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This is a page listing characters in ''Film/{{Aliens}}''.

For recurring characters in the entire series, [[Characters/{{Alien}} see the main characters page]].

'''Warning: here be heavy spoilerage.'''

[[foldercontrol]]

!Crew of the ''USS Sulaco''

[[folder:In General]]
!!USS Sulaco
[[quoteright:308:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/sulaco_crew_6456.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:308: Ripley and the Colonial Space Marines.[[note]]Hudson, Burke, Wierzbowski, Dietrich, Vasquez, Crowe, Hicks, Ripley, Drake, Frost, Spunkmeyer, Bishop, Gorman, Ferro, Apone.[[/note]]]]

The ''USS Sulaco'' is a Conestoga-class starship that transports Ripley and the Colonial Space Marines.

* Sgt. Al Apone
* Corp. Collette Ferro
* Corp. Dwayne Hicks
* Pvt. Timothy Crowe
* Pvt. Cynthia Dietrich
* Pvt. Mark Drake
* Pvt. Ricardo Frost
* Pvt. William Hudson
* Pvt. Jenette Vasquez
* Pvt. Daniel Spunkmeyer
* Pvt. Trevor Wierzbowski
* Lance Bishop

With additions for the 'bug hunt':

* Ellen Ripley
* Lt. William Gorman
* Carter J. Burke
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Gorman]]
!!Lieutenant William Gorman
[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/gorman.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:300:''"I want this thing to go smooth and by the numbers."'']]
->'''Portrayed By:''' William Hope

->'''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.

A lieutenant recruited by Burke to lead the mission. He was inexperienced, having gone through 38 simulated drops, but only one previous combat drop. He is also slow to understand situations and often needs things explained to him.
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* ArmchairMilitary: Gorman commands from a comfy chair, far away from the real danger. However, he's inexperienced and incompetent when 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, 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, suggesting that his earlier fears came from having responsibility for others rather than his own self.
* TheDitherer: Gorman is indecisive and panicky, often freezing in difficult situations that call for leadership.
* EnsignNewbie: Only his second combat mission, and his greenness shows.
* 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]]
* GeneralFailure: His entire command is basically a massive failure.
* HeroicBSOD: Has one briefly when it seems the most of the squad has been killed and no one left is listening to his orders.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:He and Vasquez detonate a grenade, killing themselves with a score of aliens.]]
* MissionControl: And not a very helpful one. Even Burke seems better equipped to handle the situation than him.
* TheNeidermeyer: He's not appreciated by his troops as he's not very competent, but it's more because he's in way over his head, rather than out of malice.
-->'''Hudson:''' He's coming in, I feel safer already.
* 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.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Gorman is killed after his only display of valor and bravery.]]
* TapOnTheHead: He's knocked out by some overhead boxes, taking him out of the fight until they return to Hadley's Hope.
* WeakWilled: Contributes to his inability to effectively assert his authority over the Marines under his command. [[spoiler:May be part of the reason why he was selected for the mission by Burke, who uses him to issue orders that further his own purposes]].
* YouShallNotPass: [[spoiler:His final act is to stop the aliens from following Ripley and co. through the airshafts.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Apone]]
!!Sergeant Apone
[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/apone.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:300:''"Look into my eye."'']]
->'''Portrayed By:''' Al Matthews

-->''"All right, sweethearts, what are you waiting for? Breakfast in bed? Another glorious day in the Corps! A day in the Marine Corps is like a day on the farm. Every meal's a banquet! Every paycheck a fortune! Every formation a parade! I ''love'' the Corps! "''

The squad leader of the team sent to investigate LV-426. Far more liked and respected than his C.O, Lieutenant Gorman.
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* BoisterousBruiser: A grunt at heart:
-->There's some juicy colonists' daughters we have to rescue from their virginity.
* CigarChomper: He apparently keeps some in his hypersleep chamber, since he puts one in his mouth seconds after getting up.
* DeadpanSnarker: Oh, he engages in a lot of snark-to-snark combat with Hudson.
* FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler:APC readouts show he isn't killed in the attack, making it more likely he was cocooned by the xenomorphs. It's not revealed if he was parasitized prior to the reactor explosion.]]
* AFatherToHisMen: He loves his Marines to death. [[spoiler:His falling in combat devastates his platoon.]]
* NiceHat: As displayed to the right.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: When Ripley asks if she could help them out with the Loaders, he allows her to do so and is impressed at how much of a natural she is with them.
* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler:You'd be forgiven for thinking he was going to impact the story more than he did. Initially, Apone enjoys lots of screentime with memorable lines aided by a wonderfully hammy performance from Al Matthews... but during the first incursion, he's quickly taken out by an alien. Apone's demise serves to show that even lovable badasses are not immune to a horrible FateWorseThanDeath.]]
* SergeantRock: Practically '''the''' classic example.
* TheWorfEffect: [[spoiler:While many of the marines who die early on were stamped with 'faceless cannon fodder' across their chests, Apone and Drake's deaths shows just how serious the alien threat is.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Hicks]]
!!Corporal Dwayne Hicks
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Dwayne_Hicks_4419.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"It's a bug hunt."'']]
->'''Portrayed By:''' Creator/MichaelBiehn

->''"We're all in strung out shape, but {{stay frosty}} and alert. We can't afford to let one of those bastards in here."''

