Majora's Mask

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This article is about the character and boss. For the game, see The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask.
Majora's Mask
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Games

Location

With the Skull Kid
In the Moon

Majora's Mask is a powerful and evil mask. Skull Kid steals it from the Happy Mask Salesman, and its power overcomes him. Once used in hexing rituals by an ancient tribe, the mask contains a seemingly sentient being that seeks to bring the moon down on Termina in the events of the game Majora's Mask.[1] However, little else is known about the mask. It is also not known where and how the Happy Mask Salesman acquired the mask.

History

Ancient Times

"According to legend... the troubles caused by Majora's Mask were so great... the ancient ones, fearing such catastrophe, sealed the mask in shadow forever, preventing its misuse."

Happy Mask Salesman

Link learns about Majora's Mask's history only after retrieving the Ocarina of Time and learning the Song of Healing from the Happy Mask Salesman. According to the Happy Mask Salesman, the mask is a powerful and ancient artifact that was once used in hexing rituals by an unknown Ancient Tribe.[2] Its evil power is granted to anyone who wears the mask.[3] However, the troubles it caused were so great that the ancient ones decided to seal it away in fear.[4] Very little else is known because the tribe vanished.[5]

Skull Kid

The Skull Kid wearing Majora's Mask

"I went to great lengths to get that legendary mask. When I finally had it... I could sense the doom of a dark omen brewing. It was that unwelcome feeling that makes your hair stand on end. And now... that imp has it..."

— Happy Mask Salesman

Many years later, the Happy Mask Salesman acquires Majora's Mask, sensing its ominous power.[6]

Some time before Link arrives in Termina, the Skull Kid comes across the Happy Mask Salesman in the forest. Because he enjoys playing tricks on people, he, Tatl, and Tael knock out the Happy Mask Salesman and steal Majora's Mask.[7][8]

Once Skull Kid puts on the mask, his pranks slowly became worse and the power of the mask overtakes, and begins to possess him.[9][10] Under its sway, he sets the Moon on a course to hit Termina and destroy it. Eventually, after Link and Tatl summon the Four Giants to stop the moon's fall, Majora's Mask abandons Skull Kid, claiming that he was too weak to wield its power and is no longer useful.[11][12] The mask escapes Inside the Moon, forcing Link and Tatl to follow him there and battle the mask's evil spirit.[13]

After Link defeats Majora, the evil leaves the mask, allowing the Happy Mask Salesman to reclaim it once more.[14][15]

Battle

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Majora's Mask

As the mask's original representation, this form is seen for the whole game except the very end, when Majora switches to other forms. It is a purple mask with two big yellow eyes and spikes on the side of the mask. It is also the first stage of the boss battle. The mask literally floats in mid-air, but can be easily defeated with The Fierce Deity's Mask. His attacks include spinning sideways towards Link like a saw-blade and shooting a fire beam that can be reflected. He summons the bosses' remains to attack the hero, but they are weak and can be defeated quickly.

Majora's Incarnation

Main article: Majora's Incarnation

This form is only seen during the boss battle. Majora grows a pair of legs and arms. This form is very bizarre since Majora acts feminine and makes strange noises at the same time. It really shows you just how psychotic the demon is. Majora runs around in circles and fires energy balls at Link. The best way to deal with him is to use the Fierce Deity's Mask. However, other alternatives exist, such as Zora Mask, Great Fairy's Sword, etc.

Majora's Wrath

Main article: Majora's Wrath

This is the final form of Majora. It too is only seen during the boss battle. After the Incarnation is defeated, Majora grows more muscle, and a demon-like head and tentacles that he uses like whips.

Theories

This section contains non-canon fan theory and speculation.

Due to the symbolism present in Majora's boss battle, it is possible that Majora is representative of the Sun Goddess. This is supported by sun symbols adorning the walls of the boss room, and the fact that the Fierce Deity seems to represent the Moon God. Adding to this is the possibilty is the fact that Majora may be female, as seen by the second phase. Alternatively, Majora could simply be genderless.

Trivia

Gallery

References

  1. "Majora Mask
    A sinister mask that was used for incantations long ago.
    " — pg. 111, The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia
  2. "It is an accursed item from legend that is said to have been used by an ancient tribe in its hexing rituals." — Happy Mask Salesman, Majora's Mask.
  3. "It is said that an evil and wicked power is bestowed upon the one who wears that mask." — Happy Mask Salesman, Majora's Mask.
  4. "According to legend... the troubles caused by Majora's Mask were so great... the ancient ones, fearing such catastrophe, sealed the mask in shadow forever, preventing its misuse." — Happy Mask Salesman, Majora's Mask.
  5. "But now, that tribe from the legend has vanished, so no one really knows the true nature of the mask's power..." — Happy Mask Salesman, Majora's Mask.
  6. "I went to great lengths to get that legendary mask. When I finally had it... I could sense the doom of a dark omen brewing. It was that unwelcome feeling that makes your hair stand on end." — Happy Mask Salesman, Majora's Mask.
  7. "I'm sure it was because he was always playing tricks, so nobody wanted to play with him. But to do what he did just because of that..." — Tatl, Majora's Mask.
  8. "During my travels, a very important mask was stolen from me by an imp in the woods." — Happy Mask Salesman, Majora's Mask.
  9. "A young imp known as Skull Kid had snatched Majora's Mask from a traveling mask salesman. With the aid of the mask's terrible power, his actions had gone beyond the scope of mischief, and the effects of his pranks could be felt all over Termina." — pg. 111, The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia
  10. "The power of the mask made him do it. It was too much for the Skull Kid to handle." — Tael, Majora's Mask.
  11. "Certainly, he had far too many weaknesses to use my power." — Majora's Mask, Majora's Mask.
  12. "A puppet that can no longer be used is mere garbage. This puppet's role has just ended..." — Majora's Mask, Majora's Mask.
  13. "Link pursued the mask to the center of the moon. There, a strange battle unfolded." — pg. 112, The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia
  14. "Oh...So the evil has left the mask after all... Well, now...I finally have it back." — Happy Mask Salesman, Majora's Mask.
  15. "Majora's Mask was then returned to the Happy Mask Salesman, and the terror caused by the falling moon no longer held the world in its grip." — pg. 112, The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia