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A flash series on created by Granfaloon.

The Real Legend hilariously parodies the adventures of Link in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

These are the following tropes:

  • Abnormal Limb Rotation Range: Subverted. Kaepora Gaebora appears during a shot of Death Mountain to brag that he can twist his head. Turns out, yes, he can, but not safely—he breaks his neck.
  • Adaptation Distillation: Each of the temples is pruned down to their end boss and Mini-Boss, and maybe one or two other rooms or challenges. The shadow Temple gets the most screentime, but even then, it just uses Dead Hand's room, the boat, and Bongo Bongo's boss chamber.
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  • Adaptational Jerkass: Darunia doesn't pull a You Shall Not Pass! on Volvagia while Link searches for the Megaton Hammer. He just shows up after Link already found it, shows him to the boss room, and kicks him down into it so that he won't have to deal with the problem himself, laughing as he exits.
  • Adaptational Villainy: The gorons held behind bars in the Fire Temple aren't innocent bystanders about to be killed as an example, but instead are implied to be violent criminals in prison that scare the crap out of Link while asking creepily to be let out.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Link's Fairy-In-A-Bottle, Mel, as believed by Navi. The sole reason for this comes from his being pink.
    • Also this:
      Navi: (Taking with her an unconscious Link) Mmh...Thanks.
      Goron 2: Hey that's a nice piece of ass.
      Goron 1: Yeah, that fairy is hot.
      Goron 2: Fairy?
  • Anti-Climax: All of the temple bosses.
    • Phantom Ganon gets killed in one shot... by Navi.
    • Volvagia enters battle in an awe-inspiring fashion backed by kickin' music, but the moment Link stops running in fear it gets distracted by Link farting and goes down in one hit.
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    • Morpha's battle is skipped over in a montage of all the crappy things that have to happen once Link gets past the awesome Dark Link fight.
    • Averted with the fight against Bongo Bongo, in which Link actually uses his inner strength to activate the hover boots, defeat the boss and save Navi in the process
  • Art Evolution
    • Episode 1 was rather rough and sketchy with a lot of motion tweens, with Episode 2 having a bit more polish. Episode 3 came over three years later and is much more advanced and ambitious with its animation, which is kept up in Episode 4.
    • Episode 5 ditches the angular Animesque style of the previous episodes, in favor of a slightly rounder and softer one more reminiscent of Western animation. The background art, which had previously been drawn as vectors in Flash, is now digitally painted and sometimes incorporates 3D objects.
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  • Art Shift: Link's daydream of himself rescuing Saria is drawn in a more anime-like fashion. Saria still looks the same in the normal series art, though.
  • Brick Joke
    • Near the end of the first episode Navi comments that Link would just piss himself upon reaching the graveyard. A flashback near the beginning of the second reveals that he did exactly that.
    • Kaepora Gaebora breaks his neck early in Episode 3. Episode 5 shows him with a neck brace, which he immediately breaks again when he turns to look in the direction of Link's screaming.
  • Butt-Monkey: Link. He's constantly getting whacked around by Navi, enemies, and Gorons. Especially Gorons.
  • Burning with Anger: Navi, after Ruto gives Link a Marshmallow Hell.
  • Changing Clothes Is a Free Action: At the end of part 3, Links changes to his blue clothes out of screen.
  • Cool Horse: Averted; Link doesn't get Epona here. He thinks he does, but then Sheik points him to his actual mount: a tiny, round donkey. She stole it from Lon Lon Ranch, where they were using it as a kiddie ride.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Link, particularly displayed in Part 4 during his fight with Dark Link. Even Navi can't help but comment on how badass he was.
  • Cultural Cross-Reference: In Part 3. Hard to understand unless you speak Spanish, and have seen this video
    Randomly Caged Goron #3: [after Link exits the scene] Me amarraron como puerco!!!
  • Dance Battler: Subverted. The Flare Dancer threatens to stop Link using dance, starting up Earth, Wind & Fire's "Boogie Wonderland", but it's just a distraction so he can throw rocks.
  • Daydream Surprise: In Part 1. "Back to reality".note 
  • Deadpan Snarker: Navi.
    • No longer the case as of episode 5 where she was rewritten to be nicer and more like original Navi.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: Link not getting Saria or Princess Ruto... in a typical Butt-Monkey fashion.
  • Dogged Nice Guy/Unrequited Love: Link for Saria.
  • Doppelgänger Spin: The Poe in the Forest Temple challenges Link to find the real Poe among a bunch of fakes. The fakes are poor cardboard cutouts hanging by strings, which aren't tied very well and come loose one by one. Link still almost guesses wrong before Navi stops him.
  • Dumb Blonde: Link.
  • Eat Dirt, Cheap: The gorons like in the game. At least one goron also smokes the rocks.
