Anna: When I was little, we found a man. He looked like - like, butchered. The old women in the village crossed themselves... and whispered crazy things, strange things. "El Diablo cazador de hombres." Only in the hottest years this happens. And this year, it grows hot. We begin finding our men. We found them sometimes without their skins... and sometimes much, much worse. "El cazador que hace trofeo de los hombres" means the hunter who makes trophies of men.
Predator is a franchise of films and comic books that detail individual encounters with an impossibly cool alien species with advanced technology, including a personal invisibility field. Although the human characters of the first two Predator films don't realize it, the creature likes to hunt aggressive members of other species for sport — and humans fit quite well in this category...Since the inception in 1987, the Predator has appeared in a large number of movies, comics, novels, video games, and other media. Following an extremely successful comic crossover, many of these works pit the Predator against theAlien to the point that the two are forever linked in the public mind. (This trend began in Predator 2, which included a xenomorph skull as an Easter Egg, and was eventually canonized in film.) Beyond humans and xenomorphs, multiple comic series have established that the Predator's third favorite prey includes superheroes (which rarely works out).Not a direct opposite of Prey, despite what one might think.
In 1987, Major "Dutch" Schaeffer (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and his elite "rescue" squad were sent to rescue a cabinet minister in a Banana Republic, and after slaughtering the guerrillas they discover the hostages were actually CIA agents and their employers have lied to them. But all of that takes a back seat once a mysterious, invisible enemy with weapons not of this Earth starts killing off Schaeffer's team one by one...What made the first film such a successful piece of cinema were its groundbreaking special effects, big-budget action sequences and unique premise. Considered themanliest movieever made, it's hard to argue; Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers (of Rocky fame), and Jesse Ventura took major roles, and were all very big, strong guys who were prone to bleed and sweat. (Though they 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 Ho Yay films of all time, perhaps second only to Schwarzenegger's own Commando.
Ten years after the first movie (although the movie is from 1990) Los Angeles is under a Heat Wave, and a war between Jamaican and Colombian drug cartels is running wild. LAPD Lt. Mike Harrigan (Danny Glover) discovers something is killing members of both factions — and after meeting a fake DEA task force, he discovers that the thing is an alien, and they have been waiting for one to reappear since previous events in Central America. (and apparently they know how to dance).
Predator: Concrete Jungle
The first (and, to date, only) video game focusing solely on the titular creature, released in 2005 for the XBox and PS2. The game follows a lone Predator, who, after failing a hunt in 1930's New Way City, is exiled by his clan to an alien planet, where he is left to survive on his own. A century later, the clan retrieves the Predator (now nicknamed "Scarface") and offers him a chance to reclaim his honor by going back to Earth and killing Hunter Borgia, the son of the leader of an Irish mob (who Scarface killed during the failed hunt) who has rewritten history by utilizing alien technology left behind during the previous hunt. Scarface must battle various mob factions and retrieve the lost technology as the player progresses through the game, as well as collect trophy skulls and complete optional missions. The game featured a number of unlockable items and costumes, as well as many references to the Alien and Predator franchises.
Eight ultra-badasses and one doctor from all around Earth are abducted and dropped onto a game reserve planet for hunting by a larger and more aggressive species/clan of Predators. They must find out what it is they are fighting and how to get off this planet, all without going for each other's throats.Produced by Robert Rodriguez, the film acts as a sequel only to Predator and Predator 2 (moreso the former). Rodriguez says he hopes to reinvent the series so that people will forget about the Alien vs. Predator movies.
