History Characters / Terminator

17th Mar '17 8:15:28 AM Phoenixion
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* StrippedToTheBone: Once it lost its human disguise entirely, only its endoskeleton remains. [[ImplacableMan It still moves and chases after Sarah.]]


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* StrippedToTheBone: It rather early loses its human disguise, leaving only its endoskeleton to fight John.
16th Mar '17 6:57:20 PM AbsoluteSword
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* GentleGiant: Only to Sarah and John Connor, and only to Sarah because John ordered him to. Everyone else is fair game.

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* GentleGiant: Only to Sarah and Initially just as much a (potential) remorseless killer as his fellow infiltrators, after John Connor, and only to Sarah because John ordered teaches him to. Everyone else is fair game.to respect human life, he gradually softens into this trope.
14th Feb '17 9:49:12 PM Polokun
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* ImplacableMan: It takes a hell of a lot to bring it down. Even multiple rounds of bullets from every gun in a police squad barely make it flinch. It takes being literally crushed to scrap metal before it finally stops.

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* ImplacableMan: It takes a hell of a lot to bring it down. Even multiple rounds of bullets from every gun in a police squad barely make it flinch. Kyle only manages to slow it down with a double-barreled shotgun, and even then it's not because he's damaging it, but just because of the sheer momentum of taking multiple shotgun blasts is able to only knock it down. It takes being literally crushed to scrap metal before it finally stops.
16th Jan '17 9:44:38 PM Michael_McManus
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* CrazyPrepared: In spite of the fact that it's a literal killing machine that can rip people open with one hand, it acquires two pistols, an Uzi, a shotgun and an assault rifle with which to use to kill Sarah.

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* CrazyPrepared: In spite of the fact that it's a literal killing machine that can rip people open with one hand, it acquires two pistols, an Uzi, a shotgun and an assault rifle with which to use to kill Sarah.



* ImplacableMan: It takes a hell of a lot to bring it down. Even multiple rounds of bullets from every gun in a police squad abrely make it flinch. It takes being literally crushed to scrap metal before it finally stops.

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* ImplacableMan: It takes a hell of a lot to bring it down. Even multiple rounds of bullets from every gun in a police squad abrely barely make it flinch. It takes being literally crushed to scrap metal before it finally stops.
16th Jan '17 9:33:28 PM Michael_McManus
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* StrawFeminist: Her borderline {{Narm}} speech of "Fucking men like you created the hydrogen bomb" comes to mind.



* ThouShaltNotKill: Despite her being a CombatPragmatist, she's never taken the life of a human being. The one time she becomes a "terminator" to execute someone she thinks is the reason [=SkyNet=] exists, she can't bring herself to be an unemotional killer, a machine if you will.

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* ThouShaltNotKill: Despite her being a CombatPragmatist, she's never taken the life of a human being. The one time she becomes a "terminator" to execute someone she thinks is the reason [=SkyNet=] exists, she can't bring herself to be an unemotional killer, a machine if you will.killer.
16th Jan '17 9:04:34 PM Michael_McManus
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* MightyGlacier: It and the other two T-800s are incredibly strong and resistant to damage, but they are {{Trope Codifier}}s of TheSlowWalk.

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* MightyGlacier: It and the other two T-800s are incredibly strong and resistant to damage, but they are {{Trope Codifier}}s both make liberal use of TheSlowWalk.
21st Dec '16 2:17:46 PM Discar
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* AManIsNotAVirgin: Subverted for the first three-fourths of the film.
13th Dec '16 2:05:58 PM Robot01
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* DamselInDistress: The first film in centered around Kyle going back to protect her from the T-800.
* DarkActionGirl: She can kick a major amount of ass, but it doesn't come without a lot of psychological scarring. Her time in a mental hospital did her no favors. Further, Cameron wrote the hospital escape scene to avert the FauxActionGirl trope--if anything, the Terminator's arrival was little more than a RedundantRescue, as Sarah was pretty much home free when he showed up.


