Guesses from about what would be in the game before the game was released has been moved to a separate page:
The Grand Unified Keese-Feces Insane TheoryWe didn't get the full backstory. In addition to Hylia, there were two other deities set to protect the Triforce. One embodied courage and one embodied power. The minor goddess of power's story was lost to history, but not completely: it is still known that she had red hair and golden eyes, and many desert civilizations worship her as the Desert Colossus. The minor god of courage's name was also lost to history. He is now known as the Fierce Deity. The Colossus was most likely one of the first divine casualties, but she managed to pass on some minuscule part of her into a human bloodline. This bloodline eventually bore Groose, then the Gerudo. The Fierce Deity's story, though, is more interesting. He was wounded, unprepared, by a sneak attack by the mad demon Majora and her high priest, known only by his rictus grin, chilling laugh, and ability to pull large musical instruments from the ether. Knowing that if he died, his power could be used by the demons, he asked Hylia for help. He needed some way to keep his power safe from the forces of evil without eradicating it altogether. Hylia, by this time, was already formulating a plan to become mortal and use the Triforce. She took out her harp and played the Song of Healing. The Fierce Deity's spirit — the part that contained his power — filtered into another human bloodline. His soul — the part that made him who he was — was sealed inside a mask, which eventually fell into Majora's hands, but could not be used to its full extent, as it did not contain the power. Link never remembers who he is because he does not have that soul, only the spirit, whereas Zelda had both. Zelda didn't tell him because that would be a stupid idea — we've already seen what happens when a body of demonic origin attempts to form without its consciousness. The same situation, but of divine origin, would likely be worse. So when the Hero of Time put on that mask, he knew, just for a few minutes, what was really going on. It helps to explain why he looked how he did in Twilight Princess.
Link is still left handedThe Knight Academy just trains all the pupils to use a sword right handed regardless of dominance. Link still uses his bow left handed. Seeing as he had to figure it out himself he would instinctivley revert to being left handed.
The City in the Sky is SkyloftThis is obvious, but less so is where do Ooccoo and her ilk come from? Inbreeding. Eons of inbreeding.
Alternate to above, the Cloud Tops in Minish Cap were a part of SkyloftAs in, this should be Fanon by now. The game that officially follows SS is TMC.
Both The City in the Sky and Cloud Tops were part of SkyloftDarn place covered all of Hyrule, there's more than enough of it for the remnants to form the basis of multiple mini-cities later on. The Oooccoo were just squatters, and the Cloud Tops people were explicitly recent immigrants ingame.
Lanayru Desert RegrowsThink about it. Compared to the TP map, which is basically an updated, more realistic version of OoT's map, Lanayru Desert looks exactly like what would be Hyrule Field. Of course, the sand sea and a small part of the desert likely stays the same — thus creating Gerudo Desert and the Haunted Wasteland. I suppose the Temple of Time could become Hyrule Castle Town and Hyrule Castle, with the Master Sword being relocated there for the events of OoT. Since Demise's essence is sealed inside the blade, that probably explains why it has time-traveling abilities... he, according to Fi, "conquered time itself..." And the Sealed Grounds are the actual Temple of Time, seen as the Forest Temple in OoT, and the Temple of Time in TP.
Your red Loftwing will reincarnate in the future as Epona.Think about it, other than being an Expy, Epona and Link share a special connection, just as he and his Loftwing do. The reason they are connected is because they somehow sensed on a subconscious level that they are destined companions.
Ganondorf was possessed by DemiseRather then Ganondorf being a reincarnation of Demise, Ganondorf is actually merely being possessed by him. Given that there are multiple Links and Zeldas but only one Ganondorf, there is no real indication that he is capable of reincarnation himself. Based off of this, I figure his Ganon form is Demise taking a more direct role in the conflict, and the fact that he is permanently in this form in pre-OOT games (which occur later in the timeline) can be attributed to Demise deciding to do away with Ganondorf's human form so that he can directly act. With Wind Waker, the two might have been separated; in the opening, we see the events that led to the flooding of Hyrule, but the figure we see terrorizing Hyrule is rather demonic-looking, whereas in-game Ganondorf is far more human than his other appearances and I believe this is the only game he does not have a beast-like form. This would serve to explain Ganondorf's rather sympathetic characterization; not knowing he was possessed, he would have tried to justify his actions to himself, claiming he wanted to help his people escape the harsh desert, despite his actions in OoT not suggesting this (as the Gerudo never actually leave the desert, despite Ganondorf ruling Hyrule.
Groose's Bloodline got ShaftedIn the conflict, four human characters play prominent roles: Impa, who has a legacy of Impas that take care of Zelda. Zelda, who has a legacy of Zeldas who have the Triforce of Wisdom. Link, who has a legacy of Links who have the Triforce of Courage and can wield the Master Sword. And Groose, whose lineage is never heard from again. If someone whose heart is not in perfect balance gets the Triforce, they only get one piece and the other two find their destined bearers. Ganondorf was not chosen by the Gods to get the Triforce of Power; he just stole it, and then the other two pieces sought out Link and Zelda. But what if Ganondorf valued Wisdom or Courage above Power? Perhaps Groose's bloodline would've been chosen to inherit The Triforce of Power in the event one of the other two was taken by someone unworthy, but instead Ganondorf (and by extension Demise) stole his.
Gaepora is Kaepora Gaebora, but not RauruGaepora is Zelda's father. Zelda is the Seventh Sage. So, rather than being Rauru, Kaepora Gaebora must be an ancient Seventh Sage!
