Isabelle (Animal Crossing)
|Name:||Isabelle (しずえ, Shizue)|
|Occupation:||Deputy Mayor (ACNL); PR, announcements (ACNH)|
|Relationships:||Tom Nook (business partner, friend), Digby (brother), Blathers (friend), Celeste (friend), Brewster (friend), Redd (‘associate’), Resetti (friend)|
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Isabelle (しずえ, Shizue) is a major character from the Animal Crossing video game series.
She first appeared in the 2012 3DS video game Animal Crossing: New Leaf along with her twin brother Digby. In the game, she acts as the secretary to the player character, who becomes the town mayor, and assists them with various tasks. She has appeared in several Animal Crossing games since, including Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, and Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
Outside of the Animal Crossing franchise, Isabelle has also appeared in the Super Smash Bros. series, first appearing as an assist trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U before becoming a playable fighter in the Nintendo Switch sequel Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018). Isabelle also appears in the Wii U video game Mario Kart 8 as a downloadable racer, as well as in its Nintendo Switch port Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Player costumes based on Isabelle appear in Super Mario Maker and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate.
Reception and Popularity
Isabelle is one of the most popular characters in the Animal Crossing franchise. Due to her popularity, she has become the franchise's mascot.
The Isabelle amiibo sold out immediately upon its 2019 release, surprising writer Chris Carter due to otherwise low sales of Animal Crossing amiibo.
However, Isabelle's immense popularity has also led to hype backlash in some cases. Some fans complain that Isabelle is "moe bait" who hogs the spotlight from other characters deserving of appreciation.
Fanon and Tropes
Due to her work ethic and ‘pure’ personality, Isabelle is generally loved by fans, who appreciate her awkwardness and tireless enthusiasm. Fanworks featuring Isabelle often highlight what she is speculated to enjoy in her spare time. Occasionally she is ‘promoted’ to the role of mayor, should the fanwork lack a human mayor.
After she appeared in Super Smash Bros, crossover art of Isabelle became popular, featuring her interacting with the various characters and franchises featured in the game.
Example Fan Works
Fan Communities and Archives
- FanFiction.Net (FFN)
- DeviantArt: Isabelle-FC
- Archive of Our Own (AO3): Isabelle | Shizue tagged works
- Pixiv: #しずえ
- Animal Crossing Wikia
- Know Your Meme
- Wikipedia. (Accessed Feb 2021.)
- Carter, Chris (April 19, 2019). "The next wave of Smash amiibo are on sale now, Isabelle sells out instantly". Destructoid. Retrieved June 6, 2019.