Ganondorf’s attempt to take the Triforce may have incidentally created a time-transcending connection between himself and the Triforce of PowerThis is based off of the fact that Ganondorf is explicitly shown with the Triforce of Power in his possession during the events of Twilight Princess. But yet, he is never stated to have visited the Sacred Realm at any point prior to his arrest and inevitable execution, neither of which happen in the Adult and Downfall Timelines. (Especially since the Temple of Time is stated to be the only known entrance to the Sacred Realm, and Ganondorf was actively trying to get the keys needed to enter the Sacred Realm early in OoT.) In addition, even though Ganondorf (or rather Ganon, as he would be known in events following A Link to the Past) is dead before the events of A Link Between Worlds, the Triforce of Power is stated to have “slipped into his possession and sealed away with him” during the events of the game in question.
Sheik came from a Sheikah MaskWarning: some spoilers may be unmarked! (and for those of you who wanna see the spoilers, you can just highlight the text with your mouse and cursor)
ReDead behaviorWhen the player kills a ReDead where there are other ReDeads around, the others will gather towards the fallen one and crouch down. This could mean they are doing one of two things:
Ganondorf: The Ultimate WallmasterWallmasters are creatures that hang from the ceiling waiting for the most opportune moment to pounce on Link. Ganondorf is no different. For the entirety of the game up until Link is about to head to his castle to confront him he's been hiding. Where? On the ceiling of the Temple of Time. Anything hiding up there would be covered in shadow, just as Ganondorf would be. This theory operates on the idea that Ganondorf is not omniscient and doesn't know where Link is all the time, so it would make sense for him to simply wait for someone (in this case, Link) to open the Door of Time for him (which he would have a perfect view of from the ceiling) and then do the signature wallmaster pounce maneuver. Note that Ganondorf is all of a sudden right there when you open the Door of Time an draw the Master Sword. That was not the actual Ganondorf Link sees chasing after Zelda and Impa, that was Ganondorf's phantom duplicate (the boss of the Forest Temple). The real one was right there, right over Link's nose. Also note how Ganondorf never appears in person from the point you beat the Forest Temple to the point Link must enter his castle. Ganondorf was once again waiting on the ceiling of the Temple of Time because he had a feeling you would return there for something important and Zelda reveals herself as Sheik, which was a bonus.
The Sages are all deadThis is never stated outright, but heavily implied. Think about it. All of them disappear at some point before you face the boss. All of them Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence. This is most telling when Saria says she'll always be with you, and during the end credits when the sages are watching over the party at Lon Lon. They don't join; they just hang out for a while, exchange a few sentimental glances, and then sparkle off into the distance. Fridge Horror Tear Jerker for me.
The game is the origin of a Merlin-or-Gandalf-like wizardNot much to explain here. A Hylian raised in a Hidden Elf Village, saving the whole kingdom and learning a bunch of magic spells and skills along the way. In the kingdom of decades later, if the young hero is now an old one, he could certainly remain as a white-bearded bastion of hope and the ways of magic. Even if he's the king too!
The reason the well got sealed up during the seven year sleepSome kid went in there sometime after kid Link went to sleep and saw the horrors within. After escaping and telling people about it, the well got sealed up.
Malon was going to be the Sage of SpiritThis just hit me before posting. Consider: Nabooru isn't met until it's time to enter the Temple; the Gerudo Mask reminds Talon of Malon's mother (who is theorized to have been Gerudo because of this line); all the other Sages are met before you open the Door of Time, except Rauru, who's first met the instant Child Link pulls the Master Sword from the pedestal. (unless he's Kaepora Gaebora). It's plausible that Malon was going to be the Sage of Spirit, awakening as a Gerudo over the timeskip. Bonus points for being part of Link's harem along with Zelda, Saria, Ruto, and Nabooru.
In Master Quest, Ganondorf fed Jabu-Jabu with cows to spread mad cow diseaseAnd then the sickness got so bad it spawned electric jellyfish plus the boss. Even worse yet, said cows merged with his internal skin to become animal switches to make Link feel bad and lose all his confidence to continue his quest just to open a measly door. Yes, Ganondorf thought about everything.
