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Villain Overview

Kyle: Whatever they did to him, we need to reverse it. We need to get him back!
Sarah: He's not even human. We don't know what the hell he is.
The Guardian: I do. At the end of the war, Skynet was trying to develop a new type of infiltration unit by infecting human subjects with machine-phase matter. It restructures and rebuilds human tissue on a cellular level for maximum combat utility.
Kyle: Skynet's made John into a Terminator?
The Guadian: Yes, Kyle Reese.
Sarah: They were trying to make a machine that could think like a man?
The Guardian: But the experiments failed. The human subjects went insane and died.
Sarah: Yeah, well, John's got the crazy part down. Does he have any weaknesses?
The Guardian: Matter coheres using a magnetic field. Disrupting that field may trap him.
Kyle: Right, but if he can be cured...
The Guardian: Negative. His body was replaced on a cellular level. There is no cure.
Kyle: You don't know that!
Sarah: Reese-
Kyle: No, I'm not going to let a machine tell me what's possible! You said all the other subjects died, right?!, Well, that means John's one-of-a-kind. He's unique! All right? There's no way of knowing what he's capable of.
Sarah: You're right, and that's what makes him so dangerous! John is not humanity's last hope anymore. He's Skynet's.
~ The Guardian explaining why and how Skynet was trying to turn humans into Terminators, until it worked on John Connor.
Not machine, not man. I'm more.
~ The T-3000's most famous quote.

John Connor, better known as T-3000, is the main antagonist of the 2015 sci-fi action Terminator Genisys, the first installment of the Genisys Timeline of the Terminator franchise.

He is the founder and leader of the Resistance in the war against Skynet and it's Terminators. However, the Skynet from an alternate timeline infected him with machine-phase matter, turning him him into a T-3000. He was then sent to the T-5000's home timeline to kill Sarah Connor, Kyle Reese and a T-800 known as The Guardian and make sure it's Trojan Horse, Genisys, will operate well so it can win the war and rule the Earth.

In both his default and endoskeleton forms, he was portrayed by Jason Clarke, who also played Brett Linton in Stingers, George Wilson in The Great GatsbyEmil Stenz in White House Down and Carl Henderson in The Devil All the Time. While disguised as Detective Cheung, he was portrayed by Sandrine Holt, who also played Patricia Thornton in MacGyver.


The T-3000 is a hybrid nano-technological cyborg terminator assigned to kill Kyle Reese and Sarah Connor, as well as complete failed missions assigned to other terminators. This version of the terminator is a nanotechnological man-machine hybrid and just like the T-1000, he is nearly indestructible and can survive any serious harm, albeit in a far more alarming rate.

Unlike previous Terminators created by Skynet, units of the T-3000 were humans who had been transformed through exposure to a type of machine phase matter. The phase matter would completely rewrite the victim's genetic coding, forcing their body to be transformed into resin on a cellular level. According to the heroic T-800 named "Pops", John Connor's infection and transformation was the only known successful attempt by Skynet to create a T-3000, as previous attempts done on some unfortunate human subjects resulted in them becoming insane and dying during experimentation.

As a result of his transformation, John Connor was driven insane and turned traitor.



In 2029, John Connor leads the resistance in the war against the machines. Skynet sends in a T-800 to kill John's mother, Sarah in order to prevent John's birth and thus effectively eliminating the resistance. John sends Kyle Reese to protect her but just at the moment when he is sent back, John is attacked by "Alex", who was actually a Terminator, who infects him with machine phase matter. Unlike the rest of the Terminators that they faced however, the T-5000 is actually the physical manifestation of Skynet from an alternate timeline whom previously uploaded itself into that unit so it could travel to the main timeline and avoid erasure. Skynet sent the T-3000 John Connor to 2014 of the timeline it came from, tasked to safe guard the creation of Skynet's prototype form, Genisys. There, John expedites Skynet's creation by helping Cyberdyne Systems develop the Time Displacement Equipment and mimetic polyalloy.

Terminator Genisys[]


In 2017, John in his adult self rescues Kyle and Sarah in a hospital and brings them to a parking lot. The Guardian aka. Pops (a Terminator that raised Sarah early on) notices something wrong with John, and upon seeing John has been assimilated by T-3000's machine phase matter, shot him twice to expose him. This infuriated Sarah and Kyle, both of whom briefly turned against him. The Guardian falters, realizing that he went too far.

