Is Link One Character?

HanyouDecember 8th, 2012 by Hanyou

Anyone who doubts that there are multiple timelines, as well as multiple Links and Zeldas, either isn’t aware of canon or is more interested in their own interpretation of the Zelda universe than Nintendo’s.

That said, we still experience the franchise in different ways. As with many gamers, I started with the assumption that there was only one Link when I first played a franchise game in 1998 (Ocarina of Time), even though there was already existing evidence to the contrary. And while I was very open, and very entertained, by the idea of multiple Links when The Wind Waker was released, the feeling that this is all one character has never quite left me.

Each Link has an individual personality. The Hero of Time comes off as fearless and unflappable, dedicated to the greater good. The Hero of The Winds is initially motivated by his love for his sister, but gradually evolves into what the Hero of Time was. Skyward Sword’s Link arguably has a bit more nuance. In the end, though, they’re all silent protagonists, heavily invested in Hyrule’s future.

I recently got into a discussion with a fellow Zelda fan about how separate these characters actually are. In the end, I’m not entirely sure. The reincarnation plot is played up in a few of the games–including The Wind Waker, one of my personal favorites–and there are almost always references to past heroes. It’s abundantly clear that each Link is separate. That said, it’s also abundantly clear that they’re all part of a much larger tapestry, a much wider story than even Zelda theorists will ever understand. And inevitably, each and every Link plays the same role, just in different ways and with different motivations.

The Zelda series is about paradoxes. Each story is a retelling of past ones, but they’re all different. An almost-realistic and toon-like universe coexist. There are multiple Links, but they are all, in the grand scheme of things, the same character.

How do you see Link? Does the occasional presentation of Link as one character ever strike you as going against the spirit of the games, or does it play into it?

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  • Olimar

    First

    • Linkfan99

      Wow. You sir, are AMAZING. You have successfully managed to impress everyone on this website. I am dedicated to you. You have earned my respect.

      JK. You’re a loser.

      • Tehlul

        Your the loser if you can’t just scroll past and ignore the comment

    • firecrb

      does this comment really have any meaning to you

  • SKuLLMonKEY

    I love the idea that each Link has a distinct personality. I have always pictured Ocarina of Time’s Link to be fearless, yet a little michevious as a boy. The same can’t be said for Wind Waker. Link in that game always seemed somewhat cowardly. The quest to save his sister toughened him up though. This is a very intriguing article.

  • +Skyward Stike+

    For me, it seems that ll the toon links are michevious little guys and the regular, tall links are mor upright and fearless. Although, skyward sword changed by opinion of the tall links. :)

    • Olimar

      How is little link mischevious?

  • http://www.facebook.com/chadabloomfield Chad Bloomfield

    To me, the whole timeline/separate Links thing seems like it was added in retrospective to try to make sense of something that, essentially, doesn’t need to make sense. Do we need a Mario timeline? What about Donkey Kong? I know what Nintendo says but I love the idea that it is different retelling of the same story. Each retelling has different cultural nuances and needs no further explanation. Thanks for bringing this up. I’ve been thinking along these lines as well lately.

    • Foxdive

      I think all the Mario games take place in chronological order though, while the Zelda games have had this feel of a “legend”

    • Awesome

      Actually there is a Donkey Kong timeline….doesn’t mean much, but there is one

  • Olimar

    I think this article is amazing. Though I wouldn’t say SS link is a nuisance. He is just depicted as lazy,and toughens up after Zelda is sent bellow the clouds. Same can be said for WW link,just in a different manner. WW link is depicted as, well, normal and free. Now I could rant about how ever single link is depicted, but that would take to long. So to shorten it up, link has many different styles in many of the Zelda games.

    • swornbrother1

      Nuance, not nuissance.

      • swornbrother1

        *nuisance

        • Linkfan99

          *attempts to correct someone on their spelling*
          *spells it wrong again*

          • BudG

            *attempts to be funny about someone spelling something wrong doesn’t realize it’s the same person.*

          • Olimar

            I’m sorry for the confusion, I thought it said nuisance.