The concept of the xenomorph Alien and the Predator facing off was hinted at in the second film with a xenomorph skull in a predator trophy room. The Predator comics by Dark Horse are popular, and took part in many Intercontinuity Crossovers. This, in turn, lead into two film crossovers.The comic series Aliens vs. Predator takes place in the Alien universe. The plot is centered on a desert planet onto which the xenomorphs are seeded in preparation for a hunt by novice Predators. Later issues followed a human character as she attempts to live in, and eventually escape from, a Predator space ship. The original comics were very popular and critically acclaimed. The video games, mostly entering the Beat 'em Up or First-Person Shooter genres, earned many fans too. Later film adaptations... well...In Alien vs. Predator, a predator ship arrives in orbit and activates a temple pyramid hidden in the Antarctic. The heat signature attracts some human scientists who lead an expedition and discover a bizarre labyrinth. What they eventually learn is that this place is a proving ground for Predators to hunt one of the most dangerous of prey, the xenomorphs from the Alien franchise.While the movie was based off of two R-rated film series, this movie was PG-13 and as a result it wasn't quite the bloodbath fans were hoping for. That said, it has its fans and the film was popular enough to warrant a sequel.Alien vs. Predator: Requiem follows events from the previous film, and features a predator/alien hybrid leading an invasion of Earth. Despite this movie being rated R, it has very little of what made any of the two creatures entertaining and is considered one of the worst films ever made in some fans' eyes. But of course it has its fans as well, who swear the first AVP was actually worse. The fans of both films aren't really mutually exclusive to begin with. Either way the AVP franchise of films never ended up being what everyone wanted them to be. At least to the fans of the AVP mythology.
Tropes used in multiple Predator films
Alien Blood: "If it bleeds, we can kill it." A very bright, phosphorescent green, too.
Ammunition Backpack: Blaine's minigun in the first movie and the nitrogen guns Keyes' team uses in the second movie.
BFG: Ol' Painless. Also lampshaded in the second movie: when selecting from an array of firearms (including an oversized shotgun) Harrigan discards most of them, saying they are too small.
Bizarre Alien Senses: The title aliens have infrared vision. This is depicted onscreen by coloring what they see based on the temperature of objects: black = cold, white = hot, and other colors in between.
They actually see in the near infrared, not thermal infrared. Without their helmet, they can easily detect heat differentials in their surroundings but are unable to easily distinguish among objects of the same relative temperature. Their helmet includes circuitry that filters out ambient heat, allowing them to see things with greater clarity and detail (represented in the movie by using a thermal infrared camera). Coincidentally, if you've ever wondered why nothing on earth has developed anything similar, it's because that, as far as the eye's pigment molecules are concerned, light energy and heat energy are pretty much the same thing. The long-short is that if we saw in the infrared, our eyes would be completely overwhelmed by heat signatures being misinterpreted as light sources.
Blood Knight: The whole reason the Predators institute their hunts in the first place.
Crazy-Prepared: the Predators seem to have equipment to deal with almost every situation, and when they don't, you can expect this will be corrected in the next generation; the Predator from the first movie had a medical kit in case he would be shot; the one from the second movie had a multiple vision visor in case humans would figure out a way to escape his heat vision; the ones from the Alien vs. Predator movies had equipment treated to resist Xenomorph's blood and an acid used to remove tracks of their existence; the ones from Predators had a self-destruct function in their ship activable remotely should the humans try to steal it to escape the planet; and the list goes on.
Egomaniac Hunter: For all their vaunted honor code, this is what the Predators really are when you boil it down; a race whose sole drive is to explore the galaxy, find the nastiest critters they can, then kill them to prove their own toughness and be able to brag about what Badasses they are.
Even Evil Has Standards: Yautja typically do not hunt the weak, helpless, and/or innocent. In the Expanded Universe, Predators without honor are hunted, their bodies dismembered and desecrated, and their heads disposed of, as opposed to being kept as a trophy. It's also shown that they check their targets; one identifies a toy gun in the second film, and refrains from killing a pregnant woman, even though she had been armed moments earlier.
In "Predators 2", after Hartigan defeats the Predator in hand to hand combat, the Predator's colleagues don't attempt to enact vengeance upon him, let him leave and even reward him with a trophy.
