History Characters / TheLegendOfZelda

24th May '16 9:49:17 PM Gamermaster
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* Expy: In ''The Wind Waker'' they are replaced by Boko Babas. They're also similar to Piranha Plants from [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros another Nintendo series,]] to the point where the ones that appear in Mario Kart 8's Zelda-themed DLC track move and behave exactly like them.

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* Expy: {{Expy}}: In ''The Wind Waker'' they are replaced by Boko Babas. They're also similar to Piranha Plants from [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros another Nintendo series,]] to the point where the ones that appear in Mario Kart 8's Zelda-themed DLC track move and behave exactly like them.
21st May '16 8:29:25 AM totoofze47
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* ShoutOut: The four Poe Sisters from ''Ocarina of Time'', ''Majora's Mask'' and ''Oracle of Seasons'' share their names with the four young main protagonists of the novel ''Literature/LittleWomen''.
21st May '16 12:37:06 AM Kytseo
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* StatuesqueStunner: A number of Zeldas are as tall, or taller, than their respective Links.
6th May '16 10:42:06 AM syndromekad345
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* {{Archenemy}}: To more than half a dozen Links and Zeldas.

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* {{Archenemy}}: ArchEnemy: To more than half a dozen Links and Zeldas.


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* BreakoutVillain: During his debut in ''Ocarina of Time'' in his human form, Ganon has become one of the most reoccurring villains in the series.


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* DiabolicalMastermind[=/=]EvilGenius: He's a skilled planner, manipulated Link and Zelda to open the Door of Time for him.
1st May '16 6:31:35 PM DuelMark
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* MotiveDecay: In ''Minish Cap'', he wants the Light Force, which is located in Princess Zelda. From then on, he desires any girl that catches his eye, with Princess Zelda for a bride. WordOfGod justifies this, as he has forgotten his life as a Minish and everything in it.
1st May '16 6:27:24 PM DuelMark
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* UndyingLoyalty: As a member of the Shiekah tribe, her loyalty is to the royal family, mostly Princess Zelda. She's seen as Zelda's surrogate mother or bodyguard in various games.
1st May '16 11:50:49 AM totoofze47
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A LivingStatue that chases Link. Their abilities change greatly from game to game.

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A LivingStatue that chases Link. Their abilities and appearance change greatly from game to game.



* TakenForGranite: [[AllInTheManual The original game manual]] states that they were actually soldiers turned into stone.

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* TakenForGranite: [[AllInTheManual The original game manual]] states that they were actually soldiers turned into stone.
stone in that game. [[{{Retcon}} All subsequent entries do away with this explanation however]], instead making them fully mechanical.



* DinosaursAreDragons: Of all the "dragons" in the Zelda series, Dodongos resemble dinosaurs the most.
** Though in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'', they look more like geckos.

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* DinosaursAreDragons: Of all the "dragons" in the Zelda series, Dodongos resemble dinosaurs the most. \n** Though in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'', they look more like geckos.
29th Apr '16 2:40:54 PM MasterHero
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* ImpliedAttribute: Although she's always the bearer of the Triforce of Wisdom in games where it's shattered, her actual wisdom is... questionable. Although it's arguably for plot reasons, she often makes foolish decisions that just cause Link trouble.

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* ImpliedAttribute: InformedAttribute: Although she's always the bearer of the Triforce of Wisdom in games where it's shattered, her actual wisdom is... questionable. Although it's arguably for plot reasons, she often makes foolish decisions that just cause Link trouble.



* OfficialLoveInterest: In ''Hyrule Warriors'', to the point the villain's StartOfDarkness was falling in love with Link and then [[LoveMakesYouEvil going insane with jealousy]] upon realizing that she could ''never'' have him, despite being a TimeMaster, because Link would end up with Zelda in ''every'' timeline.



* CardCarryingVillain: He's referred to as a Dark Lord and King of Evil, and he seems to like those titles, and is constantly out to kill Link and seize the Triforce for himself.
* CosmicKeystone: He is the destined bearer of the Triforce of Power, ⅓ of a divine wish-granting artefact.

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* CardCarryingVillain: He's referred A surprisingly well-handled example. Ganondorf makes no secret that he values power above all else. He even refers to as a Dark Lord and King of Evil, and he seems to himself using titles like those titles, "King of Evil" and is constantly out to kill Link "Dark Lord". Still, his pragmatism, intelligence and seize tragic origins makes him more popular and interesting than the Triforce for himself.
average villain.
* CosmicKeystone: He is the destined bearer of the Triforce of Power, ⅓ of a divine wish-granting artefact.artifact.
29th Apr '16 12:07:14 PM WanderingBrowser
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* GuysSmashGirlsShoot: In games where she helps Link in combat, it's usually with magic or arrows while Link fights with the Master Sword. Averted in her Shiek persona, where she fights with her bare hands.

