This is the Blade Runner Canon Timeline constructed by Clara Fei-Fei Carija for the purpose of clarifying information available through the Movies, Books, Games, Comics, Viral Media and Press releases which *could currently be considered canon.
*Please note that viral materials or information not provided in Theatrical cuts of the movies are not considered canon.
Last updated 27 july 2021 20:31 [UNDER CONSTRUCTION]
Beware of spoilers, this timeline is in chronological order.
Beware of spoilers, this timeline is in chronological order.
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1990: Aahna Ashina a.k.a Ash is born
1994: j.f.sebastian is born
1999: tyrell records a video announcing a new line of replicants
2000: Nexus 1 replicant goes to market
2000: ash is diagnosed with a spinal disability, her mother goes off world
2005: lucy devlin born
2006: NEXUS-2 is introduced. These are N-1’s with a programmed personality.
2007: battle of kalanthia
2008: NEXUS-3 is introduced. These are physically the same as N-1’s and N-2’s, BUT their programming is highly advanced, including basic emotions. Also during this month, the European Space Marine Corps was Established. The “Soldier” initiates are conscripted into this service.
2009: Blade Runner Origins
2010: Bryant hired by LAPD.
2010: A NEXUS-3 combat team stages a bloody mutiny against the Tannhäuser Gate colony. The Tannhäuser Gate was reclaimed by their enemy the European Union, who have held it ever since. The US Colonial Marine corps also fought alongside the Europeans in the retaking of Tannhäuser Gate from the replicants.
2011: The Blade Runner Division is put into action.
2011: Tyrell Corp. gets permission from the U. N. to introduce NEXUS-4 Replicants in the off-world colonies if some means can be devised for distinguishing them from human beings. To this end, the U.N. enlists the aid of the medical community.
2011: Dr. Johann Voigt, a psychology professor, informs the U.N. that his Voigt Empathy Scale For Diagnosing The Maladjusted Psyche will suit their needs.
2011: The Voight Scale is tested in major cities around the world. The Voight Scale with a 75% success rate. This is enough to satisfy the U.N. requirement
2011: Tyrell Corp. is cleared to release the NEXUS-4. In a show of good faith, Tyrell even funds some of the research.
2011: NEXUS-4 introduced for off-world use. These are highly-advanced, fully biological. They can only be confirmed as Replicants by psychological testing on the Voigt Scale, or post-mortem examination.
2011: The United Nations declares Replicants illegal on Earth. U.N. orders all Replicants on Earth be taken off-world or destroyed within 28 days.
2011: Blade Runner units formed. Gaff and Harry Bryant are among the first chosen.
2013: NEXUS-5 introduced. They are the same as N-4’s BUT with mission-specific programming.
2013: Dave Holden hired by L.A.P.D.
2013: Ash joins the lapd blade runners
2014: Rick Deckard hired by L.A.P.D.
2014: Harry Bryant promoted to Chief Inspector of the Replicant Detection Division.
2014: Dave Holden becomes a Blade Runner.
2015: cleo selwyn is born
2016: Tyrell Corp. secretly introduces NEXUS-6 models to off-world colonies. Their programming is so advanced, the designers fear they may eventually develop their own emotions. They counter this by programming them with a four-year lifespan.
2016: roy batty, zhora and pris incept date
2017: leon incept date
2017: ash tracks down yotun
2017: Over time, the NEXUS-4’s and -5’s have learned to vary their answers in order to get a more positive result on the Voigt Scale. The success rate drops to just 37%. A new test is called for.
2018: t.sims joins lapd
2018: Dr. Lurie Kampff, a psychologist specializing in lying and lie detection, begins to expand on the late Dr. Voigt’s work, incorporating his most advanced lie detection equipment.
2018: The ‘Voigt-Kampff Altered Empathy Scale For Identifying Artificial Intelligence’ is secretly tested in New York, Beijing, Paris and Tokyo with an astonishing 98% success rate, even with N-5’s who can pass on the Voigt Scale.
