Crew of The Torrens
The daughter of Ellen Ripley, and the main protagonist. Amanda became a mechanical engineer and began taking jobs in the same sector of space her mother disappeared in. She is approached by Samuels, a representative from Weyland-Yutani, who claims that the flight recorder from her mother's ship, the Nostromo, has been recovered and is being stored at Sevastopol, a space station orbiting the gas giant KG348.
- Action Survivor: What starts off as a simple mission to retrieve the Nostromo's flight recorder takes a turn for the worse for Amanda when she becomes separated from her fellow crew members and is forced to use her wits to survive and evade dangerous threats. She progresses into Action Girl territory once she gets some better weapons, allowing her to fearlessly confront Working Joes, armed survivors, and even the Alien itself. Later on, she has to deal with Facehuggers and yet more xenomorphs.
- Adaptational Badass: In the films, she is only known to the audience as an innocent 11 year old girl and an elderly 66 year old woman who dies of natural causes. Here she's a capable and resourceful action hero to easily rival (or even outstrip) her mother - her trauma is far more sustained.
- Badass Normal: Survives several close encounters with the Alien and can melee humans and androids alike. To note, the first time she sees the Xenomorph, she has a massive freak-out. By the time she marches through a hive by herself in order to overload the reactor cores, fighting other Xenos and Facehuggers along the way, she does so without comment or major reaction.note
- Deadpan Snarker: Has a tendency towards this when her life isn't in mortal peril.
- Determinator: She survives multiple encounters with the Xenomorph, gets out of the Gemini Labs sector after Waits decouples it with the Xenomorph still on board with her, walks through an entire hive underneath the reactor core, gets captured and escapes from the wall she's been cocooned to and manages to get back on board the Torrens while the station's systems are failing around her.
- Disappeared Dad: Amanda's father is never mentioned.
- The Engineer: Civil sector, but still qualifies. Her ability to perform certain types of repairs and use specialist equipment is often why the main cast end up entrusting her with so many tasks.
- Failure Hero: Almost everything the player does is for nought. Getting a trauma kit for Taylor only delays her death by a few hours. Jettisoning the alien only forces APOLLO's hand in killing the rest of the survivors. Those civilians you told to get to safety at the Marshall Bureau just get killed by the androids. Blowing up the alien hive only results in them spreading across the station and building a nest elsewhere. Stopping Marlow from blowing up the station only pushes back its destruction by a couple hours. By the end of the game, Ripley's only accomplishment is still being alive.
- Final Girl: Amanda outlives every single character, becoming the Sole Survivor. Her mother would be proud.
- Foil: To her own mother, Ellen Ripley. Both are incredibly capable and determined women who manage to outsmart and outmaneuver the Alien where others cannot. And while they can be fairly blunt with others, they're both compassionate with strong moral centres. But where Ripley prefers to take charge and mediate conflicts, Amanda is a quiet Gadgeteer Genius and Wrench Wench who generally prefers technology to people and is more likely to follow orders than give them out.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Amanda definitely qualifies. She devises medkits, molotov cocktails, and electronic noisemakers from random components and scrap that she finds around the station. She even manages to repair a motion tracker using pieces from a children's toy — anything to stay one step ahead of anyone trying to kill her.
- Heroic BSoD: Seems close to a breakdown at several points of the game. Always pushes through anyway.
- Like Mother, Like Daughter: Amanda goes through many of the same things that her mother did in the original movie, and in the end, ends up being a Sole Survivor as well. Ripley would be proud of her offspring!
- MacGyvering: She could give the original MacGyver a run for his money - she can improvise a sizable array of deadly weaponry using what passes for household supplies on Sevastopol. She can also rig the station's systems to do things not originally anticipated by their designers.
- Master of Unlocking: Most of the doors aboard Sevastopol Station are either deactivated or sealed, but Ripley can locate and utilize various pieces of equipment to open them. A few doors have been locked by a clamp that can only be removed by a wrench. Most doors can be opened by pulling their manual override levers, though access to said levers may require cutting open a door panel with a welding tool. Occasionally, Ripley may run into doors that are electronically sealed and can only be opened by keycard, passcode, or a hacking tool.
- One-Hit-Point Wonder: Amanda in Nightmare mode. Everything is instant death. Guns kill instantly and Working Joes kill too fast for you to button-mash an escape. It gets a bit ridiculous when a Working Joe kicking you if you hide under a table is considered fatal, as is the xenomorph knocking you down if it charges past you.
- Parental Abandonment: Amanda gets this after her mother (who promised to be home for her birthday) disappears after shipping out on the Nostromo, leading the former to believe she was abandoned as a child. The plot is motivated by her employer, Weyland-Yutani, alerting her to the fact that the flight recorder from the Nostromo was discovered and brought to Sevastopol.
- Post-Dramatic Stress Disorder: Is quite susceptible to this - understandably so, given all the bad things that happen to her. It nearly gets her killed in the finale, though.
- Sole Survivor: The only one to survive the events aboard Sevastopol station. Much like her mother, she is the only member of her ship's crew to survive and kill a xenomorph.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Amanda's survival is guaranteed as her mother was informed by Carter Burke (who has no reason at that point to lie) that she died in 2178 at the age of 66 in the Special Edition of Aliens.
- Strong Family Resemblance: She bears a strong likeness to her mother, except with straight hair instead of curly. Like her mother, she also ends up being the Sole Survivor of the game.
- Technical Pacifist: There's an achievement called "Mercy or Prudence?" for beating the game without killing a single human. On harder difficulties, it's actually in your best interest to go for it. That said, the only qualifier is that you don't personally kill any humans. The game doesn't fault you if humans die in other ways, such as you tossing a noisemaker at their feet and letting the xenomorph do the rest, or releasing a trapped Working Joe to cause some havoc. You will have to terminate a number of Working Joe synthetics, though.
