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The T-800, also known as Model 101 or more commonly known as The Terminator, known for the film franchise of the same name, is an upcoming playable guest character in Mortal Kombat 11.

The Terminator is set to debut as the third character of the Kombat Pack.

About The Terminator

The Terminator, particularly the Model 101 version, is known from the Terminator film franchise. Despite there being multiple different types of Terminators in the series, the T-800 version has appeared in every film in one way or another as either a protagonist or antagonist. A cold, remorseless killing machine, it stops at nothing to complete its mission, no matter the task given.

The Terminator is an advanced cybernetic organism programmed for infiltration and assassination missions by its maker, Skynet, with the ultimate goal of exterminating the Human Resistance. Its advanced endoskeleton render it unaffected by small arms fire, however higher caliber weapons and explosives have proven extremely effective in destroying a Terminator. Due to being an android, the Terminator is also extremely physically superior to a normal human, being able to harm, throw around and even kill an adult human with little to no effort, as depicted in almost every film in the series. Additionally, due to their advanced cybernetics, they are able to use any weapon they happen to find, drive any vehicle and have detailed files on human anatomy, allowing them to be a more efficient killing machine, described by Sarah Connor in the second film, Terminator 2: Judgement Day. Also, they are programmed with voice manipulation, allowing them to mimic the voice of any person they may have encountered.

Being described, even by itself in some instances, as a cybernetic organism, the Terminator is a cyborg with living tissue over its endoskeleton. Stated by one of the first film's protagonists, Kyle Reese, Reese describes the Terminator - "The Terminator is an infiltration unit, part man – part machine. Underneath it's a hyperalloy combat chassis, microprocessor-controlled, fully armored, very tough. But outside it's living human tissue. Flesh, skin, hair, blood, grown for the cyborgs." This tissue feels and functions like normal human skin. The tissue can suffer damage such as scrapes, slashes, burns and gunshots, and can heal like normal human tissue at a much faster rate, however the tissue can in fact deteriorate and die if unchecked or no maintenance is done. The tissue and even hair follicles on a Terminator can even age, this being depicted in both the fifth and sixth films in the series Terminator: Genisys and Terminator: Dark Fate, respectively. This tissue is used by Skynet to fool the time travelling devices used in the future, as sending a machine back would not work, however encasing the machines in living tissue allowed for this, which in turn allowed Skynet and even the Resistance to send multiple Terminators from the future to the past.

Portrayed in the original film as the main antagonist, the Terminator was sent back in time by its maker, Skynet, to terminate Sarah Connor, the mother of the future leader of the Resistance against the machines, John Connor. Travelling to 1984 Los Angeles, the Terminator is also followed by Resistance fighter Kyle Reese, who is sent back to protect Sarah from the cyborg. The following films after, with the exception of Terminator Salvation, features the Model 101 version of the Terminator as a protagonist sent back to the past by the Resistance to protect John Connor and other future Resistance members and even Sarah Connor in Terminator: Genisys, depicted in the second, third and sixth film. The Model 101 Terminator is featured in Terminator Salvation however only briefly in the film's climax as an antagonist trying to kill John Connor, who had infiltrated Skynet. Both a friendly and enemy T-800 appear in Genisys, as the film depicts the main timeline as being fractured, resulting in a good T-800 programmed by an unknown source raising Sarah Connor at a young age and eventually fighting the enemy T-800 from the first film that is sent back to kill Sarah in the main timeline.

