History YMMV / TheLegendofZelda

9th Oct '17 7:31:49 AM DocJamore
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* TheScrappy: [[AnnoyingVideoGameHelper Navi, Kaepora Gaebora, Fi]], [[{{Manchild}} Tingle]] ([[AmericansHateTingle to Americans fans]]) and Ralph from the ''Oracle'' games.
4th Oct '17 8:38:20 AM Pichu-kun
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** Also, don't call Link [[OurElvesAreBetter an "elf"]] in front of a ''Zelda'' fan unless you want to be [[DopeSlap slapped upside your face]] for being a complete [[{{Noob}} n00b]]. You'll also probably get a huge speech about how Link is NOT an elf but rather a Hylian, the main race in the games. According to every non-human entity in those games, Hylians are humans. Presumably the ears are just long compared to other, normal-eared human races in the games (such as the ones inhabiting the countries used for the settings of [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames the]] ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames Oracle]]'' [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames games]], who have round ears) as Hylians don't have, for example, extended lifespans or other traits associated with elves.
** It doesn't help that some early materials ''did'' say hylians had greater magical ability then most people at one time. The ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast A Link to the Past]]''guide saying the ancient hylians, unlike the modern day Hyruleans(most of whom also had PointyEars) of Hyrule, had access to advanced magic. It seems the only difference Hylians and humans, apart from the pointy ears, is that Hylians are the descendants of the Goddess Hylia (in Zelda's form), while humans, we can assume, don't have the blood of Hylia. Aside from Link and Zelda always being Hylians, this doesn't seem to affect anything. The best way of putting it would be that Hylians are human, but humans aren't Hylian. Hylians can therefore be compared to a race, within the species. A common {{Fanon}} is Hylians have magic abilities round eared humans don't, but this is contradicted by many Hylian characters expressing skepticism at magic, while many round eared human characters are shown as skilled magic users. Still, don't refer to Hylians as elves.

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** Also, don't call Link [[OurElvesAreBetter an "elf"]] in front of a ''Zelda'' fan unless you want to be [[DopeSlap slapped upside your face]] for being a complete [[{{Noob}} n00b]]. You'll also probably get a huge speech about how Link is NOT an elf but rather a Hylian, the main race in the games. According to every non-human entity in those games, Hylians are humans. Presumably the ears are just long compared to other, normal-eared human races in the games (such as the ones inhabiting the countries used for the settings of [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames the]] ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames Oracle]]'' [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames games]], who have round ears) as Hylians don't have, for example, extended lifespans or other traits associated with elves. \n** It doesn't help that some early materials ''did'' say hylians had greater magical ability then most people at one time. The ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast A Link to the Past]]''guide Past]]'' guide saying the ancient hylians, unlike the modern day Hyruleans(most Hyruleans (most of whom also had PointyEars) of Hyrule, had access to advanced magic. It seems the only difference Hylians and humans, apart from the pointy ears, is that Hylians are the descendants of the Goddess Hylia (in Zelda's form), while humans, we can assume, don't have the blood of Hylia. Aside from Link and Zelda always being Hylians, this doesn't seem to affect anything. The best way of putting it would be that Hylians are human, but humans aren't Hylian. Hylians can therefore be compared to a race, within the species. A common {{Fanon}} is Hylians have magic abilities round eared humans don't, but this is contradicted by many Hylian characters expressing skepticism at magic, while many round eared human characters are shown as skilled magic users. Still, don't refer to Hylians as elves.



* {{Fanon}}: The series is one of the most prolific sources of inspiration for fan related works: fan fiction, fan arts, fan remixes and covers, web sites, etc.

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* {{Fanon}}: The series is one of the most prolific sources of inspiration for fan related works: fan fiction, fan arts, fan remixes and covers, web sites, etc. [[Fanon/TheLegendOfZelda It has its own sub-page]]
21st Sep '17 6:26:37 AM Dravencour
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* LauncherOfAThousandShips: And how. Though his canonical love interest for many fans is Zelda herself, he's shipped with many of the girls in any game he's in, ''Ocarina of Time'' perhaps being the most pronounced. Go to ff.net and see how many ship fics you can find that don't involve Link.

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* LauncherOfAThousandShips: And how. Though his Link's canonical love interest for many fans is Zelda herself, he's also shipped with many of the girls in any game he's in, ''Ocarina of Time'' perhaps being the most pronounced.prominent. Go to ff.net and see how many ship fics you can find that don't involve Link.
21st Sep '17 6:25:39 AM Dravencour
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* LauncherOfAThousandShips: Go to ff.net and see how many ship fics you can find that don't involve Link.

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* LauncherOfAThousandShips: And how. Though his canonical love interest for many fans is Zelda herself, he's shipped with many of the girls in any game he's in, ''Ocarina of Time'' perhaps being the most pronounced. Go to ff.net and see how many ship fics you can find that don't involve Link.
29th Jul '17 12:49:42 PM MyFinalEdits
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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: Valoo the [[GentleGiant fat friendly dragon]] from ''Wind Waker'' is much loved by the fans on the Internet, yet hasn't appeared in another game since his debut.
29th Jul '17 10:15:37 AM ACW
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* CompleteMonster: [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Zant]] and [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds Yuga]].