The demons that invaded the land are bosses in later games.More specifically, Ganon, Dethl, Bellum, Malladus, Majora, Onox, and Veran.
The graphics are this way because of a Xanatos Gambit on the part of Nintendo's PR Department(s)They're trying to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that the Zelda series's overprotective fans are 100% unpleasable. In fact, since this game can be found in both They Changed It, Now It Sucks and It's the Same, Now It Sucks, I'd say they've succeeded.
This Link is the Hero's Shade, not the Hero of TimeThe armor he has is ''really' old looking. Much older than the style seen on the guards and enemies in OoT.
Possible titles for this Link.
As mentioned before in the main Zelda WMG, the legend of Zelda is real and remnants of it still remain.My proof? This Video of Fi walking about Fresno California without a care in the world!
The clothes the Hero of Time wears as an adult actually belong to this Link.In Ocarina of Time, when Link wakes upas an adult, he finds that he's been given new (adult-sized) clothes that still have a Kokiri style, with no explanation whatsoever. In the E3 2011 trailer, a man with a striking resemblance to Rauru (the Sage of Light in OoT) can be seen... giving SS!Link his trademark green clothes.
The Birds from Skyloft are the origin of the Hylian Shield's designSelf-explanatory.◊
The islands in the sky are in fact the islands from The Wind Waker.Just compare the Skyloft island where Link lives, and the layout looks very similar to Windfall Island. It also stands to reason that the gods flooded Hyrule because they knew civilization could find and take refuge on the islands that were always there.
The flying in this game got its inception with the flying in Twilight Princess.When Nintendo was working on the flying minigame parts of TP, they probably got the idea that "hey, why don't we make this the main mode of transportation in the same manner as the horse and boat?" Thus, they took notes from how the flying worked in that game and how it worked in Wii Sports Resort and came up with the flying in Skyward Sword.
Fi is FeeFEEE!
The Happy Mask Salesman is one of the old Demon LordsThere's a figure directly to the left of the demon leader in the prologue that looks suspiciously similar to the Mask Salesman. Explains his creepy nature, his immunity to time, his desire to retrieve Majora's Mask (which may very well have been his leader), and his subsequent disappearance afterwards.
This game leads right into Zelda IIConsidering the ending, and that Zelda II is the only one with a sleeping Zelda, this may be possible...
Link is a reincarnation of Hylia's chosen hero
"Hylia's Chosen Heronever existed
Batreaux is Ganondorf's ancestor.
Demise's Hatred Incarnate is Ganon, not GanondorfNormally, Demise's Final Curse is mostly dormant, giving Ganondorf power and whispering evil things in Ganondorf's ear, but the Gerudo is ultimately in control, not the ancient demon. He becomes Ganon when he gives up that self-control to the demon in exchange for power.
Groose is an ancestor of the Gerudo, or even Ganondorf himselfHe's got the hair color◊ down. And he has Eyes of Gold like◊ Ganondorf.◊ It's not unreasonable that generations of descendants would acquire the darker skintone if they settled in a desert region. It's possible Groose eventually helped found a civilization that would become the Gerudo, perhaps even becoming the great great great grandfather of Ganondorf or something. His name DOES sound similar to Gerudo (unless I'm mispronouncing one or both names) and he did joke about naming something after himself when he first came to the surface.
Groose is an ancestor of Malon.They both have red hair. Well, it makes just as much sense as him being the ancestor of the Gerudos.
The original Legend of Zelda takes place immediately after Skyward Sword.Because the surface world doesn't have any towns or large settlements of people yet. It also dovetails nicely with Skyward Sword being released on the 25th anniversary of the series.
Link is a Time Lord... But not any Time Lord, he's The MasterFi knows the truth, and for that reason addresses him for his more well-known name. This also explains why he's apparently the only thing not affected by Timeshift Stones. Being a Time Lord means he already existed back then.
The Ancient Robots were built by the Dark InterlopersTheir imprisonment in the Twilight Realm wasn't part of the civil war in OoT's backstory, but a different, much earlier conflict that resulted in a fertile region in the west of Hyrule being blasted into the desert we know and love. Their robots continued their civilization for a while, but ultimately fell into ruins while their erstwhile masters were stuck in another dimension mutating into the Twili. Or maybe the Dark Interlopers were just inspired by the robot-makers' art style. At any rate, there's some obvious aesthetic connection there: compare this◊, this◊ and this◊ to this◊, this◊, and this◊, respectively.
Demise didn't just create GanonDemise's curse specifically mentioned the incarnation of his hatred, but who's to say that was all that happened? The backstory of Majora's Mask notes how alternate worlds such as Termina came into being when the Goddesses created Hyrule, and the residual bits and pieces slipped through the cracks of creation and coalesced into separate realms. So it's possible that though Demise specifically created Ganon as the manifestation of his hatred, his death led to the birth of the other villains, in that his other attributes were given their own incarnations as well.
Alternatively, Demise caused every villain to exist.Or at least their plans to a degree.
Everyone in Skyloft is convinced Link is a narcolepticWhich is why they don't question it when he randomly falls asleep in their beds. The denizens who visit the Lumpy Pumpkin have told the owner about it, which is why he doesn't say anything when Link falls asleep in his bed as well. Beedle is the only person who doesn't know of this, but he doesn't really mind when Link sleeps in his airship anyway.
