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Link vs. Shining Armor by Primogenitor34 Link vs. Shining Armor by Primogenitor34
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This is actually something that was brought up quite often earlier. In my old "MLP vs. BRAWL" image, one recurring question kept coming up: "Where's Link"? Well, at the time of that drawing's fabrication, I felt there was no one that would pair up well with Link as to where it made sense.

Then came along the Season 2 finale of Friendship is Magic, where Shining Armor makes his entrance. I knew that those two had to be a good match for each other. Both Link and Shining are heroic, they are well-trained knights, they fight to protect their princesses. Couldn't ask for a better match-up, in my opinion.

The background was a toughie here. I decided on a fantastical forest ruins theme, so I guess you can say that this takes place in Link's universe. There is fog in the background, curved trees, and ruined structures in the scenery (most of it is hidden behind Link, but trust me, it's there).

So, for all of you people who've been asking where Link was in that old MLP vs. BRAWL image, I say to you, "Here he is!" I hope you enjoy it. This was definitely a fun one to make, and I'm proud of the turnout, seeing how this is my first time ever drawing Link.

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risingstar1011 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015
In a close-range brawl I would be hard-pressed to root for either as a favorite. Links sword and shield are a HUGE advantage if he has them, but if he's disarmed Shining has more body strength. That's just how humans work: we're kickass with our tools but usually not so dangerous without them.

Now if Link gets the drop on Shining wihh a bow-shot or a good boomerang toss or (shudder) a clawshot...
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StarrFlygon Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:Portal: This is flipping awesome. 
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Schniedragon88 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
geez, make me choose why don't you.
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OniLink15 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Would be a cool idea for SMB4. :D
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Betteroffdeader Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbi…

Someone has reposted your art!
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Primogenitor34 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hah, idiot.

To be honest, I'd be more concerned if it was one of my original works or my more recent fan-art. And I don't really think he's saying that he himself drew it, from the looks of his (absolutely inaccurate) post... but thanks very much for bringing it to my attention anyway.
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Betteroffdeader Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When asked directly he claims credit for everything. At any rate I gotten him to take it down. And no problem!
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Primogenitor34 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hah, wow. Thanks a lot!
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DarkandLightWolf Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
nice
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crystalsparklingstar Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Student Artist
I like Link and Shining Armor :D
Excellent!
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hooon Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Student Artist
:iconmlpdiscordplz::iconsaysplz:I'm Going to Need More Popcorn!
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Musemeldi-Grace Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Link wins....
obviously
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AtomicPhoton Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Greatest... Battle... EVER!!
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legoland5254 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013
screw it, link beats shining armor, nuff said
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lknight7 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013
I´m  a brony and I think shinigs screwed

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RoboKitty Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
The Champions of the Goddesses face off!! Glory to Celestia, Din, Farore, and Nayru!!
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Orcrist90 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013
Princess Celestia is not a goddess, hence why Shining Armor is the captain of the Royal Guard and not the Divine Guard. Link, on the otherhand, is the Chosen Knight of the Goddess Hylia, Keeper of the Triforce of Courage, Wielder of the Master Sword (the Legendary Blade of Evil's Bane that Sparkles with the Power to Repel Evil), the Hero of the Winds and the Hero of Time. I think it is fair to say that Link wins this one.
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RoboKitty Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013
"Princess Celestia is not a goddess"
Yes she is. I honestly do not see how she can be seen as anything less. If those weaklings in the God of War series are gods, so is Celestia. End of debate.

"hence why Shining Armor is the captain of the Royal Guard and not the Divine Guard"
That's a rank you made up yourself

"the Hero of the Winds and the Hero of Time"
These are mutually exclusive; each individual Link is EITHER Time OR Winds, not both at once

"I think it is fair to say that Link wins this one."
While I don't disagree, I'm going to examine Shining Armor a little bit more thoroughly (seriously, fuck your "Hylia is a confirmed goddess but Celestia is only implied" fuckness backwards-ass shit). Armor has an advantage of reach thanks to telekinesis, and a presumed advantage in defensive magic (his shields go 360, can be put anywhere, and can hold up to an entire army's worth of firepower; Link's is just as durable, but is limited to his right arm). If we wanted to stretch things, he could probably trap Link in a shield more or less indefinitely, forcing Link to use one of his instruments to teleport several miles away. Plus, both warriors are Lawful Good, so "
the Legendary Blade of Evil's Bane that Sparkles with the Power to Repel Evil" is just a hunk of metal in this fight (that goes for both parties)

