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Ellen L. Ripley
Played By: Sigourney Weaver
"You are my lucky star..."The primary protagonist and hero, Ripley is probably the most famous character in the franchise aside from the titular xenomorph. 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.For tropes relating to the Ripley 8 clone, see the character page for Alien: Resurrection.
The Aliens / Xenomorphs
The primary antagonists of the series, these parasitic extraterrestrials are predatory creatures with no higher goals than the propagation of their species and the destruction of life that could pose a threat. Aliens are vaguely bipedal in form, though they adopt a more hunched, quadrupedal stance when walking or sprinting. They have a skeletal, biomechanical appearance and are usually colored in muted shades of black, blue or bronze.
The Nostromo Crew
Played By: Veronica Cartwright, Ian Holm, John Hurt, Yaphet Kotto, Harry Dean Stanton, Tom Skerrit & Sigourney WeaverThe Nostromo is a commercial towing vessel owned by the enormous Weyland-Yutani Corporation. It hauls a massive ore refinery along with 20 millions tons of raw ore. It also has a self destruct sequence and an escape shuttle, The Narcissus. It's manned by seven crew members...and one cat.
Dallas Koblenz Arthur
Played By: Tom Skerritt
"Standard procedure is to do what the hell they tell you to do!"The laid-back captain of the Nostromo; he has sole access to Mother, the on-board computer. Despite his nonchalant and casual-seeming attitude, his leadership and decision-making skills become increasingly evident.
Joan Marie Lambert
Played By: Veronica Cartwright
"I say that we abandon this ship! We take the shuttle and just get the hell out of here!"The navigator of the Nostromo. Disinclined to taking risks beyond the confines of her console, she resents being chosen as one of the team to explore the derelict, and later angry with Ripley for her decision to leave Kane, Dallas and herself outside of the ship when the facehugger was attached to Kane.
Played By: John Hurt
"I do remember some horrible dream about smothering…"The Executive Officer aboard the Nostromo. During the investigation of the derelict space ship, he incautiously moves to get a closer look at one of the unusual 'pod' forms encountered and from this an unknown life-form (later known as an Ovomorph, or face-hugger) attaches itself to his face and (unknown to him and to the crew) impregnates him with an alien creature.
Played By: Ian Holm
"I can't lie to you about your chances, but... you have my sympathies."The Nostromo's inscrutable science officer. He administers medical treatment, conducts biological research and is responsible for investigating any alien life forms the crew may encounter. It is at Ash's insistence that the crew investigates the mysterious signal emanating from LV-426.
Dennis Monroe Parker
Played By: Yaphet Kotto
"I'm not for drawing straws. I'm up for killing that god-damned thing right now."The chief engineer aboard the ship, with Brett as his assistant. Assertive and acerbic, he is a dauntless complainer and, abetted by his sidekick Brett, demands more money for investigating the alien transmission. Occasionally at odds with Ripley, his respect for her resourcefulness and plans to combat the growing crisis prevails.
"I think we should discuss the Bonus situation."
Samuel Elias Brett
Played By: Harry Dean Stanton
"You see, Mr. Parker and I feel that the bonus situation has never been on a-an equitable level."An engineering technician on board the Nostromo and a good friend of his engineering chief, Parker. As a 'regular working Joe', he persistently angles for the increased pay and bonus awards he feels are due.
Jones the Cat
"Hiiiiisssssss!!" (As he saw the beast that slowly rose behind Brett)The ship's pet, and the only non-human to survive the movie (and Aliens too). Ripley is particularly attached to him, even going back to retrieve him before leaving the Nostromo.