A Definitive Ranking of Animal Crossing: New Horizons' Most Beloved Characters

Everyone who plays the game has a favorite Animal Crossing: New Horizons villager.

Of course, with 397 possible animal villagers as your neighbors, each with their own hilarious personalities and unique looks, those faves are going to differ widely from person to person. Still, we've found that certain charming characters have skyrocketed in popularity.

Which critters are people raving about most? Keep scrolling for our definitive ranking of Animal Crossing's most popular villagers.

20. Bob

While a number of New Horizons'  best-loved characters are popular because they're clever or refined, Bob is the absolute opposite—and that's exactly what makes him so great. He's laidback and doesn't care what anyone thinks of him, which is why he's unafraid of being so weird. He may not be on the very top tier, but every odd thing he does is also incredibly memorable, earning Bob a space in our hearts.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons - bob "Who makes fossils? I wanna find out so I can ask them to make me into a fossil to,, pthhpth"

(Animal Crossing: New Horizons via Nintendo)


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19. Stitches

Stitches is a bit of a mystery in the world of Animal Crossing. Is he a literal stuffed animal come to life? Or just a bear cub cosplaying as a plushie? Either way, his bright colors and bold, brash statements are easy to love. He's a friend to just about everyone he meets, and we can easily see why so many people adore him.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Stitches - "the best part of taking a nap in a tree is how the tree puts you on the ground just before you wake up!"

(Animal Crossing: New Horizons via Nintendo)


18. Beau

Beau is just plain sweet. This little antelope's kindness (on top of his simple, cute design complete with a wooly sweater) makes him incredibly easy to befriend. Even when he starts ranting about the bug pals that live in the walls of his home, it's hard to be too weirded out by him. It's difficult not to get along with Beau.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Beau "One of the bugs in the floor whispered the DIY instructions in my ear while I was sleeping last night."

(Animal Crossing: New Horizons via Nintendo)


17. Rosie

Rosie is bright, energetic and in-your-face, and while her demeanor might be a little much if she were a real person, her presence is always welcome when we're playing Animal Crossing. Whether she's singing silly songs or talking about her dreams of becoming a movie star, she's always got a positive attitude, and it's totally infectious.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Rosie, "I saw a tree... It was tall and green... And his name was Roger..."

(Animal Crossing: New Horizons via Nintendo)


16. Whitney

Whitney is one of those villagers who's great because she thinks she's better than you. At first, she might seem a little bit rude and talk down at you, but over time, she sheds that tough exterior, and that's when her real kindness shows through. She's earned her arrogance—and the fans know it.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Whitney "It's really quite exciting, and I'd be more than happy to teach you how. I know all the tricks, my jewel."

(Animal Crossing: New Horizons via Nintendo)


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15. Julian

There's only one unicorn in the entire Animal Crossing universe, and he's rightfully made a name for himself as an extremely popular character. While he's cordial and gentlemanly, he's also incredibly smug about just how cool he thinks he is. Maybe we've been buying into all of that talk?

Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Julian - "Yep, nothing like kicking back and enjoying an ice-cold spiced chai at the end of the week"

(Animal Crossing: New Horizons via Nintendo)


14. Maple

Maple's cuteness is pretty much irresistible. Her round bear cub design is simple but inviting, and she has a warm and generous personality that's all about kindness. When you're feeling down, Maple will never fail to bring up your spirits with a few gentle words. There's a big reason we all want her on our islands.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Maple "I care about you a lot, so if it's true that you're having a hard time, know I'm here for you, honey."

(Animal Crossing: New Horizons via Nintendo)


13. Merengue

Rhinos aren't generally considered one of the cuter animal species in Animal Crossing, with Merengue being one glaring exception. Her head appears to be topped with whipped cream, and her horn even resembles a big pointy strawberry. It also helps her popularity that she's incredibly sweet—literally as well as figuratively.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Merengue - "You deserve nice things, shortcake."

(Animal Crossing: New Horizons via Nintendo)


12. Diana

Diana is another adorable villager who gets away with being totally snooty. Her white and pink design is downright adorable, and when she talks about how popular and fashionable she is, we can't contradict her. In fact, she's a bit of an icon. Maybe we should start asking her for some style advice.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Diana "How do I look? Don't say anything—I already know the answer. Fabulous!"

(Animal Crossing: New Horizons via Nintendo)


11. Lolly

There may not be a lot to Lolly's design, but it all comes together to create one of the absolute cutest villagers in the entire game. Her smile is kind and genuine, and it pairs perfectly with her outgoing and ultra-friendly personality. Lolly really seems to care, and that's why we think so many people really care about Lolly.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Lolly "What's on your mind, bonbon?"

