- "My boy, this peace is what all true warriors strive for."
- — King Harkinian
King Harkinian is a recurring character in various non-canonical Legend of Zelda products. He is the King of Hyrule in the media in which he appears and serves head of the Royal Family of Hyrule in them as well.
King Harkinian is a popular inclusion in "YouTube Poop" videos on YouTube, and many of his quotes from Link: The Faces of Evil and Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon, such as "My boy" and "dinner," are particularly popular in these videos.
King Harkinian appears in the beginning and ending FMVs in the game. Prior to receiving Gwonam's prophecy, he explains to Link, who is bored due to the absence of any battles, that "this peace is what all true warriors strive for".
In the introduction sequence, Harkinian travels to Gamelon to help his cousin, Duke Onkled, whose lands of Gamelon are being attacked by the evil forces of Ganon. After a month of absence, Link goes to Gamelon to help the King, complying to his request when he left. After another month, when both Link and King Harkinian have not sent word, Princess Zelda, Harkinian's daughter, decides to go to Gamelon to find Link and her father.
It is later revealed that Onkled betrayed his cousin and had him imprisoned, and sided with Ganon in exchange of power. Link was sealed into a mirror by Ganon with the use of magic. Zelda then manages to free both her father and Link, and Onkled is made to "scrub all the floors in Hyrule".
King Harkinian is the king of Hyrule. The father of Princess Zelda, he is close with Queen Seline of Calatia and he greatly trusts Link.