The term "T-800" refers to more than one character or idea. For a list of other meanings, see T-800 (disambiguation).


The T-800

The Cyberdyne Systems Series 800 Terminator[1][2], or simply T-800, is a type of Terminator mass-produced by Skynet.

The T-800 Terminator was Skynet's first cybernetic organism, with living tissue over a hyperalloy endoskeleton. This made it Skynet's first successful Infiltrator unit, capable of infiltrating the Resistance.[3]

The Terminator Model T-800[4] was the first in a line of Series 8xx Terminators in various timelines, including the T-850[5] and the T-888 Terminators.[6]




T-800 CPU port.

The 800 Series[7][8] Terminator contains a Neural Net Processor CPU, or "learning computer", contained within the endoskull and protected by inertial shock dampers. The CPU, developed by Cyberdyne Systems, is one of the most powerful microprocessors ever built. As part of its vast internal databases, the T-800 contains detailed files on human anatomy and physiology so as to make it a more efficient killer.[9] The CPU could also be updated with multiple database files related to advanced infiltration techniques, basic training for soldiers, emergency medical training, sniper training, an extensive tactical database, and detailed files from other terminators making each unit a combat veteran.[10]


It appears as though some units which have had their CPU's set to read-write mode and have been in the battlefield for long periods have taken a new level of understanding, wherein they choose to fight for humans rather than against them, as a rogue T-800's primary concern is self-protection this is understandable. [citation needed] Skynet sees these units as threats and has ordered that all other models to terminate them on sight. However, these units have developed a large database of in-field improvisation, improving upon their combat ability and self-repair function. It is not uncommon for a rogue T-800 to improve its physical design by replacing or improving components of itself from other disabled units as seen by a captured T-800 unit which showed multiple non-standard modifications, including crude armor plating, additional CPU's, multiple limbs, serrated talons and internal multiphasic weaponry powered by its internal fuel cell. [citation needed]

Skynet has used such in-field modifications in its latest designs.[citation needed]

The "Rogue" T-800s have achieved this level of autonomy by having their CPU set to "read-and-write" shortly after factory production. The CPU can be manually switched (this ensures that the switch is not activated by a virus or programming glitch) from "read-only" to "read-and-write," enabling it to learn from its contact with humans, and therefore allowing it to conceal itself more effectively. However, some units have reached a level of understanding where they could choose to accept commands from Skynet or even choose to fight against Skynet.



A T-800 endoskeleton as seen in Terminator Salvation.

The metal endoskeleton of the T-800 is a microprocessor controlled triple-armored hyper-alloy combat chassis[11] and is constructed with frictionless bearings in its joints, and a servo-actuated control system. Its limbs are controlled by axial drive motors and clavicular trailing links, allowing the T-800s to maneuver faster than the T-600 Terminators, as bursts of speed of up to 22 mph[citation needed] no longer threatened the joint assemblies. The T-800 was also 20% lighter and 40% stronger than the T-600. [citation needed] The armored frame is capable of withstanding most contemporary weapons with small caliber[3][9] and sometimes even withstanding a direct hit from grenade launchers.[12][13]


Unlike their T-600 cousins, who could be easily dispatched via a well-aimed gunshot or burst of firepower to the cranium, the T-800 is more resistant to certain forms of attacks. The exact extent of what they can endure is subject to their specific circumstances, but the general consensus is that most have displayed remarkable resilience to both conventional and unconventional combat engagements that would leave its predecessors as a pile of scrap metal.

The T-800, while vulnerable to most plasma weaponry, was at least partially resistant to the weaker plasma weapons used by HK-Flying Mini Hunters.[14]

While T-800s are extremely resistant to small arms fire up to and including 5.56mm NATO assault rifle rounds, .50 BMG sniper rifle bullets are sufficient to penetrate their armored chassis, capable of disabling or even decapitating a T-800 with a single perfectly-aimed shot. [13]

