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Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_1'); })Aliens (1986) is the second film in the Alien film series, starring Sigourney Weaver. It was directed by James Cameron, and shifted the theme from horror to action, something Cameron would later apply to the sequel to one of his earlier films.Ripley wakes up from hypersleep half a century after the destruction of the Nostromo. Her former employers, the Weyland-Yutani company, disbelieve her claims about the alien and revoke all of her licenses. The company starts taking her seriously, however, when it loses contact with a colony it established on the world where the Nostromo crew encountered the alien. The company sends a unit of Space Marines to investigate, and Ripley — although reluctant to go back — accompanies the unit as a scientific advisor.When the unit arrives, they find a colony in ruins; the only survivor of what appears to be another alien attack is a little girl who goes by the name Newt. The marines explore further into the colony… and discover an entire nest of aliens.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_2'); })Aliens is widely regarded as one of the greatest sci-fi, horror, and action movies of all time. It's chock full of awesome moments and iconic scenes, and it gave birth to a fair number of the tropes which have since influenced modern media to a near-absurd degree — and it did all this without the aid of digital editing. It's also one of the few film sequels to be regarded as on a par with the original, if not better. It also permanently redefined what female characters could do in science fiction/fantasy: there is now no more room for any woman to be a Damsel in Distress or Neutral Female, they have to face the dangers as an equal comrade-in-arms.In 2015, director Neill Blomkamp announced plans for a new Alien film to directly follow this film's events, with Sigourney Weaver and Michael Biehn attached to return as Ripley and Hicks. Unfortunately, Fox scrapped the film in favor of doing Alien: Covenant instead.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_3'); })
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Artistic License – Gun Safety
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Artistic License – Gun Safety: The Marines use guns in a combat setting fairly professionally, but one example of horrendous gun safety stands out: when Vasquez and Ripley are helping Bishop into a conduit, Vasquez cocks a pistol and hands it to Bishop, who immediately puts his finger on the trigger. He then hands it to Ripley, finger still on the trigger and pointed straight at her. Ripley accepts it and sets it aside, thumb grazing the trigger while it's pointing at Vasquez. Bishop may be an android and thus incapable of unintentional twitches, but casually handing a loaded firearm to an untrained civilian is something a military android should be programmed to avoidnote That this model of pistol is incredibly difficult to fire unintentionally is irrelevant to the fact that at least two characters in this scene should know better..
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Daydream Surprise
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Daydream Surprise: The opening scene of Ripley being killed by a chestburster. It's a proper nightmare and not a daydream, but you don't find that out until she wakes up.
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Snowy Screen of Death
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Snowy Screen of Death: Each crew member's helmet camera and vital signs are hooked to a screen and any time somebody dies, their screen goes static.
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Anyone Can Die
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Anyone Can Die: You can count the survivors of this mission on a single hand. With fingers left over.
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Creator Cameo
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Creator Cameo: James Cameron's is the voice that speaks when the salvage crew finds Ripley at the start of the film.
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Heroic BSoD
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Heroic BSoD: Gorman, and at the worst time possible. Newt, for a while, was so shell-shocked she couldn't speak.
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Ensign Newbie
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After being alerted to the risk of damaging the reactor coolant equipment with gunfire, Gorman orders the Marines to unload their weapons and give all of their ammo to one guy to carry, leaving them with flamethrowers only. Not being told why they were doing this, and having rather little faith in their commander's abilities, most of the Marines (notably the machine gunners) keep some ammo on them and end up shooting up the coolant equipment anyway as soon as the fighting starts.
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Gratuitous Spanish
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Gratuitous Spanish: Vasquez and to a lesser extent Burke tend to mix some proper Spanish terms every now and then.
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All There in the Manual
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The Power Loader Ripley uses is an interesting example of one without the "armor" part of the trope, being mostly an open frame used for loading cargo like a wearable forklift. Outside film material implies that Colonial Marines sometimes used an actual armed and armored version of the same technology for special situations, though the marines in the film do not seem to have one in their armory.
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Terraform
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Terraform: The purpose of the Hadley's Hope colony, using massive fusion-powered atmospheric converters to do the job.
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Poor Communication Kills
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Poor Communication Kills: In all fairness, Ripley makes a terrible attempt at describing the Xenomorphs to the marines, though it's likely justified since some of her recollections might have been affected by post-traumatic stress. After being alerted to the risk of damaging the reactor coolant equipment with gunfire, Gorman orders the Marines to unload their weapons and give all of their ammo to one guy to carry, leaving them with flamethrowers only. Not being told why they were doing this, and having rather little faith in their commander's abilities, most of the Marines (notably the machine gunners) keep some ammo on them and end up shooting up the coolant equipment anyway as soon as the fighting starts. The colonists are told to investigate the grid reference where Ripley reported the alien spaceship, but aren't warned about the potentially hostile aliens that are inside. This is purely because Burke didn't want to make a fool of himself if there was nothing there, or have the government barging in on Company's exploitation rights if there was.
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Obstructive Bureaucrat
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Obstructive Bureaucrat: The Board of Inquiry of the Weyland-Yutani Company interrogate Ripley for hours on end about the Nostromo incident but refuse to believe her story about the alien creature (because no such lifeform has ever been encountered on any other planet) or the inside orders that came from the company. This is used to mislead the audience, as the only member who expresses sympathy towards Ripley is Carter Burke, hiding his role as the villain.
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Take My Hand
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Take My Hand: Bishop grabbing Newt before she could get sucked out the airlock.
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Cyberpunk with a Chance of Rain
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Cyberpunk with a Chance of Rain: The climate on LV-426 is barely hospitable, thanks to the atmosphere processor. It's always dark and rainy. The oppressive, fastidious effects don't stop even indoors, thanks to leaky ceilings and a subterraneous waterway.
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Failed a Spot Check
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Failed a Spot Check: One of the Marines is looking almost directly at an alien nested in the wall, but fails to see it amidst the mass of pipes and conduits on the walls and ceilings. The xenomorphs cannot impregnate the android Bishop. That doesn't stop them from trying, though, as in deleted scenes they tried to pursue him in the shaft he was crawling through. Happens again when the survivors find out too late that they neglected to secure the space above the false ceilings, giving the xenomorphs a way in. The marines fail to notice Ripley and Newt trying to get their attention on the camera monitor after a facehugger gets loose in Medical. Or Burke quietly turning off the monitor so they'll continue to be oblivious.
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Instant Cooldown
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Instant Cooldown: Averted. By the time they notice emergency venting from the atmospheric processing station it has already reached a point where it's too late to stop it from exploding even if the cooling systems are fixed.
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Chekhov's Gun
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Chekhov's Gun: The tracking device that Hicks gives to Ripley and she passes on to Newt. Ripley later uses to track down and save Newt. In the beginning, Ripley is seen smoking. Her cigarette lighter is later used to set off the sprinklers in the Medbay. A very literal one in Hick's shotgun. He likes to keep it for "close encounters." The two live facehuggers in glass jars. Burke later releases them in an attempt to infect Ripley and Newt. Averted with the two flamethrowers, one half-full and one malfunctioning, that survived the APC's destruction but never get used and Ripley getting a new flamethrower from the second dropship instead.
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Everybody's Dead, Dave
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Everybody's Dead, Dave: Only Ripley, Newt and a badly-injured Hicks survive (Bishop is still technically "operational", but he's a mess and is missing half his body).
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Ironic Echo
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Ironic Echo: Burke dismisses Hicks as a grunt incapable of making a major decision, but quickly adds, "No offense." Later, after Burke's treachery is revealed and the Marines intend to "waste him", Hicks coolly adds, "No offense."
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Go-to-Sleep Ending
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Go-to-Sleep Ending: The film ends with Ripley again preparing to go into hibernation after escaping from the alien-infested planet with the other survivors.
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Semper Fi
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Semper FI: The United States Colonial Marine Corps is the successor to the USMC. A proud and self-described "ultimate squad of state-of-the-art badasses". In line with the parallels to the Vietnam War evoked by Cameron, their superior technology is not enough against a hidden foe with a home turf advantage.
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It Has Been an Honor
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It Has Been an Honor: Vasquez gives Gorman the "power grip", her ritual for greeting and departure she only shared with the chosen few like Drake, before they detonate a grenade to avert being captured/killed by swarms of xenomorphs.
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Death of a Child
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Death of a Child: Newt's brother is outright stated to be dead, other children are shown in an early scene at the colony and it's confirmed that families live on the planet - telling us that other children died during the attack too.
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Verbal Tic
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Verbal Tic: Hudson wants ya to know that it's man, man!!
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Mech vs. Beast
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Mech vs. Beast: Ripley uses the powerloader to go toe-to-toe with the xenomorph queen.
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Chainsaw Grip BFG
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Chain Saw Grip BFG: A pretty well justified example: The M56 is mounted on a large harness with a Heads-Up Display and several automated targetting systems. The rounds themselves are fairly low-mass, limiting recoil, and most of the bulk of the weapon system is harness.
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Spiritual Successor
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Spiritual Successor: To, of all things, Rambo: First Blood Part II. Both Actionized Sequels feature a jaded, castigated survivor of a grueling ordeal being called back into action on a rescue mission which goes awry and turns into a hellish mediation on the Vietnam War and its chaotic confusion. Also, both were written by James Cameron. Interestingly, Cameron said he didn't write the "politics" of Rambo, just the plot and action.
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Bilingual Bonus
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Bilingual Bonus: Vasquez wrote on her armor "¡El riesgo siempre vive!", which means "The risk always survives!". note This may be a reference to a motto of a number of world-famous special-operations military units, which boils down to deviations of the SAS's motto "Who dares, wins"
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Non-Indicative Name: The colonial Marines' "pulse rifles" clearly aren't, at least not as Cameron earlier depicted them - the name "pulse rifle" implies that they're some kind of high-tech laser gun, when they're just shooting regular bullets.
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More Dakka
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More Dakka: The film is largely premised on the Colonial Marines attempting to bring heavy military firepower to bear on the xenomorphs. Due to various circumstances including incompetence, overconfident leadership, and deliberate sabotage, they fail to deliver the full extent of this promise. The best examples that get displayed in the film are the smartguns and the automated sentry guns.
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Famous Last Words
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Famous Last Words: Vasquez.
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Catapult Nightmare
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Catapult Nightmare Near the beginning, Ripley has a nightmare of having a Chest Burster rip out of her chest and wakes up in terror. This doubles as an expository Flashback of when she first woke up in the hospital, but isn't quite a Flashback Nightmare or Daydream Surprise. Later on, after Burke informs her that contact with the LV-426 colony has been lost, she wakes up and sits up in fear again. She presumably had another nightmare similar to the first one, but the audience is not shown it.
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Little
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Little "No": Uttered when Ripley thinks Bishop has abandoned them.
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And, of course her peculiar, now legendary pronunciation of "mostly."
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Super Window Jump: After Hudson puts some holes into the pane to soften it up, Hicks jumps through a glass window, dives into the room where Newt and Ripley are trapped and then starts wrestling with a facehugger. A very badass moment.
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Cryptic Background Reference
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Cryptic Background Reference: Thrown out a couple of times in true James Cameron fashion. Hudson asks if the mission is going to be "another bug hunt", implying that this isn't the first time the Marines have encountered non-sapient aliens (though, as becomes clear later, not the titular creatures), and there's Frost and Spunkmeyer's discussion about "Arcturian poontang."
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Stay Frosty
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Stay Frosty: Hicks says this to Hudson and Vasquez. Ironically Private Frost (who's referred to as 'Frosty' at one point) has already been killed, so this could be Tempting Fate.
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Your Princess Is in Another Castle!
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Your Princess Is in Another Castle!: Ripley and Newt's Tracking Device. Ripley rescues Newt from the Hive, they escape the planet along with Hicks and Bishop just before the fusion reactor explodes, and all seems well. Then it turns out that the Queen Alien hitched a ride.
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Alarm SOS
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Alarm SOS: When Ripley realizes that she and Newt are locked in the facility's medical bay with live facehuggers, she first tries to break the windows with a chair. When that fails, she uses her cigarette lighter to trip the fire suppression system. The Colonial Marines don't know what's actually happening, but they see the alarm notification on the computer and come to her and Newt's rescue.
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Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Carrie Henn was living in the UK at the time of filming (one of her parents was British, the other American), and apparently picked up some of the accent. Near the end when the protagonists are escaping through the airducts, she suddenly slips into an English accent on this line: And, of course her peculiar, now legendary pronunciation of "mostly."
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Flipping the Bird
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Flipping the Bird: Apone's "look into my eye◊" to Hudson.
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Death by Transceiver: Done again with the Colonial Marines' video cameras. The crew left behind see and hear the last moments of several Marines before the screens turn to static.
 Aliens / int_37556e5e
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1.0
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Aliens / int_37556e5e
 Aliens / int_392372f9
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Actor Allusion
 Aliens / int_392372f9
comment
Actor Allusion: Jenette Goldstein (who played Private Vasquez) originally thought Aliens was going to be a drama about immigration and showed up to audition wearing short skirt and high heels. This incident was directly referred to in a crack Hudson makes about Vasquez during the briefing. This is the second James Cameron film where Michael Biehn is injured in the third act and the film's heroine has to help him walk as part of her Adrenaline Makeover. He also gets bitten on the hand in both those movies and his third Cameron collaboration - The Abyss. All the marines (with the exception of Hicks and Gorman) have the same first initial as the actors who portray them.
 Aliens / int_392372f9
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1.0
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Aliens / int_392372f9
 Aliens / int_3b0479f2
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You Shall Not Pass
 Aliens / int_3b0479f2
comment
You Shall Not Pass!: Vasquez and Gorman in the Air Vent Passage Way.
 Aliens / int_3b0479f2
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1.0
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Aliens / int_3b0479f2
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Noodle Incident
 Aliens / int_3c0a4666
comment
Noodle Incident: The Arcturians that the Marines talk about. The suggestive "another bug hunt" ad-libbed line establishes that the Colonial Marines are no strangers to fights against non-human races. Sgt. Apone wants a nice clean dispersal "this time." Lt. Gorman mentioned this was his second combat drop. Wonder how many of his troops survived that first one.
