The Legend of Zelda

Season 1 Episode 3

The White Knight

Aired Saturday 8:30 AM Sep 22, 1989 on NBC
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Prince Facade of Arcadia comes to Hyrule, and immediately attracts the eye of Zelda who falls head over heels for the handsome prince. Link, feeling dejected quits being protector of Hyrule to give Fascade a chance at Zelda. But Ganon knows Facade's secret weakness: his vanity. Knowing that Facade wouldn't get dirty even to save a princess, he sends a creature to drag Zelda into the swamps! Will Link save her before she becomes a captive of the evil Ganon?


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  • A dreamy hunk of a prince comes to Hyrule to woo Princess Zelda, but is this prince really all that he seems?

    Hi everybody, I'm Roy Stantz. It's about time I got back here to do another episode review. Today, it's on the third episode of the Legend of Zelda cartoon series, "The White Knight" (written by Bob Forward), the third of four Zelda episodes commentated by Stuttering Craig, High School Ben, and Jose El Mexicano. One intro and "Excuse me Princess!" later...

    As this episode begins, we see this blonde hunk of a man riding a white horse into a nearby town, in which Link and Princess Zelda just so happen to be getting new horseshoes for Link's horse. Zelda can also use her magic to change her hairstyle. Just then, one of Ganon (or Ganondorf Dragmire, if you play Ocarina of Time on the Nintendo 64)'s underground tunnels opens up, and a group of Tinsuits come out, spoiling for a fight! Link rushes into battle and blasts a couple of the Tinsuits with his sword (including one who tries to sneak up on him), and has time to spin his sword, only for it to get kicked out of his hand and land on the roof of a barn. But luckily, one of the dying Tinsuits dropped both a rupee and a crossbow. Zelda asks Link to kick the crossbow over to her, which he does. Zelda fires two arrows, taking out two of the Tinsuits, but the crossbow soon runs out of arrows. To make matters worse, an Octorok comes out from underneath the ground and throws Link through the barn into a pig sty. Ooh, that sucks! Shortly, the remaining Tinsuit and Octorok fight each other for the rupee, because all bad guys fight for cash. Then Link returns, having reclaimed his sword, and shoots the last Tinsuit, just as the Octorok pretends to be Birdo and shoot a rock out of its mouth! Link then lassoes the Octorok, only to get dragged along with it out of town, with Zelda shortly following behind. Now, as this happens, you all know that Bob Forward's son liked the commentaries that ScrewAttack did for the Zelda episodes that his dad wrote.

    Back to the show, the Octorok (wrapping Link in one of its tentacles) stops in its tracks, when the blonde guy from earlier, who is obviously The White Knight, makes his appearance by blocking the Octorok's attack with his magical shield (then throwing it away), and shooting the Octorok with his crossbow, dropping both Link and the rupee. You know, it's obvious that Zelda ends up having a crush on The White Knight, who then reveals himself as Prince Facade from the land of Arcadia, and his horse is called Magnus. On a side note, Prince Facade looks like Fabio. Zelda introduces both herself and Link (even calling him "Stink"). Link offers a handshake, but Facade refuses, seeing that Link's hand is all dirty after being dragged through the mud by the Octorok, and that there sets Facade's character as a total douchebag! Facade then offers Zelda a ride back to North Castle on Magnus. Unfortunately, Magnus can only carry two people. Zelda, being a giggling fangirl, rides off with Prince Facade back to the castle, leaving Link to just walk all the way! Link just got pwned by that guy! As Stuttering Craig suggested, the episode could've ended here with Link taking out his sword and slicing his own head off, so we could get into "Do the Mario" early, but no, we let's continue with the story.

    Meanwhile, Ganon is seen watching these events from his castle, and he seems to know Prince Facade as being is a brave warrior, yet he refuses to get get dirty, not even to save a princess! On a side note, Ganon is truly awesome in this cartoon. Whenever he's mad, he says weird things like "I am very upset!" Nevertheless, with Facade around in North Castle, this could be Ganon's window of opportunity to capture Princess Zelda and conquer Hyrule FOREVER!

    That night, at North Castle, Facade is telling stories about his many adventures to Zelda (who is wearing a very sexy banana yellow dress) and her absent-minded father, King Harkinian, who objects that Link is an adventurer too. But Zelda calls the kettle black and says that Prince Facade is wonderful! Facade is so humble about it (and gay to boot)!

    Upstairs, Link is in his bedroom, having a bath and sulking about Zelda jumping on Facade's bandwagon, until Spryte flies into the room with a clean towel. Link then asks Spryte if she got those clothes he requested, because if Zelda wants a prince, she'll get one. Spryte doesn't agree with it, and Link tells her to get out and let him bathe in peace. You already know about the love triangle I mentioned in my previous review, and who wouldn't love to see Spryte grow to human size like Tinkerbell did in the 1991 movie "Hook".

