The smartgunners are an important part of any Colonial Marine squad, offering powerful support fire from the sides or leading from the front. The smartgunners tend to have many kills and are often memorable for their bad attitude, including the likes of Vasquez, Drake and Jones.
Alien vs. Predator
Alien vs. Predator Central offers fun perspectives on the franchise, looking for common themes and some of the ridiculous craziness from the Expanded Universe. Look for top 10 lists, videos, and explanations into the Alien lore, Predator lore, Colonial Marine lore and Space Jockey lore.
As regular Xenomorphs in Alien stories tend to get too mainstream, gene splicing is sometimes introduced to create new breeds of often ridiculous Xenomorphs. These new Aliens vary in size and appearance, but still inherit their traits from their hosts.
The mysterious Black Goo pathogen first seen in Prometheus reacts in unpredictable ways with different organisms, producing wild mutations and new creatures. Here is an overview of these different mutations, including a mutated Predator and even a mutated Android.
After the egg and the facehugger, the chestburster is the third step in the Xenomorph's complex lifecycle. Here is an overview of different types of chestbursters, depending on the type of the resulting Alien and the way that it is born.
The female Yautja are fearsome warriors just like their male brethren. Little is known about them and there are only a few notable specimens that are featured in the books and graphic novels. Here is a list of all notable female Yautja, like Big Mama, Sister Midnight and Vagouti.
Here is an overview of all Xenomorph types from the Alien movies, including the facehugger, chestburster, warrior and queen Xenomorphs. As a bonus, some better-known Xenomorph types are also included from the games and comics books.
The Colonial Marines are present in many Aliens comics, often serving the role of cannon fodder to be killed off by the Xenomorphs. Here is a list of the best Colonial Marine comics, including stories where they play a more prominent role.
As is the common theme in the franchise, the Xenomorphs can not be controlled and have become a hated enemy of the Engineers. Here is an overview of the different clashes between Xenomorphs and Engineers, some happening even thousands of years ago.
The Space Jockeys fly around in gigantic ships, containing a deadly payload of bioweapons. These ships often crash, ready to be discovered by helpless explorers. While most of these ships look like a horse-shoe, some also come with more exotic designs.
The Colonial Marines use small and mobile units to protect the colonies. These units are the maximum size of a battalion, but usually only a few squads are sent into action. Here is an overview of different Colonial Marine teams, including the one commanded by Lieutenant Gorman in Aliens.
In addition to introducing bigger and badder Predators, the Predator franchise is keen on hybridization, with the Yautja species being mixed with either Xenomorph or human DNA. These new types of beasts are often stronger, but also more ridiculous.
The Colonial Marines don't employ many personnel but use massive ships to travel them across the universe. The ships are fully automated and don't even need any crew to man them while the marines are on a mission. Most of these ships are similar to the USS Sulaco.
Like regular Xenomorphs, the facehuggers come in different shapes and sizes. They all have the purpose of infecting a host with an embryo, which can depend on the type of the facehugger. The list includes the Queen facehugger, giant facehugger, and the white hybrid facehuggers.
Besides their famous APC and Power Loader, the Colonial Marines don't employ many ground-based vehicles. The Colonial Marine Technical Manual has introduced tanks and self-propelled guns, while the comics and Kenner toys have also brought to light a few new vehicles.
Although the Predators have a wide arsenal of other-worldly weapons, they sometimes resort to using human arms. This is often an act of desperation when being outnumbered. Here is an overview of such cases, including the Yautja using pulse rifles and smart guns.
The Vikings are a great match for the Predators, sharing a similar warrior lifestyle revolving around battles and honor. The Yautja have fought these nordic combatants on a few occasions, and some Predators have even chosen weapons and armor based on the Vikings.
In addition to the question of chestburster removal possibilities, the matter of facehuggers being removed before embryo implantation has been intriguing from the first movie. Here is a list of notable facehugger removals, including both successful and unsuccessful attempts.
The Alien hives are the birthplaces of the Xenomorphs and serve as their homes when not hunting for new victims. The hives come in different shapes and sizes and some can span over vast regions of a planet. Here is an overview of notable Xenomorph hives from the series.
