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The Terminator (Character)
from Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

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Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)
Terminator: Katherine Brewster? Have you sustained injury?
Kate Brewster: Drop dead, you asshole!
Terminator: I am unable to comply.

Terminator: [after inspecting John Connor] No sign of brain trauma.
John Connor: Yeah I'm fine, thanks.

John Connor: Do you even remember me? Sarah Connor? Blowing up Cyberdyne? Hasta la vista, baby? Ring any bells?
Terminator: That was a different T-101.
John Connor: What, do you guys come off an assembly line or something?
Terminator: Exactly.
John Connor: Oh man, I'm gonna have to teach you everything all over again.

[to T-X]
Terminator: You are terminated.

John Connor: [choking on tear gas]
John Connor: Just leave me here. I'm not the one you want. You're wasting your time.
Terminator: Incorrect. John Connor leads the resistance to victory.
John Connor: How? Why? Why me?
Terminator: You are John Connor.
John Connor: Christ! My mom fed me that bullshit since the cradle! Look at me! I'm no leader! I never was! I'm never gonna...
John Connor: [is choked by Terminator]
John Connor: Let go!
Terminator: You're right. You're not the one I want. I'm wasting my time.
John Connor: Fuck you, you fucking machine!
Terminator: [releases John] Better.
John Connor: What, you were just dicking with me?
Terminator: Anger is more useful than despair.
John Connor: What?
Terminator: Basic psychology is among my sub-routines.

Terminator: I'm back.

Terminator: It was Katherine Brewster who reprogrammed me and sent me back through the time displacement field.
John Connor: Why didn't I send you back?
Terminator: I'm not authorized to answer your questions.
Kate Brewster: Why didn't he send you back?
Terminator: He was dead.
John Connor: Oh, well that sucks.

[the Terminator walks into a strip club to look for clothes]
Terminator: Take off your clothes.
Male Stripper: Patience, honey.
[the T-101 steps up onto the stage]
Male Stripper: Whoa, bitch. Wait your turn.
Terminator: Your clothes.
Male Stripper: Talk to the hand.
[the T-101 grabs his hand and speaks to it]
Terminator: Now.

Terminator: She'll be back.

John Connor: So... she's an anti-Terminator Terminator? You've got to be shitting me.
Terminator: No, I am not shitting you.

[John is holding a gun to his head]
Terminator: You cannot self-terminate.
John Connor: No, you can't. I can do anything I want. I'm a human being, not some god-damn robot.
Terminator: [correcting him] Cybernetic organism.
John Connor: Whatever! Either we go, and save her Dad, or so much for the Great John Conner. Because your future, my destiny, I want no part in it, I never did.
Terminator: Based on your pupil dilation, skin temperature, and motor functions, I calculate an 83% probability that you will not pull the trigger.

Terminator: Desire is irrelevant. I am a machine.

John Connor: What is your mission?
Terminator: To... ensure the survival... of John Connor... and Katherine Brewster.
John Connor: You are about to fail that mission.

Gas Station Cashier: Hey! Are you gonna pay for that?
Terminator: [raises palm to cashier] Talk to the hand.

Terminator: John Connor. It is time.
John Connor: Are you here to kill me?
Terminator: No. You must live.

John Connor: The T-X, can you find a way to destroy it?
Terminator: Unlikely. I'm an obsolete design.

Terminator: Your levity is good, it relieves tension and the fear of death.

John Connor: Tell her who I am.
Terminator: John Connor is the leader of the worldwide resistance and last hope for mankind.

Terminator: Where's John Connor?
Kate Brewster: If I tell you, do you promise to let me go?
Terminator: Yes.
Kate Brewster: He's, he's in the kennel. In a cage.
[the Terminator goes to close the trunk]
Kate Brewster: Hey. You said you'd let me go.
Terminator: I lied.

John Connor: Thank you.
Terminator: [last words to John] We'll meet again.

Robert Brewster: Skynet? The virus has infected Skynet?
John Connor: Skynet IS the virus. It's the reason everything's falling apart!
Terminator: Skynet has become self aware. In one hour it will initiate a massive nuclear attack on its enemy.
Robert Brewster: What enemy?
John Connor: Us! Humans!

