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Top 10 Hottest Zelda Girls

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Female Zelda Characters

Female Zelda Characters

Women in Zelda

Though Link is the protagonist in most Zelda games, he's supported by dozens of admirable women, from the titular Princess Zelda herself to his fairy companion Navi. Women throughout Hyrule play a crucial role in repelling Ganon's forces, and many have a connection to magic—even the realm's goddesses are female.

Many of us grew up admiring the beauty and intelligence these characters display—which are most endearing? Here are the ten prettiest gals throughout The Legend of Zelda!

Fi

Fi

10. Fi

First Appearance: Skyward Sword

Link often travels with a mystical entity of some sort, and Fi's far more endearing than his prior fairy companions. A human spirit contained within Link's blade, Fi offers vast knowledge of enemies and unyielding devotion to her master. Though she seems emotionless, she slowly but surely cultivates a bond with her wielder.

Ilia

Ilia

9. Ilia

First Appearance: Twilight Princess

Link's childhood ranching companion bears a kind demeanor and love of horses, especially Epona. Her kidnapping sets off the game's story, and while she's soon found, her memories of Link are gone, shown in one of the series' saddest scenes.

Still, the two bond throughout the game, and most consider her the most "canonical" love interest in Twilight Princess.

Ashai

Ashai

8. Ashai

First Appearance: Breath of the Wild

BotW revealed many details about the famed Gerudo tribe, which Ganondorf himself stems from. Gerudo are a predominantly female race, characterized by their height, red hair, and desert-dwelling tendencies.

Their harsh lifestyle keeps them in peak physical form, with even teachers like Ashai bearing sculpted bodies. Ashai prepares her peers about life outside the tribe and instructs them in valuable cooking abilities.

Linkle

Linkle

7. Linkle

First Appearance: Hyrule Warriors

With male Link hogging the spotlight in most titles, Linkle gives a glimpse at what a female Link might offer, or perhaps a little sister (an idea already explored in games like Wind Waker). While Link uses normal bows, Linkle favors twin crossbows, making her a deadly ranged warrior.

Midna's true form

Midna's true form

6. Midna

First Appearance: Twilight Princess

Midna's true form unlocks her magical powers, capable of rivaling Ganondorf. Even before that, her knowledge of the Twilight Realm proves essential to Wolf Link, and it's hard not to like her spirited attitude. She's one of Link's most dependable partners, traveling through many dungeons and warping him between realms as needed.

Nayru, Din, and Farore

Nayru, Din, and Farore

5. Nayru, Din, and Farore

First Appearance: Oracle of Seasons

Goddesses in some of their appearances, oracles in others, these three always carry impressive magical powers. Red-haired Din, sometimes portrayed as a dancer, governs fire and seasons. Blue-haired Nayru controls time, while green-haired Farore commands life itself.

Princess Ruto

Princess Ruto

4. Ruto

First Appearance: Ocarina of Time

Princess of the Zora tribe and Sage of Water, Ruto proves an invaluable ally in both Link's childhood and adult years. Her flirtatious and energetic demeanor help her stand out among the game's more reserved women (Saria, Zelda, etc.), and she even believes herself engaged to Link thanks to the Zora Sapphire serving as a form of proposal.

Though a bit of a diva, Ruto showcases her battle prowess in Hyrule Warriors, employing slow but widespread attacks that cover a wide area.

Princess Lana

Princess Lana

3. Lana

First Appearance: Hyrule Warriors

One of her game's exclusive characters, Lana bears a childlike demeanor that belies her inner fortitude and determination. She's also a versatile warrior, blending lightning spells with spear attacks, and she can also summon monsters and heal allies.

Epona and Malon

Epona and Malon

2. Malon

First Appearance: Ocarina of Time

Mature for her young age and skilled with animals, Malon helps Link bond with his horse Epona, who quickly becomes a series staple. Adult Malon also has a look-alike, Cremia, in Majora's Mask, a mature rancher troubled by the moon's impending crash.

Many consider Malon the canonical love interest in OoT, which would explain why Twilight Princess Link is a rancher, supported by the gossip stones revealing that she dreams of a knight sweeping her off her feet.

Princess Zelda (brunette)

Princess Zelda (brunette)

Princess Zelda (blonde)

Princess Zelda (blonde)

1. Zelda

First Appearance: The Legend of Zelda

The legendary princess herself varies in appearance and age across the franchise, but no matter her exact incarnation, she's a wise and charismatic leader bearing the Triforce of Wisdom. Gifted with magic and transformation, Zelda assists Link from both near and afar, often wielding the ultimate light arrows needed to slay Ganon.

Zelda's wisdom, compassion, and beauty have captivated gamers for decades.

The Importance of Hyrule's Women

Although Link steals the spotlight in most games, he's always relied on the strength of his female companions to claim victory. Women seem blessed with magical talents far surpassing men's, like the seven maidens or the mystical fairies, and without their aid, Hyrule would long ago have fallen. But for now, vote for your favorite character and I'll see you at our next gaming countdown!

© 2021 Jeremy Gill

Comments

Jeremy Gill (author) from Louisiana on February 25, 2021:

@Poppy

She's awesome for sure, hard to pick between the awesome Gerudo gals!

Poppy from Enoshima, Japan on February 25, 2021:

Urbosa is my fave!

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