Character page for the humans appearing in the continuity comprising The Terminator, Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Terminator: Dark Fate.
Character sheets for the entries that came between Judgment Day and Dark Fate have been moved on separate pages due to their Alternate Timeline/Alternate Continuity status induced by the Unreboot of Dark Fate. For them, see the index above.
Introduced in The Terminator
Sarah Jeanette Connor
Played by: Linda Hamilton
Dubbed by: Élisabeth Wiener (European French, The Terminator), Véronique Augereau (European French, Terminator 2, Dark Fate)
Appears in: The Terminator | Terminator 2: Judgment Day | Terminator: Dark Fate
The mother of the future human resistance leader against the Machines, John Connor.
- Action Survivor: In the first movie; turning on the hydraulic press that kills the Terminator shows her transition to Action Girl.
- Action Mom: In the second film, bordering on Knight Templar Parent.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys:
- In the first film she is guilty of this, as she dated a guy that treated her like dirt before she met Kyle. When she does meet Kyle, it's clear that she is unnerved by him, but still likes him, as proven when she tip toes around the question of whether or not he had a girlfriend, seconds before his Anguished Declaration of Love. Lastly, as mentioned in Terminator 2, she started going out with military personnel, mostly to learn things she could teach John, but given her history....
- She even reflects to herself how the Terminator was, in her opinion, the only suitable father figure while listing off the different ways a parent can abuse or neglect their child (which likely speaks volumes about the other men she met).
- Anti-Hero: While Sarah was firmly an Action Survivor in the first film, come time for the second one, she's become unhinged suffering a nasty case of PTSD. Sarah attempts to Shoot the Dog and even attempted to kill Miles Dyson in front of his family.
- Big "NO!": Sarah almost makes it out of the asylum, but she sees the T-800 walking out of an elevator. After saying "no" in a low tone of disbelief, it turns into this out of sheer terror.
- Broken Bird: Second movie. Her attempts to stop Judgment Day have left her sanity somewhat in tatters and she is in a mental hospital at the beginning of T2.
- The Bus Came Back: Written off between films after T2 and only appearing in alternate timelines since, the original Sarah finally returns in Dark Fate after a 28-year absence.
- Cassandra Truth: She's institutionalized to trying to prevent and talking about the future war with the machines. Played with, however, because she's still Ax-Crazy despite being right about that.
- Character Development: She has two:
- In the first film, she was a Shrinking Violet with self-doubt until Skynet specifically targets her by sending a T-800 while Kyle Reese was sent to protect her by her future son's orders. Even then, she still had doubts about herself when Kyle tells her about the amazing things John told about her, until Kyle and herself were on the last legs on their life until she manages to literally crush the T-800. This action allowed Sarah to commit herself to raise her only son into the man he was in the future.
- While she did Took a Level in Badass, she clearly did have problems with her communication skills, and often tried to date military personnel so they can teach something useful to John, and not giving her son the affection he desperately needed which was observed by the T-800. While initially distrustful with the reprogrammed T-800 who is under future John's orders to protect his younger self (and nearly tried to destroy his CPU), she learned to trust the machine when he proved to be a valuable ally and is visibly dishearten when he has to be destroyed to prevent Skynet's creation and Judgment Day while finally hugging her son.
- Cool Pet: She had a pet iguana when she was Ginger's roommate. Ginger wasn't a fan of it.
- The Cuckoolander Was Right: Invoked Trope. Sarah is right about the Killer Robots from the future, but she's still nuts.
- Damsel in Distress: The first film in centered around Kyle going back to protect her from the T-800.
- Dark Action Girl: She can kick a major amount of ass, but it doesn't come without a lot of psychological scarring. Her time in a mental hospital did her no favors. Further, Cameron wrote the hospital escape scene to avert the Faux Action Girl trope—if anything, the Terminator's arrival was little more than a Redundant Rescue, as Sarah was pretty much home free when he showed up.
- Final Girl: She's the last remaining "Sarah Connor" in Los Angeles by the end of the first movie.
- Gold Digger: Subverted Trope. In the second film... sort-of. John says Sarah would "shack up with" any guy who looked like he had something worthwhile to teach John so that he'd grow up to be the competent leader she knew he was destined to be. However, he also says that Sarah would usually try and get her new man on board with the whole Screw Destiny plan, only for them to think she's crazy and dump her. So yeah, she used a lot of guys, but under the circumstances, she still tried not to be abusive and wasn't doing it for selfish reasons.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: Played Straight. The director wanted to play with the audience's sympathies for her. Even though they already know that she's right about the Bad Future and the machine uprising, that hasn't made her the most sane person in the last nine years.
