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Earlier this year, Nintendo revealed the surname of Link, Zelda's pointy-hatted protagonist. To many fans' dismay it seems that the great hero never cared much for labels as he only went by Link. As both his first and surname. Yes, he's actually called Link Link.

Which isn't that epic if you think about it. Fortunately, the Zelda franchises' dark, megalomanic villain Ganondorf sports a more interesting, menacing surname fitting of his terrifying being. So much is clear after Nintendo revealed his true name on their site earlier this week.

The Terrible Ganondorf... DRAGMIRE!! (?)

[Credit: Nintedo]
[Credit: Nintedo]

He is called Dragmire. Or he was before he used the Triforce to turn himself into the terrible boar-demon he is today. The King of Thieves, Ganondorf Dragmire.

It's the first official usage of the surname in 25 years. Since 1992 to be exact, when the name Dragmire originally appeared in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past's English manual. But until now, Dragmire was assumed to just be the name of Ganondorf within that game.

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This might sound weird to the uninitiated or a newcomer, but as most long-time Zelda fans know, Ganondorf, Link and Zelda herself are found in different, strange incarnations from Zelda game to Zelda game.

Though as Dragmire is printed on the above image, which is found on the official Zelda site's description of the overall character, it's safe to assume that Ganondorf Dragmire is now his real, canon name across all parallel Zelda worlds.

Ganondorf Dragmire In Other Games

Ganon as seen in Zelda: Breath of The Wild.
Ganon as seen in Zelda: Breath of The Wild.

In the newest, very popular Zelda installment, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Ganondorf takes the form of Calamity Ganon, the game's main protagonist. A creature of pure evil that has appeared throughout Hyrule's history, once defeated but now rising to power again.

The many forms of Ganon. [Credit: Altalamatox]
The many forms of Ganon. [Credit: Altalamatox]

Earlier in the series, Ganon has appeared as the warlock Agahnim. But the most common depiction of Ganon is his boar demon form, which he also transforms into a very huge version of in the very final battle of as Dark Beast Ganon.

In The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, a prequel to the whole saga, a Ganondorf-like figure known as Demise is shown to be the origin of the ever-reincarnating character.

What do you think about Ganondorf's new surname?


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