Characters in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker''. ''Be aware of unmarked, very sensitive spoilers in regards of the main characters''.


!!Main Characters

!!!Voiced by: Sachi Matsumoto

->''"[I'm] an ally of justice!"''

Link lived a peaceful, happy, [[FeatheredFiend giant enemy bird]]-free life on sunny Outset Island until his birthday, when [[TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive his adorable little sister Aryll was kidnapped by a giant enemy bird.]] Link set out to do what any KnightTemplarBigBrother would -- find his little sister, rescue her, and [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown stab whoever took her, preferably repeatedly.]] However, it turned out that the kidnapping of his sister was part of something much bigger; having ChronicHeroSyndrome, he decides to put a stop to it.
* ABirthdayNotABreak: Aryll was kidnapped on his birthday.
* {{Adorkable}}: A screeching large ham, who gladly helps any in need while proclaiming himself an ally of justice. Also let the record show he once impersonated a cat.
* {{Badass}}: To put things into perspective, he's one of the few Links that actually '''[=KILLS=]''' Ganondorf instead of sealing him.
* BadassAdorable: His badassery doesn't affect his innocence and cheerful attitude.
* BadassNormal: He's a kid with a sword and some special equipment he finds lying around. Also, the King of Red Lions says he has no connection to the Hero of Time whatsoever. This Link wasn't destined for anything, he's some kid who [[spoiler:repowered the Master Sword, reclaimed the Triforce of Courage, and killed Ganondorf not because of destiny, but to protect his sister and the world. In fact, if the Spirit of the Hero was sent back to the child timeline with the Hero of Time, this Link doesn't even have ''THAT'' going for him]].
* BerserkButton: Harming Aryll or Tetra. Watch his angered face when Ganondorf backhands her during the final battle.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: He's a sweet, slightly dopey little kid until you mess with someone close to him.
* BigBrotherInstinct: When Aryll is first kidnapped, he's so determined to get to her that he nearly ''runs off a cliff'' trying to do so.
%%* BowAndSwordInAccord
* BrilliantButLazy: He's first introduced slacking off on top of a tower. That said, his fencing mentor says he's a natural with a sword, he takes to marksmanship very easily, is a master sailor, slays armies, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and is an expert at winning auctions.]]
* CameraFiend: Once you get the Pictograph.
* TheChampion: For Aryll at first, then [[spoiler:Daphnes Nohansen Hyrule later (incidentally, not so much for Tetra in this case since she prefers to be a [[ActionGirl spunky doer instead of a passive observer/hostage]]).]]
* ChewToy: A running gag involves him being launched into the air, smacking into a stone wall, and falling several stories.
%%* ChronicHeroSyndrome
* ClothesMakeTheLegend: In this case, they're just clothes all boys on Outset Island wear when they reach a certain age (presumably the age that the Link from ''Ocarina of Time'' set out on his quest to save Hyrule). So, in this case, the legend defined the clothes (though Link writes his own legend regardless).
%%* CoolBoat
* CoolSword: The Master Sword.
* CrazyPrepared: Has a weapon/item for every possible situation.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: The King of Red Lions remarks that he's "surprisingly dull-witted." Doesn't seem to stop him from conquering dungeon after dungeon.
* TheDeterminator: Practically his superpower.
* DieChairDie: All Links seem to share an instinctive hatred of pottery and tall grass.
* DorkKnight: Both because of his [[{{Adorkable}} mannerisms]] and the fact that unlike most incarnations, this Link ''was not'' the ChosenOne.
* DropTheHammer: The Skull Hammer, and it's as big as he is.
* EmpoweredBadassNormal: He gains access to magic in the game (namely, a souped-up spin attack, a full-body barrier, and the fire and ice arrows).
* GenreBlindness: [[spoiler:Lampshaded by Ganondorf. The monsters that were frozen before he removed the Master Sword unfreeze, and he doesn't suspect that anything was up.]]
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Heroic, noble, and kind.
%%* TheHero
* HeroicLineage: [[spoiler:{{Averted}}, this Link is not related to any previous Link at all. This one just stepped up as the SecondComing, of sorts, of the Hero of Time.]]
* HeroicMime: Usually only talks in dialogue trees. [[AvertedTrope However]], this Link does actually [[ speak]] ([[ twice]][[note]]Meowing counts as speech, right?[[/note]].
* JumpedAtTheCall: Off a cliff, no less.
%%* KidHero
* KleptomaniacHero: If it even vaguely looks useful and isn't nailed down, Link will nab it.
* KnightTemplarBigBrother: Ganondorf was already screwed as soon as his bird even ''dared to touch'' Aryll.
* LegacyCharacter: Though he is [[TheUnchosenOne not actually "chosen"]] to be the [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Hero Of Time's]] successor at first.
* {{Leitmotif}}: "Hero of the Winds". It's taken from the main Zelda theme.
* MagicMusic: The Wind Waker is a magical baton that lets him control the direction of the wind, teleport himself, and other such things.
%%* NiceHat
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler:He got the Master Sword, only it turns out that removing it also removed the seal on the Triforce of Power, meaning he returned Ganondorf to full strength.]]
* NotQuiteFlight: He's incapable of flight, yet needs to reach the otherwise inaccessible Forbidden Forest. The Great Deku Tree and his Koroks improvise with a magical Deku Leaf that allows him to glide long-distance.
* OddlyVisibleEyebrows: In a rare video game example, the graphics make it so that Link's eyebrows show up fully through his hair. If you angle the camera right, you'll even see that his ''eyes'' will show through his hair as well.
* PajamaCladHero: In the NewGamePlus.
* ParentalAbandonment: Though he's raised by his grandma, so his parents are never really brought up.
* PlotTailoredToTheParty: No matter how bizarre the magical knicknacks he picks up, he'll find ''some'' way to kill at least one giant monster with it.
%%* RaisedByGrandparents
* ScreamingWarrior: Especially when performing a Hurricane Spin. This incarnation of Link is particularly hot-blooded.
* SecondComing: Years after the Hero of Time failed to return when Ganondorf was released from captivity, a new hero by the name of Link would be recognized by Ganondorf as "the Hero of Time, reborn".
%%* TheSouthpaw
%%* SuddenlyVoiced
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Elixir Soup, which will provide a lot of hearts and double damage to enemies when eaten.
* TheUnchosenOne: He actually has to get the Triforce of Courage in order to be considered a successor to the Hero of Time.
* VagueAge: Link's age in this game is among the most debated ages in the series, with estimates ranging from as young as 9 (from confirmations that Link in ''Ocarina of Time'' is 9 years old and because Link in ''The Wind Waker'' is supposed to be the same age as Link from ''Ocarina of Time'') to as old as 17 (from the latter reason above). Most people, however, place his age at 12, using both the Nintendo Power guide for the game and trophy information in ''SuperSmashBrosBrawl''.


