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I'll be back.
~ The Terminator after he leaves the police department, only to return by squishing an officer to death by driving inside.
The Terminator
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Feature films The Terminator
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Portrayed by Arnold Schwarzenegger
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Full name T-800
Other names Phone Book Killer
Cyberdyne Systems Model 101
Personality Tough, emotionless, quiet, intelligent, and determinant.
Appearance With living tissue: Tall, muscular man wearing biker-like clothes, and black sunglasses.
Without living tissue:Tall, shiny, chrome-colored machine with beaming red eyes.
Occupation Assassin
Affiliations Skynet
Goal To prevent the existence of John Connor by killing his mother Sarah.
Enemies Sarah Connor and Kyle Reese.
Powers and abilities Superhuman strength, speed, and durability, scanning device, voice mimicry, enhanced intellect and expert gunman.
Weapons 45 Longslide with laser sighting, S&W Model 15, IMI Uzi, SPAS-12, etc.
Fate Crushed to death by hydraulic presses activated by a scared Sarah Connor

The T-800, otherwise known as the Terminator, is the titular villain of the 1984 sci-fi film of the same name. He is portrayed by actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and is one of Arnold's most notable roles. In the film, he is a tough, emotionless, and remorseless cybernetic assassin sent back in time to kill a young woman named Sarah Connor by Skynet, in order to prevent the existence of her son John Connor, who would save the world from the murderous machines. The Terminator has superhuman strength and durability, as well as enhanced intellect and weapon knowledge. He can also mimic others by impersonating their voices.


Listen, and understand! That Terminator is out there. It be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear, and it absolutely will not stop! EVER! Until you are dead!
~ Kyle Reese describing the T-800's actions to Sarah Connor.

Emotionless, strong, and tough, the T-800 would stop at nothing to destroy Sarah Connor in order to prevent the existence of John Connor. The Terminator does not say much, but he can learn things human beings say, as he learned how to swear from three punks he met shortly after his arrival.


  • Lance Henriksen (who in the film played detective Hal Vukovich) and O.J. Simpson were originally considered for the role. James Cameron rejected the idea of O.J. Simpson as the Terminator because he thought he wouldn't be believable as a killer.
  • Controversially, the Terminator bears similarities to slasher film villains such as Michael Myers from ''Halloween'' and Jason Voorhees from ''Friday the 13th''. Like the two masked killers, the Terminator is emotionless, nearly unstoppable by human means, has exceptional superhuman strength and durability, and will stop at nothing to kill his victims.