Characters from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword''.

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!!!Voiced by: Takashi Ohara


The main protagonist and resident of Skyloft. At the outset of the game, he is a knight-in-training, studying at Skyloft's Knight Academy. On the day of his graduation, a mysterious black tornado sweeps Zelda away. He is then chosen to pierce the cloud layer between Skyloft and the surface world by the Goddess Sword (and its spirit, Fi), fulfilling a prophecy and searching for Zelda in the harsh world below.
* {{Adorkable}}: Early during the game, notably when he's with Zelda. Some of his responses to Zelda's questions help add to this.
* AffectionateNickname: Zelda refers to him as "sleepy head", due to his inability to wake up early, with her usually being the one to wake him. It takes [[TearJerker quite an emotional turn later in the game, when Zelda goes into her hibernation to contain Demise, she notes that this time, it would be his turn to wake her up]].
* AlmostKiss: Near the beginning after the flight challenge. Till Zelda pushes him off the statue instead.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: He's got a reputation in Skyloft as a nice and helpful guy. Then his friend is kidnapped.
* {{Bishonen}}: Not as pretty as the [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Hero of Time]] or [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess his descendant]], but he's definitely not ugly either.
* BlowYouAway: The item Gust Bellows allows Link to blow wind in front of him. It can be used to erase sand or annoy enemies, for example.
* [[RedOniBlueOni Blue Oni]]: He's considerably calmer and more inclined towards strategy than Groose.
* BowAndSwordInAccord: An interesting case as the bow is the last weapon obtained by Link. For much of the game, Slingshot And Sword In Accord might be a better phrase.
* BrilliantButLazy: Zelda and Gaepora both make comments that [[InformedAttribute suggest Link was this]] as a student. [[{{Determinator}} He drops the "lazy" part real fast]] once Zelda is in danger.
* ButtMonkey: At the beginning, Link gets ''no'' respect.
* CassandraTruth: Shortly before Zelda has Link train for the race, Link tells her that he can't sense his scarlet Loftwing anywhere. Zelda thinks Link's attempting to weasel out of training. So she shoves him off the floating island in the sky. Fortunately, she realizes he was telling the truth in time to catch him with her own Loftwing.
* TheChampion: For Zelda. Along with his [[TheDeterminator Determinator]] nature, this is why Hylia chose him.
* CharacterDevelopment: He goes from an ordinary student to a formidable and courageous swordsman.
* ChickMagnet: He gets attention from several girls in the game. Cawlin even asks Link to deliver his love letter because he considers Link to be good with the ladies.
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: These incarnations of Link and Zelda are stated to have been close for a long time prior to the game's events (their entire community knows; Link's classmate Groose holds it against him), and there are hints of deeper feelings between the two, both in the game and in the marketing material. The end of the game doesn't state whether they're a couple, but it does end with them choosing to stay together.
* TheChosenOne: The first in a long line of future [[TheChosenOne Chosen Ones]].
* ClothesMakeTheLegend: His tunic comes from the Skyloft Knight Academy. Every student in his year wears dark green.
* CoolSword: Starts off with the Goddess Sword, which he levels up to the proper Master Sword.
* CrazyPrepared: By the end of the game, he has enough weapons to take on a small army of enemies.
%%* TheCutie
* DeadpanSnarker: Some DialogueTree choices can make Link this.
-->'''Link:''' Nice hair. [[note]]In reply to TheBully who has a funny pompadour.[[/note]]\\
'''Link:''' Am I late? [[note]]In reply to Impa, who berated him for being late when Zelda was in danger.[[/note]]
* DeathGlare: He gives a few in the game, mostly to Ghirahim. When Link is confronted with Demise, Link is '''furious'''. Special mention has to go to [[ the one he gives to Ghirahim]] after he kidnaps Zelda and announces he's going to sacrifice her to Demise.
* TheDeterminator: He will find Zelda, no matter what. Zelda even reveals that her past incarnation Hylia [[ExploitedTrope uses this to her advantage, though Zelda wasn't happy about it.]] Lampshaded when Guld, the Mogma leader, warns him of how dangerous the Fire Sanctuary is (via DialogueTree):
-->'''Guld:''' You're gonna do this no matter what I say, aren't ya?
-->'''Link:''' Pretty much.
* DialogueTree: Sometimes, the game prompts you to give a certain answer out of two or three of them that are displayed. This will affect [=NPCs=]' reactions.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Another example of this Link setting the trend for heroes throughout Hyrule's history, as he defeats Ghirahim, the Demon Lord of the surface world, more than once. In the end, he takes out the [[GreaterScopeVillain Demon King Demise, who has absorbed the power of Hylia on top of his own, and whose mere ''death curse'' is enough to create Ganon, Vaati, and all the myriad monstrosities that will plague their world for ages to come.]]
* DualWielding: His [[GrapplingHookPistol Clawshots]].
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Even after he's saved her life and powered up his sword, Faron doesn't treat him with respect until after he's completed her FetchQuest.
* FingerlessGloves: Part of his uniform.
* {{Forgiveness}}: Understated, but it's there. He doesn't hate Groose for his constant bullying, he doesn't hate Scrapper for his verbal putdowns, he doesn't hate Faron for treating him like an errand boy. Even when Zelda admitted Hylia's plan involved her getting in danger on purpose to get him to seize his destiny, Link merely takes it in stride.
* GoodFeelsGood: One of the lines referring to Link's feelings is "Helping people feels good."
* GreaterScopeParagon: His exploits in this game have a heavy impact on future games, most notably his forging of the Master Sword.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Like his future incarnations, Link has blonde hair and is noble.
* HelloInsertNameHere: [[CanonName The default name is "Link".]]
* TheHero: Comes with being the PlayerCharacter and TheChosenOne.
* HeroicMime: Played with. He can be seen speaking (with mouth movements) during some cutscenes, but the game displays no text to show exactly what he is saying, nor does the player hear what he says.
* JustAKid: Gets a fair share of it. Scrapper in particular refuses to show Link ''any'' respect, as "serving children is very low on my task priority," and dubs him Master Shortpants.
* InnocentBlueEyes: Par for the course: he's a kindhearted and goodnatured young man.
* KidHero: 17.5, according to ''Hyrule Historia'', and already a better swordsman than his seniors.
* KleptomaniacHero: {{Subverted|Trope}} on occasion; some people will call Link out for breaking their pottery, and he won't take anything from people's homes. When he breaks the chandelier in the Lumpy Pumpkin, the owner is furious and forces Link to work off the debt. But he can take from Zelda's cupboard to get a Piece of Heart.
* LadyAndKnight: The White Knight to Zelda's Bright Lady.
* LegacyCharacter: He's currently the chronologically first playable Link in the series.
** During the Sailcloth Ceremony, Zelda mentions that Hylia had once given the sailcloth to her chosen hero a long time ago, implying that Link had a predecessor before him. However, whether the hero with the sailcloth was Link himself traveling to the past or not is left ambiguous.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Shares one with Zelda entitled as "Romance". Also, the main theme of the series comes back as his motif with an arrangement: the Song of the Hero.
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] this time; the shield in ''Skyward Sword'' has a breaking point. Heap too much abuse on it and it will shatter. Any shield can be fixed up to reset how much damage it can sustain, though, and the Sacred Shield and its upgrades, the basic form of which can be bought after the third dungeon, repair themselves if left idle at the cost of being less durable than the other shields. In addition, wooden shields are not completely replaced by metal ones. Certain enemies have attacks that can actually shatter metal shields on contact, meaning that you have to switch out a wooden one that won't. Electric attacks will also still hit if you're using an metal shield rather than a wooden one. On the flipside, wooden shields are flammable, but make blocked enemy arrows recoverable (as they stick in the shield), so switching them out and upgrading as needed is key. Played straight with the Hylian Shield, obtainable through an optional boss rush, which blocks all damage types and has infinite durability.
* KnightInShiningArmor: Maybe a bit rough around the edges at first, but he gets there in the end.
* MagicMusic: He plays [[GirlNextDoor Zelda]]'s harp throughout the game.
* ManlyTears: When Zelda is put into an enchanted sleep.
* MasterSwordsman: One of several Links who's pretty good with a sword from the get-go. He can receive a few pointers from his sparring instructor, but it's implied that he's already capable with a blade.
* MaybeEverAfter: His relationship with Zelda after the finale is left up in the air.
* MechanicallyUnusualFighter: One of two Links in the series who isn't (canonically) a lefty[[note]]The other one being in ''Breath of the Wild''[[/note]]. Although he could be ambidextrous - if you play Fledge's pumpkin-shooting mini-game after completing his side-quest, Link holds the bow in his ''right'' hand while drawing the arrow with his ''left'' hand like his successors. [[note]]Archers typically hold their bows in their off-hand while drawing the arrow with their dominant hand, although it can also depend on which is their dominant eye.[[/note]]
* NiceGuy: Despite the pressing need to save Zelda, there are a lot of sidequests involving helping people out.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: In defeating Demise, he creates the many versions of Ganon that plague Hyrule over the years.
* NiceHat: Wears one once he gets this year's Knight Uniform.
* OhCrap:
** A brief one at the beginning. After he wins the Bird Statue, Zelda sees him and excitedly jumps off the edge of Skyloft. The look on his face as he swoops in to catch her says it all.
** Later, he gets a hilarious one when [[TheRival Groose]] is skydiving at a ridiculous speed towards him.
* OneManArmy: This incarnation of Link is probably the most defining example of all the Links, [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome going through waves of Bokoblins and Moblins just to save Zelda.]]
* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent: Before the test at the beginning of the game, he was living in a dorm, going to school, studying to become a knight, had an [[ChildhoodFriendRomance implied romantic interest with one of his closest friends]] whom could be seen as "the most popular girl in school", was bullied by a JerkJock, and like most high school-esque scenarios, has most of his problems solved by the end of the story.
* TheParagon: Demise calls him as much. His first re-sealing of The Imprisoned inspires Groose to set up his Groosenator to help contain subsequent breakouts, and even inspires Groose to try to impede Ghirahim when he abducts Zelda and escapes through the time gate. He fails, through no fault of his own, but courage was still inspired in Groose.
* ParentalAbandonment: Link is a native of Skyloft, but unlike some of the other students, his family does not live there. The game doesn't address where his parents are or what happened to them.
* PintsizedPowerhouse: He's implied to be short: Scrapper keeps calling him "Master Shortpants". However, the guy is a formidable swordsman and a OneManArmy who manages to get '''[[BigBad Demise]]''' to call him a "paragon".
* TheQuietOne: Though still a HeroicMime, Link has Creator/BioWare-esque text options in certain cutscenes, often when talking with Zelda.
* TheReliableOne: Despite a bad habit of sleeping in, he's the go-to guy in Skyloft whenever you need a favor. Karane even lampshades it.
* ShieldBash: A maneuver Link can perform to get the drop on the enemy. Mastery of this is important because it's the only way to deflect an enemy attack without harming your shield.
* SkirtOverSlacks: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]]; he's wearing the signature green tunic as his knight uniform rather than an actual skirt/kilt, but is wearing full pants underneath.
* {{Sleepyhead}}: What Zelda calls him, with reason.
* TheSouthpaw: Generally [[AvertedTrope averted]]; in a break with ''Zelda'' tradition, this Link is actually ambidextrous, but often holds his sword in his right hand due to gameplay reasons (with the motion control, Link's dominant hand needs to match the player's, and most people are right-handed).
* SpinAttack: In this game, Link gets a vertical version of his SignatureMove.
* StabTheSky: The Skyward Strike allows him to charge up his sword and perform Sword Beams and other techniques.
* StaringDownCthulhu: In the FinalBattle, Link throws his DeathGlare to Demise; the Demon King remarks that he didn't expect a human to display such courage.
* SwordBeam: The Skyward Strike allows him to turn a normal slash or stab into one. For the player, this is the first time a SwordBeam existed in a 3D home console ''Zelda'' game since ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask''.
* TookALevelInBadass: He went from the OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent who was nearly in over his head and chewed out by Impa to a true Hero of the Goddess and OneManArmy. Watch carefully during the brief cutscenes during which Link walks through the door of each dungeon. At first he is hesitant, but by the final dungeon he doesn't even flinch. In fact, he runs.
* TranquilFury: Link versus the hordes of [[{{Mooks}} Bokoblins and other enemies at the end of the game]]. It's almost impossible to lose against them. While in other games Link's most clearly motivated by duty to the kingdom/world, and doing what's right for a Princess he met, [[TheDulcineaEffect at best, a couple weeks before]], ''this'' time, the villains have messed with a Zelda who he's been best friends with ([[ImpliedLoveInterest and perhaps more]]) for years, and he is ''pissed''.
* WhipItGood: He receives a whip in the Ancient Cistern. It can be used to attack enemies or to cling up to certain sticky areas. In the latter case, you can swing back and forth.
* WorkOffTheDebt: You can break the Lumpy Pumpkin's precious lamp, and far from going unpunished, the owner makes you pay off the bill by working at the restaurant.
* YesMan: Carries out the will of the gods and Hylia, without ever questioning them, offering an alternative, or answering back.
* YouAreTooLate: Impa berates him for arriving at Eldin's fountain way too late, when Zelda was already saved and fine. [[KickTheDog She even stops Link from following and protecting them through Lanayru Desert]].


!!!Voiced by: Creator/AyumiFujimura


->''"Fi is the name I was given. I was created for a single purpose, long before the recorded memory of your people. I must aid you in fulfilling the great destiny that is your burden to carry."''

