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For fighter info, see Villager (SSB4) and Villager (SSBU).
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Official artwork of a male Villager from Animal Crossing: City Folk.
Universe Animal Crossing
Debut Animal Forest (2001) Japan
Smash Bros. appearances SSB4
Most recent non-Smash appearance Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp (2017)
Console of origin Nintendo 64
Species Human
Gender Varies
Place of origin Animal Crossing Town
Created by Katsuya Eguchi
Article on Nookipedia Player

The Villager (むらびと, Villager) is a representation of the player characters from the Animal Crossing series.

Character description[edit]

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.

In Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

The Villager is mentioned in both K.K. Slider's and Tom Nook's trophy descriptions.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

The Villager appears as a background character in Smashville. The Villager was considered as a character in the planning stages of Brawl, but dropped because "he wasn't suited for battle".[1]


A Villager also appears as a trophy in Brawl, in which he is called "Animal Crossing Boy".

Animal Crossing Boy - Brawl Trophy.png
The male player character from Animal Crossing. He feels the need to set out on his own and move into town. Chatting with neighbors is a given, but there are a ton of other things to do as well, like collecting furniture, customizing rooms, catching fish and bugs, digging up fossils, etc. He may get bee stung or fall in a pit, but he still has fun.
GameCube: Animal Crossing
DSTitle.png: Animal Crossing: Wild World


Name Game Effect Character(s)
Boy Animal Crossing: Wild World AttackArm+011TypeIcon(Hand).png Attack +11 All charactersRandomHeadSSBB.png
Girl Animal Crossing: Wild World AttackMagic+021TypeIcon(Magic).png Attack +21 Peach ZeldaPeachHeadSSBB.pngZeldaHeadSSBB.png
Brawl Sticker Boy (Animal Crossing WW).png
(Animal Crossing WW)
Brawl Sticker Girl (Animal Crossing WW).png
(Animal Crossing WW)

In Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

Villager as he appears in Super Smash Bros. 4.
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.


ntsc An energetic young man from a peaceful town in Animal Crossing, he is eager to make his Smash Bros. debut! His Balloon Trip recovery lets him fly like a character from Balloon Fight. The Villager sets out to answer that age-old question: If a tree falls on the battlefield and foes are beneath it, do they get launched?
pal This chipper chap came all the way from his quiet little village to do a bit of aerial sightseeing, take Lloid out for a spin, look after the trees and maybe do some bowling. If you're very lucky, he might even bring along Tom Nook and the Nooklings and throw everyone a party. Gosh, this all sounds like such fun!
GameCube: Animal Crossing (09/2002)
Nintendo 3DS: Animal Crossing: New Leaf (06/2013)
Villager (Alt.)
ntsc Just a normal girl living a normal life in a normal town—her special moves, however, are anything but. She can pocket items, projectiles, and even beams, and then pull them out at a moment's notice. Her down special lets her plant a tree, water it, and chop it down. If she leaves the tree standing, she can use the axe against foes.
pal This girl's special moves are very special indeed. The standard one lets you pocket items, projectiles and even laser beams, then use them by pressing the button again. Her down special plants a tree, which you can water and finally chop down to hurt other fighters. Or you can leave the tree alone and attack with the axe. Up to you.
GameCube: Animal Crossing (09/2002)
Nintendo 3DS: Animal Crossing: New Leaf (06/2013)

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Villager as he appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Main article: Villager (SSBU)

Villager is confirmed to return 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 will be an unlockable character instead of a starter character.



  • Villager and Isabelle are the only playable characters in the Super Smash Bros. series whose Japanese names are written entirely in hiragana, as opposed to katakana.
  • In some languages, Villager has two different names to refer to the male and female versions. Wii Fit Trainer also shares this trait.
  • Although based on the player appearance in earlier Animal Crossing games, primarily Animal Crossing: City Folk, Villager is twice referred to as a mayor, a role the player character has under a different design in Animal Crossing: New Leaf: the Boxing Ring stage lists Villager's character title as "Mayor of Smashville", while Isabelle states "the mayor [is] busy with the campsite and Smash" in her reveal trailer for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Additionally, the first trailer for Super Smash Bros. 4 features Villager in a town designed after Animal Crossing: New Leaf.


  1. Masahiro Sakurai discusses the reasons for choosing Super Smash Bros.' latest characters - Polygon

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