Video game character
Promotional artwork of Zelda, as she appears in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
|Last appearance||The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD (2021)|
|Created by||Shigeru Miyamoto|
|Based on||Zelda Fitzgerald (name)|
|Portrayed by||Diane Burns, Annie Ward (Zelda's Adventure)|
|Title||Princess of Hyrule|
|Affiliation||Royal Family of Hyrule|
|Weapon||Bow of Light|
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Princess Zelda[c] is the titular character in Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda video game series. She was created by Shigeru Miyamoto and introduced in the original 1986 game The Legend of Zelda. She appears in several incarnations throughout the series, generally as a member of Hyrule's royal family, an associate of the protagonist Link and bearer of the Triforce of Wisdom. She also appeared as a playable character in the Super Smash Bros. series.
Though she is the eponymous character, Zelda's story role is often that of a damsel in distress or donor who assists Link. In many games, Zelda is captured by the antagonist Ganon, necessitating Link to come to her rescue. In several games she is one of the Sages or Champions whose heroism is essential to defeating Ganon; in others, like Ocarina of Time and The Wind Waker, she adopts alternative personas to take a more active role in the story. In Skyward Sword, she is established as the reincarnation of the goddess Hylia, reborn throughout history alongside her protector, Link.
Concept and design
According to Shigeru Miyamoto, co-creator of The Legend of Zelda series, Princess Zelda's name was inspired by that of Zelda Fitzgerald, an American novelist, dancer, and socialite, as well as the wife of fellow novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald. Miyamoto explains, "[Fitzgerald] was a famous and beautiful woman from all accounts, and I liked the sound of her name. So I took the liberty of using her name for the very first Zelda title."
As with Link, there are multiple incarnations of Princess Zelda in the series, who vary in age, appearance, and disposition. Zelda generally has blonde or brown hair and blue gray eyes; she is often depicted wearing a royal dress and jewelry. She is associated with the goddesses Hylia and Nayru, as well as with the Triforce of Wisdom. Most iterations of Zelda also have magical powers, such as teleportation, telepathy, precognition, and the ability to create or undo barriers and seals.
During the development of Twilight Princess, illustrator Yusuke Nakano tried to portray Zelda "as if she's wondering about something". He drew illustrations of Zelda with feelings of "hopelessness and anxiousness" and tried to avoid associating her and Link with "gloom and doom".
In Spirit Tracks, Zelda actively adventures alongside Link in spirit form, in sharp contrast to her damsel in distress role in some earlier installments in the series.Eiji Aonuma, the series' longtime manager and producer, explained that Zelda's stronger character in this game reflected the desires of fans and developers alike: A survey conducted in the United States signified consumers preferred more independent female characters, including Zelda's alter-egos Sheik (from Ocarina of Time) and Tetra (from The Wind Waker and Phantom Hourglass). Daiki Iwamoto, the director of Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks, also expressed an interest in making Zelda "a more integral part of the game" when development of the latter title began.
For the release of Breath of the Wild in 2017, a variety of concept art was considered for Zelda's character design. Director Hidemaro Fujibayashi explained, "The planners started by thinking about what kind of person Zelda is, and why she's in a position that makes us want to save her." Alongside various dress designs, Zelda's image was updated to include outfits that showed her ready for combat, including a blue blouse and pants that complemented Link's primary outfit.
The Legend of Zelda
Princess Zelda appears in most of The Legend of Zelda games, often as a central focus or as a supporting donor of Link's quests. Just as Link is associated with the Triforce of Courage, Princess Zelda is associated with the Triforce of Wisdom. To date[update], she has appeared directly in every game except Link's Awakening (1993); Majora's Mask (2000), in which she only appears in a flashback; and Tri Force Heroes (2015), in which a doppelgänger named Styla appears.
In her first appearance in the original The Legend of Zelda (1986), she is kidnapped by Ganon, the series' main antagonist, who seeks to steal the Triforce of Wisdom from her. However, before he is able to capture her, she divides the Triforce of Wisdom into eight pieces and hides the pieces across the land. She is eventually rescued by Link, and the two of them reunite the Triforces of Wisdom and Power (the latter reclaimed from Ganon upon his death).
Another incarnation appears in the sequel, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (1987). This Zelda has been put into an eternal slumber until Link breaks the curse. According to the in-game legend, Zelda has been under a curse so long that it is in her honor that the Hylian royal family maintains a tradition of naming all its princesses after her. This is the first game showing a relationship between the two, as they can be seen kissing at the end of the game.
In A Link to the Past (1991), Zelda is one of seven maidens descended from the seven sages during the Imprisoning War. She is kidnapped and about to be sent to the Dark World, as the other maidens have been. On the night of her capture, she appears to Link telepathically, imploring him to help her. Though rescued by Link, she is eventually sent to the Dark World. She and the six other maidens, after being rescued, assist Link in breaking the seal on Ganon's tower so that the hero may confront the villain.
In Ocarina of Time (1998), Zelda first appears as a child. Suspicious of the Gerudo King Ganondorf, she charges Link with the task of collecting the three spiritual stones to open the door to the Sacred Realm and obtain the Master Sword and Triforce before Ganondorf does. Just before Link pulls the Master Sword from its pedestal, Ganondorf reveals his wicked intentions and Zelda flees Hyrule Castle with her guardian Impa before he can capture either of them. Still in hiding seven years later, she poses as a young Sheikah named Sheik. In this disguise, she offers Link advice and assistance throughout the remainder of his quest until revealing her true identity and being captured by Ganondorf. After Link rescues her, Zelda works with him to escape the collapsing castle, guiding him and using her powers to open sealed gates. When Link defeats the resurrected Ganon, she and the other six sages are able to seal Ganon away in the Sacred Realm. After this, she sends Link back to his own time, seven years earlier.
In Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages (2001), the Princess, sensing danger in the lands of Holodrum and Labrynna, sends her handmaiden Impa to protect Din, the Oracle of Seasons, and Nayru, the Oracle of Ages. In the full linked game, Zelda eventually comes to personally encourage the people of Holodrum or Labrynna and to help defend against her growing sense of foreboding. She is quickly captured, and Link must rescue her. She thereafter spends time in and around Horon Village (Holodrum) or Lynna City (Labrynna) with Impa, until she is captured by Twinrova. They take the princess to a hidden realm, and it is revealed that they plan to sacrifice her in order to ignite the Flame of Despair and resurrect Ganon once again. Though they are partially successful, Link interrupts them before they can drain Zelda's life force, and so she lives. Link defeats both Twinrova and Ganon, and peace is restored to the land.
In Four Swords (2002), Princess Zelda takes Link to the Four Sword Sanctuary, which seals the evil sorcerer Vaati. Sensing that the seal's power is diminishing, she tries to inspect it, but is captured by Vaati, who had already escaped and takes her to his Palace of Winds to marry her. She is again rescued by Link with the power of the Four Sword.
The Zelda character in The Wind Waker (2002) is unaware of her royal identity, living instead as the pirate captain named Tetra. She first appears in the clutches of a giant bird called the Helmaroc King, though she struggles and is dropped at the top of Link's home island of Outset. She then agrees to help Link rescue his younger sister Aryll, whom the Helmaroc King has subsequently captured. She also decides to help Link confront Ganon at the Forbidden Fortress, but they are unsuccessful in defeating him. At this point, Ganon discovers Tetra's true identity as Zelda, but is attacked by the dragon Valoo and two Rito warriors before he is able to capture her. Her true identity disclosed, it is determined safest for Zelda to stay in Hyrule Castle. She is protected there for a time, but Ganon eventually invades and takes her to his Tower, also in Ancient Hyrule. She then assists Link in his final battle against Ganon, using his bow to fire arrows of light. After Ganon's defeat, Tetra and Link set out with her crew to seek new lands. This incarnation is unique in that she continues to live by and identify with her non-royal persona rather than as Princess Zelda.
In Four Swords Adventures (2004), Zelda is once more kidnapped by Vaati. After Link rescues her, it is revealed that Ganon is behind the capture and breaking Vaati's seal. She and the four Links defeat Ganon and escape from Vaati's tower, and she later reunites the four of them.
In The Minish Cap (2004), Zelda is turned to stone by Vaati until Link reverses the spell.
Twilight Princess (2006) marks the first time the Princess Zelda is depicted as the reigning head of state, though she retains the title of princess. Her throne has been surrendered, however, to the Twilight King Zant to save her people from a war with Zant's superior forces. She is imprisoned in a tower in Hyrule Castle and is uniquely unaffected by the Twilight Realm's magic. It is here that she meets Link, transformed into a wolf by the Twilight Realm's power, and his companion Midna. She later gives up her power to heal Midna, temporarily losing her physical form in the process. Towards the end of the game, she is possessed by Ganondorf and in turn purged by Midna. As Ganondorf charges Link and Zelda, the princess summons the Light Spirits of Hyrule, who grant her the Light Arrows to assist Link in part of his final battle.
During the events of Phantom Hourglass (2007), Tetra is turned to stone and kidnapped by a Ghost Ship during their search and is again restored by Link's efforts.
Another incarnation, the granddaughter of Tetra, appears in Spirit Tracks (2009), taking place one hundred years after Phantom Hourglass. She decides to accompany Link, a railroad engineer, to investigate the disappearance of the railroad tracks called "Spirit Tracks" that serve as chains locking up an evil force. She is attacked by Chancellor Cole, who hopes to utilize this evil, and her spirit is separated from her body, with Link being the only one who can see her. In her spirit form, she is able to possess Phantom Knights in order to help Link restore the Spirit Tracks, though Link must also help clear her path by eliminating rats (due to her musophobia). This game is the second to show any kind of romantic relationship between her and Link, with them holding hands after the defeat of the final boss.
Though not a princess in Skyward Sword (2011), the first Zelda is the reincarnation of the goddess Hylia and the ancestor of the Hylian Royal Family. Zelda is a close childhood friend to Link who grew up with him in Skyloft, having feelings for him. Spirited away in a tornado conjured by the demon lord Ghirahim, Zelda meets the Sheikah Impa who serves as her protector while having her under the means of purifying herself to achieve her destiny. Revealed to be an incarnation of the goddess Hylia, she is captured by Ghirahim to undo the seal on Demise. Luckily, Link saves Zelda's life as Demise is defeated. Soon after returning to Skyloft, Zelda admits to Link that she wishes to live on the surface and Link presumably stays with her.
In A Link Between Worlds (2013), Zelda entrusts the Pendant of Courage to Link when the sorcerer Yuga begins capturing the descendants of the Seven Sages. After obtaining the remaining two pendants and drawing the Master Sword, Link pursues Yuga but is made to watch when he turns Zelda into a painting and casts her into the dying world of Lorule. Pursuing them to Lorule, Link is nearly destroyed by Yuga when he uses the Sages to revive Ganon and steal his Triforce of Power, but he is saved when Zelda's Lorule counterpart Princess Hilda binds Yuga. On Hilda's suggestion, Link rescues the Sages and is given the Triforce of Courage, then returns to Hilda only to see her taking Zelda's Triforce of Wisdom. She reveals that everything that had happened in Hyrule was intentionally designed to gather the Triforce so that Hilda can steal it and use its magic to restore Lorule. Hilda orders Yuga to take Link's Triforce of Courage, but Yuga betrays Hilda and turns her into a painting alongside Zelda. After Yuga's death, Zelda and Hilda are returned to normal, but Hilda refuses to accept defeat until Link's own Lorule counterpart Ravio convinces her that she has no right to rob Hyrule of its Triforce. Taking pity on Hilda, Zelda and Link use their Triforce to restore Lorule's own, allowing Hilda's kingdom to flourish once again.
