WMG Pages for Specific Legend of Zelda Games
Demise was responsible for Link being sealed away for seven years in Ocarina of Time.We know that the Master Sword caused this to happen, and at first one would think to blame it on Fi, as the spirit of the sword. But there is more than one sentient presence within it, as it absorbed Demise's soul when he was defeated. It would make perfect sense for whatever remained of Demise to ensure that Ganondorf obtained the Triforce instead of Link.
Gohma is a Time Lord.Think about it. Gohma appears in practically every game. Each time it looks pretty different (except for its one eye, which could be like the Corsair's tattoo.) Perhaps it is the same gohma traveling through time and trying to destroy the upstart time traveler who doesn't know what he is doing and restore order to the timeline.
There will be a fourth Four Swords game.And it will be set in the "Link Wins - Child" timeline, falling between Twilight Princess and Four Swords Adventures, starring FSA!Link on his first quest to defeat Vaati. Evidence of this can be found in FSA's prologue.
The real reason Link can't talk . . .Is because he's been subjected to all the Nightmare Fuel in existance. This includes only the best horror films in existence, terrifying animated films such as Watership Down and The Adventures of Mark Twain, every PSA in existance that involves death in some way, and Hyrulean nightmare fuel (Which as we know is far worse.) People in every carnation of his life know about his destiny as a hero and subject him to the year of nightmares (Described above) to take away any and all fears he may have of being a hero. These people probably include Link's Uncle in Minish Cap, The Great Deku Tree in Ocarina of Time, either Mayor Bo or Rusl in Twilight Princess, Link's Grandma in Wind Waker, and probably Niko in Spirit Tracks. Unfortunately, one side affect of this is that the terror is so great that Link loses any and all ability to speak henceforth. Him waking up or otherwise being exposed to less frightening things (such as Niko's woodcut show or Rusl's talk about Twilight) is him recovering from his ordeal. This is also why Link is the Hero of Courage; he's been exposed to so much nightmare fuel that nothing scares him anymore. Maybe surprises him or shocks him, but he can no longer be afraid.
Eiji Aonuma regrets splitting the timeline and is using Spirit Tracks to set up a retraction of this stance and restore a linear timeline view.Evidence? The official acceptance of "New Hyrule." See, new Hyrule used to be a major component in linearist time line building as a way of Linking the SNES and NES games in an unexpected way, (taking place after Wind Waker.) Splitting the timeline eliminated the need for such complications. However, Two Hyrules is back and as others have mentioned the map bears similarities to the Hyrule maps of LTTP and LOZ. Meaning those games, (and twilight princes) could now be set after spirit tracks. Why has he done this? Because, after thinking about it, he's changed his mind and wants a fully linear timeline.
At some point, the series is going to do a Chrono Cross and fuse the timelines split by Ocarina of Time into one.I'm sorry, but it is very likely.
Wind Waker/Phantom Hourglass Link became the first king of New Hyrule.Well, Spirit Tracks never ruled any possibilities out. I guess Link chose not to be known throughout history as a hero or king. Sneaky move, Nintendo.
Byrne is either...
The Lokomo are not a separate species.Many people seem to be getting the impression that they are. But I don't believe that is explicit in the dialogue. The game says they are a separate tribe, but tribes are social constructs, not racial ones. As such, it is possible for an outsider to join a tribe. And yes, I am putting this forward to help support the "Anjean is Tetra" theory, as far too many people seem to be throwing it out based on the "separate race" idea.
Spirit Tracks Link will meet a descendant of Aryll.Depending on whether/when their shared ancestry is revealed, there may or may not be a heckuva squick.
There is more than one Hyrule.In the Adult!Link timeline after Ocarina of Time, Hyrule is eventually flooded, which leads to Wind Waker. WW-Link defeats Ganondorf and sets out with Tetra in search of a land where they can create a new Hyrule to compensate for the 'original' which is now permanently lost under the sea (Phantom Hourglass happens along the way). Spirit Tracks will feature this 'new Hyrule' in which princess Zelda attempts to rebuild the kingdom, with Link helping by exterminating the monster populations, charting new areas, and setting up a transportation network.
In The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Zelda is Link's...
Link's hat is a Bag Of Holding.It's how he holds all of that stuff without being encumbered. In his Soul Calibur and Super Smash Brothers appearances he is shown to be pulling his bombs, bow and arrow, and boomerang from that general area.
Link gains abilities akin to those of Freelancer Wyoming from Red Vs. Blue after OoTThis explains why there are so many versions of the same story. Link goes back over and over again to get the story right. Something always goes partly wrong that we don't realize and he feels that he has to go back and fix everything over and over again.
Ganondorf's mother intentionally raised him to cheat the Gerudo prophecy for her own ends.It is stated that the Gerudo only have a male child once in a century, and he becomes their king. However, Ganondorf's biological mother is Twinrova (Navi describes Koume and Kotake as "Ganon's surrogate mother," and he's got the same skin tone); thus, he doesn't actually have any Gerudo blood in him at all. You'd think the Gerudo would have enough basic biology knowledge to know that Ganon has the same fifty-fifty shot of being a man as any other non-Gerudo, and such an event really shouldn't be that rare. Thus, I believe the Gerudo didn't know about the arrangement. I think it worked out something like this: A Gerudo woman and her concubine are exiled from the tribe and sent into the desert. They wander around until they find the Spirit Temple, where Koume and Kotake approach them. The woman makes some sort of deal to have them merge into Twinrova form and get impregnated by the concubine (poor bastard). Nine months later, the exile returns with a Gerudo son. To the Gerudo's knowledge, no non-Gerudo could have possibly survived out there long enough to carry a child to term. Besides, the boy doesn't look Hylian at all. Indeed, he's marked as special by his green skin, and even demonstrates magical abilities. They take him to be the prophecied son of the Gerudo, and thus Ganon is born.
The games actually take place in parallel universes.As a result of the events of Ocarina of Time, the Zelda timeline split into two parallel universes. In the first, Ganon's defeat at Link's hands results in a No Ontological Inertia situation in which Ganondorf was defeated and sealed before he ever touched the Triforce (though he still got the affinity of Power) — therefore, adult Link's adventures never happened. In the other, time continued flowing after adult Link defeated Ganon in the future, but Link himself physically "vanished" when he returned to the other timeline. Majora's Mask, A Link to the Past, and Twilight Princess (and possibly the first two Zelda games for the NES) take place in the former timeline, while Wind Waker and Phantom Hourglass take place in the latter. Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages happen simultaneously, one in each timeline, and cause the timelines to fuse again. A few creator interviews have stated that this is in fact the case. For lots of fun with this sort of thing, check out the following web page.
Ganondorf and the giant blue pig man version of Ganon are from separate timelinesIn one timeline Ganondorf is trapped in the sacred realm, and in the other he is free to go about his business but unable to act on his previous plans. This version of Ganondorf sought new ways to become powerful and ended up coming into possession of his signature trident (which happened in Four Swords Adventure, and was stated to be what turned him into his pig man form). Note that recently he has been appearing as Ganondorf (ie. the version sealed in the sacred realm at the end of OoT) in all the games, the blue pig man and his powerful magic trident have been strangely absent. However despite not being the same, Ganondorf still has a connection to boars stylistically, giving him the illusion of being the Ganon we are familiar with. This means that the orignal Zelda games are all set after the child Link ending, while most of the new games are set after the adult Link ending.
Legends aren't accurate.The issue with the creators' comments is that they disregard the timeline of some of the portable Zelda games. An alternate theory is that the story of Link, Zelda and Ganon is a literal legend, told around the world of Hyrule by different people at different times—Literary Agent Hypothesis for the win. Every version of the tale has a slightly different plot and window dressing but keeps the same basic elements; like the Arthurian legends of our own world. Playing each game is like listening to a different version of the tale, with the same characters, setting, and overall plot, but a different story in the end. As said above, though, the creators themselves have stated that this is not the case, making this one of the many theories that requires the creators to be flagrant liars.
On a similar note, it is possible that the LoZ series is "true", but it has become legend over time.
Link is a father and the legends are just bedtime stories for his kids.Link told his kids the Legend of Zelda, named after his wife. The kids loved it, so the next night, he told them about the adventure of Link. The kids eventually got bored with these stories and insisted that he told them a new story. Unfortunately, that's the only story Link knew, so he rehashed the plot for the rest of the stories while adding new characters, story elements, and plot devices. The story of the Ocarina of Time was the his kids' favorite story, so that's why it has the most stories connected to it.
The Oocca are an alternate form of the Kokiri.After the Great Deku tree died, they were incapable of preventing part or all of the forest from being clear-cut to create Ordon Village. They then abandoned the forest in shame and took on new forms to hide their failure.
The Hero's Spirit that Link (II) encounters throughout Twilight Princess is really Link (I) of Ocarina of Time (The Hero of Time)After teaching Link (II) the his final technique, the spirit tells him that he was unable to pass on into the afterlife until he handed down his techniques. After Majora's Mask, Link(I)'s fate was never really explained, leaving the possibility that he never returned from Termina. The Hero's Spirit also mentions that he had accepted the call as the Hero. And did we mention that he's left handed (in the unflipped game), a physical trait that seems to be applied only to Link in the Zelda-verse?
Six of the original seven sages died to become them.Think for a moment about where each one was when Link "awakened" them. Saria ran unarmed into a monster-infested temple, with her last heard words being desperate cries for help. Darunia challenges Volvagia without the one weapon that could defeat him, and is never seen after entering Volvagia's chamber. Ruto immediately rushed into the Water Temple. Impa chased an undead monster into a mass grave. Nabooru took a direct hit from Koume and Kotake. Rauru was never shown out of the Sacred Realm in the first place. Notice how the only time you see these people after these events are when they appear in the not exactly material Sacred Realm, and notice that several of them regret not being able to fulfill promises such as marriage (Ruto) or...er, other activities (Nabooru). Why? Because they're dead. However, this isn't true of the Wind and Earth Sages in The Wind Waker.
There were already seven sages at the start of Ocarina of Time, but Ganondorf killed them.They existed as the ethereal beings seen in Twilight Princess. During his rise to power, Ganondorf kills all of them. Since only the sages could seal him away, it only makes sense to do so. This is also why six new sages must be awakened in the future. Once Ganon is defeated and sealed away, the new sages live on in the future timeline. Back in the new timeline created once Link goes back in time permanently, he and Zelda warn the king of Ganondorf's treachery and the Gerudo is arrested, meaning the original sages are never killed. This is why they are the ones who attempt to execute him in Twilight Princess' flashback and not Saria, Darunia, Ruto, etc.
Kaepora Gaebora is really Rauru, the Light SageRepeated many times. It makes sense, though, doesn't it? Every other sage was someone that Link met as a child. The only character from Link's childhood left completely unaccounted for during his adulthood is Kaepora Gaebora; hence the speculation that they are one and the same. And Kaepoera Gaebora never does appear when Link is an adult, does he? After your initial trip to the Temple of Time, he only appears once more—in the Desert Colossus, when you return to the Spirit Temple as a child. (Right before you meet Nabooru the first time.)
