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"Long ago, in the land of Hyrule... there was a legend."
—The Sage

The Legend of Zelda: The Sage of Darkness is an independent Fan Film based on The Legend of Zelda series, directed by Josh Dixon and created by Skyscape Entertainment. Released on YouTube in 2008, the film provides a somewhat extended backstory behind the frequent reincarnations of Link, Zelda, and Ganondorf.

Hyrule is in a dark time. Ertegun, the descendant of Ganondorf, has come under the influence of the mysterious and malevolent Skull Kid. They have used magic to bewitch the king and his council. Princess Zelda is the only one unaffected. She is doing her best to keep Ertegun from completely seizing the throne, but she is running out of time.

Meanwhile, Link and his younger brother Kyrin are doing everything they can to keep their farm running after the deaths of their parents. After Kyrin inadvertently draws Ertegun's attention to them, Link leaves to seek help at the castle. He meets with Zelda, and she tells him that he is the hero of time and the only one who can stop Ertegun. Though Link is only interested in protecting his family, destiny has other plans...


The creators re-uploaded the film in August 2013 with enhanced effects and various mistakes corrected, in celebration of its five-year anniversary, and again in September 2018 for its ten-year anniversary. The updated version can be found here.


  • Action Girl: Zelda, to some extent. Unlike most depictions, she actually plays a key role in helping Link defeat Ganondorf once again.
  • Adaptational Badass:
    • Dark Link completely eclipses his game counterparts when it comes to fighting. He gives Link an utter No-Holds-Barred Beatdown and is so fast that Link can't land a single hit on him. In fact, he's the only opponent Link can't beat; he only leaves when Link puts down the White Sword and gives up.
    • Skull Kid was only a true threat with the power of Majora's Mask. Here, he's a trained warrior and archmage who can give Link a run for his money even after the latter Took a Level in Badass. He turns out to be a double when it's revealed that he's also the film's counterpart of Link's Uncle, who, while a skilled swordsman, was still killed by mooks.
  • Adaptational Villainy:
    • The Skull Kid is not just a follower of Ganondorf; he poisoned his own sister, orphaned her two sons, stabbed Link's father to death, and plans on obliterating all creation because he's bored of it. And unlike his counterpart in The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, he's not being influenced by an Ancient Evil. It's the other way around.
    • The film also has an odd inanimate version with the White Sword, which will only allow itself to be used by a sufficiently hateful and angry person.
  • All There in the Manual:
    • Apparently the village elder's name is Elgammel.
    • The Skull Kid is never referred to as such in-universe.
    • Also, from the Divorced Installment audio drama, the names of Link/Arden's parents: Garreth and Iarna.
  • Ancestral Weapon: Ganondorf is shown wielding the Black Sword in a flashback, while his descendant Ertegun wears it in the present. Ganondorf takes it back after stealing Ertegun's body, along with the White Sword.
  • Back from the Dead: Kyrin, maybe.
  • Batman Gambit: Davik's backup plan for dealing with Ganondorf.
  • Big Bad: Davik, the titular Sage of Darkness, is behind everything, intending to end the Cycle of Eternity out of disgust.
    • Ganondorf himself also counts.
  • Big "NO!": Link may have one, after Ertegun kills Kyrin. It's impossible to know what he says because it's muted.
    • A more straightforward example would be Link's reaction after he unmasks the Sage.
  • Call to Adventure: Link is hesitant to accept his role as the hero, because he just wants to take care of his brother.
  • Canon Character All Along:
  • Cast as a Mask: Dan Hogan voices the Skull Kid, who actually shares an actor with Davik.
  • The Chessmaster: Davik, who manipulates everyone.
    • Firstly, he consistently places himself in positions to manipulate others. As the Skull Kid, he can easily manipulate Ertegun. In his castle guard disguise, he has some degree of influence over Zelda, as it is shown she trusts them and listens to their advice. And by training Link in the woods, he was able to corrupt him into nearly following a path of anger and vengeance, as he did to Link's father in the backstory. Davik even had some influence over Ganondorf himself, thought he at least was savvy enough not to trust him.
    • Second, he had not only one, but two backup plans for dealing with Ganondorf once he no longer needed him. As both of his nephews had the potential to seal away Ganondorf, he kept both alive, but separated. That way, if Link failed to defeat Ganondorf, Davik could still use Kyrin to seal him away.
    • Ertegun has power, but is rash and insecure. Davik plays him like a fiddle, using him for his army and his status as Ganondorf's descendant. When Ertegun begins to get too full of himself, Davik lets the boy go without his help and make a few mistakes, which sends him begging for his aid once more.
