Master Sword

Master Sword

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The Master Sword is an iconic weapon from The Legend of Zelda series. Being one of Link's main weapon in several installments in the series, it has since gain popularity among fans of the series. Spawning discussions, fanart, mods and custom made replicas of the weapon.


The sword made its first appearance in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past which was released in November 21st, 1991 in Japan and April 13th, 1992 in North America[1]. According to the series lore, The Goddess Hylia created the weapon as The Goddess Sword so that her chosen hero can defeat Demise should he resurrect. When the blade was bathed in the three sacred flames, it was reforged as the master sword. The sword was ultimately embedded in a pedestal within the temple of time so that only the hero of time can claim the blade and unlock its full power[2].
Since A Link to the Past, the weapon has also appeared in other games of the series such as The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998), The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (2002), The Legend of Zelda: Twillight Princess (2006), The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (2011) and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (2013).


On April 30th, 2004, Urban Dictionary user Guru Imakuni submitted an entry about the Master Sword, which he calls "Link's final sword that hacks the shit out of anything in it's path"[3]. On March 6th, 2004, Nintendo World Report uploaded an article titled "Master Sword Forged" which talks about one of the site's forum user named Paul Hantschel who owns a real life replica of the weapon (shown below) which was forged at Castle Keep, located in Scotland[4].

On which archives posts from 4Chan, typing the keyword "zelda master sword" on would result in more than 3.200 posts while typing the keyword "Master Sword" would result in more than 15.000 posts that are mostly about the weapon[6]. On Deviantart, Typing the keyword "Master Sword" would yield more than 50.000 results that are mostly about the weapon[7] while tying the keyword "Legend of Zelda Master Sword" would yield more than 11.000 results[8].


On August 5th, 2013, Youtube Webseries Man at Arms uploaded a video titled "Link's Master Sword (Legend of Zelda)" in which host Tony Swatton forges a real life replica of the master sword (shown below left). As of April, 2015, the video has gathered more than 3 million views[9]. On December 12th, 2014, Youtube personality Smosh uploaded a video titled "JUST LIKE LINK" which is a spoof commercial for the Master Sword (shown below right). As of April, 2015, the video has gathered more than 3 million views[10].

Master Sword Stabbing Incident

On March 2nd, 2014, local news site Click 2 Houston\[11] reported an incident that occurred in Harris County, Houston, Texas, where resident Eugene Thompson had a fight with his girlfriend's estrange husband which led to Eugene stabbing the man 3 times in self defense using a replica Master Sword. The incident was covered in several other news sites such as Forbes[13], Independent[16], IGN[12], Kotaku[15], and The Huffington Post[14].

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