Tropes that describe the characters of ''Phantom Hourglass''. Be aware of '''unmarked spoilers''', especially in regards to the true identity of some of the main characters (such as the FinalBoss).

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!!Heroes
[[folder: Link]]
!!Link

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After losing Tetra to the mysterious Ghost Ship, this young hero embarks on an ocean-wide quest to free her, and later, the Ocean King.

He is the same Link from VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker. For more information on him, see [[Characters/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker this character sheet]].
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* AdaptationalWimp: He has a revamped backstory in the manga, and as a result does not have the combat experience he had in ''The Wind Waker''.
* {{Adorkable}}: Has several comic relief moments in spite of his heroism.
* BadassAdorable: His cuteness is matched by his high skill in battle and outsmarting Phantoms.
* BattleBoomerang: The player can direct it by drawing lines with the stylus.
* BowAndSwordInAccord: He gains a sword early in the game, and can gain a bow in the third dungeon. Both are crucial to defeating Bellum.
* ExperiencedProtagonist: Make no mistake, despite his goofy exterior this is the exact same Link who defeated Ganondorf.
* FlamingSword: After powering up Leaf, he can have his sword lit on fire.
* HeartbrokenBadass: He is devastated when he sees [[spoiler: that Tera has been turned to stone.]]
* HeroicMime: Usually, but he subverts it by shouting for Astrid over a wall.
* InfinityPlusOneSword: The Phantom Sword.
* KleptomaniacHero: As per usual with the incarnations of the hero, but Link starts his quest by swiping Oshus' sword from his hideaway.
* SpinAttack: After gaining the Swordsman's Scroll, he can perform three consecutive spin attacks before conducting the Great Spin Attack, which is as destructive and chaotic as it sounds.
* SwordBeam: He can use this technique after powering up Ciela.
* TimeStandsStill: By the end of the game, [[spoiler: he can use Ciela's Time Spheres to freeze time.]]
* UndyingLoyalty: To Tetra.
* WorthyOpponent: To Jolene.
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[[folder:Linebeck]]
!!Linebeck

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The captain of the steamship Link uses in ''Phantom Hourglass.'' He's a complete coward, and only agrees to help Link when he learns of the possible treasure involved. He provides most of the comic relief in the game.
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* AccidentalHero: He once saved Jolene from a sea monster by ramming it with his ship...when he was trying to escape.
* AdaptationalVillainy: [[spoiler:His manga incarnation abandoned his crew mates on the Ghost Ship.]]
* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: [[spoiler:His skin turns purple after [[FusionDance fusing]] with Bellum.]]
* BadassMustache: He has a slight one, and even before meeting Link he was an experienced sailor who was willing to run into the life-draining Temple of the Ocean King.
* BossRemix: When he [[spoiler:becomes possessed by Bellum]], the boss music is a remix of his leitmotif.
* CharacterDevelopment: Notably. He goes from a greedy, cowardly crook to [[spoiler:saving Link and Tetra from Bellum, then giving up his original goal of treasure so he can get his ship back.]]
* CoolBoat: He ends up treasuring his S.S. Linebeck more than the riches he's pursuing.
* CowardlyLion: After some Character Development.
* CowardlySidekick: He never accompanies Link during his adventures in the dungeons or the islands.
* DemonicPossession: [[spoiler:He becomes the final boss under the influence of Bellum.]]
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: [[spoiler:He rescues Link and Tetra from Bellum by stabbing it in the tentacle with the Phantom Sword. He then gets possessed by Bellum in retaliation.]]
* {{Expy}}: He bears resemblance to a certain [[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Captain Jack Sparrow.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:In the manga, after being possessed by Bellum, he attempts suicide so he won't be able to hurt Link. The only thing that stops him is one of Ciela's Time Spheres.]]
* IdenticalGrandson: Linebeck III is this to him in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks.''
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Despite his mean-spirited and cowardly attitude, he is a good person at heart. Good luck getting him to show it.
* LegacyCharacter: As of ''Spirit Tracks'', he has a descendant living in New Hyrule (Linebeck III).
* LovableCoward: He's incredibly cowardly, but he's also very endearing at the same time.
%%* MilesGloriosus
* PrimaryColorChampion: He wears a blue coat with a red scarf. It takes a bit of CharacterDevelopment, but he finally lives up to the heroism that these two colors imply.
* PsychoExGirlfriend: You're being chased by his ex Jolene throughout the game, and are forced to fight her if she catches up to your ship.
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[[folder:Ciela]]
!!Ciela

