Take ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'', turn it into a graphic novel, and you get this. Beautiful combinations of plot and humor (usually), the manga follow the adventures of Link and what he does in that game to save the day and rescue Zelda (usually).

So far, the official manga are:
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI The Hyrule Fantasy'' by Kobayashi Susumu.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI'' and ''[[VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink The Adventure of Link]]'' by Ran Maru. ([[Manga/TheLegendOfZeldaI has its own page]])
* ''[[VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink The Adventure of Link]]'' by Daisuke Shigoto.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI'' and ''VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink'' by Yuu Mishouzaki.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'' by Creator/ShotaroIshinomori. Run in ''Magazine/NintendoPower''.
* ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast A Link To The Past]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening Link's Awakening]]'' (2 volumes) by Ataru Cagiva.
* ''Oath of Lilto'', an [[ElsewhereFic elsewhere spin-off]] centered around original characters.
* Multiple adaptations by Akira Himekawa. Other than Ishinomori's ''Link to the Past'', this is the only series of manga to get a wide English release.:
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast''
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' (2 volumes)
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask''
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames'' (2 volumes, one for ''Ages'' and one for ''Seasons'')
** ''Manga/TheLegendOfZeldaFourSwordsAdventures'' (2 volumes, [[Manga/TheLegendOfZeldaFourSwordsAdventures has its own page]])
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheMinishCap''
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaPhantomHourglass''
** A prequel short story based on ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'', which is included in the ''Literature/HyruleHistoria'' art book.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' (ongoing)
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker: Link's Logbook'', a collection of humorous {{Yonkoma}} (4-panel strips) rather than an adaptation.

Most of the manga are written in Japanese and have been fan-translated on the internet for people to read, like at [[http://www.zeldalegends.net/index.php?n=manga Zelda Legends]]. Official English translations of all of Himekawa's adaptations have been released; and the Ishinomori version of ''Link to the Past'' was written for the English audience in the first place.

Not to be confused with the [[ComicBook/TheLegendOfZelda Zelda comics]], produced in 1990 and 1991 and based on the two NES games in the franchise. The Ishinomori ''Link to the Past'' adaptation, while listed here, also has [[ComicBook/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast its own page]].
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!!This manga series provides examples of the following:

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[[folder:General]]
* AdaptationalWimp: The bosses from the games are often less powerful in manga adaptations, and rarely need more than a single blow to be killed.
* BigBad: Usually Ganon(dorf). Sometimes turns out to be Vaati/Gufuu, and was once the Skull Kid. Twinrova is TheManBehindTheMan (er, women behind the man) in the ''Oracle'' stories.
* {{Bishonen}}: Link is this more often than not.
* ComicBookAdaptation
* CourtlyLove: Some of the stories, ''Ocarina of Time'' and the Himekawa ''Link to the Past'' in particular, depict varying shades of this between Link and Zelda. ''Four Swords Plus'' presents them with gifts of flowers and holding hands.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Princess Zelda.
* FairyCompanion: Navi in ''Ocarina of Time'' (as in the game), Tatl and Tael in ''Majora's Mask'' and Ciela in ''Phantom Hourglass'' (ditto), the nameless fairy in ''Four Swords'', Ephermelda in Ishinomori's ''A Link to the Past'', and Felicia in ''Link's Awakening''.
* HeroicMime: Averted in most of the mangas, but used frequently in the ''Wind Waker'' 4-koma.
* UsefulNotes/JapanesePronouns: Most of the younger Links - 4 Swords, Phantom Sword, Minish Cap - uses the "boku", while the others - [=LttP=], Oracle, Ocarina, Twilight - tend to use "ore" in the Japanese version.
* KidHero: Link in almost every adaptation.
* LuminescentBlush: Multiple examples.
** Link has this (complete with hearts in his eyes) when Zelda kisses his cheek in the first half of ''Ocarina of Time''.
** He also does it repeatedly during the course of the Himekawa ''Link to the Past.''
* ParentalAbandonment: Typical of the ''Zelda'' franchise, although the background of ''Oracle of Seasons'' does show the death of Link's mother. There's no indication of his father's identity, however. Conversely, ''Four Swords Plus'' gives him a father, but no mother. ''Link to the Past'' (Himekawa version) explains the absence of both, as it's plot-relevant.
* RaisedByGrandparents: Link, in a few of the stories.
* RequisiteRoyalRegalia: Zelda is almost never seen without it (except, of course, when she's Sheik or Tetra).
* SuddenlyVoiced:
** Link talks in the comics.
** A lot of unintelligent monster and animal type enemies can now talk.
* ThisCannotBe: Some villains when they're defeated in the adaptions made by Akira Himekawa.
* ThisIsUnforgivable: The adaptations made by Akira Himekawa seem to admire this trope. Link calmly declares this to Ganondorf in ''Ocarina of Time'' after being forced to kill his old friend Volvagia in order to free him from Ganon's curse and awaken Darunia as the Sage of Fire. He also shouts this at Agahnim in ''A Link to the Past'' as he absorbs his magic with the Master Sword and sends it right back at him after Agahnim sends Zelda to the Dark World encased in a crystal as part of a sacrifice ritual to open a portal to said realm itself.
* TheWisePrince: Gender-inversion. Zelda, whose wisdom is even sought and deferred to by adults when she's a child, such as Link's father in ''Four Swords Plus''.
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[[folder:The Legend Of Zelda - Ran Maru]]
* {{Cult}}: [[spoiler: The Cult of Ganon are the main antagonists of the Adventure of Link, led by the Greedy Prince, Ganon's alter ego. They are successful in reviving their master in Vol. 2]]
* DissonantSerenity: Don't let the Osamu Tezuka-style art fool you. [[BloodierAndGorier These four volumes are quite bloody]]. The most violent they get is in the final volume of the Adventure of Link. [[spoiler: Link defeats his Shadow by bisecting him down the middle, with a visible blood splatter. [[OneSteveLimit The Zelda from the first game]] is dropped into a pool of lava, before Link is able to save her. The kicker is when Greedy Prince rapidly decays before a skeletal Ganon runs him through.]]
* RetCanon: Of all the things that first appeared in the manga, Link's pink hair seems to be the thing least likely to be adapted into the games, and yet Link ended up having pink hair in ''A Link to the Past''.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Link inexplicably has pink hair in this manga. This later appeared in the games with ''A Link to the Past'' (though that's only due to sprite limitations and his canon color is blond).
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[[folder:A Link to the Past - Multiple Versions]]
* CursedWithAwesome: In the Ishinomori version, Roam has come to accept and even depend on his beast form (a hawkman) to aid him in battle. Ghanti in the Himekawa version doesn't mind her beast form (a wolf or fox, it's hard to tell), either. Link himself has a noticeably better form in both compared to the game's rabbit -- he's a wolf. But he doesn't let himself fall victim to it.
* DarkWorld: The {{Trope Namer|s}} world of ''A Link to the Past'', of course.
* DeathByAdaptation: [[spoiler: In all three manga adaptations, Link's uncle remains dead at the end of the story and is not revived.]]
* DecompositeCharacter: [[spoiler: In the games, Agahnim is Ganon's avatar in the Light World. All manga adaptations depict them as seperate villains.]]
* TheDragon: Agahnim. (The game, in contrast, depicts him as [[spoiler: Ganon's clone.]])
* GhostReunionEnding: Link's Uncle and parents are seen together at the end.
* PlayingTennisWithTheBoss: How Link fights Agahnim in all three manga.
* PsychicLink: ([[JustForPun No pun intended.]]) Link and Zelda are brought together by her telepathic distress call, as in the game. In at least Himekawa's version, they then continue to maintain their psychic bond throughout much of the story. Averted in the Cagiva version where Link is never contacted by Zelda, but instead, is given a mission to save Zelda by the leader of the knights.
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[[folder:A Link to the Past - Shotaro Ishinomori]]
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[[caption-width-right:262:[[Creator/VIZMedia Viz]]'s 2015 edition cover.]]

