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|name = Link
|name= Malanya
|image= [[File:BotW Malanya Model.png|x200px]]
|image = {{RandomLinkImage}}
|title = Hero of Hyrule <small>(''The Legend of Zelda'')</small><br>Hero of Time <small>(''Ocarina of Time'')</small><br>Sworn Brother of the [[Goron]]s <small>(''Ocarina of Time'')</small><br>Hero of the Essences of Time and Nature <small>(''Oracle of Ages/Oracle of Seasons'')</small><br>Hero of Winds <small>(''The Wind Waker'')</small><br>[[Hero of Men]] <small>(''The Minish Cap'')</small><br>Hero Chosen by the Gods <small>(''Twilight Princess'')</small><br>Hero of Light <small>(''Twilight Princess'')</small><br>Apprentice to the Hero <small>(''Phantom Hourglass'')</small><br>Half-Hero <small>(''Phantom Hourglass'')</small><br>Two-Thirds of a Hero <small>(''Phantom Hourglass'')</small><br>[[Royal Engineer]]<small> (''Spirit Tracks'')</small>
|title= Horse God
|race = [[Hylian]]
|gender = Male
|gender= Male<ref>{{Cite|Not far from here lives the mysterious {{Color|BotW Red|god of horses}}. If a horse dies, he can bring it back to life.|Perosa|BOTW}}</ref>
|first game = ''[[The Legend of Zelda (Game)|The Legend of Zelda]]'' (1987)
|game= {{BotW}}
|latest game = ''[[The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks|Spirit Tracks]]'' (2009)
|family = <small>''Ocarina of Time:''</small><br>[[Link's Father|Father]]<br>[[Link's Mother|Mother]]<br><small>''A Link to the Past:''</small><br>[[Link's Uncle|Uncle]]<br><small>''The Wind Waker:''</small><br>[[Grandmother]]<br>[[Aryll]] <small>(sister)</small><br><small>''The Minish Cap:''</small><br>[[Smith]] <small>(grandfather)</small><br><small>''Oracle of Ages (manga):''</small><br>[[Lord Raven]] <small>(ancestor)</small>
|voice actor(s) = [[Fujiko Takimoto]]
:(''[[The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time|Ocarina of Time]]'')<br>(''[[Super Smash Bros. Melee|Super Smash Bros. Melee]]'') as Young Link <br>
|voice actor(s)=
[[Nobuyuki Hiyama]]
|theme music=
:(''[[The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time|Ocarina of Time]]'')<br>(''[[Super Smash Bros.|Super Smash Bros.]]'')<br>(''[[Super Smash Bros. Melee|Super Smash Bros. Melee]]'')<br>(''[[Soul Calibur II|Soul Calibur II]]'') as Adult Link <br>
[[Sachi Matsumoto]]
:(''[[The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker|The Wind Waker]]'')<br>(''[[The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass|Phantom Hourglass]]'')<br>(''[[Super Smash Bros. Brawl|Super Smash Bros. Brawl]]'') as Toon Link <br>
[[Akira Sasanuma]]
:(''[[The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess|Twilight Princess]]'')<br>(''[[Super Smash Bros. Brawl|Super Smash Bros. Brawl]]'') as Link
[[Wikipedia:Yūki Kodaira|Yūki Kodaira]]
:(''[[The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks|Spirit Tracks]]'')
'''Malanya''' is a character in {{BotW}}.
'''Link''' (リンク, ''Rinku'') ({{HylianTP|Link}}) is the main protagonist of [[The Legend of Zelda (Series)|''The Legend of Zelda'' series]]. He was created for the original ''[[The Legend of Zelda (Game)|The Legend of Zelda]]'' game in 1986 by [[Shigeru Miyamoto]] and has been the central character of all canonical ''The Legend of Zelda'' games. He was introduced as a young [[sword]]-wielding boy, but since ''[[Zelda II: The Adventure of Link|The Adventure of Link]]'', his identity, appearance, and role have changed from game to game. As already confirmed by Miyamoto, there are many different incarnations of Link; however, they share some distinct attributes, such as being left-handed and always wearing a green [[tunic]]. Link is called the ''Hero of Time'' in ''[[The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time|Ocarina of Time]]'', but many fans used to number them according to their own [[Zelda Timeline|timeline theories]] (i.e. ''Skyward Sword'' Link is called ''Link I'' by fans who believe ''Skyward Sword'' is first in the timeline thus far).<ref>{{cite book|quote="Yes, there is a master timeline but it is a confidential document!" explains Aonuma-san. "The only people to have acces to that document are myself, Mr. Miyamoto and the director of the title. We can't share it with anyone else! I have already talked to Mr. Miyamoto about this so I am comfortable releasing this information--this title [Skyward Sword] takes place before Ocarina of Time. If I said that a certain title was 'the first Zelda game', then that means we cant ever make a title that takes place before that! So for us to be able to add titles to the series, we have to have a way of putting the titles before or after each other."|book=Official Nintendo Magazine|publisher=Future Publishing|page=51}}</ref>
In the majority of ''Zelda'' games, Link's adventures mostly take place in the kingdom of [[Hyrule]], traveling through the land and defeating a wide variety of enemies while trying to save both [[Princess Zelda]] and her kingdom from the clutches of [[Ganon]], Link's primary antagonist.
Malanya is the god who watches over the [[Horse|horses]] of the world.<ref>{{Cite|My name is Malanya. I am the god who watches over the horses of this world.|Malanya|BotW}}</ref> He makes his home in the [[Faron (Region)|Faron Region]] in [[Malanya Spring]] near the [[Lake of the Horse God]], though he has been trapped in a [[Great Fairy Fountain]]-like flower bud for a unspecified length of time,<ref>{{Cite|Ho ho ho... At last! Free of that tiny bud after so long!|Malanya|BotW}}</ref> and requires 1,000 [[Rupee]]s to regain his power.<ref>{{Cite|So please... I beg of you... Help me regain the power I've lost... All I need is {{color|BotW Red|1,000 rupees}}... When my power has been restored, I should be able to be of use to you, who loves horses so.|Malanya|BotW}}</ref> Once [[Link]] procures the necessary Rupees, Malanya will offer to revive a horse the young hero loves that has died over the course of his journey.<ref>{{Cite|If a horse you love passes away from some sort of tragic, fatal accident, it is within my power to revive that horse...|Malanya|BotW}}</ref>
Malanya is usually calm and refined, though he will occasionally loudly threaten [[Link]] if he believes the hero is mistreating horses;<ref>{{Cite|However... If I detect vile intent behind the death of your horse... <big>You will suffer my wrath!</big>|Malanya|BotW}}</ref> he always follows this up by claiming he was merely jesting, however.<ref>{{Cite|Hahaha, I only jest...|Malanya|BotW}}</ref>
==Common attributes of all Links==
In almost all the games (with the exception of ''[[Zelda II: The Adventure of Link|The Adventure of Link]]'' and ''[[The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess|Twilight Princess]]'' only), Link starts his journey as a child or young adolescent [[Hylian]] and has not yet been depicted as being older than his late teens at any point of the series. Moreover, he is usually portrayed as having been orphaned at an early age: the only game that mentions Link's mother is ''Ocarina of Time'', who died after she escaped to the [[Kokiri Forest]] with Link as a baby from a [[Unification War|fierce war]] in Hyrule, leaving him in the care of the [[Great Deku Tree]].<ref>{{cite|Some time ago, before the King of Hyrule unified this country, there was a fierce war in our world. One day, to escape from the fires of the war, a Hylian mother and her baby boy entered this forbidden forest. The mother was gravely injured... Her only choice was to entrust the child to the Deku Tree, the guardian spirit of the forest.|Deku Tree Sprout|Ocarina of Time}}</ref> In games such as ''[[The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past|A Link to the Past]]'' and ''[[The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker|The Wind Waker]]'', Link lives with his uncle and grandmother, respectively, but leaves his home in order to fulfill his destiny as the savior of Hyrule or another land.
In all games thus far, Link has been descended from the [[Hylian]]s (though the ambiguously canon [[Valiant Comics]] state that the incarnation of Link in the first two games was born in a land west of Hyrule, called [[Calatia]]), and due to that, appears as a young man with pointed ears. Link's incarnation of ''A Link to the Past'' mentions how he is the last descendant of the [[Knights of Hyrule]], and as such is destined to rescue Princess Zelda.<ref>{{cite|Only a person of the Knights Of Hyrule, who protected the royalty of Hylia, can become the Hero... You are of their blood-line, aren't you? Then you must rescue Zelda without fail.|A Maiden|A Link to the Past}}</ref><ref>{{cite|You are perhaps the last one to carry on the blood-line of the Knights... It is ironic that the last one in the line has the potential to become the Hero of legend.|A Maiden|A Link to the Past}}</ref> In many games, he has the [[Triforce]] mark on the back of his left hand, either to signify possession of the Triforce of Courage or, in some cases, to signify his exemplary courage.
*Malanya's theme music, which plays in Malanya's Spring after you have paid him 1,000 Rupees, is a combination of the [[Lon Lon Ranch]] theme from {{OoT}} (itself an expanded version of [[Epona's Song]]) and the Great Fairy Fountain music.
The Chinese names Ma means "horse",<ref>{{Cite web|url= https://www.behindthename.com/name/ma/submitted |site= behindthename.com |title= Given Name MA}}</ref> Lan means "orchid",<ref>{{Cite web|url= https://www.behindthename.com/name/lan |site=behindthename.com |title= Given Name LAN}}</ref> a type of flower, and Ya means "elegant" and "refined".<ref>{{Cite web|url= https://www.behindhename.com/name/ya |site= behindthename.com |title= Given Name YA}}</ref>
{{ImageCaption|image=File:Link_LOZ_with_items.png|size=120px|align=left|caption=A render of Link in ''The Legend of Zelda''.|captionalign=center}}
Link does not speak or have any written dialog as such, which has led some people believe him to be mute. However, given that he is portrayed as being able to communicate with others and clearly shouts and grunts while in battle, it is more likely that the intention is for his role in dialog to be filled by the words and thoughts of the player, to some extent. His speech is usually replaced with simple and concise answers that the player can pick. In ''[[Twilight Princess]]'', [[Jaggle]] once states that Link's voice carries well, as usual.<ref>{{cite|Hey, there you go! Over here! Yeah! Your voice carries well, as usual!|Jaggle|Twilight Princess}}</ref> Moreover, in ''[[The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker|The Wind Waker]]'', Link can be heard using short phrases such as "Come on!" at certain points throughout the game.