The Silent Realm becomes the Sacred Realm. It's also not a spiritual test for Link.Think about it. It's a realm where the Triforce is kept. The Guardians are there to protect the Triforce. The entrance gate protects any who enter as giving them a last chance to escape. The Tears of the Goddesses are needed to gain access to special treasures, but since the Goddess's chosen hero needs to enter the Silent Realm, they are given the bonus effect of pausing the the Guardian security system. The reason the security system is turned back on after 90 seconds is just in case the tear was picked up by anyone who entered the Silent Realm other than the Goddess's chosen hero. That's also why the Guardians confiscate the tears when they stop you, so they'll be there for the Goddess's chosen hero. The Watchers and the Waking Water are backup systems to turn on the Guardians should an intruder be able to collect the tears. This also explains why in Ocarina of Time, behind the door of time in the Temple of Time, it looks like an ordinary chamber, but in truth, it is the Silent/Sacred Realm, since the Silent Realm looks exactly like the surroundings of the area you enter into the Silent Realm from.
The Sword that is Ghirahimis not destroyed. It didn't actually fade away with the Big Bad; it was actually just teleported to safety in the farthest reaches of the Desert of Doubt. There, it gets reforged by the ancestors of the Zuna into the Trident. Whenever Ganondorf is in contact with it, the proximity to Ghirahim and his dark power associated with Demise resonates with Demise's Curse, turning Ganondorf into Ganon. After all, it is referred to as the "opposite of the Master Sword", and when Ganon wields it for the first time in The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures, Zelda says wielding it makes him "the ancient demon reborn".
Ganon turns the Guardians into the Darknuts.Assuming the "Silent Realm is Sacred Realm" thing above is true, it is possible that when Ganondorf got into the Sacred Realm in Ocarina of Time, he also had to evade the Guardians to get the Triforce. After doing so, he realized that beings such as the Guardians would make powerful soldiers, so he used his new powers to draw them out of the Sacred Realm and implement them into his army. Unfortunately, because he only got part of the Triforce, the Guardians themselves only retained part of their power. Hence, the Darknuts are strong enough to give Link trouble, but not invincible.
The Master Sword is the reason Demise's cycle of Hatred (aka The Legend of Zelda) has never stopped.As a final act of vengeance against Link and Zelda, Demise places a curse upon those with the spirit of the Hero (the Links of days to come) and the bloodline of the Goddess (the Zeldas of the future) that they may face an incarnation of his hatred. The most obvious choice, of course, is Ganondorf, though Majora, Vaati, and Malladeus could also count. But if he was killed, shouldn't the curse be dormant? The theory is that because Demise's essence was sealed within the Master Sword, the Curse lingers within the sword. The Pedestal of Time isn't just a lock, it's an inhibitor. While the Sword lies within it, Demise's influence is small, only able to slightly manipulate things, create potential evils. When it's removed from its pedestal by the Hero of the age, be it the Hero of the Winds, the Hero of Time, the The Hero of Light, or any other Hero, however, things seem to go from bad to worse. The Hero of Time pretty much allows Demise's incarnation to obtain the Triforce and take over the world after lifting the blade. The Hero of Winds inadvertently allows Demise's incarnation access to the one thing he needed to reform the Triforce, and while the Hero of Light doesn't directly do anything to help the cause by lifting the blade, Demise's incarnation does begin to regain the majority of his power ONLY after the Master Sword is removed. So, in the end, while the Master Sword is indeed the Blade of Evil's Bane and the favorite weapon of the Hero, it gained a completely unintended purpose: it is, in essence, the source of the evil it is meant to vanquish. In the end, in order to break the cycle, either the spirit of Demise must be expunged, or the sword itself must be destroyed. Demise's influence must also be able to extend across time as well - his hatred's incarnation having received one third of the sacred triangles he wished to obtain on his own must certainly have helped.
Some of Fi's Captain Obvious moments have an explanation.Whenever you complete a puzzle, you get a cutscene showing the results of what you just did. However, it would be weird for Link to have an out-of-body experience every time he solves a puzzle, so instead, Fi fills him in on what happened Behind the Black from Link's perspective. It's just redundant to us as players because we saw the same thing she did. flooding her forest, the Imprisoned nearly escaped from its seal twice without any intervention on her part. She is also the only one of the dragons to give Link another test after he already passed each and every test that her bosses, the goddesses, put in front of him. Not something you want to do when it's only a matter of time before the Imprisoned breaks free again. Clearly she has control issues that need to be sorted out. I wouldn't be surprised if Farore herself turned her into a monkey as a way of humbling her so that she'd be more helpful to the hero next time around.
The Gust Bellows doesn't just provide a gust of wind: it also sprays the Hylian equivilent of Lysol (or some other various aerosol based cleaning agents corrosive enough to flat out destroy grime.)Explain to me how else all of that dust and sand Link sweeps away using the Gust Bellows just suddenly disappears.
The reason Scrapper is such a jerk to Link is because a previous incarnation of Link caused him trouble.Link didn't do anything to Scrapper to warrant the hostility he shows towards him, and Link is also the only person Scrapper goes out of his way to insult. Word of God said that while this game is currently the earliest one to date, they didn't say it was the first one. Recall that in Ocarina of Time, Guru-Guru was actually pretty nice before Link played the Song of Storms and messed up his windmill. Perhaps a previous Link did something similar to Scrapper, as he often orders Link to stay out of his way while he's lifting something.
The Amber Relics scattered across Hyrule's overworld are made out of the material for the encasing that Zelda put herself in before she went to sleep in the past to keep the seal on Demise.Both of the materials seem to have the same luster and colour as each other.