The Terminator
  • The T-800 was shot five times by Kyle Reese with an Ithaca 37 with enough force to blast it out a window, but was merely momentarily disabled by the attacks and appeared to suffer only superficial damage.
  • While escaping from Tech Noir with Sarah Connor on foot, Kyle used a shotgun blast to detonate a car's fuel tank as the T-800 approached, yet this only slightly damaged it and it merely burned away its eyebrows.
  • When mounting a vehicular escape from Tech Noir, Reese swerved the car so that the T-800 was thrown from the hood and crashed across the top of another vehicle and onto the floor; this also caused little to zero permanent damage.
  • During the chase in the car lot, Kyle scored a lucky hit to the T-800's face, a shard piercing its left eye, and the T-800 eventually had to remove the gelatinous covering. Its optical receptor nonetheless remained intact.
  • In the same chase, the T-800 collided with a wall at high speed and damaged its right arm. The damage appeared to be confined to a single part that had become jammed in a fixed position, but the machine was able to re-adjust the part, replacing it in its original position without any further problems.
  • During the police station shootout, the T-800 incurs multiple gunshot hits from various calibers, ranging from .38 special to 5.56x45mm NATO rounds. These did not result in any visible or lasting damage
  • While chasing Sarah and Kyle across the highway on a motorcycle, the T-800 was crushed against the divider and its vehicle destroyed. Shortly after, a truck hit its head on and the machine was dragged beneath it. It eventually suffered damage to its left leg and head that resulted in a permanent limp and optical damage.
  • Kyle placed a pipe bomb inside the exhaust of the T-800's stolen fuel truck, resulting in a massive explosion that consumed the entire vehicle and the machine inside it. It is unclear what kind of damage the cyborg received from this, though it did climb out of the wreckage with its entire flesh sheath burning away and appeared to collapse into a state of shutdown for a short while before rebooting.
  • Inside the factory, Kyle swung a metallic pipe at the T-800 numerous times, but it was unfazed and disarmed Reese after receiving a few strikes.
  • Mortally wounded, Kyle stuck his last pipebomb between the T-800's spine and right piston, the resultant explosion proving to be devastating to the machine due to its yield and proximity, as well as the significant damage which it has absorbed at this point. The T-800 was blown in half, its left arm being obliterated as well as it tried to remove the bomb at the time of the explosion. Despite being in a seemingly critical state, however, the machine was still able to reboot and continue with its mission.
  • Finally, the T-800 was caught in a hydraulic press and crushed. Its endoskeleton was unable to take the pressure and gave beneath it, resulting in its entire structure being flattened beyond any possible repair, the central processor smashed as well.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
  • In its first confrontation with the prototype T-1000, the reprogrammed T-800 took several shots to its back from a Beretta 9mm automatic pistol The bullets had no effect on the machine whatsoever other than minimal damage to its skin. The same applies to when the T-1000 shot it with a Browning Hi-Power pistol in Pescadero and the MP5 submachine gun fire it received from the SWAT team at Cyberdyne.
  • When the machine slammed on the brakes during the highway chase to crash the T-1000's pursuit 'copter, the SWAT van it was driving toppled onto its side from a burst tire. The T-800 emerged from the van with no damage besides that to its flesh sheath.
  • As the coolant truck crashed into the steel mill, the T-800 threw itself from the truck and forward rolled into a stack of metal piping. The momentum and velocity upon which it hit the floor and then the machinery resulted in a loss of motor control, mostly in the form of a limp in its left leg.
  • During its second hand-to-hand confrontation with the T-1000 the T-800 was pushed into a giant gear mechanism, resulting in its left arm being trapped by the wheel. The gears ground to a halt, but being unable to move it, the T-800 was forced to use a steel rod to split its own arm and tear itself away from the remains.
  • In its final fight with the T-1000, it received heavy abuse from the superior machine, including repetitive blunt trauma to the head which caused enough hydrostatic shock to render the machine immobile for a short time. It fell to the floor and was unable (or unwilling) to exert the energy required to get back up. The T-1000 then drove the same metal rod into its back, twisting and bending the back plating to allow it to drive the rod into its primary power cell, disabling it. The T-800 was able to use heat sinks to revive itself, however; and absorbed enough thermal power to remove the rod, grab its weapon, and crawl onto an upward conveyor belt. It was later able to get back to its feet and walk with assistance from John Connor.
  • The T-800 was lowered into a vat of molten steel whereupon the extreme heat proved too much for the endoskeleton to endure, resulting in the machine being melted and consumed by the lethal environment. Nonetheless, it lasted long enough to give John a "thumbs up" when almost completely submerged.
Terminator Salvation
  • John Connor fired a burst of automatic fire into the T-RIP's chest with no effective damage whatsoever.
  • Moments later, John hit the T-800 with two grenades, resulting in the complete destruction of its flesh sheath. However, its endoskeleton suffered no noticeable damage from these attacks. This is the first instance where a T-800 has endured something that its previous counterparts could not. It's possible that Kyle Reese (in The Terminator) possibly put the pipe bomb in one of its weak point or the Terminator was possibly already severely damaged to a point where a simple bomb could destroy it, as it was shot multiple times, and was in a car crash and tank explosion; whereas the Prototype was in pristine condition.
  • After a surprise attack on both John and Kyle, the T-800 was hit with a third grenade at close range, the force of which threw the machine several feet and rendered it inoperative for a short time.
  • While trying to escape the T-800, John shot it several times with a combat shotgun, creating enough force to make the machine pause with every hit; yet it still advanced without any sign of damage, despite Connor aiming for its vulnerable spots, such as shoulder joints, elbows, and knees.
  • Enraged by the melting of his hand, Marcus Wright (a Hybrid: half-human, half-machine) charged the T-800 from behind and threw it into a steel drum before beating it repeatedly with a metal rod. The machine was barely fazed, however; and quickly overpowered its adversary.
  • John fired several pistol shots into the T-800, with no effect.
  • The T-800 was consumed by molten steel from above, however; due to the temperature of the steel (less than that which disintegrated the T-800 and T-1000 in T2) it was able to keep lumbering towards its target, despite the mass of metal on its shoulders and in its joints. It is possible the metal could've damaged it more given enough time, but the metal was super cooled moments later, trapping the machine but saving it from disintegration.
  • The cooled metal locked up the T-800's joints, but the T-800 was able to use sheer mechanical strength to break free from the brittle ore and was able to partially recover. Ironically, this ultimately proved to be its downfall; as evidenced it was unable to fight when Marcus used a piece of pipe to decapitate his nemesis.
Terminator Genisys

