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The Hero of this age, and the main character (ostensibly) of the story. The latest reincarnation of the Hero, he is at the center of the conflict that has Hyrule in its grip. Despite being destined to stop the darkness, it is Link's very existence that has started this conflict in the first place…

In combat, you can count on Link to bring a sword and a shield to the fight, whether he has the Master Sword or not.

Provides examples of:

  • Berserker Tears: His reaction to Big Finn's Heroic Sacrifice was, to those that witnessed it, both awesome and terrifying to behold.
  • The Chosen One: As the story progresses, Link's actions prove that he truly is the Hero of his era.
    • Unfortunately, it almost gets him killed in the Temple of Souls.
  • Deconstruction: of the aforementioned The Chosen One trope that both the original game and ASWF employ: Link's rashness gets him trapped by Cia in both the game and fanfic. In ASWF, it gets taken a step further: try to fight an entire army by yourself? You're going to get covered in injuries, etc.
  • Determinator: He's taken an absolute beating over the course of the story. Numerous people have attributed it to Heroic Resolve, because no normal person could possibly survive the punishment he's put himself through.
  • Establishing Character Moment: His slaying of the King Dodongo in the Hyrulian fields. He simply did it because he knew that he had to… and never really thought about just how amazing that was, until he was reminded of this fact by Proxi. Link is absolutely a badass…but he's not in this for the glory. He's just doing it because it's the right thing to do to save others.
  • Extreme Mêlée Revenge: He almost single-handedly ripped apart Ghirahim, Ghirahim's army, and The Imprisoned as a result of watching Big Finn die in front of him. It saved the Hyrulian forces…but kept him bedridden for almost a week afterwards, and Itami was very stern in telling Link that by all accounts he should have died.
  • First Kiss: With Zelda at the end of chapter 25.
  • Guile Hero: He doesn't just go hacking and slashing into every situation he finds himself in. He's definitely smarter than that. After all, he figured that if you can't kill the Dodongo King from the outside…let it blow up from the inside.
  • The Hero: Well, duh.
  • Made of Iron: He's gotta be this. He's been battered, beaten, bloodied, scraped, bruised, lacerated, cut, broken... and he's still going.
  • The Quiet One: Definitely at the beginning. He's gotten much better about it since then, but even now he still prefers to let his actions speak for him.


    Princess Zelda 

The fair ruler of Hyrule, after the passing of her father King Daphnes II. Unlike other reincarnations of the Goddess Hylia, this Zelda is of the firm belief that a true ruler is at the front of action, rather than dictating from the sidelines. As such, she always brings either a razor-sharp rapier or a bow with her into the fray.

Provides examples of:

  • Archer Archetype: She's independent, graceful, suave, and can take the head off of a fly from 100 yards away. The only thing missing that completes the archetype is a haughty nature, which Zelda noticeably lacks. (And good thing, too.)
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Although it's established that she has trained very hard to be competent on the battlefield, she's still a powerful princess.
  • Berserk Button: Don't say anything bad about her father. Especially if you're using it to insult her. Lord Fawlty found this out the hard way.
  • Didn't Think This Through: She acknowledges the fact that disguising herself as Sheik to throw her enemies off wasn't the brightest decision ever since it only caused her own forces to get demoralized from her absence.
    Zelda: I wanted so desperately to reveal myself at the battle in the Valley of the Seers, but I just couldn't bring myself to do it.
    Impa: Why?
    Zelda: I do not know. I thought that my disappearance would lead Cia to believe that I was dead, and with me dead she would become overconfident, and thus prone to mistakes? I do not know, it was a terrible plan!
  • First Kiss: With Link at the end of chapter 25.
  • The Gadfly: She tries this every now and then with Impa. She's not nearly as good at it as the Sheikah, however, who usually fires right back at her with a much more biting remark.
  • Good Parents: She's definately had them, according to Lord Grantham. Her mother might have died in childbirth, but her father Daphnes II loved her dearly.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Absolutely this with Impa. Justified, in that they've known each other since childhood, and Impa is her friend as much as she is her loyal guardian. They're also close to the same age, unlike the rather wide age gap between the two in other incarnations.
  • I Just Shot Marvin in the Face: Twice now, Zelda has come this close to putting an arrow through the skull of first Ishaka and then Link while in the secret garden. Somewhat justified, as an archer training to hit a spot can't be relied on to also watch for someone doddering in from the side, but still.
  • Lady of War: Not so much as Impa, who has spent her entire life training as a military expert, but Zelda is no slouch when it comes to fighting.
  • Luminescent Blush: She gets these every now and then, mostly when Impa says something that embarrasses her. Or Lord Grantham when he reveals to Link that her favorite book growing up was the incredibly corny children's book "The Grouchy Goron."
  • Nerves of Steel: In battle, little (if anything) fazes her. When she sees that her forces are getting bogged down at the Temple of Souls due to the leader's sudden incompetence… she immediately orders one of her Royal Guardsmen to take command. It works.
    • She seemed quite terrified at the sight of Ganondorf arriving to the battlefield.
  • Not a Morning Person: Horrifyingly hilarious bedhead — check. Incomprehensible, animal-like grumbling — check. Blindly throwing any nearby object with deadly precision — check.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Her brief time as Sheik. It's sort of a meta-example, really, as while anyone who's even remotely familiar with the Zelda mythos knows that Sheik = Zelda, one has to briefly buy that nobody figures out of that Zelda and Sheik are one and the same.
  • Parental Substitute: Zelda has one, of a sort. Her mother died in childbirth, so Zelda symbolically came to view Nayru, Goddess of Wisdom, as a motherly figure. Considering she's also Nayru's champion as the possessor of the Triforce of Wisdom, this isn't so far-fetched.
  • Precision F-Strike: She displays this during Act III, when she frankly tells Link, Grantham, and Reedus that the other nobles need to "f***ing deal with it."
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: "That was my father, you son of a bitch."
  • Princesses Rule: Her mother (the queen) died in childbirth. Her father (the king) died on her birthday. That leaves Zelda the undisputed leader of Hyrule, despite being "only" a princess. Justified as they're just in the process of setting up her official coronation as queen…it's just that Cia and her little war interrupted things.
  • Reality Ensues: After putting up with his obtuseness, obstructiveness, racism, and general buffoonery, Zelda had enough with Lord Fawlty and essentially fired him, placing him under house arrest as a result of his censuring.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Most of the authorities on the side of good in this story tend to be good people. Zelda is no exception.
  • Royal Rapier: Her weapon of choice from up close. Hell, she's even the page image of this trope!
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Definitely. She is active both in participation in military planning and the actual fighting.
  • Troubled Fetal Position: Does this when she starts to have doubts in her plan to throw off the Dark Forces by disguising herself as Sheik in chapter 13.
  • Warrior Princess: She is the opinion that a princess' proper place during a war is among the soldiers, personally fighting among them, much to the chagrin of her advisors and protectors.


Princess Zelda's loyal bodyguard and closest friend, who has been charged with the protection of the princess since they were both young girls. A tall, confident, and stoic Sheikah warrior, Impa is most at home when she has her feet on the ground in the middle of battle, commanding the armies of Hyrule. It is her scouting party to the south that comes across the Ravager army and their leader, Ishaka, thus kick-starting the plot as a whole.

Provides examples of:

  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Being the protector of the Royal Family is one thing. But being one of the highest-ranking leaders in the Hyrulian army? That's definitely because Impa kicked ass all the way to the top.
    • Authority Equals Asskicking: It's also worth noting that she seems to kick even more ass the more prestigious her responsibilities get.
  • Badass Boast: She's had a few. Most notably her first words before the battle of the Valley of the Seers, as the Moblin commander debates fleeing.
    "No. There is no escape."
  • Combat Pragmatist: She doesn't mind fighting dirty to get an edge. She'll spit at people, throw sand in their face, or, in the case of Volga, incapacitate her foe with a kick to the liver, completely neutralizing them.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She has her moments. Usually in response to something that Ishaka said.
  • Determinator: In her fight with Volga for the final time, she continues to fight him in hand-to-hand combat even though he has been super-powered by Cia. As a result of his upgrades, he now emits an incredibly hot air around him. Impa developed second- and maybe even third-degree burns, and still kept going!
  • Dope Slap: Administers these with some frequency. To Ishaka. In the face.
  • Four-Star Badass: She is one of the highest ranking soldiers in the Hyrulian army. And she absolutely earns her rank with everything she does on the battle field.
  • The Gadfly: Every now and then, she really does enjoy needling Zelda about a multitude of topics — namely, Zelda's love life (or lack thereof).
  • Grappler In All Of Us: Impa is almost just as dangerous on the ground without a weapon as she is when she's got her Biggoron Knife. In her fight against a brainwashed Darunia, she employs an improvised tornado DDT and a triangle choke. She even gets Darunia, a GORON, to tap out!
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Her and Zelda, bar none.
  • Lady of War: Probably Hyrule's defining example. She has many samurai mannerisms, and fights with a grace and style that is unbefitting the brutality of war.
  • Lightning Bruiser: She's tall, and she carries a very big sword. She's also very swift on her feet.
  • Mama Bear: To Zelda, Link (by virtue of his status as the Hero of the Era), and to her men in general.
  • A Mother To Her Men: The Hyrulian forces adore Impa both for her combat prowess, her level head on the battlefield, and her willingness to share in the pain that the rest of her men must face. For example, she refuses to ride a horse if the rest of her men don't have one.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: There really hasn't been any indication that she is muscular, and yet she still wields her Biggoron Knife as if it were an aerodynamic, paper-thin toy.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Zelda. Comes with the territory of swearing an oath of order to the Royal Family.
  • Verbal Judo: Proves to be skilled at this in the Era of Time, when dealing with the brainwashed Gorons. Ultimately played with, as she talks her way out of a grand battle with the Gorons… only to get into a one-on-one fight with the brainwashed Darunia.
    • She also somehow managed to talk Volga of all people into giving her a fair fight, which led to her swiftly winning.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Her relationship with Ishaka is evolving into this.
    • Unresolved Sexual Tension: Unbeknownst to both her and Ishaka, this is what it's REALLY been the whole time.
      • They finally act on it in the grand finale of the story, after Ganondorf has been slain.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Impa gives one towards Zelda when the latter is feeling depressed with the consequences caused through her time as Sheik.
    Impa: The mightiest are the ones that see when they have failed, but they are the ones that do not let themselves sink into grief and misery because of that. I cannot pretend that I know all of the answers. All I know is that things are difficult, Zelda, but we will get through them. You just have to believe, I suppose. It sounds silly, but sometimes that might be all it takes.
    Zelda: I must be rubbing off on you.
    Impa: That's because you're my friend. Friends tend to do that.