Alternatively, the cows were the same cows "Them" stole from Romani Ranch and accidentally put them in Jabu-Jabu with Romani as well. Romani was so traumatized by this event that she later escaped from the fish's belly and changed her name to Malon to live a new lifeDarn aliens are now messing the storyline by going back in time.
The Poe Collector is the guard from the same lookout station in the child Link periodNot only they stand at the exact location, but also both enjoy chaos. The guard says he wishes things were more chaotic while the Poe Collector is very happy that Hyrule is now in chaos. Moreover, the robes the Poe Collector wears bear the Triforce symbol, indicating that he was once involved with the Royal Family prior to Ganon's overtake of Hyrule.
Alternatively, The Poe Collector is the kid Link sells the Spooky Mask to.
Farore's Wind, Din's Fire, and Nayru's Love are the cut powers of the Forest, Fire, and Water MedallionsFor those not in the know, a beta screenshot had the Forest Medallion equipped to a C button, implying it could be used as an item, possibly as a neat spell. Obviously, that didn't make it into the final game, but it's entirely plausible that some of those powers were partly implemented before the concept was cut. Since game programmers hate to waste code, they decided to work what they had into separate items, becoming the fairy spells currently in the game. Why those Medallions specifically? It seems thematically appropriate.
The Gerudo captured the carpenters in order to use them for procreationThe Gerudo only have one male child every 100 years. In fitting with their overall Amazon theme, they would naturally kidnap men in order to procreate. Makes you have second thoughts about Link's "rescue" mission...although admittedly, the Gerudo would probably would kill them afterwards, just like the original Amazons.
Navi is trapped on an infinite time-loopFrom the beginning Navi is conveniently aware of the names of your enemies and their weaknesses, as well as showing you any place of interest inside a dungeon, etc. But how did she came up with this knowledge? Well, she's trapped in a time-loop of course. At the beginning of Majora's Mask we learn that Navi disappeared after Link returned to his childhood. What if she went further back in time? Specifically to the time at which OOT begins. That would explain not only her knowledge but also the reason why Link didn't have a fairy before that moment, because Navi didn't exist until that point.
Navi died in the end.Because Link stopped being connected to her; usually this happens when a Kokori dies. Her connection to Link was unique and sustained by a geas created by the Deku Tree. Once the world was saved; it wasn't needed and she left; Charlotte's Web-style, so Link wouldn't have to see her die.
Darunia (the Fire Sage) is a female GoronThe gorons have no gender differences and all address each other with male pronouns regardless of gender. And that would make only one male sage among the seven: the old man you first encountered at the Light Temple!
Location, Location, LocationIn between Ocarina of Time and The Wind Waker, there was a Great Flood, which turned Hyrule into the Great Sea. Although most of it was underwater, many of the islands and locations seem to be remnants of the drowned kingdom. (And as for how those places became islands instead of staying underwater - the Goddesses raised them up.)
The Forest Temple is actually the Temple of Time from Twilight PrincessThink about it - it's in the depths of the Lost Woods, it's an overgrown, ruined building, and we already know that the Master Sword has resided in the Lost Woods at least at one other time (Link to the Past). Given that Twilight Princess appears to have you taken back to the past to obtain the sword, this would suggest that it is the original resting place of the sword, and that it was moved to the Temple of Time in Ocarina of Time more recently. Note the twisting corridors in the Forest Temple, similar to those seen when travelling to Termina - this suggests that the Forest Temple actually links to another realm, likely the Sacred Realm. Indeed, it is plausible that the Sacred Realm is connected to all of the Temples, as those are the places that the evil emanated from when Ganondorf got the Triforce of Power. Note that what would become the Forest Temple in Twilight Princess is actually the Great Deku Tree, so they are not the same temple.
Oot Link is stuck in an endless time-loop in the Adult Timeline.At the end of Oot, Zelda sends Link back in time to live the skipped 7 years of his childhood, leading to Majora's Mask. However, she doesn't know that she sent him back after Majora's Mask. So after every time Link defeats Ganondorf, Link is sent back in time to continueously live through MM. This leads to him disappearing and the events of Wind Waker.
The Link and Zelda from Ocarina of Time are twins.We know from the Great Deku Sprout that Link's mother was a Hylian who fled to the Kokiri forest under unpleasant circumstances. Based on what little we see of her, she seems to have been a noble of some sort (why else would someone have been gunning specifically for her and her family?) The King of Hyrule has a couple of offscreen "appearances", but the Queen isn't even mentioned. Link and Zelda are around the same age, and both have blond hair and blue eyes in a world that, if you look closely, seems to be populated by people with every possible eye/hair color combination but blond hair and blue eyes. They also seem to have a telepathic connection of some sort (Zelda's dreams, and the vision that teaches Link the Song of Time) before they wound up with two pieces of the Triforce embedded in their hands. We also know that there was a long and bloody war between the Gerudo and the Hylians prior to the game's story. And wartime is when a nation's rulers are at the greatest risk; everyone knows that when you cut off the head the body dies. Conclusion: The Royal Family of Hyrule came under attack by assassins, and the Queen was forced to flee along with her son. For whatever reason, she didn't bring her daughter or husband. (Perhaps they were separated in the confusion? Or maybe they needed to have both a ruler and a clear successor to the throne to prevent total anarchy, and the Queen went into hiding with one of the two heirs in case the King and Zelda didn't make it...) Anyway, she wound up in the Kokiri forest, died of illness, injuries, or just plain exhaustion, and Link was raised by the Kokiri to become the green-clad hero we all know and love.
Malon will become Link's wife.All the other "love interests" become sages (possibly dead, but anyway no longer real), and Zelda is probably Link's sister anyway. She is the only compatable female left, and there is definitely a spark there. Link has to have children to have descendants, which become the future Links from other games.
The king of Hyrule in this game is King Harkinian.
The events of the game actually represent the last of several attempts by Zelda to stop Ganondorf.
Koume and Kotake must stay together to be as powerful as they were.
All Iron Knuckles are mind controlled Gerudos
About the nature of the six temples.The fire, water and forest temples are dedicated to Din, Nayru and Farore. The light and shadow temples are dedicated to Hylia and Demise. The first three deities are gone and the last two are dead, yet they can still be recognized in races, magical forces and lesser gods. The shadow temple was built with respect for Demise's divinity but with contempt for his actions, while the spirit temple is the architectural equivalent of The Red Mage.
Twinrova took Naboorua's body.It has been noticed (by Gamechap of all people) that Twinrova looks like a giant mutated version of Nabooru combined with Koume and Kotake. This could either be because they're Gerudos, or a more horrific answer, they too Nabooru's body so they use their Double Dynamite form. Link, having no other choice, and also perhaps not knowing this was the case, destroyed Twinrova and in turn, Nabooru's body, killing her in the process, if she wasn't dead already. If we go by the 'the sages died to become sages' theory, this could possibly be applicable. She was witnessed as being alive before Twinrova attacked her after Link broke the first spell on her. However, she was killed, and her body was destroyed, and she realised her role as a sage.
Elite Gerudo have trained to get the Lens of Truth ability naturally.One of the NPCs mentions that normally it requires strenuous training of the "mind's eye" to see the truth, but the original owner of the Lens could do it differently. It's possible that high-level Gerudo have trained this way, which explains why there are puzzles in the Training Ground and on the way to the Spirit Temple that require the Lens of Truth. This is supported by some evidence that in beta versions of the game in which the medallions were usable items, the Spirit Medallion had the effect of the Lens of Truth, meaning that Nabooru gave you that power. And if this also applies to the Gerudo pirates in Termina, it also explains why some of them can see you even when you're wearing the Stone Mask.
Twinrova was once a storyteller.Twinrova used illusory magic to help tell her stories. When interest in her stories gradually faded, she started learning more potent magics to try and keep people interested/immersed in them, which eventually lead to lethal fire and ice spells. Koume and Kotake are rather over-the-top and hammy, and Ganondorf, who they raised as their surrogate child, picked up this habit from them.
The Pedestal of Time contains a timeshift stone.This timeshift stone is very potent and affects the entirety of Hyrule. When the Master Sword is removed, the timeshift stone is deactivated, and Link is sent back into the present. When the Master Sword is returned to the pedestal, the timeshift stone is reactivated, and Link is sent back to the past. The way that Link ages and un-ages during this process is through sage magic, which is why he has to go to the Sacred Realm each time.