In the backstory of Breath of the Wild (2017), Zelda tries to awaken her sacred power but has great difficulty in doing so. This is especially worrisome as Ganon's prophesied return is imminent; she is thus seen as a failure. She finds the training and rituals needed to awaken her power fruitless, instead preferring to research ancient Sheikah relics, much to her father's frustration. When Link was appointed as Zelda's personal knight, her insecurities in regards to her inability to awaken her powers came to the surface, resulting in her lashing out at him out of jealousy due to his apparent success in fulfilling his destiny. However, after Link saved Zelda's life, she realized that it was wrong of her to take her frustrations out on him, and tried to befriend him thereafter. Ganon returns and turns the Guardians and Divine Beasts, ancient Sheikah machinery used to defeat him ten millennia previously, against the Hylians. As Link and Zelda flee the Guardians, Zelda finally awakens her sacred power when a Guardian attempts to kill Link. Link is then placed in stasis in the Shrine of Resurrection and Zelda uses her power to seal Ganon and herself in Hyrule Castle. In the game's present, a century later, Zelda awakens Link so he can destroy Ganon before he breaks free of Hyrule Castle, as her seal is weakening. After Link defeats Ganon, Zelda states that her powers are weakening because she can no longer sense the spirit of the Master Sword, but says that "I can accept that," showing that she is at peace with her personal limits. She also asks for Link's help to continue her research in order to restore the Hyrule kingdom to its former glory, and he accepts.
Zelda is featured in the three CD-i games based on The Legend of Zelda series. In Link: The Faces of Evil (1993), she is kidnapped by Ganon again and has to be rescued. In Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon (1993) and Zelda's Adventure (1994), Princess Zelda is the protagonist (both games involve Link's kidnapping). Although the games are noteworthy as the first time Zelda has been a playable character, the series is generally immensely criticized by fans and not recognized by Nintendo as canon.
Zelda is a playable character in Hyrule Warriors (2014). Her weapons include the light arrows, which have been associated with her in several previous Zelda games, a rapier, as well as the Wind Waker, the titular conductor's baton from the series' entry. The Dominion Rod from Twilight Princess is also available as downloadable content for the Wii U game and in Hyrule Warriors Legends (2016) for the Nintendo 3DS. In addition to her Hyrule Warriors incarnation, Tetra and Toon Zelda (her incarnation from Spirit Tracks) appear in Hyrule Warriors Legends (and can be added to Hyrule Warriors as downloadable content). Tetra fights primarily wielding a Cutlass and water magic-infused pistol, though like Princess Zelda can use Light Arrows during certain attacks. Toon Zelda uses her ghostly form to possess a Phantom and fights wielding its sword and shield known as Phantom Arms. In addition to her Phantom, Toon Zelda can also leave it briefly during certain attacks to unleash the power of her spirit. Tetra can be unlocked through the latter part of the main story of Hyrule Warriors Legends, while Toon Zelda appears as part of the "Phantom Hourglass & Spirit Tracks" downloadable content.
Zelda is a playable character in the Nintendo Switch game Cadence of Hyrule (2019), a crossover between Crypt of the NecroDancer and The Legend of Zelda series.
In Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity (2020), a prequel to Breath of the Wild, Princess Zelda is one of eighteen playable characters. The game tells the story of the Great Calamity that happened 100 years before Breath of the Wild.
In other media
The adult form of Zelda from Ocarina of Time also appears as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Melee (2001). She was first shown in the guise of Sheik, but it was later revealed that Sheik was one of two forms. These forms each have their own unique moves and can switch between them at will, effectively doubling her repertoire. In the game, both Zelda and Sheik are voiced by Jun Mizusawa. Zelda also appears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl (2008). Like Link, her character design is more subdued than in Super Smash Bros. Melee, and is based on her appearance in Twilight Princess. In an interview, Eiji Aonuma said that character models for Sheik, along with Ganondorf, were submitted for possible use in Brawl and Sheik was confirmed as a returning character in Brawl, again as Zelda's alternate form, despite her Sheik form not appearing in Twilight Princess (though there was some concept art of her for the game which inspired Sheik's design in Brawl). An alternate color of Zelda with an appearance similar to that of Super Smash Bros. Melee is also available. The Twilight Princess incarnation of Zelda and Sheik return in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U (2014), this time as separate characters with no ability to switch between them in mid-battle. In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Sheik's design takes some inspiration from the Sheikah Set in Breath of the Wild and Zelda is now based on her appearance in A Link Between Worlds and A Link To The Past.
Zelda's moveset focuses on powerful spells, and her special moves are based on the spells Link obtains from the Great Fairies in Ocarina of Time, Naryu's Love, Din's Fire, and Farore's Wind. When Zelda's Sheik transformation was taken away in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, her down special became the Phantom Slash, in which she summons a Phantom from the DS Zelda titles to attack the enemy (which has a pink tint to reference Zelda possessing it in Spirit Tracks). Both Zelda and Sheik have the same Final Smash, which is the light arrow from Twilight Princess, although there are a few differences depending on which character uses it. Zelda's arrow causes the foe to go diagonally up and Sheik's arrow causes the foe to go to the right or left side, depending on the foe's position. In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Zelda's Final Smash changes to trapping foes in the Triforce of Wisdom while Sheik attacks the enemy with her blade.
