Tailed primates like monkeys are well-known for their wit and mischief. It's no wonder that the Animal Crossing creators would draw inspiration from the hundreds of varieties of monkeys found across the globe when creating their town's inhabitants. You can pick from a wide variety of animals, all of which have their own distinct personalities and physical traits.
Each of these townspeople takes inspiration from real-life monkeys and expands upon it to produce one-of-a-kind designs that highlight the greatest features of the monkey species. If you want to do something a little bit different with your island, consider the monkey villagers as an alternative to the more common cat and wolf villagers.
Taking a cue from the classic game, "Simon Says
Simon, the Lazy monkey, first appeared in Animal Crossing: Wild World and has since made a return appearance in every game in the series. Simon has a splash of color in the form of a crimson mask that frames his eyes, making him stand out from his otherwise muted style.
Simon, a native of the Lazy Village, has a fondness for the adage "Friends go together like peanut butter and bananas," which demonstrates his penchant for discussing culinary topics. The interior of Simon's house has remained largely unchanged throughout the series, save for a few pieces of furniture, and is just as great as it was in the initial incarnation in Wild World, where it resembled a campground beneath the stars to buy cheap ACNH items.
It Doesn't Take Long For Him To Like You: Monty
As the lone monkey villager in the series, Monty's prickly attitude and catchphrase "No news is good news" show just how cranky he can be. Even yet, if you can get past Monty's rough edges, he makes for a reliable friend.
In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Monty's home is a showcase of his talent as an interior decorator; he's transformed his humble abode into a cozy retreat inspired by an autumnal woodland, complete with the Mush furniture set so that you may enjoy the feel of the season year-round. Besides being the only monkey villager in the series with white fur and gray skin, Monty's appearance is distinct because of his unusual facial features.
To Put It Simply, Deli Is Adorable
Initiated for the first time in Animal Crossing: Simple yet functional in appearance, New Leaf, Deli is a villager of the Lazy variety. Deli has plush-looking cream fur that goes great with the brown markings and purple of his inner ears.
Deli always seems cheerful thanks to his huge, gleaming eyes and his perma-grin. The gray langur, a species of monkey with a dark face and a light coat, is the closest living relative of Deli. NPC Niko was clearly influenced by this monkey species, as he shares its coloring scheme.
Everything About Nana Is Pink
Nana's vibrant pink fur sets her apart from the other monkey villagers and complements her cheerful, caring nature as a Normal villager. What makes Nana even more exceptional is that she is the only individual in the monkey tribe with her particular personality quirk.
The New Horizons home of Nana, who loves all things pink, has a pink ceiling and is furnished with various pink pieces from the Wooden set. You should visit Nook's Cranny to find some pink furniture for this cute monkey if Nana lives on your island.
Shari Is Guilty of Being a Bad Egg
Shari, the series' lone monkey villager, seems to be based on the squirrel monkey, which has a similar hair pattern and huge black eyes to Shari's look. Similar to her real-life model, Shari has brilliant yellow fur on her arms and legs, which, oddly enough, is generated by the monkeys urinating on themselves to mark their scent.
In the Roar of the Lemurs: Tammi
Although she is a member of the Peppy monkey villager species, Tammi is not actually a monkey due to her colorful design, which was inspired by the ring-tailed lemur. Not only does Tammi have a unique appearance, but she also draws inspiration from a different kind of monkey.
Tammi, like the real-life animal from which she takes her name, has piercing red eyes and a striped tail, a combination of characteristics that gives her a striking, intense appearance. Because of her outgoing personality and love of joking about, Tammi has adopted the catchphrase "Always be down to fool around!" as her personal motto. Having a connection to the ring-tailed lemur gives Tammi a look unlike any other Peppy villager, and she is therefore one of the most underappreciated villagers.
"Tiansheng, King of the Jungle"
Tiansheng, a royal Jock monkey villager, was added to New Horizons in the version 2.0 overhaul. Tiansheng is presumably based on the Monkey King, a figure from Chinese mythology who also appears in the novel Journey to the West. Tiansheng's design is obviously influenced by folklore, since he comes equipped with a golden crown as part of his standard attire.