In Game & Watch Zelda, the eight fierce dragons have kidnapped Princess Zelda and locked her in a prison to which the Triforce is the key. Each dragon guards a different fragment of the Triforce. Link has to reassemble the Triforce and free Princess Zelda.
The Triforce of Wisdom and the Triforce of Power make an appearance in The Legend of Zelda TV series. While the Triforce of Wisdom is kept safely in North Castle guarded by Link and Princess Zelda, the Triforce of Power is in the hands of Ganon, situated in the Underworld. Their appearance is that of glowing, floating tetrahedrons: green for the Triforce of Wisdom and red for the Triforce of Power.
Unlike the games, both the Triforce of Wisdom and the Triforce of Power have the ability to speak, giving the former a female voice and the latter a male voice; however, the Triforce of Power only speaks once in all of the episodes. The Triforce of Wisdom, on the other hand, can be heard talking in more episodes, in which she gives Princess Zelda and Link wise advise in the form of riddles when they are in need of help.
The Triforce of Power
Like in the games, Princess Zelda is the wielder of the Triforce of Wisdom and is knowledgeable in its magic capabilities, often using its magical powers to save Link or herself from dangerous situations. Zelda can only use magic when she has the Triforce of Wisdom with her, which she usually makes it float and seems to be the only one who can do so. Most of each of the episode plots revolve around Ganon trying to steal the Triforce of Wisdom from the princess; however, his plans ultimately fail since he is usually defeated by Link and Zelda. In "Underworld Connections", Ganon orders several Vires to bomb the Triforce of Wisdom, which causes it to break into three shards, allowing the Vires to steal two of them. Link and Zelda are then forced to go through the Underworld to retrieve the two Triforce Shards and thus restore the whole Triforce of Wisdom again.
The Triforce of Power gives Ganon an endless supply of magic and power to aid him in his attempts to overthrow the kingdom of Hyrule; without the Triforce of Power, Ganon would be defenseless. As such, Princess Zelda is always looking for an opportunity to take it from him. She attempts to do so in two episodes, "That Sinking Feeling" and "The Moblins Are Revolting"; however, she is unable to take it from Ganon's lair in the former since the Underworld was collapsing, and in the latter due to Link's clumsiness.
Captain N: The Game Master
The Triforce of Wisdom, Courage, and Power in Captain N: The Game Master
The Triforce is featured in the "Having a Ball" episode of Captain N: The Game Master. Unlike the Zelda animated series, the Triforce of Courage appears now as well. Each Triforce piece is engraved with the letter corresponding to its attribute: the Triforce of Power is red and has a "P" on it, the Wisdom piece is green with a "W" engraved, and the Triforce of Courage is blue with the letter "C" on it. Since Ganon has been defeated, all three Triforce pieces rest in North Castle, where they are heavily guarded by a security system that shoots beams off whenever someone tries to take it. It is explained in the episode that Zelda and the Triforce have a close connection, and if something happens to the Triforce, both Zelda's energy and the forces that bind Hyrule together will begin to weaken.
In "Having a Ball", Mother Brain commands her two minions, King Hippo and Eggplant Wizard, to steal the Triforce; however, after they fail to take it due to the security system, Mother Brain fires them and decides to go after the Triforce herself. As revenge and with the alarm now turned off by Zelda since she thought it was malfunctioning, King Hippo and Eggplant Wizard go back and try to steal the Triforce yet again while Princess Zelda and Link are at a royal ball hosted by Princess Lana. They manage to take the Triforce of Power and the Triforce of Courage before Mother Brain arrives, but leave the Triforce of Wisdom in the middle of the room. When Mother Brain arrives, King Hippo uses the Triforce of Power's might to knock her out of the castle. Back at the party, Princess Zelda's energy begins to wane and she momentarily faints. Link explains that since there is a magic bond between the princess and the Triforce, she knows that something bad has happened to the sacred relic. Should the Triforce be destroyed, Zelda could die. The next day, Link, Kevin, Lana and Zelda arrive at the chamber of the Triforce and see that all of the pieces except the Triforce of Wisdom have been stolen. Zelda then uses the power of the Triforce of Wisdom to guide the group to the other two missing pieces, and the group eventually catches up with the foes. With Zelda's power weakening even more, Eggplant Wizard threatens to hurt Link and Kevin using the Triforce of Power if they come any closer. However, the heroes manage to retrieve the two Triforce pieces, raising all three pieces up to the sky and thus giving Zelda back her powers.
The Legend of Zelda Game Watch
In The Legend of Zelda Game Watch, Link enters a cave unarmed to retrieve the four Triforce fragments. Each fragment is guarded by Aquamentus. Once he has retrieved all four fragments, Link reassembles the Triforce.
