Solving the Zelda Timeline in 15 Minutes | Unraveled


I love the Legend of Zelda series. But the canonical timeline doesn’t make
any sense! Perhaps it would make more sense if someone
tried to put every single piece of Zelda media, canonical and noncanonical, into one timeline. Someone should try to do that. Let’s go! Let’s start with the canonical timeline. So we’ve got Skyward Sword at the very beginning. Created Demise, and then he becomes Ganon
later on. Link gets resurrected. It’s Minish Cap. It introduces Vaati. He’s a wind sorcerer. And then he also shows up in Four Swords. That comes next. After Four Swords, Vaati is sealed, Ganon’s
back, baby! And it’s Ocarina of Time. So Ocarina of Time splits into three different
timelines here. In one of them, Link decides to stay an adult,
Ganondorf gets resurrected, and Link is nowhere to be found. And where’s Link? Where’s Link? I’ll get to it, don’t worry, I’ll get
to it. And then the whole world floods, and we get
Wind Waker. This one I’ll call “Adult Link.” In this one, he decides to stay a child, the
sacred realm is sealed, he’s finished his entire meaning of existence by the time he’s
like 12, and so he goes and does Majora’s Mask, which is also very existential. And then over here, Nintendo decided to make
a timeline where Link loses. Link just can’t do it in this one. Ganondorf does whatever the hell he wants
to, and now it’s A Link to the Past. One of my friends invited me over to watch
him beat Ocarina of Time, because he was really close to finishing it, and then I went over
and then he couldn’t do it, and so then we decided to go outside and play basketball. This is that timeline. So we have “Adult Link,” “Child Link,”
“Basketball.” Let’s go back to “Adult Link.” After Wind Waker, he just goes and hangs out
with pirate friends in Phantom Hourglass. We go to Spirit Tracks. This is on a different island, and technically
there is Link and Zelda, except Link is really into trains now. Let’s do the child one! We go from Majora’s Mask into what is canonically
called the Era of Twilight. Obviously, it’s Twilight Princess next. Then it gets a little bit darker and goes
into the Age of Shadow. We do Four Swords Adventures, which is different
from Four Swords. One has Adventures in the title. Here’s some issues with canon over here
in “Basketball” timeline. In the Hyrule Historia, which came out in
2011, it states that next should be Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages, but the Japanese
Zelda website technically states that it goes Link to the Past, Link’s Awakening now. So they’ve reversed those two. So even the canonical timeline isn’t, like,
super hard set-in-stone canonical, which goes to show that it sucks. He does this thing and then he goes sailing
and then he crashes and has a dream and then dies in the ocean. I’m gonna keep Oracle of Seasons and Oracle
of Ages tied together right now. A new Link, new cycle, and he goes A Link
Between Worlds. And then it’s another existential crisis,
but this is my favorite one because instead of having an existential crisis and then going
to have to save the world from a moon, or having an existential crisis and hanging out
with pirates, he just gets really into fashion in Tri Force Heroes, which is what I plan
to do in my midlife crisis. It’s The Legend of Zelda, the first one! Zelda II: The Adventure of Link. This is the same Link between these two. A cult wants to resurrect Ganon or something. We’re at the most recent game, and the most
recent in the timeline, it’s Breath of the Wild. You might be wondering, where does Breath
of the Wild fall? In which timeline? Is it “Basketball,” is it “Child,”
or is it “Adult?” Well guess what: IT’S ALL THREE. NINTENDO COULDN’T FIGURE IT OUT, SO THEY
DECIDED TO JUST PUT IT IN ALL OF THE TIMELINES. WHICH ISN’T HOW TIME WORKS… TO MY KNOWLEDGE. *vague gesturing* I’m gonna make this timeline
much worse, but I’m gonna also explain the convergence. So what I’m gonna go to next is Zelda spinoff
games. I’m not gonna talk about some specific things,
namely cameos, or when you can buy Link’s clothing in other games, or some of the mangas
because they’re just the same exact stories as some of the main canonical timeline games. I’ve wrapped all of these up. Some of them don’t have connections yet. Don’t worry, I’ll get to it. Let’s start with the easy Zelda spinoffs. There were a lot of them during Twilight Princess. Link was also learning how to use his crossbow
for big game hunting, and also it was Twilight Princess Picross. Midna wanted to… she thought picross would
help him… beat Zant. We’ll start from the beginning. Skyward Sword was supposed to be the first
one, but they’re wrong. Hylia chose her first hero, there was, like,
a lot of time between the first hero and the one that happened in Skyward Sword, and in
that time was the Zelda Game & Watch. Just like in Skyward Sword, there was an upper
level and a bottom level, and then there were dragons also in Skyward Sword. That’s my logic behind this one. You say “Zelda Game & Watch, what about
the Zelda Game Watch?” That’s right, the Nelsonic Zelda Game Watch. This was a watch that you could play Zelda
on, and there were only four dragons in this one. Why? Because the other Link already defeated the
