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9th Jul '17 5:47:03 PM Nevermore2002
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* InstantExpert: Averted. When Zelda has to use Link's sword, she has a lot of difficulty with it since she's never used it before and wasn't accustomed to the recoil from the SwordBeam, which was never an issu

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* InstantExpert: Averted. When Zelda has to use Link's sword, she has a lot of difficulty with it since she's never used it before and wasn't accustomed to the recoil from the SwordBeam, which was never an issuissue.
9th Jul '17 5:43:55 PM Nevermore2002
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* EpicFail: Four of Ganon's mooks simultaneously ambushed Link while he was reading on his bed. Somehow, they all managed to kill each others without Link lifting a finger.

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* EpicFail: Four of Ganon's mooks simultaneously ambushed Link while he was reading on his bed. Somehow, they all managed to kill each others without Link lifting a finger. Later, all of mooks invade the castle without Ganon. Link and Zelda don't even bother to defend it as none of the mooks succeed in breaching the walls during their absence.
9th Jul '17 5:36:20 PM Nevermore2002
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* EpicFail: Four of Ganon's mooks simultaneously ambushed Link while he was reading on his bed. Somehow, they all managed to kill each others without Link lifting a finger.
5th Jun '17 7:25:41 PM Owlorange1995
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* InstantExpert: Averted. When Zelda has to use Link's sword, she has a lot of difficulty with it since she's never used it before and wasn't accustomed to the recoil from the SwordBeam, which was never an issu

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* InstantExpert: Averted. When Zelda has to use Link's sword, she has a lot of difficulty with it since she's never used it before and wasn't accustomed to the recoil from the SwordBeam, which was never an issuissu
* {{Intangibility}}: Link suffers from this in "The Missing Link", when he tries picking up the sword he has left, only to find that he is a ghost and can't pick it up. He also suffers from {{invisibility}}, as no one except Zelda can see him, though anyone can hear him speak.
* InterruptedKiss: Spryte interrupts a kiss between Link and Zelda at the end of the pilot, and at least one other time during the series.
* InterspeciesRomance: Spryte has a huge crush on Link, and has no qualms about letting it be known. She even kisses him to turn him back from frog status at one point. Some of Link's dialogue suggests he ''would'' go for Spryte... [[HotSkittyOnWailordAction if she weren't two inches tall.]]
* IronicEcho: In "The Missing Link," Zelda borrows Link's shield and leaves him to fight off Ganon's invasion alone:
-->'''Zelda:''' You hold them here!\\
'''Link:''' Hey! Thanks heaps, Princess!
** Later, after moblins are sent after the duo in the underworld...
-->'''Link[[spoiler:'s Ghost]]:''' Just hold them a while!\\
'''Zelda:''' Thanks heaps!
%%* LadyOfWar: Zelda.
* LamePunReaction: one example occurs in "Stinging a Stinger," after they've used a beehive to trick Ganon:
--> '''Zelda:''' Kiss me.
--> '''Link:''' I'd ''bee'' happy to, ''honey''!
--> '''Zelda:''' Ugh! I hate bad puns!
* TheLancer: Zelda is more like Link's battle partner in this universe than a DamselInDistress he has to save or TheHerald that points him toward Ganon. Her haughty princess demeanor provides a contrast to the over-confident hero.
* LovesMeNot: Link does this at the start of the episode "Stinging The Stinger" and blames the poor result on the flower.
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: Link's shield is able to resist lava, dragon's fire breath, and explosions powerful enough to level an apartment building without even getting scratched. [[ShieldSurf This makes it Link's favorite means of getting across dangerous terrain.]]
* MagicCompass: One episode had them using one to locate pieces of the Triforce of Wisdom. [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI Sound familiar?]]
* MagicSkirt:
** {{Averted|Trope}} by Spryte. When she falls over at one point in the first episode, there's a blink-and-you'll-miss-it shot right up her skirt, with [[VaporWear nothing underneath]].
** Link's nightshirt is a case played straight, except in "Underworld Connections," where (as noted above) we get to see his GoofyPrintUnderwear.
* TheMainCharactersDoEverything: In two episodes, when Zelda wants the castle cleaned up, she personally gives the orders and has Link, who should be guarding the Triforce and saving her (though sometimes even these roles conflict), and Spryte, a ''fairy princess,'' do the cleaning. Aside from the King, the castle has Doof, the handyman, and at least one unnamed guardsman. No one else is ever even seen.
** Additionally, Link and Zelda are arguably presented as the only capable fighters in all of Hyrule. So whenever they're both away from the castle, there's no evidence to suggest that the castle is in any way defended.
* MaleGaze: Link's room is on a tower higher than Zelda's, which give him a good view when she wears a low cut dress.
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: Link takes being separated from his body and effectively turned into a ghost ''really'' well.
* MeaningfulName: Prince Facade, in "The White Knight." He's all about appearances.
* MistakenForGranite: In "Sing For The Unicorn," Link and Zelda encounter and accidentally awaken giant Armos statues in the Underworld. To his credit, Link knew better than to touch them, but didn't explain the reason to Zelda before she touched one's base, innocently asking, "Why?" Cue {{Facepalm}}.
* ModestRoyalty:
** Averted with King Harkinian who looks royal indeed in his robes and gold.
** Played straight with Zelda, who is normally indistinguishable as a princess except for her circlet.
* MomentKiller: On those occasions when Zelda consents to kiss Link, something always interrupts. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d more than once in a few episodes when Link complains, "This ''always'' happens!"
* MundaneFantastic: According to Zelda in one episode, Ganon wants to conquer Hyrule as badly as he does because it's so heavily infused with magic. Literally every native resident knows at least a little, and they're often seen using it in very mundane ways, such as the blacksmith firing up his forge by pointing at it. (Link, as stated in the manual of the first game, is ''not'' a native of Hyrule, which accounts for him not having any magic of his own.)
* MundaneUtility: Ganon finds walking beneath him so he teleports to get anywhere, even to the other side of a room.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: In "The Moblins Are Revolting," Link and Zelda almost succeed in grabbing the Triforce of Power, until the former decides to play around with Ganon, who is trapped in a magic bubble that's impervious to anything but said Triforce. He tosses the Ganon-Bubble to Zelda, who tries to knock it away, but it lands on the Triforce behind her and pops the bubble.
* NoodleIncident: "Remember the last time we took one of your shortcuts?"
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Ganon has moments where he is truly dangerous, such as chaining Link up and preparing to blast him while he can't move.
* OffModel:
** In "Doppleganger", after Link and Zelda fall, Zelda is drawn in her evil twin's [[ColourCodedForYourConvenience red and black]] color scheme for a second.
** In "The White Knight," when Zelda is lying in the mud after Link dispatches the Zola, she is briefly seen in her regular outfit instead of her formal dress.
** "Fairies in the Spring": the scene in which the [[MonsterOfTheWeek Water Monster]] ''has no claws''.
* OffscreenVillainDarkMatter: Ganon has a lot of it, thanks to the Triforce of Power.
* OhCrap: Zelda has one when Ganon reveals that Zelda must be in love with Link. When she sees Link's expression, she knows what she's in store for.
* OncePerEpisode: Link's most famous CatchPhrase, "[[WellExcuseMePrincess Well, Excuuuuuuse Me, Princess!]]", is uttered ''twice'' per episode on average, three times if you count the opening.
* OnlySaneEmployee: Apparently, Ganon has exactly ''one'' moblin with more than two brain cells to rub together. He attempts to take charge in "The Moblins Are Revolting" and, when faced with the complete idiocy of his cohorts, realizes why the good guys always win.
--> '''Moblin:''' Ugh. Now me know how Ganon feel.
* OpeningNarration: Each episode begins with a sequence in which Zelda explains to Link (and thus, the viewer) what Ganon's hoping to accomplish.
* OrcusOnHisThrone: Ganon frequently prefers to send his (largely useless) minions to do his dirty work. It's justified because he mentions at least once that his powers wane in Hyrule proper and that he is only at full power in the Underworld.
* OurFairiesAreDifferent: Hyrulean fairies are the type which resemble little flying people with some magic powers.
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: In this case, Link's ghost in "The Missing Link" is not actually a ghost. That is, he's not dead in any way. Just intangible.
* OutGambitted: Zelda outscams a ConMan at the end of "Stinging The Stinger".
* PantsFree: Averted in the daytime, but whenever Link is shown after he's gone to bed or just gotten up, he's only seen wearing a nightshirt.
* PimpedOutDress: Zelda has a few, such as a yellow dress with gold trim, seen when she dines with the visiting Prince Facade.
* PlayingSick: Link pulls this in "Cold Spells" to get out of helping with the spring cleaning around the castle. It works for a little while, although Zelda isn't really fooled.
* PoorCommunicationKills: Justified in "Sing for the Unicorn," as Sing doesn't speak Link and Zelda's language and can't tell if they're enemies or not, leading them to fight. When Zelda is able to communicate with her, she informs them of what's going on and aids them in battle.
* PostKissCatatonia: Link gets a mild variation of this when obliged with a kiss by the fake Zelda in "Doppleganger". At first, he's just stunned that it ''actually happened'' and so easily at that, and simply remarks it seemed "colder" than he imagined it. Subverted at the end of the episode. Link, being Link, offers her another shot and the good Zelda her first. Bad Zelda accepts and they both seem equally pleased with their second kiss. The real Zelda, however, declines and seems quite unpleased by all of it.
* ThePowerOfLove: Ganon remarks that Link's love for Zelda is his greatest weakness. It also has to be rather strong, considering the amount of abuse Link takes from his would-be {{Love Interest|s}}. In "The Missing Link," her love for him allows her to see his spirit when it has been separated from his body.
* PrecisionGuidedBoomerang: Zelda wields these at times. It always hits moblins and returns to her.
* PrinceCharmless: In the episode "The White Knight," Zelda is charmed by one of these, Prince Facade of Arcadia. She thinks he's PrinceCharming but his TrueColors are revealed when he won't rescue her from Ganon's minions... because they're in the mud and he doesn't want to get his clothes dirty.
* PrincessesPreferPink:
** Zelda has a [[FluffyFashionFeathers feather-trimmed]] nightgown, a dark pink robe, and a bathing suit.
** Spryte (who is a princess in her own right) wears pink on a daily basis, including [[AnachronismStew pink eye shadow and pink frosted lip color]].
* PunBasedTitle: More often than not, the individual episodes have rather punny or descriptive names. The episode "Sing for the Unicorn" features a character named Sing who is trying to rescue her unicorn. "A Hitch In the Works" is about Ganon kidnapping Zelda to force her to marry him. And then there's "The Moblins Are Revolting"... why yes, yes they are.
* PurpleIsPowerful: Zelda's dark purple shirt and light purple tights. Not only does it fit her royal status, but also fits her being an action girl in this series. Her pink nightgown is also trimmed with purple feathers.
* RealMenWearPink: Link's SignatureMove is a pink-colored SwordBeam.
* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: Ganon makes an evil doppelganger of Zelda, and the only visible difference is that her top is black with a red vest instead of purple with a light blue vest.
* RespawningEnemies: Given an in-universe explanation by the Evil Jar. Both the mooks and Ganon himself respawn there after Link zaps them.
* RhymesOnADime: When the Triforce of Wisdom speaks, it always does so in rhyme, although sometimes the rhymes are a bit of a reach; for instance, "wise" and "advice." In "Cold Spells," Zelda responds with a sarcastic rhyme of her own.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething:
** Princess Zelda qualifies when she joins the fight.
** Prince Facade is an adventurer, and is just as competent as Link as a fighter; he's great at close combat, despite having a crossbow as his chosen weapon. He's just so vain that he puts his looks above the lives of others.
* RunningGag:
** Link getting smacked in the face any time Zelda opens and closes a door.
** Link trying to get a kiss from Zelda and failing.
** "(Hey! / Well,) Excuuuuuse me, Princess!"
* ServileSnarker: Link often snarks and jokes at Zelda, but he still follows her orders and serves as her companion in battle.
* ScoobyDoobyDoors: In "Doppelganger."
* ShipperOnDeck: When the king pays attention to Link, he sometimes helps Link try to romance Zelda.
* ShirtlessScene: Link, while taking a bath in "The White Knight."
* ShoutOut: The King of the Fairies is named [[Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream Oberon]].
** Link's catchphrase is OlderThanTheyThink. It was originally Creator/SteveMartin's[[note]]Back when he regularly did stand-up comedy.[[/note]], although without the "Princess" at the end.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Link is shown to be very vain and full of himself. The main reason Zelda didn't tell Link of her love for him was because she figured it would go to his head. Turns out she was right.
* SmoochOfVictory: Link always wants one, but Zelda usually rejects him, leading him to say one of his catch phrases.
* SpotTheImposter: When faced with two Zeldas, he proposes a kissing contest to determine which is real. Fake Zelda kisses Link, while the real Zelda slaps him.
-->'''Link''': That's my Zelda all right.
* StalkerWithACrush: Ganon seems to feel this way toward Zelda, as evidenced by his actions in a number of episodes.
--> '''Ganon:''' ''I want that princess!''
** In "That Sinking Feeling," he explicitly states his intention to make her his queen once he conquers Hyrule.
** Spryte is a lighter version of this (see ClingyJealousGirl).
* StuffBlowingUp: Link has bombs here like in the games.
