Questions tagged [the-terminator-series]

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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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Who has been killed by a Terminator, a Predator, and a Xenomorph?

The in memoriam for Bill Paxton, over on meta, reads (...) Bill Paxton, one of only two actors to have the distinction of being killed by a Xenomorph, a Predator and a Terminator (...) Who's the ...
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Nude time travel in Terminator Universe

Why do they travel naked in time in Terminator universe? Is it ever explained in the movies or tv serials? If they cannot carry weapons, how do the cyborgs travel with metal under their skin?
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Why would the Terminator ask for a weapon that surely only exists in the distant future?

There's a scene in the first Terminator movie where the Terminator visits a gun shop and among other firearms, asks for a "plasma rifle in the 40-watt range". Then, once he's told there's no such ...
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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 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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Does the T-1000 use 3 hands in the helicopter chase scene?

I recently re-watched Terminator 2: Judgement Day with a friend. When it came to the helicopter chase scene, my friend commented "He's reloading the gun, how is he still flying the helicopter?" Now ...
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How did Skynet send back the T-1000 and the T-X?

As we learn in the original Terminator movie only living, organic material can be sent back in time: REESE: "You go naked. Something about the field generated by a living organism. Nothing dead ...
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Wouldn't John Connor cease to exist if they prevented the creation of Skynet?

Is Sarah Connor oblivious to the chance that if she prevents the creation of Skynet, that her son John Connor might cease to exist? Without Skynet, there will be no time machine, no terminator sent ...
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Why doesn't the Terminator kill at the biker bar?

In the beginning of Terminator 2: Judgment Day, why doesn't the Terminator slay the attacking bikers in the bar? It had not yet received the "You can't just go around killing people" order from John, ...
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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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Why don't Terminators have perfect aim?

In the movies Terminators are shown to have extremely advanced image processing. They can do facial recognition from far distances and calculate a lot of environmental data. In Terminator 2, it ...
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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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Could Skynet have avoided the war via nonviolent means?

According to Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Skynet started a nuclear war because when Skynet became self-aware, the U.S. military panicked and "tried to pull the plug". Skynet didn't want to die, so it ...
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What does a Terminator do after its mission is accomplished?

A Terminator is essentially given a mission or an objective ("Go back in time and kill Sarah Connor" or something of the like). What does a Terminator do once its mission is accomplished? We see in ...
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How did Skynet avoid destroying itself on Judgment Day?

It seems at the end of Terminator 3, Skynet relies upon the connected computer network in order to have the intelligence that it has. This made it resistant to any single point of failure to destroy ...
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Why would future John risk sending back a T-800 to save his younger self?

This question is aimed at Terminator 2: Judgement Day. Would one think that he was weighing the decision that "It is either that this T-800 could end up going rogue" or "It is worth a shot or else I ...
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Why didn't Todd become suspicious of the T-1000?

Something has always bothered me about the scene in Terminator 2: Judgement Day in which the T-1000 goes to John's house and questions his foster parents about him. T-1000: Are you the legal ...
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How did the T-1000 avoid the bootstrap paradox?

I have watched Terminator 2 several times now, but there is one major problem with it that has been bothering me. The Terminator* was sent back in time to (unsuccessfully) assassinate Sarah Connor, ...
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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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Why Does the T1000 Have to Function as a Single Large Unit?

In Terminator 2 we see the T1000 get broken up or frozen and shattered. It's clear that when it's broken into smaller pieces, those pieces have enough intelligence to seek other (apparently ...
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Why is the "Arnold Schwarzenegger" terminator referred to by two different product numbers (T-101, T-800)?

In the original film, The Terminator, Schwarzenegger's character was a "Cyberdyne Systems Model 101". Likewise for Terminator 2 & 3. However, in the video game adaptation of Terminator 3, this ...
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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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Why not send back hundreds of Terminators?

Since the first Terminator failed, Skynet sent back increasingly sophisticated Terminators. Another strategy would have been to send back multiple Terminators. Why was that not attempted? Was there a ...
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In T2 did the Arnie Terminator make a huge mistake in shattering the frozen T-1000?

