T-1000 Advanced Prototype is a Series 1000 Terminator sent by Skynet from the future to terminate John Connor's younger self. It was the second Infiltrator sent back on assassination missions by Skynet. He is the main antagonist of Terminator 2: Judgment Day. The T-1000 is 6 times stronger than its predecessor, the T-800, at least in terms of its level of technology, as well as possessing a superior command of martial arts techniques that make it more than a match for the already-fearsome T-800.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
The T-1000 arrived under an overpass, its electrical displacement attracting the attention of a patrolling cop. The T-1000 snuck up on the cop and stabbed him, stealing his clothings and taking his gun. The machine then used the cop's in-car database to pull up John Connor's criminal records and thereby learn the address of him and his foster parents, Todd and Janelle Voight. It visits the couple and obtained a picture of John, learning that he had already hopped on his bike with his DJ friend to the local shopping mall. The T-1000 also learns of the reprogrammed T-800 (Model 101) and begins searching the neighborhood, asking random pedestrians if they've seen John. It encounters two girls who direct him to the "Galleria" where John claimed to have been headed. The T-1000 continues his search inside the mall, unaware of the T-800's proximity.
It investigates a video game arcade and locates his target as he flees from whom his friend assumes to be just a normal cop, but got shoved aside by the machine. The T-1000 chases John through the maintenance corridors and catches up with the boy at exactly the same moment as the T-800. Before it can shoot John, the T-800 blasts him with his shotgun, distracting him for a moment, allowing the other machine to shield him. The T-1000 retaliates by unloading his entire magazine into the T-800's back, killing a Japanese worker in the process.
While in the process of reloading, the T-800 blasts the T-1000 repeatedly, knocking him out and to the floor. It takes a moment to recover whilst the T-800 reloads and then springs to its feet and grabs the T-800's shotgun. They struggle for a moment before the T-800 grabs hold of the T-1000 and slams him into a brick wall. The T-1000 responds in kind, throwing the T-800 through another plaster wall and then hurling him through a window, much to the surprise of the nearby shoppers.
The T-1000s pursuit of John continues. John speeds away on his bike with the T-1000 in hot pursuit, running 5 times faster than any athletic human possibly could. John escaped onto the main road and managed to put some distance between him and the T-1000, however, prompting the Terminator to steal a truck after throwing out the driver who was driving without a seatbelt. He then drove after John, who once again escaped, fleeing down a levee.
The T-1000 was not to be deterred, however, and drove his truck off a bridge and into the embankment, once again initiating a chase, severely damaging the truck in the process. John managed to keep ahead and the T-800 was not far behind on a bike of his own. The T-1000 was almost decapitated whilst driving under a low bridge, but afterward he managed to close the gap between them and started to ram the back of John's bike. By this time, however, the T-800 had caught up and was attempting to overtake the T-1000's truck.
He tried to dissuade the T-800 but it managed to slip through regardless and rescued John from his underpowered motorcycle, which got crushed by the truck. The T-800 then shot out the truck's front-left tire, compromising the T-1000's ability to steer effectively, resulting in it crashing into a low bridge. The fuel tank ruptured and a loose cable spark triggered the vehicle's explosion, distracting the T-1000 long enough to allow for John's escape. It emerges from the wreckage and stole another police car.
Having lost sight of his target, the T-1000 calculated John's next move and revisited the Voight house, killing and then impersonating Janelle. It remained in this form until John called to warn them, during which he tried to convince the boy to return home for dinner so it could kill him. However, John sensed something's wrong since "Janelle" was too nice. The constant barking of the dog, Max, further incites John's suspicion, and the T-1000 makes an error; mistaking the dog's name. By this time, the T-800 had taken over the phone and was impersonating John — it confirmed his foster parents were dead. The T-1000 stabs Todd in the mouth and, now irritated, also kills Max.
It searches John's room, tracing his fingers over everything in sight as it searches for anything relevant to his mission. It finds a hollow in the wall behind a poster that contains dozens of letters from Sarah Connor, John's mother. It follows the return address to Pescadero State Hospital and is granted access to the prison, where it attempts to gain access to Sarah. It opts for a more stealthy approach, however, and flattens himself to the floor, absorbing the template of a cop.
