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As the Princes of Lorule, it is my duty to save my kingdom. So I mean it with the best of intentions when I say..... I MUST HAVE YOUR TRIFORCE OF COURAGE!
~ Princess Hilda

Princess Hilda is the Lorulean counterpart of Princess Zelda and the hidden main antagonist of The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (until she is betrayed by her advisor, Yuga, during the final battle, reducing her to secondary antagonist).

History

Yuga art

Yuga

When Link chases Yuga through a portal in Zelda's room, he ends up in Hyrule's sister world of Lorule, which he finds on the verge of collapsing. He witnesses Yuga fusing with Ganon to become Yuga Ganon. Just as Yuga Ganon is about to kill Link, Princess Hilda teleports into the room and seals him with dark magic. She takes Link out of the castle, and speaks to him through his mind.

Hilda claims Yuga's actions are her fault, and that the Seven Sages are trapped in paintings scattered around Lorule. She tells Link that he must travel through Lorule and brave many dungeons haunted by monsters to gain the paintings of the Seven Sage. By doing so, he would gain the Triforce of Courage and become powerful enough to defeat Yuga Ganon and save Zelda and the Sages.

Hilda talks to Link telepathically whenever he enters a new area in Lorule, describing the new place and hinting if a sage is there or not. Occasionally, when Link rescues a sage, Hilda will be shown talking to Zelda's painting about how lucky Hyrule is.

When Link receives the Triforce of Courage from the Seven Sages, he heads to Lorule Castle and Hilda breaks the seal she placed on the castle so that Link can get in. When Link reaches Hilda, he is confused that Hilda is the only person in the room. She taps Zelda's painting, and takes the Triforce of Wisdom from her. She then faces Link, and explains to him that long ago, Lorule's own Triforce that was destroyed by her ancestors to stop the wars for its control.

Unfortunately, with no Triforce to sustain it, Lorule slowly decayed throughout the centuries and will soon be completely destroyed.  Hilda then explains how much she envied Hyrule's Triforce, and reveals her plans to take Hyrule's Triforce and use it to save her dying kingdom, even though it would spell Hyrule's doom. She teleports Yuga Ganon into the room to attack Link and take the Triforce of Courage.

The Final Battle

After Link defeats Yuga Ganon, Hilda orders her advisor to give her Ganon's Triforce of Power so that she could fight Link herself. But Yuga Ganon reveals he was double-crossing Hilda the entire time, and plans to use the Triforce to become a god and remake Lorule and Hyrule in his image. He traps Hilda in a painting, then seals her painting with his body to take the Triforce of Wisdom. Yuga Ganon attempts to kill Link and take his Triforce, but even with two pieces against one, he is defeated and destroyed once and for all. Later, Hilda is found unconscious in the spot where Yuga was slain.

Aftermath

After Link frees Zelda from her painting, Hilda gets up and tries one last time to attack, but is surprizingly stopped by none other than Ravio: a shopkeeper Link allowed to live in his house. Ravio reveals that he is the Lorule counterpart of Link and talks sense into Hilda. Hilda realizes her mistake and takes Link and Zelda to Lorule's sacred realm, using the bracelet Ravio gave to Link to send the two back to Hyrule.

Having arrived in Hyrule's Sacred Realm with the Triforce in front of them, Link and Zelda wish for Lorule to get back its own Triforce. The last scene shows Hilda weeping in joy before the Triforce of Lorule, as her beloved kingdom is being restored.

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