A stolen glance... a helping hand... certain words... sometimes do you get the feeling that our
favourite hero and heroine are showing some romantically tinged emotions towards each other? Of course
it could all be meaningless but its still a lot of fun spotting possible moments of romance!
With moments from the cartoon compiled
by myself, and game moments from our readers
, there's certainly plenty of evidence to delight 'shippers, and
prove the non-shippers wrong!
The Cartoon Series
1: The Ringer
At the end, Link and Zelda are a bit tied up in Link's belt after fighting some stalfos, and Link says he
will only undo it, if Zelda kisses him. She says she will, but then Sprite arrives, and uses her magic
to remove the belt!
2: Sing For The Unicorn
Link tries to impress Zelda by swinging into her tower on a rope from his tower, with a bunch of flowers, and
she says she will kiss him, only Ganon spoils it by deciding to kidnap the king at this particular moment.
In the Underworld, Link and Zelda get attacked by some Armos, and Link saves Zelda, and grateful, she offers
to kiss him. But unfortunately, a trapdoor drops open underneath them before she can do so.
At the end, Link and Zelda escape from the Underworld by summoning up a magical
whirlwind, and after Link asks her for a kiss, but she's just too dizzy!
3: Kiss N' Tell
Zelda gets jealous when the beautiful maiden captured by the gleeok offers to kiss Link for saving her.
When Link gets turned into a frog by Ganon's magic, Zelda gives him a big hug and tells him that she
likes him however he looks. Awww!
The Witch of the Walls says that if Link is to be cured, he must be kissed *willingly* by a Princess. Zelda
agrees, but then Ganon appears, so Sprite kisses Link instead and cures him, since she is a faerie princess.
At the end, Link ask Zelda for a kiss. She agrees but sadly Link eats a fly just as they're about to kiss (remembering his frog days!)
Final moment kindly contributed by Ganonslayer
Link strikes it lucky, and gets rather a few kisses this episode; only it's an evil, fake Zelda who does
it - unfortunately! But it's still a kiss from someone who looks like her!
When Link can't tell the difference between Zelda and her evil double, he proclaims a 'kissing contest' but the
real Zelda is offended and slaps him across the face - that's HIS Zelda :) She didn't mean it really, I'm sure ;)
5: Faeries In The Spring
At the end, Link and Zelda are having fun in the big water pool, and they decide to share a kiss -
until Sprite interrupts them, anyway!
6: The Missing Link
This episode is the Holy Grail for all Link and Zelda 'shippers out there!
Link gets zapped by a stray magical bolt, and kind of 'dies' and Zelda gets really, really, really upset
and starts crying. However Link then appears saying he's okay, only he's a ghost. It turns out only Zelda can
see him, and Ganon later reveals it must be because she's in love with him (which he happens to think is
disgusting, hehe). Now if THAT isn't proof, then what is?
Ganon speaks this outloud and Link hears, so he asks Zelda if it's true, and she acts all embarrassed, and
then finally admits she does like him... but only just a little!
Just before they're about to escape, Link still insists that Zelda must love him, and she grudgingly
agrees 'just a little' once more :)
At the end, they're perched just near the hole they climbed out from, and Zelda says she will kiss Link,
but then the ground crumbles away from under Link's feet... as usual!
7: Underworld Connections
Link sleepwalks over to Zelda's tower, and she's annoyed and thinks he's faking it, but he charms her, and
she agrees to kiss him. Well, until the vires appear, anyway!
When Link gets one of the stolen Triforce pieces back, he asks Zelda for a kiss, but since she's more interested
in getting her Triforce back, she completely ignores him!
Link does ask for another kiss at the end, but Zelda refuses, because he's all dirty from their adventure.
8: The Moblins Are Revolting
Zelda saves Link from the dodongo, so he asks her for a kiss, but she just laughs and walks away. It was worth a try!
9: The White Knight
Link rescues Zelda from the swamp after Prince Facade refuses, incase he gets dirty, even though Link is
angry at Zelda for her treatment of him throughout the episode.
10: Cold Spells
Link gives Zelda a pretty flower :)
When Link comes up to his room, pretending to be sick, Zelda is there, sat on his bed, resting after
tidying the room, so he tries to jump on her but she quickly moves aside.
11: Stinging A Stinger
At the end, when they defeat Ganon, Zelda gets happy and asks Link to kiss her,
but he makes a bad joke and so she walks off.
12: A Hitch In The Works
At the end, the fake moblin scares Zelda, who jumps into Link's arms, and he carries her home. Awww!
