Manga / The Legend of Zelda

Take The Legend of Zelda, turn it into a graphic novel, and you get this. Beautiful combinations of plot and humor (usually), the manga follow the adventures of Link and what he does in that game to save the day and rescue Zelda (usually).

So far, the official manga are:

Most of the manga are written in Japanese and have been fan-translated on the internet for people to read, like at Zelda Legends. Official English translations of all of Himekawa's adaptations have been released; and the Ishinomori version of Link to the Past was written for the English audience in the first place.

Not to be confused with the Zelda comics, produced in 1990 and 1991 and based on the two NES games in the franchise. The Ishinomori Link to the Past adaptation, while listed here, also has its own page.

This manga series provides examples of the following:

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  • Adaptational Wimp: The bosses from the games are often less powerful in manga adaptations, and rarely need more than a single blow to be killed.
  • Big Bad: Usually Ganon(dorf). Sometimes turns out to be Vaati/Gufuu, and was once the Skull Kid. Twinrova is The Man Behind the Man (er, women behind the man) in the Oracle stories.
  • Bishōnen: Link is this more often than not.
  • Comic-Book Adaptation
  • Courtly Love: Some of the stories, Ocarina of Time and the Himekawa Link to the Past in particular, depict varying shades of this between Link and Zelda. Four Swords Plus presents them with gifts of flowers and holding hands.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Princess Zelda.
  • Fairy Companion: Navi in Ocarina of Time (as in the game), Tatl and Tael in Majora's Mask and Ciela in Phantom Hourglass (ditto), the nameless fairy in Four Swords, Ephermelda in Ishinomori's A Link to the Past, and Felicia in Link's Awakening.
  • Heroic Mime: Averted in most of the mangas, but used frequently in the Wind Waker 4-koma.
  • Kid Hero: Link in almost every adaptation.
  • Luminescent Blush: Multiple examples.
    • Link has this (complete with hearts in his eyes) when Zelda kisses his cheek in the first half of Ocarina of Time.
    • He also does it repeatedly during the course of the Himekawa Link to the Past.
  • Parental Abandonment: Typical of the Zelda franchise, although the background of Oracle of Seasons does show the death of Link's mother. There's no indication of his father's identity, however. Conversely, Four Swords Plus gives him a father, but no mother. Link to the Past (Himekawa version) explains the absence of both, as it's plot-relevant.
  • Raised by Grandparents: Link, in a few of the stories.
  • Requisite Royal Regalia: Zelda is almost never seen without it (except, of course, when she's Sheik or Tetra).
  • Suddenly Voiced:
    • Link talks in the comics.
    • A lot of unintelligent monster and animal type enemies can now talk.
  • This Cannot Be!: Some villains when they're defeated in the adaptions made by Akira Himekawa.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: The adaptations made by Akira Himekawa seem to admire this trope. Link calmly declares this to Ganondorf in Part 1 of Ocarina of Time after being forced to kill his old friend Volvagia in order to free him from Ganon's curse and awaken Darunia as the Sage of Fire. He also shouts this at Agahnim in A Link to the Past as he absorbs his magic with the Master Sword and sends it right back at him after he sends Zelda to the Dark World encased in a crystal as part of a sacrifice ritual to open a portal to said realm itself.
  • The Wise Prince: Gender-inversion. Zelda, whose wisdom is even sought and deferred to by adults when she's a child, such as Link's father in Four Swords Plus.

    The Legend Of Zelda - Yuu Mishouzaki
  • Action Girl: Zelda (or rather, Little Zelda), at least up to her inevitable capture. Even then, she doesn't go down without a fight—she splits the Triforce of Wisdom in such a way that at least one piece gouges out Ganon's eye. Also, Kana the Elf ( Link's aunt).
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Impa is decades younger than she was in the source games. Zelda herself is Hotter and Sexier.
  • Adaptational Badass: Zelda. She received quite a bit of Xenafication.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Zelda and Link both have brown hair in the source games but blonde here.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: Let's just say that the demons don't eff around. The manner in which Pell and Gray's parents died is horrific.
  • Canon Foreigner: Tons—Tia and her father, Pell, Gray and their grandfather, Kana the elf, Rune (the first Zelda's lover, Kana's brother, and later Link's father) and this version of the King of Hyrule.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The character designs are wildly different from any game version of the characters. Link is considerably less heroic than in other adaptations and in the games, and he doesn't wear his iconic tunic (instead he wears overalls). Link is a half-elf. Link and Zelda are brother and sister.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Ganon's army of demons is composed of a bunch of these. Ganon himself qualifies to a lesser extent.
  • Eye Scream: So much, it occasionally looks like Berserk with different main characters.
  • Fantastic Racism: The King of Hyrule (along with many Hylians) hates elves with the fury of a thousand suns. This is enough to keep Impa, Link's grandpa, and Kana from revealing Link's status as a Prince to the kid, as the King would most likely have him executed or worse.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Link is half-elf here.
  • Heroic Bastard: Link is born out of an affair by the previous Princess Zelda and Rune the elf warrior.
  • Incest Is Relative: Link has a crush on Zelda early on, however, it turns out they're half-siblings.
  • King Bob the Nth:
    • The Zelda from the game is numbered as Zelda XVII in this manga. A Canon Foreigner created for this manga is her mother who would presumably be Zelda XVI.
    • Zelda I appears in the next volume as well.
  • Older Than They Look: Link is older than Zelda, but looks dramatically younger due to his elf heritage.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted, there are two Princess Zeldas in this story, Princess Zelda XVI who later becomes queen and Princess Zelda XVII who is the daughter of Zelda XVI. It soon gets upgraded to three in the Adventure of Link. Zelda I is present and even converses with her descendant.
  • Parental Substitute: Link is raised by Impa in this story.
  • Rags to Royalty: Link is the Prince of Hyrule, and presumably Zelda's brother. Suddenly that bit of Gannon-Banned makes much more sense...
  • Ret Canon:
    • Impa is in charge of Hyrule Castle's security as shown in the Adventure of Link, who are all ninjas. Come Ocarina Of Time, Impa is revealed to be from a tribe of ninjas.
    • Dark Link is able to wield a dark version of a previously seen weapon, much like Demise in Skyward Sword. In this case, Dark Link corrupts the White Sword into the Dark Sword, compared to Demise making use of Ghirahim as the Anti-Master Sword.
  • Secret Legacy: Link is never told his parentage.
  • Theme Naming: Kana and Rune are both names of non-Latin forms of writing (Japanese and Norse, respectively).
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: The elder Zelda.

    The Legend Of Zelda - Ran Maru 
  • Cult: The Cult of Ganon are the main antagonists of the Adventure of Link, led by the Greedy Prince, Ganon's alter ego. They are successful in reviving their master in Vol. 2
  • Dissonant Serenity: Don't let the Osamu Tezuka-style art fool you. These four volumes are quite bloody. The most violent they get is in the final volume of the Adventure of Link. Link defeats his Shadow by bisecting him down the middle, with a visible blood splatter. The Zelda from the first game is dropped into a pool of lava, before Link is able to save her. The kicker is when Greedy Prince rapidly decays before a skeletal Ganon runs him through.
  • Ret Canon: Of all the things that first appeared in the manga, Link's pink hair seems to be the thing least likely to be adapted into the games, and yet Link ended up having pink hair in A Link to the Past.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Link inexplicably has pink hair in this manga. This later appeared in the games with A Link to the Past (though that's only due to sprite limitations and his canon color is blond).