* SwordBeam: Part of the reason for Link's enduring success is his ability to fire these at distant enemies. He declares a different sword to be useless because it can't shoot beams, although that one was a fake given to him by a ConMan.
* TeleportSpam: Ganon does this ''all the time'', while monologuing out loud to himself.
* TentacleRope:
** Zelda is grabbed by an octorok in "The White Knight".
** Zelda and Link both get snatched by large plant roots in "Cold Spells", although one at a time, with one able to save the other.
* ThatMakesMeFeelAngry: In "That Sinking Feeling," Ganon's reaction when he finds the Triforce of Wisdom is missing is to throw a tantrum and yell that "[[AC: I'm very upset!]]"
* TenMinuteRetirement: For a good portion of "The White Knight," Zelda ignores Link and fawns over Prince Facade, making Link extremely jealous. Her laughing at Link's klutz attack after he tries to impress her with his ImpracticallyFancyOutfit is the last straw; he calls it quits as the Triforce's protector and leaves the castle without telling her. But when he hears her screaming after Ganon's minions have taken her, he hesitates for only a few moments before racing back to the rescue. ("I'm such a sucker!")
* ThrowTheDogABone: [[spoiler:Link ''finally'' gets his long-awaited kiss from Princess Zelda... but not until an episode of ''WesternAnimation/CaptainNTheGameMaster,'' which aired after the cancellation of ''The Legend of Zelda'' animated series.]]
* TitleDrop: A number of episodes manage to work the individual episode title into the dialogue.
* TomboyPrincess: Zelda, even more so than her video game counterpart, because of her style of clothing and greater combat time.
* TooDumbToLive: Ganon's forces; they'd be dead if it weren't for the Evil Jar. Not only are they so incompetent that they lose to Link every episode, but in the episode "The Moblins are Revolting" they send themselves back to the jar in a failed mission and Link doesn't have to lift a finger. They attempt to take the Triforce for themselves but lack the ability to work together or even how to strategize and end up getting into fights and sending each other back to the jar.
** Link and Zelda even take amusement at how Ganon's forces are more incompetent than ever.
--> '''Link:''' Hey Moblin, this is the ''stupidest'' attack Ganon ever cooked up!
* {{Tsundere}}: Zelda (Type A/Tsun tsun) loves Link but denies it and gives him a hard time - usually resulting in the {{catchphrase}} we all know and love.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: In "Cold Spells," Ganon rides a ''giant insect up the side of Hyrule Castle''... and no one notices.
* VaporWear: There's nothing under Spryte's dress.
* VillainsActHeroesReact: Zelda grows tired of this trope in "That Sinking Feeling" and tries to fight Ganon before he can attack again.
* WellExcuseMePrincess: The TropeNamer, being Link's catch phrase, about how Zelda acts around him.
* WinsByDoingAbsolutelyNothing: One episode of the ''Legend of Zelda'' cartoon started with Link in his room reading. Two pairs of Ganon's troops storm in and try to kill him, only to defeat each other. The last two even manage a Mutual Kill. After seeing this, Link goes back to reading and says "Wow, I'm good."
* WorthIt: Link wonders why he agreed to live in the castle when it's boring a lot of the time... then he sees Zelda in her low-cut morning gown.
* {{Xenafication}}: Zelda here would be more at home in the ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' games than in the early Zelda games.
* YankTheDogsChain: In "That Sinking Feeling," Zelda is overjoyed at a picnic Link has set up and glomps him. She's just about to kiss him when Ganon attacks and ruins the mood.
-->'''Zelda:''' It's an underworld entrance. We're being attacked!\\
'''Link:''' They couldn't have waited ten seconds?
* YouCanSeeMe: "The Missing Link" has Link's spirit knocked out of his body, which is then stolen by Ganon. The only one who can see Link's ghostlike form is Zelda because, as Ganon points out, she's secretly in love with him. Interestingly, Spryte ''can't'' see him, despite being far more open and forward with her feelings toward Link. One can only assume it's more {{lust}} than love.
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Hey! EXCUUUUUUUUSE me, Princess!
28th May '17 7:31:41 PM NightShade96
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* AdaptationalBadass: This incarnation of Zelda is more like Link's partner in battle than someone he has to rescue (she even had the will to search for adventure on her own with Link following her in certain episodes).

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* AdaptationalBadass: AdaptationalBadass:
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This incarnation of Zelda is more like Link's partner in battle than someone he has to rescue (she even had the will to search for adventure on her own with Link following her in certain episodes).



* InstantExpert: Averted. When Zelda has to use Link's sword, she has a lot of difficulty with it since she's never used it before and wasn't accustomed to the recoil from the SwordBeam, which was never an issue for Link.
* {{Intangibility}}: Link suffers from this in "The Missing Link", when he tries picking up the sword he has left, only to find that he is a ghost and can't pick it up. He also suffers from {{invisibility}}, as no one except Zelda can see him, though anyone can hear him speak.
* InterruptedKiss: Spryte interrupts a kiss between Link and Zelda at the end of the pilot, and at least one other time during the series.
* InterspeciesRomance: Spryte has a huge crush on Link, and has no qualms about letting it be known. She even kisses him to turn him back from frog status at one point. Some of Link's dialogue suggests he ''would'' go for Spryte... [[HotSkittyOnWailordAction if she weren't two inches tall.]]
* IronicEcho: In "The Missing Link," Zelda borrows Link's shield and leaves him to fight off Ganon's invasion alone:
-->'''Zelda:''' You hold them here!\\
'''Link:''' Hey! Thanks heaps, Princess!
** Later, after moblins are sent after the duo in the underworld...
-->'''Link[[spoiler:'s Ghost]]:''' Just hold them a while!\\
'''Zelda:''' Thanks heaps!
%%* LadyOfWar: Zelda.
* LamePunReaction: one example occurs in "Stinging a Stinger," after they've used a beehive to trick Ganon:
--> '''Zelda:''' Kiss me.
--> '''Link:''' I'd ''bee'' happy to, ''honey''!
--> '''Zelda:''' Ugh! I hate bad puns!
* TheLancer: Zelda is more like Link's battle partner in this universe than a DamselInDistress he has to save or TheHerald that points him toward Ganon. Her haughty princess demeanor provides a contrast to the over-confident hero.
* LovesMeNot: Link does this at the start of the episode "Stinging The Stinger" and blames the poor result on the flower.
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: Link's shield is able to resist lava, dragon's fire breath, and explosions powerful enough to level an apartment building without even getting scratched. [[ShieldSurf This makes it Link's favorite means of getting across dangerous terrain.]]
* MagicCompass: One episode had them using one to locate pieces of the Triforce of Wisdom. [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI Sound familiar?]]
* MagicSkirt:
** {{Averted|Trope}} by Spryte. When she falls over at one point in the first episode, there's a blink-and-you'll-miss-it shot right up her skirt, with [[VaporWear nothing underneath]].
