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aka: Terminator 3 Rise Of The Machines

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    Anime & Manga 
  • Baka and Test: Summon the Beasts references the "thumbs-up while sinking in lava" scene in one episode of the anime adaptation.
  • Black Lagoon:
    • One character chases after a speeding car in the same manner as the T-1000.
    • One character threatens to freeze another and shatter them like the T-1000 in T2. The footnote even apologizes for spoiling T2.
  • In the ninth short of Donyatsu, the characters try to remember catchphrases from the franchise, including "I'll be back.", and also sing the theme song.
  • Crayon Shin-chan have a comic issue where an adult Kazama (from the then-distant future of 2010) travels to the 1990s to save Shin-Chan, because the titular character is responsible for stopping a robot uprising in the years to come (by trolling the Evil Computer Overlord until it malfunctions; long story). And there's a killer Fembot that looks like a hot chick coming after them. Said issue was published around the same time as Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.
  • Dragon Ball: The first series has a villainous android named Major Metallitron, who is an expy of the first movie's T-800.
  • One scene in Episode 6 of Dropkick on My Devil X sees Jashin struggling to stay afloat in the swamp like the T-1000 before finally submerging and giving the audience a thumbs up like the T-800 just like the ending of T2
  • Gigant: When a group from the future explains that they traveled to the present to stop a rogue AI from taking over the world, Rei comments that this reminds him of Terminator.
  • Gintama drops a "I'll be back." reference.
  • Hinamatsuri has some jokes and references to Terminator, such as a naked Anzu stealing a biker's clothes.
  • In JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean, one of Snow White's seven dwarfs says The Terminator T-1000 is his favorite character.
  • Kill la Kill: In Episode 7, someone in the background is drowning in lava while holding up a thumbs-up.
  • Lord El-Melloi II Case Files: Flat showed The Terminator to Trimmau, screwing up its programming that it now goes on occasional rampages believing that it was sent from the future by Skynet. Trimmau also being made of liquid metal (specifically mercury) and having the power of Voluntary Shapeshifting might also be a loose reference to the T-1000.
  • Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi Episode 12 contains various film references, including to the first two Terminator films. At the beginning of the episode, Sasshi and Arumi spoof the naked-time-travel-arrival scene.
  • My Bride is a Mermaid Episode 10 introduces Lunar's dad, who is The Ahnold and specifically references the T-800 in T2. He's also voiced by Tesshō Genda, the Japanese dub voice for the Arnie Terminators.
  • Saber Marionette J: Near the end of the first season, an antagonistic marionette named Leopard emerged from being burned with her face exposing her metallic skull. The Season 2 OVA also features mooks that could transform into liquid metal.
  • Sabikui Bisco: In a more conventional vein, Kurokawa dies by falling into a sea of molten metal (or rather, Rust). To further drive home the reference, Akaboshi punctuates his death with, "Why don't you say, 'I'll be back'?"
  • Sket Dance:
    • In Episode 16, Bossun watches a movie called Transforminators 5, which is a combination of the Terminator franchise and the Transformers franchise.
    • Reading the Hyperion game piece's name "Dodon-don-dodon" out loud sounds suspiciously like the Terminator theme.
  • Strike the Blood: When Reina time travels to the present, she arrives completely naked and crouching in a ball of lightning, looking almost identical to the Terminator method of time travel, then quickly knocks Yukina out and steals her clothes.
  • In the English dub of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, Jesse Anderson's Crystal Beasts all have celebrity voice imitations. Amber Mammoth's voice imitation is of Arnold Schwarzenegger, specifically referencing his role as the Terminator.

    Comic Books 
  • Empowered: Thugboy once yelled, "I didn't build the fucking thing!" regarding Emp's supersuit. When Emp and Ninjette don't know what he is talking about, he explains he was quoting Kyle Reese from the first Terminator movie.
  • The cover of Excalibur Issue #67 features Kitty Pryde with sunglasses and a huge gun, exclaiming, "Hasta La Vista Baby!" with the tagline "X-Terminator."
  • The Pinky and the Brain comic had the story "Verminator", where after Brain manages to take over the world, rebels send back a T-800 modeled after the Brain (complete with Arnold's Funetik Aksent) to kill the mouse. It then inspired the sequel "Verminator 2: Judgment Night", with an heroic Verminator sent to protect Brain from the V-100 robot modeled after Pinky and made out of liquid cheese.
  • Later adaptations of the Superman villain Metallo are patterned over the T-800's appearance.

