Secrete Audacity

Are you a Zelinker or a Malinker?

In the popular video game series The Legend of Zelda by Nintendo, there is much debate on who Link, the hero and character you play as, would end up with at the end of Ocarina of Time, which is the best, in my opinion, Zelda game released so far. Coming from a former Zelinker (the shorter way to say a Zelda+Link relationship fanatic/story), I saw the essay below and I thought to myself, “Ha, ain’t no way you’ll change my mind. Zelda and Link all the way!” But then I read it all, and now I’m completely reformed from Zelink to Malink (Malon+Link). Whatever you are a fan of, Zelink or Malink, Salink (Saria+Link), Nablink (Nabooru+Link), Navlink (Navi+Link), or hell, maybe Rulink (Ruto+Link) – the essay below makes lots of sense and will most likely change your views. But just read it and give it a chance.

Disclaimer: I didn’t write this essay, Michelle Lancaster did (whoever she is, but she’s sure as hell smart). I found it on the reviews of a story hosted by


Hey, to all the diehard Link/Zelda fans as well as others, this essay I’m about to paste in will give you something to think about.This (long) essay I will paste into the review was found on a Link/Malon forum. Yes, I’m a “Malinker” and I love Zelda dearly, but I just think Malon suits Link better. Read the essay; it does make sense. By the way, Michelle Lancaster. ( wrote this and therefore is credited for it all.)

 “One of the most hotly debated topics in any fan universe is the issue of romantic pairings of characters. In The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, there are several schools of thought as to which woman would, after the battle for the salvation of Hyrule is resolved, be the love interest of the Hero of Time, Link. For example, some believe that his relationship with his oldest and closest friend, Saria, could grow into something more; some believe that the princess who forced him to become her fiancé, Ruto, could earn his genuine affection. The two most widely accepted theories, however, are that Link would spend his life with one of the two Hylians in the game: the Princess of Hyrule, Zelda, or the daughter of the ranch owner, Malon.

First of all, before considering either one of the two Hylian women, it is important to rule out any and all others. In the case of both Saria and Ruto, the basic problem lies, among other things, in fundamentals of biology. While it is possible for two people to fall in love if they come from different social backgrounds, both Saria and Ruto present more complex scenarios than this. Saria is a blood member of the society that raised Link, the Kokiri. This means, primarily, that she does not age. She was never born in the conventional sense, but simply came into existence at the developmental level of an average child roughly ten years of age, and shall remain there throughout her life. Link, while he was raised as a child of the forest, is by blood a Hylian; this means he ages as a human would do. Simply put, Saria was ten when he was born, she was ten when he was five, she was ten when he was ten, she was ten when he was seventeen, and she will be ten when he is fifty. Mido tells Link that Saria had always had a childhood crush on him, which begs the question of why she never pursued it or even told Link herself of her own feelings. The most obvious answer would be that this is because she knew the truth of his bloodlines even before he did, and knew her relationship with him could therefore never be an adult one. Another possibility, supported by her role in the game as an advisor and support system to Link, is that the feelings which she expressed to Mido were not the simple romantic ones which he believed them to be. Indeed, Saria and Link seem to share a more familial relationship like that between mother and son or brother and sister; it is likely that Mido, not understanding this, misinterpreted the idea that Saria loves Link in a different sort of pure and unconditional way, in the same way that he loves her. No matter how old she is, or how old he is, their relationship is unchanging and unbreakable.

Ruto presents different problems altogether. She parallels Link biologically in her age and maturity, but she belongs to a race of people so utterly disparate from the Hylian one that it might be better termed a different species. She is a Zora, one of the amphibious, water-dwelling people who are in effect anthropomorphic fish. Hylians such as Link are mammalian, essentially humans with elfin ears and a capacity for magic. Needless to say, there are fundamental physical barriers between Link and Ruto which nothing could overcome. Furthermore, even if this weren’t the case, it is easy to tell based on the Hero’s reactions to seeing the Zora princess during their adulthoods that his feelings towards her are far from affectionate. In fact, his distasteful responses towards her are quite possibly the most extreme emotions he shows throughout the game. In short, it would be impossible for either Saria or Ruto to pursue a relationship with Link as anything other than a friend, because the simple facts of biology, as well as the ways Link views them, clash with such possibilities.