** Link's nightshirt is a case played straight, except in "Underworld Connections," where (as noted above) we get to see his GoofyPrintUnderwear.
* TheMainCharactersDoEverything: In two episodes, when Zelda wants the castle cleaned up, she personally gives the orders and has Link, who should be guarding the Triforce and saving her (though sometimes even these roles conflict), and Spryte, a ''fairy princess,'' do the cleaning. Aside from the King, the castle has Doof, the handyman, and at least one unnamed guardsman. No one else is ever even seen.
** Additionally, Link and Zelda are arguably presented as the only capable fighters in all of Hyrule. So whenever they're both away from the castle, there's no evidence to suggest that the castle is in any way defended.
* MaleGaze: Link's room is on a tower higher than Zelda's, which give him a good view when she wears a low cut dress.
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: Link takes being separated from his body and effectively turned into a ghost ''really'' well.
* MeaningfulName: Prince Facade, in "The White Knight." He's all about appearances.
* MistakenForGranite: In "Sing For The Unicorn," Link and Zelda encounter and accidentally awaken giant Armos statues in the Underworld. To his credit, Link knew better than to touch them, but didn't explain the reason to Zelda before she touched one's base, innocently asking, "Why?" Cue {{Facepalm}}.
* ModestRoyalty:
** Averted with King Harkinian who looks royal indeed in his robes and gold.
** Played straight with Zelda, who is normally indistinguishable as a princess except for her circlet.
* MomentKiller: On those occasions when Zelda consents to kiss Link, something always interrupts. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d more than once in a few episodes when Link complains, "This ''always'' happens!"
* MundaneFantastic: According to Zelda in one episode, Ganon wants to conquer Hyrule as badly as he does because it's so heavily infused with magic. Literally every native resident knows at least a little, and they're often seen using it in very mundane ways, such as the blacksmith firing up his forge by pointing at it. (Link, as stated in the manual of the first game, is ''not'' a native of Hyrule, which accounts for him not having any magic of his own.)
* MundaneUtility: Ganon finds walking beneath him so he teleports to get anywhere, even to the other side of a room.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: In "The Moblins Are Revolting," Link and Zelda almost succeed in grabbing the Triforce of Power, until the former decides to play around with Ganon, who is trapped in a magic bubble that's impervious to anything but said Triforce. He tosses the Ganon-Bubble to Zelda, who tries to knock it away, but it lands on the Triforce behind her and pops the bubble.
* NoodleIncident: "Remember the last time we took one of your shortcuts?"
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Ganon has moments where he is truly dangerous, such as chaining Link up and preparing to blast him while he can't move.
* OffModel:
** In "Doppleganger", after Link and Zelda fall, Zelda is drawn in her evil twin's [[ColourCodedForYourConvenience red and black]] color scheme for a second.
** In "The White Knight," when Zelda is lying in the mud after Link dispatches the Zola, she is briefly seen in her regular outfit instead of her formal dress.
** "Fairies in the Spring": the scene in which the [[MonsterOfTheWeek Water Monster]] ''has no claws''.
* OffscreenVillainDarkMatter: Ganon has a lot of it, thanks to the Triforce of Power.
* OhCrap: Zelda has one when Ganon reveals that Zelda must be in love with Link. When she sees Link's expression, she knows what she's in store for.
* OncePerEpisode: Link's most famous CatchPhrase, "[[WellExcuseMePrincess Well, Excuuuuuuse Me, Princess!]]", is uttered ''twice'' per episode on average, three times if you count the opening.
* OnlySaneEmployee: Apparently, Ganon has exactly ''one'' moblin with more than two brain cells to rub together. He attempts to take charge in "The Moblins Are Revolting" and, when faced with the complete idiocy of his cohorts, realizes why the good guys always win.
--> '''Moblin:''' Ugh. Now me know how Ganon feel.
* OpeningNarration: Each episode begins with a sequence in which Zelda explains to Link (and thus, the viewer) what Ganon's hoping to accomplish.
* OrcusOnHisThrone: Ganon frequently prefers to send his (largely useless) minions to do his dirty work. It's justified because he mentions at least once that his powers wane in Hyrule proper and that he is only at full power in the Underworld.
* OurFairiesAreDifferent: Hyrulean fairies are the type which resemble little flying people with some magic powers.
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: In this case, Link's ghost in "The Missing Link" is not actually a ghost. That is, he's not dead in any way. Just intangible.
* OutGambitted: Zelda outscams a ConMan at the end of "Stinging The Stinger".
* PantsFree: Averted in the daytime, but whenever Link is shown after he's gone to bed or just gotten up, he's only seen wearing a nightshirt.
* PimpedOutDress: Zelda has a few, such as a yellow dress with gold trim, seen when she dines with the visiting Prince Facade.
* PlayingSick: Link pulls this in "Cold Spells" to get out of helping with the spring cleaning around the castle. It works for a little while, although Zelda isn't really fooled.
* PoorCommunicationKills: Justified in "Sing for the Unicorn," as Sing doesn't speak Link and Zelda's language and can't tell if they're enemies or not, leading them to fight. When Zelda is able to communicate with her, she informs them of what's going on and aids them in battle.
* PostKissCatatonia: Link gets a mild variation of this when obliged with a kiss by the fake Zelda in "Doppleganger". At first, he's just stunned that it ''actually happened'' and so easily at that, and simply remarks it seemed "colder" than he imagined it. Subverted at the end of the episode. Link, being Link, offers her another shot and the good Zelda her first. Bad Zelda accepts and they both seem equally pleased with their second kiss. The real Zelda, however, declines and seems quite unpleased by all of it.
* ThePowerOfLove: Ganon remarks that Link's love for Zelda is his greatest weakness. It also has to be rather strong, considering the amount of abuse Link takes from his would-be {{Love Interest|s}}. In "The Missing Link," her love for him allows her to see his spirit when it has been separated from his body.
* PrecisionGuidedBoomerang: Zelda wields these at times. It always hits moblins and returns to her.
* PrinceCharmless: In the episode "The White Knight," Zelda is charmed by one of these, Prince Facade of Arcadia. She thinks he's PrinceCharming but his TrueColors are revealed when he won't rescue her from Ganon's minions... because they're in the mud and he doesn't want to get his clothes dirty.
* PrincessesPreferPink:
** Zelda has a [[FluffyFashionFeathers feather-trimmed]] nightgown, a dark pink robe, and a bathing suit.
** Spryte (who is a princess in her own right) wears pink on a daily basis, including [[AnachronismStew pink eye shadow and pink frosted lip color]].
