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Minister Potho

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Minister Potho
MinisterPotho.gif
Title(s)
Minister
Race
Gender
Male[1]
Main appearance(s)
Era(s)
Family
Grandmother (only mentioned)[2]

Minister Potho is a character in The Minish Cap.[3]

Biography

Minister Potho is the minister to the kingdom of Hyrule. He is a short man with white hair only on the sides with a bald top, a large white mustache, and large glasses. He functions as the caretaker and tutor of Princess Zelda by order of her father, King Daltus. In his capacity as minister, Potho has great access to the Royal Family of Hyrule and resides with them at Hyrule Castle, serving largely as the king's major-domo.

When the story begins, Princess Zelda sneaks out of the castle without Minister Potho's knowledge or consent in order to find her childhood friend,[4] Link, and attend the Picori Festival with him. Upon their return to Hyrule Castle soon after, Minister Potho is shaken to see that Princess Zelda has been outside the castle walls without protection, though he soon brushes it aside as he accepts Smith's Sword from Link,[5] crafted by Smith and intended for the winner of the sword-fighting tournament of the Picori Festival. When the winner, Vaati, prepares to open the Bound Chest, Minister Potho is among the many that he blasts away before Princess Zelda is turned to stone by his evil magic.

When King Daltus decides to send Link on a quest to restore the shattered Picori Blade in order to break Vaati's curse and save Princess Zelda, Minister Potho gives Link Smith's Sword, which was meant to be given to Vaati as the winner of the tournament.[6]

Later in the story, Minister Potho is shocked at the change in demeanor of King Daltus, unaware that Vaati has abducted the real king and is now impersonating him in order to use Hyrule's Vassals to search for the mythical Light Force.[7] When Vaati successfully discovers the location of the Light Force within Princess Zelda, he transforms Hyrule Castle into Dark Hyrule Castle and turns all of its residents to stone, including Minister Potho.[8] They are all restored to normal by Link, who now possesses the sacred blade known as the Four Sword that is capable of breaking Vaati's curse. Minister Potho helps to search the castle for other victims of Vaati's dark magic while Link heads for the castle roof to confront the evil sorcerer and save Princess Zelda. This is the last time he is seen, with the exception of the restoration of Hyrule Castle to its former state by Princess Zelda after Vaati's defeat.

Minister Potho (Figurine from The Minish Cap)
TMC Minister Potho Figurine Sprite.png
Minister Potho
The supporting pillar of Hyrule. He
is also in charge of Princess Zelda's
education, so when she goes missing,
he gets frustrated.

Trivia

The painting that resembles Tetra's Pirate Crew, with the character resembling Minister Potho and Mako at the bottom left-hand corner
  • Minister Potho resembles the character corresponding to Mako on the wall painting hanging in the sunken Hyrule Castle in The Wind Waker.
  • In the Funday School, there is a statue that resembles Minister Potho just outside the classroom, and two more statues that resemble Minister Potho outside the school.
  • Minister Potho's grandmother witnessed the Minish Door appear in the courtyard of Hyrule Castle when she was a child.[9]
  • Minister Potho's voice also resembles that of the Postman from Majora's Mask.

Nomenclature

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese 大臣 テンガロ (Daijin Tengaro) Minister Tengaro
French Republic FrenchEU Tengaro le ministre Tengaro the minister
Federal Republic of Germany German Minister Friedrich Minister Frederick
Italian Republic Italian Ministro Tengaro Minister Tengaro
Kingdom of Spain SpanishEU Impa, el secretario Impa, the minister

References

  1. "Oh, don't worry about him! He'll be fine. Where's Link? The whole town is bustling for the annual Picori Festival! I thought he and I might go together. Would you mind terribly?" — Princess Zelda (The Minish Cap)
  2. "Hmmm... A sanctuary... You know, I do recall a story my grandmother once told me long ago." — Minister Potho (The Minish Cap)
  3. Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 270
  4. "Goodness me! Princess Zelda! Did you sneak out of the castle and come all this way alone? The minister is sure to be worried about you! You know how he gets!" — Smith (The Minish Cap)
  5. "Oh! Link! You brought the sword, did you? Then, as minister to the kingdom of Hyrule, I, Potho, accept this blade. You came just in time. The award ceremony will begin soon." — Minister Potho (The Minish Cap)
  6. "The Picori should know how to create a new sacred sword." — King Daltus (The Minish Cap)
  7. "Have you noticed how strange the king has been lately? That's because that's not the king at all! It's Vaati! He's taken over!" — Vassal (The Minish Cap)
  8. "One after another, he's turned all the people of the castle to stone!" — Vassal (The Minish Cap)
  9. "You know, I do recall a story my grandmother once told me long ago. She said she saw a doorway appear in the palace courtyard as a child." — Minister Potho (The Minish Cap)