Killing children seems to be a special no-no for them. In one of the comics, a Yautja arrives in a town during the 1950's and is discovered by a child, who takes some of the Predator's weapons (small bombs that deliver an electric shock). The hunter wants them back and pretty much chases the boy through town and into a drive-in movie theater, all the while the resourceful boy uses the Yautja's own weapons he took against him and takes cars to drive away. The Predator considers the child to be quite cunning and genuinely enjoys hunting him down, but never kills or even harms him, stating that he was not "sanctified for the hunt".
In another comic, a group of Nazis slaughter a small village and tie up a boy's hands, forcing him to show them some hidden treasure. Upon finding it, they attempt to kill the boy, only to be slaughtered themselves by a Yautja, who then goes towards the boy and cuts the ropes binding his hands before taking his leave. In yet another comic, an abusive man forces his son to go hunting with him in the woods, and during the night, the boy discovers a Yautja killing his father. The Yautja stops for a moment to go to the boy and gently wipe off the blood that splattered onto the boy's face before returning to deal with the father's corpse.
Evil Laugh: Surprisingly human-like, especially at the end of the first Predator.
Justified in that the Predators' standard-issue equipment includes audio recorders.
Heroic Sacrifice: Billy in Predator, Jerry Lambert in Predator 2, and Hanzo in Predators.
Humans Are Bastards: One of the reasons the Predators seem to enjoy hunting humans is that our sheer lack of physical prowess and technological advantages compared to them, means we have to resort to being very ingenious when it comes to finding ways to track down and kill our opponents. In short... we cheat.
Humans Are Special: Humans aren't as strong and their technology is far behind Predator tech but they are tenacious and clever enough to be considered excellent game. See the below trope as well.
In expanded universe material, this really gets played up: Predators honor humans as the "Pyode Amedah", meaning the "Soft Meat", and we are considered one of the two greatest trophy-species to hunt. The only other one of comparable importance are the "Kainde Amedah", or the "Hard Meat"... which we humans know as xenomorphs. That's right; Predators think humans are such badasses that they actually get into arguments about whether or not we are greater quarry than a race of acid-blooded Lightning Bruiser monsters.
Improbable Cover: In the first film Dutch lives through a small nuclear (?) explosion at close range because he ducked behind some cover. In the second film Lieutenant Harrigan survives the exhaust blast of a Predator ship taking off by doing the same thing.
Inescapable Net: The nets in the series are quite effective, but that's also because they automatically contract on the target and are apparently made out of something like piano wire, so targets are less incapacitated and more cubed.
Men Are the Expendable Gender / Sorting Algorithm of Mortality: Predator, Predator 2 and Predators all have casts filled with numerous Badass men... and a lone Badass woman. No prizes for guessing which characters are guaranteed to survive. Averted by the Alien vs. Predator films which both have multiple female roles, allowing some of them to become victims too.
Not quite, Anna is hardly badass, which is pretty much the reason the Predator doesn't attack her.
Never Hurt an Innocent: The Predators only hunt those who would make good sport, and will not harm those who are clearly not fighters: sick, elderly, young, with child, etc.
The sick guy in Alien vs. Predator was ignored at first, but his willingness to fight despite being heavily outmatched and his ingenuity in improvising a weapon elevated him to "worthy kill". Plus he set the Predator on fire... honour or not, that's going to tick you off!
There was also the dude that stumbled across the Predator in the woods in Requiem, but then again, that wasn't a question of killing for sport so much as it was a question of leaving no witnesses. After all, his code-name, besides fans calling him Wolf, was "The Cleaner"
While the Predators from Rodriguez's sequel kill a man who's almost entirely paralysed and incapable of fighting back, he had previously shown himself to be a dangerous foe. It's also quite likely that they disapproved of his treachery in turning on his forced team-mates. Plus, he'd been transported to that planet purely for the purpose of hunting him. That he was temporarily incapacitated when he was killed would not remove his status as a worthy kill - Predators believe in honour, not Honor Before Reason.
