Many people would argue that every escort mission qualifies for a list of the most broken escort missions. They really are one of the worst things to do in video games, but I really tried to clip it down here.
There is nothing that tarnishes the hero story like being chased, held, or in some cases literally taken away by another person. Especially one that the developers didn’t design to be self-sufficient or useful.
10. Princess Ruto in Jabu-Jabu’s belly – The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
There’s a good chance I’ll unlock a memory here because when I thought back on Ocarina of Time, I couldn’t even remember an escort mission. Then the nightmare whale full of holes and the princess who lived his belly came running back.
The reason Princess Ruto is only on this list is because she at least refuses to leave so she can’t get very far if you drop her. On the other hand, she just refuses to leave. For the uninitiated, Link’s job, and therefore your job, is to rescue Princess Ruto from Jabu-Jabu’s belly. Not only do you have to carry it around, it is also very rude, tends to fall through holes and if you leave it it will return to the original spot it fell on in the beginning and you have to go get it.
The advantages are that it cannot die and it can be thrown at enemies. The cons are pretty much everything else.