Shigeru Miyamoto once stated in a Nintendo Power interview that the Zelda team’s primary goal for Majora’s Mask was to “present something which is very mysterious”. The game invites the player to act as a detective, to investigate the secrets and troubles of the people of Termina, and of Termina itself, and to heal them in the end. Though the central story of a troubled imp using a cursed mask to try to cause the moon to crash into Termina may seem fairly straightforward, many subtle details in the game add layers of darkness and complexity to this tale.

One example would be the implicit story of the Deku Butler’s son. Upon being transformed into a Deku Scrub, Link finds a strange tree that resembles his present shape and seems to be crying. Later, Link meets the Deku Butler, who is reminded of his absent son when he sees Link’s Deku Scrub form. At the end of the game, the Deku Butler is seen crying before the strange tree. Though the game never bluntly states it, it is clear that Majora’s Mask forced Link into his Deku form by stealing the soul of the Deku Butler’s son, leaving an inanimate tree in his place.

While I was recently replaying Majora’s Mask, I noticed a number of subtle details that seemed to penetrated the mystery of the game and led me to a shocking discovery. It occurred to me that the moon might not be falling just because of the unfortunate actions of Skull Kid. As its name implies, the world of Termina evidently has been destined to end ever since the early days of its dark history. Subtle details in the game indicate that the evil acts of Termina’s people had brought about the impending apocalypse. It’s all tied to the Stone Tower.

Many people have noticed, and dismissed, the fact that the image of the sacred Triforce can be seen on the tongues of the statues that line the path to Eastern Termina. Termina doesn’t seem to have a connection to the goddesses of the Triforce, and no one seems to worship, or even know of them, so the Triforce design seems like a sort of weird joke slipped in by some random designer at Nintendo. But considering how complex and mysterious the game is, such details should not be overlooked so quickly.

Termina may not be part of the world of Hyrule, but the goddesses are most certainly not a nonentity in Termina. In Hyrule, Zelda prayed to the Goddess of Time, asking her to be there for Link. And while Link was in Termina, the Goddess of Time came to his aid again and again. This proves that the same goddesses watch over both Hyrule and Termina.

I believe that the Goddess of Time is another title for the Goddess of Wisdom, Nayru. According to Ocarina of Time, Nayru created the natural laws of the universe, which should include time. Additionally, the color blue is associated with both time travel and Nayru. Majora didn’t mention Nayru by her name for the same reason Navi’s name was never mentioned: people who hadn’t played Ocarina wouldn’t be familiar with those names, and those names weren’t so vital to the story that they’d make a bunch of exposition about Ocarina‘s story necessary. People who had played Ocarina should be able to understand which characters Majora was referring to, and people who hadn’t played Ocarina would still be able to appreciate the story without getting those references.

When Link finds Kaepora Gaebora in the swamp, the owl mentions that the land of Termina is destined to fade. Was that just an insignificant comment, or had Termina actually been marked for destruction long before Skull Kid found Majora’s Mask? If the goddesses are indeed watching over Termina, why does it have such a dark fate?

The answer, it seems, is that the ancient people of Termina had rejected the goddesses. The statues leading to the Stone Tower, shown licking the Triforce, are signs of blasphemy. And inside the Stone Tower, the slander against the goddesses is far more obscene and terrible.




The Triforce can be seen again, hidden on the bottom of the floating blocks Link manipulates in order to enter the temple. Each block depicts a naked creature sitting and sticking his tongue between his legs, where he is licking the Triforce.

ImageAnd at the top of the Stone Tower, the temple entrance is surrounded by four rather phallic pillars. Next to one of them, there is an enormous burning hand pointing towards the heavens. This unsettling architecture seems to be sending a certain implicit message: “Screw you, goddesses!”

ImageThis of course begs the question, why would the ancient Terminians reject the goddesses? When the goddesses created Termina, they created four guardian deities to shape the corners of the world and protect its people. The Giants are similar to the Great Deku Tree: they are mystical and benevolent, they watch over races of people, and they can be overthrown by more potent beings.

Early in Termina’s history, the Giants saved the people from the chaos Skull Kid wreaked upon them. The people responded by worshipping the Giants as gods. Afterwards, perhaps, the goddesses made themselves known and offered to make a covenant with Termina through the Triforce, as they had done with Hyrule. The Triforce designs indicate that the ancient people had knowledge of the Triforce. It’s possible that the Terminians had been disgusted by the notion that some female beings could be greater than their four beloved male Giants. That could explain why they built four giant pillars representing part of the male body sticking out towards the goddesses.

But was the Stone Tower simply built as a testament of the people’s rejection of the goddesses? There are hints that imply that the tower was built for an even more twisted reason. In the first room of the Stone Tower Temple, a strange vortex is visible far overhead, concealed by the inverted pathways above. It doesn’t share the design of the portal to Twinmold’s lair, or of the glowing light that appears when Link breaks Ikana’s curse, so it seems that Nintendo placed it there intentionally, rather than letting it slip in accidentally. My theory is that the portal leads to the realm of the goddesses, and the Stone Tower was perhaps built as a stairway to the heavens, as a sort of Tower of Babel.

ImageDeep inside the temple, Link finds the Giant’s Mask, which contains a tremendous power. It’s clearly established in the stories Anju’s Grandmother tells that the ancient people of Termina loved the Giants. If there is a significance to the Giant’s Mask, it seems as if it was created as an homage to them. Additionally, the four phallic pillars outside the temple indicate that the Terminians believed that the Giants were superior to the goddesses. These details seem to sugguest that the builders of the Stone Tower intended to invade the heavens and use the power of a Giant to slay the goddesses. Who were the wicked people who built the tower? There isn’t enough information to be sure, but consider how in the deepest room of the temple, Link finds the leader of the bloodthirsty Garo tribe waiting for him. The Garo Master also wears a mask that is shaped similarly to the Giant’s Mask.

Whether or not it’s builder intended to wage war against the goddesses, it seems pretty clear that the Stone Tower was a wicked monument, and the goddesses were obligated to act. So they flipped the universe upside down.

