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  • First battle between marines and aliens in the nest. All of it.
    • It starts with undoubtedly experienced soldiers, who were all cocky and confident up to this point, being caught completely by surprise and ambushed, resulting in a quick string of casualties in opening moments of the fight. Firstly, Dietrich gets grabbed from behind and dragged away by an alien. In panic, she opens fire from her flamethrower, accidentally lighting up Frost. The backpack full of ammo he carried also catches fire and explodes soon thereafter, killing Crowe. Then Wierzbowski is killed off-screen by another alien, who probably got him from behind as well — all we can hear is his dying screams and all we can see is jerky movements of his camera as the image turns into static. The aliens may be "only" predatory space animals, but they are very clever predatory space animals and a serious threat even to fully armed soldiers.
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    • Then the marines finally start to fight back and kill aliens in response ("Let's roooooock!!!"). We can see most of it through breaking up images from their cameras and garbled radio messages. It only serves to emphasize both the desperation of their struggle and the fact that despite the situation, they are still alive and kicking, definitely unwilling to go down gently.
    • Seeing that the mission has gone FUBAR and Gorman is obviously incapable of controlling the situation, Ripley commandeers the APC and just drives straight towards the ambushed marines in an awesome Big Damn Heroes moment.
    • An important fact which is often overlooked by viewers and critics, preferring to go on and on about the marines' supposed incompetence — despite the fact that they were ambushed, halfway wiped out and deprived of leadership, the remaining soldiers still managed to regain control of the situation, successfully regroup and peel out. They were in the middle of an organized retreat when Ripley got to them.
      • Thank God for Hicks. All of this is because of him.
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    • As the APC is preparing to escape with the surviving marines on board, an alien begins to force the door open. Hicks picks up his shotgun and shoves it down the aliens' throat ("Eat this!"). Unfortunately, Hudson gets acid burns on his arm for the trouble.
    • On their way out, marines are caught up to by a lone alien, who latches onto the APC and tries to grab Ripley. In response, she slams her feet on the brake, shoving it off, and then just runs over the alien, squashing it under the wheels like a bug.
  • Again with the acid blood, but Timmy Jorden managing to kill an Alien attacking him and his sister is pretty badass for a twelve-year-old, even if it does end up killing him.
  • Related to examples with alien's killer getting sprayed by its acid above, the fact that the aliens can injure, maim, or kill their targets even while they're dying is awesome, in a terrifying kind of way.
  • The soldiers, after the retreat, debating how to deal with the xenomorphs and get vengeance for their fellow soliders, and Ripley states they should take off and nuke the entire place. The soldiers go quiet before they begin to grin and voice their approval. In that moment Ripley gained their respect and truly became one of them
  • Everything about sentry guns. They are fully autonomous, they can track and shoot targets individually and they unleash a hell of More Dakka on any aliens foolish enough to get in their range. And since they're machines, they don't feel fear of the xenomorphs and just dispatch them with brutal efficiency. They are particularly awesome during alien assault on the second defensive position guarded by them. We are treated both to images of xenomorphs being ripped apart (complete with their pained howls) by their fire and ammo counters quickly going down. And just when it seems that it's all for naught and both turrets will run dry again, the aliens just give up and run. You can't help but feel relieved and refreshed when Ripley says this line "Wait. They're retreating. Guns stopped them".
  • After being trapped with the facehugger, Ripley signals for help from the marines, and they make their way down to sickbay, where they're momentarily horrified. What does Hicks do to save Ripley and Newt? He jumps through a glass window and starts wrestling with the facehugger to keep it away from Ripley. And what about Newt? She gets saved by HUDSON, who single-handedly shoots her creature to bits. The fact that the latter was proclaiming "Game Over" just a short time ago only elevated the scene's level of badass.
    • A moment of respect for Newt, a terrified little girl who manages to fight and stave off a creature that's killed grown-ass men armed with flamethrowers. The terrified girl who survived for weeks with no weapons and no training.
  • Hudson screaming "Fuck you!!" even as he's being dragged to his death by the aliens. Especially when he shoots the one that ambushed him right in the face with his rifle.
  • It has dire consequences but Vasquez pinning a drone down with her foot and shooting it at point blank with a pistol is awesome.
    • In perspective; The Drone is a monster strong enough to knock a 6 foot tall mountain of muscle like Parker from “Alien” dazed and weakened with a single flick of its tail, and Vasquez is able to wrestle a similar beast into submission *with her bare hands.* She really is just Too Bad.
    • "You always were an asshole, Gorman."
      • Speaking of Gorman, can we give him a little award of awesomeness for his attempt to save Vasquez after the above mentioned moment? When he and Hicks realize she's not behind them, he tells Hicks to go and he goes back to get her with only a pistol (a weapon that doesn't do anything against a xenomorph), risking his life for her. It's a large step up from how he started, with being someone who only been on one previous combat drop and couldn't keep cool when the xenomorphs made themselves known to the squad at the atmosphere processor.
  • Bishop's Big Damn Gunships moment.
  • Ripley strapping on a flamethrower and a pulse rifle together to go save Newt is the moment when Ripley went from mere Action Survivor to full-on badass. Up to this point she has barely fought the monsters, received minimal training to fight them, had all the reasons not to go back into the alien hive, and yet she marches right into the gates of hell itself to save the little girl whom she's come to treat as a daughter. Character Development does not come any more defining or awesomely, people.
    • Even more striking when you remember that the climax of the previous film had Ripley running around in near hysterics trying desperately to flee from just ONE Alien; now she's willingly going into a hive filled to the brim with them to save Newt. Character Development, indeed.
    • Becomes even better when you remember that Sigourney Weaver Does Not Like Guns.
    • And least we forget, like last time, she has a clock against her. This time, she willing goes into the atmosphere processor knowing there's a good chance that she may not be able to make it out in time.
  • When she's retreating from the Queen's nest with Newt in her arms, and an egg ominously opens up next to her, Ripley cocks her head to one side, as if to say, "Well, that's it. Now you're toast." and torches the entire room with her flamethrower before blowing the holy shit out of the Queen's egg sack with pump-action grenade after pump-action grenade.
    • Right before that is a fantastic scene that establishes the Queen as, well, the Queen, and not one of the instinct-driven drones we've gotten accustomed to; as Ripley and Newt slowly start to back away from the egg chamber, the Queen hisses and two drones approach - on on the left, one from the right. Ripley fires her flame thrower toward one of them, the Queen hissing in anger, and then she points the weapon at the eggs, and glares at the Queen, who immediately signals to the drones to back off.
  • When the alien queen comes out by surprise and splits Bishop in half. That's some practical effects right there.
  • Just the Alien Queen! This was in the time before CGI everything and that is the biggest fully-functioning monster puppet ever made (alongside Audrey II from the same year's Little Shop of Horrors). And the result? Quite possibly the single most awesome monster ever seen on the screen! Even H.R. Giger was impressed with the Queen's design and he didn't even make it! CGI just can't replicate that level of terrifying realism!
  • How about the entrance of the freakin' power loader?! Picture this: The Dwindling Party is down to three uninjured members, one a child, the second an untrained civilian, and the third is quickly taken out of the fight by the biggest, meanest Alien of all. They've got no weapons, no backup, nowhere to run. The civilian escapes behind a blast door while the child hides in a drain, but is hunted by the Alien. When all hope seems lost and the Alien is about to devour the child, the blast doors open, and silhouetted in the darkness, strides forth a mech almost as big as the Alien, servos whirring, footsteps clomping, closer and closer towards its giant nemesis, and the rider inside issues forth the immortal challenge:
    • "I remember seeing the film, midnight screening on Hollywood Boulevard, and that line brought the house down. People stood up and cheered. It's probably the most gratifying moment of my producing career, was the reaction to that shot." — Gale Anne Hurd
    • The battle itself is not only awesome, but it's quite rare to see two Mama Bears duke it out in the form of Ripley who was defending Newt and the Queen who is pissed because Ripley and Co. blew up her babies.
    • When the power loader overpowers the Queen and has it Thrown Out the Airlock, it just grabs its leg and drags it in too, doing everything its power to make sure Ripley goes down with it. You have to credit Ripley who manages to hold on despite the blatant agony the Queen tugging at her causes as it is sucked into space.
    • And then Bishop follows with one of his own: despite being torn in half, he manages to save both himself AND Newt when the airlock is sucking them out of the ship.
  • You know its awesome when Bishop says after the entire fight scene, "Not bad for a human."
  • A meta-example, Sigourney Weaver getting nominated for Best Actress in a sci-fi/action/horror film which both then and now is almost completely unheard of.
  • A deleted scene where Burke is milked for all the karma he deserves (for trying to get a facehugger to impregnate Ripley and/or Newt). The scene starts with Ripley on her way to rescue Newt, when she sees Burke cocooned. He's apparently been impregnated by a facehugger himself, and begs for Ripley to somehow help him. Without missing a beat, Ripley hands Burke a grenade and leaves him to his fate.
  • James Cameron gets a CMOA of his own: In the space of 12 minutes of pure adrenaline we go from a stable situation to complete disaster (squad almost annihilated, dropship destroyed, aliens awake and aware of human presence, night coming). On first watching it is quite shocking, the late Roger Ebert said it best during his review of the movie:
    I have never seen a movie that maintains such a pitch of intensity for so long; it's like being on some kind of hair-raising carnival ride that never stops.
  • Producer Gale Anne Hurd also gets one. To set the stage: the British crew had been less than fully behind Cameron and his vision, the first AD was all but staging an open mutiny against him, and none of them respected Hurd as producer, outright claiming she wasn't the "real" producer, just the director's wife. Well, Cameron needed an insert scene of Vasquez holding an Alien down with her boot and emptying her gun into its face (see above). Guess who the only woman on set who knew how to handle a firearm was? So Gale Anne Hurd, a slight woman who the crew only saw in nice business clothes, gets into some Marine fatigues, gets the gun, and films the close-up shot of boot pining an Alien down and making its face disappear. The crew were a bit stunned to witness this.


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