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Man from Curiosity Shop
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Man from Curiosity Shop artwork from Majora's Mask 3D
Race Hylian
Gender Male
Game(s)
Era Era of the Hero of Time
Counterpart(s) Fishing Pond Man

The Man from the Curiosity Shop is a character in Majora's Mask.

Biography

Man from the Curiosity Shop picture in the Bomber's Notebook from Majora's Mask 3D

The Man from the Curiosity Shop runs two different shops in West Clock Town. By day, he runs the Trading Post and adopts the friendly demeanor of a general store manager. By night, he alters his appearance and manner and runs a shady pawn shop that sells stolen goods.[1][2]

When Kafei was young, the Man from the Curiosity Shop gave him a Keaton Mask. Years later, when the Skull Kid changed Kafei into a child again, it was his Keaton Mask that convinced the Man from the Curiosity Shop that he was looking at his old friend.[3] During his ordeal, he lets Kafei hide in the Curiosity Shop Back Room, where he spies on the shop's activity and waits for his stolen Sun Mask to make its way to the Curiosity Shop.[4]

No one in Clock Town seems to realize that the man running the Curiosity Shop and the man running the Trading Post are one and the same. The Part-Timer, who works at the Trading Post, cannot explain why his boss has so much money despite their lack of customers.[5] During his adventure, Link can gather clues about his true identity. If he wears the Stone Mask and eavesdrops on the man while he is working at the Trading Post, he will mutter about preparing for the night shift, presumably at the Curiosity Shop, since the Part-Timer runs the Trading Post in the evening.[6] Additionally, he uses the same idiosyncratic phrase, "I kid you not," while working at both stores. Finally, his shift at the Trading Post ends before the Curiosity Shop opens, and he does not work at the Trading Post at all on the Final Day, presumably because he is in the back room waiting for Link.

The Man from the Curiosity Shop is also one of the characters that has an entry in the Bombers' Notebook. His entry will be completed if Link gets the Special Delivery to Mama and the Keaton Mask from him in the back room during the Kafei and Anju sidequest and buys the All-Night Mask from him on the Final Day. It is impossible to do both of these in the same three-day cycle; Link must stop Sakon's robbery in North Clock Town to make the All-Night Mask appear in the Curiosity Shop, but if the robbery is stopped Sakon never visits the Curiosity Shop to sell the Bomb Bag, so Kafei never gets the chance to identify and follow the man who stole the Sun Mask from him, so Kafei never leaves the Keaton Mask and the Special Delivery to Mama with the Man from the Curiosity Shop.

The Man from the Curiosity Shop resembles the Fishing Hole Men that appear in Majora's Mask 3D.[note 1] However, they deny the resemblance.[7]

Personas

Man from the Curiosity Shop

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The Man from the Curiosity Shop in Majora's Mask 3D

The Man from the Curiosity Shop buys and sells stolen goods.[8] He usually acquires these goods from the Takkuri flying near Milk Road in Termina Field or from Sakon the thief, who is apparently a regular customer.[9] If Link saves the old lady who sells Bombs at midnight of the first night, he can purchase the All-Night Mask from him on the Final Day. If Link fails to save the old lady, her delivery of Bomb Bags will make their way to the Curiosity Shop to be purchased on the Final Day instead.

The Man from the Curiosity Shop will act chummy with his customers, sometimes calling Link "buddy," but has no qualms about rudely turning away business that he does not want. If Link talks to him in either his Goron or Zora form, the Man from the Curiosity Shop will tell him not to come back,[10] and he shoos away Deku Link.[11] He also refuses to serve Link if he is wearing a mask.[12] When it comes to dealing with his providers, he will even resort to threats or lower his purchase price to maintain his illusion of control.[13][14] He claims that he is not guilty of any illegal activity, but is acting as a charitable middleman who provides quality products to persons who would not be able to buy them otherwise.[15]

Schedule

Day Time Location Activity
1, 2, and 3 10:00 PM Curiosity Shop Opens shop
1, 2, and 3 5:00 AM Curiosity Shop Closes shop
3 1:00 PM Curiosity Shop Back Room Waits for Link

Man from the Trading Post

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The Man from the Trading Post in Majora's Mask 3D

As the Man from the Trading Post, he acts as the proprietor of the Trading Post. After 10 PM, he has a part-time worker manning the Trading Post.

When working at the trading post, he is much more polite than when he is working at the Curiosity Shop. He will let both Goron Link and Zora Link shop in his store.[16][17] He does not serve Link if he wears any mask, but he is more polite about refusing him service than in the Curiosity Shop.[18] He seems to recognize Kafei's Mask but then will say he does not know him;[19] he knows about the function of the All-Night Mask;[20] he says his store is not "members-only," so Link should take off Romani's Mask;[21] he praises Link for his hard work if he wears the Postman's Hat;[22] he also congratulates Link if he wears the Couple's Mask;[23] among other responses.[24][25][26][27][28]

Two Different People

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It is possible that the Man from the Curiosity Shop and the one from the Trading Post are not the same person. There are a few pieces of evidence that support this theory. For example, on the night of the second day, before 9PM, both the Man from the Curiosity Shop and the Man from the Trading Post can be seen in their respective stores. If Link has followed the Kafei and Anju sidequest, then it is possible to look into the Curiosity Shop from the back room where Kafei hides. The Man from the Curiosity Shop will be seated behind the counter. At the same time, the Trading Post Guy will be in the Trading Post. This could be explained as a development error, an intentional discrepancy to help recognize the room into which he is peering, or proof that they are different people.

Furthermore, the Bomber's Notebook does not add the Man from the Curiosity Shop to the book when Link talks to the Man from the Trading Post. This seems like strong evidence against them being the same person, but could also be an intentional device, as the player is not supposed to assume they are the same character from the beginning.

