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Why is Link so hot?

Why is Link so hot?


“Now do you find that more girls are playing? And I ask this question because I’ve heard
from very reliable sources about Link – that Link is hot. Is link hot to you? Uh, Link is hot.” The jury is in. Link is hot. Reggie knows it, Nintendo’s artists sure
as heck know it, and even the characters inside of Breath of the Wild know it. “…oh, my. Look at that face! You are TOTALLY my type. Hi!” But, why did Nintendo make Link so attractive? Well it turns out, there’s a pretty clear
reason, actually. Oh and this reason? She’s got a name, too. Let me explain, as we unravel the mystery
of why Link is so hot. Hi there, welcome to Thomas Game Docs! So our journey to find the origin of hot Link
goes all the way back to the year 1991, with the release of A Link to the Past. Now, this game featured an unabashedly un-hot
Link. And it would be a while still until regular
old link became the hot link that we know today. But, in developing a link to the past, Nintendo
brought on a man to help write the game’s manual, by the name of Yoshiaki Koizumi, yes,
the Joy-Con magician himself. Now, Koizumi’s role in A Link to the Past
steadily grew more and more important – he was almost single handedly responsible for
plotting out and implementing the game’s dramatic introduction sequence, one which
I think really stuck with people, even up until today. And that’s not all. Because come 1993’s Link’s Awakening,
Koizumi’s role grew even more central. In this game’s end credits, he’s listed
as script writer, story, event design, boss design, manual – yeah, this guy was important. But it was only a few more years until the
Zelda formula would get turned on its head, with the release 1998’s Ocarina of Time. And this time round, Koizumi was responsible
for overseeing the design of Link himself. And here’s where things get interesting. One day, Koizumi came home to his wife, who
told him something that really stuck with him: “All of Nintendo’s characters have
funny noses. Don’t you have any handsome ones?” Koizumi was shocked. But sure enough, his wife was right. Looking at the old designs for Link, Koizumi
couldn’t help but notice their button noses. Hmm. What if this time round, Link were to be a
little more dashing, more attractive, more hot? And so, the next day Koizumi got to work designing
this new iteration of Link, alongside the game’s character artist, Yusuke Nakano. Koizumi told Nakano about all the new changes
he wanted to be made. The sideburns needed to be shorter. He needed a stronger nose. Ooh, pierce his ears. Perfect! Well actually, perhaps that was a little too
perfect. This was a nintendo game, not a copy of playboy… And so, as a finishing touch, Link was given
long underwear. That’s separate from his green tunic – underneath,
according to Koizumi, Link was wearing long underwear. Sure, whatever you say, Koizumi. And so, armed with these instructions, Nakano
swiftly got to work drawing the game’s illustrations. And while he followed Koizumi’s instructions
closely for the most part, when he got the face, Nakano decided to stray just a little. Because, he wanted to take inspiration from
somewhere else. Specifically, the face of an actor, as he
put it a “world-famous Hollywood actor.” Now, it’s impossible to know for sure who
this actor is, but Nakano gave us some hints. “ At that time, if you were to talk about
a really good-looking actor, people immediately thought of this guy. So I recall keeping in mind the point of his
nose and that strong-willed look in his eyes when I was drawing.” Ok, so it might not be Leonardo DiCaprio. But this was around the release of Titanic,
one of the world’s most famous, successful, influential films. And at the *ahem* helm of the film was Leonardo
DiCaprio. He instantly shot up the teen heartthrob rankings,
to the point that I really think that if I was a Nintendo character designer in 1998,
he is the world famous actor that would come to my mind. But, either way, it wasn’t long before the
character design of this new, hot Link was completed. But I’m afraid the story doesn’t quite
end there. You see, in the years following Ocarina of
Time, Link gradually became less hot. I mean, they didn’t exactly bring back the
button nose from before, but the character designers weren’t focused specifically on
making Link hot. Not in the same way as they were in Ocarina
of Time, anyway. But, with the development of Twilight Princess
beginning in the early / mid 2000s, Yoshiaki Koizumi wanted to give hot Link another shot. This time round, he honed in on the hypermasculine. Dark muted clothes, serious brooding face,
this link was definitely man! And this iteration of Link has sort of become
Nintendo’s defacto Link – even today it shows up in a bunch of different places, including
Nintendo’s New York store. But, this wasn’t to be the final iteration
of Link. It’s not quite perfect in the eyes of Koizumi. Let me explain. In 2017, a Zelda game was released which changed
the series’ fate forever. Breath of the wild. And this new game game Yoshiaki Koizumi one
final opportunity. Another chance to redesign Link. Cool 90s Link, ehh? He was fine, but he certainly aged with the
times. There’s no mistaking that this Link was
born and created in the 1990s. As for dark, serious Twilight Princess Link? Well, much like the rest of the game, it was
reviewed a lot more highly at the time than it is now. Nowadays we look back and tend to see an overcorrection
from cartoony style of The Windwaker. It reads as more an answer to the backlash
that came with Windwaker’s release than a fully thought through character from scratch. It’s almost too serious, to the point of
being kinda funny. So, in the mid 2010s, Koizumi had one final
attempt, a-a last shot at designing a hot link for the ages! And this time, he went somewhere he hadn’t
really gone before, at least not to this extent. Androgyny. This-this new Link, he wasn’t super masculine,
nor was he super feminine. He was right in the middle. As Koizumi explained himself, “I went back
to the drawing board and decided Link should be a more gender-neutral character. Hence I created the version of Link that you
see in Breath of the Wild. As far as gender goes, Link is definitely
a male, but I wanted to create a character where anybody would be able to relate to the
character.” In fact, this philosophy was so deeply ingrained
that when players saw the first trailers for breath of the wild, they incorrectly assumed
that Link could be male or female. Nintendo had to come out and say, no, Link
is still a guy. Sorry guys. So, did Koizumi, did Nintendo succeed in creating
the definitive hot Link? Well, uh, I think this wall of fanart that
I definitely cannot show you speaks for itself. It’s quite funny, that to make Link the
most hot he could be, Nintendo had to lean away from I guess what is traditionally seen
as hot. That didn’t really work for the character. A less traditional, more androgynous look
proved to be a much better fit. Take that, gender stereotypes! And so, after all this, only one question
remains. All the way back in 1998, was Yoshiaki Koizumi’s
wife happy? Did this new button nose-less design get her
approval? Well, Koizumi was asked that exact question,
actually, by fellow Nintendo staffer, producer of the Zelda series, Eiji Aonuma! “So Link is your wife’s type?” To which Koizumi replied, “Yes (firmly).” Hey, thanks for watching, this video was inspired
by a tweet by The_Skullivan, and that’s linked in the description, plus you can follow
on Twitter @thomasgdocs, and subscribe to the channel for more videos like this. And thank you to my friend Katie for appearing
in the bit in the introduction! And I’ll see you next week, it’ll be a
hoot! Bye!

