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The Characters page for the lovely comic "A Tale of Two Rulers". As this is a fancomic that uses characters found in the main series, these tropes should not be taken as canon for the main series.

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The Two Rulers and the Princess

The Princess of Hyrule and the female protagonist. She kicks off the comic series by proposing to marry Ganondorf in order to end the cycle of war between them. Unlike her normally graceful demeanor we see in the games, here she is a much more proactive force dealing with the political messes of Hyrule and trying to maintain the peace by marrying the man who had threatened to burn down Hyrule countless times before. But it seems she grows some attachment to him as well...
  • Adult Fear: It's safe to say that she cares alot for Rinku's safety and doesn't want her to be hurt for the reasons below.
    • One is when Ganondorf had freshly gotten done with the castle guards trying to kill him, and was going to present the head guard's...well, head as a bridal present. Zelda is completely frantic with internal screaming that it might be Rinku's head in there, not knowing it was the guards.
    • The true reason she has this is because Rinku is Link's reincarnation. Part of the reason she goes through with the wedding is to protect Rinku from being targeted by Ganondorf.
    • She's afraid of Rinku recalling her true memories too soon, namely that it could damage her badly. She threatens to kill Skull Kid over it.
  • The Alcoholic: Understandably speaking. She slips Gin into her tea and is noted for drinking heavily. Possibly due to the stress from the marriage, the work on politics, trying to juggle Rinku and any threats to her as well as if she should recall her Past-Life Memories. Gets subverted later on when Ganondorf gets her to stop drinking when she becomes pregnant.
  • Benevolent Mage Ruler: She is the Queen of Hyrule and still knows plenty of magic.
  • Clueless Boss: Although Zelda is the highest authority in Hyrule, she's also one of the least informed of things that happen outside of her castle. To wit, she was unaware of the atrocities her people caused against the Gerudo, and her lack of control over her own castle guards who try to kill Ganondorf (but of course fail spectacularly) is part of her issues.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Oh boy. Well, she was the unfortunate victim of a predatory teacher, who ended up raping her with her ending up pregnant as a young teenager. Her people then proceed to make rumors that she's a whore and her child is unclean.
  • Lie Back and Think of England: The entire premise of the Marriage. Zelda accepts that, in marrying Ganondorf, she's going to more than likely have to do several marital things with Ganondorf, up to and including bearing children.
  • Nay-Theist: Of the Goddesses are Evil version. It's up to the point that she allows chapels dedicated to them to fall into disrepair and rot. Her words best describe her opinion on them.
    Zelda: If these entities are TRULY omnipotent, and not some simply powerful mages pulling the world's greatest fraud...then they are evil. They allow starvation, violence and disease to ravage countless innocent people. They forsake us in our most desperate moments, and demand our love and worship! These so called "goddesses" deserve nothing! ...Not even our acknowledgement.
  • Nerves of Steel: Played with and subverted. She's the one who went to face Ganondorf, alone, on the cusp of him attacking again, all to propose the marriage. It gets somewhat subverted throughout the comic as it takes place, namely in that she's actually a nervous wreck beneath the queenly mask and tries dealing with any factors that could endanger the peace brought by marriage to Ganondorf or to Rinku.
  • No Last Name Given: Averted! When going over the wedding contracts, Zelda's last name is revealed to be Hyrule, making her full name "Zelda Hyrule".
  • The Paranoiac: One of her traits is that she's constantly worried and paranoid of things falling apart with the compromise between herself, Rinku and Ganondorf and anything that could ruin that. Very visibly seen given the amount of scenes she spends worrying about things and being paranoid rather than being comfortable.
  • Past-Life Memories: Out of the three Triforce users, Zelda has almost no memories from her previous lives. This gets pointed out by Ganondorf on some occasions, despite being the wielder of the Triforce of Wisdom.
  • Rape as Backstory: Zelda was raped by a lecherous tutor when she was a child, which ended up with her getting pregnant with Rinku. This is the reason why she's fearful of intimacy with Ganondorf and part of the reason she curses the Goddesses.
  • Scars Are Forever: Played with. The scar that Rinku gave Zelda on her cheek by accident is still there plenty of comic strips later.
  • The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask: Though Zelda is graceful in many respects, she's also just as prone to having high amounts of stress due to the job and the insults that get slung to her due to her past.

