The Nightmare Terminator is a Terminator in Sarah Connor's nightmare.

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Season One

The police have caught up with Sarah and John, and confront them while Sarah is picking John up from school. While both of them are locked in separate police cars, the nightmare Terminator appears. He initiates a shootout with the police by shooting one of the police cars using a sawed-off Mossberg 500, then pulling out two MP5s, and Sarah and John manage to escape from their respective cars. She then sends him running away from the scene. To Sarah's horror, however, the Terminator pulls out a Desert Eagle which he uses to shoot John in the back while he is running. Sarah rushes to his side, but it is too late; John is dead.

The Terminator looks at her, his gun pointed at her. Sarah cries "Do it! Do it, kill me! Nothing matters anymore. Kill me!" The Terminator replies "You're right. Nothing matters anymore. Only the boy. The future is ours. And it begins... Now."

In the background, a nuclear bomb goes off, and the skies darken. The heat blast burns off the Terminator's skin, and his endoskeleton starts to march towards Sarah. When he reaches her, he grabs her by the throat and starts to strangle her. Before the nightmare ends, the camera zooms in on the endoskeleton's frightening skull and glowing red eyes. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles pilot episode


  • It is unknown what series this Terminator was. Prior to this, Sarah had only dealt with two Series 800 Terminators and one T-1000. Using the diagram below, you can decide for yourself.
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Notated comparison between the Nightmare Terminator (left) and Cromartie's Series 888 endoskeleton (right)
  • It is possible that this Terminator is suppose to be the television version of Arnold Schwarzenegger's model 101. This Terminator appears in a nightmare before they encounter any other Terminators since T2. His appearance as a tall, dark hair, wearing sunglasses, and dark attire resembles the familiar appearance of the traditional Model 101 Terminator.

Behind the Scenes

  • The Nightmare Terminator is portrayed by Aaron Cash and simply credit as the Terminator.



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