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* {{BFS}}: In ''Twilight Princess'' and ''Skyward Sword'', the Master Sword is almost as long as he is tall.

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* {{BFS}}: He is able to use larger-than-average swords in some games, such as the Biggoron's Sword and the Great Fairy Sword.
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In ''Twilight Princess'' and ''Skyward Sword'', the Master Sword is almost as long as he is tall.



* BlueIsHeroic: Blue is a common color worn by him besides green. He starts off with blue pajamas in ''The Wind Waker'' and wears a bright blue tunic in ''Breath of the Wild''.



* DarkIsNotEvil: He makes use of Twilight-based magic in ''Twilight Princess'' and he wields the power of the AmbiguouslyEvil Fierce Deity's Mask in ''Majora's Mask'', but remains a hero.



* LightEmUp: Despite being affiliated with darkness and evil, he has actually shown proficiency with light magic as well, and in Twilight Princess, uses the Sword of the Sages that he stole from the sages who sought to execute him.

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* LightEmUp: LightIsNotGood: Despite being affiliated with darkness and evil, he is the chosen wielder of the divine power of Din, and he demonstrates the ability to manifest himself as a giant glowing head in ''Twilight Princess.''
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has actually shown proficiency with light magic as well, and in Twilight Princess, he uses the Sword of the Sages that he stole from the sages who sought to execute him.
1st Dec '16 1:03:37 PM Spinycemb
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* LightEmUp: Despite being affiliated with darkness and evil, he has actually shown proficiency with light magic as well, and in Twilight Princess, uses the Sword of the Sages that he stole from the sages who sought to execute him.
30th Nov '16 8:51:43 PM OldBlindTrope
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The Prince of Darkness, King of Evil, and ruler of the Dark World. Although his original appearance was more like a giant blue pigman, the 3D games gave him a human form when they established his StartOfDarkness. He is considered the main villain of the series. He holds the Triforce of Power and is the main villain for six games, and the [[HijackedByGanon final boss]] of a further two. He stated in ''Ocarina of Time'' that the Triforce of Power makes him immortal and this is reiterated in ''Twilight Princess''. The Sages attempted to execute him, but this awakens the Triforce of Power which keeps him alive. He ''can'' be weakened and sealed away, but as long as he has the Triforce of Power he cannot be permanently killed and will revive in strength. This basically means that while Link and Zelda in the various games are reincarnations of their past namesakes, many of the Ganondorfs (though not all) are the same being resurrected. The ending of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' revealed that an incarnation of the Demon King Demise's hatred will always live on so long as incarnations of Zelda and Link continue to live on. And thus, Ganondorf exists as that incarnation of Demise's hatred as the main villain of the series, though there are a few other villains that serve that role as well.

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The main villain of the series: Prince of Darkness, King of Evil, and ruler of the Dark World. Although his original His appearance was more like a giant blue pigman, in the 3D first three games gave was an immense blue pig-demon or boar-demon (later depictions lean more towards boar than pig). The third game, ''A Link to the Past'', described how he had originally been a desert robber, the chief of a band of murderous, magic-wielding thieves; ''Ocarina of Time'', his StartOfDarkness, showed him a in his [[WasOnceAMan original human form when they established form]], before his StartOfDarkness. He transformation.

