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!!!Voiced by: Creator/AkiraSasanuma


This Link is a simple FarmBoy living in Ordon Village who rounds up goats on the Mayor's ranch. One day, he is attacked by Bulblins and pulled into a mysterious fog known as Twilight by a Shadow Beast. After realizing he has turned into a wolf, he is rescued by the imp Midna in exchange for agreeing to help her recover the Fused Shadows to stop the Usurper King Zant.
* AnimalTalk: He can understand and talk to animals as a wolf.
* {{Animorphism}}: He turns into a wolf when in Twilight.
* AwesomeButImpractical: If Link sheathes his sword right after a successful Mortal Draw, he twirls his sword as he resheathes it, which looks cool but makes it difficult to use several Mortal Draws in a row.
* BadassAdorable: His wolf form definitely has its moments.
* BadassNormal: Wolf form aside, he's this compared to some other Links due to not having a magic pool, with many of his items and abilities relying more on his physical strength.
* BagOfHolding: This is the game where it's actually seen where Link puts all his stuff: a small pouch on the back of his belt, where he stuffs such things as a huge ball and chain, a fishing pole, and a top he rides like a skateboard.
* BalefulPolymorph: His wolf transformation, especially when he is shown writhing painfully when he first becomes a wolf.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: A staple of the character. The only reason such an amazing warrior can be kind and caring is that ''he can afford to be''.
* BigBrotherInstinct: To all the kids in Ordon Village, but particularly Colin.
* BirthmarkOfDestiny: As mentioned by the Sages, Link is shown to have a noticeable birthmark in the shape of the Triforce on his sword hand.
* {{Bishonen}}: The most mature-looking Link in the series, and appropriately one of the most handsome.
* BloodKnight:
** In the ''VideoGame/LinksCrossbowTraining'' spinoff. Link travels around Hyrule defeating enemies in order to become more proficient with his new Crossbow weapon.
* BlowYouAway: The Gale Boomerang produces a small whirlwind around itself as it's being thrown.
* BowAndSwordInAccord: He gets to use a sword shortly after the start of the game, and the Hero's Bow during his visit to the Goron Mines. Mastering both weapons proves vital to succeed in his adventure.
* ButNowIMustGo: At the end of the game, Link leaves Ordon for parts unknown.
* ChainedByFashion: His wolf form. It comes from being shackled up by Zant's minions at the start of the game, and Midna only breaks the chain instead of removing the shackle, so it's retained when Link becomes a wolf.
* TheChampion: Although the gods and Zelda have a stake in his victory, he most fills the role for the Princess of Twilight, Midna, as he is the one that purges Zant and Ganondorf's influence from her realm.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: As a result of his physical strength attained through wrestling goats, he's strong enough to sumo wrestle Gorons and can overpower ''Ganondorf''.
* CharacterTics: When targeting an enemy with his sword drawn, he will frequently twirl his weapon in his hand. This was carried over in ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Super Smash Bros. Brawl]]'' and the 3DS remake of ''Ocarina of Time''.
* ChickMagnet: Many girls show interest in him, like Ilia, [[PrecociousCrush Beth]], [[TheImp Midna]], and Telma (who apparently flirts with a lot of men). In a quite literal case, he also gets hit on by a ''chicken'' while in wolf form.
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Heavily implied to have one with Mayor Bo's daughter, Ilia, as a significant portion of the game centers on their relationship.
* TheChosenOne: The next chosen wielder of the Triforce of Courage, in [[TheUnchosenOne direct contrast]] to the Link in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker Wind Waker]]''.
* ClothesMakeTheLegend: The Light Spirit Faron gives him the clothes that the Hero Of Time once wore.
* CombatPragmatist: As expected from an incarnation of Link, but this one wins a sumo match against the [[SuperStrength Goron elder Gor Coron]] by wearing the Iron Boots.
* TheComicallySerious: What few humorous moments he gets usually involve him dealing with the quirkiness or snark of other characters, particularly in wolf form whenever he has to put up with Midna quipping at him.
* ContrastingSequelMainCharacter: Several Links before him are either Hylian Knights, a Chosen One who was told of his destiny, or JumpedAtTheCall, with their own funny quirks. This Link has a non-lethal case of TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive, and he's a deadly serious NoNonsenseNemesis when push comes to shove.
* CoolHorse: Epona makes her third appearance in the series as Link's trusty steed.
* CoolSword: The Master Sword, as usual. It's also an AncestralWeapon, previously wielded by his ancestor, the Hero of Time.
* CounterAttack: The Mortal Draw Hidden Skill, which involves Link sheathing his sword and slashing an enemy just as they attack.
* {{Cowboy}}: He starts the game as a ranch hand. Much later in the game, he confronts an army of Bulblins in the Hidden Village in a cowboy-style shootout, complete with spaghetti western-style music.
* CrazyPrepared: Has a weapon/item for every possible situation.
* EpicFlail: The Ball and Chain.
* {{Expy}}: Directly inspired by the Hero of Time. In-universe, he's this to Young Link while out-of-universe, he closely resembles Adult Link, the opposite situation of the [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker Hero of Winds]].
* EveryoneCanSeeIt: From the Ordon kids, to Telma, Renado, Midna... let's just say a lot of people [[LampshadeHanging make note of how close Link and Ilia seem to be to each other.]]
* FarmBoy: Starts life as a farmhand in a small village.
* FashionableAsymmetry: His starting outfit.
* {{Foil}}: As with the other Triforce bearers, Twilight-era Link is this to his [[Characters/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker Great Sea-era self]]. While TWW!Link [[TheUnchosenOne just wants his sister back]], Link has been chosen by the goddesses to rise to the fight against the Twilight's usurper king.
* FriendToAllChildren: The self-imposed guardian of the other children in Ordon.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Animals of all stripes like him.
* GeniusBruiser: Smart enough to solve the various puzzles in the various dungeons, strong enough to swing around a huge ball-and-chain.
* GuestStarPartyMember: Wolf Link appears in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' as an AI-controlled ally to that game's Link via his Toys/{{amiibo}}.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: A trait he shares with the [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Hero of Time]], his ancestor. His hair is more of a dirty blond rather than the more yellow/golden color of his predecessors, which was also used for the Links in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword Skyward Sword]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild Breath Of The Wild]]''.
* {{Hammerspace}}: Made more interesting because some weapons are quite heavy when he uses them, but he walks normally when he puts them away.
* HeartbrokenBadass: For a portion of the game, as Link loses his friends to the Bokoblin bandits, and can't talk to them due to his wolf transformation. And when Link ''is'' a human when he meets Ilia again, she doesn't recognize him due to a case of amnesia that occurred beforehand. Fortunately, he does manage to save them all, and restore Ilia's memory.
* TheHero: He's chosen by the ancient gods to be this after the ProlongedPrologue ends (when Faron Province is purged from Twilight curse).
* HeroicBuild: As seen in his sumo fight with Bo, this Link is quite ripped, if not overly muscular, for a boy his age, especially compared to some of the others in the series. This is likely due to being a goat herder.
* HeroicLineage: As per ''Hyrule Historia'', he's a descendant of the [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Hero of Time]].
* HeroicMime: Lampshaded by Midna. It's occasionally implied that he does speak, other characters react like he does, but he is never shown speaking and no subtitles appear.
* HorseArcher: Now he can use most of his weapons while on Epona, not just his Bow. He even fights King Bulblin in a jousting match.
* {{Hunk}}: This Link's got a nice, fairly buff body, and the game isn't afraid to show it.
* IaijutsuPractitioner: One of the Hero's Shade's techniques, the Mortal Draw, allows him to strike a OneHitKill from the sheath.
* ImpliedLoveInterest: It's implied throughout the game that Link and Ilia are a pair, or at least close enough friends that they might as well be. Midna also appears to have feelings for Link in the second half of the game, showing hints of affection towards him on several occasions. At the end when she has to leave him behind to return to the Twilight realm, she is unable to say goodbye and can only stammer out the words "Link... I... See you later..." while shedding a tear and departing.
* InnocentBlueEyes: Of the heroic and idealistic variety.
* InstantCosplaySurprise: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], since he had just regained his human form for the first time since [[BalefulPolymorph becoming a wolf]]. His [[ClothesMakeTheLegend new attire]] [[HeroicLineage is that of his ancestor]], the [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Hero of Time]].
* InstantExpert: While his skill with swordplay is justified by Rusl teaching him, his skill with the rest of his arsenal isn't. Lampshaded by Malo, who wonders if Link can use a bow as he's never seen Link so much as ''hold'' one back in Ordon.
* JustWhistle: He can use whistle grass to call for Epona. Even in wolf form, which is definitely a weird way to use [[{{Pun}} wolf whistling]].
* KindheartedCatLover: He can pick up cats and puppies; when he does, rather than holding them above his head like Cuccos, he cradles them against his chest.
* KnightInShiningArmor: The Magic Armor literally makes him one.
* LadyAndKnight: The White Knight to both Midna's Dark Lady and Zelda's Bright Lady.
* TheLadysFavor: After regaining her memory, Ilia tells Link that it was the reason she made the Horse Call. She intended to give it to him, just before he set off to deliver the Ordon Sword and Shield to Hyrule Castle, but was abducted by King Bulblin before she had the chance.
* LegacyCharacter: Probably the most explicit example of the series, as he is a direct descendant of the Hero of Time. In fact, the reason he receives his trademark green outfit is because he is recognized as the next bearer of the Triforce of Courage by the spirit Faron.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Finally receives one in the form of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0hX34Hu92U the new Hyrule Field theme]], which also plays after particularly heroic moments, when he has the [[TacticalSuicideBoss upper hand]] [[PuzzleBoss in boss fights]], and in the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FWqG7AUntM Link/Hero dedicated part of the Zelda 25th Anniversary montage.]]
* MasterSwordsman: As expected of someone wielding the [[CoolSword Master Sword]]. His skill at fighting is highlighted here through the various sword-fighting techniques he learns. Although most of them are optional, he does explicitly defeat Ganondorf in a straight-up duel. While he doesn't start the game as a distinguished fighter, [[TookALevelInBadass by the end of it]], he truly lives up the title of "MasterSwordsman".
* MagicMusic: Less so in this game than usual, but he can howl in wolf form to do things.
* ManInAKilt: During his sumo fight against Bo, he's wearing practically nothing except for the waist-wrap of his Ordon outfit, which ends up being worn like a skirt or kilt.
* MrFanservice: He has a shirtless sumo fight against Bo.
* MusclesAreMeaningless: An interesting variation compared to other Links. While this Link is more visibly muscular, he also performs his ludicrous feats of strength without the need for some sort of magic artifact.
* NiceGuy: He shows remarkable maturity and goes out of his way to help everyone he meets.
* NiceHat: He gets the legendary green hat along with the rest of the green tunic after he restores Faron Woods from the influence of the Twilight Realm.
* NobleWolf: A knight in furry armor is he.
* OneManArmy: He is much braver than the cowardly Hyrulean soldiers, and he's got the skills, gear, and weapons to back it up.
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: The Triforce of Courage causes him to transform into a wolf in the Twilight Realm, and Midna later uses a cursed crystal to let him transform at will.
* PapaWolf: To the Ordon village kids. [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Literally, sometimes.]]
* TheParagon: While downplayed, it's somewhat implied that he has helped inspire a handful of characters to be more selfless and/or courageous simply by setting a good example for them.
* ParentalAbandonment: In tradition with the rest of the series, his parents are nowhere to be seen. If the manga is any indication, they're most likely dead.
* RatedMForManly: Probably the manliest incarnation of the usually [[{{Bishonen}} somewhat effeminate Link]], in terms of looks (sharper features and a slightly muscular build), physical strength, a more aloof personality, the ability to turn into a ferocious wolf, and having hidden skills with names like "Helm Splitter" and "Mortal Draw". He also has a slightly manlier upbringing than other Links (starting the game as a ranch hand).
* RewardingVandalism: However, in Iza's boat shop, [[RealityEnsues he has to pay for vandalism]].
* ShirtlessScene: When Mayor Bo teaches him Sumo wrestling.
* SignatureMove: The famous SpinAttack returns, and he gets a new one in the form of the [[SwordPlant Ending Blow]]. He can upgrade the former to the more powerful "Great Spin", while the latter is the only Hidden Skill actually needed to finish the game.
* TheSouthpaw: In the UsefulNotes/NintendoGameCube version. The UsefulNotes/{{Wii}} version made him right-handed to accommodate for the Wii Remote plus Nunchuck setup. The UserfulNotes/WiiU version has him back to left-handed by default, but Hero Mode mirrors the entire game like the Wii version, making him right-handed.
* TheStoic: This Link is probably the most aloof, serious, and mature incarnation yet, showing more subtle and understated responses than other Links. Even the versions of adult Link from ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword Skyward Sword]]'' had more moments of goofy {{Adorkable}}ness.
* SuperSenses: As a wolf, he gains heightened senses that allow him to follow scent trails, find objects underground, and see in the dark. They also enable him to see the physical forms of spirits and ghosts.
* SuperStrength: Physically much stronger than the Links before him, being able to stop a charging goat without budging, stop a Goron's RollingAttack before ''throwing them'' off to the side, wrestling their Elder, pulling down Fyrus to stun him, using the absolutely huge [[EpicFlail ball and chain]], and shoving aside massive stone doors. While multiple of these feats included use of the Iron Boots, all those do is simply keep him from being ''moved.'' The actual physical strength required to carry out these feats was all of his own.
* SupportingProtagonist: Link is the muscle, as the main plot resolves around Midna collecting the Fused Shadows/Mirror shards to fight her nemesis Zant and retake the Kingdom. The ending shows how she's changed. The quest to find the children of Ordon Village is less vital than her quest to stabilize the Twilight. The subtitle is named after her.
* UnknownRival: This time around, Ganondorf doesn't seem the least bit bothered about him, most likely because the Hero of Time didn't fight Ganondorf in the [[AlternateTimeline childhood timeline]], which ''Twilight Princess'' follows. He gives Midna more attention.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: After obtaining the Master Sword, Link gets the ability to change between his wolf and human forms at any time with the help of the Shadow Crystal Zant had tried to use on him.
* WeaponTwirling: Link twirls his sword if he sheathes it after every major kill, and also while L-targeting. ''Ocarina of Time [=3D=]'' seems to suggest the latter is inherited from that Link.
* WolverinePublicity: Ever since ''Twilight Princess'' was released, Nintendo has treated this incarnation of Link as the ''default'' Link. Even when ''Skyward Sword'' came out years later, ''Twilight Princess'' Link usually gets the lion's share of media attention, and the HD remake only helped in this regard. This version of Link also has more Toys/{{amiibo}} than his other incarnations, with his ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' and ''Zelda'' Hylian variants as well as Wolf Link - and all three can summon companions for the Link in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'',[[note]]Epona for the Hylian amiibo, Wolf Link himself for the wolf amiibo[[/note]] something that no other Link amiibo can do.
* WoodenKatanasAreEvenBetter: Inverted. The wooden sword is the weakest sword in the game and is broken well before Link reaches the first dungeon.
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: Not only does he grapple goats during his work time, he sumo wrestles a Goron.


