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* DarkSkinnedRedhead: The Gerudo people, including Ganondorf in ''Ocarina of Time'' prior to his becoming Ganon, although even at the beginning, Ganondorf's skin has a sickly/[[UncannyValley undead-looking]] greenish cast, which becomes outright [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk Hulk green]] or even greyish in many of his appearances (not all of which are humanoid, of course) later on in the series's chronology.

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* DarkSkinnedRedhead: The Gerudo people, including Ganondorf in ''Ocarina of Time'' prior to his becoming Ganon, although even at the beginning, Ganondorf's skin has a sickly/[[UncannyValley undead-looking]] sickly/undead-looking greenish cast, which becomes outright [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk Hulk green]] or even greyish in many of his appearances (not all of which are humanoid, of course) later on in the series's chronology.



** [[SealedEvilInACan Bongo Bongo]] in ''Ocarina of Time'' qualifies. An ancient, cyclopic spirit of darkness that manifests as a [[NightmareFuel hanging, decapitated corpse]] with severed hands.

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** [[SealedEvilInACan Bongo Bongo]] in ''Ocarina of Time'' qualifies. An ancient, cyclopic spirit of darkness that manifests as a [[NightmareFuel hanging, decapitated corpse]] corpse with severed hands.



*** Dark Link can be easily defeated with the [[NerfArm Broken Goron's Sword]] (due to the fact that his attempts to [[ThatOneAttack stand on your sword]] fail without, y'know, an actual blade).

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*** Dark Link can be easily defeated with the [[NerfArm Broken Goron's Sword]] (due to the fact that his attempts to [[ThatOneAttack stand on your sword]] sword fail without, y'know, an actual blade).


* ChaosArchitecture: The realm of Hyrule itself. Landmarks such as Lake Hylia, Hyrule Castle, Death Mountain, Kakariko Village, and the Lost Woods tend to move around from game to game. This is often [[FanWank excused]] as corruption introduced in each "telling" of the titular "legend," verging on LiteraryAgentHypothesis.

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* ChaosArchitecture: The realm of Hyrule itself. Landmarks of Hyrule, such as Lake Hylia, Hyrule Castle, Death Mountain, Kakariko Village, and the Lost Woods Woods, tend to move around from game to game. This is often [[FanWank excused]] as corruption introduced in each "telling" of the titular "legend," verging on LiteraryAgentHypothesis.game.



* LiteraryAgentHypothesis: When you put ''Legend'' in the title, it's just begging for FanWank.


** [[SealedEvilInACan Bongo Bongo]]
in ''Ocarina of Time'' qualifies. An ancient, cyclopic spirit of darkness that manifests as a [[NightmareFuel hanging, decapitated corpse]] with severed hands.

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** [[SealedEvilInACan Bongo Bongo]]
Bongo]] in ''Ocarina of Time'' qualifies. An ancient, cyclopic spirit of darkness that manifests as a [[NightmareFuel hanging, decapitated corpse]] with severed hands.

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* FaerieCourt: There are numerous Great Fairies in the series, who contrast normal fairies, which are tiny [[WingedHumanoid Winged Humanoids]], by being gigantic, flirtatious humanoids, who may or may not have wings. Their relationship with and authority over normal fairies is not clear. Fairy "Queens" show up in a few games, most notably [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker Wind Waker]] where she initially appears as an alien figure with four arms, but this is actually a puppet controlled by a childlike figure with mystical coloration.


* ''Machinima/TheLegendOfZeldaTheMisadventuresOfLink'', a series 12 short {{Machinima}} videos for the Nintendo Video service for the Nintendo 3DS.

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* ''Machinima/TheLegendOfZeldaTheMisadventuresOfLink'', a series of 12 short {{Machinima}} videos for the Nintendo Video service for the Nintendo 3DS.

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* ''Machinima/TheLegendOfZeldaTheMisadventuresOfLink'', a series 12 short {{Machinima}} videos for the Nintendo Video service for the Nintendo 3DS.


