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Characters: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
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    Heroes 

Link

Voiced by: Fujiko Takimoto (child), Nobuyuki Hiyama (adult)

The legendary Hero of Time who would be spoken of fondly for years to come. He was raised among the childlike Kokiri as one of their kind. After having a dream about Princess Zelda being attacked in front of the Castle Town, the fairy Navi and the Great Deku Tree send him on a quest to find Zelda and stop a great evil.

He also appeared in Majora's Mask. See here for more information. He also becomes the Hero's Shade, the mentor to his descendant in Twilight Princess. See here for info on him there.

Navi

Voiced by: Kaori Mizuhashi

Link's Fairy Companion. She is mainly useful for learning enemy weaknesses and searching for clues around the environment.

  • Anti-Poop Socking : The 3DS remake adds a couple of pieces of advice for her to dole out periodically, one of which is telling you that she's tired and you should take a break.
  • But Now I Must Go: In the ending.
  • Captain Obvious: Mostly due to her not being programmed to recognize the player's location when giving advice. (Like when she tells you to go to Kakariko Village even though you're already there.) However, the first dungeon has a bit where she tells you that you need a key to open a door with a chain and lock on it, which will undoubtedly prompt you to respond "No, really?" or some other variant.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Not all that apparent as others but Word of God is she was jealous of Zelda and romantically attracted to Link.
  • Exposition Fairy: The Trope Codifier, and first of many in the series. She serves as Link's guide throughout his adventure.
  • Fairy Companion: Same as above.
  • I Will Find You: Hinted that, in the beginning of Majora's Mask, Link is looking for her after she left him in Ocarina of Time.
  • Meaningful Name: She helps you Navigate. There's a second Genius Bonus meaning. Navi is an old Hebrew word for prophet.
  • Nice Girl: The few chunks of dialogue that reference Navi (mostly the by the Deku Tree) or are her talking about herself strongly hint at her being meant to be one of these. This is in sharp contrast to every other Fairy Companion in the franchise (Manga and Cartoon counting), who all feature at least a certain degree of temperament.

Zelda

Voiced by: Jun Mizusawa

The Princess of Hyrule. Despite her young age, she is wise beyond her years. She is aware of Ganondorf's plans to conquer Hyrule the entire world and she has her own plans to stop him.

  • Badass Princess: To some extent. Not only was she running around Hyrule disguised as a Ninja, but she also helped out a bit in the final battle, where she helps unlock the barriers keeping them from escaping the castle and helps Link pin Ganon down so he could land the final blow. She improves in this area over time.
  • Barrier Maiden: She and the other Sages seal away Ganon after Link defeats him. In the timeline where Link dies are forced to seal him in the Sacred Realm instead turning the holy place into the Dark World.
  • Cool Crown: Part of the outfit.
  • Damsel in Distress: Averted until the end for the first time in the series. Most Zeldas after followed suit, often taking a more active role in the adventure.

Sheik

Voiced by: Jun Mizusawa

A mysterious Sheikah warrior that claims to be the Last Of Their Kind. Sheik teaches Link the various songs to teleport him to the various temples around Hyrule.

    The Sages 

Rauru

The last of the original Sages remaining, and the Sage of Light. Rauru explains to Link that he sealed Link away for seven years in the Sacred Realm so he could age into the intended Hero of Time, that Ganondorf has taken over Hyrule, and assigns him to awaken the reincarnations of the remaining sages.

Saria

Link's childhood best friend. She is later revealed to be the Sage of Forest.

