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    Dutch 

Major Alan "Dutch" Schaefer

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"If it bleeds, we can kill it."
Played By: Arnold Schwarzenegger

"We're a rescue team. Not assassins."

A former Green Beret and team leader.


  • Ambiguous Situation: It's noted in the novelization to Predator 2 that Dutch mysteriously disappeared after being debriefed over his encounter with the Jungle Hunter. His absence from the sequels was notable enough that it served as a backdrop to a series of comics that focused on his brother searching for him. Predator: Hunting Grounds finally brings him back to the series and reveals he had taken a low-profile to hunt Predators for the OWLF program.
  • Adaptational Skimpiness: In the novelisation, he loses his clothes as well as his equipment in the waterfall and consequently spends the entire final act of the story naked.
  • Badass Boast: One of the most famous boasts in film history.
    "If it bleeds, we can kill it."
  • Beat Them at Their Own Game: His eventual tactic for fighting the Predator. However, they're only enough to prolong the final battle with the Predator, and it's only when the Predator willingly removes most of high-tech gear aside from its blades to fight hand-to-hand does Dutch stand a chance of winning.
  • Clifftop Caterwauling: To attract the Predator for a one-on-one showdown. Predator: Hunting Grounds reveals he started using their own spear against them while hunting them down.
  • Crushing Handshake: Has a mutual one with Dillon, but he wins.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • On the delivering end against the guerillas early in the film.
    • On the receiving end of one when the Predator fights him hand to hand.
  • David vs. Goliath: The David in the climax of the film against the Predator. Dutch's gun was broken, he knows he can't beat the alien head on, so he resorts to a number of traps and covering himself in mud so the Predator can't see him while using its own hit and tricks against it. That said, it's only when the Predator willingly handicaps itself does Dutch stand a chance of actually winning.
  • A Father to His Men: His men are not expendable.
  • Genius Bruiser: He's a very muscular man, but what allowed him to take on the Predator was relying his wits.
  • Grenade Launcher: As an underbarrel attachment to his AR15 rifle.
  • Guile Hero: What he becomes in the finale out of necessity due to being completely outclassed physically against the Predator.
  • The Leader: Of his Five-Man Band.
  • Majorly Awesome: He's a major, and he's an Arnold Schwarzenegger character. That should tell you everything.
  • A Real Man Is a Killer: Disbelieves this, he only kills out of necessity. And also why Dillion lied to him and his team about the true purpose of the mission.
    "We're a rescue team: not assassins."
  • Sole Survivor: He's the only one of his team to make it alive. In Predator: Hunting Grounds, it happens a good 20+ years later when his team is picked off one by one by a Female Predator.
  • Sports Hero Backstory: The novelisation reveals that he was a football star in college.
  • Thousand-Yard Stare: By the end, he has one.
  • Trap Master: How he takes on the Predator. Also ties into Beat Them at Their Own Game.
  • Vine Swing: Dutch gets one, and it's fun.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: In the climax.
  • Weapon of Choice: A AR15 rifle mocked up to look like a M16A1 assault rifle, which is fitted with a M203 grenade launcher.
  • Worthy Opponent: The Predator clearly regards him as one in the end, as it throws away its own high-tech weaponry when it could easily kill him from a distance after cornering him to fight him with blade and muscle alone.
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    Poncho 

Jorge "Poncho" Ramirez

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"Strap this in your sore ass, Blain!"
Played By: Richard Chaves

"She says... the jungle came alive and took him."

A Chicano fluent in Spanish who translates initially for Anna.


  • Butt-Monkey: Poor Poncho has the worst things happen to him out of the entire group. He gets whacked in the head by Anna (and her subsequent escape attempt leads to Hawkins' death), struck in the stomach by a heavy log and has to be carried by the rest of the squad throughout the movie, and, though he is the last to die, there's nothing memorable about his death, compared to Mac, Dillon, and Billy.
  • Completely Unnecessary Translator: It turns out Anna speaks fluent English
  • Deadpan Snarker: Has his moments.
    Blain: I ain't got time to bleed.
    Poncho: (Fires grenade at guerilla above them) You got time to duck?
  • Made of Iron: The fact that he's still alive after getting hit in the stomach by a tree qualifies him as such
  • Pretty Little Headshots: A surprising bloodless death compared to Mac's.
  • Religious Bruiser: Downplayed example; he silently makes the sign of the cross upon seeing the flayed bodies of Hopper and his men.
  • The Smart Guy: He's fluent in Spanish and is generally pretty quick-witted.
  • Weapon of Choice: Two; a grenade launcher and a HK94 carbine chopped and converted to resemble a Heckler & Koch MP5A3 submachine gun.

