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The Snowpeak Ruins used to belong to a noble Hylian family.Think over it, why is it there? It does not belong to the Yetis originally. Also, why is there only one Hylian in Ordon? A teen boy no less. Also horses appear to be rare and only belonging to people of well standing. What if as this Link is a decendant of OOT!Link, and since OOT!Link maybe his family became nobles? But OOT!Link felt bad about living in a big city (trauma from Majora's Mask), so he and his family moved to Snowpeak. They lived there happily, lived of hunting, fishing and gathering. OOT!Epona possibly had children of her own too... And one day little TP!Link is born. Brings big happiness etc etc. But Ganondorf wants revenge! The royal family notices this, but the mailman is late (from being cold, losing the letter in water, accidentaly burning it etc). And when they finally get it, they know that they have no time, and sets little Link one of their (pregnant) hores, TP!Epona's mother. She runs off and to the end of the country. Link's whole family is slain, and TP!Epona is born a while later, but due to all the stess and pain her mother dies some years later. That way TP!Link got to Ordon! Just a therory though..!
Ocarina of Time Link returned to the Kokiri Forest/Faron Woods/Lost Woods to die.Later on in his life, Oo T Link probably wanted to die and/or be buried in the forest, which was his home and where he was raised. He was probably very sentimental about it, as typical of a hometown. That's why you first meet with the Hero's Shade in the Faron Woods.
The Oocca are what occur when person/bird love goes too far in Skyloft.Just to make an already disturbing race more disturbing. Somehow someway probably better left unexplored the Oocca are the descendants of Skyloftians and their loftwings who refused to go to the surface and build the new kingdom of Hyrule.
The Skull Kid in Twilight Princess Is Actually The Hero of TimeIt sounds ridiculous at first, but lets observe the following details. Firstly, he knows and plays Saria's song. This is nothing special, as Saria herself knows the song, as well as the Skull Kid that you befriend in both OoT/MM. What's intriguing, however is he knows Zelda's Lullaby as well, as he appears immediately after you play the song on the howling stone in the Sacred Grove. It's also the only howling stone that doesn't summon the Hero's Shade. What's more interesting, is that this particular howling stone's design differs from the others; it does not have a Sheikah eye but a Triforce marking carved into it, with some very faint, scratchy depictions of OoT's Spirituals stones etched into each Triforce Piece. Secondly, we are led to believe that he is just playing dangerous games of hide and seek with us for his enjoyment. However, if you chat with Midna during your search, she makes it clear that he's not "playing" with you, but that he's actually trying to lead you somewhere. Further implying that he's actually guarding the ruins to the Temple of TIME, as well as the Master Sword; testing TP Link's strength and wit to see if he's worthy of becoming the next Hero in line. In terms of looks, he's very different from the skull kids seen in OoT and MM; having a body made of flesh and bone rather then wood and straw, further implying that this Skull Kid is "different" from the others. He also has Hylian ears, and on those ears are a double pair of blue earrings - an accessory that's often associated with Link - the Hero of Time in particular. The base of his straw hat is long and an cylinder-shaped: much like Link's, but with a curve at the end of it's tip. The size and shape of the leaf on his back share's similar proportions to the Hylian and Hero's Shields that Link carried when he's a child in OoT. His lantern emits an eerie glow that's reminiscent to Navi's faded blue color. And lastly, he carries and plays his trumpet in his LEFT hand, it's notes and pitch sounding exactly like the Awakening Pipes that Link used in his Deku Scrub form in MM. OoT heavily implies that people who become Lost in The Lost Woods eventually turn into monsters. A Kokiri girl known as Fado says that adults turn into Stalfos, claiming that she had seen Grog transform into one during the Biggoron Quest. The Potion Shop Keeper who tried to save Grog comments that "this potion will not work on a monster..." A gossip stone implies that non-fairy folk (non-Kokiri) turn into monsters. Navi states that children who become lost in the woods eventually turn into Skull Kids. At the end of MM, we see Link - who is a child at this point in time - return to The Lost Woods after saving Termina. He is without a fairy and his existence fades into complete obscurity; never to be heard of again. Is it possible that the Hero's Shade was actually a red herring, and that he in fact became a Skull Kid, who felt obliged to guard the Master Sword for the remainder of his now-immortal existence? After all, it seems strange for a skull kid - of all things - to protect such an important place, let alone have some sort of connection with The Royal Family of Hyrule...
The Snowpeak Ruins is all that's left of a long-since-forgotten attempt to invade Hyrule.Consider the setting: it's high in the mountains, surrounded by ravines and nearly impenetrable (thus easily defensible), so it's an excellent forward base for whatever army was planning to take over Hyrule. The only path into Hyrule leads to the Zora River, which could be taken to prevent any attacks from the rear, and is still a nearly unassailable position from which to attack the castle or the lake. The various paintings that can be found depict scenes from around Hyrule such as Ordon Ranch and the Arbiter's Grounds, again to prepare the invasion. Not to mention all the ancient weaponry on the walls, as well as the cannons.
Now for the long-ago part: the ruins are filled with weapons, which were probably used to train new soldiers. When they died for reasons unknown, their raging spirits bound themselves to the ice and wind, becoming the Chilfos, who retain a goose-stepping walk from their military training. The Darkhammer miniboss is either the result of magical experiments to create an army of Lizard Folk, the weaker of which populate the warmer climates or of the surviving soldiers inbreeding to the point of becoming thick-skinned animalistic monsters. In either case, they retained the use of simple (beat it til' it breaks or slash it til' it dies) weaponry by mimicking their elders, even when all semblance to human language had been lost, which is why the cannons are in disuse.
