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Tom Nook is a raccoon that sells the player items in the Animal Crossing series. By Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Nook has abandoned the general store, leaving it to Timmy and Tommy, to sell the player homes and home modifications directly to the player at Nook's Homes. In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, he has become the CEO of his own company, Nook Inc., and is the one who assist the player in the development of their own island by proposing various services.

Animal Crossing series

Past

Many years before the games, he left behind his friends, most importantly Sable, to travel to the big city seen in City Folk. His dreams of success are quickly broken by the harsh life there. After making nothing of himself, he returns to the player's town to set up his store. Sometime in the past he worked with Redd and describe this time as "tragic" without giving any details.

Ever since Redd sees him as some sort of business rival and some villagers will even gossip about Tom Nook's potential illicit activities he could have done during that time. Tom Nook eventually came across Timmy and Tommy who were implied to be orphans and he adopted them because they took an interest in business life.

Animal Crossing/Wild World/City Folk

Tom Nook (City Folk)

Animal Crossing: City Folk.

In Animal Crossing, Animal Crossing: Wild World and Animal Crossing: City Folk, Tom Nook will greet the player upon their arrival in town and introduce them to their new house. He will then give them a job at his shop to help pay off the loan, and the period of time where the player works for Tom Nook serves as a tutorial for the many things that the player can do within his or her Animal Crossing town.

After working for Tom Nook, the player is able to purchase items from his store and pay off his or her debt. After paying off a debt on one's house, Tom Nook offers to expand. As more and more items are bought and sold through Tom Nook's shop, it begins to expand.

Shop expansions

  • Nook's Cranny
    • Animal Crossing: This is the small version of Tom Nook's shop that the player first becomes familiar with within Animal Crossing. It offers a small selection of tools, plants, wallpaper and carpets, clothes, and furniture. Tom Nook will upgrade this shop after 25,000 bells have been spent at this store.
    • Animal Crossing: Wild World: It is a small, dark store where there is few room and few things. It opens when you start a new game.
    • Animal Crossing: City Folk: Similar in appearance to the previous two games.Nook
      TomNookWork

      A player working for Tom Nook in Animal Crossing (Gamecube).

  • Nook 'n Go
    • Animal Crossing: The second iteration of Tom Nook's shop. It features an expanded selection of tools, plants, wallpaper and carpets, clothes, and furniture. Tom Nook will upgrade this shop after 65,000 bells have been spent at this store.
    • Animal Crossing: Wild World: After you spend a few bells, then you will have some more room and some more Items.
    • Animal Crossing: City Folk: To get, player's must sell or buy a combined total of 30,000 bells and have Nook's Cranny stay open for eight days.
  • Nookway
    • Animal Crossing: The third iteration of Tom Nook's shop. It features, yet again, a largely expanded of tools, plants, wallpaper and carpets, clothes, and furniture. You can now buy signposts and paint. Tom Nook will upgrade this shop after 150,000 bells have been spent at this store and another player from another town has come and purchased something from the store.
    • 'Animal Crossing: Wild World: Spend 90,000 bells with Tom Nook and he will upgrade his store. It is a modern little building.
    • Animal Crossing: City Folk: In order to get, players must buy or sell a combined total of 80,000 bells and be open for at least 15 days.
  • Nookington's
    • Animal Crossing: The fourth and final iteration of Tom Nook's shop. Nookington's features the most drastic changes of all of the upgrades to Tom Nook's shops. A second floor has been added, and the first floor of the shop has been expanded. There is also a widely expanded selection of tools, plants, wallpaper and carpets, clothes, and furniture. Nookington's is the final version of Tom Nook's shop and cannot be upgraded.
    • Animal Crossing: Wild World: This upgrade is the only one that varies from the DS to the GameCube versions of this game. The variation is the addition of a hair salon, known as "Shampoodle", run by Harriet the Poodle. This is the only way to change your hairdo (other than wigs purchased at the Able Sisters' Shop). If you want this store, you need someone else using DS to DS or around the world get to see your shop. That person must buy something and then you get this shop as well.
    • Animal Crossing: City Folk: The player must buy or sell a combined total of 150,000 bells and be open for 22 days.

New Leaf

Tom Nook NL

In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Tom Nook becomes a real estate agent, leaving the management of his store, now known as Nookling stores, to Timmy and Tommy. His previous responsability of welcoming the player is now given to Isabelle.

Nook is now fully dedicated to building the player's house and provide the mortgage the player pays off via the ABD machine in the Post Office. Nook's new service, Nook's Homes, provides further customization options to the player in exchange for Bells. Tom Nook also houses the headquarters of the Happy Home Academy, ran by Lyle. When the player first meets him, he will also follow the player around to the spot they have chosen to pitch his tent and will do it for them. Tom Nook also oversees the construction of the animals houses and assist them when they are moving in and out of the town.

Happy Home Designer

Tom Nook HHD

Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer.

In Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, the player takes a job for Tom Nook and work as a home designer for Nook's Homes. Nook will also host the monthly Happy Home Network Design Contest where he takes on the persona of a character dubbed King Nook who will ask the player to design him a house. King Nook is just Tom Nook but with a crown, scepter and royal clothes thrown on his regular clothes.

New Horizon

In Animal Crossing: New Horizons Tom Nook has decided to direct his business towards colonizing deserted island and propose getaway packages to customers who want to start a new life in a small community created on those islands through his company Nook Inc. Nook himself and his nephews will supervize the development of the island. He initially greets the player and the animals on their new island.