The gregarious, jovial, earthen, yet ultimately mysterious man that is at the head of the rag-tag army that has dubbed themselves "the Ravagers." Originally independent of the Hyrulian war effort, Ishaka's chance meeting with Impa's scouting party through the Southern Vale has caused the folksy commander to temporarily join forces with Hyrule in order to defeat the dark forces that threaten the land. Being an unconventional individual, Ishaka's fighting methods and twin knives make him well-suited to unconventional warfare.

Provides examples of:

  • Annoying Laugh: Whenever he sees or hears something that he finds particularly amusing, he gives off a notably high-pitched "hee-hee-hee!" sort of laugh. Impa's the only person who has found this annoying.
  • The Big Guy: Though Darunia gives him a run for his money when he joins the task force, it is a well-established fact that Ishaka is really, really big. He's a little over six and a half feet tall (6'5"), and he's mentioned to be built much like a Goron.
  • Distinguished Gentleman's Pipe: It isn't distinguished, per sé, but the number of times that Ishaka pulls out his pipe to smoke is too many to count. Whether it's a form of coping or he's simply an addict hasn't been established yet, but one thing is certain: as the amount of time spent on a scene featuring Ishaka increases, the probability that he's going to pull out his pipe approaches one.
    • It must be a Gerudo thing, as Ganondorf is quick to display his Cigar Chomper pride himself.
  • Emotional Bruiser: It's established fairly quickly that, for all of his toughness and nastiness in combat, he does have a soft spot. Particularly for kids. See below.
  • Friend to All Children: When they meet Agitha in the realm of Twilight, he is insistent on calling her by her self-proclaimed title, the "Insect Princess." It helps get her on their side almost immediately.
  • Gonk: The amount of injuries he's accumulated over the course of the story are starting to do a number on him. He even had a few teeth knocked out, courtesy of Ganondorf.
  • Heroic BSoD: His reaction to finding out that he is a Gerudo, just like Ganondorf.
  • I Choose to Stay: At the conclusion of the story, he decides that he is not equipped to lead the Ravagers in a time of peace, and instead abdicates his command to Itami, and chooses to stay in Hyrule with Impa.
  • Large Ham: Oh yeah. With traces of Screaming Warrior and Blood Knight tossed in as well. Basically, if you're on the battlefield and Ishaka is on the other side, pray that he doesn't see you.
  • Lightning Bruiser: He's surprisingly quick for a guy his size. It's what helped him get the jump on Volga in the Valley of the Seers, saving Impa in the process.
  • Never Learned to Read: As revealed at the end of Chapter 23. Judging by his reaction to this discovery, he is very ashamed of this fact.
    • Before Chapter 23, Midna comes close to discovering this during the campaign in the Era of Twilight. His response has Midna and the others wondering what got into him.
    • There's also a very subtle clue to this when Ishaka remarks that Impa sounds like a Self-Help book, despite never having read one himself.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: A staple of the Ravager army, and it all stems from this guy here.
  • Redundant Rescue: A Type B version between him and Impa. He springs from a hiding place to ambush Volga, only to scare off the Dragon Warrior. He ends up being slightly stunned from the move he pulled on Volga, and then gets a kick in the gut from an irate Impa, who points out that she had Volga on the ropes and did not need a rescue.
  • Refusal of the Call: When Ganondorf is killed and the Triforce of Power is seeking a new master, everyone assumes that Ishaka will take it. However, he has no intention of continuing the cycle that Ganondorf perpetuated. Thus, he refuses to be the new bearer of Power and Din's Will.
  • The Reveal: Ganondorf is not the only male Gerudo in existence anymore, folks.
  • Southern-Fried Genius: He has a very earthy, good ol' boy vibe to him. But, as the story has progressed, buried beneath that disarming nature is a man that is evidently really, really smart. How, after all, was he convinced to join Impa back to Hyrule? She beat him in a game of riddles.
    • Makes you wonder just how smart he'd really be if he actually knew how to read.
  • Teeth Flying: He's lost a couple of teeth thanks to Ganondorf.
  • There Was a Door: A rather awesome inversion. While trying to get into Cia's throne room in the Temple of Souls, he doesn't break out of the place…he breaks in. By using Cia. As an improvised wrecking ball. After Cia tries to break his resolve with a "The Reason You Suck" Speech and fails.
  • True Companions: He and Itami definately fit the bill.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: His relationship with Impa is evolving into this.
    • Unresolved Sexual Tension: Unbeknownst to both him and Impa, this is what it's REALLY been the whole time.
      • They finally act on it in the grand finale of the story, after Ganondorf has been slain.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent??: Ishaka speaks in a very distinctive accent that drops any unnecessary sounds and letters in a word. Itami lampshades a particularly flustered moment when Link has recovered the Triforce of Courage by noting that Ishaka is hard enough to understand to begin with. Word of God is that it is supposed to be a (ultimately fictitious) blend of deep southern and Cajun accents.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: He explicitly tries to take down Volga with a belly-to-back suplex, dropping Volga on his head. It doesn't work, but that's more due to Volga's Nigh-Invulnerability tendencies than a lack of effort on Ishaka's part.


Other heroes:


A bright and perky young lady that is a powerful sorceress, trained in white (ie. "good") magic. She feels that it's her personal responsibility to end the war that Cia has launched against Hyrule. She joins the quest to stop Cia's attempted conquest of Hyrule, after the heroes assist her in the Faron Woods. Just like in the game, she is the physical manifestation of Cia's good half.

Provides examples of:

  • Armor Piercing Statement: When Itami finishes his Rage Against the Heavens spiel in front of her, Lana quietly listens to his grievances, takes into consideration the life that Itami has led, and then remarks "It sounds like you know a lot more about death than you do about living." Itami doesn't really know how to respond to that.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: "What's his favorite color?"
    • Bonus awesome points in that she's firing these off to Cia. She's essentially dishing these out to herself.
  • Badass Boast: When she defeats Wizzro at the Temple of the Sacred Souls, she remarks that Wizzro has forgotten a very important detail: Lana might be split from Cia, but that sure as hell doesn't mean that Lana is weaker.
  • Genki Girl: Certainly looks and acts the part, especially during her first meeting with the rest of the heroes in the Faron Woods.
  • Good Counterpart: To Cia.
  • Hope Bringer: The Ravagers view her like this. Others see her steadfast optimism as absolutely essential. Itami tells her to never lose it.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: She might share the same feelings for Link that her other half Cia does, but she seems relatively acceptant of the reality that Link and Zelda are simply closer to each other.
  • A Mother To Her Men: She had this towards her little rebellion in the Faron Woods. She seems to be becoming a sort of motherly figure to the Ravagers, all of whom call her "miss Lana" or something similarly respectful. Considering just who the Ravagers are, that's pretty remarkable.
  • The Medic: She's explicitly stated to be an expert at healing people. She helped Itami save Link from near-death after his experiences in the Era of Sky.
  • Odd Friendship: With Itami, the grouchy cynical Nay-Theist of all people.
  • Sad Clown: She's a remarkably perky girl… but a lot of it seems to be covering up her pain at being the good counterpart to Cia, and her subsequent feeling of responsibility for Cia's actions.
  • White Mage: Her style and role on the battlefield.


The Goron King from the Era of Time. A boisterous man who believes in brotherhood, friendship, combat, and drinking. He's not so much a fighter as he is a force of nature on the battlefield, a man who cannot be ordered so much as aimed in a general direction. When he takes up his Megaton Hammer, chances are by the time he puts it back down for the day, he's already flattened about half of the enemy forces.

Provides examples of:

  • Big Damn Heroes: Saves Lana and Itami by smashing Ghirahim into a pulp.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: A very prominent example.
  • Blood Knight: The man loves his combat.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Briefly (thank heavens).
  • Defeat Means Friendship: He got choked out by Impa on the foothills of the Goron Kingdom, which impressed him so much that he joined the fight against Cia. Probably helped that in doing so, he was freed from a Poe's mind control.
  • Drop the Hammer: Darunia's Megaton Hammer is huge and he uses it with ease. Seriously, he swings that thing the way someone might wield a knife.
  • Large and in Charge: Very much so.
  • Large Ham: Good grief.
  • Refuge in Audacity: There's no other reason for him throwing his hammer in the face of Ganon to get the beast's attention.
  • War Is Hell: Surprisingly, given his Blood Knight tendencies, Darunia believes this firmly. He reasons that while he would not wish war upon anyone, he will fight to defend those that he cares about…and hopefully others will learn that war really doesn't solve anything.


