Hello! You have stumbled upon Aiya, the small shrine dedicated to a cranky bear: Chow. Chow is from the Animal Crossing series. He may seem like just a cranky night owl, but deep down has a heart of gold. This little one page tribute will hopefully make you love him too. Navigation shortcuts can be found to the left.

The observations & opinions seen here are based on my in-game experience.

Listed At: Amassment (Creature Feature 2014), Emotion
Updated: May 26th, 2014
Part of: The Robot Honey Network


Animal Crossing or Dobutsu no Mori (どうぶつの森) in Japan is a long running simmulation game series by Nintendo. The titular game was released in April 2001 for the Nintedo Gamecube. The general premise of the games is your first time living away from home in a town full of animals. The game runs on real time with the four seasons and holidays. You can wear different fashions and even expand your home. Villagers come and go and there are a variety of activities you can do.

To date there have been four games: Animal Crossing, Wild World, City Folk and New Leaf. The most recent 3DS installment, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, as the title suggest has turned a new leaf on the series by bringing a lot of new options. You are the mayor now and can undertake public work projects. Main street has a lot of shops and a club you can go to. Tons more of custimzation options and home options have been added as well



Gender/Species: Male Bear
Personality: Cranky
Birthday: July 22nd
Astrological Sign: Cancer/Leo
Phrase: "aiya"
Clothes: Star Shirt
Umbrella: Ribbon Umbrella

Here are some things I have discovered about Chow over the years...



In Animal Crossing, there are 32 species of animals that can be your potential neighbor. There are a total of 12 Bear Villagers that can come to your town, including Chow. I find it rather interesting that the majority of the bears have the cranky personality with none being of the normal type. Psyically, the Bear Villagers should not be confused with the Cub Villagers, who are smaller in stature then them.

The bear and cubs villagers are under the same family of Ursidae. To go further though, Chow is under the genus Ailuropoda, or in simple human terms: Giant Panda or Panda Bear. They are native to south central China and are sadly now an endagered species. Dont die Chow! ;.; . Pandas are commonly Black & White with their faces being primarily white. They tend to have black ears and black circles around the eyes. Their noses are also black.

Despite being in the Carnivora family, Pandas aren't really known to eat meat unless needed to survive. Their diet is 99% Bamboo, a native plant to Asia. Rarely do they eat meat from small animals like birds or rodents. Unlike other bears, Pandas do not hibernate! Perhaps that is why Chow is such a night owl.



As discussed above, Chow is a panda. Although like other villagers, his coloring is vastly different from the original animal. While having the typical black areas, the white areas have been replaced with a pink hue. The inside of his ears have a blue color to it. He also appears to have a beauty spot/freckle/mole close to his left eye. His eyes always appear to be small or closed. He tends to wear a slight smile. I've noticed that over the games his tail has gone from black to pink.

In terms of fashion, Chow initally moves into town wearing a Star Shirt which can be easily found at the Able Sisters if you wish to emulate him. The shirt is rather basic, it's white with Large Green, Blue and Red stars covering it. Like all villagers, his shirt can change through various means including: gifting him clothes, a villager gifting him clothes or him changing into a custom design you made at the Able Sisters shop.



Seeing that Chow IS a panda, its not too farfetched to say his name is Chinese in origin. Called Chauyan (チャウヤン) in Japanese, his name is based off of Zhou, a common Chinese surname. It's also the name of a dynasty! The character Zhou (周) can mean circumference or week. In the romanization of Zhou, it can been seen as: Chiau, Chau, Chew, Chow, Chou, Cho, Chu, Jhou, Joe, Jou, Jue and Jow.

In the German release, his name is Chang, another Chinese surname. Chang is a romanization of Zhang (張), meaning expand, open up or sometimes sheet. In the Spanish release, he was given the name of Pando, an obvious nod to the type of animal he is. In the French release, he is given the name Chulin and i'm currently unsure as to the meaning. All i get is spanish slang when looking it up =/

While just looking at this at a glance, you can't really get a feel for who he is. Most of his name definitions don't really fit who he is. But Kablarians can show the way....

Your first name of Chow has given you a practical, logical, analytical approach to life and a great deal of patience. You enjoy working at anything of a mechanical or technical nature, and believe that what is worth doing is worth doing well. When you are interested in a project, you concentrate all your thoughts on it and do not appreciate being interrupted. This name creates a deliberate and methodical way of thinking and speaking; it takes you time to learn but, once you have mastered a subject, you do not forget it. You are very systematic in all you do and do not like to see things out of order; however, there is a tendency for you to be too fussy. There is a seriousness to your nature which could cause you to worry over your responsibilities, especially when confronted with change and uncertainty. You are overly fond of heavy foods such as meat, potatoes, breads and pastries and could suffer with stomach and intestinal disorders, constipation or boils.

Taking a glimpse at that reading, I can easily say while Chow seems off-putting in his early intros, he does seem to be rather practical and patient with your villager. He does seem set in the activities i find him doing around town. He likes fishing and hates being pestered when he is. He can have a serious nature, as reflected in his cranky personality discussed below. While normally a Panda eats plants 99% percent of the time, he always wants my fish! Who knows if he eats them or not but he also has never asked me to get fruit for him in town. Not once in my 10+ years with him.



Normally, you wouldn't really think much of voices in Animal Crossing. However Chow has one! The little sounds you here coming from your game are called Animalese. All NPCs speak in this language (unless stated otherwise in the options). Each letter is broken down into simplified sounds when spoken. While not all words come out properly as seen on screen, the player's name, town and sometimes their phrase come out clearly.

