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|firstgame = ''[[The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time|Ocarina of Time]]'' ([[1998]])
 
|firstgame = ''[[The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time|Ocarina of Time]]'' ([[1998]])
 
|games = ''[[The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time|Ocarina of Time]]''<br>''[[The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask|Majora's Mask]]''<br>''[[The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess|Twilight Princess]]''
 
|games = ''[[The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time|Ocarina of Time]]''<br>''[[The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask|Majora's Mask]]''<br>''[[The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess|Twilight Princess]]''
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|homeland = (<u>''Ocarina of Time'',<br>''Majora's Mask''</u>)<br>[[Lost Woods]]<br>(<u>''Twilight Princess''</u>)<br>[[Sacred Grove]]
 
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|Distinctions = Wood-like bodies<br>Simple facial features
 
|Distinctions = Wood-like bodies<br>Simple facial features
|Famous Members = (<u>''Ocarina of Time''</u>)<br>[[Skull Kid (character)|Skull Kid]]<br>(<u>''Majora's Mask''</u>)<br>[[Skull Kid (character)|Skull Kid]]<br>(<u>''Twilight Princess''</u>)<br>[[Skull Kid (mini-boss)|Skull Kid]]
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|Famous Members = (<u>''Ocarina of Time'',<br>''Majora's Mask''</u>)<br>[[Skull Kid (character)|Skull Kid]]<br>(<u>''Twilight Princess''</u>)<br>[[Skull Kid (mini-boss)|Skull Kid]]
 
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{{Q|Is this what happens to kids who wander into the forest? It looks like he doesn't like grownups.|[[Navi]]}}
 
{{Q|Is this what happens to kids who wander into the forest? It looks like he doesn't like grownups.|[[Navi]]}}
{{nihongo|'''Skull Kids'''|スタルキッド|Stalkid}} are a recurring race in the [[The Legend of Zelda series|''Legend of Zelda'' series]]. They are a race of diminutive, cursed beings that reside in forests. When non-fairy folk get lost in [[Lost Woods]], they become [[Stalfos]], but [[Navi]] suggests that when children get lost in the woods they may become Skull Kids. While Skull Kids tend to be friendly towards children, they fear adults and will attack them on sight.
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{{nihongo|'''Skull Kids'''|スタルキッド|Stalkid}} are a recurring race in the [[The Legend of Zelda series|''Legend of Zelda'' series]]. They are a race of diminutive, cursed beings that reside in forests. When non-fairy folk get lost in [[Lost Woods]], they become [[Stalfos]]&mdash;but [[Navi]] suggests that when children get lost in the woods, they may become Skull Kids. While Skull Kids tend to be friendly toward children, they fear adults and will attack them on sight.
   
 
== Biology ==
 
== Biology ==
Skull Kids have bodies made of wood, glowing yellow eyes, and some have a beak instead of a mouth, though the [[Skull Kid (mini-boss)|Skull Kid]] found in ''[[The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess]]'' does indeed have a mouth. They also are known for wearing red clothes with straw or feather adornments.
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Skull Kids have glowing orange eyes and wood-like bodies, and are clad in reddish garb with straw or feather adornments. Unlike other iterations, the [[Skull Kid (character)|Skull Kid]] from [[The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask|''Majora's Mask'']] appears to have a beak instead of a mouth.
   
 
== Appearances ==
 
== Appearances ==
 
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=== ''[[The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time]]'' ===
 
=== ''[[The Legend of Zelda: 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 Seed]]s 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]].
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Skull Kids can be found in the [[Lost Woods]], where they play flute-like instruments. While [[Link]] is a child, he can interact with them; however, they become hostile once Link is an adult, firing small projectiles at him through their instruments. Link can kill these hostile Skull Kids, most notably with the [[Biggoron's Sword]] or the [[Giant's Knife]] due to the substantial reach these provide. Doing so earns Link a huge [[Rupee]] worth 200 Rupees.
   
There is [[Skull Kid (character)|one Skull Kid]] 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.
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There is one Skull Kid directly to the left of the entrance to the Lost Woods who will give Link a [[Piece of Heart]] if Link plays "[[Saria's Song]]" for him. If Link pursues the [[Happy Mask side quest]], this Skull Kid will buy the [[Skull Mask]], but will only pay half-price.
   
