Top Ten Legend of Zelda Quotes

Zelda games have always had a strong narrative to liven their story up. Zelda games always know when to make you smile, laugh or gasp at the right moments. These quotes are some of the most well known quotes in gaming, so don’t be surprised if you’ve heard these phrases before. Anyways, happy Zelda anniversary, and stay tune for more Zelda content later!

Before we start this Top Ten, I’d like to inform you that I did not put in the “ERROR” quote :D. The hype for this spelling mistake is somewhat annoying. Also, I have not considered the CD I games.

Am I the only one who doesn't find this funny?


“YOU… CURSE YOU ZELDA… CURSE YOU SAGES… CURSE YOU LINK! Someday when this seal is broken, that is when I will exterminate your descendants. As long as the Triforce of Power is in my hand!” – Ganondorf, Ocarina of Time.


A chilling quote given by Ganondorf after his defeat in OoT. Remember, this is the first time Ganondorf is beaten chronologically, so this is similar to a prophecy, except that Ganondorf gets killed instead. I think this quote explains the mentality behind Ganondorf well. He knows he will come back, and his determination is powered by vengeance and greed. Also, it’s an epic quote, as most quotes spoken on the deathbed are.

You don't want to beat this guy. He'll come back, deadlier.


“And I continue standing here at the counter hoping one of my favorite customers will appear… And I wasn’t wrong. See? You stopped in”- Mr. Barten, Majora’s Mask

He's a pretty cool guy

There is nothing sadder than seeing an entire town stand and wait for the looming apocalypse; it’s when the NPCs give their most heartfelt speeches. Out of all these depressing last words, one of them stands out for me, and it is Mr. Barten’s. Barten diligently waits for his death, loyal to his shop at the very end, and still he finds solace in meeting his customers. When you talk to him, he doesn’t seem sad or angry. He’s happy that one of his “favorite” customers” has stopped in. Barten is the greatest shop keeper ever; he loves his job. He loves it enough to die for it. Go to any other shop in Clock Town, and you’ll see “CLOSED” signs everywhere. One thing I found curious is that Mr. Barten considers you one of his favorite customers, even if you barely know him (due to the Three Day Cycle that wipes out memories). Does he remember you somehow? Or does he value every customer as one of his favorites?


“It’s dangerous to go alone! Take this”- Old Man, Legend of Zelda

The first slab of text in the Legend of Zelda series! And not only that, but you get a sword! This quote signifies the beginning of your adventure, the start of a legacy! While it seems a bit cheesy for an old man to hand you a sword randomly, I think it fits the game perfectly. Who wants to work for a sword when you can start off with one? One thing I like about this quote is that the old man implies that the sword is like a companion, since he doesn’t want you to go “alone”. Legend of Zelda is one of the few Zelda games where you have barely any outside assistance; it’s just you and your sword. And this sword is going to save the world.


“Hey, kid, you did quite well… It looks like you may be gaining some slight skill… But you have defeated only my phantom… When you fight the real me, it won’t be so easy! What a worthless creation that ghost was! I will banish it to the gap between both dimensions!!”- Ganondorf, Ocarina of Time

The most intimidating quote from Ganondorf in my opinion. You just beat a brilliant temple and killed a boss that can jump through paintings, and now you realize that the phantom wasn’t even the real deal? A lot of games features bosses that fight then retreat and then return to fight you again later, but this takes it to a whole new level. What I like about this quote is that Ganondorf still doesn’t acknowledge you as a threat. Once again, this is the first game that Ganondorf appears in (chronologically).

Has really nothing to do with anything, but the Wind Waker Phantom Ganon is one of the coolest LOZ villains ever.


“Time passes, people move. Like a river’s flow, it never ends. A childish mind will turn to noble ambition. Young love will become deep affection. The clear water’s surface reflects growth. Now listen to the Serenade of water to reflect upon yourself”- Sheik, Ocarina of Time.

Also known as Sheik

My favorite Sheik poem; you can feel the flow of her words. While I don’t feel that the poem has much to do with the context of the game (you’re about to enter the Water Temple, the most annoying creation from man), I believe you can relate it to real life. Things do move on, like people or even love. A curious line stands out to me: “Young love will become deep affection.” Is this referring to Zelda and Link? Personally, it wouldn’t make sense to me, but then again, there is not enough evidence to make this claim. One last note: the poem may not have context with the game, but it has context with the song. Check it out.


“Thank you… Because of you, I could awaken as a Sage… I am Saria. The Sage of the Forest Temple. I always believed that you would come. Because I know you… No… You don’t have to explain it to me… Because it is destiny that you and I can’t live in the same world. I will stay here as the Forest Sage and help you… Now please take this Medallion… Saria will always be… Your friend…”- Saria, Ocarina of Time


It may not seem as if it was an impressive quote, but when it is displayed in the game, it is unforgettable; the timing and the splits in the dialogue make it a winner. I had a tough time choosing between this quote and Darunia’s similar farewell speech, but this was heartfelt. This IS the last time you talk to her, and it is implied that she had romantic feelings for you. Think of two lovers separated because of their destiny. A little cliche, but it was executed well enough. One funny thing about this quote is the fact that Saria talks about herself in third person in the last line, as if she is trying to reinforce her name into Link’s memory.


“I… I shall consume. Consume… consume everything…”- The Moon, Majora’s Mask

The eyes of the moon are everywhere...

