"A hero", as in more than one. As in Hyrule has had a lot. He never calls himself a Legendary Hero, or anything.
Yet TP only refers to one real hero over the course of the game, and that's OoT/MM Link. Also, didn't you say that, because Japanese doesn't distinguish between "The" and "A", the Hero's Shade could also be "The hero"?
And the Hero's Shade has to be left-handed by necessity of being Link's teacher, so irrelevant.
Being left-handed is a trait pretty much only associated with the Links. The only other person in the series who was left-handed was Link's uncle in ALttP, and he apparently didn't have the stuff of heroes, considering that he died in the basement of Hyrule Castle.
Footwork means nothing, it's standard swordsmen footing.
The Hero's Shade and OoT Link are supposedly the only characters with that type of footwork though.
I know for a fact the synthesizer thing is bullshit, I remember reading a thread that debunked it.
Do you have a link?
To sum up my thoughts, with what TP shows us, the Hero's Shade is apparently either OoT/MM Link or a totally random dude who decided to help out TP Link but not OoT/MM Link. Between the two options, I think that the former is more likely.
For the sake of this thread, let's stop this discussion about the Hero's Shade.
Edited by Average Gamer, 09 November 2009 - 05:16 PM.