Ganon is the main antagonist of The Legend of Zelda series. His first appearance was as the beast in the original The Legend of Zelda game, although it was misspelled as Gannon in-game. The villain made his first humanoid appearance as Ganondorf in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Since then, the name “Ganondorf” has been used to refer to his Gerudo form while “Ganon” is used for his monster form.
Ganon was originally introduced in the original The Legend of Zelda game. Here, he was established as a power-hungry monster who kidnapped Princess Zelda for her piece of the Triforce, but was destroyed by Link at the end of the game. Since then, collecting the Triforce and conquering Hyrule has usually been Ganon’s main goal in the series. He has appeared or been mentioned in nearly every Zelda game, with four exceptions: The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks, The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords and The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap.
Ganon’s appearance has changed over the course of the series. In his first appearance in The Legend of Zelda, he appears as a bestial, porcine demon with turquoise skin (though it will change to red at one point, which is the cue to hit him with the Silver Arrow), while in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, he has blue skin and turns silver when weak to the aforementioned Silver Arrows. Ocarina of Time, which first showed Ganon’s human appearance as Ganondorf, depicts his bestial Ganon form with similar articles of clothing as Ganondorf, dark green fur, a red mane, and large curved horns. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, in a departure from previous games, features a quadrupedal Ganon for the first time.
Main article: Beast Ganon
Ganon made his debut in the Super Smash Bros. series as Beast Ganon, the Final Smash of Ganondorf in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Ganondorf in Super Smash Bros. 4. Ganon is modeled after Beast Ganon from Twilight Princess to match Ganondorf‘s design from the same game.
As a Final Smash
Main article: Ganon, The Demon King
As a boss
Ganon appears as a boss in both Classic Mode and in World of Light. He is fought in an arena resembling the ruins of Ganon’s Castle 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, with his head becoming another weakness. Along with standard sword slashes and a charge attack similar to the Final Smash, Ganon uses several new attacks:
- Ganon performs a large swing upward. After the attack, he briefly faces away, allowing the player to attack him from the front.
- Ganon unleashes a spin attack.
- Ganon leaps forward and slams his swords on the ground.
- Ganon shoots a disc of lightning from his swords, a reference to Demise from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. At lower health, he will fire two discs.
- Ganon breathes a ball of fire that follows the player, similar to a move Calamity Ganon performs in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
- Ganon unleashes a beam of malice from his mouth, similar to an attack used by Dark Beast Ganon in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
- Ganon can leap in the air and perform a ground pound attack.
When defeated, Ganon will wildly fails his swords and roar, similar to his defeat animation in Ocarina of Time, before exploding.
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- Prior to Sephiroth's release, Ganon was the only boss who does not face characters outside his own series in Classic Mode.
- Zelda is the only character who faces Ganondorf on the same stage before his transformation as Ganon.
- Sheik is the only Zelda character (excluding Ganondorf) to not face Ganon as her final boss.