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|Game(s)||Ocarina of Time|
The Wind Waker
|Notable Member(s)||Saria, Mido, Fado, Know-It-All Brothers, Wind Sage Fado|
The Kokiri are small child-like beings that inhabit the Kokiri Forest, as they compromise the land there with planted houses on its acres and within its borders. They live in the shadow of their patron deity, the Great Deku Tree. All Kokiri are green-tunic-wearing children, and have magical anti-aging characteristics. To date, they have only existed in the realms of Ocarina of Time and The Wind Waker, but are mentioned in passing in the game text of several games of the Zelda franchise.
Origins in Ocarina of Time
The Kokiri live under the leadership of Mido and the protection of the Great Deku Tree in the Kokiri Forest, deep within the Lost Woods region of Hyrule in Ocarina of Time. The Kokiri dress in green Kokiri Tunics. The females wear headbands, while the males wear distinctive floppy green hats. Every Kokiri has a fairy guardian, which serve as their companion and seem to be gifts from the Great Deku Tree.
Link was originally raised as a Kokiri, despite his Hylian heritage, based on a poignant move by his injured mother: she placed him in the care of the Great Deku Tree during the Hyrulean Civil War before her death in order to safeguard his life from the calamity beyond.
The Kokiri were created by the Great Deku Tree and therefore, their homes are built not too far from him. It was said that the Kokiri die if they leave the forest. However, at the end of Ocarina of Time, the Kokiri are seen in Lon Lon Ranch along with other characters celebrating Ganondorf's defeat. Because of this, it is possible that the story is told only for general safety to prevent Kokiri to leave and be killed because of the monsters outside the Kokiri Forest.
The Kokiri appear predominantly in Ocarina of Time, but also make one appearance in The Wind Waker. The Wind Temple guardian and Wind Sage, Fado, is a Kokiri who looks and acts akin to his Ocarina of Time counterparts. Also, it has been confirmed by Eiji Aonuma that the Korok race is what the Kokiri became once they left the forest.
Leaving the Forest
- The Japanese word for lumberjack is "Kikori" (木樵). This, combined with their green apparel, leads some to believe that the Lumberjacks from A Link to the Past were in fact the inspiration for the Kokiri race.
- Some people call the Kokiri "forest fairies" "fairy folk" or "fairy children", presumably from their fairy guardians, and Link is sometimes mistaken for a Kokiri from his similar clothing and fairy companion.
- Tingle believes himself to be a Kokiri, and is obsessed by fairies, though no fairy has yet come to him; he dresses in green to match the Kokiri's clothes.
- The symbol of the Kokiri can be seen on the doors of the Forbidden Woods in The Wind Waker, and the doors of the Forest Temple in Twilight Princess. Crayk, the boss of the Temple of Courage in Phantom Hourglass, has also the Kokiri symbol on his shell repeated over several times.
- In Ocarina of Time, the Kokiri are no longer visible from more than fifteen steps away.
- ↑ "House of the Great Mido - Boss of the Kokiri" — Sign (Ocarina of Time)
- ↑ "In the vast, deep forest of Hyrule... Long have I served as the guardian spirit... I am known as the Deku Tree... The children of the forest, the Kokiri, live here with me. Each Kokiri has his or her own guardian fairy." — Great Deku Tree (Ocarina of Time)
- ↑ "The children of the forest, the Kokiri, live here with me. Each Kokiri has his or her own guardian fairy." — Great Deku Tree (Ocarina of Time)
- ↑ "Some time ago, before the King of Hyrule unified this country, there was a fierce war in our world. One day, to escape from the fires of the war, a Hylian mother and her baby boy entered this forbidden forest. The mother was gravely injured... Her only choice was to entrust the child to the Deku Tree, the guardian spirit of the forest. The Deku Tree could sense that this was a child of destiny, whose fate would affect the entire world, so he took him into the forest. After the mother passed away, the baby was raised as a Kokiri." — Deku Tree Sprout (Ocarina of Time)
- ↑ "Oh, you have a fairy now?! That's great, Link! What? You've been called by the Great Deku Tree? What an honor! He may give you a special gift! Tee hee! That's because the Great Deku Tree is our father, the forest guardian, and he gave life to all of us Kokiri!" — Girl standing next to water (Ocarina of Time)
- ↑ "[If Link talks to her a second time] I wonder if the Great Deku Tree gave life to everything in the forest, I mean in addition to us Kokiri?" — Girl standing next to water (Ocarina of Time)
- ↑ "The Great Deku Tree said that if a Kokiri leaves the woods, he or she will die!" — A Kokiri boy (Ocarina of Time)
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 "We created the Rito as the evolved form of the Zora that appeared in "Ocarina of Time" and the Korogs as what the Kokiri became once they left the forest. They appear different, but they have inherited their blood." —Eiji Aonuma (Legends Alliance)
- ↑ "Green clothes...White fairy... Sir, could you, by chance, be a forest fairy?" — Tingle (Majora's Mask)
- ↑ "I have been looking for you and your kind, for I, too, long to be one of the fairy folk!" — Tingle (The Wind Waker)
- ↑ "This is a rare sight. You are a fairy child, correct?" — Kaepora Gaebora (Majora's Mask)
- ↑ "I think I am the same as you, sir. A forest fairy! Alas, though I am already age 35, no fairy has come to me yet..." — Tingle (Majora's Mask)
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