Young Link

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For fighter info, see Young Link (SSBM).
Young Link
Young Link
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Official artwork of Young Link from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

Universe The Legend of Zelda
Debut The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998)
Smash Bros. appearances Melee
Most recent non-Smash appearance Hyrule Warriors Legends (2016)
Console of origin Nintendo 64
Species Hylian
Gender Male
Place of origin Hyrule
Voice actor Fujiko Takimoto
Article on Zelda Wiki Young Link

Young Link (こどもリンク, Child Link) is a common depiction of Link throughout The Legend of Zelda series; as such, there have been several incarnations of Young Link, as there have been several incarnations of the older Link.

Character description[edit]

The exact first appearance of "Young Link" is arguable. The first clear appearance of a prepubescent Link was in the beginning portion of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time in which the "Hero of Time"[1] begins his quest as a young boy. Prior to this, all other Links appeared to be portrayed as being post-pubescent in each game's official artwork. However, the trophy description for Young Link in Super Smash Bros. Melee refers to the original hero from The Legend of Zelda, and in turn, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, as being a "Young Link" and indicated most subsequent titles feature Links as youths as well. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is the first installment in the series to put the differences between the child and adult forms of a Link. The young Link in Super Smash Bros. Melee is based on the "Hero of Time" and is the primary protagonist in Majora's Mask. Though other kid incarnations of Links have appeared in The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords, Four Swords Adventures, The Wind Waker as well as its sequels Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks, and The Minish Cap, they are generally referred to as "Toon Link".

In Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Young Link's appearance in Melee.
Main article: Young Link (SSBM)

Young Link appears as a playable character separate from Link. In general, he is smaller and less powerful than Link, although he greatly makes up for it in terms of faster speed. He is ranked 16th on the tier list in the E tier, two spaces above Link.

Trophies[edit]

There are three Young Link trophies available in Melee. His main trophy reads as follows:
Young Link
Link's younger incarnation is often considered to be the true Link: he was a young boy in the very first Legend of Zelda game, and he has appeared as a youth in most of the subsequent games. Since his debut on the original NES in 1987, Link's appearance has changed over and over again, each time adding to the mystique of his incomparable story.

  • The Legend of Zelda, 07/87 (NES)

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Young Link was one of the five playable characters in Melee who didn't return in Brawl. However, it appears Young Link was replaced by Toon Link, as both have an identical character design (both being younger, smaller, weaker, and faster versions of Link), and Toon Link retains most of the moveset differences Young Link had from Link (such as a forward smash where the first hit deals set knockback, a grounded Spin Attack that is multi-hitting, and a down aerial that can meteor smash), in addition to more changes that could be considered further decloning.

Young Link does appear in the form of a sticker from Majora's Mask.

Name Game Effect Characters
Link with Goron Mask The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask AttackSlash+017EffectIcon(Slash).png Attack +17 Link Zelda Toon Link GanondorfLinkHeadSSBB.pngToonLinkHeadSSBB.pngZeldaHeadSSBB.pngGanondorfHeadSSBB.png
Brawl Sticker Link with Goron Mask (Zelda MM).png
Link with Goron Mask
(Zelda: MM)

In Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

While Young Link does not have an appearance at all, he is referenced in the trophy "Adult Link (Ocarina of Time)". The naming of the trophy may imply that a Young Link trophy may have been planned, as Zelda has both "Adult Zelda (Ocarina of Time)" and "Young Zelda (Ocarina of Time)" trophies. He is the only Melee veteran who does not have a trophy in either version of SSB4.

Young Link is also indirectly referenced in the form of Link's eighth palette swap, which is based on the form Young Link takes while wearing the Fierce Deity's Mask in Majora's Mask. Toon Link also has a custom move based on Young Link's neutral special, Fire Bow.

Trivia[edit]

  • Young Link and Pichu are the only Melee characters that have not returned as playable characters in later installments.

References[edit]

  1. The term used to describe the Link featured in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask.


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