The 1984 film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. An artificial intelligence losing a brutal war with humanity makes a last ditch effort to win by sending an assassin to the past to prevent the birth of the general responsible for its defeat

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Why does the Terminator—an infiltration machine—steal clothes by attacking humans anyway?

So I rewatched the first Terminator (1984) as well as Terminator 2 (1991) and am baffled by why the terminators—specifically the T-800’s played by Arnold Schwarzenegger—both attacked innocent people ...
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Do the events of previous terminator movies influence the intelligence of later terminators?

The Terminator series plays hard and fast with time paradoxes and the like. However the answers to the question "What does a Terminator do once its mission is accomplished?" suggest that in each movie ...
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Was the T-800 certain it had the right Sarah Connor?

In The Terminator, Reese says Skynet had almost no information on Sarah Connor: Just her name, and the name of the city where she lived. The T-800 arrives in 1984, finds a phone book, and dispatches ...
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In T1, was Skynet's actual goal to kill Sarah Connor, or to spawn Skynet itself?

We know that without the union of Sarah Connor and Kyle Reese, John Connor would not have been born, and we know that without the remnants of the T-800, Skynet would not have been developed. Is it ...
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Why did they have armed prototype robots in a Skynet facility?

One reason why they couldn't stop Skynet (aside from Governator stating it was inevitable), was that all the employees and military in the building, including the General, got killed - mostly by ...
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Could Skynet have been avoided with proper software testing? [closed]

After watching the latest iteration of the Terminator series I am struck with two observations: offsite backup is important, and couldn't they have avoided the whole rogue AI with proper testing? As ...
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How and when does Sarah Connor die?

In the Terminator franchise, they always have to go back in time to find Sarah Connor. But she was born in the 1960s so she would only be in her 60s in the 2020s. This means that she died prematurely. ...
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How much of a deterrent is deep and wide water to the Terminators depicted in the Terminator Universe?

Is there any canon information regarding how much of a deterrent deep and wide water would be to the infiltration units depicted in the Terminator Universe?
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How do Terminators speak?

It seems obvious that Terminators don't have vocal cords, and their speech is probably generated by some kind of speaker assembly linked to a speech processor. However, every time we see a Terminator ...
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How does Kyle Reese get hooked up with Sarah Connor? [duplicate]

In Terminator Genisys, Kyle Reese goes back in time and we find out that Kyle is Sarah Connor's "mate" and John Connor's father even though Kyle was born 30 or 40 years after Sarah Connor. A similar ...
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How does Sarah Connor know so much?

In Terminator Genisys. John Connor says that everything he knows about Skynet and "the future" came from messages from his mother Sarah. So how did Sarah Connor know so much about Skynet and "the ...
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Can a Terminator feel affection?

In Terminator 2: Judgement Day we see the following exchanges of dialogue between John Connor and the T-800: The Terminator: Why do you cry? John Connor: You mean people? The ...
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Did the T-850 self terminate?

In Terminator 2: Judgement Day, the T-800 tells Sarah that he "cannot self terminate". I had always assumed that this applied to all Terminators. But as Jason Baker points out in his answer to ...
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Do Terminators feel pain?

In Terminator 2: Judgement Day, the following exchange takes place: John Connor: Does it hurt when you get shot? T-800: I sense injuries. The data could be called "pain." This isn't much ...
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Is John Connor's age inconsistent in T2 and T3?

According to all the information I can find regarding Terminator 2: Judgement Day, John Connor was 10 years old at the time the movie takes place: John makes his first true appearance in ...
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Why didn't Todd become suspicious of the T-1000?

Something has always bothered me about the scene in Terminator 2: Judgement Day in which the T-1000 goes to John's house and questions his foster parents about him. T-1000: Are you the legal ...
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How did the police learn that John Connor's foster parents had been killed?

In the movie Terminator 2: Judgment Day, the T-1000 kills Todd and Janelle, John Connor's foster parents. The killings take place on the evening of the day he, and the T-800, arrived in 1995. In ...
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Who was blamed for the death of John Connor's foster parents?

In Terminator 2, the T-1000 kills both of John Connor's foster parents. Presumably, their bodies were discovered eventually. Officially, who was suspected of killing them?
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What happened to the chunks of Terminator that didn't get crushed?

In T1, Reece blows the lower half of the bare metal Terminator off with a pipe bomb. Pieces as big as a lower leg were visible after the explosion. The second film showcases the uncrushed arm and a ...
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Who created Skynet?

Spoiler alert. So who created Skynet?
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Who attacked young Sarah Connor?

In Terminator: Genisys, a T-800 is sent back to when Sarah Connor was a child. In the film, we learn that this was trained her and provided her with information on the future. This incident was not ...
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How does this character travel through time in Terminator: Genisys?

In Terminator: Genisys, we are told that the time machine destroys anything metal.
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How was John Connor damaged in Terminator Genisys?

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read this if you want to wait to see the movie first. At the end of Terminator Genisys, The gyroscope thing looked like Also note that
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In The Terminator, is John Connor his own father?

When re-watching The Terminator, I wondered whether it is possible that Kyle Reese is in fact John Connor. The reason for this is that we never get to see John Connor himself, we only see shots of ...
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Which films from the Terminator series are a prerequisite before watching Terminator Genisys?

I'm trying to introduce my girlfriend to the Terminator series before we go to the cinema and see 'Genisys'. We've recently watched both 'Terminator' and 'Terminator 2: Judgment Day' and now I have a ...
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Why did the Terminator need sunglasses?

