The villagers in the Animal Crossing games are an important part of the gameplay. They add life and color to the otherwise quiet town, or in this case, island. In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, there are nearly 400 total villagers. Since there can only be 10 villagers living on the island at a time, there are some that are better than others.
Deciding which villagers are better is largely based on your opinion of them. Each player will have their preferred villagers based on arbitrary and personal qualities and opinions. For instance, Marshal is a widely popular villager that has maintained that popularity for over five years now for no real reason other than that the cute appearance and the smug personality type combination seems to resonate with players.
There are no stats to speak of, just appearance, personality, and sometimes decor style. A couple of factors that went into the decision were popularity over social media and Amiibo card price on eBay. Not all expensive cards were popular characters, but popular characters always had pricey cards.
Best villagers in Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Certain types of villagers stand out. There are eight personality types, four for female villagers and four for males. Most of the popular male characters have the gentlemanly “smug” or “cranky” personalities, while the female characters gain popularity with the “snooty” or “normal” personalities the most. Species also affects popularity. Most of the popular characters are wolves, deer, or cats. There are some unique designs, such as Merengue or Julian, that have a lot of fans due to their creative personalities and looks.
In New Horizons, players start with two villagers. Those two villagers are limited to the sisterly personality and the jock personality, both of which are not the most desired personalities and do not appear on the list. The overall best villagers, based almost purely on popularity and demand due to the subjective nature of the topic, hasn’t changed significantly since the beginning of the games.
10. Whitney the wolf
There is no shortage of fanart for Whitney the wolf. With a light blue coat and snooty personality, she has a lot of fans. Whitney was introduced in New Leaf and made an appearance in the Animal Crossing movie. Snooty characters seem to have some of the best decor types and know what they’re doing when it comes to decorations. Whitney is no exception, with ornate decorations and style.
9. Beau the deer
Beau joins a cast of popular deer characters in Animal Crossing. Beau is one of the few lazy characters to make the list, but his impala-like appearance mixed with the carefree lazy personality makes him an excellent villager. He was introduced in New Leaf.
8. Audie the wolf
Audie the wolf is a new character introduced in New Horizons. She’s a red wolf character with the peppy personality. Peppy characters are energetic and upbeat and usually dream of fame or popularity.
7. Merengue the rhino
Merengue is one of the more unique characters released in New Leaf. Like Julian the unicorn, she is one-of-a-kind in design and execution. Merengue is based on a strawberry shortcake, judging by her appearance and catchphrase. She has a normal personality type. Merengue’s Amiibo card is a testament to her popularity. Cost-wise, it comes second only to Marshal.
6. Fauna the deer
Fauna is a brown deer villager from New Leaf. She has the normal personality type. Her kindness fits with the typical deer stereotype and association with gentleness. Fauna is so popular there were official plushies of her made. Fauna’s Amiibo card can reach some high numbers, making her one of the more expensive ones to invite directly.
5. Lolly the cat
The internet loves cats, and Lolly is no exception. Lolly is a grey tabby cat introduced in Animal Forest e+. Lolly has the normal personality type, making her kind and easy to befriend. Lolly is a popular character, likely due to her longevity in the series.
4. Julian the horse
It’s not hard to see why Julian is a popular character. While his species is listed as “horse,” it’s obvious he’s more than that. Julian’s appearance is based on a unicorn. His style choice is fantastic, with celestial furniture and wallpaper. Julian is another smug villager and will have all the characteristics associated with it. His personality and visual design go well together, likely adding to his popularity.
3. Diana the deer
Diana first appeared in New Life as the only deer with the snooty personality. She is a white deer with purple, pink, and light cyan accents. Because of the snooty type of personality, Diana can be slow to warm up to the player and overall rude. Snooty villagers enjoy discussing appearance and gossip. Her decor choice is a clean, iconic style.
2. Raymond the cat
Raymond the cat is another new addition to the Animal Crossing cast. Introduced in New Horizons, Raymond immediately became a popular choice among fans. Raymond is a grey cat with black ears and tail and black feet. He has some blond hair on his head and differently colored eyes, known as heterochromia, likely lending to his popularity. The internet loves Raymond and immortalizes him in fanart all over social media. Raymond has the smug personality type, which gives him a gentlemanly, although conceited, attitude.
1. Marshal the squirrel
Marshal is the undisputed king of villagers. First introduced in New Leaf, he has been at the top of the popularity chart for years and is coveted by many fans. Marshal is a cream-colored squirrel with the smug personality type. He is prone to talking about how cool or superior he is in certain contexts, but is friendly to the player. His popularity likely comes from the fact that smug personalities will sometimes flirt with the player. Marshal is so popular his Amiibo card can reach triple digits on auction sites.
The best villager is, of course, pure opinion. Marshal may be the most popular villager, but we were disappointed to find him squatting in our campsite for literal days before we were forced to invite him. Each player will have their own wishlist of villagers that they hope to collect for their dream island.