A Terminator is a type of Hunter-Killer designed to terminate other life forms. Terminators are built by an artificially intelligent computer called Skynet, in order to wipe out the remains of humanity after Judgment Day.
Development of the Terminators
How the original Terminators were built is unknown, at least in one timeline (Terminator 2: Judgment Day), Cyberdyne Systems was able to reverse-engineer and develop robots from the scavenged hand and CPU of the destroyed T-800 in 1984. Cyberdyne System had created the Series 70 Terminator to impress investors and people with military interests to finance them to improve robot technology.
Terminators of Cyberdyne Systems models are created by Skynet after the War against the Machines started.
In the timeline created by the Assassination of John Connor, Terminators were created by the Cyberdyne Systems, starting with the T-70, while in an altered timeline (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines) created by the destruction of Cyberdyne, Terminators were created by the Cyber Research Systems to replace soldiers on the battlefield prior to the Judgment Day, starting with the T-1.
In Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles timeline, Cameron Phillips establishes that modern Terminators are made of coltan for heat resistance, while previous models were made of titanium. Normally, the living tissue outer sheath can age over years.More advanced flesh used on T-888s appears to not suffer the effects of age or deprivation during hibernation, such as Myron Stark, who is able to maintain his organic covering while sealed within a wall for eighty years Terminator flesh lacerations can be repaired.
Although clearly not the normal procedure, a bare T-888 endoskeleton was able to grow itself a new flesh covering using 2007 technology (with the assistance of a geneticist and its own knowledge of future formula) by submerging itself in a blood-like bath. This improvised process resulted in a deformed covering that had the appearance of a burn victim and lacked its own biological eyes, requiring it to steal those of the geneticist and subsequently undergo cosmetic surgery to produce a more normal appearance.
It has been shown that Terminators' flesh coverings are somehow grown identically, producing many multiple copies of exactly the same physical appearance, indicating the use of specific physical templates for different variations of a model. The most well known is that worn by multiple Model 101 units, as well as a T-888 model known as "Vick Chamberlain" having a memory of facing a room (presumably in the factory where it was created) of several dozen units sharing an identical template to itself, naked and moving in unison. Some Terminators' outer coverings are custom-designed to copy the appearances of humans whom they are intended to kill and replace, such as Carl Greenway, James Ellison, and Allison Young
- Main article: I-950
Unlike the T series Terminators, the I series Infiltrators are bred, and not factory built machines. Skynet decided that the best way for one of its Terminators to act human was to start out with a human and add technological enhancements where necessary. The I-950 starts out as a genetically engineered baby with a neural net processor attached to its brain, providing an up-link to Skynet. To condition it physically, it is coaxed with holographic toys to crawl until it is exhausted. After four years, it is given an injection that rapidly ages it to maturity to finish its training. In an effort to blend in better with humans, the I-950 is allowed to feel emotions, but the range is limited by one of its cybernetic implants. Because it is far more human than machine, dogs are not alerted to its presence, and the infiltrator can go undetected for extremely long periods of time inside a resistance base.
The I-950 carry T-101's CPU in case they are needed, as well as power cells. Once the "living" portion of the I-950 is dead, the CPU then takes control of the body, but can only do so for a short time. They can reproduce with other 950s but not humans. If the female I-950 decides that the pregnancy would stop them from carrying out their mission, they could fertilize their eggs in vitro and would be implanted in human surrogate wombs. They are also able to clone themselves.
- Main article: Non-Humanoid Hunter Killer
Skynet has employed robots not designed to appear as humans even while having access to those who are. Simple Humanoid Hunter-Killers share the endoskeletons and combat characteristics with Infiltrators, but not the living tissue sheath. Instead, they serve as general infantry.
Non-humanoid Hunter-Killers are robotic versions of various vehicles, built with roughly the same technologies as the contemporary Terminators, such as HK-Aerial, HK-Tank, Moto-Terminator, and Spider Tank. -->
- See also: Terminator Series
Non-Humanoid Hunter Killer
- T-1 Battlefield Robot
A large battle unit armed with twin-linked miniguns.
- T-7 Tetrapod
A quadruped defense unit armed with twin machine guns.
- T-20 Service Robot
- Moto-Terminator / Snowminator
An automated motorcycle that is used to hunt down humans.
A large poly-mimetic Terminator created to guard the Skynet Core.
Humanoid Hunter Killer
- Main article: Humanoid Hunter Killer
The Humanoid Hunter Killer is an android developed and intended to be similar to a human endoskeleton in look and function.
A tall and basic Terminator model designed as a basic foot soldier
A multi-purpose unit designed for close-quarters combat.
The first true Terminator featured an armored battle chassis that made it more durable than the T-400.
A multi-phasic machine armed with multiple onboard weaponry and a TDE device.
- Main article: Infiltrator
The Infiltrator is a type of the Humanoid Hunter Killer that is built to look exactly like humans and used to infiltrate, seek out and kill human beings. The Infiltrator progresses from rubber skin, human flesh over its endoskeleton, to mimetic polyalloy able to mimic any person or object.
The first Infiltrator model that possesses a rubber skin sheath.
The first generation of the T-800.
A breakthrough Terminator that uses living tissue covering for superior infiltration.
Various variants of the Series 800 Terminator
- T-900 (Rise of the Machines)
A hyper-alloy armored Terminator designed to eliminate other machines.