The Gerudo are victims of genocide.After the events of Ocarina of Time, the Royal Family was a bit more vengeful than Zelda let on and exterminated the desert people for Ganondorf's crimes. In Twilight Princess, the presence of the Mirror of Twilight, which was stated as used to sentence criminals to their apparent death, in the heart of Gerudo ruins supports this. It also explains Midna's dislike of Zelda early in the game. Combine this with Ganon using Zant to attack the royal family as the first target and the vagueness in the history of the Great War referenced to in Ocarina of Time (who DID attack first?), and we have a real "Chicken or the Egg" scenario on our hands.
The time loop of Majora's Mask had horrible consequences.(This can also work as an addition to the above genocide theory.) While Link was living through the same three days over and over again in Termina, time was still advancing in Hyrule. And because Link would slow down time or skip ahead days and nights over and over, he had no idea that Hyrulian time was moving at a different speed. When he finally defeated Majora and returned to Hyrule, he found that the land he knew and loved was completely alien now. Hyrule had declined. The Gerudo and Kokiri were seemingly extinct, humans now lived in the forest, and a colossal prison had been built on top of the ruined Sprit Temple. All the other races were alienated from each other. All of the friends Link had made, even the Princess Zelda he knew, were long dead. He was an adult spirit trapped in the body of a child displaced from his own time. As he grew up in this darker new Hyrule, he honed his skills should the Hero of Time ever be called upon again. But this new Hyrule had no use for an antiquated hero from an antiquated age, and so Link drifted into history, dying alone and filled with regret. It would not be for many years until his restless spirit would be awoken by a new darkness spreading across Hyrule. And then, when it seemed all hope was lost, he discovered the beginnings of a Hero within a youth much like himself, a young man descended from Link's own bloodline...
The Gerudo are semi-nomadic.The reason no Gerudo appear in Twilight Princess is because they have moved on to greener... well, less utterly inhospitable pastures. They have a system of forts dotted throughout the desert which they move between to rest their foraging areas and farm plots, and they happened to not be in the area closest to Hyrule during the course of Twilight Princess. It's entirely possible the Arbiters' Grounds were once one of these checkpoints now abandoned by the Gerudo, probably because of a lack of food sources nearby.
The entire series is Nazi propaganda, Link in particular.Blond hair? Check. Blue eyes? Check. Member of a superior master race that is a "pure" line of descent from superior ancestors, of which everyone else is a corruption? Ka-check- he IS a hylian among humans. With his dark skin, pronounced features, and beastial qualities, Ganondorf can only represent a racist villainous caricature of Africans.
The Heroine of Light (from Ancient Stone Tablets) is Minus and by extension Haruhi SuzumiyaThe universe seems determined to protect her (e.g. she gets infinite silver arrows and magic right before fighting Ganon). Ganon wants to steal her power indicating that it rivals the Triforce's power. She doesn't change form upon entering the Dark World. She's from another world and she goes back to her world despite it being apparent Ganon wasn't really defeated. Finally, she's a female in a male role not unlike when Minus became Victory Man.
Bellum from Phantom Hourglass is a mental illness.Alright, hear me out. Oh, and no spoiler tags, because You Should Know This By Now. In Link's Awakening, a god resembling a giant white whale dreams an entire island, and suffers nightmares which manifest on the island as monsters. Similarly, the Ocean King is a god resembling a giant whale which rules over what is, according to the end of the game, an alternative world. Bellum, a monster who attacks this world, drains the powers and memories of the Ocean King and the world's other inhabitants. My theory is that Bellum is a mental illness or brain disease of some kind, affecting the Ocean King's world in the same way the nightmares affected the Wind Fish's dream. Bellum's name is therefore derived from "cerebellum," and this is why part of its body resembles one evil-looking spinal cord dangling out of it, and why in its first appearance as a paper cut-out it resembles a neural network. The illness limits the Ocean King's power and his memories start to decay. Since the thoughts of a god are reality, so the state of a god's body and mind affects their creation.
Big Boss is a reincarnation of LinkSpecifically The Hero of Time from Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask. Link sneaks into Zelda's castle, the Gerudo compounds, and the Deku castle fairly effortlessly. He is a legendary warrior. Every woman he meets falls in love with him. Do I need to go on?
The Gorons are causing the geography of Hyrule to shift between games...by eating the veins of delicious rock. This causes land to shift down, and, via excretion, rise in places. Mountains disappear due to Goron overpopulation, and new ones form due to Biggoron death. Death Mountain is not a specific place, but a mistranslation of the word "volcano", or possibly a title for a dangerous mountain, in any case being the name given to whatever mountain the Gorons are in the process of devouring at the point in time of the game, resulting in all the hazards. Geographic features, like forests, the lake, and habitation, all shift around as the rising and falling land causes climate patterns and soil quality to shift (the lake moving due to slope and rising of the lakebed from under-the-bed gorons).
Link's Awakening is the result of Link taking a lot of acid.The official explanation of the plot is that Link managed to wash up on an island that's a dream of a giant whale. However, considering the telephones, evil Kirbys and Goombas, aforementioned giant floating magic whale, and various other stuff, cleary what actually happened is that Link dropped some acid. Honestly, it makes a lot more sense than somehow winding up on an island in someone's dream.
All of the 3D games take place before all of the 2D games.The existence of terrestrial Octoroks suggests that Hyrule was once an ocean.
Colin is Wind Waker Link in the Alternate TimelineThey both look alike and have heroic tendencies despite not being directly related to the Hero of Time. By the end of TP, Colin even has a sibling who could easily be Aryll. The reason he isn't leading adventures on his own is because he doesn't have to: we have TP Link for that. Colin was meant to be a backup in case no blood relatives of the Hero still lived, which definitely happens in Wind Waker but maybe not in Twilight Princess.
Ciela is a descendant or reincarnation of Navi.Yeah, I know, she's a spirit, but why shouldn't she also be the above? I mean, spirits are just fairies too, aren't they? My guess is, that Navi ascended to a higher plane of "Fairyhood" after the events of Ocarina of Time, probably becoming a great fairy, which is why she had to leave Link, without an explanation. (Leading to Link's journey, which ultimatly ended in Termina... where he probably met his demise after the end of the game, like a theory above states). So, OoT Link never managed to see Navi again—- Logically, WW Link must make up for that, or the karma of what-I'm-not-smart-enough-to-grasp or so, will be unstable... I mean, if Link's (OoT) journey leaded to another horrible, and Nightmare Fuel filled adventure, and he didn't even reach his goal in the end, what's the best solution to free his poor soul from his "I could never say goodbye" torment? Having his reincarnation visit ANOTHER world, full of NEW horrible, Nightmare Fuel filled adventures, where he finally gets the chance to say goodbye to the fairy! (Or to her reincarnation, whatever.) In other words: The unclear ending of Majora's Mask is the reason, why there's a Phantom hourglass in the first place! Lesson: "It's all Navi's fault!"
Batman is a reincarnation or descendant of LinkOne does not have to compare them for long to notice the similarities. Both are orphans, are men of few words, wear strange clothes while doing their hero work, are good at solving puzzles, and have a wide array of strange tools to help them along the way, most notably a boomerang and a Grappling-Hook Gun. While the Hyrule family line was eventually ended, Link continued his lineage, continuing the chain of heroes. Eventually, the legends were lost or forgotten, and the new heroes were stopped being named Link, and sometime during all of this the lineage merged with the Wayne family tree. Bruce, while on his travels, somehow learns of his many ancestor's heroics, and that helps secretly insprires him to become Batman. He decides to not wear green and instead fashions his suit after Link's most difficult and also his most annoying enemies: Dark Link and Keese.
Ra's al Ghul is Ganondorf revived and/or reincarnatedContinuing the Batman theory; Ganondorf is brought back to life once again, this time in the form of Ra's al Ghul. He likes this form, and decides to create new goals for world domination to follow the changing times. He uses the Lazarus Pits so that he can retain this form and so that he doesn't have to wait so long for his return, and so he can continue to antagonize his constantly recurring foe.
The Wind Waker timeline becomes the DC Comics Universe, while the Twilight Princess timeline becomes the Marvel UniverseThis makes Peter Parker the descendant or reincarnation of Twilight Princess Link. Recall the City in the Sky and tell me I'm wrong. I dare you.
The king of Hyrule is Emperor Wakamoto!It's the only way to explain the sheer amount of children he's had in correlation to the above post! All Ganny did was make his claim to the throne.
Dark Link is the Hero's ShadeAfter losing to Link in the Water Temple, Ganondorf cursed him just like he cursed Phantom Ganon. Before the events of Twilight Princess, Dark Link realises that if Ganondorf dies, he will be free, and then he appears as a wolf to King Bulbin to lure him to Ordon so that Link has a reason to start on the quest to kill Ganondorf. The reason he appears as a wolf is because as the shadow of the Hero of Time, he can transform into the same shape as any of the Links, but with red eyes and a different colour scheme. The first and only necessary technique he teaches Link is the one that is used to kill Ganondorf. Presumably after the defeat of Ganondorf, he escapes the curse. Also note that his final words are "Go forth and do not falter, my child," He calls Link "my child" because as the shadow of Link they are related probably. The go forth and do not falter is just him wanting Ganondorf to be dead as soon as possible so he is telling Link to not do any side-quests until the death of Ganondorf.
Link has at least one Alternate Reality counterpart, possibly moreI point your attention to Neku Sakuraba. The "Over The Top" set even mirrors the Triforce (though they mixed up the left hand and the right hand). This in turn would give his counterpart near-infinite counterparts, meaning that he already has at least, say, 40 assuming we count each "base" Link as an individual counterpart. Even without that, there are too many Link-like heroes to be a coincidence. Maybe his personality depends on the world he's in?
The next game will be a FPS of sorts involving crossbows.Link's Crossbow Training. Go figure. Hopefully it'll use the Metroid Prime 3 engine, I love those controls.
The Zelda in a Link to the Past would often sneak her non-noble friends in and out of the castle at nightThis explains why the non-hostile guards don't react when they see her following Link; they think she's up to her usual hijinks.
Agahnim was possessed.At the end of A Link to the Past, it's implied in-game that Agahnim was simply Ganon in disguise (he calls Agahnim "my alter-ego"), but the way Agahnim falls dead and Ganon's essence flies out of his body suggests to me that the wizard was once a normal man whom Ganon possessed. Maybe he was an innocent man who was entrapped by Ganon, or maybe he was wicked to begin with and intentionally let Ganon out of the Dark World. In addition, his pale skin brings to mind Zelda's appearance in Twilight Princess when she's possessed by Ganondorf.
The bird on the Hyrulean Family Crest is not an eagle.Or a hawk, or a falcon, or an owl, or anything noble like that. It is, in fact, a cucco, paying tribute to the mightiest beast in all of Hyrule. Buck-AAAWK!
