Linkle uncannily looks like Ilia and Link. Is she their offspring?

Ilia + Link = Linkle?

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    "During the development of Hyrule Warriors, Linkle was originally designed as a female version of Link. She was also proposed to be Link's little sister, but the idea was scrapped due to Eiji Aonuma not wanting her to conflict with Aryll, Link's sister in The Wind Waker. Sketches of her were included in the Hyrule Warriors art book from the Japanese limited editions of the game. Thanks to this, Linkle grew in popularity among fans, convincing the developers to include her in the game." - zelda.gamepedia.com/Linkle
    – Valorum
    Jun 12, 2020 at 21:17
  • Wikipedia claims she's Rusl's granddaughter, but I've found nothing to back that up.
    – Harabeck
    Jun 12, 2020 at 21:51
  • @Harabeck I'd already taken the liberty of removing it by the time you commented, but it seems Google has cached the old version of the page.
    – F1Krazy
    Jun 16, 2020 at 12:48
  • Is there anything you have to suggest beyond what you think is an uncanny appearance? To me Llia looks way more clearly the daughter of Zelda, personally.
    – TylerH
    Jun 16, 2020 at 13:36
  • @TylerH - Because she's wearing a green hoodie?
    – Valorum
    Jun 16, 2020 at 14:25

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The Zelda IP exists across multiple continuities, a fact that Hyrule Warriors (and/or Legends) exploits in its backstory (emphasis mine)

Long ago, Ganondorf was defeated and his soul splintered into four fragments. Three of them were were sealed in different moments in time, while the fourth was trapped by the Master Sword. But Ganondorf plots his resurrection through Cia, a sorceress who protects the balance of the Triforce while maintaining neutrality. Cia becomes fascinated with the spirit of the Hero of Legend, with her amorous feelings for the hero providing Ganondorf an opportunity to purge her inner light. As a result, Cia becomes consumed in her desires, opening the Gate of Souls, a portal to different time-space realities of Hyrule, to amass an army of monsters. Seeking to unite the Triforce and conquer Hyrule, she uses her subordinates Volga and Wizzro to wage war against Princess Zelda and the Hyrulean army.

Ilia comes from the Twilight Princess continuity, but Linkle's village clearly does not exist there, since Linkle has to travel to that era as part of the game. As such, it is not possible that she could be Linkle's mother (at least not the Twilight Princess version of her). Since we know nothing of Linkle's parents, it's still possible that her reality has some other version of Ilia.

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