->''"If it bleeds, we can kill it."''
-->-- '''Dutch'''

''Predator'' is a 1987 sci-fi action/horror movie directed by Creator/JohnMcTiernan. Its success spawned the multimedia ''Franchise/{{Predator}}'' franchise.

Major "Dutch" Schaeffer (Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger) and his elite mercenary "rescue" squad are sent to retrieve a cabinet minister held hostage in a BananaRepublic during the late years of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar. After slaughtering a group of guerillas, they discover the hostages are actually CIA agents and their employers have lied to them. [[HalfwayPlotSwitch But all of that takes a back seat]] once a mysterious, invisible enemy with weapons not of this Earth starts killing off Dutch's team one by one...

This film was a successful piece of action cinema because of its groundbreaking special effects, big-budget action sequences, and unique premise. Considered ''[[RatedMForManly the manliest movie ever made]]'', it's hard to argue the point: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers (of ''Film/{{Rocky}}'' fame), and Jesse Ventura had major roles in the film, and were all very big, strong guys who were prone to bleed and sweat (though they [[BadassBoast ain't got time to bleed]]). On the other hand, the emphasis on big, sweaty men being sweaty with each other in the jungle makes it one of the most HoYay films of all time, perhaps second only to Schwarzenegger's own ''Film/{{Commando}}''. The manliness is also a StealthParody, however, because it all vanishes in an instant when [[MeaningfulName the soldiers are no longer the top predators]].

!! ''Predator'' ain't got time for tropes:

* AgentScully: Dillon has the most trouble buying that anything non-human is after them, until he sees it for himself.
* AliensSpeakingEnglish: The Jungle Hunter. Justified as its been eavesdropping on the team, recording some of the conversations then playing them back and parroting what someone standing near it said.
* AmmunitionBackpack: Blaine's gatling gun comes with an entire backpack magazine to feed it.
* AnArmAndALeg: [[spoiler:Dillon]] has an arm blasted off by the Predator, still firing the gun it was holding while still attached.
* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:Dillon. His actions lead to the deaths of everyone since he tricked them into taking the mission in the first place. considering most of the deaths of the characters by the Predator's hand lead back to him, due to tricking his colleagues to their deaths all because he left them in the dark about the actual assassination mission.]]
* BadassBoast:
** Mac's threat to Dillon:
--->'''Mac:''' You're ghosting us motherfucker. I don't care who you are back in the world. You give away our position one more time, I'll bleed you, real quiet, an' leave you here. Got that?
** Dutch's now famous declaration:
---> '''Dutch:''' If it bleeds, we can kill it!
** Before Dillon goes to fight the Predator:
--->'''Dutch:''' You can't win this, Dillon.\\
'''Dillon:''' Maybe I can get even.
* BadassCrew: Dutch's team is an elite commando unit.
* BadassNative: Billy and Poncho.
* BananaRepublic: This film is set in the fictional South American country of Val Verde, which was also featured in ''Film/{{Commando}}'' and mentioned in ''Franchise/DieHard II''.
* BashBrothers: Blain and Mac served in the same unit in Vietnam.
* BigBad: The Predator hunting everybody.
%%* BigBadWannabe: Dillon in a way.
* BigWhat: Poncho says this ("Que?!") when Anna told him "the jungle came alive and took [Hawkins]".
%%* BitchInSheepsClothing: Dillon to an extent.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Dutch and Anna escape and the Predator is killed, but Dutch's entire team was killed as well]]. The forlorn look Dutch gives at the very end makes it perfectly clear this sacrifice was a bit too much for him.
* BlackBestFriend: Mac is this to Blaine.
* BlackGuyDiesFirst: [[AvertedTrope Averted]], technically. [[spoiler: Though played straight FromACertainPointOfView, as Creator/ShaneBlack's character does indeed die first!]]
* BladeBelowTheShoulder: The Predator's gauntlet comes equipped with a pair of razor-sharp WolverineClaws.
