The Legend of Zelda Series is filled with oddities that just continue to puzzle its fans. Everything from the plot to your basic characters seems to be open to fan speculation at times. With this in mind, we have decided to pick the top five oddities from the Zelda series as a way to celebrate our one year birthday.
5. Why is Link so Wasteful?
In between many of Link’s various adventures he simply discards of his hard earned items. Does he not consider them to be of any use? Does he not see where the ability to jump with Roc’s Feather could be useful somewhere down the line? Does he just prefer the challenge of using a wooden sword every now and then? What gives?
Wouldn't This Be Useful to Keep Around?
Yes there are times when the games are not exact sequels so there are different Links who obviously would not have past Link’s items, but there are also several instances in the series where games follow each other sequentially. Take for instance the two Oracle games. They take place one after another with the same Link in the same time and in the same dimension. The two stories are after all intertwined with the events of both games working for the revival of Ganon. So what did Link do with all of his fancy gadgets from the time he beat General Onox to the point where Veran starts wrecking with the flow of time?
The same can be said for Link after the Wind Waker. After defeating Ganon Link can be seen sailing away and by the looks of things he is still equipped to a great degree. I mean what purpose would his family have with a Hookshot or even a Wind Waker baton? Nothing at all. So in the next game, that follows the events of the Wind Waker, Phantom Hourglass, what did Link do with all of his items? Did he just lose them somewhere on the boat? Did they go overboard? Why did he choose to start his next adventure with nothing at all? Puzzling right?
#4 Kokiri Leaving the Forest
In the Ocarina of Time there is a race of child-like people who live in the forest and is protected by the Great Deku Tree. These people are called the Kokiri. Link is raised believing he is a Kokiri, yet at the beginning of the game it is revealed that he is not a true Kokiri but rather a Hylian.
However if Link tried to leave the Kokiri Woods before progressing through the events allowing him to do so, the Kokiri guard warns him, ” We Kokiri will die if we leave the forest! You’re not going to try to leave the forest, are you?!” There are also several other warnings throughout the game that suggests that the Kokiri are incapable of leaving the woods.
Yet, at the end of the game, during the closing scene and credits, several Kokiri can be seen out in Hyrule Field celebrating. So how come they did not die? Perhaps it was just a warning to Kokiri about the dangers of the outside world? Or are they supposed to sort of wither away and die if they leave the woods? That is open to interpretation. Maybe Nintendo slipped up and forgot that they had put that text into the game. But whatever the case, this had led to many a discussion within the Legend of Zelda community.
Kokiri Sitting Next to the Zora King in Hyrule Field
#3 Is Ganondorf Really This Stupid?
Time and time again Ganondorf ignores Link during his quests to save Hyrule and falls for the same things every single time. This is actually a common theme with Nintendo produced game series. The enemies seem to let the hero wander around freely until the end. With Mario games, at least Bowser and his evil kids will jump in here and there and try to stop Mario’s progress. Even Zant in Twilight Princess made a point of trying to slow down Link by turning him back into his wolf form for what he thought would be permanent.
Ganondorf however never makes such an effort. In fact, he always knows who Link is, what Link will be wearing, and when he will be arriving, yet he makes no real effort to stop our favorite hero. Maybe if he actually sent out his army of moblins and other underworldy creatures then Link might be stopped. We saw what he was able to do to Hyrule Castle and its Town Market but he is incapable of making an appearance here and there to at least try to kill Link.
#2 Zoras Evolved Into the Rito?
This Makes A LOT of Sense...Not
Now this just makes no sense no matter how theorists try to justify this radical change. I took AP Biology in high school and I know a good bit about genetics and evolution. With that in mind let me ask you this. Why the hell did the water based Zoras need to evolve into flying bird creatures called the Rito? In the Wind Waker all of Hyrule is covered in water from a flood that the gods caused to stop Ganondorf from seizing the land. Yet the excess of water, which the Zoras live in naturally, somehow caused them to develop a need to evolve into a race that could fly.
#1 The Timeline
If this was not the obvious choice for the number one position then you are not a true Zelda fan. The Legend of Zelda timeline is one gigantic clusterf**k that makes zero sense. Nintendo obviously had no plans of having an official timeline when they began making the first several games, however fans began speculating and trying to piece things together which has caused Nintendo to put in more effort in recent years with creating games that seem to follow some kind of a timeline.
However, despite this, no matter what you believe or think, the timeline is filled with dozens of contradictions that just makes it seemingly impossible to place the games in proper order of progression. Nintendo has now claimed, on many occasions, that they have an official timeline document. However I am not sure if I believe this. They could just be bluffing. If there is an official document then I guarantee you that it is filled with contradictions as well because there is no fan theory out there that does not have holes in it in some shape or form.
Noah Glaser is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati where he majored in Information Technology with a minor in awesome. Noah has worked in web marketing for over 5 years and has built a reputation that has followed him both professionally and independently. He is the founder and lead content contributor for The Hidden Triforce.
In the 5th grade he bought Link’s Awakening for his brother as a Christmas gift. Since stealing it back, he has been hooked to the Zelda series and has never looked back. In his spare time you can find Noah frolicking with his Porygon and Kiwi Birds. He dislikes chocolate, cheese, and bacon.