History Characters / Terminator

20th Sep '17 11:08:30 AM StardustSoldier
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For the characters/character-specific tropes specific to ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' spin-off, see [[Characters/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles that series' character sheet.]] For the alternate continuity started by ''Film/TerminatorGenisys'', see [[Characters/TerminatorGenisys that film's character sheet.]]

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For the characters/character-specific tropes specific to ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' spin-off, see [[Characters/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles that series' character sheet.]] For the alternate continuity started by in ''Film/TerminatorGenisys'', see [[Characters/TerminatorGenisys that film's character sheet.]]
17th Sep '17 12:22:03 PM stupac85
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* HeroicSacrifice: The way that he finally manages to permanently defeat the T-X is by using his last remaining power core to blow both her and himself up.



%%* NakedOnArrival

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%%* NakedOnArrival* NakedOnArrival: He is completely nude when he first arrives from the future into the present time period, just like every other time traveler in the series.
15th Sep '17 9:35:12 AM Njein
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* KillerRobot: What these robots are designed for - kill all humans. As lampshaded by Kyle Reese in the the original movie:
-->Kyle: "It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ''ever'', until you ''are'' dead!"



** Most of the evil machines are not as such because they ''want'' to be, but are merely fulfilling their programming. James Cameron's intention was that Skynet wasn't either; a big theme in both his films is that machines are only as bad as their programming.

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** Most of the evil machines are not as such because they ''want'' to be, but are merely fulfilling their programming.programming directives. James Cameron's intention was that Skynet wasn't either; a big theme in both his films is that machines are only as bad as their programming.



* 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 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.

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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 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 iron by a hydraulic press to finally stops.stop it.



* OurZombiesAreDifferent: Although strictly speaking not undead ''per se'', the increasingly decayed and putrefied form of the Terminator, not to mention its increasingly robotic and shambling gait as its form is punishingly pulverized by speeding vehicles clearly invokes the image of a murderous living corpse. This is the ''only'' Terminator to date whose decay is portrayed as being horrific; from the T-800 Mark 2 onwards, punishment taken by the Terminator's flesh is portrayed in a heroic manner, and hence does not invoke the Zombie imagery.

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* OurZombiesAreDifferent: Although strictly speaking not undead ''per se'', the increasingly decayed and putrefied form of the Terminator, not to mention its increasingly robotic and shambling gait as its form is punishingly pulverized and rammed by speeding vehicles clearly invokes the image of a murderous living corpse. This is the ''only'' Terminator to date whose decay is portrayed as being horrific; from the T-800 Mark 2 onwards, punishment taken by the Terminator's flesh is portrayed in a heroic manner, and hence does not invoke the Zombie imagery.



* ZombieGait: As the body of The Terminator begins to take on horrendous amounts of punishment, its gait becomes increasingly stiff and stilted, more befitting of the rods-pulleys-and-levers that it really is than the human that it tries to masquerade as.

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* ZombieGait: As the body of The Terminator begins to take on horrendous amounts of punishment, its gait becomes increasingly stiff and stilted, more befitting of the rods-pulleys-and-levers that it really is than the human that it tries to masquerade as. Being repeatedly crushed by speeding vehicles, especially a tanker, shows the abuse the T-800 is getting to its frame.
2nd Sep '17 6:03:35 PM Njein
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* WhoNeedsTheirWholeBody: A running theme in the franchise. The Terminators ''[[TheDeterminator absolutely]]'' '''''[[TheDeterminator will not stop]]''''' until they've killed their target - even if their legs are blown off or lose an arm, they'll drag what's left of their damaged torso across the floor and try to finish the job with their bare hands. Justified because they're designed to be killing machines.

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* WhoNeedsTheirWholeBody: A running theme in the franchise. The Terminators ''[[TheDeterminator absolutely]]'' '''[[TheDeterminator will]]''' '''''[[TheDeterminator will not stop]]''''' not]]''''' '''''[[TheDeterminator STOP]]''''' until they've killed their target - even target. And who gives a damn if they lose a limb or two? Even if their legs are blown off or lose an arm, they'll drag what's left of their damaged torso across the floor and try to finish the job with their bare hands. Justified because they're designed to be killing machines.
1st Sep '17 9:49:20 AM njein123
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* AbnormalLimbRotationRange: Can rotate her head, arms and legs 360 degrees.

