Works in this franchise with their own YMMV pages:

* ''YMMV/{{Predator 2}}''
* ''YMMV/{{Predators}}''

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!![[Franchise/{{Predator}} Franchise-wide]]

* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: The Predator species is subjected to a large amount of this due to the fact there is little information on them. Are they thrill seeking beings hunting for honor or are they a bunch of evil assholes who hunt humans for giggles?
* CompleteMonster: From the comic ''Bad Blood'', we have the eponymous Bad Blood himself. Unlike most Predators, or Yautja, who [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy value honor and the glory]] of [[HuntingTheMostDangerousGame the hunt]], the Bad Blood is an AxCrazy SerialKiller hunted by his own people as a psychotic criminal. After crash-landing on Earth, the Bad Blood kills, tortures, and cannibalizes an entire crew of other Predators before setting off on a killing spree of unsuspecting humans. The Bad Blood routinely makes his kills as gruesome and painful as possible, seeming to cheerfully acknowledge himself as a "sick, psychopathic bastard." While most Predators are no friend to humanity, the Bad Blood has the distinction of being a monster by both human and Yautja standards.
* ContestedSequel: Many fans aren't able to agree on whether ''Film/{{Predator 2}}'' or ''Film/{{Predators}}'' is the better sequel.
* EvilIsCool: Given its bizarre weapons and technology and the unique design from Creator/StanWinston, the Predator inevitably fell to this.
* RootingForTheEmpire: Possibly invoked, as most of the humans are inefficient or weak in comparison to the Predator, especially in ''Film/{{Predator 2}}'' and ''Film/{{Predators}}'' where most of the Predator's victims are unsympathetic drug lords, criminal scum, or heartless soldiers. The only time the viewer has any reason to root for the protagonist against the Predator in the former is when it starts attacking police officers. Taken UpToEleven in ''Predators'', where [[spoiler: two Predators fight each other in the climax.]]
* {{Sequelitis}}: A good portion of critics and some fans consider this the case with ''Film/{{Predator 2}}'' and ''Film/{{Predators}}''. Though ''Predator 2'' has definitely [[VindicatedbyHistory gained better appreciation over time]], and the issue with ''Film{{Predators}} could arguably be a case of ILikedItBetterWhenItSucked.
* SoBadItsGood: Some moments in ''Film/{{Predator}}'' and a good deal of ''Film/{{Predator 2}}'' could be considered this.
* TooCoolToLive:
** The first film have [[spoiler: [[JesseVentura Blain]], [[ScaryBlackMan Mac]], [[BadassNative Billy Sole]] and even [[FallenHero Dillion]]]].
** The second film have [[spoiler: [[MagicalNegro King Willie]], [[CowboyCop Jerry Lambert]] and [[TheMenInBlack Peter Keyes]]]].
** ''Predators'' have [[spoiler: [[NotAfraidToDie Mombasa]], [[DannyTrejo Cuchillo]], [[Creator/LaurenceFishburne Noland]], [[HeroicSacrifice Nikolai, Stans and Hanzo]]]].
** Any [[EvilIsCool predator]] in the films who is killed by their opponent counts too.
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: Given that Creator/StanWinston was involved with the special effects, the Predator suits and cloaking device still look amazing years after they left theaters.

!![[Film/{{Predator}} The first movie]]

