Characters: Predators

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The cast of Predators, in order of appearance:

Humans

    Royce 

Royce

"There is no hunting like the hunting of man. And those who have hunted armed men long enough, and liked it, never really care for anything else thereafter."
Played By: Adrien Brody

A mercenary dropped in the game preserve. Cold and ruthless, he slowly and reluctantly emerges as the leader of the group.
  • Blood Knight: He freely admits that he loves to kill and has no moral qualms about it.
  • Changed My Mind, Kid: After apparently turning his back on the other survivors to get to an alien ship, he comes back and saves Isabelle's life.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Possibly the biggest in the Predator series. He has no qualms in creating more fire around him, blocking Mr. Black's thermal vision, or using the body of a teammate to trap Mr. Black.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: To Dutch from the first movie. Dutch was a burly, patriotic commando with strict ethics who starts off with a loyal team containing a Sixth Ranger Traitor. Royce is a wiry loner, fights because he likes killing, gets made the leader of a 'team' he barely cares about, and at one point betrays them to flush out the Predators.
    • Their actors are similarly polar opposites. Arnold Schwarzenegger was a former body-builder mainly cast for his look, and has the acting talent of a tree trunk. Adrien Brody is known as one of the finest actors of his generation, being the youngest recipient for a Best Actor Oscar, and was not even considered as an action star until this movie came out.
  • Cultured Badass: With the Hemingway quotes to prove it.
  • Guttural Growler: He has a very scratchy, low voice.
  • Licked by the Dog: Isabelle's faith in him is one of the first signs that he's not all bad.
  • Lightning Bruiser: A heavily muscled guy with a big gun (just about a notch shy of being a full-blown BFG) he is still impressively quick, as he showcases when one of his teammates tries to backstab him.
  • Morality Pet: Isabelle quickly becomes his.
  • Noble Demon: Although it slowly occurs over the course of the movie, more notably with Isabelle.
  • Not So Different: He tries to pull this with Isabelle.
    "You know what the difference between you and me is? We both do the same thing. You just do it for a country, so you don't have to admit you like it."
  • Pet the Dog: Goes all out to save Isabelle from a pit trap early in the movie, one of the early signs that he's not entirely heartless.
  • Private Military Contractor: He plays all the negative stereotypes straight, though Isabelle also pegs him as former special forces.
  • Shirtless Scene: Serves up double-barreled fanservice by showing off Brody's astonishing abdominals and giving an unsubtle Internal Homage to the first movie.
  • Shotguns Are Just Better: His weapon of choice is the AA-12 automatic shotgun.
  • The Unfettered: Royce takes everything thrown at him in his stride, and is willing to engage in tactics that disgust his teammates in order to survive.

    Cuchillo 

Cuchillo

"This is Hell."
Played By: Danny Trejo

"Does this look like a team-work orientated group of individuals to you?"

A Mexican enforcer for the Los Zetas drug cartel.
  • Dead All Along: When he "calls for help". He's actually dead, and a Predator is just imitating his voice.
  • Rogue Agent: Possibly. The Zetas were initially founded by Special Forces deserters from the Mexican Army.
  • Straw Misogynist: In the deleted scenes, where he shows disdain for Isabelle just because of her gender.
  • Tattooed Crook

    Nikolai 

Nikolai Fedorov

"Ну и рожа у тебя!"
Played By: Oleg Taktarov

A Russian Spetsnaz agent. Tough and courageous with a family back home, he's one of the more co-operative members of the misfit team.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: He's the only one to introduce himself and offer a handshake like a normal person, and he also treasures his...
  • Famous Last Words: Gets the oh-so-famous "You're one ugly motherfucker!" line (in Russian no less).
  • Fatal Family Photo: Oh Nikolai. If only he'd seen TV Tropes, he'd know not to proudly pass around a photo of his kids in a combat zone.
  • Genius Bruiser: Maybe not a genius exactly, but he's a pretty smart guy.
  • Genre Blind: By this point, shouldn't everyone know about the family picture cliche?
  • Mutual Kill: A Predator impales him through the chest with its wrist-blades, but Nikolai's shirt falls open to reveal that he he several Claymore mines strapped to himself (which he stole from Nolan). He chokes out "You're one ugly motherfucker!" in Russian, then detonates the mines. The point-blank blast is enough to actually kill the Predator, the first one any of them even manages to kill, providing a brief Hope Spot
  • Token Good Teammate

    Isabelle 

Isabelle

"We're the monsters of our own world. It's probably better that we're never going back."
Played By: Alice Braga

A sniper for the Israeli Defense Force. Suffering from Survivors Guilt, she takes it upon herself to keep the team's moral compass pointed in the right direction.
  • Morality Pet: For a long time Isabelle's faith in Royce is the only external sign the audience gets that he's not an irredeemable prick. He saves her life more than once, in the last case passing up a chance to use a Predator ship in order to come back and help her.
  • Small Girl, Big Gun: Though not of cartoonish proportions, it's a long-barreled, high-caliber sniper rifle, and she's rather petite.
  • Survivors Guilt: She is haunted by the loss of her spotter, who was killed in action shortly before she was kidnapped by the Predators.
  • Token Good Teammate: Only Nikolai comes close to being as unambiguously good as she is.