The T-800 endoskeleton featured in Genisys seems to be far more durable compared to the original T-800.

  • The original T-800 survived a grenade round with no apparent damage except the destruction of its flesh sheath, the original version was blown apart by a home-made pipe bomb, though said bomb was actually placed into the waist of the previous T-800, which was likely a weak point. It also survived multiple shotgun blasts without slowing down; it is able to continue running against shotgun blasts with little to no loss of momentum unlike the original in where a shotgun blast was able to knock it back easily, and it survived direct hits to the head with a broken telescope with the only damage being to its flesh sheath. Kyle once again hits the T-800 with a metal pipe but rather than knocking the cyborg's head to the side like before, the pipe simply bends instead.
  • This is the first movie to feature a T-800 being incapacitated and even destroyed with a firearm. The original T-800 was first incapacitated after being shot through the chest with a Berett M82A1, a 50 caliber anti-material sniper rifle. This T-800 was later reactivated by a T-1000 and attempted to kill Kyle Reese. However, Kyle then managed to shoot the T-800 in the neck and decapitated the Terminator with the same weapon used to disable it earlier.
  • Kyle Reese tried to electrocute the T-800 with a cut-off chord, but it only blurred the T-800's vision (though it is possible it may have destroyed the T-800 outright if the electric chord was held longer). The T-800 therefore seems to be superior to the T-850 given that it resisted the electrical attack whereas the T-850 was stunned and immobilized.
  • Guardian was able to survive being impaled through the shoulder with a metal pipe and holding his arm under acid that dissolved a T-1000 with no apparent damage except to his flesh sheath.
  • The endoskeleton of the T-800 was shown to be vulnerable to acid to a certain extent, as the non-functioning endoskeleton of the original T-800 was destroyed in an acid bath to prevent the technology from being used to help build Skynet. Nonetheless, the T-800 endoskeleton is considerably more resistant to corrosion than the mimetic polyalloy of the T-1000, as Guardian was able to hold the T-1000 in an acid stream for several seconds with his arm in order to permanently dissolve it, suffering only damage to his clothes and organic outer sheath, though his endoskeleton was treated with a neutralizing agent immediately afterwards.
  • Guardian jumped out of a helicopter from high in the air and crashed through another, causing the latter to crash. Despite damage to his flesh sheath, Guardian didn't seem seriously damaged or impaired.
  • Guardian was able to survive attacks from a T-3000 and even stand its ground briefly against it (through magnetic gauntlets) showing more effectiveness against the advanced model than the T-850 did against a T-X. He was able continue the fight even after his left arm was ripped off. Despite the damage he had received and his failing body due to old age and lack of maintenance, Guardian managed to restrain the T-3000 and hold it in the magnetic field of the prototype Time Displacement Equipment for a long enough period of time that even after being overpowered, it was too late for the T-3000 to save itself.
  • Guardian was sent back in 1973 and lasted until 2017 without proper maintenance, making him the longest lasting T-800 on screen. By 1984, the lack of maintenance has caused a mechanical glitch within his right hand, though his could have been an "injury" gained in a fight against the other T-800, and by 2017 Guardian also walks with a limp due to a problem with his knee, which he crudely repairs later on. The glitch in his hand also persists. Despite this, the Guardian is successfully able to combat and defeat the original T-800 and a T-1000 in 1984, and defeat a T-3000 in 2017 under assisted by Sarah Connor and Kyle Reese.