In T2 after the liquid metal terminator crashes into the metal foundry he is frozen by the liquid nitrogen payload from the truck. As a single mass (well apart from the shattered feet) the T1000 has ...
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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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How does a Terminator's living tissue actually "live"?

It is basic/common knowledge that our skin/flesh requires proteins etc carried by blood and pumped by a heart to travel around the body to live. Its possible that Terminator's have blood underneath ...
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Why was the T800's arm in T2 overlooked?

This has always bugged me. In Terminator 2, it is made clear that the terminator that came in the first movie resulted in a changed history, with Skynet being developed at a faster rate by Cyberdyne ...
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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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Do Terminators feel pain?

In Terminator 2: Judgement Day, the following exchange takes place: John Connor: Does it hurt when you get shot? T-800: I sense injuries. The data could be called "pain." This isn't much ...
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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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Is there an in-universe explanation for terminators not knowing about human emotions?

Clearly, it makes a good plot device (or rather, dialog driving device) when Terminators are kind of confused when faced with human emotional phenomena. But if I think about it, it's forced and ...
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What was the T-1001's mission when posing as Catherine Weaver?

Why was this cyborg sent back and who sent it? The Terminator Wiki makes the claim that Connor might have sent it. If Skynet sent it why did they care about John Henry?
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Why does the T-1000 want to keep the photo of John Connor?

When the T-1000 goes to Todd and Janelle Voight's home, why does he ask to keep the photo of John? Presumably he can remember the photo in perfect detail?
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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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Is there anything canon in the Terminator Universe that picks up where Terminator: The Sarah Connors Chronicles leaves off?

So, Terminator canon is pretty twisted, given all that time-travel stuff. But in the canon that includes the T:SCC, does anything pick up where the show left off that is considered canon?
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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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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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How could a Terminator ride a vehicle that was made to support the weight of a human?

In Terminator Judgement Day (1991) (T2) there is a scene of where Arnold is riding the motorcycle to follow John Connor, who is being chased by Robert Patrick (T1000). When Arnold jumps off the ledge ...
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Who sent the T-800 nicknamed "Pops"?

In Terminator Genisys, who sent "Pops" to protect Sarah Connor? When asked who sent him, the T-800 answers the records have been deleted so he doesn't know, and (I think) Reese speculates that ...
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Why did the quality of terminators increase from movies 1 to 3?

I have seen only the first three movies, so I don't know whether the other movies/TV series deal with this question or not. My main point is that in the movies, the terminator that travels back ...
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Why didn't the T-1000 make a more controlled hit at T-800 after damaging the main power module?

In Terminator 2 we can see the scene, where the T-1000 hits the T-800 with a stick and breaks through T-800 body, damaging the main power supply, which makes T-800 shutdown for a while. After that the ...
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Did Skynet evolve out of Andy Good's AI Chess computer, "Turk"?

In Terminator The Sarah Conner Chronicles, we find out about an AI Chess computer invented by Andy Good. Did Myles Dyson use any of Andy's code when he invented the Neural Net CPU?
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What is the Weight Of Terminator T900 Female Model?

In Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, one of the main characters is Cameron, a Terminator robot. Her model is (as per Terminator Wikia) T900, Class TOK715. In Season 2 Episode 08: "Mr. ...
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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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How did Skynet screw the world even before its activation?

In Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines movie, Skynet infected most part of civilian Internet as a powerful unbeatable virus. It also broke US govt. firewall to hack US defense system. All these even ...
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Why does Reese fall out of the sky?

Why does Kyle Reese fall out of the sky onto the sidewalk when he travels back in time while all of the Terminators we see arriving in the franchise do so safely crouched in a stasis energy orb?
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Why do dogs bark in the presence of Terminators?

In every Terminator movie & TV series, you can see that dogs barking is an indication that a Terminator (of any model) is nearby. Many dogs bark in the presence of unknowns, but in the canon dogs ...
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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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Which comes first: The Sarah Connor Chronicles or Terminator 3?

I'm trying to figure out the progression of the Terminator timeline. It's pretty clear up until the end of T2. Afterwards, we have two Terminators in different timelines sent back by Skynet to ...

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