- "We Zoras all serve the great King Zora."
- — Zora
King Zora is the title given throughout the Legend of Zelda series to the ruler of all of the Zora. They are all large, rotund male Zora, differing from the sleek, thin appearance of Zoras in general.
The Zora who gives Link a pair of Flippers in A Link to the Past is stated to be the Zora King in BS The Legend of Zelda: Ancient Stone Tablets. Whether or not he is truly the King Zora is unknown as he is never referred to such in A Link to the Past. It is also unknown if River Zoras and Sea Zoras have different government systems.
King Zora XVI is the lord of Zora's Domain and the father of Princess Ruto. Speaking to him with a certain item in a bottle is necessary to gain access to two dungeons in the game. To get Inside Jabu-Jabu's Belly, Link must show him a message written by Princess Ruto. To get into the Water Temple as Adult Link without drowning, Link must thaw King Zora from a prison of Red Ice using Blue Fire, after which King Zora will reward him with the Zora Tunic, this can be avoided by buying the item for an expensive price at the shop in Zora's Domain. It is believed that Toto from The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask is his Terminan counterpart.
King Zora, ruler of the seas, is on his deathbed after Veran managed to turn the Fairy Queen into a monster and polluted the water. However, Link gives him a Magic Potion to heal him and eventually restores the water. King Zora gives him permission to enter Jabu-Jabu's Belly and retrieve the Essences of Time located there.
In this game, the Zora have a Queen, named Queen Rutela, who was executed during the events of Zant's invasion of Hyrule. She was married to the King of the Zora, who died before the events of the game. His grave is located behind Kakariko Graveyard, where the treasured Zora Armor is being kept. It is not known if the King of the Zora of whom is spoken in this game is the same as the one in Ocarina of Time, but it is likely one of his descendants. After Prince Ralis, son of the king and queen, returns to Zora's Domain from Kakariko Village, he assumes the position of ruler of the Zora.
In Breath of the Wild, King Dorephan is the current ruler of the Zora. He is the father of Prince Sidon and the Princess Mipha who was the Zora Champion. He is thus the first King Zora in the series to have more than one child. As Mipha was his first born child and heir apparent, Mipha was originally the next in line for the throne, though tragically she was killed in the Vah Ruta corrupted by Calamity Ganon during the Great Calamity one hundred years prior, leaving his youngest child Prince Sidon as the heir to the throne.
As Zora are shown to have longer lifespans than Hylians, King Dorephan has ruled over the Zora for over one hundred years, before the Great Calamity era. After his one hundred years sleep in the Shrine of Resurrection, Link meets again King Dorephan who still reigns over the Zora, making him the longest known reigning King Zora. This indicates the lifespan of the Zora can exceed more than one century as King Dorephan and Prince Sidon are alive after Mipha's death. The Zora Stone Monuments written by King Dorephan mention the Zora Kings who preceded him and their role in Zora history, such as the East Reservoir Lake construction built to stop the flooding of Hyrule ten thousands years prior and monitored by each subsequent Kings, or the story of the invasion of Zora's Domain by an army lead by a Lizalfos general.
King Zora XVI is featured as a sticker. His sticker gives a +33 bonus to electric resistance.
Though he doesn't physically appear in the game King Zora XVI's throne room appears in the Lake Hylia stage and in Temple of Souls stage busts of his face appear on the temple's north fountain.