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Warning: here be heavy spoilerage

Nostromo Crew

Arthur Koblenz Dallas

 Standard procedure is to do what the hell they tell you to do!

Portrayed by Tom Skerritt

Dallas was the leader of the three to investigate the Space Jockey. Nominally laid-back and nonchalant, but easily capable of making the hard decisions once the shit hits the fan. Has access to the ship's computer, Mother. Often cared for Ripley, and he took it to the extreme when he volunteered to be the one to flush out the Alien in the Nostromo's ventilation system.

In Aliens, part of his first or middle name says "Lenz."

  • And I Must Scream: In the Directors Cut, Ripley finds him and Brett after they'd encountered the Alien. He and Brett are cocooned to the wall, completely immobile and being forcibly mutated into alien eggs. Barely able to even speak, much less scream or actually move, he begs Ripley to kill him and Brett (who is even further along, with all that remains being part of his head). Ripley obliges.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Tom Skerritt had the first name on the cast list (though he does lead the Jockey investigation), but Ripley's the main protagonist.
  • Didn't Think This Through: The events of the movie could have been largely avoided if he had just listened to Ripley.
  • Fate Worse Than Death: In the extended cut.
  • The Hero: Dallas seems to be this, and acts as though this gives him Plot Armor. It doesn't.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Dallas didn’t know he would be killed in the vents, but the reason he was in there was because he was trying to prevent Ripley from going in.
  • Idiot Ball: The guy opts to go crawling about in dark, terrifying shafts in order to search for a creature they know absolutely nothing about and which killed one of his crew being born and didn't exactly have a hard time killing another once it reached adulthood. And he does this by himself. He mainly does it because Ripley volunteered and he insisted to be the bait for the airlock trap.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold
  • Just Following Orders: Accepts the order to investigate the ship, mainly because he won’t get payed otherwise.
  • Team Dad

Ellen L. Ripley

 I don't want to hear your god damned explanation!

Portrayed by Sigourney Weaver

Primary protagonist no matter how much Dallas was supposed to be the hero, Ripley is probably the most famous character in the franchise. Probably the most level-headed member of the crew, demonstrating an impressive amount of bravery and taking a few levels in badass when dealing with the xenomorph. De-facto leader of the crew on the basis of being the most proactive member.

The sole human survivor of the Nostromo Incident and the only constant character in the franchise apart from the xenomorphs. Sole survivor of the Nostromo incident, Ripley is awakened from hypersleep 57 years later. She gets suspended by the Weyland-Yutani company for "questionable judgment" regarding the ship's self-destruction, finds out her daughter died a while ago (well, in the Director's Cut...) and that LV-426, the planet where they encountered the xenomorphs, is now colonized.

Once the colony predictably loses contact with Earth, Ripley accompanies the Badass Crew of Space Marines as a civilian advisor, and finds herself as de facto leader alongside Corporal Hicks due to unforeseen consequences. In the resulting struggle with the xenomorphs, Ripley gains more levels in badass and becomes one of the most awesome Action Girls in cinema.

Joan Marie Lambert

  I say that we abandon this ship! We take the shuttle and just get the hell out of here!

Portrayed by Veronica Cartwright

The second of the three to check out the Space Jockey, Lambert is pretty much the whiner in the whole movie. Scared shitless of the entire situation, she pretty much withdraws into the Distressed Damsel. She starts breaking into hysterics with the now-famous dinner scene and doesn't really do anything else until the end - well, okay, sometimes she shuts up for a few seconds.

Highly resentful of being part of the team that checks out the Space Jockey (Kane volunteered, and Dallas said she was part of the group), and highly pissed at Ripley for trying to keep them outside the ship in quarantine after Kane got facehugger'd.

  • The Chick
  • Deadpan Snarker: Up until Kane dies.
  • Deer in the Headlights: Freezes up when she sees the alien near the end of the movie. Unfortunate, as Parker had been trying to hold it off...
  • Distressed Damsel: Unfortunately, Parker couldn't save her.
  • Foil: To Ash. While Ash never shows emotion (as he's actually a robot), Lambert is anything but emotionless. She's also one to Ripley, while Ripley never panics, Lambert does. And there's also Parker, who is hot-blooded while she's passive.
  • Hysterical Woman: What ultimately gets her killed. She panics when the Alien is near and doesn't think about what to do.
  • Neutral Female: During the fight between the alien and Parker.