    A Link to the Past - Multiple Versions 
  • Cursed with Awesome: In the Ishinomori version, Roam has come to accept and even depend on his beast form (a hawkman) to aid him in battle. Ghanti in the Himekawa version doesn't mind her beast form (a wolf or fox, it's hard to tell), either. Link himself has a noticeably better form in both compared to the game's rabbit — he's a wolf. But he doesn't let himself fall victim to it.
  • Dark World: The Trope Namer world of A Link to the Past, of course.
  • Death by Adaptation: In all three manga adaptations, Link's uncle remains dead at the end of the story and is not revived.
  • The Dragon: Agahnim. (The game, in contrast, isn't clear on whether he's this or Ganon in disguise.)
  • Ghost Reunion Ending: Link's Uncle and parents are seen together at the end.
  • Playing Tennis with the Boss: How Link fights Agahnim in all three manga.
  • Psychic Link: (No pun intended.) Link and Zelda are brought together by her telepathic distress call, as in the game. In at least Himekawa's version, they then continue to maintain their psychic bond throughout much of the story. Averted in the Cagiva version where Link is never contacted by Zelda, but instead, is given a mission to save Zelda by the leader of the knights.

    A Link to the Past - Shotaro Ishinomori
Viz's 2015 edition cover.

This comic was originally commissioned by and ran in Nintendo of America's official magazine, Nintendo Power. As it turns out, this comic was actually an early example of OEL Manga. It was originally published in English in America and then translated into Japanese afterwards. In fact, the Japanese edition is still printed in left-to-right format, has horizontally formatted left-to-right text, and the original English sound effects are left untranslated. See more at The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.

  • Adaptation Species Change: The soldiers of Agahnim turn out to be Animated Armor created by the sorceror. Likely because Nintendo Power didn't want a scene of Link decapitating a brainwashed guard.
  • Ascended Extra: Sahasrahla. Sahasrahla's grandson who only had a handful of lines in the game becomes a minor recurring character, but he doesn't seem to be a blood relative of Sahasrahla in the manga.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The end of Shotaro Ishinomori's version of A Link to the Past is has a rather grim tone compared to the otherwise happy ending of the original game it was based on. Link and Zelda defeat Ganon, but Roam is dead, unlike in the game Link's uncle is not resurrected, Link is permanently separated from his friends in the Dark World, and Link and Zelda are separated in the ending due to their conflicting duties with Zelda expressing feelings of loneliness.
  • Canon Foreigner: Roam and Epheremelda.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Epheremelda.
  • Combined Energy Attack: After stunning Ganon with the Master Sword, Link tells Zelda to shoot him with Roam's crossbow, despite not having found the Silver Arrow. The willpower of Link, Zelda, Roam, and the rescued maidens transforms the ordinary arrow into a Silver Arrow, destroying Ganon.
  • Darker and Edgier: Shotaro Ishinomori's version of A Link to the Past is quite dark in comparison with the game, despite it not taking itself too seriously.
  • Defector from Decadence: Zora, the only monster seen who doesn't try to kill Link on sight, and in fact steps in at one point to save his life.
  • Demonic Possession: Rather than just being Ganon in disguise, Agahnim is a separate person who was possessed by Ganon.
  • Expy: This version of the A Link to the Past manga features a knight character named Roam who is basically a Hylian version of Jet Link. Fitting, as this series was drawn by Shotaro Ishinomori.
  • Fairy Companion: Epheremelda is another one of the non-canonical fairy companions that predate Navi.
  • Gainax Ending: The ending was confusing to some people.
  • Magic Mirror: The mirror from the game, which allowed Link to travel between the two worlds, is replaced in Ishinomori's version with the "Com(m)-Fork", a magical tuning fork allowing communication (but not transportation) between the Light and Dark worlds.
  • Mission Control: Sahasrahla and co.
  • OEL Manga: An early example from long before the term OEL Manga was coined. It differs from most OEL Manga in that it was drawn by a big name manga artist, Shotaro Ishinomori. One has to wonder how Nintendo Power managed to hire him to draw this comic.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Link is drawn with bangs covering one of his eyes, even though he has never had this hairstyle in any of the games. It's kind of reminiscent of Cyborg 009's peek-a-bangs.
  • Ret Canon: Although not the first Fairy Companion, Epheremelda is the first to have the appearance of a ball of light with wings. Epheremelda only looked like this in distant shots and had a humanoid appearance in closeups. Also, Zelda first used a bow and magic arrows to help defeat Ganon in this manga, before she started doing it in the games with The Wind Waker.
  • Reused Character Design: Like many manga artists from his generation, Ishinomori frequently gave his older characters new roles in later mangas. Cyborg 002 shows up with Hylian ears as a Canon Foreigner Roam.
  • The Rival: Roam, he is also trying to save Zelda and defeat Ganon, but he's very antagonistic towards Link.
  • Sssssnake Talk: Zora.
  • Steam Punk: The hot air balloon Link uses the second time he sneaks into Hyrule Castle looks like it was designed by Dr. Seuss.
  • Talking in Your Dreams: After trekking from the desert to Death Mountain, and then sticking his hand into a Dark World portal, an exhausted Link begins seeing visions of Sahasrahla and Zelda. Link wonders aloud if these are mirages, but Zelda informs him, "We are in our dream ... If two people dream the same thing, they will meet." Link later wakes up on the ground in front of the Tower of Hera, thinking "That was a strange dream," but finding that someone has bandaged his wounded arm.

    A Link to the Past - Ataru Cagiva 

An adaptation of A Link to the Past. This manga is set in the same continuity and has the same Link as the Link's Awakening manga. It was actually created and released after the Link's Awakening manga, making it a Prequel, despite the original Link to the Past game being released before the Link's Awakening game.

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: The King of Hyrule is much younger and thinner in this manga than he was in the game.
  • Annoying Arrows: At one point, Link's arm is pierced by an arrow all the way through, but this only leaves a minor wound that quickly heals.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Rasuka fights entirely bare handed in a setting where everyone else uses swords.
  • Canon Immigrant: The Master Sword's guardian is revealed to be a Precursor Hero and the previous wielder of the Master Sword who fought against Ganon 600 years ago during the Imprisoning War. This manga came out in 1995, three years before Ocarina of Time which makes the Hero of Time a Canon Immigrant from this manga. This comes across more as Nintendo and Ataru Cagiva having the same idea of a previous hero wielding the Master Sword during the Imprisoning War rather than a deliberate attempt at a Canon Immigrant. This would also make his unnamed Fairy Companion a rough counterpart to Navi as well.
  • Canon Foreigner: Link and his uncle's friends Tou and Rasuka. Rasuka accompanies Link on his quest. There is also the leader of the Hyrulean Knights who serves as a mentor to Link and also accompanies him. When Link tries to pull the Master Sword out of its pedestal, a guardian spirit appears to test if Link is worthy to wield it. In the Dark World, Link meets Kanika, a scholar who is knowledgeable about the Dark World.
  • Cry into Chest: Leader comforts Link after Link's uncle dies by having Link cry into his chest while shirtless.
  • Expy: The Master Sword's guardian's fairy companion has an identical character design and personality to Felicia from the Link's Awakening manga.
  • Faceless Goons: Averted, the Hylian guards have visible faces.
  • Fake Defector: Kanika openly admits to previously working for Ganon but has had a change of heart and joins Link. It turns out he was The Mole all along.
  • Fairy Companion: Link's spirit advisor, the Master Sword's guardian, has a fairy companion who also turns out to be a spirit as well.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Not only is Link wanted for kidnapping Zelda like he does in the game, in the manga, he is also framed for the murder of his uncle.
  • Heroic Lineage: The Master Sword's guardian who is revealed to be a past hero and the previous wielder of the Master Sword who fought Ganon during the Imprisoning War is also revealed to be Link's ancestor.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: In their final fight, Link kills Agahnim by running him through with the Master Sword.
  • In the End, You Are on Your Own: Rasuka and Leader accompany Link on his entire quest, but in the final fight against Ganon, Link goes in alone.
  • Legacy Character: The Master Sword's guardian is revealed to be a hero from centuries in the past who had previously wielded the Master Sword.
  • A Match Made in Stockholm: Link and Zelda meet when Link kidnaps Zelda to get her away from Agahnim.
  • The Mole: Kanika.
  • Named by the Adaptation: Link's uncle is given the name Zanji in the manga.
  • No Name Given: The Master Sword's guardian and his Fairy Companion are unnamed in the manga.
  • Pet the Dog: Agahnim revives a puppy that was run over by a coach with his power. This is a subversion as he only did this act of kindness to gain people's trust.
  • Pietà Plagiarism: Part of Link's uncle's death scene.
  • Precursor Heroes: The Seven Sages seal away Ganon during the Imprisoning War in the backstory. A Canon Foreigner, the Master Sword's guardian, is revealed to be the previous wielder of the Master Sword who fought against Ganon during the Imprisoning War.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Kanika and everyone else in the Dark World. After Ganon created the Dark World 600 years ago, time stands still for people inside of it and they no longer age.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Kanika dies from injuries he sustains returning the Master Sword to Link.
  • Ret Canon: The concept Link being mentored by a Spirit Advisor of a previous hero who wielded the Master Sword would appear in a canon game in Twilight Princess. Going by Nintendo's official timeline, both spirit advisors would be the same person on different timelines.
  • The Rival: Rasuka was always fighting duels with Link since they were children and even when they go on a quest to save Hyrule together, they still end up competing against each other.
  • Spirit Advisor: Link is mentored by the guardian of the Master Sword. The guardian is later revealed to be the spirit of the previous hero who wielded the Master Sword.
  • This Is Something He's Got to Do Himself: Rasuka and Leader walk in on Link's fight against Agahnim, but stand aside to let Link fight Agahnim himself.
  • Secret Test of Character: The Master Sword's guardian fights Link to see if he is worthy of wielding the blade. Link ends up being no match against the guardian, but the challenge was to test Link's resolve and not his fighting ability.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: The King of Hyrule is never killed in the manga like he was in the game.
  • Tender Tears: Link cries after his uncle is murdered. Zelda thinks Link's tears are a sign of weakness, but the leader of the knights tells her that Link cries because he loved his uncle and that Link's love is a sign of strength.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Subverted. Link throws the Master Sword at Agahnim, but it turns out to be a trap with Agahnim being an illusion. The trap results in Link losing the Master Sword, the only weapon that could harm Agahnim.
  • The Walls Are Closing In: Rasuka and Leader get trapped in one of these rooms and Link has to use the Master Sword's Sword Beam to break them out.

    Link's Awakening - Ataru Cagiva 
  • Apocalypse Anarchy: Reasoning that Link will likely wake the Wind Fish, the monsters go on a hedonistic rampage, and destroy animal village.
  • Apocalypse Maiden: Link. Link is told that he is the "Messenger of Awakening", a chosen one who will awaken the Wind Fish. He later finds out that the true role of the "Messenger of Awakening" is to cause a Dream Apocalypse and destroy the island.
  • Bag of Holding: Felicia holds the Instruments of the Sirens for Link. She dematerializes the instruments for storage and rematerializes them when Link needs them.
  • Blood Knight: Master Drona, the Hinox warrior, fights Link for the enjoyment of fighting. This also applies to the other monsters to a lesser extent who make it clear they enjoy fighting.
  • Canon Foreigner: Felicia, the Tsundere Fairy Companion. She's another Canon Foreigner fairy companion that predates Navi. There are also several original villains like Karuna, the Moblin swordsman, and Master Drona, the Hinox warrior.
  • Damsel in Distress: Surprisingly enough, not love interest Marin, but the fairy companion Felicia who is kidnapped by Moblins.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: There seems to be a G-rated equivalent of Did You Just Have Sex? during a dialog exchange between Link and Felicia. Of course, that isn't what actually happened, this is a Nintendo game after all.
  • Girl Next Door: Interpretations of Marin in the game range from exotic islander to girl next door, the manga goes heavily into a girl next door interpretation.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Link likes the red-headed Marin.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: Link gets one after learning the truth about the island.
  • Invincible Hero: Link in this depiction, the only time the possibility of him losing is when his sword breaks and when he fights Dethl, apart of that he's presented as being pretty much unbeatable. The other time he's in danger is when his sword breaks and he has to fight a monster with bare hands. This ends up working out since the focus of the story is less about the tension of him succeeding in his quest, he, in fact, clears dungeons off-panel, and more about coming to grips with the reality of it.
  • It May Help You on Your Quest: Link is given the ocarina from Madam MeowMeow as a reward for rescuing Bow-Wow instead of finding it in the Dream Shrine like in the game.
  • Jump, I'll Catch You!: Played straight between Link and Marin when they are attacked by monsters while traveling to the Animal Village.
  • Lotus-Eater Machine: Since Link can actually talk in the manga, a good portion of the manga deals with Link's emotions as he eventually accepts that he must wake the Windfish and bring about the end of Koholint Island.
  • Master Swordsman: One of Link's fights is with Karuna, a Moblin master swordsman.
  • Named by the Adaptation: The unnamed ghost in the original game is given the name "Nakura" in the manga.
  • No Hugging, No Kissing: One of the rare aversions for this franchise. While there still isn't any actual hugging or kissing, the manga does play up the romance over what was present in the game if only because Link can talk.
  • Smooch of Victory: Madam MeowMeow tries to give Link one for rescuing Bow-Wow, but Link runs away in terror.
  • Take Up My Sword: Literal example. Nakura the ghost in the manga is a soldier who defended the island when he was alive. After Link takes him back to his house, he gives Link his sword which finishes his Unfinished Business.
  • 10-Minute Retirement: Thinking that waking the Wind Fish will result in a Dream Apocalypse (which it does), Link abandons his quest and tries to leave the island his own way.
  • Tsundere: Felicia.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Link assumes he's on a run of the mill save the world quest. He finds out he's dead wrong and his actions will actually destroy the island, which prompts him to try and run away from it, not aware that of the You Can't Fight Fate present. On a lighter note, when he gets his hands a new sword, he initially assumes that it's just an ordinary sword like what he was using before. He finds it's a lot more than that.

    A Link to the Past - Akira Himekawa
A third adaptation of A Link to the Past. This manga was created as a tie-in to the Game Boy Advance release of A Link to the Past in 2005.

