Works in this series with their own Trivia pages:

* ''Trivia/TheTerminator''
* ''Trivia/Terminator2JudgmentDay''
* ''Trivia/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines''
* ''Trivia/TerminatorSalvation''
* ''Trivia/TerminatorGenisys''
* ''Trivia/Terminator23DBattleAcrossTime''
* ''Trivia/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles''

!!The film series in general

* BillingDisplacement: The Terminator is never the main character [[VillainBasedFranchise in a way]], but Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger always gets top billing.
* ChannelHop: Each movie has gone through this (see TheProductionCurse as to why).
** First movie: Hemdale (theatrical distribution by Orion)
** Second movie: Carolco ([[Creator/{{Sony}} TriStar]] distribution)
** Third movie: C2, a Carolco SpiritualSuccessor. (Warner Bros. distribution in the US, Columbia worldwide)
** Fourth movie: Halcyon (same distribution as the 3rd film)
** Fifth movie: Annapurna Pictures\Skydance Productions (Paramount distribution)
*** This also leads to the first two being released in home video by a plethora of companies.
* {{Defictionalization}}: Of a very scary sort. The British Ministry of Defence actually operates a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skynet_%28satellites%29 satellite network]] used to coordinate unmanned vehicles - including "Hunter Killer drones" - called [=SkyNet=].
** The US Air Force has a unit readiness tracking system called, I shit you not, ''[=SkyNet=]''. During exercises, announcements come over the loudspeakers for group commanders to "update numbers in [=SkyNet=]".
** There is a company called Cyberdyne that is working on exoskeletons. Based in Japan. The version it's getting the most attention for is called the HAL 5. Anyone else see the three problems with this?
*** Yeah, [[ComicallyMissingThePoint none of their projects involve AI]]. Although, apparently the Cyberdyne name isn't meant to be a reference (They work in Cybernetics, and dyne is a suffix meaning power. Doesn't explain the HAL 5's name, though)
** If parts of T4 gave you nightmares then just skip [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZJslSbsLOU this link]]. At least there's no... teeth
** News 4 in Tucson, Arizona has a weather, traffic, and safety observation network called Skynet: [[http://www.kvoa.com/news/introducing-news-4-tucson-skynet/]] They have billboards for it all over the city and it's a bit unsettling. (Especially when in the Sarah Connor chronicles series the Los Angles traffic system was originally destined to be the "nervous system" of Skynet.)
* DevelopmentHell: All installments past the second. Leading to both SequelGap and ChannelHop.
* DyeingForYourArt: Linda Hamilton got ''ripped'' for the second movie, to emphasize the [[TookALevelInBadass levels in badass that Sarah Connor took]].
** Arnold also had to get back into bodybuilder-level shape to play the T-850 in the third one.
* TheOtherDarrin: John Connor has been portrayed by [[http://terminator.wikia.com/wiki/John_Connor#Behind_the_scenes numerous actors]]; with 7 actors playing him in 4 movies and a TV show. Sarah Connor was recast for the T:SCC series as well, with Lena Heady taking the iconic role from Linda Hamilton and ironically sharing the same initials.
** ''T4'' also has a new Kate Brewster and Kyle Reese; understandable and necessary in the latter case, since he's several years younger than in the original film.
** Then came ''Genisys'', which recasts Kyle, John and Sarah.
* TheProductionCurse: More legally cursed than anything. See the ChannelHop trope above? That occurred because the production companies (and a couple of the distributors) kept folding [[SequelGap before the next sequel could be made]]. We'll see if Skydance can stay in business long enough to get a ''Genisys'' sequel out the door.
* RealitySubtext: Remember the orderly that Sarah brutalizes during her breakout? The one who beat her so she could be restrained? The actor kept pulling that blow too much, and Linda Hamilton badly bruised her knees on the hard floor with each take. She took out her frustration on the poor guy. Also EnforcedMethodActing.
* SequelGap: 7, 12, 6, and another 6 years between installments. If one wants to count [[Ride/Terminator23DBattleAcrossTime T2 3-D]] as a formal entry, it becomes an eerily regular 7, 5, 7, 6, 6. So, see you in 2020?
* StarMakingRole: Arnold Schwarzenegger had already made ''Film/ConanTheBarbarian1982'', but this propelled him even further into stardom (marking even his first BilledAboveTheTitle role).
* TheWikiRule: [[http://terminator.wikia.com/wiki/Terminator_Wiki The Terminator Wiki]]
* WordOfSaintPaul: The novelizations of the first two films were written by a close personal friend of James Cameron, who had also contributed rough ideas to the concept. Some of the details revealed in the novels are confirmed true in later films, in creator interviews, or in other works--for example, the series of Terminator that is after Sarah. It is never called a T-800 in ''any'' film, but the novel refers to it as a Series 800.

!!This franchise [[TropeNamer named the following tropes]]:

* ComeWithMeIfYouWantToLive
* ICannotSelfTerminate
* InYourNatureToDestroyYourselves
* NowIKnowWhatToNameHim
* TerminatorTwosome

!!This franchise [[ImageSource provides the page image]] for:

* In General
** GlowingMechanicalEyes
* ''Film/TheTerminator''
** BeautifulDreamer
** LaserSight
* ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay''
** FingerWag
** FiringOneHanded
** GatlingGood
** GoodThingYouCanHeal
** NightmareFuel
** OrderliesAreCreeps
** RoboCam
** ScrewDestiny
** SunglassesAtNight
* ''Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines''
** ImplacableMan
* ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles''
** VoluntaryShapeshifting

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