Hey guys! Mod Syrup back with another Top 5 and still obsessing over The Legend of Zelda. I suppose one of these days I’ll write an article that doesn’t involve this game, but that day is not today!! So today I will be discussing my Top 5 Best and Worst depictions of Princess Zelda! Now, Let’s dive in!!!!
On my last Top 5 (which you can read here) I spoke of my Top 5 Worst then my Top 5 Best. I personally like that style because it’s organized, but if you guys prefer another way, lemme know!
Top 5 Worst:
- Number 5: Twilight Princess Zelda
So the least worst out of my Top 5 Worst Zeldas is Twilight Princess Zelda. Okay, for the longest time, I had adored TP Zelda, but as I started becoming more analytical from being apart of NWG, I started loving her less and less.
Originally, I found her badass. She was in a darker game of The Zelda Franchise and since I completely adore Majora’s Mask, I was pretty hype to see Zelda in a dark game since she wasn’t in Majora’s Mask.
So when I played it when I was younger, I loved Zelda. But now that I look back on it, TP Zelda is very flat.
In fact, it’s implied by the takeover of Zant that Zelda is trained since she is holding a sword. But, as soon as Zant barges into the throne room, you see Zelda just drop her sword and give up.
This is beyond aggravating! Zelda has, time and time again in the lore, been said to be a skilled magician. And it’s heavily implied that she also (at least) has basic skills with a sword, and they just have her give up without a fight.
Like, Zant could take over, but I wish they would’ve had Zelda put up a fight.
Furthermore, she stays locked in a tower for the majority if not ALL of the game while Midna and Link save the day. Like no thank you. I would prefer a Princess that fights to the end for her kingdom, not one that gives up as times get hard.
- Number 4: Wind Waker Zelda
I consider Tetra and Zelda to be completely separate people in this game based purely on the fact of how different they act from each other. Clearly, Tetra is a pirate captain and has fought and sailed the sea.
So please, please tell me why when she found out she was a princess she gets captured by Ganon and doesn’t try to fight and escape!
Like, it’s ridiculous that they build Tetra up so much, then as soon as she’s labeled “princess” and put into a dress, she suddenly becomes a DAMSEL IN DISTRESS! UGHHHHHHHHHH!
Okay, I’m continuing this before this rant continues.
- Number 3: Link Between Worlds Zelda
So yes, Zelda is a sage. But she just gets stuck into a painting for about the whole game right? I think she gives you a pendant or the Triforce and just gets trapped in a painting. Like. God. At least WW Zelda and TP Zelda kind of did something? Ugh.
I’ll be real, I haven’t completed the game and it’s been awhile since I have played it, but I’m 90% sure that’s what happens, but hey, I could be wrong. To be frank, I just needed someone to make this 5 annnnnd so I put her in here.
SO CARRYING ON!
- Number 2: Ocarina of Time Zelda
Ohboi. So, let’s start here. Yes, there clearly similarities between my beef with OoT Zelda with the WW Zelda. But I have further annoyances since Tetra/WW Zelda is like a child I’m pretty sure?
OoT Zelda was kidnapped as a child, but (spoiler alert) escapes and ends up training herself, successfully staying hidden and spying on Ganondorf for years.
THEN, as soon as she is seen as Princess Zelda again, she is (spoiler alert) trapped in a crystal and held captive by Ganon once again. Just ugh. No thank you.
- Number 1: Spirit Tracks Zelda
OHMYGOD THIS FUCKING ZELDA! God! I loathe her so much. Okay, many fans of the Zelda Franchise hate this game, but I can be fair; I enjoyed most of the gameplay, including the train. Given, I haven’t played it in years. But one thing that is burned into my mind is how fucking annoying Ghost Zelda is. She’s a whiny brat and is a PURE DISGRACE of EVERYTHING ZELDA HAS BEEN.
Like, if I had the time and energy, I’d write a whole paper on how horrible she is. But, we’re just going to carry on.
Okay, I did the hard part for me. I hate pointing out flaws to the games I love, but it’s best to acknowledge them rather than live in clouded nostalgia. So now, I will go onto my favorite part where I hype about all the good!
