The Legend of Zelda has definitely earned the "legendary" moniker, at least when it comes to video games. Few pixilated adventures have woven an epic tale like the multi-game, multi-platform, multi-timeline series has. The journey of Link through forests, temples, and time has taken gamers on quite a ride, and over the years the continuity has become incredibly complex. Nintendo even went as far as to publish an official continuity guide, which laid out Hyrule’s ridiculously layered alternate timelines, in an effort to assuage fan confusion. However, fans being what they are, this guideline only served to further intensify their speculation and theory-crafting.
The Internet has come up with a bounty of fan theories related to the Zelda series. After all, the whole thing is built on mystery and world-building, leaving plenty of room for fans to speculate and extrapolate. The fact that the creators themselves seem to only partially understand their own world only adds to the bevy of fan speculation. Fans feel a sacred duty to make sense of the mystical, fictional land they love so much.
Majora’s Mask Is About The Five Stages Of Grief
Majora’s Mask features the almost sci-fi story of a civilization facing destruction from a crashing moon. In trying to prevent this tragedy, the heroic Link encounters all manner of people, each of whom are dealing with the crisis in their own way.
With some creative imagination, one can easily apply the different groups Link encounters with the five traditional stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. There’s enough evidence to suggest that, at the very least, it was an intentional theme inserted by the developers.
Talon Is Mario
One of the minor supporting characters in the Legend of Zelda series, Talon, is obviously visually inspired by another Nintendo star, Mario. Talon shares Mario’s moustache and color-scheme, but has taken on the role of farmer instead of plumber.
Talon seems like an homage to Mario more than anything, but that hasn’t stopped fans from speculating about a more direct connection. Who is to say that Mario didn’t retire from rescuing princesses to a simpler life raising horses?
There’s A Fourth Triforce Piece
Without a doubt, the most evocative symbol in all of Hyrule is that of the Triforce. The powerful rune, made up of three simple triangles, has appeared in nearly every Zelda-related title. The actual description and powers of the Triforce can vary, but its appearance is always the same.
That means there’s always a chunk of the Triforce missing in the middle, which has led to intense speculation about a missing fourth piece. The so-called Tetraforce theory has many branches to it, but they all boil down to further treasure hunting for our hero, Link.
Someone Is Dead In Majora’s Mask, And It May Be Link
Majora’s Mask is one of the darkest games in the Zelda series, and it has led to some seriously messed up speculation. The game begins with Link looking for a lost friend, and there’s ample evidence that said friend is actually dead.
There are a few different theories as to the identity of this dead friend, but some think it could be Link himself. Several characters in the game hint at a dark fate for Link, and a different fan theory about the stages of grief could mean that the entire story is about Link accepting his own death.
The Temples In Ocarina Of Time Are The Remnants Of Holy Wars
The temples in Ocarina of Time are tough to get to, even tougher to get through, and full of insane booby traps. They’ve also fallen into a serious state of disrepair, despite containing powerful magical artifacts.
This has led some to speculate that Hyrule was once the site of a major holy war, in which the religion that used the temples was overrun and eradicated. The victors of the war might have tried their best to prevent others from ever accessing the magic of the temples, leading to their current run-down status.
Link Doomed The Kokiri
The Ocarina of Time may be a largely whimsical tale, but that hasn’t stopped fans from spinning some truly dark theories. One of the darkest involves Link dooming the peaceful forest race of Kokiri, amongst whom he spent his childhood.
The time-hopping storyline of Ocarina sees Link travel back and forth between his child and adult selves. Along the way, it appears that Link may have caused the Great Deku Tree to never be re-planted. This could have caused the destruction, or at least displacement, of the Kokiri. As further evidence of this, the gentle forest folk are absent from games that appear later in the timeline.
Twilight Princess Villains Created Majora’s Mask
Majora’s Mask is one of the creepiest artifacts that Link ever lays his hands on. The origins of the Mask itself are mysterious, but some fans think they’ve cracked the code. There has been speculation that the creators of the Mask are actually the villains of another game in the series, Twilight Princess.
Although Twilight Princess came out much later than Majora’s Mask, it actually sits earlier in the timeline, making the theory plausible. Certain stylistic similarities, including the scarab motif, provide evidence of a connection.
The Gerudo Disappeared, Became The Twili
The Gerudo are a race in Hyrule with one of the most interesting backstories and one of the coolest musical themes. The main antagonist Ganondorf has ties to the Gerudo himself, and that may be key to their disappearance in later editions of the franchise.
Some think that the Gerudo became the Twili after Link’s defeat of Ganondorf screwed up their traditional way of procreating. There are enough similarities between the two groups to make it plausible. Other, darker theories posit that Link’s actions simply doomed the entire race to nonexistence.