 Aliens / int_3c0a4666
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1.0
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1.0
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Aliens / int_3c0a4666
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Flatline
 Aliens / int_3c9267d2
comment
Flatline: Several Marines have their vital signs monitors flatline when they're killed by xenomorphs.
 Aliens / int_3c9267d2
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1.0
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1.0
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Aliens / int_3c9267d2
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type
NoKillLikeOverKill
 Aliens / int_3d29fed
comment
No Kill Like Overkill: Hudson's marksmanship is built around this belief. Just watch how many bullets he pours into a single chestburster.
 Aliens / int_3d29fed
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1.0
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Aliens / int_3d29fed
 Aliens / int_3d59c9a0
type
Powered Armor
 Aliens / int_3d59c9a0
comment
Powered Armor: The Power Loader Ripley uses is an interesting example of one without the "armor" part of the trope, being mostly an open frame used for loading cargo like a wearable forklift. Outside film material implies that Colonial Marines sometimes used an actual armed and armored version of the same technology for special situations, though the marines in the film do not seem to have one in their armory. The Power Loader is designed almost exactly like a traditional forklift, just with legs instead of wheels. It actually looks like it is very well designed to protect its operator when it's being used in situations it's designed for (loading cargo, where a typical accident will be a bunch of heavy stuff falling). This particular model is definitely not designed for any type of military/combat use though.
 Aliens / int_3d59c9a0
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Aliens / int_3d59c9a0
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Do Not Go Gentle
 Aliens / int_3d897748
comment
Do Not Go Gentle: Gorman and Vasquez fight to the death against the aliens.
 Aliens / int_3d897748
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1.0
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1.0
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Aliens / int_3d897748
 Aliens / int_3eb8ba12
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Description Porn
 Aliens / int_3eb8ba12
comment
Description Porn: Hudson presenting the squad's "state of the badass art" credentials:
 Aliens / int_3eb8ba12
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1.0
 Aliens / int_3eb8ba12
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1.0
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Aliens / int_3eb8ba12
 Aliens / int_3eed59a8
type
Explosive Overclocking
 Aliens / int_3eed59a8
comment
Explosive Overclocking: Essentially what the Weyland-Yutani Corporation does with atmosphere processors. Everything's fine so long as their cooling systems work. Compromise those however, and you're screwed. Whatever remains will work its guts out until it overloads, the entire station will go up in a cloud of vapour soon after that.
 Aliens / int_3eed59a8
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1.0
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Aliens / int_3eed59a8
 Aliens / int_3f11ef74
type
ParentalSubstitute
 Aliens / int_3f11ef74
comment
Parental Substitute: Part of what makes the film so touching is Ripley's 'adoption' of Newt. Ripley, being frozen for 50+ years, lost her daughter, and Newt's family were killed by the Xenomorphs, so the two fill the empty spaces in each other's lives. Newt actually calls Ripley "Mommy" by the end of the film.
 Aliens / int_3f11ef74
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 Aliens
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Aliens / int_3f11ef74
 Aliens / int_3f4561f2
type
Five-Finger Fillet
 Aliens / int_3f4561f2
comment
Bishop's Five-Finger Fillet looks like a reference to Dark Star, where one of the astronauts tries this but ends up (harmlessly) stabbing himself.
 Aliens / int_3f4561f2
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1.0
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1.0
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Aliens / int_3f4561f2
 Aliens / int_4023b8c8
type
First-Name Basis
 Aliens / int_4023b8c8
comment
When Ripley leaves an injured Hicks on the dropship to go get Newt they exchange first names.
 Aliens / int_4023b8c8
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1.0
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Aliens / int_4023b8c8
 Aliens / int_41a3e267
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Hidden in Plain Sight
 Aliens / int_41a3e267
comment
One of the Marines is looking almost directly at an alien nested in the wall, but fails to see it amidst the mass of pipes and conduits on the walls and ceilings.
 Aliens / int_41a3e267
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1.0
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Aliens / int_41a3e267
 Aliens / int_430ae566
type
Ankle Drag
 Aliens / int_430ae566
comment
Ankle Drag: Happens to Ripley at the end, when the xenomorph queen latches on to her leg, but she manages to get free at the last moment.
 Aliens / int_430ae566
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1.0
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Aliens / int_430ae566
 Aliens / int_4389e368
type
Actionized Sequel
 Aliens / int_4389e368
comment
Actionized Sequel: Alien was a horror/suspense movie. Cameron thought Alien was so well done that he decided to carry on the story in a completely different way — by adding a few marines, some BFGs, and a hell of a lot more Aliens.
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1.0
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Aliens / int_4389e368
 Aliens / int_43c77dd9
type
Hellish Copter
 Aliens / int_43c77dd9
comment
Hellish Copter: Poor Corporal Ferro.
 Aliens / int_43c77dd9
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1.0
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1.0
 Aliens
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Aliens / int_43c77dd9
 Aliens / int_44fc28e8
type
Honor Before Reason
 Aliens / int_44fc28e8
comment
Honor Before Reason: When Ellen Ripley makes a promise, crosses her heart and hopes to die, you can bet your cocooned hide that no hive of monsters, snarling Alien Queen or imminent thermo-nuclear explosion will stop her from saving your life.
 Aliens / int_44fc28e8
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1.0
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Aliens / int_44fc28e8
 Aliens / int_454bda24
type
Ancestral Weapon
 Aliens / int_454bda24
comment
Ancestral Weapon: Hicks' shotgun. According to the novelisation, it's been in his family since the Vietnam War.
 Aliens / int_454bda24
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1.0
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1.0
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Aliens / int_454bda24
 Aliens / int_4691c64f
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Mission Briefing
 Aliens / int_4691c64f
comment
Mission Briefing: The Colonial Marines get one before descending onto the planet.
 Aliens / int_4691c64f
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1.0
 Aliens / int_4691c64f
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Aliens / int_4691c64f
 Aliens / int_471bde4
type
All Webbed Up
 Aliens / int_471bde4
comment
All Webbed Up: It briefly happens to Newt, before Ripley frees her, and the fate of the captured colonists in the reactor. There was originally supposed to be a xenomorph specifically bred for cocooning in Aliens, but it never made it past the concept art stage.
 Aliens / int_471bde4
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1.0
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Aliens / int_471bde4
 Aliens / int_476302df
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You Are a Credit to Your Race
 Aliens / int_476302df
comment
You Are a Credit to Your Race: Bishop uses a fantastic non-malicious version after Ripley disposes of the Alien Queen.
 Aliens / int_476302df
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1.0
 Aliens / int_476302df
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1.0
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Aliens / int_476302df
 Aliens / int_48309ad4
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Screaming Woman
 Aliens / int_48309ad4
comment
Screaming Woman: Ripley screams as she falls into the gravity well with the Queen, and just before the Queen loses its hold on her during the airlock sequence. And Newt — excusable though as she is just a little girl facing very real monsters. It also saves her life when she's cocooned awaiting the facehugger. Ripley has found her Tracking Device lying on the floor and breaks down in tears, thinking she's dead. Suddenly Ripley hears Newt scream and thus knows exactly which direction to go.
 Aliens / int_48309ad4
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1.0
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Aliens / int_48309ad4
 Aliens / int_496569e8
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Race Against the Clock
 Aliens / int_496569e8
comment
Race Against the Clock: The countdown for the Explosive Overclocking of the atmosphere processor.
 Aliens / int_496569e8
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1.0
 Aliens / int_496569e8
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 Aliens
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Aliens / int_496569e8
 Aliens / int_49f20c6a
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Gory Discretion Shot
 Aliens / int_49f20c6a
comment
Gory Discretion Shot: Ferro's blood spraying on the dropship window.
 Aliens / int_49f20c6a
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1.0
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Aliens / int_49f20c6a
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Leaning on the Fourth Wall
 Aliens / int_4a3e547f
comment
Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Leaving Jonesy behind was Cameron's way of saying there would be no Cat Scares like the previous film.
 Aliens / int_4a3e547f
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1.0
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Aliens / int_4a3e547f
 Aliens / int_4ac8b81f
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Humans Are the Real Monsters
 Aliens / int_4ac8b81f
comment
Humans Are the Real Monsters: Ripley accuses Burke of this.
 Aliens / int_4ac8b81f
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1.0
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Aliens / int_4ac8b81f
 Aliens / int_4c733c0c
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You Leave Him Alone!
 Aliens / int_4c733c0c
comment
You Leave Him Alone!: Again, "Get away from her, you bitch!" There's a lot of tropes in that one line.
 Aliens / int_4c733c0c
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1.0
 Aliens / int_4c733c0c
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Aliens / int_4c733c0c
 Aliens / int_4cb90f31
type
Three Laws-Compliant
 Aliens / int_4cb90f31
comment
Three Laws-Compliant: Bishop paraphrases the First Law as to why he would never kill people like Ash did in the first film.
 Aliens / int_4cb90f31
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1.0
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Aliens / int_4cb90f31
 Aliens / int_4da6ac
type
Rated M for Manly
 Aliens / int_4da6ac
comment
Rated M for Manly: Smack-talking badass Space Marines packing a shitload of badass weaponry to hunt down badass aliens...hell, even the adorable little girl is badass.
 Aliens / int_4da6ac
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1.0
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Aliens / int_4da6ac
 Aliens / int_4dcfdb68
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It's the Only Way to Be Sure
 Aliens / int_4dcfdb68
comment
It's the Only Way to Be Sure: This film is the Trope Namer.
 Aliens / int_4dcfdb68
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1.0
 Aliens / int_4dcfdb68
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Aliens / int_4dcfdb68
 Aliens / int_4e52a624
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Screw the Money, I Have Rules!
 Aliens / int_4e52a624
comment
Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: Ripley doesn't want any part of Burke's hopes to profit off the xenomorphs.
 Aliens / int_4e52a624
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1.0
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Aliens / int_4e52a624
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type
SmugSnake
 Aliens / int_4f84cdef
comment
Smug Snake: Carter Burke is the slimiest corporate bastard ever.
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1.0
 Aliens / int_4f84cdef
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Aliens / int_4f84cdef
 Aliens / int_504a1991
type
Body Horror
 Aliens / int_504a1991
comment
Body Horror: The Xenomorph lifecycle features one of the most infamous examples in film history. Drake himself is horrifyingly scarred after being covered in xenomorph blood. Hicks gets some nasty burns from the aliens' blood too, though not as bad as Drake.
 Aliens / int_504a1991
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1.0
 Aliens / int_504a1991
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Aliens / int_504a1991
 Aliens / int_50ca4422
type
Unresolved Sexual Tension
 Aliens / int_50ca4422
comment
Unresolved Sexual Tension: Hicks, the only surviving Marine, flirts with Ripley while teaching her to use a pulse rifle (Ripley even strokes the grenade launcher pump rather suggestively). There's also an earlier scene where Hicks gives Ripley one of the colonist's tracking devices, telling her it'll help him find her if they get separated and awkwardly trying to put it on her wrist. He defuses the situation by remarking that it doesn't mean they're engaged now, and Ripley puts it on herself. When Ripley leaves an injured Hicks on the dropship to go get Newt they exchange first names.
 Aliens / int_50ca4422
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 Aliens / int_50ca4422
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 Aliens
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Aliens / int_50ca4422
 Aliens / int_5313c266
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Book-Ends
 Aliens / int_5313c266
comment
Book-Ends: The film starts and ends with a spaceship silently drifting into space as its crew rests in artificial sleep - the same as the first film, in fact.
 Aliens / int_5313c266
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1.0
 Aliens / int_5313c266
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Aliens / int_5313c266
 Aliens / int_53c5f30e
type
Happy Ending Override
 Aliens / int_53c5f30e
comment
Happy Ending Override: The "positive" ending (James Cameron intended Ripley, Newt and Hicks to go back to Earth and live as a family) is overridden by the following film, which has both of them die (offscreen) and Ripley later learning that You Can't Fight Fate. Ironically, Alien 3's Happy Ending Override may itself soon be overridden, as Neill Blomkamp is trying to get a sequel to Aliens which ditches Alien 3 and everything after it off the ground. Subverted with the canonical interquel video game, Aliens: Colonial Marines, in that Hicks is shown to have actually survived, and the body in his capsule was not his. It's still a downer because he witnesses Ripley's death while trying to rescue her.
 Aliens / int_53c5f30e
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 Aliens
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Aliens / int_53c5f30e
 Aliens / int_54a74b43
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Who Needs Their Whole Body?
 Aliens / int_54a74b43
comment
Who Needs Their Whole Body?: Bishop is able to operate after he is cut in half. Even in the next movie.
 Aliens / int_54a74b43
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1.0
 Aliens / int_54a74b43
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 Aliens
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Aliens / int_54a74b43
 Aliens / int_54cbd0cb
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This Is Unforgivable!
 Aliens / int_54cbd0cb
comment
This Is Unforgivable!: The marines interrogate Burke's actions for trying to impregnate Ripley and Newt with chest-bursters. Hudson is disgusted, and wants to waste the scumbag. Hicks tries to hear out both accounts and cross-examine them before doing anything drastic. When Ripley reveals Burke's true motives, right down to how he planned to be the sole-survivor of this disaster he created, so no one else would be alive to contradict him, Hicks finally snaps.
 Aliens / int_54cbd0cb
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 Aliens
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Aliens / int_54cbd0cb
 Aliens / int_588d6b3e
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Vasquez Always Dies
 Aliens / int_588d6b3e
comment
Vasquez Always Dies: This film is the Trope Namer. The chinup-pulling, smartgun-wielding Colonial Marine Vasquez dies, while the maternal, civilian Ripley lives. Several other female marines also die, but are given less characterization and attention. James Cameron likes his Action Girls, but they apparently need to be acting on maternal instincts.
 Aliens / int_588d6b3e
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 Aliens / int_588d6b3e
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 Aliens
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Aliens / int_588d6b3e
 Aliens / int_5969d512
type
Computer Voice
 Aliens / int_5969d512
comment
Computer Voice: Female voice on LV-426.
 Aliens / int_5969d512
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1.0
 Aliens / int_5969d512
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1.0
 Aliens
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Aliens / int_5969d512
 Aliens / int_598ad6e2
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Even the Guys Want Him
 Aliens / int_598ad6e2
comment
Even the Guys Want Him: Applies to an entire species (depending on your interpretation of the term "Arcturian"), according to some dialogue: Frost's armor is decorated with a heart-and-arrow, with the name "Heath" in it.