  • Adaptational Heroism: Vitreous is a friendly Cyclops girl as opposed to the game where it was a mass of eyeballs acting as a boss without any real background.
  • Adaptation Species Change: Just like Ishinomori's comic, the guards are actually Animated Armor Rather then real people.
  • Badass Adorable: Ghanti, and to a certain extent, Link himself.
  • Baleful Polymorph: People who wander in the Dark World for too long end up turning into beasts because of Ganon's power. Not to mention that Agahnim transformed Ghanti into Trinexx as part of his plan to get Link to succumb to his hatred. It is implied that the rest of the transformed people turned back to normal, with Ganon's power disappearing after his defeat, and Link's wish for Hyrule to be at peace.
  • Betty and Veronica: Ghanti the bandit (who has dark hair) is jealous of Link's feelings for blonde Zelda.
  • Canon Foreigner: Ghanti the bandit.
  • Chekhov's Gun: While on his way to Hyrule Castle in the middle of a storm, Link finds an apple coming from his farm. He cleans it and picks it up, then a priest in the Sanctuary blesses it, rendering it able to heal any injuries. It comes into play several times afterwards, culminating in Link giving it to Ganty to heal her after she was mortally wounded as Trinexx.
  • Clipped-Wing Angel: All the monsters Link fights in the Dark World turn back into humans afterwards.
  • Continuity Drift: This manga came out over a decade after the other two Link to the Past mangas and incorporated elements from the later games released in the series that didn't exist when the earlier mangas were created. Ganondorf's human form uses his design from Ocarina of Time and the Armos Knight uses the Ocarina of Time design for Armos rather than the original A Link to the Past design.
  • Cooldown Hug: Zelda delivers one to Link when his hate for Agahnim makes susceptible to the Dark World's corruption and starts to transform him.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Compared to how much trouble he had fighting other monsters, Link pretty much owned Trinexx. Aside from parrying its fire breath with his sword, he didn't have to do anything other than to hit it. Once. Even he noticed how Trinexx wasn't that strong.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: Agahnim was a friend of Link's father who was killed by Ganon. Ganon then took Agahnim's form as a disguise.
  • Empathic Weapon: The Master Sword has some intelligence to it.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Played straight for most of the manga, but averted by the ending, in which Zelda is crowned Queen of Hyrule.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Agahnim was genuinely good-hearted until Ganon's power fucked his mind up.
  • Fantastic Fruits and Vegetables: Link wants to be an apple farmer. Keeping with the imagery, he also gets a healing apple.
  • Heroic Lineage: Link is descended from the Knights, as is Ghanti, turns out she wasn't descended from thieves.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Ghanti, who started off as a bandit before becoming Link's friend.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: Agahnim indulges in a bit of this once he's captured Zelda, saying how he's wanted her for a slave since the moment he first saw her.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Subverted - Link is set up to be this, but Agahnim takes great pleasure in showing him that he's not as incorruptible as he thinks.
  • It Was with You All Along: Ghanti's earrings turn out to be the weapon they will need to defeat their enemy.
  • Love Triangle: Ghanti the bandit cites this as the reason for her reluctance to help Link rescue Zelda.
  • Only the Pure of Heart: The Dark World transforms those with greed or hate in their hearts, so someone like Link or Link's parents can travel through there without fear of a Baleful Polymorph. That isn't to say Link can't be corrupted...
  • Secret Keeper: The barkeeper and bar patrons in Kakariko Village doesn't turn Link in after his wanted posters go up, and help him out by telling him to leave via the back door and handing over a map.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Ghanti's name can also be spelled "Ganty".
  • Stab the Sky: The Master Sword actually tells Link to do this after he draws it from its pedestal.
  • Villainous B.S.O.D.: Agahnim experiences this at one point in the manga.
  • Wasteful Wishing: Link uses the Triforce to wish for his own apple farm rather than wising his uncle or parents back to life.
  • You Are What You Hate: Ganty hates the Hylian knights so much, she used to want to kill Link because he's descended from them. Turns out she was descended from the Hylian knights too, and the thieves killed her real parents. Learning that leads her to get over her hatred.
  • You Don't Look Like You: The designs for Kholdstare and Vitreous are completely different from the original ones. While Game!Kholdstare is a spikeless Kracko and Game!Vitreous is a genderless giant poison-oozing eye surrounded by other eyes, Manga!Kholdstare is a Piloswine-like creature and Manga!Vitreous is a female giant one-eyed troll.
  • You Killed My Father: Ghanti the bandit declares Link her enemy because he's the last of the Hylian knights, whom she has been raised to believe killed her parents. She's, therefore, surprised to find that her guardian lied to her and she herself is, in fact, also descended from the Hylian knights.
  • You Must Be Cold: Link wraps Zelda in his cloak to protect her from the rain when they escape from Hyrule Castle. She smiles and tells him that it's warm, prompting the first appearance of his recurring Luminescent Blush.

    Oath of Lilto - Junya Furusawa 
The Legend of Zelda: Oath of Lilto is a spin-off set in the Zelda universe around the time of A Link to the Past but staring original character Lilto and his friends, with Link and Princess Zelda only having a small role in the story.

    Ocarina of Time - Akira Himekawa
Kanzenban edition cover featuring both volumes.

  • A Boy and His X: X being a horse; Link and Epona.
  • Adaptational Heroism: In the game, Volvagia was an ancient beast that devoured Gorons, Ganondorf had resurrected it to use their extinction as an example of those who defy him. Volvagia in the manga was Link's pet dragon, and rather cute and friendly, and only tried to kill him because he was Brainwashed and Crazy.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Unlike the game, Sheik is a double agent working for Ganondorf. This is subverted in the end, as Sheik was Zelda in disguise simply swearing loyalty to throw off suspicion.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Zelda unfortunately gets hit with this, despite her own achievements in the game (even with its flaws). To compare, In the game she manages to survive all those seven years of hardship by herself, with the help of Impa, who must have taught her to defend herself, and that's something that took guts. What does she do in the manga, instead? She opts to skip all those seven years by letting Impa put her to sleep, allowing a male mind to do all the hard work for her in her body, instead, in the identity of Sheik. In other words, she takes the easy way out, depriving her of any form of character development in the process.
  • Adaptation Induced Plothole: The manga skips the Temple of Shadows, meaning that we see Link collecting only five medallions... but when he haves to break the barrier around Hyrule Castle, the sixth medallion appears out of nowhere, along with Impa in the group shot with the other sages.
  • Adapted Out: Bongo Bongo, due to the Shadow Temple being mysteriously skipped.
  • All Animals Are Dogs: Epona behaves much like a dog in this manga.
  • Bad Future: A key plot point in the Ocarina of Time manga, just like in the game.
  • Bishōnen: Adult Link is depicted as this in the second part of Ocarina of Time.
  • Brainwashed: Zelda, by Impa, to become Sheik, on her own request.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Volvagia, compared to his canon game version where he was always evil.
    • The Gerudo tribe was shown to be brainwashed heavily late in the manga along with Nabooru, to which the original game only subtly hinted at with the former.
    • Ingo suffered this as a punishment for losing Epona, whom he had been planning to give to Ganondorf. His original punishment was execution.
  • Call Forward: Although not in the Japanese version but rather in the English release, the Stalfos that Link encounters in Hyrule Castle Town as both a child and an adult is named Stallord.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Zig-zagged with Unlucky Malon. Though at first, she refuses Link's rescue in favor of waiting for her idealized "Prince on a White Horse", throughout the rescue begins to wonder if Link is her prince. Just as she begins to consider romance with Link, Zelda is brought up, and Link's reaction makes it clear that his heart is set on Zelda. Instead of moping about it, she gives up on that train of thought and carries on with her life.
  • Continuity Snarl: Despite Zelda explaining that she was voluntarily put to sleep during all those seven years, the manga still passes it off as if she did it all by herself.
  • Dying as Yourself: Volvagia, in one of the manga's biggest Tear Jerker moments.
  • Enigmatic Minion: Sheik.
  • Evil Twin: Dark Link (obviously).
    • The Deku Tree gets his own evil counterpart, the Baga Tree, in a bonus story.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Link's fight against Volvagia is presented as this. It only regains its memories after Link injures it fatally. And by "fatally" we mean cutting its head off.
  • Off with His Head!: How Link kills Volvagia.
  • Remember the New Guy: Right after Volvagia is introduced, we have a flashback to Link's childhood, when we saw Link buying a newborn Volvagia from Hyrule Market and keeping it as a pet before he picked up the Master Sword, even though it wasn't present in that segment.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Sadly averted with Zelda for most of the story, because instead of being able to help Link by herself as Sheik like she did in the game, she was put to sleep by Impa the entire time, while a male personality did all the work for her in her body as Sheik.
  • Sailor's Ponytail: This adaption gives Adult Link one, which he hides under his cap most of the time.
  • Ship Tease: Link with just about every main female character in his age group: Saria, Zelda, Malon, Ruto (although he does seem to be leaning towards Zelda). Lampshaded by Navi:
    Navi:"You sure are popular with the ladies. That's the third pretty young girl you've got!"
    • Even Navi herself got some with him. Her last line is different from the games a bit and seems to portray attraction, which is canon in the games.
  • Shoot the Dog: Link's fight with Volvagia is this, due to the dragon being changed to have been a former childhood pet of Link's before being brainwashed by Ganondorf.
  • Shoulder-Sized Dragon: Baby Volvagia in flashbacks.
  • Tap on the Head: Sheik knocks Link out and throws him in a gerudo cell.
  • Tragic Monster: Volvagia.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Inverted, the manga provides an explanation to what happened to the Fairy Ocarina that Saria gives Link, compare with in the in the game where it just disappears after he gets the titular item. After Zelda tosses Link the Ocarina of Time, Ganondorf attacks Link and attempts to take it from him. However, he grabs the Fairy Ocarina by mistake assuming its the Ocarina of Time and smashes it in rage when he realizes it's the wrong one.
  • You Have Failed Me: Ganondorf was planning to have Ingo executed for letting Epona escape with Link. Subverted, as Koume and Kotake decided to do something far worse to Ingo.
  • You Killed My Father: The manga makes the implications that is from the original game that Ganondorf murdered Zelda's father during the raid a bit more blatant, where he tells Zelda, upon confronting her in a burning Hyrule Castle that she "will sleep in eternity with her father in this burning castle."

