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|Ganondorf in Ocarina of Time 3D|
|Species|| Gerudo (Ganondorf)|
|Hair color|| Red (Ganondorf; Ganon in OoT)|
|Voiced by|| Takashi Nagasako (1998-2002)|
Hironori Miyata (2005-present)
|Debut||The Legend of Zelda|
Ganon is the overall villain of the Legend of Zelda game series, appearing as the final boss of nearly every game. He is known for his constant search for more power and domination, and because of this he is usually associated with the Triforce of Power. His traditional appearance is that of a giant, demonic blue pig monster. As the series continued, there has been more of a focus on Ganon's past. Ganon's original mortal form, the Gerudo thief Ganondorf, was introduced in Ocarina of Time, and he has been worked into various sequel games.
Ganon's true origins were implied in the ending of Skyward Sword, during the destruction of Demise, the original Demon King. With Demise's last words, it vowed that its hatred would endure beyond its death and instead would be reborn anew in a neverending cycle. Demise proceeded to bind both Link and Zelda to a curse which stated that an incarnation of Demise's hatred would follow those who bore the "spirit of the hero" and the "blood of the goddess", which would doom them to "wander a blood-soaked sea of darkness" for all time. This statement clearly foreshadows Ganon's coming as the new incarnation of Demise and explains both why Ganon always returns from each defeat, and why he always appears during times when Link and Zelda are there to face him. There is still some confusion as to whether Ganondorf is supposed to be the reincarnation of Demise's hatred, or if this process only occurs when Ganondorf becomes the Demon King Ganon, as the Demon King title is shared by Ganon and Demise, and Ganon's personality seems to be somewhat different from that of Ganondorf.
Ocarina of Time
Once every hundred years, a Gerudo king was born to the otherwise all-female Gerudo race. Though his birth parents are unknown, he was raised by his 'surrogate' mothers, the two witches Koume and Kotake (better known together as Twinrova). He grew strong in body and in magic. Though never explicitly stated, it is highly likely that he fought in the Great Wars prior to Ocarina of Time. His hatred for Hyrule was fueled by the suffering of his people in the desert while the Hyrulians enjoyed prosperity. Afterwards, he pledged allegiance to the King of Hyrule and made efforts to bring peace between the two peoples. His motives, however, were not for peace, but the Triforce instead. In the meantime he poisoned the Great Deku Tree, starved the Gorons, and infected Jabu-Jabu. All his efforts against them were for the purpose of acquiring their three Spiritual Stones, which were needed to open the path to the Sacred Realm in the Temple of Time. Although he failed on all counts (even his attempt to capture the Ocarina of Time from Zelda), he was not easily defeated. Rather, he allowed Link to use the stones and Ocarina to open the way to the Sacred Realm, where he claimed the Triforce. Because of his unbalanced heart, he was only able to claim the Triforce of Power. Wisdom and Courage went to Zelda and Link respectively.
Successful, he ruled over the land for seven years while Link and Zelda mysteriously vanished from his point of view. He gained many underlings and made efforts to free and revive ancient monsters such as Volvagia and Bongo Bongo. However, Link returned after those seven years and made efforts to undo his evil. With the help of Zelda, who had been operating under the guise of Sheik, Link was able to assemble the Sages. Ganondorf was still able to trick them, as he witnessed Sheik's confrontation with Link at the Temple of Time in which she revealed herself as Zelda and revealed that the two of them had Triforce pieces. Ganondorf immediately trapped Zelda within a crystal prison and brought her to his tower while daring Link to come. That way, Ganondorf could unite the Triforce after dealing with Link to complete his domination. Ganondorf battled Link on top of his tower and used his most powerful magic, but he still was defeated by the power of Link's Master Sword. The Triforce of Power allowed him to survive the collapse of his tower and, enraged, he unleashed its power to transform into the pig-like Demon King, Ganon. In the ensuing battle, Ganon took extensive damage, but was not quite defeated. However, he was weakened and distracted enough to allow Zelda and the Sages to imprison him in the Sacred Realm. Left in a void of nothingness, he returned to his Gerudo form and swore vengeance against the descendants of Link and Zelda. This future continued to the Adult Timeline. However, Link was also sent back in time in the ending which created a new timeline.
