History Characters / TheLegendOfZelda

25th Jul '16 7:46:26 AM MasterHero
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* NeglectfulPrecursors: Have shades of this. While they do sometimes intervene against evil, more often than not they don't take any action against the various villains of the series other than just appointing Link as TheChosenOne to deal with it.
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* DiabolicalMastermind[=/=]EvilGenius: He's a skilled planner, and manipulated Link and Zelda to open the Door of Time for him.

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* DiabolicalMastermind[=/=]EvilGenius: Ganon is one of the most intelligent being in the entire franchise. He's a skilled planner, and manipulated Link and Zelda to open the Door of Time for him.
17th Jul '16 3:05:29 PM Luigifan
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* CrystalDragonJesus: The biggest example in the games, [[spoiler: what with her being the mortal reincarnation of the goddess Hylia.]]

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* CrystalDragonJesus: The biggest example in the games, [[spoiler: what [[spoiler:what with her being the mortal reincarnation of the goddess Hylia.]]



* ImpliedLoveInterest: The various relationships between Link and Zelda basically fit the trope description to a tee: Zelda never has another love interest (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, and ''Hyrule Warriors'', (see OfficialCouple).

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* ImpliedLoveInterest: The various relationships between Link and Zelda basically fit the trope description to a tee: Zelda never has another love interest (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, and ''Hyrule Warriors'', Warriors'' (see OfficialCouple).



* KickingAssInAllHerFinery: Zelda's ActionGirl selves typically have more masculine alter ego's but still tend to do most of their combat in her PimpedOutDress.

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* KickingAssInAllHerFinery: Zelda's ActionGirl selves typically have more masculine alter ego's alter-egos but still tend to do most of their combat in her PimpedOutDress.



** [[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.]]
* OneMarioLimit: Averted. Unlike Link, there ''are'' multiple Zeldas throughout the timeline, though for various reasons. For example, in ''The Adventure of Link'', it's explained that every princess born was named Zelda in honor of the one that was put to sleep defending the Triforce of Courage.

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** [[spoiler: Also, [[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.]]
* OneMarioLimit: Averted. Unlike Like Link, there ''are'' multiple Zeldas throughout the timeline, though for various reasons. For example, in ''The Adventure of Link'', it's explained that every princess born was named Zelda in honor of the one that was put to sleep defending the Triforce of Courage.



* PrincessClassic: She's characterized as this in the games up to ''Ocarina of Time'', where she is instead a headstrong child/guilt ridden adult.

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* PrincessClassic: She's characterized as this in the games up to ''Ocarina of Time'', where she is instead a headstrong child/guilt ridden child/guilt-ridden adult.



* RoyaltySuperPower: Sorcery is passed down the Royal Family of Hyrule, due to the lines DivineParentage and [[ReligionIsMagic service to the Gods]].

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* RoyaltySuperPower: Sorcery is passed down the Royal Family of Hyrule, due to the lines line's DivineParentage and [[ReligionIsMagic service to the Gods]].



* ArtEvolution: Has gone from a pig man to a dark brown/green skinned red head giant over the years.

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* ArtEvolution: Has gone from a pig man to a dark brown/green skinned red head redhead giant over the years.



** This happened if you got a Game Over in ''The Adventure of Link''. Has presumably happened several times offscreen too.

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** This happened if you got a Game Over in ''The Adventure of Link''. Has presumably happened several times offscreen offscreen, too.



** [[spoiler: He is also briefly resurrected in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds A Link Between Worlds]]'' before being taken over by his AlternateSelf, Yuga.]]
* BadassBeard: In ''Wind Waker'' and ''Twilight Princess'' he's grown his sideburns into a short beard.

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** [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He is also briefly resurrected in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds A Link Between Worlds]]'' before being taken over by his AlternateSelf, Yuga.]]
* BadassBeard: In ''Wind Waker'' and ''Twilight Princess'' Princess'', he's grown his sideburns into a short beard.



* BatmanGambit: In ''Ocarina Of Time'' he just waited for Link to pull out the Master Sword for him.

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* BatmanGambit: In ''Ocarina Of Time'' Time'', he just waited for Link to pull out the Master Sword for him.



* BigOlEyebrows: Has them in his human form. They're so big, that they connect to his hair!

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* BigOlEyebrows: Has them in his human form. They're so big, big that they connect to his hair!



