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* HarsherInHindsight: Kane being the first to die among the crew becomes this in January 2017 when Creator/JohnHurt passed away, becoming the first member of the original ''Alien''/USS ''Nostromo'' cast to do so, followed by Brett, who is the second to die and his actor Creator/HarryDeanStanton having passed away in September on the same year [[note]]not counting Bolaji Badejo, who portrayed the Alien and died in 1992[[/note]].


** There are some fans of the first film that feel the ''second'' film did away with the mystery of the original. This in turn has led to fans and critics alike disputing if the first or second film is superior or inferior, with some fans and critics championing the original film by director Creator/RidleyScott as a supposedly more intelligent horror film while degrading the Creator/JamesCameron sequel as nothing more than a big dumb action movie that just happens to feature alien monsters, while other fans and critics champion Cameron's sequel for fleshing out the lead character while offering a more emotionally complex story and scoff at the original film by Scott for its emotionally flat, vapid characters. And then you have the fans who only like the first two films who just watch this insanity from afar....

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** There are some fans of the first film that feel the ''second'' ''[[Film/{{Aliens}} second]]'' film did away with the mystery of the original. This in turn has led to fans and critics alike disputing if the first or second film is superior or inferior, with some fans and critics championing the original film by director Creator/RidleyScott as a supposedly more intelligent horror film while degrading the Creator/JamesCameron sequel as nothing more than a big dumb action movie that just happens to feature alien monsters, while other fans and critics champion Cameron's sequel for fleshing out the lead character while offering a more emotionally complex story and scoff at the original film by Scott for its emotionally flat, vapid characters. And then you have the fans who only like the first two films who just watch this insanity from afar....


** Ash assures Ripley that the [[spoiler: dead]] Face-hugger isn't a Zombie. 6 years later, Dan O'Bannon goes off to write and direct ''Film/TheReturnOfTheLivingDead''.

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** Ash assures Ripley that the [[spoiler: dead]] Face-hugger isn't a Zombie. 6 Six years later, Dan O'Bannon goes off to write and direct ''Film/TheReturnOfTheLivingDead''.



** Parker's vocal obsession with getting paid becomes much funnier when Creator/YaphetKotto revealed he only [[RoleReprisal returned to the role]] in VideoGame/AlienIsolation [[MoneyDearBoy for the paycheck]].

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** Parker's vocal obsession with getting paid becomes much funnier when Creator/YaphetKotto revealed he only [[RoleReprisal [[RoleReprise returned to the role]] in VideoGame/AlienIsolation ''VideoGame/AlienIsolation'' [[MoneyDearBoy for the paycheck]].



* MisBlamed: Dan o'Bannon and Ron Shusett's original script had an all-male crew, with a caveat that the roles could be cast unisex. It also has--despite Giler and Hill's claims they did a page one rewrite--largely the same plot as the finished film. So all of the gender politics it's been lauded for (killing off Dallas so Ripley can become the FinalGirl) and mocked for (Creator/StephenKing's allegation that Ripley rescuing Jonesy is sexist) don't actually exist, as the role was written as a man named "Martin Roby".

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* MisBlamed: Dan o'Bannon O'Bannon and Ron Shusett's original script had an all-male crew, with a caveat that the roles could be cast unisex. It also has--despite Giler and Hill's claims they did a page one rewrite--largely the same plot as the finished film. So all of the gender politics it's been lauded for (killing off Dallas so Ripley can become the FinalGirl) and mocked for (Creator/StephenKing's allegation that Ripley rescuing Jonesy is sexist) don't actually exist, as the role was written as a man named "Martin Roby".


** At the end when the Alien is hanging outside of the ship and it's set against the white door and wall, it becomes too obvious the Alien is a man in a suit in spite of its high quality details, which is not helped by the fake looking spinning space background.

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** At the end when the Alien is hanging outside of the ship and it's set against the white door and wall, it becomes too obvious the Alien is a man in a suit in spite of its high quality details, which is not helped by the fake looking spinning space background. The fact that it's a stuntman (necessary for the wire work involved) rather than the ultra-thin Bolaji Badejo in the alien suit might be a factor here as well.


** On the receiving end of a number of memes making light of the fact that the franchise is now owned by Creator/{{Disney}}, such as showing the alien at Animal Kingdom or the Alien Queen as a Disney Princess.

