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The Predators / Hunters / Yautja

Portrayed By: Kevin Peter Hall, Ian Whyte, Derek Mears, Carey Jones, Brian Steele, Brian A. Prince and Kyle Strauts
Vocal Effects By: Peter Cullen (Predator), Hal Rayle (Predator 2), Matthew Charles Santoro and Robin Atkin Downes (Alien Vs. Predator: Requiem), Derek Mears, Cindy Robinson and Karen Strassman (Predators), Brian A. Prince and Lex Lang (The Predator)

"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.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Several of the Predators in the Expanded Universe lack the honorable qualities typical to the Yautja, ranging from bullying Smug Snakes who look down on humans to vicious, bloodthirsty sadists who will torture and kill even their own kind, like the Bad Blood. The Yautja are more sapient compared to their Xenomorph counterparts, so it makes sense that some of them wouldn't commit fully to the Predator code.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Blood Knight: The Predator culture has rules for their hunt, the main one dictating that they only attack armed prey.
  • 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.
    • They have FTL-capable starships, incredibly devastating, compact and advanced weaponry, and utilize extremely sophisticated technology. All of this is indicative of a highly intelligent and well-learned race, with the capability of decimating most opponents they come across. In spite of this, all we see of their culture centers around hunting exclusively for sport, in some adaptations going so far as to found alien civilizations and seed worlds with dangerous organisms for the exclusive purpose of hunting those creatures down.
  • 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. It could also make sense that such skinned bodies become part of their food supply.
  • Due to the Dead: When it comes to their own kind, and provided that the hunter in questions wasn't able to blow itself up first, if a hunter perishes during the hunt to a worthy prey, their body will be taken and give full funeral rights and honors as a warrior fallen in battle.
  • 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.
  • Honor Before Reason: They're honorable and usually very strict to their tradition, even to the point of fault on some occasions.
    • The Jungle Hunter from the first film could have easily massacred Dutch like he did to the rest of his team, but was so impressed by his determination to battle him that he stripped himself of all his weapons in favor of challenging him to a fist fight.
    • Despite being in an alien-infested temple with human intruders trying to make a getaway with valuable and stolen Predator technology, Scar from Alien vs. Predator still makes time to kneel and mark his helmet and forehead with the Blooded sigil, which was earned after he killed his first alien. The time taken to honor this tradition doesn't pay off, as he's ambushed and impregnated by a facehugger while his mask is down.
  • 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 their 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. The first film alone has the Jungle Hunter take direct hits from a bodybuilder-sized man like Dutch, once with a arm-thick log and later with his fists. The log breaks against its raised arm to no effect and the punch to the face may have stung it somewhat but otherwise simply annoys it. It takes a log about as thick around as the Predator itself smashing down right into its head to put it down. In several instances Predators have sustained multiple gunshot wounds to the body, any one of which would most likely be fatal to a fit, full-grown human and literally walked it off, even if they'd often heal with their medicine. They have also shrugged off falls from great heights, including the City Hunter who jumped off at least part of a six-story drop to attack King Willie and was unharmed by the impact.
  • More Deadly Than the Male: In many media, the female Yautja can be more cunning and ruthless than the males. According to a recording in Predator: Hunting Grounds, Dutch notes that the female he was hunting certainly didn't mess around when she killed off the rest of his team.
  • 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 or is likely to 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 at least numerous if not 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 (though blood on the body's back indicate where he could have been cut with blades first), knocking a bodybuilder-sized man (Dutch) off his feet and across a clearing with one blow and punching him in a frenzy 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 with blades equipped, 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 starts to show 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 with minimal weaponry, it will dispose its weapons other than its wrist blade and removes its mask, challenging its prey to hand-to-hand combat. A prey target who successfully slays a Predator earns enormous respect from the rest of their kin.


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