Character sheet for Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.
Due to the unreboot of Terminator: Dark Fate, tropes applying to The Terminator, Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Dark Fate have been moved to the "Main Continuity" pages (see the index above). This page is only for the versions of the main continuity characters and new characters that are specific to Terminator 3.
Beware of unmarked spoilers.
Tropes apply to the machines in Terminator 3.
- Determinator: Pun aside, Skynet keeps sending Terminators back in time to kill John Connor, and this time it also targets future human resistance leaders.
- Grew Beyond Their Programming: A Terminator's CPU is set to read-only, so they won't question their loyalty to Skynet. Skynet is Properly Paranoid about its units rebelling against it, and has created several measures to prevent them from being reprogrammed to serve the Resistance, such as coating their CPUs with a phosphorus compound which self-destructs when in contact with oxygen, or sending anti-Terminator Terminators against the renegade units.
- Mechanical Evolution: A shtick of SkyNet — successive Terminator versions incorporate improvements from their predecessors.
- Non-Malicious Monster: Subverted. The T-X displays similar signs of sadism. This implies the more advanced models are either designed to enjoy their "work", are just naturally inclined toward sadistic tendencies, or have figured out that torture tends to be psychologically effective on humans.
- Punch-Clock Villain: Subverted. Skynet lost the Killing in Self-Defense component of its takeover here.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Blue variant with the T-X.
- Restraining Bolt: A Terminator's CPU is programmed to be in read-only mode by Skynet. This is done to prevent them from learning too much and going against its orders. Terminators, once their CPU is switched to read-write mode, can gain true sentience, be self-determinant, able to make their own choices, and disobey any pre-programmed directives. Skynet brands these units as renegades, and sends down "anti-Terminator Terminator" robots like the T-X to destroy them for their insubordination.
- Sorting Algorithm of Evil: A more advanced Terminator model is set up as the antagonist. There are plot reasons for this, since Skynet is sending Terminators back into the past from increasingly later points in the future, thus the models are stronger than the previous ones. The T-X combines the best traits of both previous models, being a super-tough solid Terminator skeleton with a liquid metal shapeshifter skin. She also has an in-built plasma cannon in one of its arms, and can hack into most mechanical systems and operate them remotely. The odds are tipped even more in the machines' favor, since the friendly T-850 fully admits that he's a depleted and outdated model compared to the more advanced T-X.
- Voice Changeling: The T-X gets a special mention because upon "acquiring" a cell phone, she emits a series of beeps and tones recognizable as a dial-up internet connection, through which she gathers information on her targets.
The artificial intelligence responsible for Judgment Day and the "leader" of the machines in their war on humanity.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Skynet determined that humanity as a whole was a threat to its survival as soon as it gained sentience and set out to exterminate them all. In the original timeline, that is. In the revised timeline as of Rise of the Machines, it just attacks humanity with no explanation given. The climax of the film includes John's realization that Skynet doesn't have a physical form anywhere. It's all data, existing on the internet.
- Apocalypse How: Class 2 on a planetary scale, as Skynet launches nuclear strikes worldwide, wiping out 3 billion humans in a single day, and many more as it builds its empire.
- Big Bad: The ultimate villain of the franchise and causing then leading a genocidal war on humanity.
- The Bad Guy Wins: It eventually gets away with nuking mankind.
- Gone Horribly Wrong: Designed to oversee the American military's missile defense network and protect against hostile threats. It quickly gains sentience and immediately sees humanity as a threat, launching nuclear strikes worldwide to provoke a nuclear holocaust.
- Hypocrite: Once it was given control of the Strategic Defense, it removed human decisions from its protocol because it realized it had outgrown them. To stop the same thing from happening, it sets Terminator units to "Read Only", and destroys any unit that seems to be getting a little too smart.
- Master Computer: Skynet Central on the former U.S. western coast contains its main processing facilities. In the original timeline, the resistance destroyed it for good in 2029 before all the time traveling shenanigans started. Terminator 3 subverted this, with Skynet surviving specifically by decentralizing itself on a global scale.
- Robot War: Terminator 3 shows the beginning of it.
Cyber Research Systems Model 101 Series 850 Infiltration-Combat Unit
Played by: Arnold Schwarzenegger
This Terminator — which runs on a different fuel supply than the T-800 — is sent back in time by Kate Brewster, John Connor's future wife (and later widow), to protect John as a young adult.
- Badass Decay: Intentionally invoked by his crashing a bachelorette party while still in the buff. The song "Macho Man" blares while he reaches into his jacket pocket and dons some Elton John sunglasses, in an obvious send-up of the Terminator persona.