[[folder:The King of Red Lions]]
!!The King of Red Lions

[[caption-width-right:200:[[labelnote: Click here to see [[spoiler: his true form.]][[/labelnote]]]]]]
Link's sidekick here is a talking red sailboat capable of carrying him all over the Great Sea and giving him advice.
* AnimateInanimateObject: He's a talking boat for most of the game.
%%* TheAtoner
* BigGood: The counterpart of Ganon, the BigBad.
* BootstrappedLeitmotif: A redux of [[spoiler:the Hyrule Castle]] theme.
* CoolBoat: A talking boat who used to [[spoiler:be the King of Hyrule.]]
* ExpositionFairy: He's Link's guide in this game, and communicates with him via the Pirate's Charm, which is actually a Hyrulean heirloom.
* {{Foil}}: [[spoiler:To Ganondorf. They were both kings; both essentially relics of an age long past and a land long forgotten. Both clung to the memory of Hyrule, but Daphnes realized that letting go of the past and inspiring hope for the next generation was what was important, while Ganondorf refused to stop trying to recapture what he had lost in the past.]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: His relationship with Link develops into this.
* KingIncognito: Before his true identity is revealed his title as the King of Red Lions seems to be purely for show.
* {{Leitmotif}}: "[[spoiler:Hyrule King Appears]]"
* TakingYouWithMe: [[spoiler:The King drowns himself along with Hyrule and Ganondorf in order to give Link a future.]]
* TheObiWan: He becomes Link's guide through the game until the end when [[spoiler:he stays within the flooded Hyrule]].
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: [[spoiler:He has existed since the times of ''Ocarina of Time''.]]
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: As transport, a mentor, and, at the end of the game, [[spoiler:screwing Ganondorf out of his final wish on the Triforce.]]
* RoyaltySuperPower: Much like his [[spoiler:descendant Princess Zelda, he is blessed with the sorcery from their bloodline's DivineParentage]].
* VoiceWithAnInternetConnection: Through the Pirate's Charm.
* WalkingSpoiler: His very existence proves essential to many plot devices regarding the game's backstory.


!!!Voiced by: Hikari Tachibana
[[caption-width-right:117:[[labelnote:Click here to see]][[quoteright:117:]][[/labelnote]] [[spoiler:Tetra as Princess Zelda]]]]

A young pirate girl sailing the seven seas, she meets Link fairly early in his quest and ends up taking him to the Forsaken Fortress. Even after she fires him from a cannon into the fortress wall and leaves, she and Link keep crossing paths for some reason.
* ActionGirl: She tries to stop Ganondorf from killing Link at the Forsaken Fortress, and she helps in [[spoiler:the final battle!]]
* AffablyEvil: When leader of her pirate crew.
%%* BadassAdorable
%%* DarkSkinnedBlond: As Tetra.
* DeadpanSnarker: She has a lot of stealth jokes as a Pirate Captain.
* DoNotCallMePaul: [[spoiler:Considers herself Tetra before Zelda.]]
* ElementalWeapon: [[spoiler:She takes up the [[LightEmUp Light Arrows]] in the final battle.]]
* GenreSavvy: When she and her crew were raiding the bomb shop, she spotted Link eavesdropping but didn't say anything.
%%* ImpliedLoveInterest
* ImprobableAge: Lampshaded. When asked how Tetra can be in command of a gang of pirates before she's even hit puberty, Nudge jokes that she's actually 35 and just ''looks'' like a preteen girl.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Lampshaded by one her crewmates when they're gathering bombs. "You sound more worried about the island than the treasure."
* {{Leitmotif}}: "Inside the Pirate Ship" serves as one for her and her crew. [[spoiler:There's also Zelda's Lullaby.]]
%%* LittleMissBadass
* LockedOutOfTheLoop: [[spoiler:Doesn't know that she is the heir of the once-and-future kingdom until meeting Daphnes.]]
* OrnamentalWeapon: Tetra never once draws that cutlass of hers. Except during ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors'' where the cutlass is her weapon of choice alongside a flintlock.
* OrphansPlotTrinket: Wears a pendant under her scarf in the shape of an upside-down V. [[spoiler:It's the incomplete Triforce of Wisdom.]]
%%* ParentalAbandonment
%%* {{Pirate}}
%%* PirateGirl
%%* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything
* RebelliousPrincess: Justified in that she didn't know [[spoiler:she was Princess Zelda at first.]]
* {{Tomboy}}: She acts like one in her pirate form.
%%* {{Tsundere}}: Type A
* RoyaltySuperPower: As [[spoiler:Princess Zelda, she is blessed with the sorcery from her bloodline's DivineParentage]].
* SilkHidingSteel: Becomes apologetic and docile after donning a dress in [[spoiler:her Zelda form, then she takes part in the final battle against Ganondorf, with Link's bow, and her participation is essential for his success.]]
* VoiceWithAnInternetConnection: During Link's first attempt to rescue his sister from the Forsaken Fortress. The King of Red Lions takes the role after that.
* WellExcuseMePrincess: Fittingly, as [[spoiler:she's actually Princess Zelda.]]
* YoungAndInCharge: She inherited captaincy and her crew of scallywags from her deceased mother.


