50 Quotes From The Movie Aliens, Ranked In Order Of Awesomeness

There was an original different plan for this. Originally, I was going to write an essay where I talked about doing one random Aliens quote a day in conversation. Because I’ve seen Aliens so many times, and it’s great, although my secret affection is for Alien 3, but let’s not get into that.

Anyway, the plan was to do one Aliens quote every day in conversation, and it had to be with strangers, and I couldn’t ever repeat any quotes, and I couldn’t ever reveal what I was doing. I figured this would get interesting at some point. Like, you can say “Look into my eye,” and that’s fairly easily dropped into conversation in a lot of contexts. Ditto with “Absolute badasses!” However, you soon run out of quotes like this, and soon you’re down to very weird quotes. Try working “Guess she don’t like the cornbread either,” into a causal conversation sometime. Your opportunities for doing so are very limited.

However, this plan completely backfired. All I learned is that people completely ignore weirdness in conversation. If you say “Guess she don’t like the cornbread either” to a store clerk, without context, they just blink and do their best to act like you’re not crazy, even though you are clearly crazy. It’s sort of like that scene in Fight Club, where they have to fight with strangers, and the strangers desperately do everything they can to continue with their day-to-day lives, even when acting normal in response starts to become slightly insane.

Anyway. People are desperate to cling to normalcy? I guess is what I learned. But I’m not even sure that I learned that — I might be wrong about that. What I definitely learned is that I did not have a very interesting essay, since me saying odd stuff and no one reacting was… bad. So instead I just provided the list of Aliens quotes that I used and was going to use, since I did them in order of awesomeness. Yes; I misquoted a few things slightly. Yes; I know that “Game over, man!” is not on the list. I hate that quote; everyone overuses it. On the other hand, Ripley causally being bitchy to Bishop, or the odd unnecessary part where Ripley tells Newt not to look directly at the welding torch — these things always kill me.

So this is the explanation for the list. Now you cannot leave a comment saying, “You got paid for listing quotes?!!!” Or, “This is just a list of quotes?!!!” Etc. But know this: I could have just done a list of quotes and still gotten paid. So revel in my niceness, for providing this essay. Or rage at the unfairness of the world that allows some people to list Aliens quotes as a job. The world is generous, but the world is harsh. Isn’t that the message of the movie Aliens, after all? No. It is not the message of that movie. But if I was lazy, I would have ended the essay that way.

Instead, I will end the essay by asking this: why didn’t they seal the ceiling ducts? Think about it. Also, isn’t it great that Ripley lives because she’s a smoker? Think about it. She only survives the face-hugger thing because she has a cigarette lighter in her pocket. As a fellow smoker, this always made me happy. Anyway; the end. I say we take off, nuke this essay from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure. TC mark

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  • Bill Paxton

    How is “Game over Man, Game Over” not on this list? It’s ‘overuse’ should overshadow most of these terrible quotes.

    • Brandon Scott Gorrell

      check page 2

    • https://thoughtcatalog.com/ Oliver Miller

      Someone’s just pissed off that he wasn’t in ‘Alien 3.’

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  • Beth Redmond

    43 is my favourite

    • http://www.facebook.com/oliveramiller Oliver Miller

      You’re my favorite, Beth Redmond. But 38 is also my favorite.

  • Briana

    #44 should be higher, IMO. Then again, Bishop is my favorite character in the whole franchise. :-)

    • http://www.facebook.com/oliveramiller Oliver Miller

      I feel like that line is trying too hard and that Bishop wouldn’t really say that. :)

      • https://thoughtcatalog.com/ Oliver Miller

        But then, I feel that the whole Queen section kind of sucks, and violates the purity of the film. I only put the “bitch” line up there because, well, that line is pretty cool. Though I do admire Cameron’s fake out with the happy music, oh the movie is over now thing right before the Queen shows up. And you cannot… climb… up a ladder, against the vacuum of space like Ripley does. That drives me craaaazy.

  • http://raymondthimmes.com raymondthimmes

    I found it funny you had to justify this exercise in the last few paragraphs of part two. This is one of the rare lists on TC that I find interesting and relevant to my life. Most of the lists on here are about nothing. This one is about everything I was afraid of as a child and find fear in today.


  • http://www.facebook.com/abubakr.hussain AbuBakr Hussain

    ‘We’re in the pipe, five by five’! Omg, such a cool quote, i still have no idea what it means, but it just sounds so badass and so american. As a Brit, i think its one of those facts of life, only the American accent sounds cool in space (just like an american accent would sound stupid in a period drama)

    • https://thoughtcatalog.com/ Oliver Miller

      I just looked it up, I didn’t know either. I thought she meant they had five feet on either side to navigate, which had to do with my fuzzy memories of the Apple IIe “Aliens” game. It doesn’t mean that: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Five_by_five

  • Ring

    The second page is genius.

  • Chris D

    You’re kidding me, right? These are NOT the best quotes from Aliens! Some computer spit this garbage out. Very lazy!
    Hudson had ALL the good lines.

    • http://www.facebook.com/oliveramiller Oliver Miller

      Yes, some sort of “Aliens” quote-sorting computer. Thought Catalog’s “Aliens” quote-sorting computer. That’s why we have all these banner ads, to make money to make up for the $50 million in R&D that we spent on the “Aliens” quote-sorting computer. It was a huge waste of time and money. Many spoke out against the “Aliens” quote-sorting computer, in the early days.

      • http://www.facebook.com/toby.gutwill Toby Gutwill

        heheheheheh….kick his ass, Oliver! ;)

  • Will

    Hudson: “Hey Vasquez, have you ever been mistaken for a man?”
    Vasquez: “No. Have you?”

    Best banter ever.

    • http://www.facebook.com/oliveramiller Oliver Miller

      So great.

    • http://www.facebook.com/toby.gutwill Toby Gutwill


  • s0677629@SMS.ED.AC.UK

    Haha, fantastic! I wonder, did anyone notice in Prometheus the “MARINES, we are LEAVING” said in the EXACT tone of voice used by Apone?

    “Forget him, HE’S GONE!”

    Gorman (muttering): “Apone, I, uh, want you to lay down a suppressing fire and, er, fall back to the, uh..”

    Nice to see fellow Alien fanatics come out of the TC woodwork :)

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