in the Smashville and Town and City stages. He also appears as a collectible trophy.




Description NTSC-U: Lyle has filled a lot of roles over the years, but in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, he's taken on management of the Happy Home Academy. Drop by to chat, or ask and he'll tell you how the HHA ranks your home. This is a new kind of job for Lyle... You could say he's turned a new leaf!

PAL: Lyle has played a few roles over the years, and in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, he's in charge of the Happy Home Academy. Feel free to drop by for a chat or to ask him how the HHA ranks your home. Lyle wasn't a big fan of this kind of work in the past, but he really seems to enjoy it this time. You could say he's turned over a new leaf!
Acquisition Random

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]





Category Support Spirit
Class Novice (★)
Slot cost 1 (⬢)
Ability Green Shell Equipped
  • Battle via Spirit Board
  • Purchase from the Vault Shop for 500G
  • Battle information
    Enemy fighter Blue King Dedede
    Type Attack
    Power 1,700
    Stage Smashville
  • Defense ↑
  • Attack Power ↑
  • Conditions
  • The enemy has increased attack power when the enemy's at high damage
  • The enemy has increased defense when the enemy's at high damage
  • Music Town Hall and Tom Nook's Store - Animal Crossing: Wild World

    Villager information[edit]

    In Happy Home Designer[edit]

    Example of Lyle's Happy Home Designer house
    Official example
    Lyle's Happy Home Designer icon
    The good, the bad, the so-so... Make all of it work for you.
    Client's vision I'll leave it up to you!
    Favorite song  K.K. Tango
    Unlocked items
  •  Gold HHA Plaque
  •  Gold House Model
  •  K.K. Tango
  •  Lyle's Pic
  • Starting house: Default exterior of Lyle's house in Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer

    In Happy Home Paradise[edit]

    Client's vision Vacation-Home Concept
    Unlocked items

    Card profiles[edit]

    amiibo card[edit]

    016 Lyle amiibo card NA.png

    Card back

    Amiibo card back.png

    #016 Lyle - Series 1
    Star sign: Gemini
    Birthday: June 6
    Dice value: 5
    Hand sign: Paper



    • Lyle may be based on a kawauso (), a magical river otter in Japanese folklore that enjoys playing tricks on humans. Kawauso are similar to kitsune and tanuki, hence Lyle's connections to Redd and Tom Nook.
    • In City Folk, when the player asks about the model room and states that the player's room is featured, Lyle will say "Lyle's trying to love this job! Look at him dance!"
    • In both City Folk and New Leaf, Lyle states that he has daughters.

    Names in other languages[edit]

    Japanese ホンマさん
    Mr. Honma; from 本真 (honma), meaning "truth." Likely ironic, given his insurance scam.

    Korean 안심해씨
    From "안심해 (Please be safe)" and "~씨 (Mr. ~)"

    Simplified Chinese
    Traditional Chinese
    阿本先生 / 阿本先生
    Ā Běn Xiān shēng
    From 書本 shūběn (book) and 先生 xiānshēng (Mr.)

    Russian Лайл
    Same as his English name

    Dutch Lyle -

    German Fred -

    European Spanish Sisebuto From "sisar," meaning "to steal"

    European French Lionel Similar to English name

    Italian Frodolo From "frode" (Italian for "fraud")


    1. In Wild World only
    2. In City Folk and New Leaf


    1. Lyle's official Pocket Camp image is CTRP_EAA_NSP-ott01_R_ad.png, the ott part of which indicates that his species is an otter.