Animal Crossing: New Horizons is set to feature a plethora of fun animal characters, including many standard villagers (those that can move into your town) from past games and special characters (that run shops, host events, and more). Check out our full list of all the returning villagers and special characters we know about so far!

Interested in knowing about all the brand-new villagers and characters in New Horizons? Check out our other guide!

 

Returning villagers in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

 

Here’s a list of all the villagers we know are returning in the game so far, along with their species and personality type. Use the handy search function to find if your favorite is in for sure! This includes all villagers from Animal Crossing: New Leaf and the villagers reintroduced to the series via the Welcome amiibo series of amiibo cards, which have all been confirmed to be in New Horizons. This means that all villagers present in New Leaf apart from the Sanrio crossover characters and villagers received by scanning amiibo figures (like W. Link and Ganon) are in the game.

 

NameSpeciesPersonalityIconPoster
AdmiralBirdCrankyAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Admiral_IconAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Admiral_Poster
Agent SSquirrelPeppyAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Agent_S_Icon
AgnesPigUchiAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Agnes_Icon
AlGorillaLazyAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Al_IconAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Al_Poster
AlfonsoAlligatorLazyAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Alfonso_IconAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Alfonso_Poster
AliceKoalaNormalAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Alice_Icon
AlliAlligatorSnootyAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Alli_IconAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Alli_Poster
AmeliaEagleSnootyAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Amelia_Icon
AnabelleAnteaterPeppyAnimal Crossing New Horizons Anabelle IconAnimal Crossing New Horizons Anabelle Poster
AnchovyBirdLazyAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Anchovy_IconAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Anchovy_Poster
AngusBullCrankyAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Angus_IconAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Angus_Poster
AnicottiMousePeppyAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Anicotti_Icon
AnkhaCatSnootyAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Ankha_IconAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Ankha_Poster
AnnalisaAnteaterNormalAnimal Crossing New Horizons Annalisa IconAnimal Crossing New Horizons Annalisa Poster
AnnaliseHorseSnootyAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Annalise_IconAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Annalise_Poster
AntonioAnteaterJockAnimal Crossing New Horizons Antonio IconAnimal Crossing New Horizons Antonio Poster
ApolloEagleCrankyAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Apollo_Icon
AppleHamsterPeppyAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Apple_IconAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Apple_Poster
AstridKangarooSnootyAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Astrid_Icon
AuroraPenguinNormalAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Aurora_Icon
AvaChickenNormalAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Ava_IconAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Ava_Poster
AveryEagleCrankyAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Avery_Icon
AxelElephantJockAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Axel_IconAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Axel_Poster
BaabaraSheepSnootyAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Baabara_IconAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Baabara_Poster
BamDeerJockAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Bam_IconAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Bam_Poster
BangleTigerPeppyAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Bangle_IconAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Bangle_Poster
BaroldCubLazyAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Barold_IconAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Barold_Poster
BeaDogNormalAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Bea_IconAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Bea_Poster
BeardoBearSmugAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Beardo_IconAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Beardo_Poster
BeauDeerLazyAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Beau_IconAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Beau_Poster
BeckyChickenSnootyAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Becky_IconAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Becky_Poster
BellaMousePeppyAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Bella_IconAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Bella_Poster
BenedictChickenLazyAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Benedict_IconAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Benedict_Poster
BenjaminDogLazyAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Benjamin_IconAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Benjamin_Poster
BerthaHippoNormalAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Bertha_IconAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Bertha_Poster
BettinaMouseNormalAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Bettina_IconAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Bettina_Poster
BiancaTigerPeppyAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Bianca_IconAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Bianca_Poster
BiffHippoJockAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Biff_IconAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Biff_Poster
Big TopElephantLazyAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Big_Top_IconAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Big_Top_Poster
BillDuckJockAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Bill_IconAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Bill_Poster
BillyGoatJockAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Billy_IconAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Billy_Poster
BiskitDogLazyAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Biskit_IconAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Biskit_Poster
BittyHippoSnootyAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Bitty_IconAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Bitty_Poster
BlaireSquirrelSnootyAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Blaire_IconAnimal_Crossing_New_Horizons_Blaire_Poster
BlancheOstrichSnooty
BluebearCubPeppy
BobCatLazy
BonbonRabbitPeppy
BonesDogLazy
BoomerPenguinLazy
BooneGorillaJock
BootsAlligatorJock
BorisPigCranky
BoydGorillaLazy
BreeMouseSnooty
BroccoloMouseLazy
BroffinaChickenSnooty
BruceDeerCranky
BubblesHippoPeppy
BuckHorseJock
BudLionJock
BunnieRabbitPeppy
ButchDogCranky
BuzzEagleCranky
CallySquirrelNormal
CamofrogFrogCranky
CanberraKoalaUchi
CandiMousePeppy
CarmenRabbitPeppy
CarolineSquirrelNormal
CarrieKangarooNormal
CashmereSheepSnooty
CeliaEagleNormal
CesarGorillaCranky
ChadderMouseSmug
CharliseBearUchi
CheriCubPeppy
CherryDogUchi
ChesterCubLazy
ChevreGoatNormal
ChiefWolfCranky
ChopsPigSmug
ChowBearCranky
ChrissyRabbitPeppy
ClaudeRabbitLazy
ClaudiaTigerSnooty
ClayHamsterLazy
CleoHorseSnooty
ClydeHorseLazy
CoachBullJock
CobbPigJock
CocoRabbitNormal
ColeRabbitLazy
ColtonHorseSmug
CookieDogPeppy
CousteauFrogJock
CranstonOstrichLazy
CroqueFrogCranky
CubePenguinLazy
CurlosSheepSmug
CurlyPigJock
CurtBearCranky
CyranoAnteaterCrankyAnimal Crossing New Horizons Cyrano IconAnimal Crossing New Horizons Cyrano Poster
DaisyDogNormal
DeenaDuckNormal
DeirdreDeerUchi
DelAlligatorCranky
DeliMonkeyLazy
DerwinDuckLazy
DianaDeerSnooty
DivaFrogUchi
DizzyElephantLazy
DobieWolfCranky
DocRabbitLazy
DoraMouseNormal
DottyRabbitPeppy
DragoAlligatorLazy
DrakeDuckLazy
DriftFrogJock
EdHorseSmug
EgbertChickenLazy
EliseMonkeySnooty
EllieElephantNormal
ElmerHorseLazy
EloiseElephantSnooty
ElvisLionCranky
ErikDeerLazy
EugeneKoalaSmug
EuniceSheepNormal
FangWolfCranky
FaunaDeerNormal
FelicityCatPeppy
FilbertSquirrelLazy
FlipMonkeyJock
FloPenguinUchi
FloraOstrichPeppy
FlurryHamsterNormal
