Majora's Mask, also known simply as Majora, is a fictional character in Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda franchise, and the main antagonist/plot point in The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. It is arguably the series' most depraved and bizarre villain (though, admittedly, almost nothing is known about it). Despite appearing as an inanimate object, and using the Skull Kid as its puppet, the mask carries obvious sentience and the ability to speak coherently, through its wearer or of its own power. The gender of Majora is disputed, as neither the game nor any supplementary material states this.
Character history Edit
Majora's Mask is an accursed item from legend that is said to have been used by a mysterious ancient tribe (presumably the Dark Interlopers, though this is merely speculation) in its hexing rituals. The legend goes on to say that an evil and wicked power comes upon the one who wears the mask. The troubles caused by Majora's Mask were so great that the people of old hid the mask in shadow forever, preventing its misuse. The tribe eventually died out, and the true nature of the mask was no longer known.
Found by a Salesman and Stolen by an ImpEdit
Eventually, possibly hundreds of years after the sealing of the mask, the Happy Mask Salesman, a strange collector of masks, set out on a quest to find the mask. He went to "great lengths" to find the legendary mask and eventually obtained it. As he continued his travels across the world, the Skull Kid, who enjoyed playing pranks, knocked the Happy Mask salesman out (or simply robbed him in his sleep) and ransacked his bag of masks. He eventually found Majora's Mask and put it on his face. The power residing within the mask took control of him and his personality changed from a child's to a madman's. The mask eventually consumed him entirely, making him evil. However, it should be noted that Skull Kid had once tried to destroy Termina himself, so he may not have been very good from the start.
Majora, the creature inside the mask/the mask brought to life, forces the Skull Kid to manipulate the Moon of Termina. The moon is taken out of its orbit and is set to crash into Termina. However, by mere chance, Link stumbles upon the alternate reality and eventually manages to save the Moon from crashing into the world by calling the Four Giants. At this, the mask abandons Skull Kid and retreats into the inner sanctum of the Moon. Link and Tatl follow into the Moon for a battle with Majora.
After the defeat of Majora's three forms, the mask seemingly loses its power and sentience, and the Happy Mask Salesman takes it with him on his travels to unknown places.
The manga by Akira Himekawa, although not by official Nintendo authors, provides a side story that attempts to explain the origin of the mask.
The manga reveals Majora's Mask to be an ancient and dangerous artifact made from the body armor of a legendary beast named Majora. Majora lived in a land that was not moving, but not dead either, nor had it stopped. According to a myth devised "by the humans themselves," the armor worn by Majora was supposed to grant wishes and hold a great and terrible power. Warriors, adventurers, soldiers, men, and women sought after Majora for his armor, though he killed them all.
After centuries of a solitary existence, a human, disguised as a musician and resembling the Fierce Deity, approached Majora, and offered it eternal rest, not by fighting, but by playing music. As the human beat a drum he carried with him, "making time move", Majora began to dance for three days, and on the fourth day, died. All that remained of the beast was his armor.
The human carved Majora's Mask from the armor. By doing so, all of Majora's power was sealed in the mask. The human believed that by creating the mask, his power was no longer a menace. He threw the mask in an abyss and it was lost for centuries.
When found by the Happy Mask Salesman and stolen by the Skull Kid, it stays with the latter for the most part, but eventually abandons him when the giants stop the moon like in the video game. However, Majora mocks the Skull Kid, calling him trash and tries to kill him just because it thought he was no fun. Link saves the Skull Kid (having grown sympathetic to him), and Majora challenges Link to a game of "tag," and gives him the Fierce Deity's Mask. Majora warns Link not to put it on, but Link is now too disgusted by its evil to listen, does so, and follows Majora. In the battle, Majora first just runs around, but then attacks Link, but quickly proves no-match for Link with Fierce Deity's Mask, whom effortlessly kills Majora in one attack. Majora, in the manga, displayed a sinister, childish personality. It appears to like to play, but its ideas of what is fun are twisted, and it even calls Link mean when he starts to defend himself.
The entity that inhabits the mask seems to be highly disturbed, insane, and childish (though, when possessing the Skull Kid, it could simply be trying to masquerade as him). After speaking for itself for the first time near the end of the game, it declares Skull Kid was merely its puppet, suggesting that it was in fact the mask's essence itself that craved so much misery and destruction. All of the powers it used seem to suggest or induce insanity, such as the transformation of Kafei into a child mere days before his wedding, the transformation of Link into a Deku Scrub, and various other bizarre and psychopathic problems it caused. The hideous visage it gave to the moon also seems to indicate madness. Inside the moon, in a very peaceful but surreal meadow, Majora (and the other four masks) take on the form of children, Majora sitting alone and staring at the ground. It asks Link to play a game of "Good Guys and Bad Guys", where Link is the "Bad Guy". In combat, Majora has a tendency to laugh to itself manically, and lets out a high-pitched, childish shriek when injured, and all of his forms have a very chaotic and unsettling appearance.
