Bad Badtz-Maru (バッドばつ丸 Baddo batsu maru) is a character designed by Sanrio. He is a penguin with spiky hair. His birthday is on April Fool's Day. In Japanese, "badtz" (batsu) is a term for "X", the symbol for a wrong answer. "Maru" means circle or "O", and signifies a correct answer. He is often represented by "XO". Bad Batz-Maru was released in 1993. He has far fewer releases than Hello Kitty, but has been a very popular important character. Badtz-Maru was the official mascot for the 2006 FIBA World Championship of basketball, which was held in Japan.
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