- Main article: Aliens (film)
- The long, slow panning shots introducing the interior of the Sulaco in the extended Special Edition are a clear homage to the opening shots of the interior of the Nostromo at the start of Alien. James Horner's score during this sequence even reuses one of Jerry Goldsmith's motifs from the soundtrack to first film.
- When the Marines find Mary cocooned alive in the Hive, she begs the Marines to kill her. This may be a reference to the similar scene filmed for Alien wherein Ripley finds Dallas cocooned alive in the Nostromo's hold and he begs her to kill him; while this sequence was originally deleted from Alien, it is was later restored in the film's Director's Cut, and it is conceivable James Cameron was aware of it at the time he made Aliens. In both scenes, a flamethrower is used to grant the victim's request.
- Part of Jerry Goldsmith's soundtrack from Alien is reused when Ripley is trying to escape the Hive with Newt towards the end of the film. In fact, the piece is used under identical circumstances in both instances — each time, it plays when Ripley finds herself cornered by a Xenomorph (the Alien in Alien, the Queen in Aliens) when she is trying to escape an impending explosion (the self destruct of the Nostromo in Alien, the detonation of the Atmosphere Processor in Aliens).
- Main article: Predator 2
- The panning shot that follows a blood trail up a wall and reveals the dead Colombian Scorpion hanging from the ceiling of their hideout is an homage to the similar shot that follows Hawkins' blood to his body hanging in a tree in Predator.
- The confrontation between King Willie and the City Hunter bears many similarities to the showdown between Billy and the Jungle Hunter in Predator. In both cases, the duel is foreshadowed by a long build-up in which the Predator is shown slowly approaching its victim, who prepares to face it with only a bladed weapon, only for the actual fight itself to conspicuously take place off-screen. In both films the respective Predator is then seen making a trophy of the victim's skull afterwards.
- The scene where Keyes' team is decimated by the City Hunter in the slaughterhouse is an almost exact replicate of the Hive ambush scene from Aliens. In both cases, the person overseeing the operation (Garber in Predator 2, Gorman in Aliens) watches events on video screens in their command center away from the action and rapidly loses the ability to control the situation once things go wrong. Both sequences also end with somebody outside of the present command structure (Harrigan in Predator 2, Ripley in Aliens) taking it upon themselves to try and help the personnel under attack. Stylistically, the way the sequences are shot is also very similar, with the actual combat edited so as to be intentionally confusing and unclear. Furthermore, one of the OWLF troopers is armed with a pair of Muzzelite MZ14 Bullpup assault rifles mounted on stabilizing arms affixed to his waist, recalling the M56 Smartguns used in Aliens.
- When Harrigan unmasks the City Hunter, he begins to say, "You're one ugly mother-" at which point the Predator grabs him by the throat and uses its vocal mimicry to finish the phrase, "Motherfucker!" This is an homage to the scene where Dutch first sees the Jungle Hunter's face in Predator and says the complete line himself.
- At the end of the film, the skull of a Xenomorph Warrior is seen in the trophy cabinet aboard the Yautja ship, a reference to the then recently-published Aliens vs. Predator comic series.
- Main article: Alien 3
- Andrews has a drinking bird on his desk. This is an homage to Alien, in which two such birds are seen on the table in the mess hall of the Nostromo.
- Aaron frequently responds to questions and statements with a simple, "Right." This may be a reference to Alien, in which Brett repeats the same line throughout.
- Main article: Alien Resurrection
- When Call tells Christie that they cannot trust Ripley 8, he replies, "I don't trust anyone." Ripley shared a similar exchange with Dallas in Alien. Ironically, in that film, Ripley was voicing her concerns about a character who was ultimately revealed to be an android; in Alien Resurrection, a character who is ultimately revealed to be an android is voicing her concerns about Ripley.
- The scene in which Ripley 8 encounters Ripleys 1-7 and Ripley 7 pleads for death echoes similar scenes in both the Director's Cut of Alien and Aliens, wherein cocooned victims of the Xenomorphs beg to be killed to spare them their fate. In each of these scenes, a flamethrower is used to grant the victim's request.
