The time has finally come. Brace yourself Ganon, for the STING OF MY REVENGE!!
~ Revali opens fire upon Calamity Ganon

Revali is a character in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. He is a member of the Rito tribe and a major character in the game and returns in Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity.

He is voiced by Noboru Yamaguchi in the Japanese version, and by Sean Chiplock in the English version.

Personality

Revali is very prideful in his abilities and also has an arrogant side to him, as he believes himself superior to Link. In spite of his pride, he harbors envious feelings towards Link (believing himself to be a worthier Hero than the Hylian). He comes across as rather flamboyant and over dramatic in his speeches, though he means well. It is said that Revali is actually insecure about himself and his abilities and he went to extreme lengths to improve himself, often getting himself hurt in doing so. Revali's Diary revealed that he had been praised by the local villagers and looked up to by Rito children so much that he pushed himself to do better, but it also put him under a lot of stress, becoming dependent on the praise of other people to feel better about himself. His conceited and arrogant behavior is used to cover his true feelings.

Like the other champions, Revali is completely devoted to his goal of stopping the Calamity Ganon. This determination proves that despite his vanity, he'll set it aside in light of a bigger picture.

Revali does have some sense of gratitude, swallowing his pride and commends Link for freeing his soul (while at the same time retaining his arrogance by attributing it to the Hylian's luck rather than his skill, but still, nonetheless, expressing some begrudging respect for the Hylian).

Revali is shown to be extremely protective of his village and cares deeply about the fellow villagers as shown in Age of Calamity, showing no tolerance to anyone who would dare endanger it, after a fierce battle against the corrupted Terrako of the past. This, however, clouded his better judgment at one point, and it ended up creating a major misunderstanding as he and the Rito Warriors mistook the Terrako traveling with Link and company for the one that attacked his village.

While not very obvious, Revali does show that he has a soft spot in his heart for his friends at various points, which can be seen when Purah sees Mipha looking anxious when they were getting their picture taken, Revali looks over at her as though he was concerned, and smiles when she relaxed. When paired with a warrior in Age of Calamity, he’ll sometimes compliment and admire them and their skills. After Terrako was severely damaged after Link and Princess Zelda were forced to fight it, due to it being possessed by Malice, Revali looks on with the other warriors in silent sadness, as he genuinely felt sorry for Terrako and Princess Zelda, who lost her childhood companion. When Link is about to deliver the final blow to Calamity Ganon, he tells him, “Don’t screw this up!” which was his way of encouraging him, indicating that he respected Link and implied to have grown some faith in the Hylian warrior, despite his earlier resentment towards him. He also became very happy when Terrako was rebuilt and reunited with Zelda. During the credits scenes, following Terrako’s restoration, Terrako visits Revali at his village, where the latter strokes the Guardian and lets it ride on his back as he flies, and later joins his friends, who had took part in the war against Ganon, in a group hug at Hyrule Castle.

Biography

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Revali lived in the Rito village with the other members of his race. He was then chosen by King Rhoam and Princess Zelda to become the Rito Champion and pilot the Divine Beast Vah Medoh (in which he was able to control with relative ease). Despite the honor of fighting alongside the other champion's, Revali in particular wanted to be the main hero and not Link; feeling that being a supporting fighter wasn't suited for him, and often looked down on Link out of envy and resentment. Sadly, he was killed by the Windblight Ganon and his spirit remained trapped inside the corrupted Beast for 100 years. Revali was freed after Link slays the demon inside the machine, he gives Link the use of his ability: Revali's Gale as thanks. When Link reaches the Hyrule Castle's Sanctum, Princess Zelda's power is exhausted, and Calamity Ganon is released. If Revali is freed, he sees the opportunity and tells Ganon to brace himself for his vengeance as he opens fire on the beast along with the other released Champions, weakening it.