[Kate points a gun at the Terminator, and threatens to shoot him]
John Connor: Go ahead. See what happens.
[she fires at the Terminator, who then spits out the bullet]
Terminator: Don't do that.

John Connor: No, you shouldn't exist. We took out Cyberdyne over ten years ago. We stopped Judgment Day.
Terminator: You only postponed it. Judgment Day is inevitable.

Terminator: We must reaquire Katherine Brewster.
John Connor: Why? What makes her so goddamn important?
Terminator: Through her, you make contact with remnants of the U.S. military and learn how to fight Skynet, forming the core of the Resistance. Later your children will become important.
John Connor: Whoa. What?
Terminator: She's your wife.

Kate Brewster: John, what is he saying?
John Connor: Judgment Day. The end of the world. It's today, three hours from now.
Terminator: Two hours and fifty-three minutes.

Kate Brewster: What exactly am I in this future of yours?
Terminator: You're John Connor's spouse and second-in-command.
Kate Brewster: [Shaking her head, clearly not pleased to hear that] No, I...
[looks at John]
John Connor: What?
Kate Brewster: [to John] You're a mess.
John Connor: Hey, you're not exactly my type, either.

[the Terminator tosses his damaged power cell out the car window. The cell then explodes in a small mushroom cloud]
Terminator: When ruptured, the fuel cells become unstable. Relax.
Kate Brewster: [screaming from the back] Help! Let me out!
Terminator: [firmly, to Kate] Relax!

Gas Station Cashier: Hey are you gonna pay for that?
[the Terminator looks at him puts his hand up]
Terminator: Talk to the hand.

Terminator: Get off.

Terminator: I'll drive.

Terminator: Get out.

Terminator: Excuse me.

Terminator: Get down.

Terminator: Get down !

Terminator: We need a new vehicle.

John Connor: Thank you.
Terminator: We'll meet again. Go !

Terminator: John Connor. It is time.
John Connor: Are you here to kill me ?
Terminator: No. You must live.

Terminator: Get off !

Terminator: I'll drive !

Terminator: Get out !

Terminator: Excuse me !

Terminator: Desire is irrelevant ! I am a machine !

Terminator: I'm back !

Terminator: You are terminated !


Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
The Terminator: In three years, Cyberdyne will become the largest supplier of military computer systems. All stealth bombers are upgraded with Cyberdyne computers, becoming fully unmanned. Afterwards, they fly with a perfect operational record. The Skynet Funding Bill is passed. The system goes online August 4th, 1997. Human decisions are removed from strategic defense. Skynet begins to learn at a geometric rate. It becomes self-aware at 2:14 a.m. Eastern time, August 29th. In a panic, they try to pull the plug.
Sarah Connor: Skynet fights back.
The Terminator: Yes. It launches its missiles against the targets in Russia.
John Connor: Why attack Russia? Aren't they our friends now?
The Terminator: Because Skynet knows that the Russian counterattack will eliminate its enemies over here.

John Connor: No, no, no, no. You gotta listen to the way people talk. You don't say "affirmative," or some shit like that. You say "no problemo." And if someone comes on to you with an attitude you say "eat me." And if you want to shine them on it's "hasta la vista, baby."
The Terminator: Hasta la vista, baby.
John Connor: Yeah but later, dickwad. And if someone gets upset you say, "chill out"! Or you can do combinations.
The Terminator: Chill out, dickwad.
John Connor: Great! See, you're getting it!
The Terminator: No problemo.

John Connor: We're not gonna make it, are we? People, I mean.
The Terminator: It's in your nature to destroy yourselves.
John Connor: Yeah. Major drag, huh?

[One-armed and battered after confronting the T-1000]
The Terminator: I need a vacation.