!!!Voiced by: Creator/AkikoKoumoto

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An enigmatic and snarky [[TheImp imp]] who has a mysterious connection to the Twilight that has enveloped Hyrule. She offers to help Link escape from his prison and eventually becomes his guide. She rides on his back when he's in wolf form, and hides in his shadow when he's a human.
%%* AdaptationalVillainy: In the game, Midna was a huge jerk to Link, but it was mostly through malicious teasing and trolling (though she did throw some insults at him when he goofed up).
* AloofAlly: Starting off, she's only interested in overthrowing Zant and couldn't care less about Link and the Light World.
* AntiHero: At first, she's arrogant and only cares about killing Zant.
* ArcHero: Of the game. She gets the brunt of CharacterDevelopment and is more emotionally invested in stopping Zant than Link, who is merely doing his duty to save Hyrule.
* ArtifactOfDoom: The Fused Shadows, one of which she wears as a helmet.
* BadassAdorable: When in a good mood, her imp form can be downright cute. Her actions include helping Link kill giant monsters and throwing Ganon across the room.
* BalefulPolymorph: She's the princess of the Twilight Realm forcibly transformed into an imp.
* BequeathedPower: Zelda transferred some sort of energy to her that allowed her to survive in the light, resulting in the latter losing her physical form. It's never specified what the energy was, but it's hinted to be the Triforce of Wisdom.
* BlackMagic: She uses Twilight magic to teleport and shapeshift.
%%* ChekhovsBoomerang:
* CastingAShadow: She can merge with Link's shadow at will, and uses it to stay alive in non-Twilight Hyrule.
* CerebusCallBack: Her CatchPhrase is "See you later!", which she says playfully and laughingly while disappearing into Link's shadow whenever a Light Spirit is freed. She says it one last time tearfully when she must destroy the Mirror of Twilight.
* CharacterTitle: She's the titular Twilight Princess, though as a red herring she mockingly calls Zelda that early in the game.
* CoolHelmet: The piece of the Fused Shadow she wears through most of the game.
* CreepyGood: Especially with the completed Fused Shadows, which turns her into a full-out EldritchAbomination.
* CuteLittleFangs: In her imp form, Midna has a prominent fang that is visible whenever she smiles.
* CuteMonsterGirl: The appearance and behavior she had in her imp form give her this trait. In her true form, however, she appears to be the most human-looking of the Twili.
* DarkIsNotEvil: She's arrogant, sarcastic, and initially selfish, but not evil. She opposes Zant and his minions because she doesn't like how he tries to govern the Twilight Realm.
* DeadpanSnarker: During the first third of the game, she acts in a snarky way towards Link and even Princess Zelda. After Link gets the Master Sword, she tones down the attitude.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Over the course of the game, she slowly becomes less arrogant and haughty.
* DimensionLord: It is revealed that she's the true ruler of the Twilight Realm. Zant usurped the throne from her.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: She doesn't wear shoes in either her imp form or her true form.
* DoesNotKnowHerOwnStrength: When she kills Zant using the power of the completed Fused Shadow, she is visibly shocked, stating that she only used a fraction of its power to pull it off.
* EldritchAbomination: With the Fused Shadows, she becomes an amorphous creature made of Twilight, though she still retains her normal personality.
* ExpositionFairy: She takes this role as part of a deal she and Link have at the start of the game.
%% The audience reaction side of Even The Girls Want Her goes in YMMV
* FallenPrincess: Not only was she the princess of the Twilight Realm, she was also chosen to be its new ruler. But Zant was so jealous and power-hungry that he usurped her and turned her into an imp. It led to a fall from grace and a struggle to regain what she once had.
* FieryRedhead: Her hair glows red and yellow. It enlarges its size when Midna is using the force field attack.
* FisherKing: She fulfills this role for the Twilight Realm.
* ForgottenPhlebotinum: She can levitate titanic hunks of rock with her mind, then teleport them through space, but makes Link do all the fighting. She can fly, but chooses to ride around on his back. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] by the fact that this seems entirely in character for her.
* FullFrontalAssault: She's naked in her imp form, though [[BarbieDollAnatomy she has no sensitive anatomy to hide anyway]].
* GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe: In her true form. She even teases Link over it: ''"Am I so beautiful that you've no words left?"''
* HartmanHips: Both her imp and real form have pronounced hips.
* HerdHittingAttack: When riding wolfback, she can create a circle of magic around her that lets Link become a PinballProjectile to OneHitPolykill enemies caught in it.
* HeroesWantRedheads: There's a lot of ShipTease moments between her and Link in the game.
* HurtingHero: She feels incredible guilt about letting Zant overrun her kingdom, Ganondorf or no Ganondorf. Then, when she realizes how noble Link and Zelda are, she feels even more guilt about how she treated Link. She goes from {{Jerkass}} to DefrostingIceQueen [[CharacterDevelopment over the course of the game.]]
* TheImp: Essentially forces Link into helping her, and snarks at him along the way. She later drops this characterization after Zelda saves her from near-death.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Even when she was acting like a jerk to Link and Zelda, she still loved and cared about her people. And then there's how her relationship with Link and Zelda gradually grew.
* KickTheDog: Her mocking Zelda and Link about their situation and the fate of Hyrule, before her CharacterDevelopment.
* KingIncognito: She doesn't let anyone in the Light World know that she is the Twilight Princess, preferring to let them assume that she is just some random imp. Zelda and the Sages are able to figure it out on their own, leaving Midna disappointed in the latter case.
* LadyAndKnight: The Dark Lady to Link's White Knight.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: At one point in the game, she hums her own theme music.
* {{Leitmotif}}: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXEnAuzjgKU A minor-key variation of Zelda's theme]], which hints at her identity as the Twilight Princess.
* LivingShadow: She can merge with Link's shadow, and even in the Light World early in the game, she shows up on Wolf Link's shadow's back.
* LustObject: A very, ''very'' disturbing example. The way he gets [[PersonalSpaceInvader uncomfortably close to her]] and ''drools'' while calling her "My Midna" during the post-Lakebed Temple scene implies that she's ''Zant's.''
* ManipulativeBitch: Before her CharacterDevelopment, she happily blackmails Link into helping her.
* MaskOfPower: The creepy-looking helmet-thingy covering her left eye is part of an ancient artifact of dark magic.
* ModestRoyalty: In the scope of her species, and in stark contrast to Zant. The Twili wear no clothing at all, and Zant wears no shortage of it to display his opulence. Midna, however, wears only what appears to be a simple cape.
* MsFanservice: In her true form, she's a gorgeous young woman whose beauty even drives Link speechless. She even lampshades it.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: She has this after killing Zant with all of her regained power. Oddly for the trope, however, it's not the fact that she killed Zant that shocked her, but ''how easily'' she did it, with just a fraction of her ancestors' power.
* NonhumansLackAttributes: While she is naked in her imp form, she lacks certain attributes.
* NoSenseOfPersonalSpace: She hops on Wolf Link's back when they first meet and treats him like a horse.
* OneWingedAngel: The completed Fused Shadow turns her into an enormous trident-wielding spidery monstrosity.
* PrehensileHair: She can transform her ponytail into a clawed hand and uses it to grab handles, designate large objects for teleport, and punch through Zant with it.
* PunnyName: WordOfGod says Midna was meant as a play on Midnight.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Gives an epic one to Zant after he's beaten.
-->'''Midna:''' Traitors, ha! You want to know why none would call you king? It was your ''eyes'', Zant. All saw it, a lust for power burning in your pupils... Did you think we'd forget our ancestors lost their king to such greed?
* TheReveal: Halfway through the game, it's revealed that Midna is the Twilight Princess, trapped in an imp form by Zant.
* RoyaltySuperpower: As the Twilight Princess, Midna inherited the Fused Shadows, powerful artifacts that embody the magic once used by the Twili's ancestors. They work great against Zant; not so much against Ganondorf.
* SheCleansUpNicely: After she regains her true form, Link looks quite taken aback.
* SlasherSmile: When she sees Link turn into a wolf while being captured, she busts out an absolutely malevolent grin. Just before that, she takes on an outright demonic one when she first discovers a fragment of the Fused Shadow and forms a plan for revenge [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=oja9CY4qZ-A#t=176 (seen here from 2:56-3:02)]]. And when she and Link confront Ganondorf, she sports another unsettling one. She seems to have a thing for this trope.
* SpeakingSimlish: Her method of speech. It's made of scrambled English phrases, and deciphering them yields surprisingly relevant sentences: "Have you made up your mind?", "[[WarpWhistle I'll take you there with my power.]]", "What do you think happened to those who tried to rule with sacred magic?", "I'll be watching.", and "I guess you aren't stupid."
* SpotlightStealingSquad: If ''Twilight Princess'' is the only ''Zelda'' you've played, you can be forgiven for wondering why all the other games focus on that quiet chap she rides around on and that other girl. Even the conversations with Zant and Ganondorf are more about her than Link, with the latter only acknowledging him after he assumes Midna is dead.
* SuperDeformed: Midna's imp form is a chibi version of her true form.
* TechnicolorEyes: Her eyes have yellow sclerae, and her irises are multicolored, pink on the outside, and dark red on the inside.
* TheTease: Teases Link about her true form at the end of the game.
* TinyTyrannicalGirl: Spends the first half of the game mocking Zelda's and Hyrule's plight, and belittling Link in his quest. It's not until Link and Zelda save her life that she starts to clean up her act.
* TitleDrop: She sarcastically calls Zelda the "Twilight Princess" during Link's first meeting with them. It turns out that ''Midna'' is the Twilight Princess; her earlier Title Drop was a false lead.
* TheTrickster: She takes an almost sadistic delight in trickery before her CharacterDevelopment.
* TookALevelInKindness: Initially, Midna comes off as very condescending and sarcastic, but after Zelda sacrifices her physical body to save Midna's life, she is touched by the princess's selfless deed and dedicates herself to stopping Zant as well as saving the kingdom of Hyrule.
* {{Tsundere}}: Despite her haughty, sarcastic attitude, Midna develops a soft spot for Link over the course of the game and even uses the classic "I'm only helping because I have to" line if you talk to her while you're restoring the light to Eldin Province.
-->'''Midna:''' Hey, don't think for a second that I care about your world of light... I don't! I'm helping you because I have to! You remember that!
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: She transforms into Ilia to taunt Link while blackmailing him.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: The miniboss of the Lakebed Temple suggests that she is grossed out by frogs and/or toads, to the point that she refuses to give Link any hints during the battle.
* TheWorfEffect: Uses the Fused Shadows to fight Ganondorf, and can barely even slow him down.


!!!Voiced by: Creator/JunMizusawa

The Princess and reigning monarch of Hyrule. She was to be crowned queen, but Zant invaded on the day preceding her coronation. She gives Link advice in a tower in Hyrule Castle in which she is imprisoned.

* AllLovingHeroine: She is a kind and benevolent ruler who wants the best for everyone. She doesn't even hate Ganondorf, even after everything he had done. In a small, yet noticeable moment after the final battle, you can see her making a praying gesture next to his corpse. That's right, ''Zelda is praying for the soul of her enemy'', which also is a CallBack to ''Ocarina of Time''.
* ArcherArchetype: For the final battle, she uses light arrows against Ganondorf.
* BadassInDistress: She was perfectly willing to face Zant's forces alongside her soldiers, but surrendered to prevent unnecessary death. She spends the rest of the game under house arrest.
* BeatTheCurseOutOfHim: When her body is possessed by Ganondorf, Link and Midna drive him out by force.
* BigGood: Zelda is the de facto ruler of Hyrule and one of the key figures keeping the Twilight at bay.
* BlackCloak: A particularly stylish one complete with InTheHood.
* BossSubtitles: "Ganon's Puppet: Zelda" when Ganondorf possesses her body in the final battle.
* BrainyBrunette: Princess of a kingdom, incredibly good archer, and bearer of the Triforce of Wisdom.
* CoolCrown: A lovely golden tiara with a blue gem in the center.
* DamselInDistress: Link can't rescue her the first time they meet, nor the second for that matter. She gets saved near the end (third time's the charm).
* DemonicPossession: Used on her empty body near the end of the game, while Zelda's soul is secretly keeping Midna alive.
* ErmineCapeEffect: She wears her dress even under her brown cape.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: She's always called a princess, but this is justified as [[AllThereInTheManual Zant invaded on the day of her coronation.]]
* EyeAwaken: Not her, specifically, but Ganondorf does this with her body after he possessed her, shortly before the Ganon's Puppet: Zelda battle. The result literally sends Midna flying.
* {{Foil}}: Like the other Triforce bearers, Twilight-Era Zelda is this to her Great Sea-era self. Whereas Tetra was unaware she was even the princess in the first place, ''Twilight Princess''[='=]s Zelda is a born-and-raised royal who ''couldn't'' do ''anything''' to help her kingdom and ''hates'' herself for it.
* GracefulLadiesLikePurple: A very graceful combo of purple, ivory, and gold here.
* HartmanHips: She has pretty prominent hips, but not to the same extent as Midna.
* HighClassGloves: She wears elbow-length gloves.
* HeartbrokenBadass: Possibly. The BlackCloak she wears while imprisoned in the tower is actually a robe of mourning for her ravaged country.
* HeroicSacrifice: Midway through the game, she sacrifices herself to save Midna. She gets better.
* TheHighQueen: Perhaps here more than any other game. In fact, she was about to be ''crowned'' queen, but Zant invaded on the day before her coronation.
* IconicOutfit: Her ''Twilight Princess'' dress is the closest thing she has to one, anyway.
* InTheHood: Wears a hooded BlackCloak at the beginning of the game.
* LadyAndKnight: The Bright Lady to Link's White Knight.
* LadyOfWar: She's got a ''sword'' this time around, as well as a bow that's almost as long as she is tall. She joins Link in the final battle, shooting light arrows at Ganondorf while riding on Epona. The prologue also shows her wielding the RoyalRapier (Ganondorf also uses it when possessing her body, but only for diving lunges, not any actual swordfighting).
* LegacyCharacter: She keeps the tradition of having the name Zelda as a female of the Royal Family.
* {{Leitmotif}}: As usual, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LE6w7eIuNYA her Lullaby]]. It gets a DarkReprise as part of her Puppet Zelda theme.
* LightEmUp: The Light Arrows as well as in her boss fight as InstantRunes and an EnergyBall because she is a TennisBoss.
* LightIsGood: With the Light Arrows when she's free.
* LivingMacGuffin: Once again, she possesses the Triforce of Wisdom, and her soul keeps Midna alive.
* MagicKnight: She wields a sword in a flashback, and she fights Ganondorf with [[LightEmUp light arrows]] in the final battle.
* MaleGaze: Her eyes are left out of the shot in the flashback where she surrenders to Zant, but the camera makes sure not to miss her chest.
* OutOfFocus: While she doesn't really get that much less screen-time than her predecessors (and indeed, [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI more]] [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening than]] [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask some]]), on average, she ''is'' less important to the plot than usual. However, she is a pivotal part of Midna's CharacterDevelopment and helps Link in his horseback fight against Ganondorf.
* ParentalAbandonment: The fact that she was due to be crowned queen implies that her parents have died, although they're never mentioned at all.
* PimpedOutDress: Her dress is more detailed here than in any other game.
* PrincessesRule: Despite the title, she's the reigning monarch of Hyrule -- she would be Queen Zelda if her coronation had gone on schedule.
* RapunzelHair: Her hair goes down to her waist, even when tied into a braid near the bottom.
* RoyalRapier: Wields one during the cutscene showing her kingdom's fall, but drops it when she surrenders to Zant. Ganondorf takes it up when he possesses her body.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: She's the reigning monarch of Hyrule. Like other incarnations of Zelda, she's a very competent ruler and helps Link during the final battle, but notably [[HeroicSacrifice this Zelda gives her life to save Midna's]].
* SadisticChoice: She surrenders to Zant so that he will not harm her people.
* SexyBacklessOutfit: Her dress bares her back pretty well, which combined with her HighClassGloves makes her the "elegant evening dress" version of this trope.
* SilkHidingSteel: A kind and gentle princess who is not afraid to fight.
* StatuesqueStunner: She's taller than Link.
* SymbolMotifClothing: Just about the hem, her skirt is decorated with harp symbols.
* TennisBoss: How she is defeated as Puppet Zelda.
* TheWisePrincess: Bearer of the Triforce of Wisdom, natch.
* WolverinePublicity: Much like Link, Nintendo has been treating ''Twilight Princess'' Zelda as the ''default'' Zelda ever since the game’s release.
* TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask: In the prologue, she is forced to surrender her kingdom to Zant.

