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Fanfic: The Light of Courage
This is a ti-THIS IS A TIME, in which a hero must succeed. Failure is not a choice...
The Legend of Zelda: The Light of Courage is an alleged script of an animated movie based on The Legend of Zelda video game series by IGN forum user Joe_Cracker. Joe_Cracker's attempts to get his script, which was itself of dubious quality, are a saga unto themselves, but several denizens of the forum got together and made several animations based directly on the script and posted them on the internet. These shorts lift dialogue directly from the script, complete with syntactical and grammatical errors. The characters were rendered in a blocky, polygonal style with several animation errors kept in for humorous effect. This resulted in shorts that are pretty funny to watch on their own, but absolutely hilarious if one knows the saga behind them.

View the three shorts here. Read about the author's three-year-long odyssey to get his movie made here.


These shorts contain examples of:

  • Added Alliterative Appeal: "I'm not impressed. I've seen better battles with beetles in a bottle. *Rimshot*"
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Mr. Cracker himself.
  • Animation Bump: The third video has the most amount of effort put into it, and it shows.
  • Art Shift: The third video has a short dungeon crawling sequence done entirety with a mix of Claymation and action figures.
  • Author Avatar: Eian.
  • Bad Bad Acting: Ganon in the third short.
  • Beam Spam: During the Big "NO!" sequence below he starts shooting sword beams wildly, even hitting Eian with one.
  • Big "NO!": Link pulls one off after Zelda is crushed by rocks for thirty seconds in the third short.
  • Bloodless Carnage: Ganon's hand gets severed with nary a drop of blood. The animators had originally tried for High-Pressure Blood, but then decided against it.
  • Butt Monkey: Eian, a Take That to how he was a blatant self-insert in the original script.
  • Camp Gay: Prince Phasod in the second short, possibly Tingle.
  • Claymation: During the "dungeon sequence" in the third short.
  • Clothing Damage: Link destroys Ganon's robe with a sword beam.
    • Before that, Gannon accidentally rips his robe off partially during his frenzied ranting at Majora's Mask.
  • Color-Coded Characters: The Triforces. Courage is gold, Power is red, and Wisdom is blue.
  • Creator In-Joke: They later released a version of the third short with annotations explaining all of them.
  • Colony Drop: "I cased over the moon. It will fall onto Hyrule Castle in a few hours time destroying this world."
  • Department of Redundancy Department:
    • "My son keeps getting stronger and more braver every day."
    • "Haha, now give me the Triforces NOW."
  • Different In Every Shot: Eian's shirt and jacket and Ganon's robe.
  • Enemy Mine: Ganon and Link against Majora's Mask...for literally the length of time it takes Ganon to mention it during the third film.
  • Eyes Always Shut: Eian.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Many in the third video, such as the text on Ganon's robes.
  • Funny Background Event: Many, such as Zelda getting into place for when she "dies" as Link begins to fight Ganon, and Ganon's painting of himself inexplicably losing his robe after Ganon himself loses his robe.
  • Hairstyle Malfunction: When Zelda tosses the chest containing the Master Sword to Link, her hair goes with it.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: One of Ganon's many robes is a leather and chainmail shirt and skirt combo...Featuring nipple windows
  • Large Ham:
    • Ganon, quite literally.
    • Majora's Mask in the first short. His first line is a loud "I am MORE than just a mask!"
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Ganon's reaction to having his hand blown off sounds more annoyed than anything.
  • Mindscrew Driver: For those that can't find the script, the bonus version of the third animation with annotations explains many of the elements. That ghost that tells Link to catch the chest, for example, is supposed to be Rauru.
  • Monster Modesty: Ganon wears white briefs underneath his robes, which ends up being his only article of clothing by the end of the third film.
  • Nerd Glasses: The Triforce of Wisdom has a pair of geeky glasses on.
  • Non-Standard Character Design:
    • Ganon's model is more polished and emotive than most everyone else's, which highlights how bad the other characters are animated.
    • The Triforces look like 3D-renderings of something that came out of an old cartoon, White Gloves and everything. There's also the fact that they are walking, giant triangles with faces on them.
    • Eian uses a picture of Joe_Cracker's face for his face, which makes him stand out from everyone else having their own textured-faces.
  • No Flow in CGI: Played straight with everyone except Ganon, who's robes flow, sway and swish to the point of falling off when he moves to quickly.
  • Off Model
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Majora's Mask.
  • Plot Hole: Zelda was apparently crushed by rocks, but later, she's completely fine.
    • Contrary to what the annotations of Dancing Triforce's video may say, the script does explain this with a Chekhov's Gun: Link is given a "Ring of Love" by his grandmother, a magic family heirloom that supposedly protects its bearer from death (albeit not a natural death). Link gives it to Zelda as an engagement ring before they go to fight Ganon, where it rescues her from the pile of rocks with no other explanation.
  • Rimshot: Whenever Eian tells a joke. Just so you know it's supposed to be funny.
  • Rouge Angles of Satin: The script is filled to the brim with them. This comes out quite obviously in the dialogue.
  • Stock Underwear: Ganon is wearing white briefs under his robes. We get a few "Accidental" peeks at them before his robes get burned off by Link's Sword Beam, Leaving him in nothing but them for the rest of the film. (And in the next film, if the trailer is anything to go by.)
  • Stealth Parody: One could watch it without reading the story behind it and think it's just a series of incompetent fan-films. In fact, for a long time, many believed that this was actually a pilot episode made by DIC (the group behind the Zelda cartoon) to test the waters for a 3D-animated Zelda series.
    • This is partly because even Cracker HIMSELF believed this, hence his voice appearing in the first short as Majora's Mask. The three co-conspirators posed as DiC animator "John Grusd" in order to con Cracker into believing that his wish for TLOC to become a movie was being brought to fruition. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Stylistic Suck: It's obvious that the creators could animate competently if they wanted to (Ganon in the third short is almost professional-quality), but it's just funnier this way.
  • Take That:
    • "This guy's got more mouth than Robert McGee!" note 
    • Joe_Cracker's TLOC script is abused a couple of times near the start of the third video, first stepped on by the heroes, then used as a torch.
    • Joe_Cracker's name in the credits is obscured by a sword beam.
    • Eian is frequently put into scenes in the third video just to get killed. He's been eaten by a monster, cut in half by a sword motion Link made, part of the pileup of rocks, and shot in the groin with one of Link's sword beams.
  • Twitchy Eye: Link, although this was just an animation error at first.
  • Visual Pun: Most of the jokes are like this, because the shorts follow Joe_Cracker's script word-for-word.
  • White Gloves: The triforces.
  • The Watson: When he isn't cracking wise or getting repeatedly killed, Eian serves as this to explain who Tingle is.


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