Artwork of the Postman in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
|First appearance||The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (2000)|
|Latest appearance||The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD (2016)|
- “I'm currently on the job. If I stop to talk, it will disrupt my schedule.”
- – Postman, The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
The Postman is a recurring character role in The Legend of Zelda. Between games, Postmen have been portrayed in many different manners, but are usually recognizable by a red hat and white rabbit logo.
The Legend of Zelda series
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
In The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, the Postman is introduced as one of the inhabitants of Clock Town. The Postman is serious about his job to the point of obsessively keeping schedule, even using his break time to practice his timing accuracy. Each day, he twice runs a loop of Clock Town, the first time to pick up letters from the postboxes, and the second to deliver them. He, along with the man from the Curiosity Shop are the only two residents to know of Kafei's whereabouts, which he keeps a secret.
While he is training on break, Link can speak with him, and he will invite Link to give it a try. The player has to press a button on the exact instant a timer hits ten seconds, and unless Link is wearing the Bunny Hood, the timer disappears from view several seconds prior. If Link succeeds, he is awarded with a Piece of Heart. Additionally, on the first day, he delivers a letter from Kafei to Anju. When Anju tries to ask him where he got it, he repeatedly dodges the question. On the second day, he delivers the response Letter to Kafei if Link has put it in a postbox. On the night of the final day, the Postman can be found on the floor of the post office, struggling to decide whether to flee from the Moon or not due to fleeing not being "on the schedule." If Link gives him the Priority Mail, he will happily deliver it to Madame Aroma, Kafei's mother and the Postman's boss. After he delivers it, she orders him to flee, relieving him of his duty. If Link talks to him on his way out, he gives Link his hat, saying he does not need it anymore. During the full version of the credits cinematic, he can be seen running through Termina Field, seemingly returning to Clock Town.
The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages
In The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages, the Postman is a minor character who lives in Lynna Village. He wants to deliver the mail, but cannot keep schedule due to not knowing the time (likely owing to the unending day the Veran-possessed Nayru has created). If the player gives him the Poe Clock, he trades it for the Stationery and abruptly leaves.
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
- Main article: Rito
In The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, there is no singular postman character. However, the Rito tribe have taken up the role over the Great Sea due to their flight, and the same iconography as before is used. The most plot-important Rito postman is Quill, with another Rito named Ilari having some prominence in a sidequest. The mail-sorter, Koboli, greatly resembles the original Postman and is implied in his figurine to be his descendent.
The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
In The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, the Postman delivers mail in Hyrule Town. He is more jovial than his Majora's Mask incarnation, saying several superhero-esque catchphrases as he runs. If Link fuses Kinstones with him, Marcy appears at the post office.
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
In The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, a very different version of the Postman appears, being taller and more comical. He delivers letters to Link while on foot, running around Hyrule Field. When he delivers, he tends to hum one of the "discovery" jingles used throughout the series, being either the "puzzle solved" or "Piece of Heart obtained" ones. He is also seemingly able to recognize Wolf Link as Link, as he will still call to Link in this form. Aside from this, he can be found crouched down in a number of odd places, ranging from Ordon Ranch's barn (where he tries feeding an Ordon Goat an illegibly sloppy letter) to the penultimate floor of the Cave of Ordeals after it has been cleared.
The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
In The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, another Postman appears, being short with angel-like wings to fly with, a white toga, and a rabbit-like face. He is apparently a new hire, and for his first delivery to Link, has him sign for it using the touch screen. In this game, the postman reads the letters aloud to Link, and also tells him if the letter came with any items. At one point, he accidentally reads a letter to Link that was meant for Joanne, so he has Link deliver it to her. For the final plot-related letter, a challenge to battle from Jolene, he has Link sign once again, though the signature from the first time is still present and can be accepted without rewriting.
The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks
In The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks, a Postman very similar to the Phantom Hourglass one appears, albeit wearing a dark-colored uniform and lacking wings, running instead. Additionally, he gives the letters instead of reading them aloud. The first time he is encountered, he prepares to read Link a letter before correcting himself, saying their policy on that has been changed due to complaints of being rude.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
In Hyrule Warriors, a costume for Link based off the Twilight Princess iteration of the Postman appears as part of the Twilight Princess DLC pack. In later versions of the game, it is unlockable in the base game instead.
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