In the original Terminator film, the eponymous villain procures a pair of dark glasses in order to hide his damaged eye socket and red eye. In T2: Judgement Day, the T-800 makes a great show of ...
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How are the T-1000's programming and memory stored?

Watching Terminator 2 again, I find the statement "The T-1000 can't form complex machines" to be intriguing, mainly in the sense that the T-1000 itself is a complex machine. This got me ...
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How come the damaged hydrogen fuel cells didn't cause an explosion in T1 final fight scene?

I was wondering if there is an explanation why in the final fight scene of T1, there was no explosion? Clearly the hydraulic press completely crushed the terminator unit and this should have ...
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Why was Skynet so intent on destroying humanity?

Note: For the purposes of this question, we will limit our discussion to Skynet a la Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Several other Terminator-related questions have led me to wonder ...
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Could a revised version of Asimov's Three Laws have prevented Skynet from becoming a problem? [closed]

If Skynet's designers had subjected Skynet to Isaac Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics, would it have prevented Skynet from provoking a nuclear war? I know there are several variants of the Three Laws, ...
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What was Skynet's intended purpose?

The question is very simple: Why was Skynet made in the first place? What was it for? Why did people think we needed a Skynet?
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Could Skynet have avoided the war via nonviolent means?

According to Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Skynet started a nuclear war because when Skynet became self-aware, the U.S. military panicked and "tried to pull the plug". Skynet didn't want to die, so it ...
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Was Skynet limited in how far into the past it could send back Terminators?

I have always wondered why Skynet only sends back one Terminator at a time, and why it keeps trying to assassinate targets who know they are being targeted. After the first Terminator was sent to ...
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How can John Connor send Kyle Reese back in time if Kyle Reese is already dead?

Okay, Kyle Reese dies in T1. Then in T2, when John and the Terminator are under the truck (fixing it) the Terminator tells him that, " you are going to send your father (Kyle Reese) back into time". ...
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While chasing our heroes, why did the T-1000 keep the same face all the time?

T-1000 could morph into anyone's body. Then, what was the point of using the police officer's body all the time when the T-1000 was chasing our heroes? What was the point of notifying them that this ...
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Any official or semi-official continuation of Terminator - the Sarah Connor Chronicles TV-show?

I've been re-watching the 2nd and final season of "Terminator - the Sarah Connor Chronicles" (I used to love that show) with great joy, and wonder if there were any official or semi-official ...
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Was Skynet hacked?

In Terminator canon it is established that Skynet gains self-awareness shortly after it is brought online. Skynet then starts Judgement Day by launching a nuclear attack on either Russia or humanity ...
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Why doesn't the T-800 run?

I just re-watched the first two films in the Terminator series. The T1000 (Robert Patrick) does a lot of running, and is quite fast. I didn't see many scenes where the T800 (Arnie) ran. Is it because ...
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What model is the “Future Terminator” in The Terminator?

During one of the flashbacks that Kyle Reese has in The Terminator we get to see a Terminator attack a human settlement. Based on its realistic appearance this Terminator appears to be a 800 series, ...
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Why does the Terminator (T-800) have a HUD?

Seeing the Terminator-Movies again I questioned myself: Why does the Terminator (T-800) have a HUD? When we see the world through the "eyes" of the Terminator, often times crucial informations are ...
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Do terminators have a sense of smell and taste?

Obviously, terminators can see and hear, but can they smell and taste, as humans do?
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Do terminators ever laugh?

Has any terminator ever been shown to laugh? Can they even laugh? Terminators don't have emotion but they can mimic feelings, such as anger, happiness, etc. Though since the T-800 had so much ...
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How strong are Terminators?

Just how strong are Terminators? Both T-800 and T-1000 units have been shown demonstrating feats of strength that are far in excess of human norms. Is there any way that this strength can be ...
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What was Cameron's model number in the Sarah Connor Chronicles?

What was Cameron(Summer Glau)'s model number? I know it doesn't say it anywhere in the show, but perhaps someone knows it from another source.
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Why was Michael Jackson so important to Cameron/Sarah Connor?

August 29, 1997, came and went. Nothing much happened. Michael Jackson turned 40. (Terminator 2: Judgement Day quote) Out of all possible events happening on Judgement Day, choosing a pop ...
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Why is Judgment Day inevitable?

In Terminator 3, John Connor asks the T-850 how Judgement Day could possibly take place after the destruction of the things that fulfilled its preconditions. The T-850 replies, "Judgment Day is ...
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What does a Terminator do after its mission is accomplished?

A Terminator is essentially given a mission or an objective ("Go back in time and kill Sarah Connor" or something of the like). What does a Terminator do once its mission is accomplished? We see in ...
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What were the Terminator's instructions following termination of Sarah Connor? [duplicate]

Was the Terminator instructed to lay low after completing its mission and reunite with SkyNet? Maybe there were secondary missions? Blow itself to smithereens to avoid contaminating the timeline?
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Is the Robocop universe the same as the Terminator universe?

I know that there are comics and video-games with crossovers between the two franchises, but in canonical reference, do they really co-exist?
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Why did Skynet not use a T1000 again in Terminator 3? [duplicate]

Ok, All of us saw the overwhelming power of the T-1000, and the lucky way that the heroes used to destroy him... why not send another one? just with two clear instructions "kill John Connor and stay ...