Ganondorf
is considered the acknowledged main villain of the series. He holds the Triforce of Power and is the main villain for six games, and the [[HijackedByGanon final boss]] of a further two. He stated another two; he holds the Triforce of Power, which makes him immortal (established in ''Ocarina of Time'' that the Triforce of Power makes him immortal and this is reiterated in ''Twilight Princess''. Princess''), capable of being disembodied or sealed away but never permanently killed. There are many Links and Zeldas, reincarnated through the ages, but there is only one Ganon. (Or rather, there are two. The Sages attempted to execute him, but this awakens series is divided into three timelines; in one of them, Ganondorf's plot was discovered, and he was killed by the Kingdom of Hyrule, before he acquired the Triforce of Power which keeps him alive. He ''can'' be weakened and sealed away, but as long as Power; he has the Triforce of Power he cannot be permanently killed and will revive in strength. This basically means that while Link and Zelda in the various games are reincarnations of their past namesakes, many of the Ganondorfs (though not all) are the same being resurrected. was reincarnated generations later.) The ending of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' revealed that an incarnation of the Demon King Demise's hatred there will always live on so be an avatar of the [[GodOfEvil Demon King Demise]]'s hatred, for as long as incarnations of Zelda and Link continue to live on. And thus, appear -- and indicated very strongly that Ganondorf exists as that incarnation of Demise's hatred as the main villain of the series, though is in part possessed by Demise, although there are a few other villains in the series who can claim that serve that role status as well.
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* AmbitionIsEvil: Ganon's chief trait is an unquenchable desire for power, which caused him to only receive the Triforce of Power when he invaded the Sacred Realm. No amount of power, not even the Triforce, is ever enough for him.
* AnimalMotifs: Pigs and Boars.

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* AmbitionIsEvil: Ganon's chief trait is an unquenchable desire for power, Ganondorf was shockingly ruthless from the start of his career (at least by the Gerudos' standards, which caused are oddly high for a band of desert robbers), and has never been shown resting on his laurels, possessing enough power to satisfy himself. ''A Link to the Past'' saw him to only receive in possession of the full Triforce -- and using its power to infiltrate Hyrule, quite possibly in person, to seek control of Power when he invaded the Sacred Realm. No amount of power, not even the Triforce, is ever enough for him.
that kingdom as well.
* AnimalMotifs: Pigs and Boars.



* ArchEnemy: To more than half a dozen Links and Zeldas.
* ArtEvolution: Has gone from a pig man to a dark brown/green skinned redhead giant over the years.
** It should be noted that while the transition from pig Ganon to humanoid Ganondorf was done more so to explore Ganon's past as a [[WasOnceAMan demon who was once a Gerudo]], the pig form tends to stick around for FinalBoss battles, and has undergone some ArtEvolution itself. It's gone from looking like a cartoony caricature of a PigMan in the 2D games to being much more realistic and bestial in ''Ocarina'' and beyond.

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* ArchEnemy: To more than He's fought half a dozen different Links and Zeldas.
* ArtEvolution: Has gone from a pig The more recent games put more emphasis on his human form -- an imposing man with brown (or sometimes green?) skin and red hair -- and less on his pig/boar form; and his PigMan form, which he tends to a dark brown/green skinned redhead giant over the years.
** It should be noted that while the
transition from pig Ganon to humanoid Ganondorf was done more so to explore Ganon's past as a [[WasOnceAMan demon who was once a Gerudo]], the pig form tends to stick around into for FinalBoss battles, and has undergone some ArtEvolution itself. It's gone from looking like a cartoony caricature of a PigMan in the 2D games to being much grown more realistic boar-like over the years. (Ganon looked distinctly cartoonish in ''The Legend of Zelda'' and bestial in ''Ocarina'' ''A Link to the Past''.) But his voice acting has remained the same: he's always been depicted with a deep, harsh voice and beyond.a menacing laugh.



** This happened if you got a Game Over in ''The Adventure of Link''. Has presumably happened several times offscreen, too.

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** This happened if you got a Game Over in ''The Adventure of Link''. Has Link'', and has presumably happened several times offscreen, too.offscreen.



* CardCarryingVillain: A surprisingly well-handled example. Ganondorf makes no secret that he values power above all else. He even refers to himself using titles like "King of Evil" and "Dark Lord". Still, his pragmatism, intelligence, and tragic origins makes him more popular and interesting than the average villain.
* CloseRangeCombatant: Although the individual weapons have been replaced over the course of time; he has consistently focused on two types of weapons for hand-to-hand combat; tridents and swords.

