Feast your eyes on the above image. It’s clearly a joke T-shirt that plays with the common misconception that the titular character in Zelda is the controllable protagonist and not the Hilran princess that you’re charged with rescuing. We think the shirt is hilarious (the fact “Zelda” (aka Link) is deliberately androgynous only makes the joke funnier.) Sadly, it would appear that vast swathes of the gaming community have never heard of irony.
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Here’s a sample of outraged comments from the The Shirt List website — where the designer explicitly spells out that the shirt is a joke:
errrm she is… i think the artist meant what if link was a girl….
This shirt is incorrect. The player character in the Legend of Zelda games is called Link. Zelda, on the other hand, is the princess, NOT the green-outfitted hero. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Legend_of_Zelda This is a common misperception because the series is NOT named after the player character. The shirt should say “What if Link was a girl?”
ZELDA IS THE GIRL
You do know Zelda is a girl right?
You do know that Zelda IS a girl
Because the person you’ve just drawn as a girl
HIS name is LINK.
zelda is a girl dumbass
ZELDA IS THE GIRL. THAT WOULD BE LINK.
IT DOESNT WORK… People say that this tee is trolling everyone but it doesn’t come across that way. It just makes the creator look stupid and makes it as if they’re trying to cover the mistake that was made in the 1st place… MORON
That is Link. You motherfuckers.
I’d like to think the above commenters were all in on the joke and were counter-trolling for a giggle… but honestly, how likely is that? The moral to the story is that it pays to stop and think before you blindly defend something you’re passionate about. Otherwise you could end up looking like an idiot.