How many different robots (physical units, NOT model types) were sent back in time in the entire Terminator franchise?

The count should encompass ALL franchise works, not just the movies.

While I'm most interested in the final count, if you can please post either a list netting to that count, or a link to external source with such a list. This is so that the answer can be adjusted in the future if the franchise adds more works.

NOTE: I'm not aware if such a situation ever arose, but if it did, the same robot's physical body sent back >1 time only counts once. This includes even if it was sent again after being completely re-programmed from original traveled program.

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    Yes, I did decide to post this after seeing META Rondo question. But this bugged me for a long time ever since reading one of overthinkingit.com Terminator articles. Aug 16, 2012 at 18:12
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    If I flag this as a "time traveling robot question" will it go down as a good flag or a bad one?
    – John O
    Aug 16, 2012 at 18:18
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    So tempted to append "On a similar note..." to this question.
    – NominSim
    Aug 16, 2012 at 18:22
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    @DVK I'd still argue it's localized.
    – AncientSwordRage
    Aug 16, 2012 at 18:30
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    Should Cromartie's chassis count once or twice? Since John Henry was created in the modern day and used his chassis, but only when forward in time...
    – Izkata
    Sep 11, 2012 at 22:52

2 Answers 2


TLDR; My final count is 34

  • 18 for the 4 Movies and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
  • 16 in Novels and Comics.

I hope I didn't forgot any :

The section on Novels and Comics is based on Terminator.wikia Time travel article, Missions section. This might be improved because my knowledge of those is limited.

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    Although I am of the opinion that 33% of the population in the SCC are terminators, 33% of resistance fighters sent into the past, and only 34% of the Earth's population are people living in their legitimate time. Sep 11, 2012 at 16:56
  • In addition to these there may be some in the novels and comics. Sep 11, 2012 at 17:03
  • I know, there is at least one in the comics. But this universe is largely unknown form me. And don't forget about Video-Games!!!
    – DavRob60
    Sep 11, 2012 at 17:06
  • @JackBNimble One character from SCC was a collaborator from the future. (Or just claimed by another Resistance member to be one; I forget)
    – Izkata
    Sep 11, 2012 at 22:52
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    @DavRob60 what about terminator: gensys (with the problem of how to include or not include the hybrid john connor)
    – user66716
    Nov 9, 2016 at 19:17

In the movies a total of 5 machines were sent back in time by both sides. Two by the humans and three by Skynet. In the Sarah Conner Chronicles I can think of at least three more which were Cameron (John Conners bodyguard), Cromartie (yet another assassin) and Catherine Weaver. Catherine Weaver was in charge of safeguarding Skynet's research and development and to keep it safe from further terrorist attacks.

The sum of those I've mentioned is 8 terminators sent back in time. I think it's safe to assume that since so many had already been sent back that there could plausibly be many more that we don't even know about.

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    There's at least two more in TSCC - the one that gets sent back too far in time (back to 20s/30s Hollywood IIRC), and the one that gets sent back to acquire and guard stockpiles of Coltan that John gets locked in a warehouse with... Sep 7, 2012 at 13:48
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    And Vick from the season 1 episode "Vick's Chip". Sep 7, 2012 at 15:02

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