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The Legend of Zelda: The Light of Courage is an alleged script of an animated movie based on The Legend of Zelda video game series by IGN forum user Joe_Cracker. Joe_Cracker's attempts to get his script, which was itself of dubious quality, are a saga unto themselves, but several denizens of the forum got together and made several animations based directly on the script and posted them on the internet. These shorts lift dialogue directly from the script, complete with syntactical and grammatical errors. The characters were rendered in a blocky, polygonal style with several animation errors kept in for humorous effect. This resulted in shorts that are pretty funny to watch on their own, but absolutely hilarious if one knows the saga behind them.

View the three shorts here. Read about the author's three-year-long odyssey to get his movie made here. And finally, the original script that started it all has been mirrored here.


The Light of Courage provides examples of:

  • Added Alliterative Appeal: "I'm not impressed. I've seen better battles with beetles in a bottle. *Rimshot*"
  • Animation Bump: The third video has the most amount of effort put into it, and it shows.
  • Art Shift: The third video has a short dungeon crawling sequence done entirety with a mix of Claymation and action figures.
  • Author Avatar: Eian.
  • Bad "Bad Acting": Ganon in the third short.
  • Beam Spam: During the Big "NO!" sequence below he starts shooting sword beams wildly, even hitting Eian with one.
  • Big "NO!": Link pulls one off after Zelda is crushed by rocks for thirty seconds in the third short.
  • Bloodless Carnage: Ganon's hand gets severed with nary a drop of blood. The animators had originally tried for High-Pressure Blood, but decided against it due to the young age of most of the audience. Averted with Eian, whose blood and guts shoot onto the tent after getting hit by Link's sword beam.
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  • Broken Record: The Triforce of Courage occasionally speaks like this. "A true hero-TRUE HERO seeks neither fame nor fortune..." This is because the audio for the Triforce of Courage was pulled from Joe_Cracker's trailer for the movie, which had audio-skipping issues.
  • Butt-Monkey: Eian, a Take That! to how he was a blatant self-insert in the original script.
  • Camp Gay: Prince Facade in the second short, and possibly Tingle.
  • Claymation: During the "dungeon sequence" in the third short.
  • Clothing Damage: Link destroys Ganon's robe with a sword beam.
    • Before that, Ganon accidentally rips his robe off partially during his frenzied ranting at Majora's Mask.
  • Color-Coded Characters: The Triforces. Courage is gold, Power is red, and Wisdom is blue.
  • Creator In-Joke: They later released a version of the third short with annotations explaining all of them.
    • One not seen in the animation itself, but development pictures reveal that the brand of underwear Ganon wears is "Joe Cracker".
    • The annotations no longer exist after YouTube removed annotations from all videos on January 15, 2019. However, someone made a comment on the video showing what the annotations said, alongside their respective timestamps.
  • Colony Drop: "I cased over the moon. It will fall onto Hyrule Castle in a few hours time destroying this world."
  • Department of Redundancy Department:
    • "My son keeps getting stronger and more braver every day."
    • "Haha, now give me the Triforces NOW."
  • Different in Every Episode: Up to Eleven with Eian's shirt and jacket and Ganon's robe, which change every shot
  • Enemy Mine: Ganon and Link against Majora's Mask...for literally the length of time it takes Ganon to mention it during the third film.
  • Evil Versus Oblivion: The reason for the above trope.
  • Eyes Always Shut: Eian.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Many in the third video, such as the text on Ganon's robes.
  • Funny Background Event: Many, such as Zelda getting into place for when she "dies" as Link begins to fight Ganon, and Ganon's painting of himself inexplicably losing his robe after Ganon himself loses his robe.
  • Hairstyle Malfunction: When Zelda tosses the chest containing the Master Sword to Link, her hair goes with it.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: One of Ganon's many robes is a leather and chainmail shirt and skirt combo...featuring nipple windows.
  • Interchangeable Antimatter Keys: Lampshaded.
    Link: The keys disappear when you turn them!
  • Large Ham:
    • Ganon, quite literally.
    • Majora's Mask in the first short. His first line is a loud "I am MORE than just a mask, boy! Much, MUCH more!"
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Ganon's reaction to having his hand blown off sounds more annoyed than anything.
