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->''This is a tale that you humans have told for many ages, generation to generation... but there are other legends, long hidden away from memory, that are intertwined with this tale. Now, a new legend bound to this great story stands ready to be revealed. A legend that will be forged by your own hand.''\\
--'''Fi'''

''The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword'' is the sixteenth game in ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' series, and the first chronologically (with the second in the timeline currently being ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheMinishCap The Minish Cap]]'', which takes place an unspecified amount of time after this title). The game was released in November 2011 for the {{Wii}}, as part of the series' 25th anniversary.

The story follows Link, a young man who lives in a land above the clouds called Skyloft, where knowledge of the surface below is all but lost. Among Link's friends in Skyloft is a girl named Zelda; Link wins Skyloft's annual bird-riding contest and he gets to take her out on a date afterwards. As they fly among the clouds, a dark whirlwind springs up around the two, separating them; Link's [[GiantFlyer Loftwing]] saves him from his fall, but Zelda is lost to the surface. Upon returning to Skyloft, Link is visited by a mysterious being named Fi, the spirit who inhabits a weapon, hidden in the temple of Skyloft, known as the Goddess Sword (not the Master Sword as everyone guessed).[[note]][[NoExceptYes Which, over the course of the game, BECOMES the Master Sword]][[/note]]

In order to save Zelda and restore peace to Skyloft, Fi leads Link to a land below the clouds devoid of humans and inhabited by strange creatures facing an onslaught from monsters who seem just as interested in locating Zelda as Link. Link must travel back and forth between the surface and Skyloft in order to find Zelda and defeat the forces of the Demon Lord Ghirahim, the evil ruler of the surface world who is planning to use Zelda to awaken an even greater evil from a dark, bygone era.

At the Press Conferences and at E3, Creator/{{Nintendo}} mentioned that they built this game around Wii Motion Plus partially due to criticism of the tacked-on motion controls in the last console game, ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]''. That game was imported to the Wii during the development of the GameCube version, but this game requires the Wii Motion Plus accessory in order to play. In other words, this is the ''Zelda'' game made specifically for the console. The game's visual style resembles both ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker The Wind Waker]]'' in that the designs for the characters have realistic proportions while still being cel-shaded. Miyamoto says that the painterly style was specifically inspired by Impressionist paintings, and was done to accommodate the new control scheme by making enemies and their attacks easier to see. In terms of gameplay, the game also amalgamates several elements from previous installments, including the aforementioned two.

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!!This game provides examples of:

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* AbsurdlyDedicatedWorker: The cute Aztec-looking little electric robot guys in the Lanayru Mines. It's out of use, and the robots old stones by now, but Link reactivates the time stones the robots once harvested, which causes things to return to the way they once were (in certain spots). They are proud, single-minded laborers even after all those years.
* AdultFear:
** Link has to deal with the kidnapping of his best friend, [[spoiler:as well as a number of instances where she was helpless and would have been brutally killed by a demon if he hadn't intervened.]] Also, at one point in the game, [[spoiler:Link has to outright tell Zelda's father that his daughter is not coming back.]]
** Kukiel's mom is shown to be completely terrified when Kukiel suddenly disappeared. The disappearance of Kukiel is set up to look ''exactly'' like a child abduction that might show up on the news. She went out to play and never came home. When you ask around, all people can tell you was that she was last seen playing with a strange man. And from all evidence, ''he took her to his house''. [[spoiler:Turns out the guy is harmless and sends her home the next morning,]] but still!
* AfterBossRecovery: You get a heart container after each significant boss, as is tradition for the ''Zelda'' series.
* AfterTheEnd:
** This game takes place after a demonic war resulted in the goddess Hylia moving the human population of what eventually becomes Hyrule to a safe haven in the sky. Fortunately, things get sorted out and the surface ends up thriving again sometime between this game and ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheMinishCap The Minish Cap]]'', which is currently the first chronologically to feature a Link native to the surface.
** Within this game, the Lanayru Province with its ruined factories that are fully industrial under the influence of an active Timeshift Stone suggests that the entire Zelda franchise takes place in this. The region itself has certainly seen better days; in Link's own time period it's a vast desert, but under the influence of Timeshift Stones it is full of lush plant life and borders a sea, whose harbor is all but abandoned in Link's own time.
* TheAgeless: Dragons are implied to be this. [[spoiler:But they can "die" from other causes, or at least become unable to move, as evidenced by the Thunder Dragon's skeleton, had the player not cured him of his illness. It still responds by lighting up his eyes, much like how the robots still respond, but cannot move or speak as he is only bones.]]
* AlasPoorVillain: After destroying [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot robot Stalfos pirate]] Scervo, Fi says that she cannot help but admire Scervo's tenacity in keeping alive while all other robots broke down.
* AllMythsAreTrue: In ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'', there is a MrExposition who rambles about the rumors of a civilization who lives in the clouds closest to the heavens and that the people who lived there, the Hylians, are descended from the gods themselves. This game proves both, the [[LateArrivalSpoiler latter of which]] is [[spoiler:a key plot point for Zelda's background: she is the goddess Hylia reincarnated in human form]].
* AllTheWorldsAreAStage: The Sky Keep is made of rooms resembling previous dungeons.
* AlreadyUndoneForYou: [[DamselOutOfDistress Zelda manages to get all the way through the first dungeon of the game]], yet all the puzzles present in that dungeon are reset by the time Link catches up. Partly {{justified|Trope}}; Zelda both has help and uses different methods from Link to traverse obstacles. Sometimes [[InvertedTrope inverted]] when a gate or a bridge is set in a way that, because it has already been used, serves as an impassable block to Link's progress, and someone else has to solve the puzzle or open the gate in order for him to continue.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Ghirahim, with his effeminate clothes, jewelry, makeup, and haircut. Also, that tongue thing, which often results in a very gross wet willy for Link.
* AnachronismStew: The game gets really crazy with the ancient/futuristic mishmash by the time you get to the Lanayru Desert, where the futuristic parts are actually ''[[ItMakesSenseInContext from the past.]]''
* AndIMustScream: While it's debatable the husks of the ancient robots are still "alive" in the present, [[spoiler: the Thunder Dragon clearly is, as [[GlowingEyelightsOfUndeath his eyes glow]] whenever speaking to his skeleton]]. His in-game dialogue even suggests this was the case, after [[spoiler: the Tree of Life fruit heals him in the past]].
* AndThatsTerrible: Finding a Rupoor is, as the game assures, "a little bit sad."
* AnimalThemeNaming: A number of Skyloft's citizens have bird-inspired names. Pipit and Piper are two species of birds. Fledge(ling) is a term meaning a young bird. Groose, Orielle and Karane are similar to "Grouse"/"Goose", "Oriole", and "Crane", and Stritch is clearly "Ostrich". Instructor Owlan's name, obviously, has "Owl" in it, and Sparrot and Parrow are both combinations of "Sparrow" and "Parrot", with Sparrot's name being a portmanteau of "sparrow" and "tarot"(seeing as he's a fortune teller). Additionally, the headmaster is also named after the owl from ''Ocarina of Time'' and other games. In the case of Cawlin, if his name isn't based on the "Macaw", it does have the sound that a crow makes.
* AnotherSideAnotherStory: During the end credits, you get to see [[spoiler:Zelda's side of the whole situation and how she ended up where she was when you met up with her.]]
* AppliedPhlebotinum: Timeshift stones, which turns the area around it back to the state it was in the past. This includes enemies, who will revive when within range of a Timeshift stone and then suddenly vanish back into skeletons/rubble if they stray outside it. Inexplicably, Link is exempt from these changes.[[note]]With the time travel involved in the game (Link even beats the BiggerBad far back in the past), it's theorized that the Timeshift Stones either were specifically designed to exclude him, or somehow managed to record his current presence and existence in the past era, so he technically remains the same in both periods.[[/note]]
* ArmlessBiped:
** [[SealedEvilInACan The first form of The Imprisoned]], the thing that Link dreams swallowing Zelda near the beginning of the game.
** Fi is one as well, unless you count her wing-like cloak as her arms. Concept art actually reveals that she ''does'' have arms under her cloak.
* ArmorIsUseless: Link starts with normal clothes before getting his trademark tunic, which in this game clearly has chain-mail under it. This has no effect on the amount of damage taken, though it doesn't slow him down either, not that any would expect that.
* ArmorOfInvincibility: The Hylian Shield, which you get by completing 8/12 of the BossRush, is completely indestructible. Even though it has a "BreakMeter."
* ArrowCam: Though it's not used for the Arrows, but for the Beetle. Fi even encourages you to use it to scout out an area.
* ArtificialBrilliance:
** In order to take advantage of the new control scheme, the enemy AI has become smarter and more strategic, more consistently blocking Link's attacks and require a lot more dodging, to accommodate the new controls. Even enemies like Bokoblins (a veritable RedShirtArmy in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'', and they weren't anything special in their debut in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker The Wind Waker]]'' either) will stomp on your fingers if they spot you on a ledge.
** Also goes for Skulltulas, who do their best to hide their weak backside. This is a far cry from the Skulltulas of ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'', who simply turned around and exposed their weak undersides for absolutely no reason whatsoever.
** Bokoblins, despite their descriptions of being not terribly intelligent, will do various things such as taking cover from a lobbed bombs, running away (or even ''attacking'') the Beetle if you fly it near them, throwing their boulders if Link catches them at close range (so they don't drop them when Link attacks them), and so on.
** Lizalfos defy the ease of sniping enemies from afar with your bow by blocking every shot you try to take at them from the front, even if they're not aware of your presence.
** When a Bokoblin [[EnemySummoner carrying a monster horn]] is slain in battle, every other Bokoblin in the area will charge over to grab it and defend the one who obtains it.
** The Bokoblin smartness is deliberately removed when [[spoiler: Link is forced to battle his way through an utterly absurd number of Bokoblins to reach the BigBad before he uses Zelda to revive the Bigger Bad, and Link can slice through dozens of them with them rarely, if ever, blocking his blows.]]
* ArtisticLicenseChemistry: It's never explained how rupoors cause Link to lose money or why the black ore that they're made of has such an undesirable reaction with rupees. To top it off, glittering spores will change rupoors into rupees.
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: Ghirahim proves time and time again just ''why'' he's a Demon Lord.
* AsteroidsMonster: Like ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'' before it, Chuchus merely split apart into smaller Chuchus when you slice through them. But watch your angle of attack -- a horizontal slice will result in the smaller Chuchus landing one on top of the other and immediately recombining into their larger form.
** If you're quick, a vertical strike right afterward will kill them both.
* AsYouKnow: Employed verbatim, ''repeatedly'' during the earliest parts of the game, to explain the BackStory of Skyloft to the player via Link.
* AttackAttackAttack: [[spoiler: The huge wave of enemies Ghirahim]] sends at you for the express purpose of stalling you while they die.
* AttackItsWeakPoint: ''PunchOut''-styled. Really wouldn't be Zelda without this trope.
** GoForTheEye: Tentalus
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: [[RunningGag As a recurring]] EasterEgg in the ''Zelda'' series, you can make the FinalBoss, [[spoiler:Demise]], lose focus by whipping out the Bug Catching Net, giving you an opening to slice him up. You can even reflect his Skyward Strikes with it, a la ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast A Link to the Past]]''.
** Moblins become fixated on nearby primed bombs and slowly back away from them. Because of this, you can easily run behind and attack them. If you do, they'll turn around and retaliate, forgetting about the bomb that's about to blow up behind them.
* AutoTune: Fi's voice.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Gondo's mother is always complaining about how she's stuck doing all her son's dirty laundry while he fixes his robot. Even after you help him complete this task, this continues, making him seem selfish. However, if you talk to Scrapper at night at Gondo's home he'll reveal that Gondo has been building his mother an automatic washing machine.
* BadPresent: The Lanayru Region becomes this once you start messing around with Timeshift Stones and see how lush, green, and lively it was before it became a barren desert wasteland. This is particularly jarring with the Sand Sea, which was an ''actual'' ocean before it dried up.
* BarehandedBladeBlock: Ghirahim, in the first part of his duel with Link, can block Link's sword with the tips of his fingers in a distinctly [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Aizen-ish]] manner. Not only that, but he can actually ''snatch'' Link's sword out of his hands and [[HoistByHisOwnPetard use it against him]].
* BattleStrip: Ghirahim, in the second battle. Downplayed because he appears to retain some kind of skin-tight bodysuit.
** Exaggerated in the third and final Ghirahim battle. Ghirahim removes his actual ''skin'', [[TheReveal revealing]] [[OneWingedAngel his]] [[TinTyrant true form.]]
* [[BeatingADeadPlayer Beating a Dead Enemy]]: Due to a rare glitch, you can by repeatedly attacking a dying enemy after a Fatal Blow, cause it not to disappear and become [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thw-Cx9in-M a harmless black pi˝ata]].
* BerserkButton: Do '''NOT''' do anything to hurt [[ImpliedLoveInterest Zelda]] in front of Link. At all. You will regret it.
* [[BigFuckingSword BFS]]: During the final fight with Ghirahim, he summons a massive broadsword that is almost as large as himself. [[spoiler:Later, Ghirahim turns into one which is used by Demise.]]
* BigBad: Demon Lord Ghirahim, the most active villain in the plot. He is technically TheDragon to his master whom he's trying to revive, but has a [[DragonInChief much more prominent role]] in the story's events, even though he's not actually the FinalBoss.
* BigDamnHeroes:
** Link pulls this after getting through the third dungeon, saving [[spoiler:Zelda and Impa from Ghirahim's ambush.]] It also gives you an opportunity to throw an [[IronicEcho awesome retort]] back in Impa's face after [[PlayerPunch her harsh words]] towards you earlier for your lack of punctuality.
** [[spoiler: Groose also does this in the endgame, by catching Zelda once Demise flings her up into the air.]]
** Early in the game, when Zelda pushes Link off of Skyloft to get him to practice, she quickly realizes that Link [[CassandraTruth was telling the truth]] about not being able to sense his Loftwing and quickly calls her own Loftwing to save him.
* BiggerBad: [[spoiler: [[EvilOverlord Demon King]] [[GodOfEvil Demise]], Ghirahim's master and the local SealedEvilInACan. Since he's the cause of the eternal returns of the traditional BigBad Ganon, as well as being the creator of all the monsters in Hyrule, he also counts as the BiggerBad of the entire series]].
* BioluminescenceIsCool
* BishonenLine: The Imprisoned fits the description of an EldritchAbomination through and through. But its true form is remarkably humanoid.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Even through all the happiness of reawakening Zelda and the two protagonists settling down to start a new land, Fi and Impa's departures are sad, and Demise goes out with an AsLongAsThereIsEvil speech, setting up for the later villains in the series (especially but not limited to Ganon/Ganondorf)]]. JustifiedTrope, of course, as a completely perfect ending would mean the later games in the series wouldn't happen.
* {{Bizarrchitecture}}: Sky Keep, whose rooms can be moved via special tile panels, changing drastically the layout of the dungeon.
* BondCreatures: The Loftwings to the Skyloftians.
* BondVillainStupidity: Two examples:
** If [[spoiler: Ghirahim]] had actually just killed Link when they first met rather than constantly screwing around and toying with him, his plans would have gone off without a hitch. He even acknowledges this.
** Likewise, if [[spoiler: Demise]] had not agreed to a duel with Link rather than just going on to the Triforce when he had the chance, the world would be his for the taking.
* BookEnds:
** Meta-example: ''Twilight Princess'' was a Wii launch title, while ''Skyward Sword'' was released on the tail end of the Wii's life cycle.
** The first dungeon you visit is based on partial sounds reaching bombastic levels as you travel deeper through the dungeon. The ''final'' dungeon in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'' consists of doing the exact opposite, with the background music having strong strings as you approach the final boss, which is near the top of the castle.
