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 (if you're confused about the current Zelda timeline, so are a lot of people). 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. And if you're one of the die-hards, make sure you cast your vote in our list of the best Zelda games, ranked.
Majora’s Mask Is About The Five Stages Of GriefPhoto: Nintendo
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.966163Is this plausible?
Navi Dies At The End Of Ocarina Of TimePhoto: Nintendo
One of the most confusing aspects of the end of Ocarina Of Time, the most popular Zelda game, is the sudden disappearance of Navi. Link’s ever-present and usually-annoying companion just sort of floats off and vanishes at the culmination of their journey together, leaving many fans to wonder just why the little fairy bailed.
Some have speculated that Navi, part of a race that doesn’t seem to have a long lifespan, was already well on her way to death when the game began. Perhaps Navi floated away to spare Link the sadness of watching her fade into nothingness.873279Is this plausible?
The Temples In Ocarina Of Time Are The Remnants Of Holy WarsPhoto: Nintendo
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.704226Is this plausible?
Twilight Princess Villains Created Majora’s MaskPhoto: Nintendo
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.775305Is this plausible?