    Stans 

Walter Stans

"Who do you think you're dealing with, hoss?"
Played By: Walton Goggins

A Death Row inmate responsible for killing 38 people. Stans may be small, but he moves like a cobra.
  • The Berserker: When we first see Stans, he's fighting Mombasa with a knife, then improvising with a heavy branch. He's actually out-fighting him too. Later, Stans gets stabby when pinned by one of the Tusker beasts and earns his respect. He jumps on a Predator and starts stabbing it in the back, and isn't the slightest bit afraid when it pulls out his spine. He'll fight anything and without an ounce of fear.
  • Boring but Practical: When they're in Noland's hideout, there are piles of various weapons that Nolan has scavenged from other people who were dumped on the game reserve and killed, such as hand grenades. Several of them stock up on supplies: Nikolai takes some Claymore mines, and Hanzo takes a vintage katana. Stans had previously complained about not having a gun like the others, but what does he choose to take? Turns out, just a bulletproof vest - and it saves his life later when the lead Super-Predator shoots him in the back with his plasma-caster. He's still injured, but the Predator assumed the shot killed him, allowing Stans to get the drop on him from behind and shiv him in the neck.
  • Brother-Sister Incest: Pretty strongly implied, considering his tattoo.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: His What the Hell, Hero? speech is full of this. He also tends to inspire this in others. This is prison etiquette - it's fine to fight each other, but the clique sticks together. Even different cliques should drop differences to team against the screws.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Eggs a Predator to Finish Him! while showing no fear or cowardice, even when given a Cruel and Unusual Death by having his spine and skull ripped out while he was still alive.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Sure, he's funny and personable, but he's always a second away from doing or saying something horrific.
  • For the Evulz: His reason for killing 38 people? (From a deleted scene).
    Stans: Well my lawyer said I was crazy, but you want to know the real reason; why the fuck not?
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Already wounded, he throws himself at an Black Predator with a knife and slows it down enough for the others to escape.
  • Knife Nut: He complains about all the others getting guns when he only has a knife, but like the others he has been equipped with his most proficient weapon.
  • The Lancer: Stans may be crazy, but he's very much a team player and would have probably taken over from Royce if Royce was taken down. As they travel, he walks third in line behind Royce and Isabelle.
  • Stupid Evil: Surprisingly averted. He openly admits that he is a sadistic serial killer with a 38 body kill count, and you frequently suspect that he'll turn on the group at the right moment, but he never does. He's actually smart enough to realize that their only chance against the Predators is if they stick together. He apparently learned this as prison etiquette: if the inmates fight each other, it makes it easier for the guards to pick them off one by one. He's a bit crass, but it never comes to anything. At worst, he scuffles with Mombasa a bit at the beginning, but this is specifically because he wants someone to give him a gun - understandable given that he's armed with only a shiv against alien hunters.
  • Sociopathic Hero: He's unambiguously a homicidal psychopath, but he's brave and skilled and pragmatic enough to be a valuable member of the team.
  • The Apocalypse Brings Out the Best in People: The alien hell-world is probably the only place in the universe his blend of total psychopathy, blood-thirst, and cold-blooded pragmatism would drive him to heroics, instead of making him a menace to society.
  • Token Evil Teammate: It's almost sad that it's half-masked by his hilarity, but you have to remember that the mercs killed for money. Stans killed people for the hell of it. Some people don't need a reason, just an excuse.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Of all people, he joins Isabelle in directing a minor one at Royce after Mombassa's death.
    Royce: I needed to know who we're up against. Now I do.
    Stans: A man is dead because of that.
    Royce: This morning you were ready to kill him.
    Stans: Well it ain't this goddamn morning, is it?

    Mombasa 

Mombasa

"I am ready to die. Are you?"
Played By: Mahershalalhashbaz Ali

An RUF member and a Sierra Leone Death Squad officer.
  • The Atoner: Maybe. He doesn't seem sadistic or particularly proud of his actions but he's killed before we learn more about his character.
  • Not Afraid to Die: See his quote, if you are uncertain.
  • Not So Different: He notes the Predators are using a tactic he himself has in the past. Namely luring other people into traps with a badly wounded ally's cries for help.
  • The Rival: to Stans, at first.
  • Scary Black Man: Big, check. Black, check. RUF Death Squad Member, check.

    Edwin 

Edwin

"Can someone please just tell me, uh, what the fuck is going on here?"
Played By: Topher Grace

A doctor with no combat background.
  • Action Survivor: He's the only one who makes no active contribution to the firefights.
  • Combat Medic: It's the team's only explanation for why he is there at all.
  • The Smart Guy: He can identify plant life, and knows their toxic properties.