John Connor: Wait a minute here. You're telling me that this thing can imitate anything it touches?
The Terminator: Anything it samples by physical contact.
John Connor: Get real, like it could disguise itself as a pack of cigarettes?
The Terminator: No, only an object of equal size.
John Connor: Then why doesn't it become a bomb or a machine gun or something to get me?
The Terminator: The T-1000 can't form complex machines. Guns and explosives have chemicals in them. Moving parts. It doesn't work that way, but it can form solid metal shapes.
John Connor: Like what?
The Terminator: Knives and stabbing weapons.

[Dyson's personal code fails to access the computer room]
The Terminator: [raises a grenade launcher] Let me try mine.

[John Connor wants to get some things from home]
The Terminator: Negative. The T-1000 will definitely try to reacquire you there.
John Connor: You sure?
The Terminator: I would.

The Terminator: Why do you cry?
John Connor: You mean people?
The Terminator: Yes.
John Connor: I don't know. We just cry. You know, when it hurts.
The Terminator: Pain causes it?
John Connor: No, it's when there's nothing wrong with you, but you hurt anyway. You get it?
The Terminator: No.

John Connor: Todd and Janelle are dicks, but I've gotta warn them. You got a quarter?
[the Terminator smashes into the coin bin and hands John a quarter]
Janelle Voight: [answers the phone] Hello?
John Connor: Janelle, it's me!
Janelle Voight: John?
John Connor: Yeah. Is everything all right? Are you guys okay?
Janelle Voight: Sure, honey, everything's okay. Are you all right?
John Connor: Yeah, I'm fine.
Janelle Voight: John, it's late. Honey, I was beginning to worry about you. If you hurry home, we can sit down and have dinner together. I'm making beef stew.
John Connor: [holds his hand over the phone] Something's wrong. She's never this nice.
Janelle Voight: John, where are you?
Todd Voight: [hearing Max barking outside] What the hell is that goddamn dog barking at?
Todd Voight: [shouting at Max] Hey! Shut up you worthless piece of shit!
John Connor: [to himself] The dog's really barking...
Todd Voight: Thought you were gonna tell the kid to get rid of that fucking mutt.
Janelle Voight: [uses her arm to kill Todd] John, honey, it's late. Please don't make me worry.
John Connor: [to Terminator, hand over the phone] Could it already be there?
Janelle Voight: Honey, are you okay?
The Terminator: [takes the phone from John and impersonates his voice] I'm right here. I'm fine.
Janelle Voight: Are you sure? Are you sure you're all right?
The Terminator: [to John; normal voice] What's the dog's name?
John Connor: Max.
The Terminator: [impersonating John's voice] Hey Janelle, what's wrong with Wolfie? I can hear him barking. Is he all right?
Janelle Voight: Wolfie's fine, honey. Wolfie's just fine. Where are you?
The Terminator: [hangs up the phone] Your foster parents are dead.

The Terminator: [John starts to cry] What's wrong with your eyes?

[the T-1000 has fallen into a vat of molten steel]
John Connor: Is it dead?
The Terminator: Terminated.

John Connor: You just can't go around killing people.
The Terminator: Why?
John Connor: What do you mean why? 'Cause you can't.
The Terminator: Why?
John Connor: Because you just can't, okay? Trust me on this.

The Terminator: I need your clothes, your boots and your motorcycle.
Cigar Biker: You forgot to say please...

John Connor: Now don't take this the wrong way, but you're a Terminator, right?
The Terminator: Yes. Cyberdyne Systems, Model 101.

John Connor: You're not here to kill me. I figured out that for myself. So what's the deal?
The Terminator: My mission is to protect you.
John Connor: Yeah? Who sent you?
The Terminator: You did. Thirty-five years from now, you reprogrammed me to be your protector here, in this time.
John Connor: This is deep...

[the Terminator has promised not to kill anybody, but to get into the hospital he shoots the guard in the legs]
The Terminator: He'll live.

The Terminator: Come with me if you want to live!

The Terminator: Stay here. I'll be back.

The Terminator: Hasta la vista, baby.

John Connor: Jesus, you were gonna kill that guy.
The Terminator: Of course; I'm a Terminator.

John Connor: You know what you're doing?
The Terminator: I have detailed files on human anatomy.
Sarah Connor: I'll bet. Makes you a more efficient killer, right?
The Terminator: Correct.