 Aliens / int_598ad6e2
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 Aliens
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Aliens / int_598ad6e2
 Aliens / int_5a8f3057
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Hand Signals
 Aliens / int_5a8f3057
comment
Hand Signals: Both Lieutenant Gorman and Sergeant Apone use these multiple times.
 Aliens / int_5a8f3057
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1.0
 Aliens / int_5a8f3057
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 Aliens
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Aliens / int_5a8f3057
 Aliens / int_5b1953fb
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Air-Vent Passageway
 Aliens / int_5b1953fb
comment
When Vasquez and Gorman are trapped in the Air Vent Passage Way, their suicide via hand grenade takes out several aliens.
 Aliens / int_5b1953fb
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1.0
 Aliens / int_5b1953fb
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 Aliens
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Aliens / int_5b1953fb
 Aliens / int_5b64e6d4
type
Red Herring Mole
 Aliens / int_5b64e6d4
comment
Red Herring Mole: Ripley meets the android Bishop, of whom she's intensely distrustful due to her experience with Ash in the first film, and is later seen examining some dead facehuggers. It looks as though Bishop will betray our heroes in the interests of acquiring a xenomorph for the company, just like Ash, but it turns out Burke is the one who really wants to bring in a xenomorph. Bishop was only following his initial orders.
 Aliens / int_5b64e6d4
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1.0
 Aliens / int_5b64e6d4
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 Aliens
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Aliens / int_5b64e6d4
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Thrown Out the Airlock
 Aliens / int_5c613245
comment
Thrown Out the Airlock: The Alien Queen is disposed of by ejecting her into space.
 Aliens / int_5c613245
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1.0
 Aliens / int_5c613245
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 Aliens
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Aliens / int_5c613245
 Aliens / int_5dc04c4e
type
Brownface
 Aliens / int_5dc04c4e
comment
Brownface: Jewish actress Jeanette Goldstein bronzes up to play Mexican soldier Vasquez.
 Aliens / int_5dc04c4e
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1.0
 Aliens / int_5dc04c4e
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1.0
 Aliens
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Aliens / int_5dc04c4e
 Aliens / int_5e032315
type
One-Book Author
 Aliens / int_5e032315
comment
One-Book Author: Carrie Henn, who played Newt, never made another movie. Her parents very wisely invested the money she made from Aliens, and she decided that she didn't want to be an actor and became a teacher. Carrie does make the occasional appearance at conventions though, and she and Sigourney Weaver still keep in contact.
 Aliens / int_5e032315
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1.0
 Aliens / int_5e032315
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1.0
 Aliens
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Aliens / int_5e032315
 Aliens / int_5eca52dc
type
Distress Call
 Aliens / int_5eca52dc
comment
Distress Call: There's a cessation of communications with LV426. Ripley later reveals that she checked the colony logs, and Burke was responsible for sending the colonists out to look for the alien ship from the first movie.
 Aliens / int_5eca52dc
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1.0
 Aliens / int_5eca52dc
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 Aliens
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Aliens / int_5eca52dc
 Aliens / int_5f3bb274
type
Late-Arrival Spoiler
 Aliens / int_5f3bb274
comment
Late-Arrival Spoiler: Ripley survives the first movie.
 Aliens / int_5f3bb274
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1.0
 Aliens / int_5f3bb274
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 Aliens
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Aliens / int_5f3bb274
 Aliens / int_5fc3ab7f
type
Implied Love Interest
 Aliens / int_5fc3ab7f
comment
Implied Love Interest: There are lots of little moments with Ripley and Hicks - he asks her if she's alright right before they go into the colony, he calms her down when she's driving out of the alien nest, she reminds him he's next in command, and a few other tender lines between them. The only outright Ship Tease moments are him saying "this doesn't mean we're engaged" when he gives her a tracking device, and the Given Name Reveal towards the climax.
 Aliens / int_5fc3ab7f
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 Aliens / int_5fc3ab7f
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Aliens / int_5fc3ab7f
 Aliens / int_6004e99c
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Activation Sequence
 Aliens / int_6004e99c
comment
Activation Sequence: When the team is trapped on the surface of the planet, Bishop remotely activates the other Drop Ship aboard the Sulaco and prepares it to come pick them up.
 Aliens / int_6004e99c
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Aliens / int_6004e99c
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Sacrificial Lion
 Aliens / int_619985d7
comment
Sacrificial Lion: Practically the entire squad of Space Marines. The xenomorphs are against serious opposition this time and Ripley tries to reassure Newt by telling her she is now protected by soldiers, but as Newt predicts it doesn't make any difference.
 Aliens / int_619985d7
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Aliens / int_619985d7
 Aliens / int_61a84258
type
Deleted Scene
 Aliens / int_61a84258
comment
Ripley doesn't recognize the alien engineering inside the atmosphere processor. This is because she never went into the Derelict. The novelization has her recognizing something familiar about it, because the novelization of Alien included the Deleted Scene where she finds Dallas and Brett imprisoned in alien eggs.
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Aliens / int_61a84258
 Aliens / int_62b4f327
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RealRobot
 Aliens / int_62b4f327
comment
Real Robot: The Power Loader is a good example.
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Aliens / int_62b4f327
 Aliens / int_638b65bc
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Armor Is Useless
 Aliens / int_638b65bc
comment
Armor Is Useless: Averted. A splash of Alien blood does burn through Hicks' armor quickly (badly injuring him), but it's obvious the armor is the only reason he lived. Played straight the rest of the time, as a flamethrower explosion slays one Marine and another is too close to the xenomorph and gets acid sprayed all over his face.
 Aliens / int_638b65bc
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Aliens / int_638b65bc
 Aliens / int_64070096
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Cowardly Lion
 Aliens / int_64070096
comment
Cowardly Lion: Ripley really doesn't want to return to LV426 and is noticeably twitchy inside the deserted colony, but dives without hesitation into a narrow air shaft to grab Newt, then later drives an APC into a nest of aliens to rescue the marines. Hudson may be inclined to panic when faced with being stranded on a hostile world with little ammunition, but when the cards are down, he's not one to go down without a fight.
 Aliens / int_64070096
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Aliens / int_64070096
 Aliens / int_6439de78
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Heroic Sacrifice
 Aliens / int_6439de78
comment
Heroic Sacrifice: Gorman and Vasquez doing a Taking You with Me / You Shall Not Pass!.
 Aliens / int_6439de78
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1.0
 Aliens / int_6439de78
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Aliens / int_6439de78
 Aliens / int_64e975cf
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Manly Tears
 Aliens / int_64e975cf
comment
Manly Tears: Hicks briefly when they realize the rest of the Marines are lost to the Aliens. With Hudson, it's more like Inelegant Blubbering.
 Aliens / int_64e975cf
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Aliens / int_64e975cf
 Aliens / int_67f3ff98
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Brake Angrily
 Aliens / int_67f3ff98
comment
Brake Angrily: Ripley does this when a xenomorph attacks her from the roof of the APC, throwing the xenomorph off in front of the APC so she can run it over.
 Aliens / int_67f3ff98
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Aliens / int_67f3ff98
 Aliens / int_68148dc
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Militaries Are Useless
 Aliens / int_68148dc
comment
Militaries Are Useless: Newt predicts that the presence of the Colonial Marines "won't make any difference." When the aliens show up, the Marines get overpowered very quickly and become a Dwindling Party. This leaves Ripley — a civilian — doing most of the heavy lifting and calling the shots, together with Corporal Hicks.
 Aliens / int_68148dc
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Aliens / int_68148dc
 Aliens / int_69a54df1
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Chest Burster
 Aliens / int_69a54df1
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Chest Burster: Several. One kills Ripley in the opening Daydream Surprise sequence. On LV-426, we see a young woman getting chestbusted.
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Aliens / int_69a54df1
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Mercy Kill Arrangement
 Aliens / int_6abfb041
comment
Mercy Kill Arrangement: Ripley asks Corporal Hicks to kill her if she gets impregnated by alien facehuggers, and he agrees emphatically.
 Aliens / int_6abfb041
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Aliens / int_6abfb041
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The Reveal
 Aliens / int_6b2b3b59
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Subverted. Burke is the only authority figure to sympathize with Ripley and comes across as a fair and reasonable person… until The Reveal.
 Aliens / int_6b2b3b59
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Aliens / int_6b2b3b59
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Unstoppable Rage
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comment
Unstoppable Rage: After Ripley burns the Queen's eggs, she breaks off of her ovipositor and goes after Ripley personally. Ripley barbecuing the eggs and then pretty much emptying her pulse rifle into the Queen's chamber (bullets and grenades) also qualifies as this.
 Aliens / int_6b983bf7
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Aliens / int_6b983bf7
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Meaningful Echo
 Aliens / int_6bd689ca
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Meaningful Echo: Newt mimics the Marines saying "affirmative" a few times. In the end as Ripley is about to put her into the hypersleep – specifically saying "sweet dreams" – Newt responds "affirmative."
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Aliens / int_6bd689ca
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Meaningful Name
 Aliens / int_6bda9a30
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Meaningful Name: The noble, nonviolent and self-sacrificing android is called "Bishop."
 Aliens / int_6bda9a30
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Aliens / int_6bda9a30
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Artistic License – Military
 Aliens / int_6eb4e408
comment
Artistic License – Military: The Marines make a number of mistakes that actual Marines are trained to avoid, like not going over the layout of the place ahead of time (and learning about the atmo processors), Lt. Gorman not relying on his NCO, heavy machine guns and flamethowers in an AO with civilians, leaving the pilot alone on the ship with no security, etc. Also, a Lieutenant like Gorman (especially one so green) has no business commanding a rescue mission on this scale as opposed to a captain or major. One theory is that they were considered expendable, so they didn't send the best team in, and/or Gorman was picked as someone pliable who would defer to Burke when making the big decisions, only for the plan to be derailed when Ripley ended up taking over. Also, Gorman seems to be WAY too old to be just a Lieutenant, especially with no experience. Most officers would have been promoted to Captain by his age, or washed out of the military. Possibly justified if he joined the military later in life, possibly after a failed first career. Hicks remarks that Lieutenant Gorman is 'too good to eat with the rest of us grunts' as a means of establishing Gorman is out of touch with and stands apart from his men. Officers don't mess with enlisted men. At least, Gorman is not doing anything an actual marine would consider out of the ordinary. Some of the Marines' haircuts and uniforms don't meet the standards an audience would expect from real life armed forces. Of course these Marines are in a futuristic, fictional force so Artistic Licence is justified.note In a commentary, Cameron did say that he based the look and feel of the USCMC more on Vietnam-era Army draftees, and was later impressed by the professionalism of actual marines. He then apologized to marines the world over for his misrepresentation.
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Aliens / int_6eb4e408
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Casting Gag
 Aliens / int_6ec4232f
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Casting Gag: Lance Henriksen as the synthetic Bishop is a nod to the fact that he was supposed to play the titular cyborg villain of The Terminator until Arnold Schwarzenegger was cast.
 Aliens / int_6ec4232f
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Aliens / int_6ec4232f
 Aliens / int_6fb5cb83
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I Gave My Word
 Aliens / int_6fb5cb83
comment
I Gave My Word: Played straight. Ripley promised that she would not leave Newt behind, imminent thermonuclear holocaust or not. Subverted with Burke: see the Opening Quote above, a ruse to trick Ripley into helping him.
 Aliens / int_6fb5cb83
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Aliens / int_6fb5cb83
 Aliens / int_7040b6bc
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Understatement
 Aliens / int_7040b6bc
comment
Understatement: Burke tries to explain why he didn't warn the colonists what they were looking for: "I made a decision, and it was... wrong. It was a bad call, Ripley. It was a bad call." Ripley immediately calls him out on this.
 Aliens / int_7040b6bc
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Aliens / int_7040b6bc
 Aliens / int_70af5e15
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Anthropic Principle
 Aliens / int_70af5e15
comment
Anthropic Principle: Had the atmosphere processor not started to overload, necessitating the survivors instead escape LV-426 within several hours, they would have tried to wait 17 days for a rescue, consequently getting wiped out by the now-enraged hive (an irate Hudson pointed this much out to Ripley they would never survive that long).
 Aliens / int_70af5e15
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Aliens / int_70af5e15
 Aliens / int_70b840b6
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Giving Them the Strip
 Aliens / int_70b840b6
comment
Giving Them the Strip: Hicks must quickly shed his acid-blood-spattered body armor before the corrosive stuff can penetrate to his skin.
 Aliens / int_70b840b6
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Aliens / int_70b840b6
 Aliens / int_713d994b
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Token Romance
 Aliens / int_713d994b
comment
Token Romance: Between Ripley and Hicks.
 Aliens / int_713d994b
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Aliens / int_713d994b
 Aliens / int_713e479
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Sensor Suspense
 Aliens / int_713e479
comment
Sensor Suspense: Several scenes with the motion trackers, especially the "They're crawling through ceiling!" scene. And in the deleted sentry scene right before that, seeing the ammo count from the sentry guns decline rapidly.
 Aliens / int_713e479
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Aliens / int_713e479
 Aliens / int_7241785e
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You Can't Fight Fate
 Aliens / int_7241785e
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The "positive" ending (James Cameron intended Ripley, Newt and Hicks to go back to Earth and live as a family) is overridden by the following film, which has both of them die (offscreen) and Ripley later learning that You Can't Fight Fate. Ironically, Alien 3's Happy Ending Override may itself soon be overridden, as Neill Blomkamp is trying to get a sequel to Aliens which ditches Alien 3 and everything after it off the ground.
 Aliens / int_7241785e
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Aliens / int_7241785e
 Aliens / int_72856b70
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Godzilla Threshold
 Aliens / int_72856b70
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In the novelisation Ripley duct-taping an assault rifle/grenade launcher to a flamethrower is assumed to be this, but she's past caring by that point.
