Posted by: Izagar
Posted on: July 31st, 2012
Posted in: Posted in Zelda Articles
Warning: The following article contains spoilers for those who have yet to finish Skyward Sword already. If you haven’t, we suggest that you please avoid this article, and if you don’t care, then continue reading.
“Those like you… Those who share the blood of the goddess and the spirit of the hero… They are eternally bound to this curse. An incarnation of my hatred shall ever follow your kind, dooming them to wander a blood-soaked sea of darkness for all time!” – Demise, Skyward Sword
As with my earlier theory about how the Madness of Ganondorf was caused by the curse casted by Demise, I began to see if any other Legend of Zelda villain shared in the same fate as Ganondorf. I happen to realize that Malladus, the “Demon King” in Spirit Tracks, has an eerily similar back story to Demise himself, in title and in looks.
Demise was a Demon King who came up out of the ground, seeking the sacred and holy power of the Triforce. Following him were legions of demons and monsters that obeyed the Demon King and sought out the power as well. He fought against the creatures of the surface world, killing many of them, even humans. Hylia, Goddess of the Surface Dwellers, then took the remaining humans and sent them far beyond the clouds with the sacred Triforce. After which, she and the surface dwellers fought Demise, but were only able to seal the monster away into the ground using a sealing spike.
Malladus, on the other hand was another Demon King who ruled over the New Hyrule found in Spirit Tracks. He fought against the Spirits of Good but was too powerful to be completely eradicated from the face of the earth. Seeing no way to destroy him, the Spirits of Good had no choice but to form the Spirit Tracks which acted as the chains to keep Malladus down. And like Demise, Malladus was kept down by a “sealing spike”, or in this case, the Tower of Spirits.
Both Demon Kings were ruthless and power-hungry, killing all in their wake for power. Both also needed Zelda, due to her powers. Demise required Zelda’s power to revert back to his true demonic form as well as restore all the strength he got lost while being sealed. Malladus needed the perfect vessel to house his spirit, as his body was already seemingly decayed. They both had their own loyal minions who they both used in the final battle (Ghirahim was used as Demise’s Sword and Cole was used as Malladus’s new demonic body). And, in both instances, Link was there to stop the demonic rulers, thus ending them and their reign.
The Spirits of Good “flying” above the people.
If you look more closely at some of the story in Spirit Tracks, you can see how some of Skyward Sword was evident in it. The Spirits of Good were shown to be free flowing spirits, and were associated with the wind and sky, as you can see in the picture above. Even Malladus had the same ruthlessness of Demise, and even, in the final battle, had similar looks to the old Demon King; Malladus had a larger nose than what Cole did have, as well as (thanks to Cole) a large orange mane, similar to Demise’s fiery hair.
And as I quoted earlier, Demise’s curse did not only bring forth Ganondorf to stand against Link and Zelda, but many other creatures, Malladus being one of the prime examples and a near perfect reincarnation of Demise himself. It would not surprise me if that, in the near future, another Demon King will arise being similar to Demise himself.