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Which source book does this page (featuring the outline of a terminator anatomy) come from?

Which source book does this page (featuring the outline of a terminator anatomy) come from?
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How could the Terminator develop an affection for humans?

In most of the Terminator movies, Terminators are shown killing numerous people who get in their way, without remorse. They also kill anyone who tries to help their target. So after terminating John ...
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How did Legion replace Skynet?

In the movies previous to Terminator: Dark Fate, the AI of the future was Skynet, which was (via a causal time loop) bootstrapped from the remains of the original Terminator. But in Dark Fate, Skynet ...
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Which, if any, version of Terminator 2 is officially canon?

There are three official versions of Terminator 2: Judgment Day that I know of: the theatrical cut, the special edition, and the extended special edition. The special edition and the extended special ...
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Is Star actually a Terminator or hybrid?

Star, the mute child companion of Kyle Reese in Terminator: Salvation. From the ending of Alan Dean Foster’s Terminator: Salvation novelization: Lying on its floor near the back, Connor—badly damaged ...
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In terminator movies, why they do not detect terminators by weight?

I am not sure whether this is pointed out in any of the movies or related material (books, comics, etc.), but apparently terminators are much heavier than human of the same physique could be. Their ...
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How many police vehicles are destroyed in the Terminator franchise?

Having just rewatched the first three Terminator films, there are a lot, and I mean a lot of destroyed cop cars (and helicopters). So many that it makes we wonder if it was something of an in-joke ...
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Why do time travellers in the Terminator universe prefer nighttime arrivals?

In the first three movies of the Terminator franchise all the time-travellers arrived at night. The fourth movie had no time-travellers. The fifth movie was an altered re-telling of the first movie'...
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Is it true that Samuel L. Jackson provided the voice of Sergeant William Candy in Terminator 3?

In an infamous deleted scene from Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, the origin of the T-800's appearance is explained. It is revealed that Chief Master Sergeant William Candy worked alongside ...
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Why didn’t John Connor send more people to protect Sarah Connor?

In The Terminator Kyle Reese states that humans won the war, and they are in control of time traveling machine. Skynet was able to send only one T-800 before humans captured the machine. Why did John ...
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Why did Skynet use nuclear weapons instead of biological weapons or viruses?

Why did Skynet use nuclear weapons against humans, and not biological weapons? It is an AI. Nuclear blasts are as lethal to machines (due to EMP and radiation) as to humans. Also, they destroyed a ...
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Is Skynet from first Terminator the same as the one from Terminator 2: Judgment Day?

As future has changed in Terminator, did it also affect Skynet? Is Skynet from Terminator 2: Judgment Day completely different, or, simply a stronger iteration that is trying to fix the errors ...
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What would Skynet do after it defeat humans? [duplicate]

What is ultimate goal of Skynet? It started WW3 to eliminate humans, so what will it do after the last humans die? It not like in Matrix, as Skynet has human-independent sources of power supply. So it ...
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Why does the T-1000 kill the trucker?

Toward the end of T2, a trucker checks on the T-1000 after it crashes in its helicopter. On its way to commandeering the truck, the terminator impales the man, unquestionably killing him. I get that ...
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In Terminator 2: Judgment Day, why didn't the T-1000 assume the form of Todd or Janelle (John's foster parents)?

Why didn't the T-1000 assume the form of Todd or Janelle (John's foster parents), or even just a stranger rather than remaining in the form of the police officer? The only reason John had a head start,...
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Did Genisys erase T2's plot?

John was turned by T-5000 and all his men were killed right after Kyle was sent back. Which means he would not be able to send a reprogrammed T800 back later.
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What's the meaning of "shockwave through time measurable"?

In Terminator Dark Fate (2019) there is this conversation: T 800: When my mission was completed, there were no further orders. So for 20 years, I kept learning how to become more human. ...
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What do we know about the (earlier) Terminator 3 script?

According to this answer, Linda Hamilton turned down a part in the third film was because she wasn't happy with the script. Are there any known details of this script? Given the presence of the part ...
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Kyle Reese period in a death camp in Terminator

As quoted here: Kyle Reese : "Hunter-Killers. Patrol machines built in automated factories. Most of us were rounded up, put in camps for orderly disposal" [pulls up his right sleeve, exposing a ...
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Why does T-1000 have three arms?

Several times throughout the helicopter chase scene in Terminator 2, the T-1000 is shown with three to four hands. Why? There are three reasons that can think of for this. In-universe, he is capable ...
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Where does Reese get the extra shotgun ammo at the beginning of "The Terminator"?

In the beginning of the original "Terminator" movie, Reese reaches into a squad car and grabs a pump shotgun with an extended magazine but no extra ammo. This shotgun holds, at most, eight or nine ...
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How could Skynet succeed in killing John Connor

In Terminator: Dark Fate, we see that one of the T-800 sent back in time killed John Connor in 1998. With this retcon, in the original unaltered timeline Skynet managed to send over 3 terminators back ...
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What purpose did the animals and people in cages serve for Skynet?

I have not seen this series for a while however I am reasonably confident the episode in question is "Allison from Palmdale", apologies if I am incorrect. In one scene in the darkness of the future (...
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Is the T-1000 hard to the touch? If so, why don't we hear it clanking around when walking on hard surfaces?

The T-1000 is made of a liquid metal alloy. We see the T-1000 using its properties to mimic humans, including their clothes, which means its clothes are made of liquid metal. Does this mean it's hard ...
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Why doesn't the Terminator rev-9 keep its two skeletons split during fights?

