Web Animation / Four Swords Misadventures
Four Swords Misadventures
is a Flash animation made by HadoukenDude
. The story is an abridged version of The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures
Princess Zelda's been kidnapped...again, and it's up to the four Links to save her. However, things don't go as planned...
It originally premiered on Newgrounds
, but can also be found on YouTube
Provides Examples Of:
- Action Girl: Zelda joins the Links' quest in Episode 10.
- A Taste of Power: During the Broken Mirror Arc, the Links encounter Dark Link in "the second to last dungeon", and he shows off his cloning abilities ala Agent Smith. Considering that the Links had just entered the first dungeon, one could say that they time traveled and saw what Dark Link was going to do later.
- Abridged Series: In the same spirit, but actually the first couple episodes predate Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series.
- Affectionate Parody: The series makes a lot of jokes about the Zelda Universe that includes Lampshade Hanging as well as some crude humor that wouldn't make it past the real games' radar.
- The Alcoholic: Uncle Alfon.
- All Men Are Perverts: Red Link makes it clear he wants to have sex with Princess Zelda. And Oshus' first task is to take pictures of Gerudo women.
- Asshole Victim: Red Link, especially when Cojiro is mauling him.
- Bad Liar: Green Link.
Blue Link: So how did you fall down?
Green Link: I um, had a close encounter with a wall master. I dodged his attack but, uh, I ended up falling down.
(Red, Blue, and Purple Link see through his lie)
Red Link: That's some excuse.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Red Link irritably remarks after taking the side of Purple Link that he sometimes wishes that he was in Uncle Alfon's shoes. Shortly thereafter, in order to save a severely injured Red's life after he foolishly attacked a Super Cucco, Green Link and the rest are forced to give him the magic milk, and he ends up filling Alfon's shoes nicely in terms of becoming a very drunk oaf.
- Berserk Button: Never, EVER mention KFC around Cojiro. You ain't gonna live to regret it if you do.
- Also, even if you are one of his allies/shards, don't ever state or even imply that you intend to rape Princess Zelda in front of Green Link, as Green Link ended up getting into a huge fight with Red after the latter, while drunk, stated that, in his words, "Screw the Money! I Want The Princess! *hic* I wanna F-(OBJECTION!!)"
- And for Red Link, don't ever get in his way of having sex with Zelda, or tell him to shut up.
- Purple Link does not like it when he is referred to as a noob. Or called the Purple Pipsqueak.
- Blue Link gets angry at Red when he insults the boomerang.
- Bland-Name Product: Kakariko Fried Cucco.
Purple Link: "Goronade"? Oh, you mean Ga-... (Blue Link interrupts him)
- Blood Knight: Red Link, again.
- Brick Joke/Chekhov's Gun: Red Link threatens to "use [the Armos Boss'] butt as the next Pedestal of Time". A few episodes later, Dark Link inadvertantly wakes up a sleeping drunken Red Link, and at the end of the massive ass-kicking he gets exactly that.
- In regards to the latter trope, it was also subverted early on: Green Link managed to get a (broken) magic mirror, and he and his three other counterparts end up going through a lot of misadventures trying to get back to their reality (more specifically, back to the entrance of the first dungeon). After warping back, Red decides to throw away the mirror because he thinks it will do them more harm than good, despite Green's insistence that he intended to get it fixed. Turns out, barring an extensive trading quest that, depending on the experience of the adventurer, would amount to a year or just a few weeks, the magic mirror was the only way to get to the Twilight Realm where Zelda is being held by Vaati. In other words, Red really should have just let Green take it to be fixed.
- And then it turns out that fourth task that Oshus needed to have the Links complete was to find the Magic Mirror. And upon finding out that they got rid of it, he forces them to either do the Tower of Hera twenty times or do the Water Temple.
- Butt-Monkey: Red Link, as of Episode 4.
- Chew Toy: Purple Link.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Each of the four Links' colors reflect their personalities.
- Composite Character: Dark Link's sprites and abilities are based on Shadow Link, but his name is taken from a different Evil Twin of Link with the same name. His reminiscing on his time as a final boss also incorporates Link's Shadow into his character.
- Deadpan Snarker: Blue Link.
- Dirty Old Man: Oshus, who asks the Links to bring him pictures of Gerudo women. And it turns out that he was lying to them to get them to do a bunch of mundane tasks for him.
- Dragged Off to Hell: Sort of: After Dark Link was given a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown by an extremely drunk Red Link, an extremely angry Vaati opens a portal to the Twilight Realm and scolds Dark Link for both his tricking him into getting second degree burns from Zelda's powers in a failed attempt at interrogating her, and for a dining bill from Subrosia (It Makes Sense in Context), and has a Wallmaster drag him off to the Twilight Realm so Vaati can "discuss [Dark Link's] 'tactics' in private."
