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Page one of this entry can be found at The Legend Of Zelda

Commencing with more Wild Mass Guessing

Epona is an incarnation of a goddess
Not just from her namesake of the Celtic goddess of horses, ageless and indestructible, Epona is a literal nature deity that takes the form of a horse. She is summoned through song. She loves the heroes of Hyrule and so reincarnates herself whenever a new one appears. The goddess matches the hero's age, so she can be a loyal and trusty steed for him. While afraid at first, Epona prefers the Hero of Time best, since when that Link mounts her, he is completely invincible to attacks while on her back, and under her protection.

The manga adaptations of the games...

Are actually how the people of Hyrule remember the adventures of the Links. They added in new plotlines, cut out good portions of the dungeons, and filled out the character of Hylia's Chosen Hero to pass off Skyward Sword!Link as his reincarnation. According to Hyrule Historia, only some of the heroes of the games were actually called Link...but just like the storytellers, the manga versions of the games identify each one as Link.

Linkle is...
...the daughter of Link and Tingle.

Fado, the Wind Sage from "The Wind Waker" is Saria's son. And Link is the father.
This one takes quite a few inspirations; first off, Fado looks A LOT like Link, and not just because of the Kokiri clothing (though that definitely helps). What happened is that at some points during the events of Ocarina of Time, Link and Saria ended up having some form of relationship during his adult years prior to his going back in time, and they bore a child. However, Link was sent back in time before ever getting to see his son. After he was born, Saria decided to name the child after one of her close friends: Fado, another one of the Kokiri who lived in the Forest with the Deku Tree.

Eventually, there came a time when new temples were being built for prayer in the name of the Master Sword, which was left behind by the Hero of Time. What temples did they decide to build? Well, there's a theory that the Forest Temple in Ocarina was originally going to be a Wind Temple: The symbol of the Forest Medallion could pass for a wind symbol, and the Forest Temple trial in Ganon's Castle has wind puzzles.


Assuming this is true, an actual Wind Temple was built with close ties to the Forest Temple. When they needed a Sage for the new temple, they appointed the child of the Forest Temple's sage (and the Hero of Time's son himself!). There, Fado would pray to the gods in hopes that they would continue to lend their blessing to the Master Sword. It helps that Fado, like his mother, also has a musical passion, but he preferred the violin to the ocarina.

  • Taking this a step further, because Fado was never raised by Link, he never learned any of the hero's skills, and was unable to defend himself from Molgera when Ganon attacked the Wind Temple. Link (OoT) may regret that he never got to raise the son he had in another timeline, and this regret would manifest itself in such a way that, even after death, his soul could not rest until he could teach and pass on his greatest skills. He would become the Hero's Shade, and his guilt would not be lifted until the events of Twilight Princess, when he was finally able to pass his skills down to another one of the chosen heroes.
    • The Shade's quotes also hint towards this a lot. He tells Link "Although I accepted life as the hero, I could not convey the lessons of that life to those who came after." That is, his heroic destiny was great, but it also robbed him of the chance to pass his abilities down to his son 'who came after'. Afterwards, he says to Link "Go and do not falter, my child!"
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  • This seems unlikely... I always assumed that the Deku Sprout's statement that Kokiri never grow up implies they never become sexually mature, and reproduce through some other method. The theory that they're plant-based and grown from the Deku Tree's seeds is a popular one, and I think that makes sense for forest fairy creatures.

Tetra was a lousy Queen and nobody wanted to live under her rule.
Why else should Hyrule be still that underpopulated after 100 years? I mean, approximately 5 people per location is not exactly much...

  • Tetra did not want to be princess...
  • Why put in craploads of NPCs that have no purpose except to show how populated the city is, like Castle Town in TP? For one, I doubt the DS would support the memory. Therefore, I propose that Nintendo only put in NPCs that were going to actually matter in the game, either in side-quests or the plot itself.
  • It's very common for video games to have far fewer NPCs than would logically exist in a location. It's a byproduct of having limited space to add every necessary thing into the game world, as well as representing an entire country/island/game setting in a size that the player can traverse without extensive tedious travel from point A to point B. This is by no means unique to Spirit Tracks or the Zelda series.

WW Hyrule flooded because of the moonfall in Termina.
Since Link may not have been there (see this troper's wishful mass guess on the MM page as to why it's a may and not a definitely) to awaken the giants, stop Skull Kid, and prevent the moon from falling, the moon leaves a huge crater with large fissures across Termina, forcing a rift through the area that Link fell through early in the game. Much of the ocean around Termina drained into the rift, and filled Hyrule with the water that the goddesses supposedly sent to purge the land of Ganon's influence. The moonfall caused the mountains to rise as the water came through, so the goddesses may have done at least that to keep the primary landmarks of Hyrule intact. If the goddesses did cause the flood, in this way and indirectly, see also "the goddesses are jerkasses" above.

  • Alternatively, destroying the moon simply caused massive tidal issues.
    • One flaw. Alternate Timeline. There's a WMG further up that discusses the question of Termina's condition in the Adult Timeline.
    • Alternative to the alternative: The moon falling out of orbit caused massive tidal issues.
  • Or how about this one: Hyrule is flat, and Termina is on the opposite side (explaining how Link could "fall" through the plane and end up on the other side), but they have a single ocean which wraps around the side of the flat plane. Previously, the gravity of Termina's moon exerted tidal forces that kept most of the ocean on the Termina side (which is why Termina had more watery areas than Hyrule - the Great Bay and the Southern Swamp). Once the moon was destroyed, the water washed back, flooding Hyrule.
    • This would imply that the Hyrule/Termina plane has two moons, one that was always in a fixed position over Termina, and another that rotates around the entire plane. But then why would we not see a second moon traveling overhead in Termina?
    • Of course, since Hyrule's moon is never seen during the day, one reasonable explanation is that while Hyrule/Termina rotates, the sun and moon are in fixed positions on opposite sides of the plane. Once we're talking about flat planets, pretty much all we know about astronomy can be thrown out the window. I Need a Freaking Drink.
  • Given that Majora's Mask features Link barely older than in OoT's child section, and the Great Flood takes place some time after Ganondorf's defeat in the adult section, there is no way the two events could match up unless the moon was somehow delayed for multiple years, or the effects of its impact were just that long-winded.

The Great Fairy's Mask is the altworld version of the great fairy [soul?] that was in the doll the Fairy Queen smashed in WW.
This is, of course, assuming that all of the masks have souls in them and the doll the Great Fairy sacrificed for Link's upgrade was once a Great Fairy.

Koholint Island is an Alternate Universe created by the Wind Fish.
Created by him dreaming. Yes, really.

In Link's Awakening, the disembodied voice after beating a dungeon is the Wind Fish itself
After you beat a dungeon and acquire an instrument, you play the instrument, causing the Wind Fish to stir in its sleep and mutter about something it sees in its dream, such as "...SWAMP... ...A path opens in the blooms..." Or perhaps it desires to be awoken and its drifting conciousness is trying to guide you to your next destination.

Spirit Tracks is an allegory for Zelda becoming a woman
Princess Zelda — or the girl Princess Zelda represents — wants to become intimate with Link/the boy Link represents. However, the two must go through the traditional process of courtship to do so. Zelda must come to terms with her maturity and her new status as a sexual being (reclaiming her body), fighting back against her own immaturity (Cole) yet warding off her own primal urges (Malladus), eventually seeking aid from a mature, middle ground (Byrne).

Link, meanwhile, does all the hard work, as is the chivalrous way to go, seeking the advice of his friends and elders and Zelda's guardians (the Lokomos) while pampering Zelda with gifts and the like (the items). Together, they must go on a set path (the Spirit Tracks) from one stage of their relationship to the next. Before they finish their formal quest, Zelda can only interact through a suit of armor (always wear protection, kids!). But when they finally finish their arduous process, love will bloom at last.

This is to say nothing about the numerous imagery of building a tower and trains going into dark tunnels.

  • So you're trying to tell us, that the Phantom is a Kondome?... What.
  • Well, perhaps it's more of a giant chastity belt.
  • Well, what do the three different endings mean?

Fado in Ocarina of Time is not a Kokiri
Most Kokiri have orange hair. Link, a Hylian, has blonde hair. Saria has green hair, but she is the Sage of Forest, thereby setting her apart. The only "pure" Kokiri who doesn't have orange hair is Fado. It is possible, therefore, that she is not a Kokiri. This is further supported by her role in the Biggoron's Sword sidequest.
  • But the other Fado does also have blonde her and is outright stated to have been the last Kokiri...
    • But WW Fado was also a Sage.
  • How is she still a kid though? A ghost?
    • She's still the wind sage.

Wind Waker Link and Zelda are older than they look
They look like 10 year old kids because of the art style, but think about it. At the beginning of the game, Link's Granny says he's the same age as the Legendary Hero. But Wind Waker takes place in the adult timeline where Link did his best work at the age of 17. Also, his age in the game is never actually given (at least not in game).
  • Toon Link's trophy in Brawl states that he was 12.

The games are All Just a Dream
  • Specifically, Link's dreams. Link is a nerdy high school student who dreams in Medieval European Fantasy. In his sleep, he transforms from a nerd into the Hero of Time, football team captain Ganondorf becomes the King of Evil, the rest of the jocks become Moblins/Bulblins for being bullies, and Ganondorf's cheerleader girlfriend (after whom Link lusts) is "Princess" Zelda. Link hears rumors that Ganondorf is an abusive boyfriend to Zelda, which is reflected in the pig transformation. The other characters are based off of Link's friends, classmates, and family.
    • Wind Waker took place when Zelda hit puberty and became hysterical, which destroyed his Princess Classic view of her. Twilight Princess was when she finally found her balance again, but another female friend (Midna) temporarily became a bitch because of family problems. Spirit Tracks is him asking Zelda out and her putting him down for still being a nerd after all those years, he should finally decide what he wants to do in his life.
    • Let's take this a bit farther and plot Link's life from Ocarina of Time up to Spirit Tracks.
      • Ocarina of Time is dreamed when he's just a kid, entering puberty and middle school. Ganondorf is a few years older than he and Zelda are, and he's a big man on campus. Saria is Link's childhood friend, but she's about to move away. Nabooru is an older woman who keeps flirting with Link, so Link is confused. He's a big fan of high fantasy, heroic fantasy, whatever.
      • Majora's Mask is a follow-up, Link dealing with other issues that he didn't consider while lusting over Zelda. Note how the Master Sword, a symbol of his undying hatred for Ganondorf, is nowhere to be found. Some of it may be inspired by him doing required community service hours for a church, school, or youth group event. The falling moon symbolizes his fear of the world he enters after the event. Hey, it may even be the transition to high school! Termina is a separate world from Hyrule because Link is, for the moment, not concerned with the Ganondorf/Zelda thing that defines Hyrule.
      • The Wind Waker takes place a few years later, probably during Link's freshman year in high school, after Link's sister Aryll starts hanging around with an older man, and a jock at that. Turns out this jock is a prankster who plays a mean trick on the girl. Aryll actually isn't that much younger than her older brother, but he still considers himself her protector, and she is thus rendered a helpless child in his dreams. He dreams about beating the jock (a jumper for the track team, perhaps, given that he is a bird in-dream), and oh look, there's my old Master Sword, Ganondorf is taking Zelda to his senior prom, let's beat up that damn football player who is somehow still dating (and according to rumors, abusing) Zelda! Ganondorf soon graduates from high school, hence Link thinks he'll never need the Master Sword again and leaves it in Ganondorf's head. All taking place in Link's newest obsession, pirates and sea travel!
      • Link's thoughts on Ganondorf and Zelda during junior year: "SHE'S STILL GOING OUT WITH HIM?! How the fuck does that work? He graduated, he's enrolled at the local community college, surely he'd want a girl his own age by now, and not to stick around with a younger woman in high school?" This spirals him down into relatively low spirits, leading to his dreams being less colorful than before, but he's still not that depressed. He finds some solace in his kinda-gothic-but-still-fucking-awesome friend Midna. Midna has an older brother, Zant, who attends the same community college as Ganondorf. Link doesn't know whether or not they're friends, but Midna tells him that Zant is causing problems for her family, possibly with drug use and law enforcement. Now that Link has seen Zelda with a black eye, he takes it as confirmation of the long-running abuse rumors. Ganondorf must be behind the Zant incidents too (nevermind that Ganondorf was never anywhere near any drug stronger than beer, and never had a run-in with the cops)! Also in real life, Link begins to take a turn back towards fantasy works, like he was into at the end of elementary school and the beginning of middle school. Thus his dream is restructured around the "twilight realm" of post-graduation and its interference with Hyrule High, while simultaneously playing out like Ocarina of Time due to the similar influences. He plays through Midna's problems and his own, and goes through how his friendship with Midna started because she's become such a heavy influence on his life. Looks like he's going to need that Master Sword back after all...
      • For Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks, Ganondorf is finally out of the picture, having graduated from community college, moved to a 4-year college farther away, and most importantly, left Zelda alone. This is Link's senior year in high school, but his obsessions with fantasy and Zelda alike have led him to be immature, hence the freshman-year Dream Link from The Wind Waker is still our hero in one, and a Link the same age as him is in the other. I haven't played Phantom Hourglass, can't offer anything there, but it's pretty clear with this interpretation why Spirit Tracks begins with the final exam for Dream Link's future career. But after the world-ending transition to high school in Majora's Mask, it's nowhere near as scary; rather, it's the future, after graduation, that is the adventure. Anjean may be Link's new boss at his part-time job, which will be full-time over the summer before Link goes off to college. It's a pretty popular job for high school students and those who didn't go away for college, possibly McDonald's, which is why Alfonso (older than Link, probably younger than Ganondorf, sort of Link's best older male friend) is working there. Zelda is still the Princess, the object of Link's desire. Can't offer much more on Spirit Tracks right now, since I'm still not finished (damn you Assassin's Creed II!), but I'll be back to finish this part after the ending.
      • Who's betting that Link and Zelda will go off to the same college and meet Ganondorf there for Zelda Wii? This Triforce connection thing that Link dreamed about between the three might have some basis in fact. To explain how this would happen: perhaps Zelda wanted to get back with Ganondorf, and coincidentally, Link could only get into a low-level university like the one dumb cheerleader Zelda and dumb jock Ganondorf got into because he spent too much time obsessing over fantasy, marine navigation, and eventually trains.
      • I'll take a stab at it. In Skyward Sword, Link goes off to college and finds that he's going to the same school as Zelda. He is initially intimidated by his dorm-mate, a former high school football player named Groose, but the two eventually become friends. Link and Zelda initially spend a lot of time together due to having known each other, but she eventually moves on and starts dating an emo/goth guy named Ghirahim. This prompts Link to start hating him just as much as Ganondorf, symbolized by the making of a new Master Sword. As the year goes on, Link starts falling behind in school and getting in trouble for his constant harassment of Ghirahim, who is growing more and more annoyed at Link's refusal to give up on Zelda. He gets in trouble with the school for both of these, and these struggles are symbolized by his fight against The Imprisoned (which obviously must be in league with Ghirahim). He is bailed out of trouble by Groose on a couple of occasions, but doesn't learn very well.
      • Also, the CD-I games are Acid Reflux Nightmares.