** An In-Game example as well with Ghirahim being the boss of the first and last dungeons (not counting [[TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon the Sky Keep]], which has no boss).
** In the beginning of the game there's a long chitchat between Zelda and Link about how the latter is a known sleepyhead and Zelda always has to wake him up. This may seem like an useless fact, but it later becomes a great development point for Zelda (one of the few she ever gets) and her relationship with Link, when she decides to [[spoiler:lock herself up in the Sealed Temple of the Past and wait for her friend to come and wake her up, just as she used to do for him]].
** The very first and very last area of the surface that you visit is the Sealed Grounds (though in the past, it's technically called Hylia's Realm according to the map).
** The final dungeon is directly across from the game's NoobCave.
** The Staff Roll music begins and ends with the same sub-melody.
** The Statue of the Goddess is the first and the last place where Link and Zelda are shown together.
** Link and Zelda's Loftwings flying together without their riders only happens at the beginning and the end of the game.
* BoringButPractical:
** The slingshot, compared to the other games, where it's normally quickly replaced by the bow. Now that the bow is much more of a [[SniperRifle Sniper Weapon]], the Slingshot sees much more usage this time and its ability to stun enemies can prove valuable. You can even upgrade it to fire multiple shots.
** Link can fully regenerate his hearts by sitting down on a chair to rest for a while. This is especially useful in [[NewGamePlus Hero Mode]], when there are no heart drops, but the surface is littered with stumps and stools that Link can rest on to quickly recover fully. Even some dungeons have them.
** The Gust Bellows, which is essentially a ''leaf blower'' that's powered by magic. It does no damage to enemies and will push back only the lightest of foes a few feet away from Link when he uses it against them. Doesn't mean that it isn't incredibly useful when solving puzzles requiring a controlled force of air, however. It is also good for keeping enemies from seeing you (like when you're captured by Bokoblins on Eldin Volcano) or stunning/throwing off balance certain enemies.
* BossArenaRecovery: In some of the arenas, unfortunately not in hero mode.
* BossInMookClothing:
** Stalmaster, a mini-boss who is encountered twice, is an upgraded [[DemonicSpider Stalfos]] that inflicts unusually-large amounts of damage, swiftly counter-attacks every failed attempt to hit its weak point (which, like many melee-range enemies, it shifts frequently), requires faster-reflex fencing than every opponent outside of the final boss, and has three phases (though the third is no different from the second, just ''twice as fast.'')
** [[spoiler: During the Bokoblin horde battle near the end, one of the monsters Link needs to kill to lower a barrier looks like an ordinary Blue Bokoblin. However, it's much faster and more aggressive, and can take many more hits.]]
* BossRoom: Subverted with Tentalus, who chases you ''out'' of the Sand Ship before the actual battle, which takes place atop its floating wreckage.
* BossRush: Returning from ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]] 3D'' in the form of the Lightning Round minigame by Thunder Dragon Lanayru. Also, Sky Keep has a variant where in three successive rooms you fight minibosses, ending with a past miniboss assisted by flunkies.
* BossRemix:
** The first battle theme of Levias is a remix of Skyloft's theme. The second is a remix of The Sky's theme.
** Ghirahim's battle theme is a remixed rendition of his {{Leitmotif}}.
* BossSubtitles: Present for the majority of bosses, though it's subverted when you fight '''The Imprisoned''', which has no accompanying description other than its name (also done with [[spoiler:Demise proper]]).
* BottomlessPitRescueService: If you fall off Skyloft, one of the knights will rescue you and drop you off on one of the boardwalks, lecturing you for being careless.
* BreakableWeapons[=/=]BreakMeter: Shields have a durability meter, and if it runs out they shatter and are lost entirely (the rare Hylian Shield is the exception). Also applies to Ghirahim's large claymore in the final stage of his BossBattle (see ShieldedCoreBoss).
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Aside from a variety of in-game control instructions and tutorials, Fi herself will annoyingly alert the player if "the batteries in your Wii Remote are nearly depleted;" this will happen surprisingly often, as Skyward Sword's extensive use of the [=WiiMotion=] Plus drains the remote's batteries more quickly than most other games.
* BridgeLogic: Link can blow up Bokoblin sentry towers to bridge chasms.
* BringIt: Link's response when confronted with Ghirahim's Bokoblin horde is to simply shoot them a DeathGlare and grab the hilt of his sword.
* BrokenBridge: Despite the fact the people of Skyloft have mastered metallurgy and manufactured many flying machines, they can't replace a simple lost propeller that turns a windmill, forcing a ChainOfDeals to find it and restore it.
* BuildingSwing:
** Link can swing on vines to get from one place to another.
** Later in the game, he can use the whip for this very same purpose.
* ButThouMust: When you go through [[spoiler:The Gate of Time and witness Zelda sealing herself up in the past in order to prevent a great evil from escaping,]] she asks you to make a promise to [[spoiler:wake her up in the future.]] Your three available replies are "I promise.", "I will.", and "Of course!" Justified as a negative response would be counterproductive to the plot, out of character, and a dick move.
* CallBack[=/=]CallForward: One of the Bokoblins in [[spoiler: the final face-off with Ghirahim]] plays the flute song from ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast A Link to the Past]]'' on his monster horn.
* CaptainErsatz: [[spoiler:Demise]] to [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ganondorf]], and The Imprisoned to [[spoiler:Ganon]]. No subtitles, with only the name given, and regarded as the culmination of evil...the list goes on. Of course, this is all justified because [[spoiler:Ganondorf is the reincarnation of Demise's eternal hatred.]]
* CaptainObvious: Fi at times.
* CassandraTruth: Shortly before Zelda has Link train for the race, Link informs her that he can't sense his scarlet Loftwing anywhere. Zelda initially thinks Link's attempting to weasel out of training. Unfortunately, she doesn't discover until shortly after shoving him off that Link was actually being honest: his Crimson Loftwing really was missing.
* CatapultNightmare: Link does it twice; at the start of the game, and later after being separated from Zelda by a whirlwind and waking up back at the Knight Academy.
* CatsAreMean: Remlits at night.
* CelShading: Envision the Link from ''Twilight Princess'' with a cel-shaded style that is reminiscent of Impressionist paintings, and you won't be far off from what ''Skyward Sword'' looks like. [[WordOfGod Miyamoto]] actually said this was necessary to make enemy actions more visible, to accommodate using [=MotionPlus=] sword controls.
* CelebrityEndorsement: In Japan, there were a number of commercials featuring gameplay interviews with actresses Shouko Nakagawa and Chiaki Kuriyama. In the Western hemisphere, RobinWilliams and his daughter Zelda Williams--who's named after the eponymous princess--were featured in commercials and ''Nintendo Magazine'' did a couple of video interviews with Zelda Williams to count down the days until ''Skyward Sword's'' release.
* CheckPoint: Bird statues within dungeons, in addition to providing a convenient place to save, are also where the game is loaded upon restarting after a game over, rather than sending Link back to the beginning point.
* ChekhovsGun[=/=]BrickJoke:
** When you are allowed to wander through Skyloft for the very first time, an old man is examining a particular bird statue and laments how said statue is missing one eye. [[spoiler: Retrieving it is how you get into the last dungeon.]]
** The first time you explore the Bazaar, you may run into a broken-down robot in the repair shop, and a few characters may comment on how it used to fly below the clouds and retrieve treasures.
** Some NPC's will ask you to retrieve particular items that fell down beneath the clouds somewhere; items that you probably saw on your first trip through the area but just dismissed as part of the local scenery.
* ChekhovsGunman: Some of the people you meet in Skyloft will do something important later in the game to help out Link, [[spoiler: such as Kukiel's father fixing one of the windmills or Gondo repairing Scrapper.]]
* CityInABottle: Skyloft to the surface.
* CityOfGold: Averted. Gorko ''believes'' that the buildings in Skyloft are made of gold. He's wrong, but the rest of his description on the city is accurate.
* ClippedWingAngel: [[spoiler: Demise while in the form of the Imprisoned. Zelda states that while he's not as powerful in this form, he's still more than capable of razing the surface if left unchecked.]]
* ClothesMakeTheLegend: This time, the tunic is a standard Skyloft Knight Academy uniform, though the color varies by year -- upperclassmen such as Pipit have different colors, such as yellow or light green. Considering that ''Skyward Sword'' is the first playable entry in the series' in-universe chronology, and [[spoiler: retroactively established where many of the series' recurring themes and characters (including all later incarnations of its three most important characters) came from, the game is more a story of how the clothes ''became'' the legend]].
* TheCoatsAreOff: Ghirahim makes his robe disintegrate before fighting Link.
* CognizantLimbs: Tentalus's tentacles
* CollectorsEdition: Bundled with a golden Wii Remote Plus. First-production-run copies of both the normal and collector's editions also came with a Zelda 25th Anniversary Special Orchestra CD.
* CollectionSidequest: Batreaux asks Link to retrieve Gratitude Crystals so that he can turn human.
* ColonyDrop: [[spoiler:The part of Skyloft with the Statue of the Goddess on it sinks back to the Earth, as part of the Triforce's fulfillment of Link's wish to stop the Imprisoned.]]
* ColossusClimb: [[spoiler:Levias]] has to be climbed upon so Link can [[spoiler:kill Bilocyte]]. To a certain extent, [[spoiler:the Imprisoned]] features this, though it's only one of two strategies.
* CombatTentacles: The boss of the Sandship dungeon's main method of attack.
* ComicBookAdaptation:
** [[http://historyofhyrule.com/publications/manga_ssprequel_jp/001.html A prequel chapter]] by the two-woman team who created most of the ZeldaManga, Akira Himekawa. It focuses on both Link when he was little and when he gets his crimson Loftwing, and on a ''previous'' Link who fought in the war mentioned in the back story.
** There is also [[http://www.zelda.com/skywardsword/comic/ a webcomic]], by the creators of ''PennyArcade'', portraying Gaepora's perspective at the beginning of the game.
* CommonplaceRare:
** Happens to several things due to the whole living in the sky thing.
** The relative scarcity of the resources needed for the item upgrade shop also qualify, since the flavor text does not take into account how many you'll need versus how many an average player will gather.
* ContinuityNod:
** In the second dungeon, you fight two Lizalfos at once as minibosses. [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Remember the last time you had to fight these two creatures in just the second dungeon?]]
** The short melody played by the Bokoblin with the monster horn in the [[spoiler: Horde Battle]] to summon reinforcements is the same one that was played by the Flute Boy on the Ocarina in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast A Link to the Past]]''.
** [[spoiler:Levias]] is a reference to the Wind Fish from Link's Awakening.
** The harp Zelda plays is the same one Sheik uses in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]''.
* ContinuityPorn: If you're not a fan of Zelda, then you're missing an average of fifteen or more references an ''hour''. Almost everything in this game [[ShoutOut shouts out]] or nods to every other continuity. If it's in this game, it most likely has a counterpart somewhere else. If it's a Boss, you're going for triple the references.
* ContinuingIsPainful: If you used up potions or Fairies (or broke your shield) before losing a given BossBattle, you ''don't'' get them back when choosing to continue -- you're better off taking the GameOver and doing a hard restart from your last SavePoint (and you can still skip the boss's introductory cutscenes).
* ContractualBossImmunity: [[spoiler: You can't use skyward strikes against the final boss, but you get something even better instead.]]
* ConvectionSchmonvection: Averted at one point in Eldin Volcano, where you cannot enter the summit due to extremely high temperatures. In fact, if you enter the room prior to the summit without wearing a special pair of magic earrings, you will catch fire from the heat alone. Although, given the series' history, that doesn't mean the game is consistent with this as the trope is otherwise played ridiculously straight.
* CoolBoat: Link can control one in the Lanayru region.
* CoolKey: The Boss Keys in this game are 3-dimensional golden sculptures that have to be turned the right way before inserting them. As well, the Goddess Sword itself can be used as a key to activate certain devices.
* CosmeticallyAdvancedPrequel: Despite being chronologically the first game in the series, the gameplay has been advanced drastically with motion controls and an updated movement code (dashing up walls, running quickly instead of rolling), making the following Links seem less than athletic in comparison. Story-wise, there's even a dungeon based around electricity.
* CriticalAnnoyance: The alarm that sounds off when you're low on health is back, now with the addition of being prompted by Fi that you must collect hearts to regain health.
* CrueltyIsTheOnlyOption:
** In Cawlin's lovequest, you can either [[spoiler: deliver his love letter to Karane, which results in him being pushed aside by Pipit, making him run away crying and let him be depressed for the entire game]] or [[spoiler:give it to a ghost in the bathroom, resulting him being harassed by that ghost who has now fallen in love with him, giving him terrible nightmares as she gently strokes his hair when he sleeps. Making it worse is that he pleas Link for help, whom he still despises for toying with his trust. The game does not allow you to help him, even when he actually thinks the ghost is Groose out on revenge and Groose (who is not dead) requested you to tell both Cawlin and Strich that he is OK. Only at the ending of the game you see Cawlin and Strich meet up with Groose, meaning you somehow told them anyway. However, Cawlin is still damned for all eternity.]]
** The Peatrice sidestory. You can either turn her down in a soul-crushing way, or claim to return her feelings, in which case you're [[ImpliedLoveInterest probably]] two-timing Zelda. Or you can avoid talking to her, making HundredPercentCompletion impossible and leaving her hanging indefinitely. No choice is really ideal.
** To a lesser extent of "only option", breaking the chandelier in the Lumpy Pumpkin is the only way to get the Piece of Heart. The game even encourages you to do this by opening up a sidequest based around paying off your debt. This overlaps with GameplayAndStorySegregation, as Link could normally use the Beetle or the Clawshots to get the items without destroying the chandelier, but the game prevents him from using them in the Lumpy Pumpkin.
* CultureChopSuey: As is typical of the series, and also one of the few times MedievalEuropeanFantasy takes up a much smaller portion of the mix. The Ancient Cistern, for one, is a Buddhist-like temple with a boss that resembles a Hindu deity but has a name (Koloktos) whose spelling implies a Greek origin. The Earth Temple is modeled on Mongolian temples while the Fire Sanctuary has a decidedly Indian motif. Also, the Lanayru Sand Sea features many hallmarks of the 17th to 18th century Golden Age of Piracy (e.g. tricorn hats, contemporary ships and cannons). The Three Dragons look like the dragons of Japanese art and lore, even wearing stylized kimonos, and Japanese music plays in the background during their cut scenes. And the music associated with Fi, the Goddess' Statue, and the Isle of Songs have a Medieval/Renaissance-era vibe.
* CursedWithAwesome: The Cursed Medal prevents you from opening your pouch (i.e: using your shield or potions), in exchange for making Rupees and treasures appear with greater frequency.
* CuteKitten: Remlits, during the day. At night, however...
* DamnYouMuscleMemory: People coming from the Wii version of ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'' or vice-versa might be a bit thrown off by the slight change in controls.
* DarkIsNotEvil: The game features a demonic-looking bat guy named Batreaux who lives in a creepy dark house under a graveyard. It turns out he's a soft-hearted wuss who wants to befriend the local humans, but everyone's just too freaked out by him to give him the time of day; helping him turn human is one of the game's sidequests.
** On an interesting note, even though he himself is benevolent, his very presence seems to [[CastingAShadow exude evil energies]] or something, as [[spoiler:once you complete the quest and turn him human, all of the monsters that appear in Skyloft at night stop appearing and the Remlits no longer go rabid.]]
* TheDarkTimes: The game takes place during such an era that was referenced in several previous games. The backstory also states that an even worse era, which ended when Skyloft was raised from the ground and the goddess defeated the army of demons, preceded this one.
* DarkWorld: The Silent Realm, a blue-and-orange mirror of the real world into which Link must venture in order to collect magical tears while evading the Guardians. It also shows off the quality of the new movement system, since Link has no weapons or items with which to defend himself.
