List of Alien characters
This article lists characters and actors in the Alien series of science fiction films. The series spans four films: Alien (1979), Aliens (1986), Alien 3 (1992), and Alien Resurrection (1997). The only recurring actress in all four films is Sigourney Weaver, who portrays the series' central character Ellen Ripley.
The film series was subsequently crossed-over with the Predator films with the releases of Alien vs. Predator (2004) and its sequel Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007). Together the two Alien vs. Predator films serve as prequels to the Alien series. The only actor from the Alien films to appear in one of the prequels was Lance Henriksen, who had played the android Bishop in Aliens and a man claiming to be the android's creator in Alien 3. Henriksen returned for Alien vs. Predator, in which he played Charles Bishop Weyland.
Ash (Ian Holm) is the Nostromo's inscrutable science officer. He administers medical treatment, conducts biological research and is responsible for investigating any alien life forms the crew may encounter. It is at Ash's insistence that the crew investigates the mysterious signal emanating from LV-426. Ripley becomes suspicious of him when he breaks quarantine protocol by allowing Kane, Dallas, and Lambert to re-enter the Nostromo while the Alien facehugger is attached to Kane. Captain Dallas later informs Ripley that Ash had abruptly replaced the ship's previous science officer, whom Dallas had done five previous missions with, just as the Nostromo left Thedus for its return journey to Earth. Over Ripley's objections, Dallas entrusts Ash with all science-related decisions.
After the Alien has killed Kane, Brett and Dallas, Ripley discovers through the ship's computer, "MOTHER", that Ash has been given special orders by the Weyland-Yutani Corporation to ensure the return of the Alien to the company's laboratories, even at the expense of the crew. When confronted by Ripley, Ash attacks her. He is hit in the head by Parker, and the force almost completely severs his head. It is at this point that Ash is revealed to be an android. After suggesting that the crew will not survive the Alien's attacks and giving them his sympathies, Ash is destroyed by Parker using a flamethrower.
Brett (Harry Dean Stanton) is an engineering technician on board the Nostromo and a good friend of his engineering chief, Parker. As a 'regular working Joe', he persistently angles for the increased pay and bonus awards he feels are due. He is the first to encounter the fully grown Alien while searching for Jones the cat and the second victim after it injects its inner jaw into his head. He is then dragged into an air duct. In a deleted scene - restored in the 2003 Director's Cut - Ripley and Parker barely see him get carried into the air duct before he is dragged away. His death left Parker clearly distressed. Also in the 2003 Director's Cut, Ripley enters a storage room which the Alien has transformed into its lair. There she finds Dallas and Brett, the first 2 victims of the Alien aboard the Nostromo (and whose bodies had not been found). Dallas begs Ripley to kill him, as he is mutating into an Alien egg. Brett, at a later stage of this metamorphosis, has been almost completely transformed into an Alien egg.
Dallas (Tom Skerritt) is the laid-back captain of the Nostromo; he has sole access to Mother, the on-board computer. Despite his nonchalant and casual-seeming attitude, his leadership and decision-making skills become increasingly evident. He was attacked by the Alien in the air duct tunnels trying to blow the alien out of the ship into outer space through the airlock. In the 2003 Director's Cut, he is later found by Ripley in the Alien's lair, begging to be killed and she complies. Both these scenes give hints that there may have been a closer relationship between them than crew colleagues - an angle further suggested in the Alan Dean Foster novelization (in the book, Ripley asks Lambert if she's ever slept with Ash, hinting at a fair degree of promiscuity among the crew members).
Kane (John Hurt) is the Executive Officer aboard the Nostromo. During the investigation of the derelict space ship, he incautiously moves to get a closer look at one of the unusual 'pod' forms encountered, and from this, an unknown life-form (later known as an Ovomorph, or face-hugger) attaches itself to his face and (unknown to him and to the crew) impregnates him with an alien creature. Kane remains unconscious while the creature is attached. He regains consciousness after the attached creature dies and falls off. However, the Alien unexpectedly bursts through his chest and kills him during the crew's dinner.
Lambert (Veronica Cartwright), the only other female on the ship besides Ripley, is the navigator of the Nostromo. Disinclined to taking risks beyond the confines of her console, she resents being chosen as one of the team to explore the derelict, and later angry with Ripley for her decision to leave Kane, Dallas and herself outside of the ship when the facehugger was attached to Kane. She expressed a wish to leave the ship when crew members started getting killed off by the Alien. It is during the preparation to leave the Nostromo that, frozen in horror, she witnesses Parker's death, and is killed herself by the Alien creature.
Parker (Yaphet Kotto) is the chief engineer aboard the ship, with Brett as his assistant. Assertive and acerbic, he is a dauntless complainer and, abetted by his sidekick Brett, demands more money for investigating the alien transmission. Occasionally at odds with Ripley, his respect for her resourcefulness and plans to combat the growing crisis prevails. Devastated by the deaths of Brett and Dallas, he puts all his skills, energies and determination to the task. He and Lambert save Ripley from Ash, and he personally incinerates the nearly decapitated Ash after interrogation. He dies when he is unable to attack the Alien with his flamethrower due to Lambert being in the way. He tries to physically assault the Alien but is almost instantly overpowered. The Alien then impales his head, killing him instantly.
Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) is the primary protagonist of the Alien franchise, serving as warrant officer aboard the Nostromo. She responds to the growing disasters with characteristic resourcefulness and courage. Her strong distrust of her crewmate Ash after he disobeys her order not to let the infected Kane back on the ship is vindicated when it is revealed that the survival of the crew is not his priority. Ripley (along with Jones the cat, whom she rescued) is the only survivor of the crew's encounter with the Alien creature.
Jonesy is the Nostromo's ships cat. It survived the Nostromo incident with Ellen Ripley.
- The Alien
The extraterrestrial species (referred to as "Alien" or the official name of the Alien, "Xenomorph") is the primary antagonist of the entire franchise. The one from Alien (played by Bolaji Badejo) is incubated inside Kane and after being born starts to stalk and prey on the crewmembers of the Nostromo.
