Rupees are the fictional currency of The Legend of Zelda.
Rupees come in a variety of colors, though usually retain the same shape. They are somewhat gem-like, as they are reflective and sometimes somewhat transparent. Rupees are shaped like a stretched hexagon, and have a central smaller hexagon shape that is elevated on both sides.
Rupees are tied to Balloons in Tingle's Balloon Fight. They are only seen in three colors in this game. Each color determines it's worth, with green, blue, and red. Green Rupees with Balloons are worth 300 points, Blue Rupees are worth 500, and Red are worth 700. In most Zelda games, these Rupees are worth one, five, and twenty Rupees respectively.
- Tingle is obsessed with Rupees, and even in main Zelda games he is portrayed as being very greedy.
- Although Yellow (Worth 10) Rupees exist in Wind Waker, which Tingle's Balloon Fight is based off of, these likely weren't used as the 3rd rupee color because the Balloon was already yellow.
- Rupees are likely named after the real-world currency of Rupees, which is used in India and a number of other countries.
- In the original Legend of Zelda, Rupees actually used the same sprite as the gold bars seen in Clu Clu Land, an earlier NES game.