I knew someone was gonna say this, but basically in my mind she's distinct enough from Zelda to where I'd be OK with it. Hell she isn't even really"Zelda" before the last third of the game, and even in the end she moves straight back to her pirate roots. She feels distinct from Zelda is essentially what I am getting at. Personality wise, layout wise, everything is much more Tetra than Zelda.
Impa is a fairly close second however, I gotta say. Zelda is drastically underrepresented, and that may be partially because of lack of recurring characters that aren't one of the three, but involving Skull Kid, Impa, and Midna, there's definitely room for another new character in the collection.
I doubt it's true, but I'd be legit mad if this turned out to be the rationale. Fire Emblem and Final Fantasy swap out their whole cast of characters every game (with just the occasional direct sequel), however they're still allowed multiple repetitions in precisely the same game. Zelda has sooooo many one-game-only characters which would still fit great into Smash, only examine the roster of both Hyrule Warriors games.
The"hard r" isn't even near the worst shit folks used to say. Honestly the fact folks find that word offensive now is hilarious to me because of how absolutely tame it seems to me relative to this older stuff. The"everything is offensive" Twitter children couldn't even handle a portion of what everyone used to state.
That is why you will hear some self censorship from everyone on twitch cause there are things we used to say Twitch will flat ban you for and when you are raging all your angsty adolescent anger is exactly what springs to mind when you would like to let lose a string of insults. Being an adult is just having the self control to not say that and say something less offensive or nothing in any way.
But guy I wouldn't wish to become a young teen now. Our shit was only starting to be on the internet back when communities have been smaller and also we could go delete things we said or Animal Crossing New Horizons Nook Miles Ticket used different names for everything. If you're even decent at anything everyone understands who you are and screencaps any somewhat offensive thing you ever say.