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The White Knight

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"The White Knight"
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The episode's title card
Original airdate September 22, 1989
Writer(s) Bob Forward
Country of origin United States
Canada
Network FOX

"The White Knight" is the third episode of The Legend of Zelda TV series to be broadcast, but was the ninth in production order.

Plot

See also: Episode transcript
Prince Facade meets Link and Zelda

While Link and Princess Zelda are in an unnamed village of Hyrule, Tinsuits rise from the Underworld and begin to attack the young hero and the princess.[1] Although Link and Zelda are successful in defeating several Tinsuits,[2] one of them calls an Octorok from the Underworld and grabs the now-swordless Link since Zelda has run out of ammunition for her crossbow.[3][4] Suddenly, a man known as Prince Facade appears just in time to help Link and Zelda defeat the Octorok with a quick hit from his crossbow, sweeping Zelda off her feet.[5] Link, used to being the hero, doesn't like being outdone by this handsome stranger, and quickly becomes jealous. Meanwhile, Zelda is enchanted by Facade and forgets all about Link,[6] leaving him to walk back to North Castle while she and the prince go by horse.[7][8]

Link's new outfit

When they arrive back at the castle, King Harkinian and Zelda are fascinated by Facade and his tales of heroism, with the princess not caring about Link anymore.[9] Link, feeling left out,[10] decides to try and match Facade, and attempts to dress more like him.[11] What he fails to realize, despite Spryte's warnings,[12] is that the outfit he has chosen looks completely ridiculous.[13] When Link makes his appearance in front of Zelda and the King, he embarrasses himself further by tripping over. They burst out laughing, causing Link to storm out, feeling angry and humiliated.[14] Thinking that Prince Facade can protect the Triforce of Wisdom for Zelda, he decides to leave the castle.[15]

Ganon, having learned that Prince Facade has arrived in Hyrule, knows that the Prince has a fatal flaw - his vanity - and decides to take advantage of this in his latest bid to steal the Triforce of Wisdom.[16] When Link leaves the castle, Ganon summons several enemies from the Evil Jar to cause chaos in the castle. Tektites arrive and attack Facade while Moblins throw Zelda out the window, where a Zola readily catches her. Zola carries Zelda out of the castle, with Facade in pursuit, but when the Zola jumps into the water, Facade hesitates on the bank, not wanting to get his clothes wet and muddy.[17] Zelda screams at him to save her, but he refuses.[18]

However, all is not lost as Link was still in earshot of Zelda's screams.[19] He mutters that Zelda is not worth saving, but he'll do it anyway, and hurries to save the princess.[20] He defeats the Zola with three Sword Beams and rescues Zelda.[21] Prince Facade quickly tries to make up with the angry Zelda,[22] but she has none of it, and makes him fall into the mud. The episode ends with Link and Zelda walking back towards the castle with the young hero once again trying to get the princess to kiss him.[23]

Characters

Enemies

Items

References

  1. ↑ "Tinsuits! My favorite playmates!" β€” Link (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 3 )
  2. ↑ "Thanks. Ah-hah! Now for that Ruby." β€” Link (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 3 )
  3. ↑ "Zap him, princess!" β€” Link (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 3 )
  4. ↑ "The bow's empty!" β€” Princess Zelda (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 3 )
  5. ↑ "I am Prince Facade from Arcadia. I have traveled the world and viewed its wonders but none have been your match in beauty." β€” Prince Facade (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 3 )
  6. ↑ "Uh, Link! Where are your manners? Stand up and meet Prince Facade! This is my friend, uh, well, an acquaintance--somebody I know slightly--his name's Stink." β€” Princess Zelda (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 3 )
  7. ↑ "Oh, I'm sure you'll be fine, Link! [...] See you back at the castle, Link!" β€” Princess Zelda (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 3 )
  8. ↑ "I'm afraid [my horse] can't carry three." β€” Prince Facade (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 3 )
  9. ↑ "Well, there's Link, of course, but he's not in the prince's class. Prince Facade is wonderful." β€” Princess Zelda (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 3 )
  10. ↑ "I swear... It's like Zelda doesn't even know I exist anymore." β€” Link (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 3 )
  11. ↑ "No! I'll handle it myself. Did you get those clothes I wanted? [...] Zelda wants a prince, she'll get a prince." β€” Link (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 3 )
  12. ↑ "I did, but I think you're making a mistake, Link." β€” Spryte (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 3 )
  13. ↑ "Link, what ARE you wearing?" β€” Princess Zelda (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 3 )
  14. ↑ "She laughed...she laughed at me! She laughed!" β€” Link (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 3 )
  15. ↑ "Save your breath, Spryte! I'm gone! I'm Zelda wants her Triforce protected, her prince precious can do it. I just quit! [...] Let's hit the road, Katherine. This place makes me sick." β€” Link (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 3 )
  16. ↑ "So...Prince Facade, the sickenly handsome face of Hyrule, is he. Hmm...this could be most fortunate. I've dealt with Prince Facade before, and I know his weakness. He's brave enough, but he's vain, very vain! Proud of his looks. He'd never let himself get dirty, not even to save the princess! So...if things work out as I plan, this could be my opportunity to capture Princess Zelda, and conquer all of Hyrule!" β€” Ganon (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 3 )
  17. ↑ "Oh, mud... No, I'm afraid not. I DO have a reputation to maintain." β€” Prince Facade (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 3 )
  18. ↑ "Sorry, princess. No can do, I'm afraid. These are my hero's clothes, and heroes do not simply get dirty." β€” Prince Facade (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 3 )
  19. ↑ "She's in trouble! I, well... Aw, heck. I'm such a sucker." β€” Link (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 3 )
  20. ↑ "Hold it right there, Zola. She's not worth saving, but I'm doing it anyway." β€” Link (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 3 )
  21. ↑ "Hey, it's a dirty job, princess, but somebody's gotta do it." β€” Link (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 3 )
  22. ↑ "Zelda, you're safe! I'm so glad, really. I would have done it myself, but you know how it is." β€” Prince Facade (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 3 )
  23. ↑ "You're my kind of girl, princess. Kiss me." β€” Link (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode 3 )