Tom Nook

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This article is about the shop owner from the Animal Crossing series. For the villager, please see Tom.

"I'll be there with bells on! Ho ho!"
— Tom Nook, Animal Crossing: Wild World
Tom Nook
Tom Nook 3DS.png
Artwork of Tom Nook from Animal Crossing: New Leaf'
Species Gender
Tanuki (Japan)
Raccoon (International)
Service The Town shop, Nook's Homes
Birthday May 30th
Appearances Dōbutsu no Mori,
Dōbutsu no Mori +,
Animal Crossing,
Dōbutsu no Mori e+,
Animal Crossing: Wild World,
Animal Crossing: City Folk,
Animal Crossing: New Leaf,
Dōbutsu no Mori (film)

Tom Nook (たぬきち, Tanukichi), except in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, owns the town shop. After the player buys or sells certain amounts of money in his shop he will expand his shop, after which a larger range of items will be available to the player each day. After the final expansion, Nookington's department store, if playing Animal Crossing: Wild World, he will employ Harriet, who runs the hair salon, Shampoodle, and Timmy and Tommy, his nephews, in every Animal Crossing series game, excluding New Leaf, who work on the second floor. Although he appears to be a raccoon, he is actually a tanuki, a Japanese raccoon dog that is commonly mistaken or translated to raccoon. In New Leaf, Tom Nook instead runs Nook's Homes.

After the player moves in, in all games except Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Tom Nook takes the player under his wing and has the player work at his shop to pay off their debt.


Main article: Tom Nook's Store

Animal Crossing[edit]

At the beginning of the game, Tom Nook owns a small wooden shack. As the player buys items from him, the store will expand, eventually into a two-story supermarket. There are a total of four expansions, beginning with Nook's Cranny, which upgrades to Nook 'n' Go, then to Nookway, and lastly Nookington's.

In Animal Crossing, Tom Nook runs a lottery on the last day of every month where Spotlight Items and NES games can be won if the player has raffle tickets. There are also random sales on occasion, as well as a selection of grab bags on Sale Day.

Tom Nook is also responsible for all players' mortgages, and will erect a statue outside the Train Station for each player who makes full repayments to him by depositing money in the Post Office.

This is the only game where the player can give passwords to Tom Nook. This allows for the transfer of items between towns.

Animal Crossing: Wild World[edit]

His store is now always adjacent to the Able Sisters in this game, and the lottery, password and Sale Day features are removed. He also no longer sells clothes or umbrellas. However, the Tom Nook Point System is introduced to allow for eventual discounts on all purchases, with occasional Point Special days awarding five times the points, and Spotlight Items will infrequently appear in store. Nookington's contains Shampoodle on the lower floor, and upgrading to this store triggers Tom Nook's episodes.

Each player now shares Tom Nook's mortgage, and Tom will still force new players to work for him even when it is fully paid off. He states that he will 'not charge' the player for the lessons they are learning in Animal Crossing life.

His picture can be obtained by giving him a Safe, and the quote is "I'll be there with bells on! Ho ho!"

Animal Crossing: City Folk[edit]

Tom Nook acts similarly in Animal Crossing: City Folk to Animal Crossing: Wild World. His store is never directly to the west of the Able Sisters, however, and his picture cannot be obtained in this game. But, players each have their own mortgage once again. Tom Nook will erect a flag outside a house with its mortgage fully paid off.

After a period of time with Nookington's in City Folk, Tom Nook will ask the player a question to "better serve his customers". Based on the answer given, Nookington's can close and reopen as a previous store to better suit the player's needs. Periodically, after the first questioning, Tom Nook will ask again, and the player can once more change the store.

The suggestions and answers are:

Animal Crossing: New Leaf[edit]

In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Nook runs a real estate store instead, and player no longer must work for him. The player, the new mayor, moves in without a home, but Tom Nook assists the player by letting the player determine the location of their new home. Construction of the home, however, takes a day and a 10,000 Bells down payment from the player, so they must sleep in a tent. Once the home is built, players must pay off the debt before they can make any expansions. After this, Tom Nook offers exterior home decorations and encourages the player to sign up for the Happy Home Academy, an association that scores players' homes.

