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''Alien vs. Predator'' is an arcade-only BeatEmUp by Creator/{{Capcom}} released in 1994. (Other, not directly related ''VideoGame/AlienVsPredator'' games share this title, including one released the same year for the UsefulNotes/AtariJaguar.)

A shuttle crashes in the city of San Drad, California, carrying with it a deadly cargo of Xenomorphs. Two cyborg soldiers are trapped while fighting their way to the central hive, only to be rescued by a group of Predators. They decide to work together to rip the heart out of the infestation.

Up to three players select from four playable characters. The Predators provide a warrior and a hunter, while the humans are represented by two cyborgs: Major Dutch Schaeffer (the hero of ''Film/{{Predator}}'') and Lieutenant Linn Kurosawa (who has several [[LawyerFriendlyCameo Lawyer-Friendly Cameos]] in later Capcom games). Together they wield a wide variety of weapons for fighting the Aliens invading Earth in great numbers.

!This videogame provides examples of:

* AliensSpeakingEnglish: While averted with the aliens (Xenomorphs) themselves of course, the two playable Predators speak completely coherently. They drop partially into their native language during the Mad Predator battle.
* AmbidextrousSprite: The player characters and human soldiers are all right-handed. However, this is not the case when they're facing left. Dutch Schaeffer is the most blatant example since he has a cybernetic right arm.
* {{Animesque}}
* ArmCannon: Schaffer has a cybernetic arm with a [[{{BFG}} Smartgun]] mounted on it.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking:
** Played straight with the aliens, wherein Royal Guards are practically [[BossInMooksClothing minibosses]] in their own right, with the Alien Queen being the toughest [[IncrediblyLamePun mother]] of them all.
** Subverted with the human enemies. The Corporal enemies are stronger than the Sergeants, despite the latter having a higher rank, and the Corrupt General even ends up being TheUnfought courtesy of the Alien Queen [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe ripping him in half]].
* BaitAndSwitchBoss: The Corrupt General. After fighting his squad of mooks, you come face to face with him... and then he is impaled and bitten in half by the NotQuiteDead Alien Queen.
* BattleCouple: Dutch Schaeffer and Linn Kurosawa, before teaming up with the Predators.
* BewareMyStingerTail: Many Xenomorph types can use their tails to attack, especially the Arachnoid class. The Alien Queen even impales the General with this before killing him, a move which she can also use on you in the final battle if you're not careful once she jumps above the ceiling.
* BladeOnAStick: Each Predator wields one, which Dutch and Linn can pick up if they happen to get knocked out of the Predators' hands.
* BookEnds: In multiplayer, at the start of Stage 1, the human characters ask the Predator Warrior why the predators are helping them, to which he responds that if they survive this, he will tell them. Cue the ending, where the humans repeat the question, to which they get a cryptic [[WorthyOpponent "You'll know."]]
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: The Mad Predator, due to being infected with a chestburster like those [[NotUsingTheZWord infectoids]].
* ColonyDrop: The heroes destroy the alien hive in the city by making the BigBad's ship crash into it.
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* {{Cyborg}}: Dutch has a huge mechanical arm. The only reason you can tell Linn's a cyborg is when she starts slinging Xenomorphs around.
* DeadpanSnarker: One funny moment of this in the Japanese version on the malfunctioning elevator:
-->'''Dutch:''' "Jeez, stuck again. What a rickety old junk..."\\
'''Predator Warrior:''' "You mean yourself?"
* DegradedBoss: The Chrysalis and Power Loader bosses return (in pairs) during the final stage.
* DuelBoss: The Mad Predator, who is fought alone without any mooks helping it (in 1-player mode). If you have two or three players, this becomes a
** DualBoss: Where you will have to fight ''two'' Mad Predators.
** DyingAsYourself: The Mad Predator commits seppuku after defeat by the player, to prevent the chestburster from coming out. Sadly, the chestburster [[SenselessSacrifice makes it out]] and chews his corpse in the following cutscene. [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome No, you do not kill the chestburster on screen.]]
* EliteMooks: The uncommon Royal Guards (seemingly based on the Praetorian aliens) serve this role.
* EnemyMine: The Predators only team up with the human characters because the Xenomorph population on Earth suddenly exploded to an alarming degree. Once the end credits roll, they acknowledge the humans as fellow warriors...but then menacingly point their tri-dot aiming lasers at them before leaving for outer space.
* EverythingsDeaderWithZombies: The mutated infested soldiers called infectoids.
* EvilIsNotAToy: Guess what the Corrupt General wants to do with the Xenomorphs?
* {{Expy}}: In addition to the eponymous characters on the title, there are even protagonists that share similarities from the films they're based on. Dutch Schaeffer is the more obvious reference ([[ActorAllusion mixed with the strength]] of the [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} T-800]]), while Linn Kurosawa is based off of Ripley's cunning (thus the high "skill" stat) and Creator/SigourneyWeaver's black belt. [[Creator/{{Capcom}} Okay]], the last one was [[VideoGame/FinalFight blowing smoke]], but still.