A set of The Legend of Zelda cartoons aired on Fridays from 1989 to 1990 as a part of DiC's The Super Mario Bros. Super Show. The series loosely followed the original NES Zelda, mixing settings and characters from that game with original creations. Zelda is depicted as a woman warrior with a fiery temper who wears more comfortable and practical garb than the Zelda from the game. In addition to running the kingdom part-time for her father, King Harkinian, she often accompanies Link on his adventures and is quite skilled with a bow. The series exemplifies a romantic relationship between the two protagonists. Link is always begging Zelda for a kiss; however, even when she agrees to indulge him, it never occurs. They are interrupted by monsters, or Spryte (a fairy princess with a crush on Link), or any number of unfortunate circumstances such as something making Zelda so mad she no longer wants to kiss Link. It is directly revealed by Ganon that Zelda was indeed in love with Link in one episode, and there is no doubt of their romantic relationship in this series. Thirteen of these cartoon episodes were produced before the cancellation of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show. Zelda was voiced by Cyndy Preston in the TV series. In the show, she was wearing a purple sweater, a light blue shirt, pink leggings, and brown thigh-length boots.
A slightly altered version of this cartoon Zelda (with messier hair and a slightly more revealing version of the same clothing) appeared in assorted episodes in the second season of Captain N: The Game Master. In this crossover, Zelda and Link befriend Kevin Keene and Princess Lana as they all attempt to restore peace to Hyrule. These appearances function as a follow-up to the original Zelda cartoon, although only containing elements from the second Zelda game, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link.
Featuring characters and settings from the TV series, this comic[specify] by Valiant Comics ran for five issues. Although Zelda's feelings for Link are made quite clear, there is another element at play here: her duty to the Triforce, which must come before her own needs and desires. When Link is corrupted by the Triforce of Power in one story, this Zelda briefly possesses his Triforce of Courage, which will not reside with one who uses Power without Wisdom. This comic reflected characters and elements from both the original The Legend of Zelda and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link.
Created as a serial comic for Nintendo Power magazine by acclaimed manga author Shotaro Ishinomori, and later collected in graphic novel form, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past tells an alternate version of the events from A Link to the Past. Zelda calls to Link and he must rescue her, first from Agahnim, and then from imprisonment at Turtle Rock in the Dark World. She is also instrumental in storming Ganon's floating castle and destroying him. Link and Zelda definitely develop a strong connection, but the relationship is ultimately portrayed as tragic. At the end of the story, Zelda has become queen, and Link is head of the Royal Guard and the Knights of Hyrule. This success is bittersweet, as their duties keep them apart, even though they were once so close, sharing an adventure and even coming together in dreams.
Stories from several Zelda games have also been converted to manga format in Japan; these publications greatly expand parts of each game's back-story.
In The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Zelda disguises herself as a surviving member of the Sheikah clan under the name of Sheik (シーク, Shīku). With voice muffled and face concealed, as well as wearing a form-fitting blue unitard with the red Sheikah eye in the center, Sheik is unrecognizable as Zelda. Sheik plays the lyre and teaches Link new songs to help him on his quest. When Link arrives at the Temple of Time near the end of the game, she uses the Triforce of Wisdom and reverts to Zelda. It is revealed by the character's trophy in the North American translation of Super Smash Bros. Melee that Zelda used her magical skills to change her skin tone, hair length, eye color, and clothing; in the noncanonical officially licensed manga for The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, following changing her appearance, Zelda orders Impa to seal her consciousness away for seven years, so that she may become Sheik and live incognito. Sheik also returned in Hyrule Warriors, using a harp and shortsword in her attacks, and plays an important role in the main story campaign.
Sheik appears in Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl, in which Zelda transforming into Sheik was one of her abilities. Sheik's design in Brawl is based on a model created for consideration in Twilight Princess, in which she retains her long hair, done in a braid. Sheik returns in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a separate character from Zelda (Different Entity).
Tetra (テトラ, Tetora) is a young pirate captain who is the incarnation of Zelda in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker and its Nintendo DS sequel, The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass. Tetra inherited her position as captain as well as the Triforce of Wisdom from her mother, who died when she was young. She is unaware of her lineage as the heir to the Hyrule royal family until the events of The Wind Waker.
At the beginning of The Wind Waker, Tetra has been captured by Ganon's forces. Link helps free her, only to see his sister Aryll captured instead. Tetra takes Link on her ship to Ganon's headquarters, the Forsaken Fortress, to rescue Aryll. After Ganon casts Link into the sea, Tetra takes her crew to find Nayru's Pearl. She encounters Link again on Windfall Island while both are searching for bombs to access the cave where the pearl has been taken. Tetra spots Link but allows him to take the bombs, revealing that her previously brusque, self-interested demeanor has been a front. She later joins Link to confront Ganon again, while her crew rescues Aryll and other captured girls. Ganon easily overpowers them and recognizes that Tetra is the new incarnation of Zelda, and holds the Triforce of Wisdom. Link's Rito allies save Link and Tetra, and Link's talking boat, the King of Red Lions, takes them to an underwater realm, the sunken Kingdom of Hyrule. The King reveals that he is the last king of Hyrule, and that Tetra is his heir. Tetra stays in Hyrule while Link and the King of Red Lions seek the Triforce of Courage. Ganon kidnaps Tetra, and Link follows them to his tower. Armed with magic arrows, Tetra joins Link in a final battle against Ganon. They are victorious, but Hyrule is washed away for good. A post-credit sequence shows Link and Tetra sailing off to find a new land.
The Phantom Hourglass picks up with Link and Tetra exploring the sea. Tetra is captured on a ghost ship, and Link must defeat the monster Bellum to save her. The second sequel, The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks reveals that Tetra founded the new land of Hyrule; her descendant, the game's incarnation of Zelda, rules the kingdom a century later. Tetra also appears in Navi Trackers, a part of the Japanese version of The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures, and is a playable character in the 3DS game Hyrule Warriors Legends.
