|"Is that damage?"|
"It looks like damage."
The Crucified Predator, also known as the Classic Predator, was a Yautja from the Jungle Hunter Clan. He was captured by the Super Predators on the Game Preserve Planet . He was released by Royce but was ultimately overpowered and killed while fighting Berserker. The Crucified Predator was the only "classic" Predator featured in the film Predators. The Crucified Predator also appeared in the motion comic Crucified.
The Crucified Predator was captured by the Berserker and his hunting party sometime before the events of Predators. When Royce and his group came to the Super Predator's camp, they found the Crucified Predator strung up on one of the "totem poles" jutting out of the ground. When Nikolai came close to him and tapped him with his M134 Minigun, the captured Predator awakened and started roaring at the shocked humans. Soon after, the Super Predators arrived and started to assault the group of humans. The captive Predator roars in hatred at his rival clan members, adding more chaos to the incident. When the humans fled from the camp, the tied up Yautja lowered his head in despair. Several hours later, Royce comes back to the camp and makes a deal with the Predator. By letting Royce go back to Earth, he would untie him. The Predator agrees and uses his Wrist Gauntlet to hack into the Super Predators' ship and sends it on a course to Earth. When the Predator finished gearing up his retrieved equipment, the Berserker showed up to drop Edwin and Isabelle, which he just captured, into a pit. The Super Predator spotted him and unsheathed his Scimitar. Royce ran for the ship while the two Yautja engaged in combat.
The Berserker had the upper hand most of the time. The Super Predator fired some shots from his Plasmacaster to vanquish his foe. But when the Predator took cover under a log, the Berserker drew in to investigate. This was all part of the Predator's plan, however, because when the Berserker leaned towards the log, the Yautja tackled him from behind and knocked him back. The Berserker soon recovered from this and gave three severe headbutts which knocked off the Predator's Bio-Mask. The Super Predator took off his mask and roared to try and strike fear into his opponent, but the Crucified Predator was unfazed by this and growled back. The Berserker then raised his Scimitar and finished his opponent by swiftly slicing his head off. The defeated Predator's head and lifeless body fell to the ground. The Super Predator roared over the corpse in victory and put his Bio-Mask back on.
In the prequel motion comic, The Crucified Predator is being hunted at the waterfall by Falconer and Berserker, Crucified attempts to fight and escape but gets captured by the more numerous Super Predators and is strung up onto the totem structure.
Personality & Traits
The Crucified Predator, like the rest of the mainstream Predators, was an honorable hunter. After he was released, he grabbed Royce by the throat. Afterwards, though, he let him go as the Predator was only inspecting him. This was a sign of Crucified keeping his deal with Royce to get him off the planet. He was a skilled warrior, but because of his capture and perhaps even tortured by the Super Predators, he was weakened and not at the full peak of his strength and stamina. This added with the Berserker Predator using plasma weaponry to disorient him, resulted in the eventual defeat and subsequent decapitation of the Crucified Predator.
This Predator had an appearance that was similar to the Jungle Hunter seen in the original film, although he was shorter. This could be that the Crucified was a Young Blood warrior, but even possibly younger than Scar's hunting party.
The Crucified Predator, due to torture and probably lack of food, water, other necessities, and also along with his wounds caused him to be fatigued and not as strong as he once was. Despite being rather weak, he managed to deliver a blow to the Berserker that knocked the Super Predator down. He is very tolerant of his pain as he is seen standing and running despite being nailed through his feet (shown in the motion comic) he was also able to withstand the heat of the plasma bolts that fired near him. The Predator managed to carry on running while many bolts exploded near him before being forced to jump over a log, and was not affected by the impact despite his weak state. Despite being at the disadvantage due to his weakened state, he never used his Plasmacaster showing him to be very honorable, and it was in fact operational as he is seen readying it.
The Crucified Predator had the typical equipment every Yautja hunter should have including Wristblades, a Wrist Gauntlet, a Cloak, and a Plasmacaster. His Bio-Mask was damaged in a previous battle (including a cracked upper section and burned through area on the left), but it still functioned properly showing that Bio-Masks can take a lot of damage. His active camouflage worked as well, but it malfunctioned and sparked when it touched water. He had far less protective gear than most hunters, most likely because of the Berserker Predator, stripping him of all his equipment.
Reason of Crucifixion
As for all crucifixions the reason was torture. Theories behind the methods of torture include exposure to the elements and or insects, starvation and dehydration. The most probable theory is suffocation. Predators are capable of surviving periods of time without nourishment, as seen in Predator 2, the City Hunter only felt hunger every two days. As stated in some of the expanded universe, Yautja cannot survive breathing an Earth like atmosphere for a given amount of time, hence the reason for their Bio-Mask's inbuilt rebreather, however, Predators have been able breathe Earth's atmosphere with no trouble in the films, with City Hunter being the only predator using a breath mask, this may be down to his wounds and the freezing weapon Keyes used against it, as no other Yautja has been seen needing to use a breath mask.
Seeing as the scavenger Noland had survived on the Game Preserve Planet for several seasons, the atmosphere was similar, if not the same as Earth's. Being without his Bio-Mask and deprived of the nutrients in the air of Yautja Prime, the Crucified Predator would slowly suffocate in the foreign atmosphere.
NECA action figure biography
- "A bold, new chapter in the Predator universe, shot under the creative auspices of Robert Rodriguez. In this story we follow Royce, a cold-blooded mercenary whose only allegiance is to those who pay him. He reluctantly leads a group of elite warriors who come to realize they've been brought together on an alien planet...as prey. With the notable exception of disgraced physician Edwin, they are all cold-blooded killers -- mercenaries, Yakuza, death squad members --human "predators" that are now being systematically hunted and eliminated by a new breed of alien Predators." 
- The Crucified Predator was based on the original creature designed by Stan Winston from Predator.
- The Crucified Predator is portrayed by Derek Mears, a famous movie monster actor.
- The Crucified Predator is the first hunter to fight another Predator on-screen.
- According to the Predators video game, the Crucified Predator was the leader of a clan. The player has to rescue their clan leader on mission 30.