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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.

Avant notes

It should be noted that at least two chronological goofs (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 timeline

Previous timeline: Terminator 2: Judgment Day timeline timeline

After the event in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Skynet's creation and Judgment Day was postponed.

Unknown point
1997
2004
2032

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines timeline

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 T-X.
  • Judgment Day happened.

Deviating timelines


Timelines & Theories
The Terminator Alpha timeline - Dawn of Fate - The Terminator - Tempest - Dark Year - 2029 - Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Terminator 2: Judgment Day Terminator 2: Judgment Day - Cybernetic Dawn - T2 Trilogy - New John Connor Chronicles - The Sarah Connor Chronicles - Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines - Kyla's World - T2 Saga -
Terminator Salvation
Terminator Genisys Alpha timeline - Original timeline - Terminator Genisys
Years 1984 - 1995 - 1997 - 2004 - 2007 - 2011 - 2017 - 2027 - 2029 - 2032

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