Princess Zelda (JP) is a character from The Legend of Zelda series. She is known for being the beautiful Princess of Hyrule. Her first appearance was in the Nintendo Entertainment System game The Legend of Zelda, where she was kidnapped by Ganondorf.

She has appeared in every Legend of Zelda game except for Link's Awakening and Tri Force Heroes. She holds the Triforce of Wisdom. The Triforce is what makes villains like Ganondorf, Vaati, and Zant threaten her. In some instances, she has been known to have other holy objects. In Minish Cap she has the Light Force, in Spirit Tracks she is known to have a holy body (this is why Chancellor Cole needs Zelda's body) and in many other games such as Ocarina of Time, Wind Waker and Twilight Princess she has the sacred Light Arrows. She has also been a playable character in the Smash Bros' series ever since Super Smash Bros. Melee


Zelda is known for being, kind, classy, & graceful. She also has a very cheerful personality, as seen in the Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.


The Legend of Zelda series

Zelda's first appearance was in The Legend of Zelda, the first game in The Legend of Zelda series. In the game, She shatters the Triforce of Wisdom, and scatters them throughout the land of Hyrule for the hero, Link to find so Ganon, who kidnapped her and hid her in Death Mountain, won't find them. Before she is captured, she sends Impa out to find the Hero, Link. After defeating Ganon and taking the Triforce of Power Link saves Princess Zelda

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

In the sequel, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, a magician casts a spell on Zelda after her refusing to reveal where the Triforce of Courage is. This puts Zelda to sleep who is eventually woken after Link puts the six crystals in the six temples.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

In The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Zelda is taken by Agahnim and her body is used to help Ganon come back from the Dark World. Later she is saved from her inprisonment inside Turtle Rock. With her piece of the Triforce, Link defeated Ganon and the Triforce is put back together.

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

In The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, Zelda does not appear but Marin shows an striking resemblance to her. It is even stated by Marin that maybe Link thinks she is someone else.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

In The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Zelda has a dream that a boy from the Forest will come to save her and that a man from the desert is here to hurt her and her family. Later once Ganondorf attacks Hyrule Castle Princess Zelda with the help of Impa get away as Ganondorf takes over Hyrule. Seven years later Link appears after gaining the Master Sword and the three Spiritual Stones as a child. Princess Zelda has now learned Sheikah customs and is hidden by her new identity as Shiek.

Princess Zelda with the aid of the Triforce of Wisdom, which she got once Ganondorf's evil heart broke it, followed Link helping him along his journey to awaken the sages. In a final attempt to help Link she reveals herself as Princess Zelda to Link and gives him the Light Arrows. Princess Zelda is captured by Ganondorf but once Link fights his way through Ganondor's lair Princess Zelda is set free and helps Link escape. Ganondorf morphs into the evil beast Ganon and once Ganon is weakened Princess Zelda holds him down using her powers as the 7th sage. Then she, along with the rest of the sages, seal Ganondorf in the Sacred Realm. She sends Link back to his own time to stop this tragedy, seemingly creating two parallel timelines.

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

In The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, she makes a minor appearance as she teaches Link the Song of Time and gives him the Ocarina of Time before he leaves on his next journey.

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons / Oracle of Ages

In The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons and/or The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages, when either game is linked via the password system, Princess Zelda appears at the end after Ganon is defeated.

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

In The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker,Tetra is the leader of a Pirate Gang and after helping Link with a small venture to save his sister she finds out after being brought to the hidden underwater Hyrule Castle that she is actually Princess Zelda. She is hidden for most of the game to make sure that Ganondorf can't get to her but at the end of the game Ganondorf captures her and Link after fighting through his lair comes to save her. Link with the help of Princess Zelda' using her Bow of Light defeats Ganondorf.

The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap

In The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, Princess Zelda is turned to stone by Vaati. Later it is found out that she had the sacred Light Force that Vaati was looking for. She was almost sacrificed when Link saves her.

The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures

In The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures, Princess Zelda is captured by Vaati and imprisoned in the Tower of Winds. After Vaati is defeated she is released and helps the Links escape the falling tower. She in the end helps the Links seal away Ganon by giving them the Light Arrows.

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

Zelda as she appears in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

In The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Princess Zelda is the controller of Hyrule when Zant attacks the Castle. She is overrun by Twili beasts and must give control of Hyrule to Zant. Later Link and Midna catch up to Princess Zelda who tells Link of what has happened to Hyrule. Midna sarcastically calls Princess Zelda the "Twilight Princess" due to her current position. After Midna is almost killed Princess Zelda to heal Midna gives her much of her power.

The Castle is then taken by Ganondorf who puts a seal around the Castle that isn't broken until Midna uses the power of the Fused Shadows on it. Princess Zelda's body is then used as a weapon by Ganondorf against Link and then after Ganondorf's Ganon form is defeated Princess Zelda along with Link are teleported to Hyrule Field where they face off against Ganondorf one last time. Ganondorf is defeated via Zelda's Light Arrows and then in a sword fight with Link.

The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass

Zelda in The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks.

In The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass Tetra is captured and encased in stone by the Ghost Ship. Later she is healed by Oshus and once Bellum is defeated she and Link find themselves back on her Pirate ship.