Worth noting that it isn't not out of any compassion on the Predator's part, there's just no challenge in killing something that can't fight back, and hence no honour to be gained. While their tendency to blow shit up when they lose might seem dishonourable, this is more a case of removing any evidence of their existence from prey species.
Night Vision Goggles: The Predator mask can see in several vision modes, but not the visible spectrum. Interestingly, the director went to the effort of getting hold of a real infrared camera for the Predvision sequences... And found it was practically useless in a steaming tropical jungle, hence the false coloured Predvision in the actual movie.)
The first movie also displays this, kind of. When the Predator takes off his mask for the final battle, we see a shot from his point of view as the previous black-with-highlighted-creatures view becomes red with heat, though he can still make out his target. The mask must filter out the ambient heat to make it easier to see.
The Men in Black in the second movie realize that the Preds can see in heat mode...but they assume that they can ONLY see in heat mode. It... ended badly. Had they realized that there was a creaky staircase in the slaughterhouse, things might've gone differently. The Predator can hear perfectly well and wouldn't have switched to its other vision modes if they had replaced the staircase earlier.
No Animals Were Harmed: Notably averted. In his DVD commentary, director John McTiernan makes a point of noting that the scorpion which Mac stabs and later stomps was a real one.
Noble Demon: The Predators might fall under this, especially the one in the second movie and the Classic Predator in the third.
Oh Crap: In the first film by Dutch, just as he realizes the Predator isn't going to walk into his trap. In the second by the Predator, no less, just before Harrigan cuts its hand (with the self-destruct) off.
Outrun the Fireball: In the first movie, it's the Predator's Self-Destruct Mechanism; in Predator 2, the ship's take-off exhaust (and a Shout Out to the first movie's scene). In Predators the team has to outrun the blast caused by Nicholai's heroic sacrifice.
Phrase Catcher: The unmasked creature warrants the comment "You're one ugly motherfucker!") This is referenced in the first Aliens vs. Predator when a character uses the same line on a Xenomorph. By then she had done an Enemy Mine with the Predator, so refrained from saying such to him.
Plasma Cannon: The Predators' distinctive plasma casters with the triangular laser sights.
Predator — Dutch: "He didn't kill you because you weren't armed. No sport."
Predator 2: After Harrigan kills the Predator, other Predators appear but don't kill him. Instead, one of them tosses Harrigan a gun from 1715 — taken as a trophy during a previous hunt. Also note that the protagonist Predator is an honorable warrior who does not murder children or pregnant women, even if they are an armed threat to it.
Retractable Weapon: All Predators use a pair of retractable wrist-blades. The one in Predator 2 and subsequent media has a retractable staff/spear.
Scary Black Man: Mac, in the first film. Double subverted in that, for most of his screen time, he's scared shitless himself... but after his Heroic BSOD, he's downright terrifying. Played straight in Predator 2 where Scary Black Men include the main character, the Jamaican gangsters and their leader King Willie (the last more because his voodoo belief and behavior than his physical strength}.
Self-Destruct Mechanism: Played straight in Predator, subverted in Predator 2 when Harrigan stops the countdown by cutting the device in half.
Sore Loser: The Predator himself, in the first two films. Upon being beaten, both attempt to self-destruct and take out their defeaters in the process, complete with an Evil Laugh and a sarcastic "Shit happens!" respectively.
Time Abyss: A minor example, but the ending of Predator 2 implies that the Predators can live for centuries; the old but spry looking creature gives Hartigan a flintlock pistol made in 1715. This is something canonised in the comic books and novels.
Villain-Based Franchise: Though the Predators do have a personal code of honor, that code is more a combination of hunting practicalities (don't kill pregnant females lest there be no prey left to hunt) and bragging rights, and so they are truly the villains of the piece. The plot of the series boils down to "Predator comes to a technologically inferior society of sapient beings to kill them for bragging rights". Furthermore, the Expanded Universe reveals that Predators actually breedAliens on purpose, and have deliberately scattered them across the galaxy.