The King of Evil-come-Hyrule and the male protagonist. Surprised to hear Zelda's plans of marriage to satisfy his ambitions for Hyrule, Ganondorf goes along with it to see what he could do. However, as time goes on, we begin to see the more human sides of the King of Evil...
  • Adult Fear: He has at least two moments over the series.
    • When talking to Zelda over how he ruled his Kingdom, Ganondorf notes on how the Gerudo have suffered and how he's watched so many of his lovers, sisters and even children die to the point he can't recall all of their faces.
    • In the middle of a nightmare, Ganondorf attacks a pregnant Zelda. And although she gets off unharmed and understands, Ganondorf refuses to share a room with her out of fear it'll happen again.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: He's on the receiving end of one by Zelda, who calls him out on his power hunger in the first few pages and then throws this question at him that haunts him a good majority of the comic.
    Zelda: "Are you a man, or are you a pig?"
  • Berserk Button: Ganondorf has at least three of them.
    • Do not, under any circumstances, say he was a bad king to his people. Zelda learned this and wisely backed off on it.
    • Disloyalty to one's leaders and/or superiors seem to be one for him as well. He calls out the Hylian citizens for their mockeries aimed at him and Zelda, before saying that he may not be the king they wanted, but he'll be the king they deserve. The citizens appropriately shut up after that. Ganondorf also reacts very poorly when Ghirahim poisons Zelda when Ganon has refused to do so, and furthermore is peeved when Vaati proves to be a nuisance to Zelda.
    • Link. Ganondorf takes his defeats by Links hands very personally and nearly flips out when Zelda tries to give the idea to get along with him.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: At first in the comic. He comments on how Zelda's kiss seems to be born from starvation for lovers and messes with her that she'll eventually have to sleep with him, but never goes too far without Zelda's consent. The pervert part gets deconstructed as the series goes on, implying it might be a coping mechanism with his past and it's seemingly gone as of present scenes.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Similarly to Zelda, Ganondorf's past is also sad. He was the child of a sex worker in a brothel who died before he could even learn her name, and he was forced to work there until he recieved the Triforce of Power. He presumably recalled all of his previous lives, who had their various failures at maintaining power, Adult Fear from losing their kids, sisters and lovers, and whatnot. He still even has nightmares of being attacked by Link, Zelda tormenting him by asking if he's a man or a pig, and even of himself telling him of how far he's gone in his power hunger.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: He moves into this territory as the comic progresses, showing more of his good sides despite his actions in the games. He is still cruel and vicious when he wants to be, but he's also very capable of being loving and doting, doing his best to try and make the marriage work, be a doting parent to Rinku, and trying to force Zelda to relax while she's pregnant.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: Of a sort. Ganondorf's morality is cobbled together from the rest of his previous lives. This comes to a head when his battle against all of the worst prisoners that Hyrule has to offer kicks off for him as a show of showmanship and to earn the people's favor, while Zelda is incredibly horrified at the notion.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Even as he's being threatened by the Hylian Guards to be killed, he continues to nonchalantly eat his stolen piece of cake until he's finished, sets the plate down, before starting up the Black Magic.
  • Doting Parent: An adoptive version where he turns out to be one for Rinku, wanting to show her how to fight and giving her things in order to keep her happy even when he feels she'd be threatened, like if getting a new sibling would make her feel unsafe.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: When he learns that Ghirahim disobeyed him and poisoned Zelda, he reacts in this fashion at the betrayal.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Despite being the supposed "King of Evil", he seems to draw the line at several points.
  • Family Man: He appears to be one, wanting to be Rinku's adoptive father upon seeing she doesn't have one, and wants no less than twelve children from his union with Zelda.
  • If I Wanted You Dead...: Played with. Given the atrocities pulled against his people, Zelda asks if she were responsible for it in any way. Ganondorf replies that if she were, he wouldn't have gone through the contracts and wedding stuff with her.
  • Knew It All Along: Played with. When Zelda is training at firing arrows and is dressed like Shiek, Ganondorf challenges her to an arrow shooting contest for a kiss. When it's pointed out that it is Zelda by a passing Rinku, Ganondorf says "I knew it was you all along, Zelda." Could possibly be truth, given he has the most vivid Past-Life Memories and could recall how she disguised as Shiek.
  • Last of His Kind: Implied, given that Ganondorf doesn't know of any Gerudo, and a good amount of their population was decimated thanks to prejudice against his race for his actions.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: As the comic goes on, Ganondorf sees how far his war on Hyrule has gone when he's not only destroyed Hyrule Castle multiple times, but also the remaining remnants of the Gerudo Language, the language of his own people. He reacts with this trope.
  • No Last Name Given: Averted! When going over the wedding contracts, Ganondorf's last name is revealed to be Dragmire, making his full name "Ganondorf Dragmire".
  • Past-Life Memories: Out of the three triforce wielders, Ganondorf has the most memories that are detailed enough for him to even recall skills from them, like knitting.
  • Rape as Backstory: His mother was a sex worker in a brothel, and he was forced to work there in her place.
  • Reasoning with God: Played with. Being on the other end of the divinely powered and backed Zelda and Link on multiple occasions have instilled a fear of the Goddesses into him and suffering their wrath. Because he wants his marriage with Zelda to work, he decides to try appealing to them in hopes that they won't do anything.
  • Suddenly Always Knew That: Played with and with a reason unlike the trope. Ganondorf's memories of his previous lives are so precise that he can recall skills he had in them as well as knowledge and language he knows of. He knows how to knit, how to tell if someone is pregnant (partially by courtesy of living in a near all females race for almost all of his lifetimes), and recall the Gerudo language to a perfect degree that he can write a book on the Gerudo language in order to recover lost history.

