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Isabelle SSBU.png
Species Dog (Shih Tzu)
First appearance Animal Crossing: New Leaf (2012, Animal Crossing series)
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (2014, Mario-related media)
Latest appearance Animal Crossing: New Horizons (2020, Animal Crossing series)
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018, Mario-related media)
“They want me in Smash?!”
Isabelle, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, "All in a Day's Work" trailer

Isabelle is a female dog character from the Animal Crossing series who originally debuted in the 2012 Nintendo 3DS game Animal Crossing: New Leaf, serving as the Villager's secretary.


Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U[edit]

Isabelle in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Isabelle appears in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U as an Assist Trophy. She tosses fruit at the player that summoned her, which heals them when touched. Opponents can also be healed if they come into contact with the fruit. She cannot be attacked, but she flinches if opponents get too close. If the player that summoned Isabelle is knocked out, she will hunch over with a saddened expression until they return. In addition, an Isabelle costume for the Mii Fighters was released as DLC.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

AnimalCrossing Emblem.png
Super Smash Bros. character
Isabelle SSBU.png
Game appearances
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (unlockable)
Special moves
Standard:  Pocket
Side:  Fishing Rod
Up:  Balloon Trip
Down:  Lloid Trap
Final Smash:  Dream Town Hall
Battle entrance
Isabelle comes out of the Town Hall cheering, before it shrinks into a puff of smoke.
Isabelle being revealed as a new character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
SmashWiki article: Isabelle (SSBU)

Isabelle returns in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, now as a playable character instead of an Assist Trophy. Although she has attacks that function similarly to Villager's attacks but are aesthetically different (such as having Tom Nook, Timmy, and Tommy build the Town Hall around an opponent in her Final Smash, Dream Town Hall), she also has moves entirely unique from Villager (similar to certain other fighters such as Mario and Luigi) and is not classified as an Echo Fighter. Her down special move, Lloid Trap, has her plant Lloid in the ground, who shoots upwards when activated. She also, like Villager, has Pocket as one of her special attacks, as well as being able to use a net as her grab. Her side special, named Fishing Rod, uses a fishing rod that can act as a long range grab that can even land and grab opponents in water. Her tagline in her splash artwork, "Isabelle Turns Over A New Leaf!", is most likely a reference to her debut game Animal Crossing: New Leaf.

In her trailer, she is working in an office until she is given time for a break. She then receives a letter from Pete, and thanks him for his hard work. When she reads the note, she becomes surprised to learn she will be in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a new fighter. After the trailer, she waves to the viewers hoping they will cheer her on in the game.

In the Adventure mode, Isabelle is not seen when the fighters oppose Galeem for the first time, but she, like every fighter except Kirby, is hit by one of Galeem's beams of light and imprisoned in the World of Light, where a Galeem-serving "Puppet Fighter" (copy) of her is created. Isabelle is later freed after her Puppet Fighter is defeated, and she subsequently joins Kirby's team against Galeem and later Dharkon.

Classic Mode route[edit]

Isabelle's Classic Mode route features all of the female fighters, including palette swaps.

Best in Show
Round Opponent(s) Rule Stage Song
1 Villager (female) ×4 Smashville Title Theme - Animal Crossing (Brawl)
2 Wii Fit Trainer, Pokémon Trainer (female), Pikachu Libre Wii Fit Studio Super Hoop
3 Palutena, Lucina, Zelda, Corrin (female), Robin (female) Free-for-All Temple (Battlefield) Title Theme - Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer
4 Zero Suit Samus, Bayonetta, Samus Team Battle
(Allies: Inkling, Ice Climbers)
Moray Towers Split & Splat
5 Peach, Daisy, Rosalina, Wendy Princess Peach's Castle Plaza / Title Theme - Animal Crossing: City Folk / Animal Crossing: Wild World
6 Sheik Gerudo Valley Ocarina of Time Medley
Final Master Hand, Crazy Hand (intensity 7.0 or higher) Final Destination Master Hand
Master Hand / Crazy Hand (intensity 7.0 or higher)

Special moves[edit]

Isabelle's Pocket in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
SmashWiki article: Pocket

Pocket is Isabelle's standard special move. When used, she stores an item or projectile in front of her. Pressing the button again takes it back out. The move is similar to Villager's standard special move.

Fishing Rod[edit]
Isabelle's Fishing Rod in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
SmashWiki article: Fishing Rod

Fishing Rod is Isabelle's side special move. When used, Isabelle casts out a fishing rod. If the opponent is captured by it, Isabelle can throw the opponent in one of four directions. This move can also be used to grab items, or as a tether recovery.

Balloon Trip[edit]
Isabelle's Balloon Trip in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
SmashWiki article: Balloon Trip (move)

Balloon Trip is Isabelle's up special move. When used, Isabelle sits on a swing with two bunny balloons to fly. This move is mainly used for recovery. It is similar to Villager's up special move, but her version travels a shorter distance than Villager's version.

Lloid Trap[edit]
Isabelle's Lloid Trap in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
SmashWiki article: Lloid Trap

Lloid Trap is Isabelle's down special move. When used, Isabelle plants the Gyroid Lloid into the ground. If an opponent steps over it, or the down special is used again (before Lloid disappears), Lloid shoots upwards, dragging the opponent with him, dealing damage. Lloid disappears after ten seconds if nothing happens.