!!Villains and Bosses
!!!Voiced by: Creator/JunjiKitajima


One of the main antagonists of ''Twilight Princess''. Zant was a servant of the Twili Royal Family and was next in line to be king of the Twilight Realm, but was passed over in favor of Midna due to his apparent lust for power. Enraged by the rejection, Zant turned to the heavens for an answer and encountered Ganondorf, who was banished to the Twilight Realm by the sages. Ganondorf offered Zant the power to take over the Twilight Realm in exchange for his freedom. With his newfound powers, Zant usurped the throne from Midna and turned the Twili into creatures called Shadow Beasts. He now seeks to spread Twilight all over Hyrule and create a world of total darkness.
* AmbitionIsEvil: Midna states this is the reason why he was initially passed over for power.
-->'''Midna:''' Traitors, ha! You want to know why none would call you king? It was your eyes, Zant. All saw it, a lust for power burning in your pupils... Did you think we'd forget our ancestors lost their king to such greed?
* AmusingInjuries: Link inflicts these on him in the fourth and fifth rounds of the fight. In the fourth round, knocking him off the totem pole results in him getting his head stuck in the ground. And in the fifth round, hitting his foot with the Ball and Chain results in him hopping around and clutching his foot, shrinking to mouse size as he does.
* AnimalMotifs: Snakes and reptiles, as seen in his clothing. The chameleon helmet in particular is rather fitting, given his facade and his true nature.
* ArchEnemy: Between turning her into an imp, usurping her throne, and turning the Twili into Shadow Beasts, Zant has more than earned Midna's hatred.
* AxCrazy: Revealed to be this when you fight him.
* BadassBaritone: Subverted. His voice is initially deep when Link first encounters him, but during the FinalBattle with him, his voice gets progressively higher.
* BadPowersBadPeople: A megalomaniacal Twili who gained powerful dark magic from an evil sorcerer posing as a god.
* BeamSpam: His main attack during the boss fight with him is to fire bolts of Twilight magic like a machine gun.
* BeliefMakesYouStupid: His blind following of Ganondorf. Granted, he was very, very desperate and willing to do just about anything for power, so it's not like blindly following anyone willing to so much as throw him a bone was out of character for him to begin with.
* BondVillainStupidity: Zigzagged. Though he was smart enough to take the Fused Shadows from Midna and Link, he merely curses Link to stay as a wolf permanently rather than killing him outright. When he meets them again at Arbiter's Grounds and sees that Link is still alive, he shatters the Mirror of Twilight and scatters its pieces across Hyrule, but he doesn't actively stop them from reclaiming them. Before that, he animates Stallord to kill Link, and then promptly leaves without even bothering to make sure that Stallord actually beat him.
* BossSubtitles: Usurper King: Zant
* TheCaligula: After coming to power, he used his magic to transform the Twili into Shadow Beasts for his army to conquer Hyrule.
* CastingAShadow: Comes with being a Twili. Though as stated by Midna, his magic is far different than the normal shadow magic used by Twili due to gaining his magic from Ganondorf.
* ClassicVillain: Ambition, Greed, Pride, and Wrath.
* ConfusionFu: His swordplay is heavily erratic, even moreso the more hits you deal to him.
* CollapsibleHelmet: His helmet can collapse by mental command to reveal his face, or if he doesn't want to completely remove the helmet, he can just open the mouthguard.
* {{Contortionist}}: As shown in the cutscene before his boss fight, Zant has an unnerving amount of flexibility, able to twist and bend his body in various poses.
* CoolHelmet: One that resembles a chameleon's head. And apparently he knows just how cool it is, as he creates sentient copies of his helmet to guard the Palace of Twilight and creates giant copies of his helmet during the third round of the boss fight.
* CoolSword: He has a rather large magical sword (known as the Scimitar of Twilight in ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors'') that he drives into Stallord's head, reanimating the monster.
* CreepyLongArms: Like all Twili, his arms are quite long and reach to his knees.
* CreepyLongFingers: Like the Shadow Beasts and the Zant Hands, his index and pinky fingers are longer than his two middle fingers.
* CurbStompBattle:
** His first meeting with Link has him knocking Link around like a ragdoll and nearly killing Midna all without even waving his arms.
* DarkIsEvil: While the Twili race as a whole is a clear-cut example of DarkIsNotEvil, he stands out as the sole exception.
* DarthVaderClone: Walks around in black robes with a CoolHelmet. Makes that weird sort of distinctive sound whenever he appears that could be likened to Vader's breath. Also, the scene when he breaks down the door of Hyrule Castle, massacres the Hylian soldiers, walks in after his troops like a badass, and captures Princess Zelda really seals the deal. He can also be considered TheDragon to Ganondorf to some extent, but is more independent than Vader was. Interestingly, another ''Star Wars'' villain ([[Film/TheForceAwakens Kylo Ren]]), also a DarthVaderClone, was later introduced with even more similarities to Zant than the man himself.
* DealWithTheDevil: Ganondorf makes one with him. Ganon would give him the power to take over the Twilight Realm and in exchange, Zant would help him return to the world of light.
* DeathByIrony: Earlier, he mocked the Fused Shadows as ancient and withered magic. In the end, Midna finishes him off with only a fraction of the Fused Shadows's power.
* DespotismJustifiesTheMeans: Near the end of the game, Midna outright spells it out to Zant that this is why he was passed over for the throne of the Twilight Realm in favor of her: because everyone could tell he ''only'' wanted the throne for the power.
-->'''Midna''': Traitors, ha! You want to know why none would call you king? It was your eyes, Zant. All saw it, a lust for power burning in your pupils... Did you think we'd forget our ancestors lost their king to such greed?
* DimensionLord: Subverted. Midna is the true ruler of the Twilight Realm. Zant took the throne from her.
* DoNotTauntCthulhu: After losing to Link, Zant uses the last of his strength to taunt Midna that her curse will never be broken. Midna shuts him up... ''permanently''.
* TheDragon: Downplayed. Even though he's bonded to Ganon, he's largely free to do whatever he wants, though Ganondorf takes advantage of his diversion to take over Hyrule himself.
* DualWielding: Uses twin scimitars in the sword fight with him.
* EntitledBastard: In contrast to the other Twili, who were content with life in the Twilight Realm, Zant feels that he and the Twili were oppressed and banished from what he feels is rightfully their realm and longed to take it back. [[DealWithTheDevil Ganondorf gives him the chance to do so.]]
* EvilChancellor: The game is vague on whatever position he had, only revealing that he served in the royal house, and was initially next in line for the throne.
* EvilIsBigger: Is the second-most prominent villain after Ganondorf, and towers over every other main character aside from the aforementioned Ganondorf.
* EvilRedhead: Somewhat. As shown in [[http://zeldawiki.org/images/2/25/Zant_Smile.jpg this image]], he does have red hair, but most of it is obscured by the balaclava he wears.
* EvilSorcerer: Wields powerful dark magic granted to him by Ganon.
* EvilWearsBlack: Wears black clothing decorated in turquoise Twilight markings.
* TheFaceless: For the most part of the game, until he removes his helmet during his MotiveRant in the Palace Of Twilight.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: Downplayed due to BloodlessCarnage, but still pretty gruesome. In a rage, Midna, using the Fused Shadow, impales him with three tendrils of hair, causing him to swell up and pop like a zit.
* FauxAffablyEvil: He presents himself with an air of control at first glance, but it is all an act, one that falls apart at the seams when he's provoked.
* FinalExamBoss: His boss fight involves him creating copies of different areas from certain dungeons from earlier in the game along with the movements of each of the bosses fought in said areas.
* FogOfDoom: Zant's Twilight curse manifests as a black fog composed of shadow crystals that absorb light.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: After you beat the Lakebed Temple, Midna tells you that Zant's power is a false one, and shortly after, he himself tells you that he received it from his "god".
* ForgotAboutHisPowers: In Morpheel's stage of the fight, after being pulled out of the giant replica of his helmet, he'll attempt to swim back inside, apparently forgetting he could just teleport. Especially hilarious considering he spends a good 90% of the fight teleporting around.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: He was just an ordinary, but insane Twili until Ganondorf gave him his power. It got worse from there... ''a lot worse''.
-->'''Zant''': With the Fused Shadow, I'll become one with the powerful, ancient magic. I will obtain it. I will merge shadow and light to make "darkness" ''and become the king that rules over it all!''
* GlasgowGrin: His Lips appear to have been carved in the shape of an X.
* HandHidingSleeves: That nearly reach the floor, with tassels hanging down even farther. The only time his hands are shown is when he's bringing Stallord to life. In his boss battle, he reveals he has blades hidden up them.
* TheHeavy: Zant is the game's primary antagonist, even after he's revealed to be working for Ganondorf.
* HijackedByGanon: It's revealed that it was Ganondorf who gave him enough power to invade the Twilight Realm, and eventually Hyrule.
* {{Hypocrite}}: After he's defeated in the boss fight, he calls Link and Midna traitors, yet ''he'' is the one who usurped the throne from Midna and turned his own people into monsters in the service of a Light Dweller, the very species he despises so much.
* AnIcePerson: He encases Zora Domain in ice. [[OffscreenVillainy Offscreen, of course.]]
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: How he meets his end at Midna's hand.
* InTheHood: Wears a yellow balaclava under his helmet.
* {{Irony}}: He hates light-dwellers for imprisoning the Twili in the Twilight Realm, but he's working for one, Ganondorf.
* KickTheDog: Four times:
** Turning Midna into an imp and transforming the Twili into Shadow Beasts.
** Executing Queen Rutela in front of the Zoras for resisting his rule and freezing the Zoras in ice.
** Cursing Link to remain in Wolf form and nearly killing Midna by exposing her to light.
** Mocks Midna that her curse will never be broken as long as Ganondorf lives.
* TheKingslayer: Has Queen Rutela of the Zoras executed as an example to her people.
* LargeAndInCharge: Is the leader of the Shadow Beasts and stands as one of the tallest characters in the game (barring Ganon), towering over other characters. It helps that the helmet adds a bit to his height.
* LargeHam: He uses a lot of exclamation marks in his speech.
* LaughingMad: Let's just say that during the final battle against Zant, he seems to laugh a lot of the time, and that it is one seriously disturbed laugh.
* LeanAndMean: Though his clothing obscures this.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Has a very subtle one. In his [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_6PunpVxZw&index=40&list=WL theme music]], at the beginning, after the ScareChord, there is a very weird sequence of six notes played on what sounds like a very discordant stringed instrument. When you are in Twilight-covered areas of Hyrule, you hear the same six notes on a flute in the BGM. He has another one titled [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfWuwTrcKnE&list=WL&index=41 Light and Darkness]] that plays during his first confrontation with Link and their final encounter in the Palace of Twilight.
* MadeOfIron: While not at [[NighInvulnerable Ganon's level]], this is a villain that can take a beat down and won't ''stay down''. He endures a grueling six-round fight with Link that involved falling on his head, getting hit in the foot repeatedly, and a copious amount of sword swings, and still clung to life long enough to taunt Midna about how her curse can never be broken. And even when Midna impales him using the Fused Shadows, Ganon's death scene reveals he's ''still alive'' in some capacity. What ultimately finishes him off? Him snapping his own neck.
* MagicKnight: Though he leans more towards magic than swordplay.
* MakeAnExampleOfThem: Executes Queen Rutela and encases Zora Domain in ice to serve as a warning for those who would defy his rule.
* MaskOfSanity: The immediate impression is of a calm, controlled EvilOverlord. The way he ''drools in Midna's ear''[[note]]could also be stitches, it's hard to tell[[/note]] is the first clue to his real personality. The mask comes off entirely in his boss fight, along with his cool and calm demeanor.
* MindOverMatter: Has powerful telekinesis.
* MoodSwinger: He presents a veneer of control for the most part, but he is easily provoked, and when backed into a corner, his true colors appear.
* MotiveRant: Gives one during the final confrontation with Midna and Link in the Palace of Twilight.
-->'''Zant:''' You speak of magic? Still your tongue for a moment, whelp, and I will tell you of both magic and the oppression of ages... The people of our tribe... a tribe that mastered the arts of magic... were locked away in this world like insects in a cage. In the shadows we regressed, so much so that we soon knew neither anger nor hatred... nor even the faintest bloom of desire. And all of it was the fault of a useless, do-nothing royal family that had resigned itself to this miserable half-existence! I had served and endured in that depraved household for far too long, my impudent princess. And why, you ask? Because I believed I would be the next to rule our people! THAT is why! But would they acknowledge me as their king? No! And as such, I was denied the magic powers befitting our ruler. It was then, in the thrall of hatred and despair, that I turned my eyes to the heavens... and found a god. My god had only one wish... [[CastingAShadow To merge shadow and light...]] [[DarkIsEvil and make darkness!]]
* MouthStitchedShut: When giving his WeCanRuleTogether speech to Midna, there seem to be stitches connecting Zant's lips together.
* MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch: The other Twili are peaceful and content with their life in the Twilight Realm. Zant is not.
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: He believes that the Twili are the true inhabitants of Hyrule and wishes to conquer it. To that end, he wants to take the Hylians out of the equation by reducing them to "spirits" trapped in Twilight.
* NearVillainVictory: By the time Link got involved in the plot, Zant had already conquered most of Hyrule, with the only province remaining being the Ordona province, and that was only thwarted because Link just happened to be there at the exact moment a Shadow Beast appeared to steal Ordona's light.
* NeckSnap: He does one in Ganon's death scene for some reason. By doing this, he is striking the final blow and getting rid of his former master. Apparently their life-forces were tied together somehow.
* {{Necromancer}}: Zant uses a Twilight Sword to bring Stallord, the boss of Arbiter Grounds, to life.
* NeverMyFault: He just can't accept that his lust for power is what caused Midna to be chosen over him, blaming it rather on the Royal Family's lack of ambition like a typical sociopath. Midna all but [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech spells it out for him]].
* NerdInEvilsHelmet: He's not ''nerdy'', but he's completely non-threatening without his helmet on.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: He curses Link to stay in wolf form with a Shadow crystal. This ultimately bites him in the ass later, as the power of the Master Sword not only allows Link to return to human form, but also become a VoluntaryShapeshifter by keeping the crystal. This is lampshaded by Midna when she and Link confront him.
-->'''Midna:''' Isn't this ironic? Here we are, all thanks to the dark magic curse you placed on Link!
* TheNightThatNeverEnds: His ultimate goal is to spread Twilight all over Hyrule.
* NoodlePeople: It's not really noticeable because of his clothes, but he's quite [[LeanAndMean skinny, lanky, and has disturbingly long arms]].
* NoSell: When he catches Link and Midna off-guard in Lanayru Spring, the Light Spirit Lanayru tries to attack him with his light, but Zant isn't fazed in the slightest, due to being bonded with Ganon.
* NotSoWellIntentionedExtremist: He claims his invasion of Hyrule is for the good of his people, but it's clear he's just an insane megalomaniacal psychopath out for {{Revenge}}.
* NothingUpMySleeve: Hides his scimitars in his sleeves when not fighting or when using his magic.
* OffscreenVillainy: Him turning the Twili into Shadow Beasts and executing Queen Rutela is mentioned but never explicitly shown.
* OneHeadTaller: Zant towers over other characters in the game. Link, in particular, barely reaches his chest.
* OrcusOnHisThrone: Zigzagged. He personally leads the coup to overthrow Midna, is on the front lines with the invasion of Hyrule, and even takes care of Link personally when he begins to become a problem, but after shattering the Mirror of Twilight and preventing Link and Midna from entering the Twilight Realm, he believes he's taken care of all obstacles and spends the rest of the game at the Palace of Twilight, which is the dungeon where the player fights him (it's the semifinal dungeon of the game).
* PayEvilUntoEvil: Is on the receiving end of it. He survives the fight with Link and is rendered helpless, but he manages to provoke Midna into killing him anyways, and he more than earned it.
* PuppetKing: He even admits his rise to power was thanks to Ganondorf's influence, even though he has an equal amount of control on the resurrected Dark lord.
* PsychopathicManchild: While initially appearing as a calm, collected, and ruthless ruler, he ultimately reveals himself to be an immature, egotistic, and psychotic madman. After he was rejected by the Twili people, his response was rather infantile. He acted like a child who didn't get something he wanted. Midna even gives a ReasonYouSuckSpeech, calling him out on his lust for power.
* RealityWarper: Thanks to Ganondorf's power, Zant can do virtually ''anything''. He can change size at will, levitate, teleport, travel between the Twilight Realm and Hyrule without the Mirror of Twilight, conjure objects out of Twilight matter, turn others into Shadow Beasts, create holograms of himself, and replicate past locations of previous bosses, among other magical feats. What makes this terrifying is that there doesn't seem to be any known limit to his powers. If it wasn't for his [[UnskilledButStrong lack of actual combat skill]], he would probably be unstoppable.
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: His helmet is shaped like a chameleon's head, his shoulder guards are decorated with {{snakes|AreEvil}}, and his shoes resemble [[NeverSmileAtACrocodile crocodile heads]] as shown in his [[http://zeldawiki.org/images/4/4b/Zanto.jpg concept art]].
* {{Revenge}}: His motive from the beginning was revenge against the Light Dwellers for sealing his ancestors in the Twilight realm, and he later included the Twili after he was rejected as ruler.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Downplayed, as he is not the true King of the Twilight.
* SadisticChoice: Offers one to Zelda, forcing her to surrender so he would spare her people.
* SanitySlippage: Downplayed and zigzagged; he was insane from the very beginning, and he just drops his facade. He becomes even ''more'' insane as the battle against him goes on, though.
* ScareChord: His musical theme begins with some strange shrieking noise.
* SequentialBoss: When Midna and Link finally engage Zant in a boss fight towards the end of the game, the battleground shifts throughout the fight, and so do Zant's techniques.
* SinisterScimitar: Wields two as his WeaponOfChoice.
* SizeShifter: During the fifth round of the fight, Zant grows to [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever giant size]] and tries to crush Link underfoot. Hilariously, when struck by the Ball and Chain, he'll jump around clutching his foot while shrinking to tiny size.
* SmugSnake: He is nowhere near as powerful as he thinks he is despite gaining Ganondorf's power.
* TheSociopath: Despite claiming to have the Twili's best interests at heart, it's pretty clear that he cares only for himself and will do whatever it takes to secure his rule.
* SpinAttack: One of his attacks during the boss fight with him.
* StealthPun: His wooden shoes are carved in the shape of crocodile heads. [[spoiler:He's wearing Crocs.]]
* SupernaturalGoldEyes: When not wearing the helmet.
* TantrumThrowing: He does this A LOT after taking off his mask. Heck, in HyruleWarriors it states that his fighting style is even reminiscent to throwing a tantrum.
* TattooedCrook: Has the Twilight Emblem on his forehead.
* TermsOfEndangerment: He keeps referring to Midna as "my Midna." May be a StalkerWithACrush, although this is unconfirmed.
* TheUsurper: To Midna, the eponymous Twilight Princess.
* UnskilledButStrong: As his boss fight shows, he tends to rely on his magical prowess more than actual skill. When forced to fight with swords, his fighting style is childish and unpredictable and boils down to a mix of TeleportSpam and wild flailing, and the fact that he gets winded easily while fighting that way suggests that it's probably his first time ever actually having to fight like that.
* UnwittingPawn: To Ganon.
* VillainBall: For most of the game, Zant zigzags between being smart and bouts of BondVillainStupidity, but halfway through the game, he ends up holding this as he curses Link to remain as a wolf instead of killing him, and shatters the Mirror of Twilight to stop them from reaching him, but doesn't actively stop them from reclaiming the fragments.
* VillainousBreakdown: Though he wasn't exactly sane from the start, only keeping a calm facade. He loses this facade once Link reaches his throne room, and he breaks down even more when their fight goes on, as his attacks get even more unpredictable as he is on his last hits.
* VillainTeleportation: Can teleport in a flash of Twilight particles. In battle, this is Zant's most dangerous trait as he is incredibly hard to hit.
* WeakenedByTheLight: Averted. Despite being a Twili, light doesn't seem to have any effect on him. It's most likely because of Ganondorf's power.
* WeCanRuleTogether: Offers this to Midna. When she refuses, he nearly kills her in response.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: He states that as long as Ganondorf lives, he will resurrect him without cease. [[UngratefulBastard He doesn't, and it's later implied that Ganondorf had no intention to revive Zant, as he believed the Twili race to be foolish, and they had already fulfilled their purpose.]]