Twinrova brainwashed Ganondorf before the events of Ocarina of TimeWarning: Huge amount of text, even when I broke it up into smaller chunks. This originates from an old theory of mine that Twinrova brainwashed Ganondorf into plotting to rule Hyrule. You'll have to bear with me on this, as it will take some explaining. And there are alternate versions I have developed based on uncertancies I have about various points of time. And just to clear things up, when I say Twinrova, I am refering to Kotake and Koume at the same time. Their unifed form is a spell, or so I believe. Ganondorf was born, but after x amount of years (or even during childbirth), his mother died. His father's whereabouts I really don't know, as I have yet to focus on the subject of what Gerudo do with the guys they abduct (or if any actually come along willingly; for all we know, the Hylian men who claim they were prisoners or taken by force could be lying their arses off to avoid persecution from their own people... moreso if they were already engaged or married). But in any case, sooner or later (typically while he's young and thus easier to mislead), Twinrova meet him. Now, being that they claimed to be over seven-hundred years old in Ocarina of Time (but we must remember that one or both could be senile, but they ARE old hags at any rate), they must had planned out a portion of the events. In one version of the events, they were responsible for Ganondorf's mother's death. Anyway, Twinrova are kind to him and console him on his loss. In fact, as he starts to warm up to them, they begin teaching him magic. Minor stuff, of course. They intend to teach him the GOOD stuff when they have him firmly in their clutches. Later, within a few years before he's old enough to properly lead his people, Twinrova have Ganondorf come to their home (location unknown, but I believe that they have made an actual livable home beneath the sands of the Gerudo Desert) where they'll teach him a powerful spell as a gift for his oncoming rule or alternatively his birthday. They first give him a drink that weakens his mental resistance and then unleash the mind-controlling spell. Over the next decade or two (or three; I forget if he had a certain age at the time), they train him and mould him into the fierce, powerhungry warlock that we all know and love. He believes that he's the one in command, but he's just a puppet king. Of course, you might be wondering about how come he's not free from their magic as he's reincarnated a lot of time. He is. However, he was under their spell for so long that his real personality is almost indistinguishable from the one he had when he stole the Triforce. However, there are moments when a psuedo-softer side of him is shown, such as in Wind Waker where he looks back and remembers the horrible desert winds and thinks that all he had done was for his people (note I said "thinks", as speech is a completely different thing). Now that all that "exposition" is out of the way, I'll show you what led me to my initial thought that Twinrova had brainwashed Ganondorf. First of all, remember that huge gem on his forehead? Yeah, the one that looked about as big as his fist. Very pretty, I know. Keep that in mind and remember Nabooru. When she was freed from being brainwashed by Twinrova into a loyal Iron Knuckle when the armor was broken off. I believe that Twinrova uses items to focus the mind-altering enchantment, which serves to keep the spell active even if the casters themselves died. The huge forehead-gem on Ganondorf is just such an item, although it is generally ignored by the Gerudo because everyone else has forehead gems (but not as huge as his).
Marin was always a seagullShe just woke up.
Kokiri society is more advanced and worldly than it appears.First, we know that the Kokiri have pretty much no contact with the rest of Hyrule. They aren't familiar with this thing called a "castle" Link says he's going to, and they believe that if they ever leave the forest, they'll die. There are also consequences if outsiders come in, meaning that there's probably no contact/trade going on. Now look in some of the Kokiri's homes. We have what looks like well-made glass and glazed pottery. In Saria's house, you see very finely-woven fabric, not rough knitted-looking things like you'd expect. The fence around the training ground seems to be made of cut metal. In link's house, there's a big, steel axe. There's also a pile of hay and a pitchfork in there. And across from that? A meat cleaver.
Link in Ocarina of Time is A Kokiri-tarian.They grow their own houses, and use bamboo-looking stuff for their fences, so what would he need the axe for? The same for the hay and pitchfork, since he only gets the cow partway through the game, with no warning. And why would he need the meat cleaver? He uses the axe and pitchfork to kill, dismember, and/or transport the bodies, and uses the butcher knife to... well, butcher them with a knife. The hay was originally used to keep the blood from caking on the floor, like sawdust in an old bar. Saria was obviously the Mrs. Lovett to his Sweeney Todd.
The four main Zelda console games (and to a greater extent their Links) represent the four temperamentsSo far there are four main console Zelda games with distinct Links: Ocarina of Time (Majora's Mask as well, since they are the same Link), Wind Waker, Twilight Princess, and the soon to be Skyward Sword. Giving it some thought, one can see how the art styles, music, themes and charecters from each game represents, almost to the letter the four personality types. In order of appearance: Ocarina of Time/Majora's Mask: Choleric. This game was made to dominate the world of Zelda, and it shows. There's much to be done in these games, which leaves a go-getting Link content from beginning to end. One goes through this game with passion and takes it seriously, as it's intended to be. Wnd Waker: Phlegmatic. This game is far more relaxed than OoT, but never boring. The curious and observant can always find something new in this game, but every turn in the game makes sense and is logical. The Link of this universe, while just as brave as other Links, needs no reward beyond knowing he has done well and knowing he can go even farther. One of the main themes of this game is letting go of the past, which is a cornerstone of the Phlegmatic's mindset. Twilight Princess: Melancholic. You'll notice while playing this game that it's much more serious than even OoT, to the point that it can almost be considered brooding. All the artistic elements of it are some of the finest according to fans: from the music to the graphics to the plot and even the charecter design. This is a game that stands on its own and probably won't have a sequel. However, it doesn't need to, since the game gives one so much insight into Light and Darkness that it's enough for two or three games. Which leaves for us: Skyward Sword: Sanguine. While we haven't seen much on the game yet, what we do have suggests a lighter game than OoT or TP, however not at all boring! The characters in this game will probably be very engaging and the sidequests short yet interesting, but the game is as par noted going to come in a little late.
Wind Waker was all an elaborate plan by The King Of Red Lions and Ganondorf to get rid of the Triforce and break the cycleFollowing on in a way from the theory that the Godessess want Ganondorf to have the Triforce of Power. While in most games he's in he'd do anything to get the other pieces, Wind Waker Ganondorf shows a lot more restraint, and before the final fight refuses to kill Link or Zelda to get the Triforce pieces that way. It's possible that after the great flood and the sealing away of the majority of his power, he has a My God, What Have I Done? moment, possibly when he realizes that he doomed his own race in his bid for glory and a decent place to live. He's smart enough to realize that he's stuck in a cycle and the only thing that can stop him is Link with the Triforce of Courage, which got shattered when Link went back at the end of OoT. So he conspires with the former King of Hyrule, who's as fed up with the cycle as he is, and they plan to reform the two missing shards in the hope of using the Triforce to hit a great big reset button undoing the great flood and possibly the 7 years of evil rule. To do this, Ganon has to be evil for evil's sake to encourage this: Kidnapping any girl who could possibly be Zelda. It all goes well when WW Link takes out the Master Sword and Tetra is revealed to be Zelda; all Link has to do is re-unite the triforce of courage under the guidance of the King of Red Lions. However, during this time, The King decides that he can't trust Ganondorf, possibly by his off-screen handling of Zelda (who was probably resisting capture) and trying to break out of sunken Hyrule, and decides to stab Ganondorf in the back by having Link re-awaken the Master Sword to its full potential so it can kill Ganondorf. When all this is revealed, Ganondorf has a Villainous Breakdown.
Beedle of Wind Waker is Link older, and traveling back in timeBeedle, of Beedle's Floating Ship Shop, is Link all grown up. He not only knows where Link is headed next, but gets there before he does and knows exactly what he's going to buy. Link would probably grow in power as he aged, and it makes sense to dye your hair and conceal your identity if you're going to be dealing with a past self.
Majora's Mask was made by the TwiliA tribe, using black magic made it, eh? And it's behaving a LOT like Zant. Oh, and don't forget that OTHER artefact of doom, which Link and Midna had to reassemble, which was said to be just as dangerous and had pretty similar markings to Majora's Mask on it.
Majora's Mask, the Twili, AND Vaati are all relatedWhile the connections between the former two are disscused above, nobody else mentioned that Majora's mask and Vaati's many forms share a near identical theme and aesthetic (the same purple and gold color scheme, and share that crazy eye of horus symbol◊ ), not to mention that Vaati progress through forms in a manner similar to Majora, with his final form being called Vaati's wrath, much like Majora's final form.
Termina is the result of trying to prevent a time paradox, and the Twilight Realm is its future stateWhen Link was sent back in time in OoT, the flow of time itself was disrupted. In order to preserve the natural flow of time and prevent a split timeline, a second world (Termina) was created retroactively in order to "absorb" the extra timeline by being constantly destroyed over and over, playing out the same scenario with every repetition (perpetual "termination", if you will). However, when Link destroyed the Moon and saved Termina, this cycle was disrupted and the timeline split permanently. The reason why the Twilight Realm has a "dark and gloomy" feel to it is because it was created as a realm that was never meant to last, so it is constantly locked in a state being of just about to descend into oblivion, or "twilight".
A Link to the Past (and associated games) takes place in a third timeline split from Ocarina of Time where Ganondorf succeeds.The common theory is that there is a split in the timeline from the events in Ocarina of Time, generally referred to as the Child Timeline (Where Link, following the events of OoT, warned the king of Hyrule about Ganondorf's treachery, resulting in Majora's Mask and The Wind Waker series) and the Adult Timeline (Where events generally played out as presented in OoT, without Ganondorf being preemptively executed for his crimes but ultimately failing in his bid to secure the Triforce. Twilight Princess and sequels follow on from this). The main problem is that the history in A Link to the Past doesn't mesh well with either timelines; the biggest difference is that, by ALttP, Ganon possesses the entire Triforce, not just the Triforce of Power. There's no mention of the Hero of Time, nor Princess Zelda's role in the defeat of Ganondorf, just the efforts of the Knights of Hyrule (who appeared to be pretty ineffective as of Ocarina) and the Seven Wise Men (which I'll use to clarify the differences between the original seven "Hylians" that sealed Ganondorf in the Sacred Realm, rather than the six/seven "Sages" of time, who were of different races). It's almost as if the events of Ocarina never actually happened, and until he was eventually sealed in the Golden Land, it appeared that Ganondorf was very, very successful in his attempt to conquer Hyrule. So the timeline split further. If the events of Ocarina played out, then Ganondorf did slay the Hero of Time to gain the Triforce of Courage, and also slew Princess Zelda for the Triforce of Wisdom. Ganondorf now had the complete Triforce in his possession, and with the Six Sages specifically being bound to the Hero of Time through which to exude their powers in the real world instantly became useless, so Ganondorf had no opposition from Rauru and his posse. Hyrule was, basically, conquered without Ganondorf having to even use the complete power of the Triforce. So the remaining citizens of Hyrule finally dropped some major balls, realising that putting all your bets on some emotionally-unstable teen fond of dressing like a forest kid was a bad idea, and assembled a fighting force that could take on Ganondorf. They also had seven powerful wizards, the Seven Wise Men, that could seal the Golden Realm, and then took the fight to Ganondorf's front door. The Knights pushed back Ganondorf's forces, pushing him into the Sacred Realm, and the Seven Wise Men quickly sealed the pathway back into Hyrule. Ganondorf, angry at his loss, made the single wish that he could rule "the world", but the Triforce being a Literal Genie took that at face value and installed him as ruler of the Golden Land, corrupting the realm into the Dark World to match its new king. In short, Ganondorf "wins" the battle of Ocarina (as opposed to "losing" it in the Adult Timeline and being preemptively slapped down in the Child Timeline), but eventually loses the war. The Hero and Sage of Time are dead, and their failure effectively covered up and forgotten by the true victors of this version of the Imprisoning War, namely the Knights and the Wise Men. Thematically, this timeline would be the Timeline of Power (Ganon's victory, through sheer force), while the other two timelines would be the Timeline of Courage (Where a young boy dares to accuse the ruler of a desert tribe that has just pledged loyalty to Hyrule) and the Timeline of Wisdom (Where all involved decide to allow events to proceed without any interruption).
