We have known for quite some time that Princess Zelda is one of the playable characters in Hyrule Warriors. Surprisingly, Sheik will be part of the team as well. Those of us who remember the plot twist from Ocarina of Time will scratch their heads in confusion, and I have to admit that I did the same. Just like in previous games, Sheik and Impa seem to share a special bond. She can hardly be seen without the captain of the Hyrule Royal Army.

In one picture, Sheik can be seen fighting an enemy that looks exactly like Zelda, albeit just a bit more evil than the one we know. Could this be a “Dark Zelda”?

Sheik’s weapon of choice is the harp (another music instrument for the ladies) on which she plays songs that cause a lot of trouble for her enemies. The harp looks like the one Zelda used in Skyward Sword, rather than Medli’s from Wind Waker. Her secondary weapon is a dagger (or a throwing knife?) that suits her ninja style just perfectly.

Here she can be seen holding a new item in her hand.

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She is capable of playing destructive songs on her harp.

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And slashing through the front line of enemies.

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Impa and Sheik seem to share a special bond in Hyrule Warriors as well.

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Is Sheik fighting the real Zelda?

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  • draug419

    So is the “she” official? Is there any word on that?

    • JaidynReiman

      Sheik has curves. Yes, this Sheik is definitely female (not that the original wasn’t, the only difference is the original Sheik was disguised as a male). Sheik has a feminine voice in this game, too.

  • Ann

    I think it would be pretty awesome if Zelda and Shiek actually somehow became separate beings, like in 4 Swords with Link.

    • JaidynReiman

      They’re not, actually. A Dark Zelda is created in the Water Temple, though. Regardless, this Sheik is the same Zelda from HW just in disguise, and likewise they won’t be available on the field together canonically, except in the case when this “Dark Zelda” appears.

      • 18esundstrom

        it seems kinda weird that she would become sheik just because theres an evil version of herself

        • JaidynReiman

          Of course she doesn’t become Sheik because of this “evil” version of herself. She becomes Sheik for an entirely different reason, the evil version of herself just pops up while she’s disguised as Sheik. 😛

        • JaidynReiman

          Of course she doesn’t become Sheik because of this “evil” version of herself. She becomes Sheik for an entirely different reason, the evil version of herself just pops up while she’s disguised as Sheik. 😛

      • RosenKreuz

        Do you know this for certain? Considering this happens during some sort of time incident you might consider the Zelda from HW is the one from that world alone…while Sheik is the Zelda from OoT world…

        • JaidynReiman

          100%. Did you see the trailer? Sheik is in the cutscene where the time-space portal first opens. In fact, based on what we’ve heard, Sheik appears in Chapter 2. The time-space portal opens in (or probably at the end of) Chapter 4.

    • True Hylian Hero

      No. What’s next? Superman being separate from Clark Kent? What’s the benefit? Why take away something cool from the Princess and make it separate from her? Why find it cooler than Zelda doing many awesome things by herself?

  • Ashley Estrela

    Ya don’t go throwing around the word “she” with out an official announcement, until then no one really knows thanks.

    • Rimga

      But they’ve clarified that Sheik is a female in several official games already. The problem is that you’re not listening because you really want Sheik to have a pen!s for some reason.

    • Rimga

      But they’ve clarified that Sheik is a female in several official games already. The problem is that you’re not listening because you really want Sheik to have a pen!s for some reason.

  • Trinosaur

    Are they actually calling Sheik “she?” or is that an assumption by staff here. if Sheik is a separate entity from Zelda, I’d assume he or gender neutral (though not making assumptions is better). But I would like to hear an official word on this.

    • Ashley Estrela

      I agree~! Gender neutral is much better! Makes everyone happy that way 🙂

      • Shane Drinkard

        life isn’t that easy you guys, no matter what you do your gonna offend somebody, and i’m fairly certain SHE’s officially a she. she’s made no attempt to mask her voice as far as i can tell

        • Trinosaur

          I never assume life to be easy, but I’m not really sure what your point is here. Sheik identified as male in OoT and I would be disappointed if it turns out they chose ignore that.

          • Seraaneth

            I’m sure they also call Sheik a him in the manga too.

          • Shane Drinkard

            listen take your gender identity bullshit and go, there’s a difference between saying your male to keep up a disguise and “identifying as one”

          • Trinosaur

            Gender is fluid

          • BrotherDarunia

            False

          • Trinosaur

            Nope. It’s true.

          • Rimga

            “Sheik” is just a disguise. There’s no “gender identity”, it’s just appearing male and acting male and saying you’re male, it’s not about doing it because you want to BE male but just to fool people so Ganon doesn’t find out she’s really Zelda. Sheik never associated herself as “male”.

          • veeronic

            I know where your coming from but you are just over complicating it. The only context in the game is that zelda was a bit of a tomboy, but that hardly suggests zelda’s sheik disguise was any thing more than just a disguise.

          • BrotherDarunia
          • BrotherDarunia

            I hope you’re really disappointed

          • Trinosaur

            I am, thanks. Rubbing it in is cool. Shows what a great person you are. A+ human being.

          • BrotherDarunia

            Dirty hippie

        • JeffK

          If I am not mistaken, Nintendo has stated that the magic used by Zelda to become Sheik, turned her into a male, as such, male pronouns can be used. Gender Neutral pronouns remain the safest though!

        • JeffK

          If I am not mistaken, Nintendo has stated that the magic used by Zelda to become Sheik, turned her into a male, as such, male pronouns can be used. Gender Neutral pronouns remain the safest though!

