Edited by: Carrie Crockett
By now you’ve undoubtedly heard about this petite sweetheart. She was announced as a fully playable character in the new 3DS Hyrule Warriors port just a week ago, and it seems like the Zelda fandom is going nuts online about the addition. “Girl/Female Link”, or "Linkle", as she’s commonly referred to, hasn’t had much officially said about her outside of the short trailer, but many are eagerly awaiting the chance to play her.
Looking at her page in the art book (linked above), it seems there are two main variations of her at this early stage of development. The first is what I’ll call “Female Link” (pictured above), in which her attire and hair mirrored Link’s for the most part, with some hair variants, and she could by and large be considered as a gender-bent version of him. The second variation seemed to be what I’ll call “Sexy Female Link”, in which her design closely resembles Link’s attire (leggings and boots), but she’s just a straight-up fanservice character. Though I don’t think the “Female Link” design was particularly terrible, and the “Sexy Female Link” has a time and place, I’m glad she got redesigned.
On the battlefield, she is very different from Link. Watching her in action, her style actually reminds me of the Cleric’s martial art from the 2002 movie Equilibrium. She swings around and pivots herself all while aiming both crossbows at enemies, while aiming in all directions. She is capable of powering up her crossbows as well, with either a green or a red glow. The red glow appears to summon bombs, and packs quite the explosive punch, while the green appears to juggle enemies to better set up the explosive red shots. Red, Green, and Blue are occasionally used in the Zelda series in association with the three goddesses and their magic. This may mean that Linkle’s shots are magic in nature and she may even have another yet to be seen ability. Perhaps it has to do with the blue gem necklace she bears.
What do I think? Let’s look at her for a second. What is the most prominent thing about her that we recognize? Her compass. What do compasses do in every single Zelda game? They locate hidden chests. Treasure. I think she’s a treasure hunter. Perhaps her cloak and crossbows were her Mother’s. Maybe she was a treasure hunter too. Maybe her village is in a financial trouble and she needs to go find some rare and valuable item to sell. Who knows at this stage, but I think her Compass is definitely more than just an attachment or a sentimental piece.
First, let’s start with Zelda lore. The Hero is constantly reincarnated throughout time, always finding a way to come back when Hyrule needs his help the most. Nothing about the Legend specifies any particular characteristic as being of the Hero, except the color of his tunic. There are several times in the games, including Hyrule Warriors, where characters are staring Link dead in the face and don’t know he’s the hero. Across all the games he always looks different, from his hair color changing (it’s been red/blue/green, pink, blonde, dark blonde, dark brown) to his eye color as well. Being Hylian, which Linkle seems to potentially be, and wearing green, which is something anyone can do, seem to be the only requirements to being the Hero. I believe Linkle can fit right into any story alongside Link.
My next bit is the name. Linkle. Many are taking it as just a terrible and goofy name meant to mirror Link’s. But what if that’s not all? The only other main characteristic that stays consistent throughout the franchise about the hero is that the Hero’s name is Link. Perhaps this is Nintendo’s way of telling us that she is the Hero as well?
Another point to be made is about her clothes. No, not that they are obviously reminiscent of the Link’s. I want to look at the way we see her clothes in the trailer. They’re folded up neatly, and then she dons them before setting out on her grand adventure. Where else have we seen that routine? In Hyrule Warriors story mode, perhaps before Link is acknowledged as the hero. This can also be seen in Wind Waker, the game that’s also adding a bunch of it’s characters in this new version of Hyrule Warriors. I mean, yeah, there are only so many ways to present unworn clothes. How they’re presented, and the fact that Linkle starts in normal clothes with a green tunic, a thing only Link has ever done, makes it very likely she will be a main playable character in the future after this game, if not a second Hero of Courage.
Well, that’s all I have for now. Are you excited for the chance to play Linkle, in this spin-off and beyond? Let us know what you think about the new character and her potential future in the series in the comments below.