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Heroine Overview

I've been keeping watch over you all this time… I've witnessed your struggles to return to us, as well as your trials in battle. I always thought… no, I always believed… that you would find a way to defeat Ganon. I never lost faith in you over these many years… Thank you, Link… the Hero of Hyrule. May I ask… Do you really remember me?
~ Zelda thanking Link for saving her kingdom in the end of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
And the other, who holds the Triforce of Wisdom… is the seventh Sage, who is destined to be the leader of them all… it is I, the Princess of Hyrule, Zelda. I apologize for meeting you in disguise, but it was necessary to hide from the king of evil. Please forgive me…
~ Zelda revealing herself to Link in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
Stow your fear. It's now or never!
~ Zelda in the opening of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: World of Light.

Princess Zelda, or just Zelda, is the titular deuteragonist of The Legend of Zelda franchise.

Zelda, is the name for several female members of Hyrule's Royal Family who play an integral role in the history of Hyrule. Though each is the titular heroine of The Legend of Zelda series, the actual player character is Zelda's respective Link.

Princess Zelda is not one individual, rather multiple individuals born into the Royal Family of Hyrule in The Legend of Zelda series. An almost completely unique incarnation of Zelda or one of her alter-egos has always been one of the central characters in the series. Each one varying in age and appearance, although nearly all incarnations take the form of a beautiful woman or girl with long hair (usually blonde).

Most incarnations of Princess Zelda are portrayed as the possessor of the Triforce of Wisdom, and many also possess several magical abilities, such as telepathy, shapeshifting, and the ability to conjure powerful magical blasts. She is the archenemy of Ganondorf and is often kidnapped by him or battles against him and gives aid to Link.

Appearance

Princess Zelda is not one individual, but rather the name was given to females within the Royal Family of Hyrule. Except for two games, an incarnation of Zelda or one of her alter egos has always been one of the central characters in the series.

In most incarnations, Princess Zelda is often shown as a beautiful and elegant princess (either as a child, teen or young adult) with the notable exception of Skyward Sword, where she is depicted as a commoner girl.

Her hair is usually long and blonde, although in early games, she is depicted as having red hair (due to pixel limitations), and in Twilight Princess, she is depicted as being a brunette, and is usually loose or tied into a braid. Princess Zelda almost always wears a long, pink and white dress that always displays the Hyrulian Crest on it, as well as a tiara to show her title of royalty.

In most games, she wears high heels, but in Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword, she wears boots, and in more recent incarnations (such as Breath of the Wild and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate), wears sandals.

As Sheik, she appears to be masculine looking with blonde hair tied into a braid with a white turban and red eyes. She wears a bandage wrap around her and body and wears a blue suit with her mouth covered and a red Sheikah mark on her chest.

Personality

Zelda is described as kind, loyal, virtuous, and benevolent ruler who deeply cares for the people of Hyrule and will do anything to keep them safe, and is not afraid to come to their assistance whenever they need help. Zelda's wisdom is also extraordinary, as her decisions often reflect upon the wisest decisions to help the Kingdom she rightfully rules. Also, Zelda is known to be a forgiving individual, even to those who have previously and regularly harmed or threatened to kill her (such as Ganondorf). Even on the rare moments she has insecurities and feels envious as she can't do that Link does, she usually keeps her feelings to herself and regrets it when she lashes out at him.

Power and Abilities

Princess Zelda is shown to possess several magical powers. Zelda is capable of using magic to conjure a bow as a weapon. She is also capable of using telepathy to speak to individuals mentally and assist them. Zelda can use her magical powers to fire magical blasts as a form of defense and can teleport from one place to another. In many of her incarnations, Zelda can transform her appearance as a form of disguise, such examples include Shiek and Tetra.

As Sheik, she can only use one weapon: the Goddess Harp. She also packs lots of Kunai as well. The Goddess Harp allows Sheik to play the various Ocarina of Time songs to utilize various elemental attacks, yet the weapon deals damage of the Lightning element only, which is also the Goddess Harp's element.

As a ghost, Zelda isn't limited to just using magic to get things done unlike most ghosts in the series, but can possess enemies, even if she is limited to just Phantoms. She's also the only one who isn't actually dead.

