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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 Animal Crossing: Wild World,
Animal Crossing: City Folk,
Animal Crossing: New Leaf,
Dōbutsu no Mori
Regional names Flag of France small Docteur Ciboulot
Flag of Germany small Dr. Samselt
Flag of Spain Dr. Sito
Flag of Italy small Strizzo
"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 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. His name could refer to the word "shrink", a slang term for a psychologist.


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. 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. 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.

Being Emotional

Main article: Emotions

Emotions, once learned, can be accessed at anytime. In the chat interface, there will be icons for the emotions that your character has access to. Click on an emotion button to have your character display that emotion.

Emotions have no effect on non-player characters, although they are useful and amusing when playing online with other players. You can only have up to four emotions at one time. If you want another one, select the one you want to replace with the new one and Shrunk will "shrink" the old emotion. In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, non-player characters will respond to emoticons, reacting in either the same way or a different appropriate response.


Here is the list of emotions to learn.

  • Fear
  • Shyness
  • Surprise
  • Inspiration
  • Happiness
  • Confusion
  • Anger
  • Contentment
  • Scheming
  • Rage
  • Thought
  • Sadness
  • Agreement
  • Approval
  • Disbelief
  • Love
  • Realization
  • Acceptance
  • Exasperation
  • Fatigue
  • Discontent
  • Shock
  • Irritation
  • Laughter
  • Glee

**There are also many more to use by using the Action Replay such as Pass out, Flirt, Deal cards, and more.

** There are 25 Emotions (Not counting the Action Replay)


City Folk

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.
Warning: Non-canon information starts here.
  • Dr. Shrunk also appears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as a traveling therapist (and part-time comedian) who helps people get in touch with their emotions.
Warning: Non-canon information ends here.

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