The games in the ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' series take place in different points in Hyrulean history, and in many cases different timelines entirely, so the characters will always be different between games. For this reason, each game has its own character page. For a lineup, see [[http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/kotaku/2011/02/zelda25.jpg this]].

[[index]]
* ''Characters/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink''
* ''[[Characters/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast A Link to the Past]]''
* ''[[Characters/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening Link's Awakening]]''
* ''[[Characters/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]''
* ''[[Characters/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]''
* ''[[Characters/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames Oracle games]]''
* ''[[Characters/TheLegendOfZeldaFourSwords Four Swords]]''
* ''[[Characters/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker The Wind Waker]]''
* ''[[Characters/TheLegendOfZeldaFourSwordsAdventures Four Swords Adventures]]''
* ''[[Characters/TheLegendOfZeldaTheMinishCap The Minish Cap]]''
* ''[[Characters/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]''
* ''[[Characters/TheLegendOfZeldaPhantomHourglass Phantom Hourglass]]''
* ''[[Characters/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks Spirit Tracks]]''
* ''[[Characters/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword Skyward Sword]]''
* ''[[Characters/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds A Link Between Worlds]]''
* ''Characters/HyruleWarriors''
[[/index]]

!Recurring Characters

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!!Main Trio
[[folder:Link]]
!!!Voiced by: FujikoTakimoto (''Ocarina of Time'' (child), ''Majora's Mask'', ''A Link to the Past'' (GBA), ''Four Swords'', ''The Minish Cap''), Creator/NobuyukiHiyama (''Ocarina of Time'' (adult)), Sachi Matsumoto (''The Wind Waker'', ''Four Swords Adventures'', ''Phantom Hourglass''), Creator/AkiraSasanuma (''Twilight Princess''), Yuki Kodaira (''Spirit Tracks''), Takashi Ohara (''Skyward Sword''), Creator/MitsukiSaiga (''A Link Between Worlds'')

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The main playable character(s) and hero(es) of the series. You play as a different incarnation of Link in every series of games, but he always has some world-saving destiny at hand. Garbed in his green tunic with sword and shield in hand, he's out to save the world (and frequently, [[SaveThePrincess the princess]]) from whichever BigBad comes his way. He holds the Triforce of Courage, though not in every game.

* AdorablyPrecociousChild: Even in his younger incarnations, Link is righteous and unbreakable.
* {{Adorkable}}: Especially in his Toon Link form.
* AllLovingHero: Link ''will'' help those around him, no matter what. Affiliation, race, and different dimension mean little to him. To him helping is helping. This is quite possibly ''why'' hes the chosen of the Triforce Of Courage. It takes true courage to be willing to help so many people without a second thought for your safety.
* {{Animorphism}}: In ''A Link to the Past'', he turned into a rabbit, and in ''Twilight Princess'', a wolf. [[Manga/TheLegendOfZelda The manga adaptation of the former]] by Akira Himekawa has him turn into a wolf as well.
* {{Badass}}: Oh, yes. Villains of all kinds fall in defeat before him.
** BadassAdorable: Well, ''look'' at him. Even the older Links tends to get a "d'aww" out of fans when they get their cute on.
** BadassBiker: In Mario Kart 8, seeing as his default vehicle is a motorbike.
** BadassBookworm: Not only is he a skilled warrior, he is also smart enough to solve an impressive amount of puzzles. Happens literally too, in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'' he retrieves a book from the library to help translate ancient text throughout the game.
* BalefulPolymorph: His wolf transformation in ''Twilight Princess,'' his Deku form in ''Majora's Mask'', and his rabbit-form in ''A Link to the Past''.
** He does usually manage to find ways to put his transformations to good use, though, especially once he manages to gain control of them.
* BerserkButton: In general, all Links don't like it when you hurt someone close to them.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: He's generally portrayed as a friendly, kindhearted young man who tends to go out of his way to help those in distress. He is also the avatar of Courage, and has a history of beating the hell out of everything from dragons to demigods.
* BigBrotherInstinct: To Aryll in ''The Wind Waker'', and to pretty much all the kids in Ordon Village in ''Twilight Princess''.
* {{Bishonen}}: In his adult forms.
* BowAndSwordInAccord: While he has a vast array of weaponry, he is rarely seen without a sword or a bow.
* [[GirlWithPsychoWeapon Boy With Psycho Weapon]]: In ''Wind Waker'', when he gets the [[http://www.zeldauniverse.net/images/games/tww/items/skullhammer.png Skull Hammer]] added to his arsenal. It's creepy looking, and ''twice his size!''
* TheChampion: Zelda's, whenever she's more than a cameo. [[SaveThePrincess Kind of the point, really.]]
* ChasteHero: Generally, although subject to a few exceptions:
** He is kissed by Zelda once in ''The Adventure of Link'' and again in the ''Oracle'' series.
** There is also PuppyLove between Link and Zelda in ''Spirit Tracks''.
** In ''Skyward Sword'', he and Zelda actually go on a date. Hell, they found the Royal Family of Hyrule.
* ChickMagnet: He doesn't get much female attention in most games, but he apparently has the ability to charm most girls that he meets. ''Ocarina of Time'', ''Twilight Princess'', and ''Skyward Sword'''s Links are prime examples.
* TheChosenOne: In ''A Link to the Past'', ''Ocarina of Time'', the ''Oracle'' series, ''Twilight Princess'', and ''Skyward Sword''. "TheHero Chosen by the Gods," indeed. The major exception is ''The Wind Waker'', where he is TheUnchosenOne and he has to find the Triforce of Courage himself and prove his worthiness to be the hero.
** Played with in ''The Adventure of Link''; despite possessing a mark on his hand indicating that he is the only one worthy of obtaining the Triforce of Courage and awakening Zelda, he still has to prove himself by running the gauntlet of the Great Palace and taking it for himself.
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Link will find himself helping random citizens in his quest to save Hyrule.
* CleopatraNose: In some games, such as ''Ocarina of Time'' and ''Twilight Princess'', both him and Zelda have fairly long noses.
* ClothesMakeTheLegend: To the point that, in ''The Wind Waker'', ''Twilight Princess'', and ''Spirit Tracks'', there is a reason as to why he wears the so-called "Hero's Clothes".
* ColorMotif: He's almost always associated with the color green, due to his trademark clothes, his connection with nature (he often starts his adventures in a forest in the countryside), and the Triforce of Courage (the piece of the goddess Farore, who is also associated with green). Very often blue and indigo serve as secondary colors for him too (the Hylian Shield, the Master Sword, the glow of its attacks, etc..)
* CombatPragmatist: Though he's skilled with a sword, the majority of his battles have him coming up with a more clever way to take his foe down then simply head-on combat, such as irritating Valoo even more (the point of the battle was to get rid of the source of his irritation) so he causes a stone slab on the ceiling to drop on Gohma. This mostly happens out of necessity as Link might not be able to damage the foe normally, but in fights he CAN win with just his sword there are often alternate methods of defeating the opponent, like reflecting energy balls with a net, or using a hammer instead of a sword.
* ConvenientlyAnOrphan: Link ''never'' has his parents appear in-game, and it's usually implied that they died some time before. He's occasionally lucky enough to have a few blood-relatives.
* CoolSword: It's called the friggin' [[AwesomeMcCoolName Master Sword]]!
* CrazyPrepared: Has a weapon/item for every possible situation.
* DavidVersusGoliath: Very frequently takes the role of David. It's actually to his advantage, as most attacks send him flying and give him room to recover.
* DependingOnTheArtist: The different Links have often wildly divergent appearances. The only real constants are his green tunic and hat.
** Though in the last decade or so, Link's appearance has largely standardized to just two blond models: the young "Toon Link", and the older more realistic teenage Bishonen. Previous Links had different hair colors like brown or auburn, and the art style shifted wildly. He even had pink hair in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast''. Today Nintendo seems content to just stick with just these current two styles.
*** Also, his eyes are usually very blue, but in [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker The Wind Waker]], they're black.
* DeathGlare: Normally Link has a pretty calm and sometimes even happy expression, so when you see him frowning at an enemy ''you know [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness shit is getting real]]''. ''SkywardSword'' would be the best example, but there are instances before that.
* DemolitionsExpert: Bombs have been a standard part of his arsenal since the early days, and over the years he's gotten more creative in their usage.
* TheDeterminator: Practically his superpower. Link ''never'' gives up (see HeroicSpirit, below).
** InstantExpert: ...unless it's this. Give him a new toy, no matter how bizarre, and Link will be wielding it like a natural in a matter of minutes.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Since the BigBad of each game tends to be some sort of EldritchAbomination
* DieChairDie: All Links seem to share an instinctive hatred of pottery and tall grass.
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: Since ''A Link To The Past'', this has been one of his best sword attacks, and essentially his signature move.
* FeaturelessProtagonist: Was this for the first few games (well, sort of), but with additions over time of backstory, family members, and motivations other than "save Zelda", seems to be beginning to grow out of it.
* GoodIsNotSoft: Link is (most often) a humble farmboy, but when things get messy, the bad guys will be ''destroyed''.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: About half of Link's incarnations have blond hair and, true to the trope, he is often kind to the people he meets.
* HelloInsertNameHere: Although his CanonName "Link" is used extensively pretty much everywhere, you get to name the lad in almost every game. While at least one of the Links could've actually been named Link, the other heroes' real names have been lost to history, so it's open to interpretation. See LegacyCharacter and EternalHero below.
* TheHero: Of course. Just about every Link from ''Ocarina of Time'' onwards has had "Hero of..." as part of their moniker.
* HeroesPreferSwords[=/=]MasterSwordsman: Many of Link's incarnations are highly skilled swordsmen, or become them over the course of their adventures, and all of them wield swords as their primary weapon.
* HeroicMime: Aside from [[{{Kiai}} battle cries]], Link never says a word. But [=NPCs=] sometimes react as though he does, implying that his dialogue is supposed to be imagined by the player.
** Occasionally, he gets DialogueTree.
** Also at some points in ''The Wind Waker'', where he very clear calls out "Come on!" during the escort missions.
** And again averted in ''Twilight Princess''. Not the main Link, he's as silent as ever, but [[spoiler:''[[AllThereInTheManual Hyrule Historia]]'' says that the SpiritAdvisor Hero's Shade is the ghost of the Link from ''Ocarina of Time'' and ''Majora's Mask''.]]
** He's actually ''seen talking'' during cutscenes in ''Skyward Sword'' and ''A Link Between Worlds'', but the audience doesn't hear anything. But they pretty much get the gist of it if they have been following the game's plot.
* HeroicLineage: Some of the Links in the series are descendants of others. This is notably subverted by the Hero of Winds, who is not related to the Hero of Time, but manages to be a hero anyway. He also starts his own lineage in his sequels. ''Skyward Sword'' and ''Hyrule Historia'' imply that the various Links are reincarnations of the Spirit of the Hero.
