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The captain of the steamship Link uses in Phantom Hourglass. He's a complete coward, and only agrees to help Link when he learns of the possible treasure involved. He provides most of the comic relief in the game.
- Accidental Hero: He once saved Jolene from a sea monster by ramming it with his ship...when he was trying to escape.
- Adaptational Villainy: His manga incarnation abandoned his crew mates on the Ghost Ship.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: His skin turns purple after fusing with Bellum.
- Badass Mustache: He has a slight one, and even before meeting Link he was an expierienced sailor who was willing to run into the life-draining Temple of the Ocean King.
- Boss Remix: When he becomes possessed by Bellum, the boss music is a remix of his leitmotif.
- Character Development: Notably. He goes from a greedy, cowardly crook to saving Link and Tetra from Bellum, then giving up his original goal of treasure so he can get his ship back.
- Cool Boat: He ends up treasuring his S.S. Linebeck more than the riches he's pursuing.
- Cowardly Lion: After some Character Development.
- Cowardly Sidekick: He never accompanies Link during his adventures in the dungeons or the islands.
- Demonic Possession: He becomes the final boss under the influence of the parasite Bellum.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: He rescues Link and Tetra from Bellum by stabbing it in the tentacle with the Phantom Sword. And he gets possessed by Bellum in retaliation.
- Expy: He bears a certain resemblance to a certain Captain Jack Sparrow.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In the manga, after being possessed by Bellum, he attempts suicide so he won't be able to hurt Link any more. The only thing that stops him is one of Ciela's Time Spheres.
- Identical Grandson: Linebeck III is this to him in The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite his mean-spirited and cowardly attitude, he is a good person at heart. Good luck getting him to show it.
- Legacy Character: As of Spirit Tracks, he has a descendant living in New Hyrule (Linebeck III).
- Primary-Color Champion: He wears a blue coat with a red scarf. It takes a bit of Character Development but he finally lives up to the heroism that these two colors imply.
- Psycho Ex-Girlfriend: You're being chased by his ex Jolene throughout the game, and forced to fight her if she catches up to your ship.
A fairy with Laser-Guided Amnesia, who found Link on the shore. She helps him throughout the game.
- Character Development: Mildly. She goes from being a short-tempered, impatient kid to truly growing into her role as the Spirit of Courage.
- Deadpan Snarker: Only regarding Linebeck. She doesn't just hate his jerkish, cowardly behaviour, she despises it. Which makes sense for the spirit of courage. She does show some appreciation for the "heart of gold" part of him, though.
- Exposition Fairy: She's a Suspiciously Similar Substitute of Navi and Tatl, even having similar attitudes to both of them.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: She's lost her memories when Link meets her. She regains them twice: when she realises her role as the Spirit of Courage, and during the first fight with Bellum.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Of Navi, even featuring the same voice, albeit her personality is a bit more short-tempered. Once Ciela's true power and "color" are revealed, she becomes a Suspiciously Similar Substitute of Tatl from Majora's Mask.
- Sword Beam: When Link equips her as his cursor, she lets him do these.
- Time Stop: Grants a brief version of this to Link during the final battle with Bellum in the form of Phantom Spheres. Link must draw an hourglass shape to stop time.
Oshus/ The Ocean KingCiela's father figure, who lives in a hut on a cliff at Mercay Island. He is a grumpy, ill-tempered Cool Old Guy. He is also the creator of the Phantom Hourglass, i.e. the Ocean King, and he watches over the Great Sea. However, he has been weakened into his human form by Bellum.
- Arch-Enemy: To Bellum.
- Big Good: Once he gets his powers back.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: He has a pair, even in his whale-like Ocean King form.
- Cool Old Guy: A grumpy old man who knows enough about a sword to teach you your moves. He does appear to act senile at times, but he's kind-hearted.
- Elderly Immortal: In his Ocean King form.
- Light is Good: He's the Big Good of the game and he's a white whale.
JoleneLinebeck's ex-girlfiend and a wily sword-wielding pirate. Link must battle her at least twice to complete the game, and can fight her additional times to receive rewards from Linebeck.
- Cool Boat: A small and ornate ship that can easily outperform the S.S. Linebeck in speed and fire tornadoes.
- Evil Counterpart: She is this to Link. Both are sword-wielding characters who travel the seas looking for people they know. While Link wishes to save Tetra and the Ocean King, Jolene just wants to settle her score with Linebeck.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Adores her younger sister.
- Fragile Speedster: Is extremely fast and agile, but cannot withstand more than four strikes from Link.
- Psycho Ex-Girlfriend: Is this to Linebeck. Then again, he did steal her treasure before ditching her.
- Sinister Scimitar: Her weapon of choice.
- Worthy Opponent: She comes to see Link as this.
The main villain of Phantom Hourglass, Bellum is a malevolent, parasitic creature. It rose from the depths and fed on life force, trapping the Ocean King in a feeble human form while it prowled the seas for victims in a Ghost Ship. It kidnapped Tetra to feed on her life force at the outset of the game. With little characterization, Bellum seems more like a parasitic force of nature than a truly malicious villain.
- Arch-Enemy: To Oshus.
- Attack Its Weak Point: The main eye in its mouth and the eyes on its tentacles.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Bellum is quite large when Link first fights him, but surprisingly shrinks a bit afterwards.
- BFS: Wields an enormous sword in battle during the final part of its battle, similar to the Phantoms.
