The Hero's Shade is both a popular and intriguing character, who fans haven't been quite able to fully understand. The correlation between the Hero of Time and the Hero's Shade is an evident one, yet it isn't fully explained. Assuming that the Hero's Shade of Twilight Princess is the legendary hero from Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask, we have to query what caused the hero to end up in this state.
In Twilight Princess there are many questions raised as to what it is to truly be a hero. We hear talk of a 'heroic spirit' and the 'spirit of a sublime beast', but what does it all mean? What is the exact purpose of the Hero's Shade? What is the sublime beast? Ultimately, the answers to these questions are up to the individual fans, but this article suggests a possible theory for how all of this holds together. If you're into Zelda theorizing, this read is for you.