However, Link traveled back in time at the end of the game and created a new timeline where he did not enter the seven-year slumber. According to creator comments, in this timeline Link had a talk with Zelda which lead to Ganondorf's capture and the events of Twilight Princess.
Ocarina of Time (Hero's Defeat)
In this hypothetical version of events, Link was killed by Ganon in their final battle. This caused Ganon to receive the Triforce of Courage, and he soon retrieved the Triforce of Power from Zelda. He finally had the full Triforce at his possession and seemed unstoppable. Princess Zelda was able to lead the people of Hyrule in sealing Ganon away within the Sacred Realm with the Triforce. The Sacred Realm had become the Dark World from Ganon's influence. People who entered it became monsters, and his evil soon began to spread from the Dark World. This prompted the events of the Imprisoning War, which ended when the seven sages sealed the entrance to the Dark World. Although Ganon had absolute control over the Dark World as well as ownership of the Triforce, this seal cut him off from the actual Hyrule, for the time being.
In this timeline, Ganon had a form different than that seen in Ocarina of Time. This is the classic appearance of Ganon, which is a large blue demon with pig-like features. He wielded a trident as his main weapon. It is is uncertain how he obtained it and whether it is the same trident that he found within the other timeline.
A Link to the Past
In A Link to the Past, Ganon was able to act through the sorcerer Aganhim (described as an alterego of Ganon) to infiltrate Hyrule Castle. Using Agahnim, he worked to weaken the seal by sacrificing the Maidens descended from the sages and sending them into the Dark World. After sending the last one (Zelda), Ganon was on the verge of domination. However, Link challenged Agahnim with the Master Sword and defeated him. To help seal his demise, Agahnim sent Link into the Dark World, certain that he would be unable to survive. Instead, Link gathered the seven maidens (encased in crystals) and used their powers to break the seal on Ganon's Tower.
After defeating Agahnim, Ganon abandoned his body and fled to the Pyramid of Power. There the two of them fought and with the Master Sword and Silver Arrows, Ganon was soundly defeated. Link was then able to claim the Triforce.
Oracle of Seasons and Ages
In both the Oracles games (Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages), Twinrova worked hard to revive Ganon. With the help of Onox and Veran, they worked on lighting the three Flames. Veran lit the Flame of Sorrow and Onox lit the Flame of Destruction through their campaigns on Labrynna and Holodrum in their respective games. Twinrova planned to sacrifice Zelda in order to light the Flame of Despair as the last step, but Link managed to rescue her and defeat them. As a last resort, Twinrova sacrificed herself in their fused form to revive Ganon. The result was a powerful but mindless resurrection of Ganon. Link was still able to vanquish the King of Evil using nothing but his existing arsenal of weapons.
The Legend of Zelda
Ganon seemed to be done for, but his threat still lingered. The Hyrule Historia suggests that the sorcerer from Zelda II's backstory could possibly have been another altergo of Ganon or one of his minions. In The Legend of Zelda, Ganon resurfaced wielding the Triforce of Power, and he once more was acting without any particular intelligence. His attempts to gain the Triforce of Wisdom failed when Princess Zelda split it into eight pieces, hidden among the labyrinths beneath Hyrule. With the assembled Triforce of Wisdom and the power of the Silver Arrows, Link slayed Ganon, reducing him to ashes. Although dead, his minions attempted to revive him by killing Link and using his blood as a sacrifice in Zelda II: The Adventure of Link. They failed to accomplish this, but Ganon could be seen laughing on the Game Over screen if the player lost all his lives.
