- "This drop is shaping up even worse than Acheron, if that's possible."
- ―Cpl. Tequila (from Aliens vs. Predator)
Corporal Teresa Aquila, better known as "Tequila", was a member of the United States Colonial Marine Corps, part of the 1st Battalion, 3rd Regiment. She was stationed aboard the USS Marlow, dispatched to BG-386 in response to a Xenomorph outbreak at the Freya's Prospect colony and the nearby Weyland-Yutani facility.
Although she was impregnated with a Chestburster after being shot down aboard the dropship Typhoon, she was placed in cryosleep before the creature could hatch and as such was one of only three people known to have survived the incident, the others being Rookie and the android Katya.
He arrived too late to save the Marines, and after a series of Xenomorph assaults, Rookie was eventually overwhelmed and captured. To Tequila's relief, he managed to escape before he was cocooned, and she then instructed him to head to the nearby refinery where Van Zandt had disappeared whilst leading an attack against the Matriarch. Rookie again arrived too late to save his fellow Marines, but he confronted the Matriarch in her Hive and, with Tequila assisting by remotely activating the refinery's furnace, he was able to incinerate her.
Captured and cocooned
She was taken to a small Hive at the nearby combat arena, where she was cocooned and impregnated with a Chestburster. Resigned to her fate, she was shocked when Rookie arrived to rescue her. Regardless, she asked him to simply execute her so that she might be spared a horrific death. However, before Rookie could carry out the order they were contacted by Katya, who informed them she could remove the Chestburster if they could reach her at the nearby Weyland-Yutani research labs. The pair fought through the jungle, the pain in Tequila's chest growing steadily worse, and managed to breach the Weyland-Yutani facility. They rendezvoused with Katya, but as the android prepared to operate on Tequila, Karl Bishop Weyland discovered them and shut off the necessary equipment. With no alternative, Katya and Rookie placed Tequila in a cryosleep chamber to stop the Chestburster emerging. Tequila remained in cryosleep for the remainder of the incident, as was later placed aboard Weyland's personal shuttle with Rookie and Katya to escape the planet.
Personality and Traits
Tequila is notably level-headed throughout the crisis on BG-386, even when those around her are not. She is well-liked by her squad and respected by her peers, particularly by the crew aboard Typhoon. She's a no-quitter, and has gained a reputation as something of a survivor. Tequila is also well-trained in infantry tactics, and handles herself very well even after being impregnated with a Chestburster.
Tequila wore standard issue Colonial Marine M3 Pattern Personal Armor with a TNR Shoulder Lamp attachment for illumination. On her chest plate, she had painted a heart over her own, with the name "Louis" printed above it. Notably, she was not equipped with an M10 Pattern Ballistic Helmet. She was armed with an M41A/2 Pulse Rifle, and at one point carried a spare (likely taken from a fallen comrade) that she later gave to Rookie. Most of her equipment, including her armor, was lost when she was captured by the Xenomorphs, although like any good Marine she made sure she did not relinquish her rifle.
- Tequila references the events of Aliens when she says that the current mission to BG-386 is "shaping up even worse than Acheron", the planet from that film. However, she mispronounces Acheron, saying it with a hard 'ch' sound (as in "chemist") instead of a soft one (as in "chef") it should be.
- Tequila seems to be impregnated with a Chestburster far more quickly than is possible — Alien establishes that embryo implantation takes around 24 hours, yet Rookie finds her fairly quickly after Typhoon is shot down and she has already been impregnated.
- Although it is never established who exactly is responsible for shooting Tequila down, it is likely the same Predator that Rookie ultimately fights in the combat arena, as that individual begins stalking him in the jungle soon after Typhoon crashes, and continues to do so until their confrontation in the ruins.
- Tequila is mentioned by Marines in the level "Ruins" of the game's Predator campaign; several of the Marines can be heard attempting to contact her over the radio as they search the Yautja ruins for her. She is also heard over the radio in the level "Refinery" of the Alien campaign, warning Marines patrolling the generator room that a Xenomorph is in the area and to "stay frosty".
- Tequila's nickname is a portmanteau of her first and last name — the "Te-" from Teresa and the "-quila" from Aquila.
- During the Alien campaign, Specimen 6 will occasionally come across female Marines that use Tequila's character model.
- Developer Rebellion later re-used Tequila's head model in their game Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army.
- During her time as Rookie's radio contact in the game, Tequila will relentlessly push the player to their objective; later, after she is rescued from the Xenomorphs and Katya has taken over as the player's point of contact, Tequila will somewhat ironically complain about Katya urging Rookie to hurry up.
- Aliens vs. Predator (video game)