The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics)
The three Triforce pieces in The Legend of Zelda comic
The three Triforce pieces also appear in the The Legend of Zelda comics by Valiant Comics published by Valiant Comics. Like in the backstory of the original The Legend of Zelda, Ganon leads his minions to attack Hyrule and thus allow him steal the Triforce of Power. Ganon, already a mighty magician, is turned almost invincible with the might of the Triforce of Power. Because Ganon wielded the Triforce of Power without the Wisdom to use it, he was corrupted by its power and was twisted into the monster he is now. Ganon is so dependent on the power of the Triforce that, if he ever loses it, he will slowly perish.
Ganon was unable to steal the Triforce of Wisdom since Zelda kept it safe from his clutches, for she knew that if the Prince of Darkness obtained the sacred relic, he would rule the kingdom forever. The Triforce of Wisdom is kept by Princess Zelda in North Palace, where its guidance helps her rule the kingdom wisely, and it also allows her to cast powerful magic spells when needed. Being the protector of the Triforce of Wisdom, Zelda must never allow her feelings interfere with her duty, even if it means risking Link's life. By doing so, the Triforce of Wisdom will grant Zelda the knowledge needed to wield the Silver Arrow and thus destroy Ganon with it.
The Triforce of Courage remained hidden until Link accomplished a daring quest, and it now rests within his heart.
In The Power, which heavily focuses on the three Triforce pieces, Link manages to steal the Triforce of Power from Ganon and uses it to severely damage the Prince of Darkness with it. Although Ganon attempts to reclaim the Triforce of Power, the Triforce chooses to remain with Link. The young hero, blindly wanting more power, demands that Zelda turn over the Triforce of Wisdom to him, even going as far as firing a magic spell at the princess. Because Link has misused the power of the Triforce, the Triforce of Courage leaves his heart and goes to Zelda to protect her from Link's malevolence. It is not until the princess shows him how his lust of power has corrupted him that Link realizes he has become to turn into Ganon and what the price of that power is. By choosing to throw away the Triforce of Power in order to keep his soul, Link once again proves to be worthy of being the bearer of the Triforce of Courage, which restores his life after nearly dying in Zelda's arms.
In Issue #5, it is explained that once each decade an event known as the Day of the Triforce occurs. In such day, all three Triforce pieces disappear from Hyrule for one day, from dawn to dusk.
In The Crystal Trap, Ganon encases the Triforce of Courage and Wisdom in a Crystal using a spell from the Magic Scroll; however, since the Triforce of Courage is in Link's heart, the young hero became trapped as well. Towards the end of The Shadow Prince, Charles of Moria reveals to be Ganon in disguise and steals the Triforce of Wisdom from the Triforce Room, although Link is successful in retrieving it by slashing Charles's necklace in two, defeating the false knight.
A Link to the Past (Ishinomori)
The Triforce rising from Ganon's body in the A Link to the Past comic
In the A Link to the Past comic by Shotaro Ishinomori, a small, talking tree tells Link the story of the Triforce and the Golden Land. The tree goes on to explain that only the first to touch the Triforce will be endowed with its strength, and that the land where they are now used to be the Golden Land where the Triforce was hidden. He speaks of Ganondorf the Thief, who accidentally stumbled upon the entrance to the Golden Land and had his evil wishes granted by the Triforce. After touching the Triforce, Ganondorf achieved ultimate power and transformed the Golden Land into the Dark World, which caused for many men from Hyrule to be drawn to the land of evil only to be converted into monsters because of their impure thoughts and emotions, including the tree himself. The tree makes a final comment that Link must defeat Ganondorf and reclaim the Triforce to restore the Dark World into the Golden Land.
After Link defeats Ganon, the Triforce rises from his body. The Essence of the Triforce tells Link that the Triforce is waiting for a new master now that Ganon has been defeated, asking that the young hero touch it with a wish in his heart. After Link touches the Triforce, the Dark World vanishes and releases all of the people who had been trapped there, returning the longed-for peace to Hyrule.
Philips CD-i Games
In The Faces of Evil and The Wand of Gamelon, Triforce Maps, referred to simply as Triforces in the game manuals, appear in each stage. They appear at the beginning and end of every stage, with the exception of the games' final stages, and are used to exit and return to the map screen. The Triforce Maps that appear at the end of an area typically open up new stages. A Triforce-shaped cursor is also used on the world map screens to select stages.