- Sergeant Apone
Sergeant Apone (Al Matthews) was the squad leader of the team that went to investigate LV-426. Apone was far more liked and respected than his C.O, Lieutenant Gorman. During the first incursion into the atmospheric processor, he enforced Gorman's orders not to use pulse rifle and smartgun ammunition. Shortly after finding a still-alive cocooned colonist whose chest bursts to reveal an alien, Apone grabbed a flamethrower from Frost to incinerate it. Aliens ambushed the marines shortly after, and in the confusion while trying to communicate with his squad, he is grabbed by an alien. Apone's importance to the squad is shown in this scene, as the squad loses unit cohesion shortly after his capture, and Gorman freezes up. Hudson later points out that the readouts on the APC show he was not killed in the attack; thus, he was presumably impregnated by an alien and either died when the atmosphere processor exploded or from an alien fully gestating in his body.
Bishop (Lance Henriksen) was the android executive officer assigned to the Sulaco and was primarily responsible for planetary maneuvering. Unlike Ash, it is known from the beginning that he is an android (contrary to Ash) and he was also loyal to his seniors, colleagues and especially Ripley. Although Bishop tried to be friendly to Ripley, she initially was afraid of him, still paranoid about the events with Ash.
The Marines from the Sulaco — along with Ripley, Bishop, and company executive Burke (Paul Reiser) — set down on LV-426 and discover that Aliens have killed almost all of the colonists. The Aliens then kill Burke and most of the Marine contingent. Bishop does not engage in combat, however, instead acting as a medic and tending to other support functions. Bishop saves Ripley, Newt (Carrie Henn), and Corporal Hicks (Michael Biehn) by piloting their dropship out of the exploding atmosphere processing station. However, upon landing on the Sulaco, Bishop is ripped in half by the Alien queen that had attached itself to the dropship. When Ripley opens the airlock to expel the Alien queen into space, Bishop saves himself and Newt. Afterward, he is placed in hypersleep with Ripley, Newt, and Hicks.
Bishop is, although an android, more emotional than Ash, and also more sociable than Ash. He is friendly and interactive with the crew, and he is known for playing a Five Finger Pillet with the rest of the crew. In the film, he plays it using his own hand and Hudson's hand as well. Since he is an android, his hand moves a lot faster than that of a human being, and his accuracy is also more profane than the those of a human being (he can play the game 5 times faster than the average human and will never hit a single finger).
- Carter J. Burke
Carter Burke (Paul Reiser) is the main antagonist of the film and a corporate executive who befriended Ripley (at first) at the Gateway Station following her return from hypersleep (his business card identifies him as Special Projects Director of the Weyland Yutani (Space) Corp's Special Services Division). After revealing that Ripley had been frozen for 57 years, (and, in the special edition, that her daughter had since deceased) he comforts a heartbroken Ripley and wins her trust. When contact is lost with the colony on LV-426, Burke persuades a reluctant Ripley to join the military expedition as an advisor, in return for him helping her regain her flight license. She finally agrees when he assures her that the mission is to destroy, not study, the aliens. He accompanies the squad aboard Sulaco, presumably to safeguard the company's investment in the terraforming colony.
Once on the colony, Ripley discovers Burke's ulterior motives. She learns from Bishop that Burke had ordered him to preserve all alien specimens for transportation to company labs, and she also discovers that it was Burke who deliberately sent the colonists to investigate the derelict spacecraft where the Nostromo crew had first encountered the alien, having been told about it by Ripley. Furthermore, when Ripley suggests they take off and nuke the site from orbit, Burke reasons, against Ripley and Vasquez, that the Aliens are an important species and they do not have the right to exterminate them or to destroy the multi-million dollar facility.
Ripley confronts Burke, and realizes that his intention all along had been to make himself rich by exploiting the alien's potential for research and bio-weapons. Following this, he specifically targets Ripley by planning to infect her and Newt with alien embryos to smuggle the aliens past quarantine and then sabotage the Marines' cryo-chambers. He locks Ripley and Newt in a room with two facehuggers and then turns off the room's security camera, although Ripley manages to alert the Marines and they are rescued.
The Marines plan to kill Burke but are interrupted by Ripley, saying, "No!! He's got to back!" When suddenly the power is cut by the aliens. Whereupon Hudson exclaims, "What do you mean they cut the power? How can they cut the power?!.. They're animals?!" The aliens approaching the medlabs and are able to pass all the barricades due to a design flaw in the ceiling where it has a suspended tile ceiling and the aliens are crawling in the empty space above the tiles. After a quick peek when Ripley suddenly realizes the ceiling is how they are getting in. The marines open fire and aliens stop all efforts of stealth and drop down thru the tiles and start to attack. Burke yells at Gorman, (Who was keeping an eye on Burke as per order by Ripley) to "Do something!" Gorman starts firing at the attacking aliens with his sidearm, giving Burke the distraction he needs to escape. Burke then slips away from the battle, goes into medlab locking the door behind him and cutting off the pursuing marines. The marines start to cut thru the door with a portable torch so Burke goes to the other door on the opposite side of the medlab, when the door opens an alien then attacks him and he is not seen again. In a deleted scene which was also excluded from the Director's Cut, whilst searching for Newt in the alien nest, Ripley finds a cocooned and impregnated Burke, who begs her to help him. Ripley hands him a grenade as she walks past.
- Private Crowe
Private Crowe (Tip Tipping) is one of the first marines killed when the platoon is attacked in the alien hive. He dies when the ammo Frost was carrying explodes and he was hurled into a wall, breaking his neck. He was barely seen in the entire movie and he was given only one line of dialog.
- Corporal Dietrich
Corporal Dietrich (Cynthia Dale Scott) was the corpsman who gave Newt an examination after they found her. Dietrich later became the first victim of the Aliens when her Marine squad entered the hive (atmosphere processing station). When grappled by an alien, she accidentally used her flamethrower in panic, killing Frost and igniting the bag of ammunition he was wearing. It is presumed that she became cocooned by the Aliens to be impregnated by a facehugger and killed by the atmosphere processing station's explosion or possibly from an alien fully gestating in her body.
- Private Drake
Private Drake (Mark Rolston) was the smartgunning partner of Vasquez. The two marines shared a special bond. While covering the marines' evacuation to the APC, he was killed during the first encounter with the aliens, when Vasquez shot an Alien beside him, and he was covered in its acidic blood.
- Corporal Ferro
Corporal Ferro (Colette Hiller) was the dropship pilot, staying with the craft during the alien ambush. When Corporal Hicks ordered an evacuation from the planet, Ferro was ambushed and killed in midair. The alien that had sneaked onto the dropship had already killed Spunkmeyer. Her death is not shown but blood is visible on the windshield of the dropship just before it hits the ground. The Director's Cut of Aliens shows a brief shot of the dropship's cockpit from outside, with Ferro's blood being spattered across the glass.
- Private Frost
Private Frost (Ricco Ross) was a trooper in the Sulaco unit that investigated LV-426, and acted throughout the movie as a jokester. Frost was the driver of the unit's APC. He seemed to have a good friendship with some of the marines including Hicks and Hudson. During their investigation of the Alien hive, Frost was given the task of carrying the platoon's ammunition when they entered the hive under the nuclear reactor. He was killed when Corporal Dietrich accidentally triggered her flamethrower and he fell over a rail. He was armed with a Flamethrower, which he relinquished to Sgt. Apone just before his death.
- Lieutenant Gorman
Lieutenant Gorman (William Hope) led the ill-fated mission to LV-426 until the first encounter with the aliens. As he was recruited by Burke (likely as an unwilling pawn, as Burke's secret agenda is to retrieve an alien sample) the marines do not take kindly to Gorman (Hicks complains that their lieutenant is too good to eat with his men). He was inexperienced, having gone through 38 simulated drops, but only one previous combat drop. He is also slow to understand situations and often needs things explained to him. When Ripley points out that he's sending his men into combat under the colony's heat exchanger, he needs Burke to explain to him in simple language what happens if the cooling system of a fusion reactor is damaged. Gorman provided command and support to the marines when they first secured the abandoned colony, and when they explored the atmospheric processor. When the aliens sprung their ambush, there was confusion and disarray among the marines who were no longer responding to Gorman's orders, causing him to lose his cool. In Ripley's subsequent rescue attempt, Gorman was knocked unconscious by falling objects. Vasquez blames Gorman for Drake's death and tries to strike him, being held back by Cpl. Hicks.
Gorman later regains consciousness, having deferred to Cpl. Hicks as they planned their defense of the colony. Gorman assisted the marines in killing the face-huggers attacking Ripley and Newt. When the aliens assaulted the operations room, Vasquez was injured during their attempted escape, Gorman volunteered to go back and get her out, but his pistol ran out of ammunition. Realizing that they are trapped by aliens, he assisted her in becoming a martyr by setting off one of his grenades, earning him the gratitude and respect of Vasquez. Her last words to him—"You always were an asshole, Gorman"—were said in a genial, almost affectionate, manner, meaning that Gorman could simply never do anything right even in trying to do something good.
- Corporal Dwayne Hicks
Corporal Dwayne Hicks (Michael Biehn, who took over the role after one week of shooting from James Remar) was one of the Colonial Marines who took charge when the squad's Sergeant Apone was taken alive by the Aliens and commanding officer Lt. Gorman was knocked out. He was later wounded after a burst of acid from an alien encounter began to burn through his armor.
While not comfortable taking over the role as squad leader, his demeanor, unlike the machismo bravado of other squad members showed a thoughtful intelligence. Sincere and impartial, he was open to any suggestions as to how to defeat the Alien invasion. During the holdout after surviving the first alien encounter, it becomes clear that a bond of mutual respect and affection (perhaps something stronger) developed with Ripley (as seen demonstrating to her the operation of the pulse rifle.) He is among the four remaining survivors in Aliens.
Hicks is apparently killed at the beginning of Alien 3, a body having been impaled by a broken support brace during hypersleep.
In the videogame Aliens: Colonial Marines, it is learned that he was in fact kidnapped by mercenaries working for the Weyland-Yutani Corporation. The body in the cryo-pod was not Hicks, but an unnamed victim used to cover-up the kidnapping. Hicks is later rescued by Colonial Marines. Michael Biehn reprised his role of Hicks.
- Private Hudson
Private Hudson (Bill Paxton) was the squad's jokester and computer tech expert. He seemed arrogant and overconfident of his squad's firepower and abilities. However, he soon cracked under large amounts of stress after most of his Marine squad were taken during the Alien attack in the hive. Later on, he was able to pull himself together and regain his composure. Like Vasquez, Private Hudson bravely fought to the end in the colony's operation room where Ripley and the rest of the few remaining Marines made their last stand. At the last minute, he was pulled through a floor grating by an Alien while he was providing cover for Ripley, Newt and the rest of his fellow Marines as they escaped. It was presumed he was taken to the hive to be cocooned and impregnated in the nest which was later destroyed by the nuclear explosion.
The game Aliens: Colonial Marines confirms Hudson's fate when players find his cocooned corpse midway through the game, having died due to being implanted with an alien embryo.
- Rebecca "Newt" Jorden
Rebecca "Newt" Jorden (Carrie Henn) was the only survivor amongst the colonists of LV-426. She had been living in the air ducts within the compound and was discovered by the marines after they picked her up on the motion tracker. Newt bonded rather quickly with the marines and it was her strength of mind, for somebody so young, that helped to bring Hudson back from the brink of despair. She is killed at the beginning of Alien 3 when her spacepod crashes into Fiorina's ocean during hypersleep and she drowns without regaining consciousness.
- Ellen Ripley
- Private Spunkmeyer
Private Spunkmeyer (Daniel Kash) was the dropship chief weapons officer. He stayed with Ferro at the dropship and was either killed by an Alien that sneaked on board or perished in the dropship's crash.
