Sheik’s gender is one of the most heated topics of discussion when it comes to arguments in Zelda fandom. Some say that it’s simply Princess Zelda in disguise, and therefore Sheik is still technically female. Some would argue, however, that Zelda physically transforms herself into a man using magic, as opposed to simply putting on a costume.
“The definitive answer is that Sheik is a woman — simply Zelda in a different outfit.”
Polygon decided to contact Nintendo to settle this once and for all. In response, Senior Product Marketing Manager Bill Trinen quoted “Nintendo’s official line” on the subject, stating “The definitive answer is that Sheik is a woman — simply Zelda in a different outfit.”
Being an official response, it seems fair to suggest that this statement could be considered canon — though what counts as “canon” regarding the world of Ocarina of Time may still be disputed by some. The wonderful thing about the Zelda series, however, is that there is always plenty of room for our own interpretation. Has this finally cleared up a long-running debate for you, or do you choose to continue believing in your own version of Sheik?