WMG / The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

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The three swordsmen on Outset Island represent the Triforce in total
  • Orca represents Power. He spends all his time either honing his own physique, or training Link in the ways of the sword.
  • Sturgeon represents Wisdom. Retired from swordplay, he spends all his time in careful study. He outright states that he wishes to imbue Link with wisdom.
  • Link, obviously, represents Courage.
  • Orca considers Sturgeon a weakling and an embarrassment for not maintaining his physical prowess and spending all his time with books. Sturgeon considers Orca a roughian and a Jerk Jock for spending all his time working out and carelessly breaking Sturgeon's belongings with all the commotion. The two embody what happens when one's life is out of balance, showing that both "all brawn and no brains" and "all brains and no brawn" are paths leading to frustration, anger, and even broken families. Link, on the other hand, learns valuable lessons in Power and Wisdom from them, and balances them with his own Courage to prove himself worthy of being the next Hero.

Tingle is a Death Eater
  • Seriously, look at what's on the back of his green outfit. It's a picture of a cobra about to strike! (When I discovered this, it was during the stormy Endless Night chapter of the game, which made my Fridge Horror even worse.)

The sea and Hyrule are located in an alternate Earth
  • The constellations are the same as in Real Life. That's enough to guess it.

Windfall is the remains of the Hyrule Castle from Ocarina of Time
  • If you look at the town's entrance, it looks similar to the barred guard gate you use to sneak inside to meet Zelda; also, the buildings may have been built from the same materials as the castle itself. It also seems to be where the castle town was.
    • But the whole castle is underwater.
    • I think this person meant the original castle, since Hyrule Castle seems to be rebuilt every game.
      • I think the person you're responding to means that you actually visit Hyrule Castle, and it's underwater, well south of Windfall, so it can't be the remains of it. Note that the area around Hyrule Castle strongly resembles that around Hyrule Castle in Ocarina of Time, too, so it's not a rebuilt castle in the meantime.
    • More likely is that Windfall is the remains of Kakariko Village, not too far from Death Mountain, which would be Dragon Roost Island. The alternative conclusion is that the Castle was actually moved to where Lon Lon Ranch was, which could explain the similar geography, and accurately place Kokiri Forest/Forest Haven, Death Mountain/Dragon Roost Island, Gerudo Fortress/Forsaken Fortress, and possibly Lake Hylia/Outset Island.
    • It's highly unlikely that Windfall is the remains of Hyrule Castle from Ocarina of Time. The Wind Waker takes place in the adult timeline, where Adult Link defeated Ganondorf and ceased to exist when he was sent back to the past. The relevance of this is that Ganon destroyed Hyrule Castle, so it no longer exists as of TWW for anyone to build on it. (This incidentally is also why a new castle was built elsewhere in Hyrule after Ganon was sealed in the Sacred Realm and presumably Zelda took the throne.)

Fire Mountain is part of the Death Mountain range
  • It is a hot spot that is constantly moving, seeing how Dragon Roost could be Death Mountain but is not as active as before, it could be the Zelda equivalent of the Hawai'i Islands.

Lenzo is Link's grandfather.
  • When you're in the photo shop at Windfall Island, you can see the photographs Lenzo has taken and get commentary from him as well. When you come to a picture of Outset Island, Lenzo says something like, "When I was but a lad, I met a beautiful young girl there. Although I suspect she is not as young as she once was...". The young girl he means was Link's grandmother when she was only 18 or 19. Lenzo was the same age, and they were young lovers. He left a few weeks after he met her, and nine months later she had Link's mother (or father).
    • This troper is speechless...

Outset island is the remains of Lake Hylia waterfront.
  • The gap between the two islands is the path that led to Hyrule Field; also, Aryll's lookout appears to be built from the remains of the lakeside laboratory, specifically the tower you can access via magic bean.