    • Daniel Beam

      Shiek is Zelda in disguise. Zelda is a “she” so shiek is also a “she”

      • Arya

        That’s not how it works. Sheik the character idenified as male and therefore Sheik is male while Sheik. If anything Sheik/Zelda in this particular case is gender fluid.

        • Shane Drinkard

          SHE’s not identifying as male, SHE’s lying about HER gender to maintain a disguise

          • Arya

            Regardless of Zelda’s reasons Sheik is still a male persona and therefore is male.

          • Anthony Moseley

            So if I went around wearing a wig, using a feminine voice, and wearing female’s clothing would that make me a “she” despite the fact that I’m clearly a male? Seriously, you guys are getting all bent out of shape over something so ridiculous.

          • Trinosaur

            No. That’s not how it works. If you tell someone you are a girl, that
            makes you a girl. If you tell someone you are a guy, that makes you a
            guy. Sheik wanted to be seen as male. Your body parts have nothing to do with your gender.

          • Rimga

            And how exactly does this work with public restrooms?

          • Trinosaur

            For a transgender person, that’s never an easy question to answer. People who identify as a gender that opposes their biological bodily appearance have gotten loads of hurt from trying to be themselves. There is no perfect answer for this except that people need to be less awful to each other and have more understanding. One solution would be to always have gender neutral bathrooms available (single family restrooms), and thankfully many places have that already.

          • BrotherDarunia

            False.

          • Trinosaur

            Body has nothing to do with gender

          • Arya

            Only if you refer to yourself as “she” otherwise no. It’s not ridiculous to the people of that community and I ask you to respect their views, the world is changing and nothing is cut and dry anymore you either accept and evolve or you fall behind.

          • Danielle

            So let me get this straight. “I” either accept, or fall behind? My definitions of what male and female are don’t matter because “you” don’t like them? That’s ridiculous to members of OUR community. Where’s your acceptance now? I’m different from you. Deal.

          • Arya

            If by different you mean prejudice, then yes, congratulations. There are new social norms and whether you like it or not it’s the way towards the future in regards to gender and/or orientation.

          • BrotherDarunia

            Quiet you hippie

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          • BrotherDarunia

            You, too, are a stupid idiot

          • Trinosaur

            Zelda is gender fluid. As Sheik, he is male. As Zelda she is female. There’s really not much to get confused here.

          • BrotherDarunia
          • BrotherDarunia

            You’re a stupid idiot

          • BrotherDarunia

            Do you see this as male or female

        • BrotherDarunia

          You’re an idiot

  • DRK

    Sheik vs Zelda will be my favorite part in the entire game.. I can already say that.

  • Blake Wigert

    Sheik is Zelda. From what I understand from other articles about this great game, the pictures with Zelda in them are a faux Zelda or Dark Zelda. If Shiek and Zelda are both on screen at the same time, meaning that OoT’s timeline is ignored, I will eat my shirt.

  • GameZealot

    The vocals of Shiek that I’ve heard (from one of the new trailers) are distinctly feminine, so my money is on HW Shiek being a “she”. Just remember this isn’t a canon game, so stay calm.

    • JaidynReiman

      Sheik was always a she in the original game, anyway, just with a muffled voice. 😛

  • doubleO7

    Based on the spoiler-ladden cutscene dialogue from the SDCC demo, it’s all but confirmed that HW Sheik and HW Zelda are one and the same. Not terribly surprised, but I was kinda hoping there would end up being two Zelda’s just for the sheer “wtf is happening” factor if/when Sheik’s cover is blown.

    • Joshua

      Really? But on the character selection screen both Zelda and Sheik have their own slots, implying they could fight side by side.

      • JaidynReiman

        Yeah, they can. A Dark Zelda is created at some point. As for Free Mode, non-canon. The “real” Zelda will never officially appear in the story with Sheik, since obviously they’re the same character. However, when going through Free Mode and doing multiplayer, Sheik and Zelda could appear at the same time, but that’s the only exception.

        • Joshua

          Hmm you seem quite convinced, and your probably right, though I still think its left ambiguous with the current information that’s been released.
          I suspected because they have separated the characters in smash bros also that perhaps they wanted to give more of a story to sheik other then just being a disguise
          (think Majoras Mask how the zora, goron and deku all had their own little histories before fusing with Link)
          maybe the sheikah as a people will be playing a bigger role in the next Zelda game.

      • doubleO7

        Gameplay-wise, Sheik has her own unique moveset and weapons and therefore gets her own separate slot on the character select screen (much like the situation in the new Smash).

        But story-wise, she’s still just Zelda incognito and, like JaidynReiman said, will only show up while the “real” Zelda isn’t around in story mode.

  • Joshua

    Just a theory, but that may not be the real Zelda Sheik is faced with, notice Zelda appears much paler, this could be down to the dim lighting but Sheiks hair is still a bright blonde like Zelda’s in daylight so wouldn’t Sheiks hair be paler too?. Also Sheik could be holding up the lens of truth to reveal Zelda as some sort of puppet? Also Zelda disguising herself as Sheik in Oot doesn’t mean Sheik was never his/her own character, Zelda could have been inspired by the legend of this character.

    • Joshua

      Also, in Oot Zelda escaped with Impa and returned as Sheik, so perhaps Impa disguised Zelda and maybe some of the connections between Impa and Sheik will be explained in HW.

  • Joshua Church

    The purple thing she holds in one of the pictures looks like a large Lens of Truth

    • doubleO7

      Yes, it is confirmed to be the Lens of Truth. It was referred to by name in last week’s Sheik/Ruto/Darunia article in Famitsu.