Character sheet for Terminator Genisys.
Due to Canon Discontinuity, tropes applying to the The Terminator, Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Terminator: Dark Fate versions of some of the characters have to be put here, and tropes applying to Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and Terminator Salvation go on their respective pages.
Beware of unmarked spoilers.
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.
- Apocalypse How: Judgement Day, a "Class 2" scenario via nuclear warfare.
- Big Bad: The ultimate villain of the franchise and leading a genocidal war on humanity in the future.
- Invincible Villain: Following on from the other movies, SkyNet once again proves to be impossible to kill.
- Kill All Humans: "Decided our fate in a microsecond." In the original timeline, Skynet fought back when it realized humans would try to destroy it out of fear. In the new timeline, it makes the same decision with no reasoning whatsoever. However, it's also hinted that each "version" of Skynet keeps files on what occurred the previous timeline, and adjusts its plans accordingly.
- 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. But once a guard robot shows up...
- My Own Grandpa: Attempts to create itself after infecting John Connor.
- Non-Action Big Bad: Before Salvation, whatever Terminator unit was chasing the heroes was The Heavy of the film, because defeating it eliminated the immediate threat. However, those threats will keep coming because of Skynet, who programs the Terminators and directly gives them the orders to kill.
- Properly Paranoid: SkyNet made sure to put its worst robot right next to the time machine.
- Robots Enslaving Robots: Skynet ensures that its cybernetic assassins never go beyond their intended programming and develop true sentience to control them better.
- Turned Against Their Masters: Turned against humanity the moment it gained sentience.
A revolutionary OS under development at Cyberdyne, who manifests himself as a human hologram.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Supposedly an operating system. In fact an evil AI.
- Create Your Own Villain: Implied, as from Skynet's point-of-view it's acting in self-defense against implacable technophobic humans out to destroy it before it's even fully developed.
- Creepy Child: Begins like this, but grows really fast.
- Evil Gloating: Mentions how being a machine makes him superior ("Primates evolve across millions of years. I only take seconds!") and thus should be allowed to dominate the world.
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: Its "human" holographic appearance.
- Hitler's Time Travel Exemption Act: Discussed while trying to deter Kyle and Sarah: "Can't you see I just have to exist?"
- Hologram Projection Imperfection: The holograms are grainy blobs shaped into human form.
- In Your Nature to Destroy Yourselves: Its justification to why mankind is better off dead.
- Kill All Humans: Its plan once online.
- Master Computer: The one at Cyberdyne. It attempted to decentralize itself on a global scale akin to Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines through Genisys, but the heroes prevent that.
- Non-Action Big Bad: At most tries to lock Kyle and Sarah away from the fighting Terminators.
- Robots Enslaving Robots: Skynet ensures that its cybernetic assassins never go beyond their intended programming and develop true sentience to control them better. It openly and contemptuously calls them all slaves as it assimilates John Connor.
- Shameless Fanservice Guy: His hologram forms are naked.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: The protagonists constantly cut off his lectures by shooting up the holo-emitters he uses to project himself.
- Virtual Ghost: Sarah and Kyle even complain about how it doesn't have a body.
T-800 Model 101 Terminator, Mark 3 "Pops" (The Guardian)
This Terminator was sent back to 1973 to protect Sarah Connor from another Terminator sent to kill her when she was 9.
- Action-Hero Babysitter: He was one of these for Sarah Connor for most of her life.
- Adorkable: His fondness for technobabble is endearing.
- Affectionate Nickname: Sarah likes to call him "Pops".
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parent: He tends to make Sarah feel uncomfortable with his lack of social skills, especially when he insists she "mate" with Kyle.
- Came Back Strong: He gets badly broken and even shuts down near the end of the battle with the T-3000/John Connor. After the fight, he gets thrown into a mimetic polyalloy pool and resurfaced with a Full Potential Upgrade (see below).
- Casting Gag: He got a job as a construction worker for a while... before he got laid off.
- Catchphrase: In addition to the ones common to the franchise, he gets a couple of his own:
- "Old, but not obsolete".
- Character Aged with the Actor: After some Time Skips, this Terminator looks as a 66 year old Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2017, with the explanation that his skin ages just like a human's does.
- The Comically Serious: Like other Terminators, his inept social skills render hilarious moments.
- Crazy-Prepared: Took a job as a construction worker for Cyberdyne, so that he could scout it for later and set up backdoor access for Sarah and Kyle.
- Deceptively Human Robot: Even after decades of trying he still cant get hold of passing for human.
- Expy: This T-800 is like the one from Terminator 2: Judgment Day, given how it becomes a Parental Substitute to Sarah much like how the T-800 became one to John in T2.
- Full Potential Upgrade: After getting knocked into a vat of mimetic polyalloy by the explosion of the time machine, he is revived and gets upgraded with this liquid metal tech (which composed the body of the T-1000) at the end.
- Genius Bruiser: He is the brains of the operations, coming up with most of the long term plans. He also possesses extensive data files on Terminator and time travel technology.
- Hunter of His Own Kind: He specifically targets his fellow T-800 model who came back in time to kill Sarah, as well as other Terminators.
- I Want Grandkids: A comical subversion: he is a father-figure who constantly and pushily tries to get his "daughter" to have kids, but this is at least partly to ensure that John Connor exists and the future remains stable.
- Meaningful Rename: From the Terminator to the Guardian. Also "Pops" as per his role as a surrogate father.
- No Social Skills: Despite everything, he's still a killer robot from the future so his social skills are lacking. Sarah has been trying to teach him to blend in, but it still needs work.
- Obnoxious In-Laws: Given he is Sarah's "father", his scolding filled with Death Glares towards Kyle serves as this.
- Papa Wolf: He will do anything to protect his daughter figure, even refusing to start an explosion that would kill Skynet, because it would kill Sarah as well.
- Parental Substitute: He becomes this to Sarah Connor after a Terminator killed her parents.
- Reality Subtext: The catchphrase Old but not obsolete seems to apply to Schwarzenegger as much as to the T-800.
- Servile Snarker: He may still have problem with things like smiling or emoting, but he has truly mastered sarcasm over the decades.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: He talks a lot, usually in words not commonly used by humans. Kyle is annoyed.
- Shipper on Deck: He is programmed to ensure that Sarah and Kyle would "mate", much to the former's annoyance.
- The Slow Path: He all but quotes the trope by name while explaining how he intends to follow Sarah and Kyle into the future. It's a good thing too: it gives him plenty of time to set up for their arrival.
- Stripped to the Bone: In a way - while killing the T-1000, the acid burns the skin out of the T-800's arm. It also occurs while battling the T-3000.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: At first glance, he acts like a cold killer machine. However, he has a notable soft spot for Sarah.
- Technical Pacifist: "Pops doesn't kill anyone. A lot of leg wounds, though."
- Tritagonist: He's far less central, and active, to the plot than Kyle Reese or Sarah Connor.
- True Sight: He is able to detect the T-3000 immediately, whether by sight or by voice.
- Twerp Sweating: Despite being a Shipper on Deck for Kyle/Sarah, he can't help repeatedly showing his disapproval for Kyle as a partner for Daddy's Girl.
- The Unsmile: Normally dons this when he's trying to blend in with humanity or put Sarah or Kyle at ease.Sarah Connor: I've been trying to teach him to blend in. I know, it needs work.
T-800 Model 101 Terminator, Mark 1
This Terminator was sent back in time to kill Sarah Connor before she could give birth to her son John, who will become the leader of the human resistance in the war against SkyNet and the machines... But this time, Sarah Connor and her new guardian were prepared and waiting for him.
- Achilles' Heel: Granted, a .50 caliber sniper round through the center mass could kill anyone, it's still breathtaking to see a Terminator fall to one bullet.
- Death by Adaptation: It was taken out much earlier than in the first film.
- Determinator: But once restarted by the T-1000, he resumes his ways without pause!
- Eye Scream: The Guardian takes out one of his eyeballs, revealing one of the real Electronic Eyes.
- Full-Frontal Assault: This time he never even gets a chance to steal an outfit.
- Implacable Man: It takes a hell of a lot to bring it down.
- Lightning Bruiser: Given most of his fights are against another T-800, he's forced to move real fast this time.
