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Fanon / The Legend of Zelda

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The Legend of Zelda series is rich on lore and has Loads and Loads of Characters, however there's still much wiggle room for fan interpretations and theories.

  • There's an entire podcast dedicated to Zelda fanon.
  • Zelda's mother being dead in pretty much every incarnation, usually since Zelda was quite young. Either she died in childbirth or fell ill when Zelda was a young child. In canon, Zelda's mother is almost never discussed, which leads fan to assume she's dead (though, many manga adaptations make her explicitly deceased). In The Wind Waker and Breath of the Wild, Zelda losing her mother at a young age is canon.
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  • Saria, Link's Childhood Friend, being the one who raised him. This particular bit of fanon is often used as an argument against the Link/Saria ship to boot, in order to avoid Wife Husbandry.
  • Franchise wide, many seem to think Hylians are more magic adept then the round eared people, who are universally called "humans" in the fandom:
    • In series, all human-like beings including Hylians are called humans, while the round eared people are usually known by their land such as Hytopians, Labryanans/Holodrians or Ordonians.
    • Many round eared humans are shown as adept at magic, while many Hylians like the laughing man in Ocarina of Time are skeptical of magic's existence. The guide and Manual for a Link to the Past does say the ancient Hylians were more adept at magic then most people, it also says that the majority of modern day Hylians, known as Hyruleans, have lost their ancestors knowledge with time. The only time the difference between Hylians and other humans has come up has been with Link and Zelda's reincarnations which are always hylians. Aside from that, Hylians and other humans are shown as the same outside of nationality.
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  • The first sword is only ever called the "Sword" in both the English and Japanese versions. It being wooden was the most frequent assumption by fans due to its color, though rusted steel or bronze are equally valid guesses. Some future games (most prominently the Oracle games and Twilight Princess) do specify that your starter weapon is a wooden sword, and its voxelized 8-bit appearance in Hyrule Warriors also calls it the "8-bit Wooden Sword" making it a case of Ascended Fanon. However, the modernized appearance of the "Sword" as an amiibo drop in Breath of the Wild is clearly a metal sword, making this zigzagged.
  • Although Kafei is never directly referred to as Link's counterpart in Termina, many fans believe him to be this. This stems from their identical animations and the fact they are thematically opposites— Link is a blonde, blue-eyed stranger who was turned into an adult, while Kafei is a purple-haired, red-eyed son of the Mayor who was turned into a child.
  • Twili-related theories:
    • It's also been fanonized that Midna's race, the Twili, are the very same who created Majora's Mask. Midna's helmet bears many of the markings the mask has, not to mention that the Twili were banished to a dark and forsaken realm for trying to use evil magic to attain more power than they were entitled to, which is what the Happy Mask Salesman tells Link about the mask's makers.
    • Another theory regarding the Twili is that they are what remain of the Sheikah from Ocarina of Time who were banished affer starting the civil war mentioned in the prologue to Ocarina of Time. The two theories are not incompatible. This theory stems from the Twili having red eyes similarly to the Sheikah tribe, being skilled in "shadow magic" like the Sheikah, and the Twilight Realm having various Sheikah-looking symbols.
    • Others see the Twili as descendants of the Gerudo who were banished for siding with Ganondorf. This theory is largely incompatible with the Sheikah one, though some fans believe that the Twili are descendants of both the Gerudo and Sheikah. This stems from Twili having red hair, Midna mentioning that her "ancestors lost their king to such greed", and Twili being banished from Hyrule.
    • Due her similar appearance to the Twili and her shoulder pads sporting the Gerudo symbol (which could simply be a symbol of her allegiance to Twinrova and, by extension, Ganon), Veran from Oracle of Ages is usually speculated to have ties to one or both races. Less commonly, she's theorized to be linked to the Dark Tribe of Four Swords Adventures or the aforementioned "ancient ones" who used Majora's Mask in hexing rituals.
    • This is to say nothing of the theories suggesting a connection between some combination of the ancient tribe mentioned in Majora, the Dark Tribe, and the Dark Interlopers/Twili. It doesn't help that the Dark Tribe were also invaders like the Dark Interlopers (though the latter were natives to Hyrule trying to enter the Sacred Realm) and were even sealed away by means of a mirror, though the Dark Mirror is distinctly different from the Mirror of Twilight.
    • In a variation on the Sheikah theory above, there are those who speculate that the Sheikah became the Twili after being banished for creating the guardians, and were eventually able to come back to Hyrule and become the Sheikah again after the events of Twilight Princess.
  • There are two Dark Links: the canon version which is usually a silhouetted version of Link with red eyes, and the fanon version who is just Link wearing black (and often white-haired). One official manga has actually used the latter interpretation as well.