In order to flip the universe, Link needed to shoot a Light Arrow into the Stone Tower emblem, which the Garo Master describes as being blood-stained. The Garo Master guards the Light Arrows. Now, the Light Arrow is a divine weapon meant to smite the wicked. In Ocarina of Time, it was given to Link by Zelda herself. What would it be doing lying in the most corrupt corner of Termina?

I would guess that the goddesses sent the Light Arrows there so that they would smite the wicked.

The blood-stained emblem of the Stone Tower perhaps signifies the evil arrogance of its architects. When the Light of Justice shines upon it, it causes justice to be done to those corrupt people. The builders of the Stone Tower had been seeking the heavens. But the universe was flipped, so it seems they found a sort of hell instead. They found a desert realm.

According to the Happy Mask Salesman, the ancient tribe that first used Majora’s Mask eventually sealed the artifact away, fearing the havoc it would wreak upon them. At the end of the game, when Link is pulled through the moon into a surreal universe, it seems that that tribe was the one the Salesman referred to. Consider how that realm seems to be the polar opposite of the desert realm where Link fought Twinmold. The ancient tribe had sealed Majora’s Mask in that desert, hoping it would never be found. But it was.

The architects of the Stone Tower found Majora’s Mask. They built towers there adorned with the mask’s image, and they brought the mask back into their world. And so it seems that the goddesses punished the wicked people by allowing that destructive demon to escape into their world.

It’s worth pointing out that Majora seems to be a female demon. What better way is there for the goddesses to punish these people obsessed with their male gods than to unleash such a being? In addition to Majora’s feminine screams and dancing, the patterns on Majora’s Wrath’s body seem to resemble breasts and ovaries. It might be a coincidence, but I’ve often been weirded out by those markings.

ImageThis theory probably seems far-fetched, but there is actually evidence that practically proves that Majora’s Mask has some connection to the tower. In the first room of the Stone Tower Temple, there is a gigantic statue of a deformed face sticking its tongue out. When the temple is flipped upside down, that statue resembles Majora’s Mask. It has two enormous horns above its eyes, horns on the sides of its face, and is shaped like a heart, although the bottom is missing.

But the statue is incomplete, because the bottom part has broken off. Not only is one of the horns broken, part of the Stone Tower emblem appears on the statue. The rest of the emblem is gone.

ImageStrangely enough the statue only has two horns on each side, while Majora’s Mask has four.

The door above that statue leads directly to the desert. The statue is essentially the gateway to the desert.

ImageAnd in the desert there are monuments depicting Majora’s Mask. They show the mask with what seem to be a nose and a mouth, and only two full-sized horns on each side of the face.

The Happy Mask Salesman knows the story of the ancient tribe that had sealed Majora’s Mask away and very closely resembles the children in the moon world, who seem to represent that tribe. If he has some sort of connection to them, perhaps he sensed that their evil mask had escaped its prison and was free to wreak havoc upon some unfortunate world. He set out on a journey to find the whereabouts of the mask, and was successful. He brought it out of Termina and into Hyrule, the world favored by the goddesses. But Majora’s power was not meant to be unleashed in Hyrule, so fate led Skull Kid to steal the mask just then and bring it back to Termina, finally setting the apocalyptic events into motion.

ImageBut as modern Termina was being torn apart by the power of the mask, it seems the goddesses took pity on the world that was so desperately in need of healing. And as I see it, Link the Hero of Time also seemed to be in need of healing after the ordeal of Ocarina of Time. He was a lonely outcast desperately searching for his beloved and invaluable friend. Between being a Hylian amongst Kokiri and a child in an adult’s body, fate always seemed to set him apart from the people around him. Link’s adventure in Termina finally allowed him to overcome his loneliness and fully mature by easing the private sorrows and troubles of the people around him and receiving their heartfelt gratitude in the form of masks. As Link was being healed, he was also healing Termina so that it’s destiny could be changed.

I also believe that Link wasn’t working against the goddesses by saving the doomed world, because without the aid of the Goddess of Time he would have failed. And as the moon is cast back into the heavens, an enormous rainbow appears over all of Termina, perhaps as a sign from the goddesses that they had forgiven that world.

Though some of this speculation is probably inaccurate, I’m convinced that there are indeed more layers to the story of Majora’s Mask than the ones that most people have noticed. Bear this in mind as you play Twilight Princess in the upcoming weeks. People have generally overlooked or dismissed the Triforce markings in Termina and the images of Majora in the desert for a variety of reasons. Whether or not you believe Zelda games could have tales this complex, these sorts of details deserve serious consideration. There is always the chance that they are meant to hint at something deeper.

  • Nathan

    wow, that all makes sense, but it seems really intense for an E-rated game

    • Shawn Mitten

      You also have to relize that E rated then is not the same as E rated now, example Ocarina of Time had Blood in it, and was rated E, the collectors edition of Ocarina of Time changed the color of the blood to green because you cannot have blood in an E rated Game

    • Grizzywolf

      It wouldn't be as bad as Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie, and as the author of this text said, all these theories come from secret hints. No child will come up with this sort of theory, which makes it okay for an E-rating.

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  • Octave Rolland

    Awesome. I don't remind having read a more fascinating theory about any Zelda.

  • Triral

    Im a bit late to this but whatever. Im actually really impressed with that read. It makes perfect sense, if however far'fetched it may seem that a game could have so much depth to it. It really makes you think, and god do i want to!
    But in complete fairness, i think it could all just be coincidence. For example, the triforce symbols, maybe the creators assumed the players have played OoT as well and chucked them in for good measure, or simply run out of texture ideas as with the masks in the pillars (which is a little odd though.) The structures, again, just a design idea that they came up with. The mask shaped statue, its a familiar shape. I dont know the truth and to be honest, i dont want to. It may seem like im going against what your saying, but again, i actually believe you, but im trying to consider the fact that maybe it is all just coincidence. I'd be very interested in reading more of these theories.

