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* Foil: The T-800 and the T-1000 in regards to their character evolutions throughout the film. When first introduced, the T-1000 is very humanlike in his demeanor compared to the more machinlike T-800, but gradually devolves into an inhuman predator as the movie progresses and he intensifies his hunt for John. At the same time, the T-800 becomes more and more human, learning and growing from his companions, and showing glimpses of real emotion before the film ends.

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* Foil: {{Foil}}: The T-800 and the T-1000 in regards to their character evolutions development throughout the film. When first introduced, the T-1000 is very humanlike human-like in his demeanor compared to the more machinlike machine-like T-800, but gradually devolves into an inhuman predator as the movie progresses and he intensifies his hunt for John. At the same time, the T-800 becomes more and more human, learning and growing from his companions, and showing glimpses of real emotion before the film ends.

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* Foil: The T-800 and the T-1000 in regards to their character evolutions throughout the film. When first introduced, the T-1000 is very humanlike in his demeanor compared to the more machinlike T-800, but gradually devolves into an inhuman predator as the movie progresses and he intensifies his hunt for John. At the same time, the T-800 becomes more and more human, learning and growing from his companions, and showing glimpses of real emotion before the film ends.


*** the T-1000's introduction, meanwhile, is a distinctly more serious scene, with more foreboding music too. He also runs up to this imminent victim, completely stark naked and nothing in his hand, and yet his victim still cries out and doubles over in pain. Later on, John Connor's dog Max starts barking frantically when the T-1000 asks his foster parents about him and his whereabouts. In the first film, it's established that dogs instinctively know what is and isn't a Terminator.

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*** the The T-1000's introduction, meanwhile, is a distinctly more serious scene, with more foreboding music too. He also runs up to this imminent victim, completely stark naked and nothing in his hand, and yet his victim still cries out and doubles over in pain. Later on, John Connor's dog Max starts barking frantically when the T-1000 asks his foster parents about him and his whereabouts. In the first film, it's established that dogs instinctively know what is and isn't a Terminator.


** Before the film reveals its true nature, the T-1000 shoots a brief glare at a silver mannequin in a shop during the mall fight with the T-800.
*** A subtle one from the foley department: we first see the T-1000 running up to his imminent victim, completely stark naked, nothing in his hand. We then hear a ''distinctly metallic stabbing sound'' as his victim doubles over in pain...
** John Connor's dog Max starts barking frantically when the T-1000 asks his foster parents about him and his whereabouts. In the first film, it's established that dogs instinctively knows what is and isn't a Terminator.

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** Before the ultimate reveal that the T-800 is the good guy this time around and that the "protector" is actually the villainous T-1000, the film reveals its leaves a few hints as to their true nature, nature:
*** The T-800 cleans house at the bar to get the biker's clothes and ride, but doesn't actually kill anyone, unlike his brutal introduction in the first film. This is a clear tip that this is not the T-800 programmed as before, especially when he gets the cool BadToTheBone treatment. Tellingly, Janette and Bob are still alive when
the T-1000 shoots a brief glare at a silver mannequin in a shop during the mall fight questions them, with Bob mentioning "a big guy" having arrived earlier, whereas the T-800.
previous T-800 model broke into Sarah's mother's house to kill her mother and find her location.
*** A subtle one from the foley department: we first see the T-1000 running T-1000's introduction, meanwhile, is a distinctly more serious scene, with more foreboding music too. He also runs up to his this imminent victim, completely stark naked, naked and nothing in his hand. We then hear a ''distinctly metallic stabbing sound'' as hand, and yet his victim still cries out and doubles over in pain...
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pain. Later on, John Connor's dog Max starts barking frantically when the T-1000 asks his foster parents about him and his whereabouts. In the first film, it's established that dogs instinctively knows know what is and isn't a Terminator. Terminator.



** The T-800 cleans house at the bar to get the biker's clothes and ride, but doesn't actually kill anyone, unlike his brutal introduction in the first film. This is a clear tip that this is not the T-800 programmed as before, especially when he gets the cool BadToTheBone treatment. Tellingly, Janette and Bob are still alive when the T-1000 questions them, with Bob mentioning "a big guy" having arrived earlier, whereas the previous T-800 model broke into Sarah's mother's house to kill her mother and find her location.