- Driven to Suicide: Just barely averted in Episode 5, when a drunken Red Link, suffering from depression in regards to a combination of losing against the Super Cucco and his current drunkeness, was sobbing for Uncle Alfon to forgive him before attempting to fall down into a lake, presumably to commit suicide, only for Green Link to stop him, serving as the primary reason why Green Link has to stay behind.
- Evil Counterpart: Dark Link.
- Expy: The commentary for Episode 6 indicated that the King of Hyrule's character was based on Ozzy Osborne.
- Fanservice: Lampshaded and averted by Zelda's transformation sequence into Sheik.
- Five-Man Band:
- Four-Temperament Ensemble:
- Green (Phlegmatic) - (being the fearless, determined and uptight leader)
- Red (Choleric) - (being the self-centered, temperamental and trouble-making asshole)
- Blue (Melancholic) - (being the analytical, snarky and condescending intellectual)
- Purple (Sanguine) - (being the childish, mischievous and clumsy noob)
- Frothy Mugs of Water: Apparently Chateau Romani has alcohol in it, seeing as both Uncle Alfon and Red Link get drunk after drinking it.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: When (an extremely drunk) Red Link is severely beating up Dark Link for the latter waking him up abruptly, one of the things shown is Red Link saying "Hey, I learned this in a temple once... Hey, I take this and then I do this..." with Dark Link begging for him not to do so before giving an inhuman, anguished scream. The commentary stated it was a wedgie, but the way it was done, as well as Green, Blue, and Purple Link's horrified and disgusted expressions as well as the former's quip of "Dude, that was so wrong on so many levels..." made it seem as though Red was actually sodomizing Dark Link.
- Gratuitous Japanese: The scene with "Japanese" Link and Zelda.
- That scene was intended to be a joke, but Youtube couldn't allow it in, thus forcing the creator to spoil the joke by not only giving an exposition in big words stating that the translation had absolutely nothing to do with sex, but even went as far as to post a link to the actual translation in a special Youtube edition video of Episode 2.2
- Hammer Space: A drunken and really PO-ed Red summons a hookshot out of nowhere and hook, line, and sinkers Dark Link. It's even lampshaded by Green and Blue:
Red: (reeling in Dark Link) Get over here!
Green: What the...? Where did he get the hookshot?
Blue: How should I know?
- Hero Killer: The Super-Saiyan Cucco: Well, kind of, Red actually survived, but was brutally beaten to a pulp, forcing the other Links to give him the milk, with predictable results.
- Heroic Bastard: Possibly Zelda, given that her father stated that Zelda was "an accident."
- Hot-Blooded: Red Link.
- Idiot Hero: Purple Link.
- Incredibly Lame Pun: "Dear Link, you love cock. Signed Vaati". Comes in the mail with a rooster. Naturally, Green Link's not exactly happy with that joke.
- Also, in Episode 7, after Cojiro flees despite Purple ordering for him to attack Dark Link, Blue Link says "I'm afraid, he's chickened out on us." A Dark Link then Crosses the Line Twice by beating a drumset by going "bam bam, chang!"
- Jerkass: Red Link. Blue Link, to an extent.
- Killer Rabbit: Cojoro, the Super Cucco.
- Large Ham: Dark Link and Vaati.
- Red Link is this as well. Especially when he got drunk.
- Left the Background Music On: When Red Link goes through a self-pitying phase (while drunk, mind you), "Untitled" by Simple Plan plays as Green Link tries to comfort him, only to interrupt himself in order to tell Purple Link to cut off the music box.
- Mistaken for Gay: In the beginning of Episode 4, Red sided with Purple in regards to eating Cojiro (the super Cucco that Vaati gave them as an incredibly crude joke regarding them "loving cock"). After Green states the finality of finding someone to sell Cojiro to, Red irritably expresses his decision to side with Purple, leading to this hilarious exchange (which, according to the commentary, was penned by Purple's voice actor):
Red Link: Geesh! For the first time in my life I actually stood on Captain Homo's side. It's times like these that I was in my uncle's shoes.
Purple Link: (shocked) Wait...did he just accuse me for being gay? H-HEY! WAIT UP!
- Mythology Gag: Subrosia is used as the Hyrulean equivalent of Hell, although the word "Hell" has been used on occasion as well.
- How Green managed to defeat the Armos bosses was a reference to the Bremen Mask.
- Red Link and Blue Link references the difficulty of the Water Temple in Ocarina of Time in Episode 3note (it's also done in a way that's similar to a Noodle Incident).
- The dialogue from the Japanese versions of Link and Zelda in Episode 2.2 was taken directly from the A Link to the Past radio drama. On that note, Uncle Alfon's name was taken directly from the same radio drama as well.
- The milk was implied to be alcoholic, an implication also made in Majora's Mask, the same game that it came from.
