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Although Team Fortress 2 does not have a story mode or single-player campaign, the storyline of the game has been revealed through comics, Meet the Team videos, and major updates. For example, the Halloween update of October 2009 (and Halloween update of October 2010 and 2011), WAR! Update of December 2009, and Engineer Update of July 2010 have all added to the official Team Fortress continuity in one way or another. Hidden links within these pages as well as examinations of Team Fortress 2 comic book pages are used to contribute to the various dates in the "Detailed timeline" section below.
- 1 1822
- 2 1850
- 3 1890
- 4 1968
- 5 1971
- 6 Six Months Later
- 7 Unhappy Returns
- 8 Finding Heavy
- 9 Finding Sniper
- 10 Mysteries
- 11 Detailed timeline
- 12 Alternate universe/spin-off timeline
- 13 Trivia
- 14 Sources
- 15 See also
The Mann family's backstory begins in the 19th century with the wealthy Englishman, Zepheniah Mann. Zepheniah Mann was the owner and proprietor of Mann & Sons Munitions Concerns – which also went by the name of Zepheniah Mann & Sons Co., but is better known by the name of Mann Co.. His wife, Bette, gave birth to three sons in September 2nd of 1822; Redmond, Blutarch and Gray, but died in childbirth. Though Redmond and Blutarch were perfectly normal, Gray was underweight, and had learned to talk inside the womb. Zepheniah ordered the baby to be smothered, but he was abducted by an eagle during the "Great Eagle Scourge of 1822." The remaining Mann brothers grew up without knowledge of their missing brother.
Gray was well cared for by his eagle abductor. He was fed grubs and mice, kept warm under her breast and accepted by her children. Gray grew strong under the eagle's care and when he was strong enough, he killed her and her children and ate them all before crawling back to civilization.
Around 1850, Zepheniah traveled to the United States with Redmond and Blutarch, to expand the munitions business. When they arrived, they discovered the gravel pits and dustbowls that he had purchased were useless; in addition, Zepheniah had contracted numerous illnesses in his old age. With his last will and testament, Zepheniah set up the events of Team Fortress 2 by leaving half of his land to each of his sons – for them to fight over for the rest of their lives. He also left Elizabeth the "miracle gravel" cache that he discovered on a trip to "Terra Australis". According to him, Gray had resurfaced the year before and wanted to blackmail him for it, so he entrusted Elizabeth with it, to keep it secret and safe.
Beginnings of RED vs. BLU
Comprised of Billy the Kid, Stonewall Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, Alfred Nobel, John Henry, Nikola Tesla, Sigmund Freud, Davy Crockett, and Fu Manchu, Blutarch had his crack mercenary team set and was eager to claim his land. However, Redmond had assembled his own team of mercenaries and was making similar plans to gain control of his brother's land. The RED and BLU teams proceeded to enter into a massive stalemate as they attempted to destroy each other and take the land for their respective Mann sibling.
A Loose Canon
Forty years later, Redmond and Blutarch were still engaged in their unwinnable war.
As Blutarch neared death from old age, he called in an expert craftsman named Radigan Conagher to construct for him a machine that would allow him to live on, to "make [him] a monster", by artificially extending his life. Radigan agreed.
Upon returning to his store that evening, Radigan found a stranger who had already made her way past his locked door. Knowing she couldn't convince Radigan to change his mind about building Blutarch's life extender, this stranger asked Radigan to build Redmond a machine as well. As payment, she gave him a hundred pounds of Australium – a powerful element found only in Australia which had caused the nation of unintelligent savages to become extremely intelligent and develop such technological marvels as teleportation and cloaking techniques.
Radigan agreed and became super-intelligent due to the Australium. He went on to develop Life Extender Machine for Redmond and Blutarch, and at least one more for an unnamed party.
- This is the main setting for the in-game events of Team Fortress 2.
During the Summer of 1968, nine individuals - the Scout, the Soldier, the Pyro, the Demoman, the Heavy Weapons Guy, the Engineer, the Medic, the Sniper, and the Spy - were recruited by Reliable Excavation & Demolition (RED) and Builders League United (BLU) to continue Redmond and Blutarch's neverending war to seize the land left to them by their deceased father.
Helen, a descendant of Elizabeth, acts as the overseer of the large-scale battles fought amongst these nine mercenaries. Descendant of Barnabas Hale, Saxton Hale, runs the renowned weapons and headwear business Mann Co., a subsidiary of the Administrator's shadowy company, TF Industries.
Our first major plot event occurs when the RED Demoman and BLU Soldier meet and become friends at an explosives convention, which severely angers the Administrator as they may share information about their job and discover they're working for the same person. With the help of Saxton Hale, she misleads both men into thinking the other is trying to kill them, sparking a bloody war.