Deeper into the Lost 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. Interestingly, both of the Skull Kids will wear the Skull Mask after Link sells it, bringing up the issue of whether this is a development error or if the two Skull Kids are illusions.
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[[File:Skull Kid Pair.png|right|200px]]
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Deeper into the Lost Woods, there are two Skull Kids on tree stumps. Link can play the [[Ocarina of Time|ocarina]] notes they provide for him to obtain a Piece of Heart. Interestingly, both of these Skull Kids will wear the Skull Mask after Link sells it to the Skull Kid elsewhere in the woods. It is unknown if this is a development oversight or if the two Skull Kids are meant to be illusions.
   
 
=== ''[[The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask]]'' ===
 
=== ''[[The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask]]'' ===
 
{{main|Skull Kid (character)}}
 
{{main|Skull Kid (character)}}
A Skull Kid known simply as "[The] Skull Kid" is the primary antagonist. Prior to the game's events, he steals [[Majora's Mask (mask)|Majora's Mask]] from the [[Happy Mask Salesman]]. With the power of the mask, he pulls the [[Moon]] out of orbit and directs it towards the land of [[Termina]], seeking to destroy everything within three days. It is heavily implied at the end of the game that this is the same Skull Kid Link befriended in ''Ocarina of Time''.
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[[File:Skull Kid (Majora's Mask).png|left|80px|The Skull Kid from Majora's Mask]]
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A Skull Kid known simply as "Skull Kid" is the primary antagonist. Prior to the game's events, he steals [[Majora's Mask (mask)|Majora's Mask]] from the [[Happy Mask Salesman]]. With the power of the mask, he pulls the [[Moon]] out of orbit and directs it toward the land of [[Termina]], seeking to destroy the world after three days' time. At the game's end, it is heavily implied that this is the same Skull Kid Link befriended by playing "Saria's Song" in [[The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time|''Ocarina of Time'']].
   
 
=== ''[[The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess]]'' ===
 
=== ''[[The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess]]'' ===
 
{{main|Skull Kid (mini-boss)}}
 
{{main|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]], releasing [[Puppet]]s 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]].
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[[File:Skull Kid (Twilight Princess).png|right|125px]]
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After [[Princess Zelda]] heals [[Midna]] and disappears, Midna and [[Wolf Link]] head to the [[Faron Woods]] to lift the curse [[Zant]] placed on Link. In the [[Sacred Grove]] deep within the forest they find a maze, which they navigate with the help of a Skull Kid. Link uses the light of the Skull Kid's lantern and the sound of his trumpet to follow him through the woods in a game of [[Hide-and-Seek]]. The Skull Kid releases [[Puppet]]s that attack Link along the way, and allows Link entrance to the area where the [[Master Sword]] lies only after Link finds and attacks him enough times.
   
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 once Link prevails. The Skull Kid thanks Link for the fun and says good-bye; he is not seen or mentioned again.
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Later in the game, Link must return to the Sacred Grove. The Skull Kid again leads him through the maze, engages him in battle, and lets him into the Sacred Grove once Link prevails. This time, the Skull Kid thanks Link for the fun and invites him to come back and play again sometime. However, the Skull Kid does not appear upon further visits to the Sacred Grove.
   
 
The song the Skull Kid plays on his trumpet is, in fact, "Saria's Song"; however, the music in the background makes the notes sound almost melancholy compared to ''Ocarina of Time'''s upbeat melody.
 
The song the Skull Kid plays on his trumpet is, in fact, "Saria's Song"; however, the music in the background makes the notes sound almost melancholy compared to ''Ocarina of Time'''s upbeat melody.
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== Non-canonical appearances ==
 
== Non-canonical appearances ==
 
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=== In the [[The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (manga)|manga]] ===
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=== [[The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (manga)|''The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time'' manga]] ===
In '''Skull Kid and the Mask''', a side story of two parts from the [[The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (manga)|''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 could not 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.
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In '''Skull Kid and the Mask''', a two-part side story from the [[The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (manga)|''Ocarina of Time'' manga]], it is stated that while his family was on a picnic, a young boy ventured into the Lost Woods to catch a [[Fairy]]. As he ran into the forest, his mother yelled at him to stop because he would get lost. Ignoring his mother's advice, the child entered the forest and indeed became lost within. Breathing the air of the dark forest depths caused the boy to gradually transform into a Skull Kid, the fate that befalls [[Hylian]] children who venture into the Lost Woods.
 
