Ezlo

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Ezlo,[3] also known as Cap Ezlo when transformed into a hat by Vaati,[3] is a character and Link's main companion in The Minish Cap.

Appearance

While in his cap form, Ezlo has the appearance of a green cap much like the one Link usually wears, albeit with a bird-like face, complete with a large yellow beak.

Abilities

Ezlo gives Link advice and background information throughout their adventure, both spontaneously and on demand with use of the Select Button.[4] Ezlo has the ability to shrink Link to Minish size whenever he nears a Minish Portal,[5] and also serves as a parachute when Link jumps into Updrafts, similar to the Deku Leaf from The Wind Waker.[6]

Biography

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Ezlo
A mysterious creature that Link meets during his adventure. He chatters away noisily at Link. He can be quite fussy, but he does seem to know what he’s talking about.

Link finds Ezlo in the Minish Woods being attacked by two Red Octoroks.[7] After Link saves him, Ezlo joins him on his quest to defeat Vaati and return the Picori Blade to its former power.[8]

Before meeting Link, Ezlo was a renowned Minish craftsman and sage who was working on the Mage's Cap, a Cap that would grant the wishes of its wearer. The Cap was intended as a gift for the Humans, but when he finished it, his apprentice Vaati (who was also a Minish at the time) stole it from his work desk and donned it, using its power to turn himself into a powerful sorcerer.[9] Ezlo attempted to stop Vaati, but was unsuccessful. Vaati used the power he had received from the Mage's Cap to place a Sorcerer's Curse on Ezlo, transforming him into a creature resembling a mix between a green hat and a bird.[10] Ezlo pursued Vaati into Hyrule through the Minish Door, leading to his meeting with Link.[11]

After Link defeats Vaati in Dark Hyrule Castle, Ezlo is transformed back into his original form. He tells Princess Zelda to combine her power with the Mage's Cap in order to undo all the damage done by Vaati.[12] Before the Minish Door closes for another hundred years,[13] Ezlo gives Link a green hat similar to the form he took while under Vaati's Curse, remarking that it is the first time he has seen him wearing one and that it suits him.[14]

Other Appearances

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Ezlo appears as a Sticker in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

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Ezlo
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Trivia

  • The menu of The Minish Cap displays several images of Ezlo in the background.
  • Ezlo's face is only seen when he is talking or if the player wants advice; on occasions other than these, Link's hat model is the same as in Four Swords.
  • When Link's Life Energy is full, Ezlo appears with his beak open and held high. After losing Hearts, Ezlo's beak closes and is held low. If Link only has one Heart Container remaining, Ezlo appears exhausted.
  • Ezlo's cap form has similar properties to his sage form; namely, the swirl of hair on his head, and the appearance of his eyes. His staff also has a beak and the swirl of hair similar to his cap form.
  • Ezlo is almost identical in function to the Gnat Hat from Four Swords.

Nomenclature

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
LanguageNamesMeanings
The Kingdom of the Netherlands
Dutch
Ezlo[19]
The French Republic
FrenchEU
Exelo[17] 
The Federal Republic of Germany
German
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  • Ezelo Cap
The Italian Republic
Italian
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The Kingdom of Spain
SpanishEU
Ezero[18] 
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References

  1. "Link used Ezlo, the Minish Cap, to travel between the Hyrulean world and the tiny world of the Minish hidden in its cracks and quiet corners." (Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 268)
  2. "The Minish Ezlo, before he was cursed by Vaati. He is a famous Minish sage. Even among Minish inventors, he was renowned for his amazing creations." — Figurine (The Minish Cap)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 270 (TMC)
  4. "Now, I suppose a boy like you still has much to learn about the world. If ever you need my insight, press SELECT. I'll be happy to help!" — Ezlo (The Minish Cap)
  5. "Look at that. At first glance, it appears to be a mere stump, yes? No! That stump is a portal used by people long ago to adjust their size! With my help, you can use it to shrink down to Minish size." — Ezlo (The Minish Cap)
  6. "Hmn?! Hmmmmnnnn... Ah, of course! How silly of me! Hey, my boy! Jump into that whirlwind over there for me! Heh heh heh... I wonder, is this a great idea or a terrible one?" — Ezlo (The Minish Cap)
  7. "Helllllp!!! Help meeee!!! Ouch! Won't somebody stop them!? Ow! Ow! Help... Somebody! Can't anybody hear me?" — Ezlo (The Minish Cap)
  8. "You know, you and I have quite a lot in common. You see, I, too, am on a quest to break a curse of Vaati's. And you say that reforging the sacred blade can break his curse, eh? Well, then you have found yourself a companion, my boy! My name is Ezlo. It's a pleasure to make your acquaintance." — Ezlo (The Minish Cap)
  9. "I was once a famous sage and a renowned Minish craftsman. Vaati was only a boy when I took him on as my apprentice. But...he became enchanted by the wickedness in the hearts of men. One day, Vaati took a hat I made for the humans--my pride and joy. It granted the wishes of its wearer. He put it on without permission..." — Ezlo (The Minish Cap)
  10. "Tell me, how does it feel, my sorcerer's curse?" — Vaati (The Minish Cap)
  11. "I came to the world of men hoping to stop Vaati, and I met you in the woods." — Ezlo (The Minish Cap)
  12. "If one with a just heart wears this cap, things can be made right again. Princess Zelda! Let your wishes be made real!" — Ezlo (The Minish Cap)
  13. "The Minish Door opens but once every century, and soon, it must close. I must leave you both now and return to my homeland." — Ezlo (The Minish Cap)
  14. "Heh... You know, I’ve never actually seen you wearing a cap until now! It suits you, little hero." — Ezlo (The Minish Cap)
  15. 15.0 15.1 Encyclopedia, Magazzini Salani, pg. 270
  16. 16.0 16.1 Encyclopedia, TOKYOPOP, pg. 270
  17. The Minish Cap manual, pg. 45
  18. Encyclopedia, Norma Editorial, pg. 270
  19. The Minish Cap manual, pg. 65