T800 PoliceStation

The Terminator in the police station.

"I'll be back" is a famous line from the Terminator franchise. It is said in some form or another in all of the films.

The American Film Institute lists it as the #37 top movie quote of all time in its "100 Years...100 Movie Quotes". [1]


I'll Be Back

"I'll Be Back"

Notes Edit

  • 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"[3], 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."
  • 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!"

Quotes Edit

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 [...]"[4]


  1. * AFI's 100 YEARS...100 MOVIE QUOTES
  2. * Bale'll Be Back
  3. Orginal script from The Internet Movie Script Database
  4. Interview of Good Morning America [Source] with Arnold Schwarzenegger
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