Tanuki (Japanese: タヌキ Tanuki), alternatively spelled tanooki and often translated to raccoon, are a species that appears in many Nintendo franchises as well as Tom Nook and his nephews Timmy and Tommy are tanuki in the Japanese version of Animal Crossing. Additionally, Miles Tails Prower was originally going to be a tanuki, but was changed to a fox for copyright reasons.
Tanuki (spelled "Tanooki" in this instance) are also a species of raccoon in Super Mario Sunshine, and appear to be locals of Isle Delfino. They run the blue coin shop, and will give Mario a Shine Sprite for 10 blue coins. There are signifcantly less Tanookis than there are Piantas and Nokis. Additionally, Tanoombas are a hybrid between Goombas and Tanuki.
The tanooki suit in the Mario series grants Mario or Luigi the power to fly, hit people with their tail, or turn into a stone statue.
A tanooki appears playable in Mario Rugby League 2. It appears on the Mario Islanders team.
Normal Tanuki (Or Tanooki Bloods) are tanuki characters that are tanuki by birth.
- Tom Nook (Animal Crossing series)
- Timmy Nook (Animal Crossing series)
- Tommy Nook (Animal Crossing series)
- YoshiEgg Nook (YoshiEgg series)
- Thunder Nook (YoshiEgg series)
- M'Icho (YoshiEgg series)
- Rhode (TriHeroes series)
- Rain (Strafe series)
Artificial Tanuki are tanuki that were created by another being or person. Artificial tanuki are common within the YoshiEgg series.