Rebooting screen, featuring Cyberdyne Systems/SkyNET logo


Targeting system

The T-800's HUD featuring tracking marker, almost exactly the same with the exclusion of the many dots that would highlight a target.

T-800 Pursuit

T-800 head-up display (Pursuit mode).

T-800a Threat

T-800 HUD (Tactical assessment).

The T-800 is capable of running internal systems checks; calculating the distance of objects relative to itself; targeting with a precision head-up display; making detailed kinetic studies of trajectories; sampling and analyzing the atmosphere, weather patterns and wind velocity; analyzing human emotional states (in order to assess possible hostility); analyzing body language and direction of muscle contraction; calculating the force of gravity; analyzing texture and temperature of materials; and sensing radar scans. It is fitted with an internal chronometer. In order to keep track of its battle units, Cyberdyne Systems had given each one a Series number. The Series number refers to the type of internal structure or chassis (endoskeleton). However, the 800 Series also has different configurations of living tissue, each one giving it the appearance of a different person. The physical appearance of the living tissue (which was initially based on photographic records from Skynet's databases and laser scans of human soldiers) is therefore also given a Model number.

The inert T-800's are housed within a large vault-like cold-storage room. Massive doors of steel, equipped with electronic locking bolts bar the entrance to this facility. The T-800's hang in steel racks from tracks mounted in the ceiling. Hundreds of flesh covered T-800's are stored like this. They are arranged in rows of ten, where each of the bodies within each row are absolutely identical (each of the same Model). Each body hangs in its own cryogenic "hybermatrix." This cryogenic storage and the vacuum sealed room ensures that the T-800's flesh will not decay or necrotize from exposure to warm, oxygenated air that may contain pathogens. The living tissue makes it very difficult for humans to identify T-800's. A significant number of these Infiltration units have therefore been able to breach our defenses and slaughter Resistance fighters. However, trained "sniffer" dogs posted at checkpoints are effective at detecting this new threat.

Decibel overload

T-800 HUD Decibel Overload

T-800's being deployed straight onto the battlefield as soldiers do not need a disguise and so do not receive a biological covering. These units therefore do not need to be stored in the Cryogenic Chambers, and are stored in a huge rack covered chamber when not needed. A set of massive robotic manipulator arms stationed in the center of the chamber selects battle units when they are to be used in service. Skynet controls its battle units using direct link command, an operating mode known as "Hive," where the battle units are hooked directly into Skynet and share a collective conscious. However, there are hundreds of autonomous Terminators not under Skynet's direct control. This is the second form of operating mode and is known as "Rogue." In this mode, battle units are independent of Skynet but are programmed to return and download information.

The 800 Series is also equipped with vocals which enable it to replicate any human speech pattern of which it has heard an adequate specimen. It does this by recording and storing syllables of the subjects' voices, which it then replays and uses to digitally synthesize their speech patterns. The T-800's auditory sensors are located upon either side of its head, where human ears would be. One ear records the full unequalized range of external sounds, while the other can automatically filter signals to within a narrow range for a specific auditory signal.

The T-800's optical sensors can sample an extended range of visible frequencies, including infrared (which can allow it to see heated bodies in total darkness). This information is then displayed on a 40,000 bit digitized display. Concussion-proof lenses protect the T-800's eyes, which are capable of moving independently. When using both eyes to track two different targets moving in different directions, depth perception is created artificially by creating a computer-generated off-angle ghost image. The T-800 is capable of motion tracking, search modes, facial identification and recognition and has extensive vision enhancement capabilities including long range "zoom" (the T-800 can snap-magnify an image by around x15), motion analysis and "night vision." The T-800’s visual systems (at least) appear to be programmed in COBOL and 6502 assembly (specifically Apple +2 assembly).

The T-800’s do not feel pain and they do not have nerve endings, but they can sense injuries. From hypothesis and speculation, it is possible that the T-800 can do this through the use of impact sensors or as part of the overall sensor "sphere" that the unit generates, approximately akin to counter battery radar. There may be various impact sensors that record localized vibrations in the armor shell and, by extrapolation, "sense" where the damage in the T-800's living tissue is. The T-800 may also use these sensors to locate threats that are either hidden or out of visual range. This data then allows the T-800 to conduct low-complexity self repairs.[citation needed]

If disabled, the T-800 is able to re-route its systems to a secondary, alternate power source, thus bypassing any severed connections, damaged circuits, or internal impairment. The 800 Series also has redundant backup hydraulic systems. Therefore, it is imperative that Resistance members determine that any T-800’s are totally incapacitated in combat, lest the units are able to revive themselves and continue battle or pursuit of their target.

Combat abilities

Combat situations notwithstanding, the T-800 has a functional period of 120 years on one power cell. This small compact nuclear power cell is located in the same approximate position as a human's heart, and is shielded in a case-hardened subassembly inside the triple-armored Hyperalloy torso. A powerful enough shot directly hitting its power cell would disable the unit. [13]

The T-800 is, however, also capable of a conservation, or economy, mode. It does this by collecting and storing excess energy in compact energy sinks. In this mode, power is cut to 40% of nominal function; optical systems are switched to infrared only; and motivation units lose 40% hydraulic pressure as pumps slow. In this state, the T-800's power cell can last almost indefinitely.[11]

The T-800 is generally issued with a Westinghouse M-27 Phased Plasma Battle Rifle in the 40 watt range or General Dynamics RBS-80 Phased Plasma Pulse Gun. However, it is programmed to be able to use all military documented weaponry. The 800 Series is, for example, extremely efficient in the use of the .45 longslide automatic, the model 1887 Winchester lever-action shotgun, the Franchi SPAS-12 shotgun, the Heckler & Koch MP-5s, the M-79 grenade launcher, the Uzi 9-millimetre, and the M-134/GAU-2b minigun.[15]

Because of its ability to learn, it is able to defeat its more advanced series such as the T-1000 Terminator in combat on occasion. However, any particular advantage would be countered if Skynet were to set these units to learn as well.


Main article: Living tissue

The blueprint of the T-800 Terminator with living tissues.

A T-800 Infiltrator is covered with living tissue that includes human-like flesh, skin, hair, blood, and other bodily fluids.

The T-800 has a circulatory system which is controlled by a tiny pneumatic pump which maintains a constant pressure. This allows the T-800 to convincingly bleed when wounded.[11]

As the living tissue heat-signatures match that of humans, thermal scanners fail to distinguish T-800s from real humans. Additionally, because the tissue is designed to mimic human flesh, it can accurately mimic bleeding, sweating, halitosis, [3] and even aging.[13][16] All these features make the T-800 a superb infiltration unit.

Furthermore, provided its flesh is not wholly destroyed, over some unknown time a T-800 can gradually regrow its tissue-covering. In 1984, after the Guardian's right arm was reduced to bare metal, it claimed its flesh would take years to regrow. Indeed, by 2017, the Guardian's right was once again covered in normal-looking flesh.[13]



T-800 wielding a pair of plasma rifles.


