Super Smash Bros. Ultimate artwork
|First appearance||The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Chapter 6: A Fool in the Shape of a Tree (1992)|
|Latest appearance||Cadence of Hyrule: Crypt of the NecroDancer feat. The Legend of Zelda (2019)|
|Portrayed by||Taiten Kusunoki (The Legend of Zelda series)|
Takashi Nagasako (Super Smash Bros. series)
- “He appears in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time as the king of the Gerudo. He pretends to pledge his loyalty to the King of Hyrule while plotting to make the kingdom his own.”
- – Tips, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Ganondorf is the humanoid form of Ganon, who is the main antagonist of the The Legend of Zelda franchise, and archenemy of Link and Princess Zelda. Ganon, the beast form of Ganondorf, has appeared since the beginning of the series, but it was not until The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time that directly introduced his original Gerudo form. Originally the King of the Gerudo, a predominantly-female race of desert brigands, he acquired the Triforce of Power in Ocarina of Time. Since then, he has become the king of darkness and used his powers to obtain domination over Hyrule through a variety of means, particularly by obtaining the other two pieces of the Triforce. He has appeared in most titles as Ganon, with the Ganondorf form only appearing in four titles, not counting spin-offs such as Super Smash Bros..
Ganondorf debuted in Super Smash Bros. Melee for the Super Smash Bros. series, and has been an unlockable playable character in all installments except for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, in which he is a default character. In Super Smash Bros. Melee, his design is based on his "past" appearance in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, while in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, he is based on his The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess design. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, however, is based on his "future" appearance in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
Super Smash Bros. series
Super Smash Bros. Melee
In Super Smash Bros. Melee, Ganondorf appeared as an unlockable playable character, unlocked by either clearing the event Lv. 29: Triforce Gathering or by playing 600 Melee matches, and then defeating him in a one-on-one stock match. Like Link and Zelda, Ganondorf's appearance is based on his design from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, though he uses his "past" design instead of his "future" design. Ganondorf was not initially planned to appear in the game, but was later included since his body build was similar to that of Captain Falcon's. Like fellow secret characters Jigglypuff and Pichu, Ganondorf makes a cameo appearance in the title's introduction. His hand can be seen, along with Link's and Zelda's, one of the three Triforce pieces glowing on each of their hands.
Ganondorf's moveset is mostly copied from Captain Falcon's, the only character in Super Smash Bros. Melee to share moves with a character from another series. Compared to Falcon, Ganondorf is slower, stronger, larger, and heavier, meaning he is less mobile and attacks more slowly, but makes up for that with his greater attacking power and weight, making him harder to KO horizontally (though Falcon's faster fall speed makes him harder to KO vertically), and his added size, while making him easier to hit, also gives his attacks greater range. His standard special move is the Warlock Punch, his side special is the Gerudo Dragon, his up special is the Dark Dive, and his down special is the Wizard's Foot. Ganondorf also possesses the strongest meteor smash move (his down aerial attack), and his up strong attack, despite being slow in execution, is stronger than most smash attacks. Ganondorf's attacks also deal dark damage, as opposed to the fire of Captain Falcon's attacks.
Though his official artwork portrays him with a sword, Ganondorf only uses the sword in a victory pose when he wins a match in one of the Melee modes. He is voiced by Takashi Nagasako, his voice actor in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, using voice clips taken from Ocarina of Time. As a possible Easter egg, the eyes of all of his trophies glow red when the background is turned dark.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Ganondorf again appears as an unlockable playable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. He can be unlocked by clearing Classic mode with Link or Zelda on hard difficulty, playing 200 Brawl matches, or having Ganondorf join the party in Adventure Mode: The Subspace Emissary, which can be done by finding Link and Zelda during the stage Subspace (Part II); using the former two methods, he must be defeated on Final Destination afterward to be unlocked. His appearance in this game is based on his appearance in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. He is also voiced by his voice actor from Twilight Princess, Hironori Miyata, using voice clips from said game. In Adventure Mode: The Subspace Emissary, not counting the False Characters, Ganondorf is the only playable villain character who is never fought.
