??? artwork from Oracle of Ages
|Gender|| Male (MM, OoA)|
|Game(s)|| Majora's Mask|
Oracle of Ages
|Era|| Child Era (MM)|
Era of Light and Dark (OoA)
The Sky Era (SS)
??? is a recurring character in The Legend of Zelda series.
In Majora's Mask, ??? appears in the toilet of the Stock Pot Inn at midnight asking for paper. Link can give him any item made of paper, such as any of the Title Deeds, the Letter to Kafei, or the Special Delivery to Mama.. By doing so, ??? will reward him with a Piece of Heart.
???'s true origin or name are unknown. It is possible that perhaps this person fell in and could not get out.
Oracle of Ages
In Oracle of Ages, ??? also appears in a toilet inside a house in Lynna Village. He is also in need for paper, so Link can give him the Stationery as part of the Trading Sequence. In exchange, ??? will give him the Stink Bag.
Link can throw various items, such as the Mystical Seeds, to the toilet to cause different reactions to ???.
- Mystery Seed: "Wh-What?!?"
- Ember Seed: "Ooo... hot!"
- Scent Seed: "Ewwww!"
- Gale Seed: "My head spins!"
- Bomb: *explodes* "Koff!"
- Bombchu:"???" *explodes* "Koff!"
- Pushing the Pot: "Nooooo!"
Once Link receives Cawlin's Letter, he can choose to deliver it to Karane or give it to Phoeni's hand. If he chooses the first option and visits Phoeni afterwards, she will tell Link she no longer needs the paper before vanishing. If he chooses the second option, the hand will believe the letter was meant for her, giving Link 5 Gratitude Crystals in exchange. Phoeni's hand will then be found stroking Cawlin while he sleeps.
- According to Shigeru Miyamoto, ???'s appearance and origin comes from Japanese horror stories.
- Although ??? is never given any real name, it is referred to as "手 (Te)" in the Japanese version of Oracle of Ages, and Phoeni in the Skyward Sword Prima guide.
- ???'s sound clips in Majora's Mask are the same as that of Mikau's when Link first meets him at Great Bay.
- ??? resembles Dead Hand's many hands.
- In Skyward Sword, ??? resembles Master Hand from the Super Smash Bros. series.
- Another hand character appears in A Link to the Past. The hand was a Thief before being cursed in the Dark World.
- ??? in Majora's Mask is a left hand. Various cultures around the world associate the left hand as dirty because right-handed people typically use the left hand to wipe themselves after using the toilet. However, ??? in Oracle of Ages and in Skyward Sword is a right hand.
- "??? (Person living in the inn's restroom) Details are unknown." — N/A (Majora's Mask)
- "Pa-Pa-Pa-Paper, please!" — ??? (Majora's Mask)
- "Yeah! Ho! You saved me... This fell down here... I'll give it to you." — ??? (Majora's Mask)
- "(Person living in the Inn's restroom) Details are unknown." — Bombers' Notebook (Majora's Mask)
- "Hear the voice begging for help? Try to enter and the voice of Phoeni the ghost begs you for paper!" (Skyward Sword Prima Official Game Guide (Prima Games), pg. 165)
- "Ignore Cawlin and give the paper letter to Phoeni." (Skyward Sword Prima Official Game Guide (Prima Games), pg. 165)
- "[...]But visit Cawlin's room at night, and you find Phoeni's spectral hand caressing him in his sleep!" (Skyward Sword Prima Official Game Guide (Prima Games), pg. 165)
- "Please forget about the paper... Good-bye..." — Phoeni (Skyward Sword)
- "It's good to see you again... Actually, thanks to you, I met my true love... Yes, him... It all started with that letter that you gave me..." — Phoeni (Skyward Sword)
- "There are some ghost stories in Japan where — when you are sitting in the bathroom in the traditional style of the Japanese toilet — a hand is actually starting to grab you from beneath. It’s a very scary story." — Origin of Zelda Hand in Toilet, Hidden Triforce.
- "Heh heh. Thank you. To tell you the truth, I used to be a thief in the Light World... some of my fellow thieves went into hiding because they were afraid of being caught. One of them was a master locksmith, but now he is hiding the fact that he was a thief... by pretending to be a strange middle-aged guy! Ha ha ha..." — Strange Creature (A Link to the Past)
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