* HeroicSpirit: Whether the obstacles are diabolic puzzles or demon kings, ''nothing'' stops Link when people need him. Lampshaded in ''Skyward Sword'', which explains that he's TheChosenOne specifically because of this.
* HorseArcher: Originally, the only thing that he could use while riding Epona was his bow.
* HotBlooded: If there's one thing all of Link's incarnations have in common, it's ''passion''.
* HyperspaceArsenal: A sword, shield, bow, boomerang, bombs, and a hookshot. And those are just his ''standard'' items.
* [[WorldsBestWarrior Hyrule's Best Warrior]]: By the end of every game, Link becomes this.
* IconicItem: The Master Sword and the Hylian Shield are almost as iconic of him as...
* IconicOutfit: His trademark green tunic and hat.
* IdealHero: No matter in what situation he is in, he is always described as the ideal choice to be the hero of Hyrule.
* InnocentBlueEyes: Of the heroic and idealistic variety.
* JawDrop: Happened in ''The Wind Waker'' and ''Spirit Tracks'' when he meets Zelda for the first time. Even accompanied by a long gasp in ''Spirit Tracks''. {{Blush Sticker}}s, [[PuppyLove too]].
** This can also happen when he sees a big scary boss monster[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess ... or when a boss is]] NotQuiteDead [[CrowningMomentOfFunny yet]].
* KidHero: [[CaptainObvious Though only when he's a kid]].
* KleptomaniacHero: If it even vaguely looks useful and isn't nailed down, Link will nab it.
** And anything that is nailed down? He will brave a dungeon's depths just to get something he can use to pry it up so he nab that as well.
* KnightInShiningArmor: Oh, ''hell'' yes. ''Twilight Princess'' even gives him magic armor that makes him invincible, but eats his money in exchange. He's also recently taken to wearing chainmail under his tunic.
* LadyAndKnight: The White Knight to Zelda's Bright Lady.
* LegacyCharacter: There have been about eleven Links in the series (so far), per WordOfGod and [[AllThereInTheManual Hyrule Historia]].
** EternalHero: InUniverse the various Links are implied to be the reincarnations of Hylia's chosen hero, and thus each other as well. Hyrule Historia notes that not all of them may have even been named Link, but that the name is given by the storytellers who recount the Legends of Zelda. This is a LampShade on the fact that you can [[HelloInsertNameHere name the character]] in every game, but even in-universe previous Links are only referred to by title such as The Hero of Men, Hero of Time, or Hero of Winds, never by given name. And though characters may note that the current Link is wearing The Hero's Clothes, wielding the same CoolSword, or having the same spirit, they never say that he has the same name.
*** Of course, this wording is right after "they could be the same person, [or] relatives...", so they could mean family name.
* {{Leitmotif}}[=/=]BootstrappedLeitmotif: The field theme for each game which usually means the Main Theme of the series. Some melodies once unique to individual games, like the Ocarina of Time Hyrule Field and the Twilight Princess Hyrule Field themes, have become recurring in future games as well.
* LightningBruiser: Almost always very light on his feet, and strong enough to throw around or clash swords with foes much larger than him. In at least one case, he's able to overpower ''Ganondorf'' in a contest of strength.
* MagicKnight: Pairs good old fashioned swordsmanship with magical items, and occasionally magic spells.
* MagicMusic: Whether it's an ocarina, a harp, or a magical baton, several of the Links have had the ability to warp time and space via music.
* MaybeEverAfter: While Link and Zelda have never been outright confirmed as an OfficialCouple, it's been implied many, many times.
* MeaningfulName: His official name refers to the fact that he is [[AudienceSurrogate the player's]] "link" to the game world. And by pure coincidence, this left-handed hero's name just happens to be German for "left."
* MrFanservice: His {{Bishonen}} designs. The first one in ''Ocarina of Time'' was made specifically to make him physically attractive. ''[[EstrogenBrigade Boy, did it work!]]'' The peak was his [[ShirtlessScene Shirtless Sumo Scene]] in ''Twilight Princess'', which was pretty much [[{{Squee}} every]] ''[[{{Squee}} Zelda]]'' [[{{Squee}} fangirl dream come true]]. [[spoiler:Except for the fact that he had to fight a... let us say... [[FanDisservice less physically attractive character]].]]
* MusclesAreMeaningless: Often performs feats of strength that, considering his size, should be ''completely'' impossible. Some cases are justified with the use of magical enhancements. Others (such as swinging around a sword literally twice his size in ''Skyward Sword'' and ''3 times'' his size in ''Wind Waker'') are not.
* NiceGuy: Link is nice to just about everyone he meets.
* NiceHat: Would he really be Link without it? [[Characters/TheLegendOfZeldaTheMinishCap It]] practically even got [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheMinishCap its own game.]]
** ''Magazine/NintendoPower'' once stated that the one thing Link could do that nobody else could is make a floppy green hat look cool. They're right.
* OneManArmy: Repeatedly shown to be utterly superior to Hyrule's ''official'' [[RedShirtArmy army]].
* OnlyICanKillHim: Being the chosen wielder of the Master Sword, Link is the only one who can kill Ganondorf.
* OnlyTheChosenMayWield: The [[CoolSword Master Sword]] does not appear in every Zelda game, but when it does, a Link is always the chosen wielder.
* ThePaladin: He is the chosen hero of gods, wields Holy weapons like the Master Sword and Light Arrows and is lawful good.
* PantsFree: Played straight in most of the earlier games, where the art made it clear he wasn't wearing much under the tunic. After ''Ocarina of Time'', though, they started showing him wearing tights, and in ''Twilight Princess'', he is finally given real pants.
* ParentalAbandonment: In every single one of his incarnations. The closest he ever came to having parents was ''Ocarina of Time'' (in which they were revealed to be dead). [[{{Nephewism}} He gets to have an uncle]] in ''A Link to the Past'' and [[RaisedByGrandparents a Grandma and Grandpa]] in ''Wind Waker'' and ''The Minish Cap'' (respectively), but that's about it.
* [[AudienceSurrogate Player Surrogate]]: This is the reason his name is [[MeaningfulName Link]].
* PlotTailoredToTheParty: No matter how bizarre the magical knicknacks he picks up, he'll find ''some'' way to kill at least one giant monster with it.
* {{Reincarnation}}: Link is not just one hero, but many who are all incarnations of the "Spirit of the Hero" who is destined to fight Ganondorf alongside Zelda.
* RewardingVandalism: Link's primary source of income is smashing random objects. Especially pottery.
* SacredBowAndArrows: His Light Arrows/Silver Arrows.
* ScreamingWarrior: Link's only spoken dialogue has been screaming at his enemies as he hacks them to pieces.
* SecondPersonNarration: With a few exceptions that can be written off as typos, the narration always refers to Link as "you", e.g. "You found ten rupees!". The instruction manuals for ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast A Link to the Past]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening Link's Awakening]]'' are written entirely in second person.
* ShowyInvincibleHero: We all know he'll win, but dear Gods, it's almost as much fun to watch him win as it is to ''be'' him when he wins.
* SignatureMove: His SpinAttack. Also, to a lesser degree, the Jumping Down Thrust[=/=]Finishing Move.
* [[SmarterThanYouLook Smarter Than He Looks]][=/=]CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: A portion of the fandom doesn't think much of Link's intelligence, possibly due in part to his NiceJobBreakingItHero in ''Ocarina of Time'' ([[MisBlamed when he was all of ten]], [[NotSoOmniscientAfterAll following Zelda's advice]], and was raised in a HiddenElfVillage). Virtually every game in the series relies on figuring out all manner of puzzles, including some nasty PuzzleBoss opponents. He may be goofy on occasion, but even the [[SwordOfPlotAdvancement Master Sword]] isn't the sharpest weapon in his arsenal.
* TheSouthpaw: [[GameplayAndStorySegregation Except on the Wii]]. Interestingly, early official art for the first game shows him holding his sword in his right hand. The left-handedness came about because of his AmbidextrousSprite appearance in that game, and it was decided to make the southpaw status canon.
* SpiritAdvisor: He both has and ''is'' one in ''Twilight Princess'', as the Hero's Shade who guides ''Twilight Princess'' Link is in fact the Link from ''Ocarina of Time'' according to ''Hyrule Historia''.
* UnskilledButStrong: Link's fighting style in most incarnations is known for its large, slow, sweeping movements, but with his legendary sword in hand, he's an unstoppable force in his own realm. However, when put on [[PowerCreepPowerSeep even footing]] with his opponent, the AwesomeButImpractical nature of this fighting style is consistently very obvious. He's held a devastatingly low tier position in [[SuperSmashBros every fighting game]] [[SoulCalibur he's ever been in]] (except for [[ProjectM one]]), mostly because of his large, slow, sweeping movements.
* ZettaiRyouiki: The Links from the original ''Legend of Zelda'', ''Zelda II: The Adventure of Link'', ''A Link to the Past'', and ''Link's Awakening'' have Type C.
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[[folder:Princess Zelda]]
!!!Voiced by: Jun Mizusawa (''Ocarina of Time'', ''Twilight Princess''), Hikari Tachibana (''The Wind Waker''), Akane Omae (''Spirit Tracks''), Creator/YuShimamura (''Skyward Sword''), AyumiFujimura (''A Link Between Worlds'')

