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Characters: Aliens
This is a page listing characters in Aliens.

For recurring characters in the entire series, see the main characters page.

Warning: here be heavy spoilerage.

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    Sulaco Crew 

USS Sulaco

Ripley and the Colonial Space Marines.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.

Sgt. Apone

"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
  • Boisterous Bruiser: A grunt at heart:
    "There's some juicy colonists' daughters we have to rescue from their virginity."
  • Cigar Chomper: He apparently keeps some in his hypersleep chamber, since he puts one in his mouth seconds after getting up.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • A Fate Worse Than Death: 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.
  • A Father to His Men: Loves his Marines to death. His falling in combat devastates his platoon.
  • Nice Hat
  • Sacrificial Lion: You'd be forgiven for thinking he was gonna impact the story more than he did.
  • Sergeant Rock: Practically the classic example.

Corp. Dwayne Hicks

"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.

Trope Namer for Stay Frosty.
  • Ancestral Weapon: In the novelization of Aliens it is revealed that Hicks' shotgun ("I like to keep this handy for close encounters") is an heirloom that has been in his family for generations; Hicks' great-great-great-grandfather used it during the Vietnam War.
  • Badass
  • Bandage Boy
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: 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!
  • Chekhov's Skill: He teaches Ripley how to use a pulse rifle, which comes in handy later.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Knight in Sour Armor: Not as much as Ripley, but still is one after the squad is decimated.
  • The Lancer
  • Nice Guy: 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.
  • Stay Frosty: 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!
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Ripley.
  • You Are in Command Now

Pvt. Hudson

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
    • Took a Level in Badass
    • Badass Boast: 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.
  • The Berserker: After recovering from his Heroic BSOD and before his Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center
  • Cowardly Lion: 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?"
  • Deadpan Snarker: Even more so when he's losing his shit.
    Bishop: "I'm afraid I have some bad news."
    Hudson: "Well, that's a switch."
  • Defiant to the End: 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.
  • Doomed Contrarian
  • Friend to All Children: While the others were preoccupied with stopping the face hugger from getting Ripley, he himself killed the one that was going after Newt.
  • Heroic BSOD: Though Ripley snaps him out of it enough that he is still useful to the team.
  • Large Ham: 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!"
  • Jerkass Façade
  • Manly Tears
  • Non-Action Snarker: 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.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Until about mid-way through the film when shit gets serious.
  • Punch Clock Hero: 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.
  • The Smart Guy: 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 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, he correctly theorises the nature of the Xenomorph's insect ecology as well.
  • Took a Level in Kindness
  • You Shall Not Pass: It doesn't take.

Pvt. Vasquez

Played 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 for Vasquez Always Dies.

Pvt. Drake

"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.

Bishop

"I prefer the term "Artificial Person" myself."
Played By: Lance Henriksen

"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.
  • Artificial Blood: White, in a Call Back to the first film, as shown in his Robotic Reveal.
  • Artificial Human: He's even gooey inside.
  • Badass Baritone
  • Big Damn Heroes
  • The Cavalry: For Ripley and Hicks.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Doesn't Like Guns: 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.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Immediately followed up by Half the Man He Used to Be.
  • Made of Plasticine: The alien queen quite literally rips him in half. Good thing androids aren't susceptible to shock. Or blood loss. The Colonial Marines Technical Manual notes that androids are in many ways more delicate than humans, especially their artificial musculature, justifying the trope.
  • Nice Guy
  • Non-Action Guy: 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. 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.
  • Playing Against Type: 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 Weyland years later.
  • Red Herring Mole
  • Ridiculously Human Robots: 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.
  • Robotic Reveal: 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.
  • The Smart Guy
  • Three Laws Compliant: He quotes the First Law almost verbatim.

Corp. Ferro

"We're in the pipe, five by five..."
Played By: Colette Hiller)

The dropship pilot. She stayed with the craft during the alien ambush.

Corp. Dietrich

Played By: Cynthia Dale Scott

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

The marines' medic.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Dietrich's vital signs show she's still alive after the fight - which means she was facehugger bait.
  • Kill It with Fire: One of the team's flamethrower operators. Later manages to kill it - unfortunately, "it" in this case is Frost.
  • Mauve Shirt
  • The Medic: Duh.
  • The Smart Chick: Makes some intelligent observations (Such as speculating that the Aliens don't show up on infrared.).

Pvt. Frost

"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.

Pvt. Spunkmeyer

Played By: Daniel Kash

"What's this crap supposed to be?"

The dropship chief weapons officer who worked often with Ferro.

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.
  • Cassandra Truth: "I got a bad feeling about this drop." Frost, you have no idea how right your are.
  • Curse Cut Short: Averted, he actually has enough time to swear before the ammo blows.
  • The Quiet One: Only speaks twice, the first time he's offscreen and is inaudible the second time.
  • Red Shirt

Pvt. Wierzbowski

Played By: Trevor Steedman

Flamethrower operator in the Marine squad.
  • The Big Guy: Seriously, he's pretty darn big. Apone even sends him off alone when in the colony.
  • Kill It with Fire: Wields a flamethrower as his weapon of choice.
  • Red Shirt: Exists basically to fill space and then go down.
  • The Voiceless: Doesn't talk, only screams.

    Other Characters 

Rebecca ‘Newt’ Jorden

"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.

Carter J. Burke

"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."

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.

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.

  • Head-in-the-Sand Management: While Ripley's story is certainly pretty unprecedented, he refuses to entertain the possibility that 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.
  • Karma Houdini: If he had any involvement in having the colonists investigate the derelict ship, we don't see him get any comeuppance.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: 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.

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