Posted on May 24 2021 by Alexandria Weber
It would be an understatement to say that the Zelda series borrows many creative ideas from various folklore. Hyrule and other settings are worlds full of everything from fairies to mermaids to goblins, the latter obviously renamed to create enemies such as Moblins or Bokoblins. Even Lynels bear resemblance to centaurs and manticores, and Hylians themselves are reminiscent of elves and leprechauns. Twilight Princess in particular features protagonist Link as a werewolf, Skyward Sword has enemies called Furnixes and Staldras based off the mythical creatures Pheonix and Hydra, respectively, and multiple Zelda games have their own unique design of a dragon. The list could go on and on.
I think it would be interesting to see an enemy based off of a Banshee, a mythological creature that takes the appearance of a woman and is said to show up with a shriek just before the death of loved one. I think it would have interesting emotional and symbolic connotations for Link to defeat such an enemy before the death of that loved one occurs, whether it be Zelda in the upcoming sequel to Breath of the Wild or another character in Zelda games to come. Perhaps next time we see a new Zelda game, it will instead be Zelda’s turn to save Link.
What do you think? What mythological creature would make an interesting enemy? How would it be implemented into the game? Let us know in the comments below!
Alexandria Weber is a Senior Editor and an aspiring creative writer. Her favorite food is apple pie and she loves her cat Galadriel. Ask her for pictures!