Linka is the fourth Planeteer to be summoned in the episode A Hero For Earth. When calling Captain Planet, she is the third to use her ring. She is from the Soviet Union, and she has the power of Wind.
Personality and Appearance
Linka is the Planeteer most likely to make mistakes with her English, though she is usually corrected by Wheeler in a good-natured manner. She expresses herself very well, but continues to use occasional Russian words in her every-day speech.
Linka enjoys bird-watching (a bird brought her ring to her) and playing music on her electrical keyboard. These hobbies are evident in episodes such as Birds of a Feather. She also admits, in the episode You Bet Your Planet, that she enjoys dancing.
Linka is often the voice of logic and reason, though she also has quite a hot temper. She is technologically-minded, and is revealed to be a "hacker" in the episode Polluting by Computer. Though she sometimes gets carried away and acts without thinking, Linka is likely to remain rational in a tight spot.
She is not afraid to risk her own life in order to save someone else - in the episode Volcano's Wrath, Linka flings herself into a volcano in order to save a woman trapped on a ledge. She uses the power of her ring to stay above the lava.
Linka has the power of Wind, which means she is able to blow objects away, or to lift herself or the other Planeteers into the air. Lifting herself, however, is draining, and she cannot keep the effort up for long.
Though she is logical and uses calm rationale to work her way out of most dangerous situations, it is not unknown for Linka to grow upset or feel helpless when met with difficulties. Occasionally, like anyone else, she relies on her friends to cheer her up or give her support when she is feeling down or particularly overcome with something.
Linka is the most analytical one of the group, often the one to investigate the science behind things by using her computer to analyse data or pull up extra information during missions. In the episode Greenhouse Planet, Linka's power is revealed to be the power which allows Captain Planet to fly.
Linka is voiced by Kath Soucie. There is a reference to this in the episode Hollywaste, where it is mentioned Linka's character will need her voice dubbed over. The producer says, "Don't worry. We'll get Kath Soucie to loop her voice later." Linka then agrees after hearing Blight's attempt at her Russian accent, stating, "Bozhe moy, she is terrible! I hope they get that Soucie person."
Linka wears short brown shorts, sneakers, and a yellow Planeteer t-shirt with a blue/green emblem, under a purple long-sleeved shirt and sleeveless light-brown vest. Her belt buckle has a red communism star on it, and she wears several badges or pins on her vest: A yellow star, a red musical note, a piano, a red cow (possibly a reference to the Russian fairytale) and a shooting star. It's quite likely the badges all hold extreme significance for Linka, as she can be seen wearing them even as she is exercising or running around on Hope Island's obstacle course in her running clothes. (Rain of Terror shows references to this.)
Linka's shoes are green with a yellow tongue and white laces, and she wears purple socks that match her shirt.
Linka's blonde hair is always tied back into a ponytail with a black band. Her hair appears to be thick and curly, and is quite long - though admittedly it does change length occasionally from episode to episode. At the very least it is shoulder-length, though when she is running or using her wind-power, it can sometimes look much longer. Linka has a thick fringe/bangs.
Linka's eyes are blue for the first three seasons. After this, her eye colour is changed to green.
Linka has pale skin and often has the appearance of wearing red or pink lip gloss.
In the final season, like the other characters, Linka receives a "make-over". This season is considered somewhat less-canon than the others, as the "revamped" aspect of the show was not popular with the long-term fans of the program. As a result, Linka's looks in season six are usually forgotten in favour of her more familiar look in seasons 1-5.
In season six, Linka's hairstyle changes slightly. She still has a blonde ponytail, but her hair does not appear to be as thick or curly. Her hairstyle is given the appearance of having holding gel in it - her fringe/bangs are a little more severe. Her eyebrows are also much darker, as opposed to her usual blonde.
Her clothing also changes in season six. She wears brown leggings/jodphurs and a long-sleeved light-blue shirt with a darker blue vest. She has a pink belt with a blue pocket attached to it.
Family and Relationships
Boris is Linka's cousin, and the son of her Uncle Demitri. Boris appears in the episode Mind Pollution, where it is clear he has a serious addiction to the pill, Bliss. Boris successfully hides a pill in Linka's food, which ensures she is soon addicted as well. Boris overdoses on the pills and dies at the end of the episode. Linka is obviously heart-broken by the events at the end of the episode. It is clear that she and Boris were very close before he fell victim to Verminous Skumm's chemicals.
In the episode A Mine is a Terrible Thing to Waste Part II, Linka mentions that her grandmother taught her everything about birds. Linka's mother is never mentioned - it is very likely her grandmother helped Linka's father raise both Linka and Mishka.
In the episode Missing Linka, Linka gives up her job as a Planeteer in order to take care of her ill grandmother. However, by the end of the episode it has been discovered what was making her grandmother sick (mine trailings in the groundwater), and Linka is able to return to Hope Island with the others.
Mishka is Linka's older brother. He appears in the episode Missing Linka. He is tall and broad with shoulder-length blond hair.
Wheeler flirts heavily with Linka from the first moment they meet, in the episode A Hero For Earth. Linka, however, rejects him more often than not. However, she does get jealous whenever Wheeler shows affection or adoration for other women.
Sometimes, Linka displays physical affection towards him, leaning in for a kiss or hugging him enthusiastically, usually after he has gone missing and she assumes something terrible has happened to him. In the episode Beast of the Temple, Wheeler goes missing after leading danger away from Linka, and she spends much of the episode fretting for him.
In the episode Missing Linka, Wheeler stays behind in Russia without telling Linka he is doing so. He follows her and saves her life several times before she realises who he is. At the end of the episode, before they return to Hope Island, Linka kisses him.
- A Hero For Earth
- Beast of the Temple
- Mind Pollution
- A Mine is a Terrible Thing to Waste Part II
- Missing Linka
Wheeler: Oh, no, Linka! You just don't get it.
Linka: I understand perfectly. You think New York is better than Moscow because you have video hallways.
Wheeler: Video arcades!
Gi has just caused the sphere to rock back and forth:
Linka: Bozhe moy! Gi, you are rocking the whole bathysphere!
Wheeler: Hey! Maybe that's how we get off this ride!
Linka: Oh, no, not more American cowboy tricks...
Wheeler: Lets rock and roll!
Wheeler: Need any help, ruski-tuski?
Linka: Hmph! That will be the day, Yankee.
Gi: Come on Wheeler, time for team-work! First, you melt that ice with...
Gi: And now that it is -WATER-, I'll shape it into steps, fast, before it refreezes!
Wheeler: Cool move, Gi.
Linka: Earth could be contaminated for millions of years, and you are making jokes!?
Linka: I told you your plan wouldn't work!
Wheeler: At least I did something besides just talk!
Linka: Exactly! You set off the alarm!
Wheeler: Oh, so now it's all my fault? If I'd had some help, it would have been different!
Kwame: Look, it's Gaia!
Gaia: Planeteers, what's going on here?
Ma-Ti: Gaia, I am afraid we have let you down this time.
Gaia: No you haven't! But you must remember, blaming each other is a waste of time. The only thing that matters is changing what's wrong. To rescue Captain Planet, you must stop blaming each other and start working together. The power is yours!
Ma-Ti: Gaia is right! We must stop saying it is someone else's fault.
Wheeler: Sorry, Linka.
Linka: Me too.