The Twilight Princess mailman is an avatar of Farore.He recognizes Link even in Wolf form, and the plot-centric letters seem to be delivered just when Link needs a new direction to venture. Never mind the letters that help Link obtain new adventuring equipment... Also, he first appears at the exit of Faron Woods, Farore's associated province of Hyrule, and his other manifestations throughout Hyrule are located in:
The meetings with the Golden Wolf/Hero's Spirit in Twilight Princess aren't actually happening.Building on the above theories, the Golden Wolf doesn't actually exist in the physical world. In actuality, the meetings with the wolf are just a visual metaphor for memory. Not once in all the meetings does Midna ever appear, and no matter how long Link takes to learn the new skill, no time ever passes in the real world. The only clear explanation is that he's subconsciously accessing memories from his past life.
The Oocca of Twilight Princess aren't actually an advanced race of Pre-Hylians.There was once such a race long ago, but they're dead now. The Ooccoo are just pets or experiments kept by the original Precursors, who were left behind when their owners died off. After which, the Oocca decided to squat their abandoned flying temple as their own while claiming that they were the original Precursors all along. This would explain why their 'city' looks absolutely nothing like a city at all, why everything there is apparently designed with much different beings in mind (including the contents of the one and only store — Link is actually only buying the remains of the temple's storage), and why everything there is in such an advanced state of decay. It also explains why Ooccoo (the one Occa to follow Link throughout the game) conveniently 'forgot' all the relevant details in how to return: Having been born there, and ignorant of how her home actually worked, she'd never known how to get back up in the first place. And so she started living in pots.
The Oocca of Twilight Princess were a prototype life-form made by the GoddessesWe know from the various mistakes that They are fallible, and that They made all life- creationism, not evolution. Thus, if they are fallible, but we have a "predecessor", both the seeming inconsistency and the Nightmare Fuel-esque nature of the Oocca are explained by them being a failed first try, who eventually were granted the Sky Palace as an appology for, well, being. It was still made for humans, of course, but given to them later on either when they complained or as a gift from the Sky People when they migrated downward and felt like making a nature preserve for the horrible atrocities against all that is right with the world.
The Oocca of Twilight Princess were something the Goddesses came up with after a night of binge-drinking and messing around with the Spore creature generatorNuff said.
The Oocca didn't create the Hylians or Hyrule, they created the Cucco.I heard this one somewhere. Sounds plausible enough.
The Oocca are an alternate form of the Kokiri.After the Great Deku tree died, they were incapable of preventing part or all of the forest from being clear-cut to create Ordon Village. They then abandoned the forest in shame and took on new forms to hide their failure.
The Monkeys are an alternate form of the Kokiri.After humans invaded and took over their beloved woods and killed their Deku Tree, they were forced to take a new form. That female monkey is Saria and Mido is Ook. They are triggered in reaction to Link by their old memories. Speaking of Links, I can see OoT Link dying while trying to help them protect the forest, who didn't recognize him, putting a new spin on the female monkey's "green-clad prince who helped me" remark. (Yes I do believe that OoT Link and Zelda are related.) And if the below WMG is too be believed, it explains why he was there.
The Hero's Spirit that Link (II) encounters throughout Twilight Princess is really Link (I) of Ocarina of Time (The Hero of Time)After teaching Link (II) the his final technique, the spirit tells him that he was unable to pass on into the afterlife until he handed down his techniques. After Majora's Mask, Link(I)'s fate was never really explained, leaving the possibility that he never returned from Termina. The Hero's Spirit also mentions that he had accepted the call as the Hero. And did we mention that he's left handed (in the unflipped game), a physical trait that seems to be applied only to Link in the Zelda-verse? Let's not forget that the Spirit himself says, among other things:
The Skull Kid from Twilight Princess is the same one from Ocarina of Time/Majora's MaskThat he knows how to play Saria's Song, which Link taught to the Skull Kid in OoT, seems to be proof enough. This is made even more plausible by the fact that TP apparently takes place in the same "Hyrule survives" timeline created by MM. Also, he appears in the Sacred Grove, an area that bears a conspicuous resemblance to the Lost Woods (in both background music and terrain), where the original Skull Kid lived. It's even possible that he was drawn to TP's Link because he reminded him of the old Link.
Ganon is Midna's FatherMidna's Imp form looks a lot like Ganon from OOT. Midna states that the Twili are descended from prisoners sent to the Twilight Zone, or whatever. Ganon was sent to the Twilight Zone and he is never shown attacking Midna. In the end of the game, he never hurt her, just pretended to, knowing Zelda and Link would turn on Midna. He also didn't grant Zant full powers (which it seems he'd be capable of!), because he suspected he might attempt to usurp her. Ganon is certainly powerful enough to establish himself as leader/king of the Twili, making Midna princess. Of course, for this to work, Midna wouldn't know Ganon is her father.
Veran was a TwiliHey, she looks kinda like one. Twinrova summoned her to defeat Link, because they really don't learn.