At around the same time, in an attempt to rid themselves of weapons involved in a Senate investigation, Mann Co. sends a "monkeynaut" named Poopy Joe into space. The rocket is originally fueled with liquid Australium; shortly before takeoff, Saxton Hale replaces the Australium with defective suitcase explosives. As a result, the rocket crashes, killing Poopy Joe. Saxton unsuccessfully tries to cover up the event in subsequent Senate hearings.
The next major event occurs when Blutarch Mann realizes his life support machine is breaking. Blutarch contacts our BLU Engineer, the grandson of Radigan Conagher, Dell Conagher, to fix it.
Gray Mann, seeking to take control of Reliable Excavation and Demolition and Builder's League United, sent two tear-stained letters to each of his brothers in secret, hoping to get them to meet with each other. Redmond and Blutarch rented the Alamo, and apparently transported it to New Mexico for their meeting, guarded by a group of Engineers under Redmond's employ. Blutarch proposed the idea of a truce, and foolishly suggests the idea of a pregnancy machine, stating that they can use it on one of them to produce an heir, ignorant of the absurdity of the plan. Blutarch states that because of the pointless fighting all of their life, the Mann Family Line would die out. Redmond agreed, and the two shook hands, each thanking each other for "sending" the tear-stained letter to the other.
After the two shake, Gray enters the Alamo, having killed Redmond's Engineers, leaving the three alone. He introduces himself to the two as Gray Mann, their brother, and explains that he sent the letters. Unfortunately, the two appear to be suffering some sort of cognitive disorder, and Blutarch and Redmond apparently forget who Gray is just seconds after he introduces himself. It is noted that Gray appears to be wearing some sort of mechanical device on his spine, possibly of his construction, it is later revealed that this is an improved version of the Life Extender Machines. Gray begins to recount the tale of the brothers' birth, and explains how he was taken by an eagle shortly after he spoke with their father. He explains how he was raised by the eagle as one of its own, and how he later killed it and her children to feed himself.
He goes on to explain how, unlike how Redmond and Blutarch had their empires handed to them, he had to build his own out of scratch. Gray tells Redmond and Blutarch that he watched for a hundred and fifty years as they both wasted their father's fortune over an "asinine war, over worthless pits of gravel." He asks them to consider their true birthright, and tells them that it's "the only thing in this hell-blasted landscape actually worth fighting over", which appears to be Mann Co. Redmond dismisses his claims, stating that gravel powers the world's steam engines, showing how uninformed about the world he actually is. Gray grows tired of his responses, and kills both Redmond and Blutarch by stabbing them in the back.
That night, the ghosts of Redmond and Blutarch argue over who outlived the other. After fighting for a while, they settle on contacting a lawyer, who turns out to be the Soldier, to decide who is the victor. He tells them that the true winner would be decided when the other's spirit passes on. The two then arrange for the mercenaries of RED and BLU to push carts containing the other brother's corpse to Hell. With one team winning, the opposing brother drags both teams to Hell with them. One team manages to beat the other to a spellbook and escape back to the surface, presumably leaving the other behind.
Three days later, Gray makes his move against Mann Co., sending a massive robot army to attack all of the company's facilities. Saxton Hale was too busy wrestling a Yeti to deal with the crisis himself, so he sends a video message to the remaining RED and BLU mercenaries informing them that with Redmond and Blutarch dead, the Gravel War has finally ended and they no longer have jobs. He then immediately re-hires the team to defend Mann Co. against the robots.
After the Mercenaries successfully defend Mann Co. against the robot attacks, Gray decides to change his approach. He goes directly to Mann Co.'s headquarters, and declares that he would fight for the ownership of the company with Hale, a policy Hale made himself. After Hale grabs and punches Gray with ease, Gray declares that he is not the one who will be fighting, but an underage girl, named Olivia, Gray's daughter. Hale refuses to fight her, ultimately granting Mann Co. ownership to Gray. Gray proceeds to fire the mercenaries, and the Administrator orders Miss Pauling, her assistant, to hide.
Six Months Later
Having lost their jobs, the mercenaries disband. Soldier is shown giving a "tour" to old ladies where he presumably shows war remains to them. After they declare that they want to see celebrity homes, Soldier takes them to Tom Jones' house. Tom Jones appears, wondering who they all are, before abruptly getting his neck snapped by Soldier. Merasmus, revealed to be Tom Jones' new housemate after being evicted from his castle by Soldier, calls the police. Miss Pauling, disguised as a police officer, takes Soldier away in order to regroup the team at the Administrator's request. Merasmus goes on to check Tom Jones' pulse and ends up getting framed for his murder.
Pyro, after losing their mercenary job, has taken a position as the new CEO of Frontier Engineering. Surprisingly, they have been very successful with the company, where the adviser says that everyone is now a millionaire in a corporate meeting thanks to the guidance of Pyro. Unfortunately, this new life has taken a mental toll on Pyro and they are bored with the dull life they now have. However, during the meeting, Pyro sees a small rainbow clump that explodes into multiple streams. Pyro, being ecstatic about seeing rainbows again, immediately rushes out of the building to join Miss Pauling and Soldier, whereas Frontier Engineering is left to find a new CEO.
