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A Legacy of Personality: The Characters of the Legend of Zelda

Purlo (The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess)

by Andrew Brown - May 23, 2011, 7:44 pm PDT

Uuuh, this guy reminds me of someone...

So there's this guy named Purlo who closely resembles
Tingle from earlier Zelda games, but he's not quite as
Antisocial as Tingle, rather than chasing down fairies he
Rips off unsuspecting passersby in his difficult game of chance.

Purlo appears in the Hyrule Castle Town of Twilight Princess, running a his STAR game - a kind of caged contest in which players fortunate enough to own a Clawshot can zip around collecting colorful, glowing orbs. Overconfident that nobody could possibly outperform his devised attraction, he cheerfully boasts that anyone who completes his game in the allocated time will win upgrades to their quiver. His character is brimming with showmanship, though he secretly plots to scam the town of their money with his unwinnable game. So incredulous is he when Link completes his task, that he takes it quite personally and challenges him to a second round, devising a much more difficult version featuring a spiked floor. Evil!

Whenever Link manages to best him at his own game, Purlo can't help but mutter under his breath in discontent, making him quite possibly one of the most two-faced charlatans that Link has had to deal with.

His clothing design seems to suggest that he was a more realistic adaption of Tingle, and he features his own quirky list of mannerisms and dramatic poses. He loves to give instructions for his collecting game in the form of lines of prose, the first letter of each spelling STAR, hence the name of his game.

Oddly enough, Purlo is considered handsome enough to attract a small legion of fangirls who linger around his tent, though (much to his dismay, I'm sure) their attention is quickly stolen by Link, who also theatrically steals the show – and eventually Purlo's money.

Talkback

TurdFurgyMay 19, 2011

You got the quote wrong. It's "It's Dangerous to go alone! Take this.", not "It's Dangerous to go alone! Take this!" FOR SHAME!! :)
Anju and Kefei where great characters. It truly was a beautiful moment when they were reunited.

AVMay 20, 2011

I loved that subquest in Majora's Mask. Majora's Mask is an incredible experience

RABicleMay 20, 2011

Will this feature mention perhaps Zelda's most enduring recurring character; Kiki the monkey?

Ryan CannonMay 20, 2011

Heh, Zelda's had some pretty colorful characters...

NWR_pap64Pedro Hernandez, Contributing WriterMay 20, 2011

Quote from: Ryan

Heh, Zelda's had some pretty colorful characters...

And this is just starting! Just wait till you see who shows up :p

StogiMay 20, 2011

The Great Fairies?

NWR_pap64Pedro Hernandez, Contributing WriterMay 20, 2011

Here is today's character: The Happy Mask Salesman
http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/feature/26329

TurdFurgyMay 21, 2011

"It doesn't help that he had an uncanny resemblance to Zelda creator Shigeru Miyamoto..."
Are you saying that all Japanese look the same? You sir, are a racist. :)
But I have to agree. I was legitimately afraid of that character as a child. The dudes psycho...

Mop it upMay 21, 2011

I think the old man in the original Legend of Zelda is the real hero of the game. Not only does he provide you with three different swords from his personal collection, but he also follows you around and climbs into dangerous spots in dungeons just to give you hints. Sure, he'll charge you hefty fees if you burn his various trees around the world that somehow act as doors, but you should just consider that payment for the all-powerful Magical Sword.

NWR_pap64Pedro Hernandez, Contributing WriterMay 21, 2011

Quote from: TurdFurgy

"It doesn't help that he had an uncanny resemblance to Zelda creator Shigeru Miyamoto..."

Are you saying that all Japanese look the same? You sir, are a racist. :)

But I have to agree. I was legitimately afraid of that character as a child. The dudes psycho...

I remember reading somewhere (either Nintendo Power or some other magazine) that the Mask Salesman was somewhat inspired by Miyamoto, hence why I made the comment. If you have learned about Miyamoto, then learn about the Mask Salesman you realize that maybe the development team was saying something about Miyamoto indirectly with this character. Miyamoto HAS been known for kidnapping random people, you know :p .