    Back in the lounge, Facade demonstrates on how to get women: just act like you don't care about them, and they'll just want you more. Suddenly, Link enters the room, wearing a gawdy-yet-cool prince outfit, only to trip over his own spurs and get laughed at by everyone. If I were Link, I'd just get out my sword and blast everybody in the room. But instead, he just storms out, leaving Zelda feeling rather guilty about laughing at Link. Stuttering Craig had another alternate ending in his head for this episode: Link chops off Prince Facade's head and then leaves the lounge all soaked in blood with Zelda laying there lifeless, and Spryte with devil horns. Back to the episode, as he strips himself of his prince clothes back into his regular outfit, Link furiously tells Spryte that Zelda laughed at him! Sprtye tries to calm Link down, but Link decides enough is enough, and plans to leave Hyrule for good! If Zelda wants the Triforce of Wisdom protected, Prince Facade can do it! Link then jumps out of his bedroom window, bounces off a tent, and lands on his feet next to his horse, which is named Catherine, not Epona, and rides out of the castle (this little stunt proves why Hyrule needs Link). Ganon seems to be happy by this turn of events, so he orders a strike force of Moblins, Tektites, and one Zola to go to the castle and capture Princess Zelda immediately!

    Prince Facade finishes his latest tall tale, as the King is already asleep. Zelda and Facade are about to kiss, when Ganon's goons burst in! The Moblins captures Zelda and give her to the Zola, while the Tektites pin Facade down, all while the King still sleeps! You see here, Link will win! Speak of the Devil, just as he's nearly out of Hyrule, Link hears Zelda screaming for help, and struggles with himself over what to do. Link, bit of advice: leave Zelda and just go! Unfortunately, my advice falls upon deaf ears, as Link rides back to save her like the hero he is!

    The Zola carries Zelda out of North Castle, as Facade tries to keep up. Any minute, he's gonna fall flat on his face and get dirty. Actually, as the Zola takes Zelda into a nearby swamp, Facade stops at the edge of the pit, refusing to go any further, as well as telling Zelda that he simply does not want to get dirty! Zelda is irate that she worshipped such a useless fop! Meanwhile, Ganon is gloating along the lines of "I win! Mud was the victor! My secret weapon!" and then calls for the swamp entrance to be raised.

    As Zelda is nearly done for and Prince Facade does nothing about it, Link comes riding in to save the day by jumping off his horse, doing a somersault through the air, and landing on his feet perfectly, which is something Facade can't do. Link then proceeds to lay the smackdown by blocking the Zola's fireball and then shoots it three times (without hitting Zelda luckily)! As she falls into the mud, Zelda thanks Link for saving her. Link smiles and tells Zelda that it's a dirty job, but someone's gotta do it. As the two proceed to climb out of the swamp, an angry Zelda pushes Princes Facade into the swamp, and Link takes back the rupee! Prince Facade got pwned, it all comes back! Link and Zelda walk off together, back to the castle, Link asks Zelda for a kiss, and Facade just shrugs, the end.

    The lesson we've learned today is don't judge a book by its cover, and if you want the job done right, you gotta pick the right man for the job. By the way, we've got one more Zelda episode review coming on the way, so stay tuned!moreless
  • Zelda falls in love with some other guy, Link leaves, returns in time to save Zelda. Meh.

    Marry him or marry me

    I'm the one who loves you baby can't you see

    I ain't got no future or a family tree but

    I know what a prince and lover ought to be

    I know what a prince and lover ought to be

    -- Spin Doctors, "Two Princes"

    We see a knight in white armor and garb riding around on a hill overlooking a small village. In the village we see Link and Zelda visiting some sort of blacksmith. Apparently Link and Zelda arrived in a horse-drawn carriage and are getting the horse reshoed. The blacksmith casts a spell to reignite his furnace, and Link says "boy, I've never seen a place as rich in magic as Hyrule." Zelda responds, "that's why Ganon wants it so badly." By way of explanation, she magically zaps her hair into a braided bun in the back.

