A well-known monster from The Legend of Zelda series looked almost completely different when the concept art of the Chuchu from Breath of the Wild and Tears of the Kingdom reappeared and fans who had never seen the original design had, frightened. Thankfully, the creators of The Legend of Zelda series decided to tone down the design a bit to make it less disturbing for audiences.
The Chuchus are the slime monsters that Link encounters throughout Hyrule, and they drop useful jelly that can be used to make various elixirs. There are different types of Chuchu, each with different attacks and elemental affinities, all produce their own types of jelly, and all have their own strengths and weaknesses. The player wants to collect as much jelly as possible as it is also used to upgrade some armor sets in the game.
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The Chuchu concept art in The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild was terrifying
The Chuchus that appear in Breath of the Wild and Tears of the Kingdom resemble jelly blobs with red and yellow eyes. The original rough design idea appeared in a book titled The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Create a Champion, which was posted to Breath of the Wild Reddit by a user named Glass_Whereas8028. Fans were dismayed to see the original Chuchu had swollen red lips, like the Rolling Stones logo.
This unused design is reminiscent of an iteration of the Chuchu from a previous entry in The Legend of Zelda series. In Majora’s mask, the Chuchu had large red lips and white teeth despite being slime monsters. They also had mouths in The Wind Waker and Phantom Hourglass, although their lips weren’t as prominent.
The exact reason this design is so uncomfortable is hard to pin down. Some claim that this makes the Chuchus look too human, when they are usually just blobs with eyes. Fans also had some very inappropriate comments regarding adding a mouth to the chuchu, which we won’t repeat here.
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Video game characters constantly go through design changes, with discarded ideas seen in things like the Tears of the Kingdom artbook or Final Fantasy Ultimania Leader. It’s odd to imagine that some of the most famous heroes and villains in video game history looked almost entirely different, with the humanoid Chuchu being one of many examples of what could have been: