|Birthdate:||February 28, 1985|
|Sister(s):||Cameron Connor (Adoptive)|
|Personal Weapons Systems|
|Chronological & Political Information|
|Era(s):||Future War (c.2080's)|
|Affiliations:||Tech-Comm (Human Resistance Leader)|
|Enemies:||Skynet Machine Empire|
John Connor, the 13-year-old son of Sarah Connor and the main central character of Terminator 2: John Connor Chronicles. John is the future leader of the human resistance group, Tech-Comm. Skynet, the supercomputer mainframe of the machines, decides that John Connor is the focal point of the rebellion and his termination would end the opposition. After repeated failures at terminating John during the war, Skynet decides to use a time displacement device to send Terminators to various points in John Connor's past in an attempt to terminate him before the war ever begins.
Early life (1985–1995)
John Connor was born to Sarah Connor on February 28, 1985 (Terminator 2: Judgment Day). His father, Kyle Reese, had been killed several months prior in May 1984, protecting Connor from a time-traveling Terminator (The Terminator). John's early life was filled with training by various persons his mother Sarah had met as the two lived off the grid after the attempt on her life by the Terminator. Much of his training concentrated on the areas of weaponry, computer technology, and espionage.
When Sarah Connor was shot and captured after trying to blow up a computer factory in 1994, John was placed into foster care and told that his mother's stories of the future were merely delusions. He was unable to cope with life in suburbia and rebelled, edging towards delinquency and receiving a police record (which included trespassing, shoplifting, disturbing the peace, and vandalism) by the time he was ten years old. His foster parents, Todd and Janelle Voight, found themselves unable to deal with him, and were not surprised when a police officer showed up at their door asking to speak with John.
John's life was changed in a matter of seconds, when a T-1000 came back from the year 2029 (Original Timeline), programmed to assassinate him. A T-800 (whom John later nicknamed "Uncle Bob") had also come back in time, this one programed to protect him. John, now believing his mother's stories, used the protecting T-800 to release his mother from the mental institution. The three then proceeded to seek out Miles Dyson, the would-be creator of the neural-net processor, in an attempt to stop Judgment Day from occurring. During their time together John bonds with the T-800, who becomes a friend and father figure to him. Once the T-1000 is destroyed along with all of Cyberdyne's research, the T-800 asks that it be destroyed also so that its technology would not be discovered and used by others.
3 main time lines begin after the events of Terminator 2. One is handled in the movie Terminator 3, and the other the Sarah Connor Chronicles, which directly follows the first two films and has no ties to Terminator 3, the 3rd of course is from Terminator 2: John Connor Chronicles.)
In the John Connor Chronicles
John (now 13) and Sarah try to settle down to normal lives after the events of T2, but they are in fear of being captured for blowing up Cyberdyne. While at school, John is attacked by a Terminator posing as a teacher, and is protected by a Anti- Terminator named "Cameron" who is posing as a teachers aid. John learns that Judgment Day has not been prevented, only postponed to April 21, 2081. John does not want to run anymore and asks Sarah to stop Skynet from being created. Cameron uses the time displacement technology center(built by "The Engineer" from the future) to send all three of them to 2007, just before Skynet is created, so that they can stop it. Settling down in 2007, John enrolls in a new junior high school under the name of John Baum, after author L. Frank Baum who wrote The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, a book that Sarah says was John's favorite when he was younger. He becomes acquainted with his father's older brother, Derek Reese, who is also a resistance fighter sent back in time to help them track down the origins of Skynet and kill it before it's created.
Many people believe that Kyle Reese is John Connor's father, which would create a paradox: John would not exist in the original timeline to defeat Skynet and send Kyle back to protect his mother in the first place. This leads many fans to one of four possible options that:
- The man that Sarah was dating in the first film, Stan Morsky, is the true biological father of John Connor.
- Kyle Reese was sent back in a different time line to alter the future outcome against Skynet and John Connor was born then creating the time line in which John led humanity to victory against Skynet and sent Kyle back to to protect his mother and ensure his survival.
- Without presuming temporal intervention as some part of the unaltered original timeline that somehow gave rise to the first "John Connor, Leader of the Resistance" before anyone went back in time. Given that Sarah was basically just out there dating, any of a dozen one-night stands or blind dates could certainly have led to a pregnancy. And the "flake" nature of the guys she was dating (or blind-dating like Morsky) can easily lead to Sarah being a single mother. So could whatever hook-up she may have made with any unnamed stranger in Club Noir as a rebound for Morsky breaking their date. Since without TDE intervention, no one was coming to the club to kill her that night. Perhaps it is this original situation that leads to Sarah abandoning the conventional lifestyle of College, Waitressing, and City life to somehow become a recluse militant survivalist on her own, placing her in a position to be John's mentor through the unaltered original timeline Judgment Day that has to have happened prior to any TDE intervention.
- The whole entire theory of a paradox is untrue just alternate universes all together exist even without the same events happening, this comes from the fact that the Terminator 3's T-850 is from a world where John Connor went to a basement party and hooked up with his future wife. But because of the events of T2 this did not happen in the T3 world. With all the major changes to time line the Terminator would not have been able to carry out it's mission to kill John Connor in the first place especially with the unveiling that, that one Terminator was the one that killed John.
True Chronological Age
In the Sarah Connor Chronicles John is listed as 15 years old, in his mother's FBI record, and on the shows website. However his birthday (1985-02-28) as established in The Terminator and Terminator 2 would make him about that age when the show is set (September 1999/2007, with a time jump in between). In the season one finale, he remarks that he should be chronologically twenty-four years old, but that he is currently at sixteen.
- The Terminator (Mentioned only)
- Terminator 2: Judgment Day (played by Edward Furlong (age 10) and Michael Edwards (adult)
- Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (played by Nick Stahl)
- Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins (played by Christian Bale)
- Untitled Terminator: Cyborg (played by Giovanni Swaby rumored, Elroy Bryan (adult))
- Connor (Film) and played by Rudy Swaby (teen) and Matthew Seales (adult)
- Connor 2 (Film) played by Rudy Swaby
- The Terminator: Have Been Terminal (2022 film) (Mentioned only)
- The Terminator: Tempest (Mentioned only)
- The Terminator: Secondary Objectives (Mentioned only)
- The Terminator: Death Valley
- The Terminator: The Dark Years
- Terminator 2: Judgment Day - Cybernetic Dawn
- Terminator 2: Judgment Day - Nuclear Twilight
- Terminator 2: Infinity
- The Terminator (NOW Comics) - (Nicknamed 'Bear')
- Terminator: The Burning Earth - (Nicknamed 'Bear')
- T2: Infiltrator
- T2: Rising Storm
- T2: The Future War
- Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (played by Thomas Dekker (age 14)
- Terminator 2: John Connor Chronicles
- The Terminator: Future Shock
- Terminator: Dawn of Fate
- Terminator 3: The Redemption
John Connor has been portrayed by more actors than any other character in sci-fi film and television history (7 actors) with the exception of James Bond (7 actors) and Dr. Who (10 actors).
- John Connor - Terminator Wiki article