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* JawsFirstPersonPerspective: Despite not having visible eyes, it's shown for the first time in films that the Xenomorph can [[BizarreAlienSenses visually perceive their environment, and even color]].

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* JawsFirstPersonPerspective: Despite not having visible eyes, it's shown for the first [[Film/Alien3 second]] time in films that the Xenomorph can [[BizarreAlienSenses visually perceive their environment, and even color]].


* RiddleForTheAges: The reason why the planet where the movie takes place was completely missed by all the surveys, despite being closer to Earth than Origae-6, being a much more hospitable world, and [[spoiler:being home to an advanced alien species]]. Daniels brings up the point but no answer is ever given or speculated upon.

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* RiddleForTheAges: RiddleForTheAges:
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The reason why the planet where the movie takes place was completely missed by all the surveys, despite being closer to Earth than Origae-6, being a much more hospitable world, and [[spoiler:being home to an advanced alien species]]. Daniels brings up the point but no answer is ever given or speculated upon.upon.
** [[spoiler:The reason why David's ship crashes some distance away from the Engineer city after releasing the bio-weapons.]]



* TravellingAtTheSpeedOfPlot: The ship that Shaw and David use to get to the Engineers homeworld is specifically about eight kilometres away from where the landing party park their shuttle -- and most of that being up-hill. [[spoiler:Once Karine raises the alarm about Ledward, they manage to make the return trip in, at most, ten minutes; they arrive just in time to see the shuttle blow up.]]

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* TravellingAtTheSpeedOfPlot: The site of [[spoiler:the ship that Shaw and David use to get to the Engineers homeworld homeworld]] is specifically about eight kilometres kilometers away from where the landing party park their shuttle -- and most of that being up-hill. [[spoiler:Once Karine raises the alarm about Ledward, they manage to make the return trip in, at most, ten minutes; they arrive just in time to see the shuttle blow up.]]


* DoesNotLikeShoes: David has ditched footwear in this film, possibly in a minor for of GoingNative.

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* DoesNotLikeShoes: David has ditched footwear in this film, possibly in a minor for form of GoingNative.


A prequel is in development that will fill the gap between ''Prometheus'' and ''Covenant''. A direct sequel to ''Covenant'' is also planned to follow this, to close out the entire tetralogy of ''Alien'' prequels. However, [[FlipFlopOfGod there are also indications]] that the next film will instead close out the MythArc of a trilogy and that subsequent movies will just tell different stories with the Xenomorphs, that FOX is reassessing the future of the series following ''Alien: Covenant''[='=]s lacklustre fan-reception, and Ridley Scott himself is again expressing interest in moving the franchise away from the Xenomorphs and focusing on David.

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A prequel is in development that will fill the gap between ''Prometheus'' and ''Covenant''. A direct sequel to ''Covenant'' is also planned to follow this, to close out the entire tetralogy of ''Alien'' prequels. However, [[FlipFlopOfGod there are also indications]] that the next film will instead close out the MythArc of a trilogy and that subsequent movies will just tell different stories with the Xenomorphs, that FOX is reassessing the future of the series following ''Alien: Covenant''[='=]s lacklustre fan-reception, and Ridley Scott himself is again expressing interest in moving the franchise away from the Xenomorphs and focusing on David.
David. In November 2018, an article in ''Empire'' magazine indicated a sequel was in the works, but in January 2019 Fox issued a statement that there were no new ''Alien'' films planned -- effectively cancelling the prequel trilogy.

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* BloodierAndGorier: Already regarded by critics and fans alike as the goriest film in the franchise.

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* AlienSky: LV-223 has two moons.

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* AlienBlood: The Neomorphs bleed yellow, along with the greenish-yellow acid blood of the Protomorphs and white Android oil.


* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:Everyone on the ship save Daniels and Tennessee is dead, and even those two have been subjected to an AndIMustScream situation. Walter has been replaced by [[BigBad David]] aboard the ship, with 2000-or-so sleeping colonists and two Facehugger embryos to use as test subjects, continuing on to the ship's original target planet]].
* DramaticIrony: Considering this is a prequel set in a well-established universe, it's astonishing how much of its criticism is predicated upon the assumption that its characters actually know they are in a horror film. The fact that there's an entire page for "WhatAnIdiot" is proof of this.