* DegradedBoss: Another Moldarach (the dungeon boss of the Lanayru Mining Facility) shows up as a mini-boss while searching for the Sandship. Justified in this case since Moldarach wasn't a unique creature, just the final metamorphosis of the little scorpions you see all over the place.
* DeadpanSnarker: Some DialogueTree choices can make Link this, such as making fun of Groose's [[AnimeHair hairdo]].
* DeathGlare:
** Link gives an epic one [[spoiler: to the army of charging Bokoblin, at the start of TheWarSequence]].
** Impa gives Link a terrifying one as he tries to follow Zelda in the Earth Spring. Thanks to her [[RedEyesTakeWarning creepy red eyes]], it works like a charm.
* DeathMountain[=/=]LethalLavaLand: "Eldin Volcano," a ContinuityNod to the fact that [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Eldin Province]] was located near the [[TropeNamers original]] DeathMountain.
* DeconReconSwitch: Of the classic Zelda storyline. Most tropes you normally see for the Zelda franchise are inverted here, but then properly fulfilled by the end of the game.
** The game gets incredibly meta. Knock a piece of heart down from a high place, and you have to pay for everything you broke in the process. Get a letter from someone, and immediately get chastised for wanting to [[ContinuityNod give it to ??? in the bathroom]].
** In this game, you get scolded for invading people's privacy every time you examine their closets/cupboards/armoires. There's one of these in almost every room in Skyloft, and you'll get scolded every time. It's almost guaranteed that the last room you'll explore is Zelda's room, which means you'll have been chastised dozens of times by that point. [[ViolationOfCommonSense Only by opening up her cupboard can you get a heart piece]].
* DemBones: Stalfos come back, but are [[DemonicSpiders much more of a threat]] than before. There is also a four-armed version called Stalmaster encountered as a mini-boss twice.
* {{Determinator}}: [[spoiler:Impa]] stays alive for "thousands of years" in order to carry out the Goddess's commands as well as [[spoiler:see Zelda again]].
* TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything:
** Even with the use of a walk through walls code, one cannot enter the Eldin Volcano Summit (the inner area, where the Fire Sanctuary lies) early. No matter how close you try to get to the entrance, Fi will keep telling you that you will have an insufficient amount of hearts and cannot stand the extreme temperatures and keeps sending you back.
** Complete the Sandship generator puzzle before visiting the brig of the ship and the robot you talk to there will say something like "Oh, you've already activated the generator! So just come through the engine room and save us."
** Also, if you go back to the reconstructed Sandship, you'll see the robots instead of monsters. They've even locked away the Technoblins.
** Knock a Technoblin out of a Timeshift Stone's area of effect and they will immediately revert to a lifeless pile of bones. Get them within range again, and they will either get back up or die, depending on whether the last hit you dealt them was fatal.
** If you notice early on that vines will unravel after rolling into a tree and do so to the tree closest to the Elder Kikwi, he will have you skip practicing on shooting a vine down and comment on how much "you couldn't wait."
** All {{NPC}}s will react to certain items. Notably, the [[StuffBlowingUp Bombs]] and the [[BlowYouAway Gust Bellows]]. Just like in the N64 Zelda games, Gossip stones react to items. For example, you can set off a bomb next to one for one of the game's [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere most unexpected,]] [[SuicidalGotcha yet wholly amusing]] {{Easter egg}}s.
** One particularly snarky Gossip Stone in Eldin Volcano will ask if you want to hear his rumor a second time. Answer "no", and it mutters, "Rumor has it you're some kind of genius who remembers things perfectly the first time..."
** During the cutscenes, Link will be shown carrying and using the shield the player had equipped when the scene started, including no shield at all.
** At one point, Link encounters in Lanayru Desert a broken gate, and he has then to find another way to enter the Temple of Time, fight its boss, then watch one epic cutscene involving [[spoiler: Zelda and Impa finishing activating the Gate of Time]] behind THAT broken gate. But if you're impatient, you can use an upgraded beetle to fly over that gate and see [[spoiler: the two of them attempting to activate]] that same Gate of Time, which is logically not yet open.
** When buzzing about Faron Woods with the claw beetle, you may discover you can carry hornet nests with it. You may then get the devious idea of dropping the nest on a baddie. Lo and behold, they will react to the swarm of angry hornets attacking them as well.
* DialogueTree: There are times when Link has two to four dialogue choices to choose from, ''Franchise/MassEffect''-style minus the Morality system. Mostly he gets three choices; one affirmative, one negative, and one uncertain. Whatever you choose has no effect on the game though.
* DidntNeedThoseAnyway: Koloktos' appendages, but he reforms anyway.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: While beating physical god level enemies is nothing new, [[spoiler:Hylia was left crippled after her battle with Demise, and Link goes and beats him without any lasting injuries. So he did better against the GodOfEvil than an actual deity did.]]
* DifficultySpike[=/=]WakeUpCallBoss: If you're not good with the sword, then you really are not fit to fight against some bosses. Unlike most ''Zelda'' games, this one does not rely on items, but instead almost purely on your sword skills.
** After a mostly easy five to six hours into the game, Ghirahim comes in as the first proper boss. He hits very hard and quick compared to the {{Mooks}} who are almost always extremely slow and predictable. You beat him with nothing but your sword skills (and if you don't have any sword skills yet, he gives you some biting criticism while you struggle to develop them), as the Beetle flies too slowly and is unable to damage humanoid enemies.
** [[spoiler:Demise]] is a big step up in difficulty since, unlike other enemies, he doesn't stagger when you shield bash his attacks. The only difference is that if you time it right, you won't get knocked back, but at best you only get a couple hits in before he counterattacks. [[spoiler:The 2nd phase]] gets even worse because then he electrifies his sword, and you're only going to be able to hit him by [[spoiler:electrifying your sword and doing an electric Skyward Strike on him. However, if you get through enough (a LOT of) attacks he will stagger and fall and you can end him with your finishing blow]]. Since you have to hold your sword upwards while doing this, it leaves you wide open to an attack. If you get too far away from him, he'll perform a dash attack that you can only avoid with a very precisely timed backflip. If he hits you while your sword is [[spoiler:electrified]], you'll lose that power.[[note]]Alternatively, if you time your shield blocks well enough you will have time to strike him once or twice normally.[[/note]]
* DisneyVillainDeath: Scervo and Dreadfuse, the robot pirates, both fall to their deaths.
* DivineConflict: When the Demon King, Demise and his minions invaded the surface, the goddess Hylia drove them back and sealed Demise away. [[spoiler:Their conflict eventually continues throughout the rest of the Zelda's series, where Link must help Zelda (reincarnation of Hylia) fight Ganon (reincarnation of Demise).]]
* DivineDelegation: Din, Nayru and Farore leaving Hylia in charge.
* DoABarrelRoll: The Loftwing can do the Spin Charge.
* DodongoDislikesSmoke: How to blow off Scaldera's armor.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: The Old Woman and [[spoiler:Demise]].
* DoorToBefore: You'll frequently move blocks, unlock gates, etc. from the far side after taking the long way around first. In a few cases these aren't just shortcuts for return trips, but needed to solve subsequent puzzles.
* DoubleMeaningTitle: In an Iwata Asks interview, the devs mentioned that in addition to "Skyward" meaning "towards the sky", they picked up from the American team that "ward" means "to defend", giving it the double meaning of "Protector of the/from the sky".
* DoWellButNotPerfect:
** The Thunder Dragon will offer you the [[InfinityPlusOneSword Hylian Shield]] if you can beat 8 of the bosses you have already fought. This is the only shield in the game that doesn't take any damage whatsoever, so it's a lot more desireable than the 2,000 Rupees that he gives you for beating all 9-12 that you can challenge. But you have to beat ''exactly'' 8 bosses. If you beat more than eight, you have to start over and quit after beating 8 to get the shield.
** Getting over 28 points in the "Clean Cut" minigame will earn you rare treasures like Goddess Plumes and Golden Skulls. However, getting between 20 and 23 points will get you an Evil Crystal, another rare item. On the same minigame, the prize for 15-19 points is 30 Rupees. Since the game costs 10 Rupees, getting this relatively low score every few times will ensure that you'll never run out of Rupees while playing it.
* DowsingDevice: The titular sword can act as this with the help of Fi, to locate things from keys to hearts to Zelda herself.
* DramaticIrony: When Link inadvertently romances Peatrice, her father Peater takes note of her change in behavior and concludes that she must have an unwanted admirer harassing her. So he confronts Link with this... to ask him to get this guy off her back for him. And what does he offer Link for his help? The chance to ask out his daughter, of course!
* DualWielding: Stalfos, and the second battle against Ghirahim. Koloktos does some ''Hex Wielding'', six scimitars with six arms.
* DungeonTown: More like Dungeon ''Overworld.'' [[WordOfGod The developers]] have said that they were trying to address the complaints of the overworld of the 3D games being {{Filler}}, with not much to do beyond {{Side Quest}}s and getting from one dungeon to the other, by adding puzzles and enemies normally found in the dungeons. Though the actual overworld, the sky, plays out more like a traditional Zelda overworld, it is much smaller and easier to traverse. The surface, though, will see you beating baddies and figuring out puzzles like any dungeon, sometimes even getting an item in the middle. Not only that, but you will return to each of the sections multiple times, each time being presented with a new challenge.
* EasterEgg: A few.
** Link can sit on the toilet in this game ([[NobodyPoops but not actually use it]].) Yet it still flushes after he's sat on it. His health regenerates when he's sitting on the loo (just like when resting on any other seat in the game).
** You can also stab pumpkins and fling them at people.
** [[spoiler:Groose's catapult]] can be used to fling Link into the locations of available minigames for quick transport.
** If you play the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDDAXsgoc5s main theme backwards]], [[spoiler: Zelda's Lullaby/the Main Series theme plays. [[{{Foreshadowing}} There's a very good reason for that.]]]]
* AnEconomyIsYou: Lampshaded by Beedle, who will comment on not having had much business before Link started coming around. Peatrice thinks Link has a crush on her simply because he's the Item Check's only customer.
* EdgeGravity: As a fail-safe, Link won't accidentally walk off the edge of a cliff when you're in first-person view (like dowsing or using the Bow), or using an item with an over-the-shoulder perspective (like the Slingshot or Clawshot), since you usually can't see where your footing is from this viewpoint.
** The general movement system is very good at this. The only way to fall or jump off of a ledge is to run straight towards it.
* {{Egopolis}}: Groose likes to name things after himself. "Grooseland", "the Groosenator", "[[LeaningOnTheFourthWall The Legend of Groose]]" (though that last one's admittedly a joke)...
* EleventhHourSuperpower: [[spoiler: The bow is your most effective long-range weapon in the game. In fact, it's the only long-range weapon you can have that'll actually hurt standard enemies. Therefore, unlike previous Zelda titles, it is the very last weapon you get. The game even seems to highlight its importance as a weapon by placing it at the very top in the item select screen.]]
* EnemyScan: Returns for the first time since ''Majora's Mask'', though Fi's descriptions are much more technical and detached in nature.
* EscapeSequence: The Silent Realms become this, especially if you alert the Guardians between collecting the last Tear and reaching the exit- there's no way to stop them from chasing you anymore, so you just have to run for the exit.
* EscortMission: Happens once at Eldin Volcano, as Link must escort Scrapper carrying a large water basin up the volcano, guarding it from enemy attacks.
* EverythingsDeaderWithZombies: In the Ancient Cistern [[spoiler: and the Sky Keep]], there are Zombie Bokoblins lurking in a poisonous bog, complete with missing limbs and ZombieGait. They're actually similar to the Re-Deads of previous games, except they can't freeze Link with a scream and they're decidedly less [[NightmareFuel gruesome.]]
* EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods: Tentalus. Every time he keels over on the deck after being [[AttackItsWeakPoint shot in the]] [[EyeScream eye]], his mass of hair tentacles makes a hellacious *'''SPLORPOPLORPOPLORP'''*
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: More like Evil Cannot Comprehend Courage, but the basic idea is the same. Ghirahim is infuriated by Link continuing to meddle with his plans even after being given petty warnings, because he is only used to humans who begged for mercy or hid behind the goddess whenever he confronted them. [[spoiler: Demise is similarly mystified, but he is instead amused and intrigued by Link's courage.]]
* EvilCounterpart: [[spoiler: Ghirahim to Fi. His "true form" resembles a darker, male version of Fi, and both are {{Equippable All|y}}ies of their Master's sword. The Master Sword in Fi's case, and the Anti-Master Sword in Ghirahim's case. It's bigger, blacker, has a serrated edge, gains power from storm clouds instead of the sky, and [[TheAntichrist has an upside-down Triforce on it.]]]]
** [[spoiler:Demise is this to Link. Both wield similar swords which are [[EvilCounterpart Evil Counterparts]] of each other, and Link himself is essentially the one who is to counteract Demise. It is a true case of TheHero vs the BigBad]]
* EvilIsHammy: Ghirahim licks his lips at almost every opportunity, teleports around with loud finger snaps, screams and stamps in rage, and is often times [[MemeticMutation FURIOUS! OUTRAGED! SICK WITH ANGER!!]]
* EvilIsVisceral: Koloktos' connective "liquid" pulsates like blood to the sound of a heartbeat.
* {{Expy}}:
** The Bokoblins, sort of. While they're a carryover from ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker The Wind Waker]]'' and ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'', they take a few traits from the Bulblins (more organized and intelligent, have their own society and establishments) and the Moblins of the 2D games. They even have a variant in a similar garb to the Bulblins, and some even shoot flaming arrows.
** Sparrot, the fortune teller, is a gender-flipped [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Madame Fanadi]]. They even have the same body type.
* ExtremelyDustyHome: Pipit's house is ridiculously dusty, due to his mother being a bit of a slob and their near poverty. You can choose to help her blow away the dust with the Gust Bellow and get paid for it, but then you find out those Rupees were meant to pay for Pipit's knight school...
* EyesAlwaysShut: Instructor Horwell. There's also Rupin, the gear shop owner, during the daytime. However, [[StepfordSmiler it's only a facade to help with sales]].
* FairPlayVillain: [[spoiler: Demise]] is so impressed that Link is not only unafraid of him, but willing to challenge him directly, that he agrees to a duel with him to determine the fate of the world.
* FakeUltimateMook: Those giant fish appearing in the lake and flooded woods? They charge straight at you but can be defeated in two spiral attacks, the first one stunning them for longer than it takes for you to throw another one.
* FallingChandelierOfDoom: The Lumpy Pumpkin has a chandelier with a Heart Piece in it. Making it fall is the only way to get it.
* FanDisservice: You can see who is taking a bath for so long at night. However, this is nothing compared to [[FatBastard the]] [[JigglePhysics Moblins]].
** You can even hack your way there, but you'll need some BrainBleach. Thankfully, he is not fully modeled.
* FastForwardMechanic: You can make Link sleep in a bed either until morning or night. Your hearts regenerate as you sleep.
* FastballSpecial: [[spoiler:When Groose can't get to his normal ammo for the Groosenator, he launches Link onto the Imprisoned instead.]] The Prima Strategy Guide even calls it this.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Ghirahim, at first. He tends to act in a polite manner towards Link, even composing himself whenever he starts raging. Too bad hurting Link is therapeutic for him.
* FetchQuest: [=FedEx=] Quest variety.
* FinalBossNewDimension: [[spoiler:Demise/]]
* FinalBossPreview: Ghirahim is the first boss that Link fights. Surprisingly, Link is actually able to put up a decent fight, if only because Ghirahim never intends to kill Link in that scene and never anticipated Link fighting so hard. [[spoiler:Subverted since he's not the FinalBoss.]]
** Doubles as a WakeUpCallBoss, requiring good use of the motion control swordplay rather than the traditional "exploit the obvious weakness with the item you got from the dungeon" (due to the fact that the Beetle is ''useless'' in heated combat). Ghirahim even gives Link pointers if he gets beat up enough.