(Animal Crossing: New Horizons via Nintendo)


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10. Marina

Marina is one of just three octopus characters in all of New Horizons, and while her rarity is one thing that makes her so coveted, her cute look and amiable personality are even more important to fans. Her signature pink sweater is indicative of her dreamy personality, and when she starts singing in the town square, hearts immediately melt.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Marina "The emperor butterfly looks sooo different when it closes its wings. That vivid blue just... disappears!"

(Animal Crossing: New Horizons via Nintendo)


9. Fauna

When it comes to being popular in the Animal Crossing world, being precious is absolutely key—and Fauna is one key example of this. With her cute eyes and blushed cheeks, paired with a sweet, bookworm-ish personality, she's been a fan favorite for years. We only see that love growing more with time.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Fauna "I was worried I lost my copy of Reading Love Letters Out Loud."

(Animal Crossing: New Horizons via Nintendo)


8. Sherb

Sherb the goat really is one of the greatest of all time. He's friendly, funny and kind, with a love for long naps and lazing around that we can all aspire to. His cozy sense of style is also a huge inspiration as we all hunker down at home, which is why we think he's gained such traction as an ultra-popular AC character.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Sherb - "I like watering flowers. It's nice to take care of something and see it grow."

(Animal Crossing: New Horizons via Nintendo)


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7. Molly

Molly the duck is just pure cuteness. With her big head and tiny body, oversized eyes and blushing cheeks, she's the epitome of chibi, and she's always been one of our very favorite villagers. Her sweet looks also accentuate her generosity and make her kind actions seem even kinder. We're always happy to see Molly get so much love.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Molly - "Hey, neighbor! I'm new here. My name's Molly."

(Animal Crossing: New Horizons via Nintendo)


6. Tangy

What is going on with Tangy? This cat villager appears to have an orange for a head, complete with a green leaf covering her forehead. The world may never know Tangy's true origins, but what we do know is that she's loved by many. Her effervescent, rambunctious personality matches her name, and we think her mystery adds to her fabulous appeal (no pun intended).

Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Tangy "Oh! Hey! Thanks for your suggestions the other day! You were right, this island is le gorgeous."

(Animal Crossing: New Horizons via Nintendo)


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5. Audie

Legend has it that Audie is named after an 88-year-old grandmother who racked up more than 3,500 hours in Animal Crossing: New Leaf on the Nintendo 3DS. That's enough to make Audie an instant favorite, but this stylish wolf also has a wild, instantly captivating personality that makes us all love her even more. She's new to Animal Crossing, but fans immediately fell in love.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Audie "I'm studying fashion right now! At least, that's what I'm saying I'm doing. For tax purposes."

(Animal Crossing: New Horizons via Nintendo)


4. Roald

Roald may appear unassuming at first glance, but he's become one of the most meme-able characters in all of Animal Crossing history. We don't know if it's his round figure, his big zoned-out eyes or his jock personality that make him so hilarious in any context, but the more we see of Roald, the more we love him—and we see him constantly. Plus, we think he looks pretty dapper in a suit jacket.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Roald in a tx "Heya! We meet again, b-b-buddy"

(Animal Crossing: New Horizons via Nintendo)


3. Dom

Where do we even start with Dom? He's one of the latest additions to the Animal Crossing family, and his design goes all-out when it comes to unique and varied expressions. Dom often looks like he's just milliseconds away from bursting into tears, and every face he makes is worth a thousand words, making him a fast favorite. And against all odds, he also happens to have a jock personality.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Dom "So... acting a fool. That's your thing?"

(Animal Crossing: New Horizons via Nintendo)


2. Marshall

Previous to New Horizons, we'd probably say that Marshall was the most popular of all Animal Crossing characters. His constant frown, as well as his smug personality, make him appear cool and detached, despite his cute design with a giant head and flushed cheeks. Together, we think those traits make people feel eager to befriend him. After all, who doesn't like having a cute, cool friend who resembles a marshmallow?

Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Marshal - "Well, hello there. Bet you didn't expect to meet someone like me in a place like this!"

(Animal Crossing: New Horizons via Nintendo)


1. Raymond

Sorry, Marshall, but we believe that Raymond has dethroned you as the most popular character in all of the Animal Crossing kingdom. With his differently colored eyes, business attire and thick-rimmed glasses, he appears quite intelligent and serious, even if speaking to him reveals he's kind of silly and pretentious. Somehow, that seems to make people love him even more. We've seen folks try to make big money off of trading Raymond around—and it seems that some people are willing to pay. We wouldn't go that far, but that doesn't mean we don't see why he's No. 1 for so many people.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Raymond "Ahoy. Ramond is my name and traveling, eating spicy foods and dance are my passions three."

(Animal Crossing: New Horizons via Nintendo)


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