13: That Sinking Feeling
Link takes Zelda to a romantic spot so that they can have a picnic, and Zelda is impressed and says
she'll kiss him... until as usual, they get attacked by Ganon's monsters!
After fighting off the monsters, Link feels lucky, so he asks if they can resume where they left off...
but then stuff starts sinking into the ground, and they know Ganon must be up to something,
thus the moment is lost.
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
At the end, when Link gets the Triforce of Courage, and uses it to awaken the sleeping
Zelda, she gets up off the bed, and they kind of gaze at each other, before suddenly leaning
closer... and then, the curtain drops! Hehe..
Zelda III: A Link To The Past
In "The Legend of Zelda - A Link to the Past", when Link finally reaches the imprisoned Zelda near the end of the
game, she thanks him for coming all this way for her, and reveals that she had believed in him since they
first met before suddenly going quiet (perhaps afraid she'd reveal that she had fallen for
him at first sight? ^^). And then the two of them simply gaze at each other in complete silence for a
moment. I'm sure that if the graphics at the time hadn't been so primitive, they would've been
smiling at each other, happily reveling in their reunion and glad that they never stopped
believing that they'd see each other again.
Kindly contributed by Amber Rhodes
This one doesn't really prove a romantic relationship between the two of them (Everyone else has already suggested
all of those :P) but it DOES poke a hole in the theory that Link and Zelda are related.
I feel the biggest bullet in the arsenal of those who think Link and Zelda are related,
was Link's Uncle's "Zelda is your..." quote. Alot of people seem to assume that
last word was "Sister" or "Cousin" or something along those lines...
Others have thought of a conflicting word being "destiny" which fits.
BUT when the game was remade on the GBA, that quote was replaced with "I'll never forget our time together."...
To me, that says Nintendo never intended for people to get the assumption that Link and Zelda were related,
and thus changed the quote. This kinda takes that massive rocket (or bomb
flower for a Zelda reference) and explodes it in the sibling theorist's faces xD.
Kindly contributed by Link the Paladin
Zelda IV: Links Awakening
Link awakes after washing up on the beach of Koholint asking for Zelda. How sweet...
The Link and
Marin relationship is actualy a wonderful support for the Link and Zelda
relationship. The entire world within Link's Awakening is a dream
world....Link's dream world....in which he meets and falls in love with a
girl who looks just like Zelda. Marin is Zelda in the dream.....a Zelda not
hampered by a throne and distenced by a crown. Link, the silly boy, wasn't
able to be with Zelda in that lifetime.....but he was with her in his dream
Kindly contributed by Zeldura
Zelda V: The Ocarina of Time
After the Shadow Spirit escapes from the well and attacks Link, Zelda (disguised as Sheik)
stays by his side in the rain until he wakes up. Aww!
In the ending sequence, when Link must hand the Ocarina of Time back to Zelda, their hands
both linger together on the Ocarina, and Zelda is rather hesitant, as if not wanting the moment to end.........
After Ganon's castle falls down, Link & Zelda both gaze at each other for a
moment, (Link smiles for the first time in the game! ^_^) and then, when Ganon
makes a noise from under the castle debris, Link quickly puts a protective
arm in front of Zelda! Awwww!!!
After Sheik reveals "himself" to Link, and he realises it's Zelda, notice, as she talks, she keeps walking closer to him, and when
Ganondorf traps her in the crystal, Link puts his hands on in and gazes inside at his Zelda! Then, while Ganondorf taunts him, he gets
angry at him, and pounds on the crystal, determined to free his princess! ^_^
When Link & Zelda are running through the Ganon's collapsing tower, Zelda gets stuck in a ring of fire. Link fights off 2 stalfos to
free her....and she rewards him with dozens of....HEARTS!!! I think she meant them to symbolize something more than just healing
When Zelda is disguised as Sheik, she often talks about love, and many times it sounds as though she is implying
something about Link and her. Especially when she says, "It is something that grows over time...a true friendship.
A feeling in the heart that becomes even stronger over time...The passion of friendship will soon blossom into righteous
power and through it, you will know which way to go..." and one other time she says, "Time passes, people move...Like a river's
flow, it never ends...A childish mind will turn to noble ambition...young love will become deep affection...
The clear water's surface reflects growth..." she definately is implying something between her and Link ^_~
Kindly contributed by Sheikahchica
The Deku Tree says, 'the youth whose destiny it is to lead Hyrule to a
path of justice and truth.' Only a ruler can do that, so obviously Link's
destiny is to marry Zelda and become King of Hyrule.:P
Kindly contributed by Link Æwondåslåmon
When Link awakens Ruto in the Chamber of Sages,
she says, "You're looking for Princess Zelda. Ha! I knew it! You can't hide anything from me."