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* DamselInDistress: The first film in centered around Kyle going back to protect her from the T-800.
* DarkActionGirl: She can kick a major amount of ass, but it doesn't come without a lot of psychological scarring. Her time in a mental hospital did her no favors. Further, Cameron wrote the hospital escape scene to avert the FauxActionGirl trope--if anything, the Terminator's arrival was little more than a RedundantRescue, as Sarah was pretty much home free when he showed up.
2nd Dec '16 9:50:13 AM Saveelich
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->Default form played by: Roland Kickinger (body), Arnold Schwarzenegger (CGI face)

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->Default form played by: Roland Kickinger (body), Arnold Schwarzenegger (CGI (CGI-recreated face)
2nd Dec '16 9:45:54 AM Saveelich
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!!!'''Main Human Protagonists'''



!!!'''Pre-Judgment Day Human Characters'''



[[folder:Marcus Wright]]
!!Marcus Wright

->Played by: Sam Worthington

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[[folder:Marcus Wright]]
!!Marcus Wright

[[folder:Robert Brewster]]
!!Lieutenant General Robert Brewster

->Played by: Sam WorthingtonDavid Andrews



* AntiHero: Of the KnightInSourArmor variety. He doesn't see himself as a good man. He killed a police officer and his brother, and has a hard time dealing with the guilt. However, he is a rather unambiguous good guy in every other capacity.
* TheAtoner: To the point that this is what the eponymous "Salvation" was referring to in the title. This is as much Marcus's personal story to forgive himself and save his humanity as it is a story about ''saving humanity itself''.
* BadassLongcoat: He steals it from a corpse.
* BigNo: When [[spoiler:he discovers that he is a Terminator.]]
* CrucifiedHeroShot: He is put on a cross-like hanging structure [[spoiler:when the Resistance discovers his true nature.]]
* {{Cyborg}}: [[spoiler:He has a cybernetic endoskeleton harboring his brain and heart. According to art designs and the ''Terminator'' novels, he keeps his digestive tract and minor organs and it's his own heart what powers him, which makes him a "real" cyborg as opposed to the rest of Terminators, whose human parts are just a sophisticated masquerade.]]
* {{Delinquent}}: During his past life.
* {{Determinator}}: [[RunningGag No pun intended.]] This is best highlighted when he refuses to give in to Skynet's EvilGloating and instead [[spoiler: tears the control chip out of his own head]].
* DespairEventHorizon: He doesn't suffer just ''one'', either. His first happens offscreen before the movie starts, whereupon he killed a cop and kind of just gave up on himself. The next happens when he wakes up in a post-apocalyptic nightmare despite his last memory being of a prison execution. The next one happens when he's captured by the Resistance and [[spoiler: revealed as a Terminator]].
* FragileSpeedster: [[spoiler:In comparison to other machines]]. Due to his inherent weaknesses, he can't entirely outfight a Terminator, but he can outmanuever them.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Gives his heart to John Connor so he can live on to guide the revolution.]]
* ManchurianAgent: [[spoiler: He's Skynet's final solution to the Infiltrator problem: a machine that believes he's still human, rather than merely ''pretending'' to be human.]]
* NakedOnArrival: When he awakens at the beginning of the film.
* ReplacementMooks: [[spoiler: Skynet has been trying to create more convincing Infiltrator units for ''decades''. The problem was that all of the Terminators, in some way, fell into the UncannyValley no matter how convincing they were at casual glance. Marcus is the first unit to ever completely fool humanity, because he himself believes that he's human.]]
* RescueRomance: With Blair.
* SawedOffShotgun: He taught the method to Reese.
* TomatoInTheMirror: A particularly harsh example.
* YouAreWhatYouHate: [[spoiler: He's a Terminator, one of the things that humanity is on the run from.]]
* WeaksauceWeakness: [[spoiler: He still has human anatomy, such as a heart, nervous system, and brain, which makes him more vulnerable than fully mechanical Terminators.]]

