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Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_1'); })The Terminator is the first film in the Terminator franchise and the second feature film directed by James Cameron. Released in 1984, this film combines elements of science-fiction, action, thriller and horror, and is less notable for its actual content than it is for the massive amounts of Pop-Cultural Osmosis.One night in 1984, two men emerge naked from two separate electrical storms in Los Angeles. One stays low and out of sight to avoid the authorities. The other picks up a phone book so he can find women named Sarah Connor— and kill them. When a young diner waitress also named Sarah Connor hears that two people with her name have been killed within a day, she begins to worry about the killer coming for her next. As the killer murders two people in Sarah's home in an effort to find her, Sarah hides in a nightclub; the killer catches up with her there, but she is rescued by the other man, Kyle Reese.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_2'); })Kyle explains his story to Sarah after they escape the killer: in the near future, the United States government will create SkyNet, an artificial intelligence that will promptly turn against its masters and attempt to Kill All Humans in a cataclysmic event that will become known as Judgment Day. Mankind will eventually defeat SkyNet, but before its final defeat, SkyNet will send a T-800 model Terminator — an android wrapped in human flesh to give it the appearance of a human — back in time to kill Sarah and prevent the birth of her son, John, who will become the leader of the human resistance. John will respond by sending Reese into the past to protect John's mother—and the timeline.A sequel with a much bigger budget, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, came out in 1991.
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Artistic License – Gun Safety
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Artistic License – Gun Safety: In reality, very few gun stores keep live ammunition within reach of a customer on the countertop, for reasons that should be obvious even if you haven't seen the film and know what becomes of the gun shop owner. Some stores might have crates of ammunition for sales or special deals on the floor, but gun store employees would pull their own sidearms on any customer who grabbed a box of ammo and had a live weapon in their hands at the same time. Not that a mere sidearm would have any hope of intimidating, much less stopping the Terminator, of course.
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Headphones Equal Isolation
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Headphones Equal Isolation: Sarah's roommate Ginger is so busy rocking out on her headphones that she doesn't hear her lover being beaten to death by the Terminator in the next room. What does that tell you about the quality of their sex? The novelization makes a point to mention that Ginger's performance during sex is...enhanced by whatever she's listening to, which is why Matt, in the movie, can be seen turning the volume up on her Walkman. Also earlier when the detectives are trying to call Connor's apartment; Matt turns up the volume on Ginger's Walkman in response as they're having sex.
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Time-Travel Romance
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Time-Travel Romance: Kyle volunteers for the mission to protect Sarah because he in fell in love with her from a picture that her son showed him. She then falls in love with him Rescue Romance style and they conceive said son.
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Creator Cameo
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Creator Cameo: James Cameron provides the voice of Sarah's date on the message where he cancels.
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Gaia's Lament
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Gaia's Lament: A deleted scene shows Kyle and Sarah getting into a fight and rolling into a wooded area. Kyle suffers a bit of a Heroic BSoD, and starts to cry when he sees how beautiful the world used to be.
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Does This Remind You of Anything?
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Kyle Reese, obviously, given that he was in a SkyNet work camp complete with a tattoo before he was liberated by John Connor and even afterward spent all of his time either fighting against SkyNet's machines or hiding from them.
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Man Bites Man
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Man Bites Man: Sarah bites Kyle's hand to little effect when she tries to escape from this "madman" raving about killer robots from the future. It does hurt however, as he testily points out, and Kyle wears a bandage for the rest of the film.
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All There in the Manual
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All There in the Manual: In the novelization, Kyle deliberately shoots the Terminator's arm after it had its laser sight pointed at Sarah. If he'd shot it anywhere else, it would have killed her anyway. This shot is the one that injured its arm in the scene we see later. Further, this fact is actually included in the film but Kyle's amazing shot is very obscured by a Freeze-Frame Bonus. In slow motion, you can actually see the shotgun slug knock the Terminator's arm away just as it fires. The series of Terminator that's targeting Sarah is never mentioned in the film—only its make and model. In the novel, Kyle ponders if the machine is a 700 series or 800 series, hoping against hope that it was the former. To his horror, he quickly realizes it isn't. The novel also states the reason that the Terminator runs away after the parking garage chase. Thanks to Reese shooting it in the eye, the Terminator was stunned and blinded enough to crash its police car at high speed. note The novel instead says that the Terminator's eye injury was caused by the high speed impact. The impact was so powerful that it actually knocked the T-800 unconscious for a few seconds as its systems reset. By the time it awoke, the police were closing in and with the Terminator's eye and arm injuries (both of which, we'll remind you, were caused by a police-issue shotgun), the Terminator chose to run away and repair itself rather than risk fighting a battle it might not win. Deleted scenes show that the pipe bombs Sarah and Kyle use in the final chase scene weren't actually acquired to kill the Terminator. A subplot had Sarah come to the realization that even if they managed to destroy the T-800, Skynet would just send another one after her and keep going until she was dead. This marks a notable shift in her character, where she goes from frantically running and relying on Kyle to pressuring him to help her destroy Skynet once and for all. She planned to use the pipe bombs to blow up the Cyberdyne Systems facility that would eventually create Skynet. This also explains that her and Kyle ending up in the Cyberdyne robotics factory at the climax wasn't an accident, they were deliberately planning to blow the place to hell. This storyline would later be followed up on as a major subplot of the sequel.
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Naked on Arrival
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Naked on Arrival: As a result of the whole "nothing dead will go" rule of time travel, both the T-800 and Kyle Reese are naked when they appear in the present day.
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Artistic License – Biology
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Artistic License – Biology: The writers have admitted the whole "only things surrounded by living tissue can go back in time" rule has no scientific basis, and was conceived purely as a Drama-Preserving Handicap, as otherwise Reese could just bring a BFG or two back with him to kill the Terminator and the movie would be over in five minutes.
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Full-Frontal Assault
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Full-Frontal Assault: The T-800 does this to a bunch of punks at the start of the film. It ends pretty quickly after he tears the heart out of the chest of one of them...
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Underestimating Badassery
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Underestimating Badassery: A trio of hoodlums think that it's a good idea to pick on a Herculean naked man walking around at night. While it's generally not a good idea to start fights with crazed weightlifters, the punks probably would have been at an advantage had their intended victim not been a killer robot from the future. Also played with, in that the Terminator is essentially mugging them (of their clothes, that is) before they decide to take out their knives. The police officer who kept telling the Terminator to go away as he kept demanding to see his "friend" Sarah.
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Mr. Fanservice
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Also played straight, though, in the form of male fanservice. Watch the opening scenes of that movie (both Kyle and the T-800 are naked, courtesy of their time transport. They are both very, very well-built, and Kyle particularly stays at the least shirtless for a good long while). Arnie also goes above and beyond. In his scene with the punks, he really is fully nude. No conveniently placed fabric over his junk.
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The Cameo
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The Cameo: The infiltrator terminator in Kyle's flashback of the future is played by Franco Columbu, Schwarzenegger's bodybuilding partner and longtime friend.
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Scannable Man
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Scannable Man: Reese and his barcode "disposal unit" tattoo.
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Stealth Pun
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Stealth Pun: Tech Noir.
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Compromising Call
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Compromising Call: Inverted. Sarah is the one in danger, and tries to call her friend Ginger to warn her of the killer that's stalking her. Unfortunately for Sarah, Ginger is already dead and the voice mail Sarah leaves lets the Terminator not only know it killed the wrong woman, but exactly where Sarah is.
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Can't Take Anything with You: Only living tissue can survive being exposed to the energy of time travel which is why the Terminator needs an outer layer of flesh over its endoskeleton. It's also why it and Kyle Reese have to be Naked on Arrival.
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During the future flashback, a family appears to be watching television, until a Reveal Shot shows they've lit a fire inside the smashed television set.