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

In Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, which takes place 100 years before Breath of the Wild, just before Calamity Ganon launched his attack, a small Guardian named Terrako that traveled into the past to warn the past versions of Zelda, Link, and the Champions of Calamity Ganon's impending attack gives them time to muster their forces for when he arrives. Revali is defending Rito Village with his troops following an attack by that timeline's Terrako, infected with the Malice that followed the future Terrako into the past, turning it into the Harbinger Ganon, when Link shows up, but believing the Terrako with him to be Harbinger Ganon returning for another assault, Revali attacks him with his Rito warriors, swearing that they will not threaten Rito Village so long as he lives and breathes. Just as he's about to fire a fatal shot at Link's back thanks to some skill with his bomb arrows, Zelda intervenes, her shouting for Revali and Link to stop fighting making Revali hesitate to fire just long enough for Link to deflect the shot just in time with his sword. After being told of the situation, he agrees to pilot Vah Medoh against Calamity Ganon, but still maintains some boasting over Link, thinking he's better than him, though somewhat taken aback when Terrako says it is a knight to Zelda as well, before scoffing it off. Revali continues his lack of faith in Link, such as when they head to Korok Forest, even taunting Link about failing and being called "the fallen knight", much to Urbosa's annoyance as she chastises him for his gloating before he summons Vah Medoh to help clear out the enemy resistance, including Hinox, Lynel, and enemy outposts, before giving the all-clear to head into the forest proper. However, while there, after helping the giant Korok Hestu with getting past the monsters infesting the forest, along with the mysterious appearance of Malice when the Calamity hasn't awoken yet, Link and Zelda are attacked by Astor with Malice-born copies of Revali and the other Champions, known as Hollows, who manage to overpower Link and break his standard-issued sword from the Hyrulean Army. They nearly kill Zelda before being dispelled by the light of the Master Sword before Link draws it from its pedestal and forces Astor into retreat when Astor realizes the Master Sword is too powerful for him to face at this point. After meeting with the Great Deku Tree and returning to Castle Town, despite some interference on the road from more of Ganon's monsters, Revali is officially given his Champion of Hyrule attire. Terrako begins teasing Impa and made her chase it around and they ended up running circles around Revali, irritating him and caused him to fly away, angrily grumbling "How asinine!" in response to their behavior. He then returns to Rito Village to prepare Vah Medoh for the inevitable. In the meantime, with the arrival of the Great Calamity looming closer, King Rhoam orders Castle Town and the surrounding communities evacuated of civilians to prevent collateral damage when Calamity Ganon arrives and takes over the Guardians to unleash mass destruction on everything and everyone. The soldiers evacuated as well are transferred to Akkala Citadel and Fort Hateno to reinforce the garrisons there. If those two bases are lost to Ganon's forces, Hyrule will fall as well.

All yours, Master Revali!
Some payback is in order!
~ Teba and Revali face down Windblight Ganon