          • Olimar

            Also, I’m new here.

          • hot apple Fi

            Welcome to Zelda dungeon. Some people are nice, some people are jerks. But, we all love Zelda.

          • Dark Majora

            i like cheese (theres nothing random about that right?)

          • Linkfan99

            ME FRICKEN GUSTA QUESO!!!

          • Linkfan99

            It’s not the same person… swornbrother was correcting Olimar… Last time I checked, “swornbrother” is a different word than “Olimar”… which indicates that it’s not the same person…
            idiot.

          • firecrb

            I find it funny you and me were arguing with someone else about this a couple days ago

      • Me

        nobody cares

    • 7thHanyou

      Hey, Olimar, even though you read it wrong, you made a really good point. ;) I also think you’re right about both him and TWW Link. They probably see the most character evolution, and I like that.

      Welcome! Hope to see you post around here more!

      • Olimar

        Hey thanks, but I probably won’t post a main article ever. But you can look for my comments.

        • 7thHanyou

          Haha, that’s what I meant. :)

    • npatoray24

      The thing i like about SS link is how he is almost forced to grow up and fulfill his destiny as the hero. Before this he was just a lazy, unmotivated teen that relied on his pure talent. (kind of like that kid that does good in school but never tries?) when zelda is taken away, he becomes motivated by his realized love for her and mans up to save her

  • Tehlul

    Link is many characters that the spirit of a hero is ceaselessly reborn in to.
    So I guess, in a way, yes and no.

    • hot apple Fi

      I think Link is supposed to be what each person makes him. After all, he’s the “Link” between you and the game.

  • linkypete

    Skyward Sword link is my favorite. He actually shows signs of speech, and instead of just selecting yes or no, there is always a third or fourth option, allowing you to bring out link’s personality. He also has a perfect combo between TP and WW graphics. SS Link is the best in every way.

  • Darkgreyfire

    After skyward sword, and finding out about Demise’s curse, I see each Link as a totally separate person even more than ever. They all have courage in common, but the little things make them each have different personalities. Twilight’s Link seems to have a strong connection to his hometown, and almost takes on a big brother feel. While majora and ocarina’s Link, the hero of time, seemed more willing to just jump into the action because of his feelings of not fitting in (although he still had a strong connection with Saria). Skyward Link seemed more like a young man coming into his own (with a bit of lazy youth mixed in). While wind waker Link had almost a happy go lucky, goof ball, feel to his character (I loved his little dance after beating a boss).

    • hot apple Fi

      I loved wind waker link the best. he was such a gung ho goofball. And yes his dance was awesome.

    • 7thHanyou

      The Wind Waker Link is definitely my favorite. It helps make the game at large feel like a fun adventure story.

    • IMFWeirdo

      Favorite Link was Skyward Sword. He was like a modern adolescent, so I could relate to him pretty well. He loved to sleep, he was a bit of a klutz, he always “had his head in the clouds” (according to Groose), he had a crush on his best friend, and I thought the bird-messaging thing in the beginning of the game (when Zelda’s bird threw the letter in his face) was like getting a text message. Overall, I liked how modern SS’s world felt besides not having any modern technology. Sadly we never saw Link and Zelda in school. I bet Link would be the one spacing out and doodling/sleeping during class, and getting all flustered when the teacher calls on him. Hm, sounds like me lol

      • GHIRAHIM

        well of course Link would be that guy. Sleepiness is one of the things so many of the Links have in common. Think about how many games that start with Link sleeping or dozing off… Ocarina of Time, Twilight Princess, Phantom Hourglass, Spirit Tracks, Skyward Sword, I haven’t listed them all and that’s about 1/3 of the series.

        • Aaron hill

          ya he likes to sleep like a persian cat.

      • Midna’s Sister

        Lololol. My mom would fall asleep in class and say to her teacher that she was “meditating on the subject.”