 Aliens / int_72856b70
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Aliens / int_72856b70
 Aliens / int_7286e96d
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Idiot Ball
 Aliens / int_7286e96d
comment
Idiot Ball The meltdown can be traced to the stupidity of both Gorman and the Marines who disobeyed him. The latter, obviously, disobeyed orders and caused the meltdown (though they were certainly justified, as at that point it was either disobey or die). Gorman, however, gives no reason as to why he doesn't want them shooting, even though "you'll blow up the reactor" is not exactly a complicated reason - and even if they did shoot, they would at least be thinking "Gotta be careful, or we all go up in a cloud of vapor". The ending confrontation could be completely averted if only Ripley killed immobilized queen instead of shooting her visibly not vital hatching organ - or at least not wasted her ammo on xenomorph eggs (which would be evaporated along with the colony anyway), so she could kill her in the corridor chase later. Even if she expected the queen not to be able to chase her and Newt, she had no guarantee that more xenomorphs wouldn't ambush them during escape. She left herself basically without any weapon to defend herself.
 Aliens / int_7286e96d
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Aliens / int_7286e96d
 Aliens / int_763ac306
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Mandatory Unretirement
 Aliens / int_763ac306
comment
Mandatory Unretirement: Ripley is called back to join the mission for her expertise after being suspended from work.
 Aliens / int_763ac306
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 Aliens / int_763ac306
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Aliens / int_763ac306
 Aliens / int_765a1683
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Enemy Rising Behind
 Aliens / int_765a1683
comment
Enemy Rising Behind: The abduction of Newt and the xenomorph rising up behind Burke in Medical.
 Aliens / int_765a1683
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1.0
 Aliens / int_765a1683
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Aliens / int_765a1683
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You Have to Believe Me!
 Aliens / int_77315f4f
comment
You Have to Believe Me!: The committee of Obstructive Bureaucrats investigating the loss of the Nostromo refuse to believe Ripley's story because there's no evidence to back it up, the colonists on the planet haven't reported anything unusual, and (it's implied) because if Ripley's story is true, it would uncover some nasty skeletons in the Company's closet.
 Aliens / int_77315f4f
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Aliens / int_77315f4f
 Aliens / int_773b0523
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Impaled Palm
 Aliens / int_773b0523
comment
Impaled Palm: Averted with Bishop's Five-Finger Fillet with Hudson. Bishop nicks a finger, revealing he's an android.
 Aliens / int_773b0523
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 Aliens / int_773b0523
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Aliens / int_773b0523
 Aliens / int_77538ed4
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Admiring the Abomination
 Aliens / int_77538ed4
comment
Admiring the Abomination: Bishop displays this sort of behavior when studying a Facehugger carcass. By drawing parallels to how Ash (the first film's synthetic) reacted to the same creature, the film implies Bishop will turn evil as well, but it's ultimately a Red Herring.
 Aliens / int_77538ed4
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Aliens / int_77538ed4
 Aliens / int_776c2ba4
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Send in the Search Team
 Aliens / int_776c2ba4
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Send in the Search Team: The salvage team that finds Ripley's shuttle. The Colonial Marines sent to find out what happened to the colony on LV-426 that has gone silent.
 Aliens / int_776c2ba4
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Aliens / int_776c2ba4
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No One Gets Left Behind
 Aliens / int_7969f21e
comment
The dropship barely escaping the nuclear detonation on LV-426. They actually have plenty of time to escape (twenty six minutes), but Ripley refuses to leave without Newt.
 Aliens / int_7969f21e
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Aliens / int_7969f21e
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Going Critical
 Aliens / int_7b71edf4
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Going Critical: The fusion reactor of the atmospheric processor starts to go into meltdown when its cooling system is damaged. Especially gratuitous, since a fusion reactor has no core to melt.
 Aliens / int_7b71edf4
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Aliens / int_7b71edf4
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Dying Declaration of Hate
 Aliens / int_7cb9e33
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Dying Declaration of Hate: "You always were an asshole, Gorman", although it said with an It Has Been an Honor tone, as she joins him in gripping the grenade. This is most likely because Gorman came back to try and rescue Vasquez when she was wounded, and is about to lose his life for doing so.
 Aliens / int_7cb9e33
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Aliens / int_7cb9e33
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Expository Hairstyle Change
 Aliens / int_7efd2e30
comment
Expository Hairstyle Change: Hudson's spiked-up hair reflects his confidence. After the team is decimated and Hudson completely freaks out, his hair is flat. The front part of it goes up a bit when Ripley tells him to get a hold of himself. When he starts to regain his composure, his hair is more up but still wet and flat in places. When he's fully regained his confidence, it's spiked up again. Ripley's hair changes between her hearing and a few months later when she's now working in the cargo bay. It's much shorter and also seems to represent her upcoming Adrenaline Makeover.
 Aliens / int_7efd2e30
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Aliens / int_7efd2e30
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Recycled Title
 Aliens / int_7f0f2e2
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Recycled Title: Alien, and then Aliens. It makes sense. First there's one alien and now there's many aliens.
 Aliens / int_7f0f2e2
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Aliens / int_7f0f2e2
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Climactic Elevator Ride
 Aliens / int_7f34a9e0
comment
Climactic Elevator Ride: Ripley rides down an elevator deep into the soon-to-be-exploding atmosphere processor to rescue a little girl. She takes this time to ready all her weapons.
 Aliens / int_7f34a9e0
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Aliens / int_7f34a9e0
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Developing Doomed Characters
 Aliens / int_7f390ebc
comment
Developing Doomed Characters: The second act of the movie shows the great rapport and/or banter of the Marines. It makes the horror that befalls them all the more palpable.
 Aliens / int_7f390ebc
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 Aliens / int_7f390ebc
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Aliens / int_7f390ebc
 Aliens / int_7fbb2a3
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Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!
 Aliens / int_7fbb2a3
comment
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Ripley pointing out that the marines were under the cooling vents for the atmospheric processor, leading to Gorman ordering Apone to remove all (needed) ammunition. Vasquez and Gorman blowing themselves up was a good idea at the time, but only if they had waited about 30 seconds before Newt got up the ladder first. The Alien Queen was suspended high and above the ground by a strange apparatus to allow her to use her ovipositor; however, it rendered her immovable. Throwing the bandolier of grenades into the fire not only didn't hurt her but it also destroyed the apparatus, allowing her to move freely once she tore free of her now shredded ovipositor. When Ripley ran over the Alien with the APC during the escape sequence, it bled acid that splashed on the undercarriage of the vehicle. Seconds later, they're stranded in the middle of nowhere with a broken transaxle. Oops. Ripley goes on a rampage against the eggs. She wastes nearly all of her ammo doing so. This leaves her almost nothing to defend herself and Newt against the (now very angry) Queen, when the eggs would have all been destroyed in the impending explosion anyway.
 Aliens / int_7fbb2a3
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Aliens / int_7fbb2a3
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Establishing Character Moment
 Aliens / int_7febc23b
comment
Establishing Character Moment: Bishop's first scene reveals him as a robot. It also serves double for Hudson by highlighting his tendency to freak out when things go poorly. Burke condescendingly referring to Ripley as "kiddo" even as he explains that she's technically half a century older than him. When debriefing the Colonial Marines under his command to ensure they're prepared, Lieutenant Gorman confuses Hudson for Hicks and clearly does not command the soldiers' respect the way Sgt. Apone does. This, along with his obvious discomfort during the drop down to LV-426, establishes Gorman's inexperience. After it's established that Gorman is unsettled during the drop ship's rocky descent to the planet due to his lack of experience in actual combat missions, Hicks is shown sleeping right through the turbulence, simultaneously establishing this sort of thing as old hat for him, and professional enough to always try to catch up on sleep (as you don't know when things will suddenly go sideways and you have to stay awake a lot longer than you counted on). The moment she gets out of cryo, Vasquez is at the bar doing chin-ups while her fellow marines are mostly still groggy, and demolishes Hudson the moment he tries to make a sexist insult about her looks.
 Aliens / int_7febc23b
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Aliens / int_7febc23b
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BFG
 Aliens / int_8344209e
comment
BFG: The M56 Smart Gun. Ripley's duct-taped pulse rifle/Grenade Launcher/flamethrower. From the extended cut, the sentry guns.
 Aliens / int_8344209e
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 Aliens / int_8344209e
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Aliens / int_8344209e
 Aliens / int_845429bb
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WeWillWearArmourInTheFuture
 Aliens / int_845429bb
comment
We Will Wear Armour In The Future: The Colonial Marines have fairly realistic armour. It even saves Hicks' life (though not any of the other marines).
 Aliens / int_845429bb
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 Aliens / int_845429bb
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Aliens / int_845429bb
 Aliens / int_8494bcb3
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Disposable Pilot
 Aliens / int_8494bcb3
comment
Disposable Pilot: Corporal Ferro.
 Aliens / int_8494bcb3
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Aliens / int_8494bcb3
 Aliens / int_863fa679
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What Happened to the Mouse?
 Aliens / int_863fa679
comment
What Happened to the Mouse?: Did no one save those poor, innocent hamsters from nuclear vaporization at the end of the movie? The last we see of Ripley's cat is when Ripley tells him she decided to take the mission. In the novelization, she left him on Earth (commenting that only she needed to go back into danger). Given what happens in the next movie, Jones the cat may have the happiest ending of any of the characters in this movie. Maybe even the entire series. Not just in the novelization. She makes it clear in the film that she's leaving him on Earth too.
 Aliens / int_863fa679
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Aliens / int_863fa679
 Aliens / int_864aa9
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Hellevator
 Aliens / int_864aa9
comment
Hellevator: "We're on an express elevator to Hell — going down!" By the way; They're headed for level 7.
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Aliens / int_864aa9
 Aliens / int_86b21114
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Badass Boast
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The Director's Cut has a Badass Boast speech from Hudson which mentions "phased plasma rifles." Presumably they're in the 40-watt range.
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1.0
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Aliens / int_86b21114
 Aliens / int_87504252
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The Big Board
 Aliens / int_87504252
comment
The Big Board: The crew uses one to discuss their escape route through the building.
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1.0
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Aliens / int_87504252
 Aliens / int_8797239c
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Bait-and-Switch
 Aliens / int_8797239c
comment
Bait-and-Switch: At the start of the movie, Burke is the only one who appears sympathetic to Ripley. Bishop is presented as a creepy potential Ash. Bishop turns out to be absolutely loyal, while Burke is revealed to be an amoral schemer only out for his own advancement.
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Aliens / int_8797239c
 Aliens / int_8879db82
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Badass Crew
 Aliens / int_8879db82
comment
Badass Crew: The Colonial Marines certainly fit the bill. Too bad they don't last long, since the Aliens are way more dangerous and numerous.
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Aliens / int_8879db82
 Aliens / int_88ebc539
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Always a Bigger Fish
 Aliens / int_88ebc539
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Always a Bigger Fish: Referenced in a discussion between Ripley and Bishop that indicates there's something worse down in the colony than the aliens they've seen so far... their queen.
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1.0
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Aliens / int_88ebc539
 Aliens / int_89012c43
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Excessive Steam Syndrome
 Aliens / int_89012c43
comment
Excessive Steam Syndrome: During the scenes in the alien's lair.
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1.0
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Aliens / int_89012c43
 Aliens / int_89499ccf
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Dolled-Up Installment
 Aliens / int_89499ccf
comment
Dolled-Up Installment: The commentary track reveals that this trope was in play. When asked to do an Alien sequel, James Cameron wrote an outline for his thoughts on a film, which was actually based on something he wrote a few months earlier with the Alien characters dropped in.
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Aliens / int_89499ccf
 Aliens / int_8ace85ef
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Audience Surrogate
 Aliens / int_8ace85ef
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Audience Surrogate: Hudson, according to Word of God from Cameron.
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Aliens / int_8ace85ef
 Aliens / int_8b606a51
type
There Is No Kill Like Overkill
 Aliens / int_8b606a51
comment
There Is No Kill Like Overkill: The Marines and Ripley decide to nuke LV-426 to make sure they wipe out all the Aliens. Averted because not only do the Aliens kill the pilot of the Drop Ship, but the huge reactor blows up in a thermonuclear explosion - making nuking the planet redundant. When Hudson shoots the facehugger going for Newt, he uses rather more bullets than he really needed to.
 Aliens / int_8b606a51
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Aliens / int_8b606a51
 Aliens / int_8c00901a
type
Creepy Good
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Creepy Good: Bishop is one of the most iconic examples of this in film, as he's very unemotional, creeps Ripley out and gets several shots of him staring intently at the facehuggers in a jar, but he actually turns out to be one of the most valuable allies on the team. It's Burke who's the real traitor.
 Aliens / int_8c00901a
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Aliens / int_8c00901a
 Aliens / int_8c49c29e
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Zig-Zagging Trope
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comment
Averted. The pulse rifles can hold 99 rounds, but after the Dropship crash and APC destruction, they only have about fifty rounds each for four of them. 99 rounds seems like a lot, but as Ripley proves in her assault on the hive, it's not quite enough. Hicks also reminds the surviving Marines to use "short, controlled bursts" when the aliens finally come for them, to make their remaining ammo last as long as possible (although during the second firefight, the Marines seem to fire more than fifty rounds each, especially Hudson, who probably shot more than 50 rounds at the facehugger attacking Ripley and Newt alone before the scene even started).
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Aliens / int_8c49c29e
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Didn't Think This Through
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Didn't Think This Through: How exactly was Burke planning on sabotaging every other sleep pod to make himself the lone survivor? As a civilian on a military ship, he would probably have been one of the first to be put to sleep. Justified in that his back is against the wall in an already stressful situation, so he's not in the best frame of mind to be scheming.
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Aliens / int_8d0785d5
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Human Architecture Horror
 Aliens / int_8d407165
comment
Human Architecture Horror: The Battalion of Colonial Marines sent to rescue any surviving colonists captured by the Aliens find to their horror that their shattered corpses, ribcage erupted from within, plastered the resin of the nursery that incubated the monsters' young with their bodies. The Medical Officer lifts the head of a seemingly unbroken body, only the eyes to suddenly snap open, and its owner begins to beg for a quick and painless death as a jet of blood suddenly shoots forth from her chest with a sickening crunch...
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Aliens / int_8d407165
 Aliens / int_8d463bfd
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Parenthetical Swearing
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Parenthetical Swearing: According to supplemental material, Colonial Marine Drill Sergeants are not allowed by regulation to swear at recruits… so they take Gosh Darn It to Heck! and make it sound as filthy and nasty as possible.
