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Yuga is the main antagonist featured within A Link Between Worlds. His skin tone is the same as Ganondorf's from Ocarina of Time, and he has the same hair color as Ganondorf. This has led many fans to believe that Yuga is the Lorulian counterpart to Ganondorf. Yuga has the ability to turn himself and others into paintings. He uses this ability to trap characters (such as Zelda) in paintings. This ability was also used on Link after his first defeat in the Eastern Palace, which gave Ravio's bracelet the ability to pull Link out of the wall, and gave him the ability to jump from 2D to 3D. He has a very arrogant personality, similar to Ghirahim. Yuga has an obsession with perfection; he wants to make everything beautiful into paintings, as shown by his mannerisms when he imprisoned the sage, Seres.
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After obtaining the pendants of power, wisdom, and courage, Link approaches Yuga in Lorule Castle, only to see Yuga use the paintings to revive Ganon. From there, Yuga absorbs Ganon's power, gaining the power of the Triforce of Power. Yuga's transformation resembles Ganon's look in A Link to the Past. Hilda then binds Yuga, and lets Link continue on his adventure to collect the Triforce of Courage.
When Link comes back with the Triforce of Courage, Hilda lets him into Lorule Castle. After making it back into the throne room, Hilda reveals her plot to obtain the Hylian Triforce to replace the Triforce of Lorule. She then summons Yuga to approach Link for the final fight between the two.
Upon the defeat of Yuga, Hilda demands for his piece of the Triforce so that it does not get lost. This is when Yuga turns on Hilda, stating that he wants to recreate Lorule in his image. He then imprisons Hilda into a painting, taking her portion of the Triforce. This is when Yuga's next form appears to Link. After this fight, Yuga is finally dead, and the final cutscenes take place.
- The name Yuga is derived from the Japanese word for oil painting, relating to his ability to turn others into paintings.
- ↑ "He might be close to Ghirahim from Skyward Sword in terms of having an over inflated self-importance." — Eiji Aonuma, Eiji Aonuma Q&A on The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
- ↑ "The name “Yuga” is derived from the Japanese word for oil paintings because he has the ability to use magic to turn people into paintings." — Eiji Aonuma, Eiji Aonuma Q&A on The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds