The Teacher is a character in Spirit Tracks. As his name would suggest, he is Princess Zelda's personal teacher. Teacher is very mindful of his student's safety, and panics when Zelda's body is taken. This panic solidifies into a resolve to find the princess.
Teacher is first seen attending Link's Royal Engineer Graduation Ceremony. He appears again in the guard house when Link regains consciousness next to Alfonzo following the events leading to Princess Zelda's capture. At his request, Link tells him the events of Zelda's capture. Incredulous, he falls into a state of panic, at a loss for what to do. Although having initially appeared to believe Link's story, Teacher falls into a state of denial later on, convinced that the princess is merely "wandering somewhere". To Zelda's dismay, he scoffs at Link for saying that the princess' spirit had separated from her body and that she was actually standing right next to him. Despite this, Teacher is in fact troubled by Zelda's disappearance. He is in fact one of few to realize that the princess has disappeared. Not wanting to cause panic in the kingdom by sending out soldiers, Teacher is resolved to go out and search for the princess on his own, even though he admits not knowing where to begin his search.
Later on, Teacher dons a meager disguise and appears at the Castle Town Train Station. If Link addresses him by his name, he will deny it. He will ask Link to be chauffeured to a random location in the hopes of finding Princess Zelda. After being brought to the location, he will pay Link his "driver's fee", which will vary depending on how well Link drove the train (the maximum being 300 Rupees). The locations Teacher will ask to be driven to are Aboda Village, Anouki Village, Papuchia Village, and Goron Village. He may also ask to be driven back to Castle Town, hoping that the princess returned in his absence.
After completing a puzzle at Ends of the Earth Station, Princess Zelda mentions that even Teacher, who apparently loves puzzles, would have been stumped by it. She says she would like to bring him to the station "when everything settles down." Zelda appears to have a certain amount of affection for Teacher.
The fee Teacher pays Link depends on his mood upon arrival at his destination:
- According to the the game's Japanese guide by Nintendo DREAM, the Teacher's real name is アルバトロス (Albatross).
|Names in Other Regions|
|Japanese||ジイ (Jī)||Old Man|
- "Even Teacher would've been stumped by this one, and he loves puzzles." — Princess Zelda (Spirit Tracks)
- Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 288
- "WHAT?! So...what you're saying is...the princess has been kidnapped! This is terrible! I must inform the princess at once! ...Ah, yes, that's right. She's not here. Well, I'm at a loss as to what to do. Hmm... What to do... What to do..." — Teacher (Spirit Tracks)
- "What to do, what to do... Oh, dear, what a mess! I must find the princess! Oh, but where do I look?" — Teacher (Spirit Tracks)
- "I'm glad to see you're finally awake. There was some hubbub outside. When I went to investigate, people said that the Spirit Tracks were disappearing... At that point, the guards brought you and Alfonzo in from outside. Both of you were out cold, so I've been waiting for you to come to. Now tell me, what happened?" — Teacher (Spirit Tracks)
- "So, what you're saying is... The chancellor is some kind of monster? And he kidnapped Princess Zelda?" — Teacher (Spirit Tracks)
- "Oh, what should I do? Perhaps I should talk to the chancellor. But he's not here either. Not to mention...he could very well be a monster. What a terrible mess..." — Teacher (Spirit Tracks)
- "I'm sure she's just out wandering somewhere." — Teacher (Spirit Tracks)
- "You mean the princess's spirit is here right now? You talk as if she's passed away! How incredibly insensitive of you!" — Teacher (Spirit Tracks)
- "Ah, it's you again... Listen, the princess still hasn't returned. It's very troubling..." — Teacher (Spirit Tracks)
- "If I sent the soldiers out looking for her, the kingdom would panic. I suppose I'll just have to go out and find her myself. Move aside!" — Teacher (Spirit Tracks)
- "I'm the only one who can save the princess! Hmm... But where do I begin looking for her?" — Teacher (Spirit Tracks)
- "You have quite the imagination there. You must be mistaking me for someone else. I have no idea who this "Teacher" fellow is!" — Teacher (Spirit Tracks)
- "I'm embarking on a journey to see every station I can. Would you mind if I catch a ride on your train?" — Teacher (Spirit Tracks)
- "I'm heading to Aboda Village. I can only hope that she's there!" — Teacher (Spirit Tracks)
- "I'd like to go to Anouki Village. Perhaps I'll find her there." — Teacher (Spirit Tracks)
- "Please take me to Papuchia Village! Perhaps I'll uncover some clues there." — Teacher (Spirit Tracks)
- "I'll try looking in Goron Village. Perhaps there will be a hint there." — Teacher (Spirit Tracks)
- "I'm returning home to Castle Town. I've been away far too long. Perhaps in my absence, the princess has returned too." — Teacher (Spirit Tracks)
- "When everything finally settles down, I'd like to bring him here..." — Princess Zelda (Spirit Tracks)
- "His real name is Albatross." — Legend of Zelda Spirit Tracks: Nintendo Dream Guide Translation, Tumblr, retrieved November 2, 2019.