Having said that, there are of course other women in Hyrule. Nabooru, for example, is a member of a race that commonly forms involvements with Hylians. She is the queen of the Gerudo, a band of thieves who live in the west of Hyrule and who are not Hylians. There are some minor physical differences between them, simple details of race, but there is only one of great significance. All Gerudo are women, with the exception of the king who is born to them every one hundred years. During the intermediate time, Gerudo engage in relationships with Hylian men in order to continue their race. However, this does not mean that Nabooru and Link could have any sort of romance; quite the opposite. The Gerudo view of men is that they are simply tools for procreation. The Gerudo have no concept of romantic love or of marriage, because they simply consider males to be too far below females to be worth their time. Nabooru, as a Gerudo, does not see Link as a competent and sentient being, but an object. She may be attracted to him, but the appeal is purely physical.

This is just an example of the sorts of social barriers which eliminate most of the female characters in the game from consideration for Link. When all the basic facts are laid out, the only two women are left for consideration are the Hylians: Zelda and Malon. There is no way to reject either one of them easily and definitively, but there are enough details in the game to compose a reasonable hypothesis as to which of the two is a more likely partner for the Hero of Time.

The first issue to consider is the fact that the characters of Link and Zelda in Ocarina of Time are not the only Link and Zelda ever to have lived in Hyrule. In games released earlier, which are set later in Hyrule’s history, they have descendants bearing their names and other common traits. The complex chronology of the games makes it difficult to put them all into a fully cohesive timeline that would prove acceptable to everyone, but it is still possible to lend at least some consideration to the various components of the series.

In all the games, the Zeldas are always beautiful blonde princesses, and always blessed to carry the holy artefact, the Triforce of Wisdom. It is the Links, however, that are of more relevance to the discussion at hand; they are always commoners, blessed to possess the Triforce of Courage. It seems obvious that if the Link and Zelda who feature in Hyrule’s earliest days were to marry, their descendants would be the same people. Link’s descendants would be royalty, or at the very least, nobility. Only one hundred years pass between the first generation, that of Ocarina of Time, and the second, that of A Link to the Past. Although Hyrule has changed greatly in this time, the people nevertheless are well-versed in their own history, and it is therefore quite illogical to think that any family who could boast a familial association to the Royals would not do so. Yet the second Link, and indeed all subsequent heroes, claim no connection whatsoever to the throne of Hyrule. There is one instance when such a tie is almost revealed, when Link’s uncle says as he dies that “Zelda is your…” However, the end of this sentence could easily have been something that had nothing at all to do with their being family: Zelda is your queen, Zelda is your destiny, or the like. This may seem unlikely, but it is far more difficult to believe that members of a branch of the royal family would conceal their identities for no apparent reason. It is therefore doubtful that Link’s family could be descendants of the first Zelda, and it follows that the original hero and princess were never married.

However, given the strict social codes of medieval culture which presumably apply in Hyrule, there is no reason why Link and Zelda could not have been in love without being married. It would even be possible that they both married other people for reasons of politics and convenience, and therefore the fact that they do not share descendants does not prove that they were not in love. Following this theory, Malon becomes Link’s wife by default rather than by love; whatever the reasoning, there is evidence to support this relationship as well hearsay.

Needless to say, in tracing family ties, it is important to consider what traits Link’s descendants feature. Of particular use is his closest one, the aforementioned Link who plays in A Link to the Past, usually known as Link II. There are two characteristics of which this youth is possessed that could indicate an ancestry attaching him to Malon, and though neither is by any means irrefutably indicative of such a connection, they become significant when other pieces of evidence, circumstantial and otherwise, add to the same argument. First of all, the home in which Link II resides is located in central Hyrule, south of Hyrule Castle. This is the same location in which Lon Lon Ranch, Malon’s home, is situated. While it is true that the landscape of Hyrule alters throughout the games, some features of the goddesses’ creation remain unchanged: Hyrule Castle is the centre of the kingdom, Death Mountain and Spectacle Rock are to the north, Kakariko Village is a thriving community, the Lost Woods is a dangerous sylvan labyrinth, and Lake Hylia is a glorious natural water feature. It is perfectly natural that changes of residential and commercial communities would occur over generations, and that what was once a ranch on the countryside could become a home in a town as a result of medieval urban sprawl.

