Although Link is considered a male based on anatomical standards, he can also pass for a “gender-neutral” character. The iconic hero’s nature in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is applicable to both male and female players, according to series producer Eiji Aonuma. Aonuma wants all Zelda fans to be able to relate to Link, regardless of their gender.
“During the development of Twilight Princess, I went a different route and created a version of Link that was more masculine,” he said. “But after Twilight Princess 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. So that’s why I think the rumor went around that Link could be a female. Because maybe the users were able to relate in that way.”