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Your favorite Zelda supervillain (non-Ganon)? [poll]
 
Agahnim (3/39 votes)
 8%
Dark Link (5/39 votes)
 13%
Majora (16/39 votes)
 41%
Onox (0/39 votes)
 0%
Vaati (5/39 votes)
 13%
Veran (1/39 vote)
 3%
Zant (8/39 votes)
 21%
Other (1/39 vote)
 3%
 
There's a lot to be said about the diversity of Zelda supervillains. Do you have a favorite? I think... I choose Zant.

Below you will find a little bit of info to help jog your memories oh Negative World!

Agahnim (The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past)


A servant of Ganon? Or Ganon’s own alter ego? Either way, this powerful sorcerer gained the trust of the King of Hyrule when he brought peace to the land. He then turns around and begins his reign of terror, capturing the descendants of the Seven Sages and sending them to the Dark World.

Dark Link (several games including The Legend of Zelda: The Adventure of Link



Dark Link has appeared in multiple games including the final boss in Zelda II. In Ocarina of Time, he plays a less significant role. Do his battles simply represent Link’s struggle with his darkness within (a cleansing of Link’s soul, if you will)?

Majora (The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask)


The demonic mask whose intent is to destroy the town of Termina by bringing down The Moon on top of the city. For most of the game, the mask is worn by Skull Kid on the Clock Tower, drawing the Moon to Termina. Although the Skull Kid was unaware, Majora's Mask gradually began to take complete control of his mind, turning his harmless pranks on people to acts with malicious intents. The mask itself is the subject of many great theories in the Zelda legend.

Onox (The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons)


The “General of Darkness,” his appearance is that of an iron Knuckle, but like, Veran, he serves only to revive Ganon. His armor hides his true form, the Dark Dragon.

Vaati (several games including The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap)


One of his strongest features is that he acted on his (no Ganon manipulation here) and basically pursued power for the sake of evil. As a member of the Minish race, he cursed his master Ezlo and became a powerful sorcerer.

Veran (The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages)


A loyal servant to Ganondorf, she is dedicated to bringing about the Dark Lord Ganon's revival by bringing sorrow to the hearts of everything in Hyrule. Known as the Sorceress of Shadows and has the ability to possess anybody she wishes to.

Zant (The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess)


Calls himself the Twilight King. Midna refers to him as the King of Shadows. A member of the Twili race, his helmet hides his face for most of Twilight Princess. His lust for power and his desire to bring the Twili back into power in the World of Light, Hyrule, makes him an easy target of Ganondorf’s evil bidding.

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Posted: 03/14/11, 17:54:09  - Edited by 
 on: 03/14/11, 18:51:44
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Secret_Tunnel said:
Do you think the dungeon monsters in the original LoZ are the Royal Family's monsters or Ganon's?

That's a good question. I never considered that, but it makes sense given that they were guarding the pieces of the Triforce of Wisdom. The main reason I thought that the bosses in AoL belonged to the Royal Family was because we're actually told that in-game/in-instruction booklet, but they were definitely performing a similar function.

So either Zelda just teleported her pieces of the Triforce into dungeons where monsters already lived (which we have no evidence for or against), or she hid the pieces of the Triforce and created the monsters to guard them (which we have no evidence for and one tiny piece of evidence against - the fact that we're only told that Zelda hid her pieces of the Triforce, as opposed to AoL's mention that the King of Hyrule hid the Triforce of Courage and used guardians to protect it).

roykoopa64 said:
But I would argue they're not as recognizable as the others on the list. Well, maybe just as much (or more) as Veran and Onox.

Very true. I doubt they would have received that many votes compared to the others (especially Bellum, which was the weakest of any of Zelda's villains, IMO).

@autokymatic - No problem!
Posted: 03/15/11, 02:41:52  - Edited by 
 on: 03/15/11, 02:44:40
V_s said:
Secret_Tunnel said:
Do you think the dungeon monsters in the original LoZ are the Royal Family's monsters or Ganon's?

That's a good question. I never considered that, but it makes sense given that they were guarding the pieces of the Triforce of Wisdom. The main reason I thought that the bosses in AoL belonged to the Royal Family was because we're actually told that in-game/in-instruction booklet, but they were definitely performing a similar function.

So either Zelda just teleported her pieces of the Triforce into dungeons where monsters already lived (which we have no evidence for or against), or she hid the pieces of the Triforce and created the monsters to guard them (which we have no evidence for and one tiny piece of evidence against - the fact that we're only told that Zelda hid her pieces of the Triforce, as opposed to AoL's mention that the King of Hyrule hid the Triforce of Courage and used guardians to protect it).