Thomas Kane

 I do remember some horrible dream about smothering…

Portrayed by John Hurt

The third of the three to check out the Space Jockey (and the only one who volunteered), Kane was the one to check out the derelict's egg chamber. Sadly, he was the victim of the Facehugger, and later on during dinner after getting off the planet, he was the man who ended up with the Chest Burster.

Not really much is known about his personality since he doesn't get much screen time before becoming facehugger-bait and getting chestbursted. He really hates spaceship food, but who can blame him? Otherwise, we know he's an overachiever.

Probably the only character in the movie besides Ripley to have a known first name - Thomas. (Despite his profile picture in Aliens showing his initials to be G.W., but argued since it was only viewable in the special features.)

  • Curiosity Killed the Cast: If he had been less curious, he probably wouldn't have gone even near the hive that contained the alien eggs...and ended up dying so horribly.
  • Dramatic Space Drifting
  • Number Two: to Dallas, apparently. He’s in charge when Dallas is off the ship, although this never happens.
  • Name of Cain: Yeah, you should have figured this the instant Ash uttered "Kane's son" to mention the xenomorph...
  • The Smart Guy: He was indicated to be this on his record screen on Aliens (it indicated he had multiple flight and science majors, but had to drop from one school due to medical treatment abuse). However, he doesn't get to use it to full effect.

Ash

 I can't lie to you about your chances, but... you have my sympathies.

Portrayed by Ian Holm

The doctor, chief science guy on the ship and also the man responsible for all the incidents over the course of the film, from reminding the crew that they're ordered by the Weyland-Yutani company to stop and investigate the Space Jockey to breaking quarantine protocol and letting a facehugger-infested Kane on board the ship.

We later find out he's a traitorous android who is following the company's Special Order 937, which is that the Alien must get to Earth and that the crew is expendable. He tries to kill Ripley after she finds out about Special Order 937, but is stopped by Lambert and Parker, the latter of whom bashes his head in with a fire extinguisher and later incinerates him.

  • Artificial Human: There's a reason why he acts weird.
  • Evil All Along: It turns out he was working to get the Xenomorph to the company and he considered the crew expendable.
  • Evil Brit
  • Faux Affably Evil: Just look at him gleefully waving at his friends as they march to their doom.
  • Foil: To Lambert. He's emotionless while she's anything but.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Gives one last winning smile before Ripley yanks out his plug, freezing his expression in place.
  • Logic Bomb: Once found out, Ash drops the facade of being human and starts behaving erratically. Some have theorized that the conflicting orders of "Do not kill" and "Bring back lifeform, all other priorities rescinded" proves too much for him.
  • Losing Your Head: His crewmates knock his head off, but it's still capable of spouting exposition if you hotwire it.
  • Mad Doctor: He seems more interested in his specimen than in general safety.

 Ripley: You're still collating?!

Parker

 I'm not for drawing straws. I'm up for killing that god-damned thing right now.

Portrayed by Yaphet Kotto

The only black guy in the film, Parker holds his own, and is also best friends with Brett. Much more assertive than Brett, but still focused on getting paid. Frequently complains about not earning enough money and criticises Ripley's plans.

While he's at odds with Ripley at first, this falls to the wayside once the Alien gets onboard the ship. He also saves Ripley from Ash, with Lambert's help.

S.E. Brett

  You see, Mr. Parker and I feel that the bonus situation has never been on a-an equitable level.

Portrayed by Harry Dean Stanton

The regular guy who just does his job to get paid, and wants a larger share with the money, along with Parker, as it's revealed that they don't get as much of the share as the officers. Arguably more apathetic and laid-back than Dallas, and best friends with Parker.

Jones the Cat

 Meow.