The titular blade, the Goddess Sword, which houses a spirit named Fi that manifests itself in the form of a girl to aid Link.
* AncientArtifact: She was made by Hylia in an age long past. At least 1,000 years easily.
* AutoTune: Her [[SpeakingSimlish incomprehensible speech]] is given this effect.
* [[ArcHero Arc Heroine]]: Of ''Skyward Sword''. She is Link's primary companion and guide, receives a fair amount of media attention and some gameplay mechanics are modified to accommodate for her presence.
* ArmlessBiped: She has a winglike cloak that resembles arms instead.
* ButNowIMustGo: Having completed her mission, Fi's consciousness fades into the Master Sword at the end of the game. That said, it's well-established that she is still a part of the Master Sword, as she is responsible for the Hero of Time's seven-year slumber in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'', and [[spoiler:in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild Breath of the Wild]]'', her consciousness temporarily awakens from within the Master Sword to communicate with Zelda.]]
%%* RedOniBlueOni: Blue to Ghirahim's Red.
* CaptainObvious: Has a tendency to repeat what is stated by other people or signposts... ''immediately'' after you have read their text.
%%* ChromeChampion: Look at her picture.
* ColorMotif: Blue and purple/indigo. The same colors associated with the Master Sword.
* CoolSword: Let's see: It's a unique sword, it was ForgedByTheGods (only its weak initial form, but still), it can strike beams that hurt the pure evil, it has a badass name... It even '''talks'''.
* TheComicallySerious: Her demeanor comes off as [[TheStoic serious]] and [[NoSenseOfHumor no-nonsense]], but some of her reactions and dialogue indicate otherwise.
* CriticalAnnoyance: She always tells you to look for hearts when you're low on health. Fortunately, the alert will go away in a few seconds if it goes unanswered. She will also notify you [[BreakingTheFourthWall when your Wii remote's battery is low]].
* DeadpanSnarker: Her reaction to some of Link's dialog choices.
--> '''Fi:''' Master, I detected a surprising spike in dowsing readings from that life form.\\
'''Link (DialogueTree):''' Zelda?\\
'''Fi:''' The chances of this lifeform being Zelda are 5%, so I must surmise that this is not Zelda, but a peaceful species known as a Kikwi. Kikwis are intelligent lifeforms capable of speech... Yes, upon closer observation, [[StealthInsult definitely not Zelda]].
* EmotionlessGirl: WordOfGod states that she has a very icy demeanor, and speaks in a rather [[TheStoic stoic]] manner. However, after Demise has been sealed away, she says that she is experiencing happiness.
* EmpathicWeapon: She is aware when Link's health is low and will alert him.
* EnemyScan: She can pinpoint enemies' weaknesses.
* ExpositionFairy: The best-informed of the series' Exposition Fairies. She's a font of backstory and gameplay advice all couched in a charming turn of phrase.
* {{Expy}}: A female, blue-skinned entity voiced by Creator/AyumiFujimura that provides TheHero with information necessary to complete his journey? [[Franchise/{{Halo}} Cortana]] says hi.
* GoodColorsEvilColors: They contrast with Ghirahim and Demise's (in their true forms) [[RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver black and red motifs]].
* FashionableAsymmetry: Half of the cloak is purple, half is blue/silver.
%%* {{Herald}}
* IfMyCalculationsAreCorrect: A lot of her info is given as probability percentages. It's unknown where she gets the variables from.
%%* {{Leitmotif}}
* LivingWeapon: Fi is the spirit that lives inside the Master Sword.
* MoeAnthropomorphism: Of the Goddess Sword, and later, the Master Sword.
* MySensorsIndicateYouWantToTapThat: Done in a roundabout way when she concludes that any good news about Zelda will lift Link's spirits. Played straight if you make Link return Peatrice's affections, mainly to confirm that Link does not lie when he says he likes her. Fi sees the effect that Peatrice's looks have on Link.
* NoBiologicalSex: [[WordOfGod Aonuma]] has stated he considers her to be a feminine figure, but not female, though she is occasionally referred to as such.
* NoPronunciationGuide: Many are quick to call her "Fee", but the Japanese pronunciation of her name is actually closer to "Fye", which is used by official English-speaking Nintendo representatives and ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors''.
* ReforgedBlade: The prequel manga reveals that the Master Sword was a {{b|FS}}roadsword before it was shattered and reforged into an arming sword by the original Link.
* RobotGirl: Though not a robot, her speech patterns and design fit the trope. After all, the sword is made of metal.
* ShipperOnDeck: Should Link decide to return Peatrice's affections, Fi suggests he not bring this up around Zelda.
* SpeakingSimlish: Making her the [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess second]] ExpositionFairy to do so in this series. [=1Up=] compared her voice to an "[[AutoTune auto-tuned]] Music/{{Vocaloid}}."
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Various gaming news outlets gave both "Phi" and "Fie" as anglicized spellings of her name when her name was first revealed. The final game spells it "Fi", though it still differs from language to language.
* SpockSpeak: Generally speaks with a calm, rational mind.
%%* StockingFiller: Of the fishnet variety.
* TheStoic: Never once does she get angry or upset until she has to say goodbye to Link.
* TalkingWeapon: Fi is the talking spirit of the Master Sword.
* VagueAge: According to ''Hyrule Historia'', she is said to be between 13 and 14 years old ([[Really700YearsOld appearance-wise, anyways]]).
* WeirdnessCensor: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]]. Nobody in Skyloft seems to think this armless blue girl jumping out of the hilt of Link's sword is odd. The Surface-dwellers are a little more panicky, with the Kikwi screeching when Fi pops out.

!!!Voiced by: Creator/YuShimamura


A resident of Skyloft and friend of Link's since their childhood. The daughter of the Knight Academy's headmaster, she serves as the goddess surrogate for the Wing Ceremony. She is sucked into a vortex early on in the game, but rescued by Impa.
* ActionSurvivor: She doesn't have any fighting skills like Link, but she was able to make her way across two monster-infested lands on her own.
* AmnesiacGod: She's revealed to be a physical reincarnation of the Goddess Hylia, who gave up her immortality to save humans from Demise.
* TheAtoner: While not an evil character, she did take advantage of Link's motivation to find and rescue her. The plan was set into motion back when she was the goddess Hylia, and despite her current self, Zelda, not being conscious of the plan at all, she still blames herself for it. To atone, she puts herself to sleep for thousands of years to seal away Demise in the past until Link finds a way to destroy him in the present.
* BarrierMaiden: As the reincarnated goddess Hylia, Zelda's mere soul possesses incredible amounts of power that she uses to empower the seals placed on Demise.
* BullyHunter: She's not shy about speaking her mind to Groose in order to defend Link.
* CallForward: The ''same'' character doing the ''same'' throw when the BigBad is chasing her down as in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]''. With another musical instrument no less.
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: These incarnations of Link and Zelda are stated to have been close for a long time prior to the game's events (their entire community knows; Link's classmate Groose resents Link over it), and there are hints of deeper feelings between the two, both in the game and in the marketing material. The end of the game doesn't state whether they're a couple, but it does end with them choosing to stay together.
* CrystalPrison: At one point in the game, she encases herself into one in order to strengthen the seal on the Imprisoned.
* DaddysGirl: She and her father are quite close. She even has a large painting of them together in her bedroom.
* DamselInDistress: Played with; she was spirited away by Impa and is spending her time trying to evade [[BigBad Ghirahim]]'s capture. Played straight near the end of the game, where Ghirahim manages to capture her.
* DamselOutOfDistress: She managed to make her way through Faron Woods without getting caught, and got to the Earth Temple's entrance on Eldin Volcano before she was captured.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: {{Averted|Trope}}, she's not a princess this time.
* GenkiGirl: She [[CharacterDevelopment starts off]] as one. As a kid, she's described as having thrown a long, unbearable tantrum about Link's special connection with his Loftwing. As a young girl, she's not above pushing Link from lethal heights, leaping in his arms from even higher heights herself, and dragging her lifelong friends around wherever she sees fit.
* GirlNextDoor: A drastic change for her namesake in other games, she's just another girl at the school and a good friend of Link (one he's got emerging romantic feelings for but nothing more serious than close friendship at the outset of the game). She's the headmaster's daughter but everyone just treats her as another student at the Knight Academy.
* GodInHumanForm: She's the [[AmnesiacGod reincarnation]] of the goddess Hylia, but she doesn't know this at first.
* GoldAndWhiteAreDivine: Which is why she changes outfits.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: She has blonde hair and is pure-hearted. Although she feels bad for [[BatmanGambit abusing Link's love towards her to further her divine goals]].
* HarpOfFemininity: Which she uses in her [[ReligionIsMagic prayer ceremonies]] to restore her body. As per tradition of the series, she lends it to Link to use to play MagicMusic.
* HimeCut: She sports a traditional Hime Cut in place of the tiara favored by her other incarnations, as she's not a princess this time. She's technically a "spirit maiden", not a miko, but they are similar in function and the hair decorations in her post-Skyloft outfit appear similar to the kind worn by some shrine maidens.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: Although she is technically the Heroine of the Same Story, like Link, Zelda made her own journey across the surface alongside Impa, facing her own trials.
%%* HostageMacGuffin: During the climax, Link has to save her from having her divine spirit fed to The Imprisoned/Demise. He's too late, but she gets better.
* ImpliedLoveInterest: Link and Zelda are strongly implied to have romantic feelings for each other. At the ''very'' least, she has them for him.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Ghirahim needs Zelda for his plans because of her "holiness". Later {{subverted|Trope}} when we find out that she's actually the Goddess Hylia reincarnated. Her "holiness" actually refers to the raw divine power in her soul. She, herself, is actually not.
* InnocentBlueEyes: Like her future incarnations (with the [[GreenEyes exception]] of the one from ''Breath of the Wild'') she has blue eyes. Her innocence comes from her obliviousness to her true nature, which is noticibly upset about when she regains her memories as Hylia.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Downplayed, in the beginning, she's not above pushing Link off of high heights and flirting with him sometimes.
* LadyAndKnight: The Lady with Link as the Knight.
* LegacyCharacter: The first incarnation of Zelda. This is cemented during her reveal that she's the Goddess Hylia.
* {{Leitmotif}}:
** Has one shared with Link called "Romance".
** As is tradition in the franchise, she has "Zelda's Lullaby".
** "Ballad of the Goddess" counts, too, [[{{Foreshadowing}} due to her origin as the goddess Hylia]].
* LivingMacGuffin: During the main story, the plot is mostly driven by both Link and Ghirahim racing to get to her first, though she herself doesn't take much action other than giving the Master Sword its final blessing.
%%* MaybeEverAfter: With Link, as part of their ShipTease.
* MessianicArchetype: She is the incarnation of the Goddess Hylia, and her [[UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} Christ]]-like nature eventually comes to a head when she seals herself away for thousands of years in order to help strengthen the seal on Demise.
* {{Miko}}: Played with; she's referred to as a "spirit maiden" by Fi and a few other characters, and the hair decorations in her post-Skyloft outfit appear similar to the kind worn by some shrine maidens. Justified considering the role given to her by the Goddess.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: When she believes Link is trying to weasel out of training by claiming that he can't sense his Loftwing, only to find out he was telling the truth ''after'' she pushed him over the edge. As soon as she manages to save him, this is her reaction.
** This is also her reaction to the BatmanGambit that she set up as Hylia -- despite having had no idea about it until she got the memories of her past life back.
%%* MysticalWaif
* OmniscientMoralityLicense: Defied. Towards the end, after regaining her memories, she actually apologizes to Link for the actions she took as Hylia, setting up his difficult journey. While it may have been necessary, it was not fair to him.
* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent: In much the same way as Link. Who would have thought the first in a long line of princesses started out as a normal girl?
* PinkMeansFeminine: Her first costume.
* PlatonicLifePartners: Her relationship with Link growing up. Now, it seems the platonic part is changing.
* PluckyGirl: Zelda has no noticeable combat skills in spite of being a student of the Knight Academy, but she has ''every bit as much'' HeroicSpirit as Link does.
* RunningGag: We never get to hear her finish singing the Ballad of the Goddess.
* {{Scatting}}: Zelda's singing is actually fully voice-acted, it's just that her actress is singing gibberish in imitation of Scatting.
%%* SilkHidingSteel
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: She is fawned over by the rude and pigheaded Groose, but she has eyes for the {{Adorkable}} NiceGuy Link.
%%* SpiritedYoungLady
* SwallowedWhole: If you fail to stop the Imprisoned from reaching the Sealed Temple, he will absorb her soul very literally.
* TargetedHumanSacrifice: [[YourSoulIsMine Her soul is needed to free Demise and return him to his original form.]]
* TearsOfJoy: When Demise is finally vanquished at the end.
* TheUglyGuysHotDaughter: She is prettier than her owl-like father.
* TookALevelInKindness: Downplayed. She starts off as a GenkiGirl, but she becomes more mature by the end of the game.
* VictoriousChildhoodFriend: Implied. Though it ''is'' possible to accept Peatrice's affections, doing so will change nothing in the game's cutscenes in regards to Zelda.
%%* WhiteMagic
* WomanInWhite: Since she purified herself in Farore's fountain, she wears a long, white robe, also representing pureness.

