The Cyber Research Systems Model T-X, or T-X Terminatrix, is a highly advanced model of Terminator, succeeding the T-1000 and produced by Skynet in an alternate timeline created from the first attempted assassination of John Connor. One unit was dispatched by Skynet into the past in order to terminate John Connor, his lieutenants and other Terminators while ensuring no one in CRS could interfere by shutting down Skynet during its activation.
With the success of the mimetic polyalloy T-1000 Series, Skynet continued to develop its liquid metal technology, this time combining it with an advanced endoskeleton, which originates from the T-900 Series. The resultant T-X is stronger, faster, more intelligent, and deadlier than any of Skynet's previous battle units, effectively rendering them redundant. It is also developed as an anti-Terminator unit.
The T-X Series has an advanced utilitarian battle chassis, weighing in excess of 150 kilos (approximately 330.6 lbs.). Protected by malleable, crystalline, ceramic armor interlaced with nano-fibers of carbon and titanium, the T-X is practically unstoppable on the battlefield, capable of sustaining extreme amounts of damage with seemingly little to no effect.
Extremely strong and agile, the T-X Series is capable of moving its joints in ways that would be impossible for any human or older models of Terminators featuring an endoskeleton to do. Aided by artificial liquid steel lubrication, each joint has a massive degree of rotation. The neck is capable of 360-degree rotation, and the torso is capable of at least 180-degree rotation. The enhanced joints also show little to no wear or degradation when moving at high speeds, allowing the T-X Series to run at speeds in excess of 80 KPH (~50 MPH) for brief periods of time before its power packs began to show slight decline.
The T-X Series is capable of easily crushing a human spinal column with just two fingers, and its thighs can crush with a pressure greater than an industrial hydraulic press. Its steel jaws and alloy teeth are harder than industrial diamonds, and can crush and cut through titanium, let alone human muscle and bone.
Like the earlier Series 1000, the Series T-X utilizes mimetic polyalloy. However, whereas the Series 1000 was constructed entirely from this liquid metal, the T-X series only has a liquid metal outer sheath covering its endoskeleton for infiltration purposes, which gives the T-1000 an advantage for being able to regenerate better. Like the T-1000 before it, the T-X can take the form of any human it touches, typically terminating the subject upon assimilation. The T-X seems to be able to mimic targets it sees as well. This is seen when the T-X increases its bust size as seen by a nearby billboard, effectively confusing an L.A. patrolman. Stored within small reservoirs in the cranial casing of the T-X when in endoskeletal form, the mimetic polyalloy not only aids in infiltration, but also adds strength to the overall armor of the T-X Series.
Aside from its increased strength and armor, the T-X Series is fitted with on-board weapon systems -- the first Infiltrator class to house advanced weaponry -- each located within a reconfigurable arm, underneath the mimetic polyalloy outer sheath. Within its vast internal arsenal, the T-X possesses many different weapons and tools for different missions.
Though it possesses many forms of inbuilt weapons, the primary weapon of the T-X Series is the Plasma Cannon. When deploying this weapon, the outer liquid metal skin of the T-X peels back from the right arm, and the arm reconfigures into the Plasma Cannon structure, an electric blue aura forming and intensifying around it as it charges. When fired, a tremendous burst of raw energy, 25 or 30 mm (or about an inch) in diameter is shot from the cannon. The plasma charge is strong enough that, in Terminator 3: Eyes of the Rise, a T-X was able to destroy a T-1002 unit with a single blast.
After each shot, the weapon power cells have to recharge; the tiny citation needed] Aside from the plasma cannon, the T-X could also form the following weapons:[
- IAD ChemTech Flamethrower
- .223 Automatic Stopper
- .45 Cascader
- M41 pulse rifle
- 783 CHAIN Repeater
- ADMOR BioBlaster
- BioRail 32SR-9 (modified)
- CG45 Needler
- CONSIGLIO EBlaster
- Crescent Corridor Blaster
- EMP Generator
- Finite Rapid Cluster Gun
- HDE Predator (333b)
- HK-54334 (modified)
- KLD-Magnum Repeater
- Laser X-ray Burst Gun
- Rumsfeld P31 Caustic
- Subauro Neutralizer (.444)
- Tracking EBlaster
- TWIN Barrier Gun
- XFLRG 44mm
- M41A pulse rifle
- Nano-Disrupter (.222)
- P31 Caustic Shells x231
Another of its on-board arsenal used primarily by the T-X Series are its Nanotechnological Transjectors. By retracting the mimetic polyalloy skin from the index finger of the right hand, a 1.6 mm diameter titanium alloy drill bit can emerge from the fingertip. This is then used to drill into the casing of any electronic system, and a narrow blue aura flows through the tiny drill bit, transferring a stream of nanobots (microscopically tiny robots) into the system. In a matter of milliseconds, a T-X can connect with the electronic system and reprogram it, controlling it by direct link or ultra-high frequency contact via a downlink with military communications satellites under Skynet's control.
In this way, a T-X can take control of any machine (up to at least four at once, using its heads-up display), including such things as electronic locks, automobiles or even other battle units. If it chooses to take over another battle unit, such as a T-850, the T-X can corrupt the other Terminator's systems, leaving its CPU intact, but unable to control its other functions, though the T-850 is shown to be able to crash its own systems and reset itself to regain full control of itself.
The T-X Series is equipped with advanced sensor packages to aid in human identification and termination. These include infrared systems used to pick up heat signatures, and facial recognition and retina scanning systems. The T-X is also capable of analyzing DNA by sampling a small quantity of its targets blood using sensors housed within its mouth.
