The Future War as seen in Terminator 2: Judgment Day

The War Against the Machines[1] is the future war that takes place after Judgment Day. It involves the human Resistance led by John Connor against the Terminators made by Skynet.[2] It is sometimes referred to as the War between Man and Machines,[3] the War of the Machines[citation needed], the Future War[citation needed], Terminator War[4], or simply the War.[5] The war has changed throughout the timelines due to alternations to history mostly caused by time travel. However, in all timelines, a human victory is the presumed ultimate outcome.

Future War in various Timelines[edit | edit source]

See also: Timeline

Original Timeline[edit | edit source]

Main article: The War Against the Machines (Original Timeline)

This is the Future War in the original timeline. It was depicted in futures scenes in The Terminator, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, and Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. There are several sub-versions of the Future War in the original timeline:

New Timelines[edit | edit source]

Various pre-Judgment Day missions have resulted in different alternate timelines, thus different versions of the Future War come into existence:

The version of the War in the Sarah Connor Chronicles timeline. It was depicted in future scenes in various episodes of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
The version of the War in the Terminator Salvation timeline. It was depicted in Terminator Salvation after the Pre-Judgment Day Missions.

Notes[edit | edit source]

The War Against the Machines appears in one of Carl's, Intro, Outros, Fatality, and Victory in the video game Mortal Kombat 11.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Scene 4, 215 in the script of the motion picture Terminator 2: Judgment Day
  2. At least in Jade's World, the Resistance is lead by people other than John Connor.
  3. Voice over by John Connor, at the beginning of Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.
  4. Terminator Salvation: The Final Battle issue 12
  5. Scene 30E, 89A, A123, 215 of the Terminator 2: Judgment Day script
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