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A fairy with LaserGuidedAmnesia, who found Link on the shore. She helps him throughout the game.
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* CharacterDevelopment: Mildly. She goes from being a short-tempered, impatient kid to [[spoiler:growing into her role as the Spirit of Courage]].
* DeadpanSnarker: Only regarding Linebeck. She doesn't just hate his jerkish, cowardly behaviour, she ''despises'' it. [[spoiler:Which makes sense for the Spirit of Courage]]. She does show some appreciation for the "heart of gold" part of him, though.
* ExpositionFairy: She's a SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute of Navi and Tatl, even having similar attitudes to both of them.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: She's lost her memories when Link meets her. [[spoiler:She regains them twice: when she realises her role as the Spirit of Courage, and during the first fight with Bellum.]]
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Of Navi, even featuring the same voice, albeit her personality is a bit more short-tempered. [[spoiler:Once Ciela's true power and "color" are revealed, she becomes a SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute of Tatl from ''Majora's Mask''.]]
* SwordBeam: When Link equips her as his cursor, she lets him do these.
* TimeStop: Grants a brief version of this to Link [[spoiler:during the final battle with Bellum in the form of Phantom Spheres. Link must draw an hourglass shape to stop time.]]
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!!Supporting Cast
[[folder:Oshus]]
!!Oshus

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Ciela's father figure, who lives in a hut on a cliff on Mercay Island. He is a grumpy, ill-tempered CoolOldGuy. [[spoiler:He is also the creator of the Phantom Hourglass, i.e. the Ocean King, and he watches over the Great Sea. However, he has been weakened into his human form by Bellum.]]
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* ArchEnemy: To Bellum.
* BigGood: Once he gets his powers back.
* BigOlEyebrows: He has a pair, [[spoiler:even in his whale-like Ocean King form.]]
* CoolOldGuy: A grumpy old man who knows enough about a sword to teach you your moves. He does appear to act senile at times, but he's kind-hearted.
* ElderlyImmortal: [[spoiler:In his Ocean King form.]]
* LightIsGood: He's the BigGood of the game and [[spoiler:he's a white whale.]]
%%* MrExposition
* OneWingedAngel: When he turns into [[spoiler:his true giant flying whale form.]]
* SealedGoodInACan: [[spoiler:Bellum sealed his power and he is forced to remain in old man form.]]
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: [[spoiler:To the Wind Fish from ''Link's Awakening''.]]
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[[folder: Tetra]]
!!Tetra

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A young pirate voyaging in search of the elusive Phantom Ship.

She's the same Tetra from the Videogame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker. For more information on her, see [[Characters/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker this character sheet]].

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* DamselInDistress: She spends almost half of the game stolen by the Phantom Ship, and another half TakenForGranite.
* DemotedToExtra: She's not as active as she was last game.
* PirateGirl: Still shown to be the only girl of her crew.
* TakenForGranite: When Link finally reaches her, he discovers she's been turned to stone.
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[[folder: Jolene]]
!!Jolene

Linebeck's ex-girlfiend and a wily sword-wielding pirate. Link must battle her at least twice to complete the game, and can fight her additional times to receive rewards from Linebeck.

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* CoolBoat: A small and ornate ship that can easily outperform the S.S. Linebeck in speed and fire tornadoes.
* EvilCounterpart: She is this to Link. Both are sword-wielding characters who travel the seas looking for people they know. While Link wishes to save Tetra and the Ocean King, Jolene just wants to settle the score with Linebeck.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Adores her younger sister.
* FragileSpeedster: Is extremely fast and agile, but cannot withstand more than four strikes from Link.
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: She's a crazed lunatic who's mad at Linebeck and wants him dead. No one's blaming her really.
* PsychoExGirlfriend: Is this to Linebeck. [[spoiler:Then again, he did steal her treasure before ditching her.]]
* SinisterScimitar: Her weapon of choice.
* WorthyOpponent: She comes to see Link as this.
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[[folder:Zauz]]
!!Zauz

A blacksmith who has secluded himself on a lone island named after him. He helps in forging the Phantom Sword.