The T-1000 assumes the guard's form and fatally lobotomises him. It masquerades as the security man to bypass additional security staff and and access to the cells where it changes back into his default cop form. Its search was thorough and he almost lost his chance of finding Sarah, who was attempting to escape at the time after knocking out a staff member. The T-1000 caught up with her, but John and the T-800 had also arrived. It stepped through a barred escape-proof security door and gave chase as they fled into an elevator, receiving a shotgun blast in the face at close range.
It quickly recovered, pried open the empty elevator doors leading to the shaft and jumped onto the elevator roof, morphing his arms into swords to try and stab the Connors from above, one stab catching Sarah on the shoulder. The T-800 and Sarah both held it off long enough with gunfire to reach the underground parking lot. Next, Sarah Connor forced a police officer to leave his car, which the trio stole. The T-1000 formed a large blob and "poured" itself into the lift's interior, reforming into a humanoid form and giving chase once again, but was held at bay by constant gunfire by the T-800. Sarah's pistol had no affect of stopping the T-1000 since it wasn't powerful enough. It managed to grab hold of the trunk and smashed the rear window with its sword hook to get at John, but the T-800 blasted it off the vehicle with his shotgun.
The T-1000 recovered his pieces and took a cop's bike, which it used as his main mode of transportation as he began seeking out possible locations that the Connors might attack, specifically Skynet targets. A visit to the Dyson residence revealed signs of a gunfight and all of Miles Dyson's files destroyed. The T-1000's police radio then alerted him to a break-in at Cyberdyne Systems Corporations, to which he responded promptly, arriving in time to catch sight of the Connors fleeing in a SWAT van.
It then stole a helicopter and attacked the Connors on the freeway, injuring Sarah in the process, after which it crashed into the back of the van, forcing it on its side. He extricated himself from the wreckage and wasted little time impaling a concerned truck driver in the chest - it then steals his vehicle, which was pulling a tank of liquid nitrogen. The T-1000 chased the Connors, almost forcing them off the road several times, and inadvertently directing them towards a steel mill.
The T-800 climbed across the car and onto his truck, firing a carbine into his face and grabbing the wheel, causing the truck to topple on its side and the momentum carrying it into the mill where the tank cracked open, spilling its contents. The T-1000 staggered out of the truck, covered in liquid nitrogen, and ambled towards the Connors, its body rapidly freezing. The more it persisted, the worse off it became, as his legs cracked and fell apart and his right arm then broke off entirely.
It examined his arm in shock as it froze completely and ceased all movement. The T-800 then shot it, shattering his body into tiny mercury-like pieces that scattered across the floor. This might have been the end for the T-1000, were it not for an overflowing vat of molten steel, the heat of which restored the pieces to their liquid form. Each droplet started to merge with others, quickly forming a large puddle, imitating the appearance of the element Mercury, from which it started to solidify.
Once it was fully reformed, the T-1000 resumed his hunt for the Connors, but started to suffer glitches, a malfunction caused by the liquid nitrogen, resulting in its feet and hands taking the form of whatever they touched. It was hardly concerned, and quickly caught up with them, resulting in another direct confrontation with the T-800. It ambushed the inferior model and displayed its superior adaptability in combat by trapping the T-800 in a massive steel conveyor belt, crushing its left arm.
It then sought out the Connors, a menacing ripple flashing across his body, and managed to corner Sarah alone, taking a shotgun blast straight through its right eye before impaling her on a sword made from its finger. The T-1000 demanded she call out for John, but Sarah put up a staunch refusal. Cursing the machine with 'fuck you', she frustrated it. Before it could kill her, the T-800, which had extricated itself from the gear trap, drove a pipe through his body.
Frustrated and visibly annoyed by the T-800's constant interference, the T-1000 ruthlessly struck the machine repeatedly with the pipe and smashed its head several times with heavy machinery, including a massive ingot of steel hanging on an overhead crane. As the T-800 attempted to crawl towards its M-79, the T-1000 drove the pipe into its spine and twisted it around before driving it deeper, destroying the machine's main power core. It is obvious that the T-1000 is at least 5 times stronger than the T-800.
With the T-800 seemingly disabled, the T-1000 took the form of an injured Sarah and called John, who responded to his cries. Before the T-1000 could kill his target, the true Sarah arrived and shot the fake with her shotgun. The T-1000 returned to its default cop form and faced off against Sarah, who blasted him to the edge of the ledge, almost knocking it into the vat of molten steel below. Her shotgun ran out of shells before she could do so.
