Skyward Sword greatly expanded on the lore and mythos in the Zelda series, introducing an origin story that would ultimately lead to a never-ending conflict. In all of the games prior to Skyward Sword, Link was often introduced as a low ranking member of society, including a rancher, island dweller, and “the boy without a fairy,” reinforcing this notion that all of Link’s journeys start with humble beginnings that require him to accept his role as the fated hero. Breath of the Wild took an interesting approach to characterizing Link in a new light by designating him as a member of a long line of knights who serve the Royal Family. While the impact Link’s lineage had on him was explored during his a memory with Zelda, I think future Zelda games could expand on these themes and roles even further by taking advantage of the reincarnation concept itself. When Demise placed his curse on Link and Zelda, there was no specification on the roles in which they needed to play in each lifetime.

“Those who share the blood of the goddess and the spirit of the hero…They are eternally bound to this curse.” – Demise 

The focus is on their connection to these bloodlines rather than specific roles, and with this in mind, I think it would be interesting for future Zelda games to play with giving Link new titles, including being a member of the nobility. The Zelda games haven’t really explored class divides between the poor and the wealthy, and having Link be raised as a humble member of noble society could be a compelling way to explore this power gap from a unique lens. In addition, this could provide Link with an interesting back story, instilling his desire to help others with his power and ultimately ascend as the hero Hyrule needs him to be. What do you think? What roles do you think Link should have in future reincarnations? Let us know in the comments!

Michaela El-Ters is an Original Content Editor at Zelda Informer. For more of her video game opinions, check out her blog.

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  • Vados

    Nah. Link should save people with his skill, not with his wealth. Him being a royal guard, is as noble as I want Link to get.

  • Jebradiah Drake

    Maybe a runaway noble would be cool!

  • Marco de Vries

    Maby a rejected noble… in the comic in hyrule historia you see link locked up in a cell but and though treated badly he still saves hyrule and it’s people… a rejected noble who still saves those who rejected him for beeing weak or some reason

  • A knight in New Hyrule in a time when magic has faded due to a budding industrialization (we saw the beginnings in spirit tracks) and people in general think that Ganon is something the knights caste made up to justify their privileged position. Tired of the commoners berating them some young knights link amongst them set out on the great sea to awaken the age of magic again by finding the triforce, but when they do the triforce spits apart and the one who gets the triforce of power becomes possessed by Ganondorf/Demise. Now link has to undo the damage they caused and defeat the demon king.

  • Dylan

    so instead of a knight a prince? I actually could see that for Link, that would be AMAZING!!

  • Christian Beach

    Not necessarily a prince, per se, but more like the son of a wealthy businessman or a very high-ranking military officer.

  • Christian Beach

    Link has always had a different background. OoT Link grew up in a magical forest, SS Link and BotW Link were knights in training, TP Link was a farm boy, WW Link was a simple islander, etc. I don’t think it would be much of a surprise to see Link take on a different background we haven’t seen him take before, and a noble – or son of a noble family – would certainly be an excellent idea.

  • Christian Beach

    Now that would be interesting to see in a game.

  • Dylan

    oh so basicly the whole high close to royal knightly hood that he’s always been. I still like him as a prince.

  • Benjamin Dell

    What about a role reversal? Have Link be a noble (or maybe even a prince like Dylan said) and Zelda a commoner (maybe a rancher on Lon Lon Ranch or something similar.) Perhaps tgere was a revolt against the royal family or Hyrule has moved away from the feudal system altogether. Then when Ganon//Demise//Calamaty surfaces Link has to set out on a quest to find the descendant of the royal family (Zelda) so the two can combat the evil facing hyrule.

  • Oscar Yasser Garcia Juallek

    Doesn’t fit awfully well with the common traits Link exhibits between incarnations. It could be interesting but it would certainly be VERY dynamically different story-wise.

  • I’m fine with Link’s background changing between games, just not his typical appearance or established design.

  • Thomas Foolery

    No. Seems really pointless.

  • Elly Santillan

    I think it would be interesting for several different scenarios I’ve thought of.
    One of them, Link being reincarnated as Prince of Hyrule. And the Legend of Zelda
    is you playing Zelda. I think that could elaborate different story logs. As for her coming
    from humble beginnings, noble lady, nightingale, a pirate, the goddess herself thrown in again,
    a female knight/warrior/archer in disguise needing to save Hyrule from Ganon.