I also heard that the creepy Link statue from Majora's Mask (the one that appears when you play the Elegy of Emptiness, this statue:http://images.wikia.com/jadusable/images/a/a2/359px-Link_Statue.png) was also inspired by Miyamoto.

NWR_pap64Pedro Hernandez, Contributing WriterMay 22, 2011

Today brings us our first character from Wind Waker, courtesy of Zach Miller:
http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/feature/26330

I must congratulate you on the articles so far. By the end of the feature, I think you might convince some of the naysayers who claim that Zelda never has interesting characters to reconsider their stance. Although there's one correction to be made: the abstract for the latest entry, 'Meet Makar, the Earth Sage', is wrong, as he's actually the Wind Sage -- the Earth Sage is Medli, the Rito girl.

Makar gets kudos from me simply because he was responsible for some of the best music in the game. The forest ceremony scene, and the scene where Link, Makar and the spirit of Fado all play the Wind God's Aria one last time to power up the Master Sword are both very memorable, largely because of the amazing little Celtic violin pieces that Makar plays during them.

As for the other characters, all I'll say is that the quest to reunite Kafei and Anju has to be the longest and most convoluted side-quest of any Zelda game, even trumping the various trading sequences. I don't think I ever managed it without an FAQ.

Kudos for including Makar, he's one of my favorites as well.

NWR_pap64Pedro Hernandez, Contributing WriterMay 22, 2011

Thank you very much for the kind words! Though, Andrew Brown, Zach Miller and Josh Max helped out on this as well, so they too should receive some praise.

I checked the page and the correction has been made. Thanks for letting us know and sorry for the confusion.

Yeah, the Anju and Kafei sidequest is easily the biggest in Majora's Mask, perhaps just as big as the main quest itself. But it is also the one that uses all of the characters effectively and ties itself into the narrative better than the other side quests.

NWR_pap64Pedro Hernandez, Contributing WriterMay 23, 2011

Here's today character: The Shop Keeper from Link's Awakening:
http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/feature/26331

StogiMay 23, 2011

This feature kicks ass. Though it could go on for ages.

CericMay 23, 2011

We all know that Bow-Wow was the most interesting character in Link's Awakening.

TurdFurgyMay 24, 2011

Purlo? That's an interesting choice. I agree with Unagi, this could go on for a while, of course I personally wouldn't mind if every single character was done. :)

AVMay 24, 2011

man i totally forgot about purlo. I loved that clawshot mini-game

StogiMay 24, 2011

Hmmm...I would have picked Jovani from TP (the guy who sold his soul for wealth) simply because of his creepiness and the seriousness of his topic, but purlo's a good choice too.

The Yeti wouldn't be a bad choice either.

CericMay 24, 2011

Agitha.

NWR_pap64Pedro Hernandez, Contributing WriterMay 25, 2011

Sorry for not updating this, but here you go, today's character:
http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/feature/26333

CericMay 25, 2011

Link's Uncle is a good character.  This is the first time Link has Family and I don't think he has any again till Wind Waker, I haven't played most the mobile games so someone can correct me.

TurdFurgyMay 25, 2011

Link's uncle didn't die. At least, I don't think he did. I'm pretty sure I seen him in the credits with link. But up until that point I think we all assumed that he died.

CericMay 25, 2011

Quote from: TurdFurgy

Link's uncle didn't die. At least, I don't think he did. I'm pretty sure I seen him in the credits with link. But up until that point I think we all assumed that he died.

No Pics Didn't Happen :P

NWR_pap64Pedro Hernandez, Contributing WriterMay 25, 2011

Actually, you guys are both right. Link's uncle DID die...but was brought back to life using the power of the Triforce.

CericMay 25, 2011

Quote from: NWR_pap64

Actually, you guys are both right. Link's uncle DID die...but was brought back to life using the power of the Triforce.

Spoiler Spoiler....

Mop it upMay 26, 2011

I've always wondered how he would have finished his sentence of "Zelda is your..." Sister? Destiny? Only hope? We may never know... and perhaps that is the beauty of it.

CericMay 26, 2011

Quote from: Mop

I've always wondered how he would have finished his sentence of "Zelda is your..." Sister? Destiny? Only hope? We may never know... and perhaps that is the beauty of it.

