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"You should take life easy, my friend! Just go where the wind blows and the current takes you, like a seagull floating in the briny blue!" —Animal Crossing (GCN)
Gulliver
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Gulliver as he appears in New Leaf
Gender Male
Species Seagull
Service Sailor (Animal Forest, Animal Crossing, New Leaf)
Astronaut (Wild World, City Folk)
Birthday May 25th
Appearance(s) Animal Forest,
Dōbutsu no Mori +,
Animal Crossing,
Dōbutsu no Mori e+,
Animal Crossing: Wild World,
Animal Crossing: City Folk,
Animal Crossing: New Leaf,
Dōbutsu no Mori
Regional Names Japan ジョニー (Jonī)
Flag of Spain Gulliver
Flag of France small Gulliver
Flag of Germany small Gulliver
Flag of Italy small Gulliver

Gulliver (ジョニー Jonī?, Johnny) is a seagull in the Animal Crossing series. His only function is to reward the player with special items of furniture, usually artifacts from around the world if you answer his question of where he is going, which suggests he is an explorer. The name Gulliver is a reference to Gulliver's Travels, a book by Jonathan Swift about a man who travels to the far corners of the earth, before being shipwrecked and washing up on the shore of a previously undiscovered land. It is also a pun on the fact he is a seagull.

In Animal Crossing: City Folk it is possible to obtain a helmet that looks identical to Gulliver's own space helmet.

Appearances

In Animal Forest

In Animal Forest, Gulliver has the same role from Animal Crossing, but instead of giving a rare furniture item, he only gives a random one. When the player talks to him, he may speak English, despite the game being all in Japanese. He can be found along the sea shore from August to December.

In Animal Crossing

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Gulliver lying on the beach.

"Aaaah...Uuuuh..."
— Gulliver, Animal Crossing

Unlike in later games, Gulliver appears as a sailor in Animal Crossing. Gulliver can sometimes be found lying on the beach in Animal Crossing. He must be first woken up. This is succeeded by talking to him multiple times, though he may wake on the first attempt. He then tells the Player an "unbelievable" story about his adventures at sea, usually involving a giant squid which is assumed to be a jellyfish, a shark or torrential storms. He also notes how his crew recommend tying himself to the mast in future. Gulliver then gives a rare piece of furniture to the player.

In Animal Crossing: Wild World

"Mommy...Is that you? Gimme 5 more minutes, Mom..."
— Gulliver, Animal Crossing: Wild World

In Animal Crossing: Wild World, Gulliver is no longer a sailor, but an astronaut that infrequently flies over the player's town in a typical UFO styled spacecraft, called Porpoise, a possible reference to the ship that Captain Olimar uses in the Pikmin series, called the Dolphin. The player can shoot him down with a slingshot, causing him to crash somewhere in the town. The screen cuts to the scene of the crash, which is always situated on top of one of the signposts that are scattered about the town. After being woken up, Gulliver does a quick survey of his craft, revealing that five parts are missing. These parts, which are dotted around town in the form of cogs called a UFO part, must be recovered by the player in exchange for a rare item. Gulliver and his spaceship then disappear the next time the game is played.

It should be noted that he does say to the player that he hopes they will see him off the next morning, even though he leaves the next time the game is played.

In Animal Crossing: City Folk

"Ugh...Gimme a break...There's no...No school today..."
— Gulliver, Animal Crossing: City Folk

In Animal Crossing: City Folk, he retains the same appearance as before in Animal Crossing: Wild World. This time, without the dual screen as with the Nintendo DS, his spacecraft can be seen flying about the same height as a floating balloon. The player can shoot at him with a slingshot, causing his ship to malfunction and appear the next day on the beach. During this time, a piece of his spacecraft will land somewhere in the town. He takes a while to regain conciousness, usually about five attempts of talking to him. When he wakes up, he will survey his surroundings and make unusual remarks about the player's appearance. He will ask the player for help, to find his spaceship part, which appears as a small, cog-like item on the ground called a 'UFO part' (City Folk) or 'spaceship part' (Let's Go To The City). When given the part for his ship, he will give the player one of his rare items.