Visible Invisibility: The Predator's cloaking device makes him less visible, not invisible. It is easier to see in motion and it also shorts out very easily.
Worthy Opponent: Happens to both Schaeffer and Harrigan when their respective Predator foe acknowledges their combat ability. It ends up with the Predator removing its mask and armor and challenging them under more even circumstances. For Schaeffer it was outsmarting the Predator with the mud-smear and taking down his cloaking device. For Harrigan the only reason the hunter selected him was seeing him pull off a one-man takedown against a gang of better-armed thugs. Explicitly shown with the other Predators' reaction to Harrigan after he manages to take the one hunting him down. Also occurs in Predators with Hanzo, who challenges a Predator to a sword/blade fight. The Predator drops his cloaking and weapons.
Bittersweet Ending: Dutch survives but his entire team is killed (though Anna makes it out too). Even more bitter if you consider that, for one alien dead (and at a high price), others have come to Earth in the past and more will surely come in the future.
A rare one for an Arnie movie too; he rides off into the sunset not triumphant or wise-cracking, but fatigued, wounded, and with a thousand-yard stare.
Black Dude Dies First: Averted, as the very first person to be killed is Hawkins, a white man. In fact, Blain, another white man, dies second. The two black guys actually die trying to avenge the white guys, and though they aren't the last guys to die, the two who are die mere minutes after them, so the black dudes basically last as long as everyone but the survivors. They arguably get the most Character Development of the entire cast too.
Subverted later, where Hawkins' explanation of his joke is the punchline.
Hawkins: Billy. Billy! The other day, I was going down on my girlfriend, I said to her, "Jeez you got a big pussy. Jeez you got a big pussy." She said, "Why did you say that twice?" I said, "I didn't." ... see, 'cuz of the echo.
Curb-Stomp Battle: Dutch's team utterly destroys the guerrillas at the beginning. Then the Predator picks them off one by one even more easily; it beats the crap out of Ahnold in hand to hand as well.
Dead Man's Trigger Finger: A variant: The titular creature blasts 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.
Digital Destruction: The "Ultimate Hunter" Blu-Ray relied so heavily on DNR, that the film boasts NO grain — but as a cost; Arnold now looks more like he got one fine wax job for someone out in the jungle.
Handy Cuffs: 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.
Hard Work Montage: Two; the team preparing traps to catch the title opponent, and Dutch for their one-on-one confrontation.
Dutch: What the hell are you? Predator: What the hell are you?
Also between Dutch and Dillon:
Dillon: You're an asset. An expendable asset. And I used you to get the job done, got it?! (later on...) Dutch: Of course they can't get to us. We're assets. Expendable assets. Dillon: It comes with the job, and I can accept it. Dutch: Bullshit. You're just like the rest of us.
Magical Native American: Billy senses the presence of the alien long before anyone else does. Justified as he is after all their scout, but Billy's reactions are very different from what you'd expect if an ordinary human enemy was stalking them, indicating 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.
The Mockbuster: Robowar, starring Reb Brown of Space Mutiny fame. Oddly, while copying the film almost entirely in visual style and rough plot, it replaced the alien predator with a cyborg The Government had made from Brown's character's war casualty friend, self-loathing but suffering from I Cannot Self-Terminate. Which one could argue in the hands of a proper studio and writers could actually have been better.
More Dakka: After Blain is killed, there is potentially the most Dakka in one scene in cinema history. Leads to an Oh Crap moment when it appears that after a prodigious expenditure of firepower, "we hit nothing".
Mr. Fanservice: Almost every male is shirtless and grunting at some point in the film.
A Real Man Is a Killer: 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.
Red Herring: 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.
