"We're all living creatures, and all life is a struggle - no matter where you or anyone else may wish to draw the line, it still ends up as Darwin's 'survival of the fittest'."
"Hey, every culture observes its own rituals for establishing status."
"I wondered what it would be like to hunt something that was capable of hunting me: the challenge, the danger. To put yourself on an equal footing with nature.."
Predator Movie TPB
"[The Yautja] knew no pity and no remorse. It was the war and the warrior all in one."
"Incapable of rage or fear or pity, unable to understand that what [the Yautja] had done to the dead was a vile dishonor.."
"Man was other, like the alien itself. It was as if the universe had finally dared to think up a proposition equal to the alien's capacity to wonder.
And all it knew was this: it must possess them."
"Power like this made [the Yautja] frightened of men, and it hated to be frightened. It had its own code, if nothing so real as pride and honor. It simply could not tolerate any power more explosive than its own..."
Predator: Hell Come A Walkin'
Dutch: "So we all fight for the same thing, eh? For ourselves, for our future..."
Sparticus: "I just pray we ain't all dying for them as well."
"Classic predator move - stake out the trail and wait for the prey to run straight into your arms."
Predator: Cold War TPB
"These aren't cuddly little E.T.'s come to invite us to join the Galactic Brotherhood. They're a bunch of vicious bastards. We don't know for sure why they come here, what they want or how they'll react to anything we do, but we do know that they have technology that makes us look like a bunch of aborigines."
Predator: Big Game TPB
"In any war, warriors die, innocents die. It is the nature of war."
Even the brave must know when to run away from danger. Stupid men are not brave, they are simply dead.
Monsters, such as this one, are rare. They exist to keep us humble, to remind us that we are not the greatest creatures in the universe. They also exist to remind us of the relationship between predator and prey.
Without prey, the predator is nothing.
"A true hunter must know what weapon to use for each creature. A hunter doesn't go after a small bird with a tree stump. Or attack a running buffalo with only his fists. But even with the correct weapon, the ultimate outcome always turns on the ability of the hunter to out think his prey."
"A warrior's place is in battle. A hunter's place is in the hunt. Take the hunter from the hunt and he loses his way."
"In any hunt, the hunter and the prey are drawn together by forces beyond their understanding. It is the way of the world. Often, the time isn't yet right for the hunter to hunt. Or for the prey to die. That too is the way of things."
Predator: Race War #0
From the Arctic Circle to equatorial jungles, from the most isolated wilderness to the most modern city - any place can be a hunting ground. And sometimes you can't tell predator from prey. From the smallest scavenger to the largest carnivore, nature has just one law: do whatever you have to to survive. Only the 'higher orders' find reasons other than survival to justify their acts of violence. Sometimes, if we're lucky, the justification for violence is balanced by a justification for mercy.
In Africa, sportsmen and hunters refer to the most dangerous animals as the "Big Five": cape buffalo, rhinos, elephants, leopards, and lions. There is some disagreement as to where each animal ranks, but its the predators that generally top the list - with rogues considered the nastiest of them all.
Rogues work alone. Cut off from their tribe, rogues forget fear. They forget survival instincts. They forget their code. A predator that forgets its code, strays from its natural path, is a danger to every other creature, even those of its own kind.
"You have to understand the culture of this area. It's the only way you can appreciate the thrill of the hunt. This isn't about sport, it's about trophy-taking. That's why men hunt - to see who bags the biggest prize. And the biggest prize of all is a killer, see? When you kill a killer, his kills belong to you. Numbers. That's what makes the world go round, big numbers."
We have a series of locals all over the world - always in temperate zones, always in summer... They like it warm."
Aliens vs. Predator: Prey TPB
"The eggs would open and the crablike first-stage Hard Meat could find game to infect with the next stage. Those embryos would eventually chew their way free of the hapless host to become drones, the final stage for most of the Hard Meat. Prey, to the warriors to learn the rules of the hunt."
