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The Predators are the primary alien antagonists of the Predator film series, they are a race of hunters that continuously seek human and other exotic prey both sapient and non-sapient.
In the various non-film media the Predator have been portrayed in a number of different ways, they are typically called the Yautja (e-wat-ya) in expanded material and the term has generally been accepted by fans and writers of the material.
However in two of the DH Press predator books, starting with Predator: Forever Midnight they are portrayed as the Hish-qu-Ten (Abbreviated as Hish), with seemingly no attempt to even loosely connect them with previous versions of the species.
Biology & AppearanceEdit
Predators are physically distinguished from humans by their greater height, arthropod-like mandibles and long, hair-like appendages on their heads that are set into their skulls. Their bodies are resilient to damage, capable of recovering from multiple gunshot wounds and radiation doses which would be fatal to humans. They are much stronger than humans, having been portrayed as being easily capable of outmatching a conditioned adult human male and shattering solid concrete with their bare hands. They are also skilled climbers, and will readily move through trees or across rooftops in pursuit of prey. Though capable of surviving exposure in Antarctic temperatures for an extended period of time, it is implied that Predators have a preference for hot equatorial climates.
Consistently the blood of the Yautja has been portrayed as a luminous phosphorous green.
The dreadlocks are an iconic physical feature of the Yautja seen in every published material featuring them. In the films the Yautja wear what appears to be jewelry on them, and the Predalien eventually grew them (implying they are genetic.)
- (Alien vs. Predator: Hunters Planet) The first step toward becoming a warrior amongst the Yautja was the agony of the pleating of these locks, a process that took months of ritual and scalp pain, performed in public sessions. If there was any sign of tears or even the tiniest voicing of pain, then the intricate weavings would be undone, and the candidate had to start from the beginning.
- (Alien vs. Predator, Film Novelization) The Yautja apparently use their "High Tech Dreadlocks" as scanning devices.
- (Predator: Forever Midnight) The Hish apparently have flesh braids.
- (Predator: Strange Roux) When the predators dreadlocks were shot off they bled profusely.
As the films are told from the perspective of human characters nothing is revealed about the creatures evolutionary history.
- (Predator: Homeworld) During her experience with the species Dr. Bergstrom created several elaborate theories on the origins of the predator. She theorizes that the predator she met was on a pilgrimage to earth, driven by instinct to return to its species world of origin.
- (Predator: Forever Midnight) The Hish are a cold blooded reptilian race that evolved on a hot swamp world.
The Yautja in every film they have appeared in have worn masks to apparently aid in breathing, although in each film at least one member of the species either removes the mask or loses it, in no cases were any members of the species abilities hindered in a human atmosphere. In Predator 2 when the city hunter lost his mask he used a hand-held breath mask.
- (Alien vs. Predator, 1990 comic) When the Predator leader was captured and restrained by the human colonists of Ryushi, the doctor Miriam Revna commented that the specimen appeared to breathe a mixture of Methane with traces of other common elements. This dialogue is absent from Steven Perry's novelization of the comic.
- (Predator: Homeworld) They breathe 1% more oxygen, and 4% more nitrogen than humans. They can adapt to earth's natural gases, but it could only last for one week at the most.
- (Superman and Batman vs. Aliens and Predator) It is mentioned that they thrive in air that is rich with nitrogen.
- (Predator: Captive) The captive Yautja was provided with a hot and humid tropical environment with a high methane-content atmosphere.
The subject of Yautja reproduction is not touched upon in the slightest within the films, there are many members of the species seen but none blatantly female by human standards.
- (Alien vs. Predator: Prey) Female predators are apparently not hunters, but are still none-the-less equals in Yautja society and mentality. "Lou-dte kalei" was a derogatory term that was sometimes used to refer to females, it literally meant "child-maker." The warrior Dachande had ever heard the name spoken to a female's face.
It was apparently considered a very unwise thing to do or even consider, for an insulted and angry Yautja female was not something even a not-too-wise male wanted to create. Apparently an angered Yautja female is far stronger than even an armed male.
Mating was considered pleasurable, one of Dachandes mates had tossed him across a room during the heat of their mating and that had been an accident. And it is apparent that females were known howl in ecstasy during it. It is noted that there is apparently a breeding season. The females are larger and had milk glands of some sort, Dachande was not able to recognize a human female until he had seen her breasts. The children are referred to as "sucklings".
- (Predator: Forever Midnight) The Hish are an asexual race. They phase between genders involuntarily. Hish are known to always have 6 offspring, called spawnlings at a time. The different genders are almost unidentifiable but females can be told apart from their brighter colored flesh braids (dreadlocks) and purple mottling around the jaw.
Not much is known about the Yautja skeleton, it has not been seen in full in any of the films. In Predators a Yautja skull was seen in the Super Predator trophy-site.
- (Alien vs. Predator 1990, comic) doctor Miriam Revna noted that Dachande had four cracked ribs.
Miscellaneous Biological InformationEdit
Various miscellaneous biological aspects have been given throughout the various published predator media that do not fit strict categorization.
- (Alien vs. Predator 1990, comic) doctor Miriam Revna notes that they have a completely different cell structure from the Xenormorph facehugger.
There is virtually no indication of government in any of the films, the Yautja are portrayed as operating in groups with clear leaders but no indication of how they the society functions is given. In Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem when a predator ship crashed it was shown there was a quick response to the situation, indicating a governing force that monitors the hunts.
- (Aliens versus Predator: Extinction)
Food & DrinkEdit
Virtually nothing of the predators eating habits is revealed in the films, the City Hunter from the second predator film did covertly raid a slaughterhouse for frozen beef.
- (Alien vs. Predator: Prey) C'ntlip is a fiery Yautja brew that fogged mind and body with pleasure.
- (Predator: Homeworld) The Yautja was observed eating the roots of an earth plant, it was speculated that he was guided to the root either through instinct or scent.
- (Predator: Strange Roux) The Yautja in this comic is seen skinning and eating muskrats
In Predator 2, Aliens vs. Predator, and Predators, the Yautja are clearly shown to be organized into Clans. These groups seem to be somewhat familial with clear hierarchical structure and leaders, each of these clans in the films seems to have distinct technology and customs, although they are largely the same.
- Dark Blade Clan (Predator: Concrete Jungle, game) - was a Yautja skull clan that was indirectly responsible for the distribution of Yautja technology throughout Earth. One notable member of their clan was the hunter Scarface
- Killers (Aliens vs. Predator: Three World War) - The Killers were a Bad Blood clan of Yautja who were considered heretics by the mainstream Hunter Yautja. This was because the Killers did not engage in standard hunting practices but instead sought only to kill rather than hunt, which many Hunters found no honor in.
- Lost Colony (Superman and Batman vs. Aliens and Predator) - The lost colony was a Yautja clan that settled on earth 14,000 years ago in a volcano Viejo Abuelo living underground.
- Super Predators - A group of large and hostile Yautja who seem to have a long-standing rivalry with another Yautja clan. These Yautja are a racially and culturally distinct group. Only three of them are known, and it is said by Robert Rodrigeuz the filmaker behind Predators that they are outcasts, possibly having been sent to the game preserve planet as a form of punishment.
- Although they are never named Yautja on film, it is the name used in the slight majority of non-film sources, and thus is somewhat favored by this wiki.