History Franchise / TheLegendofZelda

14th Jan '17 1:46:02 PM 64SuperNintendo
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* AnachronicOrder: The first four games come an indeterminate amount of time after (a what-if ending of) ''Ocarina of Time'' (the fifth), while the sixteenth title, ''Skyward Sword'' is said to come before any other game. And while some games are obvious sequels to each other, it's still hard to tell which games are supposed to happen when unless you're looking at the timeline.

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* AnachronicOrder: The first four games come an indeterminate amount of time after (a what-if ending of) ''Ocarina of Time'' (the fifth), while the sixteenth title, ''Skyward Sword'' Sword'', is said to come before any other game. And while some games are obvious sequels to each other, it's still hard to tell which games are supposed to happen when unless you're looking at the timeline.
11th Jan '17 10:07:27 PM MyFinalEdits
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** ''VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink'': Despite only appearing at the very end of the game, Link's Shadow is a powerful enemy and the guardian of the Triforce of Courage, which Link has spent the entire game trying to obtain.



** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks'': Yuga, a native of Lorule who kidnaps the sages of Hyrule and seeks to take the Triforce.

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** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks'': ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds'': Yuga, a native of Lorule who kidnaps the sages of Hyrule and seeks to take the Triforce.



* ArtifactOfDoom: Majora's Mask. To put it in perspective; everything wrong in Termina when you get there? All of it was done either directly or indirectly by the Skull Kid wearing the Mask. And on top of ruining everyone's lives, he's planning to drop the [[ColonyDrop frickin']] ''moon'', destroying the entire land of Termina. And he ''can do it''. Oh, and it's not just a power-up artifact of doom: [[spoiler:the mask is intelligent, and is possessing the Skull Kid. And when Majora decides he's outlived his usefulness, the mask discards the kid like an old pair of socks.]]

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* ArtifactOfDoom: ArtifactOfDoom:
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Majora's Mask. To put it in perspective; everything wrong in Termina when you get there? All of it was done either directly or indirectly by the Skull Kid wearing the Mask. And on top of ruining everyone's lives, he's planning to drop the [[ColonyDrop frickin']] ''moon'', destroying the entire land of Termina. And he ''can do it''. Oh, and it's not just a power-up artifact of doom: [[spoiler:the mask is intelligent, and is possessing the Skull Kid. And when Majora decides he's outlived his usefulness, the mask discards the kid like an old pair of socks.]]



*** The Mirror of Twilight from the same game turns demure, unassuming [[spoiler:Yeta]] into the crazy ice-monster Blizzeta.

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*** ** The Mirror of Twilight from the same game ''Twilight Princess'' turns demure, unassuming [[spoiler:Yeta]] into the crazy ice-monster Blizzeta.



* BootstrappedTheme: The title screen / overworld theme from the first Zelda game along with many others are used in later games both as the series' Main Theme and as Link's {{Leitmotif}}.
** Zelda's theme wasn't originally Zelda's theme in its first appearance in ''A Link to the Past'': there, it was just a song that played each time you rescued a maiden. Zelda, however, had a personal, extended version of that song, which became her theme in ''Ocarina of Time''.

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* BootstrappedTheme: BootstrappedTheme:
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The title screen / overworld theme from the first Zelda ''Zelda'' game along with many others are used in later games both as the series' Main Theme and as Link's {{Leitmotif}}.
** Zelda's theme wasn't originally Zelda's theme in its first appearance in ''A Link to the Past'': there, it was is just a song that played plays each time you rescued rescue a maiden. Zelda, however, had has a personal, extended version of that song, which became becomes her theme in ''Ocarina of Time''.



* {{Bowdlerize}}: ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'' was named as such in English because of Nintendo of America's aversion to even the most tenuous of religious themes; what the translated title should have been was ''Triforce of the Gods''.
** One game later, in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening'', they changed cross-shaped grave markers into "RIP" rounded-block gravestones. Also the bikini top of the Mermaid became a... [[DoubleEntendre pearl necklace]].
*** And when the [[UpdatedRerelease DX version]] came out, it crept to the European cartridges.

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* {{Bowdlerize}}: {{Bowdlerize}}:
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''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'' was named as such in English because of Nintendo of America's aversion to even the most tenuous of religious themes; what the translated title should have been was ''Triforce of the Gods''.
** One game later, in In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening'', they changed cross-shaped grave markers into "RIP" rounded-block gravestones. Also the bikini top of the Mermaid became a... [[DoubleEntendre pearl necklace]].
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necklace]]. And when the [[UpdatedRerelease DX version]] came out, it crept to the European cartridges.