!!!Voiced by: Kenji Takahashi


Link's rival on Skyloft, Groose has a crush on Zelda.
* AnimeHair: Sports a ridiculous-looking pompadour that everyone from you to Ghirahim insults.
* BadassNormal: For a guy who doesn't have any special powers or Goddess-given destiny, Groose sure does pull off some ridiculously cool things. He even gets praise from Demise for having the guts to save Zelda.
* BerserkButton: Link has the option to mock Groose's hair. Groose doesn't take kindly to it.
* BigDamnHeroes: Helps Link seal [[SealedEvilInACan the Imprisoned]] away the second and third time, and at one point catches Zelda's nearly depleted body.
* TheBully: He starts off as a {{Jerkass}}, but this trope stops applying to him as his ego is broken.
* CharacterDevelopment: Goes from a {{Jerkass}} to [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold an]] [[TheLancer ally]] as the game goes on.
* CannotTalkToWomen: When Zelda's around, he tends to lose his train of thought...
* DubNameChange: His original Japanese name is "Bado", which can be transliterated as "Bad" or "Bird". This original name [[AvertedTrope is also used]] in the German and Italian localizations. His name also changes in other languages: "Hergo" in French, "Malton" in European Spanish, and "Vilán" in Latin American Spanish.
* {{Egopolis}}: When he first arrives in Hyrule, he suggests naming it Grooseland.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Hilariously, the small birds in Hyrule seem to love him.
* GadgeteerGenius: He rigs up the Groosenator, a moving bomb catapult on rails, just in time to help Link fight off the Imprisoned again. He's actually surprised he did so.
* GangOfBullies: He, along with his flunkies Cawlin and Strich, like to harass and make fun of Link.
* GreenEyedMonster: He is ''very'' jealous of Link's relationship with Zelda at the beginning of the story. He gets over it by the end.
* HeroicBSOD: When he utterly fails to stop the Imprisoned, and Link succeeds, he beats himself up for being useless. He takes awhile to get over it. Prior to that, he freaks out when he (and Link) arrive on the Surface, hysterically demanding to know where they are. He calms down after Link explains things.
* HopelessSuitor: Groose has an ''obvious'' crush on Zelda, and at the beginning of the game hopes to earn her affections. Unfortunately for him, Zelda only has eyes for Link (though his [[JerkJock attitude]] didn't do him any favors). He comes to accept this by the end.
* IdiotHair: Has an entire [[UpToEleven Idiot Pompadour]].
* IdiotSavant: He's not all that smart, yet he's able to build a working catapult and railway track that circles the entire Sealed Grounds.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: He gets pretty close with "Granny". When she disappears before his own eyes, he looks pretty sad, knowing that he'll never see her again. Knowing how he was at the beginning of the game, this is quite a moment for him.
* JerkJock: The top student of the Loftwing Academy is Link's bully.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Even before his CharacterDevelopment, if one scans him with Fi, she claims that he's pure of heart.
* TheLancer: After his CharacterDevelopment, he becomes this to Link.
* {{Leitmotif}}: A [[StylisticSuck slightly jerky]] one, usually using the Trombone, which goes flat in instances when Zelda is calling him out on his behavior. It gets a [[TriumphantReprise more heroic reprise]] when he suddenly rushes in to save Zelda.
* LovableJock: After his CharacterDevelopment, Groose stays athletic.
* NonActionGuy: {{Downplayed|Trope}}. He admits that his eventual role in helping Link isn't very action-packed, but he doesn't mind it. On top of that, he does help out pretty nicely against The Imprisoned with his Groosenator.
* RedHerring: He traps Link's loftwing, is very envious of him and tries to steal Zelda's affections, setting himself up to be Link's ArchEnemy, as Ganon is in other games. Also he shares the yellow eyes, large physique and red hair with the series' iconic villain, and their names begin with a G. Then comes the HeelFaceTurn.
* [[RedOniBlueOni Red Oni]]: While Link is a thoughtful HeroicMime, Groose is a BoisterousBruiser with a side of [[LargeHam ham]].
* RefusedByTheCall: He's not very happy when the old woman tells him that Link, not him, is the one who will save Zelda and bring her home, but he gets over it.
* TheRival: Openly considers himself the rival to Link, though it's eventually averted when they become friends.
* SiegeEngines: He builds a catapult called the Groosenator that he launches [[CartoonBomb bombs]] and [[CatapultToGlory Link]] from.
* ThemeNaming: Like most of the residents of Skyloft, he is named after a bird--two species in his case; the grouse and the goose.
* WrongGenreSavvy: After following Link to the surface, he initially believes that ''he's'' TheHero, and tells Link to step aside so he can go save Zelda (and possibly get the StandardHeroReward). He is most displeased to hear from the old woman at the Sealed Grounds that the opposite seems to be the case.
* YouShallNotPass: When Ghirahim arrives to capture Zelda after Demise is defeated for good and takes her into the past, Groose attempts to block Ghirahim's way. Unfortunately, Ghirahim simply pushes him aside with little effort.

!!!Voiced by: Rei Shimoda

A mysterious Sheikah woman who rescued Zelda from [[BigBad Ghirahim]] and becomes her bodyguard.
* ActionGirl: Impa is an accomplished swordswoman.
* BadassCape: She only wears it in the artwork and her very first appearance.
* BarrierWarrior: Is shown holding up a barrier when fighting Ghirahim.
* {{Bifauxnen}}: The concept art notes state that she was designed with this trope in mind as a nod to [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Sheik]].
%%* BodyguardBabe
* ContinuityNod: This one might as well be the [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime younger Impa]].
%%* CoolBigSis: To Zelda
* DarkIsNotEvil: Considering that the Sheikah are generally associated with shadows.
* DarkSkinnedBlonde: Her skin is quite tan, but her hair is almost platinum.
* DeathGlare: Shoots one to Link before dishing out a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech. Given her {{red eyes|TakeWarning}}, Link promptly backs off.
* {{Determinator}}: Especially when it comes to protecting Zelda.
* DislikesTheNewGuy: She's disappointed in Link as a brash an untested warrior despite being TheChosenOne. Her scolding encourages him to get his act together, and eventually he earns her respect.
* FacialMarkings: Impa has various markings on her face, typical of the Sheikah.
* GoodIsNotNice: She gives a biting TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to Link when he manages to catch up to her and Zelda. Link eventually earns her respect after saving her from Ghirahim.
%%* KungFuWizard
* LegacyCharacter: Currently the first Impa in the ''Zelda'' series chronologically.
%%* LegacyOfService
%%* {{Ninja}}
* NoodlePeople: She's a lot taller and skinnier than the rest of the cast. {{Lampshaded}} when Ghirahim refers to her as a 'beanpole'.
* PraetorianGuard: As one of the Sheikah, it is her people's sworn duty to protect Zelda.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: {{Inverted|Trope}}, as she is protecting Zelda.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: While Link could have caught up with Zelda at the Temple of Earth, where they meet again for the first time after their separation, Impa explicitly forbids Zelda from even speaking to him. After sending her away, she gives Link a caustic speech about his shortcomings, explicitly says that he was too slow, and since she had to save Zelda by herself, she is actually wondering if the Goddess made a mistake in choosing Link to be her hero, departing after advising Link to work harder next time and prove he is worthy of his role.
%%* ShortHairWithTail
%%* TheStoic
%%* SugarAndIcePersonality
* TwoAliasesOneCharacter: [[spoiler: She and The Old Woman below? Same person.]]

[[folder:The Old Woman]]

An old Sheikah lady who watches over the Sealed Ground. She helps Link and Zelda out in their quests.
%%* AncientKeeper
%%* CoolOldLady
* DisappearsIntoLight: What happens at the end of the game. She's fulfilled her duty protecting Hylia and so [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence is going back to the heavens.]] Also because she's several thousand years old when that happens.
* ElderlyImmortal: Until she fulfills her task and DisappearsIntoLight.
* TheHermit: She's the only person in the Sealed Grounds until the arrival of Zelda and later Link and Groose.
%%* TheMentor
* MiniatureSeniorCitizens: Especially jarring considering the beanpole she used to be.
%%* MrExposition
* NoNameGiven: We don't know her name until the very end of the game, where it's revealed that she's the present-day form of Impa.
* PurposeDrivenImmortality: She held on to life for thousands of years to watch over the Sealed Grounds. Once she is finished with her duty of protecting Hylia/Zelda, she finally DisappearsIntoLight.
%%* RobeAndWizardHat: Robe ''as'' wizard hat.
* TwoAliasesOneCharacter: [[spoiler: Impa is a much younger version of her coming from the past. They're the same person.]]

!!!Voiced by: Creator/AnriKatsu

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->''"Still... it hardly seems fair, being of my position, to take all my anger out on you. Which is why I promise up front not to murder you... No, I'll just beat you within [[BlatantLies an inch of your life!]]"''