Alien vs. Predator
- Main article: Alien vs. Predator (film)
- The AVP logo in the film's title fades in piece-by-piece, mimicking the main titles in Alien.
- The opening shot of the film, showing the Weyland Industries satellite orbiting Earth, is framed such that it initially appears to be the back-lit head crest of a Xenomorph Queen, a reference to the reveal of the Queen in Aliens.
- A drinking bird can be seen on a desk at the satellite receiving station, similar to the drinking birds in the mess hall of the Nostromo.
- Weyland absent-mindedly plays the knife game with a pen while sitting at his desk in his cabin aboard the Piper Maru; Bishop notably played the same game (with a real knife) in Aliens. Both Weyland and Bishop were played by the same actor, Lance Henriksen.
- When the Predator Mother Ship arrives in orbit, a computer display is seen reflected in a Predator Bio-Mask. This is a homage to the opening scenes of Alien, during which a computer display is reflected in an emergency helmet on the bridge of the Nostromo.
- When Miller is exploring the whaling station, we see a shot of the interior of one of the cabins as the light from Miller's flare sweeps from right to left across the room. This is an homage to the scene in Aliens where Jernigan and his crew recover the Narcissus, during which a scanning device emits a beam of light that sweeps the shuttle in a similar fashion.
- The grate in the floor of the sacrificial chamber is decorated with an image of an embryonic Xenomorph Queen that was first used to promote Alien3; the image is virtually identical, except that it has been flipped horizontally in the film. The image is also repeated on statues and walls throughout the pyramid. This homage is pointed out in one of the film's commentaries.
- When the Eggs first appear in the sacrificial chamber, Thomas shines his flashlight on one of them, revealing a fluttering Facehugger inside. This is similar to Kane's first encounter with the Eggs in Alien.
- When Verheiden first comes face-to-face with a Xenomorph, he yells, "You want a piece of me, you ugly son of a bitch?!" This is likely a reference to Dutch calling the Jungle Hunter "one ugly motherfucker" when the creature first reveals its face in Predator.
- When Lex pulls herself up from the precipice after Sebastian is captured, the sequence is shot similarly to the scene where Ripley nervously climbs up a ladder between decks during the final act of Alien.
- When Lex kills the Xenomorph with the Combistick, its jaws approach to within a few inches of her face. This is an homage to Alien3, in which the Dragon famously leers at a helpless Ripley in the infirmary. This homage is also pointed out in one of the film's commentaries.
- The eventual team-up between Lex and Scar is an homage to the original Aliens vs. Predator comic series, in which Machiko Noguchi and Dachande similarly team up to defeat a Queen.
- When Lex uses a piton gun to kill a Xenomorph at the base of the ice tunnel, she remarks, "You are one ugly mother-" (the final syllable cut off by her firing the gun). This is an homage to the line's use in both Predator and Predator 2.
- The Predators' use of Xenomorph blood to mark themselves references the original Aliens vs. Predator comic. In both the comic and the film, the human female protagonist is eventually marked with blood by the lead Predator after proving her worth.
- Before leaving, the Ancient Predator notices the mark on Lex's face and offers her his weapon. This is a possible reference to both Predator 2 and the Aliens vs. Predator comic — in the former, Greyback gives Harrigan an ancient flintlock after he defeats the City Hunter, while in the latter, Dachande's clan notice the scar on Machiko and allow her to join their number as a result.
Alien vs. Predator: Requiem
- Main article: Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem
- The film's title features a distinctive vertical slash of light in the center, mimicking the main titles from Aliens. Not only is this a reference to the 1986 film, it is seemingly also a reference of sorts to the first Alien vs. Predator film, which instead featured titles in the style of Alien, to which Aliens is a sequel.
- During the opening titles, the sounds of both a Predator Bio-Mask and the motion tracker from Aliens can be heard.
- During the opening scenes aboard the Predator ship, several Facehuggers are seen inside liquid-filled containment tubes; one of them lunges at the glass much in the same manner as the Facehugger that attempts to attack Burke in Aliens.
- The Trophy Room aboard the ship includes an Engineer skull high up on the wall. This serves as a reference both to the Pilot in Alien and the Xenomorph Warrior skull seen in the Los Angeles hunting party's trophy cabinet in Predator 2.
- One of the lead male characters in the film is named Dallas, a tribute to Captain Dallas in Alien.
- The characters of Kelly and Molly O'Brien are often considered a direct analogy to the relationship between Ripley and Newt in Aliens. Both pairs share a mother-daughter relationship (be it literal or surrogate) and the characters also share many lines of dialogue. For example, Kelly assures Molly, "There are no more monsters," a reference to Newt's line, "My mommy always said there were no monsters — no real ones — but there are."
- A pyramid similar to the one from Alien vs. Predator can be seen in the background on the Predator homeworld.
- The chair in which Wolf sits on the Predator homeworld visually recalls the Pilot's chair in Alien.
- When Wolf arrives on Earth, the shot of his ship entering the planet's atmosphere is very similar to that of the Jungle Hunter being dropped off in Predator.
- After landing in the lake, the sequence where Wolf emerges from the water, his Cloak shorting out, is a near shot-for-shot recreation of the scene where the Jungle Hunter emerges from the water (just before Dutch discovers cold mud renders him invisible to the creature) in Predator.
- When the Predalien approaches the homeless lady in the sewers, one shot of her cowering in terror is remarkably similar to a shot of Lambert as the Alien approaches her in Alien.
- The panning shot that follows a blood trail to reveal Deputy Ray's skinned body hanging in the tree mirrors similar scenes in both Predator and Predator 2.
- While not quite a direct homage, the power plant in the film seems to be a reference to the Atmosphere Processing Plant in Aliens.
- In one of the added scenes in the Unrated Edition, Kelly wears a dressing gown very similar to the one worn by Ripley when Burke and Gorman come to recruit her in Aliens.
- When Dallas hears of the explosion at the power plant in the Unrated Edition, he comments, "Well this day just keeps getting better," paraphrasing Dutch's line, "This is getting better by the minute," from Predator.
- When Wolf is healing himself in the tree, a long panning shot follows a stream of his florescent blood up the tree, finally revealing Wolf perched on a branch. The same style of shot was also used in Predator and Predator, albeit with human blood.
- One of the tombstones in the graveyard seen in the Unrated Edition is marked "HAWKINS", a reference to the character Hawkins in Predator.
- In the Unrated Edition, one of the National Guard soldiers receives a Headbite and the Warrior's inner jaw punches straight through his head and breaks a window behind him, mimicking David's death in Alien3.
- When the radio to the National Guard patrol goes dead, the whining static sound heard is the same as that heard after Dallas is taken in Alien.
- The acronym "OWLF" is seen on a monitor that Colonel Stevens is watching; the OWLF was Keyes' unit in Predator 2.
- In the same scene as above, the noise made by the Mother interface in Alien can be hard in the background.
- Also during the above scene, Stevens looks at footage of a Xenomorph on a monitor and asks, "What the fuck are you?" This is an homage to Predator, in which Dutch asks the Jungle Hunter almost the exact same question.
- The use of an IAV Stryker by the survivors is an homage to the APC used by the Colonial Marines in Aliens.
- During a later scene with Stevens in the military control center, the bleeping of the motion trackers from Aliens can be heard.
- Dallas yells at his brother Ricky, "Get to the chopper!" This is an obvious reference to Dutch's famous line in Predator.
- When Wolf takes off his Bio-Mask and abandons most of his weaponry before facing the Predalien on the hospital roof, his actions and the various camera angles and edits used match the scene where the Jungle Hunter discards its equipment in the original Predator.
- The helicopter escaping from the nuclear explosion is similar to the dropship fleeing the explosion at the end of Aliens.
- The film's soundtrack takes movements, themes and many musical elements from all previous Alien and Predator movies, fusing them with its own style to create what is essentially a remix of the preceding movies' soundtracks.
- Likewise, many of the Xenomorph sound effects, such as their various hisses and death cries, are recycled from earlier movies, particularly Aliens.
- Main article: Predators (film)
- Nikolai carries an M134 Minigun. This is a reference to Old Painless, the minigun carried by Blain in Predator.
- The dead Navy SEAL found by the protagonists is named Drake (although this is only revealed in the tie-in prequel comic). This is a reference to Private Drake from Aliens.
- When the group flees the Super Predators after encountering them at the hunting camp, they fall over a cliff near a waterfall and plunge into the river below. This a clear homage to the scene in Predator where Dutch also tumbles over a cliff near a waterfall and falls into a river while trying to evade the Jungle Hunter.
- When the group first encounter Noland, he taunts the group, whispering, "Over here." As he decloaks and reveals himself, he whispers to Royce, "Turn around." These are clear references to the same dialogue in Predator, first used by Mac when he kills the scorpion on Dillon's back, and later imitated by the Jungle Hunter.
- Just after Noland decloaks, Royce asks him, "What the fuck are you?" This is another homage to Predator, specifically when Dutch asks the Jungle Hunter, "What the hell are you?" after he has mortally wounded it.
- When Tracker impales Nikolai on his Wristblade, Nikolai utters something to the Predator in Russian before detonating the Claymore on his chest. While it isn't a direct translation, his dialogue loosely means, "You are one ugly motherfucker." This is a tribute to both Predator and Predator 2, which both feature the phrase. The direct translation is along the lines of, "You have a really ugly face".
- The moment where Hanzo decides to stay behind and face the Predators with his katana is stylistically very similar to the scene in Predator where Billy decides to face the Jungle Hunter with his knife; the musical score is identical in both scenes, both characters discard most of their equipment and clothing, and both elect make their last stand using only a bladed weapon.
- At the end of the film, Royce confronts Berserker with only primitive weapons, stripped to the waist and covered in wet mud, mimicking Dutch's confrontation with the Jungle Hunter in Predator. Royce even yells some of the same dialogue during the sequence.
- An updated version of "Long Tall Sally", which was heard during the ride in the insertion helicopter in Predator, plays over the credits.
- Main article: The Predator (film)
- When Bracket first sees the captured Fugitive Predator, she exclaims, "You're one beautiful motherfucker..." paraphrasing Dutch's iconic line from the original film.
- When Nebraska spots the motorcycles while the Loonies are trying to escape the Stargazer, he shouts at the others to "get to the choppers".
- Main article: Prometheus (film)
- After the Sacrifice Engineer has disintegrated, the film's title appears on screen, with each of the letters fading in piece-by-piece, mirroring the way in which Alien's title appeared on screen.
- During Sir Peter Weyland's recorded message from Mars, the film's score samples Jerry Goldsmith's soundtrack to Alien.
- Main article: Alien: Covenant
- Much like Alien and Prometheus, the film's title appears with each of the letters fading in piece-by-piece.
- Members of the Covenant's security team wear shoulder-mounted GoPro cameras very similar to the shoulder lamps worn by the Colonial Marines in Aliens.
- When Tennessee manages to regain control of the cargo loader after rescuing Daniels and the others from Planet 4, he quips, "A walk in the park!" This is the same line used by Parker after the Nostromo successfully lifts off from LV-426 in Alien.
- The film's score heavily samples Jerry Goldsmith's soundtrack to Alien.
The Last Supper
- Main article: Alien: Covenant short films#The Last Supper
- There is a drinking bird visible on the table aboard the Covenant, just as there was on the Nostromo.
- The entire sequence where Upworth chokes is an obvious homage to Kane and the infamous Chestburster scene in Alien; Tennessee's response when he sees Upworth is in trouble — "The food's not that bad!" — is almost verbatim what Parker says when Kane begins choking.
- Main article: Alien: Covenant short films#Phobos
- Several of the sound effects heard during the distressing footage segment are lifted directly from Alien, most obviously the screech of the Facehugger bursting from its Egg when it attacks Kane and Brett's death cries.
- Main article: Alien 40th anniversary short films#Alien: Containment
- The forward window of the escape shuttle resembles the Weyland Corp logo.
- When the Chestburster emerges from Nass, Ward grabs a knife to defend herself — the shot of her holding the blade out in front of her as she cowers on the floor is an obvious reference to the almost identical shot of Karine trying to defend herself from a Bloodburster in Alien: Covenant.
