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King of Hyrule is the title given to the various ruling monarchs of Hyrule in the Legend of Zelda series. The King of Hyrule is the head of the Royal Family of Hyrule and is the father to a Princess Zelda in most of his incarnations.

Appearances

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Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

King of Hyrule (The Adventure of Link)

Artwork of the King of Hyrule from The Adventure of Link

The first mention of a King of Hyrule comes in the backstory for The Adventure of Link, where it is explained that he once possessed all three pieces of the Triforce. This great King, whose tomb is a landmark in the game, concealed the Triforce of Courage in the Great Palace and established the challenges that the future hero would need to complete in order to reclaim the lost Triforce. His daughter, Princess Zelda, lies in an enchanted sleep for many years following his death, and can only be awakened by the hero who recovers the Triforce of Courage.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

An unnamed King of Hyrule, he is seen only during the closing credits montage. Another unnamed king is said to have commanded the Seven Wise Men to place a seal on the Dark World, though this king is never seen.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

The King of Hyrule is often mentioned in the game. When Link has sought out Princess Zelda in the Castle Courtyard, the two spy on Ganondorf's meeting with the King of Hyrule. The royal guard is visible and Ganondorf is seen kneeling before the king; however, the small window they are peering through obscures their vision and the king cannot be spotted. It is implied (much more heavily in the manga) that the King dies around the time of the Great Cataclysm in the middle of the game.

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

The Wind Waker marks the first time a King of Hyrule given a specific name. He is a major character in the game and Link's companion throughout his adventure, the King of Red Lions, is revealed to be king Daphnes Nohansen Hyrule.

Daphnes Nohansen Hyrule may be a spiritual being like the Sages, as he is still in existence long after Hyrule was flooded, and he can teleport around the area at will. At the end of the game before the final battle in Hyrule, when Ganon is about to touch the now complete Triforce, The King quickly appears just in time to touch it instead. He wishes for Hyrule to be washed beneath the waves for good, and for Link and Princess Zelda to have a future, driving Ganon insane, and causing him to lash out at Link and the princess. Link finally defeats Ganondorf. In Hyrule's final moments, and despite many pleas from the Princess, Daphnes stays with the kingdom as it is flooded.

The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap

Main article: King Daltus
Main article: King Gustaf

Both the ruling king of Hyrule, King Daltus, and a ghost of one of his ancestors, King Gustaf, appear in this game. King Daltus is portrayed as a kind king who is good to his people until he is captured and replaced by Vaati halfway through the game. The people then see him as a cruel figure who is greedy and forces the soldiers of Hyrule to find the mystical Light Force. King Gustaf appears twice. He first appears after completing the Temple of Droplets, in which he tells Link to visit his tomb. The second appearance is within his tomb where he gives Link a Kinstone piece necessary to climb Veil Falls.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Rhoam Bosphoramus Hyrule

King Rhoam is "The Last King of Hyrule" in Breath of the Wild. When Link first meets him, he is disguised as the Old Man. After Zelda reveals the first Sheikah Tower to Link, the Old Man tempts you into collecting the first four Spirit Orbs and in return, he will give Link his Paraglider. After collecting the four Spirit Orbs, he reveals him to Link as the former king of Hyrule, Rhoam Bosphoramus Hyrule. He tells Link his backstory and is never seen again until the end of the game.