!!!Voiced by: Creator/HironoriMiyata

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[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime After falsely swearing allegiance to the king]], Ganondorf was exposed as a traitor by the Hero of Time, having just come back from a BadFuture where he'd taken over Hyrule. His plans to get the Triforce were foiled, and he was condemned to execution by the Sages themselves. However, even though he got his heart pierced, it didn't quite kill him, as the mark of the Triforce of Power somehow appeared in his hand, and reanimated his body. In a fit of UnstoppableRage, he broke free of his chains, killed the Sage of Water, and took the very sword meant to execute him for his own. In a desperate move, the Sages sent Ganondorf to the Twilight Realm, in the hopes of keeping him trapped there. After wandering there for who-knows-how-long, he met Zant, and the events of the game were set in motion.
* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: His skin is somewhere between green and gray this time around.
* AlasPoorVillain: After the final battle, when the impaling Master Sword severs his connection to the Triforce of Power, killing him. After his passing, Zelda prays for him.
* AnthropomorphicShift: Inverted by his Ganon form. In previous games, Ganon was a trident-wielding sorcerer PigMan, but in this game, Ganon runs on all fours and only attacks by charging around the room like an animal. This is likely due to it being portrayed as a counterpart to Link's wolf form.
* ArmorIsUseless: Averted. The black armor he wears can deflect all of Link's sword attacks, forcing him to target the glowing scar on his chest.
* AttackItsWeakpoint: He still has the glowing scar he received from his failed execution. If anyone guesses this is his one weakpoint, they'd be right.
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Can be distracted in the final battle by ''your fishing rod.'' It's a long-standing series tradition (dating back to ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast A Link to the Past]]'') for a single non-combat item to have an inexplicable combat usage like this.
* {{Archenemy}}: Averted this time, from his point of view at least, as he doesn't really know who Link is in this game. Especially in contrast to the equivalent moment in the ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker Wind Waker]]'' Timeline. There he faces The Hero of Time Reborn, who overthrew his kingdom after his successful grand master plan and stabbed him in the face at the end of an epic duel. Here he faces The Hero of Time Reborn who called the cops on him during the early stages of his grand master plan.
* BadassBeard [[BeardOfEvil Of Evil]]: Second game in a row he has it. Looks like he's keeping it.
* BadassCape: Just watch how it flows during his battle.
* {{BFS}}: The Sword of Sages, which he pulled out of his own chest. He uses it during the last two phases of his boss battle.
* BigBad: Even though Zant is [[TheHeavy the one who drives the plot]], it's still Ganondorf's master plan.
* BishonenLine: He possesses Zelda, turns into a giant boar-monster, then attacks you on horseback, and then ends it all in a one-on-one swordfight.
* BlackEyesOfCrazy: After receiving the Triforce of Power and killing the Sage of Water, he's shown with yellow, pupil-less irises and black sclera.
* BlackKnight: Has a hefty black armor, [[{{BFS}} huge sword]], and a [[MightyGlacier slow]], [[TheStoic stoic]], and [[EvilIsBigger imposing]] nature, and he also fights similarly to the Darknuts that play this trope straight. However, Ganondorf is a manipulative evil king rather than an actual knight.
* BladeLock: For the first time in the series. Slash or Jump Attack at him when he comes running at you with his sword raised and you'll lock blades. Lose, and you'll get stabbed (and a brief DarkReprise of his already dark theme). Win, and he'll be left wide open for a devastating combo (and accompanying TriumphantReprise of his theme).
* BossSubtitles: A few.
** Ganon's Puppet: Zelda
** Dark Beast: Ganon
** Dark Lord: Ganondorf
* BringIt: His reply to Midna's threat to deny him reign over Hyrule.
-->'''Ganondorf''': Very well... Deny me, then! Yes, try to deny me... You and your little friend...
* CardCarryingVillain: At one point, he talks about how hatred fuels his power. (''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword Skyward Sword]]'' makes this a combination of {{Foreshadowing}} and CallBack!)
* CoolSword: He wields an intricate blade made of HardLight, in fact, the very sword used in his botched execution.
* CosmicLotteryWinner: Ganondorf should have been killed during his execution. Zelda sending Link back in time at the end of ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'' gave Ganondorf the Triforce of Power, making him NighInvulnerable. His goal was to get the Triforce and he was stopped before he could even start, but he got it anyway.
* DarkSkinnedRedhead: Due to his Gerudo heritage. Though, as previously said, his skin isn't as much dark as it is green by now.
* DarthVaderClone: The ''other'' Vader-like character in the game, especially when you consider how Zant's true personality turns out to be the exact opposite of Vader's. He has the black armor, BadassCape, and general build, kills a sage using a [[ChokeHolds chokehold]], and is a towering MightyGlacier swordfighter (with a sword made of light, no less) during his final boss battle. Fittingly, his usual ArchEnemy Link, usually a blond, blue-eyed swordsman just like Luke Skywalker, looks a bit more like Luke in this game than in other ''Zelda'' games and even starts out as a farm boy just like Luke did.[[note]]However, Link is less of an ArchEnemy to Ganondorf this time around, due to the game taking place in the "Child" timeline where Ganon didn't encounter other Links much beforehand, unless you consider how [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword Demise]] started the inter-generational rivalry in the first place.[[/note]]
* DemonicPossession: He uses this on Zelda for the first phase of the final battle, although it's just her empty body and Zelda's soul is keeping Midna alive. Likely because of this, the resulting Puppet Zelda [[LarynxDissonance only has his own voice]] and not hers.
* DeathIsCheap: He actually ''dies'' at the end of the game. But he is reborn as a second Ganondorf prior to the events of ''Four Swords Adventures''.
* {{Determinator}}: Even when he's impaled with the Master Sword, he refuses to give up.
* DiedStandingUp: After the final battle, seemingly because he's too badass to topple over.
* DimensionLord: By extension of being the one commanding Zant.
* DuelBoss: The final stage of the Ganondorf face-off is a sword duel between him and Link; neither Midna nor Zelda can help for this round.
* EmotionEater: He states that he regained his power by feeding on the hatred of the Twili.
* EvilIsBigger: As usual, he towers over Link. His Ganon form is also at its largest.
* EvilLaugh: Toned down considerably from the previous games. More like an Evil Chuckle.
* EvilOverlord: By the climax, he has taken control of both Hyrule and the Twilight Realm.
* EvilSorcerer: He gave Zant his powers.
* EvilSoundsDeep: Toned down slightly from previous games; his voice sounds deep when it's quieter but is higher-pitched and raspy when he's shouting.
* FangsAreEvil: After killing the Sage of Water, he's shown with protruding canine teeth on his lower jaw.
* FinalBoss: The hidden BigBad and boss of Hyrule Castle, the final dungeon at the end of the game.
* {{Foil}}: To his ''Wind Waker'' counterpart. His Wind Waker counterpart has become OlderAndWiser, due to being defeated by the Hero of Time, and having time to think about his motives while sealed away. This Ganondorf, however, never fought the Hero of Time, and was instead arrested and sentenced to death before he could even put his plan into motion, only surviving due to being granted the Triforce of Power. As such, he doesn't even acknowledge Link as a threat.
* FourIsDeath: The Ganondorf battle at the end of ''Twilight Princess'' has four phases to it.
* FullBoarAction: Ganon. Instead of being a sorcerous PigMan, he instead runs on all fours like a beast.
* GeniusBruiser: He's an utterly strong nine-foot-tall armored giant who masterminded the game's entire plot.
* GodGuise: He poses as a god to manipulate Zant.
* GodzillaThreshold: The Sword of the Six Sages was used in his botched execution and he calls it a "foul blade," but he resorts to using it after being purged from Zelda's body and losing to Link in his Ganon form.
* GutturalGrowler: His voice is more growly here than in previous appearances.
* HeartLight: He has a white, glowing scar in the middle of his chest. His permanent reminder of the Sages' failed attempt at executing him.
* HellishHorse: With ''glowing red eyes''.
* HugeHolographicHead: He appeared before Zant as a giant spectral version of his head made of flames and Twilight. He takes on this form after his Ganon form is subdued, forcing Midna to confront him with the Fused Shadows.
* HumanoidAbomination: He ''was'' human (or very close to it) to start with, but after getting the Triforce of Power, he became something much, ''much'' worse.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Ganondorf considers the Twili's magic petty, but during his fights, he uses the same type of magic against the Hero and Midna, including twilight portals. He also sees Midna's race as pathetic, but still, the reason why he was released was due to such a 'pathetic' race.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: The Sages do this to him. It doesn't work. Then Link does it. It works.
* ImprobableHairstyle: His hair is arranged around his crown in some elaborate cross between dreadlocks, cornrows, and RegalRinglets, with the HotBloodedSideburns he had since ''[=OoT=]''. ''And'' it connects to his [[BigOlEyebrows eyebrows]] and [[BadassBeard beard]], too.
* LargeAndInCharge: In this game, measurements place him at slightly over ''nine feet'' tall.
* LarynxDissonance: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]], when he possesses Zelda's body. Puppet Zelda only uses Ganondorf's own voice clips.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Remixed with Hyrule Castle's while you progress through it. And with Zelda's for the first phase of the final battle.
* LightIsNotGood: Light ''was'' good when the Sages tried to off him with a CoolSword made of the stuff, but in his hands, not so much.
* LightningBruiser: His Ganon form is extremely fast in spite of its size and can ram through the stone pillars in the throne room you fight it in like they aren't even there.
* MagicKnight: He not only possesses powerful magic, but is also unbelievably strong and skilled with a sword.
* TheManBehindTheMan: Much like in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast A Link to the Past]]'', Zant first alludes to it when he confronts Link and Midna after they've returned from the Lakebed Temple. He tells Midna that their "Old Magic"[[note]]i.e. the Fused Shadows[[/note]] was no match for the power that's been bestowed upon him by his Lord. The Sages fill in the rest, once Link reaches the Mirror Chamber atop the Arbiter's Grounds, where they recount having banished Ganondorf to the Twilight Realm after a failed attempt to execute him. They explain that he was amassing power there, in preparation for his eventual return to Hyrule.
* ManipulativeBastard: Manipulates Zant in order to escape the Twilight Realm.
* MightMakesRight: He claims that having been blessed with the power of the Gods grants him the right to rule.
* MightyGlacier: Despite his occasional sprinting and jumping in his final boss fight, he mostly moves around with a [[TheSlowWalk menacing slow gait]]. He's also generally much slower than Link, who can easily roll around him and repeatedly use Back Slice on his scar during the final duel.
* MixAndMatchCritters: His Ganon form in this game resembles a boar on a wolf's body, with a mane resembling a lion's.
* NighInvulnerable: First he gets exposed as a traitor, which probably nets him ''very harsh'' treatment in a prison (Arbiter's Grounds, [[NightmareFuel and if they're anything to go by...]]). Then he gets ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice by a [[{{BFS}} sword]] made of HardLight specially made for executing deranged madmen like him. Then he gets thrown into the [[DarkWorld Twilight Realm]] (and it really looks like it hurt him when he got disintegrated into the portal). Then when Link confronts him, he gets hit by his own powerful light magic spells, which should be his antithesis, then gets his still-very open [[GoodScarsEvilScars scar]] and [[AttackItsWeakpoint weak spot]] ''brutally abused'', then gets hit by Midna's OneWingedAngel form's {{BFS}} of a spear (which was enough to trigger an ''explosion strong enough to level Hyrule Castle''), then gets turned into a [[LightEmUp Light Arrow]] [[WeakenedByTheLight pincushion,]] then gets [[DeathOfAThousandCuts repeatedly slashed]] [[AttackItsWeakpoint in his scar]] [[SwordOfPlotAdvancement by the Master Sword,]] and finally, is [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice stabbed one last time in the chest, right where his glowing scar is,]] bringing this OverlyLongGag to a subverted close. For those who skipped the paragraph, '''Ganondorf just refuses to die.'''
* OlderThanHeLooks: While he's noticeably older and stockier looking, he has still aged remarkably well considering he's ''centuries'' older than he was in ''Ocarina of Time''.
* OminousLatinChanting: Continuing the trend started in ''Ocarina of Time'', he cutscene and battle themes have some choral chanting. Though in the case of the Dark Beast Ganon and sword duel fights, it sounds more like strange tribal chanting.
* OneWingedAngel: Ganon, as always. [[BishonenLine He turns back into his human form for the very last fight, though.]]
* OpportunisticBastard: While wandering in the Twilight Realm as a spirit, he ''waited'' for who knows how long for the opportunity to escape. Eventually, he found the perfect opportunity in Zant.
* PartialTransformation: When he breaks free from his failed execution, he's shown with protruding canines on his lower jaw and BlackEyesOfCrazy.
* PhysicalGod: Almost literally, considering what powers him. He also pretends to be an actual god to Zant.
* PureIsNotGood: The Sages describe him as possessing "the purest malice". If you play ''Skyward Sword'', you'll know why.
* TennisBoss: When he's possessing Zelda.
* RatedMForManly: Up until ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors'', this game had Ganondorf at his manliest yet; he's even more imposing than he was in ''Ocarina of Time'', is ''very'' well-built, sports a BadassBeard, and survives an execution attempt by the Sage of Water ''after being stabbed''. Even when dealt the final blow, he remains standing for one last quip before he dies.
* RetCanon: He uses two of his non-canon ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Melee'' moves in the game: he uses a choke variation of Warlock Punch to kill the Sage of Water (which [[RecursiveAdaptation became the basis for Flame Choke]], another one of his ''Smash'' moves), and uses a move similar to his forward smash as part of a sword combo during the final battle.
* RunningGag: Obeying the tradition of the most mundane item being most effective against the final boss, the fishing rod can distract him.
* SealedEvilInACan: What the Sages did to him after they failed to kill him. He got out.
* SequentialBoss: Link and Midna don't meet Ganondorf until the end of the game, and when they do, Link has four stages of Ganon to deal with.
* SinisterSchnoz: Toned down from previous games, but it's still fairly wide compared to other characters.
* SlouchOfVillainy: When you meet him in Hyrule Castle's throne room.
* StayingAlive: Although he seems to be DeaderThanDead at the end, with the Triforce of Power abandoning him, he ends up reincarnating just in time to {{hijack|edByGanon}} ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaFourSwordsAdventures''.
* TheStoic: Which is odd, considering he's usually a grade-A LargeHam.
* StoutStrength: He isn't nearly as hefty as he looked in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker Wind Waker]]'', but he isn't as trim as he was in ''Ocarina of Time'' and is no less imposing or powerful.
* UngratefulBastard: It was thanks to Zant and the Twili that Ganondorf was capable of being freed from his banishment, but while talking to Midna, he slanders them for defying the gods with their 'petty' magic and calls them pathetic.
* VocalDissonance: Ganondorf has a slightly higher-pitched and raspy voice in this game, similar to [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers the original Megatron]]. While the voice isn't completely unfitting for the character and it emphasizes how bestial he's become, it can be a bit jarring after the near-operatic BadassBaritone he had in ''Ocarina of Time''.
* VoicesAreMental: He keeps his voice when possessing Zelda's empty body.
%%* WickedCultured
* WoundThatWillNotHeal: The glowing wound on his chest is the result of the Sages' failed attempt to execute him. It's remained there for decades, and serves as his weak point.


[[folder:King Bulblin]]
!!King Bulblin


The chief of the Bulblin tribe in ''Twilight Princess'', who raids Link's village at the beginning of the game. He and his minions serve as recurring enemies throughout the game, with Link fighting him four times, two on horseback, two on foot.
%%* AdaptationalVillainy: While he was a villain in the game, it was clear that he was JustFollowingOrders due to his philosophy of [[IFightForTheStrongestSide fighting for the strongest side]] and bore no actual malice toward Link, eventually surrendering when he realized that Link was the strongest side.
* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: Like all Bulbins, he has green skin. Also extends to his mount, King Bulbo, which is the only Bulbo to have blue fur.
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: Subverted. While he and his army sided with Zant and Ganondorf, it's because he follows whoever he believes to be the strongest. Which, after being bested by him four times, turns out to be Link.
* BarbarianTribe: He leads a wide army of Bulblins.
* {{BFS}}: He wields a giant dual-bladed battle axe, during the confrontations at the Bulblin Compound and at Hyrule Castle.
* DisproportionateRetribution: When Link managed to actually wound Bulbin in his attempt to rescue Ilia and Colin, Bulbin retaliates by ordering his men to hold him down... '''so he can cut off his arm with his axe.'''
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: King Bulblin and his army are introduced during the attack on Ordon Village. They storm into the spring, where one of his raiders knocks Link unconscious, while another of them shoots Ilia in the back with a poisoned arrow. Once the kids have been rounded up, King Bulblin sounds his trumpet to open the first Twilight Portal and signal his men to withdraw.
* FatBastard: He's got quite a large gut, and is one of the villains of the game. Subverted in the game, where he's one of the only villains to redeem himself.
* FullBoarAction: He rides a blue boar.
* GracefulLoser: Bulblin [[KnowWhenToFoldEm finally calls it quits]] and acknowledges Link's strength after being bested by him for the fourth time.
* TheHeavy: Bulblin is established as Zant's [[KingMook chief flunky]] for 3/4 of the game, during which, Link has to face him in battle 3 times. By the time of their 4th (and final) confrontation at Hyrule Castle, King Bulblin has become a part of Ganondorf's army.
* HeelFaceTurn: He finally realizes that Link is too powerful to be defeated and stops fighting him after their last encounter.
* HornsOfVillainy: As seen in his character image, he wears a helmet with giant horns and his war beast has massive horns and tusks to match.
* IFightForTheStrongestSide: The TropeNamer, said verbatim when he finally concedes defeat to Link and gives him the key to the Castle's inner sanctum.
* LargeAndInCharge: Unlike regular Bulblins, he's HUGE and strong enough to heft a giant battle axe. Plus, it takes a significant amount of damage to make him surrender and retreat each time.
* KickTheDog: He waves around a kidnapped child like a flag. Particularly bad is that the kid is [[ShrinkingViolet Colin]].
* KingMook: Of the Bulblins. And because of his size, both his life energy and his attack power are stronger.
* MightyGlacier: When wielding his axe. Because the thing is so heavy, it takes quite a while for him to wind up a swing, giving Link time to gets some hits in before he attacks.
* NobleDemon: For all his misdeeds, King Bulblin isn't without a sense of integrity. After their final duel, he concedes defeat and hands Link the key to the Castle's inner sanctum, then withdraws.
* OurGoblinsAreDifferent: As a militaristic green skinned monster that's about roughly person-sized, he's somewhere on the verge between Goblin and Orc.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: Lampshaded by his parting words to Link:
-->'''King Bulblin:''' I follow the strongest side! ...That is all I have ever known.
* RecurringBoss: He's fought four times over the course of the game: the Bridge of Eldin, the Great Bridge of Hylia, the Bulblin Compound, and Hyrule Castle.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Like all Bulbins, he has red eyes and is the most dangerous of them all.
* SuddenlyVoiced: For the majority of the game, Bulblin remained silent and only spoke before and after the final battle with him in Hyrule Castle.


!! Ook

The miniboss of the Forest Temple. A baboon who is the leader of the monkeys of Faron Woods. At some point before the events of the game, he was infected by a Twilit Parasite that caused him to become hostile, imprisoning some of his own subjects. After Link defeats him and frees him from the parasite's influence, he returns the favor by helping Link defeat Diababa.
* AttackItsWeakpoint: His big red butt.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Is the leader of the monkeys and the strongest of them.
* BadBoss: He led some of the monkeys to imprison their own while brainwashed.
* BattleBoomerang: Wields the Gale Boomerang.
* BlowYouAway: Subverted. Despite wielding the Gale Boomerang, he never uses it to create tornadoes.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: A Twilight insect entered his head and turned him into an ill-intentioned animal.
* CastingAShadow: The Gale Boomerang glows with dark energy when he attacks with it, likely due to the Twilit Parasite controlling him.
* CoolCrown: Concept art depicts him with a wooden crown.
* FlunkyBoss: Will use the Gale Boomerang to cut down Baba Serpents and sic them on Link.
* HeelFaceTurn: After his defeat, he returns to his previous self and helps Link defeat Diababa.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Link must ram into the totem pole he's standing on to stun him and cause him to hit himself with the Gale Boomerang.
* MiniBoss: Ook is the mini-boss of the Forest Temple and returns at the end of it to help against the main boss.
* VisualPun: His vulnerable point is his butt. That's right, the game requires you to ''[[GettingCrapPastTheRadar spank the monkey]]'' to defeat him.
* WarmUpBoss: The first miniboss of the game, so that's natural.



A three-headed baba (poisonous venus flytraps) large enough to dwarf a monster truck dwelling in poison water. Is the first boss of the game.
* BossSubtitles: Twilit Parasite: Diababa
* GoForTheEye: The eye is located inside the central maw, which only appears after Link dispatches the first two in the first phase.
* KingMook: The boss is the result of a Deku Baba influenced by a fragment of the Fused Shadow. As such, it mutated into a giant Baba with three heads.
* MultipleHeadCase: It has three heads, though it's unknown whether they're all of one mind.
* WarmUpBoss: It only has to be hit four times (the two side mouths and the central one twice), and it barely attacks Link.



The miniboss of Goron Mines. Grants you the Hero's Bow after you defeat him.
* LetsYouAndHimFight: He's more of an obstacle than an actual enemy since he mistakes Link for an intruder. He only realizes that he's a good guy after the fight is over.
* MiniBoss: Fought a ways into the Goron Mines, and Link gets the Hero's Bow after defeating him.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: He's revered as one of the strongest Gorons, and makes Link know this during their battle.
* RingOutBoss: To defeat him, Link has to throw him into the lava surrounding the magnetic platform they're fighting on.
%%* TheStoic



The Goron chief Darbus cursed and mutated by the Fused Shadow, locked deep within Goron Mines.
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: When the Fused Shadow corrupts him, he displays the form of a giant-sized flame monster.
* BeatTheCurseOutOfHim: Link must defeat him in battle in order for him to turn back into Darbus.
* BossSubtitles: Twilit Igniter: Fyrus
* HumanAllAlong: Really the Goron Patriarch Darbus.
* MascotMook: He was the first boss depicted when the game was first shown off at E3 2004, and he was featured prominently in later promotional materials as well.
* PlayingWithFire: He occasionally attacks with a wave that expands from his surrounding fire.
* SealedEvilInACan: Well, a room.


[[folder:Twilit Bloat]]
!!Twilit Bloat

A miniboss fought in Lake Hylia during the third Twilight segment in the game.
* AttackItsWeakPoint: First the face, then the legs when it's almost dead.
* BigCreepyCrawlies: A huge and pretty damn gross Shadow Insect; to Midna's dismay, as she hates those things.
* KingMook: Of the Shadow Insects. And like them, it guards a Tear of Light.
* MiniBoss: Link has to confront the Twilit Bloat for the last Tear of Light at Lake Hylia.


[[folder:Deku Toad]]
!!Deku Toad

The miniboss of Lakebed Temple that gives you the Clawshot. Technically a frog because it has teeth, but it is also referred to as a toad.
* BlindIdiotTranslation: Its name is actually a mistranslation of '''Degu''' (Big) Toad/Frog, since the prefix "Deku" in the ''Legend of Zelda'' series is typically associated with plant life.
* KingMook: The grown-up version of the aquatic Toadpoli enemies.
* MightyGlacier: Incredibly slow, but also incredibly strong.
* MiniBoss: The halfway boss of the Lakebed Temple and guarding the Clawshot.
* MookMaker: Creates Toados as one of its moves.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Midna is so repulsed by it that she refuses to give you advice.



The third boss of the game and the only boss that actually bleeds. A giant leech/eel with an eye that swims between its tentacles.
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: The thing is gigantic; only Zant when he supersizes approaches it in size.
* BossSubtitles: Twilit Aquatic: Morpheel
* EyeScream: Its eye is ''very'' sensitive, and it happens to be its weak point.
* GoForTheEye: In the first phase, the eye navigates through the transparent tentacles and Link has to attract it with a Clawshot (similar to the nucleus of Morpha in ''Ocarina of Time''). In the second phase, it's located above the monster's forehead.
* LargeAndInCharge: It's ''massive'', and quite appropriately a boss.
* NestedMouths: Like real-life eels, it has a smaller mouth inside its main one.
* TheVoiceless: Happens when one lives underwater.


[[folder:Skull Kid]]
!!Skull Kid

A playful undead creature who guards the Sacred Grove, the location of the Master Sword.
* TheFairFolk: Much more prominent here than most other versions of the character. He's dangerous, but he's also helpful, yet his actual motivations are hazy. Is he really on Link's side, or is it all just a game to him?
* MagicMusic: He has a horn that he uses to summon puppets.
* MarionetteMaster: Summons hordes of puppets to attack Link while he mostly stays at a distance.
* RecurringBoss: Is fought first when Link goes to find the Master Sword, then later when Link goes to find the Temple of Time.
* SecretTestOfCharacter: Given that he opens new paths through the woods every time Link finds him, and the fact that he is initially summoned when Link howls Zelda's Lullaby, it seems that he isn't really evil, but testing Link's resolve.
* VariableMix: When you hear a trumpet playing along with the background music, you know you've nearly caught up to him.

[[folder:Death Sword]]
!!Death Sword

Arbiter's Grounds resident miniboss. Apparently a ghost shaman with an ox skull for a head and an alligator jawbone for a mouth but at a shorter length. Gives up the Spinner after his defeat.
* {{BFS}}: It's cleaver-like sword is as large as the miniboss is tall. And he is ''tall''.
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: Like all the other ghost enemies, it's invisible unless you use Wolf Link's senses. Unlike the other ghost enemies (Poes) in the game, Death Sword doesn't host a soul fragment that can be extracted, and it disintegrates into Mites when it's defeated.
* MiniBoss: Fought as the mini-boss of Arbiter's Grounds.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Though named after the sword it uses, it's still an indication that it's a dangerous entity.
* SealedEvilInACan: It's sword is found planted in the ground with various ropes and talismans. Initiating the fight requires link to cut the ropes and unseal it.
* PuzzleBoss: It's the only miniboss in the game that requires Link to jointly use his two forms (human and wolf) to weaken him.



A giant draconic skeleton brought to life by Zant.
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: Its lower body is either gone or still under the sand in its arena, but even from only the waist up, it's still gigantic.
* BossSubtitles: Twilit Fossil: Stallord
* DemBones: It's an skeletal creature brought back to life by the magic of Zant's sword.
* DeaderThanDead: Killed when he was alive, he's obliterated again as an undead monster.
* KingMook: Of the Stalfos.
%%* LargeAndInCharge
* MookMaker: He summons humanoid skeleton enemies to protect his weak point.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: It's unclear what exactly Stallord was supposed to be when it was alive, but it's skull suggests that it was some sort of draconic beast.
* PosthumousCharacter: You're fighting a giant skeleton.
* OffWithHisHead: The first phase takes out his vertebrae, while the second has you chasing after his head.



A bulky Lizalfos in a suit of armor. Appears a third of the way through Snowpeak Ruins. Guardian of the dungeon's ball and chain (long mace).
* EpicFlail: Uses the Ball and Chain before Link kills him and takes it.
* TheFaceless: Unlike Darknuts, the helmet cannot be removed.
* LizardFolk: It's a lizalfos underneath that armor.
* MiniBoss: Fought in the Snowpeak Ruins and ups the game's difficulty.
* TheVoiceless: It doesn't even scream when hit by Link.
* WakeUpCallBoss: It's the first opponent that can cause major trouble to players due to its strong flail attack which can shave off multiple hearts with each hi. The tight quarters that it is constantly swinging certainly add to this.



Yeta transformed into a ice demon by the Mirror of Twilight.
* AnIcePerson: The power of the Mirror gives her the form of a larger-than-usual Freezard.
* AttackItsWeakPoint: Notably, she's the only boss in the game who can't be damaged during Critical Points (by stunning her and then using the sword to inflict damage), so the only way to defeat her is by repeatedly hitting her with the Ball and Chain.
* BeatTheCurseOutOfHim: She can only be brought back to normal by defeating her in battle.
* BossSubtitles: Twilit Ice Mass: Blizzeta.
* DemonicPossession: Just looking at the Twilight Mirror in her bedroom (the boss room) caused her to turn into a monster.
* KingMook: Although Yeta retains her physical form under the influence of the Mirror fragment, the monstrous ice formation she uses to attack Link takes the form of a Freezard, while also moving and attacking like one.
* TwoFaced: Yeta's FaceRevealingTurn prior to the boss fight makes it look like her monstrous Blizzeta face is on the back of her head.



A raven-like man covered in a suit of armor. A unique Darknut resides in the Temple of Time, where he gives Link the Dominion Rod when he dies. Later common Darknuts appear as powerful enemies.
* {{BFS}}: Some carry big swords, some carry maces, though the difference is only cosmetic.
* BlackKnight: The Darknut miniboss in the Temple of Time wears unique all-black armor.
* BlockingStopsAllDamage: Even when the damage comes from an explosion, it doesn't matter. It doesn't even matter if the attack hits them from behind when blocking; when they're blocking, they can't be damaged.
* DegradedBoss: This isn't the last place you see him, but all subsequent encounters except the first battle in Hyrule Castle are treated as mook encounters instead of miniboss ones. The Temple of Time Darknut's appearance remains unique, however.
* TheFaceless: While their helmets can be knocked off, their whole face is still covered completely in chainmail.
* FinalExamBoss: The first one in the Temple of Time is one for the sword techniques learnt from the Hero's Shade. If you call upon Midna for help, she'll tell you to try your sword techniques (after admitting that she has no idea how to deal with it), and indeed, you'll find yourself using virtually all of them to chip away at his armor and open holes in his defenses.
* LightningBruiser: When he loses his armor. Despite his size, he's actually faster than Link.
* MightyGlacier: When he has his armor, he moves slowly, but he carries a {{BFS}} (or mace) and knows how to use it.
* MiniBoss: A unique Darknut is first fought in the Temple of Time, then different Darknuts appear for several other duels, including one last fight before the FinalBoss, Ganondorf.
* ShedArmorGainSpeed: After Link tears away the last pieces of his armor, he chucks his bulky sword at Link, brings out a rapier, and becomes much faster and harder to hit.
* SwordFight: This is one of the few minibosses that challenge Link to an 1-on-1 swordfight, due to his humanoid appearance. And as proof of his formidable defense, it's also one of the few enemies in the game that won't die with a Mortal Draw (which only disarms the parts of his armor).
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: Subverted, that attack is actually pretty easy to dodge.
* TurnsRed: As your attacks progressively rid him of his armor, the Darknut eventually shifts to a faster, more aggressive fighting style and more easily blocks/evades your attacks.
* TheVoiceless: Aside from a few grunts, they barely utter any sound, let alone sentences.
* UniqueEnemy: The Darknut in the Temple of Time has unique armor and weapons in addition to more health. In addition, the final Darknut fought in Hyrule Castle is found nowhere else in the game.



