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* IdiotBall: The meltdown can be traced to the stupidity of both Gorman and the Marines who disobeyed him. The latter, obviously, disobeyed orders and caused the meltdown (though they were certainly justified, as at that point it was either disobey or ''die''). Gormon, however, gives no reason as to why he doesn't want them shooting, even though "you'll blow up the reactor" is not exactly a complicated reason - and even if they did shoot, they would at least be thinking "Gotta be careful, or we all go up in a cloud of vapor".

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* IdiotBall: The meltdown can be traced to the stupidity of both Gorman and the Marines who disobeyed him. The latter, obviously, disobeyed orders and caused the meltdown (though they were certainly justified, as at that point it was either disobey or ''die''). Gormon, Gorman, however, gives no reason as to why he doesn't want them shooting, even though "you'll blow up the reactor" is not exactly a complicated reason - and even if they did shoot, they would at least be thinking "Gotta be careful, or we all go up in a cloud of vapor".


** After it's established that Gorman is unsettled during the drop ship's rocky descent to the planet due to his lack of experience in actual combat missions, Hicks is shown sleeping right through the turbulence.

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** After it's established that Gorman is unsettled during the drop ship's rocky descent to the planet due to his lack of experience in actual combat missions, Hicks is shown sleeping right through the turbulence.turbulence, simultaneously establishing this sort of thing as old hat for him, and professional enough to always try to catch up on sleep (as you don't know when things will suddenly go sideways and you have to stay awake a lot longer than you counted on).


** Played straight by the xenomorphs themselves. There were 157 colonists. At least one died before being cocooned (the one they tried to get a facehugger off of), one wasn't caught at all (Newt), and one didn't produce a chestburster until the marines were watching. That makes 154 xenomorphs at absolute maximum, including the queen-- and that's assuming every other colonist was cocooned without killing a single xenomorph.[[note]]The huge acid-melted hole through several floors of the colony implies ''someone'' bagged one of Ripley's bad guys.[[/note]] How many got killed by the marines? Plenty, in fights we see. The sentry guns alone must have plowed down dozens if not more. But they never stop coming. It is later averted when you realize during the penultimate showdown that there was only token resistance when Ripley entered the hive to save Newt as most of them had been already been killed, no more than 7 xenomorphs not including the Queen try to attack Ripley during the rescue.

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** Played straight by the xenomorphs themselves. There were 157 colonists. At least one died before being cocooned (the one they tried to get a facehugger off of), one wasn't caught at all (Newt), and one didn't produce a chestburster until the marines were watching. That makes 154 xenomorphs at absolute maximum, including the queen-- and that's assuming both that every other colonist was cocooned captured alive and cocooned, and that it was done without killing a single xenomorph.[[note]]The huge acid-melted hole through several floors of the colony implies ''someone'' bagged one of Ripley's bad guys.[[/note]] How many got killed by the marines? Plenty, in fights we see. The sentry guns alone must have plowed down dozens if not more. But they never stop coming. It is later averted when you realize during the penultimate showdown that there was only token resistance when Ripley entered the hive to save Newt as most of them had been already been killed, no more than 7 xenomorphs not including the Queen try to attack Ripley during the rescue.


* SuperStrength: Smartgun Operator Mark Drake ''definitely'' possesses a lesser form of this trope to a degree. The M-56 Smart Gun is already a '''hefty''' piece of equipment weighing-in at 18 kilograms (or 36 Pounds), and yet Drake was able to effectively and '''accurately''' operate said heavy-weapon and retreat at a ''brisk'' pace while wearing 4-kilograms (or 8 pounds) or chestplate armor, while '''also''' carrying a fully-loaded M-240-A Flame Unit, which adds yet another 2 Kilograms (or 4 pounds) to his already considerable encumbrance. Yes, Drake is able to briskly maneuver and ''effectively'' fight while weighed down by 24 Kilograms (or 48 pounds) of weapon and armor at all times; yup, Drake sure is one tough customer.


** The aliens inflict a CurbStompBattle on the marines because they attack the marines one by one, and since their CO is a rookie and the Sarge is knocked down, nearly the entire platoon is killed.

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** The aliens inflict a CurbStompBattle on the marines because they attack the marines one by one, and since their CO is a rookie and the Sarge is knocked down, nearly the entire platoon squad is killed.



* SacrificialLion: Practically the entire platoon of Space Marines. The xenomorphs are against serious opposition this time and Ripley tries to reassure Newt by telling her she is now protected by soldiers, but as Newt predicts it doesn't make any difference.