Ganondorf, along with Falco, is one of the only "clone" characters from Super Smash Bros. Melee to return as playable characters in this game. Ganondorf is still a hard-hitting character in this game, but he is much more sluggish in movement. Also, some of his attacks are weaker than they were in Melee. In addition, some of his moves have been altered or completely changed to make him a more unique character. His side special move has been replaced with the Flame Choke, in which Ganondorf charges forward, grabs the opponent and chokes them, slamming them into the ground. His Final Smash, Beast Ganon, involves him transforming into his Ganon form from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and charging at enemies. For his stage entrance, Ganondorf emerges from a dark portal.
Adventure Mode: The Subspace Emissary
In Adventure Mode: The Subspace Emissary, Ganondorf is the true commander of the Subspace Army, though Bowser believes he is. He is working for Master Hand to bring the world into Subspace, though he plots to betray him and seize his power. He gathers several other villains such as Wario, Ridley, and Porky. Bowser acts as his second in command, while Ganondorf works behind the scenes. Wario, however, chooses to act independently (until he was turned into a trophy and sucked into Subspace). When many of the heroes infiltrate the Subspace Bomb Factory on the Isle of Ancients, he reveals himself to them and commands the R.O.B.s to set off multiple Subspace Bombs. He even commands them to attack the Ancient Minister, who then reveals himself to be the leader of the R.O.B.s and assists the fighters. The island is absorbed into Subspace, shortly after the heroes escape. Ganondorf emerges from Subspace with Bowser on a massive Subspace Gunship and fires at the Battleship Halberd, destroying it.
Soon after that explosion, some of the game's heroes emerge from the explosion riding in ships belonging to Captain Olimar, Samus, Captain Falcon, and Fox McCloud, all in their own ships. They all shoot at the Subspace Gunship, but the gunship is too powerful for them to destroy. Ganondorf attempts to destroy all the ships, but before he can do so, Kirby arrives, riding on Dragoon. He flies straight through the gunship's cannon, causing it to explode. The rest of the heroes keep firing at the Subspace Gunship, causing it to burst into flames, several parts exploding as well. However, shortly before the gunship is completely destroyed, Bowser and Ganondorf retreat into Subspace.
Afterward, the two travel to Master Hand. However, Ganondorf then betrays Bowser, using the only remaining Dark Cannon to reduce him to a trophy. Master Hand himself is seen to be controlled by Tabuu, the embodiment of Subspace. Ganondorf, surprised at this revelation, leaps to attack him, only to be turned into a trophy himself. When Bowser is revived by King Dedede, he furiously attacks Ganondorf's trophy in vengeance. Link and Zelda come across the trophy and revive him, forming a temporary alliance as all the characters prepare for the final battle against Tabuu. He initially considers using Warlock Punch on them when their backs were turned, but ultimately decides to refrain from doing so. After every fighter is returned to normal, all of them, including Ganondorf, battle Tabuu, eventually defeating him. After Tabuu is destroyed, the world is returned from subspace.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U
Ganondorf returns as an unlockable playable character in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and as a default character in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. In the Nintendo 3DS version, players can unlock him by completing Classic Mode with Link or Zelda on 5.0 intensity or higher or by playing 80 Smash matches, and they must defeat him in the subsequent match, taking place in Gerudo Valley, to unlock him.