- Van Leuwen
Van Leuwen (Paul Maxwell) was the chairman of the Interstellar Commerce Commission board that reviewed Ripley's case concerning the destruction of the Nostromo in Alien. He dismissed Ripleys's claims of a hostile organism and then decided to have her flight license revoked, as well as putting her through months of psychiatric evaluations.
- Private Vasquez
Private Vasquez (Jenette Goldstein) was a smartgunner on the Sulaco, partnered with Drake. Vasquez survived the hive and helped seal off the complex from the aliens. She fought together with Drake and killed many aliens during the attack. She was injured when acidic blood from an alien that was shot at point blank range landed on her leg disabling her. Gorman and Vasquez together put their hands on a live grenade to avoid being taken by the aliens. Scholar Judith Halberstam, in her book titled Female Masculinity, wrote that the character is a strong example of female masculinity in film. The Aliens: Colonial Marines comic book limited series features her younger sister (Carmen Vasquez), also a Marine.
- Private Wierzbowski
Private Wierzbowski (Trevor Steedman) is barely seen at all in the film. He is injured when the ammunition bag, which had been carried by Frost, detonates and is then attacked and either killed or taken by an Alien off-screen. It's presumed he died shortly after since Hudson did not mention his vital signs when he noticed Apone's and Dietrich's. He was armed with a flamethrower. The novelization by Alan Dean Foster states that Ripley liked Wierzbowski.
Mary is the cocooned colonist whom the Marine squad discovers alive in the hive. She pleads with the Marines to kill her, as Corporal Dietrich tries to comfort her. She subsequently dies when a chestburster erupts from her and her body was torched by Apone.
- Russ Jorden
Russ Jorden (Jay Benedict) is Newt's father, one of the "wildcatters" whom Operating Manager Al Simpson sends beyond the colony to search for a derelict ship (Space Jockey’s spacecraft) on vague orders of Carter Burke back on Earth. Russ Jorden and his wife went inside the Space Jockey’s derelict spacecraft to investigate, and discovered the ancient Alien egg nest, where he was then implanted by a facehugger. He is the second known human to be implanted by a face hugger since Nostromo crewmember Kane's discovery of the Alien egg nest and subsequent facehugger implantation 57 years earlier. He only appears in the Special Edition version of the film.
- Ann Jorden
Ann Jorden (Holly de Jong) is Newt's mother. She accompanied her husband inside the discovered Space Jockey's derelict ship and presumed to have discovered the ancient Alien egg nest inside the ship. She later drags her husband's body (who was implanted by a facehugger) back to the family's tractor to radio for help from the colony. She only appears in the Special Edition version of the film.
- Timmy Jorden
Timmy Jorden (Christopher Henn) is Newt's brother. He keeps his little sister company in the family's tractor as their parents investigate inside the Space Jockey’s ship. Tim is the only person who calls Newt by her real name, Rebecca. He only appears in the Special Edition version of the film.
Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) is the main character of all four Alien movies. The escape pod containing her, Newt, Corporal Hicks and Bishop crash lands on Fiorina 161 after an onboard fire on the Sulaco. She soon finds that she is the only female on the prison colony. Ripley discovers she has an Alien Queen embryo growing inside of her and that Weyland-Yutani will arrive at the colony to retrieve it. At the end of the movie, Ripley commits suicide by jumping into a gigantic furnace in order to prevent the company from getting their hands on the Alien Queen.
Aaron (Ralph Brown) is Superintendent Andrews' assistant and serves as a prison guard. He is not a religious man because he believes that so long as he has a job he does not need faith, although he seems to have a lot of faith in Weyland-Yutani. At his arrival, several prisoners catch a glance at his personal file, discovering his IQ is only 85, which they began using as a nickname for him. Aaron will often respond by telling whoever said it to not do so again, but this is always ignored. Aaron has a very strong trust in Weyland-Yutani, his employer. He usually acts as Andrews' parrot, echoing his opinions without stating any of his own. After Andrews died, Aaron attempts to take charge but the prisoners promptly refuse to allow him to do so. Ripley later tries to convince him several times that they do not care about him or any other employee, and in fact care more about capturing the two Aliens. He and Morse often got into heated arguments, especially after Morse let Golic out, who in turn allowed the alien to escape from the toxic waste dump they had contained it in. When Ripley tells him to send the rescue ship away, he sternly refuses, explaining that he wants to leave and see his wife and children again. Aaron eventually assists Ripley with the bio-scan she performs on herself aboard the crashed EEV and is one of the few people to know she is subject to Alien gestation.
After the scan is performed, Weyland-Yutani immediately sends a message to the prison stating that the rescue ship will arrive in a matter of hours to pick her up. At this point Aaron slowly arrives to a conclusion (that Weyland-Yutani does not care about him or the prisoners and only cares about the alien) that he exemplifies near the end of the film. When the prisoners decide to lure the alien into the lead, Aaron calls them crazy and locks himself into his office. It is apparent that while in his office he continued to think about the recent events and loses most, if not all, of his faith in Weyland-Yutani. When Michael Bishop lands with his team and tries to convince Ripley to leave with him, Aaron strikes Bishop with a large metal rod, nearly ripping his ear off. One of the soldiers accompanying Bishop immediately pushes Aaron out into the open and shoots him several times in the back. Aaron falls from a great height, landing on his back. He takes one last breath before dying with a look of disbelief on his face.
- Harold Andrews
Superintendent Harold Andrews (Brian Glover) is the warden of Fury 161. He often begins his addresses to the prisoners with the line "this is Rumor Control, here are the facts...". Andrews often mocked the prisoners behind their backs, calling them "Dillon's God Squad". He becomes increasingly annoyed with Ripley as she leaves the infirmary, and also takes this frustration out on Clemens, who he has never trusted. When Murphy is killed in the ventilation fan, Andrews further places blame on Ripley, suggesting that Murphy was concentrating more on her than he was on his work. When Golic returns from the scene of Boggs' and Rains' death covered in blood, Andrews believes that the "simple bastard" has murdered them. He does not believe Ripley's story concerning the Alien and her past involvement with the creature. He also tells Ripley that there are no weapons of any kind available to fend off her creature. Andrews quarantines Ripley to the infirmary having heard her story once he knows that Weyland-Yutani find her to be a high priority. Andrews attempts to organize a search party for Boggs and Rains in the mess hall when Ripley bursts in screaming after Clemens' death in the infirmary. Andrews becomes increasingly frustrated with her and orders Aaron to escort her back to the infirmary as not to cause a panic. The Alien then reaches down from an overhead air duct and pulls Andrews into the ceiling. A shower of blood rains down from the air duct, and the prisoners run amok in a panic.
