Tropes that describe the characters of ''Phantom Hourglass''. Be aware of unmarked spoilers, especially in regards of the true identity of some of the main characters.





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.
* 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 the parasite Bellum.]]
* [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu Did You Just Stab Cthulhu?]]: [[spoiler: He rescues Link and Tetra from Bellum by stabbing it in the tentacle with the Phantom Sword. And he gets possessed by Bellum in retaliation.]]
* {{Expy}}: He bears a certain resemblance to a certain [[PiratesOfTheCaribbean Captain Jack Sparrow.]]
* IdenticalGrandson: Linebeck III 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
%%* MilesGloriosus
* PsychoExGirlfriend: You're being chased by his ex Jolene throughout the game, and forced to fight her if she catches up to your ship.




A fairy with LaserGuidedAmnesia, who found Link on the shore. She helps him throughout the game.
* CharacterDevelopment: Mildly. She goes from being a short-tempered, impatient kid to [[spoiler: truly 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.]]


!!Oshus/[[spoiler: The Ocean King]]

Ciela's father figure, who lives in a hut on a cliff at 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.]]
* 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''.]]




The main villain of ''Phantom Hourglass,'' 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.
* 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 surprisingly shrinks a bit afterwards.
* BigBad: It's the source for all the calamities that occur in the waters of the Ocean King.
* BishonenLine: [[spoiler: 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.
* 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 just 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 and 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: It's 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.
* {{Flight}}: Bellum can fly through the air.
* FlunkyBoss: In its first fight with Link, it summons goo enemies to assist it in battle.
%%* GenericDoomsdayVillain
* GetBackHereBoss: [[spoiler:Bellum possesses the Ghost Ship to escape with Tetra. Link and Linebeck must chase it down to rescue her.]]
* 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.]]
* 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 it from adventuerers.
* 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 him 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 him (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[=/=]TheSpook: We know next to nothing about this thing other than Oshus's backstory. We don't know where it came from or what it wants or if it's even sentient. The fact that it never speaks only adds more to the mystery. It just ''is''. It just exists.
* PuppeteerParasite: It feeds on LifeForce and it [[spoiler: possesses Linebeck for the final battle.]]
* SupernaturalGoldEyes: In its mouth and tentacles.
* SuperSpit: Spits out toxic goo from its pool 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 Vile Villain Saccharine Game]]: Even though ''Phantom Hourglass'' is more lighthearted than other ''Zelda'' games (including the predecessor ''The Wind Waker''), the happy moments stop once this villain comes into the scene, an EldritchAbomination that feeds on life force, [[spoiler:nearly kills Oshus (though he gets beter)]], and is devoid of any humorous traits.
* VillainousGlutton: It's 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 in the outset of the game.