Second of all, a more tangible example of genetics shows that Malon’s bloodline may have joined with Link’s. In Ocarina of Time, Link I has blond hair, and Malon is a redhead. In A Link to the Past, Link II has hair of a darker blond colour, with an obvious red influence. Not only does this imply descent from a redhead and a blond, but it also shows once again how different Link’s ancestors are from Zelda’s. Despite the fact that proving marriage and proving love are not synonymous, evidence regarding the former remains useful. The princesses of Hyrule remain almost identical to their predecessor, while each successive Link moves further from the same image. The heroes and princesses are not only of different social classes, but also bear obvious physical differences.

This brings to mind the question of what the original Link and Zelda look like, which presents an entirely separate argument for why they could not marry, or be romantically involved any sense. Upon closely examining Link I and Zelda I, as well as other characters, it becomes immediately obvious that the hero and the princess bear more than a passing resemblance to each other, one which is not shared by others as simply a feature of artistic style. Their hair colour is an identical golden blonde, their eyes are the same shape and shade of blue, and their jaw lines and cheek bones have the same curve and definition. The only significant differences in their physical appearances are results of the fact that they are not the same gender and have lived dramatically different lifestyles. Zelda, having been sheltered and brought up as a proper young lady, with closely controlled standards of behaviour, is physically slimmer and has a paler complexion. Link, having been raised outdoors in the much more rough environment considered appropriate for boys, with no parental influence to speak of, has a more muscular build and weathered skin. Their learned behaviours are very different; for example, their combative styles reflect the Kokiri and Sheikah cultural mores to which each adheres. Their inherent gifts, however, such as magic and telepathy, are as identical as their physical characteristics, differing only where circumstances of environment would have them do so. Consider also the fact that Link knows nothing of his own family except that they are Hylian, and that his mother died in the wars that raged at the time of his birth; though the game specifies nothing about either Link’s mother or father, the idea that nobility and royalty would be targeted in warfare is perfectly reasonable. What all this means is that there is a distinct possibility that the Hero of Time and the Princess of Destiny are close relatives—siblings, cousins, or some similar relationship. Indeed, this could account for why they have related roles in the world, given the precedent of other games in which their descendants share their unique gifts. It seems that in Hyrule, homologous destinies run in families.

Their status as two halves of the force that must defeat Ganondorf is a reason often cited for Link and Zelda to be together as a couple. The idea behind this theory is that they would be the only ones who could understand each other once Zelda erases the future and sends Link back to his childhood at the end of Ocarina of Time. However, while it is true that they would of course need to talk to each other about what they had endured, it is not plausible that this could form the basis of a real romance. The most significant and difficult issues of their lives taint their existing relationship, and would make it impossible for them to be together without remembering all the pain they and Hyrule itself had suffered when they were together. Any healthy relationship would necessarily be based on something positive and life-affirming, not on shared pain that drives them to each other because they have nowhere else to turn. As well, it is logical to assume that both Link and Zelda would want to build lives beyond their destinies, to create some semblance of normal lives, to be identified as more than simply symbolic figures of legend. They would want to expand their worlds outside of each other and the past they have shared. Therefore, the rational thing for each to do would be to seek a romance outside of their pre-existing relationship.

