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The Deku Butler is a character in Majora's Mask.[1][note 1]


The Deku Butler is the loyal servant of the Deku King, who lives in the Deku Palace. He is very proper and polite and is able to keep his head much better than the Deku Royal Family he serves.[3] Prior to the events of Majora's Mask, the Deku Butler used to race with his son,[4][5] who eventually left his home without a trace, leaving the Deku Butler worried.[6]

When Link arrives at the Deku Palace, the Deku Butler comments at the sad state the from Deku Kingdom finds itself in. This from having a kidnapped Princess, a poisoned Swamp, and a King who will not listen to reason and is only willing to blame the Foolish Monkey for the Deku Princess's disappearance.[7] Moreover, the Deku Butler fears that the Deku Princess has been caught up in trouble, but since the Deku King is unwilling to calm down, the Kingdom cannot send out troops to look for her.[3] After Link rescues the Princess and clears the Southern Swamp of the poison, the Deku Butler thanks the young hero for his help and asks him to meet in the Deku Shrine to give him a reward.[8] Here, the Butler leads Link through a labyrinth full of traps. If the young hero manages to keep up, the Deku Butler will apologize for trying to outrun him, saying he was reminded of when he used to race his son, and will give him the Mask of Scents.[5] In Majora's Mask 3D, if Link reaches the end of the Deku Shrine in another cycle after already receiving the Mask of Scents, the Deku Butler will give him a Fishing Hole Pass.[9]

During the end credits, the Deku Butler is seen mourning at a twisted Tree found in the Portal that leads to the Clock Tower. This is the same one that Tatl comments on at the beginning of the game.[10] Apparently, the Skull Kid had come across the Deku Butler's Son at that spot and stripped him of his soul, which he later used to transform Link into a Deku Scrub.[11]


  • In the Official Nintendo Power guide to Majora's Mask as well as the section for the Official Nintendo Power Guide for the Legend of Zelda Collector's Disc on the GameCube, the section for the Deku Butler race after saving the Deku Princess is called "The Butler Did It", referring to a stock trope in mystery genre of literature that indicates that the butler was the one responsible for the main crime (usually the murder of his master).


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FranceFrenchEUMajordome (MM3D)[12]Butler
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  1. The Deku Butler was referred to as the Butler on Zelda.com's encyclopedia.[2] However, as this contradicts the name given in Encyclopedia, it is not considered Canon.


  1. Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 244 (MM)
  2. "Butler
    The Deku King refuses to perform even the smallest of tasks himself, so a royal butler is assigned to perform the daily chores necessary to keep the Deku Palace running smoothly. During Link's Terminan adventure, he received the Masks of Scents from such a butler after rescuing the Deku Princess."
    The Great Hyrule Encyclopedia, Zelda.com (archive), retrieved January 22, 2022.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Now that our beloved princess is missing, the king has been unable to keep his cool... I fear the princess may be caught up in some kind of trouble, just as that monkey claims... But in his current state, the king can't even send troops out to look for her. What are we to do?" — Deku Butler (Majora's Mask)
  4. "Actually, when I see you, I am reminded of my son who left home long ago... Somehow, I feel as if I am once again racing with my son..." — Deku Butler (Majora's Mask)
  5. 5.0 5.1 "I am afraid I may have tried too hard to outrun you. As old as I am, I am still a fast competitor. Just like when I raced my son... Please forgive my rudeness." — Deku Butler (Majora's Mask)
  6. "I wonder where he has gone...what he is doing... If only he would write me a letter... Pardon me. Once again, thoughts of my son have me feeling sentimental. Now, where were we?" — Deku Butler (Majora's Mask)
  7. "It's terribly sad... But nothing can calm the king now... Our swamps have become poisoned...This may be the end of the Deku Kingdom! Oh, great lords! Save us!" — Deku Butler (Majora's Mask)
  8. "As a symbol of our gratitude, our butler has prepared a little something for you. Please accept it. You'll find it in the shrine that will be to your right when you leave the palace." — Deku Princess (Majora's Mask)
  9. "Well done, Link! Now, here is the item I promised. Please accept it." — Deku Butler (Majora's Mask 3D)
  10. "Come over to this tree and check it out! It's strange, but the way you look right now sort of looks like this tree... It looks all dark and gloomy... almost like it could start crying any second now... How sad..." — Tatl (Majora's Mask)
  11. "Link's transformation into a Deku Scrub is caused by the spirit of a member of the Deku tribe that died in the forest connecting Hyrule and Termina."  (Hyrule Historia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 112)
  12. Encyclopedia (Les Éditions Soleil) pg. 244