    • AsterBTT

      Twilight’s Link was definitely my favourite of them. The guy was so fiercely defensive and protective of those that he bonded with, especially Colin, Ilia, and eventually Midna. He seemed like he didn’t care what the threat was, he would destroy everything that got in his way, and once the kids were out of the pictures (mostly) he took up the mantle out of an understanding and sense of duty. He was confident and bold, and despite taking a lot of traits associated with wolves, he never seemed like a loner. I love the goofy Hero of Winds, but the pure strength that TP’s Link possesses is incredible.

      • Lupine Hero

        In short, TP Link is an absolute beast! (pun intended)

      • Midna’s Sister

        I agree to the the highest degree of agreeing-ness! TP is my fave. He’s so kind, so gentle, and so willing to sacrifice his life to save people he didn’t even know.

    • Helga

      Hard to agree or disagree, cause most of this must be your own feeling, because in fact Link does not speak in any of official games he is starring in.

      • fluffychainsaw

        Please tell me your a troll. Anyone who has ever played a Zelda game can easily tell what personalities Link has in that game. Haven’t you ever heard of the saying, “actions speak louder than words”? Nintendo has always done a great job expressing feelings and emotions of Link, using only actions, facial expressions, noises, and other peoples conversation.

      • jimmyJJ

        So when you play a Zelda game, you don’t get any personality traits comming from Link at all? Words are not needed, Links actions should be enough for you to see what kind of guy he is.

    • gamer

      OHHHHH! there’s a fight going on. What Link is better. TP vs. WW vs. SS

      • Midna’s Sister

        I hate Skyward Sword personally. Wind Waker Link is adorbole. But Twiling zprincess Link possesses a strong willingness to sacrifice himself for people!

      • hcpaki95

        I like all of them <3

    • Midna’s Sister

      I love goofs because I am one. Lol.

    • http://www.facebook.com/eddie.ramirez.988 Eddie Ramirez

      I never really thought about it, since link is meant to be strictly ambiguous and open to interpretation, which is why nintendo will not and will never have link speak. all hints to his personality is barely inferred, but nintendo gives you the option to have link be honorable and heroic, or to simply be a dick. i mean, how many of you guys have actually selected for link to say “NO” to a NPC’s request? not often, right? and of those who did, how many went through the entire game choosing the ass-hole responses for link? just the fact that you CAN tells you just how much link really is left up to you to interpret in your head who he is.

      of course, though, we all know he isn’t a dick. only you are, lol.

      • http://www.facebook.com/eddie.ramirez.988 Eddie Ramirez

        personality however, i never realized that of what is barely inferred, there are subtle differences, but some are just natural given the theme and tone of the game and don’t have much to do with differences in link. for instance, toon link in WW acts much more animated than his OoT counterpart. this is because toon link lives in an animated world. OoT didn’t have the same technology we have today so link’s acting was MINIMAL, where as his emotions were much more prevalent in TP. all that has happened is that with each tech advancement link has become more able to act, and in some cases, he acts in manners to fit the theme of the game, but they are merely reactions. in the end, its the same character the whole time, the character you’ve made up for him in your head. whoever that is, nintendo fixes it so that it can be applied to any and all games.

        • HunterP

          Not sure I agree with your , Link is a robot, no personality idea. I think before OOT you could claim that. But, since, each Link has had a individual personality.

      • gamer

        SS was the only game that gave you an option to respond to a person. I still don’t understand how people can’t pick out the individual traits between each link, and even if , as someone said, they are different because of the tone of the game, they are still all different. Go play eind waker, and tell me that Link has the same personalities as twilight princess link.

    • Guest

      personality however, i never realized that of what is barely inferred, there are subtle differences, but some are just natural given the theme and tone of the game and don’t have much to do with differences in link. for instance, toon link in WW acts much more animated than his OoT counterpart. this is because toon link lives in an animated world. OoT didn’t have the same technology we have today so link’s acting was MINIMAL, where as his emotions were much more prevalent in TP. all that has happened is that with each tech advancement link has become more able to act, and in some cases, he acts in manners to fit the theme of the game, but they are merely reactions. in the end, its the same character the whole time, the character you’ve made up for him in your head. whoever that is, nintendo fixes it so that it can be applied to any and all games.

