This page details all appearances of Ganon outside the canon, main series games.
- 1 The Legend of Zelda TV Series
- 2 Captain N: The Game Master
- 3 The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics)
- 4 Nintendo Adventure Books
- 5 A Link to the Past (Ishinomori)
- 6 The Adventure of Link (Maru)
- 7 The Adventure of Link (Mishouzaki)
- 8 A Link to the Past (Cagiva)
- 9 A Link to the Past (Himekawa)
- 10 Ocarina of Time (Himekawa)
- 11 Majora's Mask (Himekawa)
- 12 Philips CD-i Games
- 13 Hyrule Warriors
- 14 Super Smash Bros. Melee
- 15 Super Smash Bros. Brawl
- 16 Animal Crossing: New Leaf
- 17 Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U
- 18 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
- 19 Cadence of Hyrule
- 20 Trivia
- 21 Gallery
- 22 References
The Legend of Zelda TV Series
In The Legend of Zelda TV series, Ganon's design is loosely based upon his appearance from the first game, making him similar to a humanoid pig in a purple robe; however, when needed, he can raise a hood over his head to disguise himself, which he often does when in the surface. Len Carlson serves as the voice actor for Ganon.
Ganon makes his den in the Underworld and maintains an Evil Jar which allows him to summon his minions to attack at his command. He also keeps the Triforce of Power in his lair, giving him an endless supply of magic to aid him in his attempts to overthrow the kingdom of Hyrule by either capturing Princess Zelda, King Harkinian, Link, or stealing the Triforce of Wisdom from North Castle. However, his plans are often flawed by the ineptitude of his servants or by Link and Zelda, which sometimes results in Ganon being zapped into the Evil Jar instead.
Ganon is capable of teleporting to any location in the Underworld, an ability that he often uses to immediately find Link and Zelda whenever they are traveling around the Underworld. However, since his magic is limited in the Overworld, he is unable to use his powers outside the Underworld, which forces him to rely on his minions to perform tasks for him: as means of transportation while in the surface, Ganon often rides a Lowder or is carried by Stalfos to help him reach his destination.
This version of Ganon is more comical and bumbling than his appearance in the games, and he is seen to be short-tempered and intolerant of his servants' clumsiness. As such, he is often seen treating them harshly, which at one point they grow tired of and overthrow Ganon as their leader, as seen in "The Moblins are Revolting." Other than using his minions to execute his plans, Ganon is also known to invent various items that will help him achieve his goal of stealing the Triforce of Wisdom, such as a Mirror that creates an evil clone of Zelda, a Wand of Power, and a Capture Staff.
Captain N: The Game Master
After finding out about a Potion that can revive Ganon, King Hippo and Eggplant Wizard find it in the Maze Island Palace and go to Death Mountain to make Ganon drink it. Before the evil wizard takes the potion, he is depicted as a small, innocent and defenseless pig. However, right after he swallows its contents, he transforms into a bigger, stronger and more grotesque-looking pig, slightly resembling his The Legend of Zelda TV series appearance. With Ganon now resurrected, he plans to take over Videoland, much to the dismay of Mother Brain, who Ganon is supposed to be working for. The Evil Wizard, however, exclaims that he works for no one, and sends out a shockwave that knocks Mother Brain on her side. Kevin tries to stop Ganon, but he increases his size and becomes a monster of epic proportions. Ganon then tries to defeat Link and Kevin by sending a fire geam in their direction, but Link's Magical Shield reflects it back to the giant wizard, instantly defeating him.
The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics)
In the The Legend of Zelda comics by Valiant Comics published by Valiant Comics, Ganon is usually depicted as a man in a heavy dark blue hooded cloak with no visible face for several issues, although later on he would be sometimes portrayed as the familiar pig-faced monster. Since this comic takes place after the events of The Legend of Zelda and The Adventure of Link, it is told that Ganon led his minions to attack Hyrule and thus allow him to steal the Triforce of Power. Ganon dwells in the Underworld, with his lair being in Death Mountain, just like in the original The Legend of Zelda. Using the might of the Triforce, Ganon strives to destroy Link and Zelda, steal the Triforce of Wisdom, and take over the kingdom of Hyrule. Ganon goes to great lengths to accomplish his goals, such as manipulating the citizens of the Water Town of Saria into going against Link and Zelda, and disguising himself as Impa to defeat the young hero once and for all. Although his minions follow his every order and are loyal to him, Darknut Prime reveals that they hate their "pig-nosed master even more" than Zelda and Link do.
In The Power, Link manages to steal the Triforce of Power from Ganon and uses it to severely damage the Prince of Darkness with it. Knowing that he is powerless against the might of the Triforce, Ganon barely manages to escape back into the Underworld. However, after Link catches up with him, the young hero traps Ganon inside a cage hanging over a bottomless pit. Ganon then begs Link to let him have the Triforce of Power back so that the two of them can defeat Zelda together, but Link ignores him and says that the Triforce of Power is his forever. Once Link realizes what he has become and decides to throw away the Triforce of Power to keep his soul intact, the cage that was holding Ganon disappears and sends him tumbling down after the Triforce.
Nintendo Adventure Books
In the Nintendo Adventure Books, Ganon appears again as the main antagonist of both The Crystal Trap and The Shadow Prince. However, in these books, Ganon is described as a skeletal figure with "burning, white eyes" and "skull-like mask" for a face. Some of the magic used by Ganon in the book includes shooting fireballs from his hand and firing a bolt of light from his fingertips.
The Crystal Trap
In The Crystal Trap, Link and Princess Zelda are running inside the Midoro Palace trying to escape from Ganon's grap. However, the evil wizard finds them and eventually encases Link in a Crystal. Ganon explains that since he cannot obtain the Triforce of Courage and Wisdom from Link and Zelda respectively, he used a Magic Scroll which cast a spell to encase both pieces of the Triforce, including the Triforce of Courage encased in Link's heart. Although the evil wizard had planned to kill Princess Zelda, he confesses that he prefers seeing her suffer over Link, and mocks her that she will be unable to obtain all three items necessary to save the young hero before he gets trapped in the crystal forever in 24 hours.