- Dark Link remarks nostalgically that he wished that he was the main villain again, referring to his brief stint as the final boss in The Adventure of Link.
- Naïve Newcomer: Purple Link.
- Never Live It Down: The "Cock Boys" nickname in-universe for the 4 Links.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: What happened to Dark Link when he woke up a sleeping drunk Red Link. Starts off with him getting pulled towards a very pissed off drunken Red Link, and ends with Red Link planting a Deku Stick up Dark Link's ass.
- Before that, Red Link was beaten to an inch of his life after trying to eat a Super Cucco.
- Noodle Incident: Red and Blue Link's reference to Ocarina of Time's Water Temple was written as such:
Red Link: Oh, please. You were as puzzled as you were the time when you were in the Lake Hylia Water Temple.
Green Link: I was not! You're such a liar!
Purple Link: I had a feeling this would happen...
Blue Link: Me too. I guess it was inevitable. Red is right though. The Water Temple was confusing.
- Inverted in Episode 7. The events of Red's drunkenness saga ended with the audience aware of it, but Green tells Blue and Purple never to speak of the events again.
- Whatever the hell drove Vaati to kill Zelda. The only info we get from this is a scene where Vaati frantically orders Dark Link to get chocolate, only for him to say that they ran out, all of this while Zelda is getting ready to blow them both to bits with a powerful attack.
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Dark Link pulls off a parody of this in Hyrulean context. It was also done to mock the overuse of the trope, as explained in the commentary, which also explains Zelda's line of "My gosh, that was so predictable."
- Only Sane Man: Green Link and sometimes, Blue Link.
- Oh, Crap!: Green Link's reaction to Red's pickup sword line for Zelda that he (while drunk) tells her father the king.
Red Link: I'd like to show her my "Master Sword", if you know what I mean, huh? *hic*
(Green Link's face grows horrified as soon as Red Link says "my 'Master Sword.'")
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Green Link and Blue Link are the blue oni, to Red Link's red oni. Purple Link is a Red Oni to Green and Blue, but a Blue Oni to Red.
- Royal Brat: Princess Zelda.
- Shout-Out: "We are the Knights Who Play... Wii!" Actually, this flash is loaded with them.
- Lampshaded when Blue Link and Purple Link end up watching a Naruto rip-off conversation between Green Link and Red Link:
Purple Link: The fans are gonna kill us!
Blue Link: Maybe if we don't make it too blatant...
Green Link: I'm gonna be a Hokage someday! ...Whatever that means. Believe it!
Blue Link: ...Nevermind, the fans are gonna kill us.
- Speaking of Naruto, that particular scene was intended to be a Take That! to the Naruto anime's overuse of filler, as Haidouken Dude, the creator of the series, has painful memories of having to wait for something from Naruto that isn't filler.
- Also, Indiana Jones made a cameo where he briefly speaks to the Links while running from a boulder, only to be squashed by a Thwomp. In the same scene, when they discover his barely alive body, this exchange is made:
- In the 7th episode, when dragging Dark Link back to the Twilight Realm with the intent of punishing him for Dark Link's dirty tactics, Vaati paraphrases General Rieekan's Non Standard Game Over quote to the player for destroying far too many allies in the first Rogue Squadron game.
- In the 9th episode, Darunia acts like Hulk Hogan.
- The Starscream: Dark Link to Vaati, as evidenced by his tricking Vaati into being inflicted with Din's Fire via Zelda in an attempt to interrogate her. Let's just say that Dark Link's going to have a huge punishment awaiting him after Vaati drags him back to the Twilight Realm.
- The Stoic: Blue Link.
- Straight Man: Green Link.
- Stupid Good: Purple Link.
- That One Level: In-Universe, the Links did not like the Water Temple at all.
- Think of the Children!: After Blue and Purple Link attempt to break up Red and Green Link from their fight in the beginning of Episode 7, they try to state that they should think of Zelda as a way to stop themselves from fighting. Unfortunately, that proved to not be the best advice to give either of them, as Green explains that Zelda is the reason why they are fighting at that moment, since earlier the King offered a reward for Zelda's rescue, and Red, in Green's words, "just wants to rape her."
- This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: "That's what you get for insulting my boomerang, bitch!"
- UST: The relationship between Link and Zelda.
- Zelda claims that she and Link are Just Friends, but the tone she uses implies other feelings.
- Vocal Evolution: Purple Link's voice has really improved over the series.
- Who Writes This Crap?!: Purple in episode 7, once the "filler time" starts ripping off Naruto.
- Written-In Absence: Uncle Alfon's voice actor was unavailable for Episode 7, so the plot explained away his absence by stating that he left the house to get himself drunk at Kakariko Village's Milk Bar (an aspect that Blue Link implies is frequent).
- You Monster!: Blue says this to Red and Purple when they vote to actually eat Cojiro in Episode 4.
- Zerg Rush: The Cucco stampede.