The main antagonist of Skyward Sword, Ghirahim is a white-haired man who claims to be the ruler of the surface (interestingly, Fi has no idea who he is). He wishes to revive his master, and seeks out Zelda for that purpose.
* AgentPeacock: He's quite flamboyant, but he's extremely powerful.
* AmbiguouslyGay: With an emphasis on ''ambiguous'', though: he's technically genderless.
* AttackItsWeakPoint: In the third fight, Link hits him with successive Finishing Blows, creating a diamond-shaped wound in his chest, which serves as a stab target thereafter.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: He's the "Demon Lord", and the strongest of them all. Except for Demise, who's his master and even stronger than him.
* AxCrazy: He has unabashed bloodlust, first promising to beat Link within an inch of his life, then burn him alive, and then finally torture him until he's deafened by his own screams.
* BadassCape: Although he takes it off to fight. It kind of just disintegrates.
* BadassFingerSnap: He snaps his fingers whenever he uses magic, such as summoning a boss or creating a sword.
* BadassInCharge: Of the monsters plaguing the surface world.
* BadBoss: Right before his third fight with Link, he summons hordes of enemies to stall for time, and he tells them that if they fail and live (he's aware that Link will kill them), they will suffer for it.
* TheBadGuyWins: After Link beats him the third time, he proceeds to gloat that [[TargetedHumanSacrifice the ritual he had began beforehand]] continued on its own, and thus Demise will return and Link fought him for nothing.
* BareHandedBladeBlock: During his boss fight. If you can't get out of it in time, he steals your sword and uses it against you (in the first fight), or else shoots crystal daggers at you (in his second fight). Exceptionally impressive considering that he does it ''with two fingers''.
* BewareTheSillyOnes: Don't let his narcissism and flamboyance fool you, he is still a crazed and evil villain who needs to be encountered with extreme caution.
* BigBad: He is the main antagonist of the game, even though he is TheDragon to his master, who he is trying to revive. And even though Demise is the FinalBoss of the game, Ghirahim does have more of a role in the entire story, plus he's fought one more time before Demise is released and takes the FinalBoss role.
* {{Bishonen}}: Very much so. In fact, ''Game Informer'' magazine mistook him for female. [[WordOfGod Aonuma]] said he was designed with a "unisex-like, genderless feel". If that sounds familiar, he also describes Fi the same way. This is [[EvilCounterpart not a coincidence]].
* {{BFS}}: He wields one during the final phase of his final fight. He also plays this trope literally when Demise's sword is formed from Ghirahim. So, Ghirahim himself is a BFS.
* BlackMagic: He can conjure blades of various sizes, teleport, and summon minor demons.
* BlankWhiteEyes: Has these in his final form.
* BloodKnight: He really enjoys violence and conflict. Actually {{justified|Trope}} because Ghirahim is the [[LivingWeapon humanoid form of the Demon King Demise's sword.]]
* BloodLust: In the second fight, he licks Link's blood off his blade whenever he lands a hit. {{Justified|Trope}} perfectly once you realize he is actually a Sword Spirit, thus suiting his personality,
* BlowYouAway: He's the one that summoned the tornado to capture Zelda early in the game.
* BondVillainStupidity: Ghirahim spends most of his fights with Link simply screwing around and toying with him, which allows him to repeatedly interfere with and foil his plans. By the time of their final showdown, he's aware of this, and very much regrets not simply killing Link when he had the chance.
-->'''Ghirahim''': If only I'd put you in your place from the very beginning! Show a human a little mercy, and the next thing you know, he thinks himself your equal!
* BossBanter: He chastises you if you do very badly against him.
* BossRemix: His battle music is based on his {{Leitmotif}}.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: He hums his own {{Leitmotif}} when he does his victory dance right before he starts the ritual to sacrifice Zelda.
** In the beginning of the cutscene before the second battle, he can be seen ''[[LargeHam blowing a kiss at the camera]]''.
* {{Camp}}: Quite possibly the campiest Zelda villain yet.
-->'''Ghirahim:''' This news has just filled my heart with rainbows.
* CatchAndReturn: A rare close-range example. Let him hold onto your sword for too long, and he'll pull it out of your hand and start slashing ''you'' with it. This even applies to the ''Master Sword'' during Lanayru's boss rematch with him (though the fact that it's a replica made by Lanayru probably gets around the fact that only Link can wield it).
* CharacterTics: Some people have noticed that he wiggles his fingers quite a bit.
* ChromeChampion: His OneWingedAngel form.
* ContrastingSequelAntagonist: Although the game is a prequel, Ghirahim was designed with this mindset, making him a contrast to Ganondorf.
* CoolSword: He is Demise's sword. In sword form, he looks like an [[EvilCounterpart evil version of the Master Sword.]]
* CrucifiedHeroShot: {{Inverted|Trope}}. After Demise is revived, he thanks TheDragon for his loyalty by forcibly converting him back into his sword-form, with Ghirahim being in this pose during the process. [[LaughingMad Ghirahim doesn't seem to mind much, though.]]
* DarkIsEvil: His sword has been seen to have a dark glow around it. Also, he gets black markings on his body during his meeting with Link in the Fire Sanctuary. His [[OneWingedAngel final form]] is black all over with silver markings.
* DealWithTheDevil: He offers Link a chance to avoid "punishment" if he tells him where the other Gate of Time is. Link, of course, refuses.
* DeathGlare: At the end of their second duel, Ghirahim briefly loses his temper... And let's just say that his face isn't pretty.
* OurDemonsAreDifferent: One of two ruling demons in the game, alongside his master Demise, and the BigBad overall.
* DemonLordsAndArchdevils: His title is Demon Lord, and he rules the surface in the absence of his master [[GreaterScopeVillain Demise.]]
%%* DramaQueen
* DieLaughing: This is what he does while Demise forcefully converts him back into a sword.
* DissonantSerenity: In the first phase of all of his fights, he approaches Link calmly.
* DubNameChange: His name was sightly modified for the Spanish localizations (both European and Latin American) as "Grahim". Probably because it's an alternate transliteration of the Japanese name that rolls better with the tongue in Spanish.
* DualBoss: Of a sort; he is converted back into a sword and used by Demise in the final battle, essentially meaning Link is fighting both of them.
* TheDragon: Ghirahim's main motivation is to resurrect some "Master" of his, using Zelda in some way to do so. Said master turns out to be the [[GreaterScopeVillain Demon King Demise.]]
* DualWielding: He wields two swords, one on each hand, in his second fight.
* EvilAlbino: In his human form, he has pale skin and white hair.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: As the only humans he faced prior to Link were cowardly and either hid or turned to Hylia for protection when faced with him, Ghirahim is utterly perplexed that Link keeps ignoring his threats and challenging him. It's more along the lines of Evil Cannot Comprehend Courage, but the basic idea is the same.
* EvilCounterpart: To Fi. They're both swords, Ghirahim being the sword for Demise, and his OneWingedAngel form in his third fight resembles a black-and-white version of Fi with arms instead of a cloak. Also, their temperaments are complete opposites, with Ghirahim as a [[RedOniBlueOni Red Oni and Fi as a Blue Oni.]]
%%* EvilIsHammy
* EvilOverlord: He claims to be the ruler of the surface world, only subservient to his master.
* EvilTastesGood: He licks his lips during his first battle with Link. Though considering how he was acting towards Link earlier, this may be implying [[SexIsViolence something else entirely]]. It also qualifies as Violence Tastes Good as well, which also acts as foreshadowing as he is actually the humanoid form of Demise's sword.
%%* FacialMarkings
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: Link repeatedly impales him through the chest, carving a hole into it, and then Demise forcefully converts him back into a sword.
%%* FangsAreEvil: In his final form.
* FashionableAsymmetry: In his first two forms, he only has one {{Pointy Ear|s}}, with the normal ear hidden under his asymmetric hairstyle, as well as an off-center belt. His final form has asymmetric body markings.
* FauxAffablyEvil: He mostly keeps a semblance of dignity around Link, but the "Faux" part comes from his appetite for bloodshed and his horrific promises to torture Link.
* FeelsNoPain: When Demise pulls out his sword form, Ghirahim doesn't mind the pain.
* TheFightingNarcissist: Over half of the cutscene before his second fight with Link is Ghirahim talking about how perfect his body is.
-->"Behold! Such beauty! Such a pure form! Such an exquisite physique! Such stunning features! Yes, I've pretty much got it all. Though there is one teensy, tiny thing I lack... Namely, '''[[BloodKnight mer]][[LickingTheBlade cy.]]'''"
* FinalBoss: The third fight with Ghirahim is the semifinal battle scenario of the game, and then he becomes Demise's sword and used in the final-final battle of the game.
%% FlamingDevil
* FlechetteStorm: He can summon a flurry of diamond knives to attack Link.
* {{Foil}}:
** [[WordOfGod Aonuma]] has said Ghirahim was designed to contrast with Ganondorf's "very masculine, powerful, evil" characteristics. As a result, this makes Ghirahim also somewhat resemble [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheMinishCap Vaati]], who is somewhere in the middle of the effeminate/masculine spectrum. This also makes him contrast his master Demise, who is ''[[ExaggeratedTrope exceedingly]]'' [[TestosteronePoisoning masculine.]]
** He also serves as one to Fi when he transforms into Demise's sword. He is one to Fi overall, his [[LargeHam over-the-top, emotional, and flamboyant nature]] contrasting Fi's [[EmotionlessGirl subdued]] and [[TheStoic stoic]] manner.
** Lastly, he's one to Link. Both are expert swordsmen with {{Bishonen}} looks who are chasing after Zelda for different reasons. WordOfGod says that he was designed to be similar to Dark Link from ''Ocarina of Time'' in that he also reads Link's attacks and forces the player to fight more strategically.
* ForDoomTheBellTolls: Part of his leitmotif.
* GlamourFailure: Throughout the game, Ghirahim's body becomes covered in black markings, starting at his arms and legs. Near the end of the game, his ''face'' is marked. Then he goes OneWingedAngel, and hell breaks loose. Even more poignant, immediately before the final boss battle, after Ghirahim assumes his ChromeChampion form, Link has a vision of him in his sword form when he says "You stand before a demon... or should I say, a ''weapon'' without mercy!"
* TheGlovesComeOff: In your second fight against him, he makes his gloves disintegrate, and true enough, he isn't playing around this time. In the final fight, he uses kicks (he's made of metal, so these hurt just as much anything else), though after getting knocked off the platforms, he goes back to using a sword.
* GoodOldFisticuffs: In the last fight with him, he initially just uses punches.
%%* GoOutWithASmile: A twisted variation.
* HappyDance: He dances awkwardly while trying to get Zelda's soul out of her body. It's pretty hilarious.
* HeartLight: Develops one during his third encounter with Link.
* TheHeavy: He is the most active villain in the plot. Technically TheDragon to his master, [[GreaterScopeVillain Demise]], but he stayed a SealedEvilInACan until the very end of the game. Ghirahim's quest to free him drives the plot.
* HijackedByGanon: Actually, he's hijacked by the being that ''creates'' Ganon.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard:
** After going OneWingedAngel, he tells Link that he'll knock him to the edge and then push him off in a method he calls the "Endless Plunge." That's exactly how Link defeats him.
** A more subtle example that serves from the very beginning: he chastises you if you telegraph your attacks, but he does the same thing outrageously, making it comparably easy to counterattack.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Done to him repeatedly in his third fight with Link, but {{inverted}} with his "death", as he seems to fall lifelessly after Demise yanks his sword from Ghirahim's body.
* ImpossiblyCoolClothes: Notice that his form-fitting costume is mostly [[{{Stripperiffic}} skin-baring]] cutouts.
* JustBetweenYouAndMe: See HoistByHisOwnPetard. He even lampshades his tendency towards this trope earlier in the game.
* JustifiedTutorial: The first battle's banter serves this purpose through RainbowSpeak: "But so long as you continue to '''telegraph your attacks''' like the novice you are, you'll never land a blow."
* JustToyingWithThem: Ghirahim holds back in his first fight with Link (Fi notes that he has more power and isn't using all of it), as he doesn't see Link as much of a threat and decides to just beat him to within an inch of his life. He starts to realize that this was a mistake as Link continues meddling with his plans.
* KnightOfCerebus: Despite the [[LargeHam ham]], any time the guy arrives, things take a turn for the terrifying. He's that dangerous.
* LargeHam: Ghirahim's speech is flamboyant and he's prone to shouting.
* LastSecondChance: Inverted. He gives Link a chance to tell him where the second Gate of Time is, which in turn will lead him straight to Zelda. Link promptly refuses.
* LaughablyEvil: Doesn't stop him from being incredibly creepy, however.
* LaughingMad: Laughs maniacally when Demise is resurrected and when he is forcibly reconverted into his sword. It's pretty safe to say that he wanted it to happen.
* LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn: He hums his own {{Leitmotif}} at one point.
* LeanAndMean: In comparison to Ganondorf, he's pretty scrawny. Doesn't make him any less [[AxCrazy dangerous]]. Averted with his [[OneWingedAngel Sword Spirit]] form, which is rather muscular. Even Fi [[LampshadeHanging notes]] a 90% increase in muscle mass.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: It's subtle, but in his last form (capable of speech), his dialog box looks like a black version of Fi's.
* {{Leitmotif}}: A rather creepy-yet-whimsical one. He actually starts humming it before beginning the ritual to resurrect Demise.
* LickingTheBlade: If he hits Link with an attack, he pauses and licks the blood off.
* LightningBruiser: Though he moves slowly during his fights, the Temple of Time cutscene shows he can move quite fast if he wants to.
* LivingWeapon: It is revealed that he is Demise's Sword.
* LovesTheSoundOfScreaming: For starters, he outright threatens to torture Link so brutally that Link's ears will bleed from the sound of his own screams.
* MadeOfIron: [[LivingWeapon Literally.]] His final form can only be damaged in his weak point; anything else will just push him backwards.
* MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight: He travels to the past to free Demise after he is permanently dealt with in the present.
* MagicKnight: Ghirahim is an exceptional swordsman, but he's also able to use precise and formidable magic powers.
* MeaningfulName: ''Ghira'' is an Arabic word for {{Pride}} (specifically, responding to perceived insults with violence).
* MilkingTheGiantCow: In just about every scene he's in.
* MoodSwinger: Ghirahim's mood can change at the drop of a hat. He can be happy and giddy one minute, brooding and serious the next minute, and violently angry the next minute.
* {{Motifs}}: Seems to have a thing for diamonds.
* MouthOfSauron: For his master, since he's been sealed in the Sealed Grounds and Ghirahim is trying to free him.
* MrFanservice: The [[ShesGotLegs lower half of his body]] gets a lot of the camera's attention. His theatrics even draw attention to this, such as squatting in the middle of a conversation with Link for no apparent reason.
* MyDefenseNeedNotProtectMeForever: He may lose the final fight with Link, but that doesn't mean he couldn't complete the revival ritual.
* {{Narcissist}}: He goes on about how beautiful and perfect he is.
* NestedOwnership: A sword that can wield his own swords.
* NoSenseOfPersonalSpace: [[FoeYay At least with Link.]]
* OminousLatinChanting: Added to his battle music in his third and final fight.
* OminousPipeOrgan: Part of his leitmotif and battle music.
* OneHandedZweihander: Subverted. He does use a zweihander in the final phase of his final battle with Link, but he ''only'' wields it in one hand while repairing it.
* OneWingedAngel: His true form looks like a dark version of Fi, as well as being about a head taller and is considerably more muscular. Appropriate, considering he is the sword for his master Demise. Oh, and let's not forget that in this form, his skin is so tough that even the ''Master Sword'' can't touch him, except for the AchillesHeel in his chest. Fi says it best:
-->There is a 90% change in outward appearance compared to previous encounters with him. I detect a dark aura emanating from his entire body. Be cautious, Master. This opponent is extremely dangerous and likely to fell you with a single blow.\\
He is now revealing his true power. I am detecting a significant increase in muscular strength. Unfortunately, I must also conclude that '''none of your weapons will be effective against him.'''
* OperaGloves: As seen in the picture. In his second battle, TheGlovesComeOff. [[TheWorseningCurseMark Not that he needs them...]]
%%* OverlyLongTongue
* PeekABangs: His bangs cover the left half of his face.
* Really700YearsOld: According to WordOfGod, he was designed to look around the same age as Link.
* RecurringBoss: He's fought no less than three times, plus one more as part of the FinalBoss if you count him being as a sword for the Demise encounter..
* RedBaron: He's known as the "Demon Lord" because he has control over them. This includes all kinds of Bokoblins.
* RedOniBlueOni: Red Oni to Fi. They contrast one another well: Where Fi is [[TheStoic stoic]] and {{emotionless|Girl}}, Ghirahim is flamboyant and [[LargeHam over-the-top]]. They are both {{Equippable All|y}}ies as well, and refer to their owners as their Master. Driving the point home is that Fi's Master is Link, who wields the Master Sword, and Ghirahim's Master is Demise, who wields a literally DarkerAndEdgier Master Sword.
* RedRightHand: Sort of. His hair mostly hides it, but his left ear is an ordinary human ear, while his right is the telltale pointy ear of a Hylian.
* RingOutBoss: In the first phase of his third fight, Link must knock him off the platforms on which they fight.
* RoyalRapier: Wields one in his first fight. Wields it [[DualWielding with a sword]] in his second fight. Then once again, one in the last fight.
* SissyVillain: Definitely not sissy in his fights, but he acts like one [[LargeHam incredulously]].
* SmugSnake: Lampshaded by Fi in her scan on him. He displays overconfidence in his ability to beat Link while holding back, even after Link beats him the first time. After Link beats him twice, however, he stops acting smug and does not hold back in his third fight.
* SuddenlyShouting: When expressing his anger at having missed capturing Zelda a second time in the Earth Temple.
-->'''Ghirahim:''' [Impa] had once again... You see, what I'm trying to say is... THAT GODDESS-SERVING DOG ESCAPED WITH THE GIRL!
* TacticalSuicideBoss: If he didn't throw Link's sword back at him after taking it during the first boss fight, he would be literally impossible to defeat, as the sword is the only weapon that can damage him. {{Justified|Trope}}, in a way; Ghirahim is only toying with Link at the moment, and there's no point ([[ForTheEvulz or fun]]) in toying with a defenseless opponent. He later berates himself for allowing Link to survive that time and grow strong enough to challenge him more evenly.
* TalkingWeapon: More specifically, Demise's talking sword.
* TennisBoss: If you're a pro, you can whack back his drones in the fights perfectly with your sword. This will send the drones back at him, causing him to always defend against them and leaving him open to attack. Note that they are all done in the direction of slashes, going from the floor-up. You can also do this in the last two parts of the final fight with him by using Skyward Strikes against his red strikes, though this knocks his out of function, or play a classic game of Dead Man's Volley. Just make sure that they are in the same kind of slash and you don't strafe. On a different note, you should have a good idea what this trope references.
* ThatMakesMeFeelAngry: Line from his introduction aside, he has a tendency to say how he feels in a very over-the-top manner.
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: Actually it doesn't, because it means that Link can pick it back up and hit you with it.
* ToThePain: He's quite fond of telling Link just what he will do to him, such as beating Link within an inch of his life or making him suffer to the point that his ears will bleed from the sound of his own screams.
* UndyingLoyalty: The ''only'' positive trait he has is his loyalty to his master. And even then, his master is [[GreaterScopeVillain Demise, the source of all evil]].
* VariableMix: His battle music varies between having the occasional bass drum beat for its percussion to instead having a more fast-paced snare drum with a few cymbals for percussion. The snare drum version has yet another variation with a freaking ''choir''.
* VillainTeleportation: A pretty cool-looking teleportation to boot.
* VillainousBreakdown: He loses his temper whenever things don't quite go his way. He actually admits it's a flaw of his. After Link defeats him for the second time, he stops pretending to be AffablyEvil and starts acting like the AxCrazy demon -- or, should we say, [[LivingWeapon weapon]] -- he really is.
* WakeUpCallBoss: Can be surprisingly difficult on his first battle if you're not careful.
** He's a regular Wakeup for newcomers to the series, but to Veterans he's a fire alarm at three in the morning in the middle of nowhere. Classic Zelda dungeons follow the format: Find Dungeon -> Enter Dungeon -> Get Item -> Find Boss -> Use Item To Expose [[AttackItsWeakPoint Critical Point]] -> ButtonMashing -> [[ItemGet Da na na na]] -> Find Dungeon. ''No''. The Beetle is worse than useless against Ghirahim. In addition, Skyward Sword's [=WiiMotion+=] controls mean that this is not a Zelda game that you can just dance through mashing the sword button, and if the directional Deku Babas and {{Demonic S|piders}}kulltulas didn't make it clear, this Demon Lord is here to ''hammer the point home '''with YOUR sword'''''.
* WeHaveReserves: This.
--> "Hear me, my hordes! The spell is nearly complete! The Demon King returns! Until then, you WILL keep that whelp from interfering with my ritual! I don't care if the lot of you get skewered on the end of his blade! You will buy me the time I need! Do not fear him... Fear my wrath if you fail me!"
* WhatTheHellAreYou: This after Link beats him for the final time:
-->"[[ThisCannotBe This... This is preposterous.]] Driven to my knees by a simple child of man? Laughable! No matter how many times we clash, I can't prevail! You think I can't defeat you? You think I can't win?! Boy...what ''are'' you?"
* WhiteHairBlackHeart: And then he gets black skin with white patterns to go with it.
* WhyWontYouDie: He gets increasingly irritated as Link seems to survive everything he throws at him. Ghirahim eventually loses his SmugSnake demeanor once Link beats him for the second time.
* WouldHitAGirl: He won't hesitate to kick out Impa, in her elderly form, when she and Groose try to stop him from taking Zelda to the past. And never mind performing a spell on Zelda to revive Demise with her soul.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Subverted. Demise seems to do this, but Ghirahim's laughter at it makes it clear he's completely fine with it because he was Demise's sword the entire time. So less 'outlived your usefulness' and more 'assume a form where you can be more useful to me.'
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: He crashes the party after you defeat the Imprisoned the final time, knocking out Link, Groose, and the Old Woman in rapid succession, and then taking Zelda captive for use in reviving his master. Also an aversion of NoSneakAttacks.