One of the Colonial Marines who took charge when the squad's Sergeant Apone was taken alive by the Aliens and commanding officer Lt. Gorman was knocked out. He was later wounded after a burst of acid from an alien encounter began to burn through his armor.

While not comfortable taking over the role as squad leader, his demeanor, unlike the machismo bravado of other squad members showed a thoughtful intelligence. Sincere and impartial, he was open to any suggestions as to how to defeat the Alien invasion.

{{Trope Namer|s}} for StayFrosty.
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* AncestralWeapon: 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.
* {{Bandage B|abe}}oy: After getting a face full of Xenomorph blood, he spends the remainder of the movie bandaged up.
* BewareTheQuietOnes: Next to the other marines, he prefers not to make a show of his badassery and while he's not adverse to wisecracks, he tends to keep them to a minimum, preferring to get the job done, and boy, does he get it done!
* ChekhovsSkill: He teaches Ripley how to use a pulse rifle, which comes in handy later.
%%* DeadpanSnarker
* KnightInSourArmor: Not as much as Ripley, but still is one after the squad is decimated.
* TheLancer: To Apone and later Ripley.
* NervesOfSteel: Illustrated early in the film when he spends most of the drop down to the colony ''asleep'', in contrast to Gorman's nervousness and the boisterous behavior of his fellow Marines. After [[spoiler: his unit gets largely wiped out,]] unlike Gorman, (who freezes up under pressure and then gets knocked out), Hudson (who becomes a nervous wreck), and Vasque, (who enters a murderous rage), Hicks never once loses his cool.
* NiceGuy: Promises to protect Ripley should anything happen, but respects her strength and ability to take care of herself just the same. He even teaches her how to load and fire the rifles so as to better defend herself.
* PapaWolf: To a degree, he is this towards Newt. He's certainly the most affectionate and protective towards her of all the Marines.
* SoleSurvivor: [[spoiler: Of the marines sent to LV-426. Ripley and Newt are both civilians, and Bishop is a navy android.]]
* StayFrosty: Probably the most famous use of the phrase, and it fits Hicks very well. He even ''falls asleep'' during the drop ship ride!
-->'''Apone:''' Somebody wake up Hicks!
* SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome: [[spoiler:He dies in the opening of ''Alien 3'', unless you count ''VideoGame/AliensColonialMarines'' as canon. Also, he will be returning in the yet-untitled fifth ''Alien'' film.]]
* UnresolvedSexualTension: With Ripley.
* YouAreInCommandNow: [[spoiler:After Apone's death.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Hudson]]
!!Pvt. William Hudson
[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/hudson.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:300:''"We're on the express elevator to hell, going down!"'']]
->'''Portrayed By:''' Creator/BillPaxton

->''"That's it, man. Game over, man! Game over! What the fuck are we gonna do now? What are we gonna do?"''

The squad's jokester and computer tech expert. He seemed arrogant and overconfident of his squad's firepower and abilities. However, he soon cracked under large amounts of stress after most of his Marine squad were taken during the Alien attack in the hive. Later on, he was able to pull himself together and regain his composure.
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* BadassBoast: In the Special Edition 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.
-->"I'm ready, man. Check it out! I am the ultimate bad-ass! State of the bad-ass art! You do not want to fuck with me. Check it out! Hey, Ripley, don't worry. Me and my squad of ultimate bad-asses will protect you! Check it out. Independently targeting particle-beam phalanx. WHAP! Fry half a city with this puppy. We got tactical smart missiles, phase plasma pulse rifles, [=RPG=]s. We got sonic, electronic ball breakers! We got nukes, we got knives, sharp sticks!"

-->"Come on! Come on! Come and get it, baby! Come on! I don't got all day! Come on! Come on! Come on you bastard! Come on, you too! Oh, you want some of this? Fuck you!"
* BashBrothers: [[spoiler:Following Drake's death, he settles into a somewhat begrudging BashBrothers relationship with Vasquez.]]
* TheBerserker: After recovering from his HeroicBSOD, Hudson is a beast in combat. He's firing and yelling and basically going a bit crazy.
* BoisterousBruiser: Hudson's a big guy with a bigger mouth.
%%* BruiserWithASoftCenter
* CowardlyLion: Hudson spends a lot of time panicking in some snarky way or another, but eventually shows he's a capable elite soldier.
-->"How do I get out of this chickenshit outfit?"
* DareToBeBadass: He gets a roundabout one of these from Ripley.
-->'''Ripley:''' Hudson! This little girl survived longer than that with no weapons and no training. [to Newt] Right?
-->'''Hudson:''' Why don't you put her in charge?
-->'''Ripley:''' You better just start dealing with it, Hudson! Listen to me! Hudson, just deal with it, because we need you and I'm sick of your bullshit.
* DeadpanSnarker: Oh, absolutely. Even more so when he's [[HeroicBSOD losing his shit]]. Hudson is probably the most quotable character in the entire film.
-->'''Apone:''' What do you want me to do, fetch your slippers for you?
-->'''Hudson:''' Gee, would you sir? I'd like that.

-->'''Hudson:''' Hey, maybe you haven't been keeping up on current events, but we just got our asses kicked, pal!

