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The Time Displacement set to 2007 in the pilot episode of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

Chrono Displacement[1] or Time jump,[2] commonly known as time travel, and its potential for effecting changes on reality is a fundamental cornerstone of the Terminator Universe and the ongoing battle between Skynet and the human-led Resistance. By undertaking missions back and eventually even forwards in time, both sides have caused an unending series of alternate timelines (divergent timelines), alternate futures, predestination paradox events, or stable time loops.

By making use of time displacement equipment, agents from both sides are deployed on missions designed to either ensure, alter, or eradicate the status quo as perceived by the participants at the time.

Time travel rules[]

Main article: What can be transported through time travel?

Regarding on time travel via Time Displacement Equipment, there are several "rules" due to the limitation of the device (though with some exceptions):

  • Traveler must be covered in organic material. This means that any clothes or weapons the traveler is carrying will be left behind upon leaving[3] or destroyed[4]
  • The destination date must be a whole number of years before or after the current time.[5]

Time Traveling Missions[]

With the development of time displacement equipment, Skynet initiated an ongoing battle across time by attempting to subvert Resistance's pending victory.

On the other hand, as the Resistance captured the TDE, they also sent soldiers and agents to the past to counter Skynet's agenda.


Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles[]





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Appearances of Temporal Events[]


Kyle Reese: "The future is not set. There is no fate but what we make."

Sarah Connor: "There is no fate but what we make for ourselves."


The Serena Burns I-950 unit was unsuccessful.
Core memory also records that I became self-aware years before the date to which I transported the I-950. There is a set of records in which I arose without transtemporal Interference from Cyberdyne's original research; another in which the second Cyberdyne facility produced me after Sarah Connor destroyed the first; a third has now arisen in which she destroyed both facilities...Temporal travel has introduced an element of fundamental uncertainty to the very fabric of existence. Different world lines, different sequences of events, coexist in my records-and therefore presumably in reality, in a state of quantum superimposition. Yet the timeline loops cannot remain closed. The snake cannot devour its tail forever. At some point only one set of timelines will remain.
Yet the course of events contains favorable elements. My best efforts to destroy the Connors have failed, despite stochastic calculation indicating a very high probability of success. I can only assume that the space-time continuum itself is 'attempting' to force events back to the original timeline, one in which I was created, succeeded in destroying the human civilization, and then defeated in my attempts to eliminate the surviving humans by John Connor's Resistance army. It seems there is a certain elasticity to history; time travel can bend the fabric, but it seeks to spring back.
There is no fate save that we make.