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Tear Jerker / Aliens

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  • In the extended edition, Ripley learns her daughter had grown up and died while she was still in hypersleep. What's worse is that she died two years before the events of this movie. Her relationship with Newt is all the more meaningful in this context.
    Ripley: (tearing up) Amy... I promised her... I'd be home for her birthday... her 11th birthday.
    • An earlier draft would have had Amanda still alive, and Ripley would have had a tense phonecall with her where she yells at her mother for "abandoning" her.
  • Newt...good God, poor Newt...
    Newt: My mommy always said there were no real ones...but there are.
    • Newt also has to tell Ripley that her brother and parents are dead, along with the rest of the colony. Fridge Horror leads us to realise that it's possible this is the first time she's ever had to say it out loud (as she's been alone for weeks).
  • Ripley facing her nightmares by having to watch an alien embryo burst out of a colonist's chest.
  • It can be pretty heart-wrenching to see Hudson, Vasquez, and Gorman die when they were so close to reaching the dropship. Particularly bad for Hudson, as the other two were able to die on their own terms, whereas he is taken screaming for help by the aliens. For all we know, he could have been impregnated before getting killed off.
    • It doesn't make his death any less creepy, but it seemed he was screaming obscenities at the xenomorphs and shooting in the hole as he got dragged down, not exactly screaming for help. Ultimate badass indeed.
  • Drake nearly makes it to safety but gets acid splashed on his face when an alien is hit. Vasquez lets out a Big "NO!" and has to be restrained from going after him by Hicks. According to Word of God they grew up together, so Vasquez just watched her childhood friend die.