The Legend of Poses

KyleJanuary 4th, 2013 by Kyle

Like the Triforce itself, the spirits of Link and Zelda transcend time, reincarnating throughout the course of history to combat the evil that would beset Hyrule. And so do their poses. This image posted to Memebase says it all. Hit the jump to see!

Honestly, I can’t believe I never noticed this before! As you can see, the picture captures moments from Ocarina of Time, Wind Waker, and Skyward Sword. Different Links and Zeldas, in pretty much the exact same pose. It’s worth noting that the scenarios are similar too, with Zelda apologizing to Link for her actions in the respective game. Ocarina of Time Zelda is apologizing for depriving Link of his childhood by dragging him into her plan to stop Ganondorf, Wind Waker Zelda is apologizing for the fact that Ganon’s been chasing her and Aryll’s been mistaken for her, and Skyward Sword Zelda is apologizing for manipulating Link’s feelings for her to make him a Hero. I guess Zelda is a pretty apologetic person. Or she has a lot to apologize for. Take your pick.

An anonymous Memebase user posted the image from the Tumblr The Fairy Bottle. The image itself is a few months old, but it seems to have gotten more attention thanks to the Video Games page on Memebase.

Did this escape your notice as well? Think you can find other instances of this pose? Like, comment, subscribe! Wait…

Source: Memebase , The Fairy Bottle

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  • Link_The_Ultimate_Chronomancer

    First things FIRST. Why was the full article shown before the jump? Second thing? There is none. In case you didn’t catch it, that was a first joke. Which I am. First.

    • itsameluigi1290

      You have been demoted to “Second Ultimate Chronomancer” XD

      • Tarquil

        That would be Penultimate Chronomancer

        • itsameluigi1290

          Ah, I KNEW there was a word for that!

          • Hero of Time

            KNEW IT!

      • Hero of Time

        Officially demoted. :P xD

        • itsameluigi1290

          Indeed. XD

      • Ratchet25

        May I ask, what the heck is a Chronomancer? Is it like a Chrono Trigger 3?

        • Link_The_Ultimate_Chronomancer

          Master of Time. Like a Necromancer is Master of the Dead.

        • itsameluigi1290

          Don’t listen to Link the Ultimate, Chronomancer is obviously a type of doughnut.

    • Turtles!

      And the good thing about being first here is….?

      • Link_The_Ultimate_Chronomancer

        Being first. Newbs.

        • Dudeman

          Okay, so you were first. Whaddya want, a medal? It’s not like you gain status for being first.

          • Link_The_Ultimate_Chronomancer

            Actually, I gained the status of getting more replies than anyone on this thread… and I was first.

      • Chest-Opener

        second that!

    • TwilightOcarina

      Whaaa? Who said anything about you being first? First in what? You aren’t the first post, and other then that I can’t think of anything you could be first on… Somebody please explain to me what’s going on?

      • Link_The_Ultimate_Chronomancer

        I was the first post, ’till people got jealous and liked me up.

  • itsameluigi1290

    I did notice that Zelda likes to put her hand over her heart a lot, but I didn’t think it meant anything. Guess I was wrong!

    • Link_The_Ultimate_Chronomancer

      You have no authority over the Chronomancer Collective. Still first. Kinda stupid to argue with a Chronomancer over who is first anyway…

      • frgovo

        Great, right when you think the hate against “firsters” is vanishing, this guy comes and spoils everything. Just… great.

        In case you didn’t understand, the “great” is sarcastic.

        • Hero of Time

          So true, dude. Just as the firster hate goes away, THIS happens.

      • itsameluigi1290

        Oh, it’s fine that you got first, I have no problem with firsters, TBH. I just like to mess with people :P

  • Termina Hero

    Link has always been manipulated XD

    • Cmaster

      Poor guy. All he wants in just about every game is to fit in, but it never happens because of ZELDA!!!

      • Hero of Time

        So true! So, so, so true!

      • Amber

        Well most of the time its for love… (for family or Zelda (SS))
        but this just shows how awesome our hero really is
        I’d be like, “SCREW you Zelda, I’m doing this for the world, not YOU”

    • hot apple Fi

      Never really thought about what a pain in the butt Zelda was for Link.

    • firecrb

      She says sorry… A LOT

    • soul

      oh well, he’s strong, so he can get out of any mess.

    • dutchman

      Be glad, that’s where those awesome games are coming from :D!

    • Hero of Time

      He’s manipulated so easily because he can’t talk. xD

      • Guy


  • Guest

    Link gas traped. adasfsdaf

    • Link_The_Ultimate_Chronomancer

      Still First!

      • Hero of Time

        Stop it, Chronomancer person or…
        LA Shopkeeper:You will pay the ultimate price! :P

        • Link_The_Ultimate_Chronomancer

          I am not scared. You try and kill me and I will time-travel to right after you were born and kill you so that it will never happen. Did I mention I’m still First?

          • Hero of Time

            *Facepalm* Stop it about the first thing. *LA Shopkeeper zaps you to death* :P

          • Link_The_Ultimate_Chronomancer

            *just as he is about to zap me to death goes back to time to right after he was born and kills him. And while I’m time-traveling invents first meme* You don’t tell me what to do. :p Almost forgot to mention, still first!

          • Troubadour

            Hero, stop feeding the trolls bro.

          • BlackRaven6695

            You feeling ok, dude? You might want to take a lie down.

          • Link_The_Ultimate_Chronomancer

            Still. First.

  • Alan Da Cruz Nascimento

    Link has traped. asdasfdaf

  • linkasourous

    Wow I never realized that before! I wonder if Nintendo intentionally did it or if it was a coincidence

  • Jam9t3

    This post needs to be fixed, after it says “Hit the jump to see!”, you don’t need to because it already shows the full article before you enter. Just pointing that out :)

  • Hero of Time

    I had never noticed that before, and guys, it’s fixed for me now.

  • Tehlul

    We went from a completely emotionless link
    To a link with a little to much emotion
    To a link that stares mouth agap at everything

    • Hero of Time

      Took the words right out of my…..Head?

  • MiniJen

    I’m surprised that Zelda didn’t make this pose in Twilight Princess… though she does say sorry to him at one point, early on in the game when the two of them meet for the first time because he had been imprisoned and had to escape with Midna’s help. Still, Zelda always seems to be the cause of everything bad that happens to Link in every single game… -_-

    • Mseevers95

      That’s because Zelda in Twilight Princess is dead emotionally.

      • MiniJen

        I agree with that. She’s like the definition of an ice queen. I can’t remember smiling once in the entire game. In fact, I think that while her design is pretty cool, TP Zelda is probably my least favorite Zelda.

        • LINKn logs

          Although I do agree she is an ice queen, I think it works well for the game. She did surrender all of hyrule to twilight so it is understandable why she would be emotionally numb.

        • Red-tuniclink

          She hardly ever showed any emotion.Even the n64 Zelda showed more

          • TwilightOcarina

            I suppose we have to point out the fact again that she had just made the hardest decision ever… Either face her entire kingdom dying because of her, or have them live a half-life… A choice like that is terrible! How would you like to be burdened with that knowledge? That hundreds of people are either dead or living in terror because of a decision you made? That you were powerless to stop, despite the fact that your entire life you have always been the most powerful, the leader, the one who controlled everybody else? She must have felt completely helpless. It would be an emotionally traumatizing experience, and so it would make sense that she would lapse into a state of shock.

          • Guy

            I don’t think it was entirely difficult…
            Die, or live, just depressed your whole life

          • punkinoodle

            …..And that’s not a hard decision to you?

          • Guy

            so true

        • Guy


        • punkinoodle

          Actually, the Twilight Princess Zelda is one of my favorite Zeldas. To me, she seems self controlled, regal, intelligent, and of course, wise. She wasn’t happy at all because she had nothing to be happy about. Her only emotional option would probably be to be depressed and miserable, considering the things that were happening to her and her kingdom. I think she shows good understanding of her kingdom’s misery, but stays in control of her emotions in order to deal with the situation appropriately. I’m sure she would have had much more emotion if the plot of the game had given her any hope.

  • Amnis

    I always thought that was some kind of generic gesture for females to express worry or concern. I have seen it before in manga along with other gestures.

  • Adam Miller

    Zelda: The Ultimate Cockblocker.

  • Johaun348

    Looks like The Wind Waker contains the best graphics.

    • Hero of Time

      I think that title would belong to Skyward Sword, but, that’s just my opinion. :)

      • The Hylian Monolith

        I think he’s right. Cel-Zelda is the prettiest, anyway. By far…

        • Chest-Opener

          I don’t like the Phantom Hourglass Link very much. Adult Link and Ocarina and Majora child link by far

    • Chest-Opener

      Skyward Sword and Twilight Princess had better darker graphics. GO ADULT LINK!

  • frgovo

    It was rather strange to have her turned into the apologetic princess she is from *Tetra*, of all people. Tetra didn’t even have a lot to apologize for (well, Aryll was kidnpped because of her presence, but she wasn’t the one who planned it). It’s like all the designated Zeldas are forced to have the same personality, as well as the same look.