- Jonathan Clemens
Jonathan Clemens (Charles Dance) was the medical doctor of Fury 161. When Ripley crashes into the oil sea, he nurses her back to health and begins showing her around. He even starts a personal relationship with her, much to the annoyance of Andrews. Clemens performs the autopsy on Newt as Ripley requested. He asks what they are looking for in the body of a girl who had obviously drowned, and Ripley tells him that they are investigating a possible case of cholera. Clemens firmly responds by stating that there has not been a case of cholera reported for 200 years. He knows that Ripley is hiding something from him, and to show that he would not lie to her, he explains why he has a bar code on the back of his head. When Clemens was on a residency, he got drunk after a long shift. The same night, there was a boiler explosion, causing forty injuries. Clemens was called back and, by prescribing the wrong pain killer dosage, was responsible for the deaths of 11 men. He was sentenced to Fiorina 161 and served his time, but chose to stay behind with the other inmates after they refused to leave. When Clemens ends his story, Ripley again lies about what has been going on around the prison. As Clemens injects her with a serum, the Alien lowers itself down behind him and lashes out through the curtains. After a very brief struggle, the Alien releases its inner jaw into Clemens' skull. Ripley and the mentally unstable Golic, strapped down in a bed, are the only witnesses.
Dillon (Charles S. Dutton) is the religious preacher of Fury 161 and acts as cleric to the prisoners. He not only leads them in prayer but stirs them to action in rousing speeches. He has a history as a murderer and rapist of women, but like the remaining prisoners, he has somehow managed to find God while incarcerated. He tries to keep the peace amongst the inmate population, attempting to appease Boggs and Rains' misgivings over Golic, and violently beating the men who plot to corner and rape Ripley.
Dillon is one of few prisoners who Ripley speaks to shortly after her arrival, and he asks her if she has any faith, and that his men have faith enough to accept and tolerate anyone. He delivers an eloquent eulogy during the funeral for Newt and Hicks, which touches Ripley. He later reprimands Boggs and Rains for their highly negative opinion of Golic, which they display openly. When prisoners try to rape Ripley, Dillon intervenes and beats them severely with a crowbar. After the Alien kills Andrews, Dillon leads everyone in a prayer, declaring that the apocalypse has come. After the attempt to trap the Alien in the toxic waste dump, he leads the survivors in a sermon that acts as an ode to the prisoners who died to ensure their victory.
After Golic escapes and frees the Alien from confinement, Dillon displays passionate anger towards Aaron and Morse, who are despairing. He tells Morse to get all the remaining prisoners together so they can formulate a new plan. Dillon and Aaron are then informed by Ripley about the Alien embryo within her. Dillon is disgusted with her after she asks him to kill her and the alien inside her, and refuses to grant her request. He promises to take care of her in a "quick, easy and painless" fashion once the Alien that is slaughtering the inmates is destroyed. Ripley explains to him that the Alien, if allowed to escape, will destroy all humanity. Dillon responds apathetically, stating that the prisoners have (or had) their own separate world on Fury 161. Shortly afterwards, Dillon gathers the prisoners together to bait the Alien into the leadworks foundry and kill it with molten lead. The strategy to draw the Alien into the mould quickly falls apart, and he is forced to improvise as the Alien attacks sporadically in the maze-like hallways and corridors. After the piston is activated, he entices the beast to attack him, in order to keep it in the lead mould. When Ripley reminds him of their pact and begs him to kill her, he only replies "God will take care of you now." He is eventually killed fighting the Alien in the lead mold, hoping to stall it long enough for Ripley to pour the lead, which she does, moments after he is torn to pieces.
Golic (Paul McGann) was found guilty of 32 accounts of murder and dismemberment and 13 accounts of arson. It is implied that Golic went mad after he recalls that, as a young man, "girls liked me... for a while." He is something of an outcast in the prison, although he considers Morse a friend. Others dislike him, believing him to be a crazy and unpredictable. He goes out on trips to forage supplies from abandoned areas of the prison with Boggs and Rains, who find him intolerable. The only survivor of the alien's ambush in the tunnel, where Boggs and Rains were "slaughtered like pigs!" Golic is found in the cafeteria eating cereal, his face covered in blood, acting as if nothing happened. Assuming he turned on his fellow inmates, he is promptly strapped down to a bed in the infirmary, under close supervision by Clemens and Ripley. After his isolation, Andrews talks of Golic's unspeakable crimes, brutal even when compared to the crimes of the other men. In the medical ward, Golic speaks to Ripley about how he used to be a normal person. He utters an almost-mute "magnificent" after seeing the alien butcher Clemens.
In the theatrical version, after the alien kills Clemens and deems Ripley unfit to kill (as she was carrying a queen embryo at the time), Golic is no longer seen in the film and it is unknown whether he meets his demise at the hands of the Alien or not.
In the extended cut of the film, Golic persuades Morse to unstrap him in the infirmiry after hearing that the Alien has been trapped. He then knocks Morse out with a fire extinguisher and goes to the waste tank containing the creature. Prisoner Arthur has been left guarding the door, and Golic asks to see the beast, but is refused entry. Golic then brandishes a razor and cuts his throat, opens the door and is killed himself by the creature. Golic seems to think the alien is a holy creature, and frequently talks to it via what seems to be telepathy. It is unknown if the Alien was actually communicating with him or if he was imagining this because of his lunacy.
