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Questions tagged [the-terminator]

A 1984 film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. An artificial intelligence losing a brutal war with humanity makes a last ditch effort to win by sending an assassin to the past to prevent the birth of the general responsible for its defeat. Use this tag for questions specifically about this film; use the the-terminator-series tag for questions about the entire Terminator series.

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How did Kyle Reese know what to buy to make pipe bombs?

After fleeing the police station and checking into the motel, Kyle goes shopping for supplies returning with moth balls, corn syrup etc but how did he know what to buy? I think that in the original ...
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If the Terminator had killed Sarah Connor in 1984, would he have gone on a mass killing spree until he was destroyed? [duplicate]

If the Terminator had completed his mission in 1984 by killing Sarah Connor, is it likely that he would have gone on a mass killing spree until he was destroyed by the police/military? In other words,...
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Could the Terminator find you if you hid your face?

In the beginning of the first movie the Terminator​ starts killing all the 'Sarah Connors' he can find because he has no information on what the real Sarah looks like. Later he breaks into the ...
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Why didn't the Resistance use EMP weapons to destroy the Skynet machines?

They are in the distant future, why didn't they use EMP weapons to destroy the Skynet machines? They could've used some sort of similar mass scale weapon to render the Skynet machines useless?
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Why do the Hunter Killers in the Terminator future fight scenes have spotlights?

The Hunter Killers surely have the ability to see in infrared and have night vision capabilities. Having the spotlights just makes it easier for the Resistance to locate them and take them out.
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Why could only one Terminator be brought back at a time? [duplicate]

In the movie Terminator why was only one Terminator allowed to be brought back at a time?
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T-800 model 101 - The first 800 model ever built?

Lately there is this one thing that has been bugging me, that I can't seem to find a clear answer to. The Schwarzenegger version of T-800 is the model 101, and every model 101 looks like him. Model ...
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Where did the name “T-800” come from?

After watching The Terminator and Terminator 2, I can't find any reference to Schwarzenegger's Terminator being called the "T-800". Yet I distinctly remember in promotional material, computer games, ...
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Did General Brewster believe that “Crystal Peak” is the Skynet core?

In Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines we see this exchange: BREWSTER: Crystal Peak. You have to get to Crystal Peak. CONNOR: That's the system core? BREWSTER: It's your only chance. So ...
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Who was the girl with Kyle Reese in the Terminator?

When Kyle Reese was in a car hearing the radio near a construction field, he was dreaming about the future. He was running alongside a girl who was hit by a machine, is this woman Star?
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How did Skynet become self-aware?

How did Skynet actually become self-aware? Was it a bug in Skynet's System-core programme, or did the programme simply evolve even beyond the imagination of its programmers?
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How did the Terminator track down (young) Sarah Connor?

In the original Terminator film it was explained that the Terminator "begins systematically killing women named Sarah Connor, whose addresses he finds in the telephone directory" because all records ...
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Why does Skynet need infiltration terminators?

In this future flashback scene from the original Terminator movie, an infiltration unit gets inside the place where humans hide. Why have an infiltration terminator ...
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Why didn't Kyle Reese know what the Terminator looked like in the original movie?

I thought of this question after reading another one. Kyle Reese explains to Sarah Connor why he couldn't just shoot the terminator before it tried to kill her in the original movie. REESE: Pay ...
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Why does every T-800 Terminator sent back look like this?

Why did they all look like this? OK, OK, OK, I realize that the main plot to the story involved Arnold schwarzenegger as the actor so it had to look like this. But my query is that in the first ...
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When was Judgment day in the Terminator Series?

When was Judgement day to happen or suppose to happen in EACH of the Terminator movies? Terminator 1 I don't think we are told yet when Judgment day will be. Terminator 2 Sarah Connor was always ...
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In Terminator Genisys, why doesn't this character kill Sarah and Kyle when he has the chance?

In Terminator Genisys, when Sarah and Kyle go forward in time to 2017, they end up getting arrested by the police and such. He (the aforementioned non-Terminator character) then spends the rest of ...
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In Terminator Genisys, the Terminator says he can't time travel. In the original trilogy, he does. Why?

So in Terminator Genisys, Sarah Connor and the Terminator are debating who's going to go back in time. The Terminator says he can't go, the electromagnetic fields would destroy his skin layer and it ...
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How did the Resistance manage to win the war and destroy Skynet in the future?

Skynet was forced to send a Terminator back in time to prevent John Connor's birth because the Resistance won the Future War and destroyed Skynet. We see the mission that resulted in Skynet's defeat ...
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If Sara Conner was Killed? [closed]

In 1984's Terminator, the titular character comes from the future to kill Sarah Conner before she could give birth to John Conner. My question is what would happen if the Terminator managed to kill ...
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What is the Terminator T-800 model made of?

What kind of metal is the Terminator T-800 model made of? Is it titanium or some other metal?
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Did the meaning of the end of the Sarah Connor Chronicles ever get explained?

The Sarah Connor Chronicles ended on a bit of a unexpected note. Did this ever get explained by the makers of the show? I can see from some related questions that there is no official continuation. ...
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From how many different timelines did SKYNET send Terminators back to kill a Connor?

Back? Back from where? From how many different timelines did SKYNET send a Terminator (or more) back in time in order to kill a Connor in the Terminator film franchise and the Sarah Connor Chronicals ...
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How did the Resistance know to send Kyle Reese back naked?

In Terminator, Kyle Reese says only living tissue can go through the time portal. But he also says that they found the time machine after the T-800 had gone through and had to quickly send someone ...
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Why does the terminator have genitalia?