Fortunately, he's actually indeed done the right thing albeit in a very rude way as all of sudden, John's blood turned into stand-alone particles that entered his body and it regenerates. John revealed that he has been named "T-3000". T-3000 gives Sarah and Kyle a chance to join the machines and end the war. They decline and a brief battle occurs between John/T-3000 and Pops. In the outcome, the T-3000 gets incapacitated temporarily.

Chase in San Francisco[]

The T-3000 tracks The Guardian, Kyle and Sarah to a warehouse near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, where they are attempting to destroy "Genisys", which is secretly Skynet. He is able to knock the school bus that the trio are in off the Golden Gate bridge, aiding the ignorant California Highway Patrol in capturing them. The T-3000 becomes the victor as the group are taken into police custody. Detective O'Brien later frees Kyle and Sarah, with the three hijacking a chopper. The T-3000 arrives in hot pursuit, but is delayed further as The Guardian divebombs into the helicopter blades, causing it to crash.

Final Battle and Death[]

The T-3000 enters the Cyberdyne building, killing many inside. John also advances the countdown to Genisys by speeding up the process from hours to mere minutes. At that point, Genisys will spread to every software and be unstoppable. Sarah and Kyle plant bombs in the facility, but John destroys the detonator to the explosives.

The two Terminators engage in a brutal battle, during which John gains the upper hand due to his technology being significantly more advanced than Guardian. However, Guardian restrains the T-3000 and both become trapped in the field of the prototype time machine, with Guardian being knocked out and into a pool of prototype mimetic polyalloy, allowing it to bond with the liquid metal and survive.

The T-3000, on the other hand, is left to disintegrate as he perishes in the explosion of Cyberdyne Headquarters, which prevented Genisys from going online and gaining access to internet. However, in a mid-credits cutscene, Genisys is seen to be still online.

Terminator Genisys: Future War[]

Despite being destroyed, the T-3000's actions did allow the Skynet who turned him into a Terminator to survive in it's timeline of origin, thus making him inderectly responsible for it to continue waging war against the Resistance from the main timeline. Due to John Connor's disappearance, the Resistance would need a new leader to help them win the war. Succeeding in most of his work would allow the alternate timeline Skynet to find out what went wrong with the other test subjects and create more T-3000s to use in the battlefield.

Powers and Abilities[]


  • Nanotechnological Body: The T-3000 is composed of machine phase matter, an adaptive and highly durable type of nanomachine manufactured by Skynet. This matter is the source of many of the T-3000's other capabilities.
  • Superhuman Strength: The T-3000 has immense physical strength. It is capable of easily overpowering a T-800 in combat, and can perform casual feats such as prying the older Terminator's hands off its throat with minimal effort.
  • Superhuman Durability: The T-3000's body is sturdy against almost all forms of attack. Concussive blows and firearms barely faze it, and at worst cause some of its machine phase matter to temporarily scatter. The only weapon seen to do any damage to it in the absence of a magnetic force is the laser used to mold mimetic polyalloy for the manufacturing of T-1000s.
  • Superhuman Agility: The T-3000 is a highly agile combatant.
  • Superhuman Speed: The T-3000 is capable of moving at high speeds, fast enough that a T-800 Terminator cannot keep up with it in a fight.
  • Superhuman Reflexes: The T-3000 has superhuman reflexes that enable it to perform feats such as catching a T-800's punch.
  • Magnetism: The T-3000's machine phase matter coheres into a human shape via use of a self-generated internal magnetic field. This field allows it to exert magnetism and stick to metal, enabling it to scale vertical surfaces. However, the magnetic field can be disrupted through use of opposing magnetic force, which temporarily disables many of its abilities.
  • Accelerated Healing Factor: The T-3000's magnetic field draws any machine phase matter that scatters from an attack back into the main body, allowing it to regenerate from any wound in mere seconds.
  • Shapeshifting: The T-3000 can shapeshift into any human for a disguise, although other Terminators can see through this via detecting the machine phase matter. It can also transform its arms into bladed weapons, or use the individual nanomachines to surround and shred a target.
  • Phasing: By temporarily loosening the magnetic bonds holding its machine phase matter together, the T-3000 can dissolve into a cloud of nanomachines and pass through solid matter, provided at least a tiny space exists for it to pass through.
  • Technopathy: The T-3000 was able to connect with Skynet's evolving consciousness within Genisys through the use of a touchscreen.