Ocarina of Time (aftermath)
Link had traveled back in time to before the Sacred Realm was opened and warned Princess Zelda about Ganondorf's plans in advance. This information led to Ganondorf being captured by Hyrule's authorities, and he was prevented from carrying out his schemes. As Link had returned to this time with the Triforce of Courage, this did actually cause Ganondorf to receive the Triforce of Power. Ganondorf was only unaware of this for the time being. Several years later, Ganondorf was chained to a stone slab in the Mirror Chamber of the Arbiter's Grounds by the six sages. They attempted to execute Ganondorf by impaling him on a sword. It was at this point that the Triforce of Power activated and brought him back to life, which one sage attributed to a "divine prank", and this also brought Ganondorf to realize that there had been some sort of disturbance with the Triforce. With this power, Ganondorf shattered his bonds and removed the sword from his chest. This left a scar where he was still vulnerable. Ganondorf proceeded to kill the Water Sage when, as a last-ditch effort, the sages activated the Mirror of Twilight, opening a portal that sealed Ganondorf in the Twilight Realm. His malice and evil were said to increase at this time.
During his imprisonment, Ganondorf found that the Twilight Realm was also inhabited by a tribe called the Twili. He saw them as a pitiful people, but he saw potential in the power-hungry Zant. This led Ganondorf to appear before Zant in the form of a giant golden head. Posing as a god to Zant, he offered to share his power with Zant so that Zant could use it to become king of the Twilight Realm like he always wanted. In exchange, Ganondorf wanted Zant to fuse the worlds of light and Twilight together so that Ganondorf could escape his imprisonment and rule the darkness created from mixing the two worlds.
Ganondorf was successful in escaping. He occupied Hyrule Castle and used a magical barrier to prevent any intrusion. He also eventually held Princess Zelda in the throne room for unknown purposes. Link and Midna eventually arrived in his throne room to challenge him. At first, Ganondorf possessed Princess Zelda, making her into Ganon's Puppet, and used her to attack Link until Link forced him out of her body. Ganondorf then transformed into the Dark Beast Ganon, who was portrayed as four-legged and boar-like in this game. As Ganon he trampled around wildly in an unquenchable rage. But in his wolf form, Link was able to knock Ganon over and then harm him by biting into his scar. Ganon was seemingly defeated, but he then changed into his golden head form. Midna responded by turning into her own monster form and attacking Ganon.
Ganondorf emerged victorious from the battle, but he had been reverted to his Gerudo form so Midna might have been successful in at least weakening him. Ganondorf proceeded to attack Link and Zelda on horseback while aided by a squad of ghosts riding horses. During this battle, Zelda stunned Ganondorf with Light Arrows so that Link could attack him with the Master Sword. Ganondorf was eventually knocked off his horse and used a magical barrier to block off Zelda and Epona. He engaged Link in one-on-one sword combat until Link impaled Ganondorf through the chest with the Master Sword. Ganondorf assured Link that this was not over yet, that the history of light and shadow would be written with blood. After that, Ganondorf's Triforce mark vanished from his hand, and he died. This brought Ganondorf's destiny in this timeline to an end for the time being.
Four Swords Adventures
By the time of Hyrulian Adventure, Ganon has faded into obscurity, being unknown even to the most learned of scholars. In time, a new incarnation of Ganondorf was born to the Gerudo. Little is known of his background, except that the Gerudos did not treat him with respect, unlike the first Ganondorf. He sought more power throughout the game and was banished from the Gerudo Village for his ignorance of the law. Ganondorf had taken the Dark Mirror from the Forest of Light and used it to create doppelgangers of Link known as Shadow Links. According to Hyrule Historia, it was the remnants of the previous Ganondorf's hatred of Link that caused the Mirror to create Shadow Links, as the new incarnation had yet to meet Link. One Shadow Link was used to trick this era's Link into drawing the Four Sword, which freed the Wind Mage Vaati. At some point, Ganondorf also obtained the mysterious Trident from the Pyramid, a place which was sacred to the Gerudos. The Trident was connected to some ancient evil and contained the power to spread darkness. This made Ganondorf into the Demon King, Ganon. His new appearance was a larger version of his classic pig demon form.
