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Link, as he appears in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Basic Information
Shigeru Miyamoto
The Legend of Zelda
Biographical Information
Usually unknown; his sister, father, uncle, or grandmother appear in some games
Hero of Time

Link is the main protagonist of the The Legend of Zelda series. Although his name is officially Link, the player is given the option to rename him in most games. In most games, he is depicted either as a brave young boy around the age of 7, or a strong hero around the age of 18. His fate is tied with Princess Zelda, who appears in most (though not all) of his adventures, and the sacred Triforce. His main enemy is usually the evil Ganon. His main adventures take place in Hyrule, or similar kingdoms like Termina.

Link is a character that is "reincarnated" throughout Hyrule's history—there is no single Link. Each game stars a new Link, unless it is a direct sequel, such as the Link in Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask. Despite his appearance changing over the course of the games, there are a few key features that remain constant through almost every redesign: the trademark long green cap, the blonde hair, elvish ears and the famous Master Sword. In addition, Link is always left-handed (except when facing to the west in sprite based games, or in the Wii version of Twilight Princess). He is never given any dialogue or voice other than the standard yelps and grunts when attacking. Link is usually in possession of the Triforce of Courage. Unlike most heroes, Link doesn't have any special super powers, instead, he goes with an array of useful gadgets that he acquires throughout the game. His trademark items are the Hookshot, Bow, Bombs and Boomerang.

Link is the only character who has won GameFAQs' character battle tournament poll more than once. He also came out on top in their Tournament of Champions, beating out the popularity Final Fantasy VII's Sephiroth.


Games in The Legend of Zelda series are set across a long and branching timeline, with only a few games serving as direct sequels. As such, "Link" refers to any of the various reincarnations of the same hero across history. While no incarnation is quite the same, many of them share common traits.

In all incarnations, Link is a silent protagonist, never communicating to the player beyond grunts or yells.


Console Releases[]

Featured on either Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Nintendo 64, GameCube, Philips CD-i, Wii, Wii U, or Nintendo Switch.

Handheld Releases[]

Featured on either the Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, or Nintendo 3DS.


Link has been reincarnated many times in the Zelda timeline. These reincarnations are given titles to distinguish them from each other.


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