And excuse me for saying that about Rauru. I was trying to make a point. Rauru is a key character, but only because he's a Sage. That is an example of a place Nintendo could've gone all out on on character development and did diddly, unless you think he's also Kaepora, likesome people do.
Kaepora and Rauru are totally different people, but that is a different matter entirely. Rauru still explained what happened those seven years, he tells you about the Master Sword, and he tells you to awaken the five other sages. He gives Link his mission to go out and rescue these sages. Sure Shiek gave their location, but Rauru is the one who ordered the mission. He also was the one at the end of the game who told the others sages to send the evil incarnation of darkness into the void of the evil realm. Rauru is a main character in my eyes, just as Saria, Darunia, Ruto, Impa, Nabooru, and Zelda are main characters. They help progress the story, Malon doesn't. She is a nice farm girl and she has a bit of spunk to her as a kid, and we feel sorry for her as an adult, but she isn't as important as the Seven Sages which is a big part of the game's story.
Meh. There wasn't really any characetr development period in LoZ, LttP, the Oracles, of FSA
Well Malon wasn't in LoZ or LttP so I am not going to comment on that. Oracles Zelda and Malon were both poor, but Malon's was worse than Zelda's.
Malon was only interested in the Cuccodex, gives you a Lon Lon Egg, and that's pretty much it.
Zelda had a bit more to her than that, but she only played damsel in distress with Vire, the Great Moblin, and Twinrova. But her role in the Room of Rites was a pivotal part in the linked game of the Oracle Series. Malon didn't have that.
Both weren't good, but Zelda still has more character to her than Malon does.
In FSA Malon only shows up at The Field. She wondered off and got lost. Link saves her and she is reunited with her father Talon, and they give you access to ride a horse. Once again little depth in character design.
FSA Zelda asked her childhood friend Link to help her check on the seal on Vaati. She gets captured by Shadow Link, but she also stops him and him duplicates by destroying the Dark Mirror. She is captured by Ganon, but when she gets freed she also is the one who summons a ball of light to imprison Ganon in the Four Sword.
Zelda once again has more character than Malon. Even the Shrine Maidens have more character than Malon does.
OoT Malon has more depth than those Zeldas.
I will agree with Malon from Ocarina of Time having more depth than Zelda from Oracles and Four Swords Adventures, but comparing the Zelda from them games to the Malon of them games, and Zelda still has more depth.
OoT Zelda.. I haven't really given it much though, but she certainly isn't THAT much better than Malon.
Malon asks you to wake up her dad. She is a bit spunky as a child and she teaches you Epona's Song. She gives Link a cow in his treehouse and that's it. That is all she does as a child.
Zelda is regal as a child, as one should be with her royal heritage. She tells Link of the dreadful prophetic dreams she had. She sends Link on his mission, and he does so willingly. When she runs out of the castle gates and Ganondorf is chasing them, Link is there and refuses to answer where Impa and Zelda went, despite Ganondorf's demanding actions. There was a moment (not romantically, just a memorable moment) right there between Link and Zelda which we do not get with Malon when they were in the childhood era.
Now let's go look at the adult era. Malon is cleaning the stables and Ingo is so mean. Link helps her out by challenging Ingo with Malon's horse Epona. Link wins, but he is never able to leave the ranch, until Link just jumps over the ranch walls anyway, and Ingo changes his ways and Malon is happy.
Zelda is there the whole time as Shiek throughout the adult time era helping Link on his mission. When it is time for Link to know what is going on she reveals herself as Zelda and shows him that she has the Triforce of Wisdom (a main part in the story) and that Link has the Triforce of Courage. She might get captured, but Link shows that he wants her out of there, for he has tried to protect her all this time. Zelda also helps you escape Ganon's Tower, and she holds him in place during the final battle. Ruto also knows that Link was searching for Zelda, which shows that Link cared deeply for her (I am not meaning this in a romantic way, but it was more affection out of him than we seen out of his affection for Malon). Zelda realizes what she done is wrong, and you see a heartfelt moment at the end of the game.
OoT Zelda has more depth than OoT Malon.
I shouldn't even have to explain the Minish Cap, but if we went into that, Zelda still had more depth than Malon.
The thing is, is that the story of the Legend of Zelda usually revolves around Link, Zelda, and Ganondorf, so Zelda and Ganondorf are going to have more character than most other characters. Link's character is usually just however the player feels about him. Malon is a nice character, but she is not as defined as Zelda is, and the story has never been about Link trying to get his freaky deeky happening on the DL with Zelda or Malon if you guys catch my drift on that one.