Princess Zelda, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998) #damselindistress
I strongly disagree with this, and I know I am not the only one.
She had spent 7 years on the run from Ganon, evading capture dressed as Sheik, a very androgynous character (I always thought it was Zelda anyway, but knew for certain after hearing Sheik’s voice when she was thrown by Bongo Bongo in Kakariko Village). You do not get to criticize her for cleverly disguising herself as a Sheikah, unless you think it would have been smart for her to proudly flaunt her royal title and garments to everyone in the name of ~feminism~? Zelda remained in the shadows of the story the entire time, guiding Link to do the work that was not safe to do herself. That is anything but a damsel in distress trope.
When she was finally captured, it was because Ganondorf believed that SHE was a bigger threat than Link.
- Her magic would have made her a more formidable opponent, thus necessitating his need to take advantage of the opportunity and capture her when she was off-guard in the Temple of Time.
- She possessed the Triforce of Wisdom, which is what he wanted anyway. When she was younger, he wanted her to open the gate to the Sacred Realm, which Link ended up doing. After the Triforce split, recapturing her piece was the objective.
- She was the 7th sage and the final part needed to seal him away. It was necessary to separate her from Link at the point when he had saved all 6 (actually 5) sages and received the medallions.
Really, she was only a “damsel in distress” for one dungeon, and it only came about after she had shed her disguise. But for the rest of the game (apart from her younger self), Zelda had been smart and cautious, making herself known to Link at key moments, and vanishing back into the shadows.
Yet another example of a dumb attention seeking radfem trying to bitch about a game, and getting shut down by anyone who has even a basic knowledge of the actual storyline. Shocking !