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Alien is a science fiction horror franchise centered around the predatory extraterrestrial lifeforms referred to as “Xenomorphs,” which were designed by deceased Swiss artist H. R. Giger.



On May 25th, 1979, the film Alien was released, which was directed by Ridley Scott and starred Sigourney Weaver as the protagonist Warrant Officer Ellen Ripley. In the film, an alien creature referred to as a “face hugger” lays an egg inside a crew member on a towing spaceship, which later hatches into a Xenomorph killing most of the ship’s remaining crew. On July 18th, 1986, the sequel Aliens was released, in which Ripley returns to destroy the Xenomorph colony from the first film.

On May 22nd, 1992, the film Alien 3 was released, in which Ripley crash lands at a prison refinery planet with an alien aboard her escape pod from the previous film. On November 26th, 1997, Alien Ressurection was released, featuring a version of Ripley who is cloned two hundred years after the previous film.

On August 12th, 2004, the crossover film Alien vs. Predator was released, in which a group of researchers visit an ancient pyramid to discover a training ground for the Predator extraterrestrial species, who prove themselves by hunting Xenomorphs. On December 25th, 2007, the sequel Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem was released, a Predator tracks a Predalien hybrid creature to a town in Colorado and attempts to kill all Aliens that it encounters.

Video Games

On February 16th, 2010, the first-person shooter game Aliens vs. Predator was released for Windows, PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360, in which the player can assume the role of a Xenomorph, Predator or Colonial Marine (shown below, left). On September 29th, 2011, the sidescroller game Aliens Infestation was released for the Nintendo DS handheld console.

On February 12th, 2013, the first-person shooter video game Aliens: Colonial Marines was released, in which the player assumes the role of a Colonial Marine who battles against Xenomorphs during events occurring directly after the 1984 film Aliens. In January 2014, a trailer was released for the upcoming first-person survival horror game Alien Isolation, set for release in October 2014.

H. R. Giger

The Swiss surrealist painter, sculptor and set designer Hans Rudolf Giger completed the illustration Necronom IV in 1976, which was later selected by Ridley Scott as the foundation of the Xenomorph design (shown below, left). Giger redesigned the alien without eyes, a second inner set of extendable pharyngeal jaws (shown below, right).

On May 12th, 2014, Giger died in a hospital in Zurich, Switzerland due to injuries suffered from a fall.

Online Presence

On May 26th, 2006, the Xenopedia Wiki[5] was launched for entries related to the Alien and Alien vs. Predator films. On November 16th, 2007, a Facebook[2] page for fans of the franchise was created, gathering over 2.9 million likes in the next seven years. On October 27th, 2010, the /r/LV426[1] subreddit was launched for discussions related to the Alien franchise. On February 29th, 2012, the Alien Anthology Wiki[4] was created, gathering upwards of 480 entries about the franchise in the next three years. In November 2013, the online retailer Think Geek[3] began selling a Xenomorph plush doll with extendable jaws (shown below).


As of May 2014, there are over 1,000 Alien and Predator stories submitted to the fanfiction database[6] and more than 7,700 Alien-related DeviantArt[7] submissions.

Related Memes

Kill Me

Kill Me is an image macro series in which people, animals or objects are depicted as if they’re suffering from pain, such as “implied” physical deformity, or otherwise uncomfortable conditions. The images are often accompanied by the caption “Kill me”, reflecting the subject’s desire to be put out of misery. The phrase stems scenes in both Aliens and Alien Resurrection in which Ripley encounters people who plead for her to kill them.

Kill It Before it Lays Eggs

Many have speculated that the expression “kill it before it lays eggs” was inspired by the egg-laying creatures from the Alien franchise.

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External References

[1]Reddit – /r/LV426

[2]Facebook – Alien

[3]Think Geek – Aliens Xenomorph Plush

[4]Wikia – Alien Anthology Wiki

[5], Wikia – Xenopedia

[6] – Alien/Predator

[7]DeviantArt – Alien Giger

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