Tingle key art from The Wind Waker HD
Tingle is a character in five canon The Legend of Zelda series games. He is often depicted as a 35-year-old man who is obsessed with Fairies and Rupees. He is dressed in an unusual, full-body green suit with a clock necklace. He is quite unpopular in North America; however, the opposite is true in Japan, where his popularity has scored him four of his own spin-off games, such as Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland. He is known for his catchphrase (don't use it without his permission!) "Tingle Tingle Kooloo Limpah!"
Tingle made his The Legend of Zelda debut in the second of the two Nintendo 64 Zelda games, Majora's Mask. He can be found floating around certain areas of Termina by balloon, designing maps of the world's main areas. If Link pops Tingle's balloon, he can talk to Tingle, at which point Tingle notes how similar their "fairy costumes" are. Link can purchase maps from Tingle of specific areas, his prices vary from area to area. Tingle is actually the son of the guide at the Swamp Tourist Center, if Link brings him a Pictograph of Tingle, he'll reward him with a Piece of Heart, as well as showing embarrassment for his son's behavior.
Oracle of Ages
Tingle is a man who believes himself to be a reincarnated fairy. He lives off near the sea and is referred to as a weird guy by some of the citizens of Labrynna. He specializes in creating maps and charts used for navigation, but is truly fascinated with fairies and magic.
Link will encounter Tingle, who is floating above a stump, high upon some cliffs in the Forest of Time, located south-east of Lynna City. At first, Link cannot scale the cliffs alone. It will be later, after completing the Wing Dungeon, that Link will meet up with the boxing kangaroo, Ricky, around this same area. After finding Ricky's lost Boxing Gloves, Link will get to ride in Ricky's pouch.
Ricky's special ability allows him to scale the cliffs to get to Tingle, who will give Link an Island Chart which he needs to sail to Crescent Island. Later in his adventure, after obtaining the Seed Shooter, Link can once again visit Tingle and have his Seed Satchel upgraded. At this point, Link will not need Ricky's assistance in scaling the cliffs, as he will have enough items to help him do so. Tingle will upgrade Link's seed satchel to hold up to 50 different seeds of each kind.
The Wind Waker
The Tingle Tuner is an optional item for players who own a Game Boy Advance and a Nintendo GameCube - Game Boy Advance Cable, the player can then view a map of Link's current area on the Game Boy Advance screen where Tingle will provide Link with hints and advice, including secrets that can only be obtained using the Tingle Tuner such as the hidden Tingle Statues found in the games dungeons.
Link is also given a map to Tingle Island as well as the IN-credible Chart which shows the locations of the Triforce Charts. Link must eventually seek Tingle's services to decipher the Triforce charts for 398 Rupees each.
In this game Tingle also has two brothers and a "friend" who dresses the same as he does. His younger brother Ankle can be found working on Tingle Island, his outfit is identical to Tingle's except Ankle is dressed in pink.
Tingle's older brother Knuckle, who wears a light blue Tingle suit, lives on Outset Island, but he can only be found by players using the Tingle Tuner, after finding him Knuckle will appear on Tingle Island.
David Jr. dresses in a white Tingle suit and is found alongside Ankle on Tingle Island. Unlike Ankle and Knuckle, David Jr. is not biologically related to Tingle, he apparently was found shipwrecked on Tingle Island where he was dressed up in the silly white outfit and forced to work on Tingle Island. He apparently continues to question why he still works there.
Four Swords Adventures
In Four Swords Adventures, when the Links cannot collect Force Gems fast enough, Tingle will fly in on his red balloon and snatch them up. If playing multiplayer mode, in each Hyrulean Adventure level there is a Tingle Tower, where eight minigames are available to play.
The Minish Cap
In The Minish Cap, Link can find Tingle in South Hyrule Field just east of his house. Link can only reach Tingle after acquiring the Cane of Pacci from the Cave of Flames. Once the Cane of Pacci has been retrieved, Link can use it on a nearby hole to reach the higher platform that Tingle is on. Like in previous games, Tingle will note Link's green cap and clothes, thinking that he might be a fairy. He wants to fuse Kinstones and states that he has also given Kinstones to his brothers
If Link makes a successful Kinstone Fusion with Tingle, a tree will be accessible in North Hyrule Field. After Link later fuses Kinstones with Ankle, Knuckle and David Jr., other trees will be accessible in North Hyrule Field and it will lead to Link acquiring the Magical Boomerang.
Link is able to return to Tingle at anytime to speak with him in which Tingle will let Link know how many possible Kinstone fusions there are remaining in the world. Link can also fuse random Green Kinstones with Tingle. After Link has fused all possible Kinstones, return to Tingle and talk to him to receive the Tingle Trophy.
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Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland
- Main article: Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland
Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland is the first game in the Tingle series, released in Japan and Europe.
Ripened Tingle's Balloon Trip of Love
- Main article: Ripened Tingle's Balloon Trip of Love
Tingle's Balloon Trip of Love is the sequel to Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland.
Tingle's Balloon Fight
- Main article: Tingle's Balloon Fight DS
Super Smash Bros. series
"Tingle’s appeared in quite a few games, most recently as you see him here in "The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker." This self-styled fairy is 35 years old and still single!
He calls up all sorts of effects at random."
Tingle is an Assist Trophy in Super Smash Bros. Brawl & Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, and periodically appears on the Great Bay stage as a stage hazard in Super Smash Bros. Melee & Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
"A balloon is this magical man's main weapon, and he uses it to bounce, float, and launch himself across the battlefield."
- There is some concept art in the Spirit Tracks section of Hyrule Historia of a train car that is shaped like Tingle.
- Purlo, who runs the STAR Game in Twilight Princess, looks fairly similar to Tingle in terms of appearance. Eiji Aonuma has stated that Purlo is what Tingle would look like if he was a realistic character.
- Numerous statues of Tingle can be found throughout the homes and shops of Spirit Tracks. Furthermore, a gold statue can be found at the Trading Post.
- A doll that greatly resembles Tingle can be found on a shelf in Zelda's room at the Knight Academy in Skyward Sword. This presents quite a paradox in The Legend of Zelda universe, as Skyward Sword is the first game in the timeline and thus Tingle has yet to exist.
Artwork from Majora's Mask
Artwork from The Wind Waker
Artwork from Oracle of Ages
Sprite from Oracle of Ages
Animated Sprite from Oracle of Ages
Tingle Doll from Skyward Sword
Tingle trophy from Super Smash Bros. Melee, with text
Tingle key art from Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Tingle from Hyrule Warriors
- ↑ "There's a weird guy by the sea! He just floats in the air... I wonder what he's like!" — Lynna City Child, Oracle of Ages.
- ↑ "That green cap and green clothes... Are you...perhaps...a fairy?! Woohaa! I knew it! I knew it! Tingle wants to be a fairy, too! Actually, Tingle has some Kinstones, you know! And I have given Kinstones to my brothers, too. If you can fuse Kinstones with me and each of my brothers, well... I don't want to give it away, but you'll get something very, very, VERY good! Good luck, Mr. Fairy!" — Tingle, The Minish Cap.
- ↑ "Design sketches depicting various railcars. Included are cars that never appeared in the game, including an imitation of an airplane, and another in the shape of Tingle." — Hyrule Historia, pg. 223