The Last Engineer was the last survivor of the Engineer Temple located on LV-223. In 2093, the Engineer encountered the crew of the USCSS Prometheus.


Two millennia prior to 2093, members of the Engineer species stationed on the moon of LV-223 initiated a plan to wipe out humanity by unleashing a potent mutagen on Earth. The Engineer was among those who participated in the plan. However, they apparently lost control of the pathogen, which led to the deaths of most of the Engineers at the base. The Engineer, along with three of his brethren, took refuge within their ship and stored themselves within their ship's Sarcophagi; the Engineer's brethren died as their chambers ceased to function, leaving the individual as the sole survivor.

In 2089, archeologists Elizabeth Shaw and Charlie Holloway discovered a star map among several unconnected ancient cultures within a cave during an expedition on the Isle of Skye. They interpreted the map as an invitation from their creators, the Engineers. Shaw then contacted Peter Weyland, the elderly CEO of Weyland Corp, seeking funding for an expedition to follow the star map. Weyland agreed with the proposal, and funded the creation of the scientific vessel USCSS Prometheus to follow the map to the distant moon LV-223.

In 2093, after the Prometheus' two-year voyage, the ship landed on LV-223. The Prometheus crew explored the moon's surface, where they came across the Engineer Temple. The crew entered the structure and discovered the bodies of some Engineers, as well as several "urns" stored within the structure. The crew's interference caused the pathogen stored within the "urns" to melt, A few crew members were exposed to the pathogen, and in the ensuing chaos most were killed. Ship synthetic David successfully found the Engineer, who was still in hypersleep inside his Sarcophagus and informed Weyland, who was secretly aboard the ship the entire time and wanted to ask the Engineer to extend his lifespan. To this end, Weyland and his team traveled to the Engineers' ship to commune with the last Engineer. After awakening the Engineer, David attempted to speak to him in Proto-Indo-European in order to explain Weyland's request.[3] After a brief conversation, the Engineer responded by decapitating David and murdering Weyland and his entire team, except for Shaw, who managed to escape.

The trilobite attacks the injured engineer.

The Trilobite attacking the Engineer in Vickers' lifeboat

The Engineer equipped himself with his bio-–suit and reactivated his ship to head for Earth to carry out his original mission to destroy the human race. The remaining crew later sacrificed themselves and the Prometheus to destroy the Engineer's ship. The Engineer, however, had survived the crash, and attacked Shaw within Vickers' FTL Lifeboat. Shaw released the Trilobite she had extracted earlier from her womb as the result of intercourse with Holloway, who was infected by the pathogen, which restrained and impregnated the Engineer as Shaw escaped. The Engineer later died as a strange creature emerged from his chest.


  • In a deleted scene, when David tells the Engineer that Weyland thinks he can give him more life, the Engineer asks in Proto-Indo-European, "What this man has done that makes him so great that he deserves more life?". Weyland explains that he made David in his image, as translated by David off-screen, but the Engineer decapitates David and kills Weyland.[4]
  • On the early draft script of Prometheus, the dialogue between the Engineer and David had nearly 5 pages. It revealed that the Engineers created the human race but were disappointed with their creation because humans made wars and killed each other, calling them a "barbaric violent species."[5] He mentioned a "mother's child" being taken to Paradise to be taught the meaning of life and creation in order to educate the human race in Eden (i.e. Earth), but the humans decided to punish him. This hints at the history of Jesus.[6]
  • In Jon Spaihts' original script for Prometheus, titled Alien: Engineers, the Last Engineer was in fact the Pilot from Alien.[7] However, subsequent rewrites changed this, eventually turning the Engineer into a different character altogether.
  • The alternate ending of Prometheus features a fight between Elizabeth Shaw armed with an axe and the Last Engineer. The Engineer does not feature his facial burn in this sequence as it was supposed to be added on digitally after filming, but the scene was cut before editing was finished. Ridley Scott explained that it seems too superhuman of Shaw to be able to fight off a 9-foot giant.


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