|"Is that damage?"|
"It looks like damage."
- "He took up a position here. Shooting in all directions. This was a last stand."
- ―Nikolai (from Predators)
Nikolai Mikhalovich Fedorov (Николай Миха́йлович Фёдоров) was a soldier in Russian Spetsnaz special forces who was kidnapped by the Super Predators and taken to the Game Preserve Planet in 2010. Together with the others dropped on the planet at that time, he attempted to find a way to escape and return to Earth.
Serving in Spetsnaz
Nikolai was a Spetsnaz (Russian Special Forces) operative who was fighting in the Second Chechen War before being abducted and dropped on the hunting reserve. He was married and had two sons.
Nikolai was dropped along with Royce, Cuchillo, Isabelle, Edwin, Mombasa, Hanzo and Stans to be hunted by the Super Predators. During the time on the planet, Edwin stops him from touching a highly venomous plant, at which point nearly paralyzed him if Edwin hadn't stopped him.
Nikolai starts looking after the apparently weak and defenseless doctor. When the group happen upon the Predators' camp and Royce tries to catch the Super Predators off guard by using the group as bait, Nikolai is one of only three people who stays to try and fight the Predators, the others being Hanzo and Royce. During the fight, one of the Super Predators shoots his Minigun, destroying it, and forcing him to flee from the camp with the others.
Afterwards, the group meets Noland, a man who shot and killed the River Ghost had also lived for years on the preserve, hiding from the Predators. After leading the group to his hideout Nikolai shows Edwin a picture of his kids (which Edwin keeps and uses later). After escaping from the room the group runs through the remains of the ship, Edwin accidentally ends up in a different hallway from the others and begs Nikolai to help him, but Nikolai seemingly leaves Edwin to his fate. However, just before the Tracker kills Edwin, Nikolai comes back to rescue him and fires at the Super Predator with his Tokarev TT-33.
Nikolai then leads Edwin to the rest of the group but is shot in the back by a Plasmacaster and falls to the ground, still alive, while Edwin leaves him to the Super Predator. The Tracker Predator then slowly walks toward the injured soldier as he struggles to drag himself away, stabs Nikolai in the stomach with its wrist blade and lifts him up. Nikolai spits his blood in its face before pulling his vest strip off, revealing several armed M18A1 Claymores, saying his final words in variation of "You're one ugly motherfucker" in Russian, as he detonates the claymores, killing himself and the Tracker in the explosion.
Like Blain Cooper, Nikolai's weapon of choice was an M134 Minigun, although his featured a tan chainsaw-style grip; ammunition for his Minigun was stored in Nikolai's backpack. After the Minigun was destroyed by a Super Predator, Nikolai switched to the Tokarev TT-33 he was keeping as his sidearm. He later acquired at least two Claymore mines from Noland's stockpile.
He wore various webbing for his weapons accessories and wore early 2000s Russian-style camouflage. He also wore a Russian blue-striped sailors shirt, a common attire for elite Spetnaz and Naval Infantry units in the Russian Army.
Personality and Traits
Oleg Taktarov described Nikolai as a combination of Dutch, Mac and Blain. He is described as a very heroic man. During the course of the film he shows a more caring and human side than any other of the humans on the planet, except Isabelle, seen in his concern of Edwin and apparent remorse for leaving Cuchillo behind. He is willing to put himself in danger for the sake of others more often than the rest his comrades on the alien planet, again except Isabelle, even then he helps Edwin when even Isabelle wouldn't, eventually making the ultimate sacrifice to save his comrades from the Tracker Predator.
When Noland tells him and the others how the Predators behave, he understands by saying, "They're training to be better killers." These qualities may be due to the fact that he is one of the only professional soldiers on the planet and the fact he is a father. His relationship with his family is unknown, but he appears to care greatly for his family but believe they deserve better than him, and wanted to die on the planet, but wanted them to known he was sorry. Nikolai mumbled to himself an on a few occasions throughout the film.
Behind the scenes
Nikolai's M134 Minigun was substituting for a GShG-7.62, or a Slostin machine gun that is described in the script. The M134 was presumably chosen as an homage to Predator, where Blain also carried the Minigun, albeit in a different configuration.
During a lot of the firing scenes, the barrels appear as if they are stationary. Likely, the weapon had a fire rate very close to the film frame rate making the barrels appear to not rotate. During the non-firing scenes, Oleg Taktarov (Nikolai) carries a very obviously non-firing replica. The most obvious telltale sign is that there is no central shaft attaching the four barrel clamp discs on the non-firing prop.
The Minigun's power supply appears to be stored in the actor's backpack. There is a brief scene in the Predator camp where the actor fires the gun while walking and the power cables can be seen leading from the gun and into the backpack.
- He is one of the only people in the film to actually have his name said in the film, the others being Royce, Isabelle and Noland. He is also the first person to reveal his name and, although his full name isn't stated in the film, he is the only character to have a full name revealed (first, middle and surname).
- The way Nikolai kills the Tracker Predator is somewhat ironic, seeing as self-destruction is the Predators' preferred way of dealing with an opponent when they're about to be killed. That being said, it is not revealed whether Super Predators follow this technique like their smaller cousins or not.
- Before his death Nikolai says, "Ну и рожа у тебя!" which can be roughly translated as, "What a mug you have!" as an attempt at "You're one ugly motherfucker."
- Nikolai has two children. Edwin keeps the picture of his children and tries to convince Royce to spare him when using him as bait for the Berserker.
- Nikolai is a member of the Spetsnaz, who were ironically minor antagonists in Predator.
- Out of all the characters in the movie, he seemed to be the kindest.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Michael Finch, Alex Litvak (writers), Nimród Antal (director). Predators (2010), 20th Century Fox [DVD].
- ↑ Nikolai's actor's (Oleg Taktarov) height is 6ft 0 (182.9 cm), so that is also how tall Nikolai would have been.
- ↑ Alice Braga, Mahershala Ali, Danny Trejo, Oleg Taktarov, Topher Grace, Walton Goggins, Louis Ozawa Changchien. The Chosen (2010), 20th Century Fox [DVD].
- ↑ http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/news/20115
- ↑ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVRM90NXPbY
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 http://www.imfdb.org/wiki/Predators_(2010)#M134_Hand_held_Minigun