!!Tetra's Pirates


Apparently Tetra's first mate and also the member most dedicated to her. He shows an initial dislike of Link, [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold though it wears off quicker than he'd willingly admit]], claiming to have tricked a postman worried about him into giving him information about the whereabouts of a treasure when, really, he was just as worried about the little guy.
%%* TheBigGuy
* GentleGiant: Despite his rather abrasive personality, he's never seen actually hurting anyone. Later confirmed by Aryll.
* IdenticalGrandson: Alfonzo from SpiritTracks is apparently his descendant and looks absolutely identical to him, except for his clothes. Their personalities, however, vary ''slightly''.
%%* TheLancer
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Despite his unfriendly behaviour, he's shown to be very caring for Tetra and blushes when Mako jokes that they should marry. Later, Aryll claims in one of her letters that underneath all his muscles, Gonzo is just a big softy.
* ManlyTears: Seems to shed TearsOfJoy upon finding Tetra safe and sound after being taken by the Helmaroc King, and according to his figurine he is very emotional.
* VerbalTic: Tends to end his sentences with "yeah?".



One of Tetra's pirates, known for his sense of humor.
* TheBigGuy: Actually surpasses Gonzo in terms of strength.
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Not quite enough to pass for a girl, but has a definite effeminate flare. Even moreso in the painting at Hyrule Castle, in which he appears to be [[WholesomeCrossdresser crossdressing.]]
* RealMenWearPink: Is actually quite good at sewing and embroidery.



Helmsman and storyteller.
%%* BadassBeard
* CarpetOfVirility: Just look at that thing!
* ConMan: [[InformedAbility According to his statue]].
* InformedAbility: His status as a ConMan.



A short pirate with a telescope, he doesn't talk much.
%%* TheQuietOne
* TheUnintelligible: [[InformedAbility According to his statue]].



The most knowledgeable member of the crew.
* BookSafe: According to his statue, he keeps a dagger in his book.
* {{Expy}}: He bears a resemblance to [[SuperMarioBros Professor E. Gadd]].
%%* KnifeNut
%%* TheSmartGuy
%%* SmartPeopleWearGlasses



The lowest-ranked of Tetra's pirates, Niko is overjoyed when Link joins the crew, because now he at least outranks ''somebody.'' He narrates the opening of ''Phantom Hourglass'' with his paper cut-outs, and is later seen doing the same in ''SpiritTracks.'' He appears in that game as an old man, presumably the last survivor of the founding generation of new Hyrule.
* BookEnds: He makes paper cutouts for both the opening and closing sequences of ''Phantom Hourglass.''
%%* ButtMonkey
* DrillSergeantNasty: He tries to be this, but fails.
%%* SmallNameBigEgo
* TrainingFromHell: What he thinks he's putting Link through in ''The Wind Waker.'' He's a bit bitter when Link actually passes his tests.
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] with the test he makes you take to get the bomb bag. He locks himself behind a grate in the room with the treasure, and you're supposed to press a button that will keep it open on a timer and get over there. You ''can'' just turn around and leave the ship with him still in there, but he doesn't seem bothered by it and you'll eventually have to come back and pass his test to progress through the game [[GoodBadBugs fairly.]] There's nothing to stop you from re-closing it on your way back out, however.

!!Sages Of The Master Sword (contains plot spoilers)

[[folder:New Earth Sage]]

A young girl of the bird-like Rito race in ''The Wind Waker''. Maid to Prince Komali and the only female member of her race who's seen on-screen. She is later revealed to be the reincarnation of the Sage of Earth, who blessed the Master Sword with its evil-destroying properties.
* TheChosenOne: She's the descendant of the Earth Sage [[FishPerson Laruto]] and therefore destined to take her place.
* GuestStarPartyMember: She joins Link in the Earth Temple dungeon.
* HarpOfFemininity: Medili's harp is an heirloom of the female Zora Sage
* HeroicSelfDeprecation: She seems to have doubt in her abilities, but never lets this stop her from doing what she believes in.
%%* ImpliedLoveInterest: For Komali.
* MagicMusic: The harp she plays is actually the Earth God's harp, which opens the entrance to the Earth temple and the musical seals.
* MeaningfulName: Her name is likely derived from "medley" or "melody", and also sounds similar to "medini", the Sanskrit word for "earth".
* PeoplePuppets: The Command Melody allows Link to control her.
* PluckyGirl: She went off to calm down the ''very'' upset Valoo all by herself, despite still being an apprentice carer. While she doesn't succeed, that certainly took guts.
* VagueAge: Appears to be not only a love interest for Komali, but a surrogate mother to him too. There's a few scenes which imply she's OlderThanSheLooks, especially with how Rito age, as shown by Komali. She could be anywhere from 12 to 17 or possibly older depending on your interpretation of those scenes.
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential:
** There's nothing stopping you from throwing her face first into a wall. She gets CirclingBirdies and [[NonSequiturThud speaks nonsensically]] if you do it.
** Furthermore, the easiest, and safest, way to defeat the floor master enemies is to throw her at them and pelt them with arrows while they reach for her.
* VideoGameFlight: When Link is controlling her, she can only fly for a short while.
* WingedHumanoid: Her whole race consists of those.
* WiseBeyondHerYears: In a stark contrast with Komali, Medli is shown to be very mature for her age.


[[folder:New Wind Sage]]

A member of the plant-like Korok Race from ''The Wind Waker'', who are an evolved form of the Kokiri. He's later revealed to be the Sage of Wind, the other Sage who blessed the Master Sword.
* ButThouMust: Unlike Medli, you have to rescue Makar in order to get to the last part of the Wind Temple.
* TheChosenOne: He's a descendant of the Wind Sage Fado ([[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime not that one]]) and has to take his place.
* DistressedDude: The entire reason Link has to enter the Forbidden Woods is to rescue him.
* GuestStarPartyMember: He joins Link in the Wind Temple dungeon.
* GreenThumb: He can plant seeds that instantly grow into small trees in the right soil. This ability is necessary to complete the Wind Temple.
* MagicMusic: He plays the Wind God's violin -- as a cello, because he's too small to carry it on his shoulders.
* MeaningfulName: His name is likely derived from "Makoré", a type of wood, and also sounds similar to "makani", the Hawaiian word for "wind".
* NotQuiteFlight: He and the rest of the Koroks "fly" by hovering around with leaves.
* PeoplePuppets: The Command Melody allows Link to control him.
* PlantPeople: Makar is a Kokri who are living trees in this game.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Makar is so cute, someone like Kalle Demos could just eat him up.
* VideoGameFlight: Like Medli, he can only fly for a short amount of time when Link is controlling him.
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: One puzzle involves moving him among the sliding razor traps frequently found in the series. It's kind of amusing how much of a beating he takes.


