- Oct 6, 2016
- Manly man
Reincarnation doesn't mean those people are literally the person they've been reincarnated as. The people still have their own individuality and make their own decisions. For example, Link in Ocarina of Time isn't literally Link from Skyward Sword, Zelda in OoT isn't literally Hylia, and Ganondorf in OoT isn't literally Demise.
I always thought of reincarnation as inheriting the powers and potential of someone from the past. These things are simply innate, though they may require some work to unlock. I suppose memories can be unlocked as well, but personality is not transferred over.
Anyway, as I said in my other post, I do think in Zelda's case reincarnation is in play, just like it is for Link and Ganon. So Link nor Zelda are under some obligation to need have children, because the driving forces at play in the series will always simply reincarnate regardless, so long as people exist in the world.
Also I'll go ahead and point out that if the bloodline thing was legit I once pointed out that it could be fatal because all someone would need to do is wipe out that particular bloodline, probably tipping the scales in Ganon's favor tremendously. It can't be that easy, which is why reincarnation has to be in play.
I agree with the general point of this post, but I want to point something out:
Demise is not actually Ganondorf's reincarnation.
Now, I understand why English speaking players widely believe this; the NoA localization mentions the whole thing about, ''an incarnation of my hatred'' and ''I will rise again''. This does not exist in the original Japanese, however. Instead, Demise says that those belonging to the demon tribe will forever follow the spirit of the hero and blood of the goddess. This includes not only Ganondorf, but also Vaati, Malladus, etc.
Here's both versions of the speech for reference.
Though this is not the end. My hate... never perishes. It is born anew in a cycle with no end! I will rise again! Those like you... Those who share the blood of the goddess and the spirit of the hero... They are eternally bound to this curse. An incarnation of my hatred shall ever follow your kind, dooming them to wander a blood-soaked sea of darkness for all time!"
But remember...this is not over… 我の憎悪は... 魔族の呪いは... 悠久の時の果てまで輪廻を描く... My hatred... The curse of the Demon Tribe... It shall go on continuously reincarnating across the flow of time… 忘れな! 繰り返すのだ!! Never forget this! This will happen again! お前達は女神の血と勇者の魂を持つ者共は永久にこの呪縛から逃れられぬ! You... You who possess the blood of the Goddess and the soul of hero shall...forever be unable to escape from this curse! この憎悪と怨念が... その権化が貴様らと共に 血塗られた闇の海を永遠にもがき彷徨い続けるのだ!! This hatred and grudge...its incarnations shall go on strugglingly wandering along with you lowlifes within a "Dark Sea" stained with your blood, forever!
Also, his spirit erodes away in the MS, and he was Triforce'd to death in the present, pretty much driving the home the fact that everything about Demise himself specifically(albeit not the demon tribe) is gone for good, meaning that he can't reincarnate as anyone else.