The Princess of Hyrule, and Zelda's child. A natural troublemaker who enjoys playing pranks and dislikes doing actual high society "princess like" stuff. And as shown early on, is the reincarnation of Link.
  • Child by Rape: The unfortunate product of an abusive tutor's attention to Zelda.
  • Hate at First Sight: A somewhat one sided version that later gets subverted. Rinku hates Ganondorf and thinks he's evil the first time she sees him through the window and tries to pick a fight with him at first, but later grows to like him as a dad. Possibly part of the package of the past life trauma as Link though.
  • Heroic Bastard: She is a bastard child of Zelda, and being Link's reincarnation has her set to become this.
  • Heroic Mime: An aversion that seems to eventually and sadly be played straight. Impa points out that when Rinku regains her memories as Link, the combined trauma of the memories will make her go mute.
  • Knife Nut: Rinku has had some training at using knives, revealed that she carries at least one in her shoes at all times. It's up to the point that Zelda has "knife privileges" set for her.
  • The Nicknamer: Only towards Ganondorf, whom she refers to as "Ganondad".
  • Past-Life Memories: Out of the three triforce wielders, Rinku's memories are somewhere between Zelda's and Ganondorf's in terms of quality. Like Ganondorf, Rinku/Link recalls a good portion of the details throughout his lives. Unlike him though, his memories aren't as vivid as Ganondorf's.
  • The Trickster: Rinku enjoys playing pranks on people, especially in parties, or to mess with people. For example, when she's got Ganondorf listening to her demands that she wants him to be good to Zelda and her, to not mess with her things...and then to give her swimming lessons while tackling Ganondorf off the dock and into the water!
  • Unwillingly Girly Tomboy: Princess Rinku hates having to wear dresses and acting like a stereotypical princess when she's rather spend her time playing games and pranks with the Skull Kid. She even latches onto the idea of Ganondorf teaching her to fight.
  • Warrior Princess: Princess Rinku's training is to be a warrior, instead of something more purely courtly (in fact, she can't stand the courtly stuff). While still young and in training, she shows an immense amount of courage, even willing to fight and kill Ganondorf when she thinks he's a threat to her mother.


Secondary Characters


  • Dragon with an Agenda: Most obviously to Ganondorf, as Ghirahim believes that Zelda should be killed and it should be the point of the marriage, in spite of Ganondorf's wishes. He tries to manipulate Ganondorf into poisoning Zelda, then he does so himself for good measure, which infuriates Ganondorf.
  • Evil Chancellor: Played with. Ghirahim is this for Ganondorf, although Ganondorf is overall gaining more points in Dark Is Not Evil as time goes on, and later ditches the plan that Ghirahim made. Ghirahim's betrayal comes from him being an Overzealous Underling with a deep love for Ganondorf with no intentions of betraying, defeating or usurping him.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: To Ganondorf, he's willing to set plans and stuff into motion in the hopes of doing what he thinks is best for him, even if he doesn't want it.
  • Loving a Shadow: Platonically speaking. It could be that Ghirahim remembers Ganondorf more as Demise and worships that ideal instead of the man Ganondorf is.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Of the emotional sort with Ganondorf. Though
  • My God, You Are Serious: When he hears of the plans to marry Zelda, he's appalled to hear Ganondorf actually 'considering' the idea.
    • He's also dripping with utter disgust when Vaati states his intentions to seduce Zelda.
  • Prone to Tears: Whenever Ganondorf seems to be angry with him, he tends to cry.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: His fate after attempting to go for Zelda's life: being resealed into his sword.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Ganondorf.
  • Abhorrent Admirer: Vaati clearly has it set for Zelda, who thankfully doesn't reciprocate.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: A more straighter example than Ghirahim who at least tries to look out for what he percieves as Ganondorf's best interests. Vaati wants Ganondorf and Link to go at it, after which he'll kill the victor and take Zelda for himself. He's even trying to find a way to kill Ganondorf without aid of the Master Sword, and is succeeding. Later on he manages to find the Master Sword...
  • Evil Chancellor: Plays this much straighter than Ghirahim, given his position as the Royal Wizard and active desire to kill Ganondorf.
  • Human Pet: He idealizes this idea for Zelda, keeping her with him and for Ganondorf to make it look like she died.
  • Shapeshifting Seducer: A tactic he tries on both Zelda and Impa, bearing similar results.


Unsorted Characters

     Skull Kid 

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