[[folder:Old Earth Sage]]

A Zora and the former Sage of Earth. She is killed by Jalhalla, one of Ganondorf's monsters, so that her prayers may no longer reach the Master Sword. However, her spirit lingers on, and pleads to Link to find her successor.
* AnimalMotifs: Her crown resembles a shark.
* FishPerson: Notably, the only Zora seen in the game.
* HarpOfFemininity: The same one as Medli.
* HeroicLineage: Her name and attire heavily imply she's a member of the Zora royal family and a descendant of Ruto, a Zora princess and the Sage of Water.
* {{Leitmotif}}: A very somber arrangement of "The Legendary Hero".
* MagicMusic: Her harp, which she used to play the Earth God's Lyric for the Master Sword before she died.
* NotQuiteDead: Laruto lives on in Medili.
* PrincessesPreferPink: If she really is a princess, that is.
* Really700YearsOld: According to her figurine, she was born in Zora's Domain, meaning she was born before Hyrule was flooded.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Like Ruto before her, she is a Sage and helped protect the world from evil by empowering the Master Sword.
%%* YamatoNadeshiko


[[folder:Old Wind Sage]]

A Kokiri and the former Sage of Wind. He is killed by Molgera, one of Ganondorf's monsters, so that his prayers may no longer reach the Master Sword. However, his spirit lingers on, and pleas to Link to find his successor.
* EyesAlwaysShut: His default expression.
%%* CatSmile
* IdenticalStranger: If it weren't for the aforementioned shut eyes, he'd look nearly identical to Link. Not too surprising, being a Kokiri and all.
* {{Keet}}: Even as a ghost, he's very chipper and never stops smiling.
* {{Leitmotif}}: A tribal arrangement of "The Legendary Hero". Unlike Laruto's, his is quite upbeat.
* MagicMusic: His violin, which he used to play the Wind God's Aria for the Master Sword before he died.
* NotQuiteDead: Lives on in Makar.
%%* PerpetualSmiler
* Really700YearsOld: As a Kokiri, this one's a given. He was also born in Kokiri Forest, meaning that like Laruto, he was born before Hyrule was flooded.


!!Other Characters

!!!Voiced by: Sachi Matsumoto

Link's beloved little sister. She has a similar personality to Malon from ''Ocarina of Time'' and is always surrounded by seagulls, which is probably a nod to Marin from ''Link's Awakening''. She is kidnapped along with several other Hylian girls at the beginning of ''The Wind Waker,'' setting Link off on his quest.
* BigBrotherWorship: She adores Link so much that she lends him her telescope during his birthday (Link preserves it after she is captured).
* CheerfulChild: She always has a positive attitude.
* TheCutie: Adorable and energetic.
* DamselInDistress: She is mistaken for Zelda in the beginning of the game and kidnapped. Link was ''not'' pleased.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: She's always surrounded by seagulls. It even serves as a minor plot point, as Link and Tetra are able to figure out which part of the Forsaken Fortress she's being kept in by the suspicious gathering of seagulls near a window.
* GenkiGirl: Her cheerful and energetic attitude makes [[ShugoChara Ran]] look like her grandma.
* GirlishPigtails: She has a pair of short pigtails.
* {{Leitmotif}}: A short melody, that is part of all [=BGMs=] related to her, most prominently The Outset Island theme and the music that plays during her kidnapping scene.
* ParentalAbandonment: That's your fate when you're the sister of Link.
* RaisedByGrandparents: The only elder relative she and Link have by the start of the game is their grandma.
* RecurringElement: WordOfGod confirms that during development her name was Maryll, making an even stronger connection between her and Marin/Malon, as the FriendToAllLivingThings simple girl that is close to Link. Her association with seagulls and hibiscus flowers makes her even more similar to the original Marin than the various Malon farm girls.



The grandmother of Link and Aryll, who takes care of them at Outset Island.
* DeepSleep: When Link returns to Outset Island, he finds out she's fallen into one of these due to her intense worry for her grandchildren. He is able to wake her up with a little help from a fairy.
* InformedAttribute: According to her figurine, she has a mischievous streak and enjoys playing the occasional prank on Link. This is never seen in-game, unless you interpret her making Link wear the Hero's Clothes as a joke.
%%* GrannyClassic
* LeitMotif: A rather sad song that plays after she finds out Aryll's been kidnapped, and also when Link returns home and she's sick of worry for her grandchildren.
%%* MiniatureSeniorCitizens
* SupremeChef: Her Elixir Soup can fully heal Link's health and magic, and doubles his strength until he takes damage.



A member of the bird-like Rito race who works as a postman. Knowledgeable, reliable, and reasonable, Quill is a great ally of Link in his adventure and helps him out on numerous occasions.
* BigDamnHeroes: Along with Valoo and Prince Komali, he rescues Link and Tetra from being killed by Ganondorf at the Forsaken Fortress.
* DeadpanSnarker: At times, particularly when he's talking to Tetra.
%%* NiceGuy
* TheReliableOne: Apparently he is a high-ranking postman that his co-workers look up to, and the Rito Chieftain trusts him greatly.
* TheSmartGuy: Since his job entails travelling through the entire Great Sea, he's quite up to date on most current events and provides guidance to Link whenever he can.
%%* TallDarkAndSnarky
* UnstoppableMailman: Even a storm won't deter him from doing his job.
%%* WingedHumanoid


!!Prince Komali
[[caption-width-right:150:Click [[labelnote:here]][[quoteright:150:]][[/labelnote]] to see him with wings.]]