* CompleteImmortality: In ''Ocarina of Time'' it's established that his piece of the Triforce makes him immortal, and for the most part the series sticks with it. However, if he loses his piece he ''does'' die for good, as seen in ''Wind Waker'' and ''Twilight Princess'', although in the case of the latter he was reincarnated.
* CardCarryingVillain: A surprisingly well-handled example. Ganondorf makes no secret that he values power above all else. He even refers to himself using titles like "King of Evil" and "Dark Lord". Still, his pragmatism, intelligence and tragic origins makes him more popular and interesting than the average villain.

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* CompleteImmortality: In ''Ocarina of Time'' Time'', it's established that his piece of the Triforce makes him immortal, and for the most part part, the series sticks with it. However, if he loses his piece piece, he ''does'' die for good, as seen in ''Wind Waker'' and ''Twilight Princess'', although in the case of the latter he was reincarnated.
* CardCarryingVillain: A surprisingly well-handled example. Ganondorf makes no secret that he values power above all else. He even refers to himself using titles like "King of Evil" and "Dark Lord". Still, his pragmatism, intelligence intelligence, and tragic origins makes him more popular and interesting than the average villain.



* DiabolicalMastermind[=/=]EvilGenius: He's a skilled planner, manipulated Link and Zelda to open the Door of Time for him.
* DimensionLord: In the Decline timeline he was sealed away in the Sacred Realm and conquered it, turning it into the Dark World.

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* DiabolicalMastermind[=/=]EvilGenius: He's a skilled planner, and manipulated Link and Zelda to open the Door of Time for him.
* DimensionLord: In the Decline timeline timeline, he was sealed away in the Sacred Realm and conquered it, turning it into the Dark World.



* EvilOnlyHasToWinOnce: Subverted. The "Decline" Timeline is exactly what happens when Ganon ''does'' win--and it still doesn't work out that well for him. Even after defeating Link and gaining the complete Triforce, the people of Hyrule still managed to fight back and managed to seal Ganon in the Sacred Realm/Dark World. However, as he still had the Triforce at his disposal, Ganon continued making wishes and building his power until the Dark World's power began seeping into the Light World as well. And when this happened, we're told that a new Hero was destined to appear. So really, evil is kind of at a disadvantage here.

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* EvilOnlyHasToWinOnce: Subverted. The "Decline" Timeline is exactly what happens when Ganon ''does'' win--and win -- and it still doesn't work out that well for him. Even after defeating Link and gaining the complete Triforce, the people of Hyrule still managed to fight back and managed to seal Ganon in the Sacred Realm/Dark World. However, as he still had the Triforce at his disposal, Ganon continued making wishes and building his power until the Dark World's power began seeping into the Light World as well. And when this happened, we're told that a new Hero was destined to appear. So really, evil is kind of at a disadvantage here.



* GenericDoomsdayVillain: Depending on how prominently the game features him, he can end up as this do to not getting enough screen time to get any characterization besides wanting to TakeOverTheWorld.

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* GenericDoomsdayVillain: Depending on how prominently the game features him, he can end up as this do due to not getting enough screen time screentime to get any characterization besides wanting to TakeOverTheWorld.



* HellishHorse: In ''Twilight Princess'' he rides one with ''glowing red eyes.''

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* HellishHorse: In ''Twilight Princess'' Princess'', he rides one with ''glowing red eyes.''



* KilledOffForReal: The original Ganondorf was killed by Link at the end of ''Twilight Princess'' and ''Wind Waker'', both times due to the Triforce of Power, the source of his immortality, being separated from him. [[spoiler:However, as per Demise's DyingCurse in ''Skyward Sword'', he is reincarnated as the Ganondorf seen in ''Four Swords Adventures'' in the Child Timeline. So far, he's stayed dead in the Adult Timeline. This is still circumstantial, however--in the Decline Timeline, Ganon loses the ''entire'' Triforce twice (at the end of ''A Link to the Past'' and then at the end of the original ''Legend of Zelda'' as well), and we're told that there's still a way to revive him in ''Adventure of Link''. That's the final game in that timeline, so it never actually happens barring a Game Over.]]

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* KilledOffForReal: The original Ganondorf was killed by Link at the end of ''Twilight Princess'' and ''Wind Waker'', both times due to the Triforce of Power, the source of his immortality, being separated from him. [[spoiler:However, as per Demise's DyingCurse in ''Skyward Sword'', he is reincarnated as the Ganondorf seen in ''Four Swords Adventures'' in the Child Timeline. So far, he's stayed dead in the Adult Timeline. This is still circumstantial, however--in however -- in the Decline Timeline, Ganon loses the ''entire'' Triforce twice (at the end of ''A Link to the Past'' and then at the end of the original ''Legend of Zelda'' as well), and we're told that there's still a way to revive him in ''Adventure of Link''. That's the final game in that timeline, so it never actually happens barring a Game Over.GameOver.]]