The Sealed Temple becomes the new Temple of Time.Meanwhile, the old Temple of Time in Lanayru Desert gets built up into the Spirit Temple.
The Kokiri Sword used to be Ghirahim.After the beating it took, the sword lost all of its magic and degenerated into the small and pathetic Kokiri Sword. However, when Zubora and Gabora in Majora's Mask upgrade it into the Gilded Sword, it begins to show signs of the powerful sword it used to be (diamond patterns on blade, red markings on hilt, pointy guard shaped vaguely like bat wings, etc.)
Tentalus and Scaldera were residents banished from the Monster WorldScaldera was an ancestor of Mike Wazowski and Tentalus was an ancestor of Celia and this woman: ◊
The Kikwi eventually evolve into the Kokiri, and the Parella evolve into the Zoras.Which makes the Kokiri Plant People.
Alternatively, the Kikwi evolve into the Deku Scrubs.
There will be a game that takes place immediately after Skyward Sword.There are a number of gaps, holes, and other lingering questions by the end of the game. Some of them look like they'll take a while to get resolved, but some of them immediately involve Link and those he knows and thus require a game that will star this same Link. Some of the lingering plot points, in order of immediacy, are Groose's role as a hero (he helped Link against the Imprisoned but did nothing after going back in time); the association of the Hylian Shield with Link; the Hylians' return to the surface; the split of the Triforce and the distribution of the pieces between Link, Zelda, and an unknown third person (Ganondorf stole the Triforce of Power); the proper introductions to the goddesses Din, Farore, and Nayru; what became of the Kikwis, Mogmas, and Parellas; and the Gorons' settlement into towns. Perhaps also the invention of bombs, as we see that all subsequent Links don't need to look for Bomb Flowers for their detonation needs. And the invention of the Boomerang. However, as Fi and the Master Sword have been sealed in the temple, Link would need to make use of a different sword. Similarly...
This is not the first Zelda game in the timeline.I forgot where, but there was mention of this Link not being the first one, nor is Zelda. In addition to the WMG above guessing that Scrapper worked with a previous Link, there will most certainly be a game about the war between Hylia and Demise as described at the beginning of the game. As the Ancient Robots were counted among one of the races that fought during the war, this will be set during the time that Lanayru was verdant and colorful, and the Ancient Robots had not yet been deactivated.
The "cloud barrier" is......a layer of supersaturated air several miles thick. Thus explaining why inanimate objects can make it through just fine while still allowing for its function as a barrier: any living thing that went through would drown before coming out the other side.
The sealed form of Demise is a connection to GanonStating the obvious, yes, but I'll go deeper. The sealed Demise is weaker than Demise himself, so think about it; often when Ganondorf is involved, Ganon is unleashed when Ganondorf is defeated and thus weakened.
Groose is the ancestor of at least one of Tetra's piratesFor one thing, their themes sound surprisingly similar. Also, it seems that Groose has become one of the closest friends Link and Zelda have apart from each other; his descendents probably were among the royal attendants who are implied to be the predecessors of Tetra's crew.
Demise wasn’t the first enemy of Hylia.After the Golden Goddesses left the world they had created, but long before the rise of Demise’s armies, several gods tried to seize the ultimate power. They would have used it to conquer, annihilate, or purify the heavens. One by one, they perished at the blade of Her Grace, the skilled guardian of the Triforce. However, and just like Demise would later promise an incarnation of his hatred, each passing god left a trace of its own. Ironically, one of Hylia’s opponents, known only as the Fierce Deity, was the very source of the “spirit of the hero” the goddess would then manipulate into serving her plans.
Hylia's first Hero was named Mattas.Fi's Simlish is not random. If you listen carefully, the same "words" show up in relation to English words. The most prominent of these is "Mattas" for "Link". Her calling him that is her acknowledging his role as The Hero.
The empty space in the Triforce symbol represents Hylia.She had no part in creating the land or the Triforce, but stayed on as guardian. Like the hollow "triangle" in the center connects the other three together, she preserves the creation of the Goddesses.
Hylia's power is the Light Force.The Legend in The Minish Cap was inaccurate. The Minish didn't bring the Light Force; they made the Hylians aware of Zelda's sacred abilities, which also explains why Ezlo, a sage of the Minish, didn't even know what exactly it was. The rest is self-explanatory.
Strich did the whole "use potions to become stronger/more confident" thing long before Fledge tried it.He's the most physically imposing student at the academy, even more so than Groose. He's also the bravest; note that he is the only knight in training who isn't a part of the Goddess's quest to routinely leave Skyloft, and he's the only resident of Skyloft who dared to enter the thunderhead in its current state. This points to a particularly brave personality and an impressive physical regiment, and considering he's an unskilled enough flyer to not be an upperclassman yet, he probably didn't get it through years of effort at the academy. And he's got both things necessary to obtain a healthy potion supply: expendable funds (he barely hesitates to buy from you at night) and a large bug collection.
The Goddess Sword.It's stated in-game that Hylia created both Fi and the Master/Goddess Sword to guide the chosen hero. And based on the overall design of Demise's sword, I don't think it's unreasonable to suggest that the two are related somehow. So here's my theory. Hylia forged a number of powerful magical swords to use in the war against Demise. During the war, Demise seized one and corrupted it, forming the Dark Master Sword and Ghirahim, who served as one of his lieutenants. Hylia was forced to seal them all away, but she knew it wouldn't last, so she created Fi (perhaps she was inspired by Ghirahim) and went on with her plan for when Demise escaped. The other magical swords were lost to time, but they retained some of their power. One of them was found by the Minish and given to the Hero of Men, but it was broken by Vaati and reforged with the power of the elements to become the Four Sword. The Lokomo Sword was found by nondescript "Spirits of Good" and given to the Lokomo (who gave it to Link), the Great Fairy's Sword ended up in Termina, and perhaps the White/Magical Swords (from the original) and the Kokiri Sword (from OoT and MM) might be related too. This is a comparatively weak WMG, but I just like the idea.
