You may have noticed that I’m a tiny bit obsessed with The Legend of Zelda. It was the first game I ever played (a copy of Link’s Awakening that I stole from my brother). But it’s not just nostalgia that makes me love Zelda, it’s everything about the game and the storyline. Despite all the magic it always feels so relatable, and I think there’s a lot to be learned from it.
What about you? Do you look for deeper meaning in games? Or do you just like beating things up (which I do as well!) What Zelda game is your favorite?
Friends make everything better.
No challenge is too great if you have friends you can trust by your side. After all, what’s The Legend of Zelda without the sidekicks? Fi, Midna, Impa, and co. are some of the greatest parts of their respective games.
It’s okay to eat a frog for your friend
Afterall, what else are friends for if not for doing stupid things together?
Things aren’t always as they seem.
After all, Midna is the Twilight Princess (not Zelda, as it’s first hinted) and Sheik is Zelda in Ocarina of Time.
One of the best parts of Breath of the Wild is Zelda herself and her constant fascination with everything around her. She never ceases to find something to be amazed by.
Music fixes everything
Throughout many of the Zelda games, music is an integral part of the plot. And in new games in particular, the soundtrack has been almost as breathtaking as the storyline itself.
Nothing is insignificant
If someone gave you an empty bottle in real life, you’d probably be at least a little disappointed. But in Ocarina of Time, it can make a huge difference.
Have a heart
Hearts are important. You need them to get the Master Sword in Breath of the Wild, and they’re a huge help in every Zelda game.
Time is a gift
In both Majora’s Mask and The Phantom Hourglass you’re literally racing against the clock to save the world, and you have to make every second count.
Oversleeping can be a problem.
I think I’ve lost count of how many games start with Link oversleeping. Breath of the Wild, Skyward Sword, Ocarina of Time, and Link’s Awakening all come to mind quickly, but I’m certain there’s more.
Books are the ultimate weapon
As proven by Lana in Hyrule Warriors. After all, the TriForce is composed of Wisdom, Power, and Courage, so knowledge has been important all along.
Gangs are bad. Except for cat gangs. You can join those.
Seriously. I don’t know what’s happening in Castle Town in Twilight Princess, but I do know that I approve of it. Gangs are cool as long as they take care of one another.
Sometimes breaking things makes you feel better
Seriously. When you’re having a bad day just pop that game cartridge in and SMASH. (gif from the fan-made animated short Racing For Rupees)
Gender roles are stupid
Who knew you needed a fairy to be a real man??!!
Don’t trust the moon
They told me once, “Don’t trust the moon, she’s always changing” The shores bend and break for her. And she begs to be loved, but nothing here is as it seems.
Yes, that is a Halsey lyric, but I think it’s relevant. Afterall, the moon is constantly changing and sometimes it just wants to burn everything.
It’s okay to be scared
It’s okay to be afraid or to admit your innermost feelings. That’s what friends are for, to listen to you and support you when you need them. But Zelda doesn’t let her fear control her, and in the end she sacrifices everything to protect Link.
Art is valid and important
Some people think that art shouldn’t be taught in schools, but if A Link Between Worlds teaches us anything, it’s that you should never underestimate artwork.
If you hurt someone, their friends will find you
But chickens are also just assholes.
People are wise because they made mistakes
From the King in Breath of the Wild or Oshus in Phantom Hourglass, the characters that lead Link on his way are deeply flawed.
Think outside the box
Although this clip is from the fan-made animated short Racing For Rupees, Link always thinks outside the box when it comes to solving problems.
Always be willing to listen
No matter how much Navi (or any of the other characters) annoy you, you have to admit that without their guidance the game would be much harder.
If you can dream it, you can be it
What’s the difference between a mermaid and a girl in an innertube? Not much in The Phantom Hourglass.
Don’t do drugs
I’m just gonna leave this here.
Don’t trust honeyed words
In Ocarina of Time Ganon tricks the king of Hyrule into trusting him.
People grow up
Mido from Ocarina of Time is a complete ass the first time we meet him (with younger Link), but he’s grown up a fair amount by the time Link meets him seven years later.
Family is more than blood
Link has a huge family, despite the fact that we never once meet his parents. From the villagers in Twilight Princess to the Great Deku Tree and the Gorgons, Link creates a family from those he meets.
The hero doesn’t always win
But good will triumph in the end.
There’s a timeline in Hyrule in which Link is defeated at the end of Ocarina of Time, however, he does eventually win in A Link to the Past, the Oracle series, Link’s Awakening, A Link Between Worlds, Tri Force Heroes, The Legend of Zelda, and The Adventure of Link in that order.
People are complex
In A Link Between Worlds, Princess Hilda does terrible things (robbing Hyrule of their Triforce) but her motivation is to take care of her people.
The Sky is the Limit
It seems that no matter what he’s up against, Link always finds a way to soar the skies (even if he has to kidnap a bird in order to do it). Or you could just build whatever this thing is.
Everything looks better in the daytime
Maybe the cat wants to murder you after dark but at night its truly an angel (technically it’s a Remlit, but technically I don’t care).
The ending of A Link Between Worlds wouldn’t have been possible if Zelda hadn’t forgiven Hilda.
No one is worthless.
In Breath of the Wild, Princess Zelda struggles to unlock her power. But that doesn’t matter to her friends, who care about her and protect her no matter what.
Smoking is bad for you
Why else would Dodongo dislike it so much in The Legend of Zelda?
Dance like no one is watching
If dancing brings you joy, then share it with everyone.
It’s dangerous to go alone