  • 00steven

    I think each incarnation of Link embodies the spirit of the first hero of time and it passes along through each one.

  • Calanekeeps

    I think that Link is always being reincarnated into another life when evil threatens the land, so that he may rise to the challenge and defeat it again and again, without memory of his past life. For some reason I always see it like that… I’m sure I’m wrong, but that’s just a theory, I guess. I kind of thought this because at the end of SS, Fi says she hopes they meet in “another life” or something like that…which I assume meant that other life was Ocarina of Time, where Link and Fi were reunited without him remembering a thing. Also, Zelda said Link’s name sounded familiar without even meeting him before… Just theories, I dunno.

    • http://www.facebook.com/SpiritReika Scott Reika Ripberger

      The reason Nintendo has Zelda say Link’s name sounds familiar is to foreshadow the ending of the game when Link is sent back through time to his childhood in order to warn Zelda about the impending attack by Ganondorf. Sorta like a deja vu thing. Something to do with Zelda being Hylia and retaining some of her memories about possible futures or some other time travel bs. :P

  • Zoë

    I see them as reincarnations. I really like the idea that the Ocarina of TIme Link is the ancestor of the Twilight Princess Link. I like it when you can see connections in one game to another game.

    • Linkfan99

      Sadly, WW/ST/PH Links can’t be related to OoT or MM Link, as he leaves that timeline. I see them as part of another family, but still the same embodiment of the hero, or reincarnation.

    • hot apple Fi

      See, i don’t like the reincarnation idea. It takes away from their individual persons. I see it more as a person in time contains the right mix of courage and other traits, and is chosen by the spirit of the hero to be that times chosen hero.

    • npatoray24

      If they are reincarnated how would the hero’s shade be teaching link at the same time? This leads me to support the seperate hero idea of link

  • swornbrother1

    I believe that there is a spirit of courage that embodies itself in the form of Link.

    • Me

      See, I always saw it as the spirit chose the person. So Link wasn’t just a necessity, but an actual person.

  • http://www.facebook.com/connor.law.3 Connor Law

    All I know is Spirit Tracks and Phantom Hourglass DIDNT happen.

  • http://www.facebook.com/paul.lashomb Paul Lashomb

    Um, I kind of new there had to be multiple timelines way back as early as Minish Cap.

  • avalpsychicguy

    I always like to see SS Link as someone who is very capable and talented, but he just doesn’t live up to his potential until Zelda is taken.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dakota.zouzias Dakota Zouzias

    I see Link as different people. I used to think that he was the reincarnation of
    the same hero, but as I started to play more of the games, my view began to
    change. My theory is this: Ganon is always the reincarnation of the Great King
    of Evil while Zelda is always the reincarnation of the Goddess, Hylia. These
    two are the representations and defenders of Evil and Good respectively. These
    two coexist infinitely; if there is dark, there is light. However, Link is the
    defender of Mortal Life. Life is the one
    thing that is finite (that has a birth and a death). Life is constantly adapting
    and changing; it is never the same. Therefore its defender needs to be
    constantly changing. Each Link represents the time and place he was born into
    because Farore intended the Hero of Mortals to be so. I think it would be weirder
    if Link was the same hero reborn each time he was needed. It would take away
    the essence that makes him the Chosen Hero: his mortality. Not to say that each
    Link isn’t connected somehow. Perhaps each Link has a bloodline connected to
    the original Hero or just heroes before him. Perhaps each Link is only
    connected through their courage. Who knows. But are they the same Link reborn?
    I like to think not.

    (I apologize if this doesn’t make any sense)

    • hot apple Fi

      100% agree. Well said. Each Link deserves to be seen as an individual, not just a reincarnation.