- Hair Color Dissonance: Linda Hamilton's portrayal depicts her having dirty blonde hair, while Emilia Clarke's has dark brown.
- He Who Fights Monsters: She practically became a Terminator herself, right down to her enemy's musical motif and choice of sunglasses, when she tried to murder Miles Dyson in order to prevent Skynet's creation.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In the second film. While she is prone to angry outbursts and paranoid as all hell, she truly does love John not just because of the role he plays in the future, but also because he's her son.
- The Load: In the first movie, she starts off as a relatively airheaded fast food waitress. She is forced to overcome this after Kyle is gravely wounded.
- My God, What Have I Done?:
- When her best friend/roommate Ginger and her boyfriend were killed by the Terminator in their apartment.
- Silently after the attempted hit on Dyson. Exacerbated by the fact that not only had she taken on a dimmer view on human life than the Terminator she was traveling with, but had adopted the MO of the Terminator that first tried to kill her. She almost killed a father in front of his wife and kid, something that hits her close to home after losing Reese and almost losing John.
- Parental Abandonment:
- Pink Means Feminine: Spends most of the first film wearing pink clothes (both her waitress uniform and her main outfit).
- The Protagonist: Of the first two films. Kyle and the second T-800 are The Hero of the first and second films respectively, but she has about as much screen time (and certainly more dialogue than the latter), and the story is largely told from her viewpoint.
- Screw Destiny: Is willing to commit cold-blooded murder to protect her son and stop Judgment Day. Bonus points for providing the trope image itself.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: In the second film as a result of having lost her paramour to a cyborg that was hunting her down with the intent to kill her.
- Stockholm Syndrome: Averted, but implied that other people believe she's playing the trope straight, particularly Dr. Silberman. Justified in that, after being kidnapped by a "loon" spouting ridiculous stories about killer robots, Sarah herself has become an anti-technology terrorist that blows up places that build advanced computers. Even after the police come to try and get her to make a statement against the Terminator, from their point of view, later that same night, the same guy busts her out of the institution and, days later, she's joined forces with the guy to assault a Cyberdyne building.
- Take the Wheel: Is made to do this in both the first and second movie.
- Tank-Top Tomboy: In the epilogue of the first movie, and then throughout the entire second movie, after she Takes A Level In Badass.
- This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: "You're terminated, fucker!" Also a Pre-Mortem One-Liner and Precision F-Strike.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: Despite her being a Combat Pragmatist, she's never taken the life of a human being. The one time she becomes a "terminator" to execute someone she thinks is the reason SkyNet exists, she can't bring herself to be an unemotional killer.
- Time Travel Romance: One where the romance has a good deal of plot significance.
- Time-Travel Tense Trouble: Sarah has a problem with Reese telling her of all the things she hasn't done yet.
- Took a Level in Badass: During the events between the first and second movie. It's deconstructed as it lands her in a mental hospital, and Sarah later admits that she's been a terrible mother to John.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Mentally stable mother-of-the-year she is not.
- Took a Level in Kindness: She regains a lot of her humanity by the end of the second film, and becomes a better mother to John in the process.
- Two First Names: Her last name can be traditionally used as a given name.
- Ungrateful Bitch: Instead of hugging her own son and thanking him, she just checked if John was hurt and scolds him for trying to rescue her.Sarah: You cannot risk yourself, even for me. You're too important! Do you understand?
(John begins to cry. Sarah shakes her head in disappointment.)
John: I had to get you out of that place. I'm sorry!
Sarah: I don't need your help. I can take care of myself.
- Vocal Evolution: Linda Hamilton gives her a softer voice in the first movie. In the sequel, she gives her a more assertive and commanding voice to fit her Action Mom status.
- You Killed My Father: In the first film the T-800 killed Sarah's mother trying to find Sarah.
Sergeant Kyle Reese, Tech-Com DN38416
Played by: Michael Biehn
Dubbed by: Patrick Poivey (European French)
Appears in: The Terminator
A resistance soldier in the year 2029, serving under the orders of John Connor. He was sent back in time to the year 1984 to protect John's mother Sarah from a T-800 Terminator. He is revealed to be the father of John, through the result of a predestination paradox.