The ship's pet, and the only non-human being to survive the movie. Ripley's particularly attached to him, even going back to retrieve him before leaving the Nostromo.
  • Distressed Damsel: Former Trope Namer.
  • Team Pet
  • What Happened to the Cat? - Doesn't show up anymore after the first arc of the second movie. Ripley tells him he's staying there while she leaves for the colony with the marines, so presumably she left him with someone else while she was away (she had expected to come back, after all).

Sulaco Crew

Lieutenant Gorman

 Ripley: How many drops is this for you, Lieutenant?

Gorman: Thirty eight. (Beat) Simulated.

Vasquez: How many combat drops?

'Gorman: Uh, two. Including this one.

Portrayed by William Hope

Commander of the Space Marines sent to investigate LV-426, recruited by Burke. Disliked by the marines, very inexperienced (two combat drops...) and very slow to understand situations (Burke has to explain to him why it's a really bad idea to use guns in the colony's heat exchanger). Gorman relies heavily on the experienced Sergeant Apone from the start; when he dies, you can guess what happens. He loses it in the general confusion from the first alien ambush and gets knocked out. Later regaining consciousness, Gorman learns his lesson and lets Ripley and Hicks deal with the whole "organising the colony's defence" part. Vasquez hates him because she thinks he's responsible for Drake's death. He redeems himself when he goes back for Vasquez during the air duct escape, and winds up blowing the two of them to smithereens when they realize the only alternative is to be captured by the Aliens.


Sergeant Apone

 Alright sweethearts, what're you waiting for, breakfast in bed? Another glorious day in the Corps...

Portrayed by Al Matthews

Senior NCO of the team sent to investigate LV-426, and the real leader of the unit. Much better liked by the marines than Gorman, and more competent to boot. Doesn't really get much screen time before dying in the first Alien ambush, but that didn't stop him from getting not one, but two epic speeches and generally being the codifier for Sergeant Rock. When he goes down in the colony, chaos ensues, Gorman freezes up, and Ripley has to take action. Despite his quick death, Apone seems to have had a big influence on pop culture depictions of the military; Halo anyone?

  • A Fate Worse Than Death: APC readouts show he wasn't killed in the attack, making it more likely he was cocooned by the xenomorphs.
    • Though his chestburster probably didn't have time to burst before the reactor blew.
  • A Father to His Men: Loves his Marines to death.
  • Badass
  • Sacrificial Lion: You'd be forgiven for thinking he was gonna impact the story more than he did.
  • Sergeant Rock: Practically the classic example.

Corporal Dwayne Hicks

 We're all in strung out shape, but Stay Frosty, and alert. We can't afford to let one of those bastards in here.

Portrayed by Michael Biehn

The guy who ends up in charge after Apone gets captured and Gorman gets knocked out. Much more level-headed, impartial and less macho than his colleagues, even if he's not very comfortable becoming leader. Hicks and Ripley end up calling the shots. Later wounded by a stray burst of xenomorph acid, but manages to survive. Until Alien 3.

Trope Namer for Stay Frosty.

  • Ancestral Weapon: In the novelization of Aliens it is revealed that Hicks' shotgun ("I like to keep this handy for close encounters") is an heirloom that has been in his family for generations; Hicks' great-great-great-grandfather used it during the Vietnam War.
  • Badass
  • Chekhov's Skill: He teaches Ripley how to use a pulse rifle, which comes in handy later.
  • The Lancer
  • Stay Frosty: Probably the most famous use of the phrase, and it fits Hicks very well. He even starts falling asleep during the drop ship ride!

 Apone: Somebody wake up Hicks!

Private Hudson

The marine team's computer technician, played by a pre-fame Bill Paxton. At first he acts all arrogant and overconfident, but once the marines get totally pwned by the xenomorphs, loses his shit completely and becomes the movie's Lambert-equivalent, being all scared and whiney. He later regains his composure and redeems himself via Heroic Sacrifice during the aliens' attack on the med-lab. Really pissed off once he finds out the truth about Burke.

  • Badass Boast: Hudson attempts one that even uses the word "badass" as often as he can. He does not deal well with the loss of the high-tech gear that he describes in said boast. He does go down shooting while spitting out even more 'heat of battle' boasts, as well. An Alien has to ambush him from below to take him down.
  • The Berserker: After recovering from his Heroic BSOD and before his Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Even more so when he's losing his shit.

 Bishop: I'm afraid I have some bad news.

Hudson: Well, that's a switch.

"Fuck you! Fuck you! Fuck you, too!"

"Fuck you! Fuck you! Fuck you, too!"


Private Vasquez

 Hudson: Hey, Vasquez, you ever been mistaken for a man?

Vasquez: No, have you?

Portrayed by Jeanette Goldstein

The team's smartgunner and the other Action Girl. Much tougher and more aggressive than Ripley, and arguably gets the funniest insults in the movie. Doesn't take the death of her smart-gun partner Drake too well, and mainly blames Lieutenant Gorman for it. Trope Namer for Vasquez Always Dies.

Private Drake

 They ain't payin' us enough for this, man.

Portrayed by Mark Rolston

The other smartgunner in the Marine squad, and Vasquez's best-friend-maybe-something-more-it's-really-more-implied-than-anything. Got plenty of establishing screentime as a hardass, but that didn't stop him from being the last one to go down in the hive when he got by blood spray from an Alien. One that Vasquez shot trying to save him.


Bishop

 Not bad for a... human.

Portrayed by Lance Henriksen

The team's resident Artificial Human, and the only one qualified to pilot dropships. Completely "Three Laws"-Compliant, pointing out that unlike Ash (whose model was always "a bit twitchy"), he has behavioural inhibitors.

Ripley doesn't trust him at first since he's an android, but he still tries to be friendly to her. Her distrust eventually evaporates after Bishop rescues them before LV-426 explodes, and he saves Newt during the obligatory Thrown Out the Airlock moment.

He survives the movie despite the severe handicap of being split in half. Last of the four survivors.

Corporal Ferro

 We're in the pipe, five by five...

Portrayed by Colette Hiller

The squad's pilot. Doesn't get much establishing character moments other than a lot of technobabble during the drop and being a bit of a bitch to her co-pilot. The latter results in her death: when Spunkmeyer finds some goo inside the dropship (from an Alien), she tells him to seal the ramp rather than look for the source. She's sliced-n-diced a couple seconds later


Corporal Dietrich

 Top! Top, get over here, we got a live one!

Portrayed by Cynthia Dale Scott

The medic of the Marine team, and that's pretty much all we know about her. Also rather unusual for having fairly long nails in a combat situation. The first member of the team to go down in the hive, grabbed by an Alien hiding in the wall. She takes down Frost when she fires her flamethrower in a panic.

Private Frost

 Man, I'm telling you, I got a bad feeling about this drop.

Portrayed by Ricco Ross

A rifleman, Frost is one of the more hard-living---and hard-loving, if the Arcturian tale is true---of the Marine squad. Got a fair deal of screentime due to his closeness with Hicks. His duties apparently included weapons management; he's seen handing out rifles early on, and when Apone collects the ammo in the hive he's the one who carries it (which doesn't work out so well when Dietrich incinerates him).

Private Spunkmeyer

 What's this crap supposed to be?

Portrayed by Daniel Kash

Ferro's co-pilot on the dropship. Got fairly little screentime. Not a big fan of the cornbread.

Private Crowe

 You always say that Frost, you always say, I got a bad feeling about this drop...

Portrayed by Tip Tipping

Rifleman in the Marine squad. Fairly quiet guy. Had one line of dialogue, but was offscreen when it happened so few know that it's him. Went down in the hive when Frost's ammo bag exploded, killing him. He had just enough time to mouth "oh shit" before it blew.

Private Wierzbowski

 Hicks:Wierzbowski? WIERZBOWSKI?!

Portrayed by Trevor Steedman

Flamethrower operator in the Marine squad. Has no lines other than screaming when the Aliens grab him. Logically, this led to an Internet phenomenon known as the "Wierzbowski Hunters" who would search for his appearances in the movie in background footage or what-have-you.

  • The Voiceless: Doesn't talk, only screams.
  • The Big Guy: Seriously, he's pretty darn big. Apone even sends him off alone when in the colony.
  • Red Shirt: Exists basically to fill space and then go down.

Rebecca ‘Newt’ Jorden

 They mostly come at night. Mostly...

Portrayed by Carrie Henn

Rebecca "Newt" Jorden is the only survivor of the former LV-426 colony after it loses contact with Earth. Her survival is largely due to her propensity for hiding and moving through ducts and air vents. Doesn't say much at first, what with the whole hiding from aliens for over seventeen days. Once she actually regains her voice, she quickly becomes attached to Ripley. Driving force behind Ripley's Big Damn Mama Bear moment at the end. Nobody calls her Rebecca except her dead brother. The Directors Cut of Aliens shows that her dad was the first to investigate the Space Jockey and get implanted with a facehugger.

Third of the four survivors.

Carter J. Burke

 I'm Burke. Carter Burke. I work for the company. But don't let that fool you, I'm really an okay guy.

Portrayed by Paul Reiser

Corporate executive guy and the Special Projects Director for Weyland-Yutani, Burke was the first person to see Ripley after she was retrieved from hypersleep, and convinces her to accompany the marines by promising to help her regain her flight license in exchange. He accompanies the marines as well, to represent the company's commercial interests.

With the marines, Burke shows his real colors as a Dirty Coward, planning to smuggle an alien back to Earth for bioweapons research by locking Ripley and Newt in a room with a facehugger and trying to get them impregnated. This is right after Ripley discovers that Burke sent the LV-426 colonists to check out the Space Jockey without any prior warning just so they could all get impregnated with chestbusters, making him basically responsible for the entire film's conflict.

He gets the most satisfying Karmic Death in the movie, running directly into an alien while trying to run away from the incredibly pissed-off marines. He even suffers a worse fate in a hidden scene when Ripley and Newt see him cocooned in the LV-426 Reactor.

Fiorina-161 Residents

Dillon

 You're all gonna die. The only question is how you check out. Do you want it on your feet? Or on your knees... begging?

Portrayed by Charles S Dutton

The man who is unofficially in charge of the Fiorina-161 prison, Dillon holds his own against others and manages to take charge when the situation with the Xenomorph goes south.

 Ripley: I just wanted to, um, say thanks for what you said at the funeral. My friends would have appreciated it.

Dillon: Yeah, well you don't wanna know me, lady. I'm a murderer and rapist of women.

Dr Jonathan Clemens

 I really appreciate your affections. But I am aware that they deflected my question. In the nicest possible way, of course.

Portrayed by Charles Dance

A doctor that befriended Ripley in the first arc of the film, Clemens is the resident doctor of the prison.

Superintendent Harold Andrews

 This is rumor control, here are the facts...

Portrayed by Brian Glover

The warden who runs the prison. He doesn't believe Ripley about the Alien, which needless to say, bites him in the ass.

 It's an eight foot creature of some kind, with acid for blood... And it arrived on your spaceship. It kills on sight and is generally unpleasant.

  • Obstructive Bureaucrat
  • Jerkass: He has the prisoners do all the hard work and refuses to even entertain Ripley's claims about the Alien.
    • Jerkass Has a Point: Andrews is right that Ripley should stay away from the prisoners. This is averted with the Alien, as their is evidence on the Sulaco, but Andrews is to stubborn to believe it.
  • Death by Irony: Andrews is killed by the Alien while saying it is not real.
  • Hypocritical Humor: "The volunteers...will be the prisoners."

Robert Morse

 we ain't got no entertainment center, no climate control, no video system, no surveillance, no freezers, no fucking ice cream, no rubbers, no women, no guns. All we got here is shit!

Portrayed by Danny Webb

A cynical and argumental prisoner.

Golic

 In an insane world, a sane man must appear insane.

Portrayed by Paul Mc Gann

A phyllo tic prisoner who worships the Alien as a dragon.
  • Ax Crazy: Was originally sent to prison for multiple violent murders. He mentions that he "knew lots of pretty girls, back home" and that they liked him "for a while".
  • Apologetic Attacker: Apologizes (a little frantically) after slitting another prisoner's throat to get to the alien.
  • Blood-Splattered Innocents: Well, sort of. He winds up splattered with a hell of a lot of blood through no fault of his own, so he's technically innocent. In that, at least.
  • Cassandra Truth: Nobody believes him about the alien but Ripley. The rest think he murdered the others on his crew.
  • The Cuckoolander Was Right: And is proven right in a really gruesome way.
  • Insane Equals Violent
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: in the Re Cut, the prisoners actually did manage to trap the alien. Unfortunately Golic, who worships the thing as a kind of dragon, kills the guard and lets it out again. Oops.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: He's easily excited, easily upset, and apologizes frantically to his murder victim like a misbehaving child.
  • Talkative Loon: Halfway. He doesn't say a lot, but when he does speak, he tends to babble.

