Film / Alien vs. Predator
aka: AVP Alien Vs Predator

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Alexa "Lex" Woods: We're in the middle of a war. It's time to pick a side.
Sebastian de Rosa: We are on our side!

What would happen if the Predator, interstellar alien hunter extraordinaire, took it upon himself to go after the face-raping Aliens? Oddly enough, lots of humans dying.

Alien vs. Predator is the 2004 combination of Fox's two hit alien monster movies, and the stories of the innocent humans caught in the middle. It was directed by Paul W.S. Anderson and is the first film in either franchise to be rated PG-13.

When a mysterious heat signature is detected in Antarctica, billionaire Charles Bishop Weyland (Lance Henriksen) assembles a crack team of explorers led by Lex Woods (Sanaa Lathan) to investigate. They discover an underground pyramid containing human remains, but the team accidentally trap themselves when they activate the structure. The team soon find themselves caught in the middle of a centurial Rite of Passage held for young Predators, who hunt the Xenomorphs who lie dormant within the pyramid. With their number dwindling, the team must find a way out before they are hunted down by either side.

The concept was first hinted at in the second Predator movie, which featured a Xenomorph skull amongst the Predator's trophies. It was followed by Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem in 2007. The movies abandoned the futuristic setting of the comics and had the conflict take place on contemporary Earth. The movies weren't exactly embraced (though the first film was slightly better received by audiences), even by the fanbase. Most people point to Executive Meddling as the cause of the films' failures.

The games, along with a series of comics and novels, are completely unrelated to the story or setting of the movies, and have been rendered non-canon - at least to the Alien universe - with the release of Prometheus. To see the tropes for the games and comics, see here.


Tropes in AVP: Alien vs. Predator:

  • Abusive Precursors: The ancient humans were basically used as incubation units for the xenomorphs, so the Predators could hunt the ultimate prey.
  • Aerosol Flamethrower: Charles Bishop Weyland does this as a Heroic Sacrifice with a flare and a medicine inhaler. He gets butchered by a Predator hunter because he had a weapon, trumping the fact that he's a sick old man the hunter had been willing to let live.
  • Ancient Astronauts
    [the team finds the Predators' shoulder cannons]
    Miller: Any idea what these are?
    Rosa: No, you?
    Miller: No.
    Stafford: It's a good thing we brought the experts.
    Miller: Well, yeah, it is a good thing, cos' this is like finding Moses' DVD collection.
  • Artistic License History: Why the Pyramid in the first movie operates on 100 year cycles according to their archaeologist. None of the cultures that are supposedly the influenced by the builders used anything close to that in their counting systems at the time-period given. In fact, given the high Mayan influence, it'd been more accurate to say the Whaling station was lost in 1900 instead of 1904; the Mayans did use 52 lunar cycles, and 2004 is exactly 2 cycles afterwards. A dead 1952 crew by the pyramid would have made sense. Not to mention that the Hunter's Moon joke would have been even more ironic.
    • Once activated, the pyramid shifts every 10 minutes. The problem is, Mayans did not have a unit of time which corresponds to a minute. In case you are curious, it originates from Babylonia.
  • Avengers Assemble: The 2004 film starts off like this.
  • Badass Grandpa: Charles Weyland stands up to a Predator and, when it tries to leave him after detecting his illness, provokes it into killing him to give the others time to escape.
    Weyland: Don't you dare turn your back on me!
  • Black Dude Dies First: Averted in the first movie where Lex, one of the few examples of a black female lead in a Sci-fi horror movie, was the only person to survive.
  • BFS: The Predators' iconic wrist-blades are much larger in this movie than in previous iterations. It Makes Sense in Context as the Predators in prior films were hunting humans, whereas Xenomorphs are a far tougher game, and using larger weapons makes just as much sense as a human hunter using a larger caliber rifle to kill a lion than a deer.
  • Canon Discontinuity: Prometheus presents a completely different origin for the Weyland-Yutani corporation, making the Alien vs. Predator series non-canon.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Anyone high up in WY (except the very first original Mr. Weyland) is guaranteed to be doing something dangerous, unethical and in all likelihood stupid involving the nearest Hive and / or ancient ruins. It's apparently true for the whole corporation: Weyland-Yutani's contract has a clause that allows them to feed you to a Xenomorph just to see what happens when they feed you to a Xenomorph.
  • Crossover: Self-explanatory.
  • Defiant to the End: "Don't you turn your back on me!"
  • Developing Doomed Characters: Widely considered a badly done example.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Charles Bishop Weyland, a wealthy elderly industrialist, who funds the mission to a newly-discovered pyramid under tons of ice. He later reveals to the protagonist that he's dying of lung cancer and wants leave his mark on the world. Later, as the survivors are running from a Predator, Weyland tries to have a You Shall Not Pass moment. The Predator scans him, sees his deformed lungs, and just walks right past the old man. The pissed off Weyland attacks the Predator with a makeshift flamethrower. Now, the Predator won't ignore him and takes him out.
    • A popular fan theory is that the predator knew that Weyland presented no actual threat to him, but he so respected Weyland's courage that he granted him a warrior's death.
  • The Dragon: The "Grid" alien to the Alien Queen. She's by far the most dangerous of the Xenomorphs. Where the rest are killed off by the dozens by a single Predator, Grid kills two of them by herself. She even manages to evade Scar's Plasma Caster shots when they're aimed right at her, when the rest of the drones were simply mowed down. She's also the one who leads her siblings in freeing the Queen. The novelization even refers to her as "the Alpha-alien", implying she's higher ranked than the other drones
  • Enemy Civil War: What the humans find themselves in, although they end up allying with the Predators.
  • Enemy Rising Behind: The Xenomorph who tries to attack the sole Predator left in the pyramid.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Predators do not kill certain targets such as children and pregnant women. There's even a scene where a Predator refrains from killing a man because it sees that he is dying of terminal cancer. Of course, he changes his mind when the human attacks him with a makeshift flamethrower, but even then, he makes the kill quick and clean and didn't take a trophy.
  • Everybody Was Kung-Fu Fighting: Did that Predator just uppercut that alien?
  • Face Full of Alien Wing-Wong: Being a film that includes Aliens, people getting facehugged is inevitable. Unlike the four alien films, in which one person is visibly facehugged, the AVP films have the highest count of it with five people facehugged in this movie.
  • Fatal Family Photo: During an early scene in the first film, Graeme shows Alexa a picture of his kids. Things do not work out for him. In a variation of this trope, Red Shirt Verheiden mentions to Graeme that he has a son...about five minutes before he's snagged by an Alien.
  • Final Girl: Everyone but Alexa Woods are killed, leaving her alone with the last remaining aliens and the last predator; ultimately she is left to fight the Queen alongside Scar.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Weyland.
  • Homage: The film was criticized for being too derivative — homage taken too far.
  • Infrared X-Ray Camera: This is how WY finds the pyramid in the first film. Also, the Predators can see their plasma casters through people's bags in infrared.
  • Ironic Echo: Lex gives one to an alien from the entire Predator franchise before she blows a hole in the aliens' head ""You're one ugly motherfucker""
  • Kill 'em All:
    • The movie has only one survivor, who was left in the middle of Antarctica. The novelization clears up Lex's fate — the ship everyone arrived on had a separate crew which stayed behind while everyone went exploring. Presumably Lex was able to contact them once she got back to base camp.
  • Lesser of Two Evils: The surviving humans ultimately decide that giving Scar back the plasma caster they'd taken so he can more effectively combat the aliens is their best chance to survive.
  • Misplaced Wildlife: The first movie, set in Antarctica, has a Cat Scare with a penguin. The problem is, the penguin is an African Penguin, which don't live in Antarctica.
  • Mysterious Antarctica: The first movie is set there.
  • No Sell: In at least one instance a human punches an oncoming Predator, the latter seems at best, mildly annoyed.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Even the Predators with all their technology start getting jumpy when the Aliens are creeping about, just to show that they do know how frikkin' dangerous those things are (unlike the moronic corporations of the future who believe they can handle it.)
    • Scar the Predator does this when he sees the Alien queen emerge from the ice.
    • The team in the "Sacrificial Chamber" have one when the facehugger eggs rise from the floor, and they realize something very bad is about to happen.
  • Outrun the Fireball: Scar and Lex do this from his (detached) wrist-device nuke. Their survival was aided by a mile of ice containing the blast, and the shockwave caught up to them regardless.
  • Penguin Scare
  • Recycled In Space: In an inversion, the movie sees the Aliens on Earth as opposed to IN SPACE!
  • Red Shirt: A literal example as after being facehugged, Adele is killed by a chestburster emerging from her chest and ripping through her red shirt. Nearly all of the other humans qualify, as many are well-armed yet most die without getting off a shot, and those that do are not saved by it.
  • Shout-Out: The sub-plot of a human female displaying enough courage and prowess (namely by killing a couple of Xenomorphs) for a Predator to fight alongside her and blood her as a warrior, with her then killing a Queen alien before the predator dies from his wounds, is all taken from the first Alien vs. Predator comic (and the Alien vs Predator: Prey novelization), in which exactly this happens between Machiko Noguchi and "Broken Tusk". Unlike Alexa, however, Machiko would go on to live with the Predators and eventually become fully accepted into their ranks (albeit while still facing some bigotry).
  • Sole Survivor: Alexa. The rest of her team mates are all killed.
  • Space Is Noisy: Surprisingly averted in the first movie. The opening shot in space is completely silent apart from the soundtrack. The only noise heard comes from the scenes inside of the Predator ship.
  • Stat-O-Vision: A predator decides not to kill Weyland because it can see that he's already dying of cancer. Then Weyland improvises a flamethrower to buy the others more time...
  • Too Dumb to Live:
    • Pretty much everybody, but a few stand out. Adele takes a little too long to put "sacrifical chamber" and "mysterious eggs emerging besides ancient skeletons" together, and doesn't act fast enough to save herself from the facehugger. Miller manages to kill an attacking facehugger but wastes bullets on the corpse (not that his already limited ammunition would have been much help against an entire room of facehuggers).
    • The statement "I've never seen a gun help anyone out on the ice" would probably be an indicator of someone being too dumb to live if the movie wasn't conspiring to prove the speaker right (because no human gun winds up being of any use, and the Predators focus mostly on melee weapons in this series).
    • One of the Predators have caught Grid in a constricting net and his blood is clearly melting it. The Predator, instead and rushing in and finishing him off, takes a slow walk towards him, which result Grid jumping him and impaling him when he gets too close.
    • All of the Predators really. They were there to hunt Xenomorphs, not humans. Yet they stop to kill the drill-team on the surface (even going so far as stringing them up for skinning) even though they should realize that time is of the essence with curious humans poking around the temple. Had they not taken this senseless detour in their priorities, they could have gotten to the plasma casters before they were taken by the expedition; and the hunt would have likely gone very differently. Justified in that if Predators weren't that fanatic about hunting they wouldn't be in that mess to begin with.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Lex.
  • Vasquez Always Dies: Despite the source movie being the Trope Namer, it's averted. The lead is equally as badass as the "Vasquez" clone (who does die first).


Alternative Title(s): AVP Alien Vs Predator

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