The Triforce of Courage grants each incarnation of Link with the bravery necessary to vanquishing evil and saving Hyrule from destruction. Link’s courage manifests itself in different ways throughout the series as well. Whether it’s Link venturing to the unexplored Surface to rescue Zelda in Skyward Sword, or Link turning back time to save Termina within three days in Majora’s Mask, each iteration of Link has courage that is a core component of his personality and his actions.

That’s all fine and good, but something I find more interesting about the Triforce of Courage is the way it tests the user. In several games, Link has his piece of the Triforce from the very beginning, but in games like The Wind Waker, he has to earn it. It’s a unique distinction that the Triforce of Power and Triforce of Wisdom don’t have in any of the games. Assembling the Triforce of Courage acts as a trial for Link to prove himself worthy of its power. It’s a quest that comes right after the rescue of his sister — Link could just return home and live peacefully, but he chooses to save Hyrule. How does he prove himself and his convictions? It’s through acquiring the Triforce of Courage that Link comes into his own as a hero in The Wind Waker. He’s not prophesied to be a hero — he has to work for it, and for me, it shows that he truly embodies the courage, bravery, and sacrifice of the hero’s spirit.

What do you think? Which version of Link do you think embodies the Triforce of Courage the most? Let us know in the comments!

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