Boggs

Get this fucking thing off me!

A prisoner who searches for stuff in the tunnels with Rains and Golic.
  • Jerkass: He insults Golic and constantly swears, despite knowing that Rains thinks swearing is against Christianity.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: The Alien pulls him up and his blood splatters on Golic.
  • Mauve Shirt: Boggs gets some personality as a tough as nails jerk. Winds up the third victim.
  • Never Found the Body

Rains

A quiet prisoner who does not enjoy Golic's company and is very religous.

Murphy

A prisoner who's dog Spike becomes a host for the Alien. Murphy winds up it's first victim.

  • Nice Guy: Seems like a hardworking inmate who likes dogs and rock 'n' roll.
  • Mauve Shirt: He has a small dose of characterization.
  • Badass Decay Not in the film, but his backstory from supplementary materials show that before he went to prison, he was a Badass thief. He winds up dead quickly.

Frank

A quiet prisoner.

David

An older inmate smarter than most.

  • Mauve Shirt: He shows a bit of personality, died third in the bait-and-chase sequence.

Gregor

A physically imposing prisoner who is very unlucky.

Junior

A rapist who tries to get his fingers on Ripley.

Other Prisoners

Prisoners who serve as background characters. Their names are Kevin, Vincent, Eric, William, and Jude.

  • Butt Monkey: Jude has to clean up after the Alien's gory killings.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Kevin is severely injured by the Alien and bleeds to death, and Vincent is torn to shreds.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Eric and William are also taken out offscreen, and their bodies are found by Ripley.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Jude’s fate.
  • Slashed Throat: Implied to have happened to Jude.
  • Red Shirt: Interestingly, they survive until the bait and chase sequence.
    • Vincent doesn’t appear until the bait-and-chase sequence, and only as a corpse.

Michael Bishop II

 "Think of all we could learn from it!"

Portrayed by Lance Henriksen

A Weyland-Yutani executive that the Bishop model was based off of, this Bishop wanted his hands on a Xenomorph

  • Big No: When Ripley falls into the fires to stop the Company from getting the Alien Queen inside her.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive
  • One-Scene Wonder: That is, not including his performance as the other Bishop from Aliens.
  • Robotic Reveal: Averted. While he tells the other people he's human, 85 hits him in the head calling him a robot... Causing him to bleed red.

Betty Crew

Annalee Call

 "You're a thing, a construct. They grew you in a fucking lab."

Portrayed by Winona Ryder

 "Only an android would be that human."

Johner

 I'm not the mechanic here, Ironsides! I mostly just hurt people!"

Portrayed by Ron Perlman

  • Anything That Moves - Invoked. While he claims to draw the line at automatons, Vriess thinks differently:

  "Yeah, like you never fucked a robot."

Vriess

 "Wanna check the chair?"

Portrayed by Dominique Pinon

Captian Frank Elgyn

 Portrayed by Michael Wincott

Christie

 Portrayed by Gary Dourdan

  • Guns Akimbo - Wields dual "disposable" derringer type pistols, spring-loaded and attached to his arms.
  • Heroic Sacrifice - To save Vriess
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold - Initially comes off like a thug but turns out to be one of the nicest and most levelheaded characters in the film, becoming de facto leader, allowing Ripley to join them despite Call's protests, humoring Destephano when asked about his weapons and more prominently carrying Vriess when they have to "ditch the chair"

Sabra Hillard

 Portrayed by Kim Flowers

Auriga Crew

Ripley 8

 My mommy always said there were no monsters. No real ones. But there are."

