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This is a "Wild Mass Guess" entry, where we pull out all the sanity stops on theorizing. The regular entry on this topic is elsewhere. Please see this programme note.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Ganondorf’s attempt to take the Triforce may have incidentally created a time-transcending connection between himself and the Triforce of Power
This 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 Mask
Warning: 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)
  • In the game Majora's Mask, which is the direct sequel to Ocarina of Time, Link uses various magical masks to transform himself into different beings. Each mask was created when a member of the race it represented was killed, and the Song of Healing was played. The Goron Mask came from a great Goron named Darmani; the Zora Mask came from Mikau, the guitarist of a Zoran rock band called Indigo-Go; and the Deku Scrub Mask was implied to come from the unnamed son of a butler at the Deku Scrub Palace. Whatever form Link is in, he still maintains certain key traits of his original form (mainly the green tunic and his trademark hat).
    • Now, let’s think about the Sheikah. Princess Zelda’s nanny, Impa, is a Sheikah, and apparently the last of her tribe. Impa has red eyes, and, although she doesn’t look very old, and seems to still be in very good physical shape, white hair. Since the Sheikah tribe never actually appears in the game, it is possible that this coloration is - was - typical of the Sheikah people.
      • As this Wild Mass Guesser mentioned before, in Majora's Mask, Link still looks somewhat like himself in any form. So Sheik, being Zelda in disguise, would maintain his (her) blond hair.
  • Also, about Zelda’s disguise as Sheik: the Sheikah, judging from Impa’s getup, wear very skintight clothing, probably to help them sneak around better (kind of like ninjas). Being a tribe based on Shadows, going unnoticed would be very important for spying.
    • So, if Zelda was simply dressed as a Sheikah man, wouldn’t her physical characteristics as a woman show through a skintight suit? I think so.
  • Conclusion: Sheik was once an actual Sheikah warrior. He was killed in battle, and, as a desperate attempt to save him, Impa sealed his soul into a mask.

ReDead behavior
When 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 Wallmaster
Wallmasters 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 dead
This 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.
  • ...except they don't sparkle off into the distance. The cutscene fades to black before the Sages actually go anywhere, so they could just as easily have come back.
  • But when you think about it... Darunia entered Volvagia's boss room before you had a chance to. And then when you finally get there, Darunia is nowhere to be found...
  • You can talk to Saria all throughout the Forest Temple. Kotake and Koume teleported Nabooru away, they didn't kill her, and their Twinrova form is used in the Oracle games as well, so Nabooru wasn't a component of it. Plus, the only reason the sages weren't awoken immediatly was because Ganondorf cursed the temples and they couldn't awaken as sages until the boss monsters were killed and they could hear the call. Saria was sad because the sages had to live in the Sacred Realm, at least until they had to seal Ganondorf into it, at which point it may have been to dangerous for them to stay in it.
  • (Spoiler Alert) However, in Twilight Princess, the sages do not have physical bodies, they are just spirits, and one of the sages actually dies. Ganondorf lashes out at the sage of water and he just dissapears, never to be seen again.
    • We're not talking about the TP sages. And whether or not they're one in the same as Oo T's sages is a whole other debate.

The game is the origin of a Merlin-or-Gandalf-like wizard
Not 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 Hero's shade in Twilight Princess IS Link from Oot

The reason the well got sealed up during the seven year sleep
Some 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.
  • Could be the kid from the graveyard? Had an obsession with the morbid, and when we next see him he's (possibly) the insane poe collector... Entering the well finally broke him?
    • I was under the impression that the Poe collector was the same guy as that castle guard from 7 years prior (he was in the same room, and if you pestered him at the right time he'd mention he was a paranormal enthusiast). On the other hand, that still doesn't quite explain that kid's whereabouts... maybe the well was sealed because he went in, but he DIDN'T come out. Then someone went in looking for him, and...
  • That actually makes sense in a really creepy way when you consider that the little boy doesn't have an adult counterpart despite almost everyone else having one...

Malon was going to be the Sage of Spirit
This 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.
  • However, save for the red hair, she doesn't look like a Gerudo at all. It's possible that it was planned that she was going to be but was changed into a Marin expy later on. Or, perhaps Gerudo children look like Hylians until they're about in their early twenties or so? But that's its own WMG...

In Master Quest, Ganondorf fed Jabu-Jabu with cows to spread mad cow disease
And 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 life
Darn 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 period
Not 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.
  • Basically confirmed when you return to the past and talk to the guy, and he reveals he's a bit of a ghost enthusiast. (In the remake, at least- I don't 100% remember if this was in the original, but given that not many lines were changed/added, it probably was.)
    • It was in the original version, and you don't have to return to the past for him to say that, it just has to be night-time. He'll say that anytime in the game you visit him as long as it's night-time.