The Forsaken Fortess once belonged to the Sheikah

Ganondorf isn't sealed permanently
Chances are the magic of the Sword and his own magic are going to preserve him rather well, so he won't erode. Eventually, somebody is going to decide to try looking for sunken treasure in the ruins of Old Hyrule, and dredge up this weird statue of a Gerudo with a sword in it... and then it's just a matter of waiting until someone or something manages to convince a Link that he needs the now-available Master Sword.
  • When the Master Sword gets sealed in something, isn't it normal for the sword to be unpullable except by a chosen hero? So if anybody is going to pull the sword out of Ganondorf, it's going to be a future Link, and Ganondorf's track record against people named Link is miserable.
    • Unless something else bad comes up that crosses the Godzilla Threshold, forcing Link to draw the sword, resulting in either Ganondorf's redemption or the plot to be Hijacked by Ganon.
    • Jossed; Word of God is that Ganondorf is completely and officially dead as of The Wind Waker's end.

The magical shell protecting Hyrule-that-Was and keeping it frozen in time was not created by the Goddesses, but by Ganondorf.
During Link's second visit to the Forsaken Fortress, Ganondorf tells him that his pulling the Master Sword from the Pedestal of Time both unfroze time in Hyrule, and broke the seal on Ganondorf's power. This troper never really understood the connection between these two things, but here's a theory:

When Link first travels to Hyrule below the waves, he finds the castle seemingly under attack by Moblins and Darknuts. This seems to indicate that Ganondorf was in the midst of a direct attack on Hyrule when time was frozen. The theory goes that the Goddesses began their flood of Hyrule in the midst of Ganon's attack on the Castle. Ganondorf, sensing what was happening, began to apply his vast magical powers to try and reverse the floodwaters and preserve the kingdom so he could conquer it. He summoned a large magical barrier in the shape of a shell, encompassing the entire land of Hyrule, keeping it dry. He did possess a third of the Triforce, after all. He may have had a chance at succeeding. Someone in the Castle, maybe King Daphnes himself, saw what Ganondorf was doing, and rushed to the Pedestal of Time, knowing that the Master Sword was capable of altering the flow of time. He pulled the sword and replaced it, freezing time. Thus, the attack was halted in its tracks, and all of the magical energy that Ganondorf was using to preserve the kingdom was frozen in time as well, unreachable and unuseable by Ganondorf. Ganondorf himself eventually regained enough strength to break free of the time-freeze and invade the world above, but it wasn't until Link drew the Master Sword from the Pedestal that the "seal" on his power was broken and he re-aquired his full strength.
  • The Master Sword alone isn't capable of controlling time. That was only the case for the Hero of Time, when it was being kept in the Temple of Time in Ocarina of Time. Also, the Master Sword can't be drawn by anyone but the chosen hero, so King Daphnes wouldn't have been able to.

Windfall Island is Kakariko Village.
It's near Dragon Roost Island, rumored to be Death Mountain, and it has a windmill, just like in OoT, it's the main town, just like it was for most of OoT, and its music has a few points where it sounds like Kakariko Village's theme in OoT. The only question is how it didn't end up underwater. Perhaps Kakariko is higher up than we thought?
  • It's probably meant to be a successor to the original village, built on higher ground by residents who had survived through the flood.

The Queen of the Great Fairies is Fi.
An obvious one really. The Queen looks quite a bit like a younger version of Fi (or more accurately, Fi is an older version of the Queen), but since they're both Really 700 Years Old, it doesn't really matter. Perhaps, after they flooded Hyrule, they drew Fi out of the Master Sword (Ganondorf killed the two Sages, so it was already de-powered anyways), and made her the new Queen to help the next hero that would inevitably appear. (And if the new appearances of the other Great Fairies in WW isn't a straight-up Art Shift, perhaps Fi recreated them in the interim.) She even says that she likes Link when they meet, probably because he reminds her of her old master.
  • It's implied that the form the Fairy Queen takes isn't her true appearance, considering how she goes out of her way to refer to Link as "child" and "young one" - she's clearly reminding him (or at least letting him know) that there's a significant age gap in between them.

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 traveling 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.
      • Well, the bits about the three pearls are jossed; they were created by the goddesses themselves, as part of the trials protecting the Master Sword. Also, Word of God is that Koroks are the form Kokiri take when they leave the woods, which is why they appear that way in The Wind Waker and Breath of the Wild.
  • 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 containing 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 the 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.

