open/close all foldersThe cast of Predators.
Played By: Adrien BrodyA mercenary dropped in the game preserve. Cold and ruthless, he slowly and reluctantly emerges as the leader of the group.
- A Lighter Shade of Black: He's amoral and selfish, but he's not evil.
- Anti-Hero: Of the the vicious, Unscrupulous Hero type.
- Awesome by Analysis: He makes judicious use of the Sherlock Scan and Batman Gambit.
- 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.
- Character Development: He's become a nicer, somewhat more sympathetic person by the end.
- 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.
- Everyone Has Standards: In the comics, he refrained from killing women and children, believing it was something only for psychos and perverts.
- 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.
- Made of Iron: When he squares off with the Berserker predator, he shrugs off blows much easier than a normal person should.
- 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.
- Psycho for Hire: Played with. He freely admits that he likes battle and killing for its own sake, but that said, he's not unstable and has lines he refuses to cross.
- 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.
Played By: Laurence FishburneA veteran warrior who's survived in the game preserve for many seasons.
- Asshole Victim: By the time he gets killed off, between his insanity and his backstabbing of the group, (and the implication that he'd done this many times before) nobody is sad to see him get killed.
- Crazy Survivalist: He's able to scratch out a living on the death planet for years, and he's completely lost his mind and intends to kill any other people he meets in order to make use of their supplies.
- Death Seeker: Possibly. He seems resigned to his fate or possibly even glad when he sees the Predator who kills him.
- Evil All Along: See Slowly Slipping Into Evil.
- "Facing the Bullets" One-Liner
- Fallen Hero: Starts out as another Action Survivor before devolving into a Crazy Survivalist Dirty Coward.
- Famous Last Words: Upon seeing the Black Predator that is Tracker.Roland: Finally found me, huh big dawg? Well, what took you so long? note
- Imaginary Friend: Talks to one frequently.
- Large Ham: His introduction is fairly hammy, and it escalates when he attempt to kill the others.
- Ludicrous Gibs: Is reduced to this thanks to a predator's shoulder cannon.
- Mr. Exposition: He goes over his experience on the alien planet, giving the group a much better idea of what's going on, and he's the source of the backstory of the difference between the multiple groups of Predators.
- Sanity Slippage: Almost immediately after taking the group to his base, he starts chatting with an Imaginary Friend, and as we come to find out later he's slipped all the way down to murdering other people dropped on the planet for no reason at all.
- 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"s gone through since he arrived there and decides he's better off 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.
Played By: Alice BragaA sniper for the Israeli Defense Force. Suffering from Survivor's Guilt, she takes it upon herself to keep the team's moral compass pointed in the right direction.
- Action Girl
- The Atoner: The reason she's so nice is Survivor's Guilt.
- Badass Israeli: Royce identifies her as IDF.
- The Chick: She's the most compassionate by quite a wide margin.
- Final Girl: She and Royce are the only ones to survive the movie, and she has most of the hallmarks of a classic horror/slasher movie Final Girl.
- Friendly Sniper: An IDF marksman and aside from Nikolai, the most noble and friendly of the group.
- The Heart: She tries very hard to be a moral compass to a group that is made up mostly of ruthless or amoral individuals.
- Hidden Depths: She places her faith in Royce, of all people. It pays off.
- Mercy Kill: She thinks she's performing one on Cuchillo when she shoots him while he's surrounded by traps.
- 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.
- Survivor's 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.
Played By: Topher GraceA doctor with no combat background.
- Action Survivor: He's the only one who makes no active contribution to the firefights.
- Axe-Crazy: Revealed to be ultimately as crazy as Stans.
- Big Bad Wannabe: He appears to be a serious threat when his true nature is revealed, but he is quickly bumped off after Royce deduces what he really is.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He exaggerates both his niceness and helplessness so no one thinks he's a threat.
- Combat Medic: It's the team's only explanation for why he is there at all.
- Deadly Doctor: A doctor who is a serial killer.
- Dirty Coward: Shows no mercy to his victims, but pathetically cowers and begs when his own life is at risk.
- Hate Sink: The only character in the whole film with absolutely no humanizing moments. Even Stans the homocidal maniac is easier to like.
- Kick the Dog: Even before the full truth about him is revealed, he pulls a real dick move. When he's injured and trying to convince the others to help him, he goes all I Have a Family, and pulls out the photo Nikolai had shown him of Nikolai's kids. After Nikolai had died to save him and spent much of the movie looking out for him.
- Lack of Empathy: Which hints at his true nature.
- Manipulative Bastard: A lot of his actions come off this way, especially when he uses Nikolai's kids to try and earn sympathy points with the others when his life is in danger.
- Nice Guy: Fuck no.
- Non-Action Guy: He mostly gets through combat by ducking behind Isabelle or Nikolai.
- One Of These Is Not Like The Others: It's a team of soldiers, mercenaries, murderers...and a doctor. Subverted. He's a Serial Killer like Stans.
- Only Sane Man: Naturally, as he's an ordinary man and his companions are either a Blood Knight or a Psycho for Hire. Subverted! He may well be the craziest of the group.
- Sadist: Makes a point of telling Isabelle how, even though he's paralyzed her, he's going to make sure she feels everything he does to her.
- Serial Killer: He's secretly one, with a specialty in drugging his victims.
- The Smart Guy: He can identify plant life, and knows their toxic properties.
- The Sociopath: Hopelessly manipulative, sees other people as objects to be used or exploited, feigns human emotion, utterly devoid of genuine sympathy, pity, or remorse... he's a surprisingly realistic one.
- Walking Spoiler: He's certainly more than meets the eye...
Played By: Louis Ozawa ChangchienA silent member of the Yakuza.
- 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.
- Battle Strip: Performs one before engaging a Predator in melee combat.
- 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.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: See Mutual Kill.
- Handicapped Badass: He is missing two fingers but wields a katana extremely well.
- Katanas Are Just Better When he finds one in Noland's base, he chooses to take that with him instead of guns, grenades, landmines, or anything else.
- Mutual Kill: He manages to kill a Predator in combat with the katana, but is fatally wounded by the Predator's wrist blades as well.
- The Quiet One: His only lines of dialog are to note how long the Predators must have been doing this when he finds a katana, and to indirectly explain why he doesn't talk more.
- Sharp Dressed Man: Complete with a Waistcoat of Style!
- Shirtless Scene: He does a Battle Strip before taking on a Predator.
- Tattooed Crook: Hanzo has a large Yakuza tattoo covering his entire back.
- The Rest Shall Pass: He ends up staying behind to duel one of the Predators so the others can continue their escape.
- Yakuza: So naturally he has the trademark tattoos, a suit that is straight pimpin' by any objective standard, and three fingers on one hand. Eventually, he even acquires a katana.
- Yubitsume: He's had to undergo it twice.
Played By: Oleg TaktarovA Russian Spetsnaz agent. Tough and courageous with a family back home, he's one of the more co-operative members of the misfit team.
- BFG: Carries a handheld M134 Minigun.
- Big Brother Instinct: Quickly decides to look after Edwin.
- The Big Guy: Easily the largest of the group, and packs the weapon with greatest firepower.
- 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 picture of his kids.
- Composite Character: Taktarov has described Nikolai as a combination of Dutch, Mac and Blain from the original Predator movie.
- 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.
- Gatling Good: His main weapon is a minigun, although he doesn't get a chance to show it off much.
- 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?
- Heroic Sacrifice: Kills himself and the Tracker Predator by detonating a Claymore mine, thus saving Edwin and the rest.
- Husky Russkie
- Mutual Kill: A Predator impales him through the chest with its wrist-blades, but Nikolai's shirt falls open to reveal that he has 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.
- Odd Friendship: With Edwin. Given what we learn about Edwin's manipulative and calculating nature, it's likely that a big part of the reason Edwin saved Nikolai from the dangerous plant was to invoke this and place himself under Nikolai's protection.
- Token Good Teammate: Only he and Isabelle can be said to be basically good people. The rest run the gamut from Anti-Hero to Stupid Evil.
- Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Possibly, judging from picture of his kids.
Played By: Walton GogginsA Death Row inmate responsible for killing 38 people. Stans may be small and armed only with a prison shiv, but he's not to be underestimated, as he is unpredictable and moves with startling speed and viciousness.
- Ax-Crazy: He's a psychotic Serial Killer from Death Row that did what he did For the Evulz.
- 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. Calling Royce out on getting Mombasa killed is essentially prison etiquette - it's fine to fight each other, but the clique sticks together, and even different cliques should drop differences to team against the screws. He also tends to inspire this in others.
- Face Death with Dignity: It may not exactly be dignity, but it's certainly brave; he eggs a Predator to Finish Him! while showing no fear, even when given a Cruel and Unusual Death by having his spine and skull ripped out while he was still alive. Justified, as Stans at the time when he was abducted, was a death row prison inmate, so he knew that he was going to die soon no matter where and was always prepared for what's fatally coming to him.
- 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 a Black Predator with a knife and slows it down enough for the others to escape.
- Hidden Depths: He's a serial killer and implied to be a rapist as well, as opposed to most of the others on the team who have some sort of military background. Despite all that, he actually causes far less trouble on the team than the audience might expect, given his hardened criminal characteristics. He's also not above sacrificing himself to allow the others to get away.
- 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.
- Laughably Evil: He both the most evil and funniest character in the group, and has several scenes that show that neither cancels the other out.
