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"No Fate" redirects here. For the comic issue from Cybernetic Dawn, see No Fate (issue).

Sarah Connor writing "No Fate" on a table

"There's no fate but what we make for ourselves" or simply "No Fate", is a famous line from the Terminator franchise.



Terminator Revolution 4 cover
  • Throughout the film Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Reese (in the Extreme Edition) and John make references to a message that Reese gave to Sarah in The Terminator; they constantly repeat "The future is not set. There is no fate but what we make for ourselves." However, that second sentence never appears in the first film, Though the line does appear in the script and was presumably shot and subsequently deleted from the first film.
  • On the cover of Terminator: Revolution issue 4, there is Sarah Connor and her son, John, who is spraying "No Fate" graffiti on a wall.
  • "No Fate" is the name of the final mission of Terminator: Resistance.
  • "There's no fate but what we make for ourselves" is featured in the lyrics of Gunship's song "When You Grow Up, Your Heart Dies".


Kyle Reese: (reciting John Connor's message) Thank you, Sarah, for your courage through the dark years. I can't help you with what you must soon face, except to say that the future is not set. You must be stronger than you imagine you can be. You must survive, or I will never exist.
The Terminator

John Connor: No fate... "No fate but what we make..."! My mother taught me this... I mean, I made him memorize it as a message to her... Never mind. Okay, the whole thing goes "The future is not set. There is no fate but what we make for ourselves."
Terminator: She intends to change the future.
John Connor: Yeah, I guess. (shouting) Oh, shit!
Terminator: Dyson.
John Connor: Yeah, It's gotta be... Miles Dyson. She's gonna blow him away!
Terminator 2: Judgment Day

John Connor: (voiceover) The future has not been written. There is no fate but what we make for ourselves. I wish I could believe that. My name is John Connor, they tried to murder me before I was born, when I was 13 they tried again. Machines from the future. Terminators. All my life my mother told me the storm was coming, Judgment Day, the beginning of the war between man and machines. Three billion lives would vanish in an instant, and I would lead what was left of the human race to ultimate victory. It hasn't happened, no bombs fell, computers didn't take control, we stopped Judgment Day. I should feel safe, but I don't, so I live off the grid - no phone, no address, no one and nothing can find me. I've erased all connections to the past, but as hard as I try I can't erase my dreams, my nightmares.
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

Grace: You taught us there is no fate but what we make for ourselves. Dani, you are not the mother of some man who saves the future. You are the future. That's why Legion wants you dead.
Terminator: Dark Fate

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