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The Resistance


Graffiti, painted in a Resistance bunker.

The Resistance is one of the two primary factions in the Future War; it is a military force that fights against Skynet after Judgment Day. It is composed of an alliance of surviving professional military units and surviving militias from all nations around the world. It is led by John Connor, whom Skynet has been trying to eliminate from the timeline to prevent the creation of the Resistance. Its main purpose was to fight the Skynet and its machines, as well as preserving the human race from total annihilation. The Resistance carried out many combat missions, attacking factories and rescue humans out of Skynet Work Camps. To even the odds, they capture weapons from Skynet forces and reprogram Terminators to aid in the struggle. The symbol of the Resistance is a red Double Helix (the shape of DNA).

“This is John Connor. If you're listening to this, you are the resistance.”
- John Connor addressing humanity through a radio broadcast. Terminator Salvation


With the date of Judgment Day changing, no date can be set as to when the Resistance was formed though it can be inferred that it started soon after Judgment Day took place.

Original timeline[]

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On the brink of extinction, John Connor united the despairing humans and taught them to fight, storm the camps, and overcome the Terminator guards. Much of the Resistance was created from these survivors.[1]

In 2029, the Resistance raided the Skynet Core in Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado, smashing its defense grid and destroying the Skynet Core. However, in a last ditch effort before its destruction, Skynet sent a T-800 Terminator and a T-1000 Prototype traveling back to the year 1984 and 1995 through the Time Displacement Equipment to assassinate Sarah Connor and young John Connor respectively in order to erase John's very existence from the timeline. Sergeant Kyle Reese, a Resistance soldier, volunteer to travel to 1984 in order to save Sarah Connor.[1][2] Shortly after, John Connor had a T-800 reprogrammed and sent back to 1995 to protect his younger self.[2]

Rise of the Machines timeline[]


John Connor's image of the Resistance's future victory against the machines

In the Rise of the Machine timeline, which was created due to the destruction of the Cyberdyne Building, the core of the Resistance was possibly formed from the remnants of the United States military, with Lieutenant General Robert Brewster as one of the key figures along with John Connor. [3]

However, in 2032, Skynet sent a T-X Terminatrix to the year 2004 through Continuum Transporter in order to assassinate key figures of the Resistance, including Robert Brewster, Kate Brewster, Jose Barrera, the Anderson Siblings, Simon Taylor, Isaac Hall, Fritz Roland, Ted Snavely, Sharlene Gen, and Vince Forcer. Additionally, Skynet sent a T-850 to assassinate John Connor. The Infiltrator succeeded in its mission before it was captured by the Resistance. The Resistance then had the T-850 sent back to 2004 to protect the young John Connor and Kate Brewster.[3][4]

Salvation timeline[]


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In the Salvation timeline, the core of the Resistance was founded from the remnants of the world's military forces, who were then joined by other survivors, including General Hugh Ashdown from United States military and General Dmitri Losenko from the Russian Armed Forces.[5] Resistance soldiers are distinguished by the blood-red bands on the arms of their uniforms.[6]

During the Future War, the chief officers of the Resistance operated aboard the USS Wilmington, a Los Angeles-class submarine serving as Resistance Headquarters, in the form of a council of generals and admirals, with General Ashdown assuming the leading role. However, the group were killed just before the assault on Skynet Central when the USS Wilmington was located and destroyed by a HK-Aerial.[6]

Sometime after the incident, John Connor had assumed command of the Resistance. During 2029, John Connor led an assault on a Skynet Base in Colorado. [7]

After Skynet was endangered by its own tactical error as it utilized the psychopath serial killer Thomas Parnell as its henchman,[8] who in turn tried to take over its whole system,[9] it reached John Connor for help in hope to eliminate Parnell.[10] After Parnell was successfully terminated by Connor during combat,[11] Connor suggested that both human and Skynet should make a truce, which Skynet agreed to after Connor's persuasion. The War between the human race and the machines then ended.[12]

Dark Fate timeline[]


A Dragonfly, utilized by the Resistance as transport aircraft.

