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This article is about fictional characters from the video game The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.



In The Ocarina of Time, Link, also known as the Hero of Time, is a Hyrulian who is raised as a Kokiri in the Kokiri Forest. Unlike chronologically later heros of the same name, he has the ability to travel through time, changing form between a child and a young adult, using the power of the Master Sword. He does, however, share the trademark green clothing and hat and variety of weapons used by later Links. This is the same Link appearing in Majora's Mask.


Darunia is the leader of the Goron race and resides in Goron City. When Link first meets Darunia, he is upset because the cavern containing the Goron food source is overrun by Dodongos and sealed off by Ganondorf as punishment for refusing to turn over the Goron Ruby. Once cheered up by a rousing rendition of 'Saria's Song', Darunia gives Link the Goron's Bracelet and asks him to eliminate the Dodongos from Dodongo's Cavern. Once Link completes this task, Darunia rewards him with the Spiritual Stone of Fire and makes him his "Sworn Brother." After Ganondorf conquered Hyrule, he threatens to feed the Goron race to the dragon Volvagia, who was killed long ago by a Goron hero but was resurrected by Ganondorf himself. When Link completes the Fire Temple as an adult, Darunia is awakened as the Fire Sage. Link receives the Fire Medallion from him. Darunia has a son named Link after his "Sworn Brother".


Navi is a fairy companion given to Link as a boy by the Great Deku Tree in the Kokiri Forest. All Kokiri have companion fairies, but because Link is actually a Hylian, he would not have received one unless the Great Deku Tree had given him one. From a gameplay perspective, Navi functions primarily as a software agent that points out cues in the environment and helps the player learn the controls and advance in the game. Two similar fairies, Tatl and Tael (named after the word tattletale), are found in Majora's Mask, and Tatl serves a similar purpose in this game.

Princess Ruto

Princess Ruto is the daughter of King Zora and the Princess of the Zora race. She has a rather bossy streak. When Link first meets her when they are both about ten years old, she has been swallowed by Jabu-Jabu, the Zora's guardian deity who she is charge of caring for. He is actually a giant fish. After Link rescues her, she rewards him with the Spiritual Stone of Water. She, however, calls it the Zora's Engagement Ring and claims that Link must one day marry her, as requested by her mother before she died. After Ganondorf took over Hyrule, when Zora's Domain is frozen over, Ruto is rescued by Sheik from beneath the ice and then heads to the Water Temple. Link meets her there as an adult where she informs him that their engagement is broken due to more serious matters, i.e. Ruto claims she recognizes that saving Hyrule is more important than marriage. When Link completes the Water Temple, Ruto is awakened as the Water Sage. Link receives the Water Medallion from her.


Rauru is an old Hylian man and the Sage of Light. Link first meets him when he awakens from his seven-year-long slumber in the Chamber of the Sages within the Temple of Light inside the Sacred Realm. It is Rauru who explains to Link where he is and what has happened in the past seven years. From Rauru, Link receives his first Medallion—the Light Medallion.


Saria is a Kokiri girl who befriended Link, who grew up in the Kokiri Forest, as a child. As a Kokiri she is unable to leave the forest, so she gives Link the Fairy Ocarina. Later she taught him Saria's song, the magical powers of which enable Link to communicate with her from afar. After Link becomes an adult she is imprisoned in the Forest Temple, but Link rescues her, at which point she is awakened as the Forest Sage. Link receives the Forest Medallion from Saria.


Epona is Link's horse in the games The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. She was brought up by Malon at Lon Lon Ranch and can be summoned by Epona's Song. In Majora's Mask, she is stolen by the Skull Kid and ends up later in the quest at Romani's ranch. Epona is essential to move through the storyline in The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. The name of the horse is presumably taken from the Celtic goddess Epona.

Kokiri Twins

The Twins are two identical twin Kokiri sisters. One stays at the house while the other one sits on the roof of the shop and talks to you. They have some rupees in pots in their home.


Jabu-Jabu is a fictional character in the video game The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. He is a giant fish who the Zora worship as a guardian deity and keep in the sacred Zora Fountain. When going before Jabu-Jabu it is customary to bring an offering of fish. Link first encounters Jabu-Jabu as a child when he is sent by King Zora to rescue Princess Ruto from his stomach. Apparently, the young Zora girl was accidentally swallowed by the fish while carrying out her duties as his keeper. Jabu-Jabu disappears sometime in the seven years Link spends asleep in the Sacred Realm, probably around the same time Zora's Domain froze over.