* BodyguardingABadass: A strange example from the film's production: Fox's insurance company demanded that Sonny Landham could only be cast if he was accompanied by a bodyguard. Not to protect him, but to protect everyone else ''from'' him.
* BoobyTrap: Honestly, this film contains so many painstakingly intensive (and almost fetishistic) trap-building montages that it could be called Traps vs. Predator.
* BeatThemAtTheirOwnGame: Dutch uses stealth tactics to defeat the Predator, though it isn't enough to win outright.
* CannotTellAJoke: Hawkins starts off afflicted with this trope, though it doesn't help that he likes telling them to Billy, who [[TheStoic seems to not possess a sense of humor at all]]. Averted later (somewhat) when he tells yet another vagina joke to Billy, who this time breaks character and lets loose a loud, hearty series of guffaws (which the Predator later mimics).
* CaughtInASnare: The team sets up a net trap to catch the Predator. It works, but not for long -- he cuts himself free in seconds.
* ClifftopCaterwauling: Dutch, to attract the Predator to his trap.
* CreditsMontage: The characters and actors are reviewed [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall in a hilarious way]], except for Dutch.
* CrushingHandshake: When Dutch and Dillon meet after many years apart, they crush each other's hands in an competition of alpha male superiority. After the camera lingers on their bulging arms for a few seconds, Dillon finally surrenders.
* CurbStompBattle: Dutch and his team wipe out the guerrillas early in the film. Then the Predator hunts down and kills Dutch's team one by one without hardly a scratch. The battle between Dutch and the Predator also starts this way, as the Predator completely wrecks Dutch in hand-to-hand combat.
* DaylightHorror: Dutch's team are all killed off in broad daylight, with only the finale taking place at nightfall.
* DeadMansTriggerFinger: A variant -- the titular creature blasts [[spoiler:Dillon's]] arm off with its shoulder cannon. The arm falls to the ground, with the dead hand still pulling the trigger of the weapon it's holding and the gun still firing.
* DespairEventHorizon: Mac goes through one of these after [[spoiler: Blaine's death]]. Billy seemingly resigns himself to death the moment he believes something other than a human is hunting them.
* DigitalDestruction: The "Ultimate Hunter" Blu-ray release relied so heavily on DNR that the film boasts no grain -- but Arnold and Carl Weathers now look more like they got a fine wax job in a few scenes (especially the beginning).
* DiscOneFinalBoss: The mission is undertaken to rescue some men from a group of South American guerillas. Soon after the camp is destroyed, the human-hunting alien shows up.
* DontExplainTheJoke: Inverted. Hawkins' fumbling attempt to explain the joke ("You see, because there's an echo...") is the only reason the joke works at all.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Many parallels have been made between this film and UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar: American troops fighting in a jungle against a stealthy, inscrutable fighting force.
* DwindlingParty: The special forces team starts off with seven people and picks up an eighth with Anna. Then the dying starts. By the end of the film, there's only [[spoiler:one]] of the original team left.
* EnemyMine: Anna the rebel helps the team when she realizes they are ''all'' being hunted.
* EurekaMoment: When the Predator approaches a defenseless Dutch, it passes him by. Dutch is puzzled by this slight, he then looks at the mud covering him and:
-->'''Dutch:''' He couldn't see me...
* EvilLaugh: The Predator gives one hell of a menacing cackle [[spoiler:[[DiedLaughing before it dies]],]] especially since his laugh is a hideously distorted mimic of Billy's laughter.
* FairPlayVillain: The Predator [[spoiler:doesn't attack the unarmed, given they're not much sport; he spares Anna, as she was a civilian. He later gives Dutch a better shot at him by stripping off his mask and shoulder cannon when he had him at his mercy. Not that the fight is anywhere near even, given his superior strength and wrist-blade, but it's more fair than long-range instant death.]]
* FastRoping: Used at the beginning and justified because the helicopter didn't have enough room to set down.
* FlayingAlive: Sort of. The Green Beret team at the beginning was skinned, but given the Predator's methods of taken trophies, it was almost certainly done after death.