-->'''Bishop:''' I'm afraid I have some bad news.
-->'''Hudson:''' Well, that's a switch!
* DefiantToTheEnd: [[spoiler:He may have been something of a panicky, whiny bitch up 'til then, but when his time comes to buy it on that rock, he damn sure doesn't go out like one.]]
* DoomedContrarian: Constantly questions the actions of his teammates, and meets a grisly (but brave) end.
* FriendToAllChildren: While the others were preoccupied with stopping the facehugger from getting Ripley, he himself killed the one that was going after Newt.
** He even effectively shields her with his own body, should the facehugger lunge at them.
** In the novelization, after Newt imitates his "Aye-firmative," Hudson [[NotSoAboveItAll can't help]] [[ActuallyPrettyFunny grinning at her,]] then he quickly [[HiddenHeartOfGold hides his smile before the other Marines see it.]]
* HeroicBSOD: Though Ripley snaps him out of it enough that he is still useful to the team.
* HypocriticalHumor: While searching the complex, the Marines find a hole made by acid. Hudson spits down it and then tells Vasquez, who jokingly pushes him toward the hole, to quit fooling around.
* KickTheDog: When Bishop volunteers for a dangerous undertaking, Hudson is quick to throw him under the bus. It was mainly Hudson's fear and anxiety talking, but he didn't need to do it to the guy's face.
* LargeHam: Bill Paxton decided to play the obnoxious team jokester by swallowing the scenery whole: "I am the ''ultimate'' badass! State of the badass art! You do NOT wanna fuck with me!"
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Hudson is obnoxious, overbearing, immensely arrogant, and can come across as a coward who crumbles under pressure. Despite all this, he's a good, loyal man at heart.
* NonActionSnarker: Though, in this case, "Non-Action" refers more to ''not taking action'' or doing anything constructive, rather than not kicking ass, which he ''does'' do later.
* OnlyAFleshWound: [[spoiler:Unlike with Drake, Vasquez, and Hicks, Hudson recovered quickly after taking a spray of acid blood to his left arm.]]
* PluckyComicRelief: Until about mid-way through the film when shit gets serious. He's still pretty funny.
* PunchClockHero: Points it out when Gorman asks him about the xenotunnels.
-->You tell me, I only work here.
* {{Retirony}}: Four more weeks and he is out. [[spoiler:Hudson buys the farm on LV-426.]]
* TheSmartGuy: Surprisingly, yes. Hudson might seem like a dumb grunt, but he's responsible for the technical work in the squad, hacking open the main door on the marine's arrival, being the primary motion sensor operator (and the first to locate something with it, though it turned out to be [[CatScare hamsters]]), later tasked with pulling blueprints of the facility from the computer system (work that seemed to help him regain his composure), and is also the one seen setting up the emplaced sentry guns. In the Special Edition, [[HiddenDepths he correctly theorizes the nature of the Xenomorph's insect ecology as well.]]
* TookALevelInBadass: He's a whiny spaz for most of the movie. Then his unit starts dropping. And so do his balls.
%%* TookALevelInKindness
* VerbalTic: Man, Hudson says 'Man' a lot, man.
* YouShallNotPass: [[spoiler:He makes a final stand against the Aliens, but sadly, it doesn't take. They come from below.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Vasquez]]
!!Pvt. Jenette Vasquez
[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/vasquez_jeanette.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:300:''"Look, man. I only need to know one thing: Where they are."'']]
->'''Portrayed By:''' Jeannette Goldstein

->'''Hudson:''' Hey, Vasquez, you ever been mistaken for a man?
->'''Vasquez:''' No, have you?

A smartgunner on the ''Sulaco'', partnered with Drake. Vasquez survived the hive and helped seal off the complex from the aliens.

{{Trope Namer|s}} for VasquezAlwaysDies.
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* ActionGirl: Vasquez is a BloodKnight with a massive gun, always willing to throw herself into the action.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Rather butch, and has a woman's name tattooed on her arm. Some of the looks she gives Ripley and Drake could be interpreted in certain ways.
* BashBrothers: With Drake, her fellow M56 Smart Gun operator. Later, she settles into a quieter BashBrothers relationship with Hudson.
* TheBerserker: When TheSquad starts dropping like flies, she screams "Let's rock!" and begins opening fire randomly with her [[{{BFG}} Smart Gun]]. Since she was supposed to hand over her ammo due to the possibility of damaging the reactor, it's possible her actions resulted in the eventual destruction of LV-426.
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: [[spoiler:Along with Gorman, they blow themselves up instead of facing death by Xenomorph.]]
* TheBigGuy: When the team gets whittled down. Vasquez always carries the {{BFG}} and provides most of the suppressing fire.
* BlingBlingBang: Downplayed. Her personal sidearm, a Smith & Wesson Model 39, is fairly standard apart from its ivory grips.
* BloodKnight: Vasquez kills scores of aliens, never shows any fear and enjoys combat. She's also one of the very few characters in the series to ''physically'' attack an alien, as seen when she slams a xenomorph's head into the wall of the air-duct with the heel of her boot and blasts the shit out of it with her hand-gun.
* BoobsOfSteel: Jeanette Goldstein had to strap herself down, and Vasquez still manages to look stacked. In real life, Goldstein even went on to found a famous clothing company that makes bras in extra large cup sizes.
* {{Brownface}}: A badass Latina, played by a Jewish woman.
* ButchLesbian: Maybe. See AmbiguouslyGay.
* CrazyPrepared: How did she know she would need ''two'' backup batteries for the expedition into the reactor?
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Pull-ups and a demolishing comeback against Hudson immediately establish her tomboyish martial prowess, her sharp tongue and her comradeship with Drake.
* GratuitousSpanish: Slips into her native tongue when angered, but also in general conversation -- "Hey, ''mira'' (look), who's Snow White?" She also calls Gorman a "''Pendejo'' jerkoff" at one point.
* HelmetsAreHardlyHeroic: Along with Drake, she is the only marine to never wear a helmet at any point.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Her and Gorman.]]
* ItHasBeenAnHonor: In her cantankerous style, her LastWords "You always were an asshole, Gorman" also carry the implication of such an acknowledgment. She also gives Gorman the "power grip", her ritual for greeting and departure she only shared with the chosen few like Drake.
* TheLadette: She's noticeably the butchest female in the film.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Nice Job Shooting that Alien With Exploding Rounds and Killing Your Boyfriend, Vasquez.
** Of course, if she hadn't shot the alien probably would have gotten him, anyways.
** This leads to a minor HeroicBSOD where she wants to go back for him, but circumstances prevent her from doing so.
* SpicyLatina: Through a FakeNationality. Jennette Goldstein is actually Jewish.
* SurvivorsGuilt: She was the one who shot the alien attacking Drake, spraying his face with acid.
* TankTopTomboy: The quintessential butch chick in the franchise, and first depicted in a tank top doing chin-ups.
* YouShallNotPass: [[spoiler:Achieved through a HeroicSacrifice.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Drake]]
!!Pvt. Mark Drake
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Drake__454.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"They ain't payin' us enough for this, man."'']]
->'''Portrayed By:''' Creator/MarkRolston

The smartgunning partner of Vasquez. The two marines shared a special bond. [[spoiler:During the first encounter with the xenomorphs he is fatally wounded after being splashed by the creatures' acid blood.]]
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* BashBrothers: With Vasquez -- the two smart-gunners both take point when infiltrating the LV-426 compound, effectively leading the charge.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Also with Vasquez.
* {{BFG}}: Like Vasquez, he wields a massive smart-gun.
* TheBigGuy: Don't mess with Drake... or he'll mess you up.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Gets covered with acid from a dead xenomorph, causing him to set himself on fire with his flamethrower.
* HelmetsAreHardlyHeroic: Along with Vasquez, he is the only marine to never wear a helmet at any point.
* PlayingWithFire: Wields a flamethrower after his smart gun runs dry.
* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler:With his intimidating appearance, {{BFG}} and BashBrothers relationship with Vasquez, Drake seems like he'll be pretty tough. He goes down like the other marines, proving just how dangerous the aliens are.]]
* YouShallNotPass: Covers the Marines' retreat after the first encounter with the xenomorphs.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Bishop]]
!!Lance Bishop
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Bishop__3807.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"I prefer the term "Artificial Person" myself."'']]
->'''Portrayed By:''' Creator/LanceHenriksen

-->''"Not bad for a...human."''