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Aliens / int_8d463bfd
 Aliens / int_8e0bedfe
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Kid Sidekick
 Aliens / int_8e0bedfe
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While a handful of films released around this time were beginning to embrace the Kid Sidekick and Tagalong Kid tropes (most notably Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom two years earlier), Aliens was actively subverting it via the Newt character. While most kid characters simply existed to be rescued or provide witty comebacks, Newt is the only one of the group who fully understands the danger on LV-426. She listens to commands and follows them, has a wry sense of humor at times, and at one point, Ripley and the others defer to her judgement (in the maintenance ducts after fleeing from the attack on Medical). All this for a kid who's no more than ten years old.
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Aliens / int_8e0bedfe
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Asshole Victim
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Asshole Victim: Nobody cried when a xenomorph mauled Burke.
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Aliens / int_8ed5c6e4
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Stairs Are Faster
 Aliens / int_8fdb09ce
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Stairs Are Faster: Nearly occurs when Ripley is escaping with Newt from the complex in the climax. Unfortunately, they end up providing the Queen with a means of reaching the dropship with them.
 Aliens / int_8fdb09ce
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Aliens / int_8fdb09ce
 Aliens / int_90d44f44
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Karmic Death
 Aliens / int_90d44f44
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Karmic Death: The traitorous Company executive, Burke, abandons everyone to the aliens- presumably assuming that they really will kill him once they escape- only to run directly into a bloodthirsty xenomorph himself. In a deleted scene (and in the novelization), Burke becomes the host for a chestburster, the original fate he had planned for Newt and Ripley.
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Aliens / int_90d44f44
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Laser-Guided Karma
 Aliens / int_90e31482
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Laser-Guided Karma: Carter Burke gets his.
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Aliens / int_90e31482
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Half the Man He Used to Be
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Half the Man He Used to Be: Bishop gets torn in half by the alien queen near the end. In a rare example of this trope, he lives.
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Aliens / int_91697559
 Aliens / int_916c72b3
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Rule of Symbolism
 Aliens / int_916c72b3
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This also applies to Ripley, thanks to Hicks' low-key command style. The marines defer to Ripley because of her greater experience with the aliens and her more forceful personality compared to the inept Lt. Gorman. Hicks plays along because her orders make sense, quietly providing his own expertise and authority when needed. It's likely not a coincidence that Ripley's (civilian) rank was raised from Warrant Officer to Lieutenant First Class for this movie — more than one reviewer assumes that Hicks regards Ripley as his superior officer. Even the failure to resolve their UST plays into this.
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Aliens / int_916c72b3
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Guilt-Free Extermination War
 Aliens / int_91c651a1
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Guilt-Free Extermination War: After the first engagement with the Xenomorphs leaves most of the Colonial Marines dead, Ripley convinces the remainder to exterminate the alien monsters by firing a nuclear missile at them from orbit. The Xenos are an omnicidal species adhering to a Blue-and-Orange Morality, a species that is heavily implied to be a genetically engineered bioweapon that is supposed to completely supplant any sentient lifeform in the area it infects. The only person to object to this is a Corrupt Corporate Executive with a stake in weaponizing them.
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Aliens / int_91c651a1
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The Speechless
 Aliens / int_92a61707
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The Speechless: Newt is this until Ripley takes the time to get her some hot chocolate and clean her up.
 Aliens / int_92a61707
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Aliens / int_92a61707
 Aliens / int_92d7976
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You Keep Using That Word
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You Keep Using That Word: During the inquisition, Ripley states she ejected a Xenomorph "out the goddamn airlock!" The Narcissus does not have an airlock, it just has a door. Keep in mind, Ripley is a professional spaceflight officer.
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Aliens / int_92d7976
 Aliens / int_93350bf1
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Continuous Decompression
 Aliens / int_93350bf1
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Continuous Decompression: When the xenomorph queen is Thrown Out the Airlock during the Final Battle. If it wasn't for Bishop, the decompression would have sucked out the little girl.
 Aliens / int_93350bf1
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Aliens / int_93350bf1
 Aliens / int_94cc2c28
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Exact Time to Failure
 Aliens / int_94cc2c28
comment
Exact Time to Failure: Subverted. The Processor's computer systems continually announcing exactly how much time is left to reach minimum safe distance before meltdown. However with one overloading machine destroying another, its ceases to function after t-minus two minutes. Though at this point, the entire superstructure is a fiery inferno.
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Aliens / int_94cc2c28
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Outliving One's Offspring
 Aliens / int_95c2a9dd
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Outliving One's Offspring: Ripley outlived her daughter due to her 57 years in hypersleep.
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Aliens / int_95c2a9dd
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Awesome Personnel Carrier
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Awesome Personnel Carrier: The Marine APC.
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Aliens / int_96475bb6
 Aliens / int_966da803
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Defiant to the End
 Aliens / int_966da803
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Defiant to the End: "Fuck you! Fuck you! AND FUCK YOU TOO!!!!" Exit Hudson.
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Aliens / int_966da803
 Aliens / int_967809be
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Small Girl, Big Gun
 Aliens / int_967809be
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Small Girl, Big Gun: Private Vasquez is played by a 5'3 actress and wields a 40-pound machine gun.
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Aliens / int_967809be
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Action Film, Quiet Drama Scene
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Action Film, Quiet Drama Scene: The first half of the movie mostly consists of Ripley struggling with Weyland-Yutani executives and Burke's attempts to get her to go, as well as the Marines clowning around. We later get Ripley putting Newt to bed and the aftermath of the dropship crashing.
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Aliens / int_967edd3a
 Aliens / int_96ecc67e
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Shotguns Are Just Better
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Shotguns Are Just Better: Hicks likes to keep one handy. For close encounters. Played With in that the shotgun doesn't really seem to do much: Hicks fires it twice at an offscreen alien, and there's a screech, but no indication if he killed it or even really hurt it. Later, Hudson grabs the gun, shoves it in an alien's mouth, and pulls the trigger, which does a handy job of disposing of the alien but also splashes Hudson's arm with some acid blood (and presumably destroys the shotgun as well, since it's never seen again in the film).
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Aliens / int_96ecc67e
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Men Are the Expendable Gender
 Aliens / int_974b47a7
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Men Are the Expendable Gender: Averted. Two females and two males survive the expedition (that is, if you count Bishop as male.) The marine party has at least three women, and all of them die, in addition to the colonist woman we see get chestbursted. The only non-civilian to survive is Hicks (a man.)
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Aliens / int_974b47a7
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Black Dude Dies First
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Black Dude Dies First: Played completely straight, as Private Frost gets a flamethrower to the face as soon as the squad gets ambushed and Sergeant Apone gets grabbed by aliens in the same scene (though his death is somewhat delayed).
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Aliens / int_9788e2b1
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Throw the Dog a Bone
 Aliens / int_98576799
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Throw the Dog a Bone: An aversion, as Ripley expresses gratitude and is simultaneously forced to admit she was wrong about Bishop all along, but their conversation is literally cut short as the Queen Alien impales and rips the android in two.
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Aliens / int_98576799
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Better to Die than Be Killed
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Better to Die than Be Killed: Hicks promises Ripley that he will "do us both" if they were hopelessly cornered by the Aliens. It doesn't come to that, and they live through the entire film. When they're trapped by xenomorphs, Vasquez and Gorman take out several aliens via grenade in the Hadley's Hope air ducts rather than be captured and impregnated. In a deleted scene, while searching for Newt in the alien nest, Ripley comes across Burke, who has been cocooned and impregnated. She hands him a grenade so he can take this option.
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Aliens / int_99298c71
 Aliens / int_9bcd82c0
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Took a Level in Badass
 Aliens / int_9bcd82c0
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Took a Level in Badass: Ripley starts out the film as a simple commercial freighter officer and ends up kicking ass. Hudson loses his credentials after the first rout with the Aliens and is a nervous wreck for most of the movie, but eventually goes out with a bang.
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Aliens / int_9bcd82c0
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Badass and Child Duo
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Badass and Child Duo: Ripley and Newt, as shown on the poster image.
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Aliens / int_9d0730f8
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Foreshadowing
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Foreshadowing: In the Special Edition, the "bees and ants" conversation foreshadows the appearance of the Queen. Newt reckons the scenario will turn ugly again for the humans, despite the presence of the Space Marines. Ripley promises that she won't leave Newt, "cross my heart and hope to die". She gets a chance to prove that she means it when the xenomorphs capture Newt with only minutes before a nuclear detonation will occur. Ripley suggests nuking the site from orbit and Hicks agrees. The site ends up nuking itself when the damaged power plant explodes. Also in the Special Edition, when Commander Simpson is discussing claim rights for colony surveyors. In reference to Newt’s dad, “if he finds anything, it’s his”. Well, he certainly brings something back to Hadley's Hope with him — and that particular "piece of salvage" does not stay his, but becomes a major problem for the entire colony very fast. Also, Newt's dad was only concerned about his claim not being honored "because you sent them to that particular middle of nowhere on Company orders," indicating someone took Ripley's story seriously enough to have it investigated, kicking off the entire plot. While searching the colony, they find vats of facehuggers, two of which are still alive, and as one is alerted by Burke, Hicks comments "Looks like love at first sight to me." Later, we learn that the "love" went both ways, with Burke wanting to bring in a xenomorph himself, and when Ripley refuses to cooperate, he sics the two living facehuggers on her and Newt. After the dropship rescues Ripley and Newt, a blast sends it hurling sideways into the wall before Bishop regains control. As he retracts the landing legs, some of the wreckage is pulled in with them. The Queen alien apparently used the opportunity to jump into the landing leg well. Ripley confronts Burke about not even mentioning Bishop's presence as an android aboard the Sulaco despite having heard her version of the events that transpired aboard the Nostromo. Burke sincerely admits he just didn't think to mention it. It's an early sign of his lack of consideration for other people, in particular their pain and suffering.
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Aliens / int_9d12bbc1
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Made of Iron
 Aliens / int_9d17b859
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Made of Iron: Ripley's leg must be stronger than the power loader's, considering how the Alien Queen grabs hold of her ankle while the airlock is open and somehow Ripley's leg isn't torn off.
 Aliens / int_9d17b859
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Aliens / int_9d17b859
 Aliens / int_9dab0a6e
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Continuity Nod
 Aliens / int_9dab0a6e
comment
Continuity Nod: Ripley doesn't recognize the alien engineering inside the atmosphere processor. This is because she never went into the Derelict. The novelization has her recognizing something familiar about it, because the novelization of Alien included the Deleted Scene where she finds Dallas and Brett imprisoned in alien eggs. Also in the novelization, the Captain's Log Ripley is dictating at the end of the first movie has been erased. At one point, Ripley accuses Burke of having done it to cover up the Company's involvement.
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Aliens / int_9dab0a6e
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The End... Or Is It?
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The End... Or Is It?: After the credits there is silence and a dark screen. Then the organic squelch of an egg opening can be heard…
 Aliens / int_9e86e227
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Aliens / int_9e86e227
 Aliens / int_9f74002a
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Feminist Fantasy
 Aliens / int_9f74002a
comment
Feminist Fantasy: It's subtle but apparent - the female marines are treated exactly the same as the men, the women in the cast are not there to provide eye candy, and even the people who give Ripley shit do so because she's a civilian and not because of her gender. It's doubtful that you will ever find a more hardcore balls-to-the-wall action movie that ends in a struggle between two supremely badass mother figures over the life of a female child.
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Aliens / int_9f74002a
 Aliens / int_a0db7803
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It's Personal
 Aliens / int_a0db7803
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After Ripley burns the Queen's eggs, she breaks off of her ovipositor and goes after Ripley personally.
 Aliens / int_a0db7803
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Aliens / int_a0db7803
 Aliens / int_a1a1491e
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Homage
 Aliens / int_a1a1491e
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Homage: The film has several homages to the book Starship Troopers, such as asking if the mission was a "bug hunt", referring to "combat drops," and the female dropship pilot. Additionally, all the actors playing the Marines were required to read the book before filming.
 Aliens / int_a1a1491e
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Aliens / int_a1a1491e
 Aliens / int_a3597c29
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Magic Countdown
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Magic Countdown: Notably averted. When the computer announces how much time there is until the place goes up, that's exactly how much in-movie time it takes for the place to blow up.
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Action Mom
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Action Mom: Ripley essentially adopts Newt and goes to enormous lengths to protect her. This is set up earlier in a deleted scene (included in the novelisation and the Special Edition) which reveals Ripley's daughter Amanda died of cancer at an old age while Ripley was lost in hypersleep; Newt is the same age as Ripley's daughter at the last time Ripley saw her.
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Rule of Three
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Before going down to the planet, the Marines have one of them lock and loading the dropship, then their personal weapons, then their weapons onto the APC, then the APC into the dropship.
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YouKnowTooMuch
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You Know Too Much: Though he also has other motives, Burke sets up Ripley to be infected by a facehugger after she uncovers his role in the colony's destruction, and makes it clear that she will expose him.
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No New Fashions in the Future
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No New Fashions in the Future: Ripley and Burke's outfits scream 80's, with Sigourney Weaver's curly hair and Paul Reiser's bad perm getting special notice. Conversely, the business suits all have turned-up collars.
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Aliens / int_a7ae597a
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Handicapped Badass
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Handicapped Badass: Despite being torn in two by the Alien queen, Bishop manages to not only stop himself from being pulled into the vacuum of space, but saves Newt from being blown out the airlock as well.
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Your Approval Fills Me with Shame
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Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: Inverted.
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And I Must Scream
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And I Must Scream: The nightmarish ordeal endured by the 157 colonists after the attack. See Nightmare Fuel in the YMMV entry for more details, if you dare...
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Space Marine
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The film is credited with kick-starting the gritty, grizzled Space Marine trope that's permeated science fiction and popular culture for decades afterwards. It's easy to forget then that the Colonial Marines in Aliens are portrayed as arrogant, trigger-happy jarheads who, despite their overwhelming confidence, had never faced anything even remotely like the xenomorphs, and suffered for it. It's not a display of badassery so much as it is a sci-fi version of 'Nam. Furthermore, the only marine who survived the ordeal was the one who followed the orders of Ellen Ripley, who is not only a civilian but also a woman and the main character, something rare even today in similar genres. The only other survivor is Bishop, who's probably one of the nicest people in the entire series. The final confrontation is between two Mama Bears, Ripley and the alien queen, completely counter to the hyper-masculine narratives permeating the versions that followed.
