History Characters / Aliens

20th May '17 10:23:13 PM Agathaumas
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* IronicName: Given [[spoiler:the manner of his demise.]]

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* IronicName: Given [[spoiler:the [[spoiler:Given the manner of his demise.]]
20th May '17 10:22:23 PM Agathaumas
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* IronicName: Given [[spoiler:the manner of his demise.]]
4th May '17 3:53:47 AM unclejack
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* ArmchairMilitary: Gorman commands from a comfy chair, far away from the real danger.
** Subverted, ironically, when he does ''much'' better when personally faced with danger and others to make the decisions.
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: [[spoiler:Surrounded by Aliens, he and Vasquez blow themselves up instead.]]
* DirtyCoward: Subverted. While he is panicky and quick to freeze when acting as MissionControl, he shows no cowardice in actual combat which makes his fear having responsibility for others than his own self.

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* ArmchairMilitary: Gorman commands from a comfy chair, far away from the real danger.
** Subverted, ironically,
danger. However, he's inexperienced and incompetent when he it comes to giving orders and seems to dislike the responsibility. He does ''much'' better when personally faced with danger and when others are left to make the decisions.
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: [[spoiler:Surrounded by Aliens, aliens, he and Vasquez blow themselves up instead.]]
* DirtyCoward: Subverted. While he is panicky and quick to freeze when acting as MissionControl, he shows no cowardice in actual combat which makes combat, suggesting that his fear earlier fears came from having responsibility for others rather than his own self.



* ThePeterPrinciple: Implied to be the case for Gorman, who is competent and brave when in personal danger like an ordinary soldier, yet can't handle the responsibility of being in a command position.
** Given he's a lieutenant in a command position that should be going to a captain or even a major, it's entirely possible he just recently replaced the previous leader and thus is just in an impossible situation.

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* ThePeterPrinciple: Implied to be the case for Gorman, who is competent and brave when in personal danger like an ordinary soldier, yet can't handle the responsibility of being in a command position. \n** Given he's a lieutenant in a command position that should be going to a captain or even a major, it's entirely possible he just recently replaced the previous leader and thus is just in an impossible situation.



* WeakWilled: Contributes to his inability to effectively assert his authority over the Marines under his command. May be part of the reason why [[spoiler:he was selected for the mission by Burke, who uses him to issue orders that further his own purposes]].

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* WeakWilled: Contributes to his inability to effectively assert his authority over the Marines under his command. May [[spoiler:May be part of the reason why [[spoiler:he he was selected for the mission by Burke, who uses him to issue orders that further his own purposes]].



[[caption-width-right:300:''" Look into my eye."'']]

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[[caption-width-right:300:''" Look [[caption-width-right:300:''"Look into my eye."'']]
19th Apr '17 6:18:26 AM Cifer
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* WalkingSpoiler: For some reason, a sympathetic authority figure becomes far less sympathetic when equipped with tropes like BigBad and ChronicBackstabbingDisorder.



* HeadInTheSandManagement: While Ripley's story is certainly pretty unprecedented, he refuses to entertain the possibility that [[CassandraTruth it was not something she just hallucinated or made up]].

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* HeadInTheSandManagement: While Ripley's story is certainly pretty unprecedented, he refuses to entertain the possibility that [[CassandraTruth it was not something she just hallucinated or made up]]. Then again, there is a colony on LV-426 and they didn't report anything of the sort.



* JerkassHasAPoint: In a way. It's hard to blame him for disbelieving Ripley's tale, considering that she had no proof to back up her claims. When she talks to Van Leuwen after the hearing, he seems like a pretty nice and reasonable guy.

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* JerkassHasAPoint: In a way. It's hard to blame him for disbelieving Ripley's tale, considering that she had no proof to back up her claims. When she talks to Van Leuwen after the hearing, he seems like a pretty nice and reasonable guy. Plus, despite not believing her tale, he just took away her license for "questionable judgement" rather than assuming she had essentially murdered the rest of the crew.
13th Apr '17 5:32:46 AM unclejack
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->'''Played By:''' William Hope

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* RealLifeRelative: Carrie's actual brother.