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* CardCarryingVillain: A surprisingly well-handled example. Ganondorf makes no secret that he values power above all else. He even refers to happily calls himself using titles like "King of Evil" and "Dark Lord". Still, Lord"; he makes no secret of his pragmatism, intelligence, sheer love of power; but he's pragmatic, intelligent, strikingly brave, and perhaps a little bit tragic origins makes (''The Wind Waker'' depicted him more popular in gloomy middle age), and interesting than the average villain.
he enjoys a challenge from a worthy hero.
* CloseRangeCombatant: Although Tridents, swords (normally two one-handed swords, occasionally a great two-handed Chinese broadsword), and the individual weapons have been replaced over the course of time; he has consistently focused on two types of weapons for hand-to-hand combat; tridents and swords.occasional battle magic or weight-triggered earthquake.



* DesertBandits: He was the king of the Gerudo, a tribe of desert-dwelling thieves. His original motivation for desiring the Triforce was to give them a better life.
* DiabolicalMastermind[=/=]EvilGenius: Ganon is one of the most intelligent being in the entire franchise. He's a skilled planner, and manipulated Link and Zelda to open the Door of Time for him.

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* DesertBandits: He was the king of the Gerudo, a tribe of desert-dwelling thieves. His original motivation for desiring He shocked his countrymen (or countrywomen, as the Triforce was case may be) with his tactics; but he envied the Hylians' pleasant, temperate surroundings, and wanted to give them a lead his people to that better life.
* DiabolicalMastermind[=/=]EvilGenius: Ganon is one of possibly the most intelligent being character in the entire franchise. He's a skilled planner, franchise, and is more charismatic than you'd expect from someone with a nasty temper, a constant desire to be in charge, and the power to turn into a giant anthropomorphic boar. In ''Ocarina of Time'', he easily manipulated Link and Zelda to open into opening the Door of Time for him.him; in the lead-in to ''A Link to the Past'', he gained the trust of the King of Hyrule and carried out a palace coup, even though the king had all the necessary information to figure out that this reclusive wizard wielding an unfamiliar magic ''just might'' have something to do with the weakening seal on the Sacred Realm and the great plague that had emerged from it.



* EvilIsBigger: He's ''seven and a half feet tall!'' And that's just in his human form.

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* EvilIsBigger: He's ''seven ''Seven and a half feet tall!'' And that's just tall'' in his human form (although a more normal six feet or so in ''Ocarina of Time''), and probably ten or twelve feet tall in boar form.



* EvilLaugh: Almost a VerbalTic in ''Ocarina of Time''.
* EvilOnlyHasToWinOnce: Subverted. The "Decline" Timeline is exactly what happens when Ganon ''does'' win -- and it still doesn't work out that well for him. Even after defeating Link and gaining the complete Triforce, the people of Hyrule still managed to fight back and managed to seal Ganon in the Sacred Realm/Dark World. However, as he still had the Triforce at his disposal, Ganon continued making wishes and building his power until the Dark World's power began seeping into the Light World as well. And when this happened, we're told that a new Hero was destined to appear. So really, evil is kind of at a disadvantage here.

