72,65,84. That is a combination of numbers when put into the ASCII table to discover secret messages, but what does the number spell out? Well, as many of you may come to realize, it spells out, H.A.T.
We had many hints throughout the episodes of Villainous and from the website; Podemonsbailar.com. As seen from this screen shot from the actual website created by a secret organization (Men without Hats) who are against Black Hat’s agenda.
Note: This screen shot was taken before the corruption of Black Hat’s influence, when he discovered the organization. Screenshots provided by @gabygirl1243
But Black Hat swiftly shut the website down, corrupted it and those involved.
But in the latest episode, it was over a minute long. It was the anniversary episode when we discover two interesting paintings that stood out behind Flug, when he so casually began to reference Black Hat’s origins before being cut off.
Let’s focus on this first image. This is Black Hat. There is no doubt and it is extremely obvious that this painting is of Black Hat. But his face his hidden. If we can out line it, we can see a bit of hair and a face structure. Not as flat as what Black Hat looks like not. I believe this painting is referencing “The Picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde. The novel follows Dorian, with a desire to live forever, sells his soul and ask for eternal youth. He gets his wish, but his portrait begins to age for him and record every sin he had ever committed.
This painting is a record of Black Hat. A record on who he was before and just like Dorian Gray, the painting also holds a secret and that secret is his weakness. Hidden in the black, there is a message.
“When you read/seen this, I’ll be free”
Black Hat was once human. Many of you might disagree right away. Many might say he was always an eldritch demon, or a monster but no, he was once human and that is his weakness. When everyone realize his secret, his “origins”, it will also reveal his weakness and that weakness is that he can be defeated. He will revert back to what he once was and being centuries old, he will disappear into dust. Just like Dorian Gray.
Here is one evidence, provided by Alan himself (the creator of Villainous) in a tweet from his twitter account.
This is interesting for him to admit. Black Hat in the painting, was always evil. He was born evil and he was made evil. That might be a little bit confusing but let me evaluate further. From the first painting, the viewer can see who Black Hat once was. Now, from the show, we know Black Hat is centuries old. A century equals out 100 years. Centuries is plural, which means more than two individual centuries.
Let’s look back on Black Hat’s “Hat”.
Its a top hat. Of course its a top hat! What’s so special about it? He likes it. Yes. He does. It appears in the first painting and if Black Hat is centuries old…and he favors the top hat. Top Hats were invented in 1793 which indicate on what era he was possibly living in.
But what about these screen shots?!
Obviously if he has armor and a shield from the medieval times, its obvious he was around that time, not to mention during the cowboy era. Yes, its true, he has many objects from different time periods but he originally appeared during the late 1700s and early 1800s. Many of you might turn your head and scoff but let me explain the fundamental powers of Time Travel.
In a previous episode of Villainous, they talk about Aku. The Master of Masters. Aku with limitless power, which includes Time Travel. Aku invited Black Hat for a party (who didn’t show up) but is seen screaming at Aku.
But how did he get to the future? It is because Black Hat can also manipulate time.If he can manipulate time, what’s stopping him from going back to the past and forming it to his image. An image to fear him. If we go back to the original painting of Black Hat, we can see a change from the first to the second.
At the left hand side, we can see a subtle shift of change in Black Hat’s facial structure. You might need to zoom in and compare but his face is noticeably more flatter. As if, he is missing his nose. His hair has also receded back. He is losing his hair. He is turning into the face we all know, the face of “Black Hat”.
You can see him in a secret society shaking hands with what it might be his first customer, to willingly give up his soul and many others standing around him. It was the beginning of Black Hat’s organization. But why all the secrecy?
He won’t let you know. He won’t let you see. It’s not Flug they are talking about. Its Black Hat. Black Hat won’t let you know his origins. Black Hat won’t let you see his true form. But, whoever wrote these secret messages. Also gave us a clue as to why and it is Black Hat’s weakness.
H. A. T.
His Hat. His hat hold the power. Why is it that Black Hat is so fixated on soul contracts? Villains give him money and he is rich but he wants their souls too. Is it because he also gave up his own soul, for power? Like Dorian Gray? He gave away his own soul for power, the powers he has now, the powers the Hat has given him. But it didn’t only want his soul. It wanted something more, a little extra. A self-sacrifice, like an eye.
His own eye. An eye he personally cut out himself with a sacrificial knife. Once the ritual was completed. The contract was made and he became a true Black Hat and without the Hat, there is no Black Hat.