[[folder:The Imprisoned]]
!!!Voiced by: Creator/TakashiNagasako

[[quoteright:322:]] [[caption-width-right:322:Click [[labelnote:here]]:[[/labelnote]] to see its true form, Demon King Demise]]

->''"Those who share the blood of the goddess and the spirit of the hero... They are eternally bound to this curse. [[AsLongAsThereIsEvil An incarnation of my hatred shall ever follow your kind, dooming them to wander a blood-soaked sea of darkness for all time!]]"''

A huge, monstrous beast which haunts Link's dreams frequently. It is the sealed form of Demise, Ghirahim's master and the GreaterScopeVillain of not only Skyward Sword, but also the ENTIRE "Legend Of Zelda" franchise itself, by extension.
* AffablyEvil: Unlike many other villains in the series, he's remarkably polite and never undergoes a VillainousBreakdown, even when he loses.
* AncientEvil: As he is the progenitor of the curse that eventually manifests as Ganondorf, he is this to the franchise as a whole.
* TheAntiGod: The opposite of the Goddess Hylia, and eventually parallels her actions by incarnating his hatred into a mortal form.
* ArmlessBiped: Averted in the second and third incarnations of The Imprisoned, where it actually does gain arms (plus a tail and the ability to fly or resist gravity by the third incarnation).
* AsLongAsThereIsEvil: He curses Link and Zelda so that a form of his hatred is reborn with them.
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: A very slow-moving one for the first fight, but has a ''ridiculous'' increase in speed by the third time.
* BecomeYourWeapon: Demise uses ''Ghirahim'' as his weapon in the final battle.
* {{BFS}}: That wicked, black Master Sword? That's Ghirahim, in his original form.
* BishonenLine: After he's freed, Demise looks more like a ruggedly handsome giant made of stone. Justified, as this might as well be his original form.
* BloodKnight: Doesn't get going on his return to the mortal world, instead waiting to challenge Link to a sword duel for honor and amusement. The last thing he says to Link before their battle begins is to make it interesting for him.
* BossSubtitles: Averted both for the fights against the Imprisoned and his true form, although Ghirahim gives him the title "Demon King" anyway.
* ContinuityNod: As noted on the Main page, this boss references all of the other bosses. It is regarded as the origin of ''all'' monsters, not just Ganon(dorf).
* CoolSword: He wields what appears to be the EvilCounterpart of the Master Sword, which turns out to be [[LivingWeapon Ghirahim.]]
* ClippedWingAngel: The Imprisoned is the sealed form of the Demon King Demise.
* DarkIsEvil: The god of evil has a black motif.
* DeaderThanDead: Link cripples him so badly, he is unable to ever reincarnate himself ever again as either The Imprisoned or as Demise. And that's really saying something for a series that has many [[LegacyCharacter legacy characters]]. His DyingCurse was but a final resort, but even this may prove to be his undoing, for if the land he obsesses over perishes (as with ''Wind Waker'') the manifestation of his hatred [[DidntThinkThisThrough cannot even hope to return]].
* DeathFromAbove: After Link, as a last resort, wished to the Triforce to annihilate Demise for good, the Isle of the Goddess sinks back to Earth and squishes [[SealedEvilInACan The Imprisoned]] just as he was emerging from his broken seal. This, however, only works for the present, and Link must travel back in time in order to initiate the final battle.
* OurDemonsAreDifferent: Demise is referred to as The Demon King when he rises.
* DemonLordsAndArchdevils: A much more powerful demon than his servant Ghirahim, all of the monsters more or less answer to him when he's around.
* TheDevilIsALoser: Demise is presented as a SatanicArchetype, but he was defeated in his war against Hylia long before the game started. He manifests himself as the mindless Imprisoned, but loses to Link three times over. Upon having his true form restored, he takes on Link in a swordfight and loses once again. He curses the future incarnations of Link and Princess Zelda to be plagued by [[spoiler: Ganondorf]] for eternity, but even he has yet to achieve a permanent victory over the two.
* DiabolusExMachina: [[NightmareFuel The very fact that he curses the reincarnations of Link and descendants of Zelda to fight his incarnation of hatred for all eternity, thus subjecting them to a never ending war of sorts.]] He does this right before he is sealed in the Master Sword to be destroyed, and there is ''absolutely no'' foreshadowing or hints that he can do this beforehand. What makes it even more terrifying is that the curse can only be broken if Link and Zelda stop reincarnating permanently, wich will probably never happen, wich means that Hyrule is forever doomed to be plagued by Ganon until the end of time...
* DiabolusExNihilo: It is never explained where he and his army of demons came from. All that is known is that they invaded from BeneathTheEarth one day in a bid to gain control of the Triforce.
* DieLaughing: As Demise damns the future incarnations of Link and Zelda to be eternally plagued by an incarnation of his own hatred, he gets in one last EvilLaugh before he dissipates into nothing and gets absorbed by the Master Sword.
* DualBoss: Of a sort; he converts Ghirahim back into a sword following his resurrection, which comes after the last boss fight with Ghirahim in the Sealed Grounds. He then uses sword Ghirahim as his weapon in the final battle, meaning Link is essentially facing both of them at once.
* DubNameChange: His names changes from language to language, [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast each one as terrifying as the previous one]]. Their literal translations to English would be:
** Japanese: The Sealed / The Person of Demise.
** European Spanish: The Sleeper / The Harbinger of Death.
** Latin American Spanish: The Captive / The Harbinger
** French: The Banned / The Avatar of Nothingness
** German: The Exiled / The Deathbringer
** Italian: The Imprisoned / Mortipher, a variation of the Latin word for "Death"
* DyingCurse: Once he is defeated for real, he curses [[LegacyCharacter Link and Zelda's descendants/successors]] to fight his incarnation of [[ThePowerOfHate hate]], who is revealed to be the BigBad of most of the Zelda games, Ganon.
* EldritchAbomination: His Imprisoned form, though each phase is gradually more definite than the previous one, ending with a HumanoidAbomination, which occurs when he is freed. Although given that Fi states that Demise has taken on different forms over the years, it's likely that even after absorbing Zelda's soul, it still counts as one and that might not have been his true form.
* EvilCounterpart: To Link
* EvilIsBigger: Even in his most humanoid form, he towers over Link.
* EvilOverlord: Of the horde of demons Ghirahim commands while he's sealed.
* EvilSoundsDeep: His voice is remarkably deep.
* EvilWeapon: Your weapon doesn't get much more ObviouslyEvil in the ''Zelda'' franchise than a demonic version of the Master Sword.
* FairPlayVillain: Upon his restoration, Demise is so impressed that [[StaringDownCthulhu Link is not only not afraid of him, but willing to fight him directly]], that he agrees to a duel with him before moving on to the Triforce... and this proves to be his undoing.
* FinalBoss: Of ''Skyward Sword'', though his VillainousLegacy of hatred persists through the rest of the series and its chronology.
* FinalBossNewDimension: He sets up a pocket dimension battlefield consisting of a reflecting pool and cloudy sky once freed.
* FlamingHair: One of his physical traits once he is fully freed from the seal.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: At the beginning of the game, Link dreams of this creature swallowing Zelda. Thanks to Ghirahim, this is essentially what it finally manages to do.
* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: Inverted. Fi's description of him says that he actually changes forms in each era in order to make mortals ''less'' comfortable around him. This does perfectly explain why Ganon looks different in each incarnation.
* GetBackHereBoss: All three deals with The Imprisoned involves Link having to catch up to it and do enough damage before it can escape the Sealed Grounds. With Demise proper, however, it's a sword duel.
* GodOfEvil: He's not only the source of evil in this game, but also of the other games as well, technically.
* GracefulLoser: Somewhat, he compliments Link for beating him (he is genuinely impressed with the battle Link puts up, given that Link is a mortal), but also vows that his hatred will curse him and his descendants to have to fight for eternity as well.
* GreaterScopeVillain: Although he is the FinalBoss of ''Skyward Sword'', [[TheHeavy Ghirahim]] seems to be more of the [[BigBad main antagonist]] than Demise. Also, he created Ganon by Cursing Zelda and Link, wich makes him the greater scope villain of the entire franchise as a whole, due to being TheManBehindTheMan of the series BigBad Ganon.
* HeroicBuild: As Demise, though he obviously subverts the "heroic" part. It's a nice contrast with his AgentPeacock [[TheDragon Dragon]] Ghirahim.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Once he opens up the sky to summon lightning to his sword, Link can do the same, and the blast from Link's supercharged Skyward Strike is what stuns him so Link can deal the final blow. That said, him electrifying makes him a lot more dangerous.
* InSeriesNickname: At one point, Groose, [[spoiler: once he finds his calling sticking around the Sealed Grounds and helping to fend him off]], calls him "Stanky Toes". Fitting, since he does have gross, toe-like... ''things'' that Link needs to attack in order to make him lose his balance and fall over.
* ImplacableMan: Demise isn't stunned when you shield-bash his attacks.
* ItIsDehumanizing: While most people will refer to Demise with Masculine pronouns, Fi call Demise it.
* KillAllHumans: Was his goal in the past (which he very nearly succeeded at), then he plans to finish the job when unsealed.
* KnightOfCerebus: Whenever he breaks out of his seal, everything in the game comes to a complete halt and makes it clear that ''you must destroy him'' as fast as possible. His true form lacks any of of Ghirahim's quirky traits, and therefore is much more threatening.
* LightningBruiser: Both forms display this. The Imprisoned is much faster than one would expect from its size and appearance. Demise is faster than Ghirahim despite being several times larger.
* MeaningfulName: It's a SealedEvilInACan of the [[GreaterScopeVillain Demon King Demise]]. Where Link is the player's "link" to the game world, Demise is the player's "demise" whenever the player loses.
* MonsterProgenitor: He's [[SatanicArchetype the progenitor of all demons]] which have appeared in the Zelda Series.
* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: As the Imprisoned. He has a more standard set of teeth in his true form.
* MotherOfAThousandYoung: He is the origin of all monsters.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: The Imprisoned... sounds pretty pleasant, doesn't it? And wouldn't you love to have tea with a guy named Demise?
* NotQuiteDead: Played with. He technically lives on in Ganon and all of his alternate selves, but it's unclear whether he and Ganon are the same entity or if Ganon is someone who he created with the power of his hatred to forever torment the heroes who defeated him. ''Hyrule Warriors'' and ''Hyrule Historia'' go with the former, outright stating Ganon to be Demise's reincarnation; and ''Breath of the Wild'' does so implicitly by stating Ganon to be the incarnation of an ancient evil that took on the form of a Gerudo.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Neither he nor Ghirahim give any recognition to the name 'Demise', but it's the only word the humans could use to describe him.
* PaintingTheMedium: Demise's text bubbles are cloudy with flame-like borders.
* PersonOfMassDestruction: According to Zelda, even in the weakened, monstrous form of the Imprisoned, Demise is more than powerful enough to destroy the world if left unchecked.
* ThePowerOfHate: After his defeat, he curses the bloodlines and reincarnations of Link and Zelda to forever fight the manifestation of his hatred. This is, of course, Ganondorf.
* PredecessorVillain: As he is the source of [[BigBad Ganon's]] [[ArchEnemy countless returns]], he is posthumously responsible for much of the trouble of the following games.
* RestrainingBolt: The Sealing Spike in its forehead.
* RecurringBoss: The Imprisoned has to be fought and sealed thrice, then when Demise is fully revived, he is fought as the FinalBoss. On a meta level, every ''Zelda'' FinalBoss is an incarnation of Demise.
* RedBaron: His actual identity is Demise, who has the ominous title "Demon King".
* SatanicArchetype: Hyrule's closest equivalent to the Devil.
* SealedEvilInACan: The Imprisoned is sealed within the Sealed Grounds. It breaks free from its weakening seal several times and has to be resealed until Ghirahim forces his release, at which point Link has to kill him; he gets vengeance via Ganon, the embodiment of his hatred for Link, Zelda and Hylia.
* SomeoneToRememberHimBy: In a villainous example of this trope, it's confirmed that [[PigMan Ganon]] is the reincarnation of Demise. More specifically, his hatred. It's also implied that the other antagonists of the series are related to Demise in some way.
* SoreLoser: After losing his final fight with Link, he curses all of his future incarnations, as well as those of Zelda, to be plagued by An incarnation of his hatred, for all eternity.
* StabTheSky: He does this in the 2nd phase of his boss fight. You can do the same.
* TheStoic: Even when he's being sealed away, he remains calm.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Serves a very similar purpose that staple villain Ganon(dorf) does in several games. However, it actually has an in-universe justification since Ganon, being Demise's hatred made flesh, is Demise's instrument of vengeance against Link, Zelda and Hylia.
* SwordBeam: Imbues his blade with lightning during the fight with him to fire blasts of electricity. Also an example of ShockAndAwe.
* TakeYourTime: Demise, when he first appears, actually allows Link time to go back and make preparations before the final battle.
* TacticalSuicideBoss: While not a pure example, the third form of the Imprisoned has a flying ability with shades of this, in that it allows you to send him to the bottom of the gorge instead of merely halting his advance as it would if he stayed on the ground.
* TimeLimitBoss: The player must defeat it before it reaches the Sealed Temple or they will receive a NonStandardGameOver. Fortunately, the player can stall The Imprisoned's progress, buying more time, but on the other hand, it can take time ''off'' the clock by dashing forward, climbing along the walls and cliffs in the second encounter, or ''flying'' in the third.
* TranquilFury: For a guy that talks about how much hate he has, he's surprisingly calm about it.
* VariableMix: The music in its battle adds a catchy drum beat when it's covering ground quickly or becomes chaotic and faster when it's on the final stretch. Groose also gets his riff thrown in when he helps out, making a total of six different possible themes.
* VillainousLegacy: The game reveals that the machinations of Ganon are the legacy of Demise, the Demon King who cursed Link and Zelda to be plagued by an incarnation of his hatred forever, manifested in Ganondorf (and perhaps others).
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Apparently, being an EvilOverlord doesn't leave him a lot of time to get dressed.
* WalkingSpoiler: His very existence, and even his ''mention'', trigger this.
* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer: Demise doesn't have any fancy tricks beyond temporarily electrifying his sword with a lightning bolt, but given the fact that shield bashing him doesn't stun him, his extremely hard to dodge dash attack, and the complications added by electrifying his sword, that's all he needs.
* WorthyOpponent: Views both [[TheHero Link]] and [[BigGood Hylia]] as one.
* YourSoulIsMine: He plans to absorb [[GodInHumanForm Zelda]]'s soul so he can gain immense power. Fortunately for her, that doesn't happen.
* ZombieGait: Once The Imprisoned gains arms, it walks this way.

