“My name is John Connor. They tried to murder me before I was born. When I was 13 they tried again. Machines from the future. Terminators. All my life my mother told me the storm was coming. Judgment Day, the beginning of a war between man and machines. Three billion lives would vanish in an instant, and I would lead what was left of the human race to ultimate victory.” - John Connor, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
The year was 1984, of late October, a new James Cameron movie was expected to rock America forevermore. During 2029 Skynet would endeavour to retaliate against the threat that is John Connor and his fellow Resistance Fighters with a specially selected time travelling infiltrating assassin cyborg unit called the Cyberdyne Systems Model 101 Series 800 Terminator. During the same year as the release of the movie in the land of Los Angeles the T-800 suddenly manifested. Wasting no time the T-800 was determined to kill Sarah Connor, the future mother of John Connor, the leader of the future human Resistance, but Sarah Connor would not be terminated so easily, especially since Kyle Reese, raised by John Connor, also travelled from the future to save Sarah Connor from Skynet’s machinations. Kyle Reese would perish but not before being the catalyst which sires John through Sarah.
Sarah Connor survived and so the future favouring humanity’s plausible victory was still intact. Sarah would become the warrior mother legends would be written of her, she would raise John as best she could, the T-800 would return as a reprogrammed ally, and John would mature milestone by milestone, too, becoming the saviour humanity needed.
Now the aforementioned was the basics of the mythos of the Terminator franchise of media. Rise of the Machines, Salvation, and Genisys are deemed not canon according to the recent movie Dark Fate which likens itself to be a third of a trilogy consisting of The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgement Day as its prequels. From a certain point of view one can consider Rise of the Machines, Salvation, and Genisys as how fans consider the Star Wars Prequels newer than the Original Trilogy but tonally distinct, so though from Rise of the Machine one could consider them hypothetical futures.
Fun fact, although it was brought online on Aug. 4th, 1997, Skynet did not become self-aware until Aug 29th.
There are several Terminator graphic novels out there in the world, some retelling the original stories and others which are spinoffs and further reading content such as TERMINATOR ENEMY OF MY ENEMY + TERMINATOR BURNING EARTH + TERMINATOR TP 2029 TO 1984. Fortunate for you, dear read and plausible customer, we have these titles in stock as well as the Dark Fate Funko Pops.
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