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* CompleteMonster: [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Zant]] and [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds Yuga]]. See those pages for more details.
22nd Jul '17 10:26:45 AM dieseldragons
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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: Valoo the [[GentleGiant fat friendly dragon]] from ''Wind Waker'' is much loved by the fans on the Internet, yet hasn't appeared in another game since his debut.
30th Jun '17 9:13:47 PM Angeldeb82
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** Another one of the biggest, and this time, most visible ones is that every single entry of the series ever since ''Ocarina of Time'' (if not even earlier than that) has received accusations of ItsTheSameSoItSucks and TheyChangedItNowItSucks ''[[DoubleStandard at the same time]]''. One second you find a comment trashing the game for not changing the Zelda formula at all, demeaning its new features as "gimmicks", and the next second you find another one that trashes it because those "gimmicks" are new features that totally change (and ruin) the Zelda formula. [[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation Yahtzee]] even managed to do both in one review, bashing ''Skyward Sword'' for being formulaic, then for not holding to its own formulas.

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** Another one of the biggest, and this time, most visible ones is that every single entry of the series ever since ''Ocarina of Time'' (if not even earlier than that) has received accusations of ItsTheSameSoItSucks ItsTheSameNowItSucks and TheyChangedItNowItSucks ''[[DoubleStandard at the same time]]''. One second you find a comment trashing the game for not changing the Zelda formula at all, demeaning its new features as "gimmicks", and the next second you find another one that trashes it because those "gimmicks" are new features that totally change (and ruin) the Zelda formula. [[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation Yahtzee]] even managed to do both in one review, bashing ''Skyward Sword'' for being formulaic, then for not holding to its own formulas.



** The "Should Link be allowed to be a girl?" debate. The idea had been around for a while in the early 2010's, but it was only proposed by a small and quite minority. Things changed with the E3 2014 reveal trailer of ''TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', which showed a Link that .looked [[DudeLooksLikeALady more androgynous than usual]], to the point that it created a ''massive'' ViewerGenderConfusion. After that, and the confirmation that this Link was indeed a male, the debate jumped to the forefront of the fandom, with all different kinds of opinions on the matter.

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** The "Should Link be allowed to be a girl?" debate. The idea had been around for a while in the early 2010's, but it was only proposed by a small and quite minority. Things changed with the E3 2014 reveal trailer of ''TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', which showed a Link that .that looked [[DudeLooksLikeALady more androgynous than usual]], to the point that it created a ''massive'' ViewerGenderConfusion. After that, and the confirmation that this Link was indeed a male, the debate jumped to the forefront of the fandom, with all different kinds of opinions on the matter.



* ItsEasySoItSucks: A common complaint about entries after the N64 era among veteran fans, especially those who grew up with [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI the]] [[VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink first]] [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast four]] [[VideoGame/TheLegendofZeldaLinksAwakening games]].
* LGBTFanbase: In addition to causing StupidSexyFlanders moments in straight fans, a gay magazine voted Link as the hottest video game character of all time. As an older {{Hunk}}, Ganondorf also has a following in the {{Bara}} community.

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* ItsEasySoItSucks: A common complaint about entries after the N64 era among veteran fans, especially those who grew up with [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI the]] [[VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink first]] [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast four]] [[VideoGame/TheLegendofZeldaLinksAwakening [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening games]].
* LGBTFanbase: In addition to causing StupidSexyFlanders moments in straight fans, a gay magazine voted Link as the hottest video game character of all time. As an older {{Hunk}}, Ganondorf also has a following in the {{Bara}} {{Bara|Genre}} community.



* NostalgiaFilter: ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'' [[ToughActToFollow tends to be used as a measuring stick]], by both the fandom and professional critics, to judge [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask the]] [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker sequels]] [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess that]] [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword followed]]. This led to each game getting some form of [[ItsTheSameNowItSucks It's the Same]] / [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks Changed, Now It Sucks]] criticism. This even extended to ''its own remake'', where most of the negative criticism was due to the lack of new features rather than the nature of the game itself.

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* NostalgiaFilter: ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'' [[ToughActToFollow tends to be used as a measuring stick]], by both the fandom and professional critics, to judge [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask the]] [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker sequels]] [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess that]] [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword followed]]. This led to each game getting some form of [[ItsTheSameNowItSucks It's the Same]] / [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks It Changed, Now It Sucks]] criticism. This even extended to ''its own remake'', where most of the negative criticism was due to the lack of new features rather than the nature of the game itself.
25th Jun '17 8:28:05 AM XanderVJ
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17th Jun '17 10:10:30 AM Ramona122003
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** The series have a friendly relationship with the ''Franchise/SuperMarioBrothers'' fandom since they're both Nintendo flagship franchises and highly revered. They may some times butt heads over who have the 'better games' or who would win in a fight (Mario vs. Link, Peach vs. Zelda, Bowser vs. Ganon), but it's usually in good fun.
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