  • Fan of Underdog: A slight example; when Link was a kid and didn't have a fairy, he didn't have any friends in the village...except Saria herself, who (partially) raised him as a baby and when he was her age she went out of her way to be his friend when the rest of the Kokiri shunned him.
  • Implied Love Interest: To Link
  • Leitmotif: Saria's Song.
  • Macguffin Girl: She turns out to be the sage of forest.
  • Magic Music: She gives Link his first ocarina.
  • Nice Girl: She classifies as this almost by default, really, since she was the only Kokiri in the village willing to befriend Link back when Link didn't have a fairy.
  • Off Screen Moment Of Awesome: It's implied that she managed to get all the way through the monster infested Forest Temple.
  • Older than They Look: Kokiri don't age, so it's possible that Saria was older than ten years old when Link was a child. She's at least Seventeen by the Time Skip, despite still looking like a ten year old.
  • Only Friend: To Link in the Kokiri Forest.
  • Parental Substitute: It's possible that she was the one who raised Link since she's so close to him.
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend: Her speech upon becoming a sage seems to indicate feelings for Link. However, sages are obligated to serve the gods without any bounds binding them to the mortal world. Additionally, she's Not Allowed to Grow Up which would make things even more complicated.

Darunia

The chief of the Goron people. He at first rejects Link, but later comes to accept him after he clears Dodongo's Cavern of monsters. He gives Link the Goron Ruby and inducts him in as a member of the tribe. Seven years later, he attempts to rescue his people from the dragon Volvagia by going to the Fire Temple. He is revealed to be the Sage of Fire.

Ruto

The princess of the Zora Fish People. Link first meets her in the Womb Level, where she is searching for the Zora's Sapphire that Jabu-Jabu swallowed. Later revealed to be the Sage of Water.

  • The Chief's Daughter: She's a Zora princess.
  • Childhood Marriage Promise: Link unwittingly promises to marry her in exchange for the Zora's Sapphire.
  • Fish Person: More than previous Zoras, she's entirely humanoid with blue-white skin and fins. The remake added a dorsal fin.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Subverted, Ruto's "developments" have been censored in Ocarina of Time 3D; she has scales that looks like she's wearing a dress.
  • I Got Bigger: She's noticeably more developed after the time skip.
  • Interspecies Romance: She's got a crush on Link, but when they meet again, she makes it clear that their engagement must be put on indefinite hold as her duties as a sage will always come first.
  • Non-Mammal Mammaries: She has breasts, though not emphasized.
  • Rebellious Princess: She went into Jabu-Jabu to get her pendent herself, not caring what her father thinks of her vanishing act.
  • Tsundere: Type A. She's snarky and rude at first, but after Link saves her she's practically making kissy faces at him.
  • The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: King Zora makes one wonder where the family resemblance comes from.
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend: Justified. Like Saria, she must put her duties as Sage to come first.

Impa

Zelda's nursemaid who is a Sheikah warrior who helps Zelda escape the castle when Ganondorf invades. She is later revealed to be the Sage of Shadow.

Nabooru

The second-in-command of the all-female Gerudo thieves who secretly despises Ganondorf. She attempts to break into the Spirit Temple to retrieve the Silver Gauntlets, but is captured and brainwashed by Twinrova instead. She is revealed to be the Sage of Spirit.

    Other Characters 

Great Deku Tree

The guardian spirit of the Kokiri tribe. He is cursed by Ganondorf at the beginning of the game, and dies shortly after Link breaks the curse. A new Deku Tree grows in his place when Link is older, which retains all memories from the first, who tells Link that he is a Hylian and not a Kokiri.

  • Fisher King: Once the Deku Tree dies, Kokiri Forest goes to seed.
  • Genius Loci: He's a sentient tree, and the wisest you'll ever see.
  • Legacy Character: The first Deku Tree in the series. The Deku Tree seen in The Wind Waker is explicitly descended from him.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: Serves as the Kokiri's mentor, but kicks the bucket not long after the game starts due to Ganondorf's curse.
  • Wise Tree: He's the page image for a reason. He serves as the Kokiri's guardian, giving them advice whenever they seek him.

The Kokiri

The children of the forest who are under the protection of guardian fairies and the Great Deku Tree. They aren't allowed to leave the forest. They don't age, keeping the appearance of children.