Although not much insight is provided to Link's personality due to him not speaking, he is often depicted as a humble yet brave and courageous character who steps up to the task of saving the kingdom of Hyrule. As such, he is often associated with the [[Triforce#Triforce of Courage|Triforce of Courage]] and the goddess [[Farore (Goddess)|Farore]]: in ''Twilight Princess'', the Triforce of Courage activated when Link stepped into the [[Twilight]], and it protected him from becoming a lost soul, instead turned him into a [[Wolf Link|wolf]]. He rarely shows signs of cowardice and is always willing to use his strength and valor to save and help those around him, as seen in ''The Wind Waker'' where he asks [[Tetra]] and her [[Tetra's Pirate Crew|pirate crew]] to allow him to go with them on their [[Tetra's Ship|ship]] in order to save his sister [[Aryll]].<ref>{{cite|What?!? You want to come with us on our ship?|Tetra|The Wind Waker}}</ref>
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Invariably, every Link wears a green tunic and a long, floppy green cap, at least for part of each adventure, although the shades of green vary. He also wears different clothes during parts of some ''Zelda'' games, most often color variations on his basic outfit (except for the [[Magic Armor]] and [[Zora Armor]] in ''Twilight Princess''). His hair color tends to stay light brown from game to game. It could be argued, that in ''[[A Link to the Past]]'', Link's hair appeared pink; some people believe it's just his cap. Furthermore, Link dons special gauntlets or bracelets that help him boost up his strength, such as the [[Power Bracelet]] or the [[Golden Gauntlet]]. In several games, various characters often comment on Link's physical attractiveness, calling him "cute" or complimenting his blue eyes.<ref>{{cite|Ohh. This is my first time meeting a foreigner... You're cute.|Romani|Majora's Mask}}</ref><ref>{{cite|This swordsman of ours has great eyes, honey. They're proud and wild...like a feral beast.|Telma|Twilight Princess}}</ref>
Link is also depicted as left-handed in all games, except for the Wii version of ''Twilight Princess'' and ''Skyward Sword'' which depict him as right-handed, the same hand most people use to hold the Wii Remote. There is no option for left-handers, but in the GameCube version of Twilight Princess, Link will be a traditional lefty. Arguably, Link is still left-handed in Twilight Princess and it is only that the camera is somehow reversed; this is supported by the fact that the entire Wii version of ''Twilight Princess'' is the complete reverse of the GameCube version. Currently, Link's "canonical" appearance in Twilight Princess is still as a lefty. However, official concept art for Skyward Sword depicts Link as right handed, most likely to coincide with the game.
A peculiarity which Link shares with many video game characters is the uncanny ability to effortlessly carry around many cumbersome items. The concept is known as [[Wikipedia:Magic satchel|Hammerspace]] and allows Link to carry an enormous array of large and heavy items, without the use of a bag of any kind. For example, where does he store the [[Biggoron's Sword]] when not in use? And how can wearing the [[Iron Boots]] make him any heavier, if he was already carrying them with him? This is addressed in the 1980's cartoon series, [[The Legend of Zelda (TV series)|The Legend of Zelda]], in which a couple of scenes, Link is seen taking items out of a bag. The items "grow" to normal size that way he can use them, and "shrink" when he puts them back into the bag.
Throughout the series, Link usually starts out his adventure as an average boy with little to none swordsmanship skills. When trouble arises, however, Link quickly learns the ways of the sword and is able to best his enemies easily: in ''The Wind Waker'', Link goes to [[Orca]] to teach him how to wield a sword in order to help Tetra from the [[Forest of Fairies]].<ref>{{cite|Oh! What is the matter, [Link]? You have an urgent look about you... Has something happened? Whatever it is, from the look on your face I suspect it is no laughing matter... What say you, [Link]? Do you wish to practice your skills with the sword?|Orca|The Wind Waker}}</ref> It is further noted by Orca himself that Link's ability to use a sword is firmly present in his veins.<ref>{{cite|You still have much to learn, but the skill to become a master is in your veins. Do not neglect your practice!|Orca|The Wind Waker}}</ref> As the game progresses, Link becomes known for his swordsmanship as well as his ability to quickly adapt to a wide variety of items and skillfully wield them, such as the [[Boomerang]], the [[bow]], and the [[Clawshot]], among others.
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In some games, Link can learn other handy sword techniques: in ''[[The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap|The Minish Cap]]'', the [[Blade Brothers]] teach the young hero various sword skills by using [[Tiger Scroll]]s, and in ''Twilight Princess'', the [[Hero's Shade]] shares his knowledge of the sword by teaching Link seven [[Hidden Skill]]s to help him become more powerful and save Hyrule.
Additionally, Link is portrayed as having an excellent physical condition, performing backflips easily as well as being able to best others in sumo-wrestling, as seen in ''Twilight Princess''. However, despite this, Link is usually defenseless without a sword or an item. This is depicted in ''The Wind Waker'', where Link loses his sword after being launched into the [[Forsaken Fortress]] and must use his stealth abilities to get it back: if he is spotted by an enemy, he quickly surrenders due to his inability to fight back.<ref>{{cite|Listen up, Link... There's a monster running the searchlight up there! If you can slay the monster, then just maybe it'll shut the searchlight down. Oh...but you're unarmed, aren't you? All you have is a shield...|Tetra|The Wind Waker}}</ref> Although in some games Link is easily able to pick up large stones or push blocks many times his size, other games require him to use special bracelets or gauntlets to further increase his strength, such as the Power Bracelet or the [[Titan's Mitt]].
As seen in ''The Adventure of Link'', ''A Link to the Past'', and ''Ocarina of Time'', Link is capable of using magic spells such as [[Din's Fire]] provided that he possesses a [[Magic Meter]], which is usually granted to him by a [[Great Fairy]].
Link is also talented in playing a wide variety of instruments. This is first shown in the original ''[[The Legend of Zelda (Game)|The Legend of Zelda]]'', in which the young hero plays the [[Recorder]] to open up secret entrances or transport him to various parts in the overworld. Since then, Link has competently played other instruments such as the [[ocarina]], a [[Spirit Flute|pan flute]], a [[Ocarina Transformations#Guitar of Waves|guitar]], and the [[Ocarina Transformations#Drums of Sleep|drums]], all of which play a major role in each of the respective games in which they appear. Not only is Link a proficient instrument player: he is also adept in using a [[Wind Waker (Item)|conductor's baton]] to conduct other players.
==Incarnations and Appearances==
===''The Legend of Zelda''===
[[File:Link NES.png|left|35px]]
In ''[[The Legend of Zelda (Game)|The Legend of Zelda]]'', Link is a young swordsman who is asked after rescuing [[Impa]] to save [[Hyrule]] and [[Princess Zelda|Zelda]] from the clutches of the evil [[Ganon]]. In this game, he collects the pieces of the [[Triforce#Triforce of Wisdom|Triforce of Wisdom]] and defeats Ganon in order to secure the [[Triforce#Triforce of Power|Triforce of Power]]. After almost 23 years since its release, Link's original adventure still holds up and its formula is the basis to all other ''Zelda'' games and story lines.
===''The Adventure of Link''===
[[File:Link NESaol.gif|left|25px]]
''[[Zelda II: The Adventure of Link|The Adventure of Link]]'' is quite a different game than the original title in that it featured side-scrolling game play rather than the overhead view used in ''The Legend of Zelda''. Link returns to rescue a different [[Princess Zelda]] from a potent sleeping spell. This time, he journeys to retrieve the Triforce of Courage from the [[Great Palace]]. At the same time, he battles with Ganon's minions who are in the process of trying to revive the evil king. Link appears to speak in this game, for when he finds the Mirror in [[Saria Town]], he says, "I found a mirror under the table."
<small>(This hero is the same one from the original ''[[The Legend of Zelda (Game)|The Legend of Zelda]]'')</small>
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===''A Link to the Past''===
In ''[[The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past|A Link to the Past]]'', Ganon and his army of evil were banished into the [[Sacred Realm]], the realm of the Triforce, by the Hylians at the price of countless lives. The portal to this world was magically blocked by seven [[sage]]s, and the lands behind that seal, which Hylians hoped would never be broken again, became known as the [[Dark World]] as they were corrupted by Ganon's malice. One day, when the [[Imprisoning War]] was all but forgotten, the land was plagued by sudden disaster, until the wizard [[Agahnim]] appeared at the court of the [[King of Hyrule]] and quelled the upheaval. Named chief adviser to the throne, he soon seized power from the king and kidnapped six [[Maiden]]s, descendants of the sages who had sealed the entrance of the Dark World. The maidens were taken to the castle tower and never seen again. Agahnim then began a dark ritual to break the seal on the Dark World and unleash Ganon's fury upon Hyrule. Princess Zelda, herself descended from the seventh sage, managed to send out a telepathic call for help before being taken away. Link's [[Link's Uncle|uncle]] headed for the royal [[Hyrule Castle|castle]] first but was quickly dispatched. He left Link his sword and with his last breath imparted the [[Spin Attack]]. The young hero rescues Zelda from the castle dungeons then begins a journey to collect three magical [[Pendants of Virtue]], and claim the [[Master Sword]] as his own before finally facing Agahnim, and later, his alter ego Ganon.
===''Link's Awakening''===
[[File:LinkLA.gif|left|30px]][[File:LA Link.png|right|150px]]
In ''[[The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening|Link's Awakening]]'', Link had defeated the evil Ganon and had regained peace in Hyrule. However, he does not enjoy the peace for long and soon becomes restless. He sails away on a boat for training or enlightenment. But when he sails back home, Link is caught in a deadly thunderstorm which results in the destruction of his ship. His unconscious body is later found by [[Marin]] on a faraway island's shores. When he awakes, he discovers that he had miraculously been washed ashore on [[Koholint Island]] and makes preparations to leave the island by first finding his missing sword. A mysterious [[Owl (Link's Awakening)|owl]] then approaches Link and explains to him about a sleeping being on the island, [[Wind Fish|The Wind Fish]], and that Link can only leave the island once The Wind Fish has been awoken from its eternal slumber. To awaken The Wind Fish, Link was forced to embark on a long journey and go through many dungeons to retrieve the [[Eight Instruments of the Sirens]].
Link is eventually instructed by the owl to go to the [[Southern Face Shrine]] where he discoveries a startling truth about the island. Koholint Island is but a dream of The Wind Fish, whose dreams had been invaded by [[Nightmare]]s and who is unable to awaken. If The Wind Fish awakes, the whole island shall disappear. Link had apparently been pulled into The Wind Fish's dream world and was now a part of it, and only he can awaken the dreamer. He eventually acquires all eight of the instruments and defeats all of the Nightmares, thus freeing The Wind Fish from their terror. Link is then named the hero of The Wind Fish's dream world by the owl before it disappears, and Link finally awakens The Wind Fish. As the island fades away, Link is forced out by a stream of water and awakens to find himself on a wooden board, back in the ocean. When he looks up, he sees The Wind Fish flying in the sky and smiles. It is unknown what happens to Link afterward, as he no longer has a ship.
