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The Salesman is a minor yet pivotal antagonist of the first season of the South Korean Netflix drama series Squid Game. His job is to approach people in heavy debt or severe financial issues and offer them a chance to join the Squid Game for the prize money.

He is portrayed by Gong Ji-cheol.

Biography

Past

Not much is known about the Salesman backstory but he was hired as a salesman to recruit players into joining the Squid Game.

Squid Game

He is first seen approaching Seong Gi-hun on the subway and asks him to play Ddakji with him and the winner get's ₩100,000, and Gi-hun reluctantly agrees to play with him. Gi-hun loses while the salesman wins. He then asks if he has any money on him, but Gi-hun says he doesn't. He tells Gi-hun he can play with his body and slaps him, stating every slap counts as ₩100,000. Gi-hun decides to keep playing only to lose and being slapped in the face several times before finally winning against the salesman. Gi-hun then tries to slap him, but the salesman grabs his hand and gives him the money for his victory. The salesman then gives him a business card to enter the Squid Game and reveals he knows a lot of details about his personal life, including his debt. The salesman tells him to hurry up since there aren't many spots left, and then leaves the subway station.

During of the games, a Masked Manager shows a footage to the players that reveals that the salesman played Ddakji with each one of them, and since all of them had no money to pay, they were slapped by him every time they lost the game.

In 2021, Seong Gi-hun spots the salesman on the subway station again. The salesman is playing Ddakji with another person and is seen slapping his opponent for losing. Gi-hun then rushes towards the salesman but before he makes it, the salesman gives the person the Squid Game card. The salesman then leaves the subway station, smiling and waving Gi-hun goodbye.

Trivia

  • There is a popular fan theory that if a player chooses the red square instead of the blue square, they would have be hired to work as one of the Masked Men instead of being a contestant due to their iconic red jumpsuits, but this is unconfirmed either way.

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