The Terminator: I'll take care of the police.
John Connor: Hey, wait! You swore!
The Terminator: [smiles] Trust me.

The Terminator: My CPU is a neural-net processor; a learning computer. The more contact I have with humans, the more I learn.

The Terminator: I swear I will not kill anyone.

John Connor: Can you learn stuff you haven't been programmed with so you could be... you know, more human? And not such a dork all the time?
The Terminator: My CPU is a neural-net processor; a learning computer. But Skynet presets the switch to read-only when we're sent out alone.
Sarah Connor: Doesn't want you doing too much thinking, huh?
The Terminator: No.

John Connor: Are you ever afraid?
The Terminator: No.
John Connor: Not even of dying?
The Terminator: No.
John Connor: You don't feel any emotion about it one way or another?
The Terminator: No. I have to stay functional until my mission is complete. Then it doesn't matter.
John Connor: Yeah. I have to stay functional too. I'm "too important".

John Connor: We need to get my mother.
The Terminator: Negative. The T-1000's highest probability for success now will be to copy Sarah Connor and to wait for you to make contact with her.
John Connor: Great, but what happens to her?
The Terminator: Typically, the subject being copied is terminated.
John Connor: Shit! Why didn't you tell me? We gotta go right now!
The Terminator: Negative. She's not a mission priority.
John Connor: Fuck you! She's a priority to me!

Miles Dyson: Hi. Um, Carl. These are friends from out of town, I'm just gonna take them upstairs and show them around.
Gibbons: Now, c'mon Mr. Dyson, you know the rules if you want to bring visitors into the lab. I need written authorization...
The Terminator: [the Terminator and Sarah draw their guns] I insist.
Sarah Connor: [Gibbons is trying to push the alarm button] Don't even think about it.

John Connor: Does it hurt when you get shot?
The Terminator: I sense injuries. The data could be called "pain."

John Connor: So this other guy: he's a Terminator like you, right?
The Terminator: Not like me. A T-1000, advanced prototype.
John Connor: You mean more advanced than you are?
The Terminator: Yes. A mimetic polyalloy.
John Connor: What the hell does that mean?
The Terminator: Liquid metal.

The Terminator: I know now why you cry
[wipes a tear from John's face]
The Terminator: but it's something that I can never do

John Connor: Where are we going?
The Terminator: We have to get out of the city immediately and avoid the authorities.
John Connor: Listen, I need to stop my my house. I want to pick up some stuff before we leave.
The Terminator: Negative. The T-1000 will definitely try to reacquire you there.
John Connor: Are you sure?
The Terminator: I would.

Sarah Connor: [the T-1000 pursues John, Sarah, and the Terminator in a police helicopter] Chopper's coming in!
The Terminator: It's him.

John Connor: [they're travelling in an ancient truck with the T-1000 hot on their heels] Step on it!
The Terminator: [the truck is only going about 65] This is the vehicle's top speed.
John Connor: I could get out and run faster than this!

The Terminator: Come with me if you want to live.

The Terminator: [to Sarah and John while he deals with an LA SWAT team] Stay here. I'll be back.


Terminator Genisys (2015)
Kyle Reese: This is all wrong! John sent me here to save you!
Sarah Connor: From the Terminator that was sent back to kill me, I know. But we already took care of him.
Kyle Reese: We?
[the T-800 appears... and so does another]
Kyle Reese: [the Terminator cocks a shotgun]
Guardian: [the Terminator cocks a shotgun] I have been waiting for you.

Guardian: I'll be back.
Sarah Connor: What?
[the Guardian jumps from a helicopter]

Sarah Connor: I've been trying to teach him to blend in.
Guardian: Hello Kyle Reese. It is nice to meet you.
[the T-800 "smiles"]
Kyle Reese: Are you kidding me?
Sarah Connor: I know it needs work.

Kyle Reese: Where the hell were you?
Guardian: Stuck in traffic.

Sarah Connor: [Urgently] Come on!
[the Terminator gets on the bus and notices Sarah is not wearing her seat belt]
Guardian: Sarah Connor, seat belt.

