While The Legend of Zelda's Link has never strayed into ultra-androgynous territory, a lot of people seem to have the impression that he's a bit too feminine. Could Link do with a medieval epic hero makeover?
Hmm...many Japanese created franchises have feminine looking male characters
Well... I called him Zelda for so many years and then people corrected me.
lol, you and me both! I felt like an idiot when I found out the truth (luckily, I read about it on a forum, and not being corrected in person!).
People laughed at me (a LOT)... I was corrected in person (very sad moment in my life) and I never called him Zelda again.
In Japan, androgynous characters are the norm. I saw a news story not too long ago about how many young men in Japan try to make themselves appear more feminine. I wonder if video game and anime characters have been a source of influence for this transition? Oh, but is Link too fem? Maybe a little for Western culture. I don't think he needs to be Marcus Fenix or Kratos, but maybe a bit less doe eyed.
Maybe you're right. The norm for western culture male characters are brutish grunts etc
That makes it right.
Lol, there's articles about EVERYTHING these days. I lol'd when I read the title.
About everything? Or absolutely nothing? Some of the journalists/writers/bloggers need to have their internet passes revoked. So, by the headshot and caption it think its safe to infer that this author doesn't particularly like Japanese character art style. And as far as the "medieval epic hero make over" is concerned, the older, MUCH more feminine Dante wants his old look back. That's a westernized makeover as well... so, no.
is like saying "are elves too feminine?"
Well then, outsource it to the westerners. They have a habit of screwing up a franchises art direction!
Dante envy...I can smell it from your avy.
DMC, Castlevania, Lost Planet... Pick a franchise, westerners design things allot different. I am just against changing designs just to just to appeal to a 'bigger' crowd. Not just Dante exclusively, its any franchise that changes it's style for no reason.
I was just kidding. Cause I don't like the fact Castlevania on the 3DS is not a 2D game but a spin-off( or something a like) from LoS. Mirrors of Faith. DO NOT WANT. ( I probably like it in some way, but no more awesome music as we know them from the past) @lord From the screenshots, it's not 2d. I dont need that fake 2.5 d nonsense. Also the music will be nothing near the music of the previous games. The game will probably be shorter and much more shallow.
Such astounding detective skills. You must teach me your powers of observation! Seriously though, it is 2D, just in 3D graphics. Regardless I will not support MSteam!
if western devs got hold of him, he would look smoething like this: http://fc03.deviantart.net/...
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@Lord_Sloth Most of the time he's a troll and comes out with a load of crap...oh but thats not before he twists your words when he's replying to a comment he dosen't agree with...Mr "I'm the goody two shoes who plays all sides so people will more likely to give me bubbles"......so no...he dosen't need more bubbles. Don't encourage trolls on this site, no wonder most trolls on this site have like 5-6 bubbles
Yo that manly link look awesome look like Thor. And Dante 1-3 is way more feminine then link
True some western devs like to make characters more muscle heads style.
LMAO! thats a bit extreme.. children arent interested in the opposite sex right away so nintendo always makes the male heroes shy and scared of women even though theyre grown ass men.. they aint like kratos getting it in on every game lol
Dark-hollow, that picture is the only redeeming thing regarding the time I wasted reading this article! That's awesome.
If he looked like that he'd have no problem getting it in Zelda thats for sure. She always tease his ass but in the end she probably just sees him as more of a gay brother in the games where they know eachother.
"The Awkward moment when you go to hit on a girl in Mercay Tavern and it turns out to be a bloke" <Tingle Likes This>
umm...no. He's hot.
Hes a dude magnet..
He's a sock magnet!
Well pretty much every japanese cartoon, games males look like females. lol all japanese should look at Snake to see what a real man look like
No. Not even half of them look like girls. Sure they aren't square jawed and build like a roid driven tank, but they don't all look like females. Most male characters designed by Japanese simply have soft features. Westerners should try and actually come up with more than 2 designs.
Sonyslave's reaction is surprising because it's commonplace, and yet it completely disregards even the most popular of anime. How many feminine-looking guys are in Bleach or Naruto? How many in Dragon Ball Z or Pokemon? Each may have one or two... out of a cast of dozens or even hundreds. And, as I said, that's only the most popular stuff. Games are the same way. JRPGS especially take flak for it, but I'm looking back through my memory at the 40+ JRPGs I own, and I count about six: Sephiroth of FFVII, Teepo of BOFIII, Laguna of FFVIII, Elk and Endrance from .hack... and that's all I can think of. And most of them aren't even that feminine.
well I did use to think sesshomaru from Inuyasha was a chick when I was younger lol. And who remebers Ranma 1/2. A dude that turns into a chick and attracts both men and women! Talk about a serious trap.
He does look kinda feminine.
I did get him mixed up with a girl when I was young. The fact that they called him a boy in the games confused me a lot. Lol.