  • Jacob Hansen

    Wow… incredible and yet logical theory. I consider myself an expert on Legend of Zelda and i must admit i had been pondering those triforce marks, but never, never did i think about what you did. Abselutely briliant theory that fits incredibly well. To have this deep and dark story hidden in an on the surface already deep and dark game is amazing.

  • DarkAtrocity

    This theory only adds to the story and depth of an already great game. I never would’ve thought of all this; but I always wondered why I was so drawn to Stone Tower. It’s always been my favorite area. But even when I first played the temple, I always wondered if Stone Tower Temple represented a time when all the races lived together. Think about it, you must utilize all four forms to advance through the temple. Perhaps, Ikana was Termina’s “Garden of Eden”, this is problematic since Clock Town is what lays in the center of Termina. But it is interesting that all four forms are needed. It’s also clear that Stone Tower Temple is the oldest temple in Termina. This is supported by the facts Ikana is deserted and therefore the temple is disused (every other temple is referenced as still being in use, I believe Great Bay Temple is the “youngest” and newest temple)another small detail that I noticed is that there are NO lit torches in Stone Tower Temple. Every other temple has lit torches but that one. Probably meaningless, but something I noticed. The fires in the eyes and finger of the temple exterior could signify the ancient Terminians desire to “pass judgement” on the three goddesses. In the Bible, fire is a symbol of judgement. OR the eyes and finger were lit on fire BY the goddesses(as there are no inhabitants to light them and maintain them) as a reminder that they would never forget the blasphemy by the ancient builders. Maybe after Link defeats Majora the fires finally go out. Showing the goddesses have forgiven the sins of the ancients. Another small detail I noticed are the “runes” carved into the inside of the Giant’s Mask. I have no clue as to what those mean, however. Oh well, those are just my thoughts, great theory though! Great job!

  • Revers-ed Blade

    YOUR THEORY ROCKS!! But I don't think the four pillars are special. I just think it's representing the 'fourth temple'. But I would like to point out how in twilight princess the twili tribe was banished from the sacred realm. (this is the creepy scene with dark links and Lanayru the lake hylia spirit) The twili tribe was standing on a hill that looked similar to the hill inside the moon.

    My theory: the inside of the moon IS the sacred realm. The mask salesman and the children inside the moon are the rest of the twili tribe (remember that the fused shadow was a type of mask) Although that's just a shot in the dark and I doubt anybody will read this anytime soon……..

    • Dude, I never though about that. That is a very interesting theory you have, but what does the tree represent, if it represents anything at all?

      • Stevie

        also remember this. the hill in the moon, if looked at from above, looks just like the mask of truth with the tree acting as its eye. what does this mean?

  • linkspants

    I was totally sucked into that theory. I couldn’t stop reading it. You put a lot of thought into it and although it does seem pretty far-fetched it’s completely plausible and I personally choose to go with it lol. Ocarina of Time used to be my all-time favorite game, but I just started playing Majora’s Mask again (I have only beaten it once in 2000 and am not close to beating it for the second time) and I forgot how amazing it was. It’s definitely my favorite of the Zelda series.

  • MetalGenoicde

    Theory is spot on, top-notch stuff, and fully believable.

    I too believe there is more to Termina then whats on the surface, and this theory of yours makes more sense then bean’s on toast.

    OoT and MM are my all time favorite games, and I really really love the Gilded Sword.
    One thing that I am slightly weirded out about is the Great Fairies and what they have to do with Termina. After all, you get the Great Fairy Sword after returning the fairies in the Stone Tower.
    If they are say, Messenger’s or Avatar’s of the Goddesses, or perhaps Guardian’s of the Temples (which makes more sense, Evil fill’s the dungeons after the skull kid breaks them apart).

    One theory that I hold, which has no backing at all really, but kinda makes sense if you look at it from a story point of view, and take into account the Temple of Time in TP, is that Navi is in fact Nayru, or atleast her avatar.
    I can’t see the Goddesses favoring 1 person, even if he is the Hero of Time, after their destiny was fulfilled. Link’s Destiny was to defeat Ganon, which he did. So, other then Zelda’s prayer, why did the Goddess of Time, whom is almost defiantly Nayru (plenty of evidence to support that in Oracle of Ages/Seasons) aid Link? She had no reason too. But she does, which lead’s me to believe that she and Link have a closer connection then what is first seen. That’s why I also believe she’s Navi.

    There is also the fact that Navi disappeared into what is now known as the rest of the Temple of Time. Assuming that was also already there in OoT Time Line, how could she have known about it?
    That make any sense? ๐Ÿ˜›
    So my theory is that Navi is Nayru.. or Nayru is a stalker. Navi just never seemed like a ‘normal’ fairy. Plus, accoding to what I understand about the Kokiri’s, they all gain their own fairy at a very young age, which leads me to believe that Link would never get a fairy (as he is a Hylian) without some special circumstance, as seen in OoT. So Navi had to be a special fairy.

    Something to think about…

    I do hope they continue his search for her, I really do ๐Ÿ™

  • McGuirk

    Hey there,

    I did have one comment for you. The swirling vortex portal in the sky above Stone Tower Temple’s first room is where the light comes from when you enter a dungeon carrying boss remains.

    There is a portal like that in every temple. It is linked to the boss pad.

  • A Simple Fan

    A very interesting read. I always knew that Majora’s Mask was definitely an oddball Zelda game, and I never had a doubt in my mind that Termina was full of history.
    I wish I was as observant as you, but alas, I can only glean from the story what they tell me.

    I’m going to pay close attention next time I play through a Zelda game. I’m actually just finishing Majora’s Mask. I could finish it now if I wanted, but I’m trying to collect the bottles and Heart Pieces, first.

    Despite that, though, like I said, I don’t expect to get much out of it. I can collect a bunch of details, but I admire that you can put them together in such an impeccable manner.

  • Good site, where did you come up with the information in this posting? I’m happy I found it though, ill be checking back soon to see what other articles you have.