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[[caption-width-right:350:''"Busy little creatures, huh?"'']]
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* ConsummateLiar: Is incapable of honesty, though he usually attempts to mislead rather than tell outright lies, in ways that conceal the motives behind what he says. It's easy to pinpoint his lies on rewatch, because he tends to reveal his anxiety at telling them by touching his face in a peculiar way. This starts early, as in a scene restored to the director's cut, Burke clearly doesn't want to discuss Ripley's daughter with her, but when she pushes him, it's clear he not only did look up her daughter, but had a lot of the information memorized. When Ripley learns Bishop is an android and demands to know why she wasn't informed, he says, rubbing his nose and widening his eyes, that it never occurred to him to tell her because having an android is standard procedure. When, after the first encounter with the aliens, Ripley proposes they leave and nuke the planet, Burke tries to argue that neither they nor anyone has the right to exterminate such an important species, though conservationism is obviously not on his mind. Even in Burke's very first scene with Ripley, it seems clear on rewatch that he knows she hasn't been informed yet how long she was in hypersleep, but he uses misleading language to make it out like he wasn't initially concealing that information from her.

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* ConsummateLiar: Is incapable of honesty, though he usually attempts to mislead rather than tell outright lies, in ways that conceal the motives behind what he says. It's easy to pinpoint his lies on rewatch, re-watch, because he tends to reveal his anxiety at telling them by touching his face in a peculiar way. This starts early, as in a scene restored to the director's cut, Burke clearly doesn't want to discuss Ripley's daughter with her, but when she pushes him, it's clear he not only did look up her daughter, but had a lot of the information memorized. When Ripley learns Bishop is an android and demands to know why she wasn't informed, he says, rubbing his nose and widening his eyes, that it never occurred to him to tell her because having an android is standard procedure. When, after the first encounter with the aliens, Ripley proposes they leave and nuke the planet, Burke tries to argue that neither they nor anyone has the right to exterminate such an important species, though conservationism is obviously not on his mind. Even in Burke's very first scene with Ripley, it seems clear on rewatch that he knows she hasn't been informed yet how long she was in hypersleep, but he uses misleading language to make it out like he wasn't initially concealing that information from her.



->'''Played By:''' Paul Maxwell

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* {{Jerkass}}: Is less than understanding of what Ripley has been through and pretty much disbelieves everything she says about the xenomorph.
* KarmaHoudini: If he had any involvement in having the colonists investigate the derelict ship, we don't see him get any comeuppance.
** He didn't. When Ripley asks him why he doesn't send anyone to investigate her claim, [[spoiler:Burke immediately starts to act antsy in the background, looking away and shifting around. At that point in time, he's already sent the unsuspecting colonists an order to investigate those coordinates without telling anyone.]]
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Strips Ripley of her flight license because she showed "questionable judgement" in destroying the ore shipment in order to kill the xenomorph, which he thinks is made up anyway.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: In a way. It's hard to blame him for disbelieving Ripley's tale, considering that she had no proof to back up her claims. When she talks to Van Leuwen after the hearing, he seems like a pretty nice and reasonable guy.

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* {{Jerkass}}: Is He is less than understanding of what Ripley has been through and pretty much disbelieves everything she says about the xenomorph.
* KarmaHoudini: If he had any involvement in having the colonists investigate the derelict ship, we don't see him get any comeuppance.
** He didn't. When Ripley asks him why he doesn't send anyone to investigate her claim, [[spoiler:Burke immediately starts to act antsy in the background, looking away and shifting around. At that point in time, he's already sent the unsuspecting colonists an order to investigate those coordinates without telling anyone.]]
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Strips Ripley of her flight license because she showed "questionable judgement" in destroying the ore shipment in order to kill the xenomorph, which he thinks is made up anyway.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure:
JerkassHasAPoint: In a way. It's hard to blame him for disbelieving Ripley's tale, considering that she had no proof to back up her claims. When she talks to Van Leuwen after the hearing, he seems like a pretty nice and reasonable guy.guy.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: He strips Ripley of her flight license because she showed "questionable judgement" in destroying the ore shipment in order to kill the xenomorph, which he thinks is made up anyway.
9th Apr '17 9:53:35 AM Tork
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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: One of Gorman's earliest scenes establish his poor commanding skill, when he confuses Hudson with Hicks, allows Apone to discipline the marines and tries to compensate by being needlessly harsh with his orders.