- Backup from Otherworld: Appears to Sarah in a dream, warning her that the Terminators are now after John in the Director's Cut of the second movie.
- Badass Longcoat: Justified, since he needs that coat to hide his Sawed-Off Shotgun.
- Badass Normal: Makes his fight against an unstoppable killing machine much more badass.
- Bodyguard Crush: Kyle's attraction to Sarah is what conceives John Connor in the first place.
- The Cameo: His one scene in the second film.
- Child Soldier: He was born into a world with killbots attempting to destroy humanity, so yeah.
- Come with Me If You Want to Live: Trope Namer. It's the first thing he says to Sarah Connor after the Terminator attacks her, and it's the only reason she trusts him enough to escape with him.
- Dead Person Conversation: With Sarah in the second film.
- Death by Sex: Exaggerated. He survived growing up in prison camps, fought numerous battles as a member of Tech-Com, and helped win the final battle against Skynet... but he's killed the same day he loses his virginity to Sarah.
- Decoy Protagonist: Of the entire franchise. He is The Hero of the first film, but Sarah is the true protagonist, and Reese dies before Sarah destroys the Terminator in the climax.
- Determinator: He will not allow Sarah to die, no matter what. Not just because it's his mission, but because he loves her. This includes fighting the Terminator in melee combat, while he's dying from a bullet wound.
- Disappeared Dad: He is this to John Connor, having died before his son was born.
- Drives Like Crazy: Without a doubt. Justified in that he learnt to drive After the End. He also instinctively drives cars at night without the headlights on, as doing so in the future would draw Aerial Hunter-Killers.
- Experienced Protagonist: Zig-Zagged. He's got plenty of experience fighting Terminators, but not with modern weapons.
- A Father to His Men: Possibly? In a flashback of the future he's shown sadly lowering his head when a soldier he's finding alongside dies. Although this may have just been because he liked her personally or something.
- Future Badass: He became a soldier and learned how to deal with the Machines in the Bad Future he comes from, which is immsensely useful against the T-800 in 1984.
- Gaia's Lament: A deleted scene would have had Kyle crying when he saw how beautiful the world used to be.
- Glorified Sperm Donor: He dies before the birth of his son, without even knowing that Sarah was pregnant... but he's from the future, and was close friends with John Connor in his own timeline, not even knowing that they were related.
- The Hero: Reese is not The Protagonist of the first film (that's Sarah), but his efforts to protect her and battle the Terminator mean he qualifies as the hero of the narrative overall.
- The Hero Dies: He does not survive the final battle with the Terminator.
- Heroic Sacrifice: The bomb he uses to bifurcate the Terminator is the same bomb that kills him in the end.
- Incredibly Obvious Tail: He's very clumsy when tailing Sarah.
- Indy Ploy: Just about everything he does. He's up against an unstoppable robot killer with nothing but a shotgun (and later, some pipe bombs), so he doesn't have any grand battle plan.
- I Will Only Slow You Down: He tries this, collapsing from his gunshot wound after Sarah Connor has dragged him into the factory. By this time in the movie Sarah has Taken A Level In Badass, so she isn't buying it.Sarah: Move it, Reese! On your feet soldier! ON YOUR FEET!
- The Kindnapper: He kidnaps Sarah Connor to save her from the T-800 sent to kill her.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler:
- Reese doesn't survive the first film. This is a major point in the sequel, as watching him die has left Sarah utterly traumatised.
- He's the father of John Connor. The other films have made no attempt to keep this a secret.
- Love Before First Sight: Fell in love with Sarah after seeing her picture.
- MacGyvering: Makes pipe bombs out of mothballs and ammonia.
- Mr. Fanservice: In the first movie. He arrives in 1984 naked showing his athletic body, he wears mostly short sleeves t-shirts and has some number of Shirtless Scene. Michael Biehn was in good shape back then.
- Naked on Arrival: As per Terminator rules, you have to be naked when traveling through time.
- No Place for Me There: A deleted scene has him breaking down in tears as he laments that he doesn't belong in the world of 1984, which to him feels like paradise compared to the hellhole future he comes from. And knowing it was all doomed just made it worse.
- Only a Flesh Wound: He gets shot by the Terminator while escaping from the police station, but manages to keep driving until their car runs out of gas. Later, he and Sarah hide under a bridge and when she finds out he's shot, he refuses medical attention and says it's "not bad". He's shot again later on, but this one is far more serious as it slowly saps his strength and contributes to his death later.