* {{Leitmotif}}: Agahnim's theme in ''A Link to the Past'' became Ganondorf's theme in from ''Ocarina'' onwards, as the former was in many ways a prototype for the latter. It's is a slow, menacing theme. He even played it on his organ one time, while waiting for Link to arrive. The various Ganon, Phantom Ganon, and Ganondorf boss battle themes go with the character as well.

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* {{Leitmotif}}: Agahnim's theme in ''A Link to the Past'' became Ganondorf's theme in from ''Ocarina'' onwards, as the former was in many ways a prototype for the latter. It's It is a slow, menacing theme. He even played it on his organ one time, while waiting for Link to arrive. The various Ganon, Phantom Ganon, and Ganondorf boss battle themes go with the character as well.



* NighInvulnerability: In ''Wind Waker'' Ganondorf laughs off a slash from the depowered Master Sword and scolds Link for even thinking that he could be defeated by a weapon without the power to purge evil. [[ImplacableMan Everytime he is killed, he will come back to life just fine]] due to having the Triforce of Power [[spoiler:and being a manifestation of Demise's hatred towards humans]].

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* NighInvulnerability: In ''Wind Waker'' Waker'', Ganondorf laughs off a slash from the depowered Master Sword and scolds Link for even thinking that he could be defeated by a weapon without the power to purge evil. [[ImplacableMan Everytime Every time he is killed, he will come back to life just fine]] due to having the Triforce of Power [[spoiler:and being a manifestation of Demise's hatred towards humans]].



* TragicVillain: 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'', he was given a FreudianExcuse for coveting the Triforce; the Gerudo were poor, shunned outcasts who were forced to live in the barren wastes of the desert whilst living right next door to the lush and prosperous Hyrule (and FridgeHorror only makes it worse about how bad things would have been, especially since they were a OneGenderRace who had to 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 ''never had a choice'' in what would happen to him. He was destined to become a monster, whether he wanted to or not.

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* TragicVillain: 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'', he was given a FreudianExcuse for coveting the Triforce; the Gerudo were poor, shunned outcasts who were forced to live in the barren wastes of the desert whilst living right next door to the lush and prosperous Hyrule (and FridgeHorror only makes it worse about how bad things would have been, especially since they were a OneGenderRace who had to mate with Hylian men to propagate). Then, in ''Skyward Sword'', we learn that [[spoiler: he's [[spoiler:he's the reincarnation of Demise/the avatar of Demise's hatred born of a DyingCurse]], which means that he ''never had a choice'' in what would happen to him. He was destined to become a monster, whether he wanted to or not.



* VillainDecay: In the Decline timeline, Ganon's power and [[TheChessmaster intelligence]] gradually decrease as he gets defeated by various incarnations of Link over time. In ''A Link to the Past'', he was at the height of his power, having defeated the Hero of Time and obtained the entire Triforce ages ago with an entire world at his command. The only way to defeat him was by a combination of the Master Sword (which could only stun him) and four Silver Arrows[[note]][[GameplayAndStorySegregation In-story, that is.]] Normal players will never get to Ganon without already having the Master Sword, but speedrunners and others have gotten to Ganon with only the starting sword.[[/note]]. In the ''Oracles'' games, Ganon is revived, only for the [[CameBackWrong resurrection to be botched]] and he comes back as a mindless, raging beast with limited awareness of who he is. He can be killed by any sword (with the Master Sword causing the most damage). In ''A Link Between Worlds'', Ganon is revived again to be used as a power source for Yuga's OneWingedAngel form, and Yuga remains in full control of his body. He is killed by just the Master Sword. And finally in the original ''Legend of Zelda'', according to ''Hyrule Historia'', [[UnexplainedRecovery Ganon returns]] but lacks any of Ganondorf's intellect back in ''Ocarina of Time'', now simply a demon warlord bent on stealing the Triforce. He is ultimately slain by a non-Master Sword and one Silver Arrow this time around.