- Following his death by Chestburster, there is a shot of Nass' hand twitching in the same fashion as Kane's after he is killed by the Chestburster in Alien.
Alien: Night Shift
- Main article: Alien 40th anniversary short films#Alien: Night Shift
- Welles mentions Aspen Beer when searching the colony manifest, the same fictional beer drunk by the crew of the Nostromo in Alien.
- The ominous wail heard at the end of the short is taken from the original trailer for Alien (for which it was composed by Jonathan Elias).
- Main article: Alien 40th anniversary short films#Alien: Ore
- The on-screen text that introduces Bowen's Landing is in the same font and style as the text introducing the Nostromo in Alien.
- Kolton is wearing an Aspen Beer T-shirt.
- Hanks is revealed to be a Hyperdyne Systems 121 A/3 synthetic. This is a reference to Ash, who was a Hyperdyne Systems 120-A/2 synthetic (as stated in Aliens).
- When Hanks receives the order from Weyland-Yutani instructing her to protect the Alien, the word ensure is misspelt "insure" — this same goof was present in Special Order 937 in Alien.
- Main article: Alien 40th anniversary short films#Alien: Alone
- The very first shot of the Otranto's interior shows a drinking bird on a table, much like those found aboard the Nostromo.
- The Otranto's computer is named Mother, much like the computer aboard the Nostromo.
- We see Hope jogging on the spot, mimicking the action performed by Ash in Alien.
- Macwhirr reaches the Otranto in a Lockmart Starcub shuttle, the same model as the Narcissus.
Aliens versus Predator 2
- Main article: Aliens versus Predator 2
Predator: Concrete Jungle
- Main article: Predator: Concrete Jungle (video game)
- Lucretia Borgia mentions that Borgia Industries does business with both Weyland Industries and the Yutani Corporation.
- Lucretia also mentions that her father Hunter was "friends with Charles Weyland before he disappeared".
- The supercomputer that controls Neonopolis in the game is called "MOTHER", likely in reference to MU/TH/UR 6000 from Alien.
- The Xenomorphs themselves actually make a surprise appearance towards the end of the game. One of the levels involving them is named "Bug Hunt", a reference to Aliens.
- One of the upgrades for the Plasmacaster in the game is made from a Xenomorph skull.
Aliens vs. Predator (2010 game)
- Main article: Aliens vs. Predator (2010 video game)
- Rookie has a skull and crossbones painted on his M3 Pattern Personal Armor, with the skull being pierced by a combat knife. This same logo is seen on Hudson's armor in Aliens
- The beginning of the game's Predator campaign mirrors the scene from Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem where Wolf responds to the distress signal from the ship brought down by the Predalien.
Aliens: Colonial Marines
- Main article: Aliens: Colonial Marines (2013 video game)
- The game's collectible audio logs are contained on laptop computers matching the design of those used to control the UA 571-C Automated Sentry Guns in Aliens.
- An Easter Egg can be activated in the Pilot's chamber aboard the derelict that shows a hologram of the ship being engaged in a dogfight by a craft visually matching the saucer seen at the beginning of Prometheus.
- In Stasis Interrupted, the Weyland-Yutani labs that Levy and Hicks pass through contain several vehicles used for moving long cargo boxes that are almost identical in design to the vehicles used by the crew of the Betty to deliver the captured colonists to the USM Auriga in Alien Resurrection.
- Main article: Alien: Isolation
- At the very start of the game, an open magazine can be found in the hypersleep chamber aboard the Torrens with a picture of a man highly resembling James Cameron, director of Aliens, on the page.
- The internal layout of the Torrens is identical to the main deck of the Nostromo.
- Before encountering Axel in the Spaceflight Terminal, the player must activate a generator in a room to the right, inside which the sound of a meowing cat is just barely audible. This is a possible reference to Jones.
- During the flashback to LV-426, the compression suits worn by Foster, Meeks and Heyst are colored pink, yellow and blue. In Alien, these were the colors of the suits worn by Dallas, Kane and Lambert, respectively.
- The alarms that sound when Marshal Waits jettisons the Gemini Exoplanet Solutions module, when purging Sevastopol's reactor and during the break up of the Anesidora are the same as those aboard the Nostromo after Ripley activates the vessel's self destruct system.
