Link (The Legend of Zelda)

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Character
Name: Link
Occupation: Hero
Title/Rank: Hero of Hyrule, Legendary Hero, Hero of Time, Hero of Winds
Location: Hyrule
Status: Alive
Relationships: Epona (faithful steed)
Fandom: The Legend of Zelda, Super Smash Bros.
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Link is the protagonist of Nintendo's video game series The Legend of Zelda. The character appears in several incarnations over the course of the games, and also features in other Nintendo media, including its merchandising, comic books, and a cartoon series. He is one of Nintendo's main icons as well as one of the most well-known and popular characters in video game history.

Background

Through The Legend of Zelda series, Link is depicted as a child, teenager, or young adult of the Hylian race, originating from the fictional land of Hyrule. Link often travels through Hyrule, defeating creatures, evil forces, and the series' primary antagonist, Ganon, while attempting to save Princess Zelda and Hyrule. To defeat Ganondorf, Link usually requires the mystic Master Sword and Light Arrows, or a similar legendary weapon, obtained after many trials and battles. In the course of his journey he will typically acquire various other magical objects or items, including musical instruments and weaponry.

Fandom

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Female Link Debate

The idea had been around for a while in the early 2010's, but it was only proposed by a small and quite minority. Things changed with the E3 2014 reveal trailer of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which showed a Link that looked more androgynous than usual, to the point that it created some confusion for viewers. After that, and the confirmation that this Link was indeed a male, the debate jumped to the forefront of the fandom, with all different kinds of opinions on the matter.

Come 2016 Hyrule Warriors introduced Linkle, a playable character in its series, having first appeared the art book with the description of “The girl version of the hero Link”. The reaction to Linkle was mixed[1], while many fans were excited to finally be able to play as a female version of Link, some were disappointed that she was only available in a spin-off series, and not the main franchise.

Shipping

Link is a popular character in shipping, both within the Zelda fandom and crossovers with other Nintendo franchises, which was further helped by Link inclusion in the crossover fighting games Super Smash Bros. Common pairings include:

Fannish Reception

In many Western gaming communities, Link is Nintendo's most popular character, even surpassing company mascot Mario who is most popular in Japan. This even has some effect outside of said gaming communities; Link's amiibo has consistently been the best-selling amiibo figure in Western regions.

Fanworks

  • The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time- "This is the tale of an ancient land of lush forests and verdant meadows. A land blessed by the Goddesses where the powers of light and shadow exist in perfect balance. This is the story of the kingdom of Hyrule, of a king who sought to control the power of the gods, and of a boy without a fairy. A boy whose struggle against the shadow became a legend, riding upon the winds of time..." (DragonRand100)
  • From the Ground Up- United, the people can rebuild from any tragedy. But torn apart, they become nothing. Zelda and Link struggle to find their feet in a Hyrule that has all but forgotten them. With sinister forces leaping at the power vacuum left by Ganon and an already fragile Hyrule teetering on the edge of a civil war, the pair must forge new paths in order to save both their kingdom and their chance to rebuild it.(fioreofthemarch)
  • Congruent- Derived from the old word congruō, Congruence is a rare cosmic phenomenon. While much is still unknown about this particular bond, it is characterized by a very powerful, very concentrated energy exchange between the two subjects – undoubtedly the most powerful one ever observed. (Sincosma)
  • Parallel Legends Series- Four thousand years after Parallel Hearts and three thousand years after the "final" quest of the Hero, in a world where Link to the Past and Four Swords Adventures were the same tale, Ganon is dead and Hyrule seems to be at peace. Alas, the curse that haunts the Hero is older than the Great King of Evil, and the cycle comes full circle at last... (Firebird_X)

Art

References

  1. Three Very Different Takes On Linkle, The Female Link