    Mac 

Mac Eliot

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"Anytime..."
Played By: Bill Duke

"You're ghostin' us, motherfucker. I don't care who you are back in the world, you give away our position one more time, I'll bleed ya, real quiet. Leave ya here. Got that?"

A close friend of Blain's who served with him in Vietnam.


    Blain 

Blain Cooper

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"Ain't got time to bleed."
Played By: Jesse Ventura

"This place makes Cambodia look like Kansas."

A close friend of Mac who fought alongside him in the Vietnam War.


    Billy 

Billy Sole

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"There's no sign, sir. They never left here. It's like they just disappeared..."
Played By: Sonny Landham

"There's something out there waiting for us... and it ain't no man. We're all gonna die."

A Native American tracker.


  • Adaptational Power Change: In the novelisation, he's said to possess genuine psychic powers, and is able to access the memories of his Sioux ancestors and telepathically connect with the Predator itself, although he doesn't realise these abilities until after the assault on the guerrilla camp. While he certainly has something of a sixth sense in the film, it is never suggested that it is overtly supernatural.
  • Badass Native: Pretty much his entire role.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He takes on the Predator by himself to give the team time to escape.
  • Machete Mayhem: He carries one on his person. He draws it for his (futile) Last Stand against the Predator.
  • Magical Native American: Billy seems to have a preternatural sense of what the Predator is from the beginning.
  • Not So Stoic: He actually laughs at one of Hawkins jokes, though it took him a while to get it. He also laughs not once, but twice at Poncho's quips.
  • Off with His Head!: While the Predator does this to its victims as a general rule, Billy is the only person we see this happen to, posthumously.
  • Oh, Crap!: When he finds what's left of Hopper and his men.
  • OOC Is Serious Business:
    Billy: "I'm scared, Poncho."
    Poncho: "Bullshit. You ain't afraid of no man."
    Billy: "There's something out there, hunting us... and it ain't no man."
  • The Quiet One: He says next to nothing.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: Moments after he is killed, the Predator immediately catches up to the remaining survivors, killing Poncho.
  • Shirtless Scene: He removes his shirt before challenging the Predator.
  • Shotguns Are Just Better: He's the only one of the group who carries a shotgun, albeit as an underbarrel attachment.
  • Weapon of Choice: A AR15 rifle mocked up to look like a M16A1 assault rifle, which is fitted with a Mossberg 500 shotgun under the barrel.
  • This Means Warpaint: During the infiltration flight, Billy is shown applying his facial camouflage in the manner of Tribal Face Paint.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: Tries to pull one off against the Predator. It doesn't work.

    Hawkins 

Rick Hawkins

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"Hey Billy. Billy! The other day, I went up to my girlfriend, I said, "Y'know I'd like a little pussy". She said, "Me too, mine's as big as a house!""
Played By: Shane Black

"Billy. Billy! The other day, I was going down on my girlfriend, I said to her, "Jeez you got a big pussy. Jeez you got a big pussy." She said, "Why did you say that twice?" I said, "I didn't." See, cuz of the echo."

The team's radio operator and technical expert.


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    Dillon 

Colonel George Dillon

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"Goddamn jackpot. This is more than we ever thought we'd get. We finally got those bastards. We got 'em!"
Played By: Carl Weathers

"I woke up. Why don't you? You're an asset, an expendable asset and I used you to get the job done. Got it?"

A former teammate of Dutch and current corrupt CIA agent, sent along with Dutch's team.


