The Japanese release of Hyrule Warriors included an art book, which was filled with concept art of characters, costumes and weapons. What seemed to cause the biggest stir in the fan community, was the artwork of a cancelled character called “Linkle”.

Link and Linkle look very alike with the same hair color and eye shape, as well as similar clothing. It’s not surprising that fans started coming up with theories of her being a female version of Link.

After seeing the huge fan reaction, Koei Tecmo tweeted, “Linkle (tentative name) was a rejected story character featured in the art book, but it looks like she got a quite lot of attention… maybe we should have included her in the main story…”


Tecmo Koei recently announced that a large, future update is in the works for Hyrule Warriors (not to be confused with the recent 1.2.0 update released today), and asked fans hypothetically which character they’d like to see included. Although it seems unlikely, fans are hopeful that Linkle will make an appearance.

This isn’t the first time there has been female Link-based controversy. When Zelda Wii U was announced, Eiji Aonuma claimed that the character in the trailer may not be Link. Fans went wild, coming up with theories of who the character was, the most common being that the hero was a girl. Since then, it has been confirmed that it is in fact Link in the trailer, and that Aonuma was only joking in his previous statement.

Credit for the header image goes to Tumblr user layiko.

  • Ryan

    ahem, DLC. Put her in the game. She can be Link’s sister or cousin.

    • Esteban Santi

      Her long long long forgotten twin sister!!! HAHAHA, dorama Zelda has born 😛

    • Sonic 2099 The Hedgehog

      or a Link from another Dimension

  • Ganondorf

    I would like her in the game, but Linkle is a pretty dumb name.

    • Sonic 2099 The Hedgehog

      And What You Think Of Linda? Sucks More. And What If Your a Female Ganondorf, How We Shoud To Call You?

      • MischievousLittleImp

        That’s a hard question, sincerely… let me think…

        Gah… it’s hard, how about Ganon…?

        Although that would break the story a little bit… being from the Gerudos, Ganondorf wouldn’t be a relevant person among them if he was female, that differs ’cause he’s male.

        • Sonic 2099 The Hedgehog

          Yup But I Think That Linkle isn’t a Stupid Name And Maybe She Got a Chance as DLC. It’s Better Then The Brawl Mod Linda.

          • MischievousLittleImp

            It’s better, but I particularly don’t like the name Linkle, I can’t make it sound different than “Lincoln” or something like that…

          • Sonic 2099 The Hedgehog

            Linkcoin: Not Bad But it really sounds like Link and they Already a Name for her. Plus: It’s Sounds Much Better in Japanese

          • Vagunia

            Who cares what you like? Kiss OUR foot!

          • Annie

            No, Linkl isn’t a stupid name; it is a retarded name.

      • Ganondorf

        You’re over thinking it…

        • Sonic 2099 The Hedgehog

          Yup, That’s Right!! l_-

      • Annie

        Why would you want a female version of Gandondrof? Or of Link? and if they were female versions, then the name would be THE SAME, otherwise they wouldn’t be female versions. But why do we need this Linkl character? Why can’t they just give us a playable Aryll? Aryll was a cool name! If the want to fit her with a crossbow I wouldn’t mind that either.

        • Sonic 2099 The Hedgehog

          She is too nice for a Crossbow. also No Toon Link, No Aryll.

    • Vagunia


    • Vagunia

      B I T C H!

  • lightdasher

    I would rather have Medli playable, personally.

  • Martin Toney

    I actually think Linkle is pretty dope. 10/10 do want.

  • Anthony Moseley

    Interesting. She kinda looks like a hypothetical daughter of Link and Zelda.

    • Ryan Haney


    • Vagunia

      That’s because she is F A G G O T!

  • MischievousLittleImp

    It would be nice, but change that name, please…

  • Nick

    put her in dlc pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease

  • Vladislak

    I don’t mind this character as long as it’s a separate character. I don’t want it to BE a female link since I find genderbending lazy and uncreative.

    If this character can stand on their own instead of just being “that female Link” then I’m open to her being in games.

    Like Pokemon, you choose which character (male or female) you’re going to play, but regardless of choice the other character will show up in the game. People who choose the female option should be able to meet the other one in game and vice versa in order to better define them as independent characters.

    • Gaia Mix

      Yeah maybe two Link’s at once, being twins. Link AND Linkle.

      • Name needs to change.

        • Gaia Mix

          She could be Aryll. Or what about a LoZ where Linkle has no siblings but is a female weilder of the Triforce of Courage, while Prince whatever is the male weilder of Wisdom.

          Or even, Zelda and Link being siblings.

    • Vagunia


  • Samantha

    It seems reasonable to add her as a sister considering link’s sister in wind waker.

    • Annie

      No, what would have been reasonable would have been to add Aryll.

  • Trinosaur

    It would be cool to have her added to the game. But I agree that Linkle sounds a bit silly. Especially if she’s meant to be his sister. What parent names their children *practically* the same name?

  • Zelda

    Maybe in a future zelda game you can pick if you are a boy or a girl and play as link or linkle depending on wat you pick

  • Chad

    Link already has a sister, Aryll. Change her name to that!

    • Annie

      I fully agree! But “Linkl” isnt’ Links sister… so they would have to change the bio a bit. And instead of giving her green clothes, they should give the green clothes a greyish wash.

    • Vagunia

      Yeah a Sister seen once and never again. Only for Wind Waker and now she is dead.

    • Vagunia

      R.I.P Aryll

  • paulmcelroy

    If Link and Tingle had a daughter…

    • Tyler Carraway

      Oh God Why.

  • JaidynReiman

    If said character were to be added, she should be a redesigned Aryll and have that name, not the stupid “Linkle” name.

  • Talmor

    Not under that stupid ‘Linkle’ name, they’d better not. I usually don’t rename Link when playing LoZ games, but would I ever use the rename feature to avoid ever having to use ‘Linkle’. You wouldn’t see me using that name even in fanfiction.

  • jibaycx

    Well, in my opinion, it’s just a surname to differentiate her as a skin, because she’s still Link, not his daughter or whatever.

  • Gantz

    To be perfectly and completely honest? I hope that the final idea they go with on this is that this is the Hyrule Warriors version of Aryll from Wind Waker. It fits since these pictures was released in the Hyrule Warriors English Strategy guide and the design is openly called ‘an idea for Link’s younger sister’. It would be neat seeing Aryll again I think.

    • BenBlueLink

      Honestly I’m not a fan of Aryll and so I would have to respectfully disagree. By no means am I a fan of the name Linkle but at the same time Aryll is in no way my favorite character.

      • Annie

        Why aren’t you a fan of Aryll then? She was a better character then Tetra and — well pretty much all versions of Zelda.

        • Vagunia

          Aryll sucks A S S! She did S H I T all in the game minus getting locked up like a total fool.

      • Vagunia

        Yeah she sucks big time. Luckily she died.

  • BenBlueLink

    Personally I would love to see her in the game but would hate her to be Aryll. As much as I dislike Linkle as a name I would actually take that over Aryll. If I could choose I would say neither. What about…. I don’t know I suck at naming, any suggestions?

    • Annie

      Why do you dislike Aryll? She was interesting and her name was actually cool.

  • Konota

    Linkle was Designed for Links younger sister, Its not a female Link….

  • O’Dronelle

    Why do we need to add something to the end? Take away the “k”! Lin! or… Connect… It’s sort of feminine and basically means link!

  • Vagunia