Ganon is a recurring character in The Legend of Zelda series.(TLoZ | ALttP | OoT | OoS | OoA | TWW | FSA | TP | ALBW | TCT) He is the main antagonist of the series, born from a Gerudo man named Ganondorf. He made his debut appearance in the very first game, The Legend of Zelda, and has since been present or referred to in most subsequent titles.
Introduced in The Legend of Zelda as a monstrous Prince of Darkness, Ganon's character has seen much development throughout the series, from being a simple monster to a powerful warlock with deeper motives to his actions. As the incarnation of the Demon King Demise's hatred for those with the blood of the Goddess and the spirit of the hero (or, according to the Hyrule Historia, the reincarnation of Demise himself), Ganon is destined to eternally reincarnate to pursue world domination. In most cases though, he makes a return after being resurrected or breaking a seal. Four Swords Adventures is a notable exception, featuring a reincarnated Ganondorf. The original Ganondorf from Ocarina of Time appears in most of the other games, making him stand out from other villains as the same character from game-to-game.
Ganon is the possessor of the Triforce of Power, imbued with the essence of the Goddess Din. This divine relic makes Ganon unimaginably strong and grants him boundless mystical power, making him a grave threat to the land of Hyrule and the world. Additionally, Ganon is the source of darkness. As stated in prophecy, the only one capable of defeating Ganon is the Hero who is chosen by the Goddesses, Link.
The Legend of Zelda
Despite Yuga Ganon's apparent destruction at the hands of Link in A Link Between Worlds, Ganon returns to life some time prior to The Legend of Zelda, devoid of intelligence. He leads an invasion on the small kingdom of Lesser Hyrule and manages to obtain the Triforce of Power. Before he can obtain the Triforce of Wisdom, Princess Zelda is able to break it into eight pieces and scatters it throughout Hyrule, then sends her attendant Impa away to search for help. Ganon captures Zelda and holds her hostage in his lair, deep in Level-9 under Spectacle Rock, and sends his minions after Impa. Link, having outwitted his underlings and learned of the perils that the land was under, takes up a sword and goes alone to assemble the pieces of the Triforce of Wisdom. Using it, he enters Level-9 and shines it upon the King of Evil's hiding place. Ganon fights ruthlessly with his seemingly invincible Technique of Darkness, but Link is able to vanquish him with his blade and by using the Silver Arrows to deliver the final blow, reducing Ganon to ashes and revealing the Triforce of Power.
The Adventure of Link
Many years prior to both The Legend of Zelda and The Adventure of Link, a potential offshoot/follower of Ganon only known as the "Magician" attempted to gain the location of the Triforce of Courage by manipulating the Prince of Hyrule, the Magician dies casting a spell on Princess Zelda to make her fall asleep for eternity in revenge for her not revealing the Triforce of Courage's location.
Years later, in The Adventure of Link, the evil power left behind by the vile heart of Ganon was causing chaos and ruin in Hyrule. as Ganon's army makes an attempt to revive him by sprinkling Link's blood onto Ganon's ashes, but this method would ultimately failed.
In the ending scenario where Link is killed during his journey, Ganon's minions are able to collect his blood and sprinkling it onto Ganon's ashes, reviving him. As such, Ganon only physically appears on the "Game Over" screen.[note 1]
A Link to the Past
A Link to the Past gives an altered version of the events of Ocarina of Time. When Ganondorf discovered the lost knowledge of how to enter the Sacred Realm where the Triforce lay, he killed his minions in order to be the only one able to claim the Triforce. When he laid his hands upon it, the Sacred Realm changed into the Dark World and he was transformed into a boar-like demon, Ganon. Ganon waged war against Hyrule, and in a fierce battle the Knights of Hyrule engaged Ganon while the Sages sealed the entrance to the Dark World, casting Ganon into it.
Many years later, Ganon uses the wizard Agahnim to break free from the Dark World. Agahnim manages to win the trust of the King of Hyrule and eventually takes control of Hyrule himself. He attempts to break the Seal of the Seven Wise Men on Ganon by sending the seven Maidens, descendants of the Seven Sages, into the Dark World. However, he is temporarily stopped when Link helps the final maiden, Princess Zelda, to escape. While Link is trying to acquire the Master Sword to defeat Agahnim, the wizard finds Princess Zelda and sends her to the Dark World. This breaks the seal and allows Ganon's influence to fully spread across the Light World as well. After suffering a defeat by Link, Agahnim uses his powers to transport Link into the Dark World.
After rescuing all of the Maidens from their imprisonment in the Dark World, Link faces Agahnim again in the Dark World, where the young hero successfully destroys him. After the battle with Agahnim, the shadow of Ganon rises from his body, turns into a bat, and flies to the Pyramid of Power. There, Link faces the King of Thieves and even though Ganon wields the might of the full Triforce and the Trident, Link manages to destroy him with the Master Sword and the Silver Arrows.
Ganon did not appear in Link's Awakening but during the final battle, the final boss takes on a form known as the Shadow of Ganon. During the final battle, the Shadow Nightmares take on the form of various monsters from Link's past. One of these is the form of Agahnim, Ganon's alter ego, while the fourth is of Ganon himself. While not the true Ganon, this is a memory of Link's battle with Ganon in A Link to the Past, and as such attacks in a similar manner, using his trident and attacking with Blazing Bats. Unlike the real Ganon, the Silver Arrows are not needed for Link to defeat it, but he will have to use Spin Attacks or the Pegasus Boots to cause damage. Unlike the other Shadows up to this point, once defeated, the Shadow of Ganon will make the cry normally used for when a boss has been completely destroyed. Despite this, the battle will continue as the shadows take on another form.
Ocarina of Time
Several years prior to Ocarina of Time, the Hyrulean Civil War ended with the unification of the various races of Hyrule under the Royal Familly. This included the Gerudo, with Ganondorf as their king, swearing fealty to the King of Hyrule. This brought the Gerudo Desert under Hyrule's control. In truth, Ganondorf only did this so he could move freely throughout the country.
During the events of Ocarina of Time, Ganondorf is striving to conquer the lands of Hyrule and obtain the Triforce. In order to access the Triforce within the Sacred Realm, Ganondorf sought the three Spiritual Stones from the Kokiri, Gorons, and Zoras. When they refused to hand them over, he placed a death curse upon the Great Deku Tree and Lord Jabu-Jabu, and blocked off Dodongo's Cavern with a gigantic boulder. At the same time, he pledged false allegiance to the King of Hyrule to gain his trust.
Princess Zelda, however, senses the pure evil within Ganondorf and asks for Link's aid to prevent Ganondorf from obtaining the Triforce. Ganondorf eventually betrays the King and assaults Hyrule Castle while Link gathers the three Spiritual Stones. The young hero returns in time to see Zelda and Impa flee while being pursued by Ganondorf on his Horse. When Ganondorf demands Link tell him in which direction the two had fled, Link refuses and is attacked by the King of the Gerudo, who proclaims he will soon rule the world. When Link, shortly thereafter, opens the entrance to the Sacred Realm, Ganondorf sneakily follows him and seizes the opportunity to obtain the Triforce, with partial success. As he touched the Triforce, however, it split into three pieces, leaving Ganondorf with only the Triforce of Power.
During the seven years Link was in suspended animation, Ganondorf conquered the Kingdom of Hyrule, transforming the feudal-style Hyrule Castle into Ganon's Castle, a tiered near-cylindrical skyscraper resting on a floating island that hovered above a large lake of lava. He had the Castle Town completely decimated, left in ruins, and populated by the ReDead, causing many Hylians to flee to Kakariko Village.
As Hyrule's new king, Ganondorf gained even more knowledge regarding the Triforce. Because his heart was not in balance, he was only bestowed one third of the element: the Triforce of Power. With all of the luxury and power of the subdued kingdom at his disposal, the Sorcerer Evil King is able to wait patiently for the moment when the two remaining Triforce keepers, Link and Zelda, would reveal themselves. Eventually, he finds them in the Temple of Time, where he kidnaps Princess Zelda, who had evaded his pursuit for seven years, and challenges Link to come save her. The three Triforce possessors meet again in Ganon's Castle, where the final battle ensues. When Link reaches the top of the Tower, he finds Zelda confined in a pink crystalline enclosure floating above it. Ganondorf taunts the young hero and engages him in battle, where Link is able to defeat the tyrant with the aid of the Light Arrows and the Master Sword. Wounded and using the last of his strength, Ganondorf tries to make his castle collapse to kill Link and Zelda, but the two manage to escape safely. However, the exhausted Ganondorf still lives, and uses the essence of the Triforce of Power to transform into a bestial monstrosity called Ganon, his true form. Despite his massive size and clever tactics, Link manages to defeat him using the Master Sword and assistance from the power of the Seven Sages. Ganondorf is then sealed into the void of the Evil Realm where he cannot harm Hyrule or lay his hands on the remaining pieces of the Triforce. As he is sealed in the Sacred Realm, Ganondorf claims that when he breaks the seal, he will destroy Link and Zelda's descendants, knowing that he will have the opportunity as long as he possesses the Triforce of Power.
Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages
In the linked ending of Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages, it is revealed that the events of the two games were started by Twinrova in an attempt to resurrect Ganon via the Dark Rites. The ritual required that three flames were lit: the Flame of Destruction, the Flame of Sorrow, and the Flame of Despair. The Flame of Destruction is lit when General Onox throws the seasons of Holodrum into chaos, while the Flame of Sorrow is lit when Veran caused great misfortune to the people of Labrynna by using the powers of Nayru the oracle. With two flames lit, the Twinrova sisters capture Princess Zelda, causing the despair of the people to light the third flame, the Flame of Despair. Twinrova intended to sacrifice Zelda for Ganon's rebirth, but Link managed to slay them before the ritual finished, and thus the Twinrova sisters were forced to sacrifice themselves to awaken Ganon. Because of this, the ritual was incomplete and Ganon became a mindless beast, although he did demonstrate limited thought just as he was defeated by Link.
The Wind Waker
Long before the events in The Wind Waker but well after Ocarina of Time, Ganondorf managed to escape from his seal and wreak havoc in Hyrule once more. Climbing from the Earth in his beast form Ganon, he attacked the Kingdom of Hyrule and easily took control of it. No hero appeared this time and the gods were forced to flood Hyrule in order to stop Ganon.
However, Ganon breaks free, rising up from his ocean prison, and subsequently begins to rebuild his army. Still wanting to obtain the Triforce, he sends one of his minions, the Helmaroc King, on a search for "young girls with pointy ears" hoping to find Princess Zelda, the bearer of the Triforce of Wisdom. He sends two more of his minions, Jalhalla and Molgera to kill the Sages of Earth and Wind, Laruto and Fado, so the Master Sword doesn't have the power to repel evil. Among the girls kidnapped is Link's sister, Aryll, and thus Link sets off on his adventure to rescue her. Link finds Ganondorf's hideout, the Forsaken Fortress, where Ganondorf had Link thrown far away into the ocean after being caught by the Helmaroc King. Later, it is revealed that Ganondorf has limited magic strength, for his powers were sealed away by the gods with the aid of the Master Sword, which by that time had already been weakened by the deaths of the Sages of Earth and Wind. However, without this knowledge, Link himself takes the Master Sword, and thus removes the only barrier restraining Ganondorf's power.
Soon afterwards atop the Forsaken Fortress, Ganondorf reveals that the Master Sword is dull; its power to banish evil is gone, having planned for that outcome. Link and the pirate captain, Tetra, narrowly escape safely with the help of the Sky Spirit Valoo and the Rito before Ganondorf can seize Tetra, who he finds is actually Princess Zelda and the keeper of the Triforce of Wisdom. After this, Zelda is hidden inside the underwater castle in Hyrule and Link begins his quest to reawaken the Master Sword, whose power had vanished since Ganondorf had murdered the Sages in charge of keeping the power within the sacred blade. Once Link finally achieves his goals of finding the Triforce of Courage and restoring the Master Sword to its former glory to become the Hero of the Winds, Ganondorf locates their haven and consequently captures Zelda, whom he takes to his underwater Castle. Link finds Zelda unharmed, lying in a bed, sleeping, with Ganondorf watching over her and her dreams. However, before Link has any chance to approach, Ganondorf unleashes a bewitched, giant puppet of his beast form, which Link defeats. Ganondorf finally reappears to challenge Link, and with Zelda in his arm, he rises to the rooftop of the Tower.
Soon after Link reaches the rooftop, Ganondorf speaks to him about his reasons for desperately searching for the Triforce pieces, revealing a little of his origins from the harsh Gerudo Desert and his desire to take over the green landscapes of Hyrule. When he declares that he already has in his possession the Triforce of Wisdom, Ganondorf suddenly rushes against Link and delivers swift, hard punches to the face that leave Link half-conscious and knocking the Master Sword out of reach. Ganondorf, using his Triforce of Power, summons the two missing Triforce pieces from Link and Zelda and reforms the full Triforce. Nevertheless, right before Ganondorf is able to touch the Triforce and make his wish come true of conquering Hyrule, King Daphnes Nohansen Hyrule, the last King of Hyrule, appears to touch the Triforce first and makes the wish of permanently washing away the ancient land of Hyrule. The Triforce disappears and water starts pouring through the protective barrier into the land of Hyrule as Ganondorf laughs scornfully. Link wakes up at that point and Zelda approaches him holding the Master Sword for Link to engage Ganondorf in one last battle. Ultimately with Zelda's aid, Ganondorf is defeated when Link deals the final blow by plunging the Master Sword straight into Ganondorf's forehead, turning him into stone and killing him. Immediately before his death, however, Ganondorf, with slight satisfaction, referenced the brutal winds that had long plagued the Gerudo. His body remains atop the Tower under the Great Sea with the Master Sword in his head, and the ocean finally drowns Hyrule under the Great Sea. With his death, Ganondorf was freed of his obsessive desire for the Triforce.
Four Swords Adventures
Hundreds of years later, in Four Swords Adventures, Ganon is reincarnated following his death in Twilight Princess. In this game, Ganondorf is referred to as a desert nomad, recently expelled from the Gerudo Tribe by breaking their taboo and exploring the Desert Pyramid as part of his plan to usurp the powers of others and coat Hyrule in darkness. He steals the Trident from the Pyramid and the Dark Mirror (which he uses to summon Shadow Link and his kin) from the forest. He uses him to trick Link into releasing Vaati from the Four Sword to serve as a distraction. Ganondorf then utilized the power of the Trident to hunt down and defeat the knights of Hyrule and transform them into demons, turning the Royal Jewels into gateways to the Dark World. Ganon also absorbs the power of the imprisoned Shrine Maidens.
At the end of the game, Ganon appears as the final boss as a twist ending, fought in the Dark World underneath the Tower of Winds, where he is defeated after Link fires a Light Arrow into Zelda's ball of light that pierces him. He is then sealed away in the Four Sword as its new prisoner.
Aside from the reincarnated Ganon, the original Ganon's hatred and malice transcending time and space was responsible for the creation of the various Shadow Links via the Dark Mirror, with the intention of getting Link to break the seal on Vaati.
Prior to the events of Twilight Princess, Ganondorf's true intentions were exposed, and he was captured, put on trial, and sentenced to execution by the Sages. While they managed to severely wound him by impaling him with the Sword of the Six Sages, the Triforce of Power activated at that moment and thus they could not kill him. Using the power granted by his Triforce piece, he manages to free himself from his chains, and kills the Sage of Water as well. Knowing no better solution, the Sages open the gate to the Twilight Realm and send Ganondorf through it. There, he promptly revitalized himself using the lingering anguish and hatred from among the Twili that managed to bleed through the Twilight Realm's dimensional fabric. He influences Zant, who had been denied the throne of the Twilight Realm, to seize control and access Hyrule again. Ganondorf grants Zant a fraction of his power in return for the opportunity to escape the Twilight Realm.
After Link defeats Zant, Ganondorf and the young hero meet atop Hyrule Castle, where he is found sitting on Princess Zelda's throne as Zelda's body lies in a niche in the same room. During the final battle, Ganondorf possesses Zelda by turning into Twilight. Using Zelda as a puppet, he attacks Link relentlessly, until Link forces his spirit out of Zelda's body. Ganondorf then takes his bestial form, Ganon, becoming an immensely powerful boar. Taking advantage of Ganon's blind rage, Link outwits him, and defeats Ganon by striking the wound left by the Sages with the Master Sword.
Ganondorf then takes on the form of an immense veil of fire in the shape of his disembodied head. Midna valiantly resolves to fight Ganondorf using the Twilight magic housed within the Fused Shadow, teleporting Link and Zelda to the safety of Hyrule Field. Midna, transforming into an enormous Twilit arachnoid, attacks Ganondorf, with the ensuing battle destroying the castle. However, Midna was no match for Ganondorf, and was promptly defeated by the Gerudo King. Ganondorf emerges from the ruins of Hyrule Castle on horseback, triumphantly holding aloft the Fused Shadow fragment that Midna wore, and after crushing it in his hand, he charges towards Link and Zelda.
Zelda entreats the Light Spirits of the realm to lend her their power in the form of the Arrows of Light. Mounting Epona, Link and Zelda pursue, assailing Ganondorf with a hail of arrows. Ganondorf is momentarily staggered, falling from his steed, but he recovers surprisingly quickly and confines himself and Link in a makeshift arena where the two engage in a sword duel.
