- "Unnngh...are you the boy from the forest...? I-I-I have something to t-t-tell you... Ganondorf, the Gerudo King of Thieves, betrayed our King... Zelda's nanny, Impa, sensed danger and escaped from the castle with our Princess... The Princess was... waiting for a boy from the forest... that's you... She wanted to give something to the boy... If you received it from the Princess, hurry... to the Temple of Time...."
- — The Soldier's last words
The Soldier in the Back Alley is a character from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. He is a Hyrulean Soldier who appears only once: right before Link enters the Temple of Time with the three Spiritual Stones. The severely-wounded soldier can be found in Hyrule Castle Town's Back Alley, and if Link speaks to him, the soldier tells of Ganondorf's betrayal of the Royal Family of Hyrule and of Princess Zelda's escape. The soldier recognizes Link from Zelda's descriptions of a "forest boy". After his story is told, the soldier takes his last breath and dies. If Link tries to talk to him again, Navi will inform Link that "He's not moving anymore."
Interestingly, due to his remote location and the short timespan during which he can be seen, players frequently miss the Soldier in the Back Alley. If Link does not speak with the soldier during the required time, however, he can be seen for less than a second the first time Link enters the Back Alley after returning to his childhood.