After the motorcycle/truck scene, we see John Connor touching the T-101 model to grasp the fact that Arnold really is a terminator. After touching him, it seems like he grips something between is index and thumb. Is this a metal shard of sorts or is he just pushing his fingers together to register what he just touched. I am guessing the black that I saw between these fingers was just oil from his motorcycle?

  • He isn't grabbing anything. He's looking at the Terminator's blood. – Wad Cheber Jun 29 '15 at 3:01
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    Another un-accept on what seems to be a perfectly good answer. Is there something that's troubling you about these? – Valorum Jan 29 '18 at 19:57
  • Valorum: Everyone has a good answer, I cannot just pick one. – Wanting Answers Jan 29 '18 at 19:59
  • Except that you seem to have systematically un-accepted the answers on every single question you've asked. – Valorum Feb 1 '18 at 0:08
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    You really should accept an answer as both answers provided answer your question, you should not leave a question unanswered when you have your answer – Matt Nov 30 '18 at 0:42


John pokes a finger into one of the bullet holes in the Terminator's shirt and into one of the Terminator's wounds and rubs the blood between his fingers.

john pokes the wound john sees the blood

  • Appreciate it. Just wanted to confirm because the T-101s body is solid metal. How would one pull out a shard if nothing was broken into? – Wanting Answers Dec 12 '14 at 4:26
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    @ArvinGBorkar - well, his endoskeleton is solid metal. The outer covering is all flesh & blood, or something close enough that we can't tell the difference. – Omegacron Dec 12 '14 at 15:39
  • @Omegacron: Yeah, from what I can see from this "false" skin is that it is very sensitive. Just by poking at it, John Connor was able to get blood on his fingers. – Wanting Answers Dec 12 '14 at 17:16
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    Actually, he had poked his finger into one of the bullet wounds. This was right after the scene at the mall and then the bayou chase, so the T-800 had several bullet holes in him at that point. Later, after rescuing Sarah Connor, she references the bleeding bullet wounds and asks if they'll heal up. – Omegacron Dec 12 '14 at 17:35

The shooting script explicitly states that he's touching the Terminator's blood:

JOHN : No way!

John touches Terminator's skin. Then the blood on his jacket. His mind overloads as the reality of it hits him.

JOHN : Holy shit... you're really real! I mean... whoah!

(stepping back)

JOHN (Continued) You're, uh... like a machine underneath, right... but sort of alive outside?

TERMINATOR : I'm a cybernetic organism. Living tissue over a metal endoskeleton.

And the Frakes novelisation gives us a little more info;

“No way!” John blurted out, but he was already convinced. Still, John touched Terminator’s skin. It felt warm, but somehow ... different. Then the blood on his jacket. It looked very real. And now he let the realization sink in, and his mind overloaded as the reality of it hit him.

“Holy shit ... you’re really real! I mean ... whoa!

You’re, uh ... like a machine underneath, right ... but sort of alive outside?”

The cyborg answered as if reading a technical manual.

“I’m a cybernetic organism. Living tissue over a metal endoskeleton.”

  • Oh I see. The bullet wound. I was like "WHAT?! How could he have touched blood just by touching his face and/or chest, which had the black shirt on." I guess I did not give much thought to when the T-1000 had shot him at the mall, in the beginning. I only thought the T-1000 shot at his back, the whole time. – Wanting Answers Dec 12 '14 at 17:50

John has a conversation with the terminator about him being a human, he touches his shirt and soon realizes that the terminator is bleeding. And also notices that he feels like metal.

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    Whilst this seems consistent with the other answers do you have any evidence yourself that you could edit in? – TheLethalCarrot Sep 11 '19 at 18:16

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