Sheik (pronounced /ˈʃiːk/SHEEK) is one of the last surviving Sheikah in Ocarina of Time. He[note 1] aids Link on his quest without really describing who he is or why he is doing so. He has great advice, wisdom, and knowledge of the world, making him an invaluable ally for Link. Sheik also teaches Link various warp songs with the use of his Harp.
Sheik reveals himself to Link shortly after Link is freed from the Chamber of Sages after his seven year imprisonment. He informs Link that he must awaken the seven sages in order to bring peace back to Hyrule. Alerting him of the need to possess a new tool, the Hookshot in order to enter the temples, Sheik stays in front of the pedestal. He then later appears when Link arrives at the Sacred Forest Meadow. He tells Link about the warp songs used to warp to temple entrances and teaches him the Minuet of Forest before disappearing again. Further along, Sheik approaches Link at the Fire Temple entrance in the Death Mountain Crater, teaching him the Bolero of Fire before walking away, using a wall of flame to halt Link's inquiring advance.
When Kakariko Village comes under attack from a mysterious force, Link discovers that Sheik is already there. Together they encounter and are defeated by an invisible monster thought to be the Shadow Spirit. Sheik teaches Link the Nocturne of Shadow and urges Link to help Impa fight the Shadow Spirit. When Link discovers that he must venture back in time in order to do so, Sheik offers a helping hand informing Link on how to use the Master Sword and the Pedestal of Time in order to travel back and forth through time. He teaches Link the Prelude of Light then once again vanishes.
At the entrance of the Spirit Temple, Sheik appears to have been waiting for Link from atop a large rock formation, and once again, informs Link that he must enter the temple as a child, utilizing the Pedestal of Time in the Temple of Time. He gives Link a lesson on performing the Requiem of Spirit before using the desert winds as cover to vanish.
With all six sages freed, Link is instructed to return to the Temple of Time where none other than Sheik awaits. Sheik congratulates Link on his efforts and offers an explanation on what exactly happened to Hyrule during Link's disappearance before finally revealing his true identity as Princess Zelda.
In the Ocarina of Time manga, Sheik first appears to Link having tended his wounds after being defeated by Volvagia. Sheik is a spy for Ganondorf and later shows up to tell Link a rumor that Princess Zelda had been spotted in the Desert of Illusions, before vanishing again. On Link's way through the Desert, he nearly succumbs to blistering sands before Sheik pulls him out and continues to travel with him. Later that night, Link is attacked by illusions and images of his past, but Sheik is unaffected; Link wonders if it could be due to a lack of past in Sheik's life. Once reaching the Gerudo Fortress, Sheik knocks Link out, and the Hero is captured.
Once Link frees himself, he fights through the ranks of Gerudo, before Sheik comes to him with his sword and shield. Throwing them to Link, Sheik attacks the invisible Twinrova, who were watching nearby. They accuse Sheik of being a traitor. Sheik replies," A traitor? I was never one of you!" The Twinrova then blast Sheik into unconsciousness.
After escaping with the unconscious Sheik, Link finds a cave to rest in. He leaves to find water, flustered after getting too close to Sheik. He returns to find that Sheik, having awoken with the face wrappings off, appears to be female. Fully transforming, Sheik is revealed to be Zelda, who later explains that she had Impa lock her consciousness away and assume the disguise of a Sheikah boy.
Sheik first appears in the Super Smash Bros. series in Super Smash Bros. Melee. As Princess Zelda, she has the option of transforming into Sheik by pressing down the Stick while holding the B Button. Sheik has a completely different moveset than Zelda that are not based on magic, as her moves and weapons are quick and similar to those of a ninja. Sheik is always referred to as a female in the Super Smash Bros. series.
