Call to (someone)” is a line from the Terminator franchise.


Whenever it is used, the user is shown inflicting pain on whomever the line is directed at (usually a human character). The purpose of this has to do with making the listener of the line do what is requested of them because of the amount of pain they are experiencing (this is known as pain compliance); in this case, calling to someone who is always a target of the former. This is done with the sole purpose of eventually killing the target. Because the user of the line does this in an effort to get close to their target by either imitating the listener's voice or copying their physical appearance (or even both), the user in question is always a Terminator.

Known Usages

So far in the franchise, this line was used on two separate occasions:

  • The first time it was used was near the end of Terminator 2: Judgement Day. At one point, the T-1000 had Sarah Connor by herself and trapped against a wall in the steel mill. The former then proceeded to drive a liquid metal spike through the latter’s shoulder, and it asked her to “call to John” twice.
  • The second time it was used was in the Season 2 episode of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, “Samson & Delilah.” Cameron had reverted to her Skynet programming to terminate John Connor, and was pursuing him and Sarah Connor. During the chase, Cameron located Sarah (who was already injured), then pressed on a wound that was on the latter’s side while she was on the ground. Cameron then told her to “call to him.”

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