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PREDATOR VS. SMILODON POPULATOR


PREDATOR (1987)
Weapon Allowed:
For Predator - None


Predators are excellent hunters, who travel from world to world in search of any prey which is a formidable opponent, for no reason other than the challenge and thrill of the hunt.

In regards to height, the Predator is portrayed by Kevin Peter Hall, a 7 ft. 2 in. actor, plus the alien has a 'tall' forehead, so they could potentially be as tall as 7 ft. 6 in.

Since they have athletic, musclar bodies and at that height, a weight of 300 to 400 pounds would be a fairly close guess. Wiki has them listed at 330 pounds, but that would mean they would weigh 50 pounds less than the super thin xenomorphs, so I would favor closer to 350 to 370 pounds.

Their physical strength is obviously more powerful than the typical human considering the alien easily lifted the 200 plus pound Dutch with one hand.




SMILODON POPULATOR

Smilodon populator belongs to the saber-toothed cat species. It was much larger than its cousins, possessing a massive chest and front legs, and is the largest known variety of saber-toothed cat, standing at 120 cm (47 in) at the shoulder and 210 cm (83 in) long .

The weight range has been estimated at somewhere between 220 (485 lb) to 400 kg (880 lb). It had sabers which could be 28 centimeters long (11 in) and were used for making the cat's prey bleed to death while being held down by powerful forelimbs. These large canines were flat and wide with serrated edges.




PREDATOR vs. SMILODON POPULATOR: And the victor is . . .

Predator: 193 votes
Smilodon Populator: 118 votes





ARACHNID WARRIOR VS. STEGOSAURUS


ARACHNID WARRIOR
(Starship Troopers 1997)


In the film, Arachnid Warrior bugs are four-legged bugs approximately two to three meters long. Agile and fast, these Bugs utilize a powerful pincer-like mandible that is capable of crushing rock, metal and severing limbs as a means of attack.

The two upper forelegs or "side mandibles" are utilized in the manner of swords for attack as well as defense. In the movie they can lose a limb and still fight at 86% efficiency.

STEGOSAURUS

The stegosaurus was a large bodied dinosaur with a heavy arching back and a tail that was extremely tough and always held high in an upward position.

The stegosaurus measured around 30 ft in length, the overall structure and body shape indicated that the stegosaurus wasn’t a fast moving dinosaur and was most likely a slow wanderer. However, it's spiked tail could delivers blows that could seriously injure even kill predators as large as the T-Rex.

ARACHNID WARRIOR vs. STEGOSAURUS: And the victor is . . .

Arachnid Warrior: 172 votes
Stegosaurus: 126 votes





WAMPA VS. HYAENODON GIGAS


WAMPA (Star Wars V 1980)


Covered with white fur and standing at heights of up to three meters (10ft.), Wampas were lethal predatory beasts. They possessed long, powerful arms, razor-sharp claws capable of carving layers out of ice, and a fanged maw. Older wampas possessed horns, which grew larger with age.

Aided by an acute sense of smell and a coat of thick fur, they preyed on near-helpless animals. Wampas were classified officially as reptomammals, creatures combining the best defensive characteristics of reptiles with the more adaptable physiologies of mammals.

HYAENODON GIGAS

Unlike its modern day relatives, Hyaenodon gigas was the dominant predator of its day. As big as a small rhino, it was the largest of its kind standing around 1.4m (4.5 ft.) at the shoulder.

Hyaenodon was fast, agile and had bone crunching-teeth making it a lethal hunter capable of eating every part of its prey. It was most likely a nocturnal hunter that attacked the young or weak and may have gathered in packs to take down larger prey such as the giant pigs Dinohyus and Entelodon.

WAMPA vs. HYAENODON GIGAS: And the victor is . . .

Wampa: 145
Hyaenodon Gigas: 156



The Victorious Movie Aliens

And there you have it, as you can see, our site visitors harbored little confidence in our beloved prehistoric beasts. Earth's ancient creatures won only two of the seven match ups. Doomsday meteors, famine, superior alien opponents . . . dinosaurs just keep coming up on the short end no matter which way they turn.