    Another was an option to choose a gender option in the storyline. If you pick boy the story log will
    be Link (The Hero) and Zelda (The Princess). If you choose Girl Linkle. I heard little about her. Although
    I thought this would be nice to add to a series. I love playing Link, but having an option to play a female
    seems exciting to me. Linkle could be any number of different ranks or come from royal to humble beginnings.
    I think then having Zelda as still the princess or having their be a female Link there could be a Prince Zelda.
    Although that would interfere with the title or having Zelda’s brother be there. I don’t know it was just a thought.

    My last idea was having a next generation story log Link’s children or even grand children as well as Zelda’s. Mentioned like in the Legend of Zelda Windward with the next generation. I think it’d be interesting to and probably more useful to implement to choosing genders. Based off your choice of genders the hero or heroin would end up together in the end. I still think playing a girl and her rescuing her prince and saving Hyrule would be awesome!!!

  • Joe Barber

    Legend of Zelda: The Link of Monte Cristo.
    Link, betrayed by his friends Mido, Groose and Ganondorf, and sent to rot in a dungeon. One day he meets a old man who says, “it’s dangerous to go alone, take this.” And gives him a map to find the legendary treasure, the triforce, which will grant him any wish.
    His wish is revenge.
    Batteries sold seperately, get today while supplies last.

  • Joe Barber

    why not turn it into a revenge story?
    The Link of Monte Cristo.

  • Elly Santillan

    I think it would be interesting for several different story lines.One of them, Link being reincarnated as Prince of Hyrule. And the Legend of Zelda, is you playing Zelda. I think that could elaborate different story logs. As for her coming from humble beginnings, noble lady, nightingale, a pirate, the goddess herself thrown in again, a female knight/warrior/archer. She could even be an assassin in disguise needing to save Hyrule from Ganon.

    Another was an option to choose a gender option in the storyline. If you pick a boy the story log will
    be Link (The Hero) and Zelda (The Princess) and maybe another new character (An Older Prince). If you choose
    a Girl, Linkle (I’ve heard little about her sadly) I thought this would be nice to add to a series. I love playing Link,
    but having an option to play a female seems exciting to me. Linkle could be any number of different ranks, come from royal, or even humble beginnings. I think then adding an older Prince who governs over kingdom while their father is mysteriously missing. Could play and add in the role of the new character. Also in the days of knights and kings. The Kingdom needed an heir, a first born son. They would continue their bloodline. The Princesses usually got married for alinement purposes and rarely govern their own country. I don’t know it was just an idea adding the 2 new characters.

    My last idea was having a next generation story log. In the Wind-Waker they used this story log for Tetra who was a descendent of her mother’s grandmother Princess Zelda. I think it was an awesome story log, I’d love to see this again. Link’s children or even grand children as well as Zelda’s. Maybe Link will have a great grand daughter named Linkle who harbors the blood of hero’s long passed down through her family lineage, blessed by the goddess herself. As for Zelda having a great grand daughter, introducing Tetra back in the story log or even a grandson. The next Prince of Hyrule. In this story plot it could have a gender selection and based on the choices it affects the plot. You could have 2 different story line plots. I’d also like to see a Zelda game where the hero or heroin end up together in the end.

    I still think playing a girl and her rescuing her prince and saving Hyrule would be awesome!!! Sorry for my crazy fan ideas xD don’t mind me..

  • Christian Beach

    Honestly I love the Count of Monte Cristo. Such a great movie.

  • Christian Beach

    I don’t mind the idea of playing as a female character as long as she is a completely original character that has absolutely no connection to the Cycle of Reincarnation (as in NOT a female incarnation of Link).

  • Oscar Yasser Garcia Juallek

    Eh…you’ll have to rewrite the lore for some of those ideas. The first one is virtually incompatible with the series as it is. The second one…that’s an interesting take. Different paths leading to different playstyles and possibly storylines that complement each other. Sounds like an RPG like Final Fantasy VI. Though the Older Prince idea sounds a tad random(also, Linkle is a joke character if you don’t know about her. A hyperactive girl that believes she’s the Hero of Hyrule…but isn’t)

  • Joe Barber

    I would recommend watching Gankutsuou. Its an animated series adaptation of the count of monte cristo and it goes a lot deeper in the way of character development than the movie.
    Which film adaptation did you see?

  • David Mitchell

    It’s worth a try. You could even flip it over entirely so Link is the Noble while Zelda is in a lower rank (On a completely separate note the art work at the top of this article is my all time favourite Zelda themed art piece, well chosen image by the writer)

  • Christian Beach

    The 2002 adaptation.

  • Oscar Yasser Garcia Juallek

    You both are aware it’s a novel by Alexandre Dumas, right?