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Aw, boo hoo. Why the sad face? I just thought I'd have a little fun with you. Oh, come now, do you really think you can beat me as I am now? Fool!
~ Skull Kid to Link before cursing him.

Skull Kid is a major character in the 2000 videogame The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. Although he is the central antagonist of the game, it is primarily due to the influence of the Majora's Mask, as he himself is not evil and is merely being controlled by the mask's powers.


Ocarina of Time

Skull Kid Artwork (Ocarina of Time)

Skull Kid in Ocarina of Time.

Skull Kid's chronological first appearance is in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Link can find him in the Lost Woods, playing a flute. If he plays Saria's Song, Skull Kid will give him a Piece of Heart. Link can also sell Skull Kid the Skull Mask, but he will only pay half of what its worth.

Majora's Mask

Skull Kid used to be friends with the four great Giants of Termina, but they had to protect the land and went to the four corners of Termina. Skull Kid did not understand why his friends left him and felt betrayed, although he later befriends two fairies, Tatl and Tael. However, he was still filled with rage over the loss of his old, and caused much mischief.

At one point, Skull Kid found the Happy Mask Salesman and decided to rob him, and he took Majora's Mask, which gave him incredible magical powers, although Majora began taking control of the Skull Kid. He used this power to summon cause the moon to fall to the Earth, trap all the giants and curse many of the citizens of Termina.

About three days before the moon crashes, Skull Kid encounters Link, the Hero of Time. Skull Kid steals both his Ocarina of Time and his horse, Epona, and turns Link into a Deku Scrub. However, he also abandoned Tatl by accident, and she decided to go with Link so she could find the Skull Kid, but she bonded with him over time, and after witnessing Skull Kid hit Tael for speaking out of line, she decided to helped Link stop the Moon from falling and to recover Majora's Mask from him.

Before the final boss, after the moon is stopped by the Skull Kid's four friends, who turn out to be the Four Giants that are supposed to protect Termina, Majora's Mask suddenly abandons the Skull Kid, saying that Skull Kid was a mere puppet, and that a mere puppet that is unusable is nothing more than garbage. The mask floats up into the Moon's mouth, making the moon suddenly start moving again towards Clock Town, and the four giants are unable to stop it. During all this, the Skull Kid is unconscious.

At the end of the game, Skull Kid tells Link how good it was to have friends, and the Giants come and tell him that they had not forgotten about him, and he was still their friend. They go back to their temples, although this was the reason the Skull Kid went on a rampage, because the four races and giants of Termina were separated. Skull Kid then smells Link and suddenly remembered that Link smells like the forest kid with the fairy that taught him Saria's Song.

Twilight Princess


Skull Kid in Twilight Princess.

A Skull Kid also appears in Twilight Princess as a guardian of the Lost Woods. It is unknown if this Skull Kid is the same one from Majora's Mask, but they both serve an adversarial role towards the game's protagonist Link. When Link comes to remove Zant's curse by finding the Master Sword, the Skull Kid tests him by sending wave after wave of Puppets after him until Link attacks him directly several times. Link has to fight him and his puppets one more time to reach the Temple of Time.

Other Games

Super Smash Bros. 4

Skull Kid, along with Majora, appears in Super Smash Bros. 4, as an Assist Trophy. When Skull Kid/Majora is summoned, they flip the screen upside down, or make the controls reversed for a few seconds.



  • It is stated in Ocarina of Time that a child likely ends up turning into a Skull Kid if they get lost in the Lost Woods.
  • While a race of Skull Kids do exist, it is highly theorized that the Skull Kids presented in Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, and Twilight Princess are the same being.
    • The Skull Kid in Majora's Mask appears to recognize Link as the "fairy boy that taught him the song in the Woods", which may likely be referencing Link teaching the song to the Skull Kid in the Lost Woods.
      • The Skull Kid in Twilight Princess is supported by the fact that it knows Saria's Song, which is the same song that Link taught the Skull Kid in Ocarina of Time. Because of the timeline skip, however, this Skull Kid may possibly be a descendant. It could be immortal, though.


           Legend of Zelda Villains

Ganon's Army
Agahnim | Blight Ganons | Dark Link | Ganondorf/Ganon | Ghirahim | Helmaroc King | King Bulblin | Master Kohga | Onox | Phantom Ganon | Shadow Link | Twinrova | Veran | Yiga Clan | Yuga | Yuga Ganon | Zant

Bellum | Bongo Bongo | Byrne | Cubus Sisters | Chancellor Cole | Cia | Demise | DethI | Duke Onkled | Lady Maud | LD-002S Scervo | Link's Shadow | Majora's Mask | Malladus | Princess Hilda | Shadow Nightmares | Skull Kid | Vaati | Volga | Volvagia | Wizzro

           Super Smash Bros. Villains

Subspace Army
Tabuu | Master Hand | Primids | Ganondorf | Bowser | Ancient Minister | Wario | False Peach | False Zelda | Petey Piranha | Rayquaza | Ridley | Galleom | Duon | Porky Minch/King Statue

Playable Characters
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Giga Bowser | Dark Emperor | Dracula | Duon | Galleom | Master Hand | Master Core | Mumkhar | Petey Piranha | Porky Minch | Rayquaza | Ridley | Tabuu | Yellow Devil

Assists Trophies and Poké Ball Pokémon
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