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Terminator Arrival – Terminator 2: Judgment Day [Remastered]

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The Terminator Arrival, also known as a Cyberdyne Systems Model 101 or the T-800, is the name of several film characters from the Terminator franchise portrayed by Arnold Schwarzenegger and numerous actor stand-ins digitally overlaid with Schwarzenegger’s likeness. The Terminator itself is part of a series of machines created by Skynet for infiltration-based surveillance and assassination missions, and while an android for its appearance, it is usually described as a cyborg consisting of living tissue over a robotic endoskeleton.

The first appearance of the Terminator was as the eponymous antagonist in The Terminator, a 1984 film directed and co-written by James Cameron. While the original Terminator was destroyed, other machines with the same appearance are featured in the sequels. In Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Schwarzenegger’s Terminator serves as the main protagonist, while in Terminator Genisys and Terminator: Dark Fate, it serves as a supporting protagonist and minor character, respectively, and is pitted against other Terminators sent by Skynet and its successor Legion.

In Terminator Salvation and Dark Fate, the character also appears briefly as an antagonist. In the context of the stories, the plot device of having various robots looking the same provides a certain continuity for the human characters by exploiting their emotional familiarity with a particular “human” visage associated with each “model”. The “Terminator” title is also used as a generic name for other human-simulating characters in the Terminator franchise, such as the T-1000 antagonist in Judgment Day.

Character nomenclature

Commonly known as the Terminator, the character is also given more specific designations, which help distinguish it from other mass-produced Terminators seen in each of the sequels. The end credits of the first three Terminator films list Arnold Schwarzenegger’s characters as simply “Terminator”, while in Terminator Genisys, he is credited as “Guardian”. In Terminator Salvation, the character is credited and referred to as “T-800”, while in Terminator: Dark Fate, the character is credited as “T-800 / Carl”.

In the first two films and Dark Fate, the character is referred to as “Cyberdyne Systems Model 101”. In Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (T3), it is referred to as a “T-101”. This name also occurs throughout the T2 novels. The name “T101” was used as early as 1991, in the Amstrad CPC and ZX Spectrum versions of the Terminator 2 computer game. In the T2 Extreme Edition DVD, and the Terminator 2 video game, he is referred to as an 800 series and a T-800. Trailers and a deleted scene of Terminator 2: Judgment Day identify the Terminator specifically as a “Cyberdyne Systems Series 800 Model 101”.

The T3 DVD extras refer to him as an “850 series Model 101”, a “T-850”, and a “T-101”. The novelization of the third film also refers to the character as T-850, described as a newer, upgraded version of the T-800. Terminator Salvation has the first on-screen usage of the term T-800, a name that is also used in Terminator Genisys. Additionally, in an early scene in Terminator Genisys, an automated voice at Skynet’s facility refers to a younger version of the character as a “Model 101”.

Most of the merchandising for T2 and T3—both at the time of their releases and retroactively—used the T-800 and T-850 nomenclature, contributing to this designation having arguably the most popular and widely disseminated usage, especially in direct juxtaposition to the explicitly named T-600s and T-1000. Such merchandise included Action Masters miniatures, Cinemaquette statues, Sideshow Collectibles replicas, Hollywood Collectibles statuettes, ArtFX kits, Medicom figures, and products by Hot Toys,[citation needed] and McFarlane Toys.

The specific Terminator characters portrayed by Schwarzenegger are also called on-screen by several individual names or nicknames. In Terminator 2: Judgment Day, John Connor introduces the Model 101 to his mother’s friends as his “Uncle Bob”. In Terminator Genisys, Sarah Connor refers to the T-800 as “Pops”. In Terminator: Dark Fate, the character goes by the name “Carl”.

Physical appearance

In the T2 commentary, Cameron states that the Model 101s all look like Schwarzenegger, with a 102 looking like someone else, leading to speculation that the 101 refers to the physical appearance while the 800 refers to the endoskeleton common to many models. A scene deleted from the theatrical cut, but restored in the Terminator 2 Special Edition, lends the most credence to this explanation: John and Sarah Connor shut down the Terminator for modification according to his instructions.