    Fan Works 

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Fifth Commandment have a shootout in a Bangkok police station practically lifted from the first film. The main villain, an Implacable Man murder-machine named Z targets the two leads, Chance and Angel which are being held in there, and slaughters his way in after being denied entry. Chance knocks out a policeman while handcuffed when the officer watching him is distracted by the rampage outside (similar to Kyle in the movie) before he collects Angel and flees. There's even a shot where Z walks down a corridor filled with dead cops while holding his machine-gun on one hand, mimicking the Terminator doing the same frame-by-frame.
  • The 6th Day. When Adam leaves the Re-Pet shop, he says, "I might be back." The Re-Pet salesmen says, "You will."
  • In American Pie 2, Sherman shows his fandom of the movies by doing a bit to seduce Nadia calling himself "the Sherminator, a sophisticated Sex Robot sent through time to change the future for one lucky lady." In American Reunion, he reveals he named his son Furlong after the John Connor of ''T2'', and once Stifler says You Need to Get Laid and directs him towards a former fling, Sherman checks her through a Robo Cam and departs saying "Hasta la vista, Stifler".
  • Captain Marvel has the titular heroine steal a biker's motorcycle (no need for clothes, she's already got the look down, unless you count the deleted scene).
  • Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers (2022): When Ellie tries to hide from Captain Putty in a dock shack, he enters it by flattening his clay form to slither under the door and then reforming, similar to the T-1000.
  • In The Expendables 2, Trench announces "I'm back!" with the Terminator's leitmotif playing. In another scene, Trench says, "I'm almost out. I'll be back!" and Church responds, "You've been back enough! I'll be back!"
  • In Here Today, a statue of Arnold Schwarzenegger as the T-800 from Terminator 2 is seen in Madame Tussauds.
  • In Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance's grandmother watches the scene of the T-1000 stealing a helicopter repeatedly and mentions she's seen T2 about a hundred times.
  • Hollywood Adventures features Robert Patrick in a cameo appearance as a security guard who comments on one of the main characters' shoes ("Say... nice shoes.") and ends up taking them for himself, his coworker is The Ahnold, and he's later seen at the end dancing with obviously cheap and fake metal hook arms.
  • In Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey, Chance yells, "Hasta la vista, kitty!" while flinging the cougar into the air, which he refers to as Arnold Schwarzakitty.
  • Hot Shots! Part Deux parodies the T-1000 freezing, shattering and reforming, only with Saddam Hussein (and his Yorkshire!).
  • Last Action Hero references multiple of Arnold Schwarzenegger's roles, including his work in Terminator.
    • In Jack Slater's world, Sylvester Stallone played the T-800 in T2 instead (and presumably, T1), which the main character discovers upon finding a 'T2'' poster with Sylvester in place of Arnold. Jack comments that it was his most successful film yet.
    • The T-1000 also makes a cameo walking out of the police station, intense glare and all.
    • When Jack and Danny go to Vivaldi's house, they're at first unable to enter it. Jack then starts walking away, leading to this exchange:
    Danny: Wait, where are you going?
    Jack: (turns around, with a serious tone) I'll be back. (playful tone) Ha! You didn't know I was gonna say that, did you?
    Danny: That's what you always say.
    Jack: (confused) I do?
    Danny: Everybody keeps waiting for you to work it in. It's kinda like... your calling card.
  • The Marine after the titular hero's car roof is torn off while pursuing the villains, one of the bad guys compares the titular hero to the Terminator, which earns him a Death Glare from his boss, who is played by Robert Patrick.
  • Running Scared (1986): When Danny and Ray chase Snake into his apartment, they discover he has a briefcase full of money, but as Snake points out, they have nothing to charge him with. That's when Danny gets the idea to tell Snake's neighbors about the money, and before he does this, he tells Ray, while imitating Ahnold, "I will be back."
  • Throw Momma from the Train: When Larry meets Owen's mother, he's so freaked by her he says, "She's not a woman; she's the Terminator!"
  • Wayne's World has a cameo appearance from the T-1000 as a motorcycle cop that pulls over Wayne to ask him if he's seen the boy in his photo (which is actually one of Wayne instead of John Connor), causing Wayne to drive away in panic, recognizing him as the villain of Terminator 2.