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Totally Radical
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Totally Radical: The dialogue of the marines is strewn with 1960's Vietnam War slang, despite taking place in the future.
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Doesn't Like Guns
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Doesn't Like Guns: Bishop hands back the pistol he's given without comment and proceeds on his solo mission unarmed. This implies he thinks one handgun would be useless against a xenomorph, or he really is Three Laws-Compliant as he claims (taking a weapon would deprive the human survivors of needed defense).
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Aliens / int_aaf19fae
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Instant Awesome: Just Add Mecha!
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Instant Awesome: Just Add Mecha!: The loading bot Mini-Mecha is used in the final battle against the alien queen.
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Red Shirt
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Red Shirt: Easy way to determine Red Shirts: Are they named Ripley? No? They're boned. Frost, Crowe, Dietrich, Wierzbowski, Apone, Drake, Spunkmeyer, Ferro, in that order.
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Aliens / int_ac2094ca
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Nuke 'em
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Nuke 'em: This option is suggested by the characters to deal with the Aliens ("It's the only way to be sure"), but the plot does it a different way, as the colony's atmosphere processor counts down to a thermonuclear overload all on its own.
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Aliens / int_ac320c0e
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Chekhov's Hobby
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Chekhov's Hobby: In the scenes with Newt and her family, she and her brother are being told off for playing in the air vents all the time. Newt is then able to guide the rest of the team to the landing bay when the aliens attack.
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Aliens / int_ac5364fe
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Save the Villain
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Save the Villain: Ripley stops Hicks from killing Burke on the spot once his betrayal is exposed, saying "No, we need to take him back!" Presumably she hopes a public trial will expose the Company's role in the deaths of her crewmates on the Nostromo.
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Aliens / int_ac560dc4
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Chekhov's Skill
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Chekhov's Skill: Ripley shows that she knows how to use a Powerloader early on, and the scene is played for "Getting to know you" laughs. She later uses that same powerloader to fight the Alien Queen. The lessons Ripley got from Hicks on how to use the Marines' weapons, which she uses to great effect during her Mama Bear rampage. It is established through dialogue in the apartment scene with Burke and Gorman that Ripley has a license to operate heavy vehicles at the docks. It comes in handy when she uses the APC to rescue the Marines fleeing the hive under the atmosphere processor.
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Oh, Crap!
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Oh, Crap!: Ripley discovers that not only are there colonists on LV-426, they have their families with them too. Ripley wakes up and sees the containers holding the facehugger specimens have been opened. Burke when turning around and noticing the Xenomorph behind him. Hudson gets a lot of these moments. Hudson's face while Bishop does his high-speed version of Five-Finger Fillet. "Game over, man. Game over!" "This is a big fucking signal… ten meters… eight…" "That can't be, that's inside the room." ba-beep-beep "It's reading right, man!" "Then you're not reading it right!" BA-BEEP BEEP "Three meters… what the HELL?!?" *eyes go upwards to the drop ceiling*
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Final Girl
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Final Girl: Actually subverted, which could be expected with the genre shift. Ripley makes it, of course, but Newt, Hicks, and Bishop also manage to make it to the end alive. In fact, Ripley actually seems somewhat relieved she isn't the only one to survive like last time.
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Necessary Weasel
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Necessary Weasel: The colonists have been terraforming LV-426. This avoids the necessity for the actors to run about in cumbersome spacesuits, which were needed just to walk on the surface in the previous movie.
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Aliens / int_ad745fd1
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P.O.V. Cam
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P.O.V. Cam: Used with the Marines' helmet cams, linked with the APC to give the CO there a better situational awareness. It doesn't really help.
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Take a Moment to Catch Your Death
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Take a Moment to Catch Your Death: When Ripley, Newt and Bishop step off the dropship after escaping LV-426, Ripley takes a moment to thank the android for saving her and the young girl. Bishop replies that he did do good... and then he gets ripped in half by the xenomorph queen, who hitched a ride up with them.
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Deadpan Snarker
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Deadpan Snarker: PFC Hudson has a sarcastic remark for everything, the quips are often the way he copes with his panic.
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Myopic Architecture
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Myopic Architecture: The Marines make barricades by welding critical doors and air ducts shut. Unfortunately the xenomorphs don't use the humans' corridors for movement and instead crawl inside the space above the false ceilings, an approach missed by the defenders.
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A Simple Plan
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A Simple Plan: The Mission Briefing makes everyone believe this is a standard operation. See Epic Fail for what follows.
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Fate Worse than Death
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Fate Worse than Death: This is apparently the fate of Apone and Dietrich, if the explosion of the atmospheric processing station didn't kill them first. In the novelization, Ripley found Burke in the queen's nest, and left him with a primed grenade when he said that he could feel the chestburster moving inside him. The scene was restored for the Alien Anthology Blu-Ray release.
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Tracking Device
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Ripley and Newt's Tracking Device.
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Bottomless Magazines
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Bottomless Magazines: Averted. An entire scene is dedicated averting this trope; the marines count down how many rounds are left in their sentry guns, while Hicks makes a point of teaching Ripley how to reload a pulse rifle. When Ripley goes Berserker Rage on the eggs, a close-up is shown of the digital ammunition readout counting down to zero. Averted. The pulse rifles can hold 99 rounds, but after the Dropship crash and APC destruction, they only have about fifty rounds each for four of them. 99 rounds seems like a lot, but as Ripley proves in her assault on the hive, it's not quite enough. Hicks also reminds the surviving Marines to use "short, controlled bursts" when the aliens finally come for them, to make their remaining ammo last as long as possible (although during the second firefight, the Marines seem to fire more than fifty rounds each, especially Hudson, who probably shot more than 50 rounds at the facehugger attacking Ripley and Newt alone before the scene even started). The biggest aversion would be the scene whether the xenomorphs are charging the sentry guns. The marines look in horror as the aliens run down the ammo count and three of the guns go empty, and the last one has only ten rounds left before the Xenomorphs give up and try something else. Played straight by the xenomorphs themselves. There were 157 colonists. At least one died before being cocooned (the one they tried to get a facehugger off of), one wasn't caught at all (Newt), and one didn't produce a chestburster until the marines were watching. That makes 154 xenomorphs at absolute maximum, including the queen— and that's assuming both that every other colonist was captured alive and cocooned, and that it was done without killing a single xenomorph.note The huge acid-melted hole through several floors of the colony implies someone bagged one of Ripley's bad guys. How many got killed by the marines? Plenty, in fights we see. The sentry guns alone must have plowed down dozens if not more. But they never stop coming. It is later mostly averted when you realize during the penultimate showdown that there was only token resistance when Ripley entered the hive to save Newt as most of them had been already been killed, no more than 7 xenomorphs not including the Queen try to attack Ripley during the rescue. The one exception to this is when Ripley and Hicks are attempting to escape, and there appear to be something like 30-50 aliens following them. Apart from pacing/tension issues, it's possible that one reason the sentry gun plotline was cut from the theatrical version is to not get into the numbers like these.
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Nice Day, Deadly Night
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Nice Day, Deadly Night: After the drop ship is destroyed and the protagonists are trapped on the surface of the planet LV-426, Newt warns Ripley about the deadly threat the xenomorphs will pose to the Colonial Marine force once night falls.
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Quizzical Tilt
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Quizzical Tilt: Both Ripley and the Alien Queen do versions of this at different points.
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Trading Bars for Stripes
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Trading Bars for Stripes: Drake and Vazquez.
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Aliens / int_b3e3a659
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Video Phone
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Video Phone: Burke leaves My Card in case Ripley changes her mind about going on the mission to find out what happened to the colony on LV426. After her next Catapult Nightmare, Ripley sticks the card in her videophone where it automatically connects her to a sleepy Burke.
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Gut Feeling
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Gut Feeling: Ripley feels there is something off about Bishop due to her prior experience with Ash in the first film. She's wrong.
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No OSHA Compliance
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No OSHA Compliance: The building complex on LV-426 does have handrails, but they are only thigh-high, and result in at least one Colonial Marine falling over and plummeting through the floors of an atmosphere processor. There is a huge unshielded rotor at the end of the Air Vent Passage Way that swallows Newt. In the novelisation Ripley duct-taping an assault rifle/grenade launcher to a flamethrower is assumed to be this, but she's past caring by that point.
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Epic Fail
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Epic Fail: The Colonial Marines enter the atmosphere processor without realizing that the central cooling units can be pierced by conventional weaponry - which they only realize after they're knee-deep in the hive and Ripley points it out to them. Then, without giving a reasonable explanation why, Gorman orders the Marines to give up all their ammo (except for flame throwers) to one man, and said Marine happens to be the first casualty when the xenomorphs attack, because the aliens are hiding in the walls and don't show up on infrared. The only reason anyone escaped is because several of the soldiers contravened their orders and/or carried backup weapons. However in using their weapons they end up rupturing the cooling units just like Gorman feared, causing the atmosphere processor to overheat and eventually melt down.
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Sentry Gun
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Sentry Gun: A mini-plotline in the director's cut features the Marines barricading a main hallway and setting up four auto turrets at key locations in two pairs. The first pair fails to hold back the incoming waves of xenomorphs, but the second pair finally convinces them to look for another means to reach the humans within… after being drained to ten rounds in one gun.
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Bothering by the Book
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Bothering by the Book: After Ripley has convinced the surviving Marines to just leave and nuke the aliens from the Sulaco, Burke protests that the terraforming installation cost a fortune and he can't authorise them destroying it. Ripley points out that the operation is a military one and his say doesn't matter; the look on his face is priceless.
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Smart Gun
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Smart Gun: The M56 Smart Gun comes with a lot of nifty features, most prominent being the servo-harness which makes it easier to carry, operate, and links to targeting processor.
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Aliens / int_b7cedf9c
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Storming the Castle
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Storming the Castle: Ripley loading up for a one-man raid on the Xenomorphs' hive to rescue Newt.
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Aliens / int_b9f472b
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Victoria's Secret Compartment
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Victoria's Secret Compartment: After Gorman has the squad disarm in the reactor, Vasquez produces a couple of replacement batteries from her tanktop for Drake's and her smartguns.
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Aliens / int_b9fc31d3
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Cryonics Failure
 Aliens / int_ba014235
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Cryonics Failure: Discussed at length as part of Burke's plan to smuggle the xenomorph specimens back through quarantine.
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Aliens / int_ba014235
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Ignored Expert
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Ignored Expert: Ripley tries to explain the events of the original movie and the xenomorph to the Marines, but is constantly interrupted with sarcastic questions, macho posturing, and ignoring the civvie. Once they actually encounter them, they're no longer laughing.
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Aliens / int_ba5bd7
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Danger Takes a Backseat
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Danger Takes a Backseat: That's not Spunkmeyer coming up behind you, Ferro.
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Aliens / int_bb30b9e9
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Late to the Tragedy
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Late to the Tragedy: Ripley and the Colonial Marines. The settlement on LV-426 has already been wiped out when they get there.
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Aliens / int_bba30aeb
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Ammunition Conservation
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Ammunition Conservation: As mentioned under "Bottomless Magazines," the marines end up with about one half-mag each, and by the climax, they scrape together one full mag plus change for Ripley to storm the hive with. It even provides the page quote.
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Surprise Vehicle
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Surprise Vehicle: The dropship rising up behind Ripley and Newt during the escape sequence. It takes Newt looking at it and screaming it to Ripley to make her realize it's behind her. In fairness, the place is blowing up around her ears. Lampshaded by Bishop: "That platform was just becoming too unstable. I had to circle and hope that things didn't get too rough to take you off."
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The Neidermeyer
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The Neidermeyer: Lt. Gorman, who is unit commander In Name Only. Sergeant Apone is the real commander of the unit, and when he dies, Gorman completely freezes up. He gets better… but it's unfortunately just before his demise.
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Mission Control
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Mission Control: Lieutenant Gorman, from inside the Marine APC. He's hopeless at it, though.
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JumpScare
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Jump Scare: James Horner's masterful use of the screeching violin Scare Chord is demonstrated in the following three nerve-shattering moments In the grisly "nursery" of the atmosphere processor, walls plastered by shattered corpses with their faces frozen in final agony, Dietrich the medical officer lifts the head of an seemingly unbroken body.... only for the eyes to suddenly snap open for its death-pale owner to desperately plead for a merciful death.... Ripley and Newt awake from their well-earned nap in the med-lab, to find that Burke has taken away the former's rifle in her sleep and released two facehuggers in the room with them.... Ripley cautiously peeks out from under the bed only to have one of the little beasts leap out for her head. Corporal Hicks slowly lifts the grate on the roof of the barricaded Command Center... only to find that a swarm of Aliens has crawled within breathing distance of him among the maze of pipes and electric conduits.
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Real Women Don't Wear Dresses
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Real Women Don't Wear Dresses: Ellen Ripley is an outstanding aversion. She doesn't wear a literal dress, but her feminine qualities are precisely what make her so badass: She becomes a Team Mom of sorts, using Tough Love to give some much-needed emotional support to the demoralized surviving Marines, and goes full-on Mama Bear to mount a solo rescue mission when the aliens capture Newt.
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Adrenaline Makeover
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Ripley's hair changes between her hearing and a few months later when she's now working in the cargo bay. It's much shorter and also seems to represent her upcoming Adrenaline Makeover.
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Outrun the Fireball
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Outrun the Fireball The dropship barely escaping the nuclear detonation on LV-426. They actually have plenty of time to escape (twenty six minutes), but Ripley refuses to leave without Newt. Also everyone running out of the way of the crashing dropship, which explodes into flame and rolls right between them.
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Drop Ship
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The Marines and Ripley decide to nuke LV-426 to make sure they wipe out all the Aliens. Averted because not only do the Aliens kill the pilot of the Drop Ship, but the huge reactor blows up in a thermonuclear explosion - making nuking the planet redundant.
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Suit with Vested Interests
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Suit with Vested Interests: To recoup his losses (the destruction of the LV-426 colony), Burke puts a higher value on getting a sample of the creature than he does on the crew. As does Weyland-Yutani as a whole.
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Neck Lift
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Neck Lift: Ripley does this to the alien queen during their fight using the mechanical arm of the cargo loader she's strapped into.