When he reboots, the upper-left of his HUD reads “Cyberdyne Systems Series 800 Model 101 Version 2.4“. Additionally, the original Terminator 2 teaser trailer further verifies this on a display monitor during android tissue generation, referencing “Series 800 Model 101”. In the T2 novel T2: Infiltrator, a skinless T-800 is known as a T-90, while a T-800 with Schwarzenegger’s likeness is stated to be part of the T-101 series, specifically a T-101A.


A Cyberdyne Systems Model 101 Terminator with living tissue over a metal endoskeleton, played by Schwarzenegger, is the main antagonist of The Terminator, the original Terminator film. Another Model 101, having been reprogrammed by the human resistance in the future, is the protagonist of Terminator 2: Judgment Day. In Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Schwarzenegger plays a Terminator known as T-101. His character is destroyed at the end of each of these films.

The fourth installment, Terminator Salvation, reveals the origin of the character. Roland Kickinger was cast as the principal actor but CGI was used to superimpose Schwarzenegger’s face from the original 1984 film. In the fifth installment, Terminator Genisys, Schwarzenegger plays an aging T-800 (reprogrammed by an unknown party) and becomes a mentor and father figure to a young Sarah Connor of an alternate timeline, and Brett Azar portrays the original Terminator from the first film, with Schwarzenegger’s then-likeness utilized via CGI.

In the sixth film, Terminator: Dark Fate, Schwarzenegger once more plays an aging T-800 that managed to kill John Connor three years after the events of Judgment Day. Due to Skynet’s cessation, the T-800 appears to have gained self-awareness and integrated itself into human society, adopting the name “Carl” and developing the equivalent of a remorseful conscience upon discovering how John’s death affected Sarah Connor. Azar also returns to his role, portraying Carl at physical prime in the opening sequence (again with Schwarzenegger’s then-likeness utilized).

The character’s catchphrase, used throughout the franchise, is “I’ll be back”.

The Terminator (1984)

The Model 101 is sent back in time to terminate a single target, Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton), in 1984, to prevent the birth of her son, John, the future leader of the Human Resistance. Lack of surviving records in the future meant that it was limited to only knowing Sarah’s name and what city she lived in at this time, with the result that it killed two other Sarah Connors in the same city before it found its target. This allowed Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn), a soldier sent from the future to protect Sarah, to find her before the Terminator does.

During several skirmishes the Terminator withstands contemporary gunfire with only superficial damage to its exterior tissue. While it is later caught in a fuel tanker explosion, this only burns away the flesh covering to expose its mechanical nature and causes minor damage to one of its legs, slowing it down. After Kyle sacrifices himself to damage the Terminator with a pipe bomb that destroys its legs, Sarah crushes the remaining endoskeleton in a hydraulic press to shut it down permanently.

Judgment Day (1991)

A Model 101 is captured by the resistance, reprogrammed by the future John Connor (Michael Edwards), and sent back to 1995 to protect young John (Edward Furlong) from a T-1000 (Robert Patrick) dispatched to kill him. While interacting with the Connors as they work to prevent Judgment Day (a scene from the extended version of the film shows the Connors explicitly reprogramming the Terminator to be capable of learning rather than Skynet’s default “read-only” programming), this Model 101 is taught how to speak in slang-like terms, such as “Hasta la vista, baby”, and encouraged to act more human, to the point that it develops into an almost fatherly role for John.

Sarah reflects that the Model 101 is the first male figure John has ever had in his life who can be guaranteed to always be there for him. The T-1000 chases Sarah, John, and the Model 101 into a steel mill and overpowers the latter in hand-to-hand combat, impaling it through the chest and destroying its main power supply. However, the Model 101 activates a backup power source, frees itself, and blasts the T-1000 into a vat of molten steel with a grenade launcher to destroy it.

Rise of the Machines (2003)

In the third film, a T-101 Terminator portrayed by Schwarzenegger is reprogrammed to protect John Connor (Nick Stahl), as well as his future wife Kate Brewster (Claire Danes), from a T-X (Kristanna Loken). The T-X is also designed to destroy other Terminators. The T-101 is powered by two hydrogen fuel cells, one of which it discards after being damaged by the T-X. This Terminator, unlike the others, is more familiar with human behaviors.

The T-101 tells John that his efforts in the second film did not stop Judgment Day, but merely delayed it. Eventually, the T-X uses its nanites to take control of the T-101’s autonomous functions, sending it to kill John and Kate. Since the T-101’s core consciousness is still intact and it just lacks physical control of its body, John is able to convince the T-101 to shut down by reminding it of the conflict between its current actions and its programmed mission to ensure his and Kate’s survival.