* FridgeHorror: The Predator is on safari. It's the exact same thing we humans have done to animals for hundreds of years.
* GatlingGood: The famous GE M134 minigun "Ol' Painless", wielded by Wrestling/JesseVentura, was the first handheld minigun ever to be used on film (or in any fiction for that matter). The actors who fired it had to be braced just offscreen, lest the recoil knock them on their ass. And that was just firing ''blanks''. They also had to connect it to an external power source offscreen, via a wire that went down his pants. Jesse himself has stated that while the gun was suspended from an offscreen crane in early takes, he later managed to fire it without the crane's help: "You just had to grit your teeth and hold on. It's like firing a chainsaw. It's fucking ridiculous. Why the fuck would anyone want to use something like that?"
* GenreDeconstruction: Of the 80s action movies. Look up the "Analysis" for the details.
* GenreShift: Starts off as the usual UsefulNotes/ColdWar military shoot-em-up action flick with hostages and CIA spooks but morphs into a sci-fi action/horror halfway through.
* GiveMeAReason: Anna (the captured guerilla) tries to escape from Dillon, her captor. After she's recaptured he says to her "Try it again...please", a threat of what he'll do to her if she does.
* HalfwayPlotSwitch: Most of the first half is [[DevelopingDoomedCharacters dedicated to the rescue mission of Dutch's crew]]. Then the Predator attacks Hawkins.
* AHandfulForAnEye: Anna throws a handful of leaves in Dillon's face while trying to escape.
%%* HandSignals
* HandyCuffs: The captured rebel Anna had her hands tied in front of her and took advantage of it to escape. Somewhat justified because the team was traveling through steep, rough terrain and she needed her hands in front of her to hold onto things and avoid falling.
* HardWorkMontage: Two; the team preparing traps to catch the title opponent, and Dutch for their one-on-one confrontation.
* HeelFaceDoorSlam: Dillon
* HeroicBSOD:
** "[[MadnessMantra I'm gonna have me some fun... I'm gonna have me some fun...]]" Mac was more or less together for the most part after [[spoiler: Blaine's death]], the HeroicBSOD didn't kick in until Poncho is nearly killed and causing Mac to snap.
--->"I got you motherfucker! I got you! ''(runs after the Predator)'' I'M COMIIING!!"
** Anna has this when Hawkins is killed in front of her.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Billy]] makes a last stand on a log bridge to give the rest of the team time to escape.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Blain and Mac.
* IAintGotTimeToBleed: TropeNamer.
* ICallItVera: Ol' Painless.
* ItsProbablyNothing: Billy senses the Predator is watching them, looking at the spot where the Predator is watching from. Major comes to know what's up with him.
-->'''Billy:''' Do you see anything? Up there?\\
'''Dutch:''' Nothing. What do you see?\\
'''Billy:''' ''(after a moment of silence)'' I guess it's nothing, Major. ''(continues walking, with Dutch looking at him in confusion)''
* JumpScare: After coming out of his hiding place to draw out the Predator, Dutch was about to turn back the Predator suddenly got caught in their trap.
-->'''Dillion:''' SHIT!
* TheKetchupTest: Possibly justified, considering Predators bleed ''fluorescent green''.
* KnightOfCerebus: The Predator's presence is dealt with very seriously and drains quite a bit of the campy comedy out of the movie when it arrives. Rather fitting considering the team members are in their comfort zone against human opposition, hence their general levity, but once the Predator turns up and makes it clear they're outmatched, they find themselves in a much more dire and unfamiliar scenario.
* LuredIntoATrap: Dutch attempts this after retreating from the Predator by trying to lure it into an obvious choke point lined with sharpened wooden stakes. The Predator doesn't fall for the SchmuckBait, but [[spoiler: Dutch trips the trap himself so the counterweight will crush the Predator, who had walked below it as he was avoiding the main trap.]]
* MagicalNativeAmerican: Billy senses the presence of the alien long before anyone else does. Justified as he ''is'' their scout. Still played straight, however, as Billy's reactions indicate that he somehow understands the otherworldly nature of their foe.
