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This article is about the enemy type. For thieves in general, see Category:Thieves.
Thief ALttP sprite.png
First appearance The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Latest appearance The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures
Variant of Human
Shady Guy

Thieves are human enemies that try to steal treasure from Link by bumping into him, which knocks the treasure everywhere for them to pick up.


The Legend of Zelda series[edit]

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past[edit]

In The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, thieves are recognizable by their long, olive-colored hair and angry faces, and appear only in the Lost Woods. They can be knocked back or stunned by any of Link's weapons but cannot be defeated, nor can they damage Link when they scatter his Rupees. A friendly thief with red hair can be found and spoken to in a tunnel under a hollow tree stump, which is said to be their secret hideout, and tells Link one of their members is said to be staying near the entrance to the Desert. A yellow-haired thief operates a treasure chest minigame. They seem to be part of a group formerly led by Blind the Thief. In the dark world, their counterpart is the Pick, which appears in the Village of Outcasts.

The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures[edit]

In The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures, thieves appear in the corrupted Kakariko Village, where they now steal Force Gems, but otherwise act the same. Now when they are stunned, they can be picked up and thrown, which must be done to get all of them into a pen. Most of them can be recognized by their red bandanas, causing them to somewhat resemble Jim of the Bombers. Three, however, look like normal townsfolk, being a young girl, an adult, and an old man. Once all of them are captured, the person inside the nearby house takes down his fences so the Links can continue. Additionally, Tingle complains of a thief stealing his Force Gems in Tingle Times: Volume 6, which is located at the entrance to the village.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds[edit]

Thieves as enemies do not appear in The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. However, the Shady Guy's design seems to be inspired by that of the thieves in A Link to the Past, due to having similar hair and features. His counterpart, the Thief Girl, wears a mask of the Pick once she escapes the Thieves' Hideout, referencing how they were the thieves' counterpart.

BS Zelda no Densetsu Inishie no Sekiban[edit]

In BS Zelda no Densetsu Inishie no Sekiban, a new type of thief has dull red hair and appears in dungeons to sell item upgrades. Another of these is in charge of the Shooting Gallery minigame, replacing the Ghostly Proprietor. Yellow-haired thieves appear in caves and tell Link things, similar to in A Link to the Past. Sometimes, they give Link large quantities of Rupees, akin to Secret Molblins.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese とうぞく