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Big
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Big "NO!": Vasquez gives one when Drake gets immolated. Ripley, after Newt gets taken in the sewers. Ripley does this earlier when she dreams that she has been impregnated.
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Car Fu
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When Ripley ran over the Alien with the APC during the escape sequence, it bled acid that splashed on the undercarriage of the vehicle. Seconds later, they're stranded in the middle of nowhere with a broken transaxle. Oops.
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Artistic License – Nuclear Physics
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Artistic License – Nuclear Physics: The fusion reactor's malfunction would only cause a lot of superheated plasma that would quickly disperse, not a nuclear explosion-fusion reactions are devilishly hard to create and sustain, and once the conditions are compromised, the reaction goes "phut!" and dies. It'd cause a conventional explosion that you probably wouldn't want to be in the vicinity of, but it probably wouldn't even bring down the atmosphere processor, let alone level everything within 30km.
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Curb-Stomp Cushion
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However, it should be noted that after initial chaos, they did manage to reorganize, regroup and fight back, killing quite a lot of aliens in the process. When Ripley pulled out her Big Damn Heroes moment, they were in the middle of organized retreat, with Hicks helping out Hudson, while Vasquez and Drake covered their backs, killing any alien that tried to come close.
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Collapsing Lair
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Collapsing Lair: After Ripley sets the xenomorph queen on fire, the atmosphere processor starts to collapse due to Explosive Overclocking and finally blows up in a nuclear detonation.
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Mini-Mecha
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Mini-Mecha: The powerloader, complete with welding torch, hydraulic pincers and docking bay controls.
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Shout-Out
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Shout-Out: Bishop tries to assure Ripley that he isn't dangerous by explaining that his programming won't allow it. His explanation is a near-verbatim reading of Isaac Asimov's famous first law of robotics: 'A robot cannot harm a human, or through inaction allow a human being to come to harm'. At Gorman's briefing, Hudson asks "Is this going to be a stand-up fight, or another bug hunt?" This is a direct reference to the novel Starship Troopers, that the actors were required to read, just like real Marines, and was ad-libbed by the actor. Hicks' aforementioned line about keeping a shotgun "for close encounters." There are two references to Stanley Kubrick films. The movie opens with slow, desolate shots of Alien's lifeboat drifting through space, accompanied by music from Aram Khachaturian's Gayane ballet suite; the same adagio is used for the lonely establishing shots of the Discovery in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Later, in the director's cut, there is a scene of people working on the colony on LV-426. In this scene, there is a low angle shot of a child riding on a Big Wheel tricycle. This is a reference to The Shining. This same tricycle was seen in The Terminator, and again in Terminator 2: Judgment Day. The Director's Cut has a Badass Boast speech from Hudson which mentions "phased plasma rifles." Presumably they're in the 40-watt range. In another Joseph Conrad reference, the Marines' transport vessel Sulaco is named for the town where the novel Nostromo is set. Ash from the first film is being referenced as a "Hyperdyne Systems" model, which is only two letters away from "Cyberdyne Systems". As mentioned above under Hellevator, the "express elevator to Hell" is going to Level 7. Bishop's Five-Finger Fillet looks like a reference to Dark Star, where one of the astronauts tries this but ends up (harmlessly) stabbing himself. The marines mention having sex with things called "Arcturians" with Frost mentioning that even if the one he slept with was male, it wouldn't matter because it's Arcturian. This is a shout out to the highly influential comic story The Long Tomorrow by Dan O'Bannion and Moebius (who would both be vital crew on the first Alien film) where Arcturians are Starfish Aliens that double as a Voluntary Shapeshifter. One tells the hero he could take any form that pleases the hero, even the hero himself if that's what he's into.
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Rage Breaking Point
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Rage Breaking Point: The movie reveals that Ripley's biggest fear is being cocooned and impregnated like Kane was in the first movie; she's shown to have nightmares, a colonist's death by chestburster triggers a mini-breakdown for Ripley, and she even implores Hicks to kill her if need be, rather than let her suffer the same fate as the colonists. It all comes to a head during her rescue of Newt at the end; they end up in the Queen's nest, surrounded by facehugger eggs. One opens up a few feet from Ripley, and she snaps. Cue her More Dakka moment.
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Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!
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Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Ripley lays one on an increasingly despairing Hudson, in the presence of his CO no less.
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Retirony
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Retirony: When the survivors are trapped on the planet's surface with little hope of rescue, Hudson wails that he has "four more weeks and out, now I'm gonna buy it on this rock". He's right.
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Cigar Chomper
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Cigar Chomper: Sergeant Apone, to the point that he sticks one in his mouth before he's even out of his cryosleep pod.
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Impaled with Extreme Prejudice
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Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Bishop at the end. He gets impaled from behind by the Alien Queen who hid on the dropship.
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It Can Think
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It Can Think: "What do you mean THEY cut the power? How can they cut the power, man — they're animals!" The alien queen shows that she knows full well what Ripley means when she points the business end of a flamethrower at her eggs, and her tearing herself away from her ovipositor and coming after Ripley is strongly implied to be out of rage for Ripley killing the eggs. The novelization has Ripley and Bishop discuss the implications of intelligence in the Queen making her nest below the base's main reactor; as Bishop observes, this could indicate a feral animal choosing the warmest location for comfort, or an intelligent being choosing the only place in the whole facility that their enemies couldn't destroy without destroying the entire colony in the process. In the director's cut, the survivors watch as the sentry guns burn through almost all their ammo before the xenomorphs finally "fall back" to look for another way in. Hudson lampshades this by saying "Maybe they're demoralized..."
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Taking You with Me
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Taking You with Me: When Vasquez and Gorman are trapped in the Air Vent Passage Way, their suicide via hand grenade takes out several aliens. The Queen tries doing this to Ripley after she uses the Power Loader to have it Thrown Out the Airlock, being the defining point their face-off stops being a Curbstomp Battle.
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Deus ex Nukina
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Deus ex Nukina: The film kicks it up a notch. It was the only way to be sure.
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Beware My Stinger Tail
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Beware My Stinger Tail: In the novelization the xenomorphs have these, which are used to paralyze victims to be taken back to the hive for facehugger bait. Gorman gets stung during the escape in the APC after the hive raid goes pear-shaped. The scene was too expensive to film, so he gets knocked out by a container falling on his head instead.
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Nothing Is Scarier
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Nothing Is Scarier: Despite being more focused on action, the film gets in on this. The aliens aren't even seen until over an hour into the film; before that the Marines are exploring the deserted colony, waiting to encounter them at any moment.
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This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!
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This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: Averted. The famous quote of Ripley telling the queen Alien to stay away from Newt qualifies "bitch" as an insult, not merely a gratuitous punctuation.
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Broken Bird
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Broken Bird: Ripley at the beginning of the movie. Newt is in obvious shellshock as well, at first.
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That Came Out Wrong
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That Came Out Wrong: Ripley gets her listeners mildly squicked when she accuses Burke of intending to "impregnate" her. With an Alien, of course. (Which is bad! But at least it's not Paul Reiser.)
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Refuge in Audacity
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Refuge in Audacity: When Ripley accuses Burke of intending to use her and Newt as hosts for the Xenomorphs, the only defense he offers is to point out how crazy-sounding the plan is.
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Tastes Like Friendship
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Tastes Like Friendship: Ripley gets Newt to talk by giving her a glass of hot chocolate.
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Dream Within a Dream
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Dream Within a Dream: Ripley has a false awakening in the opening scene.
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No Help Is Coming
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No Help Is Coming: After the Colonial Marines have their first battle with the xenomorphs, the hope of rescue is raised and immediately dashed.
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Salvage Pirates
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Salvage Pirates: In the opening, Ripley's escape shuttle from the first movie is found by a deep-space salvage crew, who express disappointment at finding her alive, as "there goes our salvage, boys". Averted in that they don't consider killing her and salvaging the shuttle anyways.
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Small, Secluded World
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Small, Secluded World: What the movie becomes once the protagonists are at LV-426, as the sole living people on the planet consist of the Marine squad, Ripley, Burke, Bishop, Newt and Mary, the cocooned colonist who is killed only moments later. The characters are completely cut off from the rest of humanity, and they can't expect a rescue for 17 days.
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Unusually Uninteresting Sight
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Unusually Uninteresting Sight: During the intense and turbulent drop through the atmosphere, Hicks is revealed to have fallen asleep. It's a hint that despite his low rank, he's a very experienced and competent Marine, as opposed to Gorman, who is in command, but is only making his second drop ever, and will freeze up when things start going to hell.
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The Cavalry
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The Cavalry: Subverted. The marines are supposed to be the cavalry, but it doesn't go as planned.
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Curb-Stomp Battle
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Curbstomp Battle: The first confrontation with the Aliens goes horribly awry for the Colonial Marines as they prove rather useless against a completely unfamiliar creature that is tailored by evolution to stealthy movement and surprise attacks. However, it should be noted that after initial chaos, they did manage to reorganize, regroup and fight back, killing quite a lot of aliens in the process. When Ripley pulled out her Big Damn Heroes moment, they were in the middle of organized retreat, with Hicks helping out Hudson, while Vasquez and Drake covered their backs, killing any alien that tried to come close. Reconstructed with the mech-armoured Ripley vs the Alien Queen. Though Ripley is visibly terrified and struggling to control the Power Loader, the Queen can do nothing to penetrate the armour or get to Ripley, at least until it decides it's Taking You with Me.
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Action Girl
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Action Girl: Ellen Ripley graduates to one. Although she doesn't possess any particular combat skills, she still has the guts and determination to survive. Vasquez, one of the Marines who nearly makes it to the end. Also known for being more rough-and-tumble than the other Marines.
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Reasonable Authority Figure
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Reasonable Authority Figure: Subverted. Burke is the only authority figure to sympathize with Ripley and comes across as a fair and reasonable person… until The Reveal. Sgt Apone and Cpl Hicks qualify as very reasonable figures, fulfilling this.
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Hands-On Approach
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Hicks, the only surviving Marine, flirts with Ripley while teaching her to use a pulse rifle (Ripley even strokes the grenade launcher pump rather suggestively). There's also an earlier scene where Hicks gives Ripley one of the colonist's tracking devices, telling her it'll help him find her if they get separated and awkwardly trying to put it on her wrist. He defuses the situation by remarking that it doesn't mean they're engaged now, and Ripley puts it on herself.
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Cat Scare
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Cat Scare: Newt's first appearance, to the extent that Hicks has to knock Drake's smartgun off target so as not to kill her. The novel also uses this scene, but with Vasquez instead of Drake. Before that Hudson's motion tracker is set off, but it turns out to be some pet mice running around a tube maze that looks remarkably like the ducts the humans will be scrabbling through later. Later when Newt is first detected, Gorman knocks over a piece of equipment as they're moving through the medlab.
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Artificial Outdoors Display
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Artificial Outdoors Display: We see Ripley looking out at a forest of twittering birds, when the Corrupt Corporate Executive comes in, turning the scenery back into a hospital wall.
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Danger Deadpan
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Danger Deadpan: The Drop Ship pilot, Ferro. Delivered while wearing mirrored aviator shades, too.
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Sergeant Rock
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Sergeant Rock: Sergeant Apone is one of the most famous examples of this trope.
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Punch-Clock Hero
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The film also subverted the Punch-Clock Hero trope long before it became commonplace in television and film. When Ripley is court-martialed and drummed out for destroying the Nostromo in the previous film, she simply picks up work at Gateway Station's docks and doesn't make any waves for a fair stretch of time. Even when Burke and Gorman come to recruit her for the mission, she refuses on the grounds that it's not in her job description and the mission sounds uneventful. It takes another bad dream to convince her to go, and even then, she acts largely as a civilian advisor (who doesn't like the soldiers she's traveling with) until two-thirds of the way through the film.
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Changed My Mind, Kid
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Changed My Mind, Kid: Variation regarding Bishop's piloting of the dropship. Ripley rescues Newt and comes out to the platform only to find that he seemingly has run off. He turns up moments later in a heroic Enemy Rising Behind just as the queen arrives, later explaining that the platform was unstable.
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Mama Bear
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Mama Bear: The last half-hour deals with Ripley defending Newt from the xenomorphs and the Alien Queen defending her eggs from Ripley.
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From Nobody to Nightmare
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From Nobody to Nightmare: Ripley, from the Xenomorph's point-of-view.
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Last-Name Basis
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Last-Name Basis: Through most of the film. Ripley and Hicks eventually progress to First-Name Basis near the end, just before Ripley assaults the Alien hive to rescue Newt.
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Bash Brothers
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Bash Brothers: Drake and Vasquez, the two M56 Smart Gun users.
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Not Quite Dead
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Not Quite Dead: The xenomorph queen, who did not die in the nuclear detonation but found its way onto the dropship, leading into the Take a Moment to Catch Your Death scene.
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Hate Sink
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Hate Sink: Carter Burke, a man so bad that the actor's own mother said she was glad he died.
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Percussive Maintenance
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Percussive Maintenance: Drake's camera bash.
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Mildly Military
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Mildly Military: James Cameron has admitted that the Colonial Marines came off as a lot less disciplined than actual Marines; rather, they were more a reflection of Vietnam-era Army conscripts. Some specific examples: The Marines embark on a mission that may likely involve contact with unidentified, hostile forces, commanded by an unsupervised, inexperienced officer. Instead of leaving someone onboard the Sulaco who could pilot the backup Drop Ship down to rescue them if needed, they take everyone along on the mission. After locating the colonists, the entire force goes out to recon an unexplored area. Vasquez and Drake disobey direct orders from their commanding officer (Lieutenant Gorman) and 2nd in command (Sergeant Apone) and re-arm their smart guns. During their first encounter with the xenomorphs, the Marines panic like a bunch of schoolchildren. After it's become clear that something is seriously wrong at the colony and that hostile xenomorphs may be responsible, Spunkmeyer exits the drop ship, leaving the door wide open for any xenomorph that might want to get inside. Naturally, one does. It kills both Spunkmeyer and Ferro, thus crashing the drop ship and marooning the rest of the team on the planet. Their uniforms and some of their weapons are decidedly non-uniform, with personal touches and decorations no actual military would allow. Though this was enforced by Cameron, to give subtle hints to each Marine's character.
