Tingle

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Tingle
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Race Tingle (possibly Hylian or other kind of Human)
Game(s) Majora's Mask
Oracle of Ages
The Wind Waker
Four Swords Adventures
The Minish Cap
Non-canon Appearances Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland
Tingle's Balloon Fight
Too Much Tingle Pack
Ripened Tingle's Balloon Trip of Love
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Era Force Era
Era of the Hero of Time
Era of Light and Dark
Era of the Great Sea
Era of Shadow
Family Swamp Tourist Center Guide (father)
Ankle and Knuckle (brothers)
Uncle
Voice Actor(s) Hironori Miyata (The Wind Waker, Super Smash Bros. Brawl)
Kazuyuki Kurashima (Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland)

Tingle made his first appearance in Majora's Mask. He wears green tights accented with red, and appears in various The Legend of Zelda games to help out - usually in bizarre ways. He is a talented map maker. His catchphrase is the supposedly magical words Kooloo-Limpah. In Majora's Mask he states that he invented these words himself, and asks Link not to steal them.[1] His appearance is believed by some to be based on Koji Kondo, Nintendo's lead composer.

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Canon Appearances

Majora's Mask

Tingle standing on the ground in Majora's Mask

Tingle's debut portrayed him as the eccentric, estranged son of the Swamp Tourist Center Guide obsessed with fairies.[2] He is 35 years old and claims to be the reincarnation of a fairy.[3] Suspended by a balloon in the air, he uses his vantage point to plot maps of Termina, which Link is able to purchase for cheap.[4] He sells maps to help out his father.[5] Tingle's father appears in the game as the Swamp Tourist Center Guide. If Link brings him a picture of Tingle, the man will give Link a Piece of Heart (alternately, Link may give him a picture of the Deku King). Tingle will always remember the form Link is using when he is first spoken to in a cycle. If Link talks to Tingle in a form other than the one used for their first meeting, he will still recognise Tatl and dismiss Link's change in appearance as being magic.[6]

Tingle is the subject of four Keaton questions.[7][8][9][10]


Oracle of Ages

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In Oracle of Ages, Tingle can be found southeast of Lynna City, in the Forest of Time, floating on top of a stump. To reach Tingle, Link needs Ricky's assistance the first time, as his path is blocked by holes and cliffs. There is an alternate route through a cave to Tingle that does not require Ricky, but in order to extend the bridge across the gap, Link needs the Seed Shooter to hit a Crystal Switch around a corner. Tingle gives Link the Island Chart that Link uses while crossing the sea to reach Crescent Island. If Link returns later, Tingle will also give Link an upgraded Seed Satchel.

The Wind Waker

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This article or section is out of date following the release of The Wind Waker HD. It needs to be updated to be accurate with information available at the present time.

Tingle returned in The Wind Waker. The people of Windfall Island had put him in jail.[11] Once Link frees him, Tingle gives him the Tingle Tuner in return, so Link could ask his help wherever he was. This is technically the first time Tingle was a playable character. Tingle always hovered above the ground and was only visible as a green mark on the floor. To actually see and talk to Tingle, Link had to go to Tingle Island, where he also met Tingle's younger brother Ankle and his friend David Jr. Later, Link also met Knuckle, Tingle's other brother, on Outset Island. There are also many side quests involving one that gets you the "Hand-Me-Down Tingle Tuner". Tingle's main job in the storyline is to translate Triforce Charts for Link so Link can find the Triforce Shards, at a price of 398 Rupees each.

In The Wind Waker HD, Tingle's Tuner is replaced by the Tingle Bottle, and therefore much of his interaction with Link is removed.

Tingle (Figurine from The Wind Waker)
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Birthplace: Unknown.
Favorite Things: Fairies, deciphering maps.
It's been several years since Tingle first became enchanted with deciphering maps in the hopes it would help him find fairies, and he's lost many things during that time.
He's raising funds to begin his search for fairies, hoping to embark sometime in his thirties, while the lust of life is still upon him. At the age of 35, the pressure's on!

Four Swords Adventures

In Four Swords Adventures, Tingle, instead of collecting Rupees, collects Force Gems. Throughout the entire game, anytime Link comes in eye contact with a big force gem outside of dungeons, Tingle will also try to get it. Link has to shoot him with an arrow or pick up the Force Gem first to get it himself. Tingle also tries to pick up the huge Force Gems, but his balloon can't carry them. His look is similar to the Tingle in The Wind Waker.

Tingle posted signs throughout the stages, the Tingle Times, that tell a story of an experience Tingle had in the area and offer insight to his childish nature. Tingle also runs the Tingle's Tower, a multiplayer minigame gallery that can be accessed by progressing through the Hyrulean Adventure mode.

The Minish Cap

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Tingle and his brothers fuse Kinstones with Link and tell him how many Kinstone Fusions he has left to complete. When Link has done all Kinstone fuses, Tingle will give him the Tingle Trophy, which replaces his Kinstone bag. Tingle hopes to become a Fairy by fusing Kinstones.[12]

Tingle Siblings? (Figurine from The Minish Cap)
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Tingle (in green) and his twin younger brothers Ankle (in purple) and Knuckle (in blue). They believe fusing Kinstones will help them meet fairies, so they are recording Kinstone data on their maps. David Jr. is not technically a relative.

Ambiguously Canon Appearances

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Tingle has had a series of spinoff games which haven't been explicitly been declared canon or non-canon by Nintendo.

Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland

Tingle as he appears in his first solo game

Tingle is promised a life in a paradise, Rupeeland, by a creature named Uncle Rupee. The only thing he would have to do is collect as many Rupees as possible and throw them into the tower located under the Western Pool. Tingle accepted and was changed into what he is known as: a Tingle. Under this curse, his money became his life; if he would be out of money, he would die. Uncle Rupee also provided him with an assistant, Pinkle, who would fulfill the role of Tingle's sidekick and suggested love interest. Tingle traveled to many islands and fulfilled many tasks to get the money to get to Rupeeland, until it was revealed to him by the Grand Fairy that Rupeeland is a paradise for one person only: Uncle Rupee, the demon whose power depends on rupees. If Tingle were to proceed, everyone would be turned into a Tingle, forced to work for Uncle Rupee until the end of time. Tingle managed to free Pinkle, and with her help, confronted Uncle Rupee. Using the rupees he had collected, Tingle managed to defeat him, and was freed of the Tingle curse. When the Grand Fairy asked him what he was going to do with all the money left, Tingle "replied" he was going to use it to lead the life that was initially promised to him.


Tingle's Balloon Fight DS

Concept art from Tingle's Balloon Fight

Tingle's Balloon Fight DS was a special promotional game released only in Japan. It was mostly just an updated version of Balloon Fight with a Tingle theme. Along with music from Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland, one of the new additions to the game is a special Tingle artwork gallery, where 20 pieces of art can be unlocked.

Ripened Tingle's Balloon Trip of Love

Tingle, as he appears in Tingle's Balloon Trip of Love

In Tingle's Balloon Trip of Love, Tingle is seen as an ordinary man again in the beginning. He orders a book from a television sales program, which is said to make its readers popular among women. However, the man gets sucked into a picture book world when he opens the book and becomes Tingle. The only way to exit the world is to dance with the princess. On his way to find her, Tingle teams up with his new friends Kakashi, Buriki, and Lion. In this point-and-click game, he advances from page to page with his three friends, following the yellow-brick road. This was intended to be a parody of The Wizard of Oz.

Non-canon Appearances

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Super Smash Bros. Melee

Tingle only makes a cameo appearance in the Great Bay level of Super Smash Bros. Melee. As in Majora's Mask, one can burst his balloon which acts as a small platform until popped. Upon landing, he will do his dance and eventually blow up a new balloon. He also appears as a trophy.

Name Image Description How to Unlock
Tingle Tingle Trophy.png Tingle is a mysterious middle-aged man who thinks he's "the very reincarnation of a fairy." His bizarre behavior and unique speech are just little pieces of his vibrant personality. Tingle travels by way of a small hot-air balloon, making maps of the lands below him. Pop his balloon, and Tingle will fall to earth to sell his maps. Random

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Tingle appears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl in his cel-shaded incarnation. He appears as a trophy and a sticker. He also appears as an Assist Trophy, where the effects of his appearance are random:

  • Releases Hammers and Golden Hammers.
  • Makes the stages gravity lighter by releasing balloons.
  • Makes the whole ground slippery by throwing a banana peel in the air.
  • Releases flowers and causes the camera to zoom in on the player who summoned him.
  • Gives everyone Curry status.