Gray Mann, having taken over Mann Co. for himself, now looks at the main prize that has been locked away in the Vault of Mann Co.: 200,000 pounds of Australium. However, much to Gray Mann's surprise, all of the Australium has been taken before he can reach it. The only clue that was left behind as to who took the Australium is a used cigarette, whom Gray Mann suspects to be the Administrator.
Demoman has been reduced to a life of unemployment after losing his job as a mercenary. While watching Ghost D.A. with his Eyelander, Demo's mother bangs him on the head telling him that someone has been knocking on the door for the past 10 minutes, possibly for a job offer. Demo, however, has not gone searching for a job nor wants any other job besides his old mercenary job. When he answers the door, Demoman sees Soldier, Pyro, and Miss Pauling waiting for him. Miss Pauling, first shocked at Demoman's experience, offers a job to him, which he gladly accepts with glee.
Gray Mann is still on the pursuit of the missing Australium, with 19.5% of the Australium in his Australium-fueled life extension machine being depleted. He hires a group of mercenaries to go and find the Administrator and take back the missing Australium.
During a drive, Soldier and Pauling work out a plan to locate the other mercs. Soldier complains about Pyro being on his side of the car before having his hand cut off by Pyro. Miss Pauling makes a stop at a nearby vet to have Soldier's hand stitched back on. While Soldier is thanking the vet for fixing his hand, Miss Pauling finds a newspaper. The front page of which shows Scout and Spy's mugshots with the headline reading "Merc Scum To Hang" for the destruction of Teufort during the Gravel Wars. The group cancels their flight to Siberia and heads for Teufort.
Saxton Hale meets up with his friend Maggie. They talk about Maggie's Husband's welfare and Charles Darling, a man who invented the zoo. Maggie then steers the conversation to helping Saxton get Mann Co. back. Meanwhile, Spy and Scout are locked up in jail, awaiting their trial. Spy Ends up killing his other cellmate Joey murders. When Scout sees this, he gets mad and says they will get in trouble. They mayor then comes in with a pie for them, which has a file in it. It is useless though since they are locked in with Glass. The mayor then shows them a Board with a news paper on about them and a picture of the Mayor with 2 people, with Scout and Spy's head glued over them. The mayor did this since whenever he tries to take a picture of him with them, they try to kill him. The Spy says he will kill him and anyone in on the show trial, maybe Scout as well in the confusion. The mayor says he will miss them, and then leaves them for "Important mayor stuff to do."
Soldier and Demoman are dressing up as civilians to disguise themselves, to go to the courthouse and stall the hanging. Soldier asks if anyone will think he is a real civilian, but Demoman says that is the point. They don't know where the courthouse is though, so they ask an old lady where it is. She points them in the right direction, but she says to be fast so they don't miss the hanging. The trial is in place when Soldier and Demo come in. Spy goes through his fake teeth to find a miniature butterfly knife. But Scout makes Soldier mad when he says he was never in the war, which makes Soldier hit Spy and knock the butterfly knife out of his hand. Soldier tries to become Scouts lawyer and move to give him the chair. When Scout says he already has a lawyer, Soldier Snaps that man's neck. When Soldier does this, they realizes the Demoman is a merc too and they arrest both of them. Meanwhile, Miss Pauling is at the library. While Pyro is burning text books, cancelling 6 years of school, Miss Pauling asks if a there are any copies of genealogy records. When the woman she asks says no, she goes and burns it in the fire Pyro made. at the same time, the court is showing surveillance cam footage of Scout and Spy being caught "robbing" a vault (although they were just grabbing money from Scouts vault). The Mayor ends the court session and sentences the mercs to be hanged. The people of Teufort tell about all the things the mercs have done to Teufort (like replacing the only school with a parking lot). When they drop the floor of the Scout, Miss Pauling comes in, supports the Scout's legs and says that the mercs can't do those things. Only the mayor can do the things the mercs did. When the Teufort people say she is lying and for her to be hanged too, she says the mayor has no Authority to hang people. Miss Pauling shows a book on what a mayor can do, which the Mayor takes and looks at. When the Mayor realizes the Power of books, he takes control of the scenario and Leads the whole town to the library.
At night time, Saxton and Maggie arrive at a mansion. When they open the door, they find Charles Darling. Maggie reveals that she works for Darling, and that Darling has a job for Saxton as well.
Soldier is showing a picture of Heavy to Heavy's mom. She has seen him and tells Soldier he comes home every month for supplies, but it would be death to go get him and that they should stay and wait. Soldier thinks this is an interrogation tactic and resists it. Heavy's Mom tries to give Soldier a coat, but Soldier doesn't know how to read, so when he see's an "S", he stops his eyes and thinks it mean "Soviet". He says it is inferior to his American. He leaves and when Scout asks if they got directions and coats. Soldier thinks they don't need directions and that they know he lives in the mountains. They then leave for the mountains.