This comic was originally commissioned by and ran in Nintendo of America's official magazine, ''Magazine/NintendoPower''. As it turns out, this comic was actually an early example of OELManga. It was originally published in English in America and then translated into Japanese afterwards. In fact, the Japanese edition is still printed in left-to-right format, has horizontally formatted left-to-right text, and the original English sound effects are left untranslated. See more at ''ComicBook/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast''.


* AdaptationSpeciesChange: The soldiers of Agahnim turn out to be AnimatedArmor created by the sorceror. Likely because Nintendo Power didn't want a scene of Link decapitating a brainwashed guard.
* AscendedExtra: Sahasrahla. Sahasrahla's grandson who only had a handful of lines in the game becomes a minor recurring character, but he doesn't seem to be a blood relative of Sahasrahla in the manga.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: The end of Shotaro Ishinomori's version of ''A Link to the Past'' is has a rather grim tone compared to the otherwise happy ending of the original game it was based on. Link and Zelda defeat Ganon, but Roam is dead, unlike in the game Link's uncle is not resurrected, Link is permanently separated from his friends in the Dark World, and Link and Zelda are separated in the ending due to their conflicting duties with Zelda expressing feelings of loneliness.]]
* CanonForeigner: Roam and Epheremelda.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Epheremelda.
* CombinedEnergyAttack: After stunning Ganon with the Master Sword, Link tells Zelda to shoot him with Roam's crossbow, despite not having found the Silver Arrow. The willpower of Link, Zelda, Roam, and the rescued maidens transforms the ordinary arrow into a Silver Arrow, destroying Ganon.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Shotaro Ishinomori's version of ''A Link to the Past'' is quite dark in comparison with the game, despite it not taking itself too seriously.
* DefectorFromDecadence: Zora, the only monster seen who doesn't try to kill Link on sight, and in fact steps in at one point to save his life.
* DemonicPossession: Rather than just being Ganon in disguise, Agahnim is a separate person who was possessed by Ganon.
* {{Expy}}: This version of the ''A Link to the Past'' manga features a knight character named Roam who is basically a Hylian version of [[Manga/Cyborg009 Jet Link]]. Fitting, as this series was drawn by [[SuperSentai Shotaro]] [[KamenRider Ishinomori]].
* FairyCompanion: Epheremelda is another one of the non-canonical fairy companions that predate Navi.
* GainaxEnding: The ending was confusing to some people.
* MagicMirror: The mirror from the game, which allowed Link to travel between the two worlds, is replaced in Ishinomori's version with the "Com[[SpellMyNameWithAnS (m)]]-Fork", a magical tuning fork allowing communication (but not transportation) between the Light and Dark worlds.
* MissionControl: Sahasrahla and co.
* OELManga: An early example from long before the term OELManga was coined. It differs from most OEL Manga in that it was drawn by a big name manga artist, Creator/ShotaroIshinomori. One has to wonder how ''Magazine/NintendoPower'' managed to hire him to draw this comic.
* PeekABangs: Link is drawn with bangs covering one of his eyes, even though he has never had this hairstyle in any of the games. It's kind of reminiscent of Manga/Cyborg009's peek-a-bangs.
* RetCanon: Although not the first FairyCompanion, Epheremelda is the first to have the appearance of a ball of light with wings. Epheremelda only looked like this in distant shots and had a humanoid appearance in closeups. Also, Zelda first used a bow and magic arrows to help defeat Ganon in this manga, before she started doing it in the games with ''The Wind Waker''.
* ReusedCharacterDesign: Like many manga artists from his generation, Ishinomori frequently gave his older characters new roles in later mangas. Cyborg 002 shows up with Hylian ears as a CanonForeigner Roam.
* TheRival: Roam, he is also trying to save Zelda and defeat Ganon, but he's very antagonistic towards Link.
* SssssnakeTalk: Zora.
* SteamPunk: The hot air balloon Link uses the second time he sneaks into Hyrule Castle looks like it was designed by Creator/DrSeuss.
* TalkingInYourDreams: After trekking from the desert to Death Mountain, and then sticking his hand into a DarkWorld portal, an exhausted Link begins seeing visions of Sahasrahla and Zelda. Link wonders aloud if these are mirages, but Zelda informs him, "We are in our dream ... If two people dream the same thing, they will meet." Link later wakes up on the ground in front of the Tower of Hera, thinking "That was a strange dream," but finding that [[OrWasItADream someone has bandaged his wounded arm]].
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[[folder:A Link to the Past - Ataru Cagiva]]

An adaptation of ''A Link to the Past''. This manga is set in the same continuity and has the same Link as the ''Link's Awakening'' manga. It was actually created and released after the ''Link's Awakening'' manga, making it a {{Prequel}}, despite the original ''Link to the Past'' game being released before the ''Link's Awakening'' game.