<small>(This hero is considered to be the same one from ''[[The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past|A Link to the Past]]'')</small>
===''Ocarina of Time''===
[[File:Link YoungLink.png|right|70px]]
In ''[[The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time|Ocarina of Time]]'', a young Link has been raised as one of the [[Kokiri]], the children of the forest. Unlike the other Kokiri, Link does not have a [[fairy]] companion and is thus shunned by their self-proclaimed leader, [[Mido]]. Link's life changes one day when the [[Great Deku Tree]], the forest's guardian, sends [[Navi]] the fairy to Link with instructions to bring him immediately. A curse has been cast on the Deku Tree, and he asks Link to break it. While Link is successful in defeating the monsters inside the Tree, the Great Deku Tree was doomed to die before Link started.<ref>{{cite|Though your valiant efforts to break the curse were successful, I was doomed before you started... Yes, I will pass away soon... But do not grieve for me... I have been able to tell you of these important matters... This is Hyrule's final hope...|Great Deku Tree|Ocarina of Time}}</ref> Before passing away, the Deku Tree tells Link of the [[Triforce]] and directs Link to [[Hyrule Castle]] where he encounters [[Princess Zelda]].
Zelda sends Link on a mission to collect three [[Spiritual Stones]] and save Hyrule. Once Link obtains the Stones, he travels to the [[Temple of Time]] and opens the Door of Time with the Stones and the [[Ocarina of Time (Item)|Ocarina of Time]]. He then draws the [[Master Sword]] from the Pedestal of Time. This action imprisons Link in the Temple of Light in the Sacred Realm for seven years so his body can mature, while [[Ganon|Ganondorf]] takes control of Hyrule and seizes the [[Triforce#Triforce of Power|Triforce of Power]]. Seven years after drawing the sword from the pedestal, Link is awakened as the Hero of Time by Rauru, Sage of Light.<ref name=Quote1 /> Link finds that much time has passed, and he has grown up. He sets off on a quest to cleanse the land of [[Ganon|Ganondorf's]] evil by awakening the Sages, who can seal Ganondorf in what used to be the Sacred Realm. Returning to the Kokiri Forest, he finds that none of his friends have grown up, and most now no longer recognize him.<ref>{{cite|Hey, have you seen your old friends? None of them recognized you with your grown-up body, did they? That's because the Kokiri never grow up! Even after seven years, they're still kids!|Deku Tree Sprout|Ocarina of Time}}</ref>
After Link defeats the evil in the [[Forest Temple]], the Deku Tree's successor, the Deku Sprout, reveals the hidden story of Link's past to him. The Kokiri never grow up. The reason Link has grown, while his Kokiri friends have not, is that he is actually a [[Hylian]], orphaned in the wars that raged before Hyrule was united. When Link was a baby, his mother fled with him to [[Kokiri Forest]], and, mortally wounded, left him under the Deku Tree's protection. He was brought up as one of the Kokiri and knew no differently.<ref>{{cite|Some time ago, before the King of Hyrule unified this country, there was a fierce war in our world. One day, to escape from the fires of the war, a Hylian mother and her baby boy entered this forbidden forest. The mother was gravely injured... Her only choice was to entrust the child to the Deku Tree, the guardian spirit of the forest. The Deku Tree could sense that this was a child of destiny, whose fate would affect the entire world, so he took him into the forest. After the mother passed away, the baby was raised as a Kokiri. And now, finally, the day of destiny has come!|Deku Tree Sprout|Ocarina of Time}}</ref>
Through the rest of the game, Link travels back and forth between the two time periods using the Master Sword and the Ocarina of Time in order to awaken the Seven [[Sage]]s and return peace of Hyrule. At the end of the game, after Ganondorf has been defeated and sent to the Dark Realm, he is returned to his youth by Princess Zelda, and Navi soon departs from him.
====<div id="Adult Link">'''Hero of Time'''</div>====
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[[File:Link OoT.gif|right]]
In ''[[The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time|Ocarina of Time]]'', [[Link]] ages seven years after pulling the [[Master Sword]] from its pedestal in the [[Temple of Time]]. He is then given the title of '''{{Exp|時の勇者 (''Toki no Yuusha'')|Hero of Time}}'''.<ref name=Quote1>{{cite|The Master Sword is a sacred blade which evil ones may never touch.... Only one worthy of the title of "Hero of Time" can pull it from the Pedestal of Time.... However, you were too young to be the Hero of Time.... Therefore, your spirit was sealed here for seven years. And now that you are old enough, the time has come for you to awaken as the Hero of Time!|Rauru|Ocarina of Time}}</ref> The term "Adult Link" is used to differentiate between his child and adult forms in the game. Following the completion of the [[Forest Temple]], Link is able to pass freely between his child and adult stages to make use of different items and locations.
Unlike his child incarnation, adult Link is taller, has donned gloves and white leggings, and generally looks more sincere. Adult Link is unable to make use of certain child-only items, such as the [[slingshot]], the [[boomerang]], and the [[Kokiri Sword]]. Similarly, [[Young Link]] is unable to use items such as the [[hookshot]], the [[Fairy Bow]], and the [[Mirror Shield]].
There are only two parallel Links who can be sufficiently compared to the ''Ocarina of Time'' adult presentation — the heroes in ''[[The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess|Twilight Princess]]'' and ''[[The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword|Skyward Sword]]''. Most other games in the series do not cite or otherwise indicate an older character.
It's speculated that the [[Hero's Spirit]], a mentor figure in ''Twilight Princess'', might be the ghostly remains of the Hero of Time.
===''Majora's Mask''===
[[File:MM Link.png|right|200px]]''[[The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask|Majora's Mask]]'' occurs after [[Ganon|Ganondorf]]'s defeat and Link has been sent back to his childhood. He leaves Hyrule to search for a lost friend (suggested to be his old fairy companion, [[Navi]]). While riding deep in the [[Lost Woods]], he is ambushed by a [[Skull Kid]] who is possessed by an evil artifact, [[Majora's Mask (Object)|Majora's Mask]], and his horse, [[Epona]], is stolen along with the magical Ocarina of Time. Chasing the Skull Kid, Link falls into a crevasse and arrives in a world called [[Termina]]. He must save this land from the evil of Majora's Mask, which has drawn the moon into a decaying orbit, causing it to crash into Termina's capital city in just three days. Link uses the [[Ocarina of Time (Item)|Ocarina of Time]] (reclaimed early on) and the [[Song of Time]], which sends him back in time and saves the game when he plays it, to relive these three days again and again in order to prevent the disaster. Along the way, Link finds many magical masks of his own, a handful of which allow him to transform. Those masks can turn him into a rock-like [[Goron Link|Goron]]; a petite, plant-like [[Deku Link|Deku Scrub]]; a graceful aquatic [[Zora Link|Zora]]; or the [[Fierce Deity]]. In this game, Link never grows up in the traditional sense, but the dark power of the [[Fierce Deity's Mask]] allows Link to assume a powerful adult form, [[Fierce Deity|Fierce Deity Link]]. Aonuma mentioned that "we wanted Link to get inside of a wonderland, to experience the adventures and think hard about what he should do."<ref>''"In Majora's Mask, we wanted Link to get inside of a wonderland, to experience the adventures and think hard about what he should do."'' --Aonuma[http://www.miyamotoshrine.com/theman/interviews/111200.shtml]</ref>
With such an apocalyptic aura, this game is considered Link's darkest journey yet.
<small>(This hero '''is''' the same one from ''[[The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time|Ocarina of Time]]'')</small>
===''Oracle of Seasons''===
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In ''[[The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons|Oracle of Seasons]]'', Link is a young teenager who is summoned by the Triforce to save the land of [[Holodrum]]. Upon his arrival, he is cared for by a young girl named [[Din (Oracle)|Din]] who takes him to meet the troupe of performers that she's a part of; however, soon after, [[General Onox]] appears and captures Din, revealing that she is actually the Oracle of Seasons who was just disguising herself as a dancer. The seasons soon begin to go out of control now that Din has been kidnapped, and it is up to Link to return Holodrum back to normal. With the help of the [[Rod of Seasons]], Link acquires the eight [[Essences of Nature]] scattered all over the land in order to restore the [[Maku Tree (Male)|Maku Tree's]] power and enter [[Onox's Castle]]. After the young hero defeats the evil menace and rescues the Oracle of Seasons, peace returns to Holodrum and the order of nature is back to its normal state.
===''Oracle of Ages''===
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In ''[[The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages|Oracle of Ages]]'', Link is also a young teenager who is summoned by the Triforce to save the land of [[Labrynna]]. Upon landing, he hears a cry for help, and he soon finds that [[Impa]], Zelda's caretaker, is being surrounded by monsters. Link easily scares them off, and Impa asks that he help her search for a woman named [[Nayru (Oracle)|Nayru]]. After finding Nayru, it is revealed that [[Veran]], the Sorceress of Shadows, possessed Impa in order to manipulate Link into leading her to Nayru, who turns out to be the Oracle of Ages. Veran quickly takes over Nayru's body, which she uses to alter events in the past to ruin the future. It is Link who, with the help of the [[Harp of Ages]], travels through time in order to rescue the Oracle and restore the ages back to normal.
After Link frees Nayru from Veran's possession, the Oracle of Ages teaches the young hero a [[Tune of Ages|song]] crucial to his quest in collecting the eight [[Essences of Time]] scattered over the land of Labrynna. Unfortunately, soon after, the Sorceress of Shadows possesses [[Ambi]], the queen of Labrynna in the past, and takes refuge in the [[Black Tower]]. Link, with all the Essences in hand, heads over to the sinister tower to defeat Veran once and for all. Now that the evil sorceress has been defeated, Labrynna and its queen return back to normal, and a statue of Link is built in honor of his bravery.
<small>(This hero is the same hero from ''[[The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons|Oracle of Seasons]]'')</small>
===''Four Swords''===
In ''[[The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords|Four Swords]]'', when Link takes the Four Sword, he is divided into four different Links (Green, Blue, Red and Purple), each with their own style and personality. Working together, the [[Links]] must find 3 keys that lead to Princess Zelda, who was captured by [[Vaati]] the wind mage.