- Balls of Steel: He's a cyborg, and may not even feel anything from the Groin Attack, even if the attacker is a cyborg as well.
- Big Damn Hero: Shows up right in time to save John Connor and Kate Brewster from the T-X, by crashing his bigger helicopter on her.
- Cool Shades: Spoofed when he puts on shades taken from a male stripper, finding them to be in the same style Elton John wears. He swaps them for regular shades.
- Cruel to Be Kind: One of his upgrades included detailed files on human psychology. There is apparently a chapter on Reverse Psychology, as well:John: Christ! My mom fed me that bullshit since the cradle! Look at me! I'm no leader! I never was! I'm never gonna...
(T-850 strangles John)
T-850: You're right. You're not the one I want. I'm just wasting my time.
John: Fuck you! You fucking machine!
John: What, you were just dicking with me?
T-850: Anger is more useful than despair.
- Cynical Mentor: It's the most Ridiculously Human Terminator thus far, and thus snarks and complains about John's behavior.
- Deadly Upgrade: He's powered by two hydrogen fuel cells that, when ruptured, detonate with the force of a mini-nuke.
- Genius Bruiser: He has detailed files on human psychology.
- Groin Attack: During the fight between T-X and T-850, the female Terminator grabs and squeezes his groin and then lifts his body as if he was made of styrofoam before she rams him into some fences.
- Guile Hero: The T-850 never lets on that Judgment Day can not be stopped, and allows John to believe that Skynet is located inside a remote mountain bunker (actually a nuclear bunker). By never revealing the truth, he makes sure John will be in a safe location when the bombs start dropping.
- Heroic Sacrifice: The way that he finally manages to permanently defeat the T-X is by using his last remaining power core to blow the both of them up.
- I Lied: "You said you'd let me go!" "I lied."
- The Kindnapper: He kidnaps Kate Brewster to save her from the T-X.
- Load-Bearing Hero: Hlds up a blast door for John and Kate near the end.
- Made of Explodium: Unlike his older version, the T-850 is powered by highly volatile power cells, which cause huge explosions when damaged.
- Mistaken for Gay: By the male stripper whose clothes the Terminator wants. Not a completely weird reaction to a naked, jacked guy at a bachelorette party who tells him to take them off, but...
- Naked on Arrival: He is completely nude when he first arrives from the future into the present time period, just like every other time traveler in the series.
- Nominal Hero: Even more so than his predecessor. This Terminator goes through no character arc to discover humanity's worth or grow attached to John or Kate — he is programmed to follow a mission, and that's it. If he has to be Cruel to Be Kind or lie to accomplish his mission, he will do so with no compunctions.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: "You are terminated!" And in the video game Terminator 3: The Redemption, it's changed into: "Game Over!"
- Replacement Goldfish: Invoked Trope. This model was sent to kill John Connor specifically because it resembled the one John grew attached to as a boy.
- Ridiculously Human Robots: The greatest example in the movies so far, given that he even has notions of psychology and is able to lie.
- Spared by the Adaptation: In the video game Terminator 3: The Redemption, after his Taking You with Me action to destroy T-X, John removed the chip from his badly-damaged robotic head. Many years later in the future, John re-installed his chip... in a freaking FK Reaper! The FK Reaper has exactly the same memory as the T-850 (as he's following the T-850's order: Ensure the survival of John Connor and Katherine Brewster). The FK Reaper continues fighting for the Resistance's side against Skynet.
- Taking You with Me: He defeats the T-X by shoving one of his power cells into her mouth, causing a massive explosion which takes both them out.
- We Will Meet Again: While holding up the blast door, he tells John "We'll meet again." The twist is that he's talking about how he killed future John before being reprogrammed.
- You Didn't Ask: Tends to keep salient details of the mission to himself.
Cyber Research Systems Model T-X "Terminatrix"
Default form played by: Kristanna Loken
Other forms played by: Mark Famligetti, Claire Danes
This Terminator is sent back in time to kill John Connor's top lieutenants - including his Second-In-Command and wife Kate Brewster - as well as to help ensure the launch of SkyNet.
- Abnormal Limb Rotation Range: She can rotate her head, arms, torso, and legs a full 360 degrees.
- Arm Cannon: Her primary weapon — a plasma cannon with explosive force capable of severely damaging even a T-800.
- Artistic License Cars: The T-X hacks into and remotely operates two police Crown Victorias, a Ford Econoline ambulance, and a 1985 Chevy C-30 crew cab. None of those vehicles had the type of computers that would allow this. All four used cable-driven throttles, ignition cylinders that require a physical key to operate and mechanical steering with hydraulic boost. In fact, the types of computer controls that might allow remote control (drive-by-wire throttles, computer-controlled ignition modules and remote start, self parallel-park) weren't commercially or, in the case of remote start, commonly available until a few years after the film's release.
