Like Like from Ocarina of Time and
|Game(s)||The Legend of Zelda|
A Link to the Past
Ocarina of Time
Oracle of Ages
Oracle of Seasons
The Minish Cap
A Link Between Worlds
|Non-canon Appearances||Super Smash Bros. Melee|
Like Likes are a recurring enemy in The Legend of Zelda series.
The Like Like is a voracious and gelatinous, tube-like creature that usually resides in wet and dark places, but can also be occasionally found in dry areas. This creature is most well known for sucking up its prey into its wide, round mouth, and often robbing them of their Shields before it spits them out. This trait is similar to that of the Pikit.
Unique to Ocarina of Time, Like Likes may also steal Goron and Zora Tunics if Link happens to be wearing whichever one, though he can still swap his equipment before he is spit out. To consume a Shield or other equipment, Like Likes will suck in and engulf Link, constricting him inside of their gelatinous "mouths" until they can remove his equipment, after which they will spit him out without his equipment and avoid him until they finish digesting. In some cases, Link must struggle to get free. In Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks, Like Likes will try to suck in Link through a wind tunnel, similar to vacuums. Even if Link has no Shield, Like Likes will continue to attack Link, dealing minimal damage in the process. Only in a few games, such as the A Link to the Past GBA re-release and their 3D console appearances, will they inflict any sort of damage.
In all games, Like Likes cannot take certain Shields, especially if that Shield has only one of its type. These include Link’s original Shield from The Legend of Zelda (which Link will revert to when his Magical Shield is eaten), some incarnations of the Mirror Shield, and the Shield of Antiquity. In some games, including The Legend of Zelda and the Oracle series, once a Like Like swallows a Shield, the item is gone for good, necessitating a purchase of a new one. Contrarily, in every other game, the same Like Like that swallows one of Link’s Shields will drop it if slain quickly enough. In the GBA re-release of A Link to the Past, they will fly away once having stolen Link's Shield.
Link can fight Like Likes with his Sword, Bow, and several other weapons. In Ocarina of Time, the Biggoron Sword can defeat it in one strike. In most games, the Boomerang can also be used to stun Like Likes as well. While the Hookshot can also be used in some games, it does not work in all games, and instead may pull Link into the mouth of the Like Like and risk losing his equipment. An effective method of dealing with these foes introduced in Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks is to toss a Bomb into the Like Like's mouth as it tries to vacuum Link in.
|Like Like (Figurine from The Minish Cap)|
||Appears in caves, dungeons, etc. Don’t let them grab you: they’ll eat your shield if they hold you long enough. Swing your sword to escape.|
- Main article: Rupee Like
The Rupee Like is a variant of the Like Like, which prefers Rupees over equipment. These foes look identical to regular Like Likes, except that they have a small stalk with a baited Rupee on its end. The Rupee Like uses this stalk to bait prey while it is buried underground, often among a group of regular Rupees, then appear in ambush once its victim is close enough. Once caught, they will try to drain Link's Rupees until he struggles free.
- Main article: Force Like
Force Likes are the Force Gem equivalent of the Rupee Like, in that they steal Force Gems. They appear in Four Swords Adventures. They are otherwise identical to the Rupee Likes, and similarly bait the Links with a fake Force Gem on their head stalks.
- Main article: Deku Like
Deku Likes are a plant-based variety in Twilight Princess. They do not steal any of Link's equipment or items, but will cause damage if he falls into their mouths. They can only be destroyed with Bombs or Bomblings.
According to the Like Like Trophy in Super Smash Bros. Melee, the name Like Like is derived from an ancient Hyrulean proverb, "Shield-eaters and world leaders have many likes alike". In the Japanese version, it comes from the Japanese proverb 蓼食う虫も好き好き (Tade kū mushi mo sukizuki), which roughly means "each to their own tastes". Since shield (たて) and water-pepper (たで) are very similar in spelling, the Like Like is a reference to the saying, corrupting "water-pepper" to "shield".
- Pikit is known as a Like Like in the Japanese version of A Link to the Past, despite normal Like Likes later appearing alongside Pikits in the GBA version.
- The Like Like Ring from the Oracle series transforms Link into a Like Like when worn, but it serves no other purpose.
Like Likes outside the Dark World Shield Shop in the GBA re-release of A Link to the Past
- "A tube-like monster that has a soft spot for magic shields - he eats them up" (The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 37)
- "Like Like An enemy that eats shields and certain clothes. Beat it quickly to get your gear back!" — Navi (Ocarina of Time)
- "Like Likes/This huge, pulsating sponge swallows Link whole and munches his Shield. Use your Sword to win back the Shield." (The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Nintendo Player's Guide (Nintendo of America, inc.), pg. 96)
- "Like Like/These worm-like foes will suck Link up if he gets too close, so toss bombs at them from afar instead. If bombs aren't an option, use the boomerang to stun Like Likes before moving close to attack with Link's sword." (The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks Premiere Edition (Prima Games), pg. 31)
- Clyde Mandelin, DO ZELDA’S “LIKE LIKES” COME FROM A JAPANESE PROVERB?, Legends of Localization, published March 29, 2014, retrieved March 30, 2014.
|Names in Other Regions|
|Japanese||ライクライク (Raiku Raiku)||Like Like|
|Spanish||Like like (OoT3D)|
|French||Like Like (OoT3D)|
|Chinese||来客来客 (Láikè Láikè)||Guest guest, transliteration of Like Like|