Link's advantages come down to experience, versatility, and willpower. And probably endurance, because humans have ridiculous endurance. He will almost assuredly find a way to hit Armor EVENTUALLY, and from there it's just a matter of outlasting him
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Orcrist90 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
Celestia may control a strong amount of magic, but that does not make her a goddess. Magical is not synonymous with divine. If she is not explicitly stated in the series as a goddess (which she is not), then she is not -- plain and simple. However, I find it a matter of consequence that you would somehow disagree with that reasonable point, and so I will have to go through the rounds of explaining a "god." The divine is not necessarily metaphysical -- it is not required. Most "gods" in mythologies are really nothing more than extremely powerful spirits, and that is to say they are spirits. As spirits, they are immortal and contain divine, or spiritual, power (i.e. magic). Let me provide the denotation of "immortal" so you do not merely think it means "live forever;" immortal translates from Latin into English as "deathless." An immortal spirit cannot die because their true nature is in spirit and not in flesh. They may lose their physical body, but they are not restrained and can gain it back. 

When I stated that Hylia was a confirmed goddess and Celestia was implied, it was very literal and factual. Are you trying to say facts are wrong? If Celestia is not implied, then where do they explicitly state "Celestia is a goddess"? They don't. Any idea of divinity can only be implied with Celestia because it is certainly not stated outright. Honestly, it's as if you were trying to argue against the sky being blue: it is blue, that is a fact. Hylia is a confirmed goddess, that is a fact. Celestia is not a confirmed goddess, that is a fact. Celestia as a goddess is an unconfirmed implication. If this is honestly one of your points, then maybe the rest of this argument is a pointless waste of my time, but I will continue simply to straighten the record.

I did not make up Shining Armor's rank -- the show creators did that. Perhaps you need to re-watch the last two episodes of season 2 when Shining Armor is introduced into the series as the captain of the royal guard. Again you are trying to pass facts off as untrue, and I could end this argument here, but I shall indulge further.

Armor has an undefined ability with telekinesis. Good for him. Oh, and a presumed ability in defensive magic. Presumed, but not definite. Given that Armor can create magical shield barriers and Link can destroy magical shield barriers, I am not too concerned with Link being trapped within a magical shield barrier created by a unicorn who is almost rendered useless by using such magic (his serious head aches which are only eased by magic). With his "hunk of metal," Link can break the barrier as he did to the one around Hyrule Castle.

Actually, the Master Sword is not a hunk piece of metal: it is a sword forged by divine fires (Skyward Sword). The Master Sword can destroy magical barriers (Wind Waker), unleash "sword beam" attacks (skyward strike, etc.) and is also resistant to magic and capable of deflecting magical attacks, such as what Shining Armor might use. Since Shining Armor is "lawful good" and the Master Sword is the Blade of Evil's Bane which Sparkles with the Power to Repel Evil, any magic Shining Armor -- or even Celestia for that matter -- would use against it would be utterly useless by default. Light magic cannot work against that which is truly pure. When Zelda was possessed by Ganondorf, Link was able to deflect her light based magic attacks back at her with the Master Sword. You might argue that Zelda was just that: possessed, but the nature of her attacks were not dark, but still light -- this provides the case that Link is capable of using the Master Sword against a "lawful good" combatant (just one of his many abilities).

Link's advantages are numerous beyond your cliché and typical characteristics listing. He has a plethora of items to use in his inventory ranging from magical arrows, hookshots and grappling extensions, to magic spells and more. He also has a variety of shields, many of which can deflect magic, different types of armor and even the Triforce of Courage, marking him as a chosen one of the gods (the golden ones, if you will).

The titles "hero of time" and "hero of the winds" are actually not as exclusive as you are prone to think. In Skyward Sword, an important thing happened that essentially changed every pre-existing Zelda game: Link, Zelda and Ganon's spirits became eternal reincarnations. Ganon is the reincarnation of Demise (his hatred is the word he used in the game), Zelda is the reincarnation of the goddess Hylia and Link is the reincarnation of the Chosen Hero of the Goddess. Although the bodies bear the titles exclusively, they are all attributed solely to Link's eternal spirit. The Hero of the Winds was also the Hero of Time. Every evil slain by Link was slain by all Links because they were all the reincarnation of the Chosen Hero of the Goddess. Every feat and title earned by Link was earned by the Chosen Hero of the Goddess, universally.

