- This article is about Midna's playable Cursed Imp form from the Hyrule Warriors series.
- "Cia made a critical error when she opened a portal to the Era of Twilight. While a swarm of monsters joined her cause, the most powerful and vicious of Twili joined the Hero's. Midna, the Twilight Princess, ruled over the Twili people with grace and beauty...until a curse changed her into the wolf-riding imp that warriors see on the battlefield. She draws strength from the Twilight Realm, able to channel it through her versatile hair. She wears a mask called the Fused Shadow and can even assemble its full might for a single mighty blow."
- — Midna, Twilight Princess Historical Entry Tutorial Bio
Midna is a sarcastic yet kindhearted individual. As Princess of the Twili, she is capable of acting prim and proper when need be. However, her brazen streak causes her to do what she wants most of the time without thinking of the consequences.
In her Imp form, Midna is far more hot headed and easy to anger, likely due to her impatience and distaste for being in that form. She is snarky, and prone to lash out in fits of rage if pushed too far. Befitting her impish form, Midna is somewhat of a trickster who enjoys playfully teasing others such as Wolf Link and Princess Zelda during the Era of Twilight. Despite hating her imp form, Midna is shown to be willing to give up her chance to remain in her Twili form in order to save Hyrule and Zelda from the out of control Dark Twilight Magic in Linkle's Tale: Her True Self, showing that she can be selfless at times.
Background & History
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Era of Twilight
The Twilight Princess, Midna ruled the Twilight Realm as its Princess and true ruler, until one of her family's servants and rival to the throne, Zant obtained a mysterious power that allowed him to curse her, transforming her into an imp-like Twili. Zant named himself the King of Twilight and transformed the other Twili into Shadow Beasts. Taking a piece of the Fused Shadow which she wore as a helmet-like mask, Midna fled the Twilight Realm to find the other pieces of the Fused Shadow. Meanwhile, Zant attack Hyrule Castle and forced Princess Zelda to surrender, then covered Hyrule in Twilight by having his Shadow Insects steal the Tears of Light from the Light Spirits. As they shared a common enemy, Midna secretly allied herself with Princess Zelda and freed the current incarnation of the Hero (who had been transformed into a Wolf after entering the Twilight covering Faron Woods) from his cell in Hyrule Castle. After introducing him to Princess Zelda, Midna transported him back to the Ordona region, just in time to save the Light Spirit, Ordona from having its Tears of Light stolen. After obtaining the Ordon Sword and Ordon Shield (which Midna briefly worn as a Mask) from Ordon Village, she agreed to aid Wolf Link in his search for the Ilia, Epona, and the Children of Ordon who had been kidnapped by King Bulblin, in exchange for him helping her find the other pieces of the Fused Shadow. Together they managed to restore light to Hyrule and obtain the pieces of the Fused Shadow. However they were soon confronted by Zant, who defeated the Light Spirit Lanayru and easily defeats Midna despite the power of the Fused Shadow. He tries to convince her to join him but she refuses so he tries to impale Midna with a Shadow Crystal, however Link takes the hit instead causing him to become trapped in his wolf form. Zant then exposes Midna to a potentially fatal dose of Light from the recovered Lanayru. Lanayru tells Wolf Link to go and seek Princess Zelda in order to cure Midna and free himself from his wolf form. After making it back to Zelda's room, despite her near death condition, Midna insists that Zelda free Link from his wolf form. However Zelda reveals that only the Master Sword can restore Link to his true form and after realizing Midna's identity, she heals Midna seemingly at the cost of her own life (it is implied that she also gives Midna the Triforce of Wisdom), granting Midna an immunity to Light allowing her take physical form in the Light World. After leaving the castle, Midna and Wolf Link journey deep into Faron Woods where they discover the Sacred Grove where the Master Sword rests inside its pedestal. Link is restored to his Hylian form and the Shadow Crystal is removed, however Midna seeing the advantage of having a way to transform him into a Wolf at will, decides to keep the crystal allowing him to transform between the two forms. After joining forces with the Resistance created by Telma, Midna and Link journey to Gerudo Desert to find the Mirror of Twilight located in the abandoned desert prison, the Arbiter's Grounds. After defeating Stallord a dragon skeleton reanimated by Zant, they discover the Mirror of Twilight has been broken with only one piece remaining in the Arbiter's Grounds. They are then approached by the Ancient Sages, who tell them the story of Ganondorf, the King of Thieves and his failed execution, which lead to the death of the Ancient Sage of Water and Ganondorf's banishment to the Twilight Realm. They also reveal that Zant had tried to destroy the Mirror but due to not being the True Ruler of Twilight, he was only able to break it into pieces, three of which he scattered across Hyrule. After leaving the desert, Midna and Link with the aid of the Resistance began searching for the other pieces as they needed the Mirror in order to travel to the Twilight Realm. They found their first piece in the Snowpeak Ruins. Returning to the Sacred