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    Mike Harrigan 
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"Okay. Who's next?"

Played By: Danny Glover

"I don't roll over for anybody, especially for the feds, without a goddamn good explanation!"

An LAPD lieutenant and the main protagonist, Harrigan begins tracking the Predator after it kills El Scorpio's henchmen.

  • Anti-Hero: Doesn't keep a lot of suspects alive, while being rude to his chief and recruit. But he has an all-around good heart.
  • Badass Normal: Harrigan is not a special forces soldier or trained recon expert. Yet he is able to prove a worthy opponent to the Predator. Not only that he manages to cause the Predator to actually run from him, before turning the tables and hunting down / killing the Predator in hand to hand combat!
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: To Dutch. Dutch was an experienced special forces operative with a bodybuilder physique. Mike is an average cop who doesn't have any military experience and isn't in especially great shape.
  • Cowboy Cop: He's pretty violent and willing to take risks to takes his enemies down.
  • Determinator: Doesn't let anything get in his way of hunting down the Predator, even disobeying police protocol to hunt it down, or facing his own phobias (Acrophobia).
  • Defiant to the End. Subverted. Battered, blooded, and bruised after killing the City Hunter only to see a whole squad of Predators show themselves, Harrigan only asks "Who's next?". Luckily, they congratulate him on the victory (in their way) and let him go.
  • Hand Cannon: Wields a Desert Eagle as his weapon of choice.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Danny. Danny's death at the Predator's hands is what causes him to hunt it down.
  • It's Personal: Fights the Predator over the death of his fellow partners. This is most evident with Danny, with Harrigan even saying the trope word for word.
    Lieutenant Mike Harrigan: Captain, Danny and I came up together. Fifteen years on the fucking street! Whoever killed him's gonna pay. I'm gonna finish it.
    Lieutenant Mike Harrigan (grabbing Keyes and violently pinning him against the wall): Listen, shithead. I don't give a fuck who you really are or what you want with this asshole... because now it's personal, and he's a dead man.
  • Large Ham: Is very prone to shouting and very violent outbursts.
  • Rabid Cop: His LAPD record's psych profile mentions that he has a history of violent behavior. Captain Pilgrim defends Harrigan by pointing out that he also has the highest arrest record in the police force and multiple decorations.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Leona and and Danny's blue, blue to Jerry's red.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: While he was already set on stopping the City Hunter, all bets were off upon the death of Danny. Harrigan became a veritable wrecking ball to anything between him and the Predator.
  • Scary Black Man: Has quite a reputation on the street. Even the Predator learns to fear him.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Has a fear of heights, which the Predator seems fond of.
  • Worthy Opponent: The Predator's tribe recognizes him as one for defeating it and rewards him with a trophy for his efforts. Keyes also notes that the City Hunter is gunning for him because of that.

    Jerry Lambert 
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"And you told me, lieutenant, "the only way you survive down here is because you're a team." "The door swings both ways," remember?"

Played By: Bill Paxton

"Lieutenant, I've paid my dues. I had to bust my ass to get my transfer."

A transfer from Rampart Station, Jerry Lambert joins Harrigan's team in their investigation of the Predator after having gotten his previous partner killed.

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    Leona Cantrell 
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"This guy's playing with you, Mike!"

Played By: Maria Conchita Alonso

"You try that cowboy shit with me, fucker, and you can kiss these goodbye."

One of Harrigan's partners and friends, although she hasn't been with him as long as Danny has.

    Danny Archuleta 
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"Whoever did this waited until the last second, took out six guys armed with machine guns by hand, then got by us."

Played By: Rubén Blades

Harrigan's best friend and partner who knew him before joining the police force. Ends up being killed by the Predator when he investigates.

  • Death from Above: Danny is investigating the massacre of Gold Tooth and his men when the Predator snags him by the leg and drags him into the ceiling, where it kills him.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: According to his autopsy report, the Predator did this and boned him like a fish afterwards.
  • Nice Guy: Certainly less abrasive than his partners and far more reasonable.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Harrigan's red.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Is the most sympathetic member of Harrigan's group and his death causes the protagonists to take action against it.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Is established as Harrigan's friend, but is killed by the Predator not long into the film.

    Peter Keyes 
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"Grab a seat. Enjoy the show. This is history."

Played By: Gary Busey

"How many times do I have to tell you? You don't know what you're dealing with."

A DEA agent who is really part of a alien investigation unit assigned to track the Predator and learn more about it.

