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"I lost a lot of friends to one of those things. I wonder sometimes why I didn't die with them. And that's when I think that I was spared for a reason. To end those bastards. Every goddamn one of 'em."
Enoch Nakai to Mandy Graves (from Predator: Hunters)

Enoch Nakai was a former Corporal in the United States Army, under the direct command of Colonel Trench and Major Amblin, until he was honorably discharged after a close encounter with a Predator in New Mexico.

Nakai is later recruited by Jaya Soames to join a Special Ops team dedicated to hunting down Predators.

Biography[]

Early life[]

Nakai had a complicated upbringing. Though his early years seemed to be relatively normal, his mother and father later tried for a second son and unfortunately, his mother died maternally, with his brother being stillborn. Traumatized by the death, his father blamed Enoch for his wife's demise and "left me for an orphan", as he describes. His abandonment had greatly affected Nakai, and he would later be taken in and raised by his very traditional grandfather, who did not take kindly to Nakai's rebellious nature and attempts at cultural integration.

Encounter with the Adilgashii[]

Stationed at the Cole Army Base in Cibola County, New Mexico, Nakai was struggling to get approval for his three-day pass to spend time with his girlfriend Alda, which was constantly being delayed. He decides to put his frustration at bay by drinking sneaked Bourbon with his friend Dietl.

The next day, the two went out on an anti-aircraft patrol, with Dietl hungover but Nakai still functional. After Nakai picked up a peculiar scent, an unknown entity suddenly ambushes them and kills Dietl with an energy blast. Enoch rushes back to base, which had just recently discovered a crashed alien spacecraft, believing to have witnessed an "Adilgashii", (Witch). Nakai explained his experience to his superiors who advise him to keep what he saw to himself

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Enoch being teased by other troops.

Back at base, Nakai was mourning Dietl's death in a barrack whilst two other soldiers began teasing him, resulting in a fight. The fight is broken up by the Sergeant who escorts Nakai to a storage room where Colonel Trench is waiting for him. Trench and the Sergeant inform Nakai that his claim has been validated; the ship army discovered was confirmed to be a combat vessel and that Enoch more than likely had a run in with its pilot. Enoch is granted his three-day leave, despite protesting.

Pass from the military[]

Far from the base the next day, Nakai is seen drunk in a saloon with his girlfriend. Alda decides to take him home after Enoch had clearly drank too much, to which he begins having odd dreams of his childhood.

Things did not get much better after he woke up from his nightmare, as his reluctance to tell anything to Alda resulted in an argument. This was suddenly broken up by a newsflash detailing that Cole Army Base had been destroyed by a nuclear explosion, much to Enoch's horror.

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Nakai's close encounter with the Adilgashii.

Enoch attempted to take Alda's car back to base so he could help out with the investigation, but he was denied access. Enoch calls Alda, telling her he's going to return back home, to which Alda informs him that a sheriff and his deputy were murdered, and that the herder's son told the news that they were killed by "blue fire". Nakai, realizing that this was the work of the same creature that killed Dietl. Nakai frantically urged Alda to leave town and told her he will sneak into "what's left" of Cole Base.

As night falls, Enoch travels through the prairies of New Mexico to Cole. He later finds a faint fire in the horizon with a figure sitting by it. He slowly approaches it, unseen, only to discover that the alien Predator is revealed to be the figure. Nakai manages to hide before it notices him. As the Predator becomes suspicious, it is suddenly attacked by a mountain Lion, giving Nakai enough time to flee to a nearby military camp, informing the camps Colonel Trench of the Predator's whereabouts.

In the town of Agate, New Mexico, the Predator claims it's latest trophy before it is intercepted by Enoch in a military jeep with a rocket launcher. A small firefight ensues as the hunter manages to escape, with Major Amblin being ordered by Colonel Trench to pursue it. Enoch is ordered to stay at Agate as part of the occupying force.

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Nakai meets Dan.

During his patrol, he meets with fellow American-Indian Dan Tilden, who was Zuni. After Nakai daydreams about his past life with his grandfather, Dan wonders why the Predator didn't use its "ray gun" after the ambush. Enoch suddenly realizes that the Predator may have a special camp where he is storing his equipment and rushes to inform colonel Trench. Trench is despondent to Nakai's claims to call off the search party looking for the hunter and instead says he'll order major Amblin to send out a scout for a camp.

The final battle[]

Frustrated with his rejection, Nakai decides to steal a jeep and ride off and look for Amblin's squad. Nakai manages to find Amblin and his men just before the Predator ambushes and slaughters them all, including Amblin. Nakai manages to escape into the bushes without being seen, slipping from the Adilgashii's grasp once again.

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Enoch and the Adilgashii.

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Enoch with his M60.