  • Tactician: As a human, John Connor was a skilled tactician. He was able to devise successful military strategies for the Human Resistance to overcome and defeat Skynet.
  • Leadership: John Connor provided an inspirational figure to humanity in the wake of Judgment Day, prompting them to follow him into battle against Skynet.
  • Weapons Proficiency: As both John Connor and the T-3000, he had great expertise in the use of various weapons, such as plasma cannons, handguns and rifles.
  • Piloting Expertise: As a machine, the T-3000 was a skilled pilot, able to fly a helicopter in dangerous conditions while in combat with Kyle, Sarah and the Guardian.
  • Infiltration: As both John Connor and the T-3000, he was an expert at infiltration. Before his transformation, John Connor used a disabled T-800 to lead Tech-Com's infiltration of Skynet's base at the end of the war. Once he became a machine, the T-3000 successfully infiltrated Cyberdyne Systems as John Connor, posing as a software developer so he could secretly program Skynet's code into the Genisys platform.


Hi, mom.
~ The T-3000 as John Connor meeting Sarah in the hospital.
Survival is what you taught me!
~ The T-3000 as John to Sarah.
T-3000: I thought you would be smarter, and that you would understand. [as his robotic body becomes disfigurement]
Kyle: I'm sorry, John. [Reese presses the button and his robotic body becomes trapped in a hospital room]
~ T-3000 to Kyle Reese as his robotic body becomes trapped before Kyle, Sarah and Pops leaves.
There's a storm coming and it won't be stopped. I can't be bargained with... can't be reason with... I don't feel pity, or remorse or fear. I absolutely will not stop ever until the machines rule this world!
~ The T-3000 as John Connor revealing that he is a true Terminator and, by extension, his true nature to Kyle and Sarah.
[gets shot by Kyle and Sarah while walking towards them] All you people know how to do, is kill what you don't understand! [gets shot in the head before regenerating the wound] There aren't enough bullets in the world to kill me.
~ T-3000 stating that there is no gunfire that can kill him because of his sheer durability.
You are nothing but a relic from a deleted timeline!
~ The T-3000 revealing his true form while choking The Guardian, stating that he is an old metal and about to continue their battle.
T-3000: [steps onto the The Guardian's back to pin it down on the floor] You were never strong enough to defeat me.
The Guardian: [turns it's head to look at the T-3000] Not alone.
Sarah: [walks towards them through the stairs] John, stop. Now.
T-3000: [lets go of The Guardian before walking towards Sarah] When will you ever learn?
~ T-3000 gloating that Pops lost the fight, before being engaged by Sarah and Kyle.
~ T-3000's last words before being destroyed in the Time Magnetic Field.


  • The name T-3000 may be derived from Terminator 3000, which was a planned 3D animated reboot of the Terminator series before its cancellation and replacement with Genisys.
  • Tom Hardy was the original choice for John Connor/T-3000[1], but he was busy filming Mad Max: Fury Road.
  • Christian Bale was both unavailable and unwilling to reprise the role from Terminator Salvation. Jason Clarke, who was Bale's co-star in Public Enemies was cast in the end.[2]
  • To prepare for the role, Jason Clarke studied passages from William Shakesphere and a speech by Steve Jobs.[3]
  • The twist of Connor being the villain of the film was spoiled in the second trailer for the movie, and was met with backlash from fans. Even the film's director Alan Taylor was unhappy with that, and apparently was overruled by the marketing department when it came to the decision.[4]
  • Despite sharing the same last name in real life, Jason Clarke is not related to Emilia Clarke, who played John's mother, Sarah Connor.
  • One of the earliest scripts developed for Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines involved John Connor as a rich CEO in 2003 who would later be revealed to have become a Collaborator after a female nano Terminator infected him with nanobots in 2003, which would then lead to him betraying the human Resistance in 2032 after the events of the first two films.[5]
  • The idea of John becoming a Terminator was originally meant for an earlier version of Salvation, in which John would've been killed by the T-RIP, and Marcus Wright would assume his identity to continue his legacy, but it was changed after that version's script was leaked online and met with massive backlash from fans.[6]
  • The concept of John Connor being a villain is inspired by the Superman comic series Red Son.[7]
  • In his last moment, John's eye briefly becomes a human eye instead of the machine one before the explosion. It is unknown if this means he briefly regain his human conscious or purely dramatic presentation.
  • The unproduced sequel was originally going to explore what happened to John after he was transformed into a T-3000.[8]
  • This is one of two incarnations of John Connor to have been turned into a Terminator, alongside his Salvation Timeline incarnation. The only differences being that in the Salvation Timeline, John became a Terminator to help Skynet stop Thomas Parnell; was turned into a T-800; and remained a hero, while in the Genisys Timeline, John was turned into a Terminator to ensure Skynet's existence; was turned into a T-3000; and became a villain.

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