- Took a Level in Badass: As necessary to survive; she starts out as a capable engineer, and ends up becoming a hardened survivor.
- Wrench Wench: She is a skilled mechanical engineer by profession.
Samuels is in the employ of Weyland-Yutani. After the USCSS Nostromo's destruction in 2122, he offers Amanda a spot aboard the Torrens on a retrieval mission on Sevastopol as he thinks it might help Amanda in finding her mother's whereabouts. He's also a synthetic.
- Artificial Human: Is a synthetic that works for Weyland-Yutani. This is only mentioned in passing, though, as it is assumed Amanda already knows.
- Always a Bigger Fish: He's the bigger fish to The Working Joes. Joes can effortlessly kill any humans they come across, but Samuels himself rips apart dozens on his way to the APOLLO Core with his bare hands.
- Androids Are People, Too: Amanda considers him this moments before his death.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Infallibly polite, even when dealing with an obstructive Working Joe.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: He beats a hostile Working Joe to death, with his bare hands, in mere seconds. It's also implied that the dead Joes strewn throughout Seegson Synthetics — including the ones torn in half and/or with their heads missing — had succumbed to his wrath as well. Keep in mind that regular Working Joes are strong enough to kill a normal human easily with their bare fists.
- Dissonant Serenity: He is not The Stoic, he emotes just fine, particularly an unfailingly polite concern for his fellow employees, occasionally tinged with a worried urgency if the situation warrants it. But he also never expresses anger or obvious fear (the closest he gets to this is his irritation at Waits during their first meeting), emotions that people around him show fairly freely considering the dire straits they are in, always remaining a level headed voice of reason no matter how bad things get. Justified, as W-Y synthetic people are programmed to try and keep humans around them at ease and on-task.
- Famous Last Words: "I wanted...Amanda Ripley...to have closure..."
- Heroic Sacrifice: He sacrifices himself so that Amanda can access APOLLO.
- Organic Technology: Subverted, as usual. Weyland-Yutani synths use artificial materials arranged in a way that closely mimics organic structures.
- Mission Control: He acts like it for the first half or so of the game.
- Nice Guy: Samuels is unusually courteous and almost subservient to his fellow crew members, which is one of many cues that there is something not quite normal about him.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: "I don't have time for this." (proceeds to beat the absolute crap out of a Working Joe)
- Ridiculously Human Robot: As per the usual for the series. Contrasts very dramatically with Seegson's primitive Working Joes.
- Robotic Reveal: Mentioned in passing. Not a surprise to either the in-game characters or long-time fans of the Alien series, but might come as news to newcomers.
- Superpowered Robot Meter Maid: Is there any reason why an android intended to be a glorified secretary should have the strength to rip other androids in half with his bare hands?
- Three Laws-Compliant: Implied by dialogue, with his saying that harming humans goes against "primary synthetic programming." His actions bear this out, as he is willing and able to tear his way through a small army of Working Joes, but never harms a human and risks himself to make sure Amanda has a chance to save herself and everyone else.
An Executive working for Weyland-Yutani. Along with Samuels and Ripley, she is tasked with retrieving the Nostromo's flight recorder.
- Anti-Villain: Is eventually revealed to be an executive who also attempts to capture the Alien for the company, but she's otherwise not malicious, doesn't screw over Ripley, and is largely ignorant of just how dangerous the Xenomorphs really are. Nevertheless, she does put everyone in danger by releasing Marlow from captivity.
- Butt-Monkey: Things do not go well for Taylor. In addition to being terrified of space in general, she's traumatized repeatedly, gravely injured, kidnapped and ultimately killed.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: As an executive with Weyland-Yutani she certainly has the potential to be this. Ultimately this is only played with. While she does attempt to secure a xenomorph for study, she does not try to betray anyone while doing so. Even then, her attempts are more about gathering information about the alien shipwreck and the creature than trying to persevere them at the expense of anyone's life. And, as soon as she learns what the hell is going on and that Marlow intends to kill innocent people, she works with Ripley to stop the Anesidora from exploding - at the cost of her own life.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Evil might be pushing it, but Taylor tells Marlow to "leave Ripley out of [it]" because she just wants closure as is stuck in the middle of it all.
- Evil All A Long: Turns out to be the corrupt representative that tries to harness the creature for the Company]]. However, it's not as extreme as most examples in the series, as Taylor isn't purposefully malevolent to Amanda, nor does she continue to prioritize harnessing the Xenomorph once the danger becomes clear.
- Foil: To Burke. Both are corporate executives working for Weyland-Yutani who tag along with a Ripley for their mission with prior knowledge of the Aliens and are under orders to take the creature back alive. Unlike Burke however, Taylor is appalled with the creature and after seeing all the killings around her, she does not betray her Ripley and still does whatever it takes to save the survivors.
- Nervous Wreck: She's unhappy to have gone on the mission and reluctant to go aboard the station. Since Taylor was given secret orders to obtain the xenomorph and bring it back for study, she has every reason to be nervous. Can't say we blame her.
- Non-Action Guy: As opposed to Amanda, she reacts very poorly to the situation and never really recovers.
- The Load: Contributes very little to the team other than releasing Marlow from his cell and getting killed.
Capt. Diane Verlaine
The captain and owner of the Torrens in 2137. She agrees to transport Ripley and the other Weyland-Yutani representatives to Sevastopol station.
- The Captain: Of the Torrens.
- Mission Control: She never sets foot on Sevastopol, overseeing what little she can from the comfort of her ship.
- Uncertain Doom: The player never learns of her exact fate. Given that she does not respond to Ripley's calls and the fact that another xenomorph emerges from her area of the ship, she is most likely dead.