Comments (100)

  1. Follow me on Twitter! https://twitter.com/thomasgdocs

    CORRECTION: the quote at 6:50 was by Eiji Aonuma, not Yoshiaki Koizumi, sorry! The point still stands though.

  2. the female gaze is real and it starts with a Link fetish I don't make the rules I just follow them

  3. I want to bang botw link

  4. Why am I watching this…

  5. Why did you make this video and why did I watch the entire thing

  6. Didnt realise just how much I needed this video

  7. To the people who ship link and sidon…

    Miphaxlink is better.

  8. Link in Twilight Princess was hot no doubt, but Link in breath of thw wild is the perfect balance between sweet summer child and handsome strong lad.

  9. Ngl that was pretty gay

  10. Ah, this is the video I've been looking for since I first played BotW

  11. Yes, link is hot.

    I had to buy a link plushie for a friend for this upcoming Christmas.

  12. 0:16 I'm curious what book that is from

  13. I don’t think it’s physical hotness but more of his symbol. He is like 15 in most games, and yet he is a badass who single-handedly brings down the bad guy, with some help but still. He knows how to use a lot of weapons and has no fear. People don’t like him cause of his face. (He looks like a 12 year old kid in BOTW). Or his body (average middle-high school athlete body. Links hot cause he’s awesome

  14. I’ve been crushing on him ever since I was 5. Link is just desirable

  15. Hmm so link is hot to everybody because he's androgynous, cool idea!

  16. Thomas, it's fine to come out of the closest, it's 2019, but you don't gotta do it like this.

    All kidding aside, great video as always, my man. Honestly was wondering why Link was so hot myself.

  17. I'm gay and I can definitely tell you hes really hot great job I mean I had a crush on link while Ocarina of time was out but now hes on a whole new level of Handsome.

  18. In every 3D game he is a nice piece of fucking ass…

  19. man you can fuck right off shitting on TP

  20. Twilight princess Link is still my favorite tho

  21. We love hot link??

  22. It’s cause he’s pretty boi

  23. her name is SIDON PRINCE SIDON and he needs a hot husband

  24. Why am I here I like women

  25. 2:08 dont you mean that this is where things get h o t

  26. I can unabashedly admit that BotW Link was my first homosexual crush

  27. I would’ve guessed Tom cruise. Not Leo but I could see it

  28. He is HOT ? tho for a game character!

  29. why is this in my recommended?

  30. I want that statue!!?

  31. Yeah why the heck is he so hot? :3 xD well Zelda is hot too

  32. bruh, i saw the title and was like ay0 wtf???

  33. Guess it’s time to unsubscribe!

  34. Someone needs to link this to Dashie

  35. Link is my favourite technically legal Shota

  36. Do we are not talking about skyward sword Link ? But those lips tho !

  37. oh HELL no im OUTTa here

  38. Next vid: Why is Wario So Hot?

  39. me: casually scrolling youtube
    youtube recommended: why is link so hot?
    me: wtf why would anyone want to know that?
    me:
    me: clicks on it anyway cause I need to know now

  40. Link is the perfect pretty boy that makes both girls and boys fall in love with him ?

  41. But a lot of Japanese girls like feminine guys…nothing new.

  42. How could you skip over hyrule warriors link

  43. Best thing I got recommended in a while

  44. i'll say it as many times as i have to:
    HYRULE. WARRIORS. LINK. IS. THE. HOTTEST.