Ganon primarily used Vaati as a pawn to establish a link with the Dark World and to draw the attention of the four Links while he gained power. He also used his Trident to kill the Knights of Hyrule and curse them into becoming monsters. After Vaati was defeated, Ganon finally fought Link himself. He sealed Zelda way and took on a gigantic form. Once freed, Zelda used her powers (and the maidens' power) to seal Ganon. He was then trapped inside the Four Sword, just as Vaati had been before.
The Wind Waker
In The Wind Waker, it was said that Ganondorf eventually escaped the seal of the gods through unknown means. Without the Hero of Time to stop him, Ganondorf was able to dominate Hyrule. When no hope came to the people, the goddesses intervened and flooded the land. The land of Hyrule was frozen in a time bubble, deep beneath the sea. Ganondorf, however, was too powerful to be stopped that way. He once more managed to create a weak link in the bubble and escaped to the surface world. Being now no more than a legend, he took over the pirate base of Forsaken Fortress and assembled a new band of followers. Still desiring the Triforce, he made efforts to find the descendant of the Royal Family, knowing that they would possess the piece of Wisdom. His kidnapping of Hylian maidens inevitably led to the capture of Link's sister. When he first met the boy, he had Helmaroc King simply fling him into the distance. When Link claimed the Master Sword from the Frozen Hyrule, he broke the seal that prevented Ganon from gaining his full power. During their second meeting, Link tried to defeat him with the Master Sword. But the sword lacked any power and Ganondorf would have killed him if not for the intervention of Tetra and Valoo. In the chaos of the moment he did, however, discover that Tetra possessed a piece of the Triforce of Wisdom.
By the time Link had powered up the Master Sword and assembled the Triforce of Courage, Ganon had already discovered Zelda's location and taken her away. Link confronted Ganon on top of his tower. He easily overcame Link and claimed his piece of the Triforce, assembling the three pieces into its complete form. Before he could make his wish, King Daphnes placed his hand on the Triforce and made his own wish. Although his own fate was already sealed, he had no intention of allowing Link and Zelda to survive. He dueled Link on top of Ganon's tower, where the Gerudo warrior wielded his two swords. Link and Zelda worked together to defeat him. The Master Sword was planted firmly in his head, turning him into stone. The two escaped as the water came crashing down, burying the stone-bodied Ganondorf underneath the sea.
- As Ganondorf, he is unlockable in Super Smash Bros. Melee by completing Event Match 29: Triforce Gathering or by playing 600 Vs. Mode matches, and he has three unlockable trophies. Ganondorf returns in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as an unlockable fighter with three trophies - one normal, one of his Final Smash and one of his appearance in The Wind Waker - and two stickers using artwork from Ocarina of Time and The Wind Waker. This time he can be unlocked by playing 200 brawls, beating Classic Mode on Hard with Link or Zelda, or by getting him to join the party in The Subspace Emissary (which can only be done by letting Link and Zelda live in the Subspace level). His moveset in both games is actually a clone of Captain Falcon's, except Ganondorf is slower, heavier and more powerful.
- In "The Subspace Emissary" mode of Brawl, Ganondorf works with Bowser as one of the leaders of the Subspace Army under Master Hand. However, he planned to betray Master Hand and usurp his power. Ganondorf was first seen only in a computer room watching the various characters and Bowser, and communicating with Master Hand. Ganondorf later set the R.O.B.s to set off all the Subspace Bombs in the Subspace Bomb Factory in order to open a portal large enough to fit the Subspace Gunship through. The Ancient Minister protested against this, but Ganondorf had taken control of the R.O.B.s and turned them against the Ancient Minister. He and Bowser then took control of the Subspace Gunship and brought it through the portal to finish off the heroes, but the ship was destroyed after Kirby flew through it on the Dragoon. After returning to Subspace, Ganondorf betrayed Bowser and turned him into a trophy. He then reported to Master Hand and met his true master, Tabuu, whom he then attempted to overthrow, only to be easily defeated and turned into a trophy. If Link and Zelda were saved from their trophy states, they then chose to restore Ganondorf (but not until after Bowser had angrily tossed the trophy around), at which point he joined them for the last battles with the Subspace Army and Tabuu.
