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For use on questions about the films, television series, and other media based upon the 1984 movie "The Terminator", directed by James Cameron. Use with the specific work tags if relevant, such as [terminator] or [terminator-genisys].

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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 doesn't the T-1000 continue to chase after John Connor?

After John Connor, his mother, and the T-800 escape from Pescadero in the stolen police car, the T-1000 pursues. It makes it so far as to latch onto the car's rear end, but is blasted off by the T-800'...
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Why was the first Terminator rotting?

Through the first movie, The Terminator (1984), there are several allusion to the fact the cyborg was rotting over time. I found this particular scene in the script (I omitted some passage and ...
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How can John Connor send Kyle Reese back in time if Kyle Reese is already dead?

Okay, Kyle Reese dies in T1. Then in T2, when John and the Terminator are under the truck (fixing it) the Terminator tells him that, " you are going to send your father (Kyle Reese) back into time". ...
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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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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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Do the time travel mechanics in Terminator Genisys make sense?

As far as I am aware, the Terminator franchise operates on the idea that time travel works by creating alternate timelines when something is sent back in time, allowing the future of the new timeline ...
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How does time travel really work in The Terminator Universe

There are two separate veins of time-travel/causality theories. A new timeline branches off when one goes back in time (not "going back in time" as much as simply going to a different ...
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How does the T-1000 see?

In Terminator 2: Judgement Day, how does the T-1000 sense things? It's made of mimetic poly alloy; however, does it have a retinal scan camera like the T-X or T-800, or is just molecules that allow it ...
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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 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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Why did the Terminator need sunglasses?

In the original Terminator film, the eponymous villain procures a pair of dark glasses in order to hide his damaged eye socket and red eye. In T2: Judgement Day, the T-800 makes a great show of ...
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Why did Skynet target Kyle Reese?

In 2018, Skynet has Kyle Reese at the top of its kill list. Why? I first thought it was because Kyle is John Connor's father. But only John and his mother know about that. (Even Kyle himself doesn't ...
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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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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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How was Skynet created in the original timeline?

The Terminator movies leave us with a sort of "chicken or the egg" problem. Let's review some key facts In 2029, Skynet sends a T-800 back to kill Sarah Connor In 2029, John Connor sends Kyle Reese ...
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Was Skynet hacked?

In Terminator canon it is established that Skynet gains self-awareness shortly after it is brought online. Skynet then starts Judgement Day by launching a nuclear attack on either Russia or humanity ...
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Why did they have armed prototype robots in a Skynet facility?

One reason why they couldn't stop Skynet (aside from Governator stating it was inevitable), was that all the employees and military in the building, including the General, got killed - mostly by TX-...
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What was Skynet's intended purpose?

The question is very simple: Why was Skynet made in the first place? What was it for? Why did people think we needed a Skynet?
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What did Skynet want a jet engine for?

In TSCC: Dungeons and Dragons, we see a flashback (flash forward?) in which Kyle and Derek come across a Terminator work gang dragging a large jet engine, then loading it under an HK. What does ...
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Why wasn't the attempt to unplug Skynet more effective?

Some of the dialogue in T2 hints that Skynet was a network of some kind. Less than a month after it came online, it seems that the US military attempted to turn it off again. The system goes on-...
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What is Skynet's ultimate goal after defeating the resistance?

Is it stated in any expanded universe what Skynet's plans were after wiping out the Human race (assuming that was its plan)? Maybe space travel to colonise different planets or something else ...
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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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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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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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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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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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If the T-1000 didnt know what John looked like as a kid then why did the T-800 know what he looked like?

In the scene when the T-1000 arrived at John’s foster parents' house, he asks for a picture of John (thinking that SkyNet doesn’t have any files of what he looked like as a kid). A few scenes later, ...
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Toο much work to cut the rest of that axle in half in Terminator 2?

What's with that thing in the middle of the tire? At a better resolution, you can see gears on the end of it. Shouldn't it be a conical shaped piece of glowing metal? I don't know what that part's ...
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Why was Michael Jackson so important to Cameron/Sarah Connor?

August 29, 1997, came and went. Nothing much happened. Michael Jackson turned 40. (Terminator 2: Judgement Day quote) Out of all possible events happening on Judgement Day, choosing a pop singer's ...
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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 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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Did Future John experience the events of Terminator 2?

It is clear that the events of The Terminator film happened as part of the 2029 future timeline shown in the film as John seemed to have foreknowledge on certain events such as Skynet's secret weapon (...
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Major software release in little over 12 hours - where is everyone?

Cyberdyne have been working on a new operating system for some time (years?). It's due to be released in around 13 hours when Sarah, Kyle and Pops arrive at the Cyberdyne offices. They head in ...
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Why does the Terminator (T-800) have a HUD?

Seeing the Terminator-Movies again I questioned myself: Why does the Terminator (T-800) have a HUD? When we see the world through the "eyes" of the Terminator, often times crucial informations are ...
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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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How are the T-1000's programming and memory stored?

Watching Terminator 2 again, I find the statement "The T-1000 can't form complex machines" to be intriguing, mainly in the sense that the T-1000 itself is a complex machine. This got me thinking ...
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Why the horrendous sci-fi sound after the T-1000 is hit with a slug and then tumbles into the molten steel?

Towards the end of Terminator Judgement Day, the T-1000 emits a horrendous screech, as it tries to recover from the exploded slug and stumbles into the molten steel below it . What would cause it to ...
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Can a Terminator feel affection?

In Terminator 2: Judgement Day we see the following exchanges of dialogue between John Connor and the T-800: The Terminator: Why do you cry? John Connor: You mean people? The Terminator: Yeah. John ...
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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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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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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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How did the T-1000 reactivate the young T-800 by putting the liquid metal into his eye?

In the fight between "Pops" and the young T-800, Sarah Connor shoots the young T-800 in chest. This suggests that, in order to restore the young T-800, parts in the chest area have to be repaired or ...
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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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Is John Connor's age inconsistent in T2 and T3?

According to all the information I can find regarding Terminator 2: Judgment Day, John Connor was 10 years old at the time the movie takes place: John makes his first true appearance in Terminator 2:...
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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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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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