** The 3DS remake of [[Videogame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]] gave Princess Ruto an extra layer of scales that end in a small ridge just above her chest, in order to suggest clothing (though some would say this makes her sexier, especially in her ''Hyrule Warriors'' incarnation).

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** The 3DS remake of [[Videogame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime ''[[Videogame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]] Time]]'' gave Princess Ruto an extra layer of scales that end in a small ridge just above her chest, in order to suggest clothing (though some would say this makes her sexier, especially in her ''Hyrule Warriors'' incarnation).clothing.



* TheCatfish: In ''The Legend of Zelda'' fishing minigames, there is often a big fish of this sort that will earn you the maximum prize for catching it.
** It's usually the "Hylian loach", and it has a tendency to be utterly impossible to catch, unless you have a special lure that the fishing hole's proprietor may or may not approve of, in which case it's merely ''nigh''-impossible to catch.
*** Amusingly inverted in ''Twilight Princess'' with the Ordon Catfish -- they're common, easy to catch, and unpopular with [=NPCs=] due to their sliminess. They're also not very big. The Hylian Loach fits the bill for this trope better.

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* TheCatfish: In ''The Legend of Zelda'' fishing minigames, there is often a big fish of this sort that will earn you the maximum prize for catching it.
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it. It's usually the "Hylian loach", and it has a tendency to be utterly impossible to catch, unless you have a special lure that the fishing hole's proprietor may or may not approve of, in which case it's merely ''nigh''-impossible to catch.
*** Amusingly
catch. The trope is inverted in ''Twilight Princess'' with the Ordon Catfish -- they're common, easy to catch, and unpopular with [=NPCs=] due to their sliminess. They're also not very big. The Hylian Loach fits the bill for this trope better.



* ColorCodedItemTiers: Rupees, though higher colors tend to vary; the most consistent value is Green=1 Blue=5. Purple is always among the higher values, ranging from 50 to 200 depending on the game.
** Recently, they seem to have settled on Red=20 and Purple=50.

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* ColorCodedItemTiers: Rupees, though higher colors tend to vary; the most consistent value is Green=1 Blue=5. Blue=5 and Red=20. Purple is always among the higher values, ranging from being worth 50 to 200 depending on the game.
** Recently, they seem to have settled on Red=20 and Purple=50.
green Rupees whenever it appears.
11th Jan '17 5:11:28 PM Owlorange1995
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* AmbidextrousSprite: Played straight in the 2D games, although Link is canonically left-handed. The [=LttP=] manual attempts to either justify this or hang a lampshade on it (depending on who reads it) by stating that Link always points his shield towards Death Mountain due to superstitious beliefs.

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* AmbidextrousSprite: Played straight in the 2D games, although most incarnations of Link is are canonically left-handed. The [=LttP=] manual attempts to either justify this or hang a lampshade on it (depending on who reads it) by stating that Link always points his shield towards Death Mountain due to superstitious beliefs.


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* ArcVillain: A game that doesn't have Ganondorf, Vaati, or Twinrova often produces a new villain to serve as the BigBad.
** ''VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink'': Despite only appearing at the very end of the game, Link's Shadow is a powerful enemy and the guardian of the Triforce of Courage, which Link has spent the entire game trying to obtain.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening'': The Nightmare/Dethl is a shadowy monster that plagues Koholint Island with monsters and tries to keep Link from awakening the Wind Fish. However, [[spoiler: it actually sees ''Link'' as the true BigBad, since his waking of the Wind Fish would erase [[DreamWorld Koholint Island]] from existence.]]
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'': The Skull Kid is using the power of the titular ArtifactOfDoom to crush Termina with the Moon. [[spoiler: However, the Skull Kid has become possessed by Majora's Mask, who is the FinalBoss of the Game.]]
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames'': Onox seeks to overturn the seasons of Holodrum in ''Seasons'', while Veran travels through time to change Labrynnna's past for the worse in ''Ages''.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaPhantomHourglass'': Bellum, a life force-consuming EldritchAbomination.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks'': Malladus, a demon king trying to escape from his prison and pull a GrandTheftMe on Princess Zelda.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'': Ghirahim seeks to revive his master Demise, the Predecessor Villain to Ganondorf.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks'': Yuga, a native of Lorule who kidnaps the sages of Hyrule and seeks to take the Triforce.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTriForceHeroes'': The Lady, who cursed Princess Styla.
5th Jan '17 4:33:11 AM jormis29
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* SpinOff: ''Link's Crossbow Training'' (of ''Twilight Princess''), ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors'' (of the franchise as a whole), ''VideoGame/FreshlyPickedTinglesRosyRupeeland'' (not of a specific game, but starring a recurring character) and an actual board game.