  • AD-Edge

    Ive always believed that Majoras Mask has a very deep storyline, one which Ive thought about a lot lately, but there is always something there, which we cant quite see, constantly nagging.
    Great article, although 80% of it is obviously pure speculation, but as far as it stands this is one of the better theorys Ive heard.
    Hopefully oneday we get some answers, Ive heard Miyamoto has a master document on the zelda timeline, how detailed that is remains unknown…

    Either way, this was a very interesting read, next time I play though MM i will take extra notice of every detail.

  • Garro

    A pretty intresting theory, is pretty well made. Thought I would suggest this theory to be complemented with Majora's Mask Manga (The comic, that as far as I know is official) since it reveals Majora's Mask Origins and some other backstory. I would do it myself but I think is better than the real author do it. Also with some of the story of Twilight Princess which seems to be related with the "Against their gods" and stuff.

    (Still this is so old that I doubt this comment will be read).

    • Sal

      the manga/comic book is official to itself
      it is not canon with Nintendo's core series. Especially when the comic contradicts original games numerous times.

  • Jessie

    A really really interesting theory. I actually finished the Stone Tower today (and found this page as I was working my way through, so I started looking for clues and stuff as I was going through the dungeon). Absolutely fascinating and really well thought-out, even if we don't have official confirmation!

  • Tim

    Very good article. i just wanted to point out something that i saw just recently. at the very begining of the game when link is turned into the deku scrub, under the spotlight over the small pond where you start, there is a broken triforce.(the triforce of power being under courage and wisdom) it seems like another curse to the godesses. if anyone has any other comments send them to me at timmpn

  • zeldaGun

    what i wanna know is if termina is hyrules double then wher is the spirit temple?

    • john

      clock tower, or the stone temple.

      clock tower if nothing else, and stone temple because of the points of blasphemy and godlessness/rejection

  • peter

    terminia is hyrule's atithesis

  • Xerce

    I agree notice the Hero’s Shield has the Hylian symbol above a much smaller Triforce rather than below and the symbol itself is twisted.

  • A grea article from one so young at this time, and yet has a fresh and brilliant mind.

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  • Grizzywolf

    they wouln't answer, they love keeping the story mysterious

  • Dylan

    I love these theories almost as much as I love the games themselves. Well, not quite that much but still!

  • MrZeldafan#1

    That makes sense. i personally have not played majora's mask or OOT, but i have watched enough walkthroughs on youtube to understand what this is saying. (i also used ZeldaPedia, you might want to Try it).

  • Anonymouse

    Imma guest here. I would say that the "phallic markings" aren't penises… they're just towers. I don't really buy it about the naked tongue statues either. But the idea that the ancient Terminians rejected the Goddesses is a clever one… It gives me a lot to think about. I wonder how the war between the nation of Ikana and the enemy nation of the Garo ninjas ties into all this.

  • Chrisloveszelda

    I agree with the comment above. I think that it is very easy to make a phallic object into a phallus, such as a tower. I am also not sure i buy the nudity your ascribing to the statues. However, the I love the theory. I would add that just because the statues may not be naked, the blocks when looked at from the sides — the curled up figures — resemble the giants. I would also add that the moon typically signifies female, menstrual cycle yah dah yah dah…. and it is particularly ironic if the Terminans are climbing towards heaven, and heaven decides to fall upon them. Great work.

  • Loser

    ive read these 2 things before reading here

    1 seems to be an edited version from the same author, anyhow it bothers me, that i cant find info on majora, his a great boss and really interesting..all the other stuffs kinda throws evidence inside the quests n npcs, also i cant find any1 trying to interpret the masks, which play an important role through the whole game, it always used to be the ocarina-songs only

    the masks r really unique..and every mask has a story, but majoras mask is a blackhole, it has heavy importance, but no1 can tell the exact origin or any sort of shape for the inside

    i would like to believe the manga, but since thats actually based on the game, it makes me wonder if its just fictional

    ive played a few games and some content is just named after religious or ancient stuffs, however that content appears to hav a relation to the etymology, while i cant find any meaning for majora or mujura or w.e, thatd make sense

    id appreciate links or comments to majora ๐Ÿ˜€

  • lostmind123

    i think that they are not symbolizing rejection of the goddesses but that the terminians have tasted the power of the triforce hence the tongue licking it

  • ZeldaExpert

    These theories are great. And if the Garo and Ikana Kingdom were in war, even in death, then maybe the Ikana Kingdom still trusted the godesses. The Garo felt betrayed by Ikana, so they waged war against them for trusting the godesses, not the giants.

  • JustAThought

    Also, referring to the beginning, in Oracle of Ages, Nayru was the oracle, so it would make sense that she's the goddess of Time as well as Wisdom.

    The theory that I believe to be correct is this: It's all a dream. The reason that Link finds himself in a nowhere land that still has many recognizable faces is that it's all just in his dream. Maybe not even a dream, but an illusion created to remind him that even if he can travel in time and has the power of godesses, he still can't save everyone and that often, his efforts will be in vain. Some people also think that he's learning to deal with the fact that he's growing up and he will lose friends and things will change.

  • ZeldaExpert

    For the previous poster mainly (may have Twilight Princess spoilers), in Twilight Princess, Skull Kid says he somewhat remembers someone that looked like Link. Since both TP and MM are on the child timeline (not more timeline stuff, anything but that), then it’s very likely that the Skull Kid in TP is the same one from MM, but lost Tatl and Tael, so he now uses a flute (perhaps some kind of ocarina) to summon puppets to play with him.

  • CheeMai

    This is a really interesting theory! I love it! Also, those four Majora pillars in the boss room remind me of the 4 pillars right outside of the entrance. I like to point out that the Happy Mask Salesman had to "climb great lengths" in order to get the Majora Mask. I believe that that is the stone tower temple he is talking about since there is no other higher point in Termina then that…well the mountains could be, but it seems less likely the mask would be there.
    I do have questions though, why do the other temple also have Majora Mask pushable blocks? Could it be that the designers of those temples worship Majora? Or is it simply a reoccurring theme to have the blocks look like that?

    • Banooru

      "I went to great lengths to get that legendary mask. When I finally had it…" I don't remember him saying he climbed.