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* GuysSmashGirlsShoot: In games where she helps Link in combat, it's usually with magic or arrows while Link fights with the Master Sword. Averted in her Shiek persona, where she fights with her bare hands.hand-to-hand martial arts skills, adding needles and a [[WhipItGood chain-whip]] in ''Smash Bros'' or kunai and an enchanted harp in ''Hyrule Warriors''.
** Zigzagged with Tetra, an incarnation of Zelda who was brought up as a pirate captain, in ''Hyrule Warriors'', who fights with GunAndSwordAkimbo.



* ImpliedLoveInterest: The various relationships between Link and Zelda basically fit the trope description to a tee: neither have another love interest (usually), interact with each other the most (usually), the plot is focused around Link rescuing Zelda (usually), and always form a strong emotional connection quickly no matter the amount of actual interaction. The exceptions are ''[[PuppyLove Spirit Tracks]]'' and ''[[ChildhoodFriendRomance Skyward Sword]]'', which play up the romance angle.

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* ImpliedLoveInterest: The various relationships between Link and Zelda basically fit the trope description to a tee: neither have Zelda never has another love interest (usually), (Link tends to be either the same or a ChickMagnet depending on the game), interact with each other the most (usually), the plot is focused around Link rescuing Zelda (usually), and always form a strong emotional connection quickly no matter the amount of actual interaction. The exceptions are ''[[PuppyLove Spirit Tracks]]'' and ''[[ChildhoodFriendRomance Skyward Sword]]'', which play up the romance angle.angle, and ''Hyrule Warriors'', (see OfficialLoveInterest).
* ImpliedAttribute: Although she's always the bearer of the Triforce of Wisdom in games where it's shattered, her actual wisdom is... questionable. Although it's arguably for plot reasons, she often makes foolish decisions that just cause Link trouble.



* NiceJobBreakingItHero: She often inadvertently triggers difficulties for Link or Hyrule as a whole when she makes poor decisions. Two of the more notable examples would be her plan in ''Ocarina of Time'', where she ended up ''allowing'' Ganondorf to access the Sacred Realm and take the Triforce, and her sudden disappearance to take up the guise of Shiek in ''Hyrule Warriors'', which served no strategic purpose and succeeded in doing nothing but demoralizing her troops.
** [[spoiler: Also, one can argue her ''existence'' as this based on the ending of ''Skyward Sword''. Reading between the lines of Demise's DyingCurse, it's plausible that the reason the entire cycle exists is because Demise-as-Ganondorf is piggybacking on the same divine reincarnative powers used to create each Link and Zelda. In other words, Ganondorf only gets to come back each generation ''because'' Zelda and Link will always appear each generation.]]
* OfficialLoveInterest: In ''Hyrule Warriors'', to the point the villain's StartOfDarkness was falling in love with Link and then [[LoveMakesYouEvil going insane with jealousy]] upon realizing that she could ''never'' have him, despite being a TimeMaster, because Link would end up with Zelda in ''every'' timeline.



* TheDarkSideWillMakeYouForget: Implied in the ending of ''Wind Waker''; he originally set out to obtain the Triforce to give prosperity to his desert-bound tribe, the Gerudo, akin to that which the Hylians enjoyed. Instead, after acquiring the Triforce of Power, he became obsessed with destroying Hyrule and conquering everything, forgetting all about his people in his new thirst for power.



* FullBoarAction: His Ganon form, especially in ''Ocarina of Time'' and ''Twilight Princess''.

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* FullBoarAction: His Ganon form, especially in ''Ocarina of Time'' and ''Twilight Princess''.Princess'' and ''Hyrule Warriors''.



* OneHandedZweihander: Although he's usually shown wielding a trident, some games do have him wielding massive swords, most notably ''Ocarina of Time'' (as Ganon) and ''Hyrule Warriors'' (where it's his default weapon-set).



* ProngsOfPoseidon: He wields the Trident of Power in the Decline timeline and ''Four Swords Adventures'', although ''Hyrule Historia'' states that they're not the same trident.

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* ProngsOfPoseidon: He wields the Trident His most commonly seen weapon is a trident of Power in the Decline timeline and ''Four Swords Adventures'', some description, although the style varies between games. Every Ganon wields one in the 2D games, and it's his secondary weapon set in ''Hyrule Historia'' states that they're not the same trident.Warriors''.



