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Top 10 Predators Who Lost Limbs

The Predators take a lot of punishment during their hunts - they are able to endure severe wounds, even losing an arm or a leg. Since Predator 2, losing a limb has been an occurring theme in the Predator franchise. Some of these Yautja managed to survive and hunt another day, others fought on for a brief while and died soon after.

10. Shorty

Shorty from Aliens vs. Predator: War

Shorty had a long-running feud with Machiko Noguchi, a woman who lived and hunted together with the Predators for a year. In Aliens vs. Predator: War, the conflict came to a head on the planet Bunda, where Machiko betrayed her Predator allies and rejoined the human race. The two had a short fight, where Machiko cut off Shorty's left arm and wristblades. Shorty was dazed and confused, and could not put up much of a fight after this, holding his stump with the right arm. Machiko then stabbed him in the chest, putting an end to their conflict.

9. Assassin Predator

Assassin Predator with missing arm in The Predator

The Assassin Predator took a lot of punishment during the final fight against Stargazer and the Loonies at the end of The Predator. He was shot, stabbed, and burned with not much visible effect, thanks to his extra-tough skin gained by hybridization. The start of his downfall came when Rory McKenna activated a ship shield that cut off his right arm along with the wrist gauntlet. Quinn McKenna then shot a wristblade rocket from the gauntlet into the big Yautja's leg, making it explode and taking off all of his limbs. Finally, Quinn shot him in the face with a pistol, ending his misery.

8. Spring-Heeled Jack

Spring-Heeled Jack being killed in Predator: Nemesis

Spring-Heeled Jack was a Yautja who terrorized Victorian London in the year 1896, drawing parallels with Jack The Ripper. Captain Edward Soames was sent to hunt him down by Mycroft Holmes, the brother of Sherlock Holmes. Soames tracked the Predator down to the sewers of the city, shot him in the shoulder with his rifle, and wounded his chest with his pistols. In the final melee duel, Soames uses a machete to cut off the right arm of the Yautja, disarming his wristblades as well. Without the use of his hand, the Predator drowned in the river Thames, seemingly accepting his fate and not struggling.

7. Mega-City One Predator

Mega-City One Predator being stabbed by Judge Dredd

The Mega-City One Predator shot off his own right arm with Judge Dredd's Lawgiver pistol by accident at the end of the Predator vs. Judge Dredd comic. The crazed Yautja had caused a massacre of both criminals and judges in Mega-City One and Judge Dredd hunted him down to the ruins of New York in the undercity. Judge Dredd was briefly incapacitated in melee combat, and dropped his Lawgiver pistol. However, the pistol had a fail-safe that recognized the owner's heat signature, and it exploded in case of unauthorized usage. The Predator stared at his smoking stump and Dredd stabbed him in the chest, ending the killing spree.

6. Lasershot Predator

Lasershot Predator by NECA

The Lasershot Predator is the only known Yautja to remove their own limb. He was a Bad Blood sociopath with an obsession for technology, hi-tech weaponry and unnatural self improvement. He cut off his left hand and replaced it with a modular claw that could be switched with a robotic hand. The Lasershot Predator did not stop with his hand, he also replaced his right eye with a cybernetic one, with built-in vision modes. With all this upgrading nonsense, he was similar to the Upgrade Predator from the latest Predator movie. Lasershot was a figure released by Kenner in the 90ties, with NECA making an updated version later.

5. Nghasa Predator

Nghasa Predator from Predator: The Pride at Nghasa

The Yautja from Predator: Pride at Nghasa was nicknamed the Forest Devil - he hunted both tribal natives and English colonials in the African savanna. After another massacre of Englishmen, he chased down a lone survivor to a swamp. To his surprise, two crocodiles emerged from the waters and bit into both his arms, forcing the trio underwater. The Forest Devil managed to kill both of them with his shoulder cannon, but lost his left arm to a crocodile. Soon after, he was also attached by hyenas and a lion, who were out for the blood. Being fed up by his bad luck and tired of chasing the Englishman, he went back to his hidden ship and left Earth, alive but severely wounded.

4. Captive Predator

The Captive Predator from Predator: Captive

The Yautja from Predator: Captive had an unnatural body for a Predator, with big clawed arms and an elongated head. He lost his right arm along with the self-destruct device when he was captured by Stern Industries and held in a bio-dome in the Nevada desert. Even without the wristblades, his left arm was still a powerful melee weapon and he clawed his way through the security forces while trying to escape the complex. In the end, he reclaimed his wrist gauntlet from Tyler Stern and set off the self-destruct, wiping out the complex with no survivors left. The Captive Predator was perhaps a Super Predator or experimented with hybridization like some of the Predators who appeared later in the franchise.

3. Yaquita

Yaquita with Vacuum suit from Predator: Rage War

Yaquita is the only known Predator two lose both feet and survive. This Female Predator lost her companion and her lower limbs during a hunt against Xenomorphs. She was then taken into the Widow Clan, and given a robotic device similar to a wheelchair to move. Surprisingly, the Yautja did not have the technology to replace limbs in the 27th century. Years later during the Rage War she assisted the Colonial Marines and other Predators against the Rage offensive, dying protecting a ship bridge against the Xenomorph horde.

2. City Hunter

The City Hunter from Predator 2

The City Hunter from Predator 2 famously lost his left arm on a rooftop in LA when detective Mike Harrigan sliced it off with the Predator disc. The Yautja was badly wounded and decided to activate his self-destruct device, a questionable decision in a highly populated city above his own clan mate's ship. Furthermore, he had lost his mask and had trouble breathing. Slicing off his arm deactivated the self-destruct, and the City Hunter escaped to a nearby building to heal himself with the medicomp device. He cauterized the wound and would have successfully escaped in his ship, if Mike Harrigan hadn't chased him down and stabbed him in the gut with the disc.

1. Light-Stepper

Light-Stepper Predator from Aliens vs. Predator: Duel

Light-Stepper was most likely the most successful one-armed Predator. After beheading a Xenomorph during a blooding ritual, the acid blood splashed on his right arm and chest, melting away the limb and incapacitating him. Another Young Blood Predator named Two-Stripes tried to claim the kill for his own, but the shameful act was discovered by other clan members. Light-Stepper was brought back to the ship to be healed, while Light-Stepper was tied to a tree naked to be killed by Xenomorphs. Light-Stepper later had more adventures in Aliens vs. Predator: Duel and proved to a great hunter of both Xenomorphs and Colonial Marines despite his handicap.

Want to know more about the Yautja lore? Check out the list of the human Predators and look over the information about the Predator king.

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