FrancineRabbitSnooty
FrankEagleCranky
FrecklesDuckPeppy
FreyaWolfSnooty
FrigaPenguinSnooty
FritaSheepUchi
FrobertFrogJock
FuchsiaDeerUchi
GabiRabbitPeppy
GalaPigNormal
GastonRabbitCranky
GayleAlligatorNormal
GenjiRabbitJock
GigiFrogSnooty
GladysOstrichNormal
GloriaDuckSnooty
GoldieDogNormal
GonzoKoalaCranky
GooseChickenJock
GrahamHamsterSmug
GretaMouseSnooty
GrizzlyBearCranky
GrouchoBearCranky
GruffGoatCranky
GwenPenguinSnooty
HamletHamsterJock
HamphreyHamsterCranky
HansGorillaSmug
HarryHippoCranky
HazelSquirrelUchi
HenryFrogSmug
HippeuxHippoSmug
HopkinsRabbitLazy
HopperPenguinCranky
HornsbyRhinoLazy
HuckFrogSmug
HughPigLazy
IgglyPenguinJock
IkeBearCranky
JacobBirdLazy
JacquesBirdSmug
JambetteFrogNormal
JayBirdJock
JeremiahFrogLazy
JittersBirdJock
JoeyDuckLazy
JuliaOstrichSnooty
JulianHorseSmug
JuneCubNormal
KabukiCatCranky
KattCatUchi
KeatonEagleSmug
KenChickenSmug
KetchupDuckPeppy
KevinPigJock
Kid CatCatJock
KiddGoatSmug
KikiCatNormal
KittKangarooNormal
KittyCatSnooty
KlausBearSmug
KnoxChickenCranky
KodyCubJock
KyleWolfSmug
LeonardoTigerJock
LeopoldLionSmug
LilyFrogNormal
LimbergMouseCranky
LionelLionSmug
LoboWolfCranky
LollyCatNormal
LopezDeerSmug
LouieGorillaJock
LuchaBirdSmug
LuckyDogLazy
LucyPigNormal
LymanKoalaJock
MacDogJock
MaddieDogPeppy
MaelleDuckSnooty
MaggiePigNormal
MallaryDuckSnooty
MapleCubNormal
MarcelDogLazy
MarcieKangarooNormal
MargieElephantNormal
MarinaOctopusNormal
MarshalSquirrelSmug
MathildaKangarooSnooty
MelbaKoalaNormal
MerengueRhinoNormal
MerryCatPeppy
MidgeBirdNormal
MintSquirrelSnooty
MiraRabbitUchi
MirandaDuckSnooty
MitziCatNormal
MoeCatLazy
MollyDuckNormal
MoniqueCatSnooty
MontyMonkeyCranky
MooseMouseJock
MottLionJock
MuffySheepUchi
MurphyCubCranky
NanGoatNormal
NanaMonkeyNormal
NaomiCowSnooty
NateBearLazy
NibblesSquirrelPeppy
NormaCowNormal
OctavianOctopusCranky
O'HareRabbitSmug
OlafAnteaterSmugAnimal Crossing New Horizons Olaf IconAnimal Crossing New Horizons Olaf Poster
OliveCubNormal
OliviaCatSnooty
OpalElephantSnooty
OzzieKoalaLazy
PancettiPigSnooty
PangoAnteaterPeppyAnimal Crossing New Horizons Pango IconAnimal Crossing New Horizons Pango Poster
PaoloElephantLazy
PapiHorseLazy
PashminaGoatUchi
PateDuckPeppy
PattyCowPeppy
PaulaBearUchi
PeachesHorseNormal
PeanutSquirrelPeppy
PecanSquirrelSnooty
PeckBirdJock
PeeweeGorillaCranky
PeggyPigPeppy
PekoeCubNormal
PenelopeMousePeppy
PhilOstrichSmug
PhoebeOstrichUchi
PierceEagleJock
PietroSheepSmug
PinkyBearPeppy
PiperBirdPeppy
PippyRabbitPeppy
PluckyChickenUchi
PompomDuckPeppy
PonchoCubJock
PoppySquirrelNormal
PortiaDogSnooty
PrinceFrogLazy
PuckPenguinLazy
PuddlesFrogPeppy
PudgeCubLazy
PunchyCatLazy
PurrlCatSnooty
QueenieOstrichSnooty
QuillsonDuckSmug
RaddleFrogLazy
RasherPigCranky
RenéeRhinoUchi
RexLionLazy
RhondaRhinoNormal
RibbotFrogJock
RickySquirrelCranky
RizzoMouseCranky
RoaldPenguinJock
RobinBirdSnooty
RoccoHippoCranky
RocketGorillaUchi
RodMouseJock
RodeoBullLazy
RodneyHamsterSmug
RolfTigerCranky
RooneyKangarooCranky
RoryLionJock
RoscoeHorseCranky
RosieCatPeppy
RowanTigerJock
RubyRabbitPeppy
RudyCatJock
SallySquirrelNormal
SamsonMouseJock
SandyOstrichNormal
SavannahHorseNormal
ScootDuckJock
ShariMonkeyUchi
SheldonSquirrelJock
ShepDogSmug
SimonMonkeyLazy
SkyeWolfNormal
SlyAlligatorJock
SnakeRabbitJock
SnootyAnteaterSnootyAnimal Crossing New Horizons Snooty IconAnimal Crossing New Horizons Snooty Poster
SoleilHamsterSnooty
SparroBirdJock
SpikeRhinoCranky
SporkPigLazy
SprinklePenguinPeppy
SprocketOstrichJock
StaticSquirrelCranky
StellaSheepNormal
SterlingEagleJock
StinkyCatJock
StitchesCubLazy
StuBullLazy
SydneyKoalaNormal
SylvanaSquirrelNormal
SylviaKangarooUchi
TabbyCatPeppy
TadFrogJock
TammiMonkeyPeppy
TammyCubUchi
TangyCatPeppy
TankRhinoJock
TashaSquirrelSnooty
T-BoneBullCranky
TeddyBearJock
TexPenguinSmug
TiaElephantNormal
TiffanyRabbitSnooty
TimbraSheepSnooty
TipperCowSnooty
TomCatCranky
TrufflesPigPeppy
TuckerElephantLazy
TutuBearPeppy
TwiggyBirdPeppy
TybaltTigerJock
UrsalaBearUchi
VelmaGoatSnooty
VestaSheepNormal
VicBullCranky
VictoriaHorsePeppy
VioletGorillaSnooty
VivianWolfSnooty
VladimirCubCranky
WadePenguinLazy
WalkerDogLazy
WaltKangarooCranky
Wart Jr.FrogCranky
WeberDuckLazy
WendySheepPeppy
WhitneyWolfSnooty
WillowSheepSnooty
WinnieHorsePeppy
WolfgangWolfCranky
YukaKoalaSnooty
ZellDeerSmug
ZuckerOctopusLazy

