- The armor sets in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom offer distinct appearances in addition to unique abilities and defense stats.
- The Phantom Armor set, based on Phantoms from previous Zelda games, bears a striking resemblance to Zurg from the Toy Story franchise.
- Fans have suggested adding the Evil Spirit set's cloak to the Phantom Armor to better resemble Zurg.
An online debate about Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is making fans see one of Pixar’s most iconic villains in a new light, thanks to one of the armor sets in the game. The armor in question is usually not talked about much, but may become a fan favorite in The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom if the conversation gets any bigger.
Link’s ability to wear different armor pieces is nothing new in Zelda games. However, Tears of the Kingdom took this idea to a whole new level with over 30 different armor sets in Tears of the Kingdom, each one giving link a certain amount of defense and abilities. Each piece of armor in the game can be upgraded up to four times, and wearing specific armor will grant Link a “set bonus” that can give him a major advantage on the battlefield. For players tired of getting killed in the game after a few hits, choosing the right armor set will help immensely.
Recently, one particular armor set has grabbed some fans' attention. Reddit user _Blupee mentioned an observation that their kid made about the Phantom Armor suit, posting a picture of the suit next to Zurg from the Toy Story franchise. The Phantom Armor suit in Tears of the Kingdom is actually based on the Phantoms found in The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass and The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks. This armor set made its debut in the DLC for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and carried over to Tears of the Kingdom. Showing the Phantom Armor suit next to Zurg really highlights the resemblance, especially with the eyes.
Toy Story fans will remember Zurg as the arch-nemesis of Buzz Lightyear, with the character loosely based on Darth Vader from the Star Wars franchise. In the fictional "Buzz Lightyear of Star Command" universe (a show within the Toy Story movies), Zur is betrayed as an evil emperor seeking to control the entire galaxy. It’s interesting that no one noticed that the Phantoms in the Zelda series resembled Zurg until now, as they’ve been around long before the Phantom Suit made its return to Tears of the Kingdom.
The one element missing from the Phantom Armor suit is Zurg’s cape. But as one Reddit commenter pointed out, adding the cloak from the Evil Spirit set in Tears of the Kingdom would result in the perfect look.
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is available on Nintendo Switch.