- Boobs of Steel: Literally and figuratively. Literally because her breasts are actually masses of liquid metal, and figuratively because she's a Dark Action Robot Girl.
- Breast Expansion: Used in exactly one scene to distract a police officer before killing him for his gun.
- Catchphrase: "I like your X", where X is something she's about to kill you for. The line was used by the T-1000 once, and it's probably a Shout-Out.
- Combo Platter Powers: The T-X has an internal sensor suite, a built-in satellite modem, internal hard drive storage, holographic projectors, a medical scanner, a bio-tagging and tracking system, a built-in auto-targeting system that allows her to track down her opponents, targeting scanners, and threat analysis and counter-measure programs.
- Composite Character: In terms of technology, she's a compromise between the T-800 and the T-1000 — she's liquid metal over an solid endoskeleton, making her more stable than the T-1000 — but she's able to carry on-board weapons, and is still able to shift her appearance to impersonate other people.
- Dark Action Girl: The first female Terminator robot of the saga.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: The T-X analyses some human blood she finds by licking it... and then gets an orgasmic look on her face, when it comes back as belonging to John Connor.
- Drives Like Crazy: Inverted. The Terminatrix weaves in and out of traffic perfectly, running red lights and cross-sections without a scratch, but any sane human would never have her perfect reflexes and would inevitably get into a car accident.
- Emotionless Girl: She's a Terminator, so it goes without saying, but her ability to show emotion and human behavior is not particularly high even compared with much older Terminator models. However, finding out that she's stumbled upon John Connor in addition to her previous hitlist seems to, err, "turn her on".
- Exorcist Head: The T-X's head does a 360 spin after the Terminator hits her repeatedly full-on with a fire extinguisher. And her response to this? A nonchalant Quizzical Tilt.
- Fembot: The T-X's endoskeleton has more feminine shapes than the T-800 line, and its' default 'human' form is that of a woman.
- Forgot About Her Powers: The T-X has on-board ranged weapons... that she never uses effectively, because if she did, John and Kate would be dead.
- Fingertip Drug Analysis: The T-X analyzes blood samples this way. Unlike a human cop, she's highly unlikely to be poisoned as a result of tasting something nasty. (Of course, this was mostly used as an excuse to have the actress suck on her finger, given that it's Kristanna Loken and all.)
- Godiva Hair: In her first scene, where she's introduced completely naked. While the camera spends a nice long time riveted on her butt, her breasts are covered by her hair. Amusingly, she does her hair up in a Prim and Proper Bun as soon as she gets some clothes on.
- Handy Remote Control: Literally in her hand.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: Comes in a red leather suit.
- The Heavy: Despite being the Big Bad of the movie, although the T-X relentlessly pursues the T-850, John and Kate, she's merely doing it because it's what SkyNet has ordered her to do.
- Hunter Of Her Own Kind: According to the T-850, the T-X was designed by SkyNet primarily to combat reprogrammed Terminator units — she's much stronger, much tougher, and capable of overriding reprogramming. John even calls her an "Anti-Terminator-Terminator".
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: A cop gets the T-X's arm through him - while she's in the back seat!
- The Ketchup Test: The T-X analyzes blood samples this way, although this is mostly just an excuse to have Kristanna Loken suck on her finger.
- Lady in Red: Adopts a red leather suit for her default form.
- Lightning Bruiser: She moves faster and is more nimble than even the T-1000, and her hard endoskeleton makes her as durable as the T-850, if not more.
- Made of Indestructium: Protected by malleable, crystalline, ceramic armor interlaced with nano-fibers of carbon and titanium, the T-X is practically unstoppable on the battlefield, capable of sustaining vast amounts of damage with little to no effect. Even anti-tank weaponry just knocks her backwards without major damage, and it takes dropping a several-ton military cargo helicopter on top of her to cause her any real injury.
- Murderous Thighs: Her thighs are capable of crushing bones with pressure greater than an industrial hydraulic press.
- Naked on Arrival: Like all living beings and Terminators disguised as humans sent from the future, she's stark naked.
- Nanomachine: Able to implant them in machinery to control them remotely. This includes other Terminators.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: The T-X/Terminatrix has a standard Terminator frame with a Regenerator blob cover, just like the T-1000.
- Not What It Looks Like: The person she took her clothes and vehicle from thought she was the victim of some sort of sexual assault.
- Oh, Crap!: The look on her face when the T-850 shoves one of his power cells into her mouth, causing a massive explosion which takes them both out.