===''The Wind Waker''===
Link, as seen in ''[[The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker|The Wind Waker]]'', is completely different when compared to the Links of the previous games with his most different look yet in the series. The cartoon like appearance caused by the cell shading gave Link very comedic expressions. In this game, what begins as a quest to sail across the sea to save his sister later turns into another quest to save the world from Ganondorf and his evil intentions.
====Hero of Winds====
After the valleys of ancient [[Hyrule]] are flooded in a deluge, Ganondorf's power is mysteriously tamed for ages before his dark energy begins to be felt over the [[Great Sea]], which is where [[Link]] and [[Aryll]] live with their [[Grandmother]]. Link is given the green tunic and hat on his birthday to commemorate the Hero of Time,<ref>{{cite|Today is a day to celebrate! It is the day that you become the same age as the young hero spoken of in all the legends.|Link's Grandmother|The Wind Waker}}</ref> but an attack by the [[Helmaroc King]] in which his sister is kidnapped starts him on a whirlwind adventure. Link quickly sets sail and acquires the [[King of Red Lions]] in his quest to recover Aryll after she is kidnapped by the [[Helmaroc King]] and taken to the [[Forsaken Fortress]]. Instead of simply rescuing his sister, Link is drawn into a sequence of events that eventually puts the fate of all the islands of the Great Sea in his hands. Once again, [[Ganon]] has appeared with limited power. Link is pulled into the conflict between the island inhabitants and Ganondorf's increasing presence as he, with the help of the [[Wind Waker (Item)|Wind Waker]], races to recapture the ancient power of the [[Triforce]] and the [[Master Sword]] before Ganondorf's true power is realized.
Eventually the King of Red Lions sees fit to grant Link the title '''Hero of Winds'''<ref>{{cite|Surely from this moment on, you shall be known as the Hero of Winds... Link! Hero of Winds! Go forth! To Hyrule! To Zelda's side!|King of Red Lions|The Wind Waker}}</ref> in honor of his ongoing struggle with the forces of evil.
This Link is a separate playable character in ''[[Super Smash Bros. Brawl]]''. In ''Brawl'', he is known as Toon Link. He also appears as a [[trophy]] wearing his [[pajamas]]. Furthermore, this Link is mentioned in ''[[The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks|Spirit Tracks]]'' by the aged [[Niko]], who notes that the current Link of that game is the spitting image of one of his dearest friends, the Hero of Winds himself.
===''Four Swords Adventures''===
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''[[The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures|Four Swords Adventures]]'' Link had to save Zelda and six other [[Maiden]]s who were captured by [[Dark Link|Shadow Link]]. When he followed Shadow Link down to the [[Four Sword Sanctuary]], he pulled the Four Sword splitting him into four like in the original Four Swords, but when he pulled the sword [[Vaati]] was released from the seal once again. After the Links saved Zelda and the maidens, got the four [[Elements#Four Swords Adventures|Royal Jewels]] from different heroes of Hyrule, and defeated Vaati, Zelda and the Links fought against the dark lord [[Ganon]] and sealed both monsters away and restored peace to Hyrule.
<small>(This hero is considered to be the same one from ''[[The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords|Four Swords]]'')</small>
===''The Minish Cap''===
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In ''[[The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap|The Minish Cap]]'', Link lives with his [[Smith|grandpa]] and is good friends with [[Princess Zelda]]. He goes with her to the [[Picori Festival]] where [[Vaati]] attacks and turns her into stone. Link meets [[Ezlo]], an odd talking cap in the forest that resembles a bird, who can help him shrink to the size of the [[Minish]]. Link must infuse the four elements into the [[White Sword]] to fully restore the [[Four Sword]], which he uses to break the curse on Princess Zelda and seal Vaati away.
===''Twilight Princess''===
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In ''[[The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess|Twilight Princess]]'', Link is a teenager who has been raised as a wrangler outside of [[Hyrule]] territory in [[Ordon Village]]. His friend, [[Rusl]], requests that Link go in his place to deliver a sword he has made for the Hyrule Royal Family. Before Link can go on this journey, his village is attacked by [[King Bulblin]]. Link is knocked unconscious and all the children are kidnapped. When Link awakens, he wanders into a darkness and gets pulled into the [[Twilight Realm]].
Once in the Twilight Realm, rather than becoming a [[spirit]] like everyone else, he transforms into a wolf. He is captured until a creature of the Twilight, [[Midna]], comes to his aid. She helps him escape and get back to the world of light, however Midna is only using Link to change the Twilight Realm (her home) back to normal, as she has no care for what happens to Link and the light world. Link must journey to save the children of Ordon Village and eventually save the entire land of Hyrule from the mysterious Twilight. Link, in searching for the Ordon children, saves the [[Spirits of Light]], and becomes the Hero Chosen by the Gods. He then sets off with Midna to find the [[Fused Shadow]]s and stop the main antagonist, [[Zant]]. After finding out that Zant was just a mere puppet of Ganondorf, the duo set off to defeat him and bring back peace to Hyrule.
This Link sometimes is given the fan nickname "Hero of Light," because his deeds involve restoring light to the land as well as the "Hero of Twilight" as he is spoken of in Twili prophecy as noted by Midna. Despite this nickname, this Link is given no official title comparable to "Hero of Time" or "Hero of Winds" in the game itself.
===''Phantom Hourglass''===
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''[[The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass|Phantom Hourglass]]'' takes place months after the end of ''[[The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker|The Wind Waker]]'' with the Hero of Winds. Link is sailing with [[Tetra]] and her crew in search of the [[Ghost Ship (Phantom Hourglass)|Ghost Ship]]. When they find it, Tetra jumps aboard but is kidnapped, so Link goes after her but instead falls into the sea. Link is awakened on [[Mercay Island]] by a [[Ciela|fairy]], and they set out on a journey to find Tetra. Link and Ciela traverse the [[Great Sea]], rescuing the Spirits of the Ocean King and Tetra, and forging the [[Phantom Sword]] which can slay [[Bellum]], the devil behind all this misfortune. At the end of the game, Oshus returns Link, Tetra, and [[Linebeck]] to their world, thanking them for their help.
Something to note is that Link seems to have brown eyes in this game, instead of the usual blue. As this Link is the same as the Link in ''The Wind Waker'', one might conclude that ''The Wind Waker'' Link has brown eyes too.
<small>(This hero is the same hero from ''[[The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker|The Wind Waker]]'')</small>
===''Spirit Tracks''===
[[File:Spirit tracks link.png|thumb|left|75px|Link, in his conductor outfit]]
[[File:LoZ_ST_Link.png|160px|right]] In ''[[The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks|Spirit Tracks]]'', Link lives with [[Niko]] in [[Aboda Village]]. He is an apprentice of a master engineer, named [[Alfonzo]], who has helped him in order to become a [[Royal Engineer]]. When Zelda presents Link with a [[Engineer Certificate|certificate]] for this achievement, she also gives him a letter, telling him to meet with her, to discuss her suspicions over the mysterious [[Chancellor Cole]] as well as the disappearing [[Spirit Tracks (Rails)|Spirit Tracks]]. When Link sneaks Zelda out of the [[Hyrule Castle|castle]], they meet up with Alfonzo, who escorts them to the [[Tower of Spirits]] by train. However, as the [[Spirit Tracks (Rails)|Spirit Tracks]] begin to fade, they crash, and are then ambushed by the chancellor, who attacks the trio. Link and his master are knocked unconscious while Zelda is killed, and her body is seized by Cole's apprentice, [[Byrne]]. Link awakes back in Hyrule Castle to discover that Zelda is now a ghost and that Link is the only person who can see her. After visiting [[Anjean]] in the Tower of Spirits, he agrees to help her in defeating Chancellor Cole and recover her body in the process.
After Link and Zelda travel up to the Tower of Spirits to recover a [[Rail Map]], a Phantom Knight attacks him, but Zelda charges at the Phantom just in time to take control of its body. After this, Link and Zelda begin their journey to restore the Tower of Spirits and the Spirit Tracks, traveling across the overworld using the [[Spirit Train]] that is granted to Link by [[Anjean]]. Whenever Link returns to the Spirit Tower to obtain another Rail Map, Princess Zelda possesses a Phantom's armor in order to aid the young hero. As the pair continues to travel, Link and Zelda establish a close friendship as the two get to know each other better.
Once Princess Zelda recovers her body from Malladus with the aid of Link, the two together face up against the Demon King, who has now taken over Chancellor Cole's body. Together, Link and Zelda deal the final blow on Malladus using the [[Lokomo Sword]], and shortly after, Anjean and the rest of the Lokomos depart towards the heaven. As they leave, Anjean entrusts Princess Zelda to watch over the land, asking Link to help her as well.<ref>{{cite|Please watch over this land, my dear. And, [Link]... You must help her.|Anjean|Spirit Tracks}}</ref> Link and Zelda are then seen holding hands as they witness the departure of the Lokomos.
Unlike other instances where Link departs from the land after having saved it, the young hero stays in Hyrule to fulfill Anjean's request, where he continues to be either an engineer or a warrior, depending on which Link chose. This is witnessed when Princess Zelda gets up from her seat in her office and waves out the window after having heard either a train's whistle or the clanking of swords.
===''Skyward Sword''===
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In the upcoming ''[[The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword|Skyward Sword]]'' game, Link has lived his entire life in an island above the clouds known as [[Skyloft]] and is unaware of any other world besides the island. However, one day, he discovers a land below, which is actually [[Hyrule]],<ref name=skyward>{{cite web|quote=In an interview with Gamespot, producer Eiji Aonuma clarified some of the finer points of Skyward Sword‘s storyline – namely that the Skyward Sword is found above the clouds in Skyloft and not below the ground. Furthermore, he continues on to say that prior to his finding the Skyward Sword, Links character knows nothing about a land beneath the clouds – in fact, none of the residents of Skyloft are aware of any other world outside of Skyloft.|url=http://www.zeldauniverse.net/zelda-news/eiji-aonuma-talks-skyward-sword-story-controls/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ZeldaUniverse+%28Zelda+Universe%29|title=Eiji Aonuma Talks Skyward Sword Story, Controls|site=zeldauniverse.net}}</ref> but realizes that it is being overrun by evil forces and, in part due to the fact that he is searching for a lost and valuable friend, he is forced to go there. As such, the young hero must spend his journey traveling back and forth between these two regions, Skyloft and the kingdom of Hyrule, with the help of the [[Skyward Sword (Item)|Skyward Sword]] that he eventually finds in his homeland of Skyloft.<ref name=skyward/><ref name=plot>{{cite web|quote=Aonuma says that the scene which concludes the trailer, in which Link leaps off a cliff into a sea of clouds, is an important story point. Instead of being raised in a village on the ground, he's been brought up in a town called Skyloft, which is a floating island. He's lived his life in the clouds, and has only recently "discovered" the land below, which he finds has been overrun with evil forces. You spend the game going back and forth between these two regions: Skyloft, and the ground below.|url=http://kotaku.com/5564576/live-from-nintendos-e3-briefing|site=kotaku.com}}</ref> The [[Skyward Sword (Item)|Skyward Sword]] is the driving force behind Link's traveling between the two lands.<ref>[http://e3.gamespot.com/story/6265821/nintendo-developer-roundtable-live GameSpot's Nintendo Developer Roundtable]</ref><ref>[http://wii.ign.com/articles/109/1098500p1.html GameSpot's Nintendo Developer Roundtable Live]</ref>
Link is right-handed in this game (although he's also pictured shooting arrows left-handed) and it has been announced that in ''Skyward Sword'', he is supposed to be the "oldest" Link yet.