Eventually, however, Princess Zelda finds the three items as dictated by the Fairy's Scroll and frees the young hero. After the duo find the Spear, which is the only weapon that can destroy Ganon, the two are confronted by the evil wizard. Although Ganon tries to fight back, Zelda fires an arrow and pins his robe to a tree trunk, giving Link a chance to hurl the Spear. It pierces through Ganon's hand, injuring him gravely, but warns the young heroes that he will come back before disappearing into nothingness.
The Shadow Prince
- Main article: Charles of Moria
In The Shadow Prince, Ganon disguises himself as a knight from the land of Moria known as Charles, who has come to visit the kingdom of Hyrule to do good deeds and thus become the king of Moria. He meets Link and Zelda when they are about to be killed by a gang of Moblins, but Charles arrives and easily scares them off. Although Princess Zelda is impressed by his bravery after single-handedly defeating a Darknut, Link distrusts the Morian knight from the moment he meets him.
The King of Hyrule is also quick to trust Charles and shows him the Triforce of Wisdom, dubbing him a knight of the Triforce in the process. Later on in the book, the King of Hyrule, fearing the safety of the Triforce of Wisdom, decides to relocate the Triforce to the Fifth Castle of Ancient Hyrule and chooses Charles to do the task instead of Link. The young hero, furious at the king's decision and saying that Charles cannot be trusted, uses the Mirror of Truth to reveal the knight's true identity. However, Charles quickly takes the Triforce of Wisdom and escapes into the woods with it, where Link defeats him by slashing his necklace, the true source of Ganon's power.
A Link to the Past (Ishinomori)
In the A Link to the Past comic by Shotaro Ishinomori, Agahnim and Ganon are explicitly shown to be different beings, communicating between worlds in the fifth chapter. In this scene, Ganon, who appears as a mere shadow, warns the wizard that a "being with intense emotional energy", Link, is approaching Hyrule Castle, much to Agahnim's surprise.
Ganon himself does not appear until Link, Princess Zelda, and Roam arrive at Ganon's Tower, where he rises from the defeated body of an Agahnim specter. Link attacks Ganon but he is easily thrown back by Ganon's Trident. Zelda takes up Roam's crossbow as Link is trapped in between the Trident. While Ganon mocks Zelda, Link uses the opportunity to slash the evil thief's Trident in half and, as he is falling down, the young hero slashes Ganon's chest, leaving him paralyzed. Zelda begins to ask for the aid of the Maidens and fires an ordinary arrow from the crossbow, but as it approaches Ganon, the power of the Maidens, Zelda, Link, and Roam, turn the arrow into an Enchanted Arrow, destroying Ganon. The Triforce rises from his body, and the Essence of the Triforce tells Link that the Triforce is waiting for a new master now that Ganon has been defeated, asking that the young hero touch it with a wish in his heart.
The Adventure of Link (Maru)
In the The Adventure of Link manga by Ran Maru, Ganon is revived when his alter-ego, the Magician, uses the current Zelda's blood in a ritual after she was killed in battle. However, as Zelda's blood was used in place of Link's, the revival is incomplete. After Ganon commands the Magician to obtain the Triforce, he bursts from the Magician's body. He faces Link outside of the North Castle, and is defeated as he is trapped beneath a boulder.
The Adventure of Link (Mishouzaki)
In the The Adventure of Link manga by Yuu Mishouzaki, the Ganon who was killed in The Legend of Zelda is revealed to have simply been one part of Ganon, and that his true body is sealed away alongside the first Zelda's in the Great Palace. When the first Zelda's phantom appears to Link and the current Zelda, she explains to them that 400 years ago, she fought against Ganon and managed to seal him away using the two pieces of the Triforce.
The part of Ganon who was defeated three years ago in The Legend of Zelda has managed to reconstruct himself, having taken on the form of Link's Shadow. Link eventually encounters and defeats his Shadow, who then heads to the Great Palace and regains his true form as Ganon, with Link's Shadow acting as Ganon's core. However, Link defeats the Demon King.
A Link to the Past (Cagiva)
A Link to the Past (Himekawa)
Both Agahnim and Ganon are shown as separate beings with alternate backstories in the A Link to the Past manga by Akira Himekawa. Sahasrahla tells Link the creation of Hyrule and the story of the Imprisoning War when he meets him at the Eastern Palace, describing Ganondorf as a member of a group of bandits who accidentally found the entrance to the Sacred Realm. It is said that they fought to the death over the Triforce, with only one man left standing, Ganondorf, also known as the evil bandit Ganon. The flashback depicts Ganondorf with a similar appearance to that in Ocarina of Time. Ganon is seen later in the manga speaking to Agahnim in the form of a giant horned silhouette that bears similarity to his demonic form in Ocarina of Time, appearing from a great flame in Hyrule Castle Tower and asking that he break the seventh lock and "open the glorious door of evil". Link arrives in time to attempt to rescue Princess Zelda from Agahnim, but is frozen on the spot by Agahnim's magic while the seal is broken, and drawn into the Dark World.
Later, once Link and his two companions reach Ganon's Tower, it is revealed that Agahnim made a pact with Ganon to break the seal in exchange for great power. He had originally intended to use this power to help Hyrule, before he was consumed by his obsession over the Triforce. Desperate and defeated, Agahnim appears before Ganon's shadow once more and begs for more power, but Ganon refuses, striking him down on the spot, stating he has no need for a mortal. Ganon finally reveals himself as a gigantic boar-like monster weilding a trident, and immediately attacks Link. Link manages to parry his first blow and strikes at his arm, causing blood to spray on the ground. Ganon's blood is like acid, and melts Agahnim's body to nothing. Weakened slightly, Ganon reaches out towards the Pyramid of Power as his sizzling body reforms, with the words "Give me more... Give me more power!". In shock at this horrific form, Link questions if this is what happens to people who get the Triforce. Zelda states he is a monster of ever growing greed, and they must stop him before he connects light and dark. Despite being injured, Link summons the strength to unleash one final blow on the monster, striking him in the head and stunning him. Ghanti, another descendant of the Knights of Hyrule and the wielder of the Silver Arrow, fires her bow, charged with Zelda's magic, and strikes Ganon. Ganon is finally destroyed, and his vast evil form melts away to nothing, desperately desiring "More... More... I wanted more..." to the very end.