  • Composite Character:
    • Davik offers Link a sword with the line "It's dangerous to go alone, take this!", much like the Old Man of the first game, and he doubles as the film's counterpart of Link's uncle from The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. He's also the alter ego of the Skull Kid, and his plan to infiltrate Hyrule's royal family under the guise of a loyal retainer matches that of Agahnim.
    • Link essentially fulfills the role of Impa, being a heroic Sage of Shadow/Darkness that serves Princess Zelda.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: In Link's first battle with Ertegun, Link goes down after a single blow.
  • Deconstruction: An interesting example. Like in the games, Link often does what he's told without complaint. Unlike the games, this actually ends up biting him in the ass. Link also eventually grows more rebellious and calls out people like the elder for having him do something that made things worse.
  • Defiant to the End: Link and Zelda seem to be the only people in the kingdom willing to stand up to Ertegun and his troops.
  • The Dragon: The Skull Kid appears to be one to Ertegun. The situation is reversed once Ertegun goes to him for help.
  • From Bad to Worse: First, Davik is captured. Then Davik turns out to be the Skull Kid and the Sage of Darkness. Then Ertegun becomes immortal. Then Ganondorf returns...
  • Grand Theft Me: After Link obtains the Master Sword, the seal on Ganon is opened, and he returns, seizing Ertegun's body in the process.
  • The Hero's Journey: Well, it is a Zelda story.
  • Hidden Depths: Davik's character depth evolves over the course of the film. He starts out as a mere castle guard, no different from the various other extras in the movie. He turns out to be Link's uncle, and is later revealed to be the last Sheika, and the one who set the events of the movie in motion.
  • Hijacked by Ganon: Literally!
  • Idiot Ball: When Zelda uses magic to show Ertegun that Link is still alive, essentially for the sake of winning an argument. It gets the plot moving, but the heroes lose the element of surprise.
  • Karma Houdini: Davik disappears at the end of the story without any punishment for his actions.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Invoked and subverted. Davik presents Link with the White Sword, a katana that he claims is the strongest blade he's ever seen. Not only does the much more powerful Master Sword exist in the setting, but Davik is The Mole for Ganondorf's spirit and the White Sword corrupts the souls of its wielders, including Link.
  • Killed Off for Real: The Village Elder. He's actually the only major character who appears to die and stays dead, as both Davik and Kyrin survive.
  • Mythology Gag: "It's dangerous to go alone. Take this!"
    • What's the name of the book that contains the chant to seal Ganon away? Mudora.
    • Before the final fight, Ganon grabs his swords the same way he did in Wind Waker.
    • As is tradition, when Link pulls out the Master Sword, instead of instantly solving the problem, it just makes it worse.
    • Not only is Davik a Sheikah, one of his nicknames happens to be "The Skull Kid".
    • There's an alternate ending featuring the reveal that Kyrin is not only alive but also with the Sage of Darkness. With this Davik decides to look for an old friend simply called Majora.
  • Named by the Adaptation: Even the most important Skull Kids of the game are simply referred to as Skull Kids. The Skull Kid of the film is named Davik.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: The Sage of Darkness.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: By drawing the Master Sword, Link also frees Ganondorf.
  • Oh, Crap!: When Link stabs Ertegun in the chest and he shrugs it off.
    • When Link disarms the Gerudo in jeans, the expression on his face is priceless.
  • The Power of Hate: The source of the White Sword's power.
  • Related in the Adaptation: Link is the nephew of the Skull Kid, and Dark Link turns out to be his father, having resurrected himself through his son's shadow.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Ganondorf, as usual.
  • Sheathe Your Sword: Without any way of beating Dark Link and now knowing the White Sword is fueled by hatred, Link drops the blade and lets Dark Link land the final blow on him. Dark Link then disappears so Link can take the Master Sword.
  • Stock Scream: The Wilhelm Scream can be heard during the stealth scene.
  • A Sinister Clue: The Skull Kid wields a whip with his left hand. This is a hint to his true identity being the seemingly well-meaning Davik, who had his right hand cut off years past.
  • Title Drop:
    Link: Who are you?
    The Skull Kid: You may call me...the Sage of Darkness.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Kyrin continually acts without thinking around Ertegun's men. He steals their food. He calls them idiots. Then he takes his slingshot and hits one with a rock. They eventually kill him.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Link, after his training montage. In Davik's words, Link could take on an entire army on his own.
  • Xanatos Gambit: Davik specializes in these.