* SinisterSchnoz: As part of his Gerudo heritage, he has a large nose. ''Ocarina of Time'' in particular has it be impressively pointy like all Gerudo. Later games tone it down, but it's still fairly wide in most interpretations.

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* SinisterSchnoz: As part of his Gerudo heritage, he has a large nose. ''Ocarina of Time'' in particular has it be impressively pointy like all Gerudo. Later games tone it down, but it's still fairly wide big in most interpretations.



* TragicVillain: Comes across as this in ''Wind Waker''. Life was rough for the Gerudo, who lived in a barren desert, and Ganon originally sought more power to make life easier for his people. But, once he got a taste of it, his ambitions took a hold on him and he could never be satisfied.

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* TragicVillain: Comes across as this By way of CharacterDevelopment. Initially, Ganon was just a GenericDoomsdayVillain, with ''A Link to the Past'' and ''Ocarina of Time'' expanding on how he was a master thief and warlord who managed to acquire the Triforce (and, in the former game, slaughtered his own followers to possess it). In ''Wind Waker''. Life Waker'', he was rough given a FreudianExcuse for coveting the Gerudo, Triforce; the Gerudo were poor, shunned outcasts who lived were forced to live in a the barren desert, wastes of the desert whilst living right next door to the lush and Ganon originally sought more power prosperous Hyrule (and FridgeHorror only makes it worse about how bad things would have been, especially since they were a OneGenderRace who had to make life easier for his people. But, once mate with Hylian men to propagate). Then, in ''Skyward Sword'', we learn that [[spoiler: he's the reincarnation of Demise/the avatar of Demise's hatred born of a DyingCurse]], which means that he got ''never had a taste of it, his ambitions took choice'' in what would happen to him. He was destined to become a hold on him and monster, whether he could never be satisfied.wanted to or not.



%%* CrystalBall

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%%* CrystalBall* CrystalBall: They are sometimes depicted as using one of these, mostly in the ''Oracle'' series.



%%* ElementalRockPaperScissors

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%%* ElementalRockPaperScissors* ElementalRockPaperScissors: Whenever you face them; Koume is weak to ice and Kotake is weak to fire, so the typical fighting pattern is reflecting one's elemental attacks to damage her sister with it.



* EvilOldFolks: They're said to be ''centuries'' of years old.

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* EvilOldFolks: They're said to be ''centuries'' of years old.



* {{Xenafication}}: [[ZigZaggedTrope Zig-Zagged]]. In the first two games, Impa appeared as a feeble old woman. In Ocarina Of Time, she's a muscular [[AmazonianBeauty Amazonian]] {{Ninja}}. In the Oracle games, she's a pudgy middle-aged woman and is less active in the plot. In Skyward Sword, she's back to being an ActionGirl {{Ninja}} as Zelda's bodyguard [[spoiler: and also a short elderly woman.]] In A Link Between Worlds, she's once again an old woman. And in Hyrule Warriors, she's back to being a muscular amazonian ninja, but she's conventionally attractive than her Ocarina of Time counterpart.

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* {{Xenafication}}: [[ZigZaggedTrope Zig-Zagged]]. In the first two games, Impa appeared as a feeble old woman. In Ocarina Of Time, she's a muscular [[AmazonianBeauty Amazonian]] {{Ninja}}. In the Oracle games, she's a pudgy middle-aged woman and is less active in the plot. In Skyward Sword, she's back to being an ActionGirl {{Ninja}} as Zelda's bodyguard [[spoiler: and also a short elderly woman.]] In A Link Between Worlds, she's once again an old woman. And in Hyrule Warriors, she's back to being a muscular amazonian ninja, but she's more conventionally attractive than her Ocarina of Time counterpart.



* {{Expy}}: Of Marin from ''Link's Awakening''. She herself does have ''two'' 1:1 Expies in ''Majora's Mask'', Romani and Cremia. ''[[AllThereInTheManual Hyrule Historia]]'' implies that, with the Link of ''Link's Awakening'' coming into the adventure fresh from the ''Oracle'' games, Marin was formed from his memories of Malon.
%%* FarmBoy

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* {{Expy}}: Of Marin from ''Link's Awakening''. She herself does have ''two'' 1:1 Expies in ''Majora's Mask'', Romani (child Malon) and Cremia.Cremia (adult Malon). ''[[AllThereInTheManual Hyrule Historia]]'' implies that, with the Link of ''Link's Awakening'' coming into the adventure fresh from the ''Oracle'' games, Marin was formed from his memories of Malon.
%%* FarmBoy* FarmBoy: Farm girl, really, but she's almost always a farmer.