* AdaptationalAttractiveness: The King of Hyrule is much younger and thinner in this manga than he was in the game.
* AnnoyingArrows: At one point, Link's arm is pierced by an arrow all the way through, but this only leaves a minor wound that quickly heals.
* BareFistedMonk: Rasuka fights entirely bare handed in a setting where everyone else uses swords.
* CanonImmigrant: [[spoiler: The Master Sword's guardian is revealed to be a {{Precursor Hero|es}} and the previous wielder of the Master Sword who fought against Ganon 600 years ago during the Imprisoning War. This manga came out in 1995, three years before ''Ocarina of Time'' which makes the Hero of Time a CanonImmigrant from this manga. This comes across more as Nintendo and Ataru Cagiva having the same idea of a previous hero wielding the Master Sword during the Imprisoning War rather than a deliberate attempt at a Canon Immigrant. This would also make his unnamed FairyCompanion a rough counterpart to Navi as well.]]
* CanonForeigner: Link and his uncle's friends Tou and Rasuka. Rasuka accompanies Link on his quest. There is also the leader of the Hyrulean Knights who serves as a mentor to Link and also accompanies him. When Link tries to pull the Master Sword out of its pedestal, a guardian spirit appears to test if Link is worthy to wield it. In the Dark World, Link meets Kanika, a scholar who is knowledgeable about the Dark World.
* CryIntoChest: Leader comforts Link after Link's uncle dies by having Link cry into his chest while shirtless.
* {{Expy}}: The Master Sword's guardian's fairy companion has an identical character design and personality to Felicia from the ''Link's Awakening'' manga.
* FacelessGoons: Averted, the Hylian guards have visible faces.
* FakeDefector: [[spoiler: Kanika openly admits to previously working for Ganon but has had a change of heart and joins Link. It turns out he was TheMole all along]].
* FairyCompanion: Link's spirit advisor, the Master Sword's guardian, has a fairy companion who also turns out to be a spirit as well.
* HeroWithBadPublicity: Not only is Link wanted for kidnapping Zelda like he does in the game, in the manga, he is also framed for the murder of his uncle.
* HeroicLineage: [[spoiler: The Master Sword's guardian who is revealed to be a past hero and the previous wielder of the Master Sword who fought Ganon during the Imprisoning War is also revealed to be Link's ancestor]].
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: In their final fight, Link kills Agahnim by running him through with the Master Sword.
* InTheEndYouAreOnYourOwn: Rasuka and Leader accompany Link on his entire quest, but in the final fight against Ganon, Link goes in alone.
* LegacyCharacter: The Master Sword's guardian is revealed to be a hero from centuries in the past who had previously wielded the Master Sword.
* AMatchMadeInStockholm: Link and Zelda meet when Link kidnaps Zelda to get her away from Agahnim.
* TheMole: [[spoiler: Kanika]].
* NamedByTheAdaptation: Link's uncle is given the name Zanji in the manga.
* NoNameGiven: The Master Sword's guardian and his FairyCompanion are unnamed in the manga.
* PetTheDog: Agahnim revives a puppy that was run over by a coach with his power. This is a {{subversion}} as he only did this act of kindness to gain people's trust.
* PietaPlagiarism: Part of Link's uncle's death scene.
* PrecursorHeroes: The Seven Sages seal away Ganon during the Imprisoning War in the backstory. [[spoiler: A CanonForeigner, the Master Sword's guardian, is revealed to be the previous wielder of the Master Sword who fought against Ganon during the Imprisoning War.]]
* Really700YearsOld: Kanika and everyone else in the Dark World. After Ganon created the Dark World 600 years ago, time stands still for people inside of it and they no longer age.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler: Kanika dies from injuries he sustains returning the Master Sword to Link.]]
* RetCanon: [[spoiler: The concept Link being mentored by a SpiritAdvisor of a previous hero who wielded the Master Sword would appear in a canon game in ''Twilight Princess''. Going by Nintendo's official timeline, both spirit advisors would be the same person on different timelines.]]
* TheRival: Rasuka was always fighting duels with Link since they were children and even when they go on a quest to save Hyrule together, they still end up competing against each other.
* SpiritAdvisor: Link is mentored by the guardian of the Master Sword. [[spoiler: The guardian is later revealed to be the spirit of the previous hero who wielded the Master Sword.]]
* ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself: Rasuka and Leader walk in on Link's fight against Agahnim, but stand aside to let Link fight Agahnim himself.
* SecretTestOfCharacter: The Master Sword's guardian fights Link to see if he is worthy of wielding the blade. Link ends up being no match against the guardian, but the challenge was to test Link's resolve and not his fighting ability.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: [[spoiler: The King of Hyrule is never killed in the manga like he was in the game.]]
* TenderTears: Link cries after his uncle is murdered. Zelda thinks Link's tears are a sign of weakness, but the leader of the knights tells her that Link cries because he loved his uncle and that Link's love is a sign of strength.
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: [[spoiler: Subverted. Link throws the Master Sword at Agahnim, but it turns out to be a trap with Agahnim being an illusion. The trap results in Link losing the Master Sword, the only weapon that could harm Agahnim]].
* TheWallsAreClosingIn: Rasuka and Leader get trapped in one of these rooms and Link has to use the Master Sword's SwordBeam to break them out.
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[[folder:Link's Awakening - Ataru Cagiva]]
* ApocalypseAnarchy: [[spoiler: Reasoning that Link will likely wake the WindFish, the monsters go on a hedonistic rampage, and destroy animal village.]]
* ApocalypseMaiden: [[spoiler:Link. Link is told that he is the "Messenger of Awakening", a [[TheChosenOne chosen one]] who will awaken the Wind Fish. He later finds out that the true role of the "Messenger of Awakening" is to cause a DreamApocalypse and destroy the island]].
* BagOfHolding: Felicia holds the Instruments of the Sirens for Link. She dematerializes the instruments for storage and rematerializes them when Link needs them.
* BloodKnight: Master Drona, the Hinox warrior, fights Link for the enjoyment of fighting. This also applies to the other monsters to a lesser extent who make it clear they enjoy fighting.
* CanonForeigner: Felicia, the {{Tsundere}} FairyCompanion. She's another Canon Foreigner fairy companion that predates Navi. There are also several original villains like Karuna, the Moblin swordsman, and Master Drona, the Hinox warrior.
* DamselInDistress: [[spoiler: Surprisingly enough, not love interest Marin, but the fairy companion Felicia who is kidnapped by Moblins.]]
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: There seems to be a G-rated equivalent of DidYouJustHaveSex during a [[http://www.otakuworks.com/view/87922/the-legend-of-zelda-links-awakening/vol-01/read/140 dialog exchange between Link and Felicia]]. Of course, that isn't what actually happened, this is a Nintendo game after all.
* GirlNextDoor: Interpretations of Marin in the game range from exotic islander to girl next door, the manga goes heavily into a girl next door interpretation.
* HeroesWantRedheads: Link likes the red-headed Marin.
* HeroicBSOD: Link gets one after [[spoiler:learning the truth about the island]].
* InvincibleHero: Link in this depiction, the only time the possibility of him losing is when his sword breaks and when he fights Dethl, apart of that he's presented as being pretty much unbeatable. The other time he's in danger is when his sword breaks and he has to fight a monster with bare hands. This ends up working out since the focus of the story is less about the tension of him succeeding in his quest, he, in fact, clears dungeons off-panel, and more about coming to grips with the reality of it.
* ItMayHelpYouOnYourQuest: Link is given the ocarina from Madam [=MeowMeow=] as a reward for rescuing Bow-Wow instead of finding it in the Dream Shrine like in the game.
* JumpIllCatchYou: Played straight between Link and Marin when they are attacked by monsters while traveling to the Animal Village.
* LotusEaterMachine: [[spoiler: Since Link can actually talk in the manga, a good portion of the manga deals with Link's emotions as he eventually accepts that he must wake the Windfish and bring about the end of Koholint Island.]]
* MasterSwordsman: One of Link's fights is with Karuna, a Moblin master swordsman.
* NamedByTheAdaptation: The unnamed ghost in the original game is given the name "Nakura" in the manga.
* NoHuggingNoKissing: One of the rare aversions for this franchise. While there still isn't any actual hugging or kissing, the manga does play up the romance over what was present in the game if only because Link can talk.
* SmoochOfVictory: Madam [=MeowMeow=] tries to give Link one for rescuing Bow-Wow, but Link runs away in terror.
* TakeUpMySword: Literal example. Nakura the ghost in the manga is a soldier who defended the island when he was alive. After Link takes him back to his house, he gives Link his sword which finishes his UnfinishedBusiness.
* TenMinuteRetirement: [[spoiler:Thinking that waking the Wind Fish will result in a DreamApocalypse ([[CaptainObvious which it does]]), Link abandons his quest and tries to leave the island his own way.]]
* {{Tsundere}}: Felicia.
* WrongGenreSavvy: Link assumes he's on a run of the mill save the world quest. [[spoiler: He finds out he's dead wrong and his actions will actually destroy the island, which prompts him to try and run away from it, not aware that of the YouCantFightFate present.]] On a lighter note, when he gets his hands a new sword, he initially assumes that it's just an ordinary sword like what he was using before. He finds it's a lot more than that.
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[[folder:A Link to the Past - Akira Himekawa]]
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A third adaptation of ''A Link to the Past''. This manga was created as a tie-in to the Game Boy Advance release of ''A Link to the Past'' in 2005.