- In Seegson Synthetics, the player discovers Smythe dead in a chair, a rolled-up magazine forced down his throat, the culprit implied to be a Working Joe. This is a reference to how Ash (also an android) attempts to kill Ripley in Alien.
- Outside the Seegson Synthetics showroom is a poster informing people to "eliminate lice before it spreads", a reference to Alien3.
- The electronic blueprint table that Ripley has to check to find access to APOLLO is very similar in design and function to the colony blueprints studied by the Marines in Aliens.
- The APOLLO interface room is almost identical in design to the MU/TH/UR interface room aboard the Nostromo in Alien, right down the the distinctive formatting of the text that appears on the interface console.
- Although never seen from the outside, the ambulance shuttle that Amanda Ripley uses to reach the Anesidora is seemingly based on early concept artwork for the Nostromo's emergency shuttle by Ron Cobb — both craft feature a similar launch mechanism, being stored flush with the wall of their parent vessel/station before swinging out on an arm and launching into space.
- The United States Colonial Marine Corps is mentioned in the final audio log recorded by Sinclair, in which he urges the listener to "bring in the Marines or blow this place up".
- The docking clamp release mechanism that Ripley uses to free the Torrens at the end of the game has the same design as the self destruct system aboard the Nostromo.
- Several of the weapons in the game are modelled after devices used by the crew of the Nostromo in Alien. For instance, the flamethrower that Waits gives to the player is almost identical to the Flame Throwers built by Parker, while the stun baton is similar in appearance to the cattle prods Parker and Brett construct. The bolt gun also incorporates elements of the cattle prods in its design.
- Numerous drinking birds can be found throughout the game, both on Sevastopol Station and the Torrens.
- The design of keycards in the game, including the one used at save stations, is almost identical to the cards used by Dallas and Ripley to access Mother in Alien.
- The larger, two-handed levers that Ripley uses throughout the game are the same as those used by Ripley when she arms the Nostromo's self destruct system.
- The circular vent apertures in the game are identical to those in the vents aboard the Nostromo.
- Children's drawings can be found around the station, one of which has the number "1979" scrawled on it, an obvious reference to Alien, which was released in 1979.
- Working Joes can sometimes be seen spontaneously jogging on the spot, mimicking the action Ash memorably performs to "warm up" in Alien.
- Several of the hacking minigames are based on computer graphics created for Alien.
- The riot armour and helmets worn by members of Seegson Security are clearly based on the M3 Pattern Personal Armor and the M10 Pattern Ballistic Helmet used by the Colonial Marines.
Alien: Out of the Shadows
- Main article: Alien: Out of the Shadows
- In the aftermath of the crash between the Marion and the Delilah, Powell exclaims, "That's it. We're screwed. Game over," an obvious homage to dialogue by Hudson following the dropship crash in Aliens.
- At one point, Ripley says, "Then all we need is a deck of cards," a reference to dialogue by Corporal Hicks in Aliens.
Alien: The Cold Forge
- Main article: Alien: The Cold Forge
- When the Xenomorphs escape inside the kennels, Blue tells the others with her in the SCIF, "We've got to sever the kennels. It's the only way to be sure," paraphrasing Ripley in Aliens.
- The synthetic Rook is a nod to Bishop, with both the rook and the bishop being pieces in chess.
- Homages in 2010's Aliens vs Predator Game - AvPGalaxy
- Homages in AvP (2004 Movie) - AvPGalaxy
- Homages in AvP Requiem - AvPGalaxy
- Homages in Predators (2010 Movie) - AvPGalaxy
- ↑ Marc Andreyko (writer), Gabriel Guzman (illustrator). Predators: Welcome to the Jungle #1 (2010), Dark Horse Comics.
- ↑ Tim Lebbon. Alien: Out of the Shadows, p. 29 (2014), Titan Books.
- ↑ Tim Lebbon. Alien: Out of the Shadows, p. 79 (2014), Titan Books.
- ↑ Alex White. Alien: The Cold Forge, p. 158 (2018), Titan Books.
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