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This article is about the shop owner. For villager, see Tom.
"I'll be there with bells on! Ho ho!"
— Tom Nook, Animal Crossing: Wild World
Tom Nook
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Tom Nook NL.png
Artwork of Tom Nook from Animal Crossing: New Leaf'
Species Gender
Tanuki (Japan)
Raccoon (International)
Birthday May 30th {{{sign}}}
Service The Town shop
Main Appearances
Other Appearances

Tom Nook (たぬきち, Tanukichi), except in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, where he owns Nook's Homes, owns the town shop in Animal Crossing series. 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. Once his shop reaches its final expansion, Nookington's department store, he will employ the services of Timmy and Tommy, his nephews, who work on the second floor, and, if playing Wild World, Harriet, who is the proprietor of Shampoodle, a hair salon. Although he appears to be a raccoon, he is actually a tanuki, a Japanese raccoon dog that is commonly mistaken or translated to raccoon.

After the player moves into town, in all games excluding New Leaf, Tom Nook takes the player under his wing and has the player work part-time at his shop to pay off their debt.

Physical Appearance[edit]

Being a raccoon, Tom Nook has a large bushy tail and a predominantly brown coat of fur, with his belly colored white; he also possesses pink round ears and navy blue eyes, which are oval shaped. His most characteristic feature, however, is the dark brown patch of fur surrounding his eyes, reminiscent of a bandit's mask.

Unlike the majority of the special characters in the series, most of whom only possess one outfit, Tom Nooks outfits himself in a large variety of attire. Some of his apparel corresponds with the upgrade level of his shop -with each uniform befitting the charactestics of the store in which it is worn - or, in New Leaf's case, his job occupation. Others are only donned during special events.

As the proprietor of Nook's Cranny, Tom Nook wears a blue apron with a leaf, the symbol of the series, stitched in its center. He dons a red, white, and blue shirt and a matching hat as the owner of Nook 'n' Go - which resembles a convenience store, and an apron similar to those worn by grocers, marked by an orange leaf, serves as his uniform when he manages Nookway. Finally, when Tom Nook's store expands into a two story department store known as Nookington's, the ambitious raccoon dresses himself in a blue suit with a red tie.

In New Leaf, now a real estate agent, Tom Nook presents himself in a more proper, cleaner manner, wearing blank pants and a green sweater vest over a white shirt with a red tie. On the left side of the sweater vest is a pocket protecter holding a pen. Whenever Tom Nook ventures outside of his business (e.g., when he helps the player determine the site their house will be built upon), he dons a yellow jacket.



Prior to the events of the Animal Crossing series (before opening Nook's Cranny), Tom Nook lived in the town that the player would eventually come to reside in. As a youth, he was close friends with Sable, the owner of the Able Sisters, whom he shared many fond memories with. For instance, on nights when they wanted to view the starlit sky, the two would climb to the roof of the tailor shop - from which they would gaze at the stars together, finding constellations and naming them. "Dreams before money!" was Tom Nook's ethos, and the ambitious raccoon dreamt of opening a successful business in the city. This dream of his eventually became a reality when he moved to the city for a short time. While there, he experienced both success and failure in trying to start up a business, frequently sending letters to his friends back home, specifically Sable, as he did so. However, the harsh city life quickly shattered his dreams, and Tom Nook returned to his hometown a different person - one who was constantly in a feeling of ennui, which Sable believes to be the result of him not clinging to the sweet memories of the past; he then proceeded to set up the store known as Nook's Cranny.


Doubutsu no Mori, Doubutsu no Mori+, and Animal Crossing[edit]

Tom Nook's role as the town's main shopkeeper remains virtually unchanged between the first three entries of the series, with the latter two basically being enhanced ports of the series's initial title that were developed for the Nintendo GameCube and released in separate markets. In all three games, the raccoon plays a major role in the preconceived story; upon learning of the player's situation while conversing with them on the train, Rover calls Tom Nook, his old friend, whom he arranges to help the young individual once they arrive. At the train platform, almost immediately after the player steps onto the pavement next to the station, Tom Nook comes running up to them - explaining that he had just taken a call regarding them. He introduces himself as the operator of the store in town and then remarks that it is strange that the player moved into the town without first finding a place to stay (a comment that strikes the raccoon's "funny bone"). Luckily for the new arrival, directly to the south is a square where four vacant houses, each the same size, unfurnished, and ready to be moved into, that Tom Nook has for sale are located.

