The Yautja or Predators are an extraterrestrial species characterized by their hunting of other dangerous species for sport and honor, including humans. They are a sentient, extremely strong, humanoid race, that breathe an atmosphere similar to that of Earth´s, but posesses a level of technological advancement far in excess of anything available to humans. Thea are capable of interstellar travel. The Predators stalk and kill their prey using a combination of highly advanced technology, such as active, electronic camouflage, electronic masks and energy weapons, combined with traditional ancient weapons, such as blades, spears.
The species first appeared in the 1987 film Predator before going on to appear in its sequels Predator 2 (1990) and Predators (2010). Aside from their repeated conflicts with humans, the Predators have also notably been associated with the Aliens, leading to the extensive Alien vs. Predator franchise, including the films Alien vs Predator (2004) and Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007). The Predators have also featured heavily in numerous literature and video game spin-offs, including crossovers with other well-known franchises.