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"A stitch in time saves nine... more stitches."
— Mabel, Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer and Welcome amiibo
SpecialSpeciesIconSilhouette.png Mabel hgh
Mabel NH.png
Species Gender
Hedgehog Female
Birthday May 22nd Gemini
Role Able Sisters (clothing selling)
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages

Japanese きぬよ
Korean 고순이
Italian Agostina
German Tina

Simplified Chinese 绢儿
French Layette
Spanish Pili
Dutch Mabel

Traditional Chinese 絹兒
Quebec French Layette
Latin American Spanish Pili
Russian Мэйбл

Mabel is a character in the Animal Crossing series, co-owning the Able Sisters tailor shop, one of the two stores that can be found in the player's town, with her older sister, Sable. She is the charismatic one out of the sisters, who assists customers with their purchases. Her Japanese name is derived from kinu, meaning silk.


She does not directly speak about her past - which is given away by Sable once talking to her. She may bicker from time to time with Sable, about who does most of the work within the business. She rarely mentions her parents, but from what is learned through Sable, she was too young to know who they were at the time of the crash. She was raised by her sister, as at the time she was an infant.


In Animal Crossing[edit]

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Artwork of Mabel from Animal Crossing.

Although absent in the original Doubutsu no Mori, Mabel makes an appearance in its enhanced GameCube port, Animal Crossing, as the owner of The Able Sisters along with her older sister Sable. Within the shop, Mabel helps the player design clothing patterns that can be put on clothes and umbrellas, as well as store designs for the player.

In Wild World[edit]

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Artwork of Mabel from Animal Crossing: Wild World.

Mabel returns in Animal Crossing: Wild World, where her role is the same as it was in Animal Crossing, except now she also sells hats and accessories. Additionally, the player is also able to sell clothing items to her, for a much higher price than if the player simply sells them to Tom Nook. During January, however, Sable will get depressed, much to Mabel's bewilderment. Due to Mabel's age, she knows little of the subject, but does have experiences related to these subjects. The following can be matched with Sable's statement to get an accurate picture:

"Well, so there's this cedar box that my sis keeps all her treasures in, right? And she's never showed me what was inside that thing. Not even once! But then, this one time, long ago, I saw the front of what looked like... an important letter. At least, that's what I THOUGHT it was..."
— Mabel on the cedar box Sable was sent, Animal Crossing: Wild World
"Yeah, so there's this pair of scissors that my Sis has been using forever, right? When they got too dull to use, I said she should buy a new pair, but... It was the weirdest thing! When I did, she completely flipped out on me! I know it's important to take care of your things, but... That's ridiculous!"
— Mabel on Sable's old scissors, Animal Crossing: Wild World
"Well, lately, at night, my sis has been sitting at the window, staring at the night sky. She says that in the winter, a certain constellation becomes visible... It's kinda weird.. the stuff my sis knows about... You know, constellations and meanings of flowers, that kinda stuff... "
— Mabel on Sable's knowledge of her constellation, Animal Crossing: Wild World

In City Folk[edit]

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Artwork of Mabel in Animal Crossing: City Folk

In Animal Crossing: City Folk, Mabel's role is virtually unchanged from Wild World, although she now assists the player with making PRO designs, as the player themselves now has the ability to self-edit designs. When talking to her, she soon learns that she may in fact have an older sister called Labelle, a worker in GracieGrace - a store in the city. Mabel has no contact with Labelle, due to her having an argument with Sable, who felt she abandoned the family when their parents died. Mabel wishes to get them talking again.

In New Leaf[edit]

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Artwork of Mabel in Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Mabel's role remains unchanged in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, as she works in the Able Sisters along with her sisters Sable and Labelle. However, if the player purchases 51 articles of clothing, they can obtain a Mannequin from her. If her amiibo is scanned, Wisp will run the shop while she's taking a break in the Campground. While he's working at the shop, the player can't buy clothing.

In New Horizons[edit]

Mabel returns in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, resuming her previous role, although the main difference lies in the inaccessibility of the Able Sisters shop since the start of the game; instead, it is an unlockable shop needed for the "story progression" of the first part of the player's experience on the deserted island. As such, Mabel's appearance is determined by the player's progresses.

She will appear for the first time on the day of Nook's Cranny first opening, talking inside the shop with Timmy and Tommy and complimenting them for their new business. Upon spotting the player, she will briefly introduce herself and mentions that she will be periodically coming to the island to sell wares, showing an interest in starting her own business on the island. However, in order to do so, she needs to find a solid clientele first. Since then, Mabel will put a small stand in the central plaza below the Resident Services on a random day of the week. Each day, she will provide a different, albeit limited, selection of clothing and accessories.

As soon as at least 5 items and over 5,000 Bells worth of clothing and accessories are bought over the course of at least two of her visits, Mabel will mention that she has spoken with her sister, Sable, and asks for the Resident Representative's assistance in finding a location for their stores. Once the tailor's shop is built, she will become a permanent resident of the island and will take up her usual role, acting as the clerk of the Able Sisters.

