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Dr. Shrunk

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Dr. Shrunk
ししょー Shishō
Shrunk NL
Gender Male
Species Axolotl
Service Emotions
Birthday January 2nd
Coffee Mocha,
Just a little bit of milk,
Two spoonfuls of sugar
Appearances WW, CF, NL,
Dōbutsu no Mori film
163 - Animal Crossing New Leaf (3DS) - Dr. Shrunk

"The doctor is OUT!"
— Dr. Shrunk, Animal Crossing: City Folk
Dr. Shrunk (ししょー, Shishō?) is an axolotl and a special character in the Animal Crossing series who has appeared in all games since Animal Crossing: Wild World. He gives the player the ability to use emotions in all the games. His name could refer to the word "shrink", a slang term for a psychologist.

Dr. Shrunk's Outro

164 - Animal Crossing New Leaf (3DS) - Dr. Shrunk (Outro)


Animal Crossing: Wild World

In Wild World, Dr. Shrunk visits the town occasionally on a day from Monday through Friday, between 6:00 AM and midnight. The player learns emotions from Dr. Shrunk, depending on the randomly chosen emotion. In his first visit, the player can learn only one emotion. But later, the player gets to choose one from four emotions to learn. The first emotion a player will get from him is 'blush'.

Animal Crossing: City Folk

In Animal Crossing: City Folk, Dr. Shrunk hosts comedy shows at the Marquee, which can be viewed after paying the clerk 800 Bells. A possible villager might appear in the audience, usually complaining about it because his shows are rather stupid. Sometimes the villager will actually like the show. Shrunk will teach the player an emotion afterward. The emotion taught can be chosen while paying the clerk, when they ask the player which show the player wish to see. Shrunk is occasionally replaced with Master Frillard.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf

In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Dr. Shrunk owns Club LOL, a new entertainment venue where he and K.K. Slider both perform. He once again teaches the player "jokes". He will give the player a joke book, which the player can learn all twenty-four of his "jokes" instead of just having 4 "jokes" and having to forget them to get new "jokes". He accepts food, such as fruit to perform instead of Bells. He will only perform to teach the player a "joke" once a day, but only when Club LOL is open from 10am to 8pm. During K.K. Slider's songs on Saturday, he can be seen dancing in the club. After learning all twenty-four "jokes", Dr. Shrunk will teach the player the Shrunk Funk Shuffle (video here) and give the player his old comedian jacket.

He has grown a small mustache since his last appearance in City Folk.

In Dōbutsu no Mori (film)

Dr. Shrunk has a very minor role in Dōbutsu no Mori. He can be seen with Lyle in the audience at the fireworks show.

Dr. Shunk's Background

In his spare time, Dr. Shrunk is a comedian, which leads to him telling jokes often. He is usually cheery, but because of his role in the game, his emotions fluctuate whilst he tells stories. He is a forgiving character, even cheerily explaining who he is if the player forgets. The character can be seen as ambitious, as in City Folk he realizes his dream of becoming a professional comedian, and works at the Marquee. It is known and heavily implied that most people do not find Shrunk's jokes funny. He does not seem to notice, saying in his glee joke, that he was called daring for showing up on stage when nobody laughed at him.

It is hinted at several times that he has a wife, and it appears she treats him badly. He also mentions he has a son that takes after him, as well as a daughter (or more than one, as implied by the Bashfulness Joke). However, since he only mentions his wife and his son during his jokes, it's possible that they don't even exist and he only made them up to make his jokes seem even funnier.


Main article: Emotions

Emotions are facial expressions or whole body expressions the player's character can do. Dr. Shrunk can teach/show the player how to do them with his jokes. In Animal Crossing: City Folk, the player can only have four different emotions and can switch them out by going to the Marquee and going to the selected show. In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, the player can obtain a joke book and they can learn all forty-one emotions.

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Animal Crossing: Wild World

Animal Crossing: City Folk

Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Dōbutsu no Mori (film)


  • His Japanese name is a simplified spelling of "master" or "teacher" (師匠 shishō?).
  • His Spanish name is based on the word "Doctorcito", which means "Little doctor".
  • According to his sneezing joke, Shrunk is allergic to humans.
  • Dr. Shrunk's favorite food is chocolate cake.
  • In Animal Crossing: Wild World he is a psychologist that can help players get in touch with their emotional side, by allowing the player to choose "emotions" to show off to their friends.
  • In Animal Crossing: City Folk he is a comedian that works in the Marquee in the city.
  • In Animal Crossing: New Leaf he is the manager for Club LOL and a retired comedian.
  • It is implied that some of Shrunk's jokes come from his mentor Frillard. In New Leaf, he retells a joke originally told by Frillard; however, it doesn't make sense in context, as Shrunk is much younger than Frillard.

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