The T-101 later reboots itself free from the T-X’s control. As John and Kate retreat to a bunker to wait out the now-inevitable nuclear war, the Terminator is destroyed when it jams its remaining hydrogen fuel cell into the T-X’s mouth, resulting in a massive detonation that destroys them both.

Salvation (2009)

In the fourth film, the T-800 has a small role, though once again as an antagonist. As the very first T-800 activated in this timeline, it engages John Connor (Christian Bale) in battle during John’s attempt to rescue Kyle Reese (Anton Yelchin) from the Skynet base in San Francisco. John holds his own with his advanced weaponry, but is unable to stop the Terminator until it is drenched in molten metal and then liquid nitrogen, freezing it temporarily.

As John begins planting hydrogen fuel cells, cyborg prototype Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington) arrives to stall the T-800, able to match its strength due to his own metal endoskeleton, but due to Marcus harbouring biological organs, specifically his human heart, the T-800 is able to incapacitate him long enough to stab John through the abdomen from behind, wounding him. Marcus retaliates by jamming the same metal bar through the T-800’s neck and twisting it until its head rips off, destroying it instantly. The hydrogen fuel cells are set off as John and Marcus escape, destroying the base and taking thousands of unfinished T-800s with it and altering the future for the better.

Genisys (2015)

Terminator Genisys creates an alternate continuity that technically ignores the previous three sequels. In the film, a T-800 was reprogrammed by an unknown party from a point in time further in the future, and sent to 1973 to protect nine-year-old Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) from a T-1000 sent to kill her and her parents. After her parents are killed, the T-800 becomes her surrogate father and raises her to prepare for her future destiny. The T-800, which Sarah refers to as “Pops”, has developed an unprecedented level of emotional development, to the extent that it keeps her childhood drawings and photographs.

In the film, it is speculated that the knowledge of who sent Pops back was deliberately erased from its memory so that Skynet (Matt Smith) could not track them down later. Pops integrates into human society, and at one point obtains a job as a construction worker to build the headquarters for Cyberdyne Systems. Throughout the film, it struggles with its physical limitations due to its increasing age, but it states several times that it is “Old, not obsolete.” Like the Terminator in the second film, Pops has been prohibited from killing, but as Sarah says “Pops doesn’t kill anyone. Lot of leg wounds though.”

Dark Fate (2019)

In Terminator: Dark Fate, a direct sequel to Judgment Day, Schwarzenegger plays a T-800 called “Carl” as a minor character. Originally one of a series of Terminators sent back by Skynet to kill John Connor prior to its erasure, the Terminator that would become Carl successfully tracked down and killed John Connor in Livingston, Guatemala in 1998, in which it received an identifiable scar on the right side of its face from Sarah during the shootout between them.

With its mission complete with no further orders, and with Skynet no longer existing, the T-800 is left purposeless. In time, however, it became self-aware, realized that it is free from Skynet, assumed the name ‘Carl’, and exhibits behavioral developments similar to humans’. Months after killing John, it made a choice of its own by rescuing a woman, Alicia, and her child, Mateo, from her abusive husband. Carl becomes a father figure to Mateo, although his relationship with Alicia is not physical.

Carl’s role as a family man gave it some idea of what it had taken from Sarah when it murdered her son. At some point, Carl established a drapery business in Laredo, Texas, where the family lives in a cabin. Over twenty years, Carl has aged significantly, having an appearance of a former bodybuilder in his 70s, and its human social skills have also improved, even able to display humor and affection to its adoptive family.

Other appearances

On August 21, 2019, it was announced by developer NetherRealm Studios that a T-800 would be added as a guest playable character in Mortal Kombat 11, a 2.5D fighting game released previously that same year. The character is one of six characters in the game’s Kombat Pack bundle of downloadable content, alongside fellow guest characters including Image Comics’ Spawn, and DC Comics’ Joker. Schwarzenegger’s likeness is used for the character, as in several sequel film appearances, but his voice is not.