Each villager personality group have their own tone of voice. Cranky villagers have a low or deep sound to their voice. Below are so fun quotes by yours truely:

And my personal favorite, which is on the back of a photograph he can give you: Remember... I'm always watching you.. Oh you lovable creeper Chow.



All villagers in Animal Crossing are put into a variety of personality groups. Villagers currently have nine types: Cranky, Jock, Lazy, Normal, Philosophical, Peppy, Smug, Snooty and Uchi. Chow falls under the Cranky personality and is the male equivlanet to the Snooty personality female villagers have. Sometimes Cranky villagers are also called Grumpy.

Cranky villagers are known to be night owls, staying up until 4/5am and then waking at 10am. Curiously enough, i have found that Chow would fall asleep outside between 2am and 5am in front of his house. Over the course of the games, the Cranky personality has been toned down a bit and even Chow is nicer in the beginning. They can become easily irritated at the peppy, lazy and jock villagers or cause them to become depressed. They are known to call out other villagers for being boring and will sometimes mention starting rumors. I also find that Chow is mischevious, he likes the idea of pranks or jokes on villagers. The "it's funny because its not happening to me" kind of jokes.

To sum up Chow the cranky villager: isolated, practical joker, easily irritated and an observer. However once you talk to them often enough, give gifts or even perform errands for them, he will open up or be softer towards you. Chow even refers to himself as being older or calling himself "this old man". He's my villager's surrogate papa bear!



Chow's birthday is on July 22nd, which makes him a Cancer or sometimes a Leo. Cancer the crab is the 4th sign of the zodiac and is ruled by the Moon. Cancer's element is considered Water. Leo is the 5th sign of the zodiac and is ruled by the Sun. Leo's element is considered Fire. It's quite the duality! Depending on what you follow, he is born on the last day of Cancer with a Leo cusp or he is born on the First day of Leo with a Cancer cusp. Here is a glimpse into the Cancer personality:

Cancer is one of the most perplexing of the zodiac signs. Cancerians can exhibit many different personalities. This can be seen in their symbol, the crab, with the duality of the claws' sizes representing the duality of the Cancerian personality. Cancer can range from timid and shy to friendly and famous. Though they may seen uncompromising and obstinate, Cancerans are actually very emotional. They are sympathetic and sensitive to other people, particularly the ones they love. Because of this, they find it easy to identify with others. They are extremely loyal to the ones they love, taking several measures to protect them. The first loyalty of any Cancerian is in his friends, family, or partner. Cancerians have a tendency to live in the past and are heavily influenced by their memories. Cancerians have a strong maternal or paternal instinct. They have a pronounced desire for stability within the home, and enjoy a neat and clean environment. They need a comfortable and natural residence where they can retreat at the end of a long day. In romance, Cancerians form relationships very quickly and become quite sentimental about partners. They are very protective of and devoted to their significant others.

Leos have very strong personalities - they are quite ambitious and driven to succeed at whatever they do. They are born leaders who do well as commanders. They pursue everything with enthusiasm. They are known to be stubborn, and will stick with one belief or course of action, no matter what. Leos are extroverted, and have many friends. The do, however, often reach out to those in need, helping those who need it without expecting anything in return. Leos may have a hard time accepting the failures of others, but they have an even harder time accepting their own failures. They expect perfection not only in themselves, but in everyone and everything around them. They love comfort, and find it difficult to do without worldly possessions - unfortunately, they can sometimes become rather lazy. Leos are cheerful and positive. They are quite direct, and lead their lives primarily with their emotions. They are kind and generous to those around them, though they are very sensitive to personal criticism, and quick-tempered. When they are deeply hurt, they can become very hostile. Above all, they are always sincere.

Much like the dual personality of the Cancer sign, I find its a mixed bag when describing Chow. He does seem grumpy or off-Standish when you first meet him. However as you get to know him and become close, he is very funny and loyal to you. He does also seem like a Papa Bear to my villager now. In terms of a clean/organized home, i have to say out of most villagers, his house seems to have more of a set/theme then the rest. I feel Leo describes Chow a bit more then Cancer. He is stubborn, direct and is always kind to me, but quick-tempered with other villagers. They seem to make him mad easily. As mentioned with Cancer, he loves the comfort of home.



Chow's house has remain largely unchanged over the course of the games. However there are some differences. Every house has had the Imperial wall and for the most part the Imperial tile. In New Leaf it was changed to Slate flooring for an unknown reason. To match the theme, most of the furniture in his house is from the Exotic set. Staple pieces include the bed, screen, chest, end table, lamp and sometimes chair. This can vary more in New Leaf with possible purchases from ReTail. Chow is one of the rare villagers who does not have any sort of stereo in his home. If one is gifted or bought however K.K. Steppe will play in his home. Chow always seems to have gyroids in house although which ones varies from game to game. Chow also has a fondness for fish, often having one or two on display in his room.


Small Gallery

Here are some images ive snapped from AC: New Leaf with Chow.



Well thank you for visiting Aiya! I hope you had fun and learn something :D

You might be thinking "There are so many animals from Animal Crossing? What makes Chow SOOOO special?" Well I'm glad you asked! Since Animal Crossing came out for the Gamecube, he has been a starting villager in my town....every. single. time! I kid you not. AC, Wild World, City Folk, New Leaf... if he had Teddy's coloring i would think he was pedobear a stalker. Over time he really has become a staple of my AC life, I grew to look forward to seeing that silly pink panda face. I felt he was the (mostly) absent dad to my villager.



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