The American Film Institute lists it as the #37 top movie quote of all time in its "100 Years...100 Movie Quotes". 
- The T-800 went into a Los Angeles police station to look for Sarah Connor. He went to the receptionist and said he was a "friend" of hers. The policeman behind the window informed him that he'd have to wait. In response, the Terminator says, "I'll be back." He later drives a car through the police station and instigates a shoot-out.
- Tim, John's friend, says "I'm going to get some quarters, I'll be back, alright?".
- After Sarah Connor, John Connor and the T-800 blew up the Cyberdyne building, the three went down an elevator. The SWAT team shot smoke grenades at them. They only had one gas mask and John and Sarah took turns with it while tear gas filled the elevator. The T-800 said to them, "Stay here, I'll be back." It went up to the SWAT team with only a pistol. It injured them all with it and a smoke grenade launcher to the point where they were incapacitated.
- When Kate asks John what she tell his troops when they realize he has left to infiltrate Skynet to rescue the prisoners, John answers, "I'll be back". 
- When being imprisoned, bored and frustrated, Serena Kogan said, "I'll be back" before she was saved by Marcus Wright.
- Pops told Sarah, "I'll be back" before jumping out from a helicopter.
- Sarah Connor told Grace and Dani Ramos, "I'll be back" after blasting the Rev-9 off a bridge and before going down to finish it off.
- Tim is the first human character who says the line (although possibly unintentionally), and John Connor is the second.
- In the original script, the Terminator was supposed to tell the desk sergeant, "I'll come back", but this was changed in the movie.
- "I'll be back" has never actually been said in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, although two very similar phrases have been said.
- When the T-850, John Connor, and Kate Brewster went into the CRS complex and met up with the T-X, the T-850 blasted it into a large vent and then stated, "She'll be back". In the same film, Kate Brewster says, "I'll be back by the time you get up." to her fiance Mason before leaving their house in order to get to the Vet.
- When the T-850 crashed into the Crystal Peak base with a large helicopter, it got out, extremely damaged and said, "I'm back."
- "I'm back." is also said by John Connor in Terminator: Infinity.
- In Terminator: Dark Fate, when asked what he told his family before departing, Carl replied with, "I won't be back".
Usage outside Terminator Franchise Edit
- Said by Mike Banning to US President Benjamin Asher after Banning tells Asher to wait in a train car while he ambushes some terrorists in London Has Fallen. (Stay here, I'll be back)
- Said by Chucky to Ronald Tyler after the former is taken away in Child's Play 3.
- At an action scene in The Expendables 2, Arnold Schwarzenegger tells Bruce Wills "I'll be back", in which Bruce Wills replies "You've been back enough! I'll be back!"
Arnold Schwarzenegger: "I could not pronounce really all this 'I'll' so I just say to Jim Cam[James Cameron] maybe I just say 'I will be back' as it sounds more like a machine.
[James Cameron]'I will be back, this is nonono. Look, I don't tell you how to act, don't tell me how to write. I wrote the line 'I'll be back', so why don't you say this?'.
[Schwarzenegger]'But it sounds really weird, when I say this in my german accent.' He's just: 'I don't care, lets just say this in ten different ways and then one would work'. And so that what we ended up doing. And then when the movie came out, I remember I was here in New York for the promotion and I walked out on Park Avenue and this one fan came up and he said 'Say it! Say it!' And I say: 'What?'
[Fan]'Say the line, I'll be back'. And I said 'I'll be back'.
[Fan]'No, the way you said it in the movie'. And I said [deep voice]'I'll be back'. He said: 'Ye, yeah, yeah, thats the way!'. I realized how powerfull the line was [...]"