A combat chassis is part of the metallic frame of the Terminators. The Terminator T-800 has a combat chassis made up of hyperalloy, while the T-831 is a Heavy Combat Chassis, specialized in assault and combat.


  • The definition of a combat chassis is yet to be revealed in Terminator fictions by far. It has been theorized that:
    • A combat chassis a formal or alternative name for the endoskeleton. In this case, it is consistent with the meaning of "chassis", the term used for the internal frame of a vehicle or device.
    • A combat chassis is a component that complements the endoskeleton.


Kyle Reese: The Terminator's an infiltration unit, part man, part machine. Underneath, it's a hyperalloy combat chassis — micro processor-controlled, fully armored. Very tough. But outside, it's living human tissue — flesh, skin, hair, blood, grown for the cyborgs...
The Terminator

Charley: (talking to Cameron Phillips) You know little girl, you freak me the hell out. On the outside you're just pretty as a picture. But on the inside... you're a...
Cameron: Hyperalloy combat chassis.
The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Dungeons & Dragons

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