other ones! There were three other dragons in Skyward
Sword, and they were nice because they learned that Link would fuck their shit up! Link: The Faces of Evil and Zelda: The Wand
of Gamelon. I’m not an expert on this one because I’ve
never played them. Which I think is probably the best decision
I’ve made in my life. Right over here, why? Because in Link: The Faces of Evil he has
to go to the island of Koridai. Islands? In the great sea! Obviously, that’s where they make sense
to go. Uh, Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon can go there,
too. SQUADALA! But that’s not the only CD-i game! There’s also Zelda’s Adventure. Ganon, I guess he stole some celestial something-or-others,
and then it started the era of darkness. And remember what I said before about how
it went to twilight and then to shadow? What comes after that? That’s right it’s darkness, baby! Y’all know about the Satellaview? It was a weird thing for the SNES, or the
Super Famicom because it was just in Japan. It insisted on all of the Satellaview games
including the letters BS. BS The Legend of Zelda: Kamigami no Triforce
was just basically A Link to the Past, so I didn’t include it in this one. But there are other BS Legend of Zelda games,
and they’re weird because they don’t actually include Link. They include these two characters that you
could choose, and they technically part of the Satellaview thing, so it wasn’t Link
who was there, but… um… I’ll explain in a second. I cut one of the titles in half. Clayton, we have to start over. A Link to the Past happens and then Link goes
away on a journey into the water and then he dies. What’s happening while Link goes on adventures
is BS The Legend of Zelda. It happens after that, during Link’s Awakening,
when Link runs away, which is why those kids are the ones in this. And then after that it goes Link… The Legend of Zelda: Ancient Stone Tablets. And technically, since those kids are the
ones that are in BS The Legend of Zelda, that technically means that they are an iteration
of Link, and so BS-X: The Story of the Town Whose Name Was Stolen, which was a game that
included those protagonists, but, um, didn’t include anything about Zelda, technically
is still a Zelda game, so I included it in this one. Barcode Battler II, you had to scan cards
with a barcode and then you would have to battle those enemies using it. A different retelling of the same story as
A Link to the Past, just like looking at it from a different camera angle. Tingle exists in actually two different timelines,
and he also exists in every timeline, because Tingle is, um, the perfect evolution of humanity. He shows up in Majora’s Mask first, and
he also shows up in Wind Waker. We have an origin story for Tingle in Freshly
Picked Tingle’s Rosy Rupeeland. He starts to get the taste *mwah* I love rupees. And then he starts selling his maps to you
in Majora’s Mask, but at the same time as Rosy Rupeeland is the Dekisugi Tingle Pack,
which was, uh, DSiWare, and it just basically was like a calculator, and like a fortune
teller or something. Tingle’s Balloon Fight DS. This happens at the same time as Wind Waker. Over here in “Basketball” timeline, we’ve
got Ripened Tingle’s Balloon Trip of Love. I’m not gonna explain how it connects just
yet, because I’ll do that later. It’s the final Zelda spinoff. Hyrule Warriors Definitive Edition, and I’m
using the definitive edition because that’s just the collection of all of them, ‘cause
there’s three different versions of this game. I’m gonna put Hyrule Warriors over here,
and I’m gonna call this the TIME BREAK. *THE TIME BREAK* They made three timelines
already, so why can’t I make my own? Hyrule Warriors is the second most important
game in the entire timeline for how it ties everything together. Hyrule Warriors. Think about that, Nintendo! You made me care about Hyrule Warriors! But we’re not done with Zelda games. We’re gonna talk about Zelda character appearances. If Miyamoto doesn’t, like, email me after
this video goes up and say, “Brian, you’ve cracked the code!” I’m never gonna play another Zelda game
ever again. This whole goddamn suit is so tight, I feel
like a Christmas ham. I haven’t connected these two right now,
because in “Adult Link” timeline, Link just kinda slacks off, ‘cause he has, again,
existential crisis. He finished beating Ganon, what does he do
for the rest of his life? I’ll tell you what he does: He go-karts,
and he fights people… FOR SPORT. Super Smash Bros. the original one, Mario
Kart 8, and Soulcalibur II. Got nothing better to do, might as well go
have fun, and you know what, I respect that, but you did forget that Ganondorf got resurrected,
and then the whole world flooded. So that’s on your conscience. I imagine that Link still has, like, access
to the Temple of Time, which is why in Super Smash Bros. Melee, it happens simultaneously
in Ocarina of Time, because he can change himself into Young Link, and also Ganondorf’s
there, and I don’t know why he’s allowed to fight. I’ve put these three Super Smash Bros. after
Hyrule Warriors in the TIME BREAK. *TIME BREAK* And while we’re hanging out
in the time break… Sonic’s here. Sonic’s in the time break baby! I swear to god I’m not just using the time