* BlackoutBasement: Several areas in the series are underground, and thus it's more difficult to explore them due to the limited sight. They range from small grottos from large subterranean dungeons. The Lantern item in ''Twilight Princess'' is specifically designed for spaces like this to feature, and Thyphlo Ruins and the first minutes of Vah Rudania in ''BreathOfTheWild'' have complete blackness that requires Link to use a light source so he can get around.

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* BlackoutBasement: Several areas in the series are underground, and thus it's more difficult to explore them due to the limited sight. They range from small grottos from large subterranean dungeons. The Lantern item in ''Twilight Princess'' is specifically designed for spaces like this to feature, and Thyphlo Ruins and the first minutes of Vah Rudania in ''BreathOfTheWild'' ''Breath of the Wild'' have complete blackness that requires Link to use a light source so he can get around.


* MedievalEuropeanFantasy: The main setting of the series, albeit a noticeably Greek version with Eastern influences. ''Link's Awakening'', ''Wind Waker'' and ''Phantom Hourglass'' avert it, however, having more modern Pacific/Caribbean-style tropical island settings.

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* MedievalEuropeanFantasy: The main setting of the series, albeit although a noticeably Greek version with Eastern influences. ''Link's Awakening'', ''Wind Waker'' and ''Phantom Hourglass'' avert it, however, having more modern Pacific/Caribbean-style tropical island settings.

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* MedievalEuropeanFantasy: The main setting of the series, albeit a noticeably Greek version with Eastern influences. ''Link's Awakening'', ''Wind Waker'' and ''Phantom Hourglass'' avert it, however, having more modern Pacific/Caribbean-style tropical island settings.

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* ElementalMotifs:
** The Goron, despite being a race of rock people, are strongly associated with fire and the goddess Din (also associated with fire), as they live in an extremely hot volcanic region.
** The Zora are a race of FishPeople who usually live underwater and are associated with the goddess Nayru (water).
** The Kokiri/Koroks are "children of the forest" who are in tune with the land and earth, and are guarded by the Great Deku Tree away in a HiddenElfVillage. They are appropriately associated with the goddess Farore.
** The Rito are bird people who can fly, and are appropriately associated with wind.


** The supporting cast in the backstory of ''The Adventure of Link'' has largely been ignored in other games, with no mention of the King of Hyrule outside of some cartoon and comic adaptations. The general discrepancies between the first two games and the rest of the franchise were retroactively explained by sequestering them into their own branch of the [[AlternateTimeline split timeline]], referred to as "the Downfall".

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** The supporting cast in the backstory of ''The Adventure of Link'' has largely been ignored in other games, with no mention of the King of Hyrule outside of some cartoon and comic adaptations. The general discrepancies between the first two games and the rest of the franchise were retroactively explained by sequestering them into their own branch of the [[AlternateTimeline split timeline]], referred to as "the Downfall".era of decline".


** The supporting cast in the backstory of ''The Adventure of Link'' has largely been ignored in other games, with no mention of the King of Hyrule outside of some cartoon and comic adaptations.

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** The supporting cast in the backstory of ''The Adventure of Link'' has largely been ignored in other games, with no mention of the King of Hyrule outside of some cartoon and comic adaptations. The general discrepancies between the first two games and the rest of the franchise were retroactively explained by sequestering them into their own branch of the [[AlternateTimeline split timeline]], referred to as "the Downfall".


* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Somehow, Zelda is [[labelnote:usually:]]The exceptions are ''Twilight Princess'', which one Player's Guide states that her coronation has been put off by Zant's rise, the manual for ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosBrawl'', where her bio refers to her as the queen of Hyrule, and ''Skyward Sword'', which takes place before the founding of the Kingdom of Hyrule, so she's not royalty[[/labelnote]] never referred to as ''Queen'' Zelda, even in the games without token cameos by parents.

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