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LinksThe main character and hero of the game split into four. 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.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: One of the formations alongside the other three Links is back to back.
- Bash Brothers: All the Links work closely around each other.
- Doppleganger Attack: The entire game is Link using the Four Sword to do a long doppleganger attack against the forces of evil.
- Me's a Crowd: Upon pulling the Four Sword, he was split into four.
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 Evil: She's able to identify Shadow Link as a monster from the Dark Mirror in the video game.
- 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.
The Seven Maidens
The Seven MaidensThese young women maintain the seal of the Four Sword that keeps Vaati sealed.
- Curtains Match the Window: For all, except the yellow one for some reason.
- Damsel in Distress: All of them are captured by Shadow Link like Zelda.
- Damsel out of Distress: Neutral Females they are not.
- Our Fairies Are Different: They can transform into fairy forms to guide Link once they are freed.
VaatiVaati is a powerful Evil Sorcerer in Four Swords and Four Swords Adventures 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.
- Evil Sorcerer: Of course.
- 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 Swords and 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 was unable to defeat the four heroes.
Shadow LinkLink's Doppelgänger in Four Swords Adventures. Hyrule Historia states that he is a manifestation of the original Ganondorf's hatred for Link.
- Ax-Crazy: When he's not taunting the heroes, he's attacking anything that gets too close to him.
- Combo Platter Powers: He can teleport, split himself into clone, change his body color at will, phase through solid objects, regenerate from the Dark Mirror, and use a slew of weapons and items through the use of Hammerspace.
- Dark Is Evil: He's an Evil Twin Made of Evil, and shadow.
- Disc-One Final Boss: The four Links put him done shortly before dealing with Vaati and Ganon.
- 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: He's Ganon's hate of Link given physical form.
- 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.
- 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, as he constantly creates clones of himself.
- 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 to 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- Tulpa: He's a physical manifestation of Ganon's hate for Link.
- 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.
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.
- Blade on a Stick: The Trident is his explicit Weapon of Choice.
- 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.
- Prongs of Poseidon: He gained the power of his previous incarnation through the Trident of Darkness.
- Raise Him Right This Time: Averted, the Gerudo attempted this, but Ganon still turned out evil.
- 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.
- You Can't Fight Fate: He ends up living the same life as his predecessor.
Green LinkThe manga's version of the main hero of the game. Green Link embodies Link's default personality.
- Always Save the Girl: Princess Zelda of course.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: When he fights alongside the other three Links.
- Bash Brothers: Sometimes with the other Links, Shadow Link/s.
- Battle Boomerang: He gets a boomerang, but does not use it often.
- The Chosen Zero: In the manga, the other Links constantly challenge his right to be the leader.
- Establishing Character Moment: In the manga, he easily defeats a bunch of thieves on his own, before the Knights even arrive.
- Four-Philosophy Ensemble: The Realist.
- 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 courageous and determined, but can be prone to acting rash. He can be anxious and headstrong while Blue can be extremely arrogant and short-tempered, which leads to arguments between the two. He nonetheless attains the role of leader (since he's wearing green) throughout 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 to 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 into four separate Links, each one representing a specific side of his personality, it 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.
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.
- Brats with Slingshots: In the battle with Stone Arrghus.
- Divergent Character Evolution: In the manga, Red Link has his own personality.
- Four-Philosophy Ensemble: The Optimist
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: (Sanguine); 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 cheerful, excitable, and highly emotional. Although he can be somewhat as stubborn as the other three, he's clearly the nicest out of the four Links and usually likes to look on the bright side of things. He hates seeing the other Links fight each other and will usually speak out and try to act as the mediator, though he ends up dealing with Blue, who tends to bully him around. One clear trait of his is that he's very dependent on the other three and doesn't do too well by himself. He can easily end up feeling depressed and unsure of himself when he’s all alone. He's a warm and considerate person who's 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 in the manga.
- 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 in the manga.
- Kill It with Fire: Obtains a Fire Rod midway through the manga.
- Kill It with Ice: He has his Fire Rod converted into an Ice Rod late in the story.
Blue LinkCreated by the powers of the Four Sword. In the manga, Blue is the Hot-Blooded arrogant member of the group.
- Blood Knight: He is considerably more violent and more open to battle than the other Links.
- Divergent Character Evolution: Much more violent and crude than the first Link.
- Drop the Hammer: Wields one in the manga, and kills Stone Arrghus with it.
- Four-Philosophy Ensemble: The Cynic
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: (Choleric); he's the arrogant, brash, and self-centered Link. Compared to the other Links, he's very short-tempered, impatient, and argumentative. He and Red are usually the comic relief of the group in which he's antagonistic towards Red's happy-go-lucky personality and sometimes resorts to hitting him. He can be terribly single-minded and comes off as being insecure. He believes himself to be the original Link (despite not wearing green) and — out of jealousy — questions Green's competence as a hero, gets easily flustered by Vio's condescending attitude, and constantly bullies Red. He further thinks he can do well by himself instead of cooperating with the others. Despite his rude behavior, he's deep down 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.
- The Lancer: In that he's the more aggressive contrast to Green.
Violet/Vio LinkCreated by the powers of the Four Sword. In the manga adaptation, Vio is The Stoic and smart guy of the group.
- Archer Archetype: Prominently uses a bow.
- 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: In-Universe, he was the first to feel sympathy for Shadow Link.
- Divergent Character Evolution: Has a different personality then Link here.
- Four-Philosophy Ensemble: The Apathetic
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: (Phlegmatic); he's the analytical, calm, and thoughtful 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. While he can be very helpful and insightful, he can also be a tad bit condescending and arrogant. 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.
- Fake Defector: In the Manga, he fakes a Face–Heel Turn so he can get information from Shadow Link and destroy the Mirror of Darkness. Shadow Link, who had genuinely befriended him, doesn't take his betrayal well.
Shadow LinkLink's Doppelgänger in Four Swords Adventures. 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.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: He looks like a cute boy here as opposed to a shadow monster in the shape of one as in the video game.
- Adaptational Wimp: He loses most of his weapons and abilities from the game, including his signature Me's a Crowd power. And while his game counterpart could revive himself at full strength using the Dark Mirror, he can barely move after his first resurrection.
- Berserk Button: "Don't ever mock the shadows! You think they're weak and insubstantial!!"
- Dark Is Not Evil: Here it turns out he isn't evil.
- Deadpan Snarker: In the manga.
- Enemy to All Living Things: He rides a dragon and burns 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 Vaati, which also kills him.
- 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).
- Joke Character: Is the main character of the manga omakes with him as The Protagonist. With weird plots as him having a blog, being a hikikomori, and so on.
- Redemption Equals Death: In the manga, his breaking of the Dark Mirror causes his own death.
- Slasher Smile: Has a really creepy one in the manga.
- The Starscream: In the manga, he doesn't care for the idea of Vaati or Ganon's rule, but doesn't consider plotting against them until Vio suggests the plan of using Zelda's power to destroy Ganon. He's beaten by the Links before his plans get off the ground, however.
- Villain Forgot to Level Grind: In the manga, while he's able to defeat the four Links easily in their first fight, by the time he fights them again, they've gotten strong enough to beat him easily.