Huminoid hunter-killer.

Skynet, if needed, could add new equipment and programs not standard in the T-800s, including:[10]

In addition, the T-800, while not composed of mimetic polyalloy itself, has displayed that it is capable of interfacing with and controlling liquid metal to an extent provided that it has not been previously programmed. The mimetic polyalloy can be used to repair damaged and incapacitated units in order to restore them to operational capability. The T-800 could also develop and utilize replacement parts made from the polymetal. The unit is also able to develop stabbing weapons through the metal. [13]


Although it was considered a formidable opponent on the battlefield and highly feared by its enemies, the T-800 was far from invulnerable. For one, .50 Browning Machine-Gun caliber rounds or armor piercing bullets made of depleted uranium can penetrate its endoskeleton, disabling and even destroying the unit.[13][17] Extreme forces, such as intense explosions, could permanently dislocate limbs and disrupt the internal frame, possibly even destroying it. A pipe bomb jammed between its joints, for instance, can blow a T-800 into half. Nevertheless, the upper half torso can remain functional albeit with a severed left arm.[3] Razor-sharp edges such as metallic pipes, steel rods, or shrapnel can pierce into the endoskeleton armor plate if propelled with sufficient force, disabling the cyborg,[9][13] and even decapitating it (possibly because it could be weakened by a combination of molten steel and liquid nitrogen[12].)

Unlike other series' made of non-solid material, such as the liquid-based T-1000 (Mimetic polyalloy), the T-800 could naturally be crushed and destroyed by a tremendous amount of pressure, such as a hydraulic press.[3]

Furthermore, the T-800 was at least partially susceptible against electronic attacks, such as overcurrent, as compared to the more vulnerable T-850 and T-888.[5][13]

Plasma weapons could penetrate the armor and destroy a T-800 unit.[9][13] Though the T-800 endoskeleton is more resistant to molten steel[9] and corrosive reagents[13], such as concentrated hydrochloric acid, as compared to the weaker T-1000, it can ultimately be destroyed if exposure to the aforementioned substances could be achieved for an extended period of time.

Additionally, if any part suffers from damage during battles, after operational for long periods of time without proper repairs, the endoskeleton would begin to break down with the joints locking when exposed to stress or repetitive movement. The Guardian's hand was damaged when fighting the T-800 (the latter being in perfect condition) in 1984 and it was later shown to suffer from malfunction during a battle against the T-3000 in 2017.[13]

Last but not least, the endoskeleton can be affected by age. After operating over 40 years since 1973, the Guardian had trouble with his servomotors degrading, causing lockups on his knee and in his hand. He stated specifically that it was due to age.[13] Given the fact that T-800's have power cells that can sustain them for hundreds of years, this may have to do with lack of proper maintenance over that period of time.

Differences between Versions

Living tissue on earlier version of T-800 unit may necrotize if damaged as after being shot multiple times during the shootout in the police precinct, the original T-800's skin had a noticeably pale color and flies were sitting on its face. At this point, the janitor of the building, which T-800 was using as a safehouse, commented on the smell of decay coming from T-800's room: "Hey, buddy, got a dead cat in there, or what?" Hence, the early version of living tissue apparently may "die" or at least undergo extensive necrosis.

Later version, such as Version 2.4, the wounds will heal over time without leaving scars nor suffer from decay or necrosis even when having taken severe damage.[9][13]

For power source, the power cell of early model of T-800 could allow a T-800 unit to operate at full power for twenty-four hours per day for 1,095 days[11], while T-800 Version 2.4 has a functional period of 120 years on one power cell.[9]


Main article: Series 8xx

Serial Number

Each Terminator does also have a unique alphanumeric serial number. It contains four or more letters, which the first and last position is usually an alphabetic letter and the middle positions are numbers. The last letter is separated from the other letters with a dot. These serial numbers are revealed in some comic series.[18]

The T-800 combat chassis when not intended for infiltrator work and fielded without an organic infiltration coating is more properly identified as a Humanoid Hunter Killer and are designated with a shorter four character alpha numeric code.[19]

Variation in different timelines

See also: T-90 and T-700

T-800 in the original series

In the original timeline, Skynet itself designed and began production of the T-800 in 2026, due to the ease with which the Resistance could identify the Skynet designed T-600 with its rubber skin.

