For fighter info, see Ganondorf (SSBM), Ganondorf (SSBB), Ganondorf (SSBWU/3DS), and Ganondorf (SSBU).
"Ganon" redirects here. For his Final Smash, see Beast Ganon.

Ganondorf (ガノンドロフ Ganondorofu?) is the main antagonist in the The Legend of Zelda video game series. He made his debut in his beast form known as Ganon (ガノン Ganon?) in the original The Legend of Zelda game, although it was misspelled as Gannon in-game. The name "Ganondorf" was first mentioned in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past with the villain making his first appearance as Ganondorf in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Since then, the name "Ganondorf" has been used to refer to his human form, while "Ganon" is used for his monster form, the only exception being in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, though at times the names were used interchangeably in said game.

Ganondorf has first appeared as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Melee and later appears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.

Character description

Ganondorf as he appears in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

Ganondorf was originally introduced in the original The Legend of Zelda game as Ganon. Here, he was established as a power hungry monster who had 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 five exceptions: The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, Legend Of Zelda Spirit Tracks, The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Note that in Phantom Hourglass, he was included in the prologue, describing the events from Wind Waker, in which Ganondorf appears.

Ganon's appearance has changed over the course of the series. In his first appearance, he appears as a monster whose facial features are like that of a pig's 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. In Ocarina of Time, Ganon's skin is dark green and he has yellow eyes (and so far, this and Twilight Princess are the only games to depict Ganon with a tail). The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, in a departure from previous games, features a quadrupedal Ganon for the first time, and appears as more of a boar than a pig.

In his first appearance as Ganondorf in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, it is revealed that he is the only male in the Gerudo Tribe, born every 100 years. All Gerudos are identified by their noticeably darker skin (which may be due to living in the desert) and red hair. He is seen wearing armor in both Ocarina of Time and Twilight Princess, while in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker he appears to be wearing sorcerer's robes.

Ganon is the primary villain in most of the Zelda games, with his schemes usually involving kidnapping Princess Zelda, conquering the land of Hyrule, or obtaining the Triforce (sometimes all three). The only game (So far) to feature Ganondorf as a playable character is Hyrule Warriors, which is a spinoff, and thus non-cannon.

Unlike most of Nintendo's other famous villains, such as Bowser, Ganondorf is a cunning, intelligent, and an extremely powerful character. Andross from the Star Fox series shares this trait. In Ocarina of Time, Ganondorf accomplishes something that Bowser (and many other villains) struggle with--he conquered the world! Thus, Link had to build up his strength so he could take Hyrule back from Ganondorf, who had ruled for seven years by that point.

Whether he appears as Ganondorf or as Ganon (A Link to the Past's game manual gives him the name Ganondorf Dragmire which is a name which hasn't appeared before or since), Hyrule knows that it will be facing an incredible evil that only Link and Zelda can stop.

In Super Smash Bros. Melee

As a playable character

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Main article: Ganondorf (SSBM)

Ganondorf makes his first appearance in the Smash Bros. series as a secret playable fighter in Super Smash Bros. Melee. He can be unlocked after completing Triforce Gathering or by playing 600 VS. matches.

Ganondorf is considered a clone of Captain Falcon due to their similar moves, though he does have a few notable differences. Overall, Ganondorf is slower, but more powerful. Ganondorf's neutral attack is a single jab instead of being an infinite jab combo like Captain Falcon's. The most notable difference is that they have different f-airs, as while Captain Falcon has the famous knee, Ganondorf has a flying punch, also referred to as the Skull Crusher. The primary statistical difference between the two is that Ganondorf's f-air is not as powerful as the knee, but it has no sourspot, along with greater reach. Ganondorf is also heavier, making him more difficult to KO horizontally than Captain Falcon (though Captain Falcon's faster falling speed gives him greater vertical endurance).


By tradition, Ganondorf as a playable character is featured on his personal three trophies. His normal trophy is acquired by beating the Classic mode with Ganondorf on any difficulty, and his Smash Red and Smash Blue trophies are acquired the same way by beating the Adventure and All-Star modes, respectively.

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.
Ganondorf [Smash]
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.
Ganondorf [Smash]
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.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl

As a playable character

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Main article: Ganondorf (SSBB)

Ganondorf reappears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as a playable unlockable character, this time using his Twilight Princess appearance. Some of his attacks have changed from his Melee set and have undergone large aesthetic changes to resemble various hand-to-hand moves he has used in the Zelda franchise, while his other attacks are similar to their Melee counterparts.

In Brawl, his attacks are noticeably more sluggish and have less reach. His jumping ability, walking/dashing speed, and his air speed have also been hindered, which hinders his mobility rather severely. His rolling dodges, once on par with Captain Falcon's (from whom they were inherited), are now slower and gain less distance. His horizontal recovery is worse due to the Wizard's Foot no longer restoring his midair jump. Additionally, many of Ganondorf's attacks were weakened in terms of damage and power. In this game, he has a new side special known as Flame Choke, which involves Ganondorf grabbing an opponent, and then throwing them downward.

Beast Ganon also appears as Ganondorf's Final Smash. Once the Smash Ball is retrieved and activated by the player, Ganondorf immediately transforms into the Twilight Princess rendition of Beast Ganon. In beast form, he stomps his front legs on the ground, immobilizing any foes in his wake, pounding them down into the earth, making them unable to perform any actions. The beast then charges straightforward into the direction he was last facing when the Final Smash was activated.


Ganondorf has a trophy that is awarded each time the Classic Mode is completed with Ganondorf on any difficulty. See Beast Ganon for the trophy description of Ganondorf's Final Smash:

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.
  • (N64) Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  • (Wii) Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Ganondorf (Wind Waker)
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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.
  • (GCN) Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker


Name Image Artwork from Effect in The Subspace Emissary Characters
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Darkness Attack +29 Ganondorf
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker Darkness Attack +33 Ganondorf

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U

As a playable character

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Main article: Ganondorf (SSBWU/3DS)

Ganondorf reappears as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, being an unlockable character in the 3DS version, but a starter in the Wii U version. He reuses his Twilight Princess appearance, but with his glowing chest wound from that game clearly visible and a more tattered cape. His moveset appears to be similar to its Brawl incarnation, but has been buffed to make him a better character.


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!
  • (N64) The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (11/1998)
  • (Wii) The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (11/2006)
Ganondorf (Alt.)
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.
  • (N64) The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (11/1998)
  • (Wii) The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (11/2006)
Ganondorf (Ocarina of Time)
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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.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

As a playable character

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Main article: Ganondorf (SSBU)
Ganondorf returns as a fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate with his design from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. His moveset also includes his sword.


  • Alongside Bowser, Ganondorf is the first playable main villain to appear in the Super Smash Bros.-series.
  • In Brawl, Ganondorf has his design from Twilight Princess, but lacks his glowing chest wound (except in Beast Ganon Form). He regains this wound in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.
  • Ganondorf is the only clone of a character from a different universe. He is a clone of Captain Falcon from F-Zero with both of them sharing very identical moves.
  • Ganondorf is the only Zelda character to lack projectiles and is not a form of another Zelda character.
  • While performing his Down Taunt, Ganondorf pulls out the execution sword he stole in Twilight Princess from the ancient sages. Although it is inaccessible as a fighting tool in-game, hacking the game would provide a mock means of doing so.
  • In The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, an entity called Calamity Ganon appears. He wishes to destroy the planet, though Ganondorf himself only wants to take it over. They both appear in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, though Ganondorf himself is playable while Calamity Ganon is only a spirit.

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