  • The Hero's Spirit/Shade from Twilight Princess is widely believed to be an ancestor of Link, due to his title of "Hero" (which has been given to a few other Links in the series; for example OoT Link is the "Hero of Time," while Wind Waker Link is the "Hero of Winds"), his words that he accepted the role of hero long ago, his choice of words in addressing Link ("Go and do not falter, my child!"), and implications that he, too, was a wielder of the Triforce of Courage (which is always given to Link, whereas Wisdom goes to Zelda and Ganon gets Power). This was once all meticulously detailed on the Zelda Wiki, with the Link from Ocarina of Time as the front runner for the speculated identity of this character. It would later turn out that fan speculation was right.
  • Speaking of TP Link, although he's given the title "Hero Chosen by the Gods" in-game, more common nicknames for this Link are the "Hero of Light" and "Hero of Twilight."
  • One word: Tetraforce. This overlaps a bit with Wild Mass Guessing and Epileptic Trees, but there's a sizable amount of the community who thinks it's true.
  • For that matter, the same could be said for the LoZ timeline. While the earlier games in the series were promoted with clear timeline placements in relation to each other, from Ocarina of Time forward things got much less clear, to the point that many believed that there was never meant to be a timeline at all, and that all of the games are supposed to essentially be the same tale that mutated into different versions through corrupted retellings. Think something like a millennia-old game of Telephone. Still, many fans try to come up with timelines that fit every game into a chronological progression. The simplest of these often contain "only" two or three parallel universes (for the games themselves, not counting parallel worlds that actually appear in a game). And then an official timeline was released...
  • Fans have created distinct personalities for each of the Links featured in the Four Swords games, despite them all being Heroic Mimes in the actual games. Green Link is The Hero. He'll be the most focused on defeating the villain and will usually act the most like Link did before the split. Red Link is a Hot-Blooded Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy, and often a Comedic Sociopath in comedic stories. Blue Link is silly and lazy, and will usually be the Plucky Comic Relief in serious works. Purple Link, depending on how serious the story is, will either be The Smart Guy or flamboyantly campy. Interestingly, the Four Swords Adventure manga used this setup, except that Blue and Red were switched.
  • According to Minish Cap, Heart Pieces are stone, but few fans depict them as such. Some outright make them actual hearts (usually for Black Comedy for the idea of Link eating the raw hearts of his enemies), while others have them as magical floating Heart Pieces much like they seem in the games.
  • Sheik is rarely represented as Zelda in Zelda fan works. Super Smash Bros. works fair better as she's explicitly female however, despite Word of God saying that Sheik is simply Zelda crossdressing and not a genderbend, fans have been slow to the pickup. Sheik in fan works is usually either a male Split Personality of Zelda or he'll somehow be separated into his own character (usually to be shipped with Link). The former is inspired by the Ocarina of Time manga depicting Zelda as being a separate mental entity from Sheik due to Impa having locked Zelda's mind away. A less common, alternate interpretation (especially amongst queer fans) is that OOT's Zelda is either a trans man or is genderfluid.
  • Adult Links are usually presented in fanon as being slightly older than they canonically are (19-21 rather than 15-18).
  • Fan art of the Hero of Time as an adult post-Majora's Mask have a high tendency to give him a ponytail, even prior to Breath of the Wild. This fanon likely began because the manga adaptation of Ocarina of Time depicted Link with a short ponytail when his hat his off. According to the mangaka, they overheard people at Nintendo say that Link had a ponytail under his hat.
  • As an adult, the Hero of Time is usually depicted as either a Hylian soldier or a bodyguard/knight to Zelda. He's usually a Shell-Shocked Veteran as well. Though he is the Link most prone to Ship-to-Ship Combat, canonically fans usually pin him either ending up with Malonnote  or Zeldanote .
  • The Hero of Twilight is often depicted struggling with the wolf side of his nature during and after the events of the game.
  • Fado (the blonde Kokiri with the hair puffs in Ocarina of Time note ) is often depicted as Mido's Half Identical Twin sister, owing to her unique appearance among the Kokiri NPCs, the Musical Theme Naming between her and Mido (according to Word of God, both were named for the syllables of the solfège scale), and her unwavering loyalty to the Kokiri leader.
  • The Adult Timeline's Zelda having to deal with becoming a princess again is a common plot thread in Zelda fan works. To go along with her Tomboy Princess traits and time as Sheik, Zelda is an Outdoorsy Gal and enjoys traveling.
  • Many fans believe that the Sleeping Zelda in Zelda II: The Adventure of Link knew a Link in her time and that he looked near identical to the Link in the game. In canon this is not suggested. Due to the fact she isn't one of 'the' Zelda, this is actually unlikely.
