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The Villager, or The Player, is the main protagonist (to the player) of the social life simulation video game series Animal Crossing, appearing mostly in all games. Although they have no specific names in all Animal Crossing games, the Villager(s) is/are commonly referred to as The Player, and their tasks in some games can vary depending on certain NPCs, and can also play on either single-player and multiplayer, either to have fun, help fellow villagers, or simply visit each other's town.
The Player has no distictive name until it was officially revealed in the Super Smash Bros. series that the player character is actually named, Villager, and he/she can be used to fight many opponents in the game, as well as defeat the most powerful bosses, Galeem and Dharkon, and thus, saving the universe by themselves (although it fails on the normal ending).
Throughout the entire series, The Villager/Player all appear as children characters with player-determined names, which bears resemblances to the Mii avatar models. They all have the same height and size as other players, or in some cases, NPCs. From the first Animal Crossing game until City Folk, they all appear slightly shorter than most NPCs in some occurrence. Their appearances became altered starting from New Leaf, as they now appear slightly taller than in previous games, and can mostly customized their avatars starting from New Horizons.
In the Super Smash Bros. series, The male and female villagers were made by the art style from City Folk and New Leaf, though their appearances were captured and rendered from the Wild World default characters. The default male appearance wore a red shirt with a printed "1" in the middle along with black shorts and blue shoes, while the default female appearance wore a pink skirt with a printed flower design in the middle, with striped socks and pink shoes.
The Villager is otherwise known as the Player in certain Animal Crossing games. The Player is mostly seen as an active member of the town to which they have moved. In previous games until New Horizons, the player is seen through a first-person perspective in the beginning, talking to most animals such as Rover, and simply introduces them their own town. Players cannot customized The way in which they act with their environment changes the town, which represents the open play of the Animal Crossing series. There are a number of different ways the player can interact with the town and other characters in the game. These may involve a variety of different hobbies in the game, such as fishing, bug catching, fashion and many more. Villagers do not necessarily have an active role in altering the town or the player but can be interacted with to develop friendships and to trade for furniture and tips. The Villager can also be recognized as a philanthropist to many residents, as one of the game's main objectives is to help fellow residents who is in need of any help.
Animal Crossing: Wild World
Animal Crossing: City Folk
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
In New Leaf, the Villager takes on the role of the Town Mayor, a role which was filled by Mayor Tortimer in previous installments. What the player does is essentially the same as in previous games, but now with more customizable options. Being the Mayor involves two key areas; Public Works Projects and the Town Ordinance. The maximum number of villagers in total is ten, though the tenth can only be accessed by either having one move in from a friend's town, using the amiibo cards, or the campsite. Villagers can now both water and plant flowers, shake trees, read the bulletin board and sit on benches and stumps. Other events are also gossiped about, such as when other villagers are planning to move or are ill. Villager also appears as a statue in Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Welcome amiibo).
Past villagers that have moved out may periodically appear on Main Street. Though these villagers can't be recruited back to the player's town from these interactions, they will speak about their time there among other topics. Villagers who have left may return to the town, but only after sixteen other villagers have moved in and then moved out of the town.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Super Smash Bros. series
Super Smash Bros. for 3DS/Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
The Villager first appears in Super Smash Bros. 4. Their arsenal includes the many tools seen in Animal Crossing including the shovel, slingshot, axe, and net. Their attacks also make use of more general items and furniture, such as an umbrella, a stick, fireworks, a bowling ball and even weeds. The Villager will be able to launch some kind of missile at other characters. Their collection of improvised weapons doesn't appear in the Animal Crossing games.
They have also been using items such as the balloon helmet from Balloon Fight and a boxing glove that may be a nod to Punch-Out!!. Both of these titles made appearances as playable NES Games in Animal Crossing. Their Final Smash was revealed to be Dream Home. During the attack, the player entraps nearby opponents into the construction of a House, in this case, one that seems like a standard mansion style home. During the attack, the player is seen giving Bells to Tom Nook and Timmy and Tommy, who are then seen building the home. The attack ends with the Player and the Tanukis celebrating the completed house before it explodes, sending the trapped opponents (And Tom Nook and the Nooklings) flying.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
The Villager also returns as a veteran fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Both male and female variants are once again playable, as well as the addition of more skin tones, a feature not entirely officially implemented in the Animal Crossing series until New Horizons. Isabelle also joins the battle as a playable character in Ultimate, and the only other Animal Crossing fighter representative.
In popular culture
It all started when he was in Super Smash Bros. 4's announcement trailer. His "stare" face appeared after he caught Mario in his net. The reason why he was thought of as a psychotic killer is because one of his attacks is using an axe.