Charles Darling invites Saxton and Margret in and asks if they like his mountings. Saxton asks if when he started fighting animals, and Darling says they are not dead, just forced to stand on boxes 24/7. when Saxton notices most of the animals are extinct, Darling agrees and that they are the last of their kind. Charles changes the subject to getting back Mann Co. and in order for him to help, he must procure Australium. When Saxton says he has loads of the stuff, Darling says to remember his "Administrative Associate". He tells of her Misdeeds and how there is only one question, "Why".
Soldier is hallucinating, and imagines that the mountain is taunting him and saying he shouldn't starve with all the food around, pointing out some nearby animals that Soldier hallucinates as food. Then, Soldier imagines that his hands have become sandviches. Finally he sees Scout in a hot dog costume. It turns out that the last bit was not hallucination and that Scout actually was in such a costume. Pyro had found the remains of Amelia Earhart's ship, and it had plenty of T-shirts along with the aforementioned hot dog costume. Soldier asks if any other hot dog costumes are in there, and Scout questions why Earhart would have two hot dog costumes. Scout then hears a roar and turns to find bears heading for them. Soldier wonders aloud how the bears found the trio and remembers that two things attract bears: honey, and menstruating women. He turns to Pyro, telling him to move out of the way, and reveals crates of honey within the plane. He makes a plan to eat all the honey before the bears arrive, which fails as the trio is unable to even finish the first crate of honey. Then a bear sneaks up behind Scout and presumably knocks his skeleton out. Scout then says he is fine and that the bones were those of Amelia Earhart. He gets hit again and angrily grabs one of Earhart's femurs, makes a quick quip and proceeds to kill the bear with the bone. The femur promptly breaks so he tries to find the other one, but is unsuccessful. Scout asks Soldier for help, but then see he is nude and covered in honey. Soldier then proceeds to snap one bear's neck. Pyro is in its own world where he sees Smokey the bear, who says to Pyro that fires are bad. Pyro grabs an axe and kills Smokey while in real life actually killing another bear, and while the mercenaries relish their victory, Heavy shows up. He comments that those bears were babies, and when Scout dismisses it as Heavy thinking everything is a baby, Heavy points out the mother bear, who is much larger than any of the recently killed bears. Heavy proceeds to fight the mother while the other mercenaries watch, and although the comic then switches to another scene, it is later found out that Heavy had defeated the bear and the mercenaries had all survived.
After successfully finding Heavy, the scene changes to show Demoman and Miss Pauling heading to Australia to look for Sniper, who is already waiting for them.
The story that follows can be read at the Team Fortress 2 Comic Page.
The Pyro's identity
The identity of the Pyro has been the subject of much debate since the game's release. Meet the Pyro demonstrated how the Pyro interprets the world around itself and its actions with a childlike glee. There is still no definite proof about the Pyro's gender or history despite speculation by the community.
The Administrator's Goals
The comics that detail the story of Team Fortress 2 bring to light that the Administrator has been stockpiling Australium for 150 years in order to settle an old score.
|1680||Members of the Degroot family begin production of Degroot's Rum which the Demoman would become a fan of centuries later.||Link|
|1788 - December 18th||Old Nick turns his boat around to conquer the South Pole while on a voyage to Australia.||Link|
|1792||Italian physicist Alessandro Volta invented the battery by mixing zinc, ammonium chloride and molten salt together.||Link|
|1808||The company that produces the scrumpy that the Demoman would become a fan of over a century later begins production of their product.||Link|
|1814 - June||An editorial cartoon is published in the Gentle Manne's Monthly entitled "An Editorial Cartoon of Some Insighte" starring the editorial's mascot the Gentle Manne of Leisure along with his "Companione".||Link|
|1822 - September 2nd||Redmond, Blutarch and Gray Mann are born. Of the three, Gray was "absconded with by that scourge of London, the Eagle".||Link|
|1847||Claude Huggins, after founding the town of Hugginsville on the site of his wife's death and bear mauling because he was too scared to leave, was bullied into changing the name of the town to Two Farts by a band of roving bullies. Once again too scared to completely change the name, Huggins portmanteau-ed the name Two Farts into Teufort.||Link|
|1849||Gray Mann resurfaces this year and threatens to blackmail Zepheniah Mann for all his Miracle Gravel (Australium).||Link|
|1850||The last will and testament of Zepheniah Mann is written and enacted.||Link|
|1850||Australia becomes the world's most advanced country.||Link, Link|
|1857||Abraham Lincoln invents stairs, replacing rocket jumping.||Link|
