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This page is about the enemies and characters named Thief. For the page about stealing, see Thievery.

Thieves are recurring enemies and characters in The Legend of Zelda series.[1]


A Link to the Past

In A Link to the Past, Thieves hide out in the Lost Woods and the Village of Outcasts and will barge into Link when he attempts to pass, causing him to drop Rupees, Bombs, and Arrows. Once these are scattered, the Thief will rush around grabbing the items from the ground, although Link can also retrieve them if he is fast. Once they glance at Link they chase him until he is a considerable distance away. Thieves do not cause damage nor can be defeated by any weapon. Sword blows and other attacks will simply knock them back a short distance and stun them. There is one exception who is vulnerable to Link's weapons and must be defeated as part of the main story.

Thieves also appear as friendly characters throughout Hyrule. These Thieves make their hideouts in caves, usually with their collected treasures in Treasure Chests or Pots. They will usually offer advice to Link, while others will even often him large sums of Rupees if he keeps it a secret from everybody. The main hideout for the Thieves of Hyrule is in the Lost Woods, and while many act as enemies, others are outwardly friendly. One of the Thieves in the forest runs a Treasure Chest Game on the north end of the Lost Woods, while another offers a clue about a former Thief that lives near the Desert of Mystery. This Thief is now pretending to be an Average Middle-Aged Man, but is a master locksmith. He will assist Link by opening a locked Treasure Chest, and gives him a Bottle in exchange for his silence.[2] One Thief who has been cursed and transformed into the shape of a hand in the Dark World asks Link 20 Rupees for telling him a story about the Average Middle-Aged Man.[3]

Four Swords Adventures

Thieves in Four Swords Adventures do not cause damage to the Links, but steal their Force Gems. They appear in Kakariko Village and are normal villagers driven to criminality by the influence of the Dark World. To access the northern part of the Village, the Links must trap 10 Thieves by picking them up and throwing them into a fenced in area. Thieves cannot be killed, but can momentarily be stunned by a variety of weapons, including the Swords, Bombs, and Pots.

Other Appearances

A Link to the Past (Ishinomori)

In the A Link to the Past comic by Shotaro Ishinomori, three Thieves appear in Chapter 6. Upon leaving a nearby shrine in the Dark World, Link is confronted by three Thieves and a Hinox, who ask him about a Fairy they are pursuing for her magic powers.[4] When Link tells them he does not have the Fairy, the Thieves attack him, but the hero easily defeats them with the use of a Whirling Blade Attack from the Master Sword.

Zelda's Adventure

Three Pickpockets appear in Zelda's Adventure.[citation needed] The first is an old woman in the Forest of Ogbam that beckons Zelda to come closer as she has a secret to tell. However, once Zelda speaks to her, she informs her that she has stolen one of her lives.[5] The second is found in the Shrine of Strength. While Zelda is talking to another character, the Pickpocket will walk past her and take several Rupees. If Zelda attempts to confront her after she does this, she will merely walk away after stealing more Rupees. The final Pickpocket is found in a house near the Seacoast Plain. He is sitting up against a wall and will steal Rupees from Zelda should she attempt to talk to him.

Ancient Stone Tablets


Names in Other Regions
とうぞく (Tōzoku) (ALttP)[8]Same as English.
The Italian Republic
Ladro (ALttP | FSA)[6][7]Same as English.
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See Also


  1. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 209 (ALttP | FSA)
  2. "I heard that you know I used to be a thief, right? Well, I'll open a chest for you. Will you keep it secret from everyone else? Would you please promise?" — Average Middle-Aged Man (A Link to the Past)
  3. "Heh heh. Thank you. To tell you the truth, I used to be a thief in the Light World... some of my fellow thieves went into hiding because they were afraid of being caught. One of them was a master locksmith, but now he is hiding the fact that he was a thief... by pretending to be a strange middle-aged guy! Ha ha ha..." — Storyteller (A Link to the Past)
  4. "All right, kid! Did you see a faerie fly through here? Which way did she go? [...] Yer lyin'!! Don't hide her! We want her magic powers and we want them now!" (A Link to the Past manga, VIZ Media, pg. 12)
  5. "Come close, Princess. I'll tell you a great secret. Hear me whisper? Trust no one with hair, (heh heh) don't even trust me, (heh heh) I've stolen one of your lives (heh heh)." — Thief (Zelda's Adventure)
  6. Enciclopedia di Hyrule, Magazzini Salani, pg. 209
  7. "Ci sono molti ladri in zona." — Shovel Old-Timer (Four Swords Adventures, Italian localization)
  8. Nintendo Official Guidebook: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Vol. 1, Shogakukan, pg. 127Nintendo Official Guidebook—The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past & Four Swords, Shogakukan, pg. 19