    Right on cue, an Underworld entrance opens up in the middle of the town square, and a bunch of Tinsuits (knights from Zelda II) start attacking. Link snaps into action and zaps a couple of them, one of whom leaves behind a crossbow and a red Rupee. While he's admiring the loot, another one knocks Link's sword out of his hand, and three more grabs him from behind. Fortunately, Link is able to kick the crossbow over to Zelda, who aces a couple of the Tinsuits before the crossbow runs out of bolts. The one remaining Tinsuit grabs Link by the leg and blows a horn, summoning an Octorok from the depths. The Octorok grabs Link and chucks through a nearby barn, into a pigsty. The Octorok and Tinsuit then scuffle over the loose Rupee. Link emerges from the pigsty to claim the Rupee. The Octorok shoots a rock at him, but Link picks up a wooden plank and bats it into the Tinsuit, zapping it. Link sees the Rupee in the Octorok's tentacle and lassoes it, but the Octorok starts running (or crawling, or whatever) out of town at a very quick pace, dragging Link behind it for a few hundred yards. Naturally, Zelda yells at Link to just zap the monster, apparently forgetting that Link doesn't have his sword. Fortunately, the Octorok runs into the White Knight, who zaps it with his crossbow.

    The prince dismounts, introduces himself as Prince Facade of Arcadia and immediately starts putting the moves on. Zelda finally remembers that she's not alone and introduces her "friend...I mean acquaintence...somebody I know slightly...Stink." Ouch. Link grudgingly offers a handshake, but Facade declines, seeing that Link's hand is dirty, that Link reeks of pig filth, and that Link left most of his skin on the dirt road while being dragged around by the Octorok. Facade offers Zelda a ride back to the castle on his steed. Link asks for a ride as well, but Facade conveniently claims that his steed Magnus can't carry three. As a final indignity, Facade claims the loose Rupee by virtue of having slain the Octorok. At this point, Link completely forgets that(1) he won the Rupee from the Tinsuit a few minutes ago and that (2) his ride is still waiting outside the blacksmith's shop. Link trudges off back towards the castle on foot.

    Back in Ganon's lair, the Octorok is floating in Ganon's Evil Jar, reporting what has just happened. Ganon remarks that Prince Facade is so hung up on his looks and appearance and decides to exploit this fact in order to capture Zelda.

    At night in the castle, Zelda is wearing a sexy evening gown and introduces the famous adventurer Prince Facade to her father. King Harkinian says "adventurer...didn't we have one of those around someplace?" Zelda replies, "well, there's Link, of course...but he's not in the Prince's class". Ouch. The King wonders "where is Link, anyway?" Zelda replies "who?" as she looks dreamily into the Prince's eyes.

    Turns out Link is in the Triforce chamber/his bedroom, taking a bath, chugging snifter after snifter of mead and opining about how Zelda seems to have forgotten about his existence. Sprite flies in with a clean towel. Link thanks Sprite for the towel, then a second later remembers that he's taking a bath. Trust me, you have to see this scene. Sprite asks if Link needs his back scrubbed, which Link declines in a rather horrified voice. Link then asks Sprite if she got the clothes he asked for. Apparently Link wants to try to dress in a more princely manner in order to impress Zelda. Sprite tells Link that "I think you're making a mistake...Zelda's a snoot... I like you just the way you are. Especially at the moment." Geez, the stuff that they let kids watch nowadays...on the DVD, you can actually see a little spider crawling up the wall as Sprite leaves. Now that's attention to detail.

    Meanwhile, Prince Facade is telling various stories about battling monsters, even Ganon. Naturally, Zelda seems quite impressed. Link then barges in wearing his Prince's outfit, which consists of an oversized feathered hat, some sort of fuchsia-colored tunic, mauve sleeves and tights, and a pair of boots with spurs. These clothes were obviously designed by a colorblind stroke victim. Link interrupts the prince and says "telling lies, I see...mind if I join in?" Not at all, Link, seeing as this is something at which you're quite an expert -- remember the time you faked a cold in order to get out of cleaning duty? Or the time you said you'd fixed the ceiling? Or the time your dog ate my fish and you lied and said I never had any fish? Then why did I have the bowl, Link Why did I have the bowl? Nevermind. Link tries to take a few steps forward in his ridiculous outfit, but trips over the spurs on his boots, eliciting plenty of laughter from Zelda, the Prince and the King. Link then storms off in a huff. Zelda seems a bit concerned here and tries to call him back, to no avail.

    Back in his bedroom, Link rips off his prince's outfit and angrily declares that he's through defending the Triforce and Hyrule. Sprite tries to talk him out of it, to no avail. Atta boy, Link. If at first you don't succeed, quit. No use being a damn fool about it. He jumps out the window and decorates the castle courtyard with his intestines. Actually, he jumps out the window, off an awning and into the saddle of his horse Catherine.

    Naturally, Ganon is watching this all from his magic crystal ball, and everything is going as he anticipated -- with Link throwing a hissy fit and storming off, Prince Facade is the only one protecting Zelda. Ganon sends a small group of Moblins, Tektites and a Zola to capture Zelda.