Appearance

TBA

Biography

  • Mortal Kombat 11: TBA

Combat characteristics

Powers and abilities

Signature Moves

  • Saw Off: The Terminator fires a blast from his shotgun. The closer the Terminator is to the opponent, the higher the damage this attack will do. (MK11)
    • The move can be amplified up to two times for the Terminator to fire another blast, each with the option to advance forward or retreat backwards during each shot. The second amplified version will knock the opponent down.
  • Gorilla Press Slam: The Terminator lifts the opponent over his head and slams them on the opposite side. (MK11)
    • The first option for the amplified version of this attack has the Terminator throw the opponent a considerable distance backwards, doing more damage.
    • The second for the amplified version of this attack has the Terminator stagger the opponent with a double axe-handle.
  • Killing Machine: The Terminator turns his back to his opponent and parries all projectiles that hit him. He can delay the move to increase its duration. (MK11)
  • Ion Grenade: The Terminator lobs a grenade that explodes shortly after it hits the ground. (MK11 - Equip Ability)
    • Amplifying the attack has the grenade explode as soon as it hits the ground.
  • Rolling Ion Grenade: The Terminator throws a grenade along the bottom of the stage that explodes after a short delay. (MK11 - Equip Ability)
    • Amplifying the attack has the grenade explode as soon as it hits the opponent.
  • Albi Backbreaker: The Terminator lifts the opponent over his head and slams their back into his shoulder and throws them behind him. He has the option to throw the forward as well. Replaces Gorilla Press Slam when equipped. (MK11 - Equip Ability)
    • Amplifying the attack follows-up with the Terminator carrying the opponent on both shoulders and driving them head-first into the ground.
  • Death Grip: The Terminator catches the opponent while they're in the air, then crushes their spine with a deadly bear hug after landing. (MK11 - Equip Ability)
    • Amplifying the attack releases the opponent after the Terminator catches them.
  • Infiltrator Toss: The Terminator grabs the opponent by the foot out of the air and throws them to the opposite side. (MK11 - Equip Ability)
    • Amplifying the attack slams the opponent, launching them for a juggle.
  • Endo Lunge: The Terminator leaps onto his opponent and knocks them down with an overhead blow. This attack has a close, mid and far version. (MK11 - Equip Ability)
    • Amplifying the attack follows up with the Terminator shooting the opponent multiple times while they're on the ground with his SMG.
  • Terminate: The Terminator gains a temporary buff that grants him armor. While Terminate is active, the Terminator cannot dash, jump or duck, limiting his mobility options. (MK11 - Equip Ability)
  • T.D.E: The Terminator uses the T.D.E. (Time Displacer Equipment) to teleport behind his opponent. This replaces his Killing Machine move when equipped. (MK11 - Equip Ability)
  • Cyber Rift: The Terminator strikes the ground with his grenade in hand, sending an energy wave that knocks his opponent down. (MK11 - Equip Ability)
  • Running Man: The Terminator sprints forward and has several possible follow-ups. (MK11 - Equip Ability)
    • Tackle: The Terminator tackles the opponent to the ground.
      • If it hits, amplifying the attack causes the Terminator look around him, then stomp the opponent's groin.
      • This activates a Krushing Blow when the Terminator runs his full distance before tackling the opponent. The Terminator crushes the opponent's testicles if it's a male or nothing if it's a female character, dealing 31% of damage.
    • Punch: The Terminator launches the opponent with an uppercut.
    • Kick: The Terminator kicks the opponent back.
    • Stop: The Terminator stops running by spending a bar of defensive meter.
  • Incapacitator: The Terminator throws a sticky grenade that prevents the opponent from using their Offensive and Defensive meter. This move is unblockable. (MK11 - Equip Ability)
  • Endoskeleton: When the Terminator's health drops to a certain threshold, he gets knocked down and his clothes and flesh burn off as he rises, leaving only his T-800 endoskeleton. He gains armor until he loses the round and his moves are restricted while he is in this form. Like his Terminate move, his mobility options are heavily reduced. (MK11 - Equip Ability)

Signature moves

  • Fatal Blow - Chill Out: The Terminator stuns the opponent by striking them with his shotgun. He then strikes the opponent in the chin with the butt of his shotgun, then points the barrel of the gun directly in their face and gives a thumbs up and smiles before firing it and knocking them away. Before having the chance to gain any distance, the Terminator grabs them by the leg and pulls them back to him, holding them by the neck and slamming them headfirst onto the ground which causes them to bounce back up into his choke hold where he punches them in the face once followed by a headbutt that knocks them away. (MK11)

Other Moves

  • Throw (Backward): The Terminator cracks the opponent over the head with a hammer fist, then holds them up by the throat. He proceeds to attach an ion grenade to their face, then hurls the opponent to the opposite side. As they land, the grenade goes off, sending the opponent further away. (MK11)
  • Throw (Forward): The Terminator punches the opponent in the stomach, then proceeds to jab his SMG in their gut, blasting them away with a volley of bullets. (MK11)
  • No Escape: The Terminator stomps the opponent's feet, then does an overhead fist which bounces the opponent. The delay between the attacks are very long and can interrupted or Flawless Blocked. (MK11)
  • Unstoppable Machine: The Terminator stomps the opponent and instead does a lunging knee, knocking the opponent away. (MK11)
    • This combo string activates a Krushing Blow when only the second hit connects. This damages their intestines as well as launching them up for a combo.