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Wrong Genre Savvy: The police believe themselves to be in a standard Slasher Movie. To their credit, they would have done very well against, say, Jason Voorhees. As soon as they receive the death certificates of the first two ladies named Sarah Connor, they send out a news bulletin to warn any other Sarah Connors that might be out there as well as their friends and family, and they keep officers on the 911 lines just in case one of the Sarahs calls in. Then they bust open a crate of M16s and hide Sarah behind a wall of guns. If the titular Terminator wasn't, you know, itself, they may have made a major difference.
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Everyone in Kyle's flashback has varying degrees of Shell-Shockedness.
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Black Comedy
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Black Comedy: In-universe, one of Sarah's coworkers is cheered up by the news of the murder of another Sarah Connor and gleefully brings it to her attention. She is not amused.
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Chekhov's Gun
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Chekhov's Gun: Sarah accidentally presses the button to activate the hydraulic press. This draws the Terminator in their direction, but she remembers it later.
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Slave Brand
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Slave Brand: Kyle Reese has a barcode on his arm that was laser-burned from a robot concentration camp.
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Ammunition Backpack: The Terminators in the future sequences wear a pack to fuel their lasers.
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Impending Doom P.O.V.: Sarah's vision goes red as the Terminator puts his Laser Sight right between her eyes.
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Catapult Nightmare: Reese has a dream of combat against the machines.
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Sophisticated as Hell: This exchange:
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Clothesline Stealing: At the beginning, Kyle while running from the police in only pants (that he mugged from a homeless man) breaks into a building. By fortunate coincidence, it's a clothing store, so he takes a trenchcoat and shoes before moving on to break into a police car and take an Ithaca 37. The trenchcoat is long enough to hide his newfound shotgun entirely.
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The Cavalry Arrives Late: At the end, the police arrive only after Sarah has defeated the Terminator.
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Impeded Communication: Sarah Connor tries to issue a warning to her roommate Ginger by phone, but the killer robot has already liquefied her. Instead, Sarah's message to the answering machine reveals to the terminator that he's killed the wrong target, and that Sarah Connor is at a downtown dance club. Sarah is hiding out at a motel, and decides to phone her mother (of course). Sarah is careful not to divulge her location, and leaves only a phone number. The terminator has already visited the mother's house and slaughtered the occupants, anticipating Sarah's call. It mimics the mother's voice, then calls back to learn where Sarah called from.
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Out of the Inferno: The famous scene where the T-800 rises from the wreckage of the fuel tanker, all of its artificial skin having been burned off in the explosion, straight from the fever-induced nightmares of the director himself.
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Abandoned Warehouse
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The Smoke and Fire Factory at the conclusion of the film.
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Incredibly Obvious Tail: Reese is very clumsy when tailing Sarah. Makes sense, as he's probably never done anything like this before, not to mention having grown up in a war zone, and is unfamiliar with typical pre-war behavior.
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Also earlier when the detectives are trying to call Connor's apartment; Matt turns up the volume on Ginger's Walkman in response as they're having sex.
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Mugged for Disguise
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Mugged for Disguise: Reese and the Terminator. The size-fitting problem is averted; the punk is wearing a jacket too big for him, while Reese is shown checking the size on his shoes before putting them on, and selecting the correct size jacket, when stealing them from a clothes store.
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Kick the Dog
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Kick the Dog: The titular character when he runs over a children's toy to establish that he is evil. Never mind that he'd already killed (at least) two people in exceptionally ruthless fashion. It becomes a bit of foreshadowing, since the toy semi is the same model as the real one the Terminator will drive later in the movie. A literal one in Kyle's Flashback Nightmare. The Terminator that infiltrates the resistance's base kills the Evil Detecting Dogs; you can hear the dogs' dying whimper during the scene.
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I Can Change My Beloved
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I Can Change My Beloved: In deleted scenes, Sarah begins to fall for Reese right when cracks in his tough soldier exterior begin to show. For the first time, she realizes what kind of Hell it must be to grow up in a world where all the current comforts of life—green plants, good food, plentiful entertainment—are all gone and your every waking moment is fighting to survive and to strike back against relentless machines. She tries to get him to open up several times, to no avail, and decides that stopping the future and giving Kyle the life he never had is the best way to bring out the human in him.
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Murder by Mistake: Happens to two of the Terminator's victims who were unfortunate enough to share the same name with Sarah Connor.
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Stable Time Loop: The events of the first movie set up a simple, self-contained time loop with Sarah and Kyle. Compared to the rest of the series as a whole, it's very straightforward, as evidenced by the photograph of Sarah Connor which Sarah gives to John to give to Kyle to describe to Sarah.
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Contagious Cassandra Truth: In the middle of the film, Sarah Connor seems happy to accept the psychologist's explanation that Kyle Reese is a paranoid schizophrenic, and the Killer Robot is just a man on PCP. By the beginning of the second film, she's locked up in a mental asylum for insisting that Reese's story about the impending apocalypse is true, as well as acting on that belief...
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Uncommon Time
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Uncommon Time: Due to a mistake Brad Fiedel made when syncing the tracks manually, the main theme is in 13/16
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Take the Wheel
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Take the Wheel: Reese to Sarah twice, once while while the Terminator is pursuing them in a police car and once while it's riding a motorcycle.
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Character Development
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Deleted scenes show that the pipe bombs Sarah and Kyle use in the final chase scene weren't actually acquired to kill the Terminator. A subplot had Sarah come to the realization that even if they managed to destroy the T-800, Skynet would just send another one after her and keep going until she was dead. This marks a notable shift in her character, where she goes from frantically running and relying on Kyle to pressuring him to help her destroy Skynet once and for all. She planned to use the pipe bombs to blow up the Cyberdyne Systems facility that would eventually create Skynet. This also explains that her and Kyle ending up in the Cyberdyne robotics factory at the climax wasn't an accident, they were deliberately planning to blow the place to hell. This storyline would later be followed up on as a major subplot of the sequel.
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Noodle Incident
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Noodle Incident: How DID Reese get that big wad of cash he used to pay the motel room? It's a fair assumption he spent the day stealing what he needed, but it's not really addressed. Lampshaded by Sarah, who comments "I don't wanna ask where you got it." Detective Vukovich's explanation of how someone acts on PCP. We never learn exactly what was going on in Reese's first flashback/dream. In particular there is a female soldier fighting alongside Reese who seems to know him personally, although she dies before she gets any dialogue. It also ends with Reese being trapped in a crashed, burning car, and we never find out how he escaped as he wakes up right at that moment.
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Hassle-Free Hotwire
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Hassle-Free Hotwire: Arnold's Terminator never hotwires anything, he does one better. He smashes and rips away the steering column cover, along with the lock cylinder, and then turns the ignition lock shaft with his fingers. Incidentally, due to its strength the whole process literally takes it 5 seconds, about as fast as most people take to start a car with a key. Kyle Reese easily hotwires a car as well.
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This Just In!
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This Just In!: Following the shootout in the police station:
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Every Car Is a Pinto
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Every Car Is a Pinto: Reese is able to blow up a parked car with two shots from his shotgun outside the Tech Noir. Though the trope is justified due to Kyle specifically aiming for the gas tank.
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Sunglasses at Night
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Sunglasses at Night: Justified, because the Terminator uses them to hide his exposed robotic eye.
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Bittersweet Ending
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Bittersweet Ending: The Terminator is defeated and Sarah survives along with her unborn son, but Kyle dies. Further, Sarah is a changed woman thanks to her experiences, and must live paranoid of the nightmarish future on the horizon.
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A.I. Is a Crapshoot
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A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Skynet became self-aware, sentient and nuked half to most of the human race with their own nuclear weapons and are sending robot units to finish off any survivors of the nuclear holocaust.
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Killed Offscreen
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Killed Offscreen: When Sarah calls her mother to tell her she's alright, after the call is done the camera cuts to the Terminator sitting in a burning house, speaking in Sarah's mother's voice.
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Updated Re-release
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Updated Re Release: The Special Edition DVD, which included, in addition to the original mono soundtrack, a remastered 5.1 soundtrack with improved sound effects taken from the sequel.
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Ankle Drag
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Ankle Drag: In the climax, as the legless T-800 keeps grabbing for Sarah's ankle as she crawls away from him, staying barely ahead.
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Darkened Building Shootout
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Darkened Building Shootout: The Terminator shorts out the fuse box in the police station, as with his infrared vision he doesn't need light to see. The Smoke and Fire Factory at the conclusion of the film.
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Flashback Nightmare
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A literal one in Kyle's Flashback Nightmare. The Terminator that infiltrates the resistance's base kills the Evil Detecting Dogs; you can hear the dogs' dying whimper during the scene.
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Someone to Remember Him By
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Someone to Remember Him By: John is this for Sarah and Kyle. Though the fact he's also the destined saviour of the human race and there's a Stable Time Loop involved makes it a more complicated case than usual.
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Big Good
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Big Good: John Conner becomes the leader of the human resistance and thus the one responsible for Skynet's defeat. He is also the one who sent Kyle back to protect Sarah.
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Fling a Light into the Future
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Fling a Light into the Future: Cameron describes the romance between Kyle and Sarah as "a candle burning in the darkness of a doomed world".
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Break the Cutie
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Break the Cutie: The entire point to Sarah's Character Development. Note how she goes from being so meek as a waitress to delivering a Pre-Mortem One-Liner to a killer cyborg. But, even more, note how she is so completely wrecked at the end of it all that even touching the dead Terminator's arm is almost too much for her.
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Male Frontal Nudity
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Male Frontal Nudity: There's a brief but clear shot of Arnie's hard drive as he walks naked over to the punks.
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Squashed Flat
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Squashed Flat: Sarah finally destroys the T-800 for good in a massive industrial press, turning it metal junk.
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Clark Kent Outfit
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Clark Kent Outfit: Michael Biehn is not an especially small man (in fact, he's only two inches shorter than Arnold) and was in pretty good shape at the time of filming so he spends most of the film running around in baggy pants and a long trench coat that's about two sizes too big to make him look skinnier, both to make him look even more like the underdog when facing off against the hulking Terminator, and also to make him look as lean, weak and malnourished as someone living in the Bad Future would realistically be. His body language in the early parts - keeping his head down, crouching, leaning over, or ducking behind cover - really helps to sell him as a slightly ratty-looking potential serial killer, the first time where we actually get to see how ripped Kyle is comes (naturally) when he and Sarah make love for the first time. Conversely, the first outfit the Terminator wears, stolen from those unfortunate thugs at the beginning, is visibly about a size too small for Arnold, drawing further attention to his bulging muscles and makes him look even more hulking and enormous than he already is.
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Early Installment Weirdness
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Early Installment Weirdness: The time jump is depicted by only blue lightning and doesn't include the sphere which instantly destroys whatever it touches nearby. Ginger's boyfriend tries to fight the Terminator when he bursts into their house. It is, of course, a Curbstomp Battle, but he somehow manages to keep the Terminator occupied for a good half minute or so, even managing to shove the Terminator backwards a few steps at one point. In later Terminator media, any human going up against a Terminator in hand-to-hand would get killed pretty much instantly. The zombie-like decay seen on the Terminator over the course of the film as he takes damage isn't seen again in later films or media, and some Terminator media such as The Sarah Connor Chronicles even mention that Terminator living tissue has a moderate capacity for self-regeneration, and by Terminator Genisys an entire missing arm's worth of flesh can grow back, given enough time (several years). Possibly justified that, according to Reese (at least in the original timeline), Terminators with real skin are relatively new, so Skynet presumably was unable to create regenerative skin by the time it is defeated. Another possiblity is that unlike the later Terminators, this one took alot of damage over a span of time, the others didn't take Robotic Reveal damage until not long until their destruction, along with Sarah in T2 actually cleaning the wounds "Uncle Bob" took, whereas the Original didn't "care" about the damage it was taking, with being actual living tissue this allowed infection to set in and rot the skin. Or, as John pushes the date to judgement day to much further in the future each time, the medical tech to create more durable, regenerating skin is easier made. Arnie has more facial expressions than in later movies, where there's more emphasis on a Terminator's emotionless facade, with the reactions evolving as they interact more with humans. Justified, as this Terminator's CPU is in read-only mode. The climax looks like something that you would usually see in a horror movie. While later films are similar in that they have a Terminator cornering the protagonists in an enclosed space, their climaxes are more action-oriented than this movie's. So far, this is the only Terminator film where a T-800 from the future isn't portrayed by Arnie, but his friend Franco Columbu. Every disguised T-800 are portrayed by Arnold after this film. The film itself is also unusual compared to its successors in the sense that it's played much closer to a horror film than an action film, even following some Slasher Movie tropes; Wikipedia even used to classify it as a horror movie, to boot. On a production quality scale, this was an independent film with a lower budget, to the point that Cameron had no permit to film the final shot, and had to lie to the police that he was doing his son's film school project in order to get the work done. This was in contrast to the big-budgeted, visual effects-laden studio sequels.
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Pre-Mortem One-Liner
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Pre-Mortem One-Liner: "You're terminated, fucker!" So says Sarah after luring the Terminator into a hydraulic press.
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Trashcan Bonfire
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Trashcan Bonfire: While Sarah is dreaming of the post-apocalyptic future, several can be seen in the underground area where the humans are hiding.
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Guns Akimbo
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Guns Akimbo: The T-800 with an SPAS-12 in the left hand and an AR-18 in the right, neither of which is even supposed to be shot one-handed. Being a cyborg from the future with computerized targeting and superhuman strength, the T-800 even uses both his AMT Hardballer Longslide and Uzi 9 mm one-handed at the Tech Noir scene with his other hand free.
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Who Needs Their Whole Body?
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Who Needs Their Whole Body?: The T-800 continues to pursue Sarah Connor after Kyle Reese blows its legs off with a pipe bomb.
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Combat Breakdown
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Combat Breakdown: A very drawn-out example happens during the final encounter with the Terminator. Both it and the heroes begin with a car chase. Then both vehicles crash. Kyle was shot during the chase, and the Terminator is then hit and dragged by a truck, leaving both with a limp. The pair runs into a factory to try and lose the Terminator, but wind up trapped and forced to fight in close combat. A resulting explosion leaves the Terminator blown in half, Kyle dead, and Sarah with a severely injured leg. Sarah and the Terminator are both reduced to crawling and the chase continues.
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All Therapists Are Muggles
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All Therapists Are Muggles: Dr. Silberman isn't for one moment going to take stories of time-traveling killer cyborgs seriously.
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Monster Threat Expiration
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Monster Threat Expiration: Justified Trope; it made sense that the Terminator was getting weaker by the end, due to all the damage it has slowly been accumulating throughout the movie. The suspense lay in the fact that the heroes had been getting hurt and killed too. The Terminator also loses the ability to run after its flesh component was scorched, and pursues Sarah and Kyle on foot at a speed of no greater than 2 mph.
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Coincidental Broadcast
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Coincidental Broadcast: After the Terminator kills several victims, the police make sure that there's a news broadcast about the killed Sarah Connors. When Sarah is fetched from the restaurant, the newscaster conveniently adds "To recap:" and then repeats the entire story.
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Police are Useless
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Police are Useless: Downplayed. The police are shown to be highly intelligent, figuring out the pattern of the killings almost immediately, take advantage of the power of the press to warn Sarah Connor, and can readily explain the mysterious gunman's seeming invulnerability. They're just Wrong Genre Savvy. Furthermore, their armament in the precinct station (up to M16 rifles) demonstrates they're definitely ready for most disturbances. Unfortunately, the Terminator is just too tough for them. After the police station massacre, a radio newscaster reports that a state-wide manhunt for the Terminator was underway. Played straight when a terrified Sarah tries to contact the police from Tech Noir. She calls the LAPD emergency line and is put on hold. After trying for a while to get help she gives up and calls Ginger, explaining, "I tried the police and they keep transferring me around."