* FishPeople: The Parella.
* FiveManBand: By the ending:
** TheHero: Link
** TheLancer: Groose
** TheBigGuy: Impa
** TheSmartGuy: Fi
** TheChick: Zelda
* FloatingContinent: Link's hometown is among the floating islands that make up Skyloft.
* FlushingEdgeInteractivity: There's a flushable toilet in Skyloft, though Link only sits on it.
* FoeYay: Ghirahim [[InvokedTrope plays this up]] [[MemeticMutation for all it's worth on Link.]] Of course, it's pretty one-way.
** [[spoiler:Demise]] mentions that Hylia was "glorious" in her true form.
* ForegoneConclusion[=/=]DoomedByCanon:
** This game explains [[spoiler:Ganondorf's origins]], so be careful when you think the game has ended early.
** In a more roundabout way, [[spoiler:this is the first time we see Fi, the spirit of the Master Sword, and this is the earliest game in the timeline. It's not hard to figure out that her last moments are right before the credits.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** [[spoiler:At the start, Zelda says how the Goddess was supposed to have given her Sailcloth to the hero, but the one that Link is receiving is just a replica that she made. But Zelda, it is later revealed, actually ''is'' the Goddess, and therefore she is choosing the hero.]]
** Also, anytime that you are at the Sealed Temple, you can see through the cracked doors, where there is a golden crystal. There is no acknowledgement of it, but it is later revealed that [[spoiler:it was Zelda, sealed in sleep.]]
** Look closely, and you can see that the old woman at the Sealed Temple is wearing [[spoiler: a bracelet much like Zelda's.]] At the end of the game, Zelda [[spoiler:gives one of her bracelets to Impa, who is actually the old woman's younger self. They also have the same bangs, though the old Impa's has grown so long she's rolled it up into some kind of pendulum. Additionally, she has a very faded, distorted version of Impa's facial tattoo beneath her right eye. It also becomes obvious that they're the same person when Impa says she'll stay and watch over Zelda until she awakens.]]
** When you first go back in time, and Zelda reveals her true nature and back story, she says "...but I was rescued at the last moment by [[spoiler:the old woman]] who lives in the Sealed Grounds." As she says this, [[spoiler: the camera is locked on Impa.]]
*** Zelda is rescued from Ghirahim's clutches [[spoiler:twice]] early in the game, [[spoiler:the first time by the old woman and the second by the young Impa.]] When venting to Link about his frustration, Ghirahim states outright that the same person foiled him twice; this hint is dropped long before the player is likely to take notice of it.
** Fi refers to Link as her "master." [[spoiler: The sword in which she resides will later become the Master Sword.]] Along those same lines, Ghirahim always refers to [[spoiler:Demise]] as his master. It turns out that [[spoiler:he is Demise's weapon, just like Fi is to Link.]]
** [[spoiler: Ghirahim constantly comments on the quality of Link's sword; by the end of the second boss battle he shouts that Link is only victorious because of the Goddess Sword, which at the time seems petulant more than anything else. If one knows that Ghirahim is very similar to Fi, the sword that Link wields, his parting words suddenly have a whole new meaning: Ghirahim sees the Goddess Sword not as a weapon or tool but as an ''equal''.]]
** Even an EasterEgg does it: [[spoiler: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0a9Y1JDmzuM Playing the main theme called "Ballad of the Goddess" backwards]] reveals that the main melody that repeats itself is actually "Zelda's Lullaby" from ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast A Link to the Past]]''. Since this is Zelda's theme...]]
** Fi's advice on the Aracha enemies mentions that they grow to maturity over 1000 years. Most of the places they appear, they have a daddy nearby.
** On the Sandship, the Boss Key resembles an octopus, with puckered tentacles. The boss is Tentalus, an octopodian sea monster.
* ForgotICouldFly:
** A rather hilarious version. A pair of Mogmas plot to get into the Earth Temple like a Heist movie, but then they ditch that when they remember that they could dig underground to get to the temple.
** Scrapper's EscortMission has him ''not want'' to fly to the volcano's summit, preferring instead to follow you as you walk up there. All because the water basin he's carrying is [[FridgeLogic too heavy.]]
* FreeSamplePlotCoupon: Played straight and inverted:
** The Ancient Tablets are necessary to gain access to the regions of the future Hyrule. The Ruby and Amber Tablets are respectively gained after beating the first two dungeons, but the Emerald Tablet is already in Fi's hands, allowing Link to go immediately to Faron Woods.
** The Song of the Hero is divided in four parts. Levias, who tells Link about them, knows one of the parts, but won't teach him about it until ''after'' the other three are learned.
* GameBreakingBug[=/=]UnwinnableByMistake:
** Though Nintendo has a patch to fix the problem, during the Song of the Hero quest, going to Lanayru Desert first and speaking to Golo the Goron after obtaining the Thunder Dragon's song causes the game to fail to load the Faron Woods and Eldin Volcano properly, making the game impossible to complete until you download the patch. Note that this only happens if you talk to him in Lanayru Mine, which won't be the case if you first met him in Lanayru Caves (which is the case if you land anywhere but the Mine).
** Many bosses have serious potential glitches:
*** During one of the early phases of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ls6yIDKViSg the final battle with Ghirahim]], you can sometimes somehow deal him more damage than you are supposed to, killing him, and leaving you stranded in an empty closed arena.
*** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4go5jMPBUA Scaldera]] can rarely get to the top of the slope and glitch through the ground to fall into the lava, making the boss fight Unwinnable, as your attacks no longer affect him.
*** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVBxLLN_3Hs The Imprisoned]] can phase through the ground (sometimes dissapearing irreversibly from the arena but with the battle music still on), get stuck into walls, or walk through them near some spots, screwing his progress meter in the process, although it fortunately corrects his path usually.
*** Tentalus may become stuck in his damaged frame endlessly [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9FAK_HG4ZA&feature=related in a very obscure, yet show-stopping glitch]], if he is struck by sword attacks instead of arrows, under special circumstances.
** You'd better avoid [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpSrWr4Mn0k falling off some pits in the last dungeon]], or [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WyreDLWFXYY swim too near to the immerged tree roots]] in the Ancient Cistern if you do not want to trigger a falling infinite-loop glitch.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxu82XvBG7Q&feature=relmfu Cactus cruelty]] is apparently not a good thing to do in this game...
* GameplayAndStorySegregation:
** For one thing, Gondo will speak of Ancient Flowers as mythical and react in astonishment when you offer him one to repair Scrapper, even if you've given him several to upgrade your equipment already.
** Gorko (the goron archaeologist) will never comment on you taking off to the sky in front of him, and in fact, never pieces together that you're one of those sky people he's been searching for his whole life.
** [[spoiler: When Demise is resurrected]], he gives you a break to go back to the present and stock up on items. Despite the Demon King's resurrection, millennia later Hyrule is exactly the same as before. It makes sense in a [[TimeyWimeyBall weird, time-travel-ey sort of way]]; although Link may briefly return to the present day, he will eventually return to the past and defeat Demise before he's able to take over the world, thus leaving the present ultimately unaltered.
* GangplankGalleon: Link at one point has to explore a Bokoblin pirate ship to progress.
* GetBackHereBoss: All of the battles with The Imprisoned. With each fight, he moves faster than the one before and his steps make bigger shockwaves.
* GhostShipping: Inverted; if you give Cawlin's love letter to ???, the ghostly hand in the toilet, then [[GenderReveal she]]'ll fall in love with him.
* GiantFlyer:
** The Loftwings. Double points for their resembling shoebills, an already massive species of bird.
** Levias too, easily the biggest living thing in the entire sky.
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere:
** When you enter the last room of the ship dungeon the ship is suddenly attacked by a tentacled monster who was never mentioned that splits it in half. After you defeat it, the little robots are instantly able to patch it back together so you can still explore the level normally.
** You'd think that Levias would have been mentioned before the point in the game where you have to go visit him, being one of the most amazing things in Skyloft and apparently the island's guardian deity. Fi does once mention him as an old legend but that still doesn't explain why nobody else talks about him when he apparently comes around once a year.
* GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger: Groose introduces himself by doing this to Link, in front of his face. Zelda responds by doing the same.
* GoddamnedBats: Acknowledged in-universe: The ZergRush Ghirahim sends at Link at the end. A lot of the Mooks are a OneHitpointWonder, and Ghirahim explicitly says they're just supposed to buy him some time by dying on Link's sword.
* GoodColorsEvilColors: Fi, Link's NonHumanSidekick, is cobalt blue/indigo and purple, whereas [[spoiler:Ghirahim in his true form]] and [[spoiler:Demise]], both evil demons, are RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver.
* GoodWeaponEvilWeapon: The Master Sword is the good weapon, while Demise's sword [[spoiler:Ghirahim]] is the evil weapon.
* GoofyPrintUnderwear: Bokoblins are fond of leopard print, which Fi lampshades in her descriptions.
* {{Gonk}}: The Bokoblin, as well as their close cousins, the Moblins, who are not only bigger and fatter (mirroring both species' counterparts in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker The Wind Waker]]''), but they have [[FanDisservice visible buttocks and pierced nipples.]] [[RunningGag And an obsession with fashionable underwear. ]]
* [[GoodMorningCrono Good Morning, Link]]: Link is first seen having a dream where Fi tells him that his destiny is awaiting him. Then he has a CatapultNightmare from which he awakens to see Zelda's Loftwing.
* GoshHornet: Deku Hornets and their nests can be found in Faron Woods. If they aren't caught or chased away with the bug net, they swarm around Link and sting him. [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential Their nests can be shot down with a slingshot]], by the way. Or grabbed with the Beetle and dropped on enemies.
* GrapplingHookPistol: The two Clawshots, returning from ''Twilight Princess''. And this time, both are earned at the same time.
* GreenHillZone: The Faron Woods. Its a luscious green forest as well as being the first area beneath the clouds that Link visits.
* GuideDangIt: Defeating [[spoiler:Demise]] is meant to be done by [[spoiler:mimicking him, and using the lightning for a Skyward Strike]]. The thing is, right at the start of the fight, Fi tells you [[spoiler:that in this realm]], you can't use your Skyward Strike at all so most players likely wouldn't try it in the first place. Fortunately, he's beatable without using it; though it's more difficult and takes much longer.
** In the Earth Temple, you're required to bomb a wall in order to continue on through the temple, yet the crack in the wall blends in with the rest of the wall and is almost [[http://image.com.com/gamespot/images/2011/341/gameguide_zeldass_new_002_12161_screen.jpg too small to notice]]. However, it's fairly easy to reason out the location of the crack by examining the map.
** {{Subverted|Trope}} with the bombs. The game ''does'' tell you that you can refill your bomb bag by picking up a bomb flower and hitting the B button. It does ''not'', however, tell you that you can ''also'' do this by raising your shield after picking up a bomb.
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* HailfirePeaks: Every single dungeon in the game:
** The Skyview Temple, which combines LostWoods with DownTheDrain.
** The Earth Temple, as well as the Fire Sanctuary, which are TempleOfDoom meets LethalLavaLand.
** The Lanayru Mining Facility, which combines TempleOfDoom and ShiftingSandLand with EternalEngine and TomorrowLand. Also TechnoWreckage.
** The Ancient Cistern, which combines DownTheDrain with TempleOfDoom in the upper part, and BubblegloopSwamp with BigBoosHaunt in the lower part.
** The [[SandIsWater Sand Ship]], which combines the ShipLevel with ShiftingSandLand. Also, [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Robot Skeleton Pirates]].
** [[spoiler: And the Sky Keep, which is a combination of all of the above!]]
* {{Hammerspace}}: Lampshaded when you deliver the Life Tree Fruit to Lanayru. The scene shows Link walking up to him, nothing in hand. Then the screen cuts to a closeup of Link from the waist-up as he pulls the fruit, which is half his size, from the bottom of the screen.
* HarderThanHard[=/=]CheckpointStarvation: Hero Mode removes normal heart drops and doubles enemies' attack and health. You will be thankful for the nicely placed Save Points and healing seats/stumps now.
* HardModeFiller: The Skyview Temple has to be completed again some time after the first visit. And it's more difficult due to the bigger enemy population, which also means the toughest opponents (Staldra, Quadro Baba, Skulltula) are more plentiful. It culminates with a battle against three Stalfos, which requires more dexterity than the battle against only one.
* HeartbeatSoundtrack: Plays when Koloktos first assembles itself. Other occurrences include the third story visit to Eldin, when a Bokoblin you're hiding from gets very close to your location, and when you're at low health during a fight with a regular enemy; one of the percussion tracks switches to a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1-jRQg8icw&t=2m30s heartbeat-like rhythm]].
* HeKnowsAboutTimedHits: In Hero Mode Link can skip stuff like learning to target.
* HelloInsertNameHere: Although the default name chosen is "Link".
* HeroicBSOD: Groose suffers two that last an extended period of time, but he eventually snaps out of them and finds the courage to aid Link in his quest.
* TheHerosJourney: Link goes through the a large part of the path. He starts off in a PeacefulKingdom, unaware of the land below. TheCall comes in the form of Zelda falling beneath the clouds and shortly there after [[TheHerald Fi]] awakens and summons Link. He journeys forth below to Hyrule, The Land of Adventure, and faces the BellyOfTheWhale when [[spoiler:he fails to save Zelda in Eldin, having been chewed out by his weakness and shortcomings by Impa]]. After this more dungeons are the further trials and the Silent Realm runs are the Nigh Sea Voyage. By the end [[spoiler:he has two moments of waiting before facing [[TheDragon Ghirahim]] and [[BigBad Demise]]. With Demise's defeat, Link's return to Skyloft is up in the air, but now his people can come from the clouds to the great world below.]]
* HighAltitudeBattle: Interspersed throughout the game.
* HijackedByGanon: [[spoiler:Inverted with Demise. TheReveal that Ganon is the reincarnated hatred of Demise means he retroactively hijacks everything Ganon has ever done.]]
** [[spoiler: Thus, this trope is played with when it comes to Ghirahim, who is serving Demise, so he's hijacked by the one who creates Ganon.]]
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Some enemies provide ways for you to use their weapons against them. You can pick up arrows shot by Bokoblin Archers that missed their mark and shoot them back. There's also using Koloktos's {{BFS}} against it. Another optional example would be [[spoiler: reflecting the final boss's {{sword beam}}s with your Bug Net.]]
* HolyHandGrenade: The {{S|tabTheSky}}kyward {{S|wordBeam}}trike is said to be made of divine power.
* HorseOfADifferentColor: The Loftwings.
* HundredPercentCompletion: Way more dense than most Zelda games. And deconstructed in some ways. Getting all the heart pieces and heart containers still leaves you missing two hearts, which can only be filled by using two life medals (which takes up 1/4 of your active storage space). Getting every item means obtaining it and then upgrading it 1-2 times. A lot of classically useful Zelda items, like large quivers and bomb bags, will spend the game wasting away in the item check because carrying them takes up one of 8 pouch spaces, and it's plenty easy to find refills for your weapon stocks in the world. Also, interestingly, some of the mini games don't help at all towards getting you 100% completion: no matter what score you get on the bamboo cut or bug catch, you'll only get treasures or rupees. Finally, in order to get the Hylian Shield, the game's best shield, you have to stop the BossRush Mode only 8 rounds in; going into the final round results in you getting rupees and forcing you to start over if you want the shield.
* IdenticalGrandson: [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker Beedle]] and [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Madame Fanadi]] are apparently descended from citizens of Skyloft.
* IdiotHair: Groose has an [[UpToEleven Idiot Pompadour]].
* IfMyCalculationsAreCorrect: Fi throws out odds-of-success percentages at nearly every opportunity (almost always 85% or 90%). Usually combined with CaptainObvious.