Link first appeared in concept art released during E3 2009. In this picture, he is shown looking very similar to ''Ocarina of Time'''s Adult incarnation, but in an art style much like that of ''Twilight Princess''. Link is shown to, like the Wii version of ''Twilight Princess'', be right-handed, apparently in the interest of gameplay. He lacks a sword of any kind but is being accompanied by a girl that is actually the Skyward Sword.
===''Link's Crossbow Training''===
In ''[[Link's Crossbow Training]]'', Link travels around the land of Hyrule shooting targets, enemies, and more in order to perfect his [[crossbow]] skills. The game most likely takes place at different times during ''[[The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess|Twilight Princess]]''. In the game, Link has very little interaction with other characters.
<small>(This hero is the same hero from ''[[The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess|Twilight Princess]]'')</small>
==Other Appearances==
===Animated series===
[[File:Link (Underworld Connections).png|thumb|right|Link as seen in the animated series]]
In the [[The Legend of Zelda (TV series)|''Zelda'' animated series]], Link's appearance is similar to the official artwork of the original game: a green hat with a lighter green (sometimes yellow) stripe around the brow, and a green tunic with a brown belt, accompanied underneath it with a brown, long-sleeved shirt and brown pants. Interestingly, even though Link's hair and eyes are black in the first two aired episodes of the series, the third episode, "[[The White Knight]]", showed Link's hair and eyes as brown, which would remain until the last episode. Jonathan Potts serves as the voice actor for Link.
Living in [[North Castle]] with [[Princess Zelda]] and [[King Harkinian]],<ref name=link>{{cite episode|quote=Another beautiful day in the magical kingdom of Hyrule... boring place! I used to roam the world, fighting monsters and sleeping in mud, a hero's life. Now look at me, living in a castle, sleeping in a bed, aren't I sweet?|name=Link|show=The Legend of Zelda|episode=1}}</ref> Link is in charge of protecting the [[Triforce of Wisdom]] from falling into Ganon's hands. However, he dislikes his new lifestyle, claiming that it is boring and would rather be off fighting monsters and roaming the world.<ref name=link/> The only positive thing, he says, is that he gets to be in company of Princess Zelda, who usually dislikes Link's overall personality.<ref>{{cite episode|quote=Don't you ever whistle at me again!|name=Princess Zelda|show=The Legend of Zelda|episode=1}}</ref><ref>{{cite episode|quote=Ugh! Even when you're a ghost, you're disgusting!|name=Princess Zelda|show=The Legend of Zelda|episode=12}}</ref> Despite this, it is revealed in "[[The Missing Link]]" that she loves the young hero anyway but would rather keep it a secret to prevent it from going into Link's head.<ref>{{cite episode|quote=No! I mean...maybe just a little.|name=Princess Zelda|show=The Legend of Zelda|episode=12}}</ref><ref name=zelda>{{cite episode|quote=Don't get a swelled head. I just like you a little, that's all.|name=Princess Zelda|show=The Legend of Zelda|episode=12}}</ref> Link is persistent at any rate in trying to get Zelda to kiss him, and asks for a reward any time the young hero saves her.<ref>{{cite episode|quote=Ta da! Saved ya again. Kiss me.|name=Link|show=The Legend of Zelda|episode=5}}</ref> Any time that seems like Zelda is about to kiss him,<ref>{{cite episode|quote=I'm glad too. And thanks for rescuing me. You still want a kiss?|name=Princess Zelda|show=The Legend of Zelda|episode=4}}</ref><ref>{{cite episode|quote=Mmm...shut up and kiss me!|name=Princess Zelda|show=The Legend of Zelda|episode=6}}</ref><ref>{{cite episode|quote=Well...ok. A quick little kiss. But remember, it doesn't mean anything!|name=Princess Zelda|show=The Legend of Zelda|episode=11}}</ref> they are always interrupted by [[Spryte]], Ganon's minions or even Link's own clumsiness ruining the moment, leaving the young hero frustrated.<ref>{{cite episode|quote=Ow....this ALWAYS happens!|name=Link|show=The Legend of Zelda|episode=6}}</ref> Link's motives for rescuing Zelda are not always a kiss, however, as he seems to genuinely care for her and would do anything to save her, which seems to be his weakness.<ref>{{cite episode|quote=She's in trouble! I, well... Aw, heck. I'm such a sucker.|name=Link|show=The Legend of Zelda|episode=3}}</ref><ref>{{cite episode|quote=That dratted Link is seriously starting to annoy me. But he does have a weakness. He'll do anything for Zelda.|name=Ganon|show=The Legend of Zelda|episode=7}}</ref> Even so, he will take any chance to impress Princess Zelda<ref>{{cite episode|quote=Zelda wants a prince, she'll get a prince.|name=Link|show=The Legend of Zelda|episode=3}}</ref> or even to make her jealous.<ref>{{cite episode|quote=Jealous, Zelda?|name=Link|show=The Legend of Zelda|episode=4}}</ref>
For the most part, Link is depicted as a capable swordsman and a quick thinker, although he is often shown to be a rather arrogant warrior as well, something that displeases Zelda the most.<ref>{{cite episode|quote=Boy, I'm good. No wonder you love me.|name=Link|show=The Legend of Zelda|episode=12}}</ref><ref name=zelda/> Because of this, he sometimes underestimates the situation he is and ends up in more trouble than he predicts: in "[[The Moblins Are Revolting]]", Link mocks Ganon for not being able to fight back since he is inside an indestructible bubble and decides to throw him around for a bit, which results in the bubble bursting and ruining Zelda's chances to retrieve the [[Triforce of Power]].<ref>{{cite episode|quote=No! We almost had the Triforce, it was right there! But nooo, you had to start messing around!|name=Princess Zelda|show=The Legend of Zelda|episode=13}}</ref> He is also characterized for his somewhat childish nature, trying to avoid any responsibilities that do not have to do with fighting Ganon: in "[[Cold Spells]]", he decides to fake being sick so that he will not have to do chores around the castle.<ref>{{cite episode|quote=So who wants to get well? I'm gonna keep playing sick until this stupid cleaning is over.|name=Link|show=The Legend of Zelda|episode=2}}</ref>
The cartoon series establishes that Link's entire inventory is actually shrunk inside his magic pouch around his belt: when Link is fighting a [[dragon]], he pulls a miniaturized shield from the pouch, which then grows to normal size. Link always carries his sword, the [[Crissword]], to fire [[Sword Beam]]s at [[Ganon]] and his minions and thus send them back into the [[Evil Jar]]. The young hero only wields his [[Magical Shield]] in four episodes, which he just uses for a brief time during battles. He also often fights alongside Zelda,<ref>{{cite episode|quote=Quick, take these and try to open the gate. Zelda and I will try to hold off Gohma.|name=Link|show=The Legend of Zelda|episode=9}}</ref> who proves to be invaluable and even saves the young hero several times throughout the show.<ref>{{cite episode|quote=I saved you, too! We're even.|name=Princess Zelda|show=The Legend of Zelda|episode=11}}</ref><ref>{{cite episode|quote=Zelda! Help!|name=Link|show=The Legend of Zelda|episode=8}}</ref>
===''The Legend of Zelda'' Comic===
[[File:Valiant Link.png|right|160px|Link in the Legend of Zelda comic by Valiant Comics]]In the [[The Legend of Zelda (Comic)|''Legend of Zelda'' comic]] published by [[Valiant Comics]], Link's appearance is also heavily based on the artwork of the first ''Zelda'' game: the young hero has long, reddish hair with brown eyes and a large, round nose. He was born in [[Calatia]], where he lived with his parents [[Arn]] and [[Medilia]].<ref name=link>{{cite book|quote=The eldest son of Arn and Medilia, young Link grew up in the kingdom of Calatia, west of Hyrule. At a very young age, Link displayed a talent for swordplay and a thirst for adventure.|book=The Legend of Zelda|publisher=Valiant Comics|page=Bonus 2 Issue #4}}</ref> Due to his thirst for adventure and talent for swordplay,<ref name=link/> Link departs from Calatia in search for excitement, where he eventually stumbles into Impa and helps Zelda save the kingdom of Hyrule from Ganon's forces.<ref>{{cite book|quote=Impa found this hero. A young adventurer named Link who had come to Hyrule in search of excitement, fame and romance.|book=The Legend of Zelda|publisher=Valiant Comics|page=2 (Bonus)}}</ref> After accomplishing a daring quest, the Triforce of Courage displayed itself in Link's heart.<ref>{{cite book|quote=The Triforce of Courage, the most mysterious of the three, remained hidden for many years until Link accomplished a daring quest. Now the Triforce of Courage dwells in his heart, the secret of his greatest power.|book=The Legend of Zelda|publisher=Valiant Comics|page=Bonus 1}}</ref> From then on, he begins to live in [[North Palace]] with the princess and [[King Harkinian]], protecting both Zelda and the [[Triforce of Wisdom]] from Ganon's clutches.<ref>{{cite book|quote=Link's Tower. The Triforce of Wisdom is kept here. (Unfortunately, Link keeps all his junk here, as well)|book=The Legend of Zelda|publisher=Valiant Comics|page=Bonus Page}}</ref><ref name=job>{{cite book|quote=Not WE. Just ME. You're going back to the overworld! [...] Because it's gotten too dangerous down here. Because I'm a hero, this is MY job! Because I'm going to protect you whether you like it or not! And because...because I love you.|book=The Legend of Zelda|publisher=Valiant Comics|page=3 [The Power]}}</ref> Despite not living in Calatia anymore, he is still loyal to his homeland and would do anything to protect its people and its [[Queen Seline|queen]],<ref>{{cite book|quote=But...how can I? My parents...my homeland are all depending on me! I can't leave them!|book=The Legend of Zelda|publisher=Valiant Comics|page=6 [Coming Home]}}</ref> even if it means not being able to protect the Princess of Hyrule.<ref>{{cite book|quote=I let the woman I love face her doom alone just so I could be here to put an end to your tyranny--and I will, no matter what!|book=The Legend of Zelda|publisher=Valiant Comics|page=10 [Coming Home]}}</ref><ref>{{cite book|quote=Zelda...I'm a hero, I must help my queen. Do what you have to do.|book=The Legend of Zelda|publisher=Valiant Comics|page=6 [Queen of Hearts]}}</ref>
