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Bear with us: Arnold from Predator and Arnold from The Terminator are the same guy

In the cinematic lore of the Terminator franchise, it’s never made explicitly clear why the Skynet supercomputer decided to make the T-800 Model 101 look the way he looks. Was it simply the computer’s approximation of the ideal human form? Did Arnold Schwarzenegger, the actor-governor, exist in the world of the Terminator and sell his life rights to Cyberdyne Systems before judgment day? Or were the other robots up late one night watching Predator on TBS and simply said, “How about we make it look like that guy?”


According to a new theory from Uproxx and Cracked, the truth might be even more complicated and, to be honest, fun. Using evidence pulled from the 1994 Alien Vs. Predator video game, the video proposes that Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character from Predator, Major Alan “Dutch” Schaefer, was sent to Guatemala by the government in order to battle the Predator alien as a test. Once he successfully defeated the dreadlocks-sporting killer, the government, in collaboration with Cyberdyne Systems, began producing alien-killing robots modeled after his likeness. Flash forward to post-judgment day, Skynet has run amok and is using the Dutch-modeled cyborgs to kill humans and travel back in time.

It’s a fun theory, not only because it allows you to imagine an all-out brawl between Xenomorphs, Predators, and Cyberdyne robots, but because it might also mean that somewhere in a Cyberdyne Systems’ basement there are a couple of less-successful killer cyborgs modeled after Carl Weathers and Jesse Ventura. Where’s their movie?

Contributor, The A.V. Club. Pay me to write for you, you coward.

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