The head of the Colonial Marshals aboard Sevastopol. He has been attempting to contain the xenomorph aboard the station with limited success.
- Asshole Victim: He gets strangled to death by a Working Joe, though it's still a downplayed example when one considers his Jerkass Has a Point method.
- Everyone Has Standards: Pragmatic he may be, but Sinclair looting and shooting civilians for supplies clearly disgusts him.
- Foil: To Ellen Ripley. While Ellen would agree with obliterating the Xenomorph, no matter the cost, she would do whatever it takes — including marching into the nest, guns and flamethrowers blazing if necessary — to save as many people as she could. Waits, however, is willing to leave people to die and doesn't interact with the creature directly.
- He Who Fights Monsters: Becomes increasingly obsessed with eliminating the Xenomorph threat aboard the station, to the point that everything and everyone has become expendable.
- Jerkass: He is directly responsible for many of the problems that plague Sevastopol once the alien starts its rampage across the station, most notably by keeping the local populace in the dark while infuriating many of them with his draconian security measures, leading to the tangled mess that Ripley gets involved in later. The traps he designed to catch the alien do little more than hinder Ripley's progress or threaten her life, and when they meet for the first time he even calls her out on thwarting his plans and demands she fix the problems he created. And he's completely unrepentant about sacrificing her to take out the alien, giving no more apology than I Did What I Had to Do. He's even a jerk to his coworkers.
- Jerkass Has a Point: As callous as his decision to detaching the Gemini Lab module and leaving Ripley stranded with the Xenomorph was, it did succeed in getting the Alien off the station...unfortunately for him, that wasn't the only Xenomorph aboard the station.
- I Did What I Had to Do: His justification for launching the Gemini Lab section with Ripley still inside in order to kill the Alien.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Closely resembles his voice actor.
- Meaningful Echo: "Whatever it takes."
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Waits's obsession with eliminating the Alien led him to impose extreme security measures, all the while denying the existence of a Xenomorph aboard the station. His actions made the station's residents paranoid and mistrustful of authority, which ultimately led to a complete breakdown of civil order on Sevastopol. Had he been a little more open about what was going on with his fellow Marshals and station workers, they could have been better prepared to actually handle the crisis.
- Reaches its peak when he finally kills the Alien. Doing so turns all the Working Joes hostile and they end up killing most of the survivors, including Waits himself.
- The Sheriff: Of Sevastapol Station.
- Sole Survivor: After the first few abductions by the Alien, Waits led a posse of Marshals to hunt down the creature. He was the only one to survive.
- Token Evil Team Mate: Is easily the biggest jerk out of all of your allies.
One of the few remaining Colonial Marshals left aboard Sevastopol station and Waits's second in command.
- Black Guy Dies First: Inverted. Ricardo is actually the last character to die (barring Verlaine and Connor's ambiguous fates).
- Chest Burster: This was originally his fate in the early concepts of the game, Ricardo would have been facehugged like he was in the final version, only to wake up and wonder what happened to him. He would have been getting constantly worried up until the coup de grace. It was scrapped as the implantation time would have been too fast. In the final version of the game, it's likely Ricardo had a quick death courtesy of Sevastopol burning up.
- Face Full of Alien Wing-Wong: How he ultimately bites it.
- Heroic BSoD: After Waits and the survivors in the Marshals' Bureau are murdered by the Working Joes.
- Honor Before Reason: Allows Ripley to escape the lockdown in the station's server hub. Unfortunately, this ruins the first attempt to trap the Alien.
- Mission Control: Waits often delegates radio coordination with Ripley to him, and he continues to do so after the rest of the security section is killed by Working Joes.
- Nice Guy: He seems to be the only person on the station who isn't willing to sacrifice people in order to kill the Alien.
- The Nicknamer: Tends to call Amanda "Rip."
- Number Two: Functions as this for Waits.
- Sole Survivor: He is the only person to survive the Working Joe massacre at the Marshals' Bureau after Ripley returns to the station, though Taylor and Marlow manage to escape beforehand. Sadly, he doesn't last too much longer.
- Token Minority: The only non-white character in the main story.
A shellshocked survivor and the first person Ripley encounters aboard the Sevastopol. He agrees to aid Ripley in exchange for passage off the station.
- Asshole Victim: Sorta. He is one of the few people willing to listen to reason. The reason he threatened Amanda was because he had been running away from people even crazier than himself for a week by that point. Late in the game, you encounter an audio log from him. He claims that, sure, he has a gun, but at least he doesn't start firing at the drop of a hat like everyone else does.
- *Click* Hello: Greets Amanda with a revolver pointed to the back of her head.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice
- Jerkass: He is selfish, untrustworthy, and viciously paranoid, but is still among the more reasonable survivors that Ripley encounters aboard the station.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Given that most of the station's survivors attack strangers on sight, avoiding contact with other people or killing them in self-defence are not unreasonable methods for survival. Moreover, it is all too likely that Ripley will resort to the same methods herself later on.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Subtle, but he comforts Ripley after he kills someone and is concerned with her well-being, though that may just be because she's leading him to her ship.
- Properly Paranoid: He might not exactly "shoot first and ask questions later", but he is certainly willing to point a gun first, then ask the questions. Given how Trigger Happy many other survivors are, this is prudent of him.
- Worf Effect: He had to be a least a bit of a badass to survive on his own as long as he has, but is brought down swiftly once the Xenomorph enters the picture.
- The World's Expert on Getting Killed: Axel manages to survive on his own for a week after everything has gone to hell on the station. In exchange for way out, he guides Ripley to the station's transmission centre while schooling her on the basics of survival along the way. He becomes the first victim of the Alien in Ripley's presence.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: The closest person to being an ally to Ripley (at least not killing her on sight), yet the first victim of the Alien.