* AssholeVictim: John's foster parents, whose negligence and mistreatment of him leads to them getting murdered by the T-1000. John feels a little sorrow for a few seconds after the T-800 breaks the news to him [[AngstWhatAngst but quickly forgets about them]].

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* AssholeVictim: John's foster parents, whose negligence and mistreatment of him leads to them getting murdered by the T-1000. John feels a little sorrow for a few seconds after the T-800 breaks the news to him [[AngstWhatAngst but quickly forgets about them]].them.



* BadGuyBar: The redneck biker bar where the T-800 obtains [[MemeticMutation its clothes, its boots, and its motorcycle]].

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* BadGuyBar: The redneck biker bar where the T-800 obtains [[MemeticMutation its clothes, its boots, and its motorcycle]].motorcycle.



** The first part uses the past film to play up the idea that Arnold's T-800 is the villain and Patrick plays another member of John's resistance sent back to stop him, with even Sarah's narration at the beginning stating two warriors were sent back in time -- one to kill John and one to protect him -- and not giving a hint as to which is which. Throughout the first act the film runs with this for all it's worth, until the moment the T-1000 and the T-800 both have guns aimed towards John, and the T-800 tells him to get down. Only ''then'' does the film reveal that this time the T-800 is the good guy (of course, TrailersAlwaysSpoil, and at this point ItWasHisSled…).

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** The first part uses the past film to play up the idea that Arnold's T-800 is the villain and Patrick plays another member of John's resistance sent back to stop him, with even Sarah's narration at the beginning stating two warriors were sent back in time -- one to kill John and one to protect him -- and not giving a hint as to which is which. Throughout the first act the film runs with this for all it's worth, until the moment the T-1000 and the T-800 both have guns aimed towards John, and the T-800 tells him to get down. Only ''then'' does the film reveal that this time the T-800 is the good guy (of course, TrailersAlwaysSpoil, and at this point ItWasHisSled…).guy.



* CreepyTwins: In one scene at the mental hospital, the T-1000 duplicates a hospital security guard when he steps on him (disguised as the linoleum floor), then rises up, faces him and stabs him through the head. The scene [[MakingUseOfTheTwin actually used two twins]], Dan and Don Stanton, to play the part of the security guard and the T-1000 as his doppelganger. It imitates Sarah later, this time done with Leslie Hamilton, Linda Hamilton's twin sister.

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* CreepyTwins: In one scene at the mental hospital, the T-1000 duplicates a hospital security guard when he steps on him (disguised as the linoleum floor), then rises up, faces him and stabs him through the head. The scene [[MakingUseOfTheTwin actually used two twins]], twins, Dan and Don Stanton, to play the part of the security guard and the T-1000 as his doppelganger. It imitates Sarah later, this time done with Leslie Hamilton, Linda Hamilton's twin sister.



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** The T-800 cleans house at the bar to get the biker's clothes and ride, but doesn't actually kill anyone, unlike his brutal introduction in the first film. This is a clear tip that this is not the T-800 programmed as before, especially when he gets the cool BadToTheBone treatment.

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** The T-800 cleans house at the bar to get the biker's clothes and ride, but doesn't actually kill anyone, unlike his brutal introduction in the first film. This is a clear tip that this is not the T-800 programmed as before, especially when he gets the cool BadToTheBone treatment. Tellingly, Janette and Bob are still alive when the T-1000 questions them, with Bob mentioning "a big guy" having arrived earlier, whereas the previous T-800 model broke into Sarah's mother's house to kill her mother and find her location.


** The T-800 was sent by John himself. There's no reason John wouldn't have told it where to go to find him in the past.


** John and Sarah's first reaction to seeing the T-800. With Sarah, it's understandable, but John had ''never'' seen a Terminator, yet he instantly recognized it as such before it even drew its weapon. There's no doubt that Sarah drilled into his head what that type of T-800 looked like.
*** Pictures of the original Terminator would have been all over the media as a wanted terrorist who gunned down an entire police station full of officers. There's no reason John wouldn't recognize it on sight.



