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->''[[PreMortemOneLiner "Hasta la vista, baby!"]]''
-->-- '''The T-800'''

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

Just before its destruction, [=SkyNet=] sends a more advanced Terminator -- a [[NighInvulnerability nigh-invulnerable]] [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifting]] T-1000 model -- to the past. In response, John Connor sends back a T-800 Model Terminator that he has reprogrammed to protect his past self. Both Terminators arrive at a time when a ten-year-old John lives with foster parents and Sarah sits in an asylum after an attempt to blow up a computer factory. The T-1000 kills anyone it chooses to replicate, and when John figures out the T-1000 will attempt to replicate Sarah, he forces the T-800 to rescue his mother. Re-united after years apart, the Connors (along with the T-800) attempt to stop Skynet from becoming a reality and avert Judgment Day -- with the T-1000 doing its damnedest to stop them.

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!!This film provides examples of:

* 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 / ActionMom: Sarah Connor [[TookALevelInBadass learned a lot between films.]]
* ActionizedSequel: The first movie was essentially a horror movie with action scenes. There are very few elements of horror in this film, although this has not hurt its popularity.
* AIIsACrapshoot: Of the highest {{Irony}}, in a deleted scene, 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 (see [[AnimalsHateHim below]]).
* 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.
* AssholeVictim: John's foster parent, Todd. Janelle not so much, she's loathed by John but she's not really shown as mean or obnoxious onscreen. John comments that she's "never this nice," but it comes across as an InformedAttribute.
* 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]]Which is untrue. 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 5 or 6 hits, on the civillian, nonetheless.
* 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.
* 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.
* BluffTheImpostor: The former TropeNamer.
-->'''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.
** 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]].
* BoomHeadshot: Overdone. Utterly.
** The T-800 unloads an entire 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.
* {{Bowdlerization}}: According to the DVD commentary by Creator/JamesCameron, the UK edit of the film remove 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.
* 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 then 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.
* TheCameo: In the director's cut, Michael Biehn shows up as Kyle Reese in a DreamSequence turned nightmare.
* TheCassandra: Sarah Connor.
* TheCastShowoff: Reportedly, Sarah Connor using a shotgun one-handed was inserted because Linda Hamilton's pre-film training regimen had made her strong enough to work a pump-action with one hand.
* {{Catchphrase}}: [[GratuitousSpanish "ˇHasta la vista, baby!"]]
** To further add to the joke, when the movie was dubbed in European Spanish, the line was changed to "ˇSayonara, baby!". In Mexican Spanish, the original line was kept in.
* 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.
* 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."
* 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.
* 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 Davison 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.
* 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]], its 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 of LaResistance is the whole reason for Skynet's time travel gambit to begin with.
* 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.
* 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.
* {{Deconstruction}}: It provides deconstructions of both the KidHero and the MamaBear as well as militant feminism in the forms of John Connor and his mother, Sarah, from the previous film. 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 due to the fact that she had 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 heart ache of losing Kyle Reese, the soldier sent back to protect her, whom she fell in love with and who was in fact John's father all along, without either of them knowing it. John is far from a likable protagonist when we first meet him, and Sarah is not exactly pleasant, but this is what happens to a Chosen One and the mother mentor burdened with terrible knowledge.
* 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).
* {{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:''' [''to John''] 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 its an emotion it has absolutely no knowledge of, and cannot imitate it.
** 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* EveryoneHasStandards: John has a history of multiple crimes and he is able to steal fairly large amounts of money without feeling bad. However, killing people is always an absolute no-no to him, and he doesn't really seem to like injuring them, either.
* 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."
** A more amusing example even before that, see FunnyBackgroundEvent.
* EyeScream: The coffee-drinking guard in the hospital gets his eye stabbed by the T-1000.
* 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: Sidestepped 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. Since the damage to their biological components is not essential to their survival and secondary to their missions, this trade-off is fairly logical.
* 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.
* 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...
* 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 T800, they attempt to assist and are waylaid by the T800. But before the T800 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 T800 [[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.
* 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.