|1861 - August 21th||Redmond and Blutarch Mann sell their gravel mine to Barnabas Hale for 5 cents. Hale then turns it into a coal mine promising jobs for the surrounding region.||Link|
|1862 - August 5th||Scientists in Australia "nervously assure the world" that there is "No gold after all..." Gold prospectors turn gaze to Canada.||Link, Link|
|1865||Abraham Lincoln holds his Second Inaugural Address stating, "I say this to you with unvarnished factualism of plain talk: I love Arena Mode."||Link|
|1865 - April 20th||The War Department publishes a wanted poster for John "Tower of Hats" Booth for the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.||Link|
|1869||Shiny's Bullion is established.||Link|
|1880||Emily begins her search for Australium.||Link|
|1890||Blutarch Mann commissions Radigan Conagher to build a Life Extender Machine.||Link|
|1890||Emily requests Conagher to build a Life Extender Machine for Redmond Mann as well.||Link|
|1890||Biggs starts producing steel rods.||Link|
|1894 - July 17th||Radigan Conagher finishes building a Life Extender Machine for Blutarch Mann.||Link|
|1894 - August 3rd||Radigan Conagher finishes another Life Extender Machine for Redmond Mann as well.||Link|
|Unknown year - April 14th||Radigan Conagher finishes a third Life Extender Machine (for an undisclosed party).||Link|
|1895 - January 25th||"Hills Discovered!" The Here's Some News, Mate! newspaper runs a story about Australia stating "Mysterious new geographic lumps confound men of Australian science."||Link|
|1895 - March 6th||"War, Mate!" Two months later, the king of Australia declares war on hills stating "There will be time to study these so-called hills after they are dead."||Link|
|1895 - April 5th||"King Conquers Hill!" It is reported by the Here's Some News, Mate! newspaper that the "Coward Mound Surrendered Without a Fight."||Link|
|1900 - January 23rd||"Mann Co. invents 'ro-bot'." It is revealed by an Australian newspaper that Mann Co., an Australian weapons giant, has invented the "robot". In the article, Mann Co. officials attempt to assure public concerns over their 'ro-bot' by stating that "These automatons will only be used for violence." On a minor note, a poll shows that "Robin" is the most popular Australian girl's name.||Link|
|1900||Australia tries to colonize space by this time. They seem to have failed.||Link|
|1901||Newell and Sons debuts a "turnless" board game - Teams and Fortresses 2 - with explosive "real-time" gameplay.||Link|
|1907 - June 15th||Mann Co. wins safest workplace in Badlands.||Link|
|1910 - January 24th||Mann Co. wins their bid to be the sole munitions supplier to Reliable Excavation and Demolition and Builder's League United mercenaries.||Link|
|1915 - August 13th||A mineshaft collapses on top of Bilious Hale and his employees, but Bilious Hale punches his way out saving himself and his living employees. 14 die from cave-in and punch-related injuries.||Link|
|1921||Franklin D. Roosevelt loses both of his legs while rocket jumping. As a result, he perfects the modern staircase.||Link|
|1921||Bilious Hale, eager to re-ignite the nation's waning interest in coal, introduced the steam-powered hat at the Paris World Fashion Expo.||Link|
|1922 - March 13th||Bilious Hale permanently halts production of all coal-powered weapons.||Link|
|1922 - March 13th||Mann Co. shuts down their duel coal mine and munitions factory after 50 years of operation but preserves it as a museum of Mann Co. history.||Link|
|1923||Red Shed beers are distilled in Tougaloo.||Link|
|1930||Team Fortress Classic takes place - Redmond and Blutarch Mann hire the Classic Mercs to battle in the Gravel Wars. Bilious Hale supplies them with weapons and ammunition.||Link|
|1932||American soft drink magnate Theophilus Bonk added sugar to the same mixture as the first set of batteries, creating Bonk! Cola.||Link|
|1932||New Zealand is encapsulated in a dome and sunk to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.||Link|
|1937||Redstone Cargo is established.||Link|
|1939 - September 1st||World War II begins. Though he wanted desperately to fight in World War II, the Soldier was rejected from every branch of the U.S. military. Undaunted, he bought his own ticket to Europe. After arriving and finally locating Poland, the Soldier taught himself how to load and fire a variety of weapons before embarking on a Nazi killing spree for which he was awarded several medals that he designed and made himself.||Link|
|1941 - September||The Heavy's father, a counter-revolutionary, is killed. The Heavy and his family are deported to a North Siberian gulag.||Link|
|1941 - December||The North Siberian gulag burns to the ground with all its guards tortured to death and all prisoners, including the Heavy and his family, escape.||Link|
|1942||New Zealander infant Mun-Dee accidentally breaks a hole in his country's underwater dome while flying away in a rocketship, leaving his parents the only survivors. The rocket crashes in Australia, where the baby is raised by a local couple and eventually becomes the Sniper.||Link|
|1945 - September 2nd||World War II ends.|
|1945||Jeremy, who will later take on the moniker of Scout, is born in or around this year.||Link|