Given this, it still comes down to the fact that Link is the Chosen Hero of the Goddess wielding divine power and authority, whereas Shining Armor is a magic-using unicorn who serves as the Captain of the Royal Guard of Princess Celestia.
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RoboKitty Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
OK, let's pick this apart:

"Magical is not synonymous with divine"
This is context-sensitive, and it depends on the series in question. For most forms of pony magic, its true

"If she is not explicitly stated in the series as a goddess (which she is not), then she is not -- plain and simple."
No.
Celestia is the immortal ruler of a planet-spanning nation and the single controller of the sun itself. While it is true that mortal unicorns can move the sun, it takes THOUSANDS of them. Celestia is explicitly treated as a deity by her subjects and the narrative structure of the show alike. She may not be explicitly stated to be a goddess, but she fulfills that niche/trope of the fantastical structure of Equestria's backstory. If MLP:FiM followed a "Hero's Journey" style of plot, Celestia would be the Goddess in the "Meeting with the Goddess" stage

"Any idea of divinity can only be implied with Celestia because it is certainly not stated outright."
This is intentional on Celestia's part. She wants her subjects to have free will, as opposed to autonomous lives as the puppets of a higher will. Just because she doesn't exercise her divinity doesn't mean she doesn't have it.

"Celestia is not a confirmed goddess, that is a fact."
She is also not confirmed to be a mortal. It's a catch-22, an impasse, and one that's COMPLETELY IRRELEVANT to the question of whether or not Shining Armor is a match for Link.

The train of logic that you use to claim that Celestia ISN'T a goddess is restrictive and self-defeating. You might as well try to convince me that Link is secretly a woman because his penis has never been shown on-screen.

Onto the combatants:

"I did not make up Shining Armor's rank -- the show creators did that."
What is this paragraph referring to? I didn't say anything false; Shining Armor is the Captain of Celestia's personal praetorian guard (I'm using "praetorian" as a generic noun here). There is no train of logic that would contradict that Armor is Celestia's chosen leader of her chosen praetorians.

"Again you are trying to pass facts off as untrue, and I could end this argument here"
How?! What did I say that was false?!

I was claiming that you made up the rank "Divine Guard", not "Captain of the Royal Guard". That's obviously what Shining Armor is and has always been

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Oh, and a presumed ability in defensive magic. Presumed, but not definite."
No, it IS definite. He creates shields. Shields made of magic. He puts those shields where he wants to put them. That's canon. Defensive magic. Q.E.D. 

"Actually, the Master Sword is not a hunk piece of metal"
I didn't say that it was a hunk of metal, or at least that's not what I meant to imply (for that, I apologize). I was referring to the fact that, against a fellow good being, and ability to disrupt and instantly destroy evil beings is functionally useless and irrelevant. To Shining Armor's flesh, it will simply feel like a hunk of sharp metal

"Since Shining Armor is "lawful good" and the Master Sword is the Blade of Evil's Bane which Sparkles with the Power to Repel Evil, any magic Shining Armor -- or even Celestia for that matter -- would use against it would be utterly useless by default. Light magic cannot work against that which is truly pure. "
I fail to see how Shining Armor's magic would be useless. Armor's magic is not of the same class as Link's magic or the sword's magic. It is a functional magic, drawn from what appears to be the pony's own inner being, rather than strictly holy magic bestowed by divine right. Furthermore, using your logic, I could just as easily argue that Link's magic is useless against Shining Armor.

"When Zelda was possessed by Ganondorf, Link was able to deflect her light based magic attacks back at her with the Master Sword. You might argue that Zelda was just that: possessed, but the nature of her attacks were not dark, but still light"
Those same blasts of magic are then re-deflected by Zelda's BARE HANDS. And yes, I realize Zelda's hands were probably sheathed in more magic, which just proves this next point: that the Master Sword's ability to deflect magic is not because of its divine connection to the holy goddesses, but because that's how Hyrulian magic works. Magic deflects other magic, regardless of alignment.

