The Snatcher, also known as the Chimp Alien, is an adult variant of the Xenomorph XX121 species that is spawned from a simian host animal (such as a chimpanzee). They received their name for their method of 'snatching' hosts using their unparalleled speed.
Snatchers are stronger and more robust than their Drone counterparts due to their DNA reflex, therefore retaining the characteristics of their host, namely posture and proportions. The Snatcher favors walking on its knuckles and could reach incredible speeds, being capable of catching up to the fittest of humans aboard RB-232.
The head-crest of the Snatcher is also much broader than the Drone's rather streamline carapace, the purpose of this crest is unknown. Other than these characteristics, Snatchers possess the typical Xenomorph traits, such as a black mesoskeleton, the ability to produce Hive resin, and the ability to cling to ceilings.
- When questioned if the Xenomorph on the front cover of the Alien: The Cold Forge novel was a visual representation of the Snatcher, author Alex White clarified it was not. It is actually a "Soldier" Xenomorph from the 2013 video game Aliens: Colonial Marines.
- Naturally, the description of the Snatcher bears similarities to the Kenner Gorilla Alien figure and its subsequent redesigns by NECA and Eaglemoss Collections.
- Gorilla Alien — A similar type of Xenomorph spawned from larger primates such as gorillas.