  • Creepy Child: Fado, the blonde Kokiri Link meets in place of Grog. She states that everyone who enters the Lost Woods turns into a Stalfos. She ends the conversation by asking Link if that will happen to him, too.
  • Despair Speech: Mido gives one about Link and Saria.
  • Hidden Elf Village: The Kokiri village is hidden in a forest southeast of Hyrule, and is normally forbidden to non-Kokiri.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Mido definitely. It's implied that he has antagonized Link in the past and continued to do so in the beginning. However, he seems to like Saria and even promised to guard the Secret Forest Meadow for her. In the future, he voices his regret for picking on Link and never apologizing to him.
  • Meaningful Name: Mido. It sounds like the Japanese word for green (midori). As in, green with envy.
  • Musical Theme Naming: Saria is derived from Aria. Mido and Fado's names are composed of solfedge syllables.
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up: Link is an exception because he's really a Hylian.

Kaepora Gaebora

The wise old owl who shows up around Hyrule. He appears to give the player hints as to where to go next and what to do. However, his long-winded text conversations and Exposition Break manner of speaking made him annoying in any playthrough but the first one.

Malon

The girl from Lon Lon Ranch. She teaches Epona's Song to Link.

Talon and Ingo

  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Ganondorf brings out Ingo's resentment toward Talon and makes him evil in the adult years. He gets better after you defeat him in a race and get Epona. This is more obvious in the manga than the game.
  • Expy: Talon and Ingo look a bit like Mario and Luigi. Talon also counts as an expy of Marin's father Tarin from Link's Awakening, who in himself was an expy of Link's Uncle from A Link to the Past
  • Lazy Bum: Talon, though he changes his ways later.
  • Shipper on Deck: Talon asks Link if he'd like to marry Malon.
  • Shout-Out: Talon, like his daughter, wears a broach of Bowser's face.

Sharp and Flat

Two brothers who served Hyrule's royal family as musical composers.

The Gorons

The people who dwell inside the mountains. They are, or at least appear to be, made of stone.
  • Eat Dirt Cheap: They eat rocks.
  • The Glomp: The Gorons love giving hugs to their friends, which freaks Link out for obvious reasons.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: The Gorons as a whole actually don't seem to exhibit this trait. While later games would see them becoming more warlike, the gorons in this game are a fairly laid-back and peaceable society who frequently need the help of a more-warlike visitor to bail them out.
  • Verbal Tic: They commonly tack "-goro" onto the ends of their sentences or words.

The Zora

  • Adipose Rex: King Zora. He's so fat and huge that just moving to the side to let Link pass behind him (with a pretty funny "Ouweep" sound) takes a while.
  • Fish People: Unlike previous Zoras from the previous games, these Zoras are much more beautiful and human-like. This is because they are Sea Zoras, while the much uglier and monster-like enemies are River Zoras.
  • Non-Mammal Mammaries: Judging by Ruto and the Zora females seen in other games, this is typical of the race.
  • Our Mermaids Are Different: They have traits of mermaids as well as Fish People. They have legs with flippers, sea resistant skin and can breathe underwater. They have the tail of the aquatic animal they're based on instead of hair. They are able to live on land, but can dehydrate quickly.
  • Sealed Good in a Can: The entire race gets frozen into the ice of their aquatic home by Ganondorf, though they probably aren't conscious for it. The only ones to escape this fate are King Zora, who's frozen in red ice and can be rescued with blue fire, and Princess Ruto, who is ultimately saved from the ice by Sheik.

Lord Jabu-Jabu

A giant fish/whale hybrid. To acquire the Zora Sapphire, which he swallowed, Link must go into his belly and find both it and Princess Ruto.

The Gerudo

  • Action Girl: An entire race of these.
  • Amazon Brigade: The entire race is female, and it is required by law that they obey their king, the sole male born in 100 years.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Shortly after Link kills Twinrova, one of the carpenters would tell Link when spoken to that with Koume and Kotake dead, the Gerudo are no longer scary anymore, implying that their earlier actions were the result of Twinrova brainwashing the race or keeping them in line with fear.
  • Camp Straight: The carpenters they imprison.
  • Dark-Skinned Redhead: Their usual appearance.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: After realizing that Link is a Worthy Opponent, they agree to let him join their group and give him access to their fortress.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: It's subtly implied that the Gerudo may not have actually wanted to serve Ganondorf in the adult years, as they were seen celebrating Ganondorf's defeat at Lon Lon Ranch. Granted, they weren't quite as brave about it as Nabooru, who was willing to defy him and their ancient traditions, but still.
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture: They have a vaguely Middle Eastern culture (being desert-dwellers) with a star and crescent as their symbol.
  • Naginatas Are Feminine: All of the guards.
  • One-Gender Race: Save for the exception noted above. Gossip stones imply that they tend to marry (or at least seduce) men from the rest of the country to propagate themselves. Only one male Gerudo is born every hundred years and he is to lead his female companions. Ganondorf is this man during the events of the game.