    Prince Facade, meanwhile, is finishing up the tale of how he saved an entire city. King Harkinian seems to have dozed off long ago, but Zelda is eating up every word. She stands up and is about to kiss him when the monsters jump into the room. The Tektites jump the Prince while the Moblins carry Zelda off, all while the King is still dozing. The Moblins toss Zelda out of the window and into the arms of the Zola, who carries her off.

    Cut back to Link, who can somehow hear Zelda's screams despite being at least 2 miles away from the castle. He heads back to the castle with a distinct "there's no way I'm ever going to forgive myself for this" look on his face.

    Outside the castle, the Zola is still carrying Zelda off, with the Prince in hot pursuit. The Zola then enters a swamp and heads for an underworld entrance, at which point the Prince profusely and politely apologizes for being too much of a wuss to get his white hero outfit dirty. Zelda seems unimpressed.

    Fortunately for Zelda, Link arrives on the scene, jumps into the swamp, mud-wrestles the Zola for about five minutes, gets popped in the mouth twice, and finally manages to defeat the Zola. Actually, that's what should have happened; what really happens is that Link jumps in the swamp, mutters a quick "she's not worth saving...but I'm doing it anyway", gives Zola a quick zap and that's it. Zelda offers a rather humbling "thanks, Link...I guess", and Link helps her up with a sullen look on his face that eventually turns into a weak smile. (Big animation flub here; we briefly see Zelda in her regular clothes instead of her evening wear.) Link and Zelda reach the edge the swamp, and the Prince offers Zelda his hand. Just like before, you can count on the Prince to let someone else do all the hard work and swoop in for the reward at the end. Zelda gives the Prince an earful, and he staggers backwards and falls into the swamp. The red Rupee from the beginning of the episode pops out of his inventory, which Link pockets. Link figures that now's as good a time as any to make his customary annoying request for a kiss. Seeing that they're both muddy, Zelda demurs. Instead, when they reach the castle, Zelda gives him a present consisting of a Doug Christie jersey, a copy of Bruce Springsteen's CD "The Rising" and a map of the Hoover Dam (for their next trip to Vegas). Fin.


    Pretty cliched fare all around. I thought the episode should have shown a couple things: (1) Link should have sacked up a bit. Of all the crap Zelda gives him, he deserves at most 90-95% of it; (2) Link should really have shown the Prince how it's done by getting into a longer, filthier battle. The most redeeming part of the episode might have been the scene with Sprite watching Link taking a bath.moreless
  • Beyond awful.

    In what may be one of the most insulting episodes to fans of Nintendo's beloved franchise, Zelda becomes madly infatuated with a bland looking prince, abandoning Link in the process. When she is kidnapped and the prince won't help (he's too concerned about getting dirty), Link returns to save the day. The whole thing develops for barely under 15 minutes, and as such there is no time for character or plot development. Another tip for the writers: if they're going to introduce a rival to come between a couple, then make the rival less monodimensional and the female more caring, especially in regards to her true boyfriend (not to mention less superficial). The characterizations are absolutely appalling--hearing Link utter "excuuuuse me, princess" is especially dreadful. Furthermore, there are quite a bit of mistakes in the animation and the direction--for example, in one shot, Zelda is seen in her normal outfit, then in the next she is wearing her ball gown! Fans expecting a more faithful interpretation of "Zelda" are highly advised to steer clear of this episode at all costs.moreless
  • To answer the trivia question.

    Actually, if I remember right, in "ocarina of Time", Malon is the one that named the horse Epona, not Link. And he got Epona from Malon's ranch after he won it in the race. So Link may have renamed her or one of the horses could have passed on *removes hat and bows head*
  • This is a great episode that had good things and bad.

