Ending of Ocarina of Time
- Main article: Decline Timeline
Despite Link's best efforts, when he challenges Ganondorf, he falls in battle, allowing Ganondorf to come into possession of the Triforce of Courage, along with the Triforce of Wisdom that was within Princess Zelda. He transforms himself into the Demon King, but with their last ditch effort, Princess Zelda and the Seven Sages, sealing Ganon and the Triforce within the Sacred Realm. This eventually leads to the backstory and events of A Link to the Past.
- Main article: Child Timeline
After Link defeats Ganondorf, Princess Zelda plays the Ocarina of Time to send Link back so that he can relive his childhood. Link takes the knowledge he learned to a young Princess Zelda, warning her of Ganondorf's ultimate plan. Zelda than gives Link the Ocarina of Time, in which Link eventually ventures off on his journey, which is outlined in Majora's Mask. Years later, Princess Zelda and the Royal Family sentenced Ganondorf to execution, leading to the events of Twilight Princess.
- Main article: Adult Timeline
After Link defeats Ganondorf, Princess Zelda sends Link back to relive his childhood. However, in this Adult ending, there no longer exists a Hero, and eventually when Ganondorf escapes from his seal, there is no hero to stop them. The King of Hyrule then entrusts the fate of the kingdom to the Gods, who flood the world, sinking the land of Hyrule and Ganondorf at the bottom of the ocean. This leads to the events of The Wind Waker.