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In Ocarina of Time, Link always seems to be involved with the opposite gender. Saria is an instant guilt trip, constantly reminding the Hero of Time of the life he gave up in order to pursue his destiny. Ruto is demanding but also contains great promise; her father is the Zora King, so there’s got to be wealth involved with that relationship. Malon has a reputable farm at her disposal, along with the kindness that goes into rearing horses. Last but not least, Zelda cannot express her affection without life-altering consequences. With all of these viable candidates and only one valentine to give, who is the ideal match for the reserved Hylian?

Saria

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Mastering puppy dog eyes was one of Miyamoto’s primary goals with the N64.

Link treats Saria a bit haphazardly; he runs away without responding to her goodbye, he disposes of the Ocarina she seemingly hand-carved for him once he gets a better alternative, and he only tries to communicate with her when he’s stuck and doesn’t know what to do. There is a reason for this, however–Link knows he cannot be with her, so it’s pointless to try. Before exiting the forest, they are the same age, and on their current trajectory would be perfect for each other. So perfect that another Kokori purposely tries to thwart his visit to the Deku Tree because he is enraged with jealousy.

 

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No shield could protect Mido from heartbreak.

Link seals his fate by leaving the forest. It’s doom and gloom to run away from Saria because there is no return. He will grow old, she will stay the same, forever young. In an alternate universe, perhaps the pair could have remained as close as they were when they were childhood friends. But Link embarks on an adventure, and in doing so, permanently shelves the closeness he experienced with Saria.

Ruto

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Overly-attached girlfriend before memes even existed.

Ruto displays possessive tendencies pretty early on, as she tries to rope Link into a marriage contract by withholding a precious stone that he needs to continue on with his quest. Ultimately she moves forward with the plan, accepting that they will marry without waiting for his response. Offspring is doubtful, and Link seems as though he would be a family man. Ruto is loyal, however, as seven years pass without any form of contact and she still remembers their “agreement”. Their personalities are bound to clash, as Link is very non-committal with how he spends his time and she is quite the opposite. Ultimately, their relationship exists to serve a purpose… and the purpose is entirely different depending on who you ask.

Malon

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Somehow connected to the Royal Koopa line.

Malon has the best voice of the bunch, and she’s always singing. Having a happy spouse is perfect for Link’s sanity, who often faces a stressful day at work as he is constantly fending off creatures trying to annihilate him. She also sets him up with Epona, placing the life of her beloved horse in his hands without any hesitation. Marrying Malon would put Link in a predicament with his possible father-in-law, Talon. He is over-protective, consistently feeling the need to check up on her. He also is an incompetent business man, as he turns over the ranch and gives Link a valuable bottle just for sorting chickens. Link, who likes to roam free, would ultimately have to become a farmer and raise Cuccos, his sworn enemy, all day. Malon, who seems like an ideal mate for Link, arrives with baggage. And a creepy Bowser brooch.

Zelda

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“No, I couldn’t have picked another location for our first date…”

We’ll forgive Zelda for constantly blinding Link with Deku Nuts whenever she needs to make a getaway as Sheik, because she truly has his best interests at heart. She wants to protect him, plain and simple, as she recognizes her role in his involvement with the vile Ganondorf. It is fun to rescue the “damsel in distress,” as that can boost one’s self-esteem, so sticking with Zelda is a good move in that regard. While she does not have an overly protective father like Malon, she does come with the baggage of a big red target painted on her back… for as long as Link is in her company, he will always be in danger. This is the sort of lifestyle Link welcomes, however; as his primary goal always tends to be protecting her. She is certainly a smart, independent woman.

Conclusion

In the end, Zelda is the perfect woman for Link. While it is true that their relationship gets messy when you start involving all of the timelines, the fact that they care about each other is indisputable. She perfectly quenches Link’s yearning for adventure, and he always bails her out of danger when evil incarnate starts to take over. While Saria, Ruto, and Malon all possess qualities of a suitable valentine, Zelda remains the perfect option. Through analyzing these relationships, it’s easy to spot one aspect of Ocarina of Time’s lasting appeal… how many other games present this many characters, and their storylines, to process?

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“Hey, when do we get an article?!”

