Franchise Predator Discussion

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11:15:17 AM Dec 17th 2010
I’m relatively new to making major addendums to this site, so please forgive me if this is inappropriate.

That said, I would like to open discussion regarding a possible entry of the trope listing “Alternate Character Interpretation” regarding the Predators themselves. Basically, as a long-time fan of the franchise, I have found that the common view among this race among the fan base has largely steered away from its original intention.

As I put it in a forum discussion some time ago:

A lot has been argued about the supposed Predator "code of honor." The two hunters not killing Anna in the first film and the pregnant Leona in the second have led many to believe that the Predators have some sort of rough code of honor.

After a lot of thought, I don't think that's the case. The first Predator let Anna go, so far as we can tell, because there was "no sport in it." He didn't kill her not to fight fair or because she was a woman, but because it wouldn't have been fun.

Similarly, the hunter in Los Angeles did in fact let the pregnant police woman go, despite the fact that she was armed...but that didn't stop him from trying to activate a bomb that would have killed every man, woman, child and unborn baby within an enormous area. That Predator might have considered it gouche to kill on unborn child, but when the chips were down he(?) had no problem trying to kill untold thousands.

I could go on and on, but to be succinct, the Predators have moved away from how they were originally conceived for the first film: as big-game hunters from the stars, dilettantes that travel the universe committing mass murder because they are *bored*. That’s about as far from the conception of “Noble warriors operating on a code of honor” perpetuated in comics, fanfic and the first Av P movie as you can get.

What do you think, folks? Should this become an entry, and if so, how to word it?

Thanks for your consideration!
04:12:57 PM Aug 1st 2010
Deleted "NSA" from the Predator 2 description since it's not mentioned anywhere in the film. Keyes' agents are called a DEA "federal task force" and Keyes says he's a DEA Special Agent. Jerry Lambert discovers that none of them are DEA, but Keyes was commissioned as a captain in U.S. Air Force Intelligence.
02:34:09 PM Jul 18th 2010
It seems we have a separate page for Predators. I was going to tidy up the formatting, but then I thought I'd check this page and sure enough, plenty of tropes listed here instead.

So the question is what do we do the other page - delete it, or move everything Predators-relevant from here to there?
08:08:41 PM Jul 10th 2010
Wouldn't Predators be Black and Gray Morality? Or worse?
08:22:06 AM Jul 10th 2010
I did some fiddling with the spoiler tags in the Predators section. The general rule is that you don't spoiler the entire example and the trope link itself, unless it's very existance there is a giant spoiler (like Kill 'em All). Other things like Bittersweet Ending can remain open, because TV Tropes isn't for people for want to remain 100% unspoiled.
02:49:55 PM Jul 10th 2010
Can't edit right now for some reason, but the Predators entry at the top should be updated. It's solely a direct sequel to the original (and it seems to ignore both Predator 2 and the AVP films), most certainly not a remake. They even make reference to the events of the original film.
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