- Ganon appeared as a recurring villain in all thirteen episodes of the 1989 Legend of Zelda cartoon. As this incarnation was based on The Legend of Zelda, Ganon had the Triforce of Power and was constantly seeking to steal the Triforce of Wisdom from Zelda.
- In the manga version of The Legend of Zelda, Ganon moreso resembled a giant, beastly demon, with little more than his head visible at most times. In the backstory, he killed the previous Princess Zelda to take the Triforce of Power, but he was immediately afterwards repelled by her daughter, the young next Princess Zelda with her Triforce of Wisdom. Ganon later rallied his demonic forces to attack Hyrule, although the grown Zelda and Link came to face him. Zelda battled him, but lost and then scattered the Triforce. Ganon was able to massacre the king's knights, but as Link collected the Triforce of Wisdom, Ganon wound up threatening him to come to Death Mountain alone or he would kill the princess. In the final battle, Link was able to slay Ganon using the White Sword.
- Ganon has appeared in all three comic/manga adaptations of A Link to the Past, which mostly followed the game storyline except for minor variations. In the 1992 version, Ganon's castle was housed on a planetoid, and he was killed by a Silver Arrow fired by Zelda once Link had stunned him with the Master Sword. In the 2005 manga, Ganon was shown as furrier and boar-like, and once more Link's Master Sword only stunned him, with Ganty's Silver Arrow this time finishing off Ganon.
- He appears as both Ganondorf and Ganon in the Ocarina of Time manga adaptation, which primarily follows his game storyline.
- Ganon appears at the end of the Oracle of Ages manga, similar to his appear at the end of the linked Oracles games, although he appears atop the Black Tower and is revived through only two of the flames. Otherwise Link was able to destroy him as in the game.
- In the manga adaptation of Four Swords Adventures, Ganon appears at the end as the final foe as in the game (although like the game, this is foreshadowed through mentions of Ganondorf, and Ganondorf's shadow is seen at one point). He fights the four Links and Zelda atop the Tower of the Winds and is defeated by their combined powers as in the game, and he is ultimately sealed within the Four Sword.
- Ganon was introduced in The Legend of Zelda's opening with the name Gannon, though this error was fixed in later releases.
- The American translators gave him the last name 'Dragmire' in the A Link to the Past Manual. This name does not appear in the Japanese text nor is it mentioned in either Ocarina of Time or The Wind Waker. In the same manual, he was also called 'Mandrag' Ganon. Again, Mandrag is not canon.
- Ganon's two primary weaknesses are the Master Sword and Silver Arrows. At certain points, only these weapons (one or the other or both) could damage him. Other times, however, neither one were necessary to defeat him.
- It should be noted that the "classic" depiction of Ganon has yet to appear in a 3-D Zelda game. The Ganon form in Ocarina of Time more closely resembles a monstrous version of Ganondorf with some pig-like features, while the form in Twilight Princess is really Ganondorf's bestial form which follows Ganondorf's color scheme and is a quadrupedal boar rather than a bipedal pig demon. The classic Ganon appearance was loosely referenced in The Wind Waker through Puppet Ganon's pig form.
- Ganon makes a quasi-appearance in The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening. One of the forms that DethI takes is that of Ganon.
- In Twilight Princess, it is possible to distract Ganon during the final battle by using the fishing rod.
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|Epona· Fi · Great Deku Tree · Gaepora · Groose · Kaepora Gaebora · Link · Malon · Midna · Impa · Tingle · Tetra · Zelda|
Agahnim · Byrne · Cole · Dark Link · Demise · Ganon · Ghirahim · Malladus · Phantom Ganon · Twinrova · Vaati · Zant
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|Mario · Donkey Kong · Yoshi · Luigi · Link · Samus |
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Marth · Roy · Peach · Bowser · Dr. Mario · Young Link · Zelda · Sheik
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