The head of operations aboard Sevastopol.
- Ambiguous Situation: Although Ransome was in communication with Weyland-Yutani, it's never clarified if he was the one to explicitly tell them about the alien being aboard the station to begin with. If he was, then the communication lockdown and android hostility are his fault.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: He managed to take out a Working Joe that ambushed him in his quarters (bear in mind Working Joes are strong enough to easily murder humans with their bare hands), and in the DLC his special ability as a player character is that he has access to a large amount of weaponry.
- Big Bad Wannabe: In the main plot, he appears to be controlling operations on Sevastopol through a combination of in-universe Executive Meddling and backroom deals. It becomes clear later on that he has little authority on the station, as W-Y cuts him out of the process completely by using APOLLO to lockdown the station and limit his access.
- "Blackmail" Is Such an Ugly Word: He uses compromising information about other characters such as Waits and Linguard to compel them into following his choice of action, even against their better judgement. He never does so explicitly though, only hinting through messages just enough to let them know that he knows about them while maintaining Plausible Deniability.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Albeit a low ranking and surprisingly hands-on one.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Don't let the fact that he is a white-collar office worker from Aliens fool you, Ransome is surprisingly skilled at fighting the Facehuggers and Working Joes.
- Everyone Has Standards: Its extremely subtle, but some of the lines from his Villainous Breakdown (see below) have shades of this. Besides screwing him over, hes repulsed that W-Y is leaving the entire station to die and has no plans to rescue them.
- Listening to all the tapes makes something clear about Ransome: although hell blackmail, threaten and coerce his peers, he doesnt outright immediately throw them under the bus. He always offers them a path forward and promises to remember those that helped him on whatever scheme hes running at the time.
- Rescuing a civilian in his DLC.
- Hero of Another Story: "Hero" might be pushing it, but we do get to see him revisiting locations Amanda went to, slightly after she leaves, such as finding Kuhlman's body still in the Medical Wing where Amanda saw him die.
- Meaningful Name: His name is Ransome, and he uses blackmail to coerce underlings.
- Pet the Dog: In the second mission of his DLC, Scorched Earth, he has the option to save a civilian from the alien.
- Promoted to Playable: In the Corporate Lockdown DLC.
- Real-Life Relative: Ransome is voiced by Ben Cura who was married to Amandas voice actor Andrea Deck at the time of production. Downplayed, as the two never meet in-game.
- Rich Jerk
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Plans to escape the station on Ripley's ship and use the evidence he acquired to blackmail Weyland-Yutani.
- "Shaggy Dog" Story: All of his objectives in the DLC are ultimately for nothing since the station — likely with him aboard — burns up in the atmosphere.
- Smug Snake: Through learning about him from audio logs and messages to and from him, it's obvious that he thinks of himself as a big shot who is able to control anyone through blackmail, but he quickly undergoes a Villainous Breakdown when he finds out Weyland-Yutani cut him out of the picture effortlessly and left him to die.
- The Danza: Possible example — Ransomes first initial is B and he's voiced by Ben Cura.
- Villainous Breakdown: The player can find an audio log in the main game that has Ransome recording an audio log once he realizes that the Company has screwed him (and the remaining population of Sevastopol) over (via locking down the station via APOLLO). His message consists of barely-restrained rage and disgust at W-Y, complete with a Cluster F-Bomb.
- Villainous Friendship: Its subtle, and definitely up to interpretation, but he may be this with Spedding. Ransomes email correspondence with him are more direct, less condescending and somewhat friendly with him (Read: Ransome doesnt try to blackmail him like he does with Linguard, Holly, Waits and pretty much everyone else.).
- What Happened to the Mouse?: The last time Ransome is seen (in the DLC where he's playable), he overrides security and gets on an elevator. His ultimate fate is unknown, but given that Sevastopol burned up not long after, it doesn't look good for him.
- Wrong Genre Savvy: As indicated above, he thinks hes the Wesker when, at best, hes the Excella.
- Xanatos Speed Chess: After figuring out what is going on on the station, Ransome is surprisingly quick to figure out a way to erase potentially harmful evidence, get enough evidence to blackmail Weyland-Yutani, and figure out a way to escape. All while fighting Working Joes, facehuggers, and the Xenomorph.
- Apocalyptic Log: Leaves one in the medical facility detailing how the Alien ended up aboard Sevastopol.
- Good Counterpart: To Doctor Kuhlman.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Clearly blames herself for the Alien's rampage aboard the station, as she attempted to study the creature instead of immediately destroying it after it was born. Her primary goal during the Trauma DLC is destroying all the research she did on the Alien before anyone else gets hold of it.
- Promoted to Playable: In the Trauma DLC
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Is much more benevolent than Waits, Ransome or Dr. Kuhlman. Too bad she is one of the first characters to die.
- Asshole Victim: Kuhlman was a dick, so it's hard to mourn his death at the claws of the Alien.
- Dr. Jerk: He pities the psychologically troubled who have difficulty coping with living in space, but also feels that the doctor in charge of their treatment coddles them too much. He also has no problem using Amanda to further his own goals.
- Functional Addict: Implied by one of the computer logs which suggests he has been removing supplies from the dispensary for his own use. Given that he sends Amanda there to get some drugs for him, the current situation may be shifting him more toward Addled.
- Mission Control: For Amanda during the mission to Medical.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Considers his posting to Sevastopol a waste of his talents. Logs from other characters who work with him suggest his high opinion of himself is not widely shared.
Crew of The Anesidora
The captain of the Anesidora, the ship that found the Nostromo's flight recorder. When Ripley meets him, he is locked in a cell in the Colonial Marshals' office for an unknown crime. But he seems to know a lot about what's happening on Sevastopol...
