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A list of characters in the first The Legend of Zelda.

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The hero of the game. He is tasked with reassembling the Triforce of Wisdom and stopping Ganon.


    Princess Zelda
Voiced by in BS Legend of Zelda: Naomi Fujisawa (Japanese), Kira Buckland (English fandub)

The Princess of Hyrule and the holder of the Triforce of Wisdom. She broke the Triforce of Wisdom into pieces to keep it out of Ganon's hands, but was later captured by him.

  • A Child Shall Lead Them: There's no king or queen in sight, though it is unknown whether they were killed by Ganon or not. Zelda also seems to be around the same age as Link.
  • Distressed Damsel: Was captured by Ganon, presumably to interrogate her about where the Triforce of Wisdom fragments are.
  • Gendered Outfit: A subtle one. The color of Zelda's dress is determined by the color of Link's tunic. For example, if Link enters Zelda's prison with a green tunic, she will be wearing a green dress.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Zelda has three designs in official artwork. One has Zelda with blond hair and a white dress, though her official design eventually settles with the curly haired brunette in the 1994 re-release of the game.
  • Identical Granddaughter: Her official design is reused for the sleeping Princess Zelda in the next game (with slight alterations), who happens to be her ancient ancestor.
  • Inconsistent Coloring: She has three designs with three different hair colors: one blonde, one brunette, and one redheaded version of the brunette design. The canonical color seems to be the brunette design , though some offical books (such as the Arts & Artifacts art book) use the redheaded version instead.
  • Princesses Rule: We don't see a king or a queen in the manual, so she's presumably Hyrule's ruler.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Prior to getting captured by Ganon, she broke the Triforce of Wisdom to keep it out of Ganon's grasp, and sent Impa to look for a champion.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: She is never seen nor mentioned in the sequel, most likely due to another Princess Zelda being in the spotlight.

Voiced by in BS Legend of Zelda: Seizo Kato (Japanese), Duke Serkol (English fandub)

The evil Prince of Darkness and bearer of the Triforce of Power. He has captured Princess Zelda and is searching for the Triforce of Wisdom as well.

  • Almighty Idiot: Retconned and downplayed. Ganon is introduced in the game's backstory as a cunning Evil Overlord who is sapient enough to imprison Zelda in his lair rather than just kill her on sight. But ever since the prequel installments (i.e. almost the entire franchise) gave Ganon (especially as Ganondorf) much more elaborate and near fool-proof plans, Ganon's evil plan here is a significant downgrade chronologically. Hyrule Historia explains that Ganon lost his mind after centuries of defeats and resurrections following A Link to the Past, retconning him into this trope.
  • Big Bad: The main villain of the game and the one Link is trying to defeat.
  • Blinded by the Light: The light of the Triforce of Wisdom causes Ganon to shield his eyes away.
  • Classical Movie Vampire: The source of most of Ganon's characterization in early canon, from being titled "Prince of Darkness" to being revived by Link's blood. He even hides behind his cape in BS Zelda when the lights come on, and expanded media claimed that he was significantly weaker above ground. This is to say nothing of his weakness to silver.
  • Dirty Coward: In contrast to his future portrayals, Ganon does not attempt to engage Link head on. Instead, he turns himself invisible for the entire fight and shoots fireballs at Link.
  • Evil Sorcerer: He is skilled in dark magic. His attacks require the Magical Shield to be blocked.
  • Final Boss: Ganon's the leader of the dark forces inhabiting Hyrule and is the one that needs to be defeated to defeat them; Ganon's fought in the room just before Zelda's room, which is the game's final Level Goal.
  • Generic Doomsday Villain: The backstory in the game's manual doesn't give much about Ganon other than he's the leader of an evil army and wants to use the Triforce of Power and Wisdom to plunge the world into darkness and fear. And thanks to the NES's limitations, Ganon doesn't do anything beyond roaring and attacking Link in his boss lair. This is probably why Hyrule Historia is able retcon him here as a beast lacking in intelligence.
  • Invisibility: He uses this power in the final battle.
  • King Koopa Copy: Having come from the same creator as Bowser, he is essentially the same, being a humongous bestial Evil Overlord who has kidnapped a princess and serves as the final boss.
  • Kryptonite Factor: He can only be defeated by shooting a Silver Arrow at him when weakened.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: The game's manual plays up the mystery of Ganon; hiding his actual appearance and stating that no one knows what Ganon is or if they had, they never lived to tell the tale. Considering how cryptic and hard it is for players to get all eight pieces of the Triforce, this creates an atmosphere of suspense and dread as they draw closer to Ganon's lair.
  • Orcus on His Throne: Although he desires to reassemble the Triforce of Wisdom, Ganon remains in his lair guarding Zelda's prison while his minions are searching for the pieces and/or kill Link.
  • Physical God: Is just as powerful as one thanks to holding the Triforce of Power, and he's additionally the reincarnation of Demise.
  • Pig Man: His real appearance is an anthropomorphic pig. According to Ganon's backstory in A Link to the Past, it was because the Triforce transformed him into a form of himself that showed his lust for power.
  • Prongs of Poseidon: He wields a trident in some artwork and in the BS Zelda remake, though it's only for show in the latter.
  • Reduced to Dust: After being hit with a Silver Arrow, Ganon explodes into a pile of ashes, leaving behind the Triforce of Power for Link to take.
  • Retcon: Originally a feared, nigh-omniscient sorcerer with a heavy dose of Dracula, Hyrule Historia now states that this incarnation of Ganon is little more than a mindless, raging beast. Chronologically speaking, this matches up with the games that take place in the Downfall timeline as this Ganon was once articulate enough to speak and cunning enough to make schemes.
  • Skeleton Motif: He wears a skull-shaped brooch.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Infamously among the fanbase, his name was spelled as "Gannon" in the original release. It has been corrected in most rereleases.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: Hyrule Historia states that this Ganon is devoid of the intelligence that he had in his original form, Ganondorf.
  • Turn Red: After enough sword strikes, Ganon will turn red and stop in his tracks. This is when the Silver Arrow comes into play.
  • Villain Decay: Retroactively. When this game was released, Ganon was your average King Koopa Copy who kidnaps the princess and commands a huge army of monsters out to get Link. But when the prequel installments began to showcase the full extend of Ganon's wicked schemes, powers, titles (such as King of Evil), and ability to manipulate others (including the heroes) to help further his goals, the Prince of Darkness here ended up looking like a shadow of his former self. Hyrule Historia confirms this implication by stating Ganon has lost his intelligence by this point.

    Old Man and Woman
Voiced by in BS Legend of Zelda: Koji Yabe (Japanese); Erockbrox (English, fandub)

Elderly men and women who supply Link with items and hints. They can be found in caves across monster-infested Hyrule. The most iconic is the Old Man found in the cave at the beginning of the game, who provides Link with a sword to help him explore the dangerous wildness ahead.

  • Beam Spam: If Link attacks the Old Man, he will do this in retaliation.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: The Old Man is a helpful guide for Link for the most part, but he will attack if Link tries to harm him. Additionally, in the second quest, he can also force Link to either pay a hefty fee or one of his heart container to escape his dungeon room.
  • Distaff Counterpart: In addition to the Old Man, there is an Old Woman who also helps Link in his quest. But she will not speak to Link until he delivers a letter from the Old Man in the mountains. Once that's done, she'll offer potions for sale.
  • It May Help You on Your Quest: May very well be the trope codifier.
    Old Man: (offers Wooden Sword) ITS DANGEROUS TO GO ALONE! TAKE THIS!
  • No Name Given: They are not given any specific names. As such, it is difficult to even know if they are even the same person at times.
  • Professional Gambler: The Old Man can play the "Money Making Game" with Link.
  • Red Is Heroic: Wears a red robe, and is a consistent ally of Link.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: You may be forgiven to think the Old Woman is Impa. Although they share similar attributes, Impa only appears in the instruction manual and there is no indication that she is meant to be the Old Woman in the game.


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