Toon Link is a composite character used to represent multiple incarnations of Link in crossover works featuring elements from The Legend of Zelda series. Toon Link is primarily based on Link from The Wind Waker, though elements from other incarnations of Link may also appear.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Toon Link is a secret character, replacing Young Link from the previous series entry, that can be unlocked by clearing The Subspace Emissary and clearing Classic Mode with Link on any difficulty, by going through the hidden door in The Forest stage after clearing The Subspace Emissary, or by participating in 400 Brawls. His stage is the Pirate Ship from The Wind Waker. He is very similar to his older counterpart, even having the Triforce Slash as his Final Smash.
Most of Toon Link's special moves are the same as his adult counterpart, with a few differences. His Hookshot, which serves as his grab move and can be used as a tether recovery, has a shorter range. His neutral special move, the Hero's Bow, also does not travel as far as adult Link's and travels at a slower speed, but it has a higher rate of fire. Toon Link's side special move is a standard Boomerang, and his up special as well as his recovery move is the Spin Attack. The latter one varies with adult Link's in that it can trap any nearby foes in a cyclone of slashes. His neutral aerial attack is a quick back-and-forth sword slash as opposed to a jumping kick, while his forward and back aerials strike only once instead of twice. His down aerial attack is a version of the Down Thrust that stalls briefly in midair and falls straight downward, as opposed to adult Link's which retains his jumping momentum. The first strike of his forward smash attack barely launches the opponent, though this allows him to easily combo into the second strike—a trait later adopted by Link in the sequel—and his up smash strikes only once instead of three times. He also has the ability to wall-jump.
Toon Link has three alternate colors that resemble the Links from Four Swords; red, blue, and purple. He also has an alternate color that resembles Link from The Legend of Zelda, and one with darker colors and red eyes that resemble Dark Link. His victory pose will either depict him conducting a song with the Wind Waker, chasing and catching a Pig, or chasing a Pig but tripping and falling.
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|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.||Clear Classic Mode as Toon Link|
Triforce Slash (Toon Link)
|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.||Clear All-Star Mode as Toon Link|
Toon Link appears a playable Warrior in Hyrule Warriors. He is a speedy fighter who can generate wind-based attacks with his Light Sword Weapon or sand-based attacks with his Sand Wand Weapon. Toon Link can be unlocked with his Light Sword Weapon in Hyrule Warriors if the Legends Character Pack DLC is purchased whereas he is unlocked in Adventure Mode in Hyrule Warriors Legends and Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition, as a Reward for Battle Victory in Battle G9 on the Adventure Map in Hyrule Warriors Legends and in Battle C10 on the Great Sea Map in Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition. In Hyrule Warriors, it is possible to unlock Toon Link with the Sand Wand instead of the Light Sword if the Phantom Hourglass & Spirit Tracks Pack DLC is purchased before the Legends Character Pack. Much like Link and Young Link, Toon Link does not speak. However, instead of having Proxi speak for him on his behalf, his younger sister Aryll speaks for him using the Pirate's Charm. Despite being featured as one of the additional Warriors alongside the other The Wind Waker characters, Toon Link never appears in Legend Mode.
In the Phantom Hourglass & Spirit Tracks DLC pack, he gains an additional weapon in the form of the Sand Wand from Spirit Tracks. In addition to tossing sand cubes at his enemies, he also rides the Spirit Train for many of his Combo attacks.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U
Toon Link reappears as a Fighter in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U. His design is more brightly-colored but significantly less detailed than his Super Smash Bros. Brawl appearance, though it still has greater detail than his cel-shaded appearance in The Wind Waker. He gains two new alternate colors based on Link's appearances in A Link to the Past and A Link Between Worlds. His move set features only minor changes from Super Smash Bros. Brawl; most notably an increased Hookshot range, Bombs no longer damaging himself when hitting an opponent at close range, and his Down Thrust passing through opponents rather than bouncing off them.
With the introduction of Custom Moves, all of Toon Link's special attacks can be switched out for alternate versions that mainly feature trade-offs between range and power. His Hero's Bow can be modified to shoot Fire Arrows, which travel a shorter distance but leave a fire burning for several seconds where they land, or Piercing Arrows, which travel in a straight path and can pass through multiple opponents but deal less damage. The Boomerang can become the Floating Boomerang, which has a larger hit radius and slows down upon its return, or the High-Speed Boomerang, which travels faster and passes through opponents, but has a smaller hit radius and deals less damage. The Bomb can become the smaller Time Bomb, which only explodes after a two-second fuse and can launch opponents much further despite dealing less damage, or the larger Short-Fused Bomb, which deals greater damage but explodes almost immediately after pulling it out. The alternate versions of the Spin Attack are the Sliding Spin Attack, which mostly travels horizontally but does not trap the opponent with multiple hits, and the Flying Spin Attack, which covers less vertical distance but finishes with a strong upward slash, regardless of whether the attack is performed on the ground or in midair.
Another cartoon-styled Link, wearing the Engineer's Clothes, makes a background appearance as the train conductor in the Spirit Train stage. If any players battle as Toon Link on this stage, the conductor will be replaced by Alfonzo, suggesting that it may actually be the same Toon Link.
