Predators are a fictional species and originated
as the antagonist in the
Predator Sci-Fi horror films, they are vaguely humanoid aliens who hunt
the aggressive members of other species for sport.
Predators are depicted as an extraterrestrial race whose civilization seems
to focus on individual strength, exemplified in the concept of hunting. They are
depicted as excellent warriors, pursuing the most dangerous species in the
galaxy. Predators stalk and kill prey utilizing various armaments, ranging from
high technology smart weapons to low-tech blades and spears. Once they have
defeated an opponent, they collect the skulls as trophies and mark themselves
with the symbol of their clan (mark of honor). Predators have a long and
involved history with many species they hunt, including Xenomorphs.
Although the morals of their race are unknown, they appear to have some
consistent form of honor. This is usually depicted as respect and
acknowledgement for powerful adversaries as well as an unwillingness to stalk
weak, diseased, or unarmed opponents.
Physically, the Predators are remarkably resilient. Physical traumas that
might maim or kill a human often result in temporary disablement to a Predator
while lesser injuries may yield no noticeable negative effects at all. Predators
have demonstrated that they can continue to combat opponents even after
suffering the most horrifically disabling of injuries, such as being impaled
through the chest. They are highly resistant to small arms fire and stabbing
weapons, although it has been shown that such attacks can yield wounds. The
species is also adaptable to heat/cold extremes as illustrated in Predator 2when a warrior was
attacked with weaponized liquid nitrogen and was not noticeably harmed.
This is also demonstrated in AvP, where three Predators land in Antarctica and
don't even shiver, despite being barely clothed. In addition to their natural
defenses, Predators possess advanced healing technologies that greatly aid in
They possess great physical strength in comparison to humans; they are able
to lift massive logs, break down walls, and throw an average-sized human at
least 15-20 meters with enough force to incapacitate or kill. Whether this comes
naturally or through training is never discovered. They are remarkably agile and
athletic for creatures their size, often seen jumping vast distances and
surviving drops from high altitudes. They also seem to possess great stamina
since they are able to cover great distances and perform continuous activity
without needing to rest often. Predators are estimated to be 8-9 feet tall (2.50
m approx.) and weigh 400-700 pounds (180-320 kg approx.).
While Predators are humanoid, many features of their anatomy differ markedly
from that of humans. Notably they have four mandibles surrounding their mouths. These mandibles
appear to be involved in the production of audible clicks and chirps used in
communication, although they can mimic human speech reasonably well and appear
to understand it (or have a translator in their mask). They also have a rubbery
tube like "hair" usually seen as thick long "dreadlocks" around their heads. Spike like "facial
hair" is sometimes seen as well. In addition to their odd exterior, Predators
also have notably luminescent green blood.
Predator vision appears to lay in the infr red portion of the electromagnetic spectrum.
This is enhanced by the smart optics embedded in the masks the Predators wear.
These optics help by filtering out irrelevant heat sources, improving contrast,
and permitting the wearer to focus on movement, potential targets, etc. When
this mask is removed, the Predator experiences much-reduced quality of vision
and loses thermal source filtering, likely requiring greater concentration for
discerning movement and targets.
In Predator 2, after the character Detective Michael Harrigan removed
the Predator's mask, it is seen using a breathing apparatus. Specifically what
this apparatus was used for is unknown; it is possible that Predators do not
thrive in the air readily available on Earth (although it might have been the smog in Los Angeles).
Alternatively, this particular Predator may have suffered some respiratory
distress from the slaughterhouse environment, and/or from the gunshot wounds
inflicted by Harrigan's shotgun earlier in the movie. Another theory supposes
that the atmosphere that Predators are adapted to is higher in oxygen,
explaining Harrigan's ability to easily breathe within the Predator vessel
despite the Predator's obvious distress breathing in Earth's atmosphere.
A Predator will usually hunt on its own, without the assistance of any
allies. The only exception to this so far in the Predator movie series
was in Alien Versus Predator when the
Predators appeared in a group of three, but even so, they seemed to avoid
working together as a team using pack hunting tactics.