- Pet the Dog: Even as the most obvious Token Evil Teammate, he gets a few of these: his What the Hell, Hero? to Royce, for one, and the Heroic Sacrifice.
- Red Herring: Just from his serial killer background and making some sleazy comments towards Isabelle, one might expect Stans to be the one who would ultimately try to backstab the heroes in some way. However, he does no such thing because Edwin happens to be the Bitch in Sheep's Clothing the whole time and does try to murder Isabelle later on.
- Serial Rapist: Heavily implied, with his comment about how when he gets home he's going to "do so much cocaine and rape so many fine bitches."
- Stupid Evil: While his backstory, especially his For the Evulz attitude mentioned in the deleted scene play this straight, it's surprisingly averted in the events of the film. While he's open and proud of being a sadistic serial killer with a 38 body kill count, (leading viewers to suspect that he'll turn on the group at the right moment) 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 keep them under the thumb of the guards. He's crass and combative with the others, but it never comes to anything.
- 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?
Played By: Mahershalalhashbaz AliAn 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.
- Bald of Evil: His shaved head nicely complements his past of carrying out horrific deeds.
- Black Dude Dies First: Averted! Barely.
- Churchgoing Villain: He's shown doing a salat (daily Islam prayer) during the respite and his DVD preview.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: He's impaled by a trap set by the Predators.
- Not Afraid to Die: See his quote, if you are uncertain. It gives him an edge on Stans when the two are locked in a stalemate.
- 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. The two fought each other soon after landing on the planet and take turns enjoying it when something bad happens to each other.
- Scary Black Man: Big, check. Black, check. RUF Death Squad Member, check.
- The Stoic: Doesn't emote much and just tends to take things as they come.
Played By: Danny TrejoA Mexican enforcer for the Los Zetas drug cartel.
"Does this look like a team-work orientated group of individuals to you?"
- Adam Westing: Danny Trejo plays a gunslinging, scenery chewing, Mexican gangster named after a sharp implement.
- Badass Mustache: Danny Trejo's trademark handlebar mustache is kept for the role, and Cuchillo is certainly not the sort of guy an ordinary person wants to mess with.
- Churchgoing Villain: He carries a cross in a necklace and holds it while doing the sign of the cross in front of a dead soldier.
- Dead All Along: When he "calls for help". He's actually dead, and a Predator is just imitating his voice.
- Deadpan Snarker: Quite a few of his lines are sarcastic, complete with a very dry delivery.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Reacts this way to Stans in a deleted scene."When I kill someone, it's for the payoff, the big money. You do it just 'cause."
- From Camouflage to Criminal: Possibly. Royce guesses that he's an enforcer for the Zetas Cartel, and the Zetas were initially founded by Special Forces troops who deserted from the Mexican Army.
- Gang Bangers: He's identified by Royce as an enforcer for the Zetas Cartel.
- Guns Akimbo: He tends to favor this style of combat.
- Jerkass: He is by no means a likeable guy, and adds onto it by throwing some sexism Isabelle's way in a deleted scene.
- Large Ham: It's Danny Trejo, after all.
- Only in It for the Money: Money is his major motivation for all his criminal activities.
- Straw Misogynist: In the deleted scenes, where he shows disdain for Isabelle just because of her gender.
- Tattooed Crook: Trejo's real life tattoos are visible, and Cuchillo is a dangerous criminal.
Predators / Yautja
Berserker / Mr. Black
Played By: Brian SteeleBerserker (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.
- 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.
- Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: Sentient species are his favorite prey.
- 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 / Flusher
Played By: Carey JonesResponsible 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.
- Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: Like his teacher, Berserker.
- Neck Lift: Does it to Nikolai.
- Phrase Catcher: Receives a "You're one ugly motherfucker!" in Russian.
- Scarily Competent Tracker: Uses spiny beasts to flush out prey.
Played By: Brian SteeleSo-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.
- Duel Boss: Takes on Hanzo in a one on one duel. Which, combined with his pride and need to toy with his prey, turned out to be a lethal mistake for him.
- 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.
- Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: As are all the rogue predators.
- 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.
Classic Predator / Crucified Predator
Played By: Derek Mears
- Badass in Distress: He's first introduced chained to a pillar in the enemy Predator camp.
- Blood Knight: Natch, since all the Predators are, canonically.
- Blue and Orange Morality: The Predators live by a strict moral code; that code happens to endorse hunting, killing and taking trophies from human beings.
- Enemy Mine: He loosely allies with the humans after being freed.
- Honor Before Reason: Rather than try to escape, when he's freed he attacks the Berserker Predator.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: Again, canonically.
- Remake Cameo: The return of the original Predator design (which was absent from both Predator 2 and the Alien Vs. Predator movies).
- The Worf Effect: We know the Super Predators mean game for having captured one of the "classic flavor" Predators (and later, killing him).