Trophy Information

Name Image Description How to Unlock
Tingle Tingle Trophy (SSBB).png A strange little man easily spotted by his trademark green bodysuit, bright nose, and pointy beard. Tingle has frequently appeared around Hyrule and always lets those he meets know that he's a fairy and selling homemade maps. In a recent adventure, Tingle escapes a sad and dreary life to embark on a magical adventure in the delightful, dreamlike paradise of Rupeeland. Random

Sticker Information

Name Image Artwork from Effect in The Subspace Emissary Usable by
Tingle Tingle Sticker (TRR).png Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland [Arm] - Attack +12 This sticker is usable by Link, Zelda, Ganondorf, and Toon Link
Tingle Tingle Sticker.png The Wind Waker [Flame] - Resistance +24 This sticker is usable by Link, Zelda, Ganondorf, and Toon Link

A Tingle vs. The Tingle

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In the second half of 2006, Tingle's first starring game was released for the Nintendo DS in Japan as "Mogitate Chinkuru no Barairo Ruppī Rando". It was not released in North America due to his unpopularity there.[13] It has been released in Europe on September 14, 2007 as Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland.

The game explains many aspects of Tingle: why he is the way he is, why he loves rupees, and so on. However, the game also complicates Tingle's story significantly, most notably by introducing a second meaning to the name "Tingle". According to the game, Tingle is not a person, but a state of being; a curse that can befall every living being.[14] To start, Tingle, in Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland, is not called Tingle. The player has to pick a name for him (much like in regular Zelda games), but "Tingle" cannot be chosen. This could be a mere gameplay element, as Tingle's real name plays an important role in the story and as such needs to be recognizable from his curse-name. This curse is the work of Uncle Rupee, a demon who becomes stronger as he obtains more Rupees. Rather than collecting them himself, Uncle Rupee chooses a person to collect them for him. By offering him access to the supposed paradise Rupeeland, Uncle Rupee managed to trick Tingle in being that person. Upon accepting the offer, "Tingle" was changed into a Tingle.

A Tingle is a servant, or rather, slave, of Uncle Rupee. Whoever becomes a Tingle automatically gains the green and red outfit. Also, such a person will become dependent of rupees himself. For a Tingle, being without rupees equals death. If a Tingle succeeds in getting enough rupees for Uncle Rupee, the latter becomes incredibly powerful and capable of turning everyone into Tingles (i.e. enslaving everyone). As such, it's up to the first Tingle that is created by Uncle Rupee during his attempt to conquer the world to stop Uncle Rupee before it is too late.

Tingle's obsession with Fairies is explained in two ways in Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland. Firstly, Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland's Tingle seems to get romantically involved with a Fairy "princess" named Pinkle. Secondly, according to Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland, Fairies are Uncle Rupee's archenemies. Uncle Rupee is the manifestation of evil rupee power (greed/egoism), while Fairies are the manifestation of good rupee power (charity/altruism). As such, a Tingle that chooses to fight Uncle Rupee will find himself closely aided by the Fairies.

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Tingle and his infamous balloon.

While the game treats Tingle almost solely as a state of being, it also acknowledges at some points that Tingle is a person. For instance, towards the end of the game, Tingle meets his uncle. This individual physically resembles Tingle in many ways, a reference to Tingle's brothers from previous Zelda games. While he does not seem to be a Tingle, he does wear clothes like Tingle, only with different colors (only the green and red outfit is confirmed to come with the Tingle curse). He also has a balloon, like Tingle, to reach places far away. This seems to suggest that Tingle might be similar to Link in that the person Tingle is destined to become is the hero (a Tingle) needed to defeat the evil (in his case, Uncle Rupee), which would tie the two concepts of Tingle together.

Reception

Tingle, along with Navi, Princess Daisy, Waluigi and Birdo has been one of Nintendo's most widely criticized characters. IGN editors particularly loathe Tingle for his role in The Wind Waker for leading Link through many "tedious fetch quests".[15] When Twilight Princess was being created, IGN hoped that Shigeru Miyamoto and Eiji Aonuma would not include the character, saying "we're not going to stand for him in another Zelda game".[15] However, Tingle is certainly not without any fans. Most criticism of the character comes from Western gamers, but in Japan, Tingle has a huge following, which resulted in the development of several spin off games featuring Tingle as their star (see above).

Kooloo-Limpah

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Kooloo-Limpah are Tingle's "magic" words he created.[16] Kooloo-Limpah is a romanization of "kururinpa", the sound that Japanese people make when doing the "Cuckoo sign", a circling motion of the index finger at the ear or side of the head that signifies that a person is crazy.

The effects of Kooloo-Limpah in The Wind Waker are always random, including Ting, a Link homing Tingle Bomb, and more.

