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Works referencing Alien and the sequels.

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    Anime & Manga 
  • Episode 07 of Excel Saga sees the team fight a creature that looks suspiciously like a Xenomorph Queen. Said episode also features the Pulse Rifle.
  • In Kill la Kill, Mako turns into a Xenomorph in one of her Hallelujah moments.
  • In Dragon Ball Z, Frieza's third form bears more than a passing resemblance to the Xenomorph (same goes for his alternate universe counterpart Frost). Additionally, some of Imperfect Cell's habits are very similar to the way the Xenomorph kills people. (like attacking people from behind with his stinger tail)

    Comic Strips 
  • Naturally MAD Magazine did a parody of all films in the franchise over the years, except for Alien 3. More info here: [1]
  • One Gotlib gag has Pépé le Pevert playing the part of the astronaut investigating the strange planet, then having a facehugger alien jump unto his face. However, the creature is so disgusted by it, then he soon lets himself drop and throws up.
  • A political cartoon about the Elian Gonzalez controversy parodied the original film's poster with Gonzalez in a tiny raft against an enormous moon, with the tagline "In politics, no one can hear you scream."
  • One installment of The Far Side titled "Alien Family Dinners" has juvenile xenomorphs at the kids' table, with one playing with the turkey - or in this, in the turkey.

    Films — Animation 
  • Shrek 2: During the fight with Puss in Boots, the cat goes inside Shrek's clothing and bursts through his shirt, much like the chest-burster scene.
  • In Planet 51, one of the aliens has a pet Xenomorph that acts like a dog.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Poltergeist: A poster of the film can be seen hanging in Rob's room.
  • The chest burster scene in Spaceballs has John Hurt reprising his role, shouting "Oh no, not again!" in the process. The little alien then hops out and does a little song-and-dance routine, parodying the Michigan J. Frog in One Froggy Evening.
  • Ted: When Ted is bifurcated in the film's climax, he declares "Jesus, I look like the robot from Aliens."
  • In Avengers: Infinity War, Iron Man and Spider-Man blast a hole in Ebony Maw's ship and he's hurled into space, a deliberate Shout-Out to the first film, where the titular alien is killed in the same manner. During the scuffle on Titan, when Spider-Man encounters Mantis, he freaks out because he thinks she's going to lay eggs in him à la facehugger.
  • In Deadpool (2016), when Deadpool meets Negasonic Teenage Warhead, he compares her look to Ripley in Alien³.
  • In Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Ferris uses the chestburster scene as an exaggeration to describe how sick he is.

  • Nemesis Saga: In Project Hyperion, one of the enemy Kaiju bears a distinct resemblance to a Xenomorph and is named Giger as a result.
  • In the first book of the Johnny Maxwell Trilogy, Only You Can Save Mankind, Johnny is surprised when the Screewee Captain admits that she is unable to navigate her own ship through its ventilation, citing Alien.
    [p. 133/133] "'I saw a film where there was an alien crawling around inside a spaceship's air ducts and it could come out wherever it liked,' said Johnny reproachfully. 'Doubtless it had a map,' said the Captain."

    Live-Action TV 
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000:
    • During the review of Gamera vs. Zigra Dr. Forrester asks: Is it true what they say about space?, to which Dr. Erhardt responds: No one can hear you laugh!
    • During The Space Children Mike says: It's laying eggs in my chest. Is that normal?''
    • The host segments of I Was a Teenage Werewolf were a Whole Plot Reference to Alien.
  • In the Doctor Who Christmas Special "Last Christmas", one of the characters refers to the film directly in response to the Monster of the Week. The Twelfth Doctor is really offended by the idea of a horror film called "Alien" and more or less says that humankind is asking to be invaded.
    • "Dragonfire" contains several references; for example, the Xenomorph like appearance of the Dragon, and the Dragon being hunted through corridors by soldiers with large guns and motion detectors before it ambushes them.
  • In the Shadowhunters episode "The Mortal Cup", when discussing Jocelyn's overprotectiveness towards Clary, Simon compares the situation to the scene from Aliens where the alien queen was defending her eggs from Ripley.
  • The Blossom episode "Student Films" had Joey make a Fan Sequel to the films as his class project. He commits a little Critical Research Failure in the process when Bishop (played by his father) claims he hosted an alien in the first film. (Bishop wasn't in the first film and his counterpart Ash never hosted an alien.)
  • The Community episode "Epidemiology" had Troy and Abed attend a Halloween party as Ripley in the power loader and a Xenomorph respectively. Troy later has to use the power loader costume to protect himself when he reenters the library to cure a group of zombie partygoers.
  • The first film was a big influence on Red Dwarf, mainly in its depiction of life working on a spaceship and the interior design.
    • In "Waiting for God", Rimmer warns Lister about going into a chamber, for fear of getting something stuck to his face.
    • "Polymorph" was a Whole Plot Reference to the film.
    • The scene in "Pete Part II where Kryten's penis Archie wriggles up Cat's top and then bursts out is a parody of the chestburster scene.

