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''The Legend of Zelda: The Light of Courage'' is an alleged script of an animated movie based on ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' video game series by IGN forum user [[http://www.herbalcell.com/tloc/ Joe_Cracker]]. Joe_Cracker's attempts to get his script, which was itself [[SoBadItsGood of dubious quality]], are a saga unto themselves, but several denizens of the forum got together and made several animations based directly on the script and posted them on the internet. These shorts lift dialogue directly from the script, complete with syntactical and grammatical errors. The characters were [[StylisticSuck rendered in a blocky, polygonal style]] with several [[ThrowItIn animation errors kept in for humorous effect.]] This resulted in shorts that are pretty funny to watch on their own, but absolutely hilarious if one knows the saga behind them.

View the three shorts [[http://www.youtube.com/user/grusd here]]. Read about the author's three-year-long odyssey to get his movie made [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/people/joecracker.html here]].

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!!These shorts contain examples of:

* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: "I'm not impressed. [[FoxInSocks I've seen better battles with beetles in a bottle.]] *{{Rimshot}}*"
* AmbiguousDisorder: Mr. Cracker himself.
* AnimationBump: The third video has the most amount of effort put into it, and it shows.
* ArtShift: The third video has a short dungeon crawling sequence done entirety with a mix of {{Claymation}} and action figures.
* AuthorAvatar: Eian.
* BadBadActing: Ganon in the third short.
* BeamSpam: During the BigNo sequence below he starts shooting sword beams wildly, even hitting Eian with one.
* BigNo: Link pulls one off after Zelda is crushed by rocks for thirty seconds in the third short.
* BloodlessCarnage: Ganon's hand gets severed with nary a drop of blood. The animators had originally tried for HighPressureBlood, but then decided against it.
* ButtMonkey: Eian, a TakeThat to how he was a blatant self-insert in the original script.
* CampGay: Prince Phasod in the second short, possibly Tingle.
* {{Claymation}}: During the "dungeon sequence" in the third short.
* ClothingDamage: Link destroys Ganon's robe with a sword beam.
** Before that, Gannon accidentally rips his robe off partially during his frenzied ranting at Majora's Mask.
* ColorCodedCharacters: The Triforces. Courage is gold, Power is red, and Wisdom is blue.
* CreatorInJoke: They later released a version of the third short [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rf5ngNUN2yo with annotations explaining all of them]].
* ColonyDrop: "I cased over the moon. It will fall onto Hyrule Castle in a few hours time destroying this world."
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment:
** "My son keeps getting stronger and more braver every day."
** "Haha, now give me the Triforces NOW."
* [[DifferentInEveryEpisode Different In Every Shot]]: Eian's shirt and jacket and Ganon's robe.
* EnemyMine: Ganon and Link against Majora's Mask...for literally the length of time it takes Ganon to mention it during the third film.
* EyesAlwaysShut: Eian.
* FreezeFrameBonus: Many in the third video, such as the text on Ganon's robes.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: Many, such as Zelda getting into place for when she "dies" as Link begins to fight Ganon, and Ganon's painting of himself inexplicably losing his robe after Ganon himself loses his robe.
* HairstyleMalfunction: When Zelda tosses the chest containing the Master Sword to Link, her hair goes with it.
* HellBentForLeather: One of Ganon's many robes is a leather and chainmail shirt and skirt combo...Featuring [[HeadTiltinglyKinky nipple]] [[FanDisservice windows]]
* LargeHam:
** Ganon, [[PigMan quite]] [[IncrediblyLamePun literally]].
** Majora's Mask in the first short. His first line is a loud "I am MORE than just a mask!"
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: Ganon's reaction to having his hand blown off sounds more annoyed than anything.
* MindscrewDriver: For those that can't find the script, the bonus version of the third animation with annotations explains many of the elements. That ghost that tells Link to catch the chest, for example, is supposed to be Rauru.
* MonsterModesty: Ganon wears white briefs underneath his robes, [[FanDisservice which ends up being his only article of clothing by the end of the third film.]]
* NerdGlasses: The Triforce of Wisdom has a pair of geeky glasses on.
* NonStandardCharacterDesign:
** Ganon's model is more polished and emotive than most everyone else's, which [[StylisticSuck highlights how bad the other characters are animated]].
** The Triforces look like [=3D=]-renderings of something that came out of an old cartoon, WhiteGloves and everything. There's also the fact that they are walking, giant triangles with faces on them.
** Eian uses a picture of Joe_Cracker's face for his face, which makes him stand out from everyone else having their own textured-faces.
* NoFlowInCGI: Played straight with everyone except Ganon, who's robes flow, sway and swish to the point of [[WardrobeMalfunction falling off when he moves to quickly.]]
* OffModel
* OmnicidalManiac: Majora's Mask.
* PlotHole: Zelda was apparently crushed by rocks, but later, she's completely fine.
** Contrary to what the annotations of Dancing Triforce's video may say, the script does explain this with a ChekhovsGun: Link is given a "Ring of Love" by his grandmother, a magic family heirloom that supposedly protects its bearer from death (albeit not a natural death). Link gives it to Zelda as an engagement ring before they go to fight Ganon, where it rescues her from the pile of rocks [[AWizardDidIt with no other explanation.]]
* {{Rimshot}}: Whenever Eian tells a joke. Just so you know it's supposed to be funny.
* RougeAnglesOfSatin: The script is filled to the brim with them. This comes out quite obviously in the dialogue.
* StockUnderwear: Ganon is wearing white briefs under his robes. We get a few "Accidental" peeks at them before [[ClothingDamage his robes get burned off by Link's Sword Beam,]] Leaving him in nothing but them for the rest of the film. [[ContinuityNod (And in the next film, if the trailer is anything to go by.)]]
* StealthParody: One could watch it without reading the story behind it and think it's just a series of incompetent fan-films. In fact, for a long time, many believed that this was actually a pilot episode made by DIC (the group behind the Zelda cartoon) to test the waters for a 3D-animated Zelda series.
** This is partly because even Cracker HIMSELF believed this, hence his voice appearing in the first short as Majora's Mask. The three co-conspirators posed as DiC animator "John Grusd" in order to con Cracker into believing that his wish for TLOC to become a movie was being brought to fruition. HilarityEnsues.
* StylisticSuck: It's obvious that the creators could animate competently if they wanted to (Ganon in the third short is almost professional-quality), but it's just funnier this way.
* TakeThat:
** "This guy's got more mouth than Robert [=McGee=]!" [[note]]Robert [=McGee=] is apparently Joe_Cracker's real name. The original script said "Julia Roberts."[[/note]]
** Joe_Cracker's TLOC script is abused a couple of times near the start of the third video, first stepped on by the heroes, then used as a torch.
** Joe_Cracker's name in the credits is obscured by a sword beam.
** Eian is frequently put into scenes in the third video just to get killed. He's been eaten by a monster, cut in half by a sword motion Link made, part of the pileup of rocks, and shot in the groin with one of Link's sword beams.
* TwitchyEye: Link, although this was just an animation error at first.
* VisualPun: Most of the jokes are like this, because the shorts follow Joe_Cracker's script word-for-word.
* WhiteGloves: The triforces.
* TheWatson: When he isn't cracking wise [[ButtMonkey or getting repeatedly killed]], Eian serves as this to explain who Tingle is.

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