* AwardSnub: Losing the Visual Effects Oscar to ''Film/{{Innerspace}}''. (Although ''Innerspace'' had some amazingly impressive and innovative special effects, including some from the guys who went on to make Photoshop.)
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything / WhatDoYouMeanItsNotPolitical: The film has been noted as an allegory for the Vietnam War -- an unseen enemy who is well versed in camouflage, defeating a "superior" American force. (The Predator's technological advantage notwithstanding.)
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Blain (rocks a moustache, declares himself "a goddamn sexual Tyrannosaurus") and Mac (ScaryBlackMan, wigs outs after the Predator toys with them too much).
* FirstInstallmentWins: While the sequels have their fans, the original ''Predator'' is by far the most well known and revered film in the franchise.
* HellIsThatNoise: Many of the sounds the Predator makes, which include its distinctive chirp and the cackle it makes at the end of the first film. The sound the Predator's Vision makes and its hearing, which crosses over into UncannyValley when it listens to humans.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** Of course, any movie with Arnie and Jesse Ventura is funnier because of their subsequent political careers, but lesser known is that Sonny Landham (Billy) also tried to run for Kentucky Governor and Senator. Carl Weathers later mocked this with a spoof campaign commercial: "Vote for me. I was in ''Predator''!"
** See IronicEcho on the main page. Arnold would later star in ''Film/TheExpendables'' and accusing Creator/SylvesterStallone of liking to fight in the jungle.
** Speaking of The Expendibles, Dutch's declaration that his team is "not expendible" is this since, at least in the three Expendible movies released as of this writing, none of the actors who play Dutch's platoon make an appearance.
** Jesse Ventura (Blain) spends the first movie wearing a MTV t-shirt under his combat gear. While MTV still had some rebel cred in 1987, the sight of a hulking badass wearing the shirt of a network now mostly known for Tween reality shows is hysterical.
* MagnumOpus: Placed alongside ''Film/DieHard'' as a contender for director John McTiernan's best film and one of the best Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger films.
* MemeticMutation: Some of the one-liners are downright ''legendary''.
--> '''Blaine''': Bunch of slack-jawed faggots around here, this stuff'll make you a Goddamn sexual Tyrannosaurus -- just like me!
--> '''Blaine''': "I ain't got time to bleed."
--> '''Hawkins''': "[[ChirpingCrickets ... it was 'cause of the echo.]]"
--> '''Dutch''': "If it bleeds, we can kill it."
--> '''Dutch''': "Stick around."
--> '''Dutch''': "Knock knock."
--> '''Mac''': "Anytime."
--> '''Mac''': "[[MadnessMantra OH BABY, OH BABY, I'M GONNA HAVE ME SOME FUN, I'M GONNA HAVE ME SOME FUN, I'M GONNA HAVE ME SOME FUN...]]"
--> '''Dutch''': "Ruuuuun! Goooooo! Get to da choppa!"
--> '''Dutch''': "You're one ''ugly'' motherfucker."
** Billy's laugh and the Predator's variation of it.
** The use of handheld miniguns.
** A smaller example: After ''KONY 2012'' came out, {{Troll}}s on Facebook and the like started posting pictures of Dillon who -- with his mustache and army outfit in ''Predator'' -- looked a bit like Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony at a brief glance, at least to the ill-informed who didn't know the actor. Most said nothing but variations of "This guy's awesome", to see how many people they could rile up. [[http://www.buzzfeed.com/daves4/people-who-think-carl-weathers-is-joseph-kony It worked.]]
* MostWonderfulSound: The Predator's plasma caster and Blaine's minigun.
* {{Narm}}: [="GET TO DA CHOPPA!"=] Though many fans view it as NarmCharm.
* TheProblemWithLicensedGames: While most of the [[LicensedGame Licensed Games]] are decent, the NES version is an exception. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNRSAlZzT7A Arnie wearing pink pants]], the FinalBoss being a [[spoiler:[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3akRgRtho9k giant Predator head]]]], among others.
* RetroactiveRecognition: Try to recognize Creator/ShaneBlack under [[http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/avp/images/2/2a/Hawkins.png/revision/latest?cb=20130413102132 Hawkins]]' 80s geeky glasses.
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: While still a great action movie, some elements of Predator are hardly unique now that they have been imitated several times.
** Handheld miniguns are hardly revolutionary now that several action movies have imitated or parodied them.
** On a similar note, visible invisibility isn't as exciting now that works like ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' have imitated it.
** Back in its time, the film itself was considered shocking as it broke the action movie mold by having Arnie and his friends defeated by a stealthy being that used its brain and deception to defeat them. Nowadays, it's common practice for action movies such as ''Film/DieHard'' have their protagonists rely on their brains instead of heavy firepower and shooting stuff.
* SpecialEffectsFailure:
** The blank-firing adapters are visible in the barrels of Arnie's crew's guns.
** Later in the film, the Predator is seen swinging during daylight when it is nighttime in one shot.
* TearJerker:
** As Mac affectionately lays a whiskey flask on [[spoiler: Blaine's]] body to Alan Silvestri's mournful yet warm and gentle trumpets:
-->'''Mac''': Goodbye, bro.
** Later that night, Mac is on guard and looking at the stars whilst going over Vietnam memories with Blaine. Throughout this sequence, he's chewing tobacco -- tobacco that everyone refused when Blain offered it to them in the helicopter.
** [[spoiler: The thousand-yard-stare Dutch (who by this point has gone from a confident jocky super-human to a withering, traumatised wreck that has lost everyone he loved) gives in the film's final shots.]]
* UncannyValley: Several unusual ''audio'' examples, from the creepy distortions the Predator hears when the men speak to its bizarrely human laugh at the end.
* VindicatedByHistory: While a hit with audiences, ''Film/{{Predator}}'' was not well received by critics at the time (although Creator/RogerEbert gave it a positive review) and its Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes scores reflected this. In more recent times, critical attitudes have warmed and it has even gone on to be featured on several "best of" lists. (It's also picked up a reputation as one of [[RatedMForManly the manliest movies ever.]])
** One reason given for its rather impressive comeback is that films like this simply aren't made very much any more; big macho near-invincible action stars with massive guns and simple practical special effects gave way to more ''relatable'' heroes and wall-to-wall CGI. People are getting increasingly bored with what they've got and are looking to the past for entertainment.

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