Who is the strongest Link, in your opinion?
If you’ve played a Legend of Zelda game, which you probably have if you’re reading this, you probably know what the Triforce is and what it stands for. It’s the way the world works, and even if it’s not always said out loud, it usually shows up in some way.
Take Link, one of our favorite characters. He’s usually linked to the Triforce of Courage, which gives our hero the courage he needs to complete his quest. He doesn’t always have the real Triforce, but he is always brave. He isn’t always as brave as others, but sometimes he is.
The Minish Cap
The Minish Cap is one of three Zelda games made by Capcom. It has some of the most beautiful pixel art in the series, and it’s one of the last times an enemy wasn’t related to Ganon. Link doesn’t have his famous cap at the start of the game, either.
Link is already close with Zelda in this world, and he sees her being taken away at the start of the game. It must take a lot of courage to go on a trip to save her, right? Well, the task isn’t as hard when you’re already friends with the King and he gives you a strong ceremonial sword.
A Link To The Past And A Link Between Worlds
Link is just a simple farmer who lives with his uncle in A Link to the Past. One day, he hears a voice inside his head that says it’s Princess Zelda and asks him to help save her. And he just goes along with it. In all honesty, that was a pretty brave thing to do, but at least his family was there to help and the real Princess was calling him on.
It’s pretty much the same in A Link Between Worlds. Link doesn’t have as many relatives as the other characters, but he gets to meet the Princess first and go straight to Hyrule Castle, which is a big confidence boost. In this game, he also has the help of the real Triforce of Courage.
Breath Of The Wild And Tears Of The Kingdom
Since we just played the games, we can’t say that Link isn’t brave in them. Before Breath of the Wild even started, he gave up his life to save Zelda and Hyrule. But when we look through Zelda’s eyes, we see that everything is easy. Fear is often a part of being brave, but Link doesn’t seem to be afraid of anything.
Tears of the Kingdom is a lot like the book that came before it, but in a different way. Link is smart and has been given the job of beating the Demon King, but he depends on Zelda’s skills. If anything, this trust is braver than anything else, and it was a good bet.
Ocarina Of Time
Link is on the outside in many ways in Ocarina of Time. He was born a Hylian but was raised as a Kokiri. He didn’t find out who he was until he was forced to become a hero. He is sent by the Deku Tree to Hyrule Castle to tell Zelda about Ganondorf’s evil. He is split between two different times.
As an adult, Link is given the Master Sword, the Triforce of Courage, and the Sages’ approval. Even though the world is in bad shape, he has the power to fix it. But as a child? No one will believe him, and there is no mythical sword. But he keeps going because he knows what will happen in the future.
Skyward Sword was the first game in the series to try to set a clear timeline for Hyrule by taking us back to when it was first being built. Here, we see how the Master Sword is made, hear the story of Link’s past lives, and see how important the Triforce is.
This time, Zelda and Link don’t have any history to help them. Both Link and Zelda show great bravery, but Link is in a lot of danger because he won’t stop staring at Zelda. He gives up his whole life to keep her safe, which can’t be called anything but brave.
Many people think that Twilight Princess is the best example of what a Zelda game should be. It’s dark and has a lot of style. There are a lot of dungeons and enemies that are fun to fight, but there is also a good amount of exploring. This is also where we see Link the longest before he becomes a hero.
He grew up as a cowboy in the Ordon Woods. Now he’s a teenager who just wants to live his life and play Penalty Kick Online with his friends. But on a normal delivery, tragedy hits, and he is turned into a mythical wolf, saddled with an even stranger figure, and told to go. He isn’t told what to do or how to get back to people, but he still goes. It’s either stupid or brave, but we’re going to go with brave.
The Legend Of Zelda And The Adventure Of Link
In a way that would become Zelda’s main way of talking to Link, she asks him to save her in a roundabout way. Even though he’s just a guy, when Impa finds him and tells him to save Zelda and beat Ganon, he just walks out. Whether you do it for pride or glory, it takes a lot of guts.
In The Adventure of Link, this same Link has to find the Triforce of Courage in order to wake up Zelda, who is always sleeping. Even though Ganon’s return is a threat and he is deep inside Hyrule Castle, he decides to move on with his own courage.
The Wind Waker
When you think about it, The Wind Waker is a pretty funny game. Link has been told his whole life that he looks just like the legendary hero who saved Hyrule before, but he doesn’t care. He wants to go to an island to relax and do whatever he wants. He doesn’t care about Grand Legends.
And what is it that makes him get up and go? The promise of wealth, living up to a myth? Nothing like that. All he did was save his sister from pirates. He doesn’t care about anything else but making sure other people are safe. He puts his own needs aside to save others, which shows how brave he is. And he has to do all this before he even fixes the Triforce of Courage!
So, it’s important to make a point here. Technically, Link from Majora’s Mask is the same child as the one from Ocarina of Time. But the Triforce is no longer together, and Zelda is still in Hyrule. Link is a kid who is forced to carry the weight of the future, which he can no longer change. Because his actions haven’t happened yet, they will never be mentioned.
One day, he suddenly ends up in Termina, where an evil mask from long ago is threatening to destroy the world by causing it to crash into the moon. Link is forced to watch the world end every three days until he fixes it. This time, he doesn’t have the Master Sword, the Sages, or even the Triforce to help him. Instead, he goes out on his own to save the whole world. And does well. No one will ever remember any of it. That’s real bravery.