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Characters: Zelda II: The Adventure of Link


He's the same one from the first game, and after defeating Ganon, he stays in Hyrule to help rebuild. On his sixteenth birthday, a strange mark appears on the back of his hand; when he shows it to Impa, she takes him to a locked room in the North Castle, where the mark in question causes the door to open. This leads to the explanation of the original Princess Zelda and her centuries of sleep. Link is then tasked with returning six crystals to six palaces in order to acquire the Triforce of Courage, which will enable him to awaken her.


The Princess that Link rescues in this game has been asleep for centuries. She had been cursed by the evil wizard who wanted the Triforce at her brother's command. By breaking the curse on the palaces and retrieving the Triforce of Courage, Link rescues her.

  • Heroes Want Redheads: Invokes this trope, if you believe they kiss at the end.
  • King in the Mountain
  • One Steve Limit: Averted; this is a different Princess Zelda than the Princess Zelda in the first game even though Link, Impa, and Ganon are the same characters. Although as something of a straight example, the Princess Zelda from the first game does not make an appearance anywhere in this game or in the manual.
  • Pimped-Out Dress/Simple Yet Opulent: Her dress has enough trimmings to be pimped out, but is otherwise simple.
  • Princesses Prefer Pink: Her dress.
  • Really 700 Years Old: There were other Princess Zeldas before her, but she's the one indirectly responsible for the law requiring every princess to be named Zelda, as explained by the backstory.
    • The Hyrule Historia reveals that the events that led to the original Zelda being cursed to eternal slumber happened between A Link to the Past and the first two NES games. While that statement implies that there could have been only one Zelda (the first NES game), it is also possible there were many other Zeldas over the course of time since it is not stated how much time had passed between Link to the Past and the first Zelda game.
  • Sealed Good in a Can
  • Smooch of Victory: It's implied she gives Link one in the ending.

The King of Hyrule

Centuries before the events of the original game, this ancestor of Princess Zelda was the ruler of Hyrule, and beloved by the people for being just and wise. In a radical departure from the Triforce mythos of the later games, the King held all three parts of the Triforce.note  As he knew himself to be dying, he realized that his son should not inherit the entire Triforce. He therefore broke it apart, bequeathing only the Triforces of Wisdom and Power to his son, and concealing the Triforce of Courage in a hidden location until such time as a worthy hero would be born who could retrieve it. The secret of what he had done he disclosed only to his daughter, Princess Zelda.

The Prince of Hyrule

When his father died, the Prince was enraged that he could not inherit the entire Triforce. An evil wizard counseled him that Zelda knew where the Triforce of Courage was hidden. When she would not tell him, the Prince told the wizard to make her talk, and the wizard responded by cursing her, then dying.

  • All There in the Manual: He never appears in the game and he's currently the page image. Justified, since he's been dead for at least a hundred years by the time the game takes place.
  • Ambition Is Evil
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After the wizard curses Zelda into eternal slumber, he repents and decrees that every princess must be named Zelda in honor of his sister.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Well, he wasn't really much of a good guy, anyway. However, you know that magician he hired to extract the secret of the Triforce from Zelda? Well, that magician, according to the Hyrule Historia, was actually an alter-ego of Ganon, or at the very least one of Ganon's minions, meaning the prince was most likely directly responsible for the events that happened in the first Zelda game.
  • No Name Given
  • Posthumous Character: Probably dead long before this game.
  • Royal Brat
  • Whip It Good: As shown in this piece of official art.
  • Would Hit a Girl: The official art shows him striking Zelda and her attendant with a whip.

Link's Shadow

Later known as "Dark Link" and "Shadow Link", he is Link's Doppelgänger who appears as the surprise final boss created by a wizard to test Link.


A minor NPC who appears in the town of Ruto with seemingly no purpose besides his signature line, "I AM ERROR." He later serves an actual purpose by giving you instructions on how to get to the Island Palace.


Error's friend.


The evil overlord who Link defeated in the first Legend of Zelda, he doesn't physically appear in this game, but his remaining minions are still around and need Link's blood to revive their vanquished master.

    Characters/The Legend of ZeldaThe Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

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