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Mafia "Mafia look at little child. Mafia see loser."

"Not sure where they came from or how they got on this planet but they're a lil... twitchy. They also have magical badges I can buy."
—Manual Description.

The Badge Seller is a supporting character in A Hat in Time, serving as an NPC that sells Badges to Hat Kid in exchange for the game's currency, Pons. They are seen throughout the various Chapters, often located multiple times in one Chapter.

Appearance

The Badge Seller is shrouded in a large red t-shirt that covers their torso, tied around by a brown belt and backpack. Their lower half is clad in brown boots and purple baggy pants to help cover a majority of their body. The shoulders are shown as rounded and ending the sleeve with a red and yellow striped puff. At the back is an extension to the shirt, similar to that of a cape.

Their head is covered in a deep purple cloak, further obscured by a white porcelain-eque mask that shows a single green eye in the right socket. This mask has simple facial features, such as light yellow surrounding the eye holes, a petite nose and red lips similar to lipstick. Besides the features themselves is an intricate design painted in tan to define the ridge of the nose and cheek bones.

As the only exposed part of the body, Badge Seller's arms are exceptionally dark purple, akin to that of Snatcher. Further tying such relations is the hand's low quantity of digits, sharing Snatcher's hand structure with only two digits on their in-game models. In their left hand is a thin but sizable wooden staff, being nearly as tall as they are.

A notable quality of the Badge Seller's body is its tendency to spasm at random, often involving their free arm, their upper torso, their head, or having the mask rotate before snapping back to its typical position. They also have purple pixels that frequently emanate from their body, presenting a "glitchy" quality to the idle animation. A quote from Badge Seller explains that their glitched appearance is due to the numerous worlds they have visited taking its toll on them.

Location

Chapter Location Picture
Mafia Town In the center of the Construction Site, adjacent from the crane.
Badge Seller Mafia 1
Inside the tower near the town's fountain.
Badge Accident
Inside the Mafia Headquarters next to the theater doorway.
Loc MafiaHQ Badge
Battle of the Birds Inside the Receptionist's waiting room at the beginning of Act 1.
Badge BotB 1
On the awning of the blue building next to the Metro entrance of Act 3 exclusively.
Badge BotB 2
In the caboose of the train of Act 4 exclusively.
Badge BotB 3
Subcon Forest Adjacent to Snatcher's home, leftward of the starting location of Act 1 and Act 5.
Badge Subcon 1
In the middle of Subcon Village, to the right of the path directly towards the Fire Spirits.
Badge Subcon 2
Alpine Skyline On the same plateau holding the large red house and beacon of Goat Village, directly beneath the Twilight Bell's zipline.
Badge Apline 1
Leftwards of the doorway entering the Windmill.
Badge Apline 2
Rightwards to the second zipline end right before the Twilight Bell.
Badge Alpine 3
Rightwards to the second zipline end right before The Birdhouse.
Badge Alpine 4
Arctic Cruise On the top deck of the ship, behind a corner at the starboard quarter (back right) of the ship.
Badge TAC 1
Inside the reception room, on the top of some stairs blocked by luggage.
Badge TAC 2

Achievements

Below is the list of achievements related to this character;

Image Name Description
Achievement05 Badge Master Equip 3 badges!
Achievement18 Put a Badge On It Put on your first badge!

Trivia

  • The Badge Seller seems to be inspired by the Happy Mask Salesman from The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, but their pallet and clothing is similar to Aghanim from The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.
  • The Badge Seller's outfit is very similar to that of the Moon Jumper, which makes sense considering how they have the same theme.
  • Of all the Chapters currently, Alpine Skyline has the most simultaneous spots to shop with the Badge Seller, at four total.
    • Oddly enough, all of the peaks have a Badge Seller except for The Lava Cake, with the fourth being at the center Goat Village.
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