Artwork of Maple from Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons
|First appearance||Oracle of Ages & Oracle of Seasons (2001)|
|Appears in||A Link to the Past|
Oracle of Ages
Oracle of Seasons
|Homeland||(Oracle of Ages)|
(Oracle of Seasons)
- "Ow! Ow! Ow!!! Watch where you're goin'! You just hit Maple, the Great Witch Syrup's apprentice! Thanks to you, all the stuff fell out of my bag! The Great Witch will be mad!"
- — Maple
Maple is a recurring character in the Legend of Zelda series. She is the teenage granddaughter of Syrup the witch and is training to become a proper witch like her grandmother. She can often be perceived as a bit rude and headstrong. In The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons, she flies around the worlds of Holodrum and Labrynna, her transportation alternating between a stereotypical witch's broom, a flying vacuum cleaner and, in Linked Games, a flying saucer. In the Oracle Games, it is completely optional to bump into her when she appears, with the exception of the first meeting, but it is recommended that Link does so if he wants to collect the rare Piece of Heart she sometimes drops.
Maple appears exclusively in the Game Boy Advance port of A Link to the Past, replacing the generic apprentice who tends the sales in the Magic Shop in eastern Hyrule. If Link talks to her, she will give him a sample of Red Potion, effectively restoring all his Heart Containers. Also, Link can give a Mushroom to the witch outside the shop, who will create Magic Powder for him. Once the brew is done (exiting the area near the shop is required) it can be found and obtained right beside Maple.
Interestingly, her sprite is similar in design to that of her appearances in the Oracle series. She stands out due to the fact that it features very little detail compared to other sprites from the game.
Despite her cameo in the GBA port of A Link to the Past, Maple's true first appearance in the Legend of Zelda series is in Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons. Here, Maple can be encountered in select areas of Labrynna or Holodrum, in Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons respectively. There are three key elements that suggest that she will appear: no enemies will appear on the screen, the BGM will change to music exclusive to when she appears and a shadow that appears overhead. Once she appears in a screen, she will fly in random patterns about the screen until either she crashes with Link or she flies away again.
If she collides with Link, both of their belongings will drop out of their pockets and fly about the screen. Link must then race against Maple to pick up the items the fastest. Link retains all of the items that he picks up, among several rare items like Seed Rings, Magic Potions, Gasha Seeds, and a Piece of Heart. Link can also pick up the items he himself dropped, as well as some common items, like hearts, bombs, and Rupees dropped by Maple. The more times that Link encounters Maple, the faster she will collect items. After a certain number of appearances, she will use different modes of transport, including a flying vacuum cleaner and a flying saucer.
Maple plays a part in the trading sequences in both games. In Oracle of Ages, if she bumps into Link while he is carrying the Touching Book, she will trade it for a Magic Oar. In Oracle of Seasons, she will trade a Ghastly Doll for a dropped Lon Lon Egg.
When Link and Ricky find the Temple of Seasons, they find the area strewn with debris, by Maple, who was in there looking for the Rod of Seasons. Maple was attacked by the monster of the temple, and is saved by Link. After Link retrieves the Rod of Seasons, she goes along with them, planning to steal it and abandon them. While going up the mountains, to Onox's castle, they get attacked by hordes of monsters. Link accidently drops the Rod when Ricky refuses to let Link fight alongside him. Maple takes it and flees, but then returns after feeling guilty about her decision. She makes it back to Link during his battle with General Onox, who was using Din as a shield, preventing Link from attacking effectively. Maple then acts by quickly handing Link the rod. The Rod of Seasons and Din are drawn to each other, and removes Onox's hold on Din. Maple takes Din to safety, and helps Link battle Onox in his true form, by making magic decoys of Link and his bombs. After the victory, she celebrates with everyone.
Maple was set to appear in the unreleased game Mystical Seeds of Courage. The info available about the game states that she will fly around on her broom stick and crash into Link much like her appearance in Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons only instead of causing Link to lose items she would cause the plot to move forward at certain points.