  • The unnamed planet the games take place on is usually referred to as Hyrule in fan-works.
  • Link as being literally mute. In the games he's the typical "silent protagonist who speaks but whose dialogue is never shown". In fanon, he's often mute and he speaks through sign language. This is most common in Ocarina of Time, Twilight Princess, and Breath of the Wild works. In Hyrule Warriors and Breath of the Wild canon, Link is The Quiet One
  • It's assumed that Link is always an orphan. Several Links are canonically orphans, however a few are unspecified.
  • Malon as half-Gerudo. This is due to her red hair (a rare trait for Hylians) and the fact that her father mentions that the Gerudo Mask reminds him of his wife. Romani from Majora's Mask also uses her design and is named after an ethnic group with parallels to the Gerudo. Breath of the Wild makes this dubious because Gerudo children look more noticeably Gerudo than Malon, though it's often passed off as the different games using different art-styles.
  • Navi is presumed by fans to be a very tiny humanoid creature who simply looks like a ball of a light because she is so small. This is because Great Fairies are humanoid. The same fanon applies to all fairies (who are humanoid in some titles).
  • Humans and hylians are treated as separate species by many fans. In canon it changes Depending on the Writer, but hylians are usually a Human Subspecies at most.
  • Link's handedness being ambidextrous rather than just left-handed. Becomes an Ascended Fanon when Word of God confirms him being ambidextrous.
  • Many fans believe that at least one of the Links is secretly Zelda's brother. The most common guesses are the A Link to the Past, Zelda 1, or Ocarina of Time Links. This fanon dates back to an Urban Legend from ALTTP and is canon in one manga.
  • Link's name is literally, and consistently, "Link". Word of God is that in some incarnations "Link" is a placeholder name for his 'real' name. Fans dismiss this and believe that all reincarnations of Link are named "Link".
  • An old fanon is that the monkeys in Twilight Princess are the descendants of Kokiri. In the Adult timeline they became monkeys and in the Child timeline they became Korok. This fanon has since fallen into disuse and its largely assumed that the monkeys are just monkeys.
  • The Great Offscreen War prior to Ocarina of Time was a Hyrulian civil war related to the Sheikah. It ended with the Sheikah being all but extinct.
  • The Hero of Men from The Minish Cap is an incarnation of Link. It's heavily implied but never specified.
  • It's assumed that every single one of the Link and Zelda are blond(e). This is a mandatory part of the reincarnation cycle. The redheaded "sleeping Zelda" is an exception because she's not a reincarnation of Hylia. In the Downfall Timeline, Link's failure in Ocarina of Time caused an issue (or curse) that caused its Links and Zeldas to have varying hair colours besides blond(e).
  • After BOTW, a theory appeared that the culture of Hyrule is very genderfluid friendly, with it being so ingrained that you respect a person's displayed gender that no one ever questions it. This would explain how you can go up to someone in masculine clothing, interact with them, go off and put on feminine clothing, go back up and be treated as a total different person; it also explains Zelda/Shiek to a degree.
  • Prior to BOTW the opposite was fanon. Hylians (and Hyrulians as a whole) are more conservative about gender expression and sexuality compared to other cultures such as the Sheikah or Zora. This causes some culture clash. This fanon still applies in earlier games in the timeline, but it's considered that Society Marches On in-series and Hyrule eventually became more open towards gender variance.
  • Zelda in Twilight Princess (and subsequently her Super Smash Bros version) as The Stoic.
  • Ocarina of Time's Shadow Temple is a former torture chamber used by either the Sheikah or against the Sheikah by the Hyrulian Royal Family. This usually coincides with the idea that the war prior to the game was a Sheikah uprising.
  • The canonical consensus seems to be that the goddesses flooded Hyrule because there was no Link at the time. However, some fans take this to mean that a Link or similar Hero existed, but he failed.
  • A long-standing theory is that the sages in Ocarina of Time died and are ghosts. This isn't supported by canon but is still commonplace fanon accepted by a chunk of fans.
  • The Zelda in Spirit Tracks is the granddaughter of Tetra and the Hero of Winds.
  • Tetra's skin is sun-tanned. It's never confirmed if it's naturally tan or not, but her turning several shades lighter as Zelda implies that it's a tan.
  • Most Zeldas seem to be in their mid-to-late teens so fans write them being anywhere from 14 to 18, with the exception of the obviously younger ones. There are two Zeldas with a canon age: one is the Twilight Princess Zelda, who is actually 20 according to a piece of supplementary material (still, fans usually write her as 17-19). The other is the Breath Of The Wild Zelda, who turns seventeen when Calamity Ganon rises, and spends 100 years keeping him at bay, making her chronologically 117.