An advanced endoskeleton modified from the T-900 that possesses onboard weaponry.
An advanced endoskeleton based on T-950 that possesses mimetic polyalloy and onboard weaponry.
- T-900 (The Sarah Connor Chronicles)
A advanced Infiltrator able to mimic human.
- TS-300 (created by MIR)
A ceramic Terminator designed to replace specific individuals.
A mimetic polyalloy Terminator capable of altering its form and appearance.
A highly advanced infiltrator model. Made from infecting human being with nano-machines and having them replace the tissue of the subject.
A highly advanced Terminator model. Used by Skynet to store its consciousness and infect John Connor with nano-robots and turn him into a T-3000.
- Due to different alternate timelines caused by various time travel missions, the future is changing and the creation date of the Terminators is changing as well.
The end credits of all three films list Arnold Schwarzenegger's character as simply the "Terminator". Later films credit the newer Terminators by their series numbers, such as "T-1000", "T-X", or "T-800".
Those being chased by a Terminator, will often simply call it the "Terminator" (as Reese does throughout the first film). If more than one type of Terminator is involved more specific names may be used; ranging from an official designation to a variety of nicknames. The most common seems to be to add "T-" to the beginning of the series number.
- T-### Terminator
- T-### xxx Terminator
- Terminator T-###
- Series T-###
- Series ###
- Series ### Terminator
- ### Series
- T-### Model 
- Model T-### 
|Official Designation||Common Name †||Other Names ‡|
|Cyberdyne future (The Terminator, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, and T2 3-D: Battle Across Time)|
|Cyberdyne Systems Series 70||T-70|
| Cyberdyne Systems|
Series 800 Model 101
| Cyberdyne Systems|
Series 800 Model 101
|Cyber Research future (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines)|
| Cyber Research Systems|
Model 101 Series 850
| Cyber Research Systems Model T-X|
(Series (if any) unspecified.)
|Third future (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles)|
† The most common descriptive name used in-universe to refer to the type in general.
‡ Short names, and nicknames used rarely. etc.
Behind the Scenes
James Cameron asserts that he came up with the concept of the Terminator characters on his own. However, several works of science fiction predating his film have similar concepts, including "Soldier", "Demon with a Glass Hand", "I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream", "Second Variety", "Jon's World", Cyborg, La Jetée, and Cyborg 2087.
- ↑ Superman vs. The Terminator: Death to the Future
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Used by John Connor once in dialog from the film Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
- ↑ This was an essential plot point in the sequel, even though it was a deleted scene.
- ↑ Terminator Genisys
- ↑ "Self Made Man"
- ↑ Terminator 2: Judgment Day
- ↑ "Samson & Delilah"
- ↑ "The Turk"
- ↑ "Automatic for the People"
- ↑ "Brothers of Nablus"
- ↑ "Allison from Palmdale"
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 12.2 Merchandise such as "T-850 Terminator" or "T-X Terminatrix".
- ↑ "T-Infinity Temporal Terminator" in Terminator: Revolution.
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 14.2 Kyle's line "Terminator T-600" in Terminator Salvation
- ↑ 15.0 15.1 15.2 "Terminator, Series T-600" in the game The Terminator: Future Shock
- ↑ 16.0 16.1 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.
- ↑ DVD extra from Terminator 2: Judgment Day
- ↑ 18.0 18.1 The script of Terminator 2: Judgment Day uses "the endoskeleton of a Series 800 Terminator".
- ↑ 19.0 19.1 Kyle Reese's line "the 600 Series" from the film The Terminator.
- ↑ 20.0 20.1 The Terminator novel
- ↑ 22.0 22.1 22.2 James Cameron's line "The 800 Series ... the 1000 Series" in commentary of Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
- ↑ 23.0 23.1 23.2 Cameron's line "T-600 models" in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles episode "Heavy Metal".
- ↑ 24.0 24.1 Terminator - 7" Action Figure - T-800 Endoskeleton (Retro Packaging) by NECA
- ↑ 25.0 25.1 25.2 25.3 25.4 25.5 25.6 25.7 25.8 Shown on screen in the special features from the Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines DVD, which identifies the T-850 as an "Series 850 Model 101", and the older Terminator as an "Series 800 Model 101". (The T3 DVD Extras swap the order of Series & Model for all references, not just the new ones.)
- ↑ 26.0 26.1 Script of T2 3-D: Battle Across Time
- ↑ 27.0 27.1 27.2 27.3 Panasonic presents Terminator 2: 3D Special Site
- ↑ Official materials of Terminator Salvation
- ↑ The name "T-800" is used by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the DVD commentary for the film Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.
- ↑ Flashed briefly in schematics used as DVD extras for Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
- ↑ Used throughout the film Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
- ↑ T-800's line "Terminator T-1000" in Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
- ↑ Used by James Cameron in the Making of T2 3-D: Battle Across Time featured in Terminator 2: Judgment Day DVD.
- ↑ 34.0 34.1 Used throughout the film Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.
- ↑ Dialog from the "Sgt. Candy" scene featured in the Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines DVD
- ↑ Shown on screen in its HUD.
- ↑ 37.0 37.1 A scan from another Terminator display this in the game Terminator 3: The Redemption.
- ↑ Terminator 3: Eyes of the Rise
- ↑ Official episode summaries for the Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
- ↑ Displayed in the HUD when identifying another Terminator in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles episode .
- ↑ Used by Derek Reese in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles episode .