Ingo is a tall, lanky man with a large black moustache who bears a striking resemblance to Luigi.

When Link first meets Ingo, he is working as a farmhand at Lon Lon Ranch. He's a hard worker but complains about how he must do all the work while Talon, the ranch's actual owner, just lies around and sleeps.

When Link returns to Lon Lon Ranch as an adult, he finds that Ingo, with the assistance of Ganondorf, has taken over the ranch and kicked Talon out. Once Link awakens Talon in Kakariko Village, he returns to the ranch and takes back ownership. Ingo, apparently regretful of his actions, returns to working as a farmhand.

King Zora

King Zora, as his name suggests, is the ruler of the Zora race. He is a rather fat, fish-like being who seems to do little other than sit on his throne in Zora's Domain. When Link first encounters him as a child, King Zora is lamenting the loss of his daughter, Princess Ruto. After Link discovers and shows him Ruto's message in a bottle, King Zora charges him with the task of rescuing her from Jabu-Jabu's belly and allows him access to the sacred Zora's Fountain. When Link returns to Zora's Domain as an adult, he finds King Zora frozen in a giant block of red ice. As a reward for thawing him out, King Zora bestows the Zora Tunic upon Link.


Talon is a fat, rather lazy man, who bears a striking resemblance to Mario. He is the father of Malon and the owner and operator of Lon Lon Ranch. When Link first encounters Talon, he is asleep beside a shipment of milk he had been delivering to Hyrule Castle. After Link awakens him, he returns to Lon Lon Ranch. At some point during the seven years Link spends asleep in the Sacred Realm, Ingo, the Lon Lon Ranch farmhand, takes over the ranch and kicks Talon out. Once again, Link can find him asleep, this time in Kakariko Village. Awaken him a second time and he'll scurry home to Lon Lon Ranch.

Twinrova: Koume and Kotake

Koume and Kotake are twin fire and ice witches respectively, who live in the Spirit Temple. They are approximately 400 years old and fit the image of stereotypical witches quite well. They raised Ganondorf as a child and thoroughly support his rise to power; indeed, they kidnapped Ganondorf's second-in-command Nabooru (pronounced 'na-boh-ru') who was trying to stop him, and are the boss/es at the end of the Spirit Temple. They have the ability to combine their powers into one entity known as Twinrova. Alternatively, Koume and Kotake are known as Twinrova collectively.


Mido is the boss of the Kokiri (or so he thinks). He refers to himself as 'The Great Mido'. He made one Kokiri clear out the rocks in front of his house and another one clear the grass outside Saria's house, though he told her he was going to do it, just to impress her. Mido doesn't like Link and won't accept him as one of them, because he hasn't had a fairy up until now. He doesn't see why Link has become the favourite of Saria and the Great Deku Tree. He blames Link for the Deku Tree withering up and dying. He goes into sulks. He is shocked when Link is summoned to the Deku Tree and not him. He makes excuses by saying that he won't let Link see the Deku Tree until he has a sword and shield. When Link gets one, Mido grumpily lets him through. He still thinks Link is a wimp, though.

If Link scares a Kokiri with a mask, they will say they're going to tell Mido or get him to beat Link up, so he's like a big brother to them, even though he bullies them. They are scared of him, and don't want Link to tell him if they make a good comment about something, like Link's mask. They encourage Link to scare Mido with his Spooky Mask. When Link grows up, Mido (who is still a child because Kokiri don't grow up), who doesn't recognise Link, tells him to tell Link that he's sorry. At the end of the game scene he is looking sorry and is remembering Link while he sits with King Zora.

See also

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Princess - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (949 words)
Princess is the feminine form of prince (from Latin princeps, meaning principal citizen).
Emily Ruete) (1844-1924), Princess of Zanzibar and Oman
Princess Irene in The Princess and the Goblin and The Princess and Curdie by George Macdonald.
Characters in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (5675 words)
Princess Ruto (roo'tō) is the beautiful daughter of King Zora and the princess of the Zora race.
Ruto's mother requested that she give it to the man who would be her husband, and so, after Link rescues her, she happily hands it over to him and considers them both engaged.
Fortunately for Ruto, she is rescued by Sheik and immediately heads to the Water Temple to find the cause for this curse.
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