Ocarina of Time (Himekawa)
Ganondorf's role was overall the same as in the game. However, his first appearance had him eavesdropping on Link and Zelda in the Hyrule Castle Courtyard, as well as, while he apologized for his eavesdropping, it implied that he may have sent the Gerudo after Zelda while the latter was disguised in Hyrule Castle Town. Ganondorf later appeared after Link got the Zora's Sapphire, where he attempted to corner Zelda and Impa at the burning castle while stating that Zelda "will experience eternal sleep with her father" in it, which implied that he had, by that point, murdered her father. He also ended up stealing Link's Fairy Ocarina, under the mistaken impression that it was the Ocarina of Time. Ganondorf did not realize that mistake until seven years had passed, upon which he crushed the ocarina in his hand.
Ganondorf also had Sheik serve him. When Ingo failed to ensure that Epona was supplied to him, Ganondorf initially intended to have him executed for his failure, although he relented after Koume and Kotake instead suggested that they brainwash him. Ganondorf eventually imprisoned Zelda inside a Crystal, and took her to his castle. During the inevitable fight with Link, Ganondorf used a sword with magical powers to overpower him, and sought to finish him off with his ultimate spell. Link was able to use the Spin Attack to deflect the spell back at Ganondorf, which stunned him long enough for Link to cut him down. A wounded Ganondorf then attempted to bring the castle down on Link and Zelda. When that failed, Ganondorf turned into Ganon. Ganon was able to knock the Master Sword out of Link's hand, but Zelda was able to throw it back to the hero. Link promptly cut off Ganon's Tail while declaring that he is Ganon's opponent with determination, brought him down to his knees with a vertical slash, and thrust his sword into the beast's face. Invoking the power of the Sages, Zelda was able to seal Ganondorf away.
Majora's Mask (Himekawa)
In the Majora's Mask manga by Akira Himekawa, Ganon appears only in Link's memories of the events of Ocarina of Time. After his visit to Osun's academy, Link remembers his last battle with Ganondorf in the future and his return to the past.
Philips CD-i Games
The Faces of Evil
In The Faces of Evil, Ganon and his minions had seized control of the island of Koridai. Alongside his minions, Ganon had enslaved many of Koridai's citizens and constructed fortified lairs in their likenesses, eponymously called the "Faces of Evil". Word of their hostile take over eventually reaches Hyrule, and soon Link is dispatched to defeat him. While Link is away fighting his minions, Ganon captures Zelda and holds her captive under the influence of a sleeping spell. Link eventually reaches Ganon in his Lair, inside of Ganon's own Face of Evil on the island. Ganon offers him the choice of an alliance or death, but is defeated and imprisoned within the Book of Koridai. With Ganon imprisoned, Link wakes Zelda and peace is restored to Koridai.
The Wand of Gamelon
In The Wand of Gamelon, Ganon and his minions had invaded the island of Gamelon and imprisoned many of its citizens. An urgent request for help is sent by the island's ruler, Duke Onkled, and reaches King Harkinian, who leaves to fight Ganon himself. However, when both the King and Link go missing (who was sent to investigate the King's disappearance), Zelda leaves for the island along with Impa to find them. They eventually learn that Ganon had captured King Harkinian, and that Duke Onkled is working with Ganon in an alliance. Zelda later confronts Ganon inside Reesong Palace with the light of the Fairy Lantern, causing Ganon to angrily blow her away with dark magic. Zelda uses the Wand of Gamelon to mystically summon chains that bind him, and he is inexplicably imprisoned in what appears to be the Book of Koridai. He claims that she has not seen the last of him, just before the book closes on him. With Ganon's defeat, Zelda rescues her father and Duke Onkled is arrested, bringing peace back to Gamelon.
In Zelda's Adventure, Ganon (referred to as "Gannon") had captured Link and conquered the land of Tolemac. He had stolen the seven Celestial Signs and hidden them throughout the land's Shrines, guarded by the Shrine Keepers. The wizard Gaspra summons Zelda to undertake the quest to defeat him and rescue Link. Zelda manages to defeat Gannon's minions one by one and locate the Celestial Signs. However, just as she is about to collect the final Sign, Gannon stops her and sends her plummeting down the opened Vision Henge and into his realm. Inside, Zelda challenges the Shrine Keepers in a string of rematches, and a moving, horned device appears after each one is defeated and teleports her to the next room. This device later reveals itself to be Gannon in the final room.
Gannon attacks by releasing waves of electricity, before disappearing and reappearing in a flicker of static. As he has no real weakness, he can be attacked and defeated with merely the Wand. Upon his defeat, he disappears in a tornado and his realm shatters. His defeat brings peace back to Hyrule and Tolemac, and Link is freed from his captivity.
Ganondorf resembles his Twilight Princess design with traits that resemble Demise. He has longer hair (resembling Demise's flaming mane), wears two golden gauntlets, and has a more vivid color palette on his armor. Ganondorf fights in a very destructive and brutal style that revolves around mixing quick and powerful attacks with dark magic. He wields dual Great Swords in battle as his primary Weapon. Additionally, Ganondorf has access to another Weapon in the form of the Trident, using a fast, hard-hitting style with quick one-handed strikes and charging attacks.
