NOTE: This Synopsis ONLY includes canon events in the main universe; for non-canon information please go back to the Main Page. This is also organized into the latest "Official" timeline and may change in the future as the timeline given is merely meant as an example and there have been other timelines before it.

The story of demonic warlord Ganondorf from The Legend of Zelda franchise.

Unified Timeline

The "Unified" timeline refers to before the split in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time after the final battle.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Main article: Demise
You fight like no man or demon I have ever known. Though this is not the end. My hate... never perishes. It is born anew in a cycle with no end!
~ Demise

In the distant past, the Demon King, Demise led his forces to seize the ultimate power left in the care of the Goddess Hylia and slaughtered many innocent humans in the process. However, Hylia was able to save the humans by sending them skyward on a floating island, and then led the five races that still lived on the surface into war with Demise and his legions. In the end, Hylia was able to seal Demise away, but suffered terrible injuries from their fight. Knowing that Demise's seal wouldn't last forever, Hylia created the Goddess Sword an artificial being called Fi to inhabit it for the purpose of finding a suitable warrior to fight the Demon King should he arise again. She then abandoned her divinity so that she could be reborn into a mortal form who would use the Triforce for good, which she did in the form of a young girl named Zelda.

After Hylia's servant Impa escaped with Zelda into the past and a Gate of Time was revealed Demise's sealing broke and he escaped in an imprisoned form. However, the chosen hero, Link defeated him, driving a Seal Spike into his skull and resealing him. Demise escaped again but was defeated and sealed by Link with help from fellow child of the sky Groose and his catapult; he was defeated a third time as well. As he was about to escape a fourth time Link used the Triforce causing a statue of Hylia to fall on and crush Demise obliterating him.

However, Ghirahim traveled to the past with Zelda and by means of a ritual gave her soul to Demise, who was able to return to power. Demise transformed Ghirahim back into a sword and faced Link who confronted him without fear. Favorably impressed, Demise told him that if he wished to fight him he should enter a dimension away from distractions; otherwise he could just wait for Demise to destroy the world.

Link eventually defeated Demise by stabbing him with the Master Sword. Before disintegrating into black smoke Demise praised Link's valor but cast a curse so his hatred and foes would be reincarnated to torment Link, Zelda and their descendants forever. What remained of Demise's consciousness was absorbed into the Master Sword to decay over time until there was nothing left.

Between The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Several hundred years after Demise's death, his curse came to pass and his unholy spirit was reborn as Ganondorf, a rare Gerudo male with a lust for power.

Ocarina of Time

Ganondorf in Ocarina of Time.

These toys are too much for you! I command you to return them to me!
~ Ganondorf

By the events of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time he was striving to conquer the lands of Hyrule and obtain the Triforce. In order to access the Triforce within the Sacred Realm he sought the three Spiritual Stones from the Kokiri, Goron, and Zora tribes. When they refused to hand them over, he cursed the Great Deku Tree and Lord Jabu-Jabu and blocked off Dodongo's Cavern. At the same time, he pledged false allegiance to the King of Hyrule.

Princess Zelda sensed the evil within Ganondorf and, along with Link, strove to prevent Ganondorf from obtaining the Triforce. Ganondorf betrayed and assaulted Hyrule Castle while Link gathered the three Spiritual Stones. He only came in time to see Zelda and Impa flee, pursued by Ganondorf. Ganondorf demanded Link to tell him where the two had fled too, but Link did not tell him. When Link shortly after opened the gate to the Sacred Realm, Ganondorf followed him and seized the opportunity to obtain the Triforce, with partial success. As he touched the Triforce, it split, leaving Ganondorf with only the Triforce of Power.

Ganondorf in his monstrous form of Ganon.