References: anchorpointessays.com,
dinosaur-facts.com, Wikia-1, Wikia-2,
Wikipedia-1, Wikipedia-2, Wikipedia-3,
Wikipedia-4, avp.wikia.com, wisegeek.com







SFMZ's Movie Aliens vs. Pre-historic Real Beasts
By SFMZ Webmaster



In 2009, TotalFilm.com featured the article "Movie Aliens vs. Real Animals," which is more of a humorous match-up and they even mix in some silliness with odd pairings for an amusing article. Which is great for that avenue, but I wanted to see something a little more on the serious side, match-ups that were a bit more bad ass.

So I decided to compile a part two of their article and focused instead on match-ups that lean more towards the wicked factor. The physical stats of some of the alien creatures had to be approximated from what is detected in the film, however there are sites that provide data on some of the movie aliens and I provided their references below. Also, I strayed a bit from the original theme by matching up the movie aliens with pre-historic animals instead of modern animals.

These are hand-to-hand combats (or claw-to-claw, fang-to-fang, etc.), so no weapons allowed in our scenarios unless otherwise specified. Of course there are so many unknown factors such as some creatures may simply tuck tail and run. But for the purpose of indulging these scenarios, let's assume each alien and animal is hell bent on killing their opponent.

In the TotalFilm.com match-up, they provide the comical results of their match-ups, but I decided to let our visitors weigh the match-ups and vote what they think the results would be. The poll ran for three months (2009) and the final results are posted.





XENOMORPH VS. UTAHRAPTOR

By default, no pre-historic beast can 'win' a battle with the Alien creatures simply because they too would die from the acid spewed when they bite into them. So just like stripping the self-destruct bomb from the Predator in the match-up on your left, I look at the Xenomorph and Alien Queen match-ups without the acid factor so I can at least imagine a battle scenario that would last more than a few seconds without acid eating away dinosaur flesh. That's your call whether you want to figure it in when you vote.


XENOMORPH (Alien Saga)

A seven foot plus, rail-thin graphic designer Bolaji Badejo portrays the Alien creature in the 1979 film. With their skeletal slender bodies, the Xenomorph probably did not weigh as much as a Predator. According to Lord Wiki, the Xenomorph can weigh up to 380 pounds (176kg).

In most of the films, adult aliens have the ability of running and crawling along ceilings and walls. They have great physical strength, having been shown to be capable of breaking through welded steel doors, and matching Predators in single combat.

The sharp tip tail was initially a small, scorpion-like barb, but from Aliens onwards, the blade design increased in size and changed in appearance to more closely resemble a slashing weapon. As a weapon, the strength of the tail is quite powerful, having been shown to be strong enough to impale and lift a Predator with seemingly little effort. And of course their most famous weapon is the projectile fangs.


UTAHRAPTOR

The Utahraptor was the largest of a group of lightly-built carnivores, called the dromaeosaurs ('swift lizards'). Utahraptor, at a weight of up to 2,000 pounds and a height up to 6.5 feet, had large eyes, long grasping hands and powerfully clawed feet. Clearly it was carnivorous, but was distinctive in relying on a wickedly hooked, slashing claw on each foot rather than the jaws and teeth of a typical predator.

Its toe joints were specially enlarged so that its massive claw could be raised upward and backward to avoid damage while running. But when used in attack, its claw flexed forward as the animal kicked out. Swinging in a wide arc, its huge 8 inch (20 cm) slashing claw would produce terrible wounds enabling a Utahraptor to cripple and kill animals much larger than itself.



XENOMORPH vs. UTAHRAPTOR:
And the victor is . . .


Xenomorph: 258 votes
Utahraptor: 141 votes






ALIEN QUEEN VS. TYRANNOSAURUS REX


ALIEN QUEEN (AVP 2004)

The Alien Queen I am pitting against T-Rex is not the creature in Aliens 1986. The Queen I am using in the match-up is the AVP Queen.

The AVP version of the Alien Queen appeared to be larger. So large that she towered over a utility shed which she crashed into it's roof during battle. This behemoth threw the Predator around like a rag doll.

The Queen in Aliens 1986 is approximately four and one half meters tall (15 ft.), so the AVP queen probably stood around 20 feet.