Reception and legacy
The character was very well received by media and gamers alike. In 2009, she was voted the third greatest female character in the games on Nintendo systems by the Official Nintendo Magazine, which appreciated her as "a strong woman who, with her sword and bow and arrow, is capable of holding her own in a fight," and Chip ranked Princess Zelda as the third top "girl of gaming" in general. The relationship between Zelda and Link topped ScrewAttack's 2012 list of top love affairs in gaming.Complex placed Zelda and Sheik at the fourth and third places on their 2012 list of video game characters that deserve a spin-off, they ranked her as the fifth greatest heroine in video game history in 2013 and ranked her at number five on the 2013 list of "old school" video game characters "who were style icons".Entertainment Weekly's Darren Franich listed her as one of 15 "kick-ass women" in video games in 2013, praising on how her portrayal developed from the mere princess who "got kidnapped, over and over again" in early games to "a wise-beyond-her-years youth into a major player in the battle for Hyrule" in Ocarina of Time.
GameDaily listed her as one of the 50 "hottest video game women" in 2009, stating that while she did not start out as much, she became beautiful in later games. In 2010, Wesley Yin-Poole of VideoGamer.com included her on his list of top ten "video game crushes", stating: "We love Peach and Kitana, but if we were stranded on a desert island and could only keep one video game princess for company, it would be Princess Zelda from the Legend of Zelda series - we've had the hots for Zelda's pointy ears for years, ever since her 8-bit days, in fact." That same year, GameTrailers included her on their countdown of the top 10 "babes who are out of your league" at number four.Game Informer listed Sheik second on their 2011 list of the top ten disguises. In the same year, readers of Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition voted Princess Zelda as the 31st-top video game character of all time. In 2014, Julia Cook of Paste ranked Princess Zelda from Four Swords as the third "best dressed lady" in video games. The character is popular in cosplay community and TF1 ranked her as 13th on their 2010 list of the sexiest video game characters to cosplay. The relationship between Link and Princess Zelda was also ranked as the number one video game romance by James Hawkins of Joystick Division, who commented, "Never overtly called-out and not yet actualized, this tacit romance has shaped one of gaming's greatest franchises."
The book Female Action Heroes described Zelda as "perhaps one of the most well-known princesses in video game history", though acknowledged that her role in the games was to serve as a "damsel in distress". Actor and comedian Robin Williams named his daughter Zelda Williams after Princess Zelda, due to being a fan of The Legend of Zelda series.
Princess Zelda is voiced by Canadian-American actress Patricia Summersett in Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Summersett is the first official English voice of Princess Zelda in Nintendo's thirty-year Legend of Zelda franchise.
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Hey guys! I’d like to start out this post by saying THANK YOU all so much for your continued support of our blog! Our Fortnite Valentine’s printable did amazing on Pinterest! We were able to get our first “viral” pin, and we’ve grown our subscription list to over 800. So again, thank you all so much! I figured since the printable generated a lot of interest, I’d share another idea for your little gamers. My son loves video games, like most kids his age. Last year he got really big into Legend of Zelda after my husband introduced him to the game. My husband is also a gamer and Zelda happened to be his favorite game growing up. I’m guessing he introduced him to the game so he could relive his childhood through him or something.. haha I’m kidding, mostly.
So it had been a few years since I had thrown an EXTRA (Brayden’s words, not mine) birthday party for him. Since he was turning 10, I thought we’d just go all out! When he told me he wanted his theme to be Legend of Zelda, I was NOT thrilled. Why ? Because I’m not a gamer (unless you count Mario and The Sims), so I had no idea what this game was even about. Of course, my husband was thrilled and gave me a quick crash course on all things Zelda. But hold up… Brayden didn’t want just any Legend of Zelda He wanted a Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild party… and yes (again, according to Brayden) those are different. And of course hubby knew nothing about that game, so it was left up to momma.
By now you should all know how I got started. I turned to Pinterest, of course (and did lots of Google searches). I found out very quickly that there just wasn’t a lot of Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild party ideas. Sure, I found some here and there. But there just wasn’t the amount of content that I’m used to finding. I even got so frustrated at one point that I went online to a party store to just find plates and premade decorations to order and be done. Shocking… I know, but as luck would have it they were all on back order. So it was back to the drawing board. After more Google searches, Pinterest browsing, and consulting with my little gamer, I finally had some ideas coming together!
The invite part was the easy part, thanks to Photoshop. I had Brayden help me out by finding a design that he liked so that I’d have something to go off of. Anyways, this is how the Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild party invite turned out!
Side note, the font I used for the invite is Triforce from dafont.com, and it’s FREE.
Alright, so I already told you guys that I broke down and was going to buy decorations. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, and I don’t judge others for doing it… it’s just not how I roll. Parties are my favorite and I LOVE them. So, for me to buy all the decorations is like excepting defeat. Anyways, let me show you guys what all I did.
Apparently, potions are a big thing in the game. I guess that’s how Link (the little dude who I always thought was Zelda) gets his health and other things. So yes, I made a few potions. These were surprisingly easy to make, and here’s how I made them:
- (1) bottle aloe vera gel (CLEAR ONLY)
- (1) box of food coloring – I used green, blue, yellow, & red
- (1) bottle of Elmer’s glue (or whatever brand you like, just make sure it’s white, not clear)
- (1) roll of twine or jute
- A Cricut if you intend on making the “milk” label or tags
- Brown cardstock for tags
- Blue vinyl
- (6) Mini glass bottles, I purchased these from Hobby Lobby – Shop Arts, Crafts, and More at HobbyLobby.com
First, I took 5 of the bottles and filled them halfway with the aloe vera gel. I then added the food coloring with the bottle half full and took a skewer to mix it all around. Next, I finished filling the bottle with the aloe vera gel. I did have to add a little more color and mix it around in order to get my desired color on a few of the bottles. I took the 6th bottle and filled completely with Elmer’s glue so that it looked like “milk”. The “milk” label was made using my Cricut and some scrap blue vinyl. Finally, I took brown cardstock and cut out tags with my Cricut, using the draw feature to get the symbols on them. Then, I just tied the tags around my bottle with twine.