During the time that Link was asleep, Ganondorf conquered Hyrule while waiting for the moment he would find the other owners of the other two Triforce pieces. Eventually, he found them in the Temple of Time, where he kidnapped Zelda and challenged Link to come to save her. The three met again in Ganon's Tower, where the final battle ensued. Link reaches the top of the Tower to discover Ganondorf playing the organ (the sound of which can be heard throughout the Tower) and engages and bested him in battle. Link had to turn back the yellow bolts of light that he cast at him to bind the Evil King. After that, he fired a Light Arrow to stun him, and Link delivered the coup-de-grace with his Master Sword. Whenever he recovered, Link repeated this strategy and if he tried to accumulate dark energy for a devastating attack, a Light Arrow could be shot beforehand. After a couple of times, he fell, defeated, and tried to bury Link and Zelda by crumbling the tower. Fortunately, they managed to get out in time. Enraged, Ganondorf managed to pull together all his strength and unleashed the essence of the Triforce of Power to transform into a bestial form, Ganon. Despite this, Link managed to defeat him by striking its tail with the aid of the Megaton Hammer and the Biggoron Sword until he was weak enough to cast down his fire barrier so Link could recover his Master Sword. Using the Master Sword and some techniques like countering its blades' slashes with slashes of his own, firing a light arrow to its face and rolling between his legs, he managed to hack away at his tail some more times to weaken the Evil Beast. Link, with the help of the Master Sword, Navi, Zelda, and the power of the other Six Sages; dealt the final blow, and Ganondorf was sealed into the Sacred Realm, where he could not harm Hyrule or lay his hands on the remaining pieces of the Triforce.

Child Timeline

This is the timeline where Link was sent back to the past and was able to warn the Royal Family of Ganondorf's treachery, leading to the events of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess backstory.

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

Ganondorf in the The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask manga.

Ganondorf briefly appeared in a flashback in the manga tie-in to The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask during a flashback showcasing part of his battles with Link.

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

Do not think this ends here... The history of light and shadow will be written in blood!
~ Ganondorf's last words after being defeated.

Prior to the events of Twilight Princess, Ganondorf was captured, put on trial, and sentenced to execution by the Sages. While they managed to severely wound him, they could not kill him. It was revealed that he possessed the Triforce of Power, and with it, he managed to free himself from his chains, and well as kill the Sage of Water. Knowing no better solution, the Sages opened the gate to the Twilight Realm and sent Ganondorf through it. There he influenced Zant, who had been denied the throne of the Twilight Realm, to seize control and access Hyrule again. Ganondorf granted Zant a fraction of his power, in return for the opportunity to escape the Twilight Realm.

Link and Ganondorf engaging in combat in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.

Before being killed by Midna, Zant said that Ganondorf will endlessly resurrect him. Link faced Ganondorf in Hyrule Castle and possessed Zelda's body, but Link defeated him and Midna drove him out. Ganondorf transformed into Ganon. Unlike his previous transformation into Ganon, this Ganon was on four legs and his weak spot was the scar on his chest. Link transformed into a wolf, in a sacred beast vs. evil beast battle, and Link won. Ganondorf transformed into a beast of flame, and Midna transformed and fought him, but he defeated her and engaged Link in a horseback battle. Link knocked him off the horse, and Link and Ganondorf had their final battle, in which Link knocked Ganondorf down and stabbed him in his execution wound. The Triforce of Power left him thus rendering him mortal, and he has a vision of Zant snapping his neck before dying.

The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures

Ganondorf is again reincarnated as a member of the Gerudo tribe and begins his plan to usurp the powers of others so that he can once again cover Hyrule in Darkness.

Ganondorf in the The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures manga.

Ganondorf begins his plan by violating the Gerudo law and heading to the Pyramid, inside he finds the Trident of Power, a demonic weapon of great power, now with the mighty Trident Ganon was the King of Darkness once again. Ganondorf then headed to the forests where the Deku began to worship him, he collected the Dark Mirror and released the Shadow Links from it.

Ganondorf's evil thoughts manifested as Shadow Links.

He then began the next phase of his plan, sending the Shadow Links to trick Hyrule's Hero Link into releasing Vaati's essence from his seal. Once Vaati's essence was released, Ganondorf revived Vaati and took control of him, he used Vaati to corrupt the Royal Jewels and turn them into Dark Crystals. Once this was done, Ganondorf fought and defeated the Knights of Hyrule - transforming them into demons. Ganondorf then opened up the Dark World and unleashed an army of demons. He sent Vaati to the Palace of Winds and sealed it away, fooling the Heroes into believing that Vaati was the one behind the events, Ganondorf lurked in the Dark World below the Palace of Winds, where he absorbed the Maidens power.

Vaati possessed by Ganondorf.

The Links eventually defeated all of Ganon's minions and made their way to the top of the Palace of Winds, Vaati, under the control of Ganondorf, fought them but was defeated. The heroes descended to the bottom of the tower, where they found what was left of Vaati's darkness. Ganondorf absorbed the power, adding it to the other power he had stolen, and transformed into Ganon, engaging the heroes. Ganon was defeated and sealed inside the Four Sword.

