The Villager (むらびと, Murabito) is a representation of the player characters from the Animal Crossing series.
In the Animal Crossing series, the player acts as the sole human in a town filled with friendly anthropomorphic animals. The player doesn't have a universal appearance, with the look of the player being determined by a series of questions presented by the first non-playable character the player interacts with. Usually this NPC is Rover the Cat, who introduces the player to Animal Crossing. This survey not only determines the player's face, but also the villager's gender, the name of their town, and the layout of their town.
While the role of the villager varies very slightly in the series, the general consensus is that the villager lives his or her life in this town with animals. Unlike most games, there is no universal plot to the series but there are plenty of things for the player to do such as go fishing, shopping, designing clothing, etc. The villager also tends to the town's environment such as by planting flowers or by cutting down excess trees.
In the latest title, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, the role of the villager is expanded to the villager acting as the town mayor, and this gives the player greater control in managing and customizing their town.
The villagers featured in Super Smash Bros. 4 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate are based off of several default player designs in Animal Crossing: Wild World and Animal Crossing: City Folk, with the default villager being based on the boy on the boxart of City Folk.
The Villager is mentioned in both K.K. Slider's and Tom Nook's trophy descriptions.
A Villager also appears as a trophy in Brawl, in which he is called "Animal Crossing Boy".
As a playable character
Main article: Villager (SSB4)
The male Villager was confirmed as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. 4 in the first trailer shown for the game at E3 2013. His moveset consists of attacking with various miscellaneous objects from the Animal Crossing series, and is capable of picking up any item or projectile to throw it later.
On May 16th it was confirmed that, like the Wii Fit Trainer, players will have access to both male and female variations of the Villager.
Currently, Villager ranks 25th out of 55 on the tier list, placing within the C tier. Villager has a highly effective zoning game thanks to his forward and back aerial slingshot projectiles, and his Lloid Rocket. He himself can also counter opposing projectiles with his Pocket special, allowing him to catch and store away projectiles, which he can then send back to the opponent with amplified damage. Timber can also be used for a potentially devastating edge-guarding move. Despite his weight class, Villager sports some rather powerful attacks, such as up and down aerials, and forward smash. Yet, Villager's weaknesses lay in his slow grab, and lack of reliable KO set-ups despite the aforementioned power. Regardless, Villager is seen as a very capable character for tournament play, earning him strong results.
As a playable character
Main article: Villager (SSBU)
Villager returns as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The male and female variations of the Villager also return from Super Smash Bros. 4. Unlike the previous game, Villager is an unlockable character instead of a starter character.
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