Doubutsu no Mori e+[edit]

Tom Nook as he appears after hours at Nook 'n' Go

Tom Nook's role in Doubutsu no Mori e+ is virtually identical to what it was in the series's previous three entries. However, there are a few key additions found in the game. For example, players can now shop at his shop during off hours by banging on the door of the business with either a shovel or an axe three times, which causes the store's interior lighting to switch on - allowing the player to enter. Inside, Tom Nook, who is dressed in striped pajamas, wearing a nightcap, and carrying a pillow, will let the player browse and purchase any of the items on display, though this does not come without cons. Since he was sleeping, the merchant moves at a much slower pace, and the selling price is inflated. Also, the player is only able to purchase the wares currently on display, meaning that the catalog is inaccessible.

In addition, the player can pay the raccoon to erect decorative objects - ranging from street lamps to wind turbines - at selectable acres in the town. He can also demolish them should the player ask. Near holidays, he temporarily stocks more celebratory items, such as party poppers in the latter half of December for New Year's Eve.

Animal Crossing: Wild World[edit]

Animal Crossing: City Folk[edit]

Animal Crossing: New Leaf[edit]

Other Appearances[edit]

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Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Tom Nook appears as a trophy in Melee, along with K.K. Slider and Mr. Resetti.

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]

In Brawl, Tom Nook, along with several other characters, appears as a background character in Smashville, an Animal Crossing themed stage. In addition, he appears as two trophies and a sticker.

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.

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

Dream Home in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, Tom Nook is featured as an integral part of the Villager's Final Smash, Dream Home, in which he and his two nephews, Timmy and Tommy, are paid by the Villager to construct a house around the targeted opponent. After the structure is finished, they cheer, and then the house explodes. The explosion launches the captured opponent and any opponents located nearby, knocks the Villager over for a miniscule period of time, and sends Tom Nook, Timmy, and Tommy flying. In addition, Tom Nook appears as a background character in the Animal Crossing stage Town and City in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U; this is similar to his appearance on Smashville in Brawl, which returns as a familiar stage. Like previous games, he also appears as a trophy.

TomNookTrophy3DS.png Tom Nook
NA: Currently the owner of Nook's Homes, yes, yes. "Yes, yes" is his favorite catchphrase. Despite all the money he's earned, he'll never lose that down-to-earth charm. With such a friendly demeanor, there's just no way he could be trying to rip you off. So trustworthy, yes, yes!



Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Tom Nook -
French Tom Nook -

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Artwork of Kicks from Animal Crossing: New Leaf'
Species Gender
Skunk Male
Birthday November 30th {{{sign}}}
Service Shoe shine
Running Kicks
Main Appearances
Other Appearances

Kicks (シャンク, Shyanku, Shank) is a skunk who appears in Animal Crossing: City Folk and Animal Crossing: New Leaf.

Physical Appearance[edit]

Being a skunk, Kicks has black and white fur and a large, bushy tail. He has dark purple eyes and a light pink nose. His apparel includes a brown hat and brown suspenders.

In New Leaf, he is outfitted in a white dress shirt, along with a brown hat, and brown suspenders.


City Folk[edit]

In Animal Crossing: City Folk, Kicks makes his living off of shining shoes in the city, outside a run-down building, on fair weather days. According to a number of animals, he is so good at shining shoes that some animals that enlist his services are unsure if they're wearing the same shoes as when he began.

Once a day, the player can pay 500 Bells to Kicks to shine their shoes,[1] changing the color of the shoes to match the player's hair or outfit. However, pattern-made shirts will change the player's shoes to their default color. If the shoes do not change colors, Kicks will not charge for his services. There are a select number of shoe patterns that match each hair and outfit combo. Additionally, Kicks will sometimes give the player the option to have a masculine shine or a feminine shine.

New Leaf[edit]

In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Kicks is the proprietor of Kicks, which will be built on Main Street after the player has spent 8,000 Bells at the Able Sisters and has lived in the town for 10 days. After completing the following requirements, the shop will begin construction and will complete in three days.

Upon entering the footwear shop for the first time, Kicks will introduce himself to the player and ask them to have a look around at the shop's wares, including various types of shoes and socks.[2]. Upon selecting one of the footwear on display, Kicks will give the player the option to buy it or try it on first.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
French Blaise From Roman name "Blasius" meaning "lisping"


  1. "Awright there, young sir... Fancy a shoe shine? It's 500 Bells, and you'll see your reflection in 'em!" — Kicks (CF)
  2. "Hello, chum! ...CRIKEY! It's the mayor! Here! In my shop! Welcome, sir! My name's Kicks. I run this little shoe shop. Please have a look around." — Kicks (NL)


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