Toon Link

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Toon Link
SSB4 - Toon Link Artwork.png
Full Name Link
Species Human
First Appearance The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (2002, The Legend of Zelda series)
WarioWare: Smooth Moves (2006, Mario-related media)
Latest Appearance Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (2014)

Toon Link is a character that originated in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, and has since appeared in Four Swords, Four Swords Adventures, Phantom Hourglass, The Minish Cap, and Spirit Tracks. In the games, this version of Link is a legendary hero and swordsman who saves the Great Sea from Ganondorf after the flooding of Hyrule. Toon Link makes appearances in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U as a playable fighter, and a separate character from Link, with a similar moveset to him.

History[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga[edit]

Link was originally supposed to cameo in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga as one of the many Nintendo characters (all of whom were replaced by Professor E. Gadd in the final) who would appear at the Starbeans Cafe to test out Mario and Luigi's latest coffee creation.[1] His sprite seems to have been modeled after the incarnation of Link as he appears in The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap[2]. Meeting Link would award the player the Triforce, which was replaced with the Great Force for the final version.

WarioWare: Smooth Moves[edit]

In WarioWare: Smooth Moves, there is a microgame called The Wind Waker which involves Link using his Deku Leaf to land on an island. This game uses the form "The Mohawk".

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Zelda Emblem.png
Super Smash Bros. Character
Toon Link
SSB4 - Toon Link Artwork.png
Game Appearances
Super Smash Bros. Brawl (unlockable)
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Special Moves
Standard:  Hero's Bow
Side:  Boomerang
Up:  Spin Attack
Down:  Bomb
Final Smash:  Triforce Slash
Battle Entrance
Appears in a puff of smoke.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Toon Link's official artwork for Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Toon Link SSBB.png
Main article: SmashWiki:Toon Link (SSBB)

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Toon Link is a secret playable character. He can be unlocked by either finding a door in The Forest in The Subspace Emmisary after beating the mode, playing Classic after clearing The Subspace Emmisary, or by playing 400 Brawl matches, then defeating him in battle. His statistics and move set are based on Young Link from Super Smash Bros. Melee, most likely replacing him because Young Link comes from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, which is an older game than Wind Waker; he is lighter than Link, but also faster than him. Link and Toon Link are very similar characters in the game, having almost the same move set in and the same Final Smash.

Toon Link's special moves are mostly the same as Link's, though Toon Link's attacks use their Wind Waker variants. The only different move is the Boomerang, which is the same as Link's Boomerang in Super Smash Bros. Melee. Toon Link's grab also uses the Wind Waker Hookshot, which like Link's Clawshot also has a ledge-homing property, though its range is not as far.

Toon Link's red, blue, and purple alternate costumes are based upon the copies of Link from The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords. He also has an alternate costume based upon the Link from the original The Legend of Zelda, as well as a Dark Link costume.

The Subspace Emissary[edit]
Toon Link's snapshot in The Subspace Emissary.

After beating The Subspace Emissary, in The Forest stage, if the player enters the first red door in the beginning of the level, they will be taken to the Pirate Ship. There, Toon Link will be looking out to the sea. However, once he sees the player, he's surprised. Thinking the player is an enemy, he attacks the player. The player then fights Toon Link, and if he is beaten, Toon Link is unlocked as a playable character.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U[edit]

Main article: SmashWiki:Toon Link (SSB4)
Toon Link's appearance on the Spirit Train stage.

Toon Link returns as a starter playable character in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U. His moveset remains unchanged from Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

One of Toon Link's additional alternate costumes in this game is based upon Link's appearance in The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds.

Another rendition of Toon Link, reflecting his appearance from The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks also appears as a background character. This Toon Link appears on the Spirit Train stage, in the Nintendo 3DS version. He is replaced with Alfonzo if Toon Link or Link is involved in the battle.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Trophies[edit]

Name Image Game Description
Toon Link BrawlTrophy075.png GCN The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker 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.
DS The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
Outset Link BrawlTrophy358.png GCN The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker 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.

Stickers[edit]

Image Game Effect
King of Red Lions Sticker.png Zelda: The Wind Waker [Explosive] - Attack +20
Link Pigs Sticker.png Zelda: The Wind Waker Sticker Drops +40
Link WW Sticker.png Zelda: The Wind Waker [Flame] - Attack +31
Usable by: Link, Zelda, Ganondorf, Toon Link

Snake's codec[edit]

  • Snake: Mei Ling, who is this kid with the cat eyes...?
  • Mei Ling: Oh, they call him Toon Link. Doesn't he look familiar?
  • Snake: Yeah, he looks just like Link.
  • Mei Ling: But you know there've been several people who've gone by that name, right? They all have certain things in common--green clothes, a sword, a shield... But they all came from different lands and lived in different eras. And yet the spirit of the hero of the Triforce is timeless. It's an essence that transcends history.
  • Snake: I think I can relate to that.
  • Mei Ling: Huh? What do you mean?
  • Snake: There's been more than one "Snake," too, you know...

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U[edit]

Trophies[edit]

Name Image Appears in
(Wii U version only)
Description
Toon Link GCN The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (03/2003)
DS The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (12/2009)
NA: This cartoonish version of Link is how he appeared in The Legend of Zelda: The 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.

Toon Link (Alt.)
(3DS)
N/A NA: 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!


(Wii U)
GCN The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (03/2003)
DS The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (12/2009)
Engineer Link N/A 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!
Link (Spirit Tracks) N/A 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.

Red indicates exclusive to the 3DS version.

Palutena's Guidance[edit]

  • Pit: This guy's eyes are the size of my head!
  • Palutena: He must be the famous Toon Link.
  • Pit: Where'd he get that name from anyway?
  • Palutena: It's probably because he looks like he jumped out of a cartoon.
  • Pit: Ah, I see how it is. Hmph.
  • Palutena: What's the matter, Pit?
  • Pit: It's just not fair, Lady Palutena! One Link is handsome, and the other is adorable! They're cherry-picking the best bits!
  • Palutena: Awww! Is poor Pit feeling a little insecure today?
  • Viridi: Snap out of it, Pit! You have a fight to focus on. Here's the deal: Toon Link is quick but lighter than Regular Link.
  • Palutena: Don't get distracted by his weapons...or his intense cuteness! Just calm down and plan the best counterattack.

Mario series appearances[edit]

Title Description Release Date System/Format
Donkey Konga 2 Cameo, as his face appears on a badge 2004 Gamecube
WarioWare: Smooth Moves Cameo in microgame. 2006 Wii
Super Smash Bros. Brawl Unlockable Playable Character 2008 Wii
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Starter Playable Character 2014 3DS

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese トゥーンリンク
Tūn Rinku
Toon Link
Spanish Toon Link -
French Link Cartoon Cartoon Link
Dutch Toon Link
German Toon-Link Toon Link
Portuguese Link Cartoon Cartoon Link
Russian Мульт-Линк
Mult-Link
Cartoon Link
Korean 툰 링크
Tun Lingkeu
Toon Link

Trivia[edit]

  • In an interview, Shigeru Miyamoto described this version of Link as "Cat-eyed Link".[3]
    • Solid Snake also describes Toon Link as having cat eyes during his codec conversation.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Mushroom Kingdom (Accessed on 12-13-09)
  2. ^ Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga: More Beta Sprites (Accessed on 12-13-09)
  3. ^ Miyamoto comments Toon Link's style. Miyamoto addresses Link-eyed cat[sic]