This page is for the films. The games and comics can be found here.What would happen if the Predator, interstellar alien hunter extraordinaire, took it upon himself to go after the face-rapingAliens? Oddly enough, lots of humans dying.Alien Vs. Predator is the combination of Fox's two hit alien monster movies, and the stories of the innocent humans caught in the middle. The concept was even hinted at in the second Predator movie, which featured a Xenomorph skull amongst the Predator's trophies. It was made into a movie in 2004, and a sequel, Requiem, was made in 2007. The movies abandoned the previous setting and had the conflict take place on contemporary Earth. That the movies weren't exactly embraced (though the first film was slightly better received by audiences), even by the fanbase, owes more to the fact that the movies Human protagonists were the weakest element and simply weren't credible enough while the Aliens and Predators remained both on form.The games, along with a series of comics and novels, are completely unrelated to the story or setting of the movies. They are instead set in the same timeline and setting as Aliens.A Board-and-Miniature Boardgame of the franchise is in the process of being funded on Kickstarter Chek it out!!
Tropes in both films (specific films each follow this section):
Even Evil Has Standards: Predators do not kill certain targets such as children and pregnant women. In the first movie 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 ...
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 the first film and four in the second.
Homage: Both films were criticized for being too derivative — homage taken too far.
Immediate Sequel: The two films could be spliced together into one pretty easily.
Recycled IN SPACE!: In an inversion, the Alien Vs. Predator movies sees the Aliens on Earth as opposed to IN SPACE!
Too Dumb to Live: Pretty much everybody but a few stand out, Adele in the first film failed to kill the emerging facehuggers when first seen despite Thomas telling her about what room they were in, her hesitation results in her getting facehugged. Miller after being cocooned manages to get a gun but wastes many bullets on a dead facehugger. Sam and Buddy from the sequel, Buddy shoots an alien point blank and gets acid on his arm and rather than quickly take off his jacket off he just stands there letting the acid burn his arm off. His son is not much brighter as he also just stands there watching his father on the ground and his inaction costs him.
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 utterer of it right (because no human gun winds up being of any use, and the Predators focus mostly on melee weapons in this film).
Vasquez Always Dies: Despite the source movie being the Trope Namer, it's somewhat averted in both films. In AvP the lead is equally as badass as the "Vasquez" clone (who dies first), and in Requiem she's the lead herself.
Abusive Precursors: The ancient humans were basically used as incubation units for the xenomorphs, just so they could practice combat skills.
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 who the hunter would ignore otherwise.
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, due to the fact that the Mayans did use 52 lunar cycles and that 2004 is exactly 2 cycles afterwards, meaning that a dead 1952 crew by the pyramid would have made sense. Not to mention that the Hunters Moon joke would have been even more as as 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.
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 goes all stabbity on the guy.
The Dragon: The "Grid" alien to the Alien Queen. He'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 himself and manages to evade Scar's Plasma Caster shots when they're aimed right at him while the rest of the drones simply get mowed down. He's also the one who leads his siblings in freeing the Queen. The novelization even refers to him as "the Alpha-alien", implying he's higher ranked than the other drones.
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.
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.
Shout-Out: The sub-plot of a human female displaying enough courage and prowess (namely by killing a couple of Xenos) 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 Alien vs Predator: Prey novel, 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).
Wolf Predator from the second movie: Highly experienced, with a lot of so badass weapons to hunt, and yeah, he curb stomped a lot of xenos without taking a sweat, and makes a very badass fight with the Predalien where all other predators were cannon fodder!
The Predalien too: pack leader, Curb stomps an entire predator ship's crew and is so badass to fight an ancient, high-experienced predator as Wolf and get a final tie!
Bullying The Dragon: Whenever the human characters fuck with the Predator instead of just leaving it the hell alone, it's definitely this. The main character seems to catch the hint during the finale; he chooses to simply leave the Predator alone and sure enough the Predator ignores him.
Burger Fool: The lead in Requiem works as a pizza delivery boy. All the other characters go out of their way to tell him how humiliating this is.
Canon Immigrant: The PredAlien goes from a enemy in the PC game to an official sub-species in the second movie. There's also the different vision modes the Predator uses to spot aliens instead of humans in the first movie.
That in turn was an explanation of the vision modes used in Predator 2, where it found the heat-cloaked humans by switching settings.
Darker and Edgier: As noted under Bloodier and Gorier, the body count and visible violence is very much cranked up. But the film also abandons one of the usual concepts of most Aliens versus Predator ventures (including the first movie): humans and Predators forced to team up to take out a bigger threat. Wolf is instead meant to be like a "force of nature" that's as much or more of a risk to the human characters as the Xenomorphs, and is an antagonist all the way through; he never even shows the grudging respect for human characters that has also been a trait of Predator films and the AvP properties. It's also implied that even the few survivors at the end might be "silenced" by the government. Overall the tone is a lot more bleak than the other entries in the Predator franchise.
Death by Sex: Probably the reason the girl in Requiem dies. She strips down to almost nothing in the pool scene.
Downer Ending: In a What Could Have Been example, during the Brothers StrauseDVD Commentary they mention that they had an idea of the ending where after handing off the Predator weapon to the military, the "rescuers" lifted up their weapons and the screen would cut to black with the sound of the rifles firing full-auto. Ouch.
Fate Worse than Death: It's implied that the mother impregnated (in the hospital) by the predalien can feel the multiple bursters breaking into her womb and eating her children.
Genre Blind: "The government wouldn't lie to us!". Anyone who has seen any Alien or Predator thing ever can tell you how wrong that is.
Gory Discretion Shot: Averted. All the gorn is put on full display, such as when we see an Alien impregnate a pregnant woman and the "babies" eat their way out later.
Hybrid Monster: The Predalien, though it's not truly a hybrid since aliens always take traits from their host.
Instant Sedation: Facehuggers seem to be able to knock someone out within six or seven seconds in this film, people have thought that they use their tails to knock someone out but that would require a precise chokehold (a blood choke specifically) but the speed of the knock out suggests they sedate their host though some unknown means, the best examples are the two homeless men as one is unconscious within seven seconds and the other even less.
Just Following Orders: A pretty pathetic example, as the soldiers attempt to justify destroying the town with a nuclear bomb.
The Mountains of Illinois: In Requiem, the shot of "Gunnison" clearly is not. The mountains are far too small and the town is far too big.
No OSHA Compliance: The power goes out in AVP Requiem, and it seems that not a single building in the town has emergency lighting, and the hospital's emergency generator mostly just makes the fluorescent lights flicker.
Production Nickname: The "cleaner" Predator was nicknamed "Wolf" - a reference to Harvey Keitel's similarly employed character in Pulp Fiction. The crew also called the Predalien "Chet" after Bill Paxton's character in Weird Science.
Slasher Movie: Some fans complained that AVP-R turned both franchises into mere Teen Slasher monsters, screaming blond and all.
Television Geography: Virtually every shot of "Gunnison, Colorado" is wrong. Basically the city is too big and the mountains are too small.
Walking Armory: Wolf, especially after taking up the fallen Predators' weapons.
Zombie Infectee: Scar is impregnated by a facehugger after his marking ritual, but the next time we seen him, he is shown putting on his mask as if nothing, and he spends the rest of the film acting as if he didn't know about the Alien inside of him.