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Tales of Termina is a series of one-shots that deal with the internal thoughts and psychological struggles of Link during the events of The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. Not necessarily a novelization nor a retelling according to the author.

This series contains examples of:

  • Adaptational Angst
  • Adaptation Expansion: Link's inner thoughts are explored whenever an event in the game is being written about.
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  • Apocalypse Cult: Link discovers the existence of a cult worshipping Majora and that it is a devourer of worlds.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: The questions the Children of the Moon ask Link strike his nerves.
  • Creepy Child: Due to his blank stare and quiet nature Link is sometimes seen as this by others.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Tatl's behavior towards Link was cruel and downright abusive when they first started working together but as they journeyed through Termina together she steadily became more friendly, eventually regretting her previous behavior and taking somewhat of a motherly role towards Link.
  • Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: Link's eyes are often described as being blank and void of emotion, often causing other characters to become unsettled when looking into them.
  • Driven to Madness: It's heavily implied that the constant time loops took a toll on Link's sanity after he saved Termina. In fact, he keeps mistaking Malon for her Terminan counterparts.
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  • Harmful to Minors: Link hasn't even reached his teens yet and ends up going through hellish trials in Termina that would have mentally and physically broken most grown men.
  • Height Angst: His time as an adult in Ocarina of Time has led to Link detesting growing taller, preferring to remain as a child forever.
  • Heroic BSoD: Link's time in Termina deteriorates his already fragile mental state, leading him to break down several times.
  • Identical Stranger: As in the actual game there are plenty of Hylian lookalikes in Termina. Link's most notable reaction to this is when he meets Romani and Cremia, the Terminan counterparts to Malon.
  • Kid Hero: Viciously deconstructed. Link ends up an emotional wreck because of all the traumatic adventures he's had at such a young age.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After spending so much time together, Tatl ends up greatly regretting the harsh way she had treated Link when they initially met.
    • Link gets one himself after he strangles and shoves Romani away in a moment of panic when she had tried to kiss him.
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  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: Link entered the lost woods to find Navi, by the time leaves he not only fails in finding her but ended up in a hellish time loop that took half a year to escape, greatly deteriorating his already damaged psyche.
  • Sick Episode: After attempting to explore Snowpeak Mountain and rewinding time, Link becomes bedridden.
  • Sleep Deprivation: Shortly after gaining the All-Night Mask Link decides to wear it to better utilize his limited time in Termina by not sleeping, it goes poorly. After restarting the cycle he refuses to wear it ever again.
  • Stoic Woobie: Link hides his emotional trauma behind a stoic mask, believing he shouldn't bother anyone with it. His time in Termina ends up breaking him so emotionally that by the end it's completely destroyed.
  • Troubled Child: After numerous adventures at such a young age Link is so emotionally broken that expressions, like smiling and laughing, are almost never done by him much to the concern of several adults who meet him.
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