    • 7thHanyou

      Great way to look at it! There is something encouraging about a world where every generation has a hero.

    • http://www.facebook.com/rebekah.sapelli Rebekah Sapelli

      I think it makes sense that each Link is a new person, not a reincarnation. Because in Twilight Princess, the Forgotten warrior says “Though I accepted life as the hero, I could not convey the lesson of that life to those who came after.” As he leaves, he says “Go and do not falter, my child.” I don’t just any teacher would call you his child. So that’s why I think that each Link is his own person.

      • gregdorf

        More proof too, is if they are reincarnations, how can the hero’s shade and TT Link be around at the same time.

    • Darkgreyfire

      I see it the same way. Link to me is not just a recycling of a spirit, but a person chosen then proven, to be the hero needed for their point in time. “The spirit of the Hero” isn’t a spirit that keeps being reborn, but a courage and drive found within each Link, to do what is needed to become that hero.

    • Someone

      I agree, the whole reincarnation idea is just weird. None of the Link’s has the same personality and that is what I like so much about having different Link’s in all the games. Every one of them has something different to fight for and they prove that they have the courage to do so over time, which sounds a lot more beautiful then the ‘spirit-returns-when-it’s-needed-thingy’. That sounds like we put them all in the same corner, while I like to look at them as individuals.

    • Oracle of Sages

      I whole-heartedly agree with your analysis of Link being different people. The concept of different heroes of mortality is really interesting. And Demise pretty much confirmed that Ganon is the reincarnation of evil at the end of SS. I only disagree with your idea that Zelda is the always same spirit reincarnated. Zelda nearly always takes on a new persona just as Link does. The most apparent example of this is Tetra from WW and PH. The fierce pirate is nothing like the mature and somber Zelda of TP. And the proper and girly ST Zelda is quite different from Shiek. It would be interesting to see an article on the different personas of Zelda.

      • Delpheas

        I think of it like this: Zelda is born Zelda, and her memories of being Hylia only activate when there is trouble and she’s reached a certain age. So yeah, she is always Hylia, but so far only TP and OoT Zelda have actually been aware of it.

        • http://www.facebook.com/dakota.zouzias Dakota Zouzias

          This is exactly what I meant.

    • Mr. Deborah

      But Demise’s curse said that his hatred would be reborn and that it torment those who possess the spirit of the hero and the bloodline of Hylia. I get what you’re saying, but because the curse was so specific, I think that if anyone is being truly reincarnated, it must be Link. Each Ganondorf could just be an individual who Demise’s hatred is housed in (which, you know, could pretty much be the same thing as reincarnation) and each Zelda is just a descendant of the first Zelda. But I do think she’s reincarnated too. I just don’t know if Link can be excluded while the other two aren’t when the part of the curse about him sounded the most like traditional reincarnation.

      I do agree that they are individuals though. I don’t think that reincarnation doesn’t mean that can’t happen. It’s sorta like Avatar: the Last Airbender. The Avatar is constantly reincarnated, but each Avatar is their own individual with a personality who has to prove him/herself and fully realize him/herself as an Avatar. Except with the Hero.

      Besides, a huge part of personality is determined by circumstances and events after birth. Each hero has different circumstances, amiright?

  • Moon

    If each hero is an incarnation from the first hero then the encounter of Link from TP with the hero’s shade shouldn’t be possible, since they would have the same soul/spirit. I think each hero is a completely new person.

  • ZeldafreakCJM

    To me I view it as the opposite of Demise’s curse (Hylia’s blessing if you will) in which each Link is his own person but they are all reincarnated from the first Link as a means of protecting Hyrule.

  • IMFWeirdo

    The way interpreted it was that the Links are reincarnations of each other (so in a sense, the same person) kind of like the Last Airbender of Doctor Who.

    It would be really interesting if there was only one Link and all of the games were direct sequels of each other. What a very, very, VERY storied and eventful life.

