Everyone knows the clerk at the Able Sisters. But I have a hypothesis that Mabel was a kind of thinly-veiled reference to Sonic the Hedgehog.
Sonic the Hedgehog is, of course, older than Animal Crossing by almost a decade, and in the late ninties and early 2000's, Sega and Nintendo were then in ferocious console wars with each other. Perhaps Mabel being a blue hedgehog was intended as an inside joke of a developer, or something to that extent.
Any thoughts on this?
Drive me closer! I want to hit them with my sword!
I knew I read somewhere that people thought she looked like Sonic. That's why I like the other Able Sisters more than her. Sable is my favorite If this didn't happen... would she be a different color? WOULD SHE EVEN EXIST??? Man, I'm thinking about this too much.
I do see what you're getting at though.
You and your gray hair are going down, grandma!