* PunBasedTitle: More often than not, the individual episodes have rather punny or descriptive names. The episode "Sing for the Unicorn" features a character named Sing who is trying to rescue her unicorn. "A Hitch In the Works" is about Ganon kidnapping Zelda to force her to marry him. And then there's "The Moblins Are Revolting"... why yes, yes they are.
* PurpleIsPowerful: Zelda's dark purple shirt and light purple tights. Not only does it fit her royal status, but also fits her being an action girl in this series. Her pink nightgown is also trimmed with purple feathers.
* RealMenWearPink: Link's SignatureMove is a pink-colored SwordBeam.
* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: Ganon makes an evil doppelganger of Zelda, and the only visible difference is that her top is black with a red vest instead of purple with a light blue vest.
* RespawningEnemies: Given an in-universe explanation by the Evil Jar. Both the mooks and Ganon himself respawn there after Link zaps them.
* RhymesOnADime: When the Triforce of Wisdom speaks, it always does so in rhyme, although sometimes the rhymes are a bit of a reach; for instance, "wise" and "advice." In "Cold Spells," Zelda responds with a sarcastic rhyme of her own.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething:
** Princess Zelda qualifies when she joins the fight.
** Prince Facade is an adventurer, and is just as competent as Link as a fighter; he's great at close combat, despite having a crossbow as his chosen weapon. He's just so vain that he puts his looks above the lives of others.
* RunningGag:
** Link getting smacked in the face any time Zelda opens and closes a door.
** Link trying to get a kiss from Zelda and failing.
** "(Hey! / Well,) Excuuuuuse me, Princess!"
* ServileSnarker: Link often snarks and jokes at Zelda, but he still follows her orders and serves as her companion in battle.
* ScoobyDoobyDoors: In "Doppelganger."
* ShipperOnDeck: When the king pays attention to Link, he sometimes helps Link try to romance Zelda.
* ShirtlessScene: Link, while taking a bath in "The White Knight."
* ShoutOut: The King of the Fairies is named [[Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream Oberon]].
** Link's catchphrase is OlderThanTheyThink. It was originally Creator/SteveMartin's[[note]]Back when he regularly did stand-up comedy.[[/note]], although without the "Princess" at the end.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Link is shown to be very vain and full of himself. The main reason Zelda didn't tell Link of her love for him was because she figured it would go to his head. Turns out she was right.
* SmoochOfVictory: Link always wants one, but Zelda usually rejects him, leading him to say one of his catch phrases.
* SpotTheImposter: When faced with two Zeldas, he proposes a kissing contest to determine which is real. Fake Zelda kisses Link, while the real Zelda slaps him.
-->'''Link''': That's my Zelda all right.
* StalkerWithACrush: Ganon seems to feel this way toward Zelda, as evidenced by his actions in a number of episodes.
--> '''Ganon:''' ''I want that princess!''
** In "That Sinking Feeling," he explicitly states his intention to make her his queen once he conquers Hyrule.
** Spryte is a lighter version of this (see ClingyJealousGirl).
* StuffBlowingUp: Link has bombs here like in the games.
* SwordBeam: Part of the reason for Link's enduring success is his ability to fire these at distant enemies. He declares a different sword to be useless because it can't shoot beams, although that one was a fake given to him by a ConMan.
* TeleportSpam: Ganon does this ''all the time'', while monologuing out loud to himself.
* TentacleRope:
** Zelda is grabbed by an octorok in "The White Knight".
** Zelda and Link both get snatched by large plant roots in "Cold Spells", although one at a time, with one able to save the other.
* ThatMakesMeFeelAngry: In "That Sinking Feeling," Ganon's reaction when he finds the Triforce of Wisdom is missing is to throw a tantrum and yell that "[[AC: I'm very upset!]]"
* TenMinuteRetirement: For a good portion of "The White Knight," Zelda ignores Link and fawns over Prince Facade, making Link extremely jealous. Her laughing at Link's klutz attack after he tries to impress her with his ImpracticallyFancyOutfit is the last straw; he calls it quits as the Triforce's protector and leaves the castle without telling her. But when he hears her screaming after Ganon's minions have taken her, he hesitates for only a few moments before racing back to the rescue. ("I'm such a sucker!")
* ThrowTheDogABone: [[spoiler:Link ''finally'' gets his long-awaited kiss from Princess Zelda... but not until an episode of ''WesternAnimation/CaptainNTheGameMaster,'' which aired after the cancellation of ''The Legend of Zelda'' animated series.]]
* TitleDrop: A number of episodes manage to work the individual episode title into the dialogue.
* TomboyPrincess: Zelda, even more so than her video game counterpart, because of her style of clothing and greater combat time.
* TooDumbToLive: Ganon's forces; they'd be dead if it weren't for the Evil Jar. Not only are they so incompetent that they lose to Link every episode, but in the episode "The Moblins are Revolting" they send themselves back to the jar in a failed mission and Link doesn't have to lift a finger. They attempt to take the Triforce for themselves but lack the ability to work together or even how to strategize and end up getting into fights and sending each other back to the jar.
** Link and Zelda even take amusement at how Ganon's forces are more incompetent than ever.
--> '''Link:''' Hey Moblin, this is the ''stupidest'' attack Ganon ever cooked up!
* {{Tsundere}}: Zelda (Type A/Tsun tsun) loves Link but denies it and gives him a hard time - usually resulting in the {{catchphrase}} we all know and love.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: In "Cold Spells," Ganon rides a ''giant insect up the side of Hyrule Castle''... and no one notices.
* VaporWear: There's nothing under Spryte's dress.
* VillainsActHeroesReact: Zelda grows tired of this trope in "That Sinking Feeling" and tries to fight Ganon before he can attack again.
* WellExcuseMePrincess: The TropeNamer, being Link's catch phrase, about how Zelda acts around him.
* WinsByDoingAbsolutelyNothing: One episode of the ''Legend of Zelda'' cartoon started with Link in his room reading. Two pairs of Ganon's troops storm in and try to kill him, only to defeat each other. The last two even manage a Mutual Kill. After seeing this, Link goes back to reading and says "Wow, I'm good."
* WorthIt: Link wonders why he agreed to live in the castle when it's boring a lot of the time... then he sees Zelda in her low-cut morning gown.
* {{Xenafication}}: Zelda here would be more at home in the ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' games than in the early Zelda games.
* YankTheDogsChain: In "That Sinking Feeling," Zelda is overjoyed at a picnic Link has set up and glomps him. She's just about to kiss him when Ganon attacks and ruins the mood.
-->'''Zelda:''' It's an underworld entrance. We're being attacked!\\
'''Link:''' They couldn't have waited ten seconds?
* YouCanSeeMe: "The Missing Link" has Link's spirit knocked out of his body, which is then stolen by Ganon. The only one who can see Link's ghostlike form is Zelda because, as Ganon points out, she's secretly in love with him. Interestingly, Spryte ''can't'' see him, despite being far more open and forward with her feelings toward Link. One can only assume it's more {{lust}} than love.