Link is a skillful swordsman who is considered to be a formidable opponent,<ref>{{cite book|quote=I dare not fight Link...not again. Though my magic chains shall have stolen HALF his strength by morning, still he possesses the Triforce of Courage--! Still, he is...dangerous!|book=The Legend of Zelda|publisher=Valiant Comics|page=7 [Coming Home]}}</ref> even if his moves are said to be predictable by some.<ref>{{cite book|quote=You always use the same moves, kid! You always charge right through!|book=The Legend of Zelda|publisher=Valiant Comics|page=7 [Thief in the Night]}}</ref> Although a great part of Link's strength comes from the Triforce of Courage,<ref>{{cite book|quote=How...how can I win without the Triforce? What chance do I have...|book=The Legend of Zelda|publisher=Valiant Comics|page=8 [Coming Home]}}</ref><ref>{{cite book|quote=Link has grown too soft...too dependent on its power!|book=The Legend of Zelda|publisher=Valiant Comics|page=7 [Coming Home]}}</ref> he is still capable of fighting and defeating other imposing foes, such as [[Shadow Link]].<ref>{{cite book|quote=Even without the Triforce, Link, your courage is your greatest power!|book=The Legend of Zelda|publisher=Valiant Comics|page=10 [Coming Home]}}</ref> Just like in the animated series, Link can be seen trying to steal a kiss from Zelda any time the chance arises, <ref>{{cite book|quote=Hmmm... safe enough to kiss me, Princess?|book=The Legend of Zelda|publisher=Valiant Comics|page=Missing in Action}}</ref> but they always seem to get interrupted by Ganon's minions or Zelda changing her mind.<ref>{{cite book|quote=Aw, heck! Something ALWAYS happens every time I'm about to get a smooch!|book=The Legend of Zelda|publisher=Valiant Comics|page=3 [The Power]}}</ref> Unlike the animated series, however, the comic makes it clear that Link and Zelda love each other, as they both plainly state it to one another several times throughout their adventures.<ref name=job/><ref>{{cite book|quote=Zelda: Because you LOVE me...and I love YOU.|book=The Legend of Zelda|publisher=Valiant Comics|page=6 (The Price)}}</ref> Furthermore, in "[[Assault]]", Zelda is even willing to give up the Triforce of Wisdom to Ganon in exchange for Link's life,<ref>{{cite book|quote=Yet... To save Link's life, you offered to surrender the Triforce of Wisdom to the evil one.|book=The Legend of Zelda|publisher=Valiant Comics|page=8 [Assault]}}</ref> while the young hero is always ready to do anything to protect the princess from danger,<ref name=job/> despite Zelda insisting in accompanying him in his many adventures in the [[Underworld]].<ref>{{cite book|quote=The Magic Trophy Ganon stole is hidden in t he lower chambers! The town of Ruto will perish unless it is returned! We MUST find it! [...] I am NOT going back! Why should I?|book=The Legend of Zelda|publisher=Valiant Comics|page=2 [The Power]}}</ref>
Despite being the bearer of the Triforce of Courage, Link at one point in the comics gets corrupted by the Triforce of Power after he manages to take it from Ganon's lair.<ref>{{cite book|quote=The Triforce of Power! This is what gives Ganon his magic force! For years, he's been trying to steal Zelda's Triforce of Wisdom. Whoever has both Triforces will control Hyrule forever! I wonder what happens if I...YOW!|book=The Legend of Zelda|publisher=Valiant Comics|page=4 [The Power]}}</ref> The young hero, blindly wanting more power, demands that Zelda turn over the Triforce of Wisdom to him,<ref>{{cite book|quote=I'm going after Ganon! I have to DESTROY HIM! But to crush him INSIDE Death Mountain where he's strongest, I need more power! I need the Triforce of Wisdom! I MUST HAVE IT! If I possess both Triforces, I can defeat Ganon once and for all!|book=The Legend of Zelda|publisher=Valiant Comics|page=9 [The Power]}}</ref> even going as far as firing a magic spell at the princess.<ref name=toc>{{cite book|quote=Your spell didn't harm me! How? The Triforce of Courage protected me! [...] The Triforce of Courage has left your heart...and come to me!|book=The Legend of Zelda|publisher=Valiant Comics|page=7 [The Price]}}</ref> Because Link has misused the power of the Triforce, the Triforce of Courage leaves his heart and goes to Zelda to protect her from Link's malevolence.<ref name=toc/> It is not until the princess shows him how his lust of power has corrupted him that Link realizes he has become to turn into Ganon and what the price of that power is.<Ref>{{cite book|quote=Don't you see what's happening?! You don't have to JOIN Ganon! You've BECOME Ganon!|book=The Legend of Zelda|publisher=Valiant Comics|page=8 [The Price]}}</ref><ref>{{cite book|quote=There is a price either way. My LIFE, if I give up the Power! My SOUL, if I keep it! I choose to keep...MY SOUL!|book=The Legend of Zelda|publisher=Valiant Comics|page=9 [The Price]}}</ref> By choosing to throw away the Triforce of Power in order to keep his soul, Link once again proves to be worthy of being the bearer of the Triforce of Courage, which restores his life after nearly dying in Zelda's arms.<ref>{{cite book|quote=And in doing so, you proved worthy of the Triforce of Courage! It returned to you, and restored your strength! It saved your life!|book=The Legend of Zelda|publisher=Valiant Comics|page=10 [The Price]}}</ref>
===''Captain N: The Game Master''===
[[File:Link (Captain N).png|thumb|right|Link as seen in ''Captain N: The Game Master]]
Link makes four episode appearances in ''[[Captain N: The Game Master]]''. Unlike his depiction in the ''Zelda'' animated series, he is now portrayed as an older, more mature Link who is no longer obsessed with trying to steal a kiss from Princess Zelda. His hair is longer, and his tunic is also slightly different to accommodate to his older look, but it still retains the same overall style. Jonathan Potts reprises his role as Link's voice actor in this television show.
Link lives with [[Princess Zelda]] in [[North Castle]], still protecting the Triforce and the kingdom of Hyrule from evil even after Ganon's fall. He is Kevin's favorite video game hero, and although the two of them get along very well when Kevin first meets Link in "[[Quest for the Potion of Power]]", Link begins to become jealous of Kevin's fighting abilities as the heroes travel to the [[Parapa Palace]] since Kevin's skills are making Link look like a clumsy swordsman. When the hero of Hyrule is fighting [[Horsehead]] inside the palace, he shamefully loses his sword against the foe, and just as he's about to get hit by Horsehead, Kevin rushes in and saves Link from the deadly blow, leaving Kevin to finish off the monster. The young hero, feeling humiliated, then begins to act competitive against Kevin,<ref>{{cite episode|quote=You're the hotshot game master, why ask me?|name=Link|show=Captain N: The Game Master|episode=Quest for the Potion of Power}}</ref><ref>{{cite episode|quote=Move it, you're blocking my shot!|name=Link|show=Captain N: The Game Master|episode=Quest for the Potion of Power}}</ref> refusing to receive instructions from him on how to defeat an [[Rebonakku|Iron Knuckle]].<ref>{{cite episode|quote= I don't need you telling me how to handle this, sorehead!|name=Link|show=Captain N: The Game Master|episode=Quest for the Potion of Power}}</ref> It isn't until Zelda gets taken by the Iron Knuckle that he and Kevin sort out their differences, learning to work together instead of against each other.<ref>{{cite episode|quote=Okay, Kevin. Let's try it your way. This is going to take two of us.|name=Link|show=Captain N: The Game Master|episode=Quest for the Potion of Power}}</ref><ref>{{cite episode|quote=This is my fault. I acted like a jerk because you were such a whiz kid on my turf.|name=Link|show=Captain N: The Game Master|episode=Quest for the Potion of Power}}</ref> From then on, Link becomes much more friendlier with Kevin, always willing to help Kevin whenever the need arises.<ref>{{cite episode|quote=You're gonna need help. I'm going, too!|name=Link|show=Captain N: The Game Master|episode=Once Upon a Time Machine}}</ref>
===Nintendo Adventure Books===
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In the [[Nintendo Adventure Books]] series, Link is portrayed as an outgoing, brave, playful, and even sometimes arrogant young warrior.<ref>{{Cite book| quote='Nice shot,' he says. 'But you were a micro-inch from an exact bullseye. Now, observe a master marskman.' 'I hate it when you brag, Link,' Zelda grumbles. Link winks at Zelda and faces the target.|book= The Shadow Prince| publisher=Mammoth| page= 2}}</ref> Despite his young age, he is still recognized as being the best swordsman in all of Hyrule and even has the Triforce of Couarge buried deep in his heart.<ref>{{Cite book| quote=Though he isn't even twenty yet, Link is already known as the greatest warrior in all of Hyrule.|book= The Shadow Prince| publisher=Mammoth| page= 2}}</ref><ref>{{Cite book| quote='This is crazy! You're going to entrust Charles with the Triforce of Wisdom? I mean, come on! Who carries the Triforce of Courage in his heart? Me--that's who!'|book= The Shadow Prince| publisher=Mammoth| page= 102}}</ref><ref>{{Cite book| quote='There are three Triforces, all pieces of the one original Triforce,' Zelda explains. 'The Triforce of Power is in clutches of the evil wizard Ganon. And they say that the Triforce of Couragei s buried deep in Link's heart.'|book= The Shadow Prince| publisher=Mammoth| page= 78}}</ref><ref name=courage/> Link is also best friends with Zelda, and he seems to enjoy annoying her whenever the chance arises, although the princess also does not miss the opportunity to poke fun at the young hero.<ref>{{Cite book| quote=Two steps behind is Zelda's best friend, Link.|book= The Shadow Prince| publisher=Mammoth| page= 2}}</ref><ref>{{Cite book| quote='Did you hear something?' Zelda asks, stopping suddenly. 'Hear something?' Link replies. Zelda scowls. 'Do you have to repeat everything I say?' 'Repeat everything you say?' Link grins.|book= The Shadow Prince| publisher=Mammoth| page= 2}}</ref><ref>{{Cite book| quote='I'm not in the mood for jokes, Link. I have a strange feeling Ganon and his forces might be lurking around here.' 'Ohhh,' Link cries. 'Lurking'--pretty big word, Zel. Been hitting the books again?'|book= The Shadow Prince| publisher=Mammoth| page= 2}}</ref><ref>{{Cite book| quote=Link grins. 'Maybe now you'll better appreciate the talent here at home.' Zelda looks confused. 'Talent?' she says. 'Where?' Then she grins and they both burst out laughing.|book= The Shadow Prince| publisher=Mammoth| page= 2}}</ref> Whenever in need of advice, Link seeks Impa, the castle's nursemaid, who often reminds him to not act rashly and to think things through, somewhat serving as his mentor and even giving him items which might help the young hero along his adventure.<ref>{{Cite book| quote=Link, who's listening nearby listening, turns to Impa in outrage. 'The Triforce!' he blurts. Impa grabs his arm. 'If you act rashly, you might ruin your own cause. Here.' She presses a crumpled piece of paper into his hand. 'Let this guide your actions.'|book= The Shadow Prince| publisher=Mammoth| page= 23}}</ref><ref>{{Cite book| quote=Link looks after Impa. She has always been a faithful friend, and her advice is usually good.|book= The Shadow Prince| publisher=Mammoth| page= 74}}</ref>