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With My Hands Tied
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With My Hands Tied: Averted; Kyle knocks out a policeman with his hands cuffed behind his back, and apparently takes off the cuffs that way too, using the keys on the policeman's belt.
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Central Theme
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Central Theme: As stated by James Cameron himself... Fling a Light into the Future: Cameron describes the romance between Kyle and Sarah as "a candle burning in the darkness of a doomed world". Save This Person, Save the World: A seemingly unremarkable person can become far more important than they ever imagined.
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Clarke's Third Law
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Clarke's Third Law: The police dismiss Sarah's claims of the Terminators abilities through mundane explanations, suggesting that PCP exaggerates strength and Feels No Pain while being able to shrug off gunshots due to body armor. This attitude leads into the Terminator conducting a raid on the police station, proving Kyle and Sarah's claims.
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Rapid-Fire Nail Biting
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Rapid-Fire Nail Biting: Sarah Connor is chewing her nails while watching a police video of Kyle Reese's interrogation.
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Florence Nightingale Effect
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Florence Nightingale Effect: Reese gets shot and Sarah notices it after what must have been an hour or so seeing as how they drove until they ran out of gas. Cue Major Injury Underreaction from Reese. Sarah flips out of course and proceeds to bandage up his arm, apparently oblivious to the obvious Male Gaze she's getting. It's a pretty important scene for their relationship, as Sarah finds out Reese's first name.
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Death by Sex
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Death by Sex: Sarah Connor's roommate Ginger and her boyfriend have just finished making love when the Terminator breaks in looking for Sarah. Kyle Reese makes love with Sarah before the climatic fight. He even says that John's father, i.e. him died before Judgement Day. This is foreshadowing.
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Sequel Hook
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Sequel Hook: Reese explains the history of SkyNet and Cyberdyne. The Smoke and Fire Factory at the end of the climax is revealed as a Cyberdyne building in a deleted scene.
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Freeze-Frame Bonus
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In the novelization, Kyle deliberately shoots the Terminator's arm after it had its laser sight pointed at Sarah. If he'd shot it anywhere else, it would have killed her anyway. This shot is the one that injured its arm in the scene we see later. Further, this fact is actually included in the film but Kyle's amazing shot is very obscured by a Freeze-Frame Bonus. In slow motion, you can actually see the shotgun slug knock the Terminator's arm away just as it fires.
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Finger-Twitching Revival
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Finger-Twitching Revival: Reese shoots the Terminator several times with a sawed-off shotgun when it tries to move in on Sarah in Tech Noir. Shortly after it hits the floor, its fingers twitch, offering the audience their first clue that the big scary guy isn't human.
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Heroic Sacrifice
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Happens again after Reese's Heroic Sacrifice. Sarah gets a few seconds to mourn his death...and then the top half of the Terminator sits up and reaches for her.
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Pink Girl, Blue Boy
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Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Kyle wears a blue jacket that goes with Sarah's pink shirt.
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Drone of Dread
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Drone of Dread: A frightful metallic-sounding droning theme plays as the Terminator prepares to shoot Sarah Connor in the night club.
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A Storm Is Coming
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A Storm Is Coming: In the final moments of the film, while Sarah is waiting at a gas station, a Mexican child takes her photo (the same one that Kyle later sees and falls in love with her from). Right after, the child mentions the incoming storm in Spanish, which the gas station attendant translates to Sarah as a storm is coming; the pregnant Sarah replies "I know."
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Gun Porn
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Gun Porn: When the T-800 purchases firearms at a gun store, the owner compliments its knowledge of weapons, and adds that all that heavy weaponry is ideal for home defense.
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Uncanny Valley
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Uncanny Valley: Deliberately invoked by Arnold's make-up artists. Not only was his face liberally sprayed with vaseline to give his skin a faux-artificial appearance, but his eyebrows were shaved to subtly creep out the viewer even more. In-story, the Terminator gets his eyebrows removed when Reese blows up a car and it runs through the flames anyway. That's also when Reese makes The Reveal about the Terminator's cyborg nature. The survivors identified the 600 series by their rubber skin and such.
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Missed Him by That Much
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Missed Him by That Much: The police car parked outside Sarah and Ginger's apartment leaves in response to a radio call, and the Terminator arrives a moment later. Not that the officer could have been much of a deterrent in any case. Silberman scoffs at the prospects of the Terminator, and he leaves just as the Terminator arrives at the station. He's looking at his pager when it first walks in. In Tech Noir, Sarah knocks over a bottle and bends down behind a table to pick it from the ground just when the Terminator turns to look in her direction. He sees her shortly after, so the trope only serves to draw out the suspense.
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Cool Code of Source
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Cool Code of Source: The T-800 has 6502 assembly code scrolling on the Robo Cam. 6502 Assembly code, generally acknowledged as Apple II code originally taken from Nibble Magazine.
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Stealth Hi/Bye
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Stealth Hi/Bye: Kyle is shown frantically trying to restart his car after making the Terminator crash into a wall, but when he's arrested and the police advance on the stolen cop car, the Terminator has vanished.
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Bullets Do Not Work That Way
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Bullets Do Not Work That Way: There's a take that averts this trope and ends up cooler because of it: when the T-800 is killing its way through the police station, one doomed Officer Red Shirt hits it with a revolver shot that passes right through and spiderwebs the glass partition behind it.
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Burn Baby Burn
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Burn Baby Burn: Sarah Connor's picture burns in a symbolic manner in one of Kyle's dreams.
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Invoked Trope
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Deliberately invoked by Arnold's make-up artists. Not only was his face liberally sprayed with vaseline to give his skin a faux-artificial appearance, but his eyebrows were shaved to subtly creep out the viewer even more. In-story, the Terminator gets his eyebrows removed when Reese blows up a car and it runs through the flames anyway. That's also when Reese makes The Reveal about the Terminator's cyborg nature.
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Serial Killer
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Serial Killer: The film starts with the Terminator systematically killing any woman in a given area with the name "Sarah Connor".
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Time-Travel Tense Trouble
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Time-Travel Tense Trouble: Sarah has a problem with Reese telling her of all the things she hasn't done yet. It can make a person go crazy.
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Enemy Rising Behind
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Enemy Rising Behind: This is how we get the first look at the Terminator's real body.
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Coconut Superpowers
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Coconut Superpowers: The film was originally conceived as a Robot War film set in The Future. Cameron was a nobody at that time, so he got a measly budget for the production. In order to save the little money he had, James clad the robot in human skin (so he could use a live actor) and moved the action into the present. Awesomeness ensued.
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"Be Quiet!" Nudge: Lt. Traxler gives one to Det. Vukovich when he starts telling an unnecessary story to Sarah in the police station while they are explaining how the Terminator could have done the things she said it did.
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You Have to Believe Me!
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You Have to Believe Me!: Played for Drama when Reese loses his patience at Silberman and starts Suddenly SHOUTING! and Spiking the Camera.
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From Bad to Worse
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From Bad to Worse: Almost stated word for word by the narration of Reese's thoughts in the novel. Reese was expecting that the model sent to kill Sarah was a T-700, which would have been bad enough. But when he saw how fast it got up after being shot through a window, he knew that he was fighting something much, much worse than a 700.
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Voicemail Confusion
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Voicemail Confusion: Sarah Connor's voicemail greeting. Subverted in that no one is fooled by it, and played for irony in that the message's joke is that "you're talking to a machine" when the Terminator is calling.
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Shell-Shocked Veteran
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Shell-Shocked Veteran: Sarah Connor, is indeed shaken by her experience with the terminator. John has some of this in his character as well, due to being raised the way he has, and being prepared for it by his mother. Kyle Reese, obviously, given that he was in a SkyNet work camp complete with a tattoo before he was liberated by John Connor and even afterward spent all of his time either fighting against SkyNet's machines or hiding from them. Everyone in Kyle's flashback has varying degrees of Shell-Shockedness.