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* VillainDecay: In the Decline timeline, Ganon's power and [[TheChessmaster intelligence]] gradually decrease as he gets defeated by various incarnations of Link over time. In ''A Link to the Past'', he was at the height of his power, having defeated the Hero of Time and obtained the entire Triforce ages ago with an entire world at his command. The only way to defeat him was by a combination of the Master Sword (which could only stun him) and four Silver Arrows[[note]][[GameplayAndStorySegregation In-story, that is.]] Normal players will never get to Ganon without already having the Master Sword, but speedrunners and others have gotten to Ganon with only the starting sword.[[/note]]. In the ''Oracles'' games, Ganon is revived, only for the [[CameBackWrong resurrection to be botched]] and he comes back as a mindless, raging beast with limited awareness of who he is. He can be killed by any sword (with the Master Sword causing the most damage). In ''A Link Between Worlds'', Ganon is revived again to be used as a power source for Yuga's OneWingedAngel form, and Yuga remains in full control of his body. He is killed by just the Master Sword. And finally finally, in the original ''Legend of Zelda'', according to ''Hyrule Historia'', [[UnexplainedRecovery Ganon returns]] but lacks any of Ganondorf's intellect back in ''Ocarina of Time'', now simply a demon warlord bent on stealing the Triforce. He is ultimately slain by a non-Master Sword and one Silver Arrow this time around.



* WickedCultured: In ''Ocarina of Time'' he's playing his own theme song on an organ while Link progresses through his lair.

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* WickedCultured: In ''Ocarina of Time'' Time'', he's playing his own theme song on an organ while Link progresses through his lair.



** In ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors'' he repeats the gambit from ''Wind Waker'' by [[spoiler:manipulating Cia into unsealing three parts of his soul and becoming a big enough threat that the heroes have to draw the Master Sword - which was sealing away the final piece of his soul - to stop her]].

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** In ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors'' ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors'', he repeats the gambit from ''Wind Waker'' by [[spoiler:manipulating Cia into unsealing three parts of his soul and becoming a big enough threat that the heroes have to draw the Master Sword - -- which was sealing away the final piece of his soul - -- to stop her]].



* TheBlank: In many of his appearances he has no facial features except for glowing red eyes, and sometimes not even that.

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* TheBlank: In many of his appearances appearances, he has no facial features except for glowing red eyes, and sometimes not even that.



* EldritchAbomination: At the end of ''Minish Cap'', in ''Four Swords'', and ''Four Swords Adventures'' he appears as a one-eyed demonic entity.

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* EldritchAbomination: At the end of ''Minish Cap'', in ''Four Swords'', and in ''Four Swords Adventures'' Adventures'', he appears as a one-eyed demonic entity.



* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: in ''Four Swords'' and ''Four Swords Adventures'', [[WordOfGod due to forgetting his former life]], he's become obsessed with pretty girls. He kidnapped Zelda in the former because he wanted a bride.
* KilledOffForReal: [[WordOfGod Hyrule Historia]] states that Vaati was killed in the final fight ''Four Swords Adventure'', permanently writing him off the Child Timeline. His fate in the Adult and Decline timeline is, anyhow, undisclosed.

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* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: in In ''Four Swords'' and ''Four Swords Adventures'', [[WordOfGod due to forgetting his former life]], he's become obsessed with pretty girls. He kidnapped Zelda in the former because he wanted a bride.
* KilledOffForReal: [[WordOfGod Hyrule Historia]] states that Vaati was killed in the final fight of ''Four Swords Adventure'', permanently writing him off the Child Timeline. His fate in the Adult and Decline timeline is, anyhow, undisclosed.



* {{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.

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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 [[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.



* 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

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* 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
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* WorldTree: A sapient, talking, magical tree of immense size
size.



* BunnyEarsLawyer: Despite his eccentricities, he is a skilled cartographer and in ''The Wind Waker'' you can't beat the game without his help.

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* BunnyEarsLawyer: Despite his eccentricities, he is a skilled cartographer cartographer, and in ''The Wind Waker'' Waker'', you can't beat the game without his help.



* CoolHorse: As the hero's horse, this comes naturally, but she has some unique qualities of her own, like her [[LawOfChromaticSuperiority chestnut coloration with white accents]]. In ''Twilight Princess'' she's an enormous Clydesdale with a spiky facial marking who facilitates Link's HorsebackHeroism by obligingly pulling some badass RearingHorse poses.

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* CoolHorse: As the hero's horse, this comes naturally, but she has some unique qualities of her own, like her [[LawOfChromaticSuperiority chestnut coloration with white accents]]. In ''Twilight Princess'' Princess'', she's an enormous Clydesdale with a spiky facial marking who facilitates Link's HorsebackHeroism by obligingly pulling some badass RearingHorse poses.