The moon is one of the most disturbing things in the game. The first time I spotted the moon was in the Great Bay stage in Super Smash Bros Melee; I was so distracted I accidentally killed myself! Why was there a moon with a FACE on it?!?! Why were a bunch of giants holding it up? It’s these types of characters that make Majora’s Mask the game that it is. Well anyways, back to the quote. I believe he says it right before the final boss, when he is close enough to the town for his words to become clear. And clear they were. In fact, you can’t get more clearer than this! This moon doesn’t display emotions, just the hunger to… consume. It’s memorable because of its shock factor, and gave me the desire to do nothing except kick its ass in.


“Do you sleep still? Wait! Do not be hasty, boy… I can see this girl’s dreams… Oceans… Oceans… Oceans… Oceans… Oceans as far as the eye can see. They are vast seas… None can swim across them… They yield no fish to catch… What did the King of Hyrule say? …That the gods sealed Hyrule away? And they left behind people who would one day awaken Hyrule?! How ridiculous… So many pathetic creatures, scattered across a handful of islands, drifting on this sea like fallen leaves on a forgotten pool… What can they possibly hope to achieve? Don’t you see? All of you… Your gods destroyed you! I have been waiting for you, boy. For one like you… Yes… For the hero. Do not betray my expectations”- Ganondorf, Wind Waker

Awful lot of Ganondorf quotes, eh? One of his longer and more impactful speeches, this piece exudes hopelessness. In a sense, Ganondorf is right in many ways. After the awakening of a certain being, the Gods flooded Hyrule in hopes of sealing it. In reality, the Gods did this so that the hero, whom returns every one hundred years, would vanquish the evil. That is you! Another reason I love this quote is how it makes reference to Ocarina of Time. Chronologically, this is the second game where Ganondorf meets you. The last time you met him, he got his face slashed, so naturally he’s a bit angry. Once again, he’s a bit arrogant, telling Link not to “disappoint”. The same mentality shown in Ganondorf’s other quotes remains here, making him a very consistent villain.


“You’ve met with a terrible fate, haven’t you?”- Happy Mask Salesman, Majora’s Mask

The salesman has many emotions. This is one of his more common ones.

One of my favorite characters, the Happy Mask Salesman is a mysterious figure throughout the game. He knows more than he should. For example, he teaches you the Song of Healing and reveals that he used to own the Majora’s Mask. But the strangest thing about him is what he says when the world is destroyed. Somehow, Link is sent back to the first day, but only after this strange quote. It is perfect for MM’s strange atmosphere. Easily the most simple quote on the list.

The first drug dealer in Hyrule.


Imagine this. You have finally gotten your hands on Wind Waker, and the moment you start the game, you are clued into the events that have occured, and you are SHOCKED!

“This is but one of the legends of which the
people speak…

Long ago, there existed a kingdom where
a golden power lay hidden.

It was a prosperous land blessed with green
forests, tall mountains, and peace.

But one day a man of great evil found the
golden power and took it for himself…

With its strength at his command, he
spread darkness across the kingdom.

But then, when all hope had died, and the
hour of doom seemed at hand…

…a young boy clothed in green appeared
as if from nowhere.

Wielding the blade of evil’s bane, he sealed
the dark one away and gave the land light.

This boy, who traveled through time to save
the land, was known as the Hero of Time.

The boy’s tale was passed down through
generations until it became legend…

But then…a day came when a fell wind
began to blow across the kingdom.

The great evil that all thought had
been forever sealed away by the hero…

…once again crept forth from the depths of
the earth, eager to resume its dark designs.

The people believed that the Hero of Time
would again come to save them.

…But the hero did not appear.

Faced by an onslaught of evil, the people
could do nothing but appeal to the gods.

In their last hour, as doom drew nigh, they
left their future in the hands of fate.

What became of that kingdom…?
None remain who know.

The memory of the kingdom vanished, but
its legend survived on the wind’s breath.

On a certain island, it became customary to
garb boys in green when they came of age.

Clothed in the green of fields, they aspired
to find heroic blades and cast down evil.

The elders wished only for the youths to
know courage like the hero of legend…”

-Narrator, Wind Waker

Having played Wind Waker five months ago, the story explained was depressing. Zelda, who sacrificed herself to bind Ganondorf into isolation, is defeated; this is revealed because, obviously, Ganondorf ends up escaping. This introduction is also a homage to the gamers who played Ocarina of Time, a nice feature that made me smile with nostalgia. Ganondorf’s speeches remind me of this quote as well; both exude hopelessness. Accompanied with an awesome track that gives a sense of hope and neat storybook-like visuals, the message of the quote is presented flawlessly.

So! Thus ends the list! Comment if you disagree or agree!

Here are some contenders that didn’t quite make it…

“A puppet that can no longer be used is mere garbage. This puppet’s role has just ended….”- Majora’s Mask, Majora’s Mask.

The cruel bastard…

“I’m not doing anything suspicious.. Really!”- Sakon, Majora’s Mask.

Real men prance...

Hilarious quote that makes Sakon one of my favorite minor villains.

    • minirevolution
    • May 30th, 2011

    Quick note: I AM ERROR is not a grammatical error 😉



    • ePIC!
    • June 13th, 2012

    you shouldnt have done that…

  1. You have Several Hours left but time is not eternal,Make the most of your time.:HappyMask salesman Majora Mask

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