In mine and many opinions, The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask is one of the darkest #Zelda games ever created. It's grim (both visually and thematically), fast-paced and stressful — thanks to its three-day impending doom mechanic — plus it's overly preoccupied with death. But what does it all mean?
There are various theories floating around the internet about #MajorasMask. One of the most popular ideas is that Link is going through the five stages of grief because he's searching for Navi from Ocarina of Time. The other is that Link is dead and he's going through the various stages of accepting that fate. But what if the game isn't about Link? What if it's all about Skull Kid and what he represents?
Let's look at two aspects of this character to bring us closer to my theory.
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We've Seen This Skull Kid Before
There has always been speculation that the Skull Kid from Ocarina of Time, Majora’s Mask and Twilight Princess are one in the same. In Ocarina of Time, Link plays "Saria's Song" for him in the woods. In Majora’s Mask, the Skull Kid mentions that Link has "the same smell as the fairy kid who taught me that song in the woods." The Skull Kid from Twilight Princess also knows "Saria's Song."
And, according to the official Zelda timeline, these three games line up one right after the other. First Ocarina of Time, where Link meets the Skull Kid, then if the hero is successful, Majora’s Mask and Twilight Princess follows on. We're meeting him again at a pivotal moment in his life at the start of Majora. He's going through so much. Though Link is the hero, perhaps #Nintendo is focusing on the trauma of Skull Kid.
The Majora's Mask
It's believed that the Skull Kid wears the Majora’s Mask because he's ashamed of not having a face. He doesn't have any friends and the mask makes him look more intimidating; it gives him an identity. Which, in turn, makes us wonder about what his past was really like.
While the Skull Kid is the main antagonist, it’s not he who is the bad guy. It’s the mask, #Majora. The Skull Kid has been wearing it for so long that it’s taken over his mind and his body. Sure, he’s mischievous and likes to play tricks, but it wasn’t him who wanted to destroy everything. It was the mask.
So What Does It All Mean?
Majora’s Mask is about the death of innocence, represented by the development of the Skull Kid character.
All the Skull Kid wanted was to make friends, but the mask took over his mind and spirit. He wasn’t able to live the life he deserved or wanted because he found that mask and dared to put it on.
This can also pertain to Link as well. In Ocarina of Time he traveled seven years back and forth between childhood and an adulthood. He was asleep for seven years and when he woke up he realized that he had already gone through puberty. What a shock, huh?
In Majora’s Mask, he’s a child as it’s on the "hero is successful" part of the timeline. But here’s some things to consider:
- Link may be dead. In that case, he lost his childhood.
- Link may be grieving the death of Navi. If that’s the case, he remembers everything that happened in Ocarina of Time. He’s been in the mind of his adult self. He knows things a 10-year-old shouldn’t.
- Link may be normal, everything’s fine and dandy, but what happens in Majora’s Mask? The world is ending and Link transforms himself into various races and people through the masks he collects. By doing this, he could very well stoop down to the Skull Kid’s level. Those masks could warp Link’s mind just like the Majora’s Mask did to the Skull Kid.
Sure, Majora’s Mask is about death and turmoil, but I think there’s much more to it than meets the eye.
Is Majora's Mask about the loss of childhood and innocence, death, or about something else entirely? Let me know in the comments below.