** Used hilariously in the first time she uses an absolute percentage. [[spoiler:When encountering birds called Guays, Fi mentions that being hit by one of their droppings will have a 100% chance of causing you intense aggravation.]]
** Also used humorously the second time she does this. [[spoiler: In the Shipyard located in the Lanayru Sand Sea, after you beat Moldarach for the second time, Fi advises you that the chances of finding a clue to the ship's location in the sand is "extremely low". Well, "extremely low" means there's still a chance, right? Except if you continue to search in the sand, Fi will eventually reappear and inform you that the odds of finding a clue have dropped to 0%, and she advises you to leave due to those "substantially unfavorable odds".]]
** Used creepily in the last time she uses an absolute percentage. [[spoiler:Just before the final boss when she tells you that you have a 0% chance to return if you cannot defeat him.]]
* ImpliedLoveInterest: Link and Zelda. More strongly implied than most games in the franchise -- there's ShipTease in almost every scene the two share -- but it's never stated outright (unless you count their shared {{Leitmotif}}, "[[MeaningfulName Romance]]").
* ImprovisedLightningRod: To effectively fight [[spoiler: Demise, you need to use the Master Sword as a lightning rod.]]
* [[InfinityMinusOneSword Infinity-1 Shield]]: The Goddess Shield, the fully upgraded form of the Sacred Shield. It doesn't have the Hylian Shield's infinite durability, but it blocks all forms of damage and repairs itself over time. It also only requires you to buy the base shield and collect the upgrade materials.
* [[InfinityPlusOneSword Infinity+1 Shield]]: The Hylian Shield, earned by clearing enough battles in the BossRush: It blocks all forms of damage and can never break.
* InformedObscenity: The Eldin Roller bug is rolling around a ball of... "something". Anyone with a modicum of entomological knowledge can tell that it's a dung beetle and it's actually rolling around a ball of poop.
* InUniverseGameClock: A variant. A day and night system is employed, but it is only triggered when Link goes to bed. NPC schedules are different, and there are enemies in Skyloft to go with them, including [[CatsAreMean demonic cats.]] You can't fly at night, however.
* InsurmountableWaistHeightFence: [[AvertedTrope Averted]] [[http://wii.ign.com/articles/117/1175200p1.html for the first time in series history.]] Link performs maneuvers around obstacles automatically, and can run up and grab cliffs higher than he is.
** There are still fences that give him problems for no real reason, though.
* InterchangeableAntimatterKeys: A ''Zelda'' staple, this one is still played straight. Dungeons are smaller and not all of them have keys, but the ones that do work this way.
** The antimatter part is played especially straight with the boss door keys. In this game they are golden statues which you have to rotate to find the correct way to fit them into the door. This means that you actually see the key go into the door, hear the door unlock, and then see the key disappears when the seal splits open.
* InterspeciesRomance: Scrapper has [[SnarkKnight nothing but snark]] for Link but is very, very eager to carry anything if "Mistress Fi" asks him. Since Fi takes orders from Link, it all works out.
* IronicEcho: After completing the Earth Temple, [[spoiler:Impa chastizes Link about not coming to Zelda's aid, even stating how late he was in rescuing her from when she was kidnapped]]. Then, after clearing the next dungeon, Link [[spoiler:comes to Impa's rescue just as she's under attack, allowing you to choose an option for Link's response to a shocked Impa]]. One of the options is "Am I late?".
* {{Irony}}: [[spoiler:Zelda only think's she's playing the part of the Goddess at the beginning of the game. And then she turns out to actually be one.]]
* ItemAmplifier: The Potion Medal triples the duration of potions while it's in your inventory.
* ItemCrafting: Link can bring collected treasures to a smith in a Skyloft bazaar to get his items upgraded, similar to Linebeck's wagon trade in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks Spirit Tracks]]''. A different NPC can also improve potions.
* ItemGet: Repeatedly {{lampshaded}}:
** When Zelda first gives Link the sailcloth, she notes how silly his behavior is. Later, when Link gets the Goddess Harp in the middle of an action scene, the item description tells you what it is, then notes, "but there's no time to admire it!"
** And then there's when you learn the final part to the Song of Hero. [[spoiler:The ItemGet music suddenly stops, Link has a gaping face, the description says "You learned the final part to the Song of Hero...", ''and then'' the game performs its DisneyAcidSequence.]] A nod to a similar moment happening in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]''.
* TheJoysOfTorturingMooks: Sure those Technoblins are pains to beat at times. But once you complete the Sandship, you find a group locked up in the brig. And you can kill them without any fear of them hurting you in return.
* JumpScare: The first encounter with a Remlit at night.
* KillerRabbit: Remember those cute cat-like creatures you see in Skyloft? During the day they are friendly, want to be carried, and follow you around. At night they become aggressive and attack you on sight.
* KleptomaniacHero: Lampshaded and defied. Opening a cupboard in someone else's house yields a message that doing so is impolite, not that the game actually stops you. Ultimately, however, Link won't steal from people except for the Piece of Heart he finds in Zelda's cupboard.
* TheLastStraw: [[spoiler:The small cannonball that reveals the Sky Keep acts as this.]]
* LawOfChromaticSuperiority: Link's Loftwing is "special" because it's red, the implication being that [[RedOnesGoFaster it's faster than the others.]] Pipit, during the prologue, won the Wing Ceremony last year, but thanks his lucky stars Link's "red terror" wasn't involved.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall:
** It's the 25th anniversary of Skyloft's Knight Academy, which coincides with the 25th anniversary of the ''Zelda'' franchise.
-->''"Today is a special day for many reasons, but it is also 25th anniversary of our fine institution."''
** Fi's talk about "a legend that will be forged by your own hand" in the intro has ''three'' referents: to Link's role in turning the Goddess Sword into the Master Sword, to Link's eventual possession of the Triforce of Courage, and to the player's use of Wii Motion Plus.
** "Nice going, you two. You guys were totally amazing in this little adventure I like to call 'The Legend of Groose.'"
** Fi is very frank about your health, making direct reference to your heart count as they near depletion. This could be construed as a [[BreakingTheFourthWall fourth wall break]] except there ''are'' heart plants strewn about the overworld, which means it's actually just leaning.
** [[spoiler: Ghirahim's Sword Spirit form has a dialog box change from the "normal" box to one that looks like a black version of Fi's, since it isn't made explicit he is the spirit of the Dark Master Sword until he "dies."]]
** While preparing to [[spoiler: revive Demise]], Ghirahim actually hums his own {{leitmotif}}.
* LeapOfFaith: Towards the end of the Fire Sanctuary, you have to take one to find the way to the boss key.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Several, in much more diverse ways this time.
** Of course, the series' Main Theme appears once again (albeit with some arrangements) as Link's leitmotif and receives a new alternative title: [[spoiler:''Song of the Hero'']]. The traditional version also appears during the staff roll.
** Zelda has two themes: the ''Ballad of the Goddess'', which she sings at the beginning, and her traditional Lullaby later on. This leitmotif is especially brilliant as the two themes are reverse versions of the other, and Zelda is both herself and [[spoiler:the reincarnation of the Goddess.]] ''Ballad of the Goddess'' also serves as the game's Main Theme.
** The Mogmas (this iteration's lava dwellers) have a jazzy theme, complete with snapping fingers.
** The Guardians of the Silent Realm have terrifying Industrial Music as a leitmotif, more akin to ''SilentHill''.
** Ghirahim has a piece that sounds somewhat like carnival music, played slowly by a pipe organ whenever he is having a conversation and quickly and intensely by strings during fights with him. [[spoiler: Choir is added for the final fight.]] He actually hums the former, while dancing around, while preparing to [[spoiler: sacrifice Zelda to Demise.]]
** Groose has one that evolves along with his [[CharacterDevelopment character]].
** The different vendors in the Bazaar each have their own arrangement of the overall Bazaar music, which switches instruments seamlessly without losing its place in the song as you move toward and away from each vendor.
* LeParkour: The dash mechanic allows for Link to run up walls and generally have much more maneuverability, at the expense of stamina.
* LethalLavaLand: Eldin Volcano.
* LettingTheAirOutOfTheBand: Travelling from the top of the Ancient Cistern into the basement causes the previously airy music to drop off into more sinister tones.
* LevelsTakeFlight: The entire overworld.
* LightningCanDoAnything: [[spoiler:Demise]] uses lightning as a way for making his sword like the Master Sword, which also includes using it like a Skyward Strike when [[IncrediblyLamePun fully charged]]. [[spoiler: This [[HoistByHisOwnPetard ends up being his undoing, however,]] as Link can do the same.]]
* LimitedWardrobe: As usual, Link spends most of the game clothed in his traditional green garb, after a brief early-game romp in his Skyloft civvies. But aside from the one costume-change, Link never changes his clothes. He is even shown ''sleeping'' in his daywear, even when that involves wearing chain mail to bed.
* LiteralSurveillanceBug: The Beetle, of course. You can inspect areas with it, retrieve distant items, carry bombs and other objects after the first upgrade, and accelerate and go far with further upgrades.
* LittleMissAlmighty: Inverted with [[spoiler:Zelda being the mortal incarnation of the Goddess Hylia. As part of a BatmanGambit to rid Demise, Hylia gave up her divinity in the hope to aquire the power of the Triforce to tip the scales of war in her favor. However she has no memory of this as Zelda until it was awakened by Impa and her visit to the temples.]]
* LongSongShortScene: The game has plenty of awesome themes. Sadly, almost every single one of them only appears once or twice throughout the whole game, and almost none have enough screen time to stick to the player's memory. Even ''Ballad of the Goddess'' is very scarce considering it's supposed to be the game's main theme. It's almost a RunningGag to the effect that Zelda is always interrupted when playing it.
** ''Ballad of the Goddesses'' is particularly egregious, as we never hear the version shown in the trailers. Not even once.
* LookOnMyWorksYeMightyAndDespair: By hitting the timestones in the Lanayru Desert, you can see how an advanced {{Magitek}} civilization worked in the green lands in the past. In the present, it's a barren wasteland and all the CuteMachines are rusted piles of scrap.
* LostWoods: Faron Woods, the first area Link visits after dropping down to Hyrule. [[CallForward It even has an area called]] "Lost Woods".
* LoveTriangle: Three Type 4's happen in the game:
** The first has Groose pining for Zelda, whom is {{implied|LoveInterest}} to be interested in Link.
** The second has Karane and Pipit sharing mutual feelings, while Cawlin has a crush on the former. [[spoiler: Depending on what you do with Cawlin's letter Karane and Pipit will hook up, or the ghostly hand in the toilet will fall in love with Cawlin.]]
** Lastly, there's Link, between Zelda and Peatrice. However, the game seems to establish the relationship between Link and Zelda, with the relationship with Peatrice merely serving as a sidequest where Link must humor her to get gratitude crystals. Zelda isn't aware of this throughout the game, as told by Fi not to inform her.
* MadeOfGood: The Gratitude Crystals are made of [[ShapedLikeItself crystallized gratitude]].
* MagicMusic[=/=]MagicDance: By means of the harp and Fi's dancing. Ghirahim too has a rather goofy one near the end of the game.
** In which he [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall hums his own theme song.]]
* MagiTek: Fi gives off this vibe, with a voice reminiscent of a {{Vocaloid}} and constant use of percentages, like a magical computer. In fact, there is a lot of it going around, such as the ancient robots powered by time travel crystals, and how Skyloft keeps... aloft.
* ManlyTears: [[spoiler:It's implied that Link starts to cry just after Zelda puts herself to sleep for thousands of years - you only see his face for a split-second before he lowers his head.]]
** A humorous subversion is made with [[spoiler:Groose, twice: the first time when Link informs him that Zelda's okay after he follows him down to the Surface, he sheds humorous, ''un-''manly tears. The second time, after Zelda wakes up from her thousand year sleep, he full-on blubbers like a baby. The latter also doubles as a SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}}]].
* MatchmakerQuest:
** Cawlin asks you to deliver a love letter, but the girl's interested in someone else. You can either deliver it, or dispose of it by giving it to [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar the weirdo in the bathroom that needs paper]]. [[spoiler:It ends badly for him either way.]]
** In another sidequest, you have the option to either return the affections of the Item Check girl or turn her down cold.
* MaybeEverAfter: [[spoiler: The game ends with Link and Zelda reunited, with apparently both of them deciding to stay on the surface, instead of returning to Skyloft, and starting a new life together. But in spite of this, as well as the strong hints of mutual romantic feelings between the two going way back prior to before Link's journey began, a RelationshipUpgrade is... not ''quite'' confirmed, merely ending with them holding hands with the Triforce between them on the Goddess Statue]].
* MenCantKeepHouse: Inverted with Pipit's mother, Mallara, who stands around idly while her house is covered with dust. She mentions that Pipit keeps it clean for her, and the player (as Link) can clean it to earn rupees and gratitude.
* MercyMode:
** This game gets a SuperGuide for those who are having trouble.
** After losing to a boss, Fi offers additional hints about how to beat it.
* {{Metroidvania}}: This is the closest the ''Zelda'' series has gotten to being ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}''-like, with {{Save Point}}s rather than free-saving and fewer safe towns. Considering the latter originally took many cues from the former, it's quite appropriate that the opposite would eventually happen.
* MickeyMousing: A musical cue punctuates every hit you land on an enemy with your sword.
* MilestoneCelebration: Was released to commemorate 25 years of ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda.''
* MinecartMadness: The Shipyard in the Lanayru region has a mine cart that Link rides across a winding series of tracks.
* MiniDungeon: Pirate Stronghold, where Link has to find clues to track the next main dungeon, the Sandship.
* MinigameZone: Fun Fun Island.
* MoleMen: The Mogmas, the large-armed inhabitants of Eldin Volcano.
* MoneyForNothing: Averted. You will always be spending rupees on upgrades for your equipment plus the rare items found at Beedle's shop (which are very expensive). Potions will always be bought at the shop in Skyloft (and thanks to the game's difficulty, you will probably be buying them often) since you can't get potions anywhere else.
* MoodWhiplash:
** The Ancient Cistern switches from a serene area filled with bright gold colors and pretty plants to a sinister area filled with dark purple colors and zombies. To make it more specific - you go from a golden Hindu-esque heaven area and then ''descend into hell''.
** Before that, we have the [[DarkWorld Silent Realm]], where if Link gets spotted, the calm ambience is replaced by a [[HellIsThatNoise cacophonous]], ''SilentHill''-inspired industrial musical piece as the [[HumongousMecha Guardians]] try to [[DeathIsCheap shatter his soul]].
** At the beginning of the game, after a terrifying nightmare foreshadowing the game, Link's woken up by the sound of Zelda's loftwing giving an ear-splitting caw, sending him tumbling out of bed, it then spits her letter directly into his face and just leaves.
** When [[spoiler: Groose]] follows Link to the surface, it's very lighthearted as he tries to adjust to the strange new land and then tries to take over Link's role as the hero. Then suddenly the Imprisoned escapes, the tension is racked up, and after beating him you have to leave [[spoiler:Groose]] suffering a HeroicBSOD so you can continue your journey.
* {{Motif}}: Rhombuses appear in numerous places. This is most obvious with Ghirahim, but every main character has at least one piece of diamond-shaped jewelry.
* MultiArmedAndDangerous: Koloktos and a type of Stalfos called Stalmaster.
* MultiMookMelee: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] by Ghirahim when he tries to stall for as much time as he can to ensure he can [[spoiler:complete the ritual to revive Demise before Link can catch up]].
* MundaneMadeAwesome: The cutscenes where Link learns a new melody on his harp, with Fi dancing in the air and Link shown floating in the sky while Loftwings fly around him definitely count.
* MundaneUtility: A horizontal Skyward Strike beam is an excellent way to cut large swaths of grass quickly.
* MusicalGameplay:
** Just like in ''Twilight Princess'' , whenever you strike enemies successfully, a musical sting plays. Special mention goes to the Ghirahim battles, because the stings are played by actual orchestra instruments.