  • Agent Scully: Dillon doesn't believe the Predator is what the team say it is.
    "You saying that Blain and Hawkins were killed by a fucking lizard? That's a bullshit psyche job. There's two to three men out there at the most. Fucking lizard."
  • An Arm and a Leg: Gets his arm shot off by the Predator before he dies.
  • Angry Black Man: Spends the most of his screen time following the reveal of his actual mission being a skeptical Jerkass.
  • Asshole Victim: Downplayed, while he's a shady government agent who tricked his former best friend and his team into going on an assassination mission. On the other hand both Dutch and Dillon are willing to put aside their differences to stop and kill the Predator even if it meant sacrificing his own life for his teammates.
  • Badass Bureaucrat: Dillon may be pushing pencils for the CIA and is rusty on fieldcraft (giving away the team's position early on), but that doesn't mean he doesn't pull his weight with Dutch's team.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: When his hidden motive is revealed, he appeared to be an antagonist of a Cold War Conspiracy Thriller action movie, however, this is all thrown out of the window when the Predator shows up.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: A lighter case. His ulterior motive for accompanying the team is to use them to eliminate the guerillas under the context of a rescue mission.
  • Commander Contrarian: He constantly refuses to believes that the team is fighting an alien until the evidence is (literally) staring him in the face.
  • Corrupt Bureaucrat: Well, he did trick Dutch and his rescue team into doing an assassination mission.
  • Crushing Handshake: With Dutch, which he loses.
  • Defiant to the End: He only takes a moment or two to scream at getting his arm blown off, then tracks the Predator with line of sight, unstraps the second gun he brought, and attempts to shoot the Predator as he closes in.
  • Enemy Mine: Works with Dutch and his team despite the revelation of his actual mission.
  • Fallen Hero: A former best friend of Dutch who had become a crooked, pencil-pushing and deceitful CIA agent.
  • A Father to His Men: Subtle but his angry retort to Dutch - "My men were in that chopper when it got hit!" - and that Hopper's team went in to get his agents indicates that he wasn't totally lying about the "rescue mission" story (even if wiping out the guerilla camp was top priority).
  • Guns Akimbo: When he follows Mac after the Predator.
  • Hate Sink: Downplayed, but he is the in-universe The Scrappy amongst his team and the fact he tricked Dutch and his mates into wiping out a guerrilla unit that would lead to each one of them facing the Predator and die one by one, including Dillon himself, further made him looked down upon. The fact that he also sent Dutch's friend Jim Hopper and his team to do the same mission – and got them horrifically killed by the Predator in the process – also does not win him any approval. All together, he is indirectly responsible for all of the deaths caused by the Predator... although to be fair, nobody could have seen that coming.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: On how he felt over deceiving Dutch and his team in order to commit to his job as a CIA agent, no matter how shady and crooked the methods are. Of course, he wouldn't have had to if the Predator hadn't shown up and killed Hopper's team while on a mission.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: After the Predator blows off his arm.
  • Jerkass: He's shady and disagreeable.
  • The Lancer
  • The Millstone: Dillon's the reason why most of two commando teams are killed in the jungle.
  • The Neidermeyer: He is a CIA Colonel, but is loathed by his teammates due to his inexperience in the field and viewed them in return as expendable assets for his hidden assassination mission.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: First he deceived Dutch to do a mission he would never accept, then he has the nerve to deny that they are being stalked and hunted down by an inhuman monster. What kind of incompetent CIA agent is he?
    • In fairness to Dillon, the latter is an understandable error. The evidence of an alien hunter instead of human enemies isn't clear-cut until after the Predator reveals himself to the team when Dutch's trap goes awry.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Despite everything, he and Dutch do seem to make their peace with each other before he goes off to challenge the Predator.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: When he goes to fight the Predator with Mac. Lampshaded by Dutch before he does so.
    Dutch: You can't win this one Dillon.
    Dillon: I know, but maybe I can get even.
  • Token Evil Teammate: He's a crooked CIA agent whose despised by his comrades for his shady nature.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He acts as the film's secondary antagonist of sorts and has one after getting his arm shot off.
  • Weapon of Choice: A HK94 carbine chopped and converted to resemble a Heckler and Koch MP5A3.

    Anna 

Anna Gonsalves

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Played By: Elpidia Carrillo

"It changed colors, like the chameleon, it uses the jungle."

A guerrilla captured by Dutch's troops following a battle with the rebels.


  • Affably Evil: Especially after forming an Enemy Mine with Dutch.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: She was a key character trying to be a Defiant Captive antagonist for Dutch and his team when initially still acting like they are in a typical mundane Cold War action flick, but quickly gives that all up when she was traumatized by witnessing Hawkins' death right in front of her.
  • Break the Haughty: When the Predator kills Hawkins in front of her and was covered in his blood.
  • The Chick: Isn't attacked by the Predator because she's unarmed. She survives because Dutch tells her to invoke this.
  • Chummy Commies: After forming an Enemy Mine with Dutch and his team.
  • Dark Action Girl: She is a Dirty Communist guerrilla.
  • Defiant Captive: Initially when she made an escape attempt before Hawkins catches up to her.
  • Dirty Communists: She was a guerrilla serving a Communist insurgent unit.
  • Enemy Mine: With Dutch's team. So Dutch cut off the restraints on her wrists, despite Dillon's protest.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Even Anna, a Dirty Communist POW, is absolutely horrified of the Predator and what it does even since she heard of its activities when she was a child.
  • Ms Exposition: Delivers information about the Predator and its place in local legends to the team.
  • The Not-Love Interest: She's the film's female protagonist to Dutch's male protagonist, but not the stereotypical romantic partner whenever there is a female main character in a male-demographic-focused action movie.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: She initially seemed to be a My Country, Right or Wrong type, but was willing to set aside her differences with Dutch's team to cooperate on how to survive the Predator's rampage.
  • Redemption Earns Life: Goes from being a Dirty Communist Defiant Captive to the second survivor of the Predator besides Dutch at the end of the film after forming an Enemy Mine.
  • Redemption Equals Death: She attempted to do this to protect her former captor Dutch from the Predator, but Dutch instead encourages her to live and run to the helicopter for her own protection as he lures the Predator away.
  • The Sixth Ranger: She has no prior connection to the team, and is brought along as a prisoner for a while before becoming Enemy Mine.
  • Switch to English: She only spoke her native language for the first half of the movie. Dutch somehow knows she can understand and speak English, as he demand some answers from her later on.
    Dutch: Yesterday, what did you see?
    Dillon: You're wasting your time, Major.
    Dutch: No more games.
    Anna: I... I don't know what it was.
  • Token Evil Teammate: A Dirty Communist POW who forms an Enemy Mine with her captors and becomes The Chick.
  • Villain of Another Story: She and her comrades had been doing Dirty Communist activities that attracted the CIA's attention to stop them.

