Characters: The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

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Link and his Allies

    Link 

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. Of course, that statue COULD just be referring to what happens if Link dies- and just also happens to be placed right next to a fairy in the tree that will restore Link's health...
  • 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 

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.
  • 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 

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 

The Owl

An owl that tells Link where to go next.
  • But You Were There, and You, and You: Inverted, Kaepora Gaebora who appears in later games is based on him.
  • Mr. Exposition: He appears several times to give Link hints about where he should go next.
  • No Name Given: People often mistakenly refer to him as Kaepora Gaebora since Kaepora Gaebora is an extremely obvious Expy of him, but this owl was never actually named.
  • Pieces of God: At the end the owl reveals he is part of the Wind Fish's spirit and guardian of his dreams.

    The Wind Fish 

The Wind Fish

The guardian deity that sleeps inside the giant egg at the center of Koholint Island.
  • Expy: The Ocean King from Phantom Hourglass and Levias from Skyward Sword are both expies of the Wind Fish.
  • Fisher King: Both the inhabitants of the island and the nightmares are born from his dreams.
  • The Gods Must Be Lazy: You think he would've placed Link a little closer to the mainland at the end of the game.
    • After all, Link saves this divine cetacean from an eternity of nightmares. How does the whale god thank his savior? By leaving him behind. Clinging to driftwood, in the middle of the ocean.
  • Journey to the Center of the Mind: All Koholint is but his dream, and Link must travel his way to the center of an egg and awaken the core of the deity's consciousness. The Nightmares that control the whale god, of course, won't go down without a fight.
  • Mysterious Watcher: He's constantly watching Link's progress, though unlike the Owl, is unable to directly interact or communicate with the hero.
  • Non-Indicative Name: As described by an owl statue, "THE WIND FISH IN NAME ONLY, FOR IT IS NEITHER".
  • The Omniscient: He dreams, and thus knows of, video game characters from other fictional universes.
  • Summon Everyman Hero: While never explicitly stated, it is heavily implied nonetheless that the Wind Fish, was responsible for the storm in the game's prologue. He uses the last of his available powers to draw Link into his dream in a final desperate act to stop the nightmares taking over his mind.

Villains

    The Nightmare 

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.
  • Hijacked by Ganon: Inverted. Ganon appears during the final boss fight, but it's only a form taken by the Nightmare based on Link's memories.
  • Never Say "Die": DethI was originally called "Death Eye." On the other hand, the phonics of its new name preserve the general impact and can be considered a Punny Name.
  • One-Winged Angel: DethI
  • Saving the World: In an unusual inversion, the bad guy is trying to save the world and the hero is trying to destroy it, but the Nightmares aren't saving the world for benevolent reasons.
  • Tennis Boss: One of the forms it takes is Agahnim. You fight it the usual way.

Other Characters

    Crazy Tracy 

Crazy Tracy

An over-excited shopkeeper in Kholint Prairie.

    Richard 

Richard

An exiled swordsman from Kanalet Castle.

    Madame MeowMeow 

Madame MeowMeow

A villager who collects Chain-Chomps.
  • 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).

    Quadruplet Family 

Quadruplet Family

Four kids who live in Mabe Village.
  • 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 

Old Man Ulrira

A man who lives in Mabe Village, and will give Link hints.
  • No Indoor Voice: In sharp contrast to her shy and quiet husband, Mrs. Ulrira greets link with "YAHOO!"
  • Serious Business: His wife wishes to sweep the whole island. Halfway through the game she's swept all the way to Animal Village.
  • The Walrus Was Paul: Just who is this "Bucket Mouse"? Evidently, it's a mangling of a Japanese fishing shop called "Bucketmouth", but it's still pretty random.

    Nakura 

Nakura

A ghost who haunts Link after Angler's Tunnel.
  • Composite Character: Is the one who gives Link the L-2 sword in the manga, making him one with the Spirit of the Seashell Mansion.
  • 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.

    The Photographer 

The Photographer

A mouse who owns a camera shop.