Web Video: The Legend of Zelda: The Sage of Darkness

A cycle between the dark one, the princess, and the Hero of Time.

The Legend of Zelda: The Sage of Darkness is an independent Fan Film based on The Legend of Zelda series, directed by Josh Dixon and created by Skyscape Entertainment. Released on YouTube in 2008, the film provides a somewhat extended backstory behind the frequent reincarnations of Link, Zelda, and Ganondorf.

Hyrule is in a dark time. Ertegun, the descendant of Ganondorf, has come from the desert and used magic to bewitch the king and his council. Princess Zelda is the only one unaffected. She is doing her best to keep Ertegun from completely seizing the thone, but she is running out of time.

Meanwhile, Link and his younger brother Kyrin are doing everything they can to keep their farm running after the deaths of their parents. After Kyrin inadvertently draws Ertegun's attention to them, Link leaves to seek help at the castle. He meets with Zelda, and she tells him that he is the hero of time and the only one who can stop Ertegun. Though Link is only interested in protecting his family, destiny has other plans...

The film in its entirety can be seen here.

The creators re-uploaded the film in August 2013 with enhanced effects and various mistakes corrected, in celebration of its five-year anniversary. The updated version can be found here.


  • Action Girl: Zelda, to some extent. Unlike most depictions, she actually plays a key role in helping Link defeat Ganondorf once again.
  • All There in the Manual: Apparently the village elder's name is Elgammel.
    • Also, from the Divorced Installment audio drama, the names of Link/Arden's parents: Garreth and Iarna.
  • Back from the Dead: Kyrin, maybe.
  • Batman Gambit: Davik's backup plan for dealing with Ganondorf.
  • Big Bad: Davik, the titular Sage of Darkness, is behind everything, intending to end the Cycle of Eternity out of disgust.
    • Ganondorf himself also counts.
  • Big "NO!": Link may have one, after Ertegun kills Kyrin. It's impossible to know what he says because it's muted.
    • A more straightforward example would be Link's reaction after he unmasks the Sage.
  • Call to Adventure: Link is hesitant to accept his role as the hero, because he just wants to take care of his brother.
  • The Chessmaster: Davik, who manipulates everyone.
    • Firstly, he consistently places himself in positions to manipulate others. As the Skull Kid, he can easily manipulate Ertegun. In his castle guard disguise, he has some degree of influence over Zelda, as it is shown she trusts them and listens to their advice. And by training Link in the woods, he was able to corrupt him into nearly following a path of anger and vengeance, as he did to Link's father in the backstory. Davik even had some influence over Ganondorf himself, thought he at least was Genre Savvy enough not to trust him.
    • Second, he had not only one, but two backup plans for dealing with Ganondorf once he no longer needed him. As both of his nephews had the potential to seal away Ganondorf, he kept both alive, but separated. That way, if Link failed to defeat Ganondorf, Davik could still use Kyrin to seal him away.
    • Ertegun has power, but is rash and insecure. Davik plays him like a fiddle, using him for his army and his status as Ganondorf's descendant. When Ertegun begins to get too full of himself, Davik lets the boy go without his help and make a few mistakes, which sends him begging for his aid once more.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: In Link's first battle with Ertegun, Link goes down after a single blow.
  • Deconstruction: An interesting example. Like in the games, Link often does what he's told without complaint. Unlike the games, this actually ends up biting him in the ass. Link also eventually grows more rebellious and calls out people like the elder for having him do something that made things worse.
  • Defiant to the End: Link and Zelda seem to be the only people in the kingdom willing to stand up to Ertegun and his troops.
  • The Dragon: The Sage appears to be one to Ertegun. The situation is reversed once Ertegun goes to him for help.
  • From Bad to Worse: First, Davik is captured. Then Davik turns out to be the Sage. Then Ertegun becomes immortal. Then Ganondorf returns...
  • Grand Theft Me: After Link obtains the Master Sword, the seal on Ganon is opened, and he returns, seizing Ertegun's body in the process.
  • The Hero's Journey: Well, it is a Zelda story.
  • Hidden Depths: Davik's character depth evolves over the course of the film. He starts out as a mere castle guard, no different from the various other extras in the movie. He turns out to be Link's uncle, and is later revealed to be the last Sheika, and the one who set the events of the movie in motion.
  • Hijacked by Ganon: Literally!
  • Idiot Ball: When Zelda uses magic to show Ertegun that Link is still alive, essentially for the sake of winning an argument. It gets the plot moving, but the heroes lose the element of surprise.
  • Karma Houdini: Davik disappears at the end of the story without any punishment for his actions.
  • Killed Off for Real: The Village Elder. He's actually the only major character who appears to die and stays dead, as both Davik and Kyrin survive.
  • Mythology Gag: "It's dangerous to go alone. Take this!"
    • What's the name of the book that contains the chant to seal Ganon away? Mudora.
    • Before the final fight, Ganon grabs his swords the same way he did in Wind Waker.
    • As is tradition, when Link pulls out the Master Sword, instead of instantly solving the problem, it just makes it worse.
    • Not only is Davik a Sheikah, one of his nicknames happens to be "The Skull Kid".
    • There's an alternate ending featuring the reveal that Kyrin is not only alive but also with the Sage of Darkness. With this Davik decides to look for an old friend simply called Majora.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: The Sage of Darkness.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: By drawing the Master Sword, Link also frees Ganondorf.
  • Oh Crap!: When Link stabs Ertegun in the chest and he shrugs it off.
    • When Link disarms the Gerudo in jeans, the expression on his face is priceless.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Ganondorf, as usual.
  • Stock Scream: The Wilhelm Scream can be heard during the stealth scene.
  • Title Drop: "You may call me... the Sage of Darkness."
  • Too Dumb to Live: Kyrin continually acts without thinking around Ertegun's men. He steals their food. He calls them idiots. Then he takes his slingshot and hits one with a rock. They eventually kill him.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Link, after his training montage. In Davik's words, Link could take on an entire army on his own.
  • Xanatos Gambit: Davik specializes in these.