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|First appearance||Ocarina of Time|
|Latest appearance||Majora's Mask|
Link (or whatever the player decides to name the protagonist) is the name given to two Gorons who make one-time appearances in the two Nintendo 64 Zelda. Their name isn't necessarily "Link", since they share whatever name the player gives to the protagonist. In Ocarina of Time, Link is Darunia's son, named after the hero (the player) who chased the Dodongos out of Dodongo's Cavern as a child. In Majora's Mask, Link is a traveling Goron who reserves a room at the Stock Pot Inn; the hero can use this to his advantage by taking the reservation before the Goron gets to the inn, claiming the treasure inside.
Ocarina of Time
Link is the son of Darunia in Ocarina of Time. He was born sometime during Link's seven year long sleep. Darunia named him after the original Link who saved the Gorons by chasing off the Dodongos which had taken possession of Dodongo's Cavern, the place that the Gorons used as their chief source of nourishment. The Hero of Time met Link at Goron City during his quest to awaken the Sages. At first, Link thought that the green-clad Hylian was one of Ganon's servants and as such kept rolling around the city in order to not get captured. However, the Hero of Time managed to stop the Goron child. Upon learning the hero's name, Link realized that the former was in fact the hero his father had told him so much about. As such, he asked the hero to save Darunia and the other Gorons, knowing only he could accomplish that task. Link helped the hero by providing him information on Volvagia's weakness, giving him the Goron Tunic, and telling him the secret entrance into Death Mountain.
In Majora's Mask, another Goron named Link appears. He can only be seen on the First Day, from noon until night, in Clock Town. Link has a reservation at the Stock Pot Inn which he claims at four. If he claims the room, he will go there, and the hero won't see him anymore. However, the Hero of Time can claim this room before he does and receive the Room Key, due to having the same name and Anju not being able to remember the faces of the customers. The mix-up is not discovered, because of Link's tendency to put "goro" at the end of his sentences, which confuses Anju. If the hero claimed the room before Link did, the latter will decide to sleep outside.
- A character being named after the protagonist would be seen again in The Wind Waker with a pig being named after the hero.
- As one might have already deduced from the above, neither Link's name is necessarily their true name. The games name the Gorons after the name given to the protagonist at the start of a new file, ergo the name entered by the player. However, since the protagonist is widely considered to be named "Link", rather than whatever the players enter as name, it is only logical to regard his constant namesakes as "Link" as well.
- The process of obtaining a room in the Stock Pot Inn makes a lot more sense in the Japanese version of Majora's Mask. In the Japanese game, Gorons have a tendency to end their sentences with "goro". This was omitted from the Western versions. This isn't a loss generally, but in this instance, the mix-up specifically depends on the Japanese versions' "goro" speak. The localization team left the "goro" speak in for the sidequest, but while it works, it is far less logical than in the original version.
- ↑ "My dad is Darunia..." — Link (Goron) (Ocarina of Time)
- ↑ "Dad named me Link after you, because you're so brave!" — Link (Goron) (Ocarina of Time)
- ↑ "I won't let you get me! You probably work for Ganondorf!" — Link (Goron) (Ocarina of Time)
- ↑ "How could you do this to me? You, you're Ganondorf's servant! Hear my name and tremble! I am Link! Hero of the Gorons!" — Link (Goron) (Ocarina of Time)
- ↑ "What? Your name is also Link? Then you must be the legendary Dodongo Buster and Hero, Link!" — Link (Goron) (Ocarina of Time)
- ↑ "Dad told me not to let anybody follow him to the temple, but... Only you, Link, can save everyone! I'm sure that the shop owner, who is hiding somewhere right now, will also help you! Now, I'll tell you about the secret passage to the Fire Temple!" — Link (Goron) (Ocarina of Time)
- ↑ "A long time ago there was an evil dragon named Volvagia living in this mountain. That dragon was very scary! He ate Gorons! Using a huge hammer, the hero of the Gorons... BOOOM! Destroyed it just like that. This is a myth from long ago, but it's true! I know, because my dad is a descendant of the hero!" — Link (Goron) (Ocarina of Time)
- ↑ "Please help, Link! I'll give you this heat-resistant tunic!" — Link (Goron) (Ocarina of Time)
- ↑ "Try to move the statue inside Dad's room!" — Link (Goron) (Ocarina of Time)
- ↑ "I should have a reservation-goro. The name is Link. Don't you have it-goro?" — Link (Goron) (Majora's Mask)
- ↑ "Mr. Link. Ah! I do have your reservation. Your room is our "Knife Chamber" on the second floor. This is your room key." — Anju (Majora's Mask)
- ↑ "You do have a reservation? That's good... Mr. Link, is it? One moment, please. Mr. Link, I have you down for an afternoon arrival. Your room is our "Knife Chamber" on the second floor. Here is your key." — Anju (Majora's Mask)
- ↑ "Umm...Are you...staying the night? Oh my! I wonder...Did I by chance ask you the same thing earlier? My mother is always telling me to remember our customer's faces, but I tend to forget them..." — Anju (Majora's Mask)
- ↑ "I made a reservation... The name is Link-goro!" — Link (Goron) (Majora's Mask)
- ↑ "Mr. Link-goro? I don't have a reservation under that name. There is one close to that, but..." — Anju (Majora's Mask)
- ↑ "What?!? Really-goro? Well, it's nice weather, so I'll just sleep outside-goro." — Link (Goron) (Majora's Mask)