2018: zhora trained as a political assasin
2018: keith arem and rachel’s incept date
2018: isobel selwyn dies
2019: sapper morton and iggy cygnus incept date
2019: Nexus 6 mutiny off world, replicants declared illegal on Earth
2019: ash assigned to investigate the dissapearance of isobel and cleo selwyn
2020: nexus 8 model with an open ended lifespan goes to market
2020: Merci bramante, taylor mason, ethan bohdi wight and freya sadeghpour incept date
2021: A miracle child is born from Rachel before she dies in labour.*
*she is believed to be Anna Stelline
2022: Blackout 2022, AN EMP OF UNKNOWN ORIGIN DETONATES SOMEWHERE IN THE WEST COAST. CITIES SHUT DOWN FOR WEEKS. ELECTRONIC DATA IS CORRUPTED OR DESTROYED OVER MOST OF THE UNITED STATES. FINANCE AND TRADE MARKETS CRASH WORLDWIDE. FOOD SUPPLIES BECOME DIRE. THEORIES SPREAD AS THE CAUSE OF THE BLACKOUT; NONE ARE PROVEN. THE MOST POPULAR BLAME REPLICANTS.
2023: THE GOVERNING AUTHORITIES LEGISLATE AN INDEFINITE “PROHIBITION” ON REPLICANT PRODUCTION. NEXUS 6 MODELS ARE NOW ALL DECOMMISSIONED DUE TO THEIR PROGRAMMED 4-YEAR LIFE SPANS. SURVIVING NEXUS 8 MODELS ARE TO BE RETIRED. THOSE THAT CAN, GO INTO HIDING.
2025: RECLUSIVE GENIUS AND SCIENTIST NIANDER WALLACE PIONEERS ADVANCEMENTS IN GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOOD AND SHARES HIS PATENTS FOR FREE, MARKING AN END TO A GLOBAL CRISIS. HIS COMPANY, WALLACE CORPORATION, E&C, EXPANDS ACROSS THE GLOBE — AND INTO THE OFF-WORLD COLONIES.
2028: NIANDER WALLACE ACQUIRES THE REMAINS OF THE BANKRUPT TYRELL CORPORATION.
2029: Blade Runner Echoes
2029- sea wall errected* *
*ESTIMATING IT TAKES ABOUT 5 YEARS WITH UNLIMITED RESOURCES AND A WORKFORCE OF REPLICANTS TO BUILD IT.
2030: NIANDER WALLACE UPGRADES GENETIC ENGINEERING TO PRODUCE A NEW MODEL OF REPLICANTS, BIOROBOTIC BEINGS THAT ARE MORE COMPLIANT AND OBEDIENT THAN THEIR PREDECESSORS.
2036: Nexus Dawn, PROHIBITION IS REPEALED. WALLACE REINTRODUCES A NEW LINE OF “PERFECTED” REPLICANTS – THE NEXUS 9.
2040: THE LAPD ACTIVATES INTERNAL RESOURCES TO RE-ESTABLISH ITS BLADE RUNNER UNIT, TASKED WITH LOCATING ROGUE REPLICANTS.
2048: Nowhere to Run, IN THE YEAR 2048, SAPPER MORTON MAKES A MEAGER LIVING FARMING WORMS, WHICH HAVE BECOME THE ONLY REMAINING PROTEIN STAPLE IN A DEPLETED WORLD. VENTURING INTO THE BUSTLING MARKETPLACE OF BIBI’S BAR TO SELL HIS STOCK, THE NEXUS 8 REPLICANT IS PRACTICED AT AVOIDING CONFRONTATION AND NOT DRAWING ATTENTION TO HIMSELF. THEN, EVERYTHING CHANGES…
2049: Blade Runner 2049, WE RETURN TO LOS ANGELES, 30 YEARS AFTER THE ORIGINAL FILM
Special thanks to
- 26 July 2021, Kasey Kieta for date amendments for Sea wall errected.