Morse (Danny Webb) is loud, argumentative, cynical, and Golic's only friend. He can be physically distinguished by his short stature and many gold teeth. At first, he blames Ripley for bringing the Alien to the planet. After Andrews's death he and Aaron often clash in heated arguments. Golic, who has been restrained in the infirmiry since the death of Boggs and Rains, convinces Morse to let him loose. Golic then subdues Morse out and goes in search of the creature. Approaching the waste tank, he cuts Arthur's throat and opens the door, only to be killed himself. After Dillon's death, Morse helps Ripley get to the top of furnace so that she may throw herself into it, killing herself and the queen. While helping her, he is shot in the leg by a Weyland-Yutani soldier. He is the only resident of Fury 161 to survive. At the end of the film he is seen being led away by Weyland-Yutani personnel, and smiles as he realizes his success. He is vocal about his initial skepticism of trying to survive the encounter with the Alien, stating that although it killed many of his friends he wants to wait for Weyland-Yutani firepower to show up- in the end, however, he agrees to Ripley's course of action. According to the novelization of Alien Resurrection, it is likely he wrote about his experiences, invoking the android Call to take action.
Edward Boggs (Leon Herbert) is a large inmate who is assigned to accompany Rains and Golic on a routine foraging mission through the tunnels of the prison complex on Fiorina 161. He and Rains are both very vocal about not minding the dark tunnels, but they do firmly state that they feel uncomfortable around Golic, stating that he is crazy and smells bad. Dillon is the one to remind them that he is now one of the brothers as well. Boggs and Rains have no choice but to go with Golic. As the three are measuring the size of a large compartment, the candles they have lit to see in the dark start blowing out. A perplexed Rains goes back to light them again, but he does not come back. Boggs and Golic venture out to see what is happening after hearing his screams, though they arrive too late. The two of them find the bloody body and Boggs is subsequently lifted to the ceiling and bitten in the cranium by the Alien. His blood sprays all over Golic's face, who screams in terror and runs down the hallways.
Rains (Christopher John Fields) is one of the first inmates to see Clemens bring Ripley back inside from the beach where he discovers her. He vocalizes his distaste for Golic with Boggs when they are assigned to go on a routine foraging expedition in the tunnels, but is reprimanded by Dillon for his attitude. As the three of them measure the size of a pitch black compartment, they realize their candles are being blown out. Rains takes a torch and investigates, believing that someone is fooling around. He paces down the tunnel and is alerted when some barrel containers are knocked over, with fleeting shadows being cast on the wall. While searching a small alcove, he hears something dripping next to his feet and looks down to see the alien, which prolongs his agonising demise. Boggs and Golic hear the commotion, but upon seeing what is happening, abandon their foraging mission and run down huge sewer tunnels for several minutes before arriving where they started, finding Rains' mutilated corpse sitting against a wall.
David (Pete Postlethwaite) is an older, more educated inmate who knew about the hazardous materials stored in the facility's toxic waste dump. He also explains to Ripley why they call Aaron "85." He was killed by the Alien during the "bait and chase" plan to trap it in the furnace. While he was looking through the small window of a door he had managed to close between him and the creature, he thought he was safe. Unbeknown to David, the Alien found another way into the corridor and sneaked up behind him.
Kevin (Phil Davis) is a jittery and nervous inmate, almost violently so. He first appears as the inmate who assists Clemens with the autopsy of Newt that Ripley requests early in the film (in the theatrical cut). He alerts Clemens to the odd searches Ripley is performing on the body. He later argues with David about the alien and its capabilities shortly after they witness it killing Andrews. Later on, Kevin is one of the prisoners acting as bait to lead the Alien into the lead mold. After he closes a door, cutting himself off from the creature in the corridors, he warns everyone that the alien is very "pissed off." When the Alien eventually catches him, it pulls him onto the ceiling where Dillon eventually finds him and pulls him down. Dillon and Ripley drag him towards the furnace, but Kevin soon bleeds to death on the floor of the piston chamber. After he dies, Ripley suggests they leave the body, but the Alien quickly returns, takes the body, and causes the piston to start too early.
Ted "Junior" Gillas (Holt McCallany) is a younger and more silent prisoner, sentenced for aggressive sexual crimes. He is easily recognizable via the teardrop tattoo he has below his right eye and the welding goggles he often wears. He led a group of prisoners who attempted to rape Ripley and in turn was assaulted by Dillon for doing so. He later sacrifices himself during the quinitricetyline accident to allow Ripley and the remaining prisoners escape. He succeeds in helping them in their plan, which was to trap the alien in the toxic waste dump. After briefly looking at Ripley, who is trying to distract the alien so he can escape, Junior decides to sacrifice himself and reach redemption for his rape attempt. He runs inside the waste dump, the alien follows, and the door is closed behind them. He is heard screaming shortly afterwards.
Gregor (Peter Guinness) was one of the prisoners who assisted Junior in the attempted rape of Ripley at the junkyard. When Dillon makes it to the scene and attacks Junior, it is evident that Gregor was severely beaten as well. The Assembly Cut shows him to be badly burned in the fire and thus explains the white bandaging he wears for the second half of the film. After the failed attempt to trap the alien in the toxic waste dump, Gregor joins the rest of the inmates and uses himself as bait to lure the Alien into the lead mold. As he runs down a hall away from the Alien, he has a head on collision with Morse and the two fall to the floor. They both stand up and, assuming that the other prisoner is the alien, attempt to attack each other before recognizing each other. Finding some humor in this situation, the two of them share a lighthearted moment, laughing and fooling around. As the two giggle at their predicament, the creature charges up from behind Morse and slays Gregor.
In the assembly cut, Gregor's character is expanded upon and he is shown to be agnostic.
Frank (Carl Chase) has served many years in his life sentence and is a good friend of Murphy. It is hinted that he was sentenced to Fiorina for killing women, as he states that the only way to have a good relationship is to treat women abusively. He is killed by the alien when it grabs him. As a result, he drops a paintbrush full of quinitricetyline, which in turn causes a massive explosion that kills several.
