Immediately after catching a bug, a fish or a sea creature (or even a manila clam, a stone, some trash or Wisp spirit pieces) in the Animal Crossing series, your character in the game shows off the catch by holding it up and cries out, in a speech bubble, the name of the item plus a little sentence — a wordplay, rhyme or smart comment pertinent to its name.
The format of the fish, bug, sea creatures and other items catch quotes follows this exact pattern (not only in New Horizons for the Nintendo Switch, but in Animal Crossing for the Nintendo GameCube and in Wild World, City Folk, and New Leaf as well):
I [action verb] a/an [item name]!
[Sentence with a pun]
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I got an abalone! Why do I want a sandwich now?
I got an acorn barnacle! Will it grow into an oak barnacle?
I caught an agrias butterfly! I wonder if it finds me disagrias-able?
I caught an anchovy! Stay away from my pizza!
I caught an angelfish! That other fish told me to do it!
I caught an ant! TELL ME WHERE THE QUEEN IS!
I caught an arapaima! How did it get here? Arapaiknow!
I caught an arowana! I'd make a joke, but I don't 'wana.
I caught an Atlas moth! I bet it never gets lost!
I caught a bagworm! Guess I'm a bragworm!
I did it! Did you see that? I caught a banded dragonfly!
I caught a barred knifejaw! They must have a hard time eating!
I caught a barreleye! Like eyeing fish in a barrel!
I found a bell cricket! It would make a great bellhop!
I caught a betta! I betta not drop it!
I caught a bitterling! It's mad at me, but only a little.
I caught a black bass! The most metal of all fish!
I caught a blowfish! I'm blown away!
I caught a bluegill! Do you think it calls me "pinklung"?
I caught a blue marlin! Listen to this fish. It's got a point.
I caught a blue weevil beetle! It's the lesser of blue weevils!
I caught a boot! It, uh, wasn't made for swimming.
I caught a brown cicada! Now it probably feels blue, cicada.
I caught a butterfly fish! Did it change from a caterpillar fish?
I caught a carp! If I catch another they can carpool!
I caught a catfish! I'm more of a dogfish person...
I caught a centipede! 99 more and I'll have a dollarpede!
I got a chambered nautilus! Is it on the naughty list?
I caught a char! Now I'm gonna sit on it!
This cherry-blossom petal is so lovely! Pink is really its color!
I caught a cherry salmon! It's the perfect topper for a marlin sundae!
I found a cicada shell! I'm glad the little guy came out of it!
I caught a citrus long-horned beetle! Orange you happy for me?
I caught a clown fish! How many can fit in a carfish?
Blast from the past! I caught a coelacanth! Think positive! Be a coela-CAN!
I caught a common bluebottle! I'll put it in a rare green jar!
I caught a common butterfly! They often flutter by!
I found the communicator! Now to bring it to that pirate.
I caught a crawfish! Or else it's a lobster, and I'm a giant!
I caught a cricket! What a chirp thrill!
I caught a crucian carp! My skills are sharp!
I caught a cyclommatus stag! Those mandibles are a mouthful!
I caught a dab! Not bad!
I caught a dace! Hope I have some space!
I caught a damselfly! Now it's a damselfly in distress!
I caught a darner dragonfly! It better watch its mouth!
I caught a diving beetle! Now I'm making a splash!
I caught a dorado! ♪I say "dorado," you say "doraydo."♪
I caught a drone beetle! Shouldn't you have more propellers?
I caught a dung beetle! This species likes feces!
I got a Dungeness crab! Dun dun duuuun...geness.
I caught an earth-boring dung beetle! It's not boring at all!
I caught an emperor butterfly! It's not your average monarch!
I caught an empty can! Aren't you supposed to catch the fish before you can it?
I caught an evening cicada! Better than an odding cicada...
I caught an evening cicada! This time it's WETTER than an odding cicada.
I caught a firefly! I'm on fire now!
I got a flatworm! Guess it forgot its spareworm.
I caught a flea! The curse is lifted.
I caught a fly! I was just wingin' it...
I caught a football fish! Some countries call it a soccer fish!
I caught a freshwater goby! Time to go bye-bye!
I caught a frog! Or it's a new neighbor...and I have some apologizing to do.
I caught a gar! Yar! It's a gar! Har har!
I got a gazami crab! What a gripping find!
I caught a giant cicada! I guess it's PRETTY big...
