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Bow Kid is the second player character of A Hat in Time, working alongside Hat Kid to collect the Time Pieces and restore power to the spaceship to return home.

Bow Kid was added in the Co-Op DLC on September 13, 2018. Her name was confirmed by A Hat in Time's Twitter[1], and in-game when finishing it for the first time: when creating a new save file the option 'Yes, as Bow Kid!" will appear if the player has downloaded both the Seal the Deal and Nyakuza Metro DLCs.

Description

Appearance

Bow Kid appears as a humanoid alien child who has a darker skin tone and deeper brown hair than Hat Kid, as well as having rounder and purple eyes. Her head shape is different from Hat Kid's as well, also being more round. She wears a green button-up coat and white undershirt, a blue skirt, and black boots with blue trim.

Bow Kid's default hairstyle consists of a large blue bow with a ribbon that wraps around her hair curls. Other hats will remove the bow and ribbon but they do keep her curly hairstyle. However, when some hats such as the default Brewing Hat are equipped to Bow Kid, she will have a different flatter hairstyle that is tied back with pigtails by blue bands instead of her usual curls.

Similar to Hat Kid, she is able to wear many kinds of Hats throughout her adventure, though her default hat just consists of a large blue bow, which functions exactly like Hat Kid's large purple Hat. She is able to use any hats that Hat Kid has already unlocked when playing in Co-Op Mode excluding any flairs that contain Hat Kid's top hat.

Her voice lines are the same as Hat Kid's but pitch-shifted downward slightly, giving her a lower tone overall. This affects stickers as well.

Personality

Bow Kid shares a lot of personality traits with Hat Kid, being often energetic, childish, and sometimes mischievous. However, she also displays an affiliation and liking for cats. This is demonstrated through her signing her name with a winking cat face as opposed to Hat Kid as well as the cat pin that she wears on her default coat. There are also traces of her and her cat emblem in the magazine stands in Nyakuza Metro. In addition, she draws herself alongside Hat Kid in the photos from Picture Perfect, both cheering with Hat Kid in the third and fifth photo below and showing concern at Hat Kid's apparent flight in the second photo. In her baseball bat taunt animation, Bow Kid goes for a more smug and mischievous expression on her face while Hat Kid goes for a more serious and intimidating one. She tends to throw both arms into the air when she cheers and makes an entrance, she also does this pose in her ice statue form when she uses the Ice Hat.

Gallery

Bugs/Issues

  • Bow Kid is unable to use any flairs involving Hat Kid's hat.
    • This means that on a Bow Kid save file, there is no hat flair reward for completing the game.
    • Though sometimes after Snatcher's boss fight, Bow Kid will appear wearing Hat Kid's top hat.
  • Bow Kid is missing several expressions used in cutscenes and will resort to either using Hat Kid's expressions, or her idle smiling face. This is likely due to her originally only being the Co-Op character.
  • During the cutscene at the end of the game, Bow Kid still flicks her hat despite not wearing one.
    • Similarly, at the beginning of the game, sound effects play for Hat Kid's hat slowly landing on her head, when that doesn't happen.
  • In the render posted to the official a Hat in Time twitter account, Bow Kid's umbrella has stars on it, while in-game, it has moons.[1]
  • Bow Kid's umbrella uses the same blue effect trail when swung as Hat Kid's umbrella.
  • If the player plays on a Bow Kid save file, all symbols and mentions of Hat Kid will remain. Ex: Intro cutscene with Hat Kid's icon on the screen, every character will refer to her as Hat Kid, etc.
  • When Dead Bird Studio is played through on a Bow Kid save file, the picture Grooves takes will be of Hat Kid, but will appear as Bow Kid on the actual save file icon.
  • Many hats do not properly fit Bow Kid, as they were originally modelled for Hat Kid. Ex: Nyakuza mask floating off her face, Nyakuza sprint cap clipping with her hair.
  • Bow Kid was not originally affected by dyes upon her release. However with the release of Nyakuza Metro and online party, her outfit is now dyeable, though her hair is still unaffected.
  • In the Vanessa's Curse DLC, when cursed, the soul that orbits the player's gravestone will still appear as a Hat Kid soul.

Trivia

  • When entering a mission with Bow Kid, the mission splash screen will have a small picture of her in the top right corner.
    • Some of these pictures are used in multiple acts while others are used for only one.
  • As of the Nyakuza Metro DLC release, players can play through the entire game as Bow Kid. If they have completed the game as Hat Kid and downloaded the Seal The Deal and Nyakuza Metro DLC, they can choose to start a new save file as Bow Kid.
  • Bow Kid seems to have an affiliation with cats, wearing multiple cat symbols on her clothes, drawing an image of a cat winking after signing her name on Snatcher's contracts, as well as a similar drawing near her "featuring me!" stickers that appear on level loading art.
  • Bow Kid may be famous in Nyakuza Metro, as there are several small stands with what appear to be Bow Kid related magazines, and have her cat emblem on them.
    • This is also the only appearance of Bow Kid in the main game if playing a single player Hat Kid save file without any mods installed.
  • In Picture Perfect, whenever a moon penguin takes the player's picture a doodle of Bow Kid will be in the corner if co-op is activated, or if you are playing on a Bow Kid save file.
  • In the Vanessa's Curse DLC, a single Bow Kid is present on both team's victory screens.
  • Despite her name being Bow Kid, most of the alternate hats and outfits that can be equipped to her in the game do not have any traces of bows on them.
  • When some hats such as the default Brewing Hat are equipped to Bow Kid, she will have a different hairstyle consisting of pigtails with blue bands instead of her usual curls.
    • The Ice Hat also gives her a unique hairstyle.
  • Bow Kid's ice statue form has a different pose from Hat Kid's.
  • While not having as many expressions as Hat Kid, Bow Kid has her own unique takes on Hat Kid's expressions, such as her baring all of her teeth when smiling.

References

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