    Hanzo 

Hanzo

"...I talk too much."
Played By: Louis Ozawa Changchien

A silent member of the Yakuza.
  • Badass: While just about all the characters in the movie are badass in some way, he manages to go one on one with a Predator and fight it to a Mutual Kill with nothing but a katana.
  • Badass Beard: He sports a close-shorn stubble that is almost painfully stylish.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: As any self-respecting mob enforcer should be.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He manages to be this with only one line.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Upon arriving, he seems to realize that his dress shoes aren't practical for muddy terrain. His solution? He takes them off.

    Noland 

Ronald Noland

"I'm the one that got away. The one you don't fuck with."

A veteran warrior who's survived in the game preserve for many seasons.
  • Badass: Sure, he may be focused on keeping a low profile rather than constantly fighting Predators, but he claims to have survived at least 7 hunting seasons on the world (or as his imaginary companion asserts, it's actually closer to 10). Either way, that's still pretty impressive. Even more so when you consider it's implied that the conflict he was plucked from was Vietnam. He also trekked along the Game Preserve Planet. That alone gets you points.
  • Death Seeker: Possibly. He seems resigned to his fate or possibly even glad when he sees the Predator who kills him.
  • Slowly Slipping Into Evil: He appears to be friendly at first, but in actuality he wants to kill other people dropped on the planet and get their supplies. This is likely because of all the shit he has since had gotten there and playing the game for himself, and killing those he comes across.
    • Possibly because among those who are deposited on the preserve are individuals like Edwin, who would kill and/or torture him for no reason at all if given the opportunity. After ten seasons of running into individuals like that, anyone would lose their ability to trust others.

Predators / Yautja

    Berserker 

Berserker / Mr. Black

Played By: Brian Steele

Berserker (or Mr. Black as he was known by the production crew) is the leader of the Black Predators, who spend the entire film hunting the protagonists for sport. He decorates his mask with a trophy's jawbone, possibly that of a Xenomorph.

  • Badass: His NECA action figure biography states he was the youngest ever Predator to kill a Xenomorph and complete the rite of passage.
  • Big Bad: Is the leader of the Black Predators, and according to his bio the Badass Teacher for Tracker and Falconer.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: The Black Predators clearly do not share the Classic Predators strict code of behavior. Their actions during the film would likely be frowned upon by their own culture. Robert Rodrigeuz states that the Black Predators are in fact dishonored outcasts among their own kind.
  • Cool Mask: As stated above his mask is adorned with the jawbone of a Xenomorph he killed during his rite of passage.
  • Combat Pragmatist: He accepts the Classic Predator's challenge to a fist-fight, but once Classic starts scoring some hits, Berserker resorts to using his plasma blaster.
  • Dramatic Unmask: The only one in the entire movie (at least from an actual Predator).
  • The Exile: According to Word Of God. Rodriguez even suggests the possibility that the "Game Reserve" may be where they were banished to.
  • Obviously Evil: The eyes on his mask glow Hellish-Red, compared to the yellowish glow of all the other Predators. His red-stained dreadlocks don't help much either.
  • Off with His Head!: Decapitated by Royce in the climax of their final battle.
  • Unflinching Walk: When he detonates his own ship he just walks away casually without even looking back at the end results.

    Tracker 

Tracker / Flusher

Played By: Carey Jones

Responsible for sending the hell-hounds after the humans, he also tracks them into Noland's refuge.

  • The Beastmaster: Tracker has trained a pack of spiny dog-like aliens to obey him.
  • Cool Mask: His mask has large tusks fixed to the lower part of it. The area around the left eye also bears the mark of a previous encounter, looking like a burn or acid may have caused it.
  • The Exile: Like his teacher.
  • Fangs Are Evil: The two warthog-like tusks jutting out from his mask.
  • Hero Killer: Kills Nikolai, one of the few decent people in a group of killers and rapists. Though Nikolai takes him with him.

    Falconer 

Falconer

Played By: Brian Steele

So-named for using a falcon-like robot to seek his prey, once he sees Hanzo raising his Katana he accepts to use his wristblade to battle him.

  • Does Not Like Guns: Implied due to his lack of shoulder cannon and penchant for melee combat. Either that or he's too young to have one.
  • The Exile: Like his teacher.
  • Fatal Flaw: Pride. Toying with his opponents leads to his demise. That said his death is a direct result of the pride evident in his entire species.
  • Mutual Kill: He mortally wounds Hanzo but dies at his hands regardless.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: Why he accepts the fencing battle with Hanzo.
  • Worthy Opponent: Strongly implied with Hanzo. He immediately recognises his "offer" of a sword fight, decloaking to engage him on those terms. Predators generally only engage worthy foes in melee combat and as such Falconer is showing him a great deal of respect. It's also notable considering Black Predators by and large care little for the honor of Classic Predators.

    Crucified Predator 

Classic Predator / Crucified Predator

Played By: Derek Mears

One of the traditional Predators, he's found trussed up by the larger Predators.