* TheGreatPoliticsMessUp: {{Discussed|Trope}} -- John expresses doubt that Russia will fire its nuclear missiles at the United States on Judgment Day, given that "Russians are our friends now"; the writers added the line late to the script after it happened in RealLife. In the first Cyberdyne scene, a lollipop-licking employee wears a black souvenir T-shirt with the Russian coat-of-arms, implying that he went on a trip to Moscow, which was next to impossible before ''perestroika''.
** Those who saw ''T2'' in a movie theater in August of 1991, when the attempted Soviet coup d'état attempt was going on or had just been put down, laughed [[FunnyAneurysmMoment a bit nervously]] when John says how Russia and America are now "friends".
* 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: "ˇHasta 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.
* 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.
* HeroicRROD: The T-800 gets skewered through his main power supply by the T-1000 in the climactic fight. He has a backup battery though.
* HeroicSuicide: 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 - 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. Watch it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5n3p97-tuQ here]].
* 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: 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.
* 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.
* 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 patrolman 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.
* InYourNatureToDestroyYourselves: TropeNamer.
* ItHasBeenAnHonor: While she doesn't say it, when Sarah shakes the T-800's hand at the end of the film, that handshake carries the weight of this trope.
* JawDrop (combined with DramaticDrop): 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, ordering 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.
* 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"!
* 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 oft-copied (and parodied) liquid nitrogen scene.
* 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 kneecaps the lot of 'em.
* 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. Brrr.
* 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]]
*** On a meta note, the actor who played the assaulting guard had repeatedly flubbed takes of an earlier scene, leading to Linda Hamilton injuring her knees from getting slammed into the floor numerous times. Sarah's beatdown of the guard was unsimulated, as Hamilton didn't pull her punches.
** 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[=/=]YouTasteDelicious: 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.
* {{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: Compared to the first one, there's a lower body count thanks to the T-800's vow not to kill, the protector from the future is 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]]. It works out that maiming people isn't going against that instruction.
--> '''T-800''': He'll live.
* LoweredMonsterDifficulty: JustifiedTrope for the T-1000, although because of its [[NighInvulnerability regenerative]] abilities, it isn't as apparent in the theatrical film. In some of the extended scenes at the end, however, the T-1000 starts "glitching" - his hands and feet mimicking and melting into the surrounding environment. It seems that getting frozen by liquid nitrogen, heated up by molten steel, and then attempting to reform without any mistakes would mess anyone up.
* LudicrousPrecision: The somewhat infamous "Human Casualties: 0.0." In the commentary, Creator/JamesCameron acknowledges that the concept of 0.1 casualties is slightly nuts, but says that they tried it with just 0 and it looked dumb. 0.0 gives an "air of precision." [[note]] Arguably 1.0 could mean all "hostiles" killed. 0.1 would then mean 10% of all the hostiles killed. [[/note]]
* MadeOfIron: ''Liquid'' Iron. T-1000 is even harder to stop than the T-800 from the first film. All they 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: ''Thrice'', in fact.
** The scene where hospital security guard Lewis ends up killed by the T-1000 features twins Don and Dan Stanton, with Don as the real guard and Dan playing the T-1000 mimicking him.
** There is a shot where Sarah Connor appears on screen at the same time as the T-1000 is mimicking her. This shot was achieved using Linda Hamilton's twin sister Leslie Hamilton Gearren as the T-1000. Apparently the filmmakers were not aware until production commenced that Hamilton had a twin because the original plans were to use more complex camera tricks and film editing.
** 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 Linda copying Leslie's moves), and a Schwarzenegger dummy with an open robotic skull.[[note]]That, or there is something California's voters really need to know.[[/note]]
** They also use Leslie as the "motherly" version of Sarah in the playground nightmare scene.
* 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. Later, he uses the same program to crack door codes at Cyberdyne; in one of the comics, he was shown using the same program again to ''destroy [=SkyNet=]'', with the final prompt being "Easy money."
** Linda Hamilton, who took role preparation VERY seriously (just 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 like Reese.
* 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: Three particularly memorable moments:
** 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''.
* 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 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 "Judgement 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.