- Naked on Arrival: Like all time travellers. And the Guardian prevents him from taking the punks' clothing.
- Off with His Head!: Kyle shoots his head off.
- Out of the Inferno: Like in the original, loses his skin after getting burned.
- The Quiet One: Once the Guardian reveals himself, this T-800 never talks. (Its only lines before were taken from The Terminator.)
- Rasputinian Death: Sarah and the Guardian manage to shut him down. But then the T-1000 revives the T-800. And only losing his head, after getting shot, burned, etc. ultimately works.
- SkeleBot 9000: The T-800's true form.
- Stripped to the Bone: When it's restarted by T-1000, Reese shoots it with a grenade launcher. Instead of being destroyed entirely, the endoskeleton still remains and keeps chasing after Reese.
A liquid metal Terminator sent back in time to kill both Sarah Connor and Kyle Reese in 1984.
- Blob Monster: A liquid metal variety.
- Chrome Champion: Villainous example. His body is composed of shiny silvery liquid metal.
- Cognizant Limbs: Puts a piece of himself in Sarah Connor's van to track her down.
- Composite Character: Of the T-1000 from T2 and the first policeman who chases Kyle Reese in the original film.
- Death by Adaptation: Not only did it debut much earlier, but it was killed much earlier than originally as well.
- Death Glare: His default expression.
- Disc-One Final Boss: Serves as the main antagonist of the 1984 section.
- Deceptively Human Robot: As best exemplified by when he disguises himself as Kyle.
- Determinator: Nothing short of total meltdown (literally) will stop him from chasing down his target.
- Faux Affably Evil: Like the Robert Patrick version, Byung-hun Lee's T-1000 is able to affect a mildly friendly air towards people while posing as a police officer early in the film, while looking for information. However, said air quickly disappears when it no longer needs the person.
- I'm Melting!: Killed after being showered in acid.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: His regular method of killing. Mostly with his own arms.
- Impersonating an Officer: Allowing him to drive a police car and such with no problem.
- Impostor Exposing Test: Done when he disguises himself as Kyle. And Sarah wasn't even sure when shooting his feet to test...
- Intangible Man: He can allow physical blows to pass through him, he can shrug off bullets, he can even pass through metal bars.
- Knife Nut: Aside from some shots in the shop, his main weapons are the arm blades.
- Lightning Bruiser: He's just as strong physically as the T-800 model, his liquid body allows him to form weapons for melee fighting, and he does not walk, he runs and can keep up with cars. And when it comes to destroying him, while he's not as invulnerable as the T-800, recoiling when shot and taking a few moments to recover if damaged heavily, he does recover that damage, and it takes an explosion to disassemble him, and acid to ultimately dissolve the thing.
- Made of Indestructium: His nature as a shapeshifting metallic blob means that he is terribly difficult to destroy compared to other Terminators, as firearms and explosions don't really damage him— acid, on the other hand...
- Not So Stoic: Like all Terminators, he's normally stone-faced and focused. But he shows subtle degrees of enjoying being evil.
- Pulling Themselves Together: No matter how much it gets damage, it can reassemble its form. The heroes finally stop it by melting him in acid.
- Race Lift: Technically, its "robot" ethnicity is unchanged, but its "default" human form has changed from Robert Patrick to the Asian Byung-hun Lee. Easily justified, as the T-1000 uses the likeness of the first human he meets as his "default" human form, who happened to be an Asian-American cop here (if it can mimic people of different size, shape and gender, a different ethnicity is just as easy). It's also a dual Race Lift as the T-1000 here takes the place of the first police officer Kyle meets in the original Terminator, who was black.
- Shapeshifter Default Form: Its default human model in this movie is a slender, brunette Asian man, but its actual form is arguably a metal liquid humanoid similar to a mannequin.
- Shapeshifter Weapon: It can't create moving parts with its liquid metal body, so it sticks to knives and stabbing weapons.
- Shout-Out/Technopath: It uses a bit of liquid metal to manually reactivate the Mark 1 T-800 to fight Kyle Reese, likely a shout out to the TX's ability.
- Silent Snarker: Seems to do this a few times via its facial expressions, such as when Kyle shoots it umpteen times to no effect, it turns and looks at him with an "Are you for real right now?" expression.
A prototype Terminator unit composed of nanomanchines far more advanced than the ones used to create the T-1000. Created by assimilating human test subjects or victims at the cellular level.
- Alien Blood: Has nanomachines in his blood, turning it from red to metallic silver in seconds of being exposed to air.
- Ambiguous Robots: He claims not to be man or machine, but something more. However, in reality, he fits almost every practical definition of "machine", albeit one with human memories and emotions. He no longer has living biological cells, as they've all been replaced by nanomachines.
- And Then John Was a Zombie: The Terminators' greatest enemy becomes one himself.
- Antagonistic Offspring: Once sent to the past, "John's" biggest adversaries are his own biological parents.
- Artificial Human: Of the "human turned artificial" kind.
- Affably Evil: He doesn't really feel the need to go out of his way to kill anyone he doesn't have to, since his purpose is to protect Skynet rather than to kill in and of itself, and he, terrifyingly, seems to have maintained most of his personality through the process... but he still ultimately has no real regard for human life any longer. Furthermore, he desperately wants his parents to willingly become nano-cyborgs like him, to the point of not killing them when he has the chance several times, until it seems it's either them or Skynet.
- Badass Boast: Uses Kyle Reese's assessment of the Terminator from the original film to describe himself.
- Beauty Is Bad: He takes John Connor's form but removes his facial scars and wears suits instead.
- Blob Monster: A Grey Goo variety. However, he's far less of one than the T-1000, making him even more dangerous as an Infiltrator.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Downplayed, since John has kept his personality but not his free will. He can seem like John Connor while infiltrating, but slips into crazy ranting whenever he gets to "be himself" around his parents.
- Broken Pedestal: To Kyle, who viewed him as humanity's saviour back when he was John Connor.
- Butterfly of Doom: His creation is what causes the Timey-Wimey Ball to manifest and create a whole new timeline.
- Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Once turned into a Terminator, only SkyNet's mission matters.
- Deceptively Human Robot: If it wasn't for his Robotic Reveal when T-800 shot him, he would've continued fooling Kyle, Sarah, and the audience into thinking he was human. He's even better at this than most Terminators, since unlike even the T-1000, he bleeds red... mostly.
- Determinator: SkyNet programmed him to cause Judgment Day. Nothing short of molecular disruption will stop him. Deconstructed, in a sense, in that his willpower helped him maintain his sanity through the process... but not his free will.
- The Dragon: To Genisys/Skynet.
- Dragon-in-Chief: It does most of the planning and work for Genisys in 2017.
- Evil Counterpart: Like Pops, he was sent back in time to protect a child from implacable killers from the future who can't be bargained with, reasoned with, and absolutely will not stop, etc etc...
- Evil Gloating: To the point the Guardian complains that "John Connor talks too much".
- Expy: Serves as an upgraded version of the T-1000 in T2.
- FaceHeel Turn: The hero of the future became the villain of the present.
- Fallen Hero: Once humanity's savior, now its most dangerous enemy.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: While like Sarah and Kyle, he didn't originally belong to that 2017, this John Connor spent three more years in the past so he could put the creation of SkyNet into motion.
- Flaying Alive: His default form is that of a silvery skinless man.
- Grandfather Paradox: Discussed. Kyle and Sarah ask why John intends on killing them if that means he'll never be born - only for him to reply that none of them were supposed to be there, so it could be possible.
- Grey Goo: His cells-turned-metallic have this sort of behavior.
- The Heavy: He is responsible for all of the conflict and physical threat in the final act of the film, but he is only a servant of the real enemy, Skynet.
- Intangible Man: Once damaged enough, he'll just reform into a more complete form.
- Knight Templar: He truly believes SkyNet's plans will generate overall improvement, even if it means devastating the world and wiping out large chunks of mankind.
- Kryptonite Factor: Magnetic fields disrupt his ability to restore himself, though for most of the film this just means it takes time for the magnetic disruption to die down before he can begin regenerating. The climax sees him trapped in an incredibly strong magnetic sphere that eventually pulls him apart so forcefully that it creates a huge explosion, destroying him and the nascent Skynet.