    Villains 

Ganondorf

Voiced by: Takashi Nagasako

Click to see Ganon 

"As I thought, you held the keys to the Door of Time! You have led me to the gates of the Sacred Realm... Yes, I owe it all to you, kid!"

Ganondorf, King of the Gerudos, and, not much later, Great King of Evil. He seeks the power of the Triforce, but, due to his unbalanced heart, causes it to split into its three basic components, and is only able to seize one of them: The Triforce of Power, the one virtue most prevalent in his heart. Of course, one third of the power of the goddesses isn't a bad share on its own, granting him tremendous physical and magical power and making him nearly immortal, and with it he easily takes over Hyrule in the seven years of Link's absence. However, just one piece of the Triforce still isn't enough to grant him his wish. And so, his search for the remaining pieces continues...

  • Alas, Poor Villain: Zelda invokes this In-Universe after Ganondorf is seemingly killed by Link.
    Zelda: Ganondorf... pitiful man... Without a strong, righteous mind, he could not control the power of the gods... and...
  • Ambiguously Brown: Him and all the Gerudo people. They live in deserts, so it's probably justified. Ganondorf himself, however, has a sickly green tone to his skin. By the end of the game, it has already turned into full-blown green skin.
  • Archenemy: This is where his centuries-long antagonism to many Links and Zeldas to come began.
  • Badass Baritone: Befitting an evil and badass character like him, his voice is pretty deep.
  • Badass Cape: Wears one in the future.
  • Big Bad: The main villain and source of conflict, direct or not, for the game.
  • Boss Subtitles:
    Great King of Evil
    Ganondorf
    • Subverted to great effect to indicate this is the final fight when he assumes his monstrous form, which plainly states:
    GANON
  • Card-Carrying Villain: "The Great King of Evil", anyone?
  • Evil Tower of Ominousness: Ganon's Castle. It's tall, black, and just in case that wasn't enough, floats above a pit of lava.
  • Final Boss: You first fight him in human form, then he goes One-Winged Angel.
  • Full Boar Action: His Ganon form.
  • Genius Bruiser: He's an incredibly powerful sorcerer, and also a powerful warrior. In addition, he is also a pretty good strategist. It's heavily implied that he used both Zelda and Link to access the Sacred Realm. And then years later he uses Link to reveal Zelda's location.
  • Has Two Mommies: Koume and Kotake, his surrogate mothers.
  • Hellish Horse: With glowing red eyes. The German version even claimed that it was from Hell.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Variation: Link, after Ganon was pinned down by Zelda, delivers the final blow by impaling his mouth. In the 3DS remake, the final blow was changed to impaling his forehead instead of the mouth, presumably to have it match the way he is killed in Wind Waker.
  • Leitmotif: He even plays it on his Ominous Pipe Organ while you travel through his castle. It gets louder the closer you get to him.
  • Large and in Charge: Hyrule Historia states his humanoid form as 7 foot 6. And let's not get started on Ganon.
  • Load-Bearing Boss: As you defeat him, he casts a spell which causes his castle to crumble, in an attempt to bury Link and Zelda. Sadly for him, it fails. Sadly for them, it also fails to kill him.
  • Magic Missile Storm: His Desperation Attack as Ganondorf is to gather a large orb of power and fire five of his energy orbs at once. Ironically this is easier to deal with than his standard attack, as Link's Spin Attack will deflect all of the bolts and at least one is promised to hit him with no chance for him to reflect it. Or, alternatively, the attack's long charge time allows Link to be able to disrupt it from ever going off with a quick light arrow, stunning Ganondorf and allowing him to be attacked with Link's sword.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Granted by the Triforce of Power. You can count all weapons that were ever able to hurt him on one hand.
  • Nothing Can Stop Us Now: After he gets the Triforce of Power.
  • Obviously Evil: Even as a child, Zelda can tell he's up to no good. The King of Hyrule seems to be rather oblivious to him, though.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: He revives the evil dragon Volvagia to devour every Goron alive as a warning to the races who dare oppose him.
  • One-Winged Angel: He transforms into Ganon as one last effort to defeat you.
  • Physical God: Almost literal considering what powers him now.
  • Pig Man: The rare Big Bad example of this trope. Although how much he resembles a pig is open to interpretation. The artwork for the game (see above) gives him a slightly piggish nose, but even his in-game model doesn't look so much like a humanoid pig as some kind of demonic, non-descript Beast Man.
  • Prongs of Poseidon: The Trident of Power. Though he himself doesn't use it in this game, his minion, Phantom Ganon, does.
  • Psychotic Smirk: He spends about 95% of the game wearing one.
  • Raised by Grandparents: He was raised by the witches Twinrova. Navi calls them "Ganondorf's surrogate mothers" if you ask her about them in battle.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: His fate at the end of the game.
  • Shock and Awe: His electric attacks.
  • Squishy Wizard: In contrast to his later appearances, he relies exclusively on magic and doesn't even carry a shown weapon.
  • Taking You with Me: After you defeat him at the top of his tower, he uses his last breath to destroy the whole castle, with you and Zelda in it. It doesn't work. However, that wasn't quite his last breath either...
  • Tennis Boss: In his first phase. He drops the tactic when he turns into Ganon.
  • This Cannot Be!: He expresses his utter disbelief when Adult Link grievously wounds him.
  • Wicked Cultured: Only a classy villain would play the organ.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He's shocked at the fact that a mere teenager could defeat him. When he realizes Link and Zelda survived the castle's destruction, he gets pissed, his eyes glow, and he doesn't even say a word.
  • You Killed My Father: It's strongly implied that Ganondorf murdered Zelda's father, the king, around the time Link retrieved the Zora Sapphire.

