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

So far, the official manga are:

    Manga With Their Own Pages 

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

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


This manga series provides examples of the following:

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

    The Legend of Zelda - Ran Maru 
  • Compressed Adaptation: The first game is covered in only a few chapters, with only two of them having Link explore dungeons, particularly the Eagle Dungeon and Death Mountain. The rest of the dungeons are covered in a single chapter showing Link's adventure and his obtaining the many items and upgrades he needs to defeat Ganon with.
    • Adaptation Expansion: On the flipside, Zelda 2 takes three volumes to cover, with interesting story progression between the Temples, including what happens after Link awakens Zelda I.
  • Cult: The Cult of Ganon are the main antagonists of the Adventure of Link, led by the Prince's aid, Ganon's alter ego. They are successful in reviving their master in Vol. 2
    • Came Back Wrong: Ganon's revival is incomplete, as Zelda's blood was spilt onto his ashes, leaving him looking almost like a corpse, and needing to cover his eyes when attempting to attack Link, due to Zelda having placed two pieces of the Triforces of Power and Wisdom into Link's Magic Shield.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Don't let the Osamu Tezuka-style art fool you. These four volumes are quite bloody. The most violent they get is in the final volume of the Adventure of Link. Link defeats his Shadow by bisecting him down the middle, with a visible blood splatter. The Zelda from the first game is dropped into a pool of lava, before Link is able to save her. The kicker is when the Prince's aid rapidly decays before a skeletal Ganon runs him through.
  • Ret-Canon: Of all things that were in the manga, including Link's pink hair on the covers, the one thing that made it into the games and was later deemed canon was the identity of the Magician: he's Ganon as a human. His overambitiousness towards attaining the Triforce led to him becoming Ganon's alter-ego, eventually realizing that this led to his own death in Vol. 3. Such an idea of a lamenting Ganon would appear in the Wind Waker's depiction of Ganondorf (already Ganon's human form as early as A Link to the Past, and Hyrule Historia would confirm the Magician to be one of Ganon's alter-egos, similar to Agahnim.
  • True Final Boss: Ganon becomes one at the end of Zelda 2 Vol. 3. After he obtains power from the Triforce of Power and takes to the skies, Link obtains an Infinity +1 Sword by combinging all three pieces with the Magic Sword, making it into a proto-Master Sword. Link then cuts off Ganon's wings and burries him under a boulder with the Power Glove, then stabs through the boulder with the sword, making sure that Ganon will never return. After he leaves Ganon's tomb, the now purified River Devil (a giant salamander in this adaptation) finds Link's discarded flute and plays a bit of music.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Link inexplicably has pink hair on the first two volumes of the manga, later being rectified as blonde. This later appeared in the games with A Link to the Past (though that's only due to sprite limitations and his canon color is blond).

    A Link to the Past - Multiple Versions 
  • Cursed with Awesome: In the Ishinomori version, Roam has come to accept and even depend on his beast form (a hawkman) to aid him in battle. Ghanti in the Himekawa version doesn't mind her beast form (a wolf or fox, it's hard to tell), either. Link himself has a noticeably better form in both compared to the game's rabbit — he's a wolf. But he doesn't let himself fall victim to it.
    • Link's werewolf form was originally a choice made by Ishinomori to reflect the darkness within Link; Himekawa's take on it, based on his hate towards Agahnim, was due to how Twilight Princess was still in development at the time of publication. In both Cagiva and Taguchi's versions, Link never changes his form.
  • Dark World: The Trope Namer world of A Link to the Past, of course.
  • Death by Adaptation: In all three manga adaptations, Link's uncle remains dead at the end of the story and is not revived.
  • Decomposite Character: In the games, Agahnim is Ganon's avatar in the Light World. All manga adaptations depict them as seperate villains.
  • The Dragon: Agahnim. (The game, in contrast, depicts him as Ganon's clone.)
  • Ghost Reunion Ending: Link's Uncle and parents are seen together at the end.
  • Playing Tennis with the Boss: How Link fights Agahnim in all four manga.
  • Psychic Link: (No pun intended.) Link and Zelda are brought together by her telepathic distress call, as in the game. In at least Himekawa's version, they then continue to maintain their psychic bond throughout much of the story. Averted in the Cagiva version where Link is never contacted by Zelda, but instead, is given a mission to save Zelda by the leader of the knights.
  • Ret-Canon: All four manga manage to show something that would later apear in the games.

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

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

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

    A Link to the Past - Junko Taguchi 
A second adaptation of of A Link to the Past. This manga was written and illustrated by Junko Taguchi and published by Hippon Super! in 1993

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Oddly enough, Agahnim in this version. He appears as a dark-skinned man with a well-built physique.
  • Compressed Adaptation: Most of Link's journey in the Dark World is cut down, showing him arriving in the land, fighting a Lynel, meeting the transformed inhabitants, and finally fighting against Ganon.
  • Ret-Canon: Ganondorf's appearance in the manga differs greatly than how Ishinomori depicted him. Here he is shown as a muscular man in black armor and skilled with a sword, very much like how Ganondorf would be presented in all games following Ocarina of Time.

