It is established that the T-1000 from Terminator 2: Judgment Day can change shape and alter its density in some form:

The T-1000 walked forward. Because of the man’s obesity, it had been stressing its ability to expand molecularly by remaining in the Lewis form, so it had defaulted back to the more energy-efficient Officer Austin. It reached the bars. But it did not stop.

But could it become "hollow" and make it self much bigger? So big in fact that it could become a giant hollow T-Rex?


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The short answer to this one is yes but also no and probably.

As to absolute size, it's clear that maintaining a form that's only a few percentage points larger than its base form is sufficiently taxing on the T-1000's power source as to encourage it to return to normal after just a few minutes. It follows that trying to become something as massive as a T-Rex could possibly overtax its batteries to the point of exhaustion. Since the power requirement is described as the major stumbling block, it's not difficult to imagine that with access to a ready power source that this limitation could be overcome.

The bigger problem is that the T-1000 can only mimic things that it has physically sampled. In the absence of a live Tyrannosaur, the best that it could do would be to mimic an immobile museum dinosaur.

“I need a minute here, okay? You’re telling me it can imitate anything it touches?”

Anything it samples by physical contact,” was the toneless reply.

Theoretically, however, it could build a second time-machine, travel back to the time of the dinosaurs (along with enough parts to build a third time machine) to sample a T-rex. It could then use the time machine parts to construct a third time machine and return to the year 1997.

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    @legostormtrooper - Yes, almost certainly :-)
    – Valorum
    Commented Oct 3, 2014 at 6:24
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    @TimB It becomes a checkered floor at one point. stream1.gifsoup.com/view5/4704906/t1000-floor-o.gif
    – ceejayoz
    Commented Oct 3, 2014 at 13:44
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    It is established that you can't bring parts with you to build a time machine. Nothing mechanical, nothing electrical, no weapons. Commented Oct 3, 2014 at 14:37
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    @Thepopmachine - you can bring whatever you want, as long as it's enclosed by living tissue. Presumably the t-1000 could surround the pieces.
    – Valorum
    Commented Oct 3, 2014 at 14:50
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    If only it had waited a couple more years, Jurassic Park would be out and it could just visit a cinema with plenty of T-rex balloo's...
    – mechalynx
    Commented Oct 3, 2014 at 16:01

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