  • Admiring the Abomination: Finds the Predator and its technology fascinating, although he tells Harrigan he doesn't admire it for what it does.
  • Asshole Victim: The Predator gives him his just desserts when his ambush goes wrong.
  • Badass Bookworm: A background check reveals he has a PHD in Physical Sciences from Cornell University, and is a former captain in Air Force intelligence.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: He wanted to capture the City Hunter for his and his crooked agency's selfish gains, but while it would make him a threat in another work like a science fiction government Conspiracy Thriller of sorts, he however is just another small potato in comparison to the City Hunter.
  • Black Helicopter: Averted as his team uses a silver Alouette chopper, like the silver thermal suits they later use.
  • Freeze Ray: His plan to capture the Predator. Turns out it's Harmless Freezing to the Predator and gets killed for it.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: The Predator saws him in half with its Smart Disc.
  • He Knows Too Much: Harrigan believes he will do this to him in the novel. In the movie however he rejects the idea that they should kill Harrigan (albeit for pragmatic reasons) and later tells Harrigan to save himself while he takes on the Predator himself.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: While not intended, him saving Harrigan at the last moment and giving him enough time to run before killed himself by the Predator counts as one.
  • I Warned You: Delivers a lot of these to Harrigan. While Harrigan assumes he's being threatened (he is), Keyes is not wrong that You Have No Idea Who You're Dealing With.
  • Jerkass: He's not exactly polite to Harrigan and refuses assistance when Harrigan offers it.
  • Just Think of the Potential: Wants to capture the alien intact, or at least its technology so as to advance our technology.
  • Large Ham: It's Gary Busey, after all.
  • Made of Iron: Manages to survives an ranged attack by the Predator that he seemingly didn't even dodge, though his survival can be accredited to the arrival of Harrigan throwing the Predator's aim off as he wasn't looking directly at Keyes when making the shot.
  • The Men in Black: What he really is, albeit a militarised version.
  • The World's Expert on Getting Killed: To be fair, his plan to capture the Predator failed only due to an unfortunately placed staircase creaking and giving away his squad's position and not been able to predict the Predator had other vision modes, one of which was capable of detecting their UV flashlights.

    Tony Pope 
Played By: Morton Downey Jr.

An arrogant shock news reporter covering the events of the movie who harasses Harrigan and his partners for information.

  • Asshole Victim: A nonfatal example, Harrigan punches him out late in the movie when he's had enough of his nosing around.
  • Hate Sink: His character fulfills every moment to despise him.
  • Jerkass: Nosy and impolite in his search for news, which causes everyone to hate him as a result.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: He is constantly badgering that the mayor of L.A. is doing absolutely nothing to help stop the hang violence, instead living it up in his house on Lake Tahoe, and things are bad enough that the mayor declaring martial law would be a good thing, as well as praises the carnage the City Hunter is delivering to the gangs. From what we see of the situation that doesn't involves the Hunter, he's right.
  • Kent Brockman News: His Hardcore News is shock news with no filter to his opinions.
  • Large Ham: At least he has an excuse, as it's part of his job.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Despite being a shock reporter, he thinks of himself as responsible for delivering the truth to the public.
  • Turn Off the Camera: Keyes' mooks wrest his camera off him, but he just secretly films what he was after using a smaller handheld camera as they're hustling him off.

    Captain Pilgrim 
Played By: Kent McCord

Harrigan's superior in the LAPD who is willing to stick his neck out for him.

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    Phil Heinemann 
Played By: Robert Davi

The Deputy Chief of Police of Harrigan's district who used to be friends with him, but became distant after being promoted and have grown to hate Harrigan for his recklessness.

    King Willie 
Played By: Calvin Lockhart

Leader of the Jamaican Voodoo Posse drug cartel competing with the Colombian Scorpions. He orders the execution of one of El Scorpio's men before he meets with Harrigan to discuss the Predator, which has begun attacking his men and Harrigan's. He is killed by the Predator shortly afterward.

