Toon Link

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Toon Link
Toon Link
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Official artwork of Toon Link from Hyrule Warriors Legends.

Universe The Legend of Zelda
Debut The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past & Four Swords (cel-shaded art style, 2002)
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (specific character, 2002)
Smash Bros. appearances Brawl
SSB4
Most recent non-Smash appearance Hyrule Warriors Legends (2016)
Console of origin Game Boy Advance,
Nintendo Gamecube
Species Hylian
Gender Male
Place of origin Outset Island
Created by Eiji Aonuma
Designed by Yoshiki Haruhana
Voice actor Sachi Matsumoto
Article on Zelda Wiki Toon Link

Toon Link (トゥーンリンク, Toon Link) is one of Link's multiple incarnations. Although several Links appear with the cel-shaded art that Toon Link is designed after, the one that appears as a fighter in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. 4 is based on the "Hero of Winds" seen in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker and its direct sequel The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass.

Character Description[edit]

Official artwork of Toon Link from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD.

Toon Link, like most of the Links, is a different Link to that of the one in Twilight Princess. While the art of Toon Link has been used for other Links in The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords, The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures, The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks, and The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes, Toon Link refers to the Link from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker and The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass. Despite this, Toon Link's trophies list The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks as one of his appearances, similarly to how Link's trophies mention The Legend of Zelda games regardless of whether the incarnation that appears in the Super Smash Bros. series actually appears in the games listed. Personality-wise Toon Link is one of the happier incarnations; even though he only appears in The Wind Waker and Phantom Hourglass, he is consistently shown to be carefree, easily excitable, and is more prone to laughing and smiling than any other incarnations. He is also expressive due to his cartoonish design allowing him to emote more exaggeratedly, a trait shared with the incarnations of Link that share his art style.

In The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, set hundreds of years after Ocarina of Time and within the Adult Link Timeline, the gods have flooded Hyrule, creating the Great Sea, encompassing the highest mountaintops of Hyrule. At the beginning of the game, Link's younger sister Aryll is captured by Helmaroc King, a giant masked bird controlled by the game's primary antagonist Ganondorf, the latter of which is searching for Princess Zelda. Link travels the Great Sea to rescue his sister and defeat the Helmaroc King, his quest intertwining with that of The King of Red Lions, who, after many trials, gives Link the title "Hero of Winds." Using the Wind Waker, a magical conductor's baton, he borrows the power of the gods to aid him in his quest. The wand's user interface is similar to that of the Ocarina of Time, but uses tempo in addition to pitch to form tunes. Link must eventually reassemble pieces of the Triforce of Courage to give him the power to fight Ganondorf. After Ganondorf's defeat, Hyrule drowns under the sea forever.

Sometime after the end of The Wind Waker, Link and Tetra sail for new lands. Their journeys are where The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass picks up. As the crew searches for new lands, they run into the Ghost Ship, which, when boarded, suddenly turns Tetra to stone, and teleports Link to the Realm of the Ocean King, where Tetra is imprisoned by Bellum. Link finds the Phantom Hourglass (an item that protects him from the life-draining magic coming from the Temple of the Ocean King, but only as long as it has sand in it), and carries it with him as he, Ciela, a new fairy companion, and Linebeck, an initially-cowardly and greedy captain, journey to various islands that bring him one step closer to defeating Bellum. Eventually, he claims the Phantom Sword and defeats Bellum, saving Tetra. Oshus, the Ocean King, is restored to his original form, and he teleports Link and Tetra back to their own realm. Tetra's crew claims everything to be a dream, as the claim that only 10 minutes passed when they supposedly fell asleep, but Link still has the empty hourglass while they see Linebeck's ship over at the horizon, which reveals that.

Sometime after the events of Phantom Hourglass, Tetra's crew and Link discover a new land, which they rechristen New Hyrule. 100 years after this, the events for The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks unfold and follow a new Link and a new Princess Zelda, the latter of whom is Tetra's descendant.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

As a playable character[edit]

Main article: Toon Link (SSBB)
Toon Link in Brawl.

Toon Link is a secret character in Brawl, unlocked by either clearing the Subspace Emissary or clearing Classic mode with Link on any difficulty, clearing the Subspace Emissary and going through the hidden door in The Forest stage, or by participating in 400 brawls.

Toon Link's moves are virtually the same as the standard Link, but there are some differences. One of the most obvious is his Bomb, which emits an explosion that uses the art style from The Wind Waker and Phantom Hourglass. However, there are mechanical differences as well, as the large smoke puff has a greater range but less power.

His neutral special move, Hero's Bow, is also different. The arrows fly slower, but farther than Link's arrows. Aesthetically, his Spin Attack is not significantly different, with the only exception being his posture while spinning. Instead, its main difference is that it traps foes within, hitting multiple times before launching them away. Unlike Link, Toon Link retains the Boomerang as his side special and as such, it provides noticeable differences: it does not pull opponents like Link's does, and supplies more control when throwing it.

Toon Link, like Young Link in Melee, also has the ability to wall jump. While Link's jumping and falling styles are heavier and faster, Toon Link's jumps are larger and have a floaty quality to them. Toon Link is faster than Link, and Toon Link's dash attack is less powerful in proportion. Additionally, Toon Link's up smash attack is only one slash while Link's is three. When Toon Link's down aerial is performed, he will fly straight downwards with his sword similar to many other stall-then-fall attacks. Interestingly, this move pushes characters and items away, and slides down slopes like Kirby's Stone. Link's down aerial is similar to Toon Link's, but unlike Toon Link, he does not travel downward any faster. Additionally, all of Link's kick attacks, such as his neutral aerial and back aerial, have been replaced with additional sword slashes to compensate for Toon Link's short legs and tiny feet.