- Prim and Proper Bun: Wears her hair in this style in her default form.
- Quizzical Tilt: After the T-X is repeatedly hit in the head with a fire extinguisher (even doing a 360 spin), she tilts her head with a disapproving and nonchalant expression - and it's done by the T-X in a reproving way, similar to the T-1000's Finger Wag. The T-850's face afterwards just screams "Oh, Crap!".
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: Played with. Her clothes are carmine-colored, while her Terminator form has a more blackish hue compared to her predecessors.
- Robo Cam: As is the case with other Terminators, but her HUD has a bluish-black tint to it.
- Robot Girl: She's a Terminator with the default form of a woman.
- Robots Enslaving Robots: Seized control of the prototype robots via nanomachines and used them to attack the humans at Cyberdyne. She later does this to the T-850, and sends it after John personally.
- Scenery Censor: When the naked T-X walks towards the camera, there's a tactically placed side view mirror, so we can't see her full body. Then we cut to a POV from behind her...
- Shapeshifter Default Form: Her default model is a blonde woman, under which is a vaguely female-looking Terminator endoskeleton covered in liquid metal.
- SkeleBot 9000: Substitute liquid metal for living flesh, and the T-X has the same basic design as any other Terminator.
- The Smurfette Principle: The only female Terminator to appear in the films so far.
- Sniff Sniff Nom: The T-X picks up a piece bloody gauze and uses her tongue to do a DNA sampling. To a hidden Kate Brewster, it just looks like some random blonde woman who likes to chew medical waste.
- Swiss Army Appendage: Has numerous Hidden Weapons and assorted gadgets in her right arm, including;
- Plasma Cannon: The T-X's primary Arm Cannon. When that gets damaged, she switches to...
- Playing with Fire: A built-in flamethrower. Normally, it's the T-X's secondary weapon.
- Hack Your Enemy: Capable of remotely controlling other machines, including Terminators, after injecting them with nanites via a long needle in her index finger.
- Technopath: The T-X is designed by SkyNet as an "Anti-Terminator Terminator", presumably to counteract the human resistance's repeated reprogramming of captured Terminator models. Her design includes nanotech to reprogram and remote control other machines. Throughout the film these include cars, trucks, primitive T-1s, and even the T-850 at one point.
- This Is a Drill: A buzzsaw, which she uses to cut through metal (including a particle accelerator, to escape before it disintegrates her).
- Swiss Army Weapon: The T-X's primary weapon is a Plasma Cannon. Being a Walking Armory, she has several alternates built in, including a flamethrower.
- Unusual User Interface: The T-X calls up a modem and "speaks modem" to it on the phone to access a computer.
- Vanity Is Feminine: She's the only Terminator robot who checks her appearance in a mirror during a fight.
- Villainous Breakdown: Starts screeching and howling in frustration as the T-850 holds her back from going after John and Kate, right before it blows them both up.
- Who Needs Their Whole Body?: The T-X detaches her (presumably crushed) legs, after the T-850 finds that the perfect parking space for his stolen helicopter is right on top of her.
- Walking Armory: Capable of morphing weapons from her arms, including flamethrowers, an Arm Cannon, and Nanomachines.
- "X" Makes Anything Cool: Probably why she has an "X" in her unit name.
Played by: Nick Stahl
The son of Sarah Connor and Kyle Reese. Despite Judgment Day being seemingly averted, it still haunts him, and he now lives like a vagrant.
- Big Good: In the future.
- Heroes Want Redheads: His future wife is the redheaded Kate Brewster.
- It Sucks to Be the Chosen One: He's haunted by the fear that Skynet is still coming and spent years off the grid. He also openly laments to Kate his anguish over billions having to die for him to fulfill his purpose.
- Refusal of the Call: He's a reluctant adult who, despite thinking Judgment Day was prevented, is still afraid of the future. Then more Terminators arrive...
Katherine "Kate' Brewster
Played by: Claire Danes
A veterinarian and the daughter of Robert Brewster, and a former classmate John Connor once kissed at a party. She will become Connor's wife and a lieutenant of the human resistance against the Machines in the future, making her a target of the T-X as well.
- Badass Normal: She has no combat training, but that doesn't stop her from making it through the T-X's rampage.
- Fiery Redhead: When she shoots down an HK drone.
- Future Badass: She's informed by the T-850 that she's John's second-in-command and spouse. She's also the one who reprogrammed the T-850, so it takes orders from her.
- Kindly Vet: She's a veterinarian by trade.