    A Link to the Past - Ataru Cagiva 

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Majora's Mask — Akira Himekawa

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

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

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

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

    The Minish Cap - Akira Himekawa

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

    Phantom Hourglass - Akira Himekawa

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

    The Wind Waker 4-koma 
  • Affectionate Parody: It's 4-Koma for crying out loud.
  • Container Cling: In Monsters Are Not Good With Tricks, Link sneaks up behind a Moblin in a barrel only for the Moblin to suddenly turn around and snatch up the barrel. Link manages to hold on inside in the barrel and the Moblin wanders off confused.
  • The Ditz: Link. However, it's frequently subverted in that he's either a Genius Ditz or a Cloudcuckoolander. Lampshaded by a certain talking boat:
    King of Red Lions: "Is he smart or stupid? I don't know."
  • Heroic Mime: Used frequently.
  • Lighter and Softer: By virtue of being a cute and humorous 4-koma instead of a serious adaptation.
  • Running Gag: A surprising number of people think that "[Link's] clothes look uncomfortably warm ..." Including Ganondorf.
  • Sneeze Cut: As Link is sneaking inside the Forsaken Fortress, Aryll reassures Mila and Maggie that her big brother is definitely going to come to rescue them. Cut to Link sneezing, almost giving his location away to a nearby Moblin.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: Both Gonzo and Nudge both try to disguise their ship in That's A Smart Way with signs saying This Ain't A Pirate Ship.