Majora's Mask was made by the TwiliA tribe, using black magic made it, eh? And it's behaving a LOT like Zant. Oh, and don't forget that OTHER artefact of doom, which Link and Midna had to reasemble, which was said to be just as dangerous and had pretty simmilar markings to the Majoras Mask on it.
The Fused Shadows either ARE Majora's Mask, or the Fused Shadows were an attempt to rebuild Majora's MaskTo take the above theory to a further level, consider the tale of Majora's Mask; a "mask salesman" traveling with an apocalyptic mask full of black magic... to where? Surely to destroy the thing, no? Nope. I'd be willing to bet that he was a member of the "tribe" who built it... and was bringing a prototype to the rest of them. Of course, things didn't go as planned, and the original Mask was damaged... so, after OoT/MM Link left Termina, the Happy Mask Salesman brought back what was left of the Mask, and the tribe rebuilt it... maybe giving it a new paint job and then some? Or perhaps finishing it? Unfortunately for the tribe, they were defeated by the light spirits, and the rest, as they say, is history. For proof, there is, of course, the similar markings, the similar purpose, and the similar back stories of the Shadows and the Mask. Also, compare Majora's Wrath to the monstrosity Midna turns into when she wears the Fused Shadows; similar in the tentacle-like body composition and ferocity, but Midna's monster form is clearly much more horrific and powerful... as if the power of Majora was taken Up to Eleven. Furthermore, note that Midna and the HMS have similar demeanors, tactics, and general eeriness about them. If Midna is a descendant of the tribe banished to the Twilight Realm, and subsequently one of the makers of the Fused Shadows, which member, exactly, is her particular ancestor? Perhaps we've met him... which means... wait...
TP Link does not suffer from Parental AbandonmentConsidering how affectionate Rusl is with Link, as well as how strong the resemblance is between Link and Colin, it would be easy to draw the conclusion that Link is Rusl and Uli's son. He moved to the tree house outside the village within the last year to establish his own house before marrying Ilia.
The Oocca City is actually Elysia from Metroid Prime 3'nuff said.
TP!Link is Rusl's younger brother.And, tying in with the "Colin is ALttP!Link" WMG that used to be on the main Zelda WMG page (could someone who saw it reproduce it here or on the series WMG page?), he's the uncle who bites it at the start of ALttP. Further evidence that Link's only mute when he's the player character.
Every Hylian has a Twilight counterpart, Midna is Zelda's.First, she's a princess, second, her Leitmotif is Zelda's Lullaby played reversed. Also, her personality bears some great resemblance to a certain girl who turned out be a Zelda raised by Pirates. Who's counterpart is Zant then? Believe it or not, I think, based on some theories that Zant was actually Midna's lover before Ganon took control of him, that he's actually Link's counterpart. Would explain why she supposedly fell in love with Link over the course of the game. She probably destroyed the mirror out of fear that, now that her beloved Zant was gone for good, she would not be able to resist to go back and see Link. Another reason for that speculation: Midna's name has the same number of letters as "Zelda". And Zant's name has the same number of letter's as "Link". Of course, the Zant part is not very well-grounded, but I'm pretty sure about the Midna part though.
Zant, at one point, lived in the Heian eraI base this on observations of the behavior of Fujiwara-no-Sai: Their... erratic behavior and comparisons of his armor◊ to Sai's clothes (pretty sure Zant used that pose at one point), along with amusingly pointy headgear.
The change between being Bunny!Link in LttP and Wolf!Link in TP is due to the age of the Link being played as.Bunny!Link is a child, Wolf!Link is a teenager, and so is Darker and Edgier.
Aryll and Ilia are counterparts of each other.Their roles and personalities are almost the same and they have pretty much the same age difference to Link. Since we don't know who Link's parents are, Ilia could, in theory, even be his little sister (or half-sister), just like Aryll. They are also both associated with animals (Seagulls for Aryll and Horses for Ilia), both have their own Leitmotif and are both blonde. Also, look at the 2 Link's faces, when they "talk" to Aryll or Ilia in cutscenes. They have this special "I'm so happy to see you today" look in their eyes, which differs greatly from their usual, heroic expressions. Both Links only have this look in their faces when they see Ilia or Aryll, on no other occasion.
OOT / MM Link and Stallord killed one another in a fight to the deathWhy is Stallord already dead and reduced to a dry, fungi-eaten pile of bones when TP Link arrives at his chamber? For that matter, why is there so much death at the Arbiter's Grounds in the first place? Ghost rats, Redead Knights, the Death Sword, Stalfos, et all. I know the Arbiter's Grounds were used as a maximum-security prison by the Gerudo before the Bulblin overtook the desert, but there could be an additional reason. After Ganondorf managed to foil his execution and kill the Sage of Water (i.e. Ruto), the first Link, now grown into an adult, embarked on a quest for retribution. He made it into the Arbiter's Grounds and mowed down all the mooks inside, but could not handle Stallord, whom he defeated, but not before being mortally wounded himself. Because of this, he could not save Hyrule, and thus returns as the Hero's Shade in this game to train the new Link to carry on the good work.
Stallord is Volvagia revived by ZantThey share a very similar build, right down to the head shape and hair. Plus, Volvagia was skeletonized at defeat.
Stallord is Cragma revived by ZantThey share a very similar build. Plus, there are mine carts in both of their arenas that link must ride to defeat the boss.
