Robert Patrick as the T-1000

The T-1000 is a fictional android assassin featured as the main antagonist in Terminator 2: Judgment Day. The T-1000 is portrayed primarily by Robert Patrick; however, being a shape-shifter, the T-1000 is played by other actors in some scenes of the film. In Terminator 2, the T-1000 is presented as a technological leap over the "800 Series" Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger);[1] Schwarzenegger's character explains how the T-1000 is a more advanced terminator, composed entirely of a mimetic metal alloy, rendering it capable of rapid shapeshifting, near-perfect mimicry and rapid recovery from damage. Furthermore, it can use its ability to quickly liquify and assume forms in innovative and surprising ways, including fitting through narrow openings, morphing its human arms into solid metal tools or bladed weapons, walking through prison bars, and flattening itself on the ground to hide or ambush targets.


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The T-1000 in its liquid form.

In the Terminator 2 story, the T-1000's major innovation is its "mimetic poly-alloy" construction – an intelligent liquid metal. This gives the T-1000 the ability to change its appearance and emulate virtually anything. It is capable of perfectly copying the shape, color, and texture of anything that it touches that is of similar size or volume. The only restriction is that it cannot form "complex machines," such as "guns and explosives" because they "have chemicals, moving parts." The only weapons it can form are "solid metal shapes," such as "knives and stabbing weapons." It must acquire any vehicles or other weapons it needs.

When physically damaged, the T-1000 is capable of reforming itself in seconds, closing up bullet holes and reattaching limbs; when the Connors and T-800 are escaping the mental hospital, it is shot at close range in the face by the T-800's Winchester Model 1901 10ga lever-action shotgun, which blows its head almost completely in two, though the "wound" closes up in seconds. The police uniform it is "wearing" also repairs itself when it heals, indicating the T-1000 is actually generating the appearance of clothing, as opposed to actually wearing it. While pursuing the protagonists, the T-1000 is frozen with liquid nitrogen until it becomes brittle and shatters. However, when the pieces melt, it is able to reconstitute itself. At this point in the theatrical cut of the film, the T-1000 has suffered no apparent damage at all, leaving the protagonists wondering if anything will destroy it. In the Special Edition, the freezing and subsequent shattering causes the T-1000 to glitch repeatedly, melding with any metal it touches, such as the catwalks and hand rails, enabling John Connor to see through its ruse when it impersonates his mother.

Though the T-1000 is a formidable killer, it often attempts to accomplish its goals by deception instead of brute force. For example, in Terminator 2, it disguises itself as a police officer to gain trust, access information, and provide a benign appearance. It also imitates family members of its human target to gain that person's confidence.

The T-1000 and T-1001 possess a vastly greater repertoire of emotional expression and interpersonal skills than the earlier models and are able to flawlessly pass as regular humans whenever necessary. They are also more deliberately devious in their behavior and exhibit a well-developed sense of irony, sardonic humor and wanton cruelty. These traits are indicative of a greater sense of self-awareness within these artificial beings which makes them not only more human-like but simply more human than their predecessors, albeit in decidedly diabolical ways.

Examples of the T-1000's emotional expression include the following; it wags its finger in a "tsk-tsk" gesture at Sarah after she fails to destroy it in the steel mill, exhibits a shocked expression after being significantly disrupted by a grenade, performs a double-take after seeing a clothing store mannequin that resembles its liquid metal form, displays frustration and anger at the Model 101 when it foils its attempt to force Sarah to call John out of hiding, and shows genuine agony when it is freezing and dropped into the molten steel.


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The T-1000 shooting at John Connor. The metallic "wound," from a shotgun blast, heals rapidly due to the T-1000's physical characteristics.

In Terminator 2: Judgment Day, the T-1000 is sent by Skynet to kill John Connor (Edward Furlong), future leader of the Human Resistance against the machines. The T-1000 ambushes a police officer on arrival and takes on his identity, tracking down John Connor through the police cruiser's on-board computer and eventually confronting him in a shopping mall, where it meets a Terminator like the one from the first Terminator film. Up until this point, the audience has been misdirected. In the first film, two men show up from the future, one an enemy Terminator, the other being a human protector. In this film, two show up, a Terminator like the one from the previous film, and another man. The audience is left to assume that the other man is the human protector. When the two finally meet, there is a plot twist. The type of Terminator from the previous film is now the guardian, while the other is the terminator sent by Skynet, a reversal of the roles from the first Terminator film.