Grove, they discovered that the grove was actually the ruins of the Temple of Time and using the Door of Time, they managed to travel in time to when the ancient temple was still standing to obtain the second piece of the Mirror. The third piece was located in the City in the Sky, though while trying to reach it they managed to help Ilia recover her lost memory. In the City they were aided by the Oocca friend, Ooccoo who they had encountered several times on their quest for both the Mirror shards and Fused Shadow. After obtaining the final shard, they returned to the Mirror Chamber and after the Sages revealed that Midna was the Twilight Princess, the true ruler of the Twilight Realm, they used the Mirror of Twilight to travel to the Palace of Twilight to confront and defeat Zant. Using the power of the Sols, they empowered the Master Sword and used its new found power to free the Twili from their Shadow Beast forms. Together the pair defeated Zant, only for him to reveal that the source of his power was his master Ganondorf who Zant worshiped as a god. Using the Fused Shadow, Midna killed Zant with just a fraction of its power. However with the revelation that Ganondorf had used Zant to escape the Twilight Realm, Midna and Link returned to Hyrule Castle to defeat the demon thief. Using the power of the Fused Shadow, Midna transforms into a masked tentacled beast and breaks down the barrier over the castle created by Ganondorf. Link manages to defeat King Bulblin who seeing Link as superior, switches sides and gives them a small key before leaving Hyrule Castle. With the aid of the Resistance, they make it into the throne room of Hyrule Castle where they encounter Ganondorf, who uses his new Twilight powers, to possess Princess Zelda's body turning her into his puppet. Link manages to defeat Possessed Zelda and Midna manages to drive Ganondorf's influence from her, restoring her soul to her body. Reunited, the trio is eventually confronted by Ganondorf who transforms into the Dark Beast, Ganon, however Link counters with his Wolf form. However Ganondorf returns and Midna uses her power to transport Zelda and Link to Hyrule Field, while she face Ganondorf in her Fused Shadow form. However she proves no match for the Dark Lord and is defeated. On his horse, Ganondorf holding Midna's Fused Shadow, appears on Hyrule Field to confront the Princess and Hero. However the Light Spirits grant Zelda the Bow of Light and confront Ganondorf atop Epona. Eventually, Ganondorf dismounts his horse and engages the Hero with the Sword of the Six Sages. However the Dark Lord is defeated and killed by the evil destroying power of the Master Sword. Following the battle, Midna is revived by the Light Spirits and regains her true form. After bidding farewell to her allies, Midna returns to the Twilight Realm, destroying the Mirror of Twilight in the process.
War Across the Ages
During the War Across the Ages, Cia used the power of the Triforce to warp time and space, opening a Gate of Souls in the Era of Twilight. Using her power she cursed Midna, transforming her back in an imp, though Midna was initially unaware it was Cia's doing. Cia then joined forces with Zant and had him guard the Gate of Souls. However Midna, aided by her army of monsters, hunted Cia down to Twilight Era Hyrule.
Land of Twilight
Having joined forces with Cia, Zant once more covered Twilight Era Hyrule in a veil of Twilight. Midna took advantage of this using the patches of Twilight to increase her power. While searching for Cia, she came across a Goddess Butterfly belonging to Lana, Agitha, and Hyrulean Forces from the same era as Cia, which she mistook as poisonous. When the Insect Princess, Agitha explains that it is not poisonous and is capable of leading one to any thing they seek, Midna orders the butterfly to lead her to Cia. Determined to force Cia to change her back, Midna ignores Lana's attempts to reason with her. When Cia escapes, she blames Lana the Hyrulean Forces for interfering, leading to a dual between her and Lana atop the Bridge of Eldin. Midna is defeated, however Lana reveals that they are not enemies and that they are trying to stop Cia. Realizing they share the same enemy, Midna returns the Goddess Butterfly to them and joins forces with them.
The Shadow King
The Butterfly eventually leads them to the Palace of Twilight where they find Zant defending the Gate of Souls. They are soon confronted by Argorok, who they manage to weaken with Magic Circles and some assistance from the Great Fairy. After defeating Argorok and his Master Zant, Lana closes the Gate of Souls, only for her and Midna to be confronted by Cia. In retaliation for both cursing and mocking her, Midna punches Cia with her hair knocking off Cia's mask in the process. Midna is shocked by how much Cia resembles Lana, who is forced to reveal that she and Cia were originally part of the same being. Midna, Lana, and Agitha then leave the Palace of Twilight, following Lana back to her Era in order to defeat Cia. Midna convinces Lana to tell their allies the truth of her connection with Cia and she reveals that Ganondorf is the one responsible for Cia's corruption.
The Sacred Sword
Together with her new allies, Midna follows them to the Temple of the Sacred Sword to help the current incarnation of the Hero, Link in retrieving the Master Sword. Using her power she awakens the Sealed Statue of Twilight, allowing them to access the Temple. However she is forced to retreat as she is exhausted from awakening the statue, however Link ultimately manages to retrieve the sword.
