Ganondorf is the main antagonist of The Legend of Zelda series and is Link's arch-nemesis. His schemes usually involving kidnapping Princess Zelda, conquering the land of Hyrule, and/or obtaining the Triforce. Unlike Link and Zelda, who have descendants and successors, Ganondorf is the same individual in all but one of the games that he appears in, whether in his Gerudo form or his demonic Ganon form, and even across the series' multiple timelines. He is a rare male Gerudo who was born many years ago from the evil of Demise, who was defeated by the descendants of the goddess Hylia and her chosen hero; as a result, he is endlessly resurrected as long as there are individuals who share the blood of the goddess and the spirit of the hero. The only exception to this is The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures; Ganondorf, in this game, is a reincarnation born centuries after the previous Ganondorf's death in Twilight Princess.
Calamity Ganon is the another reincarnation of Ganondorf in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. In that game, all three timelines of the Zelda franchise supposedly unify again. The Calamity Ganon took over Hyrule Castle and brought terror to the land for 100 years, trapping the princess inside the castle.
Ganondorf's true form and name is known as Ganon who is a large boar-like creature. Ganondorf is the wielder of the Triforce of Power which allows him to access his Ganon form and is the source of his many dark magic skills. Unlike most of Nintendo's other famous villains, such as some depictions of Bowser, Ganondorf is cunning, ruthless, and boasts the strength of a god. This was most evident in Ocarina of Time, where he successfully conquered Hyrule, thus forcing Link to build up his strength so he could take Hyrule back from Ganondorf and end his seven year-long reign. Whether he appears as Ganondorf/Ganon, Hyrule knows that it will be facing an incredible evil that only Link and Zelda can stop.
Super Smash Bros. series
Ganondorf is one of the many playable characters in Super Smash Bros. and debuted in Super Smash Bros. Melee. He can be unlocked after completing Triforce Gathering or by playing 600 VS. matches. According to the official Melee website, Ganondorf wasn't planned to be included as a playable character. However, the convenience of him having a body build very similar to Captain Falcon's allowed him to be easily cloned from Captain Falcon, leading to his inclusion as one of the last-minute clones to pad out the roster. His design is based off of his appearance from the SpaceWorld 2000 GameCube Tech Demo, which is in turn based off of his appearance from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time in his "past self".
In Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Ganondorf used his Twilight Princess design. He has a new side special, Flame Choke, that involves choking the opponent, then throwing them downward. In Smash 4, His moveset is similar to its Brawl incarnation, though he now has a set of custom special moves that are completely different from Captain Falcon's.
In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Ganondorf's design uses the Ocarina of Time design based on his "future" self and capable for using a sword in his smash attacks. His forward smash now involves him swinging his sword which covers more distance and is more powerful the longer it is charged. Like each of his previous appearances in the series (except for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U), he is an unlockable character. His Final Smash also appears as a boss in Classic Mode and Adventure Mode: World of Light.
- Both Ganondorf and Bowser are the first playable villains in Super Smash Bros.
- Ganondorf is the only clone to not be from the same universe as the character his moveset is based on. Ganondorf is a clone of Captain Falcon.
- Ganondorf is first playable villain in Smash to be a clone character and an unlockable character.
- According to Sakurai from a Famitsu column, as of January 2019, Ganondorf was the most used fighter in Elite Smash.