* KillerRabbit: Sure, they may ''look'' like chickens, but once you anger them they become ''invincible''.
* RunningGag: The "Cucco Revenge Squad". 90% of times Cuccos are mentioned, it's in reference to the fact that if you attack a cucco too many times, they summon a flock of invincible cuccos that can and will ''kill'' you unless you run away. It's taken UpToEleven in ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors'', where Lana can actually summon cuccos to act as a weapon.

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* KillerRabbit: Sure, they may ''look'' like chickens, but once you anger them them, they become ''invincible''.
* RunningGag: The "Cucco "[[VideoGameCrueltyPunishment Cucco Revenge Squad".Squad]]". 90% of times Cuccos are mentioned, it's in reference to the fact that if you attack a cucco too many times, they summon a flock of invincible cuccos that can and will ''kill'' you unless you run away. It's taken UpToEleven in ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors'', where Lana can actually summon cuccos to act as a weapon.



* OurDemonsAreDifferent: ''Skyward Sword'' reveals they are demons who originally served Demise.
* OurGoblinsAreDifferent: On the scale between goblin and [[OurOrcsAreDifferent orc]], the Miniblins are the most goblinish and the Moblins the most orcish, with Bokoblins and Bulblins falling in between. Especially in ''Twilight Princess'', they tend to follow the Tolkien style of orc in terms of their characterization, though King Bulblin [[spoiler:eventually reveals himself to be more of a ProudWarriorRaceGuy in the Blizzard tradition]].

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* OurDemonsAreDifferent: ''Skyward Sword'' reveals that they are demons who originally served Demise.
* OurGoblinsAreDifferent: On the scale between goblin and [[OurOrcsAreDifferent orc]], the Miniblins are the most goblinish and the Moblins the most orcish, with Bokoblins and Bulblins falling in between. Especially in ''Twilight Princess'', they tend to follow the Tolkien style of orc in terms of their characterization, though King Bulblin [[spoiler:eventually reveals himself to be more of a ProudWarriorRaceGuy in [[VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft the Blizzard tradition]].tradition]]]].



* AnAxToGrind: Iron Knuckles in ''Ocarina of Time'' wield axes as big as they are that take off four hearts (the max Link can have is twenty) a swing
* AnimatedArmor: Some interpretations of these monsters suggest this, though when Darknuts lose armor they are shown to be creatures wearing armor.
* AttackItsWeakPoint: Normally the only way to damage them is to hit a vulnerable gap in the armor.

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* AnAxToGrind: Iron Knuckles in ''Ocarina of Time'' wield axes as big as they are that take off four hearts (the max Link can have is twenty) a swing
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* AnimatedArmor: Some interpretations of these monsters suggest this, though when Darknuts lose armor armor, they are shown to be creatures wearing armor.
* AttackItsWeakPoint: Normally Normally, the only way to damage them is to hit a vulnerable gap in the armor.



* TurnsRed: In the 64 games, Iron Knuckles will lose they heavy armor after taking sufficient damage and speed up.

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* TurnsRed: In the 64 games, Iron Knuckles will lose they their heavy armor after taking sufficient damage and speed up.



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

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



* HellIsThatNoise: Their screams are just about the most startling thing in a Zelda game.

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* HellIsThatNoise: Their screams are just about the most startling thing in a Zelda game.''Zelda'' game. This is especially true in-universe, where their screams are chilling enough to render ''Link'', bearer of the ''Triforce of '''Courage''''', ''paralyzed'' in fear.



* GhostLights: The Poe's lanterns serve this function. If you kill them in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' you can scoop them up and keep them in a bottle.

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* GhostLights: The Poe's lanterns serve this function. If you kill them in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', you can scoop them up and keep them in a bottle.



* 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''.

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* ShoutOut: The four Poe Sisters from ''Ocarina of Time'', ''Majora's Mask'' Mask'', and ''Oracle of Seasons'' share their names with the four young main protagonists of the novel ''Literature/LittleWomen''.



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

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* {{Expy}}: In ''The Wind Waker'' 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.
* ManEatingPlant: Of the classic "carnivorous plant with a giant mouth-like bulb that lunches lunges forward and attempts to snap you up" variety.



* {{Cyclops}}: They only have a single, massive eyes - which, naturally, is their only weak spot.