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Elevator Escape
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Elevator Escape: Happens twice. When Ripley and Hicks are trying to escape, they make it to an elevator. Hicks repeatedly pushes the button, and the door starts to close... too late to stop a xenomorph from nearly getting to the heroes (and dousing Hicks with acid). Towards the end when the Queen alien is pursuing them — Ripley barely gets into the service elevator in time, driving the Queen back with her flamethrower just as it's running out of fuel. The Queen is snarling in fury when a second elevator arrives, summoned by Ripley's frantic button pushing.
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Thunderbolts and Lightning
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Thunderbolts and Lightning: Lightning zaps and arcs erratically around and inside the Atmosphere Processor as it rages out of control.
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Stealthy Colossus
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Stealthy Colossus: The enormous Queen deserves some credit for sneaking in a not too big dropship and remaining undetected for the entire flight back to the Sulaco. However this is because she's hiding in the bay used for retracting the undercarriage.
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Traitor Shot
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Traitor Shot: Bishop gets one that looks like this when he talks with Spunkmeyer about the facehugger specimens kept in the medical wing. He later proves to be a capable support character who rescues Ripley and Newt at a pivotal moment.
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Big Damn Heroes
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Big Damn Heroes: The moment when Ripley drives the Armored Personnel Carrier through the wall of the xenomorph hive to save the remaining Marines trying to escape is the biggest example of this in the main series. It happens again at the end of the film, when Ripley and Newt are stranded on the atmosphere processor, out of ammo to protect themselves and out of time before the processor explodes, not to mention the fact that they have a furious xenomorph Queen chasing after them. Just when all hope seems lost, Bishop suddenly appears with the second drop-ship and rescues them with only moments to spare.
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You Are in Command Now
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You Are in Command Now / Still the Leader: Corporal Hicks becomes able to authorize a nuclear attack thanks to alien-caused attrition in the higher ranks, though the company lieutenant was only wounded, not killed, in an incident precipitated by his own ineptitude. When he's up and around again, Lt. Gorman seems to acknowledge his failure of command, allowing Hicks to continue calling the shots. Gorman does get one last opportunity to let his higher rank shine; during their desperate escape attempt in the vents, Vasquez gets injured, and Gorman - who even before this was finally starting to show some competence - firmly orders Hicks on while he goes back to help Vasquez. Hicks obeys without hesitation. This also applies to Ripley, thanks to Hicks' low-key command style. The marines defer to Ripley because of her greater experience with the aliens and her more forceful personality compared to the inept Lt. Gorman. Hicks plays along because her orders make sense, quietly providing his own expertise and authority when needed. It's likely not a coincidence that Ripley's (civilian) rank was raised from Warrant Officer to Lieutenant First Class for this movie — more than one reviewer assumes that Hicks regards Ripley as his superior officer. Even the failure to resolve their UST plays into this.
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Duct Tape for Everything
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Ripley's duct-taped pulse rifle/Grenade Launcher/flamethrower.
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Dwindling Party
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Dwindling Party: The Marines. Dietrich: Grabbed by an xenomorph from behind. Frost: Set on fire when Dietrich is grabbed, which causes her to trigger her flamethrower, and falls to his death. Crowe: Blown into a wall when the ammunition bag Frost was carrying and set on fire by Dietrich explodes, breaking his neck. Wierzbowski: Killed offscreen by an xenomorph. Apone: Grabbed by a xenomorph during the initial exchange. Drake: Covered in acidic xenomorph blood when Vasquez shoots an alien next to him. Ferro and Spunkmeyer: Killed by a xenomorph on the dropship, it's unclear who was killed first. Hudson: Pulled through the floor by a xenomorph. Vasquez and Gorman: Blow themselves up in the air shafts when trapped by the xenomorphs, cutting off the xenomorphs from the rest of the survivors.
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Wall Crawl
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Wall Crawl: The aliens are shown crawling on a ceiling. This has been adapted in later movies and been made extensive use of in the Alien vs. Predator games, as alien players are able to change to wall-crawling mode and thus traverse any surface, no matter if vertical or even upside down by simply walking towards it.
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Weld the Lock
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Weld the Lock: The team welds the doors leading to Operations shut to keep out the Aliens. They come in through the ceiling instead.
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Unbuilt Trope
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Unbuilt Trope: The film is credited with kick-starting the gritty, grizzled Space Marine trope that's permeated science fiction and popular culture for decades afterwards. It's easy to forget then that the Colonial Marines in Aliens are portrayed as arrogant, trigger-happy jarheads who, despite their overwhelming confidence, had never faced anything even remotely like the xenomorphs, and suffered for it. It's not a display of badassery so much as it is a sci-fi version of 'Nam. Furthermore, the only marine who survived the ordeal was the one who followed the orders of Ellen Ripley, who is not only a civilian but also a woman and the main character, something rare even today in similar genres. The only other survivor is Bishop, who's probably one of the nicest people in the entire series. The final confrontation is between two Mama Bears, Ripley and the alien queen, completely counter to the hyper-masculine narratives permeating the versions that followed. The film also subverted the Punch-Clock Hero trope long before it became commonplace in television and film. When Ripley is court-martialed and drummed out for destroying the Nostromo in the previous film, she simply picks up work at Gateway Station's docks and doesn't make any waves for a fair stretch of time. Even when Burke and Gorman come to recruit her for the mission, she refuses on the grounds that it's not in her job description and the mission sounds uneventful. It takes another bad dream to convince her to go, and even then, she acts largely as a civilian advisor (who doesn't like the soldiers she's traveling with) until two-thirds of the way through the film. While a handful of films released around this time were beginning to embrace the Kid Sidekick and Tagalong Kid tropes (most notably Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom two years earlier), Aliens was actively subverting it via the Newt character. While most kid characters simply existed to be rescued or provide witty comebacks, Newt is the only one of the group who fully understands the danger on LV-426. She listens to commands and follows them, has a wry sense of humor at times, and at one point, Ripley and the others defer to her judgement (in the maintenance ducts after fleeing from the attack on Medical). All this for a kid who's no more than ten years old. This film codified Vasquez Always Dies where the tougher less-feminine warrior is killed off in contrast to a more feminine survivor. But here Ripley isn't exactly there to provide glamorous Fanservice or serve as the love interest; she's only more feminine in the fact that she's a civilian. What's more is that there are two other (significantly less butch) female Marines who also die; Vasquez just happens to have more screen time and development. Not to mention that Vasquez is one of the last characters in the movie to die, and in contrast to the anticlimactic end that the trope frequently implies, she gets a badass last stand alongside Gorman.
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Surprisingly Sudden Death
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Surprisingly Sudden Death: Subverted. The alien queen hides on the dropship and suddenly impales Bishop with her tail. Though the dismemberment doesn't kill him, since he's an android, he's no longer a threat to the stowaway queen.
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Redemption Equals Death
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Redemption Equals Death: Early in the film, Lt. Gorman displays incompetent and indecisive leadership while in command of his marines, to the point where a civilian (Ripley) essentially takes command for a short time. He then spends most of the rest of the movie incapacitated with a head injury. However, near the end of the film he apologizes to Ripley for his incompetence, seems content to leave Hicks in charge (being concussed, he probably wasn't fit to resume command anyway), fights hard against the Xenomorphs and dies a hero's death while trying to save Vasquez after she is wounded in the air ducts.
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Rare Guns
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Rare Guns: The Colonial Marines' standard sidearm is the H&K VP70. In this case the VP70 was chosen due to both its futuristic appearance and its rarity; not only does it look the part, but the odds of the audience recognizing it as a (then) 15-year-old handgun were pretty slim.
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Dumbass Has a Point
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Dumbass Has a Point: Vasquez, about Hudson's belief that the aliens are inside the perimeter. In the extended cut, Hudson is the one who first theorizes the possible existence of a xenomorph queen. He also, during a freakout, says they won't last 17 hours. Even with their precautions, the xenomorphs breach their defenses in less than that. Had they not figured out that they had limited time to escape before the processor exploded, and thus conceived and executed another plan, it's doubtful anyone would have gotten away.
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Mercy Kill
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Mercy Kill: Ripley comes across a cocooned Burke in the atmosphere processor begging for help. She gives him a grenade, though he whines as he obviously knows what this means for him. Though considering the fate of the other 157 colonists he damned (not including Newt), he got off easy.
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Creepy Child
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Creepy Child: Newt starts as one due to the psychological effects of her traumatic experience. Her eerie delivery of the line, "They mostly come at night. Mostly," is often quoted.note Henn says that her friends tease her about that line to this day.
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Product Placement
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Product Placement: The Power Loaders are apparently manufactured by Caterpillar, but unfortunately they're not a real product. (Though both Caterpillar and the people who saw the movie and then called Caterpillar trying to buy one probably would've liked them to be real.) Ripley is also seen wearing Reeboks.
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Earn Your Happy Ending
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Earn Your Happy Ending: It takes a lot of blood, sweat, and pain, and all but one of the Marines are killed, but Ripley, Hicks, Bishop, and Newt escape the colony (vaporizing the xenomorphs there), kill their Queen, and enjoy a long-overdue and thoroughly deserved good night's hypersleep on the way to Earth. And nothing bad ever happened to them afterwards.
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Empathy Doll Shot
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Empathy Doll Shot: Casey (Newt's disembodied doll head) floating in the water after she's taken by a xenomorph.
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RidiculouslyHumanRobot
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Ridiculously Human Robot: Bishop may be synthetic, but he's not stupid.
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Insult Backfire
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Insult Backfire:
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Last Stand
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Last Stand: Discussed and shown in the tie-in comic Aliens: Newt's Tale. The Hadley's Hope colonists hole up in a wing of the facility to try and make a last stand against the xenomorphs. It ends...badly, with Newt being the only survivor shown.
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Darkest Hour
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Darkest Hour: Ripley and Newt briefly embrace this, believing Bishop has abandoned them. Both are on the brink of a Despair Event Horizon while the atmosphere processor around them is on the verge of total destruction. The raging alien queen is also upon them. They're out of ammo and out of time. All hope is lost, until Bishop arrives in the second drop-ship.
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Comically Missing the Point
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Comically Missing the Point: When Hudson is suggesting that the aliens have a Queen laying their eggs - comparing them to ants - Vasquez keeps correcting him saying "these things ain't ants."
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Captain's Log
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Also in the novelization, the Captain's Log Ripley is dictating at the end of the first movie has been erased. At one point, Ripley accuses Burke of having done it to cover up the Company's involvement.
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Practical Effects
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Practical Effects: The power loader, the Alien Queen (and her giant egg sac), the chestbursters, Bishop's severed torso, all done without the aid of CGI. And it is glorious. It really is. The special effects in this movie stand up with the best CGI of today. It's rather amazing how well it's aged.
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Kill the Lights
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Kill the Lights: When the xenomorphs are preparing to attack, they cut the building's power supply.
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Stupid Future People
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Stupid Future People: Ripley mockingly suggests this to explain why no one is listening to her story about the alien after she woke from a 57 year hypersleep.
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Evil-Detecting Dog
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Evil-Detecting Dog: Cat, actually. In the opening dream sequence, Jonesy senses the Chest Burster inside Ripley and starts to hiss.
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The Neidermeyer / int_7a7a1a86
 Aliens
hasFeature
The Patriarch / int_7a7a1a86
 Aliens
hasFeature
The Peter Principle / int_7a7a1a86
 Aliens
hasFeature
The Rest Shall Pass / int_7a7a1a86
 Aliens
hasFeature
Three Laws-Compliant / int_7a7a1a86
 Aliens
hasFeature
Throw-Away Country / int_7a7a1a86
 Aliens
hasFeature
Token Robot / int_7a7a1a86
 Aliens
hasFeature
Too Cool to Live / int_7a7a1a86
 Aliens
hasFeature
Tracking Device / int_7a7a1a86
 Aliens
hasFeature
Trading Bars for Stripes / int_7a7a1a86
 Aliens
hasFeature
Trail of Bread Crumbs / int_7a7a1a86
 Aliens
hasFeature
Traitor Shot / int_7a7a1a86
 Aliens
hasFeature
Troubled Child / int_7a7a1a86
 Aliens
hasFeature
Two Girls to a Team / int_7a7a1a86
 Aliens
hasFeature
Undercrank / int_7a7a1a86
 Aliens
hasFeature
Understatement / int_7a7a1a86
 Aliens
hasFeature
United Space of America / int_7a7a1a86
 Aliens
hasFeature
Vasquez Always Dies / int_7a7a1a86
 Aliens
hasFeature
[Verb] This! / int_7a7a1a86
 Aliens
hasFeature
Vertical Kidnapping / int_7a7a1a86
 Aliens
hasFeature
Video Phone / int_7a7a1a86
 Aliens
hasFeature
Wall Crawl / int_7a7a1a86
 Aliens
hasFeature
We Just Need to Wait for Rescue / int_7a7a1a86
 Aliens
hasFeature
We Will Wear Armor in the Future / int_7a7a1a86
 Aliens
hasFeature
Welcome to Hell / int_7a7a1a86
 Aliens
hasFeature
Weld the Lock / int_7a7a1a86
 Aliens
hasFeature
What Do You Mean, It's for Kids? / int_7a7a1a86
 Aliens
hasFeature
Who Needs Their Whole Body? / int_7a7a1a86
 Aliens
hasFeature
Workplace-Acquired Abilities / int_7a7a1a86
 Aliens
hasFeature
Wormsign / int_7a7a1a86
 Aliens
hasFeature
Xenomorph Xerox / int_7a7a1a66
 Aliens
hasFeature
You Are a Credit to Your Race / int_7a7a1a86
 Aliens
hasFeature
You Are in Command Now / int_7a7a1a86
 Aliens
hasFeature
You Don't Look Like You / int_7a7a1a86
 Aliens
hasFeature
You Just Ruined the Shot / int_7a7a1a86
 Aliens
hasFeature
Your Head A-Splode / int_7a7a1a86
 Aliens
hasFeature
Your Princess Is in Another Castle! / int_7a7a1a86
 Aliens: Infestation (Video Game)
seeAlso
Aliens
 Live A Live (Video Game)
seeAlso
Aliens
 TheBabylonProject
seeAlso
Aliens
 TheColony
seeAlso
Aliens
 Denpa Teki The Abridged Movie (Web Video)
seeAlso
Aliens