Skyward Sword split the timeline. Again.At the end of the game, Demise has been defeated in his arena-realm, and his consciousness has been sucked into the Master Sword. However, what happened to the Imprisoned, who died onscreen as The Sky Keep smushed him flat and sealed up the Sealed Grounds for good? He could not have poofed out of existence, as Link, Zelda, and Groose retain their memories of the adventure (Groose's and Zelda's respective intact character development and "Thus ends a story I like to call The Legend Of Groose" point to this). Besides, time travel is additive in Zelda (creation of items and pieces of music through Stable Time Loop, the extra timelines of Ocarina of Time), and never completely destroys things. The point of all this is that, through Ghirahim's release of Demise in the past, and Link's subsequent defeat of Demise, a new timeline was created in which these events occurred. However, there will be no more games in this new timeline, the one that came about due to Demise's defeat and imprisonment in the Master Sword. This is squarely because of Demise's curse. Demise cursed those with "The blood of the goddess and the spirit of the hero", Link and Zelda, both of whom returned home to the timeline where Sky Keep fell on top of the Imprisoned. In so doing, they removed all of Demise's curse from the timeline in which he died.
The three dragons are not the same characters as the three Light Spirits from Twilight PrincessIt's possible that the names of the provinces came first, and then those names were given to actual people. So, the dragons and the Spirits took their names from the provinces, but are otherwise unrelated.
Loftwings that learn the Spiral Charge technique are capable of traveling to and from the surface of the world at will.Something about being able to pierce the heavens, I suspect.
Eldin is somehow related to Volvagia.Either he IS Volvagia, or Volvagia is his offspring.
Demise is not only the source of all evil in the Zeldaverse, his influence is felt in others.Consider: the man looks like a Fusion Dance of Twilight Princess's Ganondorf, Nosferatu Zodd, Akuma, and Berserker. As this game is a prequel, he clearly imprinted on many other universes, establishing a foothold there so he can conquer them later.
The timeline split again, and in one of the timelines, Hyrule becomes the Sacred Realm mentioned in the rest of the games.In the timeline in which most of the game takes place, Demise is completely eradicated by the Triforce, and Link, Zelda, and all the humans and other races watch over the Triforce in peace (Timeline 1, or T-1). In the timeline accessed through the Gate of Time, Link faces Ghirahim and the fully resurrected Demise, and Demise curses Hyrule to face an incarnation of his hatred, who would come to be known as Ganon (Timeline 2, or T-2). So in T-1, let's assume that Demise was never fully resurrected and never made his curse, and that the Triforce never has to be sealed away because evil has been pretty much eradicated. It follows that this Hyrule becomes a golden land blessed by the presence of the whole Triforce completely controlled by the forces of good. This blessed Hyrule becomes the Sacred Realm. But in T-2, with Demise having been sealed in the Master Sword but not fully destroyed, and with Demise's curse, evil still lurks across the land, leading to the wars for the Triforce first mentioned in A Link to the Past. But while the backstory states elsewhere that the Triforce in T-2 was sealed away, what might have actually happened is that the Seven Sages actually wished for the Triforce to be beyond the reach of evil, which was fulfilled by having the T-2 Triforce eradicated. Thus, by the time of Ocarina of Time, there is only a single Triforce across all timelines that exist by then. Thus, the Temple of Time seen in Ocarina of Time does not actually access an entirely different dimension, but simply lets anyone using the Gate of Time access T-2. So when Ganondorf goes through to the Sacred Realm when Hero of Time Link gets the Master Sword, he is going to the Hyrule that was free from evil until he came. As a result, the golden Hyrule of T-1 is conquered by evil once again, and the Triforce is stolen. The reason the Dark World is Hyrule's dark mirror is not because Ganon's dark heart turned it into that purely by magic, but because it was already Hyrule in another timeline. Because T-1 Hyrule was an evil-free utopia, there was no need to maintain any sort of army, meaning that Ganondorf conquered it rather easily. Certain gloomy aspects of the Dark World may stem more directly from the natural effects of being a subjugated realm. As a result of all this, the split timelines that Word of God has officially confirmed (Adult timeline, Child timeline, Decline timeline) split off directly from T-2. However, T-1 gets split alongside it because the Sacred Realm/Dark World is confirmed to exist in all of them and gets affected differently each time as a result. In essence, there are actually eight timeline splits: the two from Skyward Sword, and the three pairs of splits for those previous two from Ocarina of Time. On a side note, this might also result in two other effects regarding the two swords that are central to the plot of Skyward Sword. For one thing, the Master Sword of T-1 does not contain the lingering essence of Demise. It's possible that, because it is completely free from any evil, it becomes the ultra-powerful Golden Sword from A Link to the Past. This would explain why it is found in the Dark World/Sacred Realm/T-1 Hyrule. And the reason it is found in the possession of the Great Fairy Venus rather than in a pedestal is because, during Ganondorf's invasion of the Sacred Realm/T-1 Hyrule, the forces of good took the T-1 Master Sword/Golden Sword from its pedestal and hid it before Ganondorf could find it and destroy it. Also, as speculated above, Ghirahim does indeed become the Trident of Power. The Ghirahim of T-1 goes through the Gate of Time to T-2, revives Demise, gets forcibly turned into the Anti-Master Sword, and is eradicated when Link defeats Demise. However, the Ghirahim of T-2 would still exist; it's just that Demise being locked in the Master Sword would mean that his evil machinations would