A fiery beast which Ghirahim summons in order to kill Link in the Earth Temple.
* BreathWeapon: Its attack is similar to that of King Dodongo in ''Ocarina of Time'', only instead of exhalating a continuous breath of fire, it expels fireballs.
* FeedItABomb: While it's inhalating air to shoot its fireballs, Link has to throw it a bomb to stun it.
* GoForTheEye: Notably among most ''Zelda'' bosses, the eye moves constantly while the boss is stunned, so Link has to change his slash aiming to hit it as many times as he can.
* OurMonstersAreWeird: It's a [[BuffySpeak giant... rock... lava... monster... thing]].
* PlayingWithFire: Its only attacks (fireballs and rolling) are fire-based.
* RedBaron: Bears the title "Pyroclastic Fiend".

A scorpion-like boss located in the Lanayru Mining Facility.
* AttackItsWeakPoint: Its eyes in the claws and in the face. Link can either hit them continuously, or shoot at them first with the Slingshot to stun it briefly and land 2-3 hits.
* BigCreepyCrawlies: It's this for being originally an Aracha.
* DegradedBoss: Another Moldarach shows up in the Shipyard later in the game as a MiniBoss, but the battle goes by faster since the sword deals twice as much damage as in the original encounter.
* EyesDoNotBelongThere: It has eyes in its claws.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: If you ask Fi for advice on an Aracha, she will note that they can live to be 1000 years old. And since Moldarach is the only boss in the game that dies in the same small explosion as any common enemy, this hints that you're going to meet another of its kind later in the game.
* GoForTheEye: Link has to slash at its eyes in the claws.
* KingMook: Of its offspring, the Arachas. The one in the Mining Facility isn't even a unique specimen, since Arachas are all over the desert, so another one is met in the Lanayru Shipyard.
* RedBaron: Bears the title "Thousand-Year Arachnid".
* RedEyesTakeWarning: It telegraphs which claw it will attack with by having the eye in it glow red.
* ScaryScorpions: It has the habit of taking preys by surprise by popping from the sandy floor.

A huge, golden statue which Ghirahim brings to life with his dark magic. It is located in the Ancient Cistern.
* {{BFS}}: In the second stage of the battle, it wields six huge swords, which Link can take advantage of.
* BringIt: This [[ official artwork]].
* EasilyDetachableRobotParts: Justified, given that the only thing holding it together is some sort of [[CastingAShadow dark magic]].
* GigglingVillain: Upon its defeat.
* HeartbeatSoundtrack: Plays when it first assembles itself.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Link must use Koloktos's own swords against it during the second phase.
* InCaseOfBossFightBreakGlass: In its second phase, a grate covers the weak point. You have to break it open with one of its own swords.
* LightIsNotGood: This artistically designed golden robot in a beautiful pillared room is definitely out to kill you.
* MultiArmedAndDangerous: In later phases, every one of its six arms wields a gigantic sword.
* PullingThemselvesTogether: Link can pull it to pieces to get a shot at its weak point, but after a few seconds it'll reform.
* RedBaron: Bears the title "Ancient Automaton".
* SlasherSmile: Upon its defeat. ''[[NightmareFuel And it's not there when it dies.]]''

A tentacled beast which is encountered in the Lanayru Desert. Boss of the Sandship.
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: It starts attacking the Sandship, then Link.
%%* {{Cthulhumanoid}}
* CombatTentacles: It attacks with its tentacles both directly and from the ground.
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: While most of the other bosses are Ghirahim's monsters, this thing doesn't actually appear in the Sandship, it just suddenly appears out of nowhere and attacks the ship.
* GoForTheEye: Link has to shoot him in the eye.
* PrehensileHair: Eel-like head tentacles in the vein of {{Medusa}}.
* RedBaron: Bears the title "Abyssal Leviathan".

A parasite who seems to have lodged itself inside the whale deity Levias.
* BodyHorror: No wonder Levias was acting irritable. The thing's tentacles are the size of small buildings.
* NoOntologicalInertia: Kill it, and Levias goes back to his normal, affable state. The skies in the Thunderhead also stop being grey and stormy.
* GoForTheEye: Its weak point is its large, winged-pupil eye.
* RedBaron: Bears the title "Ocular Parasite".
* TennisBoss: The only way to defeat it is by deflecting the slime attacks it throws at Link.


The Goddess who sealed the Demon King away. Zelda is the reincarnation of [[AmnesiacGod Hylia]], and [[BigBad Ghirahim]] wants to capture Zelda so his [[GreaterScopeVillain master Demise]] can gain ultimate power.
* ActionGirl: Implied to be this in the prologue due to her wielding a sword, most likely Fi. Even moreso by the fact that the three goddesses had her protect the Triforce.
* BatmanGambit: Knowing her chosen hero would stop at nothing to save her, she orchestrates Zelda's descent to the surface.
* BigGood: She's the biggest opponent to Demise, and uses her power to take humans, and secretly the Triforce, to a place that is out of reach for the hordes of demons. She also entrusts Levias and the guardian dragons the Song of the Hero so a worthy adventurer can prove his worth and get access to the Triforce to wish for the definitive eradication of Demise. And she doesn't mind giving up her divine form in the whole process.
* TheChessmaster: Sets up more or less the entire game, including most of the dungeons, with the intent for her destined hero to create the Master Sword and claim the Triforce.
* ChooserOfTheChosenOne: Though she (as Zelda) doesn't realize this at first, as she simply believes she's following the traditions.
* GodInHumanForm: It's revealed through the last arc of the game that Zelda is Hylia [[AmnesiacGod reincarnated]].
* GodOfGood: Her duty is to protect the living ones from Demise, the GodOfEvil.
* HotGod: In the special prequel manga in the back of the Hyrule Historia, she is shown to be this.
* LastOfTheirKind: She's said to be the last of the gods.
* ManipulativeBitch: Given that Hylia's plans for her and Link never took into account their feelings on the matter, Zelda thinks so.
* MythologyGag: Hyrule and Lake Hylia, as seen in later games, are named for her. Also, a very specific and ''very'' subtle one that connects it to the [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI original game]]: In the first game, the manual explains that the pointy-eared Hylian people are said to be ''descended from the gods''.
* TooAwesomeToUse: What she thinks of the Triforce given to mortals by [[TopGod the supreme golden Goddesses]], her frustration in being unable to use it as fellow-deity, hence her labors and efforts to seal it away from everyone (except for her chosen hero after passing grueling trials and challenges). It's not until she returns as [[spoiler:a mortal reincarnation, Zelda, and after mediating, does she surmise the old gods devised this deliberately to give mortals hope, and sealing it away wasn't her place or decision to make.]]
* WalkingSpoiler: The fact that she gave up her divine form and reincarnated as Zelda is one of the game's big twists.
* WomanInWhite: The manga has her appear in a white dress. It's implied to be the same one that Zelda later wears.
* WorthyOpponent: Is seen as this by [[GreaterScopeVillain Demise]]. He finds her human reincarnation, Zelda, to be rather underwhelming in comparison.


Zelda's father, and the headmaster of the Knight school.
* AsYouKnow: Said word for word when he explains about the connection between Skyloftians and their Loftwings.
* BigOlUnibrow: It's in a V-shape.
* CoolOldGuy: Even when he's very worried about the situation of his daughter, he never loses his cool.
* EccentricMentor: His looks and manners of speech are unorthodox, but he's still a wise person.
* MrExposition: Mainly when it comes to Skyloft's history.
* MythologyGag: His name is explicitly a reference to [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Kaepora Gaebora]]. He also bears a resemblance to Rauru, who was [[WordOfGod eventually confirmed]] to be the original form of the aforementioned owl. His eyebrows also somewhat resemble the horns of an owl, and the intense glare of his neutral facial expression resembles an owl's eyes.
* ShipperOnDeck: He seems to be aware of Zelda's feelings for Link, as he muses how she was jealous of Link's relationship with his Loftwing when they were younger.

[[folder:Owlan and Horwell]]
Two instructors that assist Gaepora and the students in the academy.
* {{Adorkable}}: Owlan, when you give him a Kikwi.
* CuteKitten: Horwell always takes care of Gaepora's Remlit, Mia, so much that he feels he wants one. Because of the Remlits turning into vicious little things at night, he puts Mia out.
* EyesAlwaysShut: Horwell always has his eyes closed.
* ForScience: Owlan has a fascination with plant research and he wishes to find new species. And that includes fetching him a Kikwi, which is both a fauna and flora example (much to his delight).
* ThemeNaming: Like most of the residents of Skyloft, they are named after birds or, more specifically, owls in order to coincide with Gaeopora.

[[folder:Cawlin and Strich]]
Groose's lackeys.
* BeetleManiac: Strich, who is probably a ShoutOut to [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Agitha]], considering both of them have a fascination with bugs and can give Link ridiculous amounts of money.
* FatAndSkinny: Cawlin is the fat guy and Strich is the skinny guy.
* FriendToBugs: Strich, to the extent that he actually ''buys bugs from people''.
* GangOfBullies: Groose, Cawlin, and Strich.
* {{Gonk}}: Both of them, Strich a little more so.
* {{Jerkass}}: Strich later shows a nice side, but Cawlin is a jerk through and through.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Or maybe bronze. Strich. He ''did'' help kidnap Link's Loftwing, but he's happy to talk to Link regarding bugs, and later on in the game, he's genuinely sorry for wanting to keep Beedle's bug despite the guy being so stressed over it. Though, he was willing to keep the bug anyway unless Link beat his challenge.
* HypocriticalHumour: Cawlin [[{{Jerkass}} snickers at]] [[HopelessSuitor Groose]] for being upset over Zelda's disappearance. Later on in the game, he's ''much'' more upset when he doesn't get to hook up with Karane.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Delivering the letter to the ghost in the bathroom instead will upset Cawlin really badly; in addition, said ghost will haunt him every night. Who's worse, the jerk who throws eggs in the Wing Ceremony or [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential the guy whose 'bungling' gets the guy haunted by a lovestruck ghost every night?]]
* ThemeNaming: Like most of the residents of Skyloft, they are named after birds--the macaw and the ostrich.
* ThoseTwoGuys: They're always seen together at first. They later become more independent of each other.