The android executive officer assigned to the ''Sulaco'', primarily responsible for planetary maneuvering. Unlike Ash, he was loyal to his seniors, colleagues and especially Ripley. Although Bishop tried to be friendly to Ripley, she did not trust him until he had proved himself.
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* ActionSurvivor: Despite having ''literally'' no offensive capabilities whatsoever, [[spoiler: Bishop is one of the four people to survive the events of the film.]]
* AlienBlood: White, in a CallBack to the first film, as shown in his RoboticReveal.
* ArtificialHuman: He's even [[BloodierAndGorier gooey inside]].
* BadassBaritone: It's Lance Henriksen. Of course he has this.
** BadassPacifist: Possibly an ActualPacifist, to the extent that his programming may restrict him from being able to commit any violent acts whatsoever. That being said, he volunteers for the extremely dangerous task of reprogramming the outside antenna to call down a dropship from the ''Sulaco'', waited for Ripley to return from her near-suicidal mission to retrieve Newt from the Alien hive while the Atmosphere Processor Reactor exploded around him, and saved [[spoiler:Newt from being sucked out into space when Ripley depressurized the cargo bay to eject the Alien Queen]].
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:Bishop swoops in to save Ripley and Newt when the Queen corners them.]]
* CastingGag: Lance Henriksen was Creator/JamesCameron's first choice for the role of the T-800 in ''Film/TheTerminator'', which may have impacted his decision to cast Henriksen as a ''friendly'' cyborg in this movie.
* TheCavalry: For Ripley and Hicks.
* DeadpanSnarker: Bishop has his moments. Given their situation, it borders on GallowsHumor.
-->'''Bishop:''' "Believe me, I'd prefer not to. I may be synthetic, but I'm not stupid."
-->'''Bishop:''' "In nineteen minutes, this area's gonna be a cloud of vapor the size of Nebraska."
* DoesntLikeGuns: Refuses to take along a pistol when he leaves to summon the dropship. It's explained in outside sources that he has no directives for combat, but even in the extenuating circumstances the film presents, it wouldn't have done him much good if he encountered any aliens en route. Similarly, it can be interpreted as a variation of his [[ThreeLawsCompliant directives]]: he refused the handgun because he was present when the survivors went over their low stock of guns and ammunition and decided that accepting the gun was risking the wellbeing of one or more of the others.
* EncyclopaedicKnowledge: Part of the job of military synthetics is to be a "generic expert" in a wide variety of fields, and such are programmed with a wide array of knowledge. This allows them to be consulted when the unit has need of specialized information (as they might when fighting on exo-planets they may know nothing about) that a typical grunt would not be expected to know.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: The memorable knife scene swiftly establishes Bishop's NervesOfSteel, [[RoboticReveal reveals him as an android,]] and his subsequent conversation with Ripley shows him to be [[NiceGuy a caring and sensitive soul.]]
* {{Foil}}: To Burke in a few ways. Bishop is a creepy android who Ripley immediately hates based on her past experiences with Ash in the prior film, and Burke is the only guy at the company who is willing to give her the time of day and or is nice to her. [[spoiler: Then the film pulls a bait and switch on us in that Bishop turns out to be a trustworthy NiceGuy while Burke is [[{{Slimeball}} an opportunistic]] [[TheSociopath sociopath]]. Bishop is not human but moral, while Burke is human but even worse than the aliens. (Which are just acting out of instinct, after all) Bishop comes through for Ripley and saves her and Newt while Burke tries to kill her. By the end of the film, Ripley despises Burke and offers her friendship and respect to Bishop.]]
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: [[spoiler: Is torn clear in two by the alien queen. He lives.]]
* HiddenDepths: Bishop is a talented [[FiveFingerFillet Five-Finger Fillet]] player, and in fact provides the current page image.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler:Immediately followed up by HalfTheManHeUsedToBe.]]
* MadeOfPlasticine: The alien queen quite literally rips him in half. Good thing androids aren't susceptible to shock. Or blood loss. [[AllThereInTheManual However, The Colonial Marines Technical Manual]] notes that androids are in many ways more delicate than humans, especially their artificial musculature, justifying the trope.
* NervesOfSteel: Bishop keeps calm and cool at every situation that is thrown his way, whether it's ''volunteering'' to go outside of the safety of the installation to go call the dropship while being completely unarmed, [[spoiler: rescuing Ripley and Newt from both the Alien queen and a nuclear blast, or being HalfTheManHeUsedToBe and saving Newt from being airlocked along with the alien queen.]] Even more impressive when Bishop reveals that he's just scared as everyone else and is yet is still entirely willing to do these things. Bishop's got '''balls''', man.
* NiceGuy: [[JustifiedTrope Military synthetics are built for it]], as their appearance and manner have been calculated to make them approachable, trustworthy, and non-threatening as a means of fostering unit cohesion.
* NonActionGuy: He hands back the pistol that Hudson gives him due to his non-hostile programing while getting ready to crawl into the conduit to the relay station. [[AllThereInTheManual Supplemental materials]] note that combat androids are forbidden by international treaty, so military synthetics are restricted to non-action support roles, like medics, pilots, or general information experts to consult.
* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler: Contrary to what some might believe, Bishop ''does'' indeed survive the film, albeit with heavy (but by no means irreversible, given his status as an android) damage.]]
* RedHerringMole: Ripley (and by extension the audience) are very suspicious of Bishop due to the previous experience with Ash, not to mention his somewhat creepy mannerisms.
* RidiculouslyHumanRobots: Not only does he look like a perfectly average human, but he's one of the most genuinely likable characters in the film. Justified by his design criteria: most military androids are built to seem non-threatening, calm, and trustworthy in order to integrate better with their unit and help foster squad cohesion.
* RoboticReveal: Played with. He cuts himself with his knife trick, and the white fluid reveals to Ripley (and the audience) that he's a robot. Everyone else already knew though.
* TheSmartGuy: Just part of the territory when you're an android.
* ThreeLawsCompliant: He quotes the First Law almost verbatim.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Bishop is part of a series of androids who are programmed to easily integrate with human society and is obliged to help his human companions, whether he wants to or not. However, he is undoubtedly self-aware and capable of formulating his own decisions. It is ambiguous whether or not Bishop's courageous actions throughout the film are entirely the result of his programming or his own conscious decisions.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Ferro]]
!!Corp. Colette Ferro
[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Ferro_6030.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:''"We're in the pipe, five by five..."'']]
->'''Portrayed By:''' Colette Hiller

-->''"Rough air ahead, we're in for some chop."''

The dropship pilot. She stayed with the craft during the alien ambush.
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* AcePilot: Her official role in the marine unit.
* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:A minor case, but she was kind of a dick to Spunkmeyer.]]
* CoolShades: She wears nifty reflective aviator shades while flying.
* DangerDeadpan: An excellent example thereof.
* DangerTakesABackseat: [[spoiler:An alien pops up behind her while she's flying.]]
* IceQueen: She's pretty cool and collected to the point of being rude to Spunkmeyer.
* {{Jerkass}}: Mildly, due to her IceQueen persona.
* NotNowKiddo: [[spoiler:She ''really'' should have listened to Spunkmeyer...]]
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[[folder:Dietrich]]
!!Corp. Cynthia Dietrich
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[[caption-width-right:320:''"Physically she's okay. Borderline malnutrition, but I don't think any permanent damage."'']]
->'''Portrayed By:''' Cynthia Dale Scott

-->''"Maybe they don't show up on infra-red at all."''