After besting him in a sword to sword struggle, Link plunges the Master Sword into Ganondorf's open wound. He does not die immediately, but only when the Triforce of Power fades completely from his hand, he succumbs. Ganondorf sees a vision of Zant's neck breaking, then Ganondorf's eyes gloss over and he dies. Immediately before his death, however, Ganondorf, implies that future battles between his reincarnation and their descendants will occur and warns them that the history of light and shadow will be "written in blood".
Although Ganon is not in Skyward Sword, his origins are revealed. He is the incarnation of Demise's hatred, and is thus destined to eternally reincarnate to pursue world domination, as well as those with the blood of the goddess and the spirit of the hero.
A Link Between Worlds
Ganon appears to Link in a nightmare, ominously hinting that he would soon return. Later, after capturing each of the Seven Sages in portraits, the evil wizard Yuga uses their power in order to resurrect Ganon from the darkness where he was sealed after his previous defeat. After resurrecting him, Yuga joins with Ganon, taking on a form which combines attributes of both of the evil sorcerers. However, before Yuga Ganon can destroy Link, he is stopped by Hilda, who sends Link on a quest to reawaken the Seven Sages and gain the Triforce of Courage.
Once the Triforce of Courage is obtained, Impa reveals that Ganon is returning and that Link must stop him, she then tells him that he must head to Lorule Castle and confront the Demon King to stop him once and for all.
When Link returns and discovers that Hilda has lied to him, she summons Yuga Ganon to fight Link and obtain the Triforce of Courage from him, but Yuga Ganon is defeated. Hilda asks him for the Triforce of Power, but he reveals his plan to use the Triforce to become a god, and turns her into a painting. He then bolsters his power by taking the Triforce of Wisdom from Hilda, but in the end, he is destroyed by Link, though Ganon's soul survives.
Breath of the Wild
Ganon reappears in Breath of the Wild, known as the Calamity Ganon or simply Ganon for short. The Calamity Ganon is known as a primal evil that has appeared throughout Hyrule's history. Ten thousand years before the events of Breath of the Wild, he appeared to ravage the world. In preparation for this, the Sheikah built a massive army of mechanical protectors called Guardians to aid the Hero and the Princess. Four massive mobile fortresses known as Divine Beasts served as the centerpieces of this army. With this collaboration between the Sheikah and the Hylians, Ganon was sealed beneath Hyrule Castle where it lay dormant for several millennia.
One hundred years prior to the game, a prophecy warned of the return of Calamity Ganon. Hoping to prepare in the same fashion as their ancestors, the people of Hyrule began working to locate and excavate the Divine Beasts and Guardians. Four Champions from each of Hyrule's races were chosen to pilot the Divine Beast of their people and the restoration of the mechanical army seemed to be a phenomenal success. Meanwhile, Princess Zelda worked to awaken her sealing powers alongside a young knight, Link, who had been appointed as her protector. Zelda was determined to awaken her power and prayed at the three springs of the goddesses in Hyrule, but her efforts were met with failure. Minutes after she had finished praying at the Spring of Wisdom, the Calamity broke his seal and rose up around the castle. In a move that surprised everyone, however, he managed to corrupt the entire Guardian army with its Malice and turned them against Hyrule. Even the Divine Beasts, with their pilots slain, fell under the control of incarnations of Ganon's Malice. With their strongest weapons turned against them, Hyrule was laid to ruin and Link grievously wounded, requiring him to sleep in a Sheikah healing chamber for 100 years. Princess Zelda went to confront the Calamity Ganon on her own and managed to seal him once more, though this required her to also become his prisoner to maintain the seal.
Throughout Link's journey during the events of Breath of the Wild, the Calamity can be seen swarming around Hyrule Castle, where Zelda is using her power to keep him tethered there. When Link arrives at the Sanctum of Hyrule Castle, Ganon is found hibernating within a cocoon, attempting to regenerate a physical form. Link awakes Ganon from this process prematurely, confronting him in an incomplete form resembling a grotesque mixture of Ganondorf, Malice and Guardian parts. Calamity Ganon fights with a mixture of attacks used by his four incarnations of Malice.
When Calamity Ganon is defeated, Ganon's demonic spirit escapes to Hyrule Field and manifests into the Incarnation of Malice and Hatred. He takes the form of a gigantic boar similar to one of Ganondorf's forms in Twilight Princess, but consumed by Malice. Princess Zelda reveals that at this point, Ganon had given up on resurrecting and intends to release the full force of his wrath onto the world. However, Zelda used her true powers to destroy Ganon, although she admits his destruction was temporary in the true ending.
Tears of the Kingdom
Ganondorf appears deep underground in Tears of the Kingdom. As Link and Zelda are exploring a Zonai Ruin underground, they discover Ganondorf's mummified body on an altar. His body exudes Gloom as he is held by the chest by a glowing green hand. When the two approach him, he awakens and attacks them with his Gloom. This corrupts Link's arm and causes Zelda to fall into a chasm below. To save Link, the hand releases Ganondorf, only to allow Ganondorf to expel even more Malice. At some point, Ganondorf restores his body and returns to the surface of Hyrule atop the Great Plateau. He can be heard saying, "Do not look away. You witness a king's revival...and the birth of his new world."
Wall paintings inside the Ruins containing Ganondorf's mummified body depict a Gerudo warrior on horseback wielding Ganon's signature weapon, a Trident. The entrance to the Ruins is marked with a carving of a Boar, which is both the primary form that Ganon takes as well as the Zonai symbol for the Triforce of Power. Ganondorf's attire bears several instances of the Crest of the Gerudo and he bears his favorite Gem, a Topaz, on his forehead. As is the case for the Gerudo prior to Ganondorf's invasion of Hyrule in the Era of the Hero of Time, he possesses round ears. Following this event, the Gerudo developed pointed ears like Hylians, indicating that this incarnation of Ganondorf dates back before this biological change took place.
Ganon is first given a backstory in A Link to the Past. It was revealed that Ganon was not always the massive boar-like demon introduced in The Legend of Zelda. He was revealed to once have been a human by the name of Ganondorf and leader of a group of thieves. With the help of his followers, he became the first to enter the Sacred Realm in ages. He claimed the Triforce, turning the Sacred Realm into the Dark World and himself into a vastly powerful being. However, he was trapped within the Sacred Realm by the combined efforts of the Knights of Hyrule and the Sages.
In Ocarina of Time, it is explained that Ganondorf was born a powerful Gerudo sorcerer, one of the human races of Hyrule. The Gerudo twin witches Koume and Kotake, were his surrogate mothers. The Gerudo are a race of all-female warriors and thieves, to whom only one male is born every century. Because of this, the male is by birthright the King of the Gerudo. Nabooru mentions that she is not following Ganondorf because he stole from women and children and even murdered people. Ganondorf uses his position to betray the King of Hyrule, as well as his cunning, manipulative skills, and mystical powers to gain entrance to the Sacred Realm, the abode of the Triforce. However, he does not obtain the full Triforce; he is left with only the Triforce of Power, which he uses to great effect in his conquest of Hyrule.
In The Wind Waker, Ganondorf's character is given greater depth and a clearer motive for his villainy. He states that his desire to conquer Hyrule stems from the arduous life he and his people were subjected to living in the harsh Gerudo Desert, a wasteland plagued by sandstorms and an unstable climate, which he compares unfavorably to the verdant landscape of Hyrule Field and the amenable life lived by the Hylians.
He is reborn in Four Swords Adventures, where, although he is still a Gerudo, he is not the king. He begins his transformation into the King of Darkness by violating the Gerudo taboo on the Pyramid and seeking out the Trident.
In Skyward Sword, Ganon is revealed to be the incarnation of the everlasting hatred of the demon king Demise for those with the blood of the Goddess and the spirit of the hero. Thus, he is destined to eternally reincarnate, becoming the source of various conflicts in the history of Hyrule, which involve various incarnations of Zelda and Link.