Jude (Vincenzo Nicoli) appears to be of central European descent, possibly Slovak. He was sentenced to life imprisonment for murder in the first degree without a weapon. When the prisoners band together to trap the Alien in lead, Jude carries a pair of scissors to use as a weapon against the beast. In one of the film's only scenes of comic relief, he is reprimanded by Morse for carrying them the wrong way. As more and more inmates are killed off, Jude eventually is chased towards the end of a corridor where Dillon is waiting for him. Dillon calls for Jude to run faster, but the Alien catches up quickly. Jude does reach Dillon, but is pulled back into the corridor before the door can finish closing and is gored by the Alien while screaming for help.
Eric (Niall Buggy) is the jittery inmate who serves as the cook on Fiorina. He is killed by the Alien during the plan to trap it in the furnace. He uses a meat cleaver as a weapon against the monster, and his body is found by Ripley.
Troy (Paul Brennen) is a prisoner who serves as a technician and handyman with Fiorina's equipment. He was addicted to tobacco and was almost always seen chewing it. Troy was a quieter prisoner and when he did speak he was almost always complaining. During the attempt to trap the alien, he and Arthur sifted through batteries to find some that worked and he loudly complained about how few were in working condition. In the film's bait and chase climax, he was grabbed by the alien and "stuck" to the ceiling while trying to assist the other prisoners.
Arthur (Deobia Oparei) is a large Jamaican inmate. He is present when Andrews gives his second 'Rumor Control' speech in the mess hall, where he sees the alien for the first time. Arthur is seen again later when the group are trying to decide who is in charge now that Andrews is dead. While the prisoners prepare to capture the Alien, Arthur and Troy are seen checking flashlight batteries. After the explosion, Arthur is in a search party for surviving prisoners, though they find none. He is then put on watch duty to guard the door of the waste tank. In the infirmary, Morse releases Golic from his strait jacket after he begs to be let out. While Arthur is on duty, Golic approaches the waste tank. Arthur does his best to reason with the insanely babbling prisoner, but is caught by surprise when Golic swiftly slits his throat with a razorblade. Looking at Golic in stunned disbelief, Arthur bleeds to death on the floor while Golic screams a panicked, maniacal apology.
Thomas Murphy (Christopher Fairbank) is a prisoner who is younger than most of the prisoners on Fiorina. He spent most of his early life on the run from the law. A conversation between Frank and Murphy in the assembly cut implies that he has been sentenced to prison for sexual deviance and probably abuse as well. He appears to have a shorter prison sentence than most and often volunteers to help in efforts (like finding survivors from the EEV) in attempts to shave a few months off of his sentence. He is the first person killed by the Alien. He is first introduced in the theatrical cut searching the EEV for survivors with his dog, and later mourns over it after the alien emerges from it (though he thinks a human did it). Later, he is seen cleaning the giant air ducts of the prison. He steps on the aliens shed skin and is clearly disgusted by his find. He hears noises coming from a hole in the wall, and goes to investigate, believing it to be his dog, Spike. He soon realizes it is not his pet pooch but a juvenile Alien. Before he can pull his head out of the hole, the alien spits acid into his face. He stammers backwards in agony and accidentally tumbles into a large spinning fan, killing him instantaneously. In the theatrical cut, Murphy's dog Spike is the victim of the facehugger, resulting in an Alien with more mammalian features. However, in the assembly cut of Alien³, the dog was not the creature attacked and impregnated.
William (Clive Mantle) is a large but panicky inmate. He is revealed in the Assembly Cut to be agnostic. William was a member of the group of prisoners who tried to rape Ripley. He was later seen agonizing over who would direct the prisoners after Andrews' death. He and Gregor are later paired together during the attempt to drown the alien in hot lead. He was killed in an offscreen death.
Vincent (Jerry Sayer) is one of the inmates who uses himself as bait to try to trap the Alien in the lead works. At one point, David rounds a corner and finds a corpse on the floor, calling out "I think I've found Vincent!" He is the first inmate to be killed during the plan to lure the creature into the leadworks. The role is not listed in the film's credits, as Vincent is primarily an extra who is killed in the bait and chase sequence.
- Bishop (android)
In the opening scene of Alien 3, a fire aboard the Sulaco causes the four survivors from Aliens to be launched in an Emergency Escape Vehicle (EEV) while still in hypersleep. Ripley is the only survivor when the EEV crashes on Fiorina "Fury" 161, the site of a penal colony. The prisoners indicate that Bishop was smashed beyond repair, but Ripley partially repairs his speech and memory functions. He reveals the events that followed the conclusion of Aliens, including that an Alien facehugger was aboard the Sulaco and that a fire was the cause of the passengers' ejection. He then asks Ripley to disconnect him permanently, saying, "I can be reworked, but I'll never be top of the line again. I'd rather be nothing." Ripley complies with his request.
However, in the novelization by Alan Dean Foster, Ripley desires to keep him functional, musing "Sorry, Bishop, but you're like an old calculator. Friendly and comfortable. If you can be repaired, I'm going to see that it comes to pass..."
- Michael Bishop II
The "designer" of the android Bishop, Michael (Lance Henriksen) is a scientist in the employ of the Weyland-Yutani corporation. Ripley meets him in the furnace and first assumes that he is a droid sent by the company, the same model as Bishop, but he reveals who he really is. He also tells her that he and his medical team will extract the alien queen inside her and destroy it. Ripley believes that he is a liar and backs away towards the furnace. He lets his cover slip and pleads that it is a magnificent specimen and that he must have it. She willingly sacrifices herself by free falling into the giant lead smelter, much to his despair.
- The Alien
The Alien egg inside the dropship contained a facehugger that impregnated Ripley with the Alien Queen and a dog with a typical embryo. The result is an Alien also referred to as "the Runner"' (played by Tom Woodruff, Jr.), which walks on all fours like its host. In the Assembly Cut, the creature is different from previous appearances: it's bigger and darker, described by the producers as a "super facehugger". This kind of creature is capable of implanting a Queen embryo in a host and a normal alien in another, creating the basis for a new nest.
- Ripley Clone #8
Ripley Clone #8 (Sigourney Weaver) was a human-alien hybrid clone, generated from the DNA of the original Ellen Ripley and the embryotic alien queen recovered from Ellen Ripley's blood samples from Fiorina 'Fury' 161 that had been kept on ice. The integrity of the DNA, however, had been compromised by the freezing process, having caused the separate DNA samples to intercross with each-other. 'Number 8'- as she was simply referred to by the likes of the commanding officer, General Perez, who considered her to be no-more than a "meat by-product," being more interested in the Alien Queen-, was the eighth clone and most successful attempt to separate Ripley's and the Alien Queen's DNA; her seven predecessors were shown as physically twisted amalgamations of the two species, with only Clone #7 being capable of speech and clearly in intense pain just by existing. 'Ripley', due to this 'genetic-crossing' shares similar traits to the aliens, such as an empathic link with the rest of the hive, acidic blood, enhanced strength and reflexes, and 'Genetic Memories', as speculated by Dr. Wren and Dr. Gediman.
Annalee Call (Winona Ryder) is the newest member of the Betty crew, and has a secret mission to destroy Ripley before the Scientists can remove the queen embryo from her. Unbeknownst to everyone, Call is actually a second generation android: a robot designed and built by other robots.
Johner (Ron Perlman) is a somewhat physically imposing, scarred member of the Betty crew. He is a dark-humored joker and has a short temper. He constantly argues with Vriess, who he teases for being handicapped. Frequently seen with a rather toxic liquor of his own concoction, the container of which conceals a pistol. He is one of only four characters to survive and land on Earth.
Vriess (Dominique Pinon) is the chief engineer of the Betty. He is handicapped and uses a wheelchair- precisely what happened to him is unclear, but it is shown that he does not even register Alien blood on his leg-; he is able to hide a shotgun in various pieces upon his chair to avoid its detection. He is one of the few characters to survive the endeavor.
Vincent DiStephano (Raymond Cruz) is a soldier of the United Systems Military. He was one of the soldiers sent to capture the crew of the Betty, but is captured himself and is left in the custody of the mercenaries when the other soldiers abandon ship. He then agrees to help everyone escape the Auriga. He also briefly explains the history of Autons when it is discovered that Call is one of them. He and the group eventually board the Betty and strap themselves in, preparing to return to Earth. The ship's cargo hatch is open, however, and Call goes to fix it but she is confronted by the stowaway newborn. DiStephano soon comes to check on her, sensing danger. He then sees the newborn, which crushes his head with its bare hands.
Christie (Gary Dourdan) is a muscular, dreadlocked mercenary amongst the Betty crew. Christie is first mate and second in command of the Betty, and carries two disposable guns attached to his wrists. He is forced to carry Vriess on his back in a back-harness when they flee underwater. He suffers severe injury when an alien spits acid in his face, and sacrifices himself by detaching himself from Vriess.
Larry Purvis (Leland Orser) was rescued by the team unexpectedly. He was one of the many test subjects who were kidnapped for experimentation and impregnated. Call offers to take him along so they can be freeze him in cryostasis, where they can later remove the embryo. He dies when the group is ambushed by Dr. Wren. While Wren is arguing with the crew, Purvis is convulsing as blood pours out of his mouth. Purvis eventually gets to his feet and staggers over to the scientist, surviving numerous gunshots before relentlessly pounding the villain into some steel steps. Purvis then manages to kill Wren by positioning himself so that his chestburster forces its way through his chest and Wren's skull.
Dr. Mason Wren (J. E. Freeman) is one of the five scientists who worked on resurrecting the alien queen. He exposed Call as a "terrorist" who was searching for information on the aliens and ordered soldiers to kill her and the other mercenaries. This failed and they captured him. He acted as a guide until he betrayed them, shooting Call non-fatally and heading to the Betty, hoping to get there before the others and escape, stranding them with the aliens. He is killed when Purvis attacks him in a violent fit of rage, forcing Wren's head to his chest moments before the chestburster emerges, killing them both.
Sabra Hillard (Kim Flowers) is the assistant pilot of the Betty and is the romantic partner of Elgyn. She is eventually taken by the aliens when they swim below the cooling station.
Frank Elgyn (Michael Wincott) is the raspy-voiced captain of the Betty. Elgyn provides General Perez with kidnapped humans still in cryostasis for a large sum of cash. He was also romantically involved with Hillard. He is killed when an alien baits him with a collection of weapons in a stray corridor, where he is pulled through the floor grating and killed.
Dr. Jonathan Gediman (Brad Dourif) is one of five scientists who perform the operation on the Ripley clone to retrieve the queen embryo. He becomes the first victim of the aliens when he enters the aliens' cage to investigate their disappearance. He is then grabbed by an alien and taken below decks to the Queen's chamber. He is then cocooned by the Aliens. When Ripley is taken to the alien queen, Gediman is overjoyed to witness the queen painfully give birth to the mutant newborn. The newborn shares a bonding moment with its mother before killing her, much to Gediman's horror. It then advances toward Gediman and bites into the top of his skull, spilling his brains. In the book, shortly after his death by the newborn, a chestburster bursts from his body. During his dealings with and on the subject of Ripley, he referred to her as a she, while Wren called her an it.
- General Perez
General Martin Perez (Dan Hedaya) is the commanding military General of the medical research lab where Ripley is being cloned for the alien queen's resurrection. After destroying an escape pod carrying a stowaway alien, he is bitten in the back of the head by yet another creature, exposing his brains, which he proceeds to examine before dying.
- Carlyn Williamson
Dr. Carlyn Williamson (Carolyn Campbell) is a female scientist on the Auriga. She teaches Ripley how to speak early in the film using picture cards and, in the assembly version, accidentally triggers memories in her of Newt. She is with Gediman when the aliens capture him. She is later seen already cocooned and apparently deceased in the hive chamber.
- Page 115, Alan Dean Foster, Alien 3, ISBN 0-7088-5240-8
- Beautiful Monsters: The Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to the Alien and Predator Films (by David A. McIntee, Telos, 272 pages, 2005, ISBN 1-903889-94-4)