Toon Link currently ranks 13th on the tier list, placing him in the C+ tier and thus making him the highest ranking incarnation of Link in the Super Smash Bros. series.

Trophies[edit]

Toon Link has a trophy that is awarded each time Classic mode is completed with Toon Link on any difficulty. See Triforce Slash for the trophy description of Toon Link's Final Smash.

Toon Link[edit]

Link as he appeared in The Wind Waker and Phantom Hourglass, with big eyes and an expressive face. He lived peacefully on Outset Island until a bird captured his little sister, and he came to her rescue. In The Wind Waker, he had to crawl, press up to walls, and the like. His green clothes were worn on his 12th birthday and are the lucky outfit of the hero of legend.
GameCube: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
DSTitle.png: The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass

Outset Link[edit]

Link in his traditional clothing. He wears a blue, V-neck, long-sleeved top with a shrimp pattern, coordinated with slender orange pants. It makes you think that, even on his home, Outset Island, Link was quite the fashion leader, and suggests that he may have changed into his green hero's clothing somewhat grudgingly.
GameCube: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

Stickers[edit]

Name Game Effect Character(s)
King of Red Lions & Link The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker AttackExplosive+020TypeIcon(Explosive).png Attack +20 All charactersRandomHeadSSBB.png
Link & Pigs The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker StickerIconStickerDrops.png +40 RandomHeadSSBB.png
Link The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker EffectIcon(Flame).png Attack +31 LinkHeadSSBB.pngZeldaHeadSSBB.pngGanondorfHeadSSBB.pngToonLinkHeadSSBB.png
Brawl Sticker King of Red Lions & Link (Zelda WW).png
King of Red Lions & Link
(Zelda: WW)
Brawl Sticker Link & Pigs (Zelda Wind Waker).png
Link & Pigs
(Zelda: Wind Waker)
Brawl Sticker Link (Zelda Wind Waker).png
Link
(Zelda: Wind Waker)

In Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

As a playable character[edit]

Main article: Toon Link (SSB4)
Toon Link as he appears in Super Smash Bros. 4.
Spirit Tracks Link as a background character in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS. It should be noted this is a pre-release picture, as Link, Toon Link and Spirit Tracks Link cannot appear on the Spirit Train at the same time.

Toon Link returns as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. 4, now as a starter character rather than an unlockable character. His appearance is almost totally unchanged since Brawl, although his overall color scheme is now much brighter.

The Spirit Tracks incarnation of Link also appears on the Spirit Train stage, although if Toon Link and/or Link is being used, Alfonzo will be the conductor instead. Spirit Tracks Link also has two trophies, one with his conductor's outfit and one with the Spirit Flute.

Toon Link ranks 22nd out of 56 on the tier list. While his power received some nerfs in the transition from Brawl, he retains his powerful zoning ability and even gained an improved grab game, which was arguably his greatest flaw in Brawl. His improved grab game allows for better spacing using his grab aerial and grants him a KOing option in the form of is back throw. Like in Brawl, Toon Link has achieved decent tournament representation and average tournament results as a result of largely retaining his strengths.

Trophies[edit]

Toon Link
ntsc This cartoonish version of Link is how he appeared in The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker and a few other titles. In Smash Bros., he uses moves much like his older, taller counterpart. His small size gives him extra speed, though, so take advantage of that to send your foes flying.
pal This cartoonish version of young Link is how he appears in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker and a few other titles. While he shares some moves with his older counterpart, he's a very different fighter. Take advantage of his size and speed to whirl past enemies and bombard them with long-range attacks.
GameCube: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (03/2003)
DSTitle.png: The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (12/2009)
Toon Link (Alt.)
ntsc Toon Link's Bomb move doesn't deal much damage, but the blast radius is pretty big. His bombs can be thrown in all directions, damaging or distracting your foes. Also, his up special Spin Attack keeps him airborne longer than Link's version. For some launching power, use the side smash attack.
pal Toon Link's bombs don't do much damage, but their large blast radius makes it easy to hit foes with them. You can also throw them in any directions, making them a great diversionary tactic. His Spin Attack gives him more air-time than Link. His side smash may seem weak, but press the button again for a second hit that'll really send 'em flying!
GameCube: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (03/2003)
DSTitle.png: The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (12/2009)
Engineer Link
ntsc Link is well known for his green clothing, a look he has sported throughout time. But in Spirit Tracks, he dons a blue uniform with a red cap instead. The cap is decorated with a dove, the symbol of the Royal Engineers. Playing the Song of Birds will call a dove to roost!
pal Ask 100 people what colour Link's outfit is, and they'll all say "green", guaranteed. However, in The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks, he also sports a dark-blue engineer's uniform. Train-driving and world-saving are two skills that should be on every hero's CV!
Link (Spirit Tracks)
ntsc You might feel sorry for this version of Link, what with him living a life on fixed rails rather than exploring the seas or the skies. But, like the smoke from his train, that feeling will soon disappear when you see that after leaving Aboda Village, the young engineer's quest to restore the Spirit Tracks is filled with adventure.
pal You might feel sorry for this version of Link, what with him living a life on fixed rails rather than exploring the seas or the skies. But, like the smoke from his train, that feeling will soon disappear when you see that, after leaving Outset Village, the young engineer's quest to restore the Spirit Tracks is filled with adventure.

Trivia[edit]

  • Toon Link's artwork in Super Smash Bros. Brawl is nearly identical to his artwork in The Wind Waker, though the former is missing the apparent gust of wind, has his sword and shield, and his hair is flipped.