Ganondorf's appearance remains the same as The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, and he reuses his voice set, although he has minor details added to his design, such as the large, glowing wound he receives in that game and the more torn cape. Additionally, Ganondorf's facial expressions are different. Despite the aesthetic changes, Ganondorf retains the general traits and moveset he has in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. In terms of his equipment options, Ganondorf can utilize the Magic Stone, Cape, and Shin Guards equipment. Ganondorf's power is further increased, giving him a better damage output; his dashing speed is also increased, though his air speed is slower.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Ganondorf is an unlockable playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Here, his design is based on his "future" design from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, albeit with white eyes instead of glowing yellow. He also uses the sword seen in the SpaceWorld 2000 GameCube tech demo and his artwork and victory pose in Super Smash Bros. Melee in all of his smash attacks. Also, his Final Smash has been altered, with Ganon taking his appearance from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Ganon, powered up in this state, appears as a boss in Classic Mode, appearing in Link's, Young Link's, Toon Link's, and Zelda's routes. Ganondorf's up tilt is nicknamed the Volcano Kick, while his down tilt is Leg Sweep. He is now voiced by Takashi Nagasako, his voice actor from Ocarina of Time and Super Smash Bros. Melee again, receiving new voice clips. As with the other The Legend of Zelda fighters, Ganondorf's victory theme is now the different arrangement of the main theme from the series.
Ganondorf benefits from universal changes: his mobility is faster, his short hop timing is reduced, his aerials have less landing lag, his recovery is extended by the reintroduction of directional air dodging, and he has the abilities to use any ground attack out of a run and use any of his aerial attacks on ladders. Ganondorf also receives direct buffs: his double jump grants more height, many of his attacks deal more damage and knockback, and some of his moves are also faster.
In the World of Light, Ganondorf's puppet fighter is fought in the Triforce of Power section of the Sacred Land, referencing his home series. He must be awoken to progress the story, along with Young Link, Zelda, Sonic, and Cloud. In addition, he is required to be awakened alongside Zelda and Young Link to access Ganon's Castle to fight the latter. It is implied that this Ganon was separate from Ganondorf due to the option to use Ganondorf to fight him.
Aside from this, he also appears in the beginning of Kazuya Mishima's debut trailer where he is carried by the titular character upon defeating him and being tossed over a cliff into a lava flow.
Classic Mode route
|1||Mario, Luigi||New Donk City Hall||Underground Moon Caverns|
|2||Fox, Falco||Lylat Cruise||Return to Corneria - Star Fox Zero|
|3||Shulk||Gaur Plain||Time to Fight! - Xenoblade Chronicles|
|4||Marth, Ike, Roy||Coliseum||Lords-Showdown|
|5||Palutena, Pit||Skyworld||Destroyed Skyworld|
|6||Zelda, Link||Great Plateau Tower||Calamity Ganon Battle - Second Form|
|Final||Master Hand, Crazy Hand (intensity 7.0 or higher)||Final Destination||Master Hand|
Master Hand / Crazy Hand (intensity 7.0 or higher)
Other crossover appearances
Mario Artist: Paint Studio
Artwork of Ganondorf from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time can be used as a stamp in Mario Artist: Paint Studio.
Super Mario Maker
Ganondorf is an unlockable Costume Mario costume in Super Mario Maker. The costume is unlocked either randomly upon completion of 100 Mario Challenge on Easy difficulty or higher, or by scanning a Ganondorf amiibo.
Profiles and statistics
Super Smash Bros. Melee trophies
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
The demon thief Ganondorf has returned! He’s the largest and bulkiest of all human-type characters.
His movement, his attack capability—everything feels weighted. Ganondorf’s attacks land with heavy thunks, which gives him a very unique feel.
Solid Snake codec conversation
- Snake: This guy is giving off a murderous vibe! Even getting close to him makes my skin crawl...
- Otacon: Snake! Ganondorf is dangerous! His ambition is to rule the world, and he's got the power to do it. It's no wonder they call him "King of Evil."
- Snake: Do modern weapons even work against him? Do I even have a chance?
- Otacon: Take a look around you. There are plenty of people fighting with swords or even their bare hands. At least you've got firepower! Count yourself lucky! It's not like you to whine, Snake.