- Pet the Dog: Reese instinctively allows the dog at the roadside hotel to sniff him. They use dogs to sniff out Terminators where he comes from.
- Product Placement: The film would like to let the viewers know that his shoes are made by Nike.
- Rescue Introduction: He introduce himself to Sarah by extricating her from Tech Noir just as the T-800 closes in for the kill.
- Sawed-Off Shotgun: Justified. He steals a police shotgun early in the film and saws it down so that he can hide it under a longcoat.
- Scannable Man: Got his tattoo in a SkyNet work camp.
- Sensory Overload: In flashback, it's shown that the future Kyle is from is blasted and barren, with most of humanity occupying cramped and overcrowded tunnels. In a deleted scene, he tears up and tells Sarah that the sight of a forest, with all its greenery and plant life, is so beautiful it hurts to look at.
- 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.
- Slave Brand: He has a barcode on his arm that was laser-burned from a robot concentration camp.
- Staircase Tumble: Falls down a metal staircase after blowing up the T-800's endoskeleton, which (combined with shrapnel from the bomb) kills him.
- Supporting Protagonist: He does have established characterization and a backstory about himself coming from the Bad Future fighting for La Résistance, but the film is mostly Sarah's story about her going from a timid woman to an empowered and strong mother of a great resistance leader told from his viewpoint.
- Supernaturally Young Parent: Thanks to the Stable Time Loop, his going back in time and sleeping with Sarah resulted in John—meaning he's younger than his son.
- Time Travel Romance: 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: It's strongly implied that John Connor deliberately manipulated Reese into falling in love with his mother by giving him her picture. And then he had to send his own father back in time to certain doom, just to make sure he would exist to save the world. Reese never knew his true role in the bigger picture, never realizing he was fighting for his own son. Must have been heartbreaking for John.
- Wake-Up Fighting: He's shown drawing his shotgun the moment he wakes up.
- With My Hands Tied: Averted; he knocks out a policeman with his hands cuffed behind his back, and apparently takes off the cuffs that way too, using the keys on the policeman's belt.
- You Have to Believe Me!: Played for Drama when he loses his patience at Silberman and starts Suddenly SHOUTING! and Spiking the Camera.
- You Shall Not Pass!: He blows up the endoskeleton in his last action and tries to jump to safety, but to no avail.
- Zipping Up the Bodybag: Barring a dream sequence in the second film, this is the last we ever see of him in the original series.
Dr. Peter Silberman
Played by: Earl Boen
Dubbed by: Sady Rebbot (European French, The Terminator), Jean-Pierre Delage (European French, Terminator 2)
Appears in: The Terminator | Terminator 2: Judgment Day
A psychologist who worked for the state of California and with the Los Angeles Police Department. He thought nothing of the so-called "delusions" shared by Kyle Reese and Sarah Connor other than being able to make a career from them being under his care.
- Agent Scully: Even more so in T2, till he sees the T-1000 walk through the barred door. Though he leaves the police station just as the Terminator walks in and is not witness to the sheer carnage that occurs next.
- Deadpan Snarker: Mocks Reese in a very straight, clinical way; he remarks that Skynet is attempting some kind of retroactive abortion and wonders why Reese didn't bring ray guns from the future with him.
- Dr. Jerk:
- Highlighted in his nonchalant behavior towards a clearly distraught Sarah in the first film. The second film does not alter this assessment.
- Also highlighted in the fact that he plans on making his career on Kyle Reese in the first film—something he actually does before the second film. Our first scene with him is showing off his prize patient like a zoo animal.
- In the Directors Cut of T2 it is strongly implied that he condones and even commands the orderlies to physically abuse Sarah, such as beating her until she takes her medication, though it is unclear if all his patients are mistreated this way or if he is just vindictive towards Sarah for how she has been treating him (e.g. stabbing him in the knee), but the fact that the orderlies do it without question (and that Sarah is visibly intimidated by them) doesn't speak well of him. This puts her belief that she had been promised visits from her son if her behaviour improved in a darker light- it's possible he was just stringing her along and never intended to let her see him even if she did genuinely improve.
- Heroic BSoD: Whilst "hero" is a stretch, Silberman does believe what he is doing is for Sarah's own good, which makes seeing the T-800 and T-1000 in action all the more horrifying.
- Missed Him by That Much: In the first movie he leaves the police station as the T-800 arrives, he happens to be looking at his pager right as the Terminator walks past him.