    Majora's Mask - Akira Himekawa

  • A Boy and His X: Link and Epona, again.
  • Adaptational Villainy: The Happy Mask Salesman is implied to have a little more to do with the events of the story than in the game.
  • Adapted Out: Romani and Cremia; the Himekawa authors admit that they couldn't work them into the story no matter how hard they tried, and include drawings of them at the end to make up for it. People who have played the game will likely find their absence rather jarring since their role in the game was of the few required subplotsnote .
  • Authority Equals Asskicking. The officer of a group of soldiers Link is asked to help train. While Link humiliates his men, the officer actually manages to fight him on equal terms while sparring and the acknowledge the other as a Worthy Opponent.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Link, when stuck in Deku form.
  • Big Eater: Link. Lampshaded by his host, who remarks that while he may have the battle skills of an adult, he still has the appetite of a child.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Link using the Fierce Deity' Mask against Majora. Majora only hits him once with its Combat Tentacles (apparently trying to also electrocute him), which Link shrugs off and tosses the thing against a wall and kills it with one swing. Sorta a given seeing as the mask in the game allows the player to end the boss fight in seconds.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: Link blunders through a few of these in order to give the souls whose masks he wears some peace.
  • Expecting Someone Taller: Boy, did those soldiers regret thinking a "kid" was weak.
  • Genre Blindness: A group of soldiers Link was brought to train with sees him, and even after hearing he's the famed hero assume he's just some overeager kid. He promptly humiliates them offscreen, even breaking some of their swords.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: When Link returns to his normal form (after having become a Deku Scrub), he checks to make sure he's 100% back to normal. A shot from behind shows him apparently lifting up his tunic, and Tatl looks embarrassed and asks "what are you checking?!"
  • Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: While none of the bosses have much of explanation where they came from in the game, here the first one actually makes his appearance by barging into the Deku Palace with no foreshadowing.
  • Invincible Hero: Link, unlike some of the other mangas, is never any danger when fighting, in fact, the only time he's in any danger is when he falls into the poisoned swamp before the monkeys rescue him.
  • Prequel: The Majora's Mask manga includes a bonus story illustrating the creation of the titular mask.
  • Psychotic Manchild: Majora's Mask.
  • Put on a Bus: As an unfortunate result of the Romani Ranch subplot being scrapped from the manga, Epona is horse-napped at the beginning of the story, and at the very end she just comes back without ceremony.
  • Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: Link and Tatl are the only ones to experience it.
  • Shout-Out: Mikau's grave has the epitaph,"Here lies a Guitar Hero." note 
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Link's reaction to Majora's Mask vagabonding the Skull Kid after he said the mask was his only friend, calling him worthless and trying to kill him. To put this in perspective, Majora's Mask gives Link the Fierce Deity's Mask (going by it's Japanese name the "Oni Mask") and tells him to become the oni in a game of tag (Japanese terms for someone being "it"), and he agrees to the idea without a second thought.
  • Tsundere: Tatl is a Type A example, as she was in the game.
  • What Could Have Been: There were a couple of scrapped chapters of the manga that Himekawa couldn't fit in despite their best efforts. The first involved the Romani Ranch subplot with Romani and Cremia, and the second involved an Indigo-Go's concert where Link would show up as Mikau (Romani and Cremia also appear in this chapter, which might explain why it too was cut). Himekawa unveiled images from the scrapped chapters to commemorate the release of the game's 3DS remake.

    Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages - Akira Himekawa
Kanzenban edition cover featuring both volumes.

  • Adaptational Heroism: Maple in the original game, while not malevolent, was a Jerk Ass and a nuisance who would occasionally cause item losses if you weren't careful. In the manga, she ends up joining Link on his quest to stop Onox (if for completely selfish reasons) and comes to befriend him over the course of the story.

