I’m kind of in love with my own mutated image of adult-Ocarina!Zelda, who is this hardened warrior and knows practically everything about everything, and only needs Link because he’s the chosen sword-wielder. I’m even more in love with the idea of her afterwards, feeling like her princess dress is more a disguise than her Sheik persona, acting out the role that people expect of her like Batman pretending to be Bruce Wayne. Wearing gloves to cover scars on her arms and with five knives hidden on her underneath her dress at minimum, sitting next to male advisors who condescend to the little woman while absently thinking that she could kill them with her bare hands if she needed to.
Three color variations were posted, one close to the original scheme, a more earthy variation the artist referred to as the “I-make-my-own-leather backwoodsman variant,” and a dark one called the “I-can’t-decide-if-I’m-a-cowboy-or-a-ninja variant.” I liked them all, since they all make sense with the above explanation, so I decided to upload all three.
[Image: fanart of Link and Zelda from The Legend of Zelda. The two are wearing medieval-inspired clothing, Link with a ponytail and brown cloak and Zelda wearing a white headcovering and a long blue cloak over a white dress. The two are standing closely together with serious expressions, Zelda holding up one hand and speaking solemnly.]
[Image: fanart of Impa and Zelda from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Impa is wearing a full body outfit with chainmail and shoulder pads to complement the chest armor, while a young Zelda is wearing a long blue and white dress and matching headcovering.]
[Image: fanart of Bro from Homestuck in a modified outfit based on Impa’s from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Holding up a sword, Bro is in clothes with a dark undershirt under the chest armor and dark plating hanging from the torso.]
Impa!Bro! Again, because of the eyes, and also because Striders totally work as Sheikah in general. Downside: Impa’s outfit is kind of like typical fantasy-girl cheesecake armor. I’ve complained about this before. Drawing Bro in cheesecake armor would be kind of funny, but… yeah. On the other hand, if I deviate too much from her outfit, like if I used the armor I drew in that link—with that plus it being a man, you wouldn’t know it was supposed to be Impa. So, I left the bare arms and legs? Since Dirk’s god-tier outfit is like that anyway, too. I don’t know how I feel about it, though. I tried messing around with a sort of Greek-style thing, but then I ran into the whole not-looking-like-Impa thing again. Lots of compromising to try and get all of these things, hrm.
I totally had a breakthrough with the hips thing, though. So yay for that!
[Image: fanart of Link from The Legend of Zelda as a woman. Link, hair tied into a ponytail without a hat and wearing a long-sleeved and mid-calf dark green dress under the staple green tunic, is looking around the forest while holding up a shield and the Master Sword.]
[Image: fanart of a humanized Midna from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. Wearing a headscarf and long coat, Midna is first showing making “claws” with her hands and baring her fangs as she jokes, “I AM A KRAKEN FROM THE DEEP.” She is also shown smiling more casually and saying “Hey” to Zelda, who blushes and slams a locker door shut while muttering a greeting in return.]
[Image: fanart of Zelda from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. Entitled “The Two Zeldas,” different aspects of a high school student version of Zelda are highlighted. “Top of the class— Student Body President, 2 years running” reads the caption underneath a sparkling and neatly-dressed Zelda, holding books with a small smile. “Violent tabletop roleplayer” is the second caption, showing a more casual and bespectacled Zelda grinning evilly and saying, “AhahaHAH!!! Eight points of damage, MOTHERFUCKER!!” while holding up a die. A third extra caption reads “just drools over girls” as Zelda blushes and mutters “What a BABE” in Midna’s direction, to Link’s confusion.]
[Photoset: fanart of conceptual incarnations of Zelda and Link from the The Legend of Zelda series. Zelda has been envisioned as an Egyptian queen in a sleeveless white dress and clear purple shawl, while Link is a dark-haired East Asian warrior in a flowing tunic.]
[Image: fanart of three princesses from non-canon The Legend of Zelda properties and parodies thereof. Xandir’s former girlfriend from Drawn Together is glaring, while Zelda from the 1989 cartoon is smiling lightly and Zelda from the Philips CD-i games is standing between them and smiling more casually.]
[Photoset: fanart featuring Athena Cykes from Ace Attorney. Athena is shown grinning while dressed in a slightly more professional outfit in the first picture and then resting with Juniper Woods in the second, Juniper’s hat on Athena’s head and scarf wrapped around both of them.]