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* AntiHero: Of the KnightInSourArmor variety. He doesn't see himself as a good man. He killed a police officer and his brother, and has a hard time dealing with the guilt. However, he is a rather unambiguous good guy in every other capacity.
* TheAtoner: To the point that this is what the eponymous "Salvation" was referring to
ArmchairMilitary: Only seen in the title. This is as much Marcus's personal story to forgive himself and save his humanity as it is a story about ''saving humanity itself''.
* BadassLongcoat: He steals it from a corpse.
* BigNo: When [[spoiler:he discovers that he is a Terminator.]]
* CrucifiedHeroShot: He is put on a cross-like hanging structure [[spoiler:when the Resistance discovers his true nature.]]
* {{Cyborg}}: [[spoiler:He has a cybernetic endoskeleton harboring his brain and heart. According to art designs and the ''Terminator'' novels, he keeps his digestive tract and minor organs and it's his own heart what powers him, which makes him a "real" cyborg as opposed to the rest of Terminators, whose human parts
USAF facility where robots are just a sophisticated masquerade.]]
* {{Delinquent}}: During his past life.
* {{Determinator}}: [[RunningGag No pun intended.]] This is best highlighted when he refuses to give in to Skynet's EvilGloating and instead [[spoiler: tears the control chip out of his own head]].
* DespairEventHorizon: He doesn't suffer just ''one'', either. His first happens offscreen before the movie starts, whereupon he killed a cop and kind of just gave up on himself. The next happens when he wakes up in a post-apocalyptic nightmare despite his last memory
being of a prison execution. The next one happens when he's captured by the Resistance and [[spoiler: revealed as a Terminator]].
developed.
* FragileSpeedster: [[spoiler:In comparison to other machines]]. Due to his inherent weaknesses, he can't entirely outfight a Terminator, but he can outmanuever them.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Gives his heart to John Connor so he can live on to guide the revolution.]]
* ManchurianAgent: [[spoiler:
GeneralRipper: Averted. He's Skynet's final solution to the Infiltrator problem: a machine that believes he's still human, rather than merely ''pretending'' to be human.]]
* NakedOnArrival: When he awakens at the beginning
suspicious of the film.
* ReplacementMooks: [[spoiler:
putting Skynet has been trying to create more convincing Infiltrator units for ''decades''. The problem was that all of the Terminators, in some way, fell into the UncannyValley no matter how convincing they were at casual glance. Marcus is the first unit to ever completely fool humanity, because he himself believes that he's human.]]
* RescueRomance: With Blair.
* SawedOffShotgun: He taught the method to Reese.
* TomatoInTheMirror: A particularly harsh example.
* YouAreWhatYouHate: [[spoiler: He's a Terminator, one of the things that humanity is on the run from.]]
* WeaksauceWeakness: [[spoiler: He still has human anatomy, such as a heart, nervous system,
online and brain, which makes him more vulnerable than fully mechanical Terminators.]]is generally a cautious, sensible man.
%%* PapaWolf
%%* ReasonableAuthorityFigure



[[folder:Blair Williams]]
!!Blair Williams

->Played by: Moon Bloodgood

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[[folder:Blair Williams]]
!!Blair Williams

[[folder:Ed Traxler]]
!!Detective Lieutenant Ed Traxler

->Played by: Moon BloodgoodPaul Winfield



* ActionGirl: A Resistance combat pilot.
* TheHeart: She is the person who helps Marcus to believe there is hope for him.
* MsFanservice: ToplessnessFromTheBack scene in the extended edition, everyone?
%%* LadyOfWar
* RescueRomance: With Marcus.

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* ActionGirl: A Resistance combat pilot.
DaChief: Very calm and clear-headed, does everything he can to protect Sarah.
* TheHeart: She is PoliceAreUseless: Averted. As soon as he gets the person who helps Marcus report of two women named "Sarah Connor" getting killed within hours of each other, he immediately deduces that they're dealing with a pattern SerialKiller. Traxler then tries to contact the remaining Sarah, and when that fails, puts out a news bulletin so that Sarah will call them. As soon as she does, he gives very clear instructions to not leave the public night club until he arrives.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: While the others are making fun of Reese, he's quite frightened by the possibility that Reese may not be lying or crazy. He even comes
to believe there is hope for him.
* MsFanservice: ToplessnessFromTheBack
Reese in a deleted scene in the extended edition, everyone?
%%* LadyOfWar
when he's dying, telling him to protect Sarah.
* RescueRomance: With Marcus.WrongGenreSavvy: While he certainly thinks someone is trying to kill Sarah Connor, he thinks they're dealing with a heavily armed psychopath with a BulletProofVest, not a time-traveling KillerRobot.