The young fledgling prince of the Rito tribe and the holder of Din's Pearl. In his first appearance, Komali possesses a reclusive and negative attitude due to the death of his grandmother and the rampage of Valoo. Soon after Valoo calms down, Komali slowly gains his confidence and later repays the favor by being one of the rescuers of Link and Tetra from the Forsaken Fortress. The next time Link meets up with Komali again, he's now a more mature and courageous Rito, and is starting to show affection to Medli.
* BigDamnHeroes: Along with Quill and Valoo, he arrives just in time to save Link and Tetra from being killed by Ganondorf at the Forsaken Fortress.
* BrattyHalfPint: He won't give you the pearl until he gets his wings.
* HeIsAllGrownUp: Komali was a pretty small Rito when first met. Once he has obtained his wings, he gets a growth spurt and puts him just as tall as a young teenage boy like Link.
* HikiKomori: His Japanese name even is "Komori". He grows out of it, though.
%%* ImpliedLoveInterest: To Medli.
* PrecociousCrush: Though Medli doesn't appear to be that much older than him, his crush on her can still be seen as this.
* MementoMacguffin: Din's Pearl, which was given to him by his deceased grandmother.
%%* MissingMom
* MommasBoy: To his deceased grandmother. As the Din's Pearl is the only connection remaining to his grandma, he refuses to give it up at first.
* TookALevelInBadass: Did you really think that the meek young boy you met early on in your journey would later save you from ''Ganondorf'' of all people?
* WingedHumanoid: After he received his wings.



A spoiled rich girl who lives on Windfall Island, she is captured and imprisoned along with Aryll. Tetra's crew eventually bring her home, but not before demanding her father's entire fortune as a reward. Afterwards she can be seen in rags working for Zunari, and a sidequest involves Link stalking her to reveal her as the burglar stealing from Zunari.
* DamselInDistress: She is one of three girls mistaken for Princess Zelda and taken by the Helmaroc King.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Seems to be this when you get her to confess.
* PimpedOutDress: Wears this when you first see her at Forsaken Fortress.
* PrincessInRags: She pretty much plays it straight.
* ShipTease: [[DialogueTree One of the answers]] Link can tell her when she asks why he won't let her go is that he likes her. This causes her to run off.
* SpoiledBrat: She was this before she lost her wealth. She has problems coping with the change in lifestyle.
* StealthBasedMission: Following her initiates one of these.
%%* {{Tsundere}}



Another one of the girls kidnapped along with Aryll. You can find her father begging for someone to go find her when you first visit Windfall Island. Unlike Mila, she starts off pretty poor.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: She falls in love with a Moblin.
* DamselInDistress: She is one of three girls mistaken for Princess Zelda and taken by the Helmaroc King.
* INeverGotAnyLetters: Her dad refuses to let the mail man deliver letters to her.
* InterspeciesRomance: She seems to have fallen in love with one of the Moblins in the Forsaken Fortress. He even responds to her love letter, though his exact wording ("I like you so much I want to eat you for dinner!") raises some questions on how much he reciprocates her feelings.
* JerkAss: Her dad is.
* PimpedOutDress: Wears one after being rescued.
* RagsToRiches: She brings back a load of treasure from the Forsaken Fortress after being rescued, making her and her father filthy rich.



An aged former swordsman who lives on Outset Island. Mentors Link in the ways of swordplay. Shares a split-level home with his brother.
%%* CoolOldGuy
* JerkJock: Geriatric version. Spends all his non-Link-mentoring time honing his physique, repeatedly breaks his brother's possessions without a thought, and considers his studious brother a weak embarrassment for giving up the sword. It's likely he only has cares for Link because of Link's incredible physical skills.
* TheMentor: Teaches Link the ways of the sword.
* OcularGushers: Lets them flow once Link learns the Hurricane Spin. His life's ambition was to find a student capable of learning it, and to pass it on.
* RetiredBadass: Has a Knight's Crest on a shelf. At some point in his life, he defeated a [[EliteMook Darknut]].



Orca's brother, and also an aged former swordsman. Unlike Orca, Sturgeon has abandoned swordfighting entirely and become an intellectual.
%%* {{Bookworm}}
* HighPressureEmotion: Whenever Orca hits the wall and breaks his shelves and pots.
* MyBrainIsBig: His cranium is roughly 70% of his overall mass.
* RetiredBadass: An InformedAttribute. Sturgeon has no mementos from his years as a swordfighter, and displays no outward signs of physical prowess.



A young Hylian girl who lives on Outset Island.
* TheCameo: She appears as an unlockable host for Navi Trackers, a game mode that was only available in Japanese and Korean versions of FourSwordsAdventures.
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: You can break the jars she's carrying, and she becomes quite mortified with you for doing so. She will also charge you 10 rupees for it!
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: She is curiously one of the few characters in the whole game with an unnatural hair color.



A hard worker who gets accused of being a slacker due to working at his own pace.
* HopelessSuitor: He's currently looking for a wife, but evidently hasn't had much success.
* TheAloner: If only because he's the only resident of the western island of Outset. His personality is pretty friendly, though.
* TheSlacker: His figurine outright calls him this. He tends to shirk cutting the grass in front of his house and sleeps in the whole day. According to him, it's because he's terrified of the monsters now stalking Outset Island and he can't sleep at night, thus leading him to sleep in the whole day.
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: A secret room behind his bed contains a chest with 20 rupees. Even if he's inside the house, he won't stop you from taking it, but you're still basically [[KleptomaniacHero committing burglary]].



A family man and pig wrangler.
* ChickMagnet: In his youth, he was quite popular with the ladies, except the one he was actually interested in. He eventually won her over.
* HotGuyUglyWife: Unlike Rose, Abe is quite fit and healthy looking.
* MessyPig: His artwork depicts him holding a pig, and early on you see him trying to catch a wild one to keep as a family pet. He teaches Link how to catch them.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Both his name and appearance seem to be based on UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln.



Abe's wife and fellow pig-wrangler.
* BadLiar: According to her figurine.
%%* {{Gonk}}
* MessyPig: You can catch three pigs for her which she intends to keep as pets, but when you return to Outset Island there is only one pig (which is named after you) in the pen and it's gotten very big. It's implied that the other two were cooked and eaten, but she denies it.
* HotGuyUglyWife: Unlike Abe, Rose is overweight and did not age quite as well.


