Dr. Shrunk

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"Why did the chicken cross the road? To avoid Dr. Shrunk!"
— Dr. Shrunk, Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer and Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome amiibo
"The doctor is OUT!"
— Dr. Shrunk, Animal Crossing: City Folk
SpecialSpeciesIconSilhouette.png Dr. Shrunk upa
Shrunk NLa.png
Species Gender
Axolotl Male
Birthday January 2nd Capricorn
Role Emotions
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages

Japanese ししょー
Korean 스승
Italian Strizzo
German Samselt

Simplified Chinese 笑匠
French Ciboulot
Spanish Dr. Sito
Dutch Shrunk

Traditional Chinese 笑匠
Quebec French Ciboulot
Latin American Spanish Dr. Sito
Russian Шранк

Dr. Shrunk is an axolotl who first appeared in Animal Crossing: Wild World and has appeared in every game afterwards until Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. He also had a cameo in Doubutsu no Mori (film). He is a psychologist and comedian who can help players get in touch with their emotional side by allowing them to express specific emotions. His name refers to the word "shrink", as in "head-shrinker", slang for psychologist.


Wild World[edit]

In Animal Crossing: Wild World, Dr. Shrunk will visit town every week on a random day from Monday through Friday, between 6 AM. and midnight. Talking to Dr. Shrunk leads to him teaching the player to display a randomly chosen emotion. On his first visit, the player can learn only one random emotion, but from the second visit onwards, the player can choose one from four random emotions depending on the answer to a series of questions.

Animal Crossing: City Folk[edit]

In Animal Crossing: City Folk, Dr. Shrunk hosts comedy shows at the Marquee in the City, which can be viewed after paying the clerk 800 Bells. Before paying, the clerk will ask the player which show they want to see, letting the player choose which emotion is taught. After a short comedy routine from Dr. Shrunk or Frillard, the player will learn the corresponding emotion. Villagers occasionally appear in the theater and tend to complain about the show when spoken to.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf[edit]

In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Dr. Shrunk owns Club LOL, which is built after the player obtains signatures from six villagers for Shrunk's petition. He states he is retired as a comedian, but if the player brings him a piece (or stack) of fruit, bamboo shoots, or chocolate coins, he will get on stage and perform a joke, teaching the player the corresponding emotion. When teaching the player an emotion originally taught by Frillard in City Folk, Shrunk will become nervous and say that he is worried about not delivering the joke as well as "he" (Frillard) did.

Players can learn up to 40 emotions, and, unlike in previous games, players can obtain of them without being limited to four at a time. However, the player may only learn one emotions per day, from 12 PM to 8 PM. Dr. Shrunk will always teach a new emotion until all 40 have been learned; afterwards, if the player gives him a fruit or other acceptable food item, the jokes repeat in a randomized order.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons[edit]

Dr. Shrunk has not, as of yet, officially appeared in Animal Crossing: New Horizons; there is no venue similar to Club LOL, and emotions are now taught by villagers through random dialogs. However, by using a Shrunk Amiibo card at Harv's Island, the player may obtain a poster of him at the Nook Shopping Catalog in Resident Services.

Along with this, there are a couple of references to Shrunk in-game, such as the "Comedian's Signature" customization of the Autograph Cards item containing a drawing of him, as well as dialog from normal villagers mentioning his book, Dr. Shrunk Explains it All, as a subject for a book club they intend to go to.

Other appearances[edit]

Doubutsu no Mori (film)[edit]

Dr. Shrunk has a very minor role in the movie. He can be seen with Lyle in the audience at the fireworks show.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Dr. Shrunk Trophy Brawl.png #276 Dr. Shrunk
A traveling therapist and part-time comedian who helps people learn to show their emotions. He'll share jokes from his comedy routine--he's got a million of 'em, folks--as a way to teach people how to display reactions like anger, laughter, and the like.

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

Dr. Shrunk SSB4 Trophy (Wii U).png #624 (3DS) 556 (Wii U) Dr. Shrunk
NTSC-U: Dr. Shrunk definitely has a...unique look about him. As the owner of Club LOL, a new entertainment venue, he isn't shy about taking the stage. It's too bad his jokes don't always fly. If you want a taste of his humor, take him some treats before the show starts!

PAL: Dr. Shrunk used to be a comedian, and he looks the part. He doesn't do just any old jokes, though - he does Reaction Jokes, which are, erm...even funnier! Visit Club LOL before it opens and give him a yummy present to get a dose of comedy, Shrunk style.

Happy Home Designer amiibo Card[edit]

Animal Crossing amiibo card
#111 Shrunk - Series 2
Type: Special
Star sign: Capricorn
Birthday: January 2
Dice value: 4
Hand sign: Scissors
111 Shrunk amiibo card NA.png
110 Leila List of amiibo cards
#111 Shrunk
112 Don Resetti
Animal Crossing amiibo card
#312 Shrunk - Series 4
Type: Special
Star sign: Capricorn
Birthday: January 2
Dice value: 2
Hand sign: Rock
312 Shrunk amiibo card NA.png
311 Lottie List of amiibo cards
#312 Shrunk
313 Pavé

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]


Shrunk NL.png Dr. Shrunk
Support Spirit

Class: ★★

Ability: Falling Immunity
* Battle via Spirit Board
  • Purchase from the Vault Shop for 1000G


In his spare time, Dr. Shrunk is a comedian, which leads to him telling jokes often. He is usually cheery, but because of his role in the game, his emotions fluctuate whilst he tells stories. He is a forgiving character, even cheerily explaining who he is if the player forgets in Wild World. He can also be seen as ambitious, as in City Folk he realizes his dream of becoming a professional comedian and works at the Marquee. Other characters, such as the villagers who view his performance, do not think highly of his comedic talents; he appears to be aware of this and jokes about it several times in New Leaf. However, the track "Shrunk's Dream" from the album Animal Crossing: Your Favorite Songs - Original Soundtrack implies that Shrunk secretly wishes for audiences to appreciate his jokes.

Shrunk learned his comedy from Frillard, whom he deeply admires and considers a master of the craft; when performing one of Frillard's routines in New Leaf, he becomes nervous that he won't perform it as well as his teacher. In City Folk, he reveals that he has a wife and a son, the former of which treats him fairly badly and doesn't respond well to his bad jokes. Though this could also be just an act, as "complaining about the wife" is a common cliché of stand-up comedy, he tells the player in Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer that "There's a reason she's never around [the house] to meet you", implying her apathy towards him outside of his jokes. In New Leaf, Shrunk states he also has a young daughter, and is the author of a book titled Dr. Shrunk Explains it All.


Main article: Emotions

Dr. Shrunk's role in all games to date is to teach the player various emotions. Once learned, the emotions can be accessed at any time within the chat interface. Emotions have no effect on non-player characters other than occasional mimicry, although they are useful and amusing when playing online or locally with other players.

In earlier games, the player can only have up to four emotions at a time; if another one is desired, the player must select the one they want to replace with the new one so Shrunk can "shrink" the old emotion. In New Leaf, however, the player can retain all 40 teachable emotions throughout the game.



Sprites & Models[edit]


Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese ししょー

Korean 스승
스승, "teacher"

Simplified Chinese 笑匠
Xiào Jiàng

German Dr. Samselt Possibly from seltsam, "strange"

European Spanish Dr. Sito doctor + -cito, "little doctor"

European French Ciboulot ciboulot, "head"

Italian Dr. Strizzo strizzacervelli, "shrink" or "head-shrinker"