Films: Predator (1987), Predator 2 (1990), Alien Vs. Predator (2004), Alien Vs. Predator: Requiem (2007), Predators (2010), The Predator (2018)
Alias: Various, most notably Scar, Wolf, the Tracker, the Falconer, the Berserker
Location: Jungle/Civilized area/Haunted home/Tundra
Height/Weight: That of average humans.
Summary: There are many extraterrestrial hunters out there. But only one species has taken the way of the hunt, and turned it into an art form. To fight the Yautja is to endure the fool's errand. But at the very least, this alien will admire your resolve.
History: The Yautja are an alien race that value one thing above all else: the hunt. If there's an intelligent species out there capable of bringing the hurt, they just HAVE to go kill it. To give you an idea of how intense these guys are, their preferred rite of passage is hunting freaking Xenomorphs! Sure, they screwed themselves a bit due to being unable to control those monstrosities, but it hasn't totally slowed them down. Earth in particular is a popular game reserve for them, no doubt because time and time again we've shown an equal capacity for violence. And not every Yautja is on the same level. There are those who have been deemed as outright criminals by their own species, such as the Berserker Yautja's gang, who were so bad they had to be placed on a different planet functioning as a multi-species prison and game reserve.
Notable Kills: Nothing special.
Final Fate: The Yautjas have been to Earth many times, and many times they end up dead in the end due to either someone on their level defeating them, or us getting our hands on their tech. Scar died helping a human kill a Xenomorph queen while Wolf mutually killed the Predalien hybrid.
Powers/Abilities: A properly equipped Yautja has access to cloaking technology, spears, shoulder-mounted laser cannons, twin wrist blades, and all kinds of other weapons and tech made to deceive and outwit the enemy. Even without this, their physical strength is nothing to sneeze at.
Weakness: Those of equal or greater strength, or anyone with a good weapon, really. Their cloaking tech can also be heavily damaged by too much water.
Scariness Factor: 4-No matter the target, no matter the risk, if there's a capable fighter in the room, a Yautja gonna try and take em' out. And most of the time, the alien will succeed. However, most Yautja's only attack people capable of fighting, and guys like Scar and Wolf can be outright heroic in their deeds (Xenomorph attacks just seem to bring out the best in us, don't they?). With that said, the crook Yautjas are absolute monsters, so avoid them at all costs!
Trivia: -The original suit for the Yautja had a much lankier and bestial form, but Stan Winston heavily redesigned it when the film started seeing trouble in its production. The original beast does make a cameo in "Predators" as one of the creatures killed on the game reserve.
-Much like the Xenomorph, the Yautjas have been featured in a number of comic book crossovers. One of particular note is "Archie". Let's just say that the Yauja from that comic would be dubbed a criminal several times over by his brethren...I mean, yikes, did you SEE what he did in that comic?!