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Fishman
TWWHD Fishman Artwork.png
Artwork of a Fishman from The Wind Waker HD
Species Fish
Gender Neuter[1]
Game(s) The Wind Waker
Other Media Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Era Era of the Great Sea

Fishmen are recurring characters in The Legend of Zelda series.[2]

Biography

The Wind Waker

Fishman (Figurine from The Wind Waker)
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Birthplace: The Great Sea.
Personality: Honorable, dutiful, and surly.
Apparently, these fish were aided long ago by the King of Red Lions, which is why they're now willing to offer Link valuable information.
Unfortunately, much of their information is off the mark. For many long years they have suffered from stiff necks, but none of them know how to cure it.

Fishmen know much about the Great Sea and will give Link many tips and words of knowledge about everything. They are also great cartographers and will fill in portions of the Sea Chart for Link in exchange for All-Purpose Bait.[1] Fishmen will also provide hints on each island's secrets. The first time Link meets a Fishman, it asserts to the King of Red Lions that its "debt is repaid," implying that they had received some sort of favor from the King of Red Lions in the past.[3]

After obtaining the Bow, Link can play a minigame with them to help relieve their body aches.[4][5] The Fishman will jump out of the water 10 times, so Link must shoot it with Arrows.[6] The reward for this is 10 Rupees for every successful hit and 200 Rupees for a perfect score.[7] These Arrows remain stuck in the Fishman's body after the completion of the game.

One of these Fishmen associated regularly with Gillian, a worker of the Cafe on Windfall Island.[8]

Other Appearances

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

A Fishman appears as a Support Spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, using its The Wind Waker artwork.

Trivia

  • The Fishman Spirit from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was originally called "Merman" during the last direct for the game.[9]

Nomenclature

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.gif
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese 魚男 (Sakana Otoko) Fish Man
French-speaking countries French Poiscomme
Federal Republic of Germany German Neptunos
Italian Republic Italian Scorfano parlante Talking Redfish
Kingdom of Spain SpanishEU Luis Escamas Luis Scales
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States SpanishLA Carpógrafos Portmanteau of carp and cartographer

Gallery

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "If you see a fish leaping out of the water when you sail near an island, sail up to it and spread bait out on the water's surface. [...] See, the baiting process allows you to get a chart of the island, along with any info that might be of use to you." — Fishman (The Wind Waker)
  2. "Fishman" (Art & Artifacts (Dark Horse Books), pg. 239)
  3. "'Hoy! You there! You Kingly Red Lion guy! That's it! I've repaid my debt!" — Fishman (The Wind Waker)
  4. "That's a fine-looking bow you got there! Where'd you get that? If you're not in any kind of hurry, why don't you stop and play with me a bit?" — Fishman (The Wind Waker)
  5. "See, I've been having some ferocious body aches that only acupuncture can cure!" — Fishman (The Wind Waker)
  6. "I'll give you 10 arrows for that bow of yours, and I want you to aim those suckers at me when I leap out of the sea! Yeah! See if you can't peg me with 'em!" — Fishman (The Wind Waker)
  7. "For each arrow you nail me with, I'll give you 10 Rupees...and if you hit me all 10 times, I'll give you 200 Rupees!" — Fishman (The Wind Waker)
  8. "I wonder how long it's been since the light in Windfall's lighthouse went dark... [...] I used to gaze at it with dear Gillian..." — Fishman (The Wind Waker)
  9. Nintendo, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct 11.1.2018, YouTube (Video), published November 1, 2018, retrieved December 11, 2018.