T-200 (Retrofitted NORAD Maintenance Droid)
Production date: Prior to 2016
Also known as simply the T-20, the T-200 represented the first anthropomorphic Hunter Killer (HK) design by Sky Net. They were produced in the thousands and were puny by later standards. These Terminators were based on schematics of NORAD maintenance droids, and in some cases were actually the original NORAD droids retrofitted with new components and memory instruction sets. In many ways these were the first real terminators. The production files for more advanced Terminators existed in Sky-Net's database, such as the T-70, but the elements of those designs could not be utilized on a useful scale until Sky-Net had dominance of the Earth's surface and access to the resources necessary to utilize those plans and the time to conduct scientific tests to perfect models incorporating them. The strategic superiority to achieve such an end did not occur until the introduction of the T-600. Therefor the only model of android that Sky-Net could use to hunt humans in their own territory was the T-200 (prior to the introduction of the artifically intelligent human replicas known as the T-600 series).
The T-200 was roughly humanoid in shape. It could easily be distinguished from a human under most conditions. However, it was small enough to be disguised as a human for the purpose of ambush. It was often sometimes issued with a crude ballistic clothe which also made it difficult to discern from a person under conditions of poor enough visibility. The T-200 had no artificial musculature and very primitive and streamlined hydraulic systems, so even with clothing it looked more like a "scare-crow" than a person, thus the resistance nickname. It was also known as the "stickman" or "tin man". However, the head and sensory array of T-200 was decidedly inhuman and from any distance where this is visible it is given away. The use of a T-200 as an infiltrator was not very effective for these reasons. A common nickname by the resistance for a team of T-200s searching for humans among the ruins was a "roach patrol". Whether this is a reference to the conspicuous sensory array of the T-200 or its primative brain is hard to say.
MANEUVERABILITY, SPEED, STRENGTH, DURABILITY
The T-200 had very rigid posture and limited range of bodily motion. Its tactile dexterity and visual acuity was superior to any Terminator previous to the later T-600 class. It was also extremely delicate. Even a near miss by a large caliber weapon near the array could incapacitate the T-200. The armor of the T-200 was laughable. Hyper alloy construction had yet to be perfected at the time of the T-200 and good materials were scarce. Therefore the armor of the T-200 was ceramic plated in nature and offered little resistance to conventional weaponry. A T-200 was physically much stronger than a human, but a blow to the sensory array could disable it.
The T-200 was equipped with night vision.
The typical T-200 was issued with a primative brain. Though capable of carrying out minute and complex tasks, its ability to perform in autonomous mode was limited to the subroutines of its instinctual memory database and to new instructions uploaded to it by Sky-Net. The T-200 was useful for many years after its introduction due to its ability to occupy areas used by the resistance and utilize resistance weaponry and machines. When the units became obsolete, Sky-Net simply stopped communicating with them resulting in many T-200s that remained at their posts motionless for decades (in a passive mode conserving energy indefinitely), awaiting instructions that would never come, or activity by humans which they would then attempt to eliminate. The T-200 brain was incapable of storing any knowledge that might present a security risk to Sky-Net and its technology was already inferior to that possessed by the resistance, so Sky-Net saw no threat to allowing the units to continue to exist and did not assign newer Terminators or HKs to eliminate the remaining Tin Men.
Later models derived from the T-200 architecture, such as: the T-202 (circa 2017), and the T-204 (circa 2018) had advanced artificial intelligence and served as maintenance technicians and some were directly controlled by Sky-Net, acting as its eyes and hands. They had no combat programming and were never encountered by humans. These models continued use until the final victory when 99 percent of them stopped functioning with the fall of Sky-Net.
Though in the beginning of the war between man and machines the T-200 was a terror to behold, by the time the resistance began forming, the T-200s were hunted by humans for their parts and armor which could be recycled. Their weaknesses and short comings compared to later models are almost too numerous to list.
T-200s were not issued with very powerful weapons. Usually they were only issued with conventional weaponry. GE Plasma rifles were sometimes carried, but the more powerful plasma rifles were too much for the little Tin-Men to handle.
Upgraded versions of the T-200 were produced: the T-202 and T-204. These variations had more intelligence and mechanical skill, no combat abilities, and were not encountered by humans during the war. The T-204 sometimes came on treads instead of legs and had 4 arms.
T-200 Efficiency Ratings
Intelligence: * (variable in later models)