- The Atoner: A very dark twist on the trope. Marlow holds himself responsible for the death of his wife by the Alien, and the subsequent killings on Sevastopol, and resolves to ensure that no one will ever come in contact with the thing ever again.
- Dissonant Serenity: He's disturbingly calm in that cell, despite all that has happened.We later learn that he has decided to destroy the xenomorph threat at any cost and has already resigned himself to death.
- Hidden Depths: Marlow suspects the facehugger must have done something, even if all seems well with Foster, so places his wife in hyper-sleep to stall whatever may have been done. He also quickly grasps the magnitude of the threat posed by the xenomorph. He knows it will threaten humanity itself if Weyland-Yutani are allowed to take the Aliens off the station, so decides to take extreme measures to prevent that from happening.
- Love Makes You Dumb: Downplayed. We learn Marlow very smart and capable, but he understandably loves his wife too much to apply cold logic and not try to help her when she's been attacked by the creature, even if he has no idea what that is, fully aware he is violating quarantine in doing so no matter how quickly he takes her to the medical ward. He later blames himself not only the death of his wife but all those who have died due to the xenomorph being brought on board.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Marlow decides that the consequences of the alien creatures being brought back to earth would be catastrophic. To that end he wants to ensure no-one (ie. Weyland-Yutani) tries to take them from the station. So he decides, much like Ellen Ripley, that nuking the place to oblivion is The Only Way To Be Sure. Though Amanda's mother would have taken issue with killing possible survivors, Marlow's still correct in thinking it's not far from what she would do, given that she threw one out of an airlock and blew up a ship herself — though there was no-one else but her and a cat remaining on board at the time (and both escaped).
- Not So Different: After listening to several of the personal recordings from the Nostromo he comes to believe that Amanda's mother, Ellen Ripley, would likely have aided him in destroying Sevastopol. No matter the cost. And, apart from murdering the innocent, he's right — Ripley would nuke the place to dust, having learned that obliterating the goddamn things is the way to deal with them.
- Red Herring: When we first encounter Marlow, he's been locked up by Marshal Waits for his role in bringing the alien aboard. Both Waits and Amanda distrust him, believing that he's withholding the remote docking codes to his nearby orbiting ship out of self-interest. He has no intention of using his ship to save himself. Quite the opposite, in fact.
- Taking You with Me: He has every intention of destroying his ship in order take out Sevastopol's xenomorph infestation. Even if that means dying in the process.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Marlow knowingly breaks all quarantine procedures so that his wife can have a medical examination. They would not have allowed her on the station if he given any details of her attack. In fact the only reason the crew was on the planet LV-426 and scavenging the Derelict was the desperate need for a big score to keep them all in a job.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Marlow was willing to overload the Anesidora's reactor in order to destroy Sevastopol, killing the remaining survivors and himself in the process, just to ensure the Aliens wouldn't escape and possibly make it to Earth. To be honest, can't say we blame him!
Crewmember aboard the Anesidora, and Marlow's wife. She was part of the exploration team that discovered the derelict ship on LV-426. Foster was facehugged and impregnated. They fled the planet and in search of help came across Sevastopol, which ultimately lead to the outbreak.
- Chest Burster: How she dies. Foster's body and the blood trail from her corpse can be found in the medical section of the station.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: To the horror of her husband, crew-mates and the medical staff attending, a xenomorph bursts from her chest.
- Face Full of Alien Wing-Wong: She was facehugged and impregnated, leading to the alien bursting from her chest and the outbreak on Sevastopol.
- Patient Zero: The single xenomorph that she unwittingly brought aboard the Sevastopol led directly to all the chaos and devastation Amanda Ripley has to now try to survive.
- Posthumous Character: She's long dead by the time the Torrens arrives, being the first to die.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Foster is the one who brought the alien to Sevastopol, though she can hardly be blamed considering she was attacked and forcibly impregnated with it after all. She would also have no idea of the consequences.
One of the crewmen aboard the Anesidora. Meeks was strongly against breaching quarantine rules to bring Foster to Sevastopol, confronting Marlow directly, but his protests were angrily rebuked.
- All There in the Manual: His fate aboard the station is the focus of one of the stories in the comic book tie-in.
- Despair Event Horizon: He is devastated by Foster's death and the consequences of that tragedy only make it worse.
- Drowning My Sorrows: Grief-stricken by the demise of his fellow crew mate, Foster, he gets very drunk and begins telling others of the horrors he's seen. Heyst has to drag him away after noticing the look of fear in the eyes of those listening.
- Face Full of Alien Wing-Wong: Ultimately he suffers the same fate as Foster. He's last seen as the victim of a facehugger.
- Good Is Not Soft: Meeks clearly cares for Foster but does not believe in risking others by hiding her condition from the Sevastopol. This fuels his heated argument with Marlow, though sadly his concerns were unheeded.
- Only Sane Man: He is pretty adamant they should not be bringing Foster to a station, especially when they have no idea if she has a condition that could spread or any real notion of what the alien facehugger even did to her for that matter. When you consider that he does care for Foster, to the point her death hits him very hard, he's also setting aside his personal feelings.
- Talk to the Fist: How his argument with Marlow over breaking quarantine for his wife ends. Marlow punches Meeks in the nose and stops the conversation right there and then.
One of the crewmen aboard the Anesidora. Heyst attempts to distance himself from his boss Marlow after Foster's death, believing that he did not sign up the trouble they've just landed in.
- Bystander Syndrome: Heyst considers the possible fallout from bringing Foster on board Marlow's problem and his alone. Once things start to go to hell, he's more interested in not being implicated than offering any information or aid.
- Face Full of Alien Wing-Wong: In the early stages of the game development, Heyst was to share the same fate as Meeks and Foster. Players would find his chestbursted body on Sevastopol.
