Princess Zelda is the titular deuteraagonist character from The Legend of Zelda games and the TV adaption of the same name. She is the friend of Link and Spryte. While she’s often the deuteragonist in most of the games, she's portrayed as a co-protagonist of the show. She was voiced by Cyndy Preston. While she is an iconic character in the games, she was sadly flanderized from a loving princess to a princess that is often way too harsh on Link.
Why She Was Not The Zelda We Know (Bad Qualities)
NOTE: This is only focusing on The Legend of Zelda TV version of her since the video game version of her is likable, and also because she redeems herself in Captain N: The Game Master TV show.
- Despite Princess Zelda being understandably annoyed with Link's pestering nature, she is often extreme when it comes to being harsh or just the worst to him; a prime example of this is her violently mistreating him on many occasions (e.g Link sleepwalking and nearly dying because of Zelda cutting the rope he was walking on).
- Speaking of which, her portrayal as an independent female character came from the worst times for female characters of fiction, many examples include Zelda herself made out to be a hyper-competent type of character. While this is shown most of the time, she tends to be kidnapped a lot. Where she was written to be independent, she often keeps telling Link to do everything for her and falls in love with Prince Facade.
- In episode 2, she makes Link, whose skill is sword combat and protecting the world and the triforce from Ganon, do janitor duty work.
- She is often bitchy, demanding, and ungrateful to Link, to the point of being like a mean popular girl, where she is usually complaining and bickering towards Link when he does something actually helpful for once.
- Her character design is rather bland and generic, as the direction that went into her design along with Link wasn't fitting to the source material.
- Where she was always hinted to be a love interest to Link, she is often written out to be like a nagging mother.
Good Qualities That Are The Zelda We Know
- Her bitchy and standoffish behavior is quite understandable and somewhat relatable when it comes to putting up with someone like Link.
- She is often capable of taking charge in saving the day. Which makes her far more competent than her video game counterpart was for the time.
- She is responsible, resourceful, proactive in nearly every episode, and took zero crap from anyone.
- Similar to Princess Peach, while she did get captured from time to time, she didn't always have to rely on Link to save her. Half the time, she saved herself, and there were even a few occasions when she saved Link singlehandedly.
- As a character, she was ahead of her time with animated women of comparable strength that would be few and far between for several years to come.
- With this in mind, she has shown to give some affection and romantic aspects to Link on occasion.
- Cyndy Preston did a decent job at voicing her.
- She was a much better character in the game and in the four TV specials of Captain N: The Game Master, she has still had her heroic aspects and is given an enhancement when it comes to being written to be even more tolerable and likable than before.
- In the Mexican Spanish dub, Zelda was voiced by Rocío Garcel.