Yeah, and if Zelda could create monsters she probably wouldn't have been captured in the first place.
Posted: 03/15/11, 02:55:10
Vaati was pretty cool in Minish Cap.
Posted: 03/15/11, 02:56:41
I'm a sucker for Dark Link. I mean, Link is awesome enough, but then you have an evil version that knows all of his tricks? That's awesome. (Though he apparently doesn't know how to hit Link when he's crouched in the corner)

Though if I had to pick other favorite Zelda enemies, I'd probably go with Evil Eagle, Blind the Thief, and the dreaded cuccos. Just sayin.
Posted: 03/15/11, 03:07:23  - Edited by 
 on: 03/15/11, 03:07:49
@Secret_Tunnel

I'd always assumed they were neutral, even though that doesn't make a whole lot of sense. If I recall correctly, the manual implies that Zelda split and hid the pieces so that Ganon couldn't get at them. That pretty much rules out the possibility of them being Ganon's monsters. I don't think they're directly Zelda's either; I'd always assumed that if Zelda showed up in one of the dungeons, she'd probably be attacked too.

So even though it's not necessarily logical, I've always assumed that Zelda put the pieces in dungeons that had monsters in them in the interest of keeping Ganon out and making sure that whoever found them was worthy of them.
Posted: 03/15/11, 04:44:53
Vaati was B A and on some levels better then ganondorf since he so easily took over Hyrule. Wish hed be in a console Zelda as the main villain, maybe even have gandondorf fight Vaati for the triforce of power. A little mixing up of the story lines to make it fresh
Posted: 03/15/11, 05:35:33
For me the tail of Majora's mask and the Skull kid is a collaboration given the shared need of emotions at the moment. A trickster in nature, Skull kid always "bullied" people around him. Others of course did not take this well. As a result Skull kid's friends were very few safe for the four giants. Ultimately he fears losing his friends (even though he really doesn't. The giants left because....they needed to). Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering...

Enter Majora's mask. Skull kid given his curious nature, attacks the salesman and feels attracted towards the mask (I am leaning more towards: Majora sees into the kid soul and realizes this is the perfect body for his weakling spirit to live on. So the mask is able to communicate with the kid. Thus creating that attraction on him to GRAB the mask). Speculation time: Majora's mask is, as we know , Majora's remnants. The spirit must feed off negative emotions in an effort to regain its legendary status. Majora needs negative emotions. LOTS of them. Skull kid is the perfect appetizer. Cashing! Collaboration time! At least until Majora's spirit is strong enough to function without the skull kid.

How could Majora feed off more negative emotions and slowly go back to his Godly status? Simple. Create a disturbance in people. Rage, anger, arrogance, uncontrolled desire, and violence, as well as self-pity, melancholy, loneliness, boredom, dissatisfaction, inadequacy or envy are few of the most common examples of expressing negative emotions. Majora creates those using the the skull kid's motivation. Perfect alignment for the greater good! Here is a good place to match the unfortunate events that happen to the inhabitants of termina. Blocked roads, stolen cows, unfulfilled promises, climate changes, poisoned lakes, imprisoned souls, insecurities, etc.

One single element is missing from this. Majora has to find a way to consume all this BUILT UP negative energy....IN A SINGLE GULP! Lets destroy people so that their energy is absorbed. Destroy them all at once!

Hey that moon suddenly becomes useful.

Yes....Yessss. YESSSSSS!

A perfect plan. A plan worthy of Majora -A legendary devil/demon/god (?) --

Except he/she (leaning more towards she)/it never considered there's a kid out there with the ability to manipulate time. Kinda hard to expect that, you know.

FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF!


TL; DR:
Majora's mask is the greater villain given HOW he/she/it takes advantage of the situation and acts accordingly.
She gets my vote.
Posted: 03/15/11, 06:41:25  - Edited by 
 on: 03/15/11, 06:54:06
Yeah, but can you beat him with a bug catching net? I think not.
Posted: 03/15/11, 08:20:44
ChuyMasta said:
Majora's mask is, as we know , Majora's remnants.

But that's only according to the non-canon comics. According to the games, Majora appears to have always been a mask, created by an ancient tribe for the sole purpose of use in their hexing rituals. When they realized the dangers of the mask, they hid it away in shadow (until the Happy Mask Salesman found it). There is no great canon demon or deity back story where Majora is concerned, so according to the games, Majora isn't really that impressive in terms of back story.
Posted: 03/15/11, 09:01:30
I am going to give a +1 for Agahnim, the scene where you defeat him and think thats the end of the game then the game just opens up on you is one of the most memorable in gaming. I found him quite intimidating back then too and found his boss fight to be fantastic.
Posted: 03/15/11, 11:49:00
ChuyMasta said:
(I am leaning more towards: Majora sees into the kid soul and realizes this is the perfect body for his weakling spirit to live on. So the mask is able to communicate with the kid. Thus creating that attraction on him to GRAB the mask).

I like to think that Skull Kid made the decision to attack the Happy Mask Salesman on his own. Unless you're saying it's a "One Ring" type of thing, which makes sense.
Posted: 03/15/11, 23:45:20
I like Majora the best, followed by Agahnim and than Zant. I ike the portable Zelda bosses the least, especially those of the DS games which thankfully you didn't list here.
Posted: 03/21/11, 01:46:02
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