|Birthday||June 4th (Gemini)|
|Initial phrase||choo CHOO|
|Initial clothes||Paw Shirt|
|Favorite song||K.K. Salsa|
|Appearances||WW, CF, Dōbutsu no Mori|
|Regional names|| Mico |
“You'll never get THIS monkey off your back!”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 Wild World and City Folk, but does not appear in New Leaf or Happy Home Designer. Because of this, Champ and Kaitlin are the only villagers in the entire series not from the original Animal Crossing to get cut from an installment after appearing in a previous installment.
― Picture quote, Wild World
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'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.
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.