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Happy Mask Salesman
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Happy Mask Salesman artwork from
Majora's Mask 3D
Race Hylian (OoT, MM)
Human (OoA)
Gender Male
Game(s)
Other Media Majora's Mask manga
Super Smash Bros. Brawl Triforce piece.png
Era Era of the Hero of Time
Era of Light and Dark
Theme Music
(MM)

The Happy Mask Salesman is a recurring character in The Legend of Zelda series. He travels through the lands searching for masks to add to his collection and sell at his shop.[1] As his title implies, he almost always has a cheerful, smiling demeanor, and is interested in spreading happiness to others. However, the Mask Salesman does have moments of anger, such as when Link does not give him the money from the masks he sold in the Ocarina of Time Trading Sequence, and fails to retrieve Majora's Mask from Skull Kid. Because of this, some consider his behavior to be erratic and unnerving.

The Happy Mask Salesman is considered by many to be one of the most mysterious characters in the series. This is mainly due to his possession of Majora's Mask, and his unexplained knowledge. Most notably, he has information on Majora's Mask and the Ancient Tribe it was used by. He is also aware of Link's time travel in Majora's Mask, and knows of his previous adventures.[2] Along with this, he seems to have a wide amount of knowledge of masks, as he is able to give a description of each new mask that Link shows him.

The Mask Salesman's origins are ambiguous. It is unknown whether he is from Hyrule, the parallel universe of Termina, or another land entirely. Near the end of Majora's Mask, Link travels to the Moon and meets masked children who resemble the salesman. One of them indirectly implies that they have met a Mask Salesman.[3]


Biography

Ocarina of Time

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In Ocarina of Time, the Happy Mask Salesman opens the Happy Mask Shop in Hyrule Castle Town Market after Link delivers Zelda's Letter to the guard standing near the entrance to Death Mountain Trail.[4] Once his shop is open, Link can speak to him to become a "happiness salesman". This starts a Trading Sequence where Link can borrow each of the shop's masks and sell them to people, thus bringing "happiness to everyone."[5] After selling all four masks, Link receives the Mask of Truth which allows him to understand what the Gossip Stones say.[6] Along with this, he can return to the Happy Mask Shop to borrow all of the masks he has previously sold as well as four new mask models.

Throughout the Trading Sequence, The Happy Mask Salesman is usually in a cheerful mood, encouraging Link as he is selling the masks.[7] However, if Link does not return with the money for the sold mask, the Salesman will become angry and threaten him.[8] When Link returns to the shop, he is no longer upset.

As an adult, Link visits the market to find it in ruins. At this point in the game, the Happy Mask Salesman is nowhere to be found. Despite this, he can be seen during the ending scene celebrating at Lon Lon Ranch.

Majora's Mask

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In Majora's Mask, the Happy Mask Salesman plays a more prominent role. Prior to the events of Majora's Mask, he was traveling through the woods, presumably continuing his search for masks.[1] However, he was ambushed and knocked out by the Skull Kid and his two friends, Tatl and Tael. While the Salesman was unconscious, the imp stole Majora's Mask from his bag, and became possessed by its evil powers.

Once Link arrives in Termina, he too is assaulted by the Skull Kid, who steals his Ocarina of Time and rides away with his horse. Link chases after the Skull Kid, who turns him into a Deku Scrub. Tatl, who was left behind by Skull Kid and Tael, decides to follow Link. The two of them make their way to the Clock Tower, where they meet the Happy Mask Salesman. He reveals that he has been following Link, and that he knows of a way to return him to his former shape.[9] However, he first needs to reclaim his Ocarina from the Skull Kid.[10] In exchange, the Salesman asks Link to return the "precious mask" that was stolen from him within three days, before he has to depart from Termina.[11]

Just a few hours before the Moon falls, Link and Tatl confront the Skull Kid at the top of the Clock Tower. The young hero retrieves his Ocarina and plays the "Song of Time" as he remembers Princess Zelda. The Song of Time transports Link back in time, to the beginning of the three day cycle. He returns to the Happy Mask Salesman with his Ocarina, who teaches the him the "Song of Healing", a melody that heals troubled spirits and turns them into masks.[12] After the song is played, the Deku Spirit is encased in the Deku Mask, and Link returns to his Hylian form.[13] Having fulfilled his promise, the Happy Mask Salesman asks for his end of the deal. After learning that Link failed to retrieve Majora's Mask, he becomes distressed, and shakes Link out of frustration.[14] He tells Link of the great lengths that he went through to obtain the mask, as well as its true nature. He explains that if the mask is not taken back from the Skull Kid, "something horrible will happen" (referring to the destruction of Clock Town and Termina itself).[15] He begs Link to recover the mask for him, once again stressing the fact that he must leave in just three days, which is the day of the Carnival of Time, as well as the time remaining before the moon crashes into Clock Town. As Link and Tatl set off to recover Majora's Mask, the Happy Mask Salesman waits patiently inside the Clock Tower for their return.