  45. I am forever in love with Link. BOTW Link is my fav Link

  46. 5:40 why does he say BREATH like that ?

  47. Because feminine guys>Masculine guys

  48. Hmmm… how true! ?

  49. You mean if you look at him you will die because of the. Spiciness to your tounge because you ate a very spicy food that is not for humans even link?

  50. As soon as i seen this i clicked so fast on it! Ive thought that ever since breath of the wild came out, but i also find it ironic because low key you kinda are too so theres that… #SorryNotSorry

  51. Not to be a kill joy but shouldn't the first question be "what age is Link" ? x'D

  52. This was like the story of how a thirteen year old slowly developed their OC over the years to perfect it.

  53. I wasn’t the only creepy one I guess

  54. His wife said to give the people Bishounen Link and she was Right

  55. Let’s just say I’ve never found Link attractive at all until Hyrule Warriors and Breath of the Wild, it was sort of like a sudden awakening for me lol

  56. Androgyny for the win!

  57. I’m glad I’m not crazy

  58. Sidon knows it. Zelda seems to be the only one who doesn’t know it

  59. link is hot and no one should question it. wonderful video tho

  60. The title made me laugh so hard but I clicked cause I honestly need to know why he’s so damn hot

  61. I saw this and I clicked because…. Link. Is. Hot.

  62. Idk what yer on about, but Twilight Princess Link is EASILY the hottest Link, then we have to get non-canon for the next runner up, the "first hero" in the Skyward Sword prequel manga. The most masculine Links are the hottest Links! Hyrule Warriors Link is a strong contender (though he's also not canon), and of course, thunder thighs Hero of Time was everyone's first love for a reason.

  63. Everybody likes a good twunk.

  64. The fact that they possibly could have based links looks off of Leonardo DiCaprio is sending me

    I honestly hope its true cause that makes me so happy

  65. The Lady has spoken and thus it was given to us. Thank you!

  66. i'm a girl and I can confirm that this game appeals to me

  67. Maybe link isn't as "hot", but I wonder is Katsuya Terada's concept designs during Link's Awakening also contributed to his OOT redesign https://www.flickr.com/photos/historyofhyrule/sets/72157634681811319/

  68. What about sky?
    I mean that guy’s got some eyes

  69. There is a part where Link dresses up as a chick and gets hit on and he blushes ?

  70. Breath Of the Wild Link was a gift for internet homos like me. Thank you, random lady, very cool.

  71. I’ve seen this video before?? Is this a repost?

  72. Ok now: Why is Zelda so thicc? ?

  73. I don’t care what ANYONE says ocarina of time Link was hot? back in the day. He was either inspired by River Phoenix or LeoDicapreo ?

  74. Girls are not playing these games because Link is hot.
    Legend of Zelda has good games.

    I just don't understand why the media says that more females are playing these games and then say that he is hot. As if we Gamers don't have brains and we ONLY play games if someone is HOT in it. WTF?!?

  75. Link has never been hot and androgyny just made him even less hot. I mean, nothing wrong with it but it isn't attractive when someone looks female ?

  76. What's the point of being hot if your crush keeps friendzoning you ?

  77. Calm down son it’s just a drawing

  78. It's his beautiful hime hair

  79. Link was literally my first crush ever when i was like 5 and recieved a gameboy and a copy of Oracle of seasons. That little clip of him riding in on the horse was my awakening ? im now fully grown, married and nothings changed lol

  80. Because for some wierd reason, fem boys are hot af. Take Raiden from Metal gear for example. That's Japan for ya. Nothing wrong with that

  81. Link have black hair.

  82. It's actually crazy to think about how different Link maybe would look today if one afternoon some wife wouldn't have asked her husband why Link has a funny nose.

  83. how can you make a video about hot link and not mention Hyrule Warriors

  84. Well, androgyny is not that much of a strange choice. It is still an eastern asian company. And in most of these cultures, elegance and softer features were two of the most attractive traits a man could have. In Europe however, elegance has a more feminine connotation.
    Also, men typically tend to misunderstand what women find appealing.

  85. androgynous link isn’t what we wanted, but what we needed.

  86. i'm wlw and i can attest that link is my type. also older blue from pokemon sun/moon.

  87. Lol he is average. Link in twillight princess looks pretty good.

  88. Link in Skyward Sword was cute tho UwU

  89. I'm still thinking of female link tbh.How would she look like?

  90. This is a really nice title for this video. Why is Link so hot. Yeah.

  91. The world isn’t ready for lin…..

    Linda….

  92. Now I ain't gay, but I've busted more nuts than I can count to gerudo Link and Linklet

  93. Suddenly gay for Link

  94. He ate a bunch of spicy peppers.

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