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Polygonal Slant | December 17, 2017

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Why Can’t Link Be Black?

Why Can’t Link Be Black?
Imad Khan

Just like James Bond, The Legend of Zelda is one of those timeless series that can be iterated on ad infinitum. Minus Skyfall, in the James Bond universe, every movie prior dealt with a different James Bond. Many theorize that James Bond is nothing more than a pseudonym given to various double-o-sevens throughout the years. As one retires or goes rogue, another steps up to take the mantle. It’s the same for The Legend of Zelda series. Link’s a character that, for the most part, is a different Link in the subsequent game. In every game he’s the descendant of the hero from years past, and it’s his bloodline that’s made to protect Hyrule.

One thing that always bothered me about Link, and even James Bond, is that no-matter how far in the future we go, the main character generally looks the same. In the case of James Bond, it’s always a prim and proper white man. For Link, it’s generally a blonde, or dishwater blonde hair, with blue eyes, and pointy ears. I have no problem with the character design, but it does bring up the issue: why can’t Link be black?

Read the rest of my post over at Zelda Informer!

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