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.'''


[[folder:Sulaco Crew]]
!!USS Sulaco
[[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
* Bishop

With additions for the 'bug hunt':

* Ellen Ripley
* Lt. William Gorman
* Carter J Burke

!!Lt. Gorman
->'''Played 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 mision. 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.
* ArmchairMilitary
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled
* TheDitherer
* EnsignNewbie
* GeneralFailure
* HeroicSacrifice
* MissionControl: Not a very helpful one.
* TheNeidermeyer: He's not very competent, but it's more because he's in way over his head, rather than out of malice.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: He's killed after one of his first displays of valor.
* YouShallNotPass: Said display of valor did block the aliens from following Ripley and co. through the airshafts.

!!Sgt. Apone
[[caption-width-right:350:''"Alright sweethearts, what're you waiting for, breakfast in bed? Another glorious day in the Corps..."'']]
->'''Played By''': Al Matthews

->''"A day in the Corps is like a day on the farm: Every meal's a banquet. Every paycheck a fortune! Every formation's a parade! I '''love''' the Corps!"''

The squad leader of the team that went to investigate LV-426. Apone was far more liked and respected than his C.O, Lieutenant Gorman.
* {{Badass}}
* 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
* AFateWorseThanDeath: 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: Loves his Marines to death. His falling in combat devastates his platoon.
* NiceHat
* SacrificialLion: You'd be forgiven for thinking he was gonna impact the story more than he did.
* SergeantRock: Practically '''the''' classic example.

!!Corp. Dwayne Hicks
[[caption-width-right:350:''"It's a bug hunt."'']]
->'''Played By''': Michael Biehn

->''"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.

TropeNamer for StayFrosty.
* 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.
* {{Badass}}
* {{Bandage B|abe}}oy
* 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, prefering 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
* 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.
* 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!
* [[spoiler:SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome]]
* UnresolvedSexualTension: With Ripley.
* YouAreInCommandNow

!!Pvt. Hudson
[[caption-width-right:350:''"[[GameOverMan Game over, man! GAME OVER!]]"'']]
->'''Played By''': Bill Paxton

->''"I am the ultimate badass! State-of-the-badass-art. You do NOT wanna fuck with me."''

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.
* {{Badass}}
** TookALevelInBadass
** 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.
* TheBerserker: After recovering from his HeroicBSOD and before his HeroicSacrifice.
* BruiserWithASoftCenter
* CowardlyLion: 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?"''
* DeadpanSnarker: Even more so when he's [[HeroicBSOD losing his shit]].
-->'''Bishop:''' ''"I'm afraid I have some bad news."''
-->'''Hudson:''' ''"Well, that's a switch."''
* DefiantToTheEnd: 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
* FriendToAllChildren: While the others were preoccupied with stopping the face hugger from getting Ripley, he himself killed the one that was going after Newt.
* HeroicBSOD: Though Ripley snaps him out of it enough that he is still useful to the team.
* 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!"
* JerkassFacade
* ManlyTears
* 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.
* PluckyComicRelief: Until about mid-way through the film when shit gets serious.
* PunchClockHero: Points it out when Gorman asks him about the xenotunnels.
-->You tell me, I only work here.
* {{Retirony}}: It's four weeks and out for him. Buys the farm on LV-426.
* TheSmartGuy: To an extent. Seems to be 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 theorises the nature of the Xenomorph's insect ecology as well.]]
* TookALevelInKindness
* YouShallNotPass: It doesn't take.

!!Pvt. Vasquez
->'''Played By''': Jeannette Goldstein

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

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

TropeNamer for VasquezAlwaysDies.
* ActionGirl
* AmbiguouslyGay
* {{Badass}}
* BashBrothers: With Drake, her fellow M56 Smart Gun operator.
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled
* TheBigGuy: When the team gets whittled down. Vasquez always carries the {{BFG}} and provides most of the suppressing fire.
* BloodKnight: ''"I only need to know one thing: where they are."''
* 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}}
* ButchLesbian: Maybe.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Chin-ups and a demolishing comeback against Hudson immediately establish her tomboyish martial prowess, her sharp tongue and her comradeship with Drake.
* GratuitousSpanish
* HeroicSacrifice
* ItHasBeenAnHonor: In her cantankerous style, her LastWords "You always were an asshole, Gorman." also carry an underneath acknowledgment.
* TheLadette
* 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 anyway.
** 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.
* YouShallNotPass: Achieved through a HeroicSacrifice.

!!Pvt. Drake
[[caption-width-right:350:''"They ain't payin' us enough for this, man."'']]
->'''Played By''': Mark Rolston

The smartgunning partner of Vasquez. The two marines shared a special bond.
* {{Badass}}
* BashBrothers: With Vasquez.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Also with Vasquez.
* TheBigGuy: Don't mess with Drake...or he'll mess you up.
* Jerkass
* MauveShirt: Plenty of screentime, dies as easily as the rest of them.