Spunky, spontaneous, and rather flirtatious, Ruto I of the Zora Kingdom originates from the Era of Time like Darunia. Given a choice, she would much rather sit back and enjoy the privileges of royalty. However, when the call to action rises, Ruto is more than willing to do what is necessary. This is especially true in combat, where her graceful fighting style leaves hordes of enemies gasping for air.

Provides examples of:

  • Establishing Character Moment: She is a very flirtatious individual. She remarks, during a meeting, that if the Zelda that ejected her from her kingdom wasn't the real Zelda, then "I'll kiss the closest man I can find!" Cue the real Zelda walking down the steps to reveal herself. Ruto turns towards the soldier she'd been leaning against and remarks "Eh. You're good." And then proceeds to make out with him while the rest of the group discusses war plans.
  • The Glomp: Does this to Matthew Grantham when she sees he has survived the final battle.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: She loves having fun. Part of it is because of her flirtatious personality, and part of it is… well, just see Screw the War, We're Partying! below.
  • Precision F-Strike: She's normally pretty reserved, language-wise, but when Itami races right through the enemy ranks in order to link up with a stranded brigade… as in, he runs back and forth through them without a scratch, Ruto's response is pretty understandable.
    "By the Goddesses! How the fuck did you do that?"
  • Really Gets Around: The Hyrulian Codex implies this about her, but we get plenty of evidence that isn't so implicit throughout the story. See her establishing character moment above.
    • However, not a single person has truly heaped scorn upon Ruto for this behavior (the most being a dry aside comment from Itami), and it doesn't affect her (quite strong) sense of morality and goodness. Thus, this probably makes it cross between Really Gets Around and Ethical Slut.
  • Rescue Romance: She tried this with Itami. Didn't take. Baron Matthew Grantham, on the other hand…
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: She might not want to do things, because she's afraid or lazy or otherwise perturbed by what's asked of her… but in the end, she will do the right thing. Just be prepared for her to complain about it afterwards.
  • Screaming Woman: Her reaction to being ungagged by a now not-brainwashed Darunia deep within his dungeons. Absolutely played for laughs in this case.
  • Screw the War, We're Partying!: A big reason why she spends most of her nights drinking and dancing/canoodling with any man she can find is because she hates war and is deeply troubled by what it brings. It's equal parts an extension of her personality and coping mechanism.


A beautiful yet almost mechanical spirit, originating from the Era of the Sky. A feminine figure that is neither alive nor dead, Fi is the physical manifestation of the Goddess Sword, the ancient precursor to the Blade of Evil's Bane—the Master Sword. A rather methodical and robotic entity, Fi is more interested in the mathematical likelihoods of existence than in the supernatural. However, over time she too will learn that sometimes life is more than a matter of percentages and probability... As she is the already-devastating Goddess Sword, Fi has no need to bring any other weapon to the fight.

Provides examples of:

  • Ambiguously Human: No one is quite sure what to call her or describe her as. She looks feminine, but she is definitely not a "girl" by any stretch of the imagination.
  • Dance Battler: Watching her fight is like watching an ice skater. Except instead of expecting triple spins and flips, she's kicking enemies' heads in. Or off.
  • Living Lie Detector: The only explanation for how she was able to figure that Ghirahim was possessing Captain Weylon.
  • The Nothing After Death: Believes that this will be her fate when she eventually becomes the power behind the Master Sword. Unlike Midna, who is horrified to hear this, Fi is oddly philosophical about it: she believes that it is simply her destiny, and she does not mind because she is not really "alive" in the first place; ergo, one could also construe it as a form of immortality.
  • Odd Friendship: With Midna.
  • The Spock: Much like she is in her original game, Fi is very statistically aware.



The deposed Twilight Princess, summoned forth from the Era of Twilight. A deadpan, snarky, and otherwise abrasive individual, Midna was re-cursed by Cia to inhabit the body of a feline-esque imp, much as she did during her most famous adventure. Despite her tendency to tease, troll, and otherwise belittle those around her, deep down, the Twilight Princess has a heart of gold Rupees, and will fight with great ferocity to defend those that she cares about.

Provides examples of:

  • Angry Guard Dog: Keeps a few of these around her in the form of Twilight wolves to keep soldiers from ogling her Twili form. It's more for her own amusement than anything.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Not by choice… again. This time around, it's Cia who turned her back into her imp-like form. Just like in the game, she is very annoyed at this turn of events.
    • When Cia dies, her spell is broken and Midna is once again restored to her Twili form.
  • Berserk Button: Go on. Call her a "kitty". Just be sure to call an ambulance, too. (Or Itami.)
  • Deadpan Snarker: She's pretty much the queen of this trope. Just like in her original game.
  • The Gadfly: Her sense of humor is this, much like her original incarnation. Before she says goodbye for good, her last words are openly wondering when Impa and Ishaka are planning their wedding. Or did she mean Itami and Lana? Or Link and Zelda? Only she knows.
  • Guilty Pleasures: She reads trashy romance stories in her spare time. Somewhat subverted, as she freely admits to it and doesn't get embarrassed about it in the least.
    Midna: "When you're the ruler of the Twilight realm, you get to do damn well whatever you please. If I wanted to be fanned by svelte Twili warriors while I read a smutty book, that's my pleasure."
  • Misses Her Friend: Midna mentions the Link of her Era. After shattering the gateway between the Light and the Twilight, she began to miss her friend, leading her to build a somewhat unstable version of said gateway.
  • Odd Friendship: With Fi. Not every day that you see a cat-like imp (admittedly transformed from her Twili form) chatting with the almost-robotic spirit of a sword.
    • Also with Agitha, particularly after returning back to her true form. This a very cute scene where Midna surprises her with Meathook.
  • Parental Substitute: To Agitha, sort of. Is closer to a Cool Big Sis in earlier chapters, but comforts Agitha in a motherly fashion as King Romulus is dying.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She is quite beautiful as a Twili, but also quite tall. She delights in the fact that now Link and Zelda have to look up to her.
  • The Snark Knight: Pretty much any snark-related trope applies to Midna. She's got a rapier wit, after all.
  • Talk to the Fist: Or, rather, talk to the prehensile hair, Cia.


A rather quirky little girl, also summoned from the Era of Twilight. Not necessarily a people person at heart, Agitha is the self-proclaimed "Insect Princess," and most of her friends seem to be of the creepy-crawly nature. However, despite this she is not necessarily a hermit at heart. She is just… rather odd, and doesn't always understand the nature of what is going on around her. Despite this, she too is a determined and brave soul, and would never do anything that led to the harm of those that earn her loyalty.

Provides examples of:


Ishaka's second-in-command. A deeply bitter and grouchy man, Itami is also the best doctor — and/or war medic — in the Ravager army, if not the entire Hyrulian coalition. The origins of his partnership with Ishaka are Shrouded in Myth, and he isn't one to divulge the details. Despite his (numerous) faults, Itami is a very good doctor and more than a capable lieutenant on the battlefield.

Provides examples of:

  • Awesomeness by Analysis: While he's treating Link's injuries sustained in the Era of Sky, he's able to deduce that the mixture of Captain Dorias' homemade remedy might have done more harm than good…simply because there were too many ground up poppy flowers in the dosage.
  • Character Development: He gets a lot of this in the story. He goes from a cold and snide man who only tolerates Ishaka to a cynical snarker who is absolutely devoted to the precious few that he has come to care about. His relationship with Lana is definitely a good example of this in action.
  • The Consigliere: Pretty much openly stated to be this to Ishaka. Though, one has to wonder whether he's tempering Ishaka's decision-making with reason or he's just playing the cynic to Ishaka's generally jovial attitude.
  • The Cynic: Itami doesn't come off as a particularly happy guy.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He has his moments. This is usually how he reacts around people he likes. That is, if he likes anyone at all.
  • Dr. Jerk: Itami is a brilliant doctor. He's also kind of an asshole. Multiple people have commented on him needing to improve his bedside manner.
  • Frontier Doctor: The Ravagers aren't exactly living in a metropolitan area. Much of Itami's treatments involve herbal medicines… other things, and a near-encyclopedic knowledge of the effects of herbs and other medicines on the human (or otherwise) body.
  • Hates Small Talk: Yep. Anytime he's around, everything that he discusses is something relevant to the issue at hand. He doesn't share personal life stories.
    • Unless you're Lana, apparently.
  • Hidden Depths: Over the course of the story, it's starting to become clear that Itami might not be the complete one-note cynic that everyone thinks he is, thanks to being around Lana.
  • Hyper-Competent Sidekick: As the story progresses, one starts to wonder whether or not Itami is the more talented man than Ishaka is, despite the latter being in charge. Until he abdicates in favor of Itami taking command.
  • Insistent Terminology: That's "war medic" to you, not "doctor."
    • He notably breaks this during his Rage Against the Heavens speech, explicitly calling himself Lana's doctor in defiance of the Goddesses. Unbelievably, that might have helped him save her.
  • Jerkass: How he comes across to pretty much everyone. Even Ishaka, his leader, is subject to a biting remark every now and then.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: To the surprise of literally everyone, who was the person that eventually signed off on Uhaa becoming the first outlander as a member of Zelda's Royal Guard? Itami.
    • Him consoling Lana after her disastrous rendezvous with Cia pretty much firmly pushes him into this trope.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: He has commented on more than one occasion that he hates his job. That doesn't stop him from doing it.
  • Knife Nut: Not much time is spent establishing Itami's fighting abilities (though he is implied to be more than competent), but what little there is focuses on the fact that he really likes knives…especially throwing them.
  • Nay-Theist: Probably to be expected, considering his jerkass tendencies, but Itami really doesn't like the Golden Goddesses.
  • Not Distracted by the Sexy: A rather humorous example: upon saving the overly dramatic Princess Ruto from Wizzro posing as Princess Zelda, the Zora very openly starts flirting with him. Itami reacts to this with annoyance, because it's making his job difficult.
  • Odd Friendship: With Lana, the spritely, optimistic, good-hearted White Mage. Of all people!
    • If his reaction to seeing her almost die in chapter 34 is any indication, it might be a little bit more than friendship on Itami's part.
  • Rage Against the Heavens: He gives perhaps the most profane and titanic one in literary history when he thinks that Lana has died.
    • It is so over-the-top, that one of the Hyrulians with him speculates that it motivated the Goddesses to revive Lana, as a sort of sardonic answer to his hate.
  • Shrouded in Myth: Multiple stories have been told about the origins of him and Ishaka forming the Ravagers. Itami hasn't said anything about it, leaving the history open to rumormongering.
  • Surgeons Can Do Autopsies If They Want: Subverted. Itami leads the charge in treating a badly-injured Link after his fight in the Sealed Grounds, but it is explicitly stated that he's using other people to help. He only really takes on a complete and solo role as Link gets better.
  • The Smart Guy: He's repeatedly alluded to as a brilliant lieutenant for Ishaka, both in battlefield tactics and general decision-making skills.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: His reaction to Captain Dorias giving medicine to an injured Link. Yes, it was done with good intentions, but that doesn't change the fact that an overdosage could have killed the hero.
  • When He Smiles: The sight of Lana alive and okay brings out the first truly warm and legitimate smile that Itami has ever had in the entire story.
    Lana: Oh, do that again!
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Big Finn thinks that Itami's cynicism and tendency to stay in the background is selling himself short, and he truly thought that Itami was a special guy deep down. Sadly, his death in the Era of Sky means that Itami will never know this.
    • One has to imagine that Big Finn, wherever he is in death, looks down upon Itami's consoling of Lana at the end of chapter 27 with fondness.