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* EvilLaugh: Almost First appeared in ''The Adventure of Link'' -- where it was absolutely terrifying if you were of the target age group, since no one imagined at the time that the NES could show portraits or depict even the simplest of voice acting. Iconic ever since, to the point of being a VerbalTic in ''Ocarina of Time''.
* EvilOnlyHasToWinOnce: Subverted. Not in this series!
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The "Decline" Timeline is exactly what happens when Ganon ''does'' win -- and it still doesn't work out that well for him. Even after defeating timeline, which contains the first four games, begins with Ganondorf killing Link in ''Ocarina of Time'' and gaining entering the Sacred Realm unopposed. He acquires the complete Triforce, Triforce -- and the people element of surprise -- but the peoples of Hyrule still managed to fight back rally against him, and managed to eventually seal Ganon him in the Sacred Realm/Dark World. However, as he still had Realm (in the Triforce at his disposal, Ganon continued making wishes and building "Imprisoning War" referenced in the ''Link to the Past'' manual). In the Sacred Realm, which he transforms into the Dark World, he finds a magical trident forged for some future demon king, builds up his power until with the Dark World's power began seeping into Triforce, summons monsters and learns more magic, and eventually manages to erode the Light World as well. And when this happened, we're told that seal to Hyrule far enough to slip a certain amount of influence through, and unlock it from the other side. Then Link shows up ("a new Hero was destined to appear. So really, evil is kind appear"), kills him, and claims the Triforce for himself. (The trident disappears from the story at this point.) Centuries later, Ganon reacquires the Triforce of Power (or never lost it?), reembodies himself, scrapes together an army of goblins, monsters, adventurers, and summoned demons, and falls upon Hyrule again; he lays waste to much of the country (ever compared the maps of ''The Legend of Zelda'' and ''A Link to the Past''?), only to be beaten again by the scattered embers of resistance that he thought his monsters had rubbed out. Then his servants are unable to capture and sacrifice Link in ''The Adventure of Link'' (ignore all those times you lost the game, the original Link was at least as good as [[VideoGame/AssassinsCreed Altair]]), so he stays a disadvantage here.pile of ashes for now. He'll be back... eventually.
** He also revives himself in the Adult timeline. ''The Wind Waker'''s opening [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KyTgvancEok specifically dwells on how the hero did not appear...]] But that didn't prove to be a permanent state of affairs.



* ForTheEvulz: Normally, Ganondorf commits evil deeds out of a lust for power and control; but in certain occasions, such as ''Ocarina of Time'' and ''Twilight Princess'', it's clear he enjoys the evil he causes.

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* EvilVirtues: Just about everything on the list. Even a certain amount of honesty, mentioned below.
* ForTheEvulz: Normally, Chaos and destruction are means to ends that he's very attached to, but Ganondorf commits evil deeds out of a lust also enjoys them for power and control; but their own sake; this comes through particularly clearly in certain occasions, such as ''Ocarina of Time'' and ''Twilight Princess'', it's clear he enjoys the evil he causes.Princess''.



* GreenEyedMonster: Specifically, his being destined to be the king of a barren desert before seeing the fertility and peace of Hyrule. Furthermore, it is implied in ''Skyward Sword'' that [[spoiler:Ganon is the incarnation of the ancient Demon King Demise's hatred after the latter was defeated by the first Link.]] In other words, Ganon really had no other chance of being anything but evil.
* GeniusBruiser: A clever manipulator, a powerful sorcerer, and a fearsome warrior with weapons or [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros without]].
* GenericDoomsdayVillain: Depending on how prominently the game features him, he can end up as this due to not getting enough screentime to get any characterization besides wanting to TakeOverTheWorld.

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* GreenEyedMonster: Specifically, his being destined to be the king of a barren desert before seeing the fertility and peace of Hyrule. Furthermore, it is implied in ''Skyward Sword'' that [[spoiler:Ganon is the incarnation of the ancient Demon King Demise's hatred after the latter was defeated by the first Link.]] Link]]. In other words, Ganon really had no other chance of being anything but evil.
* GeniusBruiser: A clever manipulator, a powerful sorcerer, and a fearsome warrior with weapons or warrior, [[VideoGame/HyruleWarriors with]] [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros without]].
or without]] weapons.
* GenericDoomsdayVillain: Depending Sometimes he's pretty front-and-center, and gets a great deal of dialogue (for a Zelda game); on how prominently the game features him, other occasions, he can end up gets [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E1TheCrystalEmpirePart1 about as this due to not getting enough much screentime to get any characterization besides wanting to TakeOverTheWorld.as King Sombra]].



* SanityHasAdvantages: What makes Ganondorf the most successful and dangerous villain in the series is that he lacks the other villains’ overt madness and is very smart and pragmatic, hence why Link has to use his brains to defeat him. Adding his charisma and immortality means that he can afford to play the long game.
* ScaryBlackMan: Though more along the lines of [[AmbiguouslyBrown Ambiguously Green]], his skin is dark enough to give off a ScaryBlackMan vibe. The Gerudo are also more Middle East or East African inspired, in contrast to the more European Hylians.

