Villager Flirting in Animal Crossing: New Leaf

In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, NPC villagers may flirt with the player-character regardless of their gender. Some fans have observed that the Smug personality trait (first introduced in New Leaf) makes certain male villagers more flirtatious than usual, even towards the male player-character. The Smug villagers have been criticized for playing into gendered stereotypes about masculinity, and there is some debate over whether their advances towards male characters should be considered romantic or simply brotherly. Other fans have speculated that some of the villagers in Animal Crossing have varying randomly generated “sexualities” that determine the subjects of their flirtatious advances.

LGBTQ References in this game series:

Animal Crossing (2001): BlancaGracieJuliaSaharah

Animal Crossing: Wild World (2005): Mentions of Same-Sex RelationshipsOpposite-Gender Haircuts

Animal Crossing: New Leaf (2012): Crossdressing and Gender ExpressionIsabelleVillager Flirting

Animal Crossing: New Horizons (2020): CJ and FlickMentions and Queer ReadingsRemoval of Gender Choice


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