Potion seller refers to the viral video of Justin Kuritzkes, where he performs a dialogue between the titular draught merchant and a White knight, using his computer’s photo booth function.
The video reiterates the widely portrayed situation of a conversation between a helper and a hero, before a quest, similar to It’s Dangerous to Go Alone! Take This.
The original “Potion Seller” video was uploaded to YouTube by Justin Kuritzkes on September 22nd, 2011.
The comic nature of the video comes from the argument that unfolds from the conversation between the two characters, as the “potion seller” refuses to sell his product to the warrior, due to his frailty.
Over the years, the video’s audience grew significantly, and by 2014, it garnered a big enough fandom to spawn its very own r/potionseller subreddit, launched on May 12th, 2014.
Fan art, memes and parodies were all posted on the sub, revolving around the “Potion Seller”.
A wide array of content also emerged on sites like DeviantArt, as well as YouTube where fans of the video recreated the characters according to their very own vision.
Copypastas of the video’s script, as well as animations, and manga iterations also grew popular on the internet over the years.