By involving all of these unique girls and their relationship to Link, we begin to understand him on a deeper level despite him not providing a single line of dialogue. Although there is not a single “valentine” presented in-game… it’s difficult to imagine a scenario where Link ends up spending too much time alone. Wherever he roams, there will always be suitors. It’s just a question of whether or not their personalities and desires will ultimately match.

  • Amanda

    I whole-heartedly agree! Zelink4Ever!

  • drnedaj

    I like Malon better 🙂 Oh by the way you forgot Nabooru.

  • Hylia

    I heard (by rumor) that Miyamoto claimed in some interview that Time, does in fact, hook up with Malon (Which I guess could explain the adult time line…) but screw that! Zelink ftw!!

    • Jaidyn Reiman

      I’ve heard that originally the ending would show Link with Malon. And considering the fact that Link and Zelda are always descendants of each other in every game, it’d be awkward for them to constantly be getting together in every game as well. The logical conclusion is that they never do. 😛

      • heroofmasks

        accually except for ss and zelda link is always the reborn form of ss link so its fair game there not related by blood unless they make a zelda game where link is a prince and zelda is his sister oooh thats a good idea

        • Jaidyn Reiman

          My whole point is that just one time this happening would make that awkward. And personally, out of every Link and Zelda it does seem that SS Link/Zelda and AoL Link/Zelda are the closest ones overall. Link and Zelda in OoT barely even met and don’t really seem that close to me, really.

          • heroofmasks

            accually you forgot spirit tracks link and zelda they showed a connection at the end

          • Jaidyn Reiman

            I’ve never played Spirit Tracks and I don’t know much about it. 😛

  • gingersnap13

    I thought this was going to be a good article, but then there was the quote, ” He will grow old, she will stay the same, forever young.” This really bothered me. Link and Saria are actually the only two children of the Forest that are not Kokiri. Does anyone notice how Saria grows up? She becomes the Sage of the Forest Temple for Hylia’s sake! The rest of the article is fine, but that part really irked me.

    • Jaidyn Reiman

      Saria is a Kokiri, she’s a Kokiri sage. When Link is an adult Saria is still young. Quite frankly, though, I personally believe that the “death” Kokiri receive by leaving the forest isn’t a swift and painful one, but they’re no longer protected by the forest and will grow old and die… and considering the fact that the Kokiri are shown to leave the forest just fine, I think its merely a matter of if they leave and stay out of the forest.

      Hasn’t been proven, though, since no Kokiri did that of course, and they haven’t appeared in a game since. I absolutely adore Saria, though, and I hope she appears in a future game. Hyrule Warriors imo would be the best opportunity to bring back existing characters, especially if it is an AU of the Zelda series.

      • gingersnap13

        Saria did, in fact, grow up. Do you notice how she looked older as a sage? All of the Kokiri remained exactly the same, though. If she stayed in the forest for those 7 years, why does she appear older compared to the other children?

        • Jaidyn Reiman

          I’m sorry, I really, REALLY wish this was true. But Saria didn’t grow up during this time period; some of the angles make Saria look the same height as Link, but one angle in particular shows it VERY clearly, plain as day.

          • gingersnap13

            That’s probably it, though I don’t remember that screen cap. Anyways, her altering height might be due to her sage-ness. Gotta reach those top shelves, yanno?

  • Jaidyn Reiman

    I don’t care that Saria doesn’t grow up, I prefer Salink. They’re the closest throughout the game; he’s known her all his life. The rest he’s only just met.

    Two things about Link and Saria, though. First of all, I DO NOT think that even had Link stayed in the forest he would’ve stayed young forever, because he’s not a Kokiri.

    The second thing is that, if he would’ve stayed young, then in theory, that would apply to the Kokiri as well. Personally I think it applies to them anyway; “should they leave the forest, they would truly die.” They don’t in the ending of Ocarina of Time. The logical conclusion? They would age and eventually die so them being briefly out of the forest wouldn’t affect anything, but if they permanently left…

    Aside from that, as much as I hate to admit it, the logical choice is Malon, not Zelda. Primarily because Link and Zelda are descendants of other Link and Zelda’s throughout the timeline. Sure, given enough time they would in theory be distant enough, but it’d still be awkward. The more logical conclusion is that they never get together and simply remain friends in each time period.