** ''Skyward Sword'' is the first ''Zelda'' game to feature fully dynamic background music, executed very much like ''BanjoKazooie''. As you pass from the present to the past in Lanayru Desert, for example, the music seamlessly gains more percussion and a stronger melody. Dungeon music also starts out bare but has instruments added the farther along you are to completing it.
* MySensorsIndicateYouWantToTapThat: Fi can do exactly that. Played straight when [[spoiler: if you go through Peatrice's subquest by returning her love, she notices the effects of Peatrice's looks on Link and Peatrice's love for him, advising Link to avoid touching the subject with Zelda]]. In a roundabout way when she decides that every good news about Zelda's fate is likely to lift Link's spirits.
* MythologyGag: Sweet mercy, there's quite a few, to the point that [[MythologyGag/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword we made a separate subpage for them.]] Considering how many of these there are in the game (to the point that reviewers have pointed it out), it only makes sense that the game comes during the series's MilestoneCelebration.
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* NeverSayDie:
** {{Averted|Trope}}. [[spoiler:The villain is even named [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Demise]]!]]
** During your rematch with Ghirahim, he implies much more than [[ColdBloodedTorture just killing Link]], and tops it off by saying that he'll dye the strings of fate with Link's blood, with the word "blood" bolded in red text for emphasis.
* NewGamePlus: Hero Mode, which doubles the damage and health of enemies and removes normal heart drops.
** To compensate, not only do bugs and treasures carry over from the original file, but [[spoiler: the Goddess Sword [[DiscOneNuke starts off with a full-strength Skyward Strike, including shorter charging.]] Have fun picking off Bokoblins and Stalfos from a distance.]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: It ends up being a bad idea to [[spoiler:leave a functioning and extremely conspicuous time portal out in the open like that]]. A rare example of the hero falling victim to Rule #41 on the EvilOverlordList.
* NightOfTheLivingMooks: One of the later dungeons introduces a type of enemy called Cursed Bokoblins, which are zombie Bokoblins.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot:
** Scervo, the robo Stalfos pirate onboard the Sandship, and serves as the mid-boss. That's right -- a pirate robot who's weathered and decayed enough to look like a mechanical zombie.
** [[spoiler: You fight another one, Dreadfuse, in Sky Keep, the VeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon]].
* NintendoHard: Especially in comparison to the previous 3D games, which have a reputation for being mostly easy (the many TacticalSuicideBoss battles in particular). The emphasis on precise sword play, enemies inflicting damage in whole-heart increments (Link actually starts the game with six hearts, instead of the usual three), and the fact that your shield can be broken after repeated use.
** Slightly alleviated by the fact that there are lots of save points even in the dungeons, and hints are more easily available, much like ''SuperMarioGalaxy2''.
** The moment Link starts chasing Ghirahim into Hylia's realm to [[spoiler:save Zelda and prevent Demise's return]], the game stops screwing around.
** In [[HarderThanHard Hero Mode,]] there are no heart drops until you get the Heart Medallion, so a significant portion of the game, the only way to restore your lost health is through potions, fairies, or sitting/sleeping away the damage (and there are no chairs or beds in dungeons). Even better, enemies deal double damage throughout the game, making dodging and defending crucial.
** The BossRush in Hero Mode is [[UpToEleven just plain nuts]]. You want to get the indestructible Hylian Shield? Be prepared to face 8 consecutive bosses, each dealing double damage (2-4 ''full hearts'' per hit), with no heart potions available or any way to regenerate hearts during or between fights. Your skill at damage avoidance is your only protection. [[spoiler: You ''can'', however, drink a fully-upgraded Guardian Potion ''right before'' activating the rush, and you will be invulnerable through as many fights as you can manage while it's still in effect.]]
* NoGearLevel / StealthBasedMission:
** A late-game segment of Eldin Volcano has you blown off course by an eruption and captured by the Bokoblins. While you immediately get back the Mogma Mitts, six of your items are scattered throughout the region, while the rest are all in the same spot.
** To a lesser extent are the [[spoiler: four]] trials in the Silent Realm, where you must collect items while avoiding harm by the local Guardians or the various scouts which will alert them.
* NoHuggingNoKissing:
** [[spoiler:[[{{Squee}} Link and Zelda do hold hands at one point, however]], which actually may be a [[MythologyGag nod]] to the ending of ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks Spirit Tracks]]''.]]
** There is one moment when it's subverted. The moment when [[spoiler:Zelda wakes up from her slumber and falls down, Link catches her just in time. The next shot looks like Link is hugging her dearly. And it doesn't help that ''[[DidTheyOrDidntThey nobody knows]] [[KissingDiscretionShot what]] [[ShipTease happens]]'' during the FadeToWhite...]].
* NoSenseOfPersonalSpace: Ghirahim does this to Link in his first two pre-boss battle cut scenes by appearing behind him and putting an arm on Link's shoulder while leaning his head towards Link's ear. Link is obviously disturbed by the act.
** Faron also does this to Link when he meets up with her for her piece of the Song of the Hero by leaning ''very'' close to him while lifting his chin up with her hand.
* NonLethalBottomlessPits: You're still sent back to the very spot you were before falling into one, but you no longer take damage from it.
* NonstandardGameOver: [[spoiler:[[ApocalypseHow If The Imprisoned manages to reach the Sealed Temple before you can defeat and reseal it.]]]]
* NoOntologicalInertia: It's not clear whether killing the final boss eliminates any of his minions, but this trope definitely happens if you [[spoiler:help Batreaux become human]]; all the bats and slimes in Skyloft disappear, and the Remlits no longer become violent at night. If you talk to [[spoiler:Human!Batreaux]] on the bridge at night, he effectively states that completing this quest made the monsters vanish.
* NoOSHACompliance: Lanayru Mining Facility, in ''spades''. Justified, as the workers are robots.
* NotTheFallThatKillsYou: You can fall from Skyloft, for at least a few seconds, whistle, and land on your Loftwing, and you're fine. Possibly Justified -- Loftwings wouldn't be very useful if they killed their owners when catching them. They might match their velocity to their riders' as a matter of course. More ridiculously, Link can fall from the cloud cover all the way to the ground, and as long as he pulls out the Sailcloth, he slows to a safe velocity and lands gently, with no damage to his legs or arms.
* NotTheIntendedUse: ''Skyward Sword's'' final boss continues the proud tradition of final bosses being distracted by harmless items. Namely, [[spoiler: Demise can be distracted by the bug-catching net]].
* NotWhatItLooksLike: When Link first meets Batreaux, it initially appears that he's kidnapped a little girl and she's screaming in horror, but as soon as Link goes to attack him, Batreaux begs not to be hurt and quickly explains what's really going on.
* ObviouslyEvil: [[spoiler:[[BigBad Demise]].]] He looks to be eight feet tall and built like a rhinoceros, skin mottled grey and black, a river of hair like fire coursing down his back, flaming red eyes, a massive black sword -- yeah, friendly fellow.
** Subverted with Batreaux, who is a giant winged demon, lives in a creepy-looking house accessed by shoving a gravestone with a devil-head symbol on it, seems to have kidnapped a screaming child, etc. but is actually a nice guy, a total wuss, and he and the child were having a "who can scream the loudest" contest.
* OhCrap:
** A brief one at the beginning. After Link wins the Bird Statue, Zelda sees him and excitedly jumps off the edge of Skyloft. The look on Link's face as he swoops in to catch her says it all.
** And then again when he skydives to the Sealed Grounds, [[spoiler:only to see Groose diving down on top of him. And ''he'' doesn't have a sailcloth.]]
* OminousLatinChanting: Plays during part of the intro movie, then more distinctly and dramatically during the last two boss fights.
* OneHitKill: For a ''Zelda'' game, there's a surprisingly high number of examples:
** The giant boulder in the Earth Temple.
** Being hit by one of the Guardians during a Silent Realm challenge. (This doesn't actually give you a game over, but it does kick you out and force you to start again, so it's similar.)
** Also, [[spoiler:once you get the boss room key in the Ancient Cistern, you have to get out of that pit before the Buddha statue's foot crushes you.]]
** The wall of lava in an underground tunnel in the Fire Sanctuary will also result in an instant game over if it engulfs Link.
** Like in ''Twilight Princess'', Link can deliver this to his enemies with the Ending Blow.
* OneManArmy: After spending the whole game kicking asses, Link fights entire armies of bokoblins, on his own, before defeating BigBad Ghirahim in a duel to save Zelda.
* OneWingedAngel: During their [[spoiler: third and final battle]], Ghirahim assumes his true form. In this state, he's muscular, taller than Link, and his skin is so tough that even the Master Sword can't do more than knock him around without actually hurting him... ''unless'' Link attacks the [[AchillesHeel weak spot]] in his chest.
* OnlyTheWorthyMayPass: During the second act of the game, each dungeon is preceded by Link completing a item gather challenge in the Silent Realms before enduring the dungeon itself to find [[spoiler:the Sacred Flames]]. Then in the third act Link must search out [[spoiler:the Song of the Goddess from the dragons]]. While two of the dragons are nice about it when Link encounters them, [[spoiler:Faron forces Link to ''gather the notes of her song'' after flooding her forest to rid it of strong monsters]]. Then once that is completed, [[spoiler:Link must do a fourth Silent Realm run before entering Sky Keep and gathering the pieces of the Triforce together]].
* OrchestralBombing: The game's soundtrack is composed largely (but not entirely) of orchestral music. Hajime Wakai (''Wind Waker'') and Creator/KojiKondo are in charge of compositions, with MahitoYokota (''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'' and [[VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2 sequel]]) as the orchestration director, so expect to hear plenty.
* OrangeBlueContrast: The Silent Realms. Orange when you're being hunted; blue when you're safe.
* OriginsEpisode: Among other things, this game explains the origins of the Master Sword, and explains that [[spoiler: {{D|yingCurse}}emise]] is the reason for Ganon[[SpellMyNameWithAnS (dorf)]]'s existence.
* OurMonstersAreWeird:
** The boss from the Earth Temple, Scaldera. "Made of lava" is the most adequate descriptor, but even that doesn't do the creature justice.
** The game really seems to be taking this UpToEleven in relation to series standards. One especially weird boss, [[EldritchAbomination The Imprisoned]], is nothing but a [[MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily massive mouth]] and legs covered in black feather-like scales. Only on later battles he gets more body parts as the game progresses [[spoiler: and at the end, [[BishonenLine turns into a humanoid creature only about twice as big as Link]]]].
* PaletteSwap: The primary bestiary in the sixth dungeon, Fire Sanctuary, consists of dark-purple versions of enemies (Cursed Spume, Dark Keese, Dark Lizalfos), and even the boss Ghirahim takes a form that has some parts of his body turned black. Notably, the dungeon is still [[LethalLavaLand fire-themed]]. There's also the Cursed Bokoblin, but it only appears in the Ancient Cistern.
* PalsWithJesus: [[spoiler:Zelda may be Hylia reincarnated, but she is still Link's friend.]]
* ParentalAbandonment: With the exception of Pipit, Zelda, and Peatrice, all of the Knight Academy students have no on-screen or even mentioned parents.
* PatrollingMook: The Watchers awaken Guardians in the Silent Realm when they spot Link.
* PersonalSpaceInvader: Chuchus' sole method of attack is to attach themselves to Link, requiring the player to struggle free of them. Several other enemies such as [[ScaryScorpions Arachas]] are also prone to this.
* PietaPlagiarism: Used in the manga [[spoiler:with Hylia and Link]].
* PillarOfLight: Used as beacons for the various parts of the overworld. Also marks the entrances to the surfaces from the sky.
* PinkMeansFeminine: Zelda's first costume.
* PlayerGuidedMissile: The Beetle, acquired in the first official dungeon, is a mechanical insect drone that can be flown around to explore an area, collect gems, hit switches, and (with upgrades) carry and drop bombs onto enemies.
* PlayerTic: This game seems to be addressing the common Zelda tic of rolling everywhere by instead having the A button merely make Link sprint faster (which drains Link's stamina meter, so the player can't keep it up indefinitely). Shaking the Nunchuk during a sprint still engages a Roll action, though that drains his stamina even faster.
* PokemonSpeak[=/=]VerbalTic: The Kikwi Tribe in Faron Woods, capping off sentences with their own name or some variant of "kwiii."
* PortalToThePast: The Gates of Time connect the present era to the ancient past. And on a much smaller scale, the various Timeshift Stones throughout the Lanayru Desert reveal just how fertile the desert was in the ancient past (within their area of effect, at least).
* PossessionImpliesMastery: [[AvertedTrope Averted]]. Link can use a sword and fly his Loftwing because he's been training to do so for years. And on a meta level, thanks to the Motion Plus control, Link's swordsmanship (at least in terms of posture) is just as good as that of the player.
* ThePowerOfHate: [[spoiler:It is explained after the final battle that Ganon, the antagonist of several previous installments in the series, is the manifestation of the hatred of Demise, who curses the descendants of the first Link and Zelda to forever fight his incarnation of hatred]].
* {{Precursors}}: The [[spoiler:Ancient Robots]] in Lanayru Desert. Could also explain the origins of the series's SchizoTech.
* {{Prequel}}: So far, this game is the earliest in the series timeline [[WordOfGod according to the creators]] and ''[[AllThereInTheManual Hyrule Historia]]''. [[spoiler:While it is implied that these are not the earliest Link and Zelda (or that they are incarnations of older, archetypal entities), Ganon is born thanks to the events of this game, and the Master Sword as it is now known is created]].
* PunyParachute: The Sailcloth. Zelda even challenges Link to get as close to hitting the ground as possible before pulling it out.
* PurpleIsPowerful: The Master Sword, with its purple hilt, is much more powerful than the previous Goddess Swords.
* PurpleProse: Beedle's "real persona", which he assumes only outside of work hours.
* [[PuzzleBoss Puzzle Mook]]: Almost every enemy, even the weakest ones, has some kind of trick that prevents you from just randomly whacking at them -- the common Bokoblins will actively parry your strikes, and the humble Deku Baba can open its maw horizontally or vertically, where striking it at the wrong angle yields only your sword bouncing off its hard exterior with no effect.
** Enemies that can only be defeated using items that aren't as easy to replenish show up a lot sooner (this now includes shields, since they break).
* RandomDrop: Aside from the usual rupees and/or hearts that defeated enemies drop, they also sometimes drop monster loot (claws, fangs, etc.) which the player can use to upgrade Link's equipment at Skyloft's bazaar.
* RealityEnsues: Several tropes from previous games are subverted here, particularly where they rely on ViolationOfCommonSense. In particular, in this game Link can't get away with [[KleptomaniacHero rampant larceny and vandalism]]; he gets chewed out for destroying the Lumpy Pumpkin's chandelier and has to pay for its replacement.
* RealityIsUnrealistic: Most gamers don't know that the goofy-looking Loftwings Zelda and the citizens of Skyloft ride on are based on real (though smaller but still quite large) birds called [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shoebill Shoebills]] that are native to Sudan, instead chalking it up to them being purely fantastical animals.
* RealTimeWeaponChange: Accessing your Item menus does not pause the action, so if you need to switch an item in the middle of a fight, you'll have to do so quickly. It's [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaPhantomHourglass the second]] game in the series to feature this.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: While Link could have caught up with Zelda at the Temple of Earth, where they meet again for the first time after their separation, Impa explicitly forbids Zelda from even speaking to him. After sending her away, she gives Link a caustic speech about his shortcomings, remarking that he was too late getting to Zelda and since she had to save Zelda herself, she is actually beginning to wonder if Hylia made a mistake choosing Link as her hero, before finally declaring that if Link wishes to prove her wrong, he needs to take her words to heart and try harder next time.
* RecurringBoss:
** Ghirahim, who first appears as the boss of the game's first temple, and by the end of the game has been fought in three separate battles.
