A Majora’s Mask Theory

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Usually when we see one of these “alternate theory boards” it’s about Pokemon taking place in post-nuclear war Japan, or Harry Potter hallucinating about being a wizard as he starves to death under the stairs. But today we have a theory from a different game, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask.

The idea is that the game isn’t really about what it says its about, rather the true message is accepting death, and Termina never really existed at all. It’s kind of an interesting theory with a few disparate pieces, but I definitely buy parts of it.

Now, Ocarina of Time was just a metaphor for puberty right? Why else would there be so many hot ladies?

  • http://author-quest.blogspot.com Eric Juneau

    Ignoring the typos and poor resolution of the image, I think most of this is conjecture with no backing evidence, and some holes can be poked. For one, Zant never uses the Fused Shadow mask. He just keeps it away from Midna. Not to mention Ganondorf destroyes it at the end (although it’s not totally obliterated).

    Second, although this is non-canon, the Majora’s Mask manga states that the mask was created from the armor of an evil creature that fed on the desires of people. This creature was defeated by making it dance for three straight days until it collapsed (hence the dancing of Majora’s Incarnation).

    Third, whether Zant is “breakdancing” is subject to interpretation. I’ve only seen him use a “hurricane spin” move. I never saw him dancing or moonwalking. They both have spin moves, but so do a lot of enemies. Personally, I think Zant’s battle style is closer to a Garo Ninja. And Majora’s Incarnation is the one that dances, not Majora’s Wrath.

    Fourth, Skull Kids are not a native species. They are transformed people that get lost in the Lost Woods. Whether or not they’re Kokiri or Hylian, children or adult, is up for debate. But I’ve never seen a fairy enter into it. And there are no Stalfos in the Lost Woods.

    Fifth, data about the Hero’s Shade is wrong. Link has always been left-handed, except in in the Wii version of Twilight Princess which, in the timeline, is one of the later games, and Skyward Sword, which is one of the earliest. But not Majora’s Mask. Plus, the handed-ness was a design decision, not a character trait. In the Gamecube version, the Shade is left-handed. In the Wii version, he is right-handed. However, he’s not a Stalfos, because you can see his shaded arms and legs — not bones. Stalfos are pure skeletons. Also, if the Hero’s Shade is the MM Link, why is he an adult? Why is he wearing armor (Stalfos typically do not wear armor. Only a few instances do they wear shoulder pads.) Why does he turn into a wolf, when he never did in MM?

    Sixth, there is strong evidence that the dear friend Link is searching for is the Skull Kid, not Navi. More evidence here: http://www.zeldauniverse.net/articles/links-lost-friend/

    Last, I have no idea what “Tingle is the Terminian version of Link” means or what it’s supposed to prove. Link is the Terminian version of Link. Tingle is an eccentric adult who thinks he is a fairy (or was one). Link is not a fairy. He has a fairy. I’m not sure what Tingle’s dressing up as, but I don’t see any other similarities besides green color.

    This article uses a great deal of “circular reasoning”, meaning you have to accept the posited points as true in order to accept the conclusion or make leaps of assumption. That’s a logical fallacy, and indicates a poor, flawed argument. I agree that a good deal of Majora’s Mask is thematic of childhood, but I don’t believe it has any ties to Majora’s Mask, or that it has such a grim ending.