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13 'Animal Crossing' Fan Theories That Are Crazy Enough To Be True

Updated June 4, 2020 2.5k votes 291 voters 6.7k views13 items

As one of the biggest and most beloved series of all time, Animal Crossing places players in their own private island. Making friends, improving your home, and basically living the good life are all big parts of the game, and while the simulation series has gone on to amass a horde of new fans (and memes) with Animal Crossing: New Horizons, there are plenty of unanswered questions concerning Tom Nook, Isabelle, and the rest of the villagers you get to hang out with.

Throughout five console releases and three spin-offs, the growing world of Animal Crossing is definitely more complicated than it looks. Sure, the gameplay may seem simple, but that hasn't stopped a plethora of fan theories popping up on sites like Reddit speculating about Tom Nook’s potentially dark backstory, Coco’s real identity, and more. 

There have been plenty of Animal Crossing fan theories to emerge over the years, but which ones do you think (if any) hold any weight? 

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    Coco Isn't Actually A Rabbit

    Coco Isn't Actually A Rabbit
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    In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Coco looks... rather bizarre. Redditor /u/minion_gamer tries to offer an explanation for her appearance by claiming her mother was a bunny and her father was a gyroid. It would explain why the rest of the bunnies in the series just look like regular bunnies. 

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    Your Character Died And Is Now In Heaven

    Your Character Died And Is Now In Heaven
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    Redditor /u/Johnny_Gossamer posits that things in Animal Crossing games are a little too ideal to be believable. The fan theory suggests that your character actually died, and your little island in Animal Crossing is a version of heaven. It makes sense because there isn't really any stress in your day-to-day life, unless you count collecting Bells (which you shouldn't). What's more, you get to hang out with a bunch of cool animals, and the presents you receive in the mail could simply be the objects your family has left at your gravesite. Here's a little more speculation:

    the player character in Animal Crossing is deceased and the gifts from the mother are objects placed on his/her grave. She writes letters to help cope with the loss of her beloved child. This is also why the father hardly writes, he handles his grief in a different way. It came to me when the letter my mom sent said she thought she heard my voice in the wind and it spooked her a little.

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    The Games Take Place In The Post-Apocalypse

    The Games Take Place In The Post-Apocalypse
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    Could Animal Crossing take place in some dystopian timeline? Redditor /u/theriverjordan wrote about how it's possible that the Animal Crossing world takes place in a post-apocalyptic version of Earth. It would explain why you're the only human around as everyone else has been wiped out. 

    This would also explain why the games have such a heavy emphasis on nature and conservation. The animals, which have gained sentience, saw the folly of man and are dedicated to creating a new society that is more focused on cohabiting peacefully with the planet. 

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    Tom Nook Practices Libertarian Socialism

    Tom Nook Practices Libertarian Socialism
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    Many players view Tom Nook as the money-grubbing businessman who provides you with loans to build your house. However, Redditor /u/1945BestYear points out that Nook's economic beliefs more closely align with libertarian socialism and the economic theories of mutualism than traditional capitalism. 

    When you look at Tom Nook's business models, he primarily operates under three guiding principles: free markets, user ownership, and minimal or zero interest rates. He doesn't just give away houses, but he also doesn't try to turn a profit off of them. We see this further in New Leaf when Tom Nook hands over his business to Timmy and Tommy, allowing them to graduate into business ownership while escaping from their apprenticeships. 

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