YMMV: Terminator 2: Judgment Day


  • Even Better Sequel: T2 is commonly held to be one of the best movie sequels of all time, and many fans prefer it to the original.
  • Fan Nickname: In the early days "Liquidator" was sometimes used as the moniker for the T-1000, but it never really stuck and today it has fallen into disuse.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Watching Sarah Connor struggle with her emotional instability is a lot harder in light of Linda Hamilton later admitting to suffering from bipolar disorder in real life.
    • John Connor mentioning that the Russians are "our friends now." Wait until 2014!
    • James Cameron first thought of casting Michael Biehn as the T-1000, but ultimately decided that Kyle's actor now being the Terminator would be confusing. Cue Terminator Genisys, and John Connor himself becomes a shapeshifting Terminator.
  • Hell Is That Noise: The mixture of metallic screeching and animal screams that the T-1000 makes after being blown apart by the grenade.
    • As well as his leitmotif of a blaring bass drone. As soon as you start hearing it, things are really looking problematic for the heroes.
  • It Was His Sled: The T-800 is the good guy in this film.
  • Misaimed Fandom: An examination of a woman nearly losing her sanity and humanity due to being burdened with terrible, unfathomable knowledge is often mistaken for being a good mother and heroine.
  • Narm: John's "acting human" lessons have really not aged well.
  • Signature Line: In case you haven't figured it out yet: "Hasta la vista, baby!"
  • Signature Scene: Many.
    • The nuclear annihilation sequence from the first few minutes of the movie.
    • The T-800 giving a thumbs-up as he sacrifices himself in the incinerator.
    • Several revolutionary special effects shots involving the T-1000, including walking through bars, being shot in the eye and healing, and being shattered and reforming, especially as the motorbike cop.
    • "Hasta La Vista, Baby!"
    • The T-800's one-handed shotgun flip.
  • Squick: The T-800 cutting the skin off its own arm for the Robotic Reveal.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The T-1000 completely blew the audience's minds when Terminator 2 came out, and still looks amazing today. Terminator 2 and Jurassic Park are credited for the CGI revolution.
  • Woolseyism: The famous line "Hasta la vista, baby!" became "ˇSayonara, baby!" in the Spaniard dub. It became just as popular in Spain as the original in America.