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Study - Young Ganondorf by UndyingNephalim Study - Young Ganondorf by UndyingNephalim
"A villain is not a man in a dark outfit running around doing evil deeds. Look in the mirror my Princess." -Ganondorf

Full name and other titles: Ganondorf, Phantom Ganon

Appearances: Ocarina of Time, Wind Waker, Twilight Princess (canon) Gerudo Wars (non-canon)

Design Notes: Including Ganondorf was a tough choice for me. It's not that I do not like the tyrant, I just personally feel he's been overused far too many times in the Zelda series and has hijacked the main villain spot from other contenders like Agahnim and Zant too many times. Since my manga and games are in their own little universe though I decided it would be safe to include the iconic bad guy. In the Gerudo Wars, Ganondorf is still only 18 and as such he's not quite the imposing hulking king seen in the games. At this point I wanted to make him bold and 'show-off-y' to imply that he hides the pain of his past. As such I wanted him to wear an armored helmet, metaphorically and literally hiding his face during battle. As he gets older things will change though. Also on another note, in my manga and games "Ganon" and "Ganondorf" are two completely different individuals so don't mix them up.

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CS12345678 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013

Considering he and his ancestors (the other Ganondorfs from different timelines) are cursed as the personification of a Demon King's hatred, his fate of being turned evil is quite dooming the Gerudos to lose their kings to such a promise made by an unrelated being to eternally torment the Hyrule royal family forever and ever.

 

I consider the different Zeldas, different Links and different Ganondorfs to have different names in-universe but were called 'Zelda', 'Link', 'Ganondorf' for convenience and to not let would-be gamers think they bought a different game.

 

P.S: I may be spoiling Skyward Sword (I always spoil games, sorry)

 

Actually, Phantom Ganon is one of his trusted generals after he conquered Hyrule, not an alias, sorry to nitpick

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wrath9 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
Show off? Definitely. Fear and awe inspiring? Yes. Giving of a Darth Vader/Space Marine vibe with that "mouthpiece" of his? Absolutely.

......He just that well done in this depiction......
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ChinyboI Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
his head look like the skull from the Punisher comics.. BUT AMAZING!!!!!!
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tara-fairy Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW! he looks quite strange and not like himself or how i thought he would look like anyway
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vgf254 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist
doesnt he have to repopulate the Gerudo?
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CMvE Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
He looks much better with that mask.
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Breik Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011
Aww he looks so Pimp with his Golden Chain Jajajajaja...................Stilll if I would have seen this in any Zelda game I would have literally shit myself he looks awesome yet so frightening................and again PIMP FTW.
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BlackPikmin Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010
Awwww he thinks he's Sauron.
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UndyingNephalim Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010
Pretty much. ^^;
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BlackPikmin Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010
pffft not nearly as epic nor kiniving XD
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UndyingNephalim Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010
Sauron > All villains except Kefka.
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BlackPikmin Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010
Yeah Sauron pwns all!I always thought he was the true definition of a Dark Lord.He may not be my favorite but damn he pwns.

P.S.Kefka #1 FOREVER!Fuck Sephiroth Kefka ftw XD
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CapcomWarrior Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Student General Artist
I actually think the same thing about Ganon and and Ganondorf. Sure, I feel there is SOME connection, but they are not the same person.
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SilvaristheSheikah Featured By Owner May 10, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah the young lad in his armored glory.
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TheAdversarySucceeds Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010  Student Writer
Wow, a very cool design.

Now don't get me wrong, I think he's an incredible villain, but what gets me is how he seems to be so repetitive and never wins. One of the greatest fanfics I ever read had Ganon turn into a sort of antihero and fight the Goddesses.
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ReySINCROS Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010
I would love to see Ganondorf getting a nutshot!
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Stormsworder Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009  Student Writer
His appearance kinda makes me thing of one of the Arrancar or Hollows from Bleach, perhaps the coloration of it. I guess the skeletal helmet also conjures that image to mind...

Yeah, I can understand your hesitancy to initially include Ganondorf. He's always been overused as the main baddy too much XD Thankfully, my next two fanfics won't be that way... :D
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artist-00 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009  Student Writer
well this is really getting intetresting i wonder will you do shiek
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Anilede Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I really love his trident. XD Now, if only Nintendo were to give him a trident again, that would be awesome. :D
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UndyingNephalim Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009
Ganondorf would be epic with a trident that's for sure.
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Nintendraw Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Now THAT's a Ganondorf, not some oaf with a big nose or arms or pretty (muted) armor! Awesome!
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DarkEagle106 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009  Student Digital Artist
*deep voice* "I have been waiting for you" :XD:

Yeah he's overused, but you can't have the Triforce lore in full force without at least mentioning its holders