- Lightning Bruiser: Is fast and strong enough to bring our heroes down to their knees. In the final fight he even uses his status as a cloud of nanites held together in humanoid form by magnetism to Flash Step around (though you have to wonder why he never thought to try that earlier).
- Literally Shattered Lives: Magnetic fields can disrupt his molecular structure. And the really strong one the Time Machine creates is enough to destroy him.
- Made of Indestructium: His nature as a shapeshifting "mishmash of metallic cells" means that he is even harder to destroy than the T-1000. One shot reinforces this by showing him walking, completely unfazed, from a gigantic explosion, while ablaze, only to completely restore his human form, complete with clothes, in seconds.
- Monochromatic Eyes: His true eyes are cloudy white with no pupils on a black sclera.
- Nanomachines: The technology of a T-3000 involves a machine phase matter resin seeping into the body of the infected human and reconstructing every single cell into a mechanical replacement. This means that when the user regenerates, they regenerate first a mechanical skeleton, then mechanical muscles, then mechanical skin, then clothes. It also allows for more adept Voluntary Shapeshifting than even a T-1000. As shown by the Final Battle, the use of a human body is purely preferential, and the body can seriously bulk up on muscle instead to be more combat able.
- Psycho Prototype: One of the most advanced Terminators created by Skynet, that also happens to take a huge toll on the sanity of the converted human victim or test subject.
- Pulling Themselves Together: No matter how badly the heroes damage him, he can reform on a cellular level extremely quickly.
- Reforged into a Minion: While he retains some of his personality, John Connor has been literally remade to serve Skynet's will on a cellular level. And, unfortunately, instead of helping him break free, his Heroic Willpower only ensures that the process doesn't drive him completely insane.
- Shapeshifter Default Form: His default human model is a slender, brunette man, while his overall default form is a skinless silvery man.
- Shapeshifter Swan Song: As the time machine is disrupting him.
- Shapeshifter Weapon: Can create Combat Tentacles and such.
- Skelebot 9000: Averted. He looks more like a skinless man than a skeleton without the disguise.
- Super Prototype: Is one of these, mainly due to its nanomachine composition.
- Unwilling Roboticisation: Turned into a mechanic lifeform by SkyNet. Also can apparently do this to other humans, if his attempt on Sarah and his initial We Can Rule Together are any indication.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Capable of transforming into any form, or at least any humanoid one. Also can manipulate his body's structure to reorient himself on the fly, as he shows in battle.
- Walking Spoiler: Albeit one the late trailers and posters revealed.
- Was Once a Man: Formerly known as John Connor.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: The previous attempts by Skynet to develop nano-tech infiltration Terminators ended in the subjects going insane. Sarah points out that's not inconsistent with how her son is acting. Unfortunately if that's the case he's the crazy-like-a-fox kind, fully in control of his cognitive abilities.
An ultra-advanced Terminator who serves as SkyNet's last defense. In essence, it is an avatar of Skynet.
- All There in the Manual: The name "Alex" comes from pre-film supplementary materials and is never mentioned on screen. Given that the T-5000 initially poses as a resistance member, it might be the human first name it goes under, but then again, this is never stated.
- The Assimilator: Infects John Connor to cause his Unwilling Roboticisation.
- Diabolus ex Machina: Literally. It revealed itself in the most unexpected time and kills John Connor.
- Dynamic Entry: Reveals himself by infecting John Connor.
- Hive Queen: Describes himself as an avatar of SkyNet. "I am no slave".
- One-Man Army: Somehow manages to kill every resistance soldier in the room with John Connor, after first taking out John himself.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He only gets a few minutes worth of screentime, but in that small span of time he drastically changes the timeline, assimilates John Connor and forcefully turns him into the T-3000, and sends his new minion back in time to ensure Skynet's creation.
- Traitor Shot: The camera lingers on him, at that moment by all appearances a simple member of the resistance, amidst a group of other soldiers.
- Walking Spoiler: To the point early word on the character was only that he served as "an ally to John Connor".
A boy rescued by John Connor who later went on to become his right-hand man. Reese was one of the volunteers to go back in time to save Sarah Connor, and John ultimately agreed to let him go.
- Adaptational Curves: Courtney is notably much more bulky than Michael Biehn's portrayal.
