Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, stop foolin' me.
~ Redd's catchphrase.

Redd (つねきち, Tsunekichi), also known as Crazy Redd or Jolly Redd, is the closest thing to a villainous character in the Animal Crossing series. He is a kitsune (or fox outside Japan) who makes a living by scamming people into buying fake artworks and overpriced furniture.

Personality

Redd acts very sly, as he tends to trick the player into buying forged artworks so he can bribe them of their Bells. If the player leaves his store without buying anything, he sarcastically thanks them.

Biography

Animal Crossing

Redd owns a tent labeled "Black Market" (the Black is crossed out in red marker) that appears at a random spot of the town. He will notify the player with a letter for when the next date he will set up his tent. He sells furniture and paintings, which are at a charge of four times as much as Tom Nook would sell.

Animal Crossing: Wild World

Redd sets up his tent outside of Town Hall once a week based on what day the player requests to Lyle. While the first visit is free, Redd requires the player to find a password for any other visits, which can be acquired by asking villagers. Once the correct password is entered, Redd allows the player in the tent, but immediately demands 3,000 Bells to use his store, kicking out the player if they don’t have enough or refuse and forbidden from reentering until next week. Each week requires a different password.

Redd's furniture costs twice as much as offered in Nook's Cranny. Starting in Wild World, the paintings Redd sell have a chance of being fake, in which Blathers will not accept it into the Museum and Tom Nook only buys them for 10 Bells. If insurance is enabled, Lyle will give the player 100 Bells for each counterfeited artwork obtained.

Animal Crossing: City Folk

Redd runs a small shop to the left of the city in an alley. The shop is open from 10 AM to 1 AM, but will not let anyone in without an invitation, which can be obtained from a random villager. The entry fee is 3,000 Bells. Redd changes the store’s inventory every Wednesday. Players can also be given an additional invitation which can be sent to other players.

The forgery and general artwork cannot be distinguished until the player buys them, although there is a chance that a villager may tell the player which artwork is a fake.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Once a week, Redd visits the town and sets up his tent in the plaza. Unlike the other installments, Redd will only sell four pieces of artwork. The player is only allowed to purchase one artwork and is not allowed to change their mind. Their bought artwork will arrive by mail the next morning. Unlike the previous games, the player is allowed to browse the artwork, making it easier to distinguish whether the artwork is real or fake. At least one of the art provided will be genuine.

Red also participates in the New Year's Eve and August fireworks show, where he runs a booth in the plaza. He gives out fortune cookies for 500 Bells each, and gives rewards if the player receives a winning ticket.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Redd was added in the game in the 1.2.0 April Free Update, where he runs Jolly Redd's Treasure Trawler, a small ship docked to the beach at the rear of the player's island. He sells four artwork at a time and two furniture that sell for 1.5 times more than Nook's Cranny. Similarly to Animal Crossing: New Leaf, the player can observe which of Redd's artwork is real or fake. There is a 50% chance of only one artwork to be real and a 10% chance for all four artwork to be forgeries.

In his first appearance, Isabelle (or Tom Nook if Resident Services has not been upgraded) will announce Redd's presence when he first arrives as a suspicious character. When the player first meets him, Redd offers artwork for 498,000 Bells, cutting it to 4,980 Bells when the player refuses. The first artwork is always genuine. On the second visit, Redd will be in the plaza, commenting on his interest in the island and sets up the Treasure Trawler.

In the 1.4.0 Summer Update Wave 2, Redd hosts Redd's Raffle during firework shows every Sunday in August, allowing the player to purchase a random item for 500 Bells each.

Other Media

Animal Crossing: The Movie

In the anime film, Redd plays a minor role where he sells Yu and Alfonso a golden slingshot (really just a regular slingshot painted yellow) during the fireworks show. While he says it is one of a kind, he has an entire box of them in his tent and replaces it the instant they leave.

He was voiced by Tetsuo Sakaguchi.

Super Smash Bros.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Redd appears as a trophy and a sticker, the latter of which increases Ness and Lucas’ PK powers by 16 points. He may also appear as a spectator for the Smashville stage.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U

Redd appears in both versions as a trophy. In the new Animal Crossing stage Town and City, Redd may appear as a spectator for the city portion.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Redd appears as a support spirit that increases the fighter’s defenses at the cost of starting the match with 30% damage. His spirit battle is against Fox McCloud on the Smashville stage where items will be pulled towards him.

Trivia

  • Redd's name might be based on the late comedian Redd Foxx, who in the sitcom Sanford and Son played Fred G. Sanford, a junk dealer who scammed people out of their money.
  • In Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, Joan remarks her fear in retirement as "that wicked fox" may take her place.
  • In Animal Crossing: Wild World, one of the passwords is "Crazy Redd is 35", suggesting he is 35 years old.
  • Redd's birthday is October 18th.
  • Red is a Libra based on his amiibo Card star sign.

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