Once Link successfully defeats the evil inside Majora's Mask, the Moon vanishes, thus saving the land of Termina from destruction. The Happy Mask Salesman finally obtains his mask, which has seemingly lost its evil power.[16] As he is in the middle of his travels, he bids farewell, and implies that Link should return to Hyrule.[17] After commenting on the number of people who Link made happy, he walks away and seemingly disappears.[18]

The Happy Mask Salesman seems to know a lot about Link and his previous adventures, mentioning that retrieving Majora's Mask should be of no difficulty to someone like him.[19] Moreover, if Link wears a mask and speaks to him with it on, he will say something about that mask: what emotion it is filled with, its rarity, or something special about it. This ability could possibly be to truly demonstrate the Happy Mask Salesman's expertise when it comes to masks.

He is also notorious for his volatile temper, his wacky theme tune (which is a remix of the "Song of Healing") and his eerie ability to change position without moving. This may be to further enhance the character's strange, surreal appearance. In one scene, the Happy Mask Salesman plays on a massive piano that seems to appear out of nowhere. This piano is used to teach Link the "Song of Healing." After Link learns the song, the piano mysteriously disappears.

In Majora's Mask 3D, the Happy Mask Salesman also gives Link the Bombers' Notebook.

Oracle of Ages

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In Oracle of Ages, the Happy Mask Salesman owns a mask shop on the outskirts of Lynna City. He is starving and will give Link the Doggie Mask in exchange for something to eat, namely the Tasty Meat from the Tokay cook.[20] His appearance is almost identical to previous games, the one notable difference being his ears which are rounded and not pointed.

Ambiguously Canon Appearances

Miiverse Interview

Miiverse Intervirew with the Happy Mask Salesman

In 2015, Nintendo employee MariChan conducted an interview with the Happy Mask Salesman on Miiverse in celebration of Majora's Mask 3D.[21] Along with questioning the Mask Salesman about himself, the two discussed changes made in Majora's Mask 3D, and various aspects of the world of Termina. The Salesman was friendly and spoke of spreading happiness, but was secretive about his life and business.[22] Before the interview was concluded, he implied that he might appear in a new Zelda game.[23] Nintendo has not followed up on this statement, so it is not confirmed that he will appear in a future game, but many see it as a likely possibility.

Non-Canon Appearances

Majora's Mask Manga

The Happy Mask Salesman in the Majora's Mask manga

In the Majora's Mask manga, the Happy Mask Salesman is quite different. Though his role appears exactly the same as in the game at first, towards the final battle with Majora's Mask, he is shown far more sinister than previously.[24] After the battle, the Happy Mask Salesman appears before Link (still wearing the Fierce Deity's Mask) to take his mask. Link strikes out at him with his Sword and tells him to leave, slicing various masks in half, possibly in an attempt to strike Majora's Mask. He misses, however, and the mysterious man picks up the mask and fades away laughing.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the Happy Mask Salesman appears as a Sticker.

Name Image Artwork from Effect in The Subspace Emissary Usable by
Happy Mask Salesman Happy Mask Salesman Sticker.png Majora's Mask [Leg] - Attack +9 This sticker is usable by Link, Zelda, Ganondorf, and Toon Link

Trivia

  • The Happy Mask Salesman's piano in Majora's Mask is often mistaken for an organ, because the instrument has a large vertical soundboard and a triple-manual keyboard. Organs usually have two or more keyboards, and the vertical soundboard can be mistaken for pipe registers.
  • The Happy Mask Salesman has nine masks in total attached to his bag. One of them has the same face that is on the Mirror Shield, and another is based off of Mario.
  • The Children of the Moon appear to use shrunken down versions of the Mask Salesman's model. In Majora's Mask 3D, their faces are the same as his under their masks, but in the Nintendo 64 version, their faces are blank.
  • Vaati's laugh in The Minish Cap uses the same voice clip as the Salesman's laugh.
  • Unlike many characters from Ocarina of Time, the Happy Mask Salesman doesn't appear to have a Terminian counterpart. The Mask Salesman who followed Link into the Clock Tower is the same person as the Mask Salesman from Ocarina of Time.


