The Maddening Quest To Get My Animal Crossing Villagers To Move Out

The town of OVOXO is a quaint, idyllic town. Lots of greenery. Right by the beach. It'd be perfect, except there's one problem: I have two penguin villagers.

...yeah, this is about to get ridiculous, but it's a true story of how I've lost my bearings trying to get two villagers to move out of Animal Crossing: New Leaf.

Now, don't get me wrong. There's nothing inherently wrong with penguins or anything. It's just that I can't help but look at all the screenshots on Twitter and Tumblr with an immense amount of jealousy as I notice all the awesome villagers other people have. Hippos! Robot frogs! Mummified stuff! Meanwhile, my town seems to have the most vanilla set of animals — lions, bears, squirrels...and not just one penguin, but two penguins. Like it wasn't enough for me to have one boring type of villager, I need to have two.

Eff. That. Not in my town.

Naturally my first response was to talk to my secretary, Isabelle — you have the option to report "problematic villagers," which is kind of a silly concept when you think about it. The game is so agreeable I can't imagine anyone actually having a legitimate problem with a villager that wasn't self-induced — you get to decide their catchphrases and are the one sending them letters, after all. Still, I used the feature to complain about Sprinkle the penguin first. Maybe I'd get results?

Interestingly, there was no option for "my perfect town does not have two of anything", which I for one think is extremely inconsiderate of Nintendo. So instead I took the next most ridiculous complaint, attire.

You, the mayor — in all your civic glory — can bitch someone's clothes. Okay, fine. Maybe complaining about it will somehow get Sprinkle to move out.

Isabelle, you speak my completely unreasonable language.

...except the next day, Sprinkle the penguin was still wearing the same clothes. Um. What the heck? Do the whims of your dictator mayor mean nothing around here?? I guess not.

I started lamenting the situation on Twitter, at which point I heard stories about how a friend became cruel to unwanted villagers in his game in an effort to drive them out — notably, he covered their houses in trash.

I was told about this about a month ago, and I was struck by how cruel it was. I began to wonder, how cruel could I become in a game that leaves little room for it? You can't even curse in this thing, but I'd heard of people doing stuff like turning their town into a prison by giving everyone a set of orange clothes. Pretty crafty. I then became consumed with doing everything in my power to be cruel to the two penguins in my town in the hopes that they'll stop liking me and then move out. Well, everything outside of actually looking up how to make them move out. Why would I do that? That's boring.

Here's a few of the things I've tried. Nothing as genius as prison-town, but, y'know.

There's the daily "smack them with my until they get depressed" method. (Subtitle: NO I'M TRYING TO GET YOU TO MOVE OUT AAAAAA).

There's the "try to trap them in their own house (and then later wonder how they teleported into another building)" method.

There's the "set pitfall traps outside their house" method.

Other stuff I've tried but don't have pictures of: sending nasty letters. Refusing to buy them medicine when they get sick, even if that means they're out of commission for like a week straight. Never doing any of the quests the villagers like to send you on. Setting house visiting dates and then standing them up. Less effectively, sometimes I'll swing an axe at them in frustration. I even took to never speaking to them at all — but this was after I'd changed Sprinkle's catchphrase to "I'm moving!" So when I finally caved and talked to Sprinkle again, I temporarily tricked myself into thinking she was moving — I'd forgotten that I changed her catchphrase.

@!!%$%**[email protected]$

Sprinkle and Gwen are still there. In fact, the stupid birds love me. I don't get it. One of them calls me "Hon" and the other calls me "Little-A." Ironically, all the villagers I like and try to please have asked to move. Maybe they're scared of me after all this stuff I've been doing? Sigh.

Oh, here's the best part. A second lion has moved into my town. Ugh. I guess a mayor's work is never done.


    I started with two penguins and two frogs and a wolf. The first new villager to move in was a second wolf. Patricia's resident's don't seem so bad to me. :P

      Man I want a wolf.

      I've been pretty lucky not to get any doubles, actually. AND I have Bob, Gaston and Jitters!

    What's wrong with Penguins Patricia? They're cute and lovable!

    Sprinkle and Gwen are still there. In fact, the stupid birds love me.

    Gotta love the irony!

    Penguins? Out of all the animals to hate, she chooses Penguins.

    For shame. FOR SHAME.

      One day Patricia's prejudices will go away and that will be a good day. :D

    All my villagers are awesome. Especially Olaf the anteater, that said, my sprinkles wanted to move away and I asked her not to

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    I feel your pain, I have these exact same penguins. But I also have a unicorn so....

    'sometimes I’ll swing an axe at them in frustration'


    Patricia plays this game just like I do! I'm not alone in being a horrible mayor!

    I have two kinda angry bears, who just seem grumpy all of the time. One of them said they were moving on the 11th, so it'll be interesting to see if they're still there after that. I'm worried about my dog Benjamin though. His place is a mess, and he keeps trying to sell me his furniture. Pretty sure he has a smack habit.

    Does anyone know how many bells I have to spend at Nooks before I get the option for a rehab clinic? I'm not sure Ben's going to last the winter.

    I'm glad I don't live in Patricia's town! Sounds like a certain national socialist regime. Replace penguins with Jews and you're there! I mean, getting the penguins to change their clothes? Wear a yellow star perhaps? Wall them up in ghettos? I'm just joking around, but man, the way she writes about it just makes me cringe.

    The penguins in AxCx are always the most rubbish critters to have your village, across all versions of the game. They just seem so whiney and always seem to get in the way.

    Currently trying to get Gwen out of Beppin too.. it's work that must be done...

    Haha I think about this all the time, there is this one creepy looking red eyed cow in my town who just won't take the hint!

    Hoping that I can get Lucky to be in my town when I pick up AC:NL. He's always been my favourite.

    A villager that i wanted to move out almost did... but she was like: but you are such a great friend!

    so a great friend pushes you around, shoves you into pitfalls and hits you with a solid silver net?

    From my experience, being mean to the villagers doesn't seem to effect their chances of moving. I've been trying to get Gigi, a tranny frog, and Chadder, the ugly bicurious mouse to leave since I got the game. But they've never tried to move...meanwhile everyone I'm nice to has wanted to move. I think it's just random. I have some really good villagers: Coco, Bunnie, Lobo, Pashmina, Bill, and Filbert. But the other 4 I haaaate.

    I had a second penguin move in, however, after a few days she decided to move out again. I did nothing to make her move.

    Most of my villagers, are OK, but I do have 1 villagers I wish would move. Fuschia, the pink deer. She is an annoying smart ass, who always wants compliments on her ugly shirt, & is a real smart aleck. She calls me girlfriend, but I do not feel the same. I have tried pitfalls, & ignoring her, but she doesn't seem to get the hint. Uggh!

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