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The Hippo Model is a character in Link's Awakening.
The Hippo Model is a female hippo posing for a painting by Schule Donavitch. She can be found in Schule Donavitch's studio in the Animal Village. If Link approaches her, she sits down and annoyedly asks him to leave.
In the Japanese and earlier European versions of the game, the hippo is actually posing as a nude model. She has a towel around the lower half of her body, and her upper body has what appeared to be breasts. When Link walks in, she quickly pulls her towel up and sits down. This explains her response of "Go away!" when Link speaks to her in the American version. Nintendo of America deemed this to be too inappropriate for American audiences, and as a result, the towel was removed and she was given a more unisex appearance. This censorship can also be found in later European versions of the game.
- "Leave me alone! I'm trying to sit still so Schule can paint my portrait!" — Hippo Model (Link's Awakening)