A War of Spirit
After acquiring the Master Sword, the Allied Hyrulean Forces confront Cia and the Dark Forces at the Temple of Souls. When Link is cornered by several Dark Links, Midna joins forces with Darunia to defend Link from Dark Links and they are joined by Impa, Sheik, and Fi, allowing Link to realize his limitations and awaken the heart of hero which allows him to awaken the true power of the Master Sword. Cia retreats as the partially revived Ganondorf appears to reclaim the Triforce of Power from her, though turns his attentions to defeating Zelda. Before retreating, Cia summons several powerful monsters, forcing the Hyrulean Forces to retreat. While Link stays to protect Zelda, Midna uses her abilities to evacuate the rest of the Hyrulean Forces. Link manages to defeat Ganondorf who retreats to prevent himself from being destroyed by the Master Sword.
Linkle's Tale: Her True Self
As the Allied Hyrulean Forces are preparing for the final battle with the Dark Forces, Zelda senses a dark magic that threatens to consume all of Hyrule. Determined to stop it herself, Zelda leaves with a small group of soldiers, as the others are busy preparing for the battle with Cia. However Midna notices Zelda's absence and after realizing what she is trying to accomplish, follows Zelda to the Palace of Twilight. While on the way their she encounters a girl named Linkle who is mesmerized by a mysterious crystal she found. Midna too becomes transfixed by the crystal which she touches, restoring her back to her true form. Joined by Linkle, Twili Midna continues her quest to aid Princess Zelda. There they discover that the dark magic threatening Hyrule is out of control Dark Twilight Magic, which has produced shadowy doppelgängers of Twili Midna and Zant, Dark Twili Midna and Dark Zant. After rescuing Zelda and defeating the dark Twilight manifestations, Midna in her role as the True Ruler of Twilight, takes responsibility for dealing with the dark twilight magic, however discovers that even the power of her true form is unable to halt the flow of dark magic and is forced to smash the mysterious crystal that had restored her true form, to produce enough energy to halt the flow of dark magic, though at the cost of reverting to her imp form, as it was the crystals power that allowed her to overcome the curse and maintain her true form. However Midna willingly choose to sacrifice it in order to save Hyrule and her friends from the out of control dark magic, leaving a profound impression on her new ally, Linkle. Midna and Zelda returned to prepare for the final battle with Cia.
Together with her allies, Midna joins in the final battle with Cia and her army. Cia is defeated and vanishes, leaving behind the Triforce of Power which Lana takes possession of. Though Cia is defeated, Midna remains in her cursed form and using a Gate of Souls created by Lana returns to her own era together with Agitha, though not before saying "See you next crisis." indicating she suspected that their adventures together are not over.
Midna words later come true as, Lana summons her along with the rest of their allies during the battle with Ganondorf's Forces. She learns that Ganondorf had managed to obtain the complete Triforce after defeating Zelda and Link, with the aid of her generals: a revived Zant and the Demon Lord Ghirahim from the Era of Skyloft. Joining forces with her allies once more, they manage to defeat Zant and Ghirahim, gaining a well needed victory for the demoralized Hyrulean Forces. However meanwhile, Ganondorf had captured Hyrule Castle and transformed it into Ganon's Tower.
Liberation of the Triforce
Together with the rest of the allied Hyrulean Forces, Midna participated in the final battle with Ganondorf. Eventually Ganondorf was killed, only to be revived by the power of the Triforce, which transformed him into the Dark Beast Ganon. Midna aids her allies by providing her power to the Light Arrows, leading to Ganon's defeat. Lana, Link, and Zelda reclaim their pieces of the Triforce and use it to reseal the Demon King. Midna and the others wave goodbye as they return to their original eras. It is unknown if Midna eventually regained her true form, though it is likely given Ganon's death and Cia's subsequent redemption during the following conflict with Phantom Ganon.
In her cursed imp form, Midna lacks most of the power of her true form and as a result is forced to rely on the power of the Fused Shadow. Fortunately, she retains her ability to create Twilight Portals and Twilight magic, though on a reduced scale compared to her true form. Though it reduces most of her capabilities compared to her true form, her imp form does grant her the ability to manipulate her prehensile hair like an extra hand, allowing her to grab enemies. In addition to the Fused Shadow, Midna also uses cursed Shackles that originate as from the Twilight Realm as her main weapon and can imbue Midna with the power of darkness when she grabs an enemy with her hair. She is also able to summon her loyal Twilight Wolfos minions from Twilight Portals to use as riding mounts and to attack enemies in a manner similar to Wolf Link. She can also create an energy ball made of Twilight energy as her special attack. She can also use the Fused Shadow to transform into her Eldritch form to attack enemies with its spear as her Focus Spirit Attack.
Moveset & Weapons
Dark Midna (ダークミドナ Dāku Midona?, ), is a Dark shadowy doppelgänger of Midna's imp form that appears as an enemy in Adventure Mode. Unlike Dark Twili Midna, she has no role in the main story in either Hyrule Warriors or Hyrule Warriors Legends. Dark Midna uses the same moveset and drops the same Materials as Midna. She uses Dark versions of Midna's Fused Shadow and Twilight Wolfos.