  • Eats Babies: The Zora King admits spending his days watching House while eating the eggs of a chained female Zora.
  • Exposition Fairy/Fairy Companion
  • Failed a Spot Check. Navi asks a grumpy goron whether anything strange has happened in Goron City. Cue a long moment of a fiery glow and muffled screams and rumbling as Volvagia goes to town just offscreen, which the goron eventually remembers is happening.
  • Fanservice: Adult Ruto in Part 4.
    • Not to mention Navi. Dear Lord, she is stacked.
  • Held Gaze: Link and Sheik share one between each other. It would be Ho Yay if it wasn't for the obvious hints that Sheik IS Zelda.
  • Imagine Spot: Link has one in Part 2 while imagining himself rescuing Saria. When Navi finally gets through to him, he realizes his kissing his assnote  rather than Saria.
  • Item Get!: Once an Episode link does the pose and jingle, to incredulous reactions from Navi.
  • Kid Hero: And Link still looks like one even after the Time Skip.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Navi has the tendency to do this.
    Navi: [when Link raises up his new item] You have to do that every time?
    Navi: [when Link puts away his Iron Boots in his bag] Wait, how... Where are you keeping all that stuff?
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: The first scene in Episode 5 has Navi exclaiming how it's good to be back as they enter Kakariko Village, after the series went on indefinite hiatus for over eight years.
  • Little Miss Badass: Navi, shown to be just as effective as Link at times — if not more.
  • The Load: Navi sure thinks of Link as this sometimes.
  • Marshmallow Hell: Link gets one of this by Ruto; not that he cares
  • The Maze: The Lost Woods as in the game. There's supposed to be a monkey to lead you through, but the monkey got lost.
  • Pet the Dog: Navi complimenting Link after he defeats Volvagia in Part 3.
  • Precision F-Strike: Navi whenever Link has gone over-the-top with his stupidity.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: A pink fairy hits on Navi and thinks Navi's rejection is because he's pink. He flies off crying.
  • Series Hiatus: After Part 4 the artist stopped making the series with seemingly no interest in continuing until recently
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: Part 4. Link traverses the infamous Water Temple, has an epic battle with Dark Link, has to face Morpha without healing after said battle with Dark Link, and he ends up getting nothing to show for it. In regards to Ocarina of Time, it's sad but true.
    Navi: Well, that sucked.
  • She Knows Too Much: Shigeru Miyamoto sure thinks Navi does when she questions just where the hell Link stores his stuff, and authorizes Link to dispose of her at any given time.
  • Shout-Out: The Matrix and Kill Bill. The Supermarket theme is from The Sims Buy Mode. Then there's the Metal Gear Solid reference in Part 4.
  • Shy Finger-Twiddling: Sheik does this when he unsuccessfully tries to convince Navi that he's not Princess Zelda. Or a girl.
  • Smoke Out: Sheik tries to exit every scene with a deku nut vanish like in the game. But "he" then visibly tiptoes or sprints away, and the only time "he" tries to ninja-vanish fumbles and falls from the ceiling.
  • Sour Supporter: Navi to Link.
  • Tempting Fate: Navi is really looking forward to enjoying the peace and quiet of Kakariko Village after the Water Temple. They arrive to find Bongo Bongo tearing the place apart.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Link in Part 4 when he fights Dark Link and defeats him the standard way—using Din's Fire. Come Part 5 and his fight with Bongo Bongo, Link actually defeats the boss in quite the spectacle, using the Hover Boots to skewer BB through the eye.
  • Trespassing Hero: Before heading up Death Mountain, Link stops to waltz in to a private household, smash their pottery, take the money inside, steal their dinner, and give the Cucco Lady's ass a good slap. Nobody in the building so much as blinks at this.
  • Tsundere: Navi is a kind of one for Link. She'll give Link a bit of a hard time, but she'll compliment him when he does good.
  • Un-Canceled: As of March 15 of 2018, Granfalloon the original creator posted a teaser of the next episode officially taking it off of hiatus
  • Unwanted Harem: Navi. Random fairies hit on her and the Gorons know she's hot.
  • Villains Out Shopping: Ganondorf is shown hammered in the Milk Bar in Part 2.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: We don't see much of Ganondorf, but apparently he can come and go as he pleases in Lon Lon Ranch's Milk Bar and has his own licensed brand of breakfast cereal, "Ganonflakes", which are stocked in normal supermarkets.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Link still has his same official voice clips from Ocarina... only they're coming out of a bumbling idiot with a balloon head and noodle limbs.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: When Navi realizes what part of Jabu-Jabu they're currently standing in (though it's zoomed out so she looks like a ball of light... puking), and Foreman in the made-up episode of House after House delivers his Squick-filled diagnosis.
  • Wardrobe Malfunction: The Ice Cavern scene ends when Sheik's Sarashi snaps and "his" considerable chest flops down.