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Webcomic / Growing Up Gerudo

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Growing Up Gerudo is a Fan Webcomic for The Legend of Zelda which is set in an Alternate Universe where Ganon found a baby Hylian in the middle of the desert and adopted him. The baby’s name? Link. The comic is dedicated to the life of Link and Ganon, as they go through the troubles of being part of enemy races and their unexpected meeting.

Can be read here and has a patreon here.

Growing Up Gerudo includes examples of:

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: This Zelda has dark hair instead of her usual gold.
  • Adult Fear: Your child dying. Worse, your child dying because of you.
  • Alternate Universe: Of The Legend of Zelda games. It resembles Ocarina of Time the most, but characters from other games in the series (e.g. Midna) have also appeared.
  • Amazon Brigade: The Gerudo warriors, natch. Link (who's in training) and Ganon are the only exceptions.
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  • Badass Adorable: Young Link is no less badass here than he is normally.
  • Captain Obvious: When a bird's head mutates into some kind of alien maw during Link's training, Nabooru comments that it's "not normal".
  • Catapult Nightmare: Happens to both Zelda and Ganon when they dream of Link battling, and falling, to the latter.
  • Darker and Edgier: Than the games it's based on, which have a lot of battle but never show actual blood and gore. Not so much in this comic which even has on panel child murder, though it turns out to be just a dream.
  • Dual Wielding: Link fights with two blades during his initiation test.
  • Fantastic Racism: Hylians and Gerudo, it goes both ways.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Link, as usual.
  • Happily Adopted: Link and Ganon are very close.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Nabooru only makes up about a quarter of Ganon's massive bulk.
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  • Interspecies Adoption: Ganon, a Gerudo, adopts Link, a Hylian.
  • Oblivious Adoption: Link is convinced he's a Gerudo and gets pretty offended when Zelda points out he's obviously Hylian.
  • Papa Wolf: Ganon is very protective of Link and, even though he's much chiller and kinder in this AU, one surefire way to make him lose his temper very quickly is to threaten said little Hylian.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Link's main outfit is pink. Makes sense since there's no reason for the Gerudo to have the silly double standard with colours and gender that the real world does.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Going out in the desert at midday gives the pale skinned Link a bad sunburn, something he didn't have to worry about in the games.
    • One of the Gerudo children has to give up on his training because of his breathing problems (most likely asthma) making it impossible.


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