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Lady Maud

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Lady Maud
TFH The Lady.png
Gender Female[1]
Game(s)
Family Madame Couture (younger sister)

Lady Maud,[2] also known as The Lady, is the primary antagonist in Tri Force Heroes.

Biography

Lady Maud is the witch of the Drablands,[3] which serves as her domain.[4] She is also Madame Couture's older sister,[5][6] and they are both part of a tribe who specialize in crafting magical clothes.[7] At one point, Lady Maud grew power-hungry with her abilities.[8] Although many in Hytopia adored their princess, Styla, Lady Maud did not, and despised her for her unbearably cute fashion sense.[3] One day she had sent the girl a beautifully wrapped gift,[9] however, this was only a trick, as opening it had cursed Styla to wear an irremovable, ugly jumpsuit.[10] Styla isolated herself out of humiliation, and the townsfolk became afraid of the witch and dressed in ordinary clothing, out of fear that they would be cursed too.[11] In response, King Tuft issues a request for heroes to track down the witch as part of the Witch-Hunting Brigade. Link is recruited when he arrives in Hytopia.

Throughout the Drablands, the Links find pieces of Lady Maud's Materials, including her glasses, collar, and eventually her parasol. Madame Couture reveals that these Materials can be used to tailor The Lady's Ensemble, whose power can be used to lift the curse off of Styla without having to defeat the witch.[12] She implores that Link find the remaining Materials, and not just to save the princess, but also The Lady from herself.

The Links first encounter Lady Maud at her lair in the Fortress of the Drablands. She suspects that Princess Styla has sent them to thank her for the Outfit, considering it as a generous gift.[13] She becomes offended, however, when they accuse her of cursing the princess and demand the outfit be removed.[14][15] She sends her Pets to attack the Links, but they are all defeated. The Lady throws an angry fit and tells the Links to never come near her again, before teleporting away from the Fortress.

Lady Maud is later encountered again at the Sky Temple. She is very displeased to see that the Links have chased her all the way there. She becomes furious at their pestering, and declares the temple as no place for unfashionable people. The Lady engages them in battle, but not before ridding them of their items.[16] Despite this, the Links manage to defeat her after a long battle. Although she is angry, Lady Maud surrenders and says she is finished. She tells the Links to leave her alone, and teleports away from the temple. With The Lady's defeat and the last of her Materials found, Link quickly tailors The Lady's Ensemble and lifts the curse from Styla. The creation of the outfit ensures that King Tuft will not have to press serious charges against Lady Maud.[17]

Characteristics and Weaknesses

The Lady is fought as the Final Boss in the Sky Temple. Prior to the start of the fight, she will rid the Links' of their items picked up from the Level.[16]

During the first phase, the Lady will stand in the middle of a raised altar while a magical floor barrier circles around her. To pass the barrier, the Links must form a Totem and throw each other over. However as soon as the Links are on the other side of the barrier, Lady Maud will retaliate by throwing parasols at them. One Link must then be thrown onto The Lady's platform, however, she will push him away with her parasol. The thrown Link must be quick to attack her with the Sword before she can push him back. The Links can also wait until she is distracted while throwing parasols, and throw one Link behind her. Eventually, after taking enough damage, Lady Maud will begin to throw a fit as her platform lowers and the barrier dissipates. She will then charge after the Links while waving her parasol wildly. One Link can lure her away while the other Links attack from behind. After several more hits, she will disappear and begin the next phase.

In the second phase, the Lady will transform into a new, more powerful outfit. The platform beneath her will lower, and she will send orbs of electrical energy at the Links. The color of the orb will target the Link whose tunic color it matches, but the orb will change color and bounce if it hits a Doppel. The Links play a form of Dead Man's Volley, where after hitting the orb, it will change color and fly to another Link. Eventually the orb will turn yellow and fly towards Lady Maud, resulting in the orb being volleyed between her and the Links. The Lady will volley the orb back in a much larger size, and when hit back, will shock her and knock her back. The Links can then strike her with the Sword. After enough damage, the third phase will start.

In the third phase, The Lady lowers herself down the pit she created in the second phase. She then rises wearing an elaborate dress that greatly increases her height. She will then summon colored, open parasols that slowly float around her. She will use these parasols to throw at the Links. However, when not in use, these parasols double as platforms. The Links can form a Totem to reach the floating parasols, however, only the Link whose tunic matches the parasol's color will be able to land on it. (Any Link can stand on a white parasol.) If the Link stands too long on a parasol, it will close beneath him. In order to attack The Lady, the Links must form a Totem of three and have either the bottom Link throw the middle Link onto a large parasol, or the middle Link throw the top Link onto a small parasol. The top Link can then strike Lady Maud with his Sword. The Links must also be careful of electricity striking the parasols. Eventually, The Lady will open the wings of her outfit as she throws the parasols to the floor, which will shock the area that they land on. The parasol platforms will eventually reappear.