    The episode starts off as a blacksmith is preparing a sword and Link notices how great a kingdom Hyrule is why Gannon wants it so badly.Then suddenly the ground starts ro shake and some Armos come out of the underworld.Link asks Zelda stay behind but she disobeys as always.Link was running fast and he cuted a rope that made a barrel go down on a cart and that allowed Link to go behinf the Armos.He swinged his sword and they went back some and a Armos charged towards link and he fliped over one.He was kicking some and made the other to crash into each other.One creped behind him and he was zapping the Armos like he has never done before.Then he zapped one behind him and it left a red ruppe and a magic bow.A Armos threw a lance tpwards link and he dropped his sword in the top of a house.A armos grabbed him and two Armos were going towards link.Link kicked the bow towards Zelda and she was hitting every one but then it ran out of arrows.A Armos was grabbing him by the leg and then a Octorok came and grabbed link and thrwe him.the Armos and the Octorok both wanted the ruppe The Octorok threw a blast towards him and Link grabbed a pole and sent back the blast towards a Armos.Link uswed a lasso to tie the octorok and it was draggin him everywhere.Then a man with a white horse came with a bow and arrow and killed the Octorok.Then he introduced himself and was already winning Zeldas love.Link wanted to shake his hand but he didn't want to.Then Zelda went to Facade and climbed the horse.Then Link was going to get the red ruppe but facade beat him to it.Then he was left alone to walk to the castle.gannon learned facade was in Hyrule and knows how to beat him.He knew he was very brave but he didn't want to get dirty so he has a great plan to capture Zelda and conquer Hyrule.King Harkinian was happy to be there with Facade.And the king wondered where Link was.Then Spryte arrived where link was with a clean towel and link wanted her to leave because he was taking a bath.Then Link decided to become a prince.Then Facade told Zelda he was fighting Gannon.Limk came with some ridicoulus clothes and he fell.Then Facade and Zelda were laughing at him and Link walked away.Link was furious and he was ripping the clothes appart.Gannnon was already getting monsters and they were sent to catch Zelda.Tektites and Movlins captured Zelda and link decided to go help her.The creature was going to go to a swamp and facade decided to not go and rescue her because he doesn't want to get dirty.Everything was going well for cam with his horse and he went soaring into action and he zapped the water creature and Zelda told him thanks.Zelda went screming towards Facade and he dell into the swamp and he dropped a red ruppe.Link wanted a kiss from Zelda but he was muddy and Zelda didn't like that.So once again Hyrule has been saved.

    This was the recap i gave to the show and i have 115 contribute points to this show and I hope to be editor with 144 points.moreless
Cynthia Preston

Cynthia Preston

voice of Zelda

Colin Fox

Colin Fox

voice of King Harkinian

Don Francks

Don Francks

Additional Voices

Jonathan Potts

Jonathan Potts

voice of Link

Len Carlson

Len Carlson

voice of Ganon

Elizabeth Hanna

Elizabeth Hanna

voice of Triforce of Wisdom

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Link jumps on his horse, he says to her "Let's hit the road, Catherine. This place makes me sick!"But the name of his horse in the games was "Epona".

  • QUOTES (7)

    • King Harkinnian: (to Fascade) What was your name again?
      Zelda: Daddy! This is Prince Fascade, the famous adventurer!
      King Harkannian: Ah! Adventurer! Didn't we have one of those around here already? Where is Link, anyway?
      Zelda: (staring into Fascade's eyes) Who?

    • Gannon: I know Prince Fascade's one weakness; he's brave enough! But he's vain! Very vain! He wouldn't bother to dirty himself, even to save a princess!

    • Zelda: (stifling a giggle) Link! What are you wearing?!
      Link: What this old thing? Its just something I had lying around! (trips over his own feet and falls, everyone except him starts laughing)

    • Zelda: This is my friend... aquaintence... someone who helps out sometimes... his name is Stink.
      Link (correcting): Link.

    • Prince Facade: Ohh, mud! No, I'm afraid not! I do have a reputation to maintain.
      Zelda: Help! Help me!
      Prince Facade: Sorry, Princess. No can do, I'm afraid. These are my hero clothes and heroes simply do not get dirty.
      Zelda: What?! Why you useless fop!

    • Zelda: Link stop fooling around and zap that monster!
      Link: Hey, excuuuuuse me princess! I wish I could!

    • Link: Boy I have never seen a place as rich and as magical like Hyrule. Everyone seems to know a little.
      Zelda: Thats why Gannon wants it so badly. He will stop at nothing to capture it even a piece at a time.
      Link: (ground shaking) Looks like this village is going to be one of the pieces.

  • NOTES (5)

    • When Link zaps Zola and Zelda lands in the water, she's wearing the same dress she wore during dinner. Then, the camera angle shifts to behind Zelda and she is wearing her normal everyday clothes. But when the angle shifts back to behind Link, she is wearing the dress again. Oops.

    • Nearly Missed Kiss: Link guides Zelda out of the swamp and asks for a kiss, but Zelda won't do it because he's too dirty, despite the fact she is too.

    • The ruppe the monsters and Link wanted is a red ruppe and it's worth 20 green ruppes.

    • First appearances of Octarok, Armos, Zola, and Tektite - all enemies from the original Legend of Zelda game for NES.

    • The name Facade was used as the name of the Face Boss in The Legend Of Zelda: Link's Awakening.


    • Facade literally translates into "An artificial or deceptive front" thus giving us insight into Prince Facade's true character.

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