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Mirror (Object)

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Mirror
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Link pushing a Mirror in Ocarina of Time
Game(s)
Other media The Legend of Zelda TV series
Use(s) Reflect Light Beams

Mirrors are recurring objects in The Legend of Zelda series. In most of their appearances, they are large, reflective looking-glasses that can reflect beams of light when shone upon their surface. These mirrors can bounce light off, which becomes fundamental in solving puzzles, especially by activating or removing certain obstacles sensitive to light. The Mirror Shield achieves an identical effect, and in some puzzles, both must be used in conjunction to solve them.

Location and Uses

Ocarina of Time

In Ocarina of Time, Mirrors appear in the second half of the Spirit Temple, when Link is an adult. They are used to activate or remove Sun Switches and subsequently reveal chests and open doors by reflecting light onto them. Mirrors will reflect light from an open light source above, or from light coming from another Mirror. The cobra-shaped Mirrors can be turned around by pushing or pulling the handles on their sides, which will redirect the light to another direction. On the fourth floor is a large, circular mirror hanging from the wall and tilted downward. Link must use multiple cobra Mirrors and direct their reflected light onto this Mirror, which will shine a spot of light onto the floor below it. Link can then use the Mirror Shield to reflect this light onto a Sun Switch, activating a lift that will lower him down to the boss room door.

Majora's Mask

In Majora's Mask, Mirrors appear in the Stone Tower Temple. Like the Mirrors in Ocarina of Time, they are used to reflect light from Link's Mirror Shield, but function a little differently. Instead of instantly reflecting light beamed onto them, the Mirrors will absorb the light reflected onto their surface. When Link lowers his shield, the Mirrors will then beam the absorbed light ahead. Link can then use these beams of light to reflect it elsewhere using his Mirror Shield, which can be used to remove Sun Blocks. The longer Link reflects light onto a Mirror, the longer it will beam it back before it fades.

The Wind Waker

In The Wind Waker, Mirrors appear throughout the second half of the Earth Temple. They are used to reflect light and remove walls and stone statues that bare a swirl symbol. The Mirrors are in the shape of scorpions, and a few can be pushed or pulled to bring them closer to a light source and to redirect the flow of light. Some Mirrors require that Link shine light onto them with the Mirror Shield, or Medli with her harp. In the later part of the temple, Link must use multiple Mirrors to direct a continuous flow of light, so that Link and Medli can use the light to illuminate the eyes of a Sun-Moon statue in the chamber. These Mirrors must be pushed or pulled into place to keep the light flowing, and more Mirrors must be found by having Link and Medli use their shield and harp to remove stone statues and walls hiding those Mirrors.

Tri Force Heroes

In Tri Force Heroes, a large Mirror appears in Madame Couture's clothes shop. Link can stand in front of the Mirror to look at the Outfit he is wearing, and the camera will zoom in as he approaches it.

Non-canon Appearances

The Legend of Zelda TV Series

The Mirror as seen in the show

In The Legend of Zelda TV series, the Mirror is an object appearing in the episode "Doppelganger". It is used by Ganon to create an evil clone of Princess Zelda, which he warps to Zelda's room by using one of his spells.[1] Later on in the episode, when Zelda is brushing her hair in front of the Mirror, nightlight strikes it and copies her reflection in an evil clone of her. The clone then orders the Moblins to tie Zelda up and take her into the Underworld via the Mirror while she gets the Triforce of Wisdom;[2] however, when Link arrives to the scene and is fighting off the Moblins, one of the foes accidentally breaks the Mirror, impeding the clone from returning the way she came.[3]

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References

  1. "I do believe it's time to try this special bit of magic I've been saving. Off to the chambers of Princess Zelda you go! And maybe a bad reflection on her..." — Ganon (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 5 )
  2. "Get her out of here. [...] Get back through the mirror while I get the Triforce." — Zelda Clone (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 7 )
  3. "Drat. I'll need to find another way to get the Triforce back to Ganon. And I think I know just the way..." — Zelda Clone (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 7 )