- "That Gracie. She was such a free spirit. She's got a real wild streak, that one, hm?"
- — Tom Nook, Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Gracie as she appears in New Leaf
|Gender|| Male (Japan)|
|Coffee preferences||Blend, no milk, no sugar.|
|Appearance(s)|| Animal Forest,|
Dōbutsu no Mori +,
Dōbutsu no Mori e+,
Animal Crossing: Wild World,
Animal Crossing: City Folk,
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
|Regional Names|| Graciela|
Gracie (グレース Gurēsu?, Grace) is a celebrity fashion designer in the Animal Crossing series who occasionally passes through the undeveloped towns of the country, impacting the lives of fashion-conscious villagers. As a giraffe, Gracie is naturally tall and elegant, however behind her external appearance lies a powerful woman who knows how to earn respect. Not only is she the number one name in fashion, but she has no known rivals.
Gracie is the face of Ms. Nintendique, but it is unknown if she is connected with Fauna Magazine as well. Snooty villagers will sometimes call her outfits "trash" and her car a rusty heap, disgusted at the motives and ideals of her style. Gracie has appeared in every Animal Crossing series game to date, but was not featured in Dōbutsu no Mori.
Gracie is a giraffe. Her skin is pale yellow and her hooves are dark brown. She has brown spots on her skin and she has short brown hair. She wears a purple scarf on her neck and brown pantyhose on her legs.
One of Gracie's notable apparel is her tank shirt. The shirt has her personal design consisting of a blue fill and two circles colored green and orange. She uses this in all her furniture involving cloth.
In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, she wears round rimmed shades on her forehead colored as the same as her signature tank shirt. Her appearance stays the same.
Gracie is highly pampered and it can be assumed that she lives a glamorous lifestyle. She drives an expensive looking car, generally the only car to appear in the game. She maintains her fashion style at all times.
She has an abrupt manner and doesn't hold back from saying what she thinks.
Whenever her car becomes dirty, she demands a nearby villager to clean it up. Gracie is often thought of as bossy and arrogant amongst the villagers, but she will reward those who help her or happen to strike the right fashion style.
Gracie's Fashion Line
Gracie works in the fashion industry. Her designs are so well known that her name is synonymous with fashion (and, naturally, the magazine she is the star of). However, rather than be intimidated by the city, Gracie has used the hustle and bustle to become famous. She has a store in the city in Animal Crossing: City Folk and in the final upgrade of Timmy and Tommy's store, T&T Emporium in Animal Crossing: New Leaf.
In the GameCube Games
In the GCN games Gracie will appear on a random week day. The player must wash her car by tapping "A" fast. If the car isn't washed enough she will not reward the player. If the car is generally clean (indicated by small sparkles), she will give the player a normal shirt. If the car sparkles and shines, she will give a special Gracie brand shirt.
In Wild World
- "Hm... I don't remember how long ago it was, but a fancy car rolled up here..."
- — Booker, Animal Crossing: Wild World
In Animal Crossing: Wild World, Gracie will come on a random week day by her car on the same spot Redd sets up his tent. She will make a quiz for the player, and then will give them a letter with clothing attached. If talked to enough she will ask the player to make an offer (in Bells) on how much they want to achieve style. The player will not be able to obtain anything else from Gracie after they have both completed her quiz and received the style until the next time she visits.
Animal Crossing: City Folk
Gracie will appear herself in this store during the first of every month, and sometimes at other dates. She offers appraisals of the player's fashion sense. The items considered are the player's clothes, accessories, haircut, hair color, and shoes. However, if wearing a wig or helmet the hair style is not considered (the exception is wigs, where the color is considered).
- wear at least one accessory (hat, wig, helmet, glasses, mask, etc.)
- choose a haircut that matches the style of the shirt currently worn
- wear shoes that match by color
- have scattered colors or styles
- have all items of the same color (e.g., don't wear all white)
- wear bedhead hair (try covering it with a wig or helmet)
- wear a Mii mask
- wear an ensemble that succeeded the last time
If the player's ensemble is sufficiently coordinated, Gracie will give a 10% discount on GracieGrace purchases while within the store, though it expires when exiting the store.
In Animal Crossing: New Leaf
- See also: Clothing Styles
After the player has expanded the Nookling store in their town to T.I.Y., Gracie will start to visit the town's Plaza on completely random days. She may rarely appear for some Players, making it more difficult to get the T&T Emporium. While she is in the plaza, she expresses an interest in opening a shop, but in order to do so she must determine if the fashion sense of the town's people meets her standards.
Gracie will then give the player the chance to complete a fashion check. She selects a style theme and will ask the player to dress appropriately for that theme. The Player can only pass the fashion check by wearing an outfit with most components matching the theme and no components clashing with the theme. If the fashion check is failed three times or it is not passed before midnight, the player will have to wait until Gracie's next visit to the town before they can ask for another check. However, if the player passes the fashion check, they will receive a piece of furniture from Gracie's shop. After four successful fashion checks, Gracie will decide to open a shop in the town. Once T&T Emporium is built, Gracie's shop can be found on the third floor and fashion checks will no longer be available.
Effect on the Town
Whenever Gracie visits the town, the snooty female villagers take note. Occasionally, Gracie will create an outfit for villagers who do her favors or pay her money. As a result, Gracie’s designs have become coveted among female villagers. Peppy villagers sincerely hope that the reason they have not experienced much success in their performing careers is because they do not have fancy clothes, and see Gracie’s fashions as a way to correct the issue. The lazy villagers have been known to admit crushes on Gracie, as women of her beauty do not often visit the town. If the jocks wear one of the player's patterns in Wild World, they'll say something like, "Man, that's UNCANNY. Are you Gracie's apprentice, <catchphrase>?"
- Copper is often shown to dislike Gracie and her defiance of the law, though he does not leave his post to take any action.
- Gracie is the tallest character in Animal Crossing, an obvious reference to the fact that she is a giraffe.
- If the player catches a tire in Animal Crossing: Wild World, the player references Gracie's car in the catch phrase, "Is this from Gracie's car?!".
- Once Gracie has opened up shop with the expansion of T.I.Y. to T&T Emporium, she will give the player a Mannequin upon their first purchase.
- In City Folk, if you wear a mii mask for your fashion check, take it off, and talk to her again, she may allow you to redo the fashion check.
- In the Japanese versions of the original games, Gracie is actually an extremely effeminate male; she was likely made female as a result of less tolerance to feminine males in Western societies than in Japan.
- Gracie, Blanca, and Sahara are the only three characters to recieve a gender change when Animal Crossing was localized.