[[folder:Joel and Zill]]
!!Joel and Zill

Sons of Abe and Rose, they're young and curious.
* GenerationXerox: According to Joel's figurine, they both resemble their father. It's not hard to imagine this being the case when they get older.
* SnotBubble: Zill always has one dangling from his nose, and apparently does it on purpose.
%%* ThoseTwoGuys



The Great Valoo is the mighty Sky Spirit. He lives atop Dragon Roost Island and is the patron deity and protector of the Rito people that dwell there. He is the guardian of one of the three pearls, Din's Pearl.
* BigDamnHeroes: Valoo arrives to Forsaken Fortress to rescue Link and Tetra from Ganondorf, and [[KillItWithFire burns Ganondorf's lair into a crisp.]]
* BullyingADragon: A literal example, as Gohma plays with his sensitive tail.
* ButtMonkey: The poor guy gets subjected to quite a lot of abuse. The entire reason he's so angry is because Gohma's been messing with his tail, and defeating Gohma requires Link to similarly pull on his tail by latching on to it with his grappling hook.
* {{Expy}}: Of Ocarina of Time's Volvagia, though unlike that evil dragon, Valoo is [[GentleGiant very friendly]]. According to Hyrule Historia, Volvagia is believed to be his ancestor.
* GiantEqualsInvincible: Inverted on his first encounter. Despite his immense size, Valoo is completely helpless.
* GiantFlyer: [[SquareCubeLaw Though his relatively tiny wings should not be able to overcome his own incredible weight]].
* HandicappedBadass: Despite the fact he's trapped by Gohma, the monster responsible for his torment. By using the grappling hook on Valoo's tail, he'll cause the roof to collapse on Gohma, cracking its armor, leaving it vulnerable for Link to attack.
* IDubTheeSirKnight: He's so grateful for Link saving him, he dubs him with the title "Hero of Winds".
* NiceToTheWaiter: Prince Komali's grandmother [[PosthumousCharacter was once his loyal attendant]], and he gave her his most precious possession, Din's Pearl.
* NonMaliciousMonster: When you first arrive at the island, the violent and unpredictable Valoo is causing havoc. [[VanHelsingHateCrimes Thinking you have to deal with him]], it's not until you reach the summit that you realize a monster is attacking the dragon's tail, [[FridgeHorror and his roars are actually screams of agony and distress]].
* NoOneShouldSurviveThat: He's smart enough to know that his wrath and fire, [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat while lethal]], are not enough to stop [[HesJustHiding Ganon]].
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: Valoo has a western-type body, but with an eastern look; in a departure from the norm in the series, he isn't hostile.
* TheReliableOne: Unlike the other spirits, Valoo actively assists Link by ordering Quill to inform the hero as to the whereabouts of Jabun, and later rescues Tetra and him from Ganon. Granted, one is a giant tree unable to move, while the other was attacked and forced into hiding.


[[folder:Great Deku Tree]]
!!Great Deku Tree

A huge tree and the fatherly guardian of the forest, the Koroks, and guardian of Farore's Pearl.
* DivineDelegation: He has a grand vision for new forests to be planted so that the land lost during the Great Flood will eventually be reclaimed from the depths. Since he's immobile, he tasks his Koroks with this mission.
* {{Expy}}: Of Ocarina of Time's Great Deku Tree. He's also the descendant of the Great Deku Tree, and is possibly the Deku Tree Sprout grown up.
* ForeignLanguageTirade: Minus the Tirade part. Unlike Valoo and Jabun, he can speak common just fine, but the first time he meets Link, the sight of the boy's [[ClothesMakeTheLegend clothes]] causes him to lapse into "the Ancient Tongue" for a few seconds [[spoiler:later revealed to be ancient Hylian]].
* OverprotectiveDad: To his children, the Koroks.
* PuppeteerParasite: What some chu-chus attempt to do to the Guardian of the forest, until Link intervenes.
* WiseTree: He has a vast knowledge not only about the Forest Haven, but also about the rest of the Great Sea.



A giant fish who is the Water Spirit. He is the guardian of one of the three pearls, Nayru's Pearl.
* AlluringAnglerfish: The lantern he caries on his head makes him look like one.
* {{Expy}}: Of Ocarina of Time's giant whale/fish Lord Jabu-Jabu. According to Hyrule Historia, he is believed to be Jabu-Jabu's descendant.
* HowTheMightyHaveFallen: Thanks to Ganondorf, he's gone from being the proud Guardian of Greatfish Isle, to a homeless deity now hiding in a cave.
* OnlyTheWorthyMayPass: Averted. While he is skeptical of handing over his pearl to Link, The King of Red Lions successfully convinces him of your heroic destiny, and he just hands over the pearl.
* WhatTheHellHero: Jabun at first questions the King of Red Lions's decision to risk Hyrule's future upon a boy who has [[TheUnchosenOne no connection to the Hero of Time.]] He let it slide afterward, and have Link's destiny be decided by the gods.
* WhatHappenedtotheMouse: He makes one appearance, and is never seen or heard from again.


!!Villains and Bosses

[[caption-width-right:350:You're Dead, Big Boy!!]]

A large fiery insectoid monster that dwelled within the cavern underneath Valoo on Dragon Roost Island.
%%* BigCreepyCrawlies
* BossArenaIdiocy: Gohma is invulnerable to all attacks thanks to her heavy armor. Luckily for Link, there's an unstable ceiling above Gohma strong enough to break her defenses. All he needs to do is grapple on Valoo's tail and BuildingSwing across to bring it down.
%%* BreathWeapon
* ClippedWingAngel: After her armor falls off, Gohma is a lot faster and can deal more damage. However, her eye is extremely vulnerable to attack.
* GoForTheEye: Subverted at first; Gohma's armored eyelid will close every time Link tries to go for the eye. The only way to bypass this obstacle is to break her armor with a very large rock.
* KingMook: She's a giant Magtail, essentially. This is especially noticeable after her armor is broken off. The only notable visual difference other than size and the aforementioned armor is that she has two large clawed arms.
* PlayingWithFire: She can breathe fire and spew burning rocks.


[[folder:Kalle Demos]]
!!Kalle Demos
[[caption-width-right:350:OMNOMNOM!! OM, NOM!!]]

A giant Boko Baba.
* CeilingCling: It uses its upper set of tentacles for this...
* CombatTentacles: ...And has a lower set of much larger root-like tentacles for this.
* KickTheDog: It eats Makar in front of Link just before the BossBattle.
* KingMook: Interestingly, the stem and head are actually ''smaller'' than the typical Boko Baba. But the flower it grows from is much, ''much'' bigger... and armed.
* ManEatingPlant: Get too cocky near it and you will be swallowed by its much larger home.