Similar to Native Americans, the Predators have a special connection to the Samurai. Throughout history, the Predators have encountered the Samurai many times and consider them to be worthy opponents. Some Predators have even dressed up as the Samurai.
The question of if it is possible to remove a chestburster before it is born has been in the series from the start. Throughout the movies and the expanded lore, there have been several successful chestburster extractions, although each have their own peculiarities.
The Xenomorphs have crossed over not just with the Predators, but with several other comic book characters, with most of them from the DC universe. In preparation for the upcoming Marvel crossovers, here is a ranked list of the best Aliens crossover comics.
The Xenomorphs come in many forms and sizes, often depending on the type of the host. Here is a list of Xenomorphs ranked by their physical size, including several Xenomorphs from the Expanded Universe like the Alien King and Crocodile Alien.
The Yautja don't just hunt humans and Xenomorphs. They also enjoy a more traditional against a less intelligent but powerful adversary, like a grizzly bear, mountain lion or a crocodile. These fights are often short and brutal, and the Predator does not always win.
The Predators take a lot of punishment during their hunts - they are able to endure severe wounds, even losing an arm or a leg. Some of these Yautja managed to survive and hunt another day, others fought on for a brief while and died soon after.
Although the creature in Alien had eye sockets under the transparent dome, the most common Xenomorphs don't have eyes. The Alien sequels and games have given us a glimpse of the vision of the Xenomorphs, including the fisheye lens view and seeing the aura of their enemies.
The upcoming Predator 5 by Dan Trachtenberg will be set hundreds of years in the past with Native Americans battling the Yautja. The Predator series has explored the connection with native Americans before, starting in the first movie and continuing in the comics with Enoch Nakai's character.
Batman has encountered Predators more than any other superhero, either by battling them alone in Gotham City or elsewhere together with Superman or the Justice League. Here is a list of the Dark Knight's notable encounters with different types of Yautja.
The Predators occasionally team up with humans due to circumstance and the need to battle against a common enemy - most often the Xenomorphs. Here is a ranking of such uneasy alliances, ordered by the magnitude of the collaborations between them.
Predators Hunting Dinosaurs
Ever since the T-Rex skull appeared in the trophy case in Predator 2, it has been clear that the Yautja have hunted dinosaurs before. In the expanded universe, they faced off in Tarzan vs. Predator. This is an overview of Predators hunting dinosaurs in the Alien vs. Predator franchise, including taking trophies from T-Rex and Triceratops.
Hunting and killing the Alien Queen is a great honor for the Predators and many have died doing so. It is even more useful to capture a live Queen and use her as a breeder to obtain Alien eggs. Here is a list of notable Predator vs. Alien Queen fights, including some attempts to capture her alive.
The Young Blood Predators are Yautja on their first hunts, inexperienced and wanting to prove themselves. In most cases, they hunt Xenomorphs to be blooded and often die in the process. Find out who are the most notable Young Blood Predators in the franchise and who lived to become blooded.
Throughout the Alien series, there have been several special types of white and albino Xenomorphs. The reasons for their existence include old age, inherited human traits due to DNA mixing and special pigmentations in their skin. The list contains the Newborn, Neomorph, Albino Drone, and the White Hybrids.
The Predators use the Self-Destruct device to take our their final adversaries, to leave no technology in enemy hands, and to have an honorable death. The explosions vary in size and strength, but they are comparable to small nuclear blasts. Here is a ranking of the most notable self-destruct explosions involving the Yautja themselves or their ships.
An overview of Yautja anatomy, including its blood, bones, dreadlocks, mandibles and skin. Find out how many fingers and toes the Predators have, what their dreadlocks consist of, whether their blood can neutralize Xenomorph acid and speculation of and how long do the Yautja live.
The Predalien is the result of a facehugger impregnating a Predator. They are more powerful versions of the Xenomorphs, comparable in size and strength to the Preatorians, the guards of the Alien Queen. Here is a list of notable Predaliens from the AvP lore, including the Abomination and the LV-1201 Predalien.
Predators hunting and fighting a Space Jockey is a rare event in the Alien vs. Predator franchise. It is a great honor and privilege for the Predators to claim a trophy of an Engineer as they are an elusive species but also extremely tough in combat. This is a list of all known Predator and Space Jockey encounters.
