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  • Abandon Shipping: Verbalised by Dark Flame Wolf in her chapter notes that she had originally intended for Zelda & Link to copulate but due to the insistence of reader reviews on how this would be wildly out of character with what was established with Link, the pairing was dropped.
  • Badass Decay: One could argue that Naar starts off as an excellent villain with Hidden Depths, but over the course of the story ends up looking like a second rate villain being manipulated by demons and other antagonists.
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  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: So just how exactly did Majora's Mask end up in Link's hand when facing off against Qargus?
  • Bonus Material: There are three appendices that cover Zelda fan theories and how they applied to the story plot. Also included is a complete index of characters found in the story and a complete listing of author notes for each chapter. Finally Dark Flame Wolf added five additional chapters that do nothing to the primary story but enrich certain characters or scenes from the Fan Fic.
  • Canon Defilement: While its generally agreed upon by readers that the first two acts of the story are phenomenal and set up what is expected to be an incredible third act, the reality of the final act falls into territory that caused many a reader to raise their torches and pitchforks.
  • Crazy Awesome: Darunia is depicted as being highly eccentric and tends to rage into any battle with megaton hammer swinging regardless of the odds. Even at the end of Act 3 when his own arm is chopped off, he can still hold his own, smashing enemies brains in and still love every minute of it.
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  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Xavier, the Cyn'Taak, is a very popular one with readers. She is decribed as being very loyal and innocent but still highly lethal and dangerous. Her survival of the endgame events prompted a rather overjoyed response from one reviewer.
  • Fan Disservice: As much as Ruto-x-Link shippers would love to read about Link receiving one hot BJ from the sexy Zoran princess, the way it is presented ends up feeling more like assault and rape. Opinions may vary.
  • Fan Wank: The second half of Act 3 can come off as this for many readers. Despite it being well done and executed, many have called for this to be an AU rather than an actual canon fanfic.
  • Faux Symbolism: It is still unclear how well thought out the quotes from the Bhagavad Gita are at the end of the first two acts in reference to the overall events of the fanfic; were they thrown in for true symbolism or an attempt to garner extra depth to the story?
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  • Game-Breaker: The Nevachreans are clearly this for most of the first act until it is discovered that they can be killed by destroyed every atom of their bodies. They become significantly less dangerous after that.
  • Gotta Ship 'Em All: Defied verbally with Zelda & Link by Dark Flame Wolf because of how it would be completely OOC for Link. Averted with Nabooru & Link due to the age gap and the fact Talon and Nabooru get together as a couple, it would just get awkward. The other canon girls however are free game with Link in some fashion or another!
  • Jerkass Woobie: Kafei surely counts. He pulled the hood over both the characters and the readers eyes with his pain-filled past and his friendly disposition only to pull the rug out from everyone with his rage-fueled anger at the injustices done to him and the ones he loved.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Naar actually has a reason why he crossed this line a long time ago; however characters like Barrachas and Thanan seem to be so far beyond this line just for the lulz.
    • It's debatable with Kotake and Koume for most of the story, but they definitely cross this line officially when they abort Malon's son.
  • Nausea Fuel:
    • Any scene with Argonim being his rapist self can get quite graphic.
    • Thanan and his demon self can be quite disgusting too. Great efforts were made to have it read as disgusting as possible.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Kotake and Koume destroying Malon's unborn son.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • Princess Midna comes in during one chapter in Act 2 and completely steals the show from Kotake and Koume. She not only embarrasses them but gets the upper hand on the two witches the entire conversation; the bombshell of the Gerudo having used Twili magic this whole time is just icing on the cake.
    • Qargus, the dragon, is another show stopper. He appears in only one chapter in Act 3, doesn't overstay his welcome and maintains his air of mystery and lethality by the end of it.
  • Only the Author Can Save Them Now: There are many instances in the story where the stakes are set so high that there can't possibly be any way out alive. However, due to instances like Link's Nevachrean heritage or Navi swooping in to save the day, they miraculously make it through okay.
  • Player Punch: The deaths of Talon, Impa and Nabooru can come as a shock to readers. Strong, intense scenes like the abortion of Malon's son, the ripping of Link's wings and even his death are also a hard blow to take.
  • Replacement Scrappy: A lot of reader hate can be directed at Cayla for not only being a disagreeable character to begin with (she does get better by the end however), but also replacing Impa after she dies as the Sage of Shadow.
  • Ron the Death Eater:
    • Zigzagged with Ruto who seemingly swaps alliances based on either mood or circumstance.
    • Played straight with Kafei who is first introduced as chivalrous and good but turns full-on villain by the end of his story arc.

  • Shocking Moments: Link and friends bedding it up with the Gerudo for seven years? Kafei and Ingo appearing unexpectedly with Kafei being the villain? Fierce Diety Mask is the source of Nevachrean undead power? Link getting wings after merging with Navi? Kotake and Koume aborting Malon's son? Happy Mask Salesman is actually Ballos, servant of Hylia, founder of the Sheikah, creator of Fierce Diety Mask? Talon, Impa and Nabooru dying? Link's death at the end? Yeah, there is a lot of shocking moments in this fanfic, and that's just a handful!
  • Squick: If you are squeamish in any way about rape, gore, blood, violence or bodily fluids, then steer clear.
  • Tear Jerker: Kotake and Koume forcibly aborting Malon's son.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Ingo Gorman had a great introduction and was a superb character for the entirety of Act 2 since his entrance. However, he basically drops off the map at the start of Act 3 and isn't seen again until the end where he has little to do.
  • Too Cool to Live: Impa is an awesome character who continually gets Link and the others out of hairy situations and always comes up with plans that end up working in their favor. Even her final gambit against Naar and Ganondorf ends up succeeding even after her death.
  • Unacceptable Targets: Its debatable if the exploitation of the Kokiri was a necessary evil for the villains to proceed with their plans. Some of the abuse on them can be quite shocking.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: The fanfic may be based on a kid-friendly franchise, but it is anything but kid-friendly!

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