A Predator spacecraft, entering from the reaches of outer-space, will
covertly land within hostile territory where it intends to hunt. Such a
territory for example may be a guerilla war zone as seen in the film Predator, or
perhaps a crime ridden suburb as seen in Predator 2. A lone Predator then, while cloaked,
will spy on and analyze any potential targets for hunting which it deems as
being threatening enough to be worthy of hunting. For instance, in Predator, the
Predator does not attack anything for the first 40 minutes of the film while it
is deciding whom to stalk, eventually coming to the conclusion to hunt the
Once a Predator has decided whom it deems worthy of hunting, the creature
stalks its prey. The Predator waits for the optimum moment to strike swiftly and
efficiently with what can be compared to a guerilla attack. The Predator prefers to attack from
afar with its projectile weapons, striking at lone targets whenever possible.
This does not mean however, that the Predator will never attack an enemy who is
in numbers, as the Predator often does throughout the series when the situation
requires for it. The Predator will also attack with melee weapons if it feels
the situation necessitate it.
The Predator will then, if possible, capture its defeated opponent’s corpse
and drag it away into hiding. If the opponent's body can not be acquired such as
in the first film, Predator, the Predator will go back into hiding and
wait for another chance to take the corpse. When the Predator has the corpse, it will then perform either of the
following acts. The Predator will either take the corpses skull and/or spine to
keep as a trophy of its hunt, or if the kill was deemed unrewarding, skin the
body and hang it by cord by its feet upside down. After this, the Predator will
proceed onto its next target until the hunt is over.
The Predators are a highly technologically advanced species, evident through
their capacity for interstellar travel and their vast array of weapons and
equipment. One example of this technology is the mask that they routinely wear
during a hunt. This helmet/mask contains a gas mask, respirator, possible
translator and/or a scuba mask, multiple vision modes and some diagnostic
capabilities, as well as serving as protection for their heads. Various mask
types are used by the Predators; the variation in design seems to result from
individual preference rather than necessity.
The Predator's mask has many different vision modes available to its user.
The most notable of these is an enhanced thermal vision that greatly increases
the contrast between objects from the Predator's natural sight (See Vision), as
seen in the first movie when the Predator removes its mask. In the second movie,
the Predator switches between multiple spectral modes when it finds itself under
attack from opponents who are wearing thermal camouflage. In AVP, the
Predator again has multiple vision modes, the two it uses primarily are the
thermal vision for tracking humans and an "alien vision" it uses to detect
Xenomorphs (in the film Aliens it was established that
Xenomorphs are not visible using thermal vision). Additional vision modes are
available to determine the health condition of targets, suggesting that the
Predators have a thorough understanding of human anatomy. Another reason for the
heat vision may be their cloaking device, as it bends light away from the user.
This would also bend light away from the eye, stopping it from reflecting on the
retina. Predators may also use it when hunting in groups so they don't attack
each other by mistake. The mask also includes a laser target designator for the
shoulder mounted Plasma caster which is comprised of three dots or a triangle,
and is also capable of zooming in so the Predator can see and aim over great
distances. The mask possibly has the ability to provide protection from an Alien
facehugger as well, though there is no protection given in the Aliens versus
Predator PC games (considering that Kane was face-hugged in the first Alien
movie despite his head being inside an oxygen dome). The mask also seems to
affect hearing as well; in Predator, when the Predator took its mask off,
it heard things at a much higher pitch than before and slightly more distorted.
The helmet has its weakness: large EMP
signatures interfere with the vision modes.
Most predators wear a breastplate which does not cover the midsection. It is
made of a very durable unknown metal able to stop bullets as well as delay the
melting effect of Xenomorph blood long enough for it to be taken off. In Alien
vs. Predator when Xenomorph blood is splashed onto the plate, the predator
simply rips it off suggesting that the plate is held together by clips attached
to the backpack which release when pulled. The plate also appears to be made of
several layers of metal resulting in better durability. Shoulder plates and
armored tassets are also featured on a predator as well as shin and foot armor
made of the same unknown alloy. Though very light and strong, most types of
predator armor will dent if hit with a strong enough blow and can be pierced by
a Xenomorph tail blade.
