is the name of a fictional character in The Legend of Zelda series of video game. The name has applied to every female member of Hyrule's royal family, which includes several distinct characters in Hyrule legend. Though she is the eponymous character, the player controls the main protagonist, Link. Zelda is usually kidnapped or imprisoned by Ganon, also known as Ganondorf. In some games, she appears as one of the sages. In Ocarina of Time and The Minish Cap, she displays other magical powers, such as energy blast and force fields.
Creator Shigeru Miyamoto has stated that her name was inspired by Zelda Fitzgerald, the wife of American novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald. Ben Reeves of GameInformer explains further that the "name Zelda (alternately Selda or Segula) might not be used much any more, but this old Yiddish name means 'blessed, happy, or lucky.'
During the development of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, illustrator Yusuke Nakano tried to portray Zelda as “as if she’s wondering about something”. He drew the illustrations of Zelda with the feelings of “hopelessness and anxiousness”, and tried to avoid associating her with “gloom and doom”. It is hinted that she is portrayed as Link's main love interest.
For the development of The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks, the development team expressed a desire to have the Phantom character that appeared in The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass’s Wi-Fi battle mode working cooperatively with Link. However, the team questioned why an enemy character would work together with Link, and thought of an idea where a second character would take control of the phantom. Zelda was ultimately chosen since she was "an interesting and appropriate character". Spirit Tracks director Daiki Iwamoto had also expressed an interest to make Zelda "a more integral part of the game" when the development process began. This goal was influenced by a survey Nintendo had looked over revealing that users preferred female characters that were more independent.
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