The Ravagers

    As A Whole 

Ishaka's army of mercenaries—orphans, thieves, whores, "thievin' whores" (can't forget those), outcasts, outsiders, rejects, settlers, wastelanders, refugees…and so forth…that has organized itself into a loose confederacy. They fight out of a sense of unity in their plight, and above all an impressive loyalty to their leader Ishaka.

    Notable Ravagers 

Big Finn

One of the major Ravager captains. A loud and boisterous fellow, he has lived a lifetime as a fighter and was instrumental in the development of Ishaka… and later, Link.

Provides examples of:

  • Blood Knight: Ohhhhh, yeah.
  • Brave Scot: Sort of. There is no "Scotland" in the universe of Zelda, but it is very easy to imagine everything out of Big Finn's mouth as a thick Scottish brogue.
  • Carry a Big Stick: Big Finn's weapon of choice.
  • Cool Old Guy: He isn't ancient, but he's established as being a bit on the older end of the scale in comparison to the rest of the cast. Doesn't stop him from being a badass.
  • A Father to His Men: Big Finn is beloved by his "scummies," a team of hardcore tribal Ravagers that were assigned to protect Link in the Era of Sky.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He saves Link from getting killed by the Brainwashed and Crazy Captain Weylon by shielding him from knife strikes…knife strikes that Big Finn absorbs to the back.
  • Hero of Another Story: The way that Itami and Ishaka speak so highly of him, it's clear that this guy has had more than a couple of crazy adventures before he joined up with the Ravagers. Sadly, his death in Skyloft prevents us from finding out more.
  • Inspirational Martyr: His death is what spurs Link to pretty much single-handedly beat the unholy shit out of Ghirahim's forces…and later The Imprisoned.
  • Nerves of Steel: He isn't remotely afraid of Volga, even after Volga has spent the majority of his time in Skyloft killing things.
  • Parental Substitute: Ishaka admits that he was greatly inspired by Big Finn to the point of viewing him as a father figure, and even in time Link views him as a father figure. Naturally, Big Finn's death shakes them both up badly.

Ryu Hyabushi

One of the major Ravager captains. A foul-mouthed, hard-nosed, woman with face paint and a shaved head. She serves as the "drill sergeant" of the Ravagers, acting as the intermediary between Ishaka, Itami and the rest of the force.

Provides examples of:

  • Action Girl: As is…pretty much the entirety of the female cast, it would seem.
  • Bald Women: She's shaved her hair completely off, presumably in an effort to look intimidating. It works.
    • More or less confirmed when she drunkenly asks Ishaka if he thinks Lady Shiftlett is a good kisser, and seems disappointed that the latter is not around.
  • Blood Knight: Ryu really likes combat. To the point where one of the Ravagers remarks that she gets off on it.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: She's definitely got shades of this. It's all played positively, though: her gruffness leads to a pretty well-oiled army. Humorously, she does refer to those beneath her as "maggots."
  • The Lad-ette: YUP.
  • A Mother To Her Men: Despite being a hard-drinking, foul-mouthed hardass…Ryu is adored by the Ravagers beneath her. It's probably because of these traits, in fact.
  • Number Two: Likely to become this to Itami now that he is the new leader of the Ravagers.
  • Odd Friendship: She's about as far from Princess Zelda as one gets in terms of lifestyle, mannerisms and societal rank, and yet for all intents and purposes the regent gets along famously with her.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Ryu is not the tallest individual. She still gets right into a fray with the best of them.
  • Pirate Girl: She mentions being descended from the Gerudo (about 25%, assuming a standard splitting of genetics in her grandparents and parents). Considering this is the Zelda universe, that's probably close enough to this.
  • Sergeant Rock: Most definitely. Anything that she's ordering her men and women to do… she's gonna be right there in the middle of it. Hell, she might even try to upstage them! She also knows that she is not fitted to be the general leader… but is perfect for the role she is given.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: God damn can Ryu light up a conversation with profanity. She uses four-letter words like commas.
  • Tribal Face Paint: The Ravagers as a whole tend to use this for intimidation tactics, but Ryu wears hers even when off duty.


A very young Ravager, and a member of Big Finn's "scummies." He was initially assigned to protect Link's life during the Era of Sky. After saving Princess Zelda's life at the Temple of Souls, Zelda appoints him to the Hyrulian Royal Guard.

Provides examples of:

  • Good Is Not Soft: Uhaa seems to be a respectful and kind fellow, eager to learn and succeed (if a little bit shy around his superiors). How, then, did he get named to the Hyrulian Royal Guard? He saved Princess Zelda's life…by snapping a Darknut's neck. Keep in mind that the Darknut was fully armored at the time.
  • Heroic BSoD: "M-m-m-m-m-m-muh-muh-MEEEEDDDDDIIICCCC!!!!" This was the only thing he could say once he'd returned the severely injured Link to Hyrule.
  • The Quiet One: Uhaa isn't much of a socializer. He prefers reading in his off-time, apparently.

Brudduh Denbe

An aging Ravager that serves as one of Ishaka's lead scouts. A rather nasty injury to his throat renders him almost incomprehensible, with Ishaka being one of the few to be able to decipher his rumblings.

Provides examples of:



Once the fair and wise Sorceress of Time, Cia watched over all possible pasts, presents, and futures from her throne in the Valley of the Seers. During her time, she would become fascinated with one particular soul: a noble and fair young man who reincarnated through the ages to do battle with the forces of darkness. She also noticed that, every time, this soul would eventually become linked with the soul of the princess of each era. Feeling a severe bout of jealously, amplified by her own sense of crushing loneliness, Cia allowed a sliver of the darkness to infect her heart. Unfortunately—not only for herself, but also for Hyrule—this sliver of darkness corrupted her, pushing out the light from her heart and making her its puppet. Now, counseled by this darkness, Cia wages war against all of Hyrule, determined to have her hero by her side, no matter the cost…

Provides examples of:

  • And I Must Scream: In a rather vulnerable moment, Cia laments to Lana that this is what her job feels like as the Sorceress of Time: Forever tasked to guard the passage and flow of time for all of eternity…and you have to do it alone.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: She gives a reserved one to herself when she thinks that Link will die from his injuries accumulated in the Era of Sky.
  • Berserk Button: Any flippancy towards her beloved Link will get you your ass kicked. In fact, if you don't take great care to treat him with utter respect… heh, nice knowin' ya.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: At first, as a result of Ganondorf's influence. However, when he escapes from her, and she seals him in the dark realm, it's clear that her angry and lustful feelings for Link are More Than Mind Control.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Cia, for all of her magical abilities, really isn't the best military commander: She doesn't maneuver troops well, doesn't seem to care about casualties, and constantly relies on "trump card" moments to maintain the edge. While this puts the Hyrulians and their friends on their heels at first, over time the forces of light are able to adapt to her tactics.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Dies in Lana's arms after the latter hits her with a killing spell.
  • Double Entendre: She is a BIG fan of this, with Volga and Link being the source of her phrasing.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Lana. A bit of an inversion, as Lana is actually the good half of Cia that has been expelled.
  • Evil Is Sexy: There's definitely this vibe to Cia's interactions. And by definitely, we mean explicitly stated within the text.
  • Femme Fatale: Absolutely. She is not above using her feminine wiles to get what she wants.
  • Freudian Excuse: When it boils right down to the basics, the reason that she started all of this is because she is painfully lonely, having to deal with the death and ascension of her mentor in addition to her unrequited love for Link. However, numerous characters reject this excuse as valid, pointing out she does not get a free pass for the actions committed in her name simply because her feelings are hurt.
    • More or less explicitly confirmed in Chapter 27. She never really got over the fact that one day Rauru, her master and the closest thing to a father she'd ever had, ascended to another plane without her getting a chance to say goodbye… and then Lana abandoned her. "Everyone leaves in the end, Lana. Why does everyone leave me?"
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: Yeah, Ganondorf is the one that planted the seeds in her head to lust after Link…but if her rant to Lana in chapter 27 is any indication, he wasn't exactly working on barren soil.
  • Go Out with a Smile: It's suggested that, in her dying moments, Cia finally found the inner peace she'd been looking for.
  • If I Can't Have You...: As her world and plans crumble around her, she attempts to kill Link just to spite Zelda, despite knowing that this would break her own heart, too. However, Lana kills her before she's able to do it.
  • Lecherous Licking: She licked the Master Sword, after making a remark about how she wanted to see what Link's new sword could do… We'd say that that qualifies.
  • Lust: This is probably her Fatal Flaw. You can bet that whenever Cia's not thinking about how to kill Zelda, she's dreaming of what she's going to do to Link afterwards. She thinks that her feelings for Link is that of true love, but in reality Ganondorf just twisted it into a rather sad version of this.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: Pretty much Cia's plan. First order of business is getting Link, obviously, but it would be so much easier if he didn't have that Zelda around to distract him...
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Her efforts to seduce Link in the Temple of Souls not only fail, but soon afterwards she sees him kissing Zelda.
  • Orcus on His Throne: Cia is hinted at having enormous magical power. She doesn't use it that much, preferring to let her flunkies do the majority of the work for her.
  • Redemption Rejection: Okay. You have to give Lana credit for trying to reach her, but there was probably not much point in the end.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Oh, hell yeah.
  • Stripperific: Her standard outfit. Taken Up to Eleven in chapter 23, when her shades attempt to get inside Ishaka's head while completely naked.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Tries to give one to both Link and Ishaka. As far as we know, neither of them worked. And the latter got her literally thrown through a wall.
    • Interestingly, it is revealed that her speech towards Link sort of did work, in that she badly shook him up at feeling so "dirty" with her. Unfortunately for Cia, Zelda was there to talk him off the ledge.
    • No word on whether it worked on Ishaka, either.
    • She gave a withering one to Lana, however. That one seems to have stuck. But then Itami showed up.
  • Smug Snake: Much like most of the villains in the story. It's pretty clear that she's using it to cover up her many issues underneath.
  • Tsundere: During her interactions with Link when she's got him trapped in the Temple of Souls. One minute, she's rubbing herself up against him. The next, her hate for Zelda causes her to to dig her nails into his shoulder, drawing blood. As soon as she sees what she's done, she panics and starts trying to make him feel better.
    • However, after using her crystal ball to spy on Link and Zelda and witness their First Kiss and her subsequent NUCLEAR response, it's probably safe to say that Cia has "graduated" to straight-up Yandere.
  • The Vamp: Her interactions with Link when she has him trapped in the Temple of Souls really come close to this. He was badly shaken up afterwards.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Has a truly TITANIC one when she spies Link and Zelda having their First Kiss.
  • Villainous Lament: Gives a surprisingly poignant and sad one when Lana visits her in her temple in Chapter 27.
  • We Have Reserves: Seems to be her battle strategy. If her forces outnumber your forces, then rest assured she's just going to throw them at you until your forces are overwhelmed. Volga gets rather annoyed with this. Repeatedly.
  • Yandere: Cia slowly becomes one as the story progresses. She certainly loses it after seeing Link and Zelda's First Kiss.


The Dragon Warrior. The second-in-command for Cia, he serves as the battlefield general for the armies of darkness. A large and impossibly proud man, he is rumored to be descended from the great dragon Volvagia, and he fights with the savagery and brutality that one would expect of a man of his disposition.

Provides examples of:

  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Oh, absolutely. He is convinced that he is the greatest fighter alive, and that all are beneath him. He might not be too far from the truth, considering…
  • The Big Guy: He's huge. He's almost seven feet tall, and stands a good few inches taller than Ishaka.
  • Dynamic Entry: He tends to do this a lot. One moment, things are going fine. The next, you hear a roar, a flash of fire and brimstone, and then you're dead with a spear in your back.
  • Fantastic Racism: He really doesn't seem to like humans. Or Gorons. Or Zora. Or really anyone that isn't him.
  • Fatal Flaw: PRIDE. Volga believes that, because he is descended from Volvagia, the great Dragon of Death Mountain, this makes him unkillable. It is this same hubris that allows Impa to trick him into rejecting Cia's magical enhancements to his power. Without them, he is left with just his own skill… skill he'd let grow sloppy due to relying on Cia's power-ups. Impa defeats him rather easily after that.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: He gets angry really easily. Wizzro would frequently needle him to get a reaction. It usually worked.
  • Lightning Bruiser: In addition to being built like a tank, Volga is also insanely fast.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: He seems to have this. Ishaka dropped him on his head with a belly-to-back suplex onto rocky ground, something that should have killed him, and at most Volga was simply annoyed.
  • Off with His Head!: How Impa finishes him off.
  • Only Sane Man: There are traces of this in his personality and interactions with Cia and Wizzro. He seems rather annoyed with Cia's managing of battle reserves and planning, and yet in the end is forced to obey her regardless. Probably has something to do with his warrior-like tendencies.
  • Out of Focus: He hasn't really been doing much lately, after getting his hide tanned in the Valley of the Seers.
    • …only to come roaring back in Chapter 28, in the final battle between Hyrule and Cia's forces.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: He's possibly descended from a dragon. You'd be one, too.
  • Reality Ensues: If you have been spending an impossibly long time relying on the magical enhancements of an outsider instead of working to sharpen your own skill, when the time comes to prove yourself on your own merits…you will fall to someone who does not have that same handicap. Just ask Impa.
  • Sore Loser: He's quick to cite numerous reasons for why his frequent encounters with the heroes have ended in failure. None of them involve him simply getting bested. It was always something else. Cia finds this amusingly childish.


A mysterious entity that is supposedly composed completely out of dark magic, emitted from a cursed ring. Wizzro serves as the summoner for Cia, calling forth countless soldiers for her to use in her insane quest to have Link by her side.

Provides examples of:

  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Link effortlessly destroys him when he gets the Master Sword.
  • Deader Than Dead: By shattering the ring that controlled Wizzro's powers, Link has effectively erased Wizzro from existence. No one will miss him.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: The author must reeeaaaally not like this Poe, because after the build-up of his magical prowess et al, he gets his freaking ass kicked by Link and the only thing cool about him is how he dies.
  • Jerkass: Wizzro is kind of a prick. And that's putting it mildly.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He used a mighty Poe in order to brainwash Darunia and the Goron people in the Era of Time. It didn't last.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: W Izzro has impersonated Zelda and Lana over the course of the story in order to sow discord amongst the ranks of the heroes and their armies.
  • What an Idiot!: Wizzro explicitly thinks to himself that the Master Sword doesn't look all that impressive, therefore there's nothing to fear about it. So he decides to test his power against it.


A villain originating from the Era of the Sky. A cultured and wicked individual, Ghirahim seeks the return of his master, The Demon King Demise. Failing that, he'll settle for following Cia in her quest, mainly for his own twisted sense of amusement. He is also the physical embodiment of the Demon Sword, his master's weapon.

Provides examples of:

  • Agent Peacock: A villainous example. He looks like a namby-pamby pretty boy, but Ghirahim is incredibly dangerous.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Probably the biggest example in the story. He is supremely confident in his skills with a sword (probably because he is a sword), and thinks that everyone is beneath his talent.
  • Death Is Cheap: Ganondorf revives him at the beginning of the fourth act, and Ghirahim remains just as dangerous as before.
  • Drop the Hammer: Darunia comes back just in time to stop him from attacking Lana and Itami, and crushes the Demon Tribe leader like a pancake with his hammer. And then Double Tap proceeds to smash him again to make sure.]]
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Even he, a misanthrope supreme towards humans, can tell that Cia's "love" for Link seems very, very wrong.
  • For the Evulz: Seems to be his operating procedure. He doesn't really care about Cia or her quest. He just likes killing things, and will gladly jump in on a cause that gives him that chance.
  • Graceful Loser: When Link stabs him with two swords through the back, Ghirahim smiles and manages to remark "Well played."
  • Hero Killer: He's indirectly responsible for the death of Big Finn.
  • Humans Are Bastards: He has a very dim view of the human species, and won't hesitate to let them know it.
  • In the Back: How Link finishes him off.
  • Misanthrope Supreme: Towards humans. They're all scum to him, and thus he feels completely remorseless in slaughtering them.
  • More Than Mind Control: Taunts Link with the thought that the brainwashed Captain Weylon's slaying of Big Finn wasn't just mind control, but actually something that Weylon secretly wanted to do himself.
  • Not Distracted by the Sexy: It's implied that Cia tried seducing him in order to help her out. He apparently considered it and got damn close to doing the deed, remarking that she was "soft and warm," but in the end refuses her advances. He still helps her, so maybe he was just being a dick.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Uses Big Finn's death at the hands of the racist Captain Weylon as a sort of tract against the human species in general against Link. It doesn't work, and he gets killed soon after.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Well, duh.