      I would like to see someone analyze temples other than stone tower. This article goes into great detail on stone tower, and into many of the themes in the game as a whole, but I would like to see an analysis of the other main areas of the game. Just like you said, there are monuments to Majora in all four dungeons (of course those pushable blocks could have been placed there by Majora in order to hinder Link), and I feel like the message for those areas eludes me the same way the message sent by stone tower temple eluded this author. Of course, an over analysis could make us lose sight of the true message in the game, but I feel the analysis from this article was enlightening and would like to see some more.

  • pikminion

    Great theory, however, you may be wrong in one aspect. Rainbows in Japan are considered to be bad luck, and whether or not the rainbow is a sign of forgiveness, or a sign that the world is still doomed to suffer its ultimate end, as the the owl had predicted.

  • Sheikala

    I would also like to add to your theory, i have read all of the books and played all of the games; just to make people take a second look at the legend of zelda majoras mask, Link is of Hylian blood. His father was a legend as he is, and his mother ran bringing him to the forest. Link was not an only child, he had a brother. Skull Kid plays a very important role. All of the Skull kids in the lost woods attack strangers who dare distrupt them, that is why in the ocerina of time you have to play the ocerina to be friend them. But, without the ocerina you become lost and turn into a skull kid. Your sole is the only thing left living and your body rotts into a wooden boy. The skull kid that is in majoras mask and in twilight princess protects his layer yet helps Link to get to his goal. In majoas mask, he only wants a friend; this is unusual for skull kids for they have eachother in their realm of peace. Link sympathizes the skull kids for his experience in dancing and playing with them in ocerina of time. But this skull kid wanted so much more. Link cant bare to bring harm to his 'friend'. Why is this? What does link continually have a natural drawn between the two? It is almost like the Skull Kid is watching over and guiding Link. Skull Kid neaded help saving Termina, and Link needed help getting the sword of time in Twilight Princess. That is because one theory is that Skull Kid is Links older sibling. Bellive it if you will. I was shocked and excited when i read about it.

    • Zachattack8888

      While that is a very interesting idea, sadly I think it's a little too far fetched.

  • Wow, this blew my mind!

  • Zachattack8888

    I absolutely loved this. Everything stated here makes sense to me. I truly believe as well that The Legend of Zelda games all (or most) have a deeper meaning than their obvious intentions. I love background/secret meanings behind things and this was truly fantastic. Hylian Dan, this article was simply beautiful.
    Thank yu for making me fall in love with this series even more.

  • onepokepiece

    I,too, am quite suprised at this deep story of dark fates and acts of spite. YOur theory seems to fit perfectly into the game. However, one thing does bother me. Yes, in American culture, at least, thats what I'm calling it, rainbows represent happy, peaceful times. However, this game was, of course made in Japan. People in Japan used to believe that a rainbow represented evil, for instense, Okami is a zelda-esque game full of Japanese refferences. As part of entering the final boss's domain, you must cross a rainbow bridge. Crossing a rainbow bridge the home of an ultimate evil being either means your crazy, or japanese. Doesn't matter much, plenty of japanese games translated into english use rainbows in our generic sense. But i thought it would have some significance seeing as it is a darker game. It seriuosly scared me when I was younger. So here I am, throwing in my two cents.

  • RAcast

    This was a great read, thanks for doing it! And I'm inclined to agree with you. Artists, and certainly the team that created Majora's Mask was full of artists, never do anything without reason. Every scene in a movie is done one way and not another to convey a certain meaning.

  • GorgonBull35

    I'm always entranced into the Stone Tower theory and most of it, for the most part makes sense… but, I believe that Majora is a MALE not a FEMALE demon. The Happy Mask Salesman states that Majora's mask was made by an ancient tribe and because it was infused with so much evil, they sealed it away.The banishment of the mask was most likely in Ikana where builders of the Stone Tower were as Majora's Mask images are most prominent here. After the construction of Stone Tower, the Goddesses had discovered Majora's Mask and its influence on Termina and because of the mockery made of the Triforce, they decided to create a demon based off of the Mask. Now here's where I stray from the theory, I believe that they created Majora as a male demon with female characteristics to mock Termina's decision to praise the four giants. Majora is long-legged and tall like the giants but I believe the female characteristics are to mock what the Terminians perceived that the Goddesses were like. And for them to be destroyed by a mockery of their beliefs would be the ultimate payback. But that's what I think.

  • Gnomfaceseven

    So many things to start off with. I personally see it as. The tetra force theory applies to the creator of zeldas thought process, games just haven't linked it all together yet. Though what it means is that the goddesses of time is not a person. It literally is just a biochemical reaction in the lore. The song of time has effects because the characters can take effect from it. The goddess of time, is the goddess of wisdom just the Doppler. This alternate realm, link is put threw, is generated bye the masks power. As the rest of the realm as I see. The whole guardian thing, the owl, giants, and turtle being guardians working with the gods.. It's all in links head. He is still in the lost woods. Majora took him. Threw him into a pit(where the laws of DIn do not exist). Where time is "wrong" WHy is wrong? I will explain. That Zelda Hystoria came out in Japan. Well it says Majora's Mask was if ganondorf was defeated and Link succeeded. Ganondorf was not sent into the sacred realm and banished when link turned into a boy at the end of OoT. He was himself, without the triforce yet.. When they executed ganondorf, (during the time he first started chasing after zelda as a young girl in Oot) . He(Link, after coming back and putting the sword back) of course told zelda that ganondorf is bad and all kinds of other things, then the high king executed him…. The triforce of power he had was lost in the sacred realm with future ganon you defeated before OoT ended. Though once that happened. The triforce of power that was lost with ganon in the future of OoT that doesn't exist within Link as he put back the sword of time, was reset, though without the laws of DIN, since DIN became separated from that world. The entire universe, the universe in that reality of new young link, exists now with two DINS, TWO FARORE, TWO NARYU, They all have dopplars now that the laws of time have changed. When one god changes they all do., creating a whole spew of different things occuring including the existence of Majora and the screwed up dopplar forces . Dins doppler which would be the goddess of faith. The doppler of naryu is time?, the Doppler of Din is Faith?, the Doppler of courage is doubt? Anyway, Bottom line. The laws of everything was throw off big time when Two triforces exist. Now because of the alternate dimensions. Wind Waker and Terminia, and Hyrule in Link Adventures time is all in separate dimensions. I would love some feed back. I misspelled many things. Though you'll understand i'm sure. Also if other dimensions exist. Then more then likely there is infinite amount of triforces out there and dimensions like the theories we have in Real Life. The triforce in Real Life would be the atom??