  • Hyrule Warriors:
    • Zelda as a queen. This comes from a misconception involving prerelease content. Zelda is still a princess in Hyrule Warriors, she's just treated like a queen in-all-but-name. As a result of this, fanon is that she's in her early twenties, as Twilight Princess implies that Zelda can only become queen at age twenty.
    • It's generally assumed that Volga is a reincarnated Volvagia, or his son.
    • Though the concept of Linkle being Link's little sister was eventually scrapped and there is no connection between them in the game, a lot of fans still like to think of her as being related to him, often treating her as Link's long-lost sister.
    • Due to Sheik's feminine appearance, many fans presume that Zelda was disguised as a female Sheikah, not actively disgused as male.
  • The Zelda from The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past wears her modest blue dress casually and only wears the pink Pimped-Out Dress in more formal situations.
  • Many fanworks have Link being attracted to Sheik either because he is attracted to the Zelda in Sheik, he's gay, or due to his limited interaction with people throughout his adventure.
  • Link is only born when a Hero is needed. There are no non-Hero Links, unlike how most Zeldas don't have Hylia's spirit and aren't reincarnations.
  • The Hyrulian royal family is descended from the Link and Zelda of Skyward Sword.
  • Although it wouldn't be introduced into the series until the third game, some fans like to refer to the "White Sword" from the first game as the Master Sword, due to their similar coloration and function: white blade with blue grip, and increased damage to enemies.
  • Hyrule has laws in place that don't allow anyone under 20 to become queen/king. This is because many games feature Princess Zelda ruling by herself. In Twilight Princess, Zelda was a few days shy of her coordination and she's officially 20. So, fanon is that a Zelda must keep her title of "princess" until she's old enough to be crowned queen.
  • Ocarina of Time noticeably never gave Zelda her own Sage title to match the other six. The most common theory is that she is the Sage of Time, based on her statement that it is her Sage powers that allow her to send Link back to his childhood at the end of the game, and as the carrier of a Triforce piece her title is expected to match Link's.
  • The seven Sages featured in A Link Between Worlds are not given distinctive titles like their ancestors from Ocarina of Time. The most commonly accepted title for each new Sage is that Osfala is the Sage of Light, Gulley is the Sage of Forest, Rosso is the Sage of Fire, Oren is the Sage of Water, Impa shares her namesakes title of Sage of Shadow, Irene is the Sage of Spirit, and Seres inherited Zelda's unidentified title.
  • Religion:
    • Regarding the three Golden Goddesses, it's a common theory that their namesake Oracles, Din, Nayru and Farore, are avatars/reincarnations of them, thus a vast part of fanart that use the designs of the Oracle games refer to them as the goddesses. This has a few official bases, as Wind Waker has statues of each goddess that resemble the Oracles, their cameo in The Minish Cap has them give Link charms that evoke the closest stat that the game could provide to represent their respective piece of the Triforcenote , and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, of all things, has spirit fights against Din and Nayru that use artwork of the Oracles, but are rather made into direct references to the Goddesses. However, it remains as speculation with no official word.
    • Hylia tends to be presented as the fourth Golden Goddess, and thus a sister to the other three. Thing is, there's no point in Skyward Sword where what kind of relationship Hylia had with the other Goddesses is mentioned beyond being assigned as the Triforce guardian by them. And Breath of the Wild, the game where Hylia is the most worshipped of all, has no mention of the Golden Goddesses.
    • Prior to Breath of the Wild, it was fanon that Hylia was a long-forgotten goddess, with the only reminders of her existence being Lake Hylia and the name of the Hylian race. Breath of the Wild put a kabob in the fanon by showing Hylia worship as commonplace.
    • The first three games featured crosses and other references to Christianity. A common interpretation of this is that in the Downfall Timeline, Hyruleans turned to other religions after losing faith in their goddesses.
    • That the three goddesses created the entire world. In canon, it's only ever mentioned that they created the country of Hyrule.
  • The korok are the true form of the kokiri. They only appeared humanoid so that Link could blend in with them.
  • Kokiri are born at their current age. This comes from the The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time manga but is left vague. It's known that the kokiri accepted Link as their own as a baby, which might imply that kokiri are all born as infants and simply stop growing after a certain period.
  • Ingo is Talon's brother and Malon's uncle. It's only ever mentioned that Ingo works on their farm.
  • The Hero of Time has a Heroic Lineage. He is either the son of a high-ranking royal knight or he's outright related to Zelda. The former comes from the manga adaptation.

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