Sheik reveals himself to Link shortly after Link is freed from the Chamber of Sages after his seven year imprisonment. He informs Link that he must awaken the seven sages in order to bring peace back to Hyrule. Alerting him of the need to possess a new tool, the Hookshot in order to enter the temples, Sheik stays in front of the pedestal. He then later appears when Link arrives at the Sacred Forest Meadow. He tells Link about the warp songs used to warp to temple 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.
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 Shadow Spirit. Sheik teaches Link the Nocturne of Shadow and urges Link to help Impa fight the 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 Time in order to travel back and forth through time. He teaches Link the Prelude of Light then once again vanishes.
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 Link that he must enter the temple as a child, utilizing the Pedestal of Time 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 none other than Sheik awaits. Sheik congratulates Link on his efforts and offers an explanation on what exactly happened to Hyrule during Link's disappearance before finally revealing his true identity as Princess Zelda.
Sheik's mouth uncovered in the Ocarina of Time manga
In the Ocarina of Time manga, Sheik first appears to Link having tended his wounds after being defeated by Volvagia. Sheik is a spy for Ganondorf and later shows up to tell Link a rumor that Princess Zelda had been spotted in the Desert of Illusions, before vanishing again. On Link's way through the Desert, he nearly succumbs to blistering sands before Sheik pulls him out and continues to travel with him. Later that night, Link is attacked by illusions and images of his past, but Sheik is unaffected; Link wonders if it could be due to a lack of past in Sheik's life. Once reaching the Gerudo Fortress, Sheik knocks Link out, and the Hero is captured.
Once Link frees himself, he fights through the ranks of Gerudo, before Sheik comes to him with his sword and shield. Throwing them to Link, Sheik attacks the invisible Twinrova, who were watching nearby. They accuse Sheik of being a traitor. Sheik replies," A traitor? I was never one of you!" The Twinrova then blast Sheik into unconsciousness.
After escaping with the unconscious Sheik, Link finds a cave to rest in. He leaves to find water, flustered after getting too close to Sheik. He returns to find that Sheik, having awoken with the face wrappings off, appears to be female. Fully transforming, Sheik is revealed to be Zelda, who later explains that she had Impa lock her consciousness away and assume the disguise of a Sheikah boy.
Sheik first appears in the Super Smash Bros. series in Super Smash Bros. Melee. As Princess Zelda, she has the option of transforming into Sheik by pressing down the Stick while holding the B Button. Sheik has a completely different moveset than Zelda that are not based on magic, as her moves and weapons are quick and similar to those of a ninja. Sheik is always referred to as a female in the Super Smash Bros. series.
Sheik appears again in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Although she did not appear in Twilight Princess, the character model was based on a design drafted during the game's development. She has mostly the same moveset from Melee, and shares a Final Smash with Zelda, the Light Arrows, although Sheik's deals more damage. In addition, Sheik can now crawl, wall jump, and use her Chain move as a tether recovery.
In The Subspace Emissary mode from Brawl, Sheik is first introduced after Solid Snake saves Zelda and Peach when they are captured inside the Halberd. Although he orders them to stay put, Zelda transforms into Sheik to escape along with Peach to the battleship's front deck. Eventually, they reach their destination when suddenly Fox in his Arwing destroys one of the airship's turrets, shooting near where Peach was walking. Thinking that Fox was aiming at Peach, Sheik teleports onto Fox’s Arwing and, using her hand, shatters the cockpit window. This forces Fox to eject out of the Arwing and land on the battleship’s front deck along with Sheik. Although the two begin to fight, Peach stops them by offering a cup of tea to Fox. Confused at first, Fox looks over to see that Sheik has already begun drinking the tea, thus realizing that Sheik and Peach are not his enemies as he accepts Peach's offer and joins them.
Sheik returns in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U as a separate character, no longer being a transformation of Zelda. Due to this, several new special moves exclusive to the Super Smash Bros. series were added to both characters' movesets. These include the Burst Grenade and Bouncing Fish for Sheik, and the Phantom Slash for Zelda.
Needle Storm is Sheik's neutral special move. By pressing the B Button, Sheik will grab some needles into her fingers and then throw them at the opponent. The longer the B Button is held, the more needles Sheik will hold between her fingers, with the maximum amount of five. Each needle does approximately 3% of damage, allowing this move to deal a maximum of 18% worth of damage. Sheik can save the needles for a short time by pressing the shield or grab button, and they can be fired by pressing the B Button again. Depending if Sheik is in the ground or not, the needles will strike horizontally or at a 45 degree angle.
Sheik performing her Vanish move
Chain is Sheik's side special move. When used, Sheik will pull out a chain and throw it across the stage. Tilting the analog stick gives the player full control of where the chain moves: sideways, up, and even behind Sheik, damaging any opponent that makes contact with the chain. Although it has poor damage and is sometimes inaccurate, the Chain is a good long-range move. In Brawl, the Chain now electrocutes any nearby foe and it can now be used as a tether recovery.
