Weaver Confronts Terminator

T-1001 terminating a T-888 with overcurrent

Like with any ordinary electrical appliance, an overcurrent, or electrical overloading, could cause a Terminator to temporarily shut down, or even be destroyed.

T2 Trilogy

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

  • The T-850 tried to overload the T-X with voltage, however, it only disabled the Terminatrix for seconds. Ironically, the T-850 was affected even longer and was then reprogrammed by the T-X. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Terminator Salvation: Sand in the Gears

  • A T-600 was electrocuted via a chain after being trapped by the Resistance soldiers. Issue #3
  • Another T-600 was electrocuted by a Resistance soldier with several certain small pads. Issue #3

Terminator Genisys

  • Kyle Reese attempted to overload the T-800 by forcing a live cable into its chest. It barely worked as the T-800 removed the cable and continued its attack on Kyle. Terminator Genisys


  • A suitable amount of current could be used as a defibrillation for a Hybrid whose heart stops beating.[2]
  • Due to being entirely composed of mimetic polyalloy, the T-1000 Terminator is just like a huge mass of metal, thus making it electrically conductive, and, unlike endoskeleton-based Terminators, can withstand a high-voltage charge without being knocked offline.[3]


  1. After being knocked out, Cameron reboots after around thirty seconds rather than the 120-second norm. It is possible she wears shoes with rubber soles — so she isn't actually knocked out.
  2. As seen in Terminator Salvation, when John Connor uses two power cords to revive Marcus Wright.
  3. As seen in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles episode "Born to Run", when the T-1001 uses itself as a conductor to electrocute the Water Delivery Guy.

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