-> Voiced by in Sound and Drama: Creator/HikaruMidorikawa
-> Voiced by in the GBA port: Creator/FujikoTakimoto
-> Voiced by in the MSU-1 enhancement: Creator/ToddHaberkorn

This is the first Zelda game to introduce a new Link. At the start of the game, Link is a boy living with his uncle who receives a telepathic distress call from Princess Zelda. According to ''Literature/HyruleHistoria'' and ''Hyrule Encyclopedia'', he goes on to star in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening Link's Awakening]]''[[note]]The former also claims that he is the same Link from ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames Oracle]]'' games, but ''Hyrule Encyclopedia'' claims that they are two different heroes[[/note]].
* AdaptationDyeJob: His in-game sprites have pink hair, despite the official art showing him as blonde.
* AmazingTechnicolorWildlife: When he is transformed into a rabbit, his fur is the same pink as his in-game hair.
* BadassAdorable: Even among the other Links who often fall into this trope, this Link stands out in the ''Hyrule Historia'' timeline as having the most known accomplishments. Let us review: he survived having Hyrule turned against him, was the first Hero after the death of the Hero of Time long ago, defeated Ganon, was whisked away to save the Oracles of the Goddesses of Power and Wisdom, Din and Nayru, rescued the lands of Holodrum and Labrynna, brought down Twinrova, slayed Ganon once again, and on his way back home liberated the Wind Fish and the island of its dreams from the Nightmares infesting it before presumably making it back home to Hyrule. That is ''quite'' the resume.
** Even in ''Hyrule Encyclopedia'''s version of the timeline, he stands out for being the only canon Link to defeat Ganon when the latter has the power of the ''full'' Triforce.
* BalefulPolymorph: Link turns into a pink bunny if he enters the Dark World without the Moon Pearl.
* {{Bishonen}}: Updated to become one in artwork for the GBA version, in line with (but not to the extent of) other modern incarnations of Link.
* CoolSword: The Master Sword, as usual. Contrary to usual fare, though, he can actually upgrade the Master Sword to make it even cooler.
* CopKiller: Link has no choice but to kill soldiers who either are BrainwashedAndCrazy, or do not realize or care that their government has fallen to TheCoup and that they should be fighting Aghanim's government. Those soldiers just try to kill Link without any attempt to arrest him, making them {{Killer Cop}}s.
* DecompositeCharacter: ''Hyrule Historia'' stated this Link was the same as in ''Oracle of Ages'' and ''Oracle of Seasons'', but they were referred to as separate characters in ''Hyrule Encyclopedia''.
* {{Hammerspace}}: Link wouldn't be able to walk if he had to carry everything in his inventory.
* TheHero: This is to be expected, especially after his uncle died. Many people in Hyrule also speculate that he is hero prophesied to wield the legendary Master Sword and stop the Great Cataclysm.
* HeroicLineage: Link is a descendant of the Hylian Knights, valiant warriors who aided the Seven Sages in sealing away Ganon after he defeated the Hero of Time.
* HeroicMime: He's very much a hero, but not a single word is "heard" from his mouth.
* HeroWithBadPublicity: Kakariko Village has wanted posters for him due to the fact that he was framed for kidnapping Zelda after he rescued her from the castle's dungeon despite the fact it was Agahnim that did the kidnapping and put her in there to begin with.
* KidHero: Seems to be in his early- to mid-teens, and may be even younger if his high-pitched voice is anything to go by.
* KnightInShiningArmor: But not literally. He's a knight and everything but his armor seems to shine.
* LadyAndKnight: The Knight to Zelda's Lady.
* LastOfHisKind: Link and his Uncle are the last of the Hylian Knights.
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: And there is plenty of shield to use with the Mirror Shield.
* MagikarpPower: Link becomes much, much deadlier over the course of the game, especially if he acquires optional upgrades. Starting off he takes repeated hits to kill starting enemies, as he gets upgrades to the Master Sword, he kills many enemies in 1-2 hits, on top of becoming much more durable thanks to extra heart containers and armor. Enemies that could make short work of him at the start of the game by the end can barely scratch him.
* ManaShield: Link can use the Cane of Byrna or the Magic Cape to become invulnerable to damage, but it will quickly drain his Magic Meter.
* MoreThanMeetsTheEye: Outwardly Link is valiant, virtuous and embraces his lineage to battle evil. In the corrupted Golden Land, Link transforms into a reflection of the heart, a harmless pink rabbit. He cannot fight at all in this form, revealing Link is a [[ReluctantWarrior true pacifist]], utterly opposed to war and violence. Unlike what the monstrous Ganon transforms into.
* NiceHat: His green cap, of course. It should be noted that various residents in Hyrule wear similar looking caps as well.
* PinkGirlBlueBoy: Inverted and played with. Link's in-game sprite has pink hair, but he is blonde in official art. Zelda wears a blue dress in most official artwork, but her in-game sprite is dressed all in white.
* PointyEars: It's Hylian trait and according to legends, Link is able to hear special messages from the gods.
* ProgressivelyPrettier: The GBA remake gives him a cuter and cleaner-looking anime-inspired design, with a smaller nose.
* SprintShoes: The Pegasus Boots.
* SwordOfPlotAdvancement: Link needs the Master Sword to defeat Agahnim. A good portion of the game is Link gathering the equipment necessary for him to claim the Master Sword.
* VocalDissonance: The GBA version gives him Young Link's voice from ''Ocarina of Time & Majora's Mask'' (with said Link looking and sounding a couple of years younger than this one). [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]] due to the vagueness of his sprite artwork and the whole VagueAge issue thanks to ''Hyrule Historia''.
* TheVoiceless: It's a very rare occasion to hear Link speak.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: His in-game sprite hair color is bright pink.