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Reckless Gun Usage
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Reckless Gun Usage: Intentionally invoked in the gun shop scene. Artistic License – Gun Safety is partially averted, with the owner telling the T-800 he needs to wait two weeks to purchase the handguns, and getting alarmed when he starts loading the shotgun. note He still makes some really dumb mistakes, though, see Too Dumb to Live below.
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Bullying a Dragon
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Terminator invokes this upon the police officer who kept telling him to go away and refused to let him see Sarah. This is what Terminator meant when he said "I'll be back".
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Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!
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Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Sarah looks up Cyberdyne System's address in a phone book, which was actually filmed but not used in the film, though it can certainly be speculated that it happened after watching the sequel. Together, she and Kyle concoct a plan to blow up Cyberdyne and stop the rise of SkyNet . The Terminator follows them. The Terminator's remains, including the chip, are found at Cyberdyne, where they are taken to be studied, which leads to the development of Skynet.
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Establishing Character Moment
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Establishing Character Moment: The T-800 punking three punks during one of its first scenes when they don't comply and become confrontational. It comes across them naked, displaying a decidedly non-human behaviour, it is unaffected by a knife thrust and then delivers a gruesome blow to one with its bare hands.
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BFG
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BFG: The future Terminator's laser cannon.
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Artistic License – Law
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Artistic License – Law: The T-800 obtains a fully automatic AR-18 and Uzi, which is also equipped with the short barrel. Neither could be sold over the counter, even in 1984. However, short dummy barrels were often installed in Uzi Carbines to entice buyers but were always sold with the legal 16" barrels, and as James Cameron explained in a letter to Soldier of Fortune (and later in the novelisation), they were a civilian AR-180 and a semi-auto Uzi Carbine which the T-800 converted to full auto using tools stolen earlier.
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Frickin' Laser Beams
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Frickin' Laser Beams: The infamous "phased plasma rifle in the 40 watt range" that we see in one of the future-flashbacks. Weirdly enough, the way it's portrayed is somewhat inconsistent: in closeup shots of the Terminator firing, we see and hear standard bullet sounds and muzzle flashes, in shots of the panicked people running for cover we hear the classic "pew pew" sounds as lasers fly by.
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What Happened to the Mouse?
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What Happened to the Mouse?: Sarah had a pet iguana, good for a Cat Scare in the first film. What happened to it? And was the dog at the end of the first film Max in the second film (he'd be pretty elderly)?
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Bait-and-Switch
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Bait-and-Switch After the Robot War, a shot of a menacing robot turns out to be a garbage truck. Sarah cowers under a desk while the Terminator rampages through the police station. A menacing shadow appears outside, tests the handle, smashes the window... it's Kyle. During the future flashback, a family appears to be watching television, until a Reveal Shot shows they've lit a fire inside the smashed television set.
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Plasma Cannon
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Plasma Cannon: While ordering guns the T-800 asks for a phased plasma rifle in the 40 watt range. Presumably the ray guns seen in the future sequences are the plasma weapon that the Terminator was asking for.
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'80s Hair
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'80s Hair: The scene where Sarah and her roommate are primping at home could be put in a time capsule as evidence of 1980s hair.
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There Is No Kill Like Overkill
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There Is No Kill Like Overkill: A staple of the franchise. The Terminator gets blown up twice, run over at least twice, and shot God knows how many times, and is still chasing after Sarah. It takes her luring it into a massive industrial press that flattens it into paste before it's finally dead.
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Stalker with a Crush
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Stalker with a Crush: Zig Zagged Trope; crazy-eyed Kyle is following Sarah about like a nutty stalker, then we discover it's his mission to protect her. After they become Fire-Forged Friends, Kyle reveals that it's actually played straight, as he'd volunteered for this one-way mission because he really does have a creepy obsession with her. Fortunately by the time he blurts this out, Sarah is entirely receptive to his plight.
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Now I Know What to Name Him
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Now I Know What to Name Him: The Trope Namer occurs after Kyle tells Sarah about John, her future son.
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Asshole Victim
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Asshole Victim: The T-800's encounter with several thugs goes deadly when one of the thugs stabs the cyborg, who responds by ripping his heart out. This is the first hint the the cyborg is not to be fucked with, and that thug is unlikely to be mourned because of it.
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Battle Discretion Shot
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Battle Discretion Shot: Detective Vukovich is blasted with a spray of rifle bullets and buckshot. The only evidence of his death is a split-second grunt.
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Guilt-Free Extermination War
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Guilt-Free Extermination War: The machines versus the humans. Nobody expects one side to surrender.
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You Have Outlived Your Usefulness
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You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: T-800 after collecting all the (non-plasma) guns he can acquire from the gun store owner uses the latter as target practice with his SPAS-12.
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Monster Munch
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Monster Munch: The three punks at the beginning, with a touch of Asshole Victim. The fate of the less antagonistic one is ambiguous. The novelization has him killed too after he hands over his clothes.
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Abduction Is Love
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Abduction Is Love: Kyle Reese falls in love with Sarah and they become close - this being after she violently resists his rescue attempt at first.
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A-Team Firing
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A-Team Firing: Zig-Zagged. Like most 80s action films, most characters fire everything from the hip, and how effective it is depends on who they're shooting at. Reese, Vudovich, and several others hit the Terminator dead-on with hip-fire, but of course, it has little effect. The Terminator, meanwhile, both hip fires and uses proper aiming techniques, which works fine against the police, but is less effective against our heroes.
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Shotguns Are Just Better
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Shotguns Are Just Better: The only firearm that is able to do any kind of damage to the T-800 is Reese's Ithica 37 shotgun that he steals from a police car, and even that is only able to knock it down and disable it for a few seconds. The Terminator also uses a shotgun (A SPAS-12) to murder the gun shop owner and kill several cops in the police station shootout.
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Bodyguard Crush
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Bodyguard Crush: Kyle's attraction to Sarah is what conceives John Connor in the first place. John showed her a picture of her which lead to him volunteering for the mission.
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Rewatch Bonus
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Rewatch Bonus: When Sarah asks Kyle what her future son looks like, Kyle replies that John is about his own height but with Sarah's eyes. This becomes rather sweet when you realize that Kyle is John's father.
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555
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555: The number at the nightclub that Sarah is hiding at, and the number of the motel where she hides with Kyle.
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Villains Blend in Better
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Villains Blend in Better: Early in the film, the T-800 has a much easier time securing a disguise, weapons etc., while Reese seems to be simply lucky. This is because A) Reese, having grown up after the war, knows little about pre-apocalypse society, while the Terminator can presumably draw on files given to it by Skynet and B) the Terminator can simply take what it wants due to being unstoppable by 20th Century standards. Averted later on, as Reese slowly regains some humanity (better highlighted in deleted scenes) while the Terminator loses its humanity, with even its flesh starting to rot.
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Zipping Up the Bodybag
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Zipping Up the Bodybag: Done to Kyle Reese after the climactic battle.note The body bag is actually a suit bag owned by director James Cameron.
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Death by Irony
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Death by Irony: The Terminator is ultimately destroyed by an unstoppable, remorseless machine. In this case, a large pneumatic press that Sarah lures him into.
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Foreshadowing
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The titular character when he runs over a children's toy to establish that he is evil. Never mind that he'd already killed (at least) two people in exceptionally ruthless fashion. It becomes a bit of foreshadowing, since the toy semi is the same model as the real one the Terminator will drive later in the movie.
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Get Out!
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Get Out!: After getting run over, the T-800 says this to a truck driver. He quickly obliges.
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Door Handle Scare
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Door Handle Scare: Subverted. When the T-800 assaults the police station, Sarah hides in a room under a desk. Then we see a shadow approaching the door, the camera closes up on the door handle getting turned. Then the window gets smashes in. It's not the T-800 but Reese.
