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Ghanti
Ghanti.png
Ghanti as seen on the back cover of the manga
Race Hylian[1]
Gender Female[2]
Other Media
Family Knights of Hyrule (descendant)
Unnamed bandit (adoptive parent)

Ghanti is a character from the A Link to the Past manga by Akira Himekawa.[citation needed] She is an original creation of the authors,[3] and plays a similar role to that of Roam in the A Link to the Past comic by Shotaro Ishinomori by Shotaro Ishinomori.

Biography

Ghanti the Bandit

Ghanti first makes her appearance in the manga during a raid on a carriage that Link is travelling in. Her raid is actually advantageous to Link, as the well-dressed middle aged lady that is the target of the bandit group had just realized that Link was a wanted man, accused of the kidnapping of Princess Zelda, and had just called for help from the castle guards.[4][5] As the bandits attack, the soldiers state that crossing the king's guards will land them in prison,[6] although Ghanti responds that they are already bandits.[7] Ghanti destroys the soldiers, who are not human, but living darkness controlled by Agahnim. Breaking into the carriage, she states that she has no issue with Link, as they only rob from the rich.[8] Unfortunately for Ghanti and the bandits, reinforcements arrive.[9] Link takes control of the carriage to escape, leaving the small group of rogues fighting the soldiers. In the end, Ghanti manages to escape, and follows Link to Kakariko Village. At a saloon there, she confronts the hero and accuses him of escaping with her loot.[10] Link realizes the bandit is wounded, and calls for a doctor.[11] He is questioned about helping a bandit,[12] but Link explains that he escaped because of her.[13] Link asks Ghanti what happened to her companions.[14] She tells him that the small group of bandits she was with were either caught or killed by the soldiers, with everyone else scattering.[15] Link is warned about soldiers outside the saloon,[16] but before leaving he asks the men to protect Ghanti for him.[17]

Having overheard that Link is searching for the Triforce,[18] Ghanti saves him from a pair of soldiers outside of the saloon. She decides to follow him and asks to be his bodyguard for a 60/40 split of the rewards.[19] Link notices her injuries[20] and offers her the magic Apple given to him by the priest earlier.[21] Instead of eating it, she decides to pocket it in her treasure bag.[22] Ghanti insists that she'll be useful,[23] so the two set off together.[24]

During their trip to the Eastern Palace, Ghanti becomes more of a burden than a help, asking that Link carry her up a mountain.[25] Despite this, they become friends, with her revealing that she wants to find the man who killed her parents in her quest for the Triforce.[26] Once they finally reach the Eastern Palace, they encounter an Armos Knight. Ghanti attacks the knight, although her swords breaks on impact.[27][28] Link manages to outwit it,[29] and Sahasrahla reveals himself to them. The Sage describes the tale of the Imprisoning War,[30] and also reveals to Link that he is a descendant of the Knights of Hyrule who fought in this war.[31] Hearing this, Ghanti suddenly draws a knife and attempts to strike Link from behind, but is stopped by Sahasrahla's magic.[32] Claiming that Knights of Hyrule had killed her parents, she believes that if he is the last of their line, then he is her enemy, and she can finally get revenge.[33] She flees from the Palace, vowing to one day kill him.[34]

Link continues his quest on his own, travelling through the vast wasteland of the desert to reach the Desert Palace.[35] Using the Book of Mudora,[36] he obtains the Pendant of Power,[37] but suffers a poisonous injury from a scorpion shortly after.[38] As he passes out from the poison, Agahnim appears and takes the book, but as he raises his knife to finish the hero off, a sword is thrown at him. Deciding that the poison will kill him soon enough,[39] he disappears so he can complete the ritual in Hyrule Castle. The sword turns out to have been thrown by Ghanti, who, despite wanting revenge, chooses to sheath her blade and bandages his wound, placing the apple she had taken earlier by his side before leaving.