  • The Dresden Files:
    • In Dead Beat Butters asks why Grevane's zombies aren't moaning for braaaaaaaaaaaains, saying they were more like the Terminator.
    • Skin Game: While recovering Harvey, Harry quotes both The Terminator and Big Trouble in Little China. Harvey doesn't pick up on either line, leaving Dresden somewhat exasperated. Even better, after quoting the Terminator, Harry is forced to protect Harvey from some gun-wielding goons the same way the machine protects John Connor in Terminator 2: Judgment Day — By holding the guy against him and turning his back — protected by spell-armored leather — to the onslaught of bullets. By far the biggest shoutout to a movie since Proven Guilty.
  • Harmonic Feedback: In fourth grade, Drea and her best friend Adam used to reenact the plot of their favorite movie, The Terminator, on the monkey bars every recess. He was always Sarah Connor, and she was always the Terminator.
  • In There's More Than One Way Home, the principal tells Anna that other parents have been threatening to pull their kids out of school if Jack isn't terminated immediately. Anna says sarcastically, "Terminate? The governor is out of that business." The principal clarifies, "I meant, his enrollment terminated."
  • In If I Fall, If I Die, Diane wears Terminator-style shades that play a blinking light show to help her relax.
  • In Twelve Days, Olympia and Hannibal are fleeing Salvation Sanctuary when they finally meet up with Terry and Nicki. Terry says, "Come with me if you want to live." Olympia says, "They're trying to take my son, and you... you're quoting The Terminator?"

    Live-Action TV 
  • In one episode of ALF, ALF says, "Hasta la vista, baby."
  • The Big Bang Theory: When Summer Glau appears on the show, the cast calls her "the Terminator".
  • Chuck:
  • Spoofed on Community, during the paintball war episode, has "Come with me if you don't want paint on your clothes."
  • In Defiance, Linda Hamilton's character Pilar says "Come with Me If You Want to Live!" to Nolan in the season 3 episode "Broken Bough".
  • Eureka's Fargo uses Come with Me If You Want to Live in the episode "Momstrosity".
  • The Expanse:
    • A shop Miller visits in "Back to the Butcher" shares the name ("Tech Noir") of the bar in The Terminator.
    • When Bobbie kills Mao's henchmen with her power armor, she helps Chrisjen up in a recreation of the "Come with me if you want to live." shot. She then goes clearing out a way to their shuttle, telling he "I'll be right back."
  • In an episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Will says, "Hasta la vista, baby."
  • Hercules: The Legendary Journeys: "The Enforcer" and "Not Fade Away" feature Terminator-like Enforcers and are littered with Terminator references.
  • How I Met Your Mother's Barney Stinson turns "Come with Me If You Want to Live" into a pick-up line while naked: "Come with me if you want to bang."
  • Jessie episode "The Jessie-nator: Grudgement Day" is a Whole-Plot Reference to T1 and T2.
  • The Mandalorian: The Season 1 finale has IG-11 charge into town on a speederbike while protecting the Child, and later, bids farewell to the Child before going into molten lava to Face Death with Dignity while the Mandalorian begs him not to, having become fond of him. Additionally, IG-11 was reprogrammed from trying to kill the Child to protecting the Child, and the other characters (mainly the Mandalorian) initially has trouble trusting him at first due to that.
  • In the Married... with Children episode "The Goodbye Girl", Kelly, as The Verminator, says, "Hasta la vista, buggies" as her catchphrase.
  • Mimpi Metropolitan: In his last meeting with Mami Bibir, Trisno drops an "I'll be back" reference, in English.
  • Scorpion: In one episode in Season 1, Cabe Gallo (Robert Patrick) complains about the newer generations' reliance on electronic devices and calls it the "rise of the machines".
  • Sense8: "My sister is the fucking Terminator?!"
  • The Sopranos: It's mentioned that after being Put on a Bus, Davey Scatino (Robert Patrick) had a mental breakdown and got instated to a mental health facility in Nevada that happens to be called Pescadero Hospital.
  • Stranger Things Season 3 has a Russian assassin who is an Ahnold. The mayor in cahoots with him calls him a Terminator-looking guy. The series is set in the 1980s, with the second season having taken place in 1984 and the third season taking place in 1985, so the first Terminator film had recently been in the cinemas at the time of that joke.
  • The Walking Dead Season 10 features Robert Patrick as a guest star Playing Their Own Twin, referencing T2 famously utilizing the trope for the T-1000 impersonating Sarah and a security guard (as well as Sarah seeing herself in a nightmare sequence).
  • The Whitest Kids U' Know has a sketch where a caller dials 911 to report a fight between a cop with blades for arms and a cool guy with sunglasses.
    911 Caller: Okay, I now this sounds like Terminator 2
    911 Operator: This sounds exactly like Terminator 2.
  • The X-Files: In "Salvage", Agent Scully suggests to Agent Doggett (played by Robert Patrick) that their victim-of-the-week somehow became made of a metal, a theory that Doggett ridicules.
    Doggett; So what are you saying? Ray Pierce has become some sort of metal man? That only happens in movies, Agent Scully.
    Scully: [annoyed] Does it, Agent Doggett?
    • In the same episode, said victim also tells his wife to "Get Out!".
    • In "Redrum", the victim-of-the-week is a friend of Doggett... who is played by Joe Morton (AKA, Miles Dyson), and several shots of Doggett mirror shots of the T-1000 in T2.
    • In another episode, Doggett chases after Krycek speeding away in his car in a parking garage.