    • heroofmasks

      accually the only link that has a relationship with another link is oot/mm link being descendants other then that link is just a reborn form of ss link in a diffrent family almost every game sometimes hes a blacksmith apprentence sometimes hes helping his uncle or sometimes hes just a ordinary boy for awhile like in ww

      • Jaidyn Reiman

        SS Link seems to flat out make it pretty clear; EVERY Link is descent from SS Link. At the point of the timeline split, its possible that future Link’s are descent from different Link’s. Since OOT Link leaves, its incredibly possible that WW Link is descent down a slightly different line from OOT Link, but he’s still descent from SS Link.

        • Del Sydebothom

          Let’s set up a scenario. SS Link and Zelda have a couple of children. Maybe they are both boys. That keeps it simple, in fact. They have two sons. Each marries an unrelated girl, and the two couples have one child each. Say the child of one couple is a boy, and the other is a girl. These are first cousins, and this is still, shall we say, icky. They don’t marry each other, but both wed. Their respective spouses are, again, not of their kinline. The children of these couples are second cousins, yes? And how much time has past? 60, maybe 70 years? In another generation, the children of either line (one leading to the a Link, another to a new Zelda) may not even know each other. After a century, any degree of blood-relation between the lines will be negligible, unless there was deliberate inbreeding involved. And after two centuries? Despite their common parentage from time out of mind, they wouldn’t be more closely related to each other than any other two random people in Hyrule.

          • Jaidyn Reiman

            Doesn’t change the fact that it just sounds awkward. Plus, royalty would normally stick close to one another unless the royal family was ever disbanded. SS seems to imply that the Kingdom of Hyrule was likely founded shortly after that; Zelda herself may not have been the next queen, but several generations down the road… unless the family’s went in wildly different directions, which usually would not happen.

            COULD it get to a situation where one split off in a wildly different direction and left the royal house and everything? Sure, that could happen. Why, though? It’d be a different situation if Zelda wasn’t royalty in pretty much every game in the series. With wealth and power, why would any descendant of Link/Zelda ever want to become a commoner?

            At some point, a noble descendant of Link/Zelda would have to leave the noble house, the royal family, as no where is Link ever even hinted at being related to nobility.

    • Thanks for the awesome feedback! I think Malon gives Zelda a run for her money, but it’s difficult to compete against royalty, which is where she falls short. For Link, the decision is pretty much made for him…

      • Jaidyn Reiman

        ‘Eh, maybe. Except SS Link/Zelda, though, I just can’t picture Link EVER ending up with Zelda. Next to Salink, though, I do prefer Zelink. It’d just be very weird for Link constantly getting together with Zelda… basically, their own descendants are marrying back into the family all over again.

        That’s just very, very awkward. In the case of Medieval royal relationships it does make sense, but its awkward from a modern standpoint. The only reason this has really become awkward, though, is because internal family marriage causes serious health problems for their children…

        Note how I said “as much as I hate to admit it.” The fact is, although I like Malon, I DO NOT at ALL like Malink. 😛

        And that’s coming from a guy who doesn’t really like shipping much.

  • Cynius

    I think it should be Malon because some theories confirm that the Link from OOT is the predecessor from the Link from TP and in OOT, you can know it because the spirit trainer from TP is like him.
    When Zelda knew the name of Link, she says that the name is so familiar for her, probably Link would be a member of her family, because if you remember the Link’s mother left him with Deku Tree, because a war or something like that was developed in the castle.
    Other theory (from me) is that Link like the farm, because in his house you can see some items for farm. Probably he likes Malon for that.
    Other theory is that Link never would have a relationships, because Ganon/dorf defeat him (following the ALTP time line).

    There’re my opinions, don’t critic to much me for the gramathic, Im not English.

    • heroofmasks

      i belive its stated smally that links father died in the war meaning no as for why the names familiar at the end of ss its stated all links are the reborn form of the first link from ss and thus they all have the name link and im sure the royal family remembers the storys from past games in the timeline well

  • Whacked88

    Well, face it, Link spends most of his time to his “trusty” steed Epona, just sayin’.

  • Whacked88

    Well, Link spends most of his time with his trusty steed Epona, so yeah…

  • Morgan

    ZeLink4e