A giant spider (Gohma) with a weak point on her eye.
* BossSubtitles: Twilit Arachnid: Armogohma
* GiantSpider: Its size surpasses that of Queen Gohma from her appearances in other games except ''The Wind Waker'' (as there it's a Magtail creature instead).
* GoForTheEye: Unlike the regular Gohma from the other games, the eye isn't in the face but in the back.
* KingMook: Its spawn, both diminutive Baby Gohma and larger Young Gohma, are found all over the Temple of Time where it resides.
* MookMaker: Much like Gohma in ''Ocarina of Time'', it releases eggs that, when hatched, have the Gohma swarm chase Link.
* NotQuiteDead: When Link crushes it enough times to reduce its health to zero, only its exoskeleton explodes. What's left underneath is a large amount of Baby Gohma, with a large one with Armogohma's eye on its back. Link's reaction upon seeing her is [[CrowningMomentOfFunny amusing]].



A flying dragon/Lizalfos with clawgripped shields. After his first defeat, he gives you a second Clawshot.
* DegradedBoss: Shows up again as a BossInMookClothing in Hyrule Castle, and in pairs in the Cave of Ordeals.
* LizardFolk: A lizalfos, but now with wings!
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: When it's not attacking, it's got its shield up to defend itself. Too bad Link can grab it with the clawshot and pull it out of the sky.
* MiniBoss: The mini-boss of the City in the Sky.



An armored dragon functioning as the boss of the City in the Sky.
* BattleInTheRain: Only in the second phase (during the first, the sky is just cloudy).
* BossSubtitles: Twilit Dragon: Argorok
* BreathWeapon: It is a dragon, so its primary attack is fire breath.
* DragonsAreDemonic: Argorok is a wyvern who possesses a shard of the Mirror of Twilight, and a malevolent being who terrorizes the Oocca of the City in the Sky.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons: It's an armored wyvern-like dragon, and was popular enough to reappear in ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors.''
* KingMook: Of the Kargarocs, although it has an ability they don't have (fire breath).
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: This one is actually a fragment of the Twilight Mirror, and resembles more a larger-than-usual Kargaroc than an actual dragon.


[[folder:Phantom Zant]]
!!Phantom Zant

A holographic Zant that is the miniboss of the Twilight Palace. Grants the light sword after defeat (but not immediately after).
* MiniBoss: The halfway boss of the Twilight Palace.
* PuzzleBoss: You have to defeat him ''twice''. Then you have stop the Zant hands from getting the ''sols'' that create the light sword.

!!The Group


Link's mentor and big brother figure. A swordsman from Ordon village, he acts as a surrogate father to Link and gathers some old friends to form a small group of mercenaries later in the game to counter Zant's forces in Hyrule.

* BigBrotherInstinct: He regards Link as his younger brother, and is appropriately protective of him.
* TheBlacksmith: While not shown, he's credited for forging the Ordon Sword.
* DubNameChange: His original Japanese name is Moi.
* HappilyMarried: To his wife Uli, who is pregnant with their second child during the course of the game. Uli is briefly seen with their newborn baby during the end credits.
* TheHero: Of the Resistance, not the game.
* LaResistance: Hearing of Link's endeavors to save Hyrule inspires Rusl to pitch in and offer his assistance, along with his old friends: Auru, Ashei, and Shad. Each has expertise in different forms of combat (excluding Shad) and gathers intel on the areas related to Link's journey. Rusl covers the Lost Woods and gives Link the golden cuckoo that allows him to reach the Sacred Forest Meadow.
* TheLeader: Of the Resistance Group, though he mentions Telma is kind enough to let them use her tavern as their meeting place.
* MasterSwordsman: Rusl was formerly a soldier in Hyrule's army and has long since retired. As such, he's skilled with a sword and has taught Link much of what he knows. He even gives him his wooden practice sword near the beginning of the game.
* PapaWolf: He valiantly defends his family from a ferocious wolf (who just happens to be Link). And he does this while seriously injured from a recent raid on the village. Which makes it all the more humorous later in the game where a fully recovered Rusl will cower if Link runs up to him in wolf form in the Faron woods.
* {{Ranger}}: According to Mayor Bo, Rusl routinely scouts the area of Faron Woods surrounding the village to protect them from monsters. Which is how he gets injured, a short time later. Even so, if Link approaches Uli in wolf form, Rusl will appear and defend his wife, despite his injuries. He also has a BadassMustache.
* StormingTheCastle: Near the end of the game, he helps save Link from an ambush at Hyrule Castle. Then he and the others storm the castle themselves, presumably to prevent any stragglers from pursuing Link.




A female knight who scouts out the Snowpeak region in search of the Yeti tribe. She joins the rest of the resistance at the end of the game by storming the castle. Supplemental material explains that her father was a Hylian soldier who raised her to be a warrior like the son he never had.
%%* {{Bokukko}}
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Minus the sickly aspect.
* BraidsOfAction[=/=]GirlishPigtails: She has glossy black hair worn in two braids.
* LaResistance: She works alongside Rusl and the others to restore peace to Hyrule. She investigates the Snowhead region and tells Link about the snow monster (Yeto) who's been seen around Zora's Domain.
* TheLancer: To Rusl's hero for the Group.
* MasterSwordsman: She learned from her father, a Hylian soldier.
* RaisedByDudes: Her backstory, given very briefly, is that she was raised by her single father, so she doesn't always have the most ladylike manners.
* ShipTease: Possibly, though unconfirmed. During their very last appearance in the game, she and Shad are having what looks to be an animated discussion at the ruins of the Temple of Time.
* TheStoic: She's portrayed this way, though her actions in the game are limited to researching what's wrong with Snowpeak.
* StormingTheCastle: She helps save Link from an ambush, while he's storming Hyrule Castle, by picking off a pair of Lizafols with her crossbow.
* VerbalTic: She ends sentences with "yeah?"




Auru is the oldest member of the Group, and one of the most knowledgeable. He helps Link get over the mountains and into Gerudo Desert. He used to tutor Princess Zelda in her youth.
* BadassBeard: An elderly beard, but still an indication of how much of a veteran Auru is.
* BadassTeacher: As noted above, he was Princess Zelda's private tutor.
* BitCharacter: Auru has the smallest role among the resistance group, as his only contribution is to call in a favor from Fyer, to get him to transport Link to the Desert Colossus.
* TheBigGuy: Judging from his size and muscularity.
* {{BFG}}: During the StormingTheCastle sequence, he shoots Lizalfos with a ''bazooka.''
* CoolOldGuy: He used to be one of Princess Zelda's tutors and Fyer owes him a debt of gratitude for saving his life.
* DubNameChange: His original Japanese name is Rafrel.
* LaResistance: For his part of the effort, he tells Link about the Mirror Chamber in the heart of the Desert Colossus, then calls in a favor with Fyer to get him there -- free of charge.
* StormingTheCastle: He and the rest of the Group infiltrate Hyrule Castle to help Link during a difficult situation.




Shad is TheSmartGuy of the group, who is usually too involved with his studies to do any fighting. However, his knowledge of ancient Hylian lore does help you get to the City in the Sky. According to supplemental material, his father worked as a butler in the royal palace.
* {{Adorkable}}: He may not show much confidence to Link at first, but he's a good character and helps him find the necessary clues to reach the City in the Sky.
* BadassBookworm: Implied by his participation when the gang is StormingTheCastle, although he's not actually seen doing anything particularly badass.
* {{Bishonen}}: Has the looks of one, and is also the youngest member of the Group.
* BookSafe: His weapon of choice is an ornamental dagger... which he uses as a ''bookmark''.
* CloudCuckooLander: He's always researching an ancient City in the Sky, which everybody believes to be mythical. [[TheCuckoolanderWasRight Turns out he's right, though.]]
* CollaredByFashion: His outfit features an oddly high, round collar.
* CunningLinguist: He's the only person in all of Hyrule who understands the ancient [[StarfishLanguage "Sky Language"]] of the Oocca.
* CuteBookworm: A male example.
* DoingResearch: His usual occupation. At the end of the game, having helped Link reach the City in the Sky, he seems to feel he's completed his work on that subject. He's shown to have moved on to the ruins of the Temple of Time, assisted by Auru and Ashei.
* HollywoodNerd: His big glasses, peculiar fashion sense, and obsession with the Oocca plant him firmly in 'nerd' territory. However, he's also got huge blue eyes, thick auburn hair, and a decent physique.
* LaResistance: He feels somewhat inadequate, compared to the others, but he's willing to do his part for the effort. And, let's face it, without his knowledge of the ancient "Sky Language", it wouldn't have been possible to reach the City in the Sky.
* NonActionGuy: Shad admits that he's the only member of the resistance group without any combat experience. But, should you need intel about "the Sky People" and ancient texts, he's your man.
* RedundantResearcher: Despite being vital to the discovery of the City in the Sky, he never gets to see it.
* ShipTease: Possibly, though unconfirmed. During their very last appearance in the game, he and Ashei are having what looks to be an animated discussion at the ruins of the Temple of Time.
* TheSmartGuy: Covered in the NonActionGuy entry.
* SmartPeopleWearGlasses: [[StealthPun A "textbook" example.]] He spends most of his time researching through books, so he uses glasses to read better.
* SpeakingSimlish: He's the only character, apart from Midna, who actually has a speaking scene in the game -- he chants an incantation in the scene where the Sky Cannon is discovered. [[http://youtu.be/HR4sh9zBzb4?t=40s Seen here.]]
* StormingTheCastle: He and the rest of the Group enter Hyrule Castle some time after Link does so.
* VerbalTic: His speech is peppered with quaint Britishisms, like "I say" and "old boy."




Telma is the proprietor of the bar where the Group usually meets, and she frequently helps Link throughout the game, mainly by taking care of Ilia during her amnesia.
* AbhorrentAdmirer: She's shown to definitely have a thing for Renado, the shaman in Kakariko Village, but he very much does not reciprocate.
* TheBartender: She runs the bar of Castle Town, which also serves as the headquarters of the Group.
%% Do not add BigBeautifulWoman. Regardless of how you feel about Telma or her design, the game does not portray her as attractive.
* TheChick: Serves as the TeamMom to the group.
* DarkSkinnedRedhead: She has this look, in a similar vein to the Gerudos in ''Ocarina of Time''.
* EscortMission: Telma enlists Link's aid, by having him escort her and Ilia to Kakariko Village, to seek Renado's help to save Prince Ralis.
* FriendToAllChildren: She has a very motherly nature, and demonstrates this toward both the amnesiac Ilia and the ill Prince Ralis, even though the latter is a Zora.
* GagBoobs: Link almost gets MarshmallowHell'd following the EscortMission. It doesn't help that they're at (his) eye level and that he's got an open-mouthed stare at that moment.
* KindheartedCatLover: And her cat is a nice one, too.
* LaResistance: She presents herself as the primary member of the Group after Link helps her during the EscortMission.
* ShoutOutThemeNaming: Her name's Telma, and her cat's is [[Film/ThelmaAndLouise Louise]].
* TeamMom: She's very sweet and flirty and fun... until the soldiers prove [[DirtyCoward too cowardly]] to perform the EscortMission, at which point she tears them a new one and tells them never to come back to her bar.

!!Ordon Village
!!!Voiced by: Creator/JuriTakita


Link's best childhood friend is the daughter of the mayor of Ordon Village, and is abducted by Bulblins early in the game. A large portion of the later game is dedicated to helping her recover her lost memories. She functions in a role similar to that which Malon played in ''Ocarina of Time'' and shares Aryll's status of the "Girl who went missing and thus motivates Link to go on his quest." (But she's surprisingly not a DistressedDamsel.)
* BerserkButton: Any perceived recklessness with, or cruelty towards animals.
* BestFriend: Link's best friend since childhood.
* ChildhoodFriends: Ilia and Link have known each other since they were kids and are shown to be very close to each other. She usually tends to Epona for him, both as a personal favor and because of her love of animals.
* ContinuityNod: Her hair is shaped just like the Kokiri Emerald of ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]''.
* DaddysGirl: She's the apple of her father's eye.
* DesignatedLoveInterest: She's all but stated to be Link's main LoveInterest for this game, but her romantic interactions with Link are rather minimal, and during the prologue, Ilia seems to focus her care on Epona more than Link. Nevertheless, her capture along with the rest of the Ordon kids forms one part of the CallToAdventure.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: Ilia is one of the villagers in Ordon (the other is Talo) who's barefoot, while the rest of the villagers either wear sandals or leather footwear. She continues to go barefoot even after arriving at Hyrule Castle Town and Kakariko Village, despite the other townspeople wearing shoes.
* DistressedDamsel: Subverted. She manages to escape the Hidden Village thanks to Impaz, then is picked up by Telma and carried to the safety of Hyrule Castle Town long before Link reaches her.
* EasyAmnesia: According to WordOfGod, she was struck by a poisoned arrow when the bad guys abducted the village kids, and that's what caused her amnesia.
* EveryoneCanSeeIt: Many characters in the game note how close she and Link are, as noted under ImpliedLoveInterest below.
* FarmBoy: She often cares for Link's horse, Epona, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JB__3ItMeAU by bathing and grooming her]] at the Ordon Spring. It's also said that [[AllThereInTheManual she occasionally helps out at the ranch.]]
* FarmersDaughter: {{Subverted}}. While she has [[GirlNextDoor the look]] and [[DoesNotLikeShoes mannerism]] you'd expect, she's actually ''the Mayor's'' daughter.
* FeetFirstIntroduction: The very first cutscene featuring Ilia starts with a close-up of her feet, then pans up the length of her body, stopping just short of fully showing her face.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: It doesn't matter whether it's the kids from Ordon, a wounded Zora (Prince Ralis), or a kindly old lady -- if Ilia can help them in ''any'' way, ''[[ChronicHeroSyndrome she will]]''.
* GirlNextDoor: She's very cute, in a "down home"[[note]]an old expression used to describe a country girl, typical one who invokes the look of 'a farmer's daughter'[[/note]] fashion. Both her hairstyle and her attire invokes a nurturing look and going barefoot shows she's one with nature.
* GreenEyes: Much like the Kokiri Emerald and a subtle indicator of [[NatureLover her affinity with nature.]]
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Noted in the FriendToAllLivingThings entry.
* ImpliedLoveInterest: The game does everything short of outright stating she and Link are a pair, as there are multiple hints as well as [[EveryoneCanSeeIt several characters who make note of how close they are:]]
** She sees Link coming from the farm and calls for her father. Then meets him halfway up the road where they share a lively (albeit muted) conversation[[note]]Ironically, this is the only indication that Link may not actually be [[HeroicMime a "mime"]], as he's often believed to be[[/note]].
** Colin alludes to it at Kakariko Village, when he mentions that he's gotten stronger and says it's thanks to thinking of how Link and Ilia always looked after them back at Ordon. He then tells Link that he doesn't need to worry about him anymore and urges him to find Ilia.
** Midna taunts Link after helping him escape the Twilight Realm for the first time, when she reminds him that his friends were still in danger by taking Ilia's form and pretending to be terrified. Later, when they find Ilia in Telma's bar, Midna quips:
-->'''Midna: ([[SarcasmMode sarcastically]])''' "Aww, how sweet! A girl and her wolf, such a touching reunion!"
** When Link finally returns to Hyrule Castle Town proper and Ilia fails to recognize him, he's visibly saddened by it. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MB-05fHYSF0 Telma observes this and realizes Link must have known her.]] Then tells him about how Ilia tried to help Ralis, despite [[EasyAmnesia having lost her own memories]], and asks Link to help her.
** Later in the game, Link must then help Ilia recover her memories in order to open the The Path to the Sky. During which, he learns what happened to her after she and the others were kidnapped. Which culminates in the following cutscene, where [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4UYayCJM5U she finally remembers their time together in Ordon.]] Renado, Cor Goron, and the others [[LeaveTheTwoLovebirdsAlone give them their privacy]] (though [[DatePeepers Talo has to be yanked away from the window]], by Beth).
** Finally, after giving Link the Horse Call, which she'd made for him, she tells him that he needn't worry about her anymore, so he could complete his journey, and says that whenever he returns to the village, [[IWillWaitForYou she'll be waiting for him.]]
* IWillWaitForYou: Ilia says it verbatim, as seen in the last link of the preceding entry.
* JerkassRealization: Early on in the game, when she discovers a wound on Epona's leg, she furiously chews Link out, believing that he had been pushing Epona too hard and had injured her jumping over fences. She gets hit with this when Colin explains to her that the reason Epona had been injured is because Link had taken her into the forest to save Talo from monsters; though Ilia ''did'' know of that, she didn't know the full story.
-->'''Ilia''': I had no idea... I hadn't heard the details about Talo's capture...
* TheLadysFavour: The purpose for which she made the Horse Call. If you try to visit Ilia at any time prior to King Bulblin's attack, Mayor Bo won't let you:
-->'''Mayor Bo: (apologetically)''' "Ooh... sorry, Link, but my little girl's given me strict orders. She's locked herself away in her room, [[ChekhovsGun workin' on something special for you.]]"
* {{Leitmotif}}: Her theme music is a rearranged version of Epona's Song.
* MementoMacGuffin: The horse whistle which helps her regain her memory.
* MissingMom: Her mother is never mentioned; it's sort of implied that Mayor Bo is a widower, but never stated for certain.
* NatureLover: She spends more time at the Ordon spring and in the surrounding forest than she does in the village itself. Which is further emphasized by her appearance and [[DoesNotLikeShoes her habit of going barefoot.]]
* {{Tsundere}}: She shows shades of being a Type B (Default mood: Dere-Dere) in the start of the game. While she is usually soft-spoken and kind-hearted, when she sees an injury on Epona's leg from jumping the fences, she's quick to berate him, even making her father step back. Seems like Tsunderes of all kinds are especially likely to be attracted to Link.
* TheUglyGuysHotDaughter: There's not much of a family resemblance between her and her older-looking, overweight father.