"The titles "hero of time" and "hero of the winds" are actually not as exclusive as you are prone to think"
Unless the remainder of this paragraph is dedicated to singing the praises of Wind Waker and how it's superior in every way to Ocarina of Time, I don't exactly care. And it's irrelevant to the actual battle with Shining Armor regardless

"Link's advantages are numerous beyond your cliché and typical characteristics listing. He has a plethora of items to use in his inventory ranging from magical arrows, hookshots and grappling extensions, to magic spells and more."
I have reason to assume that Shining's arsenal would be just as varied, given that he is a military officer with access to an armory.

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jared2711 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013
do i even have to say who would win?
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Classof2012 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
Link wins... Duh...! -_-
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dasboschit Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
flawless victory
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Classof2012 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
Yup...-_-
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Lunar6 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
Well, the new Smash Bros. HAS been unveiled as I type this. You never know...
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Rheshu Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hands down, Link would win. Hehe...silly bronies.
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Spyrofan1310 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
Shining Armor: Well Excuuuuuuuuuuse me Link!
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Daisuler1994 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No one simple defeat the hero of time.
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WaffleBerry Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
Funny how they actually coincide with one another... Link is from an old celtic name meaning "Sword" and Shining Armor implies "Shield armor or defense" in a way they kinda cancel each other out but at the same time would make an awesome combo.

Oh dear i got off subject here... right right the picture *ahem*

I love the color choices here. It's in your style here but the colors seem like a mixture of Skyward Sword and the in show MLP colors (except the show rarely if ever uses anything past simple shadows). Im rather a sucky artist so I'm not sure my opinion means much ^^; but it might be just the persepective... Shining's leg thats behind him... it looks a little weird to me. I can assume it's bent yes but seeing how close it is to his body it makes it look like he has a short stubby limb. Again... im sorry I know i have no right to critique your art... being how little I myself have in my gallery. You are a VERY talented artist and I enjoyed viewing this piece very much. You combined my love of zelda and my love of ponies :D
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flyscratch Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
okay lets see what our next battle is takes a look to see its the dex dogtective vs the red ranger hmmm this fight night is full of interestingness Mr.krabs: thats not even a word and i agree with you
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Jose-Ramiro Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The unicorn wins
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Gerudez Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
No definetly not.
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Jose-Ramiro Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He can come with a force field.
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Orcrist90 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013
Oh really? Link too has magic: Magic Armor (Wind Waker and Twilight Princess), Din's Fire (an all encompassing ball of fire), Farore's Wind (teleportation, really) and Nayru's Love (the divine barrier of a goddess). He also has the Master Sword, the Mirror Shield (which can be used to deflect magic), and Fire, Ice and Light Arrows. The Master Sword has also been known to break magical barriers (Ganondorf's barrier surrounding Hyrule Castle in Wind Waker). I think Link has this covered.
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Jose-Ramiro Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good point.
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Gojira012 Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
Link hands down
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Cflandon15 Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
I wonder who would win
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in-the-footsteps Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
It looks good.
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TheBrickster Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
@Davis-15

Thanks for being a stupid coward and blocking me. Really. Just fuck off.

"Are you Fo'Rizzle my dizzle?" What the fuck does that mean?

Just shut the fuck up and leave me alone. IT'S MY OPINION. I AM ENTITLED TO MINE NOW FUCK OFF.
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Davis-15 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Student Artist
Link would win, hands down!
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TotalDramaFan16 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I would pay to see this!!!
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josethclay Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
In spite of my bronydom
Link is the winner
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josethclay Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well so much for shining armor
Rip
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Dragonlover565 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
:icontplinkplz::icontplinkplz::icontoonlinkplz:
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SakuraDrawingPencil Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
can't choose...
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Davis-15 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Student Artist
What do you mean you can't choose? Link would obviously win!
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SakuraDrawingPencil Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yha your right! link is just a little but more awesome!
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HumanSVD Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
Old reply but can't you tell link didn't win? it was a slot machine and it was almost a jackpot.....sadly, link did not win.
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Razerade Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Link: throws paper

Shining armor: throws rock

Shining armor: damnit
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legoland5254 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
This fight is too epic! WHOS GONNA WIN!? the hero of time!? or the general of the canterlot army!?
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