4am is not an ideal time for coming up with good looking compositions haha but whatevs :`) some sketches I threw some color on!
wants the next zelda game to be a dating sim with hot ganondorf
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.
rottenappleheart said: AHHH YOU GOT IT ABOUT HIS HAIR GROWTH LATER IN THE GAME AAAAAAAHHHHH! <3 <3 <3
Haha, yes! It was brilliant. I love the idea of Ganondorf desperately clinging to remnants of his sisters and culture, especially when it becomes clear that he has undoubtedly spent years in that castle alone, after losing their trust and approval.
#the fact that ganondorfs wish to give his people a better life fails #in comparison to his own greed and the corruption of Power #which leads to their further contempt and mistrust #is the most antihero thing ever #ganondorf is a greek tragedy
I’ve been wondering lately whether I’ve been “woobifying” Ganondorf. It’s absolutely not my intention. I am not arguing that Ganondorf is a villain, that he becomes a tyrant, that he is probably a murderer (though canonically we never see/hear about it iirc?) I’m not writing those scenes because I KNOW that they happen. I want to write about what leads someone to that point.
The subtext I hold in my own mind, for whatever I’m writing, is that this man is going to fail at everything he sets out to do, that all of his good intentions are just paving stones on the path to hell. And those good intentions focus mainly, canonically, on his people.
He is a Greek tragedy, you’re right. And part of that kind of tragedy is that it’s about people who set out to be heroes.
re: whether Ganondorf is canonically a murderer - he definitely personally murdered the Great Deku Tree. The text said he “attacked” and “betrayed” the king of Hyrule (I always assumed he murdered him). ((So that means he probably killed both Link and Zelda’s parent figures, hoo boy)). Nabooru says, "With his followers, he stole from women and children, and he even killed people!" He attempted genocide toward at least the Gorons (he tried to feed them to Volvagia). This is just the stuff from Ocarina of Time.Read more
What they don’t tell you is that in the Gerudo vernacular “King” means “the one who opens jars and grabs things on high shelves”.
if all the gerudo are women wouldnt they just build the shelves lower
They’re not going to waste that kind of prime storage space.
Dosen’t the Gerudo word for king also mean “He of the tight pants”? :P
That is a good point, all the Gerudo women wear all that loose flowy fabric but as soon as they add a guy to the team they vacuum-seal him in skintight leather and thigh-high boots.
They seal him for freshness, of course
LOOK AT GANONDORF’S HORSE
LOOK HOW MUCH SHIT HE PUT ON THAT HUGE FUCKING STEED
HE BRAIDED IT’S MANE
GANONDORF TOOK HIS HORSE AND BRAIDED IT’S HAIR
AND THEN GAVE IT ORNATE, CUSTOM ARMOR
THERE ARE TINY SKULLS ON THE STURRUPS
I CAN’T BELIEVE YOU GANONDORF
This is entertaining, until you consider the fact that Ganondorf doesn’t breed. He’s the king, not the father. Gerudo’s raid villages and steal men to mate with before killing them. Kind of like Amazons.
Ganondorf not “breeding” (kind of bothers me to use a term that applies to animal husbandry to talk about the personal life of a for-all-intents-and-purposes human character but that might just be me) isn’t really a “fact” so much as a “thing you made up in your head”. Just like this comic was a thing someone made up in their head. Even the Gerudos “stealing” men is a thing you made up in your head, as the quote from the gossip stone that weighs in on that matter is something like “Gerudos go to castle town to look for boyfriends”. Nothing specifically about kidnapping them, for all we know they come in and pick up dudes they share a mutual attraction with. Which is a thing I just made up in my head. Zelda lore is pretty flimsy when you really look at it and most of the entertainment and intrigue comes from Things People Make Up In Their Heads. All we really know for “fact” about Ganondorf’s personal life is that he and Nabooru were close somehow and as of his sacking Hyrule Castle they’re kinda on the rocks, and that at least at one point he had the good intentions of trying to make a better life for the Gerudos.
Bless you. The comments this has been getting have been more than a little bewildering.
If Shitty Wizards is your thing Classy Barbarians is mine
I like both at the same time, and it rarely happens. When I do get it I feel all greedy.