The sleeping Zelda from Zelda 2 is from one of the other timelines
It's supposedly the same Link in this game, but where did this sleeping Zelda come from? This troper suspects the timelines merged at some point, but somehow, this Zelda who was taking a centuries long dirt nap was missed in the shuffle. Impa (who may or may not also be from another timeline) learned about it, and went to Link since saving Princesses is what he's good at. Link kicks some ass, wakes her up, and now......there are two Princess Zelda's. OH CRAP!!
  • As follower of the Reincarnation-theory, I prefer to think that the last game's Princess Zelda died shortly before this game and that awakening the original one was only possible because the body wasn't an empty shell at the time.
  • Actually, that makes a hell of a lot more sense. But it also seems a bit cold. One Zelda dies so they just wake up the spare. It really sucks to be her sometimes.
  • Original theory is supported by the fact that the ending theme of Zelda 2, when you wake Zelda up. Every game after it uses Zelda's Lullaby as Zelda's theme, with one exception: The Minish Cap, which used the credits music from The Adventure of Link. Considering that this game is often considered to be the first in the series, well....

Zelda in OOT wasn't as useless as she seemed
This one hit me just recently. Remember what she said about how she needed Link to occupy Ganondorf while she and the sages seal him in the Sacred Realm? Well, Ganondorf is quite the Implacable Man, so it's likely that any spell to seal him away would take a lot of time and energy. What do you think she was doing that whole time the evil pig man had her trapped in that crystal, and when Link was fighting him as Ganon? So why did it still take so long? Because when Ganondorf went down the first time, she either mistakenly took him for dead, or she was unable to concentrate due to a bad case of Castle to the head. Hell, even her getting caught may have had some benefits. Remember. Ganondorf kept her imprisoned the entire time he had that first round with Link. He might have great power, but something like that could have divided his focus just a wee bit. And that's my 2 cents.

The Happy Mask Salesman is Vaati.
They share their voiceclips. That's proof enough for me. The Mask Salesman/Vaati unleashed Majora's Mask on purpose and then sent Link after it, in order to slowly traumatize and kill him.
  • Well, there was that wanted poster with what looked like Giant Floating Eyeball Vaati on it in OoT's shooting gallery. Vaati was probably waiting around in disguise until he got his hand on something powerful enough to achieve world domination. In retrospect, it's probably a good thing the Skull Kid stole the mask before Vaati could use it. Note that the Mask Salesman seems disappointed at the end when the mask's power is gone.
  • Regarding his motivation behind sending Link to recover the mask, Vaati assumed that the successor to the same hero that defeated him in The Minish Cap would be powerful enough to get it back. He has no particular love for Link and is only maintaining the "Believe in yourself" support to get what he wants. Note especially that Vaati goes into a Villainous Breakdown upon realizing Link didn't get the mask back. And "You've met with a terrible fate, haven't you" combined with laughter sounds suspiciously like he's gloating over Link's failure.

Link IS the Fierce Deity...sorta.
Primarily suggested by the sword skills, the body build, and the voice when you get a chance to control him in Majora's Mask. How did it come about? Perhaps the Goddesses are not the only inhabitants of the sacred realm, and that one of these, a titan-like entity who would later be remembered only as the Fierce Deity, was a particularly obscenely skilled warrior who cared only for shedding blood and killing foes. The Goddesses managed to subdue him and subjugate him (creating the mask), but were unable to completely destroy him—some raging violent aspect was left afterward. Trying to figure out what to do with him, Farore, suddenly struck by inspiration, infused that violent spirit with a soul of her own creation, thus creating an obscenely skilled warrior who now embodies her aspects of vitality and courage. Sound familiar?
  • As of Skyward Sword, it has been revealed that Zelda is the goddess Hylia reborn as a mortal. The game also strongly implies that Ganondorf embodies the undying hate of the demon king Demise. Knowing this, it wouldn't come as a surprise if Link was himself an avatar to some divine being, and the Fierce Deity does appear as a likely candidate. One could imagine the goddesses are trying to correct the Blood Knight-ish and Knight Templar-ish aspects of an otherwise invaluable ally.