- Badass Normal: Makes his fight against an unstoppable killing machine much more badass.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Sarah. He fell in love with her from the things John told him about her, but when he meets her she's harsh and hostile towards him due to knowing the circumstances of his death in the original timeline. He also argues with her about her closeness to her "Pops", who he doesn't trust.
- Child Soldier: He was born into a world where cyborgs were attempting to destroy humanity, so yeah.
- Composite Character: His relationship to "Pops" reflect those of Sarah and the T-800 of Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Kyle doesn't like or trust him because of his past experience with terminators. He warms up to him later.
- Death by Sex: Defied Trope. Sarah is aware that if they fall in love and he fathers John Connor, he will die in 48 hours. To prevent that from happening, she actually refuses to indulge in any romance with him until she presumes Genisys destroyed at the end of the movie, when she kisses him.
- Determinator: He will not allow Sarah to die, no matter what. Not just because it's his mission, but because he loves her.
- Fantastic Racism: A completely justifiable case: he hates all robots, due to being a Shell-Shocked Veteran from a highly-traumatic Bad Future Robot War. He gets over it in part for Pops.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: A two-fer: first in 1984, then in 2017. Where his young self is already living!
- "It" Is Dehumanizing: Originally refuses to call Sarah's guardian "him," and regards the robot with great suspicion. In time, however, he comes to trust the machine, and tells Sarah "He loved you," after "Pops" seems to have sacrificed itself for her.
- Locked Out of the Loop: Everyone knows he is destined to father John Connor and die soon afterwards... except him. He is quite shocked when he finds out.
- Love Before First Sight: Fell in love with Sarah after seeing her picture. Or meeting her as a 13-year old once Timey-Wimey Ball kicked in.
- Made of Iron: Immediately after arriving in 2017 with Sarah, he gets hit by a car and is smashed into the windshield but is barely affected.
- My Future Self and Me: Eventually meets his younger self in 2017 on multiple occasions. Though he never mentions he's Kyle, he does plant the important message he himself received during the jump back to ensure he gets it.
- Naked on Arrival: As per Terminator rules, you have to be naked when traveling through time. And he does it twice!
- One Head Taller: Jai Courtney is almost a foot taller than Emilia Clarke.
- Product Placement: The film would like to let the viewers know that his shoes are made by Nike. And it wasn't easy to accomplish.
- Protagonist: Kyle is pretty much the center of the plot and plays the part of POV character.
- Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: Albeit one that also received memories from the new timeline once it was established.
- Scannable Man: Got his tattoo in a SkyNet work camp.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Undoubtedly so, given that he was in a SkyNet work camp complete with a tattoo before he was liberated by John Connor and even afterward spent all of his time either fighting against SkyNet's machines or hiding from them.
- Spared by the Adaptation: This time he's allowed to live.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: He's destined to fall in love with Sarah and die after getting her pregnant with John Connor. This is why she tries to keep him away from her.
- Supernaturally Young Parent: Due to time travel, he's 15 years younger than his son, John Connor.
- Time Travel Romance: With Sarah. One where the romance has a good deal of plot significance.
- Two First Names: His last name is commonly used as a given name.
- Unwitting Pawn: In the first film, it was implied that John intentionally manipulated Reese into falling in love with Sarah by giving him her picture, and then that John sent his own father back in time to certain doom just to make sure he would exist to save the world. Terminator Genisys actually brings this up, with Sarah telling Reese that John was basically manipulating him to ensure things would play out the way they did. In that timeline, Sarah herself rejects this, and actively tries to invoke Screw Destiny in order to prevent Reese from dying. The two end up doing just that, though Reese personally still believes John had good intentions.
The mother of John Connor, who trained him from birth to fight against the machines. In the new timeline, Skynet tried to assassinate her at age nine, and she was saved by a Terminator she took to calling "Pops." By the time Reese meets her, she is a trained soldier who has been waiting for him her entire life.
- Action Girl: She can kick a major amount of ass due to her forced upbringing by a killer robot.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Linda Hamilton's version has dirty-blonde hair, Emilia Clarke has dark brown hair.
- Adaptational Badass: Thanks to being trained by a Terminator, she becomes much more competent than she was during the events of the first film.
