"The machine had shut down temporarily to allow maximum heat shunting.  As the flesh burned away and the superalloy of its chassis began to glow red, it came back online, its internal power growing in rapidly multiplying increments.  it was using the fire to strengthen its energy reserve, waiting for the ruined covering of flesh to be purged so it could continue the mission with more freedom of movement.

And now it rose up, smoking, purified of the outer skin, more clearly revealed for what it was- a chrome skeleton with hydraulic muscles and tendons of flexible cable." 

-Frakes, "Terminator"


Endoskeleton Series 800 CSM Model 101 (INFILTRATOR / TERMINATOR)



A logical advance over the T600 model, the T800 model used higher technology to produce a unit that was 20% lighter and 40% more powerful. The T800's advanced sensor package was the best that SKYNET could produce, edging past the Series 1200 Scout in some ranges. The T800 was fully armored in a hyperalloy sheath around vital areas, with critical components being housed in case-hardened constructions. Its nuclear plant was heavily armored and in the event of critical damage, a secondary power source was installed to allow the unit a margin of time to continue / complete its mission. The T800 used frictionless bearings in its joints allowing the unit to maneuver through its range of motions faster than the T600.  Bursts of sustained high speed no longer threatened the joint assemblies.

The main advantage of the T800 series over the earlier series was that the T800 was built with the most advanced control system that SKYNET could produce, a mechanical imitation of the human brain; a fiber-wafer neural net processor.  When set to autonomous mode, it could 'learn' like a human, actually becoming more efficient as time went on and experience built. The first initial production units were sent into the field and were recalled after several missions so that their data could be downloaded and analyzed by SKYNET.

Many T800s were produced in a single variant; the 800 Series Model 101 Cyborg or CYBernetic ORGanism, a hybrid of specially grown synthetic living tissue covering the microprocessor controlled hyperalloy armored endoskeleton. Using advanced techniques, SKYNET finally produced a machine capable of passing as a human. Bad breath, body odor, sweat, blood, tears, and a host of other bodily excretions made the organic camouflage package perfect.   A T800 with custom vat grown skin could pass for a human 95% of the time, unless a trained spotter dog was present.  Moderate to heavy damage to the unit would reveal the armored endoskeleton under the organic camouflage and thus corrupt the infiltration process.

The organic camouflage was unique in that it had a high rate of self healing and regenerative capacities, on the order of seven to one of that of a normal human being.  Specialized repair units were equipped to graft on dermal patches of new skin to repair the organic camouflage in the field, but heavily damaged units often required that the organic camouflage be removed (via a process of flash incineration), repairs completed, and a new organic camouflage coating applied.  The process took upwards of fifteen hours to complete, from the time that the endoskeleton was placed in the synthetic tissue generating vat-womb to the time that the cyborg emerged.  Reprogramming of the cyborg via a spinal and cranial tap included protocols on how to imitate and mimic human behavior, known social nuances, and a restriction on the movement of the joints, which would more appropriately simulate the range of motion that a human could produce, rather than a machine.  Early combat trials of the cyborg units found that the full range of motion that the endoskeletons were capable of would surpass the elastic boundary of the organic camouflage, thus ripping or tearing the camouflage.  This accidental damage to the organic camouflage would often reveal the Infiltrator for its true nature.  Subsequent examinations of the rather limited range limits of human motion (as conducted in SKYNET's automated labs using a variety of techniques on live test subjects) produced a definitive set of protocols for the limiting or reduction in range of motion that was to accompany all cyborg Infiltration / Terminator units.  Once the organic camouflage was invalidated, the range of motion limitations were relegated to sub-duty in the processor array and full motion subroutines were again restored for maximum combat effectiveness.

Collaborated field reports of T800 units infiltrating underground Resistance bunkers and achieving complete tactical success were common. The casualty rates claimed for the T800 series, especially the cyborg variant, were far greater than that of the T600; on the order of 200 to 1 and climbing. Many cyborg variants were produced, with each 'model' including a slightly different height, hair color, hair style, hair texture, skin color, eye color, etc. The same style of unit was never used twice in one area for tactical considerations and SKYNET kept its variants in constant rotation.

The T800 became the main ground unit of SKYNET in the later years of the war, with total production eclipsing the other T series combined. Many thousands of T800s were operated in automatic mode, directly linked to SKYNET's tactical servers. When SKYNET went off-line, about 95% of the remaining T800s went with it. However, several thousand T800 series had been switched from automatic to autonomous mode and these wild units had to still be dealt with by the Resistance, even after the victory.

Research of data compiled during field use of the T800 lead directly to the design of the ultimate endoskeleton assault chassis, the T900.


T800-S Scout Type-S Variant- (coming soon)


T800-H "Centaur" Type-H High Mobility Variant-(coming soon)


T800-T "Tank" Type-T Heavy Support Variant- (coming soon)


T800-TH "Baby Tank" Type-T / Type-H High Mobility Heavy Support Hybrid Variant- (coming soon)


"Where a man's heart would be, shielded in a case-hardened subassembly inside the hyperalloy torso, was the nuclear-energy cell.  it supplied power to run the most sophisticated system of hydraulic actuators and servo-motors ever constructed, enough power to run the lights of a small city for a day.  it was designed to last (the) Terminator considerably longer, especially if intense activity was varied with conservation procedures.

When (the) Terminator dropped off-line into economy mode, compact energy sinks collected and stored the excess.  If the torso was breached and these vital power supplies disturbed,  (the) Terminator could be stopped.  But the torso was triple armored with the densest alloy ever smelted.

(the) Terminator could keep operating at full power for twenty-four hours a day for 1,095 days.  During that time it would certainly have opportunities, like now, for economy mode, where power was cut to 40 percent of nominal function.  The optical system switched to infra-red only.   The motivation units lost 40 percent of hydraulic pressure as the pumps slowed.   Power was shunted into sinks and stored." -Frakes,  "TERMINATOR"