- Not What I Signed on For: Even before things go south, Heyst makes it clear he wants no part of the shitstorm Marlow and Foster may cause on Sevastopol if they are caught breaking quarantine. He isn't paid enough to get involved in that sort of trouble. Once it's clear things are much worse than feared, he makes good on his promise try and distance himself and urges Meeks to do the same.
- Not Your Problem: He tries to encourage Meeks to lay low and keep their connection to the Anesidora secret. When Meeks is distraught after Foster's grim fate, Heyst is the one dragging him from bars when he's drunkenly confessing too much and then stating they need to give those people a wide berth in future.
The titular star of the game, the xenomorph hatched from a space scavenger who stumbled across LV426 and the alien ship by following its broadcast signal. It escaped from containment and has been stalking Sevastopol for over a week before Ripley arrives, its murderous rampage and the paranoia of its presence reducing Sevastopol to its current state.
- Adaptational Badass: The Alien's immunity to revolver bullets can easily be explained by the civilian-grade pistol being an intentionally insufficiently powerful caliber to avoid hull punctures, and its resistance to the flamethrower can be attributed to it being a jury-rigged device and not a true military flamethrower. It's only when the Alien starts ignoring shotgun blasts to the face and pipebombs that you realize this trope has fully come into play and shortly find out that you are screwed.
- Alien Blood: Shooting the Alien may cause droplets of greenish-yellow acid blood to spurt from the wound. Of course, since shooting the creature usually leads to it chasing Amanda, it's easy to miss the tiny amounts of blood.
- Beware My Stinger Tail: How it kills Axel when it first appears. And one of the methods it can use to kill Ripley.
- Big Bad: Everything bad is caused because of this thing, and everything that happens in the story is at least partly because of its very existence. The conflict is driven by it even after it's defeated about halfway through.
- Big Brother Instinct: Xenomorphs being Hermaphroditic, it's more like Big Sibling Instinct. Regardless, killing a facehugger will almost guarantee summoning an adult to your area.
- Conservation of Ninjutsu: In just about every other piece of media, a single Xenomorph, while threatening, is no match for a Colonial Marine. In Isolation, a single Xenomorph is just about the deadliest thing in the entire game, and is most likely the thing that will kill you the most. Of course, the marines are a whole lot better armed than you are. If you had a pulse rifle, it'd be a different story.
- Continuity Nod: Has quite a couple of them to previous Xenomorphs in the franchise:
- A Xenomorph personally targeting Ripley out of an actual anger towards them, in this case, out of pride, occurs in Aliens, when the Queen goes full Mama Bear, the Dragon, after Ripley angers it enough to ignore the Queen inside her, and in the Aliens vs Predator game series, Specimen Six specifically spares Doctor Groves out of personal anger towards him.
- The Xenomorph showing pride and anger about Ripley managing to outwit and escape it so many times alludes to their rivalry with the Predators, who would usually kill humans out of pride if a human managed to best a Predator in combat.
- A single Xenomorph that is able to survive almost anything and it takes literally being thrown into a sun, directly refers both to the original Alien in the 1979 film, and the Alien Queen in Aliens.
- Disc-One Final Boss: Midway into the game, the Alien is trapped inside a module which is then separated from the station, but the game is far from over. Then, as Amanda finds out, there's more than one Alien.
- The Dreaded: Just about every single character you run into fears it, and it's not hard to see why.
- *Drool* Hello: Especially regarding vents.
- Establishing Character Moment: In what can be called a frightening Continuity Nod to the first movie, the Alien makes its appearance by drooling on Axel's coat, then impaling the poor bastard with its tail.
- Game-Over Man: Whenever it kills you. At least one of the death animations doesn't even show it; after you get impaled from behind, you see its spindly hand closing over the top of your face.
- Greater-Scope Villain: While Amanda doesn't meet her, Word of God confirms there is an Alien Queen on board the station.
- Immune to Bullets: No man-portable kinetic-energy impact weapon aboard the station will harm this thing. At worst, it will just piss it off.
- Implacable Man: Absolutely nothing will kill it. Pistol shots? Nope. Shotgun rounds? Nope. Fire from a flamethrower or molotov? Well, it can disorient the Alien and drive it off, yeah, but it won't hurt it, and it's still only a temporary asset, since it can still bulldoze through you even with the fire in its face. A pipebomb? It'll just come back mad.
- It Can Think: The xenomorph is actually programmed to be kind of clever beyond simply picking up on your hiding habits. If you use your flamethrower on it enough it'll eventually start to hesitate if it sees you with the flamethrower pointed at it. It will also start to become bolder (because you're pissing it off) and need more sustained bursts of flame to get it to run away (and it'll start showing up more often). It is also shown to have a personal dislike of Amanda since she escaped it so many times.
- An alarming variation on this behavior is when the Alien figures out the flamethrower's effective range, at which point it will sometimes retreat when blasted... only to hover right outside that range, watching you and just waiting for you to turn your back or lower your weapon for that split second it needs to make a Deadly Lunge...
- Another even more disturbing variation, more prominent on the higher difficulties, can occur when the Alien can become familiar enough with your methods to lure you into a trap. For example, if you excessively use noise makers, it will not only start ignoring them, it will pick up on the ruse and search where the maker was thrown from. If it senses you're hiding in a room but can't find you, it will go into the air duct and jump back down after you've exited your hiding space. Most disturbingly, if you use explosives too many times, it will be less likely to attack you in an open space and will go for you in an enclosed corridor where using them will kill you via splash damage.
- Lightning Bruiser: The xenomorph is blisteringly fast, highly lethal, and Immune to Bullets. Only fire seems to hurt it, but even that won't kill it. Combine this with its intelligence and sheer persistence and you have a monster that quickly becomes The Dreaded to both Amanda and the player. To quote one of the pause screen tips:"Don't try to outrun the Alien. You won't make it."
