The story is a more realistic retelling of Ocarina of Time that details the detrimental psychological effects a child would have when burdened with saving the world and fighting dangerous monsters at such a young age.
This story has a sister series in Tales Of Termina, a series of one-shots detailing Link's adventures in Termina after the events of The Boy Without a Fairy.
This series contains examples of:
- Adaptational Badass: In the game, Navi primarily acted as an Exposition Fairy that reminded Link of his objectives and gave him hints on an enemy's weakness. In The Boy Without a Fairy, she is much more involved in combat than her game-counterpart; she has the ability to unleash a flash of light to blind foes, is willing to ram her entire body into foes as a distraction to take the attention off Link, and can come up with complex strategies on the fly. Her combat role is especially prominent early on in the story when Link is completely inexperienced in fighting and has to heavily rely on Navi's support just to stay alive.
- Adaptation Expansion: Link's origins and upbringing with the Kokiri are given much more focus. His inner thoughts are also explored often with most of the story being through his perspective and since he can actually talk in this story, there's much more dialogue and interaction between the characters.
- All of the Other Reindeer: While originally accepting of the unknowingly Hylian Link, the Kokiri, except for Saria, gradually began to shun Link due to his abnormally slow aging and lack of a Guardian Fairy which led to Link living a very lonely childhood and developing poor social skills as a result.
- Blinded by the Light: Navi has the ability to release a harsh flash of light which can temporarily disorientate and blind foes; she uses this ability multiple times to save Link from dangerous situations.
- Breather Episode: After his traumatic venture at Death Mountain, Chapter 14 features Link taking a break from his adventures to go visit Malon at Navi's behest and with Zelda's blessing. Once there, he gets the chance to act like a normal ten-year-old and spends the entire day playing with Malon and learning Epona's Song.
- Childhood Friends: Link and Saria as in canon with Saria being the only one among the Kokiri to stay friends with Link despite his lack of a fairy. Although in this adaptation, their bond is more akin to a mother and a son rather than friends due to Saria raising Link ever since he was an infant.
- Determinator: Link, as usual. Despite his fears, age, and lack of confidence, he still pushes himself to the limit and gets through life-threatening trials and battles that would have ended most adults.
- The Fair Folk: While not malicious, the Great Fairy of Death Mountain's amused and apathetic reaction to a young Link's life-threatening injuries give her a rather unsettling aura. Averted with the other fairies in the story who haven't shown such behavior.
- Harmful to Minors: Link gets slashed, bitten, and burnt throughout the story as he fights increasingly dangerous monsters. Did I mention he's only ten?
- Instant Expert: Just like in the game, Link instantly knows how to effectively wield a sword and shield despite having no prior experience in any form of combat. Justified as the Spirit of the Hero is implied to be the cause.
- Kid Hero: Viciously deconstructed, this story heavily explores and emphasizes the negative psychological effects the pressure and dangers of saving the world would have on someone as young as Link.
- Kids Are Cruel: Most of the eternally youthful Kokiri began to actively shun Link as he gets older and still didn't gain a fairy. While this mostly consisted of ignoring him Fado once pulled a cruel prank by convincing a healing fairy to pretend to be Link's long-awaited Guardian Fairy which left him humiliated and traumatized once the truth came out and he was mocked by the other Kokiri for it except for Saria who was appalled by their cruelness.
- Magic Enhancement: After the Great Fairy heals Link, she enchants his tunic to become practically indestructible.
- Mama Bear: Despite her minuscule size, Navi never hesitates to assist Link during combat and defends him in any way she can at the peril of her own life, from blinding enemies with flashes of light to slamming her entire body into the eyes of their foes to divert their attention from Link. As the story progresses, she also grows exceedingly more annoyed at how others are expecting Link to endanger his own life to solve their problems despite his young age, even verbally lashing out at times like when Darunia requested that Link slay the King Dodongo to lift the curse in Death Mountain.
- Mercy Kill: Link mercy kills a Wolfos after he grievously injures it in self-defense during his first time going back to the Lost Woods.
- Mythology Gag: Link spaces out in boredom during his first meeting with Kaepora Gaebora, only to startle back to attention when he asks if he should repeat what he just said. A clear reference to his original appearance in the game where his long-winded speeches led to most players getting bored and skipping through the dialogue.
- Link eats a rock that was included with the supplies Darunia had given to him with no trouble or disgust much to Navi's shock, a reference to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild where Daruk's diary mentioned how Link had no problem eating rocks like a fellow Goron.
- Oblivious Guilt Slinging: After years of waiting and being ostracised from the Kokiri, Link is relieved when Navi shows up claiming to be his Guardian Fairy, not knowing that she's only playing the part as a Guardian Fairy under instructions from the Great Deku Tree to aid him in saving Hyrule. As a result, Link's adoration and thankfulness for Navi's long-awaited presence cause her some guilt as she can't tell him the truth and has to put up with the lie.
- Parental Neglect: While loving them greatly, the Great Deku Tree isn't a very attentive parent towards the Kokiri and rarely interacts with them as he's focused on warding away threats to the Lost Woods. The Kokiri don't seem to mind this, but Link feels resentful of how little he was involved in his upbringing.
- Parental Substitute: Link admits to seeing Saria as this, as she was the one who was the most involved in raising him and was the only one to stay with him when the rest of the Kokiri shunned him for his lack of a fairy as he got older. As the story progresses, he begins to see Navi as this too, much to her guilt.
- Please Put Some Clothes On: Navi is extremely embarrassed during her and Link's first meeting with a Great Fairy, finding her lack of clothing and problematic posing very inappropriate for someone Link's age.
- Promotion to Parent: The Great Deku Tree is very hands-off when it comes to raising his children, leaving the child-like Kokiri to raise an infant Link by themselves.
- Puppy Love: Link unknowingly develops a crush on Malon before the time-skip, much to Navi's amusement. By Tales Of Termina, the two have even shared a kiss.
- Really 700 Years Old: The Kokiri are eternally youthful with many of them being centuries old and still looking like children.
- These Hands Have Killed: Link is horrified when he's forced to kill two Gohma Larvas in self-defense. He experiences this again when mercy killing a Wolfos in the Lost Woods.