Just because out of universe, we call it Predator, I know that doesn't mean it's actual title or name in universe is Predator.

But do we ever hear anyone in any of the Predator or AVP movies refer to Predator as Predator or even the/a predator?

I don't remember ever having a scene like this while I was watching any of the Predator movies.

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    It might be referred to as a predator (lowercase) but not as a Predator (name of species)...
    – Paulie_D
    Jan 9, 2018 at 10:02
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    @Paulie_D For all we know that's all the movies ever did. They're just written with a capital P because they're movie titles. But those were likely never naming a species rather than a, well, alien predator. It just evolved into the denotion of a specific thing, because that's what viewers like to make of it. Pretty much the same how the inappropriately specific use of the word xenomorph came around.
    – TARS
    Jan 9, 2018 at 10:21
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    @TARS the script of Predator 2 refers to it as "the Predator" (proper noun).
    – Moogle
    Jan 9, 2018 at 11:42
  • I could have sworn the original movie had Arnold's character (after besting the Predator) asking "What the hell are you?" and the response being a near-unintelligible "I am Predator", but the official script disagrees with my memory and I can't really understand what the alien is saying when I re-watch it, even while following along with the script. The script says that the Predator simply repeats Arnold's question, improving its pronunciation with each word, but that's not even close to what I see in the movie. Jan 9, 2018 at 21:06
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    In other media, the creatures are referred to as Yautja and (I think) Hish. Not sure if these names are canon.
    – Deepak
    Jan 10, 2018 at 6:52

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The only time it's said in any of the films is in Predators (2010) Isabelle says:

It’s because we are predators, Royce. Just like them.

Here's it's not used as a proper noun.

There's no in-universe use of it as a proper noun.

In the script for Predator 2 (1990) it is referred to as the Predator.

his vision STEPS IN, downward, through the canyons of steel, the distorted WHINE of a SIREN, growing louder as the Predator's vision ZOOMS IN to the streets below, coming to rest on a bizarre scene

However it is never referred to as such by any characters.

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    I was going to say this answer is moot given that it's not naming them Predator, but looks like the question allows both, nice job!
    – Edlothiad
    Jan 9, 2018 at 10:10

From the new movie "The Predator":

Merc Soldier: Why do you call it the Predator?

Traeger: It's a nickname, the data suggests that it tracks its prey, exploits weakness. Seems to enjoy it, like a game.

Merc Soldier: That's not a predator, that's a sports hunter. A predator kills its prey to survive, what you're describing is more like a bass fisherman.

Traeger: Well we took a vote, Predator is cooler. Right? Fuck yeah.

Source: IMDB - "The Predator" (2018) Quotes

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    I want to downvote the movie, but it's not letting me...
    – Dacio
    Dec 3, 2018 at 19:58
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    I hope they call the next movie THE BASS FISHERMAN Dec 3, 2018 at 21:33

Yes. In Predator 2, Gary Busey, when explaining to Danny Glover that it’s an alien, calls it a predator.

KEYES: It's taken us over two weeks to learn his patterns. He comes here every two days to feed. Seems he has a taste for beef.

HARRIGAN: I didn't think he was vegetarian.

KEYES: Well, we've prepared a little trap for this predator.

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    Hi, welcome to SF&F! Can you find an exact quote from a script or a clip on Youtube? I don't remember that, and nobody else has noticed it.
    – DavidW
    Aug 12, 2022 at 23:06
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    @DavidW - It's at 01:07:59 in the subtitles
    – Valorum
    Aug 13, 2022 at 5:53
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