The Arbiter's Grounds belong to / are otherwise related to, GohdanYou know, Gohdan the Great Arbiter...
Zant is an evil Wizzrobe, Midna and the Twili are good/lawful neutral Wizzrobes.Zant has all the same powers as the Wizzrobe race (magical energy weapon, teleportation, apparent levitation). Midna, too, shares all these similar powers. Even looking at Zant's helmet, with it's weird googly eyes and pointy head, suggests a Wizzrobe. Not enough? Look at the arms of his robe, and notice that they match identically to the Toucan-Sam-Wizzrobes of [[Wind Waker]].
The Skull kid is actually SariaIt can play Saria's song because it invented it, also note that it forces you to run its little course once to get the Master Sword and again to access the Temple of Time. It isn't just messing with you, she's trying to protect the Master Sword in the first instance and test this Link's skills the other time. Being close to the forest temple and still alive (they never age) it could feasably work out.
The legend of the Twilight Princess was originally all about MidnaIt first began in what would become the Ordona province, which only joined Hyrule late in its history. In the original legend, Midna, goddess of the night and the underworld, was cast out of power and turned into an imp by her jealous brother, Zant. Midna wandered the land for years, surfacing only occasionally to play pranks on humans as she plotted her revenge. Eventually, she found a simple young goatherd who, due to a side effect of her latest mischief, had been turned into a blue-eyed wolf. She persuaded him to come along with her so that she could change him back. Together, they stole powerful magic artifacts from the spirits of the land and ventured into the underworld. Once there, Midna used the power she stole to kill Zant and resume her old body and regain control over the underworld. When Hyrule expanded into Ordona, the priests of the Triforce Goddesses tried to ban this legend, since it was about a foreign goddess and seemed to glorify trickery, deceit, and fratricide. However, they had no luck: the Ordonians liked the legend too much. Thus, Hylian scribes tried a new approach to convert the Ordonians while keeping their traditions alive: Bowdlerisation. Aspects of the Midna Cycle were changed to keep it consistent with the old Legend of Zelda: Midna was the princess of the Twilight Realm, not the underworld/evil realm; the goatherd became Link; Ganondorf was behind Zant, and so on. Having Midna seal the entrance to the Twilight Realm at the end was purposeful: it was a message to the Ordonians to stop including her in their pantheon.
The Ordonians are descendants of the KokiriWhen the Great Deku tree bit it, they became like ordinary Hylians, eventually grew up, and had chldren, who had children, etc. It might seem strange, but there was never any clarification over whether the "Kokiri die when they leave the forest tale" was literal, or a more metaphorical slow death through aging. Also, in the ending of OOT, we see them outside the forest. Why? Because the Deku Sprout told them the truth. They are eternally children as long as they stay in the forest, but losing that protection by leaving (or their guardian dying) nullifies it.
The Hero's Shade is Dark LinkHe's got red eyes like Dark Link, knows a lot of fancy moves which Oot Link has never demonstrated and he is Link's (the hero) Shadow (shade). Why is he helping TP Link? Presumably like Phantom Ganon, Dark Link was banished to the gap between dimensions and is reaching out to help Link kill Ganondorf so the curse will be broken and Dark Link can be released and do his own thing.
Queen Rutela will become the new Sage of WaterThe evidence fits together. The sages in Ocarina of Time didn't truly awaken until after their untimely deaths. There's a definite gap in the roster after Ganondorf's pre-sealing rampage, and the existence of seven sages (counting Zelda) is a common element of the series as a whole, meaning they'll need a new one sooner or later. She's still around in a ghostly form, so clearly her role in the story isn't over yet. And most noticeably, all of the sages that appear in this game have taken a humanlike form since their inception, and Rutela's ghost looks considerably more like a human than most Zoras. She must have already started the transformation...
Stallord is the result of one long night of Stalchild slaying.Link used a cheat code to create a prolonged night, and took the opportunity to kill as many Stalchildren as possible, until this behemoth appeared and was taken to the Arbiter's Grounds. Simple enough.
Arbiter's Grounds is an abandoned temple of Nayru, and the Mirror was hers.Nayru is the goddess of wisdom, and according to most creation stories concerning Hyrule, she was the one who gave law to the people. The giant statue inside Arbiter's Grounds is meant to depict her, holding up the Mirror in her hand. The symbolism was that she was wise enough to gaze into her own reflection and see the potential for darkness within, but able to keep that darkness contained.
When Nintendo finally decides to debut an HD gaming console, then we will see a sequel for Twilight Princess.Hey, a girl can dream, can't she?
This Link is a descendant of Malon and OOT/MM!LinkThis Link has Epona and is a rancher. The Hero's Shade, who happens to be the Hero of Time, also refers to him as "my child" a few times, which may be endearment or not. He also said that only those who carry the blood of the hero can use certain moves and he also once said "our bloodline". Malon was also the only female Link knew who he could have copulated with. MM!Link eventually married Malon, had children with her, went to search for Navi and got lost in the forest. TP takes place 100 years before TP so he could be their grandchildren. Malon hasn't been reincarnated yet either.
Ganondorf dies at the end because at that same time Ganondorf summoned the Triforce in The Wind Waker.The reason the Triforce leaves Ganondorf at the end of Twilight Princess is that he simultaneously summoned it in the Alternate Timeline, The Wind Waker. Thus, Ganondorf was truly ended by his own hand. The King then returns it to the Sacred Realm by wishing his Hyrule away and Link ends Ganondorf in The Wind Waker.
