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さるお Saruo
Gender Male
Personality Jock
Species Monkey
Birthday June 4th
Star sign Gemini
Initial phrase choo CHOO
Initial clothes Paw Shirt
Appearances Animal Crossing: Wild World,
Animal Crossing: City Folk,
Dōbutsu no Mori
Regional names Flag of Spain Mico
"You'll never get THIS monkey off your back!"
— Picture quote, Animal Crossing: Wild World
"Hackpth! When I catch a cold, it's like, I'm sick for a loooooong time..."
— Champ, Animal Crossing: City Folk

Champ (さるお, Saruo?) is a jock monkey villager in the Animal Crossing series. His name comes from the word "champion", which goes with the jock personality, and the word chimp, which is a type of simian. His Japanese name may come from the word saru meaning "monkey". He appeared as a minor character in Dōbutsu no Mori. His catchphrase, "choo CHOO", could be a reference to Animal Crossing for the GameCube, for Champ somewhat resembles Porter, the monkey who resided at the train station. Like Kaitlin, he is one of the only two characters that appears in both Animal Crossing: Wild World and Animal Crossing: City Folk, and that does not appear in Animal Crossing: New Leaf.

Because of this, Champ is the only villager in the entire series not from the original Animal Crossing to get cut from an installment after appearing in a previous installment.


Champ is a brown monkey, initially wearing a yellow paw print shirt. He has a long curly tail and black dots for eyes. He is very similar in appearance to Porter, the monkey that runs the Train Station in the early games of the series, as well as in New Leaf. He also looks very similar to Ukikis from the Mario series.


Below is a brief description of the jock personality. For more information, click here.

Champ has a jock personality, meaning that he is outgoing and friendly towards the player. He tends to talk about exercise and gets along well with other villagers for the most part, but may annoy snooty and cranky villagers with his active lifestyle and energetic personality.


Champ's house has a red tile flooring and a backyard wall. He also has a model train, along with items from the red set. If he has a stereo, it will play K.K. Salsa. Also take into account the fact that the wallpaper and flooring resemble that of the train station (fence wall and brick flooring), and the alarm clock is similar to the basic train station's clock.

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Champ's house in City Folk. (Note the model train!)

Dōbutsu no Mori

Warning: Spoilers start here.

Champ also appears in the movie with the name Saruo, although he had very few lines. He is always working out, jogging, or lifting weights. He always seems to be running around saying "uki uki", which is described as monkey noises. When the UFO crashes and the parts scatter, he finds the original part to the fake UFO, and Ai finds the alien in gear form, thus causing the Miracle of the Winter Festival.

Spoilers end here.


Warning: Theory starts here.

Some believe that Champ is related to Porter the monkey from earlier installments of the series. This is supported by similar appearance, Champ's catchphrase, choo CHOO, is the sound a train makes, as Porter was a conductor for the train in Animal Crossing and the fact that in Animal Crossing: City Folk he has a model train set in his house.

Another theory is that Champ is in fact Porter himself. This is supported by the fact that in both games where Porter appears, Champ is absent from these games, and vice versa. Additionally, Porter is not given a name in the Japanese versions of the Gamecube games, further opening the opportunity of Champ being Porter in the Animal Crossing world. This theory, however, has been debunked with the release of the Animal Crossing Plaza app for Wii U, which revealed special characters' birthdays. Porter's birthday is April 17th, while Champ's birthday is June 4th, thus debunking the theory.

Theory ends here.


Like most characters that appeared on Dōbutsu no Mori, Champ is available to buy as a plush toy and coin pouch, as part of the merchandise.

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