I caught a giant cicada! Guess it doesn't feel like singing in the rain!
I got a giant isopod! It's the crustodian of the sea.
I caught a giant snakehead! Um...but I asked for a medium?
I caught a giant stag! I'm gonna need way bigger pockets...
I caught a giant water bug! It should've stayed in the water!
I got a gigas giant clam! It's kind of a big deal.
I caught a giraffe stag! Does that make it a longhorn?
I caught a golden trout! But the real treasure? Friendship.
I caught a goldfish! It's worth its weight in fish!
I caught a goliath beetle! Am I a legend or what?
I caught a grasshopper! They're a grass act!
I caught a great purple emperor! Its purple reign is over now!
I caught a great white shark! Watch out for its jaws!
I caught a guppy! Welcome to the team, newbie!
I caught a hammerhead shark! I hit the nail on the head!
I caught a hermit crab! I think it wanted to be left alone!
I caught a honeybee! Ah, sweet success!
I caught a horned atlas! I didn't even need a map!
I caught a horned dynastid! I'd hate to hear it honk that schnoz!
I caught a horned elephant! I think it's too small to ride...
I caught a horned hercules! Guess I was stronger
I caught a horse mackerel! Of course, Mack...er...el.
I got a horseshoe crab! I hope it's lucky!
I caught a jewel beetle! It's a real gem!
I caught a killifish! The streams are safe again.
WOO-HOO! I caught a king salmon! Checkmate!
I caught a koi! I don't know why it's so shy...or such a bad speller...
I caught a ladybug! Sorry to disturb you, ma'am.
I caught a loach! It's...looking at me with reproach.
I got a lobster! Lobjective complete.
I caught a long locust! Or, as I call it, a looooocust.
I caught a Madagascan sunset moth! Wow, you're not from around here!
I caught a mahi-mahi! It's all mahine-mahine.
I caught a man-faced stink bug! Reminds me of my uncle!
I got a manila clam! Manila is my favorite flavor of clam!
I caught a mantis! Man, 'tis so cool!
I got a mantis shrimp! Shrimply amazing!
This maple leaf is such a pretty red. It's like the exact color of fall!
I caught a migratory locust! Things just went south for this guy!
I caught a mitten crab! One more and I'm ready for winter!
I caught a miyama stag! Its mandibles are jaw-dropping!
I caught a mole cricket! I really dug it!
I caught a monarch butterfly! Guess the butterflies are a democracy now!
I got a moon jellyfish! Now to find a sun peanutbutterfish.
I caught a moray eel! When you're in love, that's a moray!
I caught a mosquito! It's itching for a fight!
I got a mussel! It's been working out.
I caught a Napoleonfish! It's not as big as it thinks!
I caught a neon tetra! Wasn't hard to track.
I caught a nibble fish! Come to think of it, I could use a bite!
I caught an oarfish! I hope I catch morefish!
I caught an ocean sunfish! Good thing I'm wearing ocean sunscreen!
I got an octopus! It can give four hugs at once!
I caught an old tire! I sure am tired of that!
I caught an olive flounder! That's not the pits!
I caught an orchid mantis! Our friendship is blooming!
I got an oyster! It's a little shellfish.
I caught a pale chub! That name seems a bit judgy...
I caught a paper kite butterfly! Do I read it, fly it, or spread it on toast?
I caught a peacock butterfly! Now it's my turn to strut my stuff!
I found a pearl! Could today get any more pearl-fect?
I got a pearl oyster! Aw, shucks. Don't clam up now!
I caught a pike! Think a swordfish would be up for a duel?
I caught a pill bug! That's a tough act to swallow!
I caught a piranha! Sure hope it was the only one!
I caught a pond smelt! Whoever smelt it dealt it!
I caught a pondskater! Wonder if it can do a pond ollie...
I got a pop-eyed goldfish! It looks so...surprised!
I caught a puffer fish! I thought you would be tougher, fish!
I caught a Queen Alexandra's birdwing! That's a feather in my cap!
I caught a rainbowfish! Where's my pot of goldfish?
I caught a rainbow stag! Its rainbow armor is so shiny!
I caught a Rajah Brooke's birdwing! Nothing else I'd rajah be doing!
I caught a ranchu goldfish! But I prefer balsamicu goldfish!
I caught a ray! A few more and I'll have a tan!