Instead, the Terminator is voiced by Chris Cox, hand-picked by Schwarzenegger himself. According to its biography, the Terminator in this game hails from the Dark Fate timeline. In its arcade ending, the Terminator uses a device called the Hourglass to rewrite its timeline’s history and attempt to destroy humanity on its Earth, but fails. Instead, it creates a future preserving peace between humans and machines before going into the bottomless Sea of Blood to make sure the Hourglass never falls into the wrong hands.

Concept and characteristics

The Terminator is a formidable robotic assassin and soldier, designed by the military supercomputer Skynet for infiltration and combat duty, towards the ultimate goal of exterminating the Human Resistance. It can speak naturally, copy the voices of others, read human handwriting, and even genuinely sweat, smell, and bleed. However, it has no human emotions such as pity or fear unless learned through human contact and never stops until it fulfills its mission or is destroyed or shut down (although it appears to be able to sense moments of urgency or danger, as it is depicted as raising its voice or widening its eyes in shock on several said occasions).

Later Terminators are outwardly indistinguishable from humans, but dogs become agitated and bark loudly in their presence; as a result, the human resistance uses the animals to detect Terminators. In the first film, Kyle Reese explains that the T-800 was designed to be an improvement over the earlier T-600 units, which could be easily detected because their skin was made of rubber and not organic tissue. Later models, such as the Guardian from Terminator Genisys or Carl from Terminator: Dark Fate, showed a greater capacity for emotion and physical aging.

The most notable science fiction characteristics are that of an expert system featuring strong AI functionality combined with machine learning, and the system can interpret arbitrary non-formalized tasks. The other notable science fiction component is that of a power source which can last 120 years.

A trait persistent throughout the series is the faint red glow of the “eyes” when the cyborg is online (or blue in the case of the T-X), which dim to nothing when a Terminator shuts down. In all four movies, the lack of the glow has been used to show when one is out of action. The trait is so characteristic that light-up eyes are often found on Terminator merchandise, with some even replicating the dimming/reillumination effect that occurs during shut down or start up.


A description from Kyle Reese from the film The Terminator states that:

“The Terminator is an infiltration unit, part man – part machine. Underneath it’s a hyperalloy combat chassis, microprocessor-controlled, fully armored, very tough. But outside it’s living human tissue. Flesh, skin, hair, blood, grown for the cyborgs.”

As seen in the movies, a Terminator can withstand standard normal 20th century firearms, crash through walls with little to no damage, and survive explosions to some degree. Repeated shotgun blasts have enough force to knock it down and temporarily disable it, while heavy amounts of automatic fire are able to compromise the organic disguise layer. In the second film, the Terminator says he can fully operate for 120 years on his power cell before it drains.

In the finale to Terminator 2, his power source is damaged, and he is able to find an alternate source, described on the DVD commentary as heat sinks, harnessing the thermal energy from the hot surroundings. In the third film, the Terminator—an 850 series rather than the 800 series depicted in the first two films—operates on two hydrogen fuel cells and discards one of them early due to damage. It explodes shortly thereafter with enough force to produce a small mushroom cloud.

The endoskeleton is actuated by a powerful network of hydraulic servomechanisms, making Terminators superhumanly strong. For instance, in the third movie, Schwarzenegger’s character was able to handle firing a Browning .30 machine gun from the hip with one hand, while holding a coffin containing an alive John Connor and a heavy cache of weapons, showing no signs of the extra weight being any real concern.

Late in the first film, the Terminator is stripped of its organic elements when the tanker truck it is driving is blown up. What remains is the machine itself, in James Cameron’s own words “a chrome skeleton, like death rendered in steel.” In the later Terminator films, armies of endoskeleton-only Terminators are seen. They are visually identical to the one in the first film, and feature prominently in the “future war” sequences of those films.

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About Terminator Arrival – Terminator 2: Judgment Day [Remastered]

Genre Action, Sci-Fi
Directed By James Cameron
Screenplay by James Cameron, William Wisher
Produced by James Cameron
Music Brad Fiedel
Release Date July 1, 1991 (Los Angeles) - July 3, 1991 (United States)
Runtime 2h 17min
Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Robert Patrick, Edward Furlong
Country United States
Language English
Production Company Carolco Pictures, Pacific Western Productions, Lightstorm Entertainment, Le Studio Canal+ S.A.
Distributed by TriStar Pictures
Budget $94–102 million
Box office $520.8 million
Aspect Ratio 2.39 : 1
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