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  • Awesome Music: The sound effects in the cartoon were all taken from the original Zelda game, while the music consists of orchestral remakes of various songs from the game, including the iconic "Overworld" theme.
  • Base-Breaking Character: The show's incarnation of Zelda. On one hand she's recurrently more competent then the games' incarnation at the time. On the other hand, her attitude is only nominally better than Link's, and she still has enough Damsel in Distress moments to be viewed as an Ungrateful Bitch.
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  • Engaging Chevrons: Ganon is guilty of this, providing an almost constant running narrative about his thoughts and Evil 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.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Zelda got the attention of some male fans with her long blonde hair, curvy figure and pointed ears.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: For a cartoon from the 80's, it sure ended up featuring a lot of things that would be prevalent in later games.
    • In the opening and a few episodes, Link rides horseback. His video game incarnations would start doing the same thing in Ocarina of Time.
      • Also related to Ocarina of Time, the episode "Fairies in the Spring" has Link and Zelda dealing with monsters made from water. Guess what Link ends up fighting in the Water Temple?
    • 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.
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    • Zelda's Adaptation Dye-Job became true in A Link to the Past and so did her badassery in the The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past comic book and Ocarina of Time, especially with a crossbow.
    • Chances are many a fan have thought of Link's catchphrase of "Well Excuuuuuuuuuuuuse me, princess!" after witnessing his canon interactions with Princess Ruto, Tetra, Midna, and even Zelda herself.
    • 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!"
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    • "Doppelganger" featured a mirror that created an Evil Twin of Zelda. The Dark Mirror from The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures did the same thing, only to Link.
    • Link has a habit of twirling his sword with one hand both here and to a lesser extent in the Captain N: The Game Master episodes he and Zelda appeared in. This only started appearing in the games several years later.
    • The episode "A Hitch in the Works" gives us a one-off character who's the castle handyman, a Bungling Inventor named "Doof".
    • Some scene transitions to Ganon's throne room started with a shot of a smoking volcano such as this one that represented Death Mountain, long before it became the token fire/volcano dungeon in Ocarina of Time and subsequent games.
    • Link shield-surfing became possible in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Furthermore, the cartoon's premise, in which Link serves as Zelda's personal bodyguard at a time when Hyrule is relatively at peace, resembles the pre-Calamity backstory of the two characters in Breath of the Wild.
    • In “The Moblins are Revolting”, their aforementioned revolution includes them tossing Ganon into a pit.
  • Ho Yay: Link gets a kiss from the king in one episode.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Well EXCUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUSE me, Princess!" It's even a trope on this very site!
  • Most Annoying Sound: Any time Link says "Excuse Me, Princess" in his sarcastic tone.
  • Narm: Ganon teaches boxing.
  • 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 want about 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 Catchphrase 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.


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