As the T-1000 advanced on the Connors, its wounds healing, the T-800 arrived, having used its heat sinks to power a second back-up power cell and again extricated itself from the metallic rebar. It fired a grenade into the T-1000's chest, whose mouth opened wide in shock as the projectile exploded within it, severely contorting his form. Unable to recover in time, the T-1000 lost its balance and toppled into the molten steel. The extreme heat rapidly-decimated its molecular structure, and it changed from shape to form, trying desperately to adapt to the deadly 1600°C environment.
It proved futile, as the steel corrupted its design and melted its body. It gave one last metallic scream of mindless terror as it literally turned itself inside out, vomiting forth its own face from within before dissolving into nothing, its mission a failure and its existence ended.
Terminator/Robocop Kill Human
Like its successor, the T-X, the T-1000 appears to possess a limited emotional range (aside from that necessary for infiltration). He exhibits a shocked expression when his arm breaks due to the liquid nitrogen, as well as just before he is destroyed in the factory. He wags a finger in a "tsk-tsk" gesture at one of his attackers after an unsuccessful attempt at destroying him, and performs a double-take when he spots a clothing store mannequin that resembles his liquid metal form. He also displays frustration when the T-800 thwarts his interrogation of Sarah Connor, prompting him to ruthlessly pummel the T-800 with heavy machinery and steel ingots before impaling him. As well, a confused expression appeared on his face in the steel mill when he started to malfunction and his hand automatically fused with a metal bar as he grabbed it (deleted scene).
Then of course, his most active trait is his subtle but still present sadism, Wich differenterates him from other Terminators (even those with limited emotion like the T-X). This is especially noticeable in the climax where he has several opportunities to simply kill Sarah and get to John but instead enjoys tormenting Sarah as long as he can, This outright goes against usual programming.
Cop: The unfortunate cop happened upon the T-1000's displacement.
- Method: The T-1000 possibly (though not explicitly shown) stabbed the cop in the abdomen and took his gun before mimicking his clothes and commandeering his squad car.
Worker: The Japanese cleaner was caught in the crossfire between the T-1000 and the T-800.
- Method: He was shot multiple times with the T-1000's Beretta 9mm.
Janelle Voight: Following standard practice, the T-1000 visited John's foster home with the goal of lying in wait for his return.
- Method: Unspecified, though likely impalement (given its modus operandi).
Todd Voight: Todd, unaware that his wife had been replaced by the T-1000, shouted distractedly at John's barking dog.
- Method: Todd was stabbed through the mouth (and the back of the head) while drinking from a carton of milk.
Max: The dog's constant barking helped tip off the T-1000's deception during a phone call to John, thereby foiling its plan to lure John back to the house.
- Method: Not explicitly shown, likely morphed a sword. In a deleted moment, the Terminator holds the dog's bloody collar for a moment, seeing the dog's real name and realizing that the T-800 Terminator had fooled it.
Lewis: Seeking a method of infiltrating the Pescadero hospital, the T-1000 targeted Lewis for mimicry.
- Method: After obtaining a sample from Lewis, the T-1000 assumed his form and stabbed the guard through the eye and hid his body in the janitor's closet.
Truck driver: The driver pulled up after the T-1000's helicopter crash and asked if he was alright.
- Method: The T-1000 stabbed the driver through the chest to steal his truck. However, it is revealed that the man only got badly hurt in Dark Futures.
John Connor: The T-1000's primary objective was the termination of John Connor, but despite numerous near successes, it ultimately failed in each attempt.
- Failure 1: The T-1000 attempted to shoot John in the narrow staff-only corridor of the Galleria, but was prevented from doing so by the timely arrival of the T-800, who shielded him.
- Failure 2: The T-1000 stole a truck and chased John on his bike through a storm drain, attempting to run him down and almost succeeding. But once again the timely arrival of the T-800 prevented this; resulting in the T-1000 crashing into a bridge.
- Failure 3:
- A) Finding John, the T-800, and Sarah at the Pescadero State hospital, the T-1000 tried to shoot John as he escaped in an elevator, but the T-800 took all of the bullets and proceeded to shoot the T-1000 in the head at point-blank range with his shotgun.
- B) After putting its head back together, the T-1000 jumped onto the top of the elevator as it descended, using its blades to try and impale John from above. It was unable to reach him, however, and was distracted repeatedly by the combined fire from the T-800 and Sarah.
- C) With the Connors escaping in a stolen police car, the T-1000 managed to jump onto the trunk and smashed through the rear windshield in an attempt to slash John with its blades but was blasted by the T-800's shotgun and fell from the car.