break as a catch-all, but it does work as a catch-all. There’s this weird-ass game for the Wii
called Captain Rainbow. Technically happens at the same time as Link’s
Awakening because it includes Crazy Tracy, but Link’s Awakening happens within Link’s
dream, so that means that Captain Rainbow might be happening within Crazy Tracy’s
dream. So it’s very much like Inception. And that means that Joseph Gordon Levitt exists
in the Zelda timeline. That’s a joke. Joseph Gordon Levitt doesn’t exist in any
timeline. And these are also gonna come down here next
to Ripened Tingle’s Balloon Trip of Love. WarioWare, all of them, and then Scribblenauts
Unlimited. And again, I will explain that later. Phew, I’m getting too worked up about this. Canonical games, spin-offs, Zelda appearances
in other games, what’s left? Every other type of media. I swear to god if I get one “well actually…”
comment. That’s a lost cause, right? Let’s start with books. I mentioned before that Skyward Sword was
not the first game and that Game & Watch was the first game. But it’s not the first instance of Zelda
and Link. Himekawa’s Skyward Sword manga does include
the origin of literally… it’s like the first Avatar, it’s the first Link, first
Hylian chosen hero. First instance of Link. I really don’t know why Nintendo hasn’t
included the choose-your-own-adventure books because they love to have things that have
confusing timelines where Link could potentially die in them, like in “Basketball” over
there. The Crystal Trap and The Shadow Prince happen
canonically after the original Legend of Zelda and Zelda II. There are, like, 11 or 12 or 18 different
endings. Stick with me here: you could win The Shadow
Prince with high points or you could win The Shadow Prince with lower points. Those are two separate timelines in my head. So low points from The Shadow Prince, you
go to the Valiant Comics, and now we’re gonna talk about TV. If you win with high points, we go into The
Legend of Zelda TV Series. “Aren’t I sweet?” After The Legend of Zelda TV Series, Captain
N happens, and it’s weird because in this one, the hero is a guy named Kevin. He gets sucked into a television. Captain N creates this potential option of
being able to summon yourself into the game, which explains THESE THREE THINGS. I TOLD YOU I WOULD EXPLAIN THEM LATER! Ripened Tingle’s Balloon Trip of Love starts
with a dumb 35-year-old man who lives in his parents’ house and then he gets sucked into
a book, and then he goes into Tingle’s land and he becomes Tingle. WarioWare shows that the Zelda games exist
at the same time which is in Captain N, and also Scribblenauts Unlimited is here, too! I haven’t necessarily figured that one out. Board games! There are Zelda board games, and they also
deserve to be in the timeline. The Legend of Zelda board game… The Zelda board game happens if you die in
The Crystal Trap, how does that sound? Alright? You happy? But what about Zelda Clue? That’s… I guess, happens, uh, during the Super Smash
Bros. time, right? Because they’re having fun together, hanging
out. Zelda Chess! *exasperated look at the camera* There’s no plotline in Zelda Chess. Put it in Ocarina of Time like everything
else in this dumbass timeline. Let me double check that I’ve gotten everything… But what about the TIME BREAK? *TIME BREAK* I told you that I would explain
the time break, didn’t I? And I’m gonna explain it right now. Why does no one understand the time break
except for me, Brian David Gilbert? Why am I the only scholar in time break studies? I’ll tell you why. Hyrule Warriors Definitive Edition happens
outside of the timeline entirely, similarly to Breath of the Wild. It exists in all of the timelines because
Ganondorf’s soul gets split into multiple pieces that go into different timelines, and
again, that’s in the story itself. Link figures out that there are multiple timelines
in this time. And then he defeats the thing and he goes
into existential crisis mode, just like over here, and like over here, and like over there. But what does he do when he knows that all
of these timelines exist? He goes and plays Super Smash Bros. with all
of his friends in every single timeline. That’s how Super Smash Bros. Ultimate can exist, because it’s everyone,
all the time, everywhere, and also Sonic! But the time break still doesn’t fit in. It’s still by itself over here, right? Okay, the time break doesn’t have a space. Link knows about every timeline, and he’s
done hanging out with his friends here in the time break, so what does he do? He decides to settle down, get a real job. And what can he do better than anyone else? That’s right, he knows every location in
every timeline. I’m talking location, location, location. HE GETS HIS REAL ESTATE LICENSE. He buys up every land, he consolidates every
timeline and pushes it all into one space. How does he do it? LEGEND OF ZELDA MONOPOLY. THE MOST IMPORTANT LEGEND OF ZELDA GAME OF
ALL TIME. THE ONE THAT MAKES BREATH OF THE WILD MAKE
SENSE. REGGIE: TAKE FUCKING NOTES. I JUST SAVED YOUR ASS WITH MONOPOLY. THIS IS THE PIN THAT HOLDS THE ENTIRE ZELDA
TIMELINE TOGETHER. YOU MADE ME USE MONOPOLY! That’s the
entire Zelda timeline, including 55 pieces of Zelda media. Don’t ask me to do this again.

