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"You got the Hero's New Clothes! What the... Wow. They're really light."
— In-game description

The Hero's New Clothes are a recurring item in the Legend of Zelda series. The Hero's New Clothes is a set of clothes made from a material that can be seen only by the honest and appear to be invisible to anyone else.

Appearances

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

In a Second Quest, Link's Grandma, instead of giving Link the Hero's Clothes, gives him the Hero's New Clothes. According to Link's Grandma, the clothes are made of a fabric that only the honest can see, although the in-game description suggests that they are not even there at all. However, if Link uses the Magic Armor it will form an outline similar to Link's tunic and cap, implying that he is indeed wearing the clothes. After the final battle of the game, the bubble that forms around Link also resembles the tunic.

When Link wears them, they appear to make no difference at all; he is seen in his blue shirt with the crawfish on it, with no hat, just like when the player first starts the game. It also affects some dialogue, as when shown to Aryll, instead of stating how Link looks too warm in the clothes, she tells Link that even though she cannot see them, she is sure that they look nice. Aryll also states that he always wears the same outfit and that he needs a new look.

The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass

The Hero's New Clothes are given to Link by the Man of Smiles, after Link manages to defeat all the creatures that have taken over his boat. This invisible set of clothes cannot be worn or used by Link, but can be traded with the Self-proclaimed Hero for a Kaleidoscope during the quest for the Great Spin Attack.

Etymology

The Hero's New Clothes is a likely reference to the fairy tale, The Emperor's New Clothes, where a pair of con artists convince a vain emperor of their ability to create a set of clothes that only intelligent people can see, when in fact, they produce nothing and charge large amounts of money for their "work". The climax of the story has the emperor parading in the street naked while the townspeople pretend to see his glorious clothes out of fear that they may be called idiots. Much of the dialogue in the Second Quest of The Wind Waker regarding the Hero's New Clothes is quite tongue in cheek and suggests that the same has happened here.

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