Hippo Model

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The Hippo Model is a character in Link's Awakening.[1][name references needed]


The Hippo Model can be found in Schule Donavitch’s studio in the Animal Village, where she is posing for his painting.[2] When Link walks inside, she immediately sits down and annoyedly asks him to leave when spoken to.[3][4][5]


The Hippo Model in the Japanese (top) and American (bottom) versions of the game
  • In the Japanese and original German and French versions of Link's Awakening, the Hippo Model is actually posing nude. She has a towel covering the lower half of her body, and what appear to be exposed breasts on her upper body. When Link walks in, she quickly pulls her towel up and covers herself. Nintendo of America deemed this as too inappropriate for American audiences, and as a result, removed her breasts and towel. This censorship was also carried over in the German and French versions of Link's Awakening DX.
    • In Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch, the Hippo Model's design has been compromised to include her hourglass figure, but remain fully dressed. This is to ensure a satisfactory parity for all regional releases of the game.


ZW Nomenclature Asset.png Names in Other Regions ZW Nomenclature Asset 2.png
モデルのカバ (Moderu no Kaba) (LANS)Hippo Model
The Republic of ChinaThe Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of ChinaThe Macao Special Administrative Region of China
模特兒河馬 (Mótèérhémǎ) (LANS) 
The People's Republic of China
模特儿河马 (Mótèérhémǎ) (LANS) 
The French Republic
Hippopotame (LA | LADX)[9]Hippopotamus
The Federal Republic of Germany
Hippo-Model (LADX | LANS)[8]Hippo Model
The Italian Republic
  • Ippomodella (LA | LADX)[6]
  • Ippopotama modella (LANS)[7]
  • Hippo-model
  • (female) Hippo model
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  1. 1.0 1.1 Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 233
  2. "Artist and Model" (Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 233 (LA))
  3. "Leave me alone! I'm trying to sit still so Schule can paint my portrait!" — Hippo Model (Link's Awakening DX)
  4. "Go away!" — Hippo Model (Link's Awakening DX, 334)
  5. "Quit it!" — Hippo Model (Link's Awakening DX)
  6. Enciclopedia di Hyrule, Magazzini Salani, pg. 233
  7. "Ippopotama modella" — N/A (Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch, Italian localization)
  8. Encyclopedia, TOKYOPOP, pg. 233
  9. Encyclopedia, Les Éditions Soleil, pg. 233