  • Affably Evil: Discusses with Harrigan about the Predator while holding a degree of respect without any tension.
  • Asshole Victim: He's a crimelord after all, at least he faced death with dignity.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Averted. Despite being a cartel leader, his outrageous appearance that sticks out like a sore thumb and having operations throughout the city streets that includes ordering the hit on a Columbian cartel member, he does not seem to actively try to pursue being an Arch-Enemy of Harrigan's and even tries to warn Harrigan of the Predator's presence.
  • Cane Sword: Posses one with a snake head hilt.
  • Cold Ham: Tends to speak slowly, with dramatic emphasis.
    King Willie (his last words while facing the City Hunter, reciting Psalm 87:1): His foundation lies in the holy mountains. Selah!
  • The Don: He's the leader of the Jamaican Voodoo Posse drug cartel.
  • Dreadlock Rasta: Subverted, as he is actually Voodoo.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Its implied that despite being on the opposite side of the law, the reason he discusses with Harrigan about the Predator is to somewhat warn him about it being a dangerous off-world threat that is very likely more deadlier than his mob, the Columbian mob and Harrigan's precinct put together.
  • Face Death with Dignity: When facing the Predator for a duel.
  • Famous Last Words: "His foundation lie in the holy mountain. Selah."
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: His voodoo comes across as this and he believes the Predator to be a demon.
  • Off with His Head!: How the Predator kills him. Since this is usually the fate of Worthy Opponents, it's suggesting that he put up a good fight offscreen.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Does not seek to fight the police, unlike his psychotic Colombian counterpart El Scorpio, and even takes the time to warn Harrigan about the Predator.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: He has a habit of regularly talking slowly and emphasizing his words, as the Cold Ham description entails.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: Believes the one killing his men is a demon. He's right about it not being human, at least.
  • Scary Black Man: Not so much in appearance, but his voodoo beliefs and behavior certainly make him qualify. Also an Invoked Trope as his gangs use their voodoo-style killings to frighten their rivals.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Gets killed a couple minutes after Harrigan meets with him.
  • Worthy Opponent: The Predator collects Willie's head as a trophy and mounts his skull prominently in his trophy room, suggesting Willie put up a pretty good fight.

    El Scorpio 
Played By: Henry Kingi

The leader of the Colombian Scorpion drug cartel competing with the Jamaican Voodoo Posse. He engages in a bloody firefight with the LAPD before being attacked by the Predator and subsequently killed by Harrigan.

  • Asshole Victim: He's a crimelord who murdered several people onscreen.
  • Ax-Crazy: Takes delight in slaughtering police officers.
  • Disney Villain Death: Falls off a roof after getting gunned down by Harrigan.
  • Giggling Villain: See Large Ham below.
  • Guns Akimbo: Carries two Micro-Uzis with him wherever he goes.
  • Large Ham: Besides being a smiling, laughing goon, he delivers this gem when taking a hit of cocaine in his armory.
    El Scorpio: Come and get it! El Scorpio is ready!
  • More Dakka: Uses a grenade launcher to take out a police car and attempts to invoke this when the police enter his hideout, but the Predator stops that.
  • Starter Villain: He and his gang are the first enemies Harrigan and his partners battle before facing the City Hunter.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He's noticeably nervous and unstable after the Predator kills his gang, though the cocaine he took earlier probably contributed to his behaviour.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Gets offed within the first ten minutes.

    The City Hunter 
Played By: Kevin Peter Hall, Danny Smith, Hal Rayle (Voice)

Another Predator who has come to Los Angeles with its tribe to hunt humans.