In The Subspace Emissary mode from Brawl, Sheik is first introduced after Solid Snake saves Zelda and Peach when they are captured inside the Halberd. Although he orders them to stay put, Zelda transforms into Sheik to escape along with Peach to the battleship's front deck. Eventually, they reach their destination when suddenly Fox in his Arwing destroys one of the airship's turrets, shooting near where Peach was walking. Thinking that Fox was aiming at Peach, Sheik teleports onto Fox’s Arwing and, using her hand, shatters the cockpit window. This forces Fox to eject out of the Arwing and land on the battleship’s front deck along with Sheik. Although the two begin to fight, Peach stops them by offering a cup of tea to Fox. Confused at first, Fox looks over to see that Sheik has already begun drinking the tea, thus realizing that Sheik and Peach are not his enemies as he accepts Peach's offer and joins them.
Sheik returns in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U as a separate character, no longer being a transformation of Zelda. Due to this, several new special moves exclusive to the Super Smash Bros. series were added to both characters' movesets. These include the Burst Grenade and Bouncing Fish for Sheik, and the Phantom Slash for Zelda.
Needle Storm is Sheik's neutral special move. By pressing the B Button, Sheik will grab some needles into her fingers and then throw them at the opponent. The longer the B Button is held, the more needles Sheik will hold between her fingers, with the maximum amount of five. Each needle does approximately 3% of damage, allowing this move to deal a maximum of 18% worth of damage. Sheik can save the needles for a short time by pressing the shield or grab button, and they can be fired by pressing the B Button again. Depending if Sheik is in the ground or not, the needles will strike horizontally or at a 45 degree angle.
Sheik reappears in a cloud of smoke after using Vanish
Chain is Sheik's side special move. When used, Sheik will pull out a chain and throw it across the stage. Tilting the analog stick gives the player full control of where the chain moves: sideways, up, and even behind Sheik, damaging any opponent that makes contact with the chain. Although it has poor damage and is sometimes inaccurate, the Chain is a good long-range move. In Brawl, the Chain now electrocutes any nearby foe and it can now be used as a tether recovery.
Vanish serves as Sheik's up special move. By pressing up in the control stick and the B Button, Sheik will disappear and then instantly reappear high above in a cloud of smoke. The position in where Sheik will reappear can be determined by tilting the control stick in a certain direction. Although Vanish does not travel as far as Zelda's Farore's Wind, it causes more damage than the magic spell.
Transform, which is Sheik's down special move, allows her to transform back into Princess Zelda. The transformation is faster in Melee than in Brawl; however, in the former, it can be interrupted by any regular attack, and in the latter, Zelda and Sheik are invulnerable as long as it lasts.
This is Zelda's alter ego. Using a variation of the name of the ancient Sheikah tribe, she appears before Link and teaches him melodies instrumental to his success. It's believed that she's not just a quick-change artist, but rather that she is able to instantaneously alter her clothing and her eye and skin color by using her magical skills.
Strategically switching between Zelda and Sheik is key. Compared to her Zelda form, Sheik is nimble and has gorgeous moves, but she lacks a strong knockout attack. The number of needles thrown in Needle Storm is based on how long you hold the B Button before releasing it. Use the Control Stick to wave the Chain after brandishing it.
The best strategy to use when playing as Sheik is to let her flow from one powerful attack into another, like a river of quicksilver. Zelda has some techniques with more punch, however, so in one-on-one battles, use Transform as needed. Sheik only travels a short way when using Vanish, but the move comes with a small explosion that damages foes around her.
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The persona Zelda adopted to escape from Ganondorf. She completely hid all traces of her Zelda identity and appeared to Link as the last member of the Sheikah tribe. She taught Link essential ocarina melodies and then vanished in an instant. She didn't appear very often--rather, she would show up to support Link in crucial situations.
Sheik's Final Smash. After grabbing a Smash Ball, Sheik will be able to wield a bow of light. The arrow fired from this bow has the power to pass through multiple targets, so it will damage all enemies in the direction it flies. This, coupled with its shield-breaking power, makes it even more terrible. Even in Sheik form, Zelda's ability as an archer is undiminished.