100 Comments

  1. well done

  2. 13:33 waluigi on poke floats: 😢

  3. This explanation is better than Game theory's zelda timeline.

  4. i love how he explains the zelda timeline with something that technically isn’t a zelda game

  5. This is worse than game theorist and fnaf. I am scared

  6. After watching the game theory on this witch sadly circumvents your Monopoly catch all

  7. 14:11 the most important moment

  8. he's too fucking powerful, I'm a lesbian and yet I'm so desperately attracted to this nerd boy. is it bc he dresses like girls I like??? I need answers

  9. Every time he says “bAbey” my heart feels clean and good

  10. He reminds me heavily of Kapa Kaiju

  11. Whenever he said "baby 😏"
    Me: I understood that reference

  12. Where minish cap?

  13. Alternate title: "Watch BDG slowly slide into a state of conspiratorial madness and also Lugand of Zorldo is loosely involved"

  14. Why didn't y'all just have him drink before this? Having somebody tipsy or drunk doing this would've been amazing

  15. Well actually…. Do this again.

  16. I like to think about the 3 timelines as the three goddesses timelines:
    • Din, goddess of power: Downfall timeline
    • Nayru, goddess of wisdom: Adult timeline
    • Farore, goddess of courage: Child timeline

    • Downfall timeline because obviously Ganon, the holder of the Triforce of power, wins.
    • Adult timeline because it's the timeline where Zelda, the holder of the Triforce of wisdom, sends Link back and lives on with her knowledge on what has happened.
    • Child timeline because it's the timeline where Link, the holder of the Triforce of courage, goes on his own journey, separate from his timeline's Zelda.

