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

The T-X Terminatrix, one of Skynet's most advanced Terminator units, was sent back in time to July 24, 2004. Her primary mission was to terminate John Connor. Since he lived off the grid, the Terminatrix focused instead on terminating Connor's future officers of the Resistance.[1]


The T-X appears to possess a very limited emotional range (as all Terminators do), which it exhibits even when it is alone, as opposed to displaying emotion to ingratiate itself with humans. Such behavior 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. The T-X appears to exhibit a fear response just before the T-850 finally terminates it with one of his hydrogen cores and manages to reform part of its human face with its remaining mimetic polyalloy to make a horrified face while trying to escape. 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. She also shows satisfaction as she smiles once she defeats the T-850 in the bathroom battle and when she thinks she beat him in the road battle.

The T-X is also the only machine to make feral growling noises when angered or frustrated.

See also: Terminator emotions


In 2032, the T-X was battle-tested by Skynet against several other Terminators and by Skynet itself. The T-1002 engaged the Terminatrix in hand to hand combat in the Skynet Central Core, using its mimetic polyalloy components to develop stabbing weapons all across its body. The T-X was able to gain the advantage through a combination attack utilizing her internal buzz saw to remove the spikes and later destroyed T-1002 with a direct impact from her plasma cannon. Terminator 3: Eyes of the Rise, Part 1

The Terminatrix arrived in July 24, 2004, in a clothes shop with mannequins, melting them and a glass frame on arrival. It then walked out of the shop, approaching a confused woman, admiring her car before killing her and taking her belongings. The Terminatrix then went on to killing any of John Connor's future lieutenants, including Kate Brewster and her father Robert Brewster. However, when she coincidentally found Connor, who had been formerly untraceable due to "living off the grid", she made him her priority target.

At the Cyber Research Systems facility, the Terminatrix obtained an Airforce uniform and injected nanobots into the T-1s to have them protect Skynet the moment it took control of the entire U.S. defense grid. It then killed Robert before going after John and Kate. They managed to trap her in a particle accelerator before going to Crystal Peak, where they were told Skynet's central core was located. The Terminatrix broke free of the accelerator and followed them, losing most of her polyalloy skin and half of her lower body in the process. She crawled and grabbed John, determined to complete her mission but a T-850 unit sent by Kate from the future destroyed them both with its remaining hydrogen fuel cell with a remark of "you are terminated." Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines


T-X Targets

Target Roster

T3 T-X Target Roster
Priority targets of termination[2]
Note: The T-850 sent to protect John Connor and Katherine Brewster stated that there are total of 22 humans targeted for termination beside John Connor and Katherine Brewster.
Default mission
  • Preserve creation of Skynet.


Successful Terminations

The unfortunate woman happened upon the T-X's displacement. The T-X possibly (not explicitly shown) broke her neck while mimicking her clothes, stealing her car afterward.
  • LAPD Cop-Westside Street
He pulled over the Terminatrix while she was driving recklessly in a Lexus. He was apparently killed and his service pistol taken by the T-X.
He was unaware that the T-X was trying to kill him, instead assumed that she was a customer for fast food. He was shot multiple times.
He was unaware that the T-X came to his house and thought it was his mom. William was pushed down to the floor and was shot multiple times.
She was also unaware when she was upstairs playing a video game. She was shot multiple times while playing a video game.
She was waiting in the vet lobby busy worrying about her cat before getting gunned down by the T-X to see if she was Kate Brewster, and eventually died by her wounds.
Scott thought that the T-X was Kate Brewster due to her ability of impersonation. He was presumably killed with a buzz-saw and is impersonated by the T-X later.
  • Detective Edwards
He was unaware that the T-X impersonated Scott before being punched through the chest while driving.
  • Detective Bell
Detective Edwards's partner, he was incapacitated or killed with a blow to the head after witnessing Edwards's death.
  • First Lieutenant Hastings
While infiltrating the CRS the T-X briefly replaces the clothing of its default female form with the more appropriate Air Force uniform ("Female Blues" type), complete with 1st LT shoulder rank insignia and the nametag "Hastings". Although there is no evidence that Hastings existed in the first place, T-X's and T-1000's modus operandi for acquiring identities of officials included eliminating said officials even if the unit applied the uniform to their default form.
He was caught by surprise by the Infiltrator disguised as Katherine Brewster. He was shot multiple times but was carried away and survived until a Skynet HK-Drone fired a missile into his office.


  • A controversial theory is that the T-X used her nanomachines to give SkyNet its sentinence when she re-programmed the cars early in the movie. Due to her almost infinite connection to the computer databases, it is feasible to assume that the reprogramming extended from the vehicles into the computer networks, as seen as the worldwide blackout that prompted SkyNet's dominion and self-awareness. If so, then the franchise hinges on not one but two predestination paradoxes: the first being the necessity of Judgment Day, for Kyle Reese would have no reason to travel back in time to father John in the first place if there was no Judgment Day. John Connor's very existence is tied to Judgment Day happening.

Behind the Scenes

  • Kristanna Loken put on 15 pounds of muscle to fit her role of the T-X.
  • Kristanna Loken took a mime class to prepare for her part. Because her character had so few lines, she had to learn to communicate through facial expressions and body gestures.
  • Kristanna Loken loved the leather jacket, leather pants and leather boots that she wore.[citation needed]


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  1. Terminator 3: Eyes of the Rise
  2. The HUD interface of the T-X as shown in the film Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.
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