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The top three examples of character in The Legend of Zelda franchise.

January 8, 2007

*spoilers ahead!*

All games feature characters. Characters that help the player, characters that hinder the player, and characters that play no role but to inject life into a game. Characters are always a part of Zelda I look forward to experiencing.

However, there are a few standout characters in the Zelda franchise that stay with me, I will be reflecting on those characters now.

3. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time – Sheik

Sheik

Why Sheik? Ocarina of Time was a populated world filled with a fair few memorable appearances such as Durania (The Goron King), Princess Ruto (Zora princess) and even Malon, but above them all, Sheik was the best character. The moment you become an adult, Sheik greets you for the first time, proclaiming herself as the last Sheikah and presenting you with the task ahead. From here on, Sheik becomes the mysterious character that the player finds themselves intent on discovering the identity of. It’s Sheik’s mysterious presence that is one of Ocarina’s carrots that lures the player through the dungeons, and makes her eventual unveiling as Princess Zelda a great reward to the player. While learning Sheik’s identity as Zelda is a great reward, it’s the new knowledge that Zelda is a capable heroine, and the thoughts of what she did to train as a Sheikah in Link’s seven year sleep that provide fans and players with interesting theories and fan fiction opportunities, Sheik/Zelda is an interesting character that keeps ocarina flowing.

2. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask – Anju and Kafei AnjuKafei

These two hosted the best side quest of any Zelda game ever. Majora’s mask is known for it’s heightened sense of character, due to the three day system, but this couple created an intriguing story (which is more emotional that anything in Zelda before or since) which took Link from the first day till the final hours of the third day, it had Link travelling around clock town and all the way out to the robbers den in an attempt to steal back the sun mask so that Anju and Kafei can consummate their love. The player’s actions causing Anju to realise the truth of her lost love and fighting alongside Kafei to retrieve the mask under timed conditions, it wasn’t rare to feel a tear in your eye as you see the couple finally together as the world shakes under the pressure of the moon.

 

 

1. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess – Midna

Midna has provided the greatest sidekick in a Zelda, her progression from dominating Link’s action to his closest aide since Navi, is handled with expert writing and animation, which emphasize Midna’s character and personality beautifully. A similar progression was seen by Tatl in Majora’s Mask, however this was not handled with anywhere near the cinematic beauty and subtle changes experienced in Twilight Princess, and she was ultimately still only using Link to return to Skull Kid at the end of the game. Midna is presented in such a way that the player starts to warm to her after her mood becomes more friendly, and starts to care for her plight. This is only heightened after you hear about her true identity, and when the final boss holds her headgear high you start to feel a pang of guilt as if you have lost a true friend. This is brought to a silent but heart warming finale when Midna almost professes her love for Link before considering her world and severing the link between her and Hyrule. Midna is undoubtedly the star of Twilight Princess, and a sign of the franchises maturity in terms of character and storytelling.

Midna

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