The Cyberdyne Systems Series 800 Terminator, or simply T-800, is a type of Terminator mass-produced by Skynet.
The T-800 Terminator was Skynet’s first cybernetic organism, with living tissue over a hyperalloy endoskeleton. This made it Skynet’s first successful Infiltrator unit, capable of infiltrating the Resistance.
The Terminator Model T-800 was the first in a line of Series 8xx Terminators in various timelines, including the T-850 and the T-888 Terminators.
CPU: The 800 Series Terminator contains a Neural Net Processor CPU, or “learning computer”, contained within the endoskull and protected by inertial shock dampers. The CPU, developed by Cyberdyne Systems, is one of the most powerful microprocessors ever built. As part of its vast internal databases, the T-800 contains detailed files on human anatomy and physiology so as to make it a more efficient killer. The CPU could also be updated with multiple database files related to advanced infiltration techniques, basic training for soldiers, emergency medical training, sniper training, an extensive tactical database, and detailed files from other terminators making each unit a combat veteran.
Self-Awareness: It appears as though some units which have had their CPU’s set to read-write mode and have been in the battlefield for long periods have taken a new level of understanding, wherein they choose to fight for humans rather than against them, as a rogue T-800’s primary concern is self-protection this is understandable. Skynet sees these units as threats and has ordered that all other models to terminate them on sight. However, these units have developed a large database of in-field improvisation, improving upon their combat ability and self-repair function. It is not uncommon for a rogue T-800 to improve its physical design by replacing or improving components of itself from other disabled units as seen by a captured T-800 unit which showed multiple non-standard modifications, including crude armor plating, additional CPU’s, multiple limbs, serrated talons and internal multiphasic weaponry powered by its internal fuel cell.
Skynet has used such in-field modifications in its latest designs.
The “Rogue” T-800s have achieved this level of autonomy by having their CPU set to “read-and-write” shortly after factory production. The CPU can be manually switched (this ensures that the switch is not activated by a virus or programming glitch) from “read-only” to “read-and-write,” enabling it to learn from its contact with humans, and therefore allowing it to conceal itself more effectively. However, some units have reached a level of understanding where they could choose to accept commands from Skynet or even choose to fight against Skynet.
Endoskeleton: The metal endoskeleton of the T-800 is a microprocessor controlled triple-armored hyper-alloy combat chassis and is constructed with frictionless bearings in its joints, and a servo-actuated control system. Its limbs are controlled by axial drive motors and clavicular trailing links, allowing the T-800s to maneuver faster than the T-600 Terminators, as bursts of speed of up to 22 mph no longer threatened the joint assemblies. The T-800 was also 20% lighter and 40% stronger than the T-600. The armored frame is capable of withstanding most contemporary weapons with small caliber and sometimes even withstanding a direct hit from grenade launchers.
Durability: Unlike their T-600 cousins, who could be easily dispatched via a well-aimed gunshot or burst of firepower to the cranium, the T-800 is even more immune to almost all forms of attacks. The exact extent of what they can endure is subject to their specific circumstances, but the general consensus is that most have displayed remarkable resilience to both conventional and unconventional combat engagements that would leave its predecessors as a pile of scrap metal.
The T-800, while vulnerable to most plasma weaponry, was at least partially resistant to the weaker plasma weapons used by HK-Flying Mini Hunters.
While T-800s are extremely resistant to small arms fire up to and including 5.56mm NATO assault rifle rounds, .50 BMG sniper rifle bullets are sufficient to penetrate their armored chassis, capable of disabling or even decapitating a T-800 with a single perfectly-aimed shot.
Combat situations notwithstanding, the T-800 has a functional period of 120 years on one power cell. This small compact nuclear power cell is located in the same approximate position as a human’s heart, and is shielded in a case-hardened subassembly inside the triple-armored Hyperalloy torso. A powerful enough shot directly hitting its power cell would disable the unit.
The T-800 is, however, also capable of a conservation, or economy, mode. It does this by collecting and storing excess energy in compact energy sinks. In this mode, power is cut to 40% of nominal function; optical systems are switched to infrared only; and motivation units lose 40% hydraulic pressure as pumps slow. In this state, the T-800’s power cell can last almost indefinitely.