Kindly contributed by Nikki
Zelda VI: The Mask of Majora
When Link gets his Ocarina back and has a flashback of Princess Zelda, she teaches
him the Song of Time, saying; "This song reminds me of us." They have a special song!
Kindly contributed by Alexandra Spears
In Link's flashback of Zelda, she says, "Even though it was a short time, i feel like i've known you forever.
I'll never forget the days we spent together in Hyrule...and I believe in my heart that a day will come when I shall meet
you again..." She knows in her HEART! Then she gives him a going-away present, the Ocarina of Time, and
tells him shes praying for his safety! Awwww!!!
Kindly contributed by Sheikahchica
Zelda VII/VIII: Oracle of Ages/Seasons
When you beat both games LINKED you get a special ending where Zelda kisses Link! Now if THAT isn't evidence...
Kindly contributed by Alison
Zelda X: Windwaker
When Link discovers that Ganon has kidnapped Zelda (again) one of the things Ganon says is;
"I have kidnapped your precious Zelda." Cute, isn't it?
If you talk to Beedle about the time when Link gets the Master Sword he
mentions Tetra (Zelda in disguise) and asks Link if he knows her. Pay close
attention to his next sentences. Link actually blushes, only by hearing
Zelda's name! Now, if that's not evidence, I'm not gonna see Return of the
King, which I will!
Kindly contributed by Link Æwondåslåmon/Sheikachica
Tetra sees Link in the bomb shop and says to her men that they can stay at Windfall
Island for the night, giving Link a headstart to get Naryu's Pearl.
Tetra tells Link that she would take his sister home for him. Then later on risks her
life when she jumps in the room that Link is in with Ganondorf.
Before Link leaves the Castle, Princess Zelda holds her hands to her heart as she gazes
lovingly at Link.
After defeating Ganondorf, Zelda runs to an exhausted Link, shows large concern in him, and helps him up.
When Link goes back into the castle after collecting the Triforce of Courage, he sees
Zelda in the Master Sword chamber, and smiles.
When Aryll is taken, Link runs and almost falls off the cliff, but Tetra catches Link's
hand before he falls.
Kindly contributed by Nikki
Zelda XII: The Minish Cap
Link and Zelda are already childhood best friends in this game.
During the festival Zelda manages to win a shield and gives it to Link as a gift.
Zelda XIII: Twilight Princess
In Twilight Princess, during the cutscene before you fight Ganondorf on his horse, Link and
Zelda just stare at each other for a while after she summons the Light Arrows ^_^ And she
helps you fight Ganondorf, too!
And at the end of the game, Midna breaks the mirror and seals herself off from Hyrule,
so Link and Zelda can be together! ^_^
Kindly contributed by Amy Rose
When you first meet Zelda, Midna says to Zelda, "Is this the one you were looking for?"
When you first meet Zelda, Link(in wolf form) growls at Zelda, not knowing who she is at first.
However, when he looks into her eyes, he stops growling and walks to her, while Midna
When Zelda asks for the Light Arrows, she asks Link to "lend her the last of his power", Link holds out
his hand, and Zelda takes it.
Zelda is revived after you fight her, and Link smiles.
Kindly contributed by Nikki
Zelda XIV: Phantom Hourglass
Link is completely determined to save Tetra.
When he sees Tetra stoned, poor Link is in a very big state of shock.
When Tetra transforms back to normal she and Link kinda get a romantic scene where they almost hold hands...
Kindly contributed by Crazyfreak
Zelda XV: Spirit Tracks
When Link meets Princess Zelda in the castle, Link looks up at her and then gasps and blushes at the fact that
she's so pretty (why else would he gasp and blush at her anyway?).
Kindly contributed by Angela Alcock/Crazyfreak
After Link and Phantom Zelda defeat Byrne, he questions them on how they could've defeated him, as he has the power of
spirits and such, and how LInk and Zelda are just "humans". Phantom Zelda says that although that she and Link do not
have the power of spirits or magic, that when they work together, nothing can stop them! Then she says, "Right Link?" Link looks
at her surprised, then smiles at her. And they laugh, and they get this nice scene when they do a high five and
they're just standing there, smiling at each other...
Then Byrne just walks away, and they don't even notice! Then they realize he's getting away and they
start running after him.
Kindly contributed by Angela Alcock
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