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Zelda: Tears Of The Kingdom Inverts One Of The Oldest Story Tropes

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The Legend of Zelda has always leaned hard on the «legend» part of its namesake. While official material like the Hyrule Historia has attempted to stitch together the various parts of the series into a cohesive whole, it's arguably best read with some flexibility as a loose assembly of similar stories with repeated themes and tropes.

You'll almost always find some combination of a princess, a Master Sword, and a Triforce. And of course, there is always a hero named Link who rises to the occasion, often as the culmination of an ancient prophecy.

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom smartly turns this most familiar of storytelling tropes on its head, and in doing so, makes Zelda the true hero of her own namesake franchise. Spoilers for The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom follow. The «hero of prophecy» trope isn't unique to The Legend of Zelda, of course.

It's a common trait of high fantasy, and Nintendo certainly knew it was playing in those waters when it first began utilizing it across several Zelda games.

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