Terminator: Dark Fate introduces the Terminator rev-9, part regular Terminator, part shapeshifting alloy. Notably, it can separate said two parts, in order to have not one, but two deadly Terminators ...
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How did the T-850 still function after it removed its second battery?

In T-3, the T-850 removes its backup battery and shoves it in the T-X’s mouth. It then says “You’re terminated” while still holding on to the T-X’s wires. How did the 850 keep functioning for so long ...
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What happened to the skin of the T-1000 and T-X terminators after they time-travel?

In the first Terminator movie, Kyle Reese explains to Dr. Silberman that only living organisms (or things encased within them) can go through time. REESE: "You go naked. Something about the field ...
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Which came first? Kyle Reese or John Connor?

In Terminator, which entity came first? Kyle Reese or John Connor?
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In "Terminator: Genisys" Pops is called "skin job" by Kyle R. is there anything more to this?

In Terminator: Genisys Pops is called "skin job" by Kyle R. IT is obviously a term from Blade Runner, I am guessing this is not incidental but can find little about it online. Is this a reference to ...
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What game is John playing?

In the arcade in Terminator 2, John is seen playing some sort of game with a big seat that rotates around. What game is it?
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Why is the T-1000 humanoid?

If the liquid metal T-1000 can become anything it touches, why does it choose to be humanoid most of the time? Humans aren't very efficient; is there anything stopping it from becoming some other ...
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Why wasn't Linda Hamilton in T3?

What is the reason that Linda Hamilton didn't reprise the character of Sarah Connor in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines? Was she busy on another film or had she stated no interest in appearing in ...
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How is the T-1000's appearance in Wayne's World explained?

Robert Patrick makes a cameo, apparently as the T-1000, in 1992's Wayne's World. Wayne is driving erratically when the T-1000 pulls him over. The T-1000 then approaches, removes its sunglasses and ...
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Why does the T-800 blatantly waste bullets?

In The Terminator, the T-800 is stalking Sarah Connor, when he busts into the hotel room where she and Kyle had been staying. He immediately starts to spray bullets, and since Kyle and Sarah are gone, ...
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Wasn't Skynet worried about temporal paradoxes?

Was Skynet aware, at least in the first Terminator film, that it would create a future where Skynet would be created, via the chip in the Terminator? Alternatively, wasn't Skynet worried about ...
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How did Kyle Reese know that Sarah Connor was at the technoir?

The original T-800 heard the call from Sarah to his friend Ginger, and besides Kyle was following Sarah around, but how did he (Reese) find where she was at these disco?
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How does Sarah know which button, of the three, to press on the machine that ends up killing the T-800 at the end?

How does Sarah know which button, of the three, to press on the machine that ends up killing the T-800 at the end of The Terminator? She had never seen that type of machine before, prior to her ...
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How does the T-800 find Sarah at the police station?

I use to think that it was because the T-800 ends up calling her, but that was after Reese and Sarah go back to the hotel. The detective mentions that she was waiting for her mom to come from Big Bear....
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How does the T-800 manage to get through in Sarah's dream?

When Reese tells Sarah the story about "his world", the door to the bunker is manned. Then after we see Reese with Sarah's picture, we hear the dogs barking and then all of a sudden the T-800 gets ...
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At the police station, why does Kyle Reese ends up having to punch a door to save Sarah?

At the police station, Kyle Reese punching a door was a bad move on his part, as it could've given them away. Why did he resort to such extreme measures?
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In the police station, why crash a car through the bulletproof glass?

Couldn't the T-800 just punch through the glass, go through, and then assume attacking? In the second movie, this does not stop the T-1000, even though a different model; it just punches through, ...
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How does Skynet get its supplies to make Terminators?

Throughout the movies, we see that there are tons of models that are manufactured by Skynet and so, one would have to wonder where all this metal material is obtained from. The backstory may be that ...
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Why would the T-800 go back to the hotel just to retrieve Sarah Connor's address book?

You would think the T-800 would stay on pursuit. They make the thing seem so human like in the movie. Machines would never stop to break into a car or go to a hotel. They would just keep pursuing with ...
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Can the T-800 see in night vision?

Apparently, when it was in the cop compound, it was able to turn off the lights and pretty much nail every cop on first shot. Pretty neat that the T-800 series could see in night vision, probably ...
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Where does the Terminator get scissors and a box cutter from?

Scene inside the hotel where he calibrates his forearm and cuts out his eye to expose the Terminator eye sensor. Where did he get these tools from?
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How were the Resistance able to survive in the future, up until Reese's timeline?

Assuming Skynet was starting to update units, (T-800) being the latest in technology, how were they not all equipped with Infrared and thermal imaging CPUs? You would think advanced machines would be ...
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Why does it take the T-800 so long to find a car to transport itself to the gun store?

The Terminator is seen breaking into a car as daylight comes about. Thing is, was it up all night at the Observatory and if so, what was it doing? It probably would have had an easier time and earlier ...
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When Kyle Reese is in the store, trying to evade the cops, how do they not hear the clatter of the hanger he puts down?

When Kyle Reese is in the mall, trying to evade the cops, he drops a hanger from the clothes he's stealing. Why didn't the cop/s hear it landing? It makes the scene ...
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Does it hurt to go through time travel?

At the beginning of the movie, we see Kyle Reese come out of the time warp and apparently, he is in a bit of pain. Was he in pain from the fall or is the transportation portal actually painful to go ...
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Why do Terminators say "Get Out" when getting into a vehicle occupied by humans? [closed]

In "The Terminator", we see that the T-800 tells the trucker in training to "Get Out" of the truck. Was this James Cameron's attempt at being comical or did it have deeper meaning? My assumption is ...
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