The Terminator franchise, created by James Cameron and Gale Anne Hurd (who also teamed up to produce Aliens), dates back to the wildly successful 1984 film. It encompasses not just films but also comics, novels, video games, and just about every merchandise item you can think of. For those not familiar, the general storyline involves a total war between Skynet’s synthetic intelligence — a self-aware military machine network — and John Connor’s resistance forces comprising the survivors of the human race. Skynet’s most famous products in its genocidal goals are the various Terminator models, such as the T-800, which was portrayed by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the original film. By 2010, the franchise had generated $3 billion in revenue.