* [[YMMV/TheLegendOfZeldaI The Legend of Zelda]] (1986)
* [[YMMV/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink The Adventure of Link]]
* [[YMMV/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast A Link to the Past]]
* [[YMMV/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening Link's Awakening]]
* [[YMMV/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]
* [[YMMV/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]
* [[YMMV/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames Oracle of Seasons/Oracle of Ages]]
* [[YMMV/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker The Wind Waker]]
* [[YMMV/TheLegendOfZeldaFourSwordsAdventures Four Swords Adventures]]
* [[YMMV/TheLegendOfZeldaTheMinishCap The Minish Cap]]
* [[YMMV/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]
* [[YMMV/TheLegendOfZeldaPhantomHourglass Phantom Hourglass]]
* [[YMMV/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks Spirit Tracks]]
* [[YMMV/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword Skyward Sword]]
* [[YMMV/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds A Link Between Worlds]]
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* [[YMMV/TheLegendOfZeldaManga The manga]]
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* [[YMMV/TheLegendOfZeldaAnimated The animated series]]
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* [[YMMV/TheLegendOfZeldaCDiGames The CDi games]]
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* YMMV/FreshlyPickedTinglesRosyRupeeland
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* AmericansHateTingle: The {{Trope Namer|s}}, thanks to Tingle's debut in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask]]''.
* [[AwesomeBosses/VideoGames Awesome Bosses]]: Has its [[AwesomeBosses/TheLegendOfZelda own page]]. Some of the best boss battles in video game history come from this series.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: Has its [[AwesomeMusic/TheLegendOfZelda own page as well]]. The series has given some of the most iconic tunes in gaming for good reason.
* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Link is pretty heavily subject to this, as he's a HeroicMime that the [[EscapistCharacter player is meant to be free to project their own personality onto]].
* BrokenBase: The fans are divided on whether CelShading or [[RealIsBrown "realism"]] is better for the series.
** A smaller faction: which is better, the N64 version of ''Ocarina of Time'' or ''Ocarina of Time 3D''?
* ContestedSequel: ANY of the console games that follow up on ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'', there's no arguing against it. ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword Skyward Sword]]'' has even become this ''before it was even released!''
* DieForOurShip: Anything that threatens the possibility of a Link/Zelda pairing is violently purged. Zelda herself can suffer this when other choices are available. (''Ocarina of Time'', ''Twilight Princess'')
* DorkAge: The CD-i games. Their sting wasn't numbed at all by the fact that Nintendo took its sweet time developing ''Ocarina of Time'', so there were five years between 1993 and 1998 when no Zelda games except for those were being released.
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Sheik]], [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker Tetra, King Daphnes Nohansen Hyrule]], [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheMinishCap Ezlo]], [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Midna]], [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaPhantomHourglass Linebeck]], [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks Byrne]], [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword Groose]]; basically, any character who a) has a major secret in their backstory that changes the player's perception of them and/or b) experiences CharacterDevelopment.
** On the villains' side, we have Dark Link, who has appeared in all of four games and yet is one of the most popular characters. Also, Vaati, villain of all ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaFourSwords Four Sword]]''-related games. ''Many'' fans want him to make an appearance in a main console game. Then there's Ghirahim of ''Skyward Sword'', who's possibly the ''CAMPIEST'' ''Zelda'' villain in existence.
** [[VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink I AM ERROR.]]
** [[AmericansHateTingle In Japan]], Tingle falls under this, getting no less than two of his own games.
** Malon has quite a fan following to her name. As far as female ''Zelda'' characters go, she was probably second in popularity to Zelda before ''Twilight Princess'' came out, and Malon's popularity could be considered more impressive given her much smaller role in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'' compared to Midna's role in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]''. She probably got even more popular after ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'', in which the game's Link is a rancher, leading to many to theorize that she and the Hero of Time got together.
** Of the Links, Toon Link has a disproportionate amount of popularity among the fandom due to the perception that he displays more character than any other Link.
** [[VideoGame/HyruleWarriors Cia]]. None other of the villains has ever been so [[TragicVillain sympathetic]], while looking [[MissFanservice that good]].
* EpilepticTrees: ''Oh, boy!'' The timeline is arguably the biggest piece of fanon madness in the entire video game medium. Before ''[[AllThereInTheManual Hyrule Historia]]'' came out to explain it, it was pretty much impossible to find a web site or forums of the series (either fan or otherwise) that did NOT have at least one big article and/or open thread discussing this issue at large, with big, crazy theories to boot. And ''after'' it came out, it didn't die. It just evolved into discussing the points that were left ambiguous, debating about the contradictions between the artbook, [[FlipFlopOfGod the interviews to Miyamoto and Aonuma]] and the games themselves, tiding up the remaining loose ends, or trying to give alternate interpretations to [[FanDislikedExplanation the explanations that were deemed unsatisfactory]].
** Specially crazy if we take into account that Nintendo put an explicit MST3KMantra disclaimer in the very same official timeline, explaining that the development team, for the most part, thinks about gameplay first and story later. But fans still treat this topic as SeriousBusiness.
* EscapistCharacter: Part of Link's popularity as a character stems from this and how players can, in addition to wishing they were him, largely project their own personality onto him as he's a HeroicMime.
* FanDislikedExplanation: As explained in Hyrule Historia (a guidebook about the franchise by Nintendo), there is a third timeline that also split from [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]. The problem is that it is based on an event that didn't happen anywhere in the game: [[spoiler:{{The hero d|ies}}ying]]. And no, Game Overs do not count.
** Since the timeline was an endless fountain of EpilepticTrees for over a decade, many fans disliked those explanations which invalidated their own theories.
* FandomRivalry: ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker Wind Waker]]''-[[ForTheCelOfIt style]] fans vs. ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]''-[[RealIsBrown style]] fans.