  • Mind Screwdriver: For those that can't find the script, the bonus version of the third animation with annotations explains many of the elements. That ghost that tells Link to catch the chest, for example, is supposed to be Rauru.
  • Monster Modesty: Ganon wears a pair of white "Joe Cracker" briefs underneath his robes, which ends up being his only article of clothing by the end of the third film.
  • Nerd Glasses: The Triforce of Wisdom has a pair of geeky glasses on.
  • Non-Standard Character Design:
    • Ganon's model is more polished and emotive than most everyone else's, which highlights how bad the other characters are animated.
    • The Triforces look like 3D-renderings of something that came out of an old cartoon, White Gloves and everything. There's also the fact that they are walking, giant triangles with faces on them.
    • Eian uses a picture of Joe_Cracker's face for his face, which makes him stand out from everyone else having their own textured-faces.
  • No Flow in CGI: Played straight with everyone except Ganon, whose robes flow, sway and swish to the point of falling off when he moves too quickly.
  • Off-Model: Pretty much everyone in the videos.
    • Although the original script was based on the cartoon, Link and Zelda use their Ocarina of Time and Oracle duology designs respectively, Ganon more closely resembles his appearance from the early Zelda games, Prince Facade is outright unrecognizable, and the Triforces are anthropomorphic triangles.
    • Rauru is based on the appearance of Joe_Cracker's dad.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Majora's Mask.
  • Plot Hole: Zelda was apparently crushed by rocks, but later, she's completely fine.
    • Contrary to what the annotations of Dancing Triforce's video may say, the script does explain this with a Chekhov's Gun: Link is given a "Ring of Love" by his grandmother, a magic family heirloom that supposedly protects its bearer from death (albeit not a natural death). Link gives it to Zelda as an engagement ring before they go to fight Ganon, where it rescues her from the pile of rocks with no other explanation.
      • Also, Ganon's hand gets cut off in one shot and reappears back on his wrist later with no explanation.
  • Rimshot: Whenever Eian tells a joke. Just so you know it's supposed to be funny.
  • Rouge Angles of Satin: The script is filled to the brim with them. This comes out quite obviously in the dialogue.
    Zelda: Where just going to have to go down fighting.
  • Sensory Abuse: The audio mixing is deliberately atrocious, with music, sound effects and dialogue layered so sloppily on top of one another that the dialogue is more often than not inaudible.
  • Stealth Parody: One could watch it without reading the story behind it and think it's just a series of incompetent fan-films. In fact, for a long time, many believed that this was actually a pilot episode made by DiC (the company behind the Zelda cartoon) to test the waters for a 3D-animated Zelda series.
    • This is partly because even Cracker HIMSELF believed this, hence his voice appearing in the first short as Majora's Mask. The three co-conspirators posed as DiC animator "John Grusd" in order to con Cracker into believing that his wish for TLOC to become a movie was being brought to fruition. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Stylistic Suck: It's obvious that the creators could animate competently if they wanted to (Ganon in the third short is almost professional-quality), but it's just funnier this way.
  • Take That!:
    • "This guy's got more mouth than Robert McGee!" note 
    • Joe_Cracker's TLOC script is abused a couple of times near the start of the third video, first stepped on by the heroes, then used as a torch.
    • Joe_Cracker's name in the credits uses white text overlaid on a white sword beam to make it impossible to read.
    • Eian is frequently put into scenes in the third video just to get killed. He's been eaten by a monster, cut in half by a sword motion Link made, part of the pileup of rocks, and shot in the groin with one of Link's sword beams.
  • Talking to Themself: Played literally for a Visual Pun in the third short. The animators put in two Links in a scene where Link was supposed to do this.
  • Twitchy Eye: Link, although this was just an animation error at first.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: Majora's Mask, on a bicycle.
  • Visual Pun: Most of the jokes are like this, because the shorts follow Joe_Cracker's script word-for-word.
  • White Gloves: The Triforces.
  • The Watson: When he isn't cracking wise or getting repeatedly killed, Eian serves as this to explain who Tingle is.


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Zelda cuts off Ganon's hand

Princess Zelda shoots a beam with the Triforce of Power to sever Ganon's hand without a drop of blood.

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