The Great Fairies are actually 4th wall observing Fair FolkThey're helping Link because they'd prefer not have an evil menace worse than themselves around, but they also want to have some fun while they're at it, which is why they scare the crap out of him and the players.
Volvagia wasn't at full power when we fought it.It was likely just resurrected by Ganondorf and not fully recovered. Besides: What God(Volvagia is called a God in the Japanese version of Adventure of Link) would be such an easy boss?
Link's Mother actually meant to take him to the Forest Temple when he was a babyWhen Link was a baby, there was a great war. Whether she was the queen and Link is really Zelda's brother or she was the wife of a knight fighting in the war, she knew of a hidden stronghold deep within the Lost Woods, likely meant as a protected retreat for the Royal Family. However she was injured during her flight and either became lost in the woods or was too weak to make it that far and stumbled upon the Great Deku Tree instead, asking him to care for her child before succumbing to her wounds. The mansion in the forest may have been attacked damaged in the war despite its distant and protected location or only suffered from seventeen years of neglect, despite the Kokiri adopting the building, already built beside a sacred site, as their temple. Following Gandondorf's takeover of Hyrule and the Sacred Realm, Ganondorf's dark magic twisted the place, leading to the leading to the ghosts and other creatures dwelling there when Link goes to clear the temple as an adult.
The Know-It-All Brothers forged the Kokiri SwordThey have an advertisement for themselves next to the chest it's kept in, after all, and it seems like most of the other Kokiri didn't know where it was.
Link had an older brotherHyrule Historia claims that the Link seen in A Link to the Past was descended from the Knight of Hyrule that bore the Crest of Courage. But how is that possible in the timeline that was brought about by the Hero of Time dying, presumably before he could father a child? Simple: he is a collateral descendent rather than a lineal descendent. Link's brother, who was likely two or three years older, was probably separated from the rest of the family in the same sequence of events that saw his father killed and his mother taking flight with her newborn son. Not knowing that anyone in his family had survived, he probably grew up as normally as a war orphan could be expected to. When Ganondorf took over, Link's brother, no longer being able to live normally as he would in the child timeline, at some point joined the remnants of the Knights of Hyrule, who had been acting as a resistance movement. His fate then depends on the timeline. In the adult timeline, he never needed to engage in the final battle, and was able to peacefully raise a family that eventually resulted in the Links seen in The Wind Waker and Spirit Tracks. In the decline timeline, the Hero of Time's death made it necessary for him to join his fellow knights in the final battle to protect the sages, leaving behind at least one child that produced the Links seen in the earlier games. With no lineal descendants in the adult and decline timelines to inherit the Hero of Time's destiny, his collateral descendants took up the mantle instead.
There is no such race as the Kokiri.When Link was told that he was a Hylian and not a Kokiri this was both true and misleading. The truth is there is no such race as the Kokiri; they're all Hylians. Their infinite youth is not an inherent trait of their race. Rather, living in the enchanted Kokiri Forest has the effect of infusing Hylians with fairy traits. The evidence of this is Skull Kid, who went too far into the forest and became a spirit being. Kokiri Village is in the perfect sweet spot where you get immortality while still retaining your normal appearance. This is also why the Kokiri are told they will die if they leave the forest village. They won't die instantly, which is what they believe, but rather they will become mortal again the same way Link did.
Malon's mother is a gerudoI know it's been mentioned before, but I have evidence. Have you ever noticed how around Lon Lon Ranch there's a strange looking sign with a half moon and star? And then you go visit Gerudo Valley/Fortress and see the place adorned with that very same sign (in the original anyway)? If I had to guess why she's not in the game, it might be because when Malon was born and didn't look like a gerudo, her mom got pissed and left to join the other gerudos. Which leads me to believe...
Nabooru's second-in-command is Malon's motherNot only does she look very different from the other gerudos, but she seems to look like she's a bit older as well. Maybe it's because she's a mom and didn't tell anyone. She probably left for at least a year and came back once she had Malon. She's the only unique gerudo we see, other than Nabooru, so it wouldn't be too farfetched.