- Right for the Wrong Reasons: He and the other hospital staff try to keep Sarah locked up because (in addition to being a cash cow for the doctor), they feel she's an Ax-Crazy paranoid maniac because she thinks Killer Robots are out to get her and her son. They happen to be right about her state of mind, except for the bit where she's correct about all of that.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Already not the most sympathetic human character in the first film, he comes across as a bigger jerkass in Judgment Day, in which he's strongly implied to be abusive towards Sarah.
- Turn the Other Cheek: Even after years of having to deal with Sarah's repeated escape attempts, insults, and even physical attacks, he never once gets mad at her, shout at her, or even hold any of it against her. If Dr. Silberman is anything, he's a paragon of patience. Subverted in the Directors Cut where it is shown that the orderlies brutally mistreat and even sexually assault her, and Silberman is implied to not only know about but actually encourage at least some of it because he simply doesn't like her.
Detective Lieutenant Ed Traxler
Played by: Paul Winfield
Dubbed by: Jean-Claude Michel (European French)
Appears in: The Terminator
An honest, hard-working police officer from the Central Division of the LAPD. He is in charge of investigating a series of 'phone book killings' taking place across town and targeting women named "Sarah Connor".
- Da Chief: Unusually for the trope, he's very calm and clear-headed. And he does everything he can to protect Sarah.
- Decoy Protagonist: In the first act, he seemingly fulfills the role of the tritagonist of the film as the police detective investigating the killings made by the Terminator and trying to warn Sarah for her own protection (the deleted scenes that featured mostly his scenes further helps establishing him to be this). However, after bringing in Sarah and Kyle to the station, his arc ends with the Terminator massacring everyone in his station and fatally wounding him as Sarah and Kyle escapes.
- More Dakka: He has a sidearm, but sees how the T-800 seems to be impervious to handgun bullets as it rampages through the police station, so he grabs a M16 carbine hoping it can work better. It's not any bit more effective and he ends up dead, if less immediately than Vukovich.
- Nice Guy: He's a polite and kind man who tries to help Sarah through a terribly traumatic experience.
- Reasonable Authority Figure:
- As soon as he gets the report of two women named "Sarah Connor" getting killed within hours of each other, he immediately deduces that they're dealing with a pattern Serial Killer. Traxler then tries to contact the remaining Sarah, and when that fails, puts out a news bulletin so that Sarah will call them. As soon as she does, he gives very clear instructions to not leave the public night club until he arrives.
- While the others are making fun of Reese, he's quite frightened by the possibility that Reese isn't lying or crazy. He even comes to believe Reese in a deleted scene when he's dying, telling him to protect Sarah and giving him his revolver.
- Sacrificial Lion: He plays a pivotal part in tracking down the Terminator (whom he thinks to be a human psychopathic serial killer) and protecting Sarah from him, which makes it hit harder when the Terminator ambushes his station and he himself gets fatally wounded about halfway through the film.
- Supporting Protagonist: In the first act, the actions of Kyle finding Sarah, Sarah herself being stalked and the Terminator hunting Sarah are told from his viewpoint in his scenes, especially in the deleted scenes that features him following the car chase between the Terminator and Sarah and Kyle.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: While he certainly thinks someone is trying to kill Sarah Connor, he thinks they're dealing with a heavily armed psychopath with a Bulletproof Vest, not a time-traveling Killer Robot.
Detective Sergeant Hal Vukovich
Played by: Lance Henriksen
Dubbed by: Joël Martineau (European French)
Appears in: The Terminator
A Los Angeles Police Department officer and Ed Traxler's colleague.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Upon seeing a dying Traxler, whom he engages in Snark-to-Snark Combat with him throughout the film, he fires on the Terminator.
- More Dakka: Like Traxler, he has a sidearm, but a M16 carbine seems to be a better option against the T-800 as it rampages through the police station. It's not.
- Multiple Gunshot Death: Gets a point-blank burst of assault rifle fire and a shotgun blast from the Terminator, offscreen.
- Police are Useless: Averted. He may be a sarcastic hardass, but he's just as professional as Traxler, and tries multiple times to call Sarah and warn her that she is in danger.
- Shoo Out the Clowns: He's by no means a Plucky Comic Relief, but does provide a reasonable amount of levity through his sarcastic quips. Once he dies, the film gets a lot darker.
