Peter Keyes: How many times do I have to tell you? You don't know what you're dealing with... Ten years ago one of his kind stalked and eliminated an elite special forces crew in central America... That's right lieutenant. Other-world life-forms. Predator 2. 20th Century Fox. 1990. DVD.
Welcome to the Yautja Encyclopedia, an in-depth enclyclopedic "Essential Guide" or "Handbook" to the AvP Multiverse.
Predators. Yautja. Hish-Qu-Ten. No matter their name, they are infamous for one thing: Being hunters.
Stan Winston designed the Yautja after the first creature made for Predator proved "unsatisfactory". Winston credits James Cameron for coming up with the Yautja's distinctive mandibles.
They are featured in comics, novels, and video game spin-offs, including crossovers with other franchises, such as Aliens, Terminator, Batman, Superman, Mortal Kombat and Judge Dredd.
The species is never given a name on film. It is simply being referred to as the Predator both on-screen and in the films' credits.
The Yautja do not call themselves "predators." Yautja, when translated, is both the singular and plural form of the word "hunter/hunters".
On film, Anna Gonsalves refers to the creature by a specific name:
"When I was little, we found a man. He looked like like, butchered. The old women in the village crossed themselves... and whispered crazy things, strange things. 'El Diablo cazador de hombres.' Only in the hottest years this happens. And this year, it grows hot. We begin finding our men. We found them sometimes without their skins... and sometimes much, much worse. 'El que hace trofeos de los hombres' means the demon who makes trophies of men." Predator. 20th Century Fox, 1987. DVD.
The name Yautja first appeared in AvP: Prey, a novelization of the original Aliens vs. Predator comic.
In Predator: Forever Midnight they are portrayed as the Hish-qu-Ten (abbreviated as Hish), but their connection to past versions has yet to be displayed.
About This Site
This site describes the expanded AvP Universe in a primarily in-universe style, and thus written, whenever possible, as if the AVP Universe is fact, not fiction - similar to the Aliens: Colonial Marines Technical Manual, Star Wars Essential Guides, the Marvel Universe Handbooks, and DC's Who's Who series. Entries about real-life content are included only as far as it relates to the events within the AvP universe.
This site consists of entries covering characters, events, locations, vehicles, weapons, equipment and more from the AvP universe - from the films and their novelisations, video games, and comics. Except on the History section, each section or entry should have a reference table, indicating which movie, novel, comic or video game the entry is referenced. The Titles section a reference list, broken down by the different titles.
As a rule of thumb, it does include information from ALL sources even if it does contradict information from other sources as these contradictions occur within all sources, even within the cinematic universe. In absense of fact, some conjecture is used.
In some cases, the release date of the movie is when the movie actually occurs. If any references contradict a film, then the film takes precedence. Unless specifically stated in the original source material, ages of characters are based on the actors age.
If possible, contradictions will be notated. For example:
- The Weyland entry includes a note detailing the conflict with Charles Weyland and Peter Weyland.
- Alternate versions of Alien3 and the Earth War featured in the 1988 Aliens comics. In the orignal release, Newts and Hicks lived. But with the release of Alien3, the characters were "recast" as Billie and Wilks, and making Ripley an android.
- The Alien3 Theatrical shows the Xenomorph born from a dog, but the Alien3 Assembly Cut shows it being born out of an ox.
- There are two missions of the USS Sephora to the USS Sulaco. In Aliens: Infestation, the events occur 6 weeks after the events in Aliens, and ends with the USS Sulaco being damaged in an explosion as the USS Sephora retreats. In Aliens: Colonial Marines (official "canon"), this story takes place 17 weeks after the movie Aliens but both the USS Sulaco and the USS Sephora are destroyed early during the story campaign.
- The 1994 AvP Capcom Arcade game follows an alternate timeline diverging from the events of Dutch's encounter with Jungle Hunter in 1987, and Peter Keyes' statement of Dutch in 1997.
The Weyland Timeline from the Weyland Industries page was developed at a time when the film was set in 2083 (as per Damon Lindelofs Paradise script), rather than 2093, so some of the dates particularly the later ones have been shifted forward a decade to conform with the film. Most have been left as-is.
These fonts are based on the ones used in the movies.
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- Font: Colonial Marines
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- Font: Prometheus