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Link, the Player by Cyberscythe Link, the Player by Cyberscythe
Here's a comic about Link, circa Ocarina of Time, and the various girls thereof. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time was released back in 1998, after a long, long time in Nintendo's intellectual-property vault. It was truly a turning point in the N64's library, a great 3D action-RPG that rounds out most gamers' top five lists ( [link] ). The story also had some memorable characters, if only a little stereotypical.

Like many other RPGs from Japan, the love interest for the main character is under dispute. The main candidates for Link were Saria, familiar childhood friend; Princess Zelda, tomboyish yet elegant princess; Malon, sweet, hardworking cowgirl; and Princess Ruto, pushy, strong-willed fish-girl. 'Course, Link never gets busy with the ladies in the game, he was too busy kicking ass and taking names, however the seeds for a thousand slashfics were planted with these characters. This comic kinda makes Link as an insensitive jerk, which is sort of expected, given he spent some key formative years trapped in the Sacred Realm, missing out on the Sadies Hawkins dance, etc.

The roughs were sketched up during an unexpected hospital stay; in a valiant effort to stave off boredom, I drew up a storm with handy pad and occasionally cooperative pen. Out of the many random figures, I thought it would be nice to dabble in the sequential artform once more. So, I picked a game and then after an all too brief brainstorming session, I came up with a comic where I could draw all of the Zelda girls. Sketches were scanned in and then re-traced on tablet; colours were blocked and much giggling to be had drawing out Saria's "whimper" expression :). I want to mention how difficult it was to find backgrounds for each of the girl's panels; Saria's background was a screencap of Kokiri Forest, but the rest were just hopeful Google image searches of real life pictures which approximates the colour balance I was imagined. Filtering over the backgrounds makes them fit quite nicely, I thought. Zelda's arms-wide-open pose is a bit awkward (heck, I hazard to say very awkward), but I thought Ruto's pose was gangbusters. My sister's opinion, though, was that it sucks; lineweights didn't vary at all, and certain parts of her anatomy were too pointy. The glowy shading on Ruto was kind of a happy accident; I even forget how I got that in the first place, but I kept it because I didn't want to shade it by hand instead. In the end, I did quite a lot of research for this project; I even glossed over the game script to make sure the characters speak like they should. Initially, I had Link without any dialogue (he's practically mute during the game), but I thought that no one would be able to understand that Link was brushing off all the gals, possibly because of cootie related concerns.

Anyways, I'm probably going to do more of these sort of things in the future; I've already done a Mega Man comic ( [link] , it's not that great), as well as FF7, FF8, and Super Mario RPG comics. It's always nice to combine two or more passions in my life like this.
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Spirit-of-Isis Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015
And Nabooru's smart enough not to touch this issue with a ten-foot pole.
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A-zeldafan95 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014
You forgot nabooru
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Megaloceros-Urhirsch Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
But Link blushed by Twin... whatever. xD
Link love very Old Grandmy with sexy Body. :'D
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OrangeLilly10 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Student Interface Designer
Link... You are such a heartbreaker!!! Not that I mind... You're badass!!! *insert fangirl squel here* XD
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:iconark770:
Ark770 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
PFFFFFFFFTT
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:iconsonicfclegends:
SonicFCLegends Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah but...eh...I feel sorry...
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:iconringsandamiss007:
ringsandamiss007 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014
You forgot about one more girl.
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:icongeneral-spitfire32:
General-Spitfire32 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
... Is he stupid or what? several attractive women, two of whch are Princesses, and he rejects ALL of them.
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:iconthepower77:
ThePower77 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome man:)
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:iconjimukay:
Jimukay Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
5/5
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:iconalexgamer9000:
AlexGamer9000 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Student General Artist
Awesome work!
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:iconkylemon73:
kylemon73 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
Why is links head bleeding in the last panel 
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:iconcyberscythe:
Cyberscythe Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I drew this eight years ago, but I think the idea was that Ruto totally clocked him one.
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ScilonSlayer19 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015
My opinion of Link