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Sheik appears as a playable character in Hyrule Warriors. While Princess Zelda is also a playable character, it is unknown if Sheik is her in disguise or an entirely new character. Sheik shows up in the story when Princess Zelda goes missing. In battle, Sheik uses the harp as her primary weapon which can conjure magical music that can summon different elements, such as creating a field of darkness that keeps enemies in place while damaging them, summoning a water spout, making an electric whirlwind that surrounds Sheik even while moving, or making a delayed detonation with a flame geyser. When using the harp for these elemental attacks, she plays the various warp songs from Ocarina of Time, as well as the Song of Storms. Primarily, Sheik's weak attacks are done with kunai.
Sheik's gender is not entirely clear.
Sheik has canonically only appeared in Ocarina of Time. Within that game, Sheik's gender was referred to once, by Princess Ruto, when she referred to Sheik as a "a young man" and "him". The Official Nintendo Player's Guide also describes Sheik as "a young man". As such, in combination with the more masculine appearance of Sheik than Zelda, in Ocarina of Time it appears that Sheik is at least supposed to be perceived as male. For that reason, Zelda Wiki refers to Sheik as male when referring to his canon appearances. Despite this, Sheik may simply be a well-done disguise that fooled Ruto into thinking "he" was male.
Eiji Aonuma has said that players preferred female characters that were more independent, citing Sheik and Tetra as examples. Zelda is referred to using feminine pronouns on the official Zelda website and on the Smash Bros. DOJO!! for Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Trophy descriptions in Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl also use feminine pronouns when referring to Sheik; however, while Super Smash Bros. Melee Sheik is based on the Ocarina of Time Sheik, Super Smash Bros. Brawl Sheik is based on the non-canonical alter ego of the Zelda from Twilight Princess. For these reasons, Zelda Wiki refers to Sheik as female when referring to her appearances in the Super Smash Bros. series. Super Smash Bros. Brawl Sheik retains the masculine appearance of her Ocarina of Time self.
In the non-canon Ocarina of Time manga, Zelda's mind was sealed away so she would believe she is male and take the identity of Sheik.
Some people speculate that Sheik was originally meant to be a male character, but has been recast as a female in recent years to better appease to the market. This argues that the idea of gender as an inherent and vital component of an individual's being is deeply ingrained in the (Western) mindset. Nintendo has over time made Ocarina of Time less controversial, such as by recoloring Ganon's blood from red to green, removing real-life religious symbols, and writing the ReDead trophy description in Super Smash Bros. Melee to remove the implication that the ones in the Hyrule Castle Town ruins were some of the previous inhabitants. It may be that Sheik as a secret male alter ego to a well-known female character originated as a creative story element, but that such a character would be difficult to market as a multiple-times gender-swapping combatant in the Super Smash Bros. series. Also, Nintendo does not have a large cast of noncontroversial, famous female characters, which makes a female Sheik more interesting from a marketing perspective.
Sheik from Ocarina of Time 3D
Sheik transforming into Zelda using the Triforce of Wisdom
Sheik in Ocarina of Time 3D
Sheik concept art from Ocarina of Time
Sheik concept art from Twilight Princess
Sheik concept art from Twilight Princess
Sheik in the opening of Super Smash Bros. Melee
Sheik in the opening of Super Smash Bros. Melee
Sheik using the Chain move in Super Smash Bros. Melee
Sheik using the Needle Storm move in Super Smash Bros. Melee
Sheik using the Vanish move in Super Smash Bros. Melee
Sheik transforming into Zelda in Super Smash Bros. Melee
Sheik and Link from Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Sheik using the Chain move in Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Sheik using the Light Arrow in Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Sheik in The Subspace Emissary from Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Sheik artwork from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U
↑"When evil rules all, an awakening voice from the Sacred Realm will call those destined to be Sages, who dwell in the five temples. One in a deep forest... One on a high mountain... One under a vast lake... One within the house of the dead... One inside a goddess of the sand..." — Sheik (Ocarina of Time)
