Hylian Captains are the higher ranking soldiers of the Hyrulean Forces. As with the other soldiers, they are Hylians trained to serve the Kingdom of Hyrule in times of war. They appear in numerous battles where the Hyrulean Forces face the Dark Forces, and later Ganondorf's Forces. They also appear as enemy Captains when Ganondorf invades Hyrule Field, and as enemies to Cia and her lieutenants in the Master Quest DLC Pack Scenarios.
In "The Sheikah Tribesman", a Hylian Captain appears behind a sealed gate in the northern section of the caves, requiring reinforcements. Either Impa or Link must locate and bomb a hidden passageway to rendezvous with him.
In "Land in the Sky", the Hyrulean Forces step into the portal to the Era of the Sky, where they find the Skyloft Forces combating the Dark Forces led by Ghirahim and Volga. The Skyloft Forces are commanded by Skyloft Captains, who are otherwise identical to the Hylian Captains. The Hyrulean and Skyloft Forces both combine to drive out the Dark Forces. At the end of the battle, Ghirahim begins to brainwash and take control of a fraction of Skyloft Soldiers. In "Sealed Ambition", Ghirahim puts his plan into place by turning the brainwashed captains into Turncoat Soldiers to attack the Hyrulean Forces. The Hyrulean Forces must defeat them and their leader before they can continue scouting for Ghirahim and the Gate of Souls in the area.
The Skyloft Forces and Skyloft Captains also appear in "The Demon Lord". They combat the advances of Ghirahim and his Forces, and later fight Cia and her Dark Forces after she breaks her false alliance with them.
In "The Sacred Sword", the Hyrulean Forces are ambushed by the Ghost Forces, which are led by Ghost Captains. They serve to protect the Temple of the Sacred Sword from outside threats. It is later revealed that Wizzro is manipulating the Ghost Forces, and upon his first defeat, the Ghost Forces retreat and allow the Hyrulean Forces entry to the temple.
As enemies, Hylian Captains have similar attack patterns to Stalmasters and Darknuts, and attack by lunging forward and swinging their sword. Their attack can be predicted by the blue light they emit when they are about to attack. Doing so leaves them vulnerable and exposes their Weak Point Gauge.
In certain Adventure Mode battles, a Hylian Captain will become injured and retreats to the Allied Base. If they are not safely escorted and are defeated, they will reappear as a named variant of the Big Poe called a Hylian Ghost. This ghost will curse the Allied Forces in numerous ways when it appears.
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity
In Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, Hylian Captains reappear as ally units. They wear the full Soldier's Set, unlike regular soldiers who only wear the top portion and lack a plume on their Soldier's Helm. Hylian Captains can wield a Knight's Broadsword and Knight's Shield, a Knight's Halberd, or a Knight's Claymore. 
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- "Hylian Captain" — N/A (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
- "How drab. I should bring this little moment to an end to make things a bit more tolerable. No... On second thought, it might be more fun to destroy them from the inside... Ha ha ha!" — Ghirahim (Hyrule Warriors)
- "Hrk--! ...What is your bidding, master?" — Skyloft Captain (Hyrule Warriors)
- "Those who would threaten the temple... will be punished!" — Ghost Soldier (Hyrule Warriors)
- "Hylian Ghost's curse has caused a faction of Allied Forces to retreat!" — N/A (Hyrule Warriors)
- "Hylian Ghost's curse has reduced your total Rupees!" — N/A (Hyrule Warriors)