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30+ Best Alien Quotes From The Alien Franchise

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The 'Alien' franchise was kicked off by 'Alien' (1979), directed by the visionary director Ridley Scott, that was the first science fiction movie of its kind at the time.

Following the massive success of the first movie, the Alien franchise has had multiple entries to its universe in the form of sequels such as 'Aliens' (1986), 'Alien3' (1992), and 'Alien: Resurrection' (1997). It also had a couple of prequels: 'Prometheus' (2012) and 'Alien: Covenant' (2017).

In the first four movies, the story revolves around the protagonist, Warrant Officer Ellen Louise Ripley played exceptionally by the talented actress Sigourney Weaver. During a time when every action, sci-fi movie protagonist was played by a male actor, the makers of 'Alien' broke the mould by deciding to go with a female lead. The story is set in the future, where a spaceship returning to Earth with rare minerals is called to respond to a distress signal from a nearby moon. The crew decides to investigate the signal, only to find a large abandoned alien spacecraft which contains the remains of a dead alien and several of its eggs. After which, a series of events unfold that involves Ripley and her crew members trying to survive from the clutches of a horrific, predatory alien.

The Aliens in the movies are scientifically named Xenomorphs. Their physical appearance is skeletal yet mechanical, and evolution seems to have driven them to become the ultimate predators. Their bodies can match the surrounding temperature to avoid any detection through body heat. They possess significantly high physical strength and their tails can also be used as a weapon to severely damage their prey. Their body fluid is corrosive in nature, which are able to dissolve even through metal in a short time.

The films, prequels and sequels are several years apart from each other. 'Aliens' (1986) is set 57 years after the events of 'Alien', where Ripley wakes up from hyper-sleep and fights alongside Space Marines against the monstrous creatures. 'Alien3' (1992) follows Ripley's story after she crash-lands into a maximum security prison on a planet named Fiorina 161.

'Alien: Resurrection' (1997) takes place 200 years after Ellen Ripley sacrifices herself to save mankind, she is resurrected using genetic cloning by the military. The more recent prequels of the 'Alien' franchise, 'Prometheus' (2012) and 'Alien: Covenant' (2017) focus on trying to answer the origins of mankind and its fight against the alien species.

The 'Alien' franchise has a huge fan following and has gained massive box office revenue across all of the movies making it one of the greatest franchises ever made. There is bound to be a notable 'Alien' quote from the franchise hidden among any list of the best movie quotes, and if you'd like more such movie quotes, do try our 'Terminator' quotes and '80s movie quotes.

The Best Ellen Ripley Quotes From The Franchise

Aliens creature in the forest

'Alien' movie quotes by Ripley (played by Sigourney Weaver) to show she grows into a powerful character

1. "I say we take off and nuke the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure."

-Ellen Ripley, 'Aliens'.

2. "We’d better get back 'cause it’ll be dark soon and they mostly come at night... mostly."

-Ellen Ripley, 'Aliens'.

3. "You know, Burke, I don’t know which species is worse."

-Ellen Ripley, 'Aliens'.

4. "Final report of the commercial starship Nostromo, third officer reporting. The other members of the crew, Kane, Lambert, Parker, Brett, Ash, and Captain Dallas, are dead. Cargo and ship destroyed."

-Ellen Ripley, 'Alien'.

5. "This is Ripley, last survivor of the Nostromo, signing off."

-Ellen Ripley, 'Alien'.

The Best Private Hudson Quotes From The 1986 Sequel 'Aliens'

These 'Aliens' movie quotes are by Private Hudson, a supporting character in the movie played by Bill Paxton. The character is a soldier from the United States Marines.

6. "That's it man, game over man, game over!"

-Private William Hudson, 'Aliens'.

7. "Ellen Ripley: They cut the power.

Private William Hudson: What do you mean 'THEY cut the power?' How could they cut the power, man? They're animals!"


8. "Private William Hudson: Man, this floor's freezing.

Sergeant Apone: What do you want me to do, fetch your slippers for you?

Private William Hudson: Gee, would you sir? I'd like that.

Sergeant Apone: Look into my eye."


9. "We’re on an express elevator to hell – going down!"

-Private William Hudson, 'Aliens'.

10. "Private William Hudson: Hey Vasquez, have you ever been mistaken for a man?

Private Jenette Vasquez: No, have you?"


Corporal Dwayne Hicks Quotes

The alien's body fluid's corrosive nature can penetrate through almost any material.

Here are some famous movie quotes by Corporal Dwayne Hicks from the sequel 'Aliens' (1986), played by Michael Biehn.

11. "Ellen Ripley: Well, someone's gonna have to go down there, take a portable transmitter and patch in.

Private William Hudson: Yeah, sure, with those things running around? You can count me out.

Corporal Dwayne Hicks: Well I guess we can count you out of everything then."


12. "Private William Hudson: Is this going to be a standup fight, sir, or another bug hunt?

Lieutenant Scott Gorman: All we know is that there is still is no contact with the colony and that a xenomorph may be involved.

Private Ricco Frost: Excuse me, sir, a what?

Lieutenant Scott Gorman: A xenomorph.