** The way Sarah narrates the film makes it seem as if Skynet sent both the T-800 and T-1000 back at the same time. James Cameron states that the T-1000 was sent after Skynet realized the first Terminator had failed. That raises a rather big question: how did Skynet learn that the first T-800 had failed? Did it expect a ''Film/BackToTheFuture''-style reality rewrite? If not, did it already know about the StableTimeLoop and would thus know the first Terminator was ''supposed'' to lose (which set into motion the creation of Skynet itself)? How much time would need to pass before Skynet saw results from time travel? If Skynet had that amount of time, would it have realized that the rebels had sent someone else back to stop its plans? If it did, does that mean it had a backup time machine after the rebels seized the first one? If it had only the one time machine, were the rebels and Skynet honorably allowing each other "turns"?
** According to the novelization Skynet sent the T-800 back to 1984 and immediately sent the T-1000 back too since the future hadn't instantly changed. This was literally as the humans were blowing it up, so it didn't have time to be tricky about it, and sending the T-1000 back was the last thing it did before it went offline. John didn't tell the rest of the resistance about the second Terminator until after Kyle was sent back, hence why Kyle didn't warn Sarah.

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** The way Sarah narrates the film makes it seem as if Skynet sent both the T-800 and T-1000 back at the same time. James Cameron states that the T-1000 was sent after Skynet realized the first Terminator had failed. That raises a rather big question: how did Skynet learn that the first T-800 had failed? Did it expect a ''Film/BackToTheFuture''-style reality rewrite? If not, did it already know about the StableTimeLoop and would thus know the first Terminator was ''supposed'' to lose (which set into motion the creation of Skynet itself)? How much time would need to pass before Skynet saw results from time travel? If Skynet had that amount of time, would it have realized that the rebels had sent someone else back to stop its plans? If it did, does that mean it had a backup time machine after the rebels seized the first one? If it had only the one time machine, were the rebels and Skynet honorably allowing each other "turns"?
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"turns"? The novelization states that Skynet sent the T-800 back to 1984 and immediately sent the T-1000 back too since the future hadn't instantly changed. This was literally changed, just as the humans Rebels were blowing it up, so it didn't have time to be tricky about it, and sending seizing the T-1000 back was the last thing it did before it went offline.facility. John didn't tell the rest of the resistance about the second Terminator until after Kyle was sent back, hence why Kyle didn't warn Sarah. Even this answer leaves many questions about the nature of TimeTravel.


*** Pictures of the original Terminator would have been all over the media as a wanted terrorist who gunned down an entire police station full of officers. There's no reason John wouldn't recognize it on sight.

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*** Pictures of the original Terminator would have been all over the media as a wanted terrorist who gunned down an entire police station full of officers. There's no reason John wouldn't recognize it on sight.



** According to the novelization Skynet sent the T-800 back to 1984 and immediately sent the T-1000 back too since the future hadn't instantly changed. This was literally as the humans were blowing it up, so it didn't have time to be tricky about it, and sending the T-1000 back was the last thing it did before it went offline. John didn't tell the rest of the resistance about the second Terminator until after Kyle was sent back, hence why Kyle didn't warn Sarah.

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** According to the novelization Skynet sent the T-800 back to 1984 and immediately sent the T-1000 back too since the future hadn't instantly changed. This was literally as the humans were blowing it up, so it didn't have time to be tricky about it, and sending the T-1000 back was the last thing it did before it went offline. offline. John didn't tell the rest of the resistance about the second Terminator until after Kyle was sent back, hence why Kyle didn't warn Sarah.

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*** Pictures of the original Terminator would have been all over the media as a wanted terrorist who gunned down an entire police station full of officers. There's no reason John wouldn't recognize it on sight.


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** According to the novelization Skynet sent the T-800 back to 1984 and immediately sent the T-1000 back too since the future hadn't instantly changed. This was literally as the humans were blowing it up, so it didn't have time to be tricky about it, and sending the T-1000 back was the last thing it did before it went offline. John didn't tell the rest of the resistance about the second Terminator until after Kyle was sent back, hence why Kyle didn't warn Sarah.

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** The T-800 was sent by John himself. There's no reason John wouldn't have told it where to go to find him in the past.