  • Dafster

    I see Link as the same character, the only character that is the same character in each game. I guess Link is meant to be the player, that’s why he’s called Link – because he’s the Link between every game.

  • AsterBTT

    I see them all as separate Links. As you mention Hanyou, each one has nuanced traits to them. The Hero of Time is strong and determined, the Hero of Winds is driven but easy to startle until he grows a pair, the First Reincarnation is a little dopey and lazy but matures into a stoic, heroic man, and the Chosen Hero/Blue-Eyed Beast is fierce and protective. Without a doubt though their courage is always there.

    And I think that this is all a good thing. I’ve never really seen myself as Link because I started with Ocarina and Wind Waker, where there were definite though subtle personalities. For me Link’s silence only adds to their character, letting their actions and expressions talk for them. They don’t NEED words to express themselves and show their personality, which I think is a system that’s dramatically underused in games. Samus and Mario are the exact same way, outside of Fusion for Samus but by then we pretty much knew that was how she was.

    It’s always exciting to see how each new Link will be characterized in my opinion, and all without voice acting, which in my opinion would ruin this great thing about Link as a character.

  • BeastModeMan97

    In Wind Waker, the King of Red Lions states WW Link has no relation to OOT Link, which to me is basically stating that they are different people, and not reincarnated. I’m not an expert on this subject so maybe you don’t have to be related to be reincarnated but all the same, I’ve never believed Link to be reincarnated throughout the series, and I was pretty sure that somebody high on the totem pole in nintendo stated that they are different links except on the direct sequels that are stated to be the same links.

    • Kabro006

      as i understand it, OoT link didnt get reincarnated so wind waker link was his replacement. WW link is a normal boy.

  • SouperDooperDude

    Reincarnation has nothing to do with blood relation. I’ve always interpreted it as each Link being their own guy except they embody the spirit of the hero. Naturally, each Link will have a slightly different personality because of the way they were raised, but once they recieve the call to save the land they put on their big boy tunic and fight the evil without question.

  • Kabro006

    The first zelda games i played was ocarina of time and twilight princess and since they both had Ganondorf in them i started to think that it had to do with multiple dimensions of links life and i kept playing other zelda games and kept to that belief before i found zeldadungeon and learned that it was a timeline involved.

  • Amy

    I think that each Link has a slighty different personality, but very similar to the other Links, because they have the same spirit. Is just like Zelda in Skyward Sword: she was the Goddess reincarnated, but her personality was a little different of the goddess.

  • Lydia Shepherd

    Every Link is slightly different.

  • Taylor

    Link is hardly even a character because he does not speak, and therefore goes through no character development. yeah link has his expressions now but link doesn’t show any sort of personality and they give link no backstory and i think they should keep it this way so they don’t ruin the series you know like they did with other m?

    • BlackRaven6695

      That’s a bit of an insult to every single mute person in the world.

  • BlackRaven6695

    I see him as a multitude of characters fulfilling the same role across a number of eons. You can definitely see the subtle differences in the various Links’ personalities. Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask Link is wholeheartedly devoted to saving the land (and avoiding Goron hugs). Wind Waker Link is a bit of a klutz, as Tetra is always keen to remind him. Twilight Princess Link is very protective of his friends. Skyward Sword Link has a bit more of a sense of humor as we can see from some of the dialogue options in the game.

    Counter question to article title: Is Tingle one Character?

  • Seis Siete

    Oh to hell with the bs Zelda timeline. It’s not really there and you all know it.

  • Makarthekorokwarrior

    interestingly, the Hero of Winds is much spazzier than the other Links. He’s also more willing to jump into crazy situations than the more calculated Hero of Time. Remember when Ganondorf emerges on his horse from the castle to chase Zelda in Ocarina of Time? The Hero of Winds, unprepared as he was, would have bolted after him. The Hero of Winds jumps off a cliff chasing after his sister, confronts Ganondorf head-on and unprepared, and is frequently shown in spazzy situations: hitting the Tower of the Gods with his face, not being able to jump from one boat to another in Phantom Hourglass, falling asleep and being lazy in Phantom Hourglass, etc, etc. The Hero of Time is nothing like this. So while the Links all have a special bond due to their role in some grand scheme, they have some individuality. Quite a lot, actually.

