The Magician is a character from Zelda II: The Adventure of Link. Never seen in-game, the Magician is mentioned in the game's prologue. He was the court wizard to the King of Hyrule, who attempted to grasp control of the Triforce of Courage.
Before the King of Hyrule died, he separated the Triforce of Courage from the other two parts, and concealed it within the Great Palace, leaving behind the means for a new hero to unlock the secret path that would lead to its recovery. The only person in whom he confided his plans was his daughter, Princess Zelda.
The Magician learned that the Princess was aware of the secret, and told her brother, the new King. When she refused to impart the secret to either her brother or the wizard, the Magician cast a spell on her which left her in an enchanted sleep. The act of performing this dark magic brought about the Magician's death.
The Magician is never seen in-game, but there are pictures of him in the instruction manual for The Adventure of Link. These pictures greatly resemble artwork for Carock, the boss of the Maze Island Palace. Though nothing ever confirms this, it is possible that the two share some kind of connection.
Alter Ego of Ganon
While it does not state it as fact, Hyrule Historia offers the suggestion that the Magician may have been an alter ego of Ganon, much like Agahnim from A Link to the Past, or at the very least that he was working under Ganon's command, citing his persistence in learning about the secrets of the Triforce as possible evidence of this.
In the artwork accompanying the scene where the prince and Magician are interrogating Zelda for the location of the remaining Triforce piece, the Magician is shown to be partially merged with the prince's shadow, implying that the Magician might have possessed the prince into interrogating Zelda.
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