Consider as well the fact that this pre-existing relationship has not been built on genuine, close emotions. Throughout the course of the game, they have only three conversations: one when they first meet, in Zelda’s garden; one when she reveals her identity to him, in the Temple of Time; and one after they defeat Ganondorf, just before she sends him to the past. All of these centre around their plans to save Hyrule from Ganondorf. Theirs is primarily a business relationship, and while the above argument does suggest that they would become closer in the aftermath of the events, the fact remains that their respective statuses would always stand between them. This is not to say that they would not be together because she is a noble and he is a commoner, because Zelda is powerful enough in every aspect of life that she could overcome such a problem. Rather, the significance is that her life’s obligation is to rule the world, and his is to save the world. She is a member of the world of politics and diplomacy, and these areas are far from Link’s forte; it is important for him to remain a figure of combative strength. They are both so significant to the balance of peace in Hyrule that, strategically, from both a political and militaristic point of view, it would be a conflict of interest if they were involved with each other personally. Given the degree to which destiny controls both Link and Zelda’s lives, they would most likely be predestined to fall in love with other people in order to avoid such a complication.

This is only one of the issues to consider with regards to how the world would change if two of its most significant figures fell in love. A marriage between Link and Zelda would result in his induction into the Royal Family of Hyrule. As the husband of the princess, and later the queen, he would be prince, and as such would be expected to fulfill the duties of a nobleman, subscribing to the values of high society. However, as a child raised by children, he has had no upbringing to speak of. Zelda is such a powerful figure in so many ways that Link could never be more than a trophy husband, and after living a life of unlimited freedom, it would be next to impossible for him to tie himself down so completely. It is obvious that his lifestyle is diametrically opposed to Zelda’s, and the idea that he could, or would, alter himself so completely is implausible.

The counterargument to this point is that he would be willing to do anything for love, but it seems unlikely that a love could develop between two people from such different cultures in order to necessitate such a change. It is true that Zelda is not the image of a perfect lady, as evidenced by the way that she so successfully takes on the lifestyle of Sheik; this being said, notice that she lives a dramatically different life from Link’s even when she is being dramatically different from her own. Her upbringing is strictly regimented, and she devoutly follows the cultures of the Hylians and the Sheikahs, neither of which is remotely like the Kokiri culture to which Link belongs. Though both of them were born into the same world, and possibly even the same family, as explained above, the ethnicities with which they more readily identify are far from the same. Link is closely tied to the natural world, while Zelda belongs to the spiritual. Sociologically speaking, there would be no boundaries that the could not overcome if they wanted to be together. The largest boundary would be the fact that, from a sociological point of view once more, it is doubtful if they would want to be together. Their respective backgrounds have shaped them into very different people without enough common interests and values to unite them.

By contrast, Malon’s childhood is reminiscent of Link’s. She, like him, has grown up very attuned to the natural world; this also shows her connection to the domain of the goddesses who created life—Farore. The connection between Link and Farore is explicit enough that it does not even warrant discussion. Malon also lived in her early years with a unique blend of adult responsibility, resulting from her father’s lack of motivation, and youthful exuberance towards life itself. This lifestyle and this world view are very similar in their essence to the Kokiri way of life. Epona further manifests the fundamental similarities between Link and Malon’s perspectives on the world, and by trusting both of them exclusively, she illustrates quite clearly that there is some exceptional and inimitable property which they share. It must be more than simply Epona’s Song, or else Ingo could have easily tamed the wild mare by forcing Malon to teach it to him, which he did not do. Even Romani of Termina, who is markedly similar to Malon in her behaviour as well as her physical appearance, bonds quickly and easily with Link; she is skilled with a bow, and openly tells Link that she likes him. In any world, in any time, Link and the ranch girl have a variety of common interests including music, horseback riding, and even combative arts. There is a singularly exceptional bond between Link, Malon and Epona—and the world itself.

Among other things, this bond implies that Link would be happy to spend his life with Malon. Besides the chemistry of their relationship, the social implications of their being together are well matched, an important feature to note in a world where the significant events of life and history are predetermined. What comes immediately to mind is the fact that life on the ranch would provide Link with a blend of freedom, independence, security and routine that would be reassuring and comfortable after the untamed and unpredictable life he led in his early years. Also, Talon mentions near the beginning of the game that Link has the makings of a good rancher, and even goes so far as to jokingly suggest that he marry Malon; in the universe of The Legend of Zelda, even throwaway comments are rarely insignificant. Consider also that there are farming tools lining the walls of Link’s home in Kokiri Forest, implying that he was already inclined towards that sort of occupation before he met Malon, and there is additional evidence that she was inclined towards his lifestyle before she met him. Just as Link dreamed of becoming a hero, as depicted in the illustrations carved into the base of his tree house, Malon dreamed of her “knight in shining armour,” as a Gossip Stone outside the Temple of Time says, who would sweep her off her feet. Precedent proves that everything the Gossip Stones say is true, and quite often implies further truth. For example, one on Hyrule Castle’s grounds tells Link that Princess Zelda is a tomboy; the underlying meaning of this is perfectly clear. Common sense thus leads to the conclusion that the implications which other Gossip Stones make, such as those referring to Malon, would also come true as well.