Audio

Vocals

Zelda performing Nayru's Love. (Jun Mizusawa, 2008) Zelda laughs casually. (Ayumi Fujimura, 2018)

Theme

As Zelda

  • A Link to the Past

  • Ocarina of Time

  • Majora's Mask

  • The Wind Waker

  • The Phantom Hourglass

  • Twilight Princess

  • Spirit Tracks
    • Mortal

    • Ghost

  • Skyward Sword

  • A Link Between Worlds

  • Hyrule Warriors

  • Breath of the Wild

  • Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

As Sheik

Quotes

I've been waiting for you, Hero of Time... When evil rules all, an awakening voice from the Sacred Realm will call those destined to be Sages, who dwell in the five temples. One in a deep forest... one on a high mountain... one under a vast lake... one within the house of the dead... one inside a goddess of the sand... Together with the Hero of Time, the awakened ones will bind the evil and return the light of peace to the world. This is the legend of the temples passed down by my people, the Sheikah. I am Sheik. Survivor of the Sheikahs...
~ Zelda when she introduces herself in her Sheik persona in Ocarina of Time.


Wow. What's with that get-up? Well, whatever. So where am I...?
~ Tetra, the Wind Waker generation Tetra, meets Link


If there really is sacred power in my body, please let it hear me. Tetra! Please give me your blessing!
~ Ghost Zelda during Spirit Tracks

Trivia

  • Besides the Princess Zelda's that appear in the games, the backstory to some of the games feature additional unnamed Princesses of Hyrule who have a similar appearance to Princess Zelda.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is the only game in the entire series where Zelda is not a princess, but rather a childhood friend to Link.
  • Although they have yet to be individually named like Link's swords, Princess Zelda has been seen possessing or wielding a blade of her own. In the promotional pictures for Twilight Princess, Princess Zelda is seen in possession of a sword and she indeed wields it against Link when she becomes possessed by Ganondorf, although not in hand-to-hand combat. In a scene where Zelda's Knights fell to Zant's Shadow Beasts, the blade was in her hand, seemingly as a status symbol or for imagery.
  • Princess Zelda is also featured in other media, including comics based on the games, animated shows, and the Super Smash Bros. series. In some of her appearances, she is depicted as a brave, proud, and self-reliant fighter who is proficient in archery and horseback riding, such as in the Legend of Zelda comic and the animated series. As with the games, she is the protector of the Triforce of Wisdom.
  • Shigeru Miyamoto has stated that the name Princess Zelda originated from Zelda Fitzgerald, the wife of acclaimed author, F. Scott Fitzgerald.
  • Hyrule Historia depicts an unused alternate Zelda design from A Link to the Past that gives her a fox-like appearance. It seems it was a possible Dark World form for her, similar to Bunny Link.
  • Through Gameshark or Action Replay cheat codes, it is possible to make Princess Zelda appear in Clock Town.
  • Over the years, Princess Zelda has garnered negative criticism regarding her portrayal as a character. Many fans and critics criticism range from "having little personality in most of the respected titles, having little to no screen time for her main status character and being a total joke in combat". These criticisms have lead Zelda to become quite hated over recent years. She also is very infamous and hated in the Super Smash Bros series too for her constant status as being known as "the worst character in the game, she's a total joke." Her Sheik and Tetra alter-egos, however, have been praised.
  • Recent Zelda games have depicted Link and Zelda's relationship as more than hero and damsel in distress:
    • Skyward Sword - shows their relationship to be platonic, which dates back to their childhood, and she was swept up by Ghirahim before presumably confessing her feelings for him.
    • Breath of the Wild (at least in most of the memory cutscenes) - shows them as travelling companions on a journey to activate the Divine Beasts and advert the return of the Calamity Ganon, with Link being her sole guardian along the way.
  • According to Breath of the Wild, her favorite food is fruitcake.
  • In Breath of the Wild, Zelda had not long turned 17 years old when the second Great Calamity began.
  • Biologically, the oldest version of Zelda is in Twilight Princess where she is 20, though Zelda is 117 in Breath of the Wild.
  • American actor Robin Williams named his daughter Zelda due to his love of the Zelda video games.

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