Kristanna Loken as the T-X

The T-X, nicknamed the "Terminatrix", is a fictional gynoid [1] assassin. It is the main antagonist in the movie Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. It was primarily portrayed by Kristanna Loken. The fictional T-X has the ability to assume the appearance of other characters. The T-X's power to take on disguises is related to the shape-shifting T-1000; therefore, several other cast members occasionally portrayed the T-X throughout the film.

It draws many parallels with the first female terminator, the I-950 from the novel T2: Infiltrator.


The T-X is designed to not only terminate humans but rogue Terminators reprogrammed by the Resistance, an "anti-terminator terminator" as John Connor puts it. It is a composite of the T-800 and T-1000, a solid endoskeleton with polymimetic liquid metal alloy over it, allowing it to take the shape of anything humanoid it touches. Because it is only coated in this material, it is possible to remove it from the endoskeleton using immensely strong magnetic force, such as from a cyclic particle accelerator. Powering all the T-X's systems is an onboard plasma reactor.[2]

Since only living tissue or mimetic polyalloy imitating human tissue can travel back in time, previous Terminators were limited to hand to hand combat and acquired weapons, or in the T-1000's case, blades and spikes formed from itself. The T-X, however, carries weapons internally, allowing it to take an arsenal back with it. During Terminator 3, its primary weapon is a directed energy weapon— until it was badly damaged and replaced by a flamethrower. It also has a miniture drill used to inject remote control nanobots into other machines (including other Terminators), allowing it to control them, and a circular saw for general cutting duty. Like other Terminators, it can readily use weapons designed for human use. The novelization also includes other capabilities; it has teeth that are harder than diamonds that can cut through solid titanium, can break a human spine just by pinching with the thumb and forefinger, and its thighs can squeeze with a force greater than an industrial hydraulic press. However, the T-X still needs to acquire vehicles and other forms of transport needed to accomplish its missions.

The T-X has advanced human identification systems built-in; it is able to analyze DNA in blood samples by taking them in through its mouth, possesses infrared systems used to pick up body heat emissions, and possesses a retinal scanner. In addition to its own database, it can emulate a dial-up modem and connect to the Internet over a phone. As the Model 101 states, the T-X is physically superior to earlier Terminators. Feats shown in the movie include jumping a large distance onto a speeding hearse, punching straight through a car seat plus a man's torso and quickly recovering from a direct RPG hit. It was also able to wrap its legs around the Model 101 with its back turned towards it and then turn its head 180 degrees to face it. Despite the Model 101's remark about its superiority, however, the two are shown to be evenly matched in a physical confrontation at the Cyber Research Systems building, at least for a time.

Like other Terminators, the T-X exhibits a limited emotional range: it is visibly frustrated and performs a surprised double-take when it realizes that the Model 101 is still in pursuit during the crane chase early in the film, apparently fears for its life shortly before its destruction at Crystal Peak, and exhibits an expression similar to a surprised gasp when it identifies John Connor's blood sample at the vet's office. It also demonstrates an understanding of human nature and psychology; purposely increasing its female form's bust size to tempt the male officer that pulled it over.

Role in the movie seriesEdit

The T-X is the villain in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, sent back to try to stop John Connor from founding the human resistance. In addition to Connor himself, it was also programmed to kill his future wife, Kate Brewster, her father, General Robert Brewster, and several other future lieutenants. Using the public school database, it was able to obtain photos and addresses for them, and proceeded to kill several one by one (it is unknown how many it succeeded in assassinating).

Other than a malfunctioning weapon, the T-X sustained no permanent damage throughout the film, until the Model 101 crashed a helicopter into it, causing it to lose its mimetic coating and legs. It was only destroyed when the reprogrammed Terminator jammed its last power cell into the T-X's mouth before it exploded.

Role in the booksEdit

In the book Terminator Hunt, the second known T-X is trained by captured Resistance members for a jump to the 1960s where she will track the Connor family for the next forty years. A captured resistance soldier, Paul Keeley, was tricked into helping make the T-X more human. An implant in his brain caused him to think that the T-X was a girl named Eliza, and his interaction with her helped her learn how to be human. The resistance captures the T-X and rescues Keeley. However, Eliza uses the implant in Paul Keeley's head to make him think that they have been captured by a rogue government, and he frees her. Overburdened with guilt, Paul Keeley convinces John and Katherine Connor to give him another chance to capture Eliza. Through the implant, Paul discovers the training facility she has escaped to, and Eliza is again captured by the Resistance. Eliza is then successfully reprogrammed to serve the Resistance.

See alsoEdit

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