YMMV: The Legend Of Zelda Animated

  • Awesome Music: The music and sound effects in the cartoon were all taken from the original Zelda game, including the iconic "Overworld" theme.
  • Engaging Chevrons: Ganon is guilty of this, providing an almost constant running narrative about his thoughts and plans regardless of whether anyone is listening. Link is almost as big an offender; the very first episode, "The Ringer," opens with him complaining to his reflection about how life in Hyrule is boring.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • The episode in which Link exists only in spirit form and Zelda needs to help him is reversed in The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks, with Zelda as the ghost and Link as the person to protect her.
    • Zelda's Adaptation Dye-Job became true in A Link to the Past and so did her badassery in the Link to the Past manga and Ocarina of Time, especially with a crossbow.
    • Chances are many a fan have thought of Link's cathchphrase of "Well Excuuuuuuuuuuuuse me, princess!" after witnessing his canon interactions with Tetra and Midna.
    • In the beginning of the 5th episode, the King of Hyrule takes a nightly stroll along his castle, exclaiming "Nothing better after a good meal." In a later moment when Link is trying to swing in Zelda's bedroom after the King gives him some flowers for help, he says "Good luck, my boy!"
  • Ho Yay: Link gets a kiss from the king in one episode.
  • Love It or Hate It: How the fandom looks at this series; it's either a shit on the Zelda franchise or a fun addition to it.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Well EXCUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUSE me, Princess!"
  • 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 detest how in this series, he was depicted as a whiny smartass who only seems to be in the hero business so he could get with Zelda.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Ganon's forces, they'd be dead if it weren't for the Evil Jar. They're essentially Bebop and Rocksteady times 1,000 but without the charm. 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 stupedist attack Ganon ever cooked up!"
  • 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.