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"You picked up a Rupoor! That means you've lost 10 Rupees. And that's a little bit sad."
— In-game description

Rupoors, also known as Black Rupees, are recurring items from the Legend of Zelda series. They are black-tinted Rupees that drain Rupees from any person unfortunate enough to pick one up. Rupoors have been claimed by series creator Shigeru Miyamoto to be the "evilest item in all of Hyrule."

Appearances

The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords

Rupoors occasionally appear when grass or bushes are cut. If Link touches one, several Rupees, the value of which is determined by his current total, will fly out of his pockets and scatter around him. For the most part, Link has the opportunity to reclaim his Rupees; however, it is possible for them to land on an area of land he cannot reach, or in lava or water.

The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass

Rupoors come in two sizes: small ones, which drain 10 Rupees from Link, and large ones, which drain 50 Rupees. Whenever Link obtains a Rupoor, he frowns (instead of his usual smile when obtaining a new item), and the "item found" music sounds heavily distorted in a comical fashion. Rupoors are found in certain areas throughout the World of the Ocean King, although rather infrequently. A prominent location in which they appear is Harrow Island, where they are commonly found hidden amongst other values of Rupees along with Treasure Charts to try and decrease Link's winnings.

On one of the floors of the Ghost Ship, Link discovers two chests, one of which contains a Rupoor. One of the Diabolical Cubus Sisters tells Link to open the left chest, which is the one that contains a Rupoor and summons a Reapling. On the Isle of the Dead, Link finds a whole maze full of Rupoors, guarded by Keese, making it difficult to pass. At the end of the maze are several Rupees and assorted Ship Parts.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Rupoors are found when playing the Thrill Digger mini-game. If unearthed, one Rupoor will drain ten Rupees from the amount Link has amassed up to that point during a mini-game session. They also appear if Link shoots the dark-colored Rupee Ore on the walls of the Thrill Digger game room with any form of the Bow or Slingshot. Regular Rupees can also be converted into Rupoors, among other denominations of Rupee, by pouring Glittering Spores on them.

Etymology

The name "Rupoor" is a portmanteau of the words "Rupee" and "poor"

Theory

Theory warning: This section contains theoretical information based on the research of one or several other users. It has not been officially verified by Nintendo and its factual accuracy is disputed.

Curse of the Black Rupee

One possible explanation for the Rupoor's ability to drain rupees may be due to Rupoor and Rupoor Ore being made of a cursed substance that effects anyone who comes in contact with it. Either this curse is natural or may have been placed on some of the Rupee Ore (transforming it into Rupoor Ore) in the world by the gods as a way to discourage and/or punish people for their greed. Of course, considering Shigeru Miyamoto's statement that it is the most evilest item in all of Hyrule, it is possible that the curse was caused by evil forces (either intentionally or a side effect brought on by evil energy poisoning the land) or that the Rupoor are actually an evil form of Rupee.

Theory warning: Theories end here.

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