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Link/Green LinkThe main character and hero of the game. The catch is that you play as four Links in these games, but his/their destiny is the same as always. With the Four Sword/s in hand/s, he/they set out to Save the Princess and defeat the evil double.
- Always Save the Girl: Princess Zelda of course.
- Badass: In the manga, his Establishing Character Moment has him easily defeating a bunch of thieves of his own, before the Knights even arrive.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: When he fights alongside the other three Links.
- Bash Brothers: Sometimes with the other Links, Shadow Link/s.
- The Chosen Zero: In the manga, the other Links constantly challenge his right to be the leader.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Melancholic; according to Vio, Green is very focused, motivated and almost equally as stubborn as Blue (albeit, a bit nicer than him). His personality is supposed to be similar to the original Link's. He's seemingly bossier than the other Links and always willing to do most of the talking. He's loyal, humble, moralistic, and prone to self-doubt at times. He attains the role of leader throughout the majority of the adventure and is very driven in rescuing Zelda from the clutches of evil.
- Informed Flaw: In the manga, Vio Link identifies him as the aggressive side of the original Link at the beginning; In truth, he is far less aggressive than Blue, and seems to be the closest one from the original Link in personality.
- I Work Alone: Deconstructed in the Manga; at the beginning of the story, it's made clear Link is extremely competent when it comes to protecting Hyrule, but also has a strong tendency to work alone, disregarding the troubles he causes to his father, who leads the Knights of Hyrule. When the Four Sword divides him in four separate Links representing each one a specific side of his personality, turns out the one part of him they all share precisely is his stubbornness. Cue the four of them struggling to learn how to work together.
ZeldaPrincess Zelda is Link's love interest, and Barrier Maiden of the Kingdom of Hyrule. She also serves as the emotional support and inspiration for the Links.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Her talks with Shadow Link in the manga. She said that darkness doesn't have to be bad.
- Damsel in Distress: Kidnapped before the end of the opening cinematic! That's got to be a record.
- Damsel out of Distress: Even in captivity, she's no Neutral Female, and is a vital part of the final battle and defeating Shadow Link.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Incorruptible Pure Pureness, associated with light, kindhearted and serves as The Heart for the party. Oh, and she's blonde.
Red LinkCreated by the powers of the Four Sword. In the manga, Red is the childlike innocent member of the group.
- Butt Monkey: Blue frequently bullies him, typically by hitting his head with a hammer.
- Four Philosophy Ensemble: The Optimist
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Choleric; he's the compassionate, optimistic and childish Link who is usually meddling with Blue in terms of comic relief. He's shown to be very gullible, reckless, idealistic and clumsy at times (not to mention, highly emotional). In terms of height, he is the shortest one compared to the other Links. Although he can be somewhat as stubborn as the other three, he's clearly the nicest out of the four Links and likes to be accepted. One other clear trait of his is that he's very dependent on the other three and doesn't do too well by himself. He's a warm and considerate person who is a perfect foil for Blue, who rejects the others with his harsh personality.
- The Heart: In that he's the embodiment of Link's gentle nature.
- Hero-Worshipper: To anyone who saves him from danger, unfortunately.
- Keet: Let's see. He's short, cute, cries and smiles frequently, and his tunic is a very bright red.
- Kid-Appeal Character: The most childlike of the four Links.
Blue LinkCreated by the powers of the Four Sword. In the manga, Blue is the Hot-Blooded arrogant member of the group.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Supine; he's the arrogant, moody, and self-centered Link. Compared to the other Links, he's very impulsive and competitive. He and Red are usually the comic relief of the group in which, being the cynic that he is, he's antagonistic towards Red's often silly ideas. The major quirks about him are his short temper (which leads him to starting arguments with the other Links), his impulsiveness (which leads him to getting into dangerous situations), and his sheer arrogance. He believes himself to be the original Link and often questions Green's competence as a leader, gets easily flustered by Vio's condescending attitude, and constantly bullies Red and considers him a nuisance. Despite his rude behavior, he's a loyal individual who deeply cares about the other three and is just as determined as Green in saving Zelda, along with the kingdom of Hyrule.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He is arrogant, hot-headed, frequently bullies Red Link and constantly argues with the others, especially Green. However, he actually is a very noble person deep inside, and will usually end up rescuing Red.