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* SpinOff: ''Link's Crossbow Training'' ''VideoGame/LinksCrossbowTraining'' (of ''Twilight Princess''), ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors'' (of the franchise as a whole), ''VideoGame/FreshlyPickedTinglesRosyRupeeland'' (not of a specific game, but starring a recurring character) and an actual board game.
1st Jan '17 1:06:27 PM jormis29
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1st Jan '17 12:11:53 PM Owlorange1995
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* ''Link's Crossbow Training'' (UsefulNotes/{{Wii}})

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* ''Link's Crossbow Training'' ''VideoGame/LinksCrossbowTraining'' (UsefulNotes/{{Wii}})
21st Dec '16 8:10:35 AM Reign
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* DivineConflict: ''Skyward Sword'''s backstory, between [[GodOfGood Hylia]] and [[GodOfEvil Demise]]. The game itself establishes that the entire series is this, as on his deathbed Demise curses Hylia's [[GodInHumanForm reincarnation]] Zelda to forever be in conflict with his own reincarnation, Ganon.
8th Dec '16 12:26:15 PM Reign
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* AfterTheEnd: A pretty common setting for the series, with ''Skyward Sword'', ''The Wind Waker'', ''Breath of the Wild'', and even the original game all taking place after some cataclysm or societal collapse.
1st Dec '16 6:00:55 PM MyFinalEdits
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* SpinOff: Link's Crossbow Training (of ''Twilight Princess''), ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors'' (of the franchise as a whole), ''VideoGame/FreshlyPickedTinglesRosyRupeeland'' (not of a specific game, but starring a recurring character) and an actual board game. Some fans consider the handheld titles to be this since they are mainly direct sequels, spiritual successors, or light on story - sometimes including ''Four Swords Adventures'' for the same reason - but are officially classified as main series titles.

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* SpinOff: Link's ''Link's Crossbow Training Training'' (of ''Twilight Princess''), ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors'' (of the franchise as a whole), ''VideoGame/FreshlyPickedTinglesRosyRupeeland'' (not of a specific game, but starring a recurring character) and an actual board game. Some fans consider the handheld titles to be this since they are mainly direct sequels, spiritual successors, or light on story - sometimes including ''Four Swords Adventures'' for the same reason - but are officially classified as main series titles.game.



** Well, these games do provide alternate meanings for their titles earlier on: the title ''Link's Awakening'' could not only refer to the GoodMorningCrono opening sequence, but also to the location of the critical Ocarina item in an area you have to get into a bed and go to sleep to reach. And in ''Twilight Princess'', Midna actually refers to Zelda by that title somewhat sarcastically.
1st Dec '16 10:51:30 AM DracoKanji
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** ''[[Literature/HyruleHistoria The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia]]'', a 25th anniversary book that is part ConceptArtGallery and part UniverseCompendium that notably gave an [[WordOfGod official]] [[AllThereInTheManual answer]] to the long-debated timeline ContinuitySnarl.[[note]]Per [[http://www.hyrulehistoria.com/information/ HyruleHistoria.com]], "Though ''Hyrule Historia'' provided the fans with an official timeline, the creators mention that various details had to be overlooked and that [[MST3KMantra fans should just enjoy the series and the new timeline]]. It is said that the order of events and the details within the timeline change according to who is weaving the tales, and additionally, history is still being spun. Therefore, it may be safe to assume that, years down the road, various aspects of ''Hyrule Historia'' may become obsolete as new information could take its place."[[/note]] The book was authored by Creator/ShigeruMiyamoto and Eiji Aonuma.

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** ''[[Literature/HyruleHistoria The ''The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia]]'', Literature/HyruleHistoria'', a 25th anniversary book that is part ConceptArtGallery and part UniverseCompendium that notably gave an [[WordOfGod official]] [[AllThereInTheManual answer]] to the long-debated timeline ContinuitySnarl.[[note]]Per [[http://www.hyrulehistoria.com/information/ HyruleHistoria.com]], "Though ''Hyrule Historia'' provided the fans with an official timeline, the creators mention that various details had to be overlooked and that [[MST3KMantra fans should just enjoy the series and the new timeline]]. It is said that the order of events and the details within the timeline change according to who is weaving the tales, and additionally, history is still being spun. Therefore, it may be safe to assume that, years down the road, various aspects of ''Hyrule Historia'' may become obsolete as new information could take its place."[[/note]] The book was authored by Creator/ShigeruMiyamoto and Eiji Aonuma.
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