|“||You of all peons don't get to call me that! Who's graceless and unglamorous?! You're a freakin' rat, dammit.||”|
"A soldier of the Arfoire Syndicate of International Crime, simply called Underling. She has a real name, but no one bothers to call her by it. She works on a variety of missions—from demolition operations to faith-spreading missions to...flyer distribution. She admires her boss, so even though she harps about her horrid working conditions, she works diligently for the syndicate." — Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2 official site
Linda, mostly referred to as Underling, is a character that makes her first appearance in Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2. She also debuts in the second episode of Hyperdimension Neptunia: The Animation. Usually seen with Warechu, she is a member of the Grunt Work Squad of the Arfoire Syndicate of International Crime (ASIC). She serves as a primary antagonist and minor boss in Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2.
Linda is a female character with the appearance close to a human, though her race is unknown. She has light grey skin, green hair, red eyes, and pointy ears. She wears a black choke collar on her neck. She wears gloves that reach through her wrists, and are black on the dorsal side and red on the palm, and has white zig-zag lines on the wrists.
On the top, she wears nothing but an opened, hooded jacket and a tube top, revealing her chest and belly. Her hooded jacket is colored grey with black trimming on the outside and red on the inside, and the hood is designed similar to Warechu's head, having his ears, nose, and white whiskers. On the back is a broken heart design with red and yellow coloring beside each of the crack's sides and black crossbones under the heart. The similar design can also be found divided by the bottom front of her jacket. Her tube top is black that has crossing strings in the middle. The same heart design on her jacket can be found on the middle of the tube top with the heart being divided by the strings.
She wears grey, baggy pants with strings and is colored black on the waistline. On her feet are dark grey combat boots with a white welt and black strings.
She is usually seen carrying an iron pipe with a copper colored handle. On one of her CGs, she is seen holding a yellow electronic with a flip form factor.
Linda acts in the same manner as a delinquent. Her ill-mannered disposition makes her rude towards others, but she shows respect to her higher-ups in ASIC. She is bad-tempered and can be angered easily, especially when she's being referred to as a peon.
She admires her boss, CFW Magic, and follows her orders diligently. She would do anything, from doing menial tasks to causing disorder, just for the sake of furthering ASIC's plans.
She takes every opportunity she gets, from taking advantage of any situation she can to running away when she can. She would battle those in her way and resort to any advantage she can get. She is also quick to withdraw from any situation she can't handle, but she can be persistent and stand her ground when it comes to tasks that comes from Magic.
Despite being a devoted member of ASIC, Linda has a few morals. She expresses disagreement towards Magic's plans for total annihilation. She is also shown to be cordial when she helps out an old lady in Lowee, though this might only be to convert the lady into believing Arfoire. She is also seen feeding a cat when she failed to convert anyone into Arfoire in Lowee and she is disgusted when she sees Trick lick Rom and Ram.
Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2
In Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2, Linda appears in Chapter 1: Divine Oratorio as one of ASIC's grunts. She is seen in Virtua Forest Depths trying to destroy the mascot character of Planeptune. She introduces herself as Linda but IF and the others immediately peg her off as an "Underling" which leaves her true name to be completely ignored.
Despite Nepgear and her friends efforts in trying to stop her from destroying the mascot discs, Linda does prove to be successful in her mission on several occasions. This, however, does not stop them from obtaining the mascot's power, making her efforts for naught.
Linda faces off against the party several times throughout the game in each nation and is the direct cause for the majority of every problem Nepgear and her companions must face. In Leanbox, she holds Chika captive and pretends to be her in order to trick Nepgear and the others. In Lowee, she helps CFW Trick kidnap and brainwash Rom and Ram.
Despite everything she has done, she is defeated regardless and towards the end of the game she and Pirachu appear before Nepgear and her friends one last time for a final match in an attempt to redeem herself. She of course loses and allows the party to head on to Arfoire, thinking that they were just going to die regardless.
At the end of the game, Linda is shown with Pirachu to be distributing Arfoire chips even though they don't work due to the Deity of Sin being defeated. They are seen by Nisa who has Gust along with her, and while she is giving her speech, Linda and Pirachu make a run for it.
Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth2 SISTERS GENERATION
She reprises her same role as in mk2.
In the True Ending, she and Warechu are confronted by Red, who attempts to "reform" her by claiming her as a wifey candidate. While Red tries to convince Broccoli to help her make Underling into a "cute punk girl," the pair makes their escape.
Hyperdimension Neptunia: The Animation
Linda debuts in the second episode of Hyperdimension Neptunia: The Animation. Using reptile coins, she and Trick lures Rom and Ram and kidnaps them. She sends out the ransom for their release. After seeing Vert transform to HDD form, she tries to run away but ends up being dispatched through the sky by Noire.
- The hood of her jacket resembles Warechu's face, containing his ears, nose, and white whiskers.