Alternately, A Link to the Past (and associated games) takes place in a third timeline split from Ocarina of Time as a result of all of Link's jumping back and forth seven yearsThe Two-Timeline theory is pretty much Word of God now. In the Adult Timeline, Ganondorf rules over Hyrule for seven years until a Hero appears as if from nowhere and seals him away. That's paraphrased from the first part of the prologue to The Wind Waker. In the Child Timeline that we know of, that includes Majora's Mask and Twilight Princess, Ganondorf does not get the chance to rule for seven years and is instead imprisoned and executed.
Tetra is not the actual Princess Zelda. She's Haruhi SuzumiyaShe's a FEMALE pirate captian, who seemingly also happens to be a princess. She's bossy, has some rather weird ideas of "good plans" (Barrel + Catapult + Link = Victory WTF?) and gets pretty angry when she doesn't get what she wants. Oh, and the way she threats Link. Pretty Kyon-like, huh? My guess is that Haruhi played some Zelda (probably Ocarina of Time) and started telling the brigade how great that game is and how they should make one of those themselves. Kyon objected ("Can you program? No? Neighter can I") and so she trapped him and herself in what she imagined to be the PERFECT sequel to the game. It was awesome.
Rauru is Link's fatherThe other five sages in Ocarina of Time are all people from Link's past. Theoretically, Rauru should be someone that Link knew when he was younger, too. All we know of Link is that he is actually a Hylian, not a Kokiri, and that he arrived in the Kokiri Forest as a baby with his already gravely wounded mother. His father, on the other hand, is completely unknown. Although, based on how old Rauru looks, maybe grandfather is more likely...
The Oocoo City is actually Elysia from Metroid Prime 3'nuff said.
The Metroid universe is actually a continuation of Zelda'sIn a gender swap, Samus is the reincarnated Hero of Time. Some of the Lizalfos evolved into the space pirates, while others settled on Bryyo and became the Bryyonians. Elysia is actually Hyrule after some incident covered it in toxic gas, and the Cities in the Sky are the only things that survived. The Chozo are the evolved descendants of the Oocca, or possibly the Cucco. Ridley is the only remaining Dragon from Hyrule, and they keep resurrecting him in hopes they'll eventually be able to bring Dragons out of extinction. Dark Aether is in the same dimension as Termina. Mother Brain could be a corrupted holder of the Triforce of Wisdom, and Kraid could be a permutation of Ganon's beast mode.
Tetra and WW Link are currently in the possession of their Triforce-pieces.We never saw the Triforce again after it split up to flood Hyrule once and for all, so it may have gone back to Tetra and Link, since they are its chosen holders. This also opens up the possibility that Ganon(dorf) is still alive, since Twilight Princess has shown how damn hard he is to kill with the Triforce of Power on his hand. The Master Sword probably just put him into stasis, like it did with Hyrule. Also, the grafik of Phantom Hourglass stylizised Tetra's and Link's hands so much that it would be very hard to tell if they were having the symbols on them, and Link seems to be a lot stronger in this game than he was in Wind Waker, beating more temples in shorter time (but this could just be due to that stupid Triforce-shard-quest in WW...)
Farore, Oracle of Secrets, is a KokiriShe looks a lot like one in her artwork and the Kokiri are a race often associated with the godess Farore and her attribute "courage". However, her looking like a Kokiri may have the same reason why Din is looking like a Gerudo and Nayru like a Pre-Ocarina of Time Great Fairy
Every one of the spirits from Phantom Hourglass has a secondary power/attribute, not just CielaTo be more specific, I think that Leaf (power) can control the seasons and Neri (wisdom) can jump through the ages. Yeah, this is a reference to the Oracle games. There was once a third Oracle game starring Farore planned, but it was cancelled. The game would have had a time-related feature as well. I guess it would have been stopping time, like Ciela can do. I think the three spirits and the Oracles are similar in more than just one way. The oracles are connected to, or may even be the goddesses Din, Nayru, and Farore and the attributes of the spirits also mirror the godesses, therefore: Farore: Time freezing; Nayru/Neri: Time jumping; Din/Leaf: Season change. The reason why Neri and Leaf didn't use their powers to this extent was probably that it would have taken too much energy and wasn't really necessary.
Just like Ocarina of Time's Zelda was one of the seven sages of the sacred realm, Wind Waker's Link is the third sage of the master sword.He's using an instrument and the Master Sword doesn't completely get back all of its power until he finds the Triforce of Courage and, therefore "awakens".
Link is LITERALLY a Heroic MimeTWW Link excepted (note that he's ostensibly not descended from OoT Link.) I don't ascribe to this myself, but I've run into it quite a bit on the 'net.
The Blue Girl is ZeldaOnly instead of reincarnating as usual, her soul is somehow bound to the Master Sword.
Not all the games are different storiesThe ones that broadly follow the structure of Link to the Past are different corruptions of the same story, most likely Ocarina of Time or Twilight Princess. Other games may follow suit (Link's Awakenning and Majora's Mask have a numer of smiliarities, for instance) or be separate tales of their own.
The Dark World/Twilight Realm/Light Realm and possibly Termina are the same placeIt begins as The Light Realm from Ocarina of Time. Ganondorf corrupts it other than the Light Temple, turning it into the Twilight Realm. After his defeat, the Gerudo are banished to the Twilight Realm, but not before the Happy Mask Salesman is able to buy Majora's Mask off of them. The Twili are the descendants of the Gerudo, shaped and twisted by the twilight realm, which is why both are matriarchical and tend to have red hair. It would also explain why the Twilight Realm is accessible from the Gerudos' former home in the desert
Termina, the world of the Ocean King, and Koholint Island are one and the sameThe Windfish is the united form of the four Giants from Majoras Mask. Also, the Wind Fish and the Ocean King are one and the same (which is supported by the fact that they are both whale-like gods). Originally, the Wind Fish / Giants / Ocean King was supposed to stay asleep to keep the dream world of Termina existing, but after the Majora-incident, this dream world was, after all, infested by Majora's Mask's evil, and it would later manifest as Bellum from Phantom Hourglass, aka The Nightmare from Link's Awakening. Note how Bellum's full title in Japanese is "Dream Demon Bellum". Also: Bellum's eyes look a lot like Majora's Mask's eyes. So—> Majora's Mask—> destroyed—> essence becomes Bellum: Dream Demon = Nightmare. First, the Ocean King / Wind Fish was able to hold everything pretty well together, so the evil power was "only" resulting in the flooding of Termina (similar to the flooding of Hyrule, only that it happened in both timelines here), but as time passed, the evil grew stronger and stronger and (in Timeline Number 1) consumed most of the dream world, until only Koholint Island was left and it wasn't possible to stop the evil anymore without giving up on what was left of that world. Because of the split-timeline, however, a sooner Link (aka Wind Waker Link) arrived in the dream world in Phantom Hourglass (Timeline Number 2) and could stop the process, before it was as advanced as in the other timeline in ''Links Awakening". So, to sum it all up: The giants are becoming the Ocean King, who is later known as the Wind Fish, and Phantom Hourglass is basically Link stopping the Ocean King's dream world from becoming Koholint Island in the second timeline as well. Supporting this Theory: All three of this world have many characters who are considered Expies of characters from the corresponding predecessor game, even in-game. It is common for dream-dimensions in fiction to have their population based upon people from "the real world". Then there's the way Link is shown entering those worlds in all of the three games: In Majora's Mask, he gets a short sequence that looks like childish-doodles on Speed; in Link's Awakening, he, well, awakens on the shore of Koholint Island. Phantom Hourglass unites aspects of both of this instances, by having Link wake up on a shore, after having a pretty acid-like vision of Tetra's light being swallowed by darkness. Another thing that is supporting this theory: The way the wind fish and the Ocean King tend to reward Link's helpers: Marin was wishing for wings, Linebeck was wishing for being able to travel the seas in his S.S.Linebeck. Neighter of them was wishing to see the "Real World". Yet, both of them suddenly turn up and get their wishes granted in Link's world, after the quests is completed: Marin flies away as angel/seagull and Linebeck's ship is spotted on the horizon by Link, after he and Tetra returned. The Wind Fish/Ocean King probably intentionally rewarded them both with "freedom from the boundaries of the dream world", in addition to granting their wishes.
The names Ganondorf, Link, and Zelda are cursed.Every time someone named Link, Zelda, or Ganondorf appears, bad things happen. The logical conclusion is that one or all of these names are cursed. There are three possibilities. Link is Cursed: In ancient history, a hero named Link failed his quest. The goddesses decreed that as punishment, anyone named Link would have to suffer trials. Ganondorf and Zelda are just along for the ride. Zelda is Cursed: Zelda is a descendant of a despotic tyrant who was also named Zelda. Once again, she is punished to suffer. Ganondorf is the executioner, and it's Link's job to make sure she doesn't suffer too much. Ganondorf is Cursed: Ganondorf is the avatar of a fourth Goddess who attempted to conquer the others and failed. He is cursed to relive his failure over and over again. (See the below WMG.)
The "Fierce Deity" is the personification of the future.The Fierce Deity is shrouded in mystery. Plus, it is the last mask to be found in the game. If this is the OoT link, then it cannot be a past Link, because apparently he is the first Link. Many future Links wear different tunics, so this one is a combination of those. One of his attacks is to shoot a beam out of his sword. This is attack is commonly used by later Links. His fate might be to become a god-like being, hence his appearance. The Helix sword is an amalgation of all of his swords to be gotten in the future.
Link is not mute at all.His text-boxes are absorbed by an evil force to keep Link from giving the player information. Notice how most times, people seem to respond to things that Link has supposedly just "said". Like Zelda in Ocarina of Time, Tetra in Wind Waker, Romani in Majora's Mask, Marin in Link's Awakening...ect.
