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== Appearances ==
 
== Appearances ==
 
=== ''[[The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time|Ocarina of Time]]'' ===
 
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In ''Ocarina of Time'', Skull Kids can be found in the [[Lost Woods]]. They are found playing flute-like instruments. While [[Link]] is a child, he can interact with them; however, when he is an adult, they will fire Deku seeds at him through their instruments. If Link kills one of them using the [[Biggoron's Sword]] or the [[Giant's Knife]], he will receive a [[Rupee|big orange Rupee]].
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In ''Ocarina of Time'', Skull Kids can be found in the [[Lost Woods]]. They are found playing flute-like instruments. While [[Link]] is a child, he can interact with them; however, when he is an adult, they will fire Deku seeds at him through their instruments. As an adult, if Link kills one of them using the [[Biggoron's Sword]] or the [[Giant's Knife]], he will receive a large [[Rupee]].
   
The one directly to the left of the entrance of the Lost Woods, will give Link a [[Piece of Heart]] if he plays [[Saria's Song]]. Later in the game he can interact in the [[Happy Mask side quest]] buying the [[Skull Mask]], he will only pay half-price.
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There is one directly to the left of the entrance of the Lost Woods; he will give Link a [[Piece of Heart]] if he plays [[Saria's Song]]. If Link pursues the [[Happy Mask side quest]], this Skull Kid will buy the [[Skull Mask]], but he will only pay half-price.
   
 
Deeper into the woods, there are two Skull Kids on a tree stump. Link can play the [[Ocarina of Time|ocarina]] notes they provide for him to obtain another Piece of Heart.
 
Deeper into the woods, there are two Skull Kids on a tree stump. Link can play the [[Ocarina of Time|ocarina]] notes they provide for him to obtain another Piece of Heart.

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"Is this what happens to kids who wander into the forest? It looks like he doesn't like grownups."
Navi description about Skull Kids

Skull Kids (スタルキッド Stalkid?) are a recurring race in the Legend of Zelda series. They are a race of diminutive, cursed skull-like beings that reside in forests. Navi hints that the kids that get lost his or her way in the Lost Woods, can become Skull Kids. While Skull Kids tend to be friendly towards children, they fear adults and will attack them on sight.

Biology

Skull Kids look similar to Kokiri; the chief differences being that their skin is made out of wood, their eyes are a glowing yellow, and some have a beak instead of a mouth, though the Skull Kid mini-boss found in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess does have a mouth. They also are known for wearing red clothes with straw adornments (feathers in the case of Twilight Princess').

Appearances

Ocarina of Time

In Ocarina of Time, Skull Kids can be found in the Lost Woods. They are found playing flute-like instruments. While Link is a child, he can interact with them; however, when he is an adult, they will fire Deku seeds at him through their instruments. As an adult, if Link kills one of them using the Biggoron's Sword or the Giant's Knife, he will receive a large Rupee.

There is one directly to the left of the entrance of the Lost Woods; he will give Link a Piece of Heart if he plays Saria's Song. If Link pursues the Happy Mask side quest, this Skull Kid will buy the Skull Mask, but he will only pay half-price.

Deeper into the woods, there are two Skull Kids on a tree stump. Link can play the ocarina notes they provide for him to obtain another Piece of Heart.

Majora's Mask

Main article: Skull Kid (character)

The Skull Kid is the main antagonist in Majora's Mask. Prior to the game's events, he steals Majora's Mask from the Happy Mask Salesman. With the power of the mask, he pulls the Moon out of orbit in hopes of it hitting and destroying the land of Termina. It is heavily implied at the end of the game that this is the same Skull Kid Link met in Ocarina of Time.

Twilight Princess

Main article: Skull Kid (mini-boss)

After Princess Zelda heals Midna and disappears, Midna and Wolf Link head to the Faron Woods to lift the curse Zant placed on Link. Deep into the woods, they find a maze, which they can navigate with help from a Skull Kid. With the light of his lantern, and the sound of his trumpet, he leads the two through the maze in a game of hide-and-seek like and releasing Puppets along the way. At the end of the maze, he fights a battle with Link; once Link has won, the Skull Kid allows him entrance to the Sacred Grove.

Later in the game, Link must return to this area of the Faron Woods. The Skull Kid again leads him through the maze, engages him in battle, and lets him into the Sacred Grove. The Skull Kid thanks Link for the fun and says good-bye; he is not seen or mentioned again.

Interestingly enough he is heard playing Saria's Song along the way, hinting that could be the same Skull Kid from Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask.

In the manga

Non-canon warning: This article or section contains non-canonical information that is not considered to be an official part of the Legend of Zelda series and should not be considered part of the overall storyline.

In Skull Kid and the Mask, a side story of two parts from Ocarina of Time manga, it is stated that while his family was on a picnic, a young boy who would become the Skull Kid Link befriends, ventured into the Lost Woods to catch a fairy. As he ran into the forest, his mother yelled at him to not go because he would get lost. Ignoring his mother's advice, he entered the forest and indeed became lost and couldn't get out. The forest was pitch black, causing him to become very scared. He entered the darkness of the forest and breathed in the dark air easily, causing him to gradually transform into a Skull Kid, the fate that befalls Hylian children who venture into the Lost Woods.

Non-canon warning: Non-canonical information ends here.

Theory

Theory warning: This section contains theoretical information based on the research of one or several other users. It has not been officially verified by Nintendo and its factual accuracy is disputed.

Skull Kids also slightly resemble Imp Poes, with their small shape, mischievously violent nature and (in Twilight Princess) small lanterns. This could possibly mean Skull Kids are pre-Imp Poes, or be their living counterparts. Supporting this, the Happy Mask Salesman (as well as a number of other characters) refers to the Skull Kid from Majora's Mask as "Imp".

Theory warning: Theories end here.

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