|Known Aliases:|| Kyle Reese (father)|
Sarah Connor (mother)
|Portrayed By:|| Edward Furlong|
(second film; teenager)
(second film; adult)
(video game, voice)
|First Appearance:||Terminator 2: Judgment Day|
John Connor is a fictional character of the Terminator franchise. Created by writer and director James Cameron, the character is first referred to in the 1984 film The Terminator and first appears, portrayed by teenage actor Edward Furlong, in its 1991 sequel Terminator 2: Judgment Day. The character is subsequently portrayed by 23-year-old Nick Stahl in the 2003 film Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and by 19-year-old Thomas Dekker in the 2007 television series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. English actor Christian Bale portrays Connor in the film series' fourth installment, Terminator Salvation.
In the narrative of his fictional universe, John Connor is a messianic figure who will lead the Resistance to defeat an empire of robotic Terminators amassed by Skynet (the rogue military supercomputer) following Judgment Day (a cybernetic revolt doomsday event). When his mother Sarah Connor became the target of a time travelling Terminator unit in the first film The Terminator, John sent resistance fighter Kyle Reese to protect her, knowing Kyle and Sarah would later conceive John himself. With foreknowledge from his parents, John fends off Terminator assassination attempts in the second and third films before Judgment Day. In the fourth film, John fights with the Resistance in a post-apocalyptic setting after Skynet has taken over. As the series' central plot heavily involves the concept of time travel, the story of the character is often non-linear and portrays many possible outcomes, for example The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Terminator 3 both continue from the ending of Terminator 2 but are depicted as taking place in alternate timelines.
|Films||The Terminator • Terminator 2 • Terminator 3 • Terminator Salvation • Terminator Genisys|
|Characters||John Connor • Sarah Connor • Kyle Reese • The Terminator • Skynet • T-1000 • T-X • T-3000|