Super Smash Bros. is the reason the timeline is so messed up.Other crossovers such as Soul Calibur II or the first two Super Smash Bros. games simply plucked the characters out of their natural environments and had them fight. Super Smash Bros. Brawl, however, creates an amalgamation universe featuring all of the Nintendo franchises together. This is why Toon Link and TP Link are in the same game, even though they are from alternate realities, and why TP Link seems to have attributes of his predecessor from OoT. Likewise, the amalgamation universe survived for a while after the crossover, explaining such things as Link showing up in Tetris or Super Mario RPG. This universe was destroyed at the end of Super Mario Galaxy, rendering all of the universes separate again.
Super Smash Bros. is the reason the timeline split in the first place.The legend at the beginning of WW says that the hero vanished and leaves it at that. What we're not told is that he vanished into the SSB world and couldn't return to stop Ganondorf's return.
Most Legend of Zelda games take place in Spira, sometime before the game but after the events in FFX's history.All spoilers are for Final Fantasy X. Before Wind Waker, the world was flooded, and the country of the real Zanarkand may or may not be on an oceanic world, but it is long ago in Spira's history, with plenty of time for Hyrule, a neighboring kingdom, to become magically flooded and the waters to spill over to the rest of the world. The reason Hyrule never really has an increase in technological level is because the goddesses want to keep it safe from Sin. The WiiTV April Fools' commercial (which isn't actually a prank, but Nintendo hushed them up about it) shares the building style and potentially the now-lost technology of Zanarkand, and possibly takes place there before Link goes to Hyrule fleeing the Big Bad who later becomes/enables/is replaced by Ganondorf/Ganon. The MacGuffin is the artifact that will eventually become the Master Sword, which becomes depowered not after waiting, but rather after incarnating Link's soul- Steve, or (my preferred name) as suggested by another troper on the Just Bugs Me page, Reido is a (possibly living) statue that houses the machinery: It crystallizes a soul and enables it to be "unfrozen" later in time — usually in a different body, but in rare cases like Ocarina of Time, the same body several years later. The first Link (likely with a different canon name, something with a similar meaning to "anchor") has a Pyrrhic Victory at the end of the game, just escaping the Big Bad at the cost of his life, and having fled to what would eventually be Hyrule, must himself use the device to keep the Big Bad from being able to take over the world by unfreezing each time he reincarnates or comes back into power. The Goddesses made the soul fragments into the shards of the Triforce (Power for Ganon-to-be and Courage for Link, no idea who Wisdom/Zelda are yet) before making Hyrule (the country, not the world, although they could easily have made the world in the first place). Anyway, back to Spira: the world floods between OOT and WW, the continent of Zanarkand becomes the archipelago of Spira, and meanwhile, the Legend of Zelda games are taking place, following the Wind Waker timeline. The Island Fish in Link's Awakening (no matter the timeline) is a version of Sin, hanging out in the ocean while it regenerates, and Marin was an unsent, influencing Link's dream and allowing her to get her happy ending and manifest as a seagull instead of a fiend. Possibly the guardian of the last High Summoner previous to Link's Awakening, trying to find a way to escape being bound by Sin's body, at least for a short time.
Link in Ocarina of Time is a lot older then he looksThere are a couple of things which led me to this conclusion.
Kokiri that leave the forest begin to age, and that's why the GDT told them they would dieAs a continuation of the above WMG, this troper adds that he speculated several years ago when playing OoT on the Zelda Collector's Disk for GCN that the actual reason the Kokiri will die if they leave the forest is that whatever magic keeps them young ceases functioning once they leave, meaning that eventually they will grow old and die.
The splitting of the timeline screwed around with Link's Reincarnation-cycle in the adult-timeline.Reincarnation usually works like this: You live, you accomplish something, you die, you are reborn, repeat. However, that doesn't quite works out that well, when you are not killed, but erased from the timeline (like Zelda erased Link, when she sent him back to his youth). Having Link erased out of the timeline, instead of biting the dust the regular way means, that there's no soul the goddesses could have reincarnated. Which is why they chose to flood Hyrule, instead of sending another hero... They were lacking Hero-soul at the time, thanks to a certain princesses "good intentions...". When they finally managed to reincarnate Link again, he was only part of the hero he used to be and the triforce of courage didn't imedientally recognize him and split up. Notice how one of the triforce shard is at the coast of Outset Island. It probably somehow almost found it's way to it's owner... and missed by a few meters. It explains why Wind Waker Link is (in-game) considered by some to be the reincarnation of OoT Link and by some others not. Also, why he kept OoT Link's exeptional sword-skills (as Orca mentioned) but not the ability to speak ancient Hyrulean: The reincarnation was still screwed up and incomplete, resulting in an incomplete Link. The Triforce of Courage latter fixed the "damage", which is why Ganondorf is able to absolutly recognize him as good old' Link.
The Zelda universe is part of the Kingdom Hearts universeWhenever Link kills an enemy, they leave behind a heart, which vanishes after a while. There are also fragments of hearts that seem to have been created by the land itself. Eventually, Link is going to absorb enough hearts to become a Kingdom Hearts completly.
The Zelda from "The Adventure of Link" is the same Zelda as in "The Minish Cap"Placing the Minish Cap in the very beginning of the timeline(s). Evidence towards this: Minish Cap's Version of "Zelda's Lullaby" is actually a remixed version, using Zelda's Awakening-theme from The Adventure Of Link. She's the only other Zelda to use this theme in any way. Since Eiji Aonuma once stated, that there indeed is a firm timeline connecting the games and that they are recently trying to seed hints of it anywhere, this was probably meant to be one of those hint, making us realize that "The Minish Cap" is the true beginning of Link's and Zelda's story and legacy.
Wind Waker's Link is a squid monster.In fact, his entire family line is composed of squid monsters, capable of shape-shifting into human form. At some point in the past, possibly after Link and his sister were born, their Grandma became fed up with the squid monster lifestyle, and stole away her two grandchildren to Outset Island, where she raised them to believe that they were normal humans like everyone else. Link, being the hey-let's-run-off-a-cliff dunce that he is, never realized his true powers as a squid monster. Aryll, because she's much more intelligent, started to get an idea, and that's why seagulls flocked around her in the same way that they do around other squid monsters. As for Grandma, she stays inside for the vast majority of the game because she doesn't want the seagulls flocking around her and making her remember the life she left behind. And yes, this means that it's entirely possible Link was unknowingly killing his mother and father out there on the Great Ocean during the game.
The fairies, Ooccoo, and Minish originated from the same realm.Fairies are often described as being celestial and a "Fairy" realm is often mentioned and it is heavily hinted that the Great fairy springs (exspecial that of the Queen(s)) are actually portals to their own realm, which only they can use. The minish are mentioned in their backstory to have accended from the "Heavens" and same is true for the Ooccoo, we even see a celestial town of them. Conclusion: There's a giant realm somewhere in the skies of Hyrule, which is ruled by Fairies, Minish and Ooccoo.
The brother God, Oshus, created Termina/the great sea/the dream realm to trap and draw this evil away from HyruleAs such, Oshus set himself as the great guardian of creation. He's appeared as Oshus, the wind fish and the four guardians. And as for the world he calls home?
Termina/the sea from Link's Awakening are a dream world alternate universe to HyruleThere's no way to get from one to the other in the four dimensional universe. They connect across a sort of "dream bridge" where in someone from Hyrule must go into a dream/coma/trance to visit the other realm, and even then only with Oshus's help. That's not to say it's all just a dream, even if it appears so to observers. It's real, because sometimes things can cross over. One other thing: this realm does not suffer from the "split timeline" that Hyrule does.
The games Majora's Mask, Link's Awakening, and Phantom Hourglass occur in that order.Oshus rules his realm, mostly a great ocean, but having a couple of large islands that are home to Termina and the land from Link's Awakening. In this sequence, they tell the story of the great evil that is Majora/Bellum gaining strength as Oshus battles to keep him at bay. The games represent moments when Majora's power becomes great enough that Oshus needs help, and sends for a Link to help him battle it. First was the great Hero of Time, whom Oshus/The guardians plucked to beat the stored evil in Majora's Mask and save the skull kid. At this point, the evil is just trying to block Oshus/the guardian and destroy the world with dropping the moon. The next two times, Majora/Bellum go after Oshus/The wind fish/the ocean king himself. The first, Link's Awakening, Majora/Bellum attacks the wind fish's mind, causing monsters to appear on one island. The next, Majora/Bellum attacks his body, and causes more damage across the entire ocean, in fact, being able to go into one of the Hyrule universes via the ghost ship. Oshus summoned the ALTTP link and WW link respectively to help him battle it. (It doesn't matter that those links are from different timelines, as the Termina universe is a whole other realm not subject to the split timeline.)
Contrary to popular belief, there was no dream apocalypse at the end of LAOh sure, at the time, and from Link's perspective, it looked like one, but the alternate reality continued on whether or not Link was dreaming. The wind fish/oshus went into Hyrule's reality to thank Link and send him off.
Meanwhile, back in Hyrule, Ganon was meant to get the triforce of power, but he isn't using it the way the Goddesses intended, which was to help Link and Zelda to defeat Majora/Bellum once and for allThe sages in Twilight Princess were right: Ganon was chosen by the Goddesses. He was meant to be the incarnation of power, joining with courage and wisdom to wield to full power of the Goddesses to defeat Majora/Bellum to save all creation. Ganon was corrupted, however, and only uses it to serve his own evil ends. Thus...
Oshus is losing groundEvery time Majora/Bellum gains power, it affects more and more of Oshus's realm. In Phantom Hourglass, the ghost ship, (an extension of Bellum) even reached into the realm of Hyrule. Time itself may be coming to a close, signalling a final confrontation with Majora/Bellum and the Goddesses, who will use their incarnations, Link, Zelda, and Ganon, to battle the monster once and for all. So it remains to be seen: will Ganon team with the good guys and stop Majora from destroying all creation, or will he join it and destroy all reality?
The Lost Woods was cursed in a war between the Kingdom of Ikana and the Garo warriors.The Kingdom of Ikana was at war. The noble Garo warriors from Stone Tower Temple challenged the the rule of the king, Igos du Ikana. The Garo Masters saw Ikana as an unfit ruler, and chose to remove him. Ikana's most trusted general, Keeta, led his army of Stalfos Knights into battle against the Garo. The war continued for years, and it eventually became clear that Ikana was losing the war. Keeta was running out of soldiers. With no other options, he turned to the children of the Kingdom. Child soldiers known as Stalchildren were used in the war, but they were not enough. Ikana sent Stalfos Knights and Stalchildren to travel through the forest to the south to Hyrule to ask for assistance. However, while they were in the forest, the Stalfos Knights were ambushed by Garo and completely wiped out. Some Stalchildren managed to escape, but they were quickly cut down in the fields on the way to the castle town. The Garo cursed the forest, which was the only road between Ikana and Hyrule, and made it so that anyone who tried to travel through the forest would lose their way and die. The forest would later be known as the Lost Woods. The war in the Kingdom of Ikana never ended, and the entire kingdom was cursed so that the dead would rise from their graves and haunt the land. The Garo remained in the Kingdom, waiting at their posts ready to fight should the Stalfos return. The fallen Stalfos Knights refused to give up, even in death. Although the woods were now cursed, they were originally part of the holy Kokiri Forest, and the Knights were reborn as fairies. The fairies went to the Kokiri people and made a pact. The fairies would protect the Kokiri from the Garo's curse, and the Kokiri would promise to one day free Ikana Canyon from the curse that now plagued it. Eventually, Link, a Hylian boy raised by the Kokiri, would travel to Ikana Canyon and defeat the Garo Master at Stone Tower Temple. He would destroy Twinmold, the temple's guardian, and break the curse on the Kingdom of Ikana once and for all.