Top 5 Best:
- Number 5: Skyward Sword Zelda
Okay. I can already hear a lot of people disagreeing with me since this is one of the MOST HATED GAMES in the Zelda Franchise. And it has been seen as the worst 3D Zelda of all time. But hear me out alright?
First of all, this is the first time I had personally seen Zelda depicted as Link’s best friend. I know it was done prior in Minish Cap, but I honestly didn’t find that out until the Zelda Mash Up we did. So keep that in mind as I continue.
Now up to this point I had played Ocarina of Time, Majora’s Mask, Twilight Princess, and some of Wind Waker. So I was in love with how much SS Zelda had emotion, was adorable, but also didn’t take shit! She stood up for Link against Groose and didn’t let her dad tell her what to do either.
But, there’s a reason she’s on the lower tier of my Best List. With further examination of her, her personality is literally a copy and paste from Ilia from Twilight Princess, only made to Zelda.
Doesn’t put up with shit.
And is kidnapped.
Given, she’s saved by Impa. But god, I wish, I wish they would’ve used this as a way to bring back Sheik. Seriously, other fans made tons of fan art of a SS Sheik! GOD, WHY DIDN’T THEY DO THAT?
So, as much as I hold her higher than the previous Zeldas mentioned (because of her emotions compared to them), in the end she’s just another Zelda that needs to be saved by Link.
- Number 4: Hyrule Warriors Zelda
God. God. I wish, wish this game was considered canon. But it will always be canon in my heart. ❤
Anyways! I love this depiction of Zelda. She fights like a badass with Light Arrows, her magic, and her sword. It’s beautiful because you haven’t seen Zelda be able to show her powers since Smash Bros Melee?
And on this one we see a story, her as a princess, and one of the key points of aiding Link.
PLUS THE RETURN OF SHEIK, SO YES!
- Number 3: Breath of the Wild Zelda
Now, I haven’t played it all the way through, clearly. But, God, I can already tell that this Zelda is one of my favorites. Right now, she’s at the 3rd level until I complete the game. But here are reasons as to why she’s in my Best List:
First of all, SHE’S WEARING PANTS. OHMYGOD.
Like, Hyrule Warriors Zelda had shorts.
BUT, GOD, SHE’S WEARING PANTS! YESSSSS!
Okay, furthermore, (spoiler alert) she knows the Sheikah tablet like the back of her hand and she has been single-handedly keeping Ganon back for 100 years. Like, she’s showing she’s powerful and can hold back Ganon. The only thing that could make her better would be the fact that she defeated Ganon by herself.
Right now, she’s level 3, but I expect her to move up (hopefully) by the time I finish the game.
- Number 2: Tetra
Now yes, some people would prefer her to be top, and don’t get me wrong! She’s a badass. I love her. She’s a pirate captain, she’s sailed the sea, and despite seemingly being a child, she has grown men doing as she tells them to do.
She’s witty, cocky, and reminds me a lot of Midna. She thought Link was an idiot for wanting to join them and constantly toys with him. I just wish she did a bit more in Wind Waker. That would’ve been lovely.
- Number 1: Sheik
SHEIK IS MY BBY!
I love her soooo much. Originally in Ocarina, Sheik is a cross-dressing Zelda. She’s literally a Drag King. Like OH MY GOD. THAT’S BEAUTIFUL.
And then you bring in the manga that adds on more lore to the Sheikah tribe. And in Hyrule Warriors, where Sheik is depicted as a badass girl where she’s just using the Goddess Harp and has wonderful lightning and light magic and god I love her.
Character design, gorgeous in all ways.
Both Drag King in OoT and a badass female in Hyrule Warriors and other media.
TO ME, Sheik takes the cake for the BEST depiction of Zelda of ALL time. I’m not sure if ANYONE will be able to top that!
So I hope you enjoyed my Top 5 Best and Worst Zeldas! This has been Mod Syrup and I hope you enjoy the rest of the articles coming from NWG! Bye!