Referenced By / The Legend of Zelda

The Legend of Zelda is one of the most groundbreaking and influential video games of all time, and the franchise and the characters it spawned have been referred to many times in popular culture.


Films -- Live-Action

Live-Action TV
  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: In the August 13, 2017 episode, during segment featuring to a clip of President Trump ignoring press questions regarding the chaotic "white nationalist" rally in Charlottesville, VA that past weekend.
    John Oliver: Here is the problem with that: A non-answer in a moment like this is an answer. I-If you would ask me "Have you ever been aroused by the fairies in Zelda: The Ocarina of Time?" and I responded by slowly and silently walking away from you, you would know exactly what I was saying.

Video Games

Web Original

Western Animation
  • Drawn Together: Xander is a parody of video game characters like Link.
  • Gravity Falls: In "Dungeons, Dungeons, and More Dungeons", Grunkle Stan squishes a fairy who says "Hey, look, listen."
  • The Powerpuff Girls: In "Child Fearing", the Mayor is seen playing Ocarina of Time in his office and accidentally kills his own fairy.
  • Robot Chicken:
    • A sketch from "Shoe" features Link rescuing Zelda and being dissatisfied with his reward.
    • A sketch from "Fridge Smell" features Link and Zelda asleep in bed, only for Link to get awoken by Zelda's farts. Talk about a "wind-waker".
    • A sketch from "Hopefully Salt" features Link trying to undo Zelda's bra while they have sex, with the "secret" jingle playing when he does.
  • South Park: Link is on the good side of Imaginationland, while Ganondorf is on the evil side.

Real Life
  • Robin Williams named his daughter Zelda after the titular princess, as he is a fan of the games.