Brutus Animal Crossing: Will Brutus Return in New Horizons?

Brutus is one of the more popular villagers in Nintendo's Animal Crossing franchise.
Brutus is one of the more popular villagers in Nintendo's Animal Crossing franchise. / Nintendo

Brutus is one of the more popular villagers in Nintendo's Animal Crossing franchise—which is strange because Brutus isn't a true Animal Crossing villager at all. The legend of Brutus is something that goes back to the very first installment for GameCube released over 15 years ago.

Open-world games like Animal Crossing are bound to have creepypastas behind them. After all, who truly knows all the happenings in a world of walking, talking animals? Brutus' story is one that sends a chill down the spine of long-standing fans.

Will Brutus Return in New Horizons?

Brutus the Bulldog is a character surrounded by myth and legend within the Animal Crossing community. There have been claims of his legacy since the dawn of the franchise. Despite this, many fans doubt he has ever existed.

The rumor of Brutus began around in the early 2000s. Players began to report the existence of a villager who acted completely out of the ordinary. As with all rumors, the name and species of this villager varied from message board to message board. The most common combination of these traits is "Brutus the Purple Bulldog."

Allegedly, Brutus would move into the player's town during the night and only stay for a single day. He would then spend this day making the player's life an absolute nightmare for the rest of the game. Brutus had a penchant for causing all sorts of trouble and ruining towns wherever he went.

He has been accused of chopping down all the trees in town, sending strange messages to the player character, kidnapping villagers, and even crashing your game if you attempted to enter his home. The worst of these is Brutus completely deleting your game data if you tried to speak with him.

Some players were so wary of him that they avoided playing at all during the night. They believed this would limit the chances he had to move-in and destroy their dedicated townships.

Eventually, these stories mellowed out and Brutus' legend became more of semi-realistic glitch than anything else. There are no in-game files to support his existence and there hasn't been a single sighting of him since.

Nintendo has yet to confirm if these rumors were ever true and if there was ever a character like Brutus to exist in the game's canon. They do have a running list of all the confirmed villagers you can find in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.