The T-600 is a relentless killing machine manufactured by Skynet with the sole purpose of hunting and eradicating Humans. The T-600 is an early model infiltrator unit with rubber skin stretched over a titanium alloy endoskeleton. Skynet intended the model to approach Human Resistance settlements and get close enough to inflict serious casualties. However, the rubber skin proved a serious design flaw of the T-600. Most humans can recognize the peculiar gait and unrealistic skin of a T-600. This problem precludes its use as an infiltrator-assassin. As more advanced models go into production, such as the T-800 organic hybrid cyborg and T-1000 polymimetic models, the T-600 is relegated to grunt work on the frontlines of battle. In some instances, T-600s are released with basic directives to hunt Humans in the ruins of cities -- basically becoming feral dogs. These free roaming units often fall into disrepair, allowing their disguises to deteriorate and reveal their underlying exoskeleton. Still, the T-600 can catch unsuspecting Humans off guard long enough to get the element of surprise.
Due to the actions of Kyle Reese in 1984 and Sarah and John Connor in 1995, several timelines accessible by Skynet's time travel technology develop. The T-600 serves the same basic purpose in each, but the basics of individual unit activity differ.
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A Rubber Skinned T-600 Face.
A T-600 chokes Derek Reese.
In the year 2027, T-600s are relegated to low-level work due to their relative high availability, bulk, and low level of intelligence. They are used by Skynet as prison guards, cargo haulers, and utility workers. On one occasion, a group of T-600s capture Derek Reese, brother of Kyle Reese, and his Resistance group. In prison, they tattoo barcodes onto the captured Resistance members, prevent escape, and execute uncooperative prisoners. Derek Reese also sees a group of T-600 units dragging a large turbine towards a scientific research facility.
T-600s in this timeline are bigger and more heavily armed but still serve the same basic purpose as in other timelines. They are over 8 feet tall and weigh over a metric ton. This size difference from most average humans paired with their rubber skin defeats their purpose as infiltrators. T-600s are typically armed with M-134 mini-gun. Skynet can take direct control of T-600 units via radio and coordinate their efforts, or Skynet can set T-600s to an autonomous mode where they wander the ruins of Human cities and hunt. T-600s are usually tasked to perform basic combat and guard duty.
A Damaged T-600 Crawls Toward John Connor.
A T-600 Hunts.
In 2018, guard a Skynet compound with information on a radio signal that can disable Skynet robots. John Connor and his Resistance Unit assault the compound. An A-10 Warthog strafing run disables most of the T-600s, and John Connor's Huey lands on a damaged T-600. Connor fires into the T-600's skull with his M4 Rifle. Connor's unit overwhelms the compound and captures the data; however, the compound is a trap and a nuclear strike destroys the compound. John Connor escapes in his Huey, but the shockwave from the blast swats the helicopter form the air. Another damaged T-600 attacks Connor, and Connor swivels a 5.56-caliber machine gun and fires into the T-600.
Connor reports over the radio to his listeners that T-600s have weaker armor in the back and a crucial system is excused on the base of the endoskeleton's skull. A piercing impact to this region confuses the T-600 temporarily.
A T-600 set to autonomous mode wanders the streets of Downtown Los Angeles. Marcus Wright, recently waking up from an apparent fifteen year coma, believes that the cyborg is Human and approaches it asking for help. In response, the T-600 shoots at Marcus. It misses due to its state of disrepair. Kyle Reese saves Marcus utilizing the weakness that Connor transmitted. From this point, Kyle lures the T-600 into a trap where his ward Star drops a heavy truck chassis onto the T-600.
T-600s also guard prisoner processing at Skynet's San Francisco Citadel. They shoot fleeing prisoners.
Personality and Traits
T-600s are emotionless killing machines with little or no thought to their own safety. When trapped, T-600s have been known to shoot off limbs to free themselves. They have basic programming that includes shooting humans with guns and not shooting too soon to increase the chance of a fatal shot. T-600s are brutal death in machine form.
T-600 actor Brian Steel wore a blue suit with green tracking dots so that visual effects teams could remove elements of his body from the picture. This removal makes parts of the endoskeleton appear hollow and contributes to the illusion that the T-600 is not a man in a costume.
A T-600 Suits Up.
A T-600 with a Blue Skin Suit and Green Tracking Dots on its Legs.