- Prior timeline: John Connor§Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Alternate Original timeline
Rise of the Machines film & The Redemption
At an unknown date during the Future War in a timeline which emerges due to the Destruction of the Cyberdyne Building, Skynet decided to try a new tactic to remove the leader of the resistance. Knowing the familiarity that Connor had with the T-101 unit, Skynet sent another one out to the human Resistance bases where it eventually found John. His judgment clouded by memories of past experiences, he allowed the Terminator close, where it promptly killed him. This event occurs on July 4, 2032. However the fact Skynet sent back the T-X implies John's death came too late to alter the course of the war.
The Terminator was eventually captured and reprogrammed by John's wife, Kate Connor, to serve as a protector once again. This Terminator was once more sent back in time to protect John, only this time not under his direct command, but Kate Brewster's.
Rise of the Machines novel
In 2029, upon learning Skynet had developed a new model of Terminator after an elite Resistance unit was wiped out by it, John Connor decided heading to the Cyber Research Systems main facility in the Edwards Air Force Base to activate a T-850. After programming and activating the T-850, John and Kate sent the protector through the Continuum Transporter to the year 2004.
Rise of the Machines timeline
Having survived the assassination attempts of the T-1000, John Connor again dropped off the grid, living as unobtrusively as possible. His mother Sarah died in 1997, having lived past the supposed date that Judgment Day would have taken place, after she fought with her terminal leukemia disease for three years, to make sure the world did not end. He took up various odd jobs to pay his way and convinced himself that the actions he and Sarah had taken had prevented Judgment Day from happening.
In 2004, however, John was once again thrown back into the turmoil of his still unresolved future. Skynet had once again sent a Terminator back in time to try and finish him off. This new series, the T-X, was an improvement over the older Series 1000 Terminator, capable of creating mechanical parts, such as flamethrowers, plasma cannon, or saw blades, as opposed to simple stabbing weapons. A T-850 unit was sent back once again to protect John from this new weapon, but there was an unforeseen event surrounding its arrival.
John Connor and the newly reprogrammed T-850 were once again faced with a familiar situation. With a newer, highly advanced Terminator after him, Connor had to round up as many future generals as he could before Judgment Day occurred.
There is some confusion over these events though, as John thought that Judgment Day was stopped in 1995. Though it was delayed by the events surrounding the destruction of Cyberdyne, the T-850 revealed to him that Judgment Day was inevitable, and that the previous actions only postponed it.
Connor and Kate tried to reach Kate's father, Robert Brewster, who has been ordered to activate Skynet, a new software program that was designed to "protect" the American military computer systems, which were currently under attack from a very insidious virus that had been attacking civilian and other non-military government computer systems. What Brewster and the other generals didn't know was the Skynet was the virus. Once activated, Skynet took over all military systems, including those connected to the nuclear ballistic missile defense system. Connor and Kate obtained the access codes to Crystal Peak, where Brewster had said was the location of Skynet's core systems.
The Terminator was successful in keeping the T-X from killing the pair, who were set to destroy Crystal Peak with C4 plastic explosives. However as Skynet went online and became self-aware, it perceived humanity to be a threat and launched nuclear warheads at other countries. They responded in kind and the nuclear holocaust of Judgment Day began. Connor and Kate survived because Crystal Peak was instead an abandoned military fallout shelter and General Brewster had sent them there to survive when he realized what was happening. As the military watch officers at other areas saw "their" systems turning against them, they desperately called out over the emergency radios for guidance. John Connor answered the call and started to build the resistance from there.
T2 Saga timeline
- Main article: John Connor/Salvation
- The events of Terminator 2: Judgment Day is changed into circa. 1999, when John was eighth grade.
- John Connor is only 19 years of age at the time of Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, not in his 20's as it says on the DVD description and other web sites. His future wife Kate Brewster was also older than him, as she was a qualified vet, perhaps 2 to 3 years older.
- Terminator 3: Before the Rise (Mentioned only)
- Terminator 3: Eyes of the Rise
- Terminator 3: Fragmented
- Video games