  • Adapted Out: Poor Farore can never catch a break. Also, Labrynna's Maku Tree.
  • Annoying Arrows: Sir Raven can still fight quite competently after taking an arrow for Link.
  • Ascended Extra: Maple the witch.
  • As Long as There Is Evil: A heroic version is invoked by Link
    Link: Come back to life a thousand times and in any age, a hero bearing this symbol will appear to bring an end to your reign of terror!
  • Badass Grandpa: Link has one of these in the Oracle stories, who raised him and taught him swordplay.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Several times, but most surprisingly by Nayru after Link, Ralph, and Raven find themselves surrounded by Ambi's royal guard.
  • Birthmark of Destiny: Link has one on his left hand in the shape of the Triforce. He's not exactly comfortable with the implications at the start.
  • Bishōnen: Link's ancestor Sir Raven.
  • Bookends: Oracle of Seasons begins with Link's grandfather explaining their family history and pointing to a portrait of Sir Raven. Oracle of Ages ends with Link's grandfather bringing up their family history again and Link looks at the portrait of Sir Raven again. However, as a result of Link's time travels, the portrait of Sir Raven has changed to look more heroic.
  • Brawn Hilda: Impa.
  • Canon Foreigner: Link's grandparents in both Oracle stories and Sir Raven in Oracle of Ages, just for starters.
  • The Cavalry: Queen Ambi's army versus Ganon.
  • The Champion: Ralph to Nayru. Well, he aspires to be, at least.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Roperi's sprout ends up being vital in fighting Veran in Oracle of Ages.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Raven is introduced as a portrait in Oracle of Seasons.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: It's implied that Ralph in Oracle of Ages hopes to be the Victorious Childhood Friend for "my beloved Nayru," although it's not made clear whether he achieves this or Unlucky Childhood Friend.
  • Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: As with everything involving Link, Ralph finds a way to complain about having his life saved.
    Ralph: Sure, you're happy. You saved the day... Again! I was all set to die heroically, but noooo...
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Link really doesn't fare well in his first proper fight with Onox.
    • He fights Onox a second time when he comes to kidnap Din, he loses just as badly.
  • Cute Witch: Maple in Oracle of Seasons.
  • Darker and Edgier: The Oracle of Ages manga adaptation may qualify.
  • Delayed Ripple Effect: Appears to be how changes in time work in Oracle of Ages.
  • Demonic Possession: Veran's specialty in Oracle of Ages.
  • Demoted to Extra: Holodrum's Maku Tree has a minmal role in the story compared to the game. Well, at least he gets to appear.
  • Disc One Final Boss: Onox, initially set up as the Big Bad before Twinrova appears towards the end of the "Oracle of Seasons" manga, and ironically he puts up more fight than Veran or Ganon, taking Link, Ricky, and Maple to beat him. Veran, unlike in the game, is shown to be taking orders from them at the start.
  • Dork Knight: Link, as Ralph comments in Oracle of Ages.
    Ralph: Zelda may be the famed ruler of Hyrule with mystical powers, but she sure picked a goofy hero.
  • Dramatic Irony: When Jhovan tries to press Link into joining the circus troupe permanently, Din scolds him for trying to decide Link's life for him — he's aiming to become a knight (with a great deal of reluctance and almost entirely due to his grandfather's insistence) after all!
  • Everything's Better with Cows: Oracle of Ages finds Link winning a competition so that he can send the prize cow home to his grandmother.
  • Expecting Someone Taller: Ralph is not impressed by Zelda's choice in heroes in Oracle of Ages.
  • Expy: Raven, Link's ancestor, is one for adult Link form Ocarina of Time.
  • Farm Boy: Link... sort of. He and his family were originally from Hyrule Castle Town but moved to the countryside when Link's mother fell ill.
  • Fighting Dirty: How Link wins a David vs. Goliath match at the beginning of Oracle of Ages.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Nayru. Link also skirts this - some animals are even romantically attracted to him.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Link has a massive crush on Din in Oracle of Seasons.
  • Heroic Lineage: Link's grandfather is quite proud of the fact that their family has served as knights of Hyrule for ages, which is why he's insistent on Link becoming one himself.
  • I'm Not a Hero, I'm...: When Impa notices the Triforce birthmark on Link's hand, Link gets very defensive about it, insisting that it means nothing and that he's just a regular person.
  • Interspecies Romance: Piyoko the chicken, in Oracle of Seasons, reveals herself to have romantic feelings for Link.
    • Ricky nearly becomes this. He wants to be Link's retainer but becomes enamored with Link when Link calls Ricky his "Buddy". The kangaroo gets disappointed when he hears about Din, thinking his master has feelings for another, prompting the appropriate reaction from Link. Though he vows to still follow him around forever.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Raven, in contrast to Link's Dork Knight.
  • Link, I Am Your Ancestor: Sir Raven. This is the reason why Link is worried about Raven fighting Veran.
  • Magic Music: The Harp of Ages - part instrument, part TARDIS.
  • Manly Tears: Ralph sheds one or two in Oracle of Ages after Link saves his life.
  • Marshmallow Hell: Link endures this with Impa.
  • Mundane Utility: Much to Ralph's surprise, it turns out you can use the Harp of Ages as just a plain old harp.
  • My Own Grampa: At the end of Oracle of Ages, Link discovers that his actions in the past have changed his family's history, and there is a portrait of himself hanging in his grandparents' house. His grandfather crossly reminds him that this is Link, their greatest ancestor, after whom he was named. So Link was, in the altered reality, named after himself.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: As Veran is happy to announce
    Veran: You're just figuring that out now? Thank goodness the princess chose such a fool to be her hero. You're the one who broke the barrier and let me in!
  • Not Himself: Impa insists on Link moving the stone blocking the path to Nayru when she's the one who can lift cows. Link finds it weird but unfortunately doesn't give it much thought until its too late.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Being a short, skinny teenage boy doesn't stop Link from being very effective against large opponents.
  • Precocious Crush: Roperi has one on Raven, and eventually develops a bit of one on Link as well.
  • Refusal of the Call: Link is conflicted about his Birthmark of Destiny and his grandfather's insistence that he become a knight in Oracle of Seasons because he doesn't want his future decided for him. While he does initially go to take the exam required to become one, he quickly gets sidetracked until Onox kidnaps Din.
  • Remember the New Guy: Link's ancestor Raven introduced in Oracle of Ages, who wasn't even mentioned in Oracle of Seasons.
  • Ret Gone: Veran attempts to do this to Link by ordering the execution of his ancestor. Includes Link experiencing Delayed Ripple Effect dizzyness with his hand fading out like in Back to the Future.
  • Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: Everyone in Oracle of Ages seems to have it.
  • Sequel Hook: The ending of Oracle of Seasons, with the witches Koume and Kotake plotting the events of Oracle of Ages.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: Veran mocks Ralph's Suicide Mission plan, pointing out that killing his ancestor, Ambi, won't actually kill her. Ralph counters that, while Ambi's death won't end Veran, it will at least put a major spanner in her plans, and that's what he's hoping for.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Link keeps saying this to Ricky the kangaroo about Din in Oracle of Seasons.
  • The Slow Path: The Harp of Ages. After Link runs off into the past with it, Ralph manages to find it in an antique shop in the present. Turns out that the guard who took it from Link used it to pay his bar tab.
    Link: How did you get the Harp of Ages?
    Ralph: Because you just left it lying around in the past!
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: Link in Oracle of Seasons, thanks to the power of the Triforce. While he doesn't retain this power fully afterwards, it's shown in Oracle of Ages that animals can still understand him much better than other humans.
  • Stalker with a Crush: General Onox seems to be this to Din in Oracle of Seasons.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Raven looks just like Link as an adult.
  • Sword and Sorcerer: Link and Maple in Oracle of Seasons.
  • Take Me Instead: After Onox defeats Link in a Curb-Stomp Battle, Din offers herself up in exchange for the boy's life.
  • Team Mom: Impa serves as this to the circus troupe in Oracle of Seasons. After discovering that Link was Raised by Grandparents, she decides that she's going to be his mom as well. Cue the Marshmallow Hell.
  • Team Pet: Piyoko the chicken in Oracle of Seasons.
  • There Is Another: Not another hero, but it turns out that not all of the Mystery seeds needed to draw out Veran were destroyed.
  • Time Skip: There's one year between Seasons and Ages
  • Walking Wasteland: Onox. Din realizes that he's been in the area when she discovers a long strip of inexplicably barren land stretching across a field.
  • You Are Too Late: At the end of Oracle of Seasons Onox tells Link that he may have defeated him, but not before he could gather what he came to Holomdrum for and send it back to Koume and Kotake. Link doesn't get to learn the significance of this is until Oracle of Ages.
  • You Can't Thwart Stage One: Ganon is still revived, although not quite in the state as his followers might have wanted.
  • You Monster!: Link screams this to Onox in Oracle of Seasons after he kills Piyoko as a chick.

    Four Swords + - Akira Himekawa
Kanzenban edition cover featuring both volumes.

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Shadow Link looks like a regular boy as opposed to the pitch black Living Shadow he was depicted as in the video game.
  • Adaptation Expansion: We get separated personalities for the four Links, a characterization for Shadow Link, and some insight on everything that was going on, as well as proof that Zelda was mentally strong.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Shadow Link actually redeems himself here. In the game, Shadow Link was a Monster who was Made of Evil per Zelda's own words, and died fighting the Links.
  • All There in the Manual: Why don't all four Link's colors match with the personalities associated with those colors? (Blue is normally a calm color, but Blue Link is anything but.) If you had read the author's note in the second volume Himekawa's Ocarina of Time manga (published 6 years before), you would know that the authors saw the computer-controlled Links of each color in Super Smash Bros. as behaving the way the same color Link does in their Four Swords manga.
    • All in the Game: However, though it advertises itself as a manga for the remake, the plot point with the Maidens is only ever explored twice; we see them captured, they free two of them, and that's it. If it weren't for the game, no one would really know their use.
  • Canon Foreigner: Link's father. This is the only manga where Link's father is still alive.
  • The Chessmaster: Possibly Vio , though from Shadow Link's point of view, he probably seems more like a Manipulative Bastard.
  • Cloning Blues: Brought up occasionally in the beginning, while the four Links are still getting used to working as a team. Which leads to ...
  • Color-Coded Characters: Done with a twist, given that the illustrations are all black and white; the colored Links are identified by their color in name only and address each other as Green, Red, Blue, and Vio (short for Violet — the purple one).
    • Also, a different texture is used for each Link's tunic. (For more on how to tell them apart, see Twin Desynch below.)
    • In addition, there are differences in their eyes.
  • Cry Cute: Red, in fracking spades.
  • Dark World: "The Shadow World"
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Shadow Link to Zelda.
  • Four-Philosophy Ensemble
    • Cynic —> Green Link
    • Realist —> Red Link
    • Optimist —> Blue Link
    • Apathetic —> Purple Link (Vio)
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble
    • Sanguine —> Green Link; according to Vio, Green is very focused, motivated and almost equally as stubborn as Blue (albeit, a bit nicer than him). His personality is supposed to be similar to the original Link's. He's courageous and determined, but can be prone to acting rash. He can be anxious and headstrong while Blue can be extremely arrogant and short-tempered which leads to arguments between the two. He nonetheless attains the role of leader (since he's wearing green) throughout the adventure and is very driven in rescuing Zelda from the clutches of evil.

