Thirsty fans are fawning over Ganondorf in Tears of the Kingdom

Nearly two decades of absence later, Link's biggest and most iconic adversary is back and is, quite literally, hotter than ever.

Ganondorf has come a long way from his first appearance in The Legend of Zelda franchise.

Two years after the internet thirsted over the 9-foot tall mutant human aristocrat, Lady Dimitrescu, fans are back at it again. This time, they're turning their affection towards another similarly-sized but more iconic villain - Ganondorf.

17 years since his last mainline appearance in 2006's The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, the Demon King appeared in all of his humanoid Gerufo form glory in the third and final trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom. While the trailer alone would've impressed audiences enough even without Ganondorf, he's there looking like a more handsome take on Street Fighter's Akuma, all the while striking a cool pose and sporting a man bun.

It didn't take long for the Internet to express their desire to get Flame Choked by their newest Zaddy.

As if giving Ganondorf the chiseled body that the vainest of gods would be envious of, Nintendo also hired the ideal voice actor for the villain who wants to destroy Hyrule.

Matthew Mercer, the long-time English voice of Leon S. Kennedy, has lent his talents to the now-confirmed identity of the mysterious voice behind the earlier trailers.

Having said that, a lot definitely has changed in Tears of the Kingdom. While it's technically a sequel to Breath of the Wild, Hyrule is no longer the same place as it once was. For example, there are floating islands all over the place now with large swaths of underground areas scattered all over the kingdom. But, while Hyrule has become more dangerous than ever with the arrival of Ganondorf, it appears that Link won't be alone in fighting him.

From the allies that Link meets in Breath of the Wild to the very residents of Hyrule, everyone's trying their best to save the Land of the Gods from multiple villains.

Expect Nintendo to lean hard into the popularity of Ganondorf after the release of the latest trailer.

With so many reasons to go and dive deep into Tears of the Kingdom, the only issue now is how long we still have to go.

After finding out all that we just did about Tears of the Kingdom, waiting for May 12 feels like an eternity.

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