Okay, heres the biggest problem with this fandom
I’ve sort of brushed on this in the past, but female characters are treated so horribly in this fandom. IDK if its Nintendo’s fault or just all of yours (I’m leaning towards the fandom tho), but literally all the girls in ANY game is treated as a reward/prize for either Link or Ganondorf (and just treated as a weak character in general). Take Malon for example. She’s a sweet rancher girl who basically didn’t deserve any of the stuff she’s got in Ocarina of Time. But I’ve seen people portraying her as completely reliant on Link. Hell, even the MANGA did a better job, with her actually helping Link fight take back her ranch. But I’ve seen too many “weak damsel Malon” works that this needed to be said. But we all know which character suffers through this the most:
Now I know a LOT of people love her. She’s the badass princess who is literally a mortal version of the Goddess Hylia! She’s got the Triforce of Wisdom, she rules a god damn kingdom on her OWN (at a young age too!!), she’s amazing in archery and magic, there is just so much to her its amazing!! But of course, being a female character, she’s nothing but a prize. She’s fetishized for Ganondorf (small damsel who can be demanding and super hot in bed), and she’s EXPECTED to give Link something after he saves her (like her love or even worse: her body). A lot of people don’t bat an eye towards her as an individual person, but go cRAZY for her when she’s in a “shippy situation”. Lets look at Skyward Sword Zelda. She’s a happy yet motherly like person. She goes through so much during her journey - arguably more than Link honestly. But I rarely see stuff about her and her journey. I see stuff about Zelda thinking about Link 24/7, i see her doing romantic shippy stuff with him before AND after the whole game. Its….annoying to see it. You could have made stories about her memories and how she reacted towards them. You could have made stories about her worrying about her father and friends in skyloft wondering where she went. No, we barely get those stories, instead when thinking about Skyward Sword Zelda, we think about all the fluffy moments we got with Link.
I could literally do this with every game honestly. It happens with Saria, it happens with Naburoo, Ilia, Marin, aNY GIRL. This fandom needs to learn that the girls here aren’t for your shipping fantasies. They are their own character and they have their own individual stories.