His Shadow Link minions are manifestations of the resentment and thoughts of his previous incarnations and thus parts of him.

Adult Timeline

This is the timeline where Ganondorf was sealed after ruling Hyrule and then being defeated by Link, he eventually escaped, leading to the backstory of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

Gods! Hear that which I desire! Expose this land to the rays of the sun once more! Let them burn forth! GIVE HYRULE TO ME!
~ Ganon

Long before the events in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, Ganon himself managed to escape and wreak havoc in Hyrule once more. No hero appeared this time and the gods were forced to flood Hyrule in order to stop Ganon.

Ganondorf in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.

However, he managed to free himself and rebuilt his army. Still wanting to obtain the Triforce, he sent one of his minions, the Helmaroc King, on a search for "young girls with pointy ears", hoping to find Princess Zelda, the bearer of the Triforce of Wisdom. Among the girls kidnapped is Link's sister, Aryll, and this sets Link off on his adventure to rescue her. Link finds Ganondorf's hideout, the Forsaken Fortress, where Ganondorf had Link thrown far away into the ocean after being caught by the Helmaroc King. Later, it is revealed that Ganondorf has limited magic strength, for his powers were sealed away by the gods with the aid of the Master Sword. However, without this knowledge, Link himself takes the Master Sword, and thus removed the only barrier restraining Ganondorf's power.

Soon afterwards atop the Forsaken Fortress, Ganondorf reveals that the Master Sword is dull; its power to banish evil gone. Link and the pirate captain Tetra narrowly escape safely with the help of the Sky Spirit Valoo and the Rito, before Ganondorf can seize Tetra, who he finds is actually Princess Zelda and the keeper of the Triforce of Wisdom.

After this, Zelda is hidden inside the underwater castle in Hyrule and Link begins his quest to reawaken the Master Sword. Once Link achieves his goals of finding the Triforce of Courage and restoring the Master Sword, Ganondorf locates their haven and consequently captures Zelda, whom he takes to his underwater tower. Link finds Zelda unharmed, lying in a bed, sleeping, with Ganondorf watching over her and her dreams. However, before Link has any chance to approach, Ganondorf transforms into a giant puppet, which Link defeats. Ganondorf finally reappears to challenge Link, and with Zelda in his arm, he rises to the rooftop of the tower.

Soon after Link reached the rooftop, Ganondorf speaks to him about his reasons for desperately searching for the Triforce pieces, revealing a little of his origins from the harsh Gerudo Desert and his desire to take over the green landscapes of Hyrule. When he declares that he already has in his possession the Triforce of Wisdom, Ganondorf suddenly rushes against Link and delivers swift, hard blows that leave Link half-conscious and the Master Sword out of reach. Ganondorf, using his Triforce of Power, summons the two missing Triforce pieces from Link and Zelda and reforms the Triforce. Nevertheless, right before Ganondorf is able to touch the Triforce and make his wish come true, King Daphnes Nohansen Hyrule, the last King of Hyrule, appears to touch the Triforce first and makes the wish of washing away the ancient land of Hyrule. The Triforce disappears and water starts pouring through the protective barrier into the land of Hyrule as Ganondorf laughs scornfully. Link wakes up at that point and Zelda approaches him holding the Master Sword for Link to engage Ganondorf in the last battle. Now that he no longer has the Triforce of Power, he is no longer immortal. Ultimately with Zelda's aid, Ganondorf is defeated when Link deals the final blow by plunging the Master Sword straight into Ganondorf's forehead, turning him into stone. He remains atop the tower under the Great Sea with the Master Sword in his head, and the ocean finally drowns Hyrule under the Great Sea.

The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass

Ganondorf does not make an appearance but is mentioned in the prologue detailing the events of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.

Downfall Timeline

This is the timeline where Ganondorf successfully kills Link in the final battle leading to the Imprisoning War described in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to The Past

Ho ho ho... With this, the seal of the seven sages is at last broken. It is now only a matter of time before evil power covers this land completely... After all, the legendary Hero cannot defeat us, the tribe of evil, when we are armed with the Power of Gold. Ho ho ho... Now, I must go!
~ Agahnim

Agahnim, Ganon's alter ego.