Portrayed by Sigourney Weaver

  • Badass Abnormal: if you consider her the same character than original Ripley. Considering she seems to share her memory, that would count.
  • Came Back Wrong: Well, for one thing, now she also has acid for blood...
  • Creepy Good: her whole attitude is pretty creepy, especially the way she has more empathy for the aliens than the humans. As if this wasn't enough, she now shares the Alien's super-strenght and acidic blood. Yet, she does mean well, and helps the Betty Crew to get out alive.
  • Deadpan Snarker: when compared to the original Ripley, this one is notably more sarcastic and cynical (even though the original Ripley wasn't exactly naive), displaying a dark sense of humor and almost enjoying the irony of seeing what's happening onboard.
  • Heroic BSOD: When she discovers the previous failed Ripley clones. She's so horrified that she ends up destroying the lab.
    • Arguably has a second one when she is forced to kill the Alien-human hybrid.
  • Knight in Sour Armor

General Martin Perez

 Ellen Ripley died trying to wipe this species out. For all intents and purposes, she succeeded!"

Portrayed by Dan Hedaya

  • Boom! Headshot!: from an Xenomorph's second head no less, and the man doesn't notice it until he checked the back of his head.
  • General Ripper
  • A Father to His Men: Surprisingly so. When he is forced to blow up an escape pod full of soldiers to stop an Alien from escaping, he salutes them. Unfortunately this allows another Alien to get a perfect shot at him.
  • Jerkass: Always yelling at someone, though he has some bright spots.
  • Mauve Shirt

Dr. Mason Wren

 "I think you will find that, uh, things have changed a great deal since your time."

Portrayed by JE Freeman

  • Bait the Dog: He seems like an affable Punch Clock Villain, and that Gediman is the villain. But when the Alien's break out, he loses any affability and tries to send the ship to Earth.
  • Big Bad: The biggest human threat in the film.
  • Karmic Death
  • Mad Scientist: Double Subverted. He seems nice enough, but he goes straight into this after the Aliens break out.

Dr. Jonathon Gediman

 You are... a beautiful, beautiful, butterfly."

Portrayed by Brad Dourif

  • Affably Evil: He is demented, but still very affable. Even after his Sanity Slippage he congratulates Ripley 8 for the creation of the Newborn.
  • Bait the Dog: Subverted. He is insane, but is very much a Punch Clock Villain and, unlike the much more composed Wren, never harms any of the Betty crew and doesn't want Ripley 8 dead, defending her from Perez.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: The above quote is said to the Human/Alien hybrid
  • Sanity Slippage: At first he is very composed and affable, especially to Ripley 8. Then you see his obsession with the Aliens and that he's not really all there. By the time he's in the hive, he's degenerated into a gibbering lunatic.
  • Tempting Fate: It takes a special kind of Asshole Victim to do a Window Kiss to one of the aliens.

Vincent DiStephano

 Begging your pardon, sir, but FUCK YOU!"

Portrayed by Raymond Cruz

Dr. Carlyn Williamson

 Portrayed by Carolyn Campbell

"GEDIMAN!"

  • Mauve Shirt: Gets some mild development. Fortunately for her, she escapes the Aliens.

Larry Purvis

 What's in-fucking-side me?"

Portrayed by Leland Orser

 Call: "It's not right!"

Purvis: "I've been saying that all day."

Covenant

Jake Branson

Daniels

Tennessee

Christopher Oram

Maggie Faris

Karine Oram

Lope

Hallet

Ankor

Ricks

Upworth

Ledward

Walter

Cole

Xenomorphs/Aliens

the Queen

The big, badass mother of all the Xenomorphs.

Warriors and Drones

The soldiers of the Xenomorphs

Facehuggers

They come from eggs layer by the Queen. They latch on to your face and impregnate you with a Warior, Drone, or Queen.

Runners

Xenomorphs born from dogs.

The Nostromo Drone

The Drone that hatched from Kane and slaughtered the Nostromo crew.

  • Jerkass: it likes to play with the Nostromo crew.
  • Karmic Death: Killed by the last of the crew it killed.

The Dragon

The Runner that wound up on Fiorina "Fury" 161.

Neomorph

Proto-Xenomorph

Deacon

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