"I'm feeling kind of blank today."
— Picture quote, Wild World
Coco (やよい,,Yayoi?) is a normalrabbitvillager from the Animal Crossing series. Her English name probably comes from the coconut, a fruit stereotypically depicted with three holes. A reference to chocolate (i.e. cocoa), based on the tradition of chocolate bunnies, is also possible. Coco's catchphrase may relate to the "boing" sound most gyroids make.
Coco's Japanese name Yayoi (やよい) is a reference to the Yayoi Period (300BC-AD300) in Japan, an era where Haniwa statues, the inspiration for gyroids, occurred.
She is the only rabbit with a normal personality in the Animal Crossing series so far. Coco is the only villager whose face does not change with expressions. Her lack of expression is reflected in her picture quote.
Coco is a light brown rabbit with dark speckles. She has empty black eyes and a mouth with an apparently hollow head, referencing the appearance of Gyroids.
Her face also resembles that of a player in the first Animal Crossing game that didn't save her game while visiting another player's village. She initially wears a Misty Shirt in Animal Crossing and a Dawn Shirt in Wild World and City Folk. Coco may be mistaken for a male due to her clothing and appearance.
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Coco has a normal personality, and frequently acts kind towards the player. Normal villagers generally get along with lazy, peppy, smug, snooty and other normal villagers. She may conflict with cranky and uchi villagers. As a normal villager, Coco will usually wake up at 6:00 am and is easier to befriend than most. Both normal and peppy villagers reference an unseen friend known as Moppina.
Coco's house has a tranquil, oriental theme. She lacks a stereo initially, so she has no music playing, but if she receives one, it will play K.K. Dirge. Coco has various items from different garden themes, including an outdoor pool, deer scare, and the tall lantern. Coco also has an exotic chest and some house plants. She also has a shanty mat, enhancing the outdoorsy feel of the room. In Wild World she has an exotic chest, a screen, a rock pool, two tall lanterns, a plant and a rock person. Coco has one gyroid, the Mega Rustoid. In New Leaf, Coco has two bonfires on each side of her room when you first walk in. She also has five different gyroids, two exotic screens on both sides of the room, and an exotic table that supports her brown pot and white pot. She also has a Shanty Mat as flooring and a Garden Wall as her wallpaper.
Coco's Japanese name Yayoi (やよい) is a reference to the Yayoi Period (300BC-AD300) in Japan. Her design references gyroid furniture, which is in turn influenced by Haniwa statues, a figure of Japanese culture that occurred in real life during the Yayoi Period. Gyroids themselves are referred to as "haniwa" in Japanese translations of the game.
Coco's appearance, like that of gyroids, seems to revolve around death and old regional Japanese funerary traditions. This is foremost evident due to her resemblance to a haniwa. The imperfections in her clay-like structure indicate that she is the kind of haniwa made by working the ashes of the deceased into the clay of the statue. From these two points, the conclusion can be drawn that Coco portrays a deceased ghost that currently possesses an artificial body, a guise that was formed from the remains of her real, cremated body. Her home in the later main franchise installments is furnished to resemble an ancient crematorium, featuring bonfire pillars for cremating bodies, urns to store the ashes, the haniwa which were made with the ashes, and screens which those mourning the dead would pray behind. The song that plays in her house is the eerie K.K. Dirge--a "dirge" being a type of traditional western funeral march song.
Perhaps coincidentally, Coco also has more than one connection with the Coco of Hispanic and Lusophone folklore, apart from the name. The Coco is generally held as a shape-shifting death-dealer, which makes the villager's choice of music all the more fitting. In addition, the coconut, which Coco's head bears a strong resemblance to, got its name from the mythical monster when Portuguese explorers related the fruit's appearance to a skull.