In the Adult timeline of Ocarina Of Time, Ganon can never actually be sealed away by the power of the sages.
  • Behold my reasoning: The six sages represent the six races of Hyrule, correct? Light = Hylian, Forest = Kokiri, Fire = Goron, Water = Zora, Spirit = Gerudo, and Shadow = Sheikah. Oh wait. The Sheikah are all dead. Impa is referred to as the "last of the Sheikah". And if the reasoning of this very wiki is to be believed, upon ascending to her position as the sage of the Shadow Temple, Impa did shuffle off this mortal coil. The only other "Sheikah" in Hyrule is - oh wait, Sheik is Zelda, meaning Sheik is a Hylian, and therefore does not qualify. The six races each maintained one temple in order to keep Ganon sealed away. Therefore, the power of those temples would have to come from those very races. The Sheikah, being vitally challenged, can no longer provide the spiritual mumbo-jumbo to power their seal. QED, by sealing Ganon away a la sages, you've sealed him with a faulty seal. No wonder he breaks out again! Nice job breaking it, Sheikah.
  • Who says they need to be alive...?
    • Who says they're not alive in the first place but just in hiding because of their low numbers?
  • Hmm...that is true. So then, the Shadow seal is supported by Sheikah spirits?

Marin in Link's Awakening is a descendant of Medli.
She has red hair (apparently a trait of female or child Rito). She also possesses a harp — a sign of the Earth sage bloodline. In the end of the original black and white Link's Awakening she takes the form of a Winged Humanoid. The human-like nose is probably due to interbreeding with normal Hylians.
  • Except that A: Medli's people evolved from OoT Zoras (which is weird on its own, but hey), B: Oracle of Ages takes place just before Link's Awakening, and shows that the Zora of OoT are alive and well, C: Wind Waker and Link's Awakening take place in completely different timeline splits, and D: Link's Awakening is a dream anyways.

Ezlo's snarky attitude is a side effect of Vaati's curse.
Ever noticed that when is Ezlo is a hat, he makes a lot of snarky comments, but when he is a Minish, he seems like a different person? That's my explanation.
  • The only time we see him in his original form is when he's about to pass through the Minish Door before it closes, meaning he'll never see Link again. It's not implausible for someone to act much differently than they normally do under circumstances like those.

Fado, from OOT, still is the Wind Sage
It's been speculated, maybe even confirmed, that she was the sage of a Wind Temple before being Demoted to Extra just before the game's release. She has a unique model, unique dialogue, and she disappears randomly at one point in the game to never be discussed of again. She discovered she was a wind sage or went to live as a wind sage. However, you weren't let on the action for some reason.

The events of Spirit Tracks are a Batman Gambit on part of the Lokomotos.
In the ending, Anjean refers to Byrne as "my old friend" and reveals that he is also one of the Lokomotos. We never saw the two fight with each other, and Byrne didn't kill Link and Alfonso over his supposed ambitions. His Face–Heel Turn was staged in order to eventually give Link and Zelda, who they knew to be the ones able to do so, a chance to defeat Malladus once and for all, ending their duty as guardians of the Spirit Tracks.

Niko might be the closest thing to the games' next Legacy Character.
Maybe on a future game we'll meet his descendant (or even his distant ancestor in Skyward Sword) and Nintendo won't mess him up like Tingle.
  • Well, footage starring Beedle the Skytown shopkeeper has surfaced, so it's not out of the question.

WW's Fado was the "Kokiri who left the forest and is still alive" that that one Gossip Stone spoke of.
Because, it's possible that he left for his temple BEFORE OoT (and not after like many people think). Also, if we see the Kokiri in Skyward Sword (which I hope we do), we might even meet him before he leaves. And maybe Saria too.

Despite all the Ship Tease, Link/Zelda will never actually happen.
In most of the games (read: MOST), all Links are related or descendants of one another. If the ship indeed did happen, then that would make Link royalty in some games, which he never is, plus it'd also imply other things. (Keep in mind I'm not ship bashing, I actually like the idea of it in WW.)
  • Link's Adventure has little dialogue, and what dialogue is there is badly translated, but it sure looks like Link and Zelda are making out at the end.
  • Makes sense, as it's currently the last game in its respective timeline. I'd say the same for Spirit Tracks. Maybe a future game will have a backstory with a previous Link as king, or something along those lines...

The WW Fado is a reincarnation of the Fado of OOT
Same name, same hair color, and there was evidence she was supposed to be a wind sage. He is her reincarnated and is living her prophecy of being a sage.

Twinrova was brainwashed into being evil
How else did they end up going to heaven when they died in Ocarina?
  • This troper remembers seeing a comic where Link asks them that as they're dying, and the answer is, "two hundred years of community service goes a long way".
    • I know that comic. For anyone who's interested: here.

Fado is a Wind sage
There are two "extra" sages in Wind Waker. Presumably they had incarnations before them too. One is Fado and the other is...Kasuto?

Fado and Mido are twins
It's speculated they're siblings, but maybe they were born at the same time?

Fado dies around the 7 year period
Now she's a ghost Creepy Child. Her personality does seem less peppy than before.

Error's parents forgot to use a condom
Hence his name and existence

Stalchildren are the undead remains of child soldiers.
Link is living proof that Hyrule has some disturbing ideas about when someone's ready to fight in a war. Later games in the timeline might change this up a bit, but during the war that killed Link's parents, there were a lot of child soldiers who died horribly and, by the land's magic or some twisted necromancer, got changed into Stalchildren. In Majora's Mask, we meet a whole squad of them, and they provide the answer to why the town guards are unconcerned with Link if he has a sword: yeah, he's twelve, but he has a weapon, so he must be a soldier.

That's the reason we have those dog things instead in Twilight Princess - no wars in the recent enough past.

  • The thing that makes this worse is that there are real life armor from the Dark Ages sized perfectly for teenagers or younger. This could be closer to the truth than Nintendo would want to admit.
  • Actually, they never assumed Link was a soldier. He had a sword and shield on his back, quite obviously real, so he's considered an adult. Also, this is TERMINA, not HYRULE. Termina is a parallel world, and is far from identical to Hyrule. Besides that, Young Link was NOT treated as an adult in Ocarina of Time as a child. In fact, the soldier guarding Death Mountain's gate laughs at Link and Zelda's hero business. He opens the gate because, y'know, the PRINCESS basically said, "Link's my hero, let him through". And even then, he gives Link advice. Nobody knew there was anything wrong on Death Mountain anyway, so it should've been safe for a little kid to meet the pacifistic Goron people. And the only one who knew Link went to Zora's Domain and inside Jabu-Jabu was the King, who not only has had his little girl in and out of Jabu-Jabu multiple times without injury, likely figure that if Link was mature enough to take the letter to him, he was mature to to simply retrieve the princess, who, again, has been in and out of Jabu-Jabu multiple times, WHILST YOUNGER than LINK. Also, Link has NEVER been a soldier, except in Hyrule Warriors. He's always getting involved by Chronic Hero Syndrome and a few royals, who usually know what they're doing, or he's just someone they managed to contact who's willing to help.

Labrynna from Oracle of Ages is Maze Island from The Adventure of Link
Labrynna = Labyrinth = Maze? My theory is that Ganon's monsters overran Labrynna and drove out the Human inhabitants, despoiled the once-beautiful island, and erected labyrinths all over the landscape.

Fado in Ocarina of Time is the same Fado as the one in Wind Waker
Fado is said to have been a relative of Saria in WW, but he must have been born a while after her death. Plus the only Kokori with his name was the blond girl, Fado. Fado was meant to be the wind sage, Fado is a blond Creepy Child in a similar way her WW incarnation is, etc. Either that or he's a closely related reincarnation of her.
  • Alternatively, he's both a descendant of Saria and Fado.

Zelda and Link are siblings in Ocarina of Time
Or at least related. I know I'm going to invoke a Fandom-Enraging Misconception for this, but it's a perfectly reasonable thought.

In Spirit Tracks, Link was a part of a massive money laundering scam along with Alfonzo
The Whole "engineer" thing was a clever smokescreen to cover said scam. Link and Alfonzo used grass clippings and broken pottery to fabricate fake rupees which were indistinguishable from real ones. This is how they were able to cover the cost of the free transport and passenger services. Link only got caught up in the whole "saving the world" thing by accident. Also free treasures as well.

Fado isn't just a creepy girl or a ghost

Well, she's creepy, but not out of cruelty or a lack of empathy. How does she know he was there? I mean, yeah, she stumbled upon him, but what if there is more to it? What if she had visited him a few times or watched him as he slept (which is a little creepy, but still)? Not having much contact with the outside world, she is curious as to what it is like. She grows a bond with this boy... then he turns into a Stalfos right in front of her eyes. (Perhaps with a brief bit of remaining humanity, he spares her and runs off, as somehow I doubt an unarmed little girl can kill a Stalfos). He may have even given her the saw, but she (due to trauma) couldn't hold onto it. She watched her friend turn into a Stalfos and is now traumatized! Now she waits until she changes (of course she won't be a Stalfos, but at this point she doesn't really care...) That’s right, this entire time we’ve been calling a deeply troubled and hurt girl creepy - how does that make you feel?

  • Rather perturbed, considering her creepy laughing throughout the conversation.
  • Are you suggesting that Fado is the first Kokiri to be transformed into a Korok?
  • She wasn't unarmed..... She had a saw.

LttP is the end of the Adult Timeline.
In Wind Waker, Ganondorf summons the Triforce into that timeline, removing it from the child timeline, conveniently at the end of Twilight Princess. The reason Link is a bunny instead of a wolf is because he's the reincarnation of a different Link. Presumably, this means that Ganon is defeated for good in TP.
  • Jossed. ALttP is the first game to occur if The Hero of Time fails against Ganondorf.

Epona's Song is a summoning spell.
Epona doesn't just hear the song and come running, at least not in the N64 games. Playing it on the ocarina calls her to you using nature magic (for the Fairy Ocarina) or time/space warping (the OoT). This is why she appears out of nowhere when you play the song (if you're looking in the right direction, you'll see that she literally pops up out of nowhere a short distance away before she whinneys and gallops toward you).

Sheik can be either male or female, depending on his/her mood that day.
Just one of the many wonders of magic.
  • Zelda is not amused...

The Master Sword, Picori Blade/Four Sword, and Magic Sword are all the same blade.
Just at different times in the same timeline.

First assuming that the Minish Cap happens after Ocarina of Time it's logical that the Picori Blade is just another name for the Master Sword, as they are visually identical (at least in the flashback).After being Level Uped to the Four Sword, it goes on to become a prison for Ganon in Four Swords Adventure.Ganon, being Ganon, obviously breaks free from this prison, and reduces the Four Sword back to the White Sword seen in MC, and it is in this form that it is given to Link in the original Legend of Zelda.

  • So why does Link not split into four different people every time he draws it?
  • The Minish Cap occurs two games before Ocarina of Time.

Toon Link and Tetra are older than they look.
We all assume they are the same age as Young Link and Zelda from Ocarina, but Link's Grandmother states that he is the same age as the The Hero of Time when she gives him his clothes. When Link became the Hero of Time, he was 17, and that is when he did his best and most well known work. Also, his exact age is never given at any point in the game, and a teenager would still be a kid. Artist interpretation is the reason they seem younger.

The Maku Trees from Oracle of Seasons / Ages are brother and sister.
They are both called The Maku Tree, though they are obviously different trees.

In the linked ending of the Oracle games, Ralph and Nayru are hanging out with their (future?) kids.
The three kids that trail them use generic NPC sprites, but of note is that said sprites have black hair, while in the sepia shot, the children have much lighter hair, although the exact colors are unknown. Ralph is similar; he's a Fiery Redhead, but is shown with dark hair in his sprite. Additionally, the fact that they're playing around while Nayru holds a bag of groceries is a little suspicious, too. It's pretty common to see families taking their young children with them on a shopping trip, after all. Plus, it's very easy to see her relationship with Ralph as romantic.

The question would be how the heck they'd get three kids so fast, no matter what order the games were completed in. One of two options could occur: If Ages occurs first, then there might be enough time to elapse for them to at least reach preteen age, assuming they age as fast as Bipin and Blossom's son does.