Ganondorf is an extremely powerful Gerudo warlock who opposes Link and Princess Zelda within the series; as such, he is a villain of pure evil and a cruel, ruthless warlord whose goal is to usurp the Kingdom of Hyrule. Ganon's only ambition in life is to obtain the Triforce and dominate the world using the abilities imbued by them. He has many characteristics of a megalomaniac. Despite his undeniable lust for power, Ganon is also a mastermind; he is an adept tactician and a master of manipulation and deceit. It is not unusual for Ganon to manipulate the events of a story behind the scenes (as he did in A Link to the Past, Four Swords Adventures, and Twilight Princess), only to be revealed as the orchestrator in a plot twist. Ganon usually presents himself with the façade of a cynical yet calm and civil man, although he is known to quickly become enraged, ensuing in a murderous rampage. Ganon has no sense of morality. In his conquest of the Sacred Realm, once he reached the Temple of Light, he single-handedly killed all of his followers who had aided him in his expedition, so that he could claim the Triforce uncontested. He is also culturally inclined, playing a pipe organ with great skill, as seen in Ocarina of Time where he plays his own theme throughout Link's attack in his castle. Ganon also possesses an arrogant sense of entitlement; he believes himself to be the only one worthy of ruling the kingdom of Hyrule. His pride is also shown when fighting enemies: despite being more than capable of defeating most enemies in combat, Ganon instead relies on his minions to defeat them. Apparently, he chooses to only fight opponents he deems worthy, such as Link.
Ganon is also an extremely destructive being. Conquest and destruction seem to be one and the same to him, and examples of his rule have shown him willingly turning his dominion into a wicked place of terror and chaos and harming others with little care.
He resents defiance from anybody, but seems to grudgingly respect Link's willingness to stand up to him in Ocarina of Time.
Even before gaining the Triforce of Power, Ganondorf was arguably one of the most powerful men in the entire land of Hyrule, largely due to his political position as the King of the Gerudo.
Ganondorf was also an immensely powerful sorcerer with vast mystical resources. Additionally, Ganondorf has proven himself to be a skilled swordsman, as seen in the final battles between him and Link in The Wind Waker and Twilight Princess. He is also very physically strong, explained by his extremely tall height and bulky body.
Once Ganondorf gained the Triforce of Power, both his physical and mystical abilities were augmented by the essence of the Goddess Din to god-like proportions - his power unrivaled by any mortal, for he ceased to be mortal in that moment. Becoming a monstrously powerful demon king, Ganondorf became utterly unstoppable, conquering Hyrule with ease. He also implies that the Triforce of Power was sufficient enough to allow him to weaken any seals placed on him over time. As seen in the events of Twilight Princess, the Triforce of Power also grants Ganondorf near-invulnerability; using its power, he is capable of enduring mortal wounds (such as having his chest pierced by a sword during his attempted execution), and only the likes of the most powerful sacred weapons (such as the Master Sword) appear to be able to kill him. Even without access to his full capabilities in The Wind Waker, Ganondorf was able to cast a curse to keep the Great Sea in an endless stormy night. As seen in Twilight Princess, the Triforce of Power grants Ganondorf many more powers such as size manipulation and terrain alteration: while Ganondorf is not personally shown using many of these powers, he temporarily gifts the Usurper King Zant with some of them. Ganondorf also has an unnaturally long lifespan, having lived through ages of Hyrulean chronology.
Ganondorf's dark magic, and possibly his position as the Demon King, grant him the power to create his armies of monsters and beasts.
His power, with or without the Triforce, appears to grow over time. The sages in Arbiter's Grounds, when discussing his evil power, mention it being pure malice and hatred. As the Calamity Ganon, his very essence is known as Malice, possibly meaning that his demonic magic and power is fueled as much by his own hatred as the Triforce, and his capacity for hatred is the only true limit on how powerful he can grow.
The reincarnated Ganondorf, during the events of Four Swords Adventures, was largely similar to the original, although it is implied that he was weaker than the original, to the extent that he lacked the ability to cover Hyrule in darkness by the time he had been defeated and sealed in the Four Sword.
Since the release of the original game, Ganon has had several different names. During the development of The Legend of Zelda, he was referred to as 牛魔王 八戒 (Gyūmaō Hakkai), which is said to be derived from the Journey to the West characters Chohakkai and Gyūmaō. Before the game's release, the name was changed to ガノン (Ganon), an accurate katakana representation of different roman spellings. Both the Japanese and English language versions of The Legend of Zelda spell the character's name as "Gannon". The game's English manual instead opted for the spelling "Ganon". This disparity gave rise to the notion that "Gannon" was a misspelling introduced during the translation of the first installment's in-game text, inspiring the site and phrase "Gannon-Banned". The misspelling theory is contradicted by the Japanese versions of The Adventure of Link and A Link to the Past, whose in-game texts kept the spelling of "Gannon". Ever since the English release of The Adventure of Link, official Nintendo translations have consistently used the spelling "Ganon". However, it was not until 1992 that the translators completely settled on the "Ganon" spelling: while A Link to the Past was in development, the English draft script still referred to the character as "Gannondorf" and "Gannon", implying that the localization team comprised of Daniel Owsen and Hiroyuki Yamada deliberated a long time about which spelling to use. The first instance of the "Ganon" spelling also being used by the Japanese developers is in the source code of Ocarina of Time. With the Japanese release of Super Smash Bros. Melee, the games finally adopted the official English spelling for the Japanese audience. Although the etymology of Link's name is commonly known, the original inspiration behind the name Ganon has yet to be revealed by the Nintendo developers.
When A Link to the Past was released, Ganon's human form, Ganondorf, was introduced, although only in name, as Ocarina of Time fully reveals him afterwards. In the Western manual of A Link to the Past for the Super NES, Ganondorf was referred to by the full name "Ganondorf Dragmire". Similarly, Ganon was also referred to in the manual by an alias, "Mandrag Ganon", which means "Ganon of the Enchanted Thieves". These names do not appear in A Link to the Past itself, in its re-releases/remakes, or in other games, though the name "Ganondorf Dragmire" is used in Ganondorf's character profile on the official Zelda website. According to the Hyrule Historia, the name "Ganondorf" refers to his human form, while the name "Ganon" is both a nickname and the name given to him when he transforms into a boar-like beast. There have been several cases in The Legend of Zelda series in which characters, such as the King of Red Lions or Zant, refer to Ganondorf as "Ganon". In Breath of the Wild, Ganon is known as Calamity Ganon.
- See also: Sword of the Six Sages
Although they go unnamed throughout The Legend of Zelda series, Ganon has several swords that he often uses in addition to his Trident. They are inscribed with various pictures or writings depending on the game. Ganon wields a sword for the first time in Ocarina of Time. In the final battle, he wields two large golden blades against Link. Ganondorf is seen wielding a pair of Swords again in The Wind Waker during the final battle, which is what he uses as his offensive strategy. They are engraved with the names "Kotake" and "Koume.", his surrogate mothers from Ocarina of Time. Later on, in Twilight Princess, Ganondorf wields the Sword of the Six Sages, a weapon that the Sages tried to use against him in an attempt to kill him. The Sword of the Six Sages serves as Ganondorf's weapon in the final battle against Link. As Calamity Ganon, he wields a number of energy blades similar to Guardian Scouts and his elemental avatars.
Non-canon appearances of a sword-wielding Ganondorf include one of Ganondorf's victory poses and Smash Attacks in the Super Smash Bros. series and the SpaceWorld 2000 demo, which included a Sword fight between Link and Ganondorf. This Sword was much bulkier than the swords he uses in the main series, and had a rounded tip. Ganondorf also uses a Sword in his battle with Link in the Ocarina of Time manga. This sword is capable of having Ganondorf's evil magic channeled through it. He also wields two Great Swords in Hyrule Warriors, the Swords of Despair. They can be upgraded to the Swords of Darkness and Swords of Demise.
Ganon is also featured in other media, including comics based on the games, animated shows, and the Super Smash Bros. series. Although his appearance varies from the main series, Ganon is still the wielder of the Triforce of Power who seeks to rule Hyrule by using the power of the sacred relic, fighting against Princess Zelda and Link to reach his goal. Ganon also appeared in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. He can be summoned through Wisp by using the Ganondorf, Bokoblin, or 8-Bit Link amiibo.
BS The Legend of Zelda
In BS The Legend of Zelda, Ganon uses a variation of his A Link to the Past look. He wears a red coat, skull necklace, and wields the Trident, although appears with grey skin, rather than blue. He laughs when he first appears, and fights using the same method that he used in the original version of the game.
Ancient Stone Tablets
Six years after the events of A Link to the Past, Ganon returns in Ancient Stone Tablets. After monsters attack Hyrule and a mysterious Hero of Light appears from the sky, a quest to obtain eight ancient Hylian stone tablets eventually reveals that Ganon, the Demon King, had managed to keep his lingering spirit alive despite his body's destruction at the hands of Link. His evil power had slowly been growing in a rebuilt Ganon's Tower, with his ultimate aim to obtain the power of the Hero of Light so he could be fully reborn. Ganon himself had drawn the Hero of Light into Hyrule, but he meets his hubris when he is destroyed again due to a combination of the Golden Sword and the Silver Arrows, both wielded by the Hero of Light.
