Artwork of Tarin
|First appearance||Link's Awakening (1993)|
- "Well, Link , ya finally snapped out of it... Name's Tarin... Hope yer feelin' better..."
- — Tarin
Tarin is a character from The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening. Tarin is the easygoing, friendly father of Marin. He bears an uncanny resemblance to the famed Nintendo character Mario. Furthermore, Tarin's love of mushrooms and temporary transformation into a raccoon form seems to compound this since mushrooms are a commom powerup in the Mario games, and Mario can obtain a raccoon suit in Super Mario Bros. 3.
At the beginning of the game, his daughter Marin finds Link unconscious on the beaches of Koholint Island and brings him to their house. When Link wakes up, Tarin gives Link his shield, from which he learns Link's name.
At many points in the game, Tarin is encountered in various areas of the island, often getting himself into troublesome and humorous situations. After Link has retrieved his Sword, Tarin has gotten lost in the Mysterious Woods and has been transformed into a raccoon. Link breaks the curse placed on him with Magic Powder. Tarin has no recollection of what happened to him and surmises that it was a dream. Later, Tarin is encountered in Ukuku Prairie, attempting to bring down a Honeycomb from a tree. Link lends him a stick, and Tarin uses it to knock the Honeycomb down. Tarin angers the bees and quickly flees out of sight.
In the ending sequence, Tarin can be seen picking mushrooms in the Mysterious Woods, shortly before the dream dissolves and Koholint disappears.