|"Is that damage?"|
"It looks like damage."
Machiko Noguchi (野口真千子), known as Da'dtou-di ("small knife") by the Yautja, was a Chigusa Corporation employee and the administrator in charge of the Prosperity Wells colony on Ryushi. She was the daughter of Akira and Keiko Noguchi. Machiko had only recently taken up her position on Ryushi when it was subjected to a devastating assault by a group of Yautja and the Xenomorphs they had unleashed on the planet. The incident led to the destruction of the colony and the death of several of its inhabitants.
Machiko was born in Japan to a moderately wealthy businessman and a loving mother. She spent much of her childhood alone at home and was forced to cope with loneliness. Her ability to adapt would come in handy later in her life.
On a summer day, when she was at home, she decided to draw a dragon picture for her parents. When she ventured around the house for a green crayon, she discovered that her father was home. She went to greet her father, when she realized that he was covered in blood. Upon hearing that he was fired from his job, her father (who felt dishonored) committed seppuku (ritual suicide). Seeing that his daughter was in the room, he told her with his dying breath to regain their family honor.
Machiko lived a bitter and cold childhood after that. Her mother remarried and became distant from her. They never hated each other, they just grew apart. This would only further alienate Machiko.
Regaining her honor
Later in life, and determined to abide by her father's dying words, Machiko got a job at the Chigusa Corporation. She worked her way up the corporate ladder to a respectable position. One of her first major tasks would be to take the place of Hiroki Shimura as the administrator of the ranching colony of Ryushi. Stationed in Prosperity Wells, Noguchi spends three months in her customized office performing her duties in a self-described "by-the-book" fashion, making little to no effort to make friends among the colonists, with many of them openly expressing their disdain towards her behind her back.
Thanks to Hiroki's advice, she later decides to involve herself more with the workers and also managed to talk Chigusa Corp into giving them a rise in their payment, changing some hearts. When Prosperity Wells and the colonists with whom she lived with became embroiled into the hunt of a group of Predators, who are on the planet to hunt the Xenomorphs in order to attain warriorhood, Machiko risks her life and start a plan to evacuate the settlement, effectively gaining the respect of the colonists.
After many conflicts, Noguchi gains a friendship with the Yautja leader, Dachande. This relationship leads to Dachande giving Noguchi the Predator name Da'dtou-di (meaning "small knife") and Noguchi being accepted as a human Predator. Noguchi also managed to kill a Queen Alien via decapitation and kept her head as a trophy after the hunt. When the colony was abandoned, she stays at Ryushi waiting for Dachande's people for two years, in the belief that they deserve some kind of explanation. At that point she owns Roth O'Neil's dalmatian dog, Creep, and a rhynth called Milo.
Living with the Predators
- "Sometimes I think that the hatred the bug-queen has for me is preferable to the indifference I get from my adopted companions."
- ―Machiko, regarding her experience with her fellow hunters
Because she bore the mark of Dachande, Noguchi was allowed to join a clan of Predator hunters let by the clan leader Top-Knot, bearing the nickname "Little Knife". Despite being very skilled and deadly to both Xenomorphs and Predators alike, she was often ridiculed by bigoted Predators because she was the "token" human. However, she had won the respect of the Predators enough that she got her own armor and room inside the clan's ship. During this time, a clan member known as 'Shorty' made a habit of picking fights with Noguchi, redirecting his anger of his own poor treatment of his peers at her. During her time in the clan, Machiko took with her the queen's head and a leapwave receiver, with which she listened to pieces of conversations, her only remaining link with the humans.
She eventually partook in a hunt with the clan in a Xenomorph-dominated world. After landing, Machiko and the clan fight through a Xenomorph horde and reach the hive to capture the Queen. The more experienced hunters take the front during the raid whilst Machiko is stationed as rear guard at the back, "a necessary position, but not an honorable one..." She comes into conflict with Shorty, who steals her kill and mocks her by mimicking her human tongue. However, a Xenomorph quickly pounces on Shorty, with Machiko promptly saving him, embarrassing him in front of his peers.