Nudge is a Shiekah

  • Nudge is Zelda's confidant and the strongest of the pirates. In the ancient portrait in Hyrule Castle, his ancestor was the only female attendant. This attendant was the Impa of that time, another nurse maid and bodyguard. Now Nudge fills in the Impa role of sworn protector and lancer.

The Great Sea is a colony of a technologically advanced civilization
  • The Great Sea is filled with examples of high technology, not the least of which is an electronic device functioning like a cell phone (Tingle Tuner), the multiple self-propelled boats (Beedle's Shop Ship), and the existence of cameras with the ability to save, copy, and delete images at will, much like a digital camera. The reason why the Great Sea does not have much more technology is because it is a faraway colony. The Great Sea is also very similar to maritime Europe of the 1700s, when European colonies were well established with working trade between colony and mother country. The Great Sea as seen in The Wind Waker does not have any sources or processing systems for textiles, food, or other necessary raw materials; these items are brought from the civilization mentioned earlier.

Ganondorf was Killed Off for Real at the end of Wind Waker.
  • No, taking a Master Sword to the forehead and being turned to stone isn't what sealed his fate (though it did finish him off). Reassembling the Triforce required the three chosen ones to give up their pieces. After the wish was made by the King of Hyrule, the Triforce departed, leaving Ganondorf with nothing. It is not much of a stretch to assume that his possession of the Triforce of Power kept him from truly dying, which would explain why he always returned in the other timelines. He has yet to return in the Wind Waker's timeline, so it's safe to assume that he really is gone this time.
  • Actually, Ganondorf's death can be inferred from Hyrule Historia, which says that the cycle started by Demise at the end of Skyward Sword is ended by Wind Waker. Which can happen only if Demise (Ganondorf) is dead.
    • Makes sense, then, that none of the later games in the Wind Waker timeline deals with Ganon(dorf) or the Triforce.
    • This Troper believes maybe that isn't the case, mainly because the fact that the sword is unreachable, and even by the time it is (using technology like subs) how likely is it that Link or someone else who is worthy will be there to attempt to remove it? The cycle is literally ended on the back of how improbable it would be to find and find someone capable of removing the sword more than on that Ganondorf died. Which even then this troper would have to ask....Why didn't it just reincarnate? Yes Ganon is dead, but Demise said he specified "[My hatred] will be born a new, a cycle with NO end" and "[Link and Zelda's bloodline] will be eternally bound to this curse".
      • The curse doesn't seem to refer only to Ganondorf. Others, such as Bellum and Malladus, could count as said manifestations, as well.

The Triforce's wish-granting powers are the only reason Ganon is turned to stone.
  • At the end of his speech, once the Triforce is active and submerging Hyrule forever, King Daphnes Nohansen Hyrule adds one last thing:
"Ganondorf! May you drown with Hyrule!!"
The Triforce took him at his word, ensuring that Ganon stays sealed as a stone at the bottom of the ocean for all time.
  • Well, the king wasn't touching the Triforce when he said that part. He directed it more at Ganondorf himself than as a wish to the gods.

The Wind Waker baton doesn't make a sound.
The tones the audience hears as the cursor moves back and forth are merely from a built-in metronome of sorts. From Link's point of view, there's no sound whatsoever, just the flashes of light at the tip of the baton to help him keep time. The brief music that we hear after the player makes the correct input is actually the wind (or various spirits, if Link is indoors or underground) singing as Link conducts them.

Link is not a reincarnation of the Hero of Time
He's just a normal boy who happens to have a resemblance to him. His name might not even be "Link", since apparently not all Link's are named "Link".
  • This is already confirmed, as the resurrection cycle was broken in this timeline after the Hero of Time returned to his timeline.

Ganon was a Death Seeker
Think about it. His actions do not resonate as someone who wants to live. They really seem more like someone who is just looking to make enough noise that someone will try to stop him, allowing him to commit Suicide by Cop. Even his speech doesn't sound like someone who wants to win, but rather someone who's just sick of it all, was tired of fighting, and just wanted it to be done. He didn't even try to flee the sinking Hyrule...like at all.
  • It's more a case of Taking You with Me - without the Triforce of Power, there's no way that he can escape, so his only remaining option is to prove his perceived futility of Link and Zelda's "future", by ensuring they drown with him.

