HUD HK Tank Salvation (video vame)

HK-Tank's HUD as it was commandeered by humans.

Machines can be reprogrammed to follow the commands of someone other than its original creator, usually Skynet. This ability is used by the Resistance to reprogram Terminators, and by Terminators to reprogram other Terminators.

Reprogrammable machines include Terminators, HK-Tanks,[1][2] and HK-Aerials.[3][4]


The Resistance used humans skilled in programming to reprogram Terminators, such as Danny Dyson. Terminator 2: Nuclear Twilight

The T-X had the ability to use nano-bots to reprogram and control machines and Terminators alike. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

Reprogramming can be unreliable. Sometimes a reprogrammed Terminator will "go bad"; a reprogrammed Terminator in the Future War inexplicably went rogue and killed many Resistance fighter in a bunker "Dungeons & Dragons", and Cameron tried to kill John Connor after her chip was damaged. "Samson & Delilah"

Reprogramming can sometimes be overcome by a reboot, such as the T-850. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

Known Reprogrammed TerminatorsEdit

Main article: :Category:Reprogrammed Terminators


  • After a while, Skynet added a self-destruct to Terminator chips upon chip removal, so that Terminators couldn't be reprogrammed, such as Rosie. "The Tower Is Tall But the Fall Is Short"
  • Some Resistances fighters greatly disliked being surrounded by reprogrammed "metal" all the time. [citation needed]
  • They also sometimes had problems taking orders from reprogrammed metal, such as some of the crew under Captain Queeg on the USS Jimmy Carter. "Today Is The Day, Part 1"
  • Some Resistance fighters didn't like John separating himself from other humans, and only spending time with Cameron. This caused Jesse Flores to go back in time to attempt to alienate John Connor by framing Cameron for the murder of Riley Dawson. "Today Is The Day, Part 1"
  • Reprogrammed Terminators were sometimes referred to by Resistance fighters as "scrubbed". [citation needed]
  • In Terminator Genisys, Guardian was reprogramed and sent back by an unknown party who purposefully erased all of knowledge of their identity from Guardian's mind so that no one else would know who they are and Skynet couldn't find out who they were and stop them.


Cameron: (referring to a reprogrammed terminator who went rogue) Sometimes they go bad. No one knows why.
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, "Dungeons & Dragons"


  1. Terminator Salvation video game
  2. Terminator Revenge
  3. The Terminator: Future Shock
  4. The Terminator: Skynet

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