The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks

After the events of Phantom Hourglass and The Wind Waker Tetra finds a new Hyrule in a land far away from the original. In The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks Princess Zelda's body is taken by Chancellor Cole and used to resurrect Malladus. Her spirit though helps Link along the way to save Princess Zelda's body. Once her body is retrieved Link and Princess Zelda defeat Malladus for one last time once he enters Chancellor Cole's body. Though throughout Link's adventure Princess Zelda sticks around in spirit form helping Link in ways such as previous characters such as Navi, Tatl, and Midna. She also can take control of phantom guardian's bodies to use to help Link throughout his adventure.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Zelda, as she appears in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

In Skyward Sword, Zelda is the daughter of Headmaster Gaepora of the local knight academy. On the day of the Wing Ceremony, Zelda has been chosen to play the role of the Goddess. When Link has won, she presents to him the Sail Cloth. The two decide to fly on their loftwings together in wake of victory when a dark tornado appears and sucks Zelda to the Surface below the clouds. It is revealed that Zelda is the reincarnation of the Goddess Hylia from thousands of years ago, and led by Impa she travels to a spring in each province to purify her body.

In order to ressurect his master Demise, Ghirahim trails after Zelda to use her body in the ritual. Zelda travels back in time to seal away Demise and await the chosen hero, Link. After Link has used the Triforce to banish Demise from the present, Ghirahim then decides to revive Demise in the past, where he then travels and abducts Zelda. Link battles Ghirahim but is ultimately too late: the ritual is complete, and Demise rises once more. Link must finally defeat Demise and seal him away in order to save the land. In wake of victory, Zelda decides to stay on the Surface.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

Zelda as she appears in The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

In The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, she is introduced In Link's dream, he sees Princess Zelda being snatched away by a pig-shaped creature. Later, Zelda meets up with Link and she is shocked to hear the news about the latest events. She fears that the evil of the past has re-awakened and sends Link to go to Kakariko Village to see Sahasrahla.

Before he leaves she gives him a special charm. Yuga later turns Zelda into a portrait and takes her to Lorule. He then uses her portrait and those of the Seven Sages to revive Ganon. After Link rescues all the sages, Zelda grants Link the Light Arrows needed to defeat Yuga, now fused with Ganon. After the fight, Zelda tells Princess Hilda that she wished it did not have to be this way. She and Link then use Hyrule's Triforce to restore Lorule's Triforce.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

In The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Zelda is once again the Princess of Hyrule. 100 years before the events of the game, she leads the Champions in the case of Ganon returning. She establishes close friendships with all of them, especially Link. This Zelda was more interested in the sciences than her divine powers. When Calamity Ganon returned, Zelda was unable to tap into her power until the last moment, where she trapped herself and Ganon around Hyrule Castle. When Link is revived, Zelda contacts him via the Sheikah Slate and guides him to the first Shrines.

Animated series

Princess Zelda appears in The Legend of Zelda TV series, aired on Fridays from 1989 to 1990 as part of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!. Like the games, Zelda is portrayed as the damsel-in-distress and a protagonist alongside Link fighting with weapons like Bows and Boomerangs. Zelda usually is asked by Link to give him a kiss after he repeatedly saves her, but is always interrupted by hapless occurences in which sometimes causes her not to kiss Link, resulting in his famous quote: "Well, excuuuuuse me, princess!".


  • Princess Zelda - Cyndy Preston
  • Link - Jonathan Potts
  • Ganon / Moblins - Len Carlson
  • King Harkinian - Colin Fox
  • Triforce of Wisdom - Elizabeth Hanna
  • Spryte - Paulina Gillis


# Title Original airdate Production #
1 "The Ringer" September 8, 1989 101
2 "Cold Spells" September 15, 1989 103
3 "The White Knight" September 22, 1989 102
4 "Kiss'n Tell" September 29, 1989 104
5 "Sing for the Unicorn" October 6, 1989 105
6 "That Sinking Feeling" October 13, 1989 106
7 "Doppelganger" October 20, 1989 107
8 "Underworld Connections" October 27, 1989 108
9 "Stinging a Stinger" November 3, 1989 109
10 "A Hitch in the Works" November 10, 1989 111
11 "Fairies in the Spring" November 17, 1989 112
12 "The Missing Link" November 24, 1989 113
13 "The Moblins Are Revolting" December 1, 1989 110


Sheik from Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Princess Zelda throughout most of the Legend of Zelda games is seen as the damsel in distress but in a few games she has used her abilities as the holder of the Triforce of Wisdom to disguise herself from the evil forces that look for her.

Sheik was the first disguise that Princess Zelda has taken in a game. Sheik is one of the few remaining Sheikah warriors who are trained in the art of stealth and deception as the Sheikah are known for. In Ocarina of Time Sheik was the disguise that Princess Zelda used to hide from Ganondorf until it was time to show herself as the final sage to Link. Sheik helped Link throughout his adventure by giving him warp songs that allowed Link to warp to portals within Hyrule.

Tetra was the other disguise Princess Zelda has taken in the Legend of Zelda series. Tetra is a pirate captain who happens upon Link's home Island when she was being chased by the Helmaroc King. Link at this point wasn't a hero whatsoever but through his islands traditions and the adventure he sets out upon with some of Tetra's help he eventually becomes the Hero of Winds. Tetra though unknowing is Princess Zelda and her disguise is taken away by the King of Hyrule to show that she is Princess Zelda and that she is the reason why Ganon had sent the Helmaroc King to capture women with pointy Hylian ears.

Super Smash Bros. series

Zelda as she appears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl

So far, Zelda has appeared in Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl. In Melee, the most notable of her abilities is the fact that she can quickly transform into her alter-ego Sheik. Sheik is also in Brawl, with a new design as if she would have been in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.

While in her normal form, Zelda has a wide range of powerful magic attacks, though in return she is rather slow. While Sheik, however, she is very fast, though the attacks that she can perform aren't as powerful.

She is playable in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. She has all of her moves from Brawl, other than her ability to transform into Sheik, as Sheik is now a separate character.

The Legend of Zelda - The Animated Series

Zelda appears as a main character in The Legend of Zelda (TV series). Unlike the games, Zelda rarely gets captured and instead, fights along side Link in his adventures.


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