** Which is the best game in the series? ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'' or ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''?
*** Every once in a while, ''Majora's Mask'' enters in that competition too, although it has more of a "cult" following.
* {{Fanon}}: [[BlatantLies Just a little.]]
* FanPreferredCouple: Technically [[NoHuggingNoKissing the vast majority of them]], especially Link[=/=]Zelda, though there's been an exception or two over the years.
* FanWank: The endless, '''endless''' confusion over "the timeline," something officially confirmed, but NEVER officially explained. Even after ''[[AllThereInTheManual Hyrule Historia]]'' explained it all, it's still going, even if discussing different points (See EpilepticTrees above).
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: While wildly popular elsewhere, the ''Zelda'' franchise isn't ''quite'' as popular in its native Japan (but still popular).
* GoddamnedBats: An early example, though Keese and Fire Keese are hardly the only ones.
* IAmNotShazam: The main character is Link. The girl is Zelda. Daring to say otherwise will [[FandomBerserkButton get you a lot of ire]] on forums.
* IronWoobie: Link. Even when he [[EarnYourHappyEnding earns his happy ending]], the nature of the [[EternalHero cycle he's trapped in]] means he'll be back for another round with [[AsLongAsThereIsEvil the forces of Evil]].
* ItsEasySoItSucks: A common complaint about entries after the N64 era among veteran fans, specially those who grew up with the [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI first]] [[VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink three]] [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast games]]. ''The Wind Waker'' is arguably the worst offender (albeit the [[HarderThanHard Hero Mode]] in the WiiU HD version fixed it in the eyes of many).
* ItsTheSameNowItSucks[=/=]TheyChangedItNowItSucks: Every single entry of the series ever since ''Ocarina of Time'' (if not even earlier than that) has received both of these ''[[DoubleStandard at the same time]]''. One second you find a comment trashing the game for not changing the Zelda formula at all, demeaning its new features as "gimmicks", and the next second you find another one that trashes it because those "gimmicks" are new features that totally change (and ruin) the Zelda formula.
** [[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation Yahtzee]] even managed to do both in one review, bashing ''SkywardSword'' for being formulaic, then for not holding to its own formulas.
* LGBTFanbase: In addition to causing StupidSexyFlanders moments in straight fans, a gay mag voted Link as the hottest video game character of all time.
* LauncherOfAThousandShips: Go to ff.net and see how many ship fics you can find that don't involve Link.
* LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt: Ganondorf is apparently KilledOffForReal once or twice a decade. By this stage, we know better.
* MagnificentBastard: Ganondorf has gotten [[HijackedByGanon very skilled]] at making his enemies do all his work for him over his career.
** [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds Yuga]] managed to [[spoiler: ''hijack Ganon.'']] Enough said.
* MemeticBadass: Link.
* MemeticLoser: Tingle is a 35 year-old man who dresses in a green onesie and wishes to become a fairy. He's meant to be a ManChild and is loved by the Japanese fanbase... But the Western fanbase love to loath him. When you have a trope called "AmericansHateTingle" named after you, you know you're a memetic loser.
* MemeticMolester:
** Tingle and Ghirahim.
** Redeads, in particular the [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]] and [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]] versions.
* MemeticMutation: [[Memes/TheLegendOfZelda Too many to list]].
* MemeticSexGod: Everyone is Poe Collector for Link. No exceptions!
* NostalgiaFilter: ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'' [[ToughActToFollow tends to be used as a measuring stick]], by both the fandom and Professional Critics, to judge [[TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask the]] [[TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker sequels]] [[TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess that]] [[TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword followed.]] This lead to each game gettin some form of [[ItsTheSameNowItSucks It's the Same]] / [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks Changed, Now It Sucks]] criticism.
* OlderThanTheyThink: The completed Triforce is actually a Christian symbol representing the Holy Trinity (because it's one unit and three at the same time). It was appropriated around the same time the series moved into original mythology territory and away from being a Christian allegory, and so was reinterpreted as a trinity of goddesses.
* ProtagonistTitleFallacy: Poor Link...
* ScapegoatCreator: A lot of fans blame Eiji Aonuma, the current main producer of the series, of every single thing that is supposedly wrong with the series nowadays. Of course, when they see something that goes right for them, then they praise Miyamoto for it. Classy, isn't it?...
* TheScrappy: [[StopHelpingMe Navi, Kaepora Gaebora, Fi]], [[{{Manchild}} Tingle]] ([[AmericansHateTingle to Americans fans]]) and Ralph from the ''Oracle'' games.
* SequelDisplacement: Most of the series' current fans came in after ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'' and it was surprisingly common to see ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]'' referred to as "Zelda 2," even though the '''real''' Zelda II was made ten years before ''Ocarina.''
* {{Shipping}}: A rabbit hole that runs too deep to get into right here.
* SidetrackedByTheGoldSaucer: Each game is bound to have at least one sidequest or minigame that completely distracts from the main story. In fact, some games make the story seem like a minor annoyance than a matter of importance in the game.
* ThatOneLevel: Arguably every water dungeon in the series.
* ViewerGenderConfusion: Inexperienced players have been known to mistake [[IAmNotShazam Link]] for a girl.
* VindicatedByHistory: Actually a recurring element. Since ''Majora's Mask'', every time a new console game is released, it's immediately panned by the fans while the previous title is suddenly favored.
* WriterCopOut: The addition of the "Link is Defeated" timeline is seen this way by many, since it turns that part of the timeline into a "WhatIf" scenario instead of having a stronger explanation involving legitimate and certain events that lead up to the defeat. Not to mention that it opens up the question of why there aren't other timelines created by "Game Overs" in games of the series other than ''Ocarina of Time''.
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