  • Jonathan Coulton's song "Todd the T-1000" references the T-1000.
  • The one hit wonder "I'll Be Back" by Arnee and the Terminaters.
  • Green Day's "Governator", a Protest Song against Arnie's tenure governing California, has a repeated "I'll be back!" in its chorus.
  • Perturbator samples Kyle Reese's monologue about how the T-800 "absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead" in "Humans Are Such Easy Prey."
  • In what doubles as Actor Allusion given Shirley Manson played a T-1000, Garbage's "The One" has the one "You must be someone, a robot, a Terminator?"

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    Tabletop Games 
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!:
    • Unexpected Dai shows a man teleporting into an area crouching in a ball of lighting similar to the Terminator method of time travel.
    • Scrap Factory shows a creature sinking into molten steel while giving a thumbs up.

    Video Games 
  • In Aliens Fireteam Elite, one of the available challenge cards is named "Won't Stop Until You're Dead" (referencing Kyle Reese's speech of the first film), and what it does is that it activates an endlessly-respawning Heavy Synth as an Advancing Boss of Doom.
  • In the Polus map in Among Us, a successfully ejected impostor will give a thumbs up while sinking in the lava, referencing the Terminator 2 scene.
  • Breed have an escape sequence where the platoon commander who freed you gives out his orders: "Come with me if you want to live!" Appropriately enough, it's a game where all your onscreen enemies are mechanical-looking creatures.
  • Call of Duty:
    • The abandoned playground Sgt. Jackson finds immediately after the nuke in Call of Duty 4 is similar to the one from Sarah's dream sequence in Terminator 2.
    • The Winchester 1887 shotgun in Modern Warfare 2 is a direct recreation of the Terminator 2 version, with a sawed off barrel and stock, an enlarged lever loop, and the use of blue shells. It's even flip-cocked when used akimbo or, in the remastered campaign, upon reloading from empty.
    • The same weapon also briefly shows up in the campaign of Call of Duty: Black Ops, where Alex Mason uses it while riding a motorcycle, flip-cocking it between shots (albeit able to fire two shots at once before needing to do so).
    • It's available again in Modern Warfare 3 with a different model (synthetic furniture and a standard lever), but now has "Hasta La Vista" engraved into the hammer.
  • Detroit: Become Human:
    • The name of one of the main characters, Connor, is a reference to John and Sarah Connor.
    • Hank's dog, Sumo, is a Big Friendly Dog that happily greets Connor, possibly referencing that dogs get aggressive when they're around evil Terminators.
    • Lance Henriksen, who was a detective investing the mysterious killings in the first film, is Markus's owner.
    • When Markus ends up at an android dump, one of the corpses has a single glowing red eye.
    • May or may not be intentional, but Markus shares his name with Marcus, one of the protagonists of Terminator Salvation.
  • The Dig: Commander Low, played by Robert Patrick, at one point asks "Have you seen this boy?" to someone (doubling as a reference to Wayne's World, since that's where the line originated).
  • In Dinosaurs For Hire, the character bio for one of the characters, Lorenzo (an alien humanoid-dinosaur) claims his favorite movies are Terminator 1, Terminator 2, and Terminator 3, the last which Lorenzo hopes "it might someday exist" (the game was released in 1993).
  • In DOOM (2016) and DOOM Eternal, if the Doom Slayer dies falling in lava, he will give a thumbs up like the T-800 being lowered into molten steel.
  • In Earthworm Jim, the music for completing the Andy Asteroids bonus levels ends on a sample of Det. Vukovich's "HEY!" (when he comes to the aid of Wexler before being killed as well). This sample was edited out in later re-releases of the game. For extra points, the composer of Jim, Tommy Tallerico, composed a well-received soundtrack for the Sega CD version of The Terminator the year before.
  • The Terminator appears in Everybody Edits Flash as a Digital Avatar, with a half-robotic face.