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|The Wind Waker
|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.||Clear Classic Mode as Toon Link|
|The Wind Waker
|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.||Clear All-Star Mode as Toon Link|
|Toon Link (Alt.)|
|193||N/A||-||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.||Clear All-Star mode as Toon Link|
|Triforce Slash (Toon Link)|
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Toon Link reappears as a Fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. His move set features several minor changes Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, as well as some more notable changes, such as his dash attack receiving greatly increased speed and range, but his forward smash being slower and reduced to only a single hit. His Spin Attack is similarly faster and more powerful, while his Bombs can be more easily deflected by other projectiles.
- In the Super Smash Bros. series, Toon Link's eyebrows cannot be seen through his hair, as they can in the gameplay or official artwork of every other cel-shaded Link appearance.
- Toon Link's Trophy in the North American version of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS contains an error. Its description refers to "The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker" without the second "The".
|Names in Other Regions|
|Toon Link (SSBU)|
|トゥーンリンク (Tūn Rinku) (SSBU)|
|卡通林克 (Kǎtōng Línkè) (SSBU)|
|卡通林克 (Kǎtōng Línkè) (SSBU)|
|Toon Link (SSBU)|
|툰링크 (Tun Lingkeu) (SSBU)|
|Мульт-Линк (Mul't-Link) (SSBU)|
|Toon Link (HWDE | SSBU)|
|Toon Link (HWDE | SSBU)|
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Toon Link and Aryll portrait from Hyrule Warriors
Artwork of Toon Link with the rest of The Wind Waker cast from Hyrule Warriors Legends
Render of Toon Link's Standard Outfit (Wind Waker) from Hyrule Warriors Legends, based on Niko from The Wind Waker
Render of Toon Link's Standard Outfit (Grand Travels) from Hyrule Warriors Legends, based on the Engineer's Clothes from Spirit Tracks
Toon Link fleeing from a Cucco from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Toon Link using the Wind Waker from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Several Toon Links in alternate costumes fighting over a Heart Container from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
|Short Sword gameplay from Hyrule Warriors Legends|
|Toon Link gameplay trailer from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate|
- "Toon Link, the Hero of Winds" — Tutorials (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
- "Hero of Wind
TOON LINK" — Nintendo, Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition - Character Highlight Series Trailer #3 - Nintendo Switch , YouTube (video), published April 26, 2018, retrieved November 29, 2022.
- "Wind-Waking Warrior
TOON LINK" — N/A (Super Smash Bros. for Wii U)
- "Wind-Waking Warrior
TOON LINK" — N/A (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)
- Art & Artifacts, Dark Horse Books, pg. 410
- "If you have not previously purchased the Legends Character Pack or used the download code provided with Hyrule Warriors: Legends, then you will download a version of Toon Link who will only be able to use this new weapon.
If you purchase the Legends Character Pack or use the code after downloading this DLC Pack, then Toon Link will also be able to use his Hero's Sword weapon." — Nintendo UK, Hyrule Warriors: Legends , Nintendo UK, published n.d., retrieved November 3, 2018.
- Koei Tecmo, ~やりこみ要素紹介編~『ゼルダ無双 ハイラルオールスターズ』妖精プロクシィと一緒にゲームプレイ！ , YouTube, published January 15, 2016, retrieved January 18, 2016.
- "This cartoonish version of Link is how he appeared in The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker and a few other titles." — Trophy (Super Smash Bros.) (Super Smash Bros. for Wii U)
- "LINK CARTONE" — Personaggi | Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – Sito ufficiale | Nintendo Switch | Nintendo, smashbros.com, published n.d., retrieved May 22, 2021.
- "Link" — View Warriors (Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition)
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- "TOON LINK" — Vechters | Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – Officiële website | Nintendo Switch | Nintendo, smashbros.com, published n.d., retrieved May 22, 2021.
- "TOON LINK" — Combatientes | Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – Sitio web oficial | Nintendo Switch | Nintendo, smashbros.com, published n.d., retrieved May 22, 2021.
- "卡通林克" — 鬥士 | 任天堂明星大亂鬥 特別版 | 任天堂, smashbros.com, published n.d., retrieved May 22, 2021.
- "TOON-LINK" — Kämpfer | Offizielle Seite zu Super Smash Bros. Ultimate | Nintendo Switch | Nintendo, smashbros.com, published n.d., retrieved May 22, 2021.
- "툰링크" — 파이터 | 슈퍼 스매시브라더스 얼티밋 | 닌텐도, smashbros.com, published n.d., retrieved May 22, 2021.
- "МУЛЬТ-ЛИНК" — Бойцы | Super Smash Bros. Ultimate — Официальный сайт | Nintendo Switch | Nintendo, smashbros.com, published n.d., retrieved May 22, 2021.
- "卡通林克" — 斗士 | 任天堂明星大乱斗 特别版 | 任天堂, smashbros.com, published n.d., retrieved May 22, 2021.
- "LINK CARTOON" — Combattants | Site officiel de Super Smash Bros. Ultimate | Nintendo Switch | Nintendo, smashbros.com, published n.d., retrieved May 22, 2021.
- "TOON LINK" — Luchadores | Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – Sitio web oficial | Nintendo Switch | Nintendo, smashbros.com, published n.d., retrieved May 22, 2021.