A senior student at the Knight Academy who the other students look up to.
%%* BigBrotherMentor: To Link.
* {{Bishonen}}: Not as much as Link, but still very handsome.
* BrokenAce: Pipit is a senior class student, winner of the previous year's Wing Ceremony, crushed on by Karane, and is constantly upbeat and happy to help Link out. As it turns out, he's barely able to pay the Knight Academy tuition fees due to his mother constantly squandering their money, causing him to stay up all night patrolling the grounds. What makes it worse is that it's one of the few problems that Link can't help with -- in fact, he can potentially actively harm the issue by playing the cleaning minigame repeatedly.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Inverted, Pipit is a good guy who's quite mean to his mother because she is a lazy woman who would rather pay Link to clean the house, money they only have because Pipit works hard doing night patrols to both fund his tuition at the Knight Academy ''and'' put food on the table.
* RelationshipUpgrade: With Karane if Link delivers Cawlin's letter to her.
* TheReliableOne: Pipit is one of the most upstanding knights at the academy and works hard every night to support himself and his thankless mother.
* SempaiKohai: Pipit acts as the sempai to Link and the other students.
* ThemeNaming: Like all the residents of Skyloft, he is named after a bird--the pipit.

A senior student at the Knight Academy who is popular with the male students.
* DudeMagnet: Both Cawlin and Pipit end up falling for her, and Fi even points it out. Depending on Link's actions, she and Pipit can start dating.
%%* FieryRedHead
%%* GirlishPigTails
* LoveTriangle: Gets caught in a Type 4 triangle between Cawlin and Pipit. If Link delivers Cawlin's love letter to her, she'll choose Pipit. If Link gives it to the ghostly hand, neither of them will win, and Karane will start flirting with Link instead.
* RelationshipUpgrade: With Pipit if Link delivers Cawlin's letter to her.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Has a crush on Pipit. If she and Pipit do not end up together, her attention seems to get diverted to Link.
* ThemeNaming: Like most of the residents of Skyloft, she is named after a bird--the crane.
* ThirdOptionLoveInterest: Link if you deliver Cawlin's letter to the ghostly hand.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: She's a {{Tomboy}} compared to Zelda, the GirlyGirl.
* TwoGirlsToATeam: She and Zelda are the only female students at the Knight Academy. According to [[AllThereInTheManual background info]], they're close friends.

A weak and timid student from the Knight Academy.
* BlushSticker: Seems to be a permanent fixture on his face.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Thanks to an insane regimen of exercise aided by stamina potion, Fledge eventually becomes strong enough to do thousands of push-ups in a setting and lift a huge barrel with one arm, although he doesn't bulk up in any visible way.
* ShrinkingViolet: He's very timid and is easily pushed around by Groose and his lackeys, but can become stronger and more confident with Link's help.
* ThemeNaming: Like most of the residents of Skyloft, he has a bird themed name--the fledgling is the earliest stage in a bird's life, which fits his shy and meek demeanor.

A ghostly hand of a young girl that haunts the Academy's toilet. Her name is unknown.
* AbhorrentAdmirer: Her stroking of Cawlin's head at night gives him nightmares that negatively affect his sleep.
* AllThereInTheScript: Her name is given as Phoeni in the Prima ''Skyward Sword'' guide, and so fans generally take to call her that.
* CuteGhostGirl: We actually only see her hand, but it's a pretty cute hand, and she generally acts pretty nice.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Her reaction to Cawlin.
* NoNameGiven: Even Fi is unable to find out her name in its analysis.
* RunningGag: She continues a tradition of [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment totally random]] [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext toilet hands at night]] from ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames Oracle of Ages]]''.

[[folder:Crimson Loftwing]]
A Loftwing of a rare red color who has a bond with Link.
* BondCreatures: It and Link share a bond that keeps them together spiritually.
* GiantFlyer: Like the other Loftwings, it's big enough to carry Link through the Sky.
* HorseOfADifferentColor: Red, a very rare color in its species.
* LawOfChromaticSuperiority: Red, again due to the rarity.
* NoNameGiven: It's just known as "Link's bird" or the Crimson Loftwing. Its actual name is unknown.

[[folder:Skyloft Bazaar]]
!! {{G|adgeteerGenius}}ondo, [[HonestJohnsDealership Rupin]], [[ChubbyMamaSkinnyPapa Luv]], [[HenpeckedHusband Bertie]], [[FortuneTeller Sparrot]], [[TeamChef Piper]], [[DefrostingIceQueen Peatrice]], and [[OverprotectiveDad Peater]]

These eight people are located in the Skyloft Bazaar, offering various services to Link. [[note]]Note that Piper is only located in the Bazaar and doesn't offer any service to Link, while Peater's mini-game is located on a different island.[[/note]].
* {{Acrofatic}}: Peater is rotund and looks incredibly out of shape, but is quick enough with his tiny sword (much smaller than Link's, even at the beginning of the game) to cut a stalk of bamboo upwards of 30 times before it falls.
* BigEater: Fi mentions that Luv's hobbies are eating and sleeping.
* ChubbyMamaSkinnyPapa: Luv and Bertie, respectively. Luv's relative girth is at least partially a result of her BigEater tendencies.
* CrystalBall: Sparrot uses one to foresee the future. In his sidequest it breaks and Link has to get him a new one.
* DefrostingIceQueen: The more you visit her at the Item Check, the more Peatrice will loosen up and become enamoured with Link. She is a classic {{Tsundere}}, starting out tsun-tsun (with lines like "not that I care, anyway") and becoming dere-dere, gushing everytime she sees Link. {{Inverted}} if you choose to reject her; when you see her, she describes herself as "the woman who [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial got over her broken heart]] and is getting prettier by the day."
* FortuneTeller: Sparrot.
* GadgeteerGenius: Gondo, who, along with upgrading your items, likes to tinker with things in all his spare time. This becomes helpful when he needs to repair his grandpa's robot for Link.
* HartmanHips: Piper.
%%* HenpeckedHusband: Bertie, to Luv.
* HonestJohnsDealership: Rupin, though he isn't dishonest about his wares, just puts on an overly-friendly demeanor to sell his stuff.
* IWasQuiteALooker: Peater, apparently, before he started putting on the pounds.
* TheInsomniac: Bertie, thanks to his crying kid. The typical crankiness that comes with this trope is averted, though.
* SmittenTeenageGirl: Peatrice, towards Link.
* StepfordSmiler: Rupin appears overly cheerful and bubbly while running his shop at the Bazaar, but drops this act at night. However, he also notes that his nighttime persona is also not his "real" self.
-->'''Rupin''': What? You think I'm being gruff? You think I'm totally different during the day? Well, I get tired of having to be a smiley shopkeeper all day, all right? Just don't think that this is the real me.
* TeamChef: Piper serves this role, though she usually spends more time making the food than letting people eat it.
%%* TopHeavyGuy: Gondo.
* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer: Despite his impressive UtilityBelt, Gondo somehow does all his repairs and upgrades with a simple screwdriver.

A shopkeeper who continuously pedals on a bike to keep his airship afloat.
* BeetleManiac: He loves his prized horned beetle.
* HonestJohnsDealership: Has shades. He admits he doesn't know what some of the items he sells do, but he'll still charge you more than a thousand rupees for them.
* KarmicTrickster: If you enter his shop, look at the merchendise, and then try to leave without buying anything, he chastises you for wasting his time and pedaling energy, and pulls a lever that drops you out of his flying shop through a trapdoor.
* LegacyCharacter: Chronologically, he's the very first Beedle.
* {{Pun}}: Beedle has a pet beetle.
* PurpleProse: Beedle's "real persona", which he assumes only outside of work hours, ''is'' this trope.
* StealthPun: Beedle, being a merchant, keeps his shop flying by generating electricity with a stationary bicycle. What's another word for merchant? He's a peddler.
* TookALevelInJerkass: To past appearances. There's no membership cards for discounts and eventual rewards (and the discount he gives you for finding his lost rare beetle only extends to the next item you buy), his prices reach into the 4-digit range, and if you leave the shop without buying anything, he yells at you for making him pedal harder due to the added weight, then drops you out a trap door.

A demon in Skyloft who wishes to become human.
* AscendedDemon: If you collect all the Gratitude Crystals, he becomes a human. Mostly.
* {{Camp}}: That he's a big, imposing demon doesn't take away from the fact.
* CollectionSidequest: Gratitude crystals.
* DarkIsNotEvil: He may have a demonic face, but is otherwise a nice and considerate being.
* FaceOfAThug: Unless you help him.
%%* HumanityEnsues:
* MookMaker: Unintentionally, his demonic aura attracts monsters to Skyloft. Once he's human, they vanish and the Remlits become tame.
* NiceGuy: He just has a bad reputation.
%%* NobleDemon:
* PinocchioSyndrome: The reason he wants so many Gratitude Crystals is so that he can become human.
* UnclePennybags: He's implied to be very rich, judging by the amount of Rupee wallets he can give Link. He's also a nice, amicable guy.

[[folder:Pumm and Kina]]
This father and daughter team are the owners of The Lumpy Pumpkin, a pub popular with the Skyloft Academy Knights that specializes in Pumpkin-related food like Pumpkin Soup. At one point, Link breaks their chandelier, starting several sidequests.
* BerserkButton: Pumm goes nuts if you break the chandelier, but it's inevitable if the player seeks to reach HundredPercentCompletion.
* DudeMagnet: Kina. A few boys (and a mogma) at the Lumpy Pumpkin are seen fawning over her, and Fi calls her "the pretty face of the Lumpy Pumpkin".
* EdibleThemeNaming: Their names are based around the word "pumpkin".
* RecurringElement: They fulfill the Talon and Malon role as the simple agricultural father daughter duo. Like Malon, Kina is also a singer. They specialize in pumpkin soup rather than milk, however.
* TheUglyGuysHotDaughter: Kina is pretty cute, while his dad is rather... not good-looking.

A Goron archeologist who is trying to uncover the history of the surface and sky worlds.
* AdventureArchaeologist: Gorko is fascinated with Skyloft culture, and asks Link for help on his research. He also likes to travel to dangerous places just to get some research.
* LargeHam: Becomes one when he gets really excited.
* MediumAwareness: He has some awareness of the kind of setting he's in, but he never seems to grasp that he's repeatedly bumping into [[ChosenOne the goddess's chosen hero]].
* MrExposition: Tends to take on this role, especially when it comes to explaining the Goddess Walls and Gossip Stones.
* RecurringTraveller: Early on, you find him all over the place on the surface investigating ancient mysteries, but later in the game, he permanently stays next to the Goddess Wall behind the Sealed Temple.
* SpockSpeak: He rarely uses contractions, if at all. From the perspective of his scholarly experience and the fact that he's not a Hylian, it makes design sense.

Bucha is the elder of the Kikwis, who gives Link a slingshot if he is able to find four of the missing Kikwis.
* LargeAndInCharge: The other Kikwis are smaller than Link, but he's larger than most of the game's enemies.
%%* {{Leitmotif}}
* PaperThinDisguise: He ''thinks'' he's a MasterOfDisguise, but he's so huge that he stands out a mile.
* VerbalTic: He caps off his sentences with his name.

[[folder:Kikwi Kids]]
!! Machi, Oolo, Lopsa, and Erla

They are Kikwis who Link has to find in order to get the Slingshot from Bucha.
* ParanoiaFuel: InUniverse, Lopsa can't stop thinking bad things will happen to the forest even after Faron flooded it to get rid of the monsters. He lets it go after commenting on it, though.
%%* {{Ridiculously Cute Critter}}s
* VerbalTic: They cap off their sentences with their names.

[[folder:Ledd and Cobal]]
Two Mogmas that Link first meets in Eldin Volcano. Ledd seems to be the SmartGuy of the two.
%%* {{Leitmotif}}
* MeaningfulName: They are both frequently found underground. So are the elements Lead and Cobalt.
%%* MoleMen
%%* SmartGuy: Ledd
%%* ThoseTwoGuys

A dragon-like deity that lives at Lake Floria.
* FantasticRacism: She prefers having the humans gone from the woods, even when they had complete respect for nature.
* FishPeople: While not exactly humanoid (only her face, kimono, and posture are vaguely human), her overall theme is aquatic in nature.
* GoodIsNotNice: She's far from the most personable or considerate of dragons, but she is one of the Goddess' chosen servants and does prove a valuable ally.
* {{Jerkass}}: She has a good mind to eat the hermit that helped you find her, she floods the woods to get rid of the monsters (not caring about the Kikwis or the nearby Sealed Temple), she refuses to let Link know her part of the final song even after he saved her, and she clearly thinks little of her fellow dragons.
* MakingASplash: She's the deity of water, so that's kind of a given.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: You first encounter her in a basin tending to her wounds, which, as she is quick to inform you, came from Ghirahim. Prior to those injuries, she was eating her way through his Bokoblin hordes - literally, with some of them. Even jerk dragons know what evil is, apparently.
%%* OldMaster
%%* OurDragonsAreDifferent
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Her response to the rising monster population in Faron Woods is to flood the entire place, regardless of the Kikwi living there. Though in her defense, the Kikwi don't seem to mind it, Bucha even enjoying the change of scenery.

One of the legendary dragons that lives in the Eldin province.
* BadassMoustache: He has very long whiskers.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Inverted, since we see the 'beware' side first when he causes Eldin Volcano to erupt, presumably to chase away the rising Bokoblin population.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: His eruption knocks Link out, causing him to lose his sword and adventure pouch, and while he's unconscious, the Bokoblins steal everything except his sail.
%%* OldMaster
%%* OurDragonsAreDifferent
* PaletteSwap: He kind of looks like Faron, except he's red and she's blue.
* PlayingWithFire: He's a fire dragon, even living inside a volcano.
* VolcanoLair: He actually lives inside Eldin Volcano.

