Creator / Ridley Scott

Highly accomplished commercial director, doing some of the early Apple ads, turned auteur, Sir Ridley Scott (he doesn't use the title as it makes him "sound like an old man") is a British director. Known for an obsession with visual detail rivaling Stanley Kubrick, if not Alfred Hitchcock. Several of his early works helped establish the popularity of the Used Future trope. Older brother of late director Tony Scott, and the father of Jake, Jordan and Luke Scott, all directors. He has worked with an incredibly wide variety of genres and budgets, yet somehow maintains his own special touch through it all.

Oh yeah, and the other Ridley was named after him.



This director's films contain examples of these tropes:

  • Action Girl: Ellen Ripley, Thelma and Louise and Elizabeth Shaw, for starters. Scott has admitted he prefers strong women in his films.
    Scott: There are a lot of men who feel they're being emasculated by having Women in charge; I've never had that problem. The stronger the woman, the better for me.
  • Artificial Human: Alien, Blade Runner and Prometheus have fun with this trope.
  • Bittersweet Ending/Downer Ending: More of the former shows up in his films, but the latter is definitely present.
  • Cyber Punk: Practically codified how to put cyberpunk onscreen with Bladerunner, yet Alien helped cement the related Used Future just before.
  • Duel to the Death: The Duelists, Gladiator and Kingdom of Heaven have this.
  • Excessive Steam Syndrome: One of the more frequent visual motifs of his Scifi and fantasy films — Alien, Blade Runner, Legend, and Prometheus. Even scenes without it may still have characters cooking noodles or soup and producing a lot of steam as well.
  • Mega Corp.: Serves as the Greater-Scope Villain of Alien and Blade Runner.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: Every piece of work of his has at least one scene that ratchets the tension up by showing not a damn thing happening. Done very, very atmospherically, too. May include water, smoke or mist.
  • Off with His Head!: Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven and The Counselor are rife with decapitations.
  • Re Cut: Even when he didn't actually want them. Still, Scott is often labelled as the "Father of the Director's Cut" after how many versions of Blade Runner are running around. In addition, Alien, Legend, Gladiator, Black Hawk Down, Kingdom Of Heaven, American Gangster, Robin Hood, The Counselor and The Martian all had Director's Cuts/Extended Editions.
  • Scenery Porn: If there's one thing consistent about his films, it can be said that all of Ridley's films look good.
  • Unicorn: Legend and, oddly enough, Blade Runner.
  • Used Future: Alien and Blade Runner.