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"White Wolf" redirects here. For the recurring enemy in The Legend of Zelda series, see White Wolfos.

The Hero's Spirit[5], also known as the Hero’s Shade, is a character appearing in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. The Hero's Spirit is a skeletal specter who can assume the form of the White Wolf.[6][note 1]

Biography[]

Twilight Princess[]

TP Golden Wolf Icon

Although appearing to be a mere ghostly Stalfos, the Hero's Spirit is actually the Hero of Time from Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask, in the form of such due to his death, filled with regrets from being unable to pass on the "lessons of his life to those who came after him" after he was sent back in time to his childhood by the Princess Zelda of his time. He also lamented the fact that he was not remembered as a hero.[9] In order to ease his regrets and finally pass on his knowledge, he teaches the seven Hidden Skills to his descendant, Link, the Hero of Twilight from Twilight Princess.[10] In Hyrule, he appears as the White Wolf, who can be summoned by finding a Howling Stone, with the exception of the first time he is encountered, in which he appears to Link directly. Once a Howling Stone is found, the song has to be howled along with the Spirit. He then tells Link to take "sword in hand" and find him,[11] implying that Link should return to human form before searching for the Wolf. The White Wolf will then appear on Link's Map indicating his current location. When Link confronts the Wolf, it leaps through Link, transporting him into another world.[12] The Wolf then transforms into a ghostly knight, the Hero's Spirit, who then teaches Link one of the seven Hidden Skills, which would prove handy in order to defeat powerful foes and Ganondorf.

The Hero's Spirit is mostly transparent save for his armor, which appears to be filled with a ghostly pale blue apparition, rather than flesh, with a seemingly decaying body and mostly skeletal face. He carries a rusting sword and shield and wears armor, which is covered with leaves in sections. He carries a scabbard belted to his waist. Similarly to his White Wolf form, his left eye glows red while his right eye is missing.

Other Appearances[]

My Nintendo Picross: Twilight Princess[]

MNPTP Hero's Shade Sprite

The thirty-fifth puzzle in the Picross series and the twenty-sixth puzzle in the Mega Picross series depict the Hero's Spirit.

Trivia[]

  • The Hero's Spirit is one of the most controversial characters in The Legend of Zelda series, due to himself simply being a rather sad, horrific state of the Hero of Time, arguably the most iconic Link of the franchise.
  • As he is indeed the Hero of Time, the voice of Nobuyuki Hiyama can be faintly heard as the Hero's Shade teaches the Link from Twilight Princess the Hidden Skills.
  • Due to his appearance as a Stalfos-like ghost with swordsman armor, many fans in series community have created unconfirmed theories that the Hero of Time possibly died as a Hylian Knight during a very intense war in his adulthood or became an actual Stalfos in the Lost Woods while searching for Navi after the events of Majora's Mask.
    • Ironically, according to Hyrule Historia, he was possibly such a knight in his life.

Nomenclature[]

TMC Forest Minish Artwork Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese 骸骨の戦士 (Gaikotsu no Senshi)
金色の狼 (Kin'iro no Ōkami)
勇者の亡霊 (Yūsha no Bōrei)
Skeleton Warrior
Golden Wolf
Hero's Spirit
French Republic FrenchEU Esprit du héros
Loup Doré
Hero's spirit
Golden Wolf
Federal Republic of Germany German Goldener Wolf Golden Wolf
Italian Republic Italian Eroe
Lupo dorato
Hero
Golden wolf
Kingdom of Spain SpanishEU El Espíritu del Héroe
Lobo Dorado
The Spirit of the Hero
Golden Wolf

Gallery[]

Notes

  1. The White Wolf is also known as the Golden Wolf both in-game and in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess — The Official Nintendo Player's Guide by Nintendo Power, as well as the Spirit Wolf in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess — PRIMA Official Game Guide by Prima Games.[7][8] However, as these names contradict its name in Encyclopedia, they are not considered canon.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Hyrule Historia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 118
  2. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 103
  3. "Some time ago, before the King of Hyrule unified this country, there was a fierce war in our world. One day, to escape from the fires of the war, a Hylian mother and her baby boy entered this forbidden forest. The mother was gravely injured... Her only choice was to entrust the child to the Deku Tree, the guardian spirit of the forest. The Deku Tree could sense that this was a child of destiny, whose fate would affect the entire world, so he took him into the forest. After the mother passed away, the baby was raised as a Kokiri. And now, finally, the day of destiny has come!" — Deku Tree Sprout (Ocarina of Time)
  4. The spirit of Link’s ancestor, the Hero of Time, teaches him his secrets. Ever since returning to the Child Era, the swordsman has lamented the fact that he was not remembered as a hero. This is the reason he passes down the proof of his courage and his secret techniques to the Link of this era, addressing him as “son.” — Hyrule Historia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 118
  5. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 276
  6. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 277
  7. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess — The Official Nintendo Player's Guide, Nintendo of America, pg. 192
  8. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess — PRIMA Official Game Guide, Prima Games, pg. 447
  9. The spirit of Link’s ancestor, the Hero of Time, teaches him his secrets. Ever since returning to the Child Era, the swordsman has lamented the fact that he was not remembered as a hero. This is the reason he passes down the proof of his courage and his secret techniques to the Link of this era, addressing him as “son.” — Hyrule Historia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 118
  10. "Although I accepted life as the hero, I could not convey the lessons of that life to those that came after. At last, I have eased my regrets." — Hero's Spirit (Twilight Princess)
  11. "Let teachings of old pass to you... Take sword in hand and find me." — Hero's Spirit (Twilight Princess)
  12. "In that case, return to your world and train yourself further. When you are prepared, come visit me again." — Hero's Spirit (Twilight Princess)
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