Several private and government task forces have tried to hunt down the Predators, with the aim of either capturing or killing the creatures. In most cases, they have failed miserably, with most of the team being killed and the Predator escaping capture soon after. Here is an overview of such teams, including the OWLF, Stargazer and the Reapers.
Drawn to heat and conflict, the Predators have visited Earth occasionally throughout the human history. In the Predator books and comics, they have taken part in the biggest and bloodiest wars of mankind. Here is an overview of historical Predator hunts, including taking trophies in World War 1 and the Vietnam War.
Many lists have covered the best and most badass Predators from the franchise. However, there are several Predators who have achieved very little, failed on their hunts and messed up in other ways. This is a list of the biggest Yautja failures, including the likes of Primal Predator, Shesh-Kuk and Shorty.
The fan-favorite Predators are often the likes of Wolf, Dark, Ahab, Scarface, Dachande and the first Jungle Hunter. However, there are several other lesser known Predators who deserve the spotlight. These are the Yautja that no NECA or Hot Toys figures have been made and probably never will.
Much like the Yautja females, there is not much know about the Yautja children. There are only a few glimpses in the comics and references in the books. They begin training at an early age and keep close relations with their parents. Here is an overview of the information about the Predator children.
The Predator has crossed over with several other comic book characters, including Batman, Superman, Tarzan, Judge Dredd, and even Archie. Although the Yautja have enjoyed hunting these superheroes, they have mostly come out as losers in the end. Find out which are the best Predator crossover comics.
The Predator clans are groups of Predators hunting together that are lead by a single Elder Predator. A clan usually consists of at least three Predators. Here is an overview of different Predator clans, including the famous Lost Tribe, Dark Blade Clan and the Widow Clan.
The Yautja are carnivorous creatures that enjoy eating raw meat during their hunts. However, when they have more time to spare on their ships or home planet, they eat cooked meals and even enjoy a ceremonial dinners. Here is an overview of Yautja eating habits from the Predator comics.
Predators fighting Predators is a rare event in the Predator franchise. It is a short and bloody fight to the death, in almost all cases using melee weapons. Usually, the fight might involve a Predator Bad Blood that needs to be taken down by a regular hunter.
The Elder Predators are the respected leaders of the clans and tribes of the Yautja. They often show up at the end of Predator stories to pay their respects to their fallen brethren. Here is a list of notable Predator Elders from the franchise, including Greyback, Nighstorm, and Lord Predator.
In addition to human-friendly synthetics with behavioral inhibitors, several series of combat androids have been produced in the Alien series by different mega-corporations. Here is a list of androids developed for the purpose of expanding the military power of the company.
The Predator King is the mysterious millennia-old Yautja that leads several Predator clans, or perhaps the entire Yautja race. He has constructed a throne out of Xenomorph trophies. Here is a list of all known references of the Predator king, including some great fan art.
In continuation of the Terminator theme in connection to the release of Terminator: Dark Fate, here is another list. There are not many Terminator books and the ones we have are very loosely connected, mainly released in trilogies or duologies. Here is a list of the best ones.
The Terminator franchise is a not so distant relative of Alien vs. Predator, being connected by writer-director James Cameron and the Aliens vs. Predator vs. Terminator comic series. In anticipation of the new Terminator movie, here is a list of the best Terminator comics.
The Yautja language is a combination of clicks and roars that is difficult for humans to understand. The language is written in symbols that are visible on the Predator's wrist gauntlet and bio-mask displays. Here is a translator that transforms English letters into the Yautja alphabet.
The Predators are not named in any of the movies. However, the Expanded Universe of books and comics feature several names both given in the Yautja language, and names translated into English. Here is an explanations for these names along with a Predator name generator.
The Colonial Marine officers are the ones that command the troopers in the field. Unfortunately, most of them get killed and nobody hardly remembers their achievements. Here is a list of notable Colonial Marine officers from the Alien lore, including General Spears and Captain Cruz.
In anticipation of the upcoming Predator: Hunting Grounds game from developer Illfonic, here is the list of top 10 Predator games of all time. The list contains many Alien vs. Predator games as well - there a not so many exclusive Predator games in the series.