After several more hits, Lady Maud will elevate the platform beneath her, making her even taller than before. The rotating parasols will periodically lower to the ground before returning to The Lady. This allows the Links to ride the parasols without having to throw each other. The Links can form a Totem of three and have the bottom Link step onto a parasol that matches. With their combined height, the Links can strike The Lady and finally defeat her.

Nomenclature

Maud is an Old German feminine given name, which means "powerful battler." Maud is also the name given to grey plaids once worn by shepherds in Scotland. It also has a similar pronunciation to Mod, a 1960's British subculture and style of fashion of which the Lady's apparel resembles, as well as the word mode, which means "fashion, style."

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.gif
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese シスターレディ (Shisutā Redi) Sister Lady
French Republic FrenchEU Lady Satyne
Federal Republic of Germany German Lady Maude
Italian Republic Italian Lady Nonstille Lady Not Styllish
Spanish-speaking countries Spanish Lady Degala Lady Elegant

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References

  1. "Uncouth or not, she is still my sister. I feel a bit guilty about helping to hunt her down. But what can be done?" — Madame Couture (Tri Force Heroes)
  2. "Hooligans! I am Lady Maud, ruler of the fashion world. NEVER come in here without making an appointment first!" — Lady Maud (Tri Force Heroes)
  3. 3.0 3.1 "The people adored their fair princess... but the Drablands witch despised the girl's unbearably cute fashion sense." — Narration (Tri Force Heroes)
  4. "The king, too, was in agony. As only chosen heroes may enter the witch's domain, the despicable Drablands, King Tuft issued a call to kingdoms near and far for a hero to save the day." — Narration (Tri Force Heroes)
  5. "It's time I tell you the whole truth, my dahling. The Lady... is actually my older sister." — Madame Couture (Tri Force Heroes)
  6. "Madame told me everything. I never would have guessed she and the witch are sisters... Such a sad tale." — Sir Combsly (Tri Force Heroes)
  7. "People of our tribe are gifted, my pet. Not just with a keen sense of style, but with real magical abilities!" — Madame Couture (Tri Force Heroes)
  8. "That's why the clothes I design grant the wearer special powers. The Lady must have gotten power hungry." — Madame Couture (Tri Force Heroes)
  9. "One fateful day, a beautifully wrapped gift arrived at the castle. The sender was unknown, and the box was brimming with an aura of mystery. The princess simply had to open it! Naturally, this was a HUGE mistake." — Narration (Tri Force Heroes)
  10. "When the smoke cleared, Styla was met with a terrible sight, followed by the witch's voice in her pretty head: "A perfect outfit for a perfect princess."" — Narration (Tri Force Heroes)
  11. "The worst part is that, ever since Princess Styla became cursed, Hytopia and its people have fallen into despair. Everyone is afraid of fashion now, lest they become cursed as well. Hytopia has never looked so drab..." — King Tuft (Tri Force Heroes)
  12. "Now that you have some of The Lady's materials, it's time I showed you this little piece of work. I call it... The Lady's Ensemble! If you wear this and visit the princess, you should be able to lift her curse! All without defeating The Lady." — Madame Couture (Tri Force Heroes)
  13. "Let me guess... She sent you here to thank me for my generous gift, oui?" — Lady Maud (Tri Force Heroes)
  14. "PAH!! TAKE IT OFF?! Am I really being criticized by some slovenly kids who know nothing of fashion?! If you want to talk style... TALK TO LE HAND!!" — Lady Maud (Tri Force Heroes)
  15. "...Cursed? What do you mean her outfit is cursed?! You scoundrels clearly need some etiquette lessons. If you desire my help with that, step forward." — Lady Maud (Tri Force Heroes)
  16. 16.0 16.1 "And what are THESE abominations?! Those accessories are ridiculous! I'll get rid of them for you." — Lady Maud (Tri Force Heroes)
  17. "So that's The Lady's Ensemble... I've heard the full story from Madame Couture. Good of her to make this for you. If not for that outfit, that witch would be facing some serious charges, not to mention a king's wrath." — King Tuft (Tri Force Heroes)
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