Almost as soon as Animal Crossing: New Horizons was released, players began using the game’s various items and photo options to re-create moments from movies like The Lighthouse and Portrait of a Lady on Fire. Perhaps it was inevitable, then, that the Netflix documentary Tiger King, which has been a hit since its debut on March 20, would also find its way into the video game world.
Players have been paying tribute to the series — which focuses on a former zoo operator and big cat breeder called Joe Exotic — by dressing their avatars up as people featured in the documentary, or putting the subjects’ faces on boards and other customizable items.
To anyone on here who plays Animal Crossing and knows how to use QR codes for designs...— Rob M (@AVANTHIER__) March 28, 2020
You’re Welcome. ✌ #joeexotic @JoeExotic @animalcrossing #TigerKing pic.twitter.com/rDcbeY30KQ
I saw a tiger,— Jose Caraballo (@TheKonamiMan) March 31, 2020
And a tiger saw a man#TigerKing #AnimalCrossing #ACNH #NintendoSwitch pic.twitter.com/DOQv2YaGzr
I’m very proud of this. #AnimalCrossing #TigerKing pic.twitter.com/CadjV0rHXC— Erin Cox (@erinhaleycox) March 28, 2020
#TigerKing #JoeExotic FreeJoeExotic #AnimalCrossing #ACNH #NintendoSwitch pic.twitter.com/j6nyIzTors— Caitlin (@caitoakesss) March 28, 2020
Favorite items to show off Tiger King fandom (besides custom designs) have been the paper tiger and the tiger-face tee dress, which has made some players joke that the characters in the game may have been binging Netflix, too.
I think the Able sisters may have started watching the #TigerKing on @Netflix. #AnimalCrossing #ACNH #NintendoSwitch pic.twitter.com/uoq22s0jKX— Casey ✨ (@nintendocat_) April 1, 2020
able sisters are cashing IN on tiger king merch #AnimalCrossing #ACNH #NintendoSwitch pic.twitter.com/9HYfqWmqlh— elle (@mitsurutenma) March 31, 2020
Girl you talking about Tiger King?!? #AnimalCrossing pic.twitter.com/cWoEWNXNSo— tom nook’s gf (@seabassh8r) March 27, 2020
If you’re interested in further spicing up your Animal Crossing island, you can create your own Joe Exotic or Carole Baskin patterns, and share them with the community.