Kafei

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Kafei is a recurring character in The Legend of Zelda series.[1][name references needed] He is the runaway son of Mayor Dotour and Madame Aroma and a major character in the game's longest side-quest, Reuniting Kafei and Anju. He is one of the twenty people added to the Bombers' Notebook.

Biography

Majora's Mask

Kafei is the son of Mayor Dotour and Madame Aroma,[2] and he is engaged to Anju, the inn-keeper of the Stock Pot Inn. Although the two lovers made a promise to exchange their masks and get married on the day of the Carnival of Time,[3][4] a sudden turn of events forces Kafei to run from Anju's side, leaving the inn-keeper without a reason for his immediate departure.

During his youth, Kafei was a member of the Bombers Secret Society of Justice.[5] The owner of the Curiosity Shop states that he was a childhood friend of Kafei's and gave him the Keaton Mask as a gift. Later, Kafei eventually fell in love with Anju when they were children and they became engaged. They promised each other to marry on the day of the Carnival of Time, exchanging the Sun and Moon's Mask during the event.[6] However, several years later, and only a month before the Carnival,[7] Kafei was suddenly turned into a child by the possessed Skull Kid.[8]

On his way to see the Great Fairy in North Clock Town about his desperate situation, Sakon came along and stole his wedding ceremony mask.[9] As such, Kafei could not return to Anju despite knowing that she was worried, for he had promised her to greet her with his wedding mask in hand.[10] He goes into hiding at the Curiosity Shop and disguises himself with a Keaton Mask that the owner gave him when he was a child,[11] secretly watching all of the customers who sell stolen goods. He is positive that the thief will appear and he will be able to follow him to retrieve his mask.[12] Despite Kafei's terrible fate, Anju does not know what has become of him or why he disappeared. She is afraid to meet her fiancé and hear the reason as to why he disappeared, for she fears his disappearance might have been caused by her.[13]

Link can meet Kafei by sneaking to the back of the Curiosity Shop while Kafei is getting the letter from Anju. Kafei explains to the young hero his reasons for his disappearance and why he cannot go and see his fiancée. He then asks Link to deliver his pendant to Anju as proof that is still willing to keep his promise.[14] Once Anju receives the pendant, she will once again believe in Kafei and decides to wait for his return despite everyone else taking refuge in Romani Ranch.[15]

On the night of the Final Day, Link and Kafei team up to enter Sakon's Hideout to retrieve the Sun Mask. After making their way through the hideout, Kafei recovers the wedding mask and immediately leaves for the Stock Pot Inn to meet up with Anju. With just a few hours left until the Moon falls, Anju waits for Kafei in her room with her Moon's Mask. The two lovers, at last, reunite and exchange their masks and oaths.[16] In return for witnessing this event, they grant Link the Couple's Mask.[17] Even though the Moon is just hours from destroying Termina, they urge Link to take refuge, for they will stay and greet the morning together.[18]

During the ending credits, Anju can be seen outside Clock Town having her wedding ceremony, although Kafei is never seen in the scene.

Schedule

In any given three-day cycle, Kafei's schedule changes depending on whether Link completes the following Events:

Kafei's schedule is as follows:

Dawn of the First Day
TimeLocationAction(s)
6:00 AMSouth Clock TownExits the Laundry Pool and moves towards the Mailbox nearby.
6:30 AMSouth Clock TownDeposits a Letter in the Mailbox, then heads back to the Laundry Pool.
6:50 AMLaundry PoolEnters the Laundry Pool and runs to the Curiosity Shop Back Room.
7:15 AMLaundry PoolEnters the Curiosity Shop Back Room and locks the door behind him.
7:30 AMLaundry PoolBriefly steps outside the Curiosity Shop Back Room whenever Link rings the Bell.
Night of the First Day
  • Thief, begone!
  • Deliver the love letter
  • Thief, begone!
  • Deliver the love letter
  • Thief, begone!
  • Deliver the love letter
  • Thief, begone!
  • Deliver the love letter
Dawn of the Second Day
1:00 PMCuriosity Shop Back RoomStops responding to the Bell.
3:10 PMLaundry PoolExits the Curiosity Shop Back Room after the Postman rings the Bell.
3:25 PMLaundry PoolReceives the Letter to Kafei from the Postman.
3:40 PMLaundry PoolHeads back to the Curiosity Shop Back Room.
4:10 PMCuriosity Shop Back RoomWaits for Link to appear.
Night of the Second Day
The letter's recipient The letter's recipient
10:00 PMCuriosity Shop Back Room
  • Locks the door to the Curiosity Shop Back Room and stops responding to the Bell.
  • Waits for Sakon to appear at the Curiosity Shop.
Dawn of the Final Day
6:00 AMIkana Canyon
  • Appears behind rocks near Sakon's Hideout.[20][a]
  • Waits for Sakon to return.
  • Precious pendant
  • The thief's hideout
  • Precious pendant
  • The thief's hideout
The thief's hideout
Night of the Final Day
7:00 PM[b]Ikana CanyonFollows Sakon into Sakon's Hideout and retrieves the Sun Mask with Link's help.
12:00 AM[d]Ikana CanyonRuns back to Clock Town with the Sun Mask.[e]
4:00 AMEast Clock TownAppears at the East Gate. Runs towards the Stock Pot Inn.
4:15 AMStock Pot InnEnters the Stock Pot Inn and walks towards the staff room.
4:30 AMStock Pot Inn
Night of the Final Day
7:00 PM[b]Ikana CanyonFollows Sakon into Sakon's Hideout and retrieves the Sun Mask with Link's help.
12:00 AM[d]Ikana CanyonRuns back to Clock Town with the Sun Mask.[e]
4:00 AMEast Clock TownAppears at the East Gate. Runs towards the Stock Pot Inn.
4:15 AMStock Pot InnEnters the Stock Pot Inn and walks towards the staff room.
4:30 AMStock Pot InnEnters the empty staff room. Slowly walks up to Anju's wedding dress.
4:45 AMStock Pot InnAdmires Anju's wedding dress. Laments having been unable to keep his promise to marry Anju on the day of the Carnival of Time.[22]
Night of the Final Day
7:00 PM[b][c]Ikana CanyonFollows Sakon into Sakon's Hideout and is trapped there until the Moon falls or the Dawn of A New Day arrives.[21]
10:00 PMCuriosity Shop Back Room
  • Locks the door to the Curiosity Shop Back Room and stops responding to the Bell.
  • Waits for Sakon to appear at the Curiosity Shop.
Dawn of the Final Day
6:00 AMIkana Canyon
Night of the Final Day
Dawn of the Second Day
1:00 PMCuriosity Shop Back RoomStops responding to the Bell.
3:10 PMLaundry PoolExits the Curiosity Shop Back Room after the Postman rings the Bell.
3:25 PMLaundry PoolReceives the Letter to Kafei from the Postman.
3:40 PMLaundry PoolHeads back to the Curiosity Shop Back Room.
4:10 PMCuriosity Shop Back RoomWaits for Link to appear.
Night of the Second Day
The letter's recipient The letter's recipient
10:00 PMCuriosity Shop Back Room
  • Locks the door to the Curiosity Shop Back Room.
  • Waits in vain for Sakon to return to the Curiosity Shop.
Dawn of the Final Day
Precious pendant Precious pendant
Night of the Final Day
Night of the Final Day
10:00 PMCuriosity Shop Back Room
  • Locks the door to the Curiosity Shop Back Room.
  • Waits in vain for Sakon to return to the Curiosity Shop.
Dawn of the Final Day
Night of the Final Day
Dawn of the Second Day
Night of the Second Day
Dawn of the Final Day
6:00 AMCuriosity Shop Back RoomStops responding to the Bell.
Night of the Final Day
Dawn of the Second Day
Night of the Second Day
Dawn of the Final Day
6:00 AMIkana Canyon
Night of the Final Day
  1. 1.0 1.1 Link cannot physically see Kafei leave the Curiosity Shop Back Room and follow Sakon back to the hideout—Kafei simply appears at Sakon's Hideout at the Dawn of the Final Day.
  2. If Link is seen by Sakon as he approaches the Hideout, Sakon will run away and Kafei will not be able to enter the Hideout. Kafei will continue to wait for Sakon to appear, as if nothing happened.
  3. 4.0 4.1 Link and Kafei emerge from Sakon's Hideout at exactly midnight regardless of how long it takes them to retrieve the Sun Mask or at what time Link enters the Hideout. However, if Link waits until after midnight to enter Sakon's Hideout, Link and Kafei will re-emerge from the Hideout at the time Link entered it—no time will have passed.
  4. 5.0 5.1 Kafei disappears after the cutscene shows him running away from Sakon's Hideout. He reappears at the East Gate.

Other Appearances

Majora's Mask (Himekawa)

Kafei being transformed by the Skull Kid in the manga

In the Majora's Mask manga by Akira Himekawa, Kafei is first mentioned by Anju's Mother, and later Anju explains his disappearance after nursing Deku Link's injuries. He later makes an appearance as he tries to get into the Stock Pot Inn. Link, thinking Kafei was up to no good, chases Kafei away which causes him to drop a letter addressed to Anju. Link delivers the letter to her, and she decides to wait for Kafei. Link later tracks down Kafei, and interrogates him, thinking he is a minion of the Skull Kid. Kafei explains what happened to him, and asks Link to take him to the Skull Kid. Kafei pleads with the Skull Kid to change him back to an adult, who then fires a blast of energy at Kafei, gravely injuring him. Anju appears and the two embrace as Link enters the final battle with Majora's Mask. After the battle, Kafei changes back into an adult, and he and Anju enjoy their wedding day.