Corporal Dwayne Hicks: It’s a bug hunt."


'Alien Resurrection' Movie Quotes

The best movie quotes from the final sequel, 'Alien Resurrection'.

13. "My mommy always said there were no monsters. No real ones. But there are."

-Newt, 'Alien Resurrection'.

14. "Larry Purvis: Who are you?

Ellen Ripley: I'm the monster's mother."

-'Alien Resurrection'.

15. "Ellen Ripley: Does it grow?

Dr. Gediman: Yeah. Very rapidly.

Ellen Ripley: It's a Queen.

Dr. Gediman: How did you know that?

Ellen Ripley: She'll breed. You'll die. Everyone in the company will die."

-'Alien Resurrection'.

16. "Ron Johner: So, I hear you, like, ran into these things before?

Ellen Ripley: Yeah.

Ron Johner: What did you do?

Ellen Ripley: I died."

-'Alien Resurrection'.

17. "There's a monster in your chest... It's a really nasty one. And in a few hours, it's gonna burst through your ribcage, and you're gonna die. Any questions?"

-Ellen Ripley, 'Alien Resurrection'.

18. "Larry Purvis: God, I'm so tired.

Ron Johner: Sleep when you die, man."

-'Alien Resurrection'.

19. "Ellen Ripley died trying to wipe this species out. For all intents and purposes, she succeeded! I'm not anxious to see her taking up her old hobbies!"

-General Perez, 'Alien Resurrection'.

'Alien 3' Movie Quotes

Here are some popular quotes from 'Alien3', the film that follows the events after Ellen Ripley crash lands into a maximum security prison.

20. "When they first about heard of this thing, it was 'Crew Expendable'; the next time they sent in marines, they were expendable too. What makes you think they are going to care about a group of criminals who found God at the end of the universe?"

-Ellen Ripley, 'Alien3'.

21. "We commit this child and this man to your keeping, O' Lord. Their bodies have been taken from the shadow of far nights. They have been released from all darkness and pain. The child and the man have gone beyond our world."

-Harry Andrews, 'Alien3'.

22. "You’ve been in my life so long, I can’t remember anything else."

-Ellen Ripley, 'Alien3'.

23. "Ripley, time is important. Let us deal with the malignancy. We've got a surgical base set up on the rescue ship. Come with me."

-Michael Bishop, 'Alien3'.

24. "Look, it's in everybody's best interest the woman doesn't come out of the infirmary until the rescue team arrives. And certainly not without an escort, right?"

-Harry Andrews, 'Alien3'.

Unnerving Quotes By Ash From The Movie 'Alien'

These quotes by Ash, played by the Academy Award winner Ian Holm, show that the alien is not the only threat. Do you remember any of these quotes by Ian Holm from the film?

25. "Well, as I said, I'm still... collating, actually, but uh, I have confirmed that he's got an outer layer of protein polysaccharides. Has a funny habit of shedding his cells and replacing them with polarized silicon, which gives him a prolonged resistance to adverse environmental conditions. Is that enough?"

-Ash, 'Alien'.

26. "Ash: Maybe I should have left him outside. Maybe I've jeopardized the rest of us, but it was a risk I was willing to take.

Ellen Ripley: That's a pretty big risk for a science officer. It's, uh, not exactly out of the manual, is it?"


27. "Ellen Ripley: Ash. When Dallas and Kane are off the ship, I'm senior officer.

Ash: Oh, yes, I forgot.

Ellen Ripley: You also forgot the science division basic quarantine law.

Ash: No, that I didn't forget."


28. "Bring back life form. Priority one. All other priorities rescinded."

-Ash, 'Alien'.

29. "Ellen Ripley: That's plenty. What does it mean?

Ash: Please don't do that. Thank you.

Ellen Ripley: I'm sorry."


Famous Quotes About Aliens From The Franchise

Here are some famous 'Alien' quotes from the movie to show how formidable the creature really is.

30. "Ellen Ripley: How do we kill it, Ash? There's gotta be a way of killing it. How? How do we do it?

Ash: You can't."


31. "Ash: You still don't understand what you're dealing with, do you? Perfect organism. Its structural perfection is matched only by its hostility.

Joan Lambert: You admire it.

Ash: I admire its purity. A survivor... unclouded by conscience, remorse, or delusions of morality."


32. "I hope you're right. I really do... Because just one of those things managed to wipe out my entire crew in less than 24 hours! And if the colonists have found that ship, there's no telling how many have been exposed. Do you get it?"

-Ellen Ripley, 'Aliens'.

33. "Ash: I've never seen anything like that, except molecular acid...

Samuel Brett: This thing uses it for blood."


34. "Ash: Ripley, for God's sake, this is the first time that we've encountered a species like this. It has to go back. All sorts of tests have to be made.

Ellen Ripley: Ash, are you kidding? This thing bled acid. Who knows what it's gonna do when it's dead.

Ash: I think it's safe to assume it isn't a zombie."


Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for the best 'Alien' quotes from the 'Alien' franchise, then why not take a look at our 'Blade Runner' quotes, or '2001: A Space Odyssey' quotes for more ideas and inspiration?

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