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The series's namesake(s). The Princess(es) of Hyrule, when not getting kidnapped, is usually the one to send Link on his quest or to help him along the way. Like Link, she appears in different incarnations throughout the series, in honor of the Zelda from ''Skyward Sword''.

* ActionGirl: In ''Twilight Princess'', ''The Wind Waker'', and ''Spirit Tracks''.
** Also implied in ''Ocarina of Time'' and ''Skyward Sword'', although we don't get to see it on screen.
* ArcherArchetype: Her bow wielding selves are typically the serene and graceful take on it.
* BadassPrincess: More recently, Zelda has been taking increasingly proactive roles in protecting her kingdom.
* BarrierMaiden: When fighting with magic she can create barriers.
* BattleCouple: With Link in more than one FinalBattle.
** GuysSmashGirlsShoot: Typically supports Link as an archer while he does the up close and personal.
** SwordAndSorcerer: Except in ''Four Swords Adventures'', where she uses an EnergyBall to attack instead.
* BigGood: Starting in ''Ocarina of Time'', where she takes an active role in Link's adventures and gives him missions.
* CleopatraNose: In a few games, like ''Ocarina of Time'' and ''Twilight Princess'', she has a long nose.
* CrystalDragonJesus: The biggest example in the games, [[spoiler: what with her being the mortal reincarnation of the goddess Hylia.]]
* DamselInDistress: In many games, often right before the very end. However, she's a variation in that she usually creates a plan to stop Ganondorf in some way prior to her capture.
* DamselOutOfDistress: Mostly in her ActionGirl incarnations, but even when she's not, she always [[TheStoic keeps her cool and dignity]].
* DemonicPossession: Used on [[spoiler:her empty body near the end of ''Twilight Princess'', while Zelda's soul is secretly keeping Midna alive.]]
** Happens again in ''Spirit Tracks'', only this time her soul's been put in a suit of armor. Multiple suits of armor, in fact. Also in ''Spirit Tracks'', [[spoiler:[[BiggerBad Malladus]]]] inhabits her empty shell as part of a boss battle.
* {{Deuteragonist}}: The second most important character in the series (despite it bearing her name) after Link.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Played straight in all of the games except for ''Skyward Sword'', where she is not a princess.
** In ''Twilight Princess'', she is Hyrule's sole ruler, having the authority of a queen. Therefore, she is a princess InNameOnly.
* GodInHumanForm: Specifically ''Skyward Sword'''s Zelda, [[spoiler:who is the mortal incarnation of the goddess Hylia]]. Considering the strong implication that most-to-all of the Zeldas in the series are reincarnations of each other, it's very probable this trope applies to them, as well.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Like the leader hero, most of her incarnations are blonde. On occasion, she will have brown hair and, even rarer, red hair. While she is a princess of varying ages, she has her people's best interests at heart.
* TheHighQueen: Particularly in ''Twilight Princess'', where the plot begins right in the middle of the coronation ceremony that would have made her Queen of Hyrule.
* 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.
* KickingAssInAllHerFinery: Zelda's ActionGirl selves typically have more masculine alter ego's but still tend to do most of their combat in her PimpedOutDress.
* LadyAndKnight: The Bright Lady to Link's White Knight.
* LadyOfWar: She becomes one in the final boss battles of ''Wind Waker'', ''Twilight Princess'', and ''Spirit Tracks''.
* LegacyCharacter: Females born into the royal family were often named Zelda in honor of the one from ''Skyward Sword''. The BackStory of ''The Adventure of Link'' explained that this eventually became every female in the family (at least within its timeline).
* LivingMacGuffin: According to WordOfGod, Zelda is the title character because she is invariably the center of Link's adventures.
* {{Leitmotif}}: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2JsrScq--c Zelda's Theme]] (better known among fans as ''Zelda's Lullaby''). First appeared in ''A Link to the Past'' and officially named in ''Ocarina of Time''.
* LightEmUp[=/=]HolyHandGrenade: Usually in the form of the [[ElementalWeapon Light Arrow]] but sometimes as a KamehameHadoken, InstantRunes, or an EnergyBall.
* LightIsGood
* LittleMissBadass: Give her younger forms a weapon and you get this.
* ParentalAbandonment: Although the King has appeared in two games so far, and offscreen in a third.
* PimpedOutDress: Being a princess, she often wears elaborate dresses.
* PrincessClassic: She's characterized as this in the games up to ''Ocarina of Time'', where she is instead a headstrong child/guilt ridden adult.
* PrincessesPreferPink: About half of Zelda's outfits.
* PsychicPowers: She is often [[{{Seer}} clairvoyant]] and [[{{Telepathy}} telepathic]].
* RoyalBlood: All Zeldas are females born into the royal family, and they always have a crucial role to play in the Links' battle against evil.
* RoyaltySuperPower: Sorcery is passed down the Royal Family of Hyrule, due to the lines DivineParentage and [[ReligionIsMagic service to the Gods]].
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Oftentimes. Even the [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI very first Zelda game]] had her doing her part in keeping Ganon away from completing the Triforce by breaking apart and hiding each piece of the Triforce of Wisdom.
* SemiDivine: Skyward Sword reveals that [[spoiler:the first Zelda was the [[GodInHumanForm reincarnation of the goddess Hylia]], making every Zelda after her this.]]
* ShipTease: Has a ton of these with Link. While the first two games implied they were an OfficialCouple, later games toned the relationship down to this with only hints of a romance.
* TakenForGranite: In ''The Minish Cap'' and ''Phantom Hourglass'' she's petrified.
* WhiteMagic: Her powers are almost always defined as divine in origin, [[spoiler:which is revealed in ''Skyward Sword'' to be attributed to her divine heritage]].
* TheWisePrincess: Triforce of Wisdom, natch.
** WiseBeyondHerYears: Whether as a child, a teenager or a young adult, Zelda is always much wiser than her age would imply.
* {{Xenafication}}: Initially just a DamselInDistress, later games made her a [[InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja ninja]], a [[PirateGirl pirate]], and ultimately ''a [[spoiler:goddess]].'' After ''Wind Waker,'' she's not as capable of Link but is able to competently assist him in battle by providing Light Arrow support fire. ''Skyward Sword'' even goes so far as to have her successfully infiltrate the Skyview Temple and get a good distance to the Earth Temple on her own.
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[[folder:Ganon/Ganondorf]]
!!!Voiced by: TakashiNagasako (''Ocarina of Time'', ''The Wind Waker''), Hironori Miyata (''Twilight Princess'')