  • Gnomfaceseven

    That or there is just no longer a Din in the realm Link came back to at the end of OoT. So the balance of power shifts to two. In turn giving all kinds of random things the ability to continue all the imbalance and stuff like dimension traveling. Majora wouldn't exist if the past wasn't altered when they took DIN out of the picture in the new world when link came back at the end of OoT as a boy… Everything bottom line is all screwed up. Only one reality existed for the legend of Zelda. Then OoT happened. Now everything has all these infinite possibilities. ALL these different story lines etc. Time has been split. Fractured in the legend of Zelda. Pretty sweet actually. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • pewter

    you wildin’, gnom!

  • Person

    This is something that I thought of. If the Garo have anything to do with the people who reject the godesses, then it could explain why they have the tradition of "dying leaving behind no corpse". Maybe it has keeps their spirits from entering the realm of the goddesses? Or maybe it prevents them from being sent to that "hell" you talked about? Just a speculation. I think what you said is very interesting. I think you could find lots of thing about Termina's deep history by exploring the other temples too.

  • Skull kid

    This is a great theary and I agree. Majorals mask is my most favorite zelda game. Think your right about the TOWER OF baabel thing even though that weird portal is associated with the majora pads. You activate them after beating a boss. What’s strange is that the majoras mask appears on puzzles and blocks throughout termina. I wonder why…

  • maf

    termina means ' it ends ' in spanish as well

  • Sam

    Your theory has a lot of holes and doesn't quite add up. For one Majora's Wrath's patterns resemble the basic muscle structure of the human body… not breasts and ovaries. The 'tongues licking the Triforce' are more likely representing death and the afterlife. The Japanese {and many other cultures} often depict onis and the living dead with their tongue out because when someone dies their tongue swells and sticks out.

    Yes, there is a very tragic, dark, is and mysterious past to the world of Termina. Ikana Canyon does seem to be the source of it. How, I really feel your theory has far too many holes and you leave out a lot of information presented in the game. Such as the fact the Ikana royal family had done some terrible which cause everyone in the Canyon to die. {Told to you by Igos Du Ikana after you defeat him.} The Garo seem more related to the Sheikah in purpose and origin. It even seems that the Garo are no longer alive, but serving after death, which follows the general theme of that area.

    I haven't played the game in a while, so I'm sure there are other things I'm forgetting, but that's just a few things.

    • Aielyn

      I think you may be onto something with the connection between the Garo and the Sheikah. Stop and think about it – the game talks about the Garo coming from "an enemy nation", and fighting a war against the nation of Ikana. Where is this nation? Now think about the Sheikah – there are few of them left, their dead's remains are all stored in a mass grave (the shadow temple). Both Kakariko (original home of the Sheikah) and Ikana have wells with a hidden dungeon beneath them, both of which are full of Gibdo. Now for the fun part – remember the name of the music-player in the windmill? Guru-Guru. Sounds familiar. Guru, Garo. Probably coincidence, but it's interesting to notice.

      So already, we have a possible set of connections between the Sheikah and the Garo. But wait, there's more. Let's assume that the article's thesis is right, and the Stone Tower was intended to "attack" the goddesses. Wouldn't the goddesses send their "protectors", the Sheikah, to prevent it? It is possible that the Garo are, in fact, the Sheikah who attacked (in Garo Robes). Most died, and the bodies of those that did were returned to the Shadow Temple… but a fragment of their souls remained trapped in the robes that remained behind, thus creating the Garo Robe "people". Notice that the Garo and the Sheikah have very similar attitudes. Also notice that it is the Garo Master that protects the Light Arrows – an appropriate job for the Sheikah (or rather, their remaining robes).

      It all makes sense, if you view it that way. But we're not done yet. Consider Bongo Bongo. It is somewhat implied that Bongo Bongo was a powerful sheikah; a sheikah that may have created Majora's Mask. He and many of the Sheikah of his time may have been the "Dark Interlopers" – those that tried to destroy Majora's Mask imprisoned and tortured Bongo Bongo (hence the bottom of the well)… these formed a pact with the goddesses to defend Hyrule and the goddesses. The rest who hadn't been killed were sent to the Twilight Realm by the goddesses, to eventually become the Twili. Those that remained became the protectors of the Hyrule Royal Family, and of Hyrule in general. But when the Ikana tried to build their tower, the goddesses sent the Sheikah to put a stop to it. Hence the massive Sheikah deaths (Shadow Temple), the Garo Robes, and the protection of the Light Arrows.

      Yes, even more heavily speculated than the article, but it kind of makes sense, explaining the resemblance of the Fused Shadows to Majora's Mask, why the Sheikah are dying out, where the Garo came from, and other such things. Also note that the Garo are ninjas, like the Sheikah, and are clearly associated with Shadow, like the Sheikah and the Dark Interlopers/Twili.

  • chazstudios101

    Thats a great theory, but might I add that that portal appears at the top of every dungeon once the boss is defeated, but its easiest to see at stone tower. I like to think that it is a portal to the realm of the goddesses, however the demon that was overtaking the giant (Odalwa, Goht, Gyorg, Twinmold) was taken to the realm by the portal to be dealt with by the goddesses. Perhaps the ancient terminians were using this to their advantage.

  • Crowley

    Yeah nice work there but this all may be overanalyzing things in the end. Because there is no evidence whatsoever, only things that can be considered hints but for some of those you really need quite some imagination. I honestly do not believe the designers were aiming for all that subtle complexity.