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* SanityHasAdvantages: What makes Ganondorf the most successful and dangerous villain in the series is that he lacks the other villains’ overt madness and is very smart and smart, charismatic, pragmatic, hence why brave, patient, relentless, immortal, and ''not crazy'' -- traits which make him one of the most dangerous villains in just about any work of genre fiction. Link has to use consistently needs his brains wits about him to defeat him. Adding his charisma and immortality means beat Ganondorf, or to ensure that he can afford to play the long game.
stays beaten.
* ScaryBlackMan: Though more along the lines of [[AmbiguouslyBrown AmbiguouslyBrown, or perhaps Ambiguously Green]], Green, his skin is skin's dark enough to give off a ScaryBlackMan something of this vibe. The Gerudo are also He's always been depicted as more Middle East Eastern or East African inspired, than anything else, in contrast to the more European Hylians.European-cultured Hylians -- a dichotomy which carries other resonances, [[UsefulNotes.OttomanEmpire historic]] and [[TheWarOnTerror contemporary]]. (The series began in 1986, and ''Ocarina of Time'' came out in 1998.)
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* GhostLights: The Poe's lanterns serve this function. If you kill them in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', you can scoop them up and keep them in a bottle.

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* GhostLights: HitodamaLight: The Poe's purple lanterns serve this function. hold their restless spirits inside. If you kill them in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', you can scoop them up and keep them in a bottle.
20th Nov '16 3:59:16 PM Owlorange1995
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* CloseRangeCombatant: Although the individual weapons have been replaced over the course of time; he has consistently focused on two types of weapons for hand-to-hand combat; tridents and swords.


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* EldritchAbomination: He is this is VideoGame/BreathOfTheWild as the Calamity Ganon.
17th Nov '16 10:55:05 AM Owlorange1995
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16th Nov '16 3:49:25 AM Waddle
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* {{Xenafication}}: [[ZigZaggedTrope Zig-Zagged]]. In the first two games, Impa appeared as a feeble old woman. In Ocarina Of Time, she's a muscular [[AmazonianBeauty Amazonian]] {{Ninja}}. In the Oracle games, she's a pudgy middle-aged woman and is less active in the plot. In Skyward Sword, she's back to being an ActionGirl {{Ninja}} as Zelda's bodyguard [[spoiler:and also a short elderly woman.]] In A Link Between Worlds, she's once again an old woman. And in Hyrule Warriors, she's back to being a muscular amazonian ninja, but she's more conventionally attractive than her Ocarina of Time counterpart.

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* {{Xenafication}}: [[ZigZaggedTrope Zig-Zagged]]. In the first two games, Impa appeared as a feeble old woman. In Ocarina Of Time, ''Ocarina of Time'', she's a muscular [[AmazonianBeauty Amazonian]] {{Ninja}}. In the Oracle ''Oracle'' games, she's a pudgy middle-aged woman and is less active in the plot. In Skyward Sword, ''Skyward Sword'', she's back to being an ActionGirl {{Ninja}} as Zelda's bodyguard [[spoiler:and also a short elderly woman.]] woman]]. In A ''A Link Between Worlds, Worlds'', she's once again an old woman. And in Hyrule Warriors, ''Hyrule Warriors'', she's back to being a muscular amazonian ninja, but she's more conventionally attractive than her Ocarina ''Ocarina of Time Time'' counterpart.
5th Nov '16 5:27:51 PM MasterHero
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* HumbleHero: Humility is officially described as one of his virtues. In some games, Link hails from a humble background and is pretty happy with that kind of life until duty calls.

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* HumbleHero: Humility is officially described as one of his virtues. In some games, Link hails from a humble background and is pretty happy with that kind of life until duty calls.comes calling.


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* NoNonsenseNemesis: Rare heroic example. If Link has any advantages over his enemies, he ''will'' use them, such as attacking weak spots; using items to clear distances, using the terrain to his advantage. Really, ''everything'' is fair game to Link.
5th Nov '16 3:20:22 PM Heart
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* ShipTease: Besides having this with Zelda throughout the series, in each individual game there's always at least one female character who develops a crush on him.
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