!!Gohdan, The Great Arbiter
[[caption-width-right:350:Were it so easy...]]

A large, apparently mechanical statue guarding the top floor of the Tower of the Gods as a final test of the Goddesses for anyone attempting to enter Hyrule to claim the Master Sword.
%%* FeedItABomb
%%* GiantHandsOfDoom
* KingMook: Strangely, Gohdan comes off as a king mook for two different kinds of monsters; Beamos (shoots very similar lasers), and Armos and Armos Knight (hit a jeweled weak spot and dropping bombs in its mouth).
%%* {{Magitek}}
* TacticalSuicideBoss: If Link runs out of bombs or arrows, both of which are needed to fight him, Gohdan will gladly sneeze some out for him. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], since it's a test of Link's skill, not of how many bombs and arrows he entered with.


[[folder:Helmaroc King]]
!!Helmaroc King

A giant Kargoroc that wears a mask under Ganon's control that stalks the Great Sea searching for "girls with long ears" in an attempt to find Zelda.
* TheDragon: To Ganondorf.
%%* FeatheredFiend
%%* GiantFlyer
* ItsPersonal: Between kidnapping your sister, [[YankTheDogsChain airlifting you right when you're about to save he]]r, chucking you into the ocean to drown, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking probably being closely related to those annoying Kargorocs]], bashing this thing's head in with the Skull Hammer can easily turn out to be one of the most satisfying moments in the entire game.
* KingMook: Like many of this game's bosses, he's a large version of an enemy. In this case, he's a large Kargoroc. He fights completely differently, though. And doesn't make that annoying noise, either.
%%* MaskOfPower
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: If he hadn't kidnapped Aryll, Link wouldn't have gone on the quest in the first place.
* PerpetualMolt: He leaves his feathers everywhere during his fight with Link.
* WrongGenreSavvy: He actually had the girl he was looking for when he grabbed Tetra at the start of the game, but didn't know that, so he went back his usual plan after the pirates rescued her.


!!Jalhalla, Protector of the Seal

A gigantic Poe wearing a vest that is actually formed from 15 normal poes fusing together.
* AdiposeRex: It's the "lord of the Poes," and its gut is bigger than any other part of its body.
* TheAssimilator: It's made up of a mask and 15 normal Poes. [[CriticalExistenceFailure Or just one Poe and a mask.]]
%%* AsteroidsMonster
* BlowYouAway: One of its attacks is to blow Link into the spikes surrounding its arena.
* BossArenaIdiocy: Without the lights from the ceiling to solidify Jalhalla's form, and the wall spikes to split it apart, Jalhalla would pretty much be invincible.
* FloatingMask: Jalhalla seems to be the mask itself and the Poes are giving it a body.
* KingMook: Giant Poe, obviously.
* MergerOfSouls: Essentially a collective of poes who merge into one massive poe. They (he) can only be harmed when they separate.
* MoodWhiplash: A very lighthearted and humorous boss battle in a very dark, spooky dungeon.
* OffscreenVillainy: Did away with Laruto the Earth Sage.
* PlayingWithFire: It shakes its lantern to spread balls of flame, and it can also create a flamethrower by blowing through it.
%%* SoulPower


!!Molgera, Protector of the Seal

A large worm-like monster that hides beneath the sand and sends smaller larval versions of itself to hunt Link from beneath the ground.
* GiantFlyer: Yes, it's a ''flying'' giant worm.
* KingMook: Technically it is. Although they are never seen anywhere else, Lanmolas (a recurring enemy in the ''Zelda'' series) appear in the boss arena, serving as distractions to Link.
* OffscreenVillainy: Ate Fado the Wind Sage.
* OurMonstersAreWeird: A giant sand worm/ant-lion that weaponizes its offspring and brays like a donkey when injured.
* QuicksandSucks: It will make antlion-like sand traps to pull Link in toward its mouth.
%%* SandWorm


!!!Voiced by: TakashiNagasako

-> ''"My country lay within a vast desert. When the sun rose into the sky, a burning wind punished my lands, searing the world. And when the moon climbed into the dark of night, a frigid gale pierced our homes. No matter when it came, the wind carried the same thing... Death. But the winds that blew across the green fields of Hyrule brought something other than suffering and ruin. I coveted that wind, I suppose."''