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The Prince of Darkness, King of Evil, and ruler of the Dark World. Although his original appearance was more like a giant blue pigman, the 3D games gave him a human form when they established his StartOfDarkness. He is considered the main villain of the series. He holds the Triforce of Power and is the main villain for six games, and the [[HijackedByGanon final boss]] of a further two. He stated in ''Ocarina of Time'' that the Triforce of Power makes him immortal and this is reiterated in ''Twilight Princess''. The Sages attempted to execute him, but this awakens the Triforce of Power which keeps him alive. He ''can'' be weakened and sealed away, but as long as he has the Triforce of Power he cannot be permanently killed and will revive in strength. [[spoiler:The ending of TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword revealed that an incarnation of the Demon King Demise's hatred will always live on so long as incarnations of Zelda and Link continue to live on. And thus, Ganondorf exists as that incarnation of Demise's hatred as the main villain of the series, though there are a few other villains that serve that role as well]].

See also [[SelfDemonstrating/{{Ganon}} his self-demonstrating page]].

* AlternateSelf: The Ganondorfs seen in the Decline, Adult, and Child timelines are this to each other. In addition, he has an effeminate Lorule counterpart named Yuga.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: The Gerudo people all live in deserts, so it's probably [[JustifiedTrope justified]]. Ganondorf himself, however, is Ambiguously ''Green''.
* AnimalMotifs: Pigs and Boars.
* TheAntichrist: He is [[spoiler:the incarnation of hatred of [[GodOfEvil Demon King Demise]], who reincarnated himself into mortal form to match his rival, the goddess Hylia, and swore revenge on her and her champion.]]
* {{Archenemy}}: To more than half a dozen Links and Zeldas.
* ArtEvolution: Has gone from a pig man to a dark green skinned red head giant over the years.
* BackFromTheDead: This happened if you got a Game Over in ''The Adventure of Link''. Has presumably happened several times offscreen too.
** The linked ending of the ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames Oracle]]'' games features a Ganon revived from the dead. [[spoiler:He CameBackWrong, but still.]]
** [[spoiler: He is also briefly resurrected in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds A Link Between Worlds]]'' before being taken over by his AlternateSelf, Yuga.]]
* {{Badass}}: Massively so. In fact, Link's badassness is the only one that can match Ganondorf's own. No wonder he's TheHero.
** BadassBeard: In ''Wind Waker'' and ''Twilight Princess'' he's grown his sideburns into a short beard.
** BadassCape: Wears a cloak in human form ''Ocarina of Time'' and ''Twilight Princess'', and as Ganon in the games set in the Decline Era.
** BadassLongcoat: In ''Wind Waker'', and in his [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-G23eqYm9vCU/T0OqseTmzdI/AAAAAAAAC3Q/55SJoPFmqtY/s1600/ganny_oracles.jpg concept art]] for the ''Oracle'' games.
* BatmanGambit: In ''Ocarina Of Time'' he just waited for Link to pull out the master sword for him.
* BeardOfEvil: In ''Wind Waker'' and ''Twilight Princess''.
* BigBad: The main antagonist of the entire series and usually the main villain of each game, with a few exceptions.
** BiggerBad: He serves as this role if he has a [[TheDragon Dragon]] working for him (usually trying to resurrect him, like his surrogate mothers in the Oracle games) or if he is TheManBehindTheMan. In fact, there's a whole trope for this, and he is the TropeNamer: HijackedByGanon.
* 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 ''The Wind Waker.''
* 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.
* DarkIsEvil
* DarkSkinnedRedhead: Due to his Gerudo heritage.
* DemonicPossession: He uses this on Zelda in ''Twilight Princess'' and it is implied that he did so on Agnahim in ''ALinkToThePast''.
* DesertBandits: He was the king of a tribe of these.
* DimensionLord: In the Decline timeline he was sealed away in the Sacred Realm and conquered it, turning it into the Dark World.
* DualWield: Does this in ''Ocarina of Time'' and ''The Wind Waker''.
* EvilIsBigger: He's ''seven and a half feet tall!'' And that's just in his human form.
* EvilIsHammy: Ganondorf is prone to laughing menacingly while bragging about how powerful he is.
* EvilLaugh: Almost a VerbalTic in ''Ocarina of Time''.
* EvilOnlyHasToWinOnce: Let's face it, if he gains the Triforce, it's game over for Link and Zelda, and all of Hyrule.
* EvilOverlord: Overlaps with EvilSorcerer and SorcerousOverlord.
* EvilTowerOfOminousness: Ganon's Tower is his base of operations in several games.
* ForTheEvulz: Depending on the game, especially ''Ocarina of Time'' and ''Twilight Princess'', he enjoys the evil he causes.
* FreudianExcuse: It's revealed in ''Wind Waker'' that he was jealous of Hyrule's prosperity while his people were reduced to thievery in the desert, and claims that is the reason he initially invaded.
** GreenEyedMonster: Specifically, his being destined to be the king of a barren desert before seeing the fertility and peace of Hyrule.
** It's even worse than that: It is implied in ''Skyward Sword'' that [[spoiler:Ganon is the incarnation of the ancient Demon King Demise's hatred after the latter was defeated by the first Link.]] In other words, Ganon really had no other chance of being anything but evil.
* FullBoarAction: His Ganon form, especially in ''Ocarina of Time'' and ''Twilight Princess''.
* GeniusBruiser: He's usually an incredibly powerful sorceror, and also a powerful warrior, with weapons or [[SuperSmashBros without]].
* 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.
* GodInHumanForm: Much like how Zelda is [[spoiler:the mortal incarnation of Hylia]], Ganon is the [[spoiler:reincarnation of Demise, specifically the incarnation of his hatred, destined to fight the bloodlines of Link and Zelda forever.]]
* HasTwoMommies: He was brought up by the Twinrova, two witches.
* HellishHorse: In ''Twilight Princess'' he rides one with ''glowing red eyes.''
* HijackedByGanon: TropeNamer, and he's been at it for [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames five]] [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaFourSwordsAdventures games]] [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess and]] [[VideoGame/HyruleWarriors counting]].
* HonorBeforeReason: A rare villainous example: During the final fight in ''Wind Waker'', Ganondorf, after being hit by enough Light Arrows, approaches Tetra, and, instead of stabbing her, puts away his sword and simply backhands her. Also, he seems to have a habit of, whenever knocking down Link, waiting until he gets back up before he resumes his attack or does a finishing blow.
* HumanoidAbomination: He was once simply the king of the desert-dwelling Gerudo tribe, although a powerful sorcerer nevertheless. After acquiring the Triforce, however, he became something much, ''much'' worse. [[spoiler:He is also the reincarnation the primordial Demon King Demise and a manifestation of his hatred towards Zelda and Link.]]
* {{Immortality}}: He is the only bearer of a Triforce piece that remains the same being from appearance to appearance for this reason. It's strongly implied that Link and Zelda's spirits are reincarnated from each passing generation instead.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: A variation occurs in both ''Ocarina of Time'' and ''Wind Waker'' in terms of the finishing blows: in the former, Link, after Ganondorf was pinned down by Zelda, slices Ganondorf's face and then delivers the final blow by impaling his mouth, and in the latter, Ganon attempts to do a last-ditch attack on Link, Link parries it, gains enough air, and then does a downward thrust through Ganondorf's head. Played completely straight in ''Twilight Princess'' with Link's finishing blow against him going right through the wound left by the Sages' Sword.
* JokerImmunity: Despite dying on-screen several times, he usually finds a way back in time for the next game. The Triforce of Power is attributed for most if not all of these returns.
* KnightOfCerebus: When he appears in a 3D game, he typically ends up darkening the plot.
* KilledOffForReal: The original Ganondorf was killed by Link at the end of ''Twilight Princess'' due to the Triforce of Power, the source of his immortality, abandoning him. [[spoiler:However, as per Demise's DyingCurse in ''Skyward Sword'', he is reincarnated as the Ganondorf seen in ''Four Swords Adventures''.]]
* LargeHam: In various games. Bonus points for, as Ganon, making it [[FullBoarAction as literal as possible]].
* LaughingMad: His reaction to the waves coming down on Hyrule from the Hyrulean King's wish to the Triforce in ''Wind Waker''.
* LegacyCharacter: Averted. According to official canon, all of the Ganons and Ganondorfs seen throughout the series are the original one from ''Ocarina of Time'' resurrected or unsealed. The exception is the ''Four Swords'' incarnation, who is a reincarnation rather than a resurrection.
* {{Leitmotif}}: He even played it on his organ one time, while waiting for Link to arrive.
* LightningBruiser: In ''Wind Waker'' and ''Twilight Princess'', he does away with taking on Link with spells from afar and fighting as the MightyGlacier Ganon and proves to be an astonishingly agile opponent while still being bigger and stronger than Link and {{Stone Wall}}ing all but the most advanced sword attacks. Even when he is Ganon in ''Twilight Princess'', he's incredibly agile, and turns human for the final battle.
* MagicKnight: He not only possesses powerful magic, but is also unbelievably strong and skilled with melee weapons.
* NighInvulnerability: [[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]].
* OlderAndWiser: His depiction in ''Wind Waker'', having had a ''lot'' of time to think about things. He still wants to claim the Triforce and take over Hyrule, but he's become more philosophical and explains his original motives.
* TheOneGuy: To his entire ''race''. Ganondorf is the male Gerudo born once every one hundred years, which is his claim to his title as king.
* OneWingedAngel: His boar-like beast form, Ganon. The 2D games have him in this form all of the time.
* OrcusOnHisThrone: Possesses the Triforce of Power, is a spectacularly skilled sorcerer and swordsman, easily mows down any and all (non-Links) who oppose him, is ''immortal''... and he generally waits around for the latest incarnation of the Hero to level up at the expense of his minions rather than deal with any potential threat himself.
* PigMan: The rare BigBad example of this trope. Precisely how piggish he looks tend to vary from game to game; he tends to be more pig-like in the 2d games, probably to match his iconic {{Mook}}s, the moblins (who tend to see-saw between pigmen and bulldog-men themselves). His ''Ocarina of Time'' and ''Twilight Princess'' incarnations are the least piggish-looking, with the former being a hulking demonic BeastMan with a piggish nose and the latter looking like a swinishly snouted, tusked hybrid of lion and ape.
* PhysicalGod: Almost literally, as he (usually) wields the Triforce of Power, which amplifies his own abilities immeasurably, ''and'' [[spoiler:is the reincarnation of the Demon King Demise]].
* PlanetOfCopyhats: In the backstory of ''A Link to the Past'', he is said to be a masterful thief on account of how he came by the Triforce. Thievery ends up being one of the main defining features of the Gerudo.
* ThePowerOfHate: He embodies the [[spoiler:dying curse that Demise set on the descendants of the first Link and Zelda, in which that an incarnation of his hatred is destined to forever fight all of their descendants.]]
** [[spoiler:Makes him transform into Ganon for the final boss fight in Ocarina in tandem with the Triforce of Power.]]
* {{Pride}}: What really keeps undoing Ganondorf again and again is his extreme arrogance. While he has recognized Link's skill on several occasions, the King of Evil refuses to believe that the Hero is a match for him no matter how much the latter accomplishes.
* 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.
* RaisedByGrandparents: Sort of. WordOfGod is that he was raised by [[HasTwoMommies the witches Twinrova]].
* SacredBowAndArrows: In more recent titles, the honor of wielding the Light Arrows has passed from Link to her.
* ScaryBlackMan: Though more along the lines of [[AmbiguouslyBrown Ambiguously Green]], his skin is dark enough to give off a ScaryBlackMan vibe.
* SealedEvilInACan: At the end of ''Ocarina of Time'' and in the backstory of the Decline timeline he's sealed into the Sacred Realm, and at the end of ''Four Swords Adventures'' he's sealed inside the Four Sword.
* SinisterSchnoz: As part of his Gerudo heritage, he has a long nose.
* StalkerWithoutACrush: To every Zelda he meets. He only desires her for the Triforce of Wisdom she carries.
* StayingAlive: Several games imply or outright state it is due to the Triforce of Power making him immortal.
* TakeOverTheWorld: His main goal in claiming the Triforce i conquering Hyrule.
* TennisBoss: In ''Ocarina of Time'' and [[spoiler:while possessing Zelda]] in ''Twilight Princess''.
* TragicVillain: Comes across as this in Wind Waker.
* TheUnchosenOne: Unlike Link and Zelda, Ganondorf was not chosen to receive the Triforce of Power, but has become as linked to it as his counterparts are to their pieces. TheChosenOne who got screwed over as a result has never been identified.
* UnexplainedRecovery: He has died. He has also appeared, perfectly healthy, in games that are chronologically some time after the game in which he has died.\\
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According to ''[[AllThereInTheManual Hyrule Historia]]'', Ganon returns in the original ''The Legend of Zelda'' (after ''A Link to the Past'') without hinting he had died before in games which at the time weren't released. Due to the ambiguity of what happens in-between, how he inexplicably recovers is unknown.\\
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Several of the games, including ''Ocarina of Time'', strongly imply if not outright state it is due to the Triforce of Power making him immortal. In ''Twilight Princess'', the original Ganondorf is finally slain... only to [[{{Reincarnation}} reincarnate]] in time for the next chronological game.
* VillainsNeverLie: In ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker Wind Waker]]'''s NewGamePlus, Link receives the "Hero's New Clothes", which are invisible to everyone but the honest. Ganondorf can see them just fine.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Revealed to have started off as one before his rise to power in ''Wind Waker'', with his intention of freeing the Gerudo from the deserts. As to this, the monster he eventually became is a result of MotiveDecay, justified as him going mad with power.
** WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Thanks to ''Skyward Sword'' and ''Wind Waker'', he also comes across as this. He pretty much wanted to make life better for the Gerudo, but ended up falling hard down the DarkSide, and in ''Wind Waker'' at least, it's even implied that he might have regretted his crimes. In addition, since he was predestined to become the reincarnation of Demise's hatred, he also literally never had any choice in regards to whether he could become good. Heck, in ''Ocarina of Time'' and ''Twilight Princess'', Zelda and Link even pitied him.
* WickedCultured: In ''Ocarina of Time'' he's playing his own theme song on an organ while Link progresses through his lair.
* XanatosGambit: In two games.
** ''Ocarina of Time''. It doesn't matter who opens the Gate of Time, he'll still get a Triforce piece.
** ''Wind Waker''. The Master Sword is the only weapon that can defeat him, but freeing it gives him his full powers back.
** 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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[[folder:The Golden Goddesses]]
!! The Golden Goddesses

The divine creators of Hyrule, Din, Nayru, and Farore. In ancient times they descended to the chaos that was the world at the time, created the known world and the creatures within it, and then departed, leaving the Triforce at the point in the world they left it. The Goddesses have never directly appeared in a ''Zelda'' title outside of flashbacks to their creation of the world, but creatures named for them and artifacts bearing their power frequently appear.

