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Hyrule Warriors is a The Legend of Zelda fic written by MiniJen, the same author behind the Bound Destinies Trilogy.

As the title suggests, the fic is a novelization of Hyrule Warriors. Not to be confused with Hyrule Warriors: Heroes Through Time, another fan novelization.

Note: This article assumes you have already played Hyrule Warriors; thus, all spoilers regarding the game's plot will be unmarked. Proceed with caution.


Hyrule Warriors contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Since he's free to express his own thoughts and feeling, Link can admit how unflattered he is with Cia's obsession with him.
  • Action Girl: Oh so many. Zelda, Impa, Sheik, Lana, Cia, Midna, Agitha, Ruto, Karane, and the list goes on.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The fic follows the game's storyline closely, but adds in additional elements and characters, such as having Karane, Pipit, and Groose appear in the Skyloft chapters and Ilia and the Ordona village children appear in the Twilight chapters, and giving Link an expanded backstory.
  • Adapted Out: King Dodongo does not appear in the Lake Hylia chapter. Instead, he is replaced by Morpha, who was the boss of that area in Ocarina of Time.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Cia was already turned evil in the game, but she takes extra steps that push her further into villainy, namely her whipping Zelda to leave scars on her back and taking advantage of the spell she put on Link by raping him.
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  • Adorkable: Link gets easily flustered when his new friendship with Princess Zelda goes full on Ship Tease and is easily defensive about it.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: When Volga tries to deny his hatred of Link stemming from jealousy regarding Cia, Wizzro manages to catch him off guard by asking him this:
    Wizzro: "Then why do want to get rid of that boy so badly?"
  • Backstory: Compared to the game, which was rather lacking in this department, most of our main characters see an upgraded backstory, including Link, Impa, Lana, and more.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Impa does not like seeing Link and Zelda's growing Ship Tease.
    • When Link learns Cia viciously assaulted Zelda because of him, he's more than ready to put a sword through her.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: There's a more realistic amount of blood and violence compared to the game; for example, in the third chapter, when Link is badly injured by King Dodongo, Zelda briefly fears that he may have a punctured lung.
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  • Canon Foreigner: Quite a few of the characters that appear in the other eras (while being canonical to the main Zelda series), did not appear or were mentioned in Hyrule Warriors whatsoever. These include: Ilia, the Ordon kids, the Resistance, Saria, Groose, Pipit, and Karane.
  • Cool Uncle: Link's deceased uncle, who was once an official in the Hylian army and raised the hero after his parents were killed, is implied to be this, considering that fact that Link thinks very highly of him.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: From the moment Sheik joins the team, Impa believes that she is a spy sent from Cia to infiltrate the Hylian ranks.
  • Demonic Possession: Kind of. In the Skyloft chapter, Ghirahim uses his magic to take control of all of the non-native Hylian forces, including Link.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: Averted. Chapter 27 causes the story to be given an M rating because it features this, and it is NOT treated as okay. Link, under a love spell by Cia, goes to bed with her. During intercourse, Link has flashes of Princess Zelda replacing Cia, causing him to realize something is not right, suggesting the spell is wearing off. Cia, who is too lustful to stop, goes overboard and begins to get more violent that Link starts panicking and clutch the sides of the bed, begging her to stop. The only reason he quiets down is Cia kisses him to restore the spell over him.
  • Four-Philosophy Ensemble: At least with our beginning four heroes (before they venture into the different eras):
    • The Optimist: Link, which makes sense since he's the Ideal Hero, though Lana dips into this quite a bit as well.
    • The Cynic: Impa, especially in some of her interactions with Link.
    • The Realist: Lana, even despite her bubbly personality, still always tries to get things done.
    • The Apathetic: Sheik, since she's a woman of few words and is very aloof.
  • Hurricane of Puns: Darunia's line about “pour[ing] into the Water Temple” gets expanded upon here, culminating in Ruto soaking him in annoyance.
    Ruto: Really, Darunia? Really?
    Darunia: Aw, com'on, Sister Ruto! Don't you just wanna dive' right in?
    Saria: Good one, Mr. Darunia!
    Ruto: Can we be serious for one moment!? If I may remind you, we have an important battle to fight?
    Darunia: Ok, ok. I'm done. I promise.
    Ruto: Thank you. Now let's get going!
    Darunia: Wet-ever you say, sister!
    Ruto: No more puns!
  • Irony: Cia wanted to ensure Link and Zelda don't grow close in this incarnation. Her assault on Hyrule caused them to meet and develop the relationship she tried to avert.
  • I Want Them Alive: Cia tells her minions repeatedly that she wants Link brought to her alive.
  • Love Epiphany: After meeting her Skyward Sword era self who talks about how much she loves her Link, Zelda finally realizes she's fallen for Link.
  • Love Potion: Cia casts a spell that makes Link fall for her.
  • Magic Music: Sheik utilizes this trope even more here than in the game, such as using healing magic via the Song of Healing.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Let's just say that Midna got the wrong idea when Lana called Cia "her other half".
  • Self-Sacrifice Scheme: Link hints at doing this by handing himself over to Cia in order to end the war, but Lana quickly convinces him against it.
  • She's Not My Girlfriend: Link says this about Zelda to Midna.
  • Shipper on Deck: While many of their allies note the growing interest Link and Zelda have for each other, Midna is so far the only one to comment on it to Link. Chapter 26 reveals she was this for her era's Link and Zelda.
  • Ship Tease: Link and Zelda, even moreso than the game. So much so that the reason Zelda became Shiek was so Cia would not threaten her or her people for being around him and Chapter 18 ends with the two of them growing closer. Chapter 20 reveals the two have been spending much time together and get easily flustered whenever they grow closer.
  • A Taste of the Lash: Chapter 16 reveals that Cia whipped Zelda bloody in order to demonstrate that her threats are to be taken seriously.
  • That Came Out Wrong: When Lana refers to Cia as "her other half", Midna briefly takes it to mean that they were romantically involved.
  • Their First Time: Link and Cia give up their virginity together... after she used a love spell on him and it resulted in her raping him.
  • Three Girls and a Guy: Impa, Lana, Sheik, and Link, at least until they split up.
  • Villainesses Want Heroes: Cia is completely obsessed with Link, and launches an attack on Hyrule Castle specifically to keep him away from Zelda. She also takes the extra step of raping him after casting a mind-altering spell.
  • Whip It Good: Cia can convert her lash into a whip, as she demonstrates when she viciously attacks Princess Zelda to demonstrate that her threats aren't bluffs.

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