More likely, though, they didn't wait at all. Nayru's the Oracle of Ages, and short of divine will and time paradoxes (and possibly not even those if she just doesn't care), there's nothing stopping her from taking Ralph and visiting a future where they've hooked up and had children, or bringing the children to their time, or even taking the whole family to a time period where none of them belong in. It'd explain the unrecognizable town they're in, anyway. It's possible that this sort of thing happens often enough for the kids not to bat an eye at it. Granted, time paradoxes might still occur — what if they learn their firstborn is named Bob and, at his birth, call him Charlie instead? — but again, the game's pretty weird with time to begin with, between Bipin's son and the construction of the Black Tower.

Link brought the Lynels to extinction.
Which is why they don't appear in later games.
  • Except the games with lynels take place after most, if not all, of the later games.
  • The Lynels are still alive. Link just left one Lynel alive on each screen so that they couldn't fully respawn, so now there's just a few left.

The Imprsioning War!Sages found a "Link", but couldn't locate the Master Sword
"The Sages first had to search for the existence of the Master Sword and a hero to use it. However, the situation was urgent, and Ganon's malice was enclosing on the royal palace.". The Link helped the sealing by weaking/whatever Ganon(dorf) with another weapon (Sword of the Sages?).

The Great Flood in Wind Waker is an alternate version of Twilight Princess where Ganon wins because TP Link was never born
Eiji Aonuma has stated that Wind Waker and the Great Flood takes place in the Adult Timeline from OoT and Twilight Princess takes place in the Child Timeline where Zelda sends Link back in time to when he was a child. It's implied that the Great Flood occurs during the first time Ganon escapes in the Adult Timeline and it's implied that Twilight Princess is the first time Ganon escapes in the Child Timeline. At the very least, this gives the two events a certain degree of parallelism.

Furthermore, it is strongly implied that TP Link is a direct descendant of OOT Link. The Hero's Shade canonically states that TP Link "carries the blood of the hero". The references in Twilight Princess to "the hero" usually refer to OOT Link. Since OOT Link ceases to exist in the Adult Timeline when he is sent back to the Child Timeline, the Hero's bloodline no longer exists in the Adult Timeline and OOT Link has no descendants in the Adult Timeline. As a result, in the Adult Timeline, TP Link is never born and this is why no hero appeared to stop Ganon in Wind Waker's back story.

The differences between Old Hyrule in Wind Waker and the Hyrule in Twilight Princess, such as the presence of King Daphnes Nohansen Hyrule, can be Hand Waved as a result of the Butterfly Effect from the various timeline differences, such as the different ways Ganon was sealed and that the people Ganon killed in the Adult Timeline survived in the Child Timeline.

Link of Time actually does marry Ruto after going back to the past.
Since she isn't awakened as a sage or if she is, she doesn't in time, Link really has no choice to but to fulfill his promise to Ruto. That and no one lets him get a word in edgewise to protest it.
  • Sorry, but Ganondorf kills the Sage of Water. She would have to awaken as the Water Sage no matter what, apparently.
    • What evidence do you have that he kills her in the Child Timeline? When could he have?
    • You see him kill a Water Sage in a flashback in Twilight Princess. Presumably that was Ruto's predecessor. Though the fact that the Water Sage is still missing from the group by the time of TP may mean that Ruto, or any other replacement, was never awakened as a Sage.
  • There is no longer any promise to Ruto in the Child Timeline. Why not? Because he was sent back, basically, to the first time he met Zelda, which was before he ever met Ruto or obtained the Zora's Sapphire. While he does know Ruto, she wouldn't know him (side note: you do, as I recall, see the Sages in the final scene, and they're adults... so apparently, they're capable of moving between timelines).

Link didn't cause a Paradox with the Song of Storms.
So everyone knows about Link learning a song from a guy who only knows it because Link taught him it and it just goes in circles. However, I propose that...wait for it...It wasn't Link that screwed up the windmill with the Song of Storms, it was some other kid entirely. Who? Well, that's not important. After learning the song in the future, Link goes back and plays it before this mystery kid.

Before you complain that Guru-Guru says something along the lines of "Grr, you played the Ocarina again didn't you?", keep in mind the man isn't exactly calm and is possibly just making assumptions.

The Bridge Worker from The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks is the grandson of Moe and Maggie from Wind Waker
Just look at him and try to tell me he's not part Moblin.
  • This might be jossed. His model appears in Phantom Hourglass as a Shipyard Worker, which occurs shortly after Wind Waker, and the Bridge Worker might be a descendant of that guy. [1]

Instead of the Distant Past...
The series takes place in a post apocalyptic future, which is why the further back in the timeline the games are set, the more technologically advanced they appear to be.

The five Japanese elements inspired the console games
The first two are obvious: Ku (Sky/Heaven/Void) correlates to Skyward Sword and Fu (Wind) to Wind Waker. That leaves Chi (Earth), Sui (Water), and Ka (Fire) between Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, and Twilight Princess. Majora's Mask'' fits neatly with Chi/Earth, due to the underlying 'death' theme it's got going for it. According to The Other Wiki, predatory animals are examples of Ka/Fire, so it's arguable that TP corresponds to fire (as another WMG has pointed out, it's certainly got the color scheme for it), leaving OoT with Sui/Water. That's not exactly the most solid argument, though. note 
  • That assumes that the folks at Nintendo planned this out way in advance, which seems very unlikely.

Koume and Kotake were never evil, and its Ganondorf's fault.
They did rise up to heaven, after all. How Ganondorf is to blame for their villainy is unclear, and there are two possibilities, magical and not magical.

The magical explantion is, if they're his real mother as Twinrova, bearing the physical embodiment of Demise's Curse drove them mad; if they're just adoptive, being in close proximity to him during his formative years infected them with the curse to ensure that nurture wouldn't overcome nature.

The non-magical explanation is that they were in their right minds the entire time, and were simply committing atrocities in an attempt to make their angry and emotionally disturbed son happy.

  • Well, they are good guys in the evidently Ganonless alternate world of MM.

New Hyrule from ST is Termina
The MANY MANY resemblances, such as the elemental themes, and also, Malladus!Zelda having Majora's eyes.
  • This is definitely an interesting idea. The one thing that would need explaining, though, is this — why do the ocean and forest areas switch around? In ST, the ocean is to the east of the forest, while in MM, it's to the west. The placement of Ikana as the "Desert" area, the Goron Shrine as the "Fire" area, and Snowhead as the "Snow" area all make sense, as does Clock Town being related to Tower of Spirits, but the forest and ocean have moved. Interestingly, one could probably recover the great layout with just two adjustments - Ikana Castle = Tower of Spirits, and there's more ocean to the east of the MM map, along with more desert beyond the stone towers. This makes the "Fire" area of ST align with the Stone Towers, rather than the Goron Shrine. Clock Town has no obvious equivalent in this case.