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* SacrificialLion: Practically the entire platoon squad of Space Marines. The xenomorphs are against serious opposition this time and Ripley tries to reassure Newt by telling her she is now protected by soldiers, but as Newt predicts it doesn't make any difference.


* AnkleDrag: Happens to Ripley at the end, when the xenomorph queen latches on to her leg, but she manages to get free at the last moment.



* AncestralWeapon: Hicks' shotgun. According to the novelisation, it's been in his family since the Vietnam War.
* AnkleDrag: Happens to Ripley at the end, when the xenomorph queen latches on to her leg, but she manages to get free at the last moment.



* HeirloomWeapon: Hicks' shotgun. According to the novelisation, it's been in his family since the Vietnam War.


* StealthyColossus: [[spoiler:The enormous Queen deserves some credit for sneaking in a not too big dropship and remaining undetected for the entire flight back to the ''Sulaco''.]]

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* StealthyColossus: [[spoiler:The enormous Queen deserves some credit for sneaking in a not too big dropship and remaining undetected for the entire flight back to the ''Sulaco''. However this is because she's hiding in the bay used for retracting the undercarriage.]]

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* HumanArchitectureHorror: The Battalion of Colonial Marines sent to rescue any surviving colonists captured by the Aliens find to their horror that their shattered corpses, ribcage erupted from within, plastered the resin of the nursery that incubated the monsters' young with their bodies. The Medical Officer lifts the head of a seemingly unbroken body, only [[JumpScare the eyes to suddenly snap open]], and its owner begins to beg for a quick and painless death as [[ChestBurster a jet of blood suddenly shoots forth from her chest with a sickening crunch...]]

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* PetTheDog: In the midst of a serious situation, and trying to figure out how to survive, Hicks takes the time to lift Newt up onto the table so she can see the display that they are making defense plans with.

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-->'''Bishop''': It is impossible for me to harm, or through omission of action allow to be harmed, a human being.


** Their uniforms and some of their weapons are decidedly non-uniform, with personal touches and decorations no actual military would allow. Though this was enforced by Cameron, to give subtle hints to each Marine's character.



* MissionControl: From inside the the Marine [[AwesomePersonnelCarrier APC]].

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* MissionControl: From Lieutenant Gorman, from inside the the Marine [[AwesomePersonnelCarrier APC]].APC]]. He's hopeless at it, though.


** Also in the Special Edition, when Commander Simpson is discussing claim rights for colony surveyors. In reference to Newt’s dad, “if he finds anything, it’s his”. Well, he certainly brings something back to Hadley’s Hope with him — and that particular "piece of salvage" does not stay his, but becomes a major problem for the entire colony very fast.

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** Also in the Special Edition, when Commander Simpson is discussing claim rights for colony surveyors. In reference to Newt’s dad, “if he finds anything, it’s his”. Well, he certainly brings something back to Hadley’s Hadley's Hope with him — and that particular "piece of salvage" does not stay his, but becomes a major problem for the entire colony very fast.fast. Also, Newt's dad was only concerned about his claim not being honored "because you sent them to that particular middle of nowhere on Company orders," indicating ''someone'' took Ripley's story seriously enough to have it investigated, kicking off the entire plot.


'''Burke:''' That's the plan. You have my word on it.\\

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'''Burke:''' [[BlatantLies That's the plan. You have my word on it.\\]]\\


* DeathOfAChild: Newt's brother is outright stated to be dead, other children are shown in an early scene at the colony and it's confirmed that families live on the planet - telling us that other children died during the attack too.



* InfantImmortality: Played straight with Newt, who survived for weeks on her own. But her brother is outright stated to be dead, other children are shown in an early scene at the colony and it's confirmed that families live on the planet - telling us that other children died during the attack too.

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* AlwaysABiggerFish: Referenced in a discussion between Ripley and Bishop that indicates there's something worse down in the colony than the aliens they've seen so far...[[spoiler: their queen]].
-->'''Ripley''': They grab the colonists, they move them over there and they immobilize them to be hosts for more of these. Which would mean that there would have to be a lot of these parasites, right? One for each colonist. That's over a hundred at least.
-->'''Bishop''': Yes, that follows.
-->'''Ripley''': But each one of these things comes from an egg, right? So who's laying these eggs? ''[there's a long pause]''
-->'''Bishop''': I'm not sure. It must be something we haven't seen yet.

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