    I would really like to see the Zeldas more “un-Zelda-ed” in the next games. Wind Waker and Skyward Sword did that very well, imo. OoT a little less, but still Sheik and Young Zelda felt like their own characters, despite not being shown very much.

    • DeaderHand

      Zelda acts/looks/dresses the same (or similar) because she has the blood of the goddess. Kinda like how link is the same due to the fact that he has the spirit of the hero.

  • Andrew

    I noticed it. I think the creators make them do this is because it makes Zelda seem more vulnerable and innocent.

  • zdog

    Thats some classic damsel in distress right there.

  • Link Hyrule

    They need a Zelda Dancing Game like: Just Dance Zelda Edition and then at one point, go through every moment Zelda apologizes in the Background and you have to pose exactly how Zelda poses in the background.

  • Time’s Champion

    Very interesting. I guess history really does repeat itself.

    • Chest-Opener

      Don’t want to sound geeky but:
      In skyward sword the bad guy curses Link, Zelda and Himself to re-incarnate forever and ever until he finally wins! ZELDA IS THAT THICK SHE CANT BE NICE FOR OVER 10 CENTURIES! I arrest my case!

      • punkinoodle

        You shouldn’t arrest your own case. If it goes to prison, no one will be able to see it. I think you mean I REST my case.

      • Time’s Champion

        It’s pedantic. You are being pedantic. Not that it’s a bad thing. ;)
        Also, at least in Skyward Sword I didn’t think it was really Zelda’s fault, it was Hylia. It would be kinda like Kikyo and Kagome in Inuyasha: Kagome was Kikyo’s incarnation, but she didn’t seal Inuyasha to the tree. In the same way, Hylia made all those plans and put them into motion, and Zelda had to deal with the consequences. So, if you think about it that way, Zelda really isn’t at fault.

  • Linkfan99

    Umm… She’s only apologizing in one of those pictures, so I wouldn’t call her a “pretty apologetic person”.

    • baileygirl99

      She is apologizing in all of them, but the only one where she is saying “I’m sorry” is the one from WW. In the other two, her apologies are just stated differently…I’m almost sure that she says she is sorry in all three, just not in the pictures taken

      • Linkfan99

        Oh, OK. I thought they were just talking about in the pictures. Derp.

  • MajoraMan

    Link: “Hey zelda, want to hangout or go on a date or something?”
    Zelda: “Sure! just rid the world of all evil by harnessing the power of the gods and going on various quests, then we can do whatever :D”

  • EeveeChan

    I realized this months ago, when I was watch a well-known LPer playing Skyward Sword. He pointed this out when he got to this cut scene. Before then, however, I hadn’t noticed it.

  • baileygirl99

    thats…creepy….in a sense. Interesting though! I just realized that Zelda apologizes a lot.

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  • Bubbles7689

    When I first read the title of this article I thought it was some fanart depicting Moses as a Poe

  • Overdrive Ostrich

    I first noticed this back when I played Wind Waker for the first time. I always called it the “Apologetic Zelda Pose”.

    By the way, if you look at the cover of The Last Story, Calista is posed in a similar way.

  • TwilightMirror11

    Memebase, WOOT! Oh yeah, ahem, and Zelda. woot. Sorry.

  • JeredenDonnar

    Poor Zelda…she wisened up for twilight princess, I geuss, but still it seems that ever since her face became movable, she started messing with everyone’s lives…

  • ZFan10123

    Technicly WE THE PLAYERS are manipulating Link. We tell him where to move, how to move ( Rolling, walking, attacking ect) and who to talk to. XD

  • Ami

    Would this one count too?

  • MsNerrrrrd

    I always felt that Link’s destiny is (partly) to save Zelda, whatever the evil in the case might be. Now I just feel that Zelda is a douche for making Link go everytime through that same stuff, and not helping at all, though she easily could.

  • BK

    Another pose was when Zelda got trapped by Ganon inside the little amber thingy (Ocarina of Time) and when she was in the amber thingy to keep the seal (Skyward Sword). And both times, Link was pounding on the amber. :)

    • punkinoodle

      I noticed that too! :D I think Skyward Sword featured a lot of references to other games, being the 25th anniversary game and all.

  • Emma Mix

    I have to agree, that’s pretty sweet– and I never noticed it either! But it’s so obvious now. Nice discovery.



    • Melissa Leman

      That she keeps having to apologize, and since she’s Zelda, uses the same pose. It’s probably something the developers threw in to pay homage to their past games.

  • Jacob Tasiemski

    I have never thought about that, but yeah, that is weird.