Violet/Vio LinkCreated by the powers of the Four Sword. In the manga adaptation, Vio is The Stoic and smart guy of the group.
- Consummate Liar: In the manga, he does a fake Face–Heel Turn which fools everybody, including Shadow Link. Nobody sees through it, so he fakes a fight with Green Link and fakes killing him.
- Cry for the Devil: He was the first to feel sympathy for Shadow Link.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Melancholic; he's the analytical, sarcastic and quiet Link who plays a big role in the story because of the usage of his intellect to trick Shadow Link, learn about his weaknesses along with the grand scheme of everything, and try to put a stop to him by destroying the Mirror Of Darkness. Unlike the other three, he is a analytical thinker who can be a tad bit arrogant, sarcastic and condescending. He is judgmental towards the other Links and enjoys keeping to himself instead of having to deal with constant fighting (mostly between Green and Blue). He's even manipulative when it comes to his interactions with Shadow Link and shown to be a bit of a bookworm.
The Seven Maidens
The Seven MaidensThese young women maintain the seal of the Four Sword that keeps Vaati sealed.
VaatiVaati is a powerful Evil Sorcerer in Four Swords and Four Swords Adventure and seemingly the main antagonist, Eventually, it's discovered that he is a pawn in Ganon's master plan.
- Big Bad: At first, later subverted.
- Blow You Away: Obviously, retaining his powers from the previous games.
- Disc One Final Boss: He's not really the final enemy.
- The Dragon: Later revealed as this to Ganon.
- Evil Laugh: Oddly deep when compared to his laugh in The Minish Cap.
- Hijacked by Ganon: He's not the true Big Bad in this game.
- Hopeless Boss Fight: The fight with him in the manga proves to be this because the Dark Mirror made him impossible to kill. He only dies when Shadow Link destroys it.
- The Pawn: To Ganon.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: He starts out sealed in the Four Sword.
- Silent Antagonist: Oddly enough despite talking a lot in Four Swordsand The Minish Cap, in this game he has not a single line of dialogue.
- You Have Failed Me: When Vaati is defeated for the (presumed) final time and the Palace of Winds is collapsing, Ganon's reaction to his defeat is disgust that Vaati is unable to defeat the four heroes.
Shadow LinkLink's Doppelgänger in Four Swords Adventure. His character was given more depth in the manga adaption. At first, he seemed to be Link's complete opposite. He tricks Link into retrieving the Four Sword in both the game and the manga. Hyrule Historia states that he is a manifestation of the original Ganondorf's hatred for Link.
- Adaptation Distillation: The game and the manga flip-flop on these. In the game he has a whole slew of abilities, but is given no backstory. In the manga he's a fully-fleshed out character, but showcases none of the abilities he had in the game short of wielding a sword.
- Most jarring is his ability to use Sword Beams in the manga while the other Links can't. This is reversed in the game.
- Berserk Button: "Don't ever mock the shadows! You think they're weak and insubstantial!!"
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: Like you wouldn't believe in the manga. In the game he's more of a generic troublemaker; in the manga he's more dangerous than the villain(s) he serves.
- The first thing he does after imprisoning the maidens and releasing Gufuu (Vaati) is finish running roughshod over Hyrule Castle and its Four Knights to stamp out any military resistance, even disguising himself as the real Link so he can catch his Father off guard and banish him to the Dark World.
- He waits for the Links at Hyrule Castle, hoping to snuff them out while their teamwork is shaky. It nearly works, but they're saved at the last second.
- He keeps tabs on the other Links constantly, either through Argghus' minions or the Dark Mirror.
- He recruits Vio to his side to keep the Links separated. He also purposely neglects to mention to his new "comrade" of the Dark Mirror's scrying ability, as well as what is apparently a replay function - which recorded Vio trying to smash the mirror. Whoops.
