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->''"The last thing that Neil remembers, he was drunk, playing a game of Zelda..."''

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''The Legend of Neil'' is an AffectionateParody of the original 8-bit ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda'' game for the NES, taking the "sucked into a video game" concept of quite a few kids TV shows and turning it on its head by introducing a grown man (in this case also a loser), and throwing him into the often nonsensical world of Hyrule. HilarityEnsues, of course. Written by Sandeep Parikh and Tony Janning, it stars the latter as Neil, while the former sings the theme song accompanied by a mandolin. An ensemble cast (including Felicia Day, of ''DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog'' and ''TheGuild'' fame) and a variety of special effects ranging from SoBadItsGood to surprisingly not bad add to not only a pretty funny show, but a great deconstruction of Zelda, and the action-adventure video game genre as a whole.

Each episode is around seven or eight minutes long and begins with a cold opening, followed by the theme song, followed in turn by a sung description of what happened previously on the show, which grows longer and longer as each season progresses. The first season serves mainly to set up the plot and deals with Neil's efforts to beat Level 1, while the second season opens with a flashback of Neil's life before getting sucked into the game, and his continuing impatience and reluctance with his quest; the third and final season shows Neil accepting his role as Link, the hero of Hyrule, and overcoming various trials to finally defeat Ganon.

!!This show provides examples of:

* ActorAllusion: In the musical episode, Felicia Day claims she's not really into online musicals before immediately bursting into song. The line is an apparent reference to her starring role in DrHorriblesSingAlongBlog.
* AdamSmithHatesYourGuts: The Store [[note]]which is actually just a criminal front for [[ShellGame Money Making Game]][[/note]] has ridiculous prices, which the clerk is oddly willing to haggle down... [[DoYouWantToHaggle with himself]]. Subverted with most of the other items, as following game mechanics, Neil either collects them in dungeons or is just given them for free.
* AffablyEvil: The Moblins at the bar.
* AffectionateParody
* AutoeroticAsphyxiation: Apparently it can get you sucked into a VideoGame:
-->He whipped out his member / and he masturbated to the fairy in the game because she was kinda hot / then he asphyxiated himself with the Nintendo game controller / and that somehow transported him into the game!
* CallBack: You finally learn what "Dragon Style" is in "Restart of the King."
** By season 3, the Old Man has also perfected his ability to go *poof* and disappear.
* ClingyJealousGirl: The fairy is very... insistent on her claim to Neil.
* CurseCutShort: Played straight in the first episode, subverted in two second season episodes where one ends on a cliffhanger like this and the other opens with the completion of said curse.
* DistressedDamsel: Zelda
* DrunkenMontage: "Gettin' High in Hyrule"
* {{Expy}}: Pippi is an obvious, seemingly intentional expy of Beast from X-Men.
** "GLORM!"
* EvilLaugh: Ganon. Often. Lampshaded in the final episode.
** "I never knew evil was so hilarious! AHAHAHAHA!"
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: What does the Graveyard of Living Nightmares contain? Living nightmares. Not cups. You would find those at the Den of Cups.
* FairyInABottle: The moblins keep bottled fairies so they can snort fairy dust.
* FogOfDoom: Lampshaded in ''Map Questing''. Revealed to actually be useful in the finale.
* GeniusBruiser: Pippi
** Shh, it's a secret.
* GenreBlindness: Ganon, to the point where may not just be blind but completely idiotic, as he believes that leaving items for Link/Neil to pick up scattered around the dungeons will somehow help evil prevail.
** His reason for leaving the Map lying around was particularly stupid. He left it there so that his minions, the ones who ''constructed and inhabit the damn place'', wouldn't get lost while they were inside.
* GilliganCut: Old Man says that the three day training course is hard, and you can't just montage your way through it. [[HypocriticalHumor The scene immediately cuts to them montaging their way through it]].
* HereWeGoAgain: [[spoiler: [[SuperMarioBros Super Grimsley Bros.]] "Coming Never"]]
* IHaveAFamily: The Octorok in Episode 2 of Season 1. Since he's kind of like an insect or octopus or something, it's "I have a family of MILLIONS!" This is referenced later on a 'Missing' poster in a pub.
* IndyhatRoll: In season 3. Musically lampshaded by playing a SuspiciouslySimilarSong to the IndianaJones theme as he does it..
* InTheBlood: Pippi. Good freaking LORD, Pippi. To the point where, when trying to aid Neil on his quest with helpful advice and polite conversation, he spends half the time trying to resist the urge to ''rape, kill, and devour him'' like the other Moblins want to do. And he warns Link to leave quickly once their business is concluded, so that Link can leave with his limbs intact. This is after Pippi saved Neil's life and nursed him back to health, mind you.
** And then after Neil leaves, he decides that he needs to [[ADateWithRosiePalms rub one... or three off]]
* InTheStyleOf: Episode four of Season 2 has this during the "party montage!" in the style of 80's rock'n'roll, specifically Don Henley's "Dirty Laundry". Except the lyrics are more about getting completely wasted.
* InsistentTerminology: "Call me ''Old'' Man!"
* LookBehindYou: "I'm distracting you!"
* MediumAwareness: In the musical episode, the Fairy, when asked to sing with him by another fairy, replies that she's not fond of online musicals.
* MyGirlIsASlut: While she isn't Neil's girl (despite what she make think to the contrary,) the fairy is most definitely a slut.
* MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch: Pippi
* MotorMouth: Co-creator Sandeep Parikh's intro and PreviouslyOn summations are the fastest (but not briefest) series breakdown you'll ever hear.
* MusicalEpisode
* NWordPrivileges: All the classic clichés about the differences between whites and blacks are reversed in Hyrule. Tod objects to being called a "Welver", Tyrelda and Constance point out that "you people" are always using that word in your songs.
* OnlySaneMan: Wizrobe. He seems to have read at least ''some'' of the Evil Overlord's Handbook.
* OrWasItADream: [[spoiler: Season 2 finale]]
* OurFairiesAreDifferent: Fairies have litters, apparently. And eat their young within the first day if not stopped.
* RefusalOfTheCall: For most, if not all of season's 1 and 2, Neil really doesn't care about the quest, and just wants to get home. Princess Zelda being hot is a bit of an incentive, however.
* SequenceBreaking: Neil attempts this. [[spoiler: It does not end well for him.]]
* ShoutOut: The show has many, especially in the final episode.
* SinkOrSwimMentor: Both Old Men.
-->'''Old Man''': Grow a dick, Link.
* SortingAlgorithmOfEvil: Invoked, Wizrobe is GenreSavvy enough to wonder why he lured Neil to level 1, when he could have lured him to level 7 instead and had him face the much tougher evil minions that live there.
* StuntDouble: In the final episode, during the hand-to-hand fight with Ganon:
-->'''Fairy''': He looks... [[LampshadeHanging a little bit]] [[IKnowKarate asian]].
* TheGameComeToLife: Deconstructed. All the usual aspects are there, with Neil taking the role of the hero character, and the quest being generally the same (Get Triforce! Defeat "GANNON"! Save Princess). However, Neil isn't as entranced by this notion as much as a kid would be, and often reacts to the general weirdness around him the way any normal person would: as a DeadpanSnarker. Also, the seedier underbelly of Hyrule, not explicitly referred to in the game, is emphasized by places like the "Money Making Game!" bar and Mirth's Pub. In addition, most of the characters are given much more characterization beyond what the capabilities of the NES could express. The Old Man with the sword is a jerk, the Moblins are a bunch of drunk fratboys, Ganon is a "mental invalid", etc.
* TokenWhite: Tod, he even calls himself one.
* ToughLove: Definitely Old Man, who spends half of his time giving Neil helpful items and half of his time floating in a little bubble above Neil's head tormenting him, comparing him to a girl scout and advising him to go buy a training bra.
** It gets to the point where the one time he was genuinely trying to be helpful in a non-sarcastic way, Neil blows him off by saying that he just wants to get a drink, not be lectured to about "queefing in the wind, or whatever."
* TourettesShitcockSyndrome: Old Man's brother, ''Old'' Man, suffers from this.
* UnfazedEveryman: Neil/Link
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Subverted and played for laughs from day one. Lampshaded by the Old Man, "Eat the heart cookie, it's delicious. You deserve it after committing murder."
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