Ganondorf appears in the The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past manga, showing how he stole the Triforce and became Ganon. He also appears in the comic which features the first design of Ganondorf. Although the manga and comic are non-canon it should be noted that he bears a strong resemblance to his appearance in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

While trapped in the Dark World, Ganon created a copy of himself with several of his abilities - the Ganondorf copy was then sent to Hyrule under the alias of "Agahnim". The land of Hyrule became besieged by an onslaught of terrible misfortunes, like pestilence and drought, the King of Hyrule offered a reward to a person who could put an end to these problems.

Agahnim arrived and put an end to the troubles with previously unknown magic. He was declared a hero and was given the positions of Chief Advisor to the King, Priest, and Heir to the Seven Sages.

Agahnim used this position and his mysterious magic to brainwash all of Hyrule's soldiers, make the King of Hyrule disappear, and capture six of the descendants of the Seven Sages to make them disappear to the Dark World.   

After Link rescued her, Zelda hides in the Sanctuary. She was the last of the descendants, so Agahnim would probably come after her as well. Eventually, Agahnim's troops find her and take her to the top of the highest tower of Hyrule Castle.

Agahnim then sends Princess Zelda to the Dark World, this breaking the seal of the Seven Sages. He tells Link that nothing can stop him now, because the Tribe of Evil can now use the Triforce, and that evil and darkness will soon overrun the Light World. He then vanishes, but Link manages to find him in a hidden chamber where he duels with the Dark Wizard. Before Link can defeat the wizard, he flees into the Dark World. During Link's quest to rescue the seven maidens, Link learns that Agahnim is a servant of Ganon.  

While in the Dark World, Agahnim returns to Ganon and he possesses Agahnim's body - deciding to put his copy to use it to defeat Link instead of just getting rid of it. When Link defeats Agahnim a second time, at the top of Ganon's Tower in the Dark World, Agahnim collapses, and from his body, Ganon appears. Ganon turns into a bat and flies to the Pyramid of Power. At the start of the final battle, Ganon reveals that Agahnim was, in fact, his alter ego - a copy of him.

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages/The Legend of Zelda: Seasons

Ganondorf as he would have appeared in the The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages/The Legend of Zelda: Seasons series.

Ganondorf appears again as a copy of Agahnim who was left to guard the Dancing Dragon Dungeon.

He was also to appear in the linked games like a boss before transforming into Ganon but was cut. In the final game, he appears in Ganon form after being resurrected by Twinrova.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

See: Yuga and Yuga Ganon

Yuga, Ganondorf's Lorulean counterpart.

Gah! I bore of this fight. Once I have released Ganon, lowly creatures like you won't be worth my time.
~ Yuga

Ganondorf's Lorulean counterpart Yuga is one of the main antagonists alongside a resurrected Ganon himself; late in the game they fuse into Yuga Ganon.

The Legend of Zelda

Ganondorf appears as Ganon who had stolen the Triforce of Power and attacked Hyrule in an attempt to steal the Triforce of Wisdom. He made his base of operations in Death Mountain under Spectacle Rock. Princess Zelda split the Triforce of Wisdom into eight pieces. His humanoid form also appears in-game under the alias Agahnim during the time of disasters in Hyrule and joins the king in stopping them all, only to take control of Hyrule after the king drops his guard transforming the land into the Dark World. He also manages to take control of Hyrule by stating that Link is behind these events, at the end of the game, Link defeats Agahnim who then transforms into Ganon and to prevent him from laying his hands on it. Link assembled them to fight and defeat Ganon using the Silver Arrows.

The Legend of Zelda: The Adventure of Link

~ The game over screen in The Legend of Zelda: The Adventure of Link.

Ganondorf does not appear in the sequel as his minions are attempting to revive him by spilling Link's blood on his ashes and appears as Ganon on the game over screen of the non-Japanese releases. The Magician in the backstory, is believed to be a minion or copy of Ganon. The Magician's influence had corrupted the Prince of Hyrule into seeking the full Triforce for selfish ends. When his sister, Princess Zelda, refused to divulge the location of Triforce of Courage, the Magician cast a spell forcing Zelda into a deep sleep before mysteriously dropping dead.

One of the more notable events in the comics is when Link steals the Triforce of Power causing most of his minions to abandon him and his powers to weaken to what they were at the end of the "Child" portion of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

Unknown Timeline

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Main article: Calamity Ganon
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