GameSpot: It’s Dangerous to go Alone!

Nintendo has started a lot of memes, most of them unintentional. Each iteration in the Zelda franchise in particular seems to create popular new phrase, image, or otherwise famous “thing”. Nintendo also makes a large amount of references to their own games, but it’s the memes that leak out to non-Nintendo culture that are truly dangerous. Perhaps the most famous of all Zelda memes is “It’s dangerous to go alone! Take this!” which originated from an early screen in the very first Legend of Zelda.

Hit the jump for a quick look at how this meme evolved to become so famous!

Yes, this phrase’s fame was all started by the image you see to your right. Everything you heard about the Internet was true, it really is dominated by cats.

Internet jokes aside, it’s pretty incredible the amount of places this phrase appears in non-Zelda situations. I don’t think the GameSpot video even does it justice, as I’m sure some version of “It’s dangerous to go alone!” has made appearances in more inconspicuous places.

For example, in a new Nintendo DS release, the gameĀ Adventure TimeĀ makes a quick reference, practically nonchalantly. This meme is so famous it’s starting to be stated casually.

What are your thoughts on this meme? What’s your favorite occurrence of the phrase, or any other Zelda memes? Tell us in the comments!

Source: YouTube, Tiny Cartridge

  • Link

    It’s dangerous to be first, but here I am!

    • Heroine of Time

      …Aww, okay. You made the “first” joke funny and relevant. You win this time, firsters…

      • john

        one time i told my friend it was dangerous to go alone so i gave/threw my shoe at him.

    • itsameluigi1290

      Jim Rome: NICE.

  • zombie_eat_flesh

    Was the music in the video from Nintendo Land?

    • Clem

      No, Nintendo Land’s music has a cuter, “day-at-the-fair” kind of feel to it.

    • ralphpotato

      It’s from this video:

      Gerudo Valley on the marimbaphone.

      • zombie_eat_flesh

        No wonder it sounded familiar.

      • zombie_eat_flesh

        The music didn’t sound like the Gerudo Valley theme. It sounded more of the original Legend of Zelda theme.

        • ralphpotato

          Oh, well it might have been one of their other videos, then. But it’s Zelda on the marimbaphone.

  • Waker of Winds

    With no way to defend himself he was brutally killed…


  • Alan Da Cruz Nascimento

    grumble grumble!

    • me

      It’s a secret to everybody

  • linkypete

    I heard the marimba version of the zelda main theme in the beginning.

  • HeyListen!

    Already the first sentence is questionable. Please, anyone tell me, which meme did Nintendo intentionally create? NONE! Nintendo would never intend a to create a meme, they just want to have unique phrases for their franchises. It’s just a subtle inaccuracy, but still…

    • ralphpotato

      Nintendo made the phrase, which was the meme itself. I also didn’t say Nintendo intended the phrase to be a meme, I just said they created the text which is the meme.

      • GHIRAHIM

        You said most of them were unintentional, when all of them were unintentional

        • EOTW

          You don’t that Iwata staring at a bunch of bananas was at least somewhat intentional?

          • Lord Carlisle

            Don’t forget non-specific action figure.

        • ralphpotato

          I refrain from absolutes. I’m sure there are some things Nintendo has tried to start.

  • Quilava

    That cat looks like the cat from skyward sword

    • Waker of Winds

      i dunno i thought it looked like a koala

  • Linkfan99

    *There’s a glitch in the video…*


  • Naga

    If any Zelda hater in m school says any Zelda meme, I’ll tell them to look I up on YouTube and then theyll realize that Zelda isn’t so bad…hopefully.

  • baileygirl99

    That’s cool…I wanna make the paper that says “it’s dangerous to go alone. Take one.” And then it has the swords to rip off of the paper. That would be funny :-)

  • Majora Unmasked

    It’s dangerous to be Majora 60 hours before the apocalypse, but here I am anyway!

  • Fred Flintstone

    Lol. After downloading the adveture time demo I wondered If I would sww that here

  • The Hylian Monolith

    “It’s dangerous to go without candy! Take this.”
    I love Halloween. And Dorkly.

  • Midna’s Sister

    Kitten is adorble..

  • Cranbery

    … I just realized how much of a copy cat Adventure time has been… first i thought it was unintentional with the majora thing in one episode.. but really? this?!?!?!

  • Cranbery

    I made my friend a scarf… tomorrow i think i’ll come to them with a scrap of it er something and go: it is dangerous to where a scarf alone!!! take this!!! and then attempt at throwing it at them.

  • Cranbery

    Hey, I’ll take that adorable kitty cat and then I won’t be alone!!!