  • Dark Majora

    LINK IS JUST HIS NAME THEY COULD CALL HIM BOB BUT AS LONG HE HAS BLOOD OF THE HERO OF TIME IT WOULD MAKE SENSE

  • BucketMouth

    In the Skyward Sword prequel manga in Hyrule Historia, it is explained that the original Link that fought for Hylia was the Goddess’ Chosen Hero, whose essence would be reborn and intertwined with her mortal existence (Zelda) each time. So I think the better question is, do the fans consider that canon? I would say “yes”, because it’s an original story separate from previous adaptations for what is essentially the Zelda Bible. However, it’s canon in the temporary sense – after all, Hyrule Historia itself did say that it represents current canon and details can still be changed in the future. But we can take three things from this revelation is it’s true: 1) TWW Link is indeed an incarnation of the “same” Link, 2) TP Link most likely sees the Hero’s Shade as a manifestation of his past life, and 3) Zelda II’s princess would also be considered Hylia in a mortal body; the unseen princesses since Zelda II and the one as seen in the original game were given a separate explanation for their name and are thus not in any way a form of Hylia.

  • markasscop

    Hero of Time,N64 Link,Link (TP),Toon Link,Link III,Game Boy Link,& NES Link
    i see them as all separate

  • zombie_eat_flesh

    Still all separate Links with different memories in each time.

  • mookysam

    I like to think that they’re different people, but each possess the “spirit” of the hero. That is not to say that they are reincarnations of the original hero but that they each have the qualities that made him the hero – courage and so on. In each game beginning with Wind Waker he is almost accidentally thrust into the role from various external influences, but at the same time it’s fate. Fate finds a hero when one is needed.

    The “Links” have become more complex with each new console release, particularly in their motivations. Skyward Sword’s Link (my favourite) felt the most fleshed out as a person, motivated by his love for Zelda. The Skyloft sidequests and his interactions with the townsfolk fleshed him out even more and I enjoyed the dialogue choices.

    My second favourite Link is probably the one in Twilight Princess. He was courageous and noble and had a strong sense of loyalty to his home and friends (and later Midna). He was also human and arguably had the potential to be corrupted, as the Lanayru light spirit pointed out when he warned him about the power of the fused shadow. When his adventure ended I can imagine he went back to his peaceful life in Ordon.

  • npatoray24

    link is definately different people. And my favorite is TP link, well known boy in town, the younger kids all look up to and adore him. He does tasks at the farm and for other people in town, and somehow gets cought up in the mix of saving hyrule… He accepts his role, first to save the children from his town and Ilia (which gives the players more of a romantic drive). Link becomes a well known and respected person in all of the tribes and random people in the game. Lets not forget how badass he is, and his hidden skills learned from the shade.

  • John Barone

    -Exactly a paradox, the occasional sequel ish presentation of Link can be fun basing off the last story you like just like Majora’s Mask. But The difference in characters and driven music are just as much Zelda too!

  • The Unicorn Hanger-Outer

    Link is the same man, yet is being reincarnated every adventure.

  • Franklin.H

    I always saw them as decendents of the last. Like look at WW it says he is a decendent of hero of time. TP, Hero’s Shade(which is supposed to be like the regretful spirit of the link that was to become the hero of time)(that was in the hyrule historia) Hero Shade said they were of the same bloodline. just to add something, i always wanted to think that OOT/MM link came back and hooked up with Malon, he could be the great great grandfather of TP link(its only around100 years after OOT) That could be why TP link works on a farm, its just what i always thought. I know it would have a lot of holes in the story. but anyways i got off topic, so yeah.

