Is Link Human?

#1 Posted by Ratcabbage (250 posts) -
That don't look like no human I ever seen.

I've noticed during my romp through Skyward Sword that people refer to Link as a human. It struck me as odd because I've never thought of Link as a human. Even with his pointy ears I've never thought of him as an elf, either. So, if he's neither human nor elven, what exactly is he? Perhaps some hideous hybrid of the two? I vaguely recall him being referred to as Hylian in previous game(s), but then what's a Hylian? What say you, community?

#2 Edited by Three0neFive (2304 posts) -

No, he's Hylian.
 
I have next to no interest in the Zelda franchise and even I knew that. :P

#3 Posted by avidwriter (665 posts) -

He's about as human as you can get in a Zelda game.

#4 Posted by MrKlorox (11209 posts) -

Hylians were human at first, then Elven aliens came and spliced with our DNA. Thousands of years later the games take place.

#5 Posted by mac_n_nina (272 posts) -

@Ratcabbage: @Three0neFive: @avidwriter: @MrKlorox: Hylians are humans look at the Zelda wiki

#6 Posted by MrKlorox (11209 posts) -
@mac_n_nina said:

@Ratcabbage: @Three0neFive: @avidwriter: @MrKlorox: Hylians are humans look at the Zelda wiki

Hi, do you know other humans with ears like that? Clearly they aren't entirely human. The wiki is obviously wrong.
#7 Posted by makari (600 posts) -

@Three0neFive said:

No, he's Hylian. And this is coming from someone who has next to no interest in the Zelda franchise.

Hyrule is a kingdom, and the Links that live in the greater province of Hylia are Hylians. Not all of the Links across history live in Hylia because Hylia does not exist at certain stages of history (it in fact rises and falls over the course of the timeline). Human is a weird tag to put in place, but I guess making up a random name for the race of humanoid creatures with pointy ears (without falling back on 'Elf') would just confuse people. It could also be a translation issue.

#8 Posted by mac_n_nina (272 posts) -

@MrKlorox: actually i do

my friend scotty nukka

#9 Posted by Claude (16254 posts) -

I thought he was almost anime.

#10 Posted by Dagbiker (6978 posts) -
@MrKlorox
Hylians were human at first, then Elven aliens came and spliced with our DNA. Thousands of years later the games take place.
so that's what that ufo/cow level is in majoras mask
#11 Posted by periodic (26 posts) -

By that logic, people with purple hair or eyes, which are a pretty common thing in a most fantasy works, aren't really human either. It's fantasy, it's humans can have whatever traits the creators want.

#12 Edited by MrKlorox (11209 posts) -
@makari said:

@Three0neFive said:

No, he's Hylian. And this is coming from someone who has next to no interest in the Zelda franchise.

Hyrule is a kingdom, and the Links that live in the greater province of Hylia are Hylians. Not all of the Links across history live in Hylia because Hylia does not exist at certain stages of history (it in fact rises and falls over the course of the timeline). Human is a weird tag to put in place, but I guess making up a random name for the race of humanoid creatures with pointy ears (without falling back on 'Elf') would just confuse people. It could also be a translation issue.

Are there any other countries/kingdoms in that world? Not counting parallel universes or whatever those dudes are from in Twilight Princess.
 
@Claude said:

I thought he was almost anime.

The elves that created the Hylians were anime elves. But the humans that they created Hylians from were CGI intended to look like claymation.
 
@periodic said:

By that logic, people with purple hair or eyes, which are a pretty common thing in a most fantasy works, aren't really human either. It's fantasy, it's humans can have whatever traits the creators want.

That's a bold statement.
#13 Posted by Cornman89 (1579 posts) -

@MrKlorox said:

Hylians were human at first, then Elven aliens came and spliced with our DNA. Thousands of years later the games take place.

I like this. Hyrule as the product of some crazy panspermia business with space elves.

The Zelda fiction is pretty thin, frankly, so I'll just stick with whatever theory makes my heart smile the most.

#14 Posted by Hailinel (25205 posts) -

@Cornman89 said:

@MrKlorox said:

Hylians were human at first, then Elven aliens came and spliced with our DNA. Thousands of years later the games take place.

I like this. Hyrule as the product of some crazy panspermia business with space elves.

The Zelda fiction is pretty thin, frankly, so I'll just stick with whatever theory makes my heart smile the most.

Though, Skyward Sword does end on a note that really puts the entire series in a very dark perspective.

#15 Posted by Cornman89 (1579 posts) -

@Hailinel: Dark? Well, I guess... I gave up after the 3rd dungeon, but I did Youtube the ending, and it didn't really go anywhere I hadn't already guessed.

#16 Posted by Barrock (3553 posts) -

He's an Elf.

#17 Posted by Dalai (7069 posts) -

At the end of the game, the game clearly proves that not only is Link human, but that he's also Batman.

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#18 Posted by makari (600 posts) -

@MrKlorox: Certainly. The lands of Holodrum and Labrynna are in the same world as Hyrule and do not fall under the influence of the Hylian crown but are home to 'humans' with pointy ears like Link. The Great Sea expands beyond Hyrule's borders and considering there is inhabited island landmass above the Great Sea far from Hyrule (In Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks) it is safe to assume that Hyrule and its surrounds weren't just an island in a planet full of water at the point it was drowned. In any case, the Link in Skyward Sword is not a Hylian because

he pre-dates Hyrule and the Ganon-curse, which arguably sets up Hyrule as the fated stage for the trio from then on, until Wind Waker destroys it.

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