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* UltimateBlacksmith: The most renowned blacksmith in the land.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: He doesn't wear a shirt.
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!!Villains and Bosses
[[folder:Blaaz]]
!!Blaaz, Master of Fire

The first boss of the game situated inside the Temple of Fire found on the Isle of Ember. He imprisons the Spirit of Power: Leaf.
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* DishingOutDirt: He mixes boulders with his signature fire to create meteors.
* KingMook: He's basically a really powerful Wizzrobe with emphasis on fire.
* LongRangeFighter: He really isn't good at up close combat, the most he can do is bat Link away.
* PlayingWithFire: His mini forms are all on fire and he'll constantly call down meteors.
* PuzzleBoss: The puzzle actually isn't too complicated, simply throw the Boomerang at the mini-Blaazs in order and he'll be vulnerable.
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[[folder:Cyclok]]
!!Cyclok, Stirrer of Winds

The boss of the Temple of Wind found on the Isle of Gust. He imprisons the Spirit of Wisdom: Neri.
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* BlowYouAway: His shtick is attacking you with gusts of wind.
* KingMook: He's essentially just a supped up Octorok.
* PowerFloats: He's carrying himself on a gust of his own wind.
* TacticalSuicideBoss: You use his very winds against him by throwing bombs through them.
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[[folder:Crayk]]
!!Crayk, Bane of Courage

The boss of the Temple of Courage found on Molida Island. He imprisons the Spirit of Courage: [[spoiler:Half of Ciela]].
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* CameraScrew: The top screen of the DS becomes his perspective, you the player have to use this as your way to strike him.
* {{Invisibility}}: It turns invisble, and can only be decamouflaged by shooting it's eye with an arrow.
* KingMook: He's a bigger version of his hermit crablings.
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[[folder:Cubus Sisters]]
!!Diabolical Cubus Sisters

The boss of the Ghost Ship, a quadruplet of undead sisters that lead visitors astray.
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* ObviouslyEvil: It's fairly clear that the four sisters you've been helping are evil.
* TennisBoss: They fill the quota for Ganondorf since he's out of commission.
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[[folder:Bellum]]
!!Bellum