Vanish serves as Sheik's up special move. By pressing up in the control stick and the B Button, Sheik will disappear and then instantly reappear high above in a cloud of smoke. The position in where Sheik will reappear can be determined by tilting the control stick in a certain direction. Although Vanish does not travel as far as Zelda's Farore's Wind, it causes more damage than the magic spell.
Transform, which is Sheik's down special move, allows her to transform back into Princess Zelda. The transformation is faster in Melee than in Brawl; however, in the former, it can be interrupted by any regular attack, and in the latter, Zelda and Sheik are invulnerable as long as it lasts.
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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.
Complete Classic Mode as Zelda or Sheik
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.
Complete Adventure Mode as Zelda or Sheik
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.
Complete All-Star Mode as Zelda or Sheik
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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.
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Light Arrow (Sheik)
Sheik's Final Smash. After grabbing a Smash Ball, Sheik will be able to wield a bow of light. The arrow fired from this bow has the power to pass through multiple targets, so it will damage all enemies in the direction it flies. This, coupled with its shield-breaking power, makes it even more terrible. Even in Sheik form, Zelda's ability as an archer is undiminished.
Clear All-Star Mode as Sheik
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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.
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Sheik's Burst Grenade side special throws a small grenade that draws in nearby fighters before exploding. Once the button has been released, it'll hop or explode after a time. The down special Bouncing Fish is an attack where Sheik strikes with both heels, falling similarly to the way a fish might flop around.
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Light Arrow (Sheik)
Sheik's Final Smash uses a gigantic bow to fire a Light Arrow across the screen. If multiple foes are in its path, it will strike them all, ignoring shields like they're not even there. Sheik's Light Arrow is more damaging than Zelda's, and it launches its victims at a lower angle.
Sheik playing the Goddess's Harp in Hyrule Warriors
Sheik appears as a playable character in Hyrule Warriors. She appears in the story when Princess Zelda goes missing. Unlike her previous incarnations, Sheik does not go to great lengths to hide her feminine physique.
Sheik uses a Harp as her primary weapon, with which she plays the "Song of Storms" along with other warping songs from Ocarina of Time. As Sheik performs combo attacks, an elemental song note will appear beneath her Special Attack gauge. The notes allows Sheik to perform different charge attacks based on the element. The "Nocturne of Shadows" produces a field of darkness that paralyzes enemies and damages them. The "Serenade of Water" surrounds Sheik in a shield of water that can absorb up to four hearts worth of damage. The "Song of Storms" produces an electric whirlwind that surrounds Sheik even while moving. The "Bolero of Fire" creates a delayed flame geyser detonation. The "Prelude of Light" creates a field of light that will regenerate her Special meter when standing in it. When activating Focus Spirit, Sheik performs "Saria's Song". When deactivating it in front of a group of enemies, sprouts grow from the ground and suddenly burst into trees. Sheik's special attack has her strum her Harp in rhythm, causing a huge wave of notes on surrounding enemies, like in Skyward Sword. She also uses a kunai for basic, quick attacks.
Sheik is later revealed to be Princess Zelda in disguise during the Lake Hylia stage. She had been in disguise to protect her identity from the enemy forces. From this point in the game, Sheik and Zelda both become options for story stages. If players chose to play as either Sheik or Zelda, Ruto will take Zelda's place as leader of the Hyrulean Army.
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 "him". The Official Nintendo Player's Guide also describes Sheik as male. Contrarily, Sheik is 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 Zelda in disguise, and since Zelda is female, Sheik is also female.
Matching the pronoun usage in the game, Zelda Wiki refers to Sheik with male pronouns for his appearance in Ocarina of Time.
In Super Smah Bros. Melee, Sheik is based on the canonical Ocarina of Time Sheik. English trophy descriptions in Super Smash Bros. Melee use female pronouns when referring to Sheik.
In Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U, Sheik is based on an unused design for Sheik in Twilight Princess, rather than the canonical Ocarina of Time Sheik. Sheik is referred to using feminine pronouns on the Smash Bros. DOJO!! for Brawl. Trophy descriptions in Super Smash Bros. Brawl also use feminine pronouns when referring to Sheik. Matching the pronoun usage in these games and the only pronouns ever used to refer to this Sheik, Zelda Wiki refers to Sheik with female pronouns for her appearance in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U.
Sheik is referred to as female in promotional material for Hyrule Warriors.
↑"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)
↑ 16.016.116.2"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.
↑"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)
↑"A young man named Sheik saved me from under the ice..." — Princess Ruto (Ocarina of Time)
↑"If you see Sheik, please give him my thanks, OK?" — Princess Ruto (Ocarina of Time)
↑"[...]but in her place was the mysterious youth known as Sheik—the same boy who had appeared to Link when he was returned to the Temple of Time from the Sacred Realm." (Ocarina of Time Official Nintendo Player's Guide (Nintendo Power), 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, 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 Nov 25, 2009, retrieved Oct 2, 2011.
↑"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." — Sheik 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." — Sheik (Smash) 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." — Sheik (Smash) trophy (Super Smash Bros. Melee)
↑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." — Sheik trophy (Super Smash Bros. Brawl)
↑"Much like Impa, she's a remaining survivor of the Sheikah." — Hyrule Warriors Direct, YouTube, published August 4, 2014.