* PlotHole: It's never explained how the T-1000 was able to go through the time portal even though it has no living flesh. The fact that the T-800 had to come through naked makes it even more glaring. This is not a trivial detail. In the original, it was the reason why Kyle couldn't bring back suitable weapons to fight the T-800 or bring back any proof of his story.

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* PlotHole: It's never explained how the T-1000 was able to go through the time portal even though it has no living flesh. The fact that the T-800 had to come through naked makes it even more glaring. This is not a trivial detail. In the original, original script, it was the reason why Kyle couldn't bring back suitable weapons going to fight the T-800 or bring back any proof be explained that it traveled inside of his story. a flesh sac, but this idea was cut. Later retcons and explanations simply posited that mimetic polyalloy is just ''that good'' at mimicking human flesh.


* GenderInvertedTrope: Dyson in this film is essentially the male equivalent of Sarah Connor form the first film. In T1 Sarah is an innocent who suddenly finds herself being targeted for assassination by a merciless killer for her pivotal role in a future event. Dyson in T2 is an innocent who suddenly finds himself being targeted for assassination by a merciless killer for his pivotal role in a future event. The one big difference is [[spoiler:Sarah realises at the last moment that [[IfyoukillHimYouwillbejustlikeHim she's behaving like a Terminator]] and just can't bring herself to murder an innocent family man in cold blood for things he hasn't even done yet]].

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* GenderInvertedTrope: Dyson in this film is essentially the male equivalent of Sarah Connor form the first film. In T1 Sarah is an innocent who suddenly finds herself being targeted for assassination by a merciless killer for her pivotal role in a future event. Dyson in T2 is an innocent who suddenly finds himself being targeted for assassination by a merciless killer for his pivotal role in a future event. The one big difference is [[spoiler:Sarah realises at the last moment that [[IfyoukillHimYouwillbejustlikeHim [[IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim she's behaving like a Terminator]] and just can't bring herself to murder an innocent family man in cold blood for things he hasn't even done yet]].

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* PlotHole: It's never explained how the T-1000 was able to go through the time portal even though it has no living flesh. The fact that the T-800 had to come through naked makes it even more glaring. This is not a trivial detail. In the original, it was the reason why Kyle couldn't bring back suitable weapons to fight the T-800 or bring back any proof of his story.


* ExactWords
** John orders the T-800 not to kill anyone. ("I swear I will not kill anyone.") A moment later, the Terminator shoots a security guard at the asylum in the knee. When John complains, the T-800 points out that it followed orders: "He'll live."
** When John tries to get some random people to help him from the T-800, they attempt to assist and are waylaid by the T-800. But before the T-800 can shoot one of them with his gun, John pushes the gun away and screams "Put the gun down!!!!" While the people attempting to assist flee with their lives, the T-800 slowly and methodically puts the gun on the ground instead of just dropping it or lowering it.
** Not only that, but John also says, immediately before that, "grab this guy, I can't believe he called me a dipsh:)." The T-800 then proceeds to literally grab the guy, by the hair on top of his head.

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ExactWords: John orders the T-800 not to kill anyone. ("I swear I will not kill anyone.") A moment later, the Terminator shoots a security guard at the asylum in the knee. When John complains, the T-800 points out that it followed orders: "He'll live."
** When John tries to get some random people to help him from the T-800, they attempt to assist and are waylaid by the T-800. But before the T-800 can shoot one of them with his gun, John pushes the gun away and screams "Put the gun down!!!!" While the people attempting to assist flee with their lives, the T-800 slowly and methodically puts the gun on the ground instead of just dropping it or lowering it.
** Not only that, but John also says, immediately before that, "grab this guy, I can't believe he called me a dipsh:)." The T-800 then proceeds to literally grab the guy, by the hair on top of his head.
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* LiteralMinded: When John tries to get some random people to help him from the T-800, they attempt to assist and are waylaid by the T-800. But before the T-800 can shoot one of them with his gun, John pushes the gun away and screams "Put the gun down!!!!" While the people attempting to assist flee with their lives, the T-800 slowly and methodically puts the gun on the ground instead of just dropping it or lowering it.

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