Final Smash[edit]

Dream Town Hall[edit]
Isabelle's Dream Town Hall in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
SmashWiki article: Dream Town Hall

Dream Town Hall is Isabelle's Final Smash. When activated, Tom Nook and his nephews show up to build a Town Hall, trapping opponents. Once the Town Hall is completed, it explodes. It is similar to Villager's Final Smash, Dream Home.

Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

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Isabelle makes an appearance in Mario Kart 8 as one of the characters included in the Animal Crossing × Mario Kart 8 downloadable content pack, marking the first time she is playable in any game. She is one of the heavier lightweights in the game. As such, her acceleration, handling, and traction stats are lowered a little to boost her speed and weight, with her stats being identical to those of Toad, Koopa Troopa, Shy Guy, Lakitu, Toadette, Larry, and Wendy. Her signature vehicle is the City Tripper. Like the other lightweights, she has a small body frame. Her kart symbol is an apple from the Animal Crossing series.

Isabelle returns in the Nintendo Switch port Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, where she is included in the base content and is available from the start. She now shares stats with only Toadette and Wendy.

Super Mario Maker[edit]

Two costumes based on Isabelle appear in Super Mario Maker, only available in levels using the Super Mario Bros. style. One costume depicts her in the usual green outfit, while the other depicts her in the winter outfit. One way to unlock these costumes is scanning their appropriate amiibo figures with the GamePad. Alternatively, the costumes can be unlocked by chance upon completing the Super Mario Challenge, although the difficulty requirement is different for each: summer outfit Isabelle can be unlocked by beating the challenge on Normal difficulty or harder, while the winter outfit Isabelle can be unlocked by beating the challenge on Expert difficulty or harder.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U trophy[edit]

Name 3DS Image Wii U Image Appears in NTSC-U Description PAL Description
Isabelle SSB3DS Isabelle Trophy.png IsabelleTrophyWiiU.png 3DS Animal Crossing: New Leaf (06/2013) Isabelle is the mayor's highly capable secretary. She can be forgetful sometimes, but you can always count on her for information about the town. She wears her hair up in a bun that makes her look like a shih tzu. Mostly because she is one! She also has a twin brother named Digby. Isabelle's the mayor's secretary, and you couldn't ask for someone more on the ball! Well...maybe you could, but she's still full of useful info about life in the town. With her fringe and tied-up hair, she looks just like a shih-tzu! That's because she is one. And so is her twin brother, Digby.
Isabelle (Winter Outfit)
Isabelle (Sweater)
SSB3DS Isabelle Sweater Trophy.png N/A N/A The green check she wears in warmer months suits her perfectly, but when the cold hits, her mustard-yellow cardigan is just too stylish for words. It may make you long for the spring months, though. Hot or cold—nothing makes Isabelle feel under the weather! The green chequered vest she wears in warmer months suits her to a T, but when the cold hits, her mustard-yellow cardie is just too stylish for words. That said, it might make you long for spring and all its vibrant beauty! Of course, Isabelle doesn't mind. Hot or cold, she's always a ray of sunshine!

Red indicates exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS version.
Blue indicates exclusive to the Wii U version.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]


Name Image Series / game Type Class Strength / effect(s) How to obtain Spirit battle
Opponent(s) Battle conditions Stage Song
Isabelle SSBU Isabelle Spirit.png Animal Crossing series Fighter N/A N/A Classic Mode as Isabelle N/A N/A N/A N/A

Palutena's Guidance[edit]

  • Pit: That poor dog looks lost! I'll check its collar.
  • Palutena: That's Isabelle! She has bells on her head. That's why she Isabelle! Her day job is assistant to the mayor of some town. I hear she's the town's hardest worker. She's also cute, courageous, and modest, which is why everyone loves her!
  • Viridi: Hmph. She's overrated if you ask me.
  • Pit: No. One. Did. If Isabelle has so much going for her, why is she fighting in Smash?
  • Palutena: Yeah, it seems like a weird choice. Maybe she just wants to get some exercise.
  • Pit: There's gotta be less violent ways to get your blood pumping.
  • Palutena: She's from the same town as the Villager, so their moves are somewhat alike. She's just full of surprises, though. Be extra careful of her Fishing Rod. She'll reel you in like a fish.

Super Smash Blog bio[edit]

  • Isabelle joins the battle from Animal Crossing: New Leaf! She uses various trinkets from around the village to battle. Her side special, "Fishing Rod," not only allows her to snag and bring opponents closer, it can also be used as a recovery move.


  • Isabelle is the mayor's highly capable secretary from the Animal Crossing: New Leaf game. She can be forgetful sometimes, but you can always count on her for information about the town, and she's happy to cheer you on in all your mayor-ly duties. She also has a twin brother named Digby.


Names in other languages[edit]

Isabelle coverage on other NIWA wikis:
Language Name Meaning
Japanese しずえ
Literally means "quiet river". May be a corruption of "Shih Tzu", which is her species of origin.
Spanish Canela Literally means "cinnamon". Could also be intended to be a pun on the word "can" (dog) combined with "Isabela".
French Marie French girls name. Could also be a pun on the word mairie (town hall)
Dutch Isabelle -
German Melinda German girls name
Italian Fuffi "Fuffi" is an Italian female name for a dog.
Portuguese (NOE) Isabelle -
Russian Изабель / Изабелла (Mario Kart 8)[1][2]
Izabel' / Izabella
Transliteration of the international name
Korean 여울
Literally means "rapids (of the river)".
Chinese 西施惠
Transliteration of Japanese name, while "西施" is also derived from Xi Shi, one of the Four Beauties of ancient China, and is also one of the Chinese names of "Shih Tzu".