Other appearances[edit]

Warning: Non-canon information starts here.

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Tom Nook appears as a trophy in Super Smash Bros. Melee. Tom Nook also makes a cameo appearance in the first E3 trailer of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.

Tom Nook Trophy Melee.png #267 Tom Nook
This guy's the friendly neighborhood shopkeeper who kindly helps the player set up his or her first house. He has a nose for business, and his customer service is second to none. During the course of the game, his store starts as a corner shop, expands to become a convenience store, and finally becomes a thriving supermarket and stalk market.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Tom Nook also appears in the sequel to Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, in the background of the Animal Crossing themed stage Smashville.

Tom Nook Trophy Brawl.png #270 Tom Nook
The owner of the town's only store. He not only helps you find a home when you move in but also gives you a job at his shop. His dream is to expand his business, and as the game progresses, Nook's Cranny becomes Nook 'n' Go, then Nookway, and finally Nookington's. He tends to say "hm" and "yes" quite a bit.
Collect 1,000 Coins in Coin Matches
Tommy & Timmy Nook Trophy Brawl.png #284 Tommy & Timmy Nook
When Nookway gets remodeled into Nookington's, these twins make their appearance as second-floor salesmen. Tommy's in charge of greeting customers, while Timmy trails along offering support and echoing his older brother's words. Their earnest dedication coupled with their inherent cuteness makes this diminutive duo quite popular.

Dōbutsu no Mori (film)[edit]

Tom Nook appeared in Dōbutsu no Mori (film) as the town shop owner, just as he does in the games.

Warning: Non-canon information ends here.


Sometimes, upon entering his store, he will appear in thought, and may tell the player a story when approached:

"...Well, actually, I was just thinking about the good old days, hm?
I know it seems that the world is my oyster, what with my fine shop...
But in my childhood, I lived the kind of life you couldn't even imagine!
Yes, yes, but this was all some time ago, before I moved to this town, hm?
Of course, I was born in our lovely <Town Name>, but I moved away for a time...
Yes, yes, the city years, I like to call them. I was a raccoon of action, hm?
The big city certainly had its charms...but it had its pitfalls, as well.
Indeed, I had to endure certain hardships that I've never spoken of, hm?
...Hard to believe, yes?
You're probably asking yourself, what the heck is Nook talking about, hm?
For now, <Player Name>, maybe it's best that we forget we ever talked about this."


Tom is very money-driven, and many years ago left behind his friends, most importantly Sable, to travel to the big city. While there, he has dreams of success which are quickly broken by the harsh life there. After making nothing of himself, he returns to the player's town to set up his store. Nook no longer appears to be friends with Sable, though the two often mention each other to the player. In New Leaf, he even appears to have a slight crush on her, as shown when he blushes when Lyle mentions her and her sisters.

Nook seems to have a varied reputation amongst the villagers, with some speculating that he is, in fact, a man in a suit. His large, bushy tail seems popular amongst lazy people. Many will say that he has a checkered past, hinting at illicit activities. He is openly derided by Redd as a "raccoon in an apron."

Timmy and Tommy are Nook's assistants. All three make a cameo in the Smashville stage in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Tom Nook's description in the City Folk's game guide:

A kind raccoon with a heart of gold, Tom Nook helps you get started when you first move to town by loaning you a home to live in. Tom also runs a little supply shop in town that sells all the basics, including furniture, tools, and gardening supplies. Tom will help you in a variety of ways as your life unfolds, and you'll help him as well: keep shopping at the store and it'll get bigger and bigger. Eventually, old Tom will even need to hire his two nephews, Timmy and Tommy, just to keep his business running!


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Tom Nook -
French Tom Nook -
Korean 너굴
Corruption of a Korean word 너구리 (Neoguri/Raccoon).

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