[[folder:Princess Zelda]]
-> Voiced by in ''BS Legend of Zelda: Ancient Stone Tablets'' and ''Sound and Drama'': Creator/MarikoKouda
-> Voiced by in the MSU-1 enhancement and ''BS Legend of Zelda: Ancient Stone Tablets'': Creator/KiraBuckland

A member of the Hyrulean Royal Family and a descendant of the Seven Sages. Zelda is the last of the Seven Maidens to be captured by Agahnim to break the seal on the Dark World. She telepathically contacts Link, being a descendant of the old Knights of Hyrule, in order to rescue her and sends him on his journey to defeat the evil wizard.
* BarrierMaiden: As she is a descendant of one of the old Sages.
* CrystalPrison: Zelda is trapped in one for the first time in the series. The other Maidens are also trapped in crystal prisons as well.
* DamselInDistress: Twice. First she's imprisoned inside her own palace, but saved by Link and taken to the Sanctuary. Later, Agahnim finds and kidnaps her again.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: She is the only maiden with a name and personality, and she happens to be a princess. Although her father '''was''' the King of Hyrule,[[note]]Agahnim killed him at the beginning of the game.[[/note]] her status as the Princess has no relevance to the story aside from giving Link bad publicity for the villagers.
* GuestStarPartyMember: During the opening sequence, you have to break Zelda out of prison and escape from Hyrule Castle with her.
* LadyAndKnight: The Lady to Link's Knight.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Zelda's Theme. This is its the first appearance in the series. In this game, the theme is shared with all of the other Maidens when you rescue them, but later games firmly associate it with Zelda alone.
* LiveItem: After you beat Turtle Rock, you can see Zelda in your inventory screen in a crystal.
* ModestRoyalty: In this artwork.
* PimpedOutDress: This game is one of the aversions for the series where in the official art, Zelda's standard clothes are rather plain. However, she does have a second outfit in the official art that fits this trope.
* PinkGirlBlueBoy: Inverted and played with. Link's in-game sprite has pink hair, but he is blonde in official art. Zelda wears a blue dress in most oficial artwork, but her in-game sprite is dressed all in white.
* PlotCoupon: Zelda is actually one of the second set of plot coupons you have to collect and you can see her in your inventory screen in a crystal.
* PointyEars: It's a Hylian trait and according to legends, she can hear special messages from the gods. Bonus point in that she is also a [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword descendant of a goddess]].
* SaveThePrincess: Twice in the same game. Zelda starts out already kidnapped at the beginning of the game and you rescue her during the game's opening sequence. When you get the Master Sword after completing the first set of dungeons, Zelda gets kidnapped a second time and placed in a crystal.
* {{Telepathy}}: The CallToAdventure in the this game is Zelda contacting Link for help telepathically at the beginning of the game.

[[folder:The Seven Maidens]]

Seven young women who inherited the power of sealing from their ancestors, the Ancient Sages who helped seal Ganon. Agahnim imprisons them in the Dark World in order to break the seal on Ganon.
* BarrierMaiden: Their magical power inherited from the sages maintains the seal on Ganon.
* LivingMacGuffin: The crystals that imprison them are the second set of collectibles needed to complete the game. After completing all of the Dark World dungeons, they open the entrance to Ganon's Tower.
* MrExposition: Every time one of them is rescued, they tell a little more about the {{backstory}} of the game and what Agahnim's plans are.
* NoNameGiven: With the exception of Princess Zelda, the Seven Maidens are unnamed.
* UnnamedParent: One of the maiden's grandfather can be found on Death Mountain. He is known as the Lost Old Man.


