The 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.
- 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.
- Eleventh Hour Superpower: The Four Sword.
- Implausible Fencing Powers
- 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 protect 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 individuality. Cue the four of them struggling to learn how to work together.
- Me's a Crowd
- The Southpaw: In the manga, he is explicitly referred as "the Left-Handed Hero".
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: In the manga with the other Links. At first.
Princess 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.
Created 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.
- 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.
- Nice Guy
Created by the powers of the Four Sword. In the manga, Blue is the Hot-Blooded
arrogant member of the group.
Created by the powers of the Four Sword. In the manga adaptation, Vio is The Stoic
and smart guy of the group.
The Seven Maidens
These young women maintain the seal of the Four Sword that keeps Vaati sealed.
Vaati is a powerful Evil Sorcerer
in Four Swords and Four Swords Adventure. Eventually, it's discovered that he is a pawn in Ganon's master plan.
Link'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.
- Adaptation Distillation/Expansion: 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!!"
- Dark Is Not Evil
- 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.
- Foe Yay: A result of said manga; fanfic writers take the idea of Shadow Link and Vio being cozy and run away with it.
- Freudian Excuse: In the manga, it's revealed that he is angry at Link for not being noticed.
- 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
- 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.
- 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. 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.
of an ancient evil who rises once again using the Trident of Power.
- Big Bad
- 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
- Evil Weapon: The Trident of Power which led the newest Ganondorf along his Start of Darkness.
- Magic Mirror: Which he used to create Shadow Link.
- Manipulative Bastard
- Pig Man