* AdaptationalHeroism: Vitreous is a friendly {{Cyclops}} girl as opposed to the game where it was a mass of eyeballs acting as a boss without any real background.
* AdaptationSpeciesChange: Just like Ishinomori's comic, the guards are actually AnimatedArmor rather than real people.
* BadassAdorable: Ghanti, and to a certain extent, Link himself.
* BalefulPolymorph: People who wander in the Dark World for too long end up turning into beasts because of Ganon's power. [[spoiler: Not to mention that Agahnim transformed Ghanti into Trinexx as part of his plan to get Link to succumb to his hatred. It is implied that the rest of the transformed people turned back to normal, with Ganon's power disappearing after his defeat, and Link's wish for Hyrule to be at peace.]]
* BettyAndVeronica: Ghanti the bandit (who has dark hair) is jealous of Link's feelings for blonde Zelda.
* CanonForeigner: Ghanti the bandit. [[spoiler: Subverted in that [[CanonCharacterAllAlong she is transformed into the monster Trinexx.]]]]
* ChekhovsGun: While on his way to Hyrule Castle in the middle of a storm, Link finds an apple coming from his farm. He cleans it and picks it up, then a priest in the Sanctuary blesses it, rendering it able to heal any injuries. It comes into play several times afterwards, culminating in [[spoiler:Link giving it to Ganty to heal her after she was mortally wounded as Trinexx]].
* ClippedWingAngel: All the monsters Link fights in the Dark World turn back into humans afterwards.
* ContinuityDrift: This manga came out over a decade after the other two ''Link to the Past'' mangas and incorporated elements from the later games released in the series that didn't exist when the earlier mangas were created. Ganondorf's human form uses his design from ''Ocarina of Time'' and the Armos Knight uses the ''Ocarina of Time'' design for Armos rather than the original ''A Link to the Past'' design.
** ContinuityNod: An odd one, as it's to one of the games instead of another one of the Zelda manga. Link's beast form in the DarkWorld isn't a bunny, [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess but a wolf]].
* CooldownHug: Zelda delivers one to Link when [[spoiler:his hate for Agahnim makes susceptible to the Dark World's corruption and starts to transform him]].
* CurbStompBattle: Compared to how much trouble he had fighting other monsters, Link pretty much owned Trinexx. Aside from parrying its fire breath with his sword, he didn't have to do anything other than to hit it. Once. Even he noticed how Trinexx wasn't that strong.
* DeadPersonImpersonation: Agahnim was a friend of Link's father who was killed by Ganon. Ganon then took Agahnim's form as a disguise.
* EmpathicWeapon: The Master Sword has some intelligence to it.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Played straight for most of the manga, but averted by the ending, in which Zelda is crowned Queen of Hyrule.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Agahnim was genuinely good-hearted until Ganon's power fucked his mind up]].
* FantasticFruitsAndVegetables: Link wants to be an apple farmer. Keeping with the imagery, he also gets a healing apple.
* HeroicLineage: Link is descended from the Knights, [[spoiler: as is Ghanti, turns out she wasn't descended from thieves.]]
* HeelFaceTurn: Ghanti, who started off as a bandit before becoming Link's friend.
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: Agahnim indulges in a bit of this once he's captured Zelda, saying how he's wanted her for a slave since the moment he first saw her.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: [[spoiler:Subverted - Link is set up to be this, but Agahnim takes great pleasure in showing him that he's not as incorruptible as he thinks]].
* ItWasWithYouAllAlong: [[spoiler: Ghanti's earrings]] turn out to be the weapon they will need to defeat their enemy.
* LoveTriangle: Ghanti the bandit cites this as the reason for her reluctance to help Link rescue Zelda.
* OnlyThePureOfHeart: The Dark World transforms those with greed or hate in their hearts, so someone like Link [[spoiler:or Link's parents]] can travel through there without fear of a BalefulPolymorph. [[spoiler:That isn't to say Link can't be corrupted...]]
* SecretKeeper: The barkeeper and bar patrons in Kakariko Village doesn't turn Link in after his wanted posters go up, and help him out by telling him to leave via the back door and handing over a map.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Ghanti's name can also be spelled "Ganty".
* StabTheSky: The Master Sword actually ''tells'' Link to do this after he draws it from its pedestal.
* VillainousBSOD: Agahnim experiences this at one point in the manga.
* WastefulWishing: Link uses the Triforce to wish for his own apple farm rather than wising his uncle or parents back to life.
* YouAreWhatYouHate: [[spoiler: Ganty hates the Hylian knights so much, she used to want to kill Link because he's descended from them. Turns out ''she'' was descended from the Hylian knights too, and the thieves killed her real parents. Learning that leads her to get over her hatred.]]
* YouDontLookLikeYou: The designs for Kholdstare and Vitreous are completely different from the original ones. While Game!Kholdstare is a spikeless Franchise/{{K|irby}}racko and Game!Vitreous is a genderless giant poison-oozing eye surrounded by other eyes, Manga!Kholdstare is a Franchise/{{P|okemon}}iloswine-like creature and Manga!Vitreous is a female giant one-eyed troll.
* YouKilledMyFather: Ghanti the bandit declares Link her enemy because he's the last of the Hylian knights, whom she has been raised to believe killed her parents. She's, therefore, surprised to find that [[spoiler: her guardian lied to her and she herself is, in fact, also descended from the Hylian knights]].
* YouMustBeCold: Link wraps Zelda in his cloak to protect her from the rain when they escape from Hyrule Castle. She smiles and tells him that it's warm, prompting the first appearance of his recurring LuminescentBlush.
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[[folder:Oath of Lilto - Junya Furusawa]]
''The Legend of Zelda: Oath of Lilto'' is a spin-off set in the Zelda universe around the time of ''A Link to the Past'' but staring original character Lilto and his friends, with Link and Princess Zelda only having a small role in the story.

* CanonForeigner: All of the main characters including Lilto and his friends.
* DemotedToExtra: Link and Zelda.
* DolledUpInstallment: Although it's a Zelda manga, the art style is blatantly that of ''VideoGame/DragonQuest''.
* ElsewhereFic: Elsewhere Spin-off.
* ExpandedUniverse: This is pretty much the only official Zelda manga that isn't a direct adaptation of a game and tries to expand on the Zelda universe. The main characters are {{Canon Foreigner}}s but the story takes place in the same setting as the Zelda games.
* {{Expy}}: Lilto's character design is almost identical to Bianca's son from ''VideoGame/DragonQuestV''.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Ocarina of Time - Akira Himekawa]]
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[[caption-width-right:250:[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tankōbon#Kanzenban Kanzenban]] edition cover featuring both volumes.]]