====''The Crystal Trap''====
In the first book of the series, ''[[The Crystal Trap]]'', Link and Princess Zelda are running inside the [[Midoro Palace]] trying to escape from Ganon's grap. However, the evil wizard finds them and eventually encases Link in a [[Crystal]]. Ganon explains that since he cannot obtain the Triforce of Courage and Wisdom from Link and Zelda respectively, he used a [[Magic Scroll]] which cast a spell to encase both pieces of the Triforce, including the Triforce of Courage encased in Link's heart.<ref name=courage>{{Cite book| quote='I already have the Triforce of Power, but I need all three parts of the Triforce to complete my hold on Hyrule. Since I cannot get the Triforces of Courage and Wisdom from you, then you shall not be able to use them, either,' he says. 'With this magic scroll, I have cast a spell to encase them in unbreakable crystal. Of course, since the Triforce of Courage is in Link's heart, I'm afraid the poor boy will have to be shut up in the crystal also. Sorry about that.'|book=The Crystal Trap| publisher=Archway| page= 65}}</ref> Zelda is now forced to seek the three items dictated in the [[Fairy's Scroll]] that will help free Link from the Crystal, but she has just 24 hours before the young hero gets trapped inside the crystal forever.<ref>{{Cite book| quote='Not likely,' says Ganon. 'There's only one way to break the crystal, and I don't think you'll ever figure it out, or find the three things you need. By this time tomorrow, Link will be trappedi n the crystal forever!'|book=The Crystal Trap| publisher=Archway| page= 65}}</ref>
Eventually, Princess Zelda finds the [[Magic Honey]], the [[Handprint]], and the [[Magnifying Glass]] and uses them to shatter the Crystal. With Link now free, the young duo head off to find the [[Spear]], which is the only weapon that can defeat Ganon. Link, with the help of Zelda's friend [[Greenbeard]], obtains the Spear and uses it to defeat Ganon once and for all.<ref>{{Cite book| quote=Link gets ready to throw the spear. As he does, Ganon stumbles backward. 'The spear!' says the evil wizard in a trembling voice. 'How did you find it?'|book=The Crystal Trap| publisher=Archway| page= 17}}</ref>
====''The Shadow Prince''====
In ''[[The Shadow Prince]]'', Link and Zelda meet a strange knight known as [[Charles of Moria|Sir Charles]] from the kingdom of [[Moria]]. Although the princess and the [[King of Hyrule]] are all quick to trust Charles, Link gets suspicious of his actions from the moment he meets the knight from Moria. After the King of Hyrule decides to show the Triforce of Wisdom to Charles and dubs him a Knight of the Triforce, Link, outraged at the king's decision, goes to Impa for advice and suggests that the young hero go to the [[Water Town of Saria]] and retrieve the [[Mirror of Truth]], which will show Charles's true identity.<ref>{{Cite book| quote=There's only one thing to do. You must hold Charles up to the Mirror of Truth. Then we'll see his true self.|book= The Shadow Prince| publisher=Mammoth| page=88}}</ref>
After Link finds the Mirror of Truth in the [[Wiseapple Farm]] of Saria Town, he returns to [[North Castle]] only to find that the King has chosen Charles, and not Link, to deliver the Triforce of Wisdom to the [[Fifth Castle of Ancient Hyrule]] to keep it away from Ganon's grasp. The young hero furiously reminds the king of all the brave deeds he has done and claims that Charles can't be trusted because he is evil.<ref>{{cite book|quote='And anyway, Charles can't be trusted. He is evil!' The room is in an uproar. The king raises his hand. 'Silence! Link, you've made some very serious charges against Sir Charles. You'd better have proof to back up your words, young man!'|book= The Shadow Prince| publisher=Mammoth| page= 103}}</ref> With the Mirror of Truth in his power, Link holds it up to Charles only to reveal that Charles is actually Ganon in disguise. The false knight quickly takes the Triforce of Wisdom and rushes off to the woods, where Link follows him and promptly defeats Charles by striking [[Charles's Necklace]], which was the true source of Ganon's power.<ref>{{cite book|quote=With a neat chop he cuts the necklace in two. Charles gasps, clutching his throat. 'My necklace!' he cries. 'My beautiful necklace!' [...] Suddenly, Charless falls to his knees. [...] Charles's handsome features begin to melt away, exposing a grinning, bare skull with starving white eyesockets. [...] The evil wizard raises a claweed hand and Link suddenly feels as if he's under water. But Ganon's power isn't strong enough to stop Link from moving forward. [...] then, with a chilling shriek, he vanishes into thin air.|book= The Shadow Prince| publisher=Mammoth| page=96,97}}</ref> Link safely returns to the castle with the Triforce of Wisdom, and the king decides to celebrate in honor of Link having saved the kingdom once again.
===Philips CD-i Games===
[[File:Gamelon Link.jpg|thumb|right|Link in ''The Wand of Gamelon'']]
In ''[[Link: The Faces of Evil]]'', Link is seen to be similar to his canonical version, although with the ability to coherently speak and with a very childish attitude. He also appears to live in [[Hyrule Castle]]. He remarks that it is boring in Hyrule due the age of peace, but Gwonam arrives, telling him that he is the only one who can defeat Ganon, who has seized Koridai. Link then asks Zelda for a kiss, but is rejected. The young hero proceeds to go off to defeat the masters of the Faces of Evil and rescue Koridai. At the end, he fulfills his destiny by defeating Ganon, trapping him in the Book of Koridai. Link once again asks Zelda for a kiss, but ends up being rejected.
In ''[[Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon]]'', Link retains his childish personality from ''Faces of Evil'', but has a much smaller role. He is ordered to go to Gamelon if King Harkinian does not return, and does so when the king winds up missing, but is apparently imprisoned by Ganon. Later, Zelda smashes a mirror owned by Lady Alma, and Link reappears, implying he was trapped within it. He seems to have no knowledge of what had happened to him.
Link is much different than his ''The Faces of Evil'' and ''The Wand of Gamelon'' characterization in ''[[Zelda's Adventure]]''. He is more similar to the canon version in appearance, but his manner is only hinted at. He was apparently adventuring in Tolemac, but was captured by Ganon. At the end of the game, when Ganon is defeated, Link and Zelda return to Hyrule.
===''Super Smash Bros.'' Series===
:''See [[ssb:Main Page|SmashWiki's]] article on [[ssb:Link|Link]] for more information.''
[[File:LinkSSB.gif|left|Link in the original Super Smash Bros.]]
Link has been one of the 12 playable characters that have appeared in all three ''[[ssb:Super Smash Bros. (series)|Super Smash Bros.]]''games, first appearing as one of the eight playable characters available at the beginning of ''[[Super Smash Bros.]]'' Here, he is depicted in his adult form from ''[[The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time|Ocarina of Time]]'', wearing his traditional [[Kokiri]] tunic. He also has some of his usual arsenal from the [[The Legend of Zelda (Series)|''Legend of Zelda'' series]] at his disposal, including [[bomb]]s, his [[boomerang]], and a [[hookshot]]. His ''Super Smash Bros.'' appearance marks the default look for Link in the rest of the fighting series, with him bearing the [[Master Sword]] and [[Hylian Shield]] as his default weapons and sporting the green tunic as the standard color of tunic. His home stage is [[Hyrule Castle]].
[[File:SSBM Link.png|right|Link in Super Smash Bros. Melee|135px]]
Link returns as one of the 14 playable characters available from the start in ''[[Super Smash Bros. Melee]]'', the 2001 sequel to ''Super Smash Bros.'' In ''Super Smash Bros. Melee'', he has his bow in addition to the equipment he brought with him to the original ''Super Smash Bros''. Also playable in the game as a secret unlockable character, is '''[[Young Link]]''', the youthful Link from most of the games in the series. Modeled after the ''Ocarina of Time''/''Majora's Mask'' version of the hero, Young Link is more agile but weaker than the older Link. He has some of the same weaponry and moves as his adult counterpart, although they are usually accompanied with a few changes, like his hookshot and boomerang having a shorter reach. Adult Link's stage is the [[ssb:Temple|Temple]], while Young Link's is [[Great Bay]].
On May 10, 2006, at an after-hours press conference during the [[E3 Media & Business Summit|E³]], Link became one of the first confirmed fighters in the [[Nintendo Wii|Wii]] installment of the franchise, ''[[Super Smash Bros. Brawl]]''. Unlike the previous games of the series, Link appears as depicted in the GameCube ''Twilight Princess'', rather than ''Ocarina of Time''. The [[Master Sword]] he has in Brawl is much shorter than the one in ''Twilight Princess''. Link's [[Smash Ball|Final Smash]] move is known as the [[Triforce Slash]]. It slashes an enemy mercilessly with the power of the [[Triforce]]. In this game, "Young Link" does not return to the brawl, but rather, [[Toon Link]] takes on his role. This Link first appeared in ''[[The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker|The Wind Waker]]'' and has appeared in this form in several games since. Although he is different in many ways, the two Links are surprisingly similar and also have the same Final Smash. The [[Bridge of Eldin]] serves as the stage of the adult Link.
