Professor Victor Ehue
One Legend, Three Timelines: The Legend of Zelda
General Purpose: To inform
Specific Purpose: To inform the audience about the three different timelines associated with The Legend of Zelda video game series.
Central Idea: The video game series, The Legend of Zelda, contains a story made up of 3 timelines, put together non-chronologically through the use of seventeen games, released over the span of almost three decades.
Whether you’re a timeline theorist a causal gamer or Zelda creator, Shiegeru Miyamoto himself, there is no denying that the series, The Legend of Zelda, does not follow a strict chronological order of events. The story begins not with the first game in the Zelda franchise, The Legend of Zelda, but with the 16th game released in 2011 on the Nintendo Wii console, Skyward Sword. Not only were the games released non-chronologically, but they also diverge into three separate timelines. Elements of both, reincarnation and time travel, lend a hand in creating these complex timelines barely understood to even the most avid Legend of Zelda player.
(Transition: In order to understand this timeline, we must first look at it before the 3-way spilt .)
I. The first 4 games in the main timeline provide a backstory for deeper understanding of the series.
A. In Skyward Sword, we learn that the main characters’ and villain’s spirits are immortal, caused by a strong bloodline and their destiny.
1. The spirit of Ganon, the franchise’s main villain, will be reborn into future generations, causing new stories of heroism by the series’ main playable character, Link, and heroine, Zelda.
2. Ganon, Link and Zelda have all been reincarnated before, and will continue to reincarnate through this journey. Death does not stop Ganon
B. Along with the backstory of reincarnation,