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Not to be confused with the dog of the same name.
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Artwork of Richard
Race Human
Gender Male
Era Era of Light and Dark

Richard is a character in Link's Awakening.



Richard is a noble swordsman who once lived in Kanalet Castle, but his servants went berserk and kicked him out.[1] Richard then moved a little ways off in a small house, Richard's Villa. Richard is only interested in getting his five Golden Leaves back and asks Link to retrieve them.[2] Link receives the Slime Key buried in the Pothole Field, the garden in back of Richard's Villa, for gathering the five leaves.[3]

Richard originates from the game The Frog For Whom the Bell Tolls. The overworld theme of the game is also used as Richard's Villa theme. Inside the villa there are many frogs, which is also a referece to the game.


  • If Link waits in Richard's Villa and lets the tune continue for about 2 minutes and 30 seconds, "Totaka's Song" will eventually begin playing.
  • Ralph's sprite from Oracle of Ages resembles that of Richard.
  • If Link attempts to talk with Richard before returning BowWow to Madam MeowMeow, Richard will shoo him away, telling him to return without the beast.[4]


Richard means "brave power". It is built from the Germanic name elements ric, which means "rule" and "power", along with hard, meaning "hardy" and "brave".[5]

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.gif
Language Name
Japan Japanese リチャード (Richaado)
French Republic FrenchEU Richard



  1. "Salutations! You wouldn't know by the look of me, but I used to live in the castle! My servants went berserk and I was forced to flee to my villa... So, you want the key to Ukuku Prairie, do you? I may be able to help you... Let's make... a deal, shall we? I want you to retrieve the Golden Leaf I left behind in the castle when I fled... Okay No Way" — Richard (Link's Awakening DX)
  2. "Smashing! To tell you the truth, there are five leaves, and I want them all! Oh, you'll need to do some digging, so buy a shovel! Are you off, then? Good luck!" — Richard (Link's Awakening)
  3. "Ahh! Tres Bien! I see you have recovered all of the leaves! Now, move this box and you will find your reward!" — Richard (Link's Awakening DX)
  4. "Ahem! Really, I must insist that you not bring that awful beast in here! Leave that creature outside and then we can talk! Good Bye!" — Richard (Link's Awakening DX)
  5. Given Name RICHARD,
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