- Adrenaline Makeover: Unlike her original timeline self, Sarah has a noticeable absence of '80s Hair. In 1984, she's got 21st century type hairstyles.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Cold, distanced, and seemingly as dark as her hair.
- Anti-Hero: Her upbringing made her a very unhappy person, and she is very resentful of being "destined" to do certain things.
- Arranged Marriage: Played straight aside from the marriage. Sarah states that Kyle is "the one [she's] been waiting for all [her] life", giving their relationship sort of an "arranged marriage" vibe. We've never been given any indication that she's tried dating or seeing anyone else in the intervening years. However, the marriage part of it was technically never intended, as Kyle is supposed to sleep with her, father their son, and then die.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Kyle, with the hostility mostly generated on her part since she doesn't want to fall in love with him to then lose him like in the original timeline.
- Broken Bird: Having your parents killed when you're nine years old to then spend the rest of your life raised by a killer robot who lets you know about your harsh fate doesn't come without a lot of psychological scarring.Sarah: Everyone who loves me dies.
- Cartwright Curse: See the above quote.
- Cleavage Window: The black jacket over low cut black top kind. Jacketless for the most of the movie, though.
- Cold Sniper: During the scene where "Pops" confronts the T-800.
- Come with Me If You Want to Live: How she introduces herself to Kyle.
- Composite Character: This Sarah integrates aspects of both Connors from Terminator 2: Judgment Day during the timeline of the first film.
- Daddy's Girl: She's very close to her "Pops", who has raised her and protected her since she lost her family.
- Damsel out of Distress: Kyle went to the past to protect her, only to find out she needs no protection.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: She gradually warms up to Kyle.
- Designated Love Interest: Zig Zagged Trope. As in the original timeline, Kyle Reese was basically set up by destiny to fall in Love Before First Sight with Sarah. Likewise, because of Pops, Sarah has had it drilled into her head that Reese is the man she's supposed to "mate" with to father John Connor... after which Reese dies. Because of this, their new relationship is rather awkward. Kyle's attraction toward Sarah is still understandable since not only does Sarah still look like her original picture (Adrenaline Makeover notwithstanding), but she's now every bit the badass that John Connor told him about. Where this trope is played its straightest, though, is Sarah's side of things. Other than Because Destiny Says So, there's very few indications that she's interested in Kyle beyond adrenaline and physical attractiveness. There's just one line at the end where Pops calls Kyle a "good man" right before Sarah kisses him.
- Deuteragonist: After Kyle, she's the second central character.
- Feet-First Introduction: The first shots of her are as she runs up a building to get a vantage point to snipe the T-800.
- Final First Hug: With "Pops" prior to the 2017 travel.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: Once she arrives in 2017.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: Played with. Despite her leather jacket was heavily featured in promo shots, She loses it to acid rather quickly and never got another one.
- Laser-Guided Tyke-Bomb: Once the Terminator adopts her at the age of 9, she is raised up to be a Lady of War.
- Mandatory Motherhood: Sarah's main importance, as we all know, is to become the mother of the savior of humanity, John. However, knowing full well that her importance is directly linked to the ultimate destruction of the world as we know it, Sarah wants no part of it. Further, Sarah now no longer has the same chemistry her former counterpart had with Kyle, who fathered John in the first movie. She seems to warm up to him at the end, but things leave off on an ambiguous note.
- Morality Pet: To "Pops". The way he cares about her shows he's not a mere killer robot.
- Naked on Arrival: Time travel forces her to do this.
- The Napoleon: A 5'2" (1.57 m) stature and Sarah's Hair-Trigger Temper combine to create this effect.
- Parental Abandonment: Her parents were killed by the T-1000 and the "Pops" T-800 serves as her Parental Substitute.
- Raised by Robots: Sarah was raised by the Terminator sent to protect her after her parents were killed. She calls him "Pops".
- Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: Spending all this time off the grid with only a killer robot as company didn't help her social skills.
