One ‘Ship to Rule Them All: Link and Zelda from ‘The Legend of Zelda’

Doug Trein
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Wikia’s Greatest Love Of All Bracket Tournament is quickly approaching its third round, and the competition is beginning to heat up! With couples represented across movies, television shows, comic books, and video games, only one duo will walk away with the title of “Greatest Love Of All.”

Link and Zelda from The Legend of Zelda series are an iconic duo that usesthe power of teamwork and compassion to save the world of Hyrule from the constant threat of evil. What makes this couple so unstoppable?


The protagonist of The Legend of Zelda series, Link is one of the most iconic heroes in gaming. As the holder of the Triforce of Courage, Link defeats legions of evil monsters, explores vasts lands, helps anyone he comes across, and collects mythical items on his perilous journeys. Each Link is defined by the same heroic traits: bravery, selflessness, compassion, wisdom, and kindness. Many times Link even saves those who were once his former enemies. While Link doesn’t ever speak formally, his actions and presence define a strong-willed hero that will stop at nothing to achieve peace and justice.


Princess Zelda is depicted as a kind and benevolent ruler of the Kingdom of Hyrule. As the holder of the Triforce of Wisdom, she is astute and sensible beyond her years as she embraces her noble duties. She always wishes to do what’s right for others and is extremely self-sacrificing. Though not always capable of defending herself or others on her own, she doesn’t give in and tries to aid allies when they need it. Without the help of Zelda, Link would fail in many of his adventures to save the world. Each Zelda is shown to be extremely adaptable to any situation, and often can hold her own in a fight as well.

How They Met

Every game features a new Link and Zelda, so their first meeting occurs several times. Canonically, the first Link and Zelda appear in the 2011 video game The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. This Link and Zelda are best friends from childhood, and it’s quite clear the two are romantically drawn towards each other. There are plenty of cute moments between the two, including when Zelda bashfully asks Link to fly around in the skies together, like a date. Later games in the timeline feature even more ‘first meetings’ between them. The connection between the two characters is always an emotional one, regardless of there being clear romantic undertones or not.

Why We ‘Ship It

Link and Zelda have been saving the world of Hyrule from evil for over three decades. Each game in The Legend of Zelda series features a new take to Link and Zelda’s relationship. The biggest constant among each storyline is that actions speak louder than words. No matter the dangers of his journey, Link will overcome any obstacle to save the Zelda and the rest of Hyrule. No matter the cost, Zelda will sacrifice as much as she can to save Link and her citizens. The dedication to their goal of saving the world – and to each other- brings a powerful element to their relationship.

Overcoming conflict has a beautiful way of bringing people together. While many games don’t end with a concrete romance, every gamer knows deep down once the world is saved, they were meant to be with each other.

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Doug Trein
Doug Trein is a staff contributor at Fandom and focuses primarily on video games and animated television shows. His game genre favorites include strategy and turn-based role-playing games, first-person shooters, 2D fighting games, and action/adventure titles.
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