Other appearances[edit]

Doubutsu no Mori (film)[edit]

Like many other special visitors and characters, Mabel appears in Doubutsu no Mori (film) alongside Sable in the Able Sisters store. She has a minor role in the film, only appearing when Ai, the main character, enters the store to deliver a few boxes from Tom Nook.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Mabel appears as a trophy and will occasionally appear in the background of the Smashville stage.

Sable & Mabel Trophy Brawl.png #269 Sable & Mabel
Sisters who run the Able Sisters tailor shop. Mabel's the younger sibling, the one who deals with customers. Her older sister, Sable, sits at the sewing machine in the back of the shop. Sable's shy and will look slightly miffed if you speak to her. If you drop by to chat with her every day, however, she'll gradually warm up and share some stories with you.

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

Mabel once again appears as a trophy and appears in the background of the Smashville and the Town and City stages.

Able Sisters SSB4 Trophy (Wii U).png #621 (3DS) 548 (Wii U) Able Sisters
NTSC-U: Able Sisters is a clothing and tailoring shop run by three completely different sisters. The oldest, Sable, quietly sews in the corner. The middle child, Labelle, sells accessories, and the youngest, Mabel, greets customers cheerfully. They fought in the past but have put that behind them!

PAL: The three Able sisters are like chalk and cheese...and thread, but running a clothes shop makes good use of their strengths: Sable works quietly at the sewing machine, Labelle sells accessories, and the cheerful Mabel welcomes people in. Despite their quirks, they get along well...usually.
Random (3DS)
Collect all of the custom outfits. (Wii U)

Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival[edit]

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Mabel as she appears in Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival

In Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival, Mabel appears as a playable character when her amiibo is scanned into the game. She behaves the same way as all other playable characters.

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp[edit]

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Mabel as she appears in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp

Mabel reappears in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, running the Able Sisters To Go shop with Sable. The shop sells three pieces of clothing per day, and is located in the Market Place.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]


Able Sisters NL.png Able Sisters
Support Spirit

Class: ★★★

Ability: Shield Durability ↑
* Battle via Spirit Board
  • Purchase from the Vault Shop for 6000G
  • Scan the Mabel amiibo


Physical appearance[edit]

Mabel is a blue hedgehog with brown-orange cheeks and black eyes, eyebrows, and snout. Like her sisters, she has no visible mouth, so instead visibly talks by moving her nose. She wears a green and white gingham apron and has a head full of large, spiky bristles.


Mabel welcomes the player to her shop in Animal Crossing: Wild World

Mabel, in contrast to her quiet sister, is an energetic, talkative person, who takes over the spotlight of the Able Sisters store while her sister remains in the background. She actively speaks with the player in a fast, pleasant mood, similar to a peppy villager, and always appears eager to help. Despite this, she prefers to keep certain subjects to a minimum, such as her parents as well as Sable raising her, which she does not remember due to her age at the time.



Mabel scolds her sister for being so quiet in Animal Crossing.

Though Mabel and Sable are sisters, the two are very different from one another, sometimes resulting in conflict such as Mabel scolding Sable for her behavior. However, she does allow Sable to keep to herself from time to time, even though they both collectively own the shop and thus deserve to work together.

Villager info[edit]

In Happy Home Designer[edit]

Happy Home Designer House Info
Type: Special Hedgehog
Client's Vision: I'll leave it up to you!
Required Items: None
Favorite Song: Soulful K.K.
Favorite Saying: A stitch in time saves nine... more stitches.
Mabel HHD Character Icon.png

*Mabel will share a house with Sable and Labelle.

Card profiles[edit]

Animal Crossing e-Reader card[edit]

Animal Crossing-e card
#009 Mabel Able - Series 1
Gender: Female
Species: Hedgehog
Sign: Gemini
Password: X7@yiYJGnyO%59
Animal Crossing-e 1-009 (Mabel Able).jpg
008 Sable Able Animal Crossing-e cards
#009 Mabel Able
010 Kapp'n

Happy Home Designer amiibo card[edit]

Animal Crossing amiibo card
#207 Mabel - Series 3
Type: Special
Star sign: Gemini
Birthday: May 22nd
Dice value: 4
Hand sign: Paper
207 Mabel amiibo card NA.png
206 Pete List of amiibo cards
#207 Mabel
208 Leif

RV description[edit]

When visiting Mabel's RV at the campground, the bottom screen will display the following:

"The public face of the Able Sisters, she dearly loves Sable and Labelle, but she needs her own space too. Solo car camping is just the thing!"



Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese きぬよ
From 絹 kinu (silk)

Korean 고순이
Probably derived from 고슴도치 (Goseumdochi/Hedgehog)

Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
绢儿 / 絹兒
Juàn er

Russian Мэйбл
Transcription of English name

Dutch Mabel Same as English name

German Tina

European Spanish Pili Likely derived from the Spanish comic acting duo comprised of twin sisters Pili and Mili and/or Pili & Mili, a women's clothing store located in London

European French Layette A clothing set for a newborn child

Italian Agostina Her shortened name, "Ago", means "needle"; it's also used in the shop's Italian name, Ago & Filo


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