    • Choleric —> Red Link; he's the compassionate, optimistic and childish Link who is usually meddling with Blue in terms of comic relief. He's shown to be very cheerful, excitable and highly emotional. Although he can be somewhat as stubborn as the other three, he's clearly the nicest out of the four Links and usually likes to look on the bright side of things. He hates seeing the other Links fight each other and will usually speak out and try to act as the mediator though he ends up dealing with Blue, who tends to bully him around. One clear trait of his is that he's very dependent on the other three and doesn't do too well by himself. He can easily end up feeling depressed and unsure of himself when he’s all alone. He's a warm and considerate person who's the perfect foil for Blue, who rejects the others with his harsh personality.

    • Supine —> Blue Link; he's the arrogant, brash and self-centered Link. Compared to the other Links, he's very short-tempered, impatient and argumentative. He and Red are usually the comic relief of the group in which he's antagonistic towards Red's happy-go-lucky personality and sometimes resorts to hitting him. He can be terribly single-minded and comes off as being insecure. He believes himself to be the original Link (despite not wearing green) and out of jealousy, questions Green's competency as a hero, gets easily flustered by Vio's condescending attitude, and constantly bullies Red. He further thinks he can do well by himself instead of cooperating with the others. Despite his rude behavior, he's deep down a loyal individual who deeply cares about the other three and is just as determined as Green in saving Zelda, along with the kingdom of Hyrule.

    • Melancholic —> Purple Link (Vio); he's the analytical, calm and thoughtful Link who plays a big role in the story because of the usage of his intellect to trick Shadow Link, learn about his weaknesses along with the grand scheme of everything, and try to put a stop to him by destroying the Mirror Of Darkness. While he can be very helpful and insightful, he can also be a tad bit condescending and arrogant. He is judgmental towards the other Links and enjoys keeping to himself instead of having to deal with constant fighting (mostly between Green and Blue). He's even manipulative when it comes to his interactions with Shadow Link and shown to be a bit of a bookworm.
  • Fake Defector: Vio.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Shadow.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Shadow Link in the end during the fight with Vaati. While the four Links manage to hurt him, Vaati proves unstoppable while the Dark Mirror is around, which Shadow smashes even though it means he'll die along with him.
  • Hilarity Ensues: Link taking the Four Sword splitting him into four Links with their own personalities, and each of them having just as much of an ego as him.
  • Literal Split Personality: Each Link supposedly represents a facet of Link's personality. In Vio's words, Green is focused and motivated, Blue is hotheaded and aggressive, Red is innocent and optimistic, and Vio is calm and collected.
  • Market-Based Title: This manga is an adaptation of Four Swords Adventures, but the Viz localization uses the title Four Swords which actually refers to a different game. In Japan, the title is Four Swords Plus which actually refers to the correct game.
  • Medium Awareness: Just one moment, after Red thaws out Blue with the Fire Rod - and scorches his rear:
    Fairy: You did that on purpose! You're as mean as Blue!
    Red: The readers expect me to get even... a little!
  • Neat Freak: Blue is revealed to be one in an omake. He can't sleep at night unless he knows his clothes are neatly folded before he goes to bed.
  • Parental Abandonment: Averted, at least in part. We never see Link's mother but we do see his of the plot important knights of Hyrule!
  • Punny Name: While Link's name is not meant to be a pun, it hasn't stopped the English translators of Four Swords from having some fun with it. Some examples:
    Shadow Link: There's a new Link in this chain!
    Vio (about to duel Green): Green is about to learn who the weak Link is.
  • Sequel Hook: The ending of the first volume.
  • Ship Tease: The re-fused Link walks away from the Four Sword hand in hand with Zelda. It's also very subtly implied that Zelda was a mitigating factor in Shadow's Heel–Face Turn.
  • Twin Desynch: Although he is meant to be a reflection/shadow of Link, Shadow looks very different from Link.
    • A non-evil-twin version of this is employed when Link later splits into four. You can tell each one apart by looking at their eyes and sleeves (a bit later), which are done differently.
      • Green has black sleeves, his eyes have two shiny spots, and he has prominent dark pupils and smaller white (or light grey) irises.
      • Red has white sleeves, eyes have one shiny spot (when he's not crying...), and his eyes are dark all over (like a puppy).
      • Blue has grey sleeves, two shiny spots in his eyes, and he has black pupils, smaller than Red's and Green's, with more of his white iris showing.
      • Vio has white sleeves, and depending on the scene, either one very small shiny spot in his eyes or none at all. In addition, his pupils are the smallest and sometimes even slit-like, and his white iris dominates the majority of his eyes.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Shadow gets this when Green, Blue, and Red rescue Vio and all four defeat his Hinox henchmen.
  • Years Too Early: Stone Arrghus makes this taunt.

    The Minish Cap - Akira Himekawa

  • Adaptational Heroism: Vaati redeems himself, unlike the game.
  • Adapted Out: The Big Chuchu, Mazaal, and Big Octorok bosses don't appear at all (though Link has to flee from a couple Octorocks the first time he's tiny)
  • Baleful Polymorph: Ezlo was turned into a hat by Vaati.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: When Link's tiny, he takes advantage of an opportunity to look up Anju's skirt. This nearly results in him getting crushed by bits of food she drops.
  • Crocodile Tears: Even if he knows she's not really crying, Link admits that Zelda can pretty much make him do whatever she wants by pretending to cry.
  • Everybody Lives: Yep, Vaati included.
  • Heel–Face Turn: The manga changes the ending so that Vaati does this when the magic hat is removed from his head and he turns back into a Minish.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Ezlo.
  • Lighter and Softer: There is not a single death in the entire manga. All of the enemies that Link defeats are innocent beings that were cursed by Vaati and defeating them returns them to their original form (with the exception of the Gyorg pair who were chopped into sashimi). At the end of the manga, Vaati renounces his evil ways and apologizes for his actions.
  • Mythology Gag: When Link first discovers the Picori world, the mimics a piece of the game's promotional art.
  • Power Incontinence: Vaati is unable to control his newly acquired powers after absorbing most of Zelda's Light Force, which gives Link the chance to defeat him.
  • Rebellious Princess: Zelda always tries to escape from the castle to hang out with Link.
  • Ship Tease: In the market, some people tease Link about being "really close" to Zelda, which makes both of them to blush.
  • What Have I Become?: Vaati at the end.

    Phantom Hourglass - Akira Himekawa

  • Belated Backstory: The story of Wind Waker is told in a hurry in a flashback, but those who haven't played the game will probably be confused.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Between Linebeck and Jolene and also Linebeck and Ciela.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Linebeck's Member Card for Eddo's:
    Eddo's Garage Point Card (not in the video game)
  • Scenery Censor: Yes there is, involving Link. It's just as ridiculous as it sounds.
  • Sequel First: An odd example where there's no official Wind Waker manga but the sequel has been adapted. Even weirder is that it's the only one of the adult timeline to be properly adapted.
  • Tsundere: Tetra is Type A of this trope.

    The Wind Waker 4-koma 
  • Affectionate Parody: It's 4-koma for crying out loud.
  • The Ditz: Link. However, it's frequently subverted in that he's either a Genius Ditz or a Cloudcuckoolander. Lampshaded by a certain talking boat:
    King of Red Lions: "Is he smart or stupid? I don't know."
  • Heroic Mime: Used frequently.
  • Lighter and Softer: By virtue of being a cute and humorous 4-koma instead of a serious adaptation.
  • Running Gag: A surprising number of people think that "[Link's] clothes look uncomfortably warm ..." Including Ganondorf.
  • Sneeze Cut: As Link is sneaking inside the Forsaken Fortress, Aryll reassures Mila and Maggie that her big brother is definitely going to come to rescue them. Cut to Link sneezing, almost giving his location away to a nearby Moblin.

    Skyward Sword - Akira Himekawa
Japanese title page of Skyward Sword in Hyrule Historia.