Well, it might have been using it; Mac just happened to actually be there. After Mac is killed, the Predator taunts him with Mac's "Anytime" dialogue, which he said right after that.
Averted! Despite exploiting the Predator's heat vision to his advantage, Arnold's low-tech approach fails to beat the alien. It's only when the latter decides to "even things out" by removing its multipurpose helmet and shoulder gun when Arnold manages to beat it. And even then it's more due to dumb luck more than anything.
Badass: Lieutenant Mike Harrigan is basically Sergeant Roger Murtaugh in a warzone, and not a hulking Aryan superhuman — and that makes him more Badass. He actually kills the Predator (which Dutch could not do), because he's more Genre Savvy.
Black Dude Dies First: Averted and played straight at the same time as Harrigan is one of the few survivors, and the only survivor that the Predator had actually been trying to kill. At the same time the first person killed on screen by the Predator is a Black Jamaican Gangster. Also When the Predator attacks a train with Jerry Lambert and Leona and five gang bangers including a single black one as the only armed people on board apart from a white business man. No prize for guessing who the Predator kills first.
A not so minor correction: nearly every passenger on the train had a gun, and the Predator killed everyone who did. The whole train is about to become a massive firefight anyway, even before the Predator shows up!
Jerry Lambert too — at his old precinct he was even nicknamed "The Lone Ranger".
Crapsack World: Los Angeles in Predator 2 is a hellhole, with drug gangs openly shooting and killing cops and each other on the streets, nearly every civillian is armed, and the police are just barely able to maintain order. Then the Predator shows up...
Sensor Suspense: While the capture team is in the warehouse, the support team outside keeps track of the team and the Predator inside the warehouse using symbols on a screen. The suspense increases when the creature's movements indicate it can see the capture team and is about to attack them.
Society Marches On: The movie predicted that by 1997 Los Angeles would decay into a dystopian Crapsack World with drug gangs in open war with the police and themselves, using military-grade hardware and body counts seemingly in the thousands. The police themselves show elements of being an occupying force in their own city and Hartigan himself refers to his beat as "the war." Based on the high crime rates of L.A. in the late 1980s and early 1990s this didn't seem too farfatched circa 1990, but fast forward to the second decade of the 21st Century and we see Los Angeles, while still not a utopia, has far lower crime rates than it did at the time the film was made.
Space Whale Aesop: The subway massacre scene was actually conceived as a Take That to vigilantism, which explains why the man the gang members are accosting resembles real-life subway vigilante Bernard Goetz. So the moral of the story is, don't plan to take the law into your own hands, otherwise intergalactic hunters will slaughter you. Wait, what?
That Came Out Wrong: Harrigan, crawling on a ledge high above the ground mutters, "You can do it. Like falling off a log." He quickly realizes those weren't the words he was looking for.
Title Drop: Keyes says "Well, we've prepared a trap for this predator."
The Man Behind the Man: Scarface starts out hunting street gangs before being led to their leader, Lucretia Borgia, who is being kept alive through the blood the Predator spilled on her way back in 1930, and then onto her son, Hunter.
Super Drowning Skills: If you fall/jump/lean in the water you instantly die, only to reappear seconds later a few feet away from where you descended to a watery doom. Possibly Justified, since with his armor and all, the Predator weighs about half a ton.
Timeline-Altering MacGuffin: In Concrete Jungle, Scarface leaves behind several pieces of his clan's technology during a hunt in New Way City. When he is recovered from the planet he was exiled to (a century later), he learns that he unintentionally kickstarted an entire technological revolution that has resulted in cyborgs, flying cars and much more.
Video Game Cruelty Potential: Part of the game's charm is that you can do just about any move any of the titular creatures did in the films: taunt them from high-up ledges and watch as they freak out, execute any one of a dozen different finishing moves - while their teammates look on, hang bodies up to scare NPC's or pick off enemies before retreating and watching them freak.