    The Jungle Hunter 

The Predator

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Played By: Kevin Peter Hall
Voiced By: Peter Cullen

"Only in the hottest years this happens. And this year, it grows hot. We begin finding our men. We found them sometimes without their skins... and sometimes much, much worse. "El cazador trofeo de los hombres" means the demon who makes trophies of men."
Anna

A member of an alien race which travels the galaxy hunting aggressive members of other species for sport. It uses active camouflage, bladed weapons, a shoulder-mounted plasma weapon and can see the infrared spectrum via sensors built into its facemask.


  • Big Bad: The main antagonist of the film.
  • Blood Knight: It hunted Dutch's team for sport and even ditched his gear to have a fair fight with the latter.
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality:
    • He'll brutally murder anyone... as long as they seem aggressive, such as having weaponry.
    • It'll give its opponent a fighting chance by getting rid of most of its high-tech gear, but upon defeat will still launch a self-destruct mechanism in its wrist-computer.
  • Chameleon Camouflage: Its cloaking system works as this—when it moves, the ripple of light playing across its figure makes it visible if one is watching carefully.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: When it catches Dutch without the mud he was covering himself with, it has the chance to kill him on the spot but appears to give him a fighting chance. It wasn't much of one, as Dutch only manages to hit with a stick, which breaks against the Predator, and land one punch on its face, which also does nothing. He spends the rest of the fight getting pummeled.
  • Egomaniac Hunter: Although an alien, a surprisingly accurate portrait.
  • Evil Is Bigger: When it comes face-to-face with Dutch in the finale, you finally get a good sense of just how big the Predator is compared to him (complete with a lingering shot of the beast holding Dutch against a tree with his feet helplessly dangling at least a foot off the ground).note 
  • Evil Laugh: The Predator gives one hell of a menacing cackle before it dies, especially since its laugh is a hideously distorted mimic of Billy's laughter.
  • Fair-Play Villain: Once Dutch has suitably impressed it, it removes all of its advanced technology for a more even fight.
  • Genius Bruiser: The Predator is huge (making Arnold Schwarzenegger look small is an impressive feat), completely no sells Dutch in hand-to-hand combat, and is still remarkably good at detecting and avoiding traps and ambushes (while simultaneously setting up ambushes and traps of his own).
  • Hero Killer: Murders Dutch's entire squad (a Badass Crew where most of its members could qualify as One-Man Army), and very nearly kills Dutch.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The film plays out a standard action movie at first. Then the Predator shows up and the tone becomes much darker as it kills almost the entire cast.
  • No Challenge Equals No Satisfaction: Overlaps with Proud Warrior Race and its main impetus to disarm itself of its own advanced weaponry to engage Dutch in hand-to-hand combat instead.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Inflicts on Dutch in the climax, almost killing him.
  • No-Sell: Dutch tries hitting it with a stick, the stick shatters into pieces. Dutch manages to get off one hit on its face, and which also does nothing.
  • Outside-Context Problem: Let's just say that Dutch and company weren't expecting an interplanetary hunter to show up.
  • Voice Changeling: The Predator is an uncanny mimic, using this ability a couple of times to lure it's prey into sniping positions. Swerves hard into the Uncanny Valley at the film's end, when it repeats Arnold's question of "What the hell are you?" after being mortally wounded, then descends into a vile cackle that is a twisted echo of Billy's laughter as it engages a self-destruct mechanism.
  • Worthy Opponent: After Dutch managed to injure it using primitive weapons, the Predator removes its plasma caster and mask before challenging him to hand-to-hand combat.

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