  • Adaptation Expansion: Though Sky-Era Link is still the earliest Link playable, the book tells the story of the very first Link/Hero of the Goddess who is only mentioned in Skyward Sword.
  • The Atoner: The very first Link, the champion chosen by Hylia to wield the Master Sword, went through many hardships and ultimately died in the battle unable to head into the sky with his people. This was planned by Hylia, his hardships were necessary to make him strong enough to reforge and wield the Master Sword though Hylia deeply regrets having to do this. As such she blesses his spirit to forever be reincarnated should the land and people need his help.
  • Badass Cape: Hylia's Chosen Hero wears a red one, distinguishing him from the Sky Era Link.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The Demon King is sealed away and the humans are safe in the sky, but Link is mortally wounded from battle and is unable to join his companions to the sky. After sealing Demise away, Hylia discovers her fallen hero and mourns his death. She quietly promises him that they will be reborn as the Link and Zelda from Skyward Sword.
  • BFS: The original Master Sword as carried by the goddess, while no Buster, is a pretty decent zweihänder that brings to mind the Biggoron Sword. Arguably justified, as the weapon in this state is for use by the gods; when Hylia bids Link reforge it to be used by mortals, it becomes the modest arming sword the series loves.
  • Darker and Edgier: Not so much the story but more so on the previous Link - quite possibly the first Link - who fought in the war against the demon king that's mentioned throughout the game. Goddess-Era Link is drawn with sharper features compared to Sky-Era Link, as well having a slightly more grimmer outlook.
  • Easily Forgiven: The Goddess-Era Link was betrayed, imprisoned for years under horrible conditions. But when given the choice of saving or abandoning his people, he finds it in his heart to forgive and save them.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Upon being offered the Master Sword, Link hesitates, saying that due to his lingering feeling of anger and resentment that he is not worthy to even touch the holy blade. The sword itself believed otherwise.
  • The Southpaw: Notably, Goddess-Era Link is left-handed, despite Skyloft-Era Link being the first Link to be canonically right-handed.
  • The Hero Dies: The first Link.
  • Miscarriage of Justice: Due to misleading evidence, the original hero is locked in a horrible prison for four years.
  • Named by the Adaptation: The Goddess's chosen hero who was unnamed in the game is named Link in the manga.
  • Pietà Plagiarism: Hylia holding Link.

    Twilight Princess - Akira Himekawa
Originally released digitally starting on February 8, 2016 via the app MangaONE, the first eight chapters were eventually compiled into a physical volume. VIZMedia released volume 1 of the English adaptation on March 14, 2017. Compared to previous Zelda adaptations done by Himekawa, Twilight Princess features more changes and a much larger Adaptation Expansion.

  • Adaptational Early Appearance:
    • Midna's true form appears and named in the prologue.
    • The golden wolf appears in the prologue as a friend of Midna's.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The manga adds more details.
    • The first chapter shows the corpse of Midna's father, the members of the Twili's parliament, and how Zant usurped the throne.
    • Much of it is original to the manga, like a new town and Link coming to Ordon two years ago rather than growing up there.
    • The monkey leader Ook has been given a backstory.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Link loses his left arm, but unlike most examples, it does get re-attached again due to the sacred spring with Ordona's help.
  • Attempted Rape: Implied in a Nintendo manga, with the Bulbin King saying he wants to make Ilia his toy complete with Perverted Drooling.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: Some of Link's nude body is shown in chapter 9, although, not much.
  • Black Mage: Link is studying to become one to bring his town back.
  • Bloodless Carnage: Subverted, where unlike the game which has a little bit, there is a lot of blood in the manga.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: Quite! Ganondorf's skin and flesh are even stripped off his bones when he's banished.
  • Blood-Splattered Innocents: Ilia is held up by the Bulbin King's almost cut clean off arm, causing him to bleed over Ilia whose wrist is also bleeding from being held so tight. Fortunately, she is passed out at the time.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Subverted, Ilia's bag falls off earlier in the story causing Link to run towards Faron woods instead of leading him to her later.
  • Chickification: Ilia goes from being a Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak in the game to just standing around when the enemies came. Averted later when she does a Heroic Sacrifice to save Colin, but still doesn't manage to save him.
  • Clothing Damage: Happens to Midna in the prologue.
  • Compressed Adaptation: Subverted, kinda - the first part of the game is extended, but other parts are cut together.
    • Freeing Faron Woods, hunting the shadow insects, the section with the monkeys and the Ook mini-boss battle were blended into one event.
  • Cool Down Hug: Rusl gives one to Link when he panics.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Link reveals this to Rusl, revealing the reason why Link came to live in Ordon.
  • Darker and Edgier: Good grief, YES. When Link is trying to save Colin and Ilia while searching for Talo and Malo, he gets his left arm chopped off by the Bulbin King. Luckily, Ordona fixes that, since it happened at Ordon Spring.
  • Death by Adaptation: Implied to have happened to Fado.
  • Dominatrix: How Midna acts rather than Tsundere like the game. She keeps calling Link her pet, and that she has the right to as humans treat animals the same way.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: The horse charm makes an earlier appearance.
  • Evil Detecting Animal: Evil makes the animals in Ordon uneasy and not willing to listen to their owners.
  • Expy: Zelda's father is shown and is an expy of Daphnes Nohansen Hyrule.
  • Eye Scream: Subverted, as the golden wolf - and the Hero's Shade - has both eyes intact, unlike the game.
  • Harmful to Minors: Zelda watched a recording of sorts of Ganondorf's execution as a child and her caretaker did not want her to watch, claiming she's too young.
  • The Hero Dies: Link dies in chapter 8 after losing his left arm and being drowned. Fortunately, he's revived.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation/I'm Not a Hero, I'm...: Link responses badly when Faron calls him "the hero chosen by the gods", citing his failure to protect his hometown, Ordon Village, and his transformation into a wolf in chapter 17.
  • Hey, You!: Midna calls Link simply 'wolf'.
  • In-Joke: When Link recalls his past in chapter 6, Liom complains that it was tiring sparing with Link due to him being left-handed. Link tells him that one would also get tired if they were right-handed. The Twilight Princess game has Link either left or right handed depending on the version (GameCube, left-handed; Wii, right-handed) or mode (Wii U: Normal, left-handed; Hero, right-handed).
  • Invisible to Normals: The light spirits.
  • Mood Whiplash: It starts peaceful, with comedy to the point of Link almost being a Dork Knight and having fun every day. Then Link wishes it'll last forever.
  • Motivated By Fear: King Bulbin apparently gains energy from fear.
  • Nice Girl: Ilia's most prominent feature. She's apparently a Cool Big Sis.
  • Only in It for the Money: Link acts like it, complaining about his pay and wants payments for every task he does. But in reality, this is just a Jerkass Façade Played for Laughs among the characters as it's implied that Link Cannot Tell a Joke.
  • Only the Chosen May Wield: "Gaurof's Sword" that Link pulled out of a stone 2 years prior to the story.
  • Promoted to Love Interest: It's clearer that Ilia has a crush on Link with crush blushes and Link also blushing around her. She was a strongly implied love interest in the game but not outright stated not unlike the other main women in the game.
  • Rise from Your Grave: Happens to the Bulbin King.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Link has many triggers and trained to become a knight, although he was actually a trainee rather than a previously active soldier.
  • She's Not My Girlfriend: Link denies it when Sera asks if Ilia is his girlfriend quite bluntly. Unlike most examples does he not blush despite blushing around Ilia earlier.
  • Stab the Sky: Ordona makes Link's detached left arm do this.
  • Suddenly Voiced: The Bulbin King speaks, something he doesn't do until the end of the game.
  • Talking Animal: Ordona speaks through a goat.
    • Link in wolf form, but it's unknown if normal Hylians and humans can hear him.
  • Take Up My Sword: Rusl gives Link his sword after hearing a near death Fado talk about monsters in the forest.
  • Tears of Fear: Ilia and Colin both do this.
  • Tsundere: Averted - the two tsundere characters in the game - Midna and Ilia - now have Dominatrix and Nice Girl personalities respectively.
  • Was Once a Man: The shadow beasts along with being Brainwashed and Crazy and can happen to humans just as well as the twili.
  • Wide Eyes and Shrunken Irises: Poor, poor, Colin. He wouldn't look out of place in Higurashi no Naku Koro ni.