An apex predator is a creature you pretty much don’t want to meet. They sit at the top of the food chain, ready to either eat or battle – or battle and then eat – any and all challengers to their lofty, deadly position. Thanks to our big ol’ brains, when not actively under siege by some Godzilla-like character, humans are the apex predators in pretty much every corner of the globe. But we’re just going to pretend that whole “we harnessed fire and tools and have assault rifles” thing is not a factor, if that’s OK with you. In their respective corners of the natural world, these five animals are the ultimate apex badasses — er, predators.