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* MeaningfulName: Doubles as a PunnyName. Burke, as per CockneyRhymingSlang, is indeed a [[CountryMatters berk.]]

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* MeaningfulName: Doubles as a PunnyName. Burke, as per CockneyRhymingSlang, BritishEnglish/CockneyRhymingSlang, is indeed a [[CountryMatters berk.]]


* HateSink: Once Burke's true slimy colors are revealed, even ''Reiser's own parents'' cheered when Burke gets exactly [[KarmicDeath what he deserves]].]] His sister even punched him (jokingly) after the premiere for playing such a disgusting character.

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* HateSink: Once Burke's true slimy colors are revealed, even ''Reiser's own parents'' cheered when Burke gets exactly [[KarmicDeath what he deserves]].]] His sister even punched him (jokingly) after the premiere for playing such a disgusting character.


* ContrastingSequelAntagonist: 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.]]

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* ContrastingSequelAntagonist: 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.]]


* UsefulNotes/AmericanAccents: Has a broad "Noo Yawk" accent.

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* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: In a movie filled with terrifying alien monsters, he manages to come across as the most vile and despicable character of all.

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* BigBadWannabe: If the Queen did not showed up.

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* MythologyGag: A complicated example: In the film ''Film/TheTerminator'' there is a scene where Reese has a flashback of the BadFuture where he is fighting alongside a girl soldier. While she has no name or dialog in the movie and is just a RedShirt, the novelization names her "Corporal Ferro", and provides a little more detail. Evidentally James Cameron is rather fond of this name as he re-uses it for this character despite there being no connection other than them both being female soldiers.


* 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. And then there's his image quote above, his first line of dialogue in the film. He does indeed work for the Company, but he is ''not'' an "okay guy."

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* 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. And then there's his image quote above, his first line of dialogue in the film. He does indeed work for the Company, but he is ''not'' an "okay guy."


* 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.

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* 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. And then there's his image quote above, his first line of dialogue in the film. He does indeed work for the Company, but he is ''not'' an "okay guy."



* {{Greed}}: 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.

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* {{Greed}}: His motivation for pretty much every move he makes. Ripley makes.
-->'''Burke''': Now if I go and make a major security decision out of it, everybody steps in. Administration steps in, and there's no exclusive rights for anybody, ok, ''noboby wins''.
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calls him out on it.
-->'''Ripley:''' --->'''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.

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** He's also set up to parallel Ash, being an android (though openly, unlike Ash), AdmiringTheAbomination, and being genuinely creepy much of the time. However, he's the exact opposite of Ash in pretty much every meaningful way.


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%%* BruiserWithASoftCenter * BruiserWithASoftCenter: His armor has "Louise" painted on it (the name of Bill Paxton's real-life wife), he tries (and doesn't quite succeed) in comforting Ripley with the badassness of the Colonial Marines, and he ''quite violently'' defends Newt from a facehugger.


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-->'''Newt''': ''salutes Hudson''


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%%* DeadpanSnarker* DeadpanSnarker: He's generally more of a quiet type, but busts these out with no problem, telling Ripley "Don't be gone long, Ellen" when she's about to storm the hive located in a nuclear reactor that's minutes away from going critical, or noting the only thing missing from their plans to keep the aliens from killing them for seventeen days is a deck of cards to pass the time.


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* OnlySaneMan: Keeps his mouth shut and his ears open, asking Ripley "What exactly are we dealing with?" in the initial briefing. Later, he lets Newt hop up and watch them reviewing the colony plans to formulate their defense against the aliens, apparently valuing the fact that she ''lives there'' and hid successfully for quite some time, and thus may have useful input.

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-->'''Gorman''': Apone? Talk to me. Apone? Talk to me.

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* BigBad: Serves as the final antagonist in the climax after [[DiscOneFinalBoss Burke bites it]].


* BigBad: 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.

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* BigBad: BigBadEnsemble: 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.



* DiscOneFinalBoss: Killed by a Xenomorph before Ripley confronts the Alien Queen.



* WalkingSpoiler: For some reason, a sympathetic authority figure becomes far less sympathetic when equipped with tropes like BigBad and ChronicBackstabbingDisorder.

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* WalkingSpoiler: For some reason, a sympathetic authority figure becomes far less sympathetic when equipped with tropes like BigBad BigBadEnsemble and ChronicBackstabbingDisorder.

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