unfold quite differently from how they did throughout Skyward Sword. First, because the resurrection of Demise is no longer a goal that T-2 Ghirahim can attain, his efforts instead focus on either conquering Hyrule himself or making sure Demise's curse is brought about. It's possible that Ghirahim became the founder and leader of the Dark Interlopers who tried to steal the T-2 Triforce and eventually became the Twili of Twilight Princess. This would explain certain similarities between the Twili characters and Ghirahim (similar Villain Teleportation, strange skin coloring, over-the-top mannerisms, ultimately subservient to the vastly more powerful Demise/Ganon). In fact, when Midna talks about the ancient king who was driven mad by the same greed that she sees in Zant's eyes, she may have been referring to T-2 Ghirahim. But due to the failure of Ghirahim's Dark Interloper plot, he falls back on Plan B: seal himself in the Trident of Power and make sure that, in this form, he can help the eventual incarnation of Demise's hatred attain the height of his magical potential. In fact, Ghirahim may have either created or influenced the development of the Gerudo to make this flow more smoothly. For one, he influenced their culture so that they would wish to isolate themselves from the other inhabitants of Hyrule, making them extra protective of their desert land and all dwelling in it, including the Trident of Power's resting place. Also, he altered their biology so that there would only be one male Gerudo every 100 years, ensuring that, among this pet race of Ghirahim's, there would be a convenient vessel for Demise's curse who would be in a position of sufficient power (King of the Gerudo) to amass an army and be on high-enough diplomatic ground with the Royal Family of Hyrule to manipulate them. Twinrova may have been a colleague of Ghirahim's who made sure all this came to pass.
The Hyrulean Civil War resulted in multiple genocides.Skyward Sword introduces the Kikwis, the Mogmas, and the Parellas, which, being a prequel, means these races must somehow cease to exist by the time of the later games. Of what little we know regarding the Hyrulean Civil War, there is mention of the Zoras and Gorons being enemies at the time. We know that Gorons and Mogmas both existed in the time of Skyward Sword, and presumably, had some overlap in territory. While the Zoras were not present, it seems more likely that they shared a habitat with the Parellas than that they evolved from them. So, it is possible that the war could have killed off most if not all of the Mogmas and Parellas. As for the Kikwi, there are multiple possibilities, none of which stand out as most likely. One is that they were magically transformed into the Kokirinote . Another is that they died from either destruction of their habitat, or their own stupidity by having their entire species get stuck up in a tree. Lastly, it is possible they could simply have been hiding this whole time, and just not have been relevant.
Gratitude Crystals only appear to one who knows about them.This is why they can't be gathered before the meeting with Batreaux, and why they aren't seen in any other games.
Levias is somehow connected to OrdonaIt's just as powerful as the three dragons and knows part of the Song of the Hero as they do, and like them is the guardian of a particular region, the sky, and specifically Skyloft. When the Triforce is taken from Skyloft and Demise is destroyed it makes sense Levias would no longer be needed to protect it, so he came to guard another part of Hyrule. Furthermore, Ordona Province is stated to not be a true part of Hyrule, and Levias is an outsider to the three dragons since it is a separate creature.
Just like Fi does, Ghirahim gives frequent tips and tutorials to DemiseThe only difference being, rather than robotically churning out statistics with everything like Fi, instead his tips, tutorials, and Captain Obvious moments are filled with innuendos (particularly when it comes to thrusting and stabbing) and vaguely Tsundere complaining whenever Demise uses another weapon.
Fi has the same sort of powers as Ghirahim, she is simply forbidden to use them in the context of this game. Since Hylia planned for Link to grow into a hero of surpassing power, wisdom, and courage, Helping Would Be Kill Stealing from Fi's perspective; even in bleak situations, she is restricted from physically aiding Link, instead giving him the information he needs to get the job done himself. In keeping with Ghirahim being an evil opposite to Fi in all things, Fi's unrestricted form would be an extremely fast, graceful combination of Kick Chick and Dance Battler, using only her feet as weapons where Ghirahim just used his hands.
Fi secretly eggs on your companions in every game with the Master Sword.
The 'Unidentified Beta Enemy' from Twilight Princess was recycled as The Imprisoned.Take a look◊. That face is hard to mistake.
The Goddess Crest is based on Fi.Compare◊ and discuss.◊
In the final battle, Link doesn't actually kill DemiseRather, he just re-seals him. After all, how many times is the guy blown to smithereens over the course of the game? He can't actually die, only be sealed, until the Triforce is used to break that particular rule. Killing him hard enough to re-seal simply takes a bit more effort when he's restored to full power.
Levias is the Wind Fish from Link's Awakening.
The Timeshift Stones will have some rather scary effects on undead enemies in future games.Imagine Link has to go through some Big Boo's Haunt dungeon that is filled with Stalfos and other skeletal monsters. Timeshift Stones can be found in certain rooms, and when activated, they cause the Stalfos to regain their flesh. This could have two possible results: a) hostile Stalfos revert back to non-hostile humans who are aghast at the undead monstrosities that they have become, or b) the Stalfos only regain some of their former flesh, turning into the even more dangerous Redeads. The former would make good material for a Player Punch, while the latter would lead to interesting possibilities for dungeon navigation strategies, in that the player would have to switch the Timeshift Stones on and off while accounting for the Stalfos turning into Redeads and vice versa.
