Great Fairies (JP) are powerful, high ranking fairies in The Legend of Zelda series. They live in various Great Fairy Fountains scattered throughout Hyrule. Their main purpose in the games are to power up Link's items. They first appeared in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past for the SNES, where there were three different Great Fairies, each one updating different items.
In The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, the fairies would update his shield, boomerang (Waterfall of Wishing fairy), tempered sword, arrows (Pyramid of Power Fairy), arrows, and bombs (Queen of Fairies). The great fairies in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time gave Link new powers, rather than updated items. In the sequel to Ocarina titled The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, once you resurrected the five great fairies, the would give you special items such as the Magic Meter and so forth.
In The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords, a Great Fairy would appear after you defeat a boss and would give you a special key. In The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, there were once again multiple different Great Fairies, each one giving you upgrades on items. In The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, the Great Fairies would update your bomb bag, wallet, and quiver, as well as restore your health.
Finally, in their most recent appearance (The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess), five Great Fairies would appear in the Cave of Ordeals, where they would send out many little fairies that would restore Link's health. If you found the final Great Fairy, she would give you the Great Fairy's Tears which would be placed in a bottle.
|The Legend of Zelda characters|
|Main characters||Link (Young Link • Toon Link) • Princess Zelda (Tetra)|
|Villains||Ganon (Ganondorf) • Dark Link • Twinrova • Majora • Onox • Veran • Vaati • Zant • Bellum • Chancellor Cole • Malladus • Ghirahim • Demise • Yuga • Lady Maud • Master Kohga|
|Supporting cast||Epona • Four Giants • Golden Goddesses • Great Deku Tree • Happy Mask Salesman • Impa • King of Hyrule • Linebeck • Marin • Navi • Old Man • Sages • Tingle • Ravio • Linkle • Hylia • Dr. Purah|
|Recurring characters||Anju • Beedle • Biggoron • Dampé • Great Fairy • Guru-Guru • Malon • Mamamu Yan • Mutoh • Postman • Skull Kid • Syrup • Talon|