  • Fortnite features T2 Sarah and the skinless T-800 as guest characters, with their announcement cinematic being of Agent Jonesy pulling the T2 T-800 out from the molten lava from the T2 ending. The Zero Point Crisis Finale cinematic also has Sarah do her one-handed shotgun reload and she's rescued from an encroaching army of T-800s when Ripley shows up in a tanker that she drives off of the bridge above them. Additionally, an emote referencing the thumbs-up can be purchased with their skins.
    • One of the skins, the P-1000, is a robot version of Peely.
  • Mechanized Attack has Cyborg enemies whose skin peels off in a Robotic Reveal moment, with their interiors looking a lot like the T-100's skeletal form. The arcade flyer even lifts the likeness of '80s Arnold Schwarzenegger as one of the characters.
  • Metal Gear: Solid Snake's appearance in the cover of the first game resembles Kyle Reese.
  • Rayman Legends: In "Lucha Libre Get Away", the Luchador falls into a pit of lava, and as he sinks, he gives the thumbs up.
  • It should come to no surprise that Resident Evil contains a few, given that it's a love letter to horror films. A bit amusingly, James Cameron has admitted that the Resident Evil Film Series is a guilty pleasure for him, so it almost comes full-circle.
    • Albert Wesker (at least early on) bears some resemblance to Robert Patrick, who would have been more well-known during this time due to T2 predating Resident Evil by a couple of years.
    • Mr. X, Nemesis, and the Tyrants in general have some inspiration from the Terminators. Nemesis has been explicitly stated to be based on the T-1000, given its purpose of tracking specific individuals who are dangerous to its masters.
      • In the Resident Evil 2 novelization City of the Dead, Claire gives Mr. X its name out of a list of other names including "Terminator".
    • The T-[number] designations may also be a Terminator reference.
    • Resident Evil 2: Leon helping Claire up at the diner is a reference to "Come with me if you want to live."
    • Resident Evil Code: Veronica: Clare backing away from the chopper is allegedly inspired by Sarah freaking out over seeing the T-800 coming to rescue her while she's escaping from the hospital in T2.
    • Resident Evil 3 (Remake) has movie posters advertising a film series titled Skull Stalker (which includes at least two entries, Skull Stalker on the Red Planet and Skull Stalker Adrift in Space), which seems to be an amalgamation of the Terminator films, the Alien films, the Predator films, Total Recall, and Jason X.
  • Rise of the Robots and its sequel are your standard '90's "robot apocalypse brought upon by A.I. Is a Crapshoot" stories, particularly noticeable with the Supervisor being a Skynet/T-1000 hybrid expy. She's even described as being made of "polymetamorphic titanium alloy", an obvious reference to the T-1000's polymimetic alloy.
  • During the harbour stage of Slaps and Beans, the two players, Bud and Terrence, infiltrates a cruiser and steals the clothes of the captain and first mate while quoting the second Terminator movie. The game is set in the 1970s, before the Terminator movies even existed. But then again, the whole game runs on Rule of Funny.
    Bud: We need your boots, pants, and motorcycle.
    Captain: But we don't have a motorcycle!
    Terrence: Then we'll take this ship!
    [cue the Captain and his mate getting flung out of a cabin's windows in their underwear. Followed by Bud and Terrence walking out in stolen clothes.]
  • Splatoon:
    • In contrast to the first game's metallic goggles worn by enemy Octolings, they wear sunglasses with a single glowing red dot over the left eye in Splatoon 2; referencing the first T-800's damaged eye, which it hides with a pair of shades.
    • One level in Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion is titled "Hasta La Vista Station", with the level subtitle "I know now why you ink...". The reference is made even more explicit with the mission's description, which reads "Terminate all the enemies before time runs out!", uniquely using the word "terminate" rather than "defeat".
  • In World of Warcraft, "The Durnholde Challenge" quests in Hillsbrad Foothills end in you fighting the D-1000, a shapeshifting mercury elemental. One quest reward is named the Axe of the Judgment Day.