Saria: I'm afraid that can't happen, due to you being a sage and all.
Zelda: You don't know what I went through to accept my destiny.
Malon: I think that Epona prefers me over you.
Ruto: I'd rather not think about that right now.
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alissajuett Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Malons is the best one
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ForceMasterKhaos Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
There is absolutely NO WAY that anybody who sees this can just pass on it without Faving it, this is the funniest thing I've ever read about Link.
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thedarklucario789 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Student Artist
poor ruto
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:iconenemv33:
Enemv33 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Oh my god. when i saw this i had to keep my self from laughing to hard!
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gerardreins Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Its so funny how he said that to navi who is a girl!
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RikuUzumaki7 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
At least Malon managed to take the rejection with dignity.
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:icondaihlen:
Daihlen Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Zelda :( but the end was amazing XD
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:iconthesoulsdepths:
TheSoulsDepths Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
That's hilarious! What if he actually did that in game?
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:iconseandude106:
SeanDude106 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Funny
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:iconbaileyjustin14:
baileyjustin14 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
hey im a malink fan
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:iconninsega:
NinSega Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Damn, that was so sad for all of them, but also a little bit funny.
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:iconleafablaze:
LeafABlaze Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is great, I love it!
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:iconnaga909:
NAGA909 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
NO SARIA!!!!!!!! LINK YOU BASTARD
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:iconzombie5675:
zombie5675 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
Saria is weird :P
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:iconnaga909:
NAGA909 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
wtf is wrong with you
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:iconzombie5675:
zombie5675 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
If link is a bastard is saria a bastard too,
because they both are kokiris and friends :D
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:iconnaga909:
NAGA909 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
nope
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:iconzombie5675:
zombie5675 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
Saria is sill weird!
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:iconnaga909:
NAGA909 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
how?
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:iconprincce7:
princce7 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
it would have been HILARIOUS if he said yes to ruto lol
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:iconleafablaze:
LeafABlaze Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Agreed! xD
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:iconprincce7:
princce7 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
lol
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:iconiamakim:
Iamakim Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
LoL
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PokePowerGirl100 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
lol so true!!!! XD
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PokePowerGirl100 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
...the player part i mean
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xployalist Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
Legend of Zelda: an RPG? Blasphemy! It's an action adventure game, it has no experience points to speak of.

I don't blame you from calling it that, though, as Medieval Fantasy was a popular setting for RPGs during the Nineties. The plot is somewhat stereotypical now, but the main reason that reviewers were frothing at the mouth about it was the fact that it successfully transferred Zelda's core gameplay from 2D to 3D, a very difficult task.

As to the great shipping debate: everyone knows that Link's one true love is Nabooru! (Kidding!)
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:iconcyberscythe:
Cyberscythe Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In my opinion, RPG doesn't mean you have lots of numbers and you do quests and stuff. It's more generic than that -- it's based on the progression of a character who is granted lots of agency to influence his/her game world with a rigid rule set. Zelda doesn't have XP explicitly, but it has character progression in the form of additional hearts, extra abilities, and new equipment.

I wrote the description for this thing seven years ago, though, so take whatever it says with a grain of salt.
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xployalist Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
And the funniest part of your comic: according to Nintendo, Navi is also romantically interested in Link, and it's the reason why she left Link.
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HawkeyeHatfield Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
aw men
i feel so sorry for saria
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:iconnewsora:
newsora Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
i would have kicked him in the nuts if i was ruto
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:iconnewsora:
newsora Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
ass
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animegirl2313 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
LOL :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :pie: i like pie
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portia349 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg
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pkstarstorm1up Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
You should have put Marin from Link's Awakening and Ilia from Twilight Princess in there as well.
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hghghg17 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
XD
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VoidViewer66 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011
Ah this is great very funny and well done.
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