|1949||The Soldier ends his Nazi killing spree in Poland upon hearing that World War II had already ended in 1945.||Link|
|1957||While Saxton Hale and Margret are beating panthers to death, Charles Darling kidnaps the panthers Hale and Margret were punching to put them in his new animal dungeon.||Link|
|1959||Primaprime comes out with a series of instructional films.||Link|
|Early 1960s||Saxton Hale's Barbershop Action debuts in the U.S. It is followed by ancillary titles Saxton Hale's Barbershop Romance and Haircut Horrors Starring Saxton Hale's Ghost.||Link|
|1961||Saxton Hale's Thrilling Tales first arrives on newsstands.||Link|
|1962||Saxton Hale's Jungle Brawl debuts in the U.S.||Link|
|1962||Margret's husband Roger's funeral is held. A giant snapping turtle attacks and Saxton Hale promptly strangles it with his suit jacket.||Link|
|1962||Mayor Mike starts making Trevor act like an Italian Stereotype.||Link|
|1962||The alcoholic Demoman's body begins to scrounge most of its nutrients from grain alcohol and aspirin.||Link|
|1963||Only four items are being produced for the elderly: hats, meat, caskets, and Saxton Hale's Mildly Thrilling Tales. Saxton Hale Visits His Mother Monthly and Soothing Stories of Familiar Things soon follow.||Link|
|1964 - March||The first, and possibly only, issue of Saxton Hale's Mail Storm is published.||Link|
|1965||The Engineer creates several mechanical contraptions, including the Sentry Gun, while under contract with TF Industries.||Link|
|1968||Boy's Adventure Starring Saxton Hale comes under fire from the Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency. Pressured by the Senate, Mann Co. changes the title to Girl's Adventure Starring Saxton Hale.||Link|
|1968 - June||The Gravel War - the main setting for Team Fortress 2.||Link|
|1969 - August||Saxton Hale firebombs Woodstock from a helicopter due to a longtime feud with hippies.||Link|
|1971||In Teufort, all but The Administrator's genealogy records are destroyed, apparently for no reason.||Link|
|1971||Saxton Hale's Jungle Brawl ends publication.||Link|
|1971||The RED team steals an intelligence briefcase from BLU, the Engineer does experiments with teleporting bread, and the RED team must fight against a large bread monster with the help of Miss Pauling.||Link|
|1971 - 1 day||Gray Mann assassinates Redmond and Blutarch Mann to gain control of their respective corporations. This also marks the end of The Gravel War.||Link|
|1971 - that evening/night||After Gray Mann kills Redmond and Blutarch Mann and leaves the room, the brothers arise from their bodies as ghosts, or spirits. They immediately begin fighting over who was killed last, and therefore who won the Gravel War. The brothers visit the Soldier at Castle Merasmus for advice, who tells them that neither of them is dead until they "cross over into the next world". Both Redmond and Blutarch leave to go to separate pay phones to call their previous employees from life. Blutarch calls Miriam and Redmond calls Phyllis, both telling them to go to the Alamo's new location and retrieve their bodies, to have the mercenaries deliver the bodies of the other brother to Hell.||Link|
|1971 - next day||Saxton Hale, catching wind of Gray Mann's plans to gain control of Mann Co., re-hires both RED and BLU unemployed mercenary teams to protect his company and kill robots without pay.||Link|
|1971 - October 29th||Merasmus the Magician attends WizardCon MCLVI as a guest speaker, giving a two-hour talk titled "Living with a Non-Wizard".||Link|
|1971 - October 30th||Merasmus returns from WizardCon to find that the RED Soldier, now a park ranger, has let his castle be overrun by raccoons and turned into a raccoon sanctuary. Being evicted from his own home as a result, and soldier gaining ownership of his castle, Merasmus snaps and transforms into a powerful ghost version of himself, vowing to kill everyone the Soldier cares about.||Link|
|1971 - December||In the midst of the Robot War, the RED team and Miss Pauling discuss where Gray Mann's army is going to attack next. Soldier reveals that he was able to infiltrate Gray Gravel Co. and learn their battle plans while wearing a cardboard robot costume the day before. Miss Pauling orders him to make more costumes; and she, Soldier, and Heavy infiltrate together a week later, witnessing the unveiling of the Mecha-Engineer in the process.||Link|
|1972 - March||To keep the Robot Wars from becoming another Gravel Wars with each side in perpetual stalemate, Gray Mann surrenders to Saxton Hale, ceasing all fighting. Then, invoking the Mann Co. Challenge, Gray Mann has his daughter Olivia Mann, who is now CEO of Gray Gravel Co., challenge Hale to unarmed combat to take over Mann Co. as CEO. Unwilling to fight a child, Hale promotes one of his assistants, Mr. Bidwell to CEO to fight Olivia. However, when Mr. Bidwell refuses to fight her, Hale unwittingly fires him and thus gives up CEO rights to Olivia. Olivia then transfers CEO rights to her father Gray Mann, who then proceeds to fire the mercs.||Link|
|1972 - March||Administrator, hearing the news of Gray Mann gaining control of Mann Co., goes into hiding and orders her assistant Miss Pauling to do the same.||Link|
