Ganon (pronounced /ˈɡæn.ən/, GAN-ən), also known as Ganondorf (pronounced /ˈɡæn.ənˌdɔːɹf/, GAN-ən-dawrf), is the main antagonist of The Legend of Zelda series. He has been present since the first game, The Legend of Zelda, and has been present or referred to in most.
Introduced in The Legend of Zelda simply as a monstrous Prince of Darkness, Ganon's character has seen much development throughout the series, from being a simple monster to a powerful warlock with deeper motives to his actions. As the manifestation of the Demon King Demise's hatred for the Goddess and her Chosen Hero - or, according to Hyrule Historia, the reincarnation of Demise himself - Ganon is destined to eternally reincarnate to pursue world domination. As such, through the series, he has seen several deaths and resurrections.
Ganon is the possessor of the Triforce of Power, imbued with the essence of the Goddess Din. This divine relic makes Ganon unimaginably strong and grants him boundless mystical power, making him a grave threat to the land of Hyrule and the world. As stated in prophecy, the only one capable of defeating Ganon is the Hero who is chosen by the Goddesses.