A Predalien is a Xenomorph that has spawned from a Predator. Owing to the Xenomorph's inherent ability to take genetic traits from its host, the Predalien has many Predator features not otherwise found on Aliens, including dreadlocks and mandibles around the mouth. They are voracious creatures, often shown to possess strength far in excess of regular Xenomorphs. They are apparently rare and are regarded by Predators as an abomination and an insult to their species.
The Predalien is notable for being the only Xenomorph caste created in the expanded universe to have subsequently crossed over into the official film franchise, first appearing (in Chestburster form) at the end of Alien vs. Predator. The adult creature was then seen in Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem. Predaliens had previously featured extensively in the video games and comic books of the Alien vs. Predator franchise.
While the Predalien's physical form has varied quite widely throughout its many appearances, the most widely accepted appearance (and the one that has since been used in the movies) is that of a bulkier, heavier-built Xenomorph Warrior or Drone incorporating several traits taken from its Predator host, most notably dreadlock-like appendages on the head, which tends to be less elongated than on typical Xenomorphs, and similar mandibles around the mouth.
Predaliens are taller than both Predators and human-spawned Xenomorphs, standing around 10', and possess greater physical strength than both aforementioned species. They have a paler skin color than most other Xenomorphs, and have been known to produce similar vocalizations to the Predators. The creatures are voracious combatants, combining the lightning-fast strikes typical of Aliens with the brute force of the Yautja, making them deadly opponents to even Elite Predators; a single Predalien has been known to wipe out the entire crew of a Predator vessel in a matter of minutes. Physically, they are incredibly robust, even able to survive submerged in magma for a short time. Their hide is tough enough to shrug off a blast from a Plasma Caster at point-blank range without displaying any visible damage, a characteristic it does not lose even when struck with a fully charged shot.
Intelligence and trophy claimingEdit
Predaliens have variously been displayed as being an integral part of the Xenomorph's societal hierarchy, or acting as lone creatures totally independent of any Hive. The Earth Predalien, a juvenile Queen, was shown to be actively building a Hive and establishing an army of Warriors to protect it once it matured to the Egg-laying stage. Conversely, the Abomination on BG-386 did not interact with the Hive on the planet in any way, instead hunting humans independently with no apparent higher goals or motive.
Much like the Yautja, Predaliens have been known to mutilate their victims and claim trophies from them, usually the skull. However, it is unlikely this is done in pursuit of perceived honor, as with the Predators. More likely it is an after-effect of genetic memory or instinct inherited from the host, a theory backed up by the fact Predaliens have not been shown to display or otherwise respect any trophies they claim; in other words, while a Predalien feels a basic urge to perform these ritualistic mutilations on its prey, it has no higher knowledge of why it is doing so.
Reproduction MethodEditIt is unknown if all Predaliens can do this. Chet the Predalien did this to several pregnant women in Gunnision, Colorado (although it's stated that Chet was a Young Queen/Praetorian). The Predalien would attach its mandibles to its victim's mouth and start to impregnate the victim with four to five Bellybursters by depositing Xenomorph embryos down the victim's throat through the inner-jaw; unlike the Facehuggers, which only impregnate the victim with one embryo. The Bellybursters would then later burst out of the victim's stomach. The Directors consider Chet to be a Young Queen and it uses this method to quickly establish a hive before it becomes immobile with an egg sac.
- Many Predaliens have their own unique appearance.
- The name Predalien is a portmanteau of "Predator-Alien".
- In the 1999 video game Aliens versus Predator, the Predalien is red in color and looks more like an Alien than a Predator. It has two characteristic Predator mandibles.
- Predaliens take more after their host than human-spawned Xenomorphs. This is possibly because the Predators' genes are more potent.
- In the Predalien's first scene in the 2010 video game Aliens vs. Predator, it is seen "de-spining" a human corpse in the same manner as the Predators. This behavior is also seen in deleted scenes from Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem. Stills of Predators skinned by the Predalien are included in Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff Jr.'s book, AVPR: Inside the Monster Shop. This behavior is thought to be inherited genetically. In AVP-R's final fight, for example, the Predalien appears to wait while Wolf was removing his mask. This, however, caused a lot of debates among fans.
- Predaliens are often mistakenly referred to as hybrids, which is not accurate. As with the Runner, they are merely a result of the Xenomorph's natural ability to adopt the characteristics of their host.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Aliens vs. Predator [Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360]. Rebellion.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Shane Salerno (writer) Colin and Greg Strause (directors). Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem [DVD]. 20th Century Fox.
- ↑ AvP-R: Preparing for War: Development and Production featurette, from the Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem Region 1 Extreme Unrated Set DVD
- ↑ http://collider.com/entertainment/interviews/article.asp/aid/6361/tcid/1/pg/3 </li></ol>
- Aliens vs. Predator: Duel
- Aliens versus Predator 1
- Aliens vs. Predator 2
- Aliens vs. Predator 2: Primal Hunt
- AVP: Extinction
- Alien vs. Predator (brief cameo)
- Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem
- Aliens vs. Predator (2010 video game)