From the beginning, I have always been a fan of a princess and her hero falling in love and living happily ever after, and that was no different when I was introduced to The Legend of Zelda. Ever since my introduction to these two in The Wind Waker, I was convinced that they were meant to be. Now, I’m very much aware that the beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and some people don’t see them as a couple, but in every incarnation of these two, there’s always something there that binds them, and I can’t help but see this blooming into a romance.

Now, in some games, there is a hinted romance that is more prominent than others — Zelda II, Minish Cap, Spirit Tracks, Ocarina of Time, and of course, Skyward Sword. Skyward Sword by far has the closest relationship between the two so far, and it is so well done. The best part about it is that they don’t even need to say “I love you” to know how much they care about each other. Their actions alone show how much the other means to them, and that is incredible that such emotions can be shown with little to no dialogue.

Though Skyward Sword has the most obvious romantic indication, as a diehard ZeLink fan, I always manage to find those subtle clues to loving intentions. Though we hardly see the two interact in Twilight Princess, the way Link smiles when he sees that Zelda is safe in one of the last cutscenes is so endearing. In Ocarina of Time, Link returns to Hyrule Castle when he’s sent back in time to meet Zelda again and it’s precious as ever. Even the people who made Hyrule Warriors knew there was something there and made it a major plot point in the game (yes, I know it’s not canon, but the inspiration had to come from somewhere).

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With Breath of the Wild coming up there have been some intense trailers premiering with many scenes between the Princess of Hyrule and her hero, and I honestly can’t wait to see what Nintendo has in store for my number one favorite fictional couple.

This is a part of my top 10 favorite fictional couples list, click here to read the rest!

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  • forgot

    You should’ve mentioned Spirit Tracks. They obviously crushed on each other there.

    • Elven_Ariaera

      I did mention Spirit Tracks, I just didn’t go in depth about it, but I think you’re absolutely right about everything you’ve mentioned!

  • Connie Averman

    In OOT before I understood that Link was a Hylian – I thought Saria would be his mate. She seemed to be crushing on him at the time and he was kind of shy around her.

  • MDH

    They make a great couple in many games. Wind Waker, Skyward Sword, Spirit Tracks… but when it comes to OoT nothing will ever make me budge on Malon. And for Twilight Princess the idea is just preposterous.

    • Swift Nuckolls

      Phew wee, transformation Tuesday on that Malon. As a boy going to man, schwing! Plus she paid you a dowry of a steed so your obligated. Preposterous indeed old friend, you’ve got your stable hunny in that one too. Gonna have to replay the sucker cause I can’t remember her name…..something with an i…..grumble grumble…