- When Vio's treachery is revealed, Shadow Link decides to not only dunk him in lava, but two of the Four Swords along with him. He's again foiled at the last second, after which the Links wisely decide to take him down before he can pull any more stunts.
- Deadpan Snarker: In the manga.
- Enemy to All Living Things: Absolutely anywhere he shows up, he proceeds to make everyone and everything miserable. The best examples are in Village of the Blue Maiden where he keeps dragging people into the Dark World, and in Kakariko Village where he nearly burns the village down. To say nothing of the manga when he rides a dragon and actually succeeds in burning a whole town down.
- Evil Twin: In the manga, it's explained that he is the literal shadow of Link given physical form.
- Freudian Excuse: In the manga, it's revealed that he is angry at Link for not being noticed.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In the manga, he destroys the Dark Mirror to kill Guufu, which also kills him.
- I Shall Taunt You: Half of his appearances verge on this, either jumping away from Link and giggling (and fleeing if you fail to hit him) or causing trouble in plain sight.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In the manga, after Zelda tries to be nice to him and gets kidnapped AGAIN. He disguises himself as Violet/Vio and leads the others to her. When they're ambushed, he takes matters into his own hands and smashes the Dark Mirror himself, knowing full well what that will do to him (see Redemption Equals Death below).
- The Heavy: Kickstarts the plot with the kidnapping of Zelda and the maidens, and proceeds to wreak havoc whenever possible afterward.
- Living Shadow: The evil shadow of Link.
- Mad Bomber: Called the trope word for word by an NPC when he's dropping Giant Bombs on the area constantly.
- Me's a Crowd: He's worse than the four Links in this regard.
- Money Spider: Drops either a Big Green (100) or Big Blue (150) Force Gem upon defeat - all of them, even if they're clones.
- No Ontological Inertia: When the real Shadow Link is slain, all the clones spontaneously die if they weren't killed already.
- The Power of Hate: According the Hyrule Historia, he is the manifestation of the original Ganondorf's hatred for Link.
- Pyro Maniac: All the fire in Kakariko Villiage in the game is from him. The Fire Rod is also one of his most commonly used items when not in a fight; he even tries to steal one in the first level of the game!
- Redemption Equals Death: In the manga, his breaking of the Dark Mirror causes his own death.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: In the game, he is made up of soldiers from inside the Dark Mirror.
- Slasher Smile: Has a really creepy one in the manga.
- The Starscream: In the manga, he doesn't care for the idea of Guufu or Ganon's rule, but doesn't consider plotting against them till Vio suggests the plan using Zelda' power to destroy Ganon. He's beaten by the Links before his plans get off the ground however.
- Took a Level in Badass: He picks more difficult areas and gains more attacks with each successive boss fight. By the last one, he's throwing out hurricane spins like candy, and unlike Link he doesn't get dizzy from it.
- Wolfpack Boss: In every boss battle with him after the first, he clones himself to even the odds. Gets cranked Up to Eleven in the last battle with him where you have to kill nine of him in a single fight.
- Villain Forgot to Level Grind: In the manga, while he's able to defeat the four the Links easily their first fight, by the time he fights them again they've gotten strong enough to beat him easily.
GanonThe reincarnation of an ancient evil who rises once again using the Trident of Power.
- Big Bad: Ends up usurping Vaati's position.
- Black Sheep: To the Gerudo people who expelled him from their tribe when he stole the Trident. Possibly justified, as the Hyrule Historia officially places it in the Child Timeline where the events of Twilight Princess and the failed Gerudo invasion occurred and the Gerudo did not want to repeat that tragedy again.
- Evil Weapon: The Trident of Power which led the newest Ganondorf along his Start of Darkness.
- Legacy Character: The only Legacy Ganon in the series. Every other game has the same one from Ocarina of Time either unsealed or resurrected; this Ganondorf is notably a different individual.
- Magic Mirror: Which he used to create Shadow Link.
- Reincarnation: Though Ganon is usually the same person throughout the series, this one is an exception; the original Ganondorf died at the end of Twilight Princess, and this one is his reincarnation.