-->'''Billy:''' I'm scared, major.\\
'''Poncho:''' Bullshit! You ain't afraid of no man.\\
'''Billy:''' There's something out there waiting for us. And it ain't no man. ''(cocks his gun)'' We're all gonna die.
* MajorlyAwesome: Dutch.
* MeaningfulEcho: At the beginning of the film, Mac's friend Blain plays a tape of Music/LittleRichard's "Long Tall Sally" on the chopper flight to the drop zone. Much later, during Mac's HeroicBSOD, he repeats the lyrics in an insane mantra.
* TheMockbuster: ''Robowar'', starring Reb Brown of ''Film/SpaceMutiny'' fame. Oddly, while copying the film almost entirely in visual style and rough plot, it replaced the alien predator with a cyborg TheGovernment had made from Brown's character's war casualty friend, self-loathing but suffering from ICannotSelfTerminate.
* MrFanservice: Almost every male character is shirtless at some point and all are well built and muscled. Dutch in particular spends the climax of the movie shirtless.
* NoAnimalsWereHarmed: Notably averted. In his [=DVD=] commentary, director Creator/JohnMcTiernan makes a point of noting that the scorpion which Mac stabs and later stomps was a real one.
* NotEnoughToBury:
-->'''Dutch:''' Did you find Hawkins?\\
'''Poncho:''' I... can't tell.
* NothingIsScarier: The Predator is very slowly revealed, and at first all we see are its victims and first-person thermal images of it stalking the main characters.
* NotSoDifferent: Perhaps. Dutch, upon seeing the [[spoiler: mortally wounded]] Predator, asks "What the hell are you?" It replies, "What the hell are ''you''?" Though it might just be mimicking the sound, considering the context, it's very likely he was inferring a similar response regardless.
* NotSoStoic: The MagicalNativeAmerican Billy is portrayed as TheStoic, but he out-of-character guffaws at a vagina joke in a LateToThePunchline moment.
* OhCrap: In the finale, when the Predator smashes a log used by Dutch with his bare forearm.
--> '''Dutch:''' [[ThisIsGonnaSuck ...Bad idea.]]
* OneWordTitle: ''Predator''
* OutsideContextProblem: Dutch and his team have everything under control, until an interplanetary hunter with technology, skills, and physical strength beyond any of them arrives.
* OutGambitted: [[spoiler: How the Predator is defeated. In the final encounter most of his traps count on this, forcing the Predator to second guess everything and guiding him toward his own demise. The final fatal instrument counts on the Predator being smart enough to notice it, in order to position himself under the counterweight. Still had the Predator been a little less cocky (or walked in the wrong direction). he'd have killed Dutch a few times over before then.]]
* TheQuietOne: Billy; Mac.
* RatedMForManly: It's a bunch of badass soldiers vs. an alien hunter.
* ARealManIsAKiller:
** Despite being a mercenary, Dutch doesn't think so and turned down numerous high-profile jobs for this reason.
---> '''Dutch''': We're a rescue team, ''not'' assassins.
** Dillion tells that's not his decision to make.
--->'''Dillon:''' You're an asset. An expendable asset. And I used you to get the job done, got it?!\\
'''Dutch:''' My men are ''not'' expendable. And we don't do this kind of work.
* RedHerring: Early on in the film, much is made of the Predator's ability to mimic human speech. Specifically, it is shown analyzing and duplicating Mac's dialogue "Turn around. Over here." Over an hour of screen time later, Dillon hears Mac's voice beckoning him with the exact same words and tone. At this point, the entire terrified audience believes that the Predator is baiting him, only it turns out... it really was Mac after all. The Predator never does use that gambit. After Mac is killed, the Predator taunts him with Mac's "Anytime" dialogue, so it is employed as psychological warfare.
* RockBeatsLaser: Averted. Despite exploiting the Predator's heat vision to his advantage, Dutch's low-tech approach fails to beat the alien. It's only when the latter decides to "[[HonorBeforeReason even things out]]" by removing its multi-purpose helmet and shoulder gun that Dutch stands a slender chance. [[spoiler:And even when he wins, it's in no small part due to luck and the Predator's strange blend of arrogance and honor.]]