On the same note, the Gorman Brothers are descendants of the Garo.Here is a quote from the Gorman Brothers. "Seems some monstrous Garos appeared at Romani Ranch yesterday. And I heard the wagon carrying their milk was attacked. I tell you, that's a dangerous place... Seems like we're the only ones who have any milk left. Hyuh, hyuh." Interesting. It was clearly aliens (hereon referred to as "Them", as Romani called them) that attacked the ranch, was it not? Why do the Gorman Brothers think it was Garos? They look nothing like Garos. Further case in point: How do the Gorman Brothers know what Garos are? One must take note of this fact: The Gorman Brothers have the Garo's Mask. Think back to what the Garos say when they appear as you wear the Garo's Mask. "Master, you called! ...!! What are you!?" From this we can conclude that the Garo's Mask is used by Garo Masters to call upon their warriors. When the warriors realize, however, that Link is not a Master, they attack him. Now let's put the facts together. The Gorman Brothers' message implies something. Their message is obviously meant to taunt Romani Ranch, showing that they attacked the milk wagon. However, they also note the invasion by "Them". This implies that the Gorman Brothers were also responsible for "Them" attacking. Another important note? They said that "They" were Garos, likely in disguise. The Gorman Brothers both own Garo's Masks, as we know from their attack on the milk wagon. This means that they can summon the Garos. But the Garos immediately recognize Link for what he is while wearing the mask, so why not the Gorman Brothers? Why are the Gorman Brothers able to control the Garos? Could it be perhaps that they truly are the Masters?
Either TWW!Link does have a partly reincarnated memory or Orca is related to the Hero of TimeIn Twilight Princess, the hero's spirit claimed that the techniques he thought TP!Link do not leave the Link's bloodline. TWW!Link, however. is actually seen using most of these techniques in battle (either as reaction commands or when... killing Ganondorf), even though no other Link ever showed them to him. All he knows about swordplay comes persumably from Orca, so eihter he learned them directly from him, or he suddenly remembered them from the other Link's incarnations. (Similar to how every Link can do a spinning slash right from the beginning, except MC!Link, who had to learn it from a sword master first (another fact that hints at the theory of Minish Cap being the chronologically first game)).
Wind Waker Tingle is Ganondorf in disguise.In order for Ganon's Evil Plan to succeed, he needs Link to find and bring the triforce of courage. The whole game is an attempt to capture Zelda, turn Link into someone capable of gathering the triforce shards, and then luring him to Ganondorf's castle so that the three triforce pieces could be joined together. Ganon, disguised as Tingle, helped Link by deciphering the triforce charts, while funding his own sinister operations through the exorbitant fees he charges for this service. This sounds implausible, but really, Tingle's searing evilness becomes obvious after a few seconds of interacting with him.
Link used the Ocarina of Time to travel to the 1920s and write books under the pseudonym of F. Scott Fitzgerald.It would explain why so many of Fitzgerald's books are dedicated to "Zelda".
Aryll and Ilia are counterparts of each other.Their roles and personalities are almost the same and they have pretty much the same age difference to Link. Since we don't know who Link's parents are, Ilia could, in theory, even be his little sister (or half-sister), just like Aryll. They are also both associated with animals (Seagulls for Aryll and Horses for Ilia), both have their own Leitmotif and are both blonde. Also, look at the 2 Link's faces, when they "talk" to Aryll or Ilia in cutscenes. They have this special "I'm so happy to see you today" look in their eyes, which differs greatly from their usual, heroic expressions. Both Links only have this look in their faces when they see Ilia or Aryll, on no other occasion.
Gibdos and ReDeads perpetuate their species via infection.The scientist in Ikana was subjected to this infection, and was slowly becoming one of them as per their MO. The hot ReDead-on-Link action we see? That's how they infect their victims.
There are no fish in the great sea because Ganondorf killed them.Everybody who played Twilight Princess knows that Ganondorf's one weakness is, in fact, NOT the Master Sword, but that fancy fishing rod Colin made for Link. Clearly, Wind Waker Timeline Ganondorf wanted to eliminate the possibility of anyone facing him with a fishing-rod in his inventory, so he killed all the fish. Simple.
Orca, the sword master from Wind Waker, is Link.It's been stated (possibly Word of God'd) that Link in WW isn't an incarnation of Link. He's just a punk kid who took up arms to save his sister. It's also been suggested that Link gets a few lives of downtime before the next adventure, or that he is born whenever Ganon rises. It's possible that Orca was Link in a down-life, or that he was born when Ganon first awoke, but Ganon got smart, and waited for him to age into a feeble old man before doing anything evil, not counting on someone taking the role of Link.
Link as seen in Wind Waker and Phantom Hourglass grows up to become...Guybrush Threepwood!Both Link and Guybrush are cute, blonde and clumsy, yet brave and noble, and both live in an Anachronism Stew populated by The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything. Plus Link's parents are absent without explanation, and Guybrush's parents are said to have abandoned him at a young age. Plus Guybrush mentions having a sister at at least one point in the series. Guybrush's ambitions to become a pirate could stem from getting sick of having to fight Ganon and aspiring to live a normal life.
Some prove that Minish Cap is to be placed very early in the timelineIt has to play before most of the games for a simple reason: Link's sword skills.
In every other Zelda title, Links starts out with incredible skills and enough strength to crush harder objects (usually) and the ability to do a Spin Attack right away. Except Minish Cap, where he suddenly has to learn everything, from his basic spin-attack to his famous sword-beam. Meanwhile, The Wind Waker Link suddenly Ass Pulls the most amazing moves out of nowhere once he's told to improvise, once the A-button symbol lights up. and Twilight Princess Link gradually keeps learning the very same amazing moves and stunts by "mysterious encounters" (which could, according to a former WMG, just as well be metaphors for awakening memories of past lives) over the course of the game. And everytime Link gets some sword-training (except Minish Cap) people remark how talented he is and sometimes even mention that he was the one who came up with the Spin Attack and that they just reminded him. So Wind Waker and Twilight Princess have Link just access all the great sword-skills from his previous lives and even Link of Ocarina of Time, which is supposed to come very early, knows the Spin Attack right away. But poor, poor Minish Cap Link starts out with downright pathetic strength and has to learn from tutors (real ones, not just ghostly soldiers which may or may not be a past "him") to get any useful skills at all, despite growing up in a blacksmith's atelier, where swords are, well, made. This leads me to one conclusion: Minish Cap is where Link first got all his amazing sword skills. And he was so happy to learn them that they burned very deeply into his mind, and thus became the only thing he never loses over the course of reincarnations (besides that silly hat Ezlo gave him). No matter how many times Link reincarnates, just put a sword into his hand and he'll start kicking ass like it was his purpose (which it is).
Link is not directly controlling the Phantom-soldiers in Spirit Tracks, a spirit of some sort, who'll be allied to him, is.That spirit will be Link's newest Exposition Fairy and bear great significance to the plot. He/she (I guess it will be female) will also have something to do with the letter that Link delievers to Princess Zelda in the beginning.
There will be a game showing the Hero Of Winds (TWW/PH Link) arriving in New Hyrule and sealing up Malladus.Or not. Would be awesome, though. After all, we missed the event itself, leaving old Niko to look after the guy who finally gets to kill the beast.
Phantom Ganon is more important to Ganon's plans than just ego stroking.Every time Ganon is killed or otherwise incapacitated, his consciousness and full powers are transferred to his Phantom. The Phantom thus becomes his new body and he continues his conquest anew. It's a slow process, though, which is why Ganon doesn't just get cracking immediatley.
The Legend of Zelda and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link take place after The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks.If you look closely, the Background used in the trailer for Spirit Tracks is a map. And it resembles the overworld Map of the original games a LOT. Meaning that the original Zelda did only happen because Hyrule (I) was flooded in the first place, leading into the founding of Hyrule (II). It also means that Ganondorf's forehead-stab did, in fact, NOT kill him permanently, but we knew that already.. The only question left is how the Background-story of Zelda II fits into this, since naming the princess "Zelda" was apparently already a common practice before Ocarina of Time, meaning that the Sleeping Princess Zelda has been there ever since before the flood... how was she not drowned in her palace, along with the rest of Hyrule (I)?
Bongo Bongo is an evil RaymanTwo disembodied hands inexplicibly linked to a body? This is obviously Rayman mutated...or at least his evil counterpart.
The Wind Fish has time travel capabilities.Koholint Island has telephones and crane games, neither of which are in Hyrule as seen in A Link to the Past. Since they can't have come to Koholint from Link's subconscious, they must come from the Wind Fish, who had traveled back in time from a period where Hyrule had roughly the technological level of the 1960's. (Coming from then also explains how trippy Link's Awakening is.)
Actually, all Links and Zeldas look pretty much the sameExplaining the dozen identical looking Toon-Links and Toon-Zeldas standing out between all the other, vastly differently desinged Links and Zeldas: Actually, all Link and Zeldas look pretty much the same, apart from a few hair-style differences (and minor-clothing differences, of course). It's just the different Art-styles that make them look different. Toon Link, Young Link, and the Link from the first game would probably look like Triplets if it weren't for the different art-styles of the games.
The events in Link's Awakening were not a dream at all.At least they weren't Link's. In reality, Link was physically on the Island of Koholinth, but the island wasn't physically real (this leads to confusion). To make a long story short, the island was the Wind Fish's dream, as well as everyone on it (except for Link and the Wind Fish).
Alternately, the Link in Link's Awakening is a dream Link.It is him dreaming in sync with the Wind Fish. Marin and Tarin are the dream versions of Malon and Talon. This also proves that Link's Awakening fits nowhere in the timeline.
Every parallel universe to Hyrule, no matter if dreamt or real (they are possibly all the same anyway according to another WMG) is ahead of Hyrule's time by at least a century.
The fairy doll that the Fairy Queen crushed in Wind Waker?Was a real fairy. Her life force went to Link's powerup, either because of displeasing the fairy queen, or worse, the fairy queen thinking, "eh, I've got five others anyway, and this thing is conveniently here now. Poof!"
Hylians are on the extreme end of a spectrum and not a distinct species from humans.In Hyrule, there are two subspecies of upright, tool-and-magic-using apes: short-eared Humans and long-eared Hylians. Interbreeding causes variations in ear length. As time goes on, more interbreeding takes place; it used to be that most Hyruleans were full-blooded Hylians, but by the time Twilight Princess or Wind Waker rolls around, there's been quite a lot of mixed marriages. This could also be why "human" and "Hylian" seem to be more interchangeable terms in games set later in the timeline.
