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  • In the beginning, when Dillon and Dutch meet up, they greet each other with the most epic, testosterone-fueled handshake in the history of cinema. The loud, audible smack when their hands connect is badass personified.
    Dutch: Dillon! You son of a bitch!
  • A minor one but while the team is preparing to drop, Poncho gives a smirk and prepares to toss something at Hawkins, who is reading a map. Poncho gives a good toss but Hawkins catches it without his eyes ever leaving the map.
  • The squad's early assault on the rebel camp. Taking out a well-guarded, heavily fortified base with no casualties or even serious injuries, it positively cements Dutch and his crew as people with whom you do not wish to fuck. Which makes the Predator himself going all ten-little-Indians on their ass even more awesome: You know how good these guys are, and the Predator takes almost all of them down without breaking a sweat.
  • Dutch calling the Predator out, right before lighting the bonfire, by letting out a long primal roar that echoes all around the jungle. The Predator definitely got the message.
    • In a wonderful piece of physical acting by Kevin Peter Hall, the Predator looks up, hears the sound, then goes back to what he was doing (heating up his wrist blades with his laser sight). Almost as if saying "Just you wait, buddy, I'm coming for you too."
  • The unveiling of Ol' Painless, and the havoc that Blain unleashes with it.
    Jesse Ventura: I'm the first person in film history to shoot this weapon handheld. Not even Rambo can say that.
  • This exchange:
    Poncho: You're hit. You're bleeding, man.
    Blain: (Not even glancing at the wound) I ain't got time to bleed.
  • The More Dakka scene after Blain's death, which has the surviving team members unloading their weapons into the jungle after the Predator. They only inflict one minor wound upon it.
    • Counts as an awesome moment for director John McTiernan as well, for making a An Aesop about gun violence that was, dare we say it, subtle?!
      • Especially impressive considering the rest of the movie is anything but.
    • When they're done, there's an entire new clearing in the jungle that wasn't there when they started.
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    • And even with how little damage they did, this is the first time that they harm the Predator at all, proving him vulnerable.
    • If you look closely, the Predator was already running and bleeding before Mac grabbed the minigun, and before anyone else showed up. Mac injured the Predator with a normal firearm.
      • Though the firearm in question was a M60E3 machinegun firing powerful 7.62 NATO rounds usually used in sniper rifles.
  • Billy, after spending most of the movie terrified of the Predator, pulls a You Shall Not Pass! moment to buy time for the few remaining team members. It turns out to be a Senseless Sacrifice, but it's still unbelievably badass.
  • Dutch destroying the Predator's cloaking device with exploding spears and arrows.
  • The final showdown between Dutch and the Predator, where the Predator takes off its armour to beat Dutch in a fair one-on-one fight... and beats the everloving shit out of him (an accomplishment, it should be mentioned, that is very rare for villains in a Schwarzenegger flick). Then Dutch tries to lure it into a trap he made, demanding the Predator finish him...only for the Predator to sense the obvious and approach from a different angle, so Dutch trips the trap anyway and takes it out with a tree stump used as the counterweight. Bad. Ass.
  • After realizing that he has won, Dutch takes a good look at the Predator, and asks it "What the hell are you?" The Predator fires back with "What the hell are you?" and stars fiddling with his wrist-computer that then starts making strange beeping sounds, followed by the Predator imitating Billy's laugh from earlier in the film in absolutely demonic manner as Dutch (as well as the audience) realizes that the device is making the tell-tale sounds of a self-destruct sequence. Dutch barely makes it out alive from that one.
    • Just before that, right after the counterweight crushed the Predator, a completely exhausted Dutch falls back into the tree he was leaning to and takes a big gasp of air, sure that the battle is over. However, the moment Dutch hears the faint growls and notices the log is moving, without a second thought he uses all the strength he has left to grab a rock twice the size of his head and approach the Predator ready to strike the finishing blow. He then drops the rock when he sees the Predator has already been mortally wounded by the trap, but that sheer determination shows us why Dutch was able to match the alien hunter.
  • The Predator is just an awesome villain, in general. You've gotta give props to any antagonist that can scare the hell out of an Arnold Schwarzenegger character:
    Dutch: Did you find Hawkins?
    Poncho: I... I can't tell.
    *Cue major "Oh, Crap!" look from Dutch*


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