Alternatively, The Poe Collector is the kid Link sells the Spooky Mask to.
  • Note that he does not appear at all in the adult Link period, both of them carry a stick, both like scary things, and the kid wanted to be "heart-pounding". Also, the Spooky Mask resembles a ReDead, which populate Hyrule Castle Town.

Farore's Wind, Din's Fire, and Nayru's Love are the cut powers of the Forest, Fire, and Water Medallions
For 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.

  • It's also theorized that the Spirit Medallion became the Lens of Truth.
    • That fits, because even though you complete the Spirit Temple last, there are several in-game instances in which Spirit is listed before Shadow. And since you need the Lens of Truth in both temples, maybe this was a change that was made late in development...
    • The Light Medallion could be the Mask of Truth.
    • Then what's the Shadow Medallion? My money's on the Ocarina.
  • Further evidence that could support this: the entrance room for the Shadow Temple involves a torch puzzle that requires the use of Din's Fire. However, the platform Link must stand on to be properly placed for this spell has an image of the Fire Medallion on it, even though nothing else about the room seems linked to the Fire Temple in any way. Given the developers' tendency to plant visual clues to the solution of a puzzle, it's likely that the medallion image was placed there so the player knew which item/spell to use. Therefore it could be assumed that the image wasn't removed when the medallion-as-spell idea was scrapped, but that the solution spell itself remained in the form of Din's Fire.
  • According to this, the medallions actually functioned as the Warp Whistle of the game.

The Gerudo captured the carpenters in order to use them for procreation
The 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.
  • Well, I think one of the Gossip stones says that the Gerudo go into Hyrule to "get boyfriends"... So this is pretty darn plausible of a WMG...
    • Even more than just plausible, wear the Gerudo Mask around Castle Town and talk to the men. They freak out like you are there to abduct them.

Navi is trapped on an infinite time-loop
From 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.
  • This theory is supported by the fact that when Navi leaves Link in the end, the general direction she travels in is toward a spot that would later be a secret entrance to the Temple of Time in TP.

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 Goron
The 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!
  • I'm sorry, WHAT?
  • That could work, except for the part where Darunia expresses himself as a male ("We are brothers") and the part were the Goron named after you asks you to rescue his Dad.
    • Maybe in the Goron language the word "brother" is a term referring to anyone (reminiscent of words like "ellos" in Spanish referring to a group of mixed men and women).
    • I always figured that Gorons have the same gender-thingy going on as Discworld dwarves, where both male and female dwarves look and act masculine. That, or they're all masculine hermaphrodites.
    • I always thought of them reproducing asexually like single-celled organisms. Maybe like with one of the scale-like things on their backs falling off and growing into a new Goron.
Location, Location, Location
In 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 Gerudo Fortress = The Forsaken Fortress
  • Castle Town = Windfall Island
    • The architecture on the island seems to resemble a castle. The resemblance to Kakariko Village is due to the residents of Kakariko moving to Windfall and rebuilding their homes. Eventually, the sub-cultures/architecture of the people from Castle Town and Kakariko Village merged, and they created Windfall.
  • Death Mountain = Dragon Roost Island (& Fire Mountain)
    • In Twilight Princess, it’s implied that the Gorons don’t need to breathe, and can stay underwater indefinitely. So most of them may have felt no need to evacuate to higher ground when the Flood came. (The three travelling merchants - all clearly Gorons - located on Greatfish Isle, Bomb Island, and Mother and Child Isles remain on the surface for business purposes.) So the Gorons stayed in Goron City.
      • The Zoras, on the other hand, despite being highly adapted to aquatic environments, weren’t so lucky. Although they seem at home in the water with their fins and gills, their humanoid bodies imply that they aren’t meant to be in the water all the time.
      • In real life, most fish are meant to be in either saltwater or freshwater; only a few, like bull sharks, can swim and breathe in both. Some of the Zoras, by praying to the Goddess Nayru, were able to adapt quickly to the saltwater environment, and settled on Greatfish Isle until it was destroyed and they all disappeared. To thank Her, they created Nayru’s Pearl, which housed some of power of the Goddess Herself. They also hatched, nurtured and raised Lord Jabun, the offspring of the demi-god Lord Jabu-Jabu, to watch over them as the new living Water Spirit.
      • The other Zoras travelled north to the top of Death Mountain, and turned to the Goddess Din for aid. In answer to their prayers, She gave them avian features (beaks, feathers, wings) to protect them from the scorching heat, and entrusted a dragon egg to them. This egg held the single surviving offspring of the dragon Volvagia, who was slain by the Hero of Time. When the egg hatched, Din deemed the newborn dragon to be Lord Valoo, the living Sky Spirit. The Zoras, no longer being Zoras, began to call themselves Ritos, in memory of Ruto, the Princess (and later Queen) of the Zoras in ancient times.
      • Although the Ritos had wings, their wings were not big or strong enough to enable flight. So Din instructed Valoo to give each adult Rito one of his scales (which grew back easily). These scales triggered a magical “growth spurt” that caused a Rito’s wings to grow big enough to allow flight. Eventually, it became customary for young Ritos to visit Valoo and receive their wings when they came of age. To thank the Goddess for Her kindness, the Ritos created Din’s Pearl, which housed some of the power of the Goddess Herself.
  • Kokiri Village & The Lost Woods = The Forest Haven & The Forbidden Woods
    • When the Great Flood came, the Kokiri were completely unprepared. They were afraid to leave their forest, and couldn’t bear to abandon their guardian, the Great Deku Tree. The Deku Tree, who had just reached his juvenile stage of growth, prayed to the Goddess Farore for aid.
      • The Goddess answered by taking away the burden of the human forms the Kokiri took on. They shed their mimicked humanoid features and became what they had always been underneath: the Koroks.
      • The Kokiri, despite their mammalian appearance, had always been sentient plant-people. Instead of blood, they had chlorophyll keeping them alive. When they became the Koroks, they became lightweight enough to use the leaves that the Great Deku Tree shed as makeshift “wings”.
      • To thank the Goddess for Her kindness, the Koroks created Farore’s Pearl, which housed some of the power of the Goddess Herself.
    • The Forbidden woods may also be the former Kokiri village. Remember the two or three cabins containig treasure chests ? They basically look like empty Kokiri houses. The Forest Haven may be just the Deku tree's alcove ; the Kokiri may have had to take refuge there becauce it was th only protected place.
    Once upon a time, long ago, the Koroks took on human forms, but when they came to live on the sea, they took these shapes.
—The Great Deku to Link, when the Koroks reveal themselves.

