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- "Who is this man? Is it really a man? He says that he's actually a fairy, but he doesn't necessarily look much like a fairy... Are there 35-year-old fairies? Is Tingle one of them? Despite Tingle's... unorthodox fashion choices, he has a pure and innocent heart. He genuinely seeks to help his father by selling maps he made while floating around Termina by balloon. With his balloon and endless supplies of tricks, Tingle is a surprisingly competent addition to any group of warriors. If you're lucky, you may even hear a "Kooloo-Limpah" in battle!"
- — Tingle, the Reincarnated Fairy? Historical Entry Tutorial Bio
Tingle (チンクル Chinkuru?, ) is a playable character in Hyrule Warriors and Hyrule Warriors Legends. He represents the original incarnation of Tingle from The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. While he appears as a DLC character in Hyrule Warriors, he can be unlocked on the main Adventure Mode map in Hyrule Warriors Legends.
Too call Tingle odd is an understatement, as he is an eccentric 35-year-old man who wears unusual clothes, is obsessed with Fairies, and flies around using Balloons that come from the backpack he wears. Though Tingle antics are mostly harmless and he has a good heart, despite his strange behavior. While he may not seem like it, Tingle has a knack for cartography (drawing maps) which he sells to help his father who works as a Guide at Old Koume's Boat Cruise. He has even developed his own magical phrase, "Kooloo-Limpah" which he occasionally shouts in and out of battle. In the Hyrule Warriors series, he is also somewhat delusional as he humorously believes himself to be the reincarnation of a Great Fairy.
Background & History
Tingle is a Terminan Hylian who works as a map seller to help out his father. He flies all over Termina using a special Balloon pack. Though he is 35 years old, he is obsessed with fairies and longs to become one himself. Like most of the inhabitants of Termina, he goes about his daily life despite the approaching Moon that threatens to destroy Termina. However unlike the other inhabitants, he remains carefree, even as it becomes more apparent that the Moon will fall. Unbeknownst to himself or most of the other inhabitants of Termina, the Moon was being controlled by the Skull Kid who had fallen under the influence of Majora's Mask, an mask containing a mysterious evil entity known as Majora. Fortunately for Tingle and the rest of Termina's inhabitants, Young Link, young Hero of Time who had saved the land of Hyrule from the evil Ganondorf, had chased Skull Kid to Termina after he had stolen both his horse Epona and the Ocarina of Time. Tingle befriended the boy who he recognized as one of the fairy folk though was unaware that the boy was actually a Hylian orphan who had been raised among them. Calling the boy Mr. Fairy, Tingle began selling him maps of Termina in the hopes that by helping him that Tingle to would become a Fairy. Though his aid would seem minor, his maps proved to essential to Link in his quest, as being from another dimension was unfamiliar with world of Termina. Tingle would appear in various locations across Termina, selling maps to Link in each new area he visited. Ultimately, Link was able to stop Skull Kid with the aid of the Four Giants, the guardian deities of Termina and defeated the evil Majora using the power of the Fierce Deity. Following Majora's defeated, Tingle attended the marriage of the mayor's son Kafei and Anju the innkeeper of the Stock Pot Inn, celebrating with a shower of confetti.
Era of the Great Sea
In the Era of the Great Sea, another incarnation of Tingle appeared. This Tingle was one of the few surviving Hylians living on the Great Sea, living on Tingle Island with his brothers Ankle and Knuckle, as well as his adoptive brother, David Jr.. He is implied to either be a descendant or reincarnation of the Terminan Tingle, however he may simply be a Hyrulean counterpart. Unlike the original Tingle, the Tingle from the Great Sea, is shown to more selfish and of dubious moral character. However like the Terminan Tingle, he becomes an ally to Toon Link the Hero of Winds. He first encounters Link inside the jail on Windfall Island where he had been imprisoned for stealing a Picto Box from Lenzo. Link ends up helping him escape and provides aid to Link on his quest via a device called the Tingle Tuner. He also aids the Hero by using his cartography skills to decipher the Triforce Charts that lead to the locations of the pieces of the Triforce of Courage.
While his skill as a warrior are dubious at best, Tingle's odd behavior and backpack full of tricks more than makes up for it. Using everything from Balloons, Tingle Bombs, Tingle Statues, his map roller, and even his Wallet, Tingle's greatest advantage is his unpredictability and that his enemies probably won't take him seriously, until its too late. However despite his appearance and odd fighting style, he is quite resilient, able to shrug off Bomb blasts from his own bombs and even survive crash landings. As skilled cartographer, Tingle uses his Balloon pack to fly over the land, allowing him to create more accurate maps.
Moveset & Weapon
- Level 1 - Rosy Balloon
- Level 2 - Love-Filled Balloon
- Level 3 - Mr. Fairy Balloon
- Level 4 - Mr. Fairy Balloon +
Dark Tingle (ダークチンクル Dāku Chinkuru?, ) is a Dark shadowy doppelgänger of Tingle and an enemy that appears in Adventure Mode. He uses the same moveset and in Hyrule Warriors Legends drops the same Materials as Tingle.
Material Drops (Legends)
In Hyrule Warriors Legends, Tingle was originally going to have a role in Linkle's Tale, however the concept was scrapped. The development team did make some stylized images that would have been used in Linkle's Tale stylized cutscenes had he his role not been scrapped. In the scrapped story, Linkle finds herself in the Temple of Souls where Link was being cursed by Ghirahim. In order to save him, Darunia and Lana appear and do a dance off against Ghirahim. Afterwards, they found out that it was actually Tingle and not Link. Eventually, Linkle wakes up in her her house and finds out that it was just a dream. The story was scrapped due to time concerns and to avoid being too comical, as it would clash with Linkle's heroic quality.