The next day, Nakai is seen traversing a massive volcanic formation in El Malpais, ready to get back at the Predator armed with an M60. After a tiring and dangerous journey, Nakai reached a small jungle surrounded by igneous rock. He checks his binoculars and is able to discover his prey, resting at a small makeshift camp. Nakai rushes through the jungle towards the Predator's position but is suddenly intercepted by a booby-trap and has his right arm impaled and seriously wounded. Enoch's Adilgashii hears the noise and attacks. Enoch manages to briefly fend off the attacker with his M60 before it intercepts him and destroys the weapon. Enoch flees with the Adilgashii in hot pursuit in the trees before a branch snaps and the hunter falls to the ground, allowing Nakai to escape. He deduces that the hunter did not chase after him because he was recuperating from previous injuries and hadn't fully recovered.

Enoch returns to the igneous rock and back to a deep crater that he almost previously fell in. He figures that he may be able to lure the Predator into falling into the sixty foot hole, killing it once and for all. Nakai decides to set the forest on fire to draw it out to his position. His plan was a success and the Predator comes rushing out of the trees, unloading it's Plasmacaster into Nakai's direction. The hunter takes the bait and follows Nakai up to the formation where he suddenly falls into the trap hole. Nakai cautiously grabs his pistol and walks over to the hole to which the Predator lunges out from the hole and grabs Nakai, overpowering him. As Nakai's Adilgashii prepares to go in for the kill, gunshots from a distance distracts the Predator (the forest fire ignited the shells from Nakai's M60), giving Nakai enough time to grab his handgun.

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Enoch with the Predator's head.

Meanwhile, Colonel Trench and his men find a headless body of a soldier stranded in the prairies. As a soldier asks Trench who could have done this, Trench replies with "only a savage can answer that question for you, soldier". Nakai suddenly emerges, brandishing his Adilhashii's severed head, and responds with "Only a savage can answer that? Then go ahead and ask him."

Discharge[]

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Enoch being discharged by Trench.

Back at base, although Trench is thankful towards Enoch, he cannot ignore the amount of times he disobeyed orders and arranges an honorable discharge for him. He is later told by the government to keep everything he has experienced confidential.

From then on, Enoch managed to a find an occupation in a gas station. His relationship with Alda is also becoming strained due to his reluctance to talk to her. After a heated conversation at a diner, Enoch finally confesses his frustration towards being discharged and unable to tell anyone about his experience. He wonders how much the government could be keeping from him as a suspicious-looking man eavesdrops on the conversation.

One night, Enoch's grandfather, noticing his growing anxiety, decides to comfort him and shares a story of when Enoch's great-grandfather also witnessed a Predator attack 75 years earlier. Nakai suggests that it could have been the same Predator that attacked him at Cole, and that the government had to cover up the event just as they did now. The next day at the station, Nakai was later approached by the mysterious man calling himself John Smith (who could possibly be Peter J. Keyes). When Enoch found out that the feds were mostly interested in the monsters' gear, he declined their offer to join the hunt.

Returning to the hunt[]

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Nakai joins the Hunters.

Several years later, Enoch found work at a faraway gas station. He was soon approached by a group of individuals, Jaya Soames, Tyler Swain and Raphael Herrera, who want to recruit him to their secret team dedicated to hunting Yautja themselves. Nakai recalls his encounter with the Adilgashii, and though he is hesitant, and particularly irritated by Swain's goading, Nakai begrudgingly accepts Jaya's offer to join them and hitches a ride in their car.

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Nakai is shown the weapons room by Jaya.

Nakai is bought to a private ship disguised as a scientific research vessel, approaching the remote island of Kehua, next to the inhabited Amelia Islands. There he meets Mandy Graves, survivor of the Bad Blood Predator that went on a massacre in New Jersey. They are all briefed on the mission by Jaya, who claims a castaway had managed to retrieve a dreadlock from the creature. The islands were settled by wealthy but eccentric New Zealander businessman Malcom Bunting who's descendant Dr Henry Bunting is the current steward. The group will covertly investigate the area for any presence of a Predator. Though Enoch is sceptical about with the operation, Jaya shows him a special weapon wall full of Yautja weaponry and equipment. She explains to Nakai that the equipment has been analysed in hopes of developing "countermeasures" against the hunters, specifically special goggles that see them in active camo.

Upon arrival of island Amelia, Jaya, Nakai, Raphael and Swain are all greeted by the inhabitants, with Henry Bunting personally welcoming them.

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Enoch's encounter with a tiger.

The group gear-up and head to Kehua by speedboat. Upon arrival, they begin their mission and explore the jungle, with Nakai scaring himself by encountering a tiger. The group are suddenly ambushed by the Predator, with it spearing one of the soldiers through the chest and slicing another with it's blade. The team open-fire as it retreats and manage to gravely injure it. As it continues to try to run away, Raphael finishes it by shooting it in the head. Raphael goes on to identify that this Predator was unlike previous ones, as it was primitive and used no technology.