The elder of Kakariko Village and a descendant of one of the sages who sealed Ganon. He serves as Link's guide through the game, communicating with him through telepathic tiles (though it seems as though touching the tiles just notifies him of when his assistance is needed, because when Agahnim sends Link to the Dark World Sahasrahla telepathically communicates with Link regarding his current situation despite there being no tile in sight).
* AncientKeeper: He's an old man that has recently moved into the ancient ruins of the Eastern Palace, ready to give Link expository details about the Imprisoning War and a quest to obtain the Master Sword.
* ButThouMust: When he asks you if you want to go find the Master Sword, your choices are "Yeah" and "Of course!"
* ExpositionFairy: Need help? Touch a special tile on the walls of dungeons and this guy is always there to help. You don't even need to be in the same world as him to do this!
* TheHermit: The most notable and significant example in the game. He leads Kakariko Village from afar.
* HermitGuru: He is called wise and shares his knowledge with Link when needed.
* HintSystem: Sahasrahla is good for a clue or two when Link gets stuck.
* MissionControl: Sahasrahla guides Link through his quest for the Master Sword.
* MrExposition: Sahasrahla, as the descendant of the old sages, would give Link a bit of backstory regarding to the Imprisoning War and the nature of the Dark World.
* {{Telepathy}}: He uses it often when talking to Link when they are not in the same area.
* UrExample: He's the series' first ExpositionFairy.
* VoiceWithAnInternetConnection: He gives you advice on your adventure via telepathy or telepathic tiles.

[[folder:Link's Uncle]]
-> Voiced by in Sound and Drama: Creator/DaisukeGori
-> Voiced by in the MSU-1 enhancement: Creator/KentWilliams

Link's uncle, heard Zelda's telepathic message just as Link did and went to rescue her, but was overwhelmed by Agahnim's forces.
* AlmostDeadGuy: In the opening level.
* BackFromTheDead: In the ending.
* BadassMustache: He may not be as badass as his nephew, but he can and did put an honorable fight before getting done in.
* DeathByAdaptation: Doesn't get wished back to life in any of the three mangas or the comic.
* DeathByFallingOver: Those [[TheGoomba rats]] were just too much for your uncle to handle, although the game implies that he was killed in an ambush by Agahnim's forces. The tie-in comics elaborate that, because Link's uncle too was a descendant of the Knights of Hyrule, and thus a potential holder of the Master Sword, that Agahnim killed him personally.
* FamousLastWords:
--> ''Zelda is your...''
* HeroicLineage: Like Link, he is a descendant of the Knights of Hyrule who defended the Seven Sages during the Imprisoning War.
* KnightInShiningArmor: As a descendant of the Knights of Hyrule and armed with a sword, he is expected to be this. However, he ends up dying trying to save Princess Zelda and pass his sword to his nephew Link.
* MentorOccupationalHazard: Link's uncle, parental figure and mentor, and the first on-screen casualty in the game. Fortunately, this is later subverted when Link's wish at the end of the game brings all of Ganon's casualties, including his uncle, back to life.
* NamedByTheAdaptation: In Sound and Drama, he's called Alphon, meanwhile Ataru Cagiva's manga refers to him as Zanji.
* TheOrder: He was once a great knight of Hyrule.
* ParentalSubstitute: Link's parents being nowhere to be found, Link's uncle took care of him.
* SecretArt: Before he dies he teaches Link his signature SpinAttack which has been passed down their family.
* TakeUpMySword: He urges Link to do this as he dies.
* UnnamedParent: ParentalSubstitute anyway.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: His in-game sprite.


-> Voiced by in the MSU-1 enhancement: Creator/VicMignogna

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

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

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

-> Voiced by in ''BS Legend of Zelda: Ancient Stone Tablets'': Seizō Katō
-> Voiced by in ''BS Legend of Zelda: Ancient Stone Tablets'' (English): Duke Serkol

->''"You are doing well, lad. But can you break through this secret technique of Darkness? En grade!"''

