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The Predators

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The Predators / Hunters / Yautja

Portrayed By: Kevin Peter Hall, Ian Whyte

"Iwo Jima, Cambodia, Beirut. Drawn by heat and conflict. He's on safari. Lions. The tigers. The bears. Oh, my!."
Peter Keyes
The main antagonists of the series, the Yautja, also known as Predators, are a race of aliens known for their advanced technology and habit of hunting aggressive individuals of other species. Despite this, the species has shown a rather strict set of rules that govern their hunt and society.
  • Alien Blood: Fluorescent green, glows in the dark and (according to most AVP media) has acid-neutralizing properties.
  • Aliens Speaking English: Averted. They speak their own native language. The films don't provide subtitles either.
  • Blood Knight: The Predator culture has rules for their hunt, the main one dictating that they only attack armed prey.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: Their physiology is like a mix of mammalian and reptilian; they are Humanoid Aliens with hair-like dreadlocks and navels, but they also have scales, claws in place of fingernails and toenails and no lips.
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: They believe in a fair fight above all else and will not target the weak or unarmed with their weaponry. Yet, when actually defeated in a fair fight, they self-destruct with an explosive device strapped to their wrist, although this may be a pragmatic step taken to ensure that their advanced technology won't fall into the hands of a lesser-developed race.
  • Chameleon Camouflage: Their cloaking system works as this—when they move, the ripple of light playing across its figure makes it visible if one is watching carefully.
  • Dead Guy on Display: Their standard approach for an adversary who put up a poor fight is to declare them unworthy by gutting them, skinning them and hanging their corpse upside down.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: The rare occasions when Predators have spoken show them to have incredibly deep, animalistic voices.
  • Genius Bruiser: They're exceptionally good hunters, trackers and tactical planners and are very skilled at detecting and avoiding traps. That's in addition to being super strong warriors.
  • Guttural Growler: See Evil Sounds Deep. When Predators have spoken without mimicry, their voices sound less like speech and more like inhuman growls.
  • Humanoid Alien: They have the basic human shape with one body, one head, four limbs and being bipeds. They also have two forward-facing eyes on their heads, five fingers on each hand and five toes on each foot, but that is where its similarities with humans end.
  • Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: Their motivation. The second movie and expanded universe reveal this isn't limited to humans.
  • Lightning Bruiser: In addition to being huge and incredibly strong, they're also very fast as evidenced by their ability to climb and leap between trees.
  • Lizard Folk: Their physiology is a mixture between this and mammalian, having a basic humanoid shape with reptilian skin and claws.
  • Made of Iron: The Predators can take quite a bit of abuse. In several instances Predators have sustained multiple gunshot wounds to the chest, any one of which would be fatal to a fit, full-grown human and literally walked it off. They have also shrugged off falls from great heights, including the City Hunter who jumped off a six-story drop to attack King Willie and was unharmed by the impact.
  • Nightmare Face: Beneath their helmets, the Predators have very frightening, hideous faces.
    Dutch: ugly motherfucker.
  • Noble Demon: Predators have a strict code that they only attack prey that can fight back.
  • No Waterproofing in the Future: The Predator's cloaking device short-circuits in water. This doesn't permanently damage it though.
  • Plasma Cannon: Their main long-distance weapon, mounted on the left shoulder. They can sometimes be dual-wielded.
  • Precision-Guided Boomerang: The Smart Disc and Shuriken weapons. It also doubles as an Absurdly Sharp Blade, able to bifurcate half a dozen frozen cow carcasses and a grown man in combat gear (Predator 2) and be doused in acid from slicing a Xenomorph in half before hitting a person with enough force to lift them off the ground, pin them to a wall and cut them in half (Alien vs Predator: Requiem).
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: They are as much honorable warriors as they are hunters.
  • Retractable Weapon: Their signature melee weapon, dual wrist blades.
  • Rite of Passage: Most, if not all, Predators go through this in the form of a hunt. Ever since the two franchises were combined, the quarry are usually Xenomorphs.
  • Self-Destruct Mechanism: Predators have armbands with a wrist mounted bomb that they detonate when badly injured or if they are defeated with the explosive power to blow up three whole city blocks. Played straight in Predator, subverted in Predator 2 when Harrigan stops the countdown by cutting the device in half, having heard what it can do and recognizing the beeping and changing runes as a bomb timer.
    • The reason for this is to give the Predators an honourable death (as a form of seppuku), remove any trace of their existence and to prevent their technology from falling to the wrong hands, giving their prey an advantage.
  • Super Strength: While their physical limits are not known they are many times stronger than humans. Their feats of strength include;
    • First Film: Carrying the body of a full-grown man (Hawkins, Billy) while climbing a tall tree vertically, lifting a full-grown man in combat gear (Dillon) with one hand, carrying the body of a large man (Blain) yet still being stealthy enough to evade detection and traps in a jungle, ripping a grown-man's skull and spine out in one go, knocking a bodybuilder-sized man (Dutch) off his feet and across a clearing with one blow and punching him so hard he starts coughing up blood.
    • Second film: Carrying a full-grown man on a twenty-foot climb up a vertical wall, smashing through the roof of a train carriage, smashing a shotgun to pieces with one blow, smashing through a door with enough force to rip the doorframe out of the wall and take a chunk of the wall with it and tearing open an elevator grate.
  • Time Abyss: The second film and various expanded universe materials confirm Predators live for centuries before becoming elderly with the City Hunter in the second film considered a youth at only 300 years.
  • Worthy Opponent: If a Predator finds an interesting prey, it will spend its time observing them before taking their skulls as its trophy. If the prey is able to fight back, it will dispose its weapons other than its wrist blade and removes its mask, challenging its prey to hand-to-hand combat.


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