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Can anyone explain to me why hard-metal endoskeleton Terminator models always have red-colored eyes? Is this for some technical reason?

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    It looks really cool. – ApproachingDarknessFish Jun 28 '16 at 6:29
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    Red is menacing and demonic. – Nick T Jun 28 '16 at 6:37
  • Because they see in infra-red and in the movies that means "glowing red". – Valorum Jun 28 '16 at 7:23
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    Red LEDs are cheaper to make. Skynet is trying to save a few cents. – John Sensebe Jun 28 '16 at 13:52
  • @Jhon Sensebe, Good Point... – RANSARA009 Jun 28 '16 at 13:56
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They aren't always red

In the pilot for Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and throughout the first season, the 'Cameron' Terminator demonstrated the ability to make her eyes glow blue.

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It's worth noting that at the end of season 2, we see that her endoskeleton has classic Terminator red eyes. The show's writers claim that her (hardware) eyes were always red and that the blue glow was the result of some form of software control of the filters used in her eyes.


The T-X in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines has blue eyes.

Interestingly, the choice of eye colour for both models seems to have been motivated (out of universe) to distinguish these anti-terminator-terminators from their classically eye-coloured brethren

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    I would say that, from the evidence, the eye color seems more likely to be split along gender lines. – John Sensebe Jun 28 '16 at 13:52
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    @JohnSensebe - Although that may be superficially true, the reality is that Cameron is no more female than Arnie is male. As they say in the resistance, it's just a skinjob. – Valorum Jun 28 '16 at 14:14
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    But out of universe, they're played by men and women, and the eye color seems to correspond to the main actor's gender. You know, I'm thinking that it might have to do more with changing technology in the real world. Red LEDs have been around a lot longer than blue ones, so we associate blue lights with more advanced, "sleeker" technology, and the "female" Terminators are newer designs. – John Sensebe Jun 29 '16 at 14:52
  • Do we ever see the lighted eyes of the Ginger Terminator that Cameron fights in the elevator? – Jack B Nimble Jun 29 '16 at 14:57
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    @Oriol I don't trust that Terminator wikia. "John Connor has been portrayed by more actors than any other character in sci-fi film and television history (7 actors);[2] with the exception of James Bond (7 actors)[3] and the Doctor of Doctor Who (34 actors, though only twelve are official Doctors)." - In other words, has not been the most portrayed... – Jack B Nimble Jun 29 '16 at 16:09

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