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** On the receiving end of a number of memes making light of the fact that the franchise is now owned by Creator/{{Disney}}, such as showing the alien at Animal Kingdom or the Alien Queen as a Disney Princess.[[note]]ahem, Disney QUEEN.[[/note]]


** While it may be due to the [[Franchise/AlienVsPredator crossover]] between the two, both the ''Alien'' and ''Franchise/{{Predator}}'' series have overlap thanks to both being 80's sci-fi horror series revolving around monsters, in addition to sharing numerous creators and actors between the two such as special effects by Creator/StanWinston, Creator/JamesCameron having input and actors such as Creator/BillPaxton and Creator/LanceHenriksen.
** ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' has an overlap in interest with the series, owing to also being a violent 80's sci-fi series sharing numerous creators and actors with the ''Alien'' films, particularly several actors from ''Aliens'' and Creator/JamesCameron.

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** While it may be due to the [[Franchise/AlienVsPredator crossover]] between the two, both the ''Alien'' and ''Franchise/{{Predator}}'' series have overlap thanks to both being 80's '80s sci-fi horror series revolving around monsters, in addition to sharing numerous creators and actors between the two such as special effects by Creator/StanWinston, Creator/JamesCameron having input and actors such as Creator/BillPaxton and Creator/LanceHenriksen.
** ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' has an overlap in interest with the series, owing to also being a violent 80's '80s sci-fi series sharing numerous creators and actors with the ''Alien'' films, particularly several actors from ''Aliens'' and Creator/JamesCameron.


* {{Applicability}}: Ridley Scott said that there is no allegory, Freudian, feminist, Marxist, or otherwise to be found in this film. That has done nothing to stop decades of endless analysis of this film's use of H.R. Giger's excessively Freudian imagery and the role of Ripley as a feminist icon, among other things.

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* {{Applicability}}: Ridley Scott Creator/RidleyScott said that there is no allegory, Freudian, feminist, Marxist, or otherwise to be found in this film. That has done nothing to stop decades of endless analysis of this film's use of H.R. Giger's excessively Freudian imagery and the role of Ripley as a feminist icon, among other things.



* CommonKnowledge: "The cast of the original ''Alien'' didn't know what was going to happen in the chestburster scene." Well, they ''knew'', because they'd read the script, and it was described in a fair amount of detail there. What they ''didn't'' know was what it was going to actually look like, since no one had ever attempted an effect like it before, or the ins and outs of how it was going to be achieved. Everyone was sweating bullets that day. The effects team because they were trying to do something no one had ever done before and only had one take to get it right. The filmmakers because this scene was literally the only reason the movie got made, and if it didn't work or looked silly they were sunk. The cast because it was a big effects scene that would only get one take and they didn't want to be the reason it failed. There were hiccups, a few of which actually made into the movie. The first time they tried to ram the chestburster puppet through the fake John Hurt torso and shirt, it didn't work, and this "bulge" ended up in the film. Also, Veronica Cartwright (playing Lambert) happened to end up standing such that one of the blood jets hit her square in the face, her panicked squeal as blood sprays all over her is genuine (what didn't make it into the film is her falling backwards over a chair struggling to her feet and continuing the scene despite being basically in shock). But on the whole, the scene went as it was scripted and expected, the effect was just so radically new it affected the actors on basically the same level it affected the audience when the film was released.

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* CommonKnowledge: "The cast of the original ''Alien'' didn't know what was going to happen in the chestburster scene." Well, they ''knew'', because they'd read the script, and it was described in a fair amount of detail there. What they ''didn't'' know was what it was going to actually look like, since no one had ever attempted an effect like it before, or the ins and outs of how it was going to be achieved. Everyone was sweating bullets that day. The effects team because they were trying to do something no one had ever done before and only had one take to get it right. The filmmakers because this scene was literally the only reason the movie got made, and if it didn't work or looked silly they were sunk. The cast because it was a big effects scene that would only get one take and they didn't want to be the reason it failed. There were hiccups, a few of which actually made into the movie. The first time they tried to ram the chestburster puppet through the fake John Hurt Creator/JohnHurt torso and shirt, it didn't work, and this "bulge" ended up in the film. Also, Veronica Cartwright (playing Lambert) happened to end up standing such that one of the blood jets hit her square in the face, her panicked squeal as blood sprays all over her is genuine (what didn't make it into the film is her falling backwards over a chair struggling to her feet and continuing the scene despite being basically in shock). But on the whole, the scene went as it was scripted and expected, the effect was just so radically new it affected the actors on basically the same level it affected the audience when the film was released.



