Sanity’s Other Side: Tom Nook Is a Cheating Sleazebag

Never trust raccoons with critical financial life choices.

Tom Nook model

Evening ladies and gentlemen, the Inverseman here ready to address a very pressing concern, the outright greed of Tom Nook. How so? Read more to find out.

So you’re a new resident at a town looking for a place to stay. A fellow by the name of Nook has effectively set up your housing. You’re not expecting much but he’s in dire straits and so are you, so hey, if you two put your heads together maybe something good could come of it.

AC first house

Off the train, Nook brings you to four very decrepit shacks. The cold stone floor cracks and the wooden wall creaks. There is only one lightbulb for lighting and the great outdoors is your bathroom, but it’s a living with your low balance of bells. Nook then takes you to his establishment, Nook’s Cranny. to talk business. The place is in equal disarray, a humble stand much like the tourist trap shops in Chinatown.

Nook Cranny

So you’re footed with the bill for your home and made to work for Nook to pay it off, but you probably saw that coming and you have a job now (having no employee discount is a pretty stingy though).  Time to get to work, but soon after you spend a small amount of money, perhaps somewhere near about $250 at Nook’s Cranny, the store closes for renovation and in eight suspicious days becomes a full-out convenience store. That’s right, a small investment of pocket change has allowed Nook the ability to rebuild his store, install electricity and water, expand his product lineup, and plenty of other things while you’re still likely in that one-room shack. The process repeats which suddenly turns the convenience store into a supermarket and finally a multi-level department store, Nookington’s. Nookington’s is especially egregious since now Nook has employees from Harriet upstairs  and his two nephews. Where is all this money coming from? Wasn’t Tom another guy like you down on his luck?


Well, he did give you your house, but the only way you can expand it is if you yet again pay him. Eventually, your house becomes somewhat respectable but you’re still duty bound to the Nook. Even after you’re done “working” for him, you’re unemployed again, doing odd jobs around town, and the only person you can actually obtain liquid assets from is Nook, the true holder of the purse-strings. Nook eventually goes into real estate under Nook Homes, a sudden change of business out of the blue. If you’re going to become mayor, then humble shopkeep won’t do to keep you in line. we’re going to need a change of pace by owning the very land itself.

AC HRA interior

As you’re amassing funds and resources for the only business in town, you’re strong-armed into the dubious Happy Room Academy, Nook’s other organization (which he is the leader of) to rate your room. How do they know how well kept your room is? What is the real function of the HRA? Where do they get their funding from since Nook is “broke”? Could Nook have hooked you into a giant pyramid scheme under the HRA?

AC Nook's Homes

Later on the infamous Lyle is recruited into the HRA. Why would they enlist him? In fact the HRA is a subsidiary of Nook’s Homes. Some rogues gallery Nook and his company keeps. It’s quite obvious what Tom Nook is, a critical member, if not, the master of a gigantic pyramid scheme. Lure in young people wet-behind-the-ears with affordable housing, milk their money, become the sole arm of business in town, and keep tabs on them with your organization. Your victims will always be paying you and only you for a bigger home or just to get by while you sit on your giant mound of cash. It’s brilliant. Join me next time when I hit a bunch of rocks!

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The Inverseman is an evil overlord from an alternate dimension representing humanity's anti-existence who wound up becoming a modest civil servant.


The Inverseman is an evil overlord from an alternate dimension representing humanity's anti-existence who wound up becoming a modest civil servant.

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