-> Voiced by in Sound and Drama: Creator/HikaruMidorikawa
-> Voiced by in the GBA remake: Creator/FujikoTakimoto


This is the first Zelda game to introduce a new Link. At the start of the game, Link is a boy living with his uncle who receives a telepathic distress call from Princess Zelda. He also stars in [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames the Oracle games]] and ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening Link's Awakening]]''.

* AdaptationalDyeJob[=/=]YouGottaHaveBlueHair: His in-game sprite has pink hair, despite the official art showing him as blonde.
* {{Badass}}: He's a Link, this is pretty much a given. He travels Hyrule defeating all sorts of monsters and demons, including [[spoiler: Ganon powered by the entire Triforce]], and this particular one can wield the most powerful sword in the series.
* BalefulPolymorph: Link turns into a pink bunny if you go to the Dark World without the Moon Pearl.
* {{Bishonen}}: Updated to become one in artwork for the GBA version, in line with (but not to the extent of) other modern incarnations of Link.
* CoolSword
* {{Hammerspace}}: Link wouldn't be able to walk if he had to carry everything in his inventory.
* TheHero
* HeroicMime
* HeroWithBadPublicity: Kakariko Village has wanted posters for him due to the fact that he was framed for kidnapping Zelda after he rescued her from the castle's dungeon despite the fact it was Agahnim that did the kidnapping and put her in there to begin with.
* KidHero: Seems to be in his early- to mid-teens, and may be even younger if his ''Oracle'' artwork is anything to go by.
* KnightInShiningArmor: But not literally. He's a knight and everything but his armor seems to shine.
* LadyAndKnight: The Knight to Zelda's Lady.
* LastOfHisKind: Link and his Uncle are the last of the Hylian Knights.
** HeroicLineage
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: And there is plenty of shield to use with the Mirror Shield.
* ManaShield
* MoreThanMeetsTheEye: Outwardly Link is valiant, virtuous and embraces his lineage to battle evil. In the corrupted Golden Land, Link transforms into a reflection of the heart, a harmless pink rabbit. He cannot fight at all in this form, revealing Link is a [[ReluctantWarrior true pacifist]], utterly opposed to war and violence. Unlike what the monstrous Ganon transforms into.
* NiceHat
* PointyEars
* ProgressivelyPrettier: The GBA remake gives him a cuter and cleaner-looking anime-inspired design, with a smaller nose.
* {{Reincarnation}}: Possibly of the Link of [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]] after he was defeated in this timeline.
* SprintShoes: The Pegasus Boots.
* SwordOfPlotAdvancement: Link needs the Master Sword to defeat Agahnim. A good portion of the game is Link gathering the equipment necessary for him to claim the Master Sword.
* VagueAge: This Link's age is rather difficult to tell; he seems to be in his early to mid teens, but artwork for the ''Oracle'' games (placed after this one chronologically) makes him look a younger child similar to [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker Toon Link]]. It's possible that this wasn't planned in advance, as it wasn't established that this was the same Link until ''Hyrule Historia'' came along.
* VocalDissonance: The GBA version gives him Young Link's voice from ''Ocarina of Time'' (with said Link looking and sounding a couple of years younger than this one). [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]] due to the vagueness of his sprite artwork and the whole VagueAge issue thanks to ''Hyrule Historia''.
* TheVoiceless: It's a very rare occasion to hear Link speak.

!!Princess Zelda
-> Voiced by in ''BS Legend of Zelda: Ancient Stone Tablets'' and ''Sound and Drama'': Creator/MarikoKouda


* BarrierMaiden: As she is a descendant of one of the old Sages.
* CrystalPrison: Zelda is trapped in one for the first time in the series. The other Maidens are also trapped in crystal prisons as well.
* DamselInDistress
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses
* GuestStarPartyMember: During the opening sequence, you have to break Zelda out of prison and escape from Hyrule Castle with her.
* LadyAndKnight: The Lady to Link's Knight.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Zelda's Theme. This is its the first appearance in the series.
* LiveItem: After you beat Turtle Rock, you can see Zelda in your inventory screen in a crystal.
* PimpedOutDress: This game is one of the aversions for the series where in the official art, Zelda's standard clothes are rather plain. However, she does have a second outfit in the official art that fits this trope.
** ModestRoyalty: In this artwork.
* PlotCoupon: Zelda is actually one of the second set of plot coupons you have to collect and you can see her in your inventory screen in a crystal.
* PointyEars
* SaveThePrincess: Twice in the same game. Zelda starts out already kidnapped at the beginning of the game and you rescue her during the game's opening sequence. When you get the Master Sword after completing the first set of dungeons, Zelda gets kidnapped a second time and placed in a crystal.
* {{Telepathy}}: The CallToAdventure in the this game is Zelda contacting Link for help telepathically at the beginning of the game.