Demon Lords of the Legend of Zelda series
With Demise being the Demon King, I think that it means that most of the main villains of the series, specifcally Majora, Bellum, and Malladus, are all Demon lords that once served under Demise. By the time of Spirit Tracks, Malladus had become the new Demon King of the timeline; Majora was an omnicidal demon that was sealed into Majora's Mask by the Ancients, and Bellum was another Demon Lord that plagued the Ocean King's world, in the same way Majora would plague Termina.

Going with the theme of series being like a real legend. Most of the NPC characters encountered in all the games all have their own legends.
In the same way that many of the NPCs encountered in Ōkami may be based on figures from Japanese Mythology, many of the NPCs that play important roles all have their own myths, fables, and legends. In the same mythology that are about the legendary hero named Link, there's possibly one about Malon the farm girl, Beedle the intrepid shopkeeper, or even an urban legend about a ghost hand in a toilet that wants paper badly. All of these stories all fit into the main anthology of Hyrule's mythology.

Location, Location, Location
In between Ocarina of Time and The Wind Waker, there was a Great Flood, which turned Hyrule into the Great Sea. Although most of it was underwater, many of the islands and locations seem to be remnants of the drowned kingdom. (And as for how those places became islands instead of staying underwater - the Goddesses raised them up.)
  • The Gerudo Fortress = The Forsaken Fortress
  • Castle Town = Windfall Island
    • The architecture on the island seems to resemble a castle. The resemblance to Kakariko Village is due to the residents of Kakariko moving to Windfall and rebuilding their homes. Eventually, the sub-cultures/architecture of the people from Castle Town and Kakariko Village merged, and they created Windfall.
    • Doesn't explain its proximity to Death Mountain / Dragon Roost, nor how it's so far from the castle. I suggest that it's the opposite: as seen in (what led to the other timelines from) Ocarina of Time, the moment Ganondorf came back everyone in Castle Town ran off to Kakariko. The castle-like structure is what they knew as the best barricade against either Ganondorf or the threat of pirates in the chaotic years that probably followed the flood.
  • Death Mountain = Dragon Roost Island (& Fire Mountain)
    • In Twilight Princess, it’s implied that the Gorons don’t need to breathe, and can stay underwater indefinitely. So most of them may have felt no need to evacuate to higher ground when the Flood came. (The three travelling merchants - all clearly Gorons - located on Greatfish Isle, Bomb Island, and Mother and Child Isles remain on the surface for business purposes.) So the Gorons stayed in Goron City.
      • The Zoras, on the other hand, despite being highly adapted to aquatic environments, weren’t so lucky. Although they seem at home in the water with their fins and gills, their humanoid bodies imply that they aren’t meant to be in the water all the time.
      • In real life, most fish are meant to be in either saltwater or freshwater; only a few, like bull sharks, can swim and breathe in both. Some of the Zoras, by praying to the Goddess Nayru, were able to adapt quickly to the saltwater environment, and settled on Greatfish Isle until it was destroyed and they all disappeared. To thank Her, they created Nayru’s Pearl, which housed some of power of the Goddess Herself. They also hatched, nurtured and raised Lord Jabun, the offspring of the demi-god Lord Jabu-Jabu, to watch over them as the new living Water Spirit.
      • The other Zoras travelled north to the top of Death Mountain, and turned to the Goddess Din for aid. In answer to their prayers, She gave them avian features (beaks, feathers, wings) to protect them from the scorching heat, and entrusted a dragon egg to them. This egg held the single surviving offspring of the dragon Volvagia, who was slain by the Hero of Time. When the egg hatched, Din deemed the newborn dragon to be Lord Valoo, the living Sky Spirit. The Zoras, no longer being Zoras, began to call themselves Ritos, in memory of Ruto, the Princess (and later Queen) of the Zoras in ancient times.
      • Although the Ritos had wings, their wings were not big or strong enough to enable flight. So Din instructed Valoo to give each adult Rito one of his scales (which grew back easily). These scales triggered a magical “growth spurt” that caused a Rito’s wings to grow big enough to allow flight. Eventually, it became customary for young Ritos to visit Valoo and receive their wings when they came of age. To thank the Goddess for Her kindness, the Ritos created Din’s Pearl, which housed some of the power of the Goddess Herself.
  • Kokiri Village & The Lost Woods = The Forest Haven & The Forbidden Woods
    • When the Great Flood came, the Kokiri were completely unprepared. They were afraid to leave their forest, and couldn’t bear to abandon their guardian, the Great Deku Tree. The Deku Tree, who had just reached his juvenile stage of growth, prayed to the Goddess Farore for aid.
      • The Goddess answered by taking away the burden of the human forms the Kokiri took on. They shed their mimicked humanoid features and became what they had always been underneath: the Koroks.
      • The Kokiri, despite their mammalian appearance, had always been sentient plant-people. Instead of blood, they had chlorophyll keeping them alive. When they became the Koroks, they became lightweight enough to use the leaves that the Great Deku Tree shed as makeshift “wings”.
      • To thank the Goddess for Her kindness, the Koroks created Farore’s Pearl, which housed some of the power of the Goddess Herself.
    Once upon a time, long ago, the Koroks took on human forms, but when they came to live on the sea, they took these shapes.
—The Great Deku to Link, when the Koroks reveal themselves.

The Picori Blade in The Minish Cap is the Goddess Sword.
At the end of Skyward Sword, the Master Sword and Goddess Sword exist at the same time because of time travel: the MS in the Sealed Temple, and the GS in Skyloft. TMC is confirmed to be the next game following SS. TMC's introduction states that the Minish brought the Picori Blade from the sky, both the Picori Blade and the Goddess Sword are magic, and both of them are upgraded to White Swords before their final stages.
  • No, at the end of Skyward Sword there's just the Master Sword. At the beginning of the game Link removes the Goddess Sword from Skyloft, and it never returns (because you're using it to beat the game).

