Sheik (pronounced /ʃiːk/ sheek), is a recurring character in The Legend of Zelda series.[name reference needed] He appears to be a male Sheikah but is in fact a persona of Princess Zelda. Princess Zelda disguises herself as Sheik for most of Ocarina of Time, revealing her true identity only at the end of the game. Sheik uses his Harp to teach Link several Warping Songs throughout the game.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Other Appearances
- 3 Trivia
- 4 Nomenclature
- 5 Gallery
- 6 See Also
- 7 Notes
- 8 References
Ocarina of Time
Sheik reveals himself to Link shortly after Link is freed from the Chamber of Sages after his seven-year slumber. He introduces himself as the "Survivor of the Sheikahs". He informs Link that he must awaken the Seven Sages in order to bring peace back to Kingdom of Hyrule. Alerting him of the need to acquire the Hookshot in order to enter the Temples, Sheik stays in front of the Pedestal of the Master Sword. He later appears when Link arrives at the Sacred Forest Meadow. He tells Link about the Songs for Warping that can access Temples entrances and teaches him the "Minuet of Forest" before disappearing again. Further along, Sheik approaches Link at the Fire Temple entrance in the Death Mountain Crater, teaching him the Bolero of Fire before walking away, using a wall of flame to halt Link's inquiring advance.
Sheik once again mysteriously appears in the Ice Cavern to inform Link of the fate of the Zoras and to teach him the "Serenade of Water". He then waits outside the Water Temple for Link to free it from Morpha's influence and awaken the Sage of Water before disappearing once again.
When Kakariko Village comes under attack from a mysterious force, Link discovers that Sheik is already there. Together they encounter and are defeated by an invisible monster thought to be the Evil Shadow Spirit. Sheik teaches Link the "Nocturne of Shadow" and urges Link to help Impa fight the Evil Shadow Spirit. When Link discovers that he must venture back in time in order to do so, Sheik offers a helping hand informing Link on how to use the Master Sword and the Pedestal of the Master Sword in order to travel back and forth through Time. He teaches Link the "Prelude of Light" before vanishing once again.
At the entrance of the Spirit Temple, Sheik appears to have been waiting for Link from atop a large rock formation and once again informs him that he must enter the Temple as a child, utilizing the Pedestal of the Master Sword in the Temple of Time. He gives Link a lesson on performing the "Requiem of Spirit" before using the desert winds as cover to vanish.
With all Six Sages freed, Link is instructed to return to the Temple of Time where Sheik awaits. Sheik congratulates Link on his efforts and offers an explanation on what happened to Kingdom of Hyrule during Link's disappearance before finally revealing his true identity as Princess Zelda.
Ocarina of Time (Himekawa)
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
- Although Sheik does not appear in Breath of the Wild, the Stealth Chest Guard and Stealth Tights appear to be based on her. Sheik's Mask can also appear if the Sheik amiibo is used. Her outfit from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is also based directly off the Stealth Chest Guard and Stealth Tights.
|Names in Other Regions|
|Japanese||シーク (Shīku) (SSBU)|
|FrenchCA||Sheik (HWDE | SSBU)|
|FrenchEU||Sheik (OoT | HWDE | SSBU)|
|Italian||Sheik (HWDE | SSBU)|
|Korean||시크 (Sikeu) (SSBU)|
|Russian||Шейк (Sheik) (SSBU)|
|SpanishEU||Sheik (HWDE | SSBU)|
|SpanishLA||Sheik (HWDE | SSBU)|
|This table was generated using translation pages.|
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- Ocarina of Time comprises Sheik's only canonical appearance. Within that game, Sheik's gender is referred to once in the English version, when Princess Ruto referred to Sheik as a "a young man" and refers to Sheik as "him". The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time — Official Nintendo Player's Guide by Nintendo Power also describes Sheik as male.
Contrarily, Sheik was referred to using feminine pronouns on the official Zelda website. Eiji Aonuma has said that, according to a survey, American players preferred female characters that were more independent, citing Sheik and Tetra as examples.
On August 5, 2014, Bill Trinen, Nintendo's senior product marketing manager and head translator for Ocarina of Time, stated in an interview that since Sheik is just Princess Zelda in disguise, and since Princess Zelda is female, Sheik is also female.