Travels in the Dark World

Ghanti transforming from her fox form back into a human

Once Link is drawn into the Dark World by Agahnim, he soon is attacked by monsters, assuming that his pure human form is a sign of the Triforce.[40] As he battles, a fox suddenly appears and helps him escape. Transforming in a puff of smoke before his eyes, the fox reveals itself to be Ghanti. Leading Link to the Village of Outcasts, Ghanti explains that when the worlds connected, she ended up being transported there as well, and met up with old bandit friends of hers who are searching for the Triforce.[41] Ghanti states that she only turns into an animal when she fights, as that is when she is most greedy, although she enjoys her Dark World form.[42] After learning that the Maidens who were sent to the Dark World are still alive,[43] Link and Ghanti begin to search for them, Ghanti claiming that she is only doing it to get the Triforce, and is still plotting revenge on him.[44] A large tree nearby starts to talk,[45] startling the bandit.[46] The tree tell Ghanti to not be afraid, and that he too had been transformed by his desire for the Triforce.[47] Directed by the tree, Link and Ghanti are directed to where Link's parents lived when they were banished to the Dark World.[48] Ghanti watches with a sympathetic expression as Link cries over the garments his mother made for him.[49][50] Afterwards, Ghanti and Link battle together against the monsters of the Dark World to find Princess Zelda,[51] freeing many people who had been tainted by the evil in their hearts.[52] But when they are told where to find Princess Zelda by Vitreous,[53][54] Ghanti refuses to follow.[55] The tree tells Link that, as a bandit, Ghanti does not believe she can risk her life for someone else.[56] Link had wanted Ghanti to be with him to the end, as he would not have made it so far without her, unaware of her true feelings toward him[57] Wracked with her secret feelings for Link, Ghanti cannot stand the idea of seeing him with Zelda, as she does not believe she can compare with a princess.[58] Link is then forced to travel to Turtle Rock alone. However, Agahnim appears and kidnaps Ghanti.[59] Agahnim asks for help in defeating Link, as he believes she wants revenge and hates the hero.[60] Ghanti says that she does not really hate him, and that she was just blowing off steam.[61] Despite this, Agahnim is able to transform her into a monster. In a cruel trick, he pits this monster, Trinexx against Link when he reaches Turtle Rock.[62] The transformed Ghanti, reluctant to fight, is driven to attack Link when blasted by Agahnim's magic.[63] Link fights back, and strikes it down with a single blow, commenting that the beast is weak for such a large monster.[64] Ghanti is freed from her corrupted form, and appears to have been mortally wounded. Link rushes to his friend and holds her as she smiles weakly, asking himself how he could have hurt her.[65] Enraged by Agahnim's trap,[66] Link starts to become a wolf-like monster due to the hatred in his heart,[67][68] and is about to succumb when Princess Zelda frees herself from her Crystal[69] and comforts Link,[70] restoring him to normal. Zelda then states that Agahnim used to have a kind heart. Stunned and terrified, Agahnim flees, leaving them with Ghanti. They manage to restore her to health by using the magic apple.[71][72] After stating that he should not have wasted it on a bandit,[73] Zelda reveals the truth of Ghanti's past to her. She moves Ghanti's hair to reveal pointed ears, meaning that she is a Hylian. The princess also reveals that Ghanti is a descendant of the Knights of Hyrule, and that the bandit who raised her had lied about her heritage.[74] She also reveals that her earrings are the arrowheads of the Silver Arrows passed down by the Knights of Hyrule, which can pierce any evil.[75] Princess Zelda asks Ghanti to come with them to Ganon's Tower, where they will fight for Hyrule.[76] Ghanti accepts,[77] and the three set forth together.

The three of them travel to Ganon's Tower and the warped anti-world of illusions within, and finally confront Agahnim and Ganon. After disposing of his pawn, Ganon attacks. Suddenly, the Pyramid of Power begins to glow, and Zelda states that Ganon must be stopped before both realms are merged. Link is hit in his left shoulder by a chunk of the beast's corrosive blood; despite the pain, he realizes he will find only himself during the moment. Ganon learns too late that Link is a knight of Hyrule, and Link finally manages to land a powerful stunning blow to the beast. Ghanti, armed with a Bow and a single Silver Arrow, delivers the final strike and destroys Ganon with Zelda using her magic to direct the arrow.[78][79] Ghanti is present when the newly freed triforce grants Link's wish.[80]

Epilogue

During the epilogue, Ghanti is seen happily working in Link's apple orchard, known as the Hero's Apple Farm. She tells a group of children the apples are delicious and will give them the energy to grow.[81]

Design

Ghanti has dark blue hair that covers her ears and wears a red outfit with a revealing top. Her armored dress is also similar to that of Roam. She has what appears to be a tattoo (or possibly an unusual birthmark or some form of face paint) of a small star on her left cheek. She fights with a scimitar, similar to that used by Gerudo. Her earrings, which are not normally seen, are arrowheads from the Silver Arrows. Her earrings and long ears are usually covered by her hair.