* ABoyAndHisX: X being a horse; Link and Epona.
* AdaptationalHeroism: [[spoiler:In the game, Volvagia was an ancient beast that devoured Gorons, Ganondorf had resurrected it to use their extinction as an example of those who defy him. Volvagia in the manga was Link's pet dragon, and rather cute and friendly, and only tried to kill him because he was BrainwashedAndCrazy.]]
* AdaptationalVillainy:
** Unlike the game, Sheik is a double agent working for Ganondorf. [[spoiler:This is subverted in the end, as Sheik was Zelda in disguise simply swearing loyalty to throw off suspicion.]]
** Due to more information regarding him revealed AFTER this manga was released, Ganondorf is depicted how he was before games like ''The Wind Waker'' and ''Skyward Sword'' gave him a FreudianExcuse and being a TragicVillain, a remorseless [[TheSociopath sociopath]] [[AGodAmI with delusions of grandeur]]. Even with just ''Ocarina of Time'' in mind, Ganondorf's actions are amped up in terms of cruelty as the manga gave tragic backstories to monsters like Volvagia where none exist in the game.
* AdaptationalWimp: Zelda unfortunately gets hit with this, despite her own achievements in the game ([[DistressedDamsel even with its flaws]]). To compare, In the game [[TheSlowPath she manages to survive all those seven years of hardship]] ''by herself'', with the help of Impa, who must have taught her to defend herself, and that's something that ''took'' guts. What does she do in the manga, instead? [[spoiler:She opts to skip all those seven years by letting Impa put her to sleep, allowing a ''male'' mind to do all the hard work for her in her body, instead, in the identity of Sheik]]. In other words, she takes the easy way out, depriving her of any form of character development in the process.
* AdaptationInducedPlothole: The manga skips the Temple of Shadows, meaning that we see Link collecting only five medallions... but when he haves to break the barrier around Hyrule Castle, the sixth medallion appears out of nowhere, along with Impa in the group shot with the other sages.
* AdaptedOut: Bongo Bongo, due to the Shadow Temple being [[AdaptationInducedPlothole mysteriously skipped]].
* AllAnimalsAreDogs: Epona behaves much like a dog in this manga.
* BadFuture: A key plot point in the ''Ocarina of Time'' manga, just like in the game.
* {{Bishonen}}: Adult Link is depicted as this in the second volume of ''Ocarina of Time''.
* {{Brainwashed}}: [[spoiler:Zelda, by Impa, to become Sheik, on her own request]].
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: [[spoiler:Volvagia]], compared to his canon game version where he was always evil.
** The Gerudo tribe was shown to be brainwashed heavily late in the manga along with Nabooru, to which the original game only subtly hinted at with the former.
** Ingo suffered this as a punishment for losing Epona, whom he had been planning to give to Ganondorf. His original punishment was [[YouHaveFailedMe execution]].
* CallForward: Although not in the Japanese version but rather in the English release, the Stalfos that Link encounters in Hyrule Castle Town as both a child and an adult is named [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Stallord]].
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig-zagged]] with Unlucky Malon. Though at first, she refuses Link's rescue in favor of waiting for her idealized "Prince on a White Horse", throughout the rescue begins to wonder if Link is her prince. [[ShipTease Just as she begins to consider romance with Link]], Zelda is brought up, and Link's reaction makes it clear that his heart is set on Zelda. Instead of moping about it, she gives up on that train of thought and carries on with her life.
* ContinuitySnarl: Despite Zelda explaining that [[spoiler:she was voluntarily put to sleep during all those seven years, the manga still passes it off as if she did it all by herself]].
* DyingAsYourself: [[spoiler:Volvagia, in one of the manga's biggest TearJerker moments.]]
* EnigmaticMinion: Sheik.
* EvilTwin: Dark Link (obviously).
** The Deku Tree gets his own evil counterpart, the Baga Tree, in a bonus story.
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: Link's fight against Volvagia is presented as this. [[spoiler: It only regains its memories after Link injures it fatally. And by "fatally" we mean ''cutting its head off''.]]
* OffWithHisHead: How Link kills [[spoiler: Volvagia]].
* RememberTheNewGuy: [[spoiler: Right after Volvagia is introduced, we have a flashback to Link's childhood, when we saw Link buying a newborn Volvagia from Hyrule Market and keeping it as a pet before he picked up the Master Sword, even though it wasn't present in that segment.]]
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: [[AvertedTrope Sadly averted]] with Zelda for most of the story, [[spoiler:because instead of being able to help Link by herself as Sheik like she did in the game, she was put to sleep by Impa the entire time, while a male personality did all the work for her in her body as Sheik.]]
* SailorsPonytail: This adaption gives Adult Link one, which he hides under his cap most of the time.
* ShipTease: Link with just about every main female character in his age group: Saria, Zelda, Malon, [[InterspeciesRomance Ruto]] (although he does seem to be leaning towards Zelda). {{Lampshaded}} by Navi:
-->Navi:"You sure are popular with the ladies. That's the third pretty young girl you've got!"
** Even Navi herself got some with him. Her last line is different from the games a bit and seems to portray attraction, which is [[WordOfGod canon in the games]].
* ShootTheDog: [[spoiler:Link's fight with Volvagia is this, due to the dragon being changed to have been a former childhood pet of Link's before being brainwashed by Ganondorf.]]
* ShoulderSizedDragon: Baby Volvagia in flashbacks.
* TapOnTheHead: Sheik knocks Link out and throws him in a gerudo cell.
* TragicMonster: [[spoiler:Volvagia]].
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Inverted, the manga provides an explanation to what happened to the Fairy Ocarina that Saria gives Link, compare with in the game where it just disappears after he gets the titular item. After Zelda tosses Link the Ocarina of Time, Ganondorf attacks Link and attempts to take it from him. However, he grabs the Fairy Ocarina by mistake assuming its the Ocarina of Time and smashes it in rage when he realizes it's the wrong one.
* YouHaveFailedMe: Ganondorf was planning to have Ingo executed for letting Epona escape with Link. Subverted, as Koume and Kotake decided to do something ''[[BrainwashedAndCrazy far worse]]'' to Ingo.
* YouKilledMyFather: The manga makes the implications that is from the original game that Ganondorf murdered Zelda's father during the raid a bit more blatant, where he tells Zelda, upon confronting her in a burning Hyrule Castle that she "will sleep in eternity with her father in this burning castle."
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Majora's Mask - Akira Himekawa]]
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* ABoyAndHisX: Link and Epona, again.
* AdaptationalVillainy: The Happy Mask Salesman is implied to have a little more to do with the events of the story than in the game.
* AdaptedOut: Romani and Cremia; the Himekawa authors admit that they couldn't work them into the story no matter how hard they tried, and include drawings of them at the end to make up for it. People who have played the game will likely find their absence rather jarring since their role in the game was of the few required subplots[[note]]You get Epona back partway through the sidequest, and she is needed to access the last two areas of the game.[[/note]].
** Much of the Ikana Canyon section of the game is glossed over in favor of expanding on the Kafei and Anju sidequest. All that's depicted is Link traversing through Stone Tower Temple, getting ambushed by one of the Twinmold monsters (as opposed to the two featured in the game), and defeating it fairly quickly. Justified in that by this point, it's well into the final day.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking. The officer of a group of soldiers Link is asked to help train. While Link humiliates his men, the officer actually manages to fight him on equal terms while sparring and the acknowledge the other as a WorthyOpponent.
* BalefulPolymorph: Link, when stuck in Deku form.
* BigEater: Link. {{Lampshaded}} by his host, who remarks that while he may have the battle skills of an adult, he still has the appetite of a child.
* CurbStompBattle: Link using the Fierce Deity' Mask against Majora. Majora only hits him once with its CombatTentacles (apparently trying to also electrocute him), which Link shrugs off and tosses the thing against a wall and kills it with one swing. Sorta a given seeing as the mask in the game allows the player to end the boss fight in seconds.
* DeadPersonImpersonation: Link blunders through a few of these in order to give the souls whose masks he wears some peace.
* ExpectingSomeoneTaller: Boy, did those soldiers regret thinking a "kid" was weak.
* GenreBlindness: A group of soldiers Link was brought to train with sees him, and even after hearing he's the famed hero assume he's just some overeager kid. [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome He promptly humiliates them offscreen]], even breaking some of their swords.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: When Link returns to his normal form (after having become a Deku Scrub), he checks to make sure he's 100% back to normal. A shot from behind shows him apparently ''lifting up his tunic'', and Tatl looks embarrassed and asks "what are you checking?!"
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: While none of the bosses have much of explanation where they came from in the game, here the first one actually makes his appearance by barging into the Deku Palace with no foreshadowing.
* InvincibleHero: Link, unlike some of the other mangas, is never any danger when fighting, in fact, the only time he's in any danger is when he falls into the poisoned swamp before the monkeys rescue him.
%% commented out as not a trope but a mixture * {{Ironic|Hell}} [[KarmicTransformation Transformation]]: Skull Kid turned Kafei into a child because Kafei (walking home from his bachelor party, late at night) turned down an invitation to play with the Skull Kid by saying "Kids like you should be in bed!"
* TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody: Link finds his kind words of encouragement to Anju, particularly when saying Kafei wouldn't abandon a "good girl" like her, to be pretty uncharacteristic for himself, attributing it to his Deku Scrub body.
* {{Prequel}}: The ''Majora's Mask'' manga includes a bonus story illustrating the creation of the titular mask.
* PsychoticManchild: Majora's Mask.
* PutOnABus: As an unfortunate result of the Romani Ranch subplot being scrapped from the manga, Epona is horse-napped at the beginning of the story, and at the very end she just comes back without ceremony.
** The inhabitants of Ikana Canyon, due to Link already completing Stone Tower Temple by that point in the manga.
* RippleEffectProofMemory: Link and Tatl are the only ones to experience it.
* ShoutOut: Mikau's grave has the epitaph,"Here lies a VideoGame/GuitarHero." [[note]]This only appears in the English and Italian versions, however; the original Japanese version was written before Guitar Hero's existence.[[/note]]
* ThisIsUnforgivable: Link's reaction to Majora's Mask vagabonding the Skull Kid after he said the mask was his only friend, calling him worthless and trying to kill him. To put this in perspective, Majora's Mask gives Link the Fierce Deity's Mask (going by it's Japanese name the "Oni Mask") and tells him to become the oni in a game of tag (Japanese terms for someone being "it"), and he agrees to the idea without a second thought.
* {{Tsundere}}: Tatl is a Type A example, as she was in the game.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: There were a couple of scrapped chapters of the manga that Himekawa couldn't fit in despite their best efforts. The first involved the Romani Ranch subplot with Romani and Cremia, and the second involved an Indigo-Go's concert where Link would show up as Mikau (Romani and Cremia also appear in this chapter, which might explain why it too was cut). Himekawa unveiled [[http://www.perfectly-nintendo.com/majoras-mask-a-look-at-a-scrapped-segment-from-the-manga-adaptation/ images from the scrapped chapters]] to commemorate the release of the game's ''[=3DS=]'' remake.
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[[folder:Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages - Akira Himekawa]]
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[[caption-width-right:250:Kanzenban edition cover featuring both volumes.]]