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* {{Cyclops}}: They only have a single, massive eyes - eye -- which, naturally, is their only weak spot.



Bat-like enemies that have appeared ever since the original game. They reside in dungeons or dark places and tend to swoop down upon Link, but they're usually not much of a threat, even in large numbers. They can come in fire or ice variations; they're still not much more of a threat, but they're bigger nuisances as they can respectively burn your shield or freeze you solid..

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Bat-like enemies that have appeared ever since the original game. They reside in dungeons or dark places and tend to swoop down upon Link, but they're usually not much of a threat, even in large numbers. They can come in fire or ice variations; they're still not much more of a threat, but they're bigger nuisances as they can respectively burn your shield or freeze you solid..solid.



A fairly weak blob creature available in a wide range of colors and types, with each color normally yielding a useful spoil. Weak blob creatures have featured in numerous early Zelda games (Bits and Bots, Zols and Buzzblobs), but the Chuchu has seemingly become a default replacement for all of them.

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A fairly weak blob creature available in a wide range of colors and types, with each color normally yielding a useful spoil. Weak blob creatures have featured in numerous early Zelda games (Bits and Bots, Zols Zols, and Buzzblobs), but the Chuchu has seemingly become a default replacement for all of them.
12th Jul '16 1:20:08 PM KingZeal
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* VillainDecay: In the Decline timeline, Ganon's power and [[TheChessmaster intelligence]] gradually decrease as he gets defeated by various incarnations of Link over time. In ''A Link to the Past'', he was at the height of his power, having defeated the Hero of Time and obtained the entire Triforce ages ago with an entire world at his command. The only way to defeat him was by a combination of the Master Sword (which could only stun him) and four Silver Arrows[[note]][[GameplayAndStorySegregation In-story, that is. Normal players will never get to Ganon without already having the Master Sword, but speedrunners and others have gotten to Ganon with only the starting sword.]]. In the ''Oracles'' games, Ganon is revived, only for the [[CameBackWrong resurrection to be botched]] and he comes back as a mindless, raging beast with limited awareness of who he is. He can be killed by any sword (with the Master Sword causing the most damage). In ''A Link Between Worlds'', Ganon is revived again to be used as a power source for Yuga's OneWingedAngel form, and Yuga remains in full control of his body. He is killed by just the Master Sword. And finally in the original ''Legend of Zelda'', according to ''Hyrule Historia'', [[UnexplainedRecovery Ganon returns]] but lacks any of Ganondorf's intellect back in ''Ocarina of Time'', now simply a demon warlord bent on stealing the Triforce. He is ultimately slain by a non-Master Sword and one Silver Arrow this time around.

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* VillainDecay: In the Decline timeline, Ganon's power and [[TheChessmaster intelligence]] gradually decrease as he gets defeated by various incarnations of Link over time. In ''A Link to the Past'', he was at the height of his power, having defeated the Hero of Time and obtained the entire Triforce ages ago with an entire world at his command. The only way to defeat him was by a combination of the Master Sword (which could only stun him) and four Silver Arrows[[note]][[GameplayAndStorySegregation In-story, that is. ]] Normal players will never get to Ganon without already having the Master Sword, but speedrunners and others have gotten to Ganon with only the starting sword.]].[[/note]]. In the ''Oracles'' games, Ganon is revived, only for the [[CameBackWrong resurrection to be botched]] and he comes back as a mindless, raging beast with limited awareness of who he is. He can be killed by any sword (with the Master Sword causing the most damage). In ''A Link Between Worlds'', Ganon is revived again to be used as a power source for Yuga's OneWingedAngel form, and Yuga remains in full control of his body. He is killed by just the Master Sword. And finally in the original ''Legend of Zelda'', according to ''Hyrule Historia'', [[UnexplainedRecovery Ganon returns]] but lacks any of Ganondorf's intellect back in ''Ocarina of Time'', now simply a demon warlord bent on stealing the Triforce. He is ultimately slain by a non-Master Sword and one Silver Arrow this time around.
12th Jul '16 1:19:29 PM KingZeal
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* VillainDecay: In the Decline timeline, Ganon's power and [[TheChessmaster intelligence]] gradually decrease as he gets defeated by various incarnations of Link over time. In ''A Link to the Past'', he was at the height of his power, having defeated the Hero of Time and obtained the entire Triforce ages ago with an entire world at his command. The only way to defeat him was by a combination of the Master Sword (which could only stun him) and four Silver Arrows. In the ''Oracles'' games, Ganon is revived, only for the [[CameBackWrong resurrection to be botched]] and he comes back as a mindless, raging beast with limited awareness of who he is. He can be killed by any sword (with the Master Sword causing the most damage). In ''A Link Between Worlds'', Ganon is revived again to be used as a power source for Yuga's OneWingedAngel form, and Yuga remains in full control of his body. He is killed by just the Master Sword. And finally in the original ''Legend of Zelda'', according to ''Hyrule Historia'', [[UnexplainedRecovery Ganon returns]] but lacks any of Ganondorf's intellect back in ''Ocarina of Time'', now simply a demon warlord bent on stealing the Triforce. He is ultimately slain by a non-Master Sword and one Silver Arrow this time around.