- Snark-to-Snark Combat: Regularly engages in some with Traxler.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Similar to Traxler. He thinks the Terminator is simply a thug who is too hopped up on PCP to notice his injuries.
Played by: Bess Motta
Dubbed by: Maïk Darah (European French)
Appears in: The Terminator
Sarah Connor's roommate and best friend. She and her boyfriend Matt Buchanan were killed when the Terminator came to their apartment looking for Sarah.
- '80s Hair: A shining example, especially when she and Sarah primp themselves for some quality time.
- Best Friend: She was Sarah Connor's best friend in the early 1980s.
- Death by Irony: Just a second after Ginger's murder by the Terminator, Sarah calls her and the answering machine says (with Ginger's voice) "Machines need love too"...
- Death by Sex: She had sex with her boyfriend minutes before the T-800 killed her.
- Headphones Equal Isolation: She's rocking out on headphones in full volume making an after-nookie Midnight Snack while Matt is brutally thrown around by the T-800 in the bedroom.
- Multiple Gunshot Death: The T-800 shoots her six times with his AMT Hardballer .45 Longslide with Laser Sight, all In the Back, and five of which as she's down and crawling on the floor.
- Murder by Mistake: She's on the brutal receiving end of this by the T-800, due to living in the same apartment as Sarah, the T-800 not having a clear picture of what Sarah looks like and Sarah not being there when the robot crashes in.
- Oh, Crap!: When suddenly seing her dead boyfriend crashing through a door, followed by a tall and menacing dude with a gun (the T-800) going after her.
- Sacrificial Lamb: She's introduced as the best friend of Sarah, and her death is more impactful than the T-800's previous victims due to being quite likeable and how brutally she is murdered.
Played by: Rick Rossovich
Dubbed by: Patrick Préjean (European French)
Appears in: The Terminator
A friend of Sarah Connor and Ginger Ventura's boyfriend.
- Full-Frontal Assault: He tries to fight the Terminator off and wears only his underwear doing so, since he had no time to put anything on.
- Death by Sex: He had sex with Ginger minutes before the T-800 killed him.
- Improvised Weapon: Tries to hit the T-800 with a lamp. The robot no sells his attacks, of course.
- Oh, Crap!:
- Upon finding out he talked dirty to Sarah on the phone and not to Ginger.
- Upon seeing a tall and menacing dude (the T-800) enter his room. He quickly gets up and tries to fight him off nonetheless.
- Prank Call: Intended to call Ginger to have sex phone with her, not even announcing himself. Turns out Sarah picks up the phone, laughs and and says nothing while he talks about all the kinky things he wants to do to her. Then Sarah decides to answer, much to Matt's embarrassed confusion, and hands the phone over to Ginger.
Played by: Jean Malahni
Appears in: The Terminator
A human resistance soldier and teammate of Kyle Reese in the year 2029. She dies in Reese's first flashback of the Bad Future.
- Child Soldiers: According to the novelization she's only 15.
- Economy Cast: She was played by Linda Hamilton's stunt double.
- No Name Given: Her name is never pronounced in the film. The only way you would know her name is from the novelization.
- Not Enough to Bury: The HK Tank's plasma cannon fire blows her to bits.
- Red Shirts: She has basically no characterization and exists just to show how terrifying HK Tanks are.
- La Résistance: She's a soldier of the human resistance against the Machines.
- Too Dumb to Live: She stands up to throw her bomb in a HK Tank's thread, blowing her cover. The machine spots her instantly and blows her to bits with its plasma cannon.
Introduced in Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Played by: Edward Furlong (pre-teen in Judgment Day, adult in Dark Fate), Dalton Abbot (infant), Michael Edwards (adult in Judgment Day), Jude Collie (pre-teen in Dark Fate)
Dubbed by: Emmanuel Garijo (European French, Judgment Day)
Appears in: Terminator 2: Judgment Day | Terminator: Dark Fate
The leader of the human resistance against the Machines in the future, and the son of Sarah Connor and Kyle Reese.
- All-Loving Hero: As reviewer Confused Matthew notes, despite Sarah having raised him to be a resistance leader, throughout the film series John never fails to recognize the value of human life, indeed often putting his own life on the line to try to save people, sometimes who he barely even knows, and ordering the T-800 that protects him not to kill anyone. The fact this is such a consistent and natural part of his character, arguably makes him one of the greatest examples of this type of character in cinema history.
