In Brawl, you can put a Franklin Badge anywhere on your body which will protect you from projectiles. When the Franklin Badge is equipped, you can notice the badge emits light in a sparkling fashion, and it can be noticed by other players. However, the item will not stay on you the entire match, so players must be sure to notice when it disappears from their character's body or if the sparkling light has vanished.
The Franklin Badge can't be broken like other reflectors, if a projectile overloads the Franklin Badge, it will simply either be absorbed or pass through the character.
The Franklin Badge can also be selected on the Special Brawl mode. When selected in this mode, the Badge remains for the entire duration of the match.
A badge you can put on to gain the ability to reflect all projectiles. It has exactly the same effect as other reflectors in the game, like the one Fox uses. In MOTHER, it was used to deflect PK Beam when fighting Starman Jr. In Earthbound, it was used to counter Thunder attacks. The lightning bolt on the badge is proof of its capacity. Its importance and usefulness made a deep impression on players.
The Franklin Badge was originally from MOTHER, it was given to the main protagonist Ninten after saving his friend Pippi from PseudoZombies in the Podunk Cemetary. It was used to defeat the boss Starman Jr., by deflecting the boss' PK Beam that would usually be a one-hit KO. It later appeared in Earthbound and MOTHER 3, and was used to deflect PK Thunder attacks.
- Mother (1989)
- EarthBound (1995)
- Mother 3 (2006)
Curiously in MOTHER the description of the item says that it was used by Benjamin Franklin during his experiments with lightning.