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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 three 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.
  • During a conversation between John Connor and Katherine Brewster, John mentions that he and Kate had made out in Mike Kripke's basement the day before he met the T-800. However, this was back in 1995, and John clearly says that it's been 10 years since then, meaning that the year is 2005. This is not true, however, because when the T-850 reset its internal clock, it is possible, if only for a split second, to see that the T-850 stopped on the year 2004. This is an inconsistency because in reality, only nine years had passed, not ten, as opposed to John Connor's claim.

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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