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Encyclopedia > Terminator (character concept)
An 800-series terminator endoskeleton, a robot-only version of the cyborg played by Arnold Schwarzenegger.

In the Terminator film series, a terminator is a fictional autonomous robot, typically humanoid, originally conceived as a practically indestructible soldier and assassin, as well infiltrator. This is a screenshot of a copyrighted website, video game graphic, computer program graphic, television broadcast, or film. ... This is a screenshot of a copyrighted website, video game graphic, computer program graphic, television broadcast, or film. ... Endoskeleton of a swordfish An endoskeleton is an internal support structure of an animal. ... A cyborg is a cybernetic organism (i. ... Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (German pronunciation (IPA): ) (born on July 30, 1947) is an Austrian-American bodybuilder, actor and an American politician, currently serving as the 38th Governor of California. ... Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (German pronunciation (IPA): ) (born on July 30, 1947) is an Austrian-American bodybuilder, actor and an American politician, currently serving as the 38th Governor of California. ... This article is about the title character portrayed by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the Terminator films. ... . ... The Terminator series is a franchise encompassing a series of science fiction films and ancillary media concerning battles between Skynets artificially intelligent machine network, and John Connors Tech-Com forces and the rest of the human race. ... The Terminator series is a franchise encompassing a series of science fiction films and ancillary media concerning battles between Skynets artificially intelligent machine network, and John Connors Tech-Com forces and the rest of the human race. ... Autonomous robots are robots which can perform desired tasks in unstructured environments without continuous human guidance. ... Hondas ASIMO, an example of a humanoid robot A humanoid robot is a robot with its overall appearance based on that of the human body. ... This article is about a military rank. ... Jack Ruby murdered the assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, in a very public manner. ... See: espionage, urban exploration, entryism, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. ...


James Cameron introduced the first terminator character in the 1984 movie The Terminator, featuring a single cyborg simply called "The Terminator", portrayed by Arnold Schwarzenegger. When later Terminator movies introduced additional models, some sources retroactively gave Schwarzenegger's character a model number, leading to multiple conflicting names. . ... A cyborg is a cybernetic organism (i. ... Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (German pronunciation (IPA): ) (born on July 30, 1947) is an Austrian-American bodybuilder, actor and an American politician, currently serving as the 38th Governor of California. ... This article is about the title character portrayed by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the Terminator films. ...

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Inspirations

James Cameron asserts that he came up with the concept of the terminator characters on his own. However, several works of science fiction predating his bear great similarity, including "Soldier", "Demon with a Glass Hand", "I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream", "Second Variety", "Jon's World", Cyborg, La Jetée, and Cyborg 2087. . ... James Francis Cameron (born August 16, 1954) is a three-time Academy Award winning director, producer and screenwriter. ... List of The Outer Limits episodes Soldier is an episode of the original The Outer Limits television show. ... Demon with a Glass Hand is a widely referenced episode of The Outer Limits television series, based on a script by Harlan Ellison. ... March 1967 issue of if I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream is a dystopian science fiction short story by Harlan Ellison. ... Second Variety is a short story by Philip K. Dick first published in Space Station Fiction in 1953. ... Cyborg is the title of a science fiction/secret agent novel by Martin Caidin which was first published in 1972. ... La Jetée (1962) (literally The Jetty) 28-minute science fiction film in black and white by Chris Marker. ...


Development of the Terminators

Deleted scene from Terminator 3 showing an Air Force created Terminator endoskeleton

According to the films, the terminators were created by an artificially intelligent computer, Skynet, to wipe out the remains of humanity. Some models are designed to look exactly like humans in order to infiltrate their bases, progressing from fake rubber skin, to cloned human flesh over their electronics, to mimetic polyalloy able to mimic any person or object. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Skynet is a fictional computer network created by Cyberdyne Systems for Strategic Air Command-North American Aerospace Defense Command and is the unseen main villain in the Terminator series of films. ...