Love his design, its as if he's just started collecting the pieces that will form his armor from tombs and caves
And of course the Trident of Power makes an appearance (hang on isn't Piggy Ganon holding it as well? you said they were seperate?) ah well me wonders how you made him get it?

somehow his helmet horns remind me of the spikes from Oblivion... nostalgic :D

Beautiful work glad to see the ideas still keep rolling :D
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UndyingNephalim Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009
I think it's safe to say that Trident isn't the one Ganon uses.
Mordor styled helmets inspired this one... though I do see how it could look like a Deadra helmet.
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JaidynReiman Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, I mixed them up before myself. I personally use the names interchangeably, or just drop the 'dorf' when referring to his beast form.
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Midnight-Cobra Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Now why would he want to hide that pretty face of his? :laughing:
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009
Ganondorf in the story feels a bit surplus to me at this point.
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Atomic-Chinchilla Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I feel the same way about him being overused as a villain. That's why I pulled a complete 180 in my manga and made him a good guy.
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Midnight-Cobra Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
You're only supporting my mindblowing theory that Link is the villain in your comic. And if he is, I swear my head will implode.
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ReySINCROS Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009
The only two people that can take down Ganondorf is Link and Chuck Norris!

Respect!!
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BlackPikmin Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010
That's not true I can think of like 1000000000000000000000 other people who can basically kick Ganondorks ass:D
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ReySINCROS Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010
Ganondorf has the Triforce of Power, which makes him strong enough to be in a "sub-god" category. Thus, 9999999999999999998 people cannot kill him.
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BlackPikmin Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010
Uh here a few people that I think can beat them from the top of my head but I know their are alot more.

And don't worry they're not OC's

Link
Chuck Norris
God
Mr.T
Giygas
Typhon
Hades
Zeus
Typhon
Mario
Goku
Vaati
THE
The Shadow Kings
Sauron
Darth Vadar
Bowser
Morgoth
Darth Sidius
Sheeva
Shao Khan
Onaga
Chaos
Kefka
Kuja
Sephiroth
Emperor
D
Dracula
Alucard
Thanos
Darkseid
Galactus
Pikachu
Godzilla
Ghidorah
Mxyptlk
All the cast from Dragon Ball to Z to GT
Spiderman
Majora
Death
Time Reaper
Simon Belmont
Aizen
Ulquarro Cifer
Gaara
Naruto
Chloe
Soifon
King Dede
Ike
Snake
Joker
It/Pennywise
Nightmare
Deathl
Anton
Superman
Freddy Kruger
Fury
Venom
Carnage
General Grievious
Barragan
Morrigan
Mileena
Scorpian
Undertaker
Smoke
Motaro
All the Colosus's
Kratos
Kronos
All The Titans
Deathwing
Lich King
Ozzy Osborn
Shadow Link
Olimar and the Pikmin
Overlord
Alexsetra
Voldemort
The Fiends
Piccolo
Majin Buu
Broly
Janemba
Orga
Biollante
Megatron
Starscream
Optomis Prime
Devastator
Destroyah
MechaGodzilla
Baragon
Soverign
Wolf
Zero-Two
Barragan
Gamera
Kirby
Unicron
Mr.Porky
Pyramid Head
Luigi
Big Daddies
The Arbiter
The Prophets
Rambo
The Predator
Alien
The Angry Video Game Nerd
King Kong
The Hulk
Marth
T1
T2
T3
T4
Sifer
Bruce Camble
Flipper
The Universe
The Creator
Balrog
Frieza
Cell
Another Ganon I suppose
Hot Rod
The CooCoo's

And the list goes on and on and on.....:D
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Tyncelu Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Now THAT is a Ganondorf I would be scared of... O_O
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JusticeSnake Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009
I see the focus shifting from the cyan glow of the Twili, to the crimson glow of the Gerudo.
Nice touch.
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She-who-thrist Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009
mmm, looks like phantom gannon
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MetalShadowOverlord Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009
Most epic Gannondorf I've ever seen!
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Chrysalislover Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009
I see the outfit is based somewhat off Phantom Ganon. Awsome job.

For me, on the contrary, I really love seeing Ganondorf in all the game he has appeared in so far. I can understand if others feel that he "steals the spotlight" a bit too often, but I guess I always find him cool to have as the main bad guy. :shrug:
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UndyingNephalim Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009
He is certainly one of the coolest villains ever, and was perfect in OoT. I myself am just not a fan of massively recurring villains if the conflict was solved in a particular story.
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Chrysalislover Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009
Ah, yeah OoT was definitly when he maybe did his best "job". I guess Nintendo then figured to bring him back again for more games, since they had been doing that for Ganon since the very first game, and right there in OoT you get the idea that Ganondorf and Ganon are one in the same.
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The-First-Ace Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Awesome mask, great work!
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