Jorge Ramirez, better known as Poncho, was a member of Alan "Dutch" Schaefer's private military team, which was hired by the U.S. military and the CIA for a rescue mission in the Central American country of Val Verde in 1987. After discovering that their mission was a set-up to dupe them into eliminating the rebels in the area, Schaefer's squad came into contact with a Predator that stalked and killed the elite mercenaries one-by-one.
Poncho was an explosives expert who specialised in heavy ordnance. He was the last person to be killed by the Predator in Val Verde.
Poncho had evidently been with Dutch's team some time, taking part in operations in Afghanistan and Berlin, Germany before the mission in Val Verde. Following a disastrous attempt to capture and kill the Jungle Hunter using improvised traps constructed from the materials of the jungle, Poncho was severely wounded when the escaping Predator unintentionally blasted a nearby tree with its Plasma Caster, dislodging a huge branch that then swung down and stuck Poncho in the chest, hitting him with enough force to physically fling him off of his feet.
Despite his shattered ribs and severe internal injuries, Poncho insisted that he could make it to the extraction site and Dutch began carrying him away while Mac, Dillon and Billy staged courageous but ultimately futile rearguard actions. Soon after Billy was slaughtered, the Predator ambushed Dutch and Poncho, killing Poncho with a single shot to the head from its Plasma Caster. It is likely the Predator took Poncho's skull as a trophy.
Personality and TraitsEdit
Poncho was a sarcastic, wise-cracking Chicano who spoke fluent Spanish as well as English. While lacking the imposing physiques of many of the other members of Dutch's team, Poncho was nonetheless a courageous soldier, bolstered by a grim determination and steadfast composure. However, once the team began falling prey to the Predator he became notably spooked, particularly when the typically dauntless Billy expressed his fear at what they faced. Ultimately though, Poncho was able to maintain his cool and do his job.
Poncho was equipped with a Heckler & Koch MP5A3 as his primary weapon, although he could more often be seen using a custom-built 40mm grenade launcher. He also carried a Desert Eagle pistol in a hip holster, although he never had a chance to use the weapon.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Jim Thomas, John Thomas (writers) and John McTiernan (director). Predator [DVD]. 20th Century Fox.
- ↑ John McTiernan, Kevin Peter Hall, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Stan Winston, Joel Silver, John Davis, Jim Thomas, John Thomas. If It Bleeds We Can Kill It: The Making of 'Predator' [DVD]. 20th Century Fox.