Matching the pronoun usage in the game, Zelda Wiki refers to Sheik with masculine pronouns for his appearance in Ocarina of Time.
- Sheik is referred to with feminine pronouns in the Tips. Sheik is also referred with masculine pronouns once again in new voice lines from Palutena's Guidance.
The Super Smash Blog for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate refers to Sheik with masculine pronouns, however the official Nintendo Tumblr, Nintendo Versus Twitter and Super Smash Bros. Facebook all refer to Sheik with feminine pronouns.
- "I am Sheik. Survivor of the Sheikahs..." — Sheik (Ocarina of Time)
- "Defeat the musician!" — Battle Log (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
- "If you see Sheik, please give him my thanks, OK?" — Princess Ruto (Ocarina of Time)
- "A young man named Sheik saved me from under the ice..." — Princess Ruto (Ocarina of Time)
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time — Official Nintendo Player's Guide (Nintendo Co., Ltd.) pg. 67
- "Sheik always covered her face and muffled her voice to protect her identity, but Link soon learned that this helpful soul was in fact his good friend Princess Zelda. Her unusual dress and demeanor came from being raised as a Sheikah by her protector Impa." — Zelda Universe, Zelda.com, published n.d., retrieved June 28, 2014.
- "We recently received information from a survey conducted in the US that indicated that, among our female characters, users had a preference for those that were more on the independent side, such as Shiek and Tetra" — Zelda Developer Was Stumped By New Zelda Game's Puzzles, Kotaku, published November 25, 2009, retrieved October 2, 2011.
- "The definitive answer is that Sheik is a woman — simply Zelda in a different outfit." — Zelda Fans Debate Sheik's Gender, but Here's Nintendo's Final Word, Kotaku, published August 5, 2014, retrieved August 5, 2014.
- "Until the right time, Princess Zelda's consciousness shall sleep... ...To awaken as a young Sheikah boy." (Ocarina of Time (Himekawa) Part 2 (Viz Media) pg. 61)
- "This is Zelda's alter ego. Using a variation of the name of the ancient Sheikah tribe, she appears before Link and teaches him melodies instrumental to his success. It's believed that she's not just a quick-change artist, but rather that she is able to instantaneously alter her clothing and her eye and skin color by using her magical skills." — Trophy (Super Smash Bros. Melee)
"Strategically switching between Zelda and Sheik is key. Compared to her Zelda form, Sheik is nimble and has gorgeous moves, but she lacks a strong knockout attack. The number of needles thrown in Needle Storm is based on how long you hold the B Button before releasing it. Use the Control Stick to wave the Chain after brandishing it." — Trophy (Super Smash Bros. Melee)
"The best strategy to use when playing as Sheik is to let her flow from one powerful attack into another, like a river of quicksilver. Zelda has some techniques with more punch, however, so in one-on-one battles, use Transform as needed. Sheik only travels a short way when using Vanish, but the move comes with a small explosion that damages foes around her." — Trophy (Super Smash Bros. Melee)
- "Sheik doesn't appear in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, but we based her model on a design that was drafted up during the development of that game." — Sheik, Super Smash Bros. DOJO!! (archive), retrieved October 22, 2014.
- Sheik, Smash Bros. DOJO!! (archive), published January 21, 2008, retrieved June 28, 2014.
"The persona Zelda adopted to escape from Ganondorf. She completely hid all traces of her Zelda identity and appeared to Link as the last member of the Sheikah tribe. She taught Link essential ocarina melodies and then vanished in an instant. She didn't appear very often--rather, she would show up to support Link in crucial situations." — Trophy (Super Smash Bros. Brawl)
- "Much like Impa, she's a remaining survivor of the Sheikah." — Hyrule Warriors Direct, YouTube, published August 4, 2014.
- "In The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Sheik claimed to be a surviving Sheikah. However, this was just a cunning disguise for Princess Zelda so that she could escape Ganondorf. In Smash Bros., she's the complete opposite of Zelda, striking with fast attacks that can keep an opponent off balance." — Trophy (Super Smash Bros. for Wii U)
- "Sheik advances forth and slices through the opponents she hits. She can catch only one opponent with this move, but catching an opponent is pretty easy and the move is very powerful." — Tips (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)
- "Now Sheik joins the battle wearing the Sheikah costume from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Keep the pressure on your opponent by using his speedy dash to quickly close in on (or get away from) your opponent!" — Super Smash Blog, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for the Nintendo Switch system | Official Site, published October 1, 2018, retrieved October 2, 2018.