Once the leader of a tribe of thieves named Ganondorf Dragmire, Ganon invaded the Sacred Realm along with his followers in a bid to gain the power of the sacred Triforce. After slaughtering his followers, he grabbed the Triforce[[note]]''Hyrule Historia'' later changes this to explain that Ganondorf defeated the Link and Zelda of ''Ocarina of Time'' and took their Triforce pieces[[/note]] and used its power to twist the Sacred Realm into a reflection of his desires as well as turn himself into an all-powerful demon. The Knights of Hyrule fought against him and the Sages sealed him within the Dark World. Agahnim aims to unseal him from the Dark World in order to allow him to try to conquer Hyrule once again.

* AmbitionIsEvil: He was the leader of a tribe of thieves, but his desire to have the power of the Triforce all to himself led him to kill his followers.
* BadassCape: He wears a cape, which he uses to shield his eyes after Link lights up the room.
* BatOutOfHell: He transforms into a giant bat [[spoiler:after emerging out of Agahnim when Link beats him a second time]]. He can also create fire bats during his second phase.
* BlindedByTheLight: Lighting up the two torches temporary blinds Ganon for a moment, giving Link the perfect time to stun him.
* BreathWeapon: He spews out fire at Link during his final phase of the battle.
* CastingAShadow: In the final phase of the fight against him, he uses a "secret technique of darkness" to make himself invisible and darken the room.
* DarkMagic: Is skilled in this. He can transform into various creatures and beings [[spoiler:such as Agahnim]], teleport, create bats made out of fire, and meld himself into the shadows.
* DefeatEqualsExplosion: After Ganon is slain, his body subsequently explodes like fireworks.
* DemonicPossession: [[spoiler:Stated to be the method by which he uses Agahnim in the manga (in the games, he states that Agahnim is his avatar in the Light World).]]
* DubNameChange: In the American manual, his full name as Ganondorf is "Ganondorf Dragmire" and his full name as Ganon is "Mandrag Ganon". None of these names are kept even for localizations for future games, and the GBA localization's manual makes no mention of them. Eventually, the name "Ganondorf Dragmire" was [[RetCanon officially adopted]] by Nintendo [[http://zelda.com/online-guide/ as of 2017]].
* EvilIsBurningHot: He uses his dark magic in order to use fiery attacks against Link.
* EvilMakesYouMonstrous: When Ganondorf made his wish on the Triforce, it transformed him into a monstrous PigMan known as Ganon to [[EvilMakesYouUgly reflect his greedy nature]].
* EvilOverlord: He rules the Dark World and is trying to take over the Light World as well.
* FangsAreEvil: Though it's not clear in the game itself, official artworks often depict him having a mouth full of sharp teeth along with tusks.
* FinalBoss: Fought in the Pyramid after defeating Agahnim.
* FisherKing: The Sacred Realm changed into a dark reflection of Hyrule once he claimed the power of the Triforce.
* ForMassiveDamage: Ganon deals out more damage than anything else in the game. If you don't pick up the Blue and Red Mail, he does '''eight''' hearts worth of damage. Even if Link has all twenty heart containers, without either armor, Ganon can kill him in three hits.
* FourIsDeath: It takes four Silver Arrows to destroy Ganon.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: According to the Japanese manual and one of the Maiden's expositions, Ganondorf was seen as a mere thief who only gained notoriety after the Triforce turned him into the King of Evil Ganon. Even though he was said to be the leader of a tribe of thieves, details about that tribe are obscured and almost forgotten. This was later subverted via {{retcon}} in ''Ocarina of Time'' where it's revealed that Ganondorf was not only a well-known figure back then, but his tribe was actually a race of humans known as the Gerudo.
* GeniusBruiser: As always. Monstrous he may be, even more than the giant of a man he used to be, but [[spoiler:through Agahnim, he successfully curried favor with the King of Hyrule and took over Hyrule and later the Sacred Realm]]. He's also a skilled practitioner of dark magic.
* GreaterScopeVillain: Agahnim is the main villain, but he is just working to free Ganon from the Dark World. [[spoiler:This is later subverted, as Agahnim is just a weaker form of Ganon, making him the BigBad the whole time.]]
* HeroKiller: This game takes place in the timeline where Ganondorf managed to kill [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime the Hero of Time]], resulting in him and the Sacred Realm being transformed to reflect his dark desires.
* {{Invisibility}}: Like in the first game, Ganon can turn himself invisible and shoot fire at Link. However, Link can nullify it by keeping the two arena torches lit.
* KingMook: Retroactively turned into this for the Moblin enemies. Previous games had them looking more like bulldogs, but this game introduced their more well-known piglike appearance, helping establish them as minions to Ganon.