The group then find the hunter's malnourished prisoner. They free him and Enoch helps him up, and Raphael assures the prisoner that they killed its captor. The prisoner responds with "It? what do you mean it? There are three more of them!" They are subsequently ambushed by the three remaining Predators. The group are sent into a retreat, and Herrera is taken. Mandy stays behind and challenges one of the Predators to a duel, but Enoch interrupts by throwing a grenade at the creature before dragging Mandy back to the speedboats.

After the group retreat from the island back to the ship, Mandy is furious that Swain had abandoned Herrera and attacks him, with Swain responding with a barrage of insults. After the fight is broken up, Enoch comforts Mandy who is sulking in the interior of the ship, she tells Nakai that she wishes to die, wanting to join her team that was previously slaughtered at the hands of the Bad Blood. Nakai tells her that he sometimes wonders why he didn't die with his squad too, but he believes that he was sparred for a reason; to kill every last hunter he finds.

Suddenly, Henry Bunting and his men surround the group on canoes and board the ship and seize them. Jaya, Nakai, Swain and Graves are taken prisoner back to Kehua as Bunting informs them that he's planned a ceremony for them; a hunt for unwanted outsiders that he and his people have practiced every since the Exiles were stranded on the island. Once landing on the sands of Kehua, the islanders give the group a machete each and a few minutes to run off into the jungle. Some time during the hunt, Nakai is being chased by the two exiles and is eventually driven to a cliff-edge. As Nakai prepares for a last stand, Swain suddenly emerges, overcoming his fears and spears an exile through the stomach, sending the Predator falling down the cliff. Jaya soon arrives as backup and guns down the second exile. Nakai and Swain get onto the helicopter and are saved. Jaya subsequently asks Nakai how he feels, with Nakai responding with "alive".

Hunt in Afghanistan[]

Enoch returns with the rest of the squadron to Jaya's private island, where many of the members of the Hunters decidedly leave the group, citing the Bunting Islands mission as too great a loss to continue service. Jaya subsequently pulls up a recording of the slaughtering of a group of Jihadis and assert that the group travel to Eastern Afghanistan for assessment. After arriving at Jalalabad, they meet with guide Malook who drives them to the foothills of the Hindu Kush, explaining that emerging Jihadi activity in the area has been recently quelled by an unknown source, with the locals citing it as a Djinn protecting them. The group are later approached by Atal, a young amputee who volunteers to help the group find the 'Djinn'.

Eventually, the group reach the Predator's lair, an old Taliban cave. Atal is sent home for his own safety as the group continue onwards. Inside, they find the Predator's ship and a mass of junk taken from previous skirmishes. Tyler subsequently discovers a cap of one of his fallen comrades, realizing that this was the same Predator that murdered his men as he hid. The group set charges to the cave, but before they are able to detonate, they are ambushed by the Djinn who bring the group into a brutal firefight with its Plasmacaster. Eventually, Swain manages to lure the Predator into a melee within a minefield, obliterating the both of them. A burial is held for Swain and the group return to Jaya's island. The group are thrilled to reunite Raphael Herrera, an old crewmember from the Amelia islands incident thought to be long deceased. Raphael was revealed to be alive after a clean-up crew of US operatives began investigating the area and had found him underneath rubble.

Meeting John Schaefer in Belize[]

Nakai expresses suspicion as to how Herrera had returned, claiming that he may have exchanged info with the US operatives about them for his freedom. Jaya addresses this suspicion to Herrera directly, though he himself does not understand why he was let go.

Jaya and her team arrive in Belize and reside themselves at a local bar. There, they meet up with fellow survivor of Predator encounters John Schaefer, brother to Alan "Dutch" Schaefer. The group also encounter a fellow group of Predator Hunters, led by Russian commando Valentina Ligachev. Schaefer eventually concludes that he believes that a group of Predators are conducting hunts underneath the limestone caverns of Belize.

Personality and Traits[]

Having a Native American ethnicity of Navajo descent, Nakai was constantly surrounded by racist and derogatory remarks made by his peers. This was something Nakai had to put up with from his childhood all the way to life in the military, and it frustrated him greatly. As such, when provoked or drunk he was prone to picking fights. He also harboured a rebellious side to him, happily disobeying orders if he felt it was necessary, as well as being a bit of a drinker.

Several years later, Enoch had become more solemn, being more prone to sarcastic quips and witty comebacks, though he was still just as easily angered by racist comments as before.

Trivia[]

  • Nakai is one of only two Predator comic characters to appear as a lead in more than one Predator story, the other being John Schaefer from the original Predator mini-series.
    • He additionally holds the mantle of most appearances in Predator stories. Appearing in five.
  • Nakai is the first protagonist within the Predator franchise to be of Native American ethnicity. This was later followed by the Comanche healer Naru from the 2022 film, Prey.

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