"Treat a queen like a whore, and a whore like a queen, you can't go wrong."
Frank (from Alien3 Special Edition)

Carl Ellis,[1] better known as Frank Ellis,[2] was an inmate at the Fiorina "Fury" 161 Class C Work Correctional Unit, one of several who stayed behind after the facility was officially closed down by Weyland-Yutani. He was involved in battling a lone Xenomorph that was born in the prison in 2179.

Frank was attacked and killed whilst spreading quinitricetyline in the prison's ventilation ducts as part of a plan to trap the Xenomorph in an unused nuclear waste containment tank.


Early life

Frank was serving a twenty-year sentence on Fiorina 161 for murder.[1]

Ripley's arrival

When Ellen Ripley's EEV crashed on Fiorina 161, Frank was among those who responded, climbing inside and discovering that Ripley was still alive, as well as finding the bodies of Rebecca Jorden and Turk (mistaken at the time for Corporal Hicks).

=Plan to trap the Xenomorph

Frank later took part in the plan to burn the Dragon out of the prison's ventilation shafts and force it into an unused nuclear waste containment tank by spreading quinitricetyline through the area.

Whilst ascending a ladder inside the vents, he dropped his detonator — which he had been carelessly carrying between his teeth — almost triggering the explosion early. Fortunately, it landed on a ledge without landing on the trigger. Relieved, Frank descended the ladder to retrieve the detonator—however, this distraction prevented him from noticing the Xenomorph looking down on him from above, which subsequently moved out of sight while Frank was distracted.

Frank's death and its repercussion

After he recovered the detonator, he continued his ascent of the ladder. Just as he reached the top, he was — to his shock and horror — greeted by the Dragon, which seized him and began mauling him to death. In the struggle, he dropped his bucket of quinitricetyline, which landed directly on the floor below and spilled on the surrounding surface.

As Frank was killed, he dropped his detonator, which landed directly on the trigger into the quinitricetyline-soaked floor below, detonating upon impact and triggering a catastrophic chain reaction that resulted in the deaths of many other prisoners.

Special Edition

In the Special Edition, Frank and Murphy dragged Babe into the prison's abattoir after her death, planning to return later and cut her up for meat for the prisoners. Unknown to them, the Dragon was gestating inside the dead ox at the time.

Personality and Traits

"I'd be happy to kiss her ass. I'd be happy to kiss her anywhere she wants!"
Frank to Murphy, regarding Ripley (from Alien3 Special Edition)
Frank was a lewd man, and following Ripley's arrival spent much time discussing what he would do if he found himself alone with her.[4] Judging by the way he carried an explosive detonator between his teeth when painting quinitricetyline into the prison's vents, he also appeared to be an incredibly reckless individual.




  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 S. D. Perry. Alien: The Weyland-Yutani Report, p. 134 (2014), Insight Editions.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Vincent Ward (writer), David Fincher (director). Alien3 (1992), 20th Century Fox [DVD].
  3. S. D. Perry. Alien: The Weyland-Yutani Report, p. 136 (2014), Insight Editions.
  4. Vincent Ward (writer), David Fincher (director). Alien3 Special Edition (2003), 20th Century Fox [DVD].