[[folder:General Ashdown]]
!!General Ashdown

->Played by: Creator/MichaelIronside

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[[folder:General Ashdown]]
!!General Ashdown

[[folder:Hal Vukovich]]
!!Detective Sergeant Hal Vukovich

->Played by: Creator/MichaelIronsideCreator/LanceHenriksen



* BadassGrandpa: He is sixty-eight years old by the time of ''Salvation'' and more than capable of leading an entire worldwide military.
* BaldOfAwesome: He's a little thin up top.
* DaChief: He's John Connor's commanding officer during the initial years of the Resistance. He's also a hardass who doesn't take any crap from anyone--especially a supposed "messiah".
* FatalFlaw: Ashdown is a consummate military professional with decades of experience. He believes that military might, gathered under effective leadership, is the only thing that can save humanity now. To a degree, he's right--but he also has very little concern for civilians, while John Connor clearly does. He finds Connor a useful [[MagneticHero tool for bringing new Resistance recruits]], but thinks he's too young and naive to lead.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: John is famed in the franchise fo leading the resistance, but there probably wouldn't be a resistance if not for Ashdown's actions after Judgment Day.
* JumpedAtTheCall: As soon as Judgment Day happened, Ashdown sprang into action, gathering all the remaining assets and allies he could from militaries all over the world.
* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: The moment that Ashdown decides that civilian captives aren't worth rescuing before a nuclear strike is the moment his fate was sealed, as far as the story was concerned.
* KnightTemplar: Decides that destroying Skynet is worth dooming the human captives inside. When Connor steps out of line trying to stop him, he strips him of command.
* OutlivingOnesOffspring: His son died during Judgment Day, in the Russian counterattack that Skynet provoked.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: ZigZaggedTrope. Despite being a hardass, he's respectful of Connor's contributions to the Resistance. In fact, in the novels (and in deleted scenes), he knows about Connor's knowledge of the future via a time loop and rather than just brushing it off as nonsense, he somewhat believes him but isn't just about to lay down and accept destiny, either. On the other hand, though, he thinks Connor is a false messiah and refers to him as an "informed civilian".
* SchmuckBait: When Ashdown's sources find a shutdown code in Skynet's machines, he believes that he's finally found the ultimate weapon he needed to destroy Skynet once and for all. So much so that he ignores all safety protocols and collateral damage that would result from his plans. As it turns out, he fell right into Skynet's hands, because the code was something Skynet created ''specifically'' to fool humans into relying on it.
* ShoutOut: His nickname is "Old Ironsides"--a nod to the actor that portrays him.
* WrongGenreSavvy: He thinks he's the hero in a grizzled post-apocalyptic WarFilm, as well as the OnlySaneMan in a world increasingly fooled by some wacko with a Christ-complex. What he ''doesn't'' know is that he's the arbitrary skeptic in a RobotWar story mixed with fantastic elements.