In The Wand of Gamelon, the Triforce of Wisdom appears and the Triforce of Courage is mentioned. King Harkinian leaves for Gamelon to aid Duke Onkled against Ganon's forces, and takes the Triforce of Courage to protect him. The Triforce of Wisdom is owned by Impa, which appears as a floating, blue pyramid. The Triforce of Wisdom appears to have the ability to look into events that have occurred and foresee events yet to happen, which Impa uses to assure Zelda that the King will safely return. The Triforce of Wisdom however also tends to be cryptic, and is not very clear in what it reveals. When King Harkinian and Link fail to return after two months, Zelda and Impa leave for Gamelon to find them. Throughout their adventure, Impa uses the Triforce of Wisdom to seek guidance as well as learn that several people, including the King, have been captured by Ganon's minions.
The Triforce appears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl when Link and Toon Link perform their Final Smash upon obtaining a Smash Ball. Known as the Triforce Slash, the Final Smash consists of light shooting out from the Triforce on the back of Link's hand, trapping the opponent as the young hero repeatedly attacks the foe with his sword. The Triforce Slash finishes off with Link making one last powerful slash at the opponent, which causes the victim to fly off.
The balance of the Triforce was once guarded by sorceress named Cia. However, one of the imprisoned fragments of darkness managed to push the light out of her and take her over, planning to resurrect itself by obtaining the Triforce.
While Link is battling Volga for the first time at Hyrule Field, he attempts to kill both Link and Impa with his fire breath. However, they are shielded by the power of the Triforce of Courage. Later on, at the Valley of Seers, Link, Lana, Impa and Sheik, who is discovered to be wielding the Triforce of Wisdom, encounter Cia, who immediately takes their pieces. With the completed Triforce in her possession, Cia opens portals through time and space to summon three of the sealed fragments of darkness to her.
After the Gates of Souls are closed in each of the three eras, Ganondorf revives himself using the three fragments of his spirit and attempts to take the Triforce from Cia, but fails as she returns two of the pieces to Link and Zelda and using the Triforce of Power to seal Ganondorf once again, keeping it for herself. After claming the Master Sword and defeating Cia at the Valley of Seers, however, Lana takes possession of the Triforce of Power, and she, Zelda and Link use the three pieces to return Hyrule to normal, closing the portals to each of the eras.
As a result of the Master Sword being pulled, the fourth fragment of Ganondorf's spirit is freed, fully reviving him. He attacks Lana and takes the Triforce of Power from her, then attacks Hyrule Castle, defeating Zelda and Link and taking their fragments of the Triforce. With the complete Triforce, Ganondorf takes over the castle, transforming it into his own stronghold. After he is defeated by Link, he uses the Triforce to transform into Ganon. When Ganon is defeated, Link, Lana, and Zelda reclaim the Triforce and use it to seal away Ganon once again.
Animal Crossing series
In several Animal Crossing titles, the Triforce appears as a piece of furniture the villager character can acquire. When interacted with, the three parts of the Triforce separate and twirl about before reforming, mimicking the animation and sound effects of the A Link to the Past title screen.
The Triforce of Wisdom broken into three shards in the animated series
The completed Triforce of Wisdom from The Legend of Zelda Game Watch
A fragment of the Triforce of Wisdom from The Legend of Zelda Game Watch
Cia and the Triforce artwork from Hyrule Warriors
Toon Link performing the Triforce Slash in Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Sonic finding the Triforce in The Legend of Zelda Zone
Triforce furniture from the Animal Crossing series
Triforce special tree stump pattern in Animal Crossing: New Leaf
↑"But you're no amateur. You're a pro!" — Triforce of Power (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 1 )
↑"When one's in need of Sage advice, one must seek out the one who's wise. The Witch of Walls will help you best, to find her you must make a quest. Seek the wall that has no end, beneath the bough that can not bend." — Triforce of Wisdom (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 4 )
↑"A magic magnet pulled it down, will be destroyed with the bracelets found." — Triforce of Wisdom (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 6 )
↑"When magical means will not suffice, use natural means as your device." — Triforce of Wisdom (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 9 )
↑"To find your father, royal daughter, you must search beneath the water." — Triforce of Wisdom (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 11 )
↑"Hang on, Link! I've got the Triforce! And it's time to fight magic with magic." — Princess Zelda (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 6 )
↑"I MUST get the Triforce to fight Ganon, you hold them here." — Princess Zelda (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 12 )