A Twili nobleman from the Era of Twilight. Originally a member of the Twili Royal Court, Zant became insanely jealous of Midna and the fact that she was named ruler of the Twilight Realm instead of him. So, he became the Usurper King, removing Midna from power and turning her into a imp-like creature as a result. Though he has already been beaten, he was apparently resurrected by Cia in order to carry out his chaotic brand of violence and cunning. Zant's posh exterior hides a psychotic personality, and he is a very dangerous foe for the heroes.

Provides examples of:

  • Army of Thieves and Whores: Tries to get under Ishaka's skin by calling the Ravagers this. Ishaka jokingly replies that he forgot about the "thievin' whores" in the Ravager ranks as well.
  • Ax-Crazy: HOLY SHIT.
  • Bad Boss: He responds to the failings of his army by killing his personal guard. He's completely lost it by this point, but still.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: There are some nasty deaths in this story, but so far Zant's takes the cake. After getting blinded, he rips off his helmet and starts shrieking how he can't see. He's cut off…by Ishaka stabbing him through the throat…who then turns the blade in the wound, which is implied to sever Zant's vocal chords. Yeesh.
  • [Death Is Cheap: He is revived by Ganondorf at the start of the fourth act, and is as dangerous as ever.
  • Eye Scream: Ishaka blinds Zant by forcing sparks into the Usurper King's eyes. When Zant takes off his helmet, his eyes are bleeding.
  • Insane Equals Violent: This is usually a discredited trope, but Zant plays it straight. Justified, as he's looney tunes.
  • Karmic Death: Midna vaporizes him after he comes back for the second time. You have to imagine she worked out a few issues in killing the Usurper King.
  • Laughing Mad: As his plans go to hell, he starts to become this.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: During his impressive Villainous Breakdown, Zant hops into this left and right. It's pretty creepy to read.
  • Unstoppable Rage: He starts flying off the handle really easily, especially as Ishaka's trolling gets to him and as his armies fail him. When Lana kills Argorok, Zant loses it.
  • Wicked Cultured: He tries to create a facade of him being this prim and proper king, or at least what he thinks a king should be like. In reality, he's nothing more than an Ax-Crazy psychopath with a Hair-Trigger Temper.


The Demon King, and the perpetual reincarnation of evil. The original wielder of the Triforce of Power. The eternal enemy of the Hero across the Ages, and the Princess too. He was the one that kickstarted the entire plot, as it was his evil influence that corrupted Cia and caused her lonely yearnings for Link to turn into psychotic lusting that she was willing to start a war over.

Provides examples of:

  • Badass Boast: He dishes these out with frequency. But the top has to be…
    Ishaka: Go to hell!
    Ganondorf: I already have. Vastly overrated.
  • BFS: He's got two of them.
  • Breaking Speech: Gives a nasty one to Ishaka, revealing the latter is a Gerudo just like him.
  • Cigar Chomper: Interestingly enough, he is fond of lighting up during a pause in the action.
    • It must be a Gerudo thing, as both he and Ishaka are very heavy chain smokers, with no apparent ill effects from it.
  • The Corrupter: To Cia. Everything that she did is a result of his dark influence.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He is a ruthless and brutal warlord who will not hesitate to kill those that stand in his way, or at least beat them into subservience. However, he has a clear (if liberally applied) code of honor, and he despises traitors, even if they are defecting in his favor. Just ask Lord Fawlty… well, if you could ask him.
    • He also refuses to bilk a store owner out of her wares, insisting that he pay for everything as it is marked up, and even assures her he means her nothing but good intentions.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: An interesting example. Ganondorf openly acknowledges that he doesn't understand why Lord Grantham could be satisfied sitting on the sidelines of power, when he has the skills and acumen to be a strong and powerful leader in his own right. Unlike most cases, Ganondorf is genuinely interested in figuring out why Lord Grantham is the way he is, and doesn't dismiss the man.
  • Exact Words: Oh, he is a huge fan of this trope, and every cynical interpretation of it.
    • How does he get Zelda to give him the Triforce? He promises that he will spare LinkHe never said anything about sparing Zelda.
    • He promises that, considering their relationship, he will not harm Lord Grantham's family… but he never said anything about Zant or Ghirahim.
  • "Facing the Bullets" One-Liner: "For your kingdom, Princess?"
    • "No. For me."
  • Finger Snap Lighter: How he lights his Gerudo cigars.
  • Friendly Enemy: Bizarrely, he is quite pleasant towards Lord Elijah Grantham.
  • Hijacked by Ganon: If we have to explain to you why this trope applies, we're going to slap you.
  • The Giant: He's stated to be close to eight feet tall.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: He might use his Dark Swords in battle, but when things break down, he will not hesitate to mash you into a pulp with his fists and feet.
  • Graceful Loser: Takes his impending demise at the hands of the princess Zelda, not the hero Link, with a remarkable amount of grace.
  • Knight of Cerebus: What little amount of time he's been given has been dark, even by this story's standards. Whenever he shows up, things are about to go bad.
  • Large and in Charge: Oh, you think?
  • Mythology Gag: He plays the church organ in chapter 35, and is implied to be very good at it.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: He really lets loose on Lana, beating her within an inch of her life in order to regain the Triforce of Power.
    • He also did this to the son of the Lord King of the Bulblins, in order to cow him into obedience.
  • Orcus on His Throne: Chapter 35 is all about Ganondorf enjoying the fact that he is the new ruler of Hyrule, after driving Zelda out. This is justified by the fact that he has the entire Triforce in his grasp. What could he possibly be afraid of, at this point?
  • Pet the Dog: He is remarkably pleasant towards Lord Grantham after obtaining the Triforce, and refuses to steal from a shopkeeper's wars for free, insisting on paying for everything and rejecting her offers of charity.
  • The Philosopher: Shades of this. He tends to reflect on things with a sort of tired air, similar to his incarnation in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. It isn't always flattering, however.
    Ganondorf: This resistance was pathetic. Oh well, not every battle is one worth retelling.
  • Seen It All: There really isn't anything that fazes him anymore. Probably has something to do with him being reincarnated over the ages again and again.
  • Wicked Cultured: He's implied to be this.
    • Lord Grantham may hate him, but he grudgingly admits that the Gerudo has an excellent taste in music.

Other Characters

     Hyrulian Court 

While Princess Zelda may the regent of Hyrule, she is not the only person who inhabits the castle. The royal court of Hyrule is a place that is filled with all sorts of colorful characters: some of them good, some of them otherwise, but all are interested in making sure that Hyrule is peaceful. Whether they wish it so for the common good or for their own self-interests is the true question, and navigating this minefield of a varied cast of characters is crucial for any ruler.

Lord Elijah Grantham

The recently-promoted Hyrulian Minister of the Interior. Grantham has been a member of the nobility since he was a young man, serving both on the high court of King Daphnes II and his daughter (and eventual successor) Zelda I of Hyrule. A true gentleman, Elijah serves faithfully as the second-in-command to Princess Zelda and eagerly awaits her ascension as Queen of Hyrule… doing his best to help her every step of the way. A member of Zelda's inner circle.

Provides examples of:

  • The Consigliere: To Princess Zelda, bar none. Being the Minister of the Interior pretty much requires you to be this.
  • Honest Advisor: It takes a true man (or woman) of character to be named the Minister of the Interior, because such a position holds an unusually strong influence on the decisions of Hyrule's ruler. (Case in point: Grantham is the first MotI in ages.) Thankfully, Grantham's about as straight a shooter as you can get, and completely trustworthy.
  • Eccentric Mentor: His allies (and even his detractors) all know that he's pretty brilliant. They also know that he's a little bit…odd. Probably his sense of humor.
  • The Gadfly: Seems to take a delight in making innocuous comments to get a rise out of those he's talking to. Especially Zelda, by delighting in embarrassing her in front of Link by telling him tales of her favorite book as a child.
  • The Good Chancellor: Yup.
  • Happily Married: If his passing remarks are anything to go by, Lord and Lady Grantham are very happy together.
  • I Just Want To Be The Advisor: Unlike most people who, in his position, might turn into an Evil Chancellor or perhaps even The Usurper, Elijah Grantham is perfectly happy in his role as the number two…if that.
    • His reasons are actually a slight Tear Jerker: He watched how King Daphnes II, a close friend of his and a "pillar of good faith and resolution," as Grantham might put it, became a perhaps-depressed and deeply melancholy man with the weight of the world on his shoulders, and decided that it was not something he was interested in. Grantham wants no part of that sort of power, if that's what comes with it.
      • It's also because he saw how Daphnes' fear of Ganondorf and what the latter would try to do to his daughter that contributed to the king's early death. Elijah, understandably, holds this against Ganondorf very personally.
  • Non-Action Guy: By his own admission. When Wizzro invaded the castle and forced Zelda into hiding, he knocked Grantham out like he was nothing. The Minister of the Interior was beating himself up for a while over that one.
  • Papa Wolf: He has flashes of this every now and then. He is fiercely protective of Zelda, and straight-up promises to kill Ganondorf if he finds out that anything has happened to his wife and son.
  • Parental Substitute: Zelda may claim that Nayru, Goddess of Wisdom, is her "mother" figure in her life these days, but it's pretty clear that she's sort of taken Grantham on as a fatherly substitute in the aftermath of her own father's death.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Outside of Zelda, he's probably the best example of this trope in the entire story. He's patient, pleasant, gets along well with just about everyone (and even manages to handle those that he might not like), and is always prone to giving advice when need be. It's a testament to his character that, in the sticky world of Hyrulian politics, no one objected to him being named the new Minister of the Interior.
  • Refuge in Audacity: He explicitly threatens to kill Ganondorf if he finds out that his wife and son are injured or killed. To Ganondorf's face. is more amused than anything.
  • Renaissance Man: He comes from a pretty well-off family, and took advantage of that to study all around the world and insinuate himself into many cultures and learn many things in his youth. It's turned him into a true Gentleman Scholar.
  • Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: He does not seem particularly thrilled whenever Ganondorf compliments him. He also says as much to Itami, after the latter complimented his dispatching of a few monsters.