Dark Link

Link's Doppelgänger who first appeared as "Shadow Link" in Zelda II: The Adventure of Link as the final boss, he appears as the mini-boss in the Water Temple.

  • Blade Run: Dark Link is capable of doing this if you use the stab move to attack him by freezing Link in place somehow and jumping onto the blade. This can be used to your advantage, however; if you use a broken "Giant's Knife" he falls off. However, if you haven't figured out not to stab him before his Turns Red phase and aren't using a broken Giant's Knife (which is quite possible), he starts punishing your idiocy and will attack you while standing on your sword.
  • Doppelgänger: He is exactly like Link, but evil.
  • Duel Boss: There's no other enemies to fight. Just Dark Link.
  • Fearful Symmetry: One of his favorite combat tactics.
  • Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: He pops up in the Water Temple, and is never mentioned again afterwards.
  • Living Shadow: Your reflection that suddenly went missing after you walked across that little island? That's him.
  • Mini-Boss: Of the Water Temple.
  • Mirror Match: He copies your every move, and even has the same amount of total health as you have.
  • Paint It Black: Aside from his red eyes, he is a pitch-black version of Link.

Gohma

  • Mook Maker: After taking enough damage, she'll crawl up the wall and onto the ceiling, and start laying eggs which will hatch into enemies. You can break those eggs before they hatch, or even stop Gohma before she lays a single egg with a Slingshot seed to the eye.
  • Warm-Up Boss: Understandably for the first boss, Gohma is the easiest boss in the game. Her attacks aren't very damaging, and her weak spot is obvious.