Fatalities

  • I'm Back: The Terminator kicks the opponent forwards and walks away. The opponent then looks up in a shocked manner at the Terminator now riding his motorcycle towards them, where he drives and spins the motorcycle into them, sending them flying into the air. The Terminator spins and cocks his shotgun and shoots the opponent, blasting them to pieces. (MK11)
  • Target Terminated: The Terminator blows out both the opponent's knees with his shotgun, then uses the Time Sphere to send the opponent to the future, leaving behind the lower parts of their legs. They reappear in 2029 on a battlefield as the war between Skynet and humanity goes on. They try to crawl away, only for one of the Terminators to blast them with its laser rifle, blowing a hole through their chest. (MK11)

Brutalities

  • The Klassic: The Terminator shoots the opponent's head off with their spine attached. It is available to all other characters. (MK11)
  • Efficient Execution: The Terminator performs his Throw (Backward), but proceeds to choke the opponent instead of planting a grenade. He eventually squeezes their throat so hard that their head pops off and flies into the air. The Terminator then takes out his shotgun and guns the head down before it lands. (MK11)
  • Future Assassin: TBA

Ending

  • Mortal Kombat 11: TBA

Trivia

  • Terminator is the third science-fiction character to appear as a playable character, the first being Predator and then followed by Alien in Mortal Kombat X.
    • He is also the first non-horror science fiction character to appear.
  • The Terminator is also the second pure cyborg character to be a playable character. The first being Triborg.
    • Coincidentally, both are DLC characters, however, the Terminator is a non-canon guest character.
  • The Terminator's metal and glowing red optic receptor inspired Kano's Bionic Eye.
  • The Terminator uses the likeness of Arnold Schwarzenegger who previously played the Terminator in multiple games and movies.
    • Despite using Arnold's likeness, Schwarzenegger does not provide the voice for the character, and Terminator’s new voice actor was handpicked by Schwarzenegger himself.
  • Due to its endoskeleton, the Terminator is the first character in Mortal Kombat 11 with a unique visual when a Krushing Blow is performed on him.
  • The Terminator's intros are references to its origin franchise.
    • Time Bubble is a reference to The Terminator, where the T-800 first arrives in the past.
    • Action Figure is a reference to Terminator 2: Judgment Day, where the T-800 pulls out a shotgun from a box of roses.
      • The box of roses was changed in MK11 to a Johnny Cage action figure box.
      • In one of the intros, Cassie Cage and The Terminator even made a Guns N Roses reference.
    • Killer Ride is a reference to the T-800's motorcycle from Terminator 2: Judgment Day, the Harley Davidson FLSTF Fatboy.
      • Rather than the Harley-Davidson logo, Johnny Cage's signature is depicted on the motorcycle's gas tank.
  • Terminator is currently the only character whose ending is explained by a different character rather than himself, with Cassie Cage explaining the cyborg's ending.
    • The way the Terminator sinks into the Sea of Blood is the same way he sinks into molten fire on Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
  • From one of his mirror match intros, a Terminator model NRS-419 is named after NetherRealm Studios, and MK11's release date in April of 2019.
  • Due to being modeled after Arnold Schwarzenegger, Terminator has a few references to Schwarzenegger's previous movie roles outside Terminator, such as Predator, Jingle All the Way, Total Recall, Kindergarten Cop and Conan the Barbarian.

Errors

  • The Terminator does not show emotion when taking damage or being struck by bullets or attacks during the movies, however during gameplay, he reacts to Krushing Blows and strikes. This is likely just gameplay mechanics as all characters have the same reaction.

References

  1. https://twitter.com/domcianciolo/status/1179103018425442306?s=21
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