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* VillainDecay: In the Decline timeline, Ganon's power and [[TheChessmaster intelligence]] gradually decrease as he gets defeated by various incarnations of Link over time. In ''A Link to the Past'', he was at the height of his power, having defeated the Hero of Time and obtained the entire Triforce ages ago with an entire world at his command. The only way to defeat him was by a combination of the Master Sword (which could only stun him) and four Silver Arrows.Arrows[[note]][[GameplayAndStorySegregation In-story, that is. Normal players will never get to Ganon without already having the Master Sword, but speedrunners and others have gotten to Ganon with only the starting sword.]]. In the ''Oracles'' games, Ganon is revived, only for the [[CameBackWrong resurrection to be botched]] and he comes back as a mindless, raging beast with limited awareness of who he is. He can be killed by any sword (with the Master Sword causing the most damage). In ''A Link Between Worlds'', Ganon is revived again to be used as a power source for Yuga's OneWingedAngel form, and Yuga remains in full control of his body. He is killed by just the Master Sword. And finally in the original ''Legend of Zelda'', according to ''Hyrule Historia'', [[UnexplainedRecovery Ganon returns]] but lacks any of Ganondorf's intellect back in ''Ocarina of Time'', now simply a demon warlord bent on stealing the Triforce. He is ultimately slain by a non-Master Sword and one Silver Arrow this time around.
12th Jul '16 1:15:24 PM WaxingName
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!Secondary characters
9th Jul '16 12:28:10 PM Shadao
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* VillainDecay: In the Decline timeline, Ganon's power and [[TheChessmaster intelligence]] gradually decrease as he gets defeated by various incarnations of Link. In ''A Link to the Past'', he was at the height of his power, having defeated the Hero of Time and obtained the entire Triforce ages ago with an entire world at his command. The only way to defeat him was by a combination of the Master Sword (which could only stun him) and four Silver Arrows. In the ''Oracles'' games, Ganon is revived, only for the [[CameBackWrong resurrection to be botched]] and he comes back as a mindless, raging beast with limited awareness of who he is. He can be killed by any sword (with the Master Sword causing the most damage). In ''A Link Between Worlds'', Ganon is revived again to be used as a power source for Yuga's OneWingedAngel form, and Yuga remains in full control of his body. And finally in the original ''Legend of Zelda'', according to ''Hyrule Historia'', [[UnexplainedRecovery Ganon returns]] but lacks any of Ganondorf's intellect back in ''Ocarina of Time'', now simply a demon warlord bent on stealing the Triforce. He is ultimately slain by a non-Master Sword and one Silver Arrow this time around.

