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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

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......
ChinyboI Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
his head look like the skull from the Punisher comics.. BUT AMAZING!!!!!!
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
vgf254 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist
doesnt he have to repopulate the Gerudo?
CMvE Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
He looks much better with that mask.
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.
BlackPikmin Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010
Awwww he thinks he's Sauron.
UndyingNephalim Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010
Pretty much. ^^;
BlackPikmin Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010
pffft not nearly as epic nor kiniving XD
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