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    The "Alien" is a parasitic species of unknown origins. The Alien debuted in the film Alien (1979), and would return in the following films: Aliens (1986), Alien 3 (1992), Alien: Resurrection (1997), Alien vs. Predator (2004) and Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007). A creature of a similar design makes a brief appearance in Prometheus (2012) as well.

    The Alien is best recognized for its complicated and surreal life-cycle as well as its intuitive predatory traits.

    The Alien design was created by artist; H.R Giger, and was first introduced in the Necronom IV lithograph.

    Overview


    Aliens are social creatures that bond together to form a sort of hive. It is shown in Aliens (1986), Alien Resurrection (1997) and Alien vs Predator (2004) that they have a collective mentality and that they receive directions from their queen. Their purpose is to protect their matriarch so that they can further propagate their species.
     
    One of the strongest characteristics of Alien is its life-cycle. The life cycle starts off with the egg. Usually the egg is created either by egg morphing (first appeared in Alien 1979 director's cut) or by being laid by a queen.


    An alien then begins life as a parasitic life form known as the facehugger. The facehugger emerges from an egg either optionally or when a possible host is within vicinity of the egg. The facehugger latches on to the face of its host and begins incubation. In Aliens vs Predator: Requiem(2007); it is shown that incubation could also be done orally through regurgitation of an adult alien to a host.

    Once a host is incubated, a larvae-like stage of the alien known as the chestburster ensues. The chestburster gestates within its host, taking the time and nourishment it needs before it emerges violently from the host's chest cavity. Once it emerges, it roams independently searching for a safe area to proceed transforming to its next and final stage. 

    Aliens are said to adopt DNA from their host to help develop some of their appearance. This could be seen in Alien 3 (1992) where the alien has a quadrupedal stance and Aliens vs Predator: Requiem (2007) where the alien has some characteristics associated with the Predator species. Sometimes they appear as either plantigrade or digitigrade as a result. The digitigrade design would follow from Alien 3 (1992) to Alien Resurrection (1997) despite the Alien being born from a human host. This discrepancy would be fixed in Alien vs Predator (2004) and the alien would revert back to its plantigrade posture when born from a human host.

    Aliens have blade-tipped, barb-like tails powerful enough to puncture through living matter and lift a large amount of weight. The shape of the tail's tip was seen as fairly small in the first two films but the size increased from Alien 3 onward. In Alien: Resurrection and the Aliens vs Predator installments, the tails have a flat ridge of spines at the base of the blade.

    Their heads are elongated, almost cylindrical and lack eyes. In the original Alien film, however; top of the creature's head was translucent, with empty, human-looking eye sockets within. It is said that the head begins to develop more texture in time resulting in it appearing to have more ridges than the smooth looking carapace of the ones found in Alien (1979), Alien 3 (1992), Alien: Resurrection (1997) and Alien vs. Predator (2004). Aliens also possess an inner set of jaws powerful enough to smash through thick material.

    Aliens have been shown to have different numbers of fingers throughout the crossovers and sequels. In Alien (1979), the fingers appear to be webbed with six digits. In Aliens (1986), the fingers would become longer and 2 digits would pair as one and the alien would now have a thumb making it have a total of three digits on each hand. In Alien: Resurrection (1997), the number of digits is increased to four, with a sort of "little finger" on the side of its hand and the two middle fingers being even longer than previously. This appearance is kept but made bulkier in the Aliens vs. Predator crossovers so that the alien can appear to be a match towards the predator.

    Aliens have a highly potent acid for blood, capable of melting through a various amount of elements. However this acid seems ineffective on certain weapons and armors possessed by predators as well as other aliens. They also have the ability to utilize this acid, as seen by the facehugger trying to reach its host by melting through their astronaut helmet in Alien (1979); the chestburster spitting into the face of a prisoner peering through an opening trying to catch a glimpse of it in Alien 3 (1992); and an adult alien using it as a projectile to fight back against an aggressive threat in Alien Resurrection (1997). They sometimes use their blood as a means of escaping confinement, this behavior is seen in Alien Resurrection (1997) when a couple of aliens kills one of their kin to escape the cell they are imprisoned in and in Alien vs Predator (2004) when the queen directs its underlings to attack her so that it can bleed and melt the chains holding her in place.

    They also secrete a slime that is shown as a sort of foreshadowing to its appearance in the films and now serves as their staple. They also form a type of resin which they use to cocoon their hosts. This type of resin is also the same material that forms their hive.

    Their intelligence is also relatively higher than average when compared to animals in the metazoa. Capable of cutting power sources like in Aliens (1986) and being able to plan and identify their resources.