  • ShadowFire

    Many people who don't believe this theory say it is way too deep for an E-rated game. But tell me, did you notice half of these details as a kid? A normal kid would simply pass by it, and most adults too. Even so, take a look at Wind Waker. What are skulls doing in Tingle's jail cell tunnel that he "made himself"? Some food for thought. And i do believe they were fighting the goddeses. The garo's, and the running theme of Ikana, was an ancient war still being fought by the soldiers. Who were they fighting? Oh god, this game is deep. I love it <3

  • Nick
    Here’s a complimentary theory, and I think both can interlock elegantly.

  • bubba

    I never thought a zelda game could be so deep but this theory proves that some games have a jucey background

  • Diego

    And the curse upon ikana? Tat is what i love the most from ikana. Do you think it is a curse casted by the gods? or it just resembles the disconection from the gods making the death impossible? sorry my bad english.

  • Mikre

    ok i read this theory and it is great! but i don't think that the pillars are phallic or the blocks are random creatures. I think that the four blocks represent the four giants, curled up, licking the triforce, which would be very blasphemous in the godesses sense

  • dom

    I know I'm really late here but I'll say this;

    Most of these details are probably un-worked-out. I think the element of mystery is just that – they added a bunch of mysterious elements so that each player could take whatever they wanted to from the game. In fact the whole game had a theme of "The more you put in the more you get out." as merely doing the four dungeons lead to an, ultimately, unsatisfying game where the final boss seemed to be falsely difficult, whereas if you invested the time to explore every aspect of the game you were rewarded immensely.

    Having said that I love your theory and it's definitely how I believe things work.

  • Link_Wolfe

    Oh damn. this. just .fucking… BLEW MY MIND!! I need to replay all the Zelda games. take notes on everything, look at it in a similar point of view as this. you are an amazing person

  • Darmani

    When I finished MM i felt a bit like this world was not real. Everytime I replay the game I rethink that feeling, sometimes try to reject it. Combined with your awesome theory for me it makes sense, that Termina is all a part of Link. With his grief over the loss of his friend Navi. All he had been trough in Oot, it was too soon that Navi departed. he went to the lost woods, lost himself and became a skullkid (sad and lonely). He drifted and drifted over and over again. destroyed(things in himself, his identity), denied that it was him all along who was angry. During his depression he comes to the conclusion he has to rebuild. he finds back all his memories and so his own identity. In the end he comes to acceptance and finds a place for all is emotions.(masks) In accepting this all skullkid (loneliness makes up worlds to escape) and link come together, the happy maskman vanishes, we go back trough the gates of madness and into the lost woods again. Here the reality kicks in as Link can handle it better now, he has overcome the lost woods and is indeed healed his troubled spirit.

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  • HylianInterloper

    Wow this makes so much sense. I can't believe i overlooked all these elements. I just assumed most of this was just playful texture design with meaningless explanation. Perhaps Nintendo is trying to tell a story, or maybe this all is just some huge coincidence. I for one believe this theory, it's just to in-depth to be a coincidence, I mean we all know Zelda is famous for it's mysterious. Reading this has persuaded me to keep a keener eye out for things such as this, so i may be able to depict my own theorys or figure out the real reasoning for them. I will not overlook anything from Zelda again without first giving it a firm second thought.

  • Wow.

    This actually could work. It makes me shiver just thinking about it.

  • coolisnotbrian

    You know what…this blew my mind. I really just want to throw my 2-cents in to this.
    In This time line Ganondorf is executed so i believe he has absolutely no relation to this story. I do believe that Navi is in fact Nayru and the goddess of time. The people of Termina have this resentment against the Golden/Sacred Goddesses because the were excluded from Skyloft. Hylia grabbed select pure individuals and sent them in to the sky. So maybe she left the beings who sins (I personally believed that a lot of Terminas inhabitants represented the 7 deadly sins) on the surface to fend for themselves and these people fled from what would by Hyrule, through the Lost Woods and eventually settled and made Termina. Feeling disowned by their goddesses, they discover this land settled by the four giants who protect the people in a way that the goddesses wouldn't. And the people over generations learned to worship the giants and forget about the Goddesses. Giving them them the destiny to slowly fade away.
    Out of just pure imagination, i would like to assume that Majora is in fact a female goddess like Din, Farore, and Nayru, she was part of the process of all the creation of the land and people and so on. But was like the black sheep just evil in nature and sealed her in the mask and tried to hide her forever.(perhaps the triforce was a full triangle and the missing center piece has relation to it [I don't know i'm spit ballin' pretty hard right now HAHAHA]). I think Stone Tower was built by Termina parallel of the Gerudos. Who are very magic oriented race. Them displaying the greatest hatred against the betraying goddesses they found the Majoras Mask in the desert. And designed the Stone Tower as a shrine for their new Majora goddess with insults to the 3 goddesses that they all felt betrayed by.

    And their actions didn't get them killed but the goddesses fear of the power they now possessed and banished Majoras worshipers to the Twili Realm where they tried to reconnect with their goddess and made the Fused Shadow.

    I have no idea. I'm just going on pure imagination here.

  • Nayrudinrore

    This theory is fully believable i say. Majoras mask instills a true sense of despair and futility if you really, REALLY play the game. do the sidequests, and get involved. But i've never really known why it leaves you feeling the way you do, and this explains it. termina, a doomed land, fated by it's own actions, given one last chance in the form of link. as for majora being sealed in stone tower, i think that it's all too well set up to be coincedence. majoras mask is a cryptic enough game to have that kind of history to it in the subtle details of the game. hell, the picture of skull kid and tatl and tael on the tree, yes tatl explains it to you, but you would've known why it was there if you didn't. and since the difficulty and complexity of the puzzles, quests, temples are much higher than in OOT, and even the difference in dialogue (alot more cryptic from anyone who helps you, everyone else does seem very unhappy or unsure of themself, possibly in denial of the fate of the land) I wouldn't be surprised if they did that intentionally, especially since it tells you so little about majora, the salesman, the moon and everything else you question about the game.

