The concept of an unstoppable killing machine has been around in fiction for ages, yet one of its most iconic examples is just a few decades old. The terminator, the title character of the 1984 film The Terminator, is an intelligent robot hiding in human skin, programmed to infiltrate, seek, and destroy. Dread surrounds this cybernetic incarnation of death, and its victims know true horror as they try in vain to get away from the vise-like grip and high precision targeting skills of this fearsome movie monster.
Although Con City is far from being as dark and especially as serious in tone as The Terminator, Con City certainly took influence from this movie's iconic killing machine, in some cases figuratively, in others, a little more literally. An unstoppable killing machine is an excellent source of danger and suspense in black comedy crime fiction, after all, whether they're the hero, the villain, or somewhere in between. Hell, Con City's iconic hitman Mister Jake even steals one of the terminator's own methods for getting access to his target at a certain heavily fortified location, albeit Jake puts his own psychotic twist on it.
And that, perhaps, is the one thing for which all victims of the terminator should be thankful for. The terminator may have been cold, relentless, unstoppable, and indestructible... but at least it wasn't a psychopath.