The Forest Temple is actually the Temple of Time from Twilight Princess
Think 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.
  • Except for the fact the Temple of Time in Twilight Princess (not the dungeon that shares its name) is virtually identical to how it appears in Ocarina of Time. In addition, there's ruins in the Sacred Grove that suggest there was civilization before the formation of the Sacred Grove seen in Twilight Princess. If anything, it's more plausible that the Hyrule Castle Town in Ocarina of Time is the Sacred Grove in Twilight Princess. Which is supported by the fact that the Sealed Temple, which is confirmed by Hyrule Historia to be the Temple of Time in Ocarina of Time, shares its layout with the Temple of Time in question, and the fact that Skyward Sword's ending suggests the Master Sword never moved.

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.
  • The King stays behind to lead during war. Zelda goes into hiding with Impa. The Queen takes Link (who as the male would have been primary heir even if Zelda was actually older). The split betters the chance one heir would survive should something go wrong during the escape.
  • Word of God confirms that pointy ears are a sign of the royal family of Hyrule. Can you think of a certain Hero of Time with pointy ears?
    • Gonna have to call foul on that, or at least ask for a source. A quick check in Ocarina of Time shows that everybody and their brother has pointed ears. All the Kokiri, all the Hylians, Impa, Malon, Talon, Ingo, Link, Zelda. . . Even Ganondorf gets in on the elfy-ears action, post-seven-year Time Skip. Link and Zelda have have a whole lotta siblings, aunts, uncles, and cousins if that were the case, is all I'm saying.
  • You left out the part about Link's name being familiar to Zelda even though this is the first pair and it was the first time they met.
  • When Impa teaches the song Zelda's Lullaby to Link, she says that "this song is only taught to members of the royal family."
    • That could just be Impa letting Link know that he's special/privileged, and also, a hint that the other races (i.e. Gorons and Zoras) will accept him more easily as a messenger of the Royal Family.
    • Definitely Jossed by Word of God. Several publications show that Link's father was actually a Knight of Hyrule, which does still indicate his family being nobility, but also Zelda's mother passed away when she was a Child, while Link's mother died when he was an infant after delivering him to the Great Deku Tree.

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.
  • Of the three timelines, two (Adult and Defeated) are left without a Link, and the sages aren't awakened in the Child Timeline. On the other hand, the next game in the Child Timeline is Twilight Princess, which features a Link that's grown up as a ranch-hand...
    • The Links are unrelated by blood, this confirmed by The Wind Waker, because the King of Red Lions states that Link isn't related to the Hero of Time.
      • Yes, but the "Hero's Shade" (Oo T Link) make an offhand remark about the skills being passed through their bloodline, implying Oo T/TP Link ARE related. This is confirmed in Hyrule Historia (p. 118).
    • To add to this, TP Link is not royalty, so that rules out Zelda, he's not part fish, rules out Ruto, Saria is a forever child-so no go there, he's not part Gerudo, so that rules out Nabooru. Since it's canonically confirmed that TP Link is Oo T Link's descendent, Link obviously got with a girl. Malon is the only other ship tease option. Adding to this, TP Link happens to be a rancher, rides a horse he named Epona, and knows Epona's song...passed down the family perhaps?