  • Jeremy

    This is amazing dude, ever want to chat about it with me you have the email address

  • MarioDudes12345

    Wow, that was really interesting. Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ˜€

  • ekkram

    i would also like to point out that phantom ganon's sword in windwaker has hyrulian text written on it saying the name of the two blacksmiths in majoras msk (can't remember the names) and since ganon hints that phantom ganon in oot comes from other dimensions it hints that it is possible to connect the two worlds with the triforce of power, which is the power of the godesses. this can further prove the connection betwen the two worlds

  • Keaton Pikachu Mask

    i dont think that the goddesses would punish good people like anju or kafei because of something that ancient terminians did

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  • Steven Martinez

    Wow thus blew my mind

  • lawlietismine25

    I need to sit in the corner and think…just rethink everything I’ve ever thought. I never understood that comment Tatl makes in the beginning of the game about the tree that looks like it’s crying… How sad.

    • Lilian Melissa

      it’s the Deku Buttler’s dead son, isn’t it? D:::::

  • Stephan

    good article, well written, reaching a bit at times, but nothing really crazy, i dont agree however that majora is female, the style of talking given to it before it enters the moon is extremely masculine in it’s manner.

    • Evan Griffin

      Maybe Link’s stages towards defeating it emasculate it’s spirit in some way? A bit of a stretch, but it kind of makes sense.

    • vind1

      I wouldn’t really “genderise” the way its talking. How words expressed needn’t be defined by human society’s definition of its cultural gender roles. Rather, I would denote a quality of solemnity and anger. The heart shape and female voice are very evident clues, in terms of gender. While it ultimately doesn’t matter, it’s still interesting to note, since the background story of Termina was likely based upon sexism, as the article suggests.

      • Stephan Joseph

        Is it not sexist to imply that a heart shaped item can only represent women? If it’s in extreme pain as the game would suggest, the shrilly high pitched screams could be attributed to that. You refuted my point upon gender roles and then used them to suggest it is a girl. Given the ambiguity of the writing it’s hard to tell if Majora is a male or female, however there’s evidence pointing both way. Majora, given that it sounds derivative of Latin languages and that it ends in an “A” makes it seem like a feminine name. On the other hand, and a much more compelling piece of evidence the other way is the masculinity of the final form of Majora. It’s face is definitely a male face, having a broad chin and a bald head. Had it been female and the game designers knowing that, it would’ve been way more likely of them making it have long straggly hair, which Japanese character designers like to do with female demonic characters.

        • Robert

          The mask demon is androgynous and represents both genders or none.

      • Kevin Walsh

        The gender of its speech is very important. You speak english, and so do I, yet for some reason you don’t understand that gender is very important in foreign languages. There is a specific way of talking and it has nothing to do with tone of voice. It is the actual wording. For instance, you can look into the sheik controversy. I’m disturbed that you’d let the hype about gender identity influence your opinion on language based deduction of a video game.

        The point is that we all knew Sheik was Zelda after all this time by now, but we still know Zelda used MALE pronouns and male speech when in Sheiks form, and referred to herself in the masculine. This is because it’s implied both by physical form and by speech and style of combat (being a dainty mystical sorceress in a dress, but being a nimble and fit ninja when they are sheik) that it’s possible that her Sheik persona is a male body.

        Likewise, if Majora is using male speech… which I can’t verify because I don’t know japanese, then it’s an indicator of something at least.

        In any case, in the english version I saw nothing to suggest that Majora was male. And personally I think that signs pointed to Majora either being a female or a child, not that the two are the “same” or “mutually exclusive”.

  • Lauren Currie

    This is from A Link Between Worlds in Lorule Kingdom. Look closely at the statues.

    • Good eye. 0_0 I never would’ve noticed.

      Sorry, I know this is old, but I had to say something. ๐Ÿ˜›

      • Layla Blanchett

        yes i know

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    • Fernando D.

      Wait what does this picture mean? Sorry, I probably look dumb but I have been staring at it observing very closely but I don’t get it…

      • Robert

        The statues look very similar to the ones in the article

  • keaf coccunta

    I wonder if link’s saving of termina also links in to him being the heros shade in TP? Like the goddesses punshed him for saving termina by making live after death until he could help the next incarnation of link thus making up for his slight against the goddesses.

    • Link in MM continued his journey after the events of MM, and is believed that he died as an adult in the lost woods, turning him into a stalfos, which is what the swordsman in TP appears to be.

      • keaf coccunta

        Yes I know that, but in tp he is called the heros shade.

        • You mean a play on the word shade?
          I can see what you mean by that.

          • Robert

            In literature and poetry, a shade can be taken to mean the spirit or ghost of a dead person, residing in the underworld.

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  • BlorpX

    If the light arrows punished the creators by flipping them upside down, why did they build the mask in the main room upside down?

    • Theroonco

      They thought finding the mask was the best thing that could have possibly happened to them, so for them the upside down temple was actually the right way round?

  • Splub Splubbington

    Awesome story! I believe it!

  • Robert

    Also from Nintendos official site of the legend of zelda series, under Termina “When Hyrule was created by the three goddesses at the beginning of time, there were certain side effects of its creation which Din, Nayru and Farore did not anticipate. As the three holy women breathed life into the world and chased away Emptiness, their potent breath slipped through tiny cracks in the folds of space and created millions of alternate worlds in the process. One of these worlds became the land known as Termina. “

  • asd

    True about needing to make a game look nice with details like statues, but statues are more than just nice things to look at. Ancient statues often symbolize something, and it doesn’t seem to me like it’s a coincidence that there are statues that are licking the triforce. It’s a nice little detail that gives so much story, history, and speculation!

  • Uor Nefelino

    What if the heavens is actually Hyrule? I saw somewhere that the Imp (Skull Kid) left Termina and returned to the ”heavens”, and he lives in Hyrule right? Also, if we compare Termina with Hyrule we can see how unsettling Termina is in comparison, and not just because the moon is falling down or something, it’s the very atmosphere of the place. It’s like if Hyrule is some kind of ”mythical land” and Termina is a more realistic and mundane place.

  • Samuel Ciraulo

    Makes sense.

  • Konrad Boss

    The statues or masks with the two horns represent Twinmold, dude