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|Game Series||The Legend of Zelda series|
|First Appearance||The Legend of Zelda (1986)|
|Voice Actor(s):|| Len Carlson (TV show) |
(Ocarina of Time)
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(The Wind Waker)
In Zelda lore, Ganondorf was born to the Gerudo and became the King of Thieves. He is also sometimes called The Prince of Darkness, The Evil King and Ganon. He is the nemesis of Link and Princess Zelda in most of the games in the Zelda games.
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Ganondorf (called Ganon in his beast form) was birthed from the Gerudo witch Twinrova, who is described as his 'surrogate mother'. One would assume the witch used black magic to birth a fatherless child from pure evil. Twinrova, like all mothers, tried to control Ganondorf's life. More specifically, she brainwashed Nabooru who spent seven years as Ganondorf's servant until Twinrova was killed and the curse was broken. In The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Ganondorf manipulated Link and Princess Zelda into granting him access to the Sacred Realm where he acquired the Triforce. However, due to the nature of the Triforce, he was only able to obtain part of it, the Triforce of Power. This resulted in the two remaining pieces, Courage and Wisdom going into Link and Zelda respectively.
At the end of Ocarina, Ganondorf was sealed in the Sacred Realm by the Seven Sages, but the seal broke decades later. Ultimately the entire country of Hyrule had to be sealed under The Great Sea in order to keep Ganondorf from killing the Hylians who migrated to the mountaintops that became islands. Hundreds of years later, Ganondorf penetrated this seal as well.
It is implied that after obtaining the Triforce of Power, Ganondorf became immortal. In The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker the King of Hyrule describes both Ganondorf's unnaturally long life and his own as being 'bound to the fate of Hyrule', and the King, who at the time held part of the Triforce of Wisdom, said his own long life was caused the same way. And the king eventually used the Triforce to destroy Ganondorf in the only way possible: Destroying Hyrule. On top of that, Link shoved the Blade of Evil's Bane through his head, turning him to stone.
Though the body that Twinrova had given birth to, the body of Ganondorf, was destroyed, the spirit of Ganon lived on. Hundreds of years later, in The Legend of Zelda: Four Sword Adventures Ganondorf was reborn. Oops. The Gerudo people consist entirely of women, but every hundred years a Gerudo male is born, and until that time the Gerudo women 'date' Hyrulians. The law states that this Gerudo male is king. For the hundreds of years that Ganondorf was still alive, these kings were probably good guys. But once he died, his spirit was free to be reincarnated once again in the body of a Gerudo.
This new Ganondorf was much fatter and looked nothing like the first Ganondorf, but we never see him in-game. We only see statues of him in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Minutes after the player discovers Ganondorf has been reborn, it is also revealed that he has stolen the sacred Gerudo trident. The trident, apparently, grants the ability to transform into Ganon. From this point on the only time we see Ganondorf is in his Ganon form. It is believed that the new Ganondorf preferred his badass monster demon form, but hey, if you were fat and ugly you would too.
The Ganon form
Ganondorf's Ganon form is a huge pig monster that wields a big trident. He has the power to summon Fire Keese and turn invisible and smash crap. Ganondorf was able to turn into this form once he got the Triforce of Power, and is seen 'activating' his Trifroce before changing.
After he was defeated in Ocarina of Time, he probably left behind one of his tridents (even though they were more like swords with a pointy hilt) as the Gerudo kept his trident as a sacred relic, and his power lives within it or something.
Ganondorf transforms into Ganon in Ocarina of Time and A Link to the Past. He is only seen in his Ganon form in every other game. Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, and The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask are the only games to not feature Ganon. Link's Awakening features Ganon in his pig form from Link To The Past as a Shadow Nightmare being.