  17. Brian you're my favorite Doctor.

  18. brilliant. now do it with kingdom hearts timeline.

  19. Is he going crazy this man need a doctor

  20. You can see his soul leaving his body when he says "Legend of Zelda M O N O P O L Y " and pauses

  21. I mean I thought link fails, but clearly it’s basketball

  22. I finally noticed that the screen was just gradually turning more and more monochrome red and his clothes and hair get more and more disheveled XD;

    OH MY WORD I'M LAUGHING SO HARD I'M CRYING AT FREAKING MONOPOLY

  23. No one:
    Not a single soul:
    Absolutely no one:
    BDG: the t i m e b r e a k

  24. Did you make the timeline Tingle-shaped on purpose, or…?

  25. Brain…. R u okay? I'm worried about your health

  26. this got yoinked by matpat now

  27. He looks like Shostakovich, but cooler

  28. I laughed so hard when the answer for Breath of the Wild was IT'S ALL THREE.

  29. Where does it go Zelda UNO card game?

  30. This was made on my birthday last year

  31. Damn. I may be in love with him

  32. So where does Cadence of Hyrule fit?

  33. 14:14 idiot

  34. brian david gilbert begins this video as a put-together theorist, ends it as a mad scientist trying to explain how the alternate dimensions connect

  35. ‘Finished his entire meaning of existence by the time he’s like twelve’ summarizes the Pokemon games quite well.

  36. Well, actually the Link's Awakening Link is the same as Oracle games Link so after that he returns to Hyrule and get a real job which is a cereal company CEO and he think his adventure will be a really great cereal thus the Zelda Cereal was born and then AFTER that is the BS games cuz the hero is busy making cereal and THAT's why those kids were in the BS games

  37. This is where MCU is.

  38. Well, actually just because their in a Zelda game, the two kids from the BS series, that doesn’t mean there reincarnations of link, so the town who lost it’s name isn’t a Zelda game

  39. All that build up and then Monopoly had me literally applauding. Well done, BDG, very well done!

  40. basketball

  41. The Oracle games should come before Awakening because at the end of those he leaves on the boat at the beginning of Awakening, plus he already knows Zelda and can enter the castle because of what he did in Link to the Past

  42. I literally said: "Well what about Zelda Monopoly then?" like a second before he dropped the Monopoly bomb, I'm fucking dying X'DDD (And also in the "Adult timeline" Link doesn't stay an adult, it's the world that was left behind when Zelda sent him back to his child time. In other words there was no Link at the start of that time line. Yeah people have probably already pointed that out but still)

  43. he forgot LoZ; Clockwork Realm.
    or was that not out at the time of this video?

  44. WTF THR MONOPOLY PART LITERALLY MADE ME FAINT LIKE I'M GONNA HAVE TO CHECK MY BLOOD SUGAR BECAUSE I JUST FREAKING FAINTED LAUGHING SO HARD THERE ARE TEARS IN MY EYES AND YES MY FIRST RESPONSE WAS TO POST THIS COMMENT

  45. Should do metal gear next

  46. Okay but where does the Legend of Zelda board game I made for my GCSE Graphics project fit in? It was basically a Monopoly ripoff

  47. Well, actually

  48. Im getting close to being able to quote this whole thing

  49. what about Legend of Niel?

  50. Well actually, if Monopoly was a part of the timeline, wouldn’t it be in the beginning, since they’re basically fighting over land? And also, wouldn’t Hyrule Warriors DE be at the end since all of the times are already merged? BoTW would actually be in the Basketball timeline, and all three merge when the stories of all of the timelines end because it’s not a Neverending story. Which means Smash Ultimate and the other smash games after melee would be at the end, since now Link & Friends can go into different times, and then it would split into different timelines, which would be Sonic and party games like Mario Party if he would be/is in any. THE FRIKIN END