He then ask them to pitch their tent in a spot of their choice and help the others villagers to do so. After this is done, Tom Nook will ask for materials in order to build a fire and some drinks made from the island's fuits. The group will then celebrate the end of their first day on the island and on the second day Tom Nook will give the player their bill as well as their Nook Phone, which is a brand of smartphone made by Nook specifically for the Desert Island Getaway Package.

Nook will then wait for the player to pay their debt and in the meantime will give them instructions on how to develop the various facilities of the island. Tom Nook will notably take any insects and fish the player find to give them to Blathers as proof of the island's potential for a museum. Once five different species are gathered, Blathers will call Nook directly and after a brief discussion, the owl will decide to come live on the island. Nook will then ask you to find a place suitable for Blathers and his museum. Like in the other games, Nook will ask you if you want to extand your house in exchange for an increased amount of Bells each time. From Day 3 onwards, he will be seen making daily announcements on the plaza when the player starts the game.

Super Smash Bros. series

Being one of the most important and recognizable figure of the Animal Crossing series, Tom Nook has been represented in the Super Smash Bros. series before a character from said series was even made playable. He has appeared in some form in every games since Super Smash Bros. Melee.

Super Smash Bros. Melee

Tom Nook Trophy

Tom Nook's trophy in Melee.

Tom Nook is featured as a collectable Trophy in Super Smash Bros. Melee. An interesting detail is that since Melee released before Animal Crossing outside of Japan, it is one of the few trophy where the release date is labeled as "Future Release" in the international release.

Trophy Descriptions

  • "This guy's the friendly neighborhood shopkeeper who kindly helps the player set up his or her first house. He has a nose for business, and his customer service is second to none. During the course of the game, his store starts as a corner shop, expands to become a convenience store, and finally becomes a thriving supermarket."

Future Release

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Tom Nook - Brawl Trophy

Tom Nook Trophy as seen in Brawl.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl Tom Nook appears as a collectible Trophy, as a background character on the Smashville stage and as a sticker that boosts by five the power of energy based attack of anyone who has it equipped.

Trophy Descriptions

The owner of the town's only store. He not only helps you find a home when you move in but also gives you a job at his shop. His dream is to expand his business, and as the game progresses, Nook's Cranny becomes Nook 'n' Go, then Nookway, and finally Nookington's. He tends to say "hm" and "yes" quite a bit.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U, Tom Nook returns as a Trophy and as a background character on the Town and City stage. He is also, alongside Timmy and Tommy, a part of the Villager's Final Smash, Dream Home. In this final Smash, the Nooks will appear before the Villager and build a house around one or multiple fighters. The house then explodes and damage anyone inside it. Tom Nook's Trophy is now different based on which version of the game he is obtained on. The Nintendo 3DS one is based on Happy Home Designer and the Wii U one is based on City Folk.

Trophy descriptions

3DS
TomNookTrophy3DS

Trophy in the 3DS version.

  • NA: "Currently the owner of Nook's Homes, yes, yes. "Yes, yes" is his favorite catchphrase. Despite all the money he's earned, he'll never lose that down-to-earth charm. With such a friendly demeanor, there's just no way he could be trying to rip you off. So trustworthy, yes, yes!"
  • EU: "The owner of Nook's Homes, yes, yes. ..."Yes, yes" is sort of a reassuring catchphrase of his that totally removes any lingering feeling that he might be trying to swindle you out of your hard-earned cash. What an upstanding businessman, yes, yes!"
Wii U
TomNookTrophyWiiU

Trophy in the Wii U version.

  • NA: "The owner of Nookington's, yes, yes. "Yes, yes" is his favorite catchphrase. Despite all the money he's earned, he'll never lose that down-to-earth charm. With such a friendly demeanor, there's just no way he could be trying to rip you off. So trustworthy, yes, yes!"
  • EU: "The owner of Nookington's, yes, yes. ..."Yes, yes" is sort of a reassuring catchphrase of his that totally removes any lingering feeling that he might be trying to swindle you out of your hard-earned cash. What an upstanding businessman, yes, yes!"

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tom Nook is once again a part of the Villager's Final Smash, which is essentially the same as in the previous game but he is also now part of Isabelle's Final Smash, Dream Town Hall. Nook has a similar role in both Final Smash but when Isabelle perform hers, Tom Nook will build a Town Hall instead. He also appears as two different Spirits. The first one is an Advanced Primary Neutral Spirit that can be enhanced into the second Nook spirit, which is an Ace Primary Neutral Spirit.

No. Image Name Type Class Slots Stats Ability Acquisition
828
Tom Nook (City Folk)
Tom Nook Neutral ★★ 3
  • 1,431—5,727
  • Brawn Badge: 386—1,546
  • Protection Badge: 1,045—4,181
Can Be Enhanced at Lv. 99
  • Summon with cores from Maruhige Shop Owner, Shop Assistant, and any Neutral Spirit core
  • Battle via Spirit Board (unlocked after obtaining spirit once)
  • Purchase from the Vault Shop for 1000G (unlocked after obtaining spirit once)
  • Scan the Tom Nook amiibo
829
Tom Nook Nookingtons City Folk
Tom Nook (Nookington's) Neutral ★★★ 3
  • 2,663—8,011
  • Brawn Badge: 717—2,157
  • Protection Badge: 1,844—5,546
Item Gravitation
  • Enhance the Tom Nook Spirit

See also

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