- "Sheik dons the Sheikah costume from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate! She utilizes all her signature moves and quick attacks to apply high pressure on foes, leaving them little room for counter-attacks!" — Nintendo, Nintendo of America, Tumblr, published October 2, 2018, retrieved October 2, 2018.
- "Sheik joins the battle in Super #SmashBrosUltimate, wearing the Sheikah costume from The Legend of #Zelda: Breath of the Wild! As a speedy character, she can put the pressure on foes with quick movements and attacks." — Nintendo Versus, Nintendo Versus on Twitter, Twitter, published October 2, 2018, retrieved October 2, 2018.
- "In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the speedy Sheik now wears the Sheikah costume from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Her quick attacks and movements can apply high pressure on foes, leaving them little room to strike back!" — Super Smash Bros., Super Smash Bros. - SSBU - Sheik, Facebook, published October 2, 2018, retrieved October 2, 2018.
- "Sheik" — View Warriors (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
- "Sheik" — Announcer (Super Smash Bros. Brawl)
- Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 238 (OoT)
- Hyrule Historia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 87
- "I've been waiting for you, Hero of Time..." — Sheik (Ocarina of Time)
- "When evil rules all, an awakening voice from the Sacred Realm will call those destined to be Sages, who dwell in the five temples. One in a deep forest... One on a high mountain... One under a vast lake... One within the house of the dead... One inside a goddess of the sand..." — Sheik (Ocarina of Time)
- "Unfortunately, equipped as you currently are, you cannot even enter the temple... But, if you believe what I'm saying, you should head to Kakariko Village..." — Sheik (Ocarina of Time)
- "In order to come back here again, play the Minuet of Forest." — Sheik (Ocarina of Time)
- "This song is dedicated to the power of the heart... Listen to the Bolero of Fire..." — Sheik (Ocarina of Time)
- "We meet again, Link... If you came here to meet the Zoras, you wasted your time... This is all there is... With one exception, the Zoras are all now sealed under this thick ice sheet..." — Sheik (Ocarina of Time)
- "A childish mind will turn to noble ambition... Young love will become deep affection... The clear water's surface reflects growth... Now listen to the Serenade of Water to reflect upon yourself...." — Sheik (Ocarina of Time)
- "Destroy the evil shadow spirit and save Impa! There is an entrance to the Shadow Temple beneath the graveyard behind this village. The only thing I can do for you is teach you the melody that will lead you to the Shadow Temple... This is the melody that will draw you into the infinite darkness that absorbs even time... Listen to this, the Nocturne of Shadow!!" — Sheik (Ocarina of Time)
- "If you want to return to your original time, return the Master Sword to the Pedestal of Time. By doing this, you will travel back in time seven years..." — Sheik (Ocarina of Time)
- "The time will come when you will have to return here quickly... I will teach this to you for when that time comes... The song to return you to the Temple of Time... The Prelude of Light..." — Sheik (Ocarina of Time)
- "The Master Sword is a ship with which you can sail upstream and downstream through time's river... The port for that ship is in the Temple of Time... To restore the Desert Colossus and enter the Spirit Temple, you must travel back through time's flow..." — Sheik (Ocarina of Time)
- "Listen to this Requiem of Spirit... This melody will lead a child back to the desert." — Sheik (Ocarina of Time)
- "I have been waiting for you, Link. Link, the Hero of Time... You have overcome many hardships and awakened six Sages. And now you have a final challenge—a showdown with Ganondorf, the King of Evil..." — Sheik (Ocarina of Time 3D)
"Before that...I have things I want to tell only to you. Please listen. Another unknown legend of the Triforce passed down by the Shadow Folk, the Sheikah..." — Sheik (Ocarina of Time 3D)