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

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

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

  • Adaptational Early Appearance:
    • Midna's true form appears and is named in the prologue.
    • The golden wolf appears in the prologue as a friend of Midna's.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The manga adds more details.
    • The first chapter shows the corpse of Midna's father, the members of the Twili's parliament, and how Zant usurped the throne.
    • Much of it is original to the manga, like a new town and Link coming to Ordon two years ago rather than growing up there.
    • Minor characters such as Shad and the monkey leader Ook have been given backstories.
    • Zelda and Midna are revealed to have communicated with each other for a time as children and become friends.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Link loses his left arm, but unlike most examples, it does get re-attached again due to the sacred spring with Ordona's help.
  • Attempted Rape: Implied, with King Bulblin saying he wants to make Ilia his toy complete with Perverted Drooling. Made worse in Volume 4 where Ilia's reaction to the bulblins saying that King Bulblin wants her back. The terror she feels as a result implies that King Bulblin did rape her and she is suffering from PTSD as a result.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: Some of Link's nude body is shown in chapter 9, although, not much. Like in the game, Midna also doesn't show anything.
  • Black Mage: Link is studying to become one to bring his town back.
  • Bloodless Carnage: Subverted, where unlike the game which has a little bit, there is a lot of blood in the manga.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: Quite! Ganondorf's skin and flesh are even stripped off his bones when he's banished.
  • Blood-Splattered Innocents: Ilia is held up by the Bulblin King's almost cut clean off arm, causing him to bleed over Ilia whose wrist is also bleeding from being held so tight. Fortunately, she is passed out at the time.
  • Canon Foreigner:
    • The manga adds a new Goron character into the story called Darb, which is a confusingly similar name to Darbus, an existing character from the game. There isn't much of a reason for him to exist, except to provide a reason for why Luda would accompany Link into the Goron Mines.
    • Link's overconfidence and Blood Knight attitude manifest as Dark Link, who didn't appear in the game except in a Disney Acid Sequence cutscene. Its appearance also resembles the Dark Link color scheme from Super Smash Bros. (which used Twilight Princess as the base for its Zelda characters in Brawl and for 3DS/Wii U).
  • Chekhov's Gun: Subverted, Ilia's bag falls off earlier in the story causing Link to run towards Faron Woods instead of leading him to her later.
  • Chickification: Ilia goes from being a Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak in the game to just standing around when the enemies came. Averted later when she does a Heroic Sacrifice to save Colin, but still doesn't manage to save him. Of course, she averts it again in Volume 4 when she takes the reins of Thelma's horse wagon to give them more speed to flee from Bulblin's minions.
  • Clothing Damage: Happens to Midna in the prologue.
  • Compressed Adaptation: Subverted, kinda - the first part of the game is extended, but other parts are cut together.
    • As with other Himekawa Zelda manga, the dungeons tend to be skipped over quite a lot, with more of a focus on the boss battles.
    • Freeing Faron Woods, hunting the shadow insects, the section with the monkeys and the Ook mini-boss battle were blended into one event.
    • On the way up to Death Mountain, Link doesn't return to Ordon Village to pick up sumo wrestling lessons from Mayor Bo, as Midna helps out Link during his sumo match against Gor Coron. Link also doesn't pick up the Iron Boots as well, relying solely on the Hero's Bow and arrows provided by Luda that originally belonged to Renado, instead of Dangoro allowing Link access to the bow, to defeat Fyrus.
    • Ilia's memory is recovered much more quickly than in the game.
  • Continuity Nod: Link meets a Skull Kid in the Lost Woods who seems to recognize him and the mark of the Triforce, suggesting that it's the same one from Majora's Mask.
  • Cool Down Hug: Rusl gives one to Link when he panics.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Link reveals this to Rusl, revealing the reason why Link came to live in Ordon.
  • Darker and Edgier: Good grief, YES. When Link is trying to save Colin and Ilia while searching for Talo and Malo, he gets his left arm chopped off by the Bulblin King. Luckily, Ordona fixes that, since it happened at Ordon Spring.
  • Death by Adaptation: Implied to have happened to Fado.
  • Dominatrix: How Midna acts at the start, rather than being a Tsundere like in the game. She keeps calling Link her pet, and that she has the right to as humans treat animals the same way.
  • Drunk with Power: Getting the Master Sword goes to Link's head and he starts getting bloodthirsty. Eventually the Master Sword starts rejecting him, starting by manifesting Dark Link.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: The horse charm makes an earlier appearance.
  • Evil Detecting Animal: Evil makes the animals in Ordon uneasy and not willing to listen to their owners.
  • Expy: Zelda's father is shown and is an expy of Daphnes Nohansen Hyrule.
  • Eye Scream: Subverted, as the golden wolf - and the Hero's Shade - has both eyes intact, unlike the game.
  • Harmful to Minors: Zelda watched a recording of sorts of Ganondorf's execution as a child and her caretaker did not want her to watch, claiming she's too young.
  • The Hero Dies: Link dies in chapter 8 after losing his left arm and being drowned. Fortunately, he's revived.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation/I'm Not a Hero, I'm...: Link responds badly when Faron calls him "the hero chosen by the gods", citing his failure to protect his hometown, Ordon Village, and his transformation into a wolf in chapter 17. Unfortunately, getting the Master Sword later on causes him to go to the opposite extreme...
  • Hey, You!: Midna calls Link simply 'wolf'.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Link ends the fight with Dark Link by running him through... and then wonders why he's the one with the Master Sword in his chest. And then he's fine a minute later - that fight ends up being a Mind Screw.
  • In-Joke: When Link recalls his past in chapter 6, Liom complains that it was tiring sparing with Link due to him being left-handed. Link tells him that one would also get tired if they were right-handed. The Twilight Princess game has Link either left or right handed depending on the version (GameCube, left-handed; Wii, right-handed) or mode (Wii U: Normal, left-handed; Hero, right-handed).
  • Invisible to Normals: The light spirits. Ashei also can't see Midna when Link talks to her.
  • Mood Whiplash: It starts peaceful, with comedy to the point of Link almost being a Dork Knight and having fun every day. Then Link wishes it'll last forever.
  • Motivated by Fear: King Bulblin apparently gains energy from fear.
  • Nice Girl: Ilia's most prominent feature. She's apparently a Cool Big Sis.
  • Only in It for the Money: Link acts like it, complaining about his pay and wants payments for every task he does. But in reality, this is just an jerkass act Played for Laughs among the characters as it's implied that Link Cannot Tell a Joke.
  • Only the Chosen May Wield: "Gaurof's Sword" that Link pulled out of a stone 2 years prior to the story. And, as always, the Master Sword can only be held by the chosen Hero.
  • Promoted to Love Interest: It's clearer that Ilia has a crush on Link with crush blushes and Link also blushing around her. She was a strongly implied love interest in the game but not outright stated not unlike the other main women in the game.
  • Rise from Your Grave: Happens to the Bulblin King.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Link has many triggers and trained to become a knight, although he was actually a trainee rather than a previously active soldier.
  • She's Not My Girlfriend: Link denies it when Sera asks if Ilia is his girlfriend quite bluntly. Unlike most examples does he not blush despite blushing around Ilia earlier.
  • Stab the Sky: Ordona makes Link's detached left arm do this.
  • Suddenly Speaking: Downplayed; the Bulblin King speaks much more frequently in the manga than he did in the game, which consisted of one line before his last fight and two lines after being defeated.
  • Talking Animal: Ordona speaks through a massive goat, Faron through an oversized hawk, and Lanayru through a giant snake. Also, Link's wolf form is given just as much dialogue as his human form, but as he only takes the form in the Twilight (unlike in the game, where he made periodic trips into dispelled regions), it's unclear if anyone besides Midna can understand him.
  • Take Up My Sword: Rusl gives Link his sword after hearing a near death Fado talk about monsters in the forest.
  • Tears of Fear: Ilia and Colin both do this.
  • Training from Hell: The Hero's Shade more or less puts Link through this in chapters 22 and 23.
  • Tsundere: Averted - the two tsundere characters in the game - Midna and Ilia - now have Dominatrix and Nice Girl personalities respectively.
    • Though Midna still has her Tsundere moments, such as her reaction to when Link thanked her for trying to help him with the Shadow Bugs.
  • Was Once a Man: The shadow beasts along with being Brainwashed and Crazy and can happen to humans just as well as the twili.
  • Wide Eyes and Shrunken Irises: Poor, poor, Colin. He wouldn't look out of place in Higurashi no Naku Koro ni.

Alternative Title(s): The Legend Of Zelda Manga


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