The Shadow Temple is the Royal Family's TombThe title says it all.
Ganondorf is not the same Ganondorf every time.He is, in fact, the only male of the Gerudos, a race that only makes an in-game appearance once, in OoT, and then never again. However, unlike Link and Zelda, who only retain a small degree of memory from their past lives, Ganondorf remembers EVERY life he's gone through.
The different Links have different names.While all the Zeldas are specifically given the same name, and Ganon is supposed to be the same one every time, there's no evidence that the same applies to Link. While the player character is always referred to as Link outside of the games, in game the heroes of the past events are always referred to by titles like "Hero of Time" rather than by their names, like Zelda and Ganon are. And given that they recognize his traditional duds, if the Links had a traditional name, they'd recognize that as well.
The Cuccos are gods.In Twilight Princess, so Ooccaa are said to be the closest race to the gods. They also look and act very similar to Cuccos. This would also explain the Disproportionate Retribution received when attacking Cuccos: it's because you are, in fact, attacking a god.
ST Link is the grandson of Nico and Aryll.
The next "hero" link on the WW side of the split will be of mixed rito heritage.In the end of Wind Waker; Link, Tetra, Makar, Medli, and the pirates all embark on an expedition, presumably to search for a place to found the new Hyrule, as confirmed in Spirit Tracks. It's implied that one passes on carrying of the triforce to his or her offspring, most likely first born. If this were true, then chances are Link and Tetra would decide not to begin a lineage together after reaching land. The only other female on the expedition was Medli, a Rito who has been a possible shipping candidate for Link as well. Assuming natives don't interfere, and that a Rito could crossbreed with a Hylian, it could be very possible for the lineage to have mixed Rito heratige. Spirit Tracks takes place roughly one or two centuries after Wind Waker, leaving time for the lineage to continue. If a hero occurs between ST and WW, or he contains enough Rito in his blood (assuming his ancestors that took more Rito like traits tended to seek out others with Rito traits) to give him a disinct flavoring of Rito, perhaps enough to enable limited flight.
We will see a female Link eventuallyGanon will have a Nice Job Breaking It, Herod! or such.
Earth is in a possibly alternate timeline of post flooded Hyrule on the Wind Waker split. Old Hyrule is at the bottom of the seas just south of Japan.First off, the constellations in Wind Waker are the same as Earth's, such as Orion and Ursa Major. It appears that many of the symbols from Hyrule became town emblems of several southern Japanese cities in the modern day. For instance, the island village of Aogashima has a town flag that looks like the inverted Triforce insignia◊ found on the doors of Outset Island, both of which are on the far south of the area of islands they are grouped with. At the end of Wind Waker, Link, Tetra, the sages, and the pirates embark on an expedition to found a new Hyrule on a large landmass. If they went north, they probably came across mainland Japan, and began colonizing it. Spirit Tracks actually takes place in southern Japan. As for alternate timeline, due to the lack of modern historical or folk Hylian records, it's likely that Ganondorf never managed to free himself from the flooded Hyrule, and Japan was colonized by ordinary citizens who were unaware of the old legends. It might not be alternate, though, if the folk tales and records just faded with time, of if the area was struck with a catastrophe, setting technology back with the rest of the world and destroying the old records.
All the Zeldas and Links are cousins/siblings except the originals.They look similar, and it's even lampshaded within a few games, and they're pretty close. They also know things about each others that others don't.
Gannon is the real Demon KingUnfortunately, like a certain other fellow, merely saying his name gives him power. That's why Nintendo had to "change" his name for the rest of the series. Fandom Berserk Button is how the foolish are stopped from inadvertantly helping this creature of pure evil from getting stonger. Addtionally, this means that TSA is in fact the latest incarnation of Link. Why else do you think he can power through the games so quickly?
Wind Waker Link founded New Hyrule's Royal Guards.Once reaching the new land, Link, Tetra, and her pirate crew found what will become new Hyrule (with the help of the Lokomos). Wind Waker Link then personally trains soliders to guard the castle. He styled the uniforms to look somewhat like his own, hence why new recruits dress like Link's traditional garb.
Once Tetra and her pirates found the new land that became new Hyrule, there was a mass immigration from The Great Sea, the World of the Ocean King, and other areas.It would be impossible for just Tetra, her band of Pirates, and Link to create and populate New Hyrule on their own. So once word went back to The Great Sea that there was a new land to inhabit, lots of people from The Great Sea and from the World of The Ocean King settled there. This would explain the presence of the Anouki Tribe, Gorons, and Linebeck's descendants in Spirit Tracks.
Niko is actually Spirit Tracks Link's legal guardian.Because, really, how often do preteen orphans voluntarily become "roommates" with random centenarians? Maybe sometime after this Link's parents died (or however it is that he ended up alone), Niko adopted him, perhaps due to the boy's resemblance to a certain "old friend" of his.
LTTP takes place in New Hyrule.IIRC LTTP is already believed to be the last chronologically because of what happens to the Master Sword or something like that. The castle layout is a big LTTP nod.
Malladus is the source of the TridentWe know from Four Swords Adventure that Ganon became the Big Blue Pig when he obtained a magical Trident that had been used in rituals by the Evil Tribe, and tapped into demonic power. Now we see an ancient demon, implied by dates to go back to before the First Ganondorf in OoT. The obvious conclusion is that Malladus is the creature worshiped by the Evil Tribe, whose power they tapped into when they created the trident, and who Ganon became the living avatar of once he obtained it. Thus, retroactively, Ganon has been Hijacked By Malladus in almost every appearance using that name.
The Picori and Fairies are the same species, just sexually dimorphicWe never see a male fairy aside from Tael (who comes from a paralell universe) or a female Picori. The logical conclusion is that these similar-sized creatures are the same species. To paraphrase The Dark Crystal "I don't have wings!" "Of course not, you're a boy!"
There will eventually be a Zelda game featuring Link with a gun.Not the Wii one, though, since that seems to be finally telling the origin story for the Master Sword. But the ground has already been laid with steam-based Zelda games, cannons in several, and Link's Crossbow Training. Remember that Miyamoto's original concept for Ocarina of Time was Zelda done as an FPS. Link will get a gun eventually, probably done tastefully to maintain the medieval European theme, as in Fable 2 — a primitive but powerful weapon that needs reloading, and will no doubt include several magical varieties of ammunition.
Aforementioned game will be Steam Punk.Can you say Crazy Awesome?
TWW Link had his name deleted out of all history books after Tetra became queenHe didn't want his successor (whom he knew would pop up some day) to grow up with the pressure of having to live up to his "Hero of Winds" standards, just like he himself had to live up to the "Hero of Time"'s standards. So he told Tetra not to build any statues of him, not to paint any portraits and, most importantly, not to tell anybody of his achievements, so he would not pass on into the legends. Tetra however, couldn't just completely erase every memory of his heroics out of their new kingdom, so she made his garb the uniform of the royal guardians. She also somehow got a sudden ego boost, causing her to embed a massive stained-glass window of herself in the castle and give her new BFF a makeover to make her resemble herself, but that's a different story...
Link and Zelda have been sharing a Psychic connection ever since at least before Ocarina of Time.In Ocarina of Time, Zelda and Link started having their nightmares of Ganon and each other around the same time and when Link told Zelda his name, she seemed to recognize it for some reason. Then, in Twilight Princess, Zelda stops talking for a short moment when she hears Link's name, in a simmilar fashion to her reaction in OoT. Same is true for Spirit Tracks, where she finally concludes, that it's a "nice name" after pausing a few seconds. Well, I don't know about you, but either "Link" does sound incredibly stupid in hylian language, or Zelda somehow always get's the feeling of having heard that name before. Also, Tetra's reaction when she saw the hero's clothes the first time. She never looked at anything as close as this again. Granted, she could have noticed that they look just like the drawing of the Hero of time, but it just fits nicely into the picture. Next, we get Phantom Hourglass, where we get this nightmarish sequence of Tetra screaming for help every time we load the game-file in a story-section involving the Temple of the Ocean King. It's save to assume that those are nightmares that Link is having while "sleeping" (read: while the game is not being played), so this hints at the dream-connection given in OoT again. Tetra latter states, that she was able to see everything Link did while she was petrified. Also, Zelda gave the very same statement in the end of Minish Cap. They were able to see Link's adventure, not anything else, again hinting at a Psychic connection. Then, in Spirit Tracks, what might be the ultimate proof occurs: Link can see Zelda's disembodied spirit, when nobody else can. It's never even remotely explained why, but we can guess the reasons are simmilar as the ones regarding the boy's name and the dream's they keep having of each other. Maybe their spirits are bound to each other, because of their role as protectors of Hyrule. (Zelda is the vessel of some of the greatest magical energies in Hyrule, namely the Lightforce and the Triforce of Wisdom; and Link, as Hero, is the protector the people of Hyrule and, of course, Princess Zelda) This strongly supports the Reincarnation-theory, even though it still doesn't explain why exactly those two people were chosen to return over and over again. It is, however, very much possible, since Reincarnation is now Canon in the Zelda-Universe: Anjean stated in the end of Spirit Tracks that strong and enduring spirits will always be reincarnated after some time, but they'll probably lose all of their memories. Link and Zelda fit perfectly in that picture, as the both are often decribed as incredibly strong people in various ways.
Bellum and Malladus are related, and there is a third great Demon of Air.Bellum is a demon of the sea, and could thus be seen as opposition to Nayru. Maladus is a demon of the earth, and could be seen as an evil counterpart to Din. The next New Hyrule/Toon Link game (Spirit Plane?) will reveal the third of the brothers, a wind-based evil counterpart to Faore and detail the relationship between the three demons.
Cole is the counterpart or descendant of the Happy Mask Salesman.They've both got red hair, weird eyes, uncanny dispositions, and their expressions change to murderous WAY too quickly for comfort. As for the horns, it wouldn't surprise me if the Salesman had been a demon or some kind of otherworldly creature in disguise, or maybe messing around with all of those evil masks did something to his bloodline. Or maybe Cole was just power-hungry enough to make a Deal with the Devil, bringing about Malladus's return in exchange for demonic abilities?