In his beast form, Ganon resembles Dark Beast Ganon from Twilight Princess, incorporating elements of the previous Giant Bosses. Selected items must be used to disarm Ganon when he performs similar attacks to those of the other bosses; Bombs on his right claw when charging a fire ball (similar to King Dodongo), the Bow on his left claw when charging a laser blast (similar to Gohma), the Boomerang on his shoulder spikes after rapidly firing seeds (similar to Manhandla), and the Hookshot on his glowing tail (similar to Argorok). Each successful blow will break a respective part of his body. Once weakened, Ganon becomes vulnerable to Arrows when the gem on his forehead glows when he is about to charge. Striking this knocks Ganon down, revealing his Weak Point Gauge.
Ganondorf occasionally drops his Gauntlet as a silver Material when defeated, and rarely his Jewel as a gold Material. Ganon drops his Mane as a silver Material, and rarely his Fang as a gold Material.
Prior to the game's events, Ganondorf was split into four pieces and sealed away long ago within different eras and dimensions; the Water Temple of Ocarina of Time, the Palace of Twilight of Twilight Princess, the Sealed Grounds of Skyward Sword, and one guarded by the Master Sword in the Temple of the Sacred Sword. Although without a body, his influence manages to corrupt Cia, a sorceress tasked with maintaining the balance of the Triforce, into a crazed witch with a strong desire for Link. His influence persuades her into opening the Gate of Souls, with which she uses to summon monsters and wages a war over Hyrule. After stealing the two Triforce pieces from Link and Sheik, thereby reuniting all three Triforce pieces, she uses the gate to retrieve three of Ganondorf's dark fragments. Although his body is still yet to be complete, Ganondorf grows impatient and manifests his body's form in an attempt to steal Cia's stolen Triforce pieces. She subdues him however after returning the two pieces back to Link and Zelda. He appears again in the Temple of Souls, commanding Rogue Forces as he attempts to take the Triforce pieces from their owners. He is defeated by Link before he can capture Zelda.
Ganondorf does not return until Cia is defeated, when the seal in the Master Sword's chamber finally breaks as a result of the sword being removed, thus freeing his last fragment and reviving him again. For three Scenarios, Ganondorf becomes playable as he creates and leads an army to take the Triforce pieces. He summons Zant and Ghirahim to lead under his command, threatening to return them to their imprisonment unless they serve him, and takes over the monster stronghold in Gerudo Desert. He invades the Valley of Seers, where he manages to defeat Lana and take the Triforce of Power that had been bestowed to her by Cia. He then takes Link's and Zelda's Triforce pieces in Hyrule Field, and takes over the castle. After the Hyrulean Forces defeat the stronghold at the desert, they return to Ganon's Tower to defeat Ganondorf. He is defeated by Link, but uses the Triforce to transform into Ganon. He is however again defeated with the Light Arrows that Zelda bestows to Link, which returns the Triforce pieces to Link, Zelda and Lana. They use the Triforce pieces to imprison Ganon's spirit again.
In the Boss Pack DLC exclusive to the Wii U version of Hyrule Warriors, Ganon in his beast form becomes a playable character in the extra Challenge Mode, Ganon's Fury. He shares many attributes to the normal playable Warriors, but handles differently as he is much larger in size.
Ganon starts out with maxed out Special Attack Gauges and can level up normally, although he has no Weapons to gain nor can he be upgraded at the Bazaar. He attacks mainly using his claws by swinging and smacking them against the ground, but lacks combo strings for Strong Attacks. His Strong Attack, however, has him slash at the ground, creating red energy beams that linger and knock away enemies. A second button press has him swipe with his other hand to create more. Ganon also has a ram attack mapped to the ZL button, as well as a spin attack performed by pressing up on the D-Pad. Due to his enormous size, Ganon does not flinch to most enemy attacks. Instead of traditional items, Ganon uses four Boss Attacks, which he gains from defeating Giant Bosses. Each one is effective against a certain Giant Boss and will expose the Weak Point Guage of that Boss when used on it. The four attacks are Fireballs, based on King Dodongo and effective against Argorok, Ganon Bombs, based on Gohma and effective against King Dodongo, the Fury Horn, based on Manhandla and effective against Gohma, and Burning Breath, based on Argorok and effective against Manhandla. Additionally, because of his massive size and strength, Ganon is able to normally combat bosses and cause them to flinch. In his Focus Spirit Attack and Weak Point Smash for bosses, he employs the use of his Trident. Like his original form, Ganon is of the Darkness Element.
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Ganondorf is unlocked after the "Triforce Gathering" event match is completed or by playing 600 matches in Super Smash Bros. Melee. After any of those have been achieved, he will have to be fought in Final Destination. If beaten, he will be unlocked for use in the game. His moves and animations (with the exception of his taunt and victory animations) are almost identical to those of Captain Falcon, save for a difference in speed, power, and effect. Ganondorf is slow-moving but overall the most powerful character in the game. However, his lack of speed can be compensated with "L-Canceling" which allows Ganondorf to be played with both power and relative speed, making him a mid-tier. In his game's artwork, Ganondorf wields a sword, although it only appears in the actual game in one of his victory animations. Ganondorf's design, with the sword included, is based on the SpaceWorld 2000 GameCube Tech Demo.
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|Ocarina of Time
|Said to be the sole man born to the Gerudo tribe in a hundred years, Ganondorf aspired to conquer the world. He plundered a piece of the sacred Triforce from the Temple of Time when Link pulled the Master Sword from its pedestal. With the Triforce of Power in Ganondorf's possession, Hyrule was plunged into darkness until Link and Zelda defeated the fiend.||Complete Classic Mode as Ganondorf|
|B: Warlock Punch
Smash B: Gerudo Dragon
|Since he's slow and can't jump very high, Ganondorf relies mainly on his immense physical strength to overwhelm his enemies. His great weight also makes him a difficult foe to send offscreen. Ganondorf's Warlock Punch is slow but absurdly powerful, and when he strikes with his Gerudo Dragon, enemies rise skyward enveloped in dark flames.||Complete Adventure Mode as Ganondorf|
|Up & B: Dark Dive
Down & B: Wizard's Foot
|Ganondorf's slow speed works against him in single combat, but in melees, his crazy power lets him earn his keep with innumerable KOs. Ganondorf can't strike quickly, but each blow he lands adds up. Ganondorf is at his quickest when he uses the Wizard's Foot, and his Dark Dive blasts foes in a burst of dark energy.||Complete All-Star Mode as Ganondorf|
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Ganondorf is unlocked by playing through Classic Mode as Link or Zelda on Hard difficulty, playing 200 matches in Brawl mode, or playing through The Subspace Emissary until he joins the party. His moveset appears largely unchanged. However, many of his animations were changed from the ones he used to share with Captain Falcon. His appearance is based on his Twilight Princess incarnation, like Link and Zelda. He does not use his sword to battle, but draws it out in one of his taunts. His moveset still features some of the dark purple magic he is seen using in Super Smash Bros. Melee. His movement speed was lowered from Super Smash Bros. Melee, and though most of his attacks can KO at low percentages, he is considered to be a low-tier character and is currently ranked as the worst character in the game.
The Subspace Emissary also marks the first time Ganondorf teams up with Link and Zelda to fight a common enemy. In this new story mode, Ganondorf reprises his villainous role and helps the Subspace Army as a servant of Master Hand along with Bowser, who he later betrays and turns into a trophy with a Dark Cannon. Later on, it is discovered that Master Hand was being puppeteered by the main antagonist: Tabuu. When Ganondorf sees this, he is enraged and charges at him, but Tabuu easily sends him flying backwards and turns him into a Trophy. He is knocked into Master Hand, and in the process, severs the strings controlling him. Later, on the way to Tabuu, Bowser discovers the trophy of Ganondorf and begins to brutalize it as an act of revenge for his betrayal. Shortly afterward, he is discovered by Link and Zelda, who agree on resurrecting him. Initially responding with anger and a headache, Ganondorf joins them to help out in the final fight against Tabuu, although not before initially considering using his Warlock Punch on them.
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|Ocarina of Time
|A man who wants to use the power of the Triforce to conquer the world. In Twilight Princess, he gives strength to the Twilight King, Zant, and tries to change the land into a world of darkness. He possesses Zelda, transforms into a magical beast, and attacks Link. In the end, however, Link deals him a finishing blow and defeats him.||Clear Classic Mode as Ganondorf|
|Super Smash Bros. Brawl||Ganondorf's Final Smash. When he grabs a Smash Ball, he transforms into a repulsive, evil beast. He'll vanish momentarily from the screen, then rampage from one side to the other in a straight, headlong rush. When he begins the move, any character before his eyes will flinch, so try to start the move near other characters||Clear All-Star Mode as Ganondorf|
Ganondorf (Wind Waker)
|The Wind Waker||The king of evil. Ganondorf aims to collect the Triforce pieces and rule the world. Already in possession of the Triforce of Power, he secures Zelda and her Triforce of Wisdom, thus luring Link to his castle. However, he is ultimately defeated by Zelda's Light Arrows and Link's Master Sword.||Random|
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|Ocarina of Time||[Darkness] - Attack +29|
|The Wind Waker||[Darkness] - Attack +33|
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
|This article is a short summary of Ganon in Animal Crossing: New Leaf.|
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Ganon was added as a villager in the Welcome amiibo update of Animal Crossing: New Leaf, alongside Wolf Link, Epona, and Medli. He closely resembles his incarnation from The Legend of Zelda and A Link to the Past. If the Ganondorf amiibo is scanned into the game, Ganon will show up at the campground and can be asked to move into the town. He has a Cranky personality, and is thus introverted and often rude, though becomes quite kind after being befriended.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U
Ganondorf returns as an unlockable character in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U. His moveset only has minor changes from his Super Smash Bros. Brawl incarnation. Like all characters in the game, he can be modified with custom moves.
Ganondorf's Final Smash is Dark Beast Ganon. For a brief time, Ganondorf will transform into his boar form, Ganon, and lunge forward, trying to ram his opponents off the stage.
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|Ocarina of Time
|The King of Evil that awaits Link at the end of most of his adventures. Ganondorf possesses the Triforce of Power. In Smash Bros., he makes up for his low speed with devastating power. The strength of his blows can knock back most opponents. Get close with a dash attack, and pummel your foes!||Clear Classic Mode as Ganondorf|
|Ocarina of Time
|Being the powerhouse that he is, the King of Evil is a great choice for free-for-alls. His Warlock Punch delivers a thunderous, dark-energy-fueled blow from his left hand. Unfortunately, left-handed dark-energy-fueled blows take some time to charge. You can turn to face someone as they cowardly try to hit you from behind.||Clear All-Star Mode as Ganondorf|
|219||N/A||Ocarina of Time
Ocarina of Time 3D
|The Great King of Evil who plots to steal the Triforce from the Sacred Realm and rule Hyrule. When Link reveals the secret entrance to the Sacred Realm, Ganondorf gains entry and acquires the Triforce of Power. With it literally in hand, his only concern is Link and Zelda stopping him.||Random|
|Ganondorf (Ocarina of Time)|
|190||N/A||-||For Ganondorf's Final Smash, he morphs into a beast and attacks. As soon as he's transformed, he buries nearby fighters in the ground and then stuns them with his roar. Finally, he charges forward, dealing heavy damage and launching anyone in his way. Any foes buried by the first strike are doomed to be hit by the rest.||Clear All-Star mode as Ganondorf|
|214||N/A||The Wind Waker||Long ago, in accordance with the prayers of the King of Hyrule, the gods sealed the King of Darkness, Ganondorf, beneath a vast ocean, along with the land of Hyrule itself. But this was not the end. In the forsaken fortress, Link discovers that Ganondorf has returned and the legend must go on with Link himself as the new hero!||Random|
|Ganondorf (Wind Waker)|
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Ganondorf returns as a playable fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. His design is now based on his appearance in Ocarina of Time although his hair was still remained like Melee. Also, he now has new smash attacks, all of which involve him using his sword from SpaceWorld 2000 GameCube Tech Demo. Additionally, his Final Smash, Dark Beast Ganon, uses his design from Ocarina of Time. Calamity Ganon from Breath of the Wild also apears as a Primary Spirit. Ganondorf can fully perform his Warlock punch which flinching to damage.
In Classic Mode and World of Light, Ganondorf's Dark Beast form Ganon also appears as a boss (standard in World of Light, final boss in Classic Mode). He fights similarly to the Ganon fight in Ocarina of Time with Ganondorf standing amid the ruins before transforming into the Demon King. Like Ocarina of Time, he can only be damaged by attacking his tail: if the tail is hit hard enough, Ganon will be stunned and allow the player to deal further damage. Along with standard sword slashes and a charge attack similar to the Final Smash, Ganon uses several new attacks such as his own spin attack, leaping in the air before perform a ground pound attack and shooting a disc of lightning from his swords, a reference to Demise from Skyward Sword. At lower health, he will fire two discs. He also breathes a ball of fire that follows his enemy and unleashes a beam of darkness from his mouth, similar to moves Calamity Ganon performs in Breath of the Wild. When defeated, Ganon will wildly flail his swords and roar, similar to his defeat animation in Ocarina of Time, before exploding.
Unlike in prior appearances, it is implied that Ganon in the World of Light storyline was a separate entity from Ganondorf, as not only is defeating and recruiting Ganondorf necessary to accessing Ganon's castle ruins and fighting Ganon, but the player can optionally fight Ganon as Ganondorf.
Cadence of Hyrule
Ganondorf appears as a child who practices the organ in Gerudo Village. Having witnessed Octavo bewitch his caretaker and chief of Gerudo Village, Barriara, into a deep sleep, he became inspired to learn the power that music contains. Though Octavo bewitched Barriara to hinder Ganondorf, this ultimately sets him on his path to becoming Ganon as the Fates foretold. After Cadence, Link, Yves, and Zelda stop Octavo in Hyrule Castle, they break his Golden Lute. Out of desperation, Octavo decides to travel to the Future World to face Ganon himself. Once the heroes arrive in the Future World, they find that Ganon defeated Octavo in battle. In the Future World, a Fate explains that Ganondorf found Octavo's Golden Lute and eventually repaired it. The influence of the Triforce of Power within the Lute corrupted Ganondorf and transformed him into Ganon.
In battle, Ganon will freeze two of the heroes who confront him before shielding himself as he plays his organ to summon monsters. After summoning monsters, he prepares to jump and land on the heroes. However, once he has landed, he opens himself for attack. If his magical shield is struck, the hero who struck it will be temporarily stunned, requiring other heroes to inflict damage beyond his shield. During this phase, Ganon can also use his Trident to summon a wall of black flames from the ground in a 2×2 formation. After Ganon has been hit directly thrice, he will freeze the two other heroes once more and attack more frantically, summoning stronger monsters.
During this second phase of the fight, Ganon can use his Trident to launch a strong gust of wind as well as summon a stronger wall of black flames in a 2×3 formation. After being struck directly three times once more, Ganon will return to his organ. While playing the organ, three triangles will appear on the floor. The three heroes can step on these triangles in unison to summon the power of the Triforce to defeat Ganon.
In Story Mode — Octavo, Octavo manages to defeat Ganondorf before he can gain power. With Link and Zelda bewitched into a deep sleep and without Cadence appearing to stop him, Octavo himself is corrupted and becomes The NecroDancer. When traveling to the Future World to defeat Ganon himself, Octavo is surprised to find his future self in place of Ganon and vows to stop The NecroDancer, ultimately resigning himself to his destined fate.
- Ganon's birthday in Animal Crossing: New Leaf is February 21st, the day that The Legend of Zelda was first released in Japan. This also makes his astrological sign a Pisces.
A piece of Ganon in The Legend of Zelda (Mishouzaki)
Ganon's origin in A Link to the Past (Ishinomori)
- "The evil wizard Ganon has the Triforce of Power." — Princess Zelda (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode Introduction of each episode )
- "Then we will have to try again. I wanted that princess. But once I place this Jewel of Control around her neck, the princess will do anything I say--even "Marry me!" Aha ha ha ha! And make ME ruler of all Hyrule! Aha ha ha ha!" — Ganon (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode Hitch in the Works )
- "Ganon's after Daddy!" — Princess Zelda (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode Sing for the Unicorn )
- "Oh, I could. But why work so hard? You will bring me that Triforce, princess, or you'll never see your precious Link again! Aha ha ha ha!" — Ganon (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode The Missing Link )
- "Obviously, if I want the Triforce of Wisdom I'm going to have to get it myself. There is a contest of amateur magicians in Hyrule today. I shall enter that contest!" — Ganon (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode The Ringer )
- "Blast, blast, blast, blast! You idiots bungled it again!" — Ganon (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode The Ringer )
- "Just wait til I get out of here, Zelda and Link. You'll pay for this!" — Ganon (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode The Ringer )
- "Fools! I want those pieces of the Triforce! And I'm going to find them, if I have to teleport to every chamber in the Underworld! Wait. Why work so hard? Link and Zelda will be after those pieces, too. If I just sneak up after they find them, I'll have Link, Zelda, AND the Triforce! Hyrule will be mine at last!" — Ganon (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode Underworld Connections )
- "Since my teleportation powers are limited in the upper world, I'll have to travel in style." — Ganon (, Episode The Ringer )
- "Move it, you boneheads! Get us out of here!" — Ganon (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode The Ringer )
- "You're sorry? You're sorry? Blast these incompetent servants! You idiots!" — Ganon (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode Doppelganger )
- "Silence! (electrocutes them) Maybe that will shock some sense into you!" — Ganon (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode The Missing Link )
- "We tired of your plans, Ganon. So now, laugh's on you!" — Moblin (The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Episode The Moblins Are Revolting )
- "Only one: that they're searching for a magic potion that will restore his power. WE'VE gotta find it first." — Princess Zelda (Captain N: The Game Master, Episode Quest for the Potion of Power )
- "No one can withstand the power of Ganon. Videoland is mine!" — Ganon (Captain N: The Game Master, Episode Quest for the Potion of Power )
- "Wait a minute! I don't like freelancers. You're supposed to be workin' for me" — Mother Brain (Captain N: The Game Master, Episode Quest for the Potion of Power )
- "That reflect magic is awesome stuff!" — Kevin (Captain N: The Game Master, Episode Quest for the Potion of Power )
- "Then, one dark day, an evil army led by the Prince of Darkness, Ganon, attacked Hyrule and stole the Triforce of Power" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics) pg. 1 (Bonus))
- "Soon, Princess Zelda, I will add your Triforce of Wisdom to my Triforce of Power--and rule Hyrule forever! [...] NO ONE will destroy Link! No one but ME!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics) pg. 3 [Assault])
- "I know why you fear me--! Because you believe the venomous lies spread by one who is truly evil! A man-monster called... Link! Yes, Link the Malevolent! He assaults my mountain home, attacks my servants, and tries to destroy me! ME--! A man of peace! I see that your fields are barren. What have Link and his co-conspirator, the wicked Princess Zelda, done for you? NOTHING!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics) pg. 2 [Trust Me])
- "Bah! This Impa disguise...worked no better than my OTHER disguises! I must escape! I'll battle Link another day on my own..." (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics) pg. 9 [He Also Serves])
- "Link will be totally destroyed! Who but our evil master Ganon could devise such a brilliant plan?" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics) pg. 9 [He Also Serves])
- "Then by all means enter, bold one, where none of us would dare-- though we hate our pig-nosed master even more than you do!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics) pg. 6 [Day of the Triforce])
- "Zelda: Link! You got the magic trophy!
Link: That's nothing! I got Ganon's Triforce!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics) pg. 5)
- "It's over, Ganon! I have the power now! You've hounded me! Attacked me! Made my life miserable! I'll give you MERCY! The same mercy you've always given ME!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics) pg. )
- "I must escape! I have no power left!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics) pg. )
- "He teleported! He got inside Death Mountain and he TELEPORTED!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics) pg. 9)
- "My magic is powerful enough to CAGE you now! I should just drop you into this endless pit!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics) pg. 5)
- "Link! Listen to me! We can defeat her together, if you let me have the Triforce of Power back--! Then, once she's gone, we'll divide the spoils of Hyrule! I swear it!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics) pg. 8)
- "Shut up, Ganon! The power is mine, forever!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics) pg. 8)
- "The Power must be fine!" (The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics) pg. )
- "Zelda sees the reflection first. Instead of Charles's face, a horrible, hodded, skull-like mask with burning white eyes fills the mirror. 'It's Ganon himself!' Zelda cries." (The Shadow Prince (Mammoth) pg. 64)
- "He whirls and brings up his other hand with a fireball in it. Flames shoot out at Link." (The Crystal Trap (Archway) pg. 118)
- "A bolt of light leaps from his fingers and shoots toward Zelda." (The Crystal Trap (Archway) pg. 64)
- "'I already have the Triforce of Power, but I need all three parts of the Triforce to complete my hold on Hyrule. Since I cannot get the Triforces of Courage and Wisdom from you, then you shall not be able to use them, either,' he says. 'With this magic scroll, I have cast a spell to encase them in unbreakable crystal. Of course, since the Triforce of Courage is in Link's heart, I'm afraid the poor boy will have to be shut up in the crystal also. Sorry about that.'" (The Crystal Trap (Archway) pg. 65)
- "'Not likely,' says Ganon. 'There's only one way to break the crystal, and I don't think you'll ever figure it out, or find the three things you need. By this time tomorrow, Link will be trapped in the crystal forever!' Ganon steps closer to Zelda. 'I was going to kill you,' he tells her. 'But it's so much more fun to see you suffer over your friend. I think I'll just leave you here. Well, bye-bye. I have a kingdom to conquer!" (Crystal Trap (Archway) pg. 66)
- "Link hurls the spear. Ganon throws a flaming fireball at it, but the magic weapon can't be stopped. It hits Ganon in the hand and nails the scroll to the tree trunk. [...] As they watch, the spear begins to sink into the bark of the tree, taking the scroll with it. In a few moments, both disappear." (Crystal Trap (Archway) pg. 119)
- "'I've been travelling for months, doing good deeds as part of Morian custom. When I've done enough I'll go home and become King Charles.'" (The Shadow Prince (Mammoth) pg. 37)
- "Link looks up as a tall, dark man jumps off a white horse. All the moblin freeze in their tracks, terrified. The one hovering over Link drops his knife. 'Begone!' the stranger commands. The moblin seem in shock. Whimpering, they begin to slink out of the clearing." (The Shadow Prince (Mammoth) pg. 114)
- "'I believe Ganon is after our Triforce of Wisdom again. It's in danger here. We must move it.' [...] To the Fifth Castle of Ancient Hyrule.'" (The Shadow Prince (Mammoth) pg. 6)
- "'Charles of Moria will carry the Triforce of Wisdom to its new home,' the king announces." (The Shadow Prince (Mammoth) pg. 102)
- "Zelda sees the reflection first. Instead of Charles's face, a horrible, hodded, skull-like mask with burning white eyes fills the mirror. 'It's Ganon himself!' Zelda cries." (The Shadow Prince (Mammoth) pg. 64)