- Nested Mouths: It's a xenomorph, people. Would we recognize it any other way? And yes, it will use it to kill Ripley if it catches her.
- No-Sell: It's immune to all projectile weapons, and fire is only going to work so many times before it just powers through and kills you.
- Offscreen Teleportation: Specifically averted, according to the game developers. Outside of two specific instances (which were necessitated by its appearance in cutscenes), it cannot do this. Artificial Brilliance, indeed. There are times when it might seem like this trope is in effect, though, but it's justified: there's a hive and more then one Alien, and it's likely you're encountering more than one Alien in some parts.
- Ominous Walk: While its film counterparts were quite capable of walking slowly, it was usually out of convenience, or because their victims were close enough that speed was not necessary. This xenomorph, by stark contrast, chooses to walk during the vast majority of encounters. That is, unless it sees you or anyone else.
- One-Hit Kill: If this thing grabs you, it's lights out. Permanently.
- One-Man Army: Need to clear a room of humans? Just simply call the Alien in and watch it rip the group apart with ease.
- Only a Flesh Wound: Shooting the alien does injure it...technically (see Alien Blood, above). Apparently its innards are even tougher than its exoskeleton, because this does nothing to stop it.
- Outside-Context Villain: Sevastapol is a civilian installation with a limited armed force onboard. Couple this with the station essentially being a skeleton crew, and the people living on it lack the firearms, manpower, and training needed to take down even just a single Xenomorph. Let alone a few dozen.
- Phlegmings: Inherited from the source as a product of the Alien. Becomes important when Axel notices something dripping on his arm right before being Impaled with Extreme Prejudice and dragged into an air vent. This becomes a clue to the player: when you see drool dripping down from somewhere above you, heads up...
- Pride: It is heavily implied that the Alien hounds Amanda constantly is because it's upset that Amanda has managed to escape it for so long.
- The Reveal: There's more than one xenomorph on the station, and it's unlikely that you've been fighting the same one throughout your adventure.
- Skull for a Head: Downplayed, but present. Much like the costume for the original film, the outer layer of the alien's head is just slightly translucent, and the outline of a human-like skull can be seen inside of it up close and in good lighting (though if you are close enough to see that in-game, You Are Already Dead.)
- Super-Persistent Predator: Understatement of the century. This thing has a nasty habit of going to areas where you need to head to in order to advance your objectives. It almost stretches into It's Personal territory given its love to go straight for you rather than other targets.
- Plus there's virtually nowhere you can go that it can't; but the reverse is not true - the alien gets to use all kinds of inaccessible vent areas that let it constantly outmaneuver you.
- For gameplay reasons, if you're in a part of the game where the Alien can kill you, it will never be more than a certain distance from you, no matter how big the level you're in is, whether or not it actually knows you are present, and the fact that there's an entire space station it could be hunting through; it keeps to the cluster of rooms near you no matter what. A mod called the "Unpredictable Alien Mod" undoes this "leash", allowing it to freeroam away from you. This can make the game both much easier and much harder — while the Alien is no longer constrained to being near you, allowing it to disappear for long stretches of time rather than constantly pursuing you, this actually allows it to sneak up on your far easier, such as dropping down from a vent a few rooms away before bumping into you on foot.
- Add to that that the alien can and will kill you during hacking minigames, while you go through your inventory, while you save your game, and even during cutscenes (though that last one is believed to be a glitch).
- Vertical Kidnapping: If you see a vent with drool leaking from it, walk underneath at your peril. Depending on your timing, it's entirely possible to get grabbed before the drool even appears.
- Weak to Fire: Its only weakness.
- You Can Run, but You Can't Hide: Inverted. Go ahead. Try running from it — see how long it takes to catch you. Whenever it's around, your only way to survive is to hope it doesn't notice you.
APOLLO and Working Joes
APOLLO is the Artificial Intelligence that maintains and runs Sevastopol by way of its small army of Working Joes, primitive synthetics manufactured by Seegson.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: The Working Joes have such primitive artificial intelligence, continuing to mindlessly perform their duties, even as Sevastopol burns around them (sometimes literally), and occasionally reacting with deadly force to the presence of humans. In chapter 11, they start going on a homicidal rampage and APOLLO can't be made to call them off. The corporation has reprogrammed them to not only avoid harming the xenomorph so it can be captured and studied, but to actively protect it, including by killing humans. However, this also works in your favor; Working Joes walk slow enough that you can outpace them at a crawl, they won't chase Ripley very far, and have rather poor senses due to their primitive brains. The latter two are downplayed on higher difficulties, though.
- Always a Bigger Fish: Their collective Establishing Character Moment shows one of them effortlessly killing a human enemy with its bare hands. Later in the game, Samuels kills another Joe the exact same way.
- Artificial Human: The Working Joes are synthetics, robots made in the human image. Although not very successfully.
- Ax-Crazy: The Joes are essentially artificial psychopaths, as they appear to have no programming relating to empathy (or even emotion). Once they start malfunctioning or receiving malevolent directives, they murder defenceless people with no qualms at all. One of the creepiest aspects of their personality is how "white eyed" Joes will happily parrot phrases and talk to you...but if you walk into a restricted area a few paces away, the same android would think nothing of caving your skull in.
- Badass Boast: One of their Responses to being ignited is "Only wild animals fear fire."
- Captain Obvious: One of their possible responses to Ripley struggling to get free from their grapple is "You're becoming hysterical."
- Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: They serve as a sort of Foil to Ash from the original Alien. Ash was intelligent, charming, self-driven, and realistic enough to pass as a real human, and he managed to wreak major havoc on the crew of the Nostromo despite acting alone and having zero backup. By contrast, the Joes are primitive synthetics who are eerily artificial in appearance and speech, they work as a group, and they're a Hive Mind with no individual identity who all take their orders from APOLLO.