King Dodongo

  • Boss Subtitles
    Infernal Dinosaur: King Dodongo
  • Breath Weapon: One of its attacks is spitting a large fireball at you. However, it takes a long time to inhale, giving you the opportunity to Feed It a Bomb.
  • Feed It a Bomb: How you defeat it. Throw a bomb in its mouth as it inhales to prepare its fireball, and it becomes vulnerable to your sword.
  • Rolling Attack: Its other attacks, which it uses after taking a hit or spitting a fireball.

Barinade

  • Spin Attack: Most of its attacks involve it spinning its limbs or itself.

Phantom Ganon

  • Boss Subtitles
    Evil Spirit from Beyond: Phantom Ganon
  • Doppelgänger Spin: As the first phase of the fight continues he summons fakes in the other pictures to distract you.
  • Final Boss Preview: The real Ganondorf fights like Phantom Ganon once he loses the horse, though with a few twists thrown in.
  • Hellish Horse: Much like the real deal, he has a horse, except his looks more demonic.

Volvagia

Morpha

  • Boss Subtitles
    Giant Aquatic Amoeba: Morpha
  • Combat Tentacles: Creates them with water.
  • An Ice Creature: It's strongly implied that it bore the brunt of the responsibility of maintaining the frozen state of Zora's Domain.
  • Mega Microbes: Morpha itself isn't the huge water tentacle it creates, but the vulnerable eye-like nucleus that serves as the boss's weak point.
  • Murder Water: Though Morpha itself is just the nucleus, it manipulates the water as though it were part of him.

Bongo Bongo

  • Boss Subtitles
    Phantom Shadow Beast: Bongo Bongo
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Its first appearance has it flailing Sheik around shortly after escaping the well, and throwing the hapless Sheikah down hard enough to induce unconsciousness. The exact result of Link's failed encounter with it is unknown (the screen blacks out right when it approaches Link), although the vocal grunts imply that Bongo Bongo managed to defeat Link easily in a similar manner, and it was implied that Link was knocked out for several hours as a result.
    • Incidentally, you can Curb-Stomp Battle Bongo Bongo right back with the use of a glitch that allows you to drop a bomb on its hitbox before you even enter the boss arena. The dropped bomb puts it into stun mode, and you can jump down and kill it near instantly. (seen at about 4:22:00 here)
  • Giant Hands of Doom: You need to disable them if you want to attack its weak point.
  • Go for the Eye: Its eye is its weak point. However, to reach it, you must stun its hands first, then shoot an arrow in its eye.
  • Invisibility: It can become invisible to the naked eye. The only way to see it when it turns invisible is to use the Lens of Truth.
  • Tremor Trampoline: He pounds on a giant drum that happens to your only footing in the room you fight him in, making your character bounce. Equipping the Hover Boots can lessen it slightly, though.

Twinrova (Koume and Kotake)

Ganondorf's surrogate parents. Koume uses fire magic and Kotake uses ice magic. Their Fusion Dance forms a composite being that can use both.

  • Climax Boss: They often appear to taunt you and cause problems throughout your journey through the temple, until you finally face them.
  • The Dragon: The twin sisters were Ganondorf's adopted parents. That probably explains a lot.
  • Dual Boss: You first fight both witches at the same time, and they eventually fuse together.
  • Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors: Koume and Kotake attack respectively with fire and ice, and are weak to the other element.
  • Evil Old Folks: They're old, and serve the Prince of Evil.
  • Fusion Dance: Their Twinrova form.
  • Kill It with Fire: Koume attacks with fire, but is weak to ice.
  • Kill It with Ice: Kotake attacks with ice, but is weak to fire.
  • Leitmotif: They get a quite suitably quirky one.
  • Mind Control: They use this on Nabooru (with the Hypno Trinket variety). It's also implied from one of the carpenters after her defeat that the Gerudo as a whole may have been brainwashed by her as well.
  • Magic Staff: That transform into their broomsticks.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Actually 400 years old, but one of the twins insists that she's only 380. The Twinrova fusion really doesn't look it.
  • Tactical Suicide Boss: If they didn't fight together, you wouldn't have one's magic to reflect at the other.
  • Tennis Boss: A variation, you reflect their magic into the other one. Twinrova plays it straight, though you need to absorb three blasts before you can turn them back.
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