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Human is a term sparsely mentioned in the Zelda series, but is nonetheless a part of the universe surrounding it. According to dialog in Twilight Princess, the term at least applies to Hylians, but would seem to be a wider umbrella term that includes others outside their group as well.
Confirmed Human Races
- Main article: Hylians
A people with long and pointed ears who seem usually to be fair-skinned, that are mentioned to have a penchant for magic. They are the predominant and most common people of Hyrule. It appears that Hylians are common in lands beyond Hyrule as well, though its possible at least some of these people may be of a different group and are just similiar to Hylians. Hylians are the most encountered race in most of the Zelda games.
- Main article: Gerudo
The Gerudo are a race of dark-skinned, red-haired humans who live in the desert. Most Gerudo are female, and most of them are thieves and warriors. When a Gerudo male is born, it is a rare and celebrated event, as it only occurs once every 100 years, and the male Gerudo usually becomes their revered leader. Gerudo live in the Gerudo Desert of Hyrule, but in the alternate reality Link enters in Majora's Mask, they live as sea pirates on the coasts of Termina.
There are a number of humans that are round-eared but are otherwise similar to the Hylians in appearance and culture, and often live with them in the same towns, it is unknown as to whether or not these humans belong to a distinct race. Round-eared humans do not possess magical powers, unlike Hylians. These particular humans are the majority on the islands of the Great Sea, the lands of Holodrum and Labrynna, and a province of Hyrule, Ordona.
To some extent, it is unclear as to which of the earlier games round-eared humans did appear in and which ones they didn't. The reason for this is due to more simple graphics that made it difficult to distinguish small details on a character that didn't have artwork, such as his or her ears. With the improvement of technology, this lessened by the time of The Wind Waker and Four Swords Adventures. They did appear in Link's Awakening and were heavily featured in the Oracle games.
There is speculation among the fan community that these round-eared humans are more truly "ordinary humans" due to their more anatomically realistic appearance, while Hylians and others are different and/or special types of humans.
- ↑ "It was also said that their long, pointed ears enabled them to hear special messages from the gods." (A Link to the Past manual, pg. 4)
- ↑ "With their magic infused blood, the Hylian people were endowed with psychic powers and skill in wizardry." (A Link to the Past manual, pg. 4)
- ↑ "Ganon...This beast was once of the Gerudo...Once human. He was called Ganondorf! King of Darkness, ancient demon reborn. The wielder of the trident!!" — Princess Zelda (Four Swords Adventures)
- ↑ "A kid like you may not know this, but the Gerudo race consists only of women. Only one man is born every hundred years. [...] [Our] laws say that lone male Gerudo must become King of the Gerudo. . ." — Nabooru (Ocarina of Time)
- ↑ "They say that Gerudos sometimes come to Hyrule Castle Town to look for boyfriends." — Gossip Stone (Ocarina of Time)
- ↑ "We are called the Lokomos. We are servants of the spirits." — Anjean (Spirit Tracks)
- ↑ "You see, as Lokomos... We weren't only meant to protect the Spirit Tracks. We were also meant to watch over mankind." — Anjean (Spirit Tracks)
- ↑ ""Impossible...I've trained for longer than you can even imagine. How could a pair of human children defeat me?"" — Byrne (Spirit Tracks)
- ↑ "R.I.P. Here lie the souls of those who swore fealty to the Royal Family of Hyrule: The Sheikah, guardians of the Royal Family and founders of Kakariko, watch over these spirits in their eternal slumber." — Grave (Ocarina of Time)
- ↑ "As a member of the Sheikah, the goddess's chosen guardians, I gladly welcome this duty." — Impa (Skyward Sword)
- ↑ "Have you heard the legend of the "Shadow Folk"? They are the Sheikah...the shadows of the Hylians. They say they swore allegiance to the King of Hyrule and guarded the Royal Family..." — Old Man (Ocarina of Time)
- ↑ "The people who built the Wind Ruins. They now live above the clouds, suspended by their own magic ability to control the wind." — Wind Tribe Figurine (The Minish Cap)
- ↑ "Although we are of the Wind Tribe, we, too, once lived on the surface. Once, the place you call the Wind Ruins was, to us, a home." — Caprice (The Minish Cap)
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