|1972 - March||RED Spy prepares to leave Teufort upon Gray Mann taking control of Mann Co. and the Administrator going missing and informs RED Scout to do the same. Scout, who had recently broken both his arms, asks Spy to drive him to the Teufort Bank where he is keeping all his savings from mercing for Redmond Mann and Mann Co. Spy refuses at first but begrudgingly accepts to take Scout after Scout brings up disappointing his mom. After arriving, it turns out that Scout had been "investing" all his mercing money on 12 cubic yards of Tom Jones memorabilia in order to sell it all when he dies, however, Mike, the mayor of Teufort, has them arrested for destruction of Teufort.||Link|
|1972 - September 6th||Soldier murders Tom Jones in his own home. Merasmus, who was Tom Jones' roommate, gets charged for the murder. Merasmus ends up in jail with three other prisoners, one named T-Bone.||Link|
|1972 - September 6th - 7th||Miss Pauling, under orders from Administrator, begins to reassemble the Mercs back together again starting with Soldier, who has become an illegal celebrity tour guide, then moving to Pyro, who has become the CEO of Frontier Engineering, and Demoman, who has remained unemployed since he was fired by Gray. They then make a plan to take a flight to Siberia to pick up Heavy and then Australia for Sniper and then fly back to the US to get Engineer, Medic, Scout and Spy, until they read a newspaper from Teufort. Meanwhile, Gray and Olivia finally manage to find Hale's secret Australium stockpile, only to discover that the Administrator had already stolen it from him.||Link|
|1972 - September 7th||Spy and Scout, who were arrested 5 months prior, are set to have a trial in the City of Teufort and be hanged for their crimes.||Link|
|1972 - September 7th||Saxton Hale is released from the Millhaven Ultra Prison for Dangerous Men after successfully burning down most of Charles Darling's zoo and is picked up by Margret, an old friend of his, and tells her he was originally there to ask Charles Darling for help in getting Mann Co. back from Gray Mann. Margret then takes Hale to her boss' office, who turns out to be Charles Darling. Darling explains that he wants the Australium to prolong the lives of his critically endangered animals, and reveals the Administrator's theft to Hale.||Link|
|1972 - September 7th||Soldier and Demoman try to free Scout and Spy from their trial. Unfortunately, Scout began telling the court about how Soldier was never actually in the army. Soldier, completely enraged, objects, kills the town Counselor and reveals to the town who he and Demoman are, and are promptly arrested and added to trial. Meanwhile, Miss Pauling and Pyro go to the Teufort Library. Pyro burns some students' textbooks as a campfire while Miss Pauling asks a librarian for genealogy records (suspiciously for The Administrator, aka Helen; her name can be seen on the file that Miss Pauling then throws into Pyro's campfire). At the gallows, it is revealed that Spy, Scout, Soldier and Demoman aren't actually on trial for any murders and destruction they did commit, but for acts of civil mismanagement that Mike the Mayor did to Teufort. Miss Pauling arrives from the library just in time to save Scout from being hung and reveals to the town that the mercs couldn't have done any of their accused crimes because they don't have the political power to do so, but are all things a mayor could do, and also tells the town that a mayor can't hang people and saves Scout, Spy, Soldier and Demoman.||Link|
|1972 - September 8th||After freeing the four mercenaries, Spy, Demoman, and Miss Pauling go to Australia to search for Sniper while Scout, Soldier, and Pyro search for Heavy in Siberia. While dealing with the cold, Soldier slowly goes insane with hunger cravings and hallucinations, even having a conversation with "Christopher, the Communist Mountain". Pyro and Scout find Amelia Earhart's wrecked plane, where Scout wears a hot dog suit to warm himself. However, Amelia Earhart had a very great sweet tooth and her plane was stockpiled with honey, which nearby bears are drawn to. Soldier then proceeds to eat the honey, with Pyro and Scout following him. However, they only get through three jars of honey and the bears eventually come over to the plane. The group fends off the bears, with Scout get mauled across his stomach and Soldier and Pyro killing all of them. After the battle, Heavy shows up to inform the group that they had only fought the the cubs and that the mother bear is coming. Scout slowly bleeds out and falls unconscious while Soldier and Pyro watch Heavy defeat the bear. Later, the group head back home to Heavy's family, where Scout recovers and Soldier finally eats. In addition, Zhanna, Heavy's sister, becomes attracted to and starts a relationship with Soldier, after failing to do so with Scout, who prefers to wait for Miss Pauling to reciprocate his advances. Scout asks Heavy to join the team again, but he declines stating that he has obligations to protect his family after an incident in a gulag. However, Heavy's family tells him that people have tried to hurt them in the past, though they tortured them and are now able to protect themselves. Heavy first asks if it pays well, if it's dangerous, and if there's evil men that he will face, but soon joins the team again.||Link|
