The Legend of Zelda series might focus very heavily on its silent protagonist, Link, and the franchise's namesake, Princess Zelda, but that isn't to say that the rest of the supporting cast are irrelevant - far from it!
Humble beginnings and dodgy translations meant that Zelda I and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link didn't really contain all that many memorable characters but things soon changed. A Link to the Past and Link's Awakening introduced more character interactions that were essential to moving the plot forward.
Any Zelda fan worth their rupees will know that Link's companions, his friends and even some of his enemies contribute to the experiences just as much as the hero himself. At times, maybe a little bit more, given pretty much all of the people around Link have mastered the art of speaking.
Obviously, if we're looking at the most beloved supporting characters in the franchise, some deserving characters will be sacrificed if they're a little bit annoying, a smidgen disruptive or somewhat controversial.
As such, the likes of Kaepora Gaebora and his infuriating speeches, Sahasrahla and his decline in popularity and Talon with his tendency to fall asleep right in the player's way won't be appearing.