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* InstantExpert: Averted. When Zelda has to use Link's sword, she has a lot of difficulty with it since she's never used it before and wasn't accustomed to the recoil from the SwordBeam, which was never an issue for Link.
* {{Intangibility}}: Link suffers from this in "The Missing Link", when he tries picking up the sword he has left, only to find that he is a ghost and can't pick it up. He also suffers from {{invisibility}}, as no one except Zelda can see him, though anyone can hear him speak.
* InterruptedKiss: Spryte interrupts a kiss between Link and Zelda at the end of the pilot, and at least one other time during the series.
* InterspeciesRomance: Spryte has a huge crush on Link, and has no qualms about letting it be known. She even kisses him to turn him back from frog status at one point. Some of Link's dialogue suggests he ''would'' go for Spryte... [[HotSkittyOnWailordAction if she weren't two inches tall.]]
* IronicEcho: In "The Missing Link," Zelda borrows Link's shield and leaves him to fight off Ganon's invasion alone:
-->'''Zelda:''' You hold them here!\\
'''Link:''' Hey! Thanks heaps, Princess!
** Later, after moblins are sent after the duo in the underworld...
-->'''Link[[spoiler:'s Ghost]]:''' Just hold them a while!\\
'''Zelda:''' Thanks heaps!
%%* LadyOfWar: Zelda.
* LamePunReaction: one example occurs in "Stinging a Stinger," after they've used a beehive to trick Ganon:
--> '''Zelda:''' Kiss me.
--> '''Link:''' I'd ''bee'' happy to, ''honey''!
--> '''Zelda:''' Ugh! I hate bad puns!
* TheLancer: Zelda is more like Link's battle partner in this universe than a DamselInDistress he has to save or TheHerald that points him toward Ganon. Her haughty princess demeanor provides a contrast to the over-confident hero.
* LovesMeNot: Link does this at the start of the episode "Stinging The Stinger" and blames the poor result on the flower.
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: Link's shield is able to resist lava, dragon's fire breath, and explosions powerful enough to level an apartment building without even getting scratched. [[ShieldSurf This makes it Link's favorite means of getting across dangerous terrain.]]
* MagicCompass: One episode had them using one to locate pieces of the Triforce of Wisdom. [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI Sound familiar?]]
* MagicSkirt:
** {{Averted|Trope}} by Spryte. When she falls over at one point in the first episode, there's a blink-and-you'll-miss-it shot right up her skirt, with [[VaporWear nothing underneath]].
** Link's nightshirt is a case played straight, except in "Underworld Connections," where (as noted above) we get to see his GoofyPrintUnderwear.
* TheMainCharactersDoEverything: In two episodes, when Zelda wants the castle cleaned up, she personally gives the orders and has Link, who should be guarding the Triforce and saving her (though sometimes even these roles conflict), and Spryte, a ''fairy princess,'' do the cleaning. Aside from the King, the castle has Doof, the handyman, and at least one unnamed guardsman. No one else is ever even seen.
** Additionally, Link and Zelda are arguably presented as the only capable fighters in all of Hyrule. So whenever they're both away from the castle, there's no evidence to suggest that the castle is in any way defended.
* MaleGaze: Link's room is on a tower higher than Zelda's, which give him a good view when she wears a low cut dress.
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: Link takes being separated from his body and effectively turned into a ghost ''really'' well.
* MeaningfulName: Prince Facade, in "The White Knight." He's all about appearances.
* MistakenForGranite: In "Sing For The Unicorn," Link and Zelda encounter and accidentally awaken giant Armos statues in the Underworld. To his credit, Link knew better than to touch them, but didn't explain the reason to Zelda before she touched one's base, innocently asking, "Why?" Cue {{Facepalm}}.
* ModestRoyalty:
** Averted with King Harkinian who looks royal indeed in his robes and gold.
** Played straight with Zelda, who is normally indistinguishable as a princess except for her circlet.
* MomentKiller: On those occasions when Zelda consents to kiss Link, something always interrupts. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d more than once in a few episodes when Link complains, "This ''always'' happens!"
* MundaneFantastic: According to Zelda in one episode, Ganon wants to conquer Hyrule as badly as he does because it's so heavily infused with magic. Literally every native resident knows at least a little, and they're often seen using it in very mundane ways, such as the blacksmith firing up his forge by pointing at it. (Link, as stated in the manual of the first game, is ''not'' a native of Hyrule, which accounts for him not having any magic of his own.)
* MundaneUtility: Ganon finds walking beneath him so he teleports to get anywhere, even to the other side of a room.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: In "The Moblins Are Revolting," Link and Zelda almost succeed in grabbing the Triforce of Power, until the former decides to play around with Ganon, who is trapped in a magic bubble that's impervious to anything but said Triforce. He tosses the Ganon-Bubble to Zelda, who tries to knock it away, but it lands on the Triforce behind her and pops the bubble.
* NoodleIncident: "Remember the last time we took one of your shortcuts?"
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Ganon has moments where he is truly dangerous, such as chaining Link up and preparing to blast him while he can't move.
* OffModel:
** In "Doppleganger", after Link and Zelda fall, Zelda is drawn in her evil twin's [[ColourCodedForYourConvenience red and black]] color scheme for a second.
** In "The White Knight," when Zelda is lying in the mud after Link dispatches the Zola, she is briefly seen in her regular outfit instead of her formal dress.
** "Fairies in the Spring": the scene in which the [[MonsterOfTheWeek Water Monster]] ''has no claws''.
* OffscreenVillainDarkMatter: Ganon has a lot of it, thanks to the Triforce of Power.
* OhCrap: Zelda has one when Ganon reveals that Zelda must be in love with Link. When she sees Link's expression, she knows what she's in store for.
* OncePerEpisode: Link's most famous CatchPhrase, "[[WellExcuseMePrincess Well, Excuuuuuuse Me, Princess!]]", is uttered ''twice'' per episode on average, three times if you count the opening.
* OnlySaneEmployee: Apparently, Ganon has exactly ''one'' moblin with more than two brain cells to rub together. He attempts to take charge in "The Moblins Are Revolting" and, when faced with the complete idiocy of his cohorts, realizes why the good guys always win.
--> '''Moblin:''' Ugh. Now me know how Ganon feel.
* OpeningNarration: Each episode begins with a sequence in which Zelda explains to Link (and thus, the viewer) what Ganon's hoping to accomplish.
* OrcusOnHisThrone: Ganon frequently prefers to send his (largely useless) minions to do his dirty work. It's justified because he mentions at least once that his powers wane in Hyrule proper and that he is only at full power in the Underworld.
* OurFairiesAreDifferent: Hyrulean fairies are the type which resemble little flying people with some magic powers.
