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Minister Potho is a character in The Minish Cap.[3]


Minister Potho (Figurine from The Minish Cap)
TMC Minister Potho Figurine Sprite.png
Minister Potho
The supporting pillar of Hyrule. He
is also in charge of Princess Zelda's
education, so when she goes missing,
he gets frustrated.

Minister Potho is the minister to the Hyrule. He is a short man with white hair only on the sides with a bald top, a large white mustache, and large glasses. He functions as the caretaker and tutor of Princess Zelda by order of her father, King Daltus. In his capacity as minister, Potho has great access to the Royal Family of Hyrule and resides with them at Hyrule Castle, serving largely as the king's major-domo.

When the story begins, Princess Zelda sneaks out of Hyrule Castle without Minister Potho's knowledge or consent in order to find her childhood friend,[4] Link, and attend the Picori Festival with him. Upon their return to Hyrule Castle soon after, Minister Potho is shaken to see that Princess Zelda has been outside the Castle without protection, though he brushes it aside and accepts Smith's Sword from Link,[5] crafted by Smith and intended for the winner of the Sword-Fighting Tournament of the Picori Festival. When the winner, Vaati, prepares to open the Bound Chest, Minister Potho is among the many that are knocked aside before Princess Zelda is turned to stone by his Sorcerer's Curse.

When King Daltus decides to send Link on a quest to restore the shattered Picori Blade in order to break Vaati's Curse and save Princess Zelda, Minister Potho gives Link Smith's Sword, which was meant to be given to Vaati as the winner of the Tournament.[6]

When Link returns from Mount Crenel with the Earth and Fire Elements, Minister Potho tells him a story his grandmother told him about the location of the Minish Door.[2]

At some point after King Daltus is impersonated by Vaati, Minister Potho is turned to stone along with the other residents of the Castle while in the Palace Courtyard. After Link restores him with the power of the Four Sword, he tells Link that Vaati has taken Princess Zelda to the roof.[7] He leaves the Palace Courtyard with the other Vassals before Link fights Vaati's Wrath, and does not reappear for the remainder of the game.

He is one of the potential characters to have a random Kinstone Fusion available.[8]


The painting that resembles Tetra's Pirate Crew, with the character resembling Minister Potho and Mako at the bottom left-hand corner


TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
JapanJapaneseテンガロ (Tengaro)[9] 
GermanyGermanMinister Friedrich[10] 
ItalyItalianMinistro Tengaro[11]Minister Tengaro
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  1. "Oh, don't worry about him! He'll be fine. Where's Link? The whole town is bustling for the annual Picori Festival! I thought he and I might go together. Would you mind terribly?" — Princess Zelda (The Minish Cap)
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Hmmm... A sanctuary... You know, I do recall a story my grandmother once told me long ago. She said she saw a doorway appear in the palace courtyard as a child." — Minister Potho (The Minish Cap)
  3. Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 270
  4. "Goodness me! Princess Zelda! Did you sneak out of the castle and come all this way alone? The minister is sure to be worried about you! You know how he gets!" — Smith (The Minish Cap, )
  5. "Oh! Link! You brought the sword, did you? Then, as minister to the kingdom of Hyrule, I, Potho, accept this blade. You came just in time. The award ceremony will begin soon." — Minister Potho (The Minish Cap)
  6. "The Picori should know how to create a new sacred sword." — King Daltus (The Minish Cap)
  7. "Link! We need your help! Vaati took our petrified princess to the roof of the castle... He must be planning something fiendish. You must stop him!" — Minister Potho (The Minish Cap)
  8. "You want to fuse Kinstones? Sure, why not?" — Minister Potho (The Minish Cap)
  9. Nintendo Official Guidebook—The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (Shogakukan) pg. 145
  10. Encyclopedia (TOKYOPOP) pg. 270
  11. Encyclopedia (Magazzini Salani) pg. 270
  12. Encyclopedia (Norma Editorial) pg. 270