According to the first two films, terminators were Cyberdyne Systems models created after the war between man and machines started. In the altered timeline of T3 created by the destruction of Cyberdyne in T2, terminators were created by the Cyber Research Systems division of the Air Force to replace soldiers on the battlefield prior to Judgment Day, starting with the T-1. The Cyberdyne Systems Corporation is a fictional company depicted in The Terminator films, as well as various novels and comic books all taking place in the Terminator universe. ... The Cyber Research Systems Corporation is a fictional company depicted in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines Warner Bros. ... Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines Terminator series, see The Terminator (film). ...


Terminators were actually created as part of a predestination paradox caused by time travel. Parts from the terminator sent back to 1984 in the first film were reverse engineered and used to develop Skynet and more terminators. In this case, the terminators triggered their own invention. A predestination paradox, also called either a causal loop, or a causality loop and (less frequently) either a closed loop or closed time loop, is a paradox of time travel that is often used as a convention in science fiction. ... Time travel is a concept that has long fascinated humanity—whether it is Merlin experiencing time backwards, or religious traditions like Mohammeds trip to Jerusalem and ascent to heaven, returning before a glass knocked over had spilt its contents. ...


Models

The first terminator model, simply called "The Terminator", was introduced in the first film, with a new model terminator added for each subsequent film. In addition to those models shown on screen, other spin off sources have introduced more, including the T-70 from T2 3-D: Battle Across Time and the female I-950 from T2: Infiltrator.

Model Portrayed by Appearances
T-101
T-1000
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day'
  • T2 3-D: Battle Across Time
T-1000000
  • computer-generated imagery
  • T2 3-D: Battle Across Time
T-X
  • Kristanna Loken
  • other cast members
  • computer-generated imagery
  • practical special effects
  • Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
T-1
  • practical remote controlled robot
  • Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
T-70
  • practical special effects model
  • T2 3-D: Battle Across Time
I-950
  • T2: Infiltrator
  • T2: Rising Storm
  • T2: Future War

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External links

  • 'T2 and Technology', an essay by chief technical consultant Larry Yeager


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The Terminator series
Films The Terminator | Terminator 2: Judgment Day | Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines | Terminator 4
Other film and TV T2 3-D: Battle Across Time | The Sarah Connor Chronicles
Characters "The Terminator" | Sarah Connor | John Connor | Kyle Reese | Miles Dyson | Kate Brewster | Dr. Peter Silberman
Terminators T-101 | T-1000 | T-1000000 | T-X | T-1
Locations Los Angeles | Skynet | Cyberdyne Systems | Cyber Research Systems | Crystal Peak | Tech-Com
Cast Linda Hamilton | Arnold Schwarzenegger | Michael Biehn | Edward Furlong | Robert Patrick | Nick Stahl | Claire Danes | Kristanna Loken | Earl Boen | Lena Headey | Thomas Dekker | Summer Glau
Crew James Cameron | Jonathan Mostow | Mario F. Kassar | Andrew G. Vajna | Stan Winston
Games The Terminator (DOS) | The Terminator (NES) | Terminator 2: Judgment Day (Game Boy) | T2: The Arcade Game | Terminator 2: Judgment Day (pinball) | Terminator 2: Judgment Day (LJN) | Terminator 2: Judgment Day (Acclaim) | The Terminator (1992) | The Terminator 2029 / Deluxe CD Edition | RoboCop versus The Terminator | The Terminator 2029: Operation Scour | Terminator 2: Judgment Day (B.I.T.S.) | The Terminator: Rampage | Terminator 2: Judgment Day - Chess Wars | The Terminator (SNES) | The Terminator: Future Shock | SkyNET | The Terminator: Dawn of Fate | The Terminator (mobile) | Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines | Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (pinball) | Terminator 3: War of the Machines | Terminator 3: The Redemption | The Terminator: I'm Back! | Terminator Revenge
Comics The Terminator | RoboCop versus The Terminator | Superman vs. The Terminator | Aliens versus Predator versus The Terminator
Miscellaneous "I'll be back." | Terminator argument

 
 

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