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 quantified? How much can they pull? How much can they carry?

If possible, I'd prefer answers that would allow me to make a direct comparison to an elephant (i.e. could a T-800 or T-1000 be able to carry or pull more weight than an adult elephant?).

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    What in the world is the picture for? Are there people here who doesn't know what an elephant looks like?
    – bobbyalex
    Aug 8 '14 at 8:23
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    Awesome pic, from where? @Bobby that's what it looks like when an 800 series model 101 terminator (Arnold) catches an elephant by the tail.
    – Mazura
    Aug 9 '14 at 2:18
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    @BobbyAlexander - The picture was an original creation of mine, in honour of the trouble we had getting this question approved.
    – Valorum
    Sep 16 '14 at 22:21
  • @Mazura - It's a composite image from a couple of sources.
    – Valorum
    Sep 16 '14 at 22:21
  • Wow! Nice work, I'd of never known. @Richard
    – Mazura
    Sep 16 '14 at 22:28

Adult elephants appear to be able to carry something like 500Kg with their trunks and approximately 9 Tonnes on their backs without suffering permanent injury.

Based on the video below, we see a "T850 series Model 101" Terminator carrying approximately 1 tonne of metal-lined coffin, weaponry and a full-grown man.

We also see Arnie (temporarily) holding up a door that must weight at least 10 tonnes.

Based on this, a terminator is at least as strong as an elephant, probably more like twice as strong

  • Technically speaking, that is a T-850 in those scenes.
    – user30592
    Jul 24 '14 at 20:52
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    @T-1000 - reactiongifs.us/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/…
    – Valorum
    Jul 24 '14 at 21:15
  • Just noting the terminator is carrying the coffin using only his should/arm strength. For humans these are considered weak muscle and bad leverage. If he'd doing deadlifts, he could lift so much more
    – RMalke
    Jul 24 '14 at 23:49
  • Where did the estimate of 1 tonne come from? Clearly the coffin doesn't weigh anything close to that or the terminator would tip over. Jul 24 '14 at 23:50
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    @Ward - I have based it on the assumption that John Connor weighs approx 100K, the minigun weighs approx 100Kg, the additional weaponry (and ammo) weighs at least 200Kg and the coffin (metal-lined, sufficient to withstand hundreds of bullet tracks) weighs in the region of 500Kg; i.stack.imgur.com/NztcT.png
    – Valorum
    Jul 25 '14 at 0:54

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