Having a bit of fun, but also inspired by Anita Sarkeesian’s Video Game Tropes vs Women, artist Aaron Diaz has remained The Legend of Zelda through a series of illustrations in which Zelda is the adventurer and Link is the dude-in-distress.
Diaz’s pitch is titled The Legend of Zelda: Clockworks Empire, which he describes is “set 2,000 years after Twilight Princess.” Diaz describes himself as a “very big Zelda fan” who wanted to explore the franchise and show that “Zelda as a game protagonist can be both compelling and true to the franchise, while bringing new and dynamic game elements that go farther than being a simple gender swap.”
In his interpretation of the franchise, Link becomes Prince Link, Ganon becomes Ganondorf Dragmire, chief advisor to the Hylian throne, and Zelda becomes an “aspiring Battle-Mage.”
All things said? I’m onboard. Always a fan of female protagonists getting the spotlight, and I think it’s fun when the boys need saving. I doubt we’ll ever see something like this come to life—despite the fact that Ocarina of Time proved Zelda, masquerading as Sheik, is more than capable of handling herself—but it’s still a novel concept.
All of Diaz’s illustrations can be found on his Tumblr account.