Prince Richard is a character in the Japan-only Game Boy game For the Frog the Bell Tolls. He is the prince of the Custard Kingdom and a childhood friend to the Prince of the Sablé Kingdom with whom he competes in about everything. His role in the game is as a rival to the player, who is traveling towards the same goal.

Character Description

Despite being the same age as his rival, Richard seems to be more mature in several ways. He is responsible for at least a part of the army, and is treated as a leader rather than a prince in training by the people surrounding him. He also isn't struggling as much in developing as a person. Prince Richard is the fashionable of the two, and often considered cool. This not only refers to his looks, but also his personality. He is slightly cocky, if only towards the Prince of Sablé, shrewd, and competitive. Never would he miss a chance to show his rival who is the stronger prince. Prince Sablé however, only sees him as a stubborn and self-conceited know-it-all.

His rivalry with the Prince of Sablé originates from them being equals in about everything; looks, intelligence, and even age. Richard is however far superior in fencing, where he never once have been defeated. He loves to tease Prince Sablé for this, as it is the one area where one of them stands out.

Prince Richard Frog

Richard in his frog form.


Just like the Sablé Prince, Richard learns the ability to transform into a frog during his adventure. It allows him to swim to pass though water, jump higher, and communicate with other frogs, which is of great help to find his way through the land. Unlike his rival however, he doesn't seem to learn to transform into a snake, giving him an disadvantage in their competitive quest.


For the Frog the Bell Tolls

When the game begins Prince Richard is practicing fencing with Prince Sablé at the Custard Kingdom's fencing ground. Just as he is about to score yet another win, they are interrupted by the message that their allies, the Mille-Feuille Kingdom, has been invaded by the Geronians. As the Princess Tiramisu's beauty is said to be unmatched, both princes realizes the opportunity to be heroes and win her heart. Prince Richard immediately prepares his army and orders for a ship to be made available. The Prince of Sablé attempts to follow onto the ship, but Prince Richard wants to make sure he is unrivaled in the quest, and kicks him of. Prince Sablé knowing that time is scarce, searches the harbor and ends up buying a ship to follow Prince Richard, setting up for the biggest competition between the two yet.

Other appearances

Prince Richard has made a single appearance out of his game as a minor character in The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening. He used to live in the Kanalet Castle at Koholint Island but was chased of when his servants went berserk. He moved to his villa on the island, and when Link finds him there, he is asked to recover Richard's five Golden Leaves which were forgotten in the castle.

He also appears in Smash Bros Ultimate as a spirit.

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