* AdaptationalHeroism: Maple in the original game, while not malevolent, was a JerkAss and a nuisance who would occasionally cause item losses if you weren't careful. In the manga, she ends up joining Link on his quest to stop Onox (if for completely selfish reasons) and comes to befriend him over the course of the story.

* AdaptedOut: Poor Farore can never catch a break. Also, Labrynna's Maku Tree.
* AnnoyingArrows: [[spoiler:Sir Raven]] can still fight quite competently after taking an arrow for [[spoiler:Link]].
* AscendedExtra: Maple the witch.
* AsLongAsThereIsEvil: A heroic version is invoked by Link
-->'''Link:''' Come back to life a thousand times and in ''any'' age, a hero bearing this symbol will appear to bring an end to your reign of terror!
* BigDamnHeroes: Several times, but most surprisingly by [[spoiler:Nayru]] after Link, Ralph, and Raven find themselves surrounded by Ambi's royal guard.
* BirthmarkOfDestiny: Link has one on his left hand in the shape of the Triforce. [[ImNotAHeroIm He's not exactly comfortable with the implications]] at the start.
* {{Bishonen}}: Link's ancestor Sir Raven.
* BookEnds: ''Oracle of Seasons'' begins with Link's grandfather explaining their family history and pointing to a portrait of Sir Raven. ''Oracle of Ages'' ends with Link's grandfather bringing up their family history again and Link looks at the portrait of Sir Raven again. However, as a result of Link's time travels, the portrait of Sir Raven has changed to look more heroic.
* BrawnHilda: Impa.
* CanonForeigner: Link's grandparents in both ''Oracle'' stories and Sir Raven in ''Oracle of Ages'', just for starters.
* TheCavalry: [[spoiler:Queen Ambi's army versus Ganon.]]
* TheChampion: Ralph to Nayru. Well, he ''aspires'' to be, at least.
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:Roperi's sprout]] ends up being vital in fighting Veran in ''Oracle of Ages''.
* ChekhovsGunman: Raven is introduced as a portrait in ''Oracle of Seasons.''
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: It's implied that Ralph in ''Oracle of Ages'' hopes to be the Victorious Childhood Friend for "my beloved Nayru," although it's not made clear whether he achieves this or Unlucky Childhood Friend.
* ComplainingAboutRescuesTheyDontLike: As with everything involving Link, Ralph finds a way to complain about having his life saved.
-->'''Ralph:''' Sure, ''you're'' happy. You saved the day... ''Again!'' I was all set to die heroically, but ''noooo...''
* CurbStompBattle: Link ''really'' doesn't fare well in his first proper fight with Onox.
** He fights Onox a second time when he comes to kidnap Din, he loses just as badly.
* CuteWitch: Maple in ''Oracle of Seasons''.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The ''Oracle of Ages'' manga adaptation may qualify.
* DelayedRippleEffect: Appears to be how changes in time work in ''Oracle of Ages''.
* DemonicPossession: Veran's specialty in ''Oracle of Ages''.
* DemotedToExtra: Holodrum's Maku Tree has a minmal role in the story compared to the game. Well, at least he gets to ''appear''.
* DiscOneFinalBoss: Onox, initially set up as the BigBad before Twinrova appears towards the end of the "Oracle of Seasons" manga, and ironically he puts up more fight than Veran or Ganon, taking Link, Ricky, and Maple to beat him. Veran, unlike in the game, is shown to be taking orders from them at the start.
* DorkKnight: Link, as Ralph comments in ''Oracle of Ages''.
-->'''Ralph:''' Zelda may be the famed ruler of Hyrule with mystical powers, but she sure picked a goofy hero.
* DramaticIrony: When Jhovan tries to press Link into joining the circus troupe permanently, Din scolds him for trying to decide Link's life for him -- he's aiming to become a knight (with a great deal of reluctance and almost entirely due to his grandfather's insistence) after all!
* EverythingsBetterWithCows: ''Oracle of Ages'' finds Link winning a competition so that he can send the prize cow home to his grandmother.
* ExpectingSomeoneTaller: Ralph is not impressed by Zelda's choice in heroes in ''Oracle of Ages''.
* {{Expy}}: Raven, Link's ancestor, is one for adult Link from ''Ocarina of Time''.
* FarmBoy: Link... sort of. He and his family were originally from Hyrule Castle Town but moved to the countryside when Link's mother fell ill.
* FightingDirty: How Link wins a DavidVersusGoliath match at the beginning of ''Oracle of Ages.''
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Nayru. Link also skirts this - some animals are even ''romantically'' attracted to him.
* HeroesWantRedheads: Link has a massive crush on Din in ''Oracle of Seasons''.
* HeroicLineage: Link's grandfather is quite proud of the fact that their family has served as knights of Hyrule for ages, which is why he's insistent on Link becoming one himself.
* ImNotAHeroIm: When Impa notices the Triforce birthmark on Link's hand, Link gets very defensive about it, insisting that it means nothing and that he's just a regular person.
* InterspeciesRomance: Piyoko the chicken, in ''Oracle of Seasons'', reveals herself to have romantic feelings for Link.
** Ricky nearly becomes this. He wants to be [[IgnoredEnamoredUnderling Link's retainer]] but becomes enamored with Link when Link calls Ricky his "Buddy". The kangaroo gets disappointed when he hears about Din, thinking his master has feelings for another, prompting the [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend appropriate reaction]] from Link. Though he vows to still [[PlatonicLifePartners follow him around forever]].
* KnightInShiningArmor: Raven, in contrast to Link's DorkKnight.
* [[LukeIAmYourFather Link, I Am Your Ancestor]]: Sir Raven. This is the reason why Link is worried about Raven fighting Veran.
* MagicMusic: The Harp of Ages - part instrument, part TARDIS.
* ManlyTears: Ralph sheds one or two in ''Oracle of Ages'' after Link saves his life.
* MarshmallowHell: Link endures this with Impa.
* MundaneUtility: Much to Ralph's surprise, it turns out you can use the Harp of Ages as just a plain old harp.
* MyOwnGrampa: At the end of ''Oracle of Ages'', Link discovers that his actions in the past have [[spoiler: changed his family's history, and there is a portrait of ''himself'' hanging in his grandparents' house. His grandfather crossly reminds him that this is Link, their greatest ancestor, after whom he was named. So Link was, in the altered reality, named after himself.]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: As Veran is happy to announce
-->'''Veran:''' You're just figuring that out ''now?'' Thank goodness the princess chose such a ''fool'' to be her hero. ''You're'' the one who broke the barrier and let me in!
* NotHimself: Impa insists on ''Link'' moving the stone blocking the path to Nayru when she's the one who can lift cows. Link finds it weird but unfortunately doesn't give it much thought until its too late.
* PintSizedPowerhouse: Being a short, skinny teenage boy doesn't stop Link from being very effective against large opponents.
* PrecociousCrush: Roperi has one on Raven, and eventually develops a bit of one on Link as well.
* RaisedByGrandparents: Link grandparents raised him and taught him [[OldMaster swordplay.]]
* RefusalOfTheCall: Link is conflicted about his BirthmarkOfDestiny and his grandfather's insistence that he become a knight in ''Oracle of Seasons'' because he doesn't want his future decided for him. While he does initially go to take the exam required to become one, he quickly gets sidetracked until Onox kidnaps Din.
* RememberTheNewGuy: Link's ancestor Raven introduced in ''Oracle of Ages'', who wasn't even mentioned in ''Oracle of Seasons''.
* RetGone: Veran attempts to do this to Link by ordering the execution of his ancestor. Includes Link experiencing DelayedRippleEffect dizzyness with his hand fading out like in ''Film/BackToTheFuture''.
* RippleEffectProofMemory: Everyone in ''Oracle of Ages'' seems to have it.
* SequelHook: The ending of ''Oracle of Seasons'', with [[spoiler:the witches Koume and Kotake]] plotting the events of ''Oracle of Ages''.
* SenselessSacrifice: Veran mocks Ralph's SuicideMission plan, pointing out that killing [[spoiler:his ancestor, Ambi, won't actually kill ''her'']]. Ralph counters that, while [[spoiler:Ambi's death]] won't end Veran, it will at least put a major spanner in her plans, and that's what he's hoping for.
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: Link keeps saying this to Ricky the kangaroo about Din in ''Oracle of Seasons''.
* TheSlowPath: The Harp of Ages. After Link runs off into the past with it, Ralph manages to find it in an antique shop in the present. Turns out that the guard who took it from Link used it to pay his bar tab.
-->'''Link:''' How did you get the Harp of Ages?
-->'''Ralph:''' Because ''you'' just left it lying around in the past!
* SpeaksFluentAnimal: Link in ''Oracle of Seasons'', thanks to the power of the Triforce. While he doesn't retain this power fully afterwards, it's shown in ''Oracle of Ages'' that animals can still understand him much better than other humans.
* StalkerWithACrush: General Onox seems to be this to Din in ''Oracle of Seasons''.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: Raven looks just like Link as an adult.
* SwordAndSorcerer: Link and Maple in ''Oracle of Seasons''.
* TakeMeInstead: After Onox defeats Link in a CurbStompBattle, Din offers herself up in exchange for the boy's life.
* TeamMom: Impa serves as this to the circus troupe in ''Oracle of Seasons''. After discovering that Link was RaisedByGrandparents, she decides that she's going to be ''his'' mom as well. Cue the MarshmallowHell.
* TeamPet: Piyoko the chicken in ''Oracle of Seasons''.
* ThereIsAnother: Not another ''hero'', but it turns out that [[spoiler:not ''all'' of the Mystery seeds needed to draw out Veran were destroyed]].
* TimeSkip: There's one year between ''Seasons'' and ''Ages''
* WalkingWasteland: Onox. Din realizes that he's been in the area when she discovers a long strip of inexplicably barren land stretching across a field.
* YouAreTooLate: At the end of ''Oracle of Seasons'' [[spoiler:Onox tells Link that he may have defeated him, but not before he could gather what he came to Holomdrum for and send it back to Koume and Kotake]]. Link doesn't get to learn the significance of this is until ''Oracle of Ages''.
* YouCantThwartStageOne: [[spoiler:Ganon is still revived, [[CameBackWrong although not quite in the state as his followers might have wanted]].]]
* YouMonster: Link screams this to Onox in ''Oracle of Seasons'' after he kills Piyoko as a chick.
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[[folder:The Minish Cap - Akira Himekawa]]
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* AdaptationalHeroism: [[spoiler: Vaati redeems himself, unlike the game.]]
* AdaptedOut: The Big Chuchu, Mazaal, and Big Octorok bosses don't appear at all (though Link has to flee from a couple Octorocks the first time he's tiny)
* BalefulPolymorph: [[spoiler:Ezlo was turned into a hat by Vaati.]]
* ChivalrousPervert: When Link's tiny, he takes advantage of an opportunity to look up [[TheCameo Anju's]] skirt. This nearly results in him getting crushed by bits of food she drops.
* CrocodileTears: Even if he knows she's not really crying, Link admits that Zelda can pretty much make him do whatever she wants by pretending to cry.
* EverybodyLives: Yep, [[SparedByTheAdaptation Vaati included]].
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: The manga changes the ending so that Vaati does this when the magic hat is removed from his head and he turns back into a Minish]].
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Ezlo.
* LighterAndSofter: [[spoiler: There is not a single death in the entire manga. All of the enemies that Link defeats are innocent beings that were cursed by Vaati and defeating them returns them to their original form (with the exception of the Gyorg pair who were chopped into sashimi). At the end of the manga, Vaati renounces his evil ways and apologizes for his actions.]]
* MythologyGag:
** When Link first discovers the Picori world, the mimics a piece of the game's promotional art.
** The elder Minish Librari is very proud of fighting a (to him) giant monstrous Cucco. [[VideoGameCrueltyPunishment Considering the general reputation that Cuccos have...]]
* PowerIncontinence: Vaati is unable to control his newly acquired powers after absorbing most of Zelda's Light Force, which gives Link the chance to defeat him.
* RebelliousPrincess: Zelda always tries to escape from the castle to hang out with Link.
* ShipTease: In the market, some people tease Link about being "really close" to Zelda, which makes both of them to blush.
* WhatHaveIBecome: [[spoiler: Vaati]] at the end.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Phantom Hourglass - Akira Himekawa]]
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* BelatedBackstory: The story of Wind Waker is told in a hurry in a flashback, but those who haven't played the game will probably be confused.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Between Linebeck and Jolene and also Linebeck and Ciela.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Linebeck's Member Card for Eddo's:
-->''Eddo's Garage Point Card (not in the video game)''
* SceneryCensor: Yes there is, involving Link. It's just as ridiculous as it sounds.
* SequelFirst: An odd example where there's no official Wind Waker manga but the sequel has been adapted. Even weirder is that it's the only one of the adult timeline to be properly adapted.
* {{Tsundere}}: Tetra is Type A of this trope.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:The Wind Waker 4-koma]]
* AffectionateParody: It's 4-koma for crying out loud.
* TheDitz: Link. However, it's frequently subverted in that he's either a GeniusDitz or a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}. {{Lampshaded}} by a certain talking boat:
-->'''King of Red Lions''': "Is he smart or stupid? I don't know."
* HeroicMime: Used frequently.
* LighterAndSofter: By virtue of being a cute and humorous 4-koma instead of a serious adaptation.
* RunningGag: A surprising number of people think that "[Link's] clothes look uncomfortably warm ..." [[spoiler: Including Ganondorf.]]
* SneezeCut: As Link is sneaking inside the Forsaken Fortress, Aryll reassures Mila and Maggie that her big brother is definitely going to come to rescue them. Cut to Link sneezing, almost giving his location away to a nearby Moblin.
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[[folder:Skyward Sword - Akira Himekawa]]
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[[caption-width-right:250:Japanese title page of ''Skyward Sword'' in ''Hyrule Historia''.]]