Nomenclature

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Language Name
Happy Mask Shop Owner
(Ocarina of Time)
Happy Mask Salesman
(Majora's Mask)
Japan Japanese 店主 (Tenshu) しあわせのお面屋 (Shiawase no O-Men Ya)
Spanish-speaking countries Spanish Dueño de la Tienda de Máscaras Felices Viajero de la Tienda de Máscaras Felices (MM)
Vendedor de máscaras (MM3D)
French-speaking countries French Propriétaire de la Foire aux Masques Vendeur de Masques
Federal Republic of Germany German Maskenhändler Besitzer des Fröhlichen Maskenladens
Italian Republic Italian Mercante di maschere (OoT3D) Felice, Venditore di maschere (MM3D)

Gallery

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "I own the Happy Mask Shop. I travel far and wide in search of masks..." — Happy Mask Salesman (Majora's Mask)
  2. "Why, to someone like you, it should by no means be a difficult task." — Happy Mask Salesman (Majora's Mask)
  3. "Masks...You have...a lot. You, too...Will you be...a mask salesman?" — Children of the Moon (Majora's Mask)
  4. "Have you been to the Happy Mask Shop that just opened in the Hyrule Castle Town Market? Everyone is talking about it!" — Guard near Death Mountain Trail (Ocarina of Time)
  5. "We deal in masks that bring happiness to everyone! How would you like to be a happiness salesman? I'll lend you a mask. You sell the mask and bring the money back here. If you want to read the fine print, take a look at the sign right over there. After you've sold all the masks, you will become happy yourself! Have faith..." — Happy Mask Salesman (Ocarina of Time)
  6. "As a reward... I will lend you this special mask. This is the Mask of Truth. It is a mysterious mask passed down by the Sheikah." — Happy Mask Salesman (Ocarina of Time)
  7. "Oh! You haven't sold the newest mask yet. Just have faith... Keep trying a little longer." — Happy Mask Salesman (Ocarina of Time)
  8. "What?! You don't have my money?! How dare you! You'd better bring me my money...or else!" — Happy Mask Salesman (Ocarina of Time)
  9. "You've met with a terrible fate, haven't you? Now don't think me rude, but I have been following you... For I know of a way to return you to your former self." — Happy Mask Salesman (Majora's Mask)
  10. "If you can get back the precious item that was stolen from you, I will return you to normal." — Happy Mask Salesman (Majora's Mask)
  11. "In exchange... All I ask is that you also get back my precious mask that the imp stole from me. Except... The one thing is... I'm a very busy fellow... And I must leave this place in three days. How grateful I would be if you could bring it back to me before my time here is up..." — Happy Mask Salesman (Majora's Mask)
  12. "Then listen to me. Please play this song that I am about to perform, and remember it well... This is a melody that heals evil magic and troubled spirits, turning them into masks. I am sure it will be of assistance to you in the future." — Happy Mask Salesman (Majora's Mask)
  13. "Ah, yes. I give you this mask in commemoration of this day." — Happy Mask Salesman (Majora's Mask)
  14. "Now, I have fulfilled my promise to you... So, please, give me that which you promised me... Don't tell me... My mask... You did... get it back...Didn't you? What have you done to me!!!" — Happy Mask Salesman (Majora's Mask)
  15. "I went to great lengths to get that legendary mask. When I finally had it... I could sense the doom of a dark omen brewing. It was that unwelcome feeling that makes your hair stand on end. And now... that imp has it... I am begging you! You must get that mask back quickly or something horrible will happen!" — Happy Mask Salesman (Majora's Mask)
  16. "Oh...So the evil has left the mask after all... Well, now...I finally have it back." — Happy Mask Salesman (Majora's Mask)
  17. "Since I am in the midst of my travels... I must bid you farewell. Shouldn't you be returning home? Whenever there's a meeting a parting is sure to follow. However, the parting need not last forever..." — Happy Mask Salesman (Majora's Mask)
  18. "...But, my, you sure have managed to make quite a number of people happy. The masks you have are filled with happiness. This is truly a good happiness." — Happy Mask Salesman (Majora's Mask)
  19. "What? Is it not a simple task? Why, to someone like you, it should by no means be a difficult task." — Happy Mask Salesman (Majora's Mask)
  20. "I'm so hungry my stomach hurts. AHH! I'M HUNGRY! Pardon me. I just thought you could help." — Happy Mask Salesman (Oracle of Ages)
  21. Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D Miiverse interview with the “Happy Mask Salesman”, Nintendo Everything.
  22. "You want to know my mask acquisition methods? Ho, ho, ho... It's a trade secret. I would lose my competitive edge if I revealed it!" — Happy Mask Salesman, Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D Miiverse interview with the “Happy Mask Salesman”, Nintendo Everything.
  23. "My, my... I've certainly been appearing all over the place these past few days! If this keeps going, maybe it wouldn't be a stretch to expect me to pop up in a new Zelda game, too...? Ho, ho, ho... I've got some new masks, too, if you'd like to try them on... If I do make an appearance, I'm sure everyone will experience such happiness! Believe in your strengths... Believe... Ho, ho, ho..." — Happy Mask Salesman, Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D Miiverse interview with the “Happy Mask Salesman”, Nintendo Everything.
  24. "Ho ho... They're off to confront that little demon. Now for the real show. If I can only get that mask back, I'll no longer have a need for this world. I just move on. Ho... Ho ho ho..." (Majora's Mask manga (Viz Media), pg. 144)