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The mimetic polyalloy, also known as the polymimetic alloy, is a type of liquid metal compound that is applied to advanced Terminator series such as the Series 1000 Terminator and its variants, as well as the Series 950 and Series X Terminators. The mimetic polyalloy, as its name suggests, allows a Terminator to change into any shape or form that it touches, provided that the object is of similar mass. The polyalloy can not function unless it is programmed with specific instructions or controlled via a CPU. Though the mimetic polyalloy is a type of liquid metal, it can harden as solid as any steel.

Production History

The mimetic polyalloy was first created by Skynet and used with the Series 1000 Terminator.[1]

After time travelling was introduced into the equation, its history becomes muddled with potential alternate future and new predestination paradox influences.

In T2 Trilogy timeline, Clea Bennet, an I-950 Infiltrator, began the development of the material under the name Intellimetal to ingratiate herself with the executives of Cyberdyne Systems. The raw prototype material was highly carcinogenic.

In Terminator Genisys timeline, Cyberdyne Systems created the Mimetic polyalloy with the aid in technology from John Connor.

Known Terminators with mimetic polyalloy

Series 800

Main article: Series 800

The Series 800, while not composed of mimetic polyalloy itself, has displayed that it is capable of interfacing with and controlling the liquid metal to an extent provided that it has not been previously programmed. A single drop of the polyalloy can reboot an incapacitated T-800 unit. In addition, a T-800 unit can also utilize the polyalloy as its replacement parts.

Series 950

Main article: Series 950

As the arms of Series 950 are interchangeable to form various of weapon, some units are covered with mimetic polyaloy as the living tissue to avoid laceration when switching weapons.

Series 1000

Main article: Series 1000

The Series 1000 Terminator is not issued with any weapons, but was capable of fashioning any solid metal form, such as knives and stabbing weapons. The T-1000 could not, however, form any complex systems which may have had moving parts or chemicals, like guns or explosives.

The mimetic polyalloy construction of the T-1000 allowed it to replicate any object or person of similar volume as camouflage that it molecular sampled by physical contact.

The T-1000 is able to use a small part of its body as tracking device.[2] The T-1001 and T-XA are able to separate part from the body as independent units. In addition a T-XA is able use part of its body to control human.

Series X

Main article: Series X

Series X Terminator utilizes mimetic polyalloy, which is covered over its endoskeleton as the outer sheath, thus, it is able to impersonate a person that it touches. The mimetic polyalloy not only aids in infiltration, but also adds strength to the overall armor of the T-X. Like the T-1000, the T-X's supply of polyalloy can partially absorb the shock of gunfire.

Weakness

Vulnerabilities

The mimetic polyalloy can be destroyed by the following factors:

Temperature
T-1000.8

The T-1000 is melting in the molten steel.

Temperatures in excess of 1535 degrees Celsius, such as those needed to smelt iron, could permanently alter the bonding processes of the mimetic polyalloy. The molten iron (or any other element) could then mix with the elements of the alloy and physically alter its molecular structure, thus rendering it inoperative.[1] High temperatures added with collision damage, such as a crashing helicopter, can also destroy the mimetic polyalloy.[3]

Plasma

The mimetic polyalloy can be destroyed by a plasma weapon.[4]

Corrosives

Corrosives, such as hydrochloric acid with high concentration, were also capable of damaging and destroy mimetic polyalloy.[5][2]

Incapability

The mimetic polyalloy can be impeded in a period by the following factors:

Freezing
T-1000.6

The T-1000 is frozen by liquid nitrogen.

  • The T-1000 is exposed to liquid nitrogen, which freezes its morphing processes long enough for the T-800 to shatter it with a single gunshot. The effect is only temporary; the heat from a nearby crucible is enough to thaw the scattered fragments and the T-1000 is able to reform itself. However, the Terminator also exhibits a glitch caused by the freezing-and-shattering process; it begins to randomly sample nearby objects (a safety railing, a diamond-plated surface). Later, when it imitates Sarah Connor to attract her son, John is able to identify it when it involuntarily imitates the surface it's standing on.[1]
  • The T-1001 is placed in a box under a low temperature.[6]
Magnetic Fields
Magnetised TX

The T-X being incapacitated by the magnetic field.

John Connor is able to temporarily incapacitate a T-X by charging up a particle accelerator and triggering a magnetic field. The mimetic polyalloy is pulled off of her metallic endoskeleton by the magnetic field, until she is able to use an implanted saw to disable the field.[3]



Notes

  • In the novelization of Terminator 2: Judgment Day and the text commentary from Terminator 2: Judgment Day DVD Extreme Edition, it is explained the T-1000 is wrapped in a coccon made of living tissue that will allow an inorganic such as the T-1000, which is completely made of mimetic polyalloy, to travel via Time Displacement Equipment.
    • However, this would contradict the events shown at the end of "Born to Run".
    • Van Ling, creative supervisor of Terminator 2: Judgment Day suggests that in addition to the living tissue cocoon, another theory is that T-1000 could mimic the field generated by a living organism, or Kyle Reese really does not know much technology stuff.
  • The novelization of Terminator 2: Judgment Day also explain that in T-1000's case, it feature a molecular, liquid brain that can think.
  • In Terminator 3: Fragmented, the bullet hits on a T-950 often seems to have the liquid metal impact effect on the body in some pages. It is possible merely an error or effect from author's intention.
  • In Terminator Genisys, it is assume mimetic polyalloy is immune to laser weaponry.
  • It could possibly contain nanites.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Terminator 2: Judgment Day
  2. 2.0 2.1 Terminator Genisys
  3. 3.0 3.1 Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
  4. Terminator 3: Eyes of the Rise
  5. Terminator 2: Judgment Day - Cybernetic Dawn
  6. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles episode "Today Is The Day, Part 2"

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