The king of Hyrule in this game is King Harkinian.
  • Just like in Wand of Gamelon, he ignores all of his daughter's warnings, stupidly trusts someone who ends up betraying him, and almost dooms Hyrule. He probably thought he could bring the physical Triforce of Courage to protect him.

The events of the game actually represent the last of several attempts by Zelda to stop Ganondorf.
  • Zelda was essentially doing an In-Universe version of Save Scumming. She'd meet Link, ask him to help save Hyrule, and then, when Ganondorf ultimately defeated him, use the Ocarina's power to reverse the flow of time and try again. However, the continuous use of this power came with a side effect: She couldn't access all of her memories from the previous timeline, limiting her knowledge of how events would play out. Of all of her attempts, this was the only one to succeed.

Supporting evidence: When she first meets Link, she experiences a feeling of Deja Vu and says that Link's name sounds familiar. Maybe that's because she's already heard it before and simply couldn't remember. Also, her "prophetic dream" about someone coming out of the forest to save Hyrule could be a buried memory instead. Ditto for Link's dream about running into Ganondorf at the beginning of the game.
  • And to explain why link is not under the same limitation as Zelda was, Link probably does loose his memories when using the Song of Time in Majora's Mask, but someone OUTSIDE the regular flow of time is guiding, specifically we the players.

More supporting evidence: It is stated in Hyrule Historia that the timeline was actually split into 3, not 2. One for the Adult timeline (which lead to The Wind Waker), one for the Child Timeline (Majora's Mask, Twilight Princess). The final one was one that nobody suspected, which was a timeline where the Hero had failed, producing A Link to the Past. This third timeline was probably cause by a prior failed attempt that Zelda rewinded (or at least one of them).

Koume and Kotake must stay together to be as powerful as they were.
  • No real explanation as the title is self-explanatory, however, it would explain why they battle Link together instead of one at time, it isn't Tactical Suicide Boss, they just need to be close to each other to be able to use powerful magic, as well as why their Majora's Mask counterparts aren't nearly as powerful, with each running one part of the business, they lose a lot of power(thankfully, it is for Termina's best...)

All Iron Knuckles are mind controlled Gerudos
  • This page shows that prior to the 3DS remake every Iron Knuckle had a Gerudo head under the mask. It seems Nabooru isn't the first Gerudo to suffer this fate.
    • They had to create an Iron Knuckle model that had Nabooru underneath, so they just recycled the boss model for every Iron Knuckle in the game.

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.
  • I always had the Head Canon that all the temples had a secondary use besides being, well, temples
    • The Forest Temple seems to be some manner of manor, perhaps a vacation castle for the royal family. The place where you fight against Phantom Ganon is quite evidently a museum, so they probably collected art there. Since it was in a sacred meadow, the spirits of the forest started to populate it after it went into decadence.
    • The Fire Temple was explicitely made to house Volvagia.
    • The Water Temple was quite clearly some manner of water treatment plant, and is position in the heart of the biggest body of water allowed it to control the flows in Hyrule (magic probably was used, to). The place where you fight against Morpha was the center.
    • The Temple of Light strikes me as the one that was used as a regular church. Unlike the rest, that were exclusively on sacred places and hard to reach, people actually went here to pray.
    • The Shadow Temple is widely believed to have been a mausoleum or a torture chamber. There is A LOT of information to lead to this. The Sheikah were in service of the royal family, so here is probably where they took the enemies of the realm. It became a temple as a way to honor the fighting tradition of the Sheikah, as well as to house the vengeful spirits of the tortured and condemmed (which would eventually became Bongo Bongo). As for the idea of it being dedicaded to Demise...could be, in a way, perhaps he was at some point revered as a god of death, specially by people such as the Sheikah, which dealt with death constantly.
    • The Spirit Temple wasnt dedicated to a particular deity, but rather to the spirits of the desert. The Gerudo seem to have a highly idiosincrasic culture in Hyrule, so they probably uphold different deities (probably the woman of the great statue). They probably had some manner of egyptian-like animism in which they worshipped their deceased.

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.
  • Except for the fact that Koume and Kotake, as mentioned above both assume the same form in the Oracle games, no Nabooru required. That fact may just very well make this theory Jossed.

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 Folk
They'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 baby
When 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 Sword
They 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 brother
Hyrule 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.
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