- Big Bad: It's the source for all the calamities that occur in the waters of the Ocean King.
- Bishonen Line: It possesses Linebeck to assume a more humanoid form.
- Boss Subtitles: Bellum, Evil Phantom.
- Casting a Shadow: Gathers dark energy around Linebeck before possessing him.
- Combat Tentacles: Both its means of attack, and its weak points during the first phase of the battle. In the last phase, it uses a tentacle on its back to slap Link around and capture Ciela.
- Dark is Evil: Lampshaded by Oshus.Oshus: I struggled against my attacker in a great clash. But his evil was so dark that it slowly drained away my own life force.
- Demonic Possession: It uses this when it takes over the Ghost Ship, and again when it takes over Linebeck's body.
- Determinator: After losing his first fight to Link that resulted in his lair collapsing on him, Bellum managed to survive to kidnap Tetra again and attempt to escape with her on the Ghost Ship. After Link and Linebeck destroy the Ghost Ship, Bellum emerges and attempts to devour both Link and Tetra, only to be stopped by Linebeck. At that point, Bellum possesses Linebeck just to fight Link one last time.
- Dishing Out Dirt: The Sands of Hours, used to fuel the Phantom Hourglass, was used by Bellum to create countless monsters to find more victims.
- Eldritch Abomination: Probably the most straight-up example in the series. Not only does it have a surreal form, but it's impossible to communicate with, lives far beyond the reach of man and uses avatars to interact with the outside world, doesn't think in anything even resembling human terms, and probably isn't even sentient. It more or less just is, which is one of the defining characteristics of a classic abomination.
- Eyeless Face: Its lone eye is hidden in a mouth full of sharp teeth.
- Eyes Do Not Belong There: Its main eye is in its mouth.
- Faceless Eye: On its tentacles and in its mouth, no less.
- Fangs Are Evil: As pictured.
- Final Boss: Bellum is the ultimate source of evil in the game, so it's necessary to confront it to clear the game.
- Flight: Bellum can fly through the air.
- Flunky Boss: In its first fight with Link, it summons goo enemies to assist it in battle.
- Fusion Dance: Its final form has it fusing with Linebeck.
- "Get Back Here!" Boss: Bellum possesses the Ghost Ship to escape with Tetra. Link and Linebeck must chase it down to rescue her.
- Go for the Eye: Bellum's eye(s) in each phase. In its final form, it's set into the back of Linebeck's possessed body, and it occasionally shuts to ward off Link's blows.
- Ghost Ship: The haunted ship that sails the waters of the Ocean King belongs to Bellum, who even possesses it physically during a phase of the final battle to attack Link.
- Hive Mind: It controls the Phantom Guards this way.
- Intangible Man: Bellum can move through walls, which it uses to kidnap Tetra again.
- King Mook: When Bellum possesses Linebeck during the last phase of the final battle, it becomes this to the Phantoms.
- Knight of Cerebus: Bellum has absolutely no comedic traits and the mood gets darker when he's finally revealed. And when he possesses Linebeck, things really get dire.
- Life Drain: It feeds on Life Force, and possessed the Ocean King's Temple to drain it from adventuerers.
- Meaningful Name: Bellum is Latin for "war".
- Mother of a Thousand Young: It used the Sands of Hours to create countless monsters to find more victims.
- Nigh Invulnerable: There's only one weapon in all of existence that can harm Bellum: the Phantom Sword. But even then, it takes direct hits to his main eye to actually harm him. Other than that, the thing is pretty durable, surviving having its lair collapse on him and the sinking of the Ghost Ship. And that's not even going into when it possesses Linebeck and turns him into a Phantom, which has hard armor all over him.
- Non-Indicative Name: It is supposedly an Evil Phantom, but there is nothing phantom-like about him (aside from its ability to travel through walls). This is subverted when it possesses Linebeck and turns him into a Phantom-esque knight, thus making his title more meaningful.
- Nothing Is Scarier: We know next to nothing about this thing other than Oshus's backstory. We don't know where it came from or what it wants or if it's even sentient. The fact that it never speaks only adds more to the mystery. It just is. It just exists.
- Puppeteer Parasite: It feeds on Life Force and it possesses Linebeck for the final battle.
- Spin Attack: Makes use of this technique after taking enough damage during the final phase; it's similar to Link's Hurricane/Great Spin (first seen in The Wind Waker), but slightly slower.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: In its mouth and tentacles.
- Super Spit: Spits out toxic goo from its pool for the first fight.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Of Majora's Mask: a tentacle user with big, staring eyes, who seems more like a mindless, destructive force rather than a plotting villain.
- Taken for Granite: What happens to those it drains of their life force, such as Tetra.
- Taking You with Me: In the Phantom Hourglass Manga, it attempts a suicide attack on Oshus, saying they will both die together. Thankfully, Link and the gang managed to stop him.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Even though Phantom Hourglass is more lighthearted than other Zelda games (including its predecessor, The Wind Waker), the happy moments stop once this villain comes into the scene; it's an Eldritch Abomination that feeds on life force, nearly kills Oshus (though he gets beter), and is devoid of any humorous traits.
- Villainous Glutton: Its hunger is its only motivation for its actions.
- The Voiceless: Aside from the weird warbling noise it makes, it doesn't utter a single line of dialogue. This is subverted in the Phantom Hourglass manga, where it's Suddenly Voiced.
- Would Hurt a Child: It kidnapped Tetra at the outset of the game.