The T-800 is generally issued with a Westinghouse M-27 Phased Plasma Battle Rifle in the 40 watt range or General Dynamics RBS-80 Phased Plasma Pulse Gun. However, it is programmed to be able to use all military documented weaponry. The 800 Series is, for example, extremely efficient in the use of the .45 longslide automatic, the model 1887 Winchester lever-action shotgun, the Franchi SPAS-12 shotgun, the Heckler & Koch MP-5s, the M-79 grenade launcher, the Uzi 9-millimetre, and the M-134/GAU-2b minigun.
Because of its ability to learn, it is able to defeat its more advanced series such as the T-1000 Terminator in combat on occasion. However, any particular advantage would be countered if Skynet were to set these units to learn as well.
A T-800 Infiltrator is covered with living tissue, including flesh, skin, hair, blood and body fluids.
The T-800 has a circulatory system which is controlled by a tiny pneumatic pump which maintains a constant pressure. This allows the T-800 to bleed convincingly when wounded.
As the tissue is living, it is warm to the touch, therefore a T-800 will not show different from a real human on thermal scanners. In addition, since the tissue is as real as those of human, it can bleeding, sweating, bad breathing and even aging. All those features allows a T-800 to infiltrate any human group.
Its also been shown that given enough time, a T-800 can regrow its tissue sheath, at least if its not completely destroyed. After the sheath on his face was slightly damaged while no living tissue left on his right arm in 1984, Guardian said it would take years to regrow. Its unknown how long exactly it took, but by 2017 the sheath was completely regrown with no sign of damage.
- Ocular ImplantInfrared Optics
- Retinal Laser
- Targeting Matrix
- Skills Upgrade
- Basic Training
- Medical Training
- Tactical Database
- Living tissue Infiltration outer sheath
- Iridium Power Cell
- Reconstructive Nanites
- Detachable Surveillance Module
- Augmented Musculature
- Subdermal Armor: Level 1
- Holographic Array
- Hypersonic Emitter
- Retractable Claw
- Toxin Coated Spikes
- Plasma Dampening Field
- 20-Watt Phased Plasma Rifle
- 40-Watt Phased Plasma Rifle
- General Dynamics RBS-80 Phased Plasma Pulse Gun
- Arm-Mounted Gatling Gun
- Munitions Hold
Although it was considered a formidable opponent on the battlefield and highly feared by its enemies, the T-800 was far from invulnerable. For one, .50 Browning Machine-Gun caliber rounds or armor piercing bullets made of depleted uranium can penetrate its endoskeleton, disabling and even destroying the unit. Extreme forces, such as intense explosions, could permanently dislocate limbs and disrupt the internal frame, possibly even destroying it. A pipe bomb jammed between its joints, for instance, can blow a T-800 into half. Nevertheless, the upper half torso can remain functional albeit with a severed left arm. Razor-sharp edges such as metallic pipes, steel rods, or shrapnel can pierce into the endoskeleton armor plate if propelled with sufficient force, disabling the cyborg, and even decapitating it (possibly because it could be weakened by a combination of molten steel and liquid nitrogen.)
Unlike other series’ made of non-solid material, such as the liquid-based T-1000 (Mimetic polyalloy), the T-800 could naturally be crushed and destroyed by a tremendous amount of pressure, such as a hydraulic press.
Furthermore, the T-800 was at least partially susceptible against electronic attacks, such as overcurrent, as compared to the more vulnerable T-850 and T-888.
Plasma weapons could penetrate the armor and destroy a T-800 unit. Though the T-800 endoskeleton is more resistant to molten steel and corrosive reagents, such as concentrated hydrochloric acid, as compared to the weaker T-1000, it can ultimately be destroyed if exposure to the aforementioned substances could be achieved for an extended period of time.
Additionally, if any part suffers from damage during battles, after operational for long periods of time without proper repairs, the endoskeleton would begin to break down with the joints locking when exposed to stress or repetitive movement. The Guardian’s hand was damaged when fighting the T-800 (the latter being in perfect condition) in 1984 and it was later shown to suffer from malfunction during a battle against the T-3000 in 2017.
Last but not least, the endoskeleton can be affected by age. After operating over 40 years since 1973, the Guardian had trouble with his servomotors degrading, causing lockups on his knee and in his hand. He stated specifically that it was due to age. Given the fact that T-800’s have power cells that can sustain them for hundreds of years, this may have to do with lack of proper maintenance over that period of time.