* FlunkyBoss: All the bosses come with some Mooks during the fight, with the exception being the DuelBoss[=/=]DualBoss above. Taken UpToEleven in the final battle against the Alien Queen, wherein she summons {{Degraded Boss}}es ''and'' EliteMooks midway through the fight!
* GoKartingWithBowser: Predators Warrior and Hunter fit this as they fight aliens while on Dutch's side.
* HyperactiveMetabolism: Picking up food regenerates your health.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice[=/=]HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: Just before the FinalBoss fight, the Queen impales the Corrupt General and then rips him in two in direct homage to a similar scene in ''Film/{{Aliens}}''.
** The Queen can also impale you with her tail as one of her moves, and it is ''very painful''.
* InvulnerableAttack: The usual CastFromHP type seen in Beat-Em-Ups, used to get you out of a tricky situation or (if you have the cash to spare) spammed relentlessly to get you through the game.
* ItsAWonderfulFailure: In the continue screens, humans characters get an Alien creeping upon them, while the Predators start their SelfDestructMechanism.
* ItsPersonal: The Predators after killing their infected comrade.
* KamehameHadoken / KiAttacks: Linn Kurosawa has one special move where she charges, then unleashes Ki.
* KatanasAreJustBetter: Linn Kurosawa carries one into battle. It's so much better, in fact, that it doesn't melt on contact with AlienBlood.
* KungFuProofMook: The blue "Defender" Xenomorphs have an annoying habit of blocking your attacks; grab them or use an unblockable move to hurt them.
* LagCancel: Believe it or not, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GgZTIqr4OA Overheating your gun]] has its advantages.
* MiniGame: The "Break the elevator before it hits the ceiling" sequence.
* NotQuiteDead: The Alien Queen.
* OptionalCharacterScene: Depending on number of players and chosen characters: Example (based on Japanese version) at the start of stage 5, when the human soldiers are attacking the party:
-->'''Linn:''' "There can't be any other military units besides us!"\\
'''Dutch:''' [[ShoutOut "We were disposable!"]]\\
'''Predator Hunter:''' "So you're the cyborgs they abandoned."\\
'''Linn:''' "[[BigShutUp Shut Up]]! We're humans not machines!!"
* {{Overheating}}: Using a character's ranged weapon will fill up a heat bar that steadily depletes. If this fills completely, it overheats and the weapon can't be used until it cools down.
* PercussiveMaintenance: When the heroes arrive at the malfunctioning cargo elevator, the following exchange happens:
-->'''Dutch:''' "I know how to handle this." ''(punches the terminal, elevator starts moving)'' "See? American Know-How."
** And when it stops, it is done again on the other console.
** Lampshaded in the multiplayer:
-->'''Linn:''' "You guys do nothing but smash..."
* PersonalSpaceInvader: {{Face Hugger}}s and {{Chest Burster}}s will attempt to grab onto you and drain your health away. [[SmashingSurvival Smash the buttons to get them off]].
* RollingAttack: The Chrysalis uses this on you. Predator Hunter also has an aerial/bouncing version.
* [[SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Game]]: In the cutscenes, there are ''three'' Predators. We never learn the deal with the third. (One could argue it's the Mad Predator, but he's alive at the end...)
* ShoulderCannon: Both Predators wield shoulder-mounted plasma cannons.
* ShoutOut:
** The arcade game contains a few Shout-Outs to Konami's earlier ''Aliens'' UsefulNotes/ArcadeGame, particularly the Chrysalis aliens and blue-skinned, chestburster-infected zombies called "Infectoids".
** The Predator Hunter uses a [[Franchise/StreetFighter Tiger Uppercut]] as his anti air move, and has Blanka's {{Rolling Attack}} as his air-to-ground move.
** Major Schaeffer seems to have learned several grapples from [[VideoGame/FinalFight Mayor Mike Haggar]].
** Lt. Kurosawa can unleash a [[KamehameHadoken burst of ki]] by holding and releasing the Attack button, which looks similar to [[Franchise/StreetFighter Chun-Li's]] ''Kikosho''.
** Linn ''[[Creator/AkiraKurosawa Kurosawa.]]''
* SpinAttack: Major Schaeffer's electric arm spin, Linn Kurosawa's Senpuuzan, Predator Warrior's spear twirl, and Predator Hunter's disc blades.
* SuddenlyVoiced: Either the Predator characters can talk, or they've [[CrazyPrepared prepared a lot of vocal clips for playback for every conceivable situation.]]
* TheUnfought: The Corrupt General, due to being ripped in half by the Alien Queen.
* UnexpectedGameplayChange: A small one in the third stage, where the game becomes something akin to a ShootEmUp and you have to aim to shoot the aliens. Thankfully, you have no cooldown meter!
* UseYourHead: The green Xenomorphs (Smashers) will try to headbutt the player.
* WeakButSkilled: Three stats are shown when selecting characters: Speed, Power and Skill. Linn Kurosawa has the lowest power and the highest skill rating of the four characters. She also has the largest number of moves out of the four.
* WeaksauceWeakness: The otherwise resilient Infectoids can be instantly killed if they get hit by a single projectile, or any other attack that knocks them down.
* WorthyOpponent: The ending strongly implies that Dutch and Linn are this to the Predators, after [[EnemyMine testing them in battle]] against the Xenomorphs.
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: Schaefer and the Predators use wrestling moves. Linn inverts this because her only throw must be performed in the air.
** The Power Loaders can ''backdrop you''.
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: You kill the Alien Queen on stage 4. Happy end? No, there is still the matter of the evil private army trying to kill you.
* ZergRush: Most of the weaker Xenomorphs attack in this fashion.