Princess Agitha is either Zelda's little sister or her cousin
Majora's Mask, or alternatively, Majora, was once the leader of the TwiliThis goes along with the "Majora's Mask is connected to the Twili" theories. Before the battle with Zant, Midna mentions how one of their tribe's leaders submit themselves to lust for power. This could very well be Majora. During Majora's Mask, there is very little explanation as to why the Moon is falling, why Majora's Mask is controlling it, etc. Majora could have originally been a Twili who, in a fit of power and dissatisfaction with just ruling over the Twili, made his way somehow into Termina, but the journey left him in his most primitive stage: a mask. Enter Skull Kid, who provides the perfect vessel for Majora, who now only desires destruction of the human race, a race who has forsaken his tribe for centuries. This also explains how the Fused Shadows and Majora's Mask look similar in design: The Twili wanted to be able to imitate the power of Majora, so they used their magic to make a copy which wasn't as powerful, but powerful enough.
Midna is the love child of Ganon and MaleficentTaking an above theory on step further. As for way she's like Maleficent, well they are both the same skin color and have the same laugh and stuff. So way not?
The Zelda team could bring Midna back, but only in the adult timeline.Twilight Princess was on the side of the timeline that had a child Link growing up and fighting Majora, just so we're clear. As we saw from the ending of the game, Midna does pass though the Mirror of Twilight and presumably back into the Twilight realm... except we are given no indication that she made it back ok. All of the cutscenes feature the Hyruleans and their post-adventure lives, but we have no idea as to the fate of the Twili and their leader. Why can't we have a shot of Midna governing the Twili, maybe as a parallel to Zant's treatment of them? Simple: she isn't there. After Link and Midna returned to the realm of Light the first time Ganon took the opportunity to curse the mirror of Twilight (Or possibly just move the Twilight part of the Mirror) so that it would dispense anyone or anything that passed though it into another realm: the one with the Adult Timeline (the one with the flood and cel-shading). This would not be much of a problem if the one who traveled though it recognized the mistake and un-cursed (Or moved the mirror) back towards the Twilight Realm; except Midna broke the first half of the mirror, making the other half useless. The following game would take place when Tetra and Link find New Hyrule and their efforts in trying to help Midna rebuild the first half of the mirror would cause or actually be the war of Demons and Spirits. This game would also include constant lampshades(Midna: "You guys look weird, what's wrong with your heads?" Tetra: "WE look weird? Why are you blue?!" Midna:"Whatever, just help me fix this thing" Link: 0_o) Plenty of humor, lots of action and would be the most awsome Legend of Zelda game in existance.
The four adventurers are an alternate version of Stargate SG-1. In Telma’s Bar, Link meets a group of four characters, including:
- Auru, a retired soldier.
- Ashei, a young woman knight.
- Rusl, a warrior with a wife and son, whose face is at first covered in a helmet.
- Shad, a bookworm in glasses, with a strong interest in the history of an ancient race he believes to have built a flying city. He later discovers an old buried device that can send people there, but only after Link had to retrieve a series of six symbols. Some puddle jumping later, Link finds himself surrounded by strange little people doing weird sounds. All those events proved to be important in the defeat of some evil guy wearing a retractable mask/helmet thing.
Malo is a midget.We only think he's a child because of the game's weird art style. He is actually an old and retired warrior (who just happens to be a midget), who was a legend in his own time. He already knows everything about swordplay (pay attention to his dialogue during the tutorial), and if you try to hit him with your sword, he dodges like Neo dodges bullets. The fact that he successfully opens up a chain of retail stores also shows that he is much more intelligent than any toddler. His cynical, sarcastic attitude is a result of his long, gruesome war campaigns. So yah, Malo is a midget. A badass midget.
The Twili were once Sheikah"But wait! Weren't they the Royal Family's Protectors?!" The Sheikah are heavily stated to thrive on dark magic. Who's to say that they didn't get Drunk on the Dark Side? Those that were self controlled enough could resist the lure. Not to mention they guarding this family who have connections to this "Golden Power."
The Twilight Realm consists of more than just the Palace.Doesn't it seem odd that there were only 5 Twili left other than Midna and Zant? At that point in the game, you had only fought roughly 2 or 3 dozen Shadow Beasts, and I'd imagine that there would be a larger population of Twili over Lord knows how many years since whenever the Interlopers were banished. Also, Midna refers to her "tribe" multiple times, which seems to indicate a sort-of dark ages-style feudal governmental system in the Twilight Realm. So where, you might ask, are the rest of the Twili? There are other floating islands off somewhere in that void, which must be traverse through teleportation or slightly more conventional means, such as airships. (I'm thinking along the lines of Skies of Arcadia here.) Also, when she refers to Zant turning all of the Twili into Shadow Beasts, it could've been hyperbole, meant to emphasize the atrocity of what he was committing, or general unknowingness of the fates of the other tribes of Twili.
There are other ways between Hyrule and the Twilight Realm besides the Mirror of Twilight.Think about it: if the Mirror of Twilight had been shattered, and that was the only way to get between the two realms, how did the Shadow Beasts get dropped into the areas where you fight them and why were the portals a different color? Were they being kept in a pen somewhere? It also doesn't really explain how Zant got from Hyrule in the Arbiter's Grounds and resurrecting the boss of that dungeon to being in the Palace of Twilight before you go there yourself.
