Of the many stories and controversies that boarded and disembarked the 2014 E3 hype train, the one I found most interesting was the speculation on whether or not the Link in the trailers for the future Wii U title was actually female. Lines were drawn in the sands of the Internet and the division became clear: the fans who believed the reincarnated Link, by the very definition, could return as female to fill a blank slate role. Then there were the fans who firmly believed that Link would always be male - a fully fleshed out character, along with Zelda and Ganon, who developed distinct roles over the years with every new iteration in the long running series.
I'll admit that I am of the latter camp although I can see merits of the assessments from the former. To me, Link's not an avatar in which I assume the Hero of Time role but he is instead the silent protagonist of a narrative, in which I'm his fourth, more helpful fairy guide.