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Tingle Gets A Faerie by MeteoDesigns Tingle Gets A Faerie by MeteoDesigns
It's no secret to anybody that Tingle has always wanted a faerie of his own. Of course, only a truly skilled adventurer like Link could catch a real faerie.

But Tingle's no slouch either, having already hiked and ballooned most of the world while making his signature maps. Leaving luck to heaven, he makes his dreams come true, one way or the other...

I made this as a tribute to one of my favorite websites, gaygamer.net. Among other things, they're notable for having a list of the gayest video game characters, and who tops out at number one? Koolooh-limpah, it's TINGLE!!

Well, ironically it's a character whose sexual orientation has never been positively identified.

I find that interesting, because from what I've read, in Japanese culture it's hypermasculinity that people consider "faggy" (just check out the Cho Aniki games). So Arnold Shwarzenegger and Dolph Lungren would look like giant queens over in Japan, while Tingle's oddness would be much less, well, gay.

The fact that so many people assume Tingle is a giant queer without really knowing illustrates nicely why hate crime laws that protect sexual orientation usually also include the words "and perceived sexual orientation". And following that logic, it also points out why homophobia doesn't just hurt gay people. Homophobia functions largely to maintain a narrow comformity to strict gender norms, which oppresses anyone, gay or straight, who doesn't want to fit into one of the two cookie cutter molds social conservatives think everyone should fit into.

Well that's all academic isn't it.

Gay or not, Tingle, you live your life the way you want, and to hell with what other people think. And for that, my good sir, we salute you!
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:iconcrazyisback:
CrazyIsBack Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
God I love this so so much ;;
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Ceil Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Professional General Artist
Haha, YES
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lashdragon Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist
Amen Mr. Fairy, amen.
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couragesheart Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
xD thats amazing
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witewolf3000 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Tingle usually creeps me out (not due to sexuality but more that he seems to be stalking a little boy) but you made me not cringe when I saw him. Bravo!
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Kitterkay Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Student General Artist
This really made my day. <3
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DanSaikyo Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
All true! And tingle rocks! Even though in Japan no one reads him as gay... lol
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Zaera-D Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012   Digital Artist
Very nice. I love Tingle! And awesome write up to go with it. :) That's really interesting about Japanese culture. I didn't know that.
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Dark-King-Link Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Well said!
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AllYourBass Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
LOL. Actually Tingle's sexuality is QUITE explored in the spin-offs. He gets a chick called Pinkle there (which is a woman with quite the hourglass figure) and the second involves him trying to pick up women

Still... nice job :)
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WyllowAmaraMuse Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
Kooloolimpah.
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SupremeBunnyLord13 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
I see tons of rupees on the floor, a tingle tuner, a poe soul, a deku baba? fierce deity link in a pic, and tons of other references!
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strappingyounglass27 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011
so cool!
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TheGreatPretender3 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
m,m,m,m,mmy... rupees....
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Algus-Underdunk Featured By Owner May 30, 2011
Really well done!

Although the pose makes me think that Leonardo Dicaprio should be doing an charcoal etching of him.
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Henskelion Featured By Owner May 12, 2011
Haha, I like how you added a pair of photos of the Fierce Deity and Tingle's dad on the wall (or at least, I think that's Tingle's dad). It's a nice detail, really.
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Channelsurfer42 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011
I agree 100% on what you said in your description. This is why I think the second Tingle spin-off game "Tingle's Flowery Love Balloon Trip" should have been released outside of Japan. The game takes place in a land that parodies both the Oz (the fantasy world from The Wizard of Oz series of children's books) and America, and the game-play mechanic revolves and around doing fetch quests and favors for people and then wooing them to get "Love points". Basically he has to get every single person living in this strange fantasy version of the United States of America to love him unconditionally regardless of their sexual orientation. I wish that Nintendo released this game in America and wrote new dialog for the U.S. version condemning our collective homophobia and our awful group stereotyping.
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Waluigis-Boy Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011
"The fact that so many people assume Tingle is a giant queer without really knowing illustrates nicely why hate crime laws that protect sexual orientation usually also include the words "and perceived sexual orientation". And following that logic, it also points out why homophobia doesn't just hurt gay people. Homophobia functions largely to maintain a narrow comformity to strict gender norms, which oppresses anyone, gay or straight, who doesn't want to fit into one of the two cookie cutter molds social conservatives think everyone should fit into."

You are stupid.
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anarchy-panty Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011
those rupees now how did he acquire all of those ho ho ho
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HylianDragonCatty Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011
godamn you allowed us to show this masterpiece in our group. I can die happy now!

I love this one to death! its flashy, its evil. Its 100% Majoras Mask
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MeteoDesigns Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Sorry if that took a long time, I hadn't logged in to DA for a while. Glad you like it.
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Lunulata Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I always found him really amusing, I laughed every time he referred to Link as Mister Fairy.
And I also wondered why many male anime/manga characters (or also musicians) seemed rather androgyne, though I rather liked that. I also find it funny that a friend on mine, gay himself, finds man who shave their legs to be faggy (or shwishy?)