The Magic Armor is the prototype of Samus's suitThe color scheme is pretty similar and they both can be recharged by killing enemies.
The passageway that Link and Midna use to get out of Hyrule Castle's dungeon in this game is the same one that will later be used by Link and Zelda in A Link to the Past.Quasi-Jossed, going by the split in timelines. TP takes place on the Child timeline, so this Hyrule Castle is most likely the same Hyrule Castle in Oo T's child era. In the adult era, where the Decline timeline branches off from, that Hyrule Castle has already been destroyed. The Hyrule Castle in ALTTP would therefore have to have been built during/after the Imprisoning War, where the victorious Ganon was sealed in the Sacred Realm with his Triforce. However, it is entirely possible that this is the same corridor in spirit, as the Royal Family could always instruct their architects to recreate it whenever they rebuild Hyrule Castle.
Renado is a Sheikah.They don't all have to be exceptionally obvious about it, though the symbol on his robe is rather suspicious.
The Twilight Realm is Australia.They are both lands full of dangerous creatures populated by the descendants of exiled criminals.
Zant is related to TingleBased solely on his behavior during his fight. He's what Tingle would be like if he went to the dark side and joined Ganondorf in exchange for power.
The Hero's Shade is female.The Hero's Shade is never refer to as male IIRC.
The Hero's Shade is Ammy"Our bloodline" being "protagonist", also the wolf form.
Navi died in (or at the very least never made it out of) the Temple of Time.The logic behind this comes from looking at both TP and OOT. Navi flies off through a window; the same window that leads into the secret entrance to the Temple from TP. You know, the one full of monsters, confusing puzzles, and elaborate death traps.
Twilight Princess is a game installed on an Encom-GridOS computer and has a Guardian working on the systemThis specific computer's MCP program, (likely personified by Ganon) views games as wastes of space and computing capability, not to mention the damage and devastation that game-cubes leave on a system when the User wins, and is sending it's Black Guard-level programs, as the Shadow Beasts, in to corrupt the game's programming, and coerce the User to delete the bad files. However, the system's Guardian opposes this plan, and takes the form of the Hero's Shade in order to train an in-game Sprite, Link, so that he can defeat the shadow creatures/Black Guard. This explains why Link has something of an actual past in Twilight Princess; he's not meant to be a player character in the game. He's just an NPC ranch hand in the User's eyes, and the way the other Ordonians interact with him reflects this. The system's Tron-equivalent program takes a more direct approach, in the form of Midna. Both are doing this in an attempt to remind Ganon that the User, in fact, has final say of what is and isn't allowed on the system. The Plot Coupons in the game are actually bits of programming for nearby areas, perhaps even patch data to fix the broken code. No area of the game is really 'engulfed in Twilight', it's data is just corrupted. The real reason Link turns into a wolf in the twilit places is also due to corrupted data, in this case his own subroutine being interpreted not as a human Sprite, but as an animal one. As the Sprite, Link, goes about the in-game world of Hyrule cracking through twilight and restoring the data, he comes one step closer to letting the User play a favorite game. The User is just that; the guy who wants to play the game, but can't because it's file is too corrupt. This all started because the death of certain monsters looks similar to 'derezzing' in Tron, and that a lot of shadow-related artwork in Twilight Princess looks like lines on a circuit board.
The reason Twilight Princess Ganondorf's personality is so different from that of Wind Waker Ganondorf is because of the divergent events of the split timeline.In Wind Waker, Ganondorf is a much more mellow fellow willing to examine the psychological origin of his desire for power, whereas in Twilight Princess, Ganondorf is more flamboyant and straightforwardly megalomaniacal. These divergent personalities can be traced back to what happened in the separate timelines. In the Adult timeline, Ganondorf had Hyrule firmly within his iron grip, but still ends up vanquished by the holders of the Triforce pieces which he could not obtain. Furthermore, after some time locked in the Sacred Realm, he breaks out and is about to reconquer Hyrule when the gods submerse the entire land to keep it out of his reach. So this Ganondorf is a man whose greatest ambition has been repeatedly snatched away from him (first with the other Triforce pieces, and then twice with the land of Hyrule), and who has probably found his aim to be decidedly less glamorous than he first thought (what with the successful conquest of Hyrule likely leaving him feeling still empty, along with the flooded and ruined Hyrule being a far less desirable prize than it used to be). This Ganondorf is a man who has had the opportunity to reflect on why he is pursuing this increasingly undesirable end and has had sobering realizations about his life and actions; hence, he is far less vindictive toward Link, Zelda, and the rest of Hyrule than he was in Ocarina of Time. In the Child timeline, however, Ganondorf never had these sobering experiences. In that timeline, a younger, cockier warlord finds his shrewd plans nipped in the bud thanks to two uncannily perceptive kids, ultimately resulting in his banishment to the Twilight Realm. Furthermore, he finds in the Twilight Realm an entire race of beings whose very cultural memory is brimming with bitterness and anger. Whereas Adult timeline Ganondorf was stuffed into a shapeless void which he had to fill himself with soulless monsters, Child timeline Ganondorf was stuffed into a dimension where he could feed his own bitterness and anger on that of the realm's previous occupants. The void of the former provides more room and less noise for meditation than the bitter cesspool of the latter. And the defeat faced by this Ganondorf so soon and suddenly would be more embittering than a soulcrushing and worldview-altering defeat after seven years of uncontested rule. Thus, Ganondorf would emerge from this cockier and more indignant than the solemn Ganondorf of the Adult timeline. Both men were originally ambitious megalomaniacs who wished to rule over a land more bounteous in blessings than their barren desert home; one would look to his past and puzzle out what made him who he was today, while the other would push such thoughts into the back of his subconscious while still seeking out that bounty.