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The main villain of ''Phantom Hourglass,'' Bellum is a malevolent, parasitic creature. It rose from the depths and fed on life force, trapping the Ocean King in a feeble human form while it prowled the seas for victims in a GhostShip. It kidnapped Tetra to feed on her life force at the outset of the game. With little characterization, Bellum seems more like a parasitic force of nature than a truly malicious villain.
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* ArchEnemy: To Oshus.
* AttackItsWeakPoint: The main eye in its mouth and the eyes on its tentacles.
* AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever: Bellum is quite large when Link first fights him, but shrinks a bit afterwards.
* {{BFS}}: Wields an enormous sword during the final part of its battle, similar to the Phantoms.
* BigBad: It's the source for all the calamities that occur in the waters of the Ocean King.
* BishonenLine: [[spoiler:It possesses Linebeck to assume a more humanoid form.]]
* BossSubtitles: Bellum, Evil Phantom.
* CastingAShadow: Gathers dark energy around [[spoiler:Linebeck before possessing him]].
* CombatTentacles: Both its means of attack, and its weak points during the first phase of the battle. In the last phase, it uses a tentacle on its back to slap Link around and capture Ciela.
* DarkIsEvil: Lampshaded by Oshus.
-->'''Oshus:''' I struggled against my attacker in a great clash. But his evil was so dark that it slowly drained away my own life force.
* DemonicPossession: It uses this when it [[spoiler:takes over the Ghost Ship, and again when it takes over Linebeck's body.]]
* {{Determinator}}: After losing his first fight to Link that resulted in his lair collapsing on him, [[spoiler:Bellum managed to survive to kidnap Tetra again and attempt to escape with her on the Ghost Ship. After Link and Linebeck destroy the Ghost Ship, Bellum emerges and attempts to devour both Link and Tetra, only to be stopped by Linebeck. At that point, Bellum possesses Linebeck to fight Link one last time.]]
* DishingOutDirt: The Sands of Hours, used to fuel the Phantom Hourglass, was used by Bellum to create countless monsters to find more victims.
* EldritchAbomination: Probably the most straight-up example in the series. Not only does it have a surreal form, but it's impossible to communicate with, lives far beyond the reach of man, uses avatars to interact with the outside world, doesn't think in anything even resembling human terms, and probably isn't even sentient. It more or less just ''is'', which is one of the defining characteristics of a classic abomination.
* EyelessFace: Its lone eye is hidden in a mouth full of sharp teeth.
* EyesDoNotBelongThere: Its main eye is in its mouth.
* FacelessEye: On its tentacles and in its mouth, no less.
* FangsAreEvil: As pictured.
* FinalBoss: Bellum is the ultimate source of evil in the game, so it's necessary to confront it to clear the game.
* {{Flight}}: Bellum can fly through the air.
* FlunkyBoss: In its first fight with Link, it summons goo enemies to assist it in battle.
* FusionDance: Its final form has it fusing with [[spoiler:Linebeck]].
* GenericDoomsdayVillain: He makes up for his lack of personality with the amount of threat he brings.
* GetBackHereBoss: [[spoiler:Bellum possesses the Ghost Ship to escape with Tetra. Link and Linebeck must chase it down to rescue her.]]
* GoForTheEye: Bellum's eye(s) in each phase. In its final form, it's set into the back of [[spoiler:Linebeck's possessed body]], and it occasionally shuts to ward off Link's blows.
* GhostShip: The haunted ship that sails the waters of the Ocean King belongs to Bellum, who even [[spoiler:possesses it physically during a phase of the final battle to attack Link.]]
* HiveMind: It controls the Phantom Guards this way.
* IntangibleMan: Bellum can move through walls, which it uses to [[spoiler:kidnap Tetra again.]]
* KingMook: When Bellum [[spoiler:possesses Linebeck]] during the last phase of the final battle, it becomes this to the Phantoms.
* KnightOfCerebus: Bellum has absolutely ''no'' comedic traits and the mood gets darker when he's finally revealed. [[spoiler:And when he possesses Linebeck, things ''really'' get dire.]]
* LifeDrain: It feeds on LifeForce, and possessed the Ocean King's Temple to drain the lives of adventurers.
* MeaningfulName: ''Bellum'' is Latin for "war".
* MotherOfAThousandYoung: It used the Sands of Hours to create countless monsters to find more victims.
* NighInvulnerable: There's only one weapon in all of existence that can harm Bellum: the Phantom Sword. But even then, it takes direct hits to his main eye to actually harm him. Other than that, the thing is pretty durable, surviving having its lair collapse on it and the [[spoiler:sinking of the Ghost Ship. And that's not even going into when it possesses Linebeck and turns him into a Phantom, which has hard armor all over him.]]
* NonIndicativeName: It is supposedly an Evil Phantom, but there is nothing phantom-like about it (aside from its ability to travel through walls). This is subverted when [[spoiler:it possesses Linebeck and turns him into a Phantom-esque knight, thus making his title more meaningful.]]
* NothingIsScarier: We know next to nothing about this thing other than Oshus's backstory. We don't know where it came, what it wants, or if it's even sentient. The fact that it never speaks only adds more to the mystery. It just ''is''.
* PuppeteerParasite: It feeds on LifeForce and it [[spoiler:possesses Linebeck for the final battle.]]
* SpinAttack: Makes use of this technique after taking enough damage during the final phase; it's similar to Link's Hurricane[=/=]Great Spin (first seen in ''The Wind Waker''), but slightly slower.
* SupernaturalGoldEyes: In its mouth and tentacles.
* SuperSpit: Spits out toxic goo for the first fight.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Of [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]: a tentacle user with big, staring eyes, who seems more like a mindless, destructive force rather than a plotting villain.
* TakenForGranite: What happens to those it drains of their life force, such as Tetra.
* TakingYouWithMe: [[spoiler:In the ''Phantom Hourglass'' Manga, it attempts a suicide attack on Oshus, saying they will both die together. Thankfully, Link and the gang managed to stop him.]]
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: Even though ''Phantom Hourglass'' is more lighthearted than other ''Zelda'' games (including its predecessor, ''The Wind Waker''), the happy moments stop once this villain comes into the scene; it's an EldritchAbomination that feeds on life force, [[spoiler:nearly kills Oshus (though he gets better)]], and is devoid of any humorous traits.
* VillainousGlutton: Its hunger is its only motivation for its actions.
* TheVoiceless: Aside from the weird warbling noise it makes, it doesn't utter a single line of dialogue. This is subverted in the Phantom Hourglass manga, where it's SuddenlyVoiced.
* WouldHurtAChild: It kidnapped Tetra at the outset of the game.
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