The title pretty much says it all. At the start of The Terminator we see him fully naked and fully equipped. He doesn't need them, so why does he have them?
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Can there be another “Terminator” sequel? [closed]

Assuming the Genisys time line is only one. How can another Terminator movie be done without being stupid or a re-boot?
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When did Skynet send back the T-1000?

After Skynet sent the T-800 back to 1984, the resistance defeated the machines soon after and took control of the time-travel machine. So when did Skynet even have the chance to send back the T-1000?
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How did Skynet obtain human skin and blood to build infiltrating Terminators?

When the Terminator in The Terminator damaged itself it cut the eye tissue revealing the robotic eye and put the human eye cover in a tray. In Terminator 2 when John, Sarah and Terminator were at the ...
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Who or what created the time machine in Terminator

I was looking around whether the time machine (or time displacement equipment as it is called in some sources) was actually built by humans or by skynet and somehow couldn't find an answer. Hence I'...
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Why didn't T-1000 mimic T-800?

Well, T-1000 had touched T-800 a lot of times. Both are cyborgs - not as easy to guess the trick as it was with John's stepmom and Sarah, where T-1000 failed portraying the human behavior and stuff. ...
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What's the use of a handgun's laser sight for the T-800?

Here we learn that the iconic handgun the T-800 uses first is a AMT Hardballer .45 Longslide with Primitive Laser Sight. Given its superior hand-eye coordination, what could the T-800 possibly need ...
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What is the handgun in the first Terminator (1984) movie poster?

Can this gun from The Terminator be identified?
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How did Skynet rebuild infrastructure after Judgement Day?

Inspired by this question regarding how Skynet preserved itself during Judgement Day. It's easy to imagine that Skynet could preserve itself, especially considering it's a military AI that likely ...
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Why didn't the T-800 Arnold-bot fulfill its mission in the parking garage before the Police arrested Reese?

I'm looking for an in-universe answer as to why the T-800 chose to escape from its vehicle rather than terminate Sarah Connor after crashing the Police car into the parking garage wall just prior to ...
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Why didn't Skynet just build a base on Mars and shoot a nuclear weapon at Earth? [closed]

There's something that bugs me on Terminator: Skynet is a very advanced artifical inteligence. They've even developed time travel and hybrid terminators: machines with organs. So why make such ...
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Future time travel in Terminator movies

Something that I noticed about Terminator Genisys is that the time displacement technology designed by Skynet can send people to the future. In all previous Terminator movies, they only travel to the ...
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Sewer Terminator model from Genisys?

what was the model of sewer terminator that john connor killed while saving kyle reese in Terminator:Genisys?
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How did humanity continue to improve its technology after Judgement Day?

In the Terminator movies we see the resistance using advanced plasma weapons. It would be a surprise if humans had managed to develop that kind of technology in 2029 whilst coping with the trials of ...
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How does John Connor saving Kyle Reese in Genisys fit with the previous film?

In the beginning of Terminator: Genisys, John Connor saves Kyle Reese when he was a child. How does that fit to the plot of the previous movie, where Kyle Reese is 16 years old and has never met John ...
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Why Genysis did not have any backup servers?

Look, its year 2017. While I love idea of people going to software company and shooting into servers, most technical companies would respond: Oh, shoot. We got our main building destroyed. Luckily we ...
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Why does the Terminator—an infiltration machine—steal clothes by attacking humans anyway?

So I rewatched the first Terminator (1984) as well as Terminator 2 (1991) and am baffled by why the terminators—specifically the T-800’s played by Arnold Schwarzenegger—both attacked innocent people ...
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Do the events of previous terminator movies influence the intelligence of later terminators?

The Terminator series plays hard and fast with time paradoxes and the like. However the answers to the question "What does a Terminator do once its mission is accomplished?" suggest that in each movie ...
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Was the T-800 certain it had the right Sarah Connor?

In The Terminator, Reese says Skynet had almost no information on Sarah Connor: Just her name, and the name of the city where she lived. The T-800 arrives in 1984, finds a phone book, and dispatches ...
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In T1, was Skynet's actual goal to kill Sarah Connor, or to spawn Skynet itself?

We know that without the union of Sarah Connor and Kyle Reese, John Connor would not have been born, and we know that without the remnants of the T-800, Skynet would not have been developed. Is it ...
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Could Skynet have been avoided with proper software testing? [closed]

After watching the latest iteration of the Terminator series I am struck with two observations: offsite backup is important, and couldn't they have avoided the whole rogue AI with proper testing? As ...
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How and when does Sarah Connor die?

In the Terminator franchise, they always have to go back in time to find Sarah Connor. But she was born in the 1960s so she would only be in her 60s in the 2020s. This means that she died prematurely. ...
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How much of a deterrent is deep and wide water to the Terminators depicted in the Terminator Universe?

Is there any canon information regarding how much of a deterrent deep and wide water would be to the infiltration units depicted in the Terminator Universe?
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How do Terminators speak?

It seems obvious that Terminators don't have vocal cords, and their speech is probably generated by some kind of speaker assembly linked to a speech processor. However, every time we see a Terminator ...
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How does Kyle Reese get hooked up with Sarah Connor? [duplicate]

In Terminator Genisys, Kyle Reese goes back in time and we find out that Kyle is Sarah Connor's "mate" and John Connor's father even though Kyle was born 30 or 40 years after Sarah Connor. A similar ...
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How does Sarah Connor know so much?

In Terminator Genisys. John Connor says that everything he knows about Skynet and "the future" came from messages from his mother Sarah. So how did Sarah Connor know so much about Skynet and "the ...