I caught a red dragonfly! Didn't even have to roll for initiative!
I caught a red king crab! It's royally flushed.
I caught a red snapper! It looks pretty dapper!
I caught a ribbon eel! Can it tie itself into a bow?
I caught a rice grasshopper! I've been looking for a gluten-free alternative...
I caught a robust cicada! It DOES seem pretty lively!
I caught a robust cicada! Not so energetic in the rain, huh?
I caught a rosalia batesi beetle! That's easier to do than say!
Wow! A saddled bichir! And me without my tiny riding crop...
I caught a salmon! It's all upstream from here!
I caught a saw shark! You could call it a sea saw!
I caught a saw stag! Now I can't unsee it!
I got a scallop! It otter be savored.
I caught a scarab beetle! It's just a dung beetle with better hobbies.
I got a sea anemone! The enemy of my anemone is my afrenome!
I caught a sea bass! No, wait—it's at least a C+!
I caught a sea butterfly! Try not to confuse it for a sea moth!
I got a sea cucumber! It's a bit cumbersome.
I got some sea grapes! Can't let these go sour.
I caught a sea horse! But...where's its sea jockey?
I got a sea pig! What's next? Air pigs?
I got a sea pineapple! Your move, sea pizzas.
I got a sea slug! It's kinda salty about that.
I got a sea star! Maybe it'll give me an autograph!
I got a sea urchin! Wasn't even 'earchin for it.
I got some seaweed! I couldn't kelp myself.
I got a slate pencil urchin! Its handwriting is gorgeous.
I caught a snail! It's...not much to brag about.
I caught a snapping turtle! How can it snap without fingers?
I got a snow crab! It's giving me the cold shoulder.
Wow, it's a snowflake! It's like a tiny, beautiful sculpture!
I caught a soft-shelled turtle! I should take a shellfie!
I caught a soft-shelled turtle! It's more sensitive than other turtles.
I caught a spider! I spied 'er first!
I got a spiny lobster! It's got a lot of backbone!
I got a spotted garden eel! Was it un-spotted before I saw it?
I caught a squid! I had an inkling I might!
I caught a squid! Its off the hook!
I caught a squid! Do they...not actually "bloop"?
I caught a stinkbug! It lives up to its name!
I caught a stone! Now it's all mine...ral!
I caught a stringfish! Five more and I'll have a guitarfish!
I caught a sturgeon! Wonder if it can perform sturgery...
I caught a suckerfish! I thought it was a shark! Oh, wait—now I get it. "Sucker"...
I caught a surgeonfish! Scalpel! Forceps! Fish hook!
I caught a sweetfish! Hope it's not artificially sweet!
I got a sweet shrimp! It's being very considerate.
I caught a tadpole! It's just a tad small.
I caught a tarantula! This situation just got hairy!
I caught a tiger beetle! I pounced first!
I caught a tiger butterfly! I've earned my stripes!
I got a tiger prawn! I ain't lion!
I caught a tilapia! It makes me happy-a!
I caught a tuna! It's a little off-key!
I got a turban shell! It's totally TURB...ular!
I got an umbrella octopus! Too bad I'm already soaked.
I got a vampire squid! A lot was at stake.
I got a Venus' flower basket! Why was she picking flowers here?
I caught a violin beetle! Apparently I'm as fit as a fiddle!
I caught a walker cicada! Pffft. I walk all the time and no one calls me "Walker [player name]."
I caught a walker cicada! It must hate getting its feet wet.
I caught a walking leaf! It seems to be taking it in stride!
I caught a walking stick! Check out its walking schtick!
I caught a wasp! That's gotta sting...
Thar she blows! I caught a whale shark! I'm tellin' ya, it was thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis big!
I caught a wharf roach! This water-loving roach has no pier!
I got a whelk! Happy snails to ya.
I caught a Wisp spirit piece! Brrrr—it's kinda cold!
I caught a Wisp spirit piece! That's the second piece.
I caught a Wisp spirit piece! Finally, the third piece!
I caught a Wisp spirit piece! Whew... One more to go!
I caught a Wisp spirit piece! Yay! That's the last one! Let's go return them to Wisp!
I caught a yellow butterfly! Shouldn't all BUTTERflies be yellow?
I caught a yellow perch! Those yellow birds have to sit somewhere!
I caught a zebra turkeyfish! Land, air, water—make up your mind!