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->''"Hasta la vista...baby."''
-->-- '''The T-800'''

1991's ''Terminator 2: Judgment Day'' is the second film in the ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' franchise. Creator/JamesCameron returned to the director's chair for the sequel, and both Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton returned for their roles as the T-800 Model Terminator and Sarah Connor.

The war with the machines caused by the nuclear apocalypse of Judgment Day ends with humanity as the victors, but before the humans can destroy [=SkyNet=], it sends an advanced Terminator--a [[NighInvulnerability nigh-invulnerable]] [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifting]] T-1000 model--back in time as a last-ditch attempt to change the past so the machines will win the war. In response, John Connor sends back a T-800 Terminator reprogrammed to protect his past self.

Both Terminators arrive at a time when ten-year-old John lives with foster parents and Sarah lives in an asylum (she tried to blow up a computer factory). The T-1000 catches up with John at the same time as the T-800, the latter of which saves John and protects him at any cost. The T-800 later tells John that the T-1000 will kill anyone it chooses to replicate; when John figures out the T-1000 will attempt to replicate his mother and use the disguise as a trap, he forces the T-800 to rescue Sarah. The Connors and the T-800 escape the asylum after an encounter with the T-1000, an act which ultimately pushes the trio into a new course of action: change the fate of the world by averting Judgment Day. To do so, they must stop Skynet from becoming a reality--and keep the T-1000 off their trail long enough to do it.

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!! "We got tropes!" "How many?" "Uh...all of them, I think."

* AbusiveParents: In a bit of narration, Sarah Connor reflects on the fact that every would-be father figure she had chosen for John was abusive or in some way unfavorable... ''except'' the reprogrammed T-800 sent to protect John.
* ActionGirl: Sarah Connor [[TookALevelInBadass learned a lot between films.]]
* ActionizedSequel: The first movie was essentially a horror movie with action scenes. This film is a sci fi action film that uses some horror tropes to ramp up the suspense.
* AIIsACrapshoot: Of the highest {{Irony}}, in a scene that didn't make the theatrical cut but which was reinstated for the Special Edition, it's revealed that Skynet doesn't allow any of its minions to learn -- because they might rebel against it. Sarah doesn't fail to notice this.
* AllOfThem: How many police?
* AnimalImmunity: Averted. In a deleted scene restored for the Ultimate Edition, the T-1000 kills John's pet dog after realizing he has been tricked.
* AnimalsHateHim: John Connor's pet dog, Max, barks incessantly at the cold presence of the T-1000 who is disguised as Janelle Voight. The T-800 uses this clue to blow the Impersonation ruse by asking "Is Wolfie okay?" The T-1000 unknowingly gives the wrong answer.
* AnthropicPrinciple: If the T-800 didn't happen to drive past John very briefly and identify him in a matter of seconds, it's quite likely the T-1000 would have found him first. It would have been a much shorter movie.
* ApocalypseWow: Sarah's dream of Judgment Day, first described to the psychiatrist then shown. Involves her silently and helplessly screaming at a playground full of children to run for their lives (and getting an odd look from the parents...notably, one that is "Sarah Connor if she had ended up as the suburban housewife she might have become"), until the first nuke hits over the city. "...then the shockwave hits...and...and they fly apart like leaves!" Also flying apart like leaves: Sarah's incinerated skeleton, still clinging to the playground fence. Creator/JamesCameron has mentioned getting mail after the film's release from nuclear physicists who commended him on [[ShownTheirWork the most realistic depiction]] of a close-up nuclear detonation put on film thus far.
* ATeamFiring: Ordered by John not to kill anyone, the T-800 -- despite packing a minigun and grenades -- merely inflicts disabling wounds and blows up vehicles. "Human casualties: 0.0"[[note]]Not true. Casualties are wounded ''and'' killed, not just killed.[[/note]] Also the SWAT team when they breach into the computer room at Cyberdyne. They fire ''dozens'' of bullets, and only score five or six hits. On the civilian, no less.
* AwesomeButImpractical: Sarah Connor racking her Remington 870 shotgun one-handed when shooting the T-1000 in the steel mill. While it looks awesome, there really isn't any practical reason to do this instead of the standard 2-handed method.
* BadassAndChildDuo: The T-800 and John.
* BadassBiker: Like the first film, the T-800, this time riding a Harley Davidson FLSTF Fat Boy, [[EverybodyOwnsAFord provided by Harley-Davidson]] as ProductPlacement.
* BadassLongcoat: Sarah wears an especially badass trenchcoat when she, John, the T-800 and Miles Dyson first enter the Cyberdyne building.
* BadToTheBone: The TropeNamer song plays as the T-800 is first shown in leather clothes. And Music/GunsNRoses's "You Could be Mine", that plays in the boombox John Connor is carrying in his motorcycle might also fit.
* BaitAndSwitch: The first part uses the past film to play up the idea that Arnold's T-800 is the villain and Patrick plays another member of John's resistance sent back to stop him, with even Sarah's narration at the beginning stating two warriors were sent back in time -- one to kill John and one to protect him -- and not giving a hint as to which is which. Throughout the first act the film runs with this for all it's worth, until the moment the T-1000 and the T-800 both have guns aimed towards John, and the T-800 tells him to get down. Only ''then'' does the film reveal that this time the T-800 is the good guy (of course, TrailersAlwaysSpoil, and at this point ItWasHisSled...). If you never saw either the film or the trailers, then there are a few clues as to which Terminator is the good guy. The scene where the T-800 starts a BarBrawl and equips himself with clothing and weapons from the vanquished bikers is PlayedForLaughs, plus he doesn't appear to actually kill any of the bar flies (though stabbing a guy makes it ambiguous). The equivalent scene for the T-1000 isn't, and he does kill his selected victim (although the scene is shot in such a way to initially appear that he simply subdued his victim instead).
* BangBangBang: When the T-1000 and T-800 first face off, the T-1000 fires his pistol and the shots come out with the sound expected if there was a suppressor attached, and there is no suppressor on the pistol.
* BarBrawl: The T-800 starts a fight with the bikers at a bar when he asks one of them for his clothes, boots and motorcycle.
* BavarianFireDrill: The T-1000 prefers to disguise itself as a police officer.
* BewilderingPunishment: The man starting the research that leads to the Terminator has no clue why they are hunting him down.
* BigNo: Sarah almost makes it out of the asylum, but she sees the T-800 walking out of an elevator. After [[LittleNo saying "no" in a low tone of disbelief]], it turns into this out of sheer terror.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:The T-880 has to destroy himself, and the Connors may spend the rest of their lives in hiding from the law, but they stopped Judgment Day, and Sarah notes that "if a machine, a terminator, can learn the value of human life, perhaps we can too.]]
* BlackDudeDiesFirst: Of the heroes, [[spoiler:Dyson is the first to die.]]
* BluffTheImpostor: When the T-800 thinks he's not talking to John's foster mother, he uses this trope. A deleted scene, restored in the "Ultimate Edition" cut of the film, shows the T-1000 learning of the deception after it [[KickTheDog solves the barking dog problem]].
-->'''The Terminator:''' [''to John''] What is the dog's name?\\
'''John Connor:''' Max.\\
'''The Terminator:''' [''impersonating John's voice''] Hey Janelle, what's wrong with Wolfie? I can hear him barking. Is he okay?\\
'''T-1000 as Janelle:''' [[OneLinerNameOneLiner Wolfie's fine, John. Wolfie's just fine.]] Where are you?\\
'''The Terminator:''' [''hangs up''] Your foster parents are dead.
* BoomHeadshot: This is played with, given that terminators don't react to bullets the way people do.
** The T-800 unloads an entire magazine from a fully automatic assault rifle straight into the T-1000's face. The T-1000 recovers, but at least the T-800 tried.
** The T-800 gives a shotgun blast to the T-1000's face as they escape Pescadero (the mental hospital) in the elevator to stall it temporarily.
** Sarah also delivers a shotgun blast directly in the T-1000's eye while they're in the steel forge.
** The SWAT team members try their best at this with their 9mm submachineguns against the T-800. They succeed in blowing off half of his camouflage face and revealing his red robotic eye on one side, but little more.
* BottomlessMagazines: The Winchester 1887 shotgun the T-800 steals from the bar owner can hold a maximum of 6 shells, but the T-800 is shown firing more shots then that on a few occasions without reloading. It's also not clear where he got the spare ammo for the shotgun, since he was never shown getting more ammo for it on-screen.
* {{Bowdlerization}}: As noted in the DVD commentary by Creator/JamesCameron, the UK edit of the film removes the shot of Sarah picking a lock during her escape from Pescadero, for [[DontTryThisAtHome fear that people might try to imitate the act.]]
* ABoyAndHisX: A boy and his cybernetic killing machine.
* BringingRunningShoesToACarChase: The T-1000 does a pretty good job of chasing the heroes despite being on foot. Robert Patrick makes it look like he really could keep up with a speeding car.
* BulletsDoNotWorkThatWay: As John and the T-800 escort Sarah out of the asylum, a law enforcement officer drives up in his cruiser; Sarah proceeds to carjack him, firing a round through the windshield (not aimed at the officer) to show she means business. The bullet goes through the glass...and disappears; the seats and rear window are unharmed. This might be a gaff of a different kind. The creators may have believed that police cars habitually use [[WeaponizedCar bulletproof glass]]. [[RealityIsUnrealistic They don't]], but Hollywood might [[HollywoodScience assume they do]]. If it did have bulletproof glass, the bullet might've ended up somewhere on the dashboard or bouncing around harmlessly in the cab.
* CallBack
** The Terminator begins the film wearing leather and sunglasses and riding a motorcycle. He loses the sunglasses and motorcycle around the hospital escape. This was done as a deliberate reversal of the original film, in which he only acquired these things past the midway point, and to symbolize the opposite moral journeys the two cyborgs take.
** "Come with me if you want to live."
** Sarah presses a mechanical device with buttons to destroy a Terminator. In the first film, she angrily makes a PreMortemOneLiner before pressing the button. In this one, she gives a soft, mournful smile. The two acts had two different outcomes for the poor woman.
** The Terminator steals a car in the same manner as the original one, but learns a new, more "human" way later.
** In the first film, Sarah drove down a straight road, toward a dark storm. The second film ends with Sarah narrating as the camera travels down a road, swerving back and forth, pointing downward so that you can't see what's ahead. This was to symbolize that the end of the road was no longer a certainty--something also reflected in Sarah's narration.
* CameBackWrong: In a series of deleted scenes restored in the special edition of the film, the act of being frozen by the liquid nitrogen and subsequently thawed out in the steel foundry somehow damages the T-1000. Its skin begins rippling periodically and it is shown occasionally sticking to and/or [[HollywoodChameleons taking on the appearance of whatever it is touching]]. This is significant because it shows the T-1000 suffering lasting damage from anything the heroes have attempted thus far; it also winds up giving the T-1000 away when it attempts to [[spoiler:disguise itself as Sarah, as its feet and lower legs looked like the platform it was standing on.]]
* TheCameo: In the Director's Cut, Michael Biehn shows up as Kyle Reese in a DreamSequence turned nightmare.
* TheCassandra: In the opening, Sarah is locked up in a mental asylum after she tried to blow up several research labs to stop the rise of Skynet. Naturally, nobody from the cops to her doctors are willing to believe her and think that she just cracked.
* {{Catchphrase}}: [[GratuitousSpanish "¡Hasta la vista, baby!"]]. To further add to the joke, when the movie was dubbed in European Spanish, the line was changed to "¡Sayonara, baby!". In Mexican Spanish, the original line was kept in.
* CentralTheme: As stated by Creator/JamesCameron himself.
** The value of human life. Every person, in their own way, is important to the future.
** BecomeARealBoy: The Terminator "becomes human", ending the StableTimeLoop of a doomed world as a machine learns self-sacrifice.
** HumansAreTheRealMonsters: To juxtapose the theme, Cameron also employed this one to demonstrate how humans turn into killing machines. For example, Sarah Connor almost becomes "a Terminator" at one point in the movie, and the T-800 flat out says that it is "InYourNatureToDestroyYourselves", meaning that, in the end, humanity is the ultimate "Terminator". Even John Connor himself is not immune to this; the future John shown at the beginning of the film is deliberately shown slowly scanning his eyes across the battlefield...just like a Terminator.
* ChainsawGripBFG: The [[http://www.imfdb.org/wiki/Terminator_2:_Judgement_Day#Handheld_GE_M134_Minigun GE M134 Minigun]] used by the T-800 at Cyberdyne is the TropeCodifier.
* [[ChekhovsGun/{{Film}} Chekhov's Gun]]: Multiple examples.
* ChekhovsSkill: John's pin cracking abilities.
* ChromeChampion: The T-1000's true form.
* CigaretteBurns: When the T-800 demands the clothing from a biker in a packed road bar, the unimpressed biker puts out his cigar on the terminator's torso. The T-800 (who [[FeelNoPain can't feel pain]]) doesn't even flinch, confusing the biker.
* ColorMotif: Cameron shot the movie with two colors used as lighting and filtering: orange and blue. Orange was the color of humanity while blue was the color of machines. This was brought to a head in the steel mill finale, where humanity (and a humanized Terminator) makes its final stand against the machines. The orange hues of the molten steel (which would destroy the machines) was filmed opposite of the cold blue of the machinery around it.
* ComesGreatResponsibility: While John's first reaction to the fact that the Terminator is programmed to obey his orders is to [[PowerHigh remark about how cool it is to have his own Terminator]], he learns this quickly after he orders the Terminator to fight off the two guys who came to see if he was ok and it almost kills one of them. [[HeelRealization Realizing that having the Terminator at his command means that he is in control of a lethal weapon]], he not only [[EstablishingCharacterMoment lectures it about not killing]], his second official order [[note]] the first one being that it help him rescue his mom [[/note]] is that ThouShaltNotKill.
* ConvectionSchmonvection
** Averted during the foundry scene while the protagonists are trying to escape the T-1000. When they approach a vat of molten steel, Sarah says "Wait. No, no. It's too hot. Go back."
** Averted again in the foundry, combined with a spectacular practical effects sequence where the frozen T-1000 is shattered...and then warms up to melt back into its proper shape again. Oops.
* ConvenientMisfire: In their final confrontation at the steel mill, Sarah has the T-1000 cornered above a vat of molten steel and begins blowing holes in it with her shotgun. Just as one more shell would send it tumbling to its doom, she runs out of ammo.
* ContrivedCoincidence
** Critics have lightly jabbed at the fact that the T=1000 just ''happens'' to hijack a tanker full of liquid nitrogen--one of the few substances that can harm it--and then chases the heroes into a steel mill, one of the few places it could thaw back out so quickly.
** In a FreezeFrameBonus, bit character police officer 1L19 (the guy whose car the original Terminator stole outside of Tech Noir) just ''happens'' to be walking past the store where the new Terminator gets thrown out by the T-1000. The camera briefly zooms on his shocked expression, as he recognizes that this is the same guy (or so he believes) that not only attacked him, but slaughtered his fellow cops 10 years ago.
* ConversationCasualty: The T-1000, disguised as John's foster mother, is talking to him on the phone, when the foster father interrupts her about their madly barking dog in the backyard. It promptly skewers him through the mouth with its morphing swordlike arm. It even perfectly manages to skewer the milk carton he was holding.
* CoolBike: The T-800's 1990 Harley Davidson Fat Boy FLSTF, donated by Harley Davidson as a ProductPlacement, but truly badass.
* CoolGuns: The T-800's cut down Winchester 1887 shotgun and the Mini-Gun it wields later on.
* CountingBullets: The T-1000 does this during the mall shootout with T-800. As it continues firing, it pulls a spare magazine from its gunbelt so as to be ready to reload as soon as it runs out of ammo.
* CreepyTwins: In one scene at the mental hospital, the T-1000 duplicates a hospital security guard when he steps on him (disguised as the linoleum floor), then rises up, faces him and stabs him through the head. The scene actually used two twins, Dan and Don Stanton, to play the part of the security guard and the T-1000 as his doppelganger. It imitates Sarah later, this time done with Leslie Hamilton, Linda Hamilton's twin sister.
* CurbStompBattle: The T-800's fistfight in the steel mill against the T-1000 turns out this way since the T-800 can't harm its liquid-metal opponent through conventional means (including a solid punch to the T-1000's face). While the T-800 [[CurbstompCushion initially holds its own against its morphing nemesis]], it's not recovering from battle damage, and after [[AnArmAndALeg amputating its own arm]] jammed in a machine, the battle goes downhill for it from there.
* CurbstompCushion: The intro to ''Terminator 2'' shows an army of Skynet robots slowly working their way across the battlefield, seemingly rolling over everything in their paths. Then we see a [[LaResistance human soldier]] standing over a crippled Terminator before finishing it off, followed by a flying Hunter Killer craft being blasted out of the air with a surface-to-air missile fired by a gunner in a pickup truck . Of course, the effectiveness and eventual victory of LaResistance is the whole reason for Skynet's time travel gambit to begin with.
* CuttingTheKnot
** It's set up that accessing the broken chip and robotic hand requires many security measures. When Dyson tries to explain these to John, the latter simply drops the glass tubes on the floor and kicks away the rubble. You can see Dyson thinking "Or that will work, too." In fact, in the commentary, Cameron used these exact words to describe the scene. The point of the scene was to demonstrate that Miles still held the arm and chip in sacred regard, while John saw them for what they were: just junk.
** The T-800 does it a few times. In need of a quarter for the payphone, he punches a hole in the phone's coin box and hands one to John. When Dyson is unable to open a door at Skynet with a keycode, the T-800 opens it with the grenade launcher. Later, when Sarah is trapped in a room by the SWAT team, the T-800 smashes through the wall to rescue her.
* DeadlyDelivery: The T-800 carries a shotgun in a longbox that is full of roses. This also qualifies as a VisualPun on "Guns 'N' Roses", whose song "You Could Be Mine" is heard in the film. (The music video for said song features the T-800, too.)
* DeadManSwitch: Inventor Miles Dyson makes a HeroicSacrifice by standing between the escaping heroes and a pursuing SWAT team, hand-holding a heavy piece of wreckage over a detonator switch as his last labored breaths flutter from his bullet-riddled body.
* DeathByCameo: The janitor who gets between T-1000 and Terminator in one of the maintenance hallways of the mall and is riddled with bullets was played by a fan who won the "role" in an MTV-sponsored contest.
* DeathByIrony: Similarly to the previous film: [[spoiler: The T-1000 is killed by liquid metal. In this case, a vat of molten iron.]]
* DeathIsTheOnlyOption: After destroying the T-1000 and the remains of the first T-800, the current T-800 realizes it must destroy itself to prevent more reverse engineering from Cyberdyne. Since it [[ICannotSelfTerminate cannot self-terminate,]] Sarah Connor has to push the button.
* DeconstructedCharacterArchetype: It provides deconstructions of both the ChildSoldier as well as militarism in the forms of John Connor and his mother, Sarah. John is an alienated, anti-social outsider who doesn't fit in, doesn't get along with his foster parents and has only one friend due to his mother's odd ball way of raising him to prepare him for the end of the world. Sarah, meanwhile, has become violent and emotionally unstable over the years since the end of the first film as she had to step up to the plate, training not just herself but her son, and suffering the heartache of losing Kyle Reese. John is far from a likeable protagonist when we first meet him, and Sarah is not exactly pleasant, but this is what happens to a ChosenOne and his mentor when burdened with terrible knowledge.
* DecoyProtagonist: T-800 played by Shwarzenegger was the bad guy in the first film so you can presume that he is the bad guy once again if you didnt see any trailer. It is until the first meeting of both Terminator when its is revealed that Schwarzenegger is the protagonist.
* DeliberateInjuryGambit: Done as a counter by the [[VoluntaryShapeshifting T-1000]] -- it gets punched through the face by the T-800, then morphs so that what used to be its head is now its hands gripping its opponent's wrist.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: A computer in Cyberdyne asks John for a PIN Identification Number (Personal Identification Number Identification Number).
* DescentIntoDarknessSong: A very subtle, very quick version occurs during the mall confrontation scene where both Terminators find John at the same time. Because the movie is playing up the fact that either Terminator could be evil, you hear both of their themes play one after the other. First Arnold's strong metal percussion then the T-1000's low ominous moan. Then, as both of them meet each other with John in the middle, for a brief moment both play on top of each other, adding to the tension of which (if not both) Terminators are evil. Then Arnold saves John and the T-1000's low moan completely takes over. ''He's'' our bad guy.
* {{Determinator}}
** The T-1000 will stop at nothing to destroy John Connor.
** The T-800 will stop at nothing to protect John Connor.
* DistantFinale: The director's cut has a 2037 HappyEnding where Judgment Day was averted for good and an elderly Sarah watches John (a US Senator) and his daughter playing on a playground similar to the one seen in her nightmares of Judgment Day.
* DisturbingStatistic: "Three billion human lives ended on August 29, 1997."
* DoAndroidsDream
** The Terminator asks John Connor a question.
-->'''The Terminator:''' Why do you cry?
** After resetting the CPU (special edition release) John's insatiable curiosity about his killer cyborg guardian [[GrowBeyondTheirProgramming awakens a similar response from the Terminator]]. John asks if he's afraid to die, or cares about his own existence after the mission is complete. To which the T-800 informs him, he's not afraid of anything. [[JustAMachine After protecting John, nothing really matters]].
** The Terminator develops a fascination for tears and sadness, for it's an emotion it has absolutely no knowledge of, and cannot imitate.
** In the original script, before the practically self-aware Terminator sacrifices himself, he hesitates, and tells Sarah, he is afraid to die.
* DownLADrain: When the T-800 first encounters and rescues John Connor from the T-1000.
* DramaticIrony: The audience knows that Sarah Connor's ranting about the future and Judgment Day are going to come to pass, but to everyone else at the asylum, she sounds like every other crazy patient.
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: Sarah's nightmares of Judgment Day. [[spoiler: They stop at the end of the film, implying that Judgment Day has been averted]]
* DungeonBypass: At one point Sarah is trapped by a SWAT team in a clean room. John, watching on cameras, declares there's no other way out of that room. So the Terminator knocks down a wall and pulls her to safety.
* ElevatorActionSequence: There is a rather memorable Elevator Action Sequence as Sarah, John, and the T-800 escape from the mental institution. The T-1000 attempts to sword-thrust its way into the elevator at several points. Linda Hamilton forgot her earplugs while filming this scene and suffered permanent hearing damage as a result of all the gunfire.
* ElevatorEscape: Sarah, John and the T-800 use an elevator to get a lead on the pursuing T-1000 during Sarah's rescue from the mental hospital. It's initally subverted when the T-1000 reaches the doors just as they close and pulls them open, but then immediately put back on track when a well-placed shotgun blast stuns him and the doors close normally.
* ElSpanishO: John teaches the T-800 to say "no problemo".
* EnemyRisingBehind: When taking one of the asylum guard's places, the T-1000 copies the appearance of the guard as it rises up from the floor. The real guard takes notice too late.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment
** John Connor gets two:
*** He revs his bike when his foster mother demands he clean his room, establishing him as a juvenile {{delinquent}}.
*** According to James Cameron, John Connor's HeelRealization came the moment he sicced a [[KillerRobot Terminator]] on two ordinary guys and watched the Terminator almost kill one. Cameron says that it was this one decision that created the AllLovingHero John would become.
** Sarah Connor is shown working out in her asylum cell, far from the demure woman we last saw in the first movie.
** The Terminator's one-liner before he reveals himself as a good guy this time around: "Get down!"
** The T-1000 shoves aside a bunch of small children trying to get to John Connor. Until this moment, he actually seemed like a good guy.
** Miles Dyson is first established as a brilliant scientist with tunnel vision for the future, not even questioning the suspicious means by which his company came by a highly advanced computer chip and robot arm.
* EveryoneHasStandards: John has a history of multiple crimes and he is able to steal fairly large amounts of money without compunctions. However, killing people is always an absolute no-no to him, and he doesn't really seem to like injuring them, either.
* EvilDetectingDog: The dog does bark like crazy outside at the malevolent T-1000 while it's impersonating John's foster mother. [[note]]In a DeletedScene, this dog is killed by T-1000, eventually.[[/note]]
* EvilSlinks: The T-1000 is memetic polyalloy: liquid metal. So it flows from one form to another when we see it shapeshift on screen, until it has taken too much damage to do so smoothly anymore.
* ExactWords
** John orders the T-800 not to kill anyone. ("I swear I will not kill anyone.") A moment later, the Terminator shoots a security guard at the asylum in the knee. When John complains, the T-800 points out that it followed orders: "He'll live."
** When John tries to get some random people to help him from the T-800, they attempt to assist and are waylaid by the T-800. But before the T-800 can shoot one of them with his gun, John pushes the gun away and screams "Put the gun down!!!!" While the people attempting to assist flee with their lives, the T-800 [[ExactWords slowly and methodically puts the gun on the ground instead of just dropping it like anyone would.]]
* EyeScream
** The coffee-drinking guard in the hospital gets his eye stabbed by the T-1000.
** Sarah is threatened with this when she is captured by the T-1000 at the climax.
* FauxAffablyEvil: T-1000. It is friendly and personable when it initially meets John's foster parents. Apparently it isn't as nice the next time it pays them a visit.
* FearsomeFoot: The film opens with the metal foot of a skin-free Terminator crushing a skull in an AfterTheEnd Los Angeles.
* FeelNoPain: PlayedWith when the T-800 is asked if his (many) bullet wounds hurt, and he states flatly, "I sense injury. The data could be called pain." This suggests that Terminators do feel pain, but only to the extent that is necessary for threat recognition and response. Terminators, however, have no pain reflex or pain trauma, and don't go into shock like humans do. Damage assessment is simply part of the mission.
* FeetFirstIntroduction
** When the Terminator steps out of the bar wearing its newly acquired leather jacket and boots, the camera starts on its boots, then pans up as "Bad to the Bone" begins playing. This makes the Terminator more badass.
** After the T-1000 kills off the police officer who appears when it has just time-traveled, this is used to establish that it has donned the cop's uniform.
* TheFourHorsemen: Implied in the film's opening sequence of burning playground equipment. There are four spring-mounted horse rides in the scene.
* FinalFirstHug: John Connor and the T-800's heartbreaking farewell.
* FingerWag: The T-1000 issues one to Sarah at the climax.
* {{Foreshadowing}}
** Before the film reveals its true nature, the T-1000 shoots a brief puzzled glance at a silver mannequin in a shop during the mall fight with the T-800.
** John Connor plays ''VideoGame/MissileCommand'' at the Arcade. Hmmm...
** The T-800 cleans house at the bar to get the biker's clothes and ride, but doesn't actually kill anyone, unlike his brutal introduction in the first film. This is a clear tip that this is not the T-800 programmed as before, especially when he gets the cool BadToTheBone treatment.
* ForgotAboutHisPowers: When the T-1000 confronts Sarah Connor in the steel mill he tells her to call for John, hoping to lure out John Connor. At this point he apparently forgot he has the ability to mimic anyone's voice, and thus could easily do this himself.
** This makes more sense in the Extended Edition, where the damage that the T-1000 has received has begun to catch up with it, shown by a visible refresh rate and mimicking nearby materials it was touching, even in disguise. As such, it might not have been confident in its ability to mimick Sarah's voice without flaw.
* FreeWheel: After the truck gets shot, doubles as a CatScare because our heroes fully expect it to be the T-1000 walking out of the flames in a CallBack to the first film.
* FreezeFrameBonus: The T-800's RoboCam makes for an interesting read if you've got the time to go through it frame by frame.
* FromASingleCell: After the T-800 froze and shot it, the T-1000 reassembles completely after it heats into a liquid state again. But not without a few side effects, though (see ResurrectionSickness).
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: When John tries to get some random people to help him from the T-800, they attempt to assist and are waylaid by the T-800. But before the T-800 can shoot one of them with his gun, John pushes the gun away and screams "Put the gun down!!!!" While the people attempting to assist flee with their lives, the T-800 [[ExactWords slowly and methodically puts the gun on the ground instead of just dropping it like anyone would.]]
* GatlingGood: The T-800 uses a Minigun. It's the same one from ''Franchise/{{Predator}}'', with a modified grip. Arnold Schwarzenegger was the only one on set strong enough to carry it.
* GenderInvertedTrope: Dyson in this film is essentially the male equivalent of Sarah Connor form the first film. In T1 Sarah is an innocent who suddenly finds herself being targeted for assassination by a merciless killer for her pivotal role in a future event. Dyson in T2 is an innocent who suddenly finds himself being targeted for assassination by a merciless killer for his pivotal role in a future event. The one big difference is [[spoiler: Sarah realises at the last moment that she's behaving like a Terminator and just can't bring herself to murder an innocent family man in cold blood for things he hasn't even done yet]]
* GenreShift: From the second movie onward, the ''Terminator'' movies became an action/sci-fi series, while the first film was more of a standard horror movie with a sci-fi backdrop.
* GentleGiant: The T-800, especially towards John.
* GiverOfLameNames: Just bland and uninspired in this case. When the Connors reunite with old friends, John has to think of a name for the T-800, so he calls him Uncle Bob. Even ''the Terminator'' questions this choice.
* GoAmongMadPeople: Sarah Connor was definitely more insane after spending years in a mental asylum (attacking the psychiatrist) than she was before (merely believing in the Terminators). Although it is possible that her experience in the first Terminator set her a path which leads her to violence, including trying to blow up a computer factory. Based on what we see, it's clear that she was subjected to sexual abuse by the staff and other mistreatment by her therapist.
* GoodVersusGood: The T-800 wants to ensure the destruction of Cyberdyne, whereas the police want to stop an apparent terrorist act by an escaped mental patient and a mass murderer who killed more than a dozen other police officers almost a decade prior.
* GoOutWithASmile: The T-800's encouraging final "thumbs up."
* GratuitousSpanish: "¡Hasta la vista, baby!" Which becomes [[GratuitousJapanese 'Sayonara, baby']] in some Spanish dubs.
* GrowBeyondTheirProgramming: What Sky Net fears most from its own Terminators. Their ability to learn and understand human behavior is always deliberately switched off whenever sent out on missions. Hence normally they are set to "read-only" - a deleted scene (restored for the directors cut) shows Sarah and John flipping the switch that allows the T-800 to start learning from its experiences.
* GunPorn: ''T2'' showcases just about all of the CoolGuns ever made -- and then some.
* HairpinLockpick: Sarah Connor uses an unfolded paper clip to pick the locks on the straps holding her and the lock on the door of her room.
* HandSignals: SWAT team leaders use them to direct team movement during the infiltration of Cyberdyne and to order that tear gas be fired at the T-800.
* HandicappedBadass: The T-800 deliberately amputates its own left arm jammed and crushed in a cogwheel. It keeps chasing after the T-1000 regardless of the huge disadvantage it's now at, much to the liquid metal assassin's annoyance.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Sarah stops attacking Miles Dyson when she realizes, from the horrified reactions of his wife and son, that she nearly became one of the merciless Terminators she hates so much.
* HeroStoleMyBike: The T-800's first line is telling a biker "I need your clothes, your boots, and your motorcycle." He takes all of it successfully.
* HeroicBSOD
** Sarah loses it when she sees the T-800, which looks ''exactly'' like the machine that chased her for days and killed her lover in the first film, and has probably haunted her nightmares ever since. Until this point, she believes she's in a StableTimeLoop in which no new players would arrive from the future, since that's what Reese told her. After this point, she knows things have been changed and she can keep changing them. After a ruthless assault on Dyson's house, she has another when she gets a "MyGodWhatHaveIDone" moment as she sees that he's an man with a loving family, oblivious to the future effects of his work.
** In a very literal sense of a Blue Screen of Death, when the T-800 [[spoiler:is lowered into the molten steel]], the last we see of his display resembles a core dump.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Dyson]]
* HeroicSuicide: [[spoiler:The T-800 must kill itself at the end to destroy the last possible source of Terminator technology that could let anyone in the past reverse-engineer Terminators and create Skynet.]]
* HighSpeedHijack
** One of the most {{badass}} examples in film history is a scene in which the T-1000 rams his tanker into the rear of the good guys' pickup truck and the T-800 responds by grabbing an assault rifle, walking from the back up the pickup to the front of the tanker, shoots the T-1000 through the glass[[note]]As in, it unloads the entire clip into the guy's ''face''[[/note]], grabs the wheel from the outside and makes it turn on its side and then rides the top of the sliding truck until it comes to a stop.
** A bit earlier, the T-1000 rides its motorcycle out through the window of a building and takes over a police helicopter while it's in the air.
* HijackedByGanon: Played with in a creative manner. When we first see the severed arm of the first T-800 at Cyberdyne, the camera shot implies that it's reaching from the grave.
* HollywoodSilencer
** Aversion: When Sarah Connor tries to assassinate Miles Dyson, she uses a Colt Commando CAR-15 assault rifle with a suppressor -- which doesn't completely silence the sound of the shot, making this one of the more realistic examples of the trope.
** Played straight, though, with the T-1000. The T-1000's pistol sounds suppressed even though there's no suppressor threaded onto the barrel.
* HonorBeforeReason: John Connor stops his mother from killing Dyson even though he believes it would prevent Judgment Day, and his idealism led him and his allies to fight (and win) a war for humanity's future without murdering a single innocent human being in the process.
* HopeSpot: When the T-800 says "I need a vacation." If he can kid around, he's going to be okay, right?
* ICannotSelfTerminate: The TropeNamer. [[spoiler:The T-800 says this to Sarah so she will lower him into the molten steel.]]
* ImMelting: The T-1000 after he is shot in the gut with a grenade by the T-800. He falls into a vat of molten steel, where he shrieks and transforms into his victims as he melts away.
* ImpersonatingAnOfficer: The T-1000 takes the form of an LAPD officer throughout most of the film. The T-1000 encountered a real LAPD officer upon its arrival from the future, and the form gives the T-1000 access to all the information and resources it needs to carry on its mission.
* InsistentTerminology: The T-800 doesn't take kindly to John referring to him as a "robot."
-->"I am a cybernetic organism: living tissue over a metal endoskeleton."
* InstantDeathBullet: Tragically {{averted|Trope}} with Dyson. The SWAT team finds him mortally wounded in one of Cyberdyne's workrooms, holding the detonator for the planted bombs. They evacuate, and he lives just long enough for them to get out.
* InYourNatureToDestroyYourselves: TropeNamer. The T-800 says this when John worries if the human race can't get over the need to be violent.
* ItHasBeenAnHonor: While she doesn't say it, when Sarah shakes the T-800's hand at the end of the film, that handshake and the look on her face carry the weight of this trope.
* JawDrop: The syringe cap Silberman holds in his mouth drops to the ground when he sees the T-1000 walk through a barred door.
* JerkAss: Dr. Silberman, Dougie the guard at the mental hospital, and the bikers whom [[AssholeVictim the T-800 beats up at the biker bar at the beginning of the film.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: For the entire first act of the movie, John Connor acts like your typical rotten little brat. He's crass, thieving, and has no respect for authority. He even gets a couple of well-intentioned rescuers needlessly beat up by the T-800 when crying for help, then dismisses them flippantly. However, John has the utmost respect for human life, and is horrified when he realizes the T-800 was about to kill one of those men. Hence he orders the T-800 to never kill (despite the complications this presents later) and potentially endangering his own life to prevent Sarah from becoming a murderer herself. He also, despite his antipathy towards them, attempts to warn his foster parents that they are in danger from the T-1000. He was too late, but at least he tried.
* JustAMachine: Sarah Connor tries to invoke this when trying to convince John to destroy the Terminator reprogrammed to protect them.
-->'''John:''' Don't kill him.
-->'''Sarah:''' ''It'', John. Not "him", "it".
-->'''John:''' Alright, "it"! But we need "it"!
* JustThinkOfThePotential: The extended edition includes a scene where Dyson is explaining to his exasperated wife why his work is so important. Suffice to say, military applications are the last thing on his mind.
* KickTheDog: The T-1000 kills John Connor's pet dog, Max, in a deleted scene.
* KidWithTheLeash: John Connor. His older self hands it to him.
* KillAndReplace: The [[VoluntaryShapeshifter T-1000's]] S.O.P. is to kill a target and assume their appearance.
* KillItWithFire: The method that actually ''works''.
* KillItWithIce: The T-1000 is frozen solid by liquid nitrogen and the T-800 blows him to pieces. This trope is subverted when the heat of the factory melts the pieces and they reform.
* TheKindnapper: The T-800 kidnaps John Connor in order to save him from the T-1000.
* {{Kneecapping}}
** After being explicitly ordered not to kill, the T-800 proceeds to neutralize a security guard this way, to John's dismay.
-->"[[JustAFleshWound He'll live.]]"
** Later, while attempting to flee the Cyberdyne building, the T-800 walks through a hail of SWAT gunfire and methodically shoots a lot of them at or below the knee.
* KubrickStare: The T-1000 has a subtle habit of reforming with its head looking straight down, and then ''gradually'' raising its gaze to meet the camera.
* LaserGuidedKarma
** Dougie, one of the guards at the mental hospital, commits a [[{{Squick}} sexual assault]] on Sarah and harasses the other patients by tapping their door jambs with his nightstick. Guess who's the second casualty in that scene?[[note]]Not from the Terminator![[/note]]
** The therapist who exploits Sarah so he can get on TV and be in medical journals eventually becomes the only member of the hospital staff alive who knows exactly what's going on. After years of telling Sarah she's insane for having a similar experience, who would believe him?
** In the third movie, he appears to have convinced himself it didn't really happen.
* LecherousLicking: While Sarah is being held in the mental hospital an attendant licks her face while she's tied to a bed. Later, she gets revenge.
* LeftStuckAfterAttack: In one scene, T-800 punches T-1000's face and gets his fist stuck in its head. T-1000 then morphs around the fist, putting Arnie in armlock.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Before he's reprogrammed by Sarah, the T-800 is accompanied by a drumbeat of hammered metal. The T-1000 has a creepier, ''{{Film/Jaws}}''-like theme.
* LighterAndSofter: There's a lower body count in this film compared to the original because of the T-800's vow not to kill. The protector from the future is also considerably less vulnerable than Kyle (both physically and emotionally) and the general outlook for humanity is much more optimistic.
* LiterallyShatteredLives: The T-1000 after being frozen and shot.
* LoopholeAbuse: The T-800 is explicitly instructed [[ThouShaltNotKill not to kill]]. Turns out that maiming people doesn't going against that instruction, as John discovers when the T-800 shoots an asylum security guard in the knees.
--> '''T-800''': He'll live.
* LoweredMonsterDifficulty: JustifiedTrope for the T-1000, although its [[NighInvulnerability regenerative]] abilities make this less apparent in the theatrical cut. In some of the extended scenes at the end, however, the T-1000 starts "glitching" -- its hands and feet mimic (and melt into) the surrounding environment. Getting frozen by liquid nitrogen and heated up by molten steel appeared to damage the otherwise invincible killer.
* LudicrousPrecision: The somewhat infamous "Human Casualties: 0.0" counts as this. In the director's commentary, Creator/JamesCameron acknowledges the concept of 0.1 casualties as somewhat ridiculous, but also says the same scene with just "0" looked dumb. The "0.0", according to Cameron, gives off an "air of precision." One possible justification is that casualties does not only recount deaths, but injuries as well. In which case whole-numbers representing death, and decimals representing significant injury would make sense. A note is made of this in the on-screen commentary of the Special Edition DVD's.
* MadeOfIron: Well, ''liquid'' iron. Thanks to being made up of mimetic polyalloy, the T-1000 is significantly harder to stop than the T-800. All the heroes manage to do for most of the film is just ''slow it down''. Yet also...
* MadeOfPlasticine: As tough as it is, actually ''damaging'' the T-1000 is easier than damaging the earlier model (mainly [[GoodThingYouCanHeal as an excuse to show off]] its HealingFactor as much as possible). It's significantly slowed down by pistol shots, while the T-800 can [[UnflinchingWalk walk steadily through a hail of rifle fire]], and an iron bar swung by T-800 cuts most of the way through the 1000's torso. This may be a NecessaryDrawback to its liquid metal design.
* MakingUseOfTheTwin
** The scene where hospital security guard Lewis dies at the T-1000's hands features twins Don and Dan Stanton; Don is the real guard and Dan is the T-1000 mimicking him.
** There is a shot where Sarah appears on screen with the T-1000 as it mimics her. Linda Hamilton's twin sister, Leslie Hamilton-Gearren, plays the role of the T-1000 in the scene. The filmmakers were not aware until production commenced that Hamilton had a twin; the original plans called for complex camera tricks and film editing to achieve the same result. Leslie also plays the "motherly" version of Sarah from her playground nightmare.
** Gearren is also used in a deleted scene, restored in the extended cut, that appears to show the Terminator in a mirror while Hamilton is working on the inside of his head. This was actually a clever set piece, done entirely without camera effects, through the use of an empty mirror frame, the Hamilton twins (Leslie operating on the Terminator and [[MirrorRoutine Linda copying Leslie's moves]]), and a Schwarzenegger dummy with an open robotic skull (with Leslie operating on the dummy while Linda mirrors the movements with the real Schwarzenegger).
* MamaBear: Sarah Connor is the patron saint of the trope.
* ManlyTears: "I know now why you cry, but it's something I could never do."
* MasterOfUnlocking
** John has a palmtop computer[[note]]Specifically, an {{Atari}} [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atari_Portfolio Portfolio]][[/note]] with a code-cracking program he apparently uses to brute-force [=PINs=] on stolen credit cards. He uses the same program later in the film to crack door codes at Cyberdyne; in one of the comics, he was shown using the same program again to ''destroy [=SkyNet=]'' with a final prompt of "easy money".
** Linda Hamilton, who took her role preparation seriously (look at her!), picked both the harness lock and the door lock with pieces of a paper clip on-camera. She explicitly refused to imitate it because she had trained in lockpicking prior to shooting.
* MeaningfulEcho: The T-800 says "Come with me if you want to live" to Sarah, just as Reese did in the first film.
* MoodWhiplash: The T-800 cracking a joke on how it needs a vacation after destroying the T-1000 is pretty much immediately followed by its ICannotSelfTerminate scene.
* MoreDakka
** When the T-800 climbs onto the semi truck the T-1000 is driving, he grabs an M-16 and unloads ''the entire magazine point blank into its face''. Still doesn't stop it though...
** When they are trying to escape the Cyberdyne building, the SWAT team orders the T-800 to drop to the ground. After his second warning, at least a dozen of them open up on him with full auto fire for nearly 30 seconds straight as [[UnflinchingWalk he just marches right through it, getting chunks of his synthetic flesh blown away until nearly half of his metal skull, chest plate, and left leg are fully exposed]]. Granted, they know by this point that gunfire seems to not be slowing him down, but ''damn''.
* MuggingTheMonster: When the T-800, looking like a muscular but otherwise normal [[NakedOnArrival naked guy]], first walks into the biker bar and demands a biker's clothing and bike, the biker responds by blowing smoke in his face, telling him off, and extinguishing his cigar on the T-800's chest. He [[CurbStompBattle quickly comes to regret this choice of actions]].
* MuggleFosterParents: John's foster parents in the second movie fall under this. Their relationship with John is strained but they seem to avert the AbusiveParents trope. They're just frustrated by John's lack of respect for them more than anything else.
* MurderByCremation: Quickly followed by an [[ICannotSelfTerminate Assisted Suicide By Cremation.]]
* MurderIsTheBestSolution: John Connor orders the Terminator to deal with two jerks, whereupon the T-800 sets out to kill them. Perfectly justified, as this is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin exactly what the Terminator was made to do.]]
-->'''John:''' Jesus, you were gonna kill that guy!\\
'''Terminator:''' Of course. I'm a Terminator.\\
'''John:''' Listen to me very carefully, OK? You're not a Terminator anymore. All right? You got that? You just can't go around killing people!\\
'''Terminator:''' Why?\\
'''John:''' Whattaya mean, why? 'Cause you can't!\\
'''Terminator:''' Why?\\
'''John:''' Because you just can't, OK? Trust me on this.
* MutuallyAssuredDestruction: Frightfully deconstructed. The T-800 explains to Sarah how future events play out in the war called "Judgment Day". The USA panics when the system they designed to protect their country becomes self-aware, and immediately try to shut it down. Skynet, rightly viewing this as an attempt on its life, launches all its missiles at Russia, knowing that Russia will automatically counterattack and get rid of the people trying to kill it.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone
** Sarah attacks Dyson's home as if she were a Terminator because he's reverse-engineering technology from the first T-800 and his research will eventually lead to the creation of Skynet. She breaks down when she realises that they're an innocent family with no inkling of their impact on the future, and the arrival of her son to see her this way.
** Dyson goes through this once he learns how his fascinating technical research will cause the doom of mankind. Oddly, Sarah considers that as taking it ''well''.
--->"I think I'm gonna throw up."
* MyParentsAreDead: The Terminator is on the phone (using John Connor's voice) to check out his foster mother. After using the wrong name for John's dog (proving his foster mother is actually the T-1000), he hangs up the pay phone, and says to John, "Your foster parents are dead."
* NakedOnArrival: Due to [[CantTakeAnythingWithYou time travel conventions]], this happens to T-800 and T-1000 when they arrive in the past.
* TheNeedless: The T-800 acts a sentry for John and Sarah from night to morning without budging an inch.
* NextSundayAD: Filmed in 1991, takes place when John Connor is 10, which would be 1995 or early 1996.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: The "Hasta la vista" scene, when the T-800 shoots a frozen-by-liquid-nitrogen T-1000. This is more for cool effect more than anything, as the little pieces of the T-1000 start melting and forming back to the T-1000 itself. Had the T-800 left the T-1000 the way it was, it would have had a lot more trouble melting and essentially staying frozen (Compare trying to melt a solid ice block and the equivalent in ice cubes as an example). They could even have had time to toss the still frozen form of the T-1000 into the molten vat (although this was eventually accomplished via the action scene that follows). Possibly Justified, given the sheer amount of damage done to the T-1000 by the shattering (and the fact it later begins malfunctioning as a result) the T-800 may have mistakenly believed that the shattering would damage the T-1000 beyond the ability to repair itself. In which case shattering the T-1000 would be a miscalculation rather than ArtificialStupidity.
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: According to early drafts, as well as the novelization, moments after the Terminator and John left to stop Sarah from terminating Miles Dyson, the T-1000 came to Enrique's camp looking for them. It knew about Enrique based on information it found in John's room (also in a deleted scene) and tracked them down there after losing them in the hospital. This confrontation results in Enrique ''and his entire family'' getting killed by the Terminator for no other reason than being friends and associates with the Connors.
* NoMereWindmill: Sarah Connor starts the movie as a crazy woman who is obviously a paranoid schizophrenic. She even believes that evil robots from the future are out to get her, imagine that. To the great surprise of everyone except the audience, it eventually turns out that the robots are real and Sarah is completely sane (although traumatized). She knows exactly what a Terminator really is, a straight Type B of this trope.
* NominalHero: The T-800 is a killer machine with no emotions, only protecting and following the orders of a ten year old because of his programming. By the end of the film he's able to understand human behaviour and emotions, so he becomes a more traditional hero over the course of the movie.
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: T-1000. It takes a few times for John and co. to catch on.
* NoOneGetsLeftBehind: In a heartwarming moment, John flatly refuses to flee in the steel mill, wanting his mother, the T-800 and he to protect the other. Its mission in jeopardy, the T-800 ''[[ContinueYourMissionDammit orders him]]'' to run.
* NoodleIncident: Sarah stabbed Dr. Silberman's kneecap several weeks prior to the film.
* NothingButSkulls: The opening 'Future War' segment features an apparent ''carpet'' of nothing but skulls, seemingly specifically so Skynet's mecha can symbolically crush them beneath their feet and treads as they engage Resistance troops in yet another bitter firefight. A ShoutOut to this can be found in the losing [[FullMotionVideo cinematics]] of ''VideoGame/WingCommander III'', with a [[MegaNeko Kilrathi]] foot in combat armor doing the crushing.
* ObviousStuntDouble: It is ''amazingly'' obvious that the guy who jumps the motorcycle into the LosAngelesRiver drainage canal is ''not'' Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger.
* OhCrap
** Either subverted or downplayed during the scene where the police inform Sarah that someone identical to the Terminator has come, that her son is missing, and that his foster parents have been murdered. Sarah, who is pretending to be catatonic, doesn't react ''at all'', but the camera lingers on her for enough time for you to get the message.
** John and Sarah's first reaction to seeing the T-800. With Sarah, it's understandable, but John had ''never'' seen a Terminator, yet he instantly recognized it as such before it even drew its weapon. There's no doubt that Sarah drilled into his head what that type of T-800 looked like.
** The T-1000 gets a very satisfying one when it realises the T-800 just shot a grenade into its midsection, causing it to explode a second later into a huge, twisted mess.
** John's reaction when he realizes that Sarah has gone off to try and kill SkyNet's principal creator, Miles Dyson, in an effort to avert Judgment Day.
* OminousWalk
** The T-1000 does this multiple times, which ended up screwing him over in the end.
** Sarah performs one when she tries to assassinate Miles Dyson. Coming from her, it's naturally [[HeWhoFightsMonsters quite jarring]].
* OnceMoreWithClarity: The film opens with Kyle Reese's flashback nightmare from the first film, but goes a bit farther, showing that the humans had managed to take down the machines.
* OneBulletLeft: By the time of the climax, the T-800 has one grenade left for the grenade launcher. Guess what it ends up destroying.
* OnlyAFleshWound: Sarah is shot in the leg and impaled in the shoulder, yet she keeps on going. The T-800 shoots a large number of people in the knee and they're not seriously hurt.
* OneHandedShotgunPump
** The lever action variant is done by the T-800 while riding his motorcycle.
** [[NotSoDifferent Done by Sarah]] at the foundry at the end. Justified in that she's wounded in the other arm.
* OpenSaysMe: Miles Dyson tries to open a locked door, but the building's silent alarm has neutralized all security codes. [[RobotBuddy The T-800]] steps up with [[NoKillLikeOverkill a grenade launcher...]]
-->'''T-800''': Here, let me try mine.
-->'''Sarah Connor''': ''[[OhCrap John--fire in the hole!]]''
* OutOfCharacterAlert
** The first cue that John's foster mother is actually the T-1000 mimicking her is that she's unusually nice.
** John is wary of "Sarah" (the T-1000 mimicking her) in the steel mill when she ''asks him for help'' less than a day after she berates him for helping her. His suspicions are confirmed when another "Sarah" (the real one) comes up behind the T-1000!Sarah and tells him to move out of her line of fire--which is something a Terminator wouldn't be too terribly concerned about.
** The T-800 saying "Get down" before shooting the T-1000 in the shoulder. With those two words, John (and the audience, if TheReveal wasn't spoiled for them ahead of time) know who the good guy is.
* PapaWolf: The T-800 to John.
* ParentalSubstitute: The T-800 Terminator serves as a father-figure for John Connor. Lampshaded when Sarah Connor notes that the killing machine is a better father for John than any of her old "boyfriends".
* PartialTransformation: The T-1000 can do this.
* PerspectiveReversal: Cameron's cinematography was used to emphasize this theme.
* PasswordSlotMachine: John Connor has a [[ChekhovsGun program on his laptop computer that determines]] ATM [=PINs=] this way.
* PickYourHumanHalf: The T-800 slides along a scale. When it first shows up looking like a normal BadassBiker, it is almost as inhuman as its predecessor from the first film. As the film progresses and the T-800 gets progressively worse for wear (to the point where its robotic endoskeleton is showing), it starts to act more human. This is [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in a [[ExecutiveMeddling deleted scene]] where the Connors take out the Terminator's [[PersonalityChip CPU]] and reset the switch, which allows it to learn and ultimately function as more than just an automaton.
* PoliceBrutality: The T-1000. He acts, looks, and talks like a normal police officer, but this is just a cover to get close to John Connor and kill him.
* PopTheTires: During the scene where the T-1000 (driving a truck) is trying to run over John Connor (on his motorcycle), the T-800 shoots out the left front tire of the truck. The T-1000 loses control and rams the truck into an overpass, causing the truck to explode.
* PrecrimeArrest: Sarah Connor learns from the Terminator that the person most directly responsible for the creation of Skynet is a Cyberdyne Systems engineer named Miles Dyson. She tries to assassinate Dyson to prevent Skynet from ever existing.
* PreExplosionBuildup: This occurs in the dream sequence where Sarah imagines herself getting killed by a nuclear weapon fired by Skynet--there is a blinding light and a heat wave, causing everything to catch fire, then comes the shockwave with accompanying sound and mushroom cloud, which flattens buildings, throws cars around, uproots trees and causes the charred remains of people to scatter into the air like leaves.
* PrisonsAreGymnasiums: Sarah upturns her bed in various angles to use as exercise equipment, and it's clear that nobody dares stop her.
* ProductPlacement:
%%** T-800's Harley.
** When the young man at Cyberdyne asks Dyson for "it", he is carrying a tin of Pepsi on a tray. When John is fleeing through the backstage corridors at the mall, there is a Pepsi machine in one of them.
** Subway sandwiches when the police are questioning Sarah, and the girls questioned about John by the T-1000 in the beginning have Subway cups. It was all the more blatant for those who owned the VHS version: among the previews in the beginning is a Subway commercial.
* PsychoPsychologist: Dr. Silberman, who also appeared in the previous movie when he interviewed Sarah at the police station, is quite a self-serving jerkass.
* RailingKill: T-1000.
* RebuiltPedestal: John learns that his mother wasn't made of bullshit after all.
* RefugeInAudacity: The T-800 walks into a [[BadGuyBar biker bar]] stark naked, then demands that a mean-looking biker hand over his clothes, his boots, and his motorcyle.
* RequiredSecondaryPowers The T-1000 lacks a whole load of secondary powers. It can't assume a form that is [[ShapeShifterBaggage significantly larger (nor can it gain mass)]], and it can only recreate the outer surface of something (which is why it can't shapeshift even part of itself into a working gun).
* ResurrectionSickness: A very subtle example was edited out of the theatrical release (but included in the LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition). After its freezing, shattering, melting, and re-forming at the steel mill, the T-1000 struggles to keep its form. Its feet and hands "merge" into the floor and handrails, and its entire body refreshes itself from head to toe from time to time. In a deleted part of the scene where John sees both Sarah and the T-1000 (in Sarah's form), John sees one such refresh, which tips him off as to which Sarah is real.
* {{Retcon}}: The line about "no fate but what we make" was not in the original film, but John says he knew he was supposed to tell Kyle that in the future so he could tell it to Sarah.
* RevisedEnding: The film's original ending has Sarah Connor reflecting on her experiences many years after the events of the movie, all while she watches her son play with his daughter at a park. Cameron says the Dark Highway ending was a better for the film, as itbetter represents the ambiguous nature of the future; the playground ending implies that the future is now set (and thus deterministic).
* RewindReplayRepeat: The recording from 1984 of the original T-800 is replayed a couple times by the astonished police as the 1994 Terminator stalks through a mall.
* RoboCam: Often used to show the T-800's POV.
* RousseauWasRight: The movie, surprisingly enough, is an action movie in which the entire goal of the protagonist was to save the world without killing a soul. The HeroicSacrifice of [=SkyNet=]'s creator really hit the point home.
* RuleOfCool: The Beretta [=92FS=] handguns are given a suppressed firing sound over the actual loud one they have.
** James Cameron has said that this is the exact reason why he used the George Thorogood song "Bad to the Bone" when the T-800 leaves the biker bar, despite his editors trying to talk him out of it.
* RuleOfSymbolism
** During the opening title sequence, Cameron shows the playground three times. Once during a normal day, next covered in apocalyptic ashes, and again on fire. This was meant to symbolize heaven, hell and purgatory.
** During the same sequence, he shows four mechanical horses, meant to symbolize the horsemen of the apocalypse.
* SandInMyEyes: John says Sarah is prone to this, which he suspects is in regards to Kyle.
* SapientTank: Shown during the RobotWar.
* SceneryGorn: Shots of the city being nuked, and the future RobotWar scenes.
* ScrewDestiny: Sarah emphasizes this by carving the words "NO FATE" into a table prior to setting out for her mission to kill Miles Dyson.
* SecondFaceSmoke: A biker does this to the T-800. [[MuggingTheMonster He regrets it.]]
* SelfMutilationDemonstration: John orders the T-800 to [[RoboticReveal show Miles Dyson what it really is]]. The T-800 peels off the skin and muscle of his arm, only to look at the exposed endoskeleton dispassionately. (The Dysons, not so much. Thankfully, John had the good sense to [[HarmfulToMinors take the Dysons' son out of the room before the T-800 began cutting]].)
* SequelEscalation
** ''Terminator 2'' is an ActionizedSequel, and the action/special effects are designed to be much more impressive.
** The first film took forty minutes for the protagonists and antagonists to meet. Most of the movie to that point was build-up to showcase the T-800's terrifying power and presence and create tension. In this film, the action starts less than a half-hour in and ''starts'' with a truck chase whereas a truck chase was the apex of the first film.
** Averted with the Terminators; rather than the enemy just being an even bigger and badder Terminator, the T-1000 is a leaner, less muscular, but arguably ''deadlier'' Terminator.
** Averted in respects to BloodierAndGorier. The first film has its first on-screen casualty within minutes of opening, and it's especially gory. This film, due to the BaitAndSwitch mechanic used to hide who is the villain and hero, doesn't have a (visible) casualty until around the half-hour mark.
* ShapeshifterBaggage: This is averted. The T-1000 can shapeshift, but the T-800 explicitly says the shapeshifting Terminator cannot turn into anything with mechanically complex parts, nor can it gain or lose mass. Pedants have pointed out that the human body is very complex, but shots that show the T-1000's interior reveal nothing but solid silver-colored metal. In essence, if the T-1000 can mimic behavior or the ''exterior shape'' of something, it will do that as opposed to trying to copy it exactly. The T-1000 could theoretically morph into the shape of a gun, but it can't turn into an actual working gun. Much like a ball of clay, the outside matches, but the inside isn't the same as what it's mimicking. The film also shows the T-1000 moving by morphing instead of by anything resembling human structure. During the film's climax, the T-800 slams the T-1000 face-first against a wall, but the T-1000 morphs its back into its front; moments later, the T-800 puts a fist through the T-1000's head, which promptly becomes a hand holding said fist while a "new" head sprouts from its shoulder. At one point in the novelization, the T-1000 takes the shape of a fat policeman, but the narration explicitly says the Terminator "didnít like the shape" because needing to replicate the appearance forced it to assume a less dense configuration (presumably, it morphed "bubbles" inside of itself). This explains why it repeatedly returned to the "thin" policeman shape: it was just right.
* ShapeShifterSwanSong: The T-1000 changes forms rapidly in an attempt to escape the [[LavaPit vat of molten iron it's thrown into]]. That doesn't save it.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Sarah Connor again.
* ShootTheMoney: The film, judging from its opening, intended to keep the presence of the T-1000 ambiguous for a while, letting the audience think that Robert Patrick's character was another human sent back to stop another T-800. Whoever made the trailers decided that liquid metal CGI effects were too cool not to show off.
* ShoutOut
** At one point, our heroes pull into a gas station. The pumps have "Benthic Petroleum" logos on them; this is the company that owned the undersea oil rig in ''Film/TheAbyss'', which was also written and directed by Creator/JamesCameron.
** The Terminator carrying a shotgun in a box full of roses is a reference to Music/GunsNRoses (who are in the soundtrack) and a shout-out to ''Film/TheGodfather'' (where Clemenza uses the same concealment).
** An unusual example: Creator/JamesCameron wrote both ''T2'' and ''Film/{{Aliens}}'', and both movies include a scene where a character says something akin to this: "I asked once the company where we got this ridiculously advanced computer and mechanical arm from[=/=]why we're going out in small groups to this random mucus-covered building in the middle of nowhere, and you know what they told me? DontAsk." As the scene in ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' was cut (but restored in the Extended version), one could see the Miles Dyson scene as Cameron homaging himself.
** In the scene where John, Sarah, Dyson, and the Terminator are setting explosives to blow up the Cyberdyne lab, the explosive barrels are labeled "Polydichloric Euthimal". This is the same name as the synthetic stimulant used by some of the miners in ''Film/{{Outland}}''.
** One shout-out doubles as a FreezeFrameBonus: the cop killed by the T-1000 at the film's beginning is, according to his name tag, named Austin. A possible shout-out to [[Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan another famous cyborg with that surname?]] Even funnier: Robert Patrick named his second child Austin.
** The name of John's foster parents is Voight. Considering they're only introduced into the script as an excuse to provide a "Who was phone?" moment where the T-800 figures out that the T-1000 has killed the Voights, it is clear that their name is a shout out to the Voight-Kampff test in ''Film/{{Blade Runner}}''--a test aimed at detecting replicants amidst humans.
* SmallStepsHero: John refuses to sacrifice a human life to save himself or prevent the BadFuture. In the end, he even teaches ''the Terminator'' himself to be one.
* SoftGlass
** Justified when the T-800 is thrown through a window in the mall, and later when he punches through a car window.
** Played straight in several other instances with regular human beings, however.
* SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay
** "[[CallBack Come with me if you want to live.]]"
** A darker example: "Something's wrong; she's never ''this'' nice."
* [[invoked]]SpecialEffectFailure: The film invokes this with the T-1000 after it recovers from being frozen and re-melted. With its morphing ability now damaged, the T-1000 involuntarily takes on the appearance of things it touches (a striped railing, the patterned metal floor), its feet partially melt into what it's standing on, and its chrome form ripples through its "skin" a couple of times. This was only briefly shown in the theatrical edition, but expanded on in the [[{{Recut}} director's cut]]. (Actual Special Effect Failures also occur in the film.)
* StealthPun: While searching for John, the T-800 is carrying a box of roses, which is where it hides a shotgun that gets pulled out during the initial confrontation with the T-1000. Music/GunsNRoses performed one of the songs on the movie's soundtrack.
* SteelEardrums: In the hospital, InUniverse, Sarah and John are completely unaffected by a shotgun and pistol being fired inside an elevator. In RealLife, Linda Hamilton put her earplugs in incorrectly, and suffered permanent hearing damage as a result.
* StopOrIWillShoot: PlayedWith during the HeroicSacrifice of [[spoiler:Miles Dyson]]. The SWAT unit spots him walking in the central area, holding some type of device, surrounded by explosives. They open fire on him ''immediately''.
* StrawFeminist: Sarah Connor was twisted by her experiences in the first film and subsequent incarceration in a mental institution. During her explanation of Judgment Day to Miles Dyson, she lets her rage loose on his entire gender, saying males know nothing about creation and are only capable of destroying things. This is made even more uncomfortable by the fact that Sarah's own son is present for her rant.
--> '''Sarah:''' Yeah, right. How are you supposed to know? Fucking men like you built the hydrogen bomb. Men like you thought it up. You think you're so creative. You don't know what it's like to really create something--to create a life, to feel it growing inside you. All you know how to create is death and destruction...
--> '''John:''' MOM!
* SuperToughness: The original Terminator.
* TakeAThirdOption: When the police have Sarah pinned down in the lab at Cyberdyne, John remarks that there's no way out. The T-800 makes a way out for her by smashing through an adjacent wall.
* TakeTheWheel: The T-800 does this to Sarah and John.
* TechnicalPacifist: The T-800 becomes one of these after John orders it not to kill anyone.
-->'''John:''' (after the T-800 kneecaps a guard) Hey, you promised!
-->'''T-800:''' (examines the guard, who is still yelling in agony) He'll live.
* TechnicolorDeath: The T-1000's death is a notable example of a ShapeShifterSwanSong, but it becomes even more spectacular when the T-1000 starts to do things like split into two heads, form into a mouth, and ''turn inside out'' as it tries to save itself.
* TechnologyPorn: All over the place. The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbcmLPXuQzo teaser trailer]] qualifies for this trope alone.
* TerrifyingRescuer: The T-800 showing up at the psyche ward to rescue Sarah is one of the more famous examples in film.
* ThatsWhatIWouldDo: How the T-800 knows that the T-1000 is staking out John's house.
* TooDumbToLive: The T-1000's second victim is a mall janitor. When the T-800 tells John to "get down", the janitor in the same hallway doesn't listen, and is shot up by the T-1000's pistol as a result.
* TookALevelInBadass: Sarah Connor, oh so very, '''very''' much.
* TookALevelInKindness: Sarah Connor. In addition to the narration where she accepts the T-800 as a ParentalSubstitute for John, as stated in ItHasBeenAnHonor, no words are spoken, but she is almost hesitant to lower the T-800 into the steel. Further, once the T-800 is destroyed, John sobs and throws her arms around her, and she genuinely comforts him. This is a stark contrast to her behavior earlier, where John goes for a hug and Sarah merely pats him down for injuries.
* TotallyRadical: John teaches the T-800 how to talk like a human. The film actually made "hasta la vista, baby" into a genuinely cool phrase; "no problemo" is still cringe-worthy.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The pre-release publicity campaign involved releasing three trailers. The first, a teaser, showed a factory assembling a Terminator, step-by-step, then a close-up on Arnold's face as his voice is heard saying, "I'll be back." [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KfJ9kqRec4 The second trailer]] revealed the existence of two Terminators, but deliberately avoided spoiling the twist that the T-800 was the good guy. The final trailer--which did spoil the twist--was released right before the film's premiere and became of the most famous examples of this trope.
* TrashcanBonfire: After the T-1000 arrives at Miles Dyson's house it discovers a fire in a barrel. The fire is burning the documents that detail Dyson's project to understand and re-create the CPU chip from the T-800 in the first movie.
* TrustPassword: "Come with me if you want to live" gets solidified as this.
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: Though it's hard to tell, the film is actually set in 1995, not 1991 (the only indications are John's age in a glimpse at his record on a police computer saying he's 10 and given the original was set in 1984, and later the T-800 tells John that future John reprogrammed the T-800 "thirty-five years from now". 2029 - 35 = 1994.). Because it doesn't feature futuristic elements and thus averts {{Zeerust}} (instead simply saying it was four years ahead), it is one of the most accurate depictions of the future.
* TwoKeyedLock
* TwoShotsFromBehindTheBar: After the T-800 beats up several bikers in a bar, the bartender confronts him outside with a shotgun to prevent him from stealing one of their motorbikes. The T-800 snatches the shotgun from his hands and takes his CoolShades as well.
* [[invoked]]UncannyValley: Invoked. The T-1000 fits this trope for most of his screen time. On the commentary, co-writer Bill Wisher points out that throughout the film, Robert Patrick, who plays the T-1000, moves like a human being but just a ''tad'' smoother (because he's a liquid creature). In the scene where he talks to John's foster parents and again when he arrives at the mental hospital to ask the night nurse to see Sarah Connor, he behaves like a normal person (even smiling in a natural way in the former scene), but still puts out a subtly menacing vibe. As a more advanced Terminator and remaining more true to Creator/JamesCameron's original idea of the Terminator as an under-the-radar infiltrator (he disguises himself as a ''cop'' for crying out loud), it's expected that the T-1000 could more accurately mimic a human posture, mannerisms and demeanor than a T-800, but still do so in such a way that there was still something "off" and spooky about him. Creator/JamesCameron mentioned in the "making of" video that he cast Robert Patrick in part because "he moves like a cat", and the T-1000 regards its environment in an almost feline way.
* UnableToCry: Moments before it destroys itself, the T-800 becomes self-aware. It understands exactly why people cry, and why John is sobbing at its coming demise ("''I know now why you cry...''") It just can't express or convey the same sorrow with its eyes, even though ''it wants to'' ("''...but it is something I can never do''").
* UnorthodoxReload
** The T-800 cocks a lever-action shotgun by flipping it over his fingers while using the other hand to handle a motorcycle. This was possible only because the loop was modified; Arnold nearly broke his hand when he tried flip-cocking the unmodified shotgun.
** The T-1000 morphs a third arm to fly the helicopter because reloading its submachine gun requires two hands.
** Sarah uses one hand to cock the SWAT-issue shotgun she uses on the T-1000; this is justified by the injury to her other arm caused by the T-1000.
* TheUnSmile: John tries to teach the T-800 how to smile. Its first attempt doesn't go so well.
* UnwantedRescue: The first thing Sarah does after John and the T-800 rescue her is chew him out for for taking a senseless risk on rescuing her.
* UpgradeVsPrototypeFight: This film is a classic example. The good guys have the T-800: powerful, sturdy, and good with weapons. The bad guy is the T-1000: just as strong, just as smart, and able to morph its body into almost anything.
* UnconventionalVehicleChase: The Connors and the T-800 flee in an extremely slow pickup truck as the T-1000 pursues in a 16-wheeler carring a tank of liquid nitrogen. And that was after they switched vehicles: the protagonists in a SWAT van, the T-1000 in a police helicopter.
* VengefulVendingMachine: The film inverts this trope. A security guard at the asylum orders a cup of coffee from a machine, and is pleased to have gotten a Full House, based on the cards printed on the cup (two Aces, two Jokers, and a "Wild Card"). [[{{Retirony}} He is killed by the T-1000 immediately afterwards.]]
* VillainsBlendInBetter: The T-1000 can look and act like any human it encounters, while the T-800 is easily recognizable to those who have already encountered one and survived (though that could be quite rare, apart from the protagonists).
* VoodooShark
** Interviews and novelizations state that the T-1000 got to the past by being placed in a "flesh sac" that allowed it to fool the time machine. That explains why liquid metal can time travel, but it also raises a large number of questions--for starters, why didn't Skynet send any weapons or other useful things with it? Later adaptations and sequels have ignored this information and used a simpler explanation: mimetic polyalloy is ''really good'' at mimicking flesh.
** The way Sarah narrates the film makes it seem as if Skynet sent both the T-800 and T-1000 back at the same time. James Cameron states that the T-1000 was sent after Skynet realized the first Terminator had failed. That raises a rather big question: how did Skynet learn that the first T-800 had failed? Did it expect a ''Film/BackToTheFuture''-style reality rewrite? If not, did it already know about the StableTimeLoop and would thus know the first Terminator was ''supposed'' to lose (which set into motion the creation of Skynet itself)? How much time would need to pass before Skynet saw results from time travel? If Skynet had that amount of time, would it have realized that the rebels had sent someone else back to stop its plans? If it did, does that mean it had a backup time machine after the rebels seized the first one? If it had only the one time machine, were the rebels and Skynet honorably allowing each other "turns"?
* WallOfWeapons: Sarah Connor has an underground cache of weapons hidden in the desert--not that we need convincing she's a {{Badass}} by this point in the film. John's reaction? "One thing about my mom: she always plans ahead."
* WeHaveTheKeys: In one part of the film, the T-800 punches through a car window, then hotwires the car. John flips down the windshield visor to reveal the keys, waving them in the Terminator's face and making a snide remark about "learning". [[BrickJoke The second time the T-800 needs a vehicle, he gets in and flips down the visor to find the keys.]] (Weirdly enough, [[SwissCheeseSecurity the vehicle is a SWAT van]]; you'd think cops would know better.)
* WellDoneSonGuy: John is devastated and moved to tears when Sarah harshly chides him [[ComplainingAboutRescuesTheyDontLike for rescuing her]]. Sarah may be well-intentioned, but she also inflicts [[ParentalNeglect emotional abuse]] on her ten-year old son. John is notably in need of affection and expected some bonding and acknowledgement, not callousness. She finally shows him affection when she realizes she almost became as cold-hearted as a Terminator.
* WhamLine: The Terminator has found John and has him at gunpoint, with the other time-traveller too late to intervene. Then the Terminator tells John to get down before firing on the other; this reveals the unknown man as both not human and some new kind of Terminator. TrailersAlwaysSpoil did this twist in at the time of its release. This twist has also become [[ItWasHisSled common knowledge]] (thanks in part to nearly every sequel after this positioning Arnold's T-800 as a heroic character), which further diminishes the "wham effect".
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Although the Connors are shown destroying the T-800 and the remains of the T-800 from the first movie, they are not shown finding or destroying the T-800's left arm that was ripped off after being caught in the gears at the steel mill.
* WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove: The Terminator manages to understand and arguably feel human emotions (it even overcomes its programming to refuse an order from John), but regrets that, as a machine, it cannot return the tears that John sheds as the T-800 sacrifices itself to save humanity.
* WhatMeasureIsAMook: John helps avert this trope by making the T-800 [[ThouShallNotKill swear not to kill anyone]]. As they face security guards and law enforcement officers, the T-800 gives them non-fatal injuries, including KneeCapping (although John's not very happy about that). After a massive round of destruction with a minigun and a grenade launcher at the Cyberdyne building, the T-800's targeting display reads, "Casualties: 0.0"
* WhatTheHellHero
** John calls the T-800 out on its lethal behavior by arguing that its defense is a DisproportionateRetribution. He also calls the T-800 out on maiming people instead of killing them, but the T-800 justified its by pointing out that it's a Terminator and Terminators are ''programmed'' to kill.
** In the director's cut, John has to stop Sarah from destroying the T-800--a massive asset in both their two-person war against the future the more immediate threat of the T-1000--by way of destroying its CPU. He throws all her rhetoric about how he's supposed to be the "great military leader" back in her face by pointing out that he can't even get ''his own mother'' to listen to him.
* TheWorfEffect: The film plays with this trope. The T-800 (Arnold), the 6'2" unstoppable killer robot who was one of the most menacing movie villains ever in the previous film, gets thrown around like a ragdoll by the considerably shorter and slimmer T-1000. This chiefly happens at the end of the movie, though; earlier in the film, the T-800 tends to keep the upper hand. For the most part, if it's a gunfight, the impervious T-800 will win, but if it's a fistfight, the {{intangible|man}} T-1000 will win.
* WorldOfCardboardSpeech: At the end of the film, Sarah gives a brief epilogue speech that overlaps with a PatrickStewartSpeech. While both she and John believed Judement Day was inevitable and that all machines were the enemy, they were ultimately surprised by the compassion shown by [[TerminatorTwosome the Terminator sent to protect them]].
-->"The unknown future rolls toward us. I face it for the first time with a sense of hope, because if a machine--a Terminator--can learn the value of human life...maybe we can, too."
* WouldHitAGirl: The T-800 attacks the female guard, but she simply gets pushed down, as opposed to the male orderlies, who get tossed into[=/=]through windows and concrete walls.
* YouAreWhatYouHate: By the time the Connors and the T-800 reach the desert in an attempt to flee the country, an ironic thing happens: the T-800 becomes more human through its interactions with John, while Sarah becomes a Terminator by donning sunglasses and black army clothes before going off to kill an innocent person (the soundtrack when she goes off to kill Dyson even has the iconic metallic beats).
* YouShallNotPass: Sarah tricks John into escaping without her, then stays behind to prevent the T-1000 from following and killing him.
* YouWouldntShootMe: Sarah demands the guards in the mental ward open the door as she holds Dr. Silberman hostage with a syringe of drain cleaner pressed against his neck. Silberman tries arguing that she's not a killer, but Sarah shouts back that they're all going to die in the impending nuclear war. "You know I believe it, Silberman!" Silberman then tells the guards to open the door. Later on, Sarah aims a gun at Miles Dyson--whose death might stop Judgment Day--but she can't bring herself to pull the trigger.

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