The T-X Series can access database computers wirelessly via phone lines by emitting a series of eleven beep tones, creating an audible connection, using its voice-processing unit. The T-X's internal communications circuitry also allows radio signals to be broadcast on any frequency, and an on-board navigational system automatically merges with Skynet systems in the area, creating a complete map system which can be displayed on the T-X's heads up display. For safety purposes, the T-X possesses internal diagnosis circuits, and the ability to shunt delicate control circuits to protected areas if a massive voltage is incurred.
The T-X also appears to possess a limited emotional range, which it exhibits even when it is by itself (as opposed to displaying emotions to ingratiate itself with humans). This can be seen during the crane chase when it exhibits frustration and also performs a surprised double take upon realizing the T-850 is still in pursuit. It also seems to feel satisfaction when it smirks after seemingly losing the T-850 And it appears to exhibit a fear response just before the T-850 finally terminates it with one of his hydrogen cores. Also, early in the film when it identifies blood as belonging to "primary target" John Connor, the T-X appears to react with an expression akin to a gasp of excitement.
It also possesses two on-board circular saws that form whenever needed: one formed where its hand is, as seen when cutting into the top of the hearse, and another on its wrist, as seen when stuck to the particle accelerator, which it uses to damage the particle accelerator's hull in order to shut it down and escape its magnetic field.
The T-X is also the only machine to make feral growling noises when angered or frustrated.
- As it is made of metal like other Terminator Series, the T-X can temporarily be incapacitated with an extremely intense magnetic field, but is less vulnerable to overcurrent.
- Like the T-800 and other endoskeleton-based units, a vehicle crashing into it at extreme velocities can cause its body to separate.
- The same weaknesses that the T-1000 suffered from also apply to the T-X: due to its Mimetic polyalloy structure, intense heat can cause it to suffer from "glitches". However, as long as its inner endoskeleton isn't affected, the T-X won't become immobile from bullet impacts and can continue to hunt the target.
- While its infiltration abilities are fairly impressive, they are inferior to the T-800's. Because it lacks living tissue - and therefore the ability to sweat and bleed - their shape-shifting ability is only useful to a point. A Terminator that is bleeding or possesses scars is more likely to be mistaken for an actual human.
Due to being in essence a hybrid of the T-900's endoskeleton and the T-1000's liquid metal forms, the T-X was capable of sustaining extreme amounts of damage that no other unit has been known to survive.
- The T-X was first incapacitated by the T-850, the latter of which crashed a vehicle into it before the car exploded when it hit a building - yet the unit was able to reconstruct itself without any visible damage.
- The T-850 opened up on the T-X with a shotgun; once again, the T-X was able to repair itself and fired a burst from its plasma cannon that temporarily rendered the T-850 offline.
- The T-X was then thrown underneath a fire engine when the T-850 caught up to it. This caused little, if any, permanent damage.
- The T-850 caused the fire engine which the T-X had commandeered to crash into a crane - both vehicles then rammed into the T-X. However, the unit later appeared almost completely unscathed.
- During its next encounter with the T-850, the T-X absorbed the force of an RPG rocket fired at it by the opposing cyborg. This proved to be perhaps the most devastating attack that it was inflicted with, for it was charging its plasma weapon to kill Katherine Brewster and failed to recognise the T-850's missile. The force was powerful enough to considerably damage its on-board arsenal and possibly some of its other systems, forcing it to replace the plasma weapon with a flamethrower.
- The T-X was then run over by a trailer - yet again this was almost ineffective to stop it.
- In the CRS building, the T-X was hit by numerous grenades from the T-850, the force of which caused it to topple into a ventilation shaft and suffer unknown damage.
- When the T-850 confronted it in close-quarters in the CRS building, the T-X sustained some amount of damage from being battered around.
- The T-850 then attempted to terminate both itself and the T-X using a live wire: ironically, this only hampered the T-X slightly while the 850 was rendered immobile for a significant amount of time, allowing the more advanced unit to catch up and reprogram it.
- John Connor activated a particle accelerator to its maximum capacity and the T-X was temporarily stuck to the machine. It was almost terminated itself, but using a circular saw, it destroyed the machine and recovered from the attack.
- The reprogrammed T-850 later crashed a massive helicopter into the T-X at Crystal Peak. The machine was critically damaged by this attack, which pinned it to the ground long enough for the T-850 to evacuate Connor and Brewster. Nevertheless, it separated itself from the wreckage and, its top half still functional, attempted to chase after the humans.
- Finally, the T-X was trapped by the T-850, which crushed both units with the blast door and forced its remaining hydrogen fuel cell into its mouth. The resultant explosion totally annihilated both cyborgs beyond any possible chance of being re-activated.
- It is unknown if T-X Series are exclusively female models or if there were/are male (in the sense of endoskeletal structure and programming) counterparts, as the mimetic sheath only grants aesthetic camouflage. It is feasible, given the advanced nature of this series, that such "male models" exist, though this has not been touched upon by either the films or the comics.
- One possible reason as to why only female models have been encountered could be, that is easier for slender female endoskeletons to disguise as both male or female humans with the aid of their mimetic polyalloy, as opposed to bulkier male endoskeletons which would only be able to disguise as male or bulky female humans.
- The T-X Series was probably designed to terminate renegade Terminators (usually ones that were reprogrammed by The Resistance), that were no longer working for Skynet and could be a threat to its existence.
- John Connor thus dubbed the T-X from Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines as an "Anti-Terminator Terminator".
- Terminator 3: Eyes of the Rise
- Terminator: Infinity (Hologram simulation; in a flashback; the T-X is killed by the T-Infinity)
- Terminator: Revolution (Flashback)
- Video games
- ↑ A scan from another Terminator display this in the game Terminator 3: The Redemption.
- ↑ Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
- ↑ Merchandise of Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
- ↑ Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines novel
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 This is an homage to the M41A pulse rifle from the Alien series.