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I do not have a citation, but probably so that he can pass himself off as human. If the robots were lacking genitals, the rebels would probably include a strip search among their tests, and probably have in the past.


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Emphasizing character transformations of Sarah Connor and the T-800 The Terminator wears sunglasses to create a parallel when Sarah wears them later: James Cameron (writer / director / producer): We wanted T-800 to change, and we wanted Sarah to change; she starts out one way, becomes fixated on that, ends up becoming more of a machine that he does. We ...


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As a Terminator its primary mission is infiltration and assassination. While it probably can make itself into a big cat that can run faster, that wouldn’t be very covert. Also, it needs physical contact with things to copy them. We see it disguise itself as a floor in Judgement Day. It wanted to stay hidden and then assume the form a guard. And while it is ...


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Lance Henriksen Henriksen is typically considered the correct answer, though whether or not he qualifies is more ambiguous than Paxton1: In the original Terminator film, Henriksen plays one of the detectives working the "Phone Book Killer" case. He's shot repeatedly during the T-800's attack on the police station, and we'...


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If we take the film as the highest level of canon, then we can gain some insight from the Terminator's own heads-up display. Careful examination shows that the Terminator's priorities at the bar are the acquisition of transport and camouflage cover. On top of that, his defensive systems are set to 100%. He has no interest in killing people in the bar (...


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Kyle Reese notes that these are the top-of-the-line in infiltration units. Skynet had spared absolutely no expense in making them look as human as possible, down to the smallest physical features. REESE: But outside, it's living human tissue. Flesh, skin, hair...blood. Grown for the cyborgs. Pay attention. The 600 series had rubber skin. We ...


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The T-1000 has no compunction about being non-humanoid (or at least not possessing the statistically usual number of arms, heads and legs) when it suits its needs. It forms stabbing and grasping tools that extend from its hands and arms. It's perfectly happy to have four hands or form a new head. It also performs superhuman feats such as running at 40mph,...


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It's useful for showing other people the photo and saying "Have you seen this kid?" This is exactly what happens at the Arcade where they first meet.


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According to the Terminator Wiki, James Cameron explicitly addresses this point in the DVD Commentary for Terminator 2: Judgment Day. The T-800 is the name of the series (i.e. the metal endoskeleton) and the 101 model number is the name of the skin overlay: "...the model 101s all look like Arnold Schwarzenegger, with a 102 looking like someone else..." - ...


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The film's official novelisation gives us the only answer that could possibly suffice. John Connor sent the T-800 back in time to protect his younger self...because he remembered being rescued by one when he was his younger self. They passed numerous galleries filled with hulking machines, now cold and motionless; a vast library of strategic technology ...


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Do Terminators experience physical discomfort when they are damaged, or do they simply know that damage has occurred, without any actual physical discomfort? Damage equates to impaired performance. The Terminator is no longer at peak efficiency. That could very well be said to be a degree of "physical discomfort". Skynet: What is your status? T-800: ...


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TL;DR: The Terminator utilizes systematic logic. In both cases you mentioned, the machine simply went for the closest source of appropriate clothing. As discussed in this question, the Terminator - both the T-800 AND T-1000 models - appear to operate using systematic logic. They almost always take the easiest path to the closest obtainable objective. In the ...


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In Terminator 2: Judgement Day Sarah Connor is cleaning the wounds of the T-800 and has this conversation: SARAH: Will these heal up? Terminator nods. She reaches into the bloody wounds with pliers and finds the copper-jacketed bullets, flattening against the armored endoskeleton. Pulls them out. They CLINK one by one into a glass. SARAH: ...


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There's no evidence for my hypothesis whatsoever from the source material, but I think there are a few possible reasons for this. Skynet is a military AI. It was never meant to do diplomacy. Or negotiating. From this starting point, is may be possible to never actually arrive at the conclusion that there might be a better way to do things besides war, no ...


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There are three things that would interfere with "perfect aim". Damage. I forget how bad Arnie-800 was injured at this point in the movie, but he had taken some hits. Probably nothing that would damage the endoskeleton, but the external flesh would have big ragged holes in it and would compress differently (and in an impossible-to-calculate-compensation way)...


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T-800 from T1 didn't have any way to identify Sarah Connor (as witnessed by killing two wrong ones first), so its mission could never really be accomplished. It would have to stick around forever, ensuring that no OTHER Sarah Connors popped up. That's what happens when you let amateurs write software specifications. T-1000 in T2 didn't ever discuss the exact ...


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Terminators don't feel pain. I do. -Kyle Reese, The Terminator


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In the Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles episode "Today is the Day (part 2)", young John Connor answers this question in a speech he makes to Jesse. You know, I've been running from the machines my whole life. They tried to kill my mom before I was even born. When I was twelve they sent one after me. I was a kid. I was stupid. I didn't know ...


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Skynet was a decision-making AI. Originally, it was specifically a military computer, designed to remove human error from national defense. From the script for T2: Terminator: In three years Cyberdyne will become the largest supplier of military computer systems. All stealth bombers are upgraded with Cyberdyne computers, becoming fully unmanned. Afterward,...


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According the film's official novelisation, Todd and Janelle were distracted when the T-800 turned up and evidently didn't give the matter much thought afterwards: Janelle nodded absently, remembering something. “There was a guy here this morning asking about him, too.” Todd grumbled with irritation, remembering the guy distinctly because he ...


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If you consider the deleted scenes showing the T-1000 "glitching" (which appear in the special edition), then it certainly wasn't a mistake. The act of freezing then shattering the T-1000 caused some damage to its control over its morphing ability. It was actually this "glitch" that helped John Connor tell the difference between his real mother and the T-...


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According to Kyle Reese, "Skynet's defense grid was smashed; we won." Their defeat was inevitable. Sending a Terminator back was a last ditch effort on Skynet's part to try and erase the leader of the human resistance from history. Skynet likely didn't have the time, resources, or enough troops in general, to send back more than one, especially considering ...


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My source didn't mention why the scene was left out of the movie, but according to Randall Frakes novelization of the film, John tossed the crushed arm into the vat and destroyed it. I found this reference while watching the Extreme Interactive Mode with Graphic Commentary and Rare Behinds-the-Scenes Footage included in the special features menu on the T2:...


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Simply put, Skynet wasn't destroyed it was only delayed (cue Rise of the Machines). Additionally, as Anthony Grist commented, you're probably attributing too much human thought to the T-1000. It was an advanced machine, but still only a machine. It was programmed to kill John Connor, so that was what it worked towards. It is also probable that the T-1000 ...


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Why was it so determined to kill that particular Sarah Connor? At the point the Terminator meets up with our Sarah Connor, he has already eliminated the other 2 that were in the phone book. She is the last one on his current list. You can't blame him for wanting to be thorough. Or perhaps the word is systematic. That Terminator is out there! It can't be ...


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You're mistaken. The Terminator's main priority is to Kill/Protect John Connor. Doing so in a discreet way is a secondary concern. Based on the Frakes novelisations, we see that in the first film, the Terminator's desire for clothes is motivated by a simple warning flag - "Nudity will attract substantial amounts of unwanted attention": Terminator ...


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This appears to be a filming error. In the original script (on which the film's official novelisation is based), the fuel cell seems to be still wired to the Terminator right up to the point that it exploded. Even in its damaged state it would, presumably, give out sufficient power to allow one last quip. Without hesitation he yanked the cell out of his ...


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