One of the biggest mysteries to emerge in Animal Crossing: New Horizons on the Nintendo Switch is the true identity of guest character Zipper T. Bunny. The chipper figure visited islands in April as part of the video game’s seasonal Bunny Day DLC, providing players with DIY recipes to craft egg-related furniture and clothing, as well as rewarding them for completing all the DIY projects through the seasonal event. The character was heavily implied not to be a bunny at all, evidenced by a zipper at the back of his costume and his defensiveness whenever someone approaches him (and the zipper) from behind.
First introduced in 2008, the critter under the costume has never been revealed. However, a new fan theory suggests Zipper’s true identity may be a different island visitor: Redd. Following the conclusion of Bunny Day, Redd has begun visiting players’ islands on a weekly basis in his rundown steamer to sell them pieces of art with varying levels of authenticity.
While Redd is far less altruistic and more untrustworthy than Zipper, fans have begun to suspect the two characters are one and the same.
One of the bigger clues is that Redd’s visits began after Bunny Day concluded, eliminating the possibility for the two to cross paths. One fan pointed out the vocal pitch of two characters is also similar, supporting the theory that perhaps Redd scoped out players’ islands in New Horizons under the seemingly benign Zipper T. Bunny alter ego before making his full return weeks later in his true, foxy form to sell artwork and give villagers rides on his sketchy trawler.
The subject of Zipper’s identity has been an open subject of debate since the character’s debut in 2008’s Animal Crossing: City Folk for the Wii. Other villagers have since appeared uncomfortable around the character, with rumors persisting that he was a different character entirely wearing a costume. In 2016’s Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome Amiibo for the 3DS, Zipper openly admitted to be in a costume but, by the following year in the mobile game Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, he claimed not to be wearing a costume and that his bunny guise was his actual, physical form.
The debate over Zipper T. Bunny’s identity and whether or not the character’s physical appearance is his natural state or an elaborate costume has become a running joke for over a decade, even referenced directly in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS through his character trophy.
With characters in New Horizons vocally unsettled by both Zipper and Redd, perhaps the villagers suspect the costumed bunny of being someone more familiarly conniving than the seemingly pleasant Zipper bringing holiday cheer.
Developed by Nintendo, Animal Crossing: New Horizons is available now for Nintendo Switch.
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A popular fan theory suggests Animal Crossing: New Horizons character Zipper T. Bunny may be a very different familiar face.