In an alternate timeline, US Military (or Cyber Research Systems as shown in the film Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines) use the reverse engineered technology from Cyberdyne Systems to developed T-800 prior to Judgment Day.[20] Hence, the T-800 is fully operational in 2010s in both T2 Saga and Terminator Salvation timeline.

In the Terminator Salvation timeline, Skynet has created a prototype T-800 Terminator, the T-RIP (Terminator Resistance Infiltrator Prototype) in 2018, possibly based on the reversed engineer design scheme by the US Military in 2004. The T-800 Terminator is an updated T-700 endoskeleton fitted with the synthetic skin.[21]


The T-800 in Terminator Genisys

In the Terminator Genisys timeline, the design of the T-800 endoskeleton has been altered in the chest, legs and arms. The eye sockets are wider and narrower, though this may be a trick of the light given that previous T-800 always had shadows darkening the eye sockets, therefore masking any details. The jawline is more angular and there seems to more wiring in the waist area as well as the hips being more pointed and angular as well. The feet no longer have a rounded heel but a wide flat one.

Known units

See also: List of T-800 Terminators





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Kyle Reese: The 600 series had rubber skin. We spotted them easy, but these are new. They look human - sweat, bad breath, everything. Very hard to spot. I had to wait till he moved on you before I could zero him.
The Terminator
"Where a man's heart would be, shielded in a case-hardened subassembly inside the hyperalloy torso, was the nuclear-energy cell. it supplied power to run the most sophisticated system of hydraulic actuators and servo-motors ever constructed, enough power to run the lights of a small city for a day. it was designed to last (the) Terminator considerably longer, especially if intense activity was varied with conservation procedures. When (the) Terminator dropped off-line into economy mode, compact energy sinks collected and stored the excess. If the torso was breached and these vital power supplies disturbed, (the) Terminator could be stopped. But the torso was triple armored with the densest alloy ever smelted. (the) Terminator could keep operating at full power for twenty-four hours a day for 1,095 days. During that time it would certainly have opportunities, like now, for economy mode, where power was cut to 40 percent of nominal function. The optical system switched to infra-red only. The motivation units lost 40 percent of hydraulic pressure as the pumps slowed. Power was shunted into sinks and stored." -Frakes, The Terminator (novel)


  • In the 2007 mockbuster film Universal Soldiers, the cyborg in the final confrontation looks like a gigantic T-800 endoskeleton.

External links


  1. The HUD of the T-800 identifies it more specifically as a "Cyberdyne Systems Series 800 Model 101 Version 2.4" in Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
  2. The script of Terminator 2: Judgment Day uses "the endoskeleton of a Series 800 Terminator".
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 The Terminator
  4. Terminator - 7" Action Figure - T-800 Endoskeleton (Retro Packaging) by NECA
  5. 5.0 5.1 Rise of the Machines
  6. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
  7. Terminator 2: Judgment Day teaser trailer
  8. James Cameron's line "The 800 Series ... the 1000 Series" in commentary of Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 Terminator 2: Judgment Day
  10. 10.0 10.1 The Terminator Collectible Card Game
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 The Terminator (Frakes novel)
  12. 12.0 12.1 Terminator Salvation
  13. 13.00 13.01 13.02 13.03 13.04 13.05 13.06 13.07 13.08 13.09 13.10 13.11 13.12 13.13 Terminator Genisys
  14. T2 3-D: Battle Across Time
  15. Terminator Salvation weaponry
  16. James Cameron talks about his involvement with Terminator: Genisys
  17. Terminator Genisys: Revolution
  18. The Terminator: Tempest,The Terminator: Secondary Objectives,The Terminator: The Enemy Within, The Terminator: Death Valley
  19. This coding was revealed in some comic series.such as Dark Horse Comics The Terminator: Hunters and Killers.
  20. In Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, it is revealed that the US Military has already begun on developing Humanoid Terminator, which is a blurred T-800 in the film while clearly seen in deleted contents.
  21. Terminator Salvation: Trial by Fire
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