* KryptoniteFactor: Only the Silver Arrows and the Master Sword can harm him.
* LeakingCanOfEvil: [[spoiler:Agahnim is an alternate body (possessed or not) for Ganon which allows him to exist in the Light World, but has limited powers due to the seal on him in the Dark World.]]
* {{Leitmotif}}: His theme makes its first appearance in this game, is used both for [[spoiler:Agahnim]] and his true form, and is consistently used for his appearances as Ganondorf in later games.
* MagicKnight: He wields a trident in conjunction with his formidable magic powers in the final battle.
* MesACrowd: In the original Japanese script, [[spoiler:Ganon refers to Agahnim as his ''bunshin'', a word used to refer to duplicates of oneself. This implies that Agahnim was a humanoid duplicate of himself (possibly his Ganondorf form) that could escape to the Light World.]]
* NoHonorAmongThieves: [[BroadStrokes According to the manual backstory]], Ganondorf and his band of thieves found the entrance to the Sacred Realm and the Triforce together. Then, instead of sharing the power, the thieves turned against one another in order to claim the Triforce uncontested. Ganondorf emerged victorious, and touched the Triforce with the blood of his followers still fresh in his hands.
* NoSell: If you don't have the Golden Sword, normal swings don't affect him.
* OneWingedAngel: In the past, Ganondorf turned into a the giant PigMan he is now when he gained the power of the Triforce. [[spoiler:Ganon also essentially serves as this to Agahnim.]]
* PigMan: Which is fitting, as it's said that the Triforce warped him and the Sacred Realm into a dark reflection of himself, and being a PigMan fits with his {{greed}} for power.
* PlayingWithFire: Every attack he uses involves fire.
* ProngsOfPoseidon: The first game in the series where Ganon wields his iconic trident.
* SealedEvilInACan: Is sealed in the Dark World at the beginning of the game. It unfortunately doesn't take long for Agahnim to unseal him, though, but at least Link can [[TakeYourTime take his time]] while the barrier slowly opens.
* ShockwaveStomp: Uses this to shake the room and break the floor in the fight with him.
* SignatureMove: His "secret technique of Darkness," where he makes himself invisible and then breathe fire at Link. It also counts as a MythologyGag to the original Ganon BossBattle, minus the BottomlessPit.
* SkeletonMotif: Has skulls on his armor and on his trident.
* SorcerousOverlord: Rules the Dark World and has a host of magical powers to go with it. He's stated to have ruled a tribe of wizard-thieves (shown to be the Gerudo in later games) when he was Ganondorf as well.
* SpikesOfVillainy: His official character model is brittled with spikes, such as his shoulder pads, torso armor plate, cuffs and knuckle braces.
* SuperPoweredAlterEgo: [[spoiler:Functions as this to Agahnim, as Ganon's powers seem to be limited in that form.]]
* TakeOverTheWorld: His wish to the Triforce was to rule the world. The [[LiteralGenie Triforce]] grants him that wish by transforming the Sacred Realm into the Dark World. Ganon is not satisfied by the results, and seeks to conquer the Light World (Hyrule) as well.
* TeleportSpam: Much like Agahnim, he teleports after nearly every attack. [[spoiler:Which makes sense considering they're one in the same.]]
* ThisCannotBe: Downplayed. In the final battle, Ganon is baffled that Link managed to get as far as he did and defeat [[spoiler:his alter-ego]] Agahnim twice. But he confidently proclaims that he will destroy Link and take over the Light World soon after.
-->''"I never imagined a boy like you could give me so much trouble. It's unbelievable that you defeated [[spoiler:my alter-ego,]] Agahnim the Dark Wizard, twice! But I will never give you the Triforce. I will destroy you and make my wish to conquer both Light and Dark Worlds come true without delay."''
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: In the first phase of his fight, he throws his spinning Trident at Link. This isn't much of a problem for him since he teleports to catch it.
* TwoAliasesOneCharacter: [[spoiler:Agahnim is stated to be his alter ego.]]
* TheUnfettered: Thanks to obtaining the omnipotent power of the gods, this incarnation of Ganon is to date, the series' most deadly. His wish "to rule the entire cosmos" wasn't thwarted by the Sages seal, its still ''in the process of being granted'', [[ImplacableMan they merely slowed him down]]. The game takes place of the '[[TheProphecy Eve of the Great Cataclysm]]', if Link doesn't stop him before the seal completely collapses... [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt all is lost]].
* VoiceOfTheLegion: His voice has this effect in the ''Ancient Stone Tablets''.
* WasOnceAMan: According to the manual, he was a member of a tribe of wizard-thieves before becoming the giant PigMan he is now. We eventually get to see this form [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime two games later]].