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* BadassGrandpa: He is sixty-eight years old by JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Upon seeing a dying Traxler, whom he engages in SnarkToSnarkCombat with him throughout the time of ''Salvation'' and more than capable of leading an entire worldwide military.
* BaldOfAwesome: He's a little thin up top.
* DaChief: He's John Connor's commanding officer during
film, he fires on the initial years of Terminator. [[SenselessSacrifice He fails, but it's the Resistance. He's also thought that counts.]]
* PoliceAreUseless: Averted. He may be
a hardass who doesn't take any crap from anyone--especially a supposed "messiah".
* FatalFlaw: Ashdown is a consummate military
sarcastic hardass, but he's just as professional with decades of experience. He believes as Traxler, and tries multiple times to call Sarah and warn her that military might, gathered under effective leadership, she is the only thing that can save humanity now. To a degree, he's right--but he also has very little concern for civilians, while John Connor clearly does. He finds Connor a useful [[MagneticHero tool for bringing new Resistance recruits]], but thinks he's too young and naive to lead.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: John is famed
in the franchise fo leading the resistance, but there probably wouldn't be a resistance if not for Ashdown's actions after Judgment Day.
* JumpedAtTheCall: As soon as Judgment Day happened, Ashdown sprang into action, gathering all the remaining assets and allies he could from militaries all over the world.
* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: The moment that Ashdown decides that civilian captives aren't worth rescuing before a nuclear strike is the moment his fate was sealed, as far as the story was concerned.
* KnightTemplar: Decides that destroying Skynet is worth dooming the human captives inside. When Connor steps out of line trying to stop him, he strips him of command.
* OutlivingOnesOffspring: His son died during Judgment Day, in the Russian counterattack that Skynet provoked.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: ZigZaggedTrope. Despite being a hardass, he's respectful of Connor's contributions to the Resistance. In fact, in the novels (and in deleted scenes), he knows about Connor's knowledge of the future via a time loop and rather than just brushing it off as nonsense, he somewhat believes him but isn't just about to lay down and accept destiny, either. On the other hand, though, he thinks Connor is a false messiah and refers to him as an "informed civilian".
* SchmuckBait: When Ashdown's sources find a shutdown code in Skynet's machines, he believes that he's finally found the ultimate weapon he needed to destroy Skynet once and for all. So much so that he ignores all safety protocols and collateral damage that would result from his plans. As it turns out, he fell right into Skynet's hands, because the code was something Skynet created ''specifically'' to fool humans into relying on it.
* ShoutOut: His nickname is "Old Ironsides"--a nod to the actor that portrays him.
danger.
* WrongGenreSavvy: Similar to Traxler. He thinks he's the hero in a grizzled post-apocalyptic WarFilm, as well as the OnlySaneMan in a world increasingly fooled by some wacko with a Christ-complex. What he ''doesn't'' know Terminator is that he's the arbitrary skeptic in simply a RobotWar story mixed with fantastic elements.thug who is too hopped up on drugs to notice his injuries.



[[folder:Robert Brewster]]
!!Lieutenant General Robert Brewster

->Played by: David Andrews

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[[folder:Robert Brewster]]
!!Lieutenant General Robert Brewster

!!!'''Post-Judgment Day Human Characters'''

[[folder:Marcus Wright]]
!!Marcus Wright

->Played by: David AndrewsSam Worthington



* ArmchairMilitary: Only seen in the USAF facility where robots are being developed.
* GeneralRipper: Averted. He's suspicious of putting Skynet online and is generally a cautious, sensible man.
%%* PapaWolf
%%* ReasonableAuthorityFigure

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* ArmchairMilitary: Only seen AntiHero: Of the KnightInSourArmor variety. He doesn't see himself as a good man. He killed a police officer and his brother, and has a hard time dealing with the guilt. However, he is a rather unambiguous good guy in every other capacity.
* TheAtoner: To the point that this is what the eponymous "Salvation" was referring to
in the USAF facility where robots title. This is as much Marcus's personal story to forgive himself and save his humanity as it is a story about ''saving humanity itself''.
* BadassLongcoat: He steals it from a corpse.
* BigNo: When [[spoiler:he discovers that he is a Terminator.]]
* CrucifiedHeroShot: He is put on a cross-like hanging structure [[spoiler:when the Resistance discovers his true nature.]]
* {{Cyborg}}: [[spoiler:He has a cybernetic endoskeleton harboring his brain and heart. According to art designs and the ''Terminator'' novels, he keeps his digestive tract and minor organs and it's his own heart what powers him, which makes him a "real" cyborg as opposed to the rest of Terminators, whose human parts
are just a sophisticated masquerade.]]
* {{Delinquent}}: During his past life.
* {{Determinator}}: [[RunningGag No pun intended.]] This is best highlighted when he refuses to give in to Skynet's EvilGloating and instead [[spoiler: tears the control chip out of his own head]].
* DespairEventHorizon: He doesn't suffer just ''one'', either. His first happens offscreen before the movie starts, whereupon he killed a cop and kind of just gave up on himself. The next happens when he wakes up in a post-apocalyptic nightmare despite his last memory
being developed.
of a prison execution. The next one happens when he's captured by the Resistance and [[spoiler: revealed as a Terminator]].
* GeneralRipper: Averted. FragileSpeedster: [[spoiler:In comparison to other machines]]. Due to his inherent weaknesses, he can't entirely outfight a Terminator, but he can outmanuever them.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Gives his heart to John Connor so he can live on to guide the revolution.]]
* ManchurianAgent: [[spoiler:
He's suspicious Skynet's final solution to the Infiltrator problem: a machine that believes he's still human, rather than merely ''pretending'' to be human.]]
* NakedOnArrival: When he awakens at the beginning
of putting the film.
* ReplacementMooks: [[spoiler:
Skynet online has been trying to create more convincing Infiltrator units for ''decades''. The problem was that all of the Terminators, in some way, fell into the UncannyValley no matter how convincing they were at casual glance. Marcus is the first unit to ever completely fool humanity, because he himself believes that he's human.]]
* RescueRomance: With Blair.
* SawedOffShotgun: He taught the method to Reese.
* TomatoInTheMirror: A particularly harsh example.
* YouAreWhatYouHate: [[spoiler: He's a Terminator, one of the things that humanity is on the run from.]]
* WeaksauceWeakness: [[spoiler: He still has human anatomy, such as a heart, nervous system,
and is generally a cautious, sensible man.
%%* PapaWolf
%%* ReasonableAuthorityFigure
brain, which makes him more vulnerable than fully mechanical Terminators.]]



[[folder:Ed Traxler]]
!!Detective Lieutenant Ed Traxler

->Played by: Paul Winfield

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[[folder:Ed Traxler]]
!!Detective Lieutenant Ed Traxler

[[folder:Blair Williams]]
!!Blair Williams

->Played by: Paul WinfieldMoon Bloodgood



* DaChief: Very calm and clear-headed, does everything he can to protect Sarah.
* PoliceAreUseless: Averted. As soon as he gets the report of two women named "Sarah Connor" getting killed within hours of each other, he immediately deduces that they're dealing with a pattern SerialKiller. Traxler then tries to contact the remaining Sarah, and when that fails, puts out a news bulletin so that Sarah will call them. As soon as she does, he gives very clear instructions to not leave the public night club until he arrives.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: While the others are making fun of Reese, he's quite frightened by the possibility that Reese may not be lying or crazy. He even comes to believe Reese in a deleted scene when he's dying, telling him to protect Sarah.
* WrongGenreSavvy: While he certainly thinks someone is trying to kill Sarah Connor, he thinks they're dealing with a heavily armed psychopath with a BulletProofVest, not a time-traveling KillerRobot.

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* DaChief: Very calm and clear-headed, does everything he can to protect Sarah.
ActionGirl: A Resistance combat pilot.
* PoliceAreUseless: Averted. As soon as he gets TheHeart: She is the report of two women named "Sarah Connor" getting killed within hours of each other, he immediately deduces that they're dealing with a pattern SerialKiller. Traxler then tries to contact the remaining Sarah, and when that fails, puts out a news bulletin so that Sarah will call them. As soon as she does, he gives very clear instructions to not leave the public night club until he arrives.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: While the others are making fun of Reese, he's quite frightened by the possibility that Reese may not be lying or crazy. He even comes
person who helps Marcus to believe Reese in a deleted there is hope for him.
* MsFanservice: ToplessnessFromTheBack
scene when he's dying, telling him to protect Sarah.
in the extended edition, everyone?
%%* LadyOfWar
* WrongGenreSavvy: While he certainly thinks someone is trying to kill Sarah Connor, he thinks they're dealing with a heavily armed psychopath with a BulletProofVest, not a time-traveling KillerRobot.RescueRomance: With Marcus.



[[folder:Hal Vukovich]]
!!Detective Sergeant Hal Vukovich

->Played by: Creator/LanceHenriksen

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[[folder:Hal Vukovich]]
!!Detective Sergeant Hal Vukovich

[[folder:General Ashdown]]
!!General Ashdown

->Played by: Creator/LanceHenriksenCreator/MichaelIronside



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Upon seeing a dying Traxler, whom he engages in SnarkToSnarkCombat with him throughout the film, he fires on the Terminator. [[SenselessSacrifice He fails, but it's the thought that counts.]]
* PoliceAreUseless: Averted. He may be a sarcastic hardass, but he's just as professional as Traxler, and tries multiple times to call Sarah and warn her that she is in danger.
* WrongGenreSavvy: Similar to Traxler. He thinks the Terminator is simply a thug who is too hopped up on drugs to notice his injuries.

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Upon seeing a dying Traxler, whom he engages in SnarkToSnarkCombat with him throughout BadassGrandpa: He is sixty-eight years old by the film, he fires on time of ''Salvation'' and more than capable of leading an entire worldwide military.
* BaldOfAwesome: He's a little thin up top.
* DaChief: He's John Connor's commanding officer during
the Terminator. [[SenselessSacrifice He fails, but it's initial years of the thought that counts.]]
Resistance. He's also a hardass who doesn't take any crap from anyone--especially a supposed "messiah".
* PoliceAreUseless: Averted. He may be FatalFlaw: Ashdown is a sarcastic hardass, but he's just as consummate military professional as Traxler, and tries multiple times to call Sarah and warn her with decades of experience. He believes that she military might, gathered under effective leadership, is the only thing that can save humanity now. To a degree, he's right--but he also has very little concern for civilians, while John Connor clearly does. He finds Connor a useful [[MagneticHero tool for bringing new Resistance recruits]], but thinks he's too young and naive to lead.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: John is famed
in danger.
the franchise fo leading the resistance, but there probably wouldn't be a resistance if not for Ashdown's actions after Judgment Day.
* JumpedAtTheCall: As soon as Judgment Day happened, Ashdown sprang into action, gathering all the remaining assets and allies he could from militaries all over the world.
* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: The moment that Ashdown decides that civilian captives aren't worth rescuing before a nuclear strike is the moment his fate was sealed, as far as the story was concerned.
* KnightTemplar: Decides that destroying Skynet is worth dooming the human captives inside. When Connor steps out of line trying to stop him, he strips him of command.
* OutlivingOnesOffspring: His son died during Judgment Day, in the Russian counterattack that Skynet provoked.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: ZigZaggedTrope. Despite being a hardass, he's respectful of Connor's contributions to the Resistance. In fact, in the novels (and in deleted scenes), he knows about Connor's knowledge of the future via a time loop and rather than just brushing it off as nonsense, he somewhat believes him but isn't just about to lay down and accept destiny, either. On the other hand, though, he thinks Connor is a false messiah and refers to him as an "informed civilian".
* SchmuckBait: When Ashdown's sources find a shutdown code in Skynet's machines, he believes that he's finally found the ultimate weapon he needed to destroy Skynet once and for all. So much so that he ignores all safety protocols and collateral damage that would result from his plans. As it turns out, he fell right into Skynet's hands, because the code was something Skynet created ''specifically'' to fool humans into relying on it.
* ShoutOut: His nickname is "Old Ironsides"--a nod to the actor that portrays him.
* WrongGenreSavvy: Similar to Traxler. He thinks he's the Terminator hero in a grizzled post-apocalyptic WarFilm, as well as the OnlySaneMan in a world increasingly fooled by some wacko with a Christ-complex. What he ''doesn't'' know is simply that he's the arbitrary skeptic in a thug who is too hopped up on drugs to notice his injuries.RobotWar story mixed with fantastic elements.
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