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 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"

  • 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 he'd have to wait. In response, the Terminator says "I'll be back." He later drives its car through the police station and instigates a shoot-out. The Terminator
  • Tim, John's friend, says "I'm going to get some quarters, I'll be back, alright?". Terminator 2: Judgment Day
  • 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. Terminator 2: Judgment Day
  • 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". Terminator Salvation [2]
  • When being imprisoned, bored and frustrated, Serena Kogan said "I'll be back" before she was saved by Marcus Wright. Terminator Salvation: The Final Battle #10
  • Pops told Sarah "I'll be back" before jumping out from a helicopter. Terminator Genisys

Other uses 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.

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, 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."

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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