- Due to a glitch, it is possible to defeat Ganon in A Link to the Past with the Master Sword instead of Silver Arrows.[clarification needed]
- In The Wind Waker, according to the original Japanese text, the Master Sword was only sealing Ganon's minions and not actually his magic, as can be observed in-game.
- The shape of Ganondorf's ears have varied throughout the series. His initial appearance in Ocarina of Time's child timeline depicts him with rounded ears. After the time gap in which he was able to obtain the Triforce of Power, his ears become more pointed, similar to those of Hylians (This detail was removed in the 3DS remake). Ganondorf retains his pointed ears in Wind Waker and Twilight Princess.
- In Ocarina of Time, Ganon plays his own theme on a pipe organ. In Twilight Princess, a similar effect occurs when Link progresses through Hyrule Castle, as the background music shifts from the Hyrule Castle theme to Ganon's theme. This makes Ganondorf one of a handful of characters to generate their own theme music; the others being Midna, Ghirahim and Yuga, all of whom hum their themes.
- Early artwork for Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages shows a design for Ganondorf, implying he was originally planned to appear in the games. According to the notes for the artwork, the image was meant to depict Ganondorf's phantom.
- According to the Hyrule Historia, Ganondorf is a whopping 230 cm tall (7'6'') in Ocarina of Time. His 1/4 scale model from First 4 Figures, who used in game data to faithfully recreate his appearance in Twilight Princess, stands at 23 inches tall, which indicates that he also stands at 7'6" in that game as well.
- Topaz is Ganondorf's favorite gemstone. In Ocarina of Time he decorates his armor and weapons with them.
- Fierce Deity Link in Majora's Mask appears to be the same height as Ganondorf.
- Prior to the battle with Dark Beast Ganon in Breath of the Wild, Zelda states that Ganon has given up on reincarnation to fight in his "pure, enraged form." However, the dialogue in the Japanese version appears to contradict this, as Zelda says that the form was born from his obsessive refusal to give up on revival.
- Originally, Ganondorf when defeated in Twilight Princess gave a speech where he indicated Zelda and Link, and any who bore the marks of the Triforce of Wisdom and Courage, respectively, are inevitably going to enter conflict with anyone with Ganondorf's bloodline due to it being pre-ordained by the Gods. This was largely excised in the final version with Ganondorf instead merely assuring them that their conflict won't end then and there as "the history of light and shadow will be written in blood", although the Hyrule Historia nonetheless made clear that a reincarnation of Ganondorf did indeed reappear. Demise's curse at the end of Skyward Sword resembled this cut speech.
- In an interview made during the time Ocarina of Time was undergoing development, script director Toru Osawa indicated that Ganondorf had some redeemable traits despite being pure evil, similar to the character Raoh from the anime and manga Fist of the North Star.
- Ganon's roars in the final battle of Ocarina of Time, alongside Volvagia's, are a faster and higher-pitched edit of Queen Gohma's roar.
- In the original N64 version of Ocarina of Time (1.0 or 1.1), Ganondorf can be seen coughing red blood when defeated, as well as during when Link stabbed him in the mouth for the finishing blow in his beast form. In later 1.2 releases and the 3DS remake, it was changed to green and the Master Sword now hits Ganon in the forehead to make it less violent and prevent the risk of increasing the game's rating.
- A character strongly resembling the corpse of Ganondorf is set to appear in Tears of the Kingdom, first seen in a system of caverns covered with murals of his likeness. He is found by Zelda and Link, being held in place by a mysterious arm and surrounded by Malice. After Zelda approaches, he reawakens and his eyes flare up.
- Ganon's boar-like form was based on Zhu Bajie, one of the characters from the Chinese novel Journey to the West. In fact, during development of the first Zelda game, Ganon was originally going to be named Hakkai, the Japanese transliteration of Zhu Bajie.
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|Ganon (CoH | HWAoC)|
|Ganon (TLoZ | TFoE | CoH)|
|Ganon (TLoZ | TFoE | CoH)|
|가논 (Ganon) (CoH)|
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- This only happens in the NES version of the game. In the original Japanese relase for the Famicom Disk System, only a black screen with text appears and a laugh can be heard in the background.
- "Those creatures from Ganon / Are pretty bad" — The Legend of Zelda US rap commercial, YouTube, retrieved October 14, 2014.
- Hyrule Historia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 106
- The Adventure of Link manual, pg. 4 (TLoZ)
- "LONG AGO, GANON, PRINCE OF DARKNESS, STOLE THE TRIFORCE OF POWER. PRINCESS ZELDA OF HYRULE BROKE THE TRIFORCE OF WISDOM INTO EIGHT PIECES AND HID THEM FROM GANON BEFORE SHE WAS KIDNAPPED BY GANON'S MINIONS. LINK, YOU MUST FIND THE PIECES AND SAVE ZELDA." — N/A (The Legend of Zelda)
- Hyrule Historia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 106
- Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 10
- A Link to the Past manual, pg. 3
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past — Nintendo Player's Guide, Nintendo of America, pg. 12
- "Ancient Creators of Hyrule! Now open the sealed door, and send the Evil Incarnation of Darkness into the void of the Evil Realm!" — Rauru (Ocarina of Time 3D)
- "After you opened the Door of Time, the Master Sword sealed you away in the Sacred Realm... Your spirit remained in the Sacred Realm... and then the Triforce fell into Ganondorf's hands. He went on to invade the Sacred Realm... Ganondorf had become the Evil King, and the Sacred Realm became a world of evil. All of this is an unfortunate coincidence." — Princess Zelda (Ocarina of Time 3D)
- "It is I, the Princess of Hyrule, Zelda. I apologize for meeting you in disguise, but it was necessary to hide from the King of Evil. Please forgive me..." — Princess Zelda (Ocarina of Time 3D)
- Art & Artifacts, Dark Horse Books, pg. 413
- "Listen. The great Ganondorf recognized my obvious talents and gave the ranch to me!" — Ingo (Ocarina of Time 3D)
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time — Prima's Official Strategy Guide, Prima Games, pg. 16
- "I've seen your fine work. To get past the guards here, you must have good thieving skills. I used to think that all men, except for the great Ganondorf, were useless...but now that I've seen you, I don't think so anymore! The exalted Nabooru, our leader, put me in charge of this fortress. Nabooru is the second-in-command to the great Ganondorf, King of the Gerudo Thieves. Her headquarters are in the Spirit Temple, which is at the end of the desert. Say, you must want to become one of us, eh? All right then! You're in from now on! Take this. With it, you will have free access to all areas of the fortress!" — Gerudo Warrior (Ocarina of Time 3D)
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time — Prima's Official Strategy Guide, Prima Games, pg. 14
- "Victory Ring
The Evil King Ganon defeated" — Item Screen (Oracle of Seasons)
- "Victory Ring
The Evil King Ganon defeated" — Item Screen (Oracle of Ages)
- "Everything's going swell lately! And we have Ganon, King of Darkness, to thank! Huh? Vaati? What's that? No, Vaati's old news. Ganon's the King of Darkness! Forget Vaati!" — Deku Scrub (Four Swords Adventures)
- "Dark Beast
GANON" — N/A (Twilight Princess HD)
- "Dark Lord
GANONDORF" — N/A (Twilight Princess HD)
- "Long ago, Ganon the Demon King nearly destroyed our world." — Sahasrahla (A Link Between Worlds)
- Creating a Champion, Dark Horse Books, pg. 401
- "Lord Ganon! Your martial prowess is truly outstanding!" — Ghirahim (Hyrule Warriors)
- "The King of Darkness
GANONDORF" — N/A (Super Smash Bros. for Wii U)
- "The King of Darkness
GANONDORF" — N/A (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)
- "Respect. Sooga! This is a directive from Lord Ganon." — Master Kohga (Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity)
- "With his followers, he stole from women and children, and he even killed people! A kid like you may not know this, but the Gerudo race consists only of women. Only one man is born every hundred years... Even though our laws say that lone male Gerudo must become King of the Gerudo, I'll never bow to such an evil man!" — Nabooru (Ocarina of Time)
- Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 179 (TLoZ | ALttP | OoT | OoS | OoA | FSA | TP) & 300 (ALBW)
- The Crystal Trap, Simon & Schuster, pg. 1
- "My country lay within a vast desert. When the sun rose into the sky, a burning wind punished my lands, searing the world. And when the moon climbed into the dark of night, a frigid gale pierced our homes. No matter when it came, the wind carried the same thing... Death. But the winds that blew across the green fields of Hyrule brought something other than suffering and ruin. I coveted that wind, I suppose." — Ganon (The Wind Waker)
- "This game talks about the birth of the Master Sword, and it touches on why Ganondorf showed up. If you play it, I think you'll get some understanding on that. It connects to Ocarina, so if you play Ocarina of Time 3D and move on to this game, I think you'll catch on to a lot of things." —Eiji Aonuma (Eiji Aonuma interview.)