- Failure 4: During the helicopter chase across the highway, the T-1000 tried to shoot John with its sub-machine gun, but he was able to shield himself with body armor.
- Failure 5: The T-1000 tried repeatedly to force the Connor's getaway vehicle off the road in its stolen truck and came close to crushing them on a few occasions. It was thwarted by the T-800, who boarded the truck and forced it into a hard turn that toppled the truck on its side.
- Failure 6: In the steel mill, the T-1000 took Sarah's form and succeeded in luring John to it by crying for help. Before it could get close enough to terminate him, however, the real Sarah arrived and blasted it from behind with a shotgun, after which it was itself terminated by the T-800.
Sarah Connor: Despite being only human, Sarah proved to be something of an irritation to the T-1000 and was therefore considered a moderate threat.
- Failure 1: The T-1000 infiltrated the Pescadero State hospital in an attempt to copy her form and await John's contact. However, the unexpected arrival of the T-800 and John nullified its objective. The T-1000 tried to stab the Connors while on top of the elevator and succeeded in slashing Sarah's shoulder but was too distracted by gunfire to cause any more damage.
- Failure 2: Chasing the Connors in a helicopter, the T-1000 exchanged gunfire with Sarah and managed to shoot her in the leg but was prevented from finishing her when the T-800 slammed on the brakes, forcing the helicopter to crash into the back of their truck.
- Failure 3: The T-1000 tried several times to force their rickety garden shed truck off the road, but was again met with failure when the T-800 boarded its truck and forced it onto its side.
- Failure 4: In the steel mill, the T-1000 managed to disarm and stab Sarah in the shoulder, choosing to torture her into calling out to John. It threatened to stab her in the eye if she refused, and almost acted on its conviction, but was attacked from behind by the T-800.
- Failure 5: After her shotgun ran out of shells, the T-1000 advanced, but was foiled for the last time by the T-800, resulting in its own termination.
T-800: This machine proved to be a formidable barrier between the T-1000 and its target, John Connor, despite possessing tactical inferiority.
- Failure 1: Facing off against the T-800 for the first time, the T-1000 could find no means of executing a swift termination, and therefore chose to incapacitate it and hunt down John Connor.
- Failure 2: During the chase in the storm drain, the T-1000 tried to crush the T-800 as it passed on its motorbike, but it proved to be both faster and more maneuverable and easily swept past the T-1000's truck.
- Failure 3: In the steel mill, the T-1000 snuck up on the T-800 and engaged in hand-to-hand combat, proving to be the better fighter and trapping the T-800 in some machinery. Again, with no immediate means of destroying the unit, the T-1000 left it in favor of pursuing the Connors.
- Failure 4: After being ambushed from behind during its interrogation of Sarah, the T-1000 ruthlessly pummeled the T-800 with a steel pipe and smashed its head several times with heavy machinery and a steel ingot before stabbing it with the pipe, destroying its primary power cell. Though this would have terminated the T-800 in normal circumstances; the extreme temperatures of the mill allowed the T-800 to utilize its heat sinks for a source of alternate power, an ability the T-1000 apparently overlooked.
Truck driver: The T-1000 commandeered the man's truck and hurled him out of the driver's seat. It is possible, though unlikely, that the driver might have died from being violently thrown from the moving vehicle.
Cop biker: The T-1000 obtained a police bike from an officer, most likely killing him in the process. (However, it is unlikely he'd do so in presence of surrounding officers and only requires physical contact to mimic appearances.)
Helicopter pilot: Upon pouring into the cockpit and reforming, the T-1000 ordered the pilot to "Get out". The pilot, freaked out by what he was seeing, readily jumped from the cockpit. It is possible the fall killed him, then again he may have survived with injuries.
- In T2: Infiltrator, it is mentioned that the helicopter pilot did die from the fall.
Behind the Scenes
- The T-1000 was portrayed by Robert Patrick, with Jenette Goldstein, Don and Dan Stanton, and Leslie Hamilton Gearren portraying its various impersonations. Astoundingly enough, of its 15 minutes of freakish and chillingly inhuman transformations onscreen, only six of them were achieved through the use of computers. The remaining nine were actually achieved through highly articulate, detailed and realistic puppets-and-prosthetics created by Stan Winston Stuidos, the same team responsible for the metal skeleton effects of the T-800.
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