The A.V. Club has been running an excellent series on the best action films, year by year. They recently got to 1991, and the obvious choice was Terminator 2. But I have a question about what Tom Breihan writes.
In the paragraph describing how Arnold Schwarzenegger, now a superstar (he wasn't when the first Terminator film came out), is introduced, we get:
Maybe I'm misreading this, but I don't think Breihan understands what "figure of fun" means. From the context of his piece, he seems to be saying that Arnold's new terminator is a tough guy, but also a fun guy, or at least an android involved in humorous moments that we can have some laughs with.
But a "figure of fun" isn't someone who's enjoyable to watch or be around. A figure of fun is someone who's considered ridiculous. You're laughing at him, not with him.
"Figure of fun" is a great phrase. Nothing quite like it. But is the original meaning being lost? If enough people start thinking like Breihan, it's gone.