Several years after being imprisoned in the Dark Realm, Ganondorf is finally able to get free, and the [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Hero of Time]], having been sent back to the past by Zelda, is nowhere to stop him this time around. Free to do as he pleases, he plunges Hyrule into chaos once again. The citizens of Hyrule pray for the Goddesses to intervene, and so they do, [[TheGreatFlood by flooding the kingdom]] [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor and sending selected people to the mountaintops to survive the flood and repopulate the world]]. Hyrule was left [[TimeStandsStill frozen in time]] undersea, but Ganondorf still managed to escape to the surface, many centuries later, in a fortress he then seized as his own. His first course of action then is to kidnap every single girl with pointy ears he can, in an attempt to find the current descendant of the Royal Family.
* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: Although the artwork depicts him as AmbiguouslyBrown, in-game his skin is very unambiguously green.
* {{Badass}}: Massively so. In fact, Link's badassness is the only one that can match Ganondorf's own. No wonder he's TheHero.
* BadassBeard: The first time he sports this.
* BadassLongcoat: With big sleeves that flap and flow on the wind.
%%* BeardOfEvil
* BigBad: Yet again.
* BroughtDownToBadass: The result of having freed himself from the Evil Realm without the Master Sword's removal. [[spoiler:It becomes permanent when Daphnes makes his wish upon the Triforce, taking Ganondorf's powers from the Triforce of Power away for good.]]
* DarkSkinnedRedhead: The red hair comes from his Gerudo heritage, the dark-turned-green skin from his fiendish form. It's practically his trademark.
* DualWield: Does this for the final battle.
* EvilLaugh: Has one when he [[ finally finds Zelda]]. There's also the 16 uninterrupted seconds of [[ his]] [[ epic]] [[ChewingTheScenery scenery-distorting]] [[ laugh]] before he's trolled by the King of Hyrule.
%%* EvilOverlord
* EvilSorcerer: He [[spoiler:curses ''the sea'']]. Need anything else?
* EvilTowerOfOminousness: Ganon's Tower, yet again.
* FamousLastWords: "The wind... it is blowing...", while chuckling mirthlessly to himself.
* FreudianExcuse: This game introduced one for him. See GrassIsGreener below.
* FullBoarAction: His Ganon form, [[spoiler:which only shows up in stylized storybook pictures telling the game's backstory, but even then this is noticeable]]. [[spoiler:Puppet Ganon]] as well, since [[spoiler:it's modeled after Ganon]].
* GeniusBruiser: As usual, by this point.
* GenreSavvy: All the time spent pondering his life while trapped in the void gave him great insight into what needed to be done upon being freed. He kills the two sages that would otherwise keep the Master Sword active and kidnaps every girl with pointy ears that he can locate across the Great Sea in order to find the most recent descendant of Princess Zelda. [[spoiler:He also opts to use his Ganon form by means of channeling it through a form of gigantic puppet rather than transform himself. Seeing as last time he changed, he got a blade through the skull for his trouble, it seems he saw the counter-intuitive nature of abandoning sense for power.]]
* GrassIsGreener: He claims his desire to conquer Hyrule boiled down to envy. It was lush and prospering, the desert was harsh and unforgiving.
* GreenEyedMonster: Specifically, his being destined to be the king of a barren desert where the only comfort (if it could be called that) to offer his people was death, before seeing the fertility and peace of Hyrule.
* HannibalLecture: Gives Link one stating the actions the gods took to stop him condemned the world to a worse fate than what his actions inflicted.
* HonorBeforeReason: A rare villainous example: During the final fight, after being hit by enough Light Arrows, he approaches Tetra, and, instead of stabbing her, puts away his sword and simply backhands her. Also, he seems to have a habit of, whenever knocking down Link, waiting until he gets back up before he resumes his attack or does a finishing blow. This extends to cutscenes, as well, particularly just before the final battle, where Ganondorf outright tells Link he has no interest in killing him despite having Link at his mercy; all he wants is the Triforce of Courage that Link currently possesses.
* HumanoidAbomination: He ''was'' human (or very close to it) to start with, but after finding the Triforce, he's become something much, ''much'' worse.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Variation: [[spoiler:Ganondorf attempts to do a last ditch attack on Link, Link parries it, gains enough air, and then does a downward thrust through Ganondorf's head, burying the sword in up to the hilt]].
* KilledOffForReal: Stabbed through the head and TakenForGranite at the end of the game. Direct ''Wind Waker'' sequels have not used him since (with the exception of a brief cameo appearance in the beginning of the first sequel explaining the backstory of the original), so all signs point to this being the case. For this timeline, at least.
* KnightOfCerebus: None of his scenes are played for laughs, and he is shown to be a great threat.
* LaughingMad: His reaction to [[spoiler:the waves coming down on Hyrule from Daphnes' wish to the Triforce]].
* {{Leitmotif}}: Same one he always had.
* LightningBruiser: Ganondorf's gotten less reliant on hanging back and chucking magic at you or shifting into his MightyGlacier Ganon form in favor of up-close and personal swordfights. He proves to be an astonishingly agile opponent while still being bigger and stronger than Link and [[StoneWall Stone Walling]] all but the most advanced sword attacks.
* MagicKnight: He not only possess powerful magic, but is also unbelievably strong and skilled with a sword. [[DualWielding Or two]].
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Delivers a positively BRUTAL one to Link in Forsaken Fortress.
* NonStandardCharacterDesign: As befitting of his [[ClassicVillain role as the villain]], Ganondorf stands out a lot. While most characters have large heads and expressive eyes, Ganondorf has a massive body, dwarfing the protagonists and his most prominent facial features are his large nose and facial hair. [[spoiler:He shares this design with the King of Hyrule, showing them both as relics that do not belong in the present world.]]
* OlderAndWiser: How he is depicted here. He understands that to covet Hyrule for simply being better than life in the desert wasn't justifiable, and will admit as much. He will, however, go right back to conspiring to world conquest anyway.
* OlderThanTheyLook: This Ganon appears to be an old man, frustrated by his inability to acquire the Triforce in ''Ocarina of Time''. He and the King have been locked in combat over the fate of the frozen Hyrule.
* OneWingedAngel: Surprisingly [[AvertedTrope averted]], as he doesn't transform into Ganon in this game. The one time it looks like he does, it's actually [[spoiler:a puppet in his place]].
* PhysicalGod: The Triforce of Power he holds renders him immortal, [[spoiler:and when you pull the depowered Master Sword, [[NiceJobBreakingItHero you give him back his near-omnipotent magical powers]].]]
* RasputinianDeath: He's come back from the dead or from being sealed away numerous times throughout the series, so they resorted to this to prove he was DeaderThanDead. He's stabbed through the head, TakenForGranite, the tower you fought him on collapses, and the ocean rushes in to bury him underneath miles of water. It's not clear ''which'' step actually kept him from coming back, but it seems to have managed to do so.
* SealedEvilInACan: [[OhCrap Until he got free]].
* StayingAlive: WordOfGod says there is only one Ganon. Several games imply or outright state it is due to the Triforce of Power making him immortal.
%%* TakenForGranite
* TragicVillain: Considered by many to be the most sympathetic portrayal of Ganondorf in the series yet. [[spoiler:In the quote above, he seems to have realized that during his attempt to give his people a better life, he let himself be consumed by power and lost track to what he wanted at first. Even more tragic is after Link stabbing him, he says that the wind was blowing and dies smiling, [[DeathSeeker perhaps glad that his torment was finally over]].]]
* VillainousBreakdown: An epic one right before the final battle.
%%* WickedCultured
* WorthyOpponent: Ganondorf bears little personal malice against Link and actually looks forward to their next confrontation.
* WouldntHitAGirl: In an interesting show of chivalry, Ganondorf takes pains to avoid hurting Tetra more than necessary in order to [[spoiler:take her Triforce]]. Although he does hit her in the final battle, he carefully puts away his swords first, and avoids her entirely for most of the fight.
* XanatosGambit: The Master Sword was actually [[spoiler:sealing his powers away (well, most of them, anyway)]]. By taking it from the pedestal, Link [[spoiler:granted him access to his full powers]]. But if he didn't do it, there wouldn't be any way to defeat him.