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: In this case, Link's ghost in "The Missing Link" is not actually a ghost. That is, he's not dead in any way. Just intangible.
* OutGambitted: Zelda outscams a ConMan at the end of "Stinging The Stinger".
* PantsFree: Averted in the daytime, but whenever Link is shown after he's gone to bed or just gotten up, he's only seen wearing a nightshirt.
* PimpedOutDress: Zelda has a few, such as a yellow dress with gold trim, seen when she dines with the visiting Prince Facade.
* PlayingSick: Link pulls this in "Cold Spells" to get out of helping with the spring cleaning around the castle. It works for a little while, although Zelda isn't really fooled.
* PoorCommunicationKills: Justified in "Sing for the Unicorn," as Sing doesn't speak Link and Zelda's language and can't tell if they're enemies or not, leading them to fight. When Zelda is able to communicate with her, she informs them of what's going on and aids them in battle.
* PostKissCatatonia: Link gets a mild variation of this when obliged with a kiss by the fake Zelda in "Doppleganger". At first, he's just stunned that it ''actually happened'' and so easily at that, and simply remarks it seemed "colder" than he imagined it. Subverted at the end of the episode. Link, being Link, offers her another shot and the good Zelda her first. Bad Zelda accepts and they both seem equally pleased with their second kiss. The real Zelda, however, declines and seems quite unpleased by all of it.
* ThePowerOfLove: Ganon remarks that Link's love for Zelda is his greatest weakness. It also has to be rather strong, considering the amount of abuse Link takes from his would-be {{Love Interest|s}}. In "The Missing Link," her love for him allows her to see his spirit when it has been separated from his body.
* PrecisionGuidedBoomerang: Zelda wields these at times. It always hits moblins and returns to her.
* PrinceCharmless: In the episode "The White Knight," Zelda is charmed by one of these, Prince Facade of Arcadia. She thinks he's PrinceCharming but his TrueColors are revealed when he won't rescue her from Ganon's minions... because they're in the mud and he doesn't want to get his clothes dirty.
* PrincessesPreferPink:
** Zelda has a [[FluffyFashionFeathers feather-trimmed]] nightgown, a dark pink robe, and a bathing suit.
** Spryte (who is a princess in her own right) wears pink on a daily basis, including [[AnachronismStew pink eye shadow and pink frosted lip color]].
* PunBasedTitle: More often than not, the individual episodes have rather punny or descriptive names. The episode "Sing for the Unicorn" features a character named Sing who is trying to rescue her unicorn. "A Hitch In the Works" is about Ganon kidnapping Zelda to force her to marry him. And then there's "The Moblins Are Revolting"... why yes, yes they are.
* PurpleIsPowerful: Zelda's dark purple shirt and light purple tights. Not only does it fit her royal status, but also fits her being an action girl in this series. Her pink nightgown is also trimmed with purple feathers.
* RealMenWearPink: Link's SignatureMove is a pink-colored SwordBeam.
* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: Ganon makes an evil doppelganger of Zelda, and the only visible difference is that her top is black with a red vest instead of purple with a light blue vest.
* RespawningEnemies: Given an in-universe explanation by the Evil Jar. Both the mooks and Ganon himself respawn there after Link zaps them.
* RhymesOnADime: When the Triforce of Wisdom speaks, it always does so in rhyme, although sometimes the rhymes are a bit of a reach; for instance, "wise" and "advice." In "Cold Spells," Zelda responds with a sarcastic rhyme of her own.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething:
** Princess Zelda qualifies when she joins the fight.
** Prince Facade is an adventurer, and is just as competent as Link as a fighter; he's great at close combat, despite having a crossbow as his chosen weapon. He's just so vain that he puts his looks above the lives of others.
* RunningGag:
** Link getting smacked in the face any time Zelda opens and closes a door.
** Link trying to get a kiss from Zelda and failing.
** "(Hey! / Well,) Excuuuuuse me, Princess!"
* ServileSnarker: Link often snarks and jokes at Zelda, but he still follows her orders and serves as her companion in battle.
* ScoobyDoobyDoors: In "Doppelganger."
* ShipperOnDeck: When the king pays attention to Link, he sometimes helps Link try to romance Zelda.
* ShirtlessScene: Link, while taking a bath in "The White Knight."
* ShoutOut: The King of the Fairies is named [[Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream Oberon]].
** Link's catchphrase is OlderThanTheyThink. It was originally Creator/SteveMartin's[[note]]Back when he regularly did stand-up comedy.[[/note]], although without the "Princess" at the end.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Link is shown to be very vain and full of himself. The main reason Zelda didn't tell Link of her love for him was because she figured it would go to his head. Turns out she was right.
* SmoochOfVictory: Link always wants one, but Zelda usually rejects him, leading him to say one of his catch phrases.
* SpotTheImposter: When faced with two Zeldas, he proposes a kissing contest to determine which is real. Fake Zelda kisses Link, while the real Zelda slaps him.
-->'''Link''': That's my Zelda all right.
* StalkerWithACrush: Ganon seems to feel this way toward Zelda, as evidenced by his actions in a number of episodes.
--> '''Ganon:''' ''I want that princess!''
** In "That Sinking Feeling," he explicitly states his intention to make her his queen once he conquers Hyrule.
** Spryte is a lighter version of this (see ClingyJealousGirl).
* StuffBlowingUp: Link has bombs here like in the games.
* SwordBeam: Part of the reason for Link's enduring success is his ability to fire these at distant enemies. He declares a different sword to be useless because it can't shoot beams, although that one was a fake given to him by a ConMan.
* TeleportSpam: Ganon does this ''all the time'', while monologuing out loud to himself.
* TentacleRope:
** Zelda is grabbed by an octorok in "The White Knight".
** Zelda and Link both get snatched by large plant roots in "Cold Spells", although one at a time, with one able to save the other.
* ThatMakesMeFeelAngry: In "That Sinking Feeling," Ganon's reaction when he finds the Triforce of Wisdom is missing is to throw a tantrum and yell that "[[AC: I'm very upset!]]"
* TenMinuteRetirement: For a good portion of "The White Knight," Zelda ignores Link and fawns over Prince Facade, making Link extremely jealous. Her laughing at Link's klutz attack after he tries to impress her with his ImpracticallyFancyOutfit is the last straw; he calls it quits as the Triforce's protector and leaves the castle without telling her. But when he hears her screaming after Ganon's minions have taken her, he hesitates for only a few moments before racing back to the rescue. ("I'm such a sucker!")
* ThrowTheDogABone: [[spoiler:Link ''finally'' gets his long-awaited kiss from Princess Zelda... but not until an episode of ''WesternAnimation/CaptainNTheGameMaster,'' which aired after the cancellation of ''The Legend of Zelda'' animated series.]]