Nintendo heroes arent interested in women.. The games are always great pieces of art but lets face it, they will never get the pune tang.. The family friendly style will never change w them.. Its up to 3rd party on nintendo platforms to make a MATURE game with a hardcore hero
Mario gets a lot. That's about it though. Lol. Stealth edit :D
i said MATURE HARDCORE not puzzle solving
I didn't know a protagonist love interest is what separated mature games from others. Sheeesh... A mini game like the Kratos & Aphrodite one in a Zelda title would just be dumb. I had the opportunity to play and grow up with some of the more revered Nintendo titles. I have never in my life thought that Nintendo needed to go to some ridiculous length to generate interest in their titles. I love Mario games for the gameplay, the music and the look of the games. If I want to disembowel someone or blow someones head off with a shotgun there are plenty of other platforms that offer me that experience. Sex or mature themes along those lines are so far from a necessity for the medium its not funny.
You're probably not aware of Japanese pop culture. Feminine looking guys like the Skyward Sword Link would get tons of booty. Some of the biggest popstars in Japan like Gackt who looks super feminine makes all the women swoon and go crazy. Characters like the muscled up Kratos attract gay guys.
lol, damn, that was a great post.
This x100! Not to mention, many Japanese men (both fictional and non-fictional) do have softer features, smaller bodies and more pointed jaws than their Western counterparts. That doesn't mean they look feminine. In fact, it seems to be more of a Western stereotype that Asian men in general are seen as more effeminate, more weak, and less "sexy" than Western men. Meanwhile, I'm sure most Japanese women have no problem with how Link (and other male characters) look!
I always thought he was a girl. and the name of game is Zelda. Wasnt a Zelda game call The Legend Of Zelda? one would think its about the person you control.
Considering in Link to the Past Zelda says she is stuck in the dungeon, right at the beginning of the game...no, you wouldn't think that.
Oh. Someone doesnt know Japan yet.
Didn't guys go crazy over glam metak back in the 80's. If not mistaken, they wore lipstick and tight leather pants.
considering that about 99% of link cosplayers are women, yes.
99% of the Link cosplayers that get thrown about the internet are. That doesn't mean there aren't plenty of non-attention-grabbing male Links around conventions. Go to a few, you'll see.
I kinda thought so since Twilight Princess... ( '-')
Yup. Needs a black eye, some tattoos and one of those army haircuts!
When I was a kid playing Ocarina of time; I thought Link had a girly face.
Use to it. I watched too much anime. Why should I care what another guy looks like. If Justin Bieber can beat-up a Paparazzi/reporter then why can't Link save Hyrule?
He is feminine yes. I honestly had never thought it was a big deal until this article tried pointint it out. It'd be super ultra awesome and cool if Link had a Marine cut and a buff body, cuz that's what heroes look like here in the West.
I think Link looked best in Twilight Princess or better yet in his 8 bit days. Oh and i believe a western developer already had a crack at Link...did not go to well. http://www.giantbomb.com/li...
I don't think so. I have always viewed Link as the "strong silent type". Sometimes I believe that people will not be satisfied until they see Link, and Mario, riding around together killing hookers.
That would be horrible- BUT I would have to see that.
Is a pickle a wallabeemcdoodlepants? the answer is: i don't know and possibly i don't care.
he looks like a chick. also most of all the link cos players are chicks. mario is more manly looking. but then again arent elf people girly looking? I dont care how he looks I stoped playing zelda games after ocarina.
yet another slow day
Yeah he looks more and more like Michael Jackson. I know that the insecure, inexperienced hero-type is the normal type of hero in Japanese storytelling, but i'm beginning to grow sick of the way link is constantly making these "oh!" "mhm!" sounds as if he's ALWAYS surprised, and tend to let all the other characters do the drama (especially in Twilight Princess which i replayed recently) Alright he can't talk, but he was so intuitive and expressive in the Wind Waker, but it just seems like they dropped that in the last couple of games. Yeah i hope to see a Link who is confident in what he's doing, and acts as if he dares. Naturally i hope a more masculine look will follow.
he's actually pretty expressive in Skyward sword and also showed a lot of determination in many scenes. In fact Links emotions in Skyward sword drove the story more than they have in any other zelda game before it. sure he had different facial expressions in Windwaker but none of them really mattered toward the story and were more comedic than anything.
I guess some people would sad that but i personally don't care. Though i would question why not just let people play as a male or female maybe the female can be zelda idk.
Link is a feminine/pretty boy. The politically correct term would be metrosexual.
Eh leave him alone, sure he's a pretty boy, but we've got plenty of burly/manly-men in gaming to make up for it. Luckily we've seen some balance in some games when it comes to male characters, like Nathan Drake and Ezio.
plot twist. link and zelda are the same person. im sure there exists a fan fiction of this, somewhere.
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