The T-1000 confronts the protagonists at the psychiatric institution where Sarah Connor is being held, demonstrating impressive abilities, such as flattening itself into a thin 'carpet' of metal and oozing through prison-style bars while maintaining the shape of a walking man. It then predicts that the Connors will try to prevent Skynet from being invented, and meets them at Cyberdyne Systems Corporation headquarters. It hijacks a helicopter and gives chase. While flying, it sprouts two more hands, two to fly the helicopter and two to reload and fire the submachine gun. The chase ends when it crashes a liquid nitrogen truck into a steel mill.

When it exits the truck, the T-1000 is frozen solid by liquid nitrogen. The Terminator shatters the T-1000 with a gunshot, but it reforms itself due to high temperatures of spilled molten steel. After a short hunt, it tracks down John, who is confronted by two seemingly identical versions of his mother – one of which is the T-1000 in disguise. Finally, The Terminator fires a grenade at the T-1000, causing enough damage to disrupt it significantly. Although it attempts to reform itself, it stumbles and falls backward into a vat of molten steel, and the T-1000, unable to stand the high temperature of the steel corrupting its alloy and design, screams before finally being dissolved away into the molten steel.

McG, the director of Terminator Salvation, has discussed the possibility of having Robert Patrick reprise his role as the T-1000 via CGI in a sequel. [2]


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In the Terminator 2: Judgment Day – Nuclear Twilight comic published by Malibu Comics in 1996, an injured Tech-Com soldier named "Griff" is abducted by a troop of T-800 Terminators and brought back to Skynet. He is drugged and, while in a delirious state (believing he has died and gone to Heaven), questioned by Skynet about Tech-Com's acquisition of a T-800 unit. After he has supplied all the information he is aware of, two T-1000 Terminators enter the room, both assuming his appearance before killing him. One of these T-1000 units is then sent to infiltrate the human resistance, the other sent through time to kill John Connor as outlined in the Terminator 2 movie. In the simultaneously published Terminator 2: Judgment Day – Cybernetic Dawn, set just after the film, a female T-1000 and two T-800s come to the present to make sure the creation of Skynet happens as planned.

Creation Edit

Teaser trailers for Terminator 2 deliberately withheld the notion that the T-1000 character was the villain. A tagline for the film was "This time there are two. Terminator 2."

On the Terminator 2 DVD, writer/director James Cameron describes his casting of Robert Patrick as a deliberate contrast to the original Terminator character portrayed by Arnold Schwarzenegger: "I wanted to find someone who would be a good contrast to Arnold. If the 800 series is a kind of human Panzer tank, then the 1000 series had to be a Porsche." Originally, he thought of casting actor Michael Biehn, who played Kyle Reese in The Terminator, in the role with the explanation that Skynet managed to clone Reese's body and use it for a new Terminator. Cameron ultimately dropped this idea after deciding the audience would find it too confusing.

The visual effects used in Terminator 2 to create the T-1000 won the Academy Award for Visual Effects.[3] The development of computer-generated imagery (CGI) by Industrial Light & Magic to manipulate, re-create, and "morph" the image of an actor was used in the creation of the T-1000 character in the film. According to the book The Winston Effect: The Art & History of Stan Winston Studio, however, of the 15 minutes that the T-1000 displays its morphing and healing abilities, only 6 of those minutes were accomplished with pure computer graphics. The other 9 were achieved in camera with the use of advanced puppets and prosthetic effects created by the Stan Winston studio, who were also responsible for the metal skeleton effects of the T-800.

Entity FX, Inc. is responsible of the visual effects of the T-1001 on Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, along with the digital animation of endoskeletons, Hunter-Killers, and the future war sequences on the second season of the show. The company also contributed the digital imagery of feature films James Cameron's True Lies and Titanic.[4]

Pop culture references Edit

Robert Patrick has cameos in several films as the T-1000 in police disguise, including Last Action Hero, also a Schwarzenegger film, and Wayne's World, where he pulls Wayne over and asks, "Have you seen this boy?". Patrick also reprises his role in Universal Studios's theme park attraction T2 3-D: Battle Across Time .