Colin is one of the Ordon kids, the son of Rusl and Uli. Of all the kids, he idolizes Link the most. He himself has expressed that he wants to grow up to be just like Link.
* BigBrotherWorship: He has this for Link, who is considered an honorary member of his family.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: He's blond and a complete sweetheart.
* InnocentBlueEyes: His eyes portray him as a good-at-heart character, to the point of making him look like a weak one.
* KidHero: When he looks back and sees Beth about to be trampled by King Bulblin's boar, because she was frozen in fear, he rushes back and shoves her out of the way. [[GoThroughMe Then stares down King Bulblin as he bears down on him.]]
* ShrinkingViolet: A sweet little boy who rarely interacts with the other kids.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: He looks a ''lot'' like his mother.
* TookALevelInBadass: After he steps up as a hero, he gains respect in the eyes of the other kids, and during the credits, he can be seen carrying a sword and shield (previously, he said that he didn't want to use weaponry).




One of the Ordon Village children who gets kidnapped and taken to Kakariko village. The most eager to emulate Link, but also the most prone to getting himself in sticky situations.
* BigBrotherWorship: Much like the other Ordon kids, he highly looks up to Link.
* CharacterDevelopment: Done subtly. He starts out very reckless and immature while in Ordon, but after he gets to Kakariko, he does his duty as a watchman from a safe distance while helping the village.
* CheerfulChild: He's very energetic and willing to play.
* DistressedDude: Even before King Bulbin's raid on Ordon he gets himself captured and trapped by the native Bokoblins.
* KidHero: The kid tries, but he's not really mature enough to be one.
* LeeroyJenkins: When he sees one of the monkeys that have been known to mess around with their village, he charges right after her, which leads to him and the monkey getting captured by bokoblins.




Another of the children of Ordon Village who gets kidnapped and taken to Kakariko Village. While there, he sets up a business called "Malo Mart", which, with Link's help, can get an additional branch in Castle Town.
* BigBrotherWorship: Notably subverted. While he doesn't dislike Link, he doesn't really seem to idolize him as much as the rest of the Ordon kids.
* CreepyChild: {{Downplayed}}, his cunning intelligence, and conniving qualities make him a little creepy. He's also quick to threaten Link about touching his merchandise. Nevertheless, Malo does mean well.
* DeadpanSnarker: "Time is money. If you're done shopping, then quit wasting both..."
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: It's quite unsettling how adult he acts while looking like a baby.
* YoungEntrepreneur: He aims to get rid of the economic corruption in Castle Town. He can succeed if you help him.




The oldest of the Ordon Village children who were kidnapped and taken to Kakariko Village. She tries to keep the other two in line.
* BigBrotherWorship: She idolizes Link just as much as Collin and Talo.
* CoolBigSis: She does what she can, and in general the others get along with her just fine.
* InterspeciesRomance: A one-sided crush example. She is attracted to Ralis, but he is too depressed and homesick to bother interacting much with her or anyone else. After Ralis leaves and Beth discovers he's a prince, she laments that she let a "big fish" go away.
* PluckyGirl: Definitely puts her foot down whenever the other's antics start to get out of hand.
* PrecociousCrush: She's rather enamored with Link at the beginning of the story.
* TheUglyGuysHotDaughter: She's a rather cute-looking girl considering how much of a {{Gonk}} her father Hanch is.


!!Kakariko Village


The shaman of Kakariko Village, and one of the only residents to survive the slaughter that took place there before Link's arrival. He shelters the Ordon children and protects them until the end of the game, when it's finally safe for them to return to their own village, and is an old friend of Mayor Bo's. He counsels Link in how to access the Goron Mines.
* AbhorrentAdmirer: Not a fan of Telma.
* DotingParent: To his daughter Luda.
* FriendToAllChildren: He forms a protective bond with the children of Ordon.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: One of his defining character traits.
* MagicalNativeAmerican: He looks like one, fitting with his role as a shaman and the general Native American vibe Kakariko Village has in this game.
* NiceGuy: He's an extremely kind and caring soul, willing to help Link and his friends as much as he can.



The daughter of Renado, she frequently help her father with healing injured comrades and maintaining Kakariko Village.
* FriendlyRivalry: Subtly portrayed. She and Beth can be seen competing over who can care best for Colin and Ralis, but their cheerful conversation during the WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue indicates that they've nonetheless become very close.
* IJustWantToHaveFriends: Following the implied massacre of most of the other inhabitants of Kakariko, she becomes very close with the kidnapped Ordonian children, and she's rather sad at the prospect that they'll be leaving soon.
* MagicalNativeAmerican: Much like her father, her moccasins, tasseled clothes, and facial features give her this look.



Barnes is a manufacturer, seller, and buyer of bombs operating out of the Bomb Shop in Kakariko Village. He is one of the few survivors of the massacre that took place before Link arrives at the village.

* BystanderSyndrome: He freezes in terror when Lord Bulbin abducted the children from Kakariko Village.
* DemolitionsExpert: He runs a shop at Kakariko Village.
* LovableCoward: Barnes is cowardly, but still is still a good guy who helps Link in his quest.
* NoSell: He tried to use his bombs to fight the monsters before Link arrived, but it was apparently not effective.
* SoleSurvivor: He is one of the three original survivors from Kakariko Village after it got massacred by monsters.


!!Hyrule Castle Town
!!!Voiced by: Creator/YuikoTatsumi


A young girl who owns a fancy house in Hyrule Castle Town and has an obsession with bugs. One of the optional sidequests in the game is to collect various bugs scattered through the world and bring them to her.
* CheerfulChild: Always smiling and giggling.
* CloudCuckooLander: Her obsession with bugs causes her to say some... off the wall things, to be sure.
* ElegantGothicLolita: The clothing she wears is an insect-themed variation on this look.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: She refers to herself as the Princess of the Bug Kingdom, although given her age (supplemental material states that she's ten), it might simply be a game of pretend. Even if she isn't, she ''is'' very wealthy.
* Fiction500: The only explanation for the fact that she gives Link hundreds of rupees in exchange for the golden bugs.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: One of the few characters that isn't afraid of Link's wolf form.
* FriendToBugs: She clearly adores all things creepy and crawly.
* GirlishPigtails: She has two puffy pigtails on the top of her head.
* ParasolOfPrettiness: She's seen walking with one in the front of the southern exterior of Castle Town.
* PimpedOutDress: She has a fancy dress with a few insect themed decorations.
* PrincessPhase: She is clearly a preteen and does not appear to be of actual royal lineage, but behaves exactly as she imagines a princess would, using insects as her preferred subjects.


An inhabitant of Castle Town who sold his soul for great wealth. Unfortunately, he was turned to gold, and he turns to Wolf Link to restore him.
* AndIMustScream: Despite his current state as a statue, he is still completely conscious and able to talk. He asks for you to defeat enough poes to save him.
* CrazyCatLady: Male example; his house is surrounded by a whole gang of cats. They consider Jovani's own cat, Gengle, their "boss."
* DealWithTheDevil: He sold his soul to Poes in order to obtain massive wealth, but the act turned him into gold.
* DrowningMySorrows: After you free him, he spends his days in Telma's bar doing this due to his girlfriend leaving him over his absence. In her defense, she was looking for him, and even solicits you over if you know where he is.
* LivingStatue: Despite being a gold statue, Jovani can still speak. After he gets one-third of his soul back (20 Poe Souls), he can move, but is still a statue.
* SoulFragment: His soul was divided into 60 pieces which were kept among the Poes, including the ones at the Arbiter's Grounds.
* TakenForGranite: He turned into a gold statue after he sold his soul.


[[folder:Dr. Borville]]
!!Doctor Borville


The only doctor in Hyrule Castle Town. He has a strong disdain for non-Hylians.
* TheAlcoholic: He only helps Link because Telma used his astronomical bar tab to blackmail him.
* AllThereInTheManual: The Prima strategy guide for the Gamecube/Wii versions were the only place that revealed Borville's refusal to treat non-Hylians is due to him simply not knowing how, and not wanting to admit he doesn't know.
* DirtyOldMan: When Link drops by his clinic, Borville absentmindedly asks if Ilia said anything about him.
* DoctorJerk: Not only is Dr. Borville racist and classist, he's extremely arrogant and charges outrageous fees for his services.
* FantasticRacism: Doctor Borville hates Zoras so much he's willing to let one die (a child, no less) simply because he doesn't want to help him.
* FourEyesZeroSoul: Dr. Borville wears a pair of massive glasses that cover most of his face.
* {{Gonk}}: He is a hunchback with massive glasses and a major underbite.
* {{Jerkass}}: There really are no redeeming traits to Dr. Borville.
* MiniatureSeniorCitizens: He is about the size of a child.
* ShoutOut: Dr. Borville strongly resembles the elderly scientist from Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask.

!!Fishing Hole Siblings


The owner of the Fishing Pond at Upper Zora's River. Sister to Coro and Iza.
* BerserkButton: Do NOT try to use the Sinking Lure around her.
* DeadpanSnarker: Does this at times.
* FishingMinigame: She can even accompany you while you go boat-fishing.
* TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers: The youngest one of her family and the only one to not have a FunnyAfro.
* NiceHat: Wears a fishing hat.
* PollyWantsAMicrophone: Owns a cockatiel named Purdy. Unfortunately, she is very rude to both customers and Hena herself.
* ReallyGetsAround: If you look at the canoe in her shop, she tells you that it's her special canoe which she reserves strictly for guys she finds cute enough to be her boyfriend. Then says not to ask ''HOW MANY'' guys she's taken out in it, 'cuz she isn't the type to kiss and tell.
* SharedFamilyQuirks: She is a descendant of the fishing pond owner from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' of whom she has a photograph, and she scratches herself in a similar manner.
* {{Tomboy}}: At the very least she dresses the part as she wears overalls and a fishing hat.
* {{Tsundere}}: Very tsun-tsun to Link most of the time, but if you tell her that her picture is cuter than Iza's, she preens a bit and says Link is sweet - even if he doesn't mean it. If you look at her picture again, she gets mad.
-->'''Hena:''' Umm... why're you staring at that picture of me, when the real me's right '''OVER HERE'''?




Brother to Hena and Iza. A bad fisherman, he instead lives in the Faron Woods far to the south of his sisters and sells lantern oil to travellers.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Like Agitha, he's one of the few characters not frightened by Link's wolf form (he says his sisters are scarier). Plus, a bird lives in his hair.
* FunnyAfro: A particularly huge one that doubles as a bird's nest.
* ImprobableHairStyle: Just look at it! It's bigger than his head! And a bird lives inside it!
* LethalChef: Don't eat his soup, cold or hot.
* LoyalAnimalCompanion: Has a talking pet bird with a similar afro who runs a shop for him deeper in the woods. The bird expresses annoyance that Coro never comes around.




Runs the Boating Minigame at Upper Zora's River. Sister to Coro and Hena.
* FunnyAfro: She has an afro like her brother's, only smaller and not a bird's nest.
* BareYourMidriff: She wears suspenders and a tube top.
* BigCreepyCrawlies: She freaks out when she sees giant insects.
* CleavageWindow: Her shirt shows off her bosom.
* PollyWantsAMicrophone: Owns a talking mynah bird called Plumm just like Coro. She runs a minigame for Wolf Link involving riding the giant Kargoroc to pop balloons.
* PrettyInMink: She used to have a fur coat, which she regretted not taking with her to Zora Falls after it freezes over.
* YoungEntrepreneur: She opens up the new river boating booth.


!!Zora's Domain and Peak Province
!!Prince Ralis

A young Zora prince orphaned due to Zant executing his mother, Queen Rutela.
* AChildShallLeadThem: He is still a young boy when he becomes the ruler of the Zoras.
* {{Bishonen}}: Let's face it, if the game didn't tell you, it would be hard to tell whether or not he was a male or female Zora.
* ClothingAppendage: The fin appendage on his head vaguely resembles a pointy hat.
* DisappearedDad: His father is stated to have died well before the events of the game and to have been buried in Kakariko Village.
* HeroicBSOD: He is so depressed over the death of his mother that he spends all his time praying in front of his father's grave and not bothering to make friends with any of the other kids in Kakariko Village.
* IllGirl: When you meet him, his health is very delicate, due to both being attacked by Zant's forces while going to ask for help and being away from water for too long. He gets better.
* TheOneGuy: He seems to be the only clearly male Zora in the game, though the generic Zora models are so androgynous that it's hard to tell. [[{{Bishonen}} And even so...]]
* OrphansOrdeal: He struggles to find confidence following the death of his mother.
* RightfulKingReturns: By the end of the game, he's been restored to his throne.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: He is very similar to Komali from ''The Wind Waker''. Both are young princes who struggle to find confidence after the death of a close female relative, and both relinquish a plot-relevant item after Link helps them find that confidence.
* TragicKeepsake: Ralis received the Coral Earring from his mother before she was killed by Zant. He eventually gives it to Link upon realizing that the latter needs it to catch a Reekfish to track a Yeti.
* TheUglyGuysHotDaughter: Male example. Ralis and his mother are attractive looking, but while King Zora is never shown in-game, [[https://zelda.gamepedia.com/File:King_Zora_TP.jpg unused artwork]] from the ''Hyrule Historia'' depicts him like the toady King Zora from ''Ocarina of Time'' with more whale-like attributes.


!!Queen Rutela

The Queen of the Zoras and mother of Prince Ralis. Executed by Zant, she appears as a ghost to Link and asks him to help her son.
* ClothingAppendage: The "skirt" she has around her legs appears to actually be billowing fins.
* DeadToBeginWith: Prior to the events of the game, she was executed by Zant.
* {{Expy}}: Very clearly one of [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ruto]], what with the name similarity, the leitmotif, her status as a royal, and the Zora Sapphire chained to her midriff.
* TheHighQueen: Of Zora's Domain. She was beloved as a wise and kind ruler in life, and she was deeply mourned by her subjects after her death.
* LargeAndInCharge: She significantly taller than the other Zoras.
* {{Leitmotif}}: A slightly extended version of Serenade of Water from OOT.
* MakeAnExampleOfThem: Zant had her executed to make the Zoras cooperate.
* PosthumousCharacter: She is already deceased when Link arrives at Zora's Domain.
* ThePowerOfLove: She remains a ghost out of love for her son. The ending montage shows that she continues to watch over him.
* SpiritAdvisor: She performs a bit of this service for Link, enabling him to acquire the Zora Armor.
* UnfinishedBusiness: The safety of her son and her people.


