Crankyvillagers (オレ Ore, or コワイ Kowai) (also called Grumpy villagers), are male villagers in Animal Crossing series. The name is a direct reference to the meaning of cranky; someone who is irritated or annoyed easily. As of now, there are 63 cranky villagers.
The cranky characters can seem quite bitter and out-of-touch with social trends, making them generally unpopular with the peppy villagers; but sometimes funny. They are all deep-voiced and many have frowns. In the original Animal Crossing they go to sleep at 5:00 AM, and wake up at 10:00 AM. In Animal Crossing: Wild World and Animal Crossing: City Folk they go to sleep at 4:30 am and wake up at 10:00 am each day. In Animal Crossing: New Leaf they go to bed at 4:00 am and get up at 10:00 am. When trying to enter the house of a cranky person before they wake, the player is greeted with an angry letter explaining that they are sleeping, "I'm catching some Z's right now, wake me and REGRET IT", which is an example of how easily irritated they can be. They usually spend a small amount of their day in their houses, and most of the day out. They are very self-centered and often enjoy gossiping about lifestyles of other villagers, making them snobby as well as grouchy. They will act protective of the player when the player becomes friends with them and they will seem to disagree with most of the things that other villagers say.
They find it easy to get along with snooty villagers and other cranky villagers, usually discussing trivial things such as food and the problems with unhealthy food. They get along with normal villagers most of the time, but can offend, and therefore annoy them quite easily if the wrong things have been said. They find it difficult to get along with peppy, smug, uchi and jock villagers, who cranky villagers claim are mucking around. Thus, conversations between a cranky villager and a villager of one of these types will result in one of them depressed and occasionally cranky villagers will tell the player that things are getting boring so they are considering spreading rumors about another animal and 'watching the fun'. The usual response from either of the personalities is to call them an 'old man' or 'grandpa'. They also get along with lazy and normal villagers most of the time, but can directly offend them when anything wrong has been said.
Although they may appear unfriendly, if the player talks to them, does errands for them and sends them letters for long enough, they will eventually begin to open up and will be more friendly with the player. In Animal Crossing, a cranky character will often speak to the player about their niece after becoming friends. Also, in City Folk, they may say this to another cranky villager. When a cranky villager gets sad, they will say something like that he lives in a cold world. They can usually grow to be close friends if the player meets them often and send them letters with presents attached. Many of their picture quotes deviate around "I'm watching you." Cranky villagers are often the ones that give the player an invitation to Crazy Redd's, though they do warn them about how sly he can be.
When a player gets closer to a cranky villager, the villager may appear more gentleman-like than the other villagers, because while the player is getting to know them, they may refer to themselves as more mature or like an old man.
Below are some (not all) quotes made by cranky villagers.
Conversation between a normal villager and a cranky villager: "So, <cranky villager>... Just the other day, I cooked up a batch of <sweet food> that was so sour, it hurt!" "That sounds awesome! I didn't even know it was possible to make something that sour! What'd you do?" "It was just something I added to give it a little kick, but I guess something went really wrong... Wait, did you just... You think that sounds good? Really?" "You know it! I mean come on! Sour <sweet food>? Think of the possibilities! Nobody would suspect a thing until they took a bite, and then POW! Puckerface city! HAHAHA!" "You're absolutely awful!" (Normal Villager walks away angry and the cranky villager will walks away unaffected)
To a female player: "You're looking as saucy as ever, I see."
"I'm not here!"
"Hey, hey, <player>! You got somethin' you wanna say to me? Is it <catchphrase>?"