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Final report of the commercial starship Nostromo, third officer reporting. The other members of the crew — Kane, Lambert, Parker, Brett, Ash and Captain Dallas — are dead. Cargo and ship destroyed. I should reach the frontier in about six weeks. With a little luck, the network will pick me up. This is Ripley, last survivor of the Nostromo, signing off.Ellen Ripley at the end of Alien.
You know, Burke, I don't know which species is worse. You don't see them f***ing each other over for a goddamn percentage.Ellen Ripley to Carter Burke.
Get away from her, you bitch!Ellen Ripley to the Xenomorph Queen, and her most famous quote.
Ellen Ripley is the main protagonist of the Alien series, and the archenemy of the destructive alien race, the Xenomorphs, who took just about everything she ever loved.
She is portrayed by Sigourney Weaver, who later played Dana Barrett in the first two Ghostbusters films.
Ripley is the most level-headed member of the crew, demonstrating an impressive amount of bravery when dealing with the xenomorph. Likewise, she is the de facto leader of the crew on the basis of being the most proactive member.
The sole human survivor of the Nostromo Incident and the only constant character in the franchise apart from the Xenomorphs, Ripley is awakened from hypersleep 57 years later. She gets suspended by the Weyland-Yutani company for "questionable judgment" regarding the ship's self-destruction, finds out her daughter died a while ago and that LV-426, the planet where they encountered the Xenomorphs, is now colonized.
Once the colony predictably loses contact with Earth, Ripley accompanies the Badass Crew of Space Marines as a civilian adviser, and finds herself as de facto leader alongside Corporal Hicks due to unforeseen consequences.
Warrant Officer Ellen Ripley was one of a skeleton crew on board the Nostromo that answered a distress call from planet LV 426. One of the crew attacked by a Facehugger, they left the planet and were returning to Gateway Earth when the egg that had been planted in Kane's chest cavity had become a Chestburster and exploded from his chest, killing him, and disappeared into the ship's vast chambers.
Ash, that transmission... Mother's deciphered part of it. It doesn't look like an S.O.S.Ripley, regarding the signal from LV-426 (from Alien).
Having grown at an accelerated rate, the Chestburster had fully developed into a dangerous Xenomorph and began picking the crew off one by one as they sought to capture it for the sake of their own safety.
Soon being the only surviving crew member, save for those that had been cocooned and beyond help, Ripley set the ship to self destruct and escaped in a lifepod with her pet cat Jonesy. But getting ready for hypersleep until she would return to Earth, she found the alien hibernating in the hull of the lifepod and blew it out of the airlock, surviving to tell the tale to the Weyland-Yutani Corporation's board of directors.
- In early drafts of Alien, Ripley was known as Martin Roby and was intended to be male, but 20th Century Fox president Alan Ladd, Jr. suggested in making the hero female.
- Meryl Streep, Kay Lenz, Katherine Ross and Geneviève Bujold were all considered for the role of Ripley, before Sigourney Weaver was cast.
- Ranked 8th best hero in American film history by the American Film Institute.
- Ranked 9th on Empire Magazine's compilation of "The 100 Greatest Movie Characters".
- Ranked 5th on Entertainment Weekly's list of "The 20 All Time Coolest Heroes in Pop Culture".