In fact, at least half of the Gossip Stone’s prediction did come true within the timeline of the game itself; Link certainly swept Malon off her feet by saving her and her ranch, not to mention Epona, from Ingo’s tyranny. This is perhaps the most significant event of the game towards proving the potential romance between them, as it is without a doubt the most significant event of their relationship. Resolving the conflicts at Lon Lon Ranch is, in both official and unofficial game walkthroughs and strategy guides, the first course of action to take upon awakening in the future. It entails winning Epona in a horseback race with the cruel, usurping farm hand, Ingo, thus freeing the horse and returning the ranch to the control of Malon. Later, it is also possible to find Talon and send him home to the ranch as well, where he pledges to work harder. The end result of all of this is that Malon’s life is happier and more prosperous than it ever was in her childhood. However, none of it is essential to Link’s main quest of awakening the Sages and saving Hyrule from Ganon’s reign. The only apparent thing which Link gains from his exploits at the ranch is the use of Epona, Malon’s favourite horse, and while the mare certainly makes it easier to cross Hyrule Field quickly, it would be equally possible to compete the game without the benefit of her equestrian services. The six temple warp songs encompass almost every place in Hyrule among them, and certainly the most significant ones, so that it is in fact easier to travel throughout Hyrule without the horse. Epona is useful for jumping obstacles, but there are none which Link cannot overcome in some other way; for example, the Longshot is perfectly adequate to cross the broken bridge into Gerudo Valley. The only aspect of the game for which Epona is essential is the trading sequence which results in obtaining the Biggoron Sword, and this powerful blade is altogether unnecessary; the Master Sword is far more convenient, and when Link loses the legendary blade temporarily in the final against Ganon, he can use the Megaton Hammer as an effective weapon. In short, there is no reason for which Link must do anything to help Malon, and no one ever asks him to, not even Malon herself. Yet, he does save her, and if recommended procedures are to be observed, he does so before saving anyone else—even Saria, his best friend, and the one person who has always meant the most to him. It therefore appears that there is someone who is even more important to him than Saria by the time he is an adult.

Having lived through their respective difficulties, Malon and Link have learned the same lesson: the fairy tales of which they dreamed as children are far from glorious adventures. Of course, it is possible to argue that Zelda arrives at this closure as well, but the truth is that the wisdom she has gained is notably different. Her primary expansion in character is that she has come to understand the full consequences of her actions, and that everyone must submit the omnipotence of destiny. The distinction between her character progression and those of the other two is subtle, but important. Though Link and Malon’s lives have been very different, they have come from the same world view, through equal pain, to the same conclusion. They are united not by what they have suffered, but by what they have become. Their adult relationship is based on something positive and life-affirming. The same cannot be said for Link and Zelda.

Further evidence that Link and Malon’s minds and souls work in the same way is her moniker for him—Fairy Boy. Malon is the only character in the game who assigns Link a pet name, not including titles such as “Brother” or “kid” that Darunia, Nabooru and others give him. Malon is the first person Link meets outside the forest, a point whose significance cannot be overlooked, and the fact that he is a fairy boy from the forest is the first thing she notices about him. This also happens to be the centre of his identity, not to mention the thing he likes best about himself. “Fairy Boy” is the exact opposite of every insult that Mido has ever thrown at him; “without a fairy, you’re not even a real man.” Malon instantly and completely understands Link in a way that no one else in the game ever does. Zelda, of course, notices Navi as well, but she sees that fairy as simply a means of identifying Link as the figure from her prophetic dream. She cares more about the kingdom than about Link. Though there is of course nothing wrong with such an attitude, it only serves to further illustrate that she is a princess above anything else, which can only stand as an obstacle before any romance that might exist between them.