Midna will return in the near futureOr some variation of her.
The Faron and Ordona provinces are actually the OoT Hyrule.Everyone assumes that this is the same Hyrule, unchanged from before. But a lot of things are too out of place to account for that. When you look at the position of these two provinces, and the Sacred Grove/Temple of time, it all adds up. Ordona is almost the exact same shape as Hyrule field from Ocarina of Time, and forest overgrowth could account for it being smaller (but only slightly. OoT's field was not that big and Ordona is pretty big, and is bigger when adding Faron to it). The Sacred Grove is Castle Town, and the Temple of Time is the exact same one from Ocarina of Time, location and all. Due to the cracks in the field in Twilight Princess, one can easily infer that it is tectonically unstable. Couple this with a possible need for conquest further north (probably over taking some other country that was there) and we have Hyrule from Twilight Princess. I believe several locations remain the same, such as Death Mountain (which, being an active volcano, lends more credence to the theory) and the Gerudo Desert, except the tectonic shifts caused them to drift farther apart. I believe that, in OoT, when Link traveled to either location, there was a sort of unseen moment (probably during the brief loading areas) where he traveled quite a large distance, to get to the mountain or the desert. I believe that this Lake Hylia is a new one. The old one possibly drying up could be another factor into the kingdom's movement northward.
The temple part of the Temple of Time is actually the Temple of Light we never get to see in OoT.It makes sense. They never got to include said dungeon in OoT, so they included it in this game. "But it's called the Temple of Time" is not a good argument against this guess. Neither is "But you physically enter the Temple of Time, and the Temple of Light exists in a non-physical plane." because it is possible that the name is just Link or Midna guessing as to what it is, and that going up the staircase of light (ding ding, that has to set off some bells) and through the fake stained glass is a physical representation of entering a spiritual realm, in which the Temple of Light exists. The strongest evidence is that everywhere you look, the Medallion of Light symbol is shown, and the fact that you enter it from the Temple of Time, which in OoT is said to be the only entrance to the Temple of Light.
The Triforce of Power was passed on to Zant.Sure, his neck snapped, and we saw him die, but in Hyrule it's not uncommon to see the dead rise to do evil, now is it? Ganon was clearly evil, yet he was given the Triforce of Power by the Goddesses. Why? No one knows for sure, but I believe it's because he desired it more than any living thing in Hyrule. With Ganon dead, who's the most power-hungry man around? Zant. Not only that, but Zant will seek a new source of magic power with Ganon dead. His new source of power? Majora. But this time, Zant will not be a mere puppet, but a backstabbing Starscream. And after fully usurping Majora's power, Link will need something really big and bad. Honestly, why not?
Link and Ilia have had sexI'm not talking about the vague implications of a possible romantic history. I'm talking about a specific line in-game. When Ilia regains her memory, she says something that struck me as a bit off: "I knew you once...long ago, when we were young..." It doesn't sound so much like "I used to know you but forgot" as it does "I knew you at a specific point in time" (or, for foreign-language speakers, she spoke in the preterite rather than the imperfect). It would be linguistically impossible for her to mean "know" in the normal sense, so it's likely that she instead meant it in the biblical sense.
Agitha Really Is An Insect PrincessTo understand this you need to know a little about how insects work. The queen is usually bigger than the others of her colony, and the workers are all female. When the queen dies, one of the workers becomes a new queen to take her place. The Shadow Insects seem to work the same way, what with how the Twilit Bloat was this huge monstrosity compared to the other "workers". Getting off topic here for a minute, as we know, when something from the Light enters the Twilight, it changes form. What about things that leave the Twilight and go to the Light? We've never seen any of the Shadow Insects in the Light, so what if they get changed into something else too? Now, let's say that whatever queen the insects had before the game started died somehow. One of the workers would have to become a new queen, AKA a Twilit Bloat. So now we have this new queen roaming around. For whatever reason, she wanders off into the Light, where she changes form, and becomes a human, specifically little Agitha. When their leader doesn't come back, the other insects assume that she's dead, and a new queen rises among them, the Twilit Bloat you get to fight in the game. So now, time skip, the newest Twilit Bloat's dead, and Agitha is still in her human form. She sees that all the Twilight is gone. Not knowing where they could be, she decides to invite them all to where she now lives, in other words the "ball" thing she's supposedly hosting for them. Maybe that Shadow Insects look like normal, strangely golden insects when they're in the Light, which is how Agitha recognizes them. Even some physical quirks about her support this. For one, look at Agitha◊ and look at the Twilit Bloat◊. Their colors are a little bit similar, just that the Bloat's are darker. The almond shaped things near the bottom of her dress might represent the spikes coming from near the bottom of it's body. They both have something hanging from just underneath their chins. (Agitha has a bow tie and the Bloat has these leg things.) The growths coming out of the sides of it's head look a little like the Hylian ears Agitha has.