[[folder:Yeto and Yeta]]
!!Yeto and Yeta


Two Yeti who live in the Snowpeak region of Hyrule. Yeto regularly raids Zora's Domain for Reekfish, which frightens the locals who live there. In actuality, he's a textbook GentleGiant who is also an excellent chef. His wife, Yeta, has a shard of the Mirror of Twilight in her possession, and she has fallen ill due to its dark influence.
* ArmlessBiped: Yeta appears to lack arms. It's unknown if that's normal for all female yetis, just her, or if she's wearing a sweater with no sleeves. Her appearance makes her look like a Russian nesting doll.
* BigfootSasquatchAndYeti: And they're they only two of their race seen in the whole series.
* BizarreSexualDimorphism: Yeta looks more like an overweight human wearing a large sweater than a Yeti.
* CloudCuckooLander: While ill, Yeta sends Link to find the key to their bedroom, but her directions only lead him to find food items the first two times.
* CuteMonsterGirl: Yeta looks surprisingly cute for a yeti.
* GentleGiant: Yeto is quite helpful in getting to their "mansion." Of course, Yeto...
* DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength: He accidentally knocks Link on his ass multiple times while still being quite friendly.
* HappilyMarried: ''Adorably'' so.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Yeta is bigger than Link and other humans, but she's dwarfed by Yeto.
* AnIcePerson: Yeta, once she turns into Blizzeta.
* NiceHat: Yeto has one. If you look closely, you'll notice that [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext it's a horse saddle]].
* NoIndoorVoice: Yeto's dialogue is written in '''VERY BIG LETTERS'''.
* OneWingedAngel: Yeta becomes the Snowpeak Ruins' boss, Blizzeta, due to the shard of the Mirror of Twilight's influence.
* SickeninglySweethearts: Works to your benefit, since you can collect the hearts they release, one of which is a Heart Container.
* SupremeChef: Yeto is a great chef who makes soup that gets more delicious and helpful as you get the ingredients. At its best form, it serves as a free, unlimited version of Red Potion.


!!Other Supporting Cast
[[folder:Spirits of Light]]
Ordona, Faron, Eldin, and Lanayru are the four Spirits of Light, who maintain the light that maintains all life throughout Hyrule. Zant subdues all but one of them in order to spread his dominion over the world of light, and Link must restore their power.
* DismantledMacGuffin: The fragments of their power were distributed to a number of Twilit Parasites, and Link needs to find all of them in a province to restore the light and proceed further.
* DivineBirds: Eldin is a massive bird who holds his ball of light in his claws.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Faron is a monkey similar to the ones living in his forest, clinging onto his power like a tree trunk.
* HealingSpring: They reside in springs, and due to their holy power, the water from their springs have healing properties. If Link sets foot in them, he will slowly regenerate health.
* LightEmUp: They maintain the power of light throughout the world.
* LightIsGood: They are powerful spirits that serve the Golden Goddesses of the Triforce, and defeated the ancestors of the Twili when they tried to defile the Sacred Realm with their power.
* SacredBowAndArrows: After Zelda prays to them, they grant her their power in the form of the Bow of Light.
* SeaMonster: Lanayru is a benevolent example, a bright sea serpent holding his power in his mouth.

The sole human inhabitant of the Hidden Village, the home of a tribe who once served the royal family (implied to be the Sheikah). Her village has been taken over by the Bulblins as a base of operations and Link has to liberate her.
* CrazyCatLady: The only company she has is a horde of cats... and a single Cucco. Said Cucco and cats run a hide-and-seek minigame that involves finding all of them.
* LastOfHisKind: She's implied to be the last of the Sheikah, at least for this game.
* LegacyCharacter: Says that her name comes from the founder of her village, implied to be an incarnation of Impa.
* MiniatureSeniorCitizens: She's incredibly old and easily dwarfed by most human characters in the game.

[[folder:The Hero's Shade]]
!!The Hero's Shade
!!!Voiced by: Creator/NobuyukiHiyama


A mysterious figure known only to Link. He appears when Link encounters the golden wolf, and teaches him the seven Hidden Skills. According to the ''[[AllThereInTheManual Hyrule Historia]]'' book, he's the spirit of the Hero of Time from ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]'' and the ancestor of the current Link, which was hinted cryptically in his final meeting with Link. See [[Characters/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime here]] and [[Characters/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask here]] for more information of him.
* AndThenJohnWasAZombie: His current undead form has elements of both Poes and Stalfos, the monsters he fought in life.
* AnimatedArmor: Inside the armor, only the spirit remains.
* AntiquatedLinguistics: In the French version, he uses "dextre" and "sénestre" for right and left, along with other outdated terms.
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: It's implied that he does this after imparting the final Hidden Skill.
* AttackHello: The first time Link meets him, they both take up their swords (after all, Link's experience with skeletons up to this point isn't exactly pacific) and he only talks after Link's fallen down, to prove Link is yet unworthy of learning all his skills.
* BlackKnight: Has this design, though he remains heroic in goals and spirit.
* BlingOfWar: To compliment his golden wolf form, his armor seems to be solid gold.
* CoolHelmet: His helmet is reminiscent of those of the Darknuts (not only from ''Twilight Princess'', but also ''The Wind Waker''), but he's on the good guys' side.
* CurbStompBattle: He effortlessly deflects Link's first attack and instantly counters with a blow that sends the would-be hero flying.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Link gets attacked by a golden wolf. Next thing he knows, he's trapped in a mysterious, misty world with an ominous, Stalfos-like ''thing'', [[VaderBreath drawing deep, raspy breaths]] with his sword drawn. He effortlessly mops the floor with Link... But instead of dealing the final blow, he tells Link off for his shoddy swordsmanship, and promptly becomes his mentor.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: His first few techniques have him telling Link that they will be needed to face the latter's "true enemy", indicating that he is aware of [[TheManBehindTheMan Ganondorf's role in the plot]].
* GhostlyGoals: To pass on his hidden techniques to a worthy successor, which turns out to be his current incarnation.
* GreaterScopeParagon: He is a previous version of Link and he had Ganondorf arrested long before the events of ''Twilight Princess''. His spirit lingers to teach the current Link the Hidden Skills.
* HeroicLineage: The current Link is his descendant.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: Of a previous story, actually. This is the same Link who defeated Ganondorf in another timeline, had him found guilty of treason in this one, and stopped Majora from dropping the moon on Termina.
* IaijutsuPractitioner: One of his techniques, the Mortal Draw, allows him to strike a OneHitKill from the sheath.
* {{Irony}}: In life, he healed the souls of several restless spirits during his [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask journey through Termina]]. After his death, he became a restless spirit himself, and had to be healed by his descendant.
* LegacyCharacter: He's a past deceased Link. Specifically, he's the one who fought Ganondorf in a [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime different timeline]] and had him arrested and executed in this one.
* MasterSwordsman: Literally, as he did fight evil with the Master Sword in ''Ocarina of Time'', and of course he's the one who teaches Link all those flashy moves.
* TheMentor: He, alongside Rusl, becomes one of Link's tutors in the game. The catch is that he had already passed away after the era of ''Ocarina of Time'' and ''Majora's Mask''.
* MesACrowd: Uses this to teach Link the Jump Strike technique.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: When he was sent back by Zelda at the end of ''Ocarina of Time'', he had Ganondorf arrested and sentenced to execution, averting the events of ''Ocarina of Time''. However, since he still had the Triforce of Courage, the Triforce of Wisdom went to Zelda and Ganondorf got the Triforce of Power just as he was being executed, enabling him to survive impalement and break free.
* NobleWolf: His overworld form is a one-eyed golden wolf. Instead of the "knight" image that Twilight Link has, the shade is more like an old sage.
* PosthumousCharacter: Of the incarnation of Link who first appeared in ''Ocarina of Time''.
* PreviousPlayerCharacterCameo: This is the first time in the series in which two incarnations of Link interact with each other.
* PrecursorHero: To the current Link.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Averted, he's a good guy.
* SuddenlyVoiced: Given that he is the SilentProtagonist from ''Ocarina of Time'' and ''Majora's Mask''.
* SpiritAdvisor: Whenever Link plays one of the Howling Songs, he'll get the chance to meet him. Given that Midna never comments on him, it's possible that only Link is aware of his existence, which makes sense considering the Spirit of the Hero reincarnates anew in every generation.
* UnfinishedBusiness: It's implied in his dialogue that he is unable to completely cross into the afterlife until he has passed on his sword techniques to a worthy successor. It's also said that he regrets not being remembered as a hero, due to being sent back in time after defeating Ganon.
* VaderBreath: Rare heroic example. He does this all the time except in his Golden Wolf form, where he pants loudly instead.


[[folder:Ooccoo and Ooccoo Jr.]]
An odd creature that looks like a chicken with a human head. Link encounters her inside dungeons where's she's stuck in a pot. Despite her strange appearance, she's helpful in that once you free her, she can warp you to the dungeon's entrance if you need to go back outside for something. She also has a son called Ooccoo Jr.
* FlyingFace: Ooccoo Jr. appears to be this. Just a tiny Oocca head constantly flapping with tiny wings.
* MixAndMatchCritter: She resembles a chicken with a woman's face.
* NiceGirl: She's probably one of the nicer characters in the game.
* WarpWhistle: She functions in the same way as Farore's Wind in ''Ocarina of Time''.


[[folder:The Great Fairy]]
The mysterious leader of fairies. She runs the Cave of Ordeals, which tests Link's resolve.
* GodivaHair: She's topless, but her hair covers her breasts.
* RunTheGauntlet: The Cave of Ordeals has Link face off against swarms of every every enemy in the game.
* SecretTestOfCharacter: The Cave of Ordeals tests if Link is worthy enough to receive her blessing.
* SwissArmyTears: The Great Fairy's Tears are a consumable Bottled item that fully heals Link and gives him doubled attack strength until he takes damage.

!! Monkeys
Native inhabitants of Faron Woods, they reside in the Forest Temple. Once evil takes over, they turn to Link for help. Their leader is Ook, a large baboon.
* AndroclesLion: After saving them, they help you advance in the Temple. Similarly, after freeing Ook from his corruption, he brings bombs in the Temple's BossBattle.
* DemonicPossession: Ook is infected with a Twilight Bug on his head that makes him aggressive.
* TertiarySexualCharacteristics: At least one monkey has a flower on her head to indicate that she's female.


[[caption-width-right:250:A Bulblin.]]
The [[{{Mooks}} basic enemies]] in the game. Typically the underlings of Ganon, in this game they seem to be subordinate to King Bulblin, who serves [[IFightForTheStrongestSide whomever he deems strongest]]. Rather than the [[GiantMook Moblins]] seen in most games, in ''Twilight Princess'' you will encounter two varieties: Bulblins, weak enemies armed with clubs or bows, and Bokoblins, swordarms that [[PaletteSwap come in two colours]]: blue and purple, with the latter being stronger.
* AnnoyingArrows: {{Averted}} by Bulblins, which die instantly from a single arrow hit.
* ArrowsOnFire: Bulblin archers use ignited arrows with their bows, but this is mainly done to make their arrows more visible.
* BarbarianTribe: They're a savage band of warriors that only follow the strong.
* HorseOfADifferentColor: Some ride [[FullBoarAction giant boars]] called Bullbos.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: The archers are exceedingly poor shots with a bow. It's possible to run circles around them without being shot.
* {{Mooks}}: They're the most basic footsoldiers of Zant and Ganon's army.
* OurOrcsAreDifferent: Bulbins are essentially orcs, being comparatively civilized and underlings of Zant and Ganondorf.
* RapePillageAndBurn: Essentially their way of life. Their raid on Ordon Village is what sets Link off on his quest.


[[folder:Twilit Messengers]]
!! Twilit Messengers
The basic minions of Zant, appearing mostly in areas of Twilight and operating in small strike forces which usually drop from a portal into a force-fielded area (defeating them [[NiceJobFixingItVillain gives Link a handy portal for his own use later]]). As long as one survives, it can revive the rest, forcing Link to kill multiples in one strike.
* CutscenePowerToTheMax: In their introductory cutscene, they show speed and agility that isn't seen elsewhere in the game.
* EliteMooks: So much so that in their introductory cutscene, it only took a few of them to overpower Zelda's knights.
* FacelessGoons: They wear round-plated masks.
* LightningBruiser: [[CutscenePowerToTheMax At least in cutscenes]].
* MakeMeWannaShout: If Link leaves one alive, it will revive its fallen comrades with an unearthly howl.
* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: Twilit Messengers have black skin with red markings on their chest and back.
* WasOnceAMan: The Twilit Messengers are Twili that have been [[TheCorruption transformed]] by the Twilight under Zant's power. It's also mentioned by Barnes that another Twilit Messenger appeared in Kakariko Village immediately after the disappearance of the town's shopkeeper, implying they're capable of turning spirits into them as well.
* YouWillNotEvadeMe: Twilit Messengers always erect Twilight Barriers to prevent their prey from escaping.


!! Gorons
The familiar race of rock people who inhabit Death Mountain. The dangerous climate of the setting, plus the corruption of their leader, has made them unfriendly toward outsiders of late.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: The Gorons clearly respect strength, and have formalized the contest in the form of sumo. Link has to beat the Goron elder in a sumo match to gain access to the Goron Mines.
* DemonicPossession: Their tribal patriarch, Darbus, has been corrupted by one of the Fused Shadows, causing most of their hostility.
* GentleGiant: When their village isn't experiencing a crisis, that is.
* RollingAttack: Their preferred method of dealing with intruders.
* SpiritedCompetitor: The Gorons love sumo wrestling and relish the chance to show off their strength, but they frown upon cheating. As one Goron tells Link.
-->'''Goron''': If I find out you cheated, human, you will pay.
* SuperStrength: Gorons are far stronger than the average human, so much so that Link had to [[CombatPragmatist resort to cheating]] to best them.


!! Zoras
The familiar race of FishPeople who inhabit Hyrule's water source, and have had their realm frozen [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime yet again]]. In order to quell them, Zant has had their queen, Rutela, executed, leaving the young Prince Ralis the heir ascendant to the throne.
* FacelessGoons: The Zora guards have large face-obscuring helmets with a fish-head shape.
* FishPeople: Their portrayal is based on that of ''Ocarina of Time'' and ''Majora's Mask'', so they retain the fish-like appearance they had in those games.



The inhabitants of the City in the Sky, these bird-like creatures are said to have created the Hylians and the various {{Magitek}} devices across Hyrule.
* StarfishLanguage: Their Ancient Sky Book can only be interpreted by a CunningLinguist like Shad in the present, and it is represented in textbox dialogue by wingdings.
* SufficientlyAdvancedAliens: They created advanced mechanisms such as the Dominion Rod, the {{Living Statue}}s found across the land, the Temple of Time, and the City in the Sky.

!! Twili
Residents of the Twilight Realm, and descendants of the Dark Interlopers banished from the Sacred Realm by the Golden Goddesses. They are ruled by Zant, but the rightful heir of their royal family is Midna. The Twili do not seem to willingly serve Zant, though, and only follow him if they have been transformed into Shadow Beasts. According to Midna, they are actually a very peaceful people.
* BarbieDollAnatomy: Aside from Zant and Midna, they don't wear any clothes.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Generations ago, the Dark Interlopers attempted to take the Triforce using the Fused Shadows, but were banished to the Twilight Realm at which point they ultimately became this trope, with the sole exception being Zant.
* FullFrontalAssault: The Twili shown in the Palace of Twilight are all completely nude.
* TheImp: Their natural forms, but Zant's curse has turned them into hulking brutes.
* LivingShadow: Though solid, their coloration makes them appear this way. In full sunlight, they become true {{Living Shadow}}s.
* {{Magitek}}: They have developed a number of machines powered by the Sols.
* TheQuietOne: The Twili in the Palace of Twilight don't talk to Link at all save for a weird moaning noise they make when he passes by them.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Subverted. Twili have red eyes, but are described as a peaceful people.
* TronLines: All Twili have strange green markings on them.
* WeakenedByTheLight: Full exposure to the Light World's light is harmful to them. Otherwise, they must hide in the shadows. Zant and Midna only develop resistance by bonding with the Triforce holders in the Light World.