Alright, so the show stopper for this party was hands down the table backdrop. Brayden and I crafted this bad boy in one day and actually had a lot of fun making it. Since the whole point of the game is to save Zelda (she’s the girl) from Hyrule Castle, that’s what I used as the backdrop. Items needed are as follows:
- (1) Tri-fold poster board – I used black
- (1) Rectangle sponge
- Plastic plate for the paint (to dip your sponge in)
- Box cutter
- Black tissue paper
- Acrylic paint, lots of different colors
- (1) pack of jewelry chain
- Extra fabric, HTV vinyl (I purchased from Expressions Vinyl), and a Cricut if you plan to make Zelda and the castle flags
- Thick clear plastic sheets (can find in the office supply section at Wal-mart)
Building Your Foundation
This project may seem a little intimidating, but it really wasn’t that bad. First, I took my ruler and used as a guide to shape out my roof. Honestly, I just looked at images of castles to decide how to cut it all out. And of course, you’ll want to use the box cutter for this part! Next, I took my grey paint and watered it down really good on my plastic plate. I then took my sponge, dipped it in the paint, and started making my castle “blocks”. Side note: you’ll want to make sure to leave a little space between each block. After that dried, I made a template for the castle windows. The windows were made by simply tracing around the template, and then cutting the shape out with my box cutter. So now I was left with 3 big ole holes in my board.
Making the Windows
Initially, I was just going to use tissue paper for my windows, but I thought stained glass windows would look so much better! This is where I used those thick sheets of plastic. I took a ruler and made lots of random lines. Then, I had Brayden go in and paint inside the lines with all different colors to get the stained glass look. Once these dried, I simply hot glued them to the back of the board. I then cut out a Zelda shape with my trusty Cricut and glued her behind the window. Also, I took a small flashlight and taped above the window so that she would show up better!
Making your Draw Bridge/Finishing Touches
For my “draw bridge” I took my ruler and drew to use as a guide. You’ll only want to cut out the top and sides in order to create a flap. Next, I painted the draw bridge to look like wood. Then, I took some skewers to poke holes and ran my chain thru them to create an actual draw bridge. For finishing touches, I added some black tissue paper for the castle entrance and I attached my flags to the top.
For the rest of the decorations, I used my trusty Cricut. I cut out character shapes, decorated gold buckets, made a banner, and cut out symbols to add to the cups. Jim built an AMAZING treasure chest for the plates and silverware! Also, I purchased a paper mache “B” and “10” and painted those to match the theme. These, as well as the gold buckets, were purchased from Hobby Lobby.
The Food and Drinks
Alright y’all, this is the main event in my book! I consulted with my gamers and we came up with foods that would fit within our theme. And boy oh boy, I found out my kiddo is just as OCD as I am. He wanted foods that were authentic to the game, but we had to improvise because I wasn’t eating fish on a stick or whatever other crap they eat in the game.
Food Labels/Water Labels
Brayden and I came up with the names of the foods and the descriptions for the labels. Initially, I planned to print them out in color, but I ended up printing them out without color onto brown cardstock. This actually turned out better than planned because it made them look aged. Anyways, here’s how they turned out (these are not the brown ones, you’ll see those soon)!
As my THANK YOU to you guys, you can download the FREE PDF file for the food tents by clicking on the link below. 🙂 And the water bottle labels were made in Photoshop using the Triforce font again!
The Main Event
Alright, so like I said the food is the main event! As always I enlisted my trusty sidekick and sister, Brandy! I’m a little better at the crafty side of things, but she’s 100 times better at the food part. The chicken and bread came from Zaxby’s, we added fruit (pineapple, watermelon, grapes, and blackberries) to a bowl, the “ nuts” were just pistachios, the fried wild potatoes were Brandy’s creation (and they were AMAZING), the cake was made by a local baker, punch was our aunt’s we always use, and we made the rest with the help of Pinterest!
Matching Shirts, Cuz I’m EXTRA!
Of I had to make awesome shirts for the fam! I found this awesome gold foil vinyl, and I used my Cricut to cut out the designs. Visit Expressions Vinyl to find you some quality vinyl!
And there you have it folks, everything you need to throw an EPIC Legend of Zelda birthday party. I hope you guys enjoyed! Happy crafting.
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Author: Amanda B.Amanda is one part of the Splinters and Sparkles duo. She is the one that adds the glitz, glam, and sparkle to all the items crafted!
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- This article is about the eponymous character of The Legend of Zelda franchise. For the video-game series named after her, see The Legend of Zelda series. For other uses, see Zelda (disambiguation).
Zelda,(SS | BotW | TCT | SSBM | SSBB | HWDE | SSBfWU | SSBU | CoH | HWAoC)[name reference needed] traditionally Princess Zelda,(TLoZ | TAoL | ALttP | OoT | OoS | OoA | FS | TWW | FSA | TMC | TP | ST | ALBW | BotW) is the eponymous character of The Legend of Zelda series. With the exception of Link's Awakening, Majora's Mask, and Tri Force Heroes, an incarnation of Zelda or one of her alter egos has always been one of the central characters in the series.
Princess Zelda is often shown as a beautiful and elegant princess, with the exception of Skyward Sword, where she is portrayed as an ordinary girl before the kingdom of Hyrule had been established. She is always either a child, teen, or young adult. Her hair color is depicted as blonde in most games of the series, as well as brown in Twilight Princess and red in The Legend of Zelda and The Adventure of Link. Her eyes are portrayed in different shades of blue throughout all the games, with the exception of her green eyes in Breath of the Wild. Her ears are always pointed, as is characteristic of all Hylians, although in some games her ears are shorter than in others. The dresses that she wears are long with determinate colors, such as different tones of pink, white, and blue. Most of her dresses are shown with the Hylian Crest, and in almost every game, she is seen wearing a tiara with either a red, pink, or blue jewel in it. In some games, she also wears long gloves. Princess Zelda is seen wearing makeup in most games, such as in The Wind Waker and Spirit Tracks, and her hairstyle is characterized either with her hair down or with braids. She wears high heels, although in Twilight Princess, Skyward Sword, and Breath of the Wild she wears boots. She also occasionally wears sandals, such as in Skyward Sword and Breath of the Wild. Each incarnation of Zelda has been shown at various ages depending on which title they appear in. They have appeared as a child, a teenager and as a young adult; for example, the Princess Zelda in Twilight Princess is around 20 years of age.