** The Imprisoned, which is also fought three separate times. [[spoiler:Four, if you count the final fight in its true form as Demise.]]
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Some enemies, such as Keese, Staldras or Moldarachs, have eyes that turn red just before they attack.
* RedOnesGoFaster: Link's Crimson Loftwing is said to be the fastest in Skyloft.
* RedOniBlueOni: Link (red Loftwing) and Zelda (blue Loftwing). Also Ghirahim (red/black [[spoiler:sword spirit]]) and Fi (blue sword spirit).
* RedshirtArmy / ZergRush: [[spoiler: To hold Link off during the ritual to revive Demise, Ghirahim]] summons one of these. The majority of the Bokoblin are easily killable, not even blocking. Ghirahim even acknowledges that they're all probably gonna die on Link's sword, but he needs enough time to complete the ritual and warns what he'll do if they fail. And almost all of them are red, the weakest versions (and a OneHitPointWonder to your fully-upgraded Master Sword).
* {{Reincarnation}}:
** In this game, [[spoiler:Zelda is the mortal reincarnation of the Goddess Hylia.]]
** [[spoiler:Ganondorf is implied to be incarnation of Demon King Demise's hatred, who cursed Link and Zelda's successors to an eternal circle of war between good and evil.]]
** According to the ''[[AllThereInTheManual Hyrule Historia]]'' manga prologue [[spoiler: Link is also the reincarnation of the original Hero of the Goddess, whose spirit was blessed by Hylia to be reincarnated throughout eternity as the rightful wielder of the Master Sword]].
* RemixedLevel: Some areas of the game change significantly as the game progresses, and have to be visited several times.
* RescueHug: [[spoiler:When Zelda wakes up from her thousand years old slumber, she falls down but Link catches her just in time in what looks like a tender hug]].
* ResetButton: The Sandship dungeon gets destroyed during its respective BossBattle. Not five minutes later, the robots tell you they already completed repairing it at the shipyard. Justified by one of the robots saying they could only repair it so quickly because of Nayru's flame.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter:
** The Remlits... during the day, that is. You can make them stay cute at night too through a sidequest.
** The Kikwi also count.
* RidiculouslyHumanRobots: The ancient robots. Scrapper has a crush on Fi and Skipper has a crew that loves him and a family.
* RingOutBoss:
** The [[spoiler: first phase of the third]] fight against Ghirahim works like this. You have to knock him back off the edge of several FloatingPlatforms and initiate a (not so) "Fatal Blow" to deal damage.
** Also Scervo and Dreadfuse, who you have to knock to the edge of their respective planks to damage and eventually defeat.
* RivalsTeamUp: [[spoiler: This is what eventually happens between Groose and Link.]]
* RobotBuddy: Scrapper
* RobotGirl: Fi is meant to resemble one, particularly with her autotuned voice and habit of using percentages and calculations. That said, she's most likely not an actual robot, nor is she simply a "hologram" projected by the sword.
* RobotNames: The regular ancient robots are said by Fi to be mass produced, therefor not being assigned a name. They are all part of the LD-301 series. The more important characters among the robots have their own name and are part of other series.
** Lanayru, the thunder dragon and protector of the ancient robots comment on your name as being boring and give you your own series number LD-*player's name*-16, which you automatically do not like.
* RoboSpeak: The Ancient Robots do not finish a sentence without mechanic sounds such as "vrrt, zoop, vweep".
* RockOfLimitlessWater: The town of Skyloft has a magic island spring that floats just above it and supplies the river with an infinite amount of water.
* RoleReprisal: Played with. Takashi Nagasako previously voiced Ganondorf on ''Ocarina of Time'', ''Wind Waker'' and ''Four Swords Adventures''. In this game, [[spoiler:he provides the voice of Ganondorf's origins character: Demise.]]
* RPGElements: Beyond ItemCrafting, there are "Medals" that Fi tells you about, which work in about the same fashion as Badges in [[VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG the]] [[VideoGame/PaperMario Mario]] [[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigi RPGs.]] Due to the more complex world, expect a lot of this trope.
* RuleOfThree: A series staple (the whole Triforce mythology; Link, Zelda, and the BigBad's respective roles).
** Terrestrial Hyrule has three main areas: [[LostWoods Faron Woods]], [[LethalLavaLand Eldin Volcano]], and [[ShiftingSandLand Lanayru Desert]]. There's loads of variation ''within'' those areas.
** In Lanayru Desert, you need to activate three power nodes to activate the main generator and access Lanayru Mining Facility.
** The Triforce is also exemplified by the three main areas of Hyrule corresponding to each part both geographically and thematically. [[spoiler: You also have to collect all three pieces of it in the Sky Keep.]]
** There are three Sacred Flames you need to collect to power up your sword, and three Silent Realms to visit in order to get an item to get to those flames.
** You need to find three dragons to teach you parts of a melody.
** [[spoiler: You fight Ghirahim three times. Same for the Imprisoned, though technically you fight him a fourth time after his return to normal form, Demise.]]
** [[spoiler:Demise becomes vulnerable to attack after three back-to-back shield bash parries.]]
* SaharanShipwreck:
** The Sand Ship dungeon. [[spoiler: Subverted whenever the [[TimeTravel Timeshift Stone]] is in use.]]
** Another example (or two, it's hard to tell) can be seen at the Pirate Stronghold.
* SandIsWater: At the Lanayru Sand Sea, where the effect of the Timeshift Stone in the Skipper's boat transforms the vast ocean of sand into water as you move along.
* ScaryScorpions: Moldarach, boss of the Lanayru Mining Facility.
* SceneryAsYouGo: Some sections of the Lanayru Mining Facility qualify, with Timeshift Stones in moving minecarts restoring platforms from the past as it rolls along. The game even takes it that one extra step with ancient ''enemies'' who come back to life whenever a Timeshift Stone passes by.
** [[UpToEleven Taken to the absolute extreme]] in Lanayru Gorge, which demands platforming, combat, climbing, grappling, and switch-activating as you go. ''All in one run.''
* SceneryPorn:
** [[http://www.zeldawiki.org/File:SS_Scenery_.jpg Just take a gander at this.]] It helps that the visual style was directly based on the paintings of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Cezanne Paul CÚzanne.]] As shown on the E3 demo, the player can spend a good time just admiring the scenery from above thanks to the beetle.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/embed/StXfwq4GU3g?rel=0 This presentation video]] showcases that, not only is the world freaking huge, it's also impossibly ''gorgeous.''
** The effect is enhanced by a noticeable filter in the background, which makes things far into the distance look like an impressionist painting. It is beautiful.
** The scenery is also much more detailed and interactive. For example, you can stab pumpkins and fling them at other denizens of Skyloft.
** There are a handful of seats that when used the camera would zoom out and let the player simply look at the scenery. If an NPC is standing nearby, he'll usually talk to Link meanwhile.
** The game's aesthetic design is so impressive that [[http://www.zeldadungeon.net/2012/01/allegories-in-architecture-the-ancient-cistern/ a fan can meticulously analyze a dungeon (spoiler warning) and point out the allegory to]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Spider%27s_Thread a 1918 Japanese short story]] by visual presentation ''alone''.
* SchizoTech[=/=]LostTechnology: And unlike previous titles, the tech is contemporary and not only in ruins.
** Special mention goes to the wooden sailship with electric generators and a cloaking device.
* SchmuckBait:
** In the Ancient Cistern, there are Silver Rupees in the Buddha statues palms. Trying to get them causes the hands to close on you. A lesson in greed from the Buddha perhaps? Although you can easily snag these through the use of the spin manuver.
** When you first enter the Lumpy Pumpkin, you see a nice shiny chandelier with an even shinier Heart Piece on it (as well as a couple of Rupees). Yet there are multiple warnings not to shake stuff lest you jar the thing loose. If you do, you get the Heart Piece and the Rupees, but also trigger a multi-stage sidequest where you must work in the place to compensate the vandalism.
** When in the thrill digger area, you can shoot rupee ore to yield rupees. If you shoot the black rupee ore, you get rupoors instead.
* SealedEvilInACan: Ghirahim's master is "The Imprisoned" (aka the Demon King), which breaks out of its can at certain points throughout the game and Link is required to seal it back in.
* SelfHealingPhlebotinum: The Sacred Shield and its upgrades regenerates its break meter over time.
* SequenceBreaking: This game is rife with them.
** The Back-in-Time glitch [[note]]A recurring glitch since the GC Zelda outings, enabling the player to access game areas in ''the Title Sequence'', and with SS, to save and load at the same time to get spawned in usually out-of-bounds... or otherwise interesting areas.[[/note]] is back.
** One can easily skip 99% of the [[spoiler: Zombie Basement of the Ancient Cistern]] dungeon, via various tricks, to get to the rope leading to the way out of this floor, mere seconds after entering it from the "elevator": a glitch back-flip, getting knocked on the top of the wall getting thrusted by an enemy attack, or while attempting a fatal blow.
** Better yet, you can clip through walls thanks to your trusty clawshot physics. It has been used by someone to clip through the floor of a room within one of the Fire dungeons, then again clipping through lava to the exit.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7N6wqDetZc&feature=player_detailpage#t=15505s You can skip the first section of the Levias boss fight]] by dropping a bomb behind where Bilocyte spawns on Levias' back; while it doesn't damage him, it causes him to react to the failed attack and starts his first boss form. The catch? ''Bilocyte is now invisible.''
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: How Beedle talks when not running his shop.
* ShapedLikeItself: In-universe. Fledge [[ItMayHelpYouOnYourQuest gives you a gift]]. He helpfully explains, "It's an Adventure Pouch. It's for... adventures."
* ShieldBash: One of Link's moves to counter a blow, also able to expose the enemy to attack or reflect projectiles at the attacker.
* ShieldedCoreBoss: The Koloktos battle consists of repeatedly stripping away the colossus's arms to expose its central core as each phase of the battle progresses. Later, during the final battle against Ghirahim, he summons a [[{{BFS}} large claymore]] as his weapon, and the only way to damage him is to first break through his sword by striking it at the correct angle; fail to do so completely and Ghirahim simply repairs the blade with a snap of his fingers.
* ShiftingSandLand: Lanayru Desert.
* ShipTease: The developers really push for Link/Zelda in this game, although the NoHuggingNoKissing makes it a little bit frustrating too.
** Shortly before the game was released, they drove the point home with a trailer ''officially'' entitled as the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mR6tYh4IL9w romance trailer.]]
* ShockAndAwe:
** Several enemies in the Lanayru region use electricity-based attacks. Even one variation of the Bokoblin, the Technoblin, uses an electroshock weapon similar to a stun baton. They even electrocute you if they block your swings. The prevalence of electrical attacks means that for the first time in the series, there are situations where the [[ElementalRockPaperScissors wooden shield is preferable to the traditionally superior iron shield]], as the former does not conduct electricity. (Of course, once it's available [[AdamSmithHatesYourGuts and you can afford it]], the Sacred Shield family resists both fire and electricity and throws in curse resistance and gradual auto-repair to boot, rendering both of the other families of shield obsolete -- as long as you don't actually ''break'' it, because it's not as durable. And the Wooden Shield can still lodge Bokoblin arrows for you to use yourself, which the other shields can't.) Also, the debut of Thunder Keese means that Keese are now yet another example of FireIceLightning, although Ice Keese don't actually appear in this game.
** [[spoiler: Demise electrifies his sword and can use electrical attacks. [[GuideDangIt So can]] [[HoistByHisOwnPetard you]] when fighting him.]]
* ShoutOut:
** As mentioned before, the game pays tribute to every previous entry in the series, as well as the time of 25 years between 1986 and 2011.
** The ball segment in the Earth Temple plays out almost exactly like those from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'' and ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2'', while the collection of the fragments of the star-shaped key that opens said dungeon is portrayed in a similar way the Star Fragments are in the aforementioned ''Galaxy'' games. In fact, reviewers have noted that the game has many stylistic similarities with those games in terms of level design and [[MahitoYokota music]], though the ball is the most explicit tie.
** Later in the same dungeon, Link gets [[Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk chased down a corridor by a boulder]].
** The game is loaded with references and similar mechanics to Nintendo's other franchises, from ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' (The Gust Bellows is a wind-based version of [[VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine FLUDD]], [[VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy the aforementioned ball segments and Star-like key fragments]], [[VideoGame/PaperMario badge-like items that alter the player character]]) to ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' (The dial-turning puzzles resemble similar ones in ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime 3'', the use of a similar checkpoint system, existing areas become more open as you gain new items, the DarkWorld having a surreal remix of the area's theme) to even ''VideoGame/WiiSportsResort'' (The controls for many of the items, including the sword, were taken from that game, with modifications to suit the gameplay).
** The fourth dungeon, Ancient Cistern, is based on a Japanese story, "The Spider's Thread". Read the plot summary [[http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Spider%27s_Thread here]].
** Whenever an enemy is defeated or Link squashes a bug, [[VideoGame/{{Pikmin}} a thin, ghostly shape will float up into the air and fade away.]].
** Koji Kitagawa, one of the developers of ''Skyward Sword'', said in an Iwata Asks interview that the Ancient Robots were modeled after the Dogu clay figurines, a commonplace treasure from the Jomon period of Japan.
** The Loftwings were modeled after [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wufAdZoxpcg shoebill birds]]. Also, Link's Loftwing shares the colors of the [[{{VideoGame/Kirby}} Dyna Blade]].
** The way that Link swings his sword around the eye in Skyview Temple to make it dizzy is similar to how you defeat Mr. I in ''VideoGame/SuperMario64''.
** In the lead up to the fight with Tentalus, Link has to get to the top of the ship, up a series of ramps, with barrels coming down the other way. It's a nice callback to Nintendo's [[VideoGame/DonkeyKong early history]].
** When Link initially meets Lanayru the Thunder Dragon, he thinks his name is boring and due to hanging out with robots too long, half-jokingly wants to call him [[RobotNames LD-Link-16.]] Fittingly enough, if you count [[Videogame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames Oracle Of Ages and Oracle Of Seasons]] as two seperate games, this Link is indeed the 16th.
** Skipper's room contains a portrait which [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-VifGciaWE recreates an iconic scene from]] James Cameron's ''{{Film/Titanic}}''.
** Gratitude Crystals have the same shape as the star bits from ''Super Mario Galaxy'' (they're not colored, though). In turn, the star bits are shaped after the konpeito candy caramels, which are popular in Japan.
** Pipit's name in the German version is Cucco. Which is a clever shoutout of the Zelda series to ''itself'', since [[PragmaticAdaptation Cuccos have always been translated as 'chickens' before]].
* SicklyGreenGlow: Cursed Bokoblins have one eye that gives off a weird green glow, while the other is sunken.
* SidetrackBonus: The game's dowsing feature makes it easy to decide whether to move forward and advance the plot or explore sidepaths. But most of these offshoots just lead to a DoorToBefore.
* SissyVillain: Ghirahim, [[OneWingedAngel most of the time]].
* SkeleBot9000: Scurvo and Dreadfuse.
* TheSkyIsAnOcean: {{Downplayed|Trope}}; sky exploration ''is'' similar to exploring the Great Sea from ''The Wind Waker'', but height actually matters when trying to get to the islands.
* SlidingScaleOfContentDensityVsWidth: WordOfGod says that the game was deliberately made to be Denser in contrast with the Wider approach taken with ''Twilight Princess''.
* SmallSecludedWorld: Skyloft. There's some sort of barrier between it and Hyrule preventing contact between them. Link uses the Goddess Sword to break through it during his adventure.
* SpeakingSimlish: Here and there, but especially apparent with Fi.
* {{Speedrun}}: An excellent single-segment speedrun done by Paraxade can be found [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7N6wqDetZc here.]]
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Fi fluctuated between "Phi" and its current name (spelled closer to "Fie") quite frequently until WordOfGod said it was Fi.