Soon, Calamity Ganon arrives as foretold, starting with Yiga Clan members infiltrating the lab where Robbie and Purah were working on the Sheikah Slate and Terrako, holding them and their staff at blade-point. However, Purah is able to give the Sheikah Slate to Terrako and he flees with it to Zelda, Impa, and Link, before Calamity Ganon's seal is broken and the creature of Malice and evil incarnate engulfs Hyrule Castle. Revali is back at the Sheikah tower near Rito Village when he sees the warp panel flickering and realizes the castle has fallen, and immediately realizes the towers are next before they are powered down, cutting Revali off from the other Champions, leaving him to fend for himself. King Rhoam and his Royal Knights are forced to stay behind and be presumably killed by the corrupted Guardians as Link and Impa grab Zelda and flee for their lives. Meanwhile, Revali is attacked inside Vah Medoh by Windblight Ganon, unable to make an effective attack on the stronger Blight Ganon as it seems to outsmart him at every turn, even nicking him on the wing with one shot that grazes him, though he considers it just a scratch. Before he is slain like in the original timeline, Terrako, in Zelda's grief and guilt, is able to summon Teba from 100 years in the future in Breath of the Wild to arrive just in time to save Revali from Windblight Ganon, throwing off the Blight Ganon's aim as it prepared the surekill shot at Revali by shooting several arrows at one of its arms, breaking its concentration from the sudden sneak attack from the flank, and then distracting it to give Revali a chance to get some payback, but the Blight Ganon is able to intercept Revali's bomb arrows at the last second. However, Teba's support to Revali buys time until Link arrives to force Windblight Ganon into retreat for the moment, keeping Vah Medoh under Revali's control and saving his life in the process. With Revali and Teba piloting Vah Medoh together, they take a moment to finally slay Windblight Ganon when it returns for a second round, and joined by the other Champions and their future counterparts in the other Divine Beasts, they launch their counterattack against the corrupted Guardians and monsters to protect Akkala Citadel and Fort Hateno from them and save many Hyrulean Soldiers' lives in the process, with Teba shooting any Guardian Skywatchers targeting Revali, and Revali returning the favor taking out the Skywatchers pursuing Teba, before then attacking Hyrule Field to assist Riju and Urbosa with clearing the way to Hyrule Castle alongside the other Divine Beasts and their still-living Champions. Purah is able to activate a failsafe that wipes out most of the corrupted Guardian automatons in a single stroke when they concentrate their efforts on Fort Hateno, resulting in Calamity Ganon losing the main part of its army that it razed Hyrule with in the Breath of the Wild timeline, leaving only a few of them left to reinforce his monsters, giving Hyrule the advantage. With Zelda taking command of the survivors after awakening her powers granted to her by Hylia and the Triforce, they defend the Great Plateau with a reformed Master Kohga and his Yiga Clan, where Zelda discovers that her father, King Rhoam, and his Royal Knights are still alive thanks to the Ancient Guardian Shield she had given him earlier, which protected them from the Guardians' laser attacks and stunned them, buying the King and his men time to withdraw back to the Great Plateau before the automatons recovered. With Purah's help in using the restored Sheikah towers' teleportation ability, they are able to soon unite the Gerudo, Rito, Zora, Gorons, and Yiga Clan Sheikah together as a united allied force, and under Zelda's leadership with a still-living King Rhoam and his Hyrulean Soldiers joining their cause, they launch the full-scale assault to take back Hyrule Castle from Calamity Ganon. After defeating his Harbinger in that timeline's Terrako that had been corrupted by Calamity Ganon's Malice when it followed the future Terrako back in time, Calamity Ganon uses Astor as his conduit to assume a physical, and more human-like, form to fight the Champions, Zelda, and Link with. In the end, Terrako sacrifices himself to weaken Calamity Ganon enough for Link to deliver the finishing blow with the Master Sword and allow Zelda to seal Calamity Ganon away once and for all. With Calamity Ganon gone, Teba and the other future Champions are returned to their time period by the residual energy from the ancient screw left from Terrako's sacrifice, and with himself and the other Champions still alive, Revali and the others are happy to see their future looking bright, especially after they are able to rebuild Terrako and reunite him with Zelda once more.

Other Media

Super Smash Bros.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Revali appears as an advanced-ranked support spirit who increases the user's shooting attacks. His spirit battle is a stamina battle against Falco on the battlefield form of Skyloft with high winds in effect.

Powers and Abilities

Revali is able to fly like the other members of his race. He is also a talented archer, his weapon of choice is the Great Eagle Bow, that he uses with superb dexterity, in conjunction with his ability to fly.

The skill that he bestows to Link is the Revali's Gale - this ability allows Link to summon a temporary updraft, that'll send him vertically high into the air.

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Trivia

  • Revali's special ability: Revali's Gale takes about six-minutes to recharge, making it the shortest cooldown period out of any of the other Champion's power. If Revali's Gale is upgraded, the cooldown time is cut to two minutes time; this can only be unlocked if the "Revali's Song Sidequest" part of the EX Champions' Ballad is completed.
  • Revali's techniques had inspired male Rito to train their sons in the art of archery.
  • None of the Rito other than Revali (and eventually Link) had been able to wield the Great Eagle Bow. This implies that Revali had incredible strength, in spite of his slender figure. Link demonstrates this too.
  • Revali looks strangely like Falco Lombardi from the Star Fox series.
  • Alongside Princess Zelda, he also misunderstood Link mainly because of Link's silence; At first, he wanted to befriend Link and did what he could to impress him, but Link's silence and lack of reaction made Revali misinterpret this as arrogance, similar to how Princess Zelda thought that Link's behavior meant that he despised her. In both cases, they were unaware that Link's silence comes from having to bear the burden of his chosen hero title at the time.

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