[the Terminator breaks down door, Sarah and Reese point their guns at his direction, Sarah, in relief, realizes it's Guardian]
Sarah Connor: Pops!
Guardian: It's nice to see you.

Guardian: [to Reese] Protect my Sarah.

Guardian: [after crashing into a Police car] Nice to see you. Get out!

Guardian: [after his hand involuntarily shakes as they're loading their cartridges] Old.
Kyle Reese: Not obsolete.
Guardian: Not yet.

[Guardian stops his van in the middle of traffic and sees Sarah and Kyle being escorted by police nearby. A motorist behind him honks his horn]
Angry Driver: Move it, asshole!
Guardian: Bite me.

[Sarah hugs Pops before going into the Time Displacement Equipment. Pops doesn't understand the meaning of a hug]
Guardian: That's a meaningless gesture. Why hold onto someone you must let go?

Sarah Connor: You got a job in construction?
Guardian: Until I was laid off.

[T-1000 Cop rams into their vehicle and starts shooting]
Kyle Reese: Get down!
Guardian: We've been re-acquired.
Sarah Connor: Uh, yeah, no shit!

Guardian: [to Sarah] That is a very immature response

Guardian: [referring to unconscious Kyle] How is he?
Sarah Connor: Still breathing
Guardian: Good... Then you should be able to mate with Kyle Reese in this timeline
Sarah Connor: OK... We're not having this conversation again

[last lines]
Guardian: [attempts a friendly smile]
Kyle Reese: You know that's really disturbing, right?
Sarah Connor: You'll get used to it.
Kyle Reese: [narrating] And it was over. Skynet was gone. And now one road has become many. Though questions remain, we'll search for the answers together. But one thing we know for sure. The future is not set.

Guardian: Did you mate?
Sarah Connor: Oh, can you just not say the word "mate" to me again, like, ever?

Kyle Reese: Just make sure you show up. I don't want to have to steal someone's pants again.
Guardian: I have the coordinates in San Francisco... I'll be there.

Guardian: Hello, Sarah Conner.
Sarah Connor: Pops!... Oh... I thought you were dead.
Guardian: No, just upgraded.

Guardian: Kyle Reese is a good man.
Sarah Connor: He is.

Guardian: Liquefied magnetic shotgun shells. Magnetic Rifle Entry Munition. I read about this on gunsandammo-dot-com.
Detective O'Brien: That's the new breacher. Big blast, no shrapnel. Blows a door clean off.
Guardian: [looks blankly at O'Brien]
Detective O'Brien: You know, for people who can't do that themselves.

Terminator: [approaches punks] Your clothes, give them to me. Now.
Guardian: [from behind] You won't need them.
[Young Terminator turns around to find the Older good Terminator unhooding himself and carrying a shotgun]
Guardian: I've been waiting for you.
[shoots the young Terminator]

[the Terminator arrives naked and encounters some punks]
Punk #1: Nice night for a walk, eh?
Terminator: Nice night for a walk.
Punk #2: Wash day tomorrow. Nothing clean, right?
Terminator: Nothing clean, right.
Punk #1: Hey, I think this guy's a couple cans short of a six-pack.
Terminator: Your clothes, give them to me. Now.
Punk #1: [Pulls out a knife] Hey, fuck you, asshole.
Guardian: [from behind] You won't be needing any clothes.
[Young Terminator turns around to find an older Terminator approaching him with a shotgun. The older Terminator unhoods himself]
Guardian: I've been waiting for you.


T2 3-D: Battle Across Time (1996)
[the Terminator destroys an endoskeleton]
John Connor: Friend of yours?
The Terminator: He was my college roommate.

The Terminator: Hasta la vista, baby!

The Terminator: I said I'd be back. Come with me if you want to live.

John: That's Skynet?
The Terminator: Yep.
John: Can I ask why we're heading toward it?
The Terminator: You don't want to know.

The Terminator: Let's bust a move.

The Terminator: John, please stop helping.

The Terminator: [to endoskeleton] Hey, buckethead!

