The term “[Hasta la vista]” is a Spanish farewell that can be literally translated as “Until the (next) sighting” and means “See you later” and “Goodbye”. This term, with the added word “baby” – “Hasta la vista, baby” – was used in the popular hit song from 1987, “Looking for a New Love” by Grammy Award winner Jody Watley. It was also used in the 1988 Tone Lōc single “Wild Thing“.
“Hasta la vista, baby” became a world-famous catchphrase when it was used in the 1991 film Terminator 2: Judgment Day, which was written by James Cameron and William Wisher Jr. The phrase is featured in an exchange between the film’s characters John Connor (Edward Furlong) and The Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger):
John Connor: No, no, no, no. You gotta listen to the way people talk. You don’t say “affirmative” or some shit like that. You say “no problemo”. And if someone comes on to you with an attitude, you say “eat me”. And if you want to shine them on, it’s “hasta la vista, baby”.
The Terminator: Hasta la vista, baby.
The Terminator says the phrase again prior to shattering the liquid nitrogen-frozen T-1000 with a gunshot.
In the European Spanish version of the film, the phrase was dubbed as “Sayonara, baby” to preserve its humorous nature among Spanish speaking audiences. However, in the Hispanic American version of the film, the phrase remains untouched.