Toon Link

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Toon Link
ToonLink SSBU.png
Full name Link
Species Hylian
First appearance The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (2002, The Legend of Zelda series)
WarioWare: Smooth Moves (2006, Mario series)
Latest appearance Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition (2018, The Legend of Zelda series)
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018, Mario series)

Toon Link is the cartoony, cel-shaded design of Link first appearing in The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords and was prominently featured in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (matching the game's overall cel-shaded art style), which has since been used in several other games in the series. Toon Link makes appearances in the Super Smash Bros. series starting with Super Smash Bros. Brawl as a playable fighter, and a separate character from Link, with a similar moveset to him. In Super Smash Bros., Toon Link specifically refers to the Link incarnation from The Wind Waker and its follow-up, The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (though in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, the Link in The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks, the follow-up to Phantom Hourglass, is also counted as an appearance of Toon Link despite not being the same incarnation of Link).

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
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (unlockable)
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
SmashWiki article: 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 Emissary after beating the mode, playing Classic after clearing The Subspace Emissary, or by playing 400 Brawl matches, then defeating him in battle. His statistics and moveset are mostly similar to Young Link from Super Smash Bros. Melee, in that he is lighter than Link, but also faster than him. Toon Link's only unique attacks are his up smash, forward and back throws, and standard, forward, and back aerials.

Toon Link's special moves are mostly the same as Link's, though Toon Link's attacks use their The 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 Hookshot from The Wind Waker, which like Link's Clawshot also has a ledge-homing property, though its range is not as far. They also share a Final Smash, Triforce Slash. Despite this, some of their other moves are different, and some of their shared moves have different properties, such as Toon Link's Hero's Bow having an arc to the arrows.

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]

Toon Link's appearance on the Spirit Train stage in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
SmashWiki article: Toon Link (SSB4)

Toon Link returns as a starter playable character in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. His moveset remains unchanged from Super Smash Bros. Brawl, though with the game's new art style his design has been updated to more closely resemble his actual appearance in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.

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.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

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SmashWiki article: Toon Link (SSBU)

Toon Link returns as an unlockable playable fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.[3] Unlike previous games, Toon Link is now an entirely unique fighter with differences from Link, due to the latter being redesigned and altered to match his The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild incarnation. Toon Link's moveset is largely unchanged, though his forward smash is now a single upward swing instead of two slashes with his Master Sword.[3]

The version of Toon Link with his The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks appearance also reappears as a background character in the Spirit Train stage.

Special moves[edit]

Hero's Bow[edit]
Toon Link using the Hero's Bow in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
SmashWiki article: Hero's Bow

The Hero's Bow is Toon Link's standard special move, shared with Link and based upon the recurring Bow item throughout The Legend of Zelda series. Toon Link's Bow is designed after the Hero's Bow from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. When used, Toon Link fires an arrow from the bow which damages any opponent it hits. The player can charge the attack to increase the distance the arrow travels and its damage output by holding down the special attack button. Unlike Link, Toon Link fires his arrows at a higher angle, although his arrows do not travel as far and do not deal as much damage.

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, the first custom variant for the Hero's Bow is the Fire Bow, Young Link's variant of the move in Super Smash Bros. Melee; Toon Link fires an arrow that does not travel as far but instead burns on the ground until it disappears, which can damage opponents. The second is Piercing Bow, which fires an arrow that travels straight and quickly and can travel through enemies, but is not as powerful and does not go as far.

Names in other languages
Language Name Meaning
Japanese 勇者の弓
Yūsha no Yumi
Hero's Bow
Boomerang[edit]
Toon Link's Boomerang in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
SmashWiki article: Boomerang

The Boomerang is Toon Link's side special move, whose design is based on that of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. When thrown, the Boomerang damages any opponents it hits and automatically returns to the player once it hits an opponent or wall. The player can hold the control stick to make it fly farther, and it can also be thrown diagonally. The Boomerang can also fly up or down while it is active by tilting the control stick just before throwing it. Like Young Link's Boomerang, Toon Link's Boomerang does not travel as far and is not as powerful as Link's Boomerang, although it has better control.

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, the Boomerang's first custom variant is the Floating Boomerang, which makes the Boomerang move more slowly as it returns. The second is the High-Speed Boomerang, which throws a faster boomerang than normal that can pass through opponents, but it is weaker than normal and does not home in on Toon Link when returning. In addition, one of the custom special moves for Link's Gale Boomerang is called "Boomerang", which gives it a similar effect to this move.

Names in other languages
Language Name Meaning
Japanese ブーメラン
Būmeran
Boomerang
Spin Attack[edit]
Toon Link's Spin Attack in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
SmashWiki article: Spin Attack

The Spin Attack is Toon Link's up special move, shared with Link and Young Link. The move is based on the Spin Attack move recurring throughout The Legend of Zelda series. When used, Toon Link spins around rapidly with his sword to deal damage. When used in the air, the move also gives the character some vertical and horizontal distance. When used on the ground, the move can be charged by holding down the special attack button. Unlike Link's Spin Attack, both Young Link and Toon Link's versions of the move can draw in opponents and deal multiple hits (although Young Link's has less range).

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, the Spin Attack's first custom variant is the Sliding Spin Attack, which gives the move a longer charging time, but it deals more damage, as well as allowing Toon Link to move across the ground, and giving the move more horizontal distance in the air. It offers less vertical distance as a drawback, however. The second variant is the Flying Spin Attack, which causes the move to end with a vertical slash that sends both Toon Link and the opponent into the air, also increasing the move's vertical distance.

