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ponthion said: omg omg Ganondorf with 8

Night after night, the desert king is haunted by visions of a sacred triangle in the eastern sky…

(Shigeru Miyamoto’s introduction to Hyrule Historia)

At this point in the book I started to laugh because Miyamoto only mentions four characters while highlighting the history of Legend of Zelda. He lovingly goes over the origins of Zelda, Link and Impa’s names.

But then he’s just simply like “then Ganondorf got a way bigger part than I ever expected and I’m still surprised and befuddled by it, honestly.”

Sealing Spike Reversed
  • Sealing Spike Reversed
  • Skyward Sword

So, playing Skyward Sword, whenever you defeat monster-Demise, you have to seal it. The music that plays while you seal it is called Sealing Spike - the only times in the entire game that this song plays is when you’re sealing Demise. It’s a very interesting song, especially to people who ship Demilia/Zelgan.

You probably already know that the “Ballad of the Goddess” is Zelda’s Lullaby backwards. The song Sealing Spike sounded like the Ballad of the Goddess to me, but strange. So I played it backwards, to see if it sounded like Zelda’s Lullaby. It doesn’t. 

Sealing Spike is the backwards version of Zelda’s Lullaby, if Zelda’s Lullaby was played in a minor key. This is (as far as I know) the only time in the Zelda games where Zelda’s Lullaby is played in a minor, haunting, sad key. And it only plays when you have to seal Demise away with a great magic spike, the same way the goddess Hylia sealed him in ages past.

Now the question is - why is this in a minor key? Why is this the saddest this song ever sounds? You’d think it would be triumphant, victorious, but instead the Ballad of the Goddess sounds almost broken it’s so sorrowful…

the villain of Legend of Zelda has the exact same backstory as wonder woman~*~*~*~*~*

He is a 7'5" gigantic burly wizard feminist raised in a race of male-deriding fiercely independent warrior women that only ever have female children (besides him). He is the only male, adopted and raised and taught magic by two ancient unapologetic crone-witches that he later names his swords after (sob)

ganondorf is used to female superiority to the point where he would probably not even be able to parse power inequality favoring males - he was literally surrounded by nothing but ladies 24/7 growing up.

the rest of the races have an extreme racial/sex-based hatred toward
Ganondorf’s matriarchal all-female race - the leader of the patriarchal all-male Goron race at one point says how much he hates them, and you hear almost violently negative, suspicious remarks about them from random townspeople. 

Ganondorf begins to interact with the patriarchal societies outside his own, more and more, and eventually becomes obsessed with ruling the world outside his desert. the further he gets away from his sisters and his feminist homeland and the more power he accrues outside of it, the more cursed and power-hungry he becomes until by the end of the game you find him where he ends up - alone in a cursed demonic castle filled with monsters, nowhere near his sisters or his home, literally turned into a monster. (((((exposure to patriarchy will do that to you)))))

but still, he was raised by women, and he is a feminist so deeply he doesn’t even think about it - he only takes Princess Zelda seriously as a threat the moment he learns she is a woman (when she stops passing as the (dangerous-looking) male persona she had used to hide from him for all her formative teenage years and puts back on a demure princess dress (but, oh man, zelda in this game is a whole other gender essay entirely). (eta: And late in the game, he admits that he “underestimated this kid” - that he didn’t take Link seriously compared to Zelda. He looks down on Link because of his gender.)

both ganondorf and princess zelda are (perhaps unintentionally, but still unarguably) genderqueer characters, balanced against the main character who is a 12-year-old, raised by a race of children, trapped in an adult’s body.

Ocarina of Time is a really neat, powerful game that asks a lot of interesting questions (perhaps unintentionally) about gender and racism and childhood and growing up and doesn’t really answer them. It leaves the questions and answers up to you. It’s one of my very favorite games to think about when it’s not making me weepy with nostalgia.

someone made the comment “you know he wants to murder her right”

and I was gonna let it go but I guess I’m not:

you might be surprised to think about it for a bit and then realize that

he actually does not want to murder her

of the two of them, and their separate meetings over various lifetimes, the only one who has coldly meticulously orchestrated the death of the other person is Zelda.

Meanwhile, I can think of literally 6 instances where Ganondorf could have easily killed her, but did not. He usually just holds her captive instead, or ignores her after getting her triforce piece (he doesn’t finish her off after defeating her in HW (at least twice), he specifically audibly assures them he won’t kill them in WW).

he actually goes out of his way + expends extra effort not to kill her, like imprisoning her in crystals or putting her to sleep. He usually wants her alive. He has never killed her in any game.

with this relationship, the one I am vaguely terrified of because of their tendency to go straight and permanently for the throat at the first opportunity is Zelda, not Ganondorf.

Zelda is a little bit scary. Zelda’s the reincarnation of a goddess that crushed the origin of demons to death under her heel, literally. Zelda can take care of herself. This is a rivalry that is not skewed against her.

when I played Skyward Sword, I had the feeling the goddess and the demon king were keeping a lot of the story to themselves.

I like the twist on reincarnation in Zelda. Like, these three people are fated to see each other over and over again, but it’s not based in true love. It’s just like… oh it’s this fucker again, we have to go fight him again.

And then Ganondorf lives for hundreds of years every time he gets reborn, so he lives through several of these cycles and recognizes the other two’s souls getting reborn over and over. Oh fuck it’s these kids again, ughhhhhghghghghghgh. WHY do they keep coming?!?!? why can I not stop themmmm

it’s like… fated antipathy. I love how in Wind Waker, Ganondorf says to Link, “It’s been a long time, boy,” when it was the first time they met. I love how Wind Waker Ganondorf started recognizing a weird pattern in all of it, that he knew they would come around again to meet him eventually. I don’t know, I just get a kick out of it. It’s like they can always depend on each other, even after their world is destroyed.

Ganondorf is cursed to be their ghost and haunt them forever, but it turned out to be the opposite - they’re his ghosts and they keep coming back to life. They all haunt each other.

I also love that even minor characters get reincarnated and you see them throughout the ages, it just gives me a tingle of happiness in my heart. Nothing ever goes away completely.

sketch of the red-cape surcoat link (from the skyward sword prequel manga). I love the taller and more badass Link designs in the series…