Lord Falk Reedus

Lord Judicial of Hyrule, Falk Reedus is in charge of all legal matters in Hyrule, from running the courts to hearing cases to interpreting law to deciding what cases actually have to be heard by the ruler of Hyrule. As one can imagine, this is a thankless job, and it's rendered him a tired and worn man…who is still very good at what he does. A member of Zelda's inner circle.

Provides examples of:

  • Deadpan Snarker: Yup. Unlike Lord Grantham, who usually tempers his with good-naturedness, Lord Reedus comes off a bit harsher.
  • Frivolous Lawsuit: He hates these, and he hates that Lord Fawlty wastes the court's time with frequent petitions to look into all sorts of petty matters (simply because it upsets Lord Fawlty).
  • The Judge: As the Lord Judicial, he is in charge of all legal matters in Hyrule. It isn't like the Hyrulian courts hear a vast amount of cases, so more often than not he's the one in charge of hearing and deciding a case.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: From what little interactions he's had with the main cast, it's fair to assume that he bitches endlessly about how much he hates his job. And yet he still does it. He points out to Link that this is not an occupation that The Hero would want.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He bitches about his job. He's a bit blunt. He is sickly and needs a lot more sleep than he gets. But he is still a good man, and he doesn't really doubt Zelda's reign.
  • Sickly Neurotic Geek: Sort of. He doesn't speak in a stuffy, nasally voice… but he does have a pale and gaunt look (from lack of sleep in dealing with his job), and his mannerisms (and complaints) are a bit neurotic in nature.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: He hates Lord Fawlty, mostly for giving him an endless amount of frivolous crap to sift through. But he also hates him for being a racist, out-of-touch fogey, too.

Lord Justinian Tiberius

The Hyrulian Lord of War. He serves as the head commander of the Hyrulian army, and coordinates with the princess in all military manners. A slightly harsh man, whose drive to overcome his sickly childhood has turned him into a very driven commander. Is a member of Zelda's inner circle until his death at the first battle of Hyrule Fields in the first few chapters.

Provides examples of:

  • The Alcoholic: His drive to overcome his physical limitations didn't come without a price: in an effort to cope with the stress, he turned to drinking. According to Impa, there was a time that it got very bad…though whether or not it was enough to get him dishonored is left up to the readers.
  • Awesome Mccoolname: Justianian Tiberius. Somewhat of an In-Universe example, as he was named after a great former Hyrulian military leader.
  • Dare to Be Badass: As a young man, he was a sickly child that many thought would die young. Instead, he became the Hyrulian Lord of War. Not bad, huh?
  • Guardian Entity: After his death, his spirit inhabits the Temple of the Sacred Sword as the head of the defense of the Master Sword. He's still a badass in death.
  • Guile Hero: He was a weak little boy growing up, and he isn't that strong in his adulthood. He makes up for it by supposedly being a military genius.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Saves Princess Zelda from a volley of arrows by pushing her to the side…while absorbing them himself.
  • Informed Ability: Sadly, all of his abilities and traits pertaining to the battlefield are left for the reader to assume, as he's killed off so quickly into the story.
  • Stubborn Mule: Another side effect of his legendary drive. He got to the top on his guile and instinct, and as a result believes that his way and his alone is the right way to battle. He notably clashes with Ishaka a few times as a result of their philosophical differences on the battlefield.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Killed off quickly to establish the strength of Cia's army.

Lord George McClellan

The second Hyrulian Lord of War after Lord Tiberius' death. A man that is clearly out of his league, he does not even last an entire battle before he is relieved by Sir Gawain of the Royal Guardsmen at the battle of the Temple of Souls.

Provides examples of:

  • Blue Blood: It's mentioned by others (such as Falk Reedus) that Lord McClellan is from a very powerful family, and one that is very well-liked by the nobility. Doesn't translate into military acumen, apparently.
  • Meaningful Name: He shares a name with former United States Civil War general George McClellan. Just like his namesake, his hesitance and general ineptitude frustrates his superiors and leads to his replacement.
  • The Peter Principle: He is apparently a nice man, and a good Lord of the court. However, he is a terrible Lord of War.
  • Thousand-Yard Stare: Has one when Gawain relieves him of command. Granted, he's glad not to have to be Lord of War anymore.
  • Tough Act to Follow: Had to follow Lord Tiberius as the head of the Hyrulian army. He fails, miserably.
  • Unfit for Greatness: When at the front of the line by the Temple of Souls, instead of pushing his men forward…McClellan chokes, and his forces get bogged down and even split into three pieces. It's up to Sir Gawain to pick up the pieces.

Sir Lee Gawain, Royal Guardsman later Hyrulian Lord of War

A former thief who, after being caught trying to steal wine from the royal cellar, negotiated himself out of a prison sentence by joining the Corsairs (Hyrule's equivalent of the French Foreign Legion). During his time with the Corsairs, Gawain impressed the Hyrulian higher-ups enough for him to be promoted to the rank of Royal Guardsman, personally assigned to protect the ruler of Hyrule. During the Battle of the Temple of Souls, Gawain is promoted to replace the struggling Lord McClellan as the Hyrulian Lord of War…a promotion made permanent in the next few chapters.

Provides examples of:

  • Con Man: He might have been this in his previous life. Alas, he is rather tight-lipped about it. (Which provides him plenty of amusement when people try to guess.)
  • Designated Villain: It's sort of touched upon In-Universe, but Gawain sort of Took a Level in Jerkass during the peace talks with the Ravagers. Justified in that, as the military leader of Hyrule, he has every right to have suspicion towards another military force he knows is quite successful in the field.
  • Eye Scream: He took a blast of shrapnel to the face that left him with a bunch of scars and ruined his right eye during Ganondorf's invasion of Hyrule. He's wearing an eyepatch now.
  • The Gadfly: When he is promoted to Lord of War, we see that beneath the stoicism in public lies a roguish young man with a rather snarky sense of humor. In retrospect, it was probably always there: he just had to tamp it down when he was a Royal Guardsman.
  • Gentleman Thief: What little we've heard about his thieving ways lends one to believe that he wasn't a particularly depraved crook. Just an… ambitiously greedy one.
  • Improbable Age: Lord Grantham, for context, is a man in his early fifties who has reached his position as Minister of the Interior. Sir Gawain is in his twenties when he becomes the new Lord of War.
  • Rags to Riches: He started as a petty thief. He went from that to the Corsairs (Hyrule's French Foreign Legion), to the Royal Guardsmen of the princess of Hyrule, and now is the new Hyrulian Lord of War. How's that for social mobility?
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He doesn't give a rat's ass about the fact that Uhaa is black while the latter is being nominated as his replacement to the Royal Guardsmen, as all he cares about is if Uhaa can do the job. He believes he can.
  • Reformed Criminal: Yup.
  • Refuge in Audacity: Ties in with Noodle Incident, but when Gawain was thirsty and needed some liquor, did he go to the local store? No, he tried to steal from the royal wine cellar. This was the one that got him caught, however.
  • The Stoic: All Royal Guardsmen are required to adopt a mask of stoicism in public, including Gawain. It is pretty clear that he is dying on the inside, waiting for an opportunity to be himself again. With his promotion to Lord of War, that's probably not going to be a problem any more.
  • Unscrupulous Hero: Unlike his predecessor Lord Tiberius, Sir Gawain has no qualms about working with and encouraging some of the more… unconventional methods of the Ravagers. Justified, as he's a former crook and recognizes where it is practical to be unconventional.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Sir Gawain is a very young man, relatively speaking, but he is very well-versed in how to succeed in battle. Should do him wonders as the new Lord of War.

Lady Renee Shiftlett

A relatively young and unassuming lady who initially was a member of the Lord Judicial's council before being promoted to the brand-new position of Hyrulian Spymaster in the aftermath of Cia's death. Despite her at-times abrasive personality and projections, it is becoming increasingly clear that the former scribe might be in over her head…

Provides examples of:

  • Fiery Redhead: She has flashes of this every now and then.
  • I'm a Doctor, Not a Placeholder: In a moment of weakness, she confesses to Goron High King Petra that she was only picked for the position of Spymaster because someone needed to fill the role, and she really has no idea what she's doing.
  • Instant Expert: AVERTED. Despite being a more-than-capable member of Falk Reedus' cabinet, it becomes increasingly clear that Shiftlett is not an expert on spying, and as a result she suffers from deep-seated self-conscious issues.
  • Punny Name: Her last name of "Shiftlett" is not far from "shifty," which is an adjective more than worthy of describing a spymaster.
  • The Spymaster: It's her title!

Lord Cassius Fawlty

An aging and rather boorish nobleman in the Hyrulian court. Fawlty holds no true position of power, other than the fact that in the early days of Hyrule his family funded the building of the walls of Castle Town… a fact that he will not forget to remind you of. A rather obnoxious and tactless man, he has made many enemies who would love nothing better than to see him out of the picture… yet at the same time his vast reserves of money keep him alive. For now.

