Ever since his first appearance in The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, Tingle has become one of the most iconic characters from the Zelda franchise.
This quirky 35-year-old man with an obsession with fairies may have raised some questions among fans about his origins; never fear though – Legend of Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma has the answers.
In a recent interview with Kotaku, he went into length about why they needed Tingle in the game.
“So, we thought, what if you had to buy maps? Then suddenly we needed a character that you would be buying maps from. We ultimately ended up with a character here that had a little bit of humor to him that [came from] thinking of…’What sort of person would sell a map?’ And, well, we decided it would be the kind of person who makes a map. And the way that he makes a map is by floating through the air so that he can see the contours of the land and draw them. But as soon as we got that far in the process, we realized anybody that would fly through the air making a map has got to be a really weird person. So at that point we decided, okay, we’ll go with this and make him a really weird guy.” — Eiji Aonuma
He further explained that Tingle’s visual design was based off of his personality, and not the other way around.
“So when we made the character, we had this notion that one of the ways he might be a little bit weird is that he had this notion that he never wanted to grow up. And so I think, to that extent the clothes do fit this image of him. And the whole thing comes together as a very Peter Pan kind of visual. You know, if you think about it, it’s this guy in his 30s in a green suit and is flying and never wants to grow up, it all sort of comes together around that.”
— Eiji Aonuma
And finally, in typical Kotaku fashion, they asked him to clarify whether or not Tingle is a homosexual. Aonuma simply said, “Tingle is not gay, he’s just an odd person.“
So there we have it: we now know more about Tingle than we ever should have known.
What do you think about these discoveries? What do you think of Tingle’s character? Tell us in the comments!
Source: Zelda Informer