Zelda is depicted as a kind and benevolent ruler with a wisdom beyond her years and a deep love towards the people she watches over. She is a caring, gracious, and self-sacrificing person. Zelda's most prominent display of compassion and selflessness was when she saved the life of Midna, the Princess of the Twilight Realm, who had been nearly killed by the false King of the Twilight, Zant. Zelda's wisdom is her most valuable attribute. As a matriarch, it is imperative that she makes the wisest decision concerning the fate of Hyrule; in Twilight Princess when Zant threatened her life and the lives of all of her subjects, she wisely surrendered to him. She upholds her responsibilities no matter the cost and is always willing to help her friends, such as in Skyward Sword, where Zelda faces her duties as the goddess reborn and willingly remains in a deep sleep to keep Demise imprisoned within his seal. Above all, Zelda is known to be a forgiving person even towards those who have harmed her before, as seen in Spirit Tracks, where she asks Anjean to take care of Byrne even though he was the one who stole her body.
Princess Zelda is one of the three most important characters of The Legend of Zelda series, which is also why her name appears in the title of every game. Princess Zelda first appeared in the original The Legend of Zelda, and has since been featured in every subsequent game, with the exception of Link's Awakening. Each incarnation of the Princess is chosen by destiny to be the keeper of the Triforce of Wisdom in their respective eras, which is the main reason why they play such an integral role in the legends of Hyrule.
by the way, In Game Book "Battle of Mirage Castle", it is nighttime and you will take the place of Link who is trapped in the Crystal Moon, but only Link can enter the Mirage Castle.
Throughout the series, Princess Zelda portrays various types of both magical and physical abilities, ranging from capably wielding a bow to telepathy, as seen in A Link to the Past's introduction when she pleads for Link's help.
Early on in the timeline of the series, the original Zelda, while born as a Hylian, is the mortal incarnation of the Goddess Hylia. Carrying on this divine blood, her female descendants are always the crown princess of Hyrule throughout its history. Several princesses within the bloodline are also the possessor of the Triforce of Wisdom, imbued with the essence of the Goddess Nayru. The essence of Nayru affords each Zelda divine wisdom, allowing them to discern the wisest decisions, especially in situations concerning the welfare of Hyrule. It grants them myriad mystical abilities, including the ability to heal others, though there is a possibility that this could also be an effect of their bloodline passing down Hylia's own powers and, later, the Light Force. Each incarnation of Zelda uses their powers to keep evil in check.
Many of her abilities as both a Sage and the wielder of the Triforce of Wisdom are widely illustrated in Ocarina of Time, one of them being that she has prophetic visions in her dreams. She also helps Link in their escape from Ganon's Castle by using her powers to magically remove the barriers blocking the exits. During the final battle between Link and Ganon, Princess Zelda uses her powers to restrain the King of Evil as Link delivers the final blow. Being the seventh Sage, she is the ruler of the rest of the six Sages, and it is with her guidance that the Sages seal Ganon in the void of the Evil Realm. Finally, with her powers as a Sage, she is capable of returning Link to his original time by simply using the Ocarina of Time.
Some of Princess Zelda's physical abilities are demonstrated in games such as The Wind Waker, Twilight Princess and Spirit Tracks. In The Wind Waker, Princess Zelda aids Link in battling Ganondorf by borrowing the young hero's bow and using it to fire Light Arrows at the King of the Gerudo. This skill is again portrayed in the final battle of Twilight Princess, where the princess yet again uses a bow and Light Arrows to strike Ganondorf while accompanying Link on his horse, and once more in the final battle against Malladus in Spirit Tracks. In one scene of Twilight Princess, Princess Zelda is seen wielding a sword, although it is unknown if she possesses any true sword skills.
As shown in Twilight Princess, Princess Zelda is capable of communicating with the Light Spirits. Just as the princess and Link are about to be trampled by Ganondorf's ghostly army, Zelda calls upon the Light Spirits to aid her in her time of need, and the spirits grant her the Light Arrow to banish evil.
In Spirit Tracks, Princess Zelda can possess a Phantom's body after Link strikes it with a powered-up sword or the Lokomo Sword. While in this state, the princess can help Link solve various puzzles as well as cross certain obstacles that the young hero cannot traverse by himself. Moreover, due to the Phantom's armor, she can also protect Link from attacks or use her strength to fight alongside Link and help him defeat enemies, as seen when fighting Geozards or Byrne.
In the Game Book "Battle of Mirage Castle", it has the same abilities as Link.
Naming Tradition and Law
It was revealed by Hyrule Historia that when the kingdom of Hyrule was established during the Era of Prosperity, the daughters of the Royal Family were often named Zelda after their ancestor, the mortal incarnation of the Goddess Hylia, from the events of Skyward Sword.
The Tragedy of "Princess Zelda I"
While she was not the first Princess Zelda in the history of Hyrule, she was the first in a long line of princesses to be named Zelda by law and not tradition after she was put into a deep sleep for many generations. Her brother, the Prince of Hyrule at the end of its Golden Era, who was partly to blame for her comatose state, decided that, in honor of his sister, every princess born into the Royal Family of Hyrule should be named Zelda.
The Zelda in Skyward Sword is the eleventh Zelda appearing in the The Legend of Zelda series, and is currently the earliest incarnation of Zelda chronologically to appear in-game.