--> "Pestilence and drought, uncontrollable even by magic, ravaged the land. The king of Hyrule, after counsel with his sages, ordered an investigation of the Imprisoned Dark World (as the Golden land had come to be known) but the wise men's seal was apparently intact. He offered rewards for anyone who could find the source of these troubles. In answer to these summons a stranger named Agahnim came and quelled the disasters with a previously unseen form of magic." --The ''A Link to the Past'' manual

--> "Ho ho ho... With this, the seal of the seven sages is at last broken. It is now only a matter of time before evil power covers this land completely...After all, the legendary Hero cannot defeat us, the tribe of evil, when we are armed with the Power of Gold. Ho ho ho... Now, I must go!" -Agahnim

The main antagonist of ''A Link to the Past''. He is an EvilSorcerer who masterminded a plot to conquer Hyrule by appearing to be its savior. The king is naturally a HorribleJudgeOfCharacter and makes him his adviser. Through false allegiance and his powerful sorcery, he took control of Hyrule Castle and used the {{Brainwashed}} soldiers of Hyrule in order to pursue his objective. Agahnim seeks to banish 7 maidens descended from ancient sages to the DarkWorld so the seal placed by the sages can be broken. When the seal is broken, evil power will cover the land and an ancient threat will rule the world as it intended to long ago.

Unrivaled in terms of magical ability in all of Hyrule, in control of the nation's army and unable to be directly harmed even by the land's blade of legend, Agahnim appears to be unstoppable.

Eventually, one of the crystal maidens reveal that the ancient Prince of Darkness, Ganon, was behind him the whole time. [[spoiler:Except that it turns out Agahnim actually was an alter ego of Ganon that could exist in the Light World]].

* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: Agahnim is blue in the official artwork, but has a natural skin tone in-game.
* TheArchmage: Agahnim's magic solved the plagues of Hyrule when no other magic could. He would go on to perform great feats of sorcery, such as mass brainwashing, transporting himself and others between dimensions and utilizing powerful offensive spells.
* {{Badass}}: Agahnim does some very impressive feats of magic.
* BadPowersBadPeople: Summed up nicely in the below quote from the Prologue.
--> "A mysterious wizard known as Agahnim appeared as from nowhere [...] and with strange magic powers he eliminated the good king of Hyrule."
* BigBad
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: In the tie-in comic adaptation, Agahnim is very competent. He personally kills Link's uncle, believing him the only last descendant of the Knights of Hyrule that could wield the Master Sword. When he gets reports of Link retrieving the first Pendant, he realizes that Link might be of the bloodline as well, and immediately sends his soldiers out to apprehend Link and burn the library, which holds the Book of Madora that contains the knowledge needed to retrieve the next Pendant.
* DiscOneFinalBoss: [[spoiler:Or at least his Agahnim form.]]
* DopplegangerAttack: Used in the second fight with him.
* TheDragon: Agahnim to Ganon. [[spoiler:Subverted later when it is revealed Agahnim is Ganon's alter ego.]]
* EvilChancellor: Well, he did betray the king he acted as an adviser for by outright murdering him.
* EvilGenius: Agahnim's knowledge of sorcery is the key to his power and his plan to imprison the Maidens in the Dark World does succeed despite Link's efforts to stop him.
* EvilPlan: He plans to undo the Sages' seal. Zelda tells us he is very close to completing his plan right from the beginning of the game.
* EvilSorcerer: Arguably the best example in the ''Legend of Zelda'' series.
* FakeKing: Agahnim used this position and his powers to complete his objectives. This did not go entirely unnoticed as one castle guard commented, "After Agahnim took over, everyone began to act strangely."
* FisherKingdom: Subverted. We see Agahnim cross from Hyrule to the Dark World, a place which physically alters the appearance of everyone who does not have a Moon Pearl, and Agahnim does not change at all.
* GoodPowersBadPeople: Agahnim's powers saved Hyrule from drought and pestilence. Too bad he supplies the image for the EvilSorcerer Page.
* ImprovisedWeapon: The game says the Master Sword is the only thing which can defeat Agahnim. Skilled players can use the Bug Catcher's Net to reflect Agahnim's orb attack back at him, which is obviously NotTheIntendedUse of the item.
** This is also an AscendedGlitch with Link being able to use Bottles to reflect some of Ganondorf's attacks in ''Ocarina of Time'', ''Wind Waker'' and ''Twilight Princess''.
* LeakingCanOfEvil: [[spoiler: Agahnim is implied to be an alternate body for Ganon which allows him to exist in the Light World, but has limited powers due to the seal on him in the Dark World.]]
* LetNoCrisisGoToWaste: Agahnim's actions before the game started brought him much acclaim. He was famous for stopping a blaze and then he saved Hyrule from a rather mysterious pestilence and drought when no one else in the world could.
* MyDeathIsOnlyTheBeginning: Twice. Defeating him in Hyrule causes a portal to draw Link into the Dark World. When you defeat him in Ganon's Tower, he [[spoiler:sheds his disguise and exposes himself as Ganon]].
* NoblewomansLaugh: "Ho ho ho... Now, I must go!"
* NothingCanStopUsNow: The only person who can stop Agahnim is the Hero of legend. Agahnim seems to think not even the Hero can stop him and his tribe.
--> "After all, the legendary Hero cannot defeat us, the tribe of evil, when we are armed with the Power of Gold."
* NotQuiteDead: Link nearly kills Agahnim but the crafty sorcerer sends the hero to the Dark World before Link can finish the job.
* ThePawn: Agahnim is presented as being Ganon's pawn and is called such by the rescued Maiden in Misery Mire. [[spoiler:It turns out that Agahnim actually ''is'' Ganon, however, just with most of his power still sealed in the Dark World.]]
* PlayingWithFire: Nearly every attack [[spoiler: Ganon]] uses involve fire.
* PlotHole: [[spoiler: Is Agahnim a wizard who was possessed by Ganon from outside of the Dark World, or was he an alternate body created by Ganon who could escape the Dark World but with limited power? It's not explained very well in-game, but the manga uses the former explanation.]]
* PsychoElectro: One his attack is shooting electricity from his hands.
** This also applies if Link tries to attack Agahnim directly with the Master Sword. Link will get electrocuted for his trouble.
* RobeAndWizardHat: The hat isn't pointy but he has more than enough robe to make up for that.
* SealedGoodInACan: Agahnim is good at making these. He seals the 7 Maidens inside crystals.
* SealedEvilInACan: Agahnim works to break the seal of the sages. Doing so will unleash evil power across Hyrule.
* ShockAndAwe: [[http://www.zeldawiki.org/images/f/f9/Agahnim_vs_Link.png Agahnim can summon lightning from his hands]]. However, it's easy to dodge, which is good since unlike his other attacks it can't be deflected, because he only fires it when standing in the northern part of the room and he doesn't turn to aim it at Link like he does with his other 2 attacks, so Link can just move to the side of the room when he starts charging an attack on the northern side of the room.
* SinisterMinister: In the Japanese version, he was a priest. This was changed because Nintendo's localizes had not yet outgrown their aversion to using religious terminology and symbolism[[note]]in contrast to how ''Ocarina of Time'' was released after Nintendo did outgrow it, as the goddesses who created Hyrule are referred to as such in that game and Ganondorf refers to the Triforce as containing the power of the gods, just as the Japanese title of ''A Link to the Past'' did[[/note]].
* SuperPoweredAlterEgo: Superpowered in the sense of Agahnim being more magical, possibly due to [[spoiler:Ganon's location in the DarkWorld]].
* SwordOfPlotAdvancement: Agahnim is the reason this exists in the game.
* TacticalSuicideBoss: Despite having his one reflect-able attack used against him numerous times, Agahnim will continue to use it until he is defeated.
* TeleportSpam: Agahnim teleports after nearly every attack, making teleporting the most common move he uses in battle.
** [[spoiler: Ganon]] follows suite.
* TemptingFate: Agahnim confidently decrees, "After all, the legendary Hero cannot defeat us, the tribe of evil, when we are armed with the Power of Gold." By the end of the game, Link has done just that.
* TennisBoss: The series' very first occurrence of a tennis boss is the first fight against Agahnim.
* TreacherousAdvisor: For aiding Hyrule and its people, the King appointed Agahnim to be his chief adviser. Things didn't go well afterward (see below).
* TheUsurper: Agahnim gets rid of the king and makes Hyrule Castle his base of operations.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Link gets framed for kidnapping Zelda despite the fact that it was really this guy who at first simply locks her in the castle's dungeon, but later banishes her to the DarkWorld. Agahnim also has fame for ridding Hyrule of drought and pestilence.
* WakeUpCallBoss: So the bosses have been fairly easy up to this point. Just a few swipes of the sword and it was over. And now you have a better sword: the Master Sword, the sword of evil's bane. Too bad directly attacking Agahnim with it hurts ''Link'', not Agahnim.
* YouCantThwartStageOne: By the time Link bursts into his chamber, he's already sent Zelda away to another realm.
* YouKilledMyFather: The opening of the game strongly implies that Agahnim murdered Zelda's father upon usurping the throne (The king is shown as a skeleton, among other things). Was also indirectly responsible for the death of Link's Uncle, who served as a father figure to Link.