Trivia

  • Ghanti's ability to switch between human and fox forms seemingly at will appears to be a reference to the mythological kitsune of Japanese folklore, similar to that of Keatons. Her appearance as a fox may also be a reference to Pikku.

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References

  1. ↑ "Yes, Ghanti is a Hylian too." (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 154)
  2. ↑ "Huh? He's a she?!" (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 55)
  3. ↑ "In this book, we were able to create an original character, Ghanti, so I hope she finds a place in the greater world of Zelda." (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 182)
  4. ↑ "That's Link! He's a wanted man! Somebody help!" (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 45)
  5. ↑ "He... kidnapped Princess Zelda?! Guards!" (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 46)
  6. ↑ "Crossing the king's guard will land you in jail!" (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 47)
  7. ↑ "We're already bandits, idiot!" (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 48)
  8. ↑ "I have no problem with you. We only rob from the rich." (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 49)
  9. ↑ "Uh-oh, Ghanti. Reinforcements!" (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 49)
  10. ↑ "I found you. The one in the green hat... who rode off with my carriage. Give back my loot..." (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 55)
  11. ↑ "We need a doctor!" (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 55)
  12. ↑ "You want to help her? She's a bandit!" (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 55)
  13. ↑ "... I got away because of her. We should at least treat her... wounds..." (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 55)
  14. ↑ "What happened to your buddies?" (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 56)
  15. ↑ "We got split up. Some got caught... others killed. I barely escaped myself." (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 56)
  16. ↑ "Soldiers are coming!" (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 56)
  17. ↑ "Oh hey. Just for me... protect the girl, okay?" (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 56)
  18. ↑ "The golden... Triforce?!" (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 54)
  19. ↑ "I'll be your bodyguard. How about a 60/40 split?" (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 59)
  20. ↑ "I knew it! You're injured. Eat this." (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 59)
  21. ↑ "Wait, Link. Take this. I placed a spell on it. If something happens, eat this and your wounds will heal." (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 44)
  22. ↑ "Hmph! I don't need it now, but I'll hold it for later..." (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 60)
  23. ↑ "So... Can I come with you? I'll be useful!" (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 660)
  24. ↑ "So I set off with an unusual companion." (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 60)
  25. ↑ "I can't go another step. Gimme a piggyback?" (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 61)
  26. ↑ "Yeah, I have my personal reasons for joining for too... Sure, that too, but... I'm also searching for the man who killed my parents." (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 62)
  27. ↑ "It broke!" (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 65)
  28. ↑ "Of course it did! A sword won't cut it... It's made of solid stone!" ( (VIZ Media), pg. 65)
  29. ↑ "You beat the Armos Knight with a combination of heroic courage and wisdom." (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 67)
  30. ↑ "... People wanted to worship the Triforce and searched for the Sacred Realm. Soon adoration changed to desire. Bloody wars were fought over rumors about the loaction, and dark days plagued the world for years... It was just one battle 400 years ago, but so many lives were lost that it became known as "The Imprisoning War."" (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 70, 74)
  31. ↑ "Didn't you know, Link? Your parents are descended from knights who fought in the Imprisoning War. You are their last scion." (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 75)
  32. ↑ "She tried to stab you." (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 78)
  33. ↑ "Knights of Hyrule killed my parents. You're my enemy, Link!" (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 79)
  34. ↑ "You can keep your life for now... But someday I will kill you!" (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 80)
  35. ↑ "Link, you must go now to the Desert Palace." (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 83)
  36. ↑ "Take this with you-the Book of Mudora. Follow the path it describes." (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 83)
  37. ↑ "That's it! The Pendant of Power! Only one to go now!" (A Link to the Past (Himekawa)} (VIZ Media), pg. 85)
  38. ↑ "Oh no! M-My body's going numb. No! S-Somebody..." (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 86)
  39. ↑ "He has a defender? No matter. The scorpion poison will kill him soon enough." (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 87)
  40. ↑ "In their eyes, you shine. A pure heart is rare around here." (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 117)
  41. ↑ "When the Light World and Dark World connected, I fell here. But I found my old bandit group. We're all looking for the Triforce." (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 118)
