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I stumbled across this comparison between Link (Nintendo) and Peter Pan (Disney).

Both:

  • have a fairy companion
  • wear green tunics and pointy green hats
  • have elf-like pointed ears
  • play a small whistle-like instrument
  • lived in a forest with a group of children who never grew old
  • have fought their own shadow
  • are much shorter in height than their arch-nemesis
  • can defy gravity with the aid of magic (Link uses magic hover-boots, Peter Pan uses magic fairy dust)
  • are not affected by time the way others are (link sort of time travels, Peter Pan lives in Neverland where time can't affect him)

Did Nintendo base Link on Peter Pan?

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Yes. Shigeru Miyamoto is a fan of Disney and drew upon Peter Pan for inspiration when creating Link for the Legend of Zelda.

Interestingly, Link bears a resemblance to Peter Pan, as they are both elf-like, wear green clothing, fight with swords, and are sometimes accompanied by a Fairy. Link also fights his shadow in some games, either Dark Link or Shadow Link, just like Peter. (...)

Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of the Legend of Zelda series, has stated that he used Peter Pan as a bit of an inspiration for Link's design in The Legend of Zelda. - source

Additional sources can be found here and here.

Another fun piece of trivia: Take the famous opening 3 notes of Zelda's Lullaby, reverse the order of the notes and you get the 3-note tune Peter Pan plays in the Disney film!

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