"Zelda is your..."
Mother.
Time Travel for the Win.

ToruresuMay 26, 2011

"Zelda is your..."

For some reason I always thought he could've said "sister".

ShayminMay 26, 2011

Quote from: Ceric

"Zelda is your..."
Mother.
Time Travel for the Win.

In some timeline, Link is his own father, mother, grandfather and the bartender to which he's confessing the first 3.

CericMay 26, 2011

Quote from: Shaymin

Quote from: Ceric

"Zelda is your..."
Mother.
Time Travel for the Win.

In some timeline, Link is his own father, mother, grandfather and the bartender to which he's confessing the first 3.

I actually trimmed that down.  It was going to say that OoT Link was his father and keep going from their.

NWR_pap64Pedro Hernandez, Contributing WriterMay 26, 2011

Here's today's character...

http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/feature/26334

Ian SaneMay 26, 2011

I always figured Link's uncle was going to say something to the effect of "Zelda is your... responsibility now" or something like that.  At the time I took it to mean that he was entrusting the quest to rescue Zelda to Link.

AVMay 27, 2011

Quote:

In this game, he can be attacked by dropping various seeds down the loo, or even bombed. To make him even creepier, if Link manages to fall down his hole, he does not survive the drop. Was it the smell? Did ??? eat him? Nobody knows.

WHAT !!!!!!! I didn't know that. :cool; :Q

TurdFurgyMay 27, 2011

That hand scared the living doody out of me the first time I saw him. I say "doody" because I was a wee lad at the time. I mean it scared me. Like some demonic soul appeared out of nowhere just to drag me to hell. Now older and somewhat wiser, I can find the strange humor there.

NWR_pap64Pedro Hernandez, Contributing WriterMay 27, 2011

Here is today's character, from Wind Waker it's Medli!
http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/feature/26372

Mop it upMay 28, 2011

Medli is okay but she sure is ugly.

Quote from: Mop

Medli is okay but she sure is ugly.

I always thought her character design was really cute.

CericMay 28, 2011

Quote from: Mop

Medli is okay but she sure is ugly.

I think you're jealous.  Does she show up in any of the other adventures this Link has?

GoldmundMay 29, 2011

Just registered to say: I love this feature. I had almost forgotten about how much in love I was with the characters of Wind Waker, or Zelda games in general. There's been so much fighting about art styles in the wake of Twilight Princess (and Skyward Sword, later on) that what's been drawing me to these games in the first place took a back seat. I could walk around Windfall Island for hours on end. In fact, I will, right now.

NWR_pap64Pedro Hernandez, Contributing WriterMay 29, 2011

Sorry for the delay of today's character, I was out yesterday and came home to sleep. Here is today's character:
http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/feature/26374

TurdFurgyMay 29, 2011

That kid is intimidating.

gbuellGrant Buell, Staff WriterMay 29, 2011

Malo is one of the freakiest Zelda characters ever.

NWR_pap64Pedro Hernandez, Contributing WriterMay 30, 2011

Since yesterday I was late with the Malo page, here is another page, Aaron talks about the infamous I AM ERROR from The Adventure of Link:
http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/feature/26431

TurdFurgyMay 30, 2011

I just beat Fracktail a few days ago and I totally missed that!
But yeah, It's pretty cool how such a small character is so famous.

NWR_pap64Pedro Hernandez, Contributing WriterMay 31, 2011

Well, the final character of this feature has been posted... It's Tingle
http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/feature/26444


Before anyone says anything, I decided to write about him because I feel he is one of the few characters in the franchise that has gained so much notoriety. This feature is about how the characters, big or small, can leave a deep impression on the game and the player, and Tingle has done that, regardless if we want to admit it.

TurdFurgyMay 31, 2011

Are you ending this feature already? But you just got started. :(
...anyway, Tingle never bothered me that much, but he most certainly leaves an impression.

StrawHousePigMay 31, 2011

I think Tingle's great. Lettin' it all hang out, drunk as a skunk and rocking some wicked gin blossoms.

gbuellGrant Buell, Staff WriterMay 31, 2011

Tingle's hilarious, and anyone who is truly upset by his existence needs to lighten up.

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