Title screen of "Terminator - How It Should End"

How It Should Have Ended is both a channel and series on YouTube. The series generally dedicates an episode to providing a parody ending of theatrical films and is done in animation.

Terminator - How It Should End

"Terminator - How It Should End" was uploaded September 30, 2009. Unlike most other animations of the series which feature humorous alternative scenes from recent movies, this one has the form of a trailer.

The animation is actually a suggestion for a future Terminator movie, which humorously crosses over the Back to the Future franchise. It features Terminator characters interacting with BTTF characters and even concepts from BTTF used in action movie-like fashion.


"This summer the future is terminated"
—TaglineThe movie starts with passing road markings and the voiceover of Sarah Connor (as in the epilogue of T2: Judgment Day) pondering the previous failed attempts of the Terminators to erase her and her son from history; and the fear that one could kill them defenseless, at infancy. We then see John Connor in 2018 (in the form of Christian Bale) thinking that the only way to secure their fate is "to terminate the creator of time travel" and sends a re-programmed T-1000 on November 5th 1955.

A T-1000 wearing a policeman uniform knocks at the Doc Brown's mansion who answers still wearing his Brain-wave analyzer, but at the same instance T-1000's head is shot and opens wide. Marty McFly shows up somehow having sought the help of T-800 who tells the Doc "Come with me if you want to live". As the DeLorean leaves, we see T-1000 recovering and standing up. The trio is then found at the DeLorean hideout behind the huge Lyon Estates sign and T-800 narrates the Doc how his invention will be used by evil machines to "Terminate" one man, to which he comments "Great Scott!".

The next scenes alternate rapidly

Chase scene with a manure truck

  • Marty and Doc are in his garage telling him that he must get his parents to that dance and himself "Back... to the Future".
  • T-800 (instead of Darth Vader) turns on a walkman with Eddie Van Halen's music to George McFly's ears as he is sleeping. Showing his cybernetic arm he says "Now listen to me very carefully".
  • T-1000 hijacks the DeLorean and attempts to impale Marty as he drives

The Enchantment is ruined

  • T-800 metallic skeleton (without the human flesh tissue) shoots at the Enchantment Under the Sea causing havoc
  • Doc holds a makeshift shotgun (similar to the rifle he has in 1885) which he arms and shoots with his single hand (like Sarah Connor in Judgment Day)
  • T-800 and T-1000 struggle at the High School corridor.
  • Doc telling to Marty "You know I am not the enemy".
  • George McFly punching Biff who turns out to be a morphed T-1000
  • Otis Peabody in front of his exploding stable
  • Marty McFly at the dance shouting "If we stay the course we are dead".
  • T-800 being shot and his tissue damaged while charging towards an unseen enemy
  • George kissing Lorraine
  • Goldie Wilson holding a mop seeing the DeLorean jumping over his head (supposedly during a car chase scene).
  • T-800 having lost his left arm, holding a wire attached to the DeLorean.

Doc vs T-1000

  • T-1000 about to kill Doc by stabbing him with his morphing finger-knife.
  • DeLorean hit by the lightning and disappearing to the future, in a representation of the famous trilogy sequence.
  • The Hill Valley Courthouse exploding
  • Doc telling John Connor (in the future) "I am the only hope you have".

The animation ends with a landscape of a devastated Hill Valley City Square as the camera zooms out, and the title with the Terminator theme. The title "Terminator <-- How It Should End" (designed as the logo of "Back to the Future") appears.

The final scene shows T-800 pointing his gun at someone and saying "So why don't you make like a tree... and get out of here."

How Back To The Future 2 Should Have Started

"How Back To The Future 2 Should Have Started" was uploaded on October 20, 2015. Rather than providing an alternate ending, the video has an alternate beginning to Back to the Future Part II which due to the characters questioning time travel mechanics, negates the story from occurring.


The video starts off close enough to the movie, though Marty says "a hole" instead of "asshole".

Just as Doc prepares to take off, Marty questions how he and Jennifer would have kids in the future if they leap ahead in time. Doc realizes that his question is valid as neither of them would be around to have kids in 2015 who would need help. He drops the two teens off to take care of matters himself, while telling them to be good parents.

Marty asks Doc if the future is awesome. Doc answers that it is, though telling the two a little bit will cause a chain reaction leading to a new timeline with "flying technology delayed, Jaws sequels canceled, different clothing styles, global warming, Cubs maybe having a chance, but it won't be the same.

Marty then asks if it will be better, with Doc, unwilling to answer decides to back up the DeLorean as he needs room to get up to 88.

How Looper Should Have Ended

"How Looper Should Have Ended" was uploaded on November 29, 2012.

After deciding not to kill himself and actually stay at the farm, Joe fixes the entire problem and goes to a cafe for Time travelers where he's talking with Doctor Who and Doc Brown. At the end of the video, Doc, Joe, Doctor Who and the Terminator are in the Delorean and fly into the camera while Doc says "Blink? Where we're going we don't need to blink" a reference to Back to the Future Part II and Weeping Angels from Doctor Who which one of them is in the Delorean.

How Deadpool 2 Should Have Ended

"How Deadpool 2 Should Have Ended" was uploaded on August 6, 2018.

The Video is written by The Fans and one of the segments has Cable going back to the past to confront the bad guys so that Russell doesn't become evil and so that this isn't a "John Connor Terminator Knockoff story". The next scene shows Cable dressed in a radiation suit ,the same as the one that Marty Mcfly wore in the "Darth Vader from Planet Vulcan" scene, waking up the bad guy with loud music and threating him with a gun. This is all a reference to the "Darth Vader" scene from Back to the Future. Cable also says "My name is Cable and i'm from the planet Vulcan."

How Terminator Dark Fate Should Have Ended

How Terminator Dark Fate Should Have Ended was uploaded on January 15, 2020.

In the video, Doc appears along with the flying DeLorean time machine to fix The Terminator storyline but                                                          there's more references to the Back to the Future trilogy:

  • Doc's opening in the video is the same as Back to the Future Part II: "You've gotta come back with me" , "It's Your Kids" and "Something has gotta be done about your kids" with than also The Delorean flying into the camera.
  • Sarah and the new girl erase out of existence
  • Doc's ending line in the video is a reference to Back to the Future Part III: "It means the future is whatever you make it! So make it a good one!" and than again The Delorean flies into the camera.


As of 2010 the video "Terminator - How It Should End" at YouTube has more than 2,500,000 views and about 19,000 positive hits.

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