Spryte was secretly pregnant with Link's baby.
She conveniently disappeared from the last few episodes of the animated series, with little more than a mention of her being "on vacation", and it's obvious she is quite jealous and resentful of Zelda. Maybe one too many near-misses and thwarted kisses from the princess got the best of our hero. A soft-hearted Spryte took pity on him, one thing led to another, and that night she kindled. Spryte's father, king of the fairies, sent his pregnant daughter away, as was done in those days. After all, an illegitimate half-human, half-fairy child would be the biggest scandal to hit Hyrule.

Several of the original Zelda's labyrinths are actually locales from The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and possibly other games.
  • Level 4 - sits in the middle of the overworld and has a gold/blue motif, just like ALttP's Hyrule Castle.
  • Level 2 - lies to the far east, might be the East palace although the color scheme is off.
  • Level 8 - East Palace's Sacred Realm counterpart, manifest in the light world (similar colors)
  • Level 7 - Misery Mire, Manifest in the light world
  • Level 3 - possibly the Defeat Timeline's equivalent of the pyramid from Four Swords Adventure (BS Zelda depicts this location as a pyramid)
    • It's generally established in Hyrule Historia that anything grassland turns to dense forest if it isn't inhabited for awhile, and the desert is kind of indecisive (a plot point in Skyward Sword.) Though the above connections might not all be accurate, it isn't a stretch to assume some might be recycled locations.

While Rupees represent money, Rupoors represent a debt.
They're basically IOUs that various people have left unpaid. Being a nice and honorable guy, whenever Link picks up one of these, he has to repay the debt to its creditor, even though he doesn't want to.

The Staff of Pacci is the strongest staff
But only when used right.

The Simon's Simulations minigame from Minish Cap isn't really a simulation.
Even though the simulation is supposed to take place in a dream, dieing in the simulation counts as a Game Over. What if Simon puts Link to sleep and throws him in a room full of monsters for him to fight and if he kills them all, Simon knocks Link out again and puts him in a bed to trick him into thinking it was a dream.

In A Link To The Past, Link's wish was, at least in part...
For all those innocents who died to be brought back. Thus explaining the unexplained return of the King, Link's uncle, the Flute boy, and presumably all the guards who ended up in the crossfire.

All the Hyrulean kings we see (except for maybe Daphnes) married into the royal family and have no royal blood themselves.
The Zelda games often feature kings, but never queens. Presumably the implication is that the queen always dies some time before the story starts (as women are wont to do), but that raises the question of why the king never remarries. Having only a single heir for a dynasty is a pretty risky proposition, especially considering that people should know royal blood is magic and that she is therefore a prime target for the monsters and cultists that always seem to be knocking on their door. But if the king isn't of royal lineage himself, he couldn't produce another royal heir, so it makes sense that he wouldn't consider it urgent to remarry.

Giving birth to the next Zelda is a strenuous process that always causes Death by Childbirth.
This explains why Zelda will sometimes have a father but never a mother, as well as why she never has any siblings. Skyward Sword's revelation that she carries the "blood of the goddess" could provide the Handwave necessary for this; perhaps the current Hylia avatar must give up her life to create the next one, similar to a certain lineage in Gunnerkrigg Court.

The Hyrulean dynasty was broken at some point.
Dynasties never last forever, especially when they can't seem to produce more than a single heir at a time. At some point in Hyrule's long, tangled, nebulous history, something happened — plague, insurrection, foreign invasion, forces of evil, take your pick — and that cycle's Zelda died. As countries are wont to do in this situation, Hyrule started a new dynasty and kept on trucking — but any special snowflake bloodline magic that the original royal family possessed is now lost forever.
  • Corollary: This was a power play by an evil Link. After all, the gods' chosen hero and the last of the Knights of Hyrule would be the natural choice for the next king, yes?

Pots/Rocks are the strongest weapon in the entire universe
That's why there's an absence of throwable rocks and pots in the first Zelda game. Ganon couldn't bear to see his minions be OHKO by a freaking pot.

The curse of Demise no longer exists in the Adult timeline
When Zelda sent Link back in time to his childhood, it rendered their reality without a hero. In doing so, she also wiped the curse of Demise from their reality as there were no longer any descendants for Demise to haunt there. Ganondorf's reemergence is tangential to the curse at this point (he already had the Triforce of Power but since their reality had no hero at the time he was not acting at the whim of Demise's agenda but his own desire to fulfill the objectives he could not when the Hero of Time could interfere). The lack of Demise's influence on the Adult timeline could also explain Ganondorf's Character Development mentioned above (no longer plagued by the raw hatred instilled by Demise, he began to introspect on his existence). Sealing Ganondorf away with the Master Sword was the last step to rid the world of any remnant of Demise's curse and later villains of the Adult universe such as Malladus are not connected to the curse (i.e. they are not out to menace Link or Zelda specifically).
  • This could be jossed as of Breath of the Wild, which is implied to possibly take place long after The Wind Waker in the timeline.

The various princesses named Zelda are also in charge of preserving the stories of the heroes of Hyrule.
Hence why it's "The Legend of Zelda", even when Zelda doesn't appear- she's the one telling, or writing down, the legends. It'd just make sense for the keeper of the Triforce of Wisdom to be in charge of passing down the knowledge of the heroes, after all.

Demise was once Lorule's Hylia
That upside-down Triforce on his blade is no coincidence. Hylia and the entity who would later be known as Demise were the greatest entities created by the Golden Goddesses, and for good reason: they were meant to protect the Triforces which held so much divine power, something Hylia did dutifully. Demise decided to go a different route: he was the greatest thing the Goddesses left, far greater in raw power than Hylia ever was, and they'd abandoned the two worlds, so the right to rule over all passed to him, in his mind. Not to these mortals, who lived such a short time and could be killed by such weak things as "not having enough food" or "being set on fire". No, he would rule both worlds, and if he couldn't do that he would destroy both worlds. He got ambitious. He got proud. This story should sound familiar to you.

Vaati put a curse on the Four Sword as he was being sealed with it (between The Minish Cap and Four Swords).
Notice that the Four Sword works differently in The Minish Cap than it does in its later appearances: in The Minish Cap Link can use it normally and only splits into four when he wants to. Even then, the other copies just look like ghostly versions of the normal Link that follow his movements. They aren't independent actors, just copies. In the other games Link immediately splits into four upon drawing the sword, and the other three Links wear different colored outfits and can act independently. This might be something Vaati did to the sword, hoping that it would make it tougher to defeat him if the four Links had their own independent minds.

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