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* WackyParentSeriousChild: A rare mixed-gender example in ''Ocarina of Time''. Despite her youth, Malon is clearly more on the ball than her laid-back, lazy goof of a father.



%%* LazyBum
* ShipperOnDeck: In ''Ocarina of Time'' he talks about Link marrying Malon when they grow up.

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%%* LazyBum
* LazyBum: He has a bad tendency to fall asleep in out-of-the-way places and typically spends hours at a time asleep. Quests featuring him typically involve the need to wake him up.
* ShipperOnDeck: In ''Ocarina of Time'' he talks about Link marrying Malon when they grow up.up, though he claims to be just joking around.




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* WackyParentSeriousChild: A rare mixed-gender example in ''Ocarina of Time''. Malon is the sensible one of the two, and their authority is somewhat reversed as a result; when you first wake Talon up and he realizes Malon sent you, he is ''terrified'', lamenting that Malon is going to be so mad at him before racing off to meet her in Castle Town faster than Epona can run!



%%* GeniusLoci

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%%* GeniusLoci* GeniusLoci: He's a sapient individual, but also large enough, in ''Ocarina of Time'', that your first dungeon is exploring his cavernous interior.



%%* NatureSpirit
%%* WorldTree

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%%* NatureSpirit
%%* WorldTree
* NatureSpirit: He's a tree that talks and holds dominion over the wild, untamed Lost Woods and Kokiri Forest. He also is guardian and leader of a tribe of magical beings; the eternally child-like pseudo-elves of the Kokiri in ''Ocarina of Time'', and the PlantPerson tribe of Koroks in ''Wind Waker''. In the second game, he's also responsible for trying to coax great trees across the islands of the Great Sea, hoping to have them
* WorldTree: A sapient, talking, magical tree of immense size



* AmericansHateTingle: Although loved and cherished in Japan and some parts of Europe, he is ''despised'' in America and several other countries, to the point he's the TropeNamer for the trope of "a character is received in starkly different manners in different countries".



%%* {{Gonk}}
%%* IntrepidMerchant

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%%* {{Gonk}}
%%* IntrepidMerchant
* {{Gonk}}: Even if you look past the ugly costume, he's got a very disturbing face, not helped by the somewhat grating {{simlish}} used to convey his speaking voice.
* IntrepidMerchant: He may be an oddball to say the least, but he's willing to go anywhere and do anything to get Rupees.
* ManChild: He's convinced he's the reincarnation of a fairy, constantly drifting around on a balloon and wearing a goofy green leotard in hopes that it will help the other fairies find him to take him back with them.



%%* HorsebackHeroism: For Link.

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%%* * HorsebackHeroism: For Link.Link couldn't do this without her, after all.



%%* DemBones

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%%* DemBones
* DemBones: They're the Zelda equivalent of the common "animated skeleton" you tend to see in fantasy settings.
* EliteMooks: Certain varieties of Stalfos are given this treatment, almost acting like minibosses, such as in ''Ocarina of Time''.
* UndergroundMonkey: They come in a variety of different forms across the different games.



* KillItWithFire: Zigzagged with Gibdos in ''A Link to the Past''; hitting them with a fire attack doesn't kill them, but, it does turn them into the far weaker Stalfos instead.



%%* ManEatingPlant

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%%* ManEatingPlant
* ManEatingPlant: Of the classic "carnivorous plant with a giant mouth-like bulb that lunches forward and attempts to snap you up" variety.



%%* DemBones

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%%* DemBones* DemBones: They appear as a flying skull (sometimes with bat-like wings) that surrounds itself in a globe of ghostly flames.
27th Apr '16 5:21:20 AM DannWoolf
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* TheUnchosenOne: ZigZaggedTrope. Unlike Link and Zelda, Ganondorf did not stumble across the Triforce of Power and was not granted its power from birth. However, as the reincarnation/manifestation of the demon Demise, he still seems to embody it. Most telling is Child Timeline, where Ganondorf failed to open the Portal of Time due to Link's intervention, but is just "awarded" the Triforce of Power just because.

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* TheUnchosenOne: ZigZaggedTrope. Unlike Link and Zelda, Ganondorf did not stumble across the Triforce of Power and was not granted its power from birth. However, as the reincarnation/manifestation of the demon Demise, he still seems to embody it. Most telling is the Child Timeline, where Ganondorf failed to open the Portal of Time due to Link's intervention, but is just "awarded" the Triforce of Power just because.
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