↑"This thing is heavy. Why don't you make it float like you usually do?" — Link (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 7 )
↑"Obviously, if I want the Triforce of Wisdom I'm going to have to get it myself. There is a contest of amateur magicians in Hyrule today. I shall enter that contest!" — Ganon (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 1 )
↑"Cleaning... Time for me to clean out the castle and get that Triforce that will make me ruler of all Hyrule!" — Ganon (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 2 )
↑"Hah! It worked. The Triforce is now in three pieces, small enough to steal!" — Vire (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 8 )
↑"If we can get both Triforces again, Ganon will be defeated forever!" — Princess Zelda (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 6 )
↑"Link, look! The Triforce of Power...! If we can get that, Ganon will be defeated forever!" — Princess Zelda (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 6 )
↑"No! We almost had the Triforce, it was right there! But nooo, you had to start messing around!" — Princess Zelda (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 13 )
↑"Midnight, in the enchanted kingdom of Hyrule. A time for sweet dreams ever since the defeat of the evil wizard Ganon, and Princess Zelda's return to the throne, and Link's restoration of the Triforce, an ancient treasure made up of the Triforce of Power, the Triforce of Wisdom, and the Triforce of Courage." — Narrator (Captain N: The Game Master, Episode Having a Ball )
↑"The forces that bind Hyrule together are coming apart." — Princess Zelda (Captain N: The Game Master, Episode Having a Ball )
↑"That's the last time I get up for an alarm malfunction. That makes three times this week!" — Princess Zelda (Captain N: The Game Master, Episode 22 )
↑"Perfect! She turned off the alarm. The Triforce is as good as mine! Once I get rid of you potato heads that is. [...] Let Ganon sleep forever! General Mother Brain is taking command!" — Mother Brain (Captain N: The Game Master, Episode 22 )
↑"It's Mother Brain! Let's get out of here!" — Eggplant Wizard (Captain N: The Game Master, Episode 22 )
↑"There's a magic bond between them." — Link (Captain N: The Game Master, Episode 22 )
↑"Something's happened to the Triforce. And if it's destroyed, it could finish her!" — Link (Captain N: The Game Master, Episode 22 )
↑"It's the Triforce of Wisdom! Thank goodness you're safe!" — Princess Zelda (Captain N: The Game Master, Episode 22 )
↑"Stand back! Or I'll veggie-size ya!" — Eggplant Wizard (Captain N: The Game Master, Episode 22 )
↑"Then, one dark day, an evil army led by the Prince of Darkness, Ganon, attacked Hyrule and stole the Triforce of Power" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 1 (Bonus))
↑"The Triforce of Power makes Ganon, already a mighty magician, nearly invincible! If he should ever obtain the Triforce of Wisdom as well, he would conquer Hyrule with ease!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. Bonus 1)
↑"HA HA HA. This is THE PRICE of Power! It corrupted and twisted YOU as it did me!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 9 [The Price])
↑"You're DYING because you lost the Power! If I give up the Triforce now--the same thing will happen to me!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 9 [The Price])
↑"Zelda, the princess of Hyrule, managed to save the Triforce of Wisdom, knowing that if Ganon ever possessed the Triforces of Wisdom and Power, he would rule the land forever." (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 1 (Bonus))
↑"The Triforce of Wisdom is kept by Princess Zelda in Hyrule's North Palace. Its guidance helps her rule the kingdom wisely. In times of dire need, the Triforce helps her cast powerful magic spells!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. Bonus 1)
↑"Yet...to save Link's life, you offered to surrender the Triforce of Wisdom to the evil one. And yet...you have served the light of Wisdom long and well in the past. If give another chance--do you swear to never again let your feelings interfere with your duty?" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 8 [Choices])
↑"No! The Triforce of Wisdom is not a weapon. But it can grant you wisdom that will help you use the weapons of truth and light! Find a Silver Arrow. If your heart is true, the Triforce will help you use it to destroy Ganon." (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 4 [Choices])
↑"The Triforce of Courage, the most mysterious of the three, remained hidden for many years until Link accomplished a daring quest. Now the Triforce of Courage dwells in his heart, the secret of his greatest power." (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. Bonus 1)
↑"Zelda: Link! You got the magic trophy! Link: That's nothing! I got Ganon's Triforce!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 5)
↑"It's over, Ganon! I have the power now! You've hounded me! Attacked me! Made my life miserable! I'll give you MERCY! The same mercy you've always given ME!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. )
↑"Don't you see? I LET you capture the Triforce! And I can take it BACK! Triforce of Power! Return to your true MASTER!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 4)