[[caption-width-right:350:''"I prefer the term "Artificial Person" myself."'']]
->'''Played By''': Creator/LanceHenriksen

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

The android executive officer assigned to the Sulaco and was 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.
* [[AlienBlood Artificial Blood]]: White, in a CallBack to the first film, as shown in his RoboticReveal.
* ArtificialHuman: He's even [[BloodierAndGorier gooey inside]].
* BadassBaritone
* BigDamnHeroes
* TheCavalry: For Ripley and Hicks.
* DeadpanSnarker
* 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.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: 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 The Colonial Marines Technical Manual]] notes that androids are in many ways more delicate than humans, especially their artificial musculature, justifying the trope.
* NiceGuy
* NonActionGuy: He hands back the pistol that Hudson gives him do 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.
* PlayingAgainstType: Retroactively, yes; but this is so far the '''only''' character in Lance Henrickson's career who is a sweet, gentle, polite and kind sweetheart. ''Everyone'' else is at best a tired and burnt-out cynic, but as a rule heartless and violent monsters. Until he played the first [[Film/AlienVsPredator Weyland]] years later.
* RedHerringMole
* 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
* ThreeLawsCompliant: He quotes the First Law almost verbatim.

!!Corp. Ferro
[[caption-width-right:350:''"We're in the pipe, five by five..."'']]
->'''Played By''': Colette Hiller)

The dropship pilot. She stayed with the craft during the alien ambush.
* AcePilot
* AssholeVictim: A minor case, [[NotNowKiddo she was in a bit of hurry after all.]]
* CoolShades: Wears reflective aviator shades while flying.
* DangerDeadpan: An excellent example thereof.
* DangerTakesABackseat
* IceQueen
* {{Jerkass}}: In a mild way.
* NotNowKiddo

!!Corp. Dietrich
->'''Played By''': Cynthia Dale Scott

->''"Top! Top, get over here, we got a live one!"''

The marines' medic.
* FateWorseThanDeath: 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. Later manages to kill it - unfortunately, "it" in this case is Frost.
* MauveShirt
* TheMedic: Duh.
* [[TheSmartGuy The Smart Chick]]: Makes some intelligent observations (Such as speculating that the Aliens don't show up on infrared.).

!!Pvt. Frost
[[caption-width-right:350:''"What do you expect us to use man, harsh language?"'']]
'''Played 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.
* {{Badass}}
* BlackBestFriend: With Hicks, it seems.
* BlackDudeDiesFirst
* DeadpanSnarker: "Guess she don't like the cornbread either."
* KillItWithFire: How he goes down.
* MauveShirt
* TheLancer: for Hicks, but not for long.

!!Pvt. Spunkmeyer
->'''Played By''': Daniel Kash

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

The dropship chief weapons officer who worked often with Ferro.
* DangerDeadpan: Has moments of this in the cockpit.
* TheLoad: How Ferro seems to view him.
* MauveShirt
* TooDumbToLive: You see evidence of an Alien in your ship, you do ''not'' seal yourself in.
** More like he was trying to warn Ferro, [[NotNowKiddo only to get silenced by her]].

!!Pvt. Crowe
->'''Played By''': Tip Tipping

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

Rifleman in the Marine squad.
* CassandraTruth: "I got a bad feeling about this drop." Frost, you have ''no'' idea how right your are.
* CurseCutShort: Averted, he actually has enough time to swear before the ammo blows.
* TheQuietOne: Only speaks twice, the first time he's offscreen and is inaudible the second time.
* RedShirt

!!Pvt. Wierzbowski
->'''Played By''': Trevor Steedman

Flamethrower operator in the Marine squad.
* 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: Exists basically to fill space and then go down.
* TheVoiceless: Doesn't talk, only screams.

[[folder:Other Characters]]
!!Rebecca ‘Newt’ Jorden
[[caption-width-right:350:''"My mommy always said there were no monsters, no real ones, but there are."'']]
->'''Played 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.
* ActionSurvivor: And completely by herself, at the age of 8.
* {{Badass}}
** LittleMissBadass
* BrokenBird
* TheChick
* CuteMute
* DistressedDamsel: Arguably. Justified since, hey, 8-year-old.
* DoNotCallMePaul: "My name's Newt. Nobody calls me Rebecca."
* FragileSpeedster: Can't really fight, 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.
* GenreSavvy: 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]]."
* HeroicBSOD
* MoralityPet: Helps Ripley shed her cynical shell to reveal her gooey MamaBear center.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Only her brother called her Rebecca.
* RealLifeRelative: Newt's brother Timmy was played by Henn's actual brother.
* SoleSurvivor: The only survivor amongst the colonists of LV-426.
* SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome

!!Carter J. Burke
[[caption-width-right:350:''"Busy little creatures, huh?"'']]
->'''Played 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."''

[[CorruptCorporateExecutive Corporate executive and the Special Projects Director]] for Weyland-Yutani who befriended Ripley at the Gateway Station following her return from hypersleep. 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.
* AssholeVictim
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Pretends to be a reasonable authority figure at first, but his nefarious plans are eventually discovered.
* [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Corrupt Corporate Middle Management]], ''Very'' interested in making it to the executive washroom.
* DeadpanSnarker: Fond of patronizing sarcasm during dire situations.
-->Why don't we make a fire, and sing a couple of songs?
* DirtyCoward: Runs for it when the aliens break into the colony.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Comes across as a nice guy to start with.
* GratuitousSpanish
* ItsAllAboutMe
* JustThinkOfThePotential
* KarmicDeath
* LackOfEmpathy: His response to Ripley's accusation of murdering 157 colonists? Administration complications and profit margins.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Paul Reiser laments having played a character ''so hateful'' that ''his own mother'' whispered "good" when the Aliens killed him.
* NeverMyFault
* OnlyInItForTheMoney
* {{Slimeball}}
* SmugSnake
* TheSociopath
* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans

!!Van Leuwen
->'''Played By''': Paul Maxwell

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.

* 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]].
* {{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.
* 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.