- "Extraordinary. You stand as a paragon of your kind, human. You fight like no human or demon I have ever known. Though this is not the end. My hate... never perishes. It is born anew in a cycle with no end! I will rise again! Those like you... Those who share the blood of the goddess and the spirit of the hero... They are eternally bound to this curse. An incarnation of my hatred shall ever follow your kind, dooming them to wander a blood-soaked sea of darkness for all time!" — Demise (Skyward Sword)
- "A cyclical tale arose from an ancient battle..." (Hyrule Historia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 91)
- "However, the destruction of Demise was not the end of the battle. It was the beginning of a curse: a never ending cycle of the reincarnation of the Demon King, whose hatred for those with the blood of the Goddess and the Spirit of the Hero is everlasting" (Hyrule Historia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 76)
- "Four Swords Adventures: The Reincarnation of Ganondorf" (Hyrule Historia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 69)
- "Ganon: The source of darkness, awaiting his return to power." — Official Site - The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds for the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 2DS family of systems., Zelda.com, retrieved November 16, 2015.
- "The true nature of the man who stubbornly hones in on the secret of the Triforce is uncertain. However, it’s possible that he is an offshoot of Ganon, much like Agahnim, or merely one of his followers." (Hyrule Historia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 104)
- JoshKall Plays, Version differences - Zelda 2: NES Vs FDS, YouTube (video), published August 24, 2014, retrieved January 22, 2020.
- "...The Triforce will grant the wishes of whoever touches it, as long as that person lives... That is why it was hidden in the Golden Land. Only a select few knew of its location, but at some point that knowledge was lost... The person who rediscovered the Golden Land was Ganondorf the evil thief." — Maiden (A Link to the Past)
- "In a long running battle, the leader of the thieves fought his way past his followers in a lust for the Golden Power. After vanquishing his own followers, the leader stood triumphant over the Triforce and grasped it with his blood-stained hands." (A Link to the Past manual, pg. 5)
- "Ganon's wish was to conquer the world. That wish changed the Golden Land to the Dark World." — N/A (A Link to the Past)
- "Indeed, the King of Evil Ganon, the one who has threatened Hyrule so, was born at this time." (A Link to the Past manual, Japanese version, pg. 7)
- "The Knights took the full brunt of the fierce attack, and although they fought courageously many a brave soul was lost that day, However, their lives were not lost in vain, for they bought precious time for the Seven Wise Men to magically seal Ganon in the Golden land." (A Link to the Past manual, pg. 6)
- "I never imagined a boy like you could give me so much trouble. It's unbelievable that you defeated my alter ego, Agahnim the Dark Wizard, twice!" — Ganon (A Link to the Past)
- "Agahnim has seized control of the castle and is now trying to open the seven wise men's seal." — Princess Zelda (A Link to the Past)
- "Pestilence and drought, uncontrollable even by magic, ravaged the land. [...] He offered rewards for anyone who could find the source of these troubles. In answer to these summons a stranger named Agahnim came and quelled the disasters with a previously unseen form of magic. As a reward, the king gave him a new position as chief advisor and heir to the Seven Wise Men." (A Link to the Past manual, pg. 6)
- "Of late, rumors have traveled their whispering path with alarming frequency. Rumors saying Agahnim now rules the country with his magic..." (A Link to the Past manual, pg. 7)
- "A mysterious wizard known as Agahnim came to Hyrule to release the seal. He eliminated the good King of Hyrule... Through evil magic, he began to make descendants of the seven wise men vanish, one after another." — N/A (A Link to the Past)
- Hyrule Historia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 84
- Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 20
- "They say that Ganondorf is not satisfied with ruling only the Gerudo and aims to conquer all of Hyrule!" — Gossip Stone (Ocarina of Time)
- "All this trouble must have been caused by that Gerudo thief, Ganondorf! He said, "Give me the Spiritual Stone! Only then will I open the cave for you!" — Darunia (Ocarina of Time)
- "That is Ganondorf, the leader of the Gerudos. They hail from the desert far to the west. Though he swears allegiance to my father, I am sure he is not sincere." — Princess Zelda (Ocarina of Time)
- "We must not let Ganondorf get the Triforce! I will protect the Ocarina of Time with all my power! He shall not have it!" — Princess Zelda (Ocarina of Time)
- "On that day seven years ago, Ganondorf suddenly attacked... and Hyrule Castle surrendered after a short time." — Impa (Ocarina of Time)
- "You must have seen the white horse gallop past just now... Which way did it go?! Answer me!! […] Pathetic little fool! Do you realize who you are dealing with?! I am Ganondorf! And soon, I will rule the world!" — Ganondorf (Ocarina of Time)
- "As I thought, you held the keys to the Door of Time! You have led me to the gates of the Sacred Realm...Yes, I owe it all to you, kid!" — Ganondorf (Ocarina of Time)
- "What Ganondorf is after must be nothing less than the Triforce of the Sacred Realm. He must have come to Hyrule to obtain it!" — Princess Zelda (Ocarina of Time)
- "He obtained the Triforce from the Temple of Light, and with its power, he became the King of Evil..." — Rauru (Ocarina of Time)
- "The Triforce separated into three parts. Only the Triforce of Power remained in Ganondorf's hand." — Impa (Ocarina of Time)
- "Since Ganondorf came, people in the Castle Town have gone, places have been ruined, and monsters are wandering everywhere." — Malon (Ocarina of Time)
- "Princess Zelda...you foolish traitor! I commend you for avoiding my pursuit for seven long years." — Ganon (Ocarina of Time)
- "If you want to rescue Zelda, come to my castle!" — Ganon (Ocarina of Time)
- "We have to save Princess Zelda from her imprisonment in Ganon's Castle!" — Navi (Ocarina of Time)
- "These toys are too much for you! I command you to return them to me!" — Ganon (Ocarina of Time)
- "Link, listen to me! This tower will collapse soon! With his last breath, Ganondorf is trying to crush us in the ruins of the tower! We need to hurry and escape!" — Princess Zelda (Ocarina of Time)
- "Use the Master Sword! Destroy Ganon with the sacred sword!" — Princess Zelda (Ocarina of Time)
- "Ancient Creators of Hyrule! Now, open the sealed door and send the Evil Incarnation of Darkness into the void of the Evil Realm!!" — Rauru (Ocarina of Time)
- "Someday...When this seal is broken....That is when I will exterminate your descendants!!" — Ganondorf (Ocarina of Time)
- "As long as the Triforce of Power is still in my hand..." — Ganondorf (Ocarina of Time)
- "Onox has fallen, but the damage he has done to this land burns on in the Flame of Destruction!" — Twinrova (Oracle of Seasons)
- "Behold, Veran! The troubles you caused have filled the land with cries of sorrow! It has given birth to the Flame of Sorrow, which burns brightly!" — Twinrova (Oracle of Ages)
- "Thanks to Veran and Onox, the Flames of Sorrow and Destruction already flicker! And when we captured Zelda, the foolish humans gave us despair! Oh, Flames of Despair, Destruction and Sorrow, burn with the power of our evil deeds!" — Twinrova (Oracle of Ages)
- "Hoh hoh! Ganon's return was but a step away! Link! It is not over! Our rites have failed, but by sacrificing this body, Ganon will return!" — Twinrova (Oracle of Ages)
- "Since they could not sacrifice me in their final rite, the powers of darkness could only revive a mindless, raging Ganon." — Princess Zelda (Oracle of Ages)
- "Gwoh hoh hoh! I am Ganon... The Evil King..." — Ganon (Oracle of Ages)
- "Once, long ago, this land of Hyrule was turned into a world of shadows by Ganon, who sought to obtain the power of the gods for his own evil ends." — King Daphnes Nohansen Hyrule (The Wind Waker)
- "My power alone could not stop the fiend, and our only choice was to leave the fate of the kingdom in the hands of the gods..." — King Daphnes Nohansen Hyrule (The Wind Waker)
- "When the gods heard our pleas, they chose to seal away not only Ganon, but Hyrule itself..." — King Daphnes Nohansen Hyrule (The Wind Waker)
- "Our fair kingdom was soon buried beneath the waves, forgotten at the bottom of the ocean." — King Daphnes Nohansen Hyrule (The Wind Waker)
- "The events which we have long feared seem to have been set into motion. Yes. It seems Ganon has returned. There can be no other explanation." — Jabun (The Wind Waker)
- "After his defeat at the hands of the Hero of Time, Ganondorf was sealed away...but not for all time. He was revived, and he returned to Hyrule in a red wrath." — Laruto (The Wind Waker)
- "I knew there was a reason the monsters had begun to congregate in the regions around my wood. Now I understand it. He has returned... Ganon has returned..." — Great Deku Tree (The Wind Waker)
- "He is the very same Ganon... The emperor of the dark realm the ancient legends speak of..." — King Daphnes Nohansen Hyrule (The Wind Waker)
- "Ganon will be searching frantically for this child in an attempt to get the power of the gods that she possesses. He will not rest until he has found her." — King Daphnes Nohansen Hyrule (The Wind Waker)
- "My name is Ganondorf... And I am the master of Forsaken Fortress." — Ganondorf (The Wind Waker)
- "Foolish child. While that sword is indeed the blade of evil's bane, at the same time, it has long played another role... You see, it is also a sort of key... a most wretched little key that has kept the seal on me and my magic intact!" — Ganondorf (The Wind Waker HD)
