It didn’t take long for people to point out that Linkle looks distinctly like Elf from Dragon’s Crown, only with crossbows and some small style changes:

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But personally my bigger issue is why does Linkle need thigh high boots, ridiculous dual crossbows (good luck reloading) and to look so adorable when Link looks like this:

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I mean it’s Hyrule Warriors – the core gameplay is literally smashing armies and bosses in a war across Hyrule.  So there should less this:

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More this:

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– wincenworks

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peaches submitted:

I decided to take a look at the rest of the armor in hyrule warriors. I love the game to pieces, so these may be a little bit biased. The first one is my favorite, obviously, Impa. Looking at her design critically, she has several flaws, but her armor is surprisingly practical (at least, for this game). Some definite improvements can be made on the torso (hello, single, literal boobplate, and bare skin galore), but it seems to match what many male fighters in her genre wear. My main problem with this, and the source of my anger, is a) heels? Why? and b) How come she can’t be bothered to wear a shirt underneath, when a very, very similar character in design and personality, Volga, is so heavily decked out?

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His armor is nowhere near practical (especially with all of those sharp edges, ow), but at least he’s wearing some sort of clothing underneath and has actual protection for his vitals. 

Either way, neither of them has anything on Zelda, and none of the aforementioned characters are even close to the monstrosity that is Cia’s armor. 

Speaking of Cia, Lana, another title-exclusive character thus far, can score a pretty good number of x’s on the card herself. 

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Note- I added an extra “how does it attach”? Because you cannot convince me that that cape, with the huge, heavy metal piece on the shoulder, will sit politely during combat.  Also, it’s not surprising that her costume is less revealing, as Cia disappointingly falls into a vat of cliches- “evil is sexy”, “villainesses want heroes”, etc.

This is a great illustration of the trend of double standards when it comes to unrealistic and impractical designs.

Men get ridiculous costume designs to make them look scary, or powerful, or super intelligent, etc.

Women get them to fit them onto some sliding scale from “sexy” to “ridiculously over the top sexy”.

– wincenworks

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Hyrule Warriors’ Twilight Princess DLC includes Link’s empowering outfit yet:

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Postmen in Hyrule are pretty badass!

– wincenworks

princesskenoo:

“Really? Flashing tits makes this a ‘grown up’ game? This is such skewed thinking and what is a huge flaw within the gamer community. You’re completely over-looking everything that is just wrong with this, especially since this is a battle game and bikini armor does absolutely nothing. That huge patch of skin is gonna do a hell of a lot to deflect Link’s arrows.

All this is is pandering to male gamers and brings absolutely nothing else to the game except spank bank material. It’s lazy character designing, factually flawed, biased and sexist. I wouldn’t be complaining half as much as I am if it wasn’t for the next screenshot that shows a male character in full, heavy duty armor.” – Some dude on reddit

Pretty much sums up my thoughts on the new Hyrule Warriors female villain. Kind of really getting annoyed with this stuff. 

Nintendo, for reasons that aren’t entirely clear, apparently decided to double down on this.

They decided to make a DLC with an alternative outfit provided you want to pay the bargain price of US$7.99 for…

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So, rather than embracing the era of the modding community (who make some very genuinely sexy mods) they’re offering to sell you an outfit that’s only slightly less terrible (presumably if it was a good outfit you wouldn’t know it was a game for grown ups).

But apparently no amount of money will convince Cia to put on something comfy and stop wearing a bra on her head.

– wincenworks