  42. ↑ "I only turn into an animal when I fight. I guess that's when I'm greediest. But I kinda like this form!" (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 118)
  43. ↑ "They're trapped in dungeons around the Dark World. But they're alive." (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 119)
  44. ↑ "Don't forget, I'm still out for revenge on my enemy! I'm waiting until we get the Triforce, is all. We just happen to share a common goal... For now." (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 121)
  45. ↑ "HO HO HO... It's good to be young." (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 121)
  46. ↑ "Th... The-The tree is talking!" (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 121)
  47. ↑ "Don't be afraid, young miss. I too was transformed by my desire for the Triforce." (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 121)
  48. ↑ "... A long time ago, I saw a couple who was still in human form wander by. A brave knight and kind lady-ill-suited to the darkness... They lived here for a while." (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 122, 123)
  49. ↑ "The woman sewed that. She imagined her child would have grown to about that size." (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 123)
  50. ↑ "Mother..." (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 124)
  51. ↑ "Once again, Link sets out with Ghanti-this time on a journey through the Dark World in search for Princess Zelda." (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 126)
  52. ↑ "Link freed people who had changed into evil spirits because of their weak and tainted hearts..." (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 131)
  53. ↑ "... "I've seen this Princess Zelda whom you seek..."" (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 132)
  54. ↑ "Princess Zelda is at Turtle Rock!" (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 132)
  55. ↑ "Ghanti? Ghanti! Hey!" (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 132)
  56. ↑ "She says a bandit can't risk her life just to save someone else." (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 133)
  57. ↑ "I only got this far because of your help! I wanted you with me to the end." (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 133)
  58. ↑ "If Link goes to Turtle Rock, he'll be with Princess Zelda. I couldn't stand to see that. There's no way a bandit like me can compare to a princess like her." (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 133)
  59. ↑ "S-Stop! Who are you?! What are you doing to me?!" (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 134)
  60. ↑ "I must ask a favor of you. I need your help to defeat Link... you want revenge. Don't you hate that hero?" (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 135)
  61. ↑ "I don't really hate him! I was just blowing off steam!" (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 135)
  62. ↑ "Arise, Three-headed Trinexx! Now... Consume the hero!" (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 139)
  63. ↑ "What are you waiting for?! Attack!" (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 140)
  64. ↑ "It's kinda weak for such a big..." (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 142)
  65. ↑ "Ghanti! Why were you...? Did I do this? What have I done?" (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 143)
  66. ↑ "AGAHNIM! You're the monster!" (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 143, 144)
  67. ↑ "BWA HA HA HA! You've fallen into my trap, Link! Look at your hand!" (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 144)
  68. ↑ "The hate in your heart is turning you into a beast!" (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 145)
  69. ↑ "She broke free of the crystal cage herself?" (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 147)
  70. ↑ "Link... Link, listen to my voice..." (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 147)
  71. ↑ "Ghanti, hold on. We'll heal you." (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 153)
  72. ↑ "H-How? That apple?" (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 153)
  73. ↑ "You idiot! That was for a hero! You shouldn't have wasted it on a bandit!" (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 153)
  74. ↑ "Ghanti... You still don't know your true self. You too are a descendant of the knights who fought in the Imprisoning War... You true enemy is the bandit who raised you! He lied for his own benefit." (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 153, 154)
  75. ↑ "And this is the Silver Arrow passed down from the Knights of Hyrule. It can pierce any evil." (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 154)
  76. ↑ "Come with us to Ganon's Tower. Together we'll fight for Hyrule." (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 154)
  77. ↑ "Count on me!" (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 154)
  78. ↑ "Now! Shoot the Silver Arrow!" (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 172)
  79. ↑ "Right! Let me show you my true value, Pig-Face!" (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 172)
  80. ↑ "Welcome, Link... I am the spirit of the Triforce-The Golden Power of the Goddesses. I will grant the first wish of anyone who touches me. You have freed me from Ganon. Now you have the golden power. Just touch me... And I will fulfill you heart's desire." (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 175)
  81. ↑ "The hero's apples are delicious! Eat one and it gives you energy! Energy to grow!" (A Link to the Past (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 180)