- Arch-Enemy: He is this for Skynet, being the one who convinces the human race to rise up and liberate themselves. Skynet believes that if it can kill John before Judgement Day, then the entire rebellion will never happen.
- Big Good: He is fated to be one of these.
- Delinquent: He's disobedient to his parents, steals money from ATMs, skips school, and hangs out with hooligans. This is basically him venting his frustrations against everything his mother taught him, which he believes to be a lie.
- Deuteragonist: Of the second film. The Terminator and Sarah share the roles of The Hero and The Protagonist between them in fighting the T-1000, while John has a separate character arc where he slowly learns how to become the leader that he will need to become to defeat Skynet.
- Final First Hug: With the T-800 that protected him.
- Future Badass: This is the entire reason Skynet wants him dead. Note that he's badass as a pre-teen, but he takes it Up to Eleven when he becomes leader of The Resistance in the future.
- The Ghost: The entire first film is about making sure that he will still exist to save humanity, but he never makes an appearance, being in gestation in his mother's womb at the end.
- Heel Realization: When he sics the Terminator on two guys and the Terminator tries to shoot one in the head, John is horrified about what he almost caused. Word of God states that it was this moment which cemented John's heroic nature.
- Heroic Bastard: His parents were never married and his father was killed shortly after he was conceived.
- Honor Before Reason: Will not tolerate the death of even a single innocent human being, even if it means stopping a nuclear holocaust from happening.
- Hope Bringer: As Kyle put it, "He taught us to fight, to storm the wire of the camps, to smash those metal motherfuckers into junk. He turned it around."
- James Cameron's original intentions for Terminator 2 go even further than this. By teaching the Terminator to be human, he ends the Stable Time Loop and prevents the machine uprising, not just winning the war for humanity but making sure it never happened.
- It Sucks to Be the Chosen One: He initially believes his mother is crazy and that her supposed delusions robbed him of a normal life.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Starts off as a delinquent but does his best to avoid human casualties and genuinely cares about his mother.
- Kid Has a Point: In a Deleted Scene, restored in the special edition, Sarah and John remove the T-800's chip, intending to reprogram him so he can learn human behavior. Sarah has other ideas and tries to smash the chip with a hammer, distrusting the T-800. John stops her, and in the ensuing argument, drops a line that prompts Sarah to give in:John: Look, Mom, if I'm ever supposed to be this great military leader, maybe you should start listening to my leadership ideas once in a while. 'Cause if my own mother won't, how do you expect anyone else to?
- Kid with the Leash: Oh, are we all so very glad he made the T-800 take his vow of mercy...
- Laser-Guided Tyke-Bomb: He was raised from birth to defeat Skynet.
- Morality Pet: He tries to teach the Terminator not to kill people, and eventually succeeds.
- Nom de Mom: Reflecting his status as a Heroic Bastard (see above).
- Oh, Crap!: When John first sees the T-800 in the mall, he goes bug-eyed. The novelization explains a bit more: John's mother had showed him news clippings and police video of the Terminator that had chased her. John later stopped believing in Terminators, but he still knew that guy was a cop-killer and psychopath. And now, here he was... coming right at him... with a shotgun.
- Playful Hacker: Gleefully exclaims "Easy Money" whenever he hacks into something.
- Rebel Leader: His main plot in the story is to lead the future resistance against Skynet.
- Stable Time Loop: His existence is this; he was conceived by Kyle Reese, who was sent back in time by his older self to both save his mother and make sure he's conceived in the first place.
- Two First Names: His last name can traditionally be used as a given name.
Dr. Miles Bennett Dyson
Played by: Joe Morton
Dubbed by: Patrick Guillemin (European French)
Appears in: Terminator 2: Judgment Day
The original inventor of the neural-net processor which would lead to the development of Skynet. He was the man most directly responsible for Judgment Day, although his work was clearly not intended to bring about that.
- Black and Nerdy: African American and computer wiz.
- Good People Have Good Sex: Strongly indicated in the Special Edition.
- Happily Married: Having a loving wife and family was already implied in the original cut, the special edition features a scene expanding on this.
- Heroic Sacrifice: With his death, he blows up Cyberdyne.
- Multiple Gunshot Death: Standing in between the Connors and a heavily armed SWAT team was an extremely poor idea, and Miles is torn to shreds by the police's fire. He lives just long enough to help the Connors escape Cyberdyne.
- Must Make Amends: Even though it's yet to happen.
