*** Minor spoilers for both The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask and Twilight Princess***


About two months ago, the YouTube Channel, The Game Theorist, released a video that suggested something rather outlandish. It stated that in The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, Link is dead. Dead. Muertos. Morti. Toten. Döda.... you get the idea. Part of the way in which this new theory was established was based off another theory about Majora's Mask. Check out this article on it from ZeldaInformer here.

The original video for this theory:

Do not freak out if it freezes on you and says that the player has crashed.

Now, as a gamer, I greatly enjoy reading the latest theories and ideas just as much as I like playing the games. However, many Zelda fans on MiiVerse and various other places seem to be accepting it as canon instead of examining it for merit or actual factual (hehehe... that rhymed) evidence. At this time, I shall present to the audience the biggest problem with this theory.


Twilight Princess.

In the Zelda Timeline, chronologically, Twilight Princess comes after Majora's Mask. And in Twilight Princess, there is a character known as the Hero's Shade. The Hero's Shade has been confirmed to be the same Link as the one in Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask. Twilight Princess Link, via Hyrule Historia, is also confirmed to be a descendent of Ocarina of Time/Majora's Mask Link.

The Hero's Shade is not a prepubescent boy. He's an adult. A grown up. You could see the problem with this. Simply put, it would be impossible for Majora's Mask Link to be dead as a child. Now, part of the Hero's Shade's back story is that he exists because he never got to pass on his sword abilities. Why is this? No answer is given.

The Game Theorist also suggests that Termina is some sort of purgatory, and this would allow for him being an adult. Perhaps he is there as a child because that is how he saw himself? Maybe. But this statement also has no real ground to stand on and is easily disproving by examining the back of The Legend of Zelda Collection for GameCube. Underneath an image of Link transforming into a Zora, it states that Termina is a parallel world.


It seems that despite what the Game Theorist would have you believe, there is no real proof for this theory, but he did raise an excellent question: What did exactly stop the Hero's Shade from sharing his knowledge? Hyrule Historia never states what it was, nor was it ever elaborated upon in the game. All we really know is that it appears that the Hero's Shade has a sword through his head. Not exactly a pleasant way to die, but nonetheless, slightly feasible.

In short, the Game Theorist may have lead most astray, but he did raise an interesting question that I hope Nintendo answers someday. In the mean time, I hope that a lesson was learned from this; that, when presented with ideas that seem to fit, we examine the facts and base our theories around facts, rather than basing our facts around theories.


If you see any grammatical or factual errors, please let me know.

What are your thoughts on the matter? What do you think happened to the Hero's Shade? Sound off in the comments below.