- Snake: I was just asking, sheesh. Well, it's back to the mission for me.
|Ganondorf||Zelda: Ocarina of Time||[Darkness] - Attack +29||Ganondorf|
|Ganondorf||Zelda: The Wind Waker||[Darkness] - Attack +33||Ganondorf|
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U trophies
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS-exclusive trophy
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U-exclusive trophy
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
- Pit: This Ganondorf guy definitely has the evil look down pat.
- Palutena: He can sometimes take another form. As Ganon, he's known as the King of Porkness.
- Viridi: It's ACTUALLY the King of Darkness. He's brought Hyrule to the brink of ruin more times than I can count.
- Palutena: Hmm. My Archvillain Database doesn't bring up anything about his past.
- Pit: Wow, I didn't know you had that app.
- Palutena: Hee hee. A goddess must preserve SOME sense of mystery!
- Pit: Huh?
- Viridi: One thing you should know, Pit, is that there are many different Ganons.
- Palutena: Just like there are multiple Links and Zeldas.
- Viridi: But don't let that confuse you. I've spent years studying Ganon canon.
- Palutena: Remember, Ganondorf is as heavy as he is powerful. Use that to your advantage.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
- Pit: Ganondorf?! Oh man...
- Palutena: Ganon has taken many forms throughout the ages. This form of Ganondorf is known as the Great King of Evil.
- Palutena: He's a Gerudo warlock. The Gerudo are a desert tribe consisting mostly of woman, but once every 100 years, a man is born to the Gerudo. Ganondorf is said to be that man.
- Viridi: Really?! They get one man, and he turns out to be Ganondorf?! Ugh, talk about bad luck.
- Palutena: Anyway, Ganon gets sealed away. Is resurrected. Rinse and repeat ad infinitum. The end.
- Pit: What?! There's more to it than that!
- Viridi: Link is said to be a different person in each incarnation, but some people think Ganondorf is the same person born over and over again.
- Pit: The ultimate evil that can't be killed. No wonder he's called the Calamity.
- Palutena: As a fighter, Ganondorf is an aggressive heavyweight.
- Palutena: He hits hard, so if you see him winding up, get out of the way and counterattack.
- Ganondorf, The King of Evil, is Link's arch-nemesis in most games in The Legend of Zelda series. As the embodiment of all evil, Ganondorf seeks to take control of Hyrule. 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.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
|No.||Name||Image||Series / game||Type||Class||Strength / effect(s)||How to obtain||Spirit battle|
|175||Ganondorf||The Legend of Zelda Series||Fighter||N/A||N/A||Classic Mode as Ganondorf||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|220||Ganondorf (Twilight Princess)||The Legend of Zelda Series||Primary (3)||Ace||Attack
Can be enhanced to Beast Ganon at Lv. 99
|World of Light (Mysterious Dimension); Spirit Board||Ganondorf||Rule: Attack Power ↑
||Hyrule Castle||Calamity Ganon Battle - Second Form|
Super Smash Blog bio
"His new design matches his appearance in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time! Now he uses his sword for all his smash attacks. He's a bit slimmer then[sic] he was before, but his Warlock Punch is devastating! For his final smash[sic] he transforms into Ganon, The Demon King and quickly charges forward."
| Super Smash Bros. Melee - Ganondorf performing Warlock Punch. (Takashi Nagasako, 2001)||File info|
| Super Smash Bros. Brawl - Ganondorf laughs sinisterly. (Hironori Miyata, 2008)||File info|
| Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - Ganondorf performing Warlock Punch. (Takashi Nagasako, 2018)||File info|
Names in other languages
|Ganondorf (possibly intended to be "Ganondrof" due to nonstandard spelling)|
|Ganondorf. Used since The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time's iQue version, and still retaining it in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.|
|Ganondorf. Used in the Traditional Chinese versions since The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D.|
|Polish||Ganonie||"Ganon", based on his naming from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.|
- In Super Smash Bros. Melee, Ganondorf (along with Roy and Sheik) does not appear as an opponent in the game's Classic Mode, though he can appear as an ally in Team and Giant battles. As a result, his introduction image for Classic Mode goes unused.