Ghirahim is the reason Fi has no arms.Fi may have had a human form as Ghirahim does. It's not hard to imagine him utilizing his sword form and chopping her arms off in that more fragile state, perhaps during the Dark Ages before the game takes place. Or it could have happened in a swordfight.
Demise's curse was broken at the end of Wind Waker.Daphnes' wish broke the curse. This is supported by the fact that Ganondorf has yet to reincarnate on that timeline.
Rupin is an ancestor of the Happy Mask Salesman.Yup.
In the same vein, Dodoh is an ancestor of Falbi and Fyer.
Demise is a time-travelling Ganondorf.I seem to remember that Fi's scan on Demise mentioned that he was a "Master of time" or something like that. A quick leap of logic, and here's my theory: After countless defeats by Link, Ganondorf figures out to travel back in time. He travels back in time to before Link was around, becomes known as Demise, and promptly gets defeated by Link. Then, he gets unsealed by Girahim, killed by link, and curses Link, therefore bringing himself into existence.
Ghirahim is a human spirit that didn't rest in peace.Going with the idea that Ghirahim and Fi are basically counterparts with certain opposite aspects. Fi and Ghirahim were both originally soldiers in the Hylia VS Demise War. That's when Fi lost her arms. When Fi died, Hylia resurrected her and gave her the task of aiding Link, and put her in the sword. Demise, in response, did the same to Ghirahim, except his task is to resurrect Demise if he should die. Fi finished her task of aiding the Hero and could rest in peace, and was placed in the pedestal for her endless sleep. Ghirahim "dies" too when Demise kills him to get his sword back. So basically Ghirahim and Fi both did their job, and both got to rest in peace. This would explain Ghirahim's creepy smile when Demise killed him. It's because he's finally free.
The reason Demise ends up being resurrected is because Link's wish was too selfishSo Link makes a wish on the Triforce to destroy Demise. You know, that doesn't seem like a particularly noble thing to do. Think about it, when Link uses the Triforce in ALTTP, he uses it for honorable reasons, to bring the people killed back to life, to return everything to normal, that sort of thing. In SS, Link basically asks the Triforce to 'destroy my enemy', which doesn't seem like a good way to use the Triforce. So the gods can't rescind his wish, considering he got it honourably and all, so instead they make the wish not absolute - Demise is defeated, but he still lives through the Gate of Time. Therefore, the wish is granted, but it is not absolute. My opinion is that the Triforce doesn't make the wishes absolute if they are done for a selfish purpose - when Ganondorf used the Triforce in ALTTP, he got the Dark Realm, but he ended up getting stopped, didn't he? And Hylia and Fi didn't know about the rule because no one had ever used the Triforce before
Fledge has Klinefelter's syndromeMy only rationale for this is that Fledge has huge hips combined with narrow shoulders in comparison. Sure, he's feminine, but his hips are massively large, to the point of being extremely feminine.
The Skyview and Earth Springs are the Wind and Earth Temples in Wind WakerWhen I realised the incomplete Master Sword looks like the depowered Master Sword in Wind Waker, this theory makes sense. In Wind Waker, the Earth and Wind Temples are where you power up the Master Sword. Why would they it be powered up there? If they were the springs in SS, that would make them sacred to Hylia, who is long forgotten in the time of Wind Waker. But then you realise who powers up the Master Sword in SS? Hylia herself. Of course you would get the True Master Sword in a place sacred to Hylia, just like it was in SS.
Ghirahim is responsible for/creates Dark LinkHow could a magical shadow possibly survive the evil-repelling might of the Master Sword? Well, what if Dark Link doesn't just have a Cool Sword of his own, but is really just the created puppet of that dread blade...
The Fates of the Three Dragons.The three dragons, Eldin, Faron, and Lanayru have very different personalities, and live in different locations. First, we have Faron, self-centered, thinking much more highly of herself than anyone else, and also probably not as smart as she thinks she is (nice job killing all the monsters in the woods there, Faron, oh wait), Lanayru, who seems to have a jovial nature, playing games with Link even as Demise is about to rise again, as well as having, or at least letting, the robots over mine Lanayru and turn it into a desert wasteland, and Eldin, reclusive, and serious.
Demise Reincarnated as Ganondorf so He Could Use the TriforceOnly mortals can wield the Triforce, that is why Hylia had to reincarnate as Zelda in order to use it. Demise wanted to use the sacred power for himself, but chances are he couldn't use it because he is also a god. This left him in a huge disadvantage in Skyward Sword. As Ganondorf, Demise could use the Triforce just as well as Zelda and Link can.
Where the Mogmas are in later gamesThose various holes that are found randomly throughout Hyrule are the result of Mogmas. With the exception of a few holes that were clearly intentionally made, they all lead to a small room, maybe with a few enemies, and a treasure. Those treasures are actually the treaure whatever Mogma made the hole found. Link just coincidentally happens to enter these holes when the Mogma is somewhere else. So all those treasures found in random holes are technically stolen.