"Tall she was, the queen, twice his own height, probably four times his weight. Black as a nestcleaner's hands, gleaming dully under the lights, the queen looked like a giant zabin bug, with the addition of a long segmented tail and smaller supplemental arms jutting from her torso. Her comb rose high like antlers, flat and flaring, and she had two sets of needle-toothed jaws, one nesting inside the other and able to extrude a span from her mouth to grab like pincers ... she would be a formidable opponent, fast, powerful, intelligent."
"Oomans were toolfolk, had weapons equal to those of the Yautja, and were, if the stories could be believed, the ultimate pyode amehda. Soft Meat. But with deadly stingers, the oomans. A true test of skill."
"Stupid but deadly, the Hard Meat would teach the main lesson one needs to know: move well or die."
"He looked through the dancing young warriors for Nei'hman-de, whose blood he shared by the same father."
"He was Leader of the Ne'dtesei, son and grandson of ship leaders and warrior trainers..."
Aliens vs. Predator: Deadliest of the Species #10
"Predators aren't big on theory, with them you learn by doing."
"She trained me as she would her own."
Aliens vs. Predator: Hunter's Planet TPB
"To think that the elders had once considered him unsuitable for breeding, had even considered severing his gonads."
"And cleanse your ears as well, you smell of child-bearers musk. Hurry or your betters will wish to mate with you."
Atilla: "I find our conversation extremely unproductive and will now resume my role as your trustworthy, faithful, and silent robot servant."
Machiko: "In other words, you're going to sulk."
Predator: Homeworld #2
"Different predators require responses, you know. With some, you must stand your ground, or they perceive you as prey. While with others, confronting them is seen as a challenge."
Predator: Cold War TPB
"Radiation," Sobchak said. "Radioactivity."
Ligacheva stared. "What are you talking about?" she demanded.
"This," Sobchak said, pointing. "This, Lieutenant. I don't know what it is. What I do know is that something happened that made the ground shake about 20 kilometers northeast of here, and that when it did there came this burst of radioactivity. Ever since then the background radiation has been four times what it should be."
"Radioactivity," Shearson said. "Whatever we're looking at is hot in more ways than one. I haven't seen a mix like this since Chernobyl - though this one's different, the radiations dropped off quickly, but the heat hasn't..."
"It's not a warhead, damaged or otherwise," Westfield told him. "And it's not a meltdown - too much heat, not enough neutron emission for a meltdown..."
"Sure, those things like it hot, but they don't like it radioactive - the ships in New York didn't leak neutrons when they landed. This one did. And the ones in New York weren't spraying heat around ..."
"Not only could they press up against metal heated to 120 degrees Celsius without being burned ... they seemed to relish the heat."
"You don't know them, don't know what they're like. You've heard the stories, but deep down you don't believe them, you still think you're the toughest thing going... That's not how it is. When it comes right down to it, it's going to be you against walking death - just you. And when it gets to that point, all the fancy knickknacks in the world won't mean shit, and how tough you think you are won't matter. What matters is whether you're ready to do anything to take 'em down."
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(On fighting Kiande Amedha)Dawn Marshal: "What's it all about? Vindication? Vengeance? A good death?"
Cptn. Lotus Hernandez: "I'd long heard rumors of an alien species that .. hunted men for sport. I'd always thought them campfire tales, told by old soldiers. These were real enough."
After regaining consciousness: "Memory, total alertness, and a canny appraisal of his situation all returned in a split-second flash of insight -- deadly, efficient survival instincts meshing in perfect sync with the cold, calm intelligence that marks the most successful predator of predators."
"... but such exalted status demands to be constantly proven in a society where all must improve in the pack or die. The pressure from below never ends..."
His day had passed, and rather than the degrading, inevitable slide down his warrior-class hierarchy, he chose a noble death beneath the fangs of his beloved prey."