!!Manga and Comic Characters

A Comic-exclusive character. The descendent of another line of Hyrule Knights, he runs into Link in the Dark World. He's more focused on defeating Ganon than rescuing Zelda, and finds the idea that the immature and hotheaded Link could be the hero of legend laughable.
* ArcherArchetype: He's arrogant, he's a loner, and he's a crack shot with a crossbow.
* BirdPeople: Can turn into one at will in the Dark World.
* BowAndSwordInAccord: Though he's primarily an archer, he also has sword at hand for close-combat.
* CanonForeigner: Only appears in the Manga.
* CursedWithAwesome: He considers the Dark World transformations an advantage -- when he fights he lets go of his emotional control to shapeshift into a humanoid eagle, gaining [[PowerGivesYouWings wings]].
* EleventhHourRanger: After a short encounter in the rubble of the Dark Palace, he reappears in the final issue to help Link rescue Zelda and fight Ganon.
* {{Expy}}: One of [[Manga/Cyborg009 Cyborg 002]], even more so as both were created by Creator/ShotaroIshinomori.
* HeroicSacrifice: To save Zelda from Aghanim's doppelganger in Ganon's Tower.
* HotBlooded: Although he chastised Link for being stubborn and foolish, Roam himself is rash, haughty and quick to battle. It ultimately leads to his death.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He's arrogant, snide and condescending, but he's still out to defeat Ganon and save the world.
* {{Retcanon}}: Not him per say, but his name was used in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' as the name of the King of Hyrule
* TheRival: As a descendant of the Hyrule Knights, he too is eligible to be the prophesied hero destined to stop the Great Cataclysm. This puts him at odds with Link, as Roam considers him to be too incompetent be the Legendary Hero.
* SinisterSchnoz: Which becomes his beak in his eagle form. However, unlike most examples, he's not so much evil as much as incredibly cocky.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Sort of. When Roam challenged Link for the Master Sword, the latter won with a single SwordBeam.
* TheUnchosenOne: Sorry Roam, but being a descentant of the Knights doesn't guarantee you a hero's destiny.
* WingedHumanoid: His Dark World form gives him a pair of wings on his back. This allows him to both fly and fight at the same time.


A bandit made up for the [[Manga/TheLegendOfZelda Akira Himekawa manga]], who ends up joining Link.
* AdaptationalHeroism: She fills in the role of Trinexx in the manga, but not willingly.
* BadassAdorable: To an extent.
* BettyAndVeronica: Ghanti (who has dark hair) is jealous of Link's feelings for blonde Zelda.
* CanonCharacterAllAlong: Is [[OneWingedAngel transformed into]] Trinexx, a boss from the game.
* CanonImmigrant: The author's note at the end said they hoped she'd become this, but it probably won't happen.
* CursedWithAwesome: Ghanti likes fighting in her Dark World beast form (a wolf or fox, it's hard to tell).
* CompositeCharacter: She is temporarily transformed into Trinexx, and she takes Link's place as the one who finishes off Ganon with the Silver Arrow.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: After losing her birth parents and spending most of her life as a bandit, she finally gets to kill Ganon and settle down with Link on his apple farm.
* FacialMarkings: She has a star-shaped mark under her left eye.
* HeelFaceTurn: Ghanti, who started off as a bandit before becoming Link's friend.
* ItWasWithYouAllAlong: [[spoiler:Ghanti's earrings]] turn out to be the weapon they will need to defeat their enemy.
* OneWingedAngel: Agahnim forcibly transforms her into Trinexx, which Link doesn't find out until after he's mortally wounded her.
* RetCanon: A thief girl who looks similar to her appears in ''A Link Between Worlds''.
* SinisterScimitar: Her weapon of choice.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Ghanti's name can also be spelled "Ganty" or "Ghanty".
* TomatoInTheMirror: She hates Hylian Knights due the bandits she was raised by telling her that her parents were killed by them. [[spoiler:It turns out that it's the other way around: her parents were Hylian Knights who were killed by bandits, who then abducted her.]]
* {{Tsundere}}: She starts out as a minor antagonist, but begrudgingly finds herself developing feelings for Link.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: The back cover of the manga shows that her hair is actually blue.
* YouKilledMyFather: Ghanti 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]].