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Link and his Allies

Link

The same Link from A Link to The Past and the Oracle games.

  • Kleptomaniac Hero: In addition to Link's usual kleptomania, he can now outright steal things from the shop.
  • Waking Up Elsewhere: Link goes unconscious after the lightning bolt hits his ship at the beginning. He wakes up in Marin and Tarin's house on Koholint Island.

Marin

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The female lead in Link's Awakening, of whom Malon is an Expy. A singer who rescued Link when he washed ashore, and later teaches him the "Ballad of the Wind Fish" which is critical to waking the Wind Fish.

  • All There in the Manual: In the manual, other official art, and her Super Smash Bros Melee trophy, Marin plays the harp, but never does in the game.
  • And You Were There: She's supposed to be based somewhat on Zelda, enough that Link confused her for Zelda at first.
  • But You Were There and You and You: Inverted, Malon who appears in later games is based on her.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: She clearly has romantic feelings for Link but just isn't able to voice them.
  • Expy: Of Princess Zelda
  • Florence Nightingale Effect: This is how the game begins.
  • Flower in Her Hair: A hibiscus
  • Friend to All Living Things: She sings for the animals in the Animal Village.
    • However, she is SCARILY encouraging of Link abusing Cuccos if you do it for long enough. Probably because, once she starts encouraging you, if you keep doing it, the Cuccos will start attacking you like they usually do.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: According to Link/Marin shippers, anyway.
  • Japanese Honorifics: The animals of the Animal Village refer to Marin as Marin-chan. This is localized in English as the nickname Little Marin.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Apart from the fact that she literally is a "dream girl", she qualifies. Life virtually revolving around the protagonist? Check. Quirky personality? Check. ("Dig it! Dig to the center of the earth!") Of course, Link doesn't need convincing to be adventurous.
  • Missing Mom: In this game and all her future incarnations. In most games, she still has a Mario look-alike dad, but in Majora's Mask, Cremia and Romani don't even have a dad.
  • Temporary Substitute: Fills in for Princess Zelda in the only Legend of Zelda game where Zelda doesn't appear.
  • Ugly Guys Hot Daughter: A trait that carries on in later games with Malon.
  • Winged Humanoid (in the black-and-white version), Animorphism (in the DX version): Marin's reward if you get a No Miss Clear is to have her wish granted and either be able to fly like a seagull or become a seagull.

Tarin

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The father of Marin who collects mushrooms.

  • Baleful Polymorph: At one point he's turned into a Raccoon (or Tanuki in the original Japanese version).
  • Bumbling Dad
  • But You Were There and You and You: Inverted, Talon who appears in later games is based on him.
    • He's also reminiscent of Link's uncle from A Link to the Past. Link even obtains the first shield from him just like he did from his uncle in the previous game.
  • Expy: Of Mario. He has the mustache, he loves eating mushrooms and he's turned into a raccoon/tanuki. The resemblance to Mario carries over into Talon.
  • Moment Killer: He does this a couple of times during the game.
  • Sleepyhead: Will be found at home napping in-between his appearances around the island.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Mushrooms

The Owl

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An owl that tells Link where to go next.

The Wind Fish

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The guardian deity that sleeps inside the giant egg at the center of Koholint Island

Villains

The Nightmare

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A shape-shifting Sequential Boss that has affected the dreams of the Wind Fish. In its battle with Link, it takes the forms of enemies Link has fought before.

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