  51. I was 20 seconds in and the only thing I could think of was "I'm going to need a hot chocolate for this."

  52. Im sorry but tingle has a different lore

  53. BDG is my spirit animal. Organized chaos for every project ever and the alignment Chaotic Good

  54. Oh! Now I get it

  55. also i know how scribblenauts is in there in scribble nauts you van make link carachters

  56. All I Wanna Say Is….

    NINTENDO, HYRULE WARRIORS GANON NEEDS TO BE CANON!!!!
    IDC What Else Is Done With LoZ, But THAT Ganon Needs To Be Canon!! Cause His Hair Is LIT!! Like For Serious!! His Hair Is….OMG….GLORIOUS!! IDC About Anything Else On The Timeline It Can All Burn….
    But THAT Ganon Needs To Be Canon!!!!
    How many people can tell that HW Ganon is my favorite character on there. LOLZ!!

  57. Thank you Brian, very chaotic!

  58. I just saved your ass
    WITH MONOPALY

  59. Is it weird that I think mat pat actually stole part of this to make his theory, like seriously Polygon practically said that Hyrule warriors connected Breath of the wild!?!?!

  60. the lighting getting redder makes me so unsettled

  61. Well actually, no

  62. What about Terraria? It has link’s outfit in it.

  63. Well actually… (JK)

  64. do MetalGear

  65. Monopoly is the answer to everything

  66. I've never played a single zelda game but damn I have to play the monopoly now

  67. why is he stripping. WHY is he stripping

  68. i would love to see you do this with scooby doo or god godzilla

  69. well actually…

  70. I haven't played any Zelda games but this was interesting and now I just might. That or go play some basketball

  71. "Most of the Legend of Zelda games i'm talking about right now are BS" LOL nice add on

  72. Nintendies was like

    You really want a timeline?

    Fine.

    Now shush your holes.

  73. I hVe no idea what the duck is going on but I am enjoying it

  74. hyrule warriors is how BoTW connects as it merges the timelines

  75. The light slowly turns red

  76. I hope he adds a mini video when the new Zelda gets released

  77. Well actually, the Link in Mariokart 8 is the Hero of Sky, therefore it couldn’t take place after OoT.

  78. Me 30 seconds into this video: This is great! I might use this as a guideline for playing the Zelda games in order!
    Me five minutes into this video: Nooooo…no, not doing that.

  79. Uhm. Mario kart wasn't menshionnnnnnned

  80. Only about a minute in and Brian is already getting a bit antsy

  81. This is probably the inspiration for Matpat’s latest Zelda timeline theory, if not the entire theory.

  82. Its a dragon break, oh wait wrong game.

  83. Um actually…

  84. It's good, and then he starts spiraling into madness. Then he ties it all up with a neat little bow at the end. It was MONOPOLY! You never needed LINK! The game was inside of you this whole damn time!!!

  85. This video is how my friends feel when I try to explain the concept of a Dragonbreak in the Elder Scrolls lore.

  86. BDG looks like I showed up at an ivy league uni for the first day of a Lit class to find that my professor was a time traveler whose last job was working here as a professor in the 1950's.

  87. But… but… what about the part where he becomes Doom Guy??

  88. Where would you put breathe of the wild 2?

  89. You space out for a nanosecond, and all of a sudden there's a guy named Kevin

  90. I just love that Brian just loses it in every single video
    It's frickin amazing

  91. To be fair, I don't think many franchises expect to explain how their version of chess canonically fits into their timelines. I could be wrong.

  92. how does Metal Gear fit into the Zelda timeline

  93. The scissors-spin turned me on so much more than it should. 5:36

  94. But you forgot Doom.

  95. RIP REGGIE 2k19

  96. wow and unlike some Fuckos He didn't need half a dozen jerked out videos, I hate you MattPatt I know that is not right, its the point. DIF Game Theorists.

  97. So we're starting a Nobel prize campaign for this right?

  98. Do this again

  99. Well, ACTUALLY… Zelda chess CLEARLY goes in the "Young Adult Basketball" timeline because the designs on the chess pieces are indicative of the fictional patterns that only appear in during the Rito/Zora subark that only appears during that period… Idiot!

  100. I like your suit, Brian.

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