- Cranial Processing Unit: The best, if not only, way to kill a Working Joe with the revolver, shotgun or boltgun is to shoot it in the head.
- Creepy Monotone: The voice of the Joes both invokes and subverts this. Their voice never changes intonation or volume, appearing emotionless, but also has a deep and slightly rough quality to it that is strangely sinister.
- Dissonant Serenity: Working Joes will politely greet mutilated corpses, quietly ask the xenomorph "What are you?" and emotionlessly beat people to death before flatly stating "Good day," to the body.
- Dying Vocal Change: Killing one in melee usually results in them spouting their last words in a steadily-lower tone of voice as they break down, further distorted by all the white fluid they cough up.
- Elite Mooks: The cleansuit-wearing "industrial" Working Joes can take about twice as much damage as their normal counterparts and are unaffected by EMP mines and stun batons. On top of that, your first meeting with them is shortly after Amanda has to lose her guns. They get easier to handle once the Bolt Gun is available.
- Expy: They seem to draw inspiration from the protocol droids in System Shock 2, being robotic enemies who spout polite greetings before moving in for the kill. Thankfully, they're not Made of Explodium.
- False Reassurance: Working Joes spout these constantly, even as they're actively strangling and pummelling you.
- Feel No Pain: They're robots, so they don't react even when being bludgeoned, shocked, or set on fire.
- Glowing Mechanical Eyes: Have light-emitting diodes in their eyes. These glow white in neutral condition, glowing red when hostile, and not glowing at all when disabled.
- Implacable Man: They are a downplayed version of this trope. They never run, approaching their targets at a calm walk while spouting False Reassurance, and strangle, chop, or bash any unauthorized human when they get within arm's reach. They can be destroyed but can absorb a large amount of punishment without being deterred, requiring multiple shots or blows to the Cranial Processing Unit before stopping. Even being set on fire will not slow them.
- Incendiary Exponent: Working Joes are resistant to fire attacks, so they'll continue to fight on even as they burn. They're engineered to resist extremely high temperatures, so it makes sense.
- Kill All Humans: After Amanda and Waits successfully ejects a xenomorph from the station, APOLLO determines that the humans now pose too great a threat to the remaining xenomorphs to be allowed to remain alive and it adjusts the Working Joe's behavior accordingly.
- Kung Fu-Proof Mook:
- Working Joes may not move very quickly, but their reflexes are surprisingly fast, and any attempt to melee a functional one will result in the blow being blocked and Amanda being killed. If the player can somehow stun or disrupt them though...
- The Hazmat Working Joes are immune to the EMP and stun baton, which would take out their unprotected brethren.
- Made of Iron: Probably literally, too. Joes are incredibly durable enemies, even if you're targeting their heads. Fortunately, they're vulnerable to EMP attacks (most of the time).
- Master Computer: APOLLO is the Zeerust-styled central mainframe for Sevastopol, monitoring its systems and serving as a control hub dispatching its small army's worth of Working Joes.
- No-Sell: Working Joes can block melee attacks; you need to either hit them with an EMP attack first or make hit and run stealth assaults if you want to melee them to death. The latter scores you the My Turn achievement. In certain late levels, there are Working Joes wearing protective environmental suits which allow them to No-Sell EMP attacks as well. These need to be burned (ineffective), blown up, or shot to pieces.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: APOLLO has been acting erratically for a while, and the Working Joes it directs are no exception. It never worked particularly well to begin with, and has gotten dangerously worse since the incident started. However, most everyone dismisses the glitching out as a problem to solve later, as frankly the creature running amok is a much more serious threat. That is, up until the humans manage to eject a xenomorph from the station and APOLLO goes completely berserk. Turns out much of the erratic behavior was just trying to subtly keep humans from harming "the specimen", and once it becomes clear that the humans aboard are a mortal threat to the remaining xenomorphs it escalates to Kill All Humans levels.
- Ominous Walk: Their default and seemingly only way of moving. Outrunning a Working Joe is incredibly easy, as long as you don't get cornered.
- Personal Space Invader: Working Joes that get their hands on Amanda will attempt to strangle her, if she cannot struggle free from their grasp quickly enough. The creature itself will often knock her to the floor with a Deadly Lunge before it moves in for the kill. Not to mention the facehuggers.
- Playing Possum: You may occasionally find seemingly dead Working Joes on the floor, only to turn your back and have them grab your leg so they can drag you in for the kill. Mercifully, they will only do this if you're both close enough and not watching them. You also can't search them, which is a dead giveaway. You can also identify them from a distance by seeing that their eyes are still glowing.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: A Working Joe with Eye Lights Out is completely inactive, one with white eye lights is active but currently benign, and those with red eyes kill on sight.
- In a particularly insidious move on the developers' part, hostile Joes might appear to have white eyes if they walk through a well-lit area, only for them to become visibly red if they walk into darkness.
- Robotic Psychopath: The Working Joes aren't malfunctioning. They just aren't programmed to be Three Laws-Compliant in the first place, and prioritize protecting the Xenomorph, not avoiding human harm.
- Uncanny Valley: In-universe: "It's not a bug, it's a feature!" The Working Joes' selling point for their crash test dummy appearance is "many humans find dealing with human-real androids to be disturbing. With the Working Joes, you always know exactly what you're dealing with!" In practice, the opposite is true, making the Joes a much more effectively disturbing antagonist. Word of God is that the company manufacturing the Working Joes is behind Weyland-Yutani technologically, so they make up for it by manufacturing cruder synthetics at low-cost for the mass market, and the "working as intended" line about their less-than-perfect appearance is marketing spin.