- "By withdrawing the blade, you have broken that seal..." — Ganondorf (The Wind Waker HD)
- "You cannot defeat me with a blade that does not sparkle with the power to repel evil! What you hold is useless." — Ganondorf (The Wind Waker)
- "Its power is gone, and its edges are dull!" — Ganondorf (The Wind Waker)
- "And yet...unfortunately, due to Ganondorf's evil designs, the Master Sword you hold has lost this power." — King of Red Lions (The Wind Waker)
- "You cannot defeat Ganon until the power to repel evil has been returned to the Master Sword." — King of Red Lions (The Wind Waker)
- "My Triforce of Power is resonating! Ha! At long last, I have found you... Princess Zelda!" — Ganondorf (The Wind Waker)
- "You must protect Zelda. She cannot be permitted to fall into the hands of Ganon." — Jabun (The Wind Waker)
- "So, despite our efforts, the princess has fallen into Ganon's hands..." — King Daphnes Nohansen Hyrule (The Wind Waker)
- "Beyond the bridge on the far side of the castle stands Ganon's Tower. I am certain Zelda is being held there." — King Daphnes Nohansen Hyrule (The Wind Waker)
- "I can see this girl's dreams... Oceans... Oceans... Oceans... Oceans... Oceans as far as the eye can see." — Ganondorf (The Wind Waker)
- "This is a gigantic marionette created by Ganon himself. It transforms into three different shapes, but all are vulnerable to rays of light." — N/A (The Wind Waker)
- "When power, wisdom, and courage come together, the gods would have no choice but to come down..." — Ganondorf (The Wind Waker)
- "Gods of the Triforce! Hear that which I desire! Hope! I desire hope for these children! Give them a future! Wash away this ancient land of Hyrule! Let a ray of hope shine on the future of the world!!!" — King Daphnes Nohansen Hyrule (The Wind Waker)
- "Ganondorf! May you drown with Hyrule!!!" — King Daphnes Nohansen Hyrule (The Wind Waker)
- "It is none other than the Master Sword...The blade of evil's bane. It is the only sword that can banish Ganon from the world above!" — King of Red Lions (The Wind Waker)
- "There was no blood, and he turned to stone, and died." —Nate Bihldorff (Nintendo World Report - The Treehouse Interview.)
- "Ughnn… Heh heh… The wind… It is blowing…" — Ganondorf's last words (The Wind Waker)
- Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 21
- "The pyramid is sacred to our people. To have a criminal such as him enter... His presence stains its holy ground." — Gerudo (Four Swords Adventures)
- Hyrule Historia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 119
- "His name is...Ganondorf. He was the leader of a band of thieves who invaded Hyrule in the hopes of establishing dominion over the Sacred Realm. He was known as a demon thief, an evil-magic wielder renowned for his ruthlessness... But he was blind... In all of his fury and might, he was blind to any danger, and thus was he exposed, subdued, and brought to justice." — Sage (Twilight Princess)
- "Yet...By some divine prank, he, too, had been blessed with the chosen power of the gods." — Sage (Twilight Princess)
- "Your people have long amused me, Midna. To defy the gods with such petty magic, only to be cast aside... How very pathetic. Pathetic as they were, though, they served me well. Their anguish was my nourishment. Their hatred bled across the void and awakened me. I drew deep of it and grew strong again." — Ganondorf (Twilight Princess)
- "I shall house my power in you...If there is anything you desire, then I shall desire it, too." — Ganon (Twilight Princess)
- "My god had only one wish...To merge shadow and light...and make darkness!" — Zant (Twilight Princess)
- "Spirits of the light! Wielders of the great power that shines far and wide upon the lands of our world...In my hour of need, grant me the light to banish evil!" — Princess Zelda (Twilight Princess)
- "Do not think this ends here... The history of light and shadow will be written in blood!" — Ganondorf (Twilight Princess)
- "I will use the Sages to reach the one who shall help me attain true beauty. I mean, of course... GANON!" — Yuga (A Link Between Worlds)
- "I knew Yuga planned to slip into your world to abduct Zelda and the Sages. I...I couldn't stop him. Now he has used them to summon the Demon King and siphon his power. Yuga's appetite will soon consume our worlds. Hyrule and Lorule—the beast's for the talking." — Princess Hilda (A Link Between Worlds)
- "Yet as Hyrule is facing the same threat as in the legend of old, you have so much more to endure." — Impa (A Link Between Worlds)
- "You have claimed the power of the gods Link. With it you can stop the return of the Demon King-and thwart his evil ambitions. Now hero, you must take your battle to Lorule Castle, there awaits the Demon King." — Impa (A Link Between Worlds)
- "Calamity Ganon" — N/A (Breath of the Wild)
- "I am a humble monk, blessed with the sight of the Goddess Hylia and dedicated to helping those who seek to defeat Ganon." — Monk (Breath of the Wild)
- "The history of the royal family of Hyrule is also the history of Calamity Ganon, a primal evil that has endured over the ages." — Impa (Breath of the Wild)
- "Upon Ganon's inevitable return to Hyrule, the princess and the hero fought alongside these four Champions against this ancient evil." — Impa (Breath of the Wild)
- "The people thought it wise to utilize their technological prowess to ensure the safety of the land, should Calamity Ganon ever return. They constructed four mechanical wonders that came to be known as the Divine Beasts. They also built a legion of autonomous weapons called Guardians." — Impa (Breath of the Wild)
- "The return of Ganon looms—a dark force taunting us from afar. I must learn all I can about the relics so we can stop him. If the fortune-teller's prophecy is to be believed, there isn't much time left..." — Zelda (Breath of the Wild)
- "Stories of Ganon were passed from generation to generation in the form of legends and fairy tales. But there was also...a prophecy. "The signs of a resurrection of Calamity Ganon are clear. And the power to oppose it lies dormant beneath the ground."" — King Rhoam (Breath of the Wild)
- "We decided to heed the prophecy and began excavating large areas of land. It wasn't long before we discovered several ancient relics made by the hands of our distant ancestors. These relics, the Divine Beats, were giant machines piloted by warriors. We also found the Guardians, an army of mechanical soldiers that fought autonomously." — King Rhoam (Breath of the Wild)
- "We selected four skilled individuals from across Hyrule and tasked them with the duty of piloting the Divine Beasts." — King Rhoam (Breath of the Wild)
- "The princess, her appointed knight, and the rest of the Champions were on the brink of sealing away Ganon..." — King Rhoam (Breath of the Wild)
- "One hundred years ago, there was a princess set to inherit a sacred power and a skilled knight at her side." — King Rhoam (Breath of the Wild)
- "So you didn't feel anything? No power at all?" — Revali (Breath of the Wild)
"I'm sorry, no." — Zelda (Breath of the Wild)
- "Ganon was cunning, and he responded with a plan beyond our imagining. He appeared from deep below Hyrule Castle, seized control of the Guardians and the Divine Beasts, and turned them against us." — King Rhoam (Breath of the Wild)
- "That...thing is one of Ganon's creations." — Mipha (Breath of the Wild)
- "You're here to wrest control of Medoh away from Ganon, correct?" — Revali (Breath of the Wild)
- "The appointed knight, gravely wounded, collapsed while defending the princess...And thus, the kingdom of Hyrule was devastated absolutely by Calamity Ganon." — King Rhoam (Breath of the Wild)
- "I spoke with Purah about the Shrine of Resurrection we discovered earlier. As we speculated, this particular shrine is, in fact, a medical facility with the power to heal. It also has a long-term stasis function that can be activated and maintained until healing is complete." — Zelda (Breath of the Wild)
- "You have been asleep for the past 100 years." — Zelda (Breath of the Wild)
- "I assume you caught sight of that atrocity enshrouding the castle. That...is Calamity Ganon. One hundred years ago, that vile entity brought the kingdom of Hyrule to ruin. It appeared suddenly and destroyed everything in its path. So many innocent lives were lost in its wake. For a century, the very symbol of our kingdom, Hyrule Castle, has managed to contain that evil. But just barely. There it festers, building its strength for the moment it will unleash its blight upon the land once again. It would appear that moment is fast approaching..." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
- "I assume that you caught full sight of that atrocity swarming around the castle. That...is the Calamity Ganon." — Old Man (Breath of the Wild)
- "The words of guidance you have been hearing since your awakening are from Princess Zelda herself. Even now, as she works to restrain Ganon from within Hyrule Castle, as she calls out for your help." — King Rhoam (Breath of the Wild)
- "Hibernating within a cocoon, it attempted to regenerate a physical form after Link awoke but was forced to confront him in an incomplete state." — Hyrule Compendium (Breath of the Wild)
- "This form is considered to be Ganon's original, although in this state, his awareness has been consumed entirely by Malice" — Hyrule Compendium (Breath of the Wild)
- "... Ganon... Ganon... Ganon was born out of a dark past. He is a pure embodiment of the ancient evil that is reborn time and time again... He has given up on reincarnation and assumed his pure, enraged form. If set free upon our world, the destruction will be unlike anything ever seen before." — Zelda (Breath of the Wild)
- Nintendo of America, Sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - First Look Trailer - Nintendo E3 2019, YouTube (Video), published June 11, 2019, retrieved October 27, 2022.
