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King Harkinian is a recurring character from The Legend of Zelda CD-i games. In the games, he is the King of Hyrule and head of the Royal Family. Various scenes and phrases used by him within the games have gained him quite a following on the web, being one of the most common characters used in Youtube Poops.
The Legend of Zelda CD-i (Compact Disk interactive) games were developed in late 1993 as a partnership between the Dutch electronics company Philips and the Japanese videogame publisher Nintendo to encourage production of CD-based games. The CD-i games were received overall negatively and are still considered some of the worst games of all time. Nintendo never acknowledged them in the Zelda timeline, and therefore they are considered to be in a separate, self-contained, canon.
Upon release, all of the Zelda CD-i games were criticized heavily for their bad gameplay, horrendous controls, confusing design, and ridiculous cartoon cutscenes. Their full motion video cutscenes have become widely available through video-sharing websites like YouTube. One of the recurring characters throughout the series was King Harkinian.
King Harkinian is a popular inclusion in videos on YouTube, gaining large usage in remixes and Youtube Poops. Many of his lines and phrases, such as “Mah Boi”, and “Dinner,” are particularly popular in these videos.
In the opening scene of the CD-i game The Legend of Zelda: Faces of Evil (seen above), King Harkinian’s line “My boy, this peace is what all true warriors strive for” has gained a large popularity. His particular way of saying “My boy” is commonly written as “Mah boi”. The line, along with his facial expression, often gets featured in numerous fanworks. Mah Boi also has its own group on DeviantArt.
“I wonder what’s for dinner” is a line said by King Harkinian in the CD-i game The Legend of Zelda: Wand of Gamelon. The line has become one of the main traits associated with King Harkinian, representing his love for dinner. The line also gained quite some usage in Youtube Poops, creating a variety of recurring themes such as the Dinner Blaster. Dinner also has its own Facebook page.
Originally, King Harkinian was a noble ruler of Hyrule. However, several YouTube Poops have portrayed him as idiotic, stupid and sometimes even a villain, as well as uttering his phrases like “Mah Boi” and “Dinner”. These elements can often be found back in various Youtube Poops surrounding King Harkinian.