|Full Name:||Ganondorf Dragmire|
|First Game Appearance:||The Legend of Zelda|
|Latest Game Appearance:||The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess|
|Skills/Powers:||Triforce of Power|
Ganondorf is the primary antagonist in several games in Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda series. He is the most commonly recurring villain in the series, frequently appearing as the final boss. Although he has appeared many times in the series, he was first given a back-story in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. It's instruction manual gives the character's full name as Ganondorf Dragmire, though the Dragmire surname never appears in the game or any later work. He is called Ganon in his beast form.
Originally a Gerudo leader, he grew even hungrier for power, and in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, he managed to steal the Triforce of Power, which provides him with incredible strength and a mastery of dark magic. His motives and desires vary in specifics from game to game, but most often include the domination of Hyrule and retrieval of the other two Triforce pieces, which are in possession of Link and Zelda.
 The Legend of Zelda
Note: Ganondorf only appears in his Ganon form.
The King of Evil himself. Ganon possesses the part of the Triforce that makes up "power" and he is constantly trying to collect the other pieces by any means necessary. It's up to Link to stop him before he can plunge Hyrule into darkness.
 The Adventure of Link
Note: Ganondorf doesn't physically appear in the game.
Although, he was vanquished by Link with his silver arrows, his minions still wandered throughout Hyrule, still looking for a way to resurrect their leader, and they need a blood sacrifice from the hero who defeated him: Link.
 A Link to the Past
Once the King of Thieves, Ganondorf became a corrupted and evil beast driven by his unending lust for power and desire for the Triforce. Imprisoned in the Sacred Realm, which became the Dark World due to his evil influence, He sought to break through the seal between the Dark World and the Light World and finally claim the Triforce.
 Ocarina of Time
Ganondorf is the first male Gerudo to be born in hundreds of years, therefore making him their king. When he attempts to acquire the Triforce, it breaks into three parts, the Triforce of Power, The Triforce of Wisdom, and the Triforce of Courage, which were instilled into Ganondorf, Zelda, and Link, respectively. He meets Link during a dream in the first cutscene of the game, and meets Link once again before getting the Ocarina of Time. He disappears until the final part of the game, where he is sealed into the Sacred Realm to avoid causing havoc.
 The Wind Waker
Ganondorf is Link's evil nemesis. Link briefly meets him near the start of the game, but he doesn't see Link as a threat and tosses him into the sea. About halfway through the game, he meets Link again, this time with Link having the Master Sword. But, the Master Sword, having lost its power of being, "The Blade of Evil's Bane", did not affect Ganondorf in the least, and Link is once again "sent away". The next time Link meets Ganondorf is at the end of the game, with a Master Sword fully instilled with the Sage's power. He is once again defeated by Link, and dies.
 Twilight Princess
Ganon has been banished to the Twilight Realm by the sages of Hyrule and he has taken form of a 'God' and has housed his power in Zant, a member of the Twili tribe who wants to be King of the Twilight Realm. Ganon eventually returns to Hyrule and takes over Hyrule castle by placing a barrier around it, and holds Princess Zelda as his prisoner. Ganon initially appears in a plot twist midway through the game, though he is really the one behind all of the events that have transpired throughout the story. Before the start of the game, he was banished to the Twilight Realm after a failed execution by the ancient sages, which left him with a glowing wound on his chest. Then, presenting himself as a god, he encounters Zant (who was built up to be the primary antagonist), giving him his power and convincing him to attempt conquest of the light world. He also serves as the final boss of the game in numerous phases, including one appearance as Ganon (in a more feral style than in previous appearances, mirroring Link's wolf form). In the final battle with Ganondorf, he used no magic attacks and only uses his sword, the same sword that the sages used to try and execute him, to try and defeat Link. At the end of the game, Link obviously defeats Ganondorf, impaling him through the wound in his chest with the Master Sword. After getting up and muttering a few words, the Triforce symbol on his hand disappears, and Zant is shown snapping his own neck in a vision. Ganondorf gasps, his eyes glaze over, and he seemingly dies.
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