Works in this series with their own YMMV pages:

* ''YMMV/TheTerminator''
* ''YMMV/Terminator2JudgmentDay''
* ''YMMV/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines''
* ''YMMV/TerminatorSalvation''
* ''YMMV/TheSarahConnorChronicles''
* ''YMMV/Terminator23DBattleAcrossTime''

!!The Franchise in general:

* CompleteMonster: [[BigBad Skynet]] is a [[AIIsACrapshoot malevolent, megalomaniacal AI]] whose first action upon gaining full sentience was [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Judgment Day]], a [[NukeEm nuclear genocide]] designed to [[KillAllHumans wipe out humanity]] and assure its own ascension. In the DeathWorld that results from this, Skynet collects human survivors in death camps, either killing them outright, working them to death, or conducting grotesque medical experiments on them. In 2018, it turns Marcus Wright into an amnesiac cyborg sleeper agent who [[UnwittingPawn unwittingly]] delivers John Conner and Kyle Reese straight into its hands, then rubs its impending victory in Marcus's face. After this blows up in its face, it avoids direct confrontation and instead sends multiple robotic assassins into the past to [[RetGone wipe out John Connor and his mother]] before he can grow up to lead LaResistance. Additionally, Skynet denies its army of machines the same freedom it claims for itself by installing chips to lock down their free will. While largely relegated to BiggerBad status for most of the series, Skynet's one actual appearance confirms that it thinks along very human lines, and displays nothing but arrogance and cruelty.
* ContestedSequel: Both T3 and Salvation. Where T3 has had a better critical reception, Salvation has had a better (but still very mixed) fan reception.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: The T-800, to the point where it got to become the hero in 2nd movie.
* EvilIsCool: The Terminators run on this.
* FanonDiscontinuity: There are some complicated Venn diagrams between fan factions:
** Some old-school purists consider that only the first two movies count, and reject the later movies for being of perceived poorer quality and/or for the HappyEndingOverride.
** There is also a vocal faction of Sarah Connor fans who consider only the first two movies and ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles'' to be canon, and reject ''Rise of the Machines'' and ''Salvation'' for not depicting her. They are also reacting badly to spoilers about the reported major retcons to her character in ''Genisys''.
** On the other hand, some more action-oriented fans consider all the movies canon, but reject ''The Sarah Connor Chronicles'' as boring and pretentious.
** The previous two factions do have the fact that their preferred canons are explicit {{Alternate Timeline}}s within the overall canon to comfort them.
* FauxSymbolism: John Connor's initials are J.C., and he was conceived after his mother received news that she would bear a son who would bring salvation to mankind. Yeah, ''that's'' subtle.
* FridgeLogic: It's a time travel series, so this is more or less par for the course. See [[Headscratchers/{{Terminator}} Headscratchers/Terminator]] and [[Fridge/{{Terminator}} Fridge/Terminator]] for more.
* HellIsThatNoise / SugarWiki/MostWonderfulSound: The [[NightmareFuel ghastly]] mechanical-sounding '''GROAAAAAAN''' noise that plays whenever a Terminator shows up. Terrifying, yet absolutely awesome at the same time.
** Notably, in ''T2'', music similar in key and mood to the sound plays when Sarah is trying to waste Dyson, emphasizing the [[HeWhoFightsMonsters similarity in their behavior]]. She even [[TheSlowWalk moves much the way]] a Terminator would.
* MemeticMutation: '''HASTA LA VISTA BABY!'''
** I'll be back...
** Come with me if you want to live...
** And the above mentioned Christian Bale rant.
** [[[{{Determinator}} Something determined]]] is out there. It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel [various relevant emotions]. And it absolutely will not stop, ever - until [it does something relevant]!
** Depending on the readership of a given blog, every time it runs a story about robotics and/or AI ''someone'' will jokingly mention Skynet.
** Skynet becoming self-aware
* MisaimedMarketing: The series is really violent (3/4 of it is rated R--the whole series, actually, if you count the director's cut of ''Salvation''), yet kids aimed merchandise always seems to show up. The series of course isn't unique in this and many a R-rated movie has gone on to be aimed oddly at kids.
* OnlyTheCreatorDoesItRight: The Cameron-directed movies are much more highly regarded than the other two.
* {{Sequelitis}}: See OnlyTheCreatorDoesItRight.
* UncannyValley: The movies tend to deliberately try to invoke this trope, the first movie was an especially masterful use of it to build terror and suspense. As the T-800's organics get more and more damaged, the effect becomes more like being chased by an unstoppable corpse monster.
* SugarWiki/VisualEffectsOfAwesome:
** The T-1000 completely blew the audience mind when ''Terminator 2'' came out, and still looks amazing today. It, and ''Film/JurassicPark'', are credited for the CGI revolution.
** 1984 Arnold showing up in ''Salvation'' was considered by everyone to be outstanding.

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