The third legendary dragon, who resides in the past version of Lanayru Desert.
* TheAgeless: Implied to be this. However, he can "die" from other causes, or at least become unable to move, as evidenced by his skeleton, had the player not cured him of his illness. It still responds by lighting up his eyes, much like how the robots still respond, but cannot move or speak as he is only bones.
* BossRush: After completing his part in the main story, he offers you the option to revisit past boss battles in a randomly patterned marathon, with rewards for each boss fought and the option to stop at anytime. In NewGamePlus, he also adds the FinalBoss to the lot.
* CoolOldGuy: The eldest of the dragons with a love for helping in training heroes.
* GlowingEyelightsOfUndeath: In the present, his glowing yellow eyes are the only thing besides his skeleton that make him out to be one of the three dragons.
* IncurableCoughOfDeath: When placing Timeshift Stone next to his skeleton, you find out that his past self is afflicted with an unknown disease that makes him cough sporadically, despite his immortality.
%%* OldMaster
%%* OurDragonsAreDifferent
* PostModernMagic: He may have developed the Ancient Robots, and even suggests designating Link with a model number, despite being an ageless dragon created eons ago by Hylia.
* ShockAndAwe: He rules over thunder.
* TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers: Unlike the other two, he's found dead, lacks a flow of his element down his belly (instead having a few glowy horizontal bars), and in personality is much more excitable and affable than the snobby Faron and nice-but-serious Eldin.
* WizardBeard: Made from clouds.

A huge, whale-like deity who wanders around the collection of floating islands called the Thunderhead.
* BassoProfundo: His vocals are the lowest out of the four.
* DemonicPossession: Is a victim of it by Bilocyte.
* MeaningfulName: His name is derived from Leviathan, whose name also means whale.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Pumm periodically prepares pumpkin soup for him. You actually have to bring it to him at a certain point of the game.


A race of potato-shaped, Kiwi bird-esque creatures that live in Faron Woods.
%%* {{Leitmotif}}
* MasterOfDisguise: Their ability to look like a normal piece of grass is quite effective. Except for the elder, Bucha.
%%* {{Planimal}}s
%%* {{Ridiculously Cute Critter}}s
* ThemeNaming: All of them are named after various kinds of tea, such as Bucha from Kombucha, Machi from Macha, Oolo from Oolong, etc. Their names in other language versions are other kinds of tea.
* VerbalTic: They cap off their sentences with their names.

A race of lava dwellers that seemingly take the place of the Gorons as the resident fire-themed race. All of them seemingly took fashion tips from [[Series/HappyDays Fonzie]].
* DistressedDude: Two of them are captives in the Fire Sanctuary.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: They all come off as rather gruff when first meeting Link, but they're really nice guys who are more than willing to help him out.
* {{Leitmotif}}: When you talk to them, a jazzy track plays in the background.
* LovableRogue: They happily chat about robbing the local temple, but they aren't bad guys at all.
%%* MoleMen
* OneGenderRace: All of the Mogmas seen in the game are male.
* PunnyName: "Mogma" (モグマ) comes from "mogura" (モグラ), which is Japanese for "mole".
* OddNameOut: The Mogma that runs the thrill digger mini-game is named Tubert, which is derived from "tuber". Found buried in the ground, but not a metal, but a plant part (like a potato).
* ThemeNaming: Save for Tubert, their names tend to be a spin on the names of metal-based chemical elements; for instance, you have Cobal for "cobalt", Ledd for "lead", Guld for "gold", etc.
* TopHeavyGuy: Their torso is much bigger than their legs.

A tribe of squid-like creatures that live in Lake Floria.
* CoolKey: The key to the Water Dragon's chamber is a Parella's ''head''.
%%* EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods
* FantasticRacism: They don't exactly take kindly to people other than their own. Fairly justified with their hatred of humans, since the first 'human' they met was [[BigBad Ghirahim.]]
* LawOfChromaticSuperiority: The red one, named Jellyf, is described as being the leader of her species because she is more intelligent than the others.

[[folder:Ancient Robots]]
A tribe of small robotic creatures that live mainly in the past version of the Lanayru region.
* AbsurdlyDedicatedWorker: Their entire purpose is to dig for Timeshift Stones, with the exception of a few, such as Skipper, his crew, and Scrapper.
%%* CuteMachines
* FloatingLimbs: Their hands are attached to their body by some sort of electrical current.
* InterspeciesRomance: Scrapper has a rather one-sided crush on [[EmotionlessGirl Fi.]] Strictly PlayedForLaughs. A double CargoShip.
* {{Jerkass}}: Gondo's robot Scrapper. The rest of the robots vary from gruff and unhelpful (the robots hard at work in the mine) to neutral (the ones in front of the dungeon) to friendly and helpful (Skipper, and the robot that gives Link a "current" map of the region).
%%* MechanicalLifeforms

The only race that remains from previous games, besides the Hylians of course.
* RuleOfThree: You come across a total of three Gorons in the game.
* WalkingTheEarth: Possibly. As the Gorons have no real home at this point in the timeline (with their usual dwellings in other games being used by the Mogmas), they seem to be nomadic in this game, appearing all over the place to aid [[TheHero Link]].

[[folder: Guardians]]
The servants of the godess Hylia. They inhabit the Silent Realms of the game, obstructing Link's progess in his trials. They come in two categories; Sky Guardians and Earth Guardians.
* AnimatedArmor: As far as we can tell, they are animated statues.
* CarryABigStick: The Earth Guardians carry large maces.
* DualWielding: The Sky Guardians carry two blades each.
* GoldAndWhiteAreDivine: They have this color scheme, and serve Hylia.
* ImplacableMan: Unless Link can keep grabbing Tears of Light, they will relentlessly chase him through the Silent Realm.
* OneHitKill: Their attacks defeat Link instantly upon the first succesful impact.


[[folder:Bokoblins and Moblins]]
The most prominent enemy race in the game, and one of the most common. They have a loose society, traveling in gangs looking for places to pillage; though being demon footsoldiers, they ultimately answer to Ghirahim.
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: While some other Zelda games [[TokenHeroicOrc contain]] helpful ''Blins'', all are Demise's followers here.
* FakeUltimateMook: The Bokoblin leaders, encountered early in the game, seem to be the ultimate type of Bokoblin. They're soon overshadowed by Blue Bokoblins, Moblins, and Technoblins.
* FatBastard: Bokoblins are thin, but have protruding potbelly, and all of them are Demise's followers raving Hyrule. Taken to [[UpToEleven extreme levels]] with the [[GiantMook Moblins]], [[{{Squick}} which are fat enough to have]] JigglePhysics in their gut.
* FanDisservice: The Moblins are huge, fat, and wear nipple rings and thongs.
* EliteMook: Blue Bokoblins. The guide even refers to them as "the truly elite of the Bokoblin family."
* GiantMook: Moblins forgo their usual [[PigMan pig]]/bulldog look for a fat oni-like appearance more similar to Bokoblins, though it's worth noting that they still make very pig-like snorts while patrolling.
* GoofyPrintUnderwear: ''Leopard'' print, to be specific.
* {{Gonk}}: The Bokoblins are all pretty ugly. But they're nothing compared to the Moblins, who have JigglePhysics for FanDisservice. Of course, they are non human.
* LeanAndMean: Bokoblins have skinny physiques with noticeable potbellies. They are also Link's most frequent foes, and are making things difficult for the regular people of Hyrule.
* MascotMook: They're the most populous {{Mook}} ''Skyward Sword'', and appear prominently in publicity material.
* MusicalNod: One of the Bokoblins in the final face-off with Ghirahim plays the flute song from ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast A Link to the Past]]'' on his monster horn.
* TheHorde: Probably rivals the [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Bulblins]] in this department. Before the last fight with Ghirahim, you'll face an endless supply of them till you reach one of his barriers.
* NightOfTheLivingMooks: The Ancient Cistern's basement houses undead Bokoblins called Cursed Bokoblins.
* {{Oni}}: In this game, they derive much of their design from Japanese Oni, down to sometimes carrying heavy clubs and wearing cat-printed undergarments.
* OurDemonsAreDifferent: This game reveals that they were originally part of the army that invaded the surface with Demise.
* PantyShot: [[FanDisservice Unfortunately frequent]]. Even as decaying zombies, their leopard print underwear is visible. It keeps them alive according to Fi!
* RunningGag: Their undergarments are always mentioned in Fi's scans of them.
* SavagePiercings: Bokoblins wear large, heavy golden earrings that make their earlobes droop (as opposed to Links smaller, more discreet earrings). Moblins also have these, along with [[FanDisservice prominent nipple rings]].
* TooDumbToLive: Despite being [[TookALevelInBadass a bit more competent in combat]], they're still pretty damn stupid. This is even {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in Fi's description of them. To give you an idea, throwing a bomb at them will make them take cover... even if that "cover" is lava. When fighting the army of them, some of them will use lit bombs. If you don't get within their throwing range, they won't throw them, and will blow themselves up. And if you ''don't'' kill them but remain out of range, they'll throw the bombs, [[HerdHittingAttack likely taking out the massive group of Bokoblin massing for attack.]]

The unmistakable race of lizards that don't appear as frequently as Bokoblins, but are still quite prominent. They fight with their massive stone gauntlets, spiked tails, and their fire breath, and are far more competent fighters than Bokoblins.
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: All Lizalfos are followers of the Demon tribe.
* BewareMyStingerTail: Their tails have spiked balls at the end, which they take advantage of in combat.
* BreathWeapon: They can breath fire. The later Dark Lizalfos breath cursed energy that disables Link's use of the sword.
* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: If you try to snipe them with a long-distance weapon, they'll always block it, even if they shouldn't possibly predict it coming. Although, this only applies to assaults to the front; their backsides are fair game.
* TheComputerShallTauntYou: If they block your attack, they'll stick their tongues out at you and make mocking sounds. Which actually provides an [[TooDumbToLive excellent opportunity]] to strike them, provided you attack them from the right angle, as if you hit the gauntlet instead, they retaliate with a {{Shoryuken}}.
* LightningBruiser: In addition to being quite durable and hard-hitting, Lizalfos are very good at dodging Link's sword.
* LizardFolk: Lizalfos are humanoid lizards.
* {{Shoryuken}}: If a Lizalfos blocks Link's sword with its gauntlet, it immediately follows up with a Shoryuken.
* UndergroundMonkey: Later on in the game, there's a dark variation of the typical Lizalfos, which are capable of cursing Link with their breath.

[[folder:Chu Chus]]
Slimy creatures appearing in nearly every location, ranging from small to large.
* AsteroidsMonster: The bigger versions will split into smaller versions when cut.
* BlobMonster: Chu chus are made of slime.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: One for each region. There are red versions (Eldin Volcano) that set you on fire, yellow versions (Lanayru Desert) that electrify themselves, and blue (Skyloft) and green versions (Faron Woods) that... don't really do anything. There's also purple ones that live underwater when Faron floods her woods.
* GiantMook: The biggest kind of Chu Chu is truly gigantic.
* TheGoomba: The blue and green versions are the weakest, most basic enemies in the game.
* PersonalSpaceInvader: Their one attack is to leap and cling onto Link.

Aquatic, frog-like creatures which come in many different varieties, appearing in basically every region of the game.
* CartoonCreature: They resemble frogs more than anything else, but it's hard to determine. They seem to be a mix of various types of reptiles.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: Much like the Chu Chus, there are red "Magma Spumes" in Eldin Volcano, purple "Cursed Spumes" in the Volcano Summit, yellow "Electro Spumes" in Lanayru Desert, and blue "Aqua Spumes" in the Lanayru Sand Sea.
* LavaIsBoilingKoolAid: They can swim in lava.
* SandIsWater: Yeah, they swim in sand, too.

The reanimated skeletons of human knights who fought and died centuries ago but still continue to fight. A stronger variant called the Stalmaster has an extra pair of arms. There are also skeletal three-headed snake monsters called Staldras that can only be defeated by cutting off all three heads at once. Except for the Staldras, Stalfos are MiniBoss-level enemies which appear in the dungeons of Faron Woods.
* BadassArmfold: Stalmasters normally keep their second pair of arms folded.
* DemBones: ''Stal'' is the Hylian word for bone, while ''Fos'' means Folk. Thus Stalfos are animated skeletons.
* DualWielding: Their use of two (or, in the case of Stalmasters, four) swords requires that you carefully aim your sword swings.
* EliteMooks: The Stalmasters are much tougher then Stalfos.
* HydraProblem: Staldras are hydras.
* MultiArmedAndDangerous: The aforementioned Stalmasters use four swords with their four arms. They're pretty stronger than the regular Stalfos.
* MultipleHeadCase: Staldras are skeletal hydras with multiple heads.
* TheUndead: They're all animated skeletons of humans, and various other creatures.
* ThirdEye: Stalmasters have a third eye socket visible when their helmet is broken.

[[folder:Armos, Beamos, Sentrobes]]
The game's resident MechaMooks, native only to time-shifted areas of the Lanayru region. Although they are robotic, they have a certain {{mayincatec}} feel to their design.
* ColorContrast: They have a red-and-blue motif as part of their designs, a CallForward to a similar motif among Gerudo designs.
* EyeBeam: Guess how Beamos defend themselves?
* MechaMooks: They're all mechanical
* {{Mayincatec}}: They look more like mechanical totems and tikis than traditional robots, especially the Armos.
* OurMonstersAreDifferent: Advanced robots with {{Mayincatec}} designs.
* RuleOfThree: There are a total of 3 robotic enemies in the game.
* SegmentedSerpent: As in every game, you can kill a Beamos by nicking it in its eye with an arrow, but until you get a bow, you'll have to settle for slashing its segments off and then stabbing the eye.