Like in the game, Kafei's adult form is never fully shown.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

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

Sticker Information

Sticker Artwork from Effect in The Subspace Emissary Usable by

Kafei & Keaton Mask
Majora's Mask Shield Recovery +10 All

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Kafei — Spirit Battle Information
Kafei
Support Spirit
No. 213
Team Power Grab | 4600 Rank ★★ ADVANCED Fighter(s)
Stage Skyloft Theme "Termina Field" Bunny Young Link
Rule(s) Hazard(s)
Condition(s)
 • Timed battle
 • The enemy tenda to avoid conflict
Kafei — Spirit Information

Kafei
No. 213
Rank ★★ ADVANCED Cost
Skill
Mr. Saturn Equipped
Start battles with a Mr. Saturn. Break enemies' shields easily.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Kafei appears as a Spirit with the ability, Mr. Saturn Equipped, which gives a Fighter a Mr. Saturn at the start of a battle.

Trivia

  • Kafei is one of the few Majora's Mask characters that do not have an Ocarina of Time counterpart.
  • One briefly plays as Kafei in Sakon's Hideout. This is the first occurrence of playing as someone other than Link in The Legend of Zelda series, and the only such occurrence initiated involuntarily rather than by Command.
  • When Kafei is putting his letter in the Mailbox on the first day, it is possible to injure him if the Dog is tricked into attacking him or if he is caught within the blast radius of Bombs, Bombchus or the Blast Mask.

Nomenclature

Names in Other Regions
LanguageNames
Japan
Japanese
カーフェイ (Kāfei) (MM)
Canada
FrenchCA
Kafei (MM)
The French Republic
FrenchEU
Kafei (MM3D)[25]
The Federal Republic of Germany
German
Kafei (MM)
The Italian Republic
Italian
Kafei (MM | MM3D)[23][24]
Latin America
SpanishLA
Kafei (MM3D)
The Kingdom of Spain
SpanishEU
Kafei (MM)
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See Also

Notes

References

  1. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 245 (MM)
  2. "It seems his mother, Madame Aroma, had Kafei's Mask..." — Gossip Stone (Majora's Mask)
  3. "The masks of the sun and the moon... We were to exchange them on the day of the Carnival of Time..." — Anju (Majora's Mask)
  4. "We promised each other when we were children that we'd marry on the day of the Carnival of Time." — Kafei (Majora's Mask)
  5. "Kafei? I can recall when he was in the Bombers. Don't see his face much anymore, though...Well, what could he be doing?" — Professor Shikashi (Majora's Mask)
  6. "We promised each other when we were children that we'd marry on the day of the Carnival of Time." — Kafei (Majora's Mask)
  7. "The person I want you to locate is my son, Kafei. You know him, don't you? ...You don't? Really? He disappeared about a month ago. It's terrible! I'm so very worried..." — Madame Aroma (Majora's Mask)
  8. "I was turned into this by a strange imp wearing a mask... But I'm not hiding because I look this way." — Kafei (Majora's Mask)
  9. "When I was turned into this, I went to see the Great Fairy in the shrine near the North Gate... But on the way, my precious mask--a wedding ceremony mask--was stolen from me by some prancing man with a grinning face!" — Kafei (Majora's Mask)
  10. "I know Anju is worried...but I can't go out yet. I made a promise to her that I would bring the wedding mask and greet her." — Kafei (Majora's Mask)
  11. "All it took was one glance at that Keaton Mask he was carrying for me to realize that I was looking at my old friend. I gave him that mask a long time ago when he was just li'l Kafei. Didn't know he kept it that well for so long..." — Man from Curiosity Shop (Majora's Mask)
  12. "Things that get stolen in this town always make their way to the Curiosity Shop. I'm waiting for that to happen." — Kafei (Majora's Mask)
  13. "I'm...actually...afraid to meet him...and to hear the reason why he wanted to disappear... It might be because of... me..." — Anju (Majora's Mask)
  14. "This pendant...Give it to Anju." — Kafei (Majora's Mask)
  15. "I have decided to wait for him. I've made my promise... I'm fine with this. I believe him." — Anju (Majora's Mask)
  16. "Let us exchange the promised masks. We have exchanged our oaths and have become a couple." — Anju (Majora's Mask)
  17. "You are our witnesses. Please accept this mask." — Anju (Majora's Mask)
  18. "Please take refuge. We are fine here. We shall greet the morning... together." — Anju (Majora's Mask)
  19. "........." — Kafei (Majora's Mask)
  20. "He came to the shop last night, and I followed him." — Kafei (Majora's Mask 3D)
  21. "...We're locked in. I'm sorry you got caught up in all this. If you can get out, then do it. Anju is already fleeing to Cremia's ranch." — Kafei (Majora's Mask 3D)
  22. "Isn't her bridal dress lovely? We promised each other when we were children that we'd marry on the day of the Carnival of Time. ...But my promise... I couldn't keep it." — Kafei (Majora's Mask 3D)
  23. Enciclopedia di Hyrule, Magazzini Salani, pg. 245
    "#213 - Kafei" — Support Spirit (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Italian localization)
  24. "La persona che voglio ritrovare è Kafei, mio figlio." — Madame Aroma (Majora's Mask 3D, Italian localization)
  25. Encyclopedia, Les Éditions Soleil, pg. 245