Top 10 Incarnations of Link

Link. The Hero of Time! The Legendary Hero! The Hero of Winds! Hero Chosen by the Gods! Throughout the history of Hyrule, and times, before it, there has been a hero clad in green to protect the land. But which one is the best?
The Top Ten
1 Ocarina of Time/Majora's Mask/SSBM Link

OoT and MM Link, the Hero of Time, is the best because he fought Ganondorf, Ganon, and Majora. He relived the same damned three days at least ten times. He went through some pretty dark games that I am not even sure why they kept the E for Everyone rating. He was not recognized as a hero for his original adventure in the timeline he went back to. Plus, he never knew his mom or dad. He also had the most annoying fairy, cough cough Navi, and the most rude fairy, cough cough Tatl.

OoT Link is the best Link in the entire series. He went through way more crap than any other Link so far.

2 Twilight Princess/SSBB Link

Twilight Princess was the first ever Legend of Zelda game I played, so it brings out this nostalgic feeling deep inside me. This Link incarnation is the best, in my opinion, because of the bleak, mysterious, sad vibe I get from him, his ability to transform into a wolf (wolves are my favorite animal), his detailed design with all those muted colors, and his story, adventure, and quest. There are many more reasons, too.

Speaking of Twilight Princess, TP Zelda is also my favorite Zelda incarnation. Her overall look and design are beautiful, elegant, and just the right amount of badass. It doesn't hurt that she's pretty badass herself in personality. She actually acts like royalty and chose to be a prisoner instead of being kidnapped like a damsel in distress, all for the safety of her people.

3 Wind Waker Link/Toon Link

Wind Waker Link is the best because he did everything just to save his little sister Aryll, but he also managed to help others, such as the Deku Tree, Tetra/Zelda, Medli, Prince Komali, and other characters. In addition, Toon Link is also the most expressive of all Links. I like the fact that he has somewhat of a personality and even says "yay" or "come on."

This character always has that courageous look about him, ready to do anything.

4 Skyward Sword Link

I thought SS's cel-shaded style vividly brought this Link to life.

5 A Link to the Past Link

This should be paired with A Link Between Worlds Link, even though they aren't the same Link. They share enough similarities, including both turning into a bunny in the Dark World.

With that out of the way, what other Link can save the world while being a literal bunny for parts of the game where he cannot attack in any way or form? None other than this guy. What other Link goes out of their way to fulfill someone's last wish by playing their own song and giving the flute/ocarina back to their father? What other Link has carried a golden sword that is twice as powerful as the Master Sword? What other Link still went to save Zelda and the other six maidens even after being accused of kidnapping the princess?

This Link was truly heroic, and he did it while being ridiculed and seen as an enemy to the royal palace throughout the whole game. He was also the first Link to get both the Pegasus Boots and the Hookshot, which gives him some extra bonuses as well.

6 The Legend of Zelda Link
7 Oracle of Ages/Seasons Link
8 Breath of the Wild Link

Best Link ever. He has the most weapons and even has high-tech! This version of Link is a total badass.

The blue clothes are a nice change and add freshness to the character.

9 Hyrule Warriors Link
10 TV Series Link
The Contenders
11 CD-i Link

Oh boy, I can't wait to bomb some Dodongos!
I'm so hungry, I could eat an Octorok!

12 Fierce Deity / ONI Link

Definitely the strongest form Link will probably ever get in any Zelda game.

13 Dark Link

Cut him some slack. I mean, he lives in the Water Temple, and we all know how hard that would be.

14 Deku Link
15 Zora Link
16 Goron Link
17 Wolf Link
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