I don't know what the Queen's body weight is, but when she's stepping or running, the audible sound of her feet hitting the ground indicates she has massive weight. While I would imagine she is not nearly as heavy as a T-Rex, I estimate a range of 2-3 tons. The Queen possesses an extremely powerful tail and just like the Xenomorph mentioned above, she too has the projectile fangs.


TYRANNOSAURUS REX

At over 20 ft tall, 40 ft long and weighing up to 8 tons, the Tyrannosaurus was longer than the width of a tennis court, heavier than an african bull elephant and tall enough to look into an upstairs window. It’s massive legs bore its weight on three large, bird like clawed toes, whilst its arms which despite being extremely short were strong and powerful with 2 clawed digits. Rex had one the strongest bite forces of any dinosaur that ever existed. The pressure exerted in a single bite was equivalent to around 4 tonnes per square inch.



ALIEN QUEEN vs. TYRANNOSAURUS REX:
And the victor is . . .


Alien Queen: 223 votes
Tyrannosaurus Rex: 169 votes






RANCOR VS. TRICERATOPS


RANCOR (Star Wars VI 1983)


Rancors were large carnivorous reptomammals originating from the planet of Dathomir. They were usually born brown, but in special circumstances, such as the mutant rancor and the Bull rancor, their color may have differed. Rancors walked on two relatively stubby legs, with longer forelimbs utilized for catching prey, though they also walked on all fours at times. A rancor's flat face was dominated by a large mouth full of razor sharp teeth.

The skin of a rancor was tough enough to deflect blaster bolts, and its bones are strong enough to resist the blade of a lightsaber, making it an efficient killing machine. The height of an average adult is 5 meters (16 ft.).

TRICERATOPS

Individual Triceratops are estimated to have reached about 7.9 to 9.0 m (26.0–29.5 ft) in length, 2.9 to 3.0 m (9.5–9.8 ft) in height, and 6.1–12.0 tonnes (13,000-26,000 lb) in weight. The most distinctive feature is their large skull, among the largest of all land animals. It could grow to be over 2 m (7 ft) in length, and could reach almost a third of the length of the entire animal. It bore a single horn on the snout, above the nostrils, and a pair of horns approximately 1 m (3 ft) long, with one above each eye. To the rear of the skull was a relatively short, bony frill.

The massive horns of the Triceratops allowed it to stand its ground and defend itself against formidable opponents as big as a T-Rex. Just like the T-Rex, the Rancor's soft under-belly is at the ideal height for a Triceratops to gore it with a fatal blow . . . that is if it could get past the Rancor's claws and powerful jaws.



RANCOR vs. TRICERATOPS:
And the victor is . . .


Rancor: 189 votes
Triceratops: 154 votes






'CARROT' ALIEN VS. GIGANTOPITHECUS


'CARROT' ALIEN (The Thing 1951)


The alien in the 1951 The Thing got the nickname 'Carrot' alien when one of the characters mentioned it had the shape of a giant carrot. It's stated in the film that the alien is a blood sucking vegetable, but it appeared to have more of a Frankenstein appearance. Not much is known about the alien other than what is seen in the film. It obviously had super-human strength since it threw men across the room and it towered over them giving it the range of around seven feet tall.

Though it was not really explored in the 1951 film, the creature had shape shifting abilities in the original story 'Who Goes There?' by John W. Campbell. It was also implied by dialog in the film that it had telepathic abilities. These skills and it's superior intelligence would certainly equalize its chances against the massive size advantage of the Gigantopithecus. And check out the talons on his hands.


GIGANTOPITHECUS

Gigantopithecus (meaning "gigantic ape") was a huge ape, the largest primate that ever lived, with a height of 9 to 10 ft (3 m) and weighing up to 1,200 lbs (640 kg). Its fossils have been dated to between one million and about 300,000 years ago. The Silverback Mountain Gorilla has the strength of 5 to 10 men (in theory), so it is believed that Gigantopithecus was much more powerful due to its mass weight and height.

While it may seem the Gigantopithecus has a significant size and strength advantage over The Thing, scientists speculate that the ape was hunted by humans - possibly even causing their extinction though climate change cannot be ruled out.



THE THING (1951) vs. GIGANTOPITHECUS:
And the victor is . . .


The Thing: 59 votes
Gigantopithecus: 127 votes








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