* AdaptationExpansion: Though Sky-Era Link is still the earliest Link playable, the book tells the story of the very first Link/Hero of the Goddess who is only mentioned in ''Skyward Sword.''
* TheAtoner: [[spoiler: The very first Link, the champion chosen by Hylia to wield the Master Sword, went through many hardships and ultimately died in the battle unable to head into the sky with his people. This was planned by Hylia, his hardships were necessary to make him strong enough to reforge and wield the Master Sword though Hylia deeply regrets having to do this. As such she blesses his spirit to forever be reincarnated should the land and people need his help]].
* BadassCape: Hylia's Chosen Hero wears a red one, distinguishing him from the [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword Sky Era Link.]]
* BittersweetEnding: The Demon King is sealed away and [[ForegoneConclusion the humans are safe in the sky]], [[spoiler: but Link is mortally wounded from battle and is unable to join his companions to the sky. After sealing [[BigBad Demise]] away, Hylia discovers her fallen hero and mourns his death. She quietly promises him that they will be reborn as [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword the Link and Zelda from Skyward Sword]]]].
* {{BFS}}: The original Master Sword as carried by the goddess, while no Buster, is a pretty decent zweihänder that brings to mind [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime the Biggoron Sword]]. Arguably [[JustifiedTrope justified]], as the weapon in this state is for use by the gods; when Hylia bids Link reforge it to be used by mortals, it becomes the modest arming sword the series loves.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Not so much the story but more so on the ''previous'' Link - quite possibly ''the first'' Link - who fought in the war against the demon king that's mentioned throughout the game. Goddess-Era Link is drawn with sharper features compared to Sky-Era Link, as well having a slightly more grimmer outlook.
* EasilyForgiven: The Goddess-Era Link was betrayed, imprisoned for years under horrible conditions. But when given the choice of saving or abandoning his people, he finds it in his heart to forgive and save them.
* HeroicSelfDeprecation: Upon being offered the Master Sword, Link hesitates, saying that due to his lingering feeling of anger and resentment that he is not worthy to even touch the holy blade. [[EmpathicWeapon The sword itself believed otherwise.]]
* TheSouthpaw: Notably, Goddess-Era Link is left-handed, despite Skyloft-Era Link being the first Link to be ''canonically'' right-handed.
* TheHeroDies: [[spoiler: The first Link]].
* MiscarriageOfJustice: Due to misleading evidence, the original hero is locked in a horrible prison for four years.
* NamedByTheAdaptation: The Goddess's chosen hero who was unnamed in the game is named Link in the manga.
* PietaPlagiarism: [[spoiler: Hylia holding Link]].
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[[folder:Twilight Princess - Akira Himekawa]]
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Originally released digitally starting on February 8, 2016 via the app [[https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/MangaONE MangaONE]], the first eight chapters were eventually compiled into a physical volume. {{Creator/VIZMedia}} released volume 1 of the English adaptation on March 14, 2017. Compared to previous ''Zelda'' adaptations done by Himekawa, ''Twilight Princess'' features more changes and a much larger AdaptationExpansion.

