Link's physical characteristics fluctuate from game to game, though he usually has light-colored hair (ranging from brown to blonde to orange), blue eyes, and a medium build. Other characters sometimes think of him as handsome. It is unlikely that Link's age exceeds nineteen years at any point in the series thus far. In A Link to the Past, he was depicted as having pink hair in-game, due to graphics limitations, although the artwork for the game depicts him as having auburn hair. Similarly, Link's Awakening DX and the Oracle games depicted Link's overworld sprite as having black hair, presumably for the same reason as Link's pink hair in A Link to the Past, although the in-game cutscenes and to a certain extent photos depicted him with auburn/light-colored hair, alongside his character artwork.
In many installments of the series, Link is the bearer of the Triforce of Courage. Several games mention a Triforce mark on Link's left hand, which identifies him either as a chosen hero or the holder of the Triforce of Courage. Teenage incarnations of Link have rather well-built physiques while younger versions of him are at least moderate in size. Surprisingly in Twilight Princess, Link appears to be slightly short for his age, with both Zelda and Midna (in her true form) being clearly taller than him. Interestingly, Link bears a resemblance to Peter Pan, as they are both elf-like, wear green clothing, fight with swords, and are sometimes accompanied by a Fairy. Link also fights his shadow in some games, either Dark Link or Shadow Link, just like Peter. Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of the Legend of Zelda series, has stated that he used Peter Pan as a bit of an inspiration for Link's design in The Legend of Zelda.
According to Yoshiaki Koizumi, there were initially plans to give Link a button nose similar to that of Mario, but his wife rejected it, citing that Nintendo already gave too many funny noses to their characters and suggested a more handsome nose for a change.
A peculiarity of Link, as well as other characters, is the several different incarnations of the person throughout the Legend of Zelda series. He is implied to be somewhat sleepy or lazy at first since at some point near the beginning of every game except the first two, Majora's Mask, Oracle games, Four Swords, Four Swords Adventures, Twilight Princess and Tri Force Heroes, he is sleeping or dozing off.
Since Link is not usually shown to speak, his personality is mainly determined by his actions or others' comments about him. Currently only one incarnation of Link was ever shown to speak and it was the Hero's Shade; the regretful Hero of Time.
It is shown that Link possesses basic characteristics found in a heroic character; bravery, compassion, determination, and wisdom. He would even go as to save others that were his enemies. These characteristics allow him to wield the complete Triforce without a problem.
Being dexterous, Link can quickly understand the complex mechanics behind things or figure out an opponent's weakness to use against them. This has proven invaluable in many situations, with both foes and allies alike showing surprise at his ingenuity.
Link deeply values his ties with loved ones. His care towards allies has been noted several times, and is considered by some to be one of his greatest strengths.
Super Smash Bros. series
Link wields the Master Sword as well as many of his traditional weapons as a playable character in all five installments of the Super Smash Bros. series. In Super Smash Bros. Melee, Link was joined by Sheik, Princess Zelda, Ganondorf and Young Link. Link is in his Ocarina of Time design in the first two games.
Link returned alongside Zelda, Sheik and Ganondorf in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and joined by Toon Link. Link was in his Twilight Princess incarnation. He and the other Zelda cast reappeared in Super Smash Bros. 4. However, Link's overall color scheme is noticeably more vibrant because of SSB4's aesthetics, making him look more like his Skyward Sword incarnation, whom was otherwise unused in Smash, but retained his Twilight Princess design.
Link returns in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a playable character. Initially teased alongside Mario and Inkling during the then-unnamed Super Smash Bros. trailer at the end of the March 8th, 2018 Nintendo Direct, he was formally announced alongside the rest of the cast via Ultimate's E3 2018 trailer on June 12th, 2018. Link now uses the Breath of the Wild version in the game. In addition to wearing the Champion's Tunic as part of his default costume, Link has the Wild Set of clothes as an alternate costume.
Link has appeared in Mario Kart 8, as part Legend of Zelda x Mario Kart DLC pack alongside Tanooki Mario and Cat Peach.
- Link appears briefly in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. There he can be seen sleeping in one of the various inns. Samus Aran from the Metroid series also makes a similar cameo.
- Link makes a cameo as one of the video game heroes in Donkey Kong Country 2 Diddy's Kong Quest and Donkey Kong Land 2 in Cranky's Video Game Heroes.
- Link is mentioned by Bazaar in his store if Dixie and Kiddy don't want to hear about his explanation on the mirror in Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!.
- Link and Olimar make a cameo as two look-alike babies in Yoshi's Island DS.
- Toon Link's face makes a cameo on a badge in Donkey Kong 2.
- Link was going to make a cameo in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, but he got scrapped.
- Link made cameos in the WarioWare series in 9-Volt and 18-Volt's microgames. He even made cameos in 5-Volt's microgames.
- Link was meant to appear in the Starbeans Café. However, replaced with Professor E. Gadd.
- Link and Captain Falcon have shared the same weight value throughout the Super Smash Bros. series.
- Much of Link's Super Smash Bros. moveset was used for his appearance as a playable fighter in Soulcalibur II. Many attacks even shared the same name as the names provided for Link's standard moveset on the Super Smash Bros. website.
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