The hunters finally reach the Queen and attempt to subdue it, but the mission goes awry, resulting in the hunter 'Three-Spot' getting killed. To prevent any more deaths, Machiko breaks formation and intervenes, successfully controlling the situation. However, a high-ranking Yautja is furious at this sight of insubordination and brutally scolds her for disobeying orders and violating Yautja trust, positioning her at the front whilst the others handle the Queen. Once inside the ship, the Queen escapes yet again and Shorty closes the hatch, trapping Machiko. She barely manages to escape with her life, cutting off the Queen's fingers in the process and proving herself among her peers once again. However, they are unimpressed, saying nothing and turning their backs on her; despite showing them her exceptional talent and skills, the hunters still refused to accept her as one of their own.
Bunda hunting party
According to Top-Knot, the clan prepares one of the biggest hunts ever in a planet known as Bunda for the humans. She makes a mistake by disrespectfully touching the USCM bandanna Light-Stepper uses as a bandage, and loses her place in the hunt after an unfair fight with Shorty, confined to the ship. After hearing through the leapwave transmitter that the Yautja are attacking humans, she decides that her place is with her people and betrays the clan, joining forces with the Nemesis survivors Brian Ellis, Catherine Lara and Martin Jess. They escapes Bunda in a Yautja shuttle.
Not long after, Noguchi begins to feel as if she doesn't belong with the hunters, and when the hunters embark on a human killing mission, Noguchi finally decides between a Predator or Human self-identity. She abandoned the Predators and settled down in a quiet spot on Bellatrix 2, off of Orion's left shoulder. After returning to her life of boredom and work, Noguchi began to crave the freedom of the hunt. When Noguchi later received an offer from a wealthy man named Livermore Evanston, to return to her hunting life by attending his private hunting planet, she was compelled to accept. At this point in her life, she ran her own business as a safari guide to take people hunting, with three assistants.
Hunting the killers
When a group of Killer predators attacked a mining colony, the United States Colonial Marine Corps sought out Machiko's help. When she spoke to them, she initially refused even to talk about whatever it was they wanted, but she was shown a video of the Predator attack on the mining colony, and her interest was piqued. She expressed the danger that the Killers represented to all life, and agreed to help. She then traveled with the marines to make contact with her Predator hunting party. After killing one of them in hand to hand combat they began negotiations. Throughout the conflict, Machiko is torn between her human identity and remaining with the Predators, but is successful in destroying the Killer headquarters. During the final moments of the mission, a lone predator removes Broken Tusk's mark with an acid-dipped sword prior to Machiko's extraction by Brian Ellis, whom she had begun a romantic relationship with.
Personality & Traits
- "That's the first thing I learned about hunter culture - you're only as good as your last fight. And that goes for every member of the clan."
- ―Machiko (from Aliens vs. Predator: War)
Noguchi lacks many social skills, as she is a loner and feels as an outsider wherever she goes.
Her best friend and first love interest was Hiroki Shimura. Her current love interest is Brian Ellis.
In AVP: Prey, Noguchi used a 12.5mm Smith revolver as her primary weapon. In AVP: War, Noguchi uses Predator weapons and armor, such as a Plasma Caster and Wrist Blades, as her primary weapons, in addition to other weapons. She also uses a customized Bio Mask and Predator Armor made for her by the Predators once she was accepted into their clans.
- Machiko was the first known human marked by the Predators in the continuity, but the second chronologically, the first being Lex Woods in the early 21st Century.
- In Peter Briggs' unproduced Alien vs. Predator script, titled The Hunt: Alien vs. Predator, the lead character was named Hiroko Noguchi, a virtual amalgam of Machiko Noguchi and Hiroki Shimura from the comic book.
- Aliens vs. Predator/novel
- Aliens vs. Predator: Duel (mentioned only)
- Aliens vs. Predator: War/novel
- Aliens vs. Predator: Three World War