* MisBlamed: Dan o'Bannon and Ron Shusett's original script had an all-male crew, with a caveat that the roles could be cast unisex. It also has--despite Giler and Hill's claims they did a page one rewrite--largely the same plot as the finished film. So all of the gender politics it's been lauded for (killing off Dallas so Ripley can become the FinalGirl) and mocked for (Stephen King's allegation that Ripley rescuing Jonesy is sexist) don't actually exist, as the role was written as a man named "Martin Roby".

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* MisBlamed: Dan o'Bannon and Ron Shusett's original script had an all-male crew, with a caveat that the roles could be cast unisex. It also has--despite Giler and Hill's claims they did a page one rewrite--largely the same plot as the finished film. So all of the gender politics it's been lauded for (killing off Dallas so Ripley can become the FinalGirl) and mocked for (Stephen King's (Creator/StephenKing's allegation that Ripley rescuing Jonesy is sexist) don't actually exist, as the role was written as a man named "Martin Roby".



** The (thankfully deleted) extended opening, in which Kane stands in the breakfast nook and cheerfully namedrops every single character as they sit at the table. It's just as kitsch and embarrassing as it sounds. Scott must've thought so too, because he only filmed John Hurt's side of the scene before shelving it.

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** The (thankfully deleted) extended opening, in which Kane stands in the breakfast nook and cheerfully namedrops every single character as they sit at the table. It's just as kitsch and embarrassing as it sounds. Scott Creator/RidleyScott must've thought so too, because he only filmed John Hurt's Creator/JohnHurt's side of the scene before shelving it.



* WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs: Inverted in the case of H.R. Giger: he took drugs to forget the nightmares that [[BasedOnADream inspired his artwork]].
* TheWoobie: Lambert, especially if you add in the deleted scenes. While she somewhat comes across as a whining bitch, she has a few establishing moments in the deleted scenes that paint her as a notably more sympathetic (if not necessary more likable) character, which makes her tragic demise even more gut-wrenching.

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* WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs: Inverted in the case of H.R. Giger: Creator/HRGiger: he took drugs to forget the nightmares that [[BasedOnADream inspired his artwork]].
* TheWoobie: Lambert, especially if you add in the deleted scenes.DeletedScenes. While she somewhat comes across as a whining bitch, she has a few establishing moments in the deleted scenes that paint her as a notably more sympathetic (if not necessary more likable) character, which makes her tragic demise even more gut-wrenching.


* FanDislikedExplanation: Some fans of the ''Alien'' series are not happy with the backstory laid out by ''Film/{{Prometheus}}'', or lack thereof. Specifically, [[spoiler:the Proto-Xenomorph is born from a seemingly random series of events, and [[VoodooShark can't be the first Xenomorph because it's too late in the timeline and a carving of the Alien Queen was already seen earlier]]. Also, neither of the Juggernaut ships seen are set up to be the derelict ship from the first movie, making what happens in the film just unconnected events in the same universe]]. Also the reveal that the Space Jockeys are nothing more than large albino RubberForeheadAliens in space-suits rather than StarfishAliens didn't go down too well.
** ''Film/AlienCovenant'' didn't help things with [[spoiler: the revelation that David, an android, created the xenomorph.]]
* FanonDiscontinuity: Some fans prefer to believe that the third and fourth films never existed, and that Hicks and Newt never died.

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Some fans of the ''Alien'' series are not happy with the backstory laid out by ''Film/{{Prometheus}}'', or lack thereof. Specifically, [[spoiler:the Proto-Xenomorph is born from a seemingly random series of events, and [[VoodooShark can't be the first Xenomorph because it's too late in the timeline and a carving of the Alien Queen was already seen earlier]]. Also, neither of the Juggernaut ships seen are set up to be the derelict ship from the first movie, making what happens in the film just unconnected events in the same universe]]. Also the reveal that the Space Jockeys are nothing more than large albino RubberForeheadAliens in space-suits rather than StarfishAliens didn't go down too well.
** ''Film/AlienCovenant'' didn't help things with [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the revelation that David, an android, created the xenomorph.xenomorphs.]]
* FanonDiscontinuity: FanonDiscontinuity:
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Some fans prefer to believe that the third and fourth films never existed, and that Hicks and Newt never died.



* HilariousInHindsight: Creator/PaulMcGann [[Series/DoctorWho regenerates]] into Creator/JohnHurt. Both actors have had roles in the franchise ([=McGann=] in the third movie, Hurt in the first).

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Creator/PaulMcGann [[Series/DoctorWho regenerates]] into Creator/JohnHurt. Both actors have had roles in the franchise ([=McGann=] in the third movie, Hurt in the first).