  • In The Simpsons episode "Homer Loves Flanders", Homer walking through a hedge, and subsequently chasing down the Flanders' car while wielding golf clubs, are references to the T-1000. In "Burns' Heir", Homer is attacked by a robotic Richard Simmons which regenerates after being shot in the head point-blank with a shotgun. This scene was, however, deleted and then broadcast on the "The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular". In "Day of the Jackanapes", after being blown up by a bomb, a room full of network executives reconstruct themselves like the T-1000 and then suggest more "improvements" to the show as a testament to their evil.
  • "Todd the T1000" is a song by Jonathan Coulton about a Terminator servant.
  • "T-1000" is also a song by Industrial metal band Fear Factory.
  • T-1000 was spoofed in movies like Hot Shots! Part Deux (Saddam Hussein freezes, melts, and rebuilds himself, but winds up fused with his similarly-shattered Yorkshire terrier).
  • In an episode of Celebrity Deathmatch a match pitting Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone against each other, Arnold fires a RPG at Stallone and blows him to pieces, but he reforms himself in the style of the T-1000.
  • In Stargate SG-1, the villainous human-form Replicator known as RepliCarter kills its foes in a similar manner to the T-1000 by stabbing them with a large blade formed from its own body; the producers have stated that this was intended as an homage to the T-1000.
  • In an episode of The X-Files, Robert Patrick's character, John Doggett says, "What’re you saying? Ray Pearce has become some kind of metal man? ‘Cause that only happens in the movies, Agent Scully." A reference to his role as the T-1000.
  • In a DirecTV commercial, a clip from Terminator 2 with the T-1000 is shown with him talking about how he did not want to kill John Connor. He just wanted to check out his DirecTV.
  • In The Marine, starring Robert Patrick, one of Rome's henchmen refers to John Cena as the terminator "because he won't die", after which, Robert Patrick's character shoots him a menacing glance in the rear view mirror. During a chase sequence, John Cena's character sits back up after his vehicle's top is ripped off in a manner similar to a scene with the T-1000 in Terminator 2, after the semi-truck the T-1000 is driving is similarly damaged in a chase.
  • Tyzonne, the Mercury Ranger from Power Rangers: Operation Overdrive is an alien (a Mercurian) whom can change into liquid Mercury, similar to the T-1000.
  • An episode of Smallville from its fourth season "Gone", introduces Lionel Luthor's assassin, Trent MacGowen, who has kryptonite-enhanced abilities that are identical to the T-1000. Trent's powers included morphing into liquid metal and forming objects like blades and compactors from his hands. Even the episode's climax with its protagonists Clark Kent and Lois Lane is somewhat mirroring T2, specifically the final battle between the T-1000, (Terminator) T-101, and Sarah Connor. Entity FX, Inc., which is responsible for the visual effects on Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, is also responsible for the digital effects on Smallville.
  • In SMF (Story Mode Federation),The T-1000 is portrayed as a character who plans to destroy the SMF.
  • The climax of the Japanese Sonic the Hedgehog OVA mirrors the "death" scenes of both the T-1000 and T-800 when the heavily-damaged Hyper Metal Sonic is knocked into the mouth of a subglacial volcano by falling debris. Sonic, realizing that Metal is capable of feeling human emotions and thinking for himself, desperately tries to save him, but Metal refuses his aid, declaring that there is "only one Sonic", and is slowly destroyed by the molten magma, much to Sonic's dismay and sadness. This mirrors the destruction of the T-800, who is destroyed by Sarah Connor at his own request so its technology could not be discovered and used to create Skynet.
  • In the movie, Hot Fuzz, Simon Pegg mimicks the T-1000's arm movements when running. On the commentary track, he describes it as "The T-1000 run"
  • In Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Skynet's reprogrammed infiltration unit, Cameron (Summer Glau), disguised itself as a police officer, similarly to the T-1000 on episode "The Demon Hand." A homage to Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

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