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 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:

Isabelle

Saharah

Gracie

Crossdressing

Villager Flirting

 

 

Citations

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