↑"The Triforce chose you! It's not possible!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 4)
↑"I'm going after Ganon! I have to DESTROY HIM! But to crush him INSIDE Death Mountain where he's strongest, I need more power! I need the Triforce of Wisdom! I MUST HAVE IT! If I possess both Triforces, I can defeat Ganon once and for all!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 9 [The Power])
↑ 38.038.1"Your spell didn't harm me! How? The Triforce of Courage protected me! [...] The Triforce of Courage has left your heart...and come to me!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 7 [The Price])
↑"Don't you see what's happening?! You don't have to JOIN Ganon! You've BECOME Ganon!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 8 [The Price])
↑"There is a price either way. My LIFE, if I give up the Power! My SOUL, if I keep it! I choose to keep...MY SOUL!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 9 [The Price])
↑"And in doing so, you proved worthy of the Triforce of Courage! It returned to you, and restored your strength! It saved your life!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 10 [The Price])
↑"Yes, Zelda! The day has come... Once each day, princess, all three Triforces--Wisdom, Power, and Courage--disappear from Hyrule for one day, from dawn to dusk!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics), pg. 1)
↑"There are false Triforce rooms located in North Castle, as well as the true Triforce room where the Triforce of Wisdom is hidden. The path from the throne room to the true Triforce room passes over exactly ten diamonds." (The Shadow Prince (Mammoth), pg. 78)
↑ 44.044.1"'I already have the Triforce of Power, but I need all three parts of the Triforce to complete my hold on Hyrule. Since I cannot get the Triforces of Courage and Wisdom from you, then you shall not be able to use them, either,' he says. 'With this magic scroll, I have cast a spell to encase them in unbreakable crystal. Of course, since the Triforce of Courage is in Link's heart, I'm afraid the poor boy will have to be shut up in the crystal also. Sorry about that.'" (The Crystal Trap (Archway), pg. 65)
↑"'There are three Triforces, all pieces of the one original Triforce,' Zelda explains. 'The Triforce of Power is in clutches of the evil wizard Ganon. And they say that the Triforce of Courage is buried deep in Link's heart.'" (The Shadow Prince (Mammoth), pg. 78)
↑"Tree:You there... Did you journey to this world in search of the Power of Gold--the Triforce? Link: Not really, but..." (A Link to the Past (Nintendo Power), pg. 9)
↑"Only the first to touch this Golden Power will be endowed with its strength... This land was once the Golden Land where the Triforce was hidden by those who created the world. Ganondorf the Thief, skilled in the magical arts, accidentally stumbled upon the entrance to this magical place." (A Link to the Past (Nintendo Power), pg. 10)
↑"When he touched the Triforce, his evil wishes were granted. He achieved ultimate power over this world and transformed it into a land of evil, a Dark World. Many evil men from your world were drawn here. They were transformed into monsters because of their evil thoughts and emotions. I was one of them..." (A Link to the Past (Nintendo Power), pg. 10)
↑"In order to restore this world to the shining Golden Land it once was, you must defeat the thief and reclaim the Triforce! Until then...I remain a fool in the shape of a tree...doomed never to leave the Dark World..." (A Link to the Past (Nintendo Power), pg. 10,11)
↑"Welcome, Link... I am the Essence of the Triforce. [...] You have totally destroyed Ganon. The Triforce is waiting for a new master. Its Golden Power is in your hands--touch it with a wish in your heart." (A Link to the Past (Nintendo Power), pg. 8)
↑"Following Ganon's defeat, the Dark World vanished, releasing many who had been trapped there in monstrous form. The longed-for peace once again returned to Hyrule." (A Link to the Past (Nintendo Power), pg. 12)
↑"Be sure to look for the special Triforce Map in each area you conquer." — Link (The Faces of Evil)
↑"Each of the areas of Koridai has two Triforces — one near the point at which you begin and one hidden deep inside." (The Faces of Evil manual, pg. 6)
↑"Don't worry Zelda, the Triforce of Wisdom promises the King will safely return." — Impa (The Wand of Gamelon)
↑"Deep in the forests, far from mortal eyes, a great sorceress watched over the balance of the Triforce." — Narrator (Hyrule Warriors)
↑"And while the sorceress was preoccupied, a fragment of darkness, locked in its prison, saw an opportunity. The whispering darkness wormed its way into her heart. It pushed the light away and warped her curiosity into a desperate desire to possess the legendary hero's soul. Of course, this evil had its own desires... To use the Triforce to resurrect itself and conquer Hyrule once again." — Narrator (Hyrule Warriors)
↑"The Triforce of Wisdom was the birthright of the royal family of Hyrule... yet Sheik bore it when Cia attacked." — Narrator (Hyrule Warriors)
↑"Once Cia possessed all the pieces of the Triforce... she used its incredible power to bend time and space and open doorways through the ages." — Narrator (Hyrule Warriors)