The unnamed planet that this and most Zelda games take place on is actually Earth.In the distant past, humanity was at its peak as evidenced by the remains of advanced technology in the Lanayru Desert. Creatures such as Mogmas, Gorons, etc... were either created through experimentation and/or mutations or could possibly even be aliens. Some humans also mutated to grow more elven-like features, becoming the Hylians we know. Something horrifying happened, however, freeing Demise and other demons to wipe out nearly all life on Earth. The past version of Zelda sacrificed herself to save what was left of humanity by raising Skyloft, and sealing the demons away. The other creatures remained on Earth for thousands of years, and nearly all knowledge of the past was lost. If Link had been able to time-shift other places aside from an automated mining facility, he'd have likely seen large cities inhabited by many people and technological wonders far beyond anything ever seen. Too bad Demise blew it all up.
Groose is reincarnated as MidoBoth harbor a grudge against Link, are implied to have a crush on his childhood friend, and eventually come to respect Link.
Zelda is a sociopathLet's look at the evidence:
Related to the above, Link is a creepy sociopath.He sleeps in everyone's beds without permission, even when they're standing right there looking at him! This potentially includes a lover he JUST spurned (Peatrice). He also looks through people's closets whenever he wants and destroys people pottery and kitchenware. And no, it is not socially acceptable to break pottery in the Zelda universe because Rupin's mother charges him for it. The rest of the NPCs are just too afraid of him to call him on it when he breaks their stuff.
Link is the fierce deityBoth the First deity mask and the Link from this game have the ability to shoot disks of light from their swords, and the mask makes you look like adult link when you wear it, so...
Scervo's full model numberIs Termina Hydraulics, #0 Marine-class: Scervo, or T-0M Scervo for short. And in the same vein, he once had a robot bird, but instead of a parrot, it was a crow.
Time Shift stones and the mass desolation of the Lanayru Desert.Everything in Lanayru appears to have gone south all at once and the Time Shift stones seem to rewind time to just before this happened. Proof being that the robots are in the exact same positions... just damaged by time. But wait. You can also find bones of Bokoblins. When they die they poof into darkness, they don't leave behind bones. So here's my proposal. Time Shift stones don't turn back the clock. They restore life energy, but they also take it away. An active Time Shift pores out lots of energy, but an inactive one absorbs it until it reaches capacity. All the desolation we see in Lanayru is basically a result of draining the life energy out of an environment by using it for stuff it wasn't intended (like powering boats). The Stones are mean to take as much power as they give out and can keep life forms and other stuff from the effects of time as long as that energy remains balanced. Using the energy to power other shit took that energy out of the equation. The robots realized this but tried to balance the equation by digging up more Stones, but that only contributed to the problem. Until all the energy ran out all at once. The problem was that the robots and Bokoblins spent years and years in suspended time which caused all their life energy to get absorbed by the system at once. Now the Stones you run into have sucked all the energy from the stuff within the radius and eventually reachieved balance of energy. Link is unaffected by the stones because all the inactive ones he bumps into are already fully charged and activating them just causes them to pull the energy they put out back in. On top of that Link only ever spends a little while in the suspended time fields anyway, so what energy does get absorbed from him is negligible anyway and can easily be regained by sleeping outside the field. Sad part is that eventually Captain and his crew will run down the ship's Stone again and it will deactivate.
Ghirahim is in love with Link.No, seriously, hear me out. G meets up with Link plenty of times throughout the game, but never once actually carries out his threats to harm and/or kill him (except towards the end of the game, obviously). At one point in the game, he says he has been "soft"; if not love, then it is some form of a crush or lust that is keeping him from just killing the hero and getting the job done. There's also the thread Ghirahim says that binds him and Link together, the one he'll stain red with the hero's blood. In the Japanese version, he explicitly mentions the Red String of Fate, an Asian proverb that means two people who meet constantly are bound by a red string, and are meant to be together. Not to mention getting close enough to Link to make him uncomfortable, on their first meeting. Even better, during the second fight, if he hits you he'll take the time to lick your blood off his sword; either the fight excites him that much, or he really wants a taste of the hero, if you know what I mean. Basically, Ghirahim's love for Link makes him frustrated, which is why he gets so ANGRY throughout the game almost every time they meet. He's conflicted, torn between carrying out his orders from Demise, and these newfound emotions for the hero. It's what drives him over the edge, makes him go crazier than he already is. I think the death of Demise, and Link and Zelda's reunion that made him snap. He goes Yandere and decides to just kill Zelda, and when Link comes to rescue her, decides he'll kill the hero too. Oh, and bring back his master, Demise, too. Too much of Ghirahim's actions don't make sense, he's a blood-lusting maniac who loves killing, but he never just stabs Link in the gut and get it over with. The only possible thing that could hold him back so much would be love.
Ganondorf isn't the only being who was created by Demise's death.Note the complete absence of a certain species of bird that has been at odds with almost every other Link in the era of Skyward Sword.
Strich is an ancestor of AgithaYou know, the bug-mad girl from Twilight Princess. Bug-madness runs in the family.
Hylia is the Goddess of TimeHylia made the Time Gates. Even as Zelda she still has some aspects of time given her ability to use the Ocarina of Time to send Link back to the Child Timeline. Even the Seventh Sage's Fan Nickname "Sage of Time" lends itself to this. The Goddess of Time has roots going back all the way to Hyrule's formation, but in Oo T's time her name has sadly been forgotten by all save maybe the Royal Family, who still carries her bloodline.
Evil Crystals are an Evil Counterpart to Gratitude CrystalsAnd if a human gathers enough of them, they can turn into a demon! Good thing they're such a rare treasure, eh?
The items earned through the Silent Realms were gifts offered to the Goddesses