The Official Nintendo Player's Guide says that the Man from the Trading Post "looks just like the man at the Curiosity Shop, and it's no coincidence - they're the same person!"[2]

Nomenclature

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.gif
Language Name Meaning
Kingdom of Spain SpanishEU Hombre de la T. de Curiosidades Man of the Curiosity S.
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States SpanishLA Encargado (MM3D)
French Republic FrenchEU Le vendeur du Bazar Bazaar seller
Canada FrenchCA Gérant du bazar (MM3D)
Federal Republic of Germany German Mann vom Kuriositätenladen Man from Curiosity Shop

Gallery

Notes

  1. In the original Majora's Mask, the Man from the Curiosity Shop was made to be the Terminian counterpart of the Fishing Pond Man in Ocarina of Time. The latter was introduced to Termina in the 3DS remake, which added the fishing minigame.

References

  1. "Have you some errand in the mountains? It's dangerous at night, so I cannot allow a child like you to... Your sword was stolen? So it's true...Lately, I've been hearing about a shady shop in town that sells stolen goods at night... This must be a result of their activities." — Guard (Majora's Mask)
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Buy supplies at the 24-hour Trading Post. The manager looks just like the man at the Curiosity Shop, and it's no coincidence - they're the same person!" (The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask Official Nintendo Player's Guide (Nintendo Power), pg. 29)
  3. "Now Kafei... I've known him since he was real little... But when he showed up looking all young in that little brat body, I didn't know what I was seeing! All it took was one glance at that Keaton Mask he was carrying for me to realize that I was looking at my old friend. I gave him that mask a long time ago when he was just li'l Kafei. Didn't know he kept it that well for so long..." — Man from the Curiosity Shop (Majora's Mask)
  4. "Things that get stolen in this town always make their way to the Curiosity Shop. I'm waiting for that to happen. Stand on that crate and peek into that hole. From here, I check on the Curiosity Shop's customers. That guy will definitely appear. I'll be waiting when it happens." — Kafei (Majora's Mask)
  5. "... We don't get many customers, so why does the boss have so much money?" — Part-Timer (Majora's Mask)
  6. "That's weird! I thought somebody had walked in here. Ah, well. I have to get ready for the night shift, anyway." — Man from the Trading Post (Majora's Mask)
  7. "Huh? Ya say ya saw someone with my face in town? ...Nonsense. It's nonsense! I have no idea who yer talking about!! Nonsense, it is. We're not talkin' about this anymore. Got it? Just drop it." — Fishing Hole Man (Majora's Mask 3D)
  8. "Man from Curiosity Shop, buys and sells stolen goods. Open at night only." — Bombers' Notebook (Majora's Mask)
  9. "The guy's a regular... A greedy thief named Sakon. I think he's from Ikana Village..." — Man the from Curiosity Shop (Majora's Mask)
  10. "Eesh. You frighten me. I keep special hours for folks like you. Try comin' back at half past never." — Man from the Curiosity Shop (Majora's Mask)
  11. "Hey, boy! Shouldn't you be with your parents? Go on! Get!" — Man from the Curiosity Shop (Majora's Mask)
  12. "...Sorry. I don't serve masqueraders." — Curiosity Shop Guy (Majora's Mask)
  13. "'...100.' 'Don't be such a Rupee pincher, you miser. 200!' 'Well, why don't I just offer you even less? And y'know, this is the Bomb Shop's! How 'bout if I tell 'em all about you?'" — Man from the Curiosity Shop and Sakon (Majora's Mask)
  14. "'I...I understand. Then the total is...' 'It's 50 now. So there ya go.' 'What? You said 100...' 'Ohhhh...So you don't want me to take it off your hands...' 'W-W-Wait! It's a deal! It's a deal!'" — Man from the Curiosity Shop and Sakon (Majora's Mask)
  15. "A seller of stolen goods is just a middleman who's trying to provide his customers with good product. Look, I know nothing. If it comes to me, I buy it! I'm a charitable organization that helps people in need!" — Man from the Curiosity Shop (Majora's Mask)
  16. "Whoa-ho-ho! Niiiice sideburns!" — Trading Post Guy (Majora's Mask)
  17. "Welcome. Hey, you're pretty fit. I'll bet you do a lot of training!" — Trading Post Guy (Majora's Mask)
  18. "No using masks in the store because of past indiscretions!" — Man from the Trading Post (Majora's Mask)
  19. "Kafei! No, I don't know any such kid. I kid you not!" — Man from the Trading Post (Majora's Mask)
  20. "If you wear something like that, you'll never be able to sleep. I kid you not!" — Man from the Trading Post (Majora's Mask)
  21. "This isn't "members-only," so take that thing off. I kid you not!" — Man from the Trading Post (Majora's Mask)
  22. "That's great for a young kid. Delivery is hard work." — Man from the Trading Post (Majora's Mask)
  23. "Oh! Who's the lucky lady? Congratulations." — Man from the Trading Post (Majora's Mask)
  24. "Hey, that's nice... Maybe I can start carrying that in my store... I kid you not!" — Man from the Trading Post (Majora's Mask)
  25. "My shop is small, so don't go dancing up a storm in here!" — Man from the Trading Post (Majora's Mask)
  26. "That is one bizarre getup you've got on your head. Take it off..." — Man from the Trading Post (Majora's Mask)
  27. "Don't go leading some parade through a little place like this." — Man from the Trading Post (Majora's Mask)
  28. "Careful! Don't go blowing yourself up in a place like this... I kid you not!" — Man from the Trading Post (Majora's Mask)