The mega-corporations have a big influence over the surveyed worlds in the Alien vs. Predator universe. They are often in an open rivalry between themselves and other world governments. Here is a list of the biggest mega-corporations, including companies like Seegson, the Grant Corporation and Weyland-Yutani.
One of the common tropes in the Alien Expanded Universe is android Xenomorphs. They have been either created by a lone mad scientist or mass produced by some company. Here is a list of notable android Xenomorphs, including the infamous Xenoborgs and the lovable Jeri.
Besides getting killed, the Predators are known to get captured and their technology stolen in many cases throughout the franchise. Here is a list of the most notable cases of captive Predators, with many of them being experimented on and most of them managing to escape in spectacular fashion.
The Predator series does not contain many books. Including the Alien vs. Predator series, there are slightly over a dozen Predator books. Most of them are quite great, with only a few stinkers. Here is a ranking of the top 10 Predator books, including many old classics.
The Space Jockeys are the mysterious pilot species first seen in the first Alien movie. Throughout the series, there have been many iterations of them, including the Engineers from Prometheus and the Mala'kak pilots from the Alien books and comics. Here is a list of the different individual Space Jockeys, ranked by their accomplishments.
The bad blood Predators are Yautja who have fallen out with their clans. They have usually committed some kind of crime like killing a fellow Predator, breaking the rules of the hunt or murdering innocents. Here is a list of notable bad blood Predators from the Predator lore, ranked by the amount of carnage they inflicted.
The Hish-Qu-Ten are a weird offshoot of the Yautja who first appeared in the Predator: Forever Midnight book in 2006. They are less honorable, dumber and their physiology differs from regular Yautja. The book was not well received and there have been only a few references to them in later stories.
Xenomorph Prime is the elusive Alien Homeworld which has been shown little in the Alien games and comic books. Both humans and Predators have ventured there on different missions. Here is a list of notable occurances of Xenomorph Prime throughout the Expanded Universe, as it has been never featured in the Alien movies.
The human Predators were resourceful people who donned Yautja armor and weapons. Some of them even received great respect from the Predators and become blooded. Here is a list of notable human Predators from comic books, games and movies of the franchise.
The trophy room is the pride of the Predators. There they display the trophies from their most powerful enemies as reminders of successful hunts. Here is a compilation of different Predator trophy rooms and walls from the movies, games and comic books.
The Yautja come in different shapes and sizes. While female Predators are known to be bigger, some others mutated themselves or spliced their DNA to get huge. Here is a list of top 10 physically biggest Yautja from the Predator series.
The bio-masks provide the Predators with protection and different vision modes. Dozens of different masks have been seen in the various Predator media. Here is a top 10 list of the best designed Predator masks from the movies, games and comic books.
The USCM packs a big arsenal of weapons including nukes, knives, sharp sticks and phased plasma pulse rifles. Here is a list of best infantry weapons from Aliens and the Alien games, ranked by their firepower and usability against the Xenomorphs and Yautja opponents.
Here is a list of the top 6 Predator movies ranked in descending order, including The Predator and the Alien vs. Predator movies. Although this is just a top 6 list, we can hope that one day a top 10 can be made with new worthy sequels to both Predator and Alien vs. Predator series.
The Predators have been using different types of creatures to track and weaken their prey during the hunt. In the movies and comics, the Predators have used Yautja dogs, hell hounds and even a special breed of Xenomorphs to help them hunt. Here is an overview of these creatures.
The Predators are known for their various vision modes that serve different purposes and work in different environments. The vision modes are provided by their bio-masks. Here is an overview of all the different vision modes from the Predator and Alien vs. Predator movies.
The Predator Killer mech suit in The Predator was not the first instance of weaponized mech suits being used in the Alien vs. Predator universe. We take a look at several different mech suits and power armor from the movies, games and comics and rank them by their awesomeness.
The Alien comics are known for their great artwork and classic storylines showing us things never seen in the Alien movies before. They have explored the Xenomorph homeworld, the Alien invasion of Earth and several new types of Aliens. Here is a top 10 list of the best ones in descending order, including many old classics.