- "The ruins are primarily animal themed, but with the history of the Triforce from an ancient perspective in mind. The designs are symbolic—using dragons (courage), owls (wisdom), and boars (power). And yes, their name is a pun. "Zonai" is a take on nazo, a word meaning "mystery" in Japanese. [laughs]" (Creating a Champion, Dark Horse, pg. 342)
- Hyrule Historia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 148
- Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 21
- Creating a Champion, Dark Horse Books, pg. 401
- "Twinrova Koume: Ganondorf's surrogate mother. Sorceress of Flame. She seems vulnerable to low temperature." — Navi (Ocarina of Time)
- "Twinrova Kotake: Ganondorf's surrogate mother. Sorceress of Ice. She seems vulnerable to high temperature." — Navi (Ocarina of Time)
- "Once every 100 years, a special child is born unto my people. That child is destined to be the mighty guardian of the Gerudo and the desert. But this child, its heart grew twisted with every passing year. The child became a man who hungered for power at any price." — Gerudo elder (Four Swords Adventures)
- "Ganon...This beast was once of the Gerudo...Once human. He was called Ganondorf! King of Darkness, ancient demon reborn. The wielder of the trident!!" — Princess Zelda (Four Swords Adventures)
- "So, you think you can protect them from me... You've got guts, kid." — Ganondorf (Ocarina of Time)
- "YOU... CURSE YOU...ZELDA! CURSE YOU...SAGES!! CURSE YOU...LINK! Someday... When this seal is broken.... That is when I will exterminate your descendants!! As long as the Triforce of Power is in my hand...." — Ganondorf (Ocarina of Time)
- "I shall house my power in you... If there is anything you desire, then I shall desire it, too." — Ganondorf (Twilight Princess)
- "His abiding hatred and lust for power turned to purest malice..." — Sage (Twilight Princess)
- "The demon king was born into this kingdom, but his transformation into Malice created the horror you see now." — King Rhoam (Breath of the Wild)
- "[Ganon] was heard to lament, "The power I have attained from the people of Hyrule is not yet enough." From Ganon's words, we can surmise that he did not have the power he needed to cover Hyrule in darkness." (Hyrule Historia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 121)
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- "MANY YEARS AGO PRINCE DARKNESS "GANNON" STOLE ONE OF THE TRIFORCE WITH POWER. PRINCESS ZELDA HAD ONE OF THE TRIFORCE WITH WISDOM. SHE DIVIDED IT INTO "8" UNITS TO HIDE IT FROM "GANNON" BEFORE SHE WAS CAPTURED. GO FIND THE "8" UNITS "LINK" TO SAVE HER." — N/A (The Legend of Zelda)
- "This army was led by Ganon, the powerful Prince of Darkness who sought to plunge the World into fear and darkness under his rule." (The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 3)
- Zelda II: The Adventure of Link/Regional Differences
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past#Regional Differences
- Development:The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past/Script Differences
- Proto:The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Master Quest/Console Output Strings
- "The person who rediscovered the Golden Land was Ganondorf the evil thief." — Maiden (A Link to the Past)
- "You are the only one who can destroy Ganondorf, the thief-no, Ganon, the evil King Of Darkness!" — Maiden (A Link to the Past)
- "The name of this king of thieves is Ganondorf Dragmire, but he is known by his alias, Mandrag Ganon, which means Ganon of the Enchanted Thieves." (A Link to the Past manual, pg. 5-6)
- "Once known as the King of Thieves, Ganondorf Dragmire used the power of the Triforce to become the beast, Ganon." — Nintendo, Online Guide - The Legend of Zelda: The official home of the Nintendo game series, The Legend of Zelda series for Nintendo systems, published 2017, retrieved April 21, 2017.
- "Though "Ganon" is also a nickname for Ganondorf, here it refers to the beastlike form adopted by the thief following his transformation. The Demon King resembles a giant boar." (Hyrule Historia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 90)
- "A design sketch depicting Ganondorf’s phantom. Ganondorf never appears in the Oracle series, however. Only his beast form, Ganon, is seen." (Hyrule Historia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 169)
- "Ganon: No trace remains of the human known as Ganondorf." (Hyrule Historia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 121)
- "I suppose you [Link] saw him... The shadow that commands that monstrous bird... His name is...Ganon... He... who obtained the power of the gods, attempted to cover the land in darkness and was ultimately sealed away by the very power he hoped to command. He is the very same Ganon... The emperor of the dark realm the ancient legends speak of..." — King of Red Lions (The Wind Waker)
- "Midna... Foolish Twilight Princess... The curse on you cannot be broken... It was placed on you by the magic of my god! The power you held as leader of the Twili will never return! Already he has descended and been reborn in this world... As long as my master, Ganon, survives, he will resurrect me without cease!" — Zant (Twilight Princess)
- "その剣は、魔を撃退する退魔の剣 であると同時に、 我が魔族を封じていた、いまいましい封印 そのものなのだよ！" — Ganondorf (The Wind Waker, Japanese version) (Translation by jacensolo06)
- Hyrule Historia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 148
- Ganondorf's First 4 Figures Exclusive Figure
- "This form was born from his obsessive refusal to give up on revival…" — How Ganon’s Motivation Changed in Breath of the Wild’s English Translation, , published August 11, 2017, retrieved February 22, 2018.
何度でも、流血の時代が訪れる (Translation: When the chosen ones appear... They are always born into this world in perfect balance. That is the fate decreed by your gods, the only path for those who bear their crests. When this world brings forth another marked as you are... Know too, that it shall also be visited by one of my blood.)
- The Legend of Zelda | NES | Giochi | Nintendo, www.nintendo.it, retrieved September 10, 2020.
- Collector's Edition manual, pg. 34 "Nel frattempo, i tirapiedi di Ganon cercheranno di far risorgere il loro signore." — Zelda II: The Adventure of Link | NES | Giochi | Nintendo, www.nintendo.it, retrieved September 10, 2020.
- "La principessa Zelda è stata rapita da uno stregone intenzionato a liberare Ganon, il re del male: solo Link può ancora salvare Hyrule!" — The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past | NES | Giochi | Nintendo, www.nintendo.it, retrieved September 10, 2020.
- "Ganon" — N/A (Ocarina of Time 3D, Italian localization)
- "Guahaaaa! Sono Ganon... Il Re del Male." — Ganon (Oracle of Seasons, Italian localization)
- "Dobbiamo ringraziare Ganon, Re delle Tenebre, per questo!" — Deku Scrub (Four Swords Adventures, Italian localization)
- "Ma se prima non farò qualcosa per fermare Ganon, sarà tutto inutile." — Deku Princess (Cadence of Hyrule, Italian localization)
- "Nonostante i tuoi sforzi, il Re del Male tornerà a diffondere le tenebre ovunque!" — Twinrova (Oracle of Seasons, Italian localization)
- The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 38
- The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 5
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- "Koridai a capitulé et s'est rendu à Ganon et à ses diaboliques amis!" (The Faces of Evil manual, pg. 11)
- The Legend of Zelda manual, pg. 3
- Collector's Edition manual, pg. 8
- "Koridai is in handen gevallen van Ganon en zijn boosaardige vrienden!" (The Faces of Evil manual, pg. 29)
- Encyclopedia, TOKYOPOP, pg. 219
- "Koridai ist in die Hände von Ganon und seinen üblen Gesellen gefallen!" (The Faces of Evil manual, pg. 20)
- Encyclopedia, New Star Press, pg. 222
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