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{{endnoncanon}}
   
 
== Theory ==
 
== Theory ==
 
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{{theory}}
Skull Kids also slightly resemble [[Imp Poe|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 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 an imp.
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Skull Kids slightly resemble [[Imp Poe]]s, with their small shape, mischievously violent nature and (in [[The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess|''Twilight Princess'']]) lanterns. This could mean that Skull Kids are Imp Poes' living counterparts. Interestingly, the Happy Mask Salesman and number of other characters refer to the Skull Kid from ''Majora's Mask'' as an imp.
 
{{endtheory}}
 
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"Is this what happens to kids who wander into the forest? It looks like he doesn't like grownups."
Navi

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 beings that reside in forests. When non-fairy folk get lost in Lost Woods, they become Stalfos—but Navi suggests that when children get lost in the woods, they may become Skull Kids. While Skull Kids tend to be friendly toward children, they fear adults and will attack them on sight.

Biology

Skull Kids have glowing orange eyes and wood-like bodies, and are clad in reddish garb with straw or feather adornments. Unlike other iterations, the Skull Kid from Majora's Mask appears to have a beak instead of a mouth.

Appearances

Spoiler warning: Plot or ending details follow.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Skull Kids can be found in the Lost Woods, where they play flute-like instruments. While Link is a child, he can interact with them; however, they become hostile once Link is an adult, firing small projectiles at him through their instruments. Link can kill these hostile Skull Kids, most notably with the Biggoron's Sword or the Giant's Knife due to the substantial reach these provide. Doing so earns Link a huge Rupee worth 200 Rupees.

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

Deeper into the Lost Woods, there are two Skull Kids on tree stumps. Link can play the ocarina notes they provide for him to obtain a Piece of Heart. Interestingly, both of these Skull Kids will wear the Skull Mask after Link sells it to the Skull Kid elsewhere in the woods. It is unknown if this is a development oversight or if the two Skull Kids are meant to be illusions.

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

Main article: Skull Kid (character)
Skull Kid (Majora&#039;s Mask)

A Skull Kid known simply as "Skull Kid" is the primary antagonist. 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 and directs it toward the land of Termina, seeking to destroy the world after three days' time. At the game's end, it is heavily implied that this is the same Skull Kid Link befriended by playing "Saria's Song" in Ocarina of Time.

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

Main article: Skull Kid (mini-boss)
Skull Kid (Twilight Princess)

After Princess Zelda heals Midna and disappears, Midna and Wolf Link head to the Faron Woods to lift the curse Zant placed on Link. In the Sacred Grove deep within the forest they find a maze, which they navigate with the help of a Skull Kid. Link uses the light of the Skull Kid's lantern and the sound of his trumpet to follow him through the woods in a game of Hide-and-Seek. The Skull Kid releases Puppets that attack Link along the way, and allows Link entrance to the area where the Master Sword lies only after Link finds and attacks him enough times.

Later in the game, Link must return to the Sacred Grove. The Skull Kid again leads him through the maze, engages him in battle, and lets him into the Sacred Grove once Link prevails. This time, the Skull Kid thanks Link for the fun and invites him to come back and play again sometime. However, the Skull Kid does not appear upon further visits to the Sacred Grove.

The song the Skull Kid plays on his trumpet is, in fact, "Saria's Song"; however, the music in the background makes the notes sound almost melancholy compared to Ocarina of Time's upbeat melody.

Spoiler warning: Spoilers end here.

Non-canonical appearances

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.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time manga

In Skull Kid and the Mask, a two-part side story from the Ocarina of Time manga, it is stated that while his family was on a picnic, a young boy ventured into the Lost Woods to catch a Fairy. As he ran into the forest, his mother yelled at him to stop because he would get lost. Ignoring his mother's advice, the child entered the forest and indeed became lost within. Breathing the air of the dark forest depths caused the boy 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 slightly resemble Imp Poes, with their small shape, mischievously violent nature and (in Twilight Princess) lanterns. This could mean that Skull Kids are Imp Poes' living counterparts. Interestingly, the Happy Mask Salesman and number of other characters refer to the Skull Kid from Majora's Mask as an imp.

Theory warning: Theories end here.

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