User:New Age Retro Hippie/Navi (The Legend of Zelda)
|The Legend of Zelda character|
|First game||The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, 1998|
Navi (ナビィ Nabi) (voice actress: Kaori Mizuhashi) is a fairy who is Link's "sidekick" throughout the game. She is instructed by the Great Deku Tree in Kokiri Forest to assist Link in his quest to stop Ganondorf. All Kokiri have companion fairies, but because Link is actually a Hylian, he never received one until Navi joins him near the beginning of the events in Ocarina of Time.
Concept and creation
Navi appears only in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. In gameplay, Navi functions primarily as a guide that points out clues in the environment and helps the player learn the controls and advance in the game. Most of her hints are about how to progress in the story or defeat enemies. She can also be used to lock on enemies in the game, items and other characters. She is one of the few characters with any voice-acting in the series, and the only character who (aside from Link in The Wind Waker) actually uses English words, such as "Hey", "Look", "Listen", "Watch out" and "Hello". Her habit of doing this constantly has made her one of the most hated characters in the series among gamers.
Cracked editor ranked Navi the eighth most annoying video game character from an otherwise great game, describing her as a naggy, clingy spouse. GamesRadar editor Mikel Reparaz ranked Navi as the most irritating female character, stating that she would have been bearable if she did not interrupt the game with "Hey!" and "Listen!" constantly. Fellow GamesRadar editor Tom Goulter listed her as the second most annoying sidekick ever, while  In another article, GamesRadar ranked Navi second place in the list of cutesy characters they want to beat the crap out of, citing similar reasons but describing her as a "tactless Tinkerbell". The web site also listed her "Hey! Listen!" quote as one of the 40 most repeated game quotes. GameDaily listed her as one of the characters they wanted to kill, but couldn't, describing her as irritating.
In the book "Game writing: narrative skills for videogames", author Chris Mark Bateman described Navi as the "most famous, and most famously annoying, instance of an explicit funneling companion". In the book "The Legend of Zelda and Philosophy", author Luke Cuddy describes Navi as the "most insipid" character next to the character Tingle, she is seen by the in-game characters as a necessary stage in a Kokiri's life.
In popular culture
The VG Cats web comic has featured Navi multiple times in its web comic; in an early comic, one of the comic's characters, Leo, is seen dressed as Link dressed in a straight jacket in a padded room with "Hey! Listen!" scribed on the walls. A later comic would parody The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, showing the same character yelling out in terror once he sees her. An episode of Powerpuff Girls makes reference to The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time as a character called The Mayor plays it, growing frustrated with Navi, saying "stupid fairy."
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- AJ Glasser & Brett Elston (Apr 21, 2008). "Top 7... Cutesy Characters We Want to Beat the Crap Out of". GamesRadar. Retrieved 2010-4-25. Check date values in:
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