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Why I Cared About Fi

Posted by Michael Koczwara On February - 7 - 2012 3 Comments

SPOILERS for Skyward Sword ahead! 

Annoying. Useless. Completely unnecessary. These are the words many fans are using to describe one of the characters showcased in the Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Like Navi from Ocarina of Time, Fi is Link’s companion and guide throughout the game, giving Link tips, hints, and plenty of analysis throughout the different scenarios they encounter. A common complaint is thrown at these guides, mainly for the fact that they ironically create more frustration than any kind of help. Fi is no exception. While Fi is able to blatantly state the obvious time after time, she is one of the most emotion provoking characters in the entire game.

Fi was created for a single purpose, to guide the servant of the goddess to destiny. She appeared showing no emotions or thought, just going straight to business. All she ever did was state the facts and give some predictions on much of the obvious. By the end of the game, players were fed up with the stone faced character that could have easily been taken out of the story. With all this in mind, how did Fi become such an important character?

It was all in the ending. Fi never showed emotion. She never forgot her purpose in which she was designed. She never addressed Link without the complimentary “Master” title. But in the end, after all is done and saved, Fi breaks her mold to utter these last words, “Thank you, Link. May we meet again in another life…”.

At this moment, it all began to make sense. Her personality, her purpose, it was all coming together. Any Zelda fan knows how important the Master Sword is and how vital it was in the development of other Zelda tales. The realization that Fi was at our side in Link’s past adventures was mind numbing and shocking.

Fi, or the Master Sword, did not have any kind of personality and this perfectly reflects her appearances as the Master Sword in games like Ocarina of Time and the Wind Waker. She was nonexistent. Had it not been for Skyward Sword, the legend of Fi would have never been known. Her portrayal in Skyward Sword is the same as in other games; emotionless, unimpassioned, and again, nonexistent.

Fi as the spirit in the Master Sword in the Wind Waker - Image Source

 

Fi is the spirit of the Master Sword. She was made for that role and it was executed just as should. We weren’t treated to some feisty and intriguing character like Midna, and instead we got someone true to their role. Overlooking the blatant statements she advises every couple of minutes, Fi is an incredibly memorable character that not only shaped the story of Skyward Sword, but also changed the way many view the other entries in the Zelda series.

 

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Categories: Daily Feature, Editorial

3 Responses so far.

  1. OhMyToad says:

    Beautiful video you made!
    I still get goosebumps, when I see the moment that Fi left link. I don’t know why, but when you’re playing the game you feel a bond with Fi. ;p

  2. Xanatrix says:

    A few things to say, and I know they’re a little late.

    1) Fantastic tribute, thank you very much for making it.

    2) What music are you using in that video?

  3. markniceguy says:

    even though i’m not a very big fan of the legend of zelda series, it feels sad watching your video :( (


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