 

Returning special characters in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

 

Blathers

 

 

Blathers, who debuted in the original Animal Crossing game for the Nintendo GameCube, will return in the game to run your island’s museum.

 

Celeste

 

 

Celeste, Blathers’ sister, will also be returning as a special visitor. She’ll hand over a magic wand to allow players to put on exotic outfits, like a kimono and a superhero costume.

 

Franklin

 

Franklin the Thanksgiving turkey will be returning to the game as part of a free update.

 

Gulliver

 

Gulliver will return in New Horizons in his classic sailor attire. He can be found washed up on the beach; players will be able to wake him up by talking to him repeatedly.

 

Harvey

 

Harvey, who debuted in Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, is returning to the game as both a special visitor and to run the Photopia amiibo photo mode.

 

Isabelle

 

 

Isabelle will be in the game, with her appearance tied to how much debt the player has paid back to Tom Nook, and how far the player’s island has advanced. Once the player has expanded the Resident Services tent into a full-fledged building, she’ll start working there and help the player with various island needs, like changing the island tune, changing the island flag, evaluating your island, and discussing residents.

 

Jack

 

Jack the Halloween NPC will be returning to the game as part of a free update.

 

Jingle

 

 

Jingle the reindeer will be returning to the game as part of a free update.

 

Kicks

 

Kicks the skunk will be returning as a special visitor.

 

KK Slider/DJ KK

 

 

KK Slider will be returning in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. A render of his look in the game was released in December 2019. His DJ KK persona will also be returning as part of a free update.

 

Label

 

Label (called “Labelle” in past games) will be returning in New Horizons with a new outfit (and set of white sunglasses) as a special visitor.

 

Lloid

 

 

Lloid will return in the same role he had in Animal Crossing: New Leaf — collecting bell donations for various island projects like bridges and slopes.

 

Mr. Resetti

 

Sonny Resetti will appear in the game, however, not in the same role as before. Due to the game’s new auto-save feature, there’s no way for the player to “reset” the game, making Mr. Resetti’s previous role as reset lecturer redundant. He was, consequently, let go of his position at the Reset Surveillance Center, but he will now seemingly run the new “Rescue Service.” Players who get lost or stuck on their island can call the Rescue Service using their NookPhones and Resetti will send “rangers” to come save them.

 

Pavé

 

Pavé will be returning as part of a free update.

 

Sable and Mabel

 

The two Able Sisters (along with their other sister Label) will be returning in New Horizons to run the Able Sisters clothing shop.

 

Saharah

 

Saharah will return in New Horizons as a special visitor to sell rugs.

 

Tom Nook

 

Tom Nook will appear in the game, running Nook Inc. as well as his workshop.

 

Timmy and Tommy

 

The Nooklings will also appear in the game. Timmy helps run Tom Nook’s workshop, buying and selling items with the player, while Tommy wanders outside. Eventually, they’ll run Nook’s Cranny and leave Tom Nook to run Resident Services.

 

Wisp

 

 

Wisp will return in New Horizons in his classic ghost look. He can be found at night; when startled, he will scatter small spirit wisps around.

 

Zipper T.

 

Zipper T. will be returning as part of a launch-day free update that adds the Bunny Day event.

 

Possibly returning special characters in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

 

Dr. Shrunk

 

Emotions are seen making an appearance in the game, which have been learned through Dr. Shrunk in past titles. However, it isn’t confirmed if the character will return.

 

Frillard

 

Frillard would occasionally teach players Emotions in lieu of Dr. Shrunk in Animal Crossing: City Folk. Because Emotions are returning to New Horizons, it’s possible Frillard will, as well, but he isn’t confirmed.

 

More Animal Crossing: New Horizons guides

 

Looking for more help with Animal Crossing: New Horizons? Check out our other guides!
 

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Written by Daniel Dell-Cornejo

Daniel is an editor at Nintendo Wire. Always with his head in the clouds, he is never apart from his creative thoughts – a blessing for an aspiring fiction writer. As a journalist and lifelong gamer, he aims to provide readers with the very best in Nintendo coverage.

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