In Animal Crossing: New Leaf

"Zzz... I can't believe how seriously unconscious I am right now..."
— Gulliver, Animal Crossing: New Leaf
"...but Lizzy! You were my lobster!"
— Gulliver, Animal Crossing: New Leaf

In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Gulliver appears in the same way as the GCN games where he occasionally washes up on the beach. To wake him up from his trance, the player can equip the megaphone and say his name into the 3DS microphone. Additionally, he can be awoken by talking to him repeatedly. If done correctly, instead of simply giving the player an item, he will tell them he has forgotten where he was going and ask if for help.  He will tell the player what he remembers about the country, then presents a selection of countries, which the player choose from to decide the right destination.

If the player guesses correctly, Gulliver will mail a letter to the player containing a present he picked up from the place he was heading to. If the player guesses incorrectly, Gulliver will mail a letter containing a chocolate coin. Either of the two letters will arrive the next day.

In Dōbutsu no Mori

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In Dōbutsu no Mori Gulliver pretends to be an alien. He appears when the UFO crashes down to Animal Village, making his appearance by walking out of the spaceship with smoke flowing behind him. He explained to the villagers and the rest of the Animal Village that he had lost several spaceship parts, which were now scattered around the island. Champ runs off to a spaceship part which was what he supposed was a shooting star. Cesar and Cyrano also run off towards a 'shooting star'. Yu, followed by Ai, Margie, Rosie and Alfonso sprint towards the cave where the Seismosaurus' fossilized bones were. They spot the spaceship part at the very top of it. Yu, making a dangerous decsision, climbs up the enormous fossil, making the others worry for his safety. He then successfully grabs the spaceship component. Unfortunately, after grabbing it, he fell, and Alfonso and Rosie run towards him, attempting to catch him. Rosie moves out of the way, and Yu falls on top of Alfonso, making the surrounding frozen water shatter. On the other hand, Ai runs towards the falling spaceship part, then exclaiming that she won't be able to catch it. Margie follows and uses her trunk to push Ai towards the spaceship part. She catches it, and walks over to where Yu and Alfonso fell into the shattered ice. Yu appeared to have his bunny mask off while drying his costume, and Ai says that she had never seen Yu's face properly before, since he always had a mask on in all of his appearances until then.

The group run to the crash site, where four of the parts had already been collected. Gulliver counts them in English to emphasize the false fact that he is an alien. The five show Gulliver the cog that they had found, while at the same time, Champ shows his findings, a similar cog. Gulliver becomes puzzled, and shortly, the cog that Ai was holding began to flash. A flock of UFOs appeared in the sky, and took the 'cog', revealing itself as a artificial life form - an alien. Gulliver realizes that he must have hit the alien while flying, which made him crash in the first place. The alien expresses his happiness to Ai, and then returns to its kind. The aliens draws Ai in the sky, using stars as her eyes.  After all of the commotion, Blathers decides and suggests to the villagers that they should make Ai the winner of the decoration competition because of the pattern of stars made by the alien. The villagers see Gulliver return to space, and shouts "See you!" in English, again to emphasize. Gulliver then looks out of the spaceship's window, revealing the pattern he convinced Ai to create (using the pine trees).

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Gulliver's Items

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Gulliver laying on the beach.

  • Arc de Triomphe
  • Bagpipes
  • Chinese Lioness
  • Chocolate Coin
  • Chocolates
  • Compass
  • Dream Catcher
  • Eiffel Tower (NL only)
  • Gladiator Sandals
  • Gulliver's Picture
  • Lollipop
  • Manneken Pis
  • Matryoshka
  • Merlion
  • Mermaid Statue
  • Metroid
  • Moai Statue
  • Nutcracker
  • Pagoda
  • Paper Tiger
  • Peace Sign
  • Plate armor
  • Tribal Mask
  • Tuk-Tuk

Name Etymology

Gulliver could be from Gull (he is a seagull), Gullible (this is possible because of his role in the movie Dōbutsu no Mori), or from Lemuel Gulliver from the 1726 story Gulliver's Travels.

