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Domain Eukarya
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Carnivora
Family Canidae
Genus Nyctereutes
Species N. procyonoides
No. of islanders 0
No. of special characters 3

Tanuki are a species of character in Animal Crossing. Tanuki are frequently confused with raccoons in Western culture (and referred to as raccoons in-game) but are actually of the same biological family as dogs, foxes, and wolves. All Tanukis so far have been special characters.

Special characters[edit]

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Timmy and Tommy

Gender: Male
Job: Owners of the Nookling Stores
Birthday: June 7th
Debut: Doubutsu no Mori

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Tom Nook

Gender: Male
Job: Worker at Nook's Homes
Birthday: May 30th
Debut: Doubutsu no Mori

Timmy and Tommy[edit]

Main article: Timmy and Tommy

Timmy and Tommy are twins, and are Tom Nook's nephews. In most Animal Crossing series titles, they work in Nookington's on the second floor, but in Animal Crossing: New Leaf they run the Nookling Stores.

Tom Nook[edit]

Main article: Tom Nook

Tom Nook is the main Tanuki in the series, being one of the first special characters to appear. In Animal Crossing: New Leaf he works at Nook's Homes, helping the player to set up a home, make expansions, alter the home exterior, and pay their mortgage.

Other information[edit]

Real life Tanukis
In traditional stories, the Tanuki was said to have had the ability to transform leaves into gold. This may explain why furniture is depicted as a leaf overworld and why Nook's shop uses a leaf as a logo.