- My God, What Have I Done?: His reaction to the Terminator giving all the backstory on the robot war.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: The computer system he created would eventually go on to wage war against humanity.
- Redemption Equals Death: His decision to help the heroes destroy his creation eventually leads to his death.
- Senseless Sacrifice: Rather tragically, Terminator: Dark Fate (and every other continuity that spawned from Judgment Day) rendered his Heroic Sacrifice meaningless in the long run. It only delays Judgment Day.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Miles wanted to make life a little better for humanity. Turns out his invention leads to the demise of billions.
- 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.
Played by: Cástulo Guerra
Appears in: Terminator 2: Judgment Day
A Guatemalan friend of Sarah Connor who lives in the Mojave desert, guarding her weapons cache in her absence. Sarah, John and the T-800 come at him for the weapons after escaping the Pescadero State Hospital.
- A Friend in Need: He helps Sarah, John and the T-800, even knowing they're wanted by the police. He's just that loyal a friend to Sarah.
- Hidden Supplies: Has guarded Sarah's hidden arsenal for an unspecified amount of time.
- Nice Guy: He's a pretty friendly guy, he's loyal to Sarah and kindly to John, and he even offers "Uncle Bob" some of his booze to drink, not being aware that he's talking to a machine.
- Old Friend: Sarah befriended him sometime between 1984 and 1995.
- Protect This House: He "welcomes" Sarah, John and the T-800 by pointing his shotgun at them, since they look like strangers who are walking on his home turf. Thankfully, he's quick to recognize Sarah.
- Shotguns Are Just Better: His favorite weapon is a Mossberg 590 shotgun.
Janelle & Todd Voight
Played by: Jenette Goldstein (Janelle), Xander Berkeley (Todd)
Dubbed by: Régine Teyssot (Janelle, European French), Philippe Peythieu (Todd, European French)
Appear in: Terminator 2: Judgment Day
The foster parents of John Connor while his mother was interned at the Pescadero State Hospital.
- Abusive Parents: When calling them, John notices something's wrong, since Janelle is "never this nice" to him.
- Asshole Victim: They're guilty of negligence and mistreatment on John, and get murdered by the T-1000. John feels a little sorrow for a few seconds after T-800 breaks the news to him but quickly forgets about them.
- Hate Sink: Few sympathetic qualities are given to either, especially Todd. The T-1000 itself looks noticeably annoyed at Todd's talking before killing him off.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Todd ends up impaled in the head by the T-1000's arm, which morphed into a sword.
- Kill and Replace: The T-1000 killed Janelle at some point, without Todd noticing it, then took her place waiting for a phone call by John. Then he killed Todd.
- Killed Offscreen: The death of Janelle is not seen onscreen, and neither is her corpse.
- Parental Substitute: Since Sarah Connor has been deemed criminally insane and interned, someone had to take care of John. The Voights likely did it for money.
Played by: Danny Cooksey
Appears in: Terminator 2: Judgment Day
The teen friend of John Connor in 1995.
- '80s Hair: His hairstyle is a mullet (it's 1995, but the film was made in 1991, so it's a carryover from the era).
- Blatant Lies: After warning John that a cop (the T-1000) is looking for him when they're at the Sherman Oaks Galleria's arcade, he goes back at the T-1000 and tries giving him a false direction. It doesn't work because the T-1000 has spotted both from afar and goes straight to John, shoving Tim aside no matter what he says.
- Delinquent: He has the same kind of delinquent behavior as John, notably partaking in the latter's robbing of an ATM and uses the money from it later on. He seems to be the kind to skip school just like John.
Played by: Ken Gibbel
Dubbed by: Richard Darbois (European French)
Appears in: Terminator 2: Judgment Day
A staff member at the Pescadero State Hospital where Sarah Connor is detained.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: A pervert Bedlam House warden who abuses his inmates and wears glasses.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Sarah gives him a thoroughly deserved beating when she escapes.
- Lecherous Licking: He licks Sarah's face while she's strapped to her bed and sleeping.
- Orderlies Are Creeps: He's even the trope's picture.
- Teeth Flying: When Sarah ambushes him, she aims straight at his face with her broom handle and he looses a few teeth as a result.
- Wardens Are Evil: He has a penchant for inmate patient abuse.
Introduced in Terminator: Dark Fate
Daniella "Dani" Ramos
Played by: Natalia Reyes
Appears in: Terminator: Dark Fate
A young woman who's targeted by the Rev-9 Terminator.