Monday, April 23, 2012

T is for Tingle

"Tingle, Tingle! Kooloo-Limpah! These are magic words that Tingle created himself. Don't steal them!"

When thinking of what to write for "T" day, the first thought I had was of Tingle, so I'm going with it. For those who don't know about Tingle, you haven't played enough Legend of Zelda.

Tingle is a weirdo. In fact, in a gaming series full of weirdos, Tingle's really high up on the weirdo list. The first game he was ever in is Majora's Mask. He sold Link maps. Link could  buy these maps after he shot down Tingle's balloon.  You see, Tingle floats around via balloon. One red balloon that's stored in his backpack. If that's not strange enough, he also wants to be a fairy, dresses up like Link, and he's 35 years old. You also meet Tingle's dad in Majora's Mask. Needless to say, he's not too impressed by his son's behavior.

The game that made Tingle infamous for me is Wind Waker. He's kind of a money-grubbing jerk. After Link springs him from jail, he gives him a poorly drawn map of "Tingle Island."  When Link gets there, Tingle's brothers are doing all the work as he lazes about. Tingle charges him 398 rupees to decipher each of the eight Triforce locations. That's a hell of a lot of cash.

Tingle's also been in Four Swords Adventures were he tries to steal Force Gems from Link. Tingle and his brothers also appear in the Minish Cap. He made an appearance in Oracle of Ages as well.

Even if Tingle isn't in some of the Legend of Zelda games there still might be a mention of him. There's a wanted poster of him in Phantom Hourglass. Statues and a picture of him in Spirit Tracks and a doll in Skyward Sword can be found.

Even though he's somewhat annoying, Tingle has become part of the Legend of Zelda experience for me. He doesn't need to be active in every game, but finding a doll or poster is a cool way to remind Zelda fans of one of the greatest weirdos to ever grace the series.


  1. Oh, dear. I'm ostracized. I haven't played Legend of Zelda at all. Tingle looks nice though. I had an aunt called Zelda. Maybe that counts. Blog on!

  2. OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG!


    I very rarely use caps. In fact, I can't think of a time when I've used all caps.

    Suffice to say, I think it hammers home just how much I hate Tingle!



    1. LOL. I figured I'd get that reaction from people. I don't hate him, but he is annoying and creepy. Now if we're talking about Navi, I'd choke her out in a heartbeat. :)

    2. Navi...Captain obvious! Possibly the most useless guide ever created!

      Honestly, a blind guy who stank or urine and grunted while pointing his stick would have been of more use!

  3. Oh, Zelda! I haven't seen that game in maybe 10's still around??? Wow! ~ Angela, Whole Foods Living,

    1. Yep, the last one was just released in November, my S day post is all about it. And i hear there's 1 or 2 new games in the works! Last year LoZ celebrated it's 25th anniversary.

  4. I have a cousin who is obsessed about the Legend of Zelda. Amazing the amount of stuff you learn from a nut head like that. =)

    From Diary of a Writer in Progress

  5. Tingle is creepy. If you talk to the guy dressed in white on Tingle Island, you find out his name is David Jr. and Tingle is holding him hostage!

  6. Sometimes I wish I was a gamer so I could understand. :)

  7. I guess there's an entire subculture I know nothing about.

    Catch My Words

  8. I haven't had the pleasure--or should I say displeasure?--of meeting Tingle yet, but it sounds like he is quite the character. Great post!

  9. He's actually pretty popular in Japan. He has his own games, and people really like him there... which is really strange. The first time I saw him in Majora's Mask, I spent like five minutes just looking at him, going, "WTF?! Who is this creeper?" After that, I started laughing.

    I don't really hate him, either. He's become another part of the whole Zelda experience... even if it is sort of as a joke. But there's some truth in the person that he represents, deluding himself into thinking he's the hero.

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