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The name or term "Rise of the Machines timeline (novel)" should not be confused with the one from the novel.

The Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines timeline follows Terminator 2: Judgment Day timeline and leads to the events in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. It is created by the destruction of the Cyberdyne Building.

Avant notesEdit

See also: Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (film)§Continuity notes

It should be noted that at least two or three continuity errors, which could be taken as retcons, appear in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, including:

  • In the opening narration, John Connor says that he was attacked by the T-1000 when he was 13 years old. This is an inconsistency. In Terminator 2: Judgment Day, John Connor was only 10 years old as shown on the police computer when the T-1000 accesses it.
  • Sarah Connor's graves states she was born in 1959. In previous movies, her birth year had been given as 1965.

Alternate Original timelineEdit

Previous timeline: Terminator 2: Judgment Day timeline timeline

After the event in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Skynet's creation and Judgment Day was postponed. Events in this timeline is featured in the video games Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, and Terminator 3: The Redemption.

Unknown point
1997
2004
2032

Rise of the Machines timelineEdit

Previous timeline: Terminator 2: Judgment Day timeline timeline
2004
  • T-X arrived in 2004 and began its mission.
  • T-850 arrived in 2004 and began its mission.
  • T-X acquired John Connor and Kate Brewster, but they were rescued by the T-850.
  • Skynet became self-aware.
  • Robert Brewster was killed during the Uprising in Edwards.
  • John and Kate were evacuated to Crystal Peak where they thought the Skynet's core was located.
  • T-850 sacrificed itself to terminate the T-X.
  • Skynet became self-aware and initiated Judgment Day.

Deviating timelinesEdit

Timelines & Theories
The Terminator Alpha timeline - Original Timeline - The Terminator - Tempest - Dark Years - 2029 to 1984 - Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Terminator 2: Judgment Day Terminator 2: Judgment Day - Cybernetic Dawn - T2 Trilogy - The New John Connor Chronicles (Skynet's World / Jade's World / John's World) - The Sarah Connor Chronicles - Rise of the Machines - Dark Fate
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines Rise of the Machines - Kyla's World - T2 Saga -
Terminator Salvation
Stand-alone The Terminator: Future Shock - Terminator Genisys
Judgment Day 1995 - 1997 - 2003 - 2004 - 2011 - 2017 - 2021
Years 1984 - 1995 - 2004 - 2007 - 2008 - 2009 - 2015 - 2018 - 2020 -
2027 - 2029 - 2031 - 2032 - 2036 - 2042
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