* TitleDrop: A number of episodes manage to work the individual episode title into the dialogue.
* TomboyPrincess: Zelda, even more so than her video game counterpart, because of her style of clothing and greater combat time.
* TooDumbToLive: Ganon's forces; they'd be dead if it weren't for the Evil Jar. Not only are they so incompetent that they lose to Link every episode, but in the episode "The Moblins are Revolting" they send themselves back to the jar in a failed mission and Link doesn't have to lift a finger. They attempt to take the Triforce for themselves but lack the ability to work together or even how to strategize and end up getting into fights and sending each other back to the jar.
** Link and Zelda even take amusement at how Ganon's forces are more incompetent than ever.
--> '''Link:''' Hey Moblin, this is the ''stupidest'' attack Ganon ever cooked up!
* {{Tsundere}}: Zelda (Type A/Tsun tsun) loves Link but denies it and gives him a hard time - usually resulting in the {{catchphrase}} we all know and love.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: In "Cold Spells," Ganon rides a ''giant insect up the side of Hyrule Castle''... and no one notices.
* VaporWear: There's nothing under Spryte's dress.
* VillainsActHeroesReact: Zelda grows tired of this trope in "That Sinking Feeling" and tries to fight Ganon before he can attack again.
* WellExcuseMePrincess: The TropeNamer, being Link's catch phrase, about how Zelda acts around him.
* WinsByDoingAbsolutelyNothing: One episode of the ''Legend of Zelda'' cartoon started with Link in his room reading. Two pairs of Ganon's troops storm in and try to kill him, only to defeat each other. The last two even manage a Mutual Kill. After seeing this, Link goes back to reading and says "Wow, I'm good."
* WorthIt: Link wonders why he agreed to live in the castle when it's boring a lot of the time... then he sees Zelda in her low-cut morning gown.
* {{Xenafication}}: Zelda here would be more at home in the ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' games than in the early Zelda games.
* YankTheDogsChain: In "That Sinking Feeling," Zelda is overjoyed at a picnic Link has set up and glomps him. She's just about to kiss him when Ganon attacks and ruins the mood.
-->'''Zelda:''' It's an underworld entrance. We're being attacked!\\
'''Link:''' They couldn't have waited ten seconds?
* YouCanSeeMe: "The Missing Link" has Link's spirit knocked out of his body, which is then stolen by Ganon. The only one who can see Link's ghostlike form is Zelda because, as Ganon points out, she's secretly in love with him. Interestingly, Spryte ''can't'' see him, despite being far more open and forward with her feelings toward Link. One can only assume it's more {{lust}} than love.
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Hey! EXCUUUUUUUUSE me, Princess!
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28th May '17 7:31:11 PM NightShade96
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* AdaptationDyeJob: Zelda is depicted in the sprite and manual art of the first two games as red-haired, but the cartoon makes her blonde.[[note]]On the other hand, she was only red-haired because of the [[UsefulNotes/NintendoEntertainmentSystem NES]]'s technical limitations, which was also the reason why [[Franchise/{{Mario}} Princess Peach / Toadstool]] (who was always meant to have blonde hair) was red / brown haired in her [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros1 first]] [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2 three]] [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3 appearances]].[[/note]]


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* AdaptationalJerkass: Link is near-consistently portrayed in adaptations as, and implied in the games to be, a brave, humble, all-around heroic person who saves the land of Hyrule and its princess without expecting anything in return. Here, however, he's lazy, self-centered, whiny and is only motivated by getting Zelda to kiss him.


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* AdaptationDyeJob: Zelda is depicted in the sprite and manual art of the first two games as red-haired, but the cartoon makes her blonde.[[note]]On the other hand, she was only red-haired because of the [[UsefulNotes/NintendoEntertainmentSystem NES]]'s technical limitations, which was also the reason why [[Franchise/{{Mario}} Princess Peach / Toadstool]] (who was always meant to have blonde hair) was red / brown haired in her [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros1 first]] [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2 three]] [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3 appearances]].[[/note]]
20th May '17 1:45:01 PM nombretomado
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In 1989, in addition to their animated episodes based on the Franchise/{{Mario}} franchise, Creator/{{DiC}} had also produced a short series of cartoons based on the NES ''[[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Zelda]]'' games. The cartoons include elements of both ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI The Legend of Zelda]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink The Adventure of Link]]''. Like the games, the animated series features Link's continuing adventures in the kingdom of Hyrule, battling the evil forces of Ganon alongside Princess Zelda and a FairyCompanion named Spryte. It shared a number of details in common with the [[ComicBook/TheLegendOfZelda comic book series]] produced by ValiantComics around the same time.

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In 1989, in addition to their animated episodes based on the Franchise/{{Mario}} franchise, Creator/{{DiC}} had also produced a short series of cartoons based on the NES ''[[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Zelda]]'' games. The cartoons include elements of both ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI The Legend of Zelda]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink The Adventure of Link]]''. Like the games, the animated series features Link's continuing adventures in the kingdom of Hyrule, battling the evil forces of Ganon alongside Princess Zelda and a FairyCompanion named Spryte. It shared a number of details in common with the [[ComicBook/TheLegendOfZelda comic book series]] produced by ValiantComics Creator/ValiantComics around the same time.
17th May '17 5:37:11 AM tropower
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* MagicCompass: One episode had them using one to locate pieces of the Triforce of Wisdom. [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda1 Sound familiar?]]

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* MagicCompass: One episode had them using one to locate pieces of the Triforce of Wisdom. [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda1 [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI Sound familiar?]]
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* ContinuityNod: In the first episode of the series, "The Ringer," there is a portrait in Link's bedroom of Zelda wearing what looks to be the same red gown she wore in the original game.

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* ContinuityNod: In the first episode of the series, "The Ringer," there is a portrait in Link's bedroom of Zelda wearing what looks to be the same red gown she wore in the original game.[[note]]Although, it's only red if Link finds the Red Ring. Otherwise it will be whatever color Link's tunic is at that point (blue if he found the blue ring, and green if he doesn't get either ring). This is because the NES can only display so many colors at a time.[[/note]]
17th May '17 4:39:18 AM tropower
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* AdaptationDyeJob: Zelda is depicted in the sprite and manual art of the first two games as red-haired, but the cartoon makes her blonde.

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* AdaptationDyeJob: Zelda is depicted in the sprite and manual art of the first two games as red-haired, but the cartoon makes her blonde.[[note]]On the other hand, she was only red-haired because of the [[UsefulNotes/NintendoEntertainmentSystem NES]]'s technical limitations, which was also the reason why [[Franchise/{{Mario}} Princess Peach / Toadstool]] (who was always meant to have blonde hair) was red / brown haired in her [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros1 first]] [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2 three]] [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3 appearances]].[[/note]]
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