The marines' medic.
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* FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler:Dietrich's vital signs show she's still alive after the fight -- which means she was facehugger bait.]]
* KillItWithFire: One of the team's flamethrower operators. [[spoiler:Later manages to kill it -- unfortunately, "it" in this case is Frost.]]
* MauveShirt: [[spoiler:Killed during the first encounter with the aliens.]]
* TheMedic: For the marines.
* TheSmartGuy: Makes some intelligent observations, such as speculating that the Aliens don't show up on infrared.
* UnfriendlyFire: [[spoiler: When Dietrich gets grabbed by the Aliens, she triggers her flamethrower and sets Frost on fire, causing him to fall to his death. Then the ammunition bag he was carrying and was set on fire explodes, blasting Crowe into a wall and breaking his neck.]]
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[[folder:Frost]]
!!Pvt. Ricco Frost
[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/frost5.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:300:''"What do you expect us to use man, harsh language?"'']]
->'''Portrayed By:''' Ricco Ross

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

A trooper and rifleman. Frost was the driver of the unit's APC and seemed to have a good friendship with some of the marines, especially Hicks.
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* AmbiguouslyBi: It's incredibly subtle, but he seemingly had sex with a male 'Arcturian'. He also has a heart-and-arrow decoration on his armor with the name "Heath", although that isn't necessarily a romantic implication.
* BlackBestFriend: To Hicks; they're usually seen together and exchange banter.
* BlackDudeDiesFirst: [[spoiler:He's the first marine to die, burned alive by Dietrich when an alien grabs her from behind, then fell down a stairwell.]]
* CassandraTruth: "I got a bad feeling about this drop." Frost, you have ''no'' idea how right your are.
* DeadpanSnarker: Every other line of Frost's dialogue is this.
-->''[after Ripley blows up at Bishop in the cafeteria]'' "Guess she don't like the cornbread, either."
-->''[upon being told he can't use his weapon]'' ''"What do you expect us to use man, harsh language?"''
* IronicName: [[spoiler:Given the manner of his demise.]]
* KillItWithFire: [[spoiler:How he goes down.]]
* MauveShirt: [[spoiler:Frost gets slightly more characterisation than the other RedShirt marines, but still dies very quickly during the first encounter with the aliens.]]
* TheLancer: To his pal Hicks. [[spoiler:He doesn't last long, however.]]
* RailingKill: [[spoiler: Falls off a catwalk to his death after being set on fire.]]
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[[folder:Spunkmeyer]]
!!Pvt. Daniel Spunkmeyer
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[[caption-width-right:336:''"I'm in, ramp closing"'']]
->'''Portrayed By:''' Creator/DanielKash

-->''"What's this crap supposed to be?"''

The dropship chief weapons officer who worked often with Ferro.
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* UsefulNotes/AmericanAccents: Has a broad "Noo Yawk" accent.
* DangerDeadpan: He has moments of this in the cockpit.
* TheLoad: How Ferro seems to view him.
* MauveShirt: [[spoiler:Killed (off-screen) when an alien manages to board the drop-ship.]]
* TooDumbToLive: [[spoiler:You see evidence of an Alien in your ship, you do ''not'' seal yourself in. Granted, he wasn't with the team that first went in, so it doesn't seem very likely he knew what the secretion in the dropship actually was.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Crowe]]
!!Pvt. Tim Crowe
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->'''Portrayed By:''' Tip Tipping

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

Rifleman in the Marine squad.
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* TheQuietOne: Only speaks twice, the first time he's off-screen and is inaudible the second time.
* RedShirt: [[spoiler:Exists basically to fill space and then go down.]]
* NeckSnap: [[spoiler:He gets hurled into a wall by an ammunition bag exploding and snaps his neck upon impact.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Wierzbowski]]
!!Pvt. Trevor Wierzbowski
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->'''Portrayed By:''' Trevor Steedman

Flamethrower operator in the Marine squad.
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* TheBigGuy: Seriously, he's pretty darn big. Apone even sends him off alone when in the colony.
* KillItWithFire: Wields a flamethrower as his weapon of choice.
* RedShirt: [[spoiler:Exists basically to fill space and then go down.]]
* TheVoiceless: Doesn't talk, only screams.
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!Colonists of LV-426

[[folder:Newt]]
!!Rebecca "Newt" Jorden
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[[caption-width-right:300:''"My mommy always said there were no monsters, no real ones, but there are."'']]
->'''Portrayed By:''' Carrie Henn

-->''"They mostly come at night. Mostly..."''