In Skyward Sword, Zelda, daughter of Gaepora, lives in Skyloft with her childhood friend Link, where they are both students at the Knight Academy. After playing the role of the goddess at the Wing Ceremony, Link and Zelda go for a flight together, when suddenly a twister pulls Zelda and her Loftwing below the clouds. This phenomenon is later revealed to have been caused by Ghirahim, who needs Zelda's soul to resurrect Demise, his master. Upon Zelda's arrival on the Surface, however, she is rescued by Impa before the Demon Lord can capture her. Link then begins to look for Zelda and eventually finds her in the Earth Spring, but Impa impedes him from reaching the young girl, and instead urges Zelda to continue praying at each goddess statue to finish purifying her body.
Eventually, Link catches up with Zelda and Impa at the Temple of Time, but their reunion is cut short when Ghirahim attacks the duo. In the midst of the frenetic action, Zelda gives Link the Goddess's Harp before she and Impa escape through the Gate of Time, with Impa destroying the gate to escape Ghirahim's grasp. Link manages to activate a second Gate of Time and meets with Zelda, who explains her true nature as the mortal reincarnation of the Goddess Hylia before telling Link that she, as Hylia reborn, must remain in a deep sleep to keep Demise imprisoned within his seal. Before doing so, Zelda explains that the goddess needed someone with an "unbreakable spirit" to defeat Demise. However, Hylia, knowing that the young hero would "throw [himself] headfirst into any danger, without even a moment's doubt" if it meant saving Zelda, used Link to try and bring about the destruction of Demise. She proceeds to seal herself into a crystal and sleep for thousands of years to ensure Demise's seal holds, and tells Link that he must find and use the Triforce to destroy Demise so that she will be able to wake up in their own time.
Although Link uses the Triforce to wish for Demise's destruction, Ghirahim kidnaps Zelda upon her awakening and takes her through the Gate of Time, where Demise is still sealed. Zelda's soul is absorbed and Demise is revived in his true form, but Link manages to defeat the Demon King and seal his remains in the Master Sword. After her soul is restored, Zelda and the young hero return to their own time, where she mentions to Link that she wants to remain in the surface and watch over the Triforce. Zelda asks what Link's intentions are for the future, and Link smiles at her, with the camera panning to show both his and Zelda's Loftwings flying back into the sky, implying that Link chose to stay with Zelda.
This incarnation of Zelda is unique in that she is not a princess during the course of the game's events.
|This is Zelda, your childhood friend. Master, she is also the living embodiment of goddess Hylia. |
Though she had previously committed herself to an ages-long sleep in order to maintain the seal over Demise, she has now awakened.
The Minish Cap
|Princess Zelda (Figurine from The Minish Cap)|
|A bright and cheery princess from|
Hyrule's royal family.
She loves to sneak out of the castle
to visit her good friend, Link.
Princess Zelda in The Minish Cap is the eighth Princess Zelda appearing in the The Legend of Zelda series, and the second Princess Zelda chronologically.
Princess Zelda is known to sneak out of Hyrule Castle to visit Link, who is a childhood friend. At the beginning of the game, Link and Princess Zelda attend the Picori Festival in Hyrule Town. When Princess Zelda wins the grand prize in Pina's drawing, she chooses a Small Shield as her prize and gives it to Link. In North Hyrule Field, Link and Princess Zelda are accosted by a Business Scrub, who shoots Deku Nuts at them until Link deflects one with his new Shield.
At the award ceremony for the Sword-Fighting Tournament, Vaati appears and breaks the Picori Blade, opening the Bound Chest and releasing monsters into Hyrule. Though he does not realize it, Princess Zelda shows herself to possess the Light Force he is searching for; declaring that she will only cause trouble if left alone, he places a Sorcerer's Curse on her and turns her to stone. To restore her, King Daltus asks Link to seek out the Minish and have them reforge the sacred Picori Blade, allowing them to break Vaati's Curse.
During his travels, Link learns that in order to reforge the Broken Picori Blade, it will need to be infused with the Four Elements scattered across Hyrule. He is able to traverse Hyrule along with his companion Ezlo, finding each Element and infusing them into the reforged Blade, turning it into the Four Sword.
Vaati follows them into the Elemental Sanctuary and learns from the Stained Glass within that Princess Zelda herself holds the Light Force. He knocks out Link and leaves to drain Princess Zelda at the roof of the newly-transformed Dark Hyrule Castle.Link is able to interrupt this process, eventually defeating Vaati and using the power of the Four Sword to restore Princess Zelda, who reveals that she saw visions of him while turned to stone.
The Castle begins to collapse, and Vaati makes one last attempt to eliminate Link in the Palace Courtyard, but is defeated once and for all. With Vaati defeated, the Mage's Cap appears, and Ezlo and Princess Zelda work together to use its power to restore Hyrule.
The Zelda in Four Swords is the fifth Zelda appearing in the The Legend of Zelda series, and the third Zelda chronologically.
Zelda and Link appear as childhood friends in Four Swords. Princess Zelda is assigned the duty of protecting the Four Sword Sanctuary and the Four Sword. One day, she sensed something unusual at the Four Sword Shrine and took Link to accompany her to investigate. The seal on Vaati at the shrine had weakened, allowing Vaati to escape. Vaati kidnapped Princess Zelda to make her his bride and Link drew the Four Sword to save her.
Ocarina of Time
Young Zelda as she appears in Ocarina of Time
The Zelda in Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask is the fourth Zelda appearing in the The Legend of Zelda series, and the fourth Zelda chronologically.
Growing up in the halls of Hyrule Castle, young Princess Zelda, referred to by the Great Deku Tree as the Princess of Destiny, was growing concerned with one of her father's associates, the Gerudo king Ganondorf, and a vision of his treachery did not help matters. Expressing her concerns with her guardian and nursemaid Impa, she continued to watch the Gerudo despite her inability to do anything about him. This changed when a young Kokiri boy named Link snuck into her garden courtyard.
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