--->"I think I'm gonna throw up."
*** Oddly, Sara considers that as taking it ''well''.
* 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 T800 shoots a frozen-by-liquid-nitrogen T1000. This is more for cool effect more than anything, as the little pieces of the T1000 start melting and forming back to the T1000 itself. Had the T800 left the T1000 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 T1000 into the molten vat (although this was eventually accomplished via the action scene that follows).
* NoMereWindmill: We are introduced to 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.
* NotSoDifferent: Sarah Connor has effectively ''become'' a Terminator by this point. Noticable during the scene where she attempts to murder Miles Dyson, where she performs their signature OminousWalk and tries to murder someone in the past in order to change the future. When she realizes what she's become, she suffers a minor breakdown. When John arrives to save Dyson, she says, "You came back to stop me" -- which is literally what Kyle Reese did to the original T-800.
** For a machine that's only supposed to imitate humans both physically and emotionally, the T-1000 acts a lot more human near the climax of the film. Hell, the last look on its face during the ShapeShifterSwanSong showed that it seemed genuinely afraid of dying.
* ObviousStuntDouble: It is ''amazingly'' obvious that the guy who jumps the motorcycle into the LosAngelesRiver drainage canal is ''not'' ArnoldSchwarzenegger.
* OhCrap:
** John and Sara's first reaction to seeing the T-800. With Sara it's understandable, but John had ''never'' seen a Terminator, yet he instantly recognized it as such before it even drew its weapon. Until then, it just looked like a big guy carrying a box of roses.
** The look on Sara's face when she runs out of ammo during the final showdown.
* OminousWalk:
** The T-1000 does this multiple times, which ended up screwing him over in the end.
** Sarah Connor 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 were also managing to take down the machines in turn.
* 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 Connor is shot in the leg and impaled in the shoulder and 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: Young John Connor tries to electronically hack a keycard lock with his laptop, to no avail. Then [[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: John invokes this ''three'' times.
** "Something's wrong, she's never this nice."
** He's wary of "Sarah" in the steel mill when she ''asks him for help'' less than a day after she berates him for helping her, confirmed when...
** Another "Sarah" (the real one) comes up behind the first and tells him to move out of her line of fire, something a Terminator wouldn't be too terribly concerned about.
** "Get down." 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 Conner notes that the killing machine is a better father for John than any of her old "boyfriends".
* PartialTransformation: The T-1000 can do this.
* PasswordSlotMachine: John Connor has a [[ChekhovsGun program on his laptop computer that determines]] ATM [=PINs=] this way.
* PickYourHumanHalf: The T-800 (Mark II) slides along the scale...when he first shows up looking just like a normal BadassBiker, he is almost as inhuman as his predecessor from the first film. As the film progresses, the more banged-up he gets, with his robotic half showing, the more human he starts to act. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in a [[ExecutiveMeddling deleted scene]] where John and his mother take out his [[PersonalityChip CPU]] and reset the switch, allowing him to learn and 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: The dream sequence where Sarah Connor imagines herself getting killed by a nuclear weapon fired by Skynet: First there is a blinding light and a heat wave, causing the 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 scarred 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. See BadassBiker, above.
** 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.
* 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 and his motorcyle.
* RequiredSecondaryPowers The T-1000 is mentioned to be lacking a whole load of secondary powers. First off, it cannot assume a form that is [[ShapeShifterBaggage significantly larger nor gain mass]], it cannot make internal workings, only the outer surface (which is why it can't just become a bomb or a big gun, but can create swords).
* 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 repeatedly. In a deleted part of the scene where John sees both Sarah and the T-1000 (in Sarah's form), John sees the T-1000 refreshing itself, which tips him off as to which Sarah is real.
* RevisedEnding: There's an ending where Sarah Connor reflected on her experiences many years after the events of the movie, as she watches her son playing with his daughter at a park. Cameron has stated that the Dark Highway ending was a better for the film since it better represented the ambiguous nature of the future. The playground ending would imply that the future was 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[=/=]StatOVision: 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.