↑"Unfortunately, equipped as you currently are, you cannot even enter the temple... But, if you believe what I'm saying, you should head to Kakariko Village..." — Sheik (Ocarina of Time)
↑"In order to come back here again, play the Minuet of Forest." — Sheik (Ocarina of Time)
↑"This song is dedicated to the power of the heart... Listen to the Bolero of Fire..." — Sheik (Ocarina of Time)
↑"We meet again, Link... If you came here to meet the Zoras, you wasted your time... This is all there is... With one exception, the Zoras are all now sealed under this thick ice sheet..." — Sheik (Ocarina of Time)
↑"A childish mind will turn to noble ambition... Young love will become deep affection... The clear water's surface reflects growth... Now listen to the Serenade of Water to reflect upon yourself...." — Sheik (Ocarina of Time)
↑"Destroy the evil shadow spirit and save Impa! There is an entrance to the Shadow Temple beneath the graveyard behind this village. The only thing I can do for you is teach you the melody that will lead you to the Shadow Temple... This is the melody that will draw you into the infinite darkness that absorbs even time... Listen to this, the Nocturne of Shadow!!" — Sheik (Ocarina of Time)
↑"If you want to return to your original time, return the Master Sword to the Pedestal of Time. By doing this, you will travel back in time seven years..." — Sheik (Ocarina of Time)
↑"The time will come when you will have to return here quickly... I will teach this to you for when that time comes... The song to return you to the Temple of Time... The Prelude of Light..." — Sheik (Ocarina of Time)
↑"The Master Sword is a ship with which you can sail upstream and downstream through time's river... The port for that ship is in the Temple of Time... To restore the Desert Colossus and enter the Spirit Temple, you must travel back through time's flow..." — Sheik (Ocarina of Time)
↑"Listen to this Requiem of Spirit... This melody will lead a child back to the desert." — Sheik (Ocarina of Time)
↑"A young man named Sheik saved me from under the ice..." — Princess Ruto (Ocarina of Time)
↑"If you see Sheik, please give him my thanks, OK?" — Princess Ruto (Ocarina of Time)
↑"We recently received information from a survey conducted in the US that indicated that, among our female characters, users had a preference for those that were more on the independent side, such as Shiek and Tetra" — Zelda Developer Was Stumped By New Zelda Game’s Puzzles, Kotaku, published Nov 25, 2009, retrieved Oct 2, 2011.
↑"Sheik always covered her face and muffled her voice to protect her identity, but Link soon learned that this helpful soul was in fact his good friend Princess Zelda. Her unusual dress and demeanor came from being raised as a Sheikah by her protector Impa." — Zelda Universe, Zelda.com, retrieved June 28, 2014.
↑ 19.019.1Sheik, Smash Bros. DOJO!! (archive), published January 21, 2008, retrieved June 28, 2014.
↑"This is Zelda's alter ego. Using a variation of the name of the ancient Sheikah tribe, she appears before Link and teaches him melodies instrumental to his success. It's believed that she's not just a quick-change artist, but rather that she is able to instantaneously alter her clothing and her eye and skin color by using her magical skills." — Sheik trophy (Super Smash Bros. Melee)
↑"Strategically switching between Zelda and Sheik is key. Compared to her Zelda form, Sheik is nimble and has gorgeous moves, but she lacks a strong knockout attack. The number of needles thrown in Needle Storm is based on how long you hold the B Button before releasing it. Use the Control Stick to wave the Chain after brandishing it." — Sheik (Smash) trophy (Super Smash Bros. Melee)
↑"The best strategy to use when playing as Sheik is to let her flow from one powerful attack into another, like a river of quicksilver. Zelda has some techniques with more punch, however, so in one-on-one battles, use Transform as needed. Sheik only travels a short way when using Vanish, but the move comes with a small explosion that damages foes around her." — Sheik (Smash) trophy (Super Smash Bros. Melee)
↑"The persona Zelda adopted to escape from Ganondorf. She completely hid all traces of her Zelda identity and appeared to Link as the last member of the Sheikah tribe. She taught Link essential ocarina melodies and then vanished in an instant. She didn't appear very often--rather, she would show up to support Link in crucial situations." — Sheik trophy (Super Smash Bros. Brawl)