Animal Crossing: New Horizons players hold Tom Nook’s son at ransom to protest debt

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is theoretically about building and relaxing in a quiet little village that you and an assortment of animal pals can hang out in. Sometimes, however, wrenches get thrown in those plans, and utopian ideals are left by the wayside. Problems need solutions, and solutions require action. Sometimes, action isn’t pretty. Often, it’s personal. That’s the message that scores of Animal Crossing: New Horizons players hope to send to ruthless landlord Tom Nook by imprisoning his son. Little Tommy only goes free if the crippling debt goes away.

By taking some creative liberties with various structures and items in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, players are trapping Tom Nook’s unsuspecting son, and they won’t let him go until their debts are cleared. It’s cold, but isn’t forced debt a bit colder? Regardless, posts like the one below are popping up all over Reddit. People are revolting. They’ve simply been pushed too far, and now we’ve reached an ugly side of Animal Crossing I never thought I’d live to see.

My (11 yo) daughter is finding new and creative ways to pay off debt. from gaming

We’ve seen proof that Animal Crossing: New Horizons can bring out the best in people as they come together for impromptu weddings and surprise birthday parties. Landlords, however, drive us to the deepest, ugliest pits of necessity and warfare. Despite his jolly veneer, Tom Nook is no exception. Mr. Nook, you know what must be done. Cancel the debts we never asked for, and both we and Tommy will be free. Peace will be restored to Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

They have your son, Mr. Nook. What’s more important: rent, or Tommy?


Nick Pearson
I'm the Reviews Editor here at Nintendo Enthusiast, and I'm a major fan of all consoles and eras.