!! Din

Goddess of Power, represented by fire, the color red, and the Goron race. She created Hyrule itself, shaping the earth and the mountains.

* AmbiguouslyEvil: Seeing as how her part of the Triforce is the one that is taken by Ganondorf, some fans have suggested Din is actively playing for his side and granting him her favor.
* ColorCodedCharacters: Is usually represented by red, sometimes orange.
* FreudianTrio: The Id, being associated with fire and power, and Ganondorf, who wields her part of the Triforce, is the power-hungry BigBad.
* PlayingWithFire: Is said to have created Hyrule with her "strong, flaming arms", and is generally associated with fire, such as Din's Fire and Death Mountain.

!! Nayru

Goddess of Wisdom, represented by water, the color blue, and the Zora race. After Din created the land of Hyrule, Nayru breathed her wisdom onto it, creating the laws of space-time.

* ColorCodedCharacters: Is usually represented by blue, sometimes violet or purple.
* DeflectorShields: The spell associated with her, Nayru's Love, creates an energy barrier to protect the user.
* FreudianTrio: The Superego, being associated with water and wisdom, and Zelda, who wields her part of the Triforce, is the wise and peaceful ruler of Hyrule.
* MakingASplash: Is associated with Water via the Zora's Sapphire and similar artifacts.
* TimeMaster: Being that she's implied to have created the laws of physics (''Ocarina of Time'' says she "gave the spirit of law to the land"), it is thought that she may be the Goddess of Time often spoken of but never named. Additionally, the oracle that bears her name has the power to control time.

!! Farore

Goddess of Courage, represented by the forests and the wind, the color green, and the Kokiri and Deku races. Once Nayru created the law of the land, Farore created life itself, all creatures and plantlife.

* ColorCodedCharacters: Is usually represented by green.
* FlashStep: Farore's Wind, the spell associated with her, allows the user to teleport.
* FreudianTrio: The Ego, by virtue of being associated with Link, who defeats Ganondorf, rescues Zelda, and restores balance to the land in the process with a combination of wisdom and power.
* HeroicSpirit: It's implied that while Zelda gets great wisdom and Ganondorf great power, the Triforce of Courage grants Link this trope. Being the Goddess of Courage, it only makes sense.
* GreenThumb: Is the spirit of nature.
* WindIsGreen: Is associated with Wind, and her spell in ''Ocarina of Time'', Farore's Wind, is green.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:Secondary Villains]]
!!Dark Link/Shadow Link

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Link's {{Doppelganger}} who first appeared as "Shadow Link" in ''Zelda II: The Adventure of Link'' as the surprise final boss created by a wizard to test Link. He's something of a popular character with the fandom despite his infrequent appearances and lack of characterization. He appears most notably in ''Ocarina of Time'' as the mini-boss in the [[DownTheDrain Water Temple]], and in ''Four Swords Adventures'' as a RecurringBoss.

There are many different Dark Links, just as there are many different Links. The character is alternately known as Shadow Link (in ''The Adventure of Link'' and ''Four Swords Adventures'') and Dark Link (in ''Ocarina of Time'', ''Oracle of Ages'', and ''Twilight Princess''); it is unknown if there are any meaningful differences between the two names. In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds'', you can fight a Shadow Link in Street Pass battles. They represent other players you pass and are equipped with up to two of the items they have.

* BigBulkyBomb: He throws humongous bombs at you several times during ''Four Swords Adventures.'' Can also use them in ''A Link Between Worlds'' should an opposing player equip them with one.
* TheBlank: In many of his appearances he has no facial features except for glowing red eyes, and sometimes not even that.
* BonusBoss: In the GameBoyAdvance version of ''A Link to the Past'' and in ''Spirit Tracks.''
* DegradedBoss: In ''Oracle of Ages'', Veran can create Dark Links as easily defeated {{Mooks}}.
* {{Doppelganger}}: He is an evil, jet-black clone of Link.
* EvilTwin: He is identical to Link... except made of shadows.
* EnemyWithout: In ''Zelda II'', he is explicitly seen jumping out of Link, and in ''Hyrule Warriors'' manifests out of Link's shadow.
* FearfulSymmetry: One of his favorite combat tactics in boss battles.
* FightingAShadow: In ''Four Swords Adventures,'' he retreats into the DarkWorld whenever you beat him.
* FinalBoss: In ''The Adventure of Link'', he is the final boss.
* LegacyCharacter: Each Dark Link is a different character and has a different explanation for their existence. In ''Zelda II'', Link's shadow is a test of worthiness for the Triforce of Courage. In ''Ocarina of Time'', Dark Link is a spell cast by Ganon. In ''Four Swords Adventures'', Shadow Link is a creation of the Dark Mirror and a manifestation of the original Ganondorf's hatred for Link.
* MirrorBoss: In ''Ocarina of Time'' he mirrors the opponents' attacks.
* PaintItBlack: In ''The Adventure of Link'', ''Ocarina of Time'', and the ''Four Swords'' games, he's jet-black,
* RedEyesTakeWarning: In ''Ocarina of Time'' and ''Twilight Princess'' he has glowing red eyes.
* SequentialBoss: In ''A Link to the Past''
* ThePowerOfHate: The Shadow Link seen in ''Four Swords Adventures'' is a manifestation of the original Ganondorf's hatred towards Link.
* TheTrickster: In ''Four Swords Adventures'', he and his clones play malicious tricks on Link.
* WhiteHairBlackHeart: He is given white hair in his ''Twilight Princess'' incarnation.

!!Twinrova

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The twin sisters Koume and Kotake, who were Ganondorf's adopted parents in ''Ocarina of Time.'' They presumably taught him his dark magical abilities and set him on his StartOfDarkness. Koume uses fire magic and Kotake uses ice magic. Their FusionDance forms a composite being that can use both. They were later seen trying to revive Ganon in the ''Oracle'' series. Interestingly, their AlternateUniverse counterparts in ''Majora's Mask'' are good guys who run a potion shop and tour boat in southern Termina.

* CrystalBall
* TheDragon: The twin sisters were Ganondorf's adopted parents. That probably explains a lot.
* DualBoss: You fight both witches at the same time, they eventually fuse together.
* ElementalRockPaperScissors
* EvilMatriarch
* EvilOldFolks
* HotWitch: When fused.
* FlyingBroomstick
* FusionDance
* UnexplainedRecovery: In the ''Oracle'' series.
* WickedWitch

!!Vaati

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The main villain of the ''Four Swords'' sub-series. The backstory from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaFourSwords'' told of how a young hero imprisoned him in the titular Four Sword and how he escaped when the seal weakened. ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheMinishCap'' is his StartOfDarkness, explaining how he used the power of the Minish Cap to transform himself into a human sorcerer, and later a giant eyeball-cloud.

* TheArchmage: Vaati displays incredible magical prowess.
* BigBad: He plays this role in ''The Minish Cap'' and ''Four Swords.''
* BlowYouAway: Being a wind mage in his later games, his attacks based on wind can send Link flying.
* CurbStompBattle: Vaati won the tournament decisively and then went on to humiliate the soldiers of Hyrule in the beginning of ''The Minish Cap''.
* TheDragon: To Ganon in ''Four Swords Adventures''. Although he was most likely manipulated.
* EnfantTerrible: Even though his age is never mentioned, it's pretty obvious that he wasn't an adult in his human and his original Minish form, since his human artwork makes him barely taller than Link and his Minish-sprite is even smaller than that of a regular Minish. Additionally, he's so cute in these two forms that you wouldn't know he's a villain unless someone told you... Of ''course'' the knights of Hyrule suspected nothing when a young boy signed up for the tournament...
* EvilSorcerer
** MeaningfulName: "Vaati" resembles "Venti", the Italian word for "Winds".
*** Vaati's Japanese name, "Gufū", translated into English means "tornado".
* FacelessEye
* GigglingVillain: He laughs like the Happy Mask Salesman.
* {{Greed}}: One of the guards describes Vaati as greedy when the latter is impersonating the king in ''The Minish Cap''.
* 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
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: The plot probably wouldn't have been kickstarted after he revealed his true colors had he deduced that [[spoiler:Zelda was carrying the Light Force he was seeking]], and thus not [[TakenForGranite turned Zelda into stone.]]
* OneWingedAngel: A humungous floating eyeball-cloud.
** {{Oculothorax}}
* OlderThanHeLooks: At least after ''Minish Cap'', Vaati is immortal and all of his appearances are the same character.
* PeekABangs: Apparently he doesn't even use that eye, since he ditches it when he goes OneWingedAngel.
* Really700YearsOld: At least in ''Four Sword Adventures'', which is the last game in the timeline it appears in and has the same Vaati as the one from ''Minish Cap'', which is one of the earliest games in the timeline.
* RedEyesTakeWarning
* RobeAndWizardHat
* SealedEvilInACan: Vaati releases all the monsters within the Bound Chest when he shatters the Picori Blade. He later becomes the sealed evil when he is imprisoned within the Four Sword.
* StayingAlive: Each appearance by Vaati is the same character who has managed to live across several generations.
* SwordOfPlotAdvancement: He unleashes numerous monsters by destroying the Picori Blade. Fixing and upgrading the weapon is necessary to navigate through the world and ultimately to defeat Vaati.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Recurring (Legacy) Characters]]

!!Impa

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Impa is a name given to each Zelda's nursemaid. However, each character with the name are very different from one another.

