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Gonzo
TWWHD Gonzo Artwork.png
Artwork of Gonzo from The Wind Waker HD
Title(s)
Pirate
Race Hylian
Gender Male[1]
Game(s)
Other Media
Era Era of the Great Sea
Era of the Great Voyage
Family Alfonzo (descendant)[2]

Gonzo is a recurring character in The Legend of Zelda series.[3] He is a member of Tetra's Pirate Crew. In The Wind Waker, he is often seen at the helm of the pirate ship, shouting orders to the crew as well as steering the ship. He holds a special place in his heart for the pirates' leader, Tetra, and has a tendency to end most of his sentences with "yeah?"[4][5]

Biography

The Wind Waker

In his first appearance, Gonzo is a head pirate under Tetra's command and seems to play the biggest role in the game out of all the pirates. Despite his strong and intimidating appearance, Gonzo is actually kinder than he looks, showing great care for his dear "Miss Tetra". As such, he is the one who searches for Tetra after the Helmaroc King drops her off in the Fairy Woods of Outset Island.[6]

Gonzo also quickly grows to care a lot about Link, as when Quill spoke to the pirates about his whereabouts, he was extremely concerned about him.[citation needed] Mako misinterprets this concern as an act and later compliments Gonzo on his "wit". Gonzo shows that he is at least quick-witted enough to save face by playing along, and this leads Mako to mention that if he and Tetra were to get married and have a kid, that kid would be the "greatest pirate to sail the seas."[7] This causes Gonzo to instantly blush, calling Mako stupid as he asks Tetra if she was listening to the suggestion.[8]

Once Tetra catches up with Link during his second visit to the Forsaken Fortress, Gonzo is ordered by Tetra to take Aryll to their ship in order to return her home to Outset Island.[9] Later on, when Tetra has to stay inside the Hyrule Castle basement, Aryll mentions to Link in a letter that ever since Tetra left, Gonzo has become depressed and even cries for the young pirate leader, once again illustrating Gonzo's soft side.[10]

Gonzo makes a final appearance in The Wind Waker during the game's ending. After Link and Tetra resurface from the sunken Hyrule Castle, Gonzo, along with the rest of the pirate crew and a few other characters, greet the pair aboard their pirate ship. Gonzo is then seen steering the ship as Link, Tetra, and the gang of pirates set sail from Outset Island in search of new lands.

Like the rest of the pirates, Gonzo bears a striking resemblance to a man portrayed in a wall painting hanging in the sunken Hyrule Castle, which heavily hints that the man could be Gonzo's ancestor serving under the orders of a past Princess Zelda.

Gonzo (Figurine from The Wind Waker)
Gonzo Figurine.png
Personality: Short-tempered.
Favorite Thing: Miss Tetra.
Leader of Tetra's family of pirates, Gonzo seems to be quite strong...but he cries at the drop of a hat.

Phantom Hourglass

Gonzo appears again during both the introduction and the ending of Phantom Hourglass, but plays a minor role in contrast to the previous game. In the game, he is still in charge of steering the ship, and is last seen when Tetra and Link reunite with the rest of the pirate crew.

Non-Canon Appearances

Phantom Hourglass Manga

Gonzo is first shown in the Phantom Hourglass manga by Akira Himekawa when Tetra and Link are dueling one another. Niko expresses concern,[11] although Gonzo says they should get their exercise.[12] One of the pirates shout that the ship will be entering "that" area soon.[13] Link asks Gonzo what "that" area is,[14] the pirate answering it is where the Ghost Ship dwells.[15] He explains that many ships disappear in the area.[16] When Link and Tetra resume dueling, Link accidentally cuts Tetra's scarf and it falls into the sea. Gonzo exclaims that the scarf is her trademark.[17] Link readies to retrieve it,[18] but Tetra replies that the safety of her crew is more important.[19] In tears, Gonzo and the crew agree with her.[20] Mako soon spots a ship approaching.[21] Holding each other in terror, Gonzo and Niko exclaim that it is the Ghost Ship.[22] Tetra boards the Ghost Ship, only to be captured. Gonzo shouts for the captain,[23] and watches as Link follows after her.

Gonzo is seen again when Tetra and Link return from the World of the Ocean King. Tetra scolds her crew for not coming to rescue her.[24] Niko then explains that it had been only ten minutes since she and Link boarded the Ghost Ship,[25] Gonzo expresses confusion with the other pirates.

Nomenclature

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.gif
Language Name
Japan Japanese ゴンゾ (Gonzo)
French Republic FrenchEU Gonzo
Federal Republic of Germany German Gonzo
Italian Republic Italian Gonzo
Kingdom of Spain SpanishEU Gonzo

Gallery

References

  1. "Leader of Tetra's family of pirates, Gonzo seems to be quite strong...but he cries at the drop of a hat." — Gonzo Figurine (The Wind Waker)
  2. "[Alfonzo] is descended from Gonzo, one of Tetra's pirates." (Hyrule Historia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 133)
  3. "Gonzo" (Art & Artifacts (Dark Horse Books), pg. 231 (TWWHD) & 256 (FSA))
  4. "I tell you, the minute I set my eyes on that Link, I just knew he was hiding something back at Outset, yeah?" — Gonzo (The Wind Waker)
  5. "You idiot! Keep your mouth shut, yeah?" — Gonzo (The Wind Waker)
  6. "Miss Tetra! Oh! Oh thank... Thank goodness! You're safe! When I saw you get dropped on this summit, I thought for sure you'd..." — Gonzo (The Wind Waker)
  7. "Good work, Gonzo! Really! Just top notch! It's funny, though... I'm thinking this is maybe the first time you've shown such wit... Such cunning... ...You know, with your cunning and Miss Tetra's smarts... If you two got married and had a kid... ...That kid would be the greatest pirate to ever sail the seas! Yup! The greatest!" — Mako (The Wind Waker)
  8. "You idiot! Keep your mouth shut, yeah? Don't be so stupid! Miss Tetra! Are you listening to this nitwit?" — Gonzo (The Wind Waker)
  9. "Gonzo! Excellent! You're just in time! Take this one for me." — Tetra (The Wind Waker)
  10. "Mr. Gonzo is a really big guy, but ever since Miss Tetra left, he's been crying like a baby. It's kinda funny...but sort of sad, too." — Aryll (The Wind Waker)
  11. "They're at it again!" (Phantom Hourglass (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 8)
  12. "Let them get their exercise." (Phantom Hourglass (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 8)
  13. "Cap'n! We'll be entering that area soon!" (Phantom Hourglass (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 8)
  14. ""That" area? What area?" (Phantom Hourglass (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 8)
  15. "Where the Ghost Ship sails." (Phantom Hourglass (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 8)
  16. "Lots of ships disappear around here." (Phantom Hourglass (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 8)
  17. "That scarf is her trademark!" (Phantom Hourglass (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 10)
  18. "It's my fault! I'll get it!" (Phantom Hourglass (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 10)
  19. "As captain, nothing is more important than the lives of my crew!" (Phantom Hourglass (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 11)
  20. "Yes, Ma'am." (Phantom Hourglass (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 11)
  21. "Cap'n... I can see... a ship ahead!" (Phantom Hourglass (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 11)
  22. "It's... the Ghost Ship!" (Phantom Hourglass (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 11)
  23. "Captain!" (Phantom Hourglass (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 16)
  24. "... But what about you guys? Why didn't you come after me?!" (Phantom Hourglass (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 187)
  25. "W-what are you talking about, Cap'n? It's only been about ten minutes... since you went aboard the Ghost Ship!" (Phantom Hourglass (Himekawa) (VIZ Media), pg. 187)