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YMMV: Terminator 2: Judgment Day
  • Draco in Leather Pants: People who worship Sarah Connor as a paragon of feminist virtue tend to be the ones who ignore the fact she is a cruel, violent, emotionally unstable bad-mother who is actually deconstructing militant feminism rather than celebrating it. Point in fact, according to Audio-Commentary of the 3-DVD Definitive Edition Director's Cut, Linda Hamilton (the actress who portrayed her) and James Cameron (Hamilton's then husband and the creator of the Sarah Connor characters) repeatedly stressed on multiple occasions that she is a messed up horror-of-a-human being rather than someone who is meant to be admired. Heck, even Sarah briefly thinks the Terminator is a better parent than her.
  • 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.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Many viewers complained about the extra scene where the T-800 smiles awkwardly, saying that it made no sense for a machine with detailed information on human anatomy to have to scan an actual smile for reference. The Terminators have information on human anatomy, yes— but not on human emotions, and their programming couldn't have included any data on something the machines didn't understand in the first place (see also: "Why do you cry?").
    • It also helps to explain later, when the T-800 genuinely smirks. They actually laid the groundwork for Arnold's one-liners.
    • To be fair, this isn't helped by the fact that the scene explaining how the Terminator starts to learn is not present in the most common version of the film. The surgical scene - which also has an important moment with John asserting himself as the leader he's supposed to be - with the T-800 having his learning processes switched on explains everything about the T-800's development from thereon, including the weary "I need a vacation.." and his understanding of John's crying all comes from a scene not present in the original cut of the movie. It even justifies the machine's will to get back up after the beatdown from the T-1000, being more a matter of heart and the will to protect John than just the backup power conveniently coming on.
  • 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 bi-polar disorder in real life.
  • Misaimed Fandom: See Draco in Leather Pants entry above. An examination of a woman nearly losing her sanity and humanity due to being burdened with terrible, unfathomable knowledge is often mistaken for promoting feminist empowerment.
  • Narm: John's attempts at teaching the T-800 how to act human really haven't aged well.
  • 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.
  • Squick: The T-800 cutting the skin off it's own arm for the Robotic Reveal.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The T-1000 completely blew the audience mind 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.


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