* ActorAllusion When we first find out that Shirley Manson [[spoiler: is a T1000, she has disguised herself in the form of a urinal. During the height of her fame with Garbage, Shirley Manson wrote [[http://www.garbage.net/garbage/articles/@ten.htm her Top Ten Commandments of Love]], which included the [[BestKnownForTheFanservice immortal line]] "I want a man who will let me pee in his belly button".]]
* AlasPoorScrappy: [[spoiler: Riley, who had a rather senseless death at the hands of Jesse.]]
* BetterOnDVD The series has dense, complex plotlines that make once-a-week watching into a memory exercise.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome ''Samson & Delilah''
** "When the Man Comes Around" by JohnnyCash, from "What He Beheld" (1x09)
** And the oddly affecting "Donald Where's Your Trousers?"
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** Allison became surprisingly popular, despite only appearing for one episode, mostly because of her [[{{Determinator}} rather insane determination to escape and fight her captors.]]
* FanNickname The ''Taminator.''
** The [[CodenameKidsNextDoor Toilenator]] for [[spoiler: Weaver, who first appears as a urinal]].
** [=FrankenSummer=] for Cameron with a bad case of staple-face.
** Jamsex for the anticipated sex scene with John and Cameron (derived from [[PortmanteauCoupleName Jameron]]).
* FauxSymbolism: Used with constant Christian references, with an oblique LampshadeHanging when the CorruptCorporateExecutive's underlings show chagrin at her constant ContemplateOurNavels Bible references.
* FoodPorn : All the fighters from the future eat and eat when they come back, particularly [[spoiler: Riley]] and Jessie, who "can't stop eating" Chinese food from the food court at the mall. According to the DVD commentary, this is also AuthorAppeal , as the writer who wrote the line also loves food court Chinese food. Inverted with Sarah, as the only food she seems to be able to make is pancakes and PB&J.
* FoeYay "Your hair... it's so pretty..."
** Not to mention the interaction between Cameron and Derek. Look at how they act in "The Demon Hand" or "To The Lighthouse"....
* HilariousInHindsight: The female FBI agent who [[spoiler: gets killed by Cromartie in the first season finale]] is named Agent Greta Simpson. SummerGlau would go on to play [[LegacyCharacter one of the many]] Agent Gretas in ''{{Chuck}}.''
** One of Lena Headey's co-stars in ''Series/GameOfThrones'', Emilia Clarke, will play Sarah Connor in a ''Terminator'' [[ContinuityReboot reboot]].
* HoYay[=/=]LesYay: Subtle, but there, particularly between Cameron and, well, any female character she meets, especially Sarah.
* ItWasHisSled: Weaver is a liquid-metal Terminator.
* ParanoiaFuel: Aside from the obvious, one recent episode ended with the possibility that [[spoiler:there might be a Terminator ''in your walls''. Right now. He's been there for decades. He's armed. And he wants to kill you. The fact that the Terminator in the episode was hiding in the walls of an old, abandoned hotel isn't actually better; think of how many buildings in your area are old and under renovation. Think of how many old government buildings there are, period, that you ''have'' to use.]] [[SarcasmMode Pleasant dreams!]]
** And that's not even counting the ones who wear the faces of your family and friends, the ones who can change their looks at will and slip under doors and sprout ten-foot blades, the ones who can appear literally at any time and in any place, the reprogrammed "good" ones used in every resistance base who can flip out and revert to their OmnicidalManiac default setting at the twitch of a circuit, the one standing ''right behind you right now''...
* PortmanteauCoupleName: "Jameron"
* TheScrappy - Riley. Possibly averted, now that [[spoiler: it is revealed that she is an agent from the future sent to seduce John, and is just as weirded out as the viewers. She honestly doesn't really know what she's doing. Plus, attempted suicide.]]
** [[spoiler: And then she gets killed by Jesse when she realizes that Jesse was trying to get her killed by Cameron in the first place.]]
** [[spoiler:For some fans, that makes Jesse the ReplacementScrappy.]]
** Also Charley Dixon during the first season.
* TearJerker - Any of the character deaths. The endings of "Demon Hand" and "Born To Run".
** "I'm sorry John I'm sorry John I'm sorry John."
** After the CrowningMomentOfAwesome in ''Today Is The Day, Part 2'' where John Connor finally becomes John Connor, he asks Derek what people expect of him in the future. Derek tells him that all they want is for him to be human. Cue the episode's ending, where John finally lets go and curls up on his mom's lap, crying like a baby. It's a ridiculously powerful moment that somehow manages to not take anything away from how badass John was just two scenes prior.
** Cameron begging for John not to remove her chip in Sampson and Delilah. It wasn't hard to be absolutely certain she was just messing with his head, but those desperate pleas... It wasn't so much tugging on the heartstrings as ripping them out and playing jumprope with them.
* UncannyValley - Cameron, Cromartie, and just about all the other Terminators ''look'' very human, but their behavior is... ''off''...
* TheWoobie - Allison, and Cameron when she ''becomes'' Allison.
** Cameron ends up being a woobie ''all by herself'' later on.
** Riley, of all people, starts becoming one of these later on, once her history as [[spoiler:a resistance fighter from the future]] becomes apparent. And doubly so when [[spoiler: it's revealed Jesse is psychologically abusing her and deliberately trying to get her killed.]]
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