You grip the Master Sword’s purple hilt tightly as you cautiously begin walking up an absurdly long staircase. A fell wind blows, carrying ominous music that gives you automatic goosebumps. However, you continue forward, step by step, until you approach a gigantic door. It’s so huge that you struggle to pull it open. This causes the one on the other side of the door to release a deep, malicious-sounding laugh. You take a look for yourself, and see a tall man with dark, olive green tinted skin, red hair, and amber eyes that pierce into your soul. And before you know it, you’re fighting for not just your life, but for the fate of the entire world.
If there’s one thing you can expect from playing a Zelda game, it’s an epic final boss fight. The music changing alone gets your blood pumping. The stakes are high. And with the fate of the entire world resting upon your shoulders, you’re ready to save everyone and get the appreciation you deserve to have in real life!
However, there is another side to every story. Although you end up playing the role of the hero who defeats the evil that threatens peace, there is also the story of someone wanting something and never getting it, because you won’t let them.
Poor little King of Darkness
Ganondorf grows up in a desolate desert land, ruling over a tribe of people who have to resort to thievery and lies in order to survive, yet the kingdom of Hyrule won’t share their nice lands no matter what. With the heavy burden of keeping your people alive, what must you do to get a lousy grassy field a neighboring kingdom doesn’t really need? Of course, Ganondorf’s hunger and thirst for power become pretty strong due to being raised by two old sorceress sisters, Koume and Kotake. And it definitely doesn’t help that Ganondorf is a manifestation of Demon King Demise’s hatred. That’s just bad luck.
If he can’t have Hyrule using peaceful means, he might as well try getting help from the Triforce, believed to grant the wish of anyone who touches it, right? Well, let’s investigate a few of those times Ganondorf tried using the Triforce to take over Hyrule, and how it turned out for him.
Thwarted by mere teleportation
Despite being sealed away by Zelda and Link at the end of Ocarina of Time, Ganon returns, and is able to turn Hyrule into his very own world of shadows for a good while. This takes place in the Adult timeline sometime before the events of The Wind Waker, in which Hyrule’s future was left in the hands of Nintendo fate. The gods, hearing the people’s pleas for help, end up choosing to seal away not only Ganon, but the entire kingdom of Hyrule by flooding everything. On the bright side, the remaining people of Hyrule get to take refuge on the mountaintops and start a new and improved country to live in, Ganon-free.
Unfortunately, as we learn from most Zelda games, seals don’t last forever. By the time of the events of The Wind Waker, Ganondorf and his shenanigans have returned. Fast forwarding to the beginning of the final battle in Wind Waker, here is the Triforce wish Ganondorf makes: “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!!!”
Despite not having a balanced enough heart to successfully make a wish on the Triforce in Ocarina of Time, Ganondorf believes he totally can now, all because he got the Triforce back together again. However, because Ganondorf wasn’t touching the Triforce when making his wish, the King of Hyrule found an opportunity to touch the Triforce first.
That teleportation power, despite leaving more questions than answers, is what leads to the death of Ganondorf in this timeline. But, wait, what happened in Ocarina of Time when Ganondorf first tried making a wish on the Triforce?
The virtue of Power
Ganondorf, King of the Gerudos, casually placed killing curses on anyone and anything preventing him from reaching his goal. He even killed a tree, and man, it was a great tree. However, his growing desire for power was so much, that when he finally did get his hands on the Triforce, it split into three. Because Ganondorf believed in the virtue of power more than anything, and didn’t have a balance of power, wisdom, and courage in his heart, he was left with only the Triforce of Power, while the other two Triforce triangles went to special individuals chosen by
Although Ganondorf wasn’t exactly able to make a Triforce wish, he was given just enough power to make progress on his dream of conquering Hyrule. He technically managed to own Hyrule for seven-ish years, which isn’t too shabby. However, Ganondorf still had to worry about members of the royal family of Hyrule returning to take control. He had to actively search out and eliminate other Triforce holders. And with the possibility of a hero showing up to loosen his control over the kingdom, Ganondorf had work to do.
Can Ganondorf’s heart ever be balanced?
We may not have the answers to everything, but we can still have fun asking questions.
Can someone that power-hungry ever make a wish on the Triforce? Or would it split apart every single time? Does it matter if Ganondorf’s heart is balanced or not, as long as he is able to gather the Triforce a second time? Or, with Ganondorf’s Hyrule-obsessed logic, maybe a third time would do the trick.
…Or a fourth? Fifth? Sixth?!
Well, what if Ganondorf was originally able to make a wish before the Triforce split? What if he wished for Nintendo to make that Fallen Hero Timeline in which the Hero of Time loses?
Joke questions aside, let’s take a look at A Link to the Past.
After all, it is in this game that Ganon technically has possession of the full Triforce.
So, here are some more questions we don’t have answers to. Did Ganon possess the full Triforce, but specifically didn’t wish on it, knowing it would just split apart again? Was he actively using the Triforce, but just isn’t very smart in this game? Does the Triforce work differently than we think it does? Why was Ganon working on gaining more power before making another wish on the Triforce, if he could hypothetically just wish for the power then and there? Or was Nintendo simply so focused on making a fun game that they didn’t worry about Zelda fans of the future looking back and questioning it?
It is a secret to everybody!
Really, the Triforce of Power seems sufficient…
Ganondorf is a force to be reckoned with. He is a power hungry villain with an unhealthy obsession over the kingdom of Hyrule. No matter how many times he dies, he has loyal followers that are eager to bring him back to life at the drop of a green hat. Hyrule is probably going to get taken over by Ganondorf again sometime soon, and there’s nothing we can do about it besides seal him away again, and again, and again. Still, we can rest assured that as long as a hero steps up to fight, Ganondorf will never own Hyrule forever.
(…Well, unless his makes an extra specific wish on the Triforce some future Zelda game that prevents anyone from stopping him from having Hyrule, and asks for the ability to make endless wishes. Maybe then we’d have a problem.)