Gallery

Animal Crossing

Wild World

City Folk

New Leaf

Trivia

Special Species
Forest / Crossing Moles: Don Resetti | Mr. Resetti
Pelicans: Pelly | Pete | Phyllis
Hedgehogs: Mabel | Sable
Raccoons/Tanukis: Timmy | Tom | Tommy
Others: Blanca (Cat) | Blathers (Owl) | Booker (Dog) | Chip (Beaver) | Copper (Dog) | Farley (Druid/Gnome) | Franklin (Turkey) | Gracie (Giraffe) | Gulliver (Seagull) | Jack (Unknown) | Jingle (Reindeer) | Joan (Boar) | K.K. Slider (Dog) | Kapp'n (US:Turtle, JP:Kappa) | Katrina (Panther) | Porter (Monkey) | Redd (Red Fox) | Rover (Cat) | Saharah (Camel) | Snowman | Mayor Tortimer (Tortoise) | Wendell (Walrus) | Wisp (Sprit)
Wild World Owls: Blathers | Celeste
Pelicans: Pelly | Pete | Phyllis
Hedgehog: Mabel | Sable
Raccoons/Tanukis: Timmy | Tom | Tommy
Others: Blanca (Cat) | Booker (Dog) | Brewster (Pigeon) | Copper (Dog) | Cornimer (Tortoise) | Dr. Shrunk (Axolotl) | Gracie (Giraffe) | Gulliver (Seagull) | Harriet (Poodle) | Joan (Boar) | K.K. Slider (Dog) | Kaitlin (Cat) | Kapp'n (US:Turtle, JP:Kappa) | Katie (Cat) | Katrina (Panther) | Lyle (Weasel) | Mr. Resetti (Mole) | Pascal (Sea Otter) | Redd (Red Fox) | Rover (Cat) | Saharah (Camel) | Snowman | Mayor Tortimer (Tortoise) | Wendell (Walrus)
City Folk Cats: Blanca | Rover | Kaitlin | Katie
Moles: Don Resetti | Mr. Resetti
Owls: Blathers | Celeste
Pelicans: Pelly | Pete | Phyllis
Hedgehog: Labelle | Mabel | Sable
Raccoons/Tanukis: Timmy | Tom | Tommy
Others: Booker (Dog) | Brewster (Pigeon) | Clerk (Unknown) | Copper (Dog) | Dr. Shrunk (Axolotl) | Emcee (Unknown) | Frillard (Frill-necked Lizard) | Gracie (Giraffe) | Gulliver (Seagull) | Harriet (Poodle) | Joan (Boar) | K.K. Slider | Kapp'n (US:Turtle, JP:Kappa) | Katrina (Panther) | Kicks (Skunk) | Labelle (Hedgehog) | Lloid (Gyroid) | Lyle (Weasel) | Nat (Chameleon) | Pascal (Sea Otter) | Pavé (Peacock) | Phineas (Sea Lion) | Redd (Red Fox) | Saharah (Camel) | Serena (Dog) | Snowman | Mayor Tortimer (Tortoise) | Wendell (Walrus) | Wisp (Genie) | Yellow Bird (Bird) | Zipper T. Bunny (Costumed)
New Leaf Alpacas: Reese | Cyrus
Cats: Blanca | Katie | Rover
Dogs: Booker | Copper | Digby | Harriet | Isabelle | K.K. Slider
Moles: Don Resetti | Mr. Resetti
Owls: Blathers | Celeste
Pelicans: Pelly | Pete | Phyllis
Hedgehogs: Labelle | Mabel | Sable
Raccoons/Tanukis: Timmy | Tom | Tommy
Turtles/Kappas: Grams | Leila | Leilani | Kapp'n
Others: Brewster (Pigeon) | Clerk (Unknown) | Dr. Shrunk (Axolotl) | Emcee (Unknown) | Frillard (Frill-necked Lizard) | Gracie (Giraffe) | Gulliver (Seagull) | Joan (Boar) | Katrina (Panther) | Kicks (Skunk) | Lloid (Gyroid) | Lyle (Weasel) | Nat (Chameleon) | Pascal (Sea Otter) | Pavé (Peacock) | Phineas (Sea Lion) | Redd (Red Fox) | Saharah (Camel) | Snowman | Mayor Tortimer (Tortoise) | Wendell (Walrus) | Yellow Bird (Bird) | Zipper T. Bunny (Costumed)

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