Grab your noise-cancelling headphones (and maybe a sturdy suit of armor while you’re at it), and join us for today’s Daily Debate: should Hyrule Warrior’s Sheik be male or female?
(comment I made in the discussion)
It would be nice to include Sheik as a male. In the original players guide and Ocarina of time game Sheik was identified as Male by other characters and in text, I still have the Nintendo Power player’s guide that uses the “he” and “his” identifiers. Later they changed this because it was no longer a spoiler. Original SmashBros Sheik is identified as a female because you could readily switch between Zelda and Sheik. Yes Sheik is Zelda and Zelda is female, but I’ve heard the speculation that Zelda chose the guise of a male Sheikah warrior of legend. Whether this Sheik is Zelda in disguise, or a whole new character that could come up in later series is all speculation. I’d love to see Sheik again in actual games, either as a character with his own origin, assisting, or as a standalone main character. Hell, for once Link could be Sheikah, and Zelda used that unknown history and changed the name to something similar to the heritage (there can’t be two Links running around right?). So much is not known, that making a generalization that condemns Sheik to one gender and one role seems really limiting for the series.