In addition to all the visible difficulties that arise when considering a romance between Zelda and Link, it is also important to examine those elements which are not present in the game. That is to say, any overt romantic behaviour. There are three lengthy sequences between Link and Zelda, and it would have been entirely too easy for the creators of the game to add some manner of clear signal—a kiss, or even an embrace—to show how the Hero and the Princess feel about each other. Yet they did not. It is hard to believe that two people who passionately love each other would not so much as kiss when they had just managed to escape the jaws of death unscathed after enduring seven years of separation. Even from a game development perspective, as Nintendo often takes the time to add such details only where they do not interfere with plot, there is no reason for Link and Zelda not to show that they are in love—unless, of course, they are not in love.

In the sequel to Ocarina of Time, Majora’s Mask, there is one sequence which comes close to showing a romantic love between Link and Zelda. When Link regains the Ocarina of Time itself at the end of his first three days in Termina, he remembers saying goodbye to Zelda before setting off on the adventure which would lead him to the uncanny parallel universe, and in the process, he remembers the Song of Time. The affection between the two children is obvious in the sequence, but even still, it is not a categorically romantic affection. In fact, the scene bears a marked resemblance to the tender goodbye Link shares with Saria at the beginning of Ocarina of Time, suggesting that the relationship it expresses is the same. Zelda’s words remind the player yet again of how the Hero and the Princess are tied by destiny, which, as explained above, could only serve to inhibit any romance between them.

Also worth noting is the fact that the scene, in essence, serves the purposes of the game more than anything else; fluidity of game play often leads to sacrifices in character and plot realism. For example, the idea that Link would not know that Kokiri are perpetual children is next to impossible, yet his conversation with the Deku Tree Sprout in Ocarina of Time would have us believe he is surprised to find that none of his childhood friends have grown up along with him. The idea that he would not know the central religious tales of the genesis of his own world is equally absurd, yet Zelda tells them as if he is hearing them for the first time. Add to this the smaller details—the fact that Link never eats or sleeps, the fact that time does not pass in Ocarina of Time when he is in a town or temple—and it becomes easy to see why even scenes directly from the game itself are worth considering only so far as is reasonable, because game makers must make sacrifices for functional play. Moreover, if the games were completely accurate, Link would enter Termina with full knowledge of all the songs he had learned in Hyrule, rendering the flashback scene irrelevant. While Zelda certainly would have said goodbye to Link before he left, and in all probability gave him the Ocarina of Time at that moment, it seems obvious that she would not have taught him the Song of Time; he already knew it. Clearly, this scene is manipulated in some ways.

Of course, it is also worth mentioning that there are no unquestionably romantic scenes between Link and Malon, but two facts refute this. First of all, unlike with Link and Zelda, there are no obvious places within the storyline in which to situate a Link and Malon romance scene. There is no place in which a signal of such affection is noticeably omitted. Second of all, the lack of romance either way simply shows further that neither one is the definitive answer, and that players must look to more obscure facts to discover which woman is more likely to be the object of Link’s affection. In life, love is like that; the simplest answer is not always the best one.

Having taken all the evidence into consideration, there are two essential facts to consider above all else: First of all, the mere fact that this subject is so open to debate proves that there is no correct conclusion, nor any incorrect conclusion. Any interpretation any player makes can only be that: an interpretation. No matter how much sway one argument has over the other, the fact remains that there is no point in the game at which Link professes his love for either woman, and so there is no way to know what the automaton graphic in the green tunic is thinking and feeling.

Second of all, and even more importantly, it is imperative to remember that there are many kinds of love which people in all worlds feel for each other. Undoubtedly Link loves both Malon and Zelda, but he also loves Saria, Navi, the goddesses, and many others—on some level, perhaps he even loves Ruto. He may only want to spend his life with one woman, but that does not make the feelings he holds towards anyone else any less valid or significant to his life.