Away from that, I really love the amount of detail in this piece, the maps and the poe are my favourites.
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moonpuppy4 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011
lol, Tingle is awesome. He makes me laugh a lot, that's for sure!
As for your comment, it's really insightful, glad you said all that!
The part about Shwarzenegger is funny, can you imagine him in a tiara?
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auenchante Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011  Student General Artist
It's a shame almost everyone in America hates Tingle; I was really looking forward to playing Tingle's Rosy Rupee Land. ;n; I happen to like the guy, even though he does sell overpriced maps!

Anyhoo, this is an absolutely lovely piece. All the textures, Tingle's outfit, and all the tedious little details look fantastic. It looks so real! Fantastic job~ :heart:
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Channelsurfer42 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011
At least you can purchase the European (British) version online (or on an emulator), they haven't even released it's sequel "Tingle's Flowery Love Balloon Trip" outside of Japan.
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Senjen Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010
amazing picture dude love the amount of detail put into this.

yeah i have as well played freshly picked tingles rosy rupeeland and it is amazing ^^

yeah it makes me sad how most western gamers are so homophobic -.-
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blondofu Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010   Photographer
...this is gorgous :butterfly:
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Antithigram Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
During Majora's Mask, my gaydar went off on quite a few people, but never for Tingle. Either mine is saying that he's straight as an arrow or my gaydar is very broken. :lol: I think he's a cool dude, gay or straight. I mean, he's needed to decipher charts for you to finish the game and at the cost of an arm and a leg, to boot. XD Now THAT is evil!
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VinnyCrow Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010   General Artist
This picture, frankly, means quite a lot to me. Really. Not only is the detail, colouring, and lighting gorgeous with a tasteful bit of realism to it, but the photographs and the like reward the dedicated Zelda fan-- and for me, I especially favour the Wind Fish drawing. Link's Awakening was my first Zelda game, so it offers a wonderful touch of nostalgia to this.
The pose and expression... Really-- this is about as perfect as a depiction of Tingle can get.

And on top of this, you add a fantastic commentary? You, my friend, have made me very happy. I've never been the barmy sort to go about and scream at anyone who doesn't like the characters that I do, but I am pretty disappointed by all of the hate Tingle gets. It really is quite extreme-- I mean, it has to be if it's so bad that some of his games don't even make it to the US. I sometimes wonder if it's all because people assume he's a gay paedophile or whatever their problem is. : / If he's gay, fine, but effeminateness a homosexual does not make.
I especially appreciate that you explained his position in Japanese culture. Not only does it inform, but it gives others an opportunity to consider him from a different light, aye? I must admit, I am quite happy that at least Japan adores him, as I feel more people really should. He's one of my top three favourite Zelda characters, after all.

Anyway, my apologies if I went on a little too long, but I love this picture, haha. Thank you ever so for creating/sharing it!
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MeteoDesigns Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I agree it is sad that Tingle games don't make it to the U.S.
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Wovstah Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010  Professional General Artist
Saw this on Gay Gamer and had to come by to fave. It's a beautiful piece!
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ScarecrowMarionette Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010
Major win <3
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rueyeet Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010
You know...you make a really good point, there.

I hadn't heard that, about hypermasculinity being more along the lines of "gay" to the Japanese; but I did know (as anyone exposed to any amount of anime or manga does!) that the effeminate/gender-ambiguous male is a stock character, usually for comedic effect. So much so, that it's seen as perfectly suitable for even children's anime.

Plus, as a Zelda fan, I absolutely love all the fan shout-out details of Tingle's room. I'd totally buy those maps, there.
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sasoriamybabe Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009
i think i lost my appetite right b4 thanksgiving >_>\
sry but i dnt rlly like it (tho its nicely drawn xD)
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Thy-Muse Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2009
I love.....ALL.....THE.....DETAILS about this piece!! Its simply FABULOUS!! I love the poe on the shelp, I like the deku baba in the vase, I love the maps and the photos on the wall, omg its all so elegant!!

Such a definite fav. :heart:
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carpish Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I'm pretty sure that tingle is straight. In freshly picked one of the incentives the rupee god gives to Tingle is that rupeeland is filled with beautiful women. A point which he reinforces later in the game. Also, you can chat up Pinkle.

By the way I like the fact that he's got a poe in a jar on his shelf.
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NeroAngelus Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Is he on an octorok couch?
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MeteoDesigns Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Yes. :)
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NeroAngelus Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
That is just beyond epic, I want an octorok couch.
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NeroAngelus Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
This is quite the epic Tingle picture, nice work.
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KaizokuShojo Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2008   Traditional Artist
Tingle isn't gay...he's just a fairy...................'course people will take that the wrong way...>.>
XD
he think's he's a fairy, at least....

I knew a guy in high school that had to go to therapy because everyone thought he was gay...but really he was just a bit different...
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beanielova Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2008
Daww, i love this concept xx
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Jammy-Double-Whammy Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008
Oh my God.

Why don't more people know of this beautiful, yet funny, piece of art!?

This is amazing; the colors are so vibrant and, well, its TINGLE!!!

:) Well done!
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MeteoDesigns Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Well you should start telling everyone about it then!!
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Jammy-Double-Whammy Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008
:D I will!
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Evanatt Featured By Owner May 25, 2008   Digital Artist
one of the best Tingle art I've seen :XD:.
I love the redesign. And all the stuff in his room.
for some reasons I always though the (ocarina of time) great fairies would be a perfect match for Tingle :giggle:.
Yeah, call me strange, but I do ^^;.
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MeteoDesigns Featured By Owner May 25, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Perfect match? For what?

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