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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: One of Gorman's earliest scenes establish his poor commanding skill, when he confuses Hudson with Hicks, allows Apone to discipline the marines and tries to compensate by being needlessly harsh with his orders. [[note]] Although, as Apone is the lead NCO of the mission, discipline is kind of his side of the job.[[/note]]


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** Given he's a lieutenant in a command position that should be going to a captain or even a major, it's entirely possible he just recently replaced the previous leader and thus is just in an impossible situation.
6th Apr '17 1:36:52 PM Boson
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* Foreshadowing: [[spoiler:A deleted scene and a tie-in comic reveal that Burke was taken back to the hive and suffered the same fate as the colonists; Ripley was to find him begging her for help and saying he could feel the embyro inside of him, but Cameron didn't feel that this matched the established timeline for the alien gestation cycle, so the scene was never restored. That said, there are a couple of scenes in the film that still foreshadow his KarmicDeath: the first comes when the squad makes it to the medlab and he puts his face right against the jar of a still-living facehugger, which tries to get to him through the jar, to which Hicks teases that it likes him. The second comes from Ripley when she confronts him over his crimes. She says, "I'm going to make sure they nail you right to the wall for this," and guess where the xenomorphs hang their victims?]]

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* Foreshadowing: {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler:A deleted scene and a tie-in comic reveal that Burke was taken back to the hive and suffered the same fate as the colonists; Ripley was to find him begging her for help and saying he could feel the embyro inside of him, but Cameron didn't feel that this matched the established timeline for the alien gestation cycle, so the scene was never restored. That said, there are a couple of scenes in the film that still foreshadow his KarmicDeath: the first comes when the squad makes it to the medlab and he puts his face right against the jar of a still-living facehugger, which tries to get to him through the jar, to which Hicks teases that it likes him. The second comes from Ripley when she confronts him over his crimes. She says, "I'm going to make sure they nail you right to the wall for this," and guess where the xenomorphs hang their victims?]]
18th Mar '17 9:55:46 AM morethanprinceofcats
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* TheSociopath: [[spoiler:What else do you call someone who doesn't bat an eye at mass murder in the name of personal ambition?]]

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* TheSociopath: [[spoiler:What else do you call someone who doesn't bat an [[spoiler:Averted with unusual gruesomeness: Burke's nervous tells, particularly his tendency to avoid eye contact and fidget when faced with evidence of his having done something awful, betray a recognition of his culpability that is incompatible with sociopathy. Sociopaths ''can't'' feel guilt; Burke feels it, he's just adept at mass murder in the name of personal ambition?]]rationalizing his actions.]]
17th Mar '17 8:34:37 PM morethanprinceofcats
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**He didn't. When Ripley asks him why he doesn't send anyone to investigate her claim, [[spoiler:Burke immediately starts to act antsy in the background, looking away and shifting around. At that point in time, he's already sent the unsuspecting colonists an order to investigate those coordinates without telling anyone.]]
17th Mar '17 8:14:18 PM Arctimon
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* VillainousCrush: [[spoiler:Not to that extreme, but in spite of his patronization of Ripley, Burke spends the first half of the film trying to earn Ripley's trust and approval. When they're on the colony, among other moments, he tries to impress her with information about the magnificent equipment the Weyland-Yutani company builds (she stares at him, then pointedly looks away; it's hilarious), attempts to share a significant look with her like "can you believe this guy?" after Gorman admits he's only been on one prior combat mission, and, after Hicks jokes that a facehugger in a jar seems to like him, he grins over at Hicks and Ripley as if he's hoping he's in on the joke. The extent to which Burke seems to not get that his manipulation of Ripley and the marines is incompatible with her ever actually treating him as a friend, and the constant wide-eyed bewilderment he responds with when she non-verbally rebukes his offers of friendship, is severely dissonant with the depths of his immoral actions. When Ripley confronts him with disgust after learning ''he'' sent the colonists to their fate, his attempt to have the last word with, "You know, I thought ''you'' would be smarter than this" maybe actually be genuine. Because Burke? is terrible.]]
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