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  • Link's name and appearance:
    • It was revealed in an interview Miyamoto gave to a French website that Link's appearance was, like Mario before him, influenced by the NES's graphical limitations. Miyamoto wanted Link to be easily recognizable, and able to visibly use his sword and shield. The weapons were thus made big and easily visible, and Link was given his trademark pointy hat and long ears so that he could easily be distinguished from his equipment despite the sprite's small size. The pointy hat and long ears, in turn, reminded Miyamoto and his team of elves, most notably Disney's Peter Pan, hence the decision to color Link's outfit green and make his design more elf-like.
    • From the same interview, it was also revealed that Link's name came from an early idea for the series: the Triforce was meant to be a bunch of electronic chips that the hero would collect by traveling between the future and the past. The hero was named "Link" to symbolize the fact that he was the Link between the time periods. Even though the series ended up taking on a totally different approach, the name "Link" stuck ever since.
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    • His name's also doubly appropriate in a Bilingual Bonus sense: "Links" is German for "left". In most games that don't have motion controls, he's left-handed, plus there's also the "Four Swords" games where he splits into multiple Links.
  • Adaptation Sequence: Video games —> The Legend of Zelda cartoon —> Comic
  • Cash-Cow Franchise: One of Nintendo's Big Three, along with Super Mario Bros. and Pokémon.
  • Cross-Dressing Voices: Link is voiced by a woman whenever he's under 12 years old. In Ocarina of Time, it was Fujiko Takimoto. This continued until The Wind Waker, when she was replaced by Sachi Matsumoto, whose lines were reused in most subsequent games. Sachi passed on the baton to Yūki Kodaira in Spirit Tracks, who is slightly more pleasant to listen to most time, but her (slightly too high-pitched) voice can get annoying when Link takes a lot of damage in a short-time span. In a Real Life case of Meaningful Name, Yūki is Japanese for "Courage", the attribute most commonly associated with Link. In A Link Between Worlds and the Link's Awakening remake, he's voiced by Mitsuki Saiga, despite appearing a bit older in the artwork. Adult Link is always voiced by males. Of course, "voiced" is a bit of a stretch, since Link doesn't actually talk beyond a few grunts and "Come on!"
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  • Dummied Out: A portion of the fan base loves to document unused assets found in the games. As it stands, all games to date have some confirmed unused content, from the first game to the most recent.
  • Flip-Flop of God: Demise describes the future Ganon as the incarnation of his hatred, but other sources like Hyrule Historia and Hyrule Warriors describe him as the reincarnation of Demise himself.
  • Killer App: It's practically guaranteed that a home console Zelda release will coincide with a massive spike in Nintendo console sales. It (along with Mario) is basically Nintendo's home console equivalent to Pokémon.
  • Market-Based Title: Originally, The Legend of Zelda had the tagline The Hyrule Fantasy in Japan. In Western releases, it only showed up within the "Tips & Tactics" guide and the back of the Zelda II: The Adventure of Link box ("The Hyrule fantasy continues..."), but it was otherwise dropped for future releases.
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  • Promoted Fanboy: Eiji Aonuma, the series' current producer and de facto figurehead, credits The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past as sparking his interest in game design as a whole. After presenting his own Marvelous: Another Treasure Island to Shigeru Miyamoto, he decided to hand directorial duties of the series to Aonuma, though he wouldn't be head director until Majora's Mask.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Imagi Studios, prior to their closing, showed a short pitch to Nintendo to produce an animated film based on Zelda in 2007. Obviously, the pitch did not succeed.
    • Netflix planned to make a Legend of Zelda TV series in 2015. It never came about.
  • The Wiki Rule: Zeldapedia, part of the Nintendo Independent Wiki Alliance and a continuation of the original Zelda Wiki on Fandom, the Zelda Dungeon Wiki, and the independent Triforce Wiki.note 
  • Word of Gay: Inverted. Aonuma stated in an interview that Tingle is not gay, "just an odd person".

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