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

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? 

  • 1

    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. 

    A solid theory?
  • 2

    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. 

    A solid theory?
  • 3

    Your Old Pal Lucky Is Actually Walker

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    In Animal Crossing, you'll come across two residents: Walker, an anthropomorphic dog, and Lucky, a dog dressed as a mummy. Redditor /u/UtterEast states that the two dogs are one in the same. 

    After all, their shirts are reverse in colors. Additionally, both their shirts contain numbers, and the difference between the two is 44. In many Asian languages, "four" is a homonym for "death." 

    A solid theory?
  • 4

    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. 

    A solid theory?