John Connor: WOH, Where are we?
The Terminator: The Future.
[Terminator cocks shotgun]
The Terminator: The final battle between humans and machines.
John Connor: Great I'd rate this rescue about a two.
[John looks over at where they just came from]
John Connor: Maybe a one.

The Terminator: Your ready to go John now.
John Connor: No!
The Terminator: 20 seconds, go!
The Terminator: I'll be back.
The Terminator: Now go, run!


The Terminator (1984)
Punk Leader: [the Terminator arrives naked and encounters some punks, standing next to a telescope] Nice night for a walk, eh?
The Terminator: Nice night for a walk.
Punk: Wash day tomorrow? Nothing clean, right?
The Terminator: Nothing clean. Right.
Punk Leader: Hey, I think this guy's a couple cans short of a six-pack.
The Terminator: Your clothes... give them to me, now.
Punk Leader: [pulls out a knife] Fuck you, asshole!

The Terminator: [while wearing sunglasses] I'm a friend of Sarah Connor. I was told she was here. Could I see her please?
Desk Sergeant: No, you can't see her she's making a statement.
The Terminator: Where is she?
Desk Sergeant: [uses his pencil to point to the bench] Look, it may take a while. Want to wait? There's a bench over there.
[points to bench]
The Terminator: [looks around, examining the structural integrity of the room, then looks back at him] I'll be back!

Cleaning Man at Flophouse: [damaged skin on the Terminator is rotting from gangrene while looking through Sarah's address book] Hey, buddy. You got a dead cat in there, or what?
[the Terminator visualizes: 'POSSIBLE RESPONSE: YES/NO; OR WHAT?; GO AWAY; PLEASE COME BACK LATER; FUCK YOU, ASSHOLE; FUCK YOU']
The Terminator: Fuck you, asshole.

The Terminator: [to the passenger in the semi truck] Get out.

The Terminator: [picking up guns at a gun shop, while looking at the guns on the gun rack behind the clerk] The 12-gauge auto-loader.
Pawn Shop Clerk: That's Italian. You can go pump or auto.
Pawn Shop Clerk: [hands the Terminator the pump action shotgun]
The Terminator: The .45 long slide, with laser sighting.
Pawn Shop Clerk: [hands the Terminator a .45 gun from the glass case in front of the clerk ] These are brand new; we just got them in. That's a good gun. Just touch the trigger, the beam comes on and you put the red dot where you want the bullet to go. You can't miss. Anything else?
The Terminator: Phased plasma rifle in the 40-watt range.
Pawn Shop Clerk: [annoyed] Hey, just what you see, pal!
The Terminator: [looks around] The Uzi nine millimeter.
Pawn Shop Clerk: You know your weapons, buddy. Any one of these is ideal for home defense. So uh, which will it be?
The Terminator: [pointing the 12-gage shotgun towards the door] All.
Pawn Shop Clerk: I may close early today. There's a 15-day wait on the hand guns but the rifles you can take right now.
[sees the Terminator load his 12-gage shotgun]
Pawn Shop Clerk: You can't do that.
The Terminator: [shoots the clerk] Wrong!

The Terminator: [in the voice of the police officer while looking for Reese and Sarah] This is 1-L19. Westbound on Olympic approaching Overland.


"Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Pilot (#1.1)" (2008)
Sarah Connor: Do it... kill me!
Sarah Connor: [on the ground in front of school, holding Johns dead body]
Terminator: [looks at Sarah with disbelief]
Sarah Connor: Nothing matters anymore, KILL ME!
Terminator: You're right. Nothing matters anymore, only the boy. The future's ours, and it begins NOW!
[school behind him explodes causing his flesh to vaporize, exposing his metal endoskeleton, he walks forward and begins to strangle Sarah with the familiar Terminator hand]


"Slash/Up: Sarah Connor vs. Jason Voorhees (#1.1)" (2014)
Rob: Who the hell is that?
Sarah Connor: That's Uncle Bob.
Rob: Uncle Bob?
Terminator: We should go.
Rob: What? Why?
Terminator: He'll be back.