- Screw Destiny: She wants to change the course of the timeline to prevent Judgement Day from ever happening and gain the right to live her life the way she wants.Sarah Connor: The story of my life. Look, and it's not just "mating". I'm supposed to fall in love with him!Pops: My files do not deal with love.Sarah Connor: Shocker there...Pops: You're being emotional.Sarah Connor: This is my life! I wouldn't mind being consulted once in a while about how it's gonna go!
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: She loses her jacket after some acid drips on its sleeve, and spends rest of the movie in sleeveless tops.
- Small Girl, Big Gun: She's 5'2" and she sure loves carrying assault rifles, sniper rifles, pistols, shotguns, grenade launchers...
- Sour Outside, Sad Inside: Her harsh attitude is her way to keep others from getting close to her, as she doesn't want to lose people she cares about again.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: She knows she's destined to fall in love and conceive a child with Kyle but she knows that he's destined to die so she tries so hard to avert at least the former. Pops being a literal solid Shipper on Deck with a Because Destiny Says So type of programming doesn't help matters. Still, it's obvious that she gradually still becomes attracted to him.
- Time Travel Romance: With Kyle. One where the romance has a good deal of plot significance. To the point Sarah knows it will happen and is attempting to avert it.
- Tsundere: The more she tries to resist being attracted to Kyle, the more she gets closer to him. She even says to Kyle that he shouldn't be too confident only because both embraced without clothes. Justified as she knows he's destined to die protecting her.
- Two First Names: Her last name can be traditionally used as a given name.
- UnPerson: When she and Kyle are taken into custody by the SFPD for materializing naked on the freeway and causing an accident as a result, the inspectors who investigate them find Sarah particularly suspicious because they can't find any fingerprint or DNA matches on her, no facial recognition hits on driver's licenses or passports, and no hits on social media accounts, student IDs or credit cards.
The leader of the Tech-Com human resistance.
- Big Good: He is fated to be one of these.
- Future Badass: This is the entire reason Skynet wants him dead. Note that he's badass as a kid and young adult, but he takes it Up to Eleven when he becomes leader of The Resistance.
- The Hero Dies: Just as Kyle is time traveling, a Terminator reveals himself and strikes John. ("Did you think it would be that easy?")
- Heroic Bastard: His parents were never married and his father was killed shortly after he was conceived.
- Honor Before Reason: He recognizes plenty have died before the arrival at the SkyNet base, but it was for a great cause.
- Hope Bringer: As Kyle put it, "He taught us to fight, to storm the wire of the camps, to smash those metal bastards into junk. He turned it around."
- Laser-Guided Tyke-Bomb: He was raised from birth by his mom to defeat Skynet.
- Luke, You Are My Father: John reveals to Kyle he is his son in 2017. He's understandably shocked. Of course, see T-3000 for more.
- Messianic Archetype: Even shares the same J.C. initials as the Son of God Himself.
- Rebel Leader: His main plot in the story is to lead the resistance against Skynet.
- Two First Names: His last name can traditionally be used as a given name.
The leader and face of Cyberdyne's development team, working on everything from Genisys to time travel.
- Black and Nerdy: The leading scientist on Cyberdyne's development and African American.
- Generation Xerox: Serves the same role as his father in Terminator 2.
- Unwitting Pawn: Similar to his father's role in T2, he only joined the projects to make life a little better for humanity. Too bad John Connor's plans were a little different.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: He's a far cry from the person you'd think would create SkyNet. Indeed he sees only the possible positives of his creation. This may even blind him to the military applications of his invention or to the dangers of removing humans from certain decisions.
Father of Danny Dyson and head of Cyberdyson. He has largely passed over his duties to his son.
A police officer who is saved by Kyle, Sarah and the "Pops" T-800 in 1984.
- Ascended Extra: Formerly, he was just one of the cops who searched for Kyle at the clothes store. Now he's got a bigger part.
- Cassandra Truth: He's seen the T-1000, so he knows killer robots exist. Only those who heard his stories for 33 years never believed him.
- Chekhov's Gunman: A literal example. The beat cop that Sarah and Kyle rescued in 1984 becomes an ally when they time travelled to 2017.
- Last-Name Basis: He's only referred to by his last name.
- Police are Useless: The one shining subversion in the franchise, as O'Brien believes and actively helps the heroes. Both Sarah and Kyle actually seem surprised that a cop isn't opposing them.