Machiko Noguchi (マチコ・ノグチ) was a 22nd Century human female who lived and hunted with members of the Predator species.
Machiko was born in Japan to a moderately wealthy business man and a loving mother. She spent much of her childhood alone at home and was forced to cope with loneliness. Her ability to adapt would come in handy later in her life.
On a summer day, when she was at home, she decided to draw a picture for her parents. When she ventured around the house for a green crayon, she discovered that her father was home. She went to greet her father, when she realized that he was covered in blood. Upon hearing that he was fired from his job, her father (who felt dishonored) committed seppuku. Seeing that his daughter was in the room, he told her with his dying breath to regain their family honor.
Machiko lived a bitter and cold childhood after that. Her mother remarried and became distant from her. They never hated each other, they just grew apart. This would only further alienate Machiko.
Regaining her HonorEdit
Later in life, and determined to abide by her fathers dying words, Machiko got a job at the Chigusa corporation. She worked her way up the corporate ladder to a respectable position. One of her first major tasks would be to take the place of Hiroki Shimura as the administrator of the ranching colony of Ryushi. Stationed in Prosperity Wells, Noguchi spends three months in her customized office and did little to no effort to make friends among the colonists. Thanks to Hiroki's advice, she intervenes in favor of the ranchers and gain a rise in their payment by Chigusa Corp, changing some hearts. When Prosperity Wells and the colonists with whom she lived with became embroiled into the hunt of a group of Predators, who are on the planet to hunt the Xenomorphs in order to attain warriorhood, Machiko risks her life and start a plan to evacuate the settlement, effectively gaining the respect of the colonists.
After many conflicts, Noguchi gains a friendship with the Predator leader, Dachande. This relationship leads to Dachande giving Noguchi the Predator name Da'dtou-di (meaning "small knife") and Noguchi being accepted as a human Predator. Noguchi also managed to kill a Queen Alien and kept her head as a trophy after the hunt. When the colony was abandoned, she stays at Ryushi waiting for Dachande's people for two years, in the belief that they deserve some kind of explanation. At that point she owns Roth O'Neil's dalmatian dog and a rhynt called Milo.
Living with the Predators Edit
Because she bared the mark of Dachande, Noguchi hunted alongside a clan of Predator hunters for several years with the name "Little Knife". Despite being very skilled and deadly to both Xenomorph and Yautja alike, she was often ridiculed by bigoted predators because she was Human. She had won the respect of the Predators enough, that she got her own armor and room inside the clan's ship. During this time, a clan member known as "Shorty", made a habit of picking fights with Noguchi, feeling that she was unworthy. During her time in the clan, Machiko take with her the queen's head and a leapwave receiver, with which she listened pieces of conversations, her only remaining link with the humans.
She also partook in a hunt to capture a live Xenomorph Queen for the upcoming hunt with several clans. During the hunt for the queen, Noguchi inadvertently saved Shorty's life, shaming and denying him an honorable death. The hunt was successful, with the Queen taken back to the clan's ship.
Bunda Hunting Party Edit
According to Top-Knot, the clan prepares one of the biggest hunts ever in a planet known as Bunda for the humans. She makes a mistake by unrespectively touching the USCM bandanna Light-Stepper uses as bandage and losses her place in the hunt after an unfair fight with Shorty and stays in the ship. After hearing in the leapwave transmitter that the yautja are attacking humans, she decides that her place is with her people and betrays the clan, joining forces with the survivors of the Nemesis Brian Ellis, Catherine Lara and Martin Jess. They escapes Bunda in a yautja shuttle.
Not long after, Noguchi begins to feel as if she doesn't belong with the hunters, and when the hunters embark on a human killing mission, Noguchi finally decides between Predator or Human. She abandoned the Predators and settled down in a quiet spot on Bellatrix 2, off of Orion's left shoulder. After returning to her life of boredom and work, Noguchi began to crave for the freedom of the hunt. When she later received an offer from a wealthy man, named Livermore Evanston, to return to her hunting life by attending his very own hunting planet, she was compelled to accept. At this point in her life, she ran her own business as a hired guide to take people hunting, with three assistants.
Hunting the KillersEdit
When a group of Killer predators attacked a mining colony, the United States Colonial Marine Corps sought out Machiko's help. When she spoke to them, she initially refused even to talk about whatever it was they wanted, but she was shown a video of the Predator attack on the mining colony, and her interest was piqued. She expressed the danger that the Killers represented to all life, and agreed to help. She then travelled with the marines to make contact with her Predator hunting party. After killing one of them in hand to hand combat they began negotiations. Throughout the conflict, Machiko is torn between her human identity and remaining with the Predators, but is successful in destroying the Killer headquarters. During the final moments of the mission, a lone predator removes Broken Tusk's mark with an acid-dipped sword prior to Machiko's extraction by Brian Ellis, who she had begun a romantic relationship with.
Personality & TraitsEdit
Despite a calm exterior and stern demeanor, Machiko Noguchi is an intelligent and strong (but short) woman in top physical condition and very well trained in firearms, personal defense and martial arts. After the colony where she worked was destroyed, Machiko desired a life of hunting but could not connect with the Yautja as they were ruthless hunters who viewed her with contempt, when they decide to embark on a human hunting sport, she turns against them as she cannot bring herself to allow them to hunt her fellow humans.
She's not very skilled making friends as she is a loner and feels she's an outlander wherever she goes. First in the colony she manages, spends some months inside her office. Later in the clan, she feels the same way.
Her best friend and at some point love interest was Hiroki Shimura, and lately Brian Ellis.
At AVP Prey, Noguchi used an 12.5 smith revolver as her primary weapon. In AVP War, Noguchi uses Predator weapons and armor, such as a Plasma Caster and Wrist Blades, as well as some other weapons. She also uses a customized Bio Mask and Predator Armor made just for her by the Predators once they accepted her in their ranks.
Behind the scenesEdit
- Machiko Noguchi, as her name implies, is an Asian/Japanese dark haired and black eyed athletic petit woman. The first AVP comics where the character appears show this fact accurately. However, more recent media like toy replicas, comic covers and other promotional art wrongly show her as a Caucasian/European person.
- Machiko was the first known human marked by the Predators in the continuity, but the second chronologicly, the first being Alexa Woods in the early 21st Century.
- Aliens vs. Predator (comic) (first appearance)
- Aliens vs. Predator: Prey
- Aliens vs. Predator: Duel (mentioned only)
- Aliens vs. Predator: War (comic) /novelization
- Aliens vs. Predator: Three World War
- Perry, Steve & Perry, Stephanie, Aliens vs Predator: Prey, 1994, pp. 259, ISBN 0553565559
- Bischoff, David, Aliens vs Predator: Hunter's Planet, 1994, pp. 260, ISBN 0553565567
- Perry, Stephanie Danelle, Aliens vs Predator: War, 1999, pp. 209, ISBN 0553577328
- Stradley, Randy, Alien vs. Predator: Three World War, 2010