Molgera is based on a Eunice aphroditois.
If you've ever seen one of these worms alive and moving, they not only bury themselves in the sand and sometimes stick their heads out like Molgera, they also resemble Molgera and swim through the water like Molgera flies through the air.

Zephos and Cyclos are Flat and Sharp.
They're a nicer-looking green younger brother and a sterner-looking red older brother; their shrines are at the base of Dragon Roost Mountain, which may be Death Mountain, at the base of which was Kakariko and the cemetary where you meet the Composer Brothers at their graves; the Composer Bros. hold white batons and Zephos gives Link the Wind Waker at his shrine; and the Composer Bros. write and (at least in Majora's Mask) can use environmental-conditions-impacting Magic Music which they teach to Link in both games they show up in. Zelda-verse music is powerful stuff - who knows if being an expert in it could get/earn a bump from Poe to nature spirit somewhere in how-many-years?
  • Zephos doesn't give Link the Wind Waker, though. The King of Red Lions does.

Ice Ring Isle was a lot bigger, until it melted.
The first line of the "The Cutting Room Floor" article claims that Wind Waker depicts the Zeldaverse after global warming. What if they're right?

Miss Marie is a necromancer
Why the hell else would she have freaking zombies in her basement? It's made fairly clear throughout the series that the dead don't just rise on their own, all of the undead creatures in the LOZ universe are created by forces of dark magic. The reason she had a house on such a remote island is so she could practice her necromancy in secrecy. She inexplicably gives the deed to Link hoping the ReDeads in the basement will kill him, thus giving her an exceptional specimen to experiment on.

Wizzrobes are Rito who fell to the Dark Side
They look very alike - Wizzrobes resemble toucans, and Rito resemble hawks or gulls, and that can easily be attributed to an Evil Makeover.

The Moblins are polymorphed Gerudos
Compare the weapons they wield and the markers in Gerudo valley from Ocarina of Time. The similarity is pretty striking, isn't it? Plus, the Moblins themselves (in this game, at least) resemble large, bipedal pigs... a form Ganondorf has taken on at the end of almost every game in the series (the exceptions being when he was in that form to begin with or not there at all). In addition, they seem to be a One-Gender Race (all male), which would be a kind of Ironic Hell for the all-female, man-hating Gerudos...

Tetra's family originally hailed from Greatfish Isle.
It would've been quite a leap for them to have switched from "ruling family of the kingdom" to "terrifying gang of pirates who pilfer and rob their own former subjects" - it's only sensible that they initially adopted a more obscure lifestyle as peaceful islanders, to hide their noble origins and keep under the radar in the event that Ganon ever made his return. Then, a few generations later, a group of them tired of that kind of life and switched to piracy on the open seas. Jabun even asks the King of Red Lions whether he has found one who carries on the royal line, whereas neither of the other spirits ever mention this, suggesting that he may've been in touch with them when they lived on his home island, and then lost contact after they left.

It would also explain Tetra's odd behavior during the Nayru's Pearl questline, and why she would be more concerned about Outset's well-being than treasure and riches. She's already seen her home destroyed by Ganon and doesn't want the same thing to happen to Link's island. She doesn't actually care who gets the pearl.

Vaati created the Wind Waker
Vaati the Wind Mage was originally a student of the magician Ezlo, who created magic items such as the Minish Cap. Vaati created the Wind Waker under tutelage of his master, before transforming into the evil eyeball we all know today.

Fi tried to contact Tetra in this game
  • Similarly to Breath of the Wild, Fi had attempted to make contact with Tetra to warn her about the Master Sword's power being lost, which was signified by the sword vibrating in her presence when she reunited with Link in the Forsaken Fortress. The unfortunate part was that Tetra couldn't understand her, because she hadn't unlocked Hylia's sacred power like Wild-Zelda had.