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The Shady Salesman,[1] also known as the RYNO Salesman,[2] is a character in Ratchet & Clank, its 2016 re-imagined game, and Going Commando, with a cameo in Up Your Arsenal. He is a traveling black market merchant who sold rare or illegal weapons and gadgets stolen from the blarg, most notably the R.Y.N.O., and later the Levitator.

The Shady Salesman is referred to as Slim Cognito in the credits and holocards in the 2016 release.[3] However, he is a different character from Slim Cognito.

History

Ratchet & Clank

The Shady Salesman explaining the R.Y.N.O..

Ratchet and Clank first encountered the Shady Salesman in Blackwater City on Rilgar, while they were making their way to the hoverboard race during "Win the hoverboard race". Ratchet approached the Salesman, with the latter offering him to trade Clank for a R.Y.N.O., which Ratchet jokingly accepted before saying Clank is not for sale. The Salesman then sold the R.Y.N.O. for a hefty 150,000 bolts.

The Shady Salesman pleading "not guilty".

According to the epilogue, the Salesman had been caught and put on trial, pleading not guilty, as was published in The Rilgar Times.

Re-imagined

The 2016 re-imagined game and movie are in-universe fictional accounts of the original Ratchet & Clank.
The re-imagined game describes Captain Qwark's account of events, while the re-imagined film is an in-universe holofilm. As Qwark is an unreliable narrator, and the holofilm is fiction, any events that contradict the original are non-canon (though those which correspond still apply). Please see Project:Bulletin board/Canon for the wiki's coverage of canon.

In Qwark's retelling of events, the Salesman had a larger role. He caught the eye of Ratchet after the latter fought through an amoeboid infestation. He asked Ratchet if he possessed any RYNO holocards. Since Ratchet was confused, unaware of what a RYNO was, the Salesman explained that it was a powerful weapon for which Gadgetron Corporation had split up the plans and printed on different holocards. He then offered him the opportunity to find the holocards, and granted him a Trespasser to help hack doors and find more holocards. When Ratchet found every RYNO holocard, the Salesman assembled the weapon for him.

Shady Salesman and Ratchet, with the RYNO.

In challenge mode playthroughs, if Ratchet had already assembled the RYNO, the Salesman instead spots Ratchet's weapon and assumes him to be a celebrity, offering a Trespasser to Ratchet if he takes a picture with him. After taking the picture, the Salesman gives him the Trespasser for free, and leaves on his own accords, with Ratchet looking confused.

Going Commando

The Shady Salesman on planet Joba.

The Shady Salesman was encountered on Joba during "Enter the Megacorp Games", and Ratchet and Clank found him not far from the Megacorp Games arena. For a fee of 20,000 bolts, he then sold them the Levitator, another device apparently stolen from the blarg, as the instructions were written in blargian,[4]. After the two purchased the device, they were able to reach the Megacorp Games arena. The Salesman then claimed he had to "relocate".[4]

Up Your Arsenal

The Salesman appeared in the audience for the Secret Agent Clank movie premiere.

Characteristics

The Shady Salesman is a tall, green man who appears to be of the same species as other Rilgar natives. He wears red sunglasses and black clothing, with a white shirt and gold belt. He claims to be an honest trader and to have obtained his weapons legally, though these lies are quite obvious.

In the re-imagined Ratchet & Clank, the Salesman has a similar appearance, but appears smaller and has a different personality. He wears yellow glasses covering his eyes, and a dark purple shirt. He is also much more talkative and enthusiastic.

Behind the scenes

In the original Ratchet & Clank and Going Commando, the Salesman was voiced by Chad Michael Einbinder, who also voiced the Resort Owner. In the 2016 re-imagined Ratchet & Clank, he was voiced by Patrick Seitz.

The Shady Salesman was originally going to be the same character as Slim Cognito in Going Commando.[5]

References

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