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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:Everyone on the ship save Daniels and Tennessee is dead, and even those two have been subjected to an AndIMustScream situation. Walter has been replaced by [[BigBad David]] aboard the ship, with 2000-or-so sleeping colonists and two Facehugger embryos to use as test subjects, continuing on to the ship's original target planet]].
* DramaticIrony: Considering this is a prequel set in a well-established universe, it's astonishing how much of its criticism is predicated upon the assumption that its characters actually know they are in a horror film. The fact that there's an entire page for "WhatAnIdiot" is proof of this.
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* ActionFilmQuietDramaScene: For a film with decent amount of blood, screams, gunshots, and explosions, it began with a noticeably calm yet foreboding conversation between Peter Weyland and newly-born David. Also the scene when Daniels was [[spoiler: mourning her recently deceased husband was poignant accompanied with melancholic piano tune.]] and when [[spoiler: she looked at the group photo of Covenant's crew after most of them got killed on the planet, Tennessee was also there to comfort her and vice versa since he also just lost his wife.]]

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* ActionFilmQuietDramaScene: For a film with decent amount of blood, screams, gunshots, and explosions, it began with a noticeably calm yet foreboding conversation between Peter Weyland and newly-born David. Also the scene when Daniels was [[spoiler: mourning [[spoiler:mourning her recently deceased husband was poignant accompanied with melancholic piano tune.]] and when [[spoiler: she [[spoiler:she looked at the group photo of Covenant's crew after most of them got killed on the planet, Tennessee was also there to comfort her and vice versa since he also just lost his wife.]]



* CallForward: [[spoiler: David's attitudes are echoed in Ash's views in "the future", as both see humans as ''inferiors'' and full of ''weaknesses'', while the Xenomorphs are ''perfection'' and ''purity'' to them.]]

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* CallForward: [[spoiler: David's [[spoiler:David's attitudes are echoed in Ash's views in "the future", as both see humans as ''inferiors'' and full of ''weaknesses'', while the Xenomorphs are ''perfection'' and ''purity'' to them.]]



* EnfantTerrible: The Neomorphs are lethal at ''birth.'' [[spoiler: Karine learns this the hard way by being trapped in a sealed medbay with the one that emerges from Ledward.]]

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* EnfantTerrible: The Neomorphs are lethal at ''birth.'' [[spoiler: Karine [[spoiler:Karine learns this the hard way by being trapped in a sealed medbay with the one that emerges from Ledward.]]



* FinalSolution: [[spoiler: David destroyed the Engineers in a planet-wide genocide and intends to do the same to humanity.]]

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* FinalSolution: [[spoiler: David [[spoiler:David destroyed the Engineers in a planet-wide genocide and intends to do the same to humanity.]]



** Walter's skin regenerates when he takes a stab wound [[spoiler: from David, and his comments when fighting his predecessor imply it's part of the upgrades since the latter's model. "Walter" during the climax still has his scars and cuts, a big tip that he's in fact David, whose skin could not regenerate as such.]]
** [[spoiler: When Walter is standing on the back of the ship as it takes off near the end of the film, his hood is briefly blown up by the wind, foreshadowing that he is actually David by serving as a CallBack to when David was first introduced, wearing a hooded robe.]]

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** Walter's skin regenerates when he takes a stab wound [[spoiler: from [[spoiler:from David, and his comments when fighting his predecessor imply it's part of the upgrades since the latter's model. "Walter" during the climax still has his scars and cuts, a big tip that he's in fact David, whose skin could not regenerate as such.]]
** [[spoiler: When [[spoiler:When Walter is standing on the back of the ship as it takes off near the end of the film, his hood is briefly blown up by the wind, foreshadowing that he is actually David by serving as a CallBack to when David was first introduced, wearing a hooded robe.]]



** In the ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' novelization, Bishop speculates that a 'more bolder' synthetic than himself might actually be able to walk among the aliens unharmed. David certainly believes so, trying to win over a Neomorph by showing a lack of fear. And until [[spoiler: Oram kills it]], his belief seems to be justified.

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** In the ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' novelization, Bishop speculates that a 'more bolder' synthetic than himself might actually be able to walk among the aliens unharmed. David certainly believes so, trying to win over a Neomorph by showing a lack of fear. And until [[spoiler: Oram [[spoiler:Oram kills it]], his belief seems to be justified.



** [[spoiler: Ledward, the very first person infected]] in ''Covenant'', like Kane in ''Alien'' and then Fifield in ''Prometheus'', was a smoker.

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** [[spoiler: Ledward, [[spoiler:Ledward, the very first person infected]] in ''Covenant'', like Kane in ''Alien'' and then Fifield in ''Prometheus'', was a smoker.



* OohMeAccentsSlipping: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] in-universe. [[spoiler: David abandons Walter's accent, for his [[EvilBrit own English accent]] as he reveals he is the one who survived.]]