In the end, whether Hyrule falls or flourishes, whether time goes on or ends, whether power or courage or wisdom prevails, there is only one unconquerable force within the grasp of mortals… And friendship is as least as true as any other love.”

By the way, this isn’t a flame, or at least it isn’t intended to be. Take it as a flame if you wish, though don’t flatter yourself by thinking it’s a good thing. I posted this essay to give the author of this ridiculous fiction, Link/Zelda fans as well as Link/Malon fans and readers/reviewers of this fic. Take it as you like.~Lina


And there you have it. Are your views changed? Mine did, and I like them better now. They make more sense. But think however you want: you’re you, and I’m me. And that’s that. Thanks,

Tetra, faithful Malinker =]


Majora says:

Very good analysis.
I would indeed see link and zelda together personnelement I think that they are bound(connected) by the fate and intended has to be together. And they form a so beautiful couple

RS says:

I just have to say thank you very much for reposting this excellent essay, especially since Michelle Lancaster’s personal site went down years ago. I couldn’t agree more with what it has to say, and I thought you should know this page of your blog has been linked at the following website:

sibella says:

Before I starting to love legend of zelda, I thought tha link and zelda were a couple becaus everybody said of that.But when I started to search and to play the games, I saw that Malon is the only woman who Link can be with.Just loved that article!

HI says:

link and Zelda jus saying malink is blechg

evan hawk says:


evan hawk says:

there is much more to the legend of zelda series then what meets the eye.

master of insanity says:

yes, and much moe to the triforce as well!

master of insanity says:

forgive evan, he just butted in randomly. I was going to say that!

master of insanity says:

Were do I stand, you ask? Technically, I’m a malinker, because i believe thats who link belongs with. Where i really stand, is of course another matter all together


i personally think that Link should be with one of the people he grew up with. and no not Saria because she is annoying. maybe the girl that sits ontop of the shop. she gives you 2 dialog boxes(i think) out of the entire game! Saria, Zelda, Ruto, and Malon always nag because you need to save the world over and over and over….

Bell says:

Well this is old, and the game older, but I just stumbled onto this looking for malink fics so I thought I’d reply. Obviously, I prefer malink, but I can’t agree with this essay. While a few of the games have ties of various strengths, the fact is that they are largely meant to be taken as standalone stories. It is counter productive to try to create any sort of coherent time-line. It’s an exercise in futility.

Therefore, taking OOT alone, I’d say that there is… Absolutely no direct evidence of any romance at all. I’d go so far as to say that this was deliberate. Link is and has always been an avatar for the player. That’s why he remains mute and relatively neutral throughout the games. Links emotions are /your/ emotions. It was a deliberate choice that there was just enough material to develop a /sense/ of romance in several direction, but nothing concrete. Indeed I had a little crush on Malon when I was playing through it as a child, which colors my preferences. The player guides the story.

Zeruda says:

Aonuma and Miyamoto supports Zelink, so… Plus have u seen Skyward Sword?? So much Zelink, they even made Link cry for Zelda. There’s also promotional posters saying I wish to save the one dearest to me, romance trailers and even a romance theme!!

troll says:

Lmfao.. Dude get skyward sword. After you do.. What’s malink?

blade says:

well here i am still wondering why this is on malink fanfics i don’t know but i think malink is way better than zelink because i played about over half of them i think and i just say malink because how would the twilight princess link come to be i know the bearer of the spirit of the hero and the one with goddess hylia’s blood are reborn(actual dialog from skyward sword or something like that) because demise cursed them but doesn’t being reborn require procreation if so than why is tp link a farmer i think of one reason and one reason only because his parents were link and malon yes i’m a huge zelda nerd no need to insult me

Idiot says:

I see your point of view made me love malink even more
and people stop flaming this post He said what he thinks you have the right to either support it or get out of here no one asked you to proove him wrong!

blade says:

idiot i am glad you can protect a fellow malinker i think there should be more people like you and please quit hating on someone you can’t agree with am i right idiot also i’m the same person i got the notification in my email

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