* 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 Connor, emphasized by her carving the words "NO FATE" into a table prior to setting out to stop Cyberdine.
* SecondFaceSmoke: A biker does this to the T-800. [[MuggingTheMonster He regrets it.]]
* SelfMutilationDemonstration: John Connor orders the T-800 to show Dyson he really is a robot. The T-800 peels off the skin and muscle of his arm, only to look at the exposed endoskeleton dispassionately. The Dysons are... not so dispassionate.
* SequelEscalation: ''Terminator 2'' is certainly bigger and full of explosions, but in one way this was averted; rather than the enemy just being an even bigger and badder Terminator, it's a leaner, less muscular, but arguably ''deadlier'' Terminator.
** It also averts BloodierAndGorier.
* ShapeshifterBaggage: Averted. The evil terminator, the T-1000, can shapeshift, but it is explicitly stated early on that he cannot turn into anything with mechanically complex parts nor can he 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 it 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 create the '''''outer shape''''' of a gun but couldn't create 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. Also, it is obvious in the movie that the T-1000 actually moves by morphing, not via anything resembling human structure (at one point, he’s held with his face to the wall, and he simply morphs his back into his front; at another, the T-800 puts a fist through his head, which promptly becomes a hand holding said fist  while a 'new' head sprouts from its shoulder). Further still, at one point in the novelization, the T-1000 takes the shape of a fat policeman, it is explicitly said that he “didn’t like the shape”, because its larger volume forced him to assume a less dense configuration (presumably, he morphed “bubbles” inside himself); it explains why he 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.
* ShoutOut:
** At one point, our heroes pull into a gas station. The pumps have "Benthic Petroleum" logos on them -- the company that owned the undersea oil rig in ''TheAbyss'', 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 this concealment).
** An unusual example: Creator/JamesCameron wrote both ''T2'' and ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' and both movies include a scene where a character says something like: "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.
** There is an easy-to-miss ShoutOut in this movie. In the scene where John, Sarah, Dyson, and the Terminator are setting explosives to blow up the Cyberdyne research laboratory, the explosive barrels are labeled "Polydichloric Euthimal". This is the same name as the synthetic stimulant being used by some of the miners in ''Film/{{Outland}}''.
** Doubles as a FreezeFrameBonus: the cop who the T-1000 kills for his uniform is, according to his name tag, named Austin. A possible shout-out to [[TheSixMillionDollarMan another famous cyborg with that surname?]]
* 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 worng; she's never ''this'' nice."
* [[invoked]]SpecialEffectFailure: Happens in-story to the T-1000 after it recovers from being frozen and re-melted. Its morphing ability becomes damaged, causing it to involuntarily take on the appearance of things it touches (a striped railing, the patterned metal floor); also, 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]]. Also occurs genuinely in a few other scenes like the bar brawl.
* StealthPun: While searching for John, the T-800 is carrying a box of roses, which we find out when he confronts the T-1000 is where he hid his shotgun. Music/GunsNRoses did one of the music tracks for the movie.
* 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: Averted in the HeroicSacrifice of [[spoiler:Miles Dyson]]. The SWAT unit simply spots him walking in the central area -- ''without'' any weapon or the explosives detonator, mind you -- and immediately opens fire when he turns around.
* 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. Cue T800 smashing through the wall.
* TakeTheWheel: The T-800 does this to Sarah and John.
* TechnicalPacifist: The T-800, after John tells him he can't 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, the 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 / TookALevelInJerkass: Sarah Connor, oh so very, '''very''' much.
* TotallyRadical: John teaching the T-800 how to talk like a human. The film actually made "Hasta la vista, baby" into a genuinely cool phrase, but "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 with the words "I'll be back" heard. [[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 [[spoiler:good]] guy. The final trailer, which did spoil it, was released shortly before the film's premiere and is now one of the most famous examples of this trope.
* 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 blink-and-you'll-miss-it glimpse at his record on a police computer - he's 10, and given the original was set in 1984...). 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
* [[invoked]]UncannyValley: Invoked. The T-1000 fits this trope for most of his screentime in T2. 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 part of why he cast Robert Patrick was because "he moves like a cat", and the T-1000 regards its environment in an almost feline way.
