The parents of the player are unseen characters present throughout the Animal Crossing series. Mom will occasionally write letters, in addition to one shortly after moving to town and another on Mother's Day, while Dad writes only on Father's Day. In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, however, the father sends the player more letters, but not as often as Mom. They are the only humans apart from the players and in television programs referenced in the series.
- "It's the start of softball season! I accidentally hit Agnes with the ball when I was pitching. Oops. She was really mad! ♥ Mom."
- — Mom, Animal Crossing: Wild World
In all Animal Crossing games, the player will frequently receive in-game letters from Mom, purportedly the character's mother. Letters from Mom usually contain a small anecdote about life in the character's home prior to moving into the town; these anecdotes usually concern certain memories of the player that she has, a tale relating to "Dad", or a few words of wisdom or guidance.
Mom will also occasionally send gifts in the mail, on the player's birthday, and on New Year's Day. Mom also sends non-native fruit, acorns, and mushrooms in the mail as gifts as well on random occasions, always with a relevant story attached. In Doubutsu no Mori e+, Mom sends a letter talking about Bean Day on February 3. Later, on July 7, she will discuss Starcrossed Day.
Mom is never actually seen, nor is it known how or why the player came to move away from home in the first place. Outside of the letters, the player's mother is never mentioned by any other animal. It is also not possible to send letters back to Mom.
Items in New Horizons
In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Mom will send unique gifts to the player each month. Below is a list that Mom will give each month.
Mom will also send the player Mom's homemade cake on their birthday.
Variations of Mom's items are preset to each island every year. Mom's items are customizable, with the exception of Mom's knapsack, Mom's handmade apron, Mom's kitchen mat, and Mom's hand-knit sweater.
Dad is the father of the player in the Animal Crossing series. He originally only wrote on Father's Day, usually saying something like "See? Your Mom isn't the only writer in the family." Like Mom, he is not seen and is a small part of the player's life. In Animal Crossing: City Folk and Animal Crossing: New Leaf, he gives the player a red carnation during Father's Day, which is the only way to obtain the special flower. In New Leaf, he has a larger role and now sends the player more letters. Dad does not write to the player in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
According to Mom in one letter she may send in New Leaf, Dad is allergic to dog fur. However, another letter from the same game suggests she is trying to convince him to let her adopt a kitten, implying the alleged allergy doesn't extend to cat fur.