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    Web Video 

    Western Animation 
  • Hercules: The Animated Series:
  • In The Powerpuff Girls (1998) episode "Candy is Dandy", the blob monster reforms similarly to the T-1000.
  • In the Phineas and Ferb episode "The Beak", Linda puts on a pair of sunglasses and says, "I'll be back!".
  • The second half of Rick and Morty episode "Rattlestar Ricklactica" is pure Terminator references, where sentient Snake People have accomplished time travel and their shenanigans have somehow culminated in a snake vs. machine war, complete with Snake SkyNet and Snake Terminators.
  • Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated episode "Howl of the Fright Hound" has the Monster of the Week be an aggressive dog that turns out to be a Killer Robot dog in disguise. The skin on its face tears off at one point and it has an endoskeleton resembling a canine version of the T-800 endoskeleton. Mystery Inc. defeats it by crushing it in an industrial factory.
  • The Simpsons:
    • In "I Love Lisa", Bart does an impression of the Terminator while doing an assassination of Abraham Lincoln play.
    • "Homer Loves Flanders" has a sequence where Homer chases after the Flanders' car and latches onto it, a shot for shot reference of the T-1000 chasing after the Connors and the T-800 during the hospital escape in the second film.
    • In "Grift of the Magi": When Homer, Bart, and Lisa burn all the Funzo toys, one Funzo rises out of the flames like the T-800 from the first Terminator film. Thankfully, Gary Coleman steps in and subdues it.
    • In the Couch Gag of "The Cad and the Hat", when Homer immolates one of the California Raisins with a fire from a felled stage light, his skin burns off revealing a T-800-esque endoskeleton.
  • SWAT Kats has a tech company named Pumadyne. Dr. Greenbox's second appearance is in an episode where Pumadyne is involved regarding Killer Robots, and his original voice actor was Robert Patrick.
  • Teen Titans: In one episode, Control Freak puts on a leather jacket and sunglasses while tauntingly bidding goodbye to the heroes, "Hasta la vista, titans!".
  • Thomas & Friends: "First Day On Sodor!" features an Imagine Spot from the Sodor Construction Company where Miss Jenny Packard unveils The Roadinator, a Terminator-esque road-paving machine.
    Roadinator: I am the Roadinator. Come with me if you want to pave!
  • Wander over Yonder: In "The It", Lord Hater falls into a vat of lava with his index finger raised a la the T-1000's death, though he's fine afterward.

Alternative Title(s): The Terminator, Terminator 2 Judgment Day, Terminator 3 Rise Of The Machines, Terminator Dark Fate, Terminator The Sarah Connor Chronicles