Almost all predators wear what seems to be a mesh jumpsuit made of an unknown
wire. It appears to warm the predator body by means of electrically generated
warmth. Besides this it has also been suggested that the mesh is a part of the
camouflage system. However when neither camouflage nor warmth is needed the mesh
suit serves as a jumpsuit during the hunt.
Predator weaponry includes, but is not limited to, Smart Discs, throwing
blades, Combi Stick (part axe, part spear), Netgun (for immobilizing and/or killing prey), Wrist
blades (for hand-to-hand combat), a shoulder-mounted and a hand held Plasma
Caster (energy projection weapon). It is likely that the difference in weapons
between the various movies and games is more an indication of preference than
anything else. It has never been officially stated that they have specific
reasons for using certain weapons.
The Plasma Caster (also known as the "tri-cannon", "Plasma cannon" and
sometimes "shoulder cannon"), is a shoulder-mounted cannon with a targeting
system tied directly to the Predator's helmet. A three dot laser sight is used
to show the Predator where the shot will go. The Plasma Caster will
automatically lock on to a target. It fires a bright blue pulse of energy in a
straight line, and the shot can burn through flesh, wood, and metal. The
Predator can control how much power is used in each shot from the caster. In the
movies, the Predator was able to fire the Plasma Caster while using his cloaking
shield generator. The Plasma Caster is internally connected to the helmet,
meaning that if the predator moves its head, the Plasma Caster will turn that
way as well.
Wrist blades are retractable twin blades built into the gauntlet mounted on
the Predator's forearm which consist of a series of backward-pointing barbs.
They are primarily used as a stabbing weapon, but also make effective slashing
weapons. The blades can be rotated to face away from the user, making a backward
slash more effective. A stab from the backwards-facing blades is frequently used
as a killing blow. In one graphic novel the blades are seen when a Predator rips
through a tank's armor to kill the passengers.
In the movies the Combi Stick closely resembles a spear. It has the ability
to cut through many materials such as body armor and steel. The Combi Stick is
also telescopic, presumably for easy storage when not in use. Both this and the
Smart Disc are made of materials that are somehow resistant to the acidic traits
of xenomorph blood.
The Smart Disc (also known as throwing disc or “disc”) is an extremely sharp
circular weapon that is thrown like a discus and returns to the user like a boomerang. This weapon is extremely
powerful, shown to cut through half a dozen cattle carcasses and a man in Predator
2 without any effort. It
also has a hand grip for use as a slashing melee weapon as well.
There are apparently two versions of the Predator Netgun. The first is seen in Predator
2, where it is a gun-like weapon that
fires a man-sized net at its target, who is violently thrown and trapped against
the nearest surface. The net then begins to constrict itself and cut apart the
trapped individual inside.
A second version of the Netgun was seen in the movie Alien vs.
Predator, where it is seen to be a smaller version mounted on the Predator's
wrist gauntlet. The net is extremely strong, shown when Max is trapped.
Sebastian tries to cut through the net with a knife, but the net cuts the
knife's blade from the handle.
Each Predator carries a self destruct device mounted on their wrist
computer. Once activated, this device starts off a countdown, red LEDs of
extraterrestrial numerals, in the Predator's gauntlet serve as a warning. After
a short delay, the device sets off a large-scale explosion, and is normally used
as a final resort when a Predator's defeat is guaranteed in a desperate attempt
to maintain its honor. The self-destruct device appears to be nuclear or anti
matter based in nature,
capable of destroying anywhere between a few hundred yards (depicted in the
movie, Predator, where Dutch narrowly escapes the explosion) to a large
kilometric range (depicted in Alien Vs. Predator, where the blast was initiated
shortly after their defeat). However, it can be set to more, perhaps in an
attempt to destroy the victorious elements while committing honorable suicide
and/or to remove any traces of the Predator's existence.
The medicomp is not a weapon. It is a small case that contains various
medical equipments should the Predator ever be injured. One of the medical
gadgets in it resembles a spike with a handle and contains a material similar to
plasma. It also contains a
burner and a vial of liquid that when mixed with other materials (in Predator
2, the Predator uses broken glass and wall-tile fragments), creates a
healing compound that can be used to treat and cauterize almost any wound, from minor to mortal,
that a Predator may have.