Few Nintendo franchises have been so effective in creating iconic characters as The Legend of Zelda. Perhaps one of the most mysterious and intriguing of these is Link’s companion from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Midna
Midna, a sharp-toothed imp creature, is introduced to Link as he comes into his wolf-shifting abilities early in Twilight Princess. She serves as his guide through the 2006 3D Zelda game and is commonly seen riding the Hylian lycanthrope in his animal form. When she first enters the scene, Midna invokes an air of distrust in both Link and the player. She consistently encourages Link toward trouble and seems to have her own agenda as a priority. So, who is this mysterious character? Where did Midna come from, and how does she fit into the vast Zelda canon?
Midna and Link meet when Link is pulled into the Twilight Realm, a dark alternate dimension that curses him with his wolf abilities. Midna arrives to help Wolf Link to safety, and the two end up in Princess Zelda’s quarters. She tells tells them an evil tyrant named Zant has invaded Hyrule, and Midna explains Zant also usurped the Twilight Realm’s throne and turned its people, the Twili, into monsters.
Who & What Is The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess’ Midna?
Link and Midna find themselves with the common goal of overthrowing Zant, effectively saving both the Twilight Realm and the Kingdom of Hyrule if they succeed. Throughout their adventure, their partnership blooms into a symbiotic friendship. Link’s shadow serves as protection from the light of Hyrule, which is dangerous to the Twili, and Midna helps Link reach difficult spots and aids him in combat in his wolf form.
Eventually, Link learns his abrasively impish tagalong is actually the true ruler of the Twili people. With the help of Ganondorf in the Twilight Realm, Zant overthrew Midna, stripped her of her power, and cursed her with her diminutive body. Unbeknownst to the player, Link had been saving Hyrule at the side of the true “Twilight Princess” (which was not Zelda, as previously misdirected by Midna herself). But this is still not Midna’s biggest twist.
At the end of Twilight Princess, Midna’s true form replaces that of the imp, and she stands beautiful, tall, and slender. The Twilight Princess possesses hints of her cursed form, as her red eyes shine and her orange hair burns as bright as it did in the cursed body. She says a gracious goodbye to Link and Zelda as she returns to her realm and destroys the Mirror of Twilight, the bridge between their worlds (as only the true Twili leader can do), to prevent such terror again.
Midna is still a Legend of Zelda icon, even years after her debut. She’s been compared to Link’s previous sidekicks, serving a similar purpose as Navi or Tatl from the Nintendo 64 games, but her attitude and extensive backstory has made her much more popular. She has made several other appearances in titles like Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and it is clear that The Legend of Zelda fans aren’t sick of her yet.