Majora seems to have a strained background with the Fierce Deity. When asking to play their game of "Good Guys and Bad Guys", Majora freely offers Link the Fierce Deity's Mask so that he may become the "True Bad Guy". This, coupled with Majora's obvious sensitivity to the Deity's powers, suggests that Majora has a negative relationship with the being and wants to destroy him, or at least his incarnation. However, this was never fully elaborated upon in the game, so the nature of the two's relationship is speculatory. However, Majora's psychosis is only further evidenced by the offering of an item obviously beyond his own power level.
Majora's gender is unclear. Though its shrieks of pain in battle are high-pitched, it does appear as a child before the battle. The eyes of Majora's Wrath form could be seen as somewhat reminiscent of human breasts; its muscular structure, on the other hand, appears more masculine.
Majora's Mask takes on three different forms in the final boss battle, which are listed here.
The first of Majora's forms is simply an enlarged version of the mask itself. In a brief cutscene, the floating Majora's Mask grows tentacles and attacks Link.
In order to actually damage the mask, Link must first use a projectile weapon to stun it from behind, thus knocking the mask to the ground and creating an opening for assault via melee weapons. Arrows may be used to stun Majora's Mask, although it seems able to dodge them quite easily. Alternately, the boomerang-like fins of Mikau, Link's Zora transformation counterpart, are able to go around the back of Majora's Mask and home in on its vulnerable posterior. This latter strategy proves to stun Majora's Mask with much more consistency.
After Majora's Mask is stunned and subsequently hit three separate times, the four guardian masks are called to aid and begin to assist the mask by firing orbs of energy at Link. During this second phase of the battle, Majora's Mask uses a fiery laser beam against Link, as well as the aforementioned spin attack. Link may use his Mirror Shield to deflect this beam back at Majora's Mask, which stuns the mask the same as a projectile attack from the rear. If hit in his normal form, this fire beam simply knocks Link to the ground. However, the beam proves immediately lethal if Link is hit in either his Zora or Deku Scrub form, due to the innate weakness to fire which both forms possess.
After continually damaging Majora's Mask (about 6 hits beyond the initial 3), it transforms.
After its first form is defeated, Majora grows arms, legs, and a small head with a single eyeball with the mask itself as the torso. It performs various dance moves (similar to that of a ReDead) and possesses incredible speed to the point of leaving a trail of afterimages in its wake, making it highly difficult to hit. It attacks by simply ramming into Link, and occasionally stops to hurl a barrage of multi-colored energy balls from its hands. However, it can be knocked down by any kind of successful attack, such as an arrow shot, leaving it vulnerable to Link's sword.
After being defeated by Link in this form, Majora transforms again.
After its second defeat, Majora's limbs grew muscular and it developed long tentacles and grows a full head and overall demonic appearance. Its main attacks involved whipping Link with its long tentacles, usually knocking him down. It could also spin around on these tentacles, or unleash a massive combination attack on him. It could also extract top-like blades by pulling out the eye in its forehead and leaps across the room with surprising grace. It must be hit with an arrow or Mikau's Zora fins, then attacked with Link's sword. An alternative method to the battle is to use the Fierce Deity's Mask, which makes it quite easier.
After delivering the final blow, Majora disintegrated, along with the rest of the moon's chambers, and the moon disappears.
Majora is the only Zelda antagonist who does not seem to have clear motives. Most villains, such as Ganon or Zant, wish to rule their land, but Majora seems happy with just causing destruction. As it amplifies the wearer's dark desires, the motive for each owner may be different. However, Majora itself most likely has differing motives from the wearer, corrupting their mind and bringing about its own ends for destruction. It seems to have a very pronounced sadistic streak, not only causing destruction, but causing the Skull Kid to use the mask's powers to generally make the lives of Termina's inhabitants miserable.
There is one possible motive for Majora's actions. It's possible that Majora, like some other evil spirits, was able to feed on the pain and suffering of others and that its goal was to regain its lost strength by causing as much suffering as possible. This would explain why the severity of the possessed Skull Kid's crimes started out as childish pranks before slowly growing worse. Most of Majora's strength was likely lost when it was sealed away. Because of this, its initial hold on the Skull Kid would have been weak. But, as it slowly fed on the anger and sadness caused by the Skull Kid's pranks, it became powerful enough to take full control of the Skull Kid and even use much of its lost magic. If this theory is correct, then dropping the moon was likely meant to be Majora's coup de grace. The pain and suffering caused by murdering so many people would have given Majora tremendous power. Had Link not intervened and Majora had succeeded, it's possible that it would have become powerful enough to rival the gods.
It is believed that, since the eyes of Majora's Mask are similar to the eye on the Fused Shadow from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, that it may have been the Twili who created Majora's Mask, but this is unknown and has never been answered by the makers of Zelda.