“As a first-generation Japanese American, I’ve always wanted to play a samurai warrior like my Suicide Squad
character, Katana. Samurai are almost always male, so growing up in
America I had a hard time figuring out role models. Katana and I may not
have the same personality, but coming from the same cultural
upbringing, we share core values.
Japanese culture there’s this idea of putting others before yourself,
but I’ve also never wanted to let myself down. Someone recently told me
how refreshing it is to see an Asian woman as a superhero. That stuck
with me. Stand up for yourself and what you love.” - Karen Fukuhara, Suicide Squad (2016)
So, there was a pretty huge divide when she was revealed. Some people loved her, others hated her. And why is she called Linkle? Well, there’s a lot they didn’t mention when they revealed her that I feel they really should have.
In Hyrule, it’s common for parents to tell their kids that they’re the legendary hero. It’s much in the same of how in real life, parents tell their kids that Santa delivers presents on Christmas.
Linkle still firmly believes that she’s the legendary hero;
So, basically, she’s just a huge dork that still believes she’s the legendary hero and probably still believes in Santa Claus too. She’s not “genderbent” Link from another dimension, and she’s not his sister, or anything like that.
I think they should’ve picked a different name for her, I think she’d be more accepted that way.
On the ligher side of this, Link is now the equivalent of Santa Claus. Enjoy that thought.