Rupees are not gems, but rather, like various other items in the LoZ universe, condensed forms of natural/magical energies.Think about it for a sec...you cut some grass, a Rupee appears. You break open a pumpkin, a Rupee appears. Kind of odd that it would be so easy to gather up money like that, and somehow the value of the Rupee never suffered from inflation. This is because they aren't just plain old precious minerals like rubies, diamonds, and gold nuggets. No, Rupees are simply a naturally-forming condensation of energies flowing throughout all things in the world, be it a patch of grass, a pumpkin, or a freshly-slain Moblin. The ancient Hyleans, and by proxy their descendants the Hyruleans, learned numerous ways to utilize these energies, such as crafting goods out of them (hence why merchants never run out of Bombs to sell to you no matter how many times you buy them; they use a part of the profits from the sale to craft new stock and replace it), or powering ancient artifacts (hence why the Magical Armor drains them, while the bow from the first game used them as ammo). This is also why the Rupoor, which is effectively a condensed void of these energies, is able to take money from you; it's effectively draining a battery (which is what your typical Hyrulean wallet would be.) These energies can also naturally condense into other forms, such as magical energy (the kind you use to cast Din's Fire or light a lantern) or life force (in small doses, capable of easing small amounts of fatigue; in larger amounts, enough to actually increase your vitality). Sufficiently powerful artifacts could also augment these energies into other forms, such as the Four Sword transmuting them to form Force Gems.
Link (The Wind Waker) died in the battle against Malladus. Link (Spirit Tracks) is a grandchild of his sister Aryll.The only possible explanation why The Hero of Winds isn't known all around Hyrule and why Link (ST) doesn't seem to have any connection to the royal family, even though the last Link was close friends/in love with Queen Tetra.
Kasuto was the real name of Impa from Ocarina of Time.Consider: in Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, Old and New Kasuto are the only towns which do not share their name with a character from Ocarina of Time. Impa and Zelda are the only Sages who do not have towns named for them, Zelda for what I would think are fairly obvious reasons. We also know that Impa, like Link and Zelda, is a legacy character — this is the name of the nursemaid and/or bodyguard of the princess in the original game, Zelda II, Ocarina of Time, and the Oracle games. It stands to reason, therefore, that "Impa" is not the character's actual name, but rather a title assigned to the princess's chief female attendant. The OOT Impa's real name was Kasuto, and so the towns in Zelda II are indeed all named for characters.
The Spirit Tracks restored by collecting Rail Maps, playing Spirit Instruments, and clearing Temples are the only ones that existed just prior to the game. The ones restored by Force Gems vanished much earlier.The places reached by Force Gem tracks seem to be abandoned stations that haven't seen humans in a long time (Except for the Pirate Hideout, which is usually reached by boat). Also, most of the activation Warp Gates are located on Spirit Tracks, which is why no one's figured out how to use them before. Plus, the tracks to the Sand Realm are activated by Anjean's Force Gem, and apart from Rael, who's been there the whole time, it's deserted too.
The upcoming Wii title will be set before Minish Cap.The introduction of Minish Cap mentions the original wielder of the Picori blade, "The Hero of Men", who wore the same green tunic and holds the same "Hero of X" title as OoT and WW's protagonists. It could possibly be that the next Zelda tells the story of the original Hero, and the 'master sword creature' by Link's side in the promotional poster is actually the essence of the Four Sword. This theory has some problems, mainly that the next game looks to follow the same art direction as TP as opposed to WW/MC, and Link is shown wearing his hat. Still, if not the next title, Nintendo has certainly left hint of a future Zelda title with the Hero of Men.
Twinrova was behind part of The Adventure of Link's plot.Now, this is assuming the Oracle games are direct sequels to the original two games (which seems very likely so far). Twinrova, seeing as her plan in the Oracle games was to revive Ganon, and how the plan of Ganon's minions in Adventure of Link was the exact same thing, it seems likely that Twinrova was the unseen leader and organizer of the overworld monsters that hunted Link.
Byrne might return in a future installmentBecause it's entirely possible that Byrne or at least an Expy might show up in a future Zelda game.
Some of the Gerudo are eunuchs.It's not that only one male is born every hundred years, but that only one male is allowed to be born every hundred years, the rest castrated at birth. The evidence against it is clear, but while male Gerudo certainly won't be sneaking off to Hyrule to find boyfriends, it's not inconceivable that similar physiques could develop. The most obvious evidence comes from the game's usual Hurricane of Puns - say "Gerudo" very quickly and you'll see.
Niko is ST Link's Grandfather, which is why they are living in the same house.Otherwise, it would be very, VERY creepy. This is closely related to the "Link (The Wind Waker) died in the battle against Malladus. Link (Spirit Tracks) is a grandchild of his sister Aryll."-guess. I guess sometime after PH, after the pirates came to pick all the remaining Hylians up and move them to new Hyrule, Niko probably fell in love with Aryll and they married. (No, he was not that much older. Niko is actually often described as being only a few years older than TWW Link. And the woman being 7 years or so younger than the man is really not all that uncommon.) "Then why didn't Niko call TWW Link "Your granduncle", when he mentioned him to ST Link?", you may ask now. I now point upwards, towards the "TWW Link had his name deleted out of all history books after Tetra became queen"-guess. If this really was the case, it also explains why Niko didn't want to tell ST Link too much about that person. He was already breaking the rules of their promise to TWW Link by even mentioning him to ST Link at all.
Aderu is cursed.Because that's kind of a tendency with Link's Exposition Fairy lately. (Oh yeah, about the name, it popped up on 2chan, aka "The greatest information leaking-system in mankinds history" some days ago.)
The new Zelda Wii game is a distant sequel to Majora's Mask.According to these 2chan leaks, it's quite possible. The Hero of Time would still have the Ocarina of Time, so time travel is possible. The Master Sword does not exist in Termina, where the game would quite possibly (if only partly) take place. Oh, and finally, anyone remember a certain inkeeper whose marraige you have to save? Perhaps the boy they talk about is Anju and Kafei's son.
Aderu will be wearing a mask, when Link first encounters her.There are rumors that her face looking like the great fairy Queen is not her real face. She'll be wearing a Great Fairy Queen-Mask on their first encounter and only remove it when Link has gained her trust. She'll be Mind Blowingly Beautiful behind it.
Prince Komali's grandmother was killed by the great Valoo in his rage.Even for someone who just failed to get his wings, Komali behaves incredibly Emo when you first encounter him in the game. He's also incredibly attached to Din's pearl, which previously belonged to his granny. Just a few minutes latter, we learn from Medli that his Grandma was her teacher and an attendant of Valoo as well. The same Valoo, who's now rampaging and destorying everything in his sight, because of that pesky, little crab-monster under his nest, who won't stop yanking his tail. My guess: Grandma Komali went up, tried to calm him down, got incinerated. Leaving her grandson even more upset than he already was and her pupil in despair. Hurray for the great sky spirit Valoo.
The three girls outside the STAR minigame are Ganon cultistsThey sound exactly like the school girls squeeing over literal death incarnate, Ryoji Mochizuki.
Tingle isn't a deluded man who thinks he's a fairy.He's a deluded fairy who thinks he's a man who thinks he's a fairy. Really. How else does he stay alive, hardly having aged at all, from Majora's Mask to The Wind Waker?
The Gorons are not native to Hyrule.It’s shown in Skyward Sword that despite being one of the Surface Tribes that defended the land against Demise’s forces, the Gorons are really just mere wanderers exploring and excavating the areas Link comes to in-game. They are also conspicuously absent at Eldin Volcano, which later becomes Death Mountain later in the series, and at that point is the homeland of the Mogmas. In Wind Waker, despite the land of Hyrule being completely flooded and having wiped out most of its population, there are still Gorons present in the Adult timeline, which in this case are stated to have come from a “far away and distant” land. Quite possibly, they could have originally hailed from either New Hyrule or Holodrum.
The timeline was split by the splitting of the Triforce, not time travelWhich is why there are three timelines, not two, and each of them is dominated in environmental ambiance by the characteristics of their respective Triforce's Goddess, dominated in historical trends by the respective Triforce's Virtues, and defined in their branching point by the actions and victories of their respective Triforce Bearer.
WW!Link wasn't OoT Link's reincarnation……To begin with, but became it over the course of the game. Let's back up a bit. General consensus seems to be that Zelda removed Link from the (Adult) Timeline completely at the end of OoT. In the Japanese dialogue of WW, Daphnes (Nohansen Hyrule, aka the King of Red Lions) hints that this may have been when Link separated from the Triforce of Courage (as opposed to the NA version which is more vague). During the course of the Wind Waker, a number of the troubles he has, and trials he must overcome, result from him not being the newest incarnation of the Spirit of the Hero, and having to prove his merit (such as the Tower of the Gods). When he finally overcomes the trials, he is acknowledged as the new hero, but this does not make him the reincarnation of the older Links. However, later games (specifically, Spirit Tracks) show that the reincarnation cycle has restarted, and both of these Links resemble earlier ones, despite being completely unrelated to them. So, what if, when OoT Link was separated from the Triforce of Courage as the Gate of Time was closed, a portion of himself, the Spirit of the Hero, was left imprinted upon it? Bound to the now shattered fragments, the Spirit could not be reincarnated. Fast Forward to near the end of the Wind Waker. The new Link, acknowledged as a hero by the Gods, brings the shards of the Triforce of Courage together, and when he does that, gains the Spirit of the Hero, previously bound to the Triforce piece, and thus becoming the new incarnation of the Hero (possibly even retroactively). Now, he is not a hero acknowledged by the Gods, but the Hero. Not only does this explain why new Links can be incarnated later on in the Adult Timeline, but it also means that both Daphnes comment to Jabun ("He has no relation to (the Hero of Time)") and Ganondorf's comment to Link ("Surely, you are the Hero of Time, reborn!") are truthful.
In a future game, Link and Zelda will be dual player characters through the whole thing.Given the way the games have been changing Zelda's role to make her more active in the story, and how switching between two characters has become a semi-regular feature in the series, it only makes sense that they'd eventually use it to make a game in which Link and Zelda cooperate to save Hyrule.
Kaepora Gaebora is Cedric.They're both The Scrappy in their respective games, and they're both owls. Not sure how a scrappy owl could get from Hyrule to Serenia and back, though.
The original Legend of Zelda takes place in Holodrum.It's not hard to draw similarities between Oracle of Seasons and the original Legend of Zelda. The old men appear in dungeons and are hidden in caves in the overworld, many of the items obtained are similar, and most of the bosses came from the original Zelda. This coupled with the fact that Hyrule Castle is not present leads me to the conclusion that Holodrum is the setting for the first Zelda game, rather than Hyrule.
The Oracle games take place in an objectively simultaneous period of time.Simultaneous to an observer standing outside of time that is. In Link's perspective (which we play of course), he completes one, then is sent to the other land for the other. For that period of time, there are Links existing simultaneously in Holodrum and Labrynna. The Link from the first game you played goes back in time to the moment just after he was sent to Holodrum or Labrynna, and is sent to the other land. This way, Veran or Onox aren't left running rampant while you're beating the other one. As for the fact that you lose your hearts and items at the start of a linked game, think Cast from Hit Points.
The reason the bow drains rupees in Zelda 1They're the perfect shape to make excellent arrowheads, of course!
"Link" is a lost-in-myth nameCenturies after the incidences no one really knows what many of the Heroes names were so they go by "Link" in general.
Link can only be a brunette in the Downfall timelineI have no clue why that would happen but I'll jump a limb and say it's because the Hero of Time failed that all other incarnations will be dark blonds and brunettes compared to the lighter-haired versions the other timelines have.