- "With a neat chop he cuts the necklace in two. Charles gasps, clutching his throat. 'My necklace!' he cries. 'My beautiful necklace!' [...] Suddenly, Charless falls to his knees. [...] Charles's handsome features begin to melt away, exposing a grinning, bare skull with starving white eyesockets. [...] The evil wizard raises a claweed hand and Link suddenly feels as if he's under water. But Ganon's power isn't strong enough to stop Link from moving forward. [...] then, with a chilling shriek, he vanishes into thin air." (The Shadow Prince (Mammoth) pg. 96, 97)
- "Hmmmm... I sense a being approaching the barrier surrounding the castle... A being with intense emotional energy..." (A Link to the Past (Nintendo Power) pg. 68)
- "What?! Can it be him?!book=A Link to the Past" ( (Nintendo Power) pg. 8)
- "What do you mean to do with that bow, Princess?" (A Link to the Past (Nintendo Power) pg. 4)
- "His sword... I am paralyzed..." (A Link to the Past (Nintendo Power) pg. 6)
- "It was the enchanted arrow..." (A Link to the Past (Nintendo Power) pg. 6)
- "Welcome, Link... I am the Essence of the Triforce. [...] You have totally destroyed Ganon. The Triforce is waiting for a new master. Its Golden Power is in your hands--touch it with a wish in your heart." (A Link to the Past (Nintendo Power) pg. 8)
- "But one day, a group of bandits accidentally found the door to the Sacred Realm... ...and it opened not just to a different realm, but another world... ...where the Triforce shines golden in the eternal twilight." (The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (VIZ Media) pg. 70)
- "The bandits fought over this prize until only one man remained. When he touched the Triforce, the symbol's spirit whispered... ..."Thy wish is my wish." He laughed so loud that his voice reached Hyrule across time and space. The man's name was Ganondorf. Also known as the evil bandit Ganon." (The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (VIZ Media) pg. 71)
- "I made a deal with Ganon. A pact to break the Sages' seal in exhange for great power. My friend interfered, so I sealed him in the Dark World." (The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (VIZ Media) pg. 158)
- "Know your place! You are merely mortal. I don't need you. ... The power of the Triforce is mine alone. I won't let anyone share it!" (The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (VIZ Media) pg. 160-161)
- "The Triforce is giving shape to Ganon's desire. He is a monster of ever-growing greed. He can't stop himself." (The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (VIZ Media) pg. 165)
- "And so it was that Gannon, Lord of Darkness, had taken over Tolemac. He has stolen the treasured celestial signs and captured Link! A brave warrior will have to be found to face this evil monster." — Gaspra (Zelda's Adventure)
- "Zelda, life is always one order more horrifying than you expect. The great evil Gannon spoiled your victory. Make haste! Do not let him out of your sight." — Gaspra (Zelda's Adventure)
- "By picking up the Boss Attack items dropped by defeated Giant Bosses, you gain the ability to use Boss Attacks until the battle ends. By hitting each Giant Boss with the Boss Attack it's weak to, you can force the boss into a downed state." — Tutorial (Hyrule Warriors)
- "Shoot a Fireball from your right hand. This can put Argorok into a downed state." — Tutorial (Hyrule Warriors)
- "Launch a Ganon Bomb from your left hand. This can put King Dodongo into a downed state." — Tutorial (Hyrule Warriors)
- "Fire the Fury Horn on your shoulders. This can put Gohma into a downed state." — Tutorial (Hyrule Warriors)
- "Spew Burning Breath from your mouth. This can put Manhandla into a downed state." — Tutorial (Hyrule Warriors)
- "The demon thief Ganondorf has returned! He’s the largest and bulkiest of all human-type characters. His movement, his attack capability everything feels weighted. Ganondorf’s attacks land with heavy thunks, which gives him a very unique feel." — Ganondorf, Super Smash Bros. DOJO!!.
- Super Smash Bros. Brawl Tier List, SmashWiki.
- "Wait, did I doze off?! What am I doing sleeping outside?! Thanks for waking me up, stranger. I'm Barriara, the leader of this village. Here, this should help you take care of that mischief in the ruins." — Barriara (Cadence of Hyrule)
- "Unfortunately, I cannot travel to the ruins with you. I must watch over our prince until he's a little more...mature." — Barriara (Cadence of Hyrule)
- "Clearly, there's a power in music I wasn't aware of. I need to improve..." — Ganondorf (Cadence of Hyrule)
- "Where did that portal come from? What have you done?! You fools! Without my Golden Lute, how will we defeat Ganon? We have only one final hope..." — Octavo (Cadence of Hyrule)
- "Ughhh... I couldn't...defeat him...alone...." — Octavo (Cadence of Hyrule)
- "Ha ha ha! So kind of you to bring the remaining pieces of the Triforce to me! You may have defeated that weakling Octavo's toy instruments... But now you will witness the POWER that has brought Hyrule to its knees!" — Ganon (Cadence of Hyrule)
- "Ganondorf rules Hyrule now. He found a Golden Lute that had been snapped in two! He managed to repair it, but over time...it corrupted him. He slowly transformed as its Power drove him mad. Now a slave to its dark melodies...he is the beast of Hyrule." — Fate (Cadence of Hyrule)
- "Oh, how quaint. It's my past self! Don't worry, dear Octavo. Your troubles are over. I've silenced the fortune-tellers, broken the bonds of fate, and defeated Ganondorf before he could take power! And now I will rule over Hyrule at last!" — The NecroDancer (Cadence of Hyrule)
- "What? You're not Ganon! Who are you?" — Octavo (Cadence of Hyrule)
- "Rule over Hyrule? That was never what I wanted! I just wanted to prepare for the inevitable... You've become a monster, like the one I wanted to stop! I'll put an end to you!" — Octavo (Cadence of Hyrule)
- "Now it is time to atone for what I have done." — Octavo (Cadence of Hyrule)
- "(gasp)" — Octavo (Cadence of Hyrule)
"Ah! I see that you're back. Are you still dying to know what fate has in store for you?" — Fate (Cadence of Hyrule)
"No! No. I will leave that for those who are much wiser than I." — Octavo (Cadence of Hyrule)