Provides examples of:

  • Asshole Victim: His death was gruesome, but admit it…you didn't really feel sorry for him when it happened, did you?
  • Blue Blood: Absolutely. And he won't let you forget it!
  • Butt-Monkey: Pretty much everyone in the Hyrulian noble court hates his guts.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: As a "reward" for trying to betray Zelda to Ganondorf, Lord Cassius Fawlty gets his throat cut open, and then Ganondorf stomps his head in just to make sure.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Link remembered to close his eyes right before Ganondorf stomped on Fawlty's head. Too bad he still heard the sound.
  • Meaningful Name + Punny Name: "Fawlty" is a corruption of the spelling of "faulty". Make of that what you will.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: He stonewalls anything that smells of progress, because he has the money and influence to do so, and because he's a prick. It's gotten to the point where Zelda, tired of his antics and objections to the naming of Uhaa, a black man, to the Hyrulian Royal Guardsmen, has decided to completely ignore him and his fortune when she makes decisions, because she no longer "give[s] a shit what men like Cassius Fawlty think."
    • She finally decides enough is enough, and essentially dishonors Fawlty during the peace talks with the Ravagers.
  • The Quisling: He spoils Zelda's attempt at hiding from Ganondorf out of his own sense of self-persecution, in an effort to curry favor with Ganondorf. He gets precisely the reward a man like him deserves.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Ganondorf repays his attempt to sell out Zelda's hiding place by slashing his throat and then stomping his head in.
  • Racist Politician: Fawlty is an old and squat man who hates anyone that he finds "different." While this is normally a trope that is Played for Laughs, instead in this story it is deconstructed: Fawlty is an embarrassment to Zelda, obnoxious and useless to Lord Grantham, and hated by Lord Reedus.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Cassius Fawlty has a fortune. It's perhaps the only reason why someone hasn't tried to get rid of him by now.
    • Unfortunately for him, he quickly learns that Ganondorf has no interest in money, and is not a fan of traitorous weasels like him.
  • Slashed Throat: He is a victim of this thanks to Ganondorf.
  • Your Head Asplode: Evidently, cutting the man's throat wasn't enough for Ganondorf. That would certainly explain the curb stomp.


Lord Gustav de Gaulle

A warm and kind man that has been the steady and reliable ambassador for Hyrule to the Zroa Kingdom for decades now. He lives alone in his quiet little chateau on the banks of the River Hylia, and takes great pleasure in the peace and serenity of his job. Some might find it mundane; he considers it his civic duty.

Provides examples of:

  • Ambiguously Gay: There are a few hints dropped here and there. He's never mentioned having a wife, and he does have a few Camp tendencies. At best, the strongest suggestion is when he calls Lord Fawlty an "old queen," and Impa coyly remarks that that insult might be Hypocritical Humor. ("Old queen" is a slang insult for an aging gay man.)
  • Beneath Notice: Gustav never really goes to Castle Town if he can avoid it, and creates so little a stir in Hyrulian politics that it's likely many people in the court don't even know who he is. But he is absolutely trusted by Zelda to mediate peace talks, and he himself suggests that the only reason he wasn't thrown in prison like many other lords and ladies after Ganondorf took over is because he matters so little to the grand scheme of things.
  • Cool Old Guy: Absolutely.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He's so impartial (and, in a more cynical view, unaware) of the general tensions between the Ravagers and the Hyrulians after Cia's death that he is considered by Zelda as a no-brainer to mediate the peace talks between them. He does a superb job of it.
  • Spot of Tea: He's a big fan of tea, and drinks it frequently.

Bulblin King Romulus

Yes, the Bulblins are an established kingdom in this fanfic, and this old Bulblin is its current leader. And that's not all: after Ganondorf takes over Hyrule Castle (and the Triforce; can't forget that), Romulus personally approaches the Hyrulian-Ravager forces under the flag of parley. Yeah. Parley. He reveals two things to Princess Zelda: that the Bulblin kingdom was the first victim of Ganondorf's subjugation, and that the King of Evil had beaten Romulus' own son to death. Romulus seeks to assist his people's former enemies — who are stronger in spirit — to defeat Ganondorf, and he isn't afraid to admit that he wants to avenge his son, too.

Provides examples of:

  • Cool Old Guy: After his Heel–Face Turn, he reveals that he is this.
  • Dented Iron: He's an old warrior, and it is clear that he is paying for a lifetime of fighting: he complains of arthritis, gout, and uses a cane to walk from place to place.
  • Final Speech: He gives a rather poetic one as he lays dying of his wounds in the aftermath of the battle of Hyrule.
  • Famous Last Words: "This is good, isn't it?" Also a shout-out to another famous death scene.
  • Handicapped Badass: Despite his arthritis and gout, he's still capable of kicking ass.
  • Klingon Promotion: Of a sort. He is the head of the fledgling Bulblin confederacy because his father killed his uncle in order to keep the dream alive (father wanted to try uniting the tribes, uncle thought it was pointless). His father died in doing so, and the burden of leadership fell onto Romulus by default.
  • Running Gag: He has a habit of smacking Link in the shin with his cane whenever the young hero says something cheeky. He also does it one last time as he lays dying.
  • Shout-Out: Word of God is that his death, right on the threshold of what was the greatest victory of war and in a manner that makes him a martyr for a cause that he believed in, is a reference to the famous painting The Death of General Wolfe.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: He was working with Ganondorf not out of a sense of teamwork, but out of a threat: Ganondorf had beaten his son to death as a show of strength. Naturally, when the moment came for Romulus to cut ties with the Demon King, he did it without blinking.

Captain Weylon

An abrasive captain under the banner of Hyrule. He is a good military leader, if somewhat prickly to those that he isn't familiar with.

Provides examples of:

  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Ghirahim gets him under his control, and then uses him to kill Big Finn. Though, admittedly, he was trying to get him to kill Link.
  • Face–Heel Turn: As a result of Ghirahim's manipulations. Predictably, he doesn't live past that.
  • Fantastic Racism: He is not a fan of the Ravagers. He thinks that they are little more than savages.
  • Killed Off for Real: He gets offed in the Sealed Grounds after killing Big Finn.
  • More Than Mind Control: If Ghirahim is to be believed, he didn't need to push much to get Weylon to attack and then kill Big Finn.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: He's a big fan of Hyrule's army, and believes himself to be a part of a great and noble tradition.

Baron Matthew Joshua Grantham

The son of Lord Elijah Grantham, the Hyrulian Minister of the Interior. Brash, brave, and somewhat reckless, the Baron might be barely old enough to drink, but he's already showing himself to be a chip off of the old block.

Provides examples of:

  • Interspecies Friendship: He is getting along famously with Balrok Stone-Crusher, the chief lieutenant of Lord King Bulblin Romulus.
    • In fact, it is this friendship that might have helped the Bulblin Confederacy and the Hyrulian Kingdom create a treaty for the first time in their histories: the new Lord King Bulblin, Balrok himself, views his friendship with Matthew as a sign that Hyrulians at their core are worth giving a chance.
  • Interspecies Romance: He's getting along even more famously with Ruto. Their interactions play out like a teen rom-com.
  • Jumped at the Call: He does not hesitate in the slightest in helping the cause after Ganondorf takes over Hyrule.
  • Red Baron: He gets one during the battle in the desert temple, courtesy of the Bulblins he is riding with: Matthew Red-Demon, for the war paint he has applied to battle.
  • Shout-Out: His face paint is very specifically described, and when some Bulblins start shouting words that an NXT fan would be ''very'' familiar with…
  • Nice Guy: Definitely seems to be this. Probably why Ruto has fallen for him.

Balrok Stone-Crusher

The lead captain of Lord King Bulblin Romulus' calvary, and a proud fighter who lives for combat. He proves to be an honorable sort of fellow, and is appointed the new Lord King Bulblin after Romulus' death.

Provides examples of:

  • Ax-Crazy: To his enemies, he must seem this way. He is always at the front of a charge, howling like a banshee and able to rip through his foes like a grain thresher through a field.
  • Adorkable: He is uncharacteristically uncomfortable in meeting Lord and Lady Grantham when he asks for their son to serve as his ambassador/council now that he is the Lord King Bulblin.
  • Blood Knight: He loves fighting.
  • Interspecies Friendship: He gets along famously with Baron Matthew Grantham: he bestows upon Grantham the nickname "Red-Demon," and requests that he serve as the ambassador between the Hyrulian kingdom and the Bulblin Confederacy in the wake of his ascension to Lord Kinghood.
  • Large Ham: He's definitely going to let you know when he's on the battlefield.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Seems to be this in the aftermath of his appointment as the new Lord King Bulblin.

The Fierce Deity

A long-forgotten legend that was thought to be a myth at best, a fanciful story told to children at worst. His tomb was discovered by Link, Zelda and Bulblin Lord King Romulus deep beneath the desert ruin temple. Also known as "Oni".

Provides examples of:

  • The Atoner: Believes that if the current generation heeds his warnings, then maybe they will not nearly wreck the world while saving it the way he did…and thus he may find peace.
  • Failure Hero: What he thinks of himself.
  • Take Up My Sword: His contribution to the plot is essentially to share what happened in the past when he was the hero charged with saving the world…Only to nearly destroy it in the process of killing the great evil of that time.
  • The Unexpected: Did you seriously expect him to make an appearance?
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: After his speech in his tomb to Link, Zelda, and Romulus, he is not seen or heard from again. It is suggested that his spirit manifests in the frightening war mask that Link wears during the final battle. Or maybe not. It's left unclear…


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