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What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
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What Could Possibly Go Wrong?: "There's over 30 cops in this building. You're perfectly safe here."
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Eye Scream
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Eye Scream: The T-800's "self-repair" scene, where he cuts his damaged left eye out with an X-Acto knife.
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Neverending Terror
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Neverending Terror: This is the nightmare Sarah Connor faces. Now that she has this unstoppable Killer Robot after her, she must live in fear for the rest of her life. She has to be careful of every action, every person she meets, every little detail, or it will find and kill her. Even the hero of the story, Kyle Reese, believes that there's no hope of destroying it, and that even if they do, in the original script, he knows that it's possible another will come someday. Deleted scenes have Sarah come to realize this problem and decide that, if she has no hope of outrunning this thing forever, she's at least going take its creator, Skynet, down with her by blowing up the company responsible for creating it.
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Naked People Are Funny
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Naked People Are Funny: The punks in the beginning are amused by the nakedness of the T-800 and tease it a little; "Nice night for a walk, wash day tomorrow, nothing clean, right?". It gets gruesome afterwards.
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Gender Is No Object
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Gender Is No Object: We see at least one female human soldier in the future setting.
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Shoot Out the Lock
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Shoot Out the Lock: The Terminator shoots out a door lock with his SPAS-12 during the police station assault. Could count as Early Installment Weirdness as in later movies a Terminator can knock steel doors off their hinges. Perhaps it's because he had his hands full at the time.
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Rule of Three
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Rule of Three: We think the Terminator is dead once, then twice, then finally it sticks when Sarah remembers to deliver a simultaneous Pre-Mortem One-Liner and Precision F-Strike.
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Red Eyes, Take Warning
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Red Eyes, Take Warning: The T-800, once its red optical sensors are exposed. Made even more chilling with the red-tinted display when the T-800's perspective is shown.
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Near-Villain Victory
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Near-Villain Victory: The Terminator comes insanely close to murdering Sarah Connor in the Tech Noir club and accomplishing SkyNet's mission. He scours the club, and when he finally spots Sarah, the scene shifts to slow-mo with a droning metallic theme in the background. He calmly walks over and targets his gun's laser sight directly at her head, as Kyle grabs his shotgun from across the room and frantically tries to get the other people out of the way. The Terminator is less than a second from blowing her brains all over the floor when Kyle blasts him. If the viewer pays close attention, the Terminator actually fired and missed Sarah due to the impact of Kyle's shot throwing off his balance by a few inches.
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Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!
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Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Had the Terminator not attacked the police station, Kyle would have been carted off to jail (or at least an asylum) and Sarah would have gone home with her mother, where the machine could have found and killed her easily. By attacking the police station, it gives Reese a chance to rescue Sarah and go on the run instead.
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Big Badass Rig
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Big Badass Rig: The T-800 chases down the main characters in an International Harvester Transtar fuel truck.
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I Ate WHAT?!
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I Ate WHAT?!: Averted; Ed Traxler drinks a cup coffee that's been cold for hours, and doesn't react when Vukovich tells him he put a cigarette out in it.
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Bottomless Magazines
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Bottomless Magazines: Noticeably averted with reloading scenes or magazines running empty. An exception is the parking garage chase where sloppy editing caused Arnold to fire numerous times from a pump-action shotgun without racking the slide or inserting more shells. Or driving. Also it's not clear where Kyle Reese got the spare shells to reload his shotgun, since he is not shown taking any spare ammo when he steals it from the police cruiser early in the film. One must assume that at some point between then and the shootout at the Tech Noir, Reese must have found some way to acquire more ammo, perhaps by stealing it from a sporting goods store.
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Too Dumb to Live
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Too Dumb to Live: The owner of the gun shop leaves a box of shotgun shells on the counter where the Terminator can just take them, apparently not at all suspicious of a guy dressed like a street punk (in a time when dressing that way stereotyped you as a violent thug to begin with...) buying that many high-powered firearms all at once. The street punks whom the T-800 mugged for their clothes. In fairness to them, they could not have known it was a killer cyborg from the future but he was still a really muscular guy who did not appear mentally stable. When Sarah and Kyle are on the run, Kyle repeatedly informs Sarah not to contact anyone she knows because the Terminator will find a way to use that to track them down. Sarah is understandably worried about her mother and calls her anyway, vaguely warning her to get out of her house. But, that's not the dumb part; concern for her mother is natural. Where it becomes outright dumb is when Sarah calls her mother again and allows herself to be guilt-tripped into giving out the phone number of the motel she and Kyle are staying in. Then it turns out that the voice on the other end is the Terminator, and he immediately hangs up and calls the motel to get an address. Oops.
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Run or Die
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Run or Die: Definitely how the T-800 is treated — attempting to take it in a straight-up fight is suicide.
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Evil Is Bigger
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Evil Is Bigger: Michael Biehn is not an especially small guy (in fact, he's only two inches shorter than Schwarzenegger) but he looks like a skinny teenager next to the hulking, musclebound Terminator, who looks like he could snap the petite Linda Hamilton in half with one hand.
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Robot War
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When Sarah asks Kyle about John Connor, Kyle tells her that John is about his height but has her eyes. When she asks who the father is, Kyle tells her that he doesn't know much except that he died before the Robot War. But Sarah doesn't want to know. All of this foreshadows that Kyle is John's father, and that he won't survive the film.
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Cop Killer Manhunt
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Cop Killer Manhunt: The T-800 massacres an entire police station in an attempt to get to Sarah Connor. Radio reports later reveal that quite predictably a national manhunt was started for the mysterious gunman. The cops are still looking for the shooter in Terminator 2: Judgment Day to get justice for the officers who were killed on that night.
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Precision F-Strike
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Precision F-Strike: "Fuck you, asshole."
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Slasher Movie
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Slasher Movie: A textbook example of this genre. This movie is fundamentally the story of a implacable Serial Killer who stalks his young female victims by picking their addresses out of a phone book.
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Curb-Stomp Cushion
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Curb-Stomp Cushion: In the future war scenes, humans are typically on the receiving end of the beatdown, but Kyle does manage to destroy an HK Tank. Each encounter with the Terminator results in demonstrating that it does have weaknesses. After the first time it chases Sarah and Kyle, it has to go back to its hideout to repair its arm and eye. After the second shootout, its skin disguise begins to malfunction and rot. After the third chase, it walks with a limp.
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The Quincy Punk
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The Quincy Punk: The movie opens with three stereotypical punks smashing up the Griffith Park Observatory...and then they try to attack the T-800.
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Sawed-Off Shotgun
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Sawed-Off Shotgun: Reese makes one from a pump-action shotgun he steals out of a police car.
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Jump Scare
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Jump Scare: When the half blown apart T-800 jolts up and starts pursuing Sarah again. Complete with Scare Chord.
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A Nazi by Any Other Name
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A Nazi by Any Other Name: The machines in the future are systematic in their genocide. Kyle Reese has a barcode tattoo that is similar in vein to the numbered tattoos given to those imprisoned in Nazi concentration camps.
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Car Fu
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Car Fu: Reese knocks down the Terminator with the pickup truck outside the hotel, giving them time to drive out of the carpark. Sarah uses the pickup to knock down the Terminator on his motorbike, but crashes it in the process. Terminator invokes this upon the police officer who kept telling him to go away and refused to let him see Sarah. This is what Terminator meant when he said "I'll be back".
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Irony
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Irony: After the Terminator kills Ginger and her boyfriend, Sarah phones home but obviously only gets the answering machine, and the Terminator overhears the message she leaves for her late friend. The message Ginger recorded on the machine starts with "Hi there... fooled you! You're talking to a machine. But machines need love too."
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No Place for Me There
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No Place for Me There: A deleted scene had Kyle Reese breaking down in tears as he laments that he doesn't belong in the world of 1984, which to him feels like paradise compared to the hellhole future he comes from. And knowing it was all doomed just made it worse.