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    Video Games 
  • Conker's Bad Fur Day: A Xenomorph called Heinrich appears as the final boss, in a spoof of Aliens. Conker even says, "Get away from her, you bitch!" before he battles him.
  • The Flood from Halo are a race of parasitic, vaguely humanoid creatures that attack in huge swarms, are particularly unpleasant to fight up close, and cocoon people in Meat Moss for future infection. Gee, where does this sound familiar from?
    • The UNSC Marines are also pretty much modeled after the Colonial Marines.
  • Doom began life as an Film/Aliens adaptation. While the finished game removed any explicit references, the general "techbase" aesthetic is strongly reminiscence of the first two films.
  • We could probably make this easier and say that the entire First-Person Shooter genre owes a significant debt to Aliens.
  • Soldier's Inc. (2015): A Xenomorph appears as a playable character.
  • Smite: Serqet's "Dread Queen" skin is modeled after the Xenomorph Queen, possessing a black biomechanical exoskeleton and jagged head crest.
  • Call Of Duty Modern Warfare: The first real level, "Crew Expendable", contains multiple references and quotes, beginning with the title.
  • Metroid is heavily influenced by Alien, and its creators are very open and honest about this fact. The titular Metroids are Face Huggers with a metamorphic life cycle (with the Zeta Metroid in particular being a Xenomorph Xerox) and a monstrous Insect Queen that makes her debut in the first sequel. The protagonist Samus Aran is a woman, with this (then-surprising) twist paralleling the (then-surprising) twist where Ellen Ripley becomes the sole survivor of the Nostromo crew. The Chozo Statues bear more than a passing resemblance to the enigmatic Space Jockey. There are plenty of other Giger-esque designs, such as the recurring villain Ridley (who resembles a Xenomorph with the head and wings of a dragon). The game book Metroid: Zebes Shin'nyuu Shirei has a possible plot scenario which is nearly identical to the climax of the first Alien movie. This is all just the tip of the iceberg; if we counted every similarity between Metroid and Alien, we'd be here all day.

    Web Comics 
  • In Schlock Mercenary, more than one well-equipped lab has had a xenomorph in a tube in the background.

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    Western Animation 
  • The Simpsons
  • South Park: A xenomorph can be seen in the TV movie "Imaginationland", among the evil fictional characters, where he kills off the mayor of Imaginationland.
  • Animaniacs:
    • The episode "Space Probed". [2]
    • In another episode where the Warners crash a celebrity party, they meet Sigourney Weaver and a xenomorph. Dot introduces it to one of her "pet" monsters inside her box, this time the Director with a talking tongue.
    Tongue: Oh monster!
  • American Dad!: In "Great Space Roaster" the way the Smiths wake up in the pods, and Stan's panties and tank top outfit are the same as Sigourney Weaver's at the end of Alien. The way Roger acts while hunting down the family on the spaceship is exactly like Alien.
  • Transformers: Rescue Bots, the episode "The Alien Invasion of Griffin Rock", Blade makes a reference to the facehuggers they talking about the possibility of an alien invasion.
  • Codename: Kids Next Door: In "Operation: L.I.C.E.", the scene where the lice bursts through Numbah Five's hat references the chest-burster scene.
  • Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers: One episode has the protagonists watching a movie similar to Alien, with the xenomorph's inner mouth having itself an inner mouth, and this one having one too... Up to the tiniest mouth, which then bites Ripley in the nose.
  • In Rick and Morty Rick tells his grand kinds not the shy away from any eggs they find on a seemingly abandoned spaceship because "those Facehuggers are worth more than this ship."
  • Robot Chicken:
    • In the sketch, "Who's Killing The Muppets?" from the episode, "Schindler's Bucket List", when Scooter attempts to kill Kermit and Miss Piggy as revenge for killing his twin sister, Skeeter, when they were kids, Camilla clucks, "Get away from her, you bitch!" before she kills Scooter as revenge for killing Gonzo at the beginning of the sketch.
    • The sketch "Aliens Meet The Jetsons" from the episode "Robot Fight Accident" is a Whole Plot Reference to the film.
  • My Life as a Teenage Robot: In the season two premiere, the titular teenage robot removes her weapon systems to slim down her figure (because high school allegory), but when she proves too weak and defenseless to defeat marauding fish aliens, a supporting character reassembles her discarded weapons systems into a power loader and enters with the quip, "Get away from her, you fish."
  • Bob's Burgers: In the episode "Mom, Lies and Videotape", the kids are describing their Mother's Day shows to Linda. Tina's is a mix of Aliens and Freaky Friday with Tina as Ripley and Jocelyn as the Mother Alien wishing they could swap lives... and they do.
  • Code Lyoko: In the episode "End of Take", a film is being shot with an animatronic alien that resembles a Xenomorph. Said puppet is naturally possessed by XANA, leading to a chase in the disaffected factory evoking plenty tropes of the franchise, including *Drool* Hello. It's closer to a full-on homage than a mere shout-out.
  • Phineas and Ferb:
  • American Dragon: Jake Long: A girl at a kissing booth who Brad flirts with transforms into a monster with a telescopic Xenomorph-like inner jaw. He's not put off in the least.

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