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Sonia is a character in Tears of the Kingdom.[4]


Sonia is the descendant of the Reborn Goddess Hylia.[5] She was born on the Surface and was a priestess before becoming queen.[6] She is married to Rauru, and together the two founded the Hyrule Kingdom.[7] It is possible that Hyrule may have been destroyed once before their founding.[8] She possesses powers over Time and bears a Secret Stone that amplifies her powers. She also possesses the ability to sense Rauru's powers of Light and her own powers of Time within her descendant, Zelda.[9]

She teaches Zelda how to harness her innate powers over Time, but is ultimately killed by Ganondorf, who steals her Secret Stone and uses it to amplify his power to become Demon King Ganondorf.


  • Similar to how Hylia's ancestry to the Royal Family of Hyrule seems to be inspired by the Japanese goddess Amaterasu being the ancestor to Japan's imperial family, Sonia may be inspired by Himiko, an ancient priestess and earliest known queen of Japan.


Sonia is a Slavic name which is derived from the Greek Sophia, which itself means "wisdom".

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  1. "King Rauru...and Queen Sonia? But that must mean—" — Zelda (Tears of the Kingdom)
  2. "Your Majesty! Queen Sonia! Oh no! Queen Sonia! No!" — Zelda (Tears of the Kingdom)
  3. "You are correct! I voice Queen Sonia. 💕" — @CheramiLeigh on Twitter, May 20, 2023
  4. "It's OK. My name is Sonia." — Sonia (Tears of the Kingdom)
  5. Hyrule Historia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 77
  6. "It claims that Sonia was a priestess before marrying Rauru. Despite his status as a Zonai, a people popularly thought to be gods, she would counsel him without any trepidation. Moreover, Rauru headed this counsel." — Wortsworth (Tears of the Kingdom)
  7. "What an unexpected answer. We are the king and queen who founded Hyrule, after all. Or at least we were the last time I checked." — Rauru (Tears of the Kingdom)
  8. "あくまで可能性として話すとすれば、ハイラル建国の話があってもその前に一度滅んだ歴史がある可能性もあります。[If I'm just talking about this as a possibility, even if there is a story about the founding of Hyrule, there is a possibility that there is a history where Hyrule was destroyed once before that.]" — Hidemaro Fujibayashi, An interview with the developer of "The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom" that can still be talked about. A marvelous sequel completed through "play priority" (web archive), Famitsu.
  9. "I can feel your light power within her. As well as my time power." — Sonia (Tears of the Kingdom)