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* ConcealmentEqualsCover: {{Averted|Trope}}, as during the Terminator's rampage through the police precinct, he can be seen killing officers by shooting through walls and desks with high-powered, automatic assault rifles and shotguns, exactly as it would happen in real-life.

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* ConcealmentEqualsCover: {{Averted|Trope}}, as during the Terminator's rampage through the police precinct, he can be seen killing officers by shooting through walls and desks with high-powered, automatic assault rifles and shotguns, exactly as it would happen in real-life.real life.


* WrongGenreSavvy: The police believe themselves to be in a standard SlasherMovie. To their credit, they would have done ''very'' well against, say, Jason Voorhees. As soon as they receive the death certificates of the first two ladies named Sarah Connor, they send out a news bulletin to warn any other Sarah Connors that might be out there as well as their friends and family, and they keep officers on the 911 lines just in case one of the Sarahs calls in. Then they bust open a crate of [=M16s=] and hide Sarah behind a wall of guns. If the titular Terminator wasn't, you know, itself, they may have made a major difference.

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* WrongGenreSavvy: The police believe themselves to be in a standard SlasherMovie. To their credit, they would have done ''very'' well against, say, Jason Voorhees. As soon as they receive the death certificates of [[SerialKillingsSpecificTarget the first two ladies named Sarah Connor, they send out a news bulletin to warn any other Sarah Connors that might be out there there]] as well as their friends and family, and they keep officers on the 911 lines just in case one of the Sarahs calls in. Then they bust open a crate of [=M16s=] and hide Sarah behind a wall of guns. If the titular Terminator wasn't, you know, itself, they may have made a major difference.


* MatchCut: Used to great effect in the scene where Reese has the dream about the future. The scene first shows a crane in the present and then zooms in to show what look like the crane's treads, until you notice they are [[BreadEggsMilkSquick running over human skulls...]]

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Used to great effect in the scene where Reese has the dream about the future. The scene first shows a crane in the present and then zooms in to show what look like the crane's treads, until you notice they are [[BreadEggsMilkSquick running over human skulls...]]


** Also played straight, though, in the form of [[MrFanservice male fanservice]]. Watch the opening scenes of that movie (both Kyle and the T-800 are naked, courtesy of their time transport. They are both very, very well-built, and Kyle particularly stays at the least shirtless for a good long while).
*** Arnie also goes above and beyond. In his scene with the punks, he really is fully nude. No conveniently placed fabric over his junk.

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** Also played straight, though, in the form of [[MrFanservice male fanservice]]. Watch the opening scenes of that movie (both Kyle and the T-800 are naked, courtesy of their time transport. They are both very, very well-built, and Kyle particularly stays at the least shirtless for a good long while).
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while). Arnie also goes above and beyond. In his scene with the punks, he really is fully nude. No conveniently placed fabric over his junk.


** Kyle wasn't kidding when he said the T-800 absolutely '''will. not. stop.''' until it completes it's mission. [[spoiler:During the climax, Kyle manages to plant a pipebomb that blows the T-800 all to hell sadly killing himself in the process. But then, the 800's upper-half, still intact, was able to regain function and continue after Sarah. It took a hydraulic press to finally stop the damn thing at the last second.]]

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** Kyle wasn't kidding when he said the T-800 absolutely '''will. not. stop.''' until it completes it's its mission. [[spoiler:During the climax, Kyle manages to plant a pipebomb that blows the T-800 all to hell sadly killing himself in the process. But then, the 800's upper-half, still intact, was able to regain function and continue after Sarah. It took a hydraulic press to finally stop the damn thing at the last second.]]


* ContagiousCassandraTruth: In the middle of the film, Sarah Connor seems happy to accept the psychologist's explanation that Kyle Reese is a paranoid schizophrenic, and the KillerRobot is just on PCP. By the beginning of the second film, she's locked up in a mental asylum for insisting that Reese's story about the impending apocalypse is true, as well as acting on that belief...