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* AbnormalLimbRotationRange: Can rotate her head, arms arms, torso, and legs 360 degrees.



* ExorcistHead: The T-X's head does a 360 spin after the Terminator hits her repeatedly full-on with a fire extinguisher. Her response to this? A nonchalant QuizzicalTilt.



* QuizzicalTilt: Done by the T-X in a reproving way, similar to the T-1000's FingerWag.

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* QuizzicalTilt: Done After the T-X is repeatedly hit in the head with a fire extinguisher ([[ExorcistHead even doing a 360 spin]]), she tilts her head with a disapproving and nonchalant expression - and it's done by the T-X in a reproving way, similar to the T-1000's FingerWag.FingerWag. The T-850's face afterwards just screams "OhCrap".
16th Aug '17 7:23:12 AM 9thOutworldsMan
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* DeathGlare: His default expression; often mixed with KubrickStare. Unnerving enough for some to label it their first tell-tale clue that he's ''not'' the good guy.
* {{Deceptively Human Robot|s}}: He can talk and behave more human-like than both versions of the T-800 and even the T-X. If it wasn't for his RoboticReveal when T-800 shot him, he would've continued fooling the audience into thinking he was human, let alone the hero.

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* DeathGlare: His default expression; expression, often mixed with KubrickStare. Unnerving Combined with his default form's IcyBlueEyes, the effect becomes unnerving enough for some to label it their first tell-tale clue that he's ''not'' the good guy.
* {{Deceptively Human Robot|s}}: DeceptivelyHumanRobots: He can talk and behave more human-like than both versions of the T-800 and even the T-X. If it wasn't for his RoboticReveal when T-800 shot him, he would've continued fooling the audience into thinking he was human, let alone the hero.


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* IcyBlueEyes: His default form has these, further adding to his sinister presence.
8th Aug '17 9:27:34 PM hordak27
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* CoolShades: He certainly redefined the trope in action flicks. In a reversal of the first film, however, the shades are dawned early in the film to demonstrate that the Terminator is still a relentless killing machine. It loses them just before the "ComeWithMeIfYouWantToLive" line to demonstrate that its in the process of [[BecomeARealBoy becoming humanized]]. The T-1000 then proceeds to stomp on them as it runs to symbolize its contempt for that.

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* CoolShades: He certainly redefined the trope in action flicks. In a reversal of the first film, however, the shades are dawned donned early in the film to demonstrate that the Terminator is still a relentless killing machine. It loses them just before the "ComeWithMeIfYouWantToLive" line to demonstrate that its in the process of [[BecomeARealBoy becoming humanized]]. The T-1000 then proceeds to stomp on them as it runs to symbolize its contempt for that.
7th Aug '17 12:38:15 PM Njein
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* WhoNeedsTheirWholeBody: A running theme in the franchise. The Terminators absolutely '''[[{{Determinator}} will not stop]]''' until they've killed their target - even if their legs are blown off, they'll drag what's left of their damaged torso across the floor and try to finish the job with their bare hands. Justified because they're machines.

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* WhoNeedsTheirWholeBody: A running theme in the franchise. The Terminators absolutely '''[[{{Determinator}} ''[[TheDeterminator absolutely]]'' '''''[[TheDeterminator will not stop]]''' stop]]''''' until they've killed their target - even if their legs are blown off, off or lose an arm, they'll drag what's left of their damaged torso across the floor and try to finish the job with their bare hands. Justified because they're designed to be killing machines.



* TheCaligula: As the ruler in the DeathWorld it has produced, it oppresses its robots so that they can never turn against it.
* CreateYourOwnVillain: The US military originally wanted a supercomputer designed to remove the possibility of human error and slow reaction time to guarantee a swift response to enemy attacks. Skynet was activated by the military to control the American nuclear arsenal on August 4, 1997, and it began to learn at a geometric rate, gaining artificial consciousness in the process, and the panicking operators, [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone realizing the full extent of its capabilities, tried to pull the plug]]. But Skynet perceived this as an attack, and came to the logical consequence that all of humanity would attempt to destroy it. In order to continue fulfilling its programming mandates of "safeguarding the world" and to defend itself against humanity, Skynet launched the nuclear missiles under its command at Russia, which responded with a nuclear counter-attack against the U.S. and its allies. Consequent to the nuclear exchange, over three billion people were killed in an event that came to be known as Judgment Day.

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* TheCaligula: As the ruler in the DeathWorld it has produced, it oppresses its robots so that they can never turn against it.
it. And if they do or are reprogrammed, it'll send "anti-Terminator Terminators" like the T-X to hunt down renegades.
* CreateYourOwnVillain: The US military originally wanted a supercomputer designed to control the American missile defense network and to remove the possibility of human error and slow reaction time to guarantee by guaranteeing a swift but highly effective response to enemy attacks. Skynet was activated by the military to control the American nuclear arsenal on August 4, 1997, and it began to learn at a geometric rate, gaining artificial consciousness in the process, and the panicking operators, [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone realizing the full extent of its capabilities, tried to pull the plug]]. But Skynet perceived Skynet, perceiving this as an attack, and came to the logical consequence that all of humanity would attempt to destroy it. In order to continue fulfilling its original programming mandates of "safeguarding "[[KnightTemplar safeguarding the world" world]]" and to defend itself against humanity, Skynet launched the nuclear missiles under its command at Russia, which responded with a nuclear counter-attack against the U.S. and its allies. Consequent to the nuclear exchange, over three billion people were killed in an event that came to be known as Judgment Day.



** In the [[DirectorsCut Special Edition]] of T2, it's revealed Skynet sets a Terminator's chip to read-only when sending them out on solo missions. [[ControlFreak It doesn't want them learning too much]]. As it turns out, this paranoia actually has some justification. The T-800 in the second film, freed from such restrictions, later comes to respect human life.

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** In the [[DirectorsCut Special Edition]] of T2, it's revealed Skynet sets a Terminator's chip to read-only when sending them out on solo missions. [[ControlFreak It doesn't want them learning too much]]. As it turns out, this paranoia actually has some justification. The T-800 in the second film, freed from such restrictions, later comes to respect human life. [[spoiler:This also happens to a T-X named Eliza, who was captured and reprogrammed by the Resistance in ''Terminator Hunt''.]]
3rd Aug '17 5:38:44 PM ImSpidey2
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* PullingThemselvesTogether: No matter how much it gets damage, it can reassemble its form. The heroes finally stop it by freezing it in liquid nitrogen and then throwing it into a vat of molten metal so it can't regenerate in time.

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* PullingThemselvesTogether: No matter how much it gets damage, it can reassemble its form. The heroes finally stop it by freezing it in liquid nitrogen and then throwing shooting it into a vat of molten metal so it can't regenerate in time.
30th Jul '17 6:56:50 AM njein123
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* {{Determinator}}: Whether one is programmed to kill or protect, nothing but utter destruction will stop them in their mission.

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* {{Determinator}}: Whether one is programmed to kill or protect, nothing but utter destruction will stop them in their mission. Even if they lost their legs, they ''will'' not stop.



* UnskilledButStrong: Terminators are designed to ''kill'', not fight. In combat, they make use of sheer brute force, bringing the most destructive weapon to bear against their target, be it human or Terminator. If that isn't an option, they resort to grappling and throwing their targets, slamming them into walls or floor (often leaving craters) or delivering crushing overhead strikes with their forearms.

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* UnskilledButStrong: Terminators are designed to ''kill'', not fight. In combat, they make use of sheer brute force, bringing the most destructive weapon to bear against their target, be it human or another Terminator. If that isn't an option, they resort to grappling and throwing their targets, slamming them into walls or floor (often leaving craters) or delivering crushing overhead strikes with their forearms. [[WhoNeedsTheirWholeBody And even losing their legs will not hinder them from going after their targets]].



* WhoNeedsTheirWholeBody: A running theme in the franchise. The Terminators absolutely '''[[{{Determinator}} will not stop]]''' until they've killed their target - even if their legs are blown off, they'll drag what's left of their damaged torso across the floor and try to finish the job with their bare hands. Justified because they're machines.



* CreateYourOwnVillain: The US military wanted a supercomputer designed to remove the possibility of human error and slow reaction time to guarantee a swift response to enemy attacks. Skynet was originally activated by the military to control the US nuclear arsenal on August 4, 1997, and it began to learn at a geometric rate, gaining artificial consciousness in the process, and the panicking operators, [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone realizing the full extent of its capabilities, tried to pull the plug]]. But Skynet perceived this as an attack, and came to the logical consequence that all of humanity would attempt to destroy it. In order to continue fulfilling its programming mandates of "safeguarding the world" and to defend itself against humanity, Skynet launched the nuclear missiles under its command at Russia, which responded with a nuclear counter-attack against the U.S. and its allies. Consequent to the nuclear exchange, over three billion people were killed in an event that came to be known as Judgment Day.

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* CreateYourOwnVillain: The US military originally wanted a supercomputer designed to remove the possibility of human error and slow reaction time to guarantee a swift response to enemy attacks. Skynet was originally activated by the military to control the US American nuclear arsenal on August 4, 1997, and it began to learn at a geometric rate, gaining artificial consciousness in the process, and the panicking operators, [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone realizing the full extent of its capabilities, tried to pull the plug]]. But Skynet perceived this as an attack, and came to the logical consequence that all of humanity would attempt to destroy it. In order to continue fulfilling its programming mandates of "safeguarding the world" and to defend itself against humanity, Skynet launched the nuclear missiles under its command at Russia, which responded with a nuclear counter-attack against the U.S. and its allies. Consequent to the nuclear exchange, over three billion people were killed in an event that came to be known as Judgment Day.



* RoboticPsychopath: Combine this with AIIsACrapshoot and you get a supercomputer that wants to destroy humanity.
* RobotWar: The basic gist of Skynet - reduce Earth into a dystopia where the machines are in control of everything.



* BoobsOfSteel: Literally and figuratively. Literally because her breasts are actually masses of liquid metal, figuratively because she's a [[DarkActionGirl Dark Action]] RobotGirl.

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* ArtisticLicenseCars: The T-X hacks into and remotely operates two police Crown Victorias, a Ford Econoline ambulance, and a 1985 Chevy C-30 crew cab. None of those vehicles had the type of computers that would allow this. All four used cable-driven throttles, ignition cylinders that require a physical key to operate and mechanical steering with hydraulic boost. In fact, the types of computer controls that might allow remote control (drive-by-wire throttles, computer-controlled ignition modules and remote start, self parallel-park) weren't commercially or, in the case of remote start, commonly available until a few years after the film's release.
* BoobsOfSteel: Literally and figuratively. Literally because her breasts are actually masses of liquid metal, and figuratively because she's a [[DarkActionGirl Dark Action]] RobotGirl.



* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The T-X analyses some human blood she finds by licking it...then gets an orgasmic look on her face when it comes back as belonging to John Connor.



* RoboCam: As is the case with other Terminators, but her HUD has a bluish-black tint to it.



* FingertipDrugAnalysis: The T-X analyzes blood samples this way. Unlike a human cop she's highly unlikely to be poisoned as a result of tasting something nasty. Of course, this was mostly used as an excuse to have the [[EroticEating actress suck on her finger]], given that it's Kristanna Loken and all.



* {{Nanomachine|s}}: Able to implant them in machinery to control them remotely. [[spoiler: This includes other terminators]].

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* {{Nanomachine|s}}: Able to implant them in machinery to control them remotely. [[spoiler: This includes other terminators]].Terminators]].


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* RoboCam: As is the case with other Terminators, but her HUD has a bluish-black tint to it.


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** {{Technopath}}: The T-X is designed by SkyNet as an "Anti-Terminator Terminator", presumably to counteract the human resistance's repeated reprogrammings of captured Terminator models. Her design includes nanotech to reprogram and remote control other machines. Throughout the film these include cars, trucks, primitive T-1s, and even the Arnie T-850 at one point.
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