In King Rhoam's Journal, it is revealed that King Rhoam named his daughter Zelda after she was born in accordance to Royal Family tradition. Zelda's Mother the Queen of Hyrule lived six years after their daughter's birth, but passed away suddenly, leaving King Rhoam and his daughter grief stricken though Zelda refused to show her grief publicly in order to remain steadfast and resolute, causing her father to attribute it to the manner in which he and her mother had raised her and made him hopeful she would make a great leader someday. However Zelda's mother had passed away a year before Zelda was to begin her training to awaken the innate sealing magic possessed by the Princesses of Hyrule due to them being said to possess the bloodline of the Goddess, thus robbing her of both a mother and a teacher, forcing Zelda to begin her training without her mother's guidance. Zelda's inability to awaken her powers despite years of self training made her doubt and hate herself, causing her to focus more on studying ancient Sheikah technology than prayer and training. Due to the prophecy of Calamity Ganon's imminent return, King Rhoam felt he must be stern with Zelda due to the urgency and insisted she focus on training scolding her when he learned she had neglected her training to focus on her research, though he eventually had a change of heart and planned to encourage her, though unfortunately the Great Calamity occurred and he was killed before he could do so. Due to feeling partially responsible for the Great Calamity, King Rhoam's spirit remained behind in the living world to watch over his daughter's appointed royal knight and Hylian Champion Link as he slumbered in the Shrine of Resurrection. However in final entry of The Old Man's Diary, he reveals his true nature and explains he was unsure of how to approach Link, causing him to take on the guise of the mysterious Old Man, a performance he was quite proud of, though he apologized for deceiving Link. However he is confident in Link's abilities and is certain Link will be able to defeat Ganon and free his beloved daughter, Zelda.

King of Hyrule & The Zora

Main article: Zora Stone Monument

Additionally an unnamed King of Hyrule who is implied to have ruled Hyrule 10,000 years before the events of Breath of the Wild (presumably during the time period of Calamity Ganon's original defeat through the use of Sheikah technology) is mentioned in a Zora Stone Monument that records the history of the East Reservoir Lake. It is revealed that Hyrule and Zora's Domain where plagued by destructive flooding of Zora River and the King Zora during that period rode out to seek the council of the King of Hyrule and the two decided to construct the East Reservoir Lake to prevent future floods using a combination of Hylian ingenuity and Zora architecture. King Zora promised the King of Hyrule the Zora would watch the water level of the Reservoir Lake, a promised kept by each subsequent King Zora for 10,000 and as a result the Reservoir became a symbol of the bond between the Kingdom of Hyrule and the Zora. 100 years before Breath of the Wild, King Rhoam and Princess Zelda selected Zora King Dorephan's daughter Princess Mipha to be the Zora Champion who would pilot the Divine Beast Vah Ruta. Unfortunately Mipha was killed during the Great Calamity and her Divine Beast was corrupted by Calamity Ganon, which caused several Zora who knew her to blame her death on the Royal Family of Hyrule and Hylian Champion Link, causing relations between them to become strained, though King Dorephan and younger Zora did not blame them for Mipha's death. 100 years after the Great Calamity, King Dorephan and Prince Sidon manage to uphold the 10,000 promise to watch over the Reservoir when Vah Ruta threatened to flood the Reservoir with torrential rain, through the assistance of Link who enters the beast with their assistance and defeats Waterblight Ganon freeing the spirit of King Dorephan's eldest child Princess Mipha. As a result, the relations between the Kingdom of Hyrule and Zora which had been strained due to Mipha's death during the Great Calamity are restored and after Ganon's defeat King Dorephan and Prince Sidon are paid a royal visit by the last surviving member of the Royal Family of Hyrule, Princess Zelda who has taken over as ruler of Hyrule due to her father's death 100 years prior and was working to restore Hyrule to its former glory.

Dog & Royal Bow

According to the Hyrule Compendium entry for Hylian Retriever breed of Dog, it is said that all Hylian Retrievers are descendants of the dog once owned by the King of Hyrule (implied to be King Rhoam) similar to how the White Horse is believed to be the descendant of Zelda's Royal White Stallion. According to the description for Royal Bows, in the past the Kings of Hyrule presented Royal Bows to only the most talented archers in the land.

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Other appearances

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Hyrule Warriors Legends

Daphnes (Hyrule Warriors)

The King of Hyrule (Daphnes Nohansen Hyrule from The Wind Waker) appears as a playable character in the updated 3DS port of Hyrule Warriors, marking the first time the King of Hyrule will be playable in a Legend of Zelda title. It will also be possible to transfer the King of Hyrule to the Wii U version of the game. He fights using a Sail imbued with the power of wind and the fury of the Great Sea.

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Non-canonical appearances

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In many non-canonical mediums, such as the animated series and the CD-i games, the ruler of Hyrule is King Harkinian.

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