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Hope Spot
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Hope Spot: When the gas tanker explodes, supposedly taking the T-800 with it, Kyle and Sarah embrace and triumphant music swells all around them...until the Terminator rises from the flames and they realize that the killing machine is still coming. When Kyle shoves the pipe bomb into the Terminator's torso, he rolls backwards and away quick enough that audience members might have hope he survived the blast. No such luck. It's not clear if it was the blast or the bullet wound that killed him, but he's dead regardless. Happens again after Reese's Heroic Sacrifice. Sarah gets a few seconds to mourn his death...and then the top half of the Terminator sits up and reaches for her.
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Dialogue Tree
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Dialogue Tree: Seen from the T-800's POV in one scene, when it considers its response options to someone inquiring about the smell in the motel it's hiding out in. It eventually decides on "Fuck you, asshole", a phrase learned from the punks.
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Novelization
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Novelization: By Randall Frakes and William Wisher, the latter of whom would co-write the sequel.
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The Dulcinea Effect
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The Dulcinea Effect: Kyle Reese volunteers to go back in time to protect Sarah Connor, who he fell in love with only from stories and a picture he was given by John Connor, knowing there is absolutely no way back and that going up against a Terminator programmed to kill Sarah will most likely result in a violent death. The line in question: "John gave me a picture of you once. I memorized every line. Every curve. I came across time for you, Sarah." Though considering the alternative in the future... and John Connor gave the picture of Sarah to Kyle specifically to elicit this effect... Kyle being his Father thanks to time travel, and all.
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Wake-Up Fighting
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Wake-Up Fighting: Kyle is shown drawing his shotgun the moment he wakes up.
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Low-Speed Chase
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Low-Speed Chase: As mentioned above, the T-800 loses the ability to run after its flesh cover gets scorched, and pursues Sarah and Kyle on foot at a speed of no greater than 2 mph while Sarah and Kyle are injured. Then the T-800 gets reduced to a torso and crawls after Sarah, who's now too injured to stand up and crawls as well to escape the robot.
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Rescue Introduction
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Rescue Introduction: Kyle introduce himself to Sarah by extricating her from Tech Noir just as the T-800 closes in for the kill.
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Ballistic Discount
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Ballistic Discount: The T-800 doesn't ever consider paying the gun store for his new weapons. Just one shot and it leaves.
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What Year Is This?
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What Year Is This?: Appears, although questioning under gunpoint is required to receive the (incomplete) answer. The questioned police officer, whom Kyle Reese has just disarmed, gives him the date and day of the week, but balks and looks confused when Kyle demands to know the year.
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Antagonist Title
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Antagonist Title: Named after the now-famous killer cyborg who tries to kill Sarah Connor. Also the only film in the franchise to use this trope, since the later films divided the title's association between multiple Terminator models and made some of them protagonists.
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Nothing Is Scarier
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Nothing Is Scarier: Intentionally filmed to invoke this. Apart from when he rescues Sarah at Tech Noir and his death, Reese otherwise never appears in the same frame as the Terminator at any other point of the film, instead having the camera focus on either him or the Terminator.
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Screw Destiny
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Screw Destiny: In deleted scenes, there was a sub-plot about Sarah being obsessed with this, after she comes to trust Reese. The final film makes it seem like the two of them wound up at Cyberdyne completely by accident during the Final Battle, but in the original movie, that was their intention. She and Reese planned to use their pipe bombs to blow Cyberdyne up, but were forced to use all of their explosives fighting the Terminator.
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Save This Person, Save the World
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Save This Person, Save the World: A seemingly unremarkable person can become far more important than they ever imagined.
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Ripped from the Phone Book
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Ripped from the Phone Book: To find Sarah Connor's address, both the Terminator and Reese go to a pay phone. Reese rips out the page containing the listing of the three addresses of women named Sarah Connor, while the Terminator merely memorized the addresses.
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Clothing-Concealed Injury
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Clothing-Concealed Injury: During the first car chase between the Terminator and the protagonists, he is hit in the eye by one of Reese's shotgun blasts. After some repair work, he uses his sunglasses cover up the injury.
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After-Action Patch-Up
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After Action Patchup: Sarah bandages Kyle after he gets shot, which enables the pair to bond further.
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Come with Me If You Want to Live
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Come with Me If You Want to Live: The Trope Namer. Here, Reese says it to Sarah just before they escape from Tech Noir.
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Intimate Telecommunications
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Intimate Telecommunications: Sarah's friend Matt calls the house and Sarah answers, but Matt thinks it's his girlfriend Ginger (who lives with Sarah) and tries to have phone sex with her. Sarah decides to mess with him at first and then seriously asks who this is. Matt, clearly embarrassed politely asks for Ginger, to which Sarah obliges. Then when Ginger is on the phone he repeats the exact same following line in the exact same tone.
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Curb-Stomp Battle
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Ginger's boyfriend tries to fight the Terminator when he bursts into their house. It is, of course, a Curbstomp Battle, but he somehow manages to keep the Terminator occupied for a good half minute or so, even managing to shove the Terminator backwards a few steps at one point. In later Terminator media, any human going up against a Terminator in hand-to-hand would get killed pretty much instantly.
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Action Girl
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We never learn exactly what was going on in Reese's first flashback/dream. In particular there is a female soldier fighting alongside Reese who seems to know him personally, although she dies before she gets any dialogue. It also ends with Reese being trapped in a crashed, burning car, and we never find out how he escaped as he wakes up right at that moment.
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Hand Wave
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Hand Wave: Kyle Reese's general ignorance regarding how he was sent back in time. This is invoked twice; once when he is discussing how he got there with Sarah ("one possible future...I don't know tech stuff") and when he is being analyzed by Doctor Silberman ("You go naked. Something about the field generated by a living organism. Nothing dead will go. I didn't build the fucking thing!"). Also averts As You Know.
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Ballroom Blitz
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Ballroom Blitz: Tech Noir gets blitzed, everyone stops their eighties style dancing and runs for the exits. Luckily Kyle was able to "Zero" the T-800 as a result, so it was worth the few dead dancers.
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Artistic License
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Artistic License: May 12, 1984 was a Saturday, not a Thursday. This may be due to the fact that the script was written in 1983, which did have May 12 on Thursday. The pipe bombs Kyle throws at the T-800 during the Car Chase don't seem to do anything more than make a cloud of smoke, even though they would have created tons of shrapnel that would have, at least, popped the bike's tires. Averted later on, as his last two destroy a tanker truck and the Terminator's legs, respectively, with the shrapnel injuring Sarah.
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Cat Scare
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Cat Scare: Sarah bumps into Matt (Matt Scare?) as she leaves her building, and later Ginger is startled by Pugsley the pet lizard.
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Bad Future
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Humanity itself in the Bad Future. Notice how horrible, desperate, and outgunned the survivors are in the future. Now remember that the reason Skynet sends the Terminator is because the humans still win.
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Media Scrum
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Media Scrum: A horde of journalists is pestering the detectives at the police station.
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I Will Only Slow You Down
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I Will Only Slow You Down: Kyle Reese tries this, collapsing from his gunshot wound after Sarah Connor has dragged him into the factory. By this time in the movie Sarah has Took a Level in Badass, so she isn't buying it.
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Sex for Solace
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Sex for Solace: Sarah Connor ends up having sex with Kyle Reese while they're on the run from a killer cyborg, and she had witnessed it murder not only multiple people that she knew, but a whole police station.
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Know When to Fold 'Em
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Know When to Fold 'Em: Despite its reputation as a, well, Determinator...The Terminator knows when it can't win a fight. An injured Terminator escapes from the police when it, Sarah and Kyle crash their cars and goes back to its hideout to perform repairs and get more powerful weapons.
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Reptiles Are Abhorrent
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Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Sarah's roommate Ginger thinks poorly of the pet iguana.
