A Female and Male Hylian as seen in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

Hylians are a recurring race in The Legend of Zelda series known for their pointed elf-like ears. They are the most numerous people in Hyrule and have appeared in every game to date. The series' two main characters Link and Princess Zelda are Hylians.

Hylians are said to be the messengers of the gods and their pointed ears are said to be able to hear the voices of the Gods. The race's name comes from the Goddess who protected the Triforce in ancient times, Hylia. Hylians themselves are descended from those who lived among the Goddess before the demon king, Demise's invasion caused the land's surface to become almost uninhabitable. The surviving people were casted into the sky by Hylia in order to protect them from Demise's rampage and they founded the floating kingdom of Skyloft. This makes Hylians alongside the Gorons are one of the oldest sapient species in Hyrule. Hylians are also known as the oldest organized civilization in the series as they already had a functioning capital at the time of Skyloft while all of the other species of that time were either nomads or lived in small groups with no real infrastructures.

Although Hylians are mostly the same as humans in both lifespan and physical capabilities and are treated as stand-ins for humans in the realm of Hyrule, to the point that most non Hylian races use the words "Hylian" and "Human" interchangeably; non pointy-eared humans do exist in the Zelda series. Typically, they are found in lands far from Hyrule such as Koholint Island, Labrynna, Holodrum and Hytopia.


-Legend of Zelda-

A Hylian named Link Defeats Gannon and rescues Zelda.

-Link's Adventure-

A hylian named Link Has Rescued the Princess Zelda but now he must figure out how to revive her from her sleep. Eventually Link Defeats Gannon for a second time.

-A Link to the Past-

A second Hylian man named Link in another country named Hyrule. He will have to Defeat the forces of evil led by Agahnim. Agahnim is defeated but he succeeds in Destroying Hyrule with a curse. The quest continues until the curse over Hyrule is broken.


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