* UnableToCry: The T-800, moments before it destroys itself, has learned at a geometric rate and become self-aware. It understands exactly why people cry, and why John is sobbing at his immediate demise right now. But is technically unable to express or convey that same sorrow with its eyes, even though ''it wants to''.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Unfortunately for the filmmakers, fashion and music changed radically in a very short time in the early nineties. The grunge and gangsta rap scene replaced the colorful fashions and upbeat music of the early 90's (think hairbands, MC Hammer, and Vanilla Ice) almost overnight. Through most of the film this isn't evident. But Guns n' Roses had a hard fall by the mid nineties and the two guys who attempt to help John (and nearly get killed for it) are wearing painfully early nineties fashions.
* UnorthodoxReload:
** The T-800 cocks a lever-action shotgun by flipping it over his fingers while using the other hand to handle a motorcycle (only possible 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 using her SWAT-issue shotgun on the T-1000 also includes cocking the gun one-handed, because her other arm is injured.
* TheUnSmile: John tries to teach the T-800 how to smile. Its first attempt doesn't go so well.
* UpgradeVsPrototypeFight: This film is a classic example. With the good guys, you have the T-800: powerful, sturdy, and good with weapons. But for the bad guys there is the T-1000: just as strong, just as smart, and able to morph its body into almost anything.
* VengefulVendingMachine: Inverted. A security guard 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 the last bit could be quite rare apart from the protagonists.
* 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 Connor mentions this as well: "One thing about my mom -- she always plans ahead."
* WeHaveTheKeys: The T-800 punches through a car window, then hot-wires 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". [[CallBack The second time he's required to steal a car, he gets in and flips down the visor to find the keys.]]
* 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]] to a 10-year old boy. John is notably in need of affection and expected some bonding and acknowledgement, not callousness.
* WhamLine: John is finally cornered, not by one, but ''two'' Terminators, both pointing their guns at him, and suddenly, the T-800, monstrous unstoppable villain of the previous movie says two words: ''"Get down."'' In that moment, what we thought was the villain becomes the hero of the movie. (But alas, TrailersAlwaysSpoil, and the effect was blunted.)
* WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove: Downplayed. The Terminator manages to understand human emotions and arguably to feel them (even overcoming its programming to refuse an order from John), but regrets that as a machine he cannot return the tears that John sheds for him as he sacrifices himself to save humanity.
* WhatMeasureIsAMook: Averted. John makes the T-800 [[ThouShallNotKill swear not to kill anyone]], so as they face security guards and law-enforcement officers, the T-800 gives them non-fatal injuries, like KneeCapping (although John's not very happy about that). At one point, his targeting display even says "Casualties: 0.0".
* WhatTheHellHero:
** John calls the T-800 out on his deadliness, arguing his defense is a DisproportionateRetribution, but also on his kneecapping policy.
** John calls his mother Sarah out on [[HeWhoFightsMonsters her unheroic and ruthless ways]]. In the director's cut, he has to stop her from destroying the T-800, a massive asset in their two-person war against the future destruction of mankind.
* TheWorfEffect: Played with. We see the T-800 (Arnold), the 6'2" unstoppable killer robot who for the whole last movie was one of the most menacing things ever put to film, get thrown around like a rag-doll by the considerably shorter and skinnier T-1000. Mainly at the end of the movie, though; earlier in the film he tends to keep the upper hand. For the most part, if its a gunfight, the impervious T-800 will win. If it's a fistfight, the {{intangible|man}} T-1000 will win.
* WorldOfCardboardSpeech: At the end Sarah Conner gave an epilogue that showed where both her and John Conner had changed over the course of the movie. The entire time they were thinking that Judgement Day was inevitable and that all machines were the enemy, when they were surprised by the compassion shown by [[TerminatorTwosome the terminator sent to protect them]]. It ends up overlapping with a PatrickStewartSpeech.
-->''"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: 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 John, Sarah, 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 Connor tricks John into escaping without her, then stays behind to prevent the T-1000 from following and killing him.
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