YMMV / The Legend Of Zelda Animated

  • Nightmare Fuel: As campy and corny as this show is, you gotta admit that the way Ganon speaks is kinda... creepy for a kid's cartoon.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Spryte. Say what you will on Navi or Fi, they at least served a purpose in Link's journey, even it's really for gameplay purposes. Spryte serves no purpose other than to be an annoying pest with an unrequited crush on Link who keeps interfering with his attempts to kiss Zelda.
    • Link is not safe either. A lot of fans find his constant complaining, his catchphrase, his tendency to be The Load in a series he's supposed to be the protagonist of rather annoying. Also, he seems to care more about getting a kiss from Zelda rather than helping others.
  • Vindicated by History: Though the show does have its detractors (especially from fans of the games), the Zelda cartoon is considered one of the best game-to-show adaptations for its time, citing the impressive action sequences and expansions to the lore of the first two games. In addition, as the "Hilarious in Hindsight" entries would tell you, it had a lot of elements that would be seen in future games in the franchise. As for the character portrayals (Link in particular), it's easy to forget that at the time, there was no real standard set when it came to stories in the franchise. A Link to the Past and Ocarina of Time weren't even made yet; all the story-based elements were All There in the Manual, and even then it was still mostly fairly simple. As a major example of this trope, James Rolfe himself remembers the show quite fondly.
  • "Weird Al" Effect: Link's Catch-Phrase isn't as widely recognized among the show's target audience as an homage to an old Steve Martin bit from his stand-up comedy days.
  • What an Idiot!: It's easy to understand why this Link isn't the most fondly remembered because of moments of this. Zelda might NOT want to make out while her father is being kidnapped by Ganon.