* ActionGirl: In some incarnations, she seems less a nanny and closer to a bodyguard. In general, Impa is either a young Sheikah not unlike a ninja, or she's an old and possibly portly woman. [[spoiler:In ''SkywardSword'', she's both.]]
** Even the elderly version from the NES games managed to escape capture and survive monster attacks long enough to find Link.
* AllThereInTheManual: She never made an on-screen appearance until ''[[CanonDiscontinuity Wand of Gamelon]]''[=/=]''Ocarina of Time.'' In the NES games, she only showed up in the manuals.
* CoolOldLady: When she isn't a young {{Ninja}}, she comes across as this.
* DemotedToExtra: According to the ''Hyrule Historia'', originally Ganon was just the bad guy and it was Link, Zelda, and Impa forming a PowerTrio that protected Hyrule. Then ''Ocarina of Time'' came around and Ganon became the third member of the trinity.
* LegacyCharacter: One who actually looks different in each of her incarnations, having been everything from a [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI feeble]] [[VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink old]] [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds lady]], a [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime muscular warrior]], an [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames overweight middle-aged woman]], and a [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword tall, thin ninja]] ([[spoiler:as a young woman, that is. We also meet her when she's much older and a MiniatureSeniorCitizen]]).
* MsExposition: She always explains the backstory. Even back when she only appeared in the manual, her role was still primarily to explain the backstory. In fact, according to WordOfGod, her name is derived from the word "impart" because she imparts the legend of Zelda.
* ParentalSubstitute: Most games have her as this to Zelda, due to her parents rarely being mentioned.
* TeamMom: She's Zelda's nursemaid.
* {{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.

!!Kaepora Gaebora

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The wise old owl who shows up in ''Ocarina of Time,'' ''Majora's Mask'', and ''Four Swords Adventures.'' A similar owl also appeared in ''Link's Awakening,'' but was not named. He appears to give the player hints as to where to go next and what to do. However, his long-winded text conversations and ExpositionBreak manner of speaking made him annoying in any playthrough but the first one. [[spoiler:According to WordOfGod, he's actually Rauru from ''Ocarina of Time''.]]

* ExpositionBreak: "Would you like me to repeat that?"
* ExpositionFairy
* {{Expy}}: Of the owl from ''Link's Awakening''.
* GiantFlyer
* TheOwlKnowingOne
* ShallIRepeatThat: Probably the most famous example.

!!The Seven Sages

A group of people with special powers that they use to support Link and Zelda - usually after [[DistressedDamsel Link has to rescue them]]. The title of Sage is a hereditary one and the identities of the Sages change with each game they're in, though Zelda is usually considered one and if Impa is in a game with Sages in it, then she's one too.

* ChekhovsGunman: In ''Ocarina of Time'' and ''Link Between Worlds'', you meet each of the Sages (except for Rauru) in the early parts of the game long before you (or even ''they'') realize they ''are'' a Sage.
* DistressedDamsel: Ganon and other bad guys usually target the Sages and imprison them at the beginning of the game, forcing Link to rescue them. Some of them are {{Distressed Dude}}s instead, but "damsel" is more common (''Link to the Past'' and ''Four Swords Adventures'' specifically make them the Seven ''Maidens'').
* {{Expy}}: The Lokomo fill the role of the Sages in ''Spirit Tracks''.

!!Malon

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This is the girl from Lon Lon Ranch in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]],'' who also appeared as a minor NPC in most other games, from ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames Oracle of Seasons]]'' to ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheMinishCap The Minish Cap]].'' She's the one who gives Link his horse, Epona.

* EscortMission: In ''Four Swords Adventures''. In Majora's Mask, you can help her Expies in two different escort missions.
* {{Expy}}: Of Marin from ''LinksAwakening''. She herself does have ''two'' 1:1 Expies in ''MajorasMask'', 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 Farm Girl]]
* FriendToAllLivingThings
* MissingMom: Like Marin, she has only her dad. However, her counterparts in ''Majora's Mask'' have both parents deceased.
* TheNicknamer: In ''Ocarina of Time'', Malon refers to Link as "Fairy Boy" because he's dressed like a Kokiri. In ''Majora's Mask'', Romani refers to Link as "Grasshopper" because he dresses in green and patters about. In ''Link's Awakening'', Marin along with everyone else will refer to Link as "THIEF" if you steal from the village shop.
* PutOnABus: Her last appearance in a Zelda title, not counting the remake of ''Ocarina of Time'', was ''Minish Cap'' in 2005. Even ''Link Between Worlds'', which references Lon Lon Ranch, makes no mention of her and doesn't even have the ranch itself appear.
* UglyGuysHotDaughter: Inherited this from Marin. Her dad always looks like Mario.

!!Talon

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The owner of Lon Lon Ranch and Malon's father. He's good-natured, but somewhat lazy. He shows up in every game that Malon does.

* BumblingDad
* {{Expy}}: Of Tarin from ''LinksAwakening'' and by extension, of [[SuperMarioBros Mario]]. It seems he gets more Mario like with each successive game. In ''Link's Awakening'', Tarin's sprite looked a lot like Mario, but his character art was somewhat different. In ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'' he has the blue overalls and red shirt. In ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames Oracle of Seasons]]'', he has Mario's "M" logo on his hat, Mario's exact mustache, sideburns, nose, ears, and eyes. He even gives Link a mushroom as part of the [[ChainOfDeals trading sequence]].
* HeavySleeper: A FetchQuest in ''Ocarina of Time'' and ''Oracle of Seasons'' involves finding an item to wake him up.
* LazyBum
* ShipperOnDeck: In ''Ocarina of Time'' he talks about Link marrying Malon when they grow up.
* SleepyHead: Frequently found napping during the day.

!!Great Deku Tree

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The guardian spirit of the Kokiri tribe in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'' and the guardian of the Forest Haven in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker The Wind Waker]].'' He is cursed by Ganondorf at the beginning of ''Ocarina,'' and dies shortly after Link breaks the curse. A new Deku Tree grows in his place when Link is an adult, who tells Link that he is a Hylian and not a Kokiri. This is the Deku Tree that later features in ''The Wind Waker.''

* {{Expy}}: The Maku Trees of the ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames Oracle]]'' games are Expies of him.
* FisherKing: Once the Deku Tree dies, Kokiri Forest [[IncrediblyLamePun goes to seed.]]
* GeniusLoci
* LegacyCharacter
* NatureSpirit
* WorldTree

!!Tingle

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The goofy-looking man who rides around by tying a balloon to his belt, floating in the air drawing maps. He first meets Link in ''MajorasMask,'' where he's jealous that Link has a FairyCompanion, because he thinks that he's the reincarnation of a fairy. He later appears in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker The Wind Waker]],'' where he charges 398 Rupees apiece to translate the Triforce Charts. With 8 of them in the game, it's understandable why gamers would hate this obvious MoneySink mechanic.

* BunnyEarsLawyer: Despite his eccentricities, he is a skilled cartographer and in ''Wind Waker'' you can't beat the game without his help.
* CatchPhrase: "Kooloo-Limpah!"
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: He's a 35-year-old ballooning map salesman who thinks he's a fairy.
* {{Gonk}}
* IntrepidMerchant
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: It's probably just a coincidence, but he does look kinda like Creator/{{Nintendo}}'s own Creator/KojiKondo.
* SpinOff: ''FreshlyPickedTinglesRosyRupeeland''.