The scene in Hyrule Castle with the Resistance members coming to Link's "rescue" wasn't Cutscene Incompetence.Link was perfectly capable of handling all those opponents, and they were fully aware of this fact. It was simply their way of saying "We got your back", and they figured they say it with style.
Agitha is a killer
The Lakebed Temple is a water purification plant.Tying in with the 'Hyrule is geologically unstable' and the 'Faron and Ordon are Ocarina of Time Hyrule' theories, the Lakebed 'temple' was actually a facility built by the Zora to flush massive impurities out of Hyrule's water so they could live in it. The source of those impurities being, naturally, some kind of massive eruption by Death Mountain plus earthquakes.
Ganondorf didn't actually die in the end of the gameThe one time we've seen Ganondorf properly die (at the end of Wind Waker), it was when the Triforce had already been used, and therefore Ganondorf didn't have it on death. This doesn't happen in Twilight Princess.
The Light Spirit Lanayru is Faron
Colin is the future incarnation of Link.He is the bravest of the kids, he wears clothing similar to Link before he wore his hero garb. He also has the same hair and eye color of Link. Not to mention he admires the hell out of him. Lastly, he is seen in the final cutscene with a wooden shield similar to Links first shield.
Malon's spirit rests in Hyrule field.
The Kokiri are dead.
The Yeti are naturally hairless.
Telma is a Gerudo.
The Hero's Shade is Archer
Agitha will become the next Zelda.This is an extension to Colin becoming future Link: It has been established since Zelda II that many of the princess' have been named Zelda to honor the Zelda that was in a deep sleep. Agitha looks like a younger blonder Zelda ala Ocarina of Time/Wind Waker style, albeit with different hair style and attire. There have been hints from other WMGs that she is related to Zelda. To top it off she is about the same age as Colin, who has been built up to become the future incarnation of Link. Odds are Agitha is only her given name and it would be changed to Zelda upon adulthood.
Ganondorf's initial execution was successful, but allowed him to become much worse than before.Ganondorf has been established by the ending of Skyward Sword to be the bearer of Demise's rage, the curse laid against Link and Zelda for eternity. Ganondorf's exact relationship with Demise remains ambiguous, but it is possible in the Child Timeline, Ganondorf was killed by the Sages, but restored to life by Demise's curse, becoming a more direct vessel for his rage and gaining his immense power despite never laying hands on the Triforce in this timeline. Wind Waker Ganondorf wielded the Triforce of Power to attain a level of being beyond Demise's curse, which is why we see more of his motivation as the troubled but ruthless King of the Gerudo, but in the Child Timeline, Ganondorf became a full vessel for Demise's wrath after his initial death, which would explain why TP Ganondorf has the most similar demeanor and motive to Demise of Ganon's many incarnations.
The Gorons skin Dodongos alive.Dodongos explode when you kill them, but in at least the Twilight princess a goron has what look to be dodongo skin hanging on their walls, so the Gornon must skin them alive, and the dodongo later explodes after bleeding out from lack of skin/scales.
The Hero mentioned throughout the game is Skyward Sword Link, not the Hero of Time.Since Twilight Princess takes place in the Child Timeline, Adult Link as we knew him in Ocarina of Time never existed. Child Link instead went on to become the plate-armored Hero's Shade figure. This might also explain the close resemblance of the Hero's Clothes to Skyward Sword Link's knight uniform.
Zant didn't turn Midna into an imp so much as he de-aged herOr at least transformed her to look childish. Does Imp!Midna look like a little kid version of Princess!Midna to anyone else? ...A very early bloomer, I guess, but still a kid. Basically the Midna we came to know throughout %99 of the game was an adult trapped in a child's body, or a tall-and-lovely-adult trapped in a ridiculously-childlike-adult's body. Also consider Midna's character development throughout the game. In the beginning she was very callous and didn't give a frick about Link or the World of Light, so long as she could do something for her own land. But later, especially after being saved by Zelda, she's much more considerate and dare I say... mature? Perhaps "growing up" emotionally let her break the curse and "grow up" physically at the end of the game?
Midna is speaking in HylianHer "gibberish" is really just what Hylian sounds like in Twilight Princess.
When Ganondorf was killed, he sealed his spirit in the Trident of Power.Vaati foolishly stole it to try to gain power, then when he was defeated by the four Links, Ganon used his body and/or soul to reincarnate.
The Twili are descended from the Gerudo.The two Twili we see for more than a few seconds while we're walking past them, Midna and Zant, both have red hair, which is a Gerudo trait. Midna mentioned that their ancestors lost their king to greed like Zant's hunger for power. Likely, Ganondorf's fall from grace was recorded in their history, whether or not he was mentioned by name. Also, the Twili Royal Family's ability to use magic aside from the Fused Shadows could be because of the influence of Twinrova (i.e. the Royal family is descended from/related to Twinrova in some way) or due to natural magical abilities present in the Gerudo (example: it is stated/implied in other games that Ganondorf was a powerful sorceror even before gaining the Triforce). How the Gerudo ended up in the Twilight Realm: they were likely sent there by a monarch of Hyrule after Zelda from Ocarina of Time died; since they were mistrusted even before Ganondorf's ascent to power, Ganondorf's actions as leader of their tribe could have pushed the racism to the edge, making the monarch kill them all rather than risk having another Ganondorf.