|1972 - September 9th||Spy, Demoman, and Miss Pauling arrive in Australia. Scout reports that Heavy rejoined the team to Miss Pauling by phone. The Team Fortress Classic team is sent by Gray Mann to hunt the rebuilding Team Fortress 2 team.||Link|
|1972 - "weeks" later||Heavy, Pyro, Soldier, Scout, and Zhanna arrive in Australia. Heavy and Scout head for the secret Australium reserves at Ayers Rock, Soldier, Zhanna, and Spy plan on infiltrating an Australian naval base, and Miss Pauling and Demoman head to Sniper's family home to recruit him. Sniper quickly subdues the duo, while Spy easily convinces the sailors to let his group in, as Australia's Australium supplies have run dry. Heavy and Scout confirm this when they find Ayers Rock to be completely hollow, hiding a disused mine, but discover and team up with Saxton Hale and Margaret, who were also investigating the area. Sniper reveals that his parents have died he was adopted, while Pauling reveals that the group's next destination is actually the hoem of Sniper's birth parents. Pauling, Zhanna, and the all of the recruited mercs sans Heavy and Scout meet up and travel to New Zealand in an Australian Navy submarine. Sniper's parents, Bill-Bel and Lar-Nah, reveal that New Zealand's Australium reserves have been squandered on paint for rockets, of which only one remains. Lar-Nah subsequently steals the rocket and escapes to outer space, while Bill-Bel steals the submarine, leaving the others to die in the flooding base. The Classic mercenaries and Medic then arrive, shoot Sniper in the chest, and capture the others.||Link|
|1972 - "at least six hours" later||The Classic team take their captives to Gray Mann's island base, where Soldier and Zhanna are interrogated by the Classic Pyro, Sniper is operated on by Medic, and the others are taken to a holding cell. The Classic Heavy, realizing the power of Gray's Life Extender Machine, betrays him and rips the device out of his back. Zhanna cuts off her hand to free herself and kills the Classic Pyro. At Gray's dying request, they take him Pauling while they free their allies, killing the Classic Spy and Demoman in the process. Gray pleads with Pauling to stop the Administrator, claiming that she is far worse than he. Pauling proclaims to be fully compliant in her scheme, irritating Spy. Gray succumbs to his injuries and dies. Medic uses advanced medical technology to bring Sniper, who has since died of his injuries, back to life. Sniper claims to have spoken to his encouraging adoptive parents in Heaven, which Medic dismisses as a hallucination. Sniper then escapes the operating room, infuriating the Classic Heavy, who kills Archimedes. While Medic revives his pet, the Classic Heavy learns of the other mercs' escape and rallies his troops, forcing Medic to stay inside. Subsequently, Medic plans to betray the Classic team. The Classic Heavy sends leech robots designed to suck the traces of Australium out of the Australian people to kill the escapees.||Link|
|1978||School in Teufort starts after being cancelled for 6 years.||Link|
|1987 - December 4th||According to God himself, Scout dies.||Link|
|2022||The lease for Teufort's Federal Pedophile Sanctuary expires.||Link|
|7039||Saxton Hale's ownership rights of the Sniper's likeness expire.||Link|
Alternate universe/spin-off timeline
Note: events in this timeline are not considered canon. 
|1973||Gray Mann, on the verge of bankruptcy, reprograms his robot army to, instead of trying to kill the mercs, sell them robot themed hats to recoup his losses and to edge-in on Mann Co.'s ever growing lucrative hat sales revenue.||Link|
|1996||Kisses von Butternubs, a pomeranian in a sweater, is elected president of America by popular vote.||Link|
|1999||Future Dell Conagher (Engineer), now very old and his arm replaced with a cybernetic one, and Pyro, who is now a floating head in a bubble, travel back in time to 1973 to warn the all the mercs not to open Gray Mann's robocrates to stop the impending Hat Wars of the 1990s very briefly before being teleported back to 1999.||Link|
- World maps exist within the game that do not show 1968 contemporary nations, such as the Soviet Union, but instead show countries like Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Estonia, and many others which were not independent at the time. This may be due to Team Fortress' timeline differing from our own, or simply being an oversight.
- Even though Saxton Hale states he discovered the Internet in the 1960s, it clearly did not exist back then. However, with the extreme amount of technology advancement in Australia starting in the late 1880s, Australia could have very well invented the Internet before the actual date it was invented.
- KritzKast interview with Valve's Andrew Wilson. 'Anything canon should come from the team here; we view the comic as a possible alternate universe. ... While we don’t want too many people steering the canon for TF, we love to see where the characters are taken.' "KritzKast interviews Robotic Boogaloo." May 26, 2013.