* SacrificialLamb: Hawkins
* SacrificialLion: Most everyone that dies, Blain in particular.
* SanitySlippage: Mac isn't all there during his final confrontation with the Predator. [[spoiler:Billy's SenselessSacrifice]] might be a result of this as well.
* ScreamingWarrior: Dutch lights a torch and screams into the night, beckoning the Predator to come to him.
* SelfDestructMechanism: The title opponent has a device on his wrist that can destroy an area equal to 300 city blocks.
* SenselessSacrifice: [[spoiler:Dillon; Billy.]] It's even lampshaded by Dutch and acknowledged by [[spoiler:Dillon.]]
--> '''Dutch''': You can't win this one, [[spoiler:Dillon.]]\\
[[spoiler:'''Dillon''']]: I know, but maybe I can get even.
* SettingUpdate: Of ''Literature/{{Beowulf}}''.
* ShirtlessScene: Dillon, Billy, Poncho and Dutch all get at least one. Dutch acts as a WalkingShirtlessScene for the climax.
* ShoulderCannon: The Predator comes equipped with a Plasma Caster, a laser-targeted shoulder-mounted plasma-cannon.
* SoundtrackDissonance:
** Music/LittleRichard's "Long Tall Sally" being played by Blain on the chopper flight to the drop zone.
** Unintentional: though Creator/AlanSilvestri's work usually sounds different from movie to movie, half the score here is very similar to his ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture'' score, making it hard to take those parts of ''Predator'' seriously.
** The sitcommy cast credits play over the dark, pounding end music, further adding to the MoodWhiplash.
* StabTheSalad: Dutch's prisoner Anna has her hands tied in front of her. He pulls out a knife and then slashes down with it...to cut the ropes securing her wrists and free her.
* StabTheScorpion: TropeNamer.
* TakingYouWithMe: [[spoiler: After being pulverized by Dutch's deadfall trap, the dying Predator tries to take his enemy out as well by initiating a self-destruct sequence that wipes out an enormous swath of jungle.]]
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: Dutch's expression after the Predator walks ''around'' the death trap he was trying to sucker it into. However, [[spoiler: since this quickly gives way to Dutch's triumphant grin after the Predator unwittingly steps underneath the deadfall trap]], this may have been a clever ruse in order to trick the Predator (and the audience) into thinking he's failed.
* ThousandYardStare: Dutch gives one at the end after [[spoiler:everyone in in his squad is killed and the Predator's subsequent suicide.]]
* [[ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks Throwing Your Machete Always Works]]: "[[BondOneLiner Stick around!]]"
* TrailOfBlood: At various times throughout the film, Dutch and the alien track each other via following their bloodstains.
* TrapMaster: Dutch's entire team is incredibly skilled at laying out exhaustive trap networks, from log deadfalls and net snares to tripwire-activated claymores. Dutch himself embodies this trope during his final battle with the Predator.
* VineSwing: While Dutch is hiding in a tree the Predator climbs by him, so he uses a vine to swing to another tree.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Dutch is this for the climax.
* WhatNowEnding: How will Dutch explain the [[spoiler: death of his entire team? That an alien killed them then blew itself up and half the rainforest?]] What if the government doesn't believe him? ''What if they do?'' Both ''[[Film/{{Predator2}} Predator 2]]'' and ''Film/{{Predators}}'' indicate that the story was taken seriously but obviously hidden from the public. The final fate of the survivors are still left unclear in light of this.
* XMeetsY: Creator/RogerEbert opened his review remarking that the film was ''Franchise/{{Rambo}}'' combined with ''Film/{{Alien}}''; he meant it as a compliment, noting that the fusion counted for originality in Hollywood.
* [[YouShallNotPass/{{Film}} You Shall Not Pass]]: [[spoiler:Billy]] makes his last stand against the Predator to give the rest of the team a chance to escape.