The only survivor amongst the colonists of LV-426. She had been living in the air ducts within the compound and was discovered by the marines after they picked her up on the motion tracker. Newt bonded rather quickly with the marines and it was her strength of mind, for somebody so young, that helped to bring Hudson back from the brink of despair.
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* ActionSurvivor: At the age of 8, she manages to be the only survivor of an alien incursion that otherwise decimates a community of 70 families.
* BrokenBird: She's thoroughly scarred from her experiences. Newt didn't just lose her entire family, she lost her entire ''community'' and the trauma weighs heavily on her. She's often silent and pessimistic.
* CuteMute: At first, when she doesn't say anything.
* DamselInDistress: Arguably. Justified since, hey, 8-year-old.
* DoNotCallMePaul: "My name's Newt. Nobody calls me Rebecca."
* FragileSpeedster: Being an 8-year-old girl, she's no fighter, but the reason she survived so long (and what keeps her alive throughout the film) is her ability to quickly weave her way through air ducts and underneath grates.
* LittleMissBadass: She managed to survive the Xenomorph threat for ''weeks''.
* MoralityPet: Helps Ripley shed her cynical shell to reveal her gooey MamaBear center.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Only her brother called her Rebecca.
* SayMyName: "''Ripley!''" "''Hudson!''" "''Bishop!''"
* SoleSurvivor: The only survivor amongst the colonists of LV-426.
* SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome: [[spoiler:Poor kid doesn't make it through the dropship crash in '' Alien 3''. It's massively jarring, to say the least.]]
* TaughtByExperience: She has to be in order to survive. She knows from personal experience what the Aliens are capable of and [[{{Foreshadowing}} correctly predicts]] that the presence of the Colonial Marines "[[PoliceAreUseless won't make any difference]]."
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Russ]]
!!Russ Jorden
->'''Portrayed By:''' Jay Benedict

Newt's father, one of the "wildcatters" whom Operating Manager Al Simpson sends beyond the colony to search for a derelict ship.
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* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: After he goes out to the derelict spacecraft, he's implanted by a facehugger, thus setting off the entire chain of events. It's hard to blame him, though; he had no way of knowing what would happen. [[spoiler:Burke gave him no information or warning.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Anne]]
!!Anne Jorden
->'''Portrayed By:''' Holly de Jong

Newt's mother. She accompanied her husband inside the discovered Space Jockey's derelict ship and presumed to have discovered the ancient Alien egg nest inside the ship.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Timmy]]
!!Timmy Jorden
->'''Portrayed By:''' Christopher Henn

Newt's brother. He keeps his little sister company in the family's tractor as their parents investigate inside the Space Jockey’s ship. Tim is the only person who calls Newt by her real name, Rebecca.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Mary]]
!!Mary
->'''Portrayed By:''' Barbara Coles

Mary is the cocooned colonist whom the Marine squad discovers alive in the hive. She pleads with the Marines to kill her, as Corporal Dietrich tries to comfort her.
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* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Due to having to endure the excruciating agony of a chestburster's humiliating birth. Made doubly cruel because since Apone chose to burn her "child" with Crowe's incinerator, her final sensation before passing into oblivion was the compounded agony of being seared to a crisp in an inferno.
* NotQuiteDead: She's practically comatose when the Marines find her, but she's alive. For a little while, anyway.
[[/folder]]

!Other Characters

[[folder:Burke]]
!!Carter J. Burke
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[[caption-width-right:350:''"Now, if you're smart, we can both come out of it as heroes and we'll be set up for life."'']]
->'''Portrayed By:''' Paul Reiser