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Poverty Food
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Poverty Food: In a flashback to the future, when Reese returns to the resistance base, we see a woman eating some undefinable mushy substance out of a tin can. We also see a child catching a rodent, clearly intending to eat it.
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Indy Ploy
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Indy Ploy: Just about everything Kyle does. He's up against an unstoppable robot killer with nothing but a shotgun (and later, some pipe bombs), so he doesn't have any grand battle plan.
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Color Wash
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Color Wash: Everything in the Always Night future apocalypse is tinted a cold mechanical blue.
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Unsafe Haven
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Unsafe Haven: Lt. Traxler assures Sarah Connor she'll be safe in the police station since more then 30 officers are on duty inside. Unfortunately, he doesn't know the assailant pursuing Sarah is an armored cyborg from the future that is virtually immune to small arms fire, and he's able to blast his way through the police quite easily.
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Determinator
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Determinator: Both Kyle Reese and, of course, the Terminator, the latter being the Trope Codifier (if not the partial Trope Namer). Kyle wasn't kidding when he said the T-800 absolutely will. not. stop. until it completes its mission. During the climax, Kyle manages to plant a pipebomb that blows the T-800 all to hell sadly killing himself in the process. But then, the 800's upper-half, still intact, was able to regain function and continue after Sarah. It took a hydraulic press to finally stop the damn thing at the last second. Kyle himself will never stop either. It took a pipe bomb explosion to put him down. Humanity itself in the Bad Future. Notice how horrible, desperate, and outgunned the survivors are in the future. Now remember that the reason Skynet sends the Terminator is because the humans still win.
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Only a Flesh Wound
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Only a Flesh Wound: Kyle gets shot by the Terminator while escaping from the police station, but manages to keep driving until their car runs out of gas. Later, he and Sarah hide under a bridge and when she finds out he's shot, he refuses medical attention and says it's "not bad". He's shot again later on, but this one is far more serious as it slowly saps his strength and possibly contributes to his death later.
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make a to do send a pm add to watchlist drop watch go to watchlist Catchphrase
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Catchphrase: Arnold's famous "I'll Be Back."
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Feet-First Introduction
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Feet-First Introduction: The Terminator and Reese when they come from the future. Of course, it's a James Cameron movie.
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Dramatic Gun Cock
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Dramatic Gun Cock: The Slow Motion chambering of their respective weapons by Kyle and the Terminator, as the latter is about to shoot Sarah in Tech Noir.
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Concealment Equals Cover
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Concealment Equals Cover: Averted, as during the Terminator's rampage through the police precinct, he can be seen killing officers by shooting through walls and desks with high-powered, automatic assault rifles and shotguns, exactly as it would happen in real life.
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Parking Garage
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Parking Garage: Reese and the T-800 have a couple of gunfights in one.
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Match Cut
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Match Cut: Used to great effect in the scene where Reese has the dream about the future. The scene first shows a crane in the present and then zooms in to show what look like the crane's treads, until you notice they are running over human skulls... Also used where the future terminator attacks Reese's base, and the picture of Sarah catches on fire. The scene goes from a closeup of the burning picture to the real Sarah's face. Also the barking of the dogs in the future were replaced by a barking of a dog far from where Sarah and Reese are.
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One Steve Limit
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One Steve Limit: Averted; there were three Sarah Connors. Our Sarah was fortunate to be the last in the phone book.
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Artistic License – Cars
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Artistic License – Cars: The pickup Kyle and Sarah steal (a Chevy C10 — 2WD — dressed up like an offroading K10 — 4WD — though this isn't unheard of), when it's flipped over, is missing its drivetrain - it clearly has no engine, transmission or driveshaft.
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Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick
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Used to great effect in the scene where Reese has the dream about the future. The scene first shows a crane in the present and then zooms in to show what look like the crane's treads, until you notice they are running over human skulls...
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Chase Fight
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Chase Fight: The finale is both a chase scene and a fight scene.
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Unbuilt Trope
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Unbuilt Trope: This film set the gold standard for depictions of a chillingly bleak Robot War post-nuclear Bad Future, with its mountains of human skulls, flattened cities patrolled by mechanical horrors, and human survivors living in painfully squalid holes in the ground. In spite of this, it also tempers this seemingly impossible vision of Hopeless War with an unusually optimistic message, the whole point of the movie is that, despite how far they've fallen and how little they have to fight back with, humanity still wins and has Skynet on the ropes so bad that the seemingly invincible machine intelligence gets desperate and has to resort to time travel to save itself.
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War Is Hell
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War Is Hell: You definitely get this impression of soul-crushing gloom in Kyle's future-flashbacks.
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Sinister Switchblade
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Sinister Switchblade: The three punk hoodlums at the start pull switchblades on the Terminator when he threatens them. Obviously, since they're really Underestimating Badassery, he doesn't even flinch from getting stabbed.
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How the Mighty Have Fallen
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How the Mighty Have Fallen: The humans in Kyle's flashback, huddling underground hiding from the HK's and Reduced to Ratburgers.
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Laser Sight
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Laser Sight: "The .45 longslide, with laser sighting." At the time, laser sights were nowhere near as common as they are now, and Arnold had to hide the battery up his sleeve. Of course, this invites the question as to why an advanced cyborg with night vision who can probably calculate the ballistics of a round would need to use a laser sight. But it does give a cool Impending Doom P.O.V. when Sarah Connor's vision goes red as the Terminator puts the laser dot right between her eyes.
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Kill the Lights
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Kill the Lights: The Terminator goes hunting for Sarah Connor through the precinct station when he notices the electrical closet. When he arrives at the police station, Terminator switches off the power, plunging the building into darkness, a tactic to make it harder for Sarah to escape, and easier for the Terminator to massacre the police opposition. However, Terminator's method of killing the power generator by sabotaging it with electricity caused a fire to happen, and Terminator doesn't even put out the fire. The fire spreads out and helps Kyle and Sarah see while escaping from the police station.
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Love Before First Sight
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Love Before First Sight: Reese claims to have fallen for a photograph of Sarah. The photo was in fact taken of Sarah while she was thinking of what to tell John about his father...Reese.
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Beauty Is Never Tarnished
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Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Sarah retains immaculate hair throughout the entire movie, despite all the stressful and traumatic action she's subjected to. In one of Kyle's flashbacks of the future, a fellow Resistance fighter removes her helmet to reveal that perfect makeup that hasn't been hindered by the apocalypse.
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Sensory Overload
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Sensory Overload: When Kyle and Sarah run into Cyberdyne, he creates cover for their movements by turning on every machine in the automated factory. When the Terminator pursues, it initially can't find them because there's too much movement to get a fix on them. Unfortunately, Sarah ruins it by accidentally activating a machine the Terminator knows isn't automated.
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Evil-Detecting Dog
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Evil-Detecting Dog: Dogs are shown to bark like crazy whenever a Terminator is present. Kyle notes that in 2029, they use them to screen survivors attempting to enter human refuges and a pack of them go wild in the flashback scene where one gets in and starts slaughtering people.
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Pet the Dog
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Pet the Dog: A small hint that Kyle isn't just a dedicated soldier but a genuinely decent man comes in one of the future flashbacks (flashforwards?) when a kid pops up with a toy gun and makes "pew, pew" noises at him, and Kyle playfully points his gun at the kid and pretends to take cover.
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Shown Their Work
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Shown Their Work: Arnold Schwarzenegger underwent weeks of weapons training before starting the film and wound up garnering a compliment from Soldier of Fortune magazine for his realistic handling of the weapons on camera (also something of a minor Moment of Awesome, because Soldier of Fortune usually ridicules movies for their unrealistic weapon handling). Also, Schwarzenegger served in the Austrian Army (he actually went AWOL at one point to win his first bodybuilding competition), so he already had some knowledge of firearms. Also seen when cars are hot-wired realistically.
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