  • An Arm and a Leg: Loses its left arm to Harrigan, although it survives and heals up for their final showdown.
  • Anti-Villain: Is a Noble Demon who Would Not Shoot a Civilian (i.e., anyone unarmed).
  • Berserk Button: The Predator was furious when Harrigan unmasked it. It threw Harrigan, smashed his shotgun, roared at him and would've killed him if Keyes hadn't intervened. Harrigan insulting it's appearance probably didn't help either.
    Mike: You're one ugly mother-
    The City Hunter: MOTHERFUCKER.
  • Blood Knight: More so than any other Predator as while their preferred hunting grounds and tactics prefer lone isolated targets, the City Hunter regularly jumps in the middle of heavily armed groups and giving his prey more chances than a regular Predator would.
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: Spares a little kid after identifying his gun as a toy and does the same to Leona when it realizes she's pregnant, although all bets are off if you can defend yourself, as it kills an old lady in the subway shootout, and it did aim its gun at the head of the child mentioned above at first.
  • Chameleon Camouflage: Wouldn't be the Predator without it.
  • Deadly Disc: Its Smart Disc acts as remote controlled boomerang buzzsaw that can fly.
  • Glory Seeker: The late Kevin Peter Hall, the actor who played the City Hunter and Greyback, states in the DVD/Blu-ray extras that he played the City Hunter as a "wild boy" who chose LA so his actions during the hunt would be well-known.
  • Harmless Freezing: Turns out Keyes' nitrogenthrowers don't have much of an immediate effect on him and he's able to escape and retaliate after being blasted the first time though it hurts him as a creature preferring warm environments.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Harrigan kills it with its own Smart Disc.
  • Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: Like always, with the novel indicating it sees humans in particular as this after Dutch's actions in the first film.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Ends up stabbed with its Smart Disc by Harrigan and having its stomach sliced open.
  • Inescapable Net: Uses one made of some sort of piano wire-like material to kill a gang banger and trap Harrigan momentarily.
  • Noble Demon: Comes across as this in comparison to the original, considering it spares victims not capable of defending themselves such as a child and a pregnant woman. Additionally, much more of its victims come across as assholes deserving to die compared to the first, especially the drug cartel members.
  • No Waterproofing in the Future: Like the first Predator, this one has its cloaking device flicker when walking through a puddle to confront King Willie and short circuit when emergency sprinklers go out in the warehouse.
  • Outside-Genre Foe: Nobody was expecting an alien hunter to interrupt a drug war.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: The novel implies that it attacked the Jamacian gangmembers because they attacked the helpless Ramon Vega and his mistress; though Ramon Vega was a Columbian crime boss, he was unarmed and nude when they found him, and before killing him, they gang-raped his mistress.
  • Precision F-Strike: Twice throughout the film, when Mike unmasked him, The City Hunter screamed "Motherfucker" and when The City Hunter almost defeats Mike, he says "Shit happens".
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: Among a race known for being wild and tough, City Hunter is almost certainly the wildest and quite possibly one of the toughest.
  • Plasma Cannon: In addition to the shoulder mounted weapon, this Predator has one built into its left gauntlet.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Predator: Hunting Grounds reveals the City Hunter is 300 years old and still a youth by Predator standards.
  • Retractable Weapon: Its spear, wrist blades and wrist cannon.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Carelessly discards its mask and plasma caster when they are broken and does not retrieve its severed arm, all of which have dangerous consequences down the line. In the audio logs from Predator: Hunting Grounds, it's revealed that the OWLF program picked up the City Hunter's discarded helmet, plasma caster and severed arm and used them to study Predator technology and physiology. This led them to have a better grasp on killing Predators, forcing the species to slow its hunts on Earth before drawing the ire of possibly the Predator Queen. This culminated in the events of the fourth film, where it's implied a rogue clan of Predators planned to take over the Earth and caused havoc in a Project Stargazer facility. In turn, this led to Stargazer being shut down and becoming a terrorist group selling black market Predator tech and destabilizing regions in hopes of attracting Predators.
  • Worthy Opponent: Comes to view King Willie and Harrigan as this. The novel states that it, along with the rest of its kind, view Dutch as this.
  • Would Hit a Girl: The Predator attacked Leona only sparing her when it saw she was pregnant. Before then it did kill armed female commuters in the attack on the train shootout including an elderly woman.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Implied in the film only to be Subverted. When the City Hunter came across a child carrying a gun it aimed its plasma weapon at the boy's head, only sparing the child after double-checking and identifying the gun as a toy.

     Elder Predator "Greyback" 
Played By: Kevin Peter Hall, Hal Rayle (Voice)

The leader of the City Hunter's tribe with centuries of hunting experience on his belt.

  • Ascended Extra: He is the main character in the comic Predator: 1718, depicting how he came to acquire the flintlock that he eventually gave to Harrigan.
  • Berserk Button: When a pirate killed Raphael Adolini, his intended prey, Greyback proceeds to kill the pirate for stealing his kill.
  • Cool Old Guy: A cool old Predator at that who recognizes a Worthy Opponent when he sees one.
  • Cool Sword: Carries a jagged sword in-lieu of wrist gauntlets.
  • Due to the Dead: Does this with the corpse of the City Hunter despite the City Hunter having lost several pieces of their technology that could fall into human hands, which the EU reveals is a crime in Predator society. He also does this in Predator: 1718 when he buries Raphael Adolini, the original owner of the flintlock pistol he owns.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: With Raphael Adolini, an 18th century pirate who he targeted. Before dying, Adolini gives him his pistol while the Predator buries Adolini and leaves his prized sword at his grave.
  • Mythology Gag: Its design is an aged version of the original Predator.
  • Time Abyss: As its flintlock trophy implies, Predators live for centuries before becoming elderly. Predator: Hunting Grounds reveals the City Hunter is 300 years old and still a youth by Predator standards, which means the Greyback is likely exceptionally old.
  • Shoulder Cannon: Has a Plasma Caster with a built-in targeting laser sight controlled by hand, considering it forgoes a helmet.
  • Worthy Opponent: Awards Harrigan its flintlock trophy for defeating the City Hunter and allows him to live. In Predator: 1718, he shows his respect to Raphael Adolini by burying him.

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