In the Dark Fate timeline, which was created due to the destruction of the Cyberdyne Building and Skynet was erased from the timeline, Legion, an artificial intelligence created for cybernetic warfare, initiated an attack on humanity, leading to the War against the Machines.[13]

After Judgment Day, Dani Ramos began to gathering survivors and grouped them into a Resistance in order to fight against Legion.[13]

In 2042, the Resistance captured a TD Chamber, neutralizing every enemy within the chamber. However, they found that a Rev-9 had been sent back in time to 2020 to kill the younger Dani Ramos. Grace Harper, an Augment who was saved by Ramos when she was young, volunteered for the time travel mission to 2020 to protect the younger Dani Ramos.[14][13]


The Resistance is composed of combat units scattered across the world, all answering to the allied commander. A staff assists the allied commander in strategy, planning and preparation. Communication between units is usually by encrypted communications.

Weapons, Equipment and Tactics[]

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After Judgment Day, when Skynet's robotic forces began to kill off the surviving humans, the former human military forces began to fight back. In the case of the United States, as well as the remnants of many other large and well-equipped countries, they use former military weapons, uniforms, body armor, vehicles and aircraft in combination with newer plasma based energy weapons (copied, stolen or produced in captured Skynet factories) that were used to fight Skynet worldwide. Some tactics were conventional, like Airborne Helicopter assaults, and others, like "Hit and Run" attacks, were also used by Resistance forces.


Resistance soldiers in the future war assault a Skynet position

The many years John Connor was trained by Sarah Connor, his mother, in the South and Central Americas has helped John in many ways, not just because of the combat skills he learned, but the lifestyles and tactics as well. When John and his mother were training/hiding in Latin America, Sarah sought out any and everyone that could help teach her son. In the process, John and Sarah ended up living, training and fighting with many groups of guerrillas, paramilitary forces and freedom fighter-all of whom had extensive knowledge of fighting a larger, more numerous and better-armed central enemy/government. The skills acquired by John in these various theaters of operations, in combination with tactics he learned from ex-U.S. Special Operations Force and British SAS personnel (whom his mother dated or he met after Judgment Day), his mother and his own personal combat-oriented genius have allowed him to wage many styles of war (both conventional and unconventional) on Skynet and its machines.

Weapons and equipment
  • RPG-7
  • Various Plasma weaponry, based on conventional weapon or captured Skynet weapon
  • A-10 Warthog
  • MV-22B
  • MH-60
  • UH-1Y
  • Technical (Humvees, and pick up trucks)
  • HK-416 (as of 2018)
  • M4 Carbine

Other Survivors[]

Humans who did not join the military remnants became known as "Survivalists" who often ran and hid when confronted by Skynet, rather than fight. Others who took up arms often pretended to be in the Resistance, but rather, took advantage of other survivors, such as in gangs and thieves. The first group was considered civilians by the Resistance, while the second was considered renegades. The civilians were considered to be left alone, or in certain cases had been allied with the Resistance, scrounging for food or other essential goods. The renegades were also to be left alone, as the main focus was on Skynet. Only in cases in being trapped by an aggressive renegade were Resistance members to invoke human-on-human fighting,

In some timelines, many humans have betrayed their own kind in order to work for Skynet as collaborators, being allowed, as a reward from the machines, to roam free at anytime, or be sent back in time to enjoy the pre-Judgment Day world.[15]






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Sarah: What's it like when you go through time?
Kyle: White light, a lot of pain. Like being born maybe.
The Terminator
John: Do you know who that is in there? Who's dying on that table?
Cameron: Yes. That man is First Lieutenant Derek Thomas Reese, with the 132nd SOC. Operation specialty: TechCom.
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, "Dungeons & Dragons"


  1. 1.0 1.1 The Terminator
  2. 2.0 2.1 Terminator 2: Judgment Day
  3. 3.0 3.1 Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
  4. Terminator 3: The Redemption
  5. Terminator Salvation: Cold War
  6. 6.0 6.1 Terminator Salvation
  7. Terminator Salvation: The Final Battle issue 1
  8. Terminator Salvation: The Final Battle issue 4
  9. Terminator Salvation: The Final Battle issue 6
  10. Terminator Salvation: The Final Battle issue 7
  11. Terminator Salvation: The Final Battle issue 11
  12. Terminator Salvation: The Final Battle issue 12
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Terminator: Dark Fate
  14. Terminator: Dark Fate - Deleted and Extended Scenes "Let Me Save You"
  15. "Complications"