[[File:Linkcopy.png|left|140px|Link in Super Smash Bros. Brawl]]
In the [[Subspace Emissary]] story mode from ''Brawl'', Link appears in a forest where he finds the [[Master Sword]] and teams up with [[smw:Yoshi|Yoshi]] upon being attacked by the Subspace Army. Depending on which princess was saved, Link will either confront a mind-controlled Peach or confront Mario and Pit after seeing Zelda supposedly defeated by the plumber. They later team up and track down King Dedede to try and rescue the trophies stolen by him. Eventually, upon reaching Subspace, Link and Zelda are both present when meeting [[ssb:Tabuu|Tabuu]] but are both defeated by Tabuu's [[ssb:Off Waves|Off Waves]]. If Link and Zelda were rescued during Kirby and King Dedede's exploration of Subspace, a cutscene will show them both agreeing to revive Ganondorf, at which point they show him where their common target is. Link helps the other heroes throughout the rest of the story as they try to reach Tabuu inside the Great Maze to defeat him.
In all three games, Link can choose different color tunics. In the original ''Super Smash Bros.'', only the Green, Red, Blue, and [[Blue Ring]] tunic from the original ''[[The Legend of Zelda (Game)|The Legend of Zelda]]'' are available; however, in ''Melee'', the Black Tunic was added, and the Golden Tunic debuted in ''Brawl''
Link retains the same moves for most of the series, which are usually iconic weapons he has used throughout the ''Zelda'' series. The [[Hookshot]] serves as Link's [[ssb:grab move|grab move]] and also as a [[ssb:Tether recovery|tether recovery]] in both ''Super Smash Bros.'' and ''Super Smash Bros. Melee'', though not in ''Brawl'', where it has been replaced by the [[Clawshot]]. While the boomerang from ''Ocarina of Time'' appears in the series' first two games, the Gale Boomerang appears instead in ''Brawl'', replacing Link's standard Boomerang from ''Melee''. The [[bow]] is the young hero's [[ssb:neutral special move|neutral special move]], and the more the bow is charged, the farther the arrow will travel. Lastly, the [[Spin Attack]] makes a return as one of Link's most powerful moves and as his [[ssb:Recovery|recovery]] move when used in the air.
===''Soulcalibur II''===
:''See also: [[Soulcalibur II/Link's Moveset|Link's Moveset]]''
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Link is a playable "guest character" in the [[Nintendo GameCube|GameCube]] version of ''[[Soulcalibur II]]''. His appearance is taken from his adult incarnation from ''[[The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time|Ocarina of Time]]''. Though he is voiced by [[Nobuyuki Hiyama|Hiyama]], he does not have a deep voice (as Adult Link does in ''Ocarina of Time''), he now has a timbre relative to that of a tenor (similar to that of Zora Link, without modification). His voice is the same exact tone as ''Nightmare'' in the Japanese voicing of the game, as well as the seiyū voice of ''Siegfried Schtauffen'' in the entire Soul Edge and Soulcalibur series. Expectedly, Link's voice remains unchanged regardless of what language voice setting it is set to. [[Shigeru Miyamoto]] did not see a problem with Link appearing in what some had thought to be a "violent fighting game" since he had already been established as a fighter in the ''Super Smash Bros.'' games.{{fact}}
Not much is revealed about this incarnation of Link, but it is known that after saving Hyrule from an evil wizard who was being controlled by a fragment of [[Soul Edge]],<ref>{{cite|Just as the people were about to lose all hope, the sun miraculously returned. Link, who was summoned by Zelda to find the cause of the disasters, successfully defeated the magician. The people of Hyrule rejoiced in the belief that eternal peace would rule. Unfortunately, this was not to be. It became clear that the magician responsible for the disasters was in fact controlled by an evil sword called Soul Edge, which existed in an another world.|Link's Profile|Soulcalibur II}}</ref> he went on a secret quest to destroy the evil sword. Quickly pulling the [[Master Sword]] out of its [[Pedestal of Time|pedestal]], he set out to travel to this world to destroy Soul Edge with his trusty {{It|Ocarina of Time}} and [[Hylian Shield]].<ref>{{cite|Knowing that the resurrection of the evil blade must be prevented at all costs, Link chose to travel to the other world and destroy Soul Edge. Link gathered his trusted Master Sword, Hylian Shield, and Ocarina, and set off on a secret journey.|Link's Profile|Soulcalibur II}}</ref> Eventually, he successfully seals away the evil within the Soul Edge, saving his homeland and quietly leaving the world he had come upon, leaving only a faint echo of his Ocarina.<ref>{{cite|Link came to this world in order to defeat the evil which threatened Hyrule. After a long journey, Link finally succeeded in sealing away the terrible evil. In doing so, he not only saved his homeland from peril, but also maintained the tranquility of this world. Link then quietly left this world--a faint echo of his Ocarina was all that remained.|Ending of Arcade Mode|Soulcalibur II}}</ref>
In ''Soulcalibur II'', Link is the only character with a ranged attack (aside from [[Wikipedia:Necrid|Necrid]], the guest character for the Xbox version [[Wikipedia: Spawn (comics)|Spawn]]) and the only guest character to have his own theme and more than three costumes--the same colors that were his ''[[Super Smash Bros.]]'' costumes. His weapons are a number of weapons from the ''[[the Legend of Zelda (Series)|Zelda]]'' games, ranging from the [[Razor Sword]] to the [[Magical Sword]] and even the [[Bug Catching Net]]. In addition, Link's fighting style retains many of his signature moves from past games in the ''[[the Legend of Zelda (Series)|Zelda]]'' and ''Super Smash Bros.'' series. Some of these moves include the [[Spin Attack]], the [[Jump Attack]], the [[Down Thrust]], the [[Up Thrust]], and the [[Dash Attack]].
===Cameo Appearances===
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Link has appeared in cameos in ''Mario'' games for a long time as well as one of the ''F-Zero'' games. He also was mentioned in ''Donkey Kong Country 2'' and ''Donkey Kong Country 3''. Link from the cartoon series' most used line also appeared in ''Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga''.
===Other Links===
====Link the young Goron====
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The son of [[Darunia]], Link of the [[Goron]]s was born sometime during Link's, the Hero of Time, seven year long sleep, and named after the hero who saved the Gorons by chasing off the [[Dodongo]]s, who had taken possession of [[Dodongo's Cavern]], the place that the Gorons used as their chief source of nourishment.
====Link the stuttering Goron====
The poor Goron who ends every other word with "goro" loses his reserved room at the [[Stock Pot Inn]] when [[Anju]] mistakenly gives away his room key to Link the boy.<ref>{{cite|I made a reservation... The name is Link-goro!|Link (Goron)|Majora's Mask}}</ref> He is forced to spend the night outside.<ref>{{cite|What?!? Really-goro? Well, it's nice weather, so I'll just sleep outside-goro..|Link (Goron)|Majora's Mask}}</ref>
{{Quote|It's a hard world to live in-goro...|[[Link (Goron)]] (''[[The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask|Majora's Mask]]'')}}
If Link the boy fails to claim the key in time, then Link the Goron will get it.<ref>{{cite|I should have a reservation-goro. The name is Link. Don't you have it-goro?|Link (Goron)|Majora's Mask}}</ref> If Link the boy talks to him while he is en route to the Knife Chamber, he will complain of poor state of repair that the inn is in.<ref>{{cite|This place is falling apart. The floor looks like you could pull it up-goro...|Link (Goron)|Majora's Mask}}</ref>
====Link the Pig====
{{main|Link (Pig)}}
A big pig named after its captor on [[Outset Island]].
====Dark Link====
{{main|Dark Link}}
The shadow form of Link mirrors Link's every movement and attack in battle. He appears in multiple games.
It is unknown how he was created, however, the [[Dark Mirror]] and even [[Ganon]]dorf have been potentially linked to his creation.
====Wolf Link====
{{main|Wolf Link}}
The Twilight Form of Link seen in ''[[The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess|Twilight Princess]]''. [[Midna]] can help Link change forms later in the game.
====Bunny Link====
{{main|Bunny Link}}
The Bunny Form of Link seen in ''[[The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past|A Link to the Past]]''.
====Toon Link====
{{Main|Toon Link}}
A secret character appearing in ''[[Super Smash Bros. Brawl]]'', [[Toon Link]] is based on Link's appearance from ''The Wind Waker''.
''See this article's [[Gallery:Link|gallery page]], featuring character art and screen-captures of {{PAGENAME}}''.
File:BotW Horse God Malanya.png|Malanya going back into the fountain
File:BotW Malanya Horse God Fountain.png|Malanya's Fairy Fountain
==See Also==
*[[Transformation|Link Transformations]]
*[[Link's Partners]]
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Template:Character Malanya is a character in Breath of the Wild.


Malanya is the god who watches over the horses of the world.[1] He makes his home in the Faron Region in Malanya Spring near the Lake of the Horse God, though he has been trapped in a Great Fairy Fountain-like flower bud for a unspecified length of time,[2] and requires 1,000 Rupees to regain his power.[3] Once Link procures the necessary Rupees, Malanya will offer to revive a horse the young hero loves that has died over the course of his journey.[4]

Malanya is usually calm and refined, though he will occasionally loudly threaten Link if he believes the hero is mistreating horses;[5] he always follows this up by claiming he was merely jesting, however.[6]


  • Malanya's theme music, which plays in Malanya's Spring after you have paid him 1,000 Rupees, is a combination of the Lon Lon Ranch theme from Ocarina of Time (itself an expanded version of Epona's Song) and the Great Fairy Fountain music.


The Chinese names Ma means "horse",[7] Lan means "orchid",[8] a type of flower, and Ya means "elegant" and "refined".[9]

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Language Name
French Republic FrenchEU Marlon



  1. "My name is Malanya. I am the god who watches over the horses of this world." — Malanya (Breath of the Wild)
  2. "Ho ho ho... At last! Free of that tiny bud after so long!" — Malanya (Breath of the Wild)
  3. "So please... I beg of you... Help me regain the power I've lost... All I need is 1,000 rupees... When my power has been restored, I should be able to be of use to you, who loves horses so." — Malanya (Breath of the Wild)
  4. "If a horse you love passes away from some sort of tragic, fatal accident, it is within my power to revive that horse..." — Malanya (Breath of the Wild)
  5. "However... If I detect vile intent behind the death of your horse... You will suffer my wrath!" — Malanya (Breath of the Wild)
  6. "Hahaha, I only jest..." — Malanya (Breath of the Wild)
  7. Given Name MA, behindthename.com.
  8. Given Name LAN, behindthename.com.
  9. Given Name YA, behindthename.com.