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She's one of the most iconic members of the franchise for a darn good reason.
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  • The Chestburster's first appearance. It's a testament to its nastiness that it caused moviegoers to charge out of the theater looking for someplace to vomit.
    • Tom Skerritt tells a story about a theater owner who mentioned to him that Alien really did a number on their bathrooms, due to afforementioned vomitting. The theater owner's solution? Cut the chestburster out of the film, and the bathrooms were fine.
  • Ripley blowing the fully-grown Alien out into space, and then incinerating it.
  • The Xenomorph itself epitomizes Creepy Awesome. Stone-cold super-killer? Check. Full to the brim with creepy designs and gruesome powers? Check. One of the most fascinating and iconic movie monsters ever? Check, check, check.
    • Even more awesome when you know the work that went into creating it. A full-body plaster cast was taken of slim, 6'10" Bolaji Badejo, who took t'ai chi and mime classes to master the slow, deadly, but graceful movements required for his performance as the creature. The massive headpiece had 900 moving parts and points of articulation, using a system of hinges and cables to control the extendable tongue with its own operational mouth, and incorporated part of a real human skull into the creature's "face". The result of all this work? The most iconic creature in sci-fi/horror history.
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  • In 2019, North Bergen High School in New Jersey put on a stage production of the film, which despite its low budget went viral for its amazing costumes and props. It soon even received Approval of God from Ridley Scott and Sigourney Weaver, with the latter also saying James Cameron likes it too. Then Scott shelled out $5,000 for an encore performance on Alien Day which was filmed so everyone could see it after hearing so much about it, and introduced by Weaver.
  • Alien:Echo has Olivia Shipp, a girl stranded on a planet being rapidly overtaken by Xenomorphs. Unlike the other protagonists, she has no weapons that can significantly harm a Xenomorph (no pulse rifle, no flamethrower, not even the vacuum of space), just a rudimentary knowledge of xenobiology and sheer determination to survive. She not only escapes the Xenomorphs, she manages to rescue her sister from their hive, save her girlfriend, and even kill one by luring it onto a catwalk, shooting it out, and dropping it onto spikes.
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