Skynet created a Terminator known as Sky-1 that was so much more powerful than every other type of Terminator that it made the T-1000 look pathetic.
- The Sky-1 Terminator, equipped with anti-Kryptonian weapons and Skynet’s core intelligence, is far stronger than any previous Terminator model, including the T-1000.
- Sky-1 is an autonomous quadrupedal tank that defeated both Superman and Steel effortlessly, demonstrating its immense physical power and ability to think, adapt, and upgrade itself.
- Unlike other Terminator models, Sky-1 doesn’t need direction from Skynet and is capable of ending the world, shattering the timestream, and defeating Superman, making it incomparable to the T-1000 or any other regular Terminator.
The T-1000 in Terminator lore is one of the strongest of Skynet’s killer-androids, which is why the idea of another model making it look pathetic is an utter shock. But, as shocking as it may sound, the Sky-1 Terminator does just that, something that is proven true by none other than Superman himself.
Skynet is the artificial intelligence in the Terminator franchise that effectively ended the world after becoming self-aware, at which point it began the production of Terminators to eliminate what remained of the human race. After one man took his predestined place as the leader of the human resistance against the machines, John Connor, Skynet focused on time-travel technology in an effort to eliminate Connor before he could become the threat he grew into. With every trip to the past, and every subsequent failure, Skynet was forced to create increasingly deadly Terminator models. The first Terminator sent back in time, the T-800, was essentially just a killer android that looked human, while the second one to be sent back, the T-1000, was much more advanced. The T-1000 was made of ‘liquid metal’ and had the ability to shapeshift, transform its limbs into melee weapons, and was nearly invulnerable to all attacks. Though, as overpowered as that sounds, the T-1000 is nothing compared to the Terminator that nearly killed Superman: Sky-1.
Terminator’s Sky-1 Almost Killed Superman, Proving Its Strength
In Superman vs The Terminator: Death to the Future by Alan Grant and Steve Pugh, Superman saves the lives of Sarah and John Connor as they’re being attacked by a Terminator in Metropolis. This single act of heroism brings Superman into a war that stretches across the timestream, and after he’s pulled into the future to the year 2032, Superman sees the end result of this planet-destroying conflict. Humanity is on its last leg as Skynet seems to be improving and adapting itself to meet the challenge posed by the Kryptonians, making these new Terminators much more deadly than any of the previous models. Though the one that stands above the rest is the aforementioned Sky-1, as it’s not just a Terminator equipped with anti-Kryptonian weapons (including a Kryptonite laser), but it also houses a portion of Skynet’s core intelligence.
Sky-1 is a giant, quadrupedal tank that was physically powerful enough to defeat both Superman and Steel with little effort, but the most impressive thing about it is its autonomy. The Sky-1 is Skynet, therefore it doesn’t need to take direction from Skynet like every other model Terminator – including the T-1000. It can think, adapt, and upgrade itself on the fly, which is how it was able to take down two Supermen at once, and why it is far more than any human resistance fighter could ever handle on their own.
The T-1000 is deadly on a level most humans could never match, but the Sky-1 is, itself, a whole other class of Terminator entirely. In fact, it’s fair to say Sky-1 isn’t even a Terminator at all. The Sky-1 is quite literally Skynet incarnate, the living embodiment of an artificial intelligence capable enough to end the world, shatter the timestream, and even defeat Superman like it’s nothing. In other words, Skynet’s Sky-1 makes the T-1000 (and any other ‘regular’ Terminator) look absolutely pathetic.