    • GHIRAHIM

      While I know it’s been confirmed that the Hero’s Shade is the Hero of Time, it makes more sense to think of him as Skyward Sword’s Link. That Link actually used the shield bash and the ending blow, two of the moves the Hero’s Shade taught.

      • Franklin.H

        Yes i suppose that would make a bit more sense. but it could be that Majoras mask link learned more fighting styles and fighting moves as he grew older. could have gotten that truly bodacious armor as well.

  • TJ

    As said in an interview with the creator of Zelda, it is explained that link was created to be YOU! That is the reason he is always silent, they didn’t want to put words in your mouth. They are each from different worlds and not the same being but they were all meant to be played as a neutral person, someone that you can manipulate as you wish.

  • TheCypher041

    Has anyone ever thought that Master Chief from the Halo series was the same, characteristic and personality wise, as Link? I mean, they’re both lone, silent heros in green, doing what ever necessary to tackle a threat much larger than they are. Furthermore, how they interact with other characters in the game is also quite similar, since they will both attempt to help another as best they can. Sorry if this is a bit off topic, but I felt it was somewhat related to the article. :P

  • http://www.facebook.com/eddie.ramirez.988 Eddie Ramirez

    I never really thought about it, since link is meant to be strictly ambiguous and open to interpretation, which is why nintendo will not and will never have link speak. all hints to his personality is barely inferred, but nintendo gives you the option to have link be honorable and heroic, or to simply be a dick. i mean, how many of you guys have actually selected for link to say “NO” to a NPC’s request? not often, right? and of those who did, how many went through the entire game choosing the ass-hole responses for link? just the fact that you CAN tells you just how much link really is left up to you to interpret in your head who he is.

    of course, though, we all know he isn’t a dick. only you are, lol.

  • http://www.facebook.com/eddie.ramirez.988 Eddie Ramirez

    personality however, i never realized that of what is barely inferred, there are subtle differences, but some are just natural given the theme and tone of the game and don’t have much to do with differences in link. for instance, toon link in WW acts much more animated than his OoT counterpart. this is because toon link lives in an animated world. OoT didn’t have the same technology we have today so link’s acting was MINIMAL, where as his emotions were much more prevalent in TP. all that has happened is that with each tech advancement link has become more able to act, and in some cases, he acts in manners to fit the theme of the game, but they are merely reactions. in the end, its the same character the whole time, the character you’ve made up for him in your head. whoever that is, nintendo fixes it so that it can be applied to any and all games.

  • Kravik

    I think it really became obvious after OOT .. That there was not only one link. But rather one spirit, and several incarnations..

    Then again, I started with ALTP .. And had probably not made the same connection if I had played the NES games and the Gameboy game first..

  • theredoneinfourswords

    I like link from OoC, Wind Waker, Spirit Tracks and TP

  • Amber

    Well they are the same –
    Demise def said the it was the SOUL of the hero that would reincarnate, so it isn’t that hard to think that Link is one in the same. He might have slightly different bodies and personalities, but his essence, his soul, is the same throughout the franchise. (Except Oot and MM, b/c he IS the same Hero of Time)
    Atleast, that is what I believe.

  • David Byrad

    What I think is that maybe instead of Link simply being the reincarnation of SS Link of not, Link is the mortal manifestation of the people in his time period. That’s why each Link would fit his setting so perfectly. Because he IS the setting per say. This is further evidenced by how each Link can be easily compared to others who he met,

    OoT Link being courageous and strong like the guards, Gorons and Guards of Hyrule during his adventure while being devoted to his cause like the Kokiris.

    WW Link was laid back and care-free like the other islanders and had a strong connection to those he loved, like how the islanders had learned to depend on each other too.

    TP Link was responsible and protective like how many of the villagers learned to be throughout their existence, depending on each other to get the job done, and protecting their friends so that they CAN have others to depend on. Also, many were a little tense due to the Twilight Event thing. Thus he was a bit tense too.

    These are just a few examples, and can explain both the reincarnation (manifestation of the time period) and the separation. (time periods are separate)

    Thank you for your time.