T-1000 impersonating Sarah Connor.

A common Skynet tactic is to have a Terminator impersonate another human or Terminator's voice or appearance.

Most Terminators seem to have the ability to perform vocal impersonations. Terminators utilizing mimetic polyalloy, such as T-1000, T-1001, T-XA and T-X, are able to impersonate both the voice and the appearance of other humans.

Vocal impersonationEdit

Vocal impersonations have been used from the first to fifth Terminator films and the TV series:

Phisycal impersonationEdit

Mimetic polyalloy, such as T-1000, T-1001, and T-X, as well as Machine phase matter, the main component of T-3000, enable an Infiltrator to impersonate anyone who is physically contacted by it.


  • Impersonation is a short-term tactic; this differs from the long-term strategy where a Terminator replaces a human for long periods of time.
  • Guardian states that "As a T-800, I lack the mimetic skills to appear as anyone else." This means that while the T-800 can interface with mimetic polyalloy, changing the outer appearance to something other than its Model is too complex for its CPU.
Infiltration Outer Sheath
Rubber skin - Living tissue - Duroplast - Mimetic polyalloy - Machine-Phase Matter
See also: Model (List of Models) - Replacement - Impersonation
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