"If you would seek the sacred triangle, listen well... The resting place of the sacred triangle, the Sacred Realm, is a mirror that reflects what is in the heart...the heart of one who enters it... If an evil heart, the Realm will become full of evil; if pure, the Realm will become a paradise. The Triforce...the sacred triangle... It is a balance that weighs the three forces: Power, Wisdom, and Courage. If the heart of the one who holds the sacred triangle has all three forces in balance, that one will gain the True Force to govern all. But if that one's heart is not in balance, the Triforce will separate into three parts: Power, Wisdom, and Courage. Only one part will remain for the one who touched the Triforce...the part representing the force that one most believes in. If that one seeks the True Force, that one must acquire the two lost parts. Those two parts will be held within others chosen by destiny who will bear the Triforce mark on the backs of their hands." — Sheik (Ocarina of Time 3D)
"Seven years ago, Ganondorf, the King of Thieves, used the door you opened in the Temple of Time and entered the Sacred Realm. But when he laid his hands on the Triforce, the legend came true." — Sheik (Ocarina of Time 3D)
"The Triforce separated into three parts. Only the Triforce of Power remained in Ganondorf's hand. The strength of the Triforce of Power enabled him to become a mighty, evil king, but his dark ambitions were not satisfied. To gain complete mastery of the world, Ganondorf started looking for those chosen by destiny to hold the two other Triforce parts. The one who holds the Triforce of Courage is...you, Link! And the other, who holds the Triforce of Wisdom...is the seventh Sage, who is destined to be the leader of them all..." — Sheik (Ocarina of Time 3D)
- "It is I, the Princess of Hyrule, Zelda. I apologize for meeting you in disguise, but it was necessary to hide from the King of Evil. Please forgive me..." — Princess Zelda (Ocarina of Time 3D)
- "The pictures at the bottom right represent what Zelda from Twilight Princess would look like if she transformed into Sheik. They were drawn for Super Smash Bros. Brawl." (Hyrule Historia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 174)
- "You can't be Zelda. Because... I am Zelda!" — Sheik (Hyrule Warriors)
- "SHEIK" — Fighters | Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – Official Site | Nintendo Switch | Nintendo, smashbros.com, published 2018, retrieved February 20, 2020.
- "シーク" — ファイター | 大乱闘スマッシュブラザーズ SPECIAL | 任天堂, smashbros.com, published 2018, retrieved February 20, 2020.
- "希克" — 斗士 | 任天堂明星大乱斗 特别版 | 任天堂, smashbros.com, published 2018, retrieved February 20, 2020.
- "希克" — 鬥士 | 任天堂明星大亂鬥 特別版 | 任天堂, smashbros.com, published 2018, retrieved February 20, 2020.
- "SHEIK" — Vechters | Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – Officiële website | Nintendo Switch | Nintendo, smashbros.com, published 2018, retrieved February 20, 2020.
- "SHEIK" — Combattants | Site officiel de Super Smash Bros. Ultimate | Nintendo Switch | Nintendo, smashbros.com, published 2018, retrieved February 20, 2020.
- Encyclopedia (Les Éditions Soleil) pg. 238
- "SHEIK" — Combattants | Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – Site officiel | Nintendo Switch | Nintendo, smashbros.com, published 2018, retrieved February 20, 2020.
- "SHIEK" — Kämpfer | Offizielle Seite zu Super Smash Bros. Ultimate | Nintendo Switch | Nintendo, smashbros.com, published 2018, retrieved February 20, 2020.
- "SHEIK" — Personaggi | Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – Sito ufficiale | Nintendo Switch | Nintendo, smashbros.com, published 2018, retrieved February 20, 2020.
- "시크" — 파이터 | 슈퍼 스매시브라더스 얼티밋 | 닌텐도, smashbros.com, published 2018, retrieved February 20, 2020.
- "ШЕЙК" — Бойцы | Super Smash Bros. Ultimate — Официальный сайт | Nintendo Switch | Nintendo, smashbros.com, published 2018, retrieved February 20, 2020.
- "SHEIK" — Luchadores | Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – Sitio web oficial | Nintendo Switch | Nintendo, smashbros.com, published 2018, retrieved February 20, 2020.
- "SHEIK" — Combatientes | Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – Sitio web oficial | Nintendo Switch | Nintendo, smashbros.com, published 2018, retrieved February 20, 2020.