|Title(s)||Survivor of the Sheikahs|
|Gender||Female (disguised/transformed into a male)|
|Game(s)||Ocarina of Time|
|Non-canon Appearances|| Super Smash Bros. Melee|
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U
|Era||Era of the Hero of Time|
|Voice Actor(s)||Jun Mizusawa|
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.
All of the quotes from Sheik can be read here.
Sheik's Incarnations and Appearances
Ocarina of Time
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.
Sheik once again mysteriously appears in the Ice Cavern to inform Link of the fate of the Zoras and to teach him the Serenade of Water. He then awaits outside the Water Temple for Link to free the temple from Morpha's influence and awaken the Water Temple sage before disappearing once again.
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.
According to the Super Smash Bros. Brawl official site and Hyrule Historia, a design of Sheik was drafted as he might appear in Twilight Princess, but this idea was later scrapped. His Twilight Princess model was used in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
Debate on Sheik's Gender
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's Player Guide also describes Sheik as "a young man". Sheik's art displays a significantly more masculine build than Zelda's. Within the context of Ocarina of Time, it appears that Sheik is at least supposed to be perceived as male, regardless of what "he" may truly be. For that reason, Zelda Wiki refers to Sheik as male, because the perception is the only certainty about the character's gender.
Within the game, Sheik is never unambiguously indicated to be of either gender. "He" may very well be merely a well-done disguise that had Ruto fooled into thinking "he" was male. And in that vein, the Official Nintendo's Player Guide is likely written as it is in order to not spoil the revelation of Sheik's true identity to the readers.
The Ocarina of Time manga states that Zelda's mind was sealed away so she would believe she is a boy and take the identity of Sheik. Though the Manga contradicts the game on various points, Eiji Aonuma has said that "the manga makes up for [the game] by filling the gaps 'precisely.'" However, he later stated that players preferred female characters that were more independent, like Sheik and Tetra. Trophy descriptions in the Super Smash Bros. series use feminine pronouns when referring to Sheik; however, while Melee Sheik is based on the Ocarina of Time Sheik, Brawl Sheik is based on the non-canonical alter ego of the Zelda from Twilight Princess. Brawl Sheik retains the masculine appearance of her Ocarina of Time self.
It has also been suggested 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 transforming from Zelda using the power of the Triforce of Wisdom
Sheik in Ocarina of Time 3D
Sheik in the Subspace Emissary from Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Artwork of Sheik from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U
- "I am Sheik. Survivor of the Sheikahs..." — Sheik (Ocarina of Time)
- "I've been waiting for you, Hero of Time..." — Sheik (Ocarina of Time)
- "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)
- Super Smash Bros. DOJO!! - Sheik
- "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)
- Zelda manga interview at Knights of Hyrule
- "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.
- Game|Life Spirit Tracks interview
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