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* VillainDecay: In the Decline timeline, Ganon's power and [[TheChessmaster intelligence]] gradually decrease as he gets defeated by various incarnations of Link.Link over time. In ''A Link to the Past'', he was at the height of his power, having defeated the Hero of Time and obtained the entire Triforce ages ago with an entire world at his command. The only way to defeat him was by a combination of the Master Sword (which could only stun him) and four Silver Arrows. In the ''Oracles'' games, Ganon is revived, only for the [[CameBackWrong resurrection to be botched]] and he comes back as a mindless, raging beast with limited awareness of who he is. He can be killed by any sword (with the Master Sword causing the most damage). In ''A Link Between Worlds'', Ganon is revived again to be used as a power source for Yuga's OneWingedAngel form, and Yuga remains in full control of his body. He is killed by just the Master Sword. And finally in the original ''Legend of Zelda'', according to ''Hyrule Historia'', [[UnexplainedRecovery Ganon returns]] but lacks any of Ganondorf's intellect back in ''Ocarina of Time'', now simply a demon warlord bent on stealing the Triforce. He is ultimately slain by a non-Master Sword and one Silver Arrow this time around.
9th Jul '16 12:26:12 PM Shadao
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* VillainDecay: In the Decline timeline, Ganon's power and [[TheChessmaster intelligence]] gradually decrease as he gets defeated by various incarnations of Link. In ''A Link to the Past'', he was at the height of his power, having defeated the Hero of Time and obtained the entire Triforce ages ago with an entire world at his command. The only way to defeat him was by a combination of the Master Sword (which could only stun him) and four Silver Arrows. In the ''Oracles" games, Ganon is revived, only for the [[CameBackWrong resurrection to be botched]] and he comes back as a mindless, raging beast with limited awareness of who he is. He can be killed by any sword (with the Master Sword causing the most damage). In ''A Link Between Worlds'', Ganon is revived again to be used as a power source for Yuga's OneWingedAngel form, and Yuga remains in full control of his body. He is killed by the Master Sword this time around. And finally in the original ''Legend of Zelda'', according to ''Hyrule Historia'', [[UnexplainedRecovery Ganon returns]] but lacks any of Ganondorf's intellect back in ''Ocarina of Time'', now simply a demon warlord bent on stealing the Triforce. He is ultimately slain by a non-Master Sword and one Silver Arrow this time.

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* VillainDecay: In the Decline timeline, Ganon's power and [[TheChessmaster intelligence]] gradually decrease as he gets defeated by various incarnations of Link. In ''A Link to the Past'', he was at the height of his power, having defeated the Hero of Time and obtained the entire Triforce ages ago with an entire world at his command. The only way to defeat him was by a combination of the Master Sword (which could only stun him) and four Silver Arrows. In the ''Oracles" ''Oracles'' games, Ganon is revived, only for the [[CameBackWrong resurrection to be botched]] and he comes back as a mindless, raging beast with limited awareness of who he is. He can be killed by any sword (with the Master Sword causing the most damage). In ''A Link Between Worlds'', Ganon is revived again to be used as a power source for Yuga's OneWingedAngel form, and Yuga remains in full control of his body. He is killed by the Master Sword this time around. And finally in the original ''Legend of Zelda'', according to ''Hyrule Historia'', [[UnexplainedRecovery Ganon returns]] but lacks any of Ganondorf's intellect back in ''Ocarina of Time'', now simply a demon warlord bent on stealing the Triforce. He is ultimately slain by a non-Master Sword and one Silver Arrow this time.time around.
9th Jul '16 12:24:52 PM Shadao
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* VillainDecay: In the Decline timeline, Ganon's power and [[TheChessmaster intelligence]] gradually decrease as he gets defeated by various incarnations of Link. In ''A Link to the Past'', he was at the height of his power, having defeated the Hero of Time and obtained the entire Triforce ages ago with an entire world at his command. The only way to defeat him was by a combination of the Master Sword (which could only stun him) and four Silver Arrows. In the ''Oracles" games, Ganon is revived, only for the [[CameBackWrong resurrection to be botched]] and he comes back as a mindless, raging beast with limited awareness of who he is. He can be killed by any sword (with the Master Sword causing the most damage). In ''A Link Between Worlds'', Ganon is revived again to be used as a power source for Yuga's OneWingedAngel form, and Yuga remains in full control of his body. He is killed by the Master Sword this time around. And finally in the original ''Legend of Zelda'', according to ''Hyrule Historia'', [[UnexplainedRecovery Ganon returns]] but lacks any of Ganondorf's intellect back in ''Ocarina of Time'', now simply a demon warlord bent on stealing the Triforce. He is ultimately slain by a non-Master Sword and one Silver Arrow this time.
8th Jul '16 8:07:31 AM WoozySloth
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* {{Touche}}: Especially evident in ''Wind Waker'', when Link manages to escape or defeat Ganon. He always has this smirk on his face which demonstrates bemusement with Link's gumption.

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* {{Touche}}: Especially evident in ''Wind Waker'', when Link manages to escape or defeat Ganon. He always has this smirk on his face which demonstrates bemusement amusement with Link's gumption.



* VillainRespect: Despite animosity toward him as an enemy, Ganon has nothing but respect for Link's courage. Numerous times, he praises Link's determination and toughness and gives a bemused grin/laugh when Link outsmarts him.

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* VillainRespect: Despite animosity toward him as an enemy, Ganon has nothing but respect for Link's courage. Numerous times, he praises Link's determination and toughness and gives a bemused an amused grin/laugh when Link outsmarts him.
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