* NightmareFuel: Ever-present in the series, even in the works that focus more on action than suspense.


** Those who actually like the third and fourth films are still by far outnumbered by fans [[FanonDiscontinuity who think the series ended]] with ''Aliens''.



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* ''YMMV/AliensStevePerryTrilogy''


* FreudWasRight: The aliens, full stop. Also the Derelict ship, not to mention some scenes. It's Creator/HRGiger, what are you expecting?

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* FreudWasRight: The aliens, full stop. Also the Derelict ship, not to mention some scenes. It's Creator/HRGiger, what are you expecting?expecting? In fact, when it was suggested that any two roles could be played by women, Dan O'Bannon was adamant that the part of Kane '''not''' be one of the women, that the person who was facehugged and ended up getting chestbursted was a male, because he believed a woman in that position would be less scary, that it would "arouse [the male audience's] rape fantasies."


* CommonKnowledge: "The cast of the original ''Alien'' didn't know what was going to happen in the chestburster scene." Well, they ''knew'', because they'd read the script, and it was described in a fair amount of detail there. What they ''didn't'' know was what it was going to actually look like, since no one had ever attempted an effect like it before, or the ins and outs of how it was going to be achieved. Everyone was sweating bullets that day. The effects team because they were trying to do something no one had ever done before and only had one take to get it right. The filmmakers because this scene was literally the only reason the movie got made, and if it didn't work or looked silly they were sunk. The cast because it was a big effects scene that would only get one take and they didn't want to be the reason it failed. There were hiccups, a few of which actually made into the movie. The first time they tried to ram the chestburster puppet through the fake John Hurt torso and shirt, it didn't work, and this "bulge" ended up in the film. Also, Veronica Cartwright (playing Lambert) happened to end up standing such that one of the blood jets hit her square in the face, her panicked squeal as blood sprays all over her is genuine (what didn't make it into the film is her falling backwards over a chair struggling to her feet and continuing the scene despite being basically in shock). But on the whole, the scene went as it was scripted and expected, the effect was just so radically new it affected the actors on basically the same level it affected the audience when the film was released.



* SignatureScene: The chestburster reveal, which paved the way for future BodyHorror in science fiction.

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* SignatureScene: The chestburster reveal, which paved the way for future BodyHorror in science fiction. It's literally the only reason the movie got made (well, that and ''[[Film/ANewHope Star Wars]]'' had just come out, and ''Alien'' was the only sci-fi spaceship script anyone at Fox had laying on their desk). The producers thought the original script was horrible, but the chestburster scene was brilliant, and it was what got the movie greenlit.

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** The Alien being inspired by parasitic wasps becomes incredibly funny when a new species of said parasitic wasp was named after the Xenomorph due to physical resemblance, and its especially brutal method of reproduction.


* MemeticMutation: The Alien series has a number of famous quotes that are frequently used outside of the film's context. They can be found on the films' YMMV pages.

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The Alien series has a number of famous quotes that are frequently used outside of the film's context. They can be found on the films' YMMV pages.



* MoralEventHorizon: "Special Order 937," the company's plan to bring aliens to Earth, at the expense of the crew's lives. [[spoiler: Given the events in Alien: Covenant, who actually wrote the order (David or an actual higher-up at W-Y) is open to interpretation.]]

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* MoralEventHorizon: "Special Order 937," the company's plan to bring aliens to Earth, at the expense of the crew's lives. [[spoiler: Given the events in Alien: Covenant, ''Film/AlienCovenant'', who actually wrote the order (David or an actual higher-up at W-Y) is open to interpretation.]]


* MisBlamed: Dan o'Bannon and Ron Shusett's original script had an all-male crew, with a caveat that the roles could be cast unisex. It also has--despite Giler and Hill's claims they did a page one rewrite--largely the same plot as the finished film. So all of the gender politics it's been lauded for (killing off Dallas so Ripley can become the FinalGirl) and mocked for (Stephen King's allegation that Ripley rescuing Jonsey is sexist) don't actually exist, since it were written for a character named "Martin Roby".

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* MisBlamed: Dan o'Bannon and Ron Shusett's original script had an all-male crew, with a caveat that the roles could be cast unisex. It also has--despite Giler and Hill's claims they did a page one rewrite--largely the same plot as the finished film. So all of the gender politics it's been lauded for (killing off Dallas so Ripley can become the FinalGirl) and mocked for (Stephen King's allegation that Ripley rescuing Jonsey Jonesy is sexist) don't actually exist, since it were as the role was written for as a character man named "Martin Roby".

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