* SphereFactor: Link must [[EyeScream knock out the eye of a giant statue]] and use it to traverse a sea of lava in the second dungeon.
* SpiritWorld: The Silent Realms are blue versions of sections of the surface where Link's disembodied spirit must pass a trial.
* TheSpock: Fi leans towards this.
* SprintMeter: Holding down the A button allows Link to sprint (including a short distance up walls). The same meter serves other purposes, such as when climbing vines or shimmying across ledges.
* StabTheSky: It is an actual gameplay mechanic this time around; it charges energy into Link's sword for extra damage, executing {{Sword Beam}}s and other techniques.
* StalkedByTheBell: In the Silent Realm trials, collecting Spirit Tears gives you only 90 seconds before the [[HumongousMecha Guardians]] start chasing you again. The flower on the upper-left corner of the screen serves as your timer, wilting one petal at a time.
* StartOfDarkness: The game touches upon the origin of Ganondorf, further explaining his motivations for being evil, even though Ganondorf himself doesn't actually show up.
* StoneWall: Moblins just stand there and take an absurd number of hits on their blubbery belly/butt before keeling over. They don't even flinch when you hit them.
* StormOfBlades: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=5_j-5Um_Ha8 One of the NA commercials]] involves this trope.
* SubliminalSeduction: The main theme, "The Ballad of the Goddess", is "Zelda's Lullaby" in reverse. [[spoiler:Makes sense, as Hylia and Zelda are one and the same.]]
* SwordBeam: The first in a 3D home console ''Zelda'' game since Fierce Deity Link in ''Majora's Mask'', dubbed "The Skyward Strike" (because you have to StabTheSky to charge it up). It can deliver circular cutting waves matching whichever direction the player swings the sword, or a bullet of energy from a thrust attack.
* SwordFight: While Link's been using a sword in every game, this game puts special focus on his actual skill with the blade beyond "use an item to make him vulnerable, then swing away," because of the improved [=WiiMotionPlus=] controls. Several bosses and {{Elite Mook}}s exist mainly to showcase this aspect of the game. It helps that nearly every aiming-based item available to you is less than automatic in Z-targeting mode (it still locks on to enemies, but still uses manual aiming, similar to ''MetroidPrime.'').
* SwordOfPlotAdvancement: The Goddess Sword, which later becomes the Master Sword.
* SwordPlant: Used for the Fatal Blow, a FinishingMove, as well as the way Link enters the Silent Realms.
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* TacticalSuicideBoss: Mostly averted, but there are a few cases, the most notable being Koloktos, who would be unbeatable if he never used attacks that would leave his arms temporarily stuck in the ground, and thus vulnerable to the whip.
* TakeYourTime:
** [[JustifiedTrope Justified]]; the final boss gives Link a chance to get ready to face him, combined with the fact that you're in the past and leaving involves time travel, so paradoxes are involved to keep him from losing his patience and decide you're not coming. Played straight in most other cases.
** In a deconstructed example, no matter how fast you make it through the Eldin Volcano area, Impa will berate you for being too slow to save Zelda on your own. Even knowing that you can't get out of the scolding, you still feel bad if you know you took a lot of time just to make sure you got every treasure, Goddess Cube, and Rupee.
* TargetedHumanSacrifice: [[spoiler: The reason that Ghirahim is so obsessed with Zelda is because he needs her (or more accurately her [[YourSoulIsMine soul]]) to resurrect Demise]].
* TearsOfJoy: Zelda cries happy tears [[spoiler:after Demise is defeated]].
* TechDemoGame: A common accusation thrown at the game is that it's more of a glorified "test run" of the controls, due to the fact that while the sword controls work well for the most part, the other aspects (enemy variety, dungeons, etc.) suffer in comparison. This is supported by the confirmation that the WiiU installment would use this game's control scheme (and Nintendo stating that the development period would be shorter than ''Skyward Sword''), and the bulk of the development period going towards a good control scheme.
** Amusingly {{inverted|Trope}} as well, since ''VideoGame/WiiSportsResort'' was functionally a tech demo for Skyward Sword. WordOfGod admitted that they weren't even sure how to incorporate Wii motion swordplay until the development of Resort, which did test runs for the swordplay, archery and Loftwing flight.
* TennisBoss: A useful tactic in some of the fights with Ghirahim, not surprisingly. The Ocular Parasite boss and the ubiquitous Deku Nuts can only be defeated by playing tennis with them.
* [[ThatMakesMeFeelAngry That Makes Me Feel Furious! Outraged! Sick With Anger!]]: Ghirahim says this during his first conversation with Link.
* TerminatorTwosome: [[spoiler:After the Imprisoned is permanently dealt with in the present thanks to the Triforce, Ghiraham resorts to [[MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight going into the past]] and awakening his master then with Zelda's soul (from the present day) as a sacrifice. Link follows, but is too late to prevent the unsealing of Demise.]]
* ThemeNaming: While most of the Skyloftians names are based on birds, the Mogma have names that are based off of precious metals and minerals and the Kikwis are named after various kinds of tea.
* ThemeTuneCameo: [[spoiler:"The Song of the Hero"]] is a recognizable mix of the series' main theme.
* ThoseTwoGuys: The two Mogmas (Ledd and Cobal) Link meets the first time he goes to Eldin Volcano show up repeatedly around the area.
* ThrivingGhostTown: Skyloft is a Thriving Ghost ''World'' with one floating island maybe 300 feet across and a few small rocks, with a total sustainable population of 41. And unlike previous Zelda games, where there were several small towns within travel distance in a larger world, Skyloft has no contact or means of travel to anywhere else. [[FridgeLogic Marrying your twice-removed cousin is about the best you can hope for in this world.]]
* TheUglyGuysHotDaughter: Pumm's daughter Kina. And Peater's daughter Peatrice.
* TightropeWalking: You can walk across ropes. So can your enemies, but they move slower.
* TimeLimitBoss: Whenever [[SealedEvilInACan The Imprisoned]] breaks free, you have to defeat it before it reaches the top of the pit. There's even a meter onscreen showing how far it has left to go.
* TimeyWimeyBall: As with most series that have time travel this one isn't without some confusion. The timestones certainly don't help matters.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Beedle, compared to previous incarnations. He lies about increasing the price of every pouch upgrade you buy, and if you window shop, he literally sends you through a trap door. Also, his membership system from previous games is gone.
* ToThePain: Ghirahim just loves describing to Link in detail just how he will torture and kill him.
* TraumaInn: Sleeping in beds will restore your hearts, although it's about the least efficient way to do so; there are only several beds in the entire game, found only in houses owned by {{NPC}}s in the sky.
* TrickBoss: [[spoiler:Levias, who is revealed to be controlled by another creature known as Bilocyte]]. It helps that ''both'' have BossSubtitles.
* TronLines: One the sealed Timegate, and to a lesser extent on mechanical enemies like the Beamos. The activated Timegate, however, has InstantRunes instead.
* TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty: In the second round of the Wing Ceremony, Groose and his posse drop the sportsmanship crap and start throwing eggs at you.
* TurnsRed: Another staple; most boss battles have at least two distinct phases. When fighting Ghirahim in particular, although he begins the battle unarmed, once he tires of taking hits from Link's sword he'll summon his own weapons and start fighting back.
** The Imprisoned, in its first form at least, turns a literal shade of red after getting tripped up.
* TurnUndead: Brandishing the Sacred Shield causes Cursed Bokoblins to cower and flee.
* TwoTeacherSchool: Along with a chef, headmaster and sword instructor, there are only two actual teachers at the Knight Academy. {{Justified|Trope}} since there's [[ThrivingGhostTown only eight students.]]
* UglyCute: Lanayru Ants. At least according to the in-game descriptions: [[invoked]]
-->"A desert insect that is often found in swarms. Has a face that's so ugly it's cute."
* UncattyResemblance: Loftwings tend to have similar "hair" as their owners. Groose's has his pompadour, for example.
* {{Understatement}}: When Fi analyzes Yellow Chuchus, she warns that if you get stunned by their [[ShockAndAwe electricity]] they will try to eat you, which she says is "unpleasant."
* UnusualEyebrows: Zelda's father, Headmaster Gaepora, has the full UnusualEyebrows trifecta: huge, fluffy, white BigOlEyebrows connected in a straight line across his face in a BigOlUnibrow, and to each side they fly up to and then ''off of'' his temples to become DisembodiedEyebrows that until closely examined look more like a hairdo. Combined with his wide-open eyes and bolstered by the allusion of his name, he looks quite owl-like.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight:
** Skyloftians will not react when Link uses tools and treasures that could only be acquired on the surface (except Gondo on one occasion). Similarly, while the surface-dwellers are pretty surprised to see a Skyloftian among them, they don't react when he does something unique like flying into the sky on a beam of light. Most of them don't even react to Fi, a spirit coming out of Link's sword and talking to him.
** The Kikwis, at least, seem to be a bit scared of Fi the first time they see her.
** The people of Skyloft are pretty phlegmatic about the numerous structural changes Link causes to the floating island throughout his adventure. It might be forgiven that they don't notice the never-before-seen door that appeared at the base of the huge statue of the Goddess, what with Zelda's dad trying to cover up her disappearance to avoid causing a panic, as the events involved fulfill the beginning parts of an apocalyptic prophecy, and the appearance of the Columns of Light that lead to the surface can be explained as something made easily visible to the player that isn't necessarily visible to the inhabitants of the game. Around the time [[spoiler:lighthouses start shooting FrickinLaserBeams]] and [[spoiler:the Sky Keep is revealed]] only minor observations are made by the people. Not until [[spoiler:after the Goddess' statue plummets to the surface]] do people finally start noticing something's up.
** The potions couple and Gondo, the scrap shop man, need items from the surface to create their respective wares.
* UnwinnableByMistake: During the Song of the Hero sidequest, talking to Golo the Goron ''after'' obtaining Lanayru's part of the song but ''before'' getting the two other ones will render the game unbeatable, and possibly corrupt it. Fortunately, the glitch is easy to avoid, and Nintendo has released a free, downloadable Wii Channel that fixes the afflicted save files.
* VariableMix:
** Music in dungeons adds or drops instruments as you move from room to room. Most notably, when entering the radius of a Timeshift object, the music becomes more lively and complex. Battle music fades in when you approach an enemy and gains drums when you lock on.
** Special mention goes to Groose, ''any time'' he's on screen the music currently playing includes his {{Leitmotif}}.
** Multistage boss battles also provide variable themes, usually adding instruments or otherwise increasing the intensity as you pogress.
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential:
** You can reject Peatrice's advances in her sidequest and get the gratitude crystals from her dad instead. [[PlayerPunch You'll feel like absolute crap if you do, though]]. Especially since there's [[CrueltyIsTheOnlyOption no way to let her down gently,]] or tell her LetsJustBeFriends. You either return her feelings completely or call her "just a shopkeeper."
** The Remlits of Skyloft are this year's model of Cucco with a few bits of cruelty potential:
*** If you encounter them in the daytime, they will come at you affectionately but if you have a weapon out and aimed at them, they will run and cower in fear of you.
*** Should you encounter them at night, they will attack ''before'' you give them a few good flays and then run away and cower before attacking again. [[spoiler: If you've completed Batreaux's sidequest, they'll behave the same as in the day]].
*** You can also toss them off the edge of Skyloft, but they'll just fly back with their ears.
*** Remlits can also be thrown into water; they'll usually just swim to the closest shore.
** You can kill butterflies with your sword if you aim your swing right. And you can kill insect on the ground by standing on them, throwing object such as stones on them or using your items.
** There's a sidequest involving Cawlin, who will want you to deliver a letter to Karane. ''Or'' you can give the letter to a ghost hand in a toilet, betraying his trust, and making the ghost haunt him.
** Go ahead, keep cleaning that lady's house for her. It's not like she's spending her food money and her son's tuition on it, right?
* WalkItOff: One of the ways to regenerate health is... [[BoringButPractical sitting in a chair.]]
* WalkThePlank: A variation; Link fights Scurvo on the Sandship, and makes him walk a narrow corridor until he falls off the end. [[spoiler:The same goes for the similar Dreadfuse in the Sky Keep.]]
* TheWallAroundTheWorld: The impenetrable cloud cover that separates Skyloft from the surface. It apparently only applies to humans, as items that have fallen to the surface are the center of some sidequests.
* WakeUpCallBoss: The first time you meet Ghirahim in the Skyview Temple. Flailing your sword won't get you far.
* WarpWhistle: Bird Statues act as one of these, as you're be able to warp to any activated statue, a la ''Majora's Mask''. It doesn't apply to those found in dungeons, though you can use them to immediately leave the dungeon.
* TheWarSequence: [[spoiler: Late in the game, Link goes through ''a whole army'' of Bokoblins, Moblins and Stalfos [[{{Determinator}} just to save Zelda from being sacrificed.]] The sheer number of them is impressive alone, but it also makes a showcase of how far the player has come.]]
* WeHaveReserves: When Ghirahim [[spoiler: [[ZergRush sics a huge army]] on Link, he shouts to his minions that he doesn't care if they all dive onto Link's blade, as long as they buy him the time they need. He also mentions they shouldn't be afraid of being killed by Link, but of what [[FateWorseThanDeath he will do to them if they fail.]]]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Despite Captain Skipper's wish to be reunited with his deactivated family and restore his ship, and despite his ship [[spoiler: is shown fully repaired after the related boss battle and the end credits]], it's never made clear if, and how, Skipper managed to fulfil his wishes.
* WhatTheHellAreYou: By the end of [[spoiler: their final battle]], Ghirahim is so perplexed over how many times he has lost to Link that he is no longer completely certain that Link is entirely human:
-->'''Ghirahim''': "[[ThisCannotBe This... This is preposterous.]] Driven to my knees by a simple child of man? Laughable! No matter how many times we clash, I can't prevail! You think I can't defeat you? You think I can't win?! Boy...what ''are'' you?"
* WhatTheHellHero:
** When you enter the Lumpy Pumpkin, the camera centers on a chandelier that holds several rupees and a Piece of Heart. Kina tells you not to try to retrieve them. There are signs posted upstairs telling you not to slam around too much up there, lest the chandelier fall. So is it any wonder when Pumm and Kina become furious with Link when he knocks it down, anyways? Even the other patrons feel bad for him, knowing how deep he's just gotten himself in it.
** Beedle also gives you one if you decide to leave his shop without buying anything. He complains about how you being on the airship makes it heavier and thus making him have to pedal harder, and the fact that you didn't buy anything pisses him off so much that he unceremoniously drops you out of the shop via trap door. This becomes a touch annoying if you buy nothing only because you [[AdamSmithHatesYourGuts lack the Rupees. And most of the stuff he sells is really expensive, too]]. This becomes even more annoying when you do buy something from him, then exit and come back in (without getting off the ship, mind you) just to see if there's anything new. If there isn't and you try to leave, he'll act as if you hadn't bought anything and drop you off all the same, even if you just paid him 1,200 rupees for that pouch pocket. However, sleeping in the bed in Beedle's shop will refresh the inventory, and if you've bought anything before sleeping, he won't drop you off the ship when you leave.
* WhipItGood: One of Link's items is a whip, the [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks second game in a row]] to feature one.
* WizardingSchool: Link and Zelda attend one early in the game, complete with a flying school-sport (only on birds instead of broomsticks). It's more of a Knight School, but the basic archetypes are there.
* WorldInTheSky: Where this incarnation of Link lives.
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle:
** The first part of the game consists of Link traveling from dungeon to dungeon looking for Zelda only to find out that he'll need to look for her in the next dungeon.
** Link gets [[spoiler:the Triforce]] and uses it to [[spoiler:finally stop the Imprisoned for good]]. It looks like it's the end, except Ghiraham still has another plan up his sleeve.
* YouCantThwartStageOne: Despite Link's efforts, he can't prevent [[spoiler:Ghiraham from freeing Demise.]]
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