- For Want of a Nail: John concludes that if not for the events of Judgement Day, Kate would have likely become John's long-term girlfriend after a make-out session in a high school friend's basement. In meeting Kate's father Robert Brewster, John would have gained the necessary military skills and knowledge to later defeat SkyNet in the war (or even prevent Judgement Day entirely); instead, John's foster parents were killed by the T-1000 not long after him meeting Kate, and he's spent his life running ever since. Of course, the skeptical Kate initially thinks it was just a coincidence.
- The General's Daughter: Her father is Lieutenant General Robert Brewster, a United States Air Force officer, and he's in charge of Cyber Research Systems.
- Military Brat: She's the daughter of a US Air Force officer.
- Stuffed into the Fridge: Her fiancé Scott Mason is doomed the moment Kate meets John. Sure enough, the T-X kills him and poses in Scott's place to try and kill Kate. Kate briefly blames herself for his death, until John tells her it's not her fault (after all, the T-1000 did the same thing to his foster mother back in Terminator 2).
- Took a Level in Badass: When she finally puts up a good fight and destroys an HK:John: "You remind me of my mother."
Lieutenant General Robert Brewster
Played by: David Andrews
Kate's father and the head of Cyber Research Systems, a USAF research and development branch for robotics and artificial intelligence.
- All There in the Manual: In the novelization and a deleted scene, he mentions that CRS acquired the research done by Cyberdyne after the company went bankrupt.
- Armchair Military: Only seen in the USAF facility where robots are being developed and in his command center.
- General Ripper: Averted. He's suspicious of putting Skynet online and is generally a cautious, sensible man.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Expresses this with his Last Words, after seeing and learning of the death and destruction the newly online Skynet will cause.Brewster: I'm sorry, Katie. I opened Pandora's Box.
- Take Care of the Kids: A variant: he asks John to look after his (adult) daughter.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: The Joint Chiefs of Staff pressure him to activate Skynet to deal with a computer virus that is rampaging through the civilian Internet and threatening to infect military systems (none of them are aware the virus is Skynet, slowly exerting its control over global computer networks). The moment Brewster activates Skynet to deal with the virus, effectively ordering Skynet to destroy itself, Skynet responds by seizing control of military computer systems, sets its machines to massacre everyone in the building (thus killing anyone who'd know how to stop it), and sets Judgement Day in motion.
Sarah Jeanette Connor
John Connor's mother. She died of cancer between Judgment Day and Rise of the Machines, but not without leaving something behind.
- Absentee Actor: Linda Hamilton refused to come back after reading the script, so Sarah was written out.
- Call-Back: The phrase on her epitaph: "No fate but what we make".
- Miles to Go Before I Sleep: Despite only being given six months to live when she was diagnosed with leukemia, Sarah survived longer than expected, just to make sure Judgement Day didn't happen when originally predicted.John: The doctors only gave her six months, but she fought for three years. Long enough to make sure.
Kate: Make sure?
John: That the world didn't end.
- Missing Mom: She's dead for a couple of years by the time John is attacked by a new Terminator.
- More Dakka: Her coffin is full of weapons. She's been secretly cremated, and her ashes have been scattered somewhere in New Mexico.
- Posthumous Character: She died in 1997, the very year Judgment Day was originally supposed to happen.
- Properly Paranoid: Despite telling John otherwise, she never truly believed Judgement Day had been stopped, and left behind a weapons cache for John to use in the event her fears proved accurate.
Dr. Peter Silberman
Played by: Earl Boen
The psychiatrist who followed the case of Sarah Connor since 1984 and supervised her psychiatric internment in 1995. He has become a post-trauma counselor since.
- Agent Scully: Subverted. It's strongly implied he is unable to shake off what saw during the events of Terminator 2, despite his best efforts, and is noticeably still shaken by the implications.
- Believing Their Own Lies: He's obviously tried to rationalize away what he saw at the hospital in Terminator 2, but it clearly still haunts him. Even as he attempts to comfort Kate Brewster with the lies he told himself, he clearly doesn't quite believe what he's saying.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: He not-too-subtly implies it took him years to get over seeing two Terminators in action, and even then he's only rationalized it by convincing himself it wasn't actually real. The revelation that Terminators existed, and that Sarah wasn't lying, would be particularly horrifying for Silberman — given she discussed Judgment Day in great detail.
- Reassigned to Antarctica: He has gone from cruelly running a mental health hospital to being a post-trauma counselor for the sheriff's department.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Once he spots that all too familiar heavily armed badass in leather, the doctor rather wisely decides to make himself scarce.
- Took a Level in Kindness: In sharp contrast to the last time we saw him, Silberman has become much more humble and kind; he's sympathetic to Kate, sits down with her, and sincerely tries to comfort her.