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

A corporate executive who befriended Ripley at the Gateway Station following her return from hypersleep (his business card identifies him as Special Projects Director of the Weyland-Yutani (Space) Corp's Special Services Division). After revealing that Ripley had been frozen for 57 years, he comforts a heartbroken Ripley and wins her trust. When contact is lost with the colony on LV-426, Burke persuades a reluctant Ripley to join the military expedition as an advisor, in return for him helping her regain her flight license. She finally agrees when he assures her that the mission is to destroy, not study, the aliens. He accompanies the squad aboard ''Sulaco'', presumably to safeguard the company's investment in the terraforming colony.
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* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:Burke is killed by an alien when they break through. Nobody mourns.]]
* BigBad: [[spoiler:Carter is the main human antagonist of ''Aliens''. By sending the colonists to investigate the crashed Engineer ship without any warning or basic information, he becomes responsible for the aliens overrunning the colony and the subsequent events of the film. And then he goes even further, plotting to kill the marines and smuggle the alien back for the company.]]
* BitchInSheepsClothing: [[spoiler:He pretends to be a ReasonableAuthorityFigure at first, showing sympathy to Ripley and generally being pretty polite. However, he gradually reveals himself to be a greedy opportunist.]]
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: [[spoiler: We (alarmingly) get this vibe off of him. He's remarkably nonplussed about the fact he directly caused the horrific deaths of one-hundred and fifty-seven other people. Ripley can barely contain her disgust.]]
-->'''Ripley:''' "Bad call?! Those people are '''dead,''' Burke!"
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: [[spoiler:Burke is revealed to have betrayed the colonists by sending them to their fates without any warning. Then, when Ripley confronts him about this, he tries to have her and Newt impregnated with alien embryos so that he can still bring back an alien to the Weyland-Yutani higher-ups; Ripley deduces that in order for this plan to work, he'd have had to have murdered the other survivors in their sleep first. There are subtler moments revealing this, though: when Ripley discovers that Bishop is an android, he feigns innocence and is visibly lying about it having never occurred to him to tell her this even though he was entirely familiar with her case file. Also in the drop-ship, when Gorman admits this is only his second combat drop, Burke attempts to share a look with Ripley at Gorman's expense - but ''he hired Gorman'' in the first place, and can't be ignorant about his inexperience. It raises questions about how much he was really on Ripley's side during her hearing. He makes it out as though he is and shows sympathy for her when it doesn't go as well as "they'd" hoped, but it's clear from his behavior later that if he thought her hearing going well might have impeded his own ability to profit off the information she'd given him, he'd have strung her out.]]
* 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 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.
* ContrastingSequelAntagonist: [[spoiler:The first film depicted the company as a dystopian nightmare, with the ship named Mother as a Big Brother reference and the android Ash embodying the worst fears about wiretapping and privacy violations possible. The crew was a working class group of people who had no choice but to investigate the alien signal on pain of forfeiting their shares, but who had no understanding that the company considered them expendable: in other words, a shadowy, faceless organization was pulling the strings and playing with their lives. By contrast, the villain of this movie is Burke: a midlevel employee acting on nobody's apparent orders, keeping the purpose of his actions a secret so that he can profit the most by bringing back an alien to a company that, as far as he knows, doesn't even believe such aliens exist. It comes around to being just as gutting to know one wholly unimportant, barely powerful person can cause so much awfulness, but it's tonally and thematically the polar opposite of the antagonist of the first movie.]]
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: [[spoiler:Burke is ''very'' interested in making it to the executive washroom and will do anything to ensure his rise... even if it means playing with other people's lives.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: He's fond of patronizing sarcasm during dire situations.
-->''"Maybe we could build a fire, sing a couple of songs, huh? Why don't we try that?"''
* DirtyCoward: [[spoiler:When the aliens break into the colony, Burke makes a run for it. He even locks the door behind him, either out of cowardice or just because it was a nice opportunity to get rid of the witnesses to his attempted crime.]]
* FauxAffablyEvil: [[spoiler:He actually does a good job of acting like a benevolent figure, before the magnitude of what he's done (and tries to do) comes to light. At its earliest, it's seen when he protests the decision to nuke the site from orbit.]]
-->'''Burke:''' This is a multi-million dollar installation, okay? He can't make that kind of decision, he's just a grunt! [to Hicks] Ah, no offense.
-->'''Hicks:''' [[DeadpanSnarker None taken.]]
* {{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?]]
* GratuitousSpanish: He refers to the marines as 'tough hombres' and when explaining the issue with the primary heat exchangers to Gorman.
-->''"Look, this whole station is basically a big fusion reactor...right? So you're talkin' about a thermonuclear explosion and "Adiós, muchachos.""''
* {{Greed}}: [[spoiler:His motivation for pretty much every move he makes. Ripley calls him out on it.]]
-->'''Ripley:''' You know, Burke, I don't know which species is worse. You don't see them fucking each other over for a goddamn percentage.
* HateSink: [[spoiler:Once Burke's true slimy colors are revealed, even ''Reiser's own parents'' cheered when Burke gets exactly [[KarmicDeath what he deserves]].]]
* JustThinkOfThePotential: Averted, actually. [[spoiler:The company certainly holds this view in regard to the alien, but Burke is strictly a money-orientated individual who thinks of the aliens only in terms of how he might profit from them, never showing any interest in what the company would use the alien ''for''.]]
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:Burke is killed by one of the aliens on the Colony; fitting, considering he's responsible for the alien outbreak to begin with.]]
* LackOfEmpathy: [[spoiler:His response to Ripley's accusation of murdering 157 colonists? Administration complications and profit margins.]]
* NeverMyFault: [[spoiler:He tries to escape blame for the alien outbreak at the Colony when Ripley confronts him.]]
-->''"Okay, look. What if that ship didn't even exist, huh? Did you ever think about that? I didn't know! So now, if I went in and made a major security issue out of it, everybody steps in. Administration steps in, and there are no exclusive rights for anybody; nobody wins. So I made a decision and it was... wrong. It was a bad call, Ripley, it was a bad call."''
* OverlyNervousFlopSweat: [[spoiler:Everyone in this movie tends towards this, given the high stress they're under, but homeboy looks like somebody emptied a glass over his head after he's confronted for his attempt to have Ripley and Newt facehugged...]]
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: As opposed to the other company higher-ups, Burke seems more sympathetic to Ripley's situation. [[spoiler:As it turns out, he's worse than the rest of them put together.]]
* SaveTheVillain: [[spoiler:Hicks wants to just kill him after his crimes are exposed, but Ripley prevents him. She says he 'has to go back', but an alien attack quickly renders the conversation moot. It seems likely she wanted to expose him and the company in a public trial.]]
* {{Slimeball}}: [[spoiler:Ripley outright tells Burke he won't be able to slime his way out of his crimes.]]
* SmugSnake: [[spoiler:He certainly considers himself smarter than the likes of Ripley and the marines, considering her to be psychologically frazzled and them to be grunts.]]
* TheSociopath: [[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 rationalizing his actions.]]
* SuitWithVestedInterests: [[spoiler:He's there with the hidden agenda of getting a sample of the creature and won't let the safety of the crew distract him from that.]]
* WalkingSpoiler: For some reason, a sympathetic authority figure becomes far less sympathetic when equipped with tropes like BigBad and ChronicBackstabbingDisorder.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Van Leuwen]]
!!Van Leuwen
->'''Portrayed By:''' Paul Maxwell

-->''"Thank you, that will be all."''

The chairman of the Interstellar Commerce Commission board that reviewed Ripley's case concerning the destruction of the Nostromo. He dismissed her claims, revoked her flight license and submitted her for psychological evaluations.
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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.
* {{Jerkass}}: He is less than understanding of what Ripley has been through and pretty much disbelieves everything she says about the xenomorph.
* 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.
* 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.
[[/folder]]
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