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Characters: The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

Link and his Allies

Link

The same Link from A Link to the Past and the Oracle games.

  • Badass: Especially considering that this Link, counting this game, went through four games worth of adventures.
  • Closed Circle: Link cannot return home until he awakens the Wind Fish. As an owl statue reads "THE WIND FISH SLUMBERS LONG... THE HERO'S LIFE GONE..." the whale deity will dream away forever while Link will reach the end of his natural life.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: Even if you get the perfect ending, Link will be unable to stay alongside Marin, since she escapes the dream reborn as a bird.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Gets dumped off in the middle of the ocean for his efforts.
  • Going Down with the Ship: Though his death is averted, thanks to Link tying himself to the ship's mast.
  • Journey to Find Oneself: Link has long defeated the evil Ganon, but Hyrule merely enjoyed a precautious peace, its citizens wondering when the next threat would arrive to end the tranquility. Feeling in need of enlightenment, he embarks on this journey for foreign lands.
  • Kleptomaniac Hero: In addition to Link's usual kleptomania, he can now outright steal things from the shop.
  • Only Sane Man: Indeed, because he's the only real man in the whole game.
  • There's No Place Like Home: More than anything, Link dearly wishes to return to his beloved homeland, Hyrule.
  • Waking Up Elsewhere: Link goes unconscious after the lightning bolt hits his ship at the beginning. He wakes up in Marin and Tarin's house on Koholint Island.
  • Your Mind Makes It Real: If Link dies in the dream shrine he dies in real-life. He's also at the mercy of the Wind Fish's imagination, so if the Nightmares get him, it's a real death.

Marin

The female lead in Link's Awakening, of whom Malon is an Expy. A singer who rescued Link when he washed ashore, and later teaches him the "Ballad of the Wind Fish" which is critical to waking the Wind Fish.

  • Girl of My Dreams: She exists only in the Wind Fish's dreams.
  • Guest Star Party Member: At one point you are required to take Marin with you to wake up a walrus in order to continue with the main quest.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: At least such is implied by the narration "Is this your big chance?" when Marin becomes a Guest Star Party Member.
  • Japanese Honorifics: The animals of the Animal Village refer to Marin as Marin-chan. This is localized in English as the nickname Little Marin.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Apart from the fact that she literally is a "dream girl", she qualifies. Life virtually revolving around the protagonist? Check. Quirky personality? Check. ("Dig it! Dig to the center of the earth!") Of course, Link doesn't need convincing to be adventurous.
  • Missing Mom: In this game and all her future incarnations. In most games, she still has a Mario look-alike dad, but in Majora's Mask, Cremia and Romani don't even have a dad.
  • Temporary Substitute: Fills in for Princess Zelda in the only Legend of Zelda game where Zelda doesn't appear.
  • The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: A trait that carries on in later games with Malon.
  • Winged Humanoid (in the black-and-white version), Animorphism (in the DX version): Marin's reward if you get a No Miss Clear is to have her wish granted and either be able to fly like a seagull or become a seagull.

Tarin

The father of Marin who collects mushrooms.

  • Baleful Polymorph: At one point he's turned into a Raccoon (or Tanuki in the original Japanese version). Although its not exactly baleful - once he's back to normal, he recalls having fun as a raccoon.
  • Bumbling Dad
  • But You Were There, and You, and You: Inverted, Talon who appears in later games is based on him.
    • He's also reminiscent of Link's uncle from A Link to the Past. Link even obtains the first shield from him just like he did from his uncle in the previous game.
  • Expy: Of Mario. He has the mustache, he loves eating mushrooms and he's turned into a raccoon/tanuki. The resemblance to Mario carries over into Talon.
  • Moment Killer: He does this a couple of times during the game.
  • Sleepy Head: Will be found at home napping in-between his appearances around the island.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Mushrooms

The Owl

An owl that tells Link where to go next.

The Wind Fish

The guardian deity that sleeps inside the giant egg at the center of Koholint Island

Villains

The Nightmare

A shape-shifting Sequential Boss that has affected the dreams of the Wind Fish. In its battle with Link, it takes the forms of enemies Link has fought before.

Other Characters

Crazy Tracy

Richard

Madame Meow-Meow

  • Expy: Mamamu Yan is one of her, but in-universe it's the likely other way around.
  • Fluffy Tamer: Owns three Bow-Wows (Chain-chomps).
  • Gonk
  • Smooch of Victory: Which restores your health (L-lucky!).

Quadruplet Family

  • But Thou Must: If you don't have the pineapple upon finding Papahl, your only options when he asks for help are "can't" and "nope".
  • Foreshadowing: Can't comprehend the idea of places outside the Island, and can't recall the island's history because it's imaginary.
  • He Knows About Timed Hits: Will explain that select brings up the map, and A+B+Start+Select allows you to save. They don't exactly know what it means because they're "Just kids".
  • Off Model: When Marin is at the beach, a quadruplet will be there in her place. However, all of the other quadruplets around Mabe Village are still at their respective places, resulting in there being five quadruplets.

Old Man Ulrira

Nakura

  • Bedsheet Ghost
  • Composite Character: Is the one who gives link the L-2 sword in the manga, making him one with the Seashell Spirit.
  • Death by Adaptation: While he was already technically "dead", in the manga he passes on completely, whereas the game had him stay at his grave permanently, apparently accepting it as his new home.
  • The Load: Is too scared to enter any dungeons, and unlike Marin too scared to just wait outside alone, so Link must get rid of him to progress.
  • Named by the Adaptation: Was simply called "That Ghost" in the games.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: At any time he's at his grave (as in, not following you), you can bother him by sprinkling magic powder on it. He threatens to put a curse on you, but never does.

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