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* OohMeAccentsSlipping: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] in-universe. [[spoiler: David [[spoiler:David abandons Walter's accent, for his [[EvilBrit own English accent]] as he reveals he is the one who survived.]]



-->'''''"Look upon my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"'''''

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-->'''''"Look -->[[spoiler:'''David:''']] '''''Look upon my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"'''''despair!'''''



* PuzzleBoss: Both Xenomorphs. [[spoiler: Daniels tries [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim just shooting]] the first one, but the chaotic flight of the cargo hauler jury-rigged into a lander makes this impossible, so she uses the hauler's crane to catch and then crush it. When another gets on board the ''Covenant'', she hatches a scheme to funnel it into the vehicle bay, trap it in a truck's cab, and blow the truck and the alien into space.]]

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* PuzzleBoss: Both Xenomorphs. [[spoiler: Daniels [[spoiler:Daniels tries [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim just shooting]] the first one, but the chaotic flight of the cargo hauler jury-rigged into a lander makes this impossible, so she uses the hauler's crane to catch and then crush it. When another gets on board the ''Covenant'', she hatches a scheme to funnel it into the vehicle bay, trap it in a truck's cab, and blow the truck and the alien into space.]]



** [[ForeShadowing A sketch of the facehugger]] is visible on the wall next to the door [[spoiler: they go through to where David is keeping the eggs.]]

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** [[ForeShadowing A sketch of the facehugger]] is visible on the wall next to the door [[spoiler: they [[spoiler:they go through to where David is keeping the eggs.]]



* WhamLine: [[spoiler: "David."]]

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* WhamLine: [[spoiler: "David.[[spoiler:"David."]]

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* DramaticIrony: Considering this is a prequel set in a well-established universe, it's astonishing how much of its criticism is predicated upon the assumption that its characters actually know they are in a horror film. The fact that there's an entire page for "WhatAnIdiot" is proof of this.


* ArtEvolution: The Xenomorph's design in the movie was based on that of the "Big Chap" specimen from ''Film/{{Alien}}'', though it seems to take after its redesign in ''VideoGame/AlienIsolation'' as it has hinged legs and slightly longer limbs to better justify its [[LightningBruiser lightning mobility]]. It also lacks biomechanical features, a deliberate move by the design team for reasons yet-to-be-revealed.

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* ArtEvolution: The Xenomorph's design in the movie was based on that of the "Big Chap" specimen from ''Film/{{Alien}}'', though it seems to take after its redesign in ''VideoGame/AlienIsolation'' as it has hinged legs and slightly longer limbs to better justify its [[LightningBruiser lightning mobility]]. It also lacks biomechanical features, a deliberate move by the design team for reasons yet-to-be-revealed.to represent its status as a not-quite-perfected prototype.

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* FinalSolution: [[spoiler: David destroyed the Engineers in a planet-wide genocide and intends to do the same to humanity.]]


[[IThoughtThatWas Is not a]] ''VideoGame/{{Halo}}'' film featuring the titular alien faction nor is it a crossover with that franchise.

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[[IThoughtThatWas [[JustForFun/IThoughtThatWas Is not a]] ''VideoGame/{{Halo}}'' film featuring the titular alien faction nor is it a crossover with that franchise.

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* LastSupperSteal: There's a small photograph in the ship's galley of the full ''Covenant'' crew standing around a table in this fashion.


A prequel is in development that will fill the gap between ''Prometheus'' and ''Covenant''. A direct sequel to ''Covenant'' is also planned to follow this, to close out the entire tetralogy of ''Alien'' prequels. However, [[FlipFlopOfGod there are also indications]] that the next film will instead close out the MythArc of a trilogy and that subsequent movies will just tell different stories with the Xenomorphs, or that FOX is reassessing the future of the series following ''Alien: Covenant''[='=]s lacklustre fan-reception, and Ridley Scott himself expressing interest in moving the franchise away from the Xenomorphs and focusing on David.

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A prequel is in development that will fill the gap between ''Prometheus'' and ''Covenant''. A direct sequel to ''Covenant'' is also planned to follow this, to close out the entire tetralogy of ''Alien'' prequels. However, [[FlipFlopOfGod there are also indications]] that the next film will instead close out the MythArc of a trilogy and that subsequent movies will just tell different stories with the Xenomorphs, or that FOX is reassessing the future of the series following ''Alien: Covenant''[='=]s lacklustre fan-reception, and Ridley Scott himself is again expressing interest in moving the franchise away from the Xenomorphs and focusing on David.

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