Here is the Predator timeline consisting of the events of Predator, Predator 2, Predators, Alien vs Predator, Aliens vs Predator: Requiem and The Predator. This is a simple timeline, mostly taking into account the most important events from the movie or events referenced in the Predator movies.
Yautja Prime is the mysterious Predator Homeworld which has been shown little in the movies and comic books. Here is a list of all notable references to the Yautja Prime, including it's appearance in Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem and the the Predator: Homeworld comic.
The Predator comics have now been released for three decades and contain some great stories. Here is a top 10 list of the best ones in descending order, including some crossover comics like Batman vs. Predator and Aliens vs. Predator.
Here is a Predator spaceship overview from the Predator movies, games and comics. The Predators are known to use various types of ships with different design and capabilities. The Expanded Universe and it's crossover comics contain some rather ridiculous ship designs to enjoy.
Here is a list of the top 10 Predator weapons from the Predator movies and games. The Predators are known for their awesome and terrifying arsenal. We try to rank them by firepower and usefulness in different situations, against both human and Alien opponents.
Here is a list of top 10 Alien Queens from the Alien vs. Predator series who stood out from other hive mothers by causing the most mayhem. Included are the Queen Mother, Matriarch, Empress and other badass Queen Aliens from the movies, games and comics.
Here is an overview of all Predator types from the Predator movies, including the classic, elder, young blood, elite and the newly introduced hybrid Predator types. As a bonus, I include some famous Predator types from the comic books.
Here is an Alien movie timeline consisting of the events of Alien, Aliens, Alien 3, Alien: Resurrection, Alien vs Predator, Aliens vs Predator: Requiem, Prometheus and Alien: Covenant. The games, books and graphic novel events are not included in the timeline.
The Xenomorph King is a special type of Alien rarely seen in the Alien lore. It is known to be bigger than the queen Alien and even more aggressive. Here is a list of all notable Xenomorph Kings like the Rogue Xenomorph, the Hybrid King and the Kenner King Alien.
The female Xenomorph is the big and insect-like queen Alien. However, there are some female Xenomorph hybrids or special experiments who actually have feminine features. Here is a list of all known female Xenomorphs from the Alien franchise, including unused concepts from the movies.
Continuing with the series of top 10 badasses, here we have a list of top 10 badass Colonial Marines from the Alien vs Predator series. They are the grunts who showed courage, killed a lot of enemies and possibly even came out alive in the end.
Here we have a list of top 10 badass Predators who stood out from their hunter brothers. These are Predators who had a lot of kills, slayed tough enemies and some of them even survived their missions. The Predators are taken from the movies, games and comic books.
Here we have a list of top 10 badass Aliens from the Alien vs Predator series. Included are Aliens from the movies, games and graphic novels. They are the "regular troopers" who stood out from their hive members.
People were rather angry after they killed Newt and Hicks in Alien 3. Here are several different scenarios where one or both survived, some developed even after Alien 3 was released.
The M41A Pulse Rifle is probably the most iconic human weapon in the Alien series. We take a look at some of the Pulse Rifle variants that have been used in the movies, games and books.
I am quite sure Ridley never saw Alien vs Predator, but one of the scriptwriters for Prometheus might have. Here are the main similarities that I found between the 2 movies.
The Aliens have invaded Earth several times during its history in the Alien vs Predator franchise. Here are listed 5 Earth invasions. The list is sorted chronologically and some of these events have been deemed non-canon.
Aliens vs Predator: Requiem (also known as Alien vs Predator 2) left the door open for a sequel. We look at some of the rumors and speculation around the third Alien vs Predator movie.
The Alien vs Predator series has its fair share of mad scientists. Here are listed the top 10 best ones. The entrees are ranked by an elaborate algorithm based on their level of madness, charisma, the impact of their research and the quality of the source material.
Top 10 Alien books ranked in ascending order. The list contains only items that are considered "in-universe". Any "Making of Books" like Giger's Alien are not included. Graphic novels are also excluded and will appear in an upcoming list.
All 8 Alien movies ranked from worst to best. The list is including the Alien vs Predator and Prometheus movies. I also take a brief look at the special editions where they are available.
The Alien and Alien vs. Predator series has spawned a lot of games during its time. A lot of them are actually pretty good compared to other franchises. Let's take a look which are the best ones.