Names in other languages
Language Name Meaning
Japanese 回転斬り
Kaitengiri
Rotating Slash
Bomb[edit]
Toon Link with a Bomb in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
SmashWiki article: Bomb (Link)

The Bomb is Toon Link's down special move, shared with Link and Young Link. It is based on the item recurring throughout The Legend of Zelda series, although Toon Link's in particular are based on the ones from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, even using the more cartoon-styled explosion. When used, Toon Link pulls out a Bomb that can then be thrown at other characters to do damage, exploding on impact. Like other explosives, the Bombs also deal damage to the holder; it can also be caught and thrown by opponents, or detonate in the player's hands. Compared with Link and Young Link's Bombs, Toon Link's Bombs have a larger blast radius. The player cannot use the move while holding another item, as the bombs count as an item.

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, the first of the Bomb's custom variants is the Time Bomb, which does not detonate on impact, deal as much damage, nor fly as far when thrown, but increases the explosion's knockback. The second variant is the Short-Fuse Bomb, which explodes more quickly but deals more damage, has a larger blast radius, and launches opponents up.

Names in other languages
Language Name Meaning
Japanese 爆弾
Bakudan
Bomb

Final Smash[edit]

Triforce Slash[edit]
Toon Link's Triforce Slash in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
SmashWiki article: Triforce Slash

Triforce Slash is Toon Link's Final Smash. When activated, Toon Link's Triforce on his hand glows and he fires a beam of light directly in front of him. If an opponent is in the line of fire, they are trapped between two Triforces as Toon Link rushes forward to deliver several sword blows. After fifteen slashes, Toon Link rushes through the trapped opponent, launching them. While the Triforces can only trap one opponent, other nearby opponents can take damage by coming into contact with the sword slashes or the Triforces themselves. If the beam of light does not reach an opponent, the attack fails.

Unlike Link's Triforce Slash, whose range is almost the length of Final Destination, Toon Link's is less than half of that. Toon Link's attacks and knockback are also weaker than Link's, though Toon Link's final blow has a greater reach. The design of Toon Link's Triforces are also more cartoon-styled than Link's.

Names in other languages
Language Name Meaning
Japanese トライフォースラッシュ
Toraifōsu Surasshu
Triforce Slash
Spanish Golpe Trifuerza Triforce Blow

Super Mario Maker[edit]

Toon Link appears as two Mystery Mushroom costumes in Super Mario Maker: one based on his appearance in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, and one (named Totem Link) based on the trio of protagonists in The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes. The former costume can be unlocked by scanning the Toon Link Amiibo or randomly after completing the 100 Mario Challenge on Normal difficulty, while the latter costume is unlocked after completing the "Tri Force Heroes" Event Course.

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
Triforce Slash (Toon Link) BrawlTrophy076.png Wii Super Smash Bros. Brawl Toon Link's Final Smash. Hit an enemy with the light emanating from the Triforce mark on his hand to initiate the move. The enemy will be trapped within the Triforce and be unable to move--Toon Link will then rush in close and carve up his foe at lightning speed. The final blow will break the Triforce prison and send the opponent off the screen.
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 3DS Image Wii U Image Appears In NTSC-U Description PAL Description
Toon Link ToonLinkTrophy3DS.png ToonLinkTrophyWiiU.png GCN The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (03/2003)
DS The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (12/2009)
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. 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.) ToonLinkAltTrophy3DS.png ToonLink(alt)TrophyWiiU.png GCN The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (03/2003)
DS The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (12/2009)
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. 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!
Triforce Slash (Toon Link) N/A TriforceSlashToonLinkTrophyWiiU.png For Toon Link's Final Smash, a ray of light emanates from his hand, and whomever the light touches gets trapped in the Triforce. While they're defenseless, Toon Link strikes at foes repeatedly and then launches them a great distance. Just be sure to time the Final Smash well-if the ray of light doesn't touch anyone, nothing happens. At all. For Toon Link's Final Smash, a ray of light emanates from his hand, and whoever the light touches gets trapped in the Triforce. While they're defenceless, Toon Link strikes them repeatedly, then launches them a great distance. Just be sure to time the Final Smash well - if the ray of light doesn't touch anyone, nothing happens. At all.
Engineer Link EngineerLinkTrophy3DS.png N/A 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! 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) LinkAndSpiritFluteTrophy3DS.png N/A 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. 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.

Red indicates the Trophy or description is exclusive to the 3DS version.
Blue indicates the Trophy or description is exclusive to the Wii U 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.

amiibo[edit]

  • With big eyes and an expressive face, this version of Link is how he appeared in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker game. Link lived peacefully on Outset Island until a bird captured his little sister, and he came to her rescue. His green clothes were worn on his 12th birthday and are the lucky outfit of the hero of legend.

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 Nintendo 3DS
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Starter Playable Character 2014 Wii U
Yoshi's Woolly World Cameo as amiibo Yoshi design 2015 Wii U
Super Mario Maker Costume Mario costume 2015 Wii U
Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World Cameo as amiibo Yoshi design 2017 Nintendo 3DS
WarioWare Gold Cameo in microgame 2018 Nintendo 3DS
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Unlockable Playable Character 2018 Nintendo Switch

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
Chinese 卡通林克
Kǎtōng Línkè
Cartoon Link

Trivia[edit]

  • In an interview, Shigeru Miyamoto described this version of Link as "Cat-eyed Link".[4]
    • 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. ^ a b Nintendo. (June 13, 2018). Nintendo Direct: E3 2018 YouTube. Retrieved June 13, 2018.
  4. ^ Miyamoto comments Toon Link's style. Miyamoto addresses Link-eyed cat[sic]