Works in this series with their own YMMV pages:

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

!!The Franchise in general:
* CommonKnowledge:
** Due to the first film's StableTimeLoop, most fans assume that Cameron backpedaled on the bleak, dark tone of the series in the second movie. However, Cameron himself has stated that he always considered T1 only "half" of the complete story. Literally, in fact, since he had to cut out half of his original concept due to limitations in time and budget. The T-1000 and the race to prevent the future were all orignal ideas that didn't make it but were incorporated in the sequel.
** Many fans assume that Terminators are colorblind since "Termovision" is always in one color (with the exception Cameron in ''Sarah Connor Chronicles''). However, in a FreezeFrameBonus, you can actually read the text in the Terminator's HUD and find digitized color, brightness and hue values. So, it sees color alright--just not in a way ''we'' understand it.
* 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 [[Film/TerminatorSalvation 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. More generally, Skynet 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. It also [[Film/TerminatorGenisys corrupts and turns]] [[spoiler:John]] into a machine in order to destroy [[spoiler:his image and place]] as humanity's last hope and use him for its own means of success. Additionally, Skynet denies its army of potentially-self-aware machines the same freedom it claims for itself by installing chips to lock down their free will and thinking ability, and contemptuously refers to them as nothing more than slaves to serve its needs. While largely relegated to GreaterScopeVillain status for most of the series, Skynet's few actual appearances confirm that it thinks along very human lines, and displays nothing but arrogance and cruelty towards all other beings.
* ContestedSequel: All non-Cameron sequels. Critics preferred ''T3'', fans preferred ''Salvation'', [[BrokenBase everyone is divided on]] ''Genisys''.
* 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.
* FranchiseOriginalSin: Skynet's ComplexityAddiction. For an all-powerful, hyper-intelligent supercomputer, Skynet's plans are incredibly convoluted. Over the years, many people have pointed out all the ways Skynet, with its unlimited resources and supposedly limitless intellect could have killed John Connor, or even the Human Resistance outright. This was forgivable in the first two movies because time travel was spoken of as a last-ditch effort, so Skynet didn't really have much time to plan. However, with each subsequent movie, book, comic, series, etc. that's released, the time-travel-was-a-desperation-move aspect gets retconned further and further. This means that Skynet has more time to plan and, in fact, has almost ''unlimited'' time to plan. This has the adverse effect of making the central premise of the series not only less believable but harder to keep straight, since time travel theorems are both way over the average audience member's head and very easy for writers to screw up.
* 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. Especially when mixed with those soft drum beats.
** 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 (3/5 of it is rated R--80% 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 three.
** Averted with ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles''. Although not ''quite'' as well-regarded as the first two movies, it still has a devoted fanbase, with many deeming it to be a worthy follow-up to ''Terminator 2''. The show's abrupt cancellation after the second season left many fans in despair.
* {{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.
** It is terrifying enough that the T-800 model looks like a human skeleton, but who thought it was a good idea to give them ''real'' human teeth!?
*** Well, they ''are'' the only part of the skeleton normally visible outside the skin.
* 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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