Princess of Hyrule Princess of Destiny Her Grace Wielder of the Triforce of Wisdom
“Wake up Link. Open your eyes.”
—Princess Zelda, 'The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild'
Princess Zelda, or also known as Zelda, is the collective name referring to the eponymous character of the Legend of Zelda series, created by Shigeru Miyamoto. Princess Zelda is part of a blood-lineage of the reincarnations of the Goddess Hylia, and wields the Triforce of Wisdom. Her essential, destined role as a monarch of Hyrule as well as carrying the spirit of Goddess Hylia is to protect the Triforce. When the safety of the Triforce is threatened, her fate is usually intertwined with the other holders of the Triforce, where she and Link will defeat Ganondorf together.
Princess Zelda has also taken other aliases and alter-egos to disguise her true identity, most notably Sheik from Ocarina of Time, and Tetra from the Wind Waker.
Princess Zelda serves as the eponymous character of the Legend of Zelda series, and has appeared as a major character in almost every major Legend of Zelda game. She is recognised as one the gaming industry's great female mascots and representations.
The Legend of Zelda (1986, NES)
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (1987, NES)
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (1992, SNES)
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998, Nintendo 64)
The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages (2001, Game Boy Color)
The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons (2001, Game Boy Color)
The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords (2002, Game Boy Advance)
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (2003, GameCube)
The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures (2004, GameCube)
The Legend of Zelda: Minish Cap (2004, Game Boy Advance)
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (2006, Nintendo GameCube / Nintendo Wii)
The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (2007, Nintendo DS)
The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (2009, Nintendo DS)
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (2011, Nintendo Wii)
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (2013, Nintendo 3DS)
The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes (2015, Nintendo 3DS)
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017, Nintendo Switch / Wii U)
The Legend of Zelda (Animated series, 1989) - Main Character
Captain N: The Game Master (Animated series, 1989-1991) - Supporting Character
Link: The Faces of Evil (1993, Phillips CD-i) - Supporting Character
Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon (1993, Phillips CD-i) - Main Character
Zelda's Adventure (1994, Phillips CD-i) - Main Character
Super Smash Bros. Melee (2001, Nintendo GameCube) - Playable Character
Super Smash Bros. Brawl (2008, Wii) - Playable Character
Hyrule Warriors (2014, Wii U) - Main Character, Playable Character
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (2014, Nintendo 3DS) - Playable Character
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (2014, Wii U) - Playable Character
Hyrule Warriors Legends (2016, Nintendo 3DS) - Main Character, Playable Character
Princess Zelda is a playable character in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. Adventure. During the events, Mario, who doesn't know he is in Hyrule, mistakes Zelda for Peach, and decides to assist her in defeating Ganondorf. She will use her Psychic abilities as her Special Move and Final Smash, but will lack physical strength. Not much else is known.
Zelda, known in this iteration as Queen Zelda, is a primary character in this large The Legend of Zelda game produced by Lunatic Entertainment and published by Nintendo of America/Japan/Europe.
Zelda Hyrule is the current ruler in an impressive line of rulers, spanning back millennia. She is full Hylian, is the granddaughter of the once-strict king Alonsus, and the daughter of King Aloisius and Queen Griselda. She claims the likes of Daltus, Daphnes, Gustaf, and an endless number of previously-named "Zeldas" as well - a fact which she is mighty proud of. Her family are also related to both the Onkleds of Gamelon and the Tufts of Hytopia, neighboring kingdoms that branched off at different points to become, at least at one point (in Gamelon's case) sovereign but aligned locations.
When Dark Link first shows up in Hyrule and visits Hyrule Castle, he will be able to meet the Queen. She initially acts surprised to see him, referring to him as "Link", and asks him to meet her in private in the castle gardens. Doing so means having to bypass guard patrols, but eventually he will reach the gardens, where the queen will ask him how the encounter with Ganondorf went. When Dark Link appears not to remember, she tells him that she knows who he is. Before he can react she suddenly draws a blade and tells him that he is not her hero, the first official indication to Dark Link that he is not who he believes himself to be (though the player will already know this fact, a common Nintendo trope.) Dark Link will then realize that guards have them surrounded and he will be taken into custody. Before his trial is to take place, Dark Link escapes through the catacombs. He will be unable to re-enter Hyrule Castle unless he gets high redemption status or utilizes a Guise Mask.
Should Dark Link start down the redeemed path, he can begin to convince the queen to forgive his actions through a long set of quests that help sabotage the forces of darkness. Among other tasks this will include killing The Necromancer, whose undead monsters have begun to terrorize the region.
Instead, if Dark Link takes the dark route, the Necromancer will be able to succeed in taking over Hyrule Castle and Queen Zelda will mysteriously disappear. No evidence of her location or fate will reveal itself for some time. However, a robed seer wrapped in a cloak emblazoned with a Sheikah insignia; strangely however this supposed Sheikah has piercingly blue eyes beneath their cloak, indicating that they are not whom they claim to be. Even so, they help to reveal Dark Link's origin through a set of quests, revealing that he is Sheikah -- or at least partially so -- himself. When this quest line finally ends near the conclusion of the game, the seer will turn around but pull a suspiciously familiar blade upon him. They will then remove their hood and reveal that they have been the queen of Hyrule the entire time, in seclusion and working on claiming her kingdom back through manipulation of Ganon's own forces. She will then attack the dark-hearted Sheikah as a potential late-stage boss. Defeating her does not kill her but she is subdued, and one of Ganon's remaining generals will appear and take her away to Ganondorf's personal dungeon. She can then be found here during the game's final dungeon in a cell.
An amiibo figure of Princess Zelda exists! For more info about this amiibo, see this page.