* AdaptationalEarlyAppearance:
** Midna's true form appears and named in the prologue.
** The golden wolf appears in the prologue as a friend of Midna's.
* AdaptationExpansion: The manga adds more details.
** The first chapter shows the corpse of Midna's father, the members of the Twili's parliament, and how Zant usurped the throne.
** Much of it is original to the manga, like a new town and Link coming to Ordon two years ago rather than growing up there.
** The monkey leader Ook has been given a backstory.
* AnArmAndALeg: Link loses his left arm, but unlike most examples, it does get [[ItMakesSenseInContext re-attached]] again due to the sacred spring with Ordona's help.
* AttemptedRape: Implied in a ''Nintendo'' manga, [[spoiler:with the Bulbin King saying he wants to make Ilia his toy complete with PervertedDrooling]].
* BarbieDollAnatomy: Some of Link's nude body is shown in chapter 9, although, not much.
* BlackMage: Link is studying to become one [[spoiler:to bring his town back]].
* BloodlessCarnage: Subverted, where unlike the game which has a little bit, there is a ''lot'' of blood in the manga.
* BloodierAndGorier: Quite! [[spoiler:Ganondorf's skin and flesh are even stripped off his bones when he's banished]].
* BloodSplatteredInnocents: [[spoiler:Ilia is held up by the Bulbin King's [[MajorInjuryUnderreaction almost cut clean off]] arm, causing him to bleed over Ilia whose wrist is also bleeding from being held so tight. Fortunately, she is passed out at the time]].
* ChekhovsGun: Subverted, Ilia's bag falls off earlier in the story causing Link to run towards Faron woods instead of leading him to her later.
* {{Chickification}}: Ilia goes from being a GirlyGirlWithATomboyStreak in the game to just standing around when the enemies came. [[spoiler:Averted later when she does a HeroicSacrifice to save Colin, but still [[RealityEnsues doesn't manage]] to save him]].
* ClothingDamage: Happens to Midna in the prologue.
* CompressedAdaptation: Subverted, kinda - the first part of the game is extended, but other parts are cut together.
** Freeing Faron Woods, hunting the shadow insects, the section with the monkeys and the Ook mini-boss battle were blended into one event.
* CoolDownHug: [[BigBrotherMentor Rusl]] gives one to Link when he panics.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: [[spoiler: Link reveals this to Rusl, revealing the reason why Link came to live in Ordon.]]
* DarkerAndEdgier: Good grief, YES. [[spoiler: When Link is trying to save Colin and Ilia while searching for Talo and Malo, he gets his left arm chopped off by the Bulbin King. Luckily, Ordona fixes that, since it happened at Ordon Spring.]]
* DeathByAdaptation: Implied to have happened to Fado.
* {{Dominatrix}}: How Midna acts rather than {{Tsundere}} like the game. She keeps calling Link her pet, and that she has the right to as humans treat animals the same way.
* EarlyBirdCameo: The horse charm makes an earlier appearance.
* EvilDetectingAnimal: Evil makes the animals in Ordon uneasy and not willing to listen to their owners.
* {{Expy}}: Zelda's father is shown and is an expy of [[Videogame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker Daphnes Nohansen Hyrule]].
* EyeScream: Subverted, as the golden wolf - and the Hero's Shade - has both eyes intact, unlike the game.
* HarmfulToMinors: Zelda watched a recording of sorts of [[spoiler:Ganondorf's execution as a child and her caretaker did not want her to watch, claiming she's too young]].
* TheHeroDies: [[spoiler:Link ''dies'' in chapter 8 after losing his left arm and being drowned. Fortunately, he's revived]].
* HeroicSelfDeprecation[=/=]ImNotAHeroIm: [[spoiler: Link responses badly when Faron calls him "the hero chosen by the gods", citing his failure to protect his hometown, Ordon Village, and his transformation into a wolf in chapter 17.]]
* HeyYou: Midna calls Link simply 'wolf'.
* InJoke: When Link recalls his past in chapter 6, Liom complains that it was tiring sparing with Link due to him being left-handed. Link tells him that one would also get tired if they were right-handed. The ''Twilight Princess'' game has Link either left or right handed depending on the version (GameCube, left-handed; Wii, right-handed) or mode (UsefulNotes/WiiU: Normal, left-handed; Hero, right-handed).
* InvisibleToNormals: The light spirits.
* MoodWhiplash: It starts peaceful, with comedy to the point of Link almost being a DorkKnight and having fun every day. [[TemptingFate Then Link wishes it'll last forever.]]
* MotivatedByFear: King Bulbin apparently gains energy from fear.
* NiceGirl: Ilia's most prominent feature. She's [[InformedAttribute apparently]] a CoolBigSis.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: Link acts like it, complaining about his pay and wants payments for every task he does. But in reality, this is just a JerkassFacade PlayedForLaughs among the characters as it's implied that Link CannotTellAJoke.
* OnlyTheChosenMayWield: "Gaurof's Sword" that Link pulled out of a stone 2 years prior to the story.
* PromotedToLoveInterest: It's clearer that Ilia has a crush on Link with {{crush blush}}es and Link also blushing around her. She was a strongly implied love interest in the game but not outright stated not unlike the other main women in the game.
* RiseFromYourGrave: Happens to the Bulbin King.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Link has many [[TraumaButton triggers]] and trained to become a knight, although he was actually a trainee rather than a previously active soldier.
* ShesNotMyGirlfriend: Link denies it when Sera asks if Ilia is his girlfriend quite bluntly. Unlike most examples does he not blush despite blushing around Ilia earlier.
* StabTheSky: Ordona makes Link's [[spoiler:detached left]] arm do this.
* SuddenlyVoiced: The Bulbin King speaks, something he doesn't do until the end of the game.
* TalkingAnimal: Ordona speaks through a goat.
** Link in wolf form, but it's unknown if normal Hylians and humans can hear him.
* TakeUpMySword: Rusl gives Link his sword after hearing a near death Fado talk about monsters in the forest.
* TearsOfFear: Ilia and Colin both do this.
* TrainingFromHell: The Hero's Shade more or less puts Link through this in chapters 22 and 23.
* {{Tsundere}}: Averted - the two tsundere characters in the game - Midna and Ilia - now have {{Dominatrix}} and NiceGirl personalities respectively.
* WasOnceAMan: The shadow beasts along with being BrainwashedAndCrazy and can happen to humans just as well as the twili.
* WideEyesAndShrunkenIrises: Poor, poor, Colin. He wouldn't look out of place in ''VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi''.
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