The elder of Kakariko Village and a descendant of one of the sages who sealed Ganon. He serves as Link's guide through the game, communicating with him through telepathic tiles (though it seems as though touching the tiles just notifies him of when his assistance is needed, because when Agahnim sends Link to the Dark World Sahasrahla telepathically communicates with Link regarding his current situation despite there being no tile in sight).

* AncientKeeper
* ButThouMust: When he asks you if you want to go find the Master Sword, your choices are "Yeah" and "Of course!"
* ExpositionFairy: Need help? Touch a special tile on the walls of dungeons and this guy is always there to help. You don't even need to be in the same world as him to do this!
* TheHermit: The most notable and significant example in the game. He leads Kakariko Village from afar.
* HermitGuru: He is called wise and shares his knowledge with Link when needed.
* HintSystem: Sahasrahla is good for a clue or two when Link gets stuck.
* MissionControl: Sahasrahla guides Link through his quest for the Master Sword.
* MrExposition
* TheObiWan
* {{Telepathy}}: He uses it often when talking to Link when they are not in the same area.
* VoiceWithAnInternetConnection

!! Link's Uncle
-> Voiced by in Sound and Drama: Creator/DaisukeGori


* AlmostDeadGuy: In the opening level.
* BackFromTheDead: In the ending.
* BadassMustache
* DeathByFallingOver: Those [[TheGoomba rats]] were just too much for your uncle to handle, although the game implies that he was killed in an ambush by Agahnim's forces. The tie-in comics elaborate that, because Link's uncle too was a descendant of the Knights of Hyrule, and thus a potential holder of the Master Sword, that Agahnim killed him personally.
* HeroicLineage
* KnightInShiningArmor
* MentorOccupationalHazard
* NoNameGiven: Averted in Sound and Drama, where he is given the name Alphon.
** UnnamedParent: ParentalSubstitute anyway.
* TheOrder: He was once a great knight of Hyrule.
* ParentalSubstitute
* SecretArt: Before he dies he teaches Link his signature SpinAttack which has been passed down their family.
* TakeUpMySword: He urges Link to do this as he dies.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: His in-game sprite.

!! Roam

A Manga-exclusive character. The descendent of another line of Hyrule Knights, he runs into Link in the Dark World. He's more focused on defeating Ganon than rescuing Zelda, and finds the idea that the immature and hotheaded Link could be the hero of legend laughable.

* ArcherArchetype: He's arrogant, he's a loner, and he's a crack shot with a crossbow.
* {{Badass}}
* BowAndSwordInAccord
* CanonForeigner: Only appears in the Manga.
* CursedWithAwesome: He considers the Dark World transformations an advantage -- when he fights he lets go of his emotional control to shapeshift into a humanoid eagle, gaining [[PowerGivesYouWings wings]].
* EleventhHourRanger: After a short encounter in the rubble of the Dark Palace, he reappears in the final issue to help Link rescue Zelda and fight Ganon.
* {{Expy}}: One of [[{{Cyborg 009}} Cyborg 002]], even moreso as both were created by ShotaroIshinomori.
* [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice]]: To save Zelda from Aghanim's doppelganger in Ganon's Tower.
* HotBlooded
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He's arrogant, snide and condescending, but he's still out to defeat Ganon and save the world.
* TheRival
* SinisterSchnoz: Which becomes his beak in his eagle form.
* TheUnchosenOne: Sorry Roam, but being a descentant of the Knights doesn't guarantee you a hero's destiny.
* WingedHumanoid