- Why did Skull Kid want Majora’s mask?
- Is the Skull Kid in The Lost Woods the same Skull Kid?
Skull Kid is a unique antagonist in The Legend of Zelda series, as he is not malevolent evil like other villains such as Ganondorf. It is revealed in Majora’s Mask that Skull Kid, tempted by its power, donned the mask and was unwittingly used as a puppet for Majora’s true purpose – to manipulate Skull Kid’s emotions to his advantage.
Although he plays such a big role as the villain in this game, Skull Kid’s true nature is more childish, as he plays pranks on the people of Termina and is generally known for his misdeeds. Skull Kid also has a more tragic side to his story, as he was abandoned by his friends.
What are the Skull Kids?
First appeared in Ocarina of Time, the Skull Kids are first found in the Lost Woods then into the sacred grove of Twilight Princess. It is said in Ocarina of Time that the Skull Kids are children who got lost in the forest and were transformed into this pixie form.
The Skull Kid from Majora’s Mask is just one such Skull Kids, who was once likely a young Hyrulean child who wandered the forest and never returned home.
before the mask
Prior to the events of Majora’s Mask, Skull Kid most likely found his way to Termina the same way Link did. Here, Skull Kid met and befriended the Four Giants, who eventually had to leave him behind to fulfill their duty as guardians of Termina.
Saddened by the loss of his friends, Skull Kid took his grief on the people of Termina, leading them to call on the Four Giants to stop him. The Four Giants then banished Skull Kid from the Land of Termina. for his actions, threatening to kill him if he ever returned.
Distraught, Skull Kid fled Termina, presumably to Hyrule, where he eventually crossed paths with the Happy Mask Salesman, who was in possession of Majora’s mask. Skull Kid stole the mask and returned to Termina to exact revenge on those who wronged him – his intentions were only amplified by the power of Majora’s Mask.
Why did Skull Kid want Majora’s mask?
Although it’s never stated in-game what led Skull Kid to steal Majora’s mask from the happy mask seller, childlike curiosity and the power of the mask could both be reasons.
There’s in-game evidence to suggest that Skull Kid has always had a mischievous nature, so it wouldn’t be out of place for him to steal the mask, not knowing the power it truly wields.
However, it’s also possible that this power summoned Skull Kid, taking advantage of his strong emotions.. Majora’s Mask itself even references Skull Kid as a puppet in the game’s climax, implying that it was the mask’s plan to use Skull Kid all along and that Skull Kid was just a helpless victim in his villainous plan.
Is the Skull Kid in The Lost Woods the same Skull Kid?
In Ocarina of Time, Link enters the Lost Woods as a child and may encounter a Skull Kid who offers you a piece of heart in exchange for reading Saria’s Song. At the end of Majora’s Mask, Skull Kid says, “You smell like the little fairy who taught me that song in the woods…”.
This confirms that the Skull Kid from Majora’s Mask is the same one Link encounters in Ocarina of Time..
Skull Kid, despite being the antagonist of Majora’s Mask, is revealed at the end of the game to simply be a conduit for the mask’s power. Due to the Four Giants’ betrayal, Skull Kid yearned for them to remember him and would do anything to have friends – a wish unfortunately manipulated by Majora’s Mask.
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