Trivia

Tingle's cameo in Skyward Sword
  • Tingle's obsessed dream of becoming a Fairy in Majora's Mask could be a reference to the Fairy Spell from The Adventure of Link, a strange spell that temporarily turns Link into a Fairy.
  • By using the Tingle Tuner in Wind Waker's Tower of the Gods, five Legendary pages may be collected that tell the history of Tingle. This Legend is in fact the story of Tingle in Majora's Mask - even though The Wind Waker and Majora's Mask exist on parallel timelines.
  • It has been stated that Purlo, the guy who runs the STAR Game, is a direct reference to Tingle. Eiji Aonuma has said that Purlo is what Tingle would look like if he was a realistic character.[17] Purlo only resembles Tingle in appearance, as his personality is more hostile and unfriendly, although he does share Tingle's obsession with money.
  • Tingle is on what seems to be a wanted poster in the Milk Bar on Mercay Island in Phantom Hourglass. The tiny picture is located on right side of the shelf within the bar. This picture can also be seen in Spirit Tracks in the home of Ferrus on the eastern wall.
  • A figurine of Tingle can be found in several houses and shops in Spirit Tracks. A golden version exists in the shop of Linebeck III.
  • Tingle can be briefly seen at the trading post in the credits of Spirit Tracks.
  • A figurine of Tingle can be found on the desk in Zelda's dorm room in Skyward Sword.

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References

  1. "Tingle, Tingle! Kooloo-Limpah! ...These are the magic words that Tingle created himself. Don't steal them!" — Tingle (Majora's Mask)
  2. "Blimey! Where is he? That spoiled child is off playin' hooky again! A child his age has no business searching for fairies...!" — Swamp Tourist Center Guide (Majora's Mask)
  3. "Alas, though I am already age 35, no fairy has come to me yet... My father tells me to grow up and act my age, but why? I tell you...Tingle is the very reincarnation of a fairy!" — Tingle (Majora's Mask)
  4. "Lucky! Lucky! You're so lucky to have a fairy! I know! I know! We should be friends! Yes! Yes! In exchange, I will sell you a map for cheap as a sign of my friendship." — Tingle (Majora's Mask)
  5. "Now while I stand here waiting for a fairy of my own, I sell maps to help out my father." — Tingle (Majora's Mask)
  6. "Huh?...A white fairy? The way you look? Ohh...Magic, isn't it, sir?" — Tingle (Majora's Mask)
  7. "Answer me this... Pick one of the three choices... How old is Tingle, the map salesman?: 15, 25, 35" — Keaton (Majora's Mask)
  8. "Answer me this... Pick one of the three choices... What are the magic words that Tingle created? Tingle, Tingle...what?: Abracadabra!, Kookoo-Tingle-Rama!, Kooloo-Limpah!" — Keaton (Majora's Mask)
  9. "Answer me this... Pick one of the three choices... Is Tingle the mapmaker left-handed or right-handed?: Left-handed, Right-handed, Ambidextrous" — Keaton (Majora's Mask)
  10. "Answer me this... Pick one of the three choices... What color of trunks does Tingle the mapmaker wear?: Yellow, He doesn't wear any, Red" — Keaton (Majora's Mask)
  11. "Tingle is my name! I have been looking for you and your kind, for I, too, long to be one of the fairy folk! And yet, I was mistaken for some kind of troublemaker and put into this dreadful sort of place! How disrespectful! Please, Mr. Fairy... Rescue poor Tingle from this place and take him to where you and your kind live in splendor!" — Tingle (The Wind Waker)
  12. "They fit perfectly! At last, Tingle can finally turn into a fairy, too!" — Tingle (The Minish Cap)
  13. Vanpool Interview, Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland Microsite.
  14. "In Rupeeland, everyone will be made into a tingle!" — The Grand Fairy (Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland)
  15. 15.0 15.1 IGNcube's 2004 "Die, Tingle, Die! Die!" Campaign, IGN.
  16. "Tingle, Tingle! Kooloo-Limpah! ...These are the magic words that Tingle created himself. Don't steal them!" — Tingle (Majora's Mask)
  17. http://www.nindori.com/interview/154zelda/154int_05.html


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Language Name Meaning
Japanese Japan チンクル (Chinkuru) Tinkle
Spanish Spanish-speaking countries Tingle
French French-speaking countries Tingle
German Germany Tingle
Italian Italy Tingle