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* ContagiousCassandraTruth: In the middle of the film, Sarah Connor seems happy to accept the psychologist's explanation that Kyle Reese is a paranoid schizophrenic, and the KillerRobot is just a man on PCP. By the beginning of the second film, she's locked up in a mental asylum for insisting that Reese's story about the impending apocalypse is true, as well as acting on that belief...


* BeQuietNudge: Lt. Traxler gives one to Det. Vukovich when he starts telling an unnecessary story to Sarah in the Police Station while they are explaining how the Terminator could have done the things she said it did.

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* BeQuietNudge: Lt. Traxler gives one to Det. Vukovich when he starts telling an unnecessary story to Sarah in the Police Station police station while they are explaining how the Terminator could have done the things she said it did.


* RedShirts: The first of Reese's future flashbacks has a female soldier fighting alongside him who dies, while the second has a whole bunker full of human survivors get wiped out when a terminator manages to sneak in.



* RedShirts: The first of Reese's future flashbacks has a female soldier fighting alongside him who dies, while the second has a whole bunker full of human survivors get wiped out when a terminator manages to sneak in.

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* ClarkKentOutfit: Michael Biehn is not an especially small man (in fact, he's only two inches shorter than Arnold) and was in pretty good shape at the time of filming so he spends most of the film running around in baggy pants and a long trench coat that's about two sizes too big to make him look skinnier, both to make him look [[DavidVsGoliath even more like the underdog]] when facing off against the hulking [[EvilIsBigger Terminator]], and also to make him look as lean, weak and malnourished as someone living in the BadFuture would realistically be. His body language in the early parts - keeping his head down, crouching, leaning over, or ducking behind cover - really helps to sell him as a slightly ratty-looking potential serial killer, the first time where we actually get to see how ripped Kyle is comes (naturally) when he and Sarah make love for the first time. Conversely, the first outfit the Terminator wears, stolen from those unfortunate thugs at the beginning, is visibly about a size too small for Arnold, drawing further attention to his bulging muscles and makes him look even more hulking and enormous than he already is.


* ArtisticLicenseBiology: The writers have [[WordOfGod admitted]] the whole "only things surrounded by living tissue can go back in time" rule has no scientific basis, and was intended as a DramaPreservingHandicap, as otherwise Reese could just bring some [[BFG]] back with him to kill the terminator and the movie would be over in five minutes.

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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: The writers have [[WordOfGod admitted]] the whole "only things surrounded by living tissue can go back in time" rule has no scientific basis, and was intended as a DramaPreservingHandicap, as otherwise Reese could just bring some [[BFG]] {{BFG}} back with him to kill the terminator and the movie would be over in five minutes.


* ArtisticLicenseBiology: The writers have [[WordOfGod admitted]] the whole "only things surrounded by living tissue can go back in time" rule has no scientific basis, and was intended as a DramaPreservingHandycap, as otherwise Reese could just bring some [[BFG]] back with him to kill the terminator and the movie would be over in five minutes.

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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: The writers have [[WordOfGod admitted]] the whole "only things surrounded by living tissue can go back in time" rule has no scientific basis, and was intended as a DramaPreservingHandycap, DramaPreservingHandicap, as otherwise Reese could just bring some [[BFG]] back with him to kill the terminator and the movie would be over in five minutes.

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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: The writers have [[WordOfGod admitted]] the whole "only things surrounded by living tissue can go back in time" rule has no scientific basis, and was intended as a DramaPreservingHandycap, as otherwise Reese could just bring some [[BFG]] back with him to kill the terminator and the movie would be over in five minutes.

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** Also used where the future terminator attacks Reese's base, and the picture of Sarah catches on fire. The scene goes from a closeup of the burning picture to the real Sarah's face.


* IncrediblyObviousTail: Reese is very clumsy when tailing Sarah.

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* IncrediblyObviousTail: Reese is very clumsy when tailing Sarah. Makes sense, as he's probably never done anything like this before, not to mention having grown up in a war zone, and is unfamiliar with typical pre-war behavior.

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* AFatherToHisMen: Reese turns out to be a ''literal'' example. [[spoiler: He's the father of John Connor, general of the resistance in the BadFuture.]]

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