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This article is about the race. For the language, see Hylian Language.
Link Artwork 2 (Twilight Princess)
Link, an example of a Hylian
First appearance The Legend of Zelda (1987)
Homeland Hyrule
Preceded by Either the gods or the Oocca
Succeeded by Humans
Distinctions Long pointed ears
Notable members Anju
Daphnes Nohansen Hyrule
Princess Zelda

The Hylians, also known as the Hylia people, are a recurring race of humans in the Legend of Zelda series. Descendents of the goddess Hylia, from which their name derives, the Hylians are the original race of Hyrule. Physically, Hylians resemble other humans, and the only difference appearance-wise between them is the Hylians' long, elf-like ears that supposedly enable them to hear special messages from the goddessess. Their heritage also gives them unique psychic and magical abilities. The Hylians have therefore given birth to many heroes through the ages, most notably Link.

It seems that aside from their magical abilities, the Hylians also possess a degree of superhuman strength as Link in The Adventures of Link, Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword have shown. This may however, be limited to physically fit Hylians who have matured to some degree.

In the early part of Hyrule's history, Hylians were the dominant and most populous of the general humanoid races, as shown in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. In the Adult timeline, the bloodline began to thin, and Hylians were replaced by humans as the most widespread humanoid species, becoming increasingly rarer by the time of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker; however, the majority of the Great Sea's inhabitants are still of Hylian descent. In the Child Timeline and Fallen Hero Timeline, it seems that the Hylians and Humans are about the same amount.

Terminan Hylians

Hylians in Majora's Mask are often called "Terminans" by fans; however, this is technically incorrect. "Terminan" could apply to anyone from Termina, including other races such as Gorons, Zoras, Deku Scrubs, etc. So-called "Terminans" seem different from the Hylians in Ocarina of Time, such as being more technologically-advanced, but this by no means implies a different race. The Hylians in Termina do not refer to themselves as Hylians or Terminans, but as humans. Since Termina is an alternate world to Hyrule, and the goddess Hylia is only known to appear in Hyrule, its inhabitants may have never known the term Hylian.

Hylian Knights

Main article: Knights of Hyrule

The Knights of Hyrule can be traced back to the academy of knights in Skyloft. They are the ancient knights protecting the Royal Family of Hyrule. During the Imprisoning War, most of them were killed. According to The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and Ocarina of Time, the Link in A Link to the Past and the Hero of Time are descendants of the Knights of Hyrule. Apparently, only the descendants of the Knights of Hyrule can wield the legendary Blade of Evil's Bane, the Master Sword. This further hints that each Link is related to one another.

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