!!Epona

Link's trusty steed. Link either has to obtain Epona from a ranch or starts with Epona from the beginning of the game, although in that case, it's guaranteed that Epona will soon run off, and Link has to find her again.

* AutomatonHorse: She never requires any sort of care, other than the meter that prevents unlimited spurring to full gallop.
* TheCameo: Appears as a carthorse in ''MinishCap'', pulling the Lon Lon Ranch goods to market. If you speak to her while Minish-sized, she'll ask you to buy some milk to lighten her load.
* CoolHorse
* HorsebackHeroism: For Link.
* HorseJump: Epona is required to jump numerous fences (some actually more than [[InsurmountableWaistHighFence waist high]]) and even a chasm.
* HorseRacing: In ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'' and ''MajorasMask''.
* [[InvulnerableHorses Invulnerable Horse]]: She's completely impervious to enemy damage, to the point that trampling foes is a highly effective tactic. Her supposed injury at the beginning of ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'' [[GameplayAndStorySegregation does not hinder her in any way]], though in that game, Link can hurt while riding her.
* MeaningfulName: She's named after [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epona Epona]], a [[CelticMythology Celtic]] fertility goddess and protector of horses.
* PowerupMount: In all her major appearances.
* RearingHorse: With some victory close-ups in ''Twilight Princess''.
* SprintShoes: Her primary purpose is to get Link to places more quickly than running.

!!Beedle
A traveling salesman with some form of mobile shop in each game he shows up in save ''Minish Cap''.

* ExactWords: The Complimentary Cards in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker Wind Waker]]''. You don't get stuff for free (that would be a Compl'''e'''mentary Card), Beedle ''compliments'' you for being a good customer.
** Not as useless as it sounds. If you redeem these cards while currently injured, the compliments will heal you!
* HonestJohnsDealership: A mild case. His goods are quality and generally not overpriced, but there are still some shady business practices going on.
* IntrepidMerchant
* PaperThinDisguise: "Masked Beedle"
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[[folder:Recurring enemies and Mooks]]
!!Bokoblin and Moblin

Common mooks, particularly in later games. Designs have ranged from imp-like to bulldog-like to boar-like (this motif seems to be the most popular). Bokoblins are smaller and hinted to be smarter than the hulking Moblins. Bulblins are a more recent variation which ride giant boars called Bullbos.
* MiniMook: Miniblins. Their "da-na" noises will haunt your dreams.

* OurGoblinsAreDifferent[=/=]OurOrcsAreDifferent: On the scale between goblin and orc, the Miniblins are the most goblinish, 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]].

!!Octorok

An octopus (or squid in some cases) monster that shoots rocks from its snout. Notable for appearing in every single Zelda game, with the exception of ''Twilight Princess''.

* KingMook: Big Octos, usually found blocking paths.

!!Stalfos

A reanimated skeleton soldier. If you count the Stalchildren and Ikana Guards in ''Majora's Mask'', these enemies have appeared in more games than Octoroks.

* DemBones
** BallisticBone: Some variants throw them at you. These variants also have a nasty habit of jumping out of the way when you attack them with your sword.

!!Darknut and Iron Knuckle

Powerful knights with protective armor. The two, whilst similar, are implied to be separate species.

* AnAxToGrind: Iron Knuckles in ''Ocorina of Time'' wield axes as big as they are that take off four hearts (the max Link 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.
* BossInMookClothing / EliteMook: Darknuts and Iron Knuckles are always among the most difficult enemies you will encounter, and are frequently featured as mini-bosses.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: One Iron Knuckle was actually a kidnapped and enchanted woman. The Fridge Horror implications are... ominous.
* LightningBruiser: Despite their appearance, Darknuts are NOT slow, which is part of why they're so dangerous.
* MightyGlacier: Iron Knuckles, however, are very slow. They make up for this with the highest damage output of any enemy in the series, and by wielding particularly dangerous weapons, like a [[AnAxeToGrind giant axe]] or an EpicFlail.
* TurnsRed: In the 64 games, Iron Knuckles will lose they heavy armor after taking sufficient damage and speed up.

!!Wallmaster and Floormaster

Disembodied giant hands that like to send Link back to the dungeon's entrance (or a cell, in some cases).

* HelpingHands: Though the helping part comes in if you're actually TRYING to get to the dungeon entrance.
* MookBouncer: Easily the most infamous one in gaming history.
* WallMaster: The TropeNamer.

!!Armos

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

!!Gibdo and [=ReDead=]
Reanimated corpses (a mummy in the former case), with the former being in more games than the latter.
* BreakoutCharacter: Redeads were initially just another enemy in Ocarina of Time, but were featured alongside the series regular Like-Likes and Octoroks in SuperSmashBrosMelee
* EverythingsDeaderWithZombies
* {{Mummy}}: Gibdos.
* PersonalSpaceInvader: Both of them, but Redeads to a [[MemeticMolester memetic extent.]]

!!Ghini and Poe

Ghostly beings that usually can't be attacked by normal means, often requiring an item to make them vulnerable. The difference between the two is that Poes carry lanterns.
* OurGhostsAreDifferent
** BedsheetGhost: Ghinis are one-eyed versions of this.
** DisappearsIntoLight: Averted. Shining light on them gives them physical form to attack in ''VideoGame/TheWindWaker''.
** 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.

!!Peahat and Leever

A flying plant root that attacks with sharp leaves and cactus-like blobs found under sand.

!!Deku Baba

Man-eating venus flytrap-like plants. Comes in several different variations.

* Expy: In ''The Wind Waker'' they are replaced by Boko Babas.
** They're also similar to Piranha Plants from [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros another Nintendo series.]]
* ManEatingPlant

!!Like Like

A stomach-like blob monster that swallows Link and eats his shield and/or tunic.

* BanditMook: They don't do any damage when they attack, but they steal your shield when they do. There is a Variant known as rupee like who you guessed it, steal your rupees.
* EvilLawyerJoke: Although not referring to lawyers, SuperSmashBros reveals that Like Likes get their name from an old Hylian proverb: "Shield-eaters and world leaders have many likes alike".

!!Gohma

Arachnid monsters with a giant vulnerable eye.

* GoForTheEye: From shooting it in the original to pulling it closer to you so you can [[EyeScream slice it up with your sword]].

!!Tektite

A four-legged spider creature that gets around by hopping.

!!Keese

Pretty much the Zelda word for "bat". There are virtually no differences between a Keese and a bat, though the former is more likely to try and attack you.

!!Moldorm

A worm (or centipede) monster, usually with a vulnerable point on the rear segment.

* AttackItsWeakpoint: The giant versions have vulnerable tails.

!!Skulltula

Spider monsters with a skull motif on the back.

* GiantSpider: Definitely bigger than normal, and can be bigger than Link.

!!Wizzrobe

Wizardy enemies that attack with spells.

* BossInMookClothing: Easily the most dangerous regular enemies in the series besides Darknuts.
* FragileSpeedster/ SquishyWizard: Not too durable, but good luck catching up to them or surviving their magical onslaughts.
* TeleportSpam: [[GetBackHereBoss Fights with Wizzrobes often involve chasing them all over the room.]]

!!Bubble

Despite the name, these things are flaming disembodied skulls that normally curse Link when he touches it.

* DemBones
* InterfaceScrew: An effect they can have when they curse Link.

!!Chuchu

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.

* BlobMonster
* TheSpiny: Some Chuchu's are naturally electrical, forcing you to use measures beyond simply swinging your sword at it.

!!River Zora

River dwelling fishmen known to spit fireballs at anyone who trespasses their territories, not to be confused with their sleeker designed sea dwelling cousins.

* BreathWeapon: [[PlayingWithFire Fireballs]], they're basically fire-breathing fishmen.
* FishPeople

!!Beamos

A LivingStatue like Armos, but acts more like a sentry.

* EyeBeams: Really powerful too. Don't let it find you.
* GoForTheEye: Several games let you shoot the eyes.

!!Buzz Blob and Cukemen

A BlobMonster which shocks Link when attacked with the sword. Using certain items on it turns it into the mysterious Cukeman creature who spouts weird advice and FourthWallBreaking lines.

* BlackBeadEyes: When in Buzz Blob form.
* SphereEyes: When in Cukeman form.
* TalkativeLoon: When in Cukeman form.

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