Nine Days of Maniacs, Monsters, and Madmen- Day 8: T-800
We are counting down the days to Halloween, and what better way to celebrate this skin-crawling season than to take a look at some of the monsters that haunt your dreams and send chills down your spine.
Each day we will be diving into the realm of a different master of horror, finding what makes them tick, and how you can attempt to survive should you happen to encounter them… Sadly, those odds are not in your favor.
Until now, we have been dealing with organic creatures and maniacs of flesh and blood. Today’s monster is made of metal and circuits, which makes it no less deadly.
Name: Cyberdyne Systems Model 101 Series T-800
AKA: The Terminator
Classification: Genocidal Robot, Mass Murderer
First Appearance: The Terminator (1984)
Location: Wherever and whenever Skynet sends it.
August 4th, 1997 was the day that Skynet, the world’s most advanced automated defense network, reached the singularity and became self-aware. Fearful for what a sentient computer network would do with infinite firepower, its creators immediately tried to shut it down and kill it. That did not go so well. In retaliation, Skynet launched missiles and kicked off a nuclear holocaust that extinguished three billion lives. Judgment Day…
This was not enough for Skynet. All humans must be terminated.
To accomplish this goal, Skynet begins to manufacture battle robots to hunt and kill all humans left on the planet. The most famous of these is the T-800 model. These mechanical endoskeletons can be covered in a synthetic yet living human tissue, giving the machine the ability to pass as a normal person. It can then infiltrate and exterminate the human resistance from within.
The T-800 is made of a metallic hyper-alloy with an unknown composition. What is known however, is that the alloy is durable to the point of being almost indestructible. Conventional weaponry cannot damage it. The machines are also incredibly strong and proficient in using any sort of weapon.
Skynet has also learned the secrets of time travel, so it can send its robot minions to do its bidding anywhere and anywhen.
Most importantly, the T-800 is smart and has the cold resolve of a machine. You can’t bargain with it. You can’t reason with it. It feels no pity. It feels no fear. It will never stop until its target is terminated.
There aren’t many. Skynet built these things tough. Intense heat strong enough to melt metal is one way of taking them out. You can also try crushing it to death in a hydraulic press capable of collapsing hyper-alloy metals. You probably just have one of